Seventy clergy with the United Methodist Church (UMC) in Minnesota have signed a statement saying that they would “offer the grace of the Church’s blessing” to same-sex couples, reported the United Methodist News Service.

Even in peacetime, government lies are so commonplace as to hardly be news. During wartime, however, the government fib fabricator goes into overdrive — as does the coverup machinery. Decades may pass before wartime lies are exposed, and even more time may elapse before the government admits to having deceived the public.

James Arness, the legendary actor known to several generations of TV viewers as Marshall Matt Dillon of Dodge City, Kansas, in the 20-year-long series Gunsmoke, died of heart failure on June 3 at his home in Los Angeles. Arness, who was born James King Aurness in Minneapolis in 1923, was 88 years old. His younger brother, actor Peter Graves, best known for his role on Mission: Impossible, and for his earlier role in the series, Fury, died last year.

John Birch Society president John F. McManus, as part of his nationwide speaking tour, addressed a standing room-only audience recently in the idyllic town of Riverdale, New Jersey. McManus addressed the crowd of over 250 people on the issue of exposing and defeating the New World Order, which members of The John Birch Society have identified and warned against in over 50 years of education and advocacy. The two hour-long address, Stopping the New World Order: An Overview of America, explored the true nature of power, prestige, and influence in the United States, and touched upon all major sources, personalities, and historical events central to understanding why United States policy, both domestic and foreign, has taken its current path, and has ventured down this course of action for so many years.

Vivian Schiller, the former head of National Public Radio, who was fired for permitting it to function as a leftist propaganda machine, is now the chief of the NBC television network’s digital operations.