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Women Industry News April 15, 2009

WOMEN INDUSTRY NEWS April 15, 2009

By Harry Crouch 

ACTIVISM

  • We now have a National Coalition For Men - San Diego (NCFM-SD) “Meetup” site which helps notify those who sign up of upcoming events. People are already signing up which is helping to increase interest and membership. All our chapters should start a “Meetup” group since it’s inexpensive and seems to be an effective tool for advocacy and education. Our last meeting was near standing room only. NCFM-SD Rich A. keeps the site updated. Thanks Rich!
  • Our webmaster implemented a very cool Google map of our growing list of chapters. If you are not an NCFM member you should be. If you are a man or woman interested in (in)justice, fairness, and equitable treatment you need to become an NCFM member: JOIN.
  • NCFM’s mission statement was recently refined by the Board of Directors and is for now “The National Coalition For Men (NCFM) is a nonprofit educational organization that raises awareness about the ways sex discrimination affects men and boys.
  • For those of you following our effort to stop a gender biased police training video in San Diego there has been some movement. We are waiting for Pat McGrath, who is in charge of the Family Protection Division, to schedule and appointment to discuss the video, which he said he would schedule later this week. That meeting may include a telephone conference to include some of those from and outside San Diego who sent in letters protesting the video. I sent 35 copies of the National Coalition For Men (NCFM) letter to the five San Diego County Board of Supervisors; six City Council Members, nine police chiefs, several key judges, and others as appropriate. Thus far I’ve received a response from Supervisor Cox who thanked me for “bringing this controversy to his attention”, which he “found most interesting”. Judge Alksne is the Supervising Judge for San Diego Family Court. I just received a phone call from her Assistant who scheduled an appointment for me to meet with Judge Alksne at the end of the month. Judge Alksne and I will also be discussing California’s Elkin’s Family Law Task Force and Attorney William Eddy’s high conflict divorce diversion program “New Ways for Families“. I will also bring to the Judge’s attention the informational letter (below) by Dr. Jayne Major regarding a four step process for dealing with high conflict family court cases. I also sent out roughly 80 press releases throughout the County with no responses. However, NCFM member attorney/activist Marc Angelucci and I lunched with a high circulation media reporter last week and he said he could use it; so, there may be something in the current issue of the San Diego Reader. He wanted to stay informed of progress with the DA as well as another interesting issue Marc brought to his attention.
  • Speaking of the California Elkin’s Family Court Task Force, one of our Men’s Center members, Enrique M., wrote a terrific summation of the meeting in San Francisco, which you can read here. Judge Alksne is a member of the Task Force.
  • Products of advocacy… Marc Angelucci has been published so many times some media sources use him as a “source” for information and comments. Today,an attorney who works with Marc at San Diego’s Men’s Legal Center was asking for an attorney fee award in a family court hearing, and the judge pulled out an article, Balance of Costs May Change in Divorce Court, Daily Journal, date unknown,read a quote from Marc, and jokingly asked Marc’s co-worker if he knows Marc. Marc wasn’t even aware of the article in which he said, Family Law judges often “reflexively grant fee awards based on income disparities alone…We see so many people, mostly dads, who can’t retain counsel or can’t replenish their retainers after being hit with fee awards.” It’s a good article too, about a pro se litigant who won a land mark appellate decision concerning attorney fees.

 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

DIVORCE

  • Mel Gibson’s wife filed for divorce. Are you sitting down? She could get $400 million or more for doing nothing more than being married… oulala, and that doesn’t even cover child support! Kind’a makes you wonder if getting up to go to work in the morning is worth it… poor Mel will be next to destitute with what’s left… the other $400 million, less that pesky child support which might bring his net worth down to about $39.50 after taxes.

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

  • CPS accused of defying judge’s order… no news there … Criminal court says no to restraining order, family court says no to restraining order, CPS gets one from dependency court or threatens to take away children if one parent does not distance themselves from the other, even if there’s no evidence to support the coercion… business as usual…typical.

CHILD SUPPORT

COURTS       

CUSTODY

  • “I consider the children’s need for, and right to have, optimal real contact with their father as much more important” than the mother’s desire to live a rural life,” so say da’judge. I like this guy. The quote comes from a revealing Australian news story about “move-a-ways” and having a parent child relationship over the Internet using Skype. Worth a read. (Thanks Down-Under NCFM member Ian W.) Oh, Ian says, “In other words, Caroline Overington [the author] is openly admitting that the Family court is hopelessly biased towards mothers and that the Court’s policy effectively regards children as little more than women’s property.” Yup.
  • Michael McCormick in the ACFC newsletter wrote, “…read a summary of her [Dr. Jayne Major] presentation, The Macabre Dance of Family Law, which describes a three Tier mediation protocol for reform of family court practices. It begins with a presumption of 50-50 shared parenting to “level the playing field” and thus make real mediation possible, as opposed to the inherently inflammatory “winner-take-all” sole custody model that all too often is the spark that ignites conflict that then explodes out of control in our currently dysfunctional family law system.” Good stuff. There’s the similar project mentioned above, New Ways for Families, already being tested in a San Diego Family Court, though there is no suggestion of starting at 50/50 presumptive shared custody which is fundamental to the success of such a program. Professor Linda Mills is doing something similar with her domestic violence “Peacekeeping Circles” program now operating in a couple of states and the subject of an upcoming conference in New York. All are great starts that should be supported, but each also shares a common problem. In my experience highly volatile cases almost always involve at least one participant with a major character disorder, as both Dr. Major and Bill Eddy recount, like borderline, narcissistic, histrionic, and[/or] anti-social. To my knowledge there are no short term treatments and few long term treatments for such individuals. Such people do not generally sabotage mediations, are unable to compromise, or adhere to court ordered agreements. The second problem is “labeling”. Quit often such situations involve a false accusation of domestic violence, child abuse or sexual assault causing the label “perpetrator” or “victim” to follow each person through the court process. As we know, most such accusations are false. Hence, true perpetrators, those that most likely have the character disorder, may have their aberrant behaviors reinforced. Consequently children are often left to a perpetrator rather than the better parent. None of these programs will be largely successful until such labeling stops and comprehensive psychological testing occurs prior to any form of dispute resolution. Even then some of the challenges may be insurmountable. McCormick suggests printing our Dr. Majors paper and using it as handout. I agree.
  • Giving parents equal parenting time by law… new study says things are hunky-dory in Washington State where 93% of “final agreements” are made by both parents, whatever that means. Heck if the numbers in this article are correct one would think family court could close since there’s so much mutual respect, give and take, and common respect among Washington parents of divorce… must be all that clean air in the Pacific Northwest of fluff fantasy…or data taken out of context which is more likely… I wonder if our activist friends in the Washington agree… (Thanks to Rudy for the tip).

 FEMINISM

  • Abuse Excuse: How Liberalism Keeps Women in Their Place… another on target rant from Carey Roberts, one of the loud and growing conservative voices who have finally figured it out…
  • A threat to Title IX… men’s and boy’s rights activist Professor Christina Hoff Sommers, my hero… Obama puts on full court press to discriminate against men in science and engineering at the behest of feMEists… no shock there. (It was Sommers first book Who Stole Feminism that launched me into the world of men’s rights activism).
  • Unbelievable… Animal studies at Harvard… “When feminist Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792, satirist Thomas Taylor responded with A Vindication of the Rights of Brutes. Taylor mocked the absurdity of studying women’s rights by suggesting this might one day lead scholars to take seriously the even zanier notion of animal rights. If this occurred, he warned, “government may be entirely subverted, subordination abolished…”
  • As an aside, did you know the first woMEN stuDIEs program opened in San Diego in 1972; and, that since then hundreds of these psychotic who-am-I-really-4+4-equals-11-or-whatever-I-want-it-to-equal laced curriculums have infested the world, including several hundred in the good’ol USA and 43 in Canada. These men-are-always-wrong programs have spread to Croatia (1), Cyprus (1), Chile (4), China (2), France (3 - I mistakenly figured France, where it’s illegal to tell jokes about women, for at least a couple thousand such programs), Estonia (1), Israel (5), and more. In fact, these women-always-know-best programs are rooted like itching powder in boxer shorts in over 65 countries… I’m sure glad I’m not one of those world conquest conspiracy theory nuts… I’m more into the space alien thing… if we could only find their spaceships… check out the movie trailer “Women Studies” then help search for their birthing pods…

 HEALTH

  • U.S. asked to stop ‘false information’ on medical pot… says, “Reporting from San Francisco and Los Angeles — Citing ‘overwhelming’ evidence that marijuana eases pain and anxiety for the chronically ill, medicinal pot advocates told a federal appeals panel Tuesday that the federal government should be stopped from spreading “false information” about marijuana… my brain hurts… where’d I put that the last of that Blueberry Bud? Maybe if we all got stoned at the same time we could do one of those feminist connected-ways-of-knowing things and OHMMM away all the false information about domestic violence too. Did you know they make cannabis vodka? (Thanks Don S who is always looking out for our health).
  • Want to increase your stress level 10% or more? Get promoted say the Brits! (Thanks Ron H.)
  • Untreated mental disorders common among single mothers on welfare… ouch, like who knew, right? More specifically, “Urban single mothers nearing the end of their welfare eligibility appear more likely to have substance use and psychiatric disorders than women in the general population, and often do not receive treatment…46.8 percent had at least one disorder in the 12 months preceding the interview. Psychiatric disorders-the most common being anxiety and mood disorders-affected 53.2 percent of the women over their lifetime and 44.1 within the previous 12-months…” Another reason to spend more money on single motherhood rather than programs to help promote marriages, the later being much less expense, better for children, and therefore more sensible.
  • More Stimulus Funds Distributed for Disease Prevention and Child Care…meaning, more Women Industry jobs.
  • Mom collects dead sons sperm… “The mother of a 21-year-old assault victim who died of his injuries received permission Tuesday for his sperm to be collected post-mortem, giving her the chance to have a grandchild through a surrogate mother.” Who’s going to pay the child support? Thanks Wendy McElroy from http://www.ifeminists.net/ (Hi Wendy!).
  • Male suicide rates climbing in Massachusetts… my guess is male suicide rates will sky rocket over the next few years… and our government(s) won’t do a damn thing to stop it. To do so they would have to re write child support laws to take into consideration the ever increasing unemployment rates… which is interesting since I recently saw an article which I cannot find that showed men’s unemployment rates plummet while women’s employment rates were projected to increase 12% since much of the economic-stimulus money is targeted at soft-jobs primarily filled by women…
  • What turns animal lovers into pet horders… “In reality, hoarders compulsively collect animals and/or allow them to reproduce even as conditions deteriorate. They lack awareness and sympathy for the creatures…” Kind’a sounds like what our welfare system does… think about it before jumping to “he’s crazy”. Oh… pet-horders tend to be women… not good for our fury friends.

 LEGISLATION

  • Activists in Maine need to polish their pencils. State Rep. Kimberley Rosen, R-Bucksport, a third-term legislator, is sharpening hers cranking out more proposed DV legislation, she submitted, LD 567, “An Act To Provide Increased Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence”. Notice in the related article there is no mention of an abused man. Start sending letters…
  • The Mothers Act (S. 1375: Mom’s Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act) has the net effect of reclassifying the natural process of pregnancy and birth as a mental disorder… Ok… big Sister’s at it again… and it’s worse than it sounds. This monster has just passed the House of Representatives and is now headed tothe Senate. Send a letter by going here: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=FctOHg9PtM1vFyMBXII0VlRztFRBdhAL Please call the following Senators on the HELP Committee and tell them that you want the Mother’s Act to die in committee. (Thanks Mark Young and Sam Ross for some of this information).
    • Lisa Murkowski, R: 202-224-6665, AK
    • John McCain, R: 202-224-2235, AZ
    • Christopher Dodd, D: 202-224-2823, CT
    • Johnny Isakson, R: 202-224-3643, GA
    • Tom Harkin, D: 202-224-3254, IA
    • Pat Roberts, R: 202-224-4774, KS
    • Edward Kennedy D: 202-224-4543, MA
    • Barbara Mikulski D: 202-224-4654, MD
    • Richard Burr, R: 202-224-3154, NC
    • Kay Hagan, D: 202-224-6342, NC
    • Judd Gregg, R: 202-224-3324, NH
    • Jeff Bingaman, D: 202-224-5521, NM
    • Sherrod Brown, D 202-224-2315, OH
    • Tom Coburn, R 202-224-5754, OK
    • Jeff Merkley, D 202-224-3753, OR
    • Bob Casey, D 202-224-6324, PA
    • Jack Reed, D 202-224-4642, RI
    • Lamar Alexander R 202-224-4944, TN
    • Orrin Hatch R 202-224-5251, UT
    • Bernard Sanders, I: 202-224-5141, VT
    • Patty Murray, D, 202-224-2621, WA
    • Michael Enzi, R, 202-224-3424, WY

MOVIE REVIEW

  • New York NCFM member Peter Allemano is one of the best writers I am privileged to know. You have a rare opportunity to see what I mean by reading his movie review of I Love You, Man. Peter writes, “Men, if they want to have relationships with feminist women at all, have no choice but to accept their second-tier status in the realm of emotional connectedness…” If you were an NCFM member you would receive snail-mail copies of Transitions wherein you could read Peter’s upcoming commentaries about one quite disturbed Ms. Dwumbell, for real… but you have to be an NCFM member…worse things could happen!

PATERNITY FRAUD

PRISON

  • “The study, The Changing Racial Dynamics of the War on Drugs, documents a corresponding rise in the number of whites in state prison for a drug offense, an increase of 42.6% during this time frame, or more than 21,000 people. The number of Latinos incarcerated for state drug offenses was virtually unchanged.”

SUICIDE

  • Soldiers at risk… “The military is dealing with a record number of suicides among active-duty forces. According to figures obtained by CBS News, 140 soldiers took their lives in 2008. In the first four months of 2009 that number was 54.” No mention in the article about family problems…

 VIDEO AND AUDIO

  • “Witch Hunt” narrated by Sean Penn. Must see re the consequences of wrongful convictions and imprisonment of parents. (Thanks PJ and Brian)
  • Get Your Justice Live: Equal Parenting. Internet radio every Wednesday night… always worth a listen.

Please leave a comment so I know you visited, thanks.

Take Care,

Harry Crouch

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