When Farm Kids Get Bored
Posted on 10.31.09 by Danny Glover @ 10:39 pm

My father e-mailed me a bunch of pictures under the headline above. I searched the title on Google and found this slide show on CNN. Dad’s e-mail had more pictures, but the ability to embed the slide show makes this presentation more user-friendly for a blog.

The message: Enlightened rednecks appreciate good art.

Filed under: An Enlightened Redneck ... and Business and Culture and Just For Laughs and Photography and Redneck Humor
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A Plug For Squires Home Energy
Posted on 10.31.09 by Danny Glover @ 4:07 pm

If you live in Northern Virginia and need heat or air-conditioning service, try Squires Home Energy. Chris Squires knows his business. Even better, he runs a customer-friendly business.

Chris has assured our family comfort many a time in both heat and cold since a former neighbor referred us to him five years ago when one of thermostats short-circuited in the winter. We either had to turn the heat off entirely or let it run constantly until Chris could get to our house to replace it. We have had numerous minor problems since then, and Chris is always quick to respond and repair.

The latest problem surfaced a few days ago. My wife and son smelled gas in the house. I had the family evacuate and waited for a representative from Columbia Gas come check for leaks. He found a faulty gas-control valve at the furnace, which meant he had to “red flag” the system and turn off the gas flow.

Fortunately, it was warn that day and has been since. But Chris was quick to respond anyway. He came to the house the day we discovered the problem, ordered the necessary part and replaced the valve within three days. He did the work on a Saturday.

Chris’ goal all along was to make sure the fix was in before the unseasonably warm weather in late October disappeared while we had no heat. He has always worked hard to meet our needs as customers. That’s why I recommended him as the heating/AC contractor for our church building, too, and he has been just as proactive and quick at fixing problems that arise there.

Give Squires Home Energy a try. Chris will earn your confidence.

Note to the FTC: I received no compensation for this endorsement, so please keep your blog police at bay.

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Hillbilly Hot Dogs
Posted on 10.31.09 by Danny Glover @ 10:15 am

What a great name for a redneck restaurant! I’m going to have to find a good reason to drive West Virginia Route 2 between Point Pleasant and Huntington just so I can visit.

Let me revise that statement: Visiting Hillbilly Hot Dogs is all the reason I need for the trip.

Go to the blog of Charleston, W.Va.-based photographer Rick Lee for the rest of the photos, inside and outside the beautiful dive. (Hat tip to Don Surber)

Filed under: Business and Food and Human Interest and People and Photography and Rednecks and Travel and West Virginia
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The Great Sock Escape
Posted on 10.30.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:18 pm

Tonight I’m doing the worst chore known to man — matching socks for a household of five. It has renewed my affection for my wife.

So far I’ve found 21 pairs of socks — but I have 43 singles. How in the world can there be 43 solo socks hiding in this house?

Not that I blame them, mind you. I wouldn’t want to spend my entire life hugging stinky feet, either.

Filed under: Culture and Family
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Top 10 Stimulus Projects To Remember
Posted on 10.29.09 by Danny Glover @ 11:06 am

Senate Republicans compiled the list, complete with links to the stories about the projects. But anyone with a lick of common sense, regardless of party or political philosophy, should be offended to learn that our government wastes money on foolishness like this:

10) $30 million for a spring-training baseball complex
9) $3.4 million for a turtle tunnel in Florida
8) $380,000 to spay and neuter pets in Wichita, Kan.
7) $500,000 to study “social networks like Facebook”
6) $6 million for a snow-making facility in Duluth, Minn., the 15th snowiest city in the country
5) $2.3 million for bug research in Connecticut
4) $1 million to renovate the Sunset Strip
3) $219,000 to study the sex lives of female college freshmen
2) $4,200-$5,500 tax credit for purchasing golf carts

And the No. 1 stimulus project that Americans should remember the next time they go to the polls is … $300,000 for mapping radioactive rabbit feces.

Don’t you feel so much better knowing the government takes your hard-earned money and invests it in projects as essential to a sound economy as radioactive rabbit feces?

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Shining Moments Of Scottie Reynolds
Posted on 10.29.09 by Danny Glover @ 12:25 am

The Villanova Wildcats start their basketball season in a couple of weeks, and Scottie Reynolds will be on the roster for his senior year after deciding not to go pro this summer.

I’m glad he’ll be back. It means I’ll get to watch Scottie make plays like this:

He’s just not allowed to make those kinds of moves against my West Virginia University Mountaineers. All other opponents in the Big East are fair game.

Filed under: Friends and People and Sports and Video and West Virginia
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The Dumbing Down Of Journalism
Posted on 10.29.09 by Danny Glover @ 12:07 am

Journalism was still a reasonably respectable profession when I chose it as my career path in 1986. But today, this embarrassment apparently is what passes for journalism education:

That’s definitely thinking outside the box, which is not a good thing.

The response from Hit & Run: “[T]o the extent this [video] encapsulates anything about the mindset in contemporary media, it explains why people shun it like the plague.”

And from Big Hollywood: “[T]he big point: That when applying for a job, the student knows to regurgitate the shared assumptions of the elitists around him. In short, if you bash Fox News, you might land an unpaid internship at Mother Jones.”

The White House just today called a truce in its idiotic war against Fox News, one roundly condemned even by liberals in my profession. How long before the Obama worshipers at Columbia’s j-school get the message?

Ironically, the stars of this video started it by mocking the lack of creativity in imagined cover letters by tomorrow’s would-be journalists. Their reaction was to create a video that may well haunt them as they enter the job market. I know I’d think twice about hiring them.

Filed under: Just For Laughs and Media and News & Politics and Video
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Nuts For Nutella
Posted on 10.28.09 by Danny Glover @ 10:08 pm

A friend posted this ad to Facebook, and it put me in the mood for Nutella. My wife restocked at Costco today, so I had Nutella for supper:

I had never heard of Nutella until friends from church who had spent a few years in Italy introduced it to me after Sunday lunch. It was dessert. I’ve been hooked ever since.

But like all enlightened rednecks, I eat my Nutella with peanut butter. It’s the perfect blend of America and Europe — like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup on bread. Europeans like the stuffy dude in the ad don’t know what they’re missing.

Filed under: Advertising and An Enlightened Redneck ... and Food and Media and Video
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #22
Posted on 10.26.09 by Danny Glover @ 9:41 pm

We don’t want some secretary on an abusive power trip to duct tape one of our children because he or she is misbehaving. And trust me, we have one child for whom that fate would be a distinct possibility if duct-taping were the norm.

If the mother’s account of what happened after she heard of the incident is true, the most infuriating aspect of the story is that the school’s principal all but ignored the mother’s complaint. That is a frequent problem in public schools. Administrators are quick to defend their officials and employees for behavior that obviously crosses lines of decency.

Parents are better off teaching their kids at home than fighting against the protect-our-own syndrome infecting American schools today.

(Read previous “Why We Home-School” lessons.)

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The Media Depression
Posted on 10.26.09 by Danny Glover @ 9:23 pm

Or to put it another way, it’s utterly depressing to be a journalist these days.

Two years ago, I rejected a great job offer from a major news magazine and instead took a job as the leader of a start-up video-sharing site run by a conservative nonprofit. The sorry financial shape of the news business was the biggest factor in my decision to opt for the “new” over the “old.” I had just endured a layoff and didn’t want to put my family through another one in the short term.

I suffered another layoff after only 10 months anyway and have been second-guessing my decision ever since. But with every newsflash about the journalism industry, I am reminded that I should have chosen Door No. 3 — the job offer I rejected in technology industry public relations.

The news about the news business, especially in the print world that still generates far more revenue than new media, just keeps getting worse. A case in point (via Instapundit):

Circulation at newspapers shrank at an accelerated pace in the past six months, driven in part by stiff price increases imposed by publishers scrambling to offset rapidly eroding advertising sales.

Average daily circulation at 379 U.S. newspapers plunged 10.6 percent in the April-September period from the same six-month stretch last year, according to figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

It’s the largest drop recorded so far during the past decade’s steady decline in paid readership — a span that has coincided with an explosion of online news sources that don’t charge readers for access. Many newspapers also have been reducing delivery to far-flung locales and increasing prices to get more money out of their remaining sales.

Raising prices is the biggest mistake newspapers could make to try to stay alive in a world where everyone expects the news for free, but they don’t really have a choice:

The economics just aren’t there. At some point, industries enter a death spiral: too few consumers raises their average costs, meaning they eventually have to pass price increases onto their customers. That drives more customers away. Rinse and repeat.

What does it all mean for journalists like me? I have no idea. That’s why it’s so depressing.

Filed under: Business and Family and Media
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