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Girl Scout Politics Less Than Sweet
Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2010 | Kathryn Lopez

Posted on 03/13/2010 5:29:47 AM PST by Kaslin

I've seen more than a few boxes of Do-Si-Dos and Samoas around lately. It's hard to look askance at the Girl Scouts when there's so much sweetness in the air. But there is reason for keeping the Girl Scouts out of the "mom and apple pie" category. For one thing, the organization has a think tank, a nongovernmental organization and a welcome mat out to Planned Parenthood.

At a meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women this month, the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides held a session for young people in which the International Planned Parenthood Federation distributed a brochure about living with HIV titled "Healthy, Happy and Hot." (Gratitude to U.N. watchdogs like C-FAM for keeping an eye out for such nefarious nonsense.)

The brochure sets itself up as a feel-good guide for dangerous behavior. "Young people living with HIV may feel that sex is just not an option, but don't worry -- many young people living with HIV live healthy, fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives. You can, too, if you want to! Things get easier (and sex can get even better) as you become more comfortable with your status."

And since there is considerable sexual advice offered, advice on "safe abortion" naturally follows in the brochure.

This presentation served as a backdrop for a joint statement from the several U.N. organizations making up the U.N. Adolescent Girls Task Force. The task force declares its support for programs "that empower ... adolescent girls, particularly those aged 10 to 14 years." No innocence preserved.

The United Nations doesn't surprise me so much, but the Girl Scouts continue to greatly disappoint. About a decade ago, I wrote a piece for National Review called "The Cookie Crumbles," about things that could surprise moms and dads helping their daughter work on her Brownie badges. While the Boy Scouts have been under attack by politically correct watchdogs, the Girl Scouts have escaped censure by embracing leftist politics, reproductive permissiveness and secularism. It's been a long slide to sex-prep work for the U.N.

The Girl Scouts aren't shy about the causes they embrace. A 2008 post-election survey of girls and boys between 13 and 17 initiated by the Girl Scouts' think tank, the Girl Scout Research Institute, found overwhelming support for then President-elect Barack Obama, and noted concern for a laundry list of international and domestic issues, including the war in Iraq, the economy and "the difficulties women face in reaching leadership positions in our country."

I don't mind an arm of the Girl Scouts gathering information. But I do mind a group we associate with Tagalongs, tying knots, and basic life skills -- with protecting the innocence of children in an otherwise hyper-sexualized and politically fraught culture -- doing exactly the opposite. I mind leftist activists at national conventions. I mind faux empowerment laced with the persistent whine of victimization.

Your local Girl Scout troop may be run by traditional God-fearing women who want nothing to do with radical Planned Parenthood seminars, but you should know what's going on at the top. And if you are looking for alternatives, they're out there. In recent years I've encountered the American Heritage Girls, established by a Cincinnati-based former Girl Scout troop leader, which seeks to "Build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country." And in a country known for entrepreneurship, a few sensible moms can start their own skill-building groups, very far away from the United Nations and Planned Parenthood; anything that allows girls to just be girls.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: cfam; girlscouts; hiv; plannedparenthood

1 posted on 03/13/2010 5:29:47 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Yikes. This is beyond disgusting.


2 posted on 03/13/2010 5:35:16 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Kaslin

Planned Parenthood was a “featured” guest at my daughters troop a few years ago. When my daughter got home and told me about it I raised hell with the leader and the GSA. Three scouts (including my daughter) withdrew from the troop. The same leader is still there today.


3 posted on 03/13/2010 5:39:30 AM PST by albie
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To: Kaslin

Nothing is sacred anymore.


4 posted on 03/13/2010 5:44:40 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Kaslin

Like so much else in our society, the Girl Scouts have been taken over by godless leftists and turned into an indoctrination organization to push the “progressive” agenda — our own, special, diversity-pushing, female-oriented Hitler Youth. It is a disgrace. I have refused to give them money for the past 15 years. And I used to love Thin Mints.


5 posted on 03/13/2010 5:50:14 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: Kaslin

I’m doing my part to protest. Haven’t bought any of their cookies in years.

I lie abut the reason though. Truth is, I can’t eat just one Girl Scout cookie without wanting to devour the whole box in one sitting. So it’s better for me not to buy the cookies at all.


6 posted on 03/13/2010 5:50:37 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: albie
"The same leader is still there today."

Of course she is. She has an agenda. Those girls are at the right impressionable age and she doesn't want to waste any opportunity to indoctrinate.

7 posted on 03/13/2010 5:51:24 AM PST by Pablo64 (Political Correctness is a DISEASE. <==> TRUTH is the CURE.)
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To: albie
My three girls are “honorary” Cub scouts. They want nothing to do with the girl scouts, but enjoy the outdoors, camping, and stuff, so the Pack adopted them. My 10 year old thinks the girl scouts are “whacky”. Out of the mouths of babes.
8 posted on 03/13/2010 5:53:12 AM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Kaslin

I’ve heard rumors of this, but this pretty much spells it all out, doesn’t it?

It was this way a l-o-n-g time ago, too. My Mom yanked me out of Girl Scouts when I was a kid and signed me up for a similar group sponsored by the Lutheran Church. We earned badges, we did community works, we had bake sales.

http://stpeterswaterford.com/acornsrangerettes.htm

Note: Missouri Synod = Old Time Religion, none of this goofy ELCA cr@p wanting female pastors and gay leadership. *Rolleyes*

Look around, Parents. If you don’t want your kids involved in this, then involve them in things that are in line with your faith and family values.

And while you’re at it, pull them out of Publik Skrewel, too! :)


9 posted on 03/13/2010 5:54:30 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Kaslin

I was a brownie and Girl Scout. I will not be buying any cookies.


10 posted on 03/13/2010 5:55:10 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Kaslin
They've been leaning toward the eco-whacko side too for the last decade or so. Infiltrated from within, turned into something that looks like it always did but isn't the same group at all. Just like some of the mainline protestant religions...
11 posted on 03/13/2010 6:14:22 AM PST by Kay Ludlow (Government actions ALWAYS have unintended consequences...)
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To: Kaslin

Being a brownie leader in the early 80’s, I witnessed enough to decide I no longer wanted to be a part of that organization. They were in bed with United Way then.


12 posted on 03/13/2010 6:19:27 AM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: pnh102

>”This is beyond disgusting.”

So are their cookies. To be frank, I never liked them anyway. Wife used to buy them just to support ‘em. Not this year or from now on. Crappy cookies dunked in a glass of Liberal Left politics tends to leave a very sour taste in my mouth.


13 posted on 03/13/2010 6:28:14 AM PST by scoobysnak71 (I'm light skinned with no negro dialect. Could you milk me?)
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To: Kaslin

Darn, and I liked their cookies.

But - Commie Scouts - no money for you !!


14 posted on 03/13/2010 6:29:01 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: pnh102

Yikes, is right. If you ever wondered why no one was going after the Girl Scouts, now you know. This news needs to be spread. If it was, I think the scouts would quickly disappear.

I read Kathryn’s column ten years ago and learned that the gay agenda has become part of the scouts.


15 posted on 03/13/2010 6:31:17 AM PST by Essie
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To: Lil'freeper

How sad is that


16 posted on 03/13/2010 6:32:27 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: fatnotlazy

Girl Scout cookies are not as good as they used to be at least the thin mints. Bought some two yers ago from a neighbor’s child and for the first time didn’t eat a lot of cookies at the same time. I don’t think they taste as good and haven’t bought any since and now have another reason.

The liberals will not leave any organization alone where they can get their agenda heard.


17 posted on 03/13/2010 6:33:29 AM PST by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: Kaslin

I recently was on a flight with 3 Girlscout executives coming from a meeting. All were definitely in the pantsuit and sensible shoes crowd, if you catch my drift.


18 posted on 03/13/2010 6:40:43 AM PST by I-ambush (I didn't think, I never dreamed, that I would be around to see it all come true-McCartney and Wings)
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To: Kaslin

This might be one occasion where I would like to see girls allowed into the Boy Scouts. Unless they have gone ‘round the bend too....


19 posted on 03/13/2010 6:45:15 AM PST by SpinyNorman (Carbon credits are designed to be the slush fund of the New World Order.)
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To: Da Coyote
Check the cookie aisle in your grocery store. National and store brands make the same type of cookies for a better price, and they taste better. Even the Dollar General has a store brand of the choc. peanut butter and choc mint varieties.

If there is a good neighborhood troop who really needs support, ask the leader what they need and donate it directly. For example, we once donated the campsite fee for a local troop so they could have a weekend camp-out in a nice park instead of the leader's back yard.

20 posted on 03/13/2010 6:54:08 AM PST by Sisku Hanne
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To: Kaslin

where is the “Oh Jeez Not this shit again” graphic?

Proud Girl Scout leader - who has no contact with National except to buy badges


21 posted on 03/13/2010 7:02:05 AM PST by silverleaf ("Congress is America's only native criminal class."- Mark Twain)
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To: Essie

So let’s dump the Boy Scouts, too- after all, their international organzation is also pervaded by euro liberalism and the gay agenda. Since localism is to be discarded because of taint from above, please extend your contempt to Boy Scouting as well as Girl Scouting

http://www.bsa-discrimination.org/html/wosm.html


22 posted on 03/13/2010 7:07:49 AM PST by silverleaf ("Congress is America's only native criminal class."- Mark Twain)
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To: Kay Ludlow

ditto with Boy Scouts everywhere except the US


23 posted on 03/13/2010 7:08:24 AM PST by silverleaf ("Congress is America's only native criminal class."- Mark Twain)
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To: Kaslin

They day we allowed homos to co-opt both the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts is the day both of these organizations died.


24 posted on 03/13/2010 7:09:40 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Kaslin
The Honorary President of the GSA is First Lady Michelle Obama.

Yikes
25 posted on 03/13/2010 7:09:48 AM PST by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: SpinyNorman

As mother of a son I say- no girls in Boy Scouts, please!
Let boys have ONE PLACE where they don’t have to use girl rules
Time for co-ed into Venture Scouts at age 14.

(ditto for boys in GS- no no no)


26 posted on 03/13/2010 7:10:27 AM PST by silverleaf ("Congress is America's only native criminal class."- Mark Twain)
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To: Altura Ct.

Yeah, they sure “died” alright

http://usscouts.org/eagle/bottomline.asp

What happens to a Scout?

For every 100 boys who join Scouting, records indicate that:

•RARELY will one be brought before the juvenile court system
•2 will become Eagle Scouts
•17 will become future Scout volunteers
•12 will have their first contact with a church
•1 will enter the clergy
•5 will earn their church award
•18 will develop a hobby that will last through their adult life
•8 will enter a vocation that was learned through the merit badge system
•1 will use his Scouting skills to save his own life
•1 will use his Scouting skills to save the life of another person

Scouting’s alumni record is equally impressive. A recent nation- wide survey of high schools revealed the following information:

•85% of student council presidents were Scouts
•89% of senior class presidents were Scouts
•80% of junior class presidents were Scouts
•75% of school publication editors were Scouts
•71% of football captains were Scouts

Scouts also account for:

•64% of Air Force Academy graduates
•68% of West Point graduates
•70% of Annapolis graduates
•72% of Rhodes Scholars
•85% of F.B.I. agents
•26 of the first 29 astronauts


27 posted on 03/13/2010 7:13:50 AM PST by silverleaf ("Congress is America's only native criminal class."- Mark Twain)
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To: silverleaf

Yep the ultimate Marxist government machine. Let’s all applaud!!!!


28 posted on 03/13/2010 7:18:20 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: LaineyDee

We quit the girl scouts and are happier with the 4H club. I felt we did the right thing and never looked back. The 4H club is more focused on the child’s own learning and they do a lot of community service but that part is your own choice.


29 posted on 03/13/2010 7:25:15 AM PST by HeIsWaitingForMe
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To: Sisku Hanne
Check the cookie aisle in your grocery store.

Its not about the cookies, Sisku.

30 posted on 03/13/2010 7:29:16 AM PST by Chuckster (Domari nolo!)
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To: Kaslin

It’s another formerly-conservative organization infiltrated by the left with honeyed words and seemingly-right thinking. They get a few people at the top, and the honey turns to vinegar to pour into our culture.

They do it over and over, and since they’re deceitful, there is no way to stop them. It’s making me absolutely nuts.

Abandoning the Girl Scouts is not the solution. Tearing down the rot at the top will help a lot more.


31 posted on 03/13/2010 7:31:50 AM PST by TheOldLady ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants." -- Albert Camus)
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To: Kaslin

I gave up the Girl Scouts for Lent one year and never went back, long before any of this crap. It was a gathering place for witchy women. Juliet Lowe has to be rolling in her grave.


32 posted on 03/13/2010 7:43:28 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: Chuckster

I know... my response was to Dakota, who likes the cookies. Thus my suggestion to instead support the good troop leaders (like silverleaf) on a local level instead of funneling money into the national organization through cookie purchases.


33 posted on 03/13/2010 7:44:36 AM PST by Sisku Hanne
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To: Kaslin

Sadly, so many conservative parents have yanked their daughters out of the Girl Scouts that there’s no one left to fight the good fight.


34 posted on 03/13/2010 7:45:24 AM PST by brothers4thID (http://scarlettsays.blogspot.com/)
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To: TheOldLady
Abandoning the Girl Scouts is not the solution. Tearing down the rot at the top will help a lot more.

Too late. Start over with AHG.

35 posted on 03/13/2010 7:46:12 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: Kaslin
Your local Girl Scout troop may be run by traditional God-fearing women who want nothing to do with radical Planned Parenthood seminars, but you should know what's going on at the top.

The leader of my local tea party is involved in Girl Scouts.

36 posted on 03/13/2010 8:41:05 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Altura Ct.; Kaslin

The Boy Scouts have not been co-opted.


37 posted on 03/13/2010 8:44:26 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: HeIsWaitingForMe

I agree. :)


38 posted on 03/13/2010 9:16:25 AM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Peanut Gallery

ping


39 posted on 03/13/2010 9:40:52 AM PST by Professional Engineer (Petroleum, oil, lubricants. Add liquid oxygen. What could go wrong?)
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To: I-ambush

Hillary’s friends?


40 posted on 03/13/2010 10:19:13 AM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: silverleaf
Sorry - its true for boyscouts even in the US. My husband used to sell auto parts, and the boy scout leaders came in to get stuff to make eco-friendly campfires - had to be sure nothing would be left behind when they left. Not even ash...
41 posted on 03/13/2010 12:21:08 PM PST by Kay Ludlow (Government actions ALWAYS have unintended consequences...)
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To: Kaslin
For cryin' out loud. Who doesn't already know about the Girl Scout leadership? They were teaching victim feminism (man-hating) to girls at least as early as during the '90s.

The Cookie Crumbles-The Girl Scouts go PC.
National Review ^ | October 23, 2000 | By Kathryn Jean Lopez, NR associate editor---------------lopezk@ix.netcom.com
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/691268/posts

Boycott Girl Scout Cookies
"The leaders of the Girl Scouts of America, are actively supporting and teaching homosexuality."


42 posted on 03/13/2010 11:23:44 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Kaslin

Girl Scouts National Conclave to Feature Pro-Abortion, Pro-Lesbian Speakers
Concerned Women for America ^ | August 29, 2005 | Robert Knight
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1482219/posts


43 posted on 03/13/2010 11:29:38 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: basil

As a former troop leader....
nothing surprises me about what the current board supervising Girl Scouts USA is doing today.

I always told my daughter that we as women were the “keeper of the jewels (or kingdom) of our future family”..... Apparently the socialists understand that only too well. Of course they will go after the girls.


44 posted on 03/13/2010 11:31:18 PM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: Kaslin
Pro-Life Group Releases New List of Planned Parenthood Abortion Donors
LifeNews.com ^ | January 10, 2007 | Steven Ertelt

The new boycott list also includes the names of charitable groups that have developed relationships with Planned Parenthood and LDI asks pro-life people to disassociate themselves with them.

These groups include the American Cancer Society, Camp Fire girls, The Dr. Phil Foundation, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, Human Rights Watch, Kiwanis Clubs, the March of Dimes, Rotary Clubs, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the YWCA.


45 posted on 03/13/2010 11:37:38 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: Kaslin
...the persistent whine of victimization...

The author nailed it.
46 posted on 03/13/2010 11:42:53 PM PST by ComputerGuy (BS, MS, PhD, and a BMF besides.)
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To: Kaslin
Meet 'Women's Auxiliary of NAMBLA'
WorldNetDaily | July 22, 2002 | Art Moore

The "Butterfly Kisses" site includes links to branches of the Big Sisters organization and Girl Scout websites, suggesting that these groups present good opportunities for women who desire sexual relationships with girls.

Resources on the pro-pedophile site include articles under the heading of "Girl Scouts and Mentoring" with titles such as "Women Mentoring Girls," "Big Sisters," and "Lesbians are to Scouting as Sunshine is to Summer."

In the site's reader forum, a participant identified as "Jean" posted a message Sept. 16, 2001, that said "this is the neatest forum. I have always been attracted to little girls (8-10 yr olds)."

"Jean" said she is a volunteer swimming instructor and asked members of the forum for their advice on "making little girlfriends."

The following day, "Poppy" wrote back and said, "You already have a convenient access to little girls as a swimming coach. Try showing them that you care about them more than your job asks you, i.e., help them with their daily problems, get to know them and become close with the girls who admire you."

Like "Poppy," many of the voices on the "Butterfly Kisses" site insist that they engage only in consensual relationships with children. "Poppy" suggested to the swimming instructor that she could offer to give a little course in kissing to a girl who seems to be flirting with her.


47 posted on 03/13/2010 11:44:57 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-' 96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote.)
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To: brothers4thID

There are other great scouting programs for Christians available and that’s the good news.

http://www.google.com/search?&rls=en&q=christians+%2B+scouting+program&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8


48 posted on 03/14/2010 1:06:17 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Kaslin

I have to wonder what percentage from each box of Girl Scout Cookies goes toward killing babies.


49 posted on 03/14/2010 1:14:08 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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