Archive for June, 2016

Mexico-US Child Custody

Mexican father battles to raise his U.S. son

The above article refers to a situation that will no doubt be a harbinger for future custody cases.  Back in the 80’s we had a cartoonist, Gary Larson, who often used animals to point out the many foibles of American society.  My all-time favorite showed two scientists, with their obligatory white smocks and clipboards, that were finishing a dolphin communication research project. Two dolphins were in a pool and one said to the other, “Como esta usted?” and the other one replied, “Estoy bien, gracias”

The two scientists both had looks of extreme frustration on their faces and one of them exclaimed, “Let’s call this off, we’re never going to understand this dolphin language!”

Last week I went to a couple of websites because I was curious about the nations with the highest and lowest percentages of bilingual speakers.  It should surprise no one that the US was near the bottom of the list with only about 14%.  It’s a global disgrace that foreign languages are almost never part of an American elementary school curriculum and that 14% figure is even more ludicrous when one considers that our nation is roughly 15% Hispanic and that the state in question, New Mexico, has perhaps the highest percentage of both Hispanics and bilingual speakers in the nation!


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Black Fathers Matter

This title is the speakers riff on the organization that in 2015 became a media darling, Back Lives Matter.  Despite the fact that proportionally far fewer black men have been killed by police now, as compared to 50 or 60 years ago, this group had been given almost blanket media coverage.

The speaker on this five minute tape, Larry Elder, is one of the most compelling commentators on race relations in America today (I’d love to hear a debate between him and Mr. Obama on the topic).  He notes that in the “bad old days” (one could choose that same 1950-1965 era or even go back to the days of slavery), a black child was as much as ten times more likely to be born into an intact family than he/she would be today.

The New York Times chose to celebrate this year’s Fathers’ Day by pointing out that a foundation had recently come across a few letters that Barack Hussein Obama Sr. wrote to his son.  The Times noted that so far the junior Mr. Obama has shown no interest in the letters.  Unfortunately, this same lack of interest has been demonstrated by him in regard to how one of his main group of political contributors, the trial lawyers, prop up a family court system so prejudiced against fathers that most of them “abandon ship” early. This is one of the main factors leading to a 73% chance, in black families (and a 53% chance in Hispanic ones), that the dad won’t be around when the child is born, which in turn has lead to the 20 trillion dollars in “War on Poverty” spending since 1965.


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A Day to Ponder Families and Relationships

On a day in the US when we had the worst mass shooting in our history, it’s a good time to reflect on the importance of the people in our lives.  This young woman, to her great credit, was able to take a horrific, long term, governmentally-funded atrocity and offer hope to millions of other children around the world.  Not many 17 year olds have the courage and verbal skills to address their nation’s parliament on a personal matter and I it would be just as rare, if not more so, here in the US.  In my own case I had to wait 14 years, not just nine, to achieve equal custody, but in my case I was merely treated like a criminal and didn’t actually become one like the father in this case.

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Hillary, Child Custody & Attorneys

The above headline, in typical mainstream-media fashion, would have one believe that Ms. Clinton is truly a fully-liberated 21st century woman and supports gender-neutral child custody decisions.

Alas, as one sees later in the article, it is yet another case of “them that gots shall get…” as Blood, Sweat & Tears sang so eloquently in “God Bless the Child”. The “gots” in this case being political connections.  As noted in a previous blog entry, at one point this winter the Wall Street Journal found that Mrs. C had collected three times as much from trial attorneys as from her number two group of contributors, financial firms.

While the mainstream media, per usual, has completely ignored the significance of that list of political contributors, her competitor, Mr. Trump has acted in accord with another old blues song, “You Got the Right String Baby but the Wrong Yo-Yo” by spending most of his time denouncing the ethnicity of his judge in the Trump U. fraud case and only mentioning in passing that the attorney bringing the case is a HUGE(Mr. Trump’s favorite adjective) contributor to Mrs. C’s campaign.

Both the media and Mr. Trump would be far better served in concentrating on how trial attorneys stifle business innovation (2015 was the first year on record that saw more business failures than start-ups), slow economic growth (2015 was the first seven-year period in US history with no single year above 3% GDP growth) and, last but not least, separate parents from their kids, leading to hundreds of billions of  dollars in unnecessary welfare and law enforcement costs for all of us.




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