Good News Friday

Man, is it Friday already? Where did the week go? Without further ado, here’s your weekly round-up of good news.

• A new Pew Research Poll shows Republicans are out of step with most Americans on virtually every major issue. Shocking, I know.

Let me say, I don’t consider this good news, per se, but it’s important news. And it does show that the majority of Americans support the policies of President Obama and the Democrats on big issues. Also, this is like the third survey saying this. I’m hoping Republicans will get the message and an end to gridlock is in sight.

• The New Jersey legislature will vote to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of marriage equality legislation.

• The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO have reached an agreement on immigration reform.

• American kids are consuming fewer calories, which researchers believe is a sign that the childhood obesity epidemic has plateaued.

• China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon, announced this week it would initiate a carbon tax.

• The biggest climate rally ever in the United States took place on Sunday.

• U.S. car manufacturers are hiring again, an encouraging sign for the economy.

• Major hardware retailers in the UK have voluntarily stopped selling pesticides containing neonicotinoids, a pesticide associated with bee decline.

• Berea, Ky., became the state’s third city to offer domestic partner benefits for GLBT employees.

• The Associated Press has reversed its decision to not refer to same-sex spouses as “husband” and “wife.”

• The nation’s largest power wheelchair company was busted for Medicare fraud.

• If this is any sign, the Justice Dept. is getting serious about prosecuting Wall Street for financial fraud.

• Four former executives with the Georgia-based Peanut Corporation of America were indicted over the 2009 salmonella outbreak which sickened over 700 people.

• Projected Medicare spending has fallen by more than $500 billion.

• When a small-town Mississippi newspaper covered a (non-legal) same-sex wedding on its front page, outrage ensued. The good news? The newspaper owner published a scathing editorial aimed at its homophobic critics.

• NASA’s Curiosity rover has collected its first drill samples of rock from Mars.

• This, my friends, is why Al Gore invented the internet.

• Los Angeles firefighters revive a cat rescued from a burning aparment.

• Global solar electricity capacity eclipsed the 100 gigawatt landmark last year.

• Soothsaying is now legal in Gaithersburg, Md.

• The Colorado state House has passed four gun control measures, including universal background checks on all gun purchases and ammunition magazine limits.

• While renewing the assault weapons ban remains controversial, more pro-gun lawmakers are open to limits on magazine sizes, and a birpartisan group of Senators is close to a deal on universal background checks.

• Florida Gov. Rick Scott agreed to expand Medicaid in Florida.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• A bill which would have allowed Tennessee to join a multistate “health care compact” and attempt to take over federal programs like Medicare failed to pass the House Insurance and Banking Committee.

• Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey says he’s “not leaning one way or the other” on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion Tennessee. Yes, this is what passes for good news in Tennessee.

• The “Exalted Cyclops” of the white supremacist group Loyal White Knights is having trouble getting a permit to rally in Memphis to protest the renaming of city parks which once honored the Confederacy. Honestly, Exalted Cyclops? Seriously? How silly is that?

This week’s video is courtesy of commenter ThresherK, who reminds of the hilarity which ensued the last time Mississippi thought it ratified the 13th Amendment:

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  1. Mary Wilson

    SB, you have outdone yourself this Friday, especially the tidbits of TN good news! I have become very involved in the TennCare expansion, and have called, emailed my own Legislature Senator and Reps, plus hearing from others. My own Senator is seriously considering voting YES. Another here in this area, a TEAbot who has his own ‘TV show’ said: “I know nothing about it, don’t want to learn, and NO, you cannot come to my office”. And Ramsey…there you have it! He is for ‘guns everywhere’ that threaten the lives of all of us, yet he cannot decide to vote on ANYthing that would help ‘the least of us’…a loud-mouth shill for the NRA.
    I loved all the other items today but was not able to open the one about Al Gore; I guess that is just as well!

    • Let me check the link, it’s actually not about Al Gore at all … just my weird sense of humor! Thanks for the heads-up.

      • Interesting – the story isn’t clear on what the extra funds were for. Did they raise more than required to get the dog back? In that case she’s right to return the money or donate it to an animal-friendly cause. I’d like to know if the dog was released from the shelter and returned to the guy or not.

        It sounds like the guy is homeless and maybe living out of his car.

      • Sounds unlikely to me. If he couldn’t afford to get his dog out of a shelter he sure as hell can’t afford a lawyer, and I doubt he’d find one to take the case anyway. I bet he made a comment and some reporter decided she smelled a hot scoooop.

        Sounds like he feels he’s entitled to something — that people were giving the money to him, not his dog. Too bad, but if I’m right about him being homeless (and I have no idea, just a guess), that makes sense.

        I understand why the news media are following up on this story, and I’m not saying they shouldn’t. But it seems like they always seem to have this urge to crap in everyone’s sundae, y’know? It happened with the homeless guy in Times Square who got the boots, then it’s “oooh he’s not really homeless and he never wore the boots,” or whatever it was. That really annoys the hell out of me. It’s like they just want to see something bad happen, they want to crush our natural human inclination toward compassion to help. I don’t get it. You don’t help a perfect stranger and then get pissed off when that person doesn’t turn out to be Jesus. You help a stranger and feel good about it, regardless of the outcome.

        I guess it’s human nature but man it bugs me.

  2. democommie

    How did I not ever see that video. It’s poignant and hilarious. I guess that’s the difference between Michael Moore’s work and, for instance, any of the ReiKKKwing’s hack film makers. He has a genuine sense of humor that doesn’t rely only on hatin’ on “The Other”.

  3. deep

    From that Mississippi story:

    We have stories about child molesters, murders and all kinds of vicious, barbaric acts of evil committed by heinous criminals on our front page and yet we never receive a call from anyone saying ‘I don’t need my children reading this.’ Never. Ever. However, a story about two women exchanging marriage vows and we get swamped with people worried about their children.

    Niiiiice.

  4. ThresherK

    A h/t from the likes of you? *blush*

  5. And while that Mississippi newspaper lost 40 subscribers, they gained 100. Karma!

  6. dianewordsmith

    I will say that I was a bit disappointed to read the newspaper publisher’s comments (not the editor’s). He had me right up to the point where he said homosexuality is a sin.