Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 10)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

U.S. Army veteran Arnold Harvey and his wife, Theresa, who have been making sandwiches and collecting blankets for homeless people in the vicinity of the Washington, D.C. metro area for about seven years, eventually starting up the nonprofit organization called “God’s Connection Transition” for that purpose (great, great work here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Commemorative “Hey, I’m a Buddhist, But Why Not If It Will Get Me Out Of This Traffic Ticket” Citation)

Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton pulled over driver Ellen Bogan here and gave her a warning before he asked her if she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior – the virtually inescapable lawsuit soon followed (yes, Hamilton was dead wrong to do what he did, I’ll admit)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

South Dakota Republican State Rep. Betty Olson, who “joked” that ISIS sent Obama to America, or something (these Repugs just kill me…they keep trying anyway; the pic at the C&L post speaks volumes about this life form)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

On a normal day, Eric Bolling of Fix Noise is merely a loudmouthed, idiotic right-wing hack – on particularly bad days, he comes up with garbage like this, equating “liberalism” with the Ebola virus (nice).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Outgoing PA Gov Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett and Bill Green Jr. get a citation, and anyone else responsible for the decision of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission to revoke its agreement with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which Will Bunch of philly.com quite rightly called “a heartbreaking act of staggering cowardice” (here).

And please spare me the knee-jerk reactions such as “Oh yeah? Well, those lazy teachers get all of their health care paid on our dime. Who has that in private industry?”

OK, well answer me this…who in “private industry” has to pay for their own supplies as teachers do in the Philadelphia school district (primarily for their students of course)? Who has given back in wage and benefit concessions time and time again yet still ended up getting stabbed in the back (while millions in business taxes go unpaid, by the way)?

Again, sorry to sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back here in the Keystone State, but Corbett was the only Repug governor to lose a re-election bid this year (which is actually kind of pathetic). And while there will be many awful legacies of his wretched administration (e.g., the virtually unregulated fracking boom), this ranks as one of the very worst.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Kudos to Tyrel Oates, a “customer relations” worker for Wells Fargo who emailed the CEO, along with 10,000 co-workers, asking for a $10,000 raise for everyone in the company; I hope he has someone good working on his resume for him, for as commendable as that action is, I can think of only one direction where it will lead (here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Judge Richard Posner, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge appointed to the bench by The Sainted Ronnie R (and hardly a liberal tree-hugger) who once ruled in favor of voter ID, but now sees it for what it is and is calling it out big time here (late to the party, but at least he showed up – kudos, Your Honor)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug New Hampshire state lawmaker Steve Vaillancourt, who implied strongly that U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster was “ugly as sin” and referred to McLane Kuster as a “drag queen” here (h/t Atrios – and as usual, the guy saying this garbage is one who likely would fracture the looks meter, as it were, given the chance…fortunately, Vaillancourt lost his re-election bid…we’ll take another trip to the “granite state” shortly, by the way)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Ed “Fix The Debt” Rendell for this – whether or not Alison Lundergan Grimes voted for Number 44 isn’t anyone’s damn business…and by the way, throwing around the “wuss” label is pretty juvenile, even though Rendell used it in a book title I know (and Fix Noise “Democrat” Rendell is supposed to know all this stuff…yes, I know Grimes volunteered information once before on this question, and it looks bad for her to bail on the question now, but as far as I’m concerned, this ultimately is nothing but more Beltway courtier media kabuki)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Shep Smith of Fix Noise for going off-script again here, this time about Ebola (good job)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R, of course), who taunted reporter Cari Gervin and her colleagues at Knoxville’s alt-weekly paper Metro Pulse, sending a tweet to Gervin saying “So, do YOU have any questions now” after they were laid off here (truly, what a dick – fortunately, Campfield lost in the August Repug primary – can you hear us now?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Immigration judge Dan Pelletier Sr., based in Atlanta, GA – he should be brought before for the bar for this; what an unbelievable a-hole

Dregs of the Year Nominees

If it’s during the fall of an even-numbered election year, then you can rest assured that the Bucks County Courier Times will accept advertising on behalf of the Mike Fitzpatrick campaign, and they did again this year, featuring front-page banner and full-page ads for Mikey the Beloved in the first section of every print issue during the weeks of October 20th, October 27th, and every damn day right up to the election…I know of no other “newspaper” that engages in this practice, probably because the conflict of interest is both so obvious and so odious.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Quarterback Christian Ponder of the Minnesota Vikings for this – worth about ten touchdown passes as least, I’d say

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Once again, outgoing PA Guv Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett for this, “photoshopping” a stock photo of a black woman into an ad (and on a similar note, Mikey the Beloved added a public domain photo of a veteran in a wheelchair, for a TV ad I believe, something that, of course, was whitewashed by Mikey’s PR service)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Kevin Vickers, the sergeant-at-arms at Canada’s House of Commons, for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The management team at Honda Motors, including chief executive Takanobu Ito and Chairman Fumihiko Ike and other 11 directors, all earn a mention. As noted here, Ito will take a 20 percent pay cut for three months (better than nothing, which is what would happen in THIS country) and Ike and other 11 directors will also return 10 percent of their pay starting next month.

The reason? Numerous recalls including exploding air bags, which have killed four drivers and badly injured dozens more.

No, they shouldn’t get credit for selling defective products, and if prosecution is warranted, it should take place to the fullest extent possible. But we’re not there yet, and for now, I think they deserve credit for this gesture, even if it’s pretty much just PR.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Megan Silberberger for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Costco, for closing on Thanksgiving so employees can enjoy the holiday with their families here (God, I wish there was one closer to where we live)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The New Hampshire Republican Party, specifically something ironically titled Foster’s Daily Democrat, for resurrecting an Op-Ed to attack incumbent Senate Dem Jeanne Shaheen written by former State House Speaker Marshall Cobleigh here – the problem is that Cobleigh died in 2009 (sort of a Halloween-type item…wonder which dead person the Repugs will unearth next to attack a live Democrat? And by the way, Shaheen won)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Fulton County (GA, of course) Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher for this

Commemorative “And Somewhere, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson Will Argue That It’s Part of a Gay Indoctrination Ritual Sponsored by Obama’s Army of ACORN Volunteers and the Children’s Television Workshop” Citation of the Year

As noted here, in a story from Bethlehem, PA around Halloween, somebody dressed as the yellow Teletubby Laa Laa broke into a home and stole some Chinese food (no word yet on whether or not anyone dressed as Mario or Luigi from the best-selling kids computer game broke into someone’s house and stole a pizza).

The “Ain’t Karma a Bitch” Citation of the Year

As noted here, Repug U.S. House Rep Lee Terry ran an ad accusing his Dem opponent, Brad Ashford, of favoring an early release of convicted killer Nikko Jenkins from prison (does it really need to be pointed out that the charge is false?).

Well…

…(Jenkins) offered his take on the race in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District at a hearing to determine his mental status (on October 29th).

Jenkins, 28, shouted “Hey you guys, vote for Lee Terry! Best Republican ever!”

And do you want to know the really funny part? Terry LOST!! HAHAHAHA (yes, I know it’s hard to find bright moments from 11/4, but this was one).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Washington DC Federal Judge Richard Leon for gutting a nationwide housing discrimination ban here, which of course puts him decidedly at odds with legal precedent (figures…Update: 12/23/14 – Judge Leon continued to have a bad 2014, as noted here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Little Luke Russert, for proclaiming here that eventual U.S. Senate electoral contest winner Joni Ernst from Iowa was a potential VP nominee before she even won her elected office (“comforting the comfortable” again I see)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The voters of our own beloved commonwealth of PA who voted Tom “Space Cadet” Corbett out of office and voted in Dem Tom Wolf – Corbett was the only Repug governor voted into office in 2010 to lose, by the way (sorry if I’m belaboring this, but there wasn’t a lot to cheer about on 11/4, as we know)

…on the other hand…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Now I can’t say I was totally surprised that the lizard brains of Repug voters in Kansas and Kentucky suddenly snapped into life at the last minute and returned the truly awful Pat Roberts and Mr. Elaine Chao to the U.S. Senate from their respective states (well, Kentucky is a commonwealth, actually), but I’d really like to know what the hell Colorado voters were thinking in sending in Repug Cory Gardner to replace Mark Udall, who at least was on board with immigration reform (to say nothing of being a champion of civil liberties and the environment, as noted here). Heckuva job!

Dregs of the Year Nominee

David Bossie, head of the group Citizens United (formerly Citizens United Not Timid, founded by Repug provocateur Roger Stone…I’ll let you, dear reader, figure out the acronym), bragged here that the Supreme Court’s ruling on behalf of the group in 2010 handed the 2014 election to the Repugs (actually, this is halfway between a “Dregs” and a “Do-Gooder” citation, because Bossie is actually telling the truth)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Outgoing (thank God!) head of the DCCC Steve Israel (and really, the Democratic Party beltway “brain trust”) for another abysmal mid-term election performance; yeah, there were a ton of factors against them, but read this article and try to figure out how they seemed to have no clue (fortunately, the “R” team never has a problem with gloating and, in the process, telling us how to beat them – maybe one of these mid-term cycles we’ll be smart enough to listen, though I don’t recall this stuff happening when Dr. Dean called the shots…more here and here)

More later (past the 3/4’s mark at this point)…

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