Saturday, December 05, 2009

All Dressed Up and No Where To Go


A bitter person returned home after getting as far as Greenwood and discovering the game had been cancelled.

Once Again The Delmar Christmas Parade Has been Rescheduled

The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce has postponed the Christmas Parade again.

The Delmar Wildcats will be playing the State Championship game tomorrow (Sunday)at 3 PM.

The new date (and final date) for the Delmar Christmas Parade is SUNDAY, DEC 13th at 2PM. IF it should rain, the parade will NOT be rescheduled again.

If anyone is interested in partipating who had not already applied, please call the Parade Coordinator Roger Martinson at 410-430-6566 or the Chamber voicemail at 302-846-3336 or email the Chamber at :delmardinamite@verizon.net

PAC 14 and The Stand Up

While channel surfing this morning trying to find a news channel that wasn't talking about Tiger Woods I settled on PAC-14 so you know I was desperate. It happened to have a local talent show called 'The Stand-Up' put on by The Children Theatre of Delmarva. As it turns out it was interesting. Two performers that impressed me were Julia Johnson of Delmar (age 9) and Savannah Smith of Laurel (age 11). Both sang. Julia Johnson has an exceptional voice. Savannah Smith not only sang well but had all the facial expressions and body movements down to make her performance standout. I think we will hear a great deal from both of them in the future.

Flight 19


Today at the Navy Operation Support Center in Miami a bell will ring as the names of the missing airmen are read during the 64th Anniversary of the Navy Flight 19 Memorial Ceremony.

On December 5 1945 Five US Navy Avenger torpedo bombers and their crews took off from the Naval Air Station at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 2:10 in the afternoon. It was a routine practice mission and the flight was composed of all students except for the Commander, a Lt. Charles Taylor. The entire flight disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle. A search effort was started and the rescue seaplane also went missing during the search (supposedly exploding). The day this flight vanished might well be the birth date of the popularity of the Bermuda Triangle. For airplane mysteries Flight 19 is only surpassed by Amelia Earhart disappearing over the Pacific in her Lockheed Electra in 1938. Theories ranging from time warps to UFO kidnappings surround Flight 19 and it's missing five planes, the rescue seaplane and a total of 14 crewmen for all six planes. Altho we know in the movie they were returned safely in 'Close encounters of the Third Kind'.

It is generally assumed the five planes ran out of gas and crashed into the ocean. Various Avenger bombers have been found on the ocean floor but none have matched the serial numbers of the planes. So the mystery continues.

Friday, December 04, 2009

David Hastings Ad - 1950

Delmar Christmas Parade Postponed

The Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the Delmar Christmas Parade, has POSTPONED the Christmas Parade until Sunday, Dec. 6th. The parade will still begin at 2pm.

As far as I know the parade route will be the same as posed before.

DNREC Press Release

Deadline approaching for pre-season turkey hunt lottery applications

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding hunters that lottery applications for six-day turkey hunts on state wildlife areas next spring are due in the Division’s Dover office no later than Friday, Dec. 18. Applications will be drawn at random to allow hunters to participate in one of three six-day hunts on state lands during turkey season in April 2010.

For the first time, a limited number of permits will be available for the C&D Canal Wildlife Area, bringing the total number of wildlife areas open during Delaware’s spring gobbler hunt to 20. To be considered for the lottery, hunters must have completed the Delaware Turkey Hunter Education Class and must hold a valid Delaware hunting license unless exempt from state licensing requirements.

“We have been offering this spring hunting opportunity for several years, and it has been very successful,” said Ken Reynolds, a Wildlife program manager with the Division. “Last year, 31 birds were harvested on public land - a new record that also accounted for 10 percent of the state’s total turkey harvest.”

An application form for the hunts can be found on page 46 of the 2009 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, or hunters can print the form online at www.fw.delaware.gov/Hunting/Pages/Wildlife.aspx. Applications should be mailed in time for the Dec. 18 deadline to Wildlife Section, Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

For more information about Delaware’s spring gobbler hunt or the lottery, please call the Wildlife Section at 302-739-9912.

Today's Quote

It is better to die
on your feet
than to live on your knees
— Emiliano Zapata

Thursday, December 03, 2009

DNREC Press Release

Fish and Wildlife agents make arrests for waterfowl hunting violations

During the recent waterfowl season, DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents arrested several hunters in three separate incidents.

On the morning of Nov. 28 in the C&D Canal area, agents arrested Robert N. Johnson Jr., age 44, of 1416 Spruce Avenue, Wilmington. He was charged with possession of a deadly weapon (firearm) by a person prohibited, possession, purchase or control of ammunition by a person prohibited; and unlawfully operating a motor vehicle off an established roadway. Johnson was released on unsecured bond pending a preliminary hearing on Dec. 14.

On the morning of Nov. 26, agents arrested three men on a pond near Port Mahon Road. Eric S. Hand, age 27, of 579 Savannah Road, Dover, was charged with using a prohibited hunting device (baited area) and no HIP number. Roy S. Hand Jr., age 56, of 5264 Bayside Drive, Dover, was charged with using a prohibited hunting device (baited area), and possession of unlawfully taken game. Irwin W. Little Jr., age 54, of 142 Main Street, Dover, was charged with using a prohibited hunting device (baited area) and possession of toxic shot. All three men were issued fines and released.

On the morning of Nov. 23 in the area of a private pond located near Route 13 in Laurel, agents arrested six men and charged them with using a prohibited hunting device (baited area), and possession of unlawfully taken game. The men are: Rodney T. Murphy, age 29, of 28727 Fire Tower Road, Laurel; Matthew Crockett, age 22, of 26855 Line Road, Seaford; Roger L. Baker, age 37, of 11347 Laurel Road, Laurel; Chad Brittingham, age 24, of 8576 Woodland Ferry Road, Laurel; Rickie Adkins, age 27, of 23717 Dove Road, Seaford; and Trig E. Burris, age 46, 12490 Fawn Drive, Laurel. All six men were issued fines and released.

Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section at 302-739-4580.

For further information, contact Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, at 302-542-6102 or 302-739-9913.

Camels and Prince Albert - 1952

The Delmar Middle School Winter-Holiday Concert

Under the direction of David Smith the Middle School 6th grade band and the 7th and 8th Grade band had their Christmas Concert - okay they call it the Winter Holiday concert but it still the Christmas concert to me.

I arrived a few minutes late so I was only able to listen to "Silent Night" and "Up on the Housetop" performed by the 6th grade band. The program said they also did; "Wassail March" and "Name That Christmas Carol." I thought "Up on the Housetop" was the best number they did.

Above the 7th and 8th grade band. The band did four numbers; "Frosty, The Snowman", "March Into Christmas", "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" and "Christmas March." I think "the Christmas March" was the best number but "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" had some good drum work in it.

The 6th grade band joined the 7th and 8th band to do a final number and it was the best of the evening. The band did a very good rendition of "Sleigh Ride". It had a full band sound to it and everything worked in it.

It was a short program. I guess the good side was I was able to attend this and make it back home to see Survivor.

Gary Cooper and Fay Wray in St Michaels

Over in Talbot County around St Michaels and Royal Oaks in May of 1928 “The Train” arrived in Royal Oak – not just any train this train carried a special car with movie making equipment and forty movie technicians from Paramount Famous Lasky Studios from Hollywood California. Was there local talk about this event – you bettcha. The movie crew was there to make a silent film featuring Gary Cooper and Fay Wray. The story line dealt with the rough and tumble life of waterman that worked on the bay and the movie was called “The First Kiss”. Gary Cooper was a skipjack captain named Mulligan Talbot.

This would be Gary Cooper’s third film. Fay Wray was already well known with over 30 movies to her credit and she had made a previous movie over in Queenstown called “The Whip”.

While working on the film Fay Wray and John Monk Saunders (a writer) decided to marry so they traveled to Easton where with Gary Cooper as best man, they were married.

The picture did not fare well as it was a silent film and was released in the transition period between silent and talkies.

Topic picked up from the book “Memories of Steamboats, Campmeetings, Skipjacks and Islands of the Chesapeake”, by Ben Evans.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Arr! There's treasure Afloat Me Lads

The Year 1750
London England

To my brother George Wilson,
There are three creeks lying 100 paces or more north of the second inlet above Chincoteague Virginia, which is at the south end of the peninsula. At the head of the third creek to the northward is a bluff facing the Atlantic Ocean with cedar trees growing on it each about 1 and 1/3 yards apart. Between the trees I buried in ten ironbound chests bars of silver, gold, diamonds, and jewels to the sum of 200,000 sterling. Go to “Woody knoll” secretly and remove the treasure

Signed
Charles Wilson.


Charles Wilson was a South Carolina sea captain that turned to Piracy in 1730. By 1750 he was hung until dead in London. Before he died he wrote the above letter to his brother. It was stored with his other papers after his death and did not come to light until 1948.

So there you have it, after this recent storm that has tossed the shoreline around you know somewhere between Chincoteague and Ocean City there is fortune waiting for you. As far as it is known it is still buried (or maybe the storm has exposed it) waiting for you to find it. And of course Blackbeard’s treasure is still there waiting. Arrr! some lucky person could have a very nice Christmas this year.

I. H. A. Dulany And Sons Ad - 1907

The Firetruck/Football Team Parade and the Noise Ordinance

Lets me say up front I do not have a problem with the occasional parade thru town to celebrate an excellent outcome of a school event. What I do have is a problem with the way this event has shown an ugly side to this town. The problem was created by a blogger who does not live in town but is well known for stirring up hate and a large number of people in this town went along with him. However he is a minor concern in this matter, what concerns me is a large number of people in essence said we know it is breaking the law and we do not care and we intend to do it again. Now I have always felt that if a law was a bad law you should fight it and I think the noise ordinance was a bad law, but it is a law. For the picky people I am considering a town ordinance the same as a law.

The noise ordinance came about in 2006 when the Holly Lake Estates people (who do not live in the town limits) came to the Delmar Maryland Council (Doug Niblett was Mayor at the time) to complain about the Saturn Dealership playing loud music in order to attract customers. At the time it was passed I made several Comments in my posts and on this
blog. It was a Maryland issue but Mayor Outten jumped on the Me Too bandwagon and had it put in place for the Delaware side of town also.

Last Monday night we had the newly elected fire chief say he fully intended to break this ordinance again on Saturday night regardless if the team wins or loses. Was Dr. Rings present there an official indication of school support for law breaking? A number of the elected official (who passed the ordinance) applauded this action. The Maryland Mayor (who started this noise ordinance to begin with) invited the parade to travel on the Maryland side of town.

What kind of message does this send to the world and more so to our children? On one hand there are those people who would say it shows we support our children and the other it tells our children that you do not have to obey the law. What kind of elected officials do we have that will pass an ordinance and than say to ignore it? Was it not a big waste of time to begin with? What was demonstrated Monday night to our children was that Delmar has mob rule as opposed to a stable government made up of laws and ordinances. I will be gracious and say the town police, who escorted the parade thru town, were merely trying to make an unlawful situation safe for the public by their escorting them.

President Barack Obama December 1st Speech

Well I watched a number of West Point cadets look like they were dosing off during Obama's speech last night, but about the speech - amazing - for a man who promised change I am watching the same policies being followed by him as previous administrations have followed. From print more money - to dumping the devalued money into fool bail outs that just make corporate executives richer - to increasing troop build up. I frankly was expecting a lot more from him. Now to kick off the Christmas season we are sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.

From the associated press; Declaring “our security is at stake,” President Barack Obama ordered an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into the long war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, nearly tripling the force he inherited but promising an impatient public to begin withdrawal in 18 months. ...will cost $30 billion for the first year alone

He said it was not Vietnam all over again
First, there are those who suggest that Afghanistan is another Vietnam. They argue that it cannot be stabilized, and we are better off cutting our losses and rapidly withdrawing. Yet this argument depends upon a false reading of history. Unlike Vietnam, we are joined by a broad coalition of 43 nations that recognizes the legitimacy of our action.

Unlike Vietnam, we are not facing a broad-based popular insurgency. And most importantly, unlike Vietnam, the American people were viciously attacked from Afghanistan, and remain a target for those same extremists who are plotting along its border. To abandon this area now – and to rely only on efforts against al Qaeda from a distance – would significantly hamper our ability to keep the pressure on al Qaeda, and create an unacceptable risk of additional attacks on our homeland and our allies.


but we have been in Afghanistan eight years, and each year more US troops are sent in. Can you remember Vietnam in which each years whichever President that was in office would issue a message to the effect that the war was turning in our favor and now we were winning? Maybe if we just increase border security and stop illegals and foreign students from entering our country we would be better off than supporting Afghanistan and the rest of the world. Maybe if we came down strong on users of dope in any quantity it would stop the market for the drug traffic into the United States and in turn stop financing the Taliban whose main source of money is from drugs sold in the United States.

The full text of the speech is located here.

Sussex County Press Release Christmas Bonus

Sussex County employees to receive $300 bonus after year of reductions, sacrifices

Georgetown, Del., Dec. 1, 2009: Sussex County Council is spreading a little holiday cheer to its nearly 500 employees.

County Council, at its Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, meeting, approved a one-time $300 bonus for all full-time County employees as a ‘thank you’ for their efforts during the past year, a year in which pay raises were suspended, overtime was reduced, and health insurance increases forced workers to share in those additional costs.

Council approved the $300 bonus for each full-time employee to take effect immediately. Employees will see the extra dollars in their next paycheck in mid-December.

For Fiscal 2010, the County’s budget is 16 percent lower than the previous year, though all services provided to the public remain intact. In that time, positions left vacant by retirements and attrition have remained unfilled while staff has been cross-trained to take on other duties.

The bonuses will cost an additional $166,000 in payroll this budget year, but County Administrator David B. Baker said better-than-expected revenue generated in the first quarter that ended Sept. 30 will allow for Council to grant the one-time bonuses.

“The employees have done the heavy lifting to accomplish these savings, and they deserve a portion of the reward,” County Council President Vance C. Phillips said. “Ultimately, the taxpayers of Sussex County are the winners of our employees’ dedication and sacrifice.”

Sussex County Press Release on Dog Control

Sussex County adopts dog control ordinance, awards contract for services

Georgetown, Del., Dec. 1, 2009: Dog owners in Sussex County will notice a few changes when it comes time to tag Fido in the New Year.

County Council, at its Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, meeting, adopted a new ordinance that articulates the County’s authority when it comes to dogs, sets licensing fees and establishes penalties for violators. Council’s action comes after the State of Delaware in June transferred dog control responsibilities to the counties beginning in 2010.

This summer, the General Assembly mandated that all counties take over dog control by Jan. 1. Historically, the State has managed dog control statewide, but in the past two years, Sussex has provided $1.2 million to help subsidize the cost in anticipation of the transition.

County Council, meantime, awarded a one-year contract to the Kent County SPCA to provide dog control services in the county. Duties will include investigating complaints, retrieving unleashed dogs and inspecting kennel operations. Under the contract, Sussex County will pay Kent County SPCA $671,750 for one year; after the initial year, the contract allows for two one-year options, which must be agreed to by both parties.

“We believe this is the most economical and sensible approach to managing dog control responsibilities at the County level,” County Administrator David B. Baker said. “The Kent County SPCA has been providing dog control services throughout the state for the past couple of years, and we believe their experience, along with the fact that they have the resources and staff already in place, make them the most logical choice to be awarded the contract.”

With the transition, the public will see some noticeable differences in the administration of dog control, including an increase in fees to better cover the cost of providing services, Mr. Baker said. However, Mr. Baker noted that licensing fees will only generate approximately $68,000 in revenue annually, far below the total cost of dog control services.

Beginning Jan. 1, dog owners must obtain an annual license from the County by March 1 of each year for animals 6 months of age or older. For spayed and neutered dogs, the cost will be $10 annually; for non-spayed and unneutered dogs, the cost will be $15 yearly. Dogs must be current on their rabies vaccinations at the time the license is obtained. Fees would be waived for seeing-eye, lead or guide dogs and those that have previously served in a branch of the U.S. military. Other fees set by the ordinance include those for kenneling operations, which range from $60 to $200 a year, depending on the number of dogs kenneled.

All licenses will be valid through Dec. 31 each year. Owners who fail to comply with the ordinance licensing requirements could face an initial $50 fine, with a maximum fine of $100 for repeat offenses within a 12-month period.

Licenses will be available for purchase directly from Sussex County government. In the coming weeks, applications will be available online at www.sussexcountyde.gov, at authorized locations such as kennels and shelters, as well as at the County Administrative Offices building, 2 The Circle, in Georgetown. Applicants may submit their dog license request in person, by mail or through the online form that will be available on the County Web site.

To learn more about dog licensing requirements in Sussex County, click on the ‘Dog Licenses’ link listed under the Online Services tab of the County’s Web site; to read the adopted ordinance, visit the ‘Ordinances’ page, also listed under Online Services.

For questions about dog control services and licensing requirements, call (302) 855-7824.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Good Journalism

The News Journal recently (Nov 16) had an article on Jeffrey L. Sparenberg donating a flag from the USS Cole to the Delaware Military Museum. In the article he said he was on the USS Cole at the time of the attack. The News Journal said they had received a number of calls and letters saying Sparenberg was not on the USS Cole at the time of the attack the News Journal said they are investing the matter and will print the outcome of their investigation.

Unlike Bloggers, who can and will print anything, Newspapers still have some integrity in providing accurate news to the public. It is often said newspapers are a dieing media but I don't see any other media source out there (TV, Radio, internet etc) who are as honest as newspapers are. The News Journal shows good journalism in their articles.

Buy American Toys - 1948 Ad

Mardela Springs Christmas Heritage Tour This Sunday

The Fourth Annual Christmas Heritage Tour at Mardela Springs will usher in the Christmas holiday on Sunday December 6, 2009 from 4 to 7 pm all over this historic Wicomico County town.

Sixteen buildings will be open throughout the town, which will be beautifully decorated and lighted. A contest for most beautifully lit will reward three lucky homeowners with an early Christmas present. A tram will be carrying visitors around town all evening.

Start your tour at the Fire House where maps and brochures can be picked up. Unique crafters and vendors will be set up.

All the tours and entertainment are free but donations will be accepted. For more information, contact D. Kenney at 410-546-4672.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Delmar November Joint Council Meeting - 2009

The November Delmar Delaware and Delmar Maryland Joint Council meeting was held tonight. All members from both councils were present except Commissioner Williams and the late arrival of Councilman Thompson. My usual disclaimer is; I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story - go to the meeting.

Sgt Wade Alexander of the Delmar police department and member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) gave a talk on the history of bargaining between the town police and Delmar Delaware. The FOP of course wants to open bargaining with the Delaware side of town. In one of those rare moments Mayor Outten conducted himself as a leader of the town of Delmar Delaware and did a good job of stating his position, which is of course against bargaining.

The Police netted $9,218.52 from the auction of abandoned vehicles bikes etc.

The zoning code change that would allow Casino in Delmar was handled pretty much without mentioning the word casino until the end of the discussion. I spoke out against the survey that was done. As I have stated before there was no control over the survey forms and no one knew who filled out the survey forms. The council, of course being the Spawn of Satan that they are, passed it back to Planning and Zoning to work out the details of putting the word casino into the the zoning.


There has been a stop sign discussion for 4th and Chestnut street for a number of months. Some people feel the traffic on Bi-State Blvd when it turns on to Chestnut is going to fast for Chestnut street and they do not reduce their speed when they are on Chestnut street. It was felt a stop sign at 4th and Chestnut would make them change their speed for the rest of the trip down Chestnut. The Police chief agrees. Once again Commissioner Carl Anderton spoke out against installing the sign and said another survey should be made. The Maryland side re-elected him so they can live with him, that is what happens when you continue to re-elect the incumbent.


Mark S. Bowen, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County swore in the two incumbents for another term.

The Bombshell of the night was Carrie Williams who had just been re-elected resigned from office of Commissioner.

Doug Niblett was sworn in as Mayor and Carl Anderton as commissioner leading the Maryland side of town to the same path they have always been on.




There was a request for an addition street light on Elizabeth street as there was a fear of crime due to the darkness of that part of the street, as it turns out there has already been a breaking and entering at the spot the light was requested for. As usual the Delmar Maryland council said they would review the need for it.

The Delmar Delaware Board of Adjustments needs two volunteers for the board. If you are interested contact the town manager. Yes you have to live in Delmar Delaware.


Dr Ring spoke about the upcoming Wicomico county school re-districting issue and the Delaware consolidation of school districts offices. The Delaware report is due out Wednesday from Tom Wagner Jr Office.

Barb Hudson spoke about how pleased she was that the night she had her student government come by to listen to a council meeting there was a good turn out of public.

The meeting was over by 9:15 PM.

The November Delmar Utility Meeting - 2009

The Delmar Utility Commission held it's monthly meeting tonight. All members except Councilman Thompson were present. Among the items discussed were;

Hopkins construction was given the contract to replace the media in the three filters at the water treatment plant at a cost of $43,294.34.

A new pump was order for the Pine Street Pumping station at a cost $26,000. There is a ten week delivery time on it. Both the money for the pump and water filter media will come from the depreciation reserve fund.

The waste water treatment plant upgrade is on schedule in spite of the rain we have been having.

A new revised agreement with Tidewater Utilities was given to us on our arrival at the meeting. I again spoke out against any change to the original agreement altho the other members of the commission seem incline to go along with the changes.

Double Mills Newsletter is Out

The latest edition of the Double Mills Newsletter "The Mockingbird" is out on their web site. Double Mills is the gristmill located between Delmar and Mardela Springs. The newsletters are always interesting, this edition looks at prohibition, one room school houses, Indian corn and a number of other grist mills. If you are interested in history, generally west of Delmar, but some in Delmar and some east of Delmar than look at the newsletter.

Norfolk Southern Air Polluter


Those of us who live in the old section of Delmar were given a Norfolk Southern treat this morning (still going on) when engine 3363 decided to warm-up for a half hour plus and send exhaust fumes around town. I had to give up trying to work outside and came inside. The diesel smell is just terrible. Yet if you were to try to burn leaves in Delaware it is consider a health hazard and against the EPA rules but this engine can sit there and run all day long. Always hard to photo exhaust fumes but you can look at the vapor coming out of the engine on these photos.

School Band To Give Concert Thursday

The Delmar Middle School Band Concert will be held Thursday, December 3rd at 7pm in the school auditorium.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

DELMAR CHRISTMAS PARADE - 2009

The Delmar Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

Applications available by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 302-846-3336 or you can pick one up at Town Hall AFTER 10/29. Deadline for applications is Dec. 1st.

UPDATE; Parade route is S Pennsylvania Ave., East on E. State Street and Left on N 8th st.

Joint Council Meeting Tomorrow

There will be a joint council meeting tomorrow night at 7 PM at Town hall. Among the items on the agenda are; The oath of office will be given to the newly elected Delmar Maryland officials, Delmar Police Dept.and their Proposed Delaware Collective Bargaining, Dr. Chandra- Preliminary Approval Proposed Strip Mall, the Tidewater Utilities Revision Agreement, and altho not mentioned on the agenda they will no doubt approve the change to the zoning for a casino.

Burka Barbie


Barbie is back in the news again. The most misunderstood doll of all time has had a designer make a burka for her for her 50th anniversary this year at a charity auction in connection with Sotheby's for Save The Children. Please note the company (Mattel)isn’t producing these Barbies. A designer is taking regular, old Barbies and putting them in burkas.

The Barbie fashion design doll has been produced since 1959 and is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year. Always the subject of discussion with the most prevalent complaint being she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image for a young woman. Our daughters certainly had their share of Barbies and Barbies accessories from cars to apartments buildings. At Christmas time when I would have to venture into the Barbie section I would use to refer to as the pink aisle as the whole aisle was a mass of pink packaging.

Supposedly a company director stated: “Bring it on Burkha Barbie, I think this is a great idea. I think this is really important for girls, wherever they are from they should have the opportunity to play with a Barbie that they feel represents them.”

Of interest Barbie was banned in Saudi Arabia, they are trying to ban her in Iran, probably in all of the middle east. As the Saudis said before banning her "Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful."

So will this doll come with an accessory like a bomb pack to wear under the Burka?