Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 11)

Prior related posts appear below:

Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

I’ve always had a problem with H&R Block because I never thought they were particularly reputable – for every “success story” I ever heard of people who got bigger refunds from the IRS or ended up paying reduced taxes, I heard at least one or two other stories of people getting utterly rooked. I had that in mind when I came across this item (h/t Atrios) where we learn that they (and Intuit, the makers of tax preparation software TurboTax) snuck language into a U.S. Senate funding bill for the IRS with the net effect of making it harder for poorer Americans to qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which, as a certain Vice President of the United States might say, is a big f*cking deal.

Wonder if H&R Block could work something like this into their ever-changing slogan? Maybe, “If you’re not rich enough for us, don’t waste your time”?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

It’s easy to cite Claude Lee Haynes III here for the latest chapter of “Gun Fails – The Sequel Times About 1,000” (a 4-year-old boy found Haines’s gun he left in the john at church and, mercifully didn’t shoot himself or anyone else before the boy’s father recovered it), but if the account is true (namely, that the church somehow asked Haynes to bring his external death penis to services with him for “protection”), what does that say about that particular house of worship (here)?

Praise be the god of Smith and Wesson, brothers and sisters! Let us lock and load!

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former Phillie and (apparently) former ESPN broadcaster Curt Schilling for comparing Muslims to Nazis here – I mean, did “Top-Step Schill” honestly think he WOULDN’T be punished for saying something so dunderheaded and stupid? Does Schilling need the publicity that badly? I guess so.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

William Shatner asked earlier for fans of “Star Trek” to send their favorite pics of the Spock “live long and prosper” gesture as made famous by Leonard Nimoy, who passed in February, as a tribute to be included as a collage (noted in Pt. 10), but here, the cast of the “Star Trek: Beyond” film came up with their own gesture, releasing a tribute video benefiting nine of Nimoy’s favorite charities, including St. Jude’s Hospital for Children (proof I guess that the needs of the many do indeed outweigh the needs of the few, or the one – OK, geek mode off)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

CNN’s Jeffrey Lord, who compared Jorge Ramos of Univision to the cowards Dylann Roof and Bryce Williams (the latest in the ever-growing legion of gun-toting psychopaths) – Ramos was booted from Donald Trump’s press conference while attempting to ask the Republican presidential candidate questions about his immigration policy, even though Trump acted like he was doing Ramos a favor by letting him back into the press conference later (and a secondary Dregs citation goes out to CNN for hiring Lord in the first place – as the Media Matters post tells us, Lord “has a history of pushing fringe rhetoric and misinformation,” but he was hired anyway by “the most trusted name in news”)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

McDonald’s, for nixing the “McWhopper” promotion with Burger King even though both of the burger giants have seen struggling sales recently (at least “BK” had an original idea, while “Mickey D’s” thinks it’s a winning strategy to “urbanize” their overpriced and utterly wretched food – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This is sort of a delayed citation (which I might have made before, to be honest) to Number 42 for involving himself in the most recent PA Attorney General race in our beloved commonwealth, leading to the election of the ethically compromised Kathleen Kane after former U.S. House Rep Patrick Murphy was defeated in the Democratic primary – this was a quid pro quo for Murphy supporting President Obama in the ’08 Democratic presidential primary instead of Hillary; way to go, Big Dog!

…and speaking of former presidents…


Dregs of the Year Nominee

As noted here, Former President Highest Disapproval Rating In Gallup Poll History visited New Orleans during the 10th anniversary of the disaster of Hurricane Katrina and felt the impulse to dance upon hearing the performance of a student marching band (and yes, he had some company in that exercise I’ll admit).

I guess the first thought that comes to mind is utter revulsion at the fact that this life form decided not to wear ashes and sack cloth and shut himself away from the civilized world for the occasion, given the utterly (but typical) degree of stupefying incompetence that was fully on display from Dubya and his prior ruling cabal as New Orleans (and the Ninth Ward in particular) drowned while Number 43 watched impassively from a jet plane. The second thought is to wonder how he could still have the unbelievable absence of self-introspection to not realize how somber an occasion this anniversary truly was.

But after all, we are talking about George W. Bush here, people, so I guess absolutely none of this should be surprising.

…and returning to the Big Dog a bit (try not to get whiplash)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dan Loeb is a guy who actually supported President Obama once before he went in big for Willard Mitt in 2012. That’s not an issue since he has a right to donate to the candidate of his choice. However, more recently in June, Loeb also “joked” on his Facebook page that Hillary Clinton was a “put-upon spouse trapped in a loveless marriage with a cheating husband who thinks she’s a lesbian.”

Well, guess what? As noted here, Loeb’s name and Email address appeared in the database of users for the site of Ashley Madison, described as “the world’s leading infidelity service.” And in a statement to Gawker, Loeb confirms that the account is authentic. However, Loeb is now in denial mode, saying he couldn’t have used the service because he didn’t set up a credit card account.

To which I provide the following well-reasoned response:


Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The Gap, for ending their practice of on-call scheduling for their employees (here) – they will now give them at least 10 days’ advance notice of their work schedules, thus wreaking less havoc on their lives (I can see where on-call scheduling may be needed for a job involving hands-on support of actual people that could affect their well-being, such as policemen, firemen and/or medical professionals, but not for clothing manufacturers…not a huge step forward, but it’s the right thing to do, so good on them for it)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

California Governor Jerry Brown, for promising to sign so-called “equal pay” legislation if it reaches his desk from the state legislature – the bill “would prohibit employers from forbidding workers from comparing wages. It would also require equal pay for ‘substantially similar work’ regardless of gender, strengthening the state’s existing Equal Pay Act,” as the Sacramento Bee news story tells us here (the guy they used to call “Governor Moonbeam” strikes again – nicely done)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Kraft Foods – I need a minute or two to set this up…

I grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, and I can’t tell you how many times I rode past the Nabisco plant about a mile inside the city on Roosevelt Boulevard on the way to Bensalem, PA (Bucks County, basically). The smell of their goods being baked was ambrosia to a little boy who grew up to the person typing out these words you are now reading.

Well, a few years ago, Kraft Foods bought the Nabisco plant, and of course changed the branding on the front of the multistory building. You could still detect the aroma from the baking, though, just not as frequently (or so it seemed).

I’m sure you know how this story ends, so I might as well cut to the proverbial chase – Kraft Foods announced in January that they’re closing the plant on Roosevelt Boulevard by mid-year and will send about 300 baking jobs to Mexico (here).

And I will never buy Oreos or Fig Newtons again.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Wingnut Repug (redundant?) U.S. House Rep Matt Salmon – as noted here, he was supposed to give a civics lesson to third graders at a Gilbert, AZ charter school, but instead, he managed to terrify the kids by telling them that there are schools who train kids their age to be suicide bombers, as Salmon put it; fortunately, the teacher was an adult who was actually sane and managed to end the session (and Salmon of course sent out a spokesperson to deliver a non-apology apology – what an idiot…take a bow, all of you in AZ who managed to get this fool elected)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dr. Howard Schneider, who was served in September with 58 notices of intent to sue by former patients who say the dentist performed unwanted and unneeded dental procedures on their children, all allegedly to bilk Medicaid (hard to find the words to communicate how detestable this is – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I realize that it’s been a little while since we’ve heard from Repug U.S. House Rep Pete Sessions (you remember, Mikey the Beloved’s playmate who shared that bogus TV swearing-in ceremony with PA-08’s wet noodle rep a few years ago), but as noted here, Sessions peeked his head out of his little hidey hole in September to blame “diversity” for gun violence in America (which, as every wingnut knows, is code for “the blahs,” minorities overall and Democrats in general I suppose).

And no, Sessions has never to date put on his big-boy pants, as it were, and taken responsibility for saying that he can’t even stand to look at the President of the United States of America (here).

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The state of Connecticut and Governor Dannel Malloy, for finding homes for all of that state’s homeless vets, which of course is the very least we can do to thank them for their service (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Retiring Dem U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, for providing the critical 34th vote needed to stand in the way of the U.S. Senate Republicans (along with Dem cowards Charles Schumer and Robert Menendez) and their efforts to block the nuclear treaty with Iran, which sounds like the treaty will be ratified – talk about exiting on a high note (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who remained steadfast in her opposition to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples here – Judas H. Priest, do I HATE these goddamn so-called “conscience” excuses about how someone’s lifestyle offends your religious sensibilities or something…DO YOUR DAMN JOB! HOW MANY MORE TIMES IS THE SCOTUS SUPPOSED TO OVERRULE YOU!!

(And by the way, others objecting to Davis have pointed out that she’s been married four times and there is also some questions about the parentage of some of her kids, as noted here, which, though interesting I suppose, is irrelevant – h/t Atrios)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Erica Kenny, 22, of Cranford, and Chanese White, 28, of Roselle, NJ, who allegedly organized a “fight club” at a children’s day care by inciting the kids to scuffle – the kids, ages 4 to 6, apparently “duked it out” at least one day in August (let’s see these two have to endure the same ordeal in an adult population of inmates if found guilty – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Rand “If You Work, You’re Too Busy To Do Heroin” Paul here (an appallingly stupid statement from anyone, particularly someone who claims to be a medical professional…last I checked, he was polling almost underwater in the Repug presidential primary and was borrowing from the U.S. Senate campaign he’s supposed to be running instead – what a truly dim bulb this guy is)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I never, EVER thought I would be giving a citation like this to wingnut media yakker Hugh Hewitt (God, Hewitt and S.E. Cupp in the same century!), but I very reluctantly have to do so for cornering The Donald on some foreign policy stuff (in this case, the names of sworn enemies of this country) that anyone running for president is supposed to know, and of course Trump reacted exactly in the manner that you would think – paging our allegedly Dem-friendly media out there; you people want to try doing this stuff like you’re supposed to (here)?

…and on that subject…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This goes out to that supposedly liberal network MSNBC and “Morning Jo(ke)” for selectively editing an interview with fellow charter member of our Beltway courtier media David Ignatius to make it look there there really is an honest-to-goodness Hillary Clinton Email scandal after all (here).

I can’t think of too many others outside of Fix Noise and Limbaugh-land who have the same degree of pathological Clinton hatred that Joe Scarborough has. For that reason alone, he should absolutely be prohibited from reporting or commenting on that subject.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

You know those annoying (but necessary, unfortunately) messages you get on your smart phone telling you you’re approaching your maximum data (including voice and Internet) usage for the month? For the plan that you have to be a math whiz for when it comes to calculating how many gigabytes you include for yourself and any other family members without paying for usage you won’t need? Well, you get that message because you have a predetermined cap on your usage that determines how much you pay the telco per month.

Now imagine that you have a cap like that on your TV and internet usage for your home…well, actually, to WON’T HAVE TO IMAGINE that if Comcast has its evil way and decides to cap your home internet usage, under a plan they’re contemplating as noted here (and of course, the other providers would say “Aw, gee, we don’t have any choice but to do the same thing to remain competitive”).

Part The Infinity, as Charles Pierce might say, as to why Comcast is sprung from the loins of Beelzebub, as it were…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila for offering his private home in northern Finland to asylum seekers from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East here (oh, by the way, remember when Former President Nutball told us how democracy was supposedly flourishing throughout that besotted region of the world as supposedly a happy consequence from his Not-So-Excellent Adventure in Iraq? Well, is it my imagination, or have all of those countries utterly gone to crap now? And what do you hear from Number 43 and his pals now? How about the proverbial sound of silence?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Hamilton, Tennessee County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton, who ruled here that, because the Supreme Court has recognized same-sex marriage, he can no longer grant a divorce to a couple seeking one in his court because OMIGOD WILLYOU BLEEPING CONSERVATIVES GET OVER YOUR HURT GODDAMN FEE FEES OVER TEH GAY TRYING TO RUIN YOUR SEXYTIME OR SOMETHING???!!!


Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The Temple University football team, which beat Penn State in September for the first time in 74 years (here – WAY TO GO OWLS!!)

…and there is a bit of a connection between the prior item and this one (i.e., a former high-profile Temple alum who was the biggest TV star of the ’80s and beyond)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Actor/comedian Damon Wayans for this (definitely NOT the way to try and re-start your flagging career)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Old Gray Lady gets another dubious citation for claiming that there is a so-called “Ferguson effect” (re:, the shooting of Michael Brown and the protests, of course, spreading across the country) leading to increased violent crime in our cities which, as this Huffpo post notes, is what Rachel Maddow would call total bullpucky.

This comes on the heels of the supposed “story” about Hillary Clinton releasing classified email from her private account, which was total fiction also (I’ll remember this the next time I get a screaming Email from this bunch asking me to re-subscribe for a “teaser” rate that will double in about three months).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Pretend presidential candidate Chris Christie (just add this to the pile for this guy) – as noted here, he said we should track LEGAL immigrants with bar codes, the same way we track FedEx packages…as John Amato says, we can’t even imagine what he has in mind for illegals (you’re at about 14 minutes and 45 seconds, Governor Bully)

…and add this to the ridiculous Christie canon, as it were – if there’s one thing he should be an expert on, it’s hot air (oh, and this too – h/t Atrios).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Picking up where he left off last year, Pope Francis I introduced changes to the rules of marriage annulment for Catholics here, which, among other things, would allow Catholics whose marriages were annulled to receive Communion – if there’s one thing that needs to be changed in the Catholic faith, it is this; for what they cost, annulments were basically extortion…once more, a symbolic gesture but also a practical one too…thank you, Your Holiness.

More later…

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