Know What Your Children Are Texting
Posted on 02.29.12 by Danny Glover @ 2:24 pm

I am not convinced that this legislation is either necessary or even a good idea:

Parents who want access to text messages sent to and from their child’s phone currently need a court order to compel a cellphone company to provide it, even if the parent pays the bill. A state law being proposed in Arizona could be the first in the nation to change that.

Republican state Sen. Rich Crandall has proposed a law to require cellphone companies to offer Arizona parents access to their minor children’s texts. … Under the bill, phone companies could charge a fee for that service.

But I appreciate the sentiment behind it. Parents need to know who their children are texting, who’s texting them and what they’re saying to each other. Cyber bullying isn’t the only problem. There’s also the issue of “sexting,” which can land children in trouble with the law, and the tendency of children to get into other kinds of trouble we adults can’t even imagine.

This is true even if you have the best children in the world. First of all, they’re probably not the angels you want to think they are. And second, even if they never misbehave by phone, you can bet some of their friends will. Evil companions can corrupt good morals by text message just as easily, and arguably more easily, as they can in person.

Parents shouldn’t need a law to keep tabs on their children’s mobile activities. They just need the will to intervene in an era when other adults may mock and condemn them for being too strict and when spoiled children definitely will cry “invasion of my privacy!”

Filed under: Government and Parenting and Technology
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Redneck Repair In The D.C. Subway
Posted on 02.28.12 by Danny Glover @ 7:50 pm

When things break in the D.C. subway system, the world’s brightest engineers gather in a room to brainstorm the best solution. And when all their genius ideas fail, they resort to the most reliable redneck repair — duct tape!

This photo is from the Metro Center station, the hub of the entire subway system. I also saw another duct-tape repair in another station.

Filed under: D.C. Commuter Diary and Government and Just For Laughs and Photography and Redneck Humor
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #39
Posted on 02.28.12 by Danny Glover @ 12:23 pm

There are many lessons in these words of homeschooling wisdom from Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, from his 2005 book “It Takes A Family”:

Never before and never again after their years of mass education will any person live and work in such a radically narrow, age-segregated environment. It’s amazing that so many kids turn out to be fairly normal, considering the weird socialization they get in public schools. …

In a home school, by contrast, children interact in a rich and complex way with adults and children of other ages all the time. In general, they are better-adjusted, more at ease with adults, more capable of conversation, more able to notice when a younger child needs help or comfort, and in general a lot better socialized than their mass-schooled peers.

Thankfully, many American parents can choose to teach their children at home rather than sending them children to government-run education factories. More should give it a whirl.

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

Filed under: Family and Government and Home Schooling and News & Politics and Parenting and People and Why We Home-School
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West Virginia’s ‘Bizarre Foods’
Posted on 02.27.12 by Danny Glover @ 11:54 pm

As I type, I’m watching an episode of “Bizarre Foods” that features West Virginia delicacies and a hunting guide nicknamed “Redneck.” He just bragged that his biggest monthly bill is his cell phone, so he’s an enlightened redneck — my kind of people.

Remember that blog post I wrote a few weeks back about eating groundhog? Thanks to “Bizarre Foods,” you now have video proof. Host Andrew Zimmern told the story of pepperoni rolls, too.

But even I learned something tonight: I had no idea that some of my fellow West Virginians eat mink. Or do they? The report on the “Roadkill Cook-off” left me wondering what’s true versus what’s for show.

Filed under: Entertainment and Food and History and Hunting & Guns and Media and People and Rednecks and West Virginia and Wildlife
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Farewell To The Fort Steuben Bridge
Posted on 02.22.12 by Danny Glover @ 2:54 am

This cool video of a bridge demolition was shot a short drive up the Ohio River from my home town in West Virginia:

The story behind the explosion:

The nearly 84-year-old Fort Steuben Bridge, once the primary link between Weirton and Steubenville, went down in a blaze of glory this morning.

Just before 7:15 a.m., the Joseph B. Fay Co. detonated nearly 500 explosive charges, sending a fireball streaking from Ohio to West Virginia, followed by a bigger one, dropping the 1,255-foot truss into the Ohio River and sending the bridge’s two towers falling toward their opposing river banks.

Filed under: News & Politics and Video and West Virginia
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The Anti-Santorum BuzzFeed
Posted on 02.22.12 by Danny Glover @ 1:23 am

Go to the BuzzFeed Politics page and behold an orchestrated media feeding frenzy in progress. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is the target. He has been rising in the polls, and BuzzFeed won’t allow it.

Three of the current top five pieces on the site are attacks on Santorum, and the hit pieces continue as you scroll further down the site or look at the “Most Viral in Politics” sidebar. Here are the headlines:

And then there’s the piece lamenting the fact that no matter how many presumably outrageous Santorum quotes BuzzFeed and other publications unearth, the new frontrunner is “gaffe-proof.”

The press dutifully transcribed all these remarks, but none of them raised a ruckus for more than a few hours. They’re just the latest in a long line of Santorum quotes — on homosexuality, on women’s roles, on contraception and abortion — that seem to have lost their capacity to shock. And though they’re still well to the right of public opinion, as reflected in polls, they’ve done nothing to hurt Santorum, whose campaign has attained an aura of momentum after winning three states in a row earlier this month. For Rick Santorum, there’s no such thing as a gaffe anymore.

Reading BuzzFeed these days is like reading transcriptions of the opposition research compiled by either his top GOP rival, Mitt Romney, or the Democratic National Committee — or both. I’ve rarely seen a presumably objective publication so transparently contemptuous of a candidate and so determined to drive a negative narrative about him or her.

But hey, BuzzFeed is driving traffic and generating buzz for itself. That’s all that matters in today’s “journalism,” right?

UPDATE: Rich Lowry of National Review explains what’s really stirring in the minds of journalists who keep trying to manufacture Santorum controversies.

Santorum is a standing affront to the sensibilities and assumptions of the media and political elite. That elite is constantly writing the obituary for social conservatism, which is supposed to wither away and leave a polite, undisturbed consensus in favor of social liberalism. Santorum not only defends beliefs that are looked down upon as dated and unrealistic; he does it with a passionate sincerity that opens him to mockery and attack.

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Don’t Be Two-timing Our Little Girl
Posted on 02.21.12 by Danny Glover @ 11:38 pm

I learned tonight that our sweet, 10-year-old Elli loves this song. She even lip syncs it:

The Christian angel on my right shoulder is telling me to be horrified; the redneck Daddy devil on my left shoulder is insisting that I should be beaming with pride.

Filed under: Entertainment and Family and Music and People and Rednecks and Video
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #38
Posted on 02.20.12 by Danny Glover @ 12:05 am

The customized education our children get at home will prepare them much better for life than the cookie-cutter training they get in public school “factories.” Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is absolutely right:

Santorum told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer that the federal and state government should not be involved in educating children, but rather parents should take on that role.

Santorum was repeating statements he made in Ohio Saturday where he told a conservative audience that public schools are “anachronistic.” He said public schools go “back to the time of industrialization of America when people came off the farms where they did home-school or have the little neighborhood school, and into these big factories, so we built equal factories called public schools.

“The federal government should not be running schools, frankly, much less that the state government should be running schools,” he said Saturday.

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

Filed under: Government and News & Politics and People and Why We Home-School
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Snickers: Candy Not Fit For A King Size
Posted on 02.17.12 by Danny Glover @ 4:24 pm

Well, candy fans, there’s sad news in the snack world this week. It looks like the obesity mafia organized by first lady Michelle Obama to whack all the fat and fun out of American society has put a hit on the king-size Snickers bar.

Mars, the candy company that makes Snickers and other delicious treats, has caved to the politically correct pressure of the food police. Come 2013, the company will stop selling candy bars that include more than 220 calories.

Forget the free-market principle of supply and demand that says if customers want giant candy bars, Mars will make them. When the first lady is traveling the country to decry the “obesity epidemic,” it makes more sense for Mars to conform to an arbitrary caloric line.

This corporate change of heart about sugary overload isn’t a bad thing for me personally. I’ve consumed way too many king-size Snickers bars in my life. But coming as it does amid a White House-driven campaign against obesity, and after the nanny state has taken control of light bulbs across America, it’s a wee bit annoying.

It’s also a hypocritical marketing gimmick considering that I just spotted a $10 Snickers bar like this in a local CVS last week:

These developments combined have inspired me. For our New Year’s Eve party this year, in memory of the soon-to-be-smaller Snickers bars, I’m going to buy a “Slice ‘n Share” Snickers to bid farewell to an American tradition. Maybe I’ll cut it into servings of 220 calories or less in honor of Mr. Mars and Michelle Obama.

Then we’ll dim all the incandescent light bulbs in the house and invite everyone to gather ’round our energy-inefficient TV to watch comedian Tim Hawkins tell us all about his dream of a “Snickaloaf.”

Filed under: 1980s and Adoption and Business and Culture and Food and Government and Human Interest and Just For Laughs and Media and News & Politics and People and Rednecks and Video
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #37
Posted on 02.15.12 by Danny Glover @ 11:25 am

We don’t want the government food police inspecting our children’s lunches and demanding that they eat something we didn’t give them. The story:

A North Carolina elementary school forced a preschool student to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets for lunch on Jan. 30 after officials reportedly determined that her homemade meal wasn’t up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards for healthfulness. … The four-year-old girl brought a turkey and cheese sandwich, a banana, potato chips and apple juice in her packed lunch from home.

So according to government standards, a turkey and cheese sandwich is healthier than this?


That alone is ridiculous. It’s even more outrageous that bureaucrats think they have the right to micromanage the diets of individual schoolchildren.

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

Filed under: Food and Government and Health and News & Politics and Parenting and Why We Home-School
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