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Star Scout Friday

Good Morning!

 Star Scout Rank Insignia


On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Oath


A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent

Boy Scout Law


What a week! The debate was very exciting. I was not going to watch it but hubby wanted to so I started to watch and it was to dang good to stop. I even utilized the pause live TV option to offer hubby my world class commentary. It was a delight to see Mitt passionate about something besides a GOP primary opponent. I am very hopeful.

You’re probably wondering why I started things out with the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

Some of you may know the boy is a Boy Scout. He started Cub Scouts in 1st grade and earned his Arrow of Light before crossing over into Boy Scouts. He loves scouting and has learned so many cool things like tying knots, starting fires with little or no tools, staying out in the woods with only a tarp and his pack (Hubby did not tell me about sending him out to do that during winter camp for his Wilderness Survival merit badge until after the fact, I can’t imagine WHY?) how to set up a tent properly, cooking over a camp fire and just as importantly….service in the community.

Scouting has taken a lot of heat in the past years from liberals who think their ban on gay troop leaders is wrong as well as mocking the traditional values the organization promotes.

In today’s youth culture, many view scouting and scouts in a negative light. Seeing it as boring, goody goody and not cool. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This attitude is a shame because there is so much for young men to learn in the BSA organization.

At the start of every Troop meeting, the boys recite the Scout Oath and Pledge. At every rank advancement Board of Review they must give examples of how they are living out the Scout Pledge.

On Saturday, the boy’s Troop is having its bi-annual Court of Honor. This is a ceremony where they give the boys their merit badges earned since the last Court of Honor and also recognize the ranks they have attained. The boy will be recognized as a Star Scout. We are so proud of him as he just started 7th grade. He will have one more rank to achieve before working on his Eagle.

All this scout stuff got me to thinking…..wouldn’t it be great if every person elected to Congress and serving in our local, state and national government adhered to the Scout Oath and Law?

Imagine the difference in our country today. Do you think they could do it?

Could they live out the Scout Oath and Law while hanging out with lobbyists? Still have enough money in their campaign coffers to get elected? Would their votes be different if they lived out those simple yet powerful ideals? Could the majority of our elected officials be as dedicated to doing their best to live up to these lofty traits as teenage boys are in Troops across our nation?

I doubt it.

Yet every time I am up at the Scout Hut and see these young men who are far from perfect but having fun and striving to be Scouts, it gives me hope, real hope for the future of our country and the future of leadership in our nation!

Have a great day!



A great guess.

What you say the most is revealing.

Hey, let’s take a trillion dollars out of the economy, just for fun.

Don’t worry if you missed it, you can celebrate today!

Would never thought I’d say Sununu was awesome.

It’s not enough to kill Dutch babies, let’s export death to other countries.

Love me some J.J. Watt!

Wood County….LMBO. I’m sure it is a very nice jail…hey Sissy Spacek is from Quitman….


Guess Texas is safely in the “red” corner….Hmmmmmmm?


Hope he doesn’t have family back home.

Liberals see raaaaaaacism everywhere.

Great, now Global Warming is driving people to drink.

Ouch! That crazy math again.

He didn’t last long.




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  • c4pfan

    Hello!  I don’t know, but I’m not upset that exit polling is being dropped.  More and more people are doing early voting.  I actually am more worried about early voting.  Not on the Presidential race per se, but SO many other issues that people just seem to emotionally react to first without really hearing both sides.  IDK.

  • Gelston

    I think early voting is likely to reduce voter fraud.

    Remember, I would never tell you “I told you so”. However, If I were to tell you “I told you so”, then I would remind you that I said the current administration would manipulate the unemployment numbers. Earlier in the year, the numbers were higher than expected – undercount numbers early so you can add the numbers to your count later.
    Bingo Bango Bingo, today, the unemployment numbers come out lower than expected on the numbers release before the election.
    As the great American philosopher, Gomer Pyle said, “su-prise, su-prise, su-prise!”
    Gallup’s private numbers reached this conclusion “”Despite the slight decline in unemployment in September, unadjusted U.S. unemployment has remained relatively stagnant since May, and has shown little variation from May’s 8.0% unadjusted rate. Greater change will be needed before unemployed and underemployed Americans begin to feel relief, which is likely reflected in their diminished levels of hope. Stagnant unemployment rates may be leading to feelings that there will not be an improvement in the near future.

    Gallup’s seasonally adjusted U.S. unemployment rate was flat in September, which suggests that the government’s unemployment rate will be unchanged when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its jobs report on Friday morning, and will likely be at or within a tenth of a point of 8.1%.””

  • Gelston

    Sarah Palin’s FaceBook page had something about a scandal brewing for Mr. Obama.
    I don’t think of Sarah as dealing in rumors with no foundation.

    • section9

      People have been doing some investigative reporting into the foreign money that has been going into Obama For America. That’s what this is about.

  • OldPat

    Recently got a new pair of glasses for the first time in 3-4 years, and I can see things so much clearer than before.  Indeed, I think these these new lenses were forged in the crucible of life, molded by the fullness of time and honed and polished by some of that unvarnished truth from Alaska way.

    An example, you say.  How about a couple?

    As I watched the debate several nites ago, I wondered if what I was seeing was the result of affirmative action gone awry, a mind destroyed by drugs  or something else.

     Or was I seeing Leherer making a fatal mistake?  Did ole Jim forget that Howdy was the one with the strings, not Clarabelle the Clown? 

    As I begin to explore the twilight of my life, memories of yesteryear and days gone by come more easily than ever before with the least of provocations.  Memories as vivid as if those events happened yesterday – not 20, 30 or even 50 years ago.  I suspect it’s Our Maker’s way of preparing us for what is next to come.

    Thank you, Lipstick, for providing that provocation this morning.  One of life’s little pleasures that I allow myself is keeping track of the boys I coached and taught as a LL coach and Scout Leader all those years ago as they mature and have families of their own.

    As a society, we MUST put an end to parents abdicating their responsibility to raise and care for their children.  Sadly, I have never met some of the parents of kids I coached.  I guess they were too busy living their lives to meet the stranger to whom they were entrusting their child.

    In spite of all that, parents like Lipstick give me hope that we can turn this thing around.  Oh, I know she calls him ‘the boy’ and all that, but you’ve got to remember that her stock-in-trade is understatement.  Besides, guys, these new glasses of mine are telling me that when her mind thinks and her fingers type ‘the boy’, a mother’s heart is softly murmuring ‘my son’.

    Now if we can just convince her to give him a cyber name before he he gets a complex from being called ‘the boy’…  

    • Bean Counter

      Well, I’ve met “the boy,” he does, indeed, have a name, and I can state unequivocally that he’s a very fine and polite young man.

    • Lipstick

      Awwww, “the boy” is his cyber name. LOL.

      Hubby and I started to refer to him amongst ourselves as that when he was a little baby but he has a nickname we actually call him (although I am not allowed to call him this nickname around his buddies) plus an awesome Biblical name.

      Perhaps it comes from when he was born.

      We had elected to not learn the sex of the baby. In the delivery room there were a few complications that made for some exciting minutes so when he was born hubby was extremely relieved and excited. I remember hubby jumping and screaming “It’s a boy! It’s a boy! He’s a BOY!”

      “The boy” had arrived!

      • OldPat

        And quite a young man will soon be taking his place.  His Scouting achievements at such a young age speak highly of both himself and his upbringing.  If only we had more parents like you and ‘hubby’, but all too often nowadays it goes like this:

        On a warm midsummer Saturday morn last year as I stood in line at a local gas station to pay my bill, a soft male voice uttered my name.  It mattered not that I recognized not the man for that voice from 15 years earlier belonged to one of my boys.  From a broken home, I almost never saw his dad and never met his mom during the time I coached him.  A few years later he and his mom moved away, and I lost track of him.

        A bewhiskered old man and a young adonis hugging, talking excitedly and acting like long-lost buds must have been a sight to the station’s customers, but I wasn’t about to let him go until I made sure he had reached the other side of childhood safely.

        As I continued on my way to spend the day with Little Jake, I thanked God that Little Shon was one of the lucky ones.  It was a good day to be a bewhiskered old man in northeastern South Carolina.

      • senator20526

         As a former scout myself… are to be commended for being active in your young scouts activities. He will carry this training and knowledge with him for the rest of his life..and will be a better person…Kudos to you and Mr. Lipstick..

  • section9

    And RIGHT ON TIME, the BLS comes out with the Official Unemployment Rate at 7.8%, dropping below 8% just before the election.

    What a scam. That’s not massaging the unemployment rate. That’s a night in Bangkok with a hooker.

  • hrh40

    Congrats on the Star Scout. :)

    And yaaaaayyyyyyy, so glad they fired Valentine. Did not know that until your last link. I totally disengaged from the Sox this last month. And I actually got to Fenway twice this year for their 100th anniversary. What a shame Valentine was the manager this historic year … :(

    But he’s gone! Bring back Francona!!

    • Lipstick

       I feel your pain. I’m an embarrassed Astros fan.

      • senator20526

        Aren’t the Astros going to the American League?

        • Lipstick

           Yes. I hate the DH!

  • susiepuma

    Wish there were millions more parents like you and your husband raising children like your son – hope he makes it to Eagle Scout – if so, he will be in good company……………………………….

    • Lipstick

      Thank you. He has always said he wanted to make Eagle and he is on track to do so. He will be Life in the Spring having already earned the needed merit badges. Then he can begin work on his Eagle project and earn the other merit badges he needs. He might can achieve this while in 8th grade if he works hard, but 9th grade for sure.

      We are very proud of him!

  • Firelight

    Lip – Congrats on your boy accomplishing so much in Scouts!  My brother made it to be an Eagle scout and it was a major big deal in our house.  It looks good on college applications.

    My parents were very involved along the way and when I was younger I got to tag along. I always wanted to be a Boy Scout, lol!!   I did Girl Scouts for a few years but it wasn’t the same.  I wanted to do the stuff my older brother and dad were doing. 

    In case anyone missed it, there is no shortage of crazy in this world.  Bristol and DWTS gets another death threat.

    • senator20526

       This points out the stupidity of liberals…..don’t mess with someone who can shoot the eye out of a moose at 100 yards….

  • BostonBruin

    Good afternoon! Nice write-up by Ron Devito on the one year anniversary of the October 5, 2011 announcement.

    “Gov. Palin has always led with a servant’s heart. It never was about herself … Gov. Palin has said, ‘there is no perfect candidate, and you know, I would warn voters to never put their faith wholly in an individual’ … Gov. Palin put her ego and herself aside. She focused on the big picture and took the long view. Purging and cleansing the Republican Party will not be done in a single election cycle … we do have faith in her record and what she stands for. Gov. Palin has earned our trust.”

  • senator20526

    Morning all……another sunny bright, less than 100 degree day in the great desert Southwest…..Chuck jr. is a great writer….re:his travels with Chuck Sr. He is too funny. Sounds like sister should make a stop or two with them to gin up a crowd…..but they are meeting some super Sarah supporters along the way…..Looks like Romney is showing some life in the polls after Obama crashed and burned in Denver…….Looks like some of the libs are having a nervous breakdown over Obama’s lack of intelligence. Sunnunu called him lazy and Andrea Mitchell NBC News…fainted and passed gas at the same time….Well everyone have a great day and get ready for a NFL football week-end….and KTF.

  • John_Frank

    Good afternoon,

    Lipstick, congratulations to your son on becoming a Star Scout and thank you for the news round up.

    Robert Samuelson: Obama’s $5 Trillion Tax Cut Attack Is A Fiction

    Imagine, Obama lying … who would have thought. Obama’s opening salvo was to throw this false attack at Romney. It blew up in Obama’s face after Romney explained to the audience why Obama was “not being accurate.” Romney then proceeded “to call out” Obama after he tried to persist.

    As Chuck Heath Sr. said, in giving his overall impression of the debate, during an interview yesterday by Lee Davis on Radio Station WYDE, 101.3:

    “Obama looked like a kid who knew he had done something wrong and was about to be bent over Romney’s lap and spanked.”

    Chuck Jr Recaps Georgia, Will Be On Levin And Greta Tonight

    Speaking of myths, while the unemployment rate may have dropped below 8.0%, as CNBC reports:

    The U-6 unemployment number, which accounts for the underemployed and
    those who have given up looking for jobs, held steady at 14.7 percent.

    So, why did the rate slide? Because as CNBC reports:

    The falling jobless rate had been a function as much of the continued
    shrinking in the labor force as it was an increase in new positions.

    Needless to say, Obama will attempt to use the drop in the U-3 rate in the next debate like a sledge hammer to claim that the economy is on the right track, blah, blah, blah.

    Hopefully, Romney will respond by pointing out that Obama is not telling the full story. He needs to explain that the rate dropped as much because of the continued shrinkage in the labor force due to people stopping to look for work as due to the increase in new positions. He can then point out that the U-6 rate, which includes the underemployed and those who have stopped looking for work, held steady at 14.7 percent. Then he can sum up by stating that we are far from being out of the woods and that we need a significant course change.

    Okay, that’s it for now. May the rest of your day be blessed.

  • blackbird

    Wonderful post Lipstick, thanks. I was never in the Scouts, but boring is not a term I identify with scouting, this sounds like every boy’s dream “tying knots, starting fires with little or no tools, staying out in the woods with only a tarp and his pack, how to set up a tent properly, cooking over a camp fire”

    “it gives me hope, real hope for the future of our country and the future of leadership in our nation!” Its the parents like you and Firelight that are the foundation of that hope.

  • Michael

    It is a year ago today that Sarah Palin reveal to the country that GOP establishment stole the nomination from her. Sarah Palin needs to stop being a Good Soldier in a Bad Army.

    • Bill589

      Maybe after the tool is used to oust Obama.

  • Michael

    As long as Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie can get tens of millions of dollars together in a month Conservatives have no party.

  • Pete Petretich

    The gift that keeps on giving…

    “Some Obama Campaign Aides ‘Shell-Shocked’ After Debate”

  • Pete Petretich

    Bill Maher on Obamas debate performance…”What did Obama do with my million dollars, spend it all on weed?”

    • c4pfan

      Hardy har har.  I can’t stand neither of them! 

  • cookboy

    Congrats to the Star. No need to hurry through to Eagle. I have watched a lot of kids get the Eagle early and then kinda forget about it. Not to say that he would, but many kids just want it for application/resume appearances. It lasts a lifetime, and should be viewed as such.

    • RebinTexas

      That may be true cookboy…..but to many of us……Scouts and whatever badges we earned, along with the great adventures we shared and all the wonder we experienced and things we learned……on our way to becoming men……….it is within our heart, our soul.

      I still know the Scout Oath and Law……all these years later…..and have also had the great privilege to help see many other young people experience Scouting. Have I lived a perfect life or never made a mistake – heck no…….but even to this day, I have a card in my wallet with the Oath on one side and the Law on the other – to help me never forget my duty.

      BRAVO to your son on earning his Star rank.

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