Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 4)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

This might be the hardest citation I’ve ever handed out, but I’ve got to do it.

As noted here, Keith Olbermann responded to a tweet that Penn State students had raised $13 million for pediatric cancer research with a one-word tweet of his own that said “pitiful.”

OK, to begin – Penn State’s dance marathon (which was responsible for the $13 million) is an annual event that has contributed millions to fight cancer; on the weekend of the “thon,” students are also out in traffic braving the elements standing at intersections with tin cans accepting whatever loose change drivers happen to send their way. The whole thing is an incredibly commendable effort.

Now I honestly believe Olbermann when he says he wasn’t attacking the “thon.” However, you can’t tar any group of people with a “broad brush” the way he did; I’m certainly not going to come riding to the defense of Penn State officials in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky horror show and the fight over the school’s punishment as a result, but that’s a wholly other matter.

Also, Olbermann (being a pretty incendiary presence who I happen to agree with just about all of the time when he reports/opines on a variety of subjects) allowed himself to get drawn into this whole squabble in which he was accused of attacking the “thon” and associating it with the Sandusky mess by being generally clumsy and showing no media savvy whatsoever. And yes, he apologized for it (which is more than what a lot of other people do when they get called out – see the Billo citation from Pt. 3) but he should have avoided the whole thing altogether.

None of us are perfect, and maybe, due to his prior exemplary work, Olbermann is held to a higher standard by yours truly than one I would attach to just about anyone else (and I guess that’s something I just have to deal with). However, it also makes him a bigger target and requires a little more common sense, I believe, for him to avoid occasions such as this where he clumsily lashed out at an institution that does a lot of good work for no good reason.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (do I really need to identify the party?) who said here that cancer is a fungus that you can “wash out” – our family buried two beloved members over the last couple of years from this “fungus,” you bitch (and add this to the pile…ho ho bleeping ho)

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Dregs of the Year Nominees

Republican U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (pictured) and Thom Tillis, from Tennessee and North Carolina respectively, for concocting legislation to try and overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules here, which would lead to a much-needed expansion of broadband in those states (and I LOVE the title – the “States Rights Municipal Broadband Act of 2015”…hell yeah, let’s just go whistle Dixie with Johnny Reb and his pals while we, as a nation, march headlong into oblivion, because Freedom and American Exceptionalism!!)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Millville, NJ school bus driver Rosa Rios, who was accused of stealing lunches and lunch money from pre-schoolers here (really low)

Commemorative Stewie Griffin “The Broccoli Must Die” Citation Of The Year

As noted here, wingnut emeritus Pat Robertson said here that people who are addicted to drugs are “enslaved by vegetables,” obviously forgetting or perhaps not even knowing that cannabis is an herb

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Pro football players Steve Weatherford and Sidney Rice, both having played for Super Bowl-winning teams, for agreeing to donate their brains to science to study the effects of concussions suffered during their careers as noted here

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other “faith” groups that are using an utterly odious “conscience” provision to block emergency contraception on behalf of raped migrants; as this Think Progress post tells us, it is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped before they ever get to this country (another instance where an ivory tower proclamation meets cold, hard reality and is made to look completely ridiculous)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This goes out to any alleged Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives who would do anything whatsoever to ensure that John Boehner holds onto his job as speaker (here).

I’m sick of this explanation of, well, if we get rid of Boehner, then we’re stuck with some Teahadist fool like Ted Yoho, and we have to preserve the institution, or something (this reminds me of the argument supporting Repug Thad Cochran when he faced Teahadist Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Republican U.S. Senatorial primary…Cochran promised to be bipartisan, or something, then beat McDaniel with the help of some Dems, and then completely forgot about his promise to be bipartisan).

You know what? Screw “the institution”! If somebody like Yoho, Goober Gohmert or Glenn Grothman ends up taking over if Boehner gets the boot, then let it stand as a testimony to the whole world that a substantial portion of the American electorate is truly too stupid to breed. Yes, having a Teahadist in charge would be catastrophic, but if this doesn’t rouse a substantial portion of this country to put down the TV and DVR remotes, rise up and trek to their polling location to vote for Democrats, then truly nothing will.

And it’s not as if Boehner is going to show a speck of gratitude to the Dems…am I right?

Oh, and the whole thing was made even more ridiculous when “Orange Man” stepped down anyway (and I don’t buy for a second this BS that he was motivated to do so by meeting Pope Francis – here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I have to admit that, even now, I’m still trying to “unpackage” all of the awfulness with Arkansas State Rep. Justin Harris (h/t Atrios), but I’ll try (here).

See, he apparently adopted two young daughters in 2013, and then “rehomed” them to family friend Eric Francis, who apparently raped the elder one when she was six years old. That’s bad enough, but then Harris must have tried to play the “oh, I’m such a poor, oppressed ‘family values’ conservative, and I’m the REAL victim” card.

So you “rehomed” your kids? What, did you think they were pieces of flat ware, pearl earrings or a dishwasher or something? They’re HUMAN BEINGS, not things. Oh, and by the way, Harris has no problem with apparently blaming DHS for all of this, which is particularly cowardly as far as I’m concerned since, while Harris can run his mouth on this all day long (and apparently feel no concern about the fact that he’s making public a very sensitive matter involving children), DHS at least is correctly observing the sensitivity of this matter and declining to comment (and for legal reasons too, of course).

If nothing else, this entire episode proves to me that Harris should not be allowed to adopt children from this point forward, since he doesn’t have the common sense to realize that he should have kept all of this out of the media spotlight in the first place.

And believe it or not, there’s actually MORE to this, as noted here (and still more here, including a claim that the Harrises “re-homed” the girls because of alleged demonic possession – the Harrises deny that, of course, which is about what you would expect).

And by the way, why is this not surprising in any way, shape or form (and believe it or not, “Calgary” Cruz would enter into this mess later).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dan Aykroyd, for saying that he would donate to the trust fund set up for the two boys of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III here – Aykroyd was at the Flower Show in March at about the time of the shooting to promote his vodka, Crystal Head, when he made his promise, which, if nothing else, will call attention to the Fund (I’m sure Irwin Mainway would approve :-))

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Koch University” Dr. Garrett Jones, for saying that we would be better off with “less Democracy” here (I could be pretty vile and concoct some snark about what kind of activity Jones is proficient at with Chuck and Dave given the pose of his mouth in that pic – nah, I’d better leave it at that)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The landlord of a Blue Springs, Missouri apartment complex who (as of March) continues to collect something called an “Obamacare Surtax” on the monthly rent that he (?) charges to his (?) tenants (no word on whether or not the amount is 30 pieces of silver…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I realize that it’s highly probable that no one remembers this, but when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate last November, including Tom Cotton defeating Mark Pryor in Arkansas, I said that Cotton would make Ted Cruz look like Patrick Moynihan.

Well, he completely lived down to that billing and then some here, taking the lead in getting 46 other U.S. Senate Repugs to go along with him signing a letter basically telling Iran to forget about a nuclear treaty because, if (God forbid) a Republican wins the White House in 2016 to go along with a wholly Republican congress…

…(shhh, don’t wake the American voting electorate out of its slumber. Rock a bye baby)…

…then that president and that congress would ignore it anyway.

And in the process of doing this, Cotton and his pals did the even-more-despicable deed of overruling the commander in chief, one Barack H. Obama, who, along with others, negotiated said nuclear deal along with other countries.

Gee, last I checked, the U.S. Constitution has something to say about the commander-in-chief negotiating stuff like this.

Oh, silly me – how often I forget sometimes. See, Obama isn’t THEIR president because he doesn’t belong to the “R” party, so of course he must be belittled every way possible.

And by the way, I don’t care if Cotton served our country or not; his actions are those of a callow, ignorant asshole. And that goes double for the fools who actually voted for him.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the ultra-high-end Italian fashion designers, earn a dishonorable mention for attacking same-sex couples raising kids and in vitro fertilization (here).

And yes, I realized that they’re entitled to their opinions on the subject, even though I think their statement is a bit odd seeing as how they’re apparently same-sex partners themselves (or were, at least), but in response to a justly-earned IMHO rebuke from Elton John in which John called for a boycott of Dolce and Gabbana, the two called for a boycott of Elton John in response.

And again, D&G are entitled to call for a boycott of their own, but how petty do they look in all of this (and do they honestly think that their customers, some of whom I’m quite sure are fans of Elton John, aren’t going to react in a way opposed to D&G?).

And no, for the record, I don’t have a dog in this fight, as it were, since I’m quite sure that I will never wear any D&G attire, and I’m definitely straight (more on this will come later).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Wyoming Gov. (!) Matt Mead for this (happily, he would get his wish in a few months)

More later…

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