Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 3)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Federal Appeals Judge Laurence H. Silberman gets a raspberry for chiding Ron Fournier, of all people, for Fournier repeating the thoroughly-true claim that a certain Former President Highest Disapproval Rating In Gallup Poll History lied us into the Iraq war.

Judge Silberman, you can keep polishing this turd, as it were, all you what, but at the end of the day, you will still have a turd regardless (here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Philadelphia carpenter Mark Gregoria, who saw a blaze underway on Bristol Pike in Bensalem, Bucks County, drove his truck with a ladder to the scene and ended up helping emergency personnel rescue a woman from a burning building (here – nice work)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Number 44 himself for this – God, am I SICK AND TIRED of the faux equivalency between MSNBC and Fix Noise for at least two reasons 1) MSNBC is fundamentally right more often than their counterparts, and 2) Fix Noise has a stranglehold on elderly white (and rich in particular) viewers this country, and MSNBC doesn’t have an answer for that with any other particular demographic

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug frosh U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, for her claim that, well, just because she, y’know, wasn’t, like, SHOT AT apparently during her military service…well, that doesn’t mean that SHE WASN’T IN COMBAT TOO, YOU DASTARDLY LI-BU-RUUL! AND HOW DARE YOU QUESTION HER!! U-S-A! U-S-A!

I’m so old that I can remember, during the last decade, when former Dem U.S. House Rep Patrick Murphy’s Iraq service in the 82nd Airborne and the JAG’s office was attacked even though he actually saw combat (yes he did, wingnuts). And even though, by Ernst’s own admission, she “wasn’t an infantryman…kicking in doors” she wants to be accorded the same acknowledgement and status (here).

One of these days, someone or something will write the history of this whole period in this country and wonder what the hell was wrong with the voters of this nation for electing clueless neophytes like Enrst, Thom Tillis, Tom Cotton, and too many others. And I’m sure they’ll be at as much of a loss to figure it all out conclusively as I am right now (many contributing causes that come immediately to mind, though).

“21st Century Male Troglodyte” Citation Of The Year (Thus Far)

Missouri State Rep. Mike Moon, for calling for a repeal of the ACA with “manly firmness” (which quite rightly earned a rebuke from Sen. Claire McCaskill here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Albany, GA Police Officer Ryan Jenkins for this – if he’s found guilty, he should go to prison for a minimum of 10 years (and funny, but I didn’t hear much outcry from the so-called “right to life” crowd over this; actually, I didn’t hear ANY outcry)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

New PA guv Tom Wolf for declaring a moratorium on the death penalty here – as I’ve said, I probably wring my hands over this issue more than any other because I don’t think I have the right to tell families and friends of victims of horrific violence that they shouldn’t have this as an option, though we have all kinds of problems in this country with applying it to people we think are worthy of the ultimate punishment

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Nebraska State District Court Judge Mark Kozisek, who issued a ruling in February that halted TransCanada’s attempts to use eminent domain to force landowners in that state to turn over their property for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline (here…at this moment, it looks like the whole thing is dead under Number 44, which is good news, though we must be vigilant and elect Democrats to make sure it STAYS dead)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This is a tough call because he was Do-Gooder of the Year for 2014, but I’m sorry – I have to give this one to His Holiness Pope Francis for saying that married couples who don’t have kids are “selfish” here.

There are couples who Mrs. Doomsy and I know (some who are family members) who don’t have kids, and these people are definitely not “selfish.” They are very loving and giving to their families outside of their homes as well as to their communities on many occasions. I am happy to defend them in my way from such accusations.

This is boilerplate thinking on the part of the Catholic Church, however, and I do get that and I realize that I can’t change that. Their first concern is the propagation of the faith, potential and/or actual negative consequences to at-risk families be damned. Oh, and when it comes to biological considerations and/or potential health risks particularly to the mother, the Church is basically oblivious, apparently believing that, in all pregnancies, the baby is carried to full term every time without complications, which of course reflects the diminished worldview of an extremely cloistered bureaucracy of allegedly virginal old men (and nice job on the “popepocalypse,” as Atrios called it, otherwise known as the World Mission of Families in Philadelphia, which otherwise came off well despite being a total “cluster” at times).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

If it’s a day of the week with a “y” in it, then it’s time for some Republican politician or conservative pundit somewhere to say something incredibly stupid and/or demeaning to women, kids, the elderly, gays, minorities and/or President Obama, and today’s winner is Republican South Carolina (of course) State Senator Tom Corbin, who said that women are “a lesser cut of meat” than men (and in the process, revealed more about his thoroughly demented worldview than we would ever want to actually know – here).

…and kudos to Corbin’s fellow Repug (of course) State Sen. Katrina Shealy for giving it right back to this fathead here.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Mississippi State Rep Gene Alday, who said here that he opposes funding for education because it would go to “blacks” who get “welfare crazy checks”; I guess that’s not too surprising, since Alday apparently did not benefit from much of an education himself (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry for wearing messages on his shoes in support of North Carolina State shooting victim Deah Shaddy Barakat during a “Shooting Stars” and three-point-shooting contest on NBA All Star Game weekend (nice touch, as it were…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Anybody out there remember Dave Brat? You know, the guy who defeated that sleazy weasel Eric Cantor in the U.S. House Republican primary from Virginia’s seventh congressional district (which pretty much assured a win in the general election)?

Well, as noted here, he said in February that we don’t need education funding in this country (presumably from the federal government, of which he, sadly, is a part) because “Socrates trained Plato on a rock.”

Hmm, a rock…something like the composition of Brat’s head for that stupid observation, I would guess (sounds a bit like his fellow numbskull Gene Alday too).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Even by the pitifully low standards of Fix Noise, this is utterly beneath contempt…

While reporting that San Diego prosecutors were dropping charges against a man accused of rape on the San Diego State University campus, San Diego Fox News 5 used a picture of President Obama over a caption reading “No charges.”

So this goes out to the San Diego affiliate of Fix Noise for something that is almost too scurrilous for words (…and yeah, they apologized – scumbags).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dr. Vesna Roi at Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville, Michigan, who refused to treat 4-month-old Bay Windsor Contreras because the little girl has two mothers raising her, making this decision after Dr. Roi decided to pray over the matter, apparently – this is the garbage we get for allowing so-called “conscience” provisions to be enshrined into law, a la Conestoga Wood/Hobby Lobby – the duty to perform medical care should trump all other considerations, and it would if it weren’t for this wingnut “conscience” idiocy…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

George and Joyce Gruss, who bought a room for a homeless couple at a Super 8 hotel here, only to have the couple tossed back out into the cold by hotel management because they didn’t have ID (definitely a Dregs citation to hotel management – umm, can’t you bend the rules for the homeless folks because of the frigid temperatures?)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

No, this doesn’t go out to “America’s Mayor” Rudy 91u1iani for saying that President Obama doesn’t love America, as he did here, although that is pretty lowdown, to say nothing of untrue (here).

This citation, instead, goes out to everyone like Michael Smerconish who said in February that Giuliani was out of line, or something. Really?

The movement conservatives in this country have been trafficking in this garbage about Obama for years, hinting at it with all of their dog-whistle coded language, even though anyone with a single-digit IQ at a minimum knows exactly what they’re talking about. Giuliani’s problem was that he was dumb enough to give away the game by saying exactly what they’ve meant all along.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Best Supporting Actress Academy Award-winner Patricia Arquette, for calling for wage equality in her Oscar acceptance speech (which subsequently made the heads explode of the usual conservative suspects at Fix Noise, as noted here)

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

OK, so let’s try to get this straight – Billo goes on TV and tells his audience of methane dispensers that, during the Falklands War in the ‘80s, he was the only CBS correspondent reporting on the war and the rest of the CBS crew was hiding in their hotel rooms or something (here – typical).

So what happens? Predictably, O’Reilly gets push-back from former CBS correspondents Eric Enberg and Charles Krause, among others (including David Corn writing for Mother Jones who wasn’t on the scene at that time – I believe Corn was the first to respond to Billo); among other things, Enberg says that police on the scene (of a Buenos Aires demonstration, NOT the shooting war 1,000 miles away, it should be emphasized) fired above the heads of protestors, but apparently that is one of the many points of contention. Also, Bob Schieffer (also in Buenos Aires at the time with the rest of the CBS crew) says that nobody from CBS was covering the actual war because they couldn’t get close enough to it, but reporting the protests, which, though dangerous, was not the same thing as covering the war (we know that Schieffer is pretty much a bought-and-paid-for shill for the Beltway media-political-industrial complex now, though he did step down as host of that Sunday show of his this year, but fair is fair).

So, Billo says “I want to stop this now,” and threatens that he’ll come after some New York Times reporters covering all of this “with everything I have.”

To recap – O’Reilly runs his mouth as usual and calls out some perfectly capable correspondents who were reporting on the same story he was, then those correspondents call his story into question, then he gets someone named Don Browne (who apparently wasn’t there either based on this C&L post) to say that O’Reilly is telling the truth, and now O’Reilly wants to shut everyone else up and threatens to come after anyone who reports on all of this in a way which is not to his liking.

What a pathetic egomaniac. The only people worse than O’Reilly are those who actually take him seriously.

More later…

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