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God bless America! Wait… What? | Speedkin

God bless America! Wait… What?

Isaac and Charlie finally found a good, no, great Boy Scout troop this winter and were at last able to become full Scouts in rank.  Woot!

Their troop held a ceremony to present merit badges and rank advancements to all of the boys.

I laid out the various official Boy Scouts of America patches and doodads, preparing to sew them on the boys’ uniforms.

Wait a minute.  Something struck me as odd.  It took me a minute to figure it out.

Boy Scouts of America.  Made in China.  And Thailand.  *snicker*

I know, I know.  I’m so easily entertained.  What can I say?  I’m a cheap date.

5 Responses to “God bless America! Wait… What?”

  1. Mo February 29, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    Wow — maybe you could send these pictures to ABC new’s “Made in America” segment.

    My neighbor and I have been picky, picky lately, but we both found and bought planters made in America; she bought a bird feeder made in America; and Bridgeman’s has a big sign in the window advertising they have furniture made in America, where she found just the right couch for that space she’s been wanting to fill. She saw it first, or I’d have it.

    Congratulations to Isaac and Charlie.

    • Diane February 29, 2012 at 9:45 am #

      It’s pretty tough to find “Made in the USA” stuff anymore. Even if it says “Made in the USA”, you can be fairly certain that at least a portion of the components were made elsewhere. I know there’s some goofy, lenient label law concerning only some of it being made or assembled or something to display the “Made in the USA” label but I can’t remember the details.

      Never heard of the “Made in America” show but I’m not a TV watcher. I’ll have to go look it up.

  2. Mo February 29, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    It’s just a recurring segment on ABC’s nightly news.

    Jim, my friend the appliance repairman, tells me there’s not a single refrigerator now made in the USA of all made in the USA parts, not even the really high-end ones. My Amana’s are a few years old, and were assembled in the USA but do contain some foreign-made parts.

  3. Oldnovice March 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I TRY and stay away from China-made stuff, but it’s hard. This year I ordered Em’s birthday presents at an all “made-in-America” online store, but trying to buy things for Astrid are tougher. Even ordering little animals from Germany come with the “made in China” tag. Melissa and Doug stuff is ALWAYS made in China. Even Montessori stuff (She was French) has also shown the “made in China” tag.

    • Diane March 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

      I feel your pain. It’s nearly impossible to find anything 100% made here, unless you go with small craftsmen. Even then, chances are they’re using something imported whether they know it or not.

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