Re: He really does look like Will Ferrell

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Persons interested in pooh-poohing a thread taking its impetus from photos of prominent politicians are invited to hang it in their ear.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 10:54 PM
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How much damage did Al Gore do to the environment with all that brilliantine, am I right? Am I right?

Dang, this thread's plumb stupid.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 10:59 PM
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So it turns out that George Sr. is kinda hot, huh?


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:02 PM
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He really does look like Will Ferrell

Racist.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:17 PM
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Cheney looks like Back to the Future's Biff Tannen, which is fitting. Yay physiognomy!


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:17 PM
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Interesting. The only ones who look like douches are McCain, Cheney, and Gore if you take an uncharitable interpretation of the baffled look on his face.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:20 PM
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Jimmy Carter looks kind of terrifyingly tortured.


Posted by: Ile | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:22 PM
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7: I was just thinking the same thing. Like someone's just shown the man a vagina for the first time, was the first, terrible thought that popped in my head.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:24 PM
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Ben's cute when he's preƫmptively hostile.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:24 PM
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7,8: I thought he had a bit of a Bowiesque thing going.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:25 PM
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I think you're cute too, JP.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:28 PM
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Something really weird happened to Huckabee's hair. Is is play-doh?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:30 PM
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Weird. I would have underestimated Bill Clinton. Just looks like such a damn rube.


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:30 PM
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Huckabee isn't behatted there?


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:31 PM
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Ben's a sucker for a man with a well-placed diaresis.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:32 PM
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11,15: But sadly, a half-your-age-plus-seven fail.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:33 PM
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14: Huckabee totally looks like the kid who'd sell you pot.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:35 PM
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17: I CAN HAZ LID.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:44 PM
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I never would have thought the crookedly smiling boy in the yearbook photo would have grown up to be the devil.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:50 PM
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Uh, in reference to Cheney, of course.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 02-17-09 11:50 PM
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14 I think that would be Norm Coleman.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 12:32 AM
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Blagojevich looks way more of a tool than Huckabee. He's already smirking about his plan to shake down a children's hospital several decades in the future.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 4:58 AM
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re: 21

I meant to ask about your nick, btw, teraz ...

I know what it means, I just don't get the reference.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:22 AM
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Cheney looks like Back to the Future's Biff Tannen, which is fitting. Yay physiognomy!

Holy smokes, that was exactly my impression! This is a case where the pwnage feels good.

And McCain has a little of Wally Cleaver in him, does he not? (At least physically; his personality is more Eddie Haskell, obvs.)


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:33 AM
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21: I think you meant "17".

And I think Coleman's is the best, all things considered.

Sara Palin totally looks like the Vice President of the local Young Life group.

Like someone's just shown the man a vagina for the first time, was the first, terrible thought that popped in my head.

He fears the rumors are true and he's about to turn into stone. In fact he can already feel it start to happen . . . .


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:41 AM
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Like someone's just shown the man a vagina for the first time

Actually, that works pretty well as an explanation for the grin on Clinton's face as well.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:41 AM
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26: Gore too!


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:46 AM
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W looks like a drunk to me; very uncharitable, I'm sure.

Marginally related: Japan's Finance Minister losing his job.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:51 AM
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"W looks like a drunk to me; very uncharitable, I'm sure."

It's a college yearbook photo. I'm suspicious of anyone who wasn't a drunk then.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:59 AM
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7, 8, 10: Carter looks tortured all right, but I'd say it's more of a German philosopher look than anything else.


Posted by: Tom | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 6:20 AM
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I cannot see anything of Dick Cheney in that picture. It looks like a completely different person.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:22 AM
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The Norm Coleman picture as a skanky hippy was pulled.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:26 AM
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Do they still arrange women in those weird wrap-tops that Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin are sporting? I certainly was forced into one for my senior photo.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:27 AM
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29: Operative word "looks like." Decent society people hide it!


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:40 AM
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To me, Bush Sr. looks fairly disappointed in his son's dishevelled, goofball look.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:41 AM
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Biden was a babe! He's still quite handsome. (Is this a mavericky opinion?)

Coleman: Holy freakin' moley!

Obama's clothes are (unironically) outta sight!

those weird wrap-tops

Ours were velvet, and we had a choice of black or dark blue, as I recall. Maybe also a royal blue. I would definitely sign a petition to free the high school girls of today from their stupidity.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:50 AM
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Persons interested in pooh-poohing a thread taking its impetus from photos of prominent politicians are invited to hang it in their ear.

I'm not interested in doing that. What's bugging me is the subject line of the post. I don't care that he really looks like Will Ferrell. He's out of office and I don't want to look at him any more, at least not more than I have to. Don't want to see him or hear him, or his impersonators. Will Ferrell's fine, but I just don't want it in my life at this point. And don't get me started on that awful Frank whatever-his-name-is who does his impression in ads. You'd think by now that advertisers would realize that putting that kind of crap up would create actively negative attitudes toward their product, but I guess you'd be wrong.

Sorry. It's not a great morning.


Posted by: JL | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:51 AM
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31: So what you're saying is, Cheney is an alien who replaced a more-or-less normal young Wyoming man as the first step of a decades-long plan for world domination? I never would have thought of it myself, but I think you might be on to something.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:51 AM
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Will Ferrell's fine

Actually, I rather dislike Will Ferrell. I have pretty much the same reaction to seeing him on the screen as I do to the former president.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:59 AM
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While I'm not feeling as cranky as JL, I would prefer that associations with Bush were more around war crimes than his goofy yearbook photo. I know his image for a lot of people is most likely to fade into a bumbling-but-loveable type like Reagan -- an image which plenty of people had while they were each in office, of course.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:06 AM
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38 - could be. Am I the only person who sees no resemblance whatsoever?


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:27 AM
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41: I don't know whether you're the only person, but to me the picture looks just like I would expect a young Dick Cheney to look.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:29 AM
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I see the guy who played Superman in "Superman Returns" was chosen for his resemblance to a young Al Gore. In related news...


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:35 AM
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Biden was a babe! He's still quite handsome. (Is this a mavericky opinion?)

I whole-heartedly agree with the first, but have qualms on the second. Your call on whether or not that makes you a maverick...

Am I the only person who sees no resemblance whatsoever?

I agree (that was sort of the point of my earlier comment) but I can also get that people are saying he looks like a frat boy bully, so, voila, Cheney.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:35 AM
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44 was me, apologies.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:37 AM
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Biden was a babe! He's still quite handsome. (Is this a mavericky opinion?)

I don't think so. Biden looks like the guy who everyone in the class secretly hated a little because he was so clearly superior in everything he did while still being so gosh darn nice. George W., OTOH, looks like the guy who could always score some weed or booze and who might befriend you one day and try to kick your ass the next, basically a funny/scary psycho-fuckup.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:48 AM
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46: So no change there, then.


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:57 AM
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No, not much. Also, Clinton looks like the President of the Future Farmers of America and Carter looks like the President of the Baptist Student Union. I'm imagining a television show populated by these characters: sort of a Saved By The Bell as written and produced by Aaron Sorkin.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:10 AM
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Like someone's just shown the man a vagina for the first time

Biden too, but he looks like he is knows just exactly what to do with it.


Posted by: Nippon Ham Figher (formally NC Planning Student) | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:11 AM
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"is knows" dammit. Looks like I don't know what to do with English.


Posted by: Nippon Ham Figher | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:12 AM
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Well, Biden is gazing slightly upwards, so the vagina would have to be elevated in some fashion.


Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:13 AM
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As is Carter, but I guess he is not the tallest of men.


Posted by: Nippon Ham Figher | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:21 AM
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Maybe he just invented the Biden Vagina Pedestal.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:21 AM
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53: Actually he stole the idea from Neil Kinnock.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:23 AM
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53 is going to make for the best "google search referers" post EVAR.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:22 AM
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Damn, I gotta say that Gore looks hot!


Posted by: JJay | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:09 AM
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Is Carter wearing lip-liner?


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:12 AM
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Is it just me, or is Cheney a dead ringer for Zeppo Marx?


Posted by: micah | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:35 AM
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Carter looks like he is about to be or has recently been traumatized by the trenches of WWI.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:35 AM
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Ronald Reagan looks like that actor fellow, only older.


Posted by: Jesurgislac | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 12:11 PM
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Sarah Palin looks astonishingly douchey, and only sexism has kept you all from noticing it.

Also in sexism watch, it's "vulva.". The vagina is an internal organ, dummies.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 12:46 PM
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Also in sexism watch, it's "vulva.". The vagina is an internal organ, dummies.

Why do you think Carter looks so horrified, B?


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 12:51 PM
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And what looks douchey about Palin?


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 12:52 PM
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Oh, another thing: really, Ben.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 12:52 PM
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Also in sexism watch

You misspelled "humorless pedant."


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 12:53 PM
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65: humourless without you.


Posted by: Jesurgislac | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 12:56 PM
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Why do you think Carter looks so horrified, B?

Nobody's happy to see a prolapsed vagina.

Pelosi was a stone hottie.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 1:13 PM
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She is very pretty, but I think she's got the advantage of a kinder photographer than some of the rest of the subject (also see George HWB). They've both got that perfectly smooth creamy skin that looks to me like a photographic effect more than what they really looked like.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 1:16 PM
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Carter looks like a crazed backwoods preacher with terrible visions of the dark days ahead. Or like he has belladonna drops in his eyes.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 1:16 PM
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And that Huckabee looks like a tool.

Huckabee looks totally likable. He's still totally likable, except for being batshit crazy.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 1:19 PM
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Oh, another thing: really, Ben.

Really, Ben, what?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 1:26 PM
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What, Ben? Really.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 1:29 PM
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Palin doesn't look douchey. She looks like victim of an unfortunate era in women's hair styles. She also looks a little scared, because her eyes are too wide and she's trying too hard to smile.

Huckabee and W. look like laid back, friendly guys, if only because they have causal clothes on. The Huckabee shot doesn't even look staged. This is a generational effect too. They are of the new, casual era.

It is also easy to project "tool" onto either picture, not only because of what we know about the people's future, but because we all know so many other laid back guys who know where to score pot who turn out to serious assholes.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 1:32 PM
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various on horrified Carter.

It does look like any second he could turn into the cover art for In the Court of the Crimson King. (And he has the right lips for it.)


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 1:54 PM
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Carter looks like he's auditioning for a role in a Bergman film.


Posted by: Adam Kotsko | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 2:35 PM
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i wouldn't recognize Biden and Cheney from their young faces, very like generic looking faces
others all are recognizable


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 2:39 PM
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if only because they have causal clothes on.

As opposed to acausal clothes, which you can take off without ever having put on.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 2:58 PM
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yesterday i looked at that actor's photo, Joakin Phoenix's, as he appeared on the Late show
thought he resembles someone, now i thought of who, he looks like JE


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 2:59 PM
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75: I was thinking more Ken Burns documentary.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 3:05 PM
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Doesn't Hillary look high? Or is that just more sexism?


Posted by: F | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 3:06 PM
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Am I the only one who looked at Bill Clinton and thought "young Elvis"?


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 3:06 PM
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80 - She does look a little buzzed. I hope she was.


Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 3:16 PM
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I think Hillary Clinton looked very all-American, like she was going to organize student government just as soon as she finished winning the state debate championship. Nancy Pelosi is striking, as is Sarah Palin in a different way where she's very pretty although you feel like the styles of the day were not doing anyone any good. More evidence: Michelle Obama's pic (Update #3) is not good; I think there's got to be something to the idea that the eighties made everyone actively unattractive.


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 3:24 PM
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78; I'm old, old, old, Read. But thanks.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 3:38 PM
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i wasn't thinking about age, facial features, he doesn't look like for example Zizek
he's a Hispanic guy, right? and looks like as you say DFH, so i thought like he must be another deeply displaced subject


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 3:46 PM
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81: Yes.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 3:54 PM
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i hope DFH is a very positive image, coz i imagine the best of hippies are called that, the intellectual elite, peaceful tolerant pot smoking The beatles etc
if not, sorry, then just wanted to say he looks hippie


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 4:03 PM
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Damn Fine Hippies


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 4:04 PM
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yeah, that image


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 4:17 PM
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I am the DFH of the liberal blogosphere, if I do say so myself.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 4:31 PM
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re: 68

I wonder if they did retouch the photos? Either now, when they were released, or back then. It's not like it was hard to just remove a few spots.

There are, of course, tricks to get a bit of the creamy skin thing happening in-camera [that don't require retouching].


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 4:32 PM
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Bear-fucker. Please.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 4:40 PM
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93 s/b Bear-fucker, puleez.


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 4:53 PM
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92: I'm not sure when those pictures of Pelosi were taken, but they look very similar to touched-up professional photos of my mother as a small girl, except that the ones of my mother were colorized by the touch-up. Same sort of luminosity (if that makes any sense.)


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:02 PM
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68: Probably not a coincidence that those two were children of VIPs, unlike most of the others shown.


Posted by: Gabriel | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:15 PM
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luminosity

Yep, I have some photos (including one colorized version) of my mom's graduation from nursing school that look quite similar. Man, did she look a babe!


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 5:45 PM
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The entertainment value of every one of those photos is improved if you imagine the subject is being shown a vagina a vulva ladyparts as the picture is taken. I'm thinking professional photographers should adopt that as a standard procedure.


Posted by: Ham-Love | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 6:51 PM
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What, imagining that their subjects are being shown female genitalia? How will that affect their photography?


Posted by: micah | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 6:59 PM
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photos (including one colorized version) of my mom's graduation from nursing school

Walking down the halls of the local CC and viewing the class photos from the nursing school, ca. 1975-1990, quickly disposes of any nurse-oriented fantasies.

Also, interesting seeing the increase in male students, but that's hardly as interesting and Unfogged comment. Maybe over at Ari's place.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:23 PM
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Someone showed Kobe a vagina for this shot.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:27 PM
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I think there's got to be something to the idea that the eighties made everyone actively unattractive.

Oh, I agree. Though I wouldn't wish those 50s hair and clothing styles on anyone (too much mussing and fussing with hairpins and hairspray, not to mention the heavy-duty foundation garments [the brassiere as a piece of armour and etc]), I do think that the typical subject of a 1950s yearbook photo looks much better than the typical subject of a 1980s yearbook photo.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:42 PM
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I do think that the typical subject of a 1950s yearbook photo looks much better than the typical subject of a 1980s yearbook photo.

Perv.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 7:57 PM
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I'm with togolosh and Parenthetical that Obama looks nothing like Will Ferrell.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:10 PM
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How many vaginas did these guys just see?


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:25 PM
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103: Or JP in 4. Not that I'm bitter.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:44 PM
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Am I the only one who looked at Bill Clinton and thought "young Elvis"?

I can't speak for everyone else, but I certainly didn't. Clinton's was the only photo I looked at and winced.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 8:57 PM
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***Breaking*** Must credit Stormcrow *** Breaking***
Blog thread reveals that people have different aesthetic sensibilities.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:01 PM
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105: I suspected, but it was subtle, and I'm hyena-like in my willingness to settle for scraps.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:01 PM
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Here's the Pelosi image with accompanying amusing yearbook-text.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:26 PM
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99: viewing the class photos from the nursing school, ca. 1975-1990, quickly disposes of any nurse-oriented fantasies

Probably so. My mom's is from 1960, maybe 1959.

It's clear that the famous political figures high school pictures speak more to photography conventions of the era than anything else. I don't review them again now, but doesn't GWB's photo have his shirt unbuttoned half down his chest to reveal his chest hair(s)? I mean, it was the 70s, right?


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:29 PM
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Am I the only one who looked at Bill Clinton and thought "young Elvis"?

No, you're not the only one. But the point is, he looks like the young (pre-Vegas) Elvis, before the booze and the pills and the powders had caught up to him.

Cheney looks quite shockingly wholesome. Well, I don't know about the rest of youse, but I'm shocked, at any rate.

Huckabee has helmet hair, which flatters no one, but which is arguably more flattering than a mullet.

The only really interesting (by which I mean, unexpected or surprising) photo here is that of Jimmy Carter, who looks at least one, but probably more like two or more, generations before his own time. I mean, seriously, he looks like he might be a contemporary of Edgar Allen Poe or something, and I'm not only talking about his hairstyle.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:44 PM
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Jimmy Carter, who looks at least one, but probably more like two or more, generations before his own time

Agreed, and it's not just the hairstyle. He's the only babe among 'em.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 9:52 PM
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but doesn't GWB's photo have his shirt unbuttoned half down his chest to reveal his chest hair(s)? I mean, it was the 70s, right?

Yeah, he does leave his shirt unbuttoned like that, almost as though he were hoping to understudy for a minor walk-on role on Starsky and Hutch. Well, there's no point in naming names, of course, when it comes to a widespread cultural trend. At best, we can perhaps timidly and tentatively suggest that the trend was maybe a little bit unfortunate.


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Erm, 113 was me.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:02 PM
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Whether or not 113 was MC, I question the suggestion that any of these trends was unfortunate. 50s fashion, 80s fashion, now 70s fashion, well, they were what they were. I have no idea what high school photos from the current day look like, but I don't doubt that some of us will cringe 30 years hence.


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115 crossed with 114, of course.


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Wow, 107 to 111 nine times over.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:11 PM
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Oh, and I take it back with respect to the interesting photos there: Cheney's interesting insofar as he looks like a heartbreaker. Stay away from that one.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:13 PM
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I wonder if W was fresh off an interview for a hobo consulting gig.


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hobo consulting gig

I'm never going to hear the end of that one, am I?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:22 PM
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Don't make me do an analysis of those photos sorting by era and gender! All of the ladies are dressed up; some of the men are wearing suits, and some are not. I myself did not wear a suit for my high school yearbook photo.


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I am not in my high school yearbook senior year because they would not allow me to be photographed dressed normally, as I had been the three previous years. Tuxedo/suit (fake top, if you needed one) only. I was fine with not being pictured.

I'm sure I've mentioned this before.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:27 PM
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121: Isn't what you wear in your yearbook photo at least partly also determined by where you went to school? I'm pretty sure my senior class yearbook photos look different, dress- and hairstyle-wise, than those of people I know who went to private schools in the city.


Posted by: Blume | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:33 PM
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I'm never going to hear the end of that one, am I?

I thought of you, Stanley, just the other day when my young son told me he wants to be a hobo when he grows up. Naturally, I blame you, and will not let you hear the end of it.


Posted by: Mary Catherine | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:36 PM
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I'm convinced that all Herff Jones activities (and I'm sure there are others, but they seem to have a monopoly 'round here) are a fucking racket. Even worse than yearbooks: those university first-year facebook* things? Gah.

Class rings? Don't get me started.

*Full disclosure: I participated in the dissemination of such a book, and I regret it.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:39 PM
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123: I assume so. And I'm sure that yearbook photo day was individually influenced by family circumstance, class and so on.

All I remember in my own school was that it was yearbook photo day, so dress up in whatever way you wish if you want to.


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124: On the other hand, I'm glad you're letting the young lad read this fine weblog.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:41 PM
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They are a racket.

I managed to fail to turn in a picture for my high school yearbook, and then chose an odd and unexpectedly paranoid-sounding quote about the traces of ourselves we leave in the global information grid. The overall impression is that I planned to drop off the face of the earth to pursue my devious plans.

Which, hey, fair enough.


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120:I'm never going to hear the end of that one, am I?

Maybe when Heebie does a post on it after the Rolling Stone article comes out.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:42 PM
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when my young son told me he wants to be a hobo when he grows up

Good lord, in going through my mother's photos recently, I found pictures of myself dressed as a gypsy for Halloween at least two, maybe three, years in a row. Age 9, 10, maybe? I had a thing, I guess.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:53 PM
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Grow up to be a hobo, grow up to be a blogger, the lines are so blurry these days.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:55 PM
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You could be a hobo co-blogger.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 10:58 PM
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132: Everyone can be, for a month, during NaNoHoBoCoBloMo.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:01 PM
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133: National Novel Hobo Blogging Consultant Blogger Month?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:11 PM
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A hobo co-blogger logs cobs lobbed from box cars.


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:14 PM
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23 Natt, the nick comes from a statement by Jaroslaw Kaczynski way back in the mid or late nineties after the post-solidarity camp ousted the post-communists. The rough translation would be 'now it's our fucking turn'. He was replying to a question on whether or not the new government should push hard and play rough with the opposition. I'm not exactly a fan of the Twins but, but I find the sentiment appealing in the context of US politics.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:33 PM
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111 My thought on seeing Carter was 'most likely to end up starving in a artist's garret in turn of the century Vienna'.


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 02-18-09 11:40 PM
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137: Right. Some of us recognize the look.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 12:02 AM
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Though actually, I also thought F. Scott Fitzgerald. Same difference, maybe.


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re: 136

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks!


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 12:21 AM
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This is probably conditioned by my thinking that she's the best thing that happened to the party in the last five years, but I see Pelosi as pretty hot even in her current 68-year-old form.


Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 1:18 AM
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136: "Kaczynski politics" means something different here in the U.S., you know. Our Kaczinski was a militant follower of Al Gore. Unfortunately, he murdered innocent coyotes, so he never attained the leadership role he deserved.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 7:47 AM
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Pelosi as pretty hot even in her current 68-year-old form.

She is smokin' hot. The lady has real style.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 8:17 AM
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I think there's got to be something to the idea that the eighties made everyone actively unattractive.

Is this considered a debatable premise?


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 8:34 AM
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What? You've got something against shoulderpads, batwing sleeves, and stripy eye-shadow?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 8:36 AM
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Sure. Some people looked good in the 80s. Not all 80s clothing was bad -- the haircuts on the other hand .... shudder.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 8:40 AM
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144: you can't be serious. Hott.


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Hott. Hott.


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Hott.

I could go on.


Posted by: Brock Landers | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 8:53 AM
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You all had better recalibrate your attractiveness meters to include some variations on eighties style because the recent fashion shows are not letting up on the trend.


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re: 150

Yeah, it's been sort of on the go for a while now. 80s hair is creeping back in as well.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:11 AM
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Mmm. Highwaisted, pleated jeans, here I come! (I figure I've aged out of the baggy butt-length sweater over leggings look.)


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:22 AM
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Palin looks a tool in that trying-to-be-doe-eyed way. And apparently I'm the only one who thinks carter looks like a scary Hitler youth.


Posted by: Bitchphd | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:23 AM
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Do fashion shows have some relationship with what people wear?


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re: 154

Depends who you mean by 'people'; but, ultimately, yes.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:28 AM
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I figure I've aged out of the baggy butt-length sweater over leggings look.

You're always complaining about what you have to wear to work, but when the perfect style that blends comfort with professionalism comes along, you scoff.


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B!

How's the new house?


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They're showing big shoulder pads for Fall 2009. I swear to God. The hairstyles at the Marc Jacobs show were straight out of the 1980s NY punk scene: asymmetrical teased bobs etc. And here in NYC, a LOT of people slavishly emulate whatever Marc Jacobs presents. In American Apparel stores, a hot-selling item are GOLD LAME leggings. (I kinda want some.) Those stores are everywhere.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:32 AM
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Yes. Some relationship. Not a tight relationship, and it's not necessarily obvious to a non-expert how it plays out. But (for example) I was preternaturally unfashionable in a "not paying attention at all" kind of way as a teenager. In pictures from the time, though, I'm very clearly wearing '80s clothes, that are visibly derived from '80s 'fashion'.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:32 AM
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Jesus, I hated shoulder pads. I have broad shoulders -- you put shoulderpads on top of them, and they just look lumpy. And then if you removed them from your shirts, there was this odd little baggy spot of fabric.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:36 AM
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Despite its silliness (or maybe because of it), I still like '80s fashion better than the Grunge look that followed. Neon colors and paisley beat plaid flannels any day.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:38 AM
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Neon colors and paisley beat plaid flannels any day.

Luckily, God has made other clothes for us to wear.

The kids are really into the '80s music, too. Half the new Brooklyn bands use the exact same synth sounds and drum machines, only sampled and played by laptops or whatever.


Posted by: Bave Dee | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 9:49 AM
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the baggy butt-length sweater over leggings look

Eekbeat brought this look's resurgence to my attention recently, and now I notice it everywhere. I'm ashamed to admit that it usually causes me to recoil a bit as I think, "ACK! YOU'RE NOT WEARING ANY PANTS!!!"


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 10:15 AM
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Think of how the wearer feels. Imagine going through the day recoiling in horror as you think "ACK! I WENT OUT WITHOUT ANY PANTS ON!"


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 10:19 AM
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Sweaters over leggings are everywhere here, but because of the current UK leg fixation --short shorts etc for the past 2 years -- it looks more like a lot of girls walking about after having forgotten to put a skirt on because the sweaters are very short, the leggings are very see-through.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 10:20 AM
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I suppose I'm not the intended audience, but that sounds esthetically unfortunate.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 10:24 AM
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"ACK AWESOME! YOU'RE NOT WEARING ANY PANTS!!!"


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It really works, if the person wearing it is some 5ft 8 gamine. Otherwise, not so much.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 10:34 AM
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Cheney's interesting insofar as he looks like a heartbreaker date rapist.


Posted by: pain perdu | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 10:52 AM
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Carter looks like Kafka. How can you all not see that?


Posted by: mcmc | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 10:55 AM
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I saw a woman with the no-pants look at Chipotle last week. This was the first time I had ever seen such a thing except for people onstage (or backstage) at a rock concert. This is going to be everywhere now, like the tasseled mukluks in 60 degree weather?


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 10:56 AM
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Giuliani looks like he'd make an attractive transvestite. But lamentably he grew up in a different direction.


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Probably. One thing about it (I say as a slovenly type who lived through the 80s the first time around) is that it's comfortable and easy. Big baggy sweater, leggings, and flat shoes and you're good to go. If it hits the point where enough people are wearing it that you're not afraid of looking ridiculous, it's appealing sloven-wear.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 11:00 AM
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In American Apparel stores, a hot-selling item are GOLD LAME leggings. (I kinda want some.)

Last time I was in NY I saw 3 women wearing these. At the Museum of Natural History, between 11 am and 3 pm. It's a look, all right.

Please God, don't let them bring back those rooster hairdos and stand-up bangs. Thank you.


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173 to 171.

To 172: Is this sarcasm, or are you genuinely unaware of Rudy's long history of cross-dressing?


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Viz.


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 11:04 AM
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"Make it higher! I want a wall of hair!"


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If it hits the point where enough people are wearing it that you're not afraid of looking ridiculous....

Otherwise known as the Overton Window of Fashion.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 11:20 AM
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Please God, don't let them bring back those rooster hairdos and stand-up bangs. Thank you.

Too late. I've seen bits of that around already.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-19-09 12:05 PM
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175...I know about that, but his youthful picture impresses me as a svelte gamine who would be more suited for such things than he turned out to be.


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