"Boy, you must be a theft because you are obsolete Something stolen."
@punzy between here, Twitter, Facebook, and work email chain I think I may have posted WAY too many of these today.
"Boy, you must be a pessimism because you are the doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend toward evil." This thing gets me.
"Boy, you must be a brunt because you are the main burden: bore the brunt of the household chores." Look it's misandrist too.
"Boy, you must be an empowerment because you are government programs encouraging advancement of blacks." (!) What dictionary is this thing using?
@Tuna Surprise Definitely. I'm not an expert either but my understanding is that responsible advocates almost never encourage foreign option when the child has surviving family in their home country (even aunts, uncles, or grandparents).
ETA: It's also a lot more cost-effective. Why not send an orphan's aunt or grandmother $100/mo so they can take care of them in a loving home, speaking their own language and experiencing their own culture, instead of spending tens of thousands of dollars to drag them to the U.S. and remake them in some creepy evangelical mold?
@aphrabean I saw this comment in my email and somehow thought you were talking about meth and not tempeh.
...and of course let's not forget all the (older, mostly black) kids here in the U.S. foster system who can't find permanent homes...
@j-i-a Yeah, when my wife did a high school exchange in Australia she lived with a Christian-but-not-crazy family that had at least one foreign adopted child and everything worked out great. I think this is what makes it so hard to argue about international adoption: lots of people know someone (or ARE someone) that is the successful product of such an adoption and grew up in a loving home. So any restrictions aimed at curbing the bad adoptions could also end up hurting children who would've gone on to experience a much better life.
I still think an ultra-liberal immigration policy and generous foreign aid is the best solution so it's too bad that that's obviously a political nonstarter.
@j-i-a Yeah but I mean, it took a lot of guts and sacrifice for a middle-class Englishman to strap on a pith helmet and head off for a life in the colonies, too.