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  1. I think that there are two separate issues here. The first is the decision on the part of the Troop Committee to support the family is a done deal. The second is the issue of adult leader performance and its effect on boy behavior. It may have been a mistake for the troop to pay for this family, but there is no changing it. I have been involved in several troops in my time scoutmastering. One thing that was common to all of them is it was not common knowledge which families got help. I strongly suggest that this is changed before next year's camp. This sort of information can lead t
  2. Thanks to those who agree. and if anyone care this piece [sIC] was written by Samuel Thompson. I dont think that is accurate. The particular piece has been circulated under anonymous or Samuel Thompson but it is more likely the work of Nick Gholson a sports columnist for the Wichita Falls Times Record News from September of 1999. That is because I was able to trace it back to that paper and Samuel Thompson has been dead since 1843, sixteen years before Darwin published The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. The one source I found linking Thompson to the article gives a br
  3. "All protagonists need antagonists, without the one, the other wilts on the vine. I beleive it was my dear sainted mother who told me, you know, Bobby only picks on you because you give him good reaction, if you quit reacting to him, he won't bother you. She was a wise woman" ...and she wore army boots. ;^) Sorry OGE, I just couldn't resist.
  4. I love to paddle my canoe. Useful knots there include: the bowline, the figure eight on a bite, water knot, double fisherman's knot, the truckers' hitch and the alpine butterfly. I am a committed knot-lover and try to keep my hand in on a daily basis. I tie some specialties used for awards like the star knot, pineapple knot and monkey fist. I put becoming a pioneering M.B. instructor on my ticket for Wood Badge. I almost always have a piece of cord in my pocket and get ribbed quite a bit by some of my fellow scouters. I don't know how many knots I have learned. I know that I have fo
  5. ENTP. A lot of folks have difficulty understanding where I am coming from. Their reactions make life worth living.
  6. OGE, watch it! You don't want to get to cheeky. ;^) How 'bout peanut butter the way Elvis liked it? A peanut butter 'nana samwich grilled in lard. This one more than meets the Maximum Daily Requirement for cholesterol.
  7. SR540Beaver, I appreciate your sympathy. However, I more than make up for it with my away from camp beverage of choice. I brew my own. ;^)
  8. OGE, that outcome would truly impoverish the intellectual standing of this message board. Shoot! My irony meter just blew a fuse...
  9. ...and I go with the generic. I guess I am nowhere near your league.
  10. Ed, you must be one of those choosy scouters - they choose JIF, I hear. I agree on the wonderbread. I prefer a good Finnish rye myself. And yes, pb&j along with bread belong on any good scouter's table at camp.
  11. Cold cpb? Ed, you must really tear up the old Wonderbread.
  12. Reagan's "voluntary" prayer amendment was in name only. It would have allowed school authorities to institue and lead so-called "voluntary" prayers. It is worth noting that Mr. Reagan had to adopt this particular text and title for the amendment to mollify critics. Neither Reagan's amendment nor the school board actions in the the prayer and Bible reading cases were voluntary. Actually reading the decisions or Reagan's proposed amendment allow me to understand the intent. There is nothing voluntary about the religious exercise they require. "MR. JUSTICE CLARK delivered the opinio
  13. Liking or disliking had nothing to do with my statements about Mr. Reagan. The intent of his remarks was to endorse public piety for political gain. I am certain that he favored school children prayer to Zorathustra. The fact that my point was beyond you is not surprising in the least. Read the First Amendment carefully. "Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for
  14. Reagan's shallow understanding of the First Amendment was well documented during his presidency. The decisions that invalidated so-called "prayer in schools" never made it illegal for children to pray. However, it did make it illegal for administrators, teachers or other school employees to initiate, lead or encourage prayer. Because students are a captive vulnerable audience and these school officials are government employees, it does not seem so hard to understand why the Establishment Clause would outlaw the practice. Yet Mr. Reagan was particularly obtuse when it came to these ca
  15. Globey's spinnin', Mr. Window's grinnin', 'cause Pterri's flyin' by (hello!) The Flowers are singin', the Picture Phone is ringin', and the Dinosaur family goes, "Hi!" Mr. Kite's soarin', Conky's still a snorin', there's the flashing Magic Screen, The Cowntess is so classy, Randy's kinda sassy - A nuttier establishment you've never seen!
  16. You forgot to put d)all of the above...;^)
  17. packsaddle: "Jason OK, That last post was unusually lucid and well-written. What was the source for your plagiarism?" MUSLIM ON-GOING CONFLICTS IN THE WORLD COMPILED BY MICHAELSAVAGE.COM http://www.homestead.com/prosites-prs/14muslimconflicts.html pack, I am not sure I would call much of anything Michael Savage says is lucid beyond, "Good morning, my name is Michael Savage." Jason OK, very bad form. If you take text verbatim from a source, it should be cited. If it is an entire internet page, the URL should be listed. To do any less than that is considered dishonest.
  18. My goodness, thrice you ask me. Think about it for a bit. If you have to, go back and read the posts. Your comments hit the jackpot again. You are not trying to be rude, are you?
  19. I'm praying even harder for any scouts or scouters that have the opportunity to work with you.
  20. Thanks so much, Jason OK. I have been praying for you for a while.
  21. "Lets not get off the true subject. Satan works in these manners. Distraction from the truth. Satan wants us to think Jews and Christ Believers are evil. So go ahead and help his agenda. I still have not seen or heard a good rebuttal to my post." Your posts don't need a rebuttal. They rebutt themselves.
  22. The Word is still used as a form of control. The debate lies in what each of us thinks is appropriate control and what is abuse of the Scriptures or authority. The Lectionary was extremely valuable. Written on vellum by hand, it would require perhaps thousands of hours of the copyists time. By the way, I commonly do read books though I rarely "crack" them. The offhand comment about about your debates with your wife on idol worship is off base, offensive and downright bigoted. Catholics do not worship idols. If that is what you or your wife has been taught, I am truly sorry that yo
  23. "The last times Christians lost their way was in the dark ages when books were not readily available and the word was not taught (rather religion was a form of control) hence the pilgrims...mayflower...hello?" This statement could be considered offensive to Catholics and Orthodox believers. I know I consider these remarks uninformed and religiously bigoted. Scripture has always been part of Christian teaching and worship even during the dark ages. The vast majority of believers through Christian history would be considered illiterate by today's standards. Therefore, the word was taugh
  24. In the words of PeeWee Herman, "Real mature."
  25. I carry a Swiss Army Classic and Tinker - except when not allowed by applicable federal, state or local laws. If I need other real tools, I bring them.
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