Come to Jesus, or I'll beat him into you ... Pastor admits to knocking out kid who didn't believe in God (Uniladmag).
Five-year-old misses friend's birthday party and gets invoice for £15.95 (The Guardian).
Drone carrying meth crashes in Mexican supermarket parking lot (Christian Science Monitor).
30-year-old son, and a Princeton graduate, kills his hedge fund manager dad after being told that his allowance was going to be cut (NY Post).
SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG HERE
Banking on death: Banks profiting off of current and former employee deaths helps explain why a slain MassMutual executive's murder should raise eyebrows (Wall Street on Parade).
The U.S. Corporate State has become the monarch our Founding Fathers despised (Nation of Change).
The perfect financial storm: Why we're headed for a future global economic crisis (Salon).
Derivatives: The unregulated global casino for banks (Demonocracy).
Oxfam study finds that richest 1% likely to control half of global wealth by 2016 (NY Times).
WHY WE HAVE INEQUALITY
Why wages won't rise (Robert Reich / Nation of Change).
Idea for tackling inequality Number 27,653: Stop subsidizing it (Truth Out / Dean Baker).
How America's wealthy stole the American Dream and cashed it at an offshore bank (Alternet).
Ivy League's meritocracy lie: How Harvard and Yale cook the books for the 1 percent (Salon).
Keystone XL could face lawsuit from Nebraska ranchers (Nation of Change).
POST-STATE OF THE UNION CHATTER
State of the GOP is broken: I thought Joni Ernest was bad. Then I watched Ted Cruz (Salon).
Senator Joni Ernst's family received almost half a million dollars in federal subsidies (Salon).
JUST SILLY STUFF
Can a man resist a beautiful woman? Yes, they can (Elephant Journal).
23 solutions to the most mind numbing and self-absorbed First World life challenges (Stumbleupon).
Laziness on another level (Stumbleupon).
OUR IGNORANCE CUP RUNNETH OVER
You will be shocked at how ignorant Americans are: What Americans don't understand is an obstacle to progress (Salon).
Fox News host claims President Obama will alter First Amendment to align with Sharia law (Crooks & Liars @ 4:10).
Paul Krugman on the real reason reality doesn't make the slightest dent in the right-wing brain (Alternet).
20 Years Later: NAFTA has delivered on practically none of its promises (Foreign Affairs / Jorge Castaneda).
The U.S. House, not so representative (Washington Post).
Guess who poses the biggest threat to legalizing pot in California? Hint: It ain't the man (Mother Jones).
President Obama breaks with historic Cuban policy; implements dramatic changes (COHA).