Skip down 3 paragraphs to the bolded “The Duck” to avoid my nostalgia!
It’s akin to someone trying to squeeze a sweet potato to get orange juice, or although the intent to please was genuine that time a young lady tried baking me an apple pie from scratch. I honestly do not know the complete back story, but I think her recipe either called for “spiced” apples or perhaps she remembered the brownish coloring in the fixings of other apple pies. Anyway, I never had the curiosity of what would happen if I put a little cayenne pepper in an apple pie before this event, and most certainly after tasting would not wish the equivalent of the amount of cayenne one might put in with a 50 pound sack of crawfish and several pounds of potatoes in an apple pie on anyone.
That memory does put a smile on my face, I big wide one, along with a tear in my eye which I reckon is my physiological remembrance of eyes watering and sinuses draining from those cayenne drowned apples.
Many close friends have been takin’ aback by my Duck Dynasty observations. That’s OK. We’ve differed before on many issues, and our friendships have continued. In one case, I think the guy will let our “Quackaroo” reasoning differences pass since I eventually let my needling of him go for casting a crank bait into a tree, using the trolling motor to pull the boat under the limbs to retrieve the lure, shaking a branch, and dislodging a cotton mouth which fell out at my feet. I did maintain my balance on top of the Evinrude outboard motor while he grabbed the paddle to remove the snake from the boat. That was about 20 years ago, and I think we would still be friends even if one of us had shot the snake in that aluminum bateau.
The Duck actually starts here:
Since A&E announced Phil Robertson’s indefinite suspension on 18 December, in prime time of 9 pm to 11 pm Eastern Time Zone, A&E has aired a total of 12 hours of Duck Dynasty in just one week. Add an additional 9 hours to that primetime period if we look at the schedule through New Years Day. Of 42 hours of primetime television, A&E will have aired episodes of Duck Dynasty for 21 of those hours. “O Little Town of West Monroe” which is the Season 4 Christmas episode airs 4 times, and the Season 2 Christmas episode of “I’m Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas” airs only 1 time.
Which title suggests an extended focus on the Christian beliefs with Christmas?
Obviously, A&E chose to repeat a number of episodes during these 21 hours. Still, that is 36 separate time slots in primetime after the suspension. Duck Dynasty only has 52 episodes in the history of the series on A&E.
It’s might be difficult to imagine, but A&E will have devoted 50 percent of its primetime scheduling to Duck Dynasty after announcing this suspension.
Yet, this “Quackaroo” is still an attack on Christianity and Freedom of Speech?
Bloomberg, like many others puts a financial number on the “Quackaroo.” At the age of 67, with his preferred lifestyle, and given his financial success to this stage in his life does anyone think Phil Robertson cares if he loses $500 million in future revenue or whatever amount this article or any other source presents?
Many argue the free speech aspect, so this Breitbart and War on Christianity article which links to the British Mail Online is really interesting.
A source close to the Robertson family said:
You have to ask yourself, why this interview happened and why it ever became public. Someone from A&E was there and was aware of the kind of answers Phil was giving. But despite that, they didn’t ever try to stop it or control it. Instead, they let it hit the headlines and then released a statement condemning it.
Was A&E supposed to infringe upon Phil Robertson’s right to his own opinion in that interview?
Apparently that’s the position of the always unnamed “sources” in so many media reports. It’s always someone else’s fault, and the only responsibility of those in opposition is to tell you they oppose because someone else is supposed to fix things.
Of course Mail Online might have connections being in England, and that Gurney Productions Inc. which produces Duck Dynasty has been owned by the London based ITV Pic since December 2012 according to Bloomberg.
Whether someone agrees or disagrees with Phil Robertson’s views on race, homosexuality, religion, or anything else is their right, your right, my right. The same is true on what constitutes a sin and repercussions either now or in any tomorrows. Before tossing rocks at one another and shattering all that glass, in the opinion of Phil Robertson, which sin committed by another is worse than any sin committed by you, me, or Phil Robertson himself?
‘A lot of times they don’t even wait for you to finish and say, ‘But there’s a way out, do you want to hear the rest of the story or what?
‘Jesus will take sins away, if you’re a homosexual he’ll take it away, if you’re an adulterer, if you’re a liar, what’s the difference? If you break one sin you may as well break them all.
Yep, the “Quackaroo” is the result of suppressing free speech, everyone being shocked by Phil Robertson’s opinions, that Robertson believes that he and practically everyone else has sinned and are in the same boat as any other group or individual, and a War on Christianity illustrated by that “evil” A&E devoting 50 percent of its primetime hours to episodes of the show with a message it wants to suppress. Also, one needs to emphasize with the above fact that every town or city in the United States has a single Christian Church because every Christian and church congregation believes and worships the same.
And to think I must believe that I want another apple pie with cayenne pepper or another cotton mouth to fall out of a tree near me or even in the same boat.
Admittedly I have learned more marketing because of the “Quackaroo.” If I ever schedule a history course that has a problem attracting students and a Dean or VP wants me to cancel the course, as chair I’ll first issue an indefinite suspension of the professor just for that specific course and interest and enrollment may skyrocket resulting in a waiting list or need for an additional section.