Good News Friday

This week’s round-up of good news awaits. Enjoy!

• Some good election news from around Tennessee: wackaloon Victoria Jackson lost her bid for the Williamson County Commission, a move by Koch Bros.-funded groups like Americans For Prosperity to oust the state’s Supreme Court justices failed, and homophobic ignoramus Stacy Campfield got stomped by his primary challenger.

Meanwhile, skeevy “abortion-for-me-but-not-for-thee” Congressvarmint Scott DesJarlais holds a narrow lead over primary challenger Jim Tracy in the race for the TN-04 Republican nomination. DesJarlais is the “pro-life” doctor who famously slept with patients and pressured both his wife and mistress to have abortions. Jim Tracy is a far-right wackadoodle, too; I guess the voters would rather stay with the wackadoodle they know, not the wackadoodle they don’t know. Maybe everyone in TN-04 is whacked out on meth.

• FICO is changing how it calculates credit scores, with things like medical debt no longer given so much weight:

“This underscores that medical obligations are very different than any other kind of obligations because consumers don’t choose to incur hospital debt — it’s a very different type of risk posed by a consumer when they default on that type of debt,” said John Ulzheimer, expert at

• The owner of an Ohio drilling company who ordered employees to dump tens of thousands of gallons of toxic fracking waste into a local river was sentenced to 28 months in prison.

• Astronomers have made some cool discoveries sifting through the Hubble telescope’s sofa cushions.

• Theodore Wafer was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Renisha McBride last November. An intoxicated McBride had crashed her car and was possibly seeking help when she knocked on Wafer’s door.

• Congratulations, Becky Hammon, new Assistant Coach of the San Antonio Spurs! You are the first female coach in NBA history!

• Self-folding robots! I think we’ve seen this movie ….

• After growing attention in the media to the practice of “corporate inversion” resulted in some negative publicity (and possible legislative action), Walgreen’s decided it would stay in the USA.

• Someone invented a cheap, easy to use water filter that attaches to ordinary plastic water bottles.

• A growing number of evangelical Christians are turned off by the misogynistic spew coming from Mars Hill megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll. A large group described as “several dozen” protested Driscoll’s Bellevue, WA church last weekend.

• Alabama’s abortion clinic law requiring doctors performing abortions have hospital admitting privileges has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge.

• Amid the issues raised in the “Blackfish” documentary, Southwest Airlines has ended its long corporate sponsorship of the Sea World theme parks.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• The largest solar parking structure in Tennessee is under construction at Hendersonville’s City Square Shopping Center.

• This East Tennessee ER nurse performed CPR on a drowned puppy and brought him back to life.

• TVA continues to move away from coal for its power production.

• Get a load of this adorable baby giraffe born at Bright’s Zoo in Limestone, TN. Please do not feed it to the lions or smack its head on a bridge during transport in an open-top truck.

I love giraffes. They’ve had a hard time of it lately, too.

And here’s this week’s cool video: watch an entire train station full of people in Perth, Australia free a man trapped by a train. Amazing what we can do when we all pull together, eh?


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11 responses to “Good News Friday

  1. Thank you for starting my Friday off on a brightened note!

  2. Some good news indeed. I’m also thinking you could start a political rating system kinda like the NRA, etc except the categories would be Wackadoodle, More Wackadoodle and Most Wackadoodle.

  3. satai

    “abortion clinic law requiring doctors performing abortions have hospital admitting privileges”

    Didn’t the wackadoodles in the TN Legislature pass the same thing?

    • I remember it was on the agenda I don’t know if it got pulled or not. I would not be in the least bit surprised however. I’m pretty sure it didn’t get passed.

      • satai

        I found HB3808 and SB3323 and it says they became Public Chapter 1008. Does that mean I became law?

      • Sounds like it. Again, not surprised. These are all generated by a central anti-choice organization and funneled down to state legs; if it’s unconstitutional in AL I hope it’s unconstitutional here.

  4. satai

    In teh sad news dept, Chattanooga proves that hatred is alive and well

    Voters in Chattanooga have rejected a proposal to allow health benefits for domestic partners of city employees.

  5. CB

    A friend of mine was working at the Haywood Hills polling place yesterday. She shared some early results with me. Very good news about Campfield; sorry about DesJarlais. Have they called that one for him yet?

    Also, she said they had to turn a few senior citizens away for lack of proper i.d., since they had opted to get their new drivers’ licenses without pictures. Who in the bloomin’ hell thought that one up?

    • Senior Citizens were allowed to renew driver’s licenses withOUT a photo for years, before the Voter ID law was enacted. It was supposedly a convenience to seniors as they could renew by mail instead of having to go down to a driver’s license processing center and get a new photo made. The people opposed to the Voter ID law pointed out that they were potentially disenfranchising scads of senior citizens who don’t have picture IDs anymore. I guess Republicans don’t care.

  6. I watched the video about the train and then I watched the one about the pit bull rescue. When I see the cruelty that humans are capable of towards dogs and other animals I just cringe.