Paternity Rights: Losing Fatherhood

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I can’t believe how angry I am over this. Just finished an article in the NY Times magazine about cuckolded men raising children who are not their own. The article, Who Knew I Was Not the Father?, written by an adjunct professor at Columbia, is almost completely unsympathetic to the plight of men who have raised children to whom that have no genetic tie.

I am incensed. Livid. Apoplectic. The article cites several men who have sought to stop child support upon finding out only to be shot down by the courts in the interest of the child.

In the main case, the biological father is married (years later) to the mother and has no legal support obligations for his child. The cuckolded man does. It’s a bloody outrage.

Not once, in the entire article, does this hack take issue with the duplicity of the mother, the person solely responsible for the fraud, and the person (w/ the biological father) who should be entirely responsible for the financial support of the child. Where is that article? What kind of person does this to a man and, more importantly, to a child? Does this reflect upon her qualifications to be a parent? Shouldn’t these women be stripped of their children?

The answer, it seems, is no. Because it will upset the child. The author cites a lobbyist (now fighting against these women), who abandoned his child and won the right to have no financial obligations. She makes him sound like a monster. She quotes his young adult “daughter” as confused and damaged and mentions the suffering she endured because her “father” abandoned her.

WHAT ABOUT THE FUCKING MOTHER?

She’s not even mentioned. And, one presumes, the daughter doesn’t blame her.

Some advocates now suggest that there be mandatory paternity tests for all fathers at birth to avoid this problem. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. The entire tone of the article suggests a kind of mystification as to why these men would be so upset about this.

Really?

I mean, really?

P.S. On a related note, as I have written before, men should have the right to opt out of financial support for a child during the same time period that a woman can choose to abort the fetus. Figure out for yourself why this is fair and just.


Gail Collins on Texas Tea Parties

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another brilliant skewering by Collins. [NY Times]

Have you ever noticed that the states where anti-tax sentiment is strongest are frequently the same states that get way more back from the federal government than they send in? Alaska gets $1.84 for every tax dollar it sends to Washington, which is a rate of return even Bernard Madoff never pretended to achieve. Yet there they were in Ketchikan waving “Taxed Enough Already!” signs and demanding an end to federal spending.

Also, have you noticed how places that pride themselves on being superpatriotic seem to have the most people who want to abandon the country entirely and set up shop on their own?


Cuomo Targets Merrill Lynch Bonuses

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed John Thain and Bank of America CAO, J. Steele Alphin.

Get ’em Andrew! Vote Cuomo forever!


Obama to Take On Entitlements

Friday, January 16, 2009

From the Washington Post:

“What we have done is kicked this can down the road. We are now at the end of the road and are not in a position to kick it any further,” he said. “We have to signal seriousness in this by making sure some of the hard decisions are made under my watch, not someone else’s.”

I believe he can do it too. And, given the circumstances, the time is right.

The easiest decision to start? Means testing. Rich people don’t need Social Security and Medicare.

Go Obama!


Eric Holder: Waterboarding is Torture

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Leahy’s first question about waterboarding.

Holder was very clear. Yes, waterboarding is torture.

It’s going to be interesting to hear his take on prosecutions against the Bush administration.

CNN and CSpan have it.


Leon Panetta at CIA

Monday, January 5, 2009

I’m trusting that there is some reasonable underlying motivation for this pick, but on the surface it’s just…weird.

Then again, maybe not. If Panetta really is a strong manager, an outsider may be just what the CIA needs to get it’s shit straight after the embarrassment of the Tenet years. Those guys should withhold judgment until Panetta gets the job.

Nevertheless, he has no experience going into, what seems to be, a job that strongly resists outsiders.

Right now, just have to give Obama the benefit of the doubt.


The Wall Street Fix

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Michael Lewis (of Liar’s Poker fame) and David Einhorn (of shorting Lehman fame) have published an op-ed in today’s NY Times. It diagnoses and provides solutions to Wall Street’s problem(s).

The bottom line (emphasis added)?

Our financial catastrophe, like Bernard Madoff’s pyramid scheme, required all sorts of important, plugged-in people to sacrifice our collective long-term interests for short-term gain. The pressure to do this in today’s financial markets is immense. Obviously the greater the market pressure to excel in the short term, the greater the need for pressure from outside the market to consider the longer term. But that’s the problem: there is no longer any serious pressure from outside the market. The tyranny of the short term has extended itself with frightening ease into the entities that were meant to, one way or another, discipline Wall Street, and force it to consider its enlightened self-interest.

The piece goes on the expose the well known cozy relationships between Wall Street, the credit rating agencies, and the SEC, and to criticize Treasury, the Fed, and Congress for poor ad hoc solutions driven by short-term market considerations and industry lobbying.

It ends with a series of “perfectly obvious” changes to be made to the financial system. These are a manifesto for action. Digest them and begin regurgitating to everyone. A movement must be built.

I hope Barack Obama is reading this piece. I’m forwarding the Chuck Schumer (not likely to be helpful) and Hillary’s replacement (it better not be Caroline Kennedy).

On Wall Street, the fix is in.

It’s time to fix the fix.