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indygeezer
11-16-2007, 09:16 AM
Harvard or Yale that is.........

Cambridge Officials Put a Stop to Boy Scout Drive to Aid Troops in Iraq
Friday, November 16, 2007

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The city that's home to Harvard and MIT solidified its nickname as "The People's Republic of Cambridge" when it put a stop to a Boy Scout troop's Election Day drive to collect care packages for American soldiers in Iraq, claiming it was "political."

“We just wanted to make a lot of troops happy,” Scout Patrick O’Connor told the Boston Herald.

The big-hearted Scouts from Cambridge Troop 45 had placed donation boxes at the city's 33 polling stations in hopes of collecting toiletries, magazines, candy and other items after one of O'Connor's relatives was injured in an IED explosion while serving in Iraq.

But someone complained to the city, allegedly claiming the boxes were a “political statement,” and the boxes were removed.

Click here to read the Boston Herald story.

“I was devastated that someone would think to take (the donation boxes) out,” O'Connor told the newspaper.

“This was not about supporting the war or any politician or political view," troop committee chairman Jamisean Patterson told the Herald. "This was supporting the brave men and women who are stationed overseas.”

Patterson said the Scouts obtained a verbal OK from the city election commission and polling station officials.

Cambridge Vice Mayor Timothy J. Toomey Jr. told the Herald that a breakdown in communication, rather than malice, led to the boxes being removed.

“Boy Scouts Troop 45’s efforts to support our troops are a benefit for the entire community, and the council will be working with them to ensure that their goals are fully realized,” he said in a written statement.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,311908,00.html

SycamoreKen
11-16-2007, 03:25 PM
Too bad their drive was stopped. If they tried that here they would let them do it. The only problem is, they would only collect about one box of stuff total because noone comes to vote.

I bet the person that complained was one of the people running for office and didn't want to risk losing in case the Boy Scout drive brought out more voters than usual.

indygeezer
11-16-2007, 03:33 PM
Too bad their drive was stopped. If they tried that here they would let them do it. The only problem is, they would only collect about one box of stuff total because noone comes to vote.

I bet the person that complained was one of the people running for office and didn't want to risk losing in case the Boy Scout drive brought out more voters than usual.



LMAO

Shade
11-16-2007, 06:14 PM
That's disgraceful. This country has completely lost its common sense in favor of political correctness.

idioteque
11-17-2007, 12:49 AM
Yes that is incredibly stupid.

But if your kid got into Harvard or Yale you should let them go. Both are amazing schools. Just be quiet about your politics for a few years. It will pay off when he has enough power to win elections and unseat lefty goons :)

rexnom
11-17-2007, 12:57 AM
I'm from Cambridge...and we're not all this bad. This is kind of "was it really necessary?" Eh. I'm not particularly bothered by it. More vexed if not just completely nonplussed.

But this is why foxnews is trash at best:

The city that's home to Harvard and MIT solidified its nickname as "The People's Republic of Cambridge" when it put a stop to a Boy Scout troop's Election Day drive to collect care packages for American soldiers in Iraq, claiming it was "political."
That's a nice, subtle little jab equating Cambrige-residents and anyone against the war to communists.


The big-hearted Scouts from Cambridge Troop 45 had placed donation boxes at the city's 33 polling stations in hopes of collecting toiletries, magazines, candy and other items after one of O'Connor's relatives was injured in an IED explosion while serving in Iraq.
Any reasonable editor would have torn through this. Again, if you are pro-war then you are big-hearted. Otherwise = communist.

Thank God for the Boston Herald (I never thought I'd be saying that).



Marsha Weinerman, executive director of the city’s election commission, confirmed she received a complaint on Election Day, “Because I did not have confirmation that the Boy Scouts had obtained permission to put their boxes in the buildings, the boxes were removed.”
State law prohibits political statements pertaining to a particular election within 150 feet of any polling station.
But there is no law preventing someone promoting an unrelated political message within 150 feet of any polling station.
Cambridge Vice Mayor Timothy J. Toomey Jr. said a breakdown in communication, rather than malice, led to the boxes being removed.
“Boy Scouts Troop 45’s efforts to support our troops are a benefit for the entire community, and the council will be working with them to ensure that their goals are fully realized,” he said in a written statement.


http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/general/view.bg?articleid=1045046


So apparently the whole thing was about a miscommunication in terms of election-violations. That's all. It's ok. Cutting out a major part of the story isn't exactly something new.:rolleyes:

indygeezer
11-17-2007, 08:13 AM
I'm from Cambridge...and we're not all this bad. This is kind of "was it really necessary?" Eh. I'm not particularly bothered by it. More vexed if not just completely nonplussed.

But this is why foxnews is trash at best:

That's a nice, subtle little jab equating Cambrige-residents and anyone against the war to communists.
Any reasonable editor would have torn through this. Again, if you are pro-war then you are big-hearted. Otherwise = communist.

Thank God for the Boston Herald (I never thought I'd be saying that).


So apparently the whole thing was about a miscommunication in terms of election-violations. That's all. It's ok. Cutting out a major part of the story isn't exactly something new.:rolleyes:


Explain it to a bunch of kids that had their charitable project jerked out from under them. They may understand, but the first impression remains.

And the term "Peoples Republic of Cambridge" goes back to the Viet Nam era and thus pre-dates Fox News, they didn't invent it, merely expanded on it.

As for the anti-war=communist....meh, Non-anti-war=baby eating, dog kicking, war mongering Capitalist.

rexnom
11-17-2007, 06:41 PM
Explain it to a bunch of kids that had their charitable project jerked out from under them. They may understand, but the first impression remains.

And the term "Peoples Republic of Cambridge" goes back to the Viet Nam era and thus pre-dates Fox News, they didn't invent it, merely expanded on it.

As for the anti-war=communist....meh, Non-anti-war=bab y eating, dog kicking, war mongering Capitalist.
TOTALLY agree with that ;)

idioteque
11-18-2007, 12:40 PM
And the term "Peoples Republic of Cambridge" goes back to the Viet Nam era and thus pre-dates Fox News, they didn't invent it, merely expanded on it.



And that makes it okay for what is supposed to be a reputable news source to use that term?

Diamond Dave
11-20-2007, 12:19 PM
Any reasonable editor would have torn through this. Again, if you are pro-war then you are big-hearted. Otherwise = communist.




Explain exactly how boy scouts attempting to collect donations for the troops are not "big hearted."

It said nothing about the scouts supporting the war, merely the soldiers.