Archive for October, 2015

Celebrity dads and the work-life balance

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/24/upshot/paul-ryan-and-joe-biden-unlikely-alliance-of-working-fathers.html?_r=0
In the above article the New York Times sees Paul Ryan and Joe Biden as great role models for American fathers and they are right of course. Now if only the Times would lobby for family courts to enter the 21st century and abandon their default position of sentencing divorced dads to a life as “Disneyland Dads”: every other weekend and every other Wednesday night with their kids.

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Guns and Family Court Redux

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/01/21/california.betty.broderick.parole/

Since the Democrats devoted more time to gun control than they did to ISIS at their Tuesday debate, it seems appropriate to follow up on last week’s blog post on the Oregon massacre.
When I started this blog on MLK Day I stated that it was devoted to a child’s right to equal access to parents after divorce. Later posts referred to the fact that fathers and “less-well connected mothers” are given short-shrift in family courts across the country.
The above link is to a CNN story regarding perhaps the most famous woman in American history falling into the latter category.
After reading it one can only wonder if this tragedy could have been prevented if California courts had a clear-cut default of at least 30-40% time share as some states have recently legislated. After all, for 40 years we’ve had “no-fault” divorce. Isn’t it time for no-fault child custody?

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Jindal Blames Oregon Shooter’s Dad

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/10/07/Jindal-calls-Oregon-shooters-father-a-complete-failure/1531444231016/

The above article refers to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s recent comment on the Roseburg Oregon mass murder. Having followed presidential elections since 1960 I would say that Jindal and Dr. Ben Carson are perhaps the two most intelligent men to have run for the office in that period. Perhaps there is a correlation between intelligence and gaffes because both have made plenty of them.
I am guessing that Mr. Jindal is extremely busy running for president as well as running Louisiana, which does not give him time to do extensive research on the Mercer family.
He could be completely correct blaming the father but I know that the divorce occurred in California where judges, for the most part, are extremely sexist in their custody rulings.
A couple weeks ago I reviewed Alex Baldwin’s book on his horrific experience in the Los Angeles family courts. I have known a dozen or more men who had the same experiences in San Diego County courts.
Unlike states such as Utah and Arizona, which routinely award a minimum of 30-40% parenting time, California judges routinely keep fathers (and less well-connected mothers) away from their children for months, if not years, at a time. And unlike someone with the resources of Mr. Baldwin, they end up bankrupt due to legal expenses and jeopardizing their careers due to innumerable Kafkaesque court appearances.
Mr. Mercer speaks with a distinct Irish accent and his son made many online references to the IRA. There is undoubtedly a great story here if anyone in the media can at least temporarily discard their gender/race/class templates and delve into it.

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Fatherlessness and Mass Murders

Having a masters degree from UO and having lived within a 100 miles of Roseburg, Oregon for a decade, I have a particularly strong interest in the shootings at Umpqua CC last Thursday.
Unfortunately, the media has been particularly slow in bringing out the shooter’s background, perhaps because he’s of mixed race, which makes it harder to plug him into the usual PC pigeon holes. So, I’ve decided to link to an article that covers this week’s topic from the perspective of the previous mass murder, in South Carolina last summer:

http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/14/guess-which-mass-murderers-came-from-a-fatherless-home/

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