March 18, 2013 |
There's a terrible crime wave sweeping the nation! Well, OK, there's probably not a crime wave targeting Girl Scout cookies, per se. But when it comes to a few recent cookie-related mishaps, terrible is a pretty good word to describe each of them. Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for almost a century as a fundraiser, which -- with the widespread popularity of the cookies in the 21st century -- means that the girls get to fund the organization and their local troops while the rest of us sit around the office and get fat. Girl Scout cookie sales are thought to reach hundreds of millions of dollars , by some estimates.
February 8, 2013 |
It's Girl Scout cookie time, and in some regions this year's offerings include Mango Cremes. Though not as famous as the classic Thin Mints, Mango Cremes feature “vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored creme enhanced with nutrients derived from fruits,” according to the Girl Scouts website. Nutrients? Have Girl Scout cookies become a health food? Here's what ABC Bakers, the company that produces Mango Cremes, has to say about that on its website: “These crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored creme filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes, and strawberries.” Seriously?
February 6, 2013 |
IRVING, Texas - Just a week after Boy Scout officials signaled that they might lift a ban on gays, the national board on Wednesday postponed a vote, extending a debate that has roiled the organization. The decision to take up the matter again at the group's national meeting in May suggested that the board was buffeted by the furor that erupted after it announced it might allow local units to decide whether to admit gays as Scouts and leaders. President Obama, several senators, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others spoke out in favor of ending the ban, and petitions purportedly bearing 1.4 million signatures were presented at Scouting headquarters in Texas.
January 29, 2013 |
It's hard to imagine a more dramatic symbol of how swiftly acceptance of homosexuality is increasing than if the Boy Scouts of America drops its ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Even the growing number of states that recognize gay marriage addresses more the liberal corners of the nation, and the findings by various courts that prohibitions on same-sex marriage are illegally discriminatory. For an organization that took a decidedly conservative turn some years ago, reconsidering its position is an unexpected admission that public opinion has changed both outside and within the Scouts.
January 15, 2013 |
Move over, Thin Mints, there's a new Girl Scout cookie -- Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion. Yum? Alongside this year's usual roster of Tagalongs, Samoas and Peanut Butter Patties is the latest tropical-inspired cookie featuring mango, coconut, vanilla and something called NutriFusion. The sandwich cookies feature coconut-vanilla cookies with a mango-flavored cream center along with what the manufacturer says are "the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes and strawberries.
January 14, 2013 |
When the Girl Scouts come a-knocking, asking Americans to give up their New Year's resolutions for some tasty cookies, there'll be a new treat on the list: Mango Cremes. But the Oreo-esque, tropical-inspired mini-sandwiches aren't just noticeable for their crunchy vanilla-and-coconut wafers and smooth centers, according to producer ABC Bakers. Each serving, according to the company, comes with a food additive called NutriFusion, which purports to pack the snacks with 15% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B-1and 5% of the suggested dose of Vitamins A, C, D, E and B6. That includes "all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes and strawberries," according to ABC, which is part of Interbake Foods.
January 10, 2013 |
Ryan Gosling, creepy? He says he definitely was this one time not so long ago - and it involved Girl Scouts. First, let's set some background, as told to Jimmy Kimmel by Gosling on Kimmel's show Thursday night. As a boy, the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" actor was slightly traumatized, it turns out, when he had to sell a bunch of plastic wrap his dad had come by unexpectedly. After trying unsuccessfully to hawk it to friends and even teachers, he found himself stationed outside of the supermarket, targeting shoppers and wishing someone would simply come by and make his day. "I had a fantasy that one day someone would buy all of it," Gosling said.
July 19, 2012
The Boy Scouts of America, an organization once known mainly for welcoming boys to a world of adventure, self-sufficiency and good citizenship, now is more famous for the groups of people it bans: atheists, agnostics and homosexuals. It's been a sad evolution and an unnecessary one. The Girl Scouts, as well as international Scouting organizations, have carried out their similar missions without resorting to intolerance. By refusing once again this week to admit gay people to its ranks, either as Scouts or leaders, the Boy Scouts may have satisfied some of the religious organizations that sponsor many of its troops, but it risks long-term irrelevance.
July 17, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- The Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday reaffirmed the organization's policy of excluding gays, despite recent protest campaigns by members, including some of the group's board. The announcement came after a confidential two-year review by an 11-member special committee formed by Scout leaders in 2010, a spokesman said. Spokesman Deron Smith, based at the Boy Scouts' headquarters outside Dallas, declined to identify members of the committee, but said in a statement sent to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that they represented "a diversity of perspectives and opinions.
June 9, 2012
Total time: 10 minutes Servings: 1 cocktail Note: Adapted from Julian Cox of Short Order. Thin Mints can be substituted with a similar type of chocolate-mint cookie. 2 scoops chocolate ice cream 2 scoops vanilla ice cream 1 ounce Irish whisky, preferably Powers 1/2 ounce creme de menthe, preferably Tempus Fugit 1/2 ounce Fernet Branca-Menta 1 ounce crushed Thin Mints Chocolate sauce, for garnish Mint spring, for garnish Thin Mint, for garnish In a blender, blend the chocolate ice cream, vanilla ice cream, Irish whisky, creme de menthe, Fernet Branca-Menta and crushed Thin Mints.