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I continue to get emails regarding Kate McMahon’s Wednesday column about how men are often ridiculed in advertising, and how some Daddy Bloggers have been fighting back.

One MNB user seems to think we are having entirely the wrong discussion:

Biblically, God has intended, I should say mandated that the husband is the spiritual leader of the home.  If Satan is able through media, or any other manner, to degrade the man, to remove him from the home or at least lower him to a position other than He had intended, the family unit has been destroyed and Satan wins.   We have moved through a few generations of continual degrading and it is easy to see on the nightly news the results of us men not taking our full responsibility as we have been charged.  If we men take our responsibility seriously, other members of our family would gradually accept there appropriate positions within this family unit and true happiness would bloom.  Society would win and our country would be incredibly blessed.

While you are certainly within your rights to create a household that adheres to what you see as the Biblical view of male-female roles, assuming the folks at home agree with your views, I would take the position that nobody is being degraded by shifts in what have been seen as traditional roles ... I’d like to think that such shifts, taking place in the 20th and 21st centuries, actually celebrate human potential that has nothing to do with gender.

I’m also reasonably sure I couldn’t get your view of things to fly in my neck of the woods.

For example, I could quote Scripture and say, “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.” (1 Timothy 2:11).

Or, "For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." (I Corinthians 11:8-9)

Or, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." (Ephesians 5:22-24)

I could quote such passages all day long. In the end, I’d be talking to myself.

Not a lot of silence, subjection or submission going on in my house - and I happen to think that my life is richer for it. And while sometimes the women in my household, especially the 17 year old) scare the hell out of me, I’m not sure Satan is winning anything.

In fact, they’d probably scare the hell out of him, too.




My piece about what Jet Blue’s recent travails teach us about leadership made the following observation:

In the end, it appears that Jet Blue may have a credibility problem - and maintaining credibility may be job one for every leader. If one appears out of touch with events, or trying to shift the blame or focus, or not in synch with one’s employees and customers, then you run the risk of losing credibility. (It could be argued that the CEO of a major US retailer/wholesaler is facing that problem to some degree, if the tone of some of the emails sent to MNB recently are to be believed.)

One MNB user responded:

All I can picture is Craig Herkert running down the halls of SVU screaming for employees to say their prayers….after so long of failing to recognize the "local market" from a product, pricing, placement and promotion perspective, it must feel like a bomb is about to go off or perhaps feeling the SVU plane's momentum as it is on an ever faster fall to the rocky ground below…




Yesterday, we took note of a Star Tribune story about how Walmart is getting aggressive in the Twin Cities market with ads that engage in a direct shopping cart comparison with Cub Foods, and how Cub may be conceding the price advantage.

One MNB user responded:

I was particularly struck by the Cub Foods article. I "sharpened my teeth" in this industry at Cub Foods in Chicago several years ago. As it happened, I was in a Cub Foods earlier in the week in Minneapolis and was somewhat conflicted. The store looked terrific in terms of selection, cleanliness, and the helpfulness of the staff. The prices, however, were a complete other story. I left the store somewhat disappointed that the value strategy which brought it its original success as a banner was being undermined by both Target and Walmart. Not sure that bodes well for the long term.
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