It’s good news time!
• President Obama has added nearly 500,000 square miles to the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument, making it the world’s largest marine sanctuary.
• April-June economic growth is the best in two years. Obama is the worst. Socialist. EVER.
• The billionaire vulture capitalist/Sun Microsystems co-founder who blocked public access to California’s Martin’s Beach did so illegally and he must reopen the gate to allow public access, a judge has ruled.
One of the many wonderful things about California — something which people who have never been there just don’t get — is that public access to the beaches is sacrosanct. Unlike Florida and other coastal areas, in California it was decided that the beach belongs to everyone. This has been the longstanding rule of some 40 years, and it’s what makes the Golden State such a wonderful tourist draw. You can drive from the Mexican border all the way to the Oregon state line and access the beaches nearly the entire way. It’s what makes the Pacific Coast Highway one of this country’s great treasures. So I’m glad to see an asshole billionaire like Vinod Khosla get schooled on this very basic principle of California life. If you want your own private sandbox, move to Florida along with the flying cockroaches.
• Sorry, Sarah Palin: you can’t kill wolves in Wyoming, thanks to a judge’s recent ruling.
• A heart-shaped solar farm? Why not?
• A compound found in the spice turmeric may help the brain self-heal, according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany.
Good News, Tennessee Edition:
• A Knoxville, Tennessee birther organization who sued over Obama’s presidency can be sanctioned, according to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
• The Shelby County Corrections Center is installing solar-powered hot water heaters.
• Tennessee native Barry Wilmore is headed for the International Space Station.
• Bush Administration Attorney General Alberto “waterboarding” Gonzalez was met with student protestors when he visited MTSU this week. To its great shame, Gonzalez heads Belmont University’s College of Law in Nashville.
This week’s cool video: Okay, I know it’s a cat food ad, but this Justin Moore video just cracked me up: