Why We Home-School, Lesson #27
Posted on 03.31.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:24 am

This one comes courtesy of fellow journalist/blogger Robert Stacy McCain, who explained in an interview at the blog Jumping In Pools why home is the school for his children:

Parents have to understand that the problems of public schools are not temporary, isolated and episodic, they are chronic, pervasive and systemic. Whatever you have to sacrifice in order to save your children from the menace of the government school bureaucracy, that sacrifice is worth it. …

Government schools are just another form of welfare slavery. Stop sending your kids to those liberal indoctrination camps. However crappy a job you think you might do as a home-schooler, you could hardly do a worse job than the overpaid government bureaucrats at your local public school.

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

Filed under: Government and Why We Home-School
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WVU Is Goin’ To The Final Four!
Posted on 03.27.10 by Danny Glover @ 10:18 pm

Kentucky’s No. 1 ranking wasn’t enough to the stop the Mountaineers from rolling on to Indianapolis for the Final Four — our first appearance since Jerry West led the team there a half-century ago! It’s time for a celebration, WVU-style.

For all of you rednecks who weren’t enlightened enough to attend West Virginia University, the song playing during the couch-burning scene is the WVU anthem. Mountaineers fans are notorious for burning couches in the streets of Morgantown after big sports wins.

Filed under: Sports and Video and West Virginia
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Census Of The Confederacy
Posted on 03.27.10 by Danny Glover @ 2:19 pm

It’s time for another induction into the “Redneck Hall of Shame.” This time the dishonor goes to the outside-the-box thinkers at the Southern Legal Resource Center, who, with a straight face, are telling Southerners to claim their heritage as “Confederate Southern Americans” on their census forms. Why? So they can qualify for protection under civil rights law:

“We can start the process to give the southern community here in America a voice again, so that our concerns will be heard, and so that we will stop being harassed and persecuted because we are proud of our southern and Confederate ancestry.”

It’s true that many Southerners are unfairly ridiculed, usually with the all-encompassing insult “redneck” that inspired this blog. But to argue that such attacks qualify as harassment and persecution that qualifies for federal protection is bizarre — especially coming from a group that can’t let go of the Confederate flag. Characters like that need a heavy dose of enlightenment.

Filed under: Culture and Government and History and Redneck Hall Of Shame
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Dr. Seuss’ Message To Uncle Sam
Posted on 03.26.10 by Danny Glover @ 11:01 pm

This is going viral on Facebook. I don’t know who wrote it, but it captures the spirit of a solid majority of the country not only this week but for more than a year:

I do not like it Uncle Sam, I do not like it Sam I Am. I do not like these dirty crooks, I do not like how they cook books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their secret deals. I do not like this Speaker Nan, I do not like this ‘YES WE CAN’. I do not like this kind of hope, I do not like it Nope! Nope! Nope!

I have to say that as a writer, I would hate it if I wrote something that clever and it traveled all over the Internet without my name on it. This is what reminded me of the “The Bill Of No Rights” more than a decade after I unraveled that Internet copyright mystery.

Filed under: Entertainment and Government and Health and News & Politics and Technology
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An Internet Legend: ‘The Bill Of No Rights’
Posted on 03.26.10 by Danny Glover @ 10:54 pm

Back when President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, tried to force government-run health care on Americans as a right, libertarian Lewis Napper wrote an inspired piece of work he dubbed “The Bill Of No Rights.” It spread like wildfire on the Internet after a Georgia state lawmaker sent it to friends.

Napper’s name was lost in the electronic shuffle, and the lawmaker, Mitchell Kaye, ended up getting the credit for the masterpiece. I uncovered the mystery of authorship five years later while working at the online magazine IntellectualCapital.com.

This week, when President Obama signed a national health-care system into law, is a fitting time to revisit “The Bill Of No Rights” and the story behind it. Here’s what I wrote for IC:

Lewis Napper, a self-described “amateur philosopher and professional geek,” found his libertarian muse one day in 1993 while driving home for lunch from his job as a computer programmer near Jackson, Miss. The inspiration surfaced as he listened to a radio news report about President Clinton’s proposed national health-care plan.

As the chatter about “this right and that right” in the health-care arena increased, so did Napper’s frustration. What makes Americans think they have the right to any government-backed health care, he thought to himself. Or for that matter, what makes them think they have the right to any of the goodies distributed by a government that has become far too intrusive.

And then it hit him. All those misguided defenders of big government had perverted the intent of one of the founding documents of American democracy, the Bill of Rights. Within 15 minutes upon arriving home, Napper had composed his own addendum to the Bill of Rights just for those folks. He dubbed his satire “The Bill of No Rights” and forwarded it to a few friends.

Filed under: Government and Health and Media and News & Politics and People and Technology
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The Internet Explained
Posted on 03.26.10 by Danny Glover @ 7:38 pm

“It’s an ethernet cable connected to the telephone poll that goes to the big scary room, and then it goes across the ocean to another computer somewhere else. That’s all it is. It’s a bunch of computers connected. That way we can all play games.”

Or in the memorable words of former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska: “The Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes.”

Filed under: Just For Laughs and Technology and Video
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Boxer vs. Bumper
Posted on 03.26.10 by Danny Glover @ 2:48 pm

This dog, a mix of boxer and pitbull, is definitely not law enforcement’s best friend. He spent some time in jail and has to go to obedience class after shredding the bumper of a police car:

Winston (that’s the dog’s name) must be the leader of the crazy tea party movement that has Democrats in Congress cowering in fear.

Filed under: Human Interest and Just For Laughs and News & Politics and Pets and Video
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Health-Care Bloopers
Posted on 03.26.10 by Danny Glover @ 8:30 am

They wanted to pass the bill so they could read. They wanted to control the people. They made up the rules as they went along. Now that they’ve managed to rewrite health-care law in America, listen to the Democrats in their own words and relive the memories:

That helps explain why so many people think Congress is dysfunctional and corrupt, eh? You have to laugh to keep from crying.

Filed under: Government and Health and Just For Laughs and News & Politics and Video
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The Dysfunctional, Corrupt Congress
Posted on 03.25.10 by Danny Glover @ 2:00 pm

This picture, courtesy of the Pew Research Center, isn’t worth a thousand words in the literal sense, but the few dozen words it does use tell a pointed story about the people’s perception of their “representatives” in Congress:

Notice how small the word “liberal” is in the snapshot. It indicates how few people choose to characterize Congress by political philosophy when there are so many better adjectives to use.

But my favorite descriptor for Congress is still the one offered by a man in a Philadelphia focus group late last year: Satan.

Filed under: Government and Just For Laughs and News & Politics
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The Cussing Hall Of Shame
Posted on 03.24.10 by Danny Glover @ 11:29 am

Cursing is nothing new in the world of politics, but the few (and foolish) choice words uttered by today’s power brokers often end up being broadcast to the world. It’s so … unpresidential. Or in the case of Joe Biden’s latest gaffe yesterday (and Dick Cheney before him), unvice-presidential. Where have all the statesmen gone?

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Even worse than politicians lowering the bar of respectable public discourse, however, is the fact that Americans are OK with itso OK with it that they are willing to endorse the behavior by wearing t-shirts with Biden’s foul language emblazoned on it.

And this because the government passed a health-care plan? Foul-mouthed physician, heal thyself!

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