First day of February, and also first Friday. So, here’s the first OpinionList of the month.
More Chores, Less Sex: The Atlantic reports, “A sociological study led by the Juan March Institute’s Sabino Kornrich finds that married couples in the United States that leave more household chores to the husband have less sex than couples in which women take on more domestic duties.” Really? Oh, poor babies! When they have more household chores they want to have less sex? Well, I say to them, “Join the club and, well, at least you have Viagra.”
Kissing Is…Disgusting!: Actually not at all, but you’ll have a hard time convincing these three flower girls. Their photo at a wedding reception has been seen by over 250,000 people.
Will She Or Won’t She?: In my previous post, Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell? I make the case why Judd should run for the Senate seat from Kentucky in 2014. Considering that she’s splitting from husband of 11 years, this might be the thing to make her decide to run. I feel bad for her personal troubles but I would relish seeing McConnell chased out from the Senate, especially by a woman who’s also a liberal from Hollywood!
“Gay” Dog To Be Put To Death: A man in Tennessee abandoned his dog after seeing it “hunched over” another dog. While this is a sign of dominance, the dog’s owner judged the act to be homosexual in nature and wants nothing more to do with his dog. The Daily Beast reports that a Facebook group is trying to prevent the dog’s death by posting a photo with the message, ”Don’t let this gorgeous dog die because his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior!” I think that the message should read, “Don’t let this gorgeous dog die because his owner is an ignorant, homophobic imbecile.”
Tina Turner Turning Swiss: Time reports that the singer’s decision to relinquish her U.S. passport and citizenship might have as much to do with her love of Switzerland as with her desire to avoid “unjust and discriminatory taxation practices” by the U.S. government. Many expats are abandoning U.S. citizenship since the U.S. is the only industrialized country that taxes U.S. citizens that live and work abroad (expats). These expats also pay taxes in the country where they work. Furthermore, a series of stringent new rules, like reporting money in joint accounts over $10,000 even when the spouse is a not a U.S. citizen, are being required by the I.R.S. of foreign banks. There are an estimated 6 million U.S. expats around the world, and yet (if my research is correct) they are not represented in Congress. Talk about taxation without representation. It’s understandable that like Tina Turner many expats are basically telling the U.S. government you, “better be good to me.”
Hillary’s Last Day As Secretary…Of State: Today is Hillary Clinton’s last day as Secretary of State. I remember when President Obama nominated her for the position many were skeptical as to whether or not she could accept not to be in the limelight. I always knew that she was going to be a great Secretary of State and an asset to the President. But when I saw this photo when the healthcare bill was passed, I realized that she had also become President Obama’s ally and staunch supporter.
I am grateful to her for her many years of public service, for not allowing her ego to get the best of her, and for a job well done. Now if she would only agree to run in 2016!