Thursday, December 07, 2006

Boys will be boys, but today that's terrorism

Four teenagers were arrested this week in Hays county for having "bomb" materials. What this amounted to is they mixed styrofoam and gasoline to make a napalm-like flamable gel.

That was my secret to winning the fire-building contest in Boy Scouts when I was a kid. I also made gunpowder with sulfur, charcoal, and saltpeter. We, too, had a copy of the "Anarchists Cookbook".

I made nunchucks, had bottle rocket wars and all kinds of things that today would get you thrown into Guantanmo Bay. We were just boys doing what boys do.

Now, four kids' lives are ruined for practically nothing. I'm so glad I grew up in a pre-9/11 era.


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