Good News Friday

Spring starts today, which is the best news yet! And here are a few other items from around the internet. Enjoy.

• Target says it will raise its minimum wage to “at least” $9/hour amid a tightening labor market:

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest employer, garnered much attention when it said it would raise entry-level wages to $9 an hour in April and then to $10 an hour by February 2016. The move was expected to have a domino effect among other companies and soon after it spurred TJX Cos., the parent company of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, to follow suit.

Analysts have said that Target would have to match those wages in order to hang on to employees amid a tightening labor market. After all, retailers are not duking it out just on price and the specific products they sell, but also on the customer service inside their stores.

Not even close to a living wage in a lot of places but it’s a start.

• The California Dietetic Assn. told McDonald’s to take its sponsorship and stuff it.

• Check out this amazing photo of a bobcat in Griffith Park, with the lights of Los Angeles in the background. Still can’t believe this isn’t a hoax.

• Presbyterians (PC-USA) approved marriages for same-sex couples in the first ever nationwide, grassroots vote on marriage equality by a faith tradition:

The 171 regional presbyteries (local leadership bodies within the PCUSA) have been voting on whether to change the wording to call marriage a contract “between a woman and a man” to being “between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.” On Tuesday, the denomination reached its needed majority of “yes” votes from at least 86 presbyteries to take effect. The change will be included in the church’s “Book of Order,” part of its constitution, taking effect on June 21.

• Ashley Judd, a feminist who won’t take shit off of anyone, even anonymous Twitter trolls, is my new hero. Here’s her column on being harassed for a simple sports-related Tweet.

• A stray pit bull was found nursing a two-day-old kitten by the side of the road. Both have been saved by animal rescuers but when a vet took the kitten home at night to bottle-feed it, the pit bull started howling. Let’s hope the two can find a home together. They’re in the Dallas area:

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• In Hawaii, firearm applications and registrations are down for the first time in eight years.

• “Gun rights” activist and 2nd Amendment Hero Jon Holzwarth will face criminal charges in the November self-inflicted shooting of his 3-year-old son. With rights come responsibilities, people.

• Gay couple who met at the University of Alabama in 1972 and have been together ever since decide not to leave millions to their alma mater over the state’s anti-gay stance.

• After a Christian college canceled a bake sale that was supposed to help homeless GLBT youth, students held an online fundraiser and raised $10,000 — five times more than they had planned.

Good News, Tennessee Edition:

• A bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker would create the first new Tennessee wilderness area in nearly 30 years. That’s the good news. The bad news is, they’ve introduced this bill four times since 2010. Let’s hope the Tennessee Wilderness Act passes this time.

Watch the video that has the gun loons losing their shit:

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  1. CB

    “Presbyterians (PC-USA) approved marriages for same-sex couples.” This is part of a group of changes to the Book of Order, which also approves ordination of gay/lesbian clergy, another change which has been standing, waiting, in the wings for far too long.

    The PC-USA is the largest Presbyterian denomination, so yes, this means something big. The Episcopalians beat us to it, but better late than never.

    • But the thing about this is, this change came about thanks to a grassroots effort by members of the church. Presbyteries had to VOTE for this change. The Episcopal change was something the leadership just decreed. The church bodies are organized differently. But I think it’s far more significant that the presbyteries voted for this change versus someone up on high at the Central Office passing a decree.

      • CB

        That’s the way the Presbyterians work. It may appear to be grassroots, but that is how the church is structured. There are never decrees from on high, because there is no ‘on high’. There is no hierarchy of individuals. The highest you get is the General Assembly, which has a moderator (as opposed to a chairman or prelate), and representatives from the synods and presbyteries. Nothing gets into the Book of Order without being passed by the General Assembly. Even in the individual churches, the pastor is not “in charge,” as it were. He or she is the teaching elder, moderates the session meetings, and reports to the presbytery. The business of the church is conducted by the ruling elders, who are each in charge of the various committees which actually do the work hands on. The teaching elder(s) and the ruling elders comprise the session. It’s a very democratic structure, which is one of the things I’ve always liked about it.

      • I know how the Presbyterian church works, I was an elder in the Presbyterian church for years. I’m just saying, that’s why what the PCUSA did is more significant than what the Episcopal church did, despite the fact that the Episcopal Church did it first.

  2. CB

    You’re still an elder, just not serving in an active role. Ordination is for life.🙂

  3. I wish the Every Gun Has A History video could be shown every day, on every tv station, throughout the nation for a year. What a difference it could potentially make.

  4. The bobcat picture is cool, but it’s not that hard to believe. Those pictures are taken with remote cameras on fixed mounts, which means the photographer can compose the background framing in advance. So he finds a wildlife trail with something interesting in the background and then composes the picture so it will have an iconic background if any animal shows up. It’s exciting that there are bobcats- and even a cougar- living in Griffith Park, but given that it isn’t too amazing that a photographer can get pictures of them with Griffith Park scenery in the background.

  5. I can’t understand how Target can go all commienest like that without havin’ the fabric of spacetime ripped all asunder!

    Don’t know how long it’s been going on but I just saw my first edition of “Sing for Your Supper” from the Ryman Auditorium.

  6. Randy

    “I will not accept nor will I seek the church’s nomination for elder.” My apologies to LBJ.