Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs – (2015 – Pt. 8)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

South Bend, IN mayor Pete Buttigieg for this (all the best)…

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Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Andre Iguodala of the world champion Golden State Warriors earns a mention; he was named the NBA finals’ MVP even though he didn’t start every game, but managed to make a big enough impact that he apparently turned the series around for his team (I say “apparently” because I basically can’t be bothered with the NBA, so I don’t know for certain…here).

I want to note Iguodala in particular, though, because this is definitely an “in your face” citation to the typical morning radio idiots in Philadelphia who allegedly bring us what passes for a “sports” broadcast. Yeah, those same jackasses who hated Iguodala so much when he was with the Sixers that they volunteered to drive him to the airport in order to make it easier to trade him, which the perpetually-losing Sixers eventually did (along with Marresse Speights, who also ended up with Golden State).

Yeah, not good enough to play in Philly according to the media morons, but I’m sure the “bling” of those championship rings is more than a bit of compensation for that, huh?

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Sticking with sports, Brandon McManus, placekicker for the NFL’s Denver Broncos and former Temple Owl (he also played high school ball in the area in Montco I think, but I can’t find out where), held his inaugural Kick’n It for Charity Kickball Classic on June 20th here to help promote efforts against bullying (“plenty of leg,” if you will, behind that effort – kudos).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

NRA Board Member Charles Cotton somehow found a way to blame the murdered leader of the South Carolina congregation where 8 other people also died from gun slaughter by the coward Dylann Roof (the latest psychopath with a weapon of death): see, according to Cotton, if Clementa Pinckney (the leader of the congregation) had just supported concealed-carry in church, then Roof wouldn’t have killed everyone, including Pinckney himself (here).

I really don’t have any kind of a witty comeback or sarcastic dig in response to a remark that is so utterly appalling. Kind of like roadkill, I think I should just let it lay there and rot (which is the fate that I ultimately hope Cotton experiences one day, preferably while still sentient).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

South Carolina Republican State Representative Norman “Doug” Brannon, who introduced a bill to remove the Confederate rag from flying over the front of the state capitol after the mass shooting at the Charlestown congregation that left 9 people dead (here)…

As (Brannon) told Chris Hayes on MSNBC, “I had a friend die Wednesday night for no reason other than he was a black man. Sen. (Clementa) Pinckney was an incredible human being. I don’t want to talk politics but I’m going to introduce the bill for that reason.”

It’s terrible that it look the loss of a man like Pinckney for Brannon to do the right thing, but kudos anyway.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Former Delaware State University volleyball player Natalia Mendieta sued her coach in June because she claimed that she lost her athletic scholarship for refusing to attend her coach’s Sunday religious services (Mendieta is Catholic and her coach is Protestant, and yes, I would say the same thing if the faiths were reversed – and in case there was any doubt somehow, the citation goes to Mendieta – here)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Chuck Todd(ler), as Atrios calls him, for this – what a dope…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

South Carolina State Rep William Chumley gets a dishonorable nod; he said here that the victims in the Charleston, SC mass murder “waited their turn to be shot” because (I guess) none of them were the “good guy with a gun” that the NRA and their brainless clones seem to think will arrive in the proverbial nick of time to prevent danger.

And yes, Chumley apologized, as well he should. Of course, had he REALLY intended to do good here, he would never have been cruel and insensitive enough to utter this disgusting garbage in the first place (also, as usual, do I really need to point out the political party here?).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Teahadist New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez – as Think Progress tells us here

(Martinez) has sought to reinstate the rules limiting able-bodied people to three months of SNAP benefits unless they work or attend job training classes at least 20 hours per week. Martinez’s initial attempt was blocked by a judge who ruled the state had failed to give the required public notice about the decision. The state’s Human Services Department issued a revamped proposal (in June) that would make New Mexico’s work rules the most expansive in the country.

The standard work requirement applies to people age 18 to 50 who are healthy enough to work and have no children or other dependents to care for. Martinez’s administration wants to expand the rules to include 16- and 17-year-olds and adults as old as 60.

Oh, and did I mention that over 21 percent of the residents of that state collect SNAP benefits? And that this ridiculous action by Martinez means that between 26,000 and 80,000 residents could lose that benefit as a result (a pretty wide swath, I’ll admit)?

Allegedly, Martinez is a Roman Catholic, though it doesn’t look like she’s practicing anything that looks even remotely like the faith I was taught to emulate or reflect in my own behavior.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

For all of the disagreements I’ve had with the High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR and Justice Anthony Kennedy in particular, I have to admit that Kennedy stood tall in June on King v. Burwell (here), the idiotic challenge to the Affordable Care Law that should never even have been heard by the Court, and the legal challenge to same-sex marriage, siding with the majority to uphold on both issues (and of course, a Dregs citation to fellow Justice Antonin Scalia, who carried on like a little baby as a result of both rulings – here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Bree Newsome earns a favorable nod – she’s the activist who got tired of waiting for South Carolina to take down that damn rebel rag from in front of the state capitol and decided to do it herself (here).

That being said, I should say that I don’t think the confederate flag should totally disappear, though I wish it would. It should be preserved as a historical symbol for commemorative activities involving the Civil War and for historically related stuff like that (such as re-enactments at Gettysburg, for example), though I don’t think anyone should be making money off of it, and it certainly should not appear in any kind of a public place.

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Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I’m sure I’ll find a reason to bitch at her for more right-wing garbage in the future (and I have to admit that I’m shocked by this citation), but for now, daughter of Breitbart S.E. Cupp absolutely stood tall in June on the issue of same-sex marriage (here)…

“Those people there,” Cupp, referring to the gay-marriage supporters, “are not pariahs. They are patriots.”

“And wherever you stand on the politics of this issue — and I’ve long been supportive of gay rights — it’s hard not to see these people as just wanting the human dignity that the rest of us have,” the cable network’s pundit continued.

“I’m trying to tell my party: You’re going to be a relic. You’re going to be left behind if you don’t come to terms with the fact that this is our future.”

Saying she “grew up with gay friends,” Cupp told (CNN’s Wolf) Blitzer, “You meet people — not policies, not politics. But if you meet real people and you realize, they’re not asking for much. They’re asking for what you take for granted.”

“To celebrate with them after so many years of feeling like there’s a double standard and different treatment, means everything to me.”

I never, ever thought I would agree with Cupp on anything, but she’s absolutely on the beam here (and it shocks me yet again to see how a conservative can be so spot-on correct about an issue like this but so completely drop-dead wrong on just about everything else….and of course, as you might expect, Cupp returned to her wretched form here in light of the Planned Parenthood shootings in Colorado Springs).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

CNN’s Lucy Pawle for this – in the words of that noted social critic Bugs Bunny, what a maroon…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Pawle’s fellow news personality at CNN Nia-Malika Henderson also gets a dishonorable mention; in June, she claimed here that the Republican Party supposedly “won” on the issue of gay marriage because the ruling supposedly energized an ever-shrinking portion of their beloved “base,” and despite the fact that 1) It enshrined marriage equality in all 50 states and made those on the wrong side of the issue fight even more of an uphill battle than what they were already dealing with, and 2) created even more of a yawning chasm between those squarely against the tide of history and those realizing and facing the inexorable turn of events (and in the case of 1 and 2, I’m definitely talking about the “party of Lincoln”).

But despite that, the Republican Party “won” on the issue.

Sure they did.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The US Women’s soccer team, for winning the World Cup in July (yaay!) (here)

Commemorative “Hey, Now Maybe He Can Put His Gun Away If He’s Not Afraid Of The Fans Any More – Remember That One?” Citation of the Year

And sticking with sports…in an otherwise thoroughly forgettable season of Phillies baseball, closer Jonathan Papelbon was named to the National League All-Star Team in July (here).

…and in keeping with this theme…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

It’s truly difficult to totally catalogue all of the utterly wretched personnel moves concocted by Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, but soon after Papelbon’s All Star appearance, he was traded within the National League East to the Washington Nationals, which makes sense in a way since the team is full of crybabies (talented crybabies in a lot of cases, I’ll admit) who just love to talk smack about the Phillies now that Washington is on top and the Phils are on the bottom – however, I can recall when the roles were reversed and Phillies fans showed up to the games more than the Nationals fans did…I’m sure Papelbon will now rack up many saves against his former team and gloat over every single one.

(OK, so I was a bit of an alarmist here on “Pap” – Amaro would eventually be let go as Phillies GM, and Papelbon and the Nats would be eliminated from the post-season anyway; Papelbon would end his year with his new team, by the way, by getting into a fight with teammate Bryce Harper and choking him…at least Harper has his best years in front of him, which is scary to admit, but Papelbon’s days as a closer are numbered…and why am I not surprised by this?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee (“You’re All Wet” Division)

As noted here, actor Tom Selleck was busted by a real P.I. for (“allegedly,” let’s not forget) having “truckloads of water from a public hydrant delivered to his sprawling Hidden Valley ranch,” according to a complaint filed by a Ventura County water district.

Oh, and did I mention that California is in the middle of perhaps the worst drought of its history? I guess he can’t get T.C. to load up the chopper and fly him out of this one, huh?

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Citations go out to radio personality (I guess that’s what he is) Mike Vasilikos and newsman Bob Bumbera of radio station WXPN in these parts, as well as the station as a whole since July 1st (yes, this is going to require an explanation…I really went back and forth about whether or not I should even mention this).

Yours truly was listening to WXPN on the morning of July 10th, and Vasilikos and Bumbera were having a good laugh over a YouTube video where a bunch of twenty-somethings (I guess) are at a “rave” or an EDM concert somewhere with some performer building up the crowd for a “drop” of a tune that would rev them up to dance more (or something), but instead of the dance tune, the slow tune “True” by Spandau Ballet is played, and those in attendance stood there in stunned silence with “What the hell is going on” looks on their faces (sounds like the whole thing was a put-on by somebody, which I think is kind of a dirty trick, especially if people paid money for a legitimate concert). Vasilikos and Bumbera were chuckling over the looks on the kids’ faces, telling everyone who would listen “you’ve got to see this video.”

What exactly did the two do wrong here? Well, nothing, unless you consider the following.

Instead of having a dismissive attitude towards EDM or “house” music, maybe they could actually try to incorporate those selections onto their increasingly moribund play list. The teenaged one is trying to get me into Swedish House Mafia (a little late, I guess, since they’ve already broken up), and I have to admit that I like what I’ve heard. They are at least as melodic as the steaming piles of musical crap I hear on WXPN from someone called Hozier (who I think has actually had one good song), Courtney Barnett, Lana Del Rey (who always sounds like she’s stoned) and Mumford and Sons, and those performers get played in a very heavy rotation.

And as for the post-July 1st note, I should point out that longtime morning personality Michaela Majoun left the station on June 30th (don’t know why exactly – I hope she’s OK). Yes, I once referred to her as “the high priestess of political correctness” for what I honestly believed were good reasons, but would it have killed the station to continue the Friday morning women’s music hour from 9-10 after Majoun stepped down (as opposed to something called the Friday Morning Mix Tape)? Yeah, you could go either way on this subject I know, but we’re only talking about an hour a week, people.

By the way, new morning DJ(ette?) Kristen Kurtis is a proverbial breath of fresh air so far…all the best to her.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Steve Kornacki of that supposedly “liberal” MSNBC network for this, though I could easy have cited him for a bunch of other examples of breathing oxygen into beyond-tired Republican Party talking points and false equivalencies – I’ve absolutely had it with Kornacki among the other shills on that network; just make it official and take a job with Fix Noise, OK?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I guess he’s auditioning for the role of Crazy Zell Miller from ’04 in the 2016 Democratic Party primary, but as noted here, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb said that the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left, or something (and as many other “A” list bloggers smarter than I have pointed out, stuff like this is precisely the reason why Webb will never be elected president – just go run in the Republican Party clown show primary or audition for a job on Fox News instead, which is about the same thing anymore – oh, and this too).

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Teutonic Travesty of the Year (“And Somewhere Dieter of ‘Sprockets’ Smiles” Citation)

The highly decomposed head and skull of “Nosferatu” (pictured) filmmaker F.W. Murnau was stolen by grave robbers as noted here; early indications are that it was some part of a cultish ritual based on the presence of melted candle drops as noted by police at the scene

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. House Rep Matt Cartwright for this – I’m sure this will put a great big bullseye on his back, so to speak, from Chucky and Dave Koch, courtesy of Americans for Prosperity and, in particular for PA, the Commonwealth Foundation…Cartwright would also distinguish himself in a future post

More later…

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