The Problem With Stereotypes
Posted on 05.28.09 by Danny Glover @ 6:29 pm

I spend a significant amount of time on this blog defending rednecks against bigoted and inaccurate attacks from elitists who look down their nose at the common man, and I don’t shy from using pointed rhetoric against the attackers.

If an individual reveals himself as an elitist or a bigot, it’s fair to call that person an elitist or a bigot. But I try not to jump to the conclusion that all people who share some unrelated trait in common with elitists or bigots, like where they live or how they dress, is also an elitist or bigot. That would make me guilty of the same kind of stereotyping I hate to see aimed at rednecks.

Unfortunately, rednecks are as susceptible as anyone to repeating stereotypes. That happened in Tennessee this week when the Shelbyville Times-Gazette ran a story about an international convention for “geocachers,” people who use global positioning systems for outdoor treasure hunts.

Several people who reacted to the story online ridiculed the people at the convention as hippies and geeks, and a local columnist chastised them for the stereotyping:

I don’t understand why people feel the need to ridicule something simply because it isn’t something they are interested in. I would rather chew glass than sit through a NASCAR event, but you don’t find me throwing out comments such as “beer-guzzling redneck.” Of course, that may be because I know a lot of NASCAR fans who aren’t beer-guzzling rednecks.

Filed under: Culture and Hatin' On Rednecks and Rednecks and Technology and West Virginia
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A Boy Who Loves His Watermelon
Posted on 05.28.09 by Danny Glover @ 12:11 am

I used to think I ate deep into a piece of watermelon because I consumed all of the pink and a little bit of the white at the start of the rind. Then I saw what my 9-year-old son does to his watermelon.

That’s a boy who loves his watermelon. I have to wonder why he doesn’t just eat the whole rind if he’s going to gnaw all the way to the outer shell.

Filed under: Food
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Herbert (Bubba) Gears Is A Proud Redneck
Posted on 05.27.09 by Danny Glover @ 11:43 pm

I didn’t know it until today, after following traffic to this site from a blog at the Dallas Morning News, but the mayor of Irving, Texas, visited The Enlightened Redneck last month after I blogged about him.

I owe him an apology. I misinterpreted the meaning of his “redneck” sound bite in The New York Times. He wasn’t being the least bit sarcastic. Herbert Gears is a Bubba, the same Southern nickname we’ve given to our Hispanic son, and proud to be a redneck.

We’re happy to know you’re part of the family, Mr. Mayor. And thanks for reading.

Filed under: People and Rednecks
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An Appeal For Penny-Ante Lobbying
Posted on 05.27.09 by Danny Glover @ 6:48 pm

Have you seen any of the new Lincoln pennies in circulation — either of the two designs that feature a log cabin and Abraham Lincoln reading on a log? Neither have I. And I don’t expect to see either of the other two designs when they are released later this year.

Coin dealers and collectors are hoarding the pennies by the roll and selling them for exorbitant premiums over face value. Earlier this month when the second design was released, people stood in long lines in Indiana and Washington, D.C., for the chance to buy the pennies. In the nation’s capital, the supply of rolls lasted only 30 minutes.

One policy advocate is blaming the U.S. Mint for the lack of supply when the public is demanding so many pennies, and he wants you and me to yell at Congress. From Numismatic News:

The failure of the United States to put enough of the special cents issued to commemorate [Lincoln] has led to price gouging by the Mint, which can command 10 times face value for coinage, and by dealers commanding 100 times face value in the marketplace. …

How much are we to suffer? Not everyone enjoys the special treatment Congress gets with their special credit union obtaining the precious coins for distribution. Are they perhaps in on the effort that has us collectors paying ridiculously high margins for circulating coins?

Let’s face it folks, the Mint is in trouble! They can’t secure the planchets to meet the demand for bullion silver and gold collector coins, and now circulating coins are suffering. In the race to gain levels of seigniorage like the Post Office (people buying coins to put away and not use), they have created a monster and we collectors are paying huge gains to a few connected individuals.

I’m as disappointed as anyone that I don’t have any new Lincoln pennies at face value for my collection yet, but I’m not inclined to start screaming at Congress. It’s the free market at work. If people are willing to pay outrageous premiums to get the new pennies in their prime, and if dealers are willing to speculate that they will maintain their value, more power to all involved.

Eventually people will realize that their 2009 penny hordes will be virtually worthless over the long run because the Mint produced hundreds of millions of them, and there will be a glut on the market. That’s when I’ll buy.

Filed under: Coin Collecting and Government and History and Human Interest and News & Politics
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Defined By The Intolerant Left
Posted on 05.27.09 by Danny Glover @ 5:32 pm

Supreme Court wannabe Sonia Sotomayor once implied in a speech that she is better qualified to be a justice than any white male because of “the richness of her experiences” as a Latina woman.

That got me to thinking about how the left, as inspired by the likes of President Obama and Judge Sotomayor, defines guys (and gals) like me. Here’s a recap from quotes in the news over the past year or so:

  • I’m a “typical white person.”
  • I cling to religion, guns and so much more because I am “bitter.”
  • I’m a right-wing extremist because I don’t like a busybody government, want to protect innocent lives and oppose illegal immigration.
  • I’m a “tea-bagging redneck” because I rallied against out-of-control government spending and the inevitable higher taxes to come.
  • And I’m a narrow-minded, white male who lacks a “richness” of experience.

No doubt there are other rhetorical examples I’ve forgotten (remind me in the comments), but the point is that while liberals preach the doctrine of tolerance, they definitely do not practice it in word or in deed. They hold a huge swath of the American populace in utter contempt.

There’s no “hope” for enlightened rednecks in the age of Obama, where “identity politics” is as strong as ever.

Filed under: Culture and Hatin' On Rednecks and News & Politics and People and Religion
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Beer-Can Chicken
Posted on 05.26.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:09 pm

I’m not a beer drinker, or a drinker of any alcoholic beverages, but I like the concept of grilling a chicken over a can of something to keep the meat moist and give it flavor.

Other names for the recipe include beer-butt chicken and drunken chicken. At least one company is trying to capitalize on the craze by selling its own “Beer Butt Chicken Rub.”

One person who commented on the recipe suggested different flavors of soda. That’s definitely on my grilling to-do list now.

Filed under: Food and Human Interest
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Rednecks: ‘The Backbone Of Society’
Posted on 05.25.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:56 pm

Five or 10 minutes outside any U.S. or Canadian city — that’s all the farther you need to travel to find the rednecks who are “the backbone of society,” according to comedian Jeff Foxworthy, who was born in Georgia and knows a thing or two about rednecks.

Here’s what Foxworthy told the Calgary Herald in Canada:

“I’d go to New York and they’d say ‘Aww, Foxworthy, you’re nothing but a redneck from Georgia with the boots and the jeans, the pickup trucks. … You’re just not cutting edge.’

“But when you get five or 10 minutes outside of any city in the U. S. or Canada, people are the same. They’re not hip. They’re not on the cutting edge. They get up and they go to work or school or church. They’re kind of the backbone of society. And with me, instead of somebody laughing at them, I was laughing with them.”

That’s the difference between real folks like Foxworthy who appreciate the everyman and judgmental people like, say, reality television flop Stephen Fowler and Manic Mother.

Filed under: Entertainment and People and Redneck Humor and Rednecks
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The Trials Of Golfer Tim Simpson
Posted on 05.25.09 by Danny Glover @ 12:03 pm

I used to golf regularly and watch it religiously on Sunday afternoons (mostly to put me to sleep), but I hadn’t heard of Tim Simpson until I saw a story about the self-proclaimed “Georgia redneck” after he moved into contention for the 70th Senior PGA Championship over the weekend.

He has had a tough life ever since a fateful hunting trip after the 1991 Masters. Here’s what happened then and what he has endured since:

[Simpson] contracted Lyme disease after he woke up to the sight of hundreds of deer ticks on his chest. At the time, he was a top 10 player on the PGA Tour.

That disease triggered an essential tumor on his brain, and in the mid-1990s his left hand began to shake uncontrollably. He continued to play pro golf, but so poorly that by 1998 he quit the game. Doctors diagnosed him with having “benign essential tremors,” an ailment leading to Parkinson-like shaking.

Doctors in Augusta, Ga., put an implant in his chest on March 1, 2005, in which wires go from his chest to his brain. That sends an impulse which keeps his hand steady.

I was pulling for him after reading the piece. Unfortunately, Simpson didn’t play well yesterday. He shot a 73 and finished in a tie for ninth, six strokes behind winner Mike Allen.

Filed under: Human Interest and People and Sports
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Redneck Fire Alarm
Posted on 05.24.09 by Danny Glover @ 4:29 pm

Filed under: Just For Laughs and Redneck Humor
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Making A Business Of Being Redneck
Posted on 05.23.09 by Danny Glover @ 12:16 pm

I loved Sarah Palin from the minute she stormed onto the national political scene last year as the Republican vice-presidential candidate because she is the quintessential enlightened redneck. That’s why I named her the “Enlightened Redneck of the Year.”

But I missed this gem about her background amid all of the frenzied coverage in the fall: She registered the name Rouge Cos Co. for a potential marketing and consulting company before she became the governor of Alaska. The company name is French, and it means “red neck.” I love it.

Palin talked to an Anchorage Daily News reporter about the name.

Rouge Cou — it’s a classy way of saying redneck. It’s a French word. Rouge is red, cou is neck. It’s for marketing and consulting, in case I wanted to go that route, I’d have my ducks all lined up and have a business license. I just was granted that business license. …

It was to, again, get my ducks lined up, because I would like to, with some of the endeavors that I have going on right now, there comes a time when one desires to be paid for them!

Palin and I are definitely on the same creative wavelength. I’ve always dreamed of owning a big piece of land in the country so I can hunt and do a little farming. Years ago, my wife and I picked a name for our dream farm that would combine her Louisiana heritage with my West Virginia heritage.

If we’re ever lucky enough to own that land, we’ll call it Rougeneck Farm and have a sign to that effect over the driveway.

Filed under: Business and Family and Human Interest and News & Politics and People and Rednecks
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