Tomorrow technically ends my month-long blog hiatus but I’m 7 chapters into a new project and think I might continue the blogging break for a while. So I expect blogging to be light until further notice.
In the meantime, here’s some good news I’ve collected for the week. Waiting eagerly to hear what SCOTUS has to say on gay marriage, BTW.
• This story of a 25-year-old NYPD officer assigned to Times Square buying new boots for a shoeless homeless man made me feel good for humanity again.
• The 2012 election is finally over! North Carolina Democrat Mike McIntyre holds onto his House seat.
• President Obama nominated the first openly gay Latina federal judge.
• Newark, N.J. mayor Cory Booker has accepted the food stamp challenge.
• A fourth former aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been convicted of stealing from a veterans’ fund. Check out the mugshot at the link, he looks exactly like the kind of guy who would steal from widows, wounded veterans and the families of those killed in action.
• The U.S. Forest Service has struck a deal with the Center for Biological Diversity saving the world’s last known habitat for pure greenback cutthroat trout.
• Australia’s two largest supermarket chains ditch factory farms, effective January 1.
• Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has dropped to its lowest levels in 24 years, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research.
• An Arizona couple found a portrait of John F. Kennedy behind an old frame and guess what, turns out it’s worth a lot of money.
• The Basque separatist group Eta is ready to disband.
• Scientists unlock the genome of wheat.
• BP has been barred from any U.S. government contracts over the company’s “lack of integrity.”
• On a related note, two BP rig supervisors and a BP executive were arraigned this week on criminal charges related to the Gulf oil spill.
• On another related note, Massey Energy executive David Hughart has been charged with conspiracy related to the deadly mine explosion which killed 29 people in 2010. It’s the first indictment of a Massey corporate official beyond those working at the actual Upper Branch Mine site.
• The EU has banned the inhumane practice known as shark finning.
• New York City went 36 hours without any violent crime for the first time anyone can remember. In fact, there was only one shooting in that period — a 16 year old kid in the Bronx who accidentally shot himself in the leg. Officials say the city is on track to record the fewest number of murders since 1960.
• More health benefits to drinking tea have been discovered.
• The senate voted to end indefinite detentions of U.S. citizens and legal residents. Some people are still pissed because some people are always still going to be pissed. Whatever.
Good News, Tennessee Edition
• Tennessee’s Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker tells Grover Norquist to stuff it.
• Metro Nashville Public Schools is Tennessee’s only school district to make it to the final round for federal Race To The Top funds.
I don’t have a cool video for this week but if I run across one I will post it.
Okay, here’s a video from the Thom Hartmann show with a “War On Christmas” theme. Enjoy!