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With fathers taking more of a role in pregnancy and caregiving, “diaper parties” have become more popular. Basically, dudes celebrate their father-to-be friend by bringing him diapers, and then getting absolutely s**tfaced in his living room.

The Vancouver Sun talks about these diaper parties, and why it’s much more than a stripperless bachelor party. Where friends typically throw a bachelor party to “mourn” their no-longer-single friend, diaper parties are a congratulations and a welcome to fatherhood. And it’s more than a baby shower with balls – some diaper parties take place over a weekend in Vegas, or at a campsite. Some are just a backyard barbeque with a couple friends. The common thread is that during the weekend, guys that already have kids will drop some knowledge on the newbies – and the newbies feel comfortable enough to ask the things they wouldn’t normally ask at home.

This is a great move by modern men – what better way to celebrate fatherhood than to usher it in like chicks do with their baby showers. And what a way to bond with other fathers – and even show friends that might not yet be married or ready to have kids that becoming a father isn’t just something that men sit on the sidelines for. Us fathers are in the trenches, and proud of our families – and what better way to show it that one of these parties.

Diaper parties also go by the names: dadchelor party, man shower or daddymoon. I suspect they really don’t, but I’m guessing chicks on The Bump probably call them this, since they sound cutesy. The only “man shower” I’m interested in having includes me pounding a beer while I wash the conditioner out of my beard.

Check out the ‘Couver Sun for more.

Sauce: Vancouver Sun


Osama bin Laden’s fourth eldest son, Omar, said that he doesn’t hate United States President Barack Obama for killing his father.

“I don’t hate Obama for killing my father. He did what he had to do,” said Omar, in an interview with someone other than 8BitDad. “He was at war with my father. My father had spent his time and all the money he could get to fight his enemies. He was America’s worst enemy.”

Omar also said of his father, “I loved him, he was my father. I didn’t agree with what he did – I only believe in peace – but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t love him as a father.”

Sauce: Daily India


The Financial Times, which I’m assuming is based somewhere in Europe (based on their spelling), has an article about James Murdoch and Andreas Papandreou – two sons of powerful men, left to clean up their fathers’ messes.

James Murdoch is the son of Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation. Andreas Papandreou is the son of George Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister.

If you’re into tales of powerful families and political ballyhoo, this article will appeal to you. I’m not. So you’re on your own.

Sauce: Financial Times


Just yesterday, the Utah Supreme Court rejected a father’s attempt to overturn his daughter’s adoption. He evidently didn’t meet the deadlines in two states for asserting parental rights.

John M. Wyatt, the Virginia father, also tried to evoke the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act – which would require the Utah Supreme Court to give him custody of his daughter, “Baby Emma.” The court denied this as well, claiming that he needed to raise the argument in a lower court first.

The story gets worse.


Fathers of Iowa: don’t ever think that your Congressional reps aren’t bad ass.

Iowa Representative Leonard Boswell heard screams on Saturday night in his Iowa farmhouse – and walked into the front of the house, where his daughter, Cindy Brown, was being held on the ground by an intruder. The intruder had a gun to Brown’s face, and his hand on her throat.

The 77 year old Leonard Boswell lept like a puma onto the attacker, breaking a rib and destroying the intruder’s will, as they got greco-roman, falling down the basement stairs and then clambering back up. By then, Boswell’s 22 year old grandson had a shotgun pointed at the perp’s chest. The intruder, at that point, fled the scene.

Boswell said of the scene: “I did what probably other fathers or parents would do, or any of you: I went after him.”

By this, I’m assuming he means he’s currently stalking the guy with a bandana around his head and a knife between his teeth, laying low in a riverbed until the right moment.

Des Moines Register


Pink shoes, pink shirt, pink socks? Sure, no problem. Pink…pants? Uhhh, maybe not, especially not pink leather pants. Pink skirt? No.

I’m sorry, but no. And it’s not because I’m some homophobic bigot. We’re so scared these days to apply a “norm” to children that we’ve lost sight of the real issue: kids are not incredible decision-makers. Kids don’t know anything about anything. They’re idealists because they just graduated from crapping their pants, and have literally everything served to them on a silver platter (what, you don’t have a silver platter?!).

But it’s no longer just a war over letting boys wear pink. It’s over letting little preschool boys wear whatever they want. Here’s where parents of daughters sit back and laugh, since it’s socially acceptable for a girl to wear a dress or pants, and in any color. Le sigh, the tribulations of parenting a boy.


Rinaldo Del Gallo 3rd, who very-well could be Rinaldo Del Gallo III, takes on the idea that fathers’ rights are swept under the rug and given no attention. He admits that he can’t cover the topic in a short column, but I think he raises some fair points. Del Gallo focuses his arguments around the story of Thomas Ball, who’s plight was underreported and widely ignored in the media. Hey, we didn’t even hear about it, and we search the web for fatherhood news every day!


As the story goes, Jacob Mitchell and Pamela Stanley are married (or aren’t, if you’re one of those “need proof” types), but definitely have a child. Mitchell and Stanley had an argument about an ex-girlfriend of Mitchell’s, where Stanley alleges that she was pushed to the floor by Mitchell. Then, depending on whose story you’re reading, Stanley was pushed to a bed or floor by Mitchell or his mother, kicked in the vagina (okay, they all say “between the legs” but let’s be honest here), and then Mitchell’s father grabbed her 34-weeks-pregnant baby bump and claimed he was going to sell the baby for $5,000.

Restraining orders and bond were given to Mitchell and his parents. Stanley was admitted to a hospital for a panic attack (but evidently not the injuries she sustained from the alleged attack).

Despite a court order, Stanley’s mother claims Mitchell has called the house numerous times.

So – the issue here is: who’s telling the truth? If Stanley is telling the truth, Mitchell and his parents are dirtbags. If the story is made-up, then Stanley’s a dirtbag. Mitchell claims Stanley made the story up because she’s setting herself up to gain sole custody of the baby. Seems like it’d be an open-and-shut case if Stanley was checked out at the hospital for signs of being hit and kicked. I don’t know much about vaginas, but it seems like they’d probably bruise or swell or something. Or maybe that’s just the “CSI effect” – that if you’re touched at all, I’m assuming someone can find evidence of it.

Sauces: / Sun Sentinel