Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2014 – Pt. 13)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
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 Nominee

Dem Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, for calling for the Justice Department to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the allegations of torture performed by the CIA and documented in the December report (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Members of the Ohio State House of Representatives who helped to move a bill forward allowing hunters to use silencers on their guns here (h/t Balloon Juice…remember, guns don’t kill, only hunters who apparently are inconvenienced by the sound of firing lethal projectiles from their eternal death penises do)

The “Thank You, Bushco, For An Awful New Phrase In Our Lexicon Because Of The War Crimes You Approved As Documented In The Torture Report” Citation of the Year

“Rectal rehydration” (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Geoffrey Carter, an N.L.R.B. administrative law judge, who ruled that those smiley-faced bastards intimidated and retaliated against worker activists at two California stores here (yep, I guess a manager saying that “If it were up to me, I’d shoot the union.” would qualify)…I suppose the only punishment would be a fine, when jail time would be more appropriate – of course Walmart is appealing the ruling)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The police officers who (allegedly) incited protestors to riot (folks protesting the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown shooting) in Berkeley and Oakland, CA, with even one officer pulling his gun in response to an utterly non-lethal threat here (as Vyan at Daily Kos says, all of this needs to be investigated)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Politicians in Dallas, TX (surprised?) who are responsible for spending 8 years and $250,000 in efforts to fight feeding the homeless here (what country am I living in again?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Joseph Goodman, coach of a Mesa, AZ softball team, who allegedly kicked three girls off the squad because they wouldn’t participate in a Mormon prayer here (“uh, hello, ACLU?”)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The anonymous woman who walked into a Toys ‘R’ Us in Bellingham, MA and paid off $20,000 to wipe away the layaway balances for 150 families who were saving up for Christmas gifts from the store (that was all the layaway debt the store had – really nice to do something like this in the spirit of the season…here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I have to say that I really was about to give a pass to Ken Ham and his Answers in Genesis (AiG, not to be confused with you-know-who) group who were behind the development of a Bible-themed-attraction park in Tennessee. I mean, you can only spend so much time calling out the wingnuts, right?

Well, here’s the deal…Ham was awarded about $18 million in tax incentives for the first phase of construction, with the help of Dem Governor Steve Beshear (the project being economically stimulative and all that), on the condition that AiG promise not to pick and choose who they hire based on religion, as the Think Progress post tells us.

I’m sure you can guess what happened next, and that was that Ham…

…reversed course from their initial pledge to comply with the state’s existing nondiscrimination policies. Ark Encounter’s job applications, which were reportedly posted on AiG’s website, stipulate that employees must agree with the group’s fundamentalist religious beliefs, and Ken Ham, famous creationist and head of AiG, has openly stated in fundraising emails that he intends to continue to discriminate based on religion when hiring for the park.

But Ham’s defiance couldn’t silence the rising tide of criticism surrounding the project, and the group’s willful disregard for existing tax law eventually caught up with them. The Freedom From Religion Foundation asked the IRS to investigate AiG’s tax-exempt status in November, and tourism Secretary Robert Stewart sent two letters to AiG in August and September demanding they pledge to comply with state law regarding hiring policies. Ark Encounter’s attorney finally rejected Stewart’s request on Monday, prompting the Secretary to respond on Wednesday with a letter saying that as long as the group discriminates based on religion, it is ineligible for $18 million in tax breaks.

All of this isn’t the reason why I’m giving this citation to Ham and AiG – it’s because of the way they responded when they found out that the money was going to run out…

AiG tried to head off the government’s decision earlier this week with a new PR campaign, announcing on Tuesday a plan to plaster 16 billboards across Kentucky and New York City with a message that reads, “To all of our intolerant liberal friends — thank God you can’t sink this ship.”

WAAAH-WAAAH-WAAAAAHHHH!!!!

So, to sum up, Ham and his cohorts manage to get $18 million for their Bible park on the condition that they not discriminate, then they decide that they WILL discriminate, then they lose the money, but somehow that’s the fault of “intolerant liberal friends.”

And by the way, I think the billboard is the real “get” here, but I had to really drill down to read about it; highly unusual for Think Progress to “bury the lede,” as they say.

The OH DEAR GOD PLEASE MAKE THIS STORY GO AWAY I’M SO BLOODY SICK OF HEARING ABOUT IT LIKE I’M ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO CARE Citation of the Year

The demise of the New Republic, as noted here (which used to be referred to derisively as Joe Lieberman Weekly, which, I think, tells you all you need to know)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Turning once more to the world of sports…your Philadelphia Eagles have had kind of an up-and-down season – the team was flying high, as they say, until they ran into the Seattle Seahawks at the Linc and Dallas on successive weeks and got scorched, particularly by the “D” team. And now, with a mistake-filled recent loss to Washington and a Dallas win, the Birds are officially out of the playoffs.

I don’t want to hang this citation on the team because of their performance, which, if you want to know the truth, was (up until Seattle) been better than I thought it would be at the beginning of the year.

I’m giving this raspberry to coach Chip Kelly in particular for his stated reason for releasing wide receiver DeSean Jackson before they got started.

I mean, if Kelly had said something about “locker room disharmony” or something and let it go at that, I would have understood; there are all kinds of ways to phrase it when you let somebody go (kind of like the way Seattle kept it low-key when they released Percy Harvin). And though I thought the move was awful at first, I think the team has done a good job of compensating without Jackson (who landed with Washington, as luck would have it).

But on top of the “locker room disharmony” thing, Kelly said something about Jackson being involved with a gang, or something. Which has proven pretty much to be bullshit.

So Kelly should just stand up and say so, admit his mistake and apologize and not try to capitalize on the typically low attention span of a Philadelphia sports fan (or people in this country in general, I suppose).

And one more thing – way to blow it on #1 draft pick Marcus Smith.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Kevin Yoder of Kansas, the person who attached the Wall Street bailout provision to the “Cromnibus” (literally written by “Shitty Group” executives) and then proceeded to drop out of sight here (at least have the courage of your foul convictions – here kitty kitty…)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

President Obama, for taking steps to restore relations with Cuba here

…on the other hand…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This is a tough call IMHO because they have to do the “heavy lift” on immigration themselves thanks to a less-than-do-nothing Congress (returned to power and granted even more by the American voting public, which is a shocking comment on those who actually did exercise their universal franchise), but I’m sorry – there has to be a better way for the Obama Administration to handle the immigration issue in the Southwest primarily than to build a detention center, which the ACLU sued the Obama Administration over as noted here (of course, Number 44 also faced lawsuits from the usual conservative suspects on his immigration order – we might as well forget about anything like actual governance from the Repugs on this and probably every other issue; all they care about is pushing their talking points).

Do I have a better answer? No I don’t. But I’m not holding elected office either.

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

And as he is about to close out his utterly wretched career in the U.S. Senate, Crazy Tom Coburn of Oklahoma voted against a bill to try and cut down on suicides by veterans (here) and also opposed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act which puts “billions of dollars of projects and hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk,” according to Sen. Charles Schumer here (with NYC presenting more likely terrorist targets than Oklahoma – not trying to be a snob, just pointing out the reality).

There are a handful of things Coburn has said and done that are correct over his 10 godawful years in the Senate (I know I’ve pointed them out, but I honestly can’t remember them right now). For the most part, though, he has been nothing but a stooge doing the bidding of the “one percent” by dressing up his cruelty as something approximating fiscal prudence.

I know he has health issues, and I wish him luck with that. More than anything else, though, I’d like for him to go crawl into a hole and never be seen or heard from again (and Obama once counted Coburn as a friend of sorts in the Senate – I will never, ever understand why).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio for this on Cuba; yeah, I know they pretty much have to say this stuff for political cover, but it’s still ridiculous

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This goes to Sony Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, and anyone else behind the decision to postpone the debut of “The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, due to hacking and terrorist threats that, apparently, emanate from North Korea (the film is about two guys who are contracted, pretty much, to kill Kim Jong Un – here).

I think what’s really going on here is that the people behind the decision to postpone release don’t want to do anything to hurt the sales of other movies making their debut on Christmas, most notably “Into the Woods,” and they think releasing “The Interview” might depress audience turnout.

Actually, I don’t know what is more sad – the movie people for cancelling the debut with the stated reason being audience safety when, in fact (and as usual), the concern is over money; or any audience person who would stay away in response to North Korea’s threats (I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen a movie on Christmas, but I’d be tempted to make an exception so I could give North Korea the metaphorical middle finger). Either way, it makes me recall that clip from “The Newsroom” where Jeff Daniels laments that we were never so scared of our own shadow, so to speak, in this country as we are now (and another factor here is Sony’s sieve-like “data security” – Playstation has been hacked so many times that I’ve lost count).

Update 12/23/14: Excellent by Sony to do this (but I’ll still never buy a Playstation)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Missouri state representative Rick Brattin has come up with perhaps the most unusual (and stoo-pid) justification for a woman to get permission from the father before getting an abortion (and I think mandating something like that is ridiculous) that I’ve ever heard (here).

See, if you’re a married man in Missouri apparently, you have to have a consent form completed by your wife before you get a vasectomy. So, Brattin says, a woman should have to get something like that completed by the father of the child before she…you get the rest.

Full disclosure time: I got a “snip” myself a long time ago for personal reasons of course, and Mrs. Doomsy and I discussed the matter thoroughly. Here’s the thing – a vasectomy can be reversed (of course, there’s no guarantee that a man will be able to father a child again as a result). It’s an “inpatient” procedure requiring an overnight stay I believe (as well as general anesthesia). And I have no idea of the insurance coverage issues – it was covered under our plan about ten years ago, but I have no idea if it would still be covered now.

An abortion, however, is final, as we know. But there’s a big difference between making a man unable to fertilize an egg and forcing a woman to carry that fertilized egg for (probably) nine months until birthing it.

As I’ve said before, if men got pregnant, there would be so many “morning after” pills on the market that you wouldn’t be able to keep track of them. And my guess is that guys like Brattin would be consuming them perhaps with greater ferocity than anyone else.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The three Republican (of course) judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit here who ruled that a man who was previously “committed to a mental institution” might nonetheless be allowed to have a gun, despite a federal ban on firearm possession by such individuals (the opinion was written by Danny Boggs, appointed by The Sainted Ronnie R; my guess is that Dubya appointed the other two, but I could be wrong…I’ll let you know if I find out more on this)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The recent execution-style murders of New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn were an absolutely horrible tragedy (the likely shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, killed himself after sending an Instagram message warning that he would shoot two police officers for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner; after sending the message, he apparently made good on his cowardly threat).

As bad as this is, though. I think the overreaction by the New York City police (and right-wing media, of course), has been pretty terrible in its own right, with Kristol Mess saying that liberals should protest the murders the same way they have protested the Brown and Garner deaths, as well as that of 12-year-old Tamir Rice – fortunately, Dr. Dean provided the voice of sanity here, saying that Brinsley was a horrible “lone actor” in this situation…and why exactly is Kristol still taken seriously anyway?).

In the matter of the police, as noted here, when NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio “walked through Woodhull Hospital on Saturday (12/20) for a press conference about the deaths of the two police officers, the officers in the hospital hallways turned their backs on the mayor.” And apparently, the officers took their cues from Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (here), and former police commissioner Ray Kelly (as TPM notes, in a tweet, the Sergeants Benevolent Association even said that de Blasio “had blood on his hands” for the shooting of the two officers…also, an effort is also underway, or so it seems, to try and ban de Blasio from attending the funerals of police officers, though hopefully there will be very little reason for the mayor to fulfill that duty).

So what did Mayor de Blasio do that was apparently so awful? Well, he warned his multiracial son “to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him,” as noted here (actually, far worse than that as far as the NYPD is concerned, or so it would seem, de Blasio also showed some degree of empathy for those who had been victimized by NYC police).

With all of that in mind, this citation goes out to anyone trying to score points of any kind whatsoever over the murders of these two police officers, particularly Lynch and Kelly and all the WATBs who think that baaad liberal mayor Bill de Blasio is picking on them (and I hope it doesn’t need to be pointed out that that includes Kristol Mess and his ilk also).

Update 12/23/14: And that also includes this clown, who is desperately trying to remain relevant somehow (referring to Woods, by the way).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The thus-far unnamed individual who left a $1,200 tip on a $128 meal to waitress Megan Asadi (who recently became an American citizen) at a Herndon, Virginia diner (here – definitely showing the spirit of the season)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The external death penis fetishists who, at a pro-gun rally in Olympia, Washington, booed former congresswoman Gabby Giffords here, who as we know was shot in the head and very nearly died (no line that these life forms won’t cross)

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Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Taking a page from former teammate Pat Burrell and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, former Phillie and now L.A. Dodger Jimmy Rollins took out a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer thanking the fans for supporting him and the team here.

I’ll be honest; there were plenty of times (particularly over the last two years) where Rollins popped out with men on base, and not working a deeper count in the process (I think Derek Jeter, for example, did a better job of adjusting his game as he aged, but it’s probably not fair to compare Rollins to someone who, I’m quite sure, will be in Cooperstown before very long).

Still, Rollins has been an extraordinary player for a number of years, and he provided Phillies fans with innumerable “highlight reel” plays (we saw him win a home game against Cleveland a few years ago with a ninth-inning home run). And, with the possible exception of Larry Bowa, I think it’s safe to say that Rollins is the finest-fielding shortstop the Phillies have ever had. Rollins was also a big part of the longest-running streak of success the Phillies have ever had, with (I believe) six straight years of playoff appearances, with two World Series appearances including a Series win in 2008.

So good luck, J-Roll – go knock off those stinking Giants and bring a crown to L.A.

I’ll finish this next time.

Here is an update:

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Transit Police Sgt. Daniel Caban, Officer Darrell James, and everyone who did whatever they could to help a woman on a Philadelphia transit train give birth to a baby boy as the train pulled into the 15th and Market Street station (Suburban station) on Christmas Day (a wonderful story of the season, as noted here – at last word, everyone was doing fine).

Here is another update:

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Anna Kooiman, yet another Fix Noise rent-a-blonde, for wondering if the metric system makes planes fall from the sky here, in the wake of the as-yet-unresolved disappearance of an AirAsia Flight 8501 carrying 162 people that disappeared in waters near Indonesia (wonder if it has ever occurred to anyone at the Roger Ailes BS Factory that their purposeful stupidity is often cruel towards those suffering the wake of a tragedy? Nah, guess not)

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