The Right To Bear Arms … And Adopt
Posted on 11.25.08 by Danny Glover @ 8:56 pm

Barack Obama wants to know whether anyone with ambitions to work in his administration owns guns. Blogger Melissa Clouthier wonders whether average Americans might be asked the same question someday soon.

Actually, I had to endure just such a grilling from a social worker during the Bush administration, when we adopted our third child. It was one of the most infuriating experiences of my life.

Keep in mind that we already had adopted two children through the same agency and been subjected to three background checks by that time. Our previous social workers had never asked if I owned guns and, if so, how I stored them.

The query prompted a tense back-and-forth between the newbie social worker and me, in part because our children never even knew I had guns until she asked in front of them. As much as I hate to admit it for fear of losing my redneck credentials, they were hunting guns I hadn’t used in years.

My wife intervened to keep me from picking a Second Amendment fight over gun ownership with a meddlesome social worker who could have quashed the adoption. I followed her rules until the adoption was final. Now I’m back to deciding for myself how to store my guns.

Filed under: Culture and Family and Government
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #9
Posted on 11.25.08 by Danny Glover @ 8:27 pm

We don’t have to tolerate political correctness over Thanksgiving costumes and any other number of petty issues that cause squabbles among parents of schoolchildren.

Filed under: Culture and Holidays and Home Schooling and Redneck Humor and Why We Home-School
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Now That’s What I Call A Header
Posted on 11.22.08 by Danny Glover @ 8:58 pm

A soccer player’s full-body flip as part of his throw-in looked cool — to everyone but the opponent who took a hard shot to the face.

The amazing part is that the defender came back for another round. I’m not sure whether that makes him an enlightened redneck, a brave one or a stupid one.

Filed under: Sports and Video
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The Worst Kind Of American Idolatry
Posted on 11.21.08 by Danny Glover @ 9:06 pm

An enlightened redneck doesn’t foster the worst kind of American idolatry in his children — the worship of celebrity wannabes.

What exactly were the mothers in this video thinking as they consoled their kids rather than scolding them for being so obsessed with something so inconsequential as a vanity television competition.

Filed under: An Enlightened Redneck ... and Culture and Video
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Eyewitness To A Police Bust
Posted on 11.19.08 by Danny Glover @ 8:47 pm

Tonight, on my way to Bible study of all places, I found myself a bit too close for comfort to a frightening police bust at a red light in Northern Virginia.

My car was the second in line in the center lane of three. The first signs of trouble were audible — a honking horn from the rear and to the right, and then the sound of cars crashing. I looked to my right and saw the small red truck next to my car sandwiched between a large SUV in front and another car in the rear.

At first I thought I was just witnessing an accident, but then I heard shouts: “Get out of the car! Get out of the car!” Men brandishing pistols, dressed in black and wearing masks appeared in my peripheral vision. I feared that I had been caught in the middle of a gang hit because of the forced accident.

It wasn’t until more masked men with weapons poured from the SUV in front of the truck that I saw the word “POLICE” on bullet-proof vests. At least eight to 10 officers, all with weapons drawn, surrounded the truck from the front and rear. That’s also when I noticed the police lights flashing in my rearview mirror and realized I was witnessing a planned bust.

The police car had intentionally forced the red truck into the unmarked SUV first in line at the traffic light in order to trap the occupants. And there I was, stuck next to a truckload of suspected criminals, with police officers screaming and waving weapons.

I wanted to bolt through the light, which had turned green soon after the impact of the cars, but one officer appeared to be waving me through while another officer’s hand signals were saying the opposite. I briefly wondered whether I was about to be mistaken for a partner in whatever crime had been committed.

A few seconds later, I eased through the intersection and into our church parking lot, not 100 yards from where the bust occurred. I definitely had prayers of thanks to offer tonight.

Filed under: Government
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This Redneck Buys Toyota
Posted on 11.17.08 by Danny Glover @ 8:44 pm

The first car I ever bought, in 1989 midway through my senior year in college, has just been dubbed one of the “10 Cars That Sank Detroit” by U.S. News & World Report.

Chevrolet Cavalier. GM sold millions of Cavaliers in the 1980s — and decided the thrifty car was so successful the company didn’t need to update it for more than a decade. To milk the model, GM even added some lipstick and high heels and tried to peddle the upgrade as the Cadillac Cimarron — a legendary flop. Honda and Toyota, meanwhile, were updating their competing models every four or five years, and grabbing market share with each quality improvement. A new Cavalier came out in the mid 1990s — then languished for another decade, while GM put most of its money into big trucks and SUVs.

My Cavalier became a drain on the family budget by the time it hit 80,000 miles, and the engine was dead soon after it broke the 100,000-miles mark. We replaced it with a Dodge Caravan that had to have the transmission rebuilt at a relatively young age. We also had repeated mechanical problems and recalls on our Oldsmobile Silhouette before ditching it about two years ago.

Those experiences explain our family’s move toward Toyota. I’ve been driving Corollas to work since 2000 — I just bought a new one a few weeks ago — and the family car is now a Sienna.

I’d love to buy American cars again someday, in part because my father has been a loyal GM fan most of his life and because it’s the red-blooded, redneck, American thing to do. But I’ll definitely be a tough sell for Detroit going forward.

My goal is to buy cars that will last 7-10 years and 200,000 miles or more. I don’t see GM or any other U.S. automaker meeting those expectations reliably anytime soon.

Filed under: Business and Culture
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How To Fail A Sobriety Test
Posted on 11.12.08 by Danny Glover @ 9:16 pm

Pulled over for drunken driving, this unenlightened redneck fell flat on his face even before he had to walk a straight line. Ouch! The police officer had to call for medical back-up.

Filed under: Culture and Redneck Humor and Video
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The Mother Of All Touchdown Passes
Posted on 11.08.08 by Danny Glover @ 9:20 pm

This two-player touchdown grab in a high-school football game rivals Franco Harris’ “immaculate reception.”

Filed under: Sports and Video
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Rich Rodriguez Is The Joke
Posted on 11.07.08 by Danny Glover @ 8:43 pm

Forwarded from a friend in West Virginia, where Rich (Gotta Get Richer) Rodriguez deserves every bit of ridicule directed at him by the Mountaineers he unethically and illegally forsook:

Michigan football practice was delayed nearly two hours late this morning after a player reported finding an unknown white powdery substance on the practice field. Head coach Rich Rodriguez immediately suspended practice while police and federal agents were called to investigate.

After a complete analysis, FBI forensic experts determined that the white substance, unknown to the players, was the goal line. Practice was resumed this afternoon after special agents decided the team was unlikely to encounter the substance again.

Filed under: Just For Laughs and Sports and West Virginia
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #8
Posted on 11.06.08 by Danny Glover @ 8:22 pm

I don’t want worshipers of President-elect Obama, the candidate formerly known as “The One,” berating my children because I hold different political views. I also can trust my wife, the teacher in our home-school, not to repeat to our kids liberal lies about a 100-year war in Iraq.

Diantha Harris, the teacher in Asheville, N.C., who is guilty of those intellectual crimes, should at least be suspended and perhaps fired, for using her classroom as a political bully pulpit.

Filed under: Home Schooling and Why We Home-School
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