Articles from June 2007



What Feminism Hath Wrought

What Feminism Hath Wrought
June 27, 2007

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RUSH: There’s a story now here from the Virginia Pilot newspaper. “For years, campaigns to stop child sexual crimes have focused on encouraging children to speak up about abuse.  State health officials are trying a new tactic. The latest push, at least in Hampton Roads, is to educate adults on how to spot – and stop – sexual offenders. The ‘Stop It Now’ campaign – just launched locally – will urge people to call a help line if they see an adult whom they suspect of having a sexual relationship with a child.  Billboards –” and I’ve got the picture of it, let me show this to you for those of you watching on the Dittocam, let me zoom in here so you can get a sharp eye on the poster.  Now, if you look closely, what you see there is a young girl’s hand, we are to believe, and her father’s hand, and that is the billboard accompanying this “Stop It Now” campaign, stop father abuse of daughters.  That’s why I showed you the picture.  I’m dead serious. 

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“Billboards and posters show an adult hand holding a child’s hand, with the words: ‘It doesn’t feel right when I see them together.’ A national help line number is listed, and through it callers can get advice about what to do.  Rebecca Odor, who directs the sexual and domestic violence prevention division for the state Department of Health, said officials hope to reach people who might feel uncomfortable reporting a relative or acquaintance to law enforcers.  ‘We want to teach them to trust their instinct and, if it doesn’t feel right, take action,’ Odor said.”  If you’re out in the mall somewhere, and you look at something, you see a father holding hands — now, does anybody think that a mother holding hands with a son would arouse any suspicion?  Of course not!  (more…)

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Supreme Court strikes down jail for deadbeat dad | KXNet.com North Dakota News

Supreme Court strikes down jail for deadbeat dad | KXNet.com North Dakota News

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) The South Dakota Supreme Court has overturned a lower court’s order that required a deadbeat dad to spend ten days in jail every time he failed to pay monthly child support. (more…)

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Fathers’ rights campaigner is jailed in child support battle | the Daily Mail

Fathers’ rights campaigner is jailed in child support battle | the Daily Mail

By DANIEL BATES – Last updated at 11:41am on 26th June 2007

A legal clerk who refuses to pay child support to his ex-wife because their three teenage sons spend half their time with him has been jailed.Michael Cox, 43, a prominent member of Fathers for Justice, has failed to pay maintenance for 12 years because he claims the system is “oppressive, unjust and discriminatory” towards men.

One of his 13-year-old twin sons burst into Southampton magistrates’ court to plead for his father not to be jailed. (more…)

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Child-support suit challenges jail tactic – Nashville, Tennessee – Monday, 06/25/07 – Tennessean.com

Child-support suit challenges jail tactic – Nashville, Tennessee – Monday, 06/25/07 – Tennessean.com
Child-support suit challenges jail tactic
Dad says inability to pay is no crime

By SHEILA BURKE
Staff Writer

Bryan Cottingham insists he had no intention of trying to escape the $37,000 he owed in back child support — he says he just didn’t have the money to pay.

But that didn’t stop a private collection agency working for the state from asking a Williamson County court to throw him in jail. Without a lawyer for much of the case, the freelance television producer and traffic reporter was sentenced to 170 days for criminal contempt of court. In 2002, he spent two days behind bars before making bail.

After years of legal wrangling, the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously overturned the convictions, ruling that no one proved Cottingham had the money and refused to pay. (more…)

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Most Illinois deadbeats aren’t ‘reprehensible’ — they’re broke

DAILY SOUTHTOWN :: Guest Columnists :: Most Illinois deadbeats aren’t ‘reprehensible’ — they’re broke
Most Illinois deadbeats aren’t ‘reprehensible’ — they’re broke

June 20, 2007
By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks

The Daily Southtown article “Deadbeat dads owe big” (June 18) details last week’s “Operation Father’s Pay,” in which Cook County sheriff’s police arrested 130 so-called “deadbeat dads.” Sheriff Thomas Dart calls these men “reprehensible people.” The reality of “deadbeat dads” is much more complex.

Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement data shows that two-thirds of those behind on child support nationwide earn poverty-level wages; less than four percent of the national child support debt is owed by those earning $40,000 or more a year. While Dart’s list may contain some bad actors, most “deadbeat dads” are low-income men who are unable to meet the often unrealistic demands of the child support system. (more…)

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Fathers Rights advocate Pedersen Life Magazine runner up Nation Wide Hero Dad Contest

Robert Pedersen, a dad and EQUAL Parenting Advocate from Michigan, wins the Runner-Up award from Best Life Magazine’s Hero Dad Contest.  Robert Pedersen and Robb MacKenzie will be departing on Aug 11th on their over 600 mile EQUAL Parenting Bike Trek from Lansing, MI to

Washington, D.C.  More details here:  http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/06/robert_pedersen_1.html
Hero_dad_shirt My husband, Robert Pedersen, found out today (Father’s Day) the most incredible news to date!  He won the Runner-Up Award to Best Life Magazine’s nationwide Hero Dad Contest!  (more…)

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The Fathers Movement: Fighting the Good Fight

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Richard Doyle

The Men’s/Fathers’ Movement: Fighting the Good Fight

By R.F. Doyle

The men’s rights movement is often dismissed as a “bunch of angry men.” Of course we’re angry, and justifiably so, just as Jews are angry about their treatment at the hands of Nazis. The men’s/fathers’ movement, the struggle for men’s rights, is positive, not a reaction to women’s lib, though it’s true we must drain the Feminist swamp. The prevailing level of discourse on the subject of men’s defense, especially by newly divorced men, was and still is comparable to that of illiterate 14th century peasants speculating on the cause of plague.

To many men it might seem that they don’t have a dog in this fight, but they do; read Martin Niemoller’s admonition in the introduction to Save the Males. Reform sympathizers are many but relatively silent. Victims of the ‘rape of the male’ cry out only when their ox is being gored, almost never before or after. Quoting the greats: Edmund Burke, an 18th century Irish philosopher and statesman remembered principally for his criticism of the French Revolution, said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Ronald Reagan (The man who fired me in the PATCO massacre) said “If not us, who? If not now, when?” (more…)

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In this turf war, kids are the prize

ESR | June 18, 2007 | In this turf war, kids are the prize

In this turf war, kids are the prize

By Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks
web posted June 18, 2007

In part because of the Alec Baldwin-Kim Basinger custody battle, the controversial concept of Parental Alienation is now being debated extensively in the media. Parental Alienation often arises after a divorce or separation, as one parent turns the children against the other parent, often employing false allegations to do so. Baldwin claims that he is the target parent of PA.

Misguided women’s advocates assert that PA is a myth used by abusive fathers to blame their ex-wives when their children are hostile to them. Recently, Kim Gandy, President of the National Organization for Women, condemned PA as “junk science, junk justice.” NOW, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, and a dozen other women’s groups signed on to a complaint filed against the United States this month with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights. The complaint claims that American courts victimize abused mothers by “frequently awarding child custody to abusers.” (more…)

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Dad fights for fathers rights | TideSports.com

Dad fights for fathers rights | TideSports.com

Tuscaloosa resident Steve Kneussle holds a sign outside the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse on Friday to protest Alabama’s family law system. Kneussle, 30, is a divorced father with two young daughters. “Right now current laws in place don’t adequately protect father’s rights,” he said.
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  • TUSCALOOSA | Three people toted cardboard signs surrounded the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse Friday afternoon, protesting family court laws they claim are unjust to non-custodial fathers.

    “We want to let the community know that protectfathersrights.org is here. We exist; we’re advocating children’s rights; we’re promoting good fathering, shared parenting and equal responsibility for both parents,” Steven Kneussle, the rally’s organizer said while standing on the corner of Seventh Street and Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard North at about 4:30 p.m.

    Kneussle, a 30-year-old Tusca-loosa resident, said family laws don’t protect the visitation rights of non-custodial fathers, unfairly calculate child support and fail to come up with a solution that truly benefits the children caught in the middle. (more…)

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    Fathers & Friends Protest for Father’s Rights in Sacramento CA

    Ray Blumhorst

    Fathers & Friends Protest for Father’s Rights in Sacramento CA

    Members of Fathers 4 Justice (F4J), Children’s Rights Initiative Sharing Parents Equally (CRISPE) and National Coalition of Free Men, Los Angeles (NCFMLA) met at the Family Relations Courthouse in Sacramento, California on Tuesday to protest laws, policies and decisions that deny parents (mostly Fathers) equal (50/50) shared parenting.

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