Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 12)

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 11
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 Nominee

“Byko” for this (and this) – the guy who, as far as I know, never apologized for wishing for another 9/11, as noted in one of the links; shades of George Will here, believing that some kind of sexual assault or calamitous circumstance of that type confers some kind of special status or something…about as sick, twisted and disgusting as you might expect

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Apple, for rebuffing a court order that the Department of Justice obtained for the company to hand over in real time its encrypted texts here; I happen to think that a balance can be struck on this between legitimate privacy issues and national security concerns, though those boneheads in Congress can definitely do more to address both the former and the latter – besides, these people wouldn’t have dared argue this on September 12th, 2001 (and by the way, is Tim Cook kidding here, or what – and another Dregs citation goes to Microsoft for taking a similar stand)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Memory Foam Liquidators of Topeka, Kansas for hiring former inmates regardless of their record, as noted here (more like this)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Kansas City, MO Mayor Sly James, for speaking out against gun violence after three people were killed in an overnight shooting including an infant, as noted here (oh, but now is not the time to talk about guns…no, actually, this is EXACTLY the time)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Petra László, the The Hungarian camera operator who was filmed kicking two refugee children and tripping up a man at the border hotspot of Röszke in September here – I might buy that excuse of hers about something supposedly snapping in her if it weren’t for the fact that she belonged to the far-right-wing Jobbik party, which has no problem with her foul actions I’m sure (and yes, she doesn’t deserve death threats, but she certainly deserves to be punished)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

VP Joe Biden, US AG Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. for this (leading the effort to release thousands of rape kits that are currently backlogged, but can be used to identify suspected rapists…don’t know why the hell this was ever an issue, but thanks to all for straightening it out)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Repug (!) U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski for this (co-sponsoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015…well done)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Iowa State Sen. Jason Schultz (R, of course), who apparently went on a tear here on the question of whether or not we should be accepting Syrian refugees…

“This isn’t our problem,” Schultz, who has served in the Iowa legislature since 2009, began. “We’re already broke.”

The diatribe quickly descended into racism.

“We already have problems with concentrations of Middle Eastern refugees or migrants coming in and taking over communities,” Schultz said. “They don’t want to assimilate. They do not want to become Americans. They only want the free stuff from America.”

Let’s see…pigheaded ignorance on world events, racism (as noted), and perpetuating the zombie lie that the U.S. is “broke” – what a trifecta of duuuh! we have on display here, folks.

And at the end, Schultz said “I will burn down what I gotta burn down”…forgot to note the typical violent rhetoric also.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Meadow Walker, daughter of the late “Fast and Furious” movies actor Paul Walker, for launching the Paul Walker foundation here, which is intended to “(help)…protect and research ocean life by empowering students with grants and scholarships to study marine science,” which apparently was a favorite cause of her father – good to hear

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Anyone (including Joy Behar, who I thought had more sense) who criticized Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson of Colorado here for using the two-minute talent portion of the contest to appear in nurse’s scrubs and talk about her patient named Joe who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease (and yes, I actually saw the segment) – one of the particularly inane responses was surprise over the fact that she appeared onstage also with a stethoscope (um, yes…nurses actually use them)…I cannot imagine the mindset that makes disparaging remarks about someone who displays genuine empathy for people as opposed to all of the usually saccharine “I’d like to teach the world to sing” fluff BS that often appears on these shows

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Officer J.D. Boyd would have been within his rights to shoot Cory Sanders, who came at Boyd with a knife. However. Officer Boyd was able to subdue Sanders and take him into custody without killing or wounding him (here)…

“Almost a year ago this man and I were involved in a major altercation where he tried to stab me in the head and I nearly shot him,” the police officer wrote in a Facebook post that included a photo of himself and Sanders. “Today we ran into each other again and I learned that after his time in prison and some help from probation he now has a full time job.”

“I was glad it ended well for us both that day,” he wrote, “and I am ecstatic now to learn that he has turned his life around and we can embrace as friends.”

And of course, Steve Doocy and Elisabeth Hasslebeck at Fix Noise were dumbfounded to hear this, which is typical since it’s actually good news (and by the way, the citations go here to Officer Boyd and to Sanders).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Irving, TX Mayor Beth Van Duyne and anyone else associated with the utterly ridiculous case of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed here, who was arrested for building a clock that these idiots thought was a bomb instead (and of course, Heaven forbid that any of these nitwits would apologize – gee, wonder if this mess will make ISIS look a little more attractive to Mohammed, even though I have a feeling that he’ll do the right thing instead since, apparently, he’s the only honest-to-goodness adult here)

…and in keeping with this story…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Yes, I know, Bill Maher is an entertainer and an often-astute political commentator and should be judged accordingly, but as noted here, he defended those who arrested the 14-year-old Mohammed and his clock in a briefcase that some thought was a bomb.

There are more than a few problems here, but one question I have is this; if officials REALLY thought Mohammed had brought a bomb, why didn’t they evacuate the school?

And actually, here is another question; why isn’t Maher smart enough to know that without me having to point it out?

(And I give you some typically thorough and thought-provoking analysis on this by Glenn Greenwald here.)

(And by the way, as long as I’m talking about Maher, I should noted that he did a quite thorough job of totally pissing me off in November on his show with Sen. Angus King, continually trying to talk down to liberals. Um, how shall I say this – go fuck yourself! Oh, and I’ve had it with his constant bashing of religion also.)

All that being said, though, my support for Mohammed absolutely disappeared with this.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I thought former AR Repug governor (and utter “values” shill) Mike Huckabee offered a particularly pathetic reason here for why he wasn’t featured more in that stupid Republican second debate, and that is because it was punishment for having a show on Fox – uh, no…actually, it might be because you’re polling in the low single digits, you tool.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Forty seven Republican (of course) U.S. Senators voted on a measure of disapproval here over the EPA’s Waters of the United States rule, a recently-added addition to the Clean Water Act that clarifies the EPA’s jurisdiction over some streams and wetlands (regulatory overreach, hurts business, job killer, blah blah bleeping blah…carcinogens for others, but not for Thee, I guess).

In response…

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has repeatedly said the new rule will not affect the “normal farming operations” that are already exempt from the Clean Water Act. Furthermore, there will be no new requirements for agriculture or forestry, industries which will retain “all the decades long exemptions” they currently enjoy, she told reporters in May, when the rule was finalized.

While farmers and some business groups worry the rule will interfere with business, others — including a group of breweries that say their business depends on clean water — have applauded the rule. A National Wildlife Federation poll found that outdoor enthusiasts in Pennsylvania overwhelmingly support the tenets of WOTUS.

“It would be hard to find a more conservative group than the hunters and anglers we polled,” Lori Weigel, a partner at the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, told The Morning Call. “And yet their support of this policy is broad‐based and widespread, cutting across partisan and ideological divisions.”

I hope Joni Ernst and the rest of these clowns behind this resolution end up getting sickened from ingesting unpurified water as a result, and I hope the same fate befalls all of the nematodes who voted for them.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Turing Pharmaceuticals and CEO Martin Shkreli for this (what horrible people – h/t Atrios…and how sweet is this?)…

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

Marco Rubio for this – there’s all kinds of stoo-pid out there, but to participate in a fundraiser at the home of someone specializing in art from Hitler on Yom Kippur is a whole other level of duuuh!…take another swig of water (here…more Rubio idiocy is herehere and here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Once again, Shep Smith of Fix Noise went off-script again and brought us this moment of sanity concerning the Pope’s visit – good stuff

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia,”Strip Search Sammy” Alito and Clarence Thomas for not attending the address of the Pope to a joint session of Congress on September 24th, which I consider strange behavior for three professed “Catholics”; could it be that, because this Pope doesn’t toe the corporatist Republican line the way they want, they came down with a case of the “Frankie Flu”?

And yes, Justices Breyer and Kagan didn’t attend also, but I think they get a pass because they’re not Roman Catholic (Jewish actually), and also because they don’t try to cram their notion of morality down people’s throats.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98 employees who walked off the job at NBC-10 studios as part of a job action over what was called “collapsed” contracts talks here, doing so two days before the Pope’s visit – really, you couldn’t have just waited until after Francis was done to do this?

“Johnny Doc” strikes again (literally).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The inmates of the Curran-Fromhold correctional facility in Northeast Philadelphia who made a wooden chair for Pope Francis to commemorate his visit – not sure that the picture does it justice; all the best to the Pontiff of course and to those who made this wonderful gift…may those who made the chair find God’s peace and return to contribute in a positive way to our society (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Agnes Pareyio, who has saved hundreds of young girls in Kenya from female genital mutilation even though she was unable to save herself from this almost unspeakably barbaric practice (here) – this takes a special kind of courage which transcends a lot of the citations noted in this space

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Lewiston, Maine Mayor Robert MacDonald for this – what a horrible human being

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Nelsa Curbelo, a 70-year-old former nun who is trying to reform drug gangs in Ecuador in an effort to bring peace to that Latin American country (there should be a special place in Heaven for her when her time comes, which hopefully won’t be any time soon and at the hands of anyone she’s trying to set straight – here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The city of San Francisco for planning to spend about $479,000 annually to distribute diapers monthly to families in need (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

After the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012, Douglas County, OR Sheriff John Hanlin wrote a letter to Vice President Biden stating his unequivocal refusal to enforce any so-called “unconstitutional gun laws.”

Well guess what, moron? In October there was a mass shooting where yet another lone nut with a gun killed nine people and wounded nine others right in Hanlin’s proverbial backyard (here).

I hope Hanlin is proud of himself.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Chris Mintz, a father in the Oregon shooting who took seven gunshots to protect his son (here); miraculously, Mintz survived, but apparently he will have to learn how to walk all over again…what a story, and what courage

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Mo Brooks of Alabama, who said here that President Obama’s decision to take in Syrian refugees is an impeachable offense (and this clown keeps getting returned to Congress every two years…oh, and as noted here, while still in impeach-crazy fever, he said Hillary Clinton should experience the same thing in the event that she is elected next year)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Repug Oklahoma (shocking, I know) AG Scott Pruitt for this – if you can’t kill these people without torturing them in the process, you shouldn’t be able to do it

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who says NOW here that more “banksters” should have faced prosecution for their role in the 2008 financial crisis; yes, it’s true that the Federal Reserve isn’t a legal enforcement body when it comes to that sort of thing, but where the hell was Bernanke’s outrage when it actually could have done some good?

Oh, I see, the difference is that, now, he’s trying to sell his book – I gotcha.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

I know John Oliver had that joke video a little while ago on Australia about their response to Johnny Depp’s dogs (the ones that idiot Barnaby Joyce threatened to kill), but kudos to “the land down under” for their response here to this country’s idiotic paralysis on the issue of common-sense gun law reforms.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Staples, the big-box stationery supply store (for the benefit of the 12 people who don’t know what Staples is) for letting their employees take off for Thanksgiving (here – you would definitely be better off going to them as opposed to Office Max, which is way overpriced as far as I’m concerned)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Texas mom Roni Dean-Burren for this (and why am I not the least bit surprised that this happened in the “land of the yellow rose” – I thought McGraw-Hill knew better, but I guess I was wrong)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Huckleberry Graham for opposing funds for relief of the victims of Hurricane Sandy, but now asking for those same funds for flood victims in his own state here (definitely not “showing a little leg” here)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Collectively, those in charge of the 11 states that spend more on prisons than higher education, as noted here (though of course, our own beloved PA and Massachusetts are commonwealths, not states…and yes, there is a difference)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Google, for coming up with an add-on to their Chrome browser that blocks information on anyone associated with a violent crime involving massive fatalities here (nice to deprive these lunatics of the attention they crave – oh, sorry…”alleged” lunatics)

More later (about 3/4s of the way there)…

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