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  1. All right, Scouters! Weigh in on this one, please! Wilderness Survival Merit Badge has a requirement to "Show five different ways to attract attention when lost." A Scout who wishes to complete this badge has asked if he can light a flare, such as those carried in road vehicles, aircraft, and boats. I say, "Yes." These are not classified in our state laws as fireworks. As long as they are used in accordance with the safety instructions they are sold with, and under adult supervision (for the training and badge), with appropriate precautions to prevent a fire, I think they are
  2. A swifter justice system... "Justice delayed is justice denied"
  3. Oh no I didn't!! I was drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's!! But sadly, the perfect hair is long gone 😥
  4. AAAAAOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo Man, that felt good 😜
  5. Now you know why the term "mindless rabble" exists
  6. My wife and kids protested at my bugling when I started...you can buy a mute that helps...nothing flashy...just a $10-15 model from Amazon. Go in a room, close the door, use the mute, and you will keep the peace
  7. Imagine how many people were having these discussions in Europe about a hundred years ago...
  8. Who controls the past, controls the future: who controls the present, controls the past… The mutability of the past is the central tenet of Ingsoc. Past events, it is argued, have no objective existence, but survive only in written records and in human memories. The past is whatever the records and the memories agree upon. And since the Party is in full control of all records, and in equally full control of the minds of its members, it follows that the past is whatever the Party chooses to make it. Orwell, 1984
  9. Fortunately, much of the population has the means to resist a new Reign of Terror.
  10. Yes, it is about feeling powerless, and seeing that store as someone else's wealth/power to be destroyed. If I cannot join you in your prosperity, I will destroy yours to even the playing field. Turf control to sell drugs... I think you are right here...mental illness may be the issue
  11. All about wealth and/or power...which is why those two things always concentrate together... Have wealth...get power Have power...get wealth Now, there are many who use either or both for good, but that is a relatively new phenomenon in history
  12. Unable to view the opinion piece...no WaPo subscription. Since the letter was broadcast, I have had conversations with experienced local Scouters who see the BSA's letter as (their words) "pandering", "bandwagon", "a PR stunt", "an attempt to remain relevant", "inflammatory", etc. Although most understand the intentions behind the letter, there is general sentiment that BSA should have simply reinforced existing parts of the program which apply. Most also agree this will probably be the end of the DRP, or BSA risks another label of hypocrisy.
  13. Ask five lawyers a question and you get seven different opinions Recommend you contact your local canvas shop (or canvas repair shop). They can give you some good advice. Send them that diagram and ask for a quote to make the tent. We'd all be curious as to how much they'd ask... If done by hand (depending on thickness)... recommend a thimble
  14. I'm going to have to take off my boots to count that high, aren't I??
  15. I am celebrating the 24th anniversary of my 29th birthday this year! 29 is a great age to keep for the rest of your life 😜
  16. Well said, mash. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Character is individual, not racial... Character is what we in the BSA are supposed to be aiming at... And as to the police, I do question them. I do want justice for anyone hurt or killed by the police unlawfully. But again, individually... I see too many examples, in public, of police who act as if they are above the law, rather than servants of the people under the law.
  17. No one here has said anything remotely resembling what you are attributing to people... Just bizarre...
  18. Remove the log from your own eye before you concentrate on the speck of sawdust in mine.
  19. Navybone, Thanks for swearing the oath and putting on the uniform. I never indicated the BSA was a training ground for military or police. My intolerance was for Liz's comment indicating military and police are "killing brown people at home and abroad." That is a blatant, broad-brushed accusation of racism in the military and police. I will not tolerate that kind of false accusation. And as you know, and should be in your experience, the military is the most egalitarian institution in our society. Of all organizations I have been involved with in my life, the US military
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