"When a teen or 20-something is carrying an Anya Hindmarch, Barbie bag it'll reinforce Barbie as relevant, cool brand for little girls," said Dickson. "Little girls are growing up faster than ever and looking to adults and teens for inspiration, and Barbie is their aspiration."
"Barbie has a special relationship with women," said Dickson. "It takes them back to being a little girl and fantasizing about what they're going to be in the future."
The reason that I will remember this small ceremony is that it helps to mark a change that is taking place in my time as governor. The first 2 1/2 + years have been marked by a lot of fixing: getting the budget straightened out, the agony--there's no other word for it--of bringing TennCare under control, playing catchup in teacher salaries and higher education capital projects. These are important parts of the job, but by themselves leave you unsatisfied. This summer has marked a transition for me, beginning to move beyond the fixing and starting to do the forward-looking things that were the motivation for seeking this office in the first place.
Arabization is going to boom in these next few years," says Ms. El-Hakim. "We're such an impressionable people and we aspire so much to be like the West, that we take on anything that we believe is a symbol or a manifestation of Western culture."
A gratuitous assertion, Frau Greta. Did the Fuehrer tell you that?
If you really want somebody to know something, you could just tell them.
I doubt she'd choke on yours.
The story on "the Lutheran," ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, was from January. I was…