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Adam Chandler: Why 'Duck Dynasty' Viewers Heed Its Call
Wall St Journal ^ | 9/5/2013 | ADAM CHANDLER

Posted on 09/05/2013 5:33:50 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

What separates "Duck Dynasty" from most reality shows is how quickly we see that the money hasn't gone to anyone's head. Early in the first season, Jase and Si Robertson happen upon two dead nutria rats in the middle of the road. In Louisiana, they explain, the state pays $5 for nutria tails because of the damage the rodents do to the marshes. The men pull over, Jase takes out his knife and cuts off their tails.

"Roadkill is a redneck's paycheck," he proclaims. "Just cause I got money in my pocket, that don't mean I'm too good to stop and pick up a five-dollar bill that's laying in the middle of the road."

As they ride off with their bounty, the stench of the roadkill drives the two men into fits of coughing. It's a funny scene—and a bit gross. Behind it, though, is the show's central theme: Be self-sufficient and, in the words of Phil Robertson, live off the land.

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1 posted on 09/05/2013 5:33:50 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

A very rich man told me once that bending over and picking up a penny is some of the easiest money you can make.


2 posted on 09/05/2013 5:37:15 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: RoosterRedux

I wish I could see this show more often. The handful I’ve seen I just love.


3 posted on 09/05/2013 5:37:29 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (I wish I lived in Texas.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Ping for later.


4 posted on 09/05/2013 5:37:53 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: RoosterRedux

Just got tuned into Duck Dynasty in the last few weeks. I had ignored the show thinking it would be same garbage as most reality shows. Instead, I saw something my family could watch together and be entertained.

Putting something on TV that mirrors the values many Americans share, it’s about time.


5 posted on 09/05/2013 5:41:02 AM PDT by Made In The USA (I'm not yelling, just... just talking enthusiastically..)
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To: RoosterRedux

Ltr


6 posted on 09/05/2013 5:41:43 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Thorliveshere

Same here. Just started watching it this season.

Makes me happy happy happy.


7 posted on 09/05/2013 5:43:09 AM PDT by digger48
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To: RoosterRedux

It’s obvious that John Kerryliar and the Obamadork’s combined IQs wouldn’t approach that of anyone on that show.

And we won’t even talk about morals.


8 posted on 09/05/2013 5:44:04 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: RoosterRedux

We call it road shopping. Most of my hand tools are off of the road. Plus a new $30 sleeping bag. I gave an entire deer to a hungry friend off the road.


9 posted on 09/05/2013 5:44:29 AM PDT by lurk
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To: RoosterRedux
At first I thought it was hokey, but after watching several episodes you see that they are genuine.
10 posted on 09/05/2013 5:45:42 AM PDT by verga (Liberals, homeschoolers and protestants, not all that different if you look closely enough)
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To: RoosterRedux
Uncle Si has his own music video on youtube...

SI is da man!! Some great advice here folks!!

11 posted on 09/05/2013 5:51:25 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Thorliveshere

You can buy the DVD’s of previous seasons for not too much money.


12 posted on 09/05/2013 5:55:25 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: RoosterRedux
I read his book, Happy Happy Happy. Very inspiring. These people know hard times, dark hard times.

I love the episode where they want to make Miss Kay a custom apron because her boobs are too big. Not laugh out loud funny but good, wholesome TV.

13 posted on 09/05/2013 5:56:44 AM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: Made In The USA

I am seriously disliking the intentional “pairing” of DD with the stay-at-home dad abomination that A&E put on after it.

But Duck Dynasty is an unguilty pleasure!


14 posted on 09/05/2013 6:04:03 AM PDT by MortMan (Disarming the sheep only emboldens the wolves.)
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To: RoosterRedux

This is truly a good show. I really like the comedy and family values. Take note! America craves this type of television programming. I miss Michael Landon.


15 posted on 09/05/2013 6:20:34 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: GrannyAnn

The scene with Phil and the pet photographer is exceptional.


16 posted on 09/05/2013 6:50:48 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Thorliveshere

I DVR the new shows and watch them when I can. Want to watch them with the grandkids, and have reintroduced the practice of family prayer before meals. Great show, and great family example. A&E lucked out on this one...


17 posted on 09/05/2013 7:04:25 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Saoirise


18 posted on 09/05/2013 8:18:26 AM PDT by 444Flyer (How long O LORD? Habakkuk 2;Isaiah 55)
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To: riverrunner

A very rich man told me once that bending over and picking up a penny is some of the easiest money you can make.


If you can do that 10 times a minute, you’re making less than minimum wage for labor that will ruin your back and knees before long.

I like the sentiment, however, for the lesson it teaches about opportunity in general.


19 posted on 09/05/2013 9:09:42 AM PDT by Founding Nephew
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To: RoosterRedux

I’ve also just started watching the series during the last month. Liked the episode in which Willie buys a vineyard and is pondering the name for a Robertson family wine. He suggests “Willie’s Wine,” whereupon his brother Jase says, “”Most people named Willie are either in prison or on the arm wrestling circuit.”


20 posted on 09/05/2013 3:58:29 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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