Disgusted

I read this today and was absolutely disgusted.  I am formulating a response, and if you feel so inclined, I would highly support it. 

BIG BABY GIRL SALE – ONLY $17,000! – Jim Dossett

The Chinese have given us many things; gunpowder, spaghetti, woks,
Jackie Chan. Oh yes, they’ve also been delighted to give us their
discarded children. Actually, they’re delighted to sell us their
kids. And government officials have laid down new ground rules for
foreigners who want to adopt children from China’s overflowing
orphanages.

Prospective adoptive parents must not be obese; no more than 50
years old; must not take antidepressants; must not have severe
facial deformities. So the bottom line is, if you take up two seats
on a plane, are a member of AARP, take Prozac, or resemble the
Elephant Man – No Chinese kids for you!

Mind you, these edicts are issued by a culture where parents
traditionally leave female babies at orphanages or by the roadside
because they wanted a son, or because the government allows them
only one child. Ninety-five percent of the children available for
adoption are girls. I’m amazed that one of the world’s oldest
civilizations, dating back to more than six millennnia, still
doesn’t realize that women are the best of us all.

I doubt whether many Campbell Countians would be eligible to adopt a
Chinese baby – not because we’re fat, old, or grotesquely deformed –
but because it costs more to buy a child in China than many of us
make in a year.

According to Chinese baby brokers, the estimated total cost of a no-
frills adoption, not including travel, is about $12,000. The
estimated total cost plus travel for two is $17,120.00 – such a deal.

"End of Year Sale! Get your certified, pre-owned girl child for the
amazing price of $17,120! She’s a beauty despite a few minor
scratches and dents, but comes with a manufacturer’s warranty – no
surprises under the hood or the diaper!"

Once the bucks are shelled out for the kiddie commodity, who knows
where the money ends up. Maybe some of the cash trickles into the
new charity created by the China Center for Adoption Affairs. This
burgeoning group of capitalists is hopeful the charity will improve
conditions in orphanages and "keep infants and young children alive
and well enough to be adopted." It makes you wonder about the fate
of toddlers who are not well.

Despite the high costs and stringent rules issued by the baby
dealers, childless couples from the U.S. and around the world still
flock to China in hopes of bringing baby home. God bless you decent
souls. Stick religiously to your pretrip diets of carrot sticks and
cottage cheese and look forward to the fat and happy times you’ll
have raising your baby girl!

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If you want to write to this imbecile or his boss, the following contact info is provided:

storiesATlafollettepress DOTcom
publisher: Linn Hudson: lhudson@lafollettepress.com

and here’s the address

LaFollette Press
PO Box 1261
225 North First Street
LaFollette, TN 37766

Phone: 423-562-8468
Fax: 423-566-7060

comments: stories@lafollettepress.com
publisher: Linn Hudson: lhudson@lafollettepress.com
author: dossett@lafollettepress.com

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9 thoughts on “Disgusted

  1. This is a hoax.There was something like this on the news a few months ago. Pretty sad what people will do for attention. The oethr one ended up being teenagers.

  2. This is NOT a hoax. I spoke with the publisher of the LaFollette Press today. Her name is Linn Hudson and the FCC of Tennessee forwarded Mr. Dossett’s article to every single chapter of the FCC in the States. The response has been overwhelming and a retraction plus an article on a local adoptive family is currently in the works, according to Ms. Hudson. I *wish* this had been a hoax but sadly, this op-ed piece was real.
    ~Karen P.

  3. Good work Karen. There were a variety of similar ads online and in print over the last year I remember reading about that were done by hackers and teenagers.

  4. Ah, the sad thing, Amy, is that it would have been [almost] refreshing if this had been a bunch of teenagers…but alas, a grown man without nary a clue.
    ~Karen
    PS – So Jenny, just so you don’t have to be too jealous, we just called Domino’s because dinner, well, you know…it was bad. Heh.

  5. Hi, I just found your site and am totally enjoying it- you are inspiring and I love what you “do for a living” and were I not single in the midst of this adoption, staying home and raising my future daughter would be my first career choice. It’s the hardest and most rewarding work there is in my opinion.
    I wanted to let you know I had seen this disgusting editorial elsewhere and posted it to my first DTC group(long story, adoption was cancelled 2 months before referral due to divorce). They were all over it and the guys boss sent out a big apology. If you’d like a copy if you haven’t read it I’m happy to send it to you. Apparently he is adopted himself. Go figure, right?
    I’m off to read more of your site. I haven’t found one I enjoy this much in a while!
    Kris

  6. Thanks so much, Kris- I was trying to post a comment on your beautiful blog- but for whatever reason, can’t. Thank you so much for visiting…come back anytime!!!

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