Uh oh: Michigan state officials were shipping clean water to at least one state building in Flint as early as January of last year -- or some nine months before Michigan finally acknowledged Flint's water had lead in it and was unsafe to drink. No doubt Michigan state officials will point to the presence of trihalomethanes, not lead, in the water as the reason for those shipments -- though given that many trihalomethanes (created as a by-product of chlorine treatment of water) are themselves carcinogenic, I'm not sure how that makes the state look better.
Surprise, surprise, Adam Johnson, writing at FAIR, finds big "liberal" media organs funding attacks on single-payer -- big "liberal" media organs who just so happen to have big financial holdings in our current heavily-privatized health care system. Washington Post CEO Jeff Bezos has, of course, invested in several private health care initiatives, and Comcast (which owns Vox) has long partnered with the Kaiser Family Foundation, which itself has heavily invested in the Affordable Care Act's success. It's synergy! Haters will tell you that's no big deal because everyone is invested in everything else, like that's some natural state of affairs we should accept. I am puzzled that haters win so many of these rhetorical battles when they live in (and want you to live in) such a grey world.
The inimitable Mike Konczal explains why Bernie Sanders's Wall Street-related proposals won't do enough to rein in the banksters. I don't agree that breaking up the big banks and reinstalling Glass-Steagall won't do much -- saying they wouldn't have prevented Bear Stearns and Lehmann Brothers from going under in 2008 does not they wouldn't prevent the next catastrophe, or that they didn't prevent previous ones from happening -- but I do agree that the biggest problem with the banks is that they're so undercapitalized, because they're so obsessed with shareholder payouts. You'd think shareholders would be aware of the problems that would cause, too. Perhaps I've had too high an opinion of them all these years.
Oklahoma state House overwhelmingly passes bill "getting the state out of the marriage business" and handing it over to churches. That's how much some folks hate gay marriage, though of course this monstrosity's author cites the hardship suffered by county clerks who now have to sign off on gay marriage licenses. Such tough stuff right-wingers are made of! Of course, as the author points out, marriage is a legal contract, and as such always subject to oversight by the state on the people's behalf -- hence a lot of good Oklahomans are going to find themselves completely without the rights of marriage in the coming years, or, perhaps, they'll find their hated federal government administering those rights.
Finally, in a related note, infamous Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis agrees with a suck-up radio host that God chose her to stand against gay marriage. And you know what? She may be right! God may well have chosen her! And, like so many folks who broadcast their feeling that they were "chosen" by God, she may want to consider whether God chose her to be the face and voice of her cause so that her cause would fail.