Pennsylvania isn’t the only place where Democratic politicians are having legal problems. Just last week, we saw a lot of fawning media coverage of Somali activist Ihlan Omar, who scored a huge upset victory over 22-term Minnesota state legislator Phyllis Khan in the Democratic primary. In that heavily-Democratic district, the win set Omar up as a shoo-in to become the first Somali-American Muslim women elected to office. But now, she’s facing serious fraud allegations that she’s had three marriages with no divorces on record. One marriage was allegedly to her brother, to help him skirt immigration laws and enter the US.
Both the candidate and the party have responded to the story by denying the allegations and attacking the media and threatening to block their access for reporting them. You’d think the media would have learned by now that it takes a whole lot more than allegations of fraud to stop a Democrat from running for office.
In liberals’ never-ending quest to think up new things for the government to stick its nose into, the Obama USDA has proposed new rules that would require stores that accept food stamps to carry a certain number of “healthy” items. That sounds like a good thing (especially to bureaucrats with so little private sector experience, they've never even worked in a convenience store), but here are the unintended consequences: convenience stores and other small neighborhood groceries say they can’t afford to stock a lot of items like kale and lamb that nobody wants and that will just go bad on the shelves (you can lead a horse to water, but you can't even make a horse eat kale). That will leave the stores no choice but to stop accepting food stamps, which will not only put many small grocers out of business, it will make it difficult for people who live in those neighborhoods to access any type of food at all.
On the bright side, if the government’s intention is to prevent obesity, driving thousands of grocery stores out of business with their idiotic micromanagement would certainly help further their goal.
New research is proving more and more that the idea that kids don’t need fathers is bunk. Having a father in the home makes a great deal of difference in a child’s life. But it takes more than just being present. A new study of 730 families by a Michigan State University researcher found that in families where the dad has high levels of “parenting stress,” their sons tend to have poor levels of language skills at age three, and both sons and daughters score lower on cognition tests.
So it’s great that today’s fathers are taking a more active role in helping to raise the kids. But if dads let that responsibility get under their skin, it can have a ripple effect. Click the link for more info, and, if you’re one of those dads, some advice on how to cope with stress, for your own sake and that of your kids.