Go Washington Redskins!

June 18, 2014

Yes, I said Redskins. Not the Fighting Natives of D.C. or whatever people want them to be called.

As a blogger in Spokane Washington I am more offended by the “Washington” part of the team name. If they are going to change the moniker then it should just be “the Redskins” and leave my state out of it.

The Seahawks rule here.

But if it must be done then lets do things right and fix all the NFL teams.

If the Washington Redskins must go then I would think that the Chiefs are going also.

Dallas will no longer be called America’s Team since as we all know Cowboys are a Spanish import.

To date, not one singe archeological site has uncovered a Viking helmet with horns on it.

At least the Texans are actually in Texas. We’ll leave them alone until they get moved to Oregon.

The Buccaneers logo should be changed to three Somalis in a boat or something better representing the Barbary Coast.

The Giants are the same size as other teams.

And finally, not all 49ers were men.

Or we could just do the sensible thing and leave the Redskins alone. It’s just a game folks.

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Week 13: Seahawks & NFC West

November 25, 2013

The Seahawks enjoyed a week 12 Bye so I’ll start with the rest of the NFC West heading into tonight’s Monday Night game that will see the 49ers @ Redskins.

Cardinals (7-4) week 9 Bye
@ Eagles 6-5
Rams @ 5-6
@ Titans 5-6
@ Seahawks 10-1
49ers @ 6-4*

I ended my week 11 post with a “Go Cardinals!” and this team didn’t disappoint. Arizona hosted the Colts (7-4) yesterday and stomped them 11-40 in a game that was never close. The win moves the Cardinals (7-4) up in the NFC Playoff picture to 6th seed and knocks San Francisco (6-4) down to 7th. Of course that could change after the Monday Night game but for now the Cardinals are in, 49ers are out, and they keep up the pressure on their NFC West playoff rivals.

The rest of the schedule for Arizona doesn’t get any easier and next week’s game @ Eagles will be a tough one. Philadelphia is tied with Dallas for the NFC East title and needs this win even more than the Cardinals do. With a wild card spot almost out of reach, the division’s top seed might be the Eagles only way into the post season. Facing teams in an all or nothing game can be dangerous and the Cardinals are 2-3 on the road with loses at Rams, Saints and 49ers.

Tough, but for this Arizona team, manageable. And if the 49ers lose tonight or week 13 Rams @, then the last game of the regular season becomes that much more important. Go Cardinals!

Rams (5-6) week 11 Bye
@ 49ers 6-4*
@ Cardinals 7-4
Saints @ 9-2
Buccaneers @ 3-8
@ Seahawks 10-1

Coming off their bye week the Rams (5-6) picked up where they left off smacking around the Bears (6-5) 21-42. Though it may be a long shot, with upcoming games against division rivals 49ers and Cardinals, the last spot in the playoffs still isn’t out of reach. A very, very long reach. Going 4 of 5 with a loss to Seattle and finishing (9-7) just might be enough considering how bad the rest of the NFC divisions are playing though I doubt the Cardinals will finish below (10-6).

They travel to San Francisco who will be coming off a Monday Night game and have an excellent chance to improve their post season chances. Or, if anything, have an excellent chance to spoil a playoff spot for their rival 49ers. Go Rams!

49ers (6-4) week 9 Bye
@ Redskins 3-7
Rams @ 5-6
Seahawks @ 10-1
@ Buccaneers 3-8
Falcons @ 2-9
@ Cardinals 7-4

Is it just me or did all the crazy crap in the NFL start in week 6 with the Rams beating down the Texans 38-13. Since then the Buccaneers are on a 3 game win streak, Giants 4, Panthers 7, and even the Jaguars have won 2. I only bring this up because in the NFL this year the coin toss keeps coming up heads against the odds and hopefully it’s Washington’s turn. Meaning of course that they pulled off the Monday Night win and San Francisco drops to 6-5.

Even if they didn’t and the 49ers (7-4) slip back up into the NFC Playoff 6th seed spot the rest of the season will still be a battle. After traveling all the way across town to D.C. they will host the Rams in a divisional game that the 49ers need to win. With the Cardinals breathing down their neck and a schedule favoring the Bears or Packers for their wild card spot the 49ers grip on the post season still isn’t secure. Go Redskins!

Seahawks (10-1) week 12 Bye
Saints @ 9-2
@ 49ers 6-4*
@ Giants 4-7
Cardinals @ 7-4
Rams @ 5-6

The bye weeks are over and the final 5 week stretch has begun. All teams now have an 11 game win/loss record* and the Seahawks start the stretch sitting atop the entire NFL at (10-1). Does it really get any better than this? The answer is yes, it can, with a win at home this next Monday Night against the Saints.

The injury report has Browner out, possibly for the rest of the season. Add to that his replacement, Thurmond, is starting a 4 game suspension now rather than contest and miss more games. He won’t be back until the last game of the regular season when we host the Rams. Other than that though things are looking up.

We have a starting offensive line again and Lynch has had time to rest up. Harvin will have 2 weeks of practice after an NFL start and Kearse will be back at WR after missing the Vikings game. And if we really start to struggle at cornerback then Russel Wilson could just play this game on both sides of the ball while filling in for Browner on defense.

Ok, so the Wilson thing probably won’t happen but this will hopefully give Sherman something to do. The last few games has got to have the guy chomping at the bit now that NFL quarterbacks no longer throw the ball his way. Playing his position while helping cover a depleted corner position should see Sherman doing something more than running laps for four quarters. Richard Sherman is the best cornerback in the NFL right now and the lack of highlights from a position he has totally shut down really speaks louder than bold headlines. Hopefully being under the radar lately will tempt Brees to throw his way.

Back in week 6 I already picked Seattle to win at home with the #1 spot in the NFC on the line and nothing has changed my outlook. Traveling to the Pacific Northwest and facing the 12th Man is the dread of the entire NFL. I love when announcers have to yell over the crowd noise to be heard through their booth mics and you can bet the volume will be turned up to 12 this Monday. Even with a loss Seattle can still get top seed and home field but it will be so much more easier if they stomp all over the Saints.

Here’s me cheering on a 100 yard game for Lynch and the offensive line to go with an Earl Thomas pick six. Go Seahawks!

* notes monday night 49ers @ Redskins game

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I’m writing this after just returning home from the last scheduled public hearing here in Spokane on regulations regarding I-502 implementation and hosted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB). Not only were many good topics brought up and explained but it would appear I have a retraction to make regarding an earlier post.

First, the correction.

In my post from July 5th, I-502: July Revised Draft Rules, I brought up the possibility that wording added to the regulations regarding medical cannabis might cause a constitutional conflict allowing for an easy lawsuit to shut down the recreational market. That turns out to not be an issue. I was able to ask and get clarification on the subject from the board and it was made clear that we are past that point and there is no constitutional conflict even if such wording were to be added. Further, because it has been signed, for the first 2 years of the initiative it would take a 2/3 majority vote by the legislature to do such a thing.

Can the feds still shut down the market? Sure, and it was made clear more than once that those actions are well outside the realm or jurisdiction of the liquor control board and is not much they can do. But a simple conflict of multiple subjects under one initiative is not one of the ways it might be done.

Now, on to the hearing.

I was surprised that the recent federal raids on the coast were not mentioned. I would have lost money on that bet if you read my earlier posting on the subject. Judging from the audience I would say that it was already common knowledge and none needed to be reminded. A raid by the DEA was mentioned but was referring to a separate, earlier action if I heard the location right.

Outdoor growing of cannabis is basically dead on arrival for most business applications. More than once the board indicated that getting a license approval to grow just 1 acre was very unlikely. For obvious reasons it wasn’t specifically stated, “No large outdoor grows”, but it was clear this is the direction things are going. Rather remote is the possibility that a 50-100 lbs. annual yield in seed stock will operate a business much less cover startup costs for most food producers.

More’s the pity.

The topic of medical cannabis was talked about a great deal. That might seem counter productive at first but I was very glad to hear the discussion for a couple of reasons.

One, I was already in the process of writing my next post on I-502 entitled, “Washington’s Red Herring: Medical Cannabis”. There was a good deal of information heard that I will need to rewrite some of it with and other I had not known to be included. Perhaps not comprehensive but at least it will be up to date.

Second, and what I will talk about here, is a matter of context.

The articles in our newspapers paint this picture that medical dispensaries are selling to just anyone. That medical growers are really the shadow black-market suppliers in Washington and up to half of our projected tax revenues will be lost to them. To be blunt and in no uncertain terms that is not what I heard tonight at the LCB hearing.

What the LCB said was when the Governor signed off on our medical laws large sections of rules and regulations were vetoed out at the same time. This is why Washington has the most unregulated medical system in the country. The effect was essentially to wave a huge “Raid Us!” flag to federal prosecutors.

So, by sticking to their heavy regulation guns the LCB is essentially saying, “Hey look. Recreational cannabis will be even more regulated and monitored than Hanford. Whataya want?” End paraphrased quote.

Put that way, in that context directly from the LCB without a newspaper filter the extensive regulations actually make some sense. Having the former state representative sitting there who signed the medical legislation saying this is how it was, this is how it is, this is why we are proceeding this way, I’m willing to take the LCB at its word.

Do I still think the retail market will fail? Sure I do. But at least I have a clearer understanding of the method behind the madness. And in all reality if it does the blame will not be on medical cannabis or the LCB. Retail prices above the black-market standard will take care of that all by itself.

Other topics raised were the various aspects of banking, money handling and transportation, harvesting. I grouped those together since they share many of the same concerns.

Transportation has to be done in-house. That is to say the vehicle and persons operating it cannot be of a different company or contracted. The vehicle must belong to the producer, distributor or retail business. Similarly the workers operating them must be direct employees of the same whether hourly, salary or seasonal. So a contractor type business that handles transportation is not on the table. The same applies to a harvest/grooming type business where workers would be farmed out (Ha) to producers.

For banking the LCB pretty much made it clear that again this was something that did not fall under their jurisdiction. What they did do was bring along additional staff and advisers that could answer some of those questions.

Generally everything talked about is already floating around in the news sheets out there. Given the constraints and lack of established rules I thought that most concerns were addressed as well as can be expected. The only possibility I heard and not already read about is what was loosely called a state type bank but in practice would be better described as a depository. That was quickly followed up with the reiteration that these are just ideas and only emphasize that the payment/banking problems are currently being worked on.

And no, just opening a bank account in Uruguay wasn’t mentioned either.

The concerns about the organic regulations and cloning was brought up a few  times. The rooting hormone most commonly used to create viable clones is technically not organic but that wasn’t the subject. I think the context was to recommend growing only from seed to retain organic status and not hormone cloning. Basically from the point of view that seedlings rather than clones supply producers.

I’m not entirely certain. In my opinion the concept of starting a production company just sell to other producers is a lose/lose game.

Any grower with three brain cells to pool together is going to change the sex on some clones, flower them as males and harvest the pollen. If properly stored pollen lasts a good long time and doesn’t need dedicated production space. Building up your own seed stock from strains that grow best under your particular business model indoors or out is just sound planning and added insurance against the future. With a market this heavily regulated purchasing clones or seedlings from another producer is a constantly recurring expense that is entirely unnecessary.

The one concern about organics that I did catch clearly was that the license application window coming up would allow starting plants from anywhere. Once into the system and tracking started that window would then close. If clones are not viable organics then where is a producer startup to turn? The answer was essentially the same thing I posted earlier, that it was a minor problem that should allow for a quick fix.

That fairly sums up the general topics discussed. On the whole I thought it went well and found it to be informative and worth the walk downtown rather than pray for parking. I obviously question the viability of the recreational market as proposed but found nothing wrong with with the LCB, additional staff or advisers. Given the scope of the task at hand I think they are doing a pretty good job. I’ll just end this post by thanking them for once again coming to Spokane for these hearings.

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August 6, 2013

 cannabis you pick sign and field

Drag all the boxes down rows of strawberries you want. We’ll be one field over with a step ladder.

Can you imagine the  giant cannabis maze it gets turned into after harvest? The snack and beverage stand next to the exit would make money hand over fist.

If only.

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A recent article in my local newspaper about legal cannabis under I-502 not only gets things wrong from the start but manages to insult every voting supporter in Washington state at the same time.

The title of the article, “Washington faces marijuana legalization roadblocks”,  (Spokesman-Review 7/28/13), starts with the false premise that recreational cannabis is not legal here and then wanders randomly from there on. The article never really gets around to listing any of these roadblocks to legalization presumably because it already is so. Washington RCW 69.50.360

The story moves on from the misleading title to then question the integrity of all the supporters and voters that cast ballots favoring this initiative;

     “When more than 1.7 million Washington residents voted to make marijuana legal for adults last November, most probably didn’t give much thought to how that would work. Some may have wondered who would grow it and who would sell it. A few may have questioned how those businesses would set up and operate. But the discussions likely tended more toward Cheech & Chong than Dun & Bradstreet.”

Really? Voters here give so little thought to our ballot issues that we are just mindless drones comparable to Cheech? I suppose the few who possibly questioned how these businesses might work are the Chongs.

I really don’t care what the personal political views of this newspaper’s owners are on I-502. As a Washington State voter I find the statement to be rather insulting regardless of how I cast my ballot.

As the sole regional newspaper covering Eastern Washington and North Idaho if their own readership is so tragically misinformed of the real facts then it presumably has only itself to blame.

Reading the rest of the article does seem to support that conclusion if this is the type of reporting we had to go on back in 2012. Or lack thereof depending on how you want to look at it. Once our misleading premise is established and Washington voters discredited, the article then wanders off into several additional subjects at once.

How will it be tested, how to label, how is it checked for potency, how is it packaged and of course all the while how are we discouraging use by minors.

You know, that’s an awful lot of “how to” questions for a bunch of brain-dead Washingtonians that only a paragraph before voted by mindless reflex with a majority casting “Yes” ballots on accident.

My favorite of them is,

“… How will legal marijuana grown in Washington be tracked and kept from “leaking” into the black markets in surrounding states?”

I find that an awfully curious question for the Spokesman to print. According to the articles I’ve been reading in this newspaper for the last 20 years Spokane is a gross importer of cannabis. Since when do we have extra to export?

I suppose that makes me a Cheech since exporting was another “how to” I didn’t consider at the ballot box. Just another zombie that read exporting wasn’t allowed under I-502 and considered it settled. If only my local news source had accurately reported on those concerns back then I’d be a Chong today.

I consider it an opportunity lost.

The last record setting regional cannabis ring that I remember reading about in the Spokesman Review was not based here. It was based in North Idaho. And they were just the ones distributing the goods after bringing it in from Canada. Where, of course, it was then brought into and sold here in Washington. Not the other way around.

Even without focusing on that particular network there is still story after story from my newspaper regarding cannabis smuggled down from British Columbia directly into Washington. I don’t remember reading any stories recently about cannabis being widely smuggled INTO Canada from the Spokane area. Those guys up there are pretty much self sufficient already from our commercial point of view.

So is North Idaho for that matter. “Falling domestic and Canadian supply in North Idaho strains Spokane area growers,” is not a headline I remember reading. Ever.

Nor are there many local stories about flooded Oregon markets burdened with our home grown cannabis. More than one Spokesman article have reported on California and Oregon recreational cannabis moving into Spokane markets however.

The article then dismisses its own printed contradictions and continues on by raising, “The biggest question of all.” Banking and paying bills.

Yes, I know, what the hell does that have to do with packaging, child access, testing or any of the other supposed “how to” roadblocks already mentioned? Nothing really. I suppose this is just the hot button topic among the 19 Chongs that possibly considered I-502, however briefly, before voting.

About a third of the main article focuses on how troubling it is to open a bank account for these businesses. There is a highlighted instance of how one entrepreneur paid in cash while tying up the payment desk for hours while employees had to count the money. Pretty much a long winded woe-is-me musing about how the revenue department will need larger staffing and more security to protect cannabis cash payers.

Only while in the office of course. Getting there cash payers would still be on their own.

Love it.

By now the article has gone past insulting just voters and pretty much includes the paper’s entire readership. I can’t be the only one who has paid taxes with a money order. If there is some archaic rule preventing people from doing that in Washington Revenue offices it isn’t brought up in the story.

Neither is opening an offshore account with a bank that will take your business. Nor is a one-use debit card prepaid in cash. State insured credit unions? How do you even get fined for not paying taxes that the revenue office refuses to accept in the first place? How has the medical industry been paying taxes for the last 17 years?

“How to” questions like those are obviously not considered by the Cheech readers here in Spokane and not brought up. All the Chongs must live west of the Cascades and read the Seattle Times.

This article’s only ray of coherent sunshine is a small insert about the organic regulations proposed under I-502. Most recreational cannabis is projected as being grown from clones. The rooting agent used to grow mature plants from cuttings technically isn’t organic.

Good point.

The article raises the question, answers it as a minor problem most likely to be fixed, continues into further nonsense about testing for purity, then switches immediately to the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. And if that wasn’t enough to keep a reader spinning the entire rest of the section has nothing to do with any of it while trying to explain how testing for potency will prevent explosions.

Not kidding.

Excessive testing regulations will somehow keep black-market producers from also burning down illegal grow rooms. Yeah, I know, state regulations don’t apply to black-market growers, hence the term “black-market” and in all reality these regulations will prevent nothing of the sort. But we have an article with a deadline to write here and don’t have time for rational thought.

The entire testing section of I-502 should honestly be scrapped. That opinion isn’t shared by the Spokesman but in the real world if a retail store sells a bad product it goes out of business from the competition that has a good product. No testing required. It’s called free market capitalism.

In any event, current consumers who might question the quality of retail cannabis are just going to continue buying from the same old reliable, tax-free, non-regulated, organic, less expensive, same potency, black-market producer they already have been. It’s called repeat business.

We approach the ending in this long winded nothing article with a vague attempt at relevance. The scary specter of outdoor fields planted by large producers is used to question the viability of small scale companies;

     “Bigger companies might have an advantage for growing in outdoor fields, which would be the likely source of lower-priced, lower-potency products, said Green, a former real estate appraiser. Smaller operators who control their indoor environments might compete for the high-quality market, he said.”

Other than a useful abject example of why cannabis producers shouldn’t ask real estate appraisers for business advice I don’t see any basis for the argument. None is provided by the article following that paragraph either.

Along with lower potency and lower price the author could of added lower yield, slower growth, environmental risks, weather damage, a single annual production window, predation by birds, omnivores and other animals not to mention harmful cross-pollination with weak or barren strains. All are risks that indoor and greenhouse production companies simply do not face.

How about insects?

I find it interesting that the same article that brought up the organic restrictions for growing clones forgets it here considering the impressive range of insecticides, pesticides and fungicide  chemicals other outdoor crops get to dust fields with. An indoor infestation can be quarantined and removed without loosing an entire crop far more simply and cheaply when dispersed among several greenhouses or rooms.

The real economic opportunity for Washington field farmers is hemp production that does not have a recreational or medical use. As simply an industrial product it is still illegal, banned and is currently not covered under I-502. We can’t use our domestic hemp but we can import it for use from Canada.

Makes sense.

Also means less profit for outdoor Washington fields that produce the same usable stalk fiber, even if less per acre, through recreational production. No mentioning any of that.

How about winter? Too obvious for us flatline Spokane Cheech readers? Something to be said about an indoor crop that can be harvested all year long while employing steady non-seasonal workers. See above about good product, reliable supply, free markets and repeat customers.

Now, for the 19 Chongs west of the Cascades on the coast who might have actually thought first about voting for I-502, then did so, winters mean extra rain. Which obviously means even more cannabis gets grown right? Even if the wind does blow a little more than usual. Seriously, when was the last time a cannabis crop was invaded by clams? Seagulls don’t even eat cannabis plants do they? Winter?

Not a problem.

In the real world outside of this article for the rest of Washington state 6’ of snow makes even the simplest of weeding chores rather problematic. Not to mention pointless, profitless, purposeless and other words that start with P such as pucking preposterous.

Two glaring article omissions are the final reporting insults to injury ending this story.

First, the vast majority of concerns raised in the article, however feeble, could be fixed by just letting citizens grow their own and calling it good. No mentioning that by the Spokesman.

Second, any concerns or questions the original article might have left a reader with remain. As a newspaper reporting on this topic one would imagine that would be a good time to make sure people knew the last upcoming public hearing regarding the proposed rules for Initiative 502 implementation by the LCB in Spokane is;

August 8
Spokane Convention Center
Ballroom 100A
334 West Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99201
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Maybe even go a step further and include information about the last hearings for the rest of the state on the 6th and 7th by providing listings or a link online (like this). Hell no. Much simpler to only report on it after the fact on the 9th. Informed voters are dangerous don’t ‘cha know. Just look at the I-502 legislation for Pete’s sake.

Yes we can all see that this paper continues to use the negative Mexican slang marijuana rather than the correct cannabis terminology. Yes, the recent Federal DEA raids on state cannabis businesses are not even mentioned at all. Yes, anymore, the Spokesman-Review is just an example of how to professionally scrapbook AP Reports together with a comics section.

Seriously though, if the Spokesman insists on presenting itself as a news source then it really should look at its own reporting and objectivity problems first before questioning my integrity as a voter.

Even if I do like Cheech and Chong bits.

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Just in time to start applying for retail cannabis licenses under I-502 in Washington state, federal agents raided several medical dispensaries Wednesday in a possible preview of things to come.

Neither story as reported by Q13 or King5 indicated what, if any, state resources were used in conjunction with the raids.

Even though medical cannabis has been legal in Washington since 1998 said reports indicate that these raids are the cumulation of a 2 year long investigation resulting in agents seizing $2500 worth of medical cannabis. Roughly 14 ounces depending on the exact sales price.

14 ounces.

This in a state that approved recreational cannabis under Initiative 502 during 2012 and is conservatively projecting a legal retail production figure in the 90 ton range for 2014. That’s 2,880,000 retail ounces for anyone keeping score.

When the feds indicated they, “… had bigger fish to fry,” apparently goldfish was the starting point being discussed. Holding up a minnow and posing for pictures isn’t exactly what we had in mind. Here in the pacific northwest we would call that bait. Perhaps the fishing is not as good where the DEA lives.

Details about forthcoming charges or reasons for the raids so far have been withheld. Though I doubt viewer ratings is among them. If the DEA wanted to impress Washington voters it would be securing the border against B.C. smugglers that are undermining our retail market eh?

Unfortunately, these raids do raise the specter of what might happen once retail cannabis production, distribution and retail companies begin to operate later this year.

I suppose the first corporation to open more than one franchise outlet will be the next big raid. The headlines are not hard to imagine as they shut down, “… an illegal state wide distribution ring,” while exposing separately taxed processor and transportation networks to boot. Just pitching one case after another underhand to federal attorneys.

It’s easy to imagine that mass raids without state law enforcement support would be impractical or a drain on federal prosecutors state wide. However photocopying IRS and inventory records a year from now from a legal market would cost more ink than overtime in my opinion. 24/7 inside/outside video coverage in 45 day blocks of time is a convenient regulatory touch added to any case, free of charge. The lab testing THC content for labeling regs authenticates recorded video content rather well. Also free of charge to prosecutors since the producer pays for that.

Neat huh?

The continued lack of action from our state representatives certainly isn’t helping things along either. It will be interesting to see how that plays out during the next election season. If the personal beliefs of our politicians do not allow them to represent their voters then we really do need to elect people that may disagree but will still do the job they applied for in the first place.

As an abstract I don’t see these raids doing much good even if these clinics were operating in violation of state regs somehow. Black-market producers are only going to be further encouraged to remain so. A potentially discouraged legal market might be unable to meet retail demand. That can only result in increased black-market production as the financial rewards grow with each grow.

If the federal government insists on shutting down our retail market in the coming months then the only way to decrease illegal black-market activity left to Washington state voters is to just let people grow their own and call it good. Let the feds knock door to door after that.

The last in a series of public hearings held by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) about regulations regarding I-502 are scheduled for August 6th, 7th and 8th. While we have to wait and see what affect these raids might have on license applications it is easy to assume that questions regarding them will be brought up.

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In more than one article as of late I have read, “A father has a right to pay child support,” or similar and have been left completely bemused. This type of comment is so very wrong.

For starters the point of view this is made from is rather sexist. It dismisses joint custody, shared parenting or that mothers should pay support. It assumes maternal custody and that a male is supposed to financially subsidize that arrangement.

Not only sexist, it is factually wrong. Don’t newsrooms employ fact checkers anymore? What the law says is that a child has a right to receive support, not that a father has a right to pay it. Even without knowing the law though the statement should be seen as obvious drivel.

Currently when a father doesn’t pay child support he is considered to be denying a child its federally protected right to receive support. So he gets arrested, sentenced, thrown in jail and branded a convicted felon after that for denying the child its protected right.

So if, as many would have us believe, that a father has a right to pay child support, what happens when a mother does not tell a father about a pregnancy?

Kinda hard to pay support for a child you don’t know about. If a father had a federal right to pay support then the mother would be arrested, sentenced, thrown in jail and branded a convicted felon for denying the father his right to pay support.

We don’t do that of course because a father doesn’t have that right. Nor does a woman in the U.S. have a legal obligation to inform him of a child in the first place.

How about paternity fraud where a support order is placed against some chump and not the actual father?

Even if the actual father knows about his child he still can’t pay support. You can’t have two support orders for the same child from two different fathers. And please don’t say, “just give the mother money,” either. Almost everywhere inclulding here in Washington state that is a gift, not support. So if a father really had a right to pay support, women who commit paternity fraud would be arrested, sentenced, thrown in jail and branded a convicted felon for denying the father his right to do so.

We don’t do that either. Not only because a father doesn’t have that right but paternity fraud is perfectly legal and morally acceptable here.

How about Putative Father Registry (PFR) states such as my neighbor, Idaho?

These PFR states in the U.S. allow mothers to take a father’s child from him and place it into adoption without his consent or even notice. How do you pay support for a child that you don’t even know exists? If a father, “had a right to pay support,” then each woman who did this would be arrested, sentenced, yadda yadda, yadda, for denying a father his federal right.

Again, we don’t do that because a father doesn’t have that right. For states that don’t have a PFR you can apply the same question to Safe Haven laws that allow a mother to abandon children without consent or notice even if it has a fit father.

And not only is the statement sexist and factually wrong but it is rather prejudice. It assigns a father’s parental responsibilities only to males. In Washington State we legalized gay marriage a bit ago. When two women divorce the non-birth woman is considered the de-facto father. A child has the same rights to collect support from her as it would from the male father of a hetero marriage.

If it really was true that, “father’s have a right to pay support,” then non-birth mothers of gay marriages would be denied their right to pay support as the child’s legal father once divorced. The child would also be denied its right to collect support since it has two mothers and no male father.

Sexist, prejudice and just plain wrong. So next time you run across this type of statement being used to justify one issue or another hopefully you’ll see it for the nonsensical gibberish that it is.


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