Ohio coal mogul Robert Murray files defamation lawsuit against blogger Mike Stark and the Huffington Post. You may remember Robert Murray as the CEO who allegedly made his workers attend a Mitt Romney rally on-site, and who allegedly called out his salaried employees who didn't donate enough to "pro-coal" political candidates. If you've got the hourly and salaried employees hating you, you're headed for a fall -- a fall you'll only speed up if you file a frivolous lawsuit against people who've said mean things about you.
I didn't see this coming (perhaps because I'm not as attuned into Maine politics as a Maine resident might be), but the presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee for 2014, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, came out as gay yesterday in an op-ed. I applaud his courage and wish him luck -- but I feel compelled to note that he is one of just 15 remaining House Blue Dogs, which doesn't exactly make him a liberal.
Ho hum, two Fox News pricks whine that women should have to pay more than men for health insurance because they go to the doctor more. Because nothing says "adult behavior" more than men complaining that they no longer get charged less for health insurance than women do, or men complaining that they shouldn't have to bear the costs of things like maternity care, as if they have no idea how pooling of resources relates to insurance. Seriously, can we get a la carte cable, so we don't have to fund John Stossel and Steve Doocy being assholes on camera?
Spartanburg, SC food kitchen won't allow an atheist group to volunteer, because (and I quote) "(t)his is a ministry to serve God." And what a wonderful way of displaying that "ministry" to others! Heaven forbid one uses the opportunity to show an atheist what a wonderful thing having God in your life can be! Seriously, folks who are that afraid of Teh Atheist Cooties don't have that much faith to begin with.
Federal appeals court halts implementation of the August District Court opinion ruling parts of New York's stop-and-frisk law unconstitutional. While the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals did not overturn the ruling, the Court did also remove Judge Scheindlin (author of the original opinion) from the appeals process, partly because she spoke to the media on three occasions while deciding the case. I find it hard to imagine another judge ruling differently, given the evidence the plaintiffs presented, but I guess one never knows.
Finally, Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress provides a handy primer you may use when evaluating the Affordable Care Act "horror stories" you see on TV. Like, when someone claims ZOMG OBAMACARE KILLED MY INSURANCE PLAN!!!!, you can ask what their old plan covered, what their deductibles and co-pays were, or whether they might be able to get federal subsidies now -- in short, you might wonder whether their old plan was crap and their new plan can't help but be better. It doesn't help, of course, that healthcare.gov still works so badly that a lot of good folks get frustrated before they can find this stuff out.