Warning for sperm donors in Sweden

If you’ve donated anonymously to the sperm bank, be prepared to have to fork over cash (child support) if things don’t go right for the person who, uh – selected your sperm, and their ‘partner’ years later:

Stockholm – A Swedish man who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple must pay child support for the three boys he fathered, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The man, now 39, gave his sperm to the couple in the early 1990s. Three sons were born in the years 1992 to 1996.

He agreed he would play no role in the boys’ upbringing, but signed a document saying he was the father. The women separated and the biological mother demanded that the man pay child support.

File this under “things that make you go hmmmmmmm ….” (along with the issue discussed in this post as well).

Generous North Carolinians

This state is great in so many ways (in spite of the fact that some areas have lousy political representation in DC) but one of its best qualities is its generous spirit. Chris at Conservative Thinking has a story about a furniture store in Claremont, NC, that is doing its part to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina:

The Hickory, North Carolina area furniture manufacturers have been hit hard over the past few years but one company through a fluid business model and good management has been able to remain overwhelmingly successful. Progressive Furniture is a furniture manufacturer just outside of Hickory in Claremont, North Carolina (home offices in Ohio). Progressive Furniture’s employees took a collection shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit and the company itself matched the contributions of its employees. That collection was then donated to relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

As noble as the donation was it simply wasn’t enough for the kind hearted people at Progressive Furniture who could do so much more. Conservative Thinking has learned that Progressive Furniture will be loading up at least one 18 wheeler full of queen size and children’s bedroom sets and shipping those bedroom sets to the Salvation Army in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Hats off to the fine folks at Progressive Furniture for going above and beyond the call of duty, as so many did in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Asian tsunami as well.

The Iraqis are voting – again

Citizen Smash has a list of links to check out on this very important day. Check Sgt. Hook’s blog as well and say a prayer for our men and women who make our great country so proud every minute of every single day. Iraq the Model blogs with thoughts about the elections (updates may be posted here). Bareknucklepolitics is liveblogging it.

Mark Noonan : “I hope that God will protect the Iraqi people as they exercise their God-given right to choose their own destiny.”


May the Iraqi elections be as successful and violence-free as the last one.

The Yahoo picture slideshow of the vote can be found here.

Ok, I really am logging off now.

Caught up on comments – site maintenance announcement

At last, I’ve caught up on responding to the comments that have been posted here the last couple of days. I love getting involved in the discussions there, but unfortunately cannot always get to them as quickly as I’d like. In any event, you’ll see my name on the lower right hand side of this page under “comments posted” quite a bit today and clicking on each one should take you to the threads this week there have been comments posted in. Thanks to all who’ve provided commentary … things have been quite lively here, especially lately ;)

Throughout the weekend when I am around, I am going to be doing some site maintenance. The site shouldn’t go down, but if you visit this page in the next day or so and the links look a little weird of things look a bit out of place, don’t worry – I’m just moving things around and adding a few new link sections, updating categories, etc. So in advance, pardon for the mess :) Time for me to log off now and catch up on some sleep! Back to blogging in a few hours.