Another ‘Shcool’ Lesson
Posted on 01.25.12 by Danny Glover @ 11:30 am

We’ve been down this road before on this blog — twice, in fact. Apparently road-painting crews (and our “home-shcooled” son) have trouble spelling the word “school correctly.

The latest example, as reported by Fox News:

An embarrassing misspelling of “school” is gone from the street outside a New York City school building.

Utility workers used heavy machinery to ground up the wrongly placed “H” and “C” in the “SHCOOL X-NG” sign on Tuesday. The correction was made a day after the New York Post reported the spelling error.


Filed under: Government and Grammar and Human Interest and Just For Laughs and Photography
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The Puppet’s Court In Cleveland
Posted on 01.19.12 by Danny Glover @ 9:20 pm

A Cleveland television station has taken the concept of a “kangaroo court” onto the airwaves and online in a satirical publicity stunt that re-enacts the proceedings of a corruption trial using puppets. The CBS affiliate WOIO started the series last week, airing the lighthearted clips at the end of its newscast, and this morning posted the fifth video report from “The Puppet’s Court.”

The enlightened redneck and social media strategist within me love the station’s creative way of adding entertainment and humor to an important story. But the news curmudgeon within me is saying what one of the station’s anchors did amid her laughter at the report: “I’m horrified.”

Watch the other puppet reports on the station’s YouTube channel.

Hopefully this lampooning of the legal system will help convince courts to let cameras in trials so TV stations don’t have to create video coverage.


Filed under: Government and Just For Laughs and Media and Social Media and Video
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Zapped By The Zappos Invasion
Posted on 01.16.12 by Danny Glover @ 6:26 pm

Somehow, despite having made my living online for more than a decade, I’ve managed to make it this far into the Internet age without having been the victim of a mass security breach — at least so far as I know. That lucky streak ended today when I received this email from Zappos.

First, the bad news:

We are writing to let you know that there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on Zappos.com, including one or more of the following: your name, e-mail address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, the last four digits of your credit card number (the standard information you find on receipts), and/or your cryptographically scrambled password (but not your actual password).

THE BETTER NEWS:
The database that stores your critical credit card and other payment data was NOT affected or accessed.

SECURITY PRECAUTIONS:
For your protection and to prevent unauthorized access, we have expired and reset your password so you can create a new password. Please follow the instructions below to create a new password.

We also recommend that you change your password on any other web site where you use the same or a similar password. As always, please remember that Zappos.com will never ask you for personal or account information in an e-mail. Please exercise caution if you receive any emails or phone calls that ask for personal information or direct you to a web site where you are asked to provide personal information.

PLEASE CREATE A NEW PASSWORD:
We have expired and reset your password so you can create a new password. Please create a new password by visiting Zappos.com and clicking on the “Create a New Password” link in the upper right corner of the web site and follow the steps from there.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any additional questions about this process, please email us at passwordchange@zappos.com.

I had never heard of Zappos until last year and had never ordered anything from the online shoe and clothing retailer until a few months ago. It figures that the first hit to my online security would come as the result of trying something new.

Thankfully, this breach didn’t involve financial details.


Filed under: Business and News & Politics and Technology
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Jay Leno Was Wrong About W.Va. — Again
Posted on 01.16.12 by Danny Glover @ 2:19 pm

I’ve had my work published in some of America’s top publications, including The New York Times, but there’s something special about seeing my byline for the first time in the local newspaper I delivered as a child — and in defense of my fellow West Virginians and Mountaineers.

After writing a blog post about Jay Leno’s West Virginia jokes, I asked the executive editor of The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register if he would be interested in publishing a column on the issue. He agreed. It ran in print yesterday and went online today.

Here are excerpts from the column (with one background link added by me):

For one magnificent moment after the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4, West Virginia University and the entire state of West Virginia were the talk of America. Sports fans were in awe of the Mountaineers, who set record after record in one of the greatest football games in college history.

We West Virginians should have known the hillbilly bashers wouldn’t let us bask in the glory for long, and sure enough, the predictable slam came less than 24 hours after the final whistle.

“And West Virginia beat Clemson in the Orange Bowl last night by a score of 70-33,” Jay Leno said in his “Tonight Show” monologue the day after the game. “West Virginia scored 70 points? Huh, West Virginia? They don’t score that high on their SATs.”

Leno apparently holds to the comedic philosophy that when all else fails — and the “Tonight Show” has been one big fail after another for the past two years — just tell a West Virginia joke. …

Leno hasn’t yet sunk as low as Vice President Dick Cheney, who scored a cheap laugh in 2008 by characterizing West Virginia as a state full of inbreeding rednecks. But he’s sliding toward that gutter. His latest jab alienated the West Virginians who still watch Leno and further infuriated those who long ago tuned out the “Tonight Show.” …

But that’s OK. We West Virginians don’t need the affirmation of entertainers or politicians or anyone else who finds joy in insulting us. Most Americans voted against West Virginia before the Orange Bowl, and as our Mountaineers boasted at the end of the game, most Americans were wrong.

They always are when it comes to Almost Heaven.

Read the whole column at the newspaper’s website.


Filed under: Hatin' On Rednecks and Media and People and Rednecks and Sports and West Virginia
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How To Make A Slingshot Crossbow
Posted on 01.12.12 by Danny Glover @ 12:43 pm

Remarkable redneck ingenuity is on display in this video, which demonstrates how you can turn your Christmas tree into a deadly slingshot crossbow:


Filed under: Holidays and Human Interest and Hunting & Guns and Rednecks and Sports and Video
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The ‘Soldier Bear’ Of World War II
Posted on 01.12.12 by Danny Glover @ 7:02 am

A bear fanatic like me can’t help but blog about Wojtek, the Syrian bear who traveled with Polish troops in World War II:

Wojtek the bear was sold as a small cub to some Polish soldiers and civilians in Iran. They were making their way from Siberia to the Middle East after being released from camps in Russia. The Nazi German invasion in 1941 prompted the Soviet Union to let the Poles go.

It is thought the cub’s mother was shot by hunters. … Wojtek was adopted by what became known as the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.

Wojtek is the subject of a forthcoming documentary. Here’s a clip of the trailer and a related video (via Weird Universe):


Filed under: History and Human Interest and Video and Wildlife
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Obie’s Revenge
Posted on 01.12.12 by Danny Glover @ 12:51 am

The Orange Bowl is juicing the controversy over last week’s sacking of mascot “Obie” for all the cheesy, pun-filled comedy its worth.

During the game, West Virginia safety Darwin Cook tackled Obie after a fumble recovery and 99-yard touchdown return. Obie made as many highlight reels as Cook, especially after Cook admitted that he knocked the mascot down on purpose to send a message.

“When I saw him, I felt like he was doubting us, too, so I smashed him,” Cook told the Dominion Post in Morgantown, W.Va. “Oh yeah, that was on purpose because he was doubting us. I had to tackle Obie.” Only later, in an on-field interview, did Cook learn that Obie was a girl.

Today the Orange Bowl published tweets that featured a photo and video of Obie supposedly being released from the hospital after a week of recovery. Obie is none too happy with Cook and apparently plotting revenge.

“We have one angry orange. This could become a very juicy situation,” a reporter said in a mock Orange Bowl report.


Filed under: Just For Laughs and People and Sports and Video and West Virginia
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The Vulgar ‘Modern Family’
Posted on 01.11.12 by Danny Glover @ 12:30 pm

Hollywood plans to send a sad but true statement next week about the vulgar realities of today’s modern family. ABC will air an episode of “Modern Family” about a 2-1/2-year-old toddler who says the dirtiest of dirty words.

“We thought it was a very natural story since, as parents, we’ve all been through this,” the show’s creator, Steve Levitan, said in defending the storyline.

Levitan’s explanation stretches credibility. His latest envelope-pushing plot is more a case of crude Hollywood social engineers trying to shove society further down the road of immorality than “entertainment” reflecting a norm. But he’s not too far ahead of the reality curve.

I’ve documented America’s seemingly perpetual slide into the pit of profanity on this blog:

Too many people think it’s cool, creative and comical to cuss. There is almost no circumstance where uttering a bad word is considered a bad thing. In that atmosphere, it is inevitable that men like Levitan will see how far they can go to make their black mark on society.

I wish Simon Cowell’s attitude held more sway in Hollywood and reality. He is determined to produce family entertainment free of swearing.

But when it comes to language, George Carlin is the hero. His admirers won’t rest until everyone from toddlers to grannies utter all seven of his dirty words (and then some) with reckless abandon at home, in school, on the job and across the airwaves.


Filed under: Culture and Entertainment and Parenting and People and Religion
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Puppy Handstand
Posted on 01.11.12 by Danny Glover @ 11:17 am

I saw a clip of this on Fox News this morning and thought it was amazing. Then I searched YouTube and found several videos of dogs doing handstands. OK, it’s not unique but it’s still adorable.


Filed under: Human Interest and Pets and Video
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Jeff Casteel To Leave WVU For Arizona
Posted on 01.10.12 by Danny Glover @ 10:35 pm

The announcement won’t be official until tomorrow, but thanks to some sharp online investigation, West Virginia Illustrated broke the news tonight that Jeff Casteel is leaving his job as defensive coordinator at West Virginia University to take the same job at the University of Arizona.

The publication confirmed the news by poking around the website of Arizona’s sports information department, finding internal pages with biographies not only of Casteel but also of three WVU assistant defensive coaches. “Perhaps the best part of each page is that the first sentence for Casteel states that he was hired on Jan. 11,” which is the day Arizona will announce its final defensive hiring decisions. Here’s a screen shot of Casteel’s bio page:

Casteel, who played football for the Wildcats in our hometown of Paden City, W.Va., will be a Wildcat once again in Arizona, where former WVU coach Rich Rodriguez was recently named head coach. Just days ago, after WVU’s record-setting Orange Bowl victory over Clemson, Casteel gave a noncommittal answer to a direct question about his future: “I hope I’m going to be back” at WVU in 2012.

That was an unlikely outcome when he gave the answer and now looks as deceptive as it seemed at the time. I can understand him not wanting to talk to the press about job prospects, but there’s an honest, oft-used dodge to such questions: “No comment.” I wish he had taken that approach.

I respect Casteel because he stuck with WVU after Rich (Gotta Get Richer) Rodriguez abandoned the Mountaineers in such underhanded fashion four years ago, and I want to wish our hometown boy well in his new job at Arizona. He certainly managed his departure far better than Rodriguez.

But at the end of the day, Casteel has chosen to reunite with a man who has no class. I “hope” the Arizona Wildcats continue their losing ways in the Rodriguez-Casteel era.

UPDATE, Jan. 11: It’s official – Rodriguez just stole Casteel and two more coaches away from WVU because all of those he took with him to Michigan for three losing years weren’t enough. The other coaches are David Lockwood (defensive backs coach) and Bill Kirelawich (defensive line coach). Now it’s time for WVU to build a new and better defensive coaching staff.


Filed under: News & Politics and Sports and West Virginia
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