Why We Home-School, Lesson #25
Posted on 02.26.10 by Danny Glover @ 7:43 pm

Last week, first lady Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity in America and “raise a healthier generation of kids.” Today, a pre-teen relative of mine who shall remain anonymous posted this note about his new school to Facebook:

lunch is awesome a snack bar with poptarts, rice krispies, muffins slushies cookies giant soft pretzels frozen treats gatorade & every fri. papa …johns pizza vanilla milk juice any time & 2 differrent meals each day but my school is really old

So our public schools are stuffing kids full of sugar- and fat-laced snacks but apparently not teaching them capitalization, punctuation and other basic rules of grammar. Parents might as well send their kids to a candy store for classes — which may be their best chance for employment if they don’t start learning how to write.

It’s enough to make an enlightened redneck journalist like me scream.

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

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The Redneck Winter Olympics
Posted on 02.26.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:04 pm

It’s time for another addition to the “Redneck Hall of Shame.” This time, it’s the entire Canadian women’s hockey team for the total lack of class and sportsmanship they showed after defeating the United States 2-0 yesterday to win gold.

The women of the Canadian hockey team politely accepted their gold medals and waved to an adoring crowd. And then the real celebration began.

More than half an hour after they beat the United States 2-0 on Thursday, the players came back from the locker room and staged a party on ice - swigging from bottles of champagne, guzzling beer and smoking cigars. …

Meghan Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin posed wearing goofy grins. Rebecca Johnston actually tried to drive the ice-resurfacing machine. Haley Irwin poured champagne into the mouth of Tessa Bonhomme, gold medals swinging from both their necks.

The celebration raised eyebrows at the IOC, which said it would look into the matter. Informed of the antics by the Associated Press, Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, said it was “not what we want to see.”

Other entrants into the “Redneck Hall of Shame” courtesy of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia: U.S. half-pipe bronze medalist Scotty Lago, who left town after racy celebration photos surfaced; and Canadian Jon Montgomery, who after winning gold in the skeleton race “marched triumphantly through the town, guzzling beer straight from the pitcher.”

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World’s Largest Igloo
Posted on 02.23.10 by Danny Glover @ 7:01 pm

It took two Green Bay, Wis., residents nine weeks to build the igloo, which is 17 feet, 4 inches tall and 27 feet, 4 inches in diameter. They broke the previous record in the “Guinness Book Of World Records,” which was 13 feet, 8 inches tall and 25 feet, 9 inches in diameter.

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The Untold Sarah Palin Story
Posted on 02.23.10 by Danny Glover @ 6:43 pm

In an interview with The Onion’s A.V. Club, liberal blogger Ana Marie Cox, definitely no fan of former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin, told the story of Palin’s 2008 campaign rallies that Cox said should have been told back then:

I went to a fair number of Sarah Palin rallies during the campaign, and my friends would say, “Man, the pitchfork-wavers are really out there today.” I thought that, too, but then I started to talk to people, and they weren’t all angry. That’s just lazy.

The story that should’ve gotten written, that was really interesting to me, was how at every rally there were families with children with Down syndrome. They weren’t there to support Sarah Palin politically. They were really happy that there was someone in the national spotlight doing what they have to do every day. When you think about what it takes to take a child with Down syndrome to a political rally, I found that really moving.

Why didn’t Cox tell the story back then? Why didn’t her media colleagues? Lazy is part of the equation, as Cox admitted. But it was also more politically useful to promote the caricature of Palin fans as crazy, redneck racists than to portray them as loving, committed parents.

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Jonathan Allen’s Brief Political Career
Posted on 02.23.10 by Danny Glover @ 7:29 am

The revolving door between journalism and politics in establishment Washington has never spun as quickly as it did when Jonathan Allen ran through it — twice. The superstar journalist spent 40 days wandering in the political wilderness as a Democratic flack before being welcomed back to Politico with open arms.

Allen told the story of his short, unhappy life in politics to Politico readers:

From the outset, I felt like I was a reporter just masquerading as a political operative.

Now, as I leave my job at [Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's] political action committee to make the transition back to journalism at Politico, there will be some who wonder whether I am a political operative just masquerading as a reporter.

It’s a fair question for the Republicans who may now view me with a skeptical eye, for the 300-plus congressional Democrats for whom I did not work and, above all, for Politico’s readers.

As a conservative who, like Allen, left journalism for political activism after a disillusioning layoff, I empathized with Allen’s predicament, yet my first instinct was to scoff at both his career flip-flopping and at Politico’s outside-the-media-box decision to rehire him.

Will Republicans ever answer a question from Allen without thinking twice about how he might use their answers? Will Democrats demand fluff because he is one of them? And what of Politico? Would John Harris, Jim VandeHei and company have given a second thought to rehiring a conservative under the same circumstances — or would they hire any openly conservative journalist, for that matter?

The timing of Allen’s return also was ironic in light of the stink that VandeHei and other journalists made earlier this month when Bill Sammon of Fox News dared to state the obvious — that “the mainstream media hates the tea party movement.” VandeHei had the chutzpah to go on Fox News to scold Sammon but then hired a Democratic operative as a reporter.

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Bob Marshall’s Disability: His Mouth
Posted on 02.22.10 by Danny Glover @ 7:47 pm

Bob Marshall used to represent me in the Virginia House of Delegates, and that was great because he is passionate about many of the issues that matter most to me, including his support for home schooling and his opposition to abortion.

But today I was glad we moved to a neighboring district several years ago because Marshall certainly wasn’t representing my views when he said this last week:

The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children. In the Old Testament, the firstborn of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.

Marshall quickly backtracked from his “poorly chosen words.” “No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion,” he said in a statement on his Web site. “I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children, and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents.”

But that quote is likely to follow Marshall the rest of his career — and rightly so. Marshall referenced the Bible in his comments to the Capital News Service, so here’s a reminder of what Jesus said about men’s words in Matthew 12:

For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. … But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

My point isn’t that God will condemn Marshall eternally for his words because he did apologize (albeit in the “mistakes were made” way that politicians typically do). Besides, that’s not my place to suggest any more than it was for Marshall to suggest that God uses “nature” to visit the sin of the mother who aborts a child upon a future child. I’m just saying that politicians like Marshall say dumb things because in their hearts, they believe them to some extent.

The good news is that bad publicity has a way of making politicians change their hearts — and their words — once they hear how foolish they sound.

[Cross-posted at Hot Air]

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Plowed Under By Government Stupidity
Posted on 02.22.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:24 pm

With mounds of snow still fresh on people’s minds — and streets — this animation has been making its way around the Web the past couple of weeks (though it appears to have been online since at least 2007):

A friend just forwarded it to me by e-mail with a note underneath that said, “Designed by the same people designing health-care reform.”

The image reminds me of a country tale I heard years ago about a well-trained rabbit dog. Hot on the scent of his prey, the dog chased the rabbit up one row of his master’s garden and down the other, passing within a foot of the rabbit repeatedly. If he had just taken a moment to stop and think, the hound would have realized that he could have cut the rabbit off at any point by just jumping over one row.

Don’t be a stupid pooch. Think before you vote!

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The Queerness Of Redneck Logic
Posted on 02.22.10 by Danny Glover @ 7:44 am

Here’s a little redneck humor to start the workweek:

Two rednecks decided that they weren’t going anywhere in life and thought they should go to college to get ahead. The first went in to see the counselor, who told him to take math, history and logic.

“What’s logic?” the first redneck asked.

The professor answered, “Let me give you an example. Do you own a weed eater?”

“I sure do.”

“Then I can assume, using logic, that you have a yard,” replied the professor.

“That’s real good!” said the redneck.

The professor continued, “Logic will also tell me that since you have a yard, you also own a house.”

Impressed, the redneck said, “Amazing!”

“And since you own a house, logic dictates that you have a wife.”

“That’s Betty Mae! This is incredible!” The redneck was catching on.

“Finally, since you have a wife, logically I can assume that you are heterosexual,” said the professor.

“You’re absolutely right! Why that’s the most fascinatin’ thing I ever heard! I can’t wait to take that logic class!”

The redneck, proud of the new world opening up to him, walked back into the hallway where his friend was still waiting.

“So what classes are ya takin’?” asked the friend.

“Math, history and logic!” replied the first redneck.

“What in tarnation is logic?” asked his friend.

“Let me give you an example. Do ya own a weed eater?” asked the first redneck.

“No,” his friend replied.

“You’re queer, ain’t ya?”

As is often the case, I have no idea of the origins of this joke because it’s all over the Internet. But if somebody can lay claim to it, I’d love to give due credit on this blog.

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‘Redneck Prius’ Makes A Statement
Posted on 02.21.10 by Danny Glover @ 1:38 pm

I can’t think of a better place than an “Ugly Truck Contest” for an enlightened redneck to make a statement against global warming hysteria, and that’s just what an Oregon teenager and his father did yesterday.

The classic cars gleamed and the ugly trucks did whatever rust does in sunlight, but one truck stood out:

A white and reddish orange monstrosity with more than a little political edge: “The Redneck Prius” boasted a power plug on the hood and half a bicycle on the back. A bumper sticker also let folks know “My carbon footprint is bigger than yours.” It also purported to run on “gas, electric pedal power and hot air from Washington, D.C.”

Morgan Gregory, 18, and his father Gary chopped up the bike; they got the genuine Prius decal from friends at Lassen Toyota. “We worked on it last night and this morning,” said Morgan Gregory, who lives in Shedd.

It’s too bad the Albany Democrat Herald didn’t snap a picture to illustrate the story. I would rather see what the Redneck Prius looks like than hear a description of it.

A side thought: The way things are going for Toyota, all of its cars, including the recalled Corolla I am driving, are going to have a redneck reputation before long.

Filed under: Government and Just For Laughs and News & Politics and Redneck Humor and Rednecks
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A Redneck Boy And His Stuffed Tiger
Posted on 02.21.10 by Danny Glover @ 1:18 pm

I loved the comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes.” It’s the one strip I rushed to read in the daily newspaper, and I purchased several of the compilations creator Bill Watterson sold in book form.

I still remember the strip that hooked me as a Calvin fan for life. Calvin burped, prompting the typical adult reply from his mother: “Calvin! What do we say after that?” Here’s how the conversation went next:

Calvin: Must be a barge coming through!
Mom: WHAT do you say?!
Calvin: That sure tasted better going down than coming up!
Mom: Three strikes and you’re history, kiddo.
Calvin, sheepishly: Excuse me.

Classic! Calvin was a redneck through and through. So was his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, who came to life in Calvin’s imagination and the strip. But their creator is an enlightened redneck.

Readers may have never thought about Watterson’s personal choices when they read the strip, but that strength of character echoed throughout his work. “Calvin and Hobbes” is complex, thoughtful and thought provoking. Calvin and Hobbes aren’t plastic and one-dimensional. …

[They are] a hyper-imaginative kid and his pet tiger who may or may not be real, depending on who’s looking at him. But that’s just the surface. That doesn’t really begin to explain Watterson’s unique storytelling device in which readers switch between the world as Calvin sees it — a fantastical place — and as adults see it — a cut ‘n’ dried conventional reality. You need to immerse yourself in “Calvin and Hobbes” to truly understand it. Sure, you could read one strip, get the gag and move on with your life, but you’d be missing out.

I sure do miss Watterson’s work, which ran for only a decade. So do millions of other fans.

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