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  1. Would that scouters and scouts placed as much emphasis on making 1st Class Scouts, first class scouts, the backbone of scouting.
  2. "Do yeh folks actually recognize a fellow manipulatin' you for his own lobbying purposes?" Can't say if the manipulation would be recognizable because the original post was not worth slogging through. Once we read the erroneous idea that "They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence" we lost interest and thought to ourselves "if only!" Because we know the problem with this administration has not been that it has been gridlocked but rather than it hasn't been gridlocked enough. And we know that partisanship is neither good nor bad, it's what one is a partisan for that may be so.
  3. Is it also the highest percentage in one year or is it due to a larger population entering during the time period in which these new Eagle Scouts began scouting?
  4. "do you know of any studies on the effects on children of having single fathers?" No, but your logic comparing lack of mother to lack of father sounds sound. The circumstance is, however, less common and if there are such studies they'll be relying on less data. Exercise, if one can but does not, is a good way to realize improvement in one's health and probably in one's happiness. Or if one can and does, continuing to do so is a good idea. But it seems unlikely exercise is much of a factor in spree killings. These killings are so vanishingly rare that there isn't much data to ana
  5. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/25/fathers-disappear-from-households-across-america/print/ http://www.fatherhood.org/media/consequences-of-father-absence-statistics
  6. Our society is desensitized to single motherhood. Frowning on it is frowned upon; some attach more stigma to speaking ill of single motherhood than to making bad choices that result in it. Delinquency in youth correlates positively with having a single mother. Liking violent games correlates positively with being a boy. This is not to argue that games like Grand Theft Auto are harmless. But complaining how Grand Theft Auto might contribute to delinquency and crime in our society is like complaining about an ingrown toenail on a patient with a sucking chest wound. Don't se
  7. Quote from the article: "It was obvious that the violent games desensitized these youths to violence." Yes - it was obvious to the author. But what's obvious to the reader is that the young criminals may just be telling the author exactly what he wants to hear (essentially: "the devil made me do it") or that the author set out to elicit such comments in the first place. Conveniently, his conclusions allow his government funded organization to muster arguments for more government... and more government funding for organizations like his. Since he himself was not found guilty of
  8. If he just retired and didn't transfer the benefits while he was on active duty, he's probably eligible for Post 9-11 GI Bill. The post 9-11 GI can be used to pay for some non-degree programs, like, for one specific example: the National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Medicine Institute: http://www.nols.edu/wmi/ How much of the cost it would cover and what other training venues are eligible are subjects your friend may wish to research at http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resources/
  9. "Bushmaster low cost?" The idea that that the Bushmaster is "one of da low-cost firearms" must be one of those "Old School Conservative" positions. As a modern progressive liberal, to me it seems rather pricy for what you get. It's a semi-automatic rifle. I've never used an AR-15, but I've used both the M16 and the M4; the AR-15 is a popular design and other than being limited to semi-auto, it's not so different from its military cousins, so I imagine it must be OK. But at the prices it sells for, it seems like no bargain to me. You can get a semi-automatic rifle that in all the most
  10. The most frequent perpetrator in the murder of children, is not a stranger with a gun. It's a parent or step-parent. And strangulation and beating are common means. But it's not the availability of the means that is the problem. It's the motive, and/or the mental health of the parent who commits the crime. Don't blame guns and don't advocate making public policy based on emotional reactions to vanishingly infrequent statistical anomalies. Don' let collectivists manipulate your emotions and your natural impetus to want to "do something" cause you to support policies that will be ineff
  11. "So what do you think some reasonable restrictions or prohibitions should be????" The second amendment is a reasonable prohibition against the government abrogating our rights.
  12. oh... never mind. (This message has been edited by Callooh! Callay!)
  13. The "democratic process" in which some would apparently like to see these "pimples" popped, is a process to elect the government of a Republic. It's "United States" not "United State." The electoral college is an expression of state sovereignty. States should assert their sovereignty more, not less. States should stand against collectivist driven federal overreach. The population of a state written off as ""a mere pimple on the landscape?" Why? Are they "kulaks?" "Capitalist roaders?" Roadblocks to some collectivist "great leap forward?"
  14. Edit: friend (This message has been edited by Callooh! Callay!)
  15. That phenomenon, if not addressed in the MB Pamphlet might be addressed in the recommended reading. Maybe the reading recommended above (Eating Fossil Fuels) in this thread will make the Sustainability MB recommended reading list. It could introduce Scouts to the writings of an author who is very concerned about such issues and who (according to Amazon.com and other sources) "has written about class war, sustainability, direct action and the environment. He is also an anarchist activist and a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. In 1999, he was one of the organizers of a hunger
  16. Plenty of good advice above - JBlake and Beavah posts cover most items well. Concentrate on the basics. Think about what you need to do (not what you need) and get simple items to do it. There are a few basic items on which it is wise to spend what it takes to get quality: Socks: Owning just two pair of good wool socks is better than owning 20 pair of cotton socks. Some weaves are more suited to warm and some to cold - but all are better than cotton. Wool is great in all climates, it doesn't become as smelly in socks as cotton does. It keeps your feet dryer, and it doesn't
  17. It appears previous posts have this topic very well covered to include some pros and cons of Blue Cards. One theory suggests that Scouts have a youth version of the G2A that is unavailable to Adult Leaders. If this version of the G2A does exist, some observations suggests that its section on Blue Cards may read as follows: 1. Start working on the MB with no Blue Card. 2. Start intending to get a Blue Card. 3. Get a Blue Card but unsigned... intend to get it signed next time you see the SM. 4. Forget... and intend to get it signed next time. 5. Get the Blue
  18. "Eating Fossil Fuels," (The reading recommended to us by the originator of the other thread on this subject in which overt political references are forbidden), just from a from a quick perusal, does appear to offer a foothold to understanding something about Sustainability. The author has also "written about class war, sustainability, direct action and the environment. He is also an anarchist activist and a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. In 1999, he was one of the organizers of a hunger strike to provide medical care for political prisoner Leonard Peltier." (From Wikipe
  19. "renders your argument irrelevant" Which argument? The one arguing that SP's concerned conjecture about the "Sustainability" MB probably stems from his awareness of current trends in usage of the word "sustainability?" Or the one arguing that conservation and concern for the environment are Conservative concerns? Or is it the ancillary "leftists lean collectivist" shoes and discomfiting worry that they might fit that has us atwitter? And all over propaganda that is apparently hardly worth addressing... informed as it is by nothing more than wikipedia used to support vi
  20. Sorry. It's easy to forget that this is the thread in which we're told we need to be reeducated - not the thread in which we're supposed to remark on what that has meant. It is, of course correct that this isn't really the right topic area for political commentary. But threads do stray - and sometimes right out of the gate. And so we take to heart the wise admonishment from above to: "Please keep the rest of this scouting related. And btw, TR may have been a republican, but he was a progressive, not a conservative (his words, not mine). He would not find a welcome home in the cur
  21. "I think someone needs to be re-educated" Yes. Advocacy for such is common on the Left. In power, it has gone beyond advocacy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reeducation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reeducation_camp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Re-education_through_labor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_North_Korea#Reeducation_camps
  22. SP didn't claim to know what the requirements were. He expressed concern over an issue that the word "sustainability" might reasonably suggest to persons whose English language skills extend beyond basic fluency. The linguistic nuance that prompted his observation might be lost on anyone unaware that "sustainability" has become an ostensibly nice sounding buzzword frequently associated with socialist, communist, or other collectivist efforts to assume power and control in the name of some ostensibly greater good like "sustainability." But... "Nothing is more conservative than conservati
  23. There is agenda driven selection bias in reporting from both Leftist and conservative news sources. But the agendas differ in ideology and variety. The Left prefers collectivism and enjoys more conformity of opinion. Differences of editorial opinion in news outlets catering to the Left are across a relatively narrow spectrum with the occasional non-lefty strawman or token dissent. Conservatives tend less toward collectivism and among them we find great diversity of opinion. Any news source that wishes to appeal to the non-Leftist market must take into account a wider variety of agend
  24. This is a timely announcement, with the festival approaching next month. For most, the lanterns go on the water vice in the air anyway. It's always a good idea to take precautions against creating hazard, annoyance, or litter with such things. (This message has been edited by Callooh! Callay!)
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