Apr 28, 2008

Presumption of paternity can trump DNA tests for non-dads (phillyBurbs.com) | Pennsylvania News

"Remember whose ox is getting gored here," she says. "Who is the one who is going to suffer? The child."
'Presumption of paternity' can trump DNA tests for non-dads (phillyBurbs.com) | Pennsylvania News

The problem is, Spaid infers that the child support is all about the mother. It's not - it's about the child. Where are all these case where mothers are getting independently wealthy because of the chid support they receive? Where are all these mothers are living the wealthy life while their children are in rags? They are overwhelming overshadowed by the stories of mothers struggling to cover basic needs because the support they receive is far too little, if they receive it at all. They are overshadowed by stories of men who, like Spaid, apparently, under-report their income or claim no income at all in order to get out from under their obligations to feed, clothe, and educate children they are responsible for.

Where is his anger directed? At his wife, and at this child. Where should his anger be directed? At the man who, most likely, knowingly slept with and fathered a child by another man's wife. And who should have been taking responsiblity for his actions.

That's the person Spaid should be going after - and he should be getting every penny of the child support he paid back from the man whose obligation is was to be paying it. So why isn't Spaid angry at him?
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Apr 24, 2008

Faith of Our Fathers - Timothy Egan - Op-Extra Columnist - Opinion - New York Times Blog

They were ripping off the state, living on welfare and food stamps, even as they defied civil authorities.
Faith of Our Fathers - Timothy Egan - Op-Extra Columnist - Opinion - New York Times Blog

This is what bothers me the most - if you don't like the laws and mores of our society, why suckle at the teat? How do you justify that belief?

Apr 22, 2008

Is there a pattern here?

Toys, petfood - is this a subtle way to take over the world by slowly contaminating it? Or the plot to a really cheesy movie?
F.D.A. Identifies Tainted Heparin in 11 Countries - New York Times

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Apr 19, 2008

Stress Diary 4-19

Must mow the lawn - which means getting gas from a container into the tractor itself. My favorite local station, which used to actually PUMP THE GAS FOR YOU, is out of business.

So, I had to buy a new gas container because the old one seemed a bit to, well, old to be reliable for this new venture. But the container is small enough to be worn as a hat by the typical gas pump nozzle, so HTH am I going to get the gas into the tractor?

And let's add a deadline - tomorrow, it will rain. Crap.