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Seattle man who wore clothes with holes, clipped coupons leaves $188M to institutions

Jack MacDonald, who kept a meager lifestyle all his life, was never poor as he appeared but was in fact a secret millionaire. MacDonald's astonishing donations from his will mark the largest philanthropic gift in Washington State this year. It's also the sixth-largest in the country for 2013 so far.


Don't forget to VOTE today!

Even if you're in an area without any major publicized elections, check if there are small elections or proposals on the ballot. (Sorry, I only know how to do that in Michigan.) In my area, it's just one proposal on the ballot that I haven't even seen any campaigning on, but it's an important one: renewing a millage for the school district.

Remember that with the low turn-out in off-off-year elections, your vote matters even more. I remember going near closing time one year and they had only had around 10 voters all day in my precinct (though that may have been on a "primary" day in an off-year, not sure). This is not a tiny precinct; in 2012 there were hour-long lines. Your vote could make a huge difference in a local election or in renewing a tax millage or something like that.

GD X-Post: Janitor works without pay trying to keep nursing home running after staff leaves

So it's a sad story in general, and there could be an argument that the janitor should have done something different, but the spirit behind it was still very heartwarming and good news. The guy stayed on-site 24 hrs/day trying to make sure the residents were ok. The full article is worth a read.


Oregon Bartender Tipped With A Lottery Ticket Wins $17,500 (...)

and tries to give it back to the customer who tipped her. He refuses. She gives him a percentage. Good feelings all around. Yay people!


I lost my job today...

Sequester and uncertainty caused by government shutdown (company does mostly government contracts).

Yay Republicans!

Dairy Queen Manager Kicks Cash-Stealing Meanie Out Of Store, Redeems Humanity


Let’s say that you’re in line at Dairy Queen behind a blind man, who drops his cash and cards on the floor. While he scrambles to pick everything up, you pick up a $20 bill from the floor. Not to be helpful, though: to steal. Then the Dairy Queen cashier kicks you out of the store, and…gets fired for it? No!

For once, someone standing up to a jerk got well-earned praise, not punishment. The exchange described above really did happen at a Dairy Queen in Minnesota. The woman who picked up the money claimed that it had been hers all along, and the manager, then working the cash register asked her to leave. He then took $20 out of his own pocket, took it over to the blind man’s table, and simply said, “Here, I think you dropped this.”

That would end the cashier’s day of Being an Awesome Human Being, but it gets even better. A customer watched this entire exchange and wrote a letter to the owner, which was posted on the restaurant wall.

Awesome story, the whole letter is worth a read.

X-Post from GD: "Now... Some random moments of kindness:"


Ex-addict apologizes to store he robbed 11 years ago, returns money. Store owner forgives him.


Obama administration backs prayer at local government meetings

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and congressional Republicans have found something to agree on: Town councils should be allowed to open their meetings with a Christian prayer.

Lawyers for the administration and two groups of lawmakers from the House and Senate, nearly all Republicans, separately made that argument in briefs to the Supreme Court this week. The high court should relax the constitutional limits on religious invocations at government meetings, they argued.

Two residents, one Jewish and one an atheist, had complained for several years that the prayers were offensive and inappropriate. Until they sued in 2008, only Christians had been invited to lead the prayers.

The case has drawn attention because it could provide the court's conservative majority an opportunity to alter a legal rule that dates to the 1980s and a set of opinions by then-Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Her decisions said government actions would violate the 1st Amendment if they appeared to "endorse" religion. That rule has been followed in cases saying that government agencies cannot display the Ten Commandments in their buildings or host Nativity scenes at Christmas.

The administration's filing was "a surprisingly conservative brief, and it came as a pleasant surprise," said Ken Klukowski, a lawyer for the Family Research Council, who filed the brief for the House members. "It's gratifying that even the Obama administration recognizes that courts are not qualified to censor prayers."

Much more at link, I couldn't really capture the essence of the article well in 4 paragraphs. It's worth a read. This case could change a lot of accepted case law and result in even further encroachment on the First Amendment and separation of church and state. I liked the way the Michigan Atheists mailing list put it: "Disgusting News".


(GD X-Post) This Guy Moved Into His Parents’ House So a Homeless Family Could Live in His


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