Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 9)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Patrick Rushing, mayor of Airway Heights, Washington, who referred to President Obama as “monkey man” and the first lady as “gorilla face,” but claims he’s not racist – if he had a speck of decency, Rushing would have already resigned by now, but of course (here)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Alaska Republican (!) Governor Bill Walker, who basically ignored the legislature run by his own party and expanded Medicaid for that state’s residents on his own – kudos (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This goes out to any Republican out there who, at this point, hasn’t thoroughly castigated, ridiculed and ultimately disowned “The Donald” for being the boorish clown that he ultimately is (here – there’s no point in actually giving a citation to Trump over this, though I suppose it would be richly deserved).

Where is the line when it comes to bad behavior from these characters? Is there a line?

Bueller??!!

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Yes, believe it or not, former U.S. General and one-time Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark actually argued here for the return of World War II-style internment camps, but only instead of Japanese Americans, it would be for “radicalized” U.S. citizens.

I realize there are plenty of bad characters out there, and more are being created largely because of our economy which has left too many folks behind, demonization of immigrants, our for-profit prison system, radicalization of our police, and the fact that, despite badly overdue health care reform, millions of people still aren’t covered. Try helping to solve those problems instead of trying to appeal to lizard-brained fear instincts.

Besides, Clark would have to mean here (at least in part) Muslim Americans. In response, I wonder if he knows about this?

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Any business complaining about a $15 hourly wage such as Dunkin’ Donuts & McDonald’s (in the case of DD, here’s an idea – stop having Fix Noise on all of your TVs…and in the case of Mickey D’s, trying improving the quality of the food selections, as well as varying the menu a bit, since I’m definitely not “lovin’ it”)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Anyone who quite rightly supported Sen. John McCain when “The Donald” made his scurrilous charges against McCain’s service but didn’t support Sen. John Kerry against the Swift Boat liars under similar circumstances (here)…and yes, I’m talking about Jeb Bush, among others (here)

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Do Gooder of the Year Nominee (“Christmas In July” Citation)

Cole Hamels for his no-hitter on 7/25 against the Cubs, who hadn’t been no-hit in about 50 years, believe it or not (here)…it turned out to be his last pitching performance for the Phils before he was traded to the Texas Rangers, with Cole and wife Heidi also taking out a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer thanking the fans…all the best, and thanks for the wonderful performances during the most successful run the Phillies have ever had (sadly, Hamels and the Texas Rangers would lose to the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALDS)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals earn a mention for hiring the NFL’s first female coach, Jen Welter (here) – contrast that with the sideshow of Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles, a team that traded away a perfectly good quarterback in Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, a guy who will only make it through an entire NFL season if he’s lucky, and of course they also decided to give Tim Tebow yet another try at a job in pro football so the team could get a cut of the money that Tebow generates in accessories, such as his jersey (here) – by the way, Tebow would eventually be cut, which I guess wasn’t really a surprise, but he left a very classy Facebook message thanking the Eagles and Chip Kelly for the opportunity to play in the NFL…good job on Tebow’s part.

(Also, in what I think can safely be called a shocking development, Kelly would be fired as head coach of the Eagles on 12/29 – of course, a record of 6-9 didn’t exactly help him either.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dr. Walter Palmer, a big game hunter who apparently specializes in killing rare creatures; in July, he bagged Cecil, a rare 13-year-old lion and expressed regret about it afterwards (here)…self-entitled assh*le (and apparently, the government of Zimbabwe tried to extradite Palmer to face charges, but unfortunately, they were unsuccessful)

…and in a related story…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Mia Farrow also earns a dubious citation in the matter of the killing of Cecil the lion; she gets it for giving out Palmer’s address on social media – two wrongs don’t make a right (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Yes, it’s time for more false equivalency, Wingnut Media division, with Howie Kurtz and David Zurawik – oh yes, Obama is the worst media president since Nixon (here – though Number 44 never was involved in something like this)…

…and oh yes, Jon Stewart selectively edited video clips to make Republicans look bad (Proof? Anywhere in sight??). And yet again, how pathetic is it to hold Stewart to a journalistic standard totally alien to any inhabitant of the Roger Ailes BS Factory.

Zurawik’s act hasn’t changed from the days when he utterly lambasted Keith Olbermann on MSNBC (and I honestly don’t recall that Zurawik’s analysis was ever actually correct). He does have a bit of a point about Obama and the press, but the hyperbole festival on display in the C&L clip is still utterly preposterous.

And it’s particularly hilarious to hear Zurawik opine on how Stewart has supposedly poisoned the political orientation of younger voters – I have a feeling that Zurawik is familiar with college students the same way that Tom Friedman is familiar with European cab drivers (here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Hosni Mubarak Walker, who came to Philadelphia for the obligatory photo-op of eating a cheesesteak at both Pat’s and Geno’s, but in the process of doing so, managed to cut in front of people to place his order, didn’t finish what he ate (how could he have eaten 2 anyway? Probably would have been better to go to Geno’s given the politics of the late founder Joey Vento) and didn’t dispose of his trash either – I give you Typical Republican Entitlement 101 (here)…Walker would eventually “suspend” his campaign

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The Kansas City hotel manager responsible for showing what I guess is a doll representing Sandra Bland being lynched (more here) – the racist heart of American on full, disgusting display here…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B., for this, explaining how the Repugs, as opposed to being “pro-life,” are really “pro-birth” and practically nothing more than that (well done)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Colorado State Representative Gordon Klingenschmitt for this – what a sick bastard…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I realize this is just a sop to Red State America (not that that’s an excuse), but Dem Senator Joe Manchin definitely earns a dubious citation for his vote to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of the dummied-up video and general hue and cry over alleged selling of baby parts (uh, no), including from some senators who once voted in favor of fetal tissue research (here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

U.S. Senator (and presumptive Dem Senate leader after the 2016 elections, unfortunately) Chuck Schumer for stating his intention to oppose the eventually-passed nuke deal with Iran – as the Crooks and Liars post tells us, Schumer’s seat is about as safe as one can be, and he really wouldn’t stand to lose much by supporting it and preventing Iran’s accelerated development of nukes and potentially another Mideast war that other people’s kids would have to fight…when people tell me they’re disgusted with Democrats, they almost always mention Schumer, and I really don’t have anything to say in response

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Facebook cofounders Dustin Moskovitz and wife Cari Tuna (#realname?) for donating $25 million to a new kind of nonprofit, GiveDirectly, which gives extremely poor people cash instead of traditional aid (GiveDirectly works in Kenya and Uganda)…nice to try and do something different – hopefully it will yield a fairly immediate positive impact (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Margie Winters for this – shouldn’t have to be this tough of a struggle for her to hang onto her job, but apparently it is…all the best (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

East Texas (big surprise?) Judge Randall Rogers forced defendant Josten Bundy to write down Bible verses and marry his girlfriend as punishment for punching another man in the jaw (here) – I mean, Bundy isn’t exactly a MENSA candidate himself, saying something like he wanted to wear yellow under his tux on his wedding day because he’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but something like this is what we would expect from third-world countries (though I’m sure portions of Texas qualify)…and yes, the citation goes to Rogers (what a way to get a marriage off on the wrong foot, as they say) – I’m pretty sure I saw somewhere that this ridiculous sentence is being reviewed, but I can’t find the link at the moment.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Believe me when I tell you that I want to totally “get” the whole “Black Lives Matter” thing, but can you please explain to me how interrupting a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle, as they did in August, can do anything other than shoot themselves in the foot (here)?

Bernie Sanders? Really?? Bernie FREAKING Sanders??!!

(Though, as noted here, the group has been given plenty of ammunition by utterly stupid cops – so yes, this qualified citation goes to the Black Lives Matter group.)

(Oh, and somehow it displays cultural insensitivity, or something, to say in response that all lives matter. Sorry, but I must have missed the memo on that one…kudos to the group for this, though, met with a not-surprising response given who was holding the rally.)

…on the other hand…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Aeneas Williams, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, for this – something a lot more positive than trying to hijack a speech…

More later (past the halfway point)

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