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About le Voyageur

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    USN ret. CAC, FMF, AW, SW
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    White Water, Backcountry Canoeing, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Black Powder, Historical re-enacting (French and Indian, Rev War, Southern Colonial), Prepping....
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    Native Desert Rat of Arizona and New Mexico, Eagle - 4 silver palms, 1 gold, Woodbadge, NCS Instructor - canoeing and white water, NRA-NMLRA Instructor Muzzleloading Shooting Course, co founder BRMC Voyageur Trek program

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  1. .....don't drum up men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupery...
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    Fear....

    .....holds dominion over people when they understand little, and need simple stories and legends to comfort and explain. But legends and the ignorance that give them birth are a house of limitations and darkness. Knowledge is freedom, freedom from ignorance and its offspring fear; knowledge is light and liberation. Knowledge that the world contains itself and its origins, and the hope of knowledge again. Dare to know, that is the motto of enlightenment." A.C. Graying, The Skeptic's Bible....
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    Your Duck is Dead....

    A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away." The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?" "Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet. "How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something." The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck." The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!" The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150."
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    Med forms updated

    That may be true of your camps, but there are exceptions....at our camps, for those of us who drive CDL and are tasked with driving rafting crews into W. Va. using 45 passenger buses, BSA med forms do not meet DoT requirements. Should a driver be stopped by a Trooper and unable to present that document, it's a ticketable offense.....
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    BSA Leader Slaps Backside of Reporter on Live TV

    Somewhere or another I recall something about a philosophical construct centered on "morally straight". Kinda wonder where I heard that at?
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    BSA Leader Slaps Backside of Reporter on Live TV

    A fact of life is that a million good deeds can be undone by one misdeed....however, it is also well known that arrogance likes to appear humble in public. As I see it, men and women should share the world as a mutual possession. Thus, Twain said it best .... "laws control the lesser man....right conduct controls the greater one."
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    BSA Leader Slaps Backside of Reporter on Live TV

    May not be his first offense....
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    BSA Leader Slaps Backside of Reporter on Live TV

    plain as day .... upon conviction he will have to register as a sex offender, thus his days in the Scouting program ends regardless of the position he holds... https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-16/chapter-6/16-6-22-1/ Sexual battery is a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. A second or subsequent conviction for sexual battery or a conviction for sexual battery against a child under the age of 16 is punishable by one to five years’ imprisonment. (Ga. Code Ann. § § 16-6-1, 16-6-2, 16-6-22.1, 16-6-2.22.) People in Georgia who are convicted of rape, sodomy, or aggravated sexual battery are required to register as sex offenders, as are people are convicted a second or subsequent time of sexual battery. (Ga. Code Ann. § 42-1-12.)
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    Med forms updated

    Since our program involves a considerable amount of shooting (muzzle loaders) which parents are fully aware of, we don't have that problem with parental permission. However, it's up to the Scout to decide as to whether or not to shoot. As for the medical, I've never used the BSA med form, but will provide a copy of my DoT med card when asked since it's more comprehensive as it includes drug testing...
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    Ozymandias

    I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things, The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed; And on the pedestal, these words appear: My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings; Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! Nothing beside remains. Round the decay Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away. Percy Bysshe Shelly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdQKUvv3bew
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    The Man in the Glass

    When you get what you want in your struggle for selfAnd the world makes you king for a dayJust go to the mirror and look at yourselfAnd see what that man has to say.For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wifeWhose judgment upon you must passThe fellow whose verdict counts most in your lifeIs the one staring back from the glass.He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the restFor he’s with you, clear to the endAnd you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous testIf the man in the glass is your friend.You may fool the whole world down the pathway of yearsAnd get pats on the back as you passBut your final reward will be heartache and tearsIf you’ve cheated the man in the glass. Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr. 1934
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    Northern Tier Training in DC Area

    Suggest giving Blue Ridge Mountain Council (Roanoke, Va.) a call, ask for their Reservation Program Director.....she might be willing to release the canoes you need, but no promises here since I'm not aware of any current fees. If that should occur, Foster Falls is fairly close, and a run to Allisona on the New would be a good start....
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    Stonewall Jackson Area Council Changes Name

    The times are changing. If it were not for change, would we still be living in the dark ages thinking we are bloody enlighten as we've a priestclass that tell us what to think being that we can't read latin, let alone even read? My thinking, time to end the Civil War and move on. And, if it means putting the Southern icons and statues along with the lies and revisionist babble of the Daughters of the Confederacy on the trash heap of history, and the 900 section of the Library of Congress so be it.
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    Stonewall Jackson Area Council Changes Name

    Not really.... John Quincy Adams comes to mind readly, as well as a host of Founding Mothers....
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