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“I’m sure we’ll settle it at some point.”

In the meantime, we’re above the law, because parents desperate enough to ship their kids here don’t ask questions.

The Ranch For Kids has been operating without a license since 2010, and that’s cool, because Jesus: Ranch owner Joyce Sterkel is appealing that order in court, saying the ranch has become part of a church mission and is no longer under the *board’s authority.

Why does the board care? Oh just a few “nitpicky” things like no background checks on employees who are working with children: An inspection that was part of the license application process found deficiencies that included a failure to show the ranch’s buildings are up to code, the lack of a disaster plan, no background checks or commercial drivers’ licenses for employees and no student handbook or statement on the rights of the program participants.

FSM help those kids. I wouldn’t board my cat at an outfit like this.

Ranch officials have previously refused entry to state inspectors […]. Cockrell, a deputy fire marshal, and electrical and plumbing inspectors tried to look at the ranch property in April 2009. Cockrell also asked a law enforcement official along because of what he believed was “threatening behavior” by ranch manager William Sutley.Sutley met them and denied them access to conduct their inspections, the first time Cockrell said that has ever happened to him.

Everything’s fine, though. Just ask the satisfied customers. (No, not the adoptees–don’t be silly. The APs.)

*That’s the Montana Board of Private Alternative Adolescent Residential and Outdoor Programs. What a mouthful.

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Look Who’s Adopting!

An autocorrect function and its partner, Queen Latina!

[…] During a visit with ABC’s talk show The View, Queen Latina revealed to the ladies that she’s considering starting a family of her own. When The View’s co-host Barbara Walters asked the Joyful Noise actress if she would ever adopt,  Latina told Walters, “I’m actually kind of working on that.”

Walters continued to ask Queen Latina about the adoption rumors. Latina went on to say, “I’m totally serious.  So if you got a kid that you don’t . . . Just give me a year — let me set up camp and send me the kid! But no, no, totally.”

So it seems that Queen Latina will be starting a family regardless of her relationship status and the ongoing speculation regarding her sexual orientation. She’s also joining the likes of many other Hollywood celebrities that are known for adopting black babies, particularly from the Motherland. Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie who adopted Zahara from Ethiopia and they also have two other non-black children that are adopted. Then there is also Madonna’s controversial adoption of little David Banda from Malawi a host of other celebrities.

With the popularity of white celebrities adopting black children it is no surprise that some black folks are not too happy with this new movement, leaving some to wonder and even debate if this is something that more blacks should be embracing.

From unverified sources In March 2012, it was reported that Latina planned to adopt her first child from Africa. This leads me to wonder if she is going to follow suite with the movement of white celebrities adopting black children from other countries.

(That’s all. Just had to share.)

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