Articles from February 2011



The American Conservative » Julian Assange’s Political Honeytrap

Stephen Baskerville has been at the forefront of the father’s rights movement for many years.  His take on the Assange story is right on the money.  It has always seemed to me that one way to address such situations is to require a polygraph test of anyone making a sexual or abuse allegation.  If they can pass the lie detector test, then the enforcement process can proceed in the courts.  If they can’t then they would be punished by the law in similar fashion to one who was actually guilty of the crime they are alleged to have committed.  This approach would eliminate many inequities.

By Stephen Baskerville

The impending extradition of Julian Assange on obviously trumped-up sex charges brings the new politics of sex into vivid relief. As with the tribulations of Silvio Berlusconi, there is more here than meets the media’s eye.

The Swedes call such ordeals sexfalla, or “honeytraps,” where women use sexual charms as a weapon against men who wrong them. The men who succumb to such wiles may deserve what they get, but when such a sexual drama becomes ensnared with law and politics, the rest of us have an interest in the matter. Assange, in his public and private life, may be far from admirable. But conservatives eager to cast the first stone might consider how Assange’s experience is becoming the experience of us all.

Assange’s biography reads like a textbook of the sexual revolution. Even sketchy accounts of Assange’s life illustrate how extensively his ordeal has been shaped throughout by the new sexual order.

First, Assange’s freewheeling and sexually liberated mother, through divorce, deprived him of a father and a stable home, thus ensuring him his share of the problems now well known to accompany such upbringings. In Assange’s case, this seems to have set him on the course of a kind of global nomad, lacking firm attachment to family, home, community, country, or God. His own marriage likewise turned out to be another honeytrap, as marriage has become for millions of men, with the government confiscation of his own son and a prolonged legal battle with the Western democracies’ most corrupt and authoritarian machinery—one designed to neuter, eliminate, and criminalize “male chauvinist” fathers. By several accounts, this was the defining moment in his adult life, leaving him (like many other men) intensely embittered against all government. His experience with the feminist divorce apparat also seems to have diverted his leftist upbringing into a more libertarian distrust of all authority.

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Hope at last for joint-custody legislation | StarTribune.com

The problem with this article, and with all these so called joint custody bills is this provision for exceptions in the case of domestic violence.  This would be fine if it weren’t so easy to lie and create a domestic violence allegation that is treated as if it were true.  It is a weapon that is commonly used in many divorces in order to obviate any chance at joint custody.

“We want to make sure we understand all the nuance, so that in the bill we clarify as many of those things as possible to avoid additional conflict for divorcing couples.”

One key concern is domestic violence, which the bill addresses head-on. “Every bill we’ve introduced makes domestic abuse an exception,” Olson has said numerous times. “No, you don’t qualify for shared parenting in that case.”

via Backer sees hope at last for joint-custody legislation | StarTribune.com.

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Kinison friend says comic fathered child – Yahoo! News

It will be interesting to see how this is handled.  It is possible that he has a civil case against the biological father’s estate. He may also have a case against the attorney who represented him for malpractice.  Historically, however, the presumption of paternity of the husband trumps everything else.  So just because it is obvious he wasn’t the father, nevertheless, the courts may decide to leave this case alone.

LOS ANGELES – A longtime friend of Sam Kinison said Thursday that he recently obtained DNA testing shows the late comedian fathered a daughter with his ex-wife and that he hopes the revelation will free him from years of unpaid child support penalties.Comic Carl La Bove filed a petition Thursday to try to invalidate a nearly 13-year-old agreement requiring him to make payments for the girl, who is now 21 years old.

As of 2009, La Bove owed nearly $188,000 in back child support, according to a statement filed with his petition.The debt has left La Bove without a driver’s license, a passport and shoddy credit, he said.But he said any animosity he felt toward Kinison for sleeping with his now ex-wife during Kinison’s hard-charging heyday in the late 1980s is gone.

Success is not guaranteed, said Michael McCormick, executive director of the American Coalition for Fathers & Children, which is aiding La Bove in his case. The 52-year-old comic will have to show that he was coerced into signing the 1998 agreement.

In his court filings, he claims he was not fully informed of his rights before signing the agreement. In an interview, he said that his divorce from his ex-wife took six years and that his attorney never suggested he challenge the paternity of the child, even though his then-wife had told him that Kinison was the girl’s dad.

via Kinison friend says comic fathered child – Yahoo! News.

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SSRN-Fatherhood by Conscription: Nonconsensual Insemination and the Duty of Child Support by Michael Higdon

Fatherhood by Conscription: Nonconsensual Insemination and the Duty of Child SupportMichael J. HigdonUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville – College of LawFebruary 14, 2011

Abstract:

Nathaniel, was a California teenager who became a father in 1995. The mother of Nathaniel’s child was named Ricci, and at the time of conception, she was thirty-four years old. Nathaniel, however, was merely fifteen. Although Nathaniel admitted to having sex with Ricci voluntarily about five times, the fact that he was under sixteen years of age at the time made it legally impossible for him to consent to sexual intercourse. In other words, under California law, Nathaniel was not only a new father, but was also a victim of statutory rape. Nonetheless, in a subsequent action for child support, the court held that Nathaniel was liable for the support of the child who was born as a result of his rape. According to the court, “Victims have rights. Here, the victim also has responsibilities.”

via SSRN-Fatherhood by Conscription: Nonconsensual Insemination and the Duty of Child Support by Michael Higdon.

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