I received several private emails from fans encouraging me to continue my eBay window-shopping spree. Though much of the current Ebay beg-a-thon is for financing adoptions from foreign lands, there is still some good adoption kitsch out there just waiting to be snapped up by sentimental adoptashoppers. Amongst the day-glo bracelets, Italian Choose Adoption charms, and adoptable Teddies, a few true pieces of work have appeared. Unfortunately, some of them have already been sold, but I think it’s worthwhile to see just how deep AdoptionLander taste has sunk in the last couple of years as the HWI supply continues to dry up. Here for instance is the Angel Dollar For Adoption offered by Brad and Camille to help them bring “our daughter home from China.” Excuse me Brad! Just how did YOUR daughter get to China and why was she left there? But why quibble! As you see, this is a real genuine US George Washington dollar bill, only an angel’s head is superimposed over George’s. Isn’t there a law against defacing US currency? Actually, yes. Title 18, Section 33 of the US Code specifically says: Defacement of currency is a violation of Title 18, Section 333 of the United Continue Reading →


eBay has always been a safe haven (excuse me, I can’t help myself) for the weird, the bizarre, and the collectible. It’s the place where Bastardette regularly replenishes her Tsar Nicholas II icon, Ghoulardi, and Che Guevara collections. Being temporarily impoverished, however, she’s avoided even visiting the place lately, fearing an attack of conspicuous consumption that even a few bedtime readings of Thorsten Veblen couldn’t cure. Due to a recent post on a private email list, though, regarding a certain peculiar adoption-related item (more about that in a minute), Bastardette ventured forth once more into the Land of Leisure Time Spending to take a look at what was being hawked under the guise of “adoption.” A few years ago, eBay was a place to find genuine adoption artificats and curiosities. Once I purchased a page from the long-running Delineator series on adoption published nearly 100 years ago under the editorship of a young Theodore Dreiser. Then there were the “pagan adoption certificates” from the 1930s and 1940s issued by the Catholic Church (don’t ask!) Occasionally some interesting adoption books have been offered, including the much coveted Chosen Child and NCFA’s Factbook 3, a must for any adoptee rights activist. Usually, Continue Reading →