Civil War Toys For Kids

civil war toys for kids
    civil war
  • A war between citizens of the same country
  • Civil War (stylized as C I V I L W A R) is the fourth album by the Minneapolis, Minnesota punk rock band Dillinger Four, released on October 14, 2008 by Fat Wreck Chords. It is the band's second album for Fat, following 2002's Situationist Comedy.
  • a war between factions in the same country
  • A civil war is a war between organized groups within the same nation state,James Fearon, in Foreign Affairs, March/April 2007. For further discussion on civil war classification, see the section "Definition". or, less commonly, between two countries created from a formerly-united nation-state.
    for kids
  • 4Kids Entertainment (commonly known as 4Kids) is a Worldwide International American film and television production company. It is known for English-dubbing Japanese anime, specializing in the acquisition, production and licensing of children's entertainment around the United States.
  • The Sport Ju-Jutsu system for kids is designed to stimulate movement and to encourage the kids natural joy of moving their bodies. The kids train all exercises from Sport Ju-Jutsu but many academys leave out punches and kicks for their youngest athlethes.
  • (toy) plaything: an artifact designed to be played with
  • (toy) a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier); "a toy stove"
  • An object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something
  • An object, esp. a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult
  • A person treated by another as a source of pleasure or amusement rather than with due seriousness
  • (toy) dally: behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection"

when war is outlawed, only outlaws will have wars (photo-opinion post)
when war is outlawed, only outlaws will have wars (photo-opinion post)
i am left wondering when we will take the value of human life more seriously. each day we hear people espouse the importance of each and every human being, but at the same time we see life cheapened by senseless acts of hostility, anger and neglect. after thousands of years of the worlds major religions telling us to love one another, after thousands of years of our mothers and fathers instilling into us the idea that we should treat each other as we want to be treated ourselves, we still harm each other. to evolve, one has to abandon one thing and embrace another. traits that no longer serve a purpose are left by the roadside as things that make us better are adopted. why do we still fight? how much inculcation is required for the human psyche to learn that war should be the action of last resort? this photoshopped version of the homage to our troops on veterans day was done for a purpose, the purpose of showing how our tributes also have sides that are not always pretty... i particularly despise it when developed nations embrace military action as a tool of diplomacy. one can often understand (but not condone) when as a last act of desperation, a people will take up arms as an act of personal self preservation, but rarely are developed, industrial nations forced against the wall and given only two options: fight or die. my particular focus now is how my country (the united states) has taken it upon itself to fight terror with bullets. it is as though we have failed to arm ourselves with intellect before arming ourselves with weapons in this current battle for “survival.” aside from the issues concerning iraq’s alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction or their alleged links to terrorist cells, we entered into this battle without fully planning to see the battle through. most frankly, we are fighting an insurgent battle with the same plans we would have used to fight the russians in central europe during the cold war. our troops fight the battle with an eye toward controlling territory, not containing terror. our assumption is that, deprived of staging grounds, the terrorists will admit defeat and allow for the signing of a historic treaty declaring peace in our time and allowing the last act of a failed revolution to be broadcast on television. this is pure folly. if we were to learn anything from vietnam, it should have been that it is best to “win the hearts and minds” of the countryside, as we were successfully doing with the montanyard tribes in the highlands. that insurgents do not have set battle lines or territories, their war is wherever they can inflict injury. that supporting the overthrow of existing governments (such as the overthrow diem in vietnam) can have surprising and unintended consequences, and that civil wars are often not the best place to wander into. But yet here we are again. i have the utmost respect for our troops and their willingness to place their lives in harms way to ensure our safety. i just can’t help but think that our politicians don’t feel the same. sure, when i was a kid, i played with toy soldiers, had a g.i. joe, but these soldiers are not toys. we must support and respect out troops by not sending them into harms way without giving due regard to other options for problem solving and if or when those options fail, then sending them in with a job that can be won. i recognize that in battle, there are casualties, but not all battles are stand-up fights. and that is how we are fighting in iraq. terrorism is defined as unconventional warfare and because of that status, we need to address it in an unconventional way. we are one of the most innovative nations in the world, but we have become so engrossed in our place as the last world superpower, that we now look more like the british when they were trying to suppress the colonies in the late 1700’s. the american tactics were those of ambush and attack by raiders who would disappear into the woods instead of forming up into straight lines of battle in open clearings. tactics that in the day were viewed as much as terrorist in nature as we view those opposed to us today. considering our nation was born using unconventional tactics, we fought in vietnam against unconventional forces, why do we plan to use stand-off, push-button conventional tactics? we owe our uniformed men and women more. we owe it to them and we owe it to ourselves as intelligent, evolved, thinking humans to consider ways to solve problems that have long-term results. sure, i have heard the argument that while the death penalty may not stop crime, it will sure stop that one “SOB” from committing any more, but is that a real solution to crime? is killing one more terrorist going to stop all terrorism? so far, it hasn’t. maybe we should look for better ways to spend trillions of dollars, better things to do with the lives of our young men and women, and better ways to construct a world that does not see the solutions to it’s problems exis
Future site of Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Jr.
Future site of Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Jr.
Massive King memorial nearly ready for trip to Mall for assembly By Michael E. Ruane Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, February 11, 2010 Sometime in the next several weeks, if all goes as planned, 159 huge blocks of granite will be loaded aboard ships in the seaport of Xiamen, China, for an 11,000-mile journey to Washington. Bound for a site on the Tidal Basin, the cargo includes one block that bears the likeness of Martin Luther King Jr. and the dreams of generations of African Americans. The other blocks -- which weigh as much as 55 tons each -- make up the rest of the mammoth, three-part sculpture that is the centerpiece of the $120 million memorial to the slain civil rights leader. Assembly is scheduled to begin this year. More than a decade in the making, finally "it's here," said Ed Jackson Jr., the project's executive architect. The memorial, the first on the Mall honoring an African American, also will be a monumental construction project. It will require erecting one of the biggest figurative sculptures in Washington -- a three-story-tall relief of King -- atop a landscape of compressed mud. (The carving of King's head alone weighs 46 tons.) It will require driving more than 300 concrete piles as deep as 50 feet through the dirt to support the monument's foundation. This must be done without damaging the adjacent Tidal Basin seawall, which has already sunk into the muck at the Jefferson Memorial across the basin. A multimillion-dollar seawall repair project is underway there. And it will require that the three parts of the sculpture have cores of concrete, rather than solid granite, to reduce weight. Authorized by Congress in 1996, the King memorial has weathered 14 years of fundraising challenges, artistic controversy and bureaucratic squabbles. Complaints erupted when a sculptor in China was selected to execute the chief parts of the design. More trouble came after the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts criticized the sculptor's image of King as too grim and totalitarian. And the project was held up for months recently by a dispute over the kind of security elements the memorial should have. But on Oct. 29, with problems resolved, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed the construction permit. Work on the site began in December, a project official said. Total construction time is estimated to be 20 months. Next month, a delegation from the Washington-based foundation that is building the memorial is scheduled to visit China for a final look at the sculpture before its shipment here, currently set for sometime in March or April. "It's going to be happening very soon," Jackson said. The carving is about 80 percent complete, project officials said. The sculptor, Lei Yixin, plans to finish the work in Washington as the pieces are assembled this summer and fall. The King memorial, located not far from the Lincoln Memorial where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963, is to be built on a crescent-shaped, four-acre site amid the city's famed cherry trees. The three main elements resemble a simulated stone mountain from which the center has been carved out and placed by itself in the foreground. The centerpiece -- named the Stone of Hope for a line from the 1963 speech -- is 30 feet 8 inches tall and bears the image of King in a business suit with his arms folded. Although not as large as some of Washington's equestrian monuments, it will be bigger than the 19-foot statue of Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial, the 19-foot 6-inch statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial and the 19-foot 6-inch statue of Freedom on the U.S. Capitol dome. "That is a really massive piece of sculpture," said Kirk Savage, professor of the history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of a recent book on Washington's monuments. The two background pieces -- together called the Mountain of Despair from the same line in the speech -- are of similar size and frame a walkway through which visitors may pass to get to the King sculpture. Each of the three parts weighs thousands of tons, even with a core of concrete, and will rest on the mushy ground beneath the Mall west of the Washington Monument. Hence the pilings. Many of the Mall's monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial and the FDR Memorial, rest on pilings for support. The World War II Memorial rests on almost 500 piles, according to Kenneth J. Terry, construction executive with Tompkins Builders, one of the King project contractors. "If it didn't, it would sink," he said. Jackson, the executive architect, said: "It's like having cookie dough. We're driving piles into the cookie dough. It's like sticking your finger into it, and you stick your finger into it until you get to the bottom of the pan." The ground is soft because it is mostly mud that was dredged from the Potomac River in the late 1800

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