Articles from January 2006



Real-life drama ends in a shootout

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LEHI – Up until two years ago, Art Henderson appeared to be at the top of his game.
    A Lehi police officer, he worked on the SWAT team, taught a self-defense class for women and instructed his fellow officers on when it was appropriate to use force.
    By 2004, he began to come undone. He was using pain medications while on duty, lehi Police Chief Chad Smith said. He assaulted a man who was dating his wife, a conviction the department said led to his termination in July 2004.
    The assault charge would be the first of three filed against him during the next 18 months. (more…)

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Women Who Make the World Worse

Women Who Make the World Worse, and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports, by Kate O’Beirne
By Christina Hoff Sommers
Posted: Friday, January 27, 2006
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National Review  
Publication Date: February 13, 2006
Women Who Make the World Worse, and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports
By Kate O’Beirne
Somerset, N.J.: Sentinel, 2005, 256 pp. $24.95.

Swedish newspapers recently ran an unusual story about the misdeeds of feminist professor Eva Lundgren. Lundgren, a gender scholar who holds a chair in sociology at the prestigious Uppsala University, had been investigated by a university committee for maligning Swedish men. She had publicly claimed to have proof that bands of male Satanists had ritually murdered hundreds of the nation’s infants. She also “found” that fully half of Swedish women were victims of male violence. Members of the committee investigating the professor’s sensational assertions found them baseless, but they absolved her of deliberate fabrication. Still, they said there were “serious problems in Lundgren’s research,” and they faulted her for failing to be “critical and reflective.” What is extraordinary about this episode, from an American perspective, is that a reality-challenged women’s studies professor who made outrageous, bizarre, and wholly unsubstantiated claims was censured at all. In the United States, she would get a grant–and a raise–to help her pursue her “courageous” and important research. (more…)

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No more waiting; it’s time for reform, MARC SNIDER, Merrimack – Letter – Concord Monitor Online – Concord, NH 03301

No more waiting; it’s time for reform, MARC SNIDER, Merrimack – Letter – Concord Monitor Online – Concord, NH 03301

To Monitor reporter Eric Moskowitz: Thank you for your objective story. The public needs more exposure to the actuality of the legislative process as it relates to family law.

It is important to draw the parallel between the lack of accountability for false assertions being made at the State House by special-interest lobbyists and the lack of accountability for false assertions being made in the family courts to gain advantage in child-custody proceedings. (more…)

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Baldwin Wants Custody Battle Book to Help Desperate Dads

Baldwin Wants Custody Battle Book to Help Desperate Dads


By WENN|Monday, January 23, 2006


HOLLYWOODAlec Baldwin insists his new book about California divorce law will be a self-help guide for fathers fighting custody battles.

The actor is planning to document his own custody fight for his daughter Ireland in the book, but he insists it won’t just be a negative look at California’s legal system.He says, “People get married and one thing they don’t know… There really is a hidden danger, which is you don’t know what divorce law is like in the state that you reside in.

“It’s this quicksand, where the system is corrupt, it’s inefficient and people lose a lot of money… It’s a thing that’s rigged by lawyers and judges for everyone to make a lot of money.

“That said, we don’t wanna write a book that just is a screed against that. We want to offer people some solutions.”

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Dad’s activism unsettles State House – Concord Monitor Online – Concord, NH 03301

Dad’s activism unsettles State House – Concord Monitor Online – Concord, NH 03301
Marc Snider, a divorced dad who regularly attends legislative hearings on family-law bills, calls himself “a righteous force for equality and fairness in the true best interests of New Hampshire’s children.” But his tactics go too far, some lawmakers and lobbyists said.

Last year, Snider posted a photo of a lobbyist, identifying her and others he says do the bidding of “radical anti-father ideologues” and manipulate policy from “the shadows.” He has also posted pictures of House Children and Family Law Committee members on his website, along with a scorecard to be filled in with their votes.
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Joint custody to be Italian norm

Joint custody to be Italian norm
 New law boosts divorced fathers’ rights (ANSA) – Rome, January 25 – The Italian Senate gave the definitive green light Wednesday to a new law that strengthens the access and custody rights of divorced fathers . 

The legislation makes joint custody of children the norm when parents split up. This means single-parent custody – which usually goes to the mother – will now only be granted in a minority of cases . (more…)

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The Trouble With Boys

 

The Trouble With Boys
They’re kinetic, maddening and failing at school. Now educators are trying new ways to help them succeed.

By Peg Tyre
Newsweek
Jan. 30, 2006 issue – Spend a few minutes on the phone with Danny Frankhuizen and you come away thinking, “What a nice boy.” He’s thoughtful, articulate, bright. He has a good relationship with his mom, goes to church every Sunday, loves the rock band Phish and spends hours each day practicing his guitar. But once he’s inside his large public Salt Lake City high school, everything seems to go wrong. He’s 16, but he can’t stay organized. He finishes his homework and then can’t find it in his backpack. He loses focus in class, and his teachers, with 40 kids to wrangle, aren’t much help. “If I miss a concept, they tell me, ‘Figure it out yourself’,” says Danny. Last year Danny’s grades dropped from B’s to D’s and F’s. The sophomore, who once dreamed of Stanford, is pulling his grades up but worries that “I won’t even get accepted at community college.” 

His mother, Susie Malcom, a math teacher who is divorced, says it’s been wrenching to watch Danny stumble. “I tell myself he’s going to make something good out of himself,” she says. “But it’s hard to see doors close and opportunities fall away.” (more…)

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Man Forced To Pay Child Support To Biological Father Of His Wife’s Child

 I received this from Dr. Corry:

In past installments on the horrors of slavery inflicted under color of law by the Colorado legislature I have ignored the pernicious effects of the judiciary on paternity fraud. Even if the state legislatures passed equitable laws, which some have, regarding paternity fraud there is still the disastrous impact of the family courts and the black-robed monsters who sit on the benches of many of them. In their star chambers these redfems ignore the law, if they even know it, and rule on the basis of their emotions and feelings. And it is certainly politically correct in these times to condemn the husband for his wife’s adultery.

     One egregious example is presented below but Mr. Richardson’s situation is hardly unique or uncommon. However, I am no less sickened by the injustice done him, and all the other victims of paternity fraud. Despite what Colorado Senator Steve Johnson may propose and legislate, our society cannot long survive if we continue to condone adultery and make infidelity profitable.
Charles E. Corry, Ph.D., F.G.S.A.

Man Forced To Pay Child Support To Biological Father Of His Wife’s Child
Published with permission of the victim
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FOXNews.com – Views News – ifeminists – Kidnapping Plot Robs Father’s Rights Group of Credibility

FOXNews.com – Views News – ifeminists – Kidnapping Plot Robs Father’s Rights Group of Credibility
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
By Wendy McElroy
Last Wednesday, the media decried an alleged plot by fathers’ rights extremists to kidnap Prime Minister Tony Blair’s 5-year-old son Leo. Subsequent reports have skidded from outrage to skepticism, from the death of an organization to the birth of a movie deal.

What actually happened and what does it mean to the fathers’ rights movement?
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Maligning fathers – The Boston Globe

Maligning fathers – The Boston Globe
By Cathy Young | January 23, 2006

LAST NOVEMBER, I wrote about the controversy about the Public Broadcasting Service documentary, ”Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories,” which claimed that male batterers and child abusers frequently gain custody of their children in divorce cases after the mothers’ claims of abuse are disbelieved by the courts. The film caused an outcry from fathers’ rights groups. In response to these protests, PBS announced a 30-day review to determine whether the film met the editorial guidelines for fairness and accuracy.

Unfortunately, it seems that the review amounted to little more than a whitewash.
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