Study of the Day: Men Forgo Their Vices When They Become Fathers – Hans Villarica – Life – The Atlantic

[no_toc]Fatherhood independently predicted decreases in crime and substance use. Men who became parents well into their 20s and early 30s exhibited greater reductions than men who had their first child in their teens or early 20s.

via Study of the Day: Men Forgo Their Vices When They Become Fathers – Hans Villarica – Life – The Atlantic.

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Further Analysis of Arizona’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Law

I have previously written about the Arizona law and want to update my thoughts since the AZ legislature amended the statute.  The hue and cry continues, even by those who either don’t understand it, or haven’t bothered to consider the big picture (like the entire U.S.), or (sadly) have not even read the law. The focus here is on some of the changes to the law.  There is a great source of the text including red-lining of the changes.

Arizona’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Law

There has been a great outcry in the press and on the internet about the terrible new anti-illegal immigrant law signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on April 23, 2010.  The sad reality is that very few people on both sides of the issue have actually read the new law, but their ignorance of the law does not stop them from making statements about  it.

This post is part 1 of 5 posts that contain the entire text of Arizona Senate Bill 1070, (aka SB 1070) as as revised by House Bill 2162 (aka HB 2162) on April 30, 2010.  The new illegal immigration law / anti-immigrant law becomes law on July 29, 2010.   Deletions to text made by HB 2162 are show in red text that is lined out and new language is this color and underlined.

via Text of Arizona’s Anti-Illegal Immigration Law – Part 1 | KEYTLaw.

The essence of SB 1070 is that law enforcement refrain from NOT enforcing existing federal law.  Put more directly, law enforcement is supposed to enforce all existing laws, federal, state and local.  Hardly a unique thought since every oath of a public official and law enforcement or military officer that I’ve ever seen includes the obligation to “protect and defend the Constitution and law of the United States and of this state … from enemies foreign and domestic.”

A criticism often voiced was that “contact” with a citizen could lead to investigation of immigration status. AZ has made a strong change in  Section 11-1051 thusly:

B.  For any lawful contact stop, detention or arrest made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state in the enforcement of any other law or ordinance of a county, city or town or this state. . . .

By limiting the investigation trigger to a “stop, detention or arrest” puts the immigration inquiry on the same footing as the other information gathering done in any such circumstance.

An further in part B the anti-profiling provision is strengthened, as in

A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection

Critics complain “but the cops will profile anyway” but that complaint is a red herring because that potential issue always exists. I suggest that there has to be a degree of trust in our officers, but even if you distrust them, it’s not a unique argument that should sway against this one law, of many.

Let’s put the situation in context. A person has been stopped, detained or arrested. Those are circumstances subject to volumes of cases, including the U.S. Supreme Court, about when, and how, and for how long a person is subjected to one of those varying degrees of restriction on their freedom.  Either we allow a person to be “stopped, detained or arrested” in the enforcement of laws or we simply abandon enforcing the laws of the nation and states.

So the person has been stopped, detained or arrested according to existing law and procedures, and will simply be asked to identify.  That is accomplished

. . . if the person provides to the law enforcement officer or agency any of the following:

1.  A valid Arizona driver license.
2.  A valid Arizona nonoperating identification license.
3.  A valid tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification.
4.  If the entity requires proof of legal presence in the United States before issuance, any valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification. . . .

How hard is that? It’s what any of us would have to produce if stopped, detained or arrested. And note the relevant provision of existing federal law regarding ID:

“Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him pursuant to subsection (d) of this section. Any alien who fails to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall upon conviction for each offense be fined not to exceed $100 or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both.” 8 USC section 1304(e)

Thus it is no imposition on the registered alien to produce what he is already required to have on his person.

Other sections of the law relate to various offenses such as trespassing, smuggling, employment and in every section is included the following provision:

A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not consider race, color or national origin in the enforcement of this section except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona constitution.

Yes, skeptics will make light of that but it’s the best that can be done in the face of extraordinary circumstances of need, and there is ample existing law to govern actions in the AZ enforcement of their laws.

The final point is that while pundits (and bloggers) across the nation decry Arizona’s groundbreaking efforts, the problem of illegal immigration is not simply a border problem.  Folks in the midwest and Eastern seaboard would do well to consider that fact.


This is a must read article. I am NOT expressing an opinion about either immigration — whether any form of it is good or bad — or multiculturalism (whatever that means to different people). But this writer appears to have his facts in hand and thus I pass along the facts he presents, together with his analysis of his opinion of cause and effect. I don’t vouch for that analysis but do think there has been enough written about Detroit to lend credibility to the notions presented to at least warrant discussion.  The typos, regrettably, are his.

Also see Okrent, Daniel.  “Detroit:  The Death — and Possible Life — of a Great City.” September 24, 2009.,8599,1925796,00.html (accessed Dec 3, 2009)

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By Frosty Wooldridge
October 5, 2009

For 15 years, from the mid 1970s to 1990, I worked in Detroit, Michigan. I watched it descend into the abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, drugs, school truancy, car-jacking, gangs and human depravity. I watched entire city blocks burned out. I watched graffiti explode on buildings, cars, trucks, buses and school yards. Trash everywhere! Detroiters walked through it, tossed more into it and ignored it.

Tens of thousands and then, hundreds of thousands today exist on federal welfare, free housing and food stamps! With Aid to Dependent Children, minority women birthed eight to 10 and in once case, one woman birthed 24 kids as reported by the Detroit Free Press—all on American taxpayer dollarss. A new child meant a new car payment, new TV and whatever mom wanted. I saw Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “Great Society” flourish in Detroit. If you give money for doing nothing, you will get more hands out taking money for doing nothing.

Mayor Coleman Young, perhaps the most corrupt mayor in America, outside of Richard Daley in Chicago, rode Detroit down to its knees. He set the benchmark for cronyism, incompetence and arrogance. As a black man, he said, “I am the MFIC.” The IC meant ‘in charge’. You can figure out the rest. Detroit became a majority black city with 67 percent African-Americans.

As a United Van Lines truck driver for my summer job from teaching math and science, I loaded hundreds of American families into my van for a new life in another city or state. Detroit plummeted from 1.8 million citizens to 912,000 today. At the same time, legal and illegal immigrants converged on the city, so much so, that Muslims number over 300,000. Mexicans number 400,000 throughout Michigan, but most work in Detroit.

As the Muslims moved in, the whites moved out. As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife! Detroit may be one our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike and total separation from America.

Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan, paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June according to NBC’s Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing. Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city.

In this week’s Time Magazine October 4, 2009, “The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell and how it can rise again,” I choked on the writer’s description of what happened.

“If Detroit had been savaged by a hurricane and submerged by a ravenous flood, we’d know a lot more about it,” said Daniel Okrent. “If drought and carelessness had spread brush fires across the city, we’d see it on the evening news every night. Earthquake, tornadoes, you name it — if natural disaster had devastated the city that was once the living proof of American prosperity, the rest of the country might take notice.

But Detroit, once our fourth largest city, now 11th and slipping rapidly, has had no such luck. Its disaster has long been a slow unwinding that seemed to remove it from the rest of the country. Even the death rattle that in the past year emanated from its signature industry brought more attention to the auto executives than to the people of the city, who had for so long been victimized by their dreadful decision-making.”

As Coleman Young’s corruption brought the city to its knees, no amount of federal dollars could save the incredible payoffs, kick backs and illegality permeating his administration. I witnessed the city’s death from the seat of my 18-wheeler tractor trailer because I moved people out of every sector of decaying Detroit.

“By any quantifiable standard, the city is on life support. Detroit’s treasury is $300 million short of the funds needed to provide the barest municipal services,” Okrent said. “The school system, which six years ago was compelled by the teachers’ union to reject a philanthropist’s offer of $200 million to build 15 small, independent charter high schools, is in receivership. The murder rate is soaring, and 7 out of 10 remain unsolved. Three years after Katrina devastated New Orleans, unemployment in that city hit a peak of 11%. In Detroit, the unemployment rate is 28.9%. That’s worth spelling out: twenty-eight point nine percent.”

At the end of Okrent’s report, and he will write a dozen more about Detroit, he said, “That’s because the story of Detroit is not simply one of a great city’s collapse. It’s also about the erosion of the industries that helped build the country we know today. The ultimate fate of Detroit will reveal much about the character of America in the 21st century. If what was once the most prosperous manufacturing city in the nation has been brought to its knees, what does that say about our recent past? And if it can’t find a way to get up, what does that say about our future?”

As you read in my book review of Chris Steiner’s book, $20 Per Gallon, the auto industry won’t come back. Immigration will keep pouring more and more uneducated third world immigrants from the Middle East into Detroit—thus creating a beachhead for Islamic hegemony in America. If 50 percent illiteracy continues, we will see more homegrown terrorists spawned out of the Muslim ghettos of Detroit. Illiteracy plus Islam equals walking human bombs. You have already seen it in the Madrid, Spain, London, England and Paris, France with train bombings, subway bombings and riots. As their numbers grow, so will their power to enact their barbaric Sharia Law that negates republican forms of government, first amendment rights and subjugates women to the lowest rungs on the human ladder. We will see more honor killings by upset husbands, fathers and brothers that demand subjugation by their daughters, sisters and wives. Muslims prefer beheadings of women to scare the hell out of any other members of their sect from straying.

Multiculturalism: what a perfect method to kill our language, culture, country and way of life.

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Daddies … don’t let your babies grow up to be druggies

Apologies to Willie Nelson for the title, but it fits. What am I talking about? The failure of fatherhood in American society. My thesis is this:  men have abdicated their traditional role in society as the head of the family and the responsibility for the training of children in life. Boys and girls need a strong, ethical male influence in their lives and, in huge numbers, they are missing that today.

In the classic ballad “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” Pete Seeger asks “where have all the young men gone?” Of course in this war-protest song Seeger has them going off to be soldiers, but we have them just going off. They’ve gone off physically in some instances, but off and away emotionally far too often.

The statistics of divorce are well known (over 50% of all marriages ending in divorce) and we all know from personal experience of instances where divorce caused problems for the children. But that’s not the problem I’m trying to address because there are many divorcing parents who manage the marriage dissolution without totally cratering the kids. It can be done.

The problem is that whether in the intact family, the dissolved marriage, or with a blended family, fathers are not truly present in the lives of their children. Some are “away” working, some golfing and fishing, some drinking and drugging. Even when present they are “away” emotionally when they don’t spend quality time with children teaching by example.

What difference does it make? Plenty. Sharing experiences from juvenile court I can say that easily 80% of the children in trouble are there as a result of parental benign neglect. Not the kind of neglect that results in a CPS removal but indifference to the child’s life. Almost all of those youth exhibit anger. Where does the anger come from? I’m no psychologist (but I have stayed in many Holiday Inn Expresses), but I’m told and know from experience that the anger is a symptom of unhappiness and depression.

The anger is directed many directions but a common target is the parent — why? Because it’s disappointment in the parent or the circumstances the child holds the parent responsible for that causes the reaction. The anger toward the parent ranges from simple disobedience and defiance of the parental authority all the way to physical assault on a parent.

The child is disappointed in, and angry at, the parent not because they don’t have the latest Nintendo or a new cell phone or a car (although that’s often the child’s stated excuse). It’s because the parent is not emotionally present. Maybe the single mother is having to work two jobs because the father is not paying child support, and is just too worn out to give emotionally to the child. Maybe the parents are together but, in particular, the fathers are not taking the kids out to do “stuff.” Just “stuff.” You don’t have to DO a lot, just go do something.

Just this morning at the local coffee shop a group of us were talking about fun, and the lack today of kids being able to have fun as we knew it. A common theme was that a large difference then and today is outdoors versus indoors. We talked, laughed (and lied a little, I suspect) about the things we did outdoors … with our dads. We all talked about our mothers too, and their nurturing, but the talk was largely about what we did with our dads and what our dads taught us about life and responsibility. Fond memories flowed of the ethical male influences in our lives.

How many children do you know who get outdoors on a regular basis today? How many have seen a sunrise from a mountain top? How many have caught a fish or hiked a remote trail? How many know the sound of silence? Far too few, I submit.

What does the term “druggies” in the title have to do with all of this? Because a common result of the trouble children get into has a drug abuse component. Easily 80-90% of the juveniles in court are using, if not abusing, a drug. It may be “only” tobacco or alcohol or a “little pot” but the drugs are there. Most adult crime is based in drug usage and most in the criminal justice system had a beginning in the juvenile justice system … including drug usage. See the trend?

The conclusion to which I come is that when men abdicate their roles … when they don’t father their child beyond a sperm donation … they face a high probability of the child developing severe problems including drug usage and lifelong problems in school, work, and relationships.

Daddies … don’t let your babies grow up to be druggies ….

Bibliography of Philosophical Works

I found this on a blog that looks interesting, if deep. It’s Punishment Theory which is touted as a group blog on criminal law and philosophy. Leans left, which means it should at a minimum be thought-provoking. Below are  links to online versions of philosophical works, some blogs, and then a lexicon from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  If this isn’t enough reading for a long winter then nothing is.

Here is a list of links to various philosophical works, mostly (I think) listed for its relationship to the law: