Thursday, June 23, 2005

"News:" Tom and Katie: Is the ring the thing?

Who knows? Perhaps Tom and Katie are the real deal. But does this AP reporter really believe that marriages are not often strategic alliances?

From AP: "Ever since Cruise and Holmes, 26, went public with their relationship in April, smooching and posing for photographers in Rome, many have doubted the romance - the words 'publicity stunt' have rained down on the couple like an alien invasion.
While Cruise's new film, War of the Worlds, has yet to open, Holmes' Batman Begins hit U.S. theaters Wednesday. Skeptics may still decry the romance, but it's difficult to doubt a relationship when a ring is involved."

Friday, June 10, 2005

News: Tax Rules

I believe all married couples should be treated as individuals in state and federal tax code. The answer to a question on Kiplinger.com about an unmarried couple and housing taxes could be the way that such matters are handled by all families.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Overheard: Oprah and Sharon Stone

Oprah Winfrey: …I remember when you got married, you said you really didn't want to be married or didn't want to get married.

Sharon Stone: Well, you know, I'm kind of a hippie.

Winfrey: Yeah.

Stone: So I never was into that whole like government gets your like...

Winfrey: Yeah.

Stone: ...`Hello, government, I'm signing up for this with this person and aren't you glad?'

Winfrey: Yeah. Yeah.

Stone: It wasn't my--I never got that as the--that makes you committed to a person.

Winfrey: Then why did you do it?

Stone: I think you're committed in your heart.

Winfrey: I think you either are or not.

Stone: Right.

Winfrey: Yes.

Stone: I mean...

Winfrey: And no piece of paper can...

Stone: And I know you're into that with Stedman.

Winfrey: Yes!

Stone: It's like you're...

Winfrey: You're talking to the choir leader. Yeah.

Stone: They're either--it's either you commit to that person innately...

Winfrey: Yes.

Stone: ...or you don't.

Winfrey: And no piece of paper can make it otherwise.

Stone: Right.

Winfrey: Yeah.

-- The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Productions,
broadcast May 27, 2004.