Marathon Pundit New Year
Author on the North Branch Trail

By John Ruberry

It’s time, at least for me, for a break from politics.

My blog is Marathon Pundit, I called it such because at the time I  founded it in 2005 had run about two dozen marathons. I’ve run some since then–and I hope to run a few more.

For most of December, snow has covered the Chicago area and the trails where I run–alongside the North Branch of the Chicago River.

While many runners hang up their shoes during the cold weather months–or work out on NordicTracks, I head outdoors.

The winds are stronger during winter, so my upper body becomes more toned. The uneven surface of snowy paths bolsters muscles that I would not ordinarily use. When spring comes around I am a better runner than the previous fall.

Do you want evidence? My personal records for the 5K, half-marathon, and the marathon were all achieved in spring races.

North Branch of the Chicago River
North Branch of the Chicago River

The solitude–there are far fewer runners on the paths in the winter and almost never a bicyclist–relaxes me. And nature doesn’t hibernate when snow falls–it’s just a beautiful, only in a different way.

And I achieve, for lack of a better word, a sense of power after a winter run. When someone tells me it’s too cold or too snowy to do anything outside, I smile and think of how I ran ten miles outdoors earlier that day.

But I’m still glad when spring arrives.  I can welcome long-lost friends such as leaves on the trees and the wildflowers.

Mr Spock:It is attempting to generate terror, Captain.

Star Trek Wolf in the Fold 1967


General John Burgoyne: 
Swindon do you at all realize that we have nothing standing between us and destruction but our own blood and the ignorance of these backwoodsmen? They’re men of the same British stock as ourselves. Six to one of us, six to one sir, and half our troops of are Hessians,  Brunswickers,  German dragoons and Indians with scalping knives. Suppose the colonists find a leader, what shall we do then, eh?

The Devil’s Disciple 1959

I haven’t written about the Duck Dynasty business that has dominated the news primarily because I have no interest in the show whatsoever.  I didn’t watch it when it ruled the Cable waves and I have no intention to do so now when it’s become a cultural litmus test.

What is of interest to me is the Newtonian example of Cause and Effect that Duck Dynasty has been from the beginning.  To wit:

Cause:  Faith filled Louisiana family develops a duck call that becomes popular

Effect:  The family becomes wealthy without changing culturally.

That’s American Dream in action.

Cause:  4th Tier cable network (A & E) finds the story an interesting anomaly and puts it on Television

Effect:  Millions of Americans celebrate and identify with the family American success story and it becomes the most popular cable non-fiction show of all time.

Popular belief not withstanding there is a huge audience outside of the left’s cultural worldview

Cause:  The Show becomes a money machine for A & E

Effect:  It goes into merchandising overdrive making even more money for all involved

And they have money to spend.

Cause:The show becomes a ratings and a cash monster.

Effect: Every single Talk show, morning show and magazine grabs them to get a piece of those ratings and sales for themselves.

They may not understand or like these people, but they like the money & ratings they generate.

 

It’s in that context that the current controversy comes.

Cause:  Mr. Robertson accurately quotes the bible on Homosexuality and sin in a magazine of the cultural left

Effect:  GLAAD and the arbiters of the cultural left declare such speech forbidden.

The arena of acceptable public discourse on homosexuality must be Christianrein

Cause:The cultural left in media take up GLAAD’s cause attacking the Robinson family from Newspapers to Morning Joe

Effect:  A & E “suspends Robertson to avoid the wrath of GLAAD & the cultural elite.

The instinct to run away from this pressure would be reflexive to the “Arts & Entertainment

At this point A & E naturally expect the Robertson family to do the traditional Hollywood move, make a pro-forma Mea Culpa  to get this behind them and get the cash registers again.  However as cultural leftists It is at this point that they get a shock

Cause:The Robertson family is close knit, secure in their faith and in each other.

Effect: The Robertsons choose family over a TV show and bluntly but politely inform A & E there is no show without their Patriarch.


This decision to stick with family over a TV show is of little or no surprise to any person of the cultural right today nor anyone who still lives with traditional American Values.  But A & E being so far removed from them simply didn’t anticipate this reaction or what followed.

Cause: Millions of people watch & identify with the Robertson family both religiously and culturally

Effect: Those millions go after A & E promising boycotts & action.

Apparently A & E didn’t realize that the Duck Dynasty customer base were not the same audience as Will & Grace

Cause: The Robertson family inspires courage in the millions who have been pushed around culturally by the elites for the last decade.

Effect: GLAAD gets more and stronger push back then they ever had.

Nor did GLAAD expect that these simple rednecks would not back down before the wrath of their mighty fax machine.

Cause: Duck Dynasty’s advertisers realize how much money the show makes them

Effect: They stand behind the Robertson family and the millions of their customers who support them.

Nor did the cultural elites figure out that the advertisers know who is actually buying their products.

Cause: A & E stands to lose millions and Glen Beck Offers the Duck Dynasty show a home on his Blaze network.

Effect:  Well that’s what we’re waiting to see aren’t we?

A Postscript: Cracker Barrel, a restaurant who has a huge presence in areas populated by the  decided to pull some Robertson Family items from it shelves with the effect of generating a huge backlash among customers on Facebook. I strongly suggest Cracker Barrel execs watch this video:

and Remember there is no shortage of Restaurants for people to eat at.

Update: More Newtonian action from Cracker Barrel

Cause: Cracker Barrel gets huge negative feedback from their customer base over Duck Dynasty decision

Effect: Via Dan Riehl & the Blaze on Cracker Barrel’s facebook page Facebook

Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:

When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done.

You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

We listened.

Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.

And, we apologize for offending you.

We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.

We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.

I wonder what GLAAD will have to say about that?

Update 2: Here is their tweet

 

Update 3: TMZ is unhappy

How do CB execs move from office to office … hard to do when you don’t have a spine.

That doesn’t surprise me given via Glenn this :

The threat of the Robertsons isn’t in Phil’s politically incorrect comments. The threat is that this family has figured out how right-wing politics and Evangelical Christianity can influence pop culture without being the punch line or the bad guy. While the left has spent decades making conservatives look like idiots and Christians look like bigots, Duck Dynasty reminds average Americans that these views are mainstream. The left is alerted but will those on the right take advantage of what the Robertsons have created?

Mark Steyn sees this

Having leaned on A&E to suspend their biggest star, GLAAD has now moved on to Stage Two:

“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.

Actually, “the next step” is for you thugs to push off and stop targeting, threatening and making demands of those who happen to disagree with you. Personally, I think this would be a wonderful opportunity for the GLAAD executive board to sit down with half-a-dozen firebreathing imams and learn about their values

Apparently his Editor at NRO does not.

Given the number of comments on the posts I’m wondering how long it will be before we see a post by Jason Lee steorts at the Corner titled “We listened”?

Update 4:  Delayed Instalanche now 5 behind Charles

and who had 8:32 PM Sunday in the NRO Pool?

Update 5: NRO cracker barrels

Update 6:  GLAAD not GLADD corrected

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