Feb 02 2013

Donate Girl Scout Cookies to the Troops

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Comments: 11

If you would like to donate Girl Scout cookies to the troops but don’t have a hookup yourself, here’s your solution. Just use the PayPal button below, choose the amount you would like to donate (increments of $4, as it’s $4 per box), and my daughter, who is in the Girl Scouts, will take care of the rest.

Thanks in advance for your generosity, and I’m sure both the Girl Scouts and our forward deployed troops who are jonesing for thin mints or tagalongs will appreciate it.

Addendum:

The deadline is past. Thanks to everyone who donated. We raised 85 boxes of cookies for the troops.

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11 Responses to “Donate Girl Scout Cookies to the Troops”

  1. AndrewTysonon 02 Feb 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Hopefully the troops have a freezer readily available for the thin mints. Nothing beats thin mints straight out of the freezer!

  2. BillyJoe7on 02 Feb 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Nuts, Andrew, everything tastes better warmed up, the cold kills the taste.
    If you get strawberries out of the fridge, warm them up in hot water before eating. Tastes so much better. Better still, pick them up from the local farm on your way back from an envigourating run through the hills on a coolish Sunday morning – like I just did (well, if nybgrus can boast about his 40 mile cycling trip….)

  3. karlaporteron 03 Feb 2013 at 12:21 pm

    This is a wonderful way to satisfy multiple missions – bravo to your daughter! ~ US Air Force Veteran & former Girl Scout

  4. ZooPraxison 03 Feb 2013 at 4:23 pm

    This raises a question I have that I’ve been hesitant to ask because I always expected an emotional and shaming group of responses. But perhaps Neurologica will give me some thoughtful responses.
    Here it is: If one doesn’t support the goals and practices of the military, why support the troops?
    I’m not trolling, I really would like some thoughtful responses. I have had family in the military and they often–because we’re a pretty jaded lot–talk about how the method of instilling camaraderie in the troops is a way to keep the soliders looking out for one another but is also a way to keep them not thinking about the greater mission and its potential ideological flaws.
    How many times have you run into a current or former soldier who says something along the lines of: “I don’t agree with why we were there and I hate politicians. I just cared about my men.”
    The yellow-ribbon sentiment, the support-our-boys seems to be a similar tactic except for the public, no?
    Don’ worry about the crummy military industrial complex or the foreign policies–just think about our boys and girls fighting so you can be safe and support them. The result then, is a constant shifting away from the actual missions and policies.

    I admire greatly the work and dialogues on this site and am hoping for some schooling on this issue, because every time I hear this “support the troops” stuff I can’t help but wonder if we were in another era, under another regime, if supporting the troops wouldn’t be considered supporting the goals of the military. “I don’t support Mussolini,” but I’m rooting for and praying for and waving a flag for our boys in Tripoli…”

    It’s like . . . WAT?

  5. Rikki-Tikki-Tavion 03 Feb 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Many people in Germany during the second world war thought along these lines, Wernher von Braun for one. I think the problem stems from personification. Being against a policy or the military apparatus is one thing, but when everyone around you whips out the stickers to “support the troops” (nice way to get through security checks in America faster, btw), by being silent you seem to not support the troops. Which is seen like you are against the troops, and if you are against the troops you certainly must mean for young bright-eyed American boys to die in the desert alone and thousands of miles from home. Hence the many people who are against the war but “support the troops”.
    Maybe you should make a sticker saying, “I support our troops but not their war”.

    The sticker aren’t all bad. At least people coming home will not face the same stigma as the ones who came back from Vietnam.

  6. ZooPraxison 03 Feb 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks, Rikki. I was under the impression that the spitting hippies yelling “baby killers!” to Viet Nam Vets was an urban myth. Not that I for a minute doubt the levels of stupidity that any group can sink to, but I just remember reading that there were few documented cases.

  7. Steven Novellaon 05 Feb 2013 at 7:54 am

    Still taking donations until midnight tonight (Tuesday 2/5). Thanks

  8. Rikki-Tikki-Tavion 05 Feb 2013 at 10:29 am

    I didn’t mean anything quite as drastic as being called baby killers, but rather the silent disapproval discribed by Ron Kovic in “Born on the Fourth of July”.

  9. Steven Novellaon 05 Feb 2013 at 10:53 am

    My take – if the society in which you live is basically moral and just, then it is best to work within the system to make improvements. In this case I would not protest people for just being part of the system.

    If the system is basically immoral or unjust (I am thinking Nazi Germany) then it is justified to oppose the system itself, including protesting those participating in the unjust system.

    I think the US currently is flawed but basically is a moral and just system, with mechanisms by which you can work within the system to effect change and improvements. I feel fully justified in supporting our troops and our military in general, even if I don’t agree with the entirety of American foreign policy.

  10. ZooPraxison 05 Feb 2013 at 11:21 am

    Thanks, Dr Novella. Much appreciated.

  11. Thadiuson 05 Feb 2013 at 11:44 pm

    As a counter point to Stevens last post.

    With the ever widening income gap and collection of wealth within a shrinking and self isolating community, there will come a time where the majority does not see this society as fare and just. While it is evident that as a whole, we are becoming more socially just(civil rights, gay rights, gender equality all making significant gains) it is socioeconomically justice that is receding. We produce more as a workforce and are paid less while political power is sapped from the lower classes by increased monetary influence in the government. There is, i think, a good case to be made that the American society is just below the demarcation line between a fare and just society and a corrupt oligarchy.

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