Home Of The Giant Pink Rabbit
Posted on 07.30.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:39 pm

Gotta a big chunk of land you don’t know how to use? Build a giant pink rabbit big enough for people to see from space:

The humongous lawn sculpture is old news, but I hadn’t heard of it until I found pictures of it via Twitter this morning.

It just goes to show that rednecks are everywhere. Some of us decorate geese statues on our porches for each season (a former neighbor in my hometown), and some of us enlighten the world via Google Earth by decorating the Alps with giant pink bunnies.

Filed under: Culture and Human Interest and Photography and Rednecks
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The Great Recession In Action
Posted on 07.30.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:12 pm

If you’ve ever wondered what a recession looks like, wonder no more. This excellent time-lapse presentation of unemployment numbers from January 2007 through May 2010 captures the economic pain perfectly as the colors transition to black, representing unemployment of 10 percent or more:

I’d love to see a similar historical presentation of unemployment and other economic indicators for the years of the Great Depression.

Filed under: News & Politics and Technology and Video
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #31
Posted on 07.16.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:41 pm

Our children don’t need as “leaders” religiously correct busybodies who are determined to push all references to God, even those that are part of America’s government and culture.

The key quote from this video: “So, this school district is arguing that Judeo-Christian views, as expressed in our nation’s history, are too offensive for students to view — but other religions, even anti-religion … OK.”

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

Filed under: History and News & Politics and Religion and Why We Home-School
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How To Name A Redneck Restaurant
Posted on 07.16.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:32 pm

You can specialize in Persian cuisine and still be a redneck. The proof is in this Falls Church, Va., restaurant’s simple yet descriptively eloquent name:

And if you eat Persian food, as I do occasionally, that makes you an enlightened redneck. Ironically, Meat In A Box isn’t far from my first home in the Washington, D.C., area. I may have to make a trek to the old neighborhood to give it a try. I need more hummus in my diet.

Filed under: Business and Food and Rednecks
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Votes From The Crypt
Posted on 07.15.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:13 am

It’s a good thing for Harry Reid that Nevadans don’t vote in the after life.

It’s a bad thing for the Democratic leader in the U.S. Senate that newspapers let family members write whatever they want in paid obituaries. He awoke to this one in memory of 84-year-old Charlotte McCourt, a former Reid supporter:

We believe that Mom would say she was mortified to have taken a large role in the election of Harry Reid to U.S. Congress. Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work. Please, in lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate.

Something tells me there’s a strong current of enlightened redneck blood in the McCourt family history — that and an ornery streak a mile long.

John Smith, a writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, said this after seeing the obit: “It’s the kind of small story that has the potential to ricochet like a bullet through the campaign showdown between incumbent Reid and Republican challenger Sharron Angle.”

If Angle is smart, she’ll feature the obit prominently in her campaign ads and find ways to remind voters of it at every opportunity.

Filed under: Just For Laughs and Media and News & Politics and People
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State Rocks: Coal vs. Serpentine
Posted on 07.15.10 by Danny Glover @ 12:00 am

You can tell a lot about a state by the rock that represents it.

Take West Virginia. My home state chose coal as its state rock in 2009, a selection that makes perfect sense because of what the black rocks buried deep within the Mountain State mean both economically and culturally to her people. For better or worse, West Virginia would not be what it is without coal.

Then there’s California, home to an array of reprehensible characters — from the cultural “elites” in La La Land to the degenerates in San Franciso. The rock that represents them: serpentine, a stone laced with deadly asbestos.

Score one for the enlightened rednecks. West Virginians know how to pick a state rock.

Filed under: Government and History and Human Interest and News & Politics and Rednecks and West Virginia
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The Spin-And-Run Cycle
Posted on 07.14.10 by Danny Glover @ 11:29 pm

My office neighborhood is an eccentric place. I discovered the first oddity, the bizarre sculpture art lining the median in front of our building, on Day One.

A few weeks later, my colleagues started telling inside jokes about a guy who spins and squawks as he runs down the street. You had to see it to believe it — and eventually I did.

Little did I know then that I could have seen it on the Internet. So can you:

Yes, Cedric Givens, the crazy jogger, spins, squawks and runs on busy streets in the heart of the nation’s capital — and drivers pay him no mind as they buzz by in all directions (see more videos here). He’s been doing it for years.

How is Cedric still alive, and why do the police let him do what he does? If jaywalking is a crime, his dangerous hobby has to be illegal. It just goes to show that if you’re eccentric enough, the nanny state will look the other way when you’re acting as crazy as a loon.

Filed under: Human Interest and People and Video
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Watchdogs On The Congressional Payroll
Posted on 07.13.10 by Danny Glover @ 10:13 pm

John Dougherty doesn’t have much of a chance to win Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat this year, but I like the way the former investigative journalist thinks:

[Dougherty] said last week he’d hire up to a dozen investigative reporters to root out government waste and corruption if elected.

The team of reporters would act as a government watchdog, aggressively reporting on government agencies and programs. Their findings, Dougherty said, would be used in regular oversight committee hearings.

“There’s not a lot of accountability out there,” Dougherty said.

It’s a brilliant idea. The founding fathers designed a system of checks and balances so no one branch of government gained undue power, and Congress needs to take its role as a watchdog of the executive branch more seriously. Who better to do the work than journalists who not only have been trained to expose government’s flaws but who also know how to tell great stories?

I wouldn’t vote for a candidate just because he’s pushing the idea, but I would like to see people in power give the concept a try.

Filed under: Government and Media and News & Politics
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Centreville: The Best Place To Live In Virginia?
Posted on 07.13.10 by Danny Glover @ 9:51 pm

Centreville, Va., has been a big part of the Glover family life since 1997, when we started worshiping with the saints who meet at the church of Christ.

It’s where we see the people closest to us, our spiritual family, on a regular basis — twice on Sundays for Bible study and worship, again for Wednesday evening Bible study, and also at gospel meetings and other special services. We love Centreville.

But it is not, as CNN Money would have America believe, the best place to live in Virginia. The news outlet ranked the best 100 places to live in the country, and Centreville finished at No. 30. Three other Virginia cities — Alexandria (47), Chesapeake (85) and Suffolk (91) — made the cut.

This statement alone should have disqualified Centreville as a candidate: “Washington, D.C., is anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half away, depending on traffic.” The best places to live don’t have commutes that double unpredictably.

Here, from the comments after the article, are a few other observations by people who know firsthand what’s wrong with Centreville:

Filed under: Culture and Family and Human Interest and Media and News & Politics
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Tim Hawkins: ‘Somebody Broke Wind’
Posted on 07.12.10 by Danny Glover @ 9:54 pm

Sheer genius. I wish our minivan had a DVD player just so I could play this video repeatedly on our next road trip when one of the kids “breaks wind” and forces us to roll down the windows for fresh air. It’s the only sure-fire way to get me to stop so the culprit can take a bathroom break.

Filed under: Entertainment and Family and Just For Laughs and Music and Redneck Humor and Video
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