The Wii Scream (And Atari Memories)
Posted on 12.31.08 by Danny Glover @ 5:19 pm

I wish we had been able to give our kids a Wii this Christmas just to get a reaction like this:

Truth be told, I’d probably scream like that myself if “Santa” had delivered a Wii to our house. The one gift I wanted desperately as a child was the Atari game console, and when I didn’t get it the one year I really expected it, I bought it after Christmas with money I had saved delivering papers.

Ah, those were the days!

Filed under: Culture and Family and Holidays and Technology
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A Coin Collector Reborn
Posted on 12.31.08 by Danny Glover @ 5:00 pm

The 50 State Quarters Program that began in 1999 was a stroke of marketing genius that benefited the U.S. Mint, the state histories they celebrated and the numismatic community. On a personal note, the program revived my interest in coin collecting at a time when I actually had some disposable income.

I collected coins as a kid by buying rolls of pennies and nickels from the bank, searching them for the oldest dates, and exchanging them over and over again for new rolls. But that meant my collection was largely limited to a bunch of common-date wheat pennies and well-worn Jefferson nickels. I never even bought the relatively inexpensive annual sets of coins sold by the Mint back then.

That’s the first thing I started doing when the state quarters were introduced. But it was just the beginning of my renewed love of coins. I paid closer attention to my change and found surprises like a 1920 buffalo nickel and two pre-1965 silver coins; I bought even larger batches of rolled coins (including half-dollars) from local banks and found even better coins; I became a regular at the local coin show every three months; and I visited estate sales, antique stores and pawn shops.

We adopted our first child, Anthony, from Guatemala the same year the state quarters were released, and soon after, I stumbled upon a 1/4 real from the late 1800s (not as nice as the one pictured) at an estate sale. It was the smallest coin I had ever seen. From that day forward, I made it my mission to buy every Guatemalan coin I could find and afford.

Filed under: Coin Collecting and Hobbies
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Another Lawsuit Over Public Prayer
Posted on 12.31.08 by Danny Glover @ 2:05 pm

It’s a sad day in America when you can’t even acknowledge the existence of God in a ceremony as important as a presidential inauguration without atheists seeing it as persecution:

The head of an atheist group that has filed a lawsuit against prayer at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration says the government is picking a winner between “believers” and “those who don’t believe” and subjecting atheists and agnostics to someone else’s religious beliefs.

I want to believe that fringe activists like this will always be in the minority in this country and their lawsuits forever dismissed as nonsensical extremism. But the belief that God can never be mentioned in a public forum seems to be taking stronger root.

Filed under: News & Politics and Religion
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Oh, Caroline, You Know The Way It Is
Posted on 12.31.08 by Danny Glover @ 1:03 pm

It’s looking more and more like Caroline is just a redneck (of the unenlightened variety) in Kennedy clothes. She’s all like, you know, trying hard to stutter her way into an undeserved Senate appointment in New York but is alienating the upper crust along the way.

The attacks on Kennedy’s awkward speech are reminiscent of the attacks against Sarah Palin after John McCain chose her to run for vice president.

The differences between Kennedy and Palin, however, are that: 1) Palin’s folksy ways won her the admiration of the folks at the same time that it alienated snooty liberals; and 2) as a current governor and former mayor/councilwoman, Palin actually knows a thing or two about governing. She was not, like Kennedy, a spoiled rich kid looking for a new hobby and expecting an appointment based on a sense of entitlement. Palin has earned every political job she has held.

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Top 10 Conservative Videos Of 2008
Posted on 12.31.08 by Danny Glover @ 8:30 am

My stint this year as the executive producer of confirmed what I suspected before I began the job — that conservatives are way behind the online video curve. But I was also pleasantly surprised to see some top-notch video work by conservatives, both amateur and professional.

Here are my picks for the Top 10 Conservative Videos of 2008 and why I chose them:

10) I Am Sarah Palin: Top female, conservative bloggers took a stand for Sarah Palin amid sexist media coverage of the Republican vice-presidential candidate. The video showcased the right’s online superstars and their creativity.

9) Children Sing Hymns To Obama: California parents who supported Obama gathered their children in a home to sing praises to “The One.” Negative publicity about the incident, including video parodies like this one, prompted the user to yank the video from YouTube. Other worshipful videos suffered the same fate later in the campaign.

8) Just Tell Us The Truth: This four-minute compilation of clips drew a clear distinction between the views about life expressed by Barack Obama, John McCain and Sarah Palin. It was one of several compelling videos about abortion, a topic largely ignored by the media during the presidential race.

7) Hillary Clinton’s Bosnia Lie: When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “misspoke” about being under sniper fire while in Bosnia as first lady, the press accepted it at face value. But Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center smelled a lie and found the CBS clip that exposed it. He showed conservatives how to do the investigative work that liberal journalists won’t. Clinton’s lie became a major story in the Democratic primary because of the clip, which also inspired a much-watched parody.

Filed under: Government and Media and News & Politics and Video
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The Journalistic Elite
Posted on 12.29.08 by Danny Glover @ 12:15 am

This is an excellent observation by outgoing Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell about the changes in my profession:

Journalism is better than it was in my early days, and changes in technology have opened up a new world. My worry is that journalists aren’t as connected to readers as they were in the days of my youth, when the city’s newspaper was the equivalent of the public square. Then, reporters tended to be folks who often hadn’t graduated from, or even attended, college, and they weren’t looking to move to bigger papers. They knew the community well, didn’t make much money and lived like everyone else, except for chasing fires and crooks.

Now journalists are highly trained, mobile and, especially in Washington, more elite. We make a lot more money, drive better cars and have nicer homes. Some of us think we’re just a little more special than some of the folks we want to buy the paper or read us online.

Reporting wasn’t so much a profession when I landed my first newspaper job as a copy clerk in 1987, and we journalists didn’t expect to make money. We were driven by a passion that didn’t mind the promises of poverty preached in journalism school. (OK, I did drop out for a year because of those lectures, but then I landed that first job at The Tampa Tribune, and I was hooked.)

Howell also is right about the typical journalist’s ambition. It’s not that we didn’t have any. But it was focused on the local or state level. I always dreamed of becoming a statehouse reporter in West Virginia, for instance, and I worked with many journalists who knew their communities better than anyone. They were poorly paid local celebrities, and that was sufficient.

I know that’s no longer the case in the nation’s capital, where I have spent most of my career.

Filed under: Media
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Let Them Play Golf!
Posted on 12.28.08 by Danny Glover @ 9:18 pm

Auto workers who insisted that they needed a federal bailout are paying dues to a union that is pouring money into a $33 million retreat with a fancy $6 million golf course. Maybe I should move to Michigan for my next job.

Filed under: Business and Culture
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Brad Paisley: ‘Celebrity’
Posted on 12.27.08 by Danny Glover @ 12:20 pm

Filed under: Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude
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Al Gore’s ‘12 Days Of Global Warming’
Posted on 12.27.08 by Danny Glover @ 12:15 pm

The gang at Minnesotans For Global Warming sure are a creative bunch of enlightened rednecks. President and founder Elmer Beaureguard debuted on YouTube two years ago with a video that embraced car exhaust as “the nectar of global warming” and has supplemented it with a series of videos since then.

The latest, “12 Days Of Global Warming,” just went online, and it takes climate-change fear-monger Al Gore to task overplaying his hand in the world’s current pet environmental debate. Watch and enjoy.

Filed under: Just For Laughs and News & Politics and People and Video and Weather
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Tim Hawkins: A Homeschool Family
Posted on 12.27.08 by Danny Glover @ 10:23 am

If you aren’t familiar with Tim Hawkins’ comedy, you’re missing out on some good, clean, enlightened redneck fun. As the father of three children who are home-schooled, I love this video set to the theme of “The Addams Family.” It’s a humorous and effective way to combat myths about home-schooling.

And that’s just one example of Hawkins’ wit. You can see laugh-out-loud skits about marriage, parenting, church and more at his YouTube channel. Visit the video/audio gallery on his Web site, too.

Filed under: Family and Home Schooling and Just For Laughs and People and Video
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