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  1. And up steps good ol Zahnada, Ready to vote for Obama. But if Baracks fate, Was decided by this debate, Id say it helped him, absolutely nada. While McCain had distain and he muttered, Obama had a lotta times where he stuttered. He didnt fire back, To Johns relentless attacks. Baracks performance gave me some shudders. Although I just gave him some knocks, Im still going to vote for Barack. Im sad to confess, Our economys a mess, And McCains budget strategies are just a crock.
  2. Hops, I knew a boy who almost earned all, And his Scout Spirit was never called small. Youre too quick to judge, And hold such a grudge, Cause that boy answered every call. Mark, Thats an interesting question you pose, How to stop liars, nobody knows. There are no patch cops, At the scout shops, Once people pay, then anything goes.
  3. I dont understand the resistance, To offering Troy kind assistance. The negativity of some, Make the forum less fun, And soon scouters will start keeping their distance.
  4. For merit badges, I only got 28, If you earn all, I think that it's great. Earning all in addition, Deserves recognition. Just follow the rules and we'll end this debate.
  5. I must say "I'm sorry" to Ed, For I came in and hijacked his thread. But a poetic bent, Rather than arguments. STILL caused a fight over what others said. I'm amazed that anger is swelling. On strange issues some posters are dwelling. We just saw a fight, 'Tween Winger and White, Over proper nautical spelling. And although I feel scouting's the best, Some scouters here can't take a jest. I found the decorum, Of some on this forum, Actually made me enjoy scouting less. So I slip on and off of this board, Certain posters, I try to ignore. Things stopped
  6. There once was a scouter Gold Winger, Who outstretched his nagging finger. But I'm sorry, my mate, Words don't carry weight, Unless written as a limerical zinger. See, doesn't this make arguing fun? Shouldn't this be how all forums are run? Once posters grow weary, Of this lyrical fury, They will ditch the 'net for some sun.
  7. Its Me had something to say, But limerick guidelines may cause his dismay. His etiquette vignette, Was in rhyming couplet, While limericks go A-A-B-B-A. Now before others get frantic, Please note that Im not very pedantic. I would never say stow it To an aspiring poet, So lets just hug and forget these semantics.
  8. Nothing quite makes me sicker, Than watching scouts start to bicker. But let's try this trick- We'll argue in limerick, The right answer will be whoever's rhyme is slicker.
  9. Disclaimer: I have not seen this movie, nor do I intend to. Everything I say is purely me theorizing. It's not hard for me to imagine that the scene in question was written as a back-handed slap at BSA's policy towards gays. As someone who works in Hollywood and has seen the different stages of production on major movies, I have first-hand experience of the "new image" of BSA. Merlyn's observation is correct, at least in many circles on the west coast. Before, when Boy Scouts were used or mentioned in films, it meant a goody-two shoes, all-American boy who helps old ladies cross the
  10. It's not quite the same thing. Yes, the universe is expanding and objects are becoming more and more distant. Some physicists theorize that this will either result in a universal "rip" or that it will all suddenly stretch so far, that it snaps back (like a rubber band) resulting in a sort of reverse Big Bang. But I'm talking about all the matter in the universe being consumed and us being left with a universe filled with nothing. Of course, everyone else is talking about Global Warming.
  11. There's no need to worry. In a few million years, the Sun will have converted all of its hydrogen to helium, and thus have spent all its fuel. At which point, it will swell in size to a red giant. In the process, Mercury and Venus will be swallowed up, while a singed and fiery Earth will be kicked off its orbit. Luckily, the size of the red giant will make life on one of Saturn's moons very hospitable. Hopefully, humanity will move there. Unfortunately, the red giant will then collapse in a supernove (after a few million more years) and form a neutron star. The weight of the neutron star
  12. In a forum that's made for Scouts, One wouldn't expect interpersonal bouts. But we must learn to censor, Our argumentative nature, But if a thread's closed, there's no need to pout. Hmmm... "censor" and "nature" is a bit of a stretch. My limerick skills are a little rusty, but I'll be back in form in no time. Are there any troops here from Nantucket?
  13. I've been on and off this forum for awhile. But I have to say, in all these years, this is the FIRST time I have ever read a post where someone writes a limerick! AWESOME! Limericks truly are the purest form of poetry.
  14. Dankroh, Yeah, I'll be the first to admit that just about all analogies are flawed. But I would like to debate some of your points. 1. "First, being a Christian is a choice. Being a homosexual isn't." I have no problem with the second half of that statement. But, many Christians will say they didn't have a choice in the matter. They feel that God spoke to them and has guided their hearts towards Christianity. And believe me, they feel their religion is completely natural (much like a gay man feels his sexuality is completely natural). 2. "Second, there is the issue of proslet
  15. Brent, I can't argue with much of what you say. It's true that, overall, it appears the Dems care less about moral infractions. Heck, most Dems laugh about the Clinton sex scandal and say, "Well, if it were me, I would have lied too." So what's shocking to the nation is that this current scandal involves a member of the Republican Party - a party who sets themselves up as morally superior, more value oriented, more family friendly. People see this as a slight hypocrisy in the party. When a Democrat has a sex scandal, it's seen as less hypocritical because they don't set themselves u
  16. Ed makes an excellent point. If the class (I'm talking about grade-schoolers here) had to read a book titled "It's Normal to be Christian" and then the teacher came out and told the class "I've accepted Christ into my heart and it's made my life better... but that's your choice" the country would be up in arms. Why? It crosses a line that violates a parent's right to raise their children. I'd also like to respond to my own statement: "Sorry to tell some of you guys, but gays are real, they're here, and they're not going away. [. . .] Your children will be the ones who will either
  17. I think I'll try to respond to the issue raised in the initial post. Wish me luck... I happen to agree that the school is in the wrong. In most school districts, parents have the right to have their children withheld from sex ed (the idea being that certain parents would prefer to be the teachers in that area). Parents also have the right to an alternate curriculum when certain literary books are read (for instance, some parents might object to books that contain profanity or sexual themes). So, it is within the parent's right to prevent their child from engaging in activities
  18. Note: This thread may have more of a home in Issues and Politics. I'll leave that for a moderator to decide. Anyway, this is kind of a spinoff of the "Promoting Scouting" thread. I know that many of us are angered and discouraged by the constant barrage of anti-BSA action and rhetoric these days. There seem to be more negative stories than positive now. And what has National done? Well, for the most part, they seem to be smiling and taking it. It's upsetting, it's discouraging... it's all they can do. Here's the problem: 1. It's often unwise to respond to negative press (
  19. I think I mentioned this in another thread, so this might be a repeat for some of our loyal viewers. Anyway, the vast majority of Boy Scouts were also Cub Scouts. That's why so much BSA advertising focuses on Cubs. BSA market research also shows that in most cases, the decision to join Cubs is made by Mom. The parents (and especially mothers) make the choice for most of their son's activities when they're in elementary school. So, while it's natural to say "peer to peer" is the most effective means of recruitment, "mother to son" is what actually happens. That's why advertising on t
  20. Rest assured, Packsaddle, the Boy Scouts do not own a monopoly on the game Capture the Flag. I has NEVER and will NEVER be played in my troop (or any troop I interact with) with the use of weapons. But it is not uncommon for groups of boys to go into a park or forrest and play Capture the Flag or other shoot 'em games. Often, these games are played at night. Just for clarity sake, my initial post has NOTHING to do with BSA or my scouting experience. But it does have a great deal to do with teenage boys, which is why I felt this was the proper forum to issue a warning.
  21. For those of you who don't know, Airsoft is a craze that has become very popular with young boys. Airsoft guns shoot a soft, rubber BB pellet. The guns looks real (often designed as standard handguns). The boys then go out and shoot each other, often as part of Capture the Flag. It's a fun sport because it replicates the adrenaline rush created by being underfire. Well, on Friday night (about 8pm, so not very late), I was out jogging around the neighborhood. As I was doing a cool down walk, a young man grabbed me and jammed a handgun into my neck. He demanded money (the fool didn't seem
  22. I would like to add that positive word of mouth is never a "bad" thing. Strong troops with great programs will always have better recruiting because of word of mouth.
  23. I once produced a 30 second TV commercial for our local council. I had a few meetings with the council exec where we brainstormed the script. He told me that the research shows that "Mom" makes the decision on whether her son should enter Boy Scouts/ Cub Scouts in a vast majority of cases. Usually, the progression works like this: Mom signs her son up for Cub Scouts. Boy attends Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts feeds into Boy Scouts. Boy becomes Boy Scout. So, for advertising/marketing/recruiting purposes, Boy Scouts tries to specifically target Mom. The gains in membership obtained by
  24. Does anyone else notice that whenever a criminal has any kind of scouting history, it is always mentioned? For a work assignment, I was researching serial killers (I will never look at humanity the same), and I believe it was John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer who both had scouting ties. I think there were other famous ones too. Why is it always mentioned? I don't feel it has anything to do with some anti-BSA media bias. It has more to do with standard media shock value. The Boy Scouts is such a stereotypically pure element in our society that it's always shocking to debunct the "All Ame
  25. Brent, You keep comparing the Fox News anchors to Rather. But nobody here has said ANYTHING in defense of what Rather did. Actually, I don't see any endorsement or support of the main stream media in general. So, really, I don't know who you're arguing with or what point you're arguing for. Mostly, people here are saying that the news is dominated by economics. And Fox News has found an economic strategy that works really well for them. I feel most posters are saying not to trust broadcast or cable news in general because: 1. The media (whether Fox, CNN, NBC, etc) is driven by e
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