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To stop gangs, call the Scouts
LA Times ^ | 01.21.07 | Heather MacDonald

Posted on 06/02/2007 9:35:35 PM PDT by Coleus

THE LOS ANGELES City Council recently paid $593,000 for a report on how to end the city's rising gang violence. The taxpayers didn't get their money's worth. The much-ballyhooed study, directed by civil rights attorney Connie Rice, makes a whopping 100 recommendations yet can't bring itself to mention the most important driver of gang involvement — family breakdown.  "A Call to Action: A Case for a Comprehensive Solution to L.A.'s Gang Violence Epidemic" recycles all the failed nostrums from the war on poverty, such as government-created jobs, "life-skills training," "parenting education and support" and "crisis intervention." Since the 1960s, trillions of dollars have been spent on such programs without so much as making a dent in the underclass culture that gives rise to gangs. And these initiatives will never make a significant difference in that culture as long as the vast majority of young males in inner-city neighborhoods are raised without their fathers.

To be sure, plenty of heroic single mothers are bringing up law-abiding young men. But the evidence by now is overwhelming: Boys raised in fatherless homes, on average, are disproportionately likely to get involved in crime and fail in school. Without a strong paternal role model, these boys are vulnerable to the lure of macho gang culture as a surrogate for a father's authority.  

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The city should encourage philanthropic institutions that make the cultivation of positive values their core mission. A brigade of Boy Scout troops throughout Boyle Heights and Watts would do more to teach boys the importance of persistence, hard work and respect for authority than 1,000 social service and gang-intervention workers ever could. By giving youth a positive moral code, the Scouts and similar civic groups can reclaim lives and replace gang culture with true achievement.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: black; boys; boyscouts; bsa; bsalist; gangs; ghetto; heathermacdonald; hispanics; innercity

1 posted on 06/02/2007 9:35:37 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: SandRat

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2 posted on 06/02/2007 9:36:07 PM PDT by Coleus (Pray for our Troops)
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To: Coleus

There is no way the Democrats are going to support an organization that doesn’t allow fags to prey upon boys.


3 posted on 06/02/2007 9:41:13 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: Coleus

Good Post.

Scouting knows that it can make a contribution. http://www.scouting.org/media/reports/2003/scoutreach.html. Too bad the anti-religious socialists hate scouting so much.


4 posted on 06/02/2007 9:41:53 PM PDT by sgtyork (Liberalism worthy of the name emphasizes freedom of the individual, democracy and the rule of law.)
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To: Coleus

Boy Scouts are a great way to teach boys how to be good Young Men. The left hates that, they would rather keep everyone like children


5 posted on 06/02/2007 9:43:30 PM PDT by SShultz460
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To: Jeff Chandler

Ironic that the Democrats demonized a homosexual in the Congress (Foley) for being a “sexual predator” even though he did not have sex with minors (contrary to the original reports that the media had in their mitts for a year) and then during all of the bruhaha they celebrated a deceased Democrat WHO DID engage in sex with a minor while in office. They championed him as a homosexual pioneer.

Their support of gay scout masters is one of politics, not principle.


6 posted on 06/02/2007 9:44:59 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
There is no way the Democrats are going to support an organization that doesn’t allow fags to prey upon boys.

That's why I will never, ever give money to the United Way again!

7 posted on 06/02/2007 9:45:07 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Coleus; SandRat

BTTT!!!!!!!!


8 posted on 06/02/2007 9:45:15 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (See HiJinx's tag line....then DO it!!!!)
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To: Coleus

The BOY SCOUTS ! Isn’t that the archaic group who try to instill decency and values in the lives of boys. Come on this is 2007,who the hell needs the Boy Scouts ???


9 posted on 06/02/2007 9:47:03 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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Philly City Council Ends 79-Year Boy Scout Lease Over Refusal to Accept Homosexual Leaders
10 posted on 06/02/2007 9:47:43 PM PDT by Coleus (Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isaiah 5:20-21)
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To: Coleus

Scouting makes a real difference in the lives of boys who have no strong paternal influence - I have seen it personally in the lives of my Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, many of whom did not have a father living at home.

I will never give a dime to the United Way ever again. My money goes directly to the Boy Scouts, and outside of the Salvation Army, it is one of the few organizations I actively support with my money and time.

Scouting works wonders!


11 posted on 06/02/2007 9:50:23 PM PDT by dandelion
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To: Obie Wan
Boy Scout Camp, I still remember the un-politically-correct prayer before meals, 35 years ago:

"For food, for raiment, for life, for opportunity, for friendship and fellowship, we thank Thee, O Lord. Amen."

12 posted on 06/02/2007 9:52:28 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: dandelion

I will never give a dime to the United Way

We converse again dandelion. NO QUESTION this org. (United Way) is liberal too the max.I wouldn’t give this group 10 cents if their lives depended on it !!!


13 posted on 06/02/2007 9:56:39 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: Obie Wan

People need to realize how completely useless United Way is. Nothing but a money-sucking middle man. Give your money directly to your choice of charities, and United Way goes away, as it should. It is nothing but a self-serving parasite.


14 posted on 06/02/2007 10:05:55 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: FlyVet

I wonder how many people who give to the United Way realize how much corruption they have been involved in? Their group has been indicted a number of times for embezzlement and I DO believe they’re tied in with the United Nations in a number of scams !!!


15 posted on 06/02/2007 10:13:52 PM PDT by Obie Wan
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To: Coleus

Did they mention allowing the police department to arrest known gang members who are illegal aliens BEFORE they kill, rob or assault others? Remember that being here illegally IS A CRIME in itself????????

Did they also mention that you shouldnt fire or penalize members of the LAPD for doing their job if you want gangs and crime reduced???

Not likely.


16 posted on 06/02/2007 10:19:58 PM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Rest of the Story, My bad that this didnt print with the first part.)
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To: Coleus; RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; Congressman Billybob; ...

17 posted on 06/03/2007 7:55:42 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Brad's Gramma
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18 posted on 06/03/2007 8:25:20 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: FlyVet

“For food, for raiment, for life, for opportunity, for friendship and fellowship, we thank Thee, O Lord. Amen.”

And it is still used today by BSA.


19 posted on 06/03/2007 12:46:26 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (California : home of the fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: dandelion
I made the same decision to contribute directly to the Scouts and rip up the United Way stuff they sent around the office. I did that the year that United Way decided to pull support from the Scouts. When I first hired on with Pacific Telephone, the district manager was trying to make points with his boss by have a large participation in United Way. He literally called people into his office and demanded that they sign a 1% of gross donation to United Way. You couldn't leave his office without making the donation or resigning your employment. A real, genuine asshole.
20 posted on 06/03/2007 1:35:16 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: FlyVet
"For food, for raiment, for life, for opportunity, for friendship and fellowship, we thank Thee, O Lord. Amen."

It's the Philmont grace, and we used it on our last campout a couple of weekends ago.

21 posted on 06/04/2007 8:27:03 AM PDT by RonF
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To: Coleus
Boys raised in fatherless homes, on average, are disproportionately likely to get involved in crime and fail in school.

The obvious, proven, plain, clear truth.

Two-parent (mom & dad) households produce better children.

Period.

22 posted on 06/04/2007 8:30:42 AM PDT by TChris (The Republican Party is merely the Democrat Party's "away" jersey - Vox Day)
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To: TChris

Two-parent (mom & dad) households produce better children. >>

that’s the way God wanted it. seems “the state” thinks otherwise.


23 posted on 06/04/2007 10:37:39 AM PDT by Coleus (Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isaiah 5:20-21)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

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24 posted on 06/06/2007 8:45:53 PM PDT by Coleus (Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isaiah 5:20-21)
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To: Coleus

My boy will be going into the Cub Scouts soon. I look forward to it. It would be nice if we could have had the law and order society of the 50s with all of todays modern conveniences (air conditioning, cable, computers, etc...). Alas, it’s not to be. Within a 100 years this nation will be unrecognizable.


25 posted on 06/07/2007 4:34:17 AM PDT by MattinNJ (Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson-I can't decide...but I'd vote for Rudy against Hillary)
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To: Coleus
Scouts are a very good idea.

Getting rid of PDFPD Rap Music - Pathetic Dysfunctional Foulmouthed Poetic Diarrhea

Is even better

26 posted on 06/07/2007 4:51:49 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: EGPWS

i’m with you. i was working for a company that was big with the united way...they came in and did presenations, had a celebration day, employees were encouraged to donate money for “jeans days” privileges, etc. i was hounded for not donating!


27 posted on 06/07/2007 4:37:30 PM PDT by MountainFlower (There but by the grace of God go I.)
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To: sgtyork

thanks for the link


28 posted on 06/09/2007 7:21:08 PM PDT by Coleus (Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isaiah 5:20-21)
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