The ‘Mindless Exhibitionism’ Of The NFL
Posted on 11.28.11 by Danny Glover @ 8:42 pm

I loved the National Football League as a child. Each Sunday between morning and evening worship services, I flopped onto the couch or sprawled across the floor in front of the TV to watch as much football as possible, especially my beloved Dallas Cowboys.

I’m still a diehard football fan, but I all but abandoned the NFL long ago. The “mindless exhibitionism” on display in this video commentary by Bob Costas is the reason:

I’m not the least bit entertained by grown men engaged in “calculated displays of obnoxious self-indulgence.” I’ve even lost interest in watching NFL games on Thanksgiving Day and watching the Super Bowl, the two times when I’ve typically made exceptions and endured the “buffoonery” of players and permissiveness of coaches who have no sense of sportsmanship.

These days I focus on college football — and sadly, I can see the day coming when it, too, will become intolerable to watch because of the oversize children who occupy today’s gridiron.

Filed under: Culture and People and Sports and Video
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Redneck Insulation
Posted on 11.25.11 by Danny Glover @ 7:12 pm

You might be a redneck … if you insulate your shed with beer boxes. That’s what we discovered today when visiting my grandfather’s West Virginia farm, which has been abandoned for about two years since my uncle’s death.

For the record, a previous tenant from long ago added the insulation. We visited the same shed years ago while that tenant lived there, and the shed also was full of deer hides and beer cans. I was glad when my uncle returned home and we finally quit renting the property to that bum.

What I don’t know is if the tenant also is responsible for the bullet holes that riddle the door and walls of the same shed. I didn’t notice those bullet holes until today, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the guy who rented the place entertained himself by sitting on the front porch and shooting the shed across Indian Creek Road from the house.

Filed under: Family and Hunting & Guns and Just For Laughs and Redneck Humor and Rednecks and West Virginia
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Rep. Paul Ryan, Deer Slayer
Posted on 11.23.11 by Danny Glover @ 6:35 pm

During the legislative season, Paul Ryan is a budget geek in Congress. But when hunting season comes, he’s a whitetail wonk and a sharpshooter in the wilds of Wisconsin.

The proof is in this picture that Ryan, R-Wis., posted to his Facebook page today:

“I butcher my own deer, grind the meat, stuff it in casings and then smoke it,” Ryan told Politico. “Not much to it.”

That, my friends, is an enlightened redneck.

Filed under: An Enlightened Redneck ... and Government and Hunting & Guns and People and Photography and Rednecks and Wildlife
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Deep Fryers: The Turkeys’ Revenge
Posted on 11.22.11 by Danny Glover @ 4:18 pm

At my wife’s behest, we bought an outdoor deep fryer several years ago for two special meals — catfish and turkey. Kimberly laughs to this day as she remembers the sight of my mother and me lighting the fryer flame for our first deep-fried Thanksgiving feast.

Mom had done a bit too much Internet research beforehand and had both of us terrified of torching the house or taking out the whole family in a massive explosion. We stretched the hose connecting the propane tank to the frier stand as far as we could, and if we had a 10-foot pole, I’m sure we would have used it to ignite the gas from a distance.

If handheld video cameras and YouTube had existed back then, we may well have become a viral hit, albeit in Rebecca Black fashion.

Laugh if you will, but today, Mom and I were vindicated by none other than the Homeland Security Department, which tweeted warnings about the dangers of frying turkeys. The department shared this video to emphasize the warning:

How encouraging to see that the bureaucrats responsible for securing our nation are so committed to their jobs that they even issue an ominous warning about turkeys possessing our fryers in search of Thanksgiving Day revenge.

Filed under: Family and Food and Government and Holidays and Video
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Pizza Is A Vegetable
Posted on 11.18.11 by Danny Glover @ 10:55 am

And french fries are good for your health. These ideas, put forth by a Congress caving to the pressures applied by food companies, potato growers and the salt industry, are not likely to engender any protests from rednecks, enlightened or otherwise.

Sure, we’ll mock the government for accepting such ridiculous health conclusions because it’s such an easy target. But we all remember pizza Fridays and tolerably tasty fries in the school lunches of our youth, and we think all children should experience those simple pleasures of life.

Rest assured that we serve pizza, french fries and all manner of other unhealthy but convenient meals in the Glover Home School — and no bureaucrats can tell us to stop, even if they are so inclined.

Filed under: Food and Government and Home Schooling and Human Interest and News & Politics
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #36
Posted on 11.18.11 by Danny Glover @ 10:37 am

We don’t want our children to be “forced to walk a gauntlet of screaming “Occupy Wall Street” protesters just to get to school.”

Granted, we live in the suburbs rather than a big city where the protesters are behaving like children. But by teaching our children at home, we’ll never have to worry about a protest of any kind threatening our children or interrupting the school day.

We’d rather not expose them in person to the ugly side of American democracy, when citizens forsake the “peaceably” part of the First Amendment’s “right to assemble.”

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

Filed under: Culture and History and News & Politics and Why We Home-School
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Megyn Kelly’s Life Of Crime
Posted on 11.02.11 by Danny Glover @ 9:45 pm

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly confessed her life of crime to a national television audience today. Well, it wasn’t so much a life of crime as a one-time shoplifting incident for Halloween when she was 12, but the admission still made some entertaining TV:

“That’s it,” a sheepish Kelly said to close the segment. “Now I won’t be able to run for president or be a Supreme Court justice because I confessed my crime on national television.”

Filed under: Media and News & Politics and People and Video
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