Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 9)

December 9, 2014

Prior related posts appear below:

Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee (Commemorative “Make It So, Number One” Citation)

Patrick Stewart, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (of course) of the “Star Trek: Next Generation” series, surprised Dawn Garrigus of Statesboro, Georgia at Dragon Con, a sci-fi and fantasy convention in Georgia, with a personal “meet and greet”; Garrigus is an 11-year-old with mitochondrial disease, a progressive chronic illness that causes physical, mental and developmental disabilities. She is also a devoted Star Trek fan.

The photos included with this story at the Huffington Post say all that needs to be said – I couldn’t possibly add another word and do any further justice; what a class act Stewart is for this.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Lord knows the NFL has tripped all over itself this year on the issue of domestic abuse, what with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching the crap out of his then-fiancée in an elevator and running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings giving at least one of his sons a “whoopin’” with a switch that left severe cut marks, but both the league and the so-called “Tiffany Network” get a raspberry here for dropping a song by Rhianna from its football TV telecasts (she could probably have chosen more adult language here, but I also think her outrage is completely justified)..

Oh, I’m sorry – did I somehow miss the news that Rhianna was guilty of domestic abuse? That she acted in any kind of inappropriate manner whatsoever?

No, CBS and the league cut their ties with her because they thought that was a legitimate way to get football fans to forget about all of the domestic abuse garbage going on with that sport as of now.

The oh-so-mighty-and-august-in-their-imaginations National Football League strikes again (and they also flip-flopped on the whole Adrian Peterson thing too, as if the Ray Rice stuff wasn’t bad enough, and I think there were still more players suspended also).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Jean F. Cochinour, a former mine worker at Murray Energy of West Virginia, slapped a wrongful termination lawsuit on CEO Robert Murray here – Cochinour claims that she was let go because she was forced to donate to Republican political candidates and she wouldn’t do it (good for her).

And of course, I’m sure Murray and his fellow cretins will do everything they can possibly do to discredit her (this is how we defeat Citizens United, people, one person taking a stand at a time).

Remember this the next time you hear the wingnuts whining about how supposedly awful those oh-so-bad unions are in this country, what with encouraging members to vote for candidates who look out for their best interests and their “secret” membership votes.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Katy, TX “ammosexuals” behind this treasonous, contemptible, murderous display (again, I DEFY you to try and produce an example from our side of anything like this aimed at Number 43)

…and as a truly tragic follow-up, I give you this…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

50-year-old Eric Stayton of Florida (somewhere – does it matter?)…this genius decided to re-enact the “gun twirling” scene by the character Johnny Ringo in the 1993 film “Tombstone,” and got all the way through it, it would seem, but apparently dropped his external death penis onto the floor while trying to holster it and ended up shooting his sister, 39-year-old Renee Chaires, in the neck and killing her here (he probably won’t be charged, since he’s guilty of truly awful stupidity and apparently nothing more).

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The so-called Rolling Jubilee of Occupy Wall Street, which managed to buy up $3,856,866.11 of student debt owed by 2,761 people across the United States (here – nice work)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Sister Simone Campbell and the group of Roman Catholic nuns opposing so-called “dark money” in politics as part of their “We the People. We the Voters.” bus tour in September, as noted here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Neshaminy, PA School District Superintendent Robert Copeland (here), for suspending Gillian McGoldrick, editor-in-chief of Neshaminy HS’s student newspaper The Playwickian, as well as suspending faculty adviser Tara Huber, for McGoldrick’s totally justifiable decision not to print the name “Redskin” (the name of Neshaminy HS’s sports teams) in the school newspaper (great lesson imparted about free speech, Mr. Copeland, you nitwit)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Ma’ake (May-ah-kay) Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu), formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, who retired so he could donate a kidney to his ailing brother Chris; I don’t know if that’s more amazing or the fact that Chris once played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, hated rivals of the Ravens and vice versa, and Ma’ake is doing this anyway – with all of the justifiably bad stories about the NFL that we had to deal with this year, this definitely is a good one…kudos to Ma’ake

The “Hey Now, That’s A Cute Little Hypotenuse You Got There” Citation of the Year

A bunch of math books for college students in Thailand was discovered to feature a Japanese porn star on the cover; the books were pulled from the market of course in response (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Anahi Alvarez and her friend Naomi Martinez – as noted here, they were both nominated to be Grand Prairie, TX High School’s homecoming queen, but they both decided to give the award to their friend Lillian Skinner, who was bullied by girls in her class into believing that she had actually been nominated (it was just a cruel prank).

So when Alvarez actually did win, she asked Skinner to come up onstage and receive the award instead (with Martinez posing also with Skinner wearing the crown).

What class (literally).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Anyone who participated in the world-wide marches on behalf of the climate on September 21st (here)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The Colorado high school students who responded here to their wingnut school board responsible for approving a non-protest-included history text book by protesting the book themselves (of course, the text was given the “blessing” of Chucky and Dave Koch and Americans for Prosperity, which are your first signs of trouble)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Even by the measure of their already pitiful standards, the kerfuffle in September over President Obama’s salute to a Marine while holding a coffee cup in his hand was a ridiculous new low for our Beltway “gatekeeper” media (here); someone named Dan Lamothe at Jeff Bezos Daily somehow managed to generate two columns over it – and the inevitable hashtag, #lattesalute, soon followed. Oh, and let’s not forget the time that Obama had a Marine hold an umbrella for him too…what a “controversy” that was also.

You want to know why I and many others continually ridicule our corporate media? Because of nonsense like this, that’s why.

And I guess this is a bit of a response – sorry to stoop to the same level as some of our lower life forms.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This is almost too detestable for words, but as noted here, my own beloved commonwealth has sunk to a mortifying new low in their response to a lawsuit by a woman working at a prison who was raped by an inmate, somehow blaming her for the attack by this monster named Omar Best.

As noted from here also…

The lawsuit filed by the 24-year-old victim says “there were no locked doors between the offices and cell blocks … except for the copy room” at the prison. CNN reports she was raped for 27 minutes by Best, who had previously been convicted three times of sex-related crimes. He was sentenced to life for the attack. A review after the rape led to the hiring of 70 more corrections officers at Rockland and the firing of the prison superintendent.

The victim’s lawyer doesn’t believe (PA Attorney General Kathleen) Kane’s “I didn’t know” defense. “My response is that we are all responsible for what our staffs do,” Cliff Rieders told the Centre Daily. “When it goes out the door and it has your name on it, it’s yours.”

Uh yeah, I would say so also.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, who decided in essence that the poor of Detroit have no right to running water here, which of course runs directly in opposition to the policy of the United Nations, for example, as well as any notion of human decency whatsoever (what country am I living in again?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Those smiley-faced bastards earn another dubious mention – in September, they said that actor/comedian Tracy Morgan’s awful auto accident was caused “in whole or in part” by Morgan’s failure to wear a seat belt (here).

Nah, it didn’t have anything to do with the fact that its truck driver who hit Morgan’s vehicle had been up for 24 hours straight in violation of NTSB rules, did it? Yes, Morgan and the others in the vehicle should have worn seat belts, but it takes a particular kind of brass to try and pass that off as the cause of the crash “in whole or in part.”

But really, should we be surprised?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Oklahoma (of course) Federal Judge Ronald A. White, for ruling that much of the Affordable Care Act must be defunded and millions of Americans must lose their health insurance (as Think Progress tells us here, nine federal judges have ruled on this and the count is now 6-3 in favor, with all of those in opposition being Dubya-appointed judges…once again, surprised?)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Goddard College in Vermont reluctantly gets a citation from yours truly for allowing convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak at its commencement (apparently, Abu-Jamal received a BA from the school in 1996, as noted here).

The story from the Huffington Post tells us the following…

Goddard holds 20 commencement ceremonies every year, so students in each degree program can individualize their graduations and choose their speaker. Students who are receiving bachelor of arts or fine arts degrees Sunday chose Abu-Jamal, who received a bachelor’s degree from Goddard in 1996.

Twenty of the 23 students who are receiving arts degrees are expected to attend the ceremony.

Yes, I get the point about academic freedom, and for the most part, the students should be allowed to choose their commencement speaker. But at a certain point, I think someone from the school administration should be allowed to step in and say “enough” (and let’s face it, that’s a lot more representative of how the real world works than to “design their own curriculums with faculty advisers and (not) take tests or receive grades,” which apparently is normal for the school).

Add me to the voices saying that we’ve had enough of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s publicity campaign. The only evidence of possible misconduct in his trial that I can see could have been in the disproportionate selection of white jurors and instructions to same, but I haven’t read anything proving that that changed the outcome of his verdict.

A lot of people I otherwise respect (including Mike Farrell) have been taken in by this guy. But I’ve read enough about this trial (most of it in real time while it took place, since I lived in Philadelphia at that time) to know that’s he’s guilty as sin and shouldn’t be afforded any more consideration beyond that.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

California Governor Jerry Brown for signing a law that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat (and – no surprise, I know – California is the first state in the country that has enacted such a law – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Drudgico, as well as corporate media lackey Ron Kessler, for blaming Number 44’s “colossal lack of management judgment” for the Secret Service lapses that endangered our current president and led to the resignation of Secret Service head Julia Pierson, as noted here (once more, I defy anyone to produce a column like this ever written about a president prior to Barack Obama)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Russell Wilson, starting quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, for launching his “Pass The Peace” campaign to raise funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence (no “pick six” here, people, even though the Seahawks just beat the Eagles – grrr…..)

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

Chef Brian Oliveira and co-owner Cristian Mora of Girard Brasserie and Bruncherie in Philadelphia (set to open at the end of October) decided that their wait staff will not accept tips, but instead, the two will pay their employees $13 an hour plus benefits (including 100 percent of health care).

As noted here

“We’ve worked in those positions and relied on those tips,” Oliveira said, experiencing “slower nights and bad sections or getting stiffed.” The two had also heard of some of the other restaurants that have gone the route of paying higher wages and banning tips. “That really is what inspired us,” he said.

The plan also came from a place of “wanting to take care of the people that are going to be taking care of the guests,” he said. “In order for the employee to have a genuine interaction with a guest, they have to be happy at work, so we had to change the environment.”

But the two don’t just expect the plan to benefit the employees. It will also benefit the restaurant. It will result in “less turnover, more knowledgeable staff,” Oliveira said, which will “result in a better product and better service.”

Those are admirable goals and we don’t know if the two will be able to meet them or not, but kudos to Oliveira and Mora for trying.

More later…

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