1. Now THIS is an unethical troop leader!
Law enforcement authorities in Kentucky are are currently looking Leah Ann Vick, 26, a Girl Scout troop leader who appears to be on the lam after picking up a large order of yummy Girl Scout cookies for her Wilderness Road chapter as well as, it is believed, orders belonging to other troops in Pikesville, Kentucky.
Vick was supposed to pay for the cookies once they had been sold—their value is $15,000— but she never returned, nor did she drop off her troop’s cookies with her scouts. She has disappeared, apparently taking the cookies with her. She has been indicted by a Pike County grand jury on a charge of “felony theft by unlawful taking.” Vick faces up to ten years in prison if convicted
This will not end well. I fear that she will finally be caught, weighing 300 pounds with incipient diabetes, wedged in a revolving door as she desperately stuffs the last Thin Mints into her mouth….
2. The Insufferable Arrogance of “The Resistance”
The New York Times gleefully described a satirical one-night-only “documentary drama” assembled from edited transcripts of the Senate confirmation hearings for members of President Trump’s cabinet. Titled “All the President’s Men?,” produced by the Public Theater and London’s National Theater, it featured such actors as the politically objective Alec Baldwin as Rex Tillerson and Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn as that heroic figure, Elizabeth Warren. This event was, of course, progressive Trump-hater masturbation, and the Times reports that the “liberal audience laughed and groaned and occasionally whooped…then rose for a standing ovation.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. However, the fact that David Remnick, editor in chief of The New Yorker, was one of the performers tells us all we need to know about that alleged journalistic enterprise’s ability to be fair and objective about the President, as well as how blatantly journalists now proclaim their anti-Trump bias as virtue-signalling.
The Times also observed this:
“It’s unlikely that the real Mr. Tillerson paused for a laugh after championing his honesty by saying, “You are aware of my longstanding involvement with the Boy Scouts of America.”
This is signature significance, showing us the utter loathsomeness of Mr. Baldwin and also the audience this production pandered to. Tillerson deserves nothing but praise for his work with the Boy Scouts of America.
He was a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a Silver Buffalo Award recipient and past national president of the organization. Tillerson has remained a devoted advocate of Scouting throughout his professional life, making time to attend national-, council- and unit-level Scouting events for almost half a century. In 2015, at the National Order of the Arrow Conference in Michigan, told 5,000 Eagle Scout that Scouts must have personal integrity:
“People trust you. They count on you.Your personal integrity, once established and earned, people don’t have to think about it. They know. They know you. They know you’ll do the right thing every time.”
Rex Tillerson’s maternal grandfather, Ray Patton, had been a Scout in the early days of Scouting and later led the troop in which Rex’s father, Bob, also became an Eagle Scout. After World War II, Tillerson’s father became a Scoutmaster and Order of the Arrow lodge advisor in Wichita Falls, Kansas. He eventually quit his job, with a reduction in pay, to become a Boy Scouts of America district executive. Young Rex Tillerson became a Cub Scout and his mother was his den leader. Eventually Tillerson became an Eagle Scout, was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, attended the 1969 National Scout Jamboree, and joined an Explorer post. Like his dad, he served on camp staff for several years, stopping only when he had to pursue summer jobs that supported his coursework at the University of Texas. When not studying engineering, he was active in Alpha Phi Omega, the Scouting-affiliated service fraternity.
Tillerson’s activity in scouting waned until he had children. Then he became active again, serving as Cubmaster twice and as an assistant Scoutmaster. His son, Tyler, is the third generation Eagle Scout.
When Tillerson moved to Dallas with Exxon, he joined the executive board of the BSA Circle Ten Council and eventually joined the National Executive Board. Before becoming national president, he served as honorary chairman of the Generations Connections program, the special project of the BSA’s 100th anniversary celebration that commended how Scouting values and traditions are shared across generations.
Tillerson used his influence to urge the organization to change its rules on youth membership to allow gay youth to be Boy Scouts. His efforts were instrumental in passing a rule change, which Tillerson advocated in a speech at the May 2013 National Annual Meeting of the BSA. That rule states, “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”
Go ahead, mock Tillerson and the Boy Scouts, you repulsive, arrogant, ignorant assholes. What have you done to help boys and young men learn ethical values like being “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent?” Most of you don’t follow those values yourselves….if you even know what they mean.
Scouting saved my father’s life. As a poor kid whose father had abandoned him and whose mother had to move around Kentucky, not because she had stolen cookies, but because it was the Depression and she had to raise a child by herself, Jack Marshall Sr. joined a Scout troop where he met four lifelong friends who, along with the Boy Scouts, taught my father the values and developed the character traits that made Dad a war hero, an exemplary father and husband, and a brave, honest and remarkable citizen, neighbor and human being. He openly credited Scouting for teaching him right from wrong and life competency skills, far more than school could or did. I did not take to scouting, much to Dad’s disappointment, but I learned from my father what Scouting had taught him.
How dare a miserable creep like Alec Baldwin mock the Boy Scouts or another man’s dedication to the organization? What kind of disgusting human being thinks that Scouting is an appropriate target for mockery?
They—Baldwin and his audience, and the Times— do this because they are all self-bolstering jerks, reveling in their assumed superiority when they are, in fact, revolting. This is one of the (many) fatal weaknesses of the “resistance”: they are objectively repulsive, and often more repulsive that the man they seek to destroy. The Boy Scouts have not been perfect, and adapting to a changing culture has been a challenge that the organization has not always handled well. Nonetheless, they have earned society’s respect, both for what the Scouts seek to accomplish, and the lives they have changed for the better….like my father’s, and through him, my own.
Any individual, group or newspaper that thinks Scouting is a punchline, and that devoted volunteer work for the BSA isn’t admirable should have no credibility, and deserves only contempt and scorn.
President Trump is truly blessed by the loathsomeness of his enemies.
Source: CNS News