Tea Party Group responds to North Carolina's "Moral Monday" protests with a "parody" of the Bangles' "Manic Monday" called (get your surprised face ready) "Marxist Monday." Sad to see Tea Partiers are as bad at rhyming as they are at thinking.
A pair of Kentucky Catholic religious orders won't allow natural gas-pipeline surveyors on their land. Which conservatives all over the land hail as a vindication of the power of private property over the interests of the too-powerful! Just kidding, of course -- I expect today's "conservatives" will call the Kentucky nuns and monks "socialists" instead.
The success of Montana's experiment in publicly-funded health care for its state employees in Helena gives hope that others will dare to try single-payer health care. After all, that's how it happened in Canada -- Saskatchewan did it first. I have less hope, only because of the persistent thick-headedness of Republicans -- even the Montana state Senator who really likes the program "wonders" how Montana will continue to pay for it, although the program has saved Montana money. I'm starting to think some people really are just robots.
Four Republican ex-EPA heads (including Christine Todd Whitman, Bush the Lesser's first EPA head) opine that we should really do more about climate change. I welcome their input more than a lot of contemporary Republicans do, I'll bet -- particularly their statement that "we should not tolerate" "purposeful delay" -- but I feel compelled to respond that "trusting in the innovation of American businesses and in the market" isn't a conservative principle. Trusting in people, however, is. Sad that even the best of Republicans can't get that straight.
Daniel Gross describes "what happens when fast food actually pays," as in "pays its workers more than a couple scoopfuls of dung pellets." Spoiler alert: fast-food chains like In-N-Out, Dick's Drive-In, and Moo Cluck Moo, which all pay over $10/hour and offer decent benefits, still make money and retain employees longer. And if you're skeptical because these joints may not be in your neck of the woods like McDonald's and Burger King are, ask yourself: are McDonald's and Burger King good things?
New York City announces a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, allowing doctors to "prescribe" food vouchers -- redeemable at any of the city's over 140 farmers' markets -- to their obese and overweight patients. Sounds damn innovative to me! Will right-wingers rise up against "fruit Nazis"? Without noting all the big gummint money -- their money, I hasten to add -- that goes to high-fructose corn syrup?
Finally, both of Mitch McConnell's Senate opponents -- Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin -- landed big punches on Mr. McConnell at Saturday's Fancy Farm event. I don't have anything interesting to say about it; I just enjoy the thought of Mitch McConnell suffering electoral hardship.