Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 7)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Kansans Bob and Kevin Fyfe for this (gee, maybe you didn’t go out of business because of those danged li-bu-ruuls…maybe it’s because the two of you were idiots with your ridiculous promotions)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

In the wake of the utterly awful Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, Repug Florida U.S. House Rep John Mica for this

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Harold Hamm, billionaire CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, who told the dean at the University of Oklahoma here that he was so displeased by the university’s research on the topic of fracking that he wanted certain scientists dismissed, as reported by Bloomberg News (see, the secret is out that fracking is the cause of earthquakes in a state that had never experienced them before, and apparently, that hurt Hamm’s fee-fees…as somebody once said, we live in the era of angry billionaires)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Ms. Ivy Ziedrich, a self-described political science major and a college Democrat at the University of Nevada, who told Repug presidential candidate Jeb Bush that “your brother created ISIS” – I would say that, while Dubya is primarily responsible IMHO for his utterly wretched Iraq war, the whole truth is a little more complicated…kudos to Ziedrich, though, for standing up to Jeb! and his pals, who are just about the same as those of his awful brother (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who helped bail protestors in Baltimore and Ferguson, MO out of jail, as noted here (earning the predictable Fix Noise frothing in response)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

As far as I’m concerned, it takes a particularly repugnant form of douchebaggery (word?) to kill an animal that is an endangered species to enhance your “ammo-sexual” cred, but that’s what Corey Knowlton did in May when he killed a black rhino in Namibia (here)…we’ll have another story similar to this later.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Ohio Repug congressman (yes, you read that correctly) Jim Renacci, who broke with his party’s supposed “no new taxes” orthodoxy from The Sainted Ronnie R and Grover (Drown Government in a Bathtub) Noquist to call for a revenue increase to support this country’s creaking infrastructure here – nice for sanity to prevail from that bunch for a change

Dregs of the Year Nominees

You could give a citation like this to Fix Noise for so many reasons, but as noted here, there was a violent confrontation between police and biker gangs in Waco, Texas earlier this year which left 9 people dead and over 190 injured, and the Foxies reported it perfectly straight and sticking to the facts as much as that network is able to do so.

The problem? That stands in marked contrast to how they “report” on stories of violence involving African Americans or Muslims; in the latter case, they often fabricate some kind of a connection to terrorism, or in the former case, they often use it as an excuse to preach about the supposed lack of values of the black underclass, or something, or say that (wait for it) the problem is really being caused by those dastardly liberals and their “war on cops,” or whatever nonsense they happen to be peddling at the moment (h/t Atrios).

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The country of Ireland for being the first nation to legalize gay marriage (memo to the Catholic Church: when Ireland comes out, so to speak, for marriage equality, you’ve pretty much lost the “culture wars”…here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

AXA, France’s largest insurer, for pledging to drop its remaining investment in coal assets while tripling its investment in green technologies in response to the climate crisis here (mais oui!)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The nation of Qatar for not allowing its Nepalese workers to return home for the funerals of family members and friends lost to that country’s horrific earthquake earlier this year (here – I should note that most Nepalese workers will be allowed to return home, except for those working on projects related to the 2022 World Cup, which will be hosted in Qatar, apparently – I still think it’s a rotten move)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The Cleveland Indians baseball team for shaving their heads here in an act of solidarity on behalf of teammate Mike Aviles and his daughter, who underwent chemotherapy and radiation for leukemia (nice touch)

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

Actor Vince Vaughn for this (and on the same day as this – what a schmuck)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Conservadem U.S. House Rep John Delaney for this (great takedown by kos)…

…and oh yeah, Delaney was the same jackass responsible for this potential boondoggle (just fund infrastructure spending the same damn way we always have and be done with it! Stop trying to inflate another potential bubble that will burst all over us yet again)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Judge Robert Pitman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (here), for ruling against the National Federation of Independent Business and Texas chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (sometimes called the ALEC of the construction industry) who were fighting rules that would modernize the process of unionizing a 21st-century workforce (nice work by Pitman, even though this will almost surely be appealed)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The bikers in Albuquerque, New Mexico who came to the defense of a 5-year-old girl with a disability who was bullied – scary looking guys with warm hearts (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Pennsylvania State Judge Thomas F. Burke, Jr. gets a nod for ruling that 16 McDonald’s restaurants in our beloved commonwealth (in a chain run by Carol and Albert Mueller) ran afoul of the state’s wage law by paying employees with debit cards, rejecting the Mueller’s argument that the cards are equivalent to checks (and a Do-Gooder citation also to worker Natalie Gunshannon who filed the original suit and was joined by 2,380 workers, all working for the Muellers, who of course earn Dregs citations for this).

Oh, and a Dregs citation also goes the Chase Bank – get a load of this…

Gunshannon and other workers faced a $1.50 charge every time they used an ATM to access their wages, and a $5 charge for withdrawing the money over the counter at a cash register. Where a worker who misplaced a standard paycheck would be able to get a replacement check, the JP Morgan Chase prepaid cards charged a $15 replacement fee if lost or stolen. Paying bills online with the card meant spending an additional 75 cents on bank fees, and merely checking the balance of a card triggered a $1 fee.

The Muellers’ hourly workers were charged such fees nearly 47,000 separate times from the fall of 2010 to the summer of 2014, according to an expert witness in the case. That works out to roughly 20 separate fees per person in the class over a 45-month period.

Store managers, meanwhile, were offered direct deposit forms to receive their pay without facing the card fees.

Chase – So You Can (totally hose your clients, that is)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Bay area California bus driver Tim Watson, who, after hearing a police bulletin about a missing boy, noticed that a child fitting the description was a passenger; he helped to apprehend the suspect who had allegedly taken the boy, notifying police without tipping anyone off (here – nicely done)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

American Pharoah, the first thoroughbred racehorse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years – citations also go to trainer Bob Baffert and  jockey Victor Espinoza here…great stuff

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

William Hayes and Chris Long, two football players for the St. Louis Rams, who pretended to be panhandlers in March for a documentary on the homeless, even trying to stay warm inside a truck overnight while the temperature reached 38 degrees (here)…

“It was the worst night I’ve ever had in my life,” Hayes said in the documentary…”My body hurts so bad right now.”

The cold wasn’t the only challenge Long and Hayes had to endure — stereotyping based off of their appearances led to unwelcome interactions with law enforcement, Long explained.

“If we were in nicer clothes or our appearance was different, maybe we wouldn’t be stopped or kind of questioned the way we were,” he said after being approached by police officers for simply walking down the street. “You’re not a normal, quote-unquote, person anymore.”

The eye-opening experience prompted Long and Hayes to help two chronically homeless people they’d come across — Marty and Nancy. The football players paid for a two-month hotel stay for Marty and Nancy — as well as disposable cell phones, groceries and bus passes — in hopes that the gesture would help lead them to stable housing down the road.

Since the documentary was filmed, Nancy began receiving help through outreach support and Marty gained employment in construction, according to ESPN.

Post-game prayer circles are nice – most well-meaning attempts at demonstrating one’s faith having nothing whatsoever to do with Tim Tebow are fine with me – but works like this are worth all the hallelujahs and hosannas and fingers pointing at the sky that you can muster as far as I’m concerned.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, who basically said here that our troops are ready to go halfway around the world all over again to fight, suffer, struggle and die in the Middle East for…for…OK, who is the enemy this time? Oh yeah, ISIS, which poses no threat whatsoever to take over this country…

I don’t know off the top of my head what Ernst’s rank was in the military before she retired to run for the Senate, but whatever it was, it doesn’t excuse her from uttering dunderheaded nonsense like this (and a Dregs citation also goes out to those idiot Iowa voters who actually elected her).

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

This could just be a perpetual citation to Former President Highest Disapproval Rating In Gallup Poll History, but here, it came out that he has made millions in speaking fees since leaving An Oval Office (and yes, that isn’t illegal at all I know, but considering the unprosecuted crimes of his criminal regime, it’s still pretty reprehensible – also considering all the media harrumphing over the Clintons and the money they’ve made in #42’s own retirement for his foundation)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Norway, for divesting its holdings in coal from the country’s $890 billion government pension fund, which is considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Nestlé International Waters’ CEO Tim Brown, who said he would continue to bottle water in drought-stricken California and would increase the amount of water Nestlé bottles if he could, basically blaming consumers for what I would call his reckless decision making here (truly no line these life forms won’t cross)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Once more, country music performer Tim McGraw for this (not a fan, but credit where it’s due)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who somehow managed to continue performing a show despite a truly debilitating injury suffered during the performance (I don’t think anyone will tell him to “break a leg” any time soon – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Peter King, who claimed that his fellow Repug and former Rep Dennis Hastert was the “only victim” in the sex abuse scandal surrounding the former U.S. House speaker – yeah, try telling that to Jolene Burdge, whose late brother Steve Reinboldt was allegedly a victim of Hastert; besides, as Think Progress tells us here, Hastert can always choose to prosecute his alleged blackmailer, whoever it is

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, who introduced a measure here to…

…get rid of two clean water exemptions for oil and gas companies — one enacted in 1987 and the other in 2005. The 2005 exemption, known as the Halliburton Loophole, came from a provision in that year’s Energy Policy Act and allows oil and gas companies to frack free from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Cardin’s bill, dubbed the FRESHER Act, would do away with the Halliburton Loophole. It would also prompt the Department of the Interior to conduct a study on the impacts of oil and gas operations on stormwater runoff.

And somewhere, a few more cells inside the coal-black heart of Dick Cheney quietly die (though, to be fair, Cardin definitely didn’t distinguish himself here).

More later…

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