Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 8)

Prior related posts appear below:

Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Interim Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse, who asked for his pay to be cut by about 25 percent so about two dozen low-wage workers at the school will get a raise to $10.25, from the federal minimum wage of about $7.25 per hour here (this is how change happens)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Sal Russo for this (what a weasel)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Tampa canceled a funeral for a man who they later found out was married to his husband; what about that whole “love thy neighbor” thing? Guess Hating Teh Gay takes precedence, huh (here)?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Any voter in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District who voted to return Scott DesJarlais to Washington for another term (here); he was in a close primary contest with a guy named Jim Tracy, but DesJarlais emerged as the winner (to get an idea of just how truly awful DesJarlais is, click here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Any of the Internet trolls who taunted Zelda Williams here (father of Robin, who committed suicide in August, which is still unbelievable) to the point where she had to quit social media altogether, including Instagram, Twitter, etc. – as deep as the cavern of ugliness and despair is that Williams must have lived in to the point where he tragically felt that there was no hope, these life forms must live in one still deeper than that

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Joe Scar for this (h/t Atrios – re: the police presence in Ferguson, MO after the violence in the wake of the death of Michael Brown; and a Do-Gooder citation goes to WaPo journalist Wesley Lowery who basically told Scarborough to cram it)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Georgia Dem U.S. House Rep Hank Johnson for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol for this in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting (splendid)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug Iowa state lawmaker Henry Rayhons (allegedly, let’s not forget) had sex with his mentally incapacitated late wife and has been charged with sexual abuse; Donna Rayhons had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and he (again allegedly) forced himself upon her in May 8 days after he was told that she no longer possessed the mental capacity for consent (she died on August 8th).

Only Henry Rayhons and God know what really happened at this point, but if he is convicted, he should be castrated before receiving a life sentence (and yes, I would say the same thing if Rayhons somehow were a Democrat – here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dave Belisle, coach of the Rhode Island Cumberland Dragons little league baseball team, for the speech he gave his team after they lost 8-7 to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, which apparently is a power house – the whole thing can be linked to at the Providence Journal from here (this embodies what sports should be all about…I know that sounds trite, but it really is true in this case)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Sunil Dutta, an LAPD cop who penned this editorial in response to all of the stuff raging in Ferguson, Missouri; in part, he said the following…

Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?

Oh, so any chance of reasonable discussion doesn’t exist with this guy?

Welcome to Fortress America, with assclowns like Dutta leading the way riding in their Hummers loaded up with riot gear and their mounted automatic rifles.

May he one day endure the treatment from a member of a police force that he so readily encourages for others.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Trent Franks earns a dubious mention – here, he suggested that “the Obama administration’s decision to swap five Taliban officials for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without notifying Congress in May emboldened terrorist organizations and may have contributed to the beheading of journalist James Foley.”

Even during Dubya’s sorry reign, nobody on my side of the political spectrum would have ever made such an outrageous accusation; that is, to suggest that a swap for a member of our military (and let’s not forget who once traded arms for hostages, and which political party we’re talking about) somehow led to the beheading of an American journalist.

At the very least, Franks should apologize. At the very most, he should resign from public office altogether.

The “Lucky The Driver Didn’t Miss An Oil Change, Or Else They Would Be Forced To Lick The Crank Shaft” Citation of the Year

As noted here, in Shenzhen, China, drivers who “misuse their headlights” (which, I guess, means to use their high beams in traffic) are forced to look at bright headlights for five minutes as a punishment. The reasoning is that any offending driver should endure an “appropriate experience” that would make offenders “sense the harm” such use of their headlights could cause.

I can think of at least one person in this country who should be subjected to this also (though it is a bit of a harsh punishment, I’ll admit). Someone at the PA Turnpike Commission came up with the idea of having a light shine right in the eyes of drivers as they pass through the toll booths at the Bensalem interchange of the Turnpike. I’ll admit that this isn’t a big deal during the summer months, but it’s a pain when you start getting into the “short-hour” days during the late fall and winter and the lights shine more prominently in the dark.

I guess the thinking (or what passed for it) was to have a flash so that the cameras recording the license plates of any offending drivers (too fast, not paying the EZ Pass toll if their credit card had expired, etc.) could take the pictures properly. The problem, though, is that THE DAMN LIGHT ENDS UP SHINING RIGHT IN MY EYES, YOU MORONS!!!

Leave it to those wacky Chinese, though – can’t imagine what the punishment would be for improper texting while driving (probably don’t want to ask).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie for this gesture of support for the slain Mike Brown and his family (and a Dregs citation to the wingnuts spouting their almost-obligatory hateful garbage in response…a teammate of Cromartie will get a Dregs citation later)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Mike Yates, former police chief of Jonesboro, Ark., referred to reporter Sunshine Crump as “smelly” and a “left-wing liberal” (which I suppose is more redundant than anything, in Yates’s twisted thinking I mean) in a Facebook post; Crump resigned from the paper but, upon Yates’s termination, has now said that she will rejoin the paper.

I suppose the only positive thing that Yates did here was to resign as opposed to waiting for termination; maybe a job in right-wing AM talk radio awaits (here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos,” gets it for this whole fan dance over whether or not Tony Soprano was killed in the finale (here).

In August, Chase gave an interview where he said, inadvertently, that Tony apparently lived in the finale (where he and his family were at a bar/restaurant, apparently, where there was also a hit man hired by Frank Vincent’s character, with Vincent looking to move in on Tony’ “turf” – the screen went black showing James Gandolfini, leaving the implication that he would be killed without anything actually happening).

How does Chase respond?

“A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview,” reads a statement issued by Chase’s rep, Leslee Dart. “To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true.

As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, ‘Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.’ To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of ‘The Sopranos’ raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.”

Judas H. Priest, people, we’re not talking about a Byron sonnet or a piece of sculpture at the MOMA. We’re talking about a freaking TV show!!!

Does Tony live or die? A simple question that deserves a simple answer, which apparently is too much to ask of Lord Almighty On High David Chase.

And that brings me to an anecdote about “The Sopranos.” I got on board with the show during the second season, having missed just about all of the first one. Well, I stuck with it pretty much through a lot of stuff that I didn’t like and thought was genuinely gratuitous (including the rape of Dr. Melfi), all the way through just about all of the final season.

As luck would have it, though, the final episode was aired the day that we flew out of town on vacation. I thought, well, no big deal, I’ll just catch the rerun On Demand from our cable provider when we get back.

But you know what? I grew so genuinely sick of the characters that I never bothered to watch (even Edie Falco), particularly when I heard about what happened from just about everyone else on earth. So yes, it’s true that I’ve never seen the finale of “The Sopranos,” and I think my life has gone on pretty much as I thought it would anyway.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Paul Hunter of Seattle, WA; as noted here, “(Hunter) was arrested (in September) after he fired a gun at a couple who accidentally interrupted him while he was being pleasured by a woman in an alcove in the city’s nightlife district, cops report.”

Simple Solution #1: Lose the gun.

Simple Solution #2: Get a room.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Texas Judge Lee Yeakel for striking down part of that state’s particularly onerous anti-abortion law here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Robert Pittenger of North Carolina (another “hero” of red state America) is the culprit this time; here, he said that deportations of kids here in this country illegally should continue even if those kids are killed upon their return to their originating countries. Pittenger also said that the vast majority of “undocumented” workers in this country aren’t in favor of a path to citizenship, which is an outright lie, along with the claim that this is Obama’s fault because of a 2008 air trafficking law that prevents kids from being deported without due process (one of the handful of things that Obama’s wretched predecessor actually got right over the course of his thoroughly ruinous two terms).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Daniel Ashley Pierce, the gay Georgia teen who “came out” to his parents and was abused for it (here), unfortunately, received about $100,000 raised online to help him get on his feet in a new home. The reason Pierce receives this mention is because he gave about $10 grand from that to an LGBT homeless shelter (well done).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Even by their own moronic standards (or lack thereof), the idiocy of “Fox and Friends” really doesn’t need to be pointed out, but they might have sunk lower than anyone thought possible in September with their response to the video of Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancée in the elevator; Brian Kilmeade basically said in response that Janay Palmer should have “taken the stairs” (here).

I think the collective IQ of this country just dipped at least two points as a result (he later issued a 13-second non-apology for the remark – why does Kilmeade still have a job?).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Chuck Todd(ler) (h/t Atrios) came up with this gem in September, when he interviewed President Obama and told Number 44 that he hadn’t mentioned Syria on the subject of ISIS, when in fact Obama had already done so four times during the interview.

As dumb as that is, Todd did acknowledge it later. However, what truly galls me here is the fact that Todd and the rest of his foul corporate media ilk are discussing “military action in Syria” in such a cavalier fashion.

Anything done against ISIS/ISIL/whatever the hell this ragtag band of murderers is called in Syria would have to be done with Syria’s cooperation. And as of this moment, they show no inclination whatsoever towards allowing the U.S. to violate their sovereignty without the potential for a significant reprisal against us; our jets fly anywhere near their airspace, and Syria would no doubt consider it to be an act of war, to say nothing of ground forces.

I keep recalling Dan Rather’s interview at about that same time with Brian Stelter of CNN, in which Rather asked anyone cheerleading for war whether or not they would send their kids into what would likely be an enormously bloody battle. At this moment, I’d really like to know how Todd would answer that.

(And yes, I know Obama also discussed conflict in Syria during his prime-time address in September, but what did Todd honestly think? That Obama was going to give Todd an “exclusive” and spill the proverbial beans? What a moron.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Running back LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles, who left a 20-cent tip for a burger lunch that cost $61.76 because he was supposedly unhappy with the service, though by other accounts he and those he lunched with were pretty obnoxious towards the wait staff (and I don’t know what it says about Charlie Sheen that he supposedly offered a tip of $1,000 instead – kind of a nice gesture, but also more than a bit of an attempt at publicity I guess…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Pueblo County, CO Commissioner candidate Dr. Tom Ready (again, guess which party?) questioned here in September whether or not the Sandy Hook, CT shootings ever took place here (I guess he needs to see pictures of the kids’ faces blown apart…what a worthless wretch)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch said here that he was “ready to kill” because Supposedly The World’s Greatest Deliberative Body didn’t enact some stinking business tax cuts the way he wanted.

Hey, Saint Orrin! Yeah, you, the guy who wrote all those hokey “I Love America” hymns of his while flying back and forth from Washington to Utah on his private jet (here). As a charter member of the “one percent,” I guess that only counts for the “America” that gives you everything you want and grinds the rest of us plebes under your heel, right?

What a disgusting hypocrite.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dr. George Visnich laid off employee Carol Jumper without pay when Jumper was diagnosed with cancer; of course, Visnich can’t understand the backlash (and Do-Gooder citations go out to the residents of Hopewell Township, Pa. for rallying to help Jumper in her time of need – here).

More later (yes, there is more)…

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