The Toy Hall of Fame has just announced three new inductees: the baby doll, the skateboard, and the stick! How fabulous is that in the face of all the expensive battery-powered walking talking beeping licensed-character interactive “developmental” toys out there?!?
Here’s an excerpt from the press release:
And last but not least, one very unconventional “plaything”—the Stick!—has now taken its honored place in the hall. Found in all sizes in nature, sticks inspire spontaneous, unstructured play and can be used in unendingly imaginative ways—to draw in the sand on a beach, or to use as a magic wand, slingshot, light saber, fishing rod, or walking stick; not to mention playing stickball, toasting marshmallows, or playing “fetch” with your dog. Sticks are the original construction toys: children make toy buildings out of sticks and design toy boats with leaves for sails. Many an adult has picked up a driftwood souvenir from the beach, and artists and crafters use sticks in wreaths, chairs, and sculptures. The stick now keeps proud company with another untraditional “toy”—the Cardboard Box—inducted into the hall in 2005. After all, the best toy is often a plaything that’s free, easy to get, and a source of endless creativity. (http://www.strongmuseum.org/about_us/press/NTHOF/PressReleases/2008/winners%202008%20release.pdf)
Hilary Clinton supporters, I mean. The ones who just can't get past the fact that they didn't get what they wanted. And think it's right that their candidate basically threw a week-long temper tantrum when she finally realized she'd lost. And who keep talking about some need for "healing" -- which I guess is a code word for Obama choosing Clinton for VP, or else turning over the nomination to her.
These people need to find something else to whine about. How about...ummm...genocide in Darfour? Global habitat destruction? The international sex trade? No, let's stomp our feet because the black man won the primary instead of the white woman.
Lately, environmentalists have been rethinking their opposition to nuclear power. Given the threat of global warming, maybe the risks involved in nuclear are worth the price for a non-carbon-based energy source?
Here's my decision on the matter:
I will support nuclear power once George Bush learns to pronounce it.
Interesting fact buried in a NYT article on the new debt relief agreement:
Many of the loans from the World Bank...came with conditions, often including cutting budgets. Soon children in the poorest African nations were forced to pay fees to attend public schools and families lost free coverage at rudimentary health clinics... Tanzania spent its $3 billion in debt relief to eliminate its education fees and an additional 1.6 million enrolled in its elementary schools.(emphasis mine)