Good News Friday: Dayna Morales, a waitress with a great heart. Harry Reid grows some cojones (finally) in Congress. And a cool ad to get girls to become engineers

daynamoralesBy now you are probably familiar with the story of Dayna Morales, a former Marine and gay waitress who, a few weeks ago, was stiffed on a tip at the New Jersey restaurant where she works because she’s a lesbian.

Instead of leaving a tip on a $93.55 bill, a family of diners ridiculed Morales and scrawled an anti-gay note on the receipt, that read: “I’m sorry but I cannot tip because I don’t agree with your lifestyle & how you live your life.”

Morales publicized this on Facebook, and thankfully, support for her rolled in, in the form of several thousand dollars.

Morales could’ve kept this money, and no one would’ve raised a peep of objection. But she’s made my heart smile for donating a portion of the money to the Wounded Warriors Project, which aids injured soldiers.

A great gesture by a classy woman. As an aside, do you notice how every single obnoxious, bigoted act by people in America now seems to get loads of attention, and shouted down each time? It’s wonderful to see hatred treated with the 100 percent contempt it deserves.

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**Next up, someone I never thought I’d be honoring on Good News Friday, but what the hell, miracles do happen every day. In this case, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat previously without a spine, actually grew one on Thursday.

After years of threatening to end the filibuster on judicial nominees and presidential appointments, thanks to near-constant Republican obstructionism, ole’ Harry Reid from Nevada finally did something about it Thursday. He put it to a vote, and by a 52-48 margin, the “nuclear option” was passed. Now, the filibuster isn’t totally dead; it can still be used by the minority party to block legislation and Supreme Court nominations.

But so many of the ridiculous delays in appointments and judgeships will now finally be over; from Elizabeth Warren’s blocked appointment a few years ago to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to these recent appeals court vacancies that the Republicans have refused to be allowed to be filled, it’s been obscene how much power the minority party has had.

Majority rule, finally, might actually be allowed to happen sometimes. And sure, in a few years if the GOP are in control of the Senate I’ll be pissed, but you know what? The price you have to pay for progress. And by getting rid of a filibuster that’s been used only because the Republicans can the last few years, is a welcome, wonderful change.

Here’s the great Ezra Klein in the Washington Post on why this is a big deal.

**And finally today, you may remember those awesome OK Go videos that had a Rube Goldberg feel to them: trippy and cool.

Well a company called GoldieBlox is out with an awesome new TV ad, set to music by the Beastie Boys, on encouraging girls to become engineers.

I can’t emphasize enough how important I think positive messages for young girls are; there’s so much crap and negative messaging in the media, from people like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, that reinforce so many negative stereotypes about women.

Commercials like this, showing girls they can do anything and making it look cool? Fabulous.

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