Life Imitates Art: Mary Landrieu calls Pavel Astakhov an ass; Then files bill to speed-up international adoption
Two weeks ago New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz wrote G20 Ends Abruptly when Obama calls Putin a Jackass.
Last week, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) , in an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty called Russian Children’s Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, who supports Russia’s refusal to re-open its child coffers to needy American paps, an ass. And it wasn’t satire.
To make sure RFE/RL knew this just wasn’t a slip of her sloppy political tongue, Landrieu reiterated:
“He doesn’t want to hear the truth,” the senator says. “He’s an ass. You can write that: He’s an ass!“
And RFE/RL did just that.
Despite the impeccable US news source , no other US media picked up Landrieu’s insult to a high ranking member of the Putin government, and so far only the English language edition of RIA Novisti has published the account (though it may appear in the Russian language press.) Astakhov’s
Russian or English language tweets make no note of the outburst. Does Bastardette have to do Drudge’s work?
To add insult to injury Landrieu claimed during the interview that Russian officials are wrong when they say that American adopters who abuse and kill their Russian acquisitions aren’t punished. Obviously Landrieu is the one who’s mistaken. My blog Nikto Ne Zabyt–Nichto Ne Zabyto, routinely accessed by the US State Department, the Russian government, and the press, documents the cases of Russian adoptees murdered by their forever American adoptive parents. Very few killers have received heavy sentences.
Landrieu’s remarks were published only one day after the Russian Foreign Ministry called for the US to investigate and prosecute the cases of at least 26 Russian children who have been re-homed to non-biological and non-adoptive families -including pedophiles–outside of the already suspect adoption industry.
Moreover, while Landrieu was busy comparing Astakhov to donkey parts, she was also busy introducing an industrial-size piece of busybody but very dangerous legislation: the Children in Families First of 2013 bill. (CHIFF) Though pimped with nice-nice terms such as “family preservation,” and “kinship adoption” the bill is clearly an attempt to refocus US foreign policy to ramp up and speed up foreign placement in the US. You know. Make it easier for Americans to adopt other people’s children. The bill is backed by the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, Both Ends Burning , the Center for Adoption Policy (CAP), the Christian Alliance for Orphans, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) (the misnamed) Equality for Adopted Children (EACH), Kidsave International, the National Council for Adoption(NCFA), the Joint Council for International Children’s Services ( JCICS), and Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church. A serious, well-funded PR campaign to whisk this monster through is already in in place.
Note that no adoptee rights and adoption reform groups were asked to weigh in. Of course these shut-up-and-be-grateful industry hotshots don’t care what we think. Unfortunately for them, they’re about to find out!
I haven’t had the time to read the full 77-page bill yet, but I’ll be writing about it soon. In the meantime read Pound Pup’s extensive analysis of the bill here. Then contact Landrieu’s office and tell her what you think of her latest attempt to disfranchise the children of the world.
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Marley Greiner, Exe.Chair, Bastard Nation