Good News Friday

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• President Obama announced major changes in the NSA’s spying activities.

• In an “Open Letter to African Leaders”, former president of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano called on African leaders to reject discrimination against LGBT people and to protect reproductive rights.

• A Federal judge has ruled Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

• Mikhail Koloshnikov, inventor of the AK-47 and faithful member of the Russian Orthodox Church, asked for forgiveness for “the deaths of millions” in a letter penned to the church just before his death. He wrote:

“My spiritual pain is unbearable.

“I keep having the same unsolved question: if my rifle claimed people’s lives, then can it be that I… a Christian and an Orthodox believer, was to blame for their deaths?” he asked.

“The longer I live,” he continued, “the more this question drills itself into my brain and the more I wonder why the Lord allowed man to have the devilish desires of envy, greed and aggression”.

• Pope Francis has fired almost all of his predecessor’s appointees to the Vatican Bank, in what has been called a massive house-cleaning in the wake of corruption and scandal.

• Florida’s largest gun dealership chain has banned the practice of gun rentals in the wake of a rash of gun range suicides.

• The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up Arizona’s appeal of a 9th Circuit Court ruling which struck down the state’s 2012 “fetal pain” law banning abortion after 20 weeks. That means the ban has been struck down.

• Eric Holder announced the federal government will recognize Utah’s same-sex marriages.

• An Ohio orange tabby cat was rescued after spending three frigid days stuck in a drainpipe.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• Democratic state rep. Sherry Jones has introduced a medical marijuana bill. We still can’t buy wine in grocery stores here, so I don’t hold out much hope for this one, but you gotta start somewhere.

• K9 officers in Washington County received protective vests.

• Business Facilities magazine named Tennessee its 2013 “State of the Year.”

• Schools in Hawkins County have divvied up revenue from the school system’s solar panel program, and it amounted to $2,000 per school.

• More than 36,000 Tennesseans now have health insurance thanks to Obamacare. Republicanas in the Tennessee State Legislature are trying to take this insurance coverage away. Maybe they can find a puppy to kick.

This week’s cool video: how to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. Man, if I’d known this ….

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  1. Glidwrith

    SB – I think you’ve got a typo regarding the ‘fetal pain’ judgement. Since the Supremes declined to hear the case, the ruling from the 9th stands. The ‘fetal pain’ ban is kaputt. Yea!

  2. Mark Rogers

    There is an interesting irony to Kalashnikov’s comment. In parts of the Third World his gun is equated with Liberation. I believe it is Mozambique that has the AK-47 on its flag in recognition of the gun’s role in the nation’s Independence struggle.

    Kalashnikov’s position as a gun maker who’s work had implications beyond the battlefield is similar to than of Samuel Colt, the designer of the famous revolvers. In the Old West it was widely commented that “God made men but Sam Colt made them equal.” Certainly Kalashnikov’s gun’s low cost, easy use and incredible durability were responsible for many people achieving freedom.

  3. “You know…maybe we should stockpile some weapons. These tyrants think they can just treat us any ole way.”
    Fred Hampton
    Mark Clark
    December 4, 1969.

    Too bad they didn’t have Kalashnikovs.

  4. Tech question for anyayou geeks. For some reason, my web browser is disabled. I had to load Bing to get a look at something last week and it decided to be the default browser. I disabled it but IE11 has disappeared. Is feature or bug.

    Mikhail Kalashnikov is no more responsible for the deaths of people than is Alfred Nobel or Albert Einstein. Remember gunz, dynamite and teh Nooqs don’t kill people, PEOPLE kill people.

    • Wait, Bing is a search engine, like Google. How can it be your default browser? Do you mean it’s your default home page?

      Sorry, I’m not too swuft on this computerizin’ stuff. I use Safari. But IE should still be out there unless you changed yoru preferences or desktop or whateverz.

    • Sounds like something has tried to ‘help’ you by installing itself.
      I assume from the IE11 reference that you’re running Win7? If so, open Control Panel, click on Programs and Features, and look down through the list for anything that references Bing (Bing toolbar, Bing desktop, etc.) and uninstall it.

  5. OzarkHillbilly

    “President Obama announced major changes in the NSA’s spying activities.”

    For the record, I heard no major changes. Oh sure, the NSA won’t do it. But somebody else will. Here is the deal guys: The technological cat is out of the bag. It is too easy. Somebody is going to do it. And the idea that if somebody other than the NSA holds all the data, everything will be just hunky dory??? Give me a break.

    But I am a pessimist who’s an optimist. I also happen to think we should encourage them to collect as much data as possible. The more they have? The more they have to analyze. The less they can do with it.

  6. CB

    To quote a friend, on Pope Francis and the money changers, I’m afraid that we may soon see a headline that Francis has died peacefully in his sleep, with five pillows over his face.

    • Hate to say it but I’ve been worrying about that same thing for a while now.

      • Frankie goes to the Vatican is from a country that plays hardball with their prelates. He’s prolly well aware of what he’s up against.

        I’m still reserving judgment on him until he starts throwing the paoedophiles and their enablers out/turning them over to the authorities–yeah, Cardinal Law, I’m lookin’ at you.

  7. Randy

    “Frankie goes to the Vatican is from a country that plays hardball with their prelates. He’s prolly well aware of what he’s up against.”-dc

    Astute observation. But in the midst of this discussion I can’t stop laughing about the “accidental macro” installation.