Sperm donor fights attempts to force him to pay child support to lesbian couple
A sperm donor is fighting an effort to force him to pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination by a lesbian couple.
William Marotta told The Topeka Capital-Journal newspaper he’s “a little scared about where this is going to go, primarily for financial reasons.”
When the 46-year-old donated sperm to Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner in 2009, Marotta relinquished all parental rights, including financial responsibility to the child. When Bauer and Schreiner filed for state assistance in Kansas this year, the state demanded the donor’s name so it could collect child support for the now 3-year-old girl. (AP Photo/The Topeka Capital Journal, Jeff Davis)
Pay close attention folks. Neither of the women is suing this man for child support. The state is. The women, having gone through a divorce and having a child between them, should have been made to go through a judgment for custody and child support that effected only the two of them. Instead, because the state doesn’t like the idea of a lesbian couple, they are attempting to involve the donor. The problem with this is that had this been a heterosexual couple who had sought a donor and artificial insemination due to infertility, the court would not go after the donor, but would have sought child support between the couple. But because lesbians are involved, now they go after the donor. Homophobic bullshit.
Reblogging for generalbriefing’s commentary, which is spot on.
Unsurprisingly, the commenters on this article did not get the memo that the lesbian couple are not the ones suing the guy. Don’t read them unless you want to hear about how the gays are ruining everything.
WHOA! so this is a surprising development. I feel like there is not enough legal advisement (and protection) of lgbt coupes when they get children… I never would have thought to write in protections for the sperm/egg donors. Jesus. this is such a mess.
“Costco’s average pay, for example, is $17 an hour, 42 percent higher than its fiercest rival, Sam’s Club. And Costco’s health plan makes those at many other retailers look Scroogish. One analyst, Bill Dreher of Deutsche Bank, complained last year that at Costco “it’s better to be an employee or a customer than a shareholder.” Mr. Sinegal begs to differ. He rejects Wall Street’s assumption that to succeed in discount retailing, companies must pay poorly and skimp on benefits, or must ratchet up prices to meet Wall Street’s profit demands. Good wages and benefits are why Costco has extremely low rates of turnover and theft by employees, he said. And Costco’s customers, who are more affluent than other warehouse store shoppers, stay loyal because they like that low prices do not come at the workers’ expense. “This is not altruistic,” he said. “This is good business.”How Costco Became the Anti-Wal-Mart - New York Times (via loveyourchaos)
WASHINGTON: The United States government reported a budget surplus for the final month of the 2012 fiscal year, but the tiny bump in revenues did not prevent the country’s deficit from exceeding $1 trillion for the fourth year in a row.
The 2012 budget gap was $1.089 trillion, narrower than last year’s deficit of $1.297 trillion because of higher corporate income tax receipts and less spending, the Treasury Department said on Friday.
The deficit equaled 7.0 percent of U.S. economic output, down from 8.7 percent last year, the department said. Economists generally consider deficits exceeding 3.0 percent of gross domestic product to be unsustainable in the long term.
The year-end budget report comes in the final weeks of the presidential election campaign, where the massive budget gap and President Barack Obama’s economic policies have dominated the debate.
After the budget data was released, Obama’s Republican challenger Mitt Romney reiterated criticisms that the Democratic administration’s reckless spending has racked up the deficit and pushed the national debt over $16 trillion.
Obama and his Democrats have said spending was necessary to pull the economy out of the recession they inherited from the previous Republican administration.
The Obama administration spent $3.538 trillion in the 2012 fiscal year, 1.7 percent less than last year due to the expiration of stimulus provisions, a stronger economy, the end of military operations in Iraq and the continued drawdown in Afghanistan, the Treasury said.
The Democratic Party’s 2012 platform no longer pledges to free Americans from the tyranny of big oil, dropping the prior platform’s hard-line support for renewable energy for an “all-of-the-above” strategy favored by President Barack Obama and his Republican rivals.
While the platform does still call for an international deal to curtail the types of pollution that accelerate climate change, it does not say that the agreement should be binding, as it did in 2008. The platform also drops the party’s 2008 support for the “cap and trade” scheme Democrats failed to pass in 2010. Delegates at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina are expected to approve the platform on Tuesday.
“Democrats pledge to continue showing international leadership on climate change, working toward an agreement to set emission limits in unison with other emerging powers,” the platform explains. “Democrats will continue pursuing efforts to combat climate change at home as well, because reducing our emissions domestically – through regulation and market solutions – is necessary to continue being an international leader on this issue. We understand that global climate change may disproportionately affect the poor, and we are committed to environmental justice.”
The party’s 2008 platform (PDF) saw things a little differently. “Global climate change is the planet’s greatest threat, and our response will determine the very future of life on this earth,” Democrats wrote. “Despite the efforts of our current Administration to deny the science of climate change and the need to act, we still believe that America can be earth’s best hope. We will implement a market-based cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions by the amount scientists say is necessary to avoid catastrophic change and we will set interim targets along the way to ensure that we meet our goal.”
The administration says that Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy has seen the U.S. reduce its foreign oil imports by about 10 percent while domestic energy production is at an all-time-high. Obama has also directed significant investments into the development of new clean energy technologies, dedicating more government seed money to the sector than any president to come before him.
The Republican Party’s 2012 platform contains a similar shift to the right, albeit a much more dramatic one.
I swear this independent baiting is getting out of hand.
Paul Ryan says 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy in 2011 under Obama, actually the number is 47,806 →
Trip Gabriel at The New York Times ”The Caucus” blog:
Mr. Ryan also cited bankruptcy numbers to make the point that failing businesses mean fewer jobs. “In 1980 under Jimmy Carter, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy,” he said. “Last year, under President Obama’s failed leadership, 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy.”
But he appeared to conflate business bankruptcies and much more numerous personal bankruptcies. Of the 331,264 bankruptcies in 1980, only 43,694 were for businesses, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Of the 1,410,653 total bankruptcy filings last year, 47,806 were business bankruptcies, according to the institute. And, again, the numbers are falling. In 2009, there were 60,837 business bankruptcies. In July, the latest month with complete statistics, business bankruptcies were 22 percent lower than a year earlier, and personal bankruptcies were down 11 percent.
What do you think?
A few of you might remember a news story that happened about a month ago, about a 21 year oldJonesbro Arkansas man was pulled over and then arrested for marijuana possession. While it does not seem entirely pedestrian for an young African American male to be arrested in this country (seeing as though african american’s are only 13% of the population, they are 40%+ of the jailed population) What happens next will probably shock you. Apparently after 21 year old Chavis Carter was searched twice, then hand cuffed and placed into a police squad car where he then apparently shot himself in the head while handcuffed. If you don’t remember this story don’t feel bad; though bizarre, this story could not compete with Kristin Stewart Cheating On Robert Patterson and JLO making a 3d Music video.
However, a month later the story resurfaced (though only in the form of a few nondescript bubbles) on the Huffington Post. Long story short, officers are being reprimanded for the fact that they DID NOT search Chavis Carter sufficiently as he was able to smuggle a firearm and kill himself in the back seat of a squad car.
It must be asked however, why a man with Carter’s borderline circ du soleil criminal talents would:
a.) Be in Arkansas
b.) Allow himself to be detained by police without an escape attempt.
Why do I ask these questions? Because you have to REALLY think about this. First, Somehow carter was able to hide a firearm in a place that was able to escape search TWICE, but he was ALSO able to not only retrieve said firearm in a seated and restrained position, AND he was able to ACCURATELY shoot himself fatally in the head with one shot. The only person who could pull something like that would be Jason Bourne or Lara Croft, and neither of them would let them selves be caught, much less kill themselves.
So why would Carter do this, over an outstanding warrant from Mississippi?
Or, could there be a different theory, one I hardly dare mention. The theory that Chavis Carter was arrested and executed by two police officers on the side of the road August 1st 2012. But because Carter is a black man and his life is not valued in america, the Jonesboro police are protecting the two men who murdered this young man in cold blood.
The Audacity of Truth
There has been a surprising trend of outright calling a lie a lie when told by politicians in this leg of the campaign. Hopefully this trend continues as the DNC begins this week, as we’re sure to hear as many distortions, half-truths and outright lies coming from the other side of the aisle as well. That’s not false equivalence, that’s just based on several lies that SuperPACs have pushed from the Obama campaign, such as one that Mitt Romney was somehow responsible for someone’s death. The idea that somehow SuperPACs are anything but tangentially separate from the campaign is a laughable lie as well, but that’s another article for another day.
The sad truth is that politicians lie, and it is the duty of journalists to inform the public when they are lying.
Another trend that has developed is somewhat more expected. Journalists, in an attempt to try and appear “savvy” will try to explain why lies aren’t really lies and that they’re part of politics, or that we’re naive for bothering to point them out. They’ll say that while that may be untrue, it’s used to make a larger point.
Ben Smith’s Buzzfeed has a post called “Pants on Fire Politics” which sub headline is “The Democrats’ attack on Republican honesty is a campaign ploy, not an argument.”
I realize Ben is using “democrats” as his scapegoat here, but throughout the article he’s either pointing to different journalists or blaming them for being duped by the party into bothering to check the facts. If these journalists fail to do the same thing with lies the Obama campaign tells, I would gladly agree with him.
”a casual read could mistake this for evidence about Ryan’s character. It is, in fact, something approaching the opposite”
What else is it but evidence about his character? What else are we to judge a candidate on other than what they do and what they say, and how they distort the facts about themselves and the people they hope to defeat on their way to public office?
The Democrats are hoping to do to Paul Ryan what Republicans so successfully did to Al Gore: To conflate stray real personal exaggerations; rhetorical simplifications; and actual policy differences into an unfair character attack.
The personal exaggeration refers to Ryan lying about his marathon time, which in isolation would be a forgivable white lie, but given how many other documented occurrences now where Ryan has willfully lied about easily refutable facts, it seems to fall into a pattern.
A “rhetorical simplification” is probably a great way to describe the explanation journalists like to use to help us poor dear readers understand why we shouldn’t make such a big deal about what politicians say in their speeches. Some journalists will have you believe that speeches are also rhetorical simplifications of facts used to drive home a larger point.
Aiding those rhetorical simplifications in Ryan’s RNC speech alone are clear lies. We can discuss policy difference if we both agree on the same set of facts. There are records and data and votes that have been cast, legislation that has been blocked and passed, actions that any journalist can easily point to. Instead we hear journalists, especially on cable news, where I’d generously refer to them as “pundits,” acting like they’re doing us some public service by explaining how politics works.
There are reasons why journalists may want to try and couch and contort themselves fearing they’ll lose access to politicians they call out for lying. They fear they’ll be iced out from joining the same 20 people listening to the same platitudes at the same press conference.
A real public service would be to clearly and continuously force politicians face their lies by calling them out to the public, as many have thankfully begun to do.
What we don’t need is more journalists wasting our time explaining to us why they’re lying.
How did 21-year-old Chavis Carter get shot in the head while handcuffed in a police car?
You probably don’t know anything yet about Chavis Carter, but you should:
Carter, who died at the hospital, was in the passenger seat of a pickup truck that was pulled over by police just before 10 pm,reports WREG. According to Officer Keith Baggett who was on the scene, Officer Ron Marsh found “some marijuana” and several new plastic baggies when he searched Carter.
When they ran his information through dispatch, they found that he was wanted on a warrant in Mississippi, where he lived. The cops then handcuffed him, searched him again, and put him in the back of the patrol car. While Baggett searched the vehicle, he claims he heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound” on his trunk and saw Marsh motion to him.
The thumping noise, according to the cops, was Carter shooting himself in the head.
This is borderline insulting when you read the full story. Apparently “Any given officer has missed something on a search, be it drugs, knife, razor blades, this instance it happened to be a gun,”. Mind you though he was searched twice, and hand cuffed and put into the back of a police car with his hands behind his back, this Man was some how able to extract a hidden gun from where ever, (This gun reportedly was not stolen Jason Borne Style from the Police Officers) and put it in such a position that he could efficiently fatally shoot himself.
The question must be asked, If Carter was some sort of criminal Houdini, what would make him kill himself for a simple Warrant Violation? couldn’t he just as easily escape and subdue his captors?
Or could it be that once again another black man has been executed, with no judge or jury, by two white men who decided to take the law into their own hands.
An Iowa woman who was running for a state Senate seat has dropped that bid after deciding the U.S. government is a sham, and has instead unilaterally declared herself a U.S. Senator from the Republic of Iowa in an alternative government, the Republic for the United States of America.
As Jason Noble of the Des Moines Register first reported, the candidate, Randi Shannon, had been running for the state’s 34th Senate district. However, she recently came to believe that the real U.S. government was replaced with an illegal one after the Civil War so, rather than continue her state-level pursuit, she dropped that bid and named herself a Senator of the what she thinks is the true government.
In a letter fittingly posted to her campaign’s Facebook page on July 4, Shannon wrote that the country was founded as the Republic for The United States for America in 1787, and that it remained as such until the 1860s, when it was abandoned during the Civil War. Once the war ended, she wrote, the government was replaced by the, “UNITED STATES CORPORATION,” [sic] which has endured to this day as the nation’s farcical governing body.
In a statement riddled with curious capitalization meant to emphasize the government’s foibles, Shannon derides the federal government for, she claims, stomping out entrepreneurship, infringing on personal liberties, and just generally being an unconstitutional entity. Perhaps worst, she says, are the elected lawmakers who have perpetuated this system and in doing so have, “committed the most egregious acts against ‘We the People.’”
“Therefore, in order to affect the most good on behalf of The People of Iowa’s 34th District and in keeping with my conscience, I have accepted the position of U.S. Senator in The Republic of The United States of America, where I may better serve You and All of The People of Iowa,” Shannon wrote. “I want you to know I have taken an Oath to Uphold, Support and Defend The Constitution of The United States of America. This I will do to the best of my ability, So Help Me God.”
Shannon, who describes herself as a Ron Paul supporter, backs many of the same policy positions famously espoused by the Libertarian-leaning Texas congressman. She advocates eliminating the Department of Education (following its transfer to the Republic of the United States) and drastically cutting taxes while ending foreign occupations and stopping the Affordable Care Act. And, since she believes the government has been a false one for a century and a half, she considers all amendments to the Bill of Rights from the 14th on to be invalid.
at what point does this become treason???
29 Republican governors
May turn down $258 billion in Obamacare funds
Leaving 9.2 million Americans uninsured
A Democratic congressman issued a challenge to lawmakers who claim they can apply Arizona’s anti-immigration law without racial profiling.
Good one. Very wise.
WASHINGTON — Men who are doctors earn about $12,000 more per year than women doctors, according to a US study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The differences persisted even after adjusting for factors like specialty, academic rank and work hours, said researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School.
"The gender pay disparity we found in this highly talented and select group of physicians was sobering," said lead study author Reshma Jagsi, associate professor of radiation oncology.
The survey focused on 800 physicians who had received a competitive early career research grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2000-2003. At the time of the salary assessment, all were considered mid-career.
A controversial author, who once insinuated that Hillary Clinton was a lesbian, on Tuesday said that the current secretary of state wasn’t fit for another White House run because she was “looking overweight.”
“At this very moment that we’re speaking right now, Brian, [the Clintons] are already thinking seriously about running in 2016,” author Ed Klein told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. “She’ll be 69 years old. And as you know — and I don’t want to sound anti-feminist here — but she’s not looking good these days. She’s looking overweight, and she’s looking very tired.”
“It looks like she’s not trying,” Kilmeade agreed.
“Yes, it does look that way,” Klein replied.
“I think she’s going to take some time off, get back into shape. And if her health holds out — that’s a big if, of course — if her health holds out, there’s no question in my mind she and Bill — two for the price of one — will run in 2016.”
Klein’s 2005 book The Truth About Hillary was blasted by critics for being “poorly researched, poorly written, poorly sourced.”
Among other things, the former editor of The New York Times Magazine suggested that Hillary Clinton was a lesbian and was raped by then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton (D) when they conceived their daughter Chelsea.
They don’t care if you call it racist. “In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering,” says Limbaugh.
wtf? like what?
Ugh, what is this bullshit. I had resigned myself to the end, only because Alec is getting really restless and it’s really better to wrap things up nicely with him. Then again, I don’t mind 30 Rock without Alec, but also not sure if it’ll work. We’ll see. Things may change. Alec may stay. Or perhaps this just means that we may get a 9 back. It’s just nice to know that Greenblatt has our show’s back. Or maybe it’s just bullshit like I called it in the beginning.
Honestly the show can go on without Alec, but does that mean it should? I think the way things are wrapping up, by the end of the year 30 Rock can end happily answering all the questions developing all the characters and being all around just GREAT.
Nothing’s worse then a show that is on just for the sake of being on (the simpsons). I say just let it end next year, and then give everyone a break to start working on other projects.