How’s that for a headline? It has everything — an improbable violent act, a clean-cut goody two-shoes as a victim and a tie to the Russians. Just add some blood and it is ready for TV.
On a trip long ago to Caracas, Venezuela, which was a beautiful country and an economic success back then as the twin engines of oil and tourism energized the country, we toured some remote areas and were shown a piranha feeding frenzy which was impressive. Devouring a cow in less than an hour was easy work for a hundred or so piranhas.
The guide pointed out some of the smaller ones (the wimple version) outside the feeding zone who were eating the tails of the piranhas in front of them while other piranhas were at their back eating their tails. Cannibalistic behavior without regard to the long-range consequences. I bought a mounted piranha and it sits on my bar to this day as a reminder of irresponsible activity.
This can be tied into the Boy Scouts, which are topical because of their recent bankruptcy filing — supposedly to protect assets and continue operations. A simple timeline below tells the entire story.
1991 — Margo somebody (a girl) joined the Cub Scouts, got outed and was removed. She sued, got her 15 minutes on Oprah and eventually dropped it.
1991 — later in the year Katrina Yeaw, a girl from California, sued the Boy Scouts so she could join and she (certainly with her parents’ encouragement) took it all the way to the California Supreme Court 8 years later where surprisingly (it being California) she was denied.
Two observations here: Did these girls not know the Girl Scouts existed? These names Margo and Katrina sound vaguely Russian to me. I don’t think that is a coincidence.
The same year, 1991, in another “coincidence” FBI agent Richard Miller is in his third trial for espionage. He was spying for the Russians! The Russians! He finally gets 30 years after 2 mistrials. And who is the hero who put this Russian spy away? U.S. Attorney Adam Schiff who sprung off of this into California State Senate and later U.S. House of Representatives.
2013 — Gay male individuals can join the Boy Scouts. No lawsuits, no doubt some threats.
2015 — Boy Scouts accept the notion that it is OK to have gay male individuals serve as leaders. What could possibly go wrong? Again no lawsuit, just some threats and a fast-track decision.
2017 — going for the trifecta, girls are now allowed to join the Boy Scouts. Notable lawsuit, the Girl Scout organization sues the Boy Scouts following this decision.
2019 — “Aqua Joe” a 39-year-old Scoutmaster is convicted of setting up hidden cameras at campsites and pools and other abusive behavior toward young Boy Scouts in his Scout Troop. He is sentenced to 30 years. #metoo will cross gender lines and sue the Boy Scouts for failure to protect its young members.
2020 — Boy Scouts declare bankruptcy.
2025 — this is in the future, but likely to happen. One of these 2 Russian girls, Margo or Katrina, is going to have a boy and he will want to join Boy Scouts. Can he? Should he? Can he sue somebody? Let’s check Adam Schiff’s visitor logs and see if Margo or Katrina ever visited him. Somehow I know this is Schiff’s fault and he’s certainly guilty of something.
I could easily cast the lawyers and the parents of Margo and Katrina as the piranhas in this story, but I’m going macro. Our whole society is acting like piranhas.
Some of us focus on jobs, family, religion, politics, entertainment, whatever it may be and we do not pay attention to the elements of uncaring thought that nibble at our edges — the fish that eats other fish just because another group of fish is eating a cow.
People that push for women’s rights or gay rights are not evil, they have legitimate and persuasive concerns and proposals. Unfortunately, we make decisions that are good for a sub-group rather than all of society. No better example of that than that of the Boy Scout fiasco.
As an Eagle Scout with a grandson in Cub Scouts, I take this whole thing personally, while I know I should not. I want to either suggest or be part of a better solution, but seeing a 100-year-old institution destroyed because of people seeking fame, fees, attention or “justice” saddens me into inaction.
I’m only half-kidding about the Russian connection in here. If someone wanted to destabilize a country, organizations like Boy Scouts would have to go. Let’s look at Boy Scouts in Germany: 1935, all operations suspended, all boys forced to join Hitler Youth movement. Then in 1947, Scouts restored in West Germany. 1990, Scouts restored in East Germany.
Maybe we should teach real history in our schools.
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