Friday, September 21, 2007

Stamp of disapproval

Isn't this beautiful?

You can't have it though. A certain online custom postage printing shop says so.

You can't have it because it's a policy violation. They refuse to sell you things that violate their policy.

Policy Violations:
--- Incorporates material that is primarily partisan or political in nature.
--- Incorporates material the primary purpose of which is to advocate or protest any particular religious, social, political, legal or moral agenda of any person or entity.

So that means there's no way they would sell you custom postage that look like these, because none of these advocate any religious, social, or political agenda:

Oh wait, sorry, they do sell them. So actually the unnamed custom postage store's policy needs to be amended a bit. Like a birth certificate.

Policy Violations:
--- Incorporates material that is primarily pro adoptee rights.
--- Incorporates material the primary purpose of which is to advocate adoptee rights.

That beautiful design was created by an extremely talented bastard at an extremely wonderful support group I frequent. I'm not naming names, and you'll know why in a moment. Orders were being collected, and we were going to buy 100 sheets in bulk. I placed an extra early bird order of 1 sheet on my own so that I'd have them in time for RegDay.

And I got bitchslapped by some bastard-hater, who won't sell any type of design that promotes any type of social agenda, as you can see from the images they sell in the picture above.

Julie made a really incredible point on her blog about it. Real stamps are for real kids. Not us.

But hey, that's OK. Not everyone loves bastards. We're so embarrassing. We represent sex. We represent being unwanted. They don't want our dirty bastard money. We probably got it from stealing and murdering someone anyway, right? Everyone knows adoptees are so disturbed.

But whatever. I tried another site. And got no love from them either. A few hours later, they rejected the design as well. This second site also had another nifty difty little thing in their clause. If they deny you, you can't talk about it. Because then they could sue you about it.

Yes, that is correct. If they deny you, and you kvetch about it, they'll sue you.

Which brings me to the second thing I loved about Julie's post.

There is no one who would speak up for us.

If we were gay or African American or pro-war or christian or environmentalists -- you name it -- and someone denied our design, there not only are a host of organizations we could turn to to publicize this, but in the event we were sued for talking about it, we'd have a host of organizations that would defend us.

There is no love for bastards of this world, once we outgrow that cute and cuddly stage.

Neither online custom postage printing service returned my emails asking for clarification. Another round of appeal letters will be sent, not so much to change their minds, because there's no changing someone's mind when it comes to angry, disturbed adoptees who have the audacity to want their birth certificates. They'll say they have no choice. They'll turn down a $1,399.00 sale because, hey, they are bound by the post office, who won't allow them to print anything related to adoption.

6 complaints from ingrates:

Anonymous,  September 21, 2007 at 8:36 AM  

What an awesome stamp. I can't believe they won't print it! Ugh.

Anonymous,  September 21, 2007 at 9:05 AM  

My mind boggles.

I'd take this somewhere higher. I really, really would. Sure, it's 41 cent stamp.

But it's so much more, isn't it? ISN'T IT?

(And wow, what a great design!!)

Anonymous,  September 21, 2007 at 3:58 PM  

What the heck???!!! It doesn't seem all that radical to me.

It doesn't even say "Bastard Nation" on it.


Ungrateful Little Bastard September 21, 2007 at 4:39 PM  

Well I hate to be a defeatist, but I'm just not even going to try with my beautiful KILL SKINNY PEOPLE stamp I made, what's the point really?

Andie D. September 23, 2007 at 5:45 PM  

Is that last stamp one that they did publish? What about taking this story to either a local news station and/or CNN or Fox News?

This is BULLSHIT. Total bullshit.

Ungrateful Little Bastard September 24, 2007 at 9:46 AM  

The last one was the adoption stamp put out by the USPS. It's ok to promote separating families but reuniting them - BLASPHEMY!

But that's ok. The other ideas people are coming up with are even more interesting

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