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Opening Arguments

Take a hike, doll

Sometimes, we spend too much time waching Washington for the big losses of freedom, the big intrusions by government, the big abuses of power. Then a little thing sneaks up on us:

Barbie could get an unwelcome present for her 50th birthday: outlawed in West Virginia.

A state lawmaker proposed a bill Tuesday to ban sales of the iconic Mattel doll and others like her.

The Barbie Ban Bill, proposed by Democratic Delegate Jeff Eldridge (D) Lincoln County, says such toys influence girls to place too much importance on physical beauty, at the expense of their intellectual and emotional development.

Good lord. It would be tempting to just dismiss Eldridge as a reactionary yahoo, but the mindset is much too common.


Bob G.
Fri, 03/06/2009 - 12:25pm

Yeah, and what about all those NASTY G.I. JOEs, going around in those terrible MILITARY CLOTHES, carrying those plastic weapons...
What message is THAT oending to our young biys?
(Uh...that America is SAFE BECAUSE of such people?)

How dare they?

Now...lets go and play "Grand Theft Auto- San Andreas" on the XBOX.
That's much less harmful to our children.
(yeah right)


Michael B-P
Sat, 03/07/2009 - 11:17am

What's Eldridge going to do next, call for the censorship of World Wrestling on network television because it inhibits cultivation and appreciation of proper etiquette and polite manners in West Virginia? He should be laughed off the stage.

tim zank
Sat, 03/07/2009 - 4:39pm

You know, it'd be kind of funny if it wasn't so sadly indicative of ALL the brain-dead morons like this guy, which we have actually taken seriously enough to have ELECTED him to office.

I suppose it would be a fascinating study in psychology to delve into this guys brain and determine what would place this "Barbie Dilemma" at the top of his legislative "to-do" list.

How in the f%$* could things be so great in West "By God" Virginia that the legislature or the voters have the time or inclination to pay any attention to this yutz?

Of course the easy answer is, maybe the voters in West Virginia are even more stupid than Representative Eldridge is.
I'm stickin' with that, for now.