Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 10)

December 21, 2015

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Prior related posts appear below:

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

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Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

William Shatner for this – what a great, productive gesture, trying to make something positive from the passing of Leonard Nimoy in February…better than cheating the Kobayashi Maru, I would say (geek mode off)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Teahadist Michigan State Rep. Todd Courser for using a gay sex blackmail ruse to try and cover up his affair with fellow Teahadist Rep. Cindy Gamrat, a scam which, though original I’ll admit, is still repugnant, nauseatingly so – both are married with kids, and I don’t need to identify the political party do I (here)?

By the way, Courser would eventually resign and Gamrat was “expelled” (here)…they would each run for their seats again in special elections, and each lost.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Ed Mullins of the New York Sergeants Benevolent Association for “homeless shaming” in response to NYC officials including Mayor de Blasio trying to ban the choke hold as a weapon to be used by NYC cops (I’m not so sure that I agree with de Blasio here…what happened to Eric Garner, as far as I’m concerned, was a homicide, but I don’t think trying to tell the cops how to do their jobs in response is a good idea either…Mullins is the biggest loser, as they say, out of all of this for his idiotic response)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

So many reasons to give a citation like this to Ruth Marcus of the WaPo, but I think BooMan (h/t Atrios) gives us a particularly odious one here in response to John Kerry, Obama, and the Iranian nuke deal (Marcus being such a “liberal,” after all)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Tom Brady and the NFL’s New England Patriots, along with Roger Goodell, head of the league, for the fact that this whole “Deflate-gate” business (over the under-inflated footballs used in last year’s AFC playoff game against Indianapolis) somehow made its way to federal court as of 8/12…um, aren’t there more important or pressing issues to be heard there than this (here)?

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. House Rep Walter Jones for the introspection he showed on Dubya’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure in Mesopotamia here (yeah, I know it won’t bring anyone back from the dead or heal those maimed from the war, but I would say that, at least, this is a proper acknowledgement of contrition – Jones, truly a political wild card, would also have a hand here in the fact that Kevin McCarthy, presumed to be House speaker after John Boehner resigned, would take himself out of the running for the job…more or less a neutral observation on my part)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

There are so many reasons to give a citation like this to “Calgary” Cruz, but as noted here, he gave a “Power of Courage” award (whatever that is to) Arkansas State Rep Justin Harris (a Repug, of course) here.

What could be wrong with that? Well, Harris is the guy who “rehomed” his adopted daughters with a child molester who’s now serving hard time for raping one of them, that’s what (noted in an earlier citation).

What the hell is next for Cruz? A “Good Conduct” testimonial award to Charles Manson?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

St. Louis County patrolman Todd J. Bakula, who in August posted images to his personal Facebook page from his vacation to the aptly-named town of Defiance, Missouri, where he also informed us as follows (here):

“I decided to spend my annual Michael Brown bonus on a nice relaxing bicycle ride trip to Defiance,” Bakula reportedly wrote using the pseudonym TJ Thekoola. “Eating dinner now and staying at a bed and breakfast tonight.”

The post appears to be a reference to the often sizable overtime pay usually given to police officers who assist in crowd control or other duties during the protests (following Brown’s death last year). Of the $4 million the county spent responding to last year’s demonstrations in Ferguson, roughly $2.5 million was used to compensate police for overtime work.

“We understand the post is controversial,” Shawn McGuire, media relations officer at St Louis County police, told the Guardian. “The St Louis County police department takes these allegations very serious in every case. The remarks on the Facebook page will be investigated by our department.”

Yes. Do that. “Investigate,” at a minimum. And then, invite Bakula to look for employment somewhere else, preferably in pursuit of a job that has nothing to do with law enforcement.

…and in somewhat of a related story…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Singer Janelle Monae for this courageous gesture, IMHO…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former Arkansas governor and batsh*t crazy wingnut Mike Huckabee, who claimed that a 10-year-old rape victim in Paraguay should be forced to bear the child she carried as a result…not sure how it gets more barbaric than that, and I really don’t want to find out (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former mail deliverer Patrick D’Ambrosio, who (Feds allege) failed to deliver about 22,000 pieces of mail – he could be looking at about six months in the slam as well as a fine (here – idiot)

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You know, it’s pretty sad when a journalist as esteemed as Bob Woodward feels that he has to engage in this sort of garbage to somehow try and remain relevant, but as noted here, he claimed that the supposed evasions of Hillary Clinton over some OOGA BOOGA OMIGOD IT’S THE SMOKING GUN BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI! BENGHAZI!! personal Emails on her private account (which EVERYONE has, by the way) reminded him of Nixon’s trying to keep his White House tapes a secret.

It’s pretty idiotic to try and point out how utterly farcical this is, because Woodward (along with Carl Bernstein) know better than probably anyone else at this point. I’ll merely mention YET AGAIN that Clinton has VOLUNTARILY turned over bunches of Emails already and is now VOLUNTARILY turning over her private Email server to the Justice Department.

And I defy you to show me ANY OTHER POLITICIAN who was made an effort like this to remove the ridiculous taint of suspicion manufactured by Woodward and so many others.

But of course, we’re talking about the “Clinton rules,” after all, so nothing from them will EVER be good enough for our utterly bought-and-paid-for media/political/industrial complex, of which Woodward is a charter member.

Update 12/21/15: And speaking of the “Clinton rules” (here)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

President Obama, for treating the heroin outbreak in this country as a public health emergency, which is exactly the correct response (here) – however…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

How on earth can Number 44 justify a trip to Alaska to talk about climate change after allowing Royal Dutch Shell petroleum to dig even deeper in the Arctic Ocean, thereby releasing still more greenhouse gases (here)?

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Former Philadelphia Flyer, Buffalo Sabre, Montreal Canadien, and Colorado Avalanche (singular?) center Danny Briere, who retired this year from the NHL – he had his detractors who claimed that he pretty much coasted through the regular season, but he racked up big-time playoff numbers, particularly during the last round of playoff success for the orange-and-black when they made it to the finals before losing to Chicago in 2010 – he was also a mentor to younger players, particularly Claude Giroux, who has emerged as a star in his own right…all the best (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Wingnut Kenneth Herman, who sued the Cilo, Michigan School District after his daughter’s elementary school refused to grant him access while he was openly carrying a pistol, as well as the judge who somehow thought that making Herman carry it in plain sight somehow made him less of a threat to scare the crap out of the school kids (and yes, the numbskull judge gets a secondary citation also – here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The alleged “man” who reportedly brought knives and an improvised explosive device into the Kansas abortion clinic that was previously operated by Dr. George Tiller, who was gunned down by an anti-abortion activist in 2009 (here)…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The pastor who said here that Robin Williams killed himself (one-year anniversary of his death was 8/11) because he “didn’t have Jesus in his heart” – what a dick; what probably had more to do with it was the clinical depression Williams fought all his life made worse by a combination of a Parkinson’s diagnosis on top of open heart surgery, which is a real risk for the type of behavior that did Williams in, unfortunately – Williams contributed more to betterment of what you could call “the human condition” by providing the gift of laughter than this idiot ever could with all his hymns and Hosannas (more here)….

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Jordan Figueiredo, the individual behind @UglyFruitAndVeg, a one-man, social-media-fueled effort to make Americans fall in love with ugly fruits and vegetables – according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of the food grown in the United States ends up in the garbage, which is almost appalling beyond words to yours truly (here)

That campaign, aided by whimsical pictures of misshapen produce accompanied by humorous captions and hashtags, took off — in six months, Figueiredo has amassed over 18,000 followers, claiming names like Jamie Oliver, Alice Waters, and Michael Pollan as fans. Now, Figueiredo has a bolder vision — convince Walmart and Whole Foods, two of the United States’ most visible retailers, to sell ugly fruits and vegetables.

“People are so sick of us wasting food,” Figueiredo told ThinkProgress. “This is such a low hanging fruit solution to food waste.”

“Low-hanging-fruit solution”…heh (nicely done).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Ricardo Aca, an undocumented immigrant from Puebla who came to the United States with his family a decade ago and who works (last I checked) three jobs to make ends meet; one of which is the Soho restaurant in a building owned by one Donald J. Trump (he being the Republican presidential candidate who has done his best to vilify immigrants every way he can) – Aca said the following in August (here):

“I know I could lose my job just for talking about Trump,” Aca acknowledged. But after Trump continued to base his presidential campaign on anti-immigrant rhetoric, he could no longer maintain his silence. “It doesn’t make me proud to go to work every day under his name.”

“I’m not a criminal,” Aca said in the video. “I work really hard and I definitely don’t take it for granted.”

Kudos to you, Mr. Aca, for embodying everything this country is supposed to stand for (and welcome to the fight).

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Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

The exodus of the architects of the ’08 World Series win continued for the Phillies in August with the departure of six-time-All-Star Chase Utley; the red pinstriped bunch have had a lot of great second basemen, but when all is said and done, Utley may end up as the very best primarily because he came up through the organization and played just about his entire career here – I’ll make sure I put up “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin in his honor here (otherwise, I can’t stand that song, if you want to know the truth). And as Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels did before him, Utley took out a full-page ad in the Philadelphia Daily News thanking the fans (Utley would be involved in a controversial slide into second base during a National League playoff game in which Miguel Tejada of the New York Mets would end up with a broken leg here…the Mets would end up defeating the Dodgers in the NLCS)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, three American friends travelling on vacation in Europe, who, along with two others (a French national and a Briton), subdued a gunman on a train who opened fire – Skarlatos seized the rifle used by the gunman and butted him in the head with it, presumably knocking him down at least or even knocking him out (the CNN story doesn’t tell us)…kudos to one and all for their bravery

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Once again, Ted Cruz for this – and he can’t plead ignorance…I mean, Cruz may be, with the possible exception of Louie Gohmert, THE most ignorant individual in the U.S. for this…since he also said something about Beau Biden after he died…what a truly wretched human being Cruz is, the complete realization of “Lonesome Rhodes” from “A Face In The Crowd”

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I don’t know what the hell I did to get onto the E-mailing list of wingnut emeritus Richard Viguerie, but every Monday morning, like flatulence after a particularly severe bout of indigestion, I receive a copy of something from “Conservative HQ” attributed to him, and usually I just ignore it. However, I actually opened an Email from Viguerie one Monday in August, and he concocted something where he alleges that Hillary Clinton senior aide Huma Abedin (otherwise known as Mrs. Anthony Weiner – God bless her) is HRC’s version of Alger Hiss, and Abedin should be sworn in to answer questions about her alleged involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood, and whether or not she supposedly lied during the process where she obtained her security clearance and her role in moving classified material from the secure State Department system to the unsecure Hillary Clinton Email server, as Viguerie puts it.

As I shook my head and realized this is about par for the wretched course from one of our major political parties in this country (charges too utterly stupid to actually dignify with an intelligent response), it made me realize once more my biggest concern for the 2016 presidential election. It’s not that the Repugs will actually field a respectable candidate. It’s the relentless torrent of slime that will end up drenching the prospective Democratic Party nominee (though I keep assuming that HRC will get the nomination, and Bernie Sanders, like Ol’ Man River, just keeps rolling along).

(So yes, in case you were wondering, this citation goes to Viguerie.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Hosni Mubarak Walker, for saying here we should have cancelled the visit of China’s president in response to the 1,000-point slide of the DJIA in August, as if China actually planned for their economy to slide, taking down the rest of the global markets with them (besides, if we piss off Xi Jinping too much, then who else is going to hold all of our stinking debt, you moron??!!)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Governor Bully, for blaming Obama for an increase in heroin use here…don’t worry; though Christie is somehow STILL in the race as I type this, I can assure you that he will NEVER be president

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

“Weird Al” Yankovic for befriending eight-year-old Layla Murphy here, who was bullied because she liked “Star Wars,” which wasn’t considered appropriate “little girl” behavior by some (individuals who, sadly, took the title of one of Weird Al’s tunes literally, and that would be “Dare To Be Stupid”)

More later…

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

December 17, 2015

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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)

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

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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.

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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)


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

December 15, 2015

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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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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).

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

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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…

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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?)

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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

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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…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 7)

December 13, 2015

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Prior related posts appear below:

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

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Kansans Bob and Kevin Fyfe for this (gee, maybe you didn’t go out of business because of those danged li-bu-ruuls…maybe it’s because the two of you were idiots with your ridiculous promotions)

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In the wake of the utterly awful Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, Repug Florida U.S. House Rep John Mica for this

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Harold Hamm, billionaire CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, who told the dean at the University of Oklahoma here that he was so displeased by the university’s research on the topic of fracking that he wanted certain scientists dismissed, as reported by Bloomberg News (see, the secret is out that fracking is the cause of earthquakes in a state that had never experienced them before, and apparently, that hurt Hamm’s fee-fees…as somebody once said, we live in the era of angry billionaires)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Ms. Ivy Ziedrich, a self-described political science major and a college Democrat at the University of Nevada, who told Repug presidential candidate Jeb Bush that “your brother created ISIS” – I would say that, while Dubya is primarily responsible IMHO for his utterly wretched Iraq war, the whole truth is a little more complicated…kudos to Ziedrich, though, for standing up to Jeb! and his pals, who are just about the same as those of his awful brother (here)

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who helped bail protestors in Baltimore and Ferguson, MO out of jail, as noted here (earning the predictable Fix Noise frothing in response)

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As far as I’m concerned, it takes a particularly repugnant form of douchebaggery (word?) to kill an animal that is an endangered species to enhance your “ammo-sexual” cred, but that’s what Corey Knowlton did in May when he killed a black rhino in Namibia (here)…we’ll have another story similar to this later.

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Ohio Repug congressman (yes, you read that correctly) Jim Renacci, who broke with his party’s supposed “no new taxes” orthodoxy from The Sainted Ronnie R and Grover (Drown Government in a Bathtub) Noquist to call for a revenue increase to support this country’s creaking infrastructure here – nice for sanity to prevail from that bunch for a change

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You could give a citation like this to Fix Noise for so many reasons, but as noted here, there was a violent confrontation between police and biker gangs in Waco, Texas earlier this year which left 9 people dead and over 190 injured, and the Foxies reported it perfectly straight and sticking to the facts as much as that network is able to do so.

The problem? That stands in marked contrast to how they “report” on stories of violence involving African Americans or Muslims; in the latter case, they often fabricate some kind of a connection to terrorism, or in the former case, they often use it as an excuse to preach about the supposed lack of values of the black underclass, or something, or say that (wait for it) the problem is really being caused by those dastardly liberals and their “war on cops,” or whatever nonsense they happen to be peddling at the moment (h/t Atrios).

Do-Gooders of the Year Nominees

The country of Ireland for being the first nation to legalize gay marriage (memo to the Catholic Church: when Ireland comes out, so to speak, for marriage equality, you’ve pretty much lost the “culture wars”…here)

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AXA, France’s largest insurer, for pledging to drop its remaining investment in coal assets while tripling its investment in green technologies in response to the climate crisis here (mais oui!)

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The nation of Qatar for not allowing its Nepalese workers to return home for the funerals of family members and friends lost to that country’s horrific earthquake earlier this year (here – I should note that most Nepalese workers will be allowed to return home, except for those working on projects related to the 2022 World Cup, which will be hosted in Qatar, apparently – I still think it’s a rotten move)

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The Cleveland Indians baseball team for shaving their heads here in an act of solidarity on behalf of teammate Mike Aviles and his daughter, who underwent chemotherapy and radiation for leukemia (nice touch)

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Actor Vince Vaughn for this (and on the same day as this – what a schmuck)…

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Conservadem U.S. House Rep John Delaney for this (great takedown by kos)…

…and oh yeah, Delaney was the same jackass responsible for this potential boondoggle (just fund infrastructure spending the same damn way we always have and be done with it! Stop trying to inflate another potential bubble that will burst all over us yet again)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Judge Robert Pitman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (here), for ruling against the National Federation of Independent Business and Texas chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (sometimes called the ALEC of the construction industry) who were fighting rules that would modernize the process of unionizing a 21st-century workforce (nice work by Pitman, even though this will almost surely be appealed)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

The bikers in Albuquerque, New Mexico who came to the defense of a 5-year-old girl with a disability who was bullied – scary looking guys with warm hearts (here)

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Pennsylvania State Judge Thomas F. Burke, Jr. gets a nod for ruling that 16 McDonald’s restaurants in our beloved commonwealth (in a chain run by Carol and Albert Mueller) ran afoul of the state’s wage law by paying employees with debit cards, rejecting the Mueller’s argument that the cards are equivalent to checks (and a Do-Gooder citation also to worker Natalie Gunshannon who filed the original suit and was joined by 2,380 workers, all working for the Muellers, who of course earn Dregs citations for this).

Oh, and a Dregs citation also goes the Chase Bank – get a load of this…

Gunshannon and other workers faced a $1.50 charge every time they used an ATM to access their wages, and a $5 charge for withdrawing the money over the counter at a cash register. Where a worker who misplaced a standard paycheck would be able to get a replacement check, the JP Morgan Chase prepaid cards charged a $15 replacement fee if lost or stolen. Paying bills online with the card meant spending an additional 75 cents on bank fees, and merely checking the balance of a card triggered a $1 fee.

The Muellers’ hourly workers were charged such fees nearly 47,000 separate times from the fall of 2010 to the summer of 2014, according to an expert witness in the case. That works out to roughly 20 separate fees per person in the class over a 45-month period.

Store managers, meanwhile, were offered direct deposit forms to receive their pay without facing the card fees.

Chase – So You Can (totally hose your clients, that is)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Bay area California bus driver Tim Watson, who, after hearing a police bulletin about a missing boy, noticed that a child fitting the description was a passenger; he helped to apprehend the suspect who had allegedly taken the boy, notifying police without tipping anyone off (here – nicely done)

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American Pharoah, the first thoroughbred racehorse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years – citations also go to trainer Bob Baffert and  jockey Victor Espinoza here…great stuff

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William Hayes and Chris Long, two football players for the St. Louis Rams, who pretended to be panhandlers in March for a documentary on the homeless, even trying to stay warm inside a truck overnight while the temperature reached 38 degrees (here)…

“It was the worst night I’ve ever had in my life,” Hayes said in the documentary…”My body hurts so bad right now.”

The cold wasn’t the only challenge Long and Hayes had to endure — stereotyping based off of their appearances led to unwelcome interactions with law enforcement, Long explained.

“If we were in nicer clothes or our appearance was different, maybe we wouldn’t be stopped or kind of questioned the way we were,” he said after being approached by police officers for simply walking down the street. “You’re not a normal, quote-unquote, person anymore.”

The eye-opening experience prompted Long and Hayes to help two chronically homeless people they’d come across — Marty and Nancy. The football players paid for a two-month hotel stay for Marty and Nancy — as well as disposable cell phones, groceries and bus passes — in hopes that the gesture would help lead them to stable housing down the road.

Since the documentary was filmed, Nancy began receiving help through outreach support and Marty gained employment in construction, according to ESPN.

Post-game prayer circles are nice – most well-meaning attempts at demonstrating one’s faith having nothing whatsoever to do with Tim Tebow are fine with me – but works like this are worth all the hallelujahs and hosannas and fingers pointing at the sky that you can muster as far as I’m concerned.

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Repug U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, who basically said here that our troops are ready to go halfway around the world all over again to fight, suffer, struggle and die in the Middle East for…for…OK, who is the enemy this time? Oh yeah, ISIS, which poses no threat whatsoever to take over this country…

I don’t know off the top of my head what Ernst’s rank was in the military before she retired to run for the Senate, but whatever it was, it doesn’t excuse her from uttering dunderheaded nonsense like this (and a Dregs citation also goes out to those idiot Iowa voters who actually elected her).

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This could just be a perpetual citation to Former President Highest Disapproval Rating In Gallup Poll History, but here, it came out that he has made millions in speaking fees since leaving An Oval Office (and yes, that isn’t illegal at all I know, but considering the unprosecuted crimes of his criminal regime, it’s still pretty reprehensible – also considering all the media harrumphing over the Clintons and the money they’ve made in #42’s own retirement for his foundation)

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Norway, for divesting its holdings in coal from the country’s $890 billion government pension fund, which is considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world (here)

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Nestlé International Waters’ CEO Tim Brown, who said he would continue to bottle water in drought-stricken California and would increase the amount of water Nestlé bottles if he could, basically blaming consumers for what I would call his reckless decision making here (truly no line these life forms won’t cross)

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Once more, country music performer Tim McGraw for this (not a fan, but credit where it’s due)…

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who somehow managed to continue performing a show despite a truly debilitating injury suffered during the performance (I don’t think anyone will tell him to “break a leg” any time soon – here)

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Repug U.S. House Rep Peter King, who claimed that his fellow Repug and former Rep Dennis Hastert was the “only victim” in the sex abuse scandal surrounding the former U.S. House speaker – yeah, try telling that to Jolene Burdge, whose late brother Steve Reinboldt was allegedly a victim of Hastert; besides, as Think Progress tells us here, Hastert can always choose to prosecute his alleged blackmailer, whoever it is

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Dem U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, who introduced a measure here to…

…get rid of two clean water exemptions for oil and gas companies — one enacted in 1987 and the other in 2005. The 2005 exemption, known as the Halliburton Loophole, came from a provision in that year’s Energy Policy Act and allows oil and gas companies to frack free from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Cardin’s bill, dubbed the FRESHER Act, would do away with the Halliburton Loophole. It would also prompt the Department of the Interior to conduct a study on the impacts of oil and gas operations on stormwater runoff.

And somewhere, a few more cells inside the coal-black heart of Dick Cheney quietly die (though, to be fair, Cardin definitely didn’t distinguish himself here).

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 6)

December 10, 2015

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Prior related posts appear below:

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

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Joan Cheever of San Antonio, TX has been serving meals to the homeless for 10 years, as Think Progress tells us here. However, she was cited in April by that city’s police dept with a fine of about 2 grand for serving the meals in a vehicle other than her food truck, which basically would disqualify her from giving out the food. In response, she argued that she has a right to feed the homeless under Texas’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act because she considers it exercising her religious beliefs. And that, actually, is the proper interpretation of the statute as far as I personally am concerned – nicely done.

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The police department members and city officials in Parma, Missouri who resigned upon the election of Tyrus Byrd, that city’s first African American mayor, without giving her a chance (and we’re talking about a location above that Mason Dixon line, so we Yankees have no room to gloat…just sayin’ – here)

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I realize that it was probably way too much of me to expect that former head of Bucks County PA’s Pennsbury School Board (and Teahadist extraordinaire) Simon Campbell would just go away after having been unceremoniouslty bounced from the board in favor of actual cognizant and mature adults, but as noted here, he requested the personal information on all Kutztown University employees through PA’s “sunshine” laws.

And yes, Simple Simon has definitely pulled this garbage before with employees of the Pennsbury School District. And all because of his rabid anti-unionism.

As long as Campbell is looking to reveal information about others, maybe he should apply that standard to himself and tell us how much he is compensated for practicing his evil craft on behalf of the Kochs and “Americans for Prosperity” and PA’s Commonwealth Foundation.

Because (in words more or less recalling that quote from Winston Churchill), we pretty much know what Campbell is by now. All that’s in question at this point is his price.

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Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer compared her ballot removal for the May 19th primary election to the violence of the Selma, Alabama marches in 1965.

Actually, as noted here

Singer needed at least 1,000 signatures from registered Democrats to be listed on the ballot. (A Philadelphia Common Pleas judge) found Singer, who turned in 1,485 signatures, had 996 that were valid.

The Rev. Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, called Singer’s civil rights analogy “ludicrous” and an “incongruous rant.”

“She needs to think twice before she starts using that language,” he said.

No word on whether or not Singer had received a blow from a billy club, been attacked by dogs or been doused by a water cannon before she decided to open her mouth (she eventually gave up her challenge).

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New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro was guilty of some world-class wankery here, saying that Jeb Bush was a “relatable” potential “eater-in-chief” as opposed to that green-tea-sipping President Obama, who apparently isn’t “relatable” somehow…you would think the “newspaper of record” would have stopped this crap after all the stuff about how you’d like to have a beer with George W. Bush, or something, during the 2000 election.

…and while we’re on the subject…

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You would think that a man as intelligent as President Obama would know better than to say this stuff, but apparently not; as noted here, he said that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s criticisms of the thus-far-still-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership sound like Sarah Palin’s “death panel” criticisms on health care reform.

I think Dave Johnson does a better job of responding to Obama here than I could, but here is my question: how many jobs are we going to gain and how many are we going to lose?

If you can’t answer that question, Mr. President, then stop acting like a Republican and START opposing these stinking “free” trade deals for a change.

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PA State Rep Dom Costa for this (feel like putting up that “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” clip about the French taunting in response – oops, I can’t put up videos at this site…my bad)

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Nathan Morris, co-founder of the group Boyz II Men, for starting a “Go Fund Me” crowd-sourcing campaign to raise money for Charles Gladden — a man who works in the Senate cafeteria but lives on the street – in an effort to find Gladden a home here (as far as I’m concerned, our government should be doing a better job of stuff like this, but of course we have to pay for that…cue the Teahadist outrage…but still give Morris credit where it’s due)

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I had really hoped that former Dem U.S. House Rep Allyson Schwartz was smart enough to know when she was getting played, ending up fronting some group on behalf of insurance companies called the Better Medicare Alliance, but apparently not.

As noted here by Wendell Potter, formerly of Cigna and someone who definitely knows how insurers buy influence primarily on Capitol Hill, the goal of the Better Medicare Alliance seems to be to open the proverbial spigot of taxpayer financing as much as possible to the benefit of Medicare Advantage, the “privatized” version of traditional Medicare which charges higher premiums on average than traditional Medicare and doesn’t deliver the quality of care that is anywhere as good as the traditional version.

How sad that former Rep. Schwartz apparently isn’t aware of that (“progressive” my butt).

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Major League Baseball and the Baltimore Orioles, for deciding to play a game on Wednesday April 29th at Camden Yards with the Chicago White Sox that was closed to the public, in the wake of the riots after the death of Freddie Gray – yes, I get it that’s it’s all about TV revenue and the fans are an afterthought, but either postpone the game or play it on the road if you’re concerned about safety (here)

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Anheuser Busch brewery, makers of Budweiser of course, get it for producing a beer with a label stating “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night” (here).

How in God’s name is this actually a “thing”? Are there any alleged adults involved in making the decision to manufacture and sell something like that?

Bueller??!!

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Football player Sen’Derrick Marks of the Jacksonville Jaguars for this, just in time for prom season (nice touch)

Republican Covention

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Governor Bully earns yet another dishonorable mention; as noted here in May, he vetoed a bill that would have required his campaign contributors (well, indirectly, through Republican groups – thanks once more, High Court of Hangin’ Judge JR, for Citizens United) to disclose fees they generated from “administering” (using the term loosely) the pensions of NJ’s public sector employees.

“The fund managers and investment advisers already must abide by federal campaign contribution laws,” Christie wrote in a memo explaining his decision. “Because the federal campaign contribution laws pre-empt state law in this area, I cannot approve of such a provision.”

If I were a Repug (and I can assure you that I am not), I would say that that was an almost “Clinton-esque” evasion.

But wait, there’s more…

New Jersey’s current investment rules prohibit financial firms whose executives make state campaign contributions from receiving contracts to manage pension money. That rule was most recently the subject of a “pay to play” investigation of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, whose financial firm received a New Jersey pension deal from Christie officials after Baker mase a $10,000 donation to the New Jersey Republican State Committee. Christie officials cleared Baker.

In 2014, while Christie was running the Republican Governor’s Association, his administration slipped a provision into the state administrative code to prevent the rules from applying to contributions to federal political committees like the RGA and Christie’s presidential PAC.

Rules? Oversight? Governance? That’s for the rabble, and of course, Democrats, who I suppose are one in the same as far as the Repugs are concerned.

…oh, and one more thing here (chomp, chomp go NJ’s taxpayer dollars right into Christie’s ample face – OOOH YOU BAD LIBERAL, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO CRITICIZE CHRISTIE’s APPEARANCE…WAAAH!!!)…

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There are so many moments of smack-open-palm-against-forehead stoo-pid in the racial incident with Georgia high school Principal Nancy Gordeuk that it’s hard to catalog them all, but I’ll try to here.

Apparently, she somehow forgot about the graudation speech by the class valedictorian, which was the first thing she did wrong at the ceremony. As a result of that, some parents got up to leave thinking the ceremony was over. To compound the mistake, Gordeuk looked at the exiting crowd and said something about the “black people leaving.”

Even if that were somehow true, if you see that taking place, you shouldn’t be dumb enough to actually point that out. Well, as a result, the quite predictable (and entirely justified) social media outcry followed. In reponse, Gordeuk apologized, but somehow managed to come up with another racial epiphet in doing so.

Oh, and please spare me the claptrap about how “the devil was in the house” and how Gordeuk is supposedly “already forgiven.” Stop hiding behind religion to try and mask your own idiocy (and by the way, she was later fired…big surprise I know)

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Stephen Colbert for this (pretty smart for a guy who plays dumb on TV)…

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I realize that all politicians lie, it’s just a matter of the degree. However, what Lex Luthor Scott did was truly appalling.

As noted here, Scott assembled the media at the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee in February 2013 to say, in essence, that he supported a three-year Medicaid expansion more or less as a prelude to possibly setting up an exchange in his state, using the example of his mother’s death as motivation for supposedly doing the right thing.

Well, as Crooks and Liars tells us…

Scott conceded (in May) that was all a ruse. He now says his support for Medicaid expansion was a calculated move designed to win support from the Obama administration for the state’s proposal to hand over control of Medicaid to private insurance companies. At the time, he denied that his support was tied to a deal with the federal government.

Now that he’s succeeded in privatizing Medicaid, Scott is again railing against Medicaid expansion and is suing the federal government for allegedly forcing it on him.

Everyone knows (or should know) about Scott’s behavior as head of Columbia/HCA before he was elected governor, as noted here (which makes me wonder why he was even elected in the first place, let alone re-elected). However, it’s particularly vile to use the death of your own mother to trick people infinitely less fortunate than you are by pretending you support something that they critically need. And for this to come out timed for Mother’s Day is the cherry on the icing of this cake of sh*t.

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 5)

December 8, 2015

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

King v. Burwell lawyer (arguing against the ACA subsidies) Michael Carvin, who used a supposedly satirical letter here penned by officials from seven states requesting information from the DHS as actual evidence in opposition to the ACA (just say “oops” and get out, Carvin, you nematode…fortunately, the ACA would be upheld)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois tried to equate the Senate Dems’ refusal to support a human trafficking bill with Democrats defending slavery in the 1850s (here).

For what seems like the eleventy bazillionth time, a piece of legislation that, formerly, was not a political issue at all became one when Republicans inserted something having nothing whatsoever to do with the original bill into it. And as is so often the case, this is yet another sneaky attempt by the right wing in this country to pursue their “values” agenda against abortion.

This one is a particular no-brainer…get rid of this latest attempt to expand the so-called “Hyde Amendment” (named after a Republican serial philanderer), re-introduce the bill with only the originally crafted legislation, and send it to the floor for a vote. And it will pass.

Here we have, as far as I’m concerned, yet further proof of the decay of our federal legislature, led to this current ruinous state from the “scorched earth” political maneuvers of Baby Newton Leroy Gingrich for starters and carried on to this day by his foul Republican successors in both bodies of Congress.

And by the way, wasn’t Kirk formerly considered a “grownup” within his party? Last I checked, though, his polling numbers for the 2016 election were pretty bad, so hopefully he’s on thin electoral ice, as they say.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in the San Francisco Archdiocese for this, i.e., installing a shower head to rain down water on homeless people who, for lack of any other place whatsoever to go, might commit the apparently unpardonable offense of sleeping on the church steps (looks to me like there are some folks out there who have lost the way, you might say…they later apologized, as well they should, and said they would discontinue this disgusting practice)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Former Obama DHS Secretary and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano for this (h/t Atrios – just because someone is ostensibly a Democrat, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be an out-of-touch elitist too)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

And speaking of Number 44, I think he gets it for calling for mandatory voting here (to say its time has long since come is an understatement…and of course, as is his habit on this stuff unfortunately, he made a speech but really didn’t do much afterwards to follow up on this great idea)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Martese Johnson, a junior who was brutally beaten by cops at UVA, who called for calm among a crowd of protestors here (kudos – by the way, Johnson is on the University’s Honor Committee…can’t imagine what he did that was supposedly so awful)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I know he was already Dregs of the Year last year, but I have to “ding” Israeli PM-elect (again) “Bibi” Netanyahu for going back on his promise to not allow a “two-state” solution for his country and Palestine only two days after winning re-election, as noted here.

Yes, his change of heart is the right thing to do, but how crass a political animal is this guy to plays his supporters for such saps in so transparent a fashion?

It’s a good thing he doesn’t hold elected office in this country (since he surely would be a Republican), or else he might win the nomination for president.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

New Hampshire State Representative Warren Groen, who used the occasion of fourth graders introducing a bill to make the red-tailed hawk the official state raptor to not only ridicule the bill with the students and their teacher in the gallery, but to use it to attack Planned Parenthood also – does anyone seriously think that at least some (or perhaps all) of these kids are going to bail on their civic duty as adults now because of the treatment they received from this idiot (here and here)?

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

I have to admit that the bar is pretty much set to curb level for this one, but fair is fair – “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani did the right thing here to tell the Repugs in the U.S. Senate to stop playing games and schedule a vote to confirm Loretta Lynch as the Obama AG to succeed Eric Holder, which eventually happened (here).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Women’s softball pitching phenom Mo’ne Davis; …she came to the aid of a Bloomsburg University baseball player who got kicked off the team for a disgusting tweet about her, asking the team to reinstate this idiot…class beyond her years (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Connecticut Repug State Rep Mike Bocchino, who said here that it’s “a really great party” if you witness a rape on campus, referring to college of course – what an unbelievable pig (hat tip to Bill Maher for tracking this down…ugh)

…on the other hand…

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

I really didn’t want to weigh in on this at first, but in March for two weeks in a row, Maher used his show to criticize those who criticized the Italian high end fashion designers Dolce and Gabbana because the two made disparaging remarks about in-vitro fertilization and, by extension, same-sex parenting of kids; Maher said that those criticizing D&G were practicing some sort of version of political correctness run amok (Maher used this story as an opportunity to criticize those who, for example, criticized Kathleen McCartney, the president of prestigious Smith College, for saying “all lives matter” instead of “black lives matter” here).

Maher has a point about political correctness, but as far as I’m concerned, he mixed not just apples and oranges, but every tropical fruit under the sun, as it were. For what it’s worth, here is what I think; when D&G criticize in-vitro fertilization, they’re not just criticizing same-sex parenting, but ALL parents (family members of mine are raising a child that was the product of in-vitro fertilization, and as far as I’m concerned, that life is just as much of a miracle as a child conceived through the normal means, and if D&G or anyone else tell me that that child is “synthetic,” then I’m going to tell them to shut the f*ck up and I don’t care how rich they are).

I realize that Maher is, first and foremost, an entertainer. And if he wants to criticize, say, the backlash against McCartney (while that cackling idiot S.E. Cupp sits there on the panel and approves), then it’s his right to do that. But when you side with a couple of Italian bigots who have a problem with the pedigree of a certain group of kids who are totally blameless as far as I’m concerned, then expect people like me to take exception.

So yeah, this citation goes to Maher, if for no other reason because of referring to Elton John with a prefix of “dame,” a totally classless and unfunny move (and as far as I’m concerned, he would disgrace himself later this year also).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This goes to the alleged “man” in the audience noted here who laughed when Ohio State Representative Teresa Fedor revealed that she was raped when she served in the military (“Support the troops,” huh?); Fedor was speaking out against a proposed bill to ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected (the bill gives no exemptions for rape victims – I know this is a dumb question, but is the “party of Lincoln” ever going to learn when it comes to this shit?)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I know there was a reason why Pope Francis gave the boot to Cardinal Raymond Burke, and Burke proved it here when he said that gays and remarried Catholics are the same as murderers (as noted previously, just say “oops” and get out, OK? And I’m not even going to bother asking for an apology.)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Governors Dan Malloy of Connecticut and Jay Inslee of Washington state for instituting a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana in response to the Hoosier State’s utterly odious “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” sponsored by Indiana’s moron governor Mike Pence here (in addition to standing in opposition to basic human decency, Indiana’s new law is a drag economically – and once more, I REALLY don’t need to identify the political parties here, do I…here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. House Rep Scott Peters of California, for introducing legislation here mandating that the chamber of the U.S. Congress where Peters toils work all 40 hours Monday through Friday like the rest of us, at least (what a concept – Man Tan Boehner and his bunch having to reside on Capitol Hill all five work days a week, including Mikey the Beloved of course…wonder if they can take it?)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Nebraska farmer and former pipeline worker James Osborne, who invited members of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (the pro-fracking ones, anyway) to drink water contaminated by the process of oil and natural gas exploration here…nothing like speaking truth to stoo-pid, is there?

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Tennessee State Senator (and Morgan Stanley wealth manager – and just how is he allowed to serve in state government anyway for that reason?) Todd Gardenhire gets a dubious mention; when asked by activist Damien Crisp if Gardenhire would give up his state-subsidized health insurance, Gardenhire called Crisp an asshole (guess it takes one to know one…and for the record, Gardenhire voted against Medicaid expansion, which would have cost his state nothing and provided coverage for about 280, 000 people – nice guy…here)

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

All of the tech industry leaders who signed a letter protesting Indiana’s new anti-gay law, as noted here

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Crystal O’Connor, for the reasons stated so well by Laura Clawson of Daily Kos here

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Florida state senator Nancy Detert truly deserves a special mention for saying the following at a public hearing (here):

“You’re all on the Koch brothers’ payroll. Good for you. I’m glad you’re all employed … I hope you’re getting paid a lot of money to show up to these meetings and say meaningless things.”

Oh, and did I mention that Detert is a Republican? What guts…and as far as I know, she never tried to “walk it back.”

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Michigan factory owner J.C. Huizenga for this – would that more in similar shoes would follow his fine example…

Dregs of the Year (Possibly the Millennia) Nominee

“Minuteman” person-in-charge Chris Simcox for all the reasons noted here; in particular, those allegations involving child molestation of a 7 and 8-year-old girl (and a secondary Dregs citation to Judge Jose Padilla, who allowed Simcox, representing himself at the trial, to question the girls on the stand)

“Incredible Waste of Time” Citation of the Year

This goes out to all the people I genuinely admire, including Robert Reich and Mark Ruffalo, who have, in my opinion, wasted SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT this year trying to persuade MA Dem Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president in the Democratic Party primary against Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin whatsisname…Warren is a very smart lady, and she’s been able to get pretty far on her own – I’m sure she doesn’t need anyone’s help to make her political decisions for her, particularly since she’s made it abundantly clear that she has NO INTEREST in running for president.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

A thus-far-unnamed man numbskull from Altoona, Pa. brought a loaded Glock into church for Mass (and on Easter Sunday, no less). And as you can imagine, the gun discharged, though apparently (and thank God, literally) no one was hurt (here).

Let us pray.

The “Looks Like Peter Cottontail Paid A Visit To Walter White” Citation of the Year

As noted here, Oklahoma police nabbed somebody wearing an Easter Bunny costume carrying about $30,000 worth of meth (I’ll bet he was “holding” for Santa Claus)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Georgia middle school teacher Nancy Perry, who said here that, if any of the parents of her students voted for President Obama, then “they’re not Christians” (God, lady, that’s sooo 2009, 2010 of you – time to brush up on the latest wingnuttery, including how Obama is supposedly going to let Iran turn Europe into a Muslim caliphate)

…and with that in mind…

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., expresses his dismay at Russian Vladimir Putin leader granting asylum to American secrets leaker Edward Snowden, at a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Defying the United States, Russia granted Edward Snowden temporary asylum on Thursday, allowing the National Security Agency leaker to slip out of the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for weeks in hopes of evading espionage charges back home. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

It really disgusts me beyond words that I have to share a stated political allegiance with an utterly contemptible, low life worm like Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, but I have to.

Totally craven toady to the “banksters”? Check. In AIPAC’s back pocket? Check. Doing his very best to make the Democratic Party almost inseparable ideologically from the Repugs? Check.

And with the last two of that sorry trifecta in mind, I should note here that Schumer pledged to support Repug Sen. Bob Corker’s bill to disapprove the deal negotiated in April about Iran’s nuclear capability (here).

You know, the deal approved by Bushco Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, as well as Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations, and former Clinton Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (no foreign policy slouches in that bunch…here).

I happen to come across a lot of people who think there’s no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. And when it comes to Charles Schumer, I unfortunately agree with them (Schumer would act in a similarly reprehensible manner later).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

It’s bad enough that Repug Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner cut funds for services for people with autism, but to do it on World Autism Day takes the word “despicable” to a whole other level as far as I’m concerned (here).

Dregs of the Year (Possibly the Entire A.D. Period Of Recorded History) Nominee

The Tulsa, OK police officer responsible for the almost unspeakably evil (and completely profane) quote noted here

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Repug Congressman Bob Inglis for this – kind of pathetic that he, apparently, is the only one in his party who realizes that we have a climate crisis (or at least the only one willing to go on record about it)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

23-year-old Martin Alvarado Jr., who (allegedly) killed the 18-month-old son of his girlfriend because the boy peed on him when Alvarado changed the boy’s diaper – if Alvarado is found guilty, he should be strung up by his thumbs and left for the buzzards (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

PETA, for allowing themselves to be utterly played by rabidly anti-immigrant AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio (here)…

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Tim McGraw for this (not really a fan, I should add), and of course, he earned the typical wrath from the “ammo-sexuals” out there for it…

More later…


Doomsy’s Do-Gooders and Dregs (2015 – Pt. 4)

December 5, 2015

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Prior related posts appear below:

Part 3
Part 2
Part 1 (with setup)

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Dregs of the Year Nominee

This might be the hardest citation I’ve ever handed out, but I’ve got to do it.

As noted here, Keith Olbermann responded to a tweet that Penn State students had raised $13 million for pediatric cancer research with a one-word tweet of his own that said “pitiful.”

OK, to begin – Penn State’s dance marathon (which was responsible for the $13 million) is an annual event that has contributed millions to fight cancer; on the weekend of the “thon,” students are also out in traffic braving the elements standing at intersections with tin cans accepting whatever loose change drivers happen to send their way. The whole thing is an incredibly commendable effort.

Now I honestly believe Olbermann when he says he wasn’t attacking the “thon.” However, you can’t tar any group of people with a “broad brush” the way he did; I’m certainly not going to come riding to the defense of Penn State officials in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky horror show and the fight over the school’s punishment as a result, but that’s a wholly other matter.

Also, Olbermann (being a pretty incendiary presence who I happen to agree with just about all of the time when he reports/opines on a variety of subjects) allowed himself to get drawn into this whole squabble in which he was accused of attacking the “thon” and associating it with the Sandusky mess by being generally clumsy and showing no media savvy whatsoever. And yes, he apologized for it (which is more than what a lot of other people do when they get called out – see the Billo citation from Pt. 3) but he should have avoided the whole thing altogether.

None of us are perfect, and maybe, due to his prior exemplary work, Olbermann is held to a higher standard by yours truly than one I would attach to just about anyone else (and I guess that’s something I just have to deal with). However, it also makes him a bigger target and requires a little more common sense, I believe, for him to avoid occasions such as this where he clumsily lashed out at an institution that does a lot of good work for no good reason.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (do I really need to identify the party?) who said here that cancer is a fungus that you can “wash out” – our family buried two beloved members over the last couple of years from this “fungus,” you bitch (and add this to the pile…ho ho bleeping ho)

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Dregs of the Year Nominees

Republican U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (pictured) and Thom Tillis, from Tennessee and North Carolina respectively, for concocting legislation to try and overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules here, which would lead to a much-needed expansion of broadband in those states (and I LOVE the title – the “States Rights Municipal Broadband Act of 2015”…hell yeah, let’s just go whistle Dixie with Johnny Reb and his pals while we, as a nation, march headlong into oblivion, because Freedom and American Exceptionalism!!)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Millville, NJ school bus driver Rosa Rios, who was accused of stealing lunches and lunch money from pre-schoolers here (really low)

Commemorative Stewie Griffin “The Broccoli Must Die” Citation Of The Year

As noted here, wingnut emeritus Pat Robertson said here that people who are addicted to drugs are “enslaved by vegetables,” obviously forgetting or perhaps not even knowing that cannabis is an herb

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominees

Pro football players Steve Weatherford and Sidney Rice, both having played for Super Bowl-winning teams, for agreeing to donate their brains to science to study the effects of concussions suffered during their careers as noted here

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other “faith” groups that are using an utterly odious “conscience” provision to block emergency contraception on behalf of raped migrants; as this Think Progress post tells us, it is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of migrant women and girls are raped before they ever get to this country (another instance where an ivory tower proclamation meets cold, hard reality and is made to look completely ridiculous)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

This goes out to any alleged Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives who would do anything whatsoever to ensure that John Boehner holds onto his job as speaker (here).

I’m sick of this explanation of, well, if we get rid of Boehner, then we’re stuck with some Teahadist fool like Ted Yoho, and we have to preserve the institution, or something (this reminds me of the argument supporting Repug Thad Cochran when he faced Teahadist Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Republican U.S. Senatorial primary…Cochran promised to be bipartisan, or something, then beat McDaniel with the help of some Dems, and then completely forgot about his promise to be bipartisan).

You know what? Screw “the institution”! If somebody like Yoho, Goober Gohmert or Glenn Grothman ends up taking over if Boehner gets the boot, then let it stand as a testimony to the whole world that a substantial portion of the American electorate is truly too stupid to breed. Yes, having a Teahadist in charge would be catastrophic, but if this doesn’t rouse a substantial portion of this country to put down the TV and DVR remotes, rise up and trek to their polling location to vote for Democrats, then truly nothing will.

And it’s not as if Boehner is going to show a speck of gratitude to the Dems…am I right?

Oh, and the whole thing was made even more ridiculous when “Orange Man” stepped down anyway (and I don’t buy for a second this BS that he was motivated to do so by meeting Pope Francis – here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I have to admit that, even now, I’m still trying to “unpackage” all of the awfulness with Arkansas State Rep. Justin Harris (h/t Atrios), but I’ll try (here).

See, he apparently adopted two young daughters in 2013, and then “rehomed” them to family friend Eric Francis, who apparently raped the elder one when she was six years old. That’s bad enough, but then Harris must have tried to play the “oh, I’m such a poor, oppressed ‘family values’ conservative, and I’m the REAL victim” card.

So you “rehomed” your kids? What, did you think they were pieces of flat ware, pearl earrings or a dishwasher or something? They’re HUMAN BEINGS, not things. Oh, and by the way, Harris has no problem with apparently blaming DHS for all of this, which is particularly cowardly as far as I’m concerned since, while Harris can run his mouth on this all day long (and apparently feel no concern about the fact that he’s making public a very sensitive matter involving children), DHS at least is correctly observing the sensitivity of this matter and declining to comment (and for legal reasons too, of course).

If nothing else, this entire episode proves to me that Harris should not be allowed to adopt children from this point forward, since he doesn’t have the common sense to realize that he should have kept all of this out of the media spotlight in the first place.

And believe it or not, there’s actually MORE to this, as noted here (and still more here, including a claim that the Harrises “re-homed” the girls because of alleged demonic possession – the Harrises deny that, of course, which is about what you would expect).

And by the way, why is this not surprising in any way, shape or form (and believe it or not, “Calgary” Cruz would enter into this mess later).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Dan Aykroyd, for saying that he would donate to the trust fund set up for the two boys of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III here – Aykroyd was at the Flower Show in March at about the time of the shooting to promote his vodka, Crystal Head, when he made his promise, which, if nothing else, will call attention to the Fund (I’m sure Irwin Mainway would approve :-))

Dregs of the Year Nominee

“Koch University” Dr. Garrett Jones, for saying that we would be better off with “less Democracy” here (I could be pretty vile and concoct some snark about what kind of activity Jones is proficient at with Chuck and Dave given the pose of his mouth in that pic – nah, I’d better leave it at that)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The landlord of a Blue Springs, Missouri apartment complex who (as of March) continues to collect something called an “Obamacare Surtax” on the monthly rent that he (?) charges to his (?) tenants (no word on whether or not the amount is 30 pieces of silver…here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

I realize that it’s highly probable that no one remembers this, but when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate last November, including Tom Cotton defeating Mark Pryor in Arkansas, I said that Cotton would make Ted Cruz look like Patrick Moynihan.

Well, he completely lived down to that billing and then some here, taking the lead in getting 46 other U.S. Senate Repugs to go along with him signing a letter basically telling Iran to forget about a nuclear treaty because, if (God forbid) a Republican wins the White House in 2016 to go along with a wholly Republican congress…

…(shhh, don’t wake the American voting electorate out of its slumber. Rock a bye baby)…

…then that president and that congress would ignore it anyway.

And in the process of doing this, Cotton and his pals did the even-more-despicable deed of overruling the commander in chief, one Barack H. Obama, who, along with others, negotiated said nuclear deal along with other countries.

Gee, last I checked, the U.S. Constitution has something to say about the commander-in-chief negotiating stuff like this.

Oh, silly me – how often I forget sometimes. See, Obama isn’t THEIR president because he doesn’t belong to the “R” party, so of course he must be belittled every way possible.

And by the way, I don’t care if Cotton served our country or not; his actions are those of a callow, ignorant asshole. And that goes double for the fools who actually voted for him.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the ultra-high-end Italian fashion designers, earn a dishonorable mention for attacking same-sex couples raising kids and in vitro fertilization (here).

And yes, I realized that they’re entitled to their opinions on the subject, even though I think their statement is a bit odd seeing as how they’re apparently same-sex partners themselves (or were, at least), but in response to a justly-earned IMHO rebuke from Elton John in which John called for a boycott of Dolce and Gabbana, the two called for a boycott of Elton John in response.

And again, D&G are entitled to call for a boycott of their own, but how petty do they look in all of this (and do they honestly think that their customers, some of whom I’m quite sure are fans of Elton John, aren’t going to react in a way opposed to D&G?).

And no, for the record, I don’t have a dog in this fight, as it were, since I’m quite sure that I will never wear any D&G attire, and I’m definitely straight (more on this will come later).

Do-Gooder of the Year Nominee

Wyoming Gov. (!) Matt Mead for this (happily, he would get his wish in a few months)

More later…


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