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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A bill scheduled to be heard in a California legislative committee would ensure that spouses who solicit the murder of their husband or wife would not benefit financially in divorce cases.
The bill analysis reads like a Hollywood script. The wife of a police detective, distraught because she had lost custody of her children, tries to hire a hit man to kill him.
Instead, the gang members alert police, and the wife is ultimately convicted of soliciting murder.
In divorce court later, she is awarded half the property the couple had shared, even though she tried to have her husband killed. The bill was prompted by the detective whose wife collected about $70,000 from their estate after she was released from prison.
I pitched the book as we were gearing up to win the November election, and I was pretty certain that we were going to win, and I felt like either way, we were in a position as a netroots or liberal movement of having created a movement and defined ourselves in opposition to George Bush. And now we were faced with the possibility that we could win, and that we would have to move forward, and if we wanted to get anything done we would have to start thinking of liberalism as something more than just opposing George Bush and encroaching right wing extremism, and think of ourselves as being on the offense, which is to say "what do we believe in?" And so, I wrote this book to say what my beliefs are, and hoping to spur the conversation, and also to get some laughs out of it.
For me, women's rights and liberalism are, in my mind, pretty hard to unhook, and it fascinates and amuses me that you see conservatives complain that feminists are always with the democrats, as if there's ever going to be a form of conservative feminism. You look at someone like Sarah Palin trying to wear that mantle, and you see the flaw in trying to be a so-called conservative feminist, which is that you're not very pro-women. Women need things for equality that tailor very neatly to the general liberal agenda: Clean environment, universal healthcare, civil rights, individual rights, bodily autonomy, things like that. I fail to see how the two agendas are all that different. The flipside, of course, is that most liberals I know, whether they call themselves feminists or not, tend to agree with the general feminist goals. The only real opposition that you see to those goals is coming from the right.
brettyb: 3/20/2010 8:32:00 PM -1
What idiotic comments by those who try to cry about the disrepancy of the sentences when the perpetrator is a female and the "victim" is a male.
What an asinine waste of time to prosecute cases like this, where the "victim" is the happiest kid in the school because of the "crime"
The race to fill the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has become a national media story, as polls show that upstart Massachusetts Republican State Senator Scott Brown (pictured) has pulled even with favored Democratic Party candidate Martha Coakley, Massachusetts' Attorney General. President Obama has come to Massachusetts to try to save the race for Coakley-this in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3-1.
Senator Brown has been a co-sponsor of Fathers & Families' Shared Parenting Bill, has met with F & F Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, and has spoken at a F & F meeting. Dr. Holstein explains:
Our Shared Parenting Bill, which Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has publicly pledged to sign, would end the barbaric practice of judges stripping fathers (or sometimes mothers) of custody of their children without a sound, stated basis. Family courts must protect the relationship between children and both parents after a divorce, instead of allowing an angry mother (or father) to push the other parent out.
Fathers & Families recently circulated the message below to its Massachusetts members concerning some of Brown and Coakley's positions, and we urge our members to vote on Tuesday, January 19.
1. Offer to "babysit" your own kids. When your 16-year-old neighbor does it, it's called babysitting. When a parent does it, it's called child care, and it lasts for at least 18 years. Get it?
2. Imply that office work is harder than housework. At the end of a hard day, there may be smoke coming out of your ears, but let's face it: You've basically been sitting on your butt. That same smoke is coming out of our ears too--but we've cleaned the house, shuttled the kids around, run errands all over town and lugged grocery bags besides. When we say we're exhausted, we are exhausted.
3. Give a home appliance as a gift. Forgive us if we can't work it up for this one. A new washing machine? Really? Can we get you some new snow tires?
4. Buy us the "cougar" perfume. Under our crew-neck sweaters may beat the heart of an untamed vixen--but most of us don't want to smell like one. (Nice try, though.)
5. Brag about your driving. This is supposed to let us know that ours isn't so great. If my husband tells me one more time that he's been "accident-free since 1978," I'm going to reach over, grab the wheel and make the car swerve into something, just to shut him up.
6. Be unimpressed by a meal that took a lot of time and trouble. I don't know whose fault this is (Food Network? Julie and Julia?), but every so often we get the idea that it would be fun to make stock and spend the day basting. If the result is less than earth-shattering, say something nice anyway.
7. Buy clothes without trying them on. We know that the second you get into a department store you start to feel faint, but do us a favor and take the extra five minutes. Otherwise, you know who gets stuck with the returns?
8. Know it all, especially in public. Oh, honey. While you're going on at length about whatever it is, we're taking the temperature of the room, and we know everyone's starting to fidget.
9. Say anything remotely critical about our new haircut. Sometimes getting a new cut goes well; sometimes it doesn't. Usually we know the difference. Don't rub it in.
10. Expect a medal for doing a little housework. Umm...it's your house too, right? For now, we'll give you the bronze. Maybe someday, if you work hard enough, you can pick up a gold.