The United Methodist Church threatens to defrock a pastor for officiating a gay marriage for one of his children unless he renounces his support for marriage equality. Andrew Sullivan might tell me I'm oversimplifying -- I've read his heart-wrenching essays about his isolation from the Catholic church -- but I wouldn't want a church that doesn't want me or my loved ones. Luckily, Rev. Schaefer seems to feel the same way.
Surprise, surprise! The NSA has also been vacuuming in the communications data of British citizens since 2007. Without any suspicion of wrongdoing, naturally. That's a hell of a "special relationship" we've got going there.
ProPublica finds that the state of California has failed to collect over half of the fines it assessed (totaling about $1 million) to assisted living centers between 2007 and 2012. Why? A couple of reasons: some facilities just go out of business, others pay in drips and drabs, still others appeal. Also, California is fairly lax about inspections (though they do move to shut down offenders quickly).
Those folks still giddy over healthcare.gov's failures should take note of the horrors good Kansans undergo as a result of that state's handing over of its Medicaid programs to private insurers (all campaign contributors to Gov. Sam Brownback, by the way). Dig the government spokeshack who says the resulting loss of necessary services for people who need 24/7 care is rather like getting used to not getting a new car every year. It's sad that some people in government clearly know more people who get a new car every year than people who need to have machines suck the phlegm out of their lungs because they can't do it on their own anymore.
Ha ha, John Stossel goes out panhandling for an hour and makes $11, thus concluding that panhandlers working bankers' hours could make $23,000 a year! After all, it is extremely easy to project an entire year's earnings from one hour of panhandling. And let John Stossel try that act at 3 pm on a Sunday in, say, Fayetteville, AR, rather than on a crowded New York City sidewalk full of people who make a lot of money.