A Houseful Of ‘Rats’
Posted on 01.06.15 by Danny Glover @ 8:11 pm

This evening after dinner, our 10-year-old walked into the living room with a piece of paper for her two older siblings to sign. This public request apparently was not part of the signing ceremony they had planned because her brother scolded her for it, grabbed the paper and tried to conceal it.

I demanded that they show me the paper and explain the secrecy. That’s when I learned of the plot against their parents. The document was a makeshift “policy” stating that no sibling would rat out any of the others unless the crime involved a sin.

But a funny thing happened when their conspiracy was exposed — each of them ratted out one of the others as the brains behind the scheme. That alliance never had a chance.

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The Dark Days Of ‘Duck Dynasty’
Posted on 11.23.13 by Danny Glover @ 3:32 am

A deadbeat dad, a prodigal son and a suicidal grandson — meet the Robertsons of “Duck Dynasty” fame who you don’t get to see on the popular A&E television series every week.

In a video produced for the “I Am Second” movement, family patriarch Phil Robertson, his youngest son Jep and his grandson Reed share stories from their darkest days and how faith and family pulled them through the spiritual turbulence. The half-hour film features several powerful anecdotes that illustrate the crushing weight of sin and the great relief that Jesus Christ freely offers to all men who seek forgiveness and then obey Him.

At one point, Phil Robertson explains the difference between rednecks and “river rats” — and why he gave the fish that fed his family to one group of thieving river rats in particular. He recounted the story while recalling the Bible’s teachings about being good to your enemies, praying for those who persecute you, not returning evil for evil and feeding those who are hungry.

“These river rats would steal my fish; I’d caught several of them before,” he said, adding that he always threatened them with death by shotgun. God’s commands didn’t make any “earthly sense” to him, but Phil Robertson decided to try it God’s way.

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A Tale Of Two Obits
Posted on 09.15.13 by Danny Glover @ 9:35 am

Do you want the good obit or the bad obit first? OK, let’s get the bad one out of the way now so we can end this post on a happy note. As a former obituary writer, I prefer it that way.

Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick will forever be remembered online as the horrible woman who raised children vengeful enough to memorialize their mother in a scathing obit. No obit writer on a newspaper’s staff would ever get a piece like the one about Johnson-Reddick past an editor, but two of the 79-year-old woman’s eight children got their revenge into print by paying for a death notice and submitting it to the Reno Gazette-Journal through a self-service portal. (The paper later removed the obit from its website, in part because of an inaccurate date of death.)

Here’s what the children, now senior citizens themselves, wanted the world to remember about mommie dearest:

She is survived by her six of eight children whom she spent her lifetime torturing in every way possible. While she neglected and abused her small children, she refused to allow anyone else to care or show compassion towards them. When they became adults she stalked and tortured anyone they dared to love. Everyone she met, adult or child was tortured by her cruelty and exposure to violence, criminal activity, vulgarity, and hatred of the gentle or kind human spirit.

On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.

The gist of their story appears to be legit. The two children responsible for the obit also testified before the Nevada legislature in 1987 for a state law, the first of its kind, that lets children sever parental ties.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Reddick-Johnson lived in a mobile home with 15 cats until bladder cancer forced her into the hospital earlier this year.

Now for the good obit, this one about an angel named Mary “Pink” Mullaney.

Filed under: Human Interest and Media and News & Politics and Parenting and People
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Why We Home-School, Lesson #47
Posted on 05.12.13 by Danny Glover @ 12:22 am

We don’t want our children educated in an environment where a teacher lets an unruly student bully her (and other students film the episode), where the disruptive student wins praise for ranting at the teacher, and where neither the mother (a teacher herself) nor school administrators punish the student for being inexcusably disrespectful.

There are no winners in this episode at Duncanville High School in Texas, which sadly earned 18-year-old sophomore Jeff Bliss 86 seconds of YouTube fame:

The message to teachers is that students can shout you down without consequence, and the message to students is that they are in control of the classroom. That’s an unhealthy atmosphere for teaching children who actually want to learn — even if, as Dallas Morning News columnist Tod Robberson argues, Bliss had a valid point about his teacher’s instructional methods.

“Teaching by ‘packet’ is no way to get through to young minds,” Robberson wrote in a column decrying Bliss’ behavior and the reaction to it. “… But his choice of protest venues and methods is one I will never celebrate. He owes everyone involved an apology.”

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

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Redneck Artistry In Action
Posted on 04.21.13 by Danny Glover @ 11:26 pm

This is how you make a masterpiece, redneck style:

My wife watched the video with me and wants to buy me one of the paintings, especially once she realized the artist, Heather LaCroix, is from Louisiana.

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Dear Graduate: ‘You’re Not Special’
Posted on 06.12.12 by Danny Glover @ 11:20 am

It took a sincere English teacher to tell the seniors at his high school what no political or celebrity commencement speaker ever would: “You’re not special.”

David McCullough Jr., whose only claim to fame before this month was being the son of renowned historian David McCullough Sr., delivered that message repeatedly and profoundly at Wellesley High School’s graduation ceremony June 1, and he is earning kudos for his honesty toward “pampered” students.

Here are excerpts of McCullough’s speech:

Your ceremonial costume — shapeless, uniform, one size fits all. Whether male or female, tall or short, scholar or slacker, spray-tanned prom queen or intergalactic X-Box assassin, each of you is dressed, you’ll notice, exactly the same. And your diploma, but for your name, exactly the same. All of this is as it should be because none of you is special.

You are not special. You are not exceptional. Contrary to what your U9 soccer trophy suggests, your glowing seventh-grade report card, despite every assurance of a certain corpulent purple dinosaur, that nice Mister Rogers and your batty Aunt Sylvia, no matter how often your maternal caped crusader has swooped in to save you, you’re nothing special.

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The United States Of Profanity
Posted on 06.11.12 by Danny Glover @ 12:35 pm

This morning as I rounded the corner to depart the Metro station in our nation’s capital, the man behind me uttered a four-letter word devoid of any apparent context. For a moment, I wondered what I had done to offend him, and then I looked forward and realized why he cursed. Both escalators were broken, so he was going to have to walk up 72 steps to get to the street level.

My first thought was that his vulgar, one-word outburst is proof that America truly is plagued by an “obesity epidemic.” We’re so fat and lazy that we can’t even bear the thought of walking up the stairs. But another thought came to me as I read an article about how coarse our discourse has become. People are cursing so much that government officials feel compelled to punish it:

[Middleborough, Mass., Police Chief Bruce Gates] is asking citizens to vote at the annual town meeting on Monday to flush potty mouths by granting police the power to issue $20 civil tickets to anyone who publicly “accosts” another person verbally with profanity.

He isn’t targeting ordinary swears, like an understandable expletive uttered after a Red Sox loss. He said he is aiming at offenses like “profane language at some attractive female walking through town.” His officers patrol on bikes and can already give tickets for public drinking, rubbish thrown in streets and more. Cursing is another “quality of life” issue, he said. …

Middleborough isn’t the only place, by golly, where officials want to effectively wash citizens’ mouths out with soap. In April, work at the Alabama Legislature turned a little off-color when a lobbyist allegedly verbally took a lawmaker to the woodshed after a vote. So for the first time ever, legislators issued a formal reprimand for cursing, saying the lobbyist violated Rule 27 pertaining to “the honor of the legislative process.”

Arizona state senators in February debated legislation that would have banned public-school and college instructors from any swear word not allowed on broadcast television. The bill died after much discussion. And counties from Los Angeles to Mobile, Ala., have declared “no cussing week” in recent years.

Language isn’t the only evidence of a country headed over a cliff into the abyss of spiritually defiant vulgarity. At our 12-year-old son’s soccer tournament over the weekend, I saw the kind of soccer mom who gives rednecks a bad name. She had a bare-breasted woman tattooed onto the back of her right shoulder — a shoulder that she proudly bared so hundreds of young children could see her body porn. She’s an embarrassment to soccer Moms, all Moms and all womankind, and sadly, she doesn’t care.

We can’t regulate bad words and bad behavior like hers out of existence, nor should we necessarily even try. But decent people who say nothing as filth continues to saturate American culture — and parents who tolerate it among or, worse, teach it to their children — should be ashamed.

We, the people, have allowed a great nation to become the United States of Profanity, and only we can steer our children and our country onto a more wholesome path.

UPDATE, 6/12: Residents of Middleborough voted 183-50 for the fines on public profanity. Ideally, Americans would take the hint and wash their own mouths out with soap so their neighbors or the government don’t feel compelled to act. But that’s unlikely.

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The Best (And Hardest) Job: Mom
Posted on 04.20.12 by Danny Glover @ 10:35 am

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen created a firestorm of rhetorical protest last week after she chided first-lady-wannabe Ann Romney’s credentials. In a CNN appearance Rosen said that Romney can’t possibly identify with the economic concerns of women in America because she “never worked a day in her life.”

Proctor & Gamble knows better. A sponsor of the 2012 Olympics, the company just released a video that captures the hard-working essence of motherhood — being there for your children:

The video’s storyline focuses on mothers of future Olympians, but the closing message is a reminder to the Hilary Rosens of the world that stay-at-home mothers do real work and have valuable insights into the economics of life. “The hardest job in the world,” the video says, “is the best job in the world. Thank you, Mom.”

Josh Romney and his brothers know that about their own mother. “She could have pursued a career in teaching, business or science,” Josh Romney wrote of Ann Romney in the book “Life Lessons from Mothers of Faith.” “But she always knew that the profession that would bring her the most happiness and fulfillment was that of a mom.”

Let’s hope the power brokers in Washington now see the value of mothers, too.

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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!”

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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.)

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