America’s hyphenated people..

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According to Webster: “hy·phen·ate,” To divide or connect with a hyphen.

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According to Webster: “ox·y·mo·ron,” A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined.

moron personified

According to Webster: “mo·ron,” A person regarded as very stupid; –having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years.

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A massive survey conducted by the Boy Scouts of America reveals that a majority of its members want to retain the current policy barring gays from joining or leading the organization.

Current policy states: “While the BSA does not proactively inquire about 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.”

(Sidebar).

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According to Webster: “ho·mo·sex·u·al,” Of, relating to, or having a sexual orientation to persons of the same sex.

Continuing…

On April 19, 2013, the BSA announced a proposal to no longer deny membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation, while maintaining its ban on openly gay adult leaders.

A resolution states what would be the new policy: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.”

Representatives of all local BSA councils will vote on the proposal on May 23.

The survey shows that of the 200,000 adult members who responded, 61 percent favor keeping the current policy, while 34 percent oppose it and would like to see the policy changed.

The survey also disclosed:

  • 61 percent of Boy Scout parents and 50 percent of Cub Scout parents support the current policy barring gays.
  • 62 percent of unit leaders support the current policy.
  • 64 percent of council and district volunteers support it.
  • 72 percent of chartered organizations support the current policy.

But an executive summary from the BSA obtained by CNS News notes that “while a majority of adults in the Scouting community support the BSA’s current policy of excluding open and avowed homosexuals, younger parents and teens tend to oppose the policy.”

It goes on to say: “Scouting’s review confirmed that this remains among the most complex and challenging issue facing the BSA and society today. Even with the wide range of input, it is extremely difficult to accurately quantify the potential impact of maintaining or changing the current policy.”

The BSA currently has 2.7 million youth members and more than 1 million adult volunteers.

In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale that Boy Scouts, and all private organizations, have the constitutionally protected right under the First Amendment of freedom of association to set membership standards.

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According to Webster: “mor·al,” (in context) Conforming to standards of what is right or just in behavior; virtuous.

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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with 2.7 million youth members and over 1 million adult volunteers.

Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA. (Source Wikipedia).

Editorial: America as we all know, ..and/or, ..should know, is a free country where in 1910, ..a group of bold venturesome Americans got together and founded an organization they entitled…

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The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), is one of the largest (private) youth organizations in the United States, and has policies which prohibit “atheists,” “agnostics” and “open or avowed homosexuals” from membership in its Scouting program.

BSA has denied or revoked membership status or leadership positions for violation of these foundational principles.

The BSA contends that these policies are essential in its mission to instill in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

The organization’s legal right to have these policies has been upheld repeatedly by both state and federal courts.

In Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, the Supreme Court of the United States has affirmed that as a private organization, the BSA can set its own membership standards.

The BSA’s policies have been legally challenged but have not been found to constitute illegal discrimination; as a private organization in the United States the BSA has the right to freedom of association, as determined in the court case.

In recent years, the policy disputes have led to litigation over the terms under which the BSA can access governmental resources including public lands.

The policies of the BSA are more restrictive than other Scouting organizations throughout the world and other youth organizations within the United States.

The policies have led to various disputes and controversies. In 2012, both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated that they oppose the ban on gay Scouts. (source Wikipedia).

However, although Barack Obama’s genealogy and DNA are equal in parts, (white and black) with his biological father being of Kenyan heritage from South Africa and his mother being a white woman from Kansas. Barack Obama (if left to his own devices) does not publicly acknowledge his white half.

Which of course, as an American citizen, that disclosure falls within his constitutional rights to privacy and his “right to the pursuit of happiness.”

Editorial: (for my opinion) If gay men or boys wish to belong to an organization that teaches the values and skills set forth in the Boy Scout manual, (absent) the (morality) requirement I’m sure, ..they simply need to contact the Office of Comptroller in their particular state to make it happen.

Moving right along..

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The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE; also often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks) is an American fraternal order and social club founded in 1868. It is one of the leading fraternal orders in the U.S., claiming nearly one million members.

The Elks had modest beginnings in 1868 as a social club (then called the “Jolly Corks”) established as a private club to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns.

After the death of a member left his wife and children without income, the club took up additional service roles, rituals and a new name. Desiring to adopt “a readily identifiable creature of stature, indigenous to America,” fifteen members voted 8 – 7 in favor of the elk above the buffalo.

Early members were mostly from theatrical performing troupes in New York City. It has since evolved into a major American fraternal, charitable, and service order with more than a million members, both men and women, throughout the United States and the former territories of the Philippines and the Panama Canal.

When founded, membership in the BPOE was denied to blacks. Because of this policy, an unaffiliated, primarily black organization modeled on the BPOE was formed in 1898. This “Improved Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks of the World” (IBPOEW) remains a separate organization to this day.

Membership in the BPOE was opened to African Americans in the 1970s, although the Winter Haven, Florida Elks Club was famously segregated as late as 1985, when Boston Red Sox Coach Tommy Harper protested a Red Sox policy of permitting them into the spring training clubhouse to issue lodge clubroom invitations to white players only.

Women were permitted to join in the mid-1990s, ..

..but currently atheists are excluded.

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The opening of membership to women was mandated by the Oregon Public Accommodations Act, which was found by an appeals court to apply to the BPOE, and it has been speculated that the religious restriction might be litigated on the same basis.

A year after the national organization changed its policy to allow women to join, the Vermont Supreme Court ordered punitive damages of $5,000 for each of seven women whom a local chapter had rejected citing other reasons.

Current members are required to be U.S. citizens over the age of 21 and believe in God.

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Moose International is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888, consisting of the Loyal Order of Moose, with nearly 1 million men in roughly 2,400 Lodges, in all 50 U.S. states and four Canadian provinces, plus Great Britain and Bermuda; and the Women of the Moose with more than 400,000 members in roughly 1,600 Chapters in the same areas. It is headquartered in Mooseheart, Illinois.

Moose International supports the operation of Mooseheart Child City & School, a 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) community for children and teens in need, located 40 miles (64 km) west of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 63-acre (250,000 m2) retirement community for its members near Jacksonville, FL. Also, Moose Lodges and Chapters conduct approximately $75 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations and volunteer hours worked) annually.

Additionally, the Moose organization conducts numerous sports and recreational programs, in local Lodge/Chapter facilities called either Moose Family Centers or Activity Centers, in the majority of 44 State and Provincial Associations, and on a fraternity-wide basis.

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The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization representing the black members of the United States Congress. Membership is exclusive to African-Americans, and its chair in the 113th Congress is Representative Marcia Fudge of Ohio.

The caucus describes its goals as “positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African-Americans and others of similar experience and situation”, and “achieving greater equity for persons of African descent in the design and content of domestic and international programs and services.”

The CBC encapsulates these goals in the following priorities: closing the achievement and opportunity gaps in education, assuring quality health care for every American, focusing on employment and economic security, ensuring justice for all, retirement security for all Americans, increasing welfare funds, and increasing equity in foreign policy.

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) comprises 27 Democratic members of the United States Congress of Hispanic descent. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics and Latinos in the United States and Puerto Rico. The CHC was founded in December 1976 as a legislative service organization of the United States House of Representatives.

Today, the CHC is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community.

The function of the Caucus is to serve as a forum for the Hispanic and other Members of Congress to coalesce around a collective legislative agenda.

In addition to covering legislative action, the CHC also monitors Executive and Judicial issues.

 (Sidebar).

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it already the responsibility of the Congress to monitor executive and judicial issues?

Question: Didn’t America spend a few decades along with a sizable amount of taxpayer dollars eliminating segregation?

Explain to me the logic behind America’s Congress passing laws to eliminate segregation in America, when America’s Congress huddles in groups segregated from each other?

Continuing…

CHC legislative priorities cover all areas that have a direct impact on the Hispanic or Latino community. In order to best address these diverse issues, members work in smaller task forces that draw on their expertise and develop priority legislation within each area.

(Sidebar).

Question: Is congresses purpose to dissect America, or is “their task” to “maintain a United America?”

Continuing…

The CHC is currently composed entirely of Democrats, although it had been a bipartisan organization since its founding.

The Republican members left in the late 1990s over policy differences and, in 2003, formed their own group, the Congressional Hispanic Conference.

Senator Bob Menendez, a Cuban American Democrat from New Jersey, is currently the only member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus from the Senate.

Question: Is the United States Congress still a branch of the United States government, …

According to Webster: “u·nit·ed,” Combined into a single entity.

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..or did someone change the definition of United while I was sleeping last night?

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Historical Factoid: There is no Congressional white caucus. 

why not 

In my personal and considered opinion; “non-race oriented” men and women understand the U.S. Constitution and what our founding fathers meant when they penned (all men are created equal).

Which, (with my meager education) I personally interpret to mean; “if I, (a white Christian) could serve America in the military and maintain gainful employment for 46 years and pay into the Social Security fund for my retirement for that same period of time, ..then (any) individual of (any) ethnic group, (any) color, ..or (any) religious belief should be able to do the same if they identify themselves as an American.

There are no references to..

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..in the U.S. Constitution.

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African-American quiz 1a

 Which half of this man is African, ..and which half of this man ..is American?

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One race or ethnic group being granted preference over another race or ethnic group, ..is racism.

Racism is acceptable, ..or it’s not.

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 Nature unequivocally mandates procreation for survival.

In 1938 a man by the name of Adolf Hitler presumed that in order for mankind to survive and prosper, mankind needed to exterminate the weak and unfit…

According to Webster: “weak,” Lacking physical strength, energy, or vigor; feeble.

According to Webster: “un·fit,” Below the required standard; unqualified.

Continuing…

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…and then (through breeding) create a master race.

That was then, mankind has moved forward. Men and women in positions of power no longer advocate the extermination of the weak and unfit, …

occupy protesters 2 

..as the elite and powerful have come to understand that it is the weak and unfit that facilitate and maintain their ideology and their decadent lifestyles.

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..to the meek, ..they inherit nothing !

According to Webster: dec·a·dent (in context) Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.

In this writer’s humble opinion, breeding a less identifiable “ignorant” group of Homo sapiens, ..is just as (immoral) as Hitler’s attempt to breed his master race, ..as unidentifiable, and/or, (meld together) “ignorant individuals” are of no use, either to themselves, ..or to America.

Question: With the “battle cry” of the disenfranchised being;

we are the 99%

Those that claim to be disenfranchised (in my opinion) are throwing themselves under the bus.

Doing the math, (even with my limited education) I make 99% to be the maximum majority.

In which case, alluding to (common sense), that would leave millionaires and billionaires at 1%, ..and/or, ..the maximum minority.

Accordingly, following the “ideology” of the (progressives) in Washington who advocate utilizing the majority, ..to support the minority, (common sense) ..tells this “old” high school dropout, ..that Barack Obama, ..and his minions. ..have the nation right on track.

So it’s a good thing that I’m not allocating myself the last word today, I’m assigning that chore to Thomas Sowell.

 Thomas Sowell quote 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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