Monday, December 06, 2010

Doomsy's Do-Gooders And Dregs (2010 - Pt. 3)

(Part One is here and Part Two is here.)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who directed the state’s colleges and universities to “rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” on orders of Repug Governor Bob McDonnell here (have fun reaping the whirlwind of this boneheaded decision, wingnuts – McDonnell ended up reversing Cuccinelli, but I don’t give anyone points here since this never should have been considered to begin with)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Iranian “president” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (as if that title in that country actually implies that he has any authority whatsoever) gets it here for calling the 9/11 attacks “a big lie.”

Now I’ll be honest; I still have unanswered questions about that day, and I probably always will have unanswered questions about that day, particularly about Flight 93. But all I have are suppositions; I have no new facts to bring to the discussion here. And from the looks of things, that goes for Ahmadinejad also.

As for the names of the victims, there are ample places where he can learn more about them, including this Wikipedia link. Also, if he ever finds himself in Lower Makefield, PA, he could actually go to the Garden of Reflection and read the names of the 17 people we lost in Bucks County.

This man is an annoying little pipsqueak who asks how high when the mullahs tell him to jump. Nothing he has ever said or done has proven to be of any significance except to further the terrorist cause of Islamic extremism. Usually, I would give him the recognition he is due, and that would be none at all, but this remark hit a nerve with yours truly, among others I’m sure.

(And by the way, a “Dregs within a dregs” citation to The Mittster for this bit of nonsense to go with it.)

The “What’s Next, Then – BOA As A Bubble Gum Cartoon and Goldman Sachs As a Comic Book?” Citation

“Enron – The Musical” debuted on Broadway this spring (here - as noted here, though, it closed in May)

Do Gooder Of The Year Nominee

U.S. House Dem Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick for proposing a congressional pay cut here…

Dregs of the Year Nominee (And Diversity Training Candidate Of The Year)

NJ Superior Court Judge James N. Citta, who “belittled an immigrant defendant’s poor English skills and compared another defendant to O.J. Simpson” here…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Torii Hunter of the Los Angeles of Anaheim Somewhere In California Wherever The Hell They Are Angels, for referring to Latin American baseball players as “imposters” here (stupid almost beyond words…Juan Marichal, Roberto Clemente, Fernando Valenzuela, Manny Trillo, Rod Carew, etc., etc., etc.)

Do Gooder Of The Year Nominee

Barack Obama, for donating all of the $1.4 million he received for winning the Nobel Prize to charity, including groups working to provide earthquake relief for Haiti and supporting military families (here - well done, Mr. President)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Yep, it’s time for the yearly (at least) citation to Bill Donahue of the Conservative Catholic League for defending Glenn Beck-istan over the latter’s idiotic ramblings about “running away” from a Catholic church service if there is a homily about “social and/or economic justice” (here - yes, I know these quotes aren’t exact, but when it comes to two idiots like Donahue and Beck, I don’t care).

And I LOVE Donahue’s remark about “left wing sermons,” by the way. I have never heard a “left-wing sermon” in my life!

Do Gooder of the Year Nominees

Wantagh (NY) Memorial Congregational Church, for their “in your face, hallelujah” response to Beck and Donahue here…

Best Idea Of The Year So Far

So Hangin’ Judge JR and The Supremes issue that horrible Citizens United ruling, then Roberts gets mad when Obama calls him and his pals out over it at the State of the Union (with Roberts expressing his unhappiness in a newspaper interview), so then John Podesta, in response, says here that the Supreme Court deliberations should be broadcast on C-SPAN (which would highlight Clarence Thomas, among others, who in March marked the fourth anniversary of his silence on the bench during deliberations - and speaking of Thomas...).

Dregs Of The Year Nominee (Commemorative Bill Marrazzo Citation)

As noted here...

Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, received a total compensation of $988,591 in 2008, according to the charity's tax filings. She got a base salary of $360,774, a bonus of $150,000 and other compensation of $83,152, for a total of $593,926. She also received $385,500 in deferred compensation, most of which went to a retirement plan, and $9,165 in nontaxable benefits.
And she keeps such good company too.

Do Gooder Of The Year Nominee

Eleven-year-old Marcelas Owens; you can read about him here…

Do Gooder of the Year Nominee

Departing Dem Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware, for giving a speech here stating in boldface type, as it were, that “fraud and potential criminal conduct were at the heart of the financial crisis” (But sssh! Don’t wake our corporate media, preoccupied with such weighty stuff as the ratings for Sarah Palin’s “reality” TV show, gossip involving Justin Bieber or what will happen to Lindsay Lohan when she’s released from jail for her latest drug possession conviction)

Do Gooder Of The Year Nominees

The 59,000 Catholic nuns who support health care reform in opposition to the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops because, as they put it, "Despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions" (here - hope none of them are in Providence, RI, because I’m sure Thomas Tobin will now try to deny them communion)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Repug Senators who opposed a jobs bill passed on March 17th but supported corporation-responsible rape, as noted here (and no, I’m not being figurative – wish I were)

Special “Pay Attention, Timmeh Geithner and Ben Bernanke – And Yes, I’m Just Kidding” Citation

North Korea reportedly executed its finance chief for its “botched” attempt at currency reform here…

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Repug (of course) U.S. House Rep Randy (“Baby Killer”) Neugebauer of Texas…really hard for me to feel sympathy for Bart Stupak (re: HCR of course), but Neugebauer made me do it here (h/t Daily Kos…oh, and he apologized to Stupak but still used his little stunt to promote himself for re-election – nice guy)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Corey Poitier, running for U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek's seat in Florida (Meek ran for the Dem Senatorial nomination to face likely Repug opponent Marco Rubio, with Rubio winning in November against Meek and Charlie Crist); Poitier called Obama “Buckwheat” here and, by virtue of a non-apology apology, said he made a “mistake” (uh, yep...still better than wingnut queen Sarah Palin, though, who called Obama Sambo and faced no reprisal whatsoever)

Dregs Of The Year Nominee

“Diaper Dave” Vitter introduced a Senate amendment here to deny federal funds to ACORN - Let’s see on how many levels this is dumb, OK?

First, there is the court decision that Congress acted illegally in denying funds to the group (referring to the Johanns amendment, noted here). Second, there is the fact that, due to right wing BS and the group’s own internal difficulties, it is disbanding (I’m sure there are other levels, but I can’t think of any at the moment).

Dregs of the Year Nominee (Obssessive Compulsive Citation)

Former Commander Codpiece, for rubbing his hands on the shirt of fellow ex-president Bill Clinton after Dubya shook hands with Haitian residents here (the two were there to help with Haitian relief, of course, which is commendable…I know 43 has a history of doing stuff like this, but still…)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Adulterer and ethically compromised Repug U.S. senator John Ensign, who whines here that he’s a victim of ’gotcha’ journalism (time to call the WHAAAAA!!-mbulance...lucky for his sorry ass that the Obama DOJ decided to forego charges against him)

Do Gooder Of The Year Nominee

Giving Larry Kudlow, a guy who once tried a make a funny out of asking Harold Ford, Jr. “Are you now or have you ever been a liberal?” credit for anything is repellent to me, but to be fair, I have to for criticizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here for opposing regulation of “too big to fail” financial institutions.

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Harry Weisiger of Nashville, TN, who, as noted here, saw an Obama bumper sticker on the car of fellow resident Mark Duren (this is just after HCR passed, let’s recall) and became so enraged that he rammed into Duren’s car and then…

“…pointed at the back of my car,” Duren said, “the bumper, flipped me off, one finger salute.”

But it didn’t end there.

Duren told News 2 that Weisiger honked his horn at him for awhile, as Duren stopped at a stop sign.

Once he started driving again, down Blair Boulevard, towards his home, he said, “I looked in the rear view mirror again, and this same SUV was speeding, flying up behind me, bumped me.”

Duren said he applied his brake and the SUV smashed into the back of his car.
He then put his car in park to take care of the accident, but Weisiger started pushing the car using his SUV.

Duren said, “He pushed my car up towards the sidewalk, almost onto the sidewalk.”
Congratulations, Weisiger, you asshat, You’ve been charged with felony reckless endangerment. I hope you go to jail (and Duren’s ten-year-old daughter was in the car - here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Tom Grimes, who, as noted here…

…lost his job as a financial consultant 15 months ago, he called his congressman, a Democrat, for help getting government health care.

Then he found a new full-time occupation: Tea Party activist. [...]
As BarbinMD says, please mock (and of course, it would have been nice if the reporter had pressed him on that, but I guess that’s too uncivil for our “respectable” media).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Kathryn Jean Lopez of Irrational Spew, criticizing Obama for a picture of him with his feet on his desk in the oval office (here - and yes, I wish I were kidding)

Idiots of the Year (So Far – “It’s A Scandal, It’s An Outrage!” Citation)

The Oklahoma “Lege” for this item; in trying to strip protections in hate crime legislation from the law (from the federal Matthew Shepard Act), they cited the wrong section of the U.S. code and ”actually passed a statute allowing state law enforcement officials to keep information about crimes motivated by race or religion out of the hands of federal authorities” (the moral of the story here is to let the grownups do their jobs and tell the kiddies not to stray too far from the sand box)

Dregs of the Year Nominees

Everyone associated with right-wing media who defends alleged terrorists arrested by the FBI (here - …and I’m sorry, but I have to give the nod here to Pope Benny here…really sick of this “culture of pity” crap when you hear barely a word from what the victims of pedophile priests had to endure...h/t for both to Atrios)

Do Gooder of the Year Nominee

PA State Senator Daylin Leach for introducing a bill to abolish PA’s death penalty here (good luck – he’ll need it)

Dregs of the Year (Possibly The Millennia) Nominee

Frederick Poust III – as Ronnie Polaneczky of The Philadelphia Daily News told us on March 30th, he’s the life form who, while driving and dialing on his cell phone, broadsided a car and ended up killing 2-year-old Morgan Lee Pena in 1999; he was back in the news because he allegedly blew through 10 stop signs in Montgomery County and then careened into a turn, striking a Honda Civic and killing passenger Richie Taylor (Poust shouldn’t be allowed to operate any vehicle more sophisticated than a tricycle - link expired).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Norman Leboon, the 38-year-old burnout from Philadelphia who threatened Eric Cantor here (way to legitimize right-wing talking points about supposedly left-wing violence, you idiot)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Outgoing Dem Senator Blanche Lincoln for suggesting here that primary opponent Bill Halter has “a prescription drug problem”; as HuffPo tells us, “The attack has been condemned by Halter aides as ‘desperate’-- mainly because the candidate's service with Threshold Pharmaceuticals was restricted to the board” (Halter wasn't named in the lawsuit against Threshold for misleading investors).

Lincoln definitely had a “desperation problem,” though.

Dregs of the Year Nominees

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for ruling that the family of Marine Matthew Snyder, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006, must pay the court costs in a civil claim incurred by the Westboro Baptist Church here (the “Thank God for dead soldiers” nut bunch run by Fred Phelps) – I don’t care if this decision was right on the law or not…it still stinks (and if this ends up before Hangin’ Judge JR and The Supremes and they invent another precedent to throw out this decision, I’ll applaud)

…and it is really, REALLY hard for me to give O’Reilly credit here, but I have to (Smerky also put up a link to a site to contribute to Mr. Snyder’s court costs in an April 1 Daily News column, so good for him too)…

Do Gooder of the Year Nominee

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker for refusing to join that idiotic lawsuit among 14 attorneys general (including PA’s own Tom Corbett) over health care reform here (good luck trying to take down the Commerce Clause, you 14 asshats – and of course, Repugs in the GA state legislature want Baker impeached…sounds like “the pits” in the Peach State; would that Corbett and Ken Cuccinelli in VA had an ounce of Baker’s common sense...last I checked, at least two judges had ruled against the suit stating that the Feds can enact HCR)

The “Something Besides My Table Tray Is In A Locked And Upright Position” Citation

As noted here, flight attendants in Spain owed up to nine months' wages by a grounded Spanish airline posed nude for a calendar to draw attention to their plight (apparently there’s no “fear of flying” here – good luck to them).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Paleoanthropologist Rick Potts, director of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program and curator of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, who defended pollution scion David H. Koch as a “philanthropist who is deeply interested in science” (here)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Pope Benny, for comparing what he believes to be the, ahem, inquisition against the Vatican over priest abuse to “collective violence” suffered by the Jews (nope, that one’s not going to work either, Benny – here...h/t profmarcus)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

This is sounding like a broken record I know, but Bunning, Coburn, Sen. Mr. Elaine Chao and any other obstructing Senate Repug gets it not just for holding up an extension of unemployment benefits, but for blocking an extension of flood insurance (here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The National Parole Board of Canada, who pardoned convicted sex offender Graham James, a junior hockey coach who abused, among others, former NHL players Theo Fleury and Sheldon Kennedy (here) – the board did this in 2007 (there are some crimes that cannot be pardoned as far as I’m concerned, and this is one of them)

Dregs of the Year Nominee

The Philadelphia Eagles, not for trading quarterback Donavan McNabb (which was overdue, actually), but for doing it in the Phillies’ opening day (yeah, they’ve had weeks to decide on this and could’ve done it closer to the draft, but nooooo – anyone who thinks they don’t try to steal headlines from the baseball team isn’t paying attention…of course, the Phillies have actually won championships in my lifetime, as opposed to Lurie and company)

And by the way, trading McNabb within the division to Washington was pretty stoo-pid also (though he hasn't really fulfilled the 'Skins expectations I realize).

Do Gooder Of The Year Nominee

Charlie Freret of Chantilly, Va., who discovered a flaw in TurboTax that, according to this NYT story, “may have caused thousands of retired federal employees to overstate their medical deductions and unwittingly underpay the Internal Revenue Service, according to federal officials” (Freret could have kept his mouth shut and no one probably would have been the wiser, but he did the right thing - here).

Dregs of the Year Nominee

Dem U.S. House Rep Bart Stupak of Michigan, who continued to blame “the left” for making his job a “living hell” during the whole HCR battle, which is funny when you consider the vile attacks and threats hurled in his direction from the rabid wingnuts, including some “pro-life” people, after he decided to vote for HCR anyway (here - I probably mentioned this already, but why not give it another shot?)…

More later...

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