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  1. It could also mean that the Supreme Court wants to resolve a known conflict among the appellate courts. The Supreme Court recognizing that the conflict has grown to such dimensions that it is "ripe" (not in a purely technically, legal sense) to be resolved by the Supreme Court. The SCt tends to let conflicts among the appellate courts develop to a point where there has been sufficient exposition of the issues in the lower courts to step in and bring it all to a head and set a rule. Absolutely agree. More discussion below. Again, absolutely agree. The SCt taking up
  2. It appears that both audio files and written transcripts of US Supreme Court oral arguments are posted to the Court's website. The site indicates "posted the same day" as the argument. This will be helpful in studying the questions asked by the Justices.
  3. Normally, I don't quote a post simply to "agree" with the post. I usually just upvote, but this issue is an exception. @MYCVAStory has precisely and concisely summed up the current state of the BSA bankruptcy in light of the Purdue case and the Supreme Court's recent action. The questions asked by the Supreme Court Justices during oral argument in December will be the next, best hint as to which way they are leaning.
  4. Just wondering what it is supposed to do. Why not just have professionals who run the not-for-profit? Our board only meets quarterly. Hardly any committees and those (maybe one) are/is barely active.
  5. Why does the BSA, like so many not-for-profits, have a volunteer board?
  6. And Scouts-children-are birds. Once taught, they "fly away." Were the lessons learned? Did the effort to teach pay out? Has it impressed them? Was all the effort teaching a waste of time? And, critically, "Will they pass that lesson learned to others?" Fortunate is the mentor who sees confirmation of the impact of their efforts..
  7. It is, no question in my mind. Totally inappropriate. I attended all the troops campouts for all my sons' scouting years. I'd buy a Leatherman Micra (handy little tool-my favorite) for about every third campout. On Sunday morning before the police line walk-through camp looking for trash (and teaching the importance of being responsible to leave a campsite in better condition that one found it) I'd place the Micra where some scout in the police line would be likely to find it. Usually toward one end of the line and usually close to where the line would start. A scout woul
  8. Another critical factor you need to consider is that your scout will only be in scouting for a limited number of years. Waste a year dealing with idiots is very precious year lost. (Well, they may not be idiots, just idiot impersonators, or perhaps much worse-sometimes hard to tell.) You can't afford to lose a year dealing with the Big "I"'s for that year will never be back for you and your scout.
  9. Thanks for your reply. I thought there might be a flurry of objection to my compassionate view of things. I don't have the training or answers either, but there has been so much bashing of those least able to defend themselves.
  10. My Council's President recently represented the fact of selling off about a third of our council's camp to pay the council's share of the bankruptcy as "fortunate" as the land sold (for about $1 Million) had never been used by the council for scouting activities. Who is this fount of wisdom? A bank president. Hmmm. No mention that the land sold was a "council asset worth $1 Million," which if truly unused (part yes, and mostly no) and never needed in the future, could have been sold for $1 Million and that money used to provide program (why is "program" a "dirty word?") to youth. In
  11. I agree. Thank you. (I really thought my post would ignite a firestorm considering how divisive the topic is in the national arena. Comforted that it has not. They are just children. I don't have the answers, but they need emotional support.)
  12. Well, some folks just cannot be reasoned with, nor have the insight into their own actions to see any other path but their own. The reasons are varied, but no amount of discussion will change anything. Move on to a "better fit" unit. They are out there. Thoughtful folks are always at a disadvantage in dealing with the thoughtless. "Surely, if I explain well enough, they'll see the light." Generally, no. It is not a big deal to move on. Some from the old troop may follow, hopefully some of your scout's friends. Or you can invite some of your scout's friends to "test drive"
  13. Well, one can start with the feelings in one's gut. I do not understand LGBTQ+. Nor am I any of those. (And maybe I've missed a group, or two.) But I do know that everyone wants to be recognized by their name, and to feel included and accepted by those they have selected to associate themselves with. Like joining Scouts. "You are welcome here." Scouting was once described to me by a Professional as the place everyone can participate all of the time. Skill and ability were not required. INTEREST in participating was the only requirement. I am convinced t
  14. There are some serious trivia questions here.
  15. "Trustworthy" And has anyone been paying attention? TRUSTHWORTY NOT.
  16. And so, I'll just jump in to the discussion of a female wearing a Gold Award on her BSA uniform. (And I've posted with respect to other topics following this in the same thread, so I am "backing up" a bit.) Once one earns a patch and it is awarded to you, it is YOURS. You can wear it according to provisions of the organization that awarded it to you, throw it way, glue it to your windshield, give it to a younger sibling. Feed it to a pet. It is yours to do with as you like. So a young lady earns Girl Scouting's highest rank, and us BSA folks presume to tell her to remove it f
  17. BSA has wasted somewhere in the nature of 2 Billion dollars.
  18. The point of my posts: I just don't care-these are pointless semantic discussions that add nothing to the forward-looking discussions of this forum. A waste of time. There are critically important things to discuss, expose, and understand. Typos aren't it.
  19. And so, As an SPL of a Junior Leader Training Troop, 1967 or so, I was told that I needed to know the names and tent assignments of every scout in the troop. Such stress. I got that job done. And on Philmont Ranger Staff-we had to learn every Scout's name. And we did so. And, so as a lawyer. Names ARE IMPORTANT. Everyone expects to be addressed by their first name. As they should. And in legal documents, it is critical. Seton's legacy will thrive or diminish, not on the occasional spelling of his name, but on his actions.
  20. Well, is is one thing to note a misspelling. And, not all misspellings are created equal, this is a misspelling based on a phonetic identicality, but really unnecessary to point it out twice. Might be one thing were the misspelling intentional and intended to mean disrespect, but Seton does have a name which is amenable to several spellings (Seton, Seeton, Seaton) all of which are phonetically identical. The mistake is understandable, and, I have made it myself on a camp map, inadvertently reverting to the spelling of the last name of a realtor I was familiar with. "Ask not for whom the
  21. I agree. Auto correct (disconstruct) has laid waste to more than a few sentences of mine, and many others, and I have spent effort to double check, correct and edit. And, just for the technical record, as a lawyer who has made nearly ZERO known typos (to me or mentioned to me) in 45 years (20 to 40? on nearly 1 million pages of work product at 300± words per page???) which have "escaped" the office, auto correct is a veritable minefield. Homer nodded. Chess Blindness. In this environment, the BSA Survival Epoch, content is considerably more important than form.
  22. A Philmont Ranger, during the height of discussions in HQ a long time ago about ghosts on Urraca Mesa, reportedly all in some way related to the "Blue Lights" reported seen there by "someone some time ago," told me, "I'm going to the DMZ Korea at the end of the Summer and will face real threats-I've no time to worry about trifles." Now I struggle to spell Uraca, Uracca, Urracca, Urraca... And does it matter? The Mesa is still there. Folks who claim to have seen Blue Lights, and connected them to ghosts, well, those tales are not erased. "Gravity is just a theory," but
  23. Don Letarmen’s Top Ten Responses… 10. I was texted by another granddaughter of Mr. Seeton and was told that E.T. couldn’t spell his own last name. “He ‘phoned home’ to the wrong number. And, got bad advice.” 9. Auto correct is a failed concept. 8. What is the only sentence in the English language that cannot be written? Try typing “There are three (and then phonetically, (to, too, two)’s in the English language.” 7. Roger does not complain that his name is spelled as “Mudd.” 6. Contestant: “Who is Earnest Thompson Seeton?” Alex, “Correct-$200.” (It’s an AUDIBLE-H
  24. As a BSA Certified Angling Instructor, there are many freshwater lakes which have little to no structure in them to nurture fish populations. There are likely all manner of artificial fish reefs that could be made to improve fish habitat from all manner of things otherwise destined for landfills. This whole concept needs serious thought by folks with more credentials than me.
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