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An Extra-Modest Word about Fathers on Their Day

Despite all the writing I’ve done about the sad and damaging effects of family fragmentation, my “operative” view of fatherhood – surprisingly, I trust to many – is a rather minimalist and non-romanticized one.  This is the case since I don’t argue or even hope for fathers being immersed in their children’s live in the kinds of intense ways some seek. For instance, as long as it doesn’t upset their wives or other divine relationships they may have, I don’t see it as required that husbands change any diapers.  It surely would be nice if they did, but it’s not imperative...

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Neglecting What Matters in Neglect Deaths

Following up on last week’s blog, the new one below again looks at a recently released national report aimed at “eliminating” – not just reducing but completely ending – child abuse and neglect fatalities in the United States.  This new blog starts by touching on what’s going on in Hennepin Country, and Minnesota more generally, in regards to such dreadful matters.  So as to leave no doubt about what I see as one of the biggest, albeit almost inevitably ignored causes of child abuse and deaths, I will once again assert that there is no way – none – to...

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Choosing Your Partners Carefully

Heck with expensive bourbon and more expensive cigars. There’s nothing like an intriguing endnote about a social service program in Ohio called “Choose Your Partner Carefully” to cap off a sober evening reading a copious federal report about a depressing subject. More about the intricacies of marrying (or maybe just moving in together) in Marion County in a moment, but first a few words about the 167-page report itself. The 2016 document is the product of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, a group composed of a dozen men and women appointed two years ago by President Obama and...

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The Metropolitan Council’s Disparities Report: The Limitations of Racial Explanations

The Metropolitan Council released a report this week statistically documenting, once again, disparities between “persons of color and White, non-Latinos” in regards to poverty rates, home ownership, employment, and levels of education in the 16-county Twin Cities region.  All four sets of disparities are among the biggest in the country.  The report relies on regression analysis, a research method I’m not nearly expert in, but about which I know two key things in this instance. The first – this is true in all regression analyses, not just those pertaining race – is that the pertinence and comprehensiveness of the data researchers...

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Is the Customer Always Right? Or Do Businesses Have the Right to Refuse Service?

Governor Mark Dayton issued two decrees this week to the state’s workforce: all non-essential travel is banned to North Carolina and Mississippi. The governor’s memo came in response to legislation that throws a life line to citizens whose religious liberties may come under fire. Dayton may have to issue more travel bans as more states try to protect certain business owners faced with a conundrum: gay or lesbian customers ask for goods or services for their wedding ceremony. Or a customer who is physically male but feels he is really a woman, wants to use the women’s bathroom or locker room. The...

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Jason Riley Rocks Minneapolis

Today Center of the American Experiment, the think tank of which I am president, put on a lunch forum in downtown Minneapolis featuring Jason Riley of the Manhattan Institute and the Wall Street Journal. Jason talked about his blockbuster book, Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed. We interviewed Jason last night on the Power Line Show. If you haven’t listened to that interview, you should. The topic of Jason’s speech was red hot, as was reflected in ticket sales. Initially we had a room that would seat 200, and we sold it out. Then the...

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