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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Yuck

So the NY Times apparently started this, but there's been further talk in the liberal blogosphere about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts's adopted children. The speculation as to why and where from the Robertses adopted their children is way over the line of decency, in my opinion. Especially this line from Atrios:
But, there's certainly something weird, and by weird I don't necessarily mean "unethical" or "illegal," about Irish-born kids being adopted in Latin America by an American couple.
Well, we're sorry this tweaked your "weirdness radar". There's a good answer for why the adoption would not be in the least bit weird, unethical, or illegal here. How about we focus on Judge Roberts's suitability for the job he was nominated, and leave him his privacy in regards to his children. And how about you guys all step away from the adoption records.
Yuck, yuck, yuck.

9 Comments:

Blogger respondingtojblogs said...

Good call, I'm glad you are relatively objective compared to the more shrill voices I tend to encounter in the blogosphere who think it's their job to justify every anti-GOP move.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have mixed feelings. On one hand it is not right to get the Roberts children involved in this mess-on the other hand it is very relevant to know did the Roberts-who are both attorneys violate the law. BTW some of the potential violations that I can think of are major felonies. I believe that it is certainly inappropriate to confirm to the Supreme Court someone who knowingly, relatively recently engaged in felonies.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the 918 anonymous-I have no idea if the Roberts violated the law-but if they did it is crucial to whether or not he should be confirmed.
There are adoptions which are straight as coukd be and those sadly which nobody cares about the law. Besides morality-it is stupid-what are the adoptive parents going to say 15 years later or so when the inevitable questions come up. In the Roberts case since it is all over the papers probably much sooner.

9:22 PM  
Blogger respondingtojblogs said...

And therefore its fine and dandy to comb through adoption records, disregarding what this might do to the kids and its impact on future adoptions. Good call Anon!

10:36 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

What is truly hysterical is that reading through the comments at Atrios, I came upon a comment from someone calling for the end of "closed adoptions", that there should only be "open adoptions". Of course, other commenters are quick to point out that "open adoptions" do not mean that every Tom, Dick, and idiot Atrios commenter can get at them - just that the adopted child can get at them. Minor point.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""What is truly hysterical is that reading through the comments at Atrios, I came upon a comment from someone calling for the end of "closed adoptions", that there should only be "open adoptions". Of course, other commenters are quick to point out that "open adoptions" do not mean that every Tom, Dick, and idiot Atrios commenter can get at them - just that the adopted child can get at them. Minor point."
Noy exactly Orthomom's point-but the post raises the issue of how much knowledge about an adoption should be public-in Yahadus status follows the birth parents-Cohen, Levi, etc-so completely closed is impossible. Eg a giyoret can't marry a Kohen.

4:40 AM  
Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

they're just using the adpotion story, because that kid is so darn strange in his cutie sears sucker suit

11:47 AM  
Blogger SylvanSurf said...

I agree with your sentiment. John Roberts' adoptions have little to say about his ability to judge. It seems that since he provides such little controversy that people search and search for any little thing.

3:56 PM  
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