Good News Friday

I’ve been so slammed this week, I feel like I’ve neglected my blog friends. I managed to scrape together a few items of good news, though. Have a good weekend and remember to call your mother!

• It’s a miracle: a survivor has been found in the rubble of the collapsed Bangladesh garment factory where more than 1,000 workers perished.

• On a related note, an increasing number of clothing retailers are responding to consumers’ concerns about where and how clothing is manufactured.

• Saudi Arabia will start letting girls play sports — in private schools, if they dress “modestly.” Baby steps.

• Elizabeth Smart explained how abstinence-only education actually harms women who are victims of sexual assault. This is a perspective on the sex education debate I’ve never considered before, and I really appreciate her candor.

• Environmentalists and agricultural groups are touting a compromise reached on farmland conservation. Have to say, I don’t know much about this issue at all, but FWIW, it’s seen as a promising sign in getting a farm bill through Congress.

• Cheaper, faster Wi-Fi in-flight, that’s better than what you get at home? I might actually enjoy flying again.

• The California State Assembly passed a transgender rights bill. The measure has moved on to the state Senate.

• Hong Kong port workers ended their 40-day strike, winning a 9.8% pay raise.

• Merck and GlaxoSmithKline have drastically lowered the cost of their HPV vaccines in Third World nations to under $5 a dose.

• New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, facing backlash over her vote against universal background checks, has done the ol’ flip-flop.

• Another one bites the dust: Delaware becomes the 11th state to legalize same-sex marriage. I think we all know how this one it gonna play out.

• …. and Minnesota would make 12…

• Seems like I’ve posted this before, but it appears the slowdown in rising healthcare costs is permanent. While I’d prefer permanently declining costs — this isn’t that — I’ll take what I can.

• The Louisiana Supreme Court struck down Gov. Jindal’s school voucher plan, saying its method of funding is unconstitutional.

• College divestment campaigns are creating the next generation of environmental leaders.

• This is so cool: linguists have discovered two dozen 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’. So study up before you crawl inside that time machine!

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• A Clarksville Boy Scout leader has resigned to protest the Scouts’ anti-gay policies.

• Pit bull puppies and dogs will no longer immediately be killed at Metro Nashville Animal Control, a reversal of longstanding policy.

• Meet the Tennessee Justice Center’s Dad of the Year, who fought to obtain healthcare for his son.

* LightWave Solar completed the installation of a 211 kW solar system for the Music City Center, making it the largest solar installation in Nashville. Here’s ‘a photo:

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• Good riddance Albert Tieche, and good riddance Jim Gotto. I haven’t written about this but y’all have to know there’s been a major internecine battle going on inside the Davidson County Republican Party which has involved the Nashville-Davidson County Election Commission. The state GOP appointed a Tea Party wacko to head our election commission, which predictably resulted in some major election day problems and angered moderate Republicans, who are tired of Tea Party stupidity:

The state report said the problems included failing to open the polls on a Saturday during early voting; machines that sometimes defaulted to the Republican ballot during the primary; and shortages of poll workers, printed forms, parking and phone lines on Election Day.

Commissioner Jim Gotto resigned during the meeting and criticized others for seemingly fast-tracking the firing of Tieche. Gotto told the commission’s chairman that he had lost his “respect and trust.”

The fact that Jim Gotto “resigned in protest” is just icing on the cake, as far as I’m concerned. Our election commission lost two partisan wackjobs for the price of one. Hooray. A more detailed report on this story is here, for those interested.

• Good riddance, number two. This is one legislator who stayed long, long past his expiration date, and I say this because I lived in his district for years. I still haven’t forgiven Sen. Henry for his crackpot statements about rape. Every time I called his office in the past few years I ended up speaking to an extremely rude and unpleasant female aide, and I’ve even wondered on occasion if this person hasn’t been acting as our de facto state senator because the octogenarian Sen. Henry was unable to do so. So, farewell, good riddance, and it’s time for some fresh blood.

This week’s cool video: What American English Sounds Like To Non-English Speakers:

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  1. Ivan Ivanovich Renko

    I don’t know if I ever told you– my grandmother was Doug Henry’s maid. No shit. She referred to him a “Mr. Duck,” and practically raised his kids. Of course, I was a little kid myself back then (1960’s)– I just remember once going to their house in Belle Meade to pick up my grandmother, and being filled with wonder at the size of the place.

    Dare I say it– he was one of the “good guys,” although that’s not a really high bar to reach among southern white men of his era.

    • Wow, that is an amazing story!

      He may have been one of the good guys at one time but as he became increasingly senile, he stopped being so good. And with Democrats being an endangered species in Tennessee, we need someone who can be a little more vigorous and robust in office, not some idiot who talks about how back in the good ol’ days, “rape” meant a young white lady was jumped by a dark-skinned feller in the alley. Not a slutty-dressed young thang getting slipped a rufie at a party.

      Also, he’s been staunchly anti-choice forever, despite being a Democrat. So, on that issue alone I’ve never supported him. I’ve written my dog’s name in on more than one occasion.

      Feh. I’ve been hoping he’d go away for YEARS. Now I’ve been moved out of his district so it doesn’t matter.

  2. democommie

    “This is so cool: linguists have discovered two dozen 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’. So study up before you crawl inside that time machine!”

    They missed:

    “Hey, you kids, get offa my lawn!”

    first said by Og to Ogjr, oggettina and Og3.

    Also, too:

    “I told you kids that you could have the mastodon if YOU fed it and cleaned up its poop.”

    The item about the surviving factory worker IS good news. Of course the 700 Club and every half-assed GODbotherer on broadcast, cable and the intertoobz will be all, “Praise the LARD, he saved this poor unchristian (a very safe bet) from certain death.”. Meanwhile the 1,000+ that weren’t so lucky? Just part of GOD’s plan and let that be a lesson to you poor, sortabrown heathenish types.

    Do you know what I MIGHT consider a “miracle”? Well. if the guys who had poorly designed, badly built and ignored the building codes when that building was put up and especially the son-of-a-bitch that ordered workers BACK INTO THE BUILDING after they fled the first time, before it collapsed; if those assholes had simultaneously, in front of credible witnesses BURST INTO FLAMES AND BEEN UTTERLY CONSUMED, leaving nothing but greasy ashes, instead of those poor workers going back into that building to die–THAT, I might consider a miracle. OTOH, I’d settle for Pat Robertson, Bryan Fischer, Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins and the rest of those smarmy hypocritical assholes bursting into flames–alas, wet shit doesn’t burn worth a damn.

  3. democommie

    “This is one legislator who stayed long, long past his expiration date, and I say this because I lived in his district for years.”

    Dead girl, live boy problems? Let us know when the rumors get some traction (I might be able to help with that, as long as it only involves wild, unsubstantiated rumors).

    • Dead girl, live boy problems?

      Egads what a horrible thought. The guy is 87 years old, has been in office since the 1970s, and I think at this point basically sleeps through most legislative sessions.

  4. Let’ see, which states will be the 48th, 49th, and 50th to approve gay marriage…some combination of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

    • I suspect South Carolina will be the last, just as they were the last to approve interracial marriage.

      But I’d say it’s a foregone conclusion that the South will drag its heels into the modern age on this issue as it has on everything else. This is not a part of the country known for being at the forefront of progress. Sadly, not much has changed in 150+ years.

  5. democommie

    @ tucanoeguy:

    That will not be happening, especially after the 2nd WoST* gets underway and TeBamaSippi is one of three or four super “Statesright’s” enclaves.

    “The guy is 87 years old, has been in office since the 1970s, and I think at this point basically sleeps through most legislative sessions.”

    Well. maybe he just wanted to beat Strom “Sperm” Thurmonds record of fathering a child at age 74.

    * 2nd War of Southern Treachery

  6. deep

    Jeez Beale, you should warn us that link about Ayotte is actually written by Ayotte herself. I was practically banging my head on the keyboard just to see her try and lie her way out of it. (Of course, her preferred method of lying is to say others are lying about her. “Yes! Turn the tables, I’m not Racist! You’re racist for *calling* me Racist!”

  7. GregH

    SB, if you bug out for the Purple State of Nirvana, where will I turn for news & opinion about that geezer Sen. Henry retiring, or that TeaNut Teiche getting fired? And *DON’T* say Nashville Scene. Too damn many trolls!

  8. democommie

    I just watched the ad for the Nokia Lumia or whatevertf it’s called. The ad’s a hoot. I’m sure that the phone is a “Great leap forward” in technology but I really only want to make phone calls with my phone. Looking shit up is cool as is a lot of the other stuff that they offer apps for but I like using a full size keyboard and having a screen that displays everything on the page in print and pix that I can actually see.

    One app I would love, Love, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to have, though; the one that shrinks my fucking phone bill!