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  1. My favorite signer is Pete Stark, that perfect specimen of civility and equality. A man who once called a fellow congressman a "Fruitcake". Brilliant....you couldnt make up stuff like this!
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    Female leadership in Boy Scouting

    I have to say I disagree that saying boys and girls each have unique developmental needs that are best met by positive role models of their own gender is expressly "sexist" (with all the negative, politically-correctness charged connotations I assume were implied). To realize boys and girls develop differently, at differing rates and with differing challenges, one need only be mildly observant. Equal does not mean identical. It is generally recognized that there is a lack of positive male role model influence among boys in our society. It is further accepted that the positive influence of male role models is very important to the development of boys to become well adjusted, productive members of society. These arent the random opinions of special interest groups pedaling a particular agenda but an idea widely accepted in the main stream (the UN and the World Health Org. to name a couple) Now, having said all that, does it mean women shouldnt be leaders in Scouting. Absolutely not. They have a great role to play and their skills and perspective should always be welcomed. We will not meet the boys needs for positive male influences by keeping women out but rather by encouraging the active participation of positive men of character in our program(s). http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2008/10/01/boys-need-the-role-model-male-teachers-can-provide-61634-21935586/ http://www.charingcrossnarrativetherapy.com/documents/nnn39RoleModel.pdf http://www.scientificjournals.org/journals2008/articles/1375.pdf http://www.examiner.com/x-12193-Seattle-Public-Education-Examiner~y2009m7d5-Children-especially-boys-need-positive-male-role-models http://www.edukey.net/2008/01/15/male-role-models-are-key-for-kids/ http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/public/w2000/W2000%20Men%20and%20Boys%20E%20web.pdf http://www.womensforum.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3183:male-role-models&catid=12:single-parenting&Itemid=42 http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2000/WHO_FCH_CAH_00.9.pdf
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    Female leadership in Boy Scouting

    OGE, Regarding your question about female's being good rolemodels for boys. I have the same stance as the GSA. I believe women can be good rolemodels for boys but that male role models are especially important to young boys during their developing years. From: the GSUSA book "What We Stand For". What is GSUSA's position on men in Girl Scouting? The Girl Scout organization does not discriminate. Every volunteer and staff position in Girl Scouting is open to men as well as women. Because we believe that female role models are especially important to young girls during their developing years, men working directly with girls are asked to serve as part of a leadership team that includes women.
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    Female leadership in Boy Scouting

    OGE, Regarding your question about female's being good rolemodels for boys. I have the same stance as the GSA. I believe women can be good rolemodels for boys but that male role models are especially important to young boys during their developing years. From: the GSUSA book "What We Stand For". What is GSUSA's position on men in Girl Scouting? The Girl Scout organization does not discriminate. Every volunteer and staff position in Girl Scouting is open to men as well as women. Because we believe that female role models are especially important to young girls during their developing years, men working directly with girls are asked to serve as part of a leadership team that includes women.
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    When Did You Notice Uniforming Becoming an "Option"

    ""No it won't work" just doesn't cut it as a valid argument." I never said it wouldnt work. I simply stated cost is a challenge to uniforming. I simply don't jump to the conclusion that someone not in proper uniform just doesnt care. This is something to be watched and evaluated on a unit by unit if not person by person basis. Its one thing to question the commitment of kid that can be in uniform but choses not to make the effort but totally different when looking at a child that can't afford a uniform.
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    When Did You Notice Uniforming Becoming an "Option"

    Stosh, You're still wrong. And you forgot that you had to walk up hill to school in the snow...both ways. For many of my youth there is no affluent neighborhood in bike riding distance. Not that any parent in their right mind would let a kid ride his bike across Houston these days. Some of these kids are working already to help put food on the table at home. There are people that have nothing or close to it. We are trying to put a scouting program on that will provide a little glimmer of hope and opportunity for them to stay on the right path. If they show up in an incomplete uniform, big deal in the grand sceme of things. But all you can do is make smug proclamations about their lack of commitment. (This message has been edited by erickelly65)
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    When Did You Notice Uniforming Becoming an "Option"

    I didnt say it couldnt be done. I noted what I have seen as a major challenge to getting boys in complete uniform in my district. I think its asinie to suggest that finances arent a legitimate barrier to uniforming. We arent talking about a few percentage points of boys needing assistance. Just under 40 percent of my district lives below the poverty level with over 75% of the children in public school in this area being on the free lunch program. How are you going to buy a used uniform on ebay when you don't have a phone much less a computer and internet access. Our council can not subsidize this volumen of youth. Compounding the issue is a 20% shortfall on our council budget for this next year. Not insignificant. Even with this, most boys in our district have some level of uniform but I would say a majority arent in full, complete and proper uniform at our events. I stand by the statement that our uniforms are too expensive. Even beyond affordability, they are simply not a good value for the money (price vs quality). My son (12) has a full uniform and it is easily the most expesive outfit he owns. I am blessed to be able to provide these kinds of things for my family but I certainly don't look down my nose at those who can't as somehow lesser scouts. Personally, I think the uniform is important but not nearly as important as program. I focus on keeping our activities full of boys and will worry about them being in full and proper uniform later.
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    When Did You Notice Uniforming Becoming an "Option"

    Brent no I am not kidding and Stosh your dead wrong. I serve as vice chair in a district that has a large percentage of scouts living well under the poverty level. Many of these families have trouble keeping their kids in regular clothing much less an overpriced scout uniform. As for raising money on their own, if you live in a poor community, who are you going to sell overpriced scout popcorn too? Your destitute neighbor? My troop is much more affluent then average but, since you asked, our campouts cost our boys $10. We don't have a uniforming issue at my troop but that is not the case across the district. Many other units in our district have trouble attending events due to cost and the monies that are available for subsidy go to allowing boys to attend program. Subsidizing uniform is something we don't have the luxury to accomplish. Its a different world then you two "let them eat cake" types evidently have any inkling about.
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    When Did You Notice Uniforming Becoming an "Option"

    Part of the problem is the uniforms are too expensive.
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    Roman Polanski

    Polanski WAS charged with Rape, specifcially Rape by Use of Drugs (Count 4) in his original indictment along with (Count 1) Providing a Controlled Substance to a Minor, (Count 2) Lewd or Lacivious Act upon a Child Under Fourteen, (Count 3) Unlawful Sexual Intercourse, (Count 5) Perversion, and (Count 6) Sodomy of a person. http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/polanski/capolanski31977ind.html The charge of rape and most of the others were dismissed under the terms of his plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.(This message has been edited by erickelly65)
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    Roman Polanski

    Polanski WAS charged with Rape, specifcially Rape by Use of Drugs (Count 4) in his original indictment along with (Count 1) Providing a Controlled Substance to a Minor, (Count 2) Lewd or Lacivious Act upon a Child Under Fourteen, (Count 3) Unlawful Sexual Intercourse, (Count 5) Peversion, and (Count 6) Sodomy of a person. http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/polanski/capolanski31977ind.html The charge of rape and most of the others were dismissed under the terms of his plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
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    millerlite

    Perhaps he "took the fall" on advise of Counsel. It would not be unheard of. The prosecution stance is you plead no contest or guilty and get probation but if you go to court, we are going to seek hard time for you.
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    Roman Polanski

    (CBS) There is no statute of limitations governing the case of Roman Polanski who was arrested by Swiss police on Saturday on a 31-year-old arrest warrant. CBS News legal analyst Lisa Bloom said that is because the director, now 76, had already pleaded guilty in 1978 to having had unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. "He already has been convicted." http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/28/earlyshow/main5346108.shtml Also, it isnt just about being rich or powerful. Depending on the international agreements between countries, people can get away with all kinds of crazy stuff. Mother takes kids from US and hides in Japan and there isnt much the US courts can do about it. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/30/earlyshow/main5352195.shtml
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    Happy Blasphemy Day

    The sword cuts both ways. Not just against those speaking out against faith. There are places in the world were openly practicing your faith is a dicey proposition. (i.e. China, the former Soviet Union, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Cuba etc.)
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    From SCOUTS-L: BSA allows gay youth members?

    The word uppity's etymology indicates it came from blacks commenting on their peers. From http://www.etymonline.com uppity 1880, from up; originally used by blacks of other blacks felt to be too self-assertive (first recorded use is in "Uncle Remus"). The parallel British variant uppish (1678) originally meant "lavish;" the sense of "conceited, arrogant" being first recorded 1734.
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