Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 6)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Joan Cheever of San Antonio, TX has been serving meals to the homeless for 10 years, as Think Progress tells us here. However, she was cited in April by that city’s police dept with a fine of about 2 grand for serving the meals in a vehicle other than her food truck, which basically would disqualify her from giving out the food. In response, she argued that she has a right to feed the homeless under Texas’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act because she considers it exercising her religious beliefs. And that, actually, is the proper interpretation of the statute as far as I personally am concerned – nicely done.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The police department members and city officials in Parma, Missouri who resigned upon the election of Tyrus Byrd, that city’s first African American mayor, without giving her a chance (and we’re talking about a location above that Mason Dixon line, so we Yankees have no room to gloat…just sayin’ – here)

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

I realize that it was probably way too much of me to expect that former head of Bucks County PA’s Pennsbury School Board (and Teahadist extraordinaire) Simon Campbell would just go away after having been unceremoniouslty bounced from the board in favor of actual cognizant and mature adults, but as noted here, he requested the personal information on all Kutztown University employees through PA’s “sunshine” laws.

And yes, Simple Simon has definitely pulled this garbage before with employees of the Pennsbury School District. And all because of his rabid anti-unionism.

As long as Campbell is looking to reveal information about others, maybe he should apply that standard to himself and tell us how much he is compensated for practicing his evil craft on behalf of the Kochs and “Americans for Prosperity” and PA’s Commonwealth Foundation.

Because (in words more or less recalling that quote from Winston Churchill), we pretty much know what Campbell is by now. All that’s in question at this point is his price.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer compared her ballot removal for the May 19th primary election to the violence of the Selma, Alabama marches in 1965.

Actually, as noted here

Singer needed at least 1,000 signatures from registered Democrats to be listed on the ballot. (A Philadelphia Common Pleas judge) found Singer, who turned in 1,485 signatures, had 996 that were valid.

The Rev. Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, called Singer’s civil rights analogy “ludicrous” and an “incongruous rant.”

“She needs to think twice before she starts using that language,” he said.

No word on whether or not Singer had received a blow from a billy club, been attacked by dogs or been doused by a water cannon before she decided to open her mouth (she eventually gave up her challenge).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro was guilty of some world-class wankery here, saying that Jeb Bush was a “relatable” potential “eater-in-chief” as opposed to that green-tea-sipping President Obama, who apparently isn’t “relatable” somehow…you would think the “newspaper of record” would have stopped this crap after all the stuff about how you’d like to have a beer with George W. Bush, or something, during the 2000 election.

…and while we’re on the subject…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

You would think that a man as intelligent as President Obama would know better than to say this stuff, but apparently not; as noted here, he said that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s criticisms of the thus-far-still-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership sound like Sarah Palin’s “death panel” criticisms on health care reform.

I think Dave Johnson does a better job of responding to Obama here than I could, but here is my question: how many jobs are we going to gain and how many are we going to lose?

If you can’t answer that question, Mr. President, then stop acting like a Republican and START opposing these stinking “free” trade deals for a change.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

PA State Rep Dom Costa for this (feel like putting up that “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” clip about the French taunting in response – oops, I can’t put up videos at this site…my bad)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Nathan Morris, co-founder of the group Boyz II Men, for starting a “Go Fund Me” crowd-sourcing campaign to raise money for Charles Gladden — a man who works in the Senate cafeteria but lives on the street – in an effort to find Gladden a home here (as far as I’m concerned, our government should be doing a better job of stuff like this, but of course we have to pay for that…cue the Teahadist outrage…but still give Morris credit where it’s due)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I had really hoped that former Dem U.S. House Rep Allyson Schwartz was smart enough to know when she was getting played, ending up fronting some group on behalf of insurance companies called the Better Medicare Alliance, but apparently not.

As noted here by Wendell Potter, formerly of Cigna and someone who definitely knows how insurers buy influence primarily on Capitol Hill, the goal of the Better Medicare Alliance seems to be to open the proverbial spigot of taxpayer financing as much as possible to the benefit of Medicare Advantage, the “privatized” version of traditional Medicare which charges higher premiums on average than traditional Medicare and doesn’t deliver the quality of care that is anywhere as good as the traditional version.

How sad that former Rep. Schwartz apparently isn’t aware of that (“progressive” my butt).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Major League Baseball and the Baltimore Orioles, for deciding to play a game on Wednesday April 29th at Camden Yards with the Chicago White Sox that was closed to the public, in the wake of the riots after the death of Freddie Gray – yes, I get it that’s it’s all about TV revenue and the fans are an afterthought, but either postpone the game or play it on the road if you’re concerned about safety (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Anheuser Busch brewery, makers of Budweiser of course, get it for producing a beer with a label stating “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night” (here).

How in God’s name is this actually a “thing”? Are there any alleged adults involved in making the decision to manufacture and sell something like that?

Bueller??!!

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Football player Sen’Derrick Marks of the Jacksonville Jaguars for this, just in time for prom season (nice touch)

Republican Covention

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Governor Bully earns yet another dishonorable mention; as noted here in May, he vetoed a bill that would have required his campaign contributors (well, indirectly, through Republican groups – thanks once more, High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR, for Citizens United) to disclose fees they generated from “administering” (using the term loosely) the pensions of NJ’s public sector employees.

“The fund managers and investment advisers already must abide by federal campaign contribution laws,” Christie wrote in a memo explaining his decision. “Because the federal campaign contribution laws pre-empt state law in this area, I cannot approve of such a provision.”

If I were a Repug (and I can assure you that I am not), I would say that that was an almost “Clinton-esque” evasion.

But wait, there’s more…

New Jersey’s current investment rules prohibit financial firms whose executives make state campaign contributions from receiving contracts to manage pension money. That rule was most recently the subject of a “pay to play” investigation of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, whose financial firm received a New Jersey pension deal from Christie officials after Baker mase a $10,000 donation to the New Jersey Republican State Committee. Christie officials cleared Baker.

In 2014, while Christie was running the Republican Governor’s Association, his administration slipped a provision into the state administrative code to prevent the rules from applying to contributions to federal political committees like the RGA and Christie’s presidential PAC.

Rules? Oversight? Governance? That’s for the rabble, and of course, Democrats, who I suppose are one in the same as far as the Repugs are concerned.

…oh, and one more thing here (chomp, chomp go NJ’s taxpayer dollars right into Christie’s ample face – OOOH YOU BAD LIBERAL, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO CRITICIZE CHRISTIE’s APPEARANCE…WAAAH!!!)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

There are so many moments of smack-open-palm-against-forehead stoo-pid in the racial incident with Georgia high school Principal Nancy Gordeuk that it’s hard to catalog them all, but I’ll try to here.

Apparently, she somehow forgot about the graudation speech by the class valedictorian, which was the first thing she did wrong at the ceremony. As a result of that, some parents got up to leave thinking the ceremony was over. To compound the mistake, Gordeuk looked at the exiting crowd and said something about the “black people leaving.”

Even if that were somehow true, if you see that taking place, you shouldn’t be dumb enough to actually point that out. Well, as a result, the quite predictable (and entirely justified) social media outcry followed. In reponse, Gordeuk apologized, but somehow managed to come up with another racial epiphet in doing so.

Oh, and please spare me the claptrap about how “the devil was in the house” and how Gordeuk is supposedly “already forgiven.” Stop hiding behind religion to try and mask your own idiocy (and by the way, she was later fired…big surprise I know)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Stephen Colbert for this (pretty smart for a guy who plays dumb on TV)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I realize that all politicians lie, it’s just a matter of the degree. However, what Lex Luthor Scott did was truly appalling.

As noted here, Scott assembled the media at the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee in February 2013 to say, in essence, that he supported a three-year Medicaid expansion more or less as a prelude to possibly setting up an exchange in his state, using the example of his mother’s death as motivation for supposedly doing the right thing.

Well, as Crooks and Liars tells us…

Scott conceded (in May) that was all a ruse. He now says his support for Medicaid expansion was a calculated move designed to win support from the Obama administration for the state’s proposal to hand over control of Medicaid to private insurance companies. At the time, he denied that his support was tied to a deal with the federal government.

Now that he’s succeeded in privatizing Medicaid, Scott is again railing against Medicaid expansion and is suing the federal government for allegedly forcing it on him.

Everyone knows (or should know) about Scott’s behavior as head of Columbia/HCA before he was elected governor, as noted here (which makes me wonder why he was even elected in the first place, let alone re-elected). However, it’s particularly vile to use the death of your own mother to trick people infinitely less fortunate than you are by pretending you support something that they critically need. And for this to come out timed for Mother’s Day is the cherry on the icing of this cake of sh*t.

More later…

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