The Washington Times - August 31, 2010, 12:37PM

Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: BP’s imbalanced, uncharitable funding, Democrats seek separation from Nancy Pelosi, Pennsylvania court: Guardians can’t pull the plug on mentally disabled people.




BP made big news when it gave $52 million to four state governments for behavioral health support and outreach programs. But what went unreported was the lack of support for private charities, which asked BP for $11.5 million in June. Not only is this an outrage, but it also illustrates an the troubling reliance on government for social services.
  • PoliticoDemocrats seek separation from Nancy Pelosi
Some of the Democratic Party’s most endangered lawmakers are taking steps to distance themselves from Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an attempt to inoculate themselves from charges that they are beholden to the unpopular House leader and supportive of the ambitious national Democratic agenda.
  • Life NewsPennsylvania court: Guardians can’t pull the plug on mentally disabled people
In a ruling involving a mentally disabled man whose legal guardians sought the power to end his medical care, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has determined that state law requires life-preserving treatment for people who are not near death and have not refused treatment.

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