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Boy Scouts Recall Leaded Badge Made In China

Updated on October 5, 2007

The Boy Scouts Get Unleaded - Don't Get Me Started!

In a new report, the Boy Scouts have voluntarily recalled 1.6 million badges that supposedly contain "unhealthy levels of lead." No surprise that much like the toys from Mattel that were recently recalled, these badges were made in China. Am I the only one thinking we need to get the lead out and that if it's in our toys and Boy Scout badges that it's probably in just about everything from China? The Boy Scouts get unleaded - Don't Get Me Started!

I could get all political and tell you that our president is the one who slashed an entire government department down to one person or something ridiculous like that who oversees the stuff that comes from overseas but where would the surprise or the fun be in writing about that, huh? No, much like many sad or depressing things in life, I choose to try and find the humor in this awful situation.

Okay, I admit it, I have more than a small axe to grind with the Boy Scouts. Never mind they threw me out as a kid (read that blog here... ) or that they've chosen to keep out gays as scout leaders. (Though I find this shocking considering the fact that if you ever get a gander at the Eagle Scouts in a newspaper, you immediately begin playing "Nerd, Nerd, Gay" - works the same was as "Duck, Duck, Goose" when you see these boys) I like the idea of the Boy Scouts but not so much their supposed standards and practices.

The thing that made me laugh about this unfunny situation is that the badges are described as the "plastic totem pole badges" that have the words, "Progress Toward Ranks" and are made by Kahoot Products of Georgia. (Now isn't that all a kahoot?) I don't get it. What the hell does "progress toward ranks" even mean? Sounds like something Hitler would be putting on the zany kids in his movement. I read the official word on what this thing is supposed to mean and I still don't get it (see it for yourself here... ) but supposedly it's for "immediate wolf and bear recognition" - now the only thing that would make that sound gayer is if they added recognition for twinks and otters and somehow they could make the shape of the badge more phallic than a totem pole!

But back to the real problem which is the lead. What is it about China and its products that have everything laced with unhealthy amounts of lead? And are the Chinese using any of these products or are they just shipping them stateside to either get rid of the damage goods or kill off our entire next generation of Americans with their overleaded products? I'm not someone who believes the world is out to get us but come on, don't you have to start to wonder?

Or could it be that ever since we decided to put Rosie the Riveter out of a job and sell ourselves to the lowest bidder so we could create a larger mark up and allow our fat cat corporations to get a little fatter that we not only lost US jobs but our integrity and now our health? Oops, there I go getting political again.

I can't help it, even with all the political craziness I read in the paper everyday, I can't help but be a Yankee Doodle Dandy but from now on before I stick that feather in my cap and call it macaroni, you bet I'll be looking to see if it's got a "Made in China" label before I stick it anywhere. The Boy Scouts get unleaded - Don't Get Me Started!

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      Ha ha...."nerd, nerd, gay..." is so, so true.