Tuesday, July 17, 2012

F*** the Boy Scouts...Not You, Scout Masters!

If you didn't already know, The Boy Scouts of America's "scout law" is to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent...and straight...and a conventional monotheist. Preferably Christian.

They reiterated that gays are not allowed on 12th July, calling the exclusion "absolutely the best policy". Scouts Spokesman Derek Smith stated it clearly:
"While the BSA does not proactively inquire about the sexual orientation of employees, volunteers, or members, we do not grant membership to individuals who are open or avowed homosexuals or who engage in behavior that would become a distraction to the mission of the BSA. 
Scouting believes same-sex attraction should be introduced and discussed outside of its program with parents, caregivers, or spiritual advisers, at the appropriate time and in the right setting. The vast majority of parents we serve value this right and do not sign their children up for Scouting for it to introduce or discuss, in any way, these topics. 
The BSA is a voluntary, private organization that sets policies that are best for the organization. The BSA welcomes all who share its beliefs but does not criticize or condemn those who wish to follow a different path."
So it's not okay to be gay in the Scouts, but it is still okay for you to be a child molester. Hell, the latest case was last week. And yea, like Catholic Church and Penn State before them, they thought hiding it was a good idea. Oh, shenanigans...you will destroy children's lives...

So imagine my surprise when I posted the story on my Facebook wall, and some people actually defended their policy. For the ones that were respectful (most of them), I read and responded. I'm just responding here, because a lot of ideas were going around, and I figured an essay would be better than an endless stream of comments...also, it's my blog, and I can do what I want to. :-p

The crux of most dissenting opinions from mine is that the Scouts is to cultivate manhood and leadership in young boys and men, ages 11 to 18, and it is also the time when most go through puberty, a VERY tumultuous time for any kid. One who realises he's gay may not know what to do with his feelings will be a distraction, possibly acting on those burgeoning emotions. To protect the kids, they exclude. the other argument is that scout leaders need to promote manhood in the Scouts, and how can they do that if they're not exemplifying manhood themselves? That second argument was actually one I saw on NPR, but it should be addressed regardless.

I respectfully call BS on these idea, as ALL kids go through puberty, some will be gay, and it will be awkward for everyone. a gay kid in Scouts may have desire, but it is up to the Scout leaders to supervise the kids to make sure they don't get out of line. Furthermore, manhood is not measured by heterosexuality. It is measured by how well a male takes care of his responsibilities and takes care of those in his charge, no matter who they are. Also if there IS a scout who realises he's gay, seeing someone in a leadership position who may be like him may just help him through a difficult time. To my understanding, coming out is very difficult, especially in the awkward teen years. For the straight kids, seeing a gay mentor may show them that gay people are just that: people. There is nothing wrong with it, and perhaps they'll be more accepting of different people.

So, in conclusion: f*** the Boy Scouts. Their policy is nothing but harmful. When you have an exclusionary policy, the only thing is does is cause fear and disdain for whomever is excluded. I understand that it IS a private organisation, but it still gets public grants and free reign of public parks. Let them have their policy, but if they wish to have an exclusionary policy, then they should be excluded from public assets. Plain and simple.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Romney Badger

This is the Romney Badger. Watch it talk in slow motion. It's pretty half-ass. Look. It campaigns all over the place. "Whoa, he’s rich!" says that accountant.

Eew, it's head of Bain Capital! Oh! Now it's a governor! No, It's running for President! Oh my gosh!
Oh, the Romney Badger is just crazy!

The Romney Badger has been referred to by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most boring candidate in the presidential campaign. It really doesn't give a shit. So what, you’re poor? It’s your fault. He was born with money. If you’re poor, you have a net.

Eew! What's that in his hand? Oh, it's got the RomneyCare bill! He signed it into law! “This should be a national model”, he said…Oh wait, now it’s the law, but they changed its name to ObamaCare! Now he hates it!

Look at him say that the auto industry should fail. But wait! The auto industry got better! Now he’s taking credit for it! Gross!

Now watch this: This is its support for abortion rights. But the Romney Badger don't care. It just changes its view when it wants a vote. Whenever it goes campaigning, it just – Eew -- changes its views...Watch it whore himself for votes! Look at it whoring.

The Romney Badger is really pretty flaccid. It has no connection to most of America. Look at him, he's just making out-of-touch sounding statements. Eew! What's that? Is that another bad sound bite? [CLIP: Corporations are people too, my friend!] Oh that's nasty. It’s so nasty. Oh look: it's buying companies and shutting them down. Look at it still reaping profits though. Gross.

The Romney Badgers fairly tall, but they’re most know for their thick “Fantastic Four” hair, and, you know, their smiles are permanent, because they’re always campaigning, and their views on issues twist around, depending on what will get them votes.

Now look: Here's a Senatorial race against a Kennedy. Do you think the Romney Badger cares? It doesn't give a shit. It stabs John Lakian right in the back and uses his money to get the Republican nomination. How disgusting is that? It eats its own party members. Eew, that's so nasty. But look! The Romney Badger getting beaten by the Kennedy! Now it gives a shit. It says it doesn’t want to run for something he won’t win again. What a wussy! What a crazy fuck! Look, it’s going back to Bain Capital. 

Now, what's interesting is that the Romney Badger still ran for governor after its Senate loss. It says, "You vote for me, and I’ll promote stuff that I’ll back track on in a few years when I run for President. What'daya say, stupid?"

Look at the Romney badger: "Thanks for the votes, stupids!"

It doesn’t care, and you know what? When it was at Bain, It was like a jackal too. Look at these little industries. It’s like, "Thanks stupid! Thanks for all the profits! Now I’m gonna bankrupt you. No pension for you. See you later!" The Romney Badger gets all the profit while these other animals have to go on unemployment. 

At nightime the Romney Badger goes campaigning, because it's hungry. Look! Here comes a fierce battle between a Jesus Christ Newt and a Romney Badger. I wonder what will happen? Look at this, there's the Romney Badger just pandering to voters, and then look, "Get away from me!" says the Newt, "Get away from me!" Romney Badger don't care. Romney Badger smacks the shit out of it, Except in South Carolina. And the Jesus Christ Newt comes back and it lashes at the Romney Badger. Oh, little does the Romney Badger know, it's been stung! It's been attacked by a Super PAC, so while it's campaigning and -- eew, that's disgusting -- all the poisonous venom is seeping into the campaign. Look at them, you sneaky fucks.

Now the Romney Badger has enough votes for a GOP nomination. “Thanks again for the votes, stupids! I’m gonna make all my friends rich, and I’m gonna fire more people!”

Now it's going to get right back to campaigning for votes and saying whatever he thinks will get him elected, because it's a hollow little bastard.  Look at this! Like nothing happened! The Romney Badger gets right back up and makes shallow soundbites! 

And of course, what does the Romney Badger do for the next two months? Pander for votes.

The Romney Badger.

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