The Botox Tax
Posted on 07.28.09 by Danny Glover @ 4:32 pm

Gun-loving Americans made a rush on gun stores after Barack Obama was elected president because they wanted to buy while they still could. Plastic surgeons may see a similar surge in business now that word of the tax plan is out:

Face-lifts, tummy tucks and hair transplants could be hit with a new tax to help finance the trillion-dollar healthcare overhaul plan, according to sources familiar with the Senate talks.

The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. The idea was broached in a meeting with OMB Director Orszag in mid-July, after which Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some “interesting,” “creative,” and “kind of fun” ideas.

Interesting, creative and fun — that’s the way politicians approach economically repressive changes to the tax code. And that’s why nothing, not even the vanity surgeries of Hollywood liberals, is sacred when it comes to raising money for Obama’s healthcare plan.

[Cross-posted at Taxation With Representation]

Filed under: Culture and Government and News & Politics
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Amerika, Land Of The Czars
Posted on 07.17.09 by Danny Glover @ 10:18 am

I visited Russia in 2004, and as a child of the Cold War, I was in awe as I stood inside the Kremlin complex. I never imagined the day would come when an average American would be welcomed there as a tourist.

I also never imagined the day America would embrace an antiquated and corrupt Russian approach to government, but that day has come. America has become Amerika, land of the czars.

Filed under: Government and History and News & Politics and Video
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Extreme Parenting
Posted on 07.16.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:53 pm

While running errands today, I had the displeasure of seeing the two extremes of bad parenting in action — parents who let their children run wild and those whose self-discipline in how they discipline the kids is so out of control that they are abusive.

My first exposure was to completely undisciplined children, in the library of all places.

One boy about age 5 or 6 didn’t want to leave, so he pitched a fit at the checkout line. When his older sister tried to steer the boy toward the door, he dropped to his knees and began moaning. His mother eventually came to help but didn’t scold the child at all.

She grabbed one of the boy’s hands, and his sister took the other. He let his body go limp. They carried him to the front lobby by his outstretched arms, at risk of dislocating a shoulder.

I checked out a few minutes later and had to weave around a young boy and girl who were cackling and playing chase — remember, this happened in a library — as their parents watched. The boy eventually banged into me, and all the father mustered in response was, “Joey, you ran into that man.” He didn’t demand an apology or a change in behavior.

Moments later, his daughter ran into me. At that point, the mother threatened a spanking, but their children clearly knew it was an idle threat. They were out of control because their parents choose not to control them.

Filed under: Culture and Human Interest and Parenting
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Health Rationing And Congress (And You)
Posted on 07.16.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:25 pm

Rep. John Fleming, a Republican from Louisiana and a doctor, has stumbled upon a surefire way to defeat President Obama’s plan for government-run health care — force members of Congress who vote for it to live under it.

But that idea makes way too much redneck sense to win approval from a Democratic-controlled Congress intent on passing this kind of plan:

Filed under: Government and Just For Laughs and News & Politics and Video
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Anderson Cooper Discovers Reddi Whip
Posted on 07.11.09 by Danny Glover @ 9:31 am

CNN’s Anderson Cooper isn’t the least bit out of touch. He’s a newsman. He always does his research and cannot be stumped, least of all by Kelly Ripa and a can of Reddi Whip.

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Redneck Footwear In The Courtroom
Posted on 07.11.09 by Danny Glover @ 9:04 am

A Florida lawyer who may have been fishing for an innovative excuse to appeal if he loses his case asked a judge to force the opposing lawyer to wear nicer shoes in court.

The explanation: The rival’s “homely old hush puppies gave him an unfair advantage by projecting an air of unsophisticated honesty to the jury.” Translation: Jurors love enlightened rednecks, and I’m not one, so make the other guy stop dressing like one.

The holier-shoes-than-thou lawyer scoffed at the notion that he wins cases because of his footwear, which presumably means he doesn’t wear them in a vain attempt to earn sympathy from jurors. But so what if he does?

Lawyers studiously pick the wardrobes of their clients all the time to present a chosen image to jurors. If hush puppies on a lawyer do the trick, that’s fair.

The judge thankfully dismissed the motion. Even better, the uproar convinced the offending lawyer that it’s not time to retire his shoes after all.

Filed under: Human Interest and Just For Laughs and Rednecks
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Young And Filthy Rich
Posted on 07.11.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:39 am

Teen actor Daniel Radcliffe makes $25 million every time he stars in a Harry Potter movie. He will have been in eight of them total by the time the series runs its course, earning $200 million by his early 20s.

And yet, which just released its list of the top 12 highest-earning celebrities younger than 30, felt compelled to offer this analysis: “It remains to be seen if he can become a box-office draw outside of the Warner Bros. fantasy blockbusters.”

Who cares?! The young man will have made enough money to live more lives than a cat — and live them in splendor. I understand that famous people get as addicted to their fame as their fortune, but really, if no one ever hears of Daniel Radcliffe again after age 21, he will be a lucky, wealthy man.

Better that than becoming a spectacle like Michael Jackson — or Britney Spears, who ranked fourth on Forbes’ list, earning $35 million in a year.

The others on the list are:

  • Singer Beyonce ($87 million)
  • Formula 1 racer Kimi Raikkonen ($45 million)
  • Basketball superstar LeBron James ($40 million)
  • Tennis player Roger Federer ($33 million)
  • Soccer star Ronaldinho ($30 million)
  • Singer Miley Cyrus (aka, Hannah Montana), the musical group The Jonas Brothers, and model Gisele Bundchen ($25 million each)
  • Tennis player Maria Sharapova ($22 million)
  • Country singer Taylor Swift ($18 million)

Filed under: Business and Culture and Entertainment and Human Interest and Music and People and Sports
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Livin’ The Future
Posted on 07.10.09 by Danny Glover @ 7:06 pm

I heard Brad Paisley’s new song “Welcome To The Future” on the radio for the first time this evening and couldn’t wait to get home to see if I could find a version to post to the blog. Here’s what I found:

I hope Paisley, who will be performing near us on July 25, releases an official music video soon. The storyline is made for video.

Paisley is one of my favorite musicians. He’s just a few years younger than me, and his hometown (Glen Dale, W.Va.) is about a half-hour from mine (Paden City). I love songs like “I’m Gonna Miss Her,” “I’m Still A Guy,” “Letter To Me,” “Mud On The Tires” and “Ticks,” because they remind me of my youth in the great Mountain State.

“Welcome To The Future” reminds me of how blessed I am to be living when “every day is a revolution.” I especially love the closing verse:

I had a friend in school,
Running back on a football team.
They burned a cross in his front yard
For asking out the homecoming queen.

I thought about him today,
Everybody who’s seen what he’s seen,
From a woman on a bus
To a man with a dream.

That allusion to how far America has come in race relations in the past 50 years was even more powerful because it was totally unexpected after the lighthearted and technologically oriented lyrics of the first two verses.

Filed under: History and Human Interest and Music and People and Redneck Music and Redneck Musical Interlude and West Virginia
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2009 Summer Redneck Games
Posted on 07.10.09 by Danny Glover @ 6:10 pm

They’re in Macon, Ga., tomorrow, just in case any readers of this blog will be in that area. There’s a brief blurb on the event at

Vendors and bands will keep the crowds entertained when they aren’t too busy watching contestants battle it out in favorites such as the Armpit Serenade, Bobbin’ for Pigs Feet and the Mudpit Belly Flop.

Filed under: Culture and Rednecks
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Evian’s Freaky Roller Babies
Posted on 07.10.09 by Danny Glover @ 5:26 pm

Back in the mid-1990s, a freaky, animated “dancing baby” became an online sensation after it was circulated by e-mail. It’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw this new video advertising Evian bottled water under the slogan “Live Young“:

I haven’t decided yet whether I’m more or less likely to buy Evian now, but odds are good that despite my bad memory I forever remember Evian as the company that gave the world roller babies.

And yes, real babies were used in the making of the video:

Filed under: Advertising and Business and Food and Human Interest and Music and Technology and Video
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