Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hazardous Adoption

In our litigious age, adoption of the most needy can be dangerous.  William Anderson's latest blog post really got my attention.  Here is a quote from his post entitled "The Adoption that Did Not Happen: How the CAC and Prosecutors Make Adoptions Extremely Hazardous":

For the past two years, we have looked to adopt again, this time a girl anywhere from ages 9-13, and from the USA, and the process has been extremely difficult, and generally has involved pushing a rock to the top of a hill, only to see it roll to the bottom time after time. More than once, we have given up altogether, but still continue to pursue what might be an opportunity.

Last week, an organization contacted us to see if we were interested in adopting a 13-year-old girl who grew up in Russia, but was adopted here at age 9. The child has severe attachment problems, and huge amounts of anger directed at her adoptive mother due to things that happened to her in Russia.
Check out the whole post here. It breaks my heart that our society is not structured to be supportive of these worthy parents.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wendy's Commercial - Soviet Fashion Show

The Cold War made for some pretty entertaining pop culture. Like this Wendy's Commercial...

Via Victor Claar

Monday, August 9, 2010

Maddow Guest Lapses Into Inexplicable Candor on Abortion


MADDOW: So what would be the consequences of having a whole bunch of new sitting senators, elected to the US Senate, who are opposed to abortion not just in all regular cases but also cases in which the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest?

HARRIS-LACEWELL: Well, I mean, I think we've already seen the consequences of having a significant portion of even one party, even the party out of power, with a very strong anti-reproductive choice agenda. We saw it for example in the health care fight where somehow, you know, abortion became the central issue in a comprehensive health care reform bill, the central issue became controlling women's right to choose, controlling women's fertility, not giving women the ability to control their own, but having the government do it.

So, I think clearly every time we move more aggressively against women's reproductive rights, the more that we will see the consequences show up in everything from health care policy to, you know, potentially actually moving towards reducing the opportunities for women to, uh, you know, actually find healthy, safe termination services. [Emphasis added]
HT Newsbusters