My work schedule this summer has been brutal. Here’s what I’ve been able to pull together on the good news front. It’s not that it’s small pickins; I certainly heard plenty of good news stories this week, I just never had a chance to pull some links together for you guys. I’m sorry.
• Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., bans open carry to “avoid scaring off tourists.”
• Another state’s same sex marriage ban is declared unconstitutional, as Wisconsin clerks begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
• As already mentioned, Eric Cantor is out of a job. It’s really hard to see this as anything but a huge win for Democrats, regardless of what happens in November. Cantor was in the leadership; if that crackpot Brat wins over Democrat Jack Trammel, which is a very real possibility, he’ll be just another newbie nutter with no influence whatsoever — and another person liberals can hold up to the nation as an example of Republican extremism.
This is really the gift that keeps on giving. Now we’ve got dire warnings about the perils of gerrymandering, while the idea that Cantor lost over the issue of immigration has been thoroughly debunked as more Beltway bullshit. Instead, it’s becoming clear that Brat’s message was anti-Wall Street populism.
And the schadenfreude grows: check out Roll Call’s Dewey Defeats Truman moment:
• Tesla CEO Elon Musk is open-sourcing Tesla’s EV technology.
• This is weird: Ford Motor Co. and Heinz have joined forces to create a tomato-based car.
• Teen smoking is at its lowest levels in 22 years.
• Green bonds expected to exceed $40 billion this year, a surge over last year’s $14 billion.
This video will blow your mind: