Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 11)

Prior related posts appear below:

Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, who struck down a ruling that allowed marriage equality to be legal in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan; as Ian Millhiser of Think Progress tells us here, “to date, the Fourth, Seventh, Ninth and Tenth Circuits have all sided with equality, along with nearly every single federal trial judge to consider the question after the Supreme Court struck down the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in 2013.”

This all but guarantees a review by Hangin’ Judge JR and The Supremes (and does it need to be pointed out that Sutton is an appointee of George W. Bush? Oh, and apparently they decided to hear a case calling into question the subsidies under the Affordable Care Law here…here we go again)

(And by the way, from what I read of people who know this stuff better than I do, it’s not just that those judges opposing marriage equality don’t believe in it. It’s also the fact that they’re wrong on the law when they rule against it.)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

90-year-old Arnold Abbott, arrested by the police in Fort Lauderdale, FL for feeding the homeless which, apparently, is in violation of what I would consider a really stupid ordinance (and a Dregs citation to everyone responsible for the ordinance as well as the cops who arrested him…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Pastor” Stephen J. Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ, for praying for the death of President Obama and calling Obama’s mother a “whore” here…and we’re supposed to somehow make peace with these life forms? What is it going to take for one of these assholes to get thrown in jail?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Rossville, GA mayor Teddy Harris for banning abortion clinics from his city because he doesn’t want “drama” here (he’s probably about to get more of it than he ever intended for such a stupid remark)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

According to this Think Progress story (based somewhere in California, I believe), Joseph Paul Leonard exited a McDonald’s and (allegedly, let’s not forget) “went crazy and lost his temper” at two black men who were passing out food to nearby homeless people, according to testimony from a police detective.

And then…

The detective testified that Leonard took a chain from the back of his truck and began swinging it at the black men, and this testimony was corroborated by a videotape taken by the McDonald’s showing the two black men backing away while Leonard swung the chain over his head “lasso style.”

The video shows Leonard getting in his truck, driving off, and then returning with the chain in his hands once again. At one point, he stomps on a bicycle ridden by one of the two black men, a man named Toussaint Harrison. The two black men reportedly tried to defend themselves by throwing a knife and another, unidentified object at Leonard, injuring his cheek and his midsection. They eventually fled the scene.

That’s when Leonard chased after them in his truck, according to the Sacramento Bee. Evidence at Leonard’s trial “showed that he burned 23 feet of rubber before he smashed his 1997 green Chevy S-10 into Harrison.” As Harrison was bleeding on the pavement, Leonard reportedly exited his truck and kicked Harrison multiple times in his head while wearing steel-toed boots. Harrison died two days later.

And apparently, while Leonard was handcuffed and sitting in the back of the police cruiser after he was arrested, he said (again, allegedly)…

“Just because we got Obama for a president,” Leonard says on the video, “these people think they are real special.”

Have fun in the joint, you redneck piece of shit.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

It’s really tough to give a citation like this to British actor and comedian Russell Brand, particularly since he’s done such a good job going after Fix Noise, but as far as I’m concerned, that’s outweighed by the fact that, as noted here, he told people in so many words that voting doesn’t matter.

Um, yes it does.

Remember this if the new, entirely Republican congressional majority next year decides to sue and/or impeach Obama (don’t worry – they’ll think of reasons later). Or vote to gut the EPA and pass Keystone XL, which might create a comparative handful of jobs but create potentially deadly risks to the environment also. Or try to pass federal “personhood” legislation. Or try to kill funding for alternative energy. Or cut infrastructure funding – again. Or (and you KNOW this is coming) vote 52 more times to overturn the Affordable Care Law.

Yes, voting does matter. A lot.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

CNN’s Don Lemon – I actually thought he was halfway decent at his job until he said this to a woman accusing Bill Cosby of rape; I don’t care if he apologizes for not…what he said was completely unconscionable and he deserves to be fired (it sounds like Lemon was trying to be polite, but by even exploring the topic of “teeth” in this context, he failed miserably…more here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Special “Post-Racial America” Citation)

Julius Hatfield, a Kentucky (of course) fire chief, offered to help Loren Dicken (who is white), a motorist involved in a road accident who needed assistance, even suggesting that Hatfield’s “guys” could change Dicken’s tire for him (they also took Dicken to the hospital for a check and then drove him back to the firehouse, where Dicken’s car was fixed…here).

That sounds nice, actually, but here’s the problem: a family of four black motorists, including someone named Chege Mwangi, asked for similar roadside assistance.

And then – well…

When the Bullitt County deputy told Hatfield over the radio that “I’ve got a family of four from Cincinnati, I got to do something with,” Hatfield fired back with “We ain’t taking no n*ggers here.” He then laughed.

And to make matters worse, a reporter of Asian ancestry named Valerie Chinn asked Hatfield about this and he responded, “do you understand English darling?”

Of course, Chinn was too classy to say “yeah, and I understand when I’m talking to a single-digit-IQd chauvinist cracker too.” However, it would have been within her rights to do so as far as I’m concerned.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I realize that the issue of Bill Marrazzo’s salary (he being the CEO of public radio and TV station WHYY in these parts) is a little dated (the most recent info I could find from about five years ago puts him in the $700,000 range, which is ridiculous for running a nonprofit), but I was reminded of it in November when I turned on WHYY on a Saturday evening in prime time and saw that the movie was “Call Northside 777,” starring James Stewart, Richard Conte and Lee J. Cobb.

Now that’s a very fine film; Stewart is a reporter trying to free an innocent man from prison, based on a true story. However, the film was made in 1948. I would expect to see that on Turner Classic Movies as opposed to Philadelphia’s flagship public TV station (again, between 8 and 10 PM on a Saturday night).

I wonder how much money that could have gone into more current, timely programming (and possibly aimed at a younger audience) went into Marrazzo’s salary instead? So yeah, Marrazzo gets the citation here.

Quandary of the Year Citation

The stuff with Bill Cosby is too heinous to ignore – if there’s any truth to it, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. However, I’m sure there are a lot of issues with payoffs to people to keep quiet, maybe statutes of limitations running out, etc., maybe people “hopping on board,” as well as the fact that he remains a hugely popular entertainer (and powerful in terms of clout with TV networks and entertainment companies, though I’m sure that’s been eroding over this stuff, which is only right).

Absent any formal charges or legal proceedings, I just don’t know what the hell to say about it, except to point out how despicable it is to drug women and have sex with them (not an original observation, I know).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Anyone who had anything whatsoever to do with the decision not to bring charges against Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown (here)…

Let’s not kid ourselves, people – there was NO WAY that Wilson was going to be charged. Everything about the proceedings, including the “testimony” (Witness 40 – h/t Atrios), up to Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to call for a state of emergency before the announcement (hinting at the outcome as far as I’m concerned), up to prosecutor Bob McCullough’s surreal press conference on November 24th announcing his “findings,” guaranteed that result (and no, I definitely don’t condone violence as a response).

Maybe, according to some twisted legal statute, Wilson was able to escape a verdict from a jury of his peers. But it is a shameful travesty that he apparently will never be brought to trial over Brown’s death.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

And in keeping with the case of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson, CNN’s Don (“Obviously, The Smell Of Marijuana Is In The Air”) Lemon put his foot in his proverbial mouth once more here (why does this man still have a job as a television news reader or reporter?).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

In the wake of the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, the Minneapolis, MN driver responsible for this (the person he hit only suffered minor injuries last time I checked, which is a miracle).

Concern Troll of the Year Nominee (Ferguson, MO Category)

Repug U.S. House Rep Peter King thought that President Obama should meet with Officer Darren Wilson here; in response, I would be OK with that if Number 44 included the parents and family of Brown in the meeting also (though, to be honest, King’s idea is so idiotic and merely an excuse for media face time, for both he and Wilson, that it should be ignored altogether).

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“Fido Destination” – ugh, sorry – Citation of the Year)

Dennis Eugene Emery of Pinellas Park, Florida, who apparently threatened to shoot one of his wife’s dogs and ended up killing himself instead here (yep, we sure have a Darwin Award nominee here, don’t we, boys and girls?)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Here’s a bit of a two-fer in response to the Darren Wilson non-indictment; first, Rudy 91u1iani said here that black-on-black crime was more responsible for the deaths of unarmed African American men than shootings by the police (which is a particularly contemptible attempt at a straw man argument, one that appears to be statistically untrue) and Kristol Mess (who, based on a non-answer to a question posed by Bill Maher, appears to have never met a war he didn’t like) said that “no serious legal person” thought Wilson should have been indicted here (and why in God’s name would ANYBODY think that Kristol is a “serious” person whose advice should be taken seriously on anything?).

(By the way, as someone else pointed out, Bob McCulloch, the prosecutor in the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case, is now 0 for 5 when it comes to bringing an indictment against someone in a crime. If he were any good at his job, wouldn’t that be 5 for 5 instead? So yeah, you might as well lump McCulloch in with Kristol and Rudy also.)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The 12 striking Walmart workers who staged a 24-hour fast to draw attention to the low wages paid by their smiley-faced-bastard employer here (whatever it takes to chip away at that proverbial stone works for me, people – within reason and legal precedent, of course)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Five members of the St. Louis Rams football team who made a “hands up” gesture in solidarity with Michael Brown when they were introduced before a game on November 30th against the Oakland Raiders – they would be tight end Jared Cook and receivers Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin (and a Dregs citation to the St. Louis police who have called for the players to be punished in response…this ended up as the beginning of a bunch of sports-related protests, by the way, all of which are fine with me – here and here)

More later (getting closer to the end)…

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