Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 16)

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Not quite at the end yet, but pretty darn close – prior related posts appear below:

Part 15
Part 14
Part 13
Part 12
Part 11
Part 10
Part 9
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis), who proposed a bill here to regulate guns in the same manner as abortions, telling the applicant that they must wait 72 hours for approval (should take that amount of time at a minimum to do what should be a mandatory background check – this great idea was spurred on by the most recent gun carnage, this time in San Bernardino, CA)

The “Have Yourselves A Merry Little Armed, Treasonous Insurrection” Citation Of The Year

Republican South Carolina State Rep. Chris Corley sent Christmas cards with Confederate flags on them to, presumably, family and friends (no word on whether or not he invited anyone over to his house for a seasonal cookout featuring a cross-burning – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Call me crazy, but if I were running late for a scheduled plane flight, I might call the airline and try to rebook my flight with that airline, or even try to find out if another carrier would be flying to that destination on that day.

However, that’s not what this genius Svein Johannessen, 30, of Norway did, according to police, calling in twice with two bomb threats to make sure no British Airways flights left Philly International so he could catch his scheduled flight (here).

I don’t know how this will be handled exactly from a law enforcement perspective since we’re talking about an international situation, but my guess is that, when this is resolved, Johannessen won’t have to worry about catching a plane flight for a long, long time.

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

I had honestly forgotten just how horrible a pundit J.D. Mullane of the Bucks County Courier Times truly was, but unfortunately, I was reminded of that in a December column called “The Radicalization of Joe Six Pack,” written with the San Bernardino carnage still fresh in our minds (sorry there’s no link, but this dreck has long since disappeared behind the Courier Times’s utterly laughable pay wall).

To begin, Mullane told us about a guy named Thomas William Driver who was found walking near the Doylestown, Pa courthouse carrying two legal, concealed guns, and his German shepherd that wore a bulletproof vest. As far as Mullane is concerned, though, Driver is “an otherwise ordinary man.”

Yeah, “otherwise ordinary” except for the fact that he’s an utter loon (and do you really want to imagine what had happened to this guy if he had actually been a person of color?).

Apparently, though, Mullane felt a bit of a survivalist instinct himself, since (as he also told us) he soon after that “found (himself) at Mike’s Guns in Levittown, looking at sleek black Rugers and Glocks on display beneath glass.” And while there, Mullane just happened to run into a guy named “Kevin” who told Mullane “I’m a white (sic), middle-aged and Republican. I’m the kind of guy Obama can’t stand.”

(By the way, I should note that Mullane, in his columns, continually finds a way to “happen” to run into people who completely and absolutely manage to confirm every single one of his talking points. Unless, of course, this person is a “hippy dude” who of course is worthy of nothing but scorn and derision.)

And yes, you guessed it – as a result of the Paris attack which left 130 people dead on top of the other gun atrocities in this country, even though “Kevin” served in the military under Reagan and Bush and apparently only fired a weapon while on duty, he’s going to buy a gun also because “the government can’t protect us. So we’ll protect ourselves with guns.”

I’m not going to bother to make the points once more that I and many others have made many, many, many, many, many, MANY other times about this stuff, namely, that a gun in the house greatly increases the probability of an accidental shooting as opposed to a “good guy” thwarting a “bad guy” (which really doesn’t happen either, as least as anything but a statistical abnormality) as well as the fact that Obama has done much, MUCH more than his utterly ruinous predecessor and our prior ruling cabal has done to make us safe, as well as the fact that, while you could take issue with some of what Obama has done in encouraging regime change in that area of the world (e.g., Libya), Number 43 did an awful lot to create the vacuum that was filled by these ISIS crazies starting with his disastrous escapade in Mesopotamia.

Oh, and is Mullane going to tell us that it’s REPUBLICANS who have thwarted Obama on guns by continuing to allow anyone on a terror watch list to buy one? Or will Mullane tell us that it’s REPUBLICANS who are opposed to universal background checks or reduced clip sizes (does a “legitimate sportsman” needs 30 rounds and Teflon-coated bullets to kill a deer? Who does this matter to except “gang-bangers”?).

Normally, I would just write off Mullane’s hackery is nothing more than partisan BS. However, a column like this might lead an otherwise sensible person to a course of action that could get that person killed.

And if that happens, there will be no need to worry about the terrorists, because, in truth, they will have already won.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Exxon-Mobil for this – where the hell were you bastards on this issue when it’s mattered for all of these years? Oh yeah, I forgot – funding climate change denialism along with Chucky and Davey Koch, that’s where, in essence, fellating carbon (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Not these two Fix Noise numbskulls for their language about Obama (though that was pretty damn bad too, and once again, where is the alleged left-wing equivalency here?), but Roger Ailes, king of the Fix Noise BS Factory, for thinking that two weeks is actually a proper punishment – hell, Martin Bashir created an admittedly disturbing image involving Caribou Barbie with no profanity at all, AND HE LOST HIS DAMN JOB!

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The Muslim congregations that raised about $57 K for the families of the San Bernardino shooting victims here (something to contemplate while we deal with all of the OMIGOD KILL THE SCARY TERRISTS!!! headlines)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Jon Stewart, for continuing his fight (and it truly was that) to get the Zadroga Bill passed that will provide much-needed medical assistance on behalf of 9/11 first responders here, many of whom have gotten sicker and/or died as a result of their heroic sacrifices on that awful day (and a Dregs citation goes to Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao, who did everything he could to block the funding – if it’s any consolation, these brave Americans will be celebrated and respected long after McConnell and his ilk are justifiably scorned in perpetuity I’m sure…the bill was eventually passed and the funding was approved, but there’s no way that it should have taken this long…Mikey the Beloved will try to puff himself up over this later in this post)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

St. Petersburg, FL mayor Rich Kriseman for giving “The Donald” the same treatment that Trump would give to Muslims, namely, banning him from the city; Kriseman means it as a joke, but to be honest, he should try to put the force of law behind it (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I don’t know anything about Menards, which is apparently a hardware store chain in Wisconsin, but the people in charge must be buds with Hosni Mubarak Walker, which would figure given that the store owners have told their managers that, if their work force unionizes, the managers could be looking at a 60 percent pay cut, a move which may be illegal (as Laura Clawson of Daily Kos notes, though, there are a bunch of stores out there that probably do stuff like this also that we don’t know about…here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee (Commemorative “Trying To Teach An Old You-Know-What New Tricks” Citation)

As noted here, Michael Vick, he of the conviction for running a dog-fighting ring, former quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles and current QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers, lent his support for a bill to aid pets who are kept in hot (i.e., temperature) cars (“who let the dogs out” indeed)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, IN, for standing up to their idiot governor Mike Pence and his ban on Syrian refugees here by allowing a family to settle in that state (something to remember when considering this – kind of sad that one family is the best we can do for now, but it’s progress of a sort anyway I guess…and it sounds like it made Pence change his mind; nice work)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Landmark Group, a Middle East retail giant, for deciding here to stop selling Trump-branded products after “The Donald” made his statements about barring Muslims from entering the U.S. (which is probably illegal anyway – you know what they say about paybacks, right?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Jeb! Bush for calling “The Donald” “the other version” of Obama here – yes, I get it that politics ain’t beanbag, but what other “version” would that be? The hateful racist demagogue? The guy who makes fun of a reporter’s disability? The shameless misogynist?

Memo to Jeb! – Trump is riding the wave of the beloved great unwashed “base” of your party, and all you can do is gurgle in the wake. That’s not Obama’s fault; it’s yours, along with the rest of the methane dispensers passing for reasonably intelligent Americans who dutifully trot to the polls and vote up and down for Team R without question.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Diana Ríos of the Ucayali province of Peru earns a citation – it took her a week to get to the International Conference on Climate Change in Paris; as noted here…

Despite receiving similar threats on her life from loggers, 21-year-old Ríos traveled to Paris to speak about the issues confronting her people — the Ashéninka — who have been fighting for decades to stop illegal logging on their traditional lands. Last year, after the murder of the four community leaders, the Peruvian government finally issued the Ashéninka the official title to their land — but Ríos says that despite the title, and despite the government’s promises to fight deforestation, her people and their traditional way of life are still in danger.

“Nothing has changed,” Ríos told ThinkProgress through a translator. “The illegal loggers are still inside of our territory. One of them actually cleared some area and put up a fence right in our own territory. The government is violating our rights by not providing security. How can you give a title but then not back that title up with the security and the rights around it?”

The rights of indigenous communities has been a contentious topic throughout the Paris climate negotiations. According to a First Nation delegate, any mention of “rights of Indigenous peoples” does not appear in the main text of the current draft agreement, showing up instead only in the agreement’s preamble. This is in spite of the fact that indigenous communities — many of whom depend on the land for subsistence and cultural traditions — tend to be some of the first communities directly impacted by climate change.

It takes a special kind of courage for someone like Rios to act on behalf of the planet the way she has, and the way she and her people continue to do so. Would that we all had even a fraction of her determination and fortitude.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Hats off to the Mount Horeb Area School District in Wisconsin; as noted here…

…the Primary School now had a transgender student and classes would be reading I Am Jazz, a children’s book based on the real life experiences of teenage trans superstar Jazz Jennings. After the Liberty Counsel — infamous for its representation of embattled Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis — threatened a lawsuit on behalf of a few upset parents, the district canceled the reading.

Jennings responded by applauding the school administrators and others in the community for trying to do right by the transgender student. “Growing up transgender can be a challenging experience,” she wrote, “and we need our parents, schools, and friends to stand by us so we can breathe easily. We want the same thing — to be who we are and feel safe and supported in this world.”

The school district sponsored a reading of I Am Jazz, as Think Progress tells us, and 600 people came to hear the reading.

The Mount Horeb school district as a whole also stood tall here, passing a measure mandating “access to restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with (the students’) gender identity”

Inclusion and tolerance is what he should be all about as a nation, and kudos to Mount Horeb for reminding us.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Orange County, CA Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez channeled “The Donald” a bit here on the question of alleged Muslim “terrists,” proving that Democrats can be assh*les on this subject also

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Charles Renville of Fargo, North Dakota, wanted the principal of his son’s high school fired because he had the apparent temerity (as far as the father is concerned) of rejecting his son’s yearbook photo.

Oh, and did I mention that his son was holding an assault rifle for the photo (here)?

I think this is a good response.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Head of the Republican Muslim Coalition (I didn’t even know there was such a thing) Saba Ahmed for this

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR actually did something right by leaving the Chicago assault weapons ban intact (here).

…and in keeping with this theme…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Texas “ammo-sexuals” who thought it was a good idea to stage a mock terrorist attack here as an excuse to brandish their external death penises (you want to fight terrorists for real? Enlist and go overseas to fight ISIS if you want combat so badly – not holding my breath on that one)

…and what a great response here

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Returning to the Keystone State (again, not really a state), Chesapeake Energy gets a dubious mention for allegedly “underpaying royalties to landowners” for fracking rights (Lord knows Kathleen Kane has her own baggage, but good for her for taking the lead on this).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

And in the latest chapter of “Everything’s The Matter With Kansas,” this tells us of Topeka Councilman Jonathan Schumm (here)…

The district attorney alleges that between Oct. 7 and Oct. 11 this year, Jonathan took a 12-year-old child into a bedroom, forced him to lie on the ground, and whipped him with a leather and metal belt, lacerating the child’s eye. Schumm is then alleged to have strangled the child and threatened to kill him, according to the documents.

Oh, and did I point out that Schumm and his wife have adopted 12 of their 16 kids, which makes me wonder whether or not that state even has a social services agency overlooking stuff like this? And that they basically stole one of their kids from a lesbian couple that was already raising the child?

As the story tells us, though, Mr. and Mrs. Schumm are in jail, which apparently is where they belong (at least HE does, it would seem); no word on who is looking after the other kids, though (hope that is covered).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

PA Dem U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright and Montana Director of Revenue Dan Bucks (yes, a “director of revenue” named Bucks, oddly enough) for shedding light on the coal industry’s “self-dealing business practices, refusing to disclose tax information, and shielding data about royalty payments from public scrutiny” as the Think Progress post tells us (particularly ballsy for Cartwright given that coal is big bidness in our beloved commonwealth of PA)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Jeff Duncan earns a raspberry for a tweet saying that he didn’t think France would call for more “knife control” (as opposed to gun control) in the wake of an alleged stabbing of a French school teacher by an ISIS sympathizer (here)…

Duncan was presumably referring to the latest push for gun law reform that came after two terrorists shot and killed in 14 people in San Bernardino. The shooting was the largest one since Sandy Hook and, according to Mass Shooting Tracker, the 353th this year. As he has done after every major shooting this year, President Obama urged lawmakers to embrace common-sense gun safety laws.

Duncan has long criticized gun control advocates, including the President, and proposed reforms. In 2013, he compared the establishment of a national gun registry — which 88 percent of the country supports — to the Rwandan genocide. After the San Bernardino massacre, he also used social media to slam gun-free zones.

I should also be noted that, as Think Progress tells us, Duncan has received about $10,500 from the NRA since he first ran for Congress five years ago. Also, Duncan made these foul remarks on the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook gun massacre.

More disgusting Duncan behavior is here; I think the facts are damning enough without further condemnation from yours truly.

…and while we’re on the subject…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

By the way, the alleged stabbing mentioned above was a fake, as noted here (h/t Atrios – the citation goes to the schoolteacher who apparently made up the story).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Actor Edward Norton, who managed to raise about half a million dollars (!) for a Syrian family whose home was destroyed by missiles here (great work, but I’d like to see that wealth get spread around a bit to other families as well)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Mark Kessler for this – tossing out the “libtard” epithet is pretty laughable, but there’s nothing funny about threatening a woman driver with a gun in front of Kessler’s kids – this idiot should go right to jail

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The 20 Saudi Arabian women elected as “municipal counselors” in an election in that country here – though the role is a largely ceremonial position in what could best be described as a medieval autocracy, this truly is a moment of the proverbial mountain coming to Mohammed, as you might say (change…incredibly slow, incremental change, but change all the same)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. House Rep Chellie Pingree of Maine for this (re, addressing food waste in this country, which truly is shameful – it would be nice if somehow she could meet up with Jordan Figueiredo on this subject, noted in Pt. 10)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Nevada Assembly Speaker John Oceguera of Las Vegas (D), who was formerly a member of the NRA before he terminated his membership, thus earning the wrath of all wingnuts brandishing their external death penises in that state and elsewhere – welcome to the fight (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Disgusting bigot U.S. House Rep Mo Brooks, who said that Obama’s policies are because of his “skin pigmentation” (and do I really need to identify the political party here?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

U.S. House Rep Richard Hanna of New York, a member of the “party of Lincoln” who is actually intelligent in that he criticized fellow Republicans in saying “Do You Really Want Women Not To Have Access To Health Care?” here (good work)

Epic Repug Trolling Of The Year Citation

Not a chance in hell that I’ll vote for him if he gets his party’s nomination for president, which he won’t, but I have to admit that Ohio Governor John Kasich did a really nice job having fun with “The Donald” over his “bro-mance” with our ol’ buddy Vlad Putin here

Ron White Commemorative “You Can’t Fix Stupid” Citation

At a certain point, there truly are no words

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

Yep, J.D. Mullane’s employer the Bucks County Courier Times in these parts was guilty of journalistic malpractice recently; a Democratic Party presidential candidates’ debate took place in New Hampshire in December 19th, but there was no mention of it in the next day’s newspaper (the front page headline “story” was “Pets Are People Too” – no word on how the Courier Times is faring in what I’m sure is its bitter battle for readers with free supermarket circulars)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Augusta County, VA schoolteacher Cheryl LaPorte created an Islamic writing assignment for her class, which should not have been a big deal. However, some right-wing radio host (don’t know who it was yet) found out about it, got his/her listeners all in a froth, and as a result, “tens of thousands” of Emails and Facebook posts were generated which “posed a risk of harm to school officials,” as noted here.

(In case anyone thinks the garbage rhetoric from Republican Party presidential candidates on immigration and Syrian refugees doesn’t have an impact, by the way, I give you this as an example.)

So why exactly does this fall under the Do-Gooder category? Because a Facebook group in support of LaPorte had grown to more than 2,000 members as of a few weeks ago. So yes, this citation goes out to LaPorte and her supporters (and of course those who threatened LaPorte and the school, including that idiot radio host responsible for this mess, deserve Dregs citations here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem former PA-08 U.S. House Rep Patrick Murphy was recently confirmed Undersecretary of the Army here – kudos

Resolution of the Year

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Extortion? Actually, I prefer to call it good business instead.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Jo(ke)” gets credit from yours truly for asking PA’s Former Senator Man-On-Dog why he wasn’t “working on white men with guns” in response to Rick Santorum’s vilification of Muslims as a whole, with Brzezinski correctly pointing out that white men, as a demographic, are “wreaking havoc” with guns (as this Think Progress post notes, “Since 9/11, fatalities from attacks by right-wing extremists — a group of almost exclusively white men — has accounted for 254 fatalities. Meanwhile, Islam-inspired attacks accounted for 50 fatalities over the same period.”).

Of course, the reason is simple – elderly white gun owners, many of whom have decent-to-high net worth, vote in Republican primaries.

Little Ricky is a member of this field of candidates who should have gotten the memo long ago that he needs to withdraw and find some other way to be utterly useless.

…and in a bit of a related item…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem VA Attorney General Mark Herring, for closing a loophole that had allowed handgun owners with concealed carry permits from 25 other states to circumvent the state’s requirements for carrying a concealed weapon – looks like they’ll have to take their external death penises somewhere else (here…and yeah, I know I’m beating that phrase to death – what of it?)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The oh-so-august-in-their-imaginations National Football League, for deciding not to fund a study by Boston University into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is a brain disease frequently caused by head trauma such as that endured by NFL players past and present (here); oh, and did I note that the movie “Concussion” with Will Smith is due to come out shortly and focus attention on this issue even more, which will make the NFL look even more ridiculous?

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The group of Kenyan Muslims on a bus headed for the border of Somalia and Ethiopia who shielded Christian passengers from the Al-Shabaab militants who boarded the bus and threatened to kill the Christians; the Muslim passengers (who were mostly women) told the militants to kill all of them or leave them all alone (here)…a whole other level of bravery that, sad to say, is beyond my experience (wonder if Fix Noise will run with THIS story?)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The “U.S. Authorities” at London’s Gatwick airport that barred a British Muslim family from taking a flight to visit Disneyworld; this, quite rightly IMHO, has lawsuit written all over it (anyone who thinks the horrible rhetoric coming primarily from “The Donald” on this has no impact should find a clue)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Mike Hengel, former editor-in-chief of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who accepted a buyout as opposed to having to deal with gazillionaire and ultra-conservative tool Sheldon Adelson who had recently bought the paper…not going to make a dent in what Adelson plans to do I’m sure, but at least it should draw more attention to this travesty (Adelson in charge, I mean – here, and more here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I’m not even going to try and paraphrase – I’m only going to say that I thought Jeff Greenfield was better than this, but I guess I was wrong.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dalene Bowden, a food service worker at Irving Middle School in Idaho, who gave a free hot lunch to a 12-year-old girl and was fired even though she offered to pay for the meal (here); the dollar amount in question was $1.70, by the way – an online petition was launched demanding that Bowden be reinstated at her job, and as of now, the petition has garnered 36,024 signatures and that number is increasing rapidly every time the page is refreshed (great example of Christmas spirit – I’m being sarcastic of course – by District 25 Director of Human Resources Susan Petit, who was responsible for this atrocity and therefore earns a Dregs citation)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Susan Thompson of Jacksonville, FL, who placed a Confederate flag on the desk of an African American co-worker for the Army Corps of Engineers and then lied about it twice to federal investigators; she did so a week after the shootings by the coward Dylann Roof in South Carolina that left nine dead in a black congregation – Thompson faces a possible five-year prison sentence, which is worse than any attempt at a literary takedown on the subject by yours truly; in addition to what should be simple human decency and compassion, the threat of a well-deserved punishment is another reason why you shouldn’t do this stuff (here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Actor Mark Hamill for this – yes, The Force was definitely with him…sorry, couldn’t resist, and I LOVE the pic with the stethoscope (the new movie actually is great, by the way)

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Dregs of the Year Nominees

Can someone please explain to me why the Obama Administration “has already increased detention of immigration families by 173 percent in recent months,” as Think Progress notes? And a Do-Gooder citation goes out to “#Not1More, a coalition of organizations dedicated to confronting immigration laws, and the Migration Policy Institute,” according to the Think Progress post.

As his time in office grows short, Number 44 should be looking for ways to shore up what will be his legacy to the next administration, which (God willing) will be Democratic. This is definitely NOT the way to do that.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Benzi Gopstein, leader of the Israeli extremist anti-assimilationist group Lehava, who said that “Christmas has no place in the Holy Land” and who compared Christians to “vampires and blood suckers” hereum…last I checked, Nazareth and Bethlehem weren’t located in Latvia, you lunatic

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

In one of his regular “Congressman’s Notebook” columns in his house organ, the Bucks County Courier Times, our departing PA-08 U.S. House Rep Mike Fitzpatrick gave us his version of how the James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act passed Congress; Zadroga being one of many first responders who worked to try and save as many lives as he could on 9/11, but who eventually died of a respiratory disease he sustained on that awful day…the Act provides medical assistance to all first responders struggling with health problems as a result of their brave efforts. Fitzpatrick recounted the particular story of Arnie Roma, who lost his son Keith in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

What is wrong with this? Not much, except when you consider that it took a public shaming from Jon Stewart to force Congress to act (Fitzpatrick acknowledges that “movement was slow” in reauthorizing the funding after Congress, in its utterly dunderheaded stupidity, allowed the Act to expire, but as far as I’m concerned, that doesn’t even come close to telling the story – it also doesn’t point out what Steve Benen notes in the MSNBC link, and that is the fact that the Republicans tried to kill the bill altogether).

Fitzpatrick has proven to be a true professional at one thing in particular, and that is dressing up every little thing he and that disgusting gaggle of utterly compromised frauds in the U.S. House majority do as some kind of valorous act of true patriotism. He has also done a good job of “carrying the water” of his “betters” in his caucus with utterly servile obedience. To me, even though he is commendably honoring his promise to step down after a fixed term of service, that will be his enduring legacy (and by the way, to do something about that, click here or here).

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This goes out to anyone criticizing Ann Telnaes of the Washington Post over her cartoon showing Ted Cruz as an organ grinder and her daughters as monkeys, and here’s why; not only did Cruz have her daughters appear in the ad, but one of them spoke in a way to denigrate Hillary Clinton (as John Amato points out here).

Repugnant on Cruz’s part to use his kids? Damn right. But in that context, they’re fair game. Besides, conservatives have been trafficking in this crap for years, specifically around Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea, and I heard nary a word of rebuke from the usual suspects.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dominic Mazzella, general manager of Carlucci’s Restaurants in Lower Makefield, Bucks County, for “(again travelling) to Haiti on his own dime to work in an orphanage cooking for children” (here).

Continuing…

“These children don’t have access to running water or electricity, much less the everyday luxuries that we take for granted, like soap, toothpaste, and shoes. He is now looking for monetary donations for these children to have 24 hours of electricity. He is looking to bring solar energy to the community in Haiti so the children will be able to have electricity.”

I’m happy to do whatever I can to publicize Carlucci’s and the restaurant’s management and staff. It is truly a jewel of a place, with great, reasonably priced food and great service. I wish Dominic Mazzella all the best in his truly commendable humanitarian efforts.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley for this (what a scumwaffle)…

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Spokesman for “The Donald,” Katrina Pierson, appeared on a leading news cable network wearing a bullet necklace (here).

When criticized, she said that maybe she’ll appear on TV next time with a necklace of a dead fetus instead (here).

Good. I hope she does exactly that (since, apparently, The Most Trusted Name In News doesn’t have any actual, y’know, journalistic standards any more so she was allowed to appear with her NRA-approved adornment in the first place – what karoli says).

This is CNN? And yes, they get the citation along with Pierson.

Update 1/4/16: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug Indiana State Sen. Jim Tomes (beyond sad to me that this life form thinks this constitutes actual constituent service)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Superior (!), Wisconsin Mayor Bruce Hagen for this (what an asshat – apology nowhere in sight, by the way)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Lenny Bazemore grew up in Norristown, Pa across the street from Bill and Janice Henning and their son Curt. Lenny grew up to make a lot of money in real estate, apparently (yes, I need a minute to set this up).

This tells the rest of the story, including the following…

“I had a beautiful childhood-filled with family, friends and neighbors like the Hennings-and though we didn’t have much, we didn’t need much because we had each other,” Bazemore wrote to Good News Network. “I remember there were times when there wasn’t enough food, I remember poverty, but most of all, I remember love, good friends and a safe neighborhood.”

So when Curt, who had fallen on hard times, asked his old friend to buy the house where he grew up, the home across the street from where Lenny’s mother still lives, it was nearly impossible to say no.

At first, Lenny had a hard time trying to figure out how he would restore the property so he could “flip” it…

“I drove around my old neighborhood thinking about what I could do to make it great again,” Bazemore says. “And then it struck me. ‘Don’t renovate the house for financial gain. Give it away to a family who needs it more than I do.'”

He decided to donate 52 West Basin Street to Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County along with $50,000 to renovate and make it an energy efficient home. In 2016 it will go to a deserving family who will finally achieve their dream of home ownership.

Bazemore also found a job for his childhood friend Curt, who was out of work; Bazemore then set up Curt in one of Bazemore’s apartments in Manayunk.

I’m not sure what else Bazemore could have done right here – I think he nailed this whole story every way he possibly could – outstanding stuff.

I promise I’ll finish this next time.

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