Here’s your weekly progress report:
• MSNBC makes it official: Pat Buchanan has been dropped, after publication of his latest racist screed. One question: what the hell took them so long?
• The U.S. is leading a group of countries which includes Canada, Mexico, and Sweden in a program reducing emissions of climate change pollutants.
• Noting that “Minnesotans do not want their laws written by the lobbyists of big corporations,” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, vetoed a series of ALEC-written bills, including “tort reform.” Too bad Tennessee got the ALEC disease last year; our idiot governor thinks having lobbyists write our legislation is positively brilliant.
• Trader Joe’s signed a fair food agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, capping a long campaign by the Florida tomato pickers against the supermarket chain.
• Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel has vowed to back a same-sex marriage bill in Illinois.
• The US Navy has named a ship after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
• Minnesota’s largest school district has dumped its “neutral” policy regarding sexual orientation which was blamed for bullying of gay teens. There was only one dissenting vote. The policy had prompted lawsuits and opposition from teachers who said it …
…prevented them from holding effective discussions to reduce bullying against students who are gay or perceived to be gay.
Wonder if Stacey Campfield is listening? I’m guessing not.
• A new species of lizard has been discovered in Peru’s Andes Mountains.
• The Republic of the Congo has expanded Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park to protect vulnerable “naive” chimpanzees.
• Apple has asked the Fair Labor Assn., a group which investigates sweat shops, to inspect its factories in China, including those owned by Foxconn.
• New Jersey’s state legislature has approved gay marriage, though Governor Sandwiches has threatened to veto it.
• A French farmer successfully sued Monsanto for pesticide poisoning, bolstering France’s effort to cut its pesticide use 50% by 2018. France is the EU’s largest agricultural producer.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• Gov. Haslam has dropped his hare-brained idea to lift restrictions on class size at public K-12 schools.
• Christian bookstore chain LifeWay Christian Resources, owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, has refused to yank new “gender inclusive” translations of the NIV Bible from store shelves. Last year the convention voted to have the new translation removed from LifeWay stores, but LifeWay trustees disagreed that the edition should be censored.