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    Run! Jump! Leap! It all seems pretty innocent, but the U.S. Postal Service is faced with a decision to destroy its series of "Just Move" stamps because of safety concerns, according to Linns Stamp News, and we're not talking about a paper cut on your tongue.

    The colorful cartoon stamps, based on Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, were intended to encourage an active lifestyle and raise awareness about physical activity. But the images on some of the stamps are not kosher with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, according to the stamps designer, Eli Noyes, who told Linns, "Apparently the President’s Council [on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition] and the Let’s Move people saw them and had issues with them."

    The stamps in question: a skateboarder sans kneepads, a swimmer doing a cannonball, and a kid doing a headstand without a helmet, and because of these issues, it's likely you won't ever get to send your mail with these particular adhesives.

    More at Link

    How do you do make doing a cannonball any safer? Or..maybe safer is just not doing it at all?
    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

  • #2
    Oh, geez. Really? I actually think the "just move" idea is a good one. Why must they overthink everything???
    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
    Robert Southwell, S.J.


    • #3
      headstands without helmets???????? I'll be sure to tell Joyce.

      If it pays, it stays


      • #4
        They just need to re-draw the stamps with everyone involved wrapped in about 8" of bubble-wrap. At the rate that the Safety Police are going, we're all going to be that way in a few years anyway.

        I'm reminded of something a friend of mine said to me years ago about his hyper-protective mother: "everyone my mother ever knew as a child later died in some sort of horrible, awful pencil accident." Now, the nanny-state mothers are taking over.

        Perhaps this weekend I'll go live dangerously and ride a stationary bicycle without a helmet.
        It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
        In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
        Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
        Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now


        • #5
          That's about the most nitpicky silly goose nonsense I've seen this week.

          I find the stamps in question to be rather pleasing to the eye. Colorful and to the point. Hell, if you try hard enough, ALL of the "healthy" activities they showcase on the stamps can be labeled as dangerous.

          Jump roping? Nope, you might tangle your feet in the rope and fall down on your face.

          No juggling — you could put an eye out with one of those balls!

          Shoot hoops and dribble. Why does basketball get two stamps? Because the Obamas are black and blacks like basketball? Oh, OK then. The safety nannies suggest wearing elbow pads to play since you can seriously hurt another player by jabbing them with an elbow.

          No cartwheeling! You might tumble into an open drain or sprain a wrist.

          Soccer of course is a huge no-no. Knee injuries are even more common here than in contact football. And soccer is a world sport, and therefore gay as hell.

          No twisting or stretching! Not only is it not 1963 anymore and Chubby Checker isn't making music, but you can seriously damage your spine by over doing either.

          Baseball, uh no. The kid in the picture isn't wearing a batter's helmet, clearly has no cup on and is white. This is obviously a fantasy. A dangerous, child-mangling fantasy.

          Walking and jogging. Nanny says no. You might jog yourself into traffic, young man! You can walk, but look both ways constantly and don't wear earbuds and listen to Korn or you might step in front of a bus.

          Climbing? What are they thinking!? That figure is obviously wearing no protective climbing gear and she could fall to her own grisly death. If you have to go vertical, take the elevator or stairs if there's a government-approved handrail provided.

          Swing. Yeah, all fun and games until a chain breaks or you go flying out and land on cold hard ground. You could break a leg, or puncture a cheek! Then you'll be a deformed husk of a child.

          No, the only safe thing to do is sit in front of a computer and write snarky message board posts. What could possibly be unhealthy about that?
          “Any sufficiently advanced capitalism is indistinguishable from rent seeking.” ~ =j