marriage till bills due us part, the hole building, sarah and the rape victims

the hole building. with the addition of some concrete and rebar with a hole in the center, the ordinary becomes something like a visual puzzle. beats the hell out of fastfood signage.

The Key to Wedded Bliss? Money Matters

“Most people think people break up over sex issues and children issues — and those are issues — but money is a huge factor in breaking up marriages,” said Susan Reach Winters, a divorce lawyer in Short Hills, N.J.

[  ]…“A lot of the debates people have about money are code for how we want to live our lives,” said Betsey Stevenson, assistant professor of business and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, who researches the economics of marriage and divorce. “A lot of the choices we make in how we want to live our lives involve how we spend our money.”

If this is the case; sex, children and money. Why all the cultural flame wars over women working. That income and the financial goals of the family are inexorably linked. You’re about a third less likely to get a divorced because just the basics costs so much. Add in dreams of the bigger home, bigger car etc the financial stakes make staying together a better option then unknown greener fields. Romance? Well there’s plenty in paperbacks from what I hear.

fake compassion

Under Sarah Palin, Wasilla charged rape victims for exam. Rape exams do cost money. Someone has to pay. Sometimes insurance companies pick up the tab. Otherwise, as in Alaska the local constabulary or the state  pays for it. Rape exams used in evidence are first and foremost about the victim, but they are also about the community. If the community is concerned about public safety and aren’t enough of a quick draw to get out the 38 magnum before the rapist signals their intent then convicting the rapist via the medical evidence benefits the community. To not be able to see beyond the imminent financial costs is or should be considered a liability for a person seeking to govern others.

With some caveats, as a general rule I sympathize with people that have addiction problems. I’m not so big on public officials covering up for the wealthy and privileged, McCain used Senate staff to tamper with the DEA to cover up Cindy’s drug abuse/theft