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December 19, 2008


You must have a soft spot for Calvin Collidge.

I don't know if Vilsak looks really silly--that's kind of a cool costume.

You forgot about John Kerry in 2004 in that condom suit.

Wonkette stories about Vilsack show him dressed in a much-less-cool-looking Pooh outfit.

Dave S.: yeah, it's part of the same series. (I believe it was a different year's literacy event.) Click the link I gave for the photo, and you can find him in other costumes as well. But only Pooh and this are really silly.

Vilsack is authentically a good guy, even if far too conventional on food issues. I grew up in Des Moines and worked on his campaign for governor (as a volunteer) and it's no surprise at all to see him dressed up like that. My personal favorite anecdote: my sister's cross-country team saw him running in town and wrote him a letter inviting him to go running with them. Which he did. No press/fanfare/whatever, just came to run with the high school cross-country team.

Great Coolidge photo, Mike.

I'm with Fraud guy. I only have limited experience with dressing up in an animal suit to amuse small children, but it's something I'd like to do more often.

Just be sure to keep the furries out...;)

"Just be sure to keep the furries out...;)"

I don't know what you've read, Eric, but furries are just people who a) like funny animal (anthropomorphic animal character) cartoons; and b) a small minority of them like to dress up in animal costumes at furry or similar conventions.

It's not clear to me if you actually know about furries, or have just read one of those not-uncommon idiotic articles about them that gets everything wrong (namely, claims they're all about having sex in costumes, which is just complete and utter nonsense). I'm at a loss to understand your comment if it isn't a case of the latter.

On the other hand, maybe you meant "cosplayers," which salso is hardly about sex.

Basically, almost all news articles -- let alone those few horrible tv programs that have portrayed fictional versions -- about science fiction conventions, animation fandom, cartoon fandom, comic book fandom, role-playing gamers, or any similar fandom of pop culture, tends to portray the sensational .1% of attendees as typical. It's like portraying all Democrats as 9/11 Truthers and members of A.N.S.W.E.R.

In other words, it's really annoying and wrong.


A friend of mine is a professional clown. Part of her schtick is making balloon animals.

When she heard that W (then governor of Texas) was in her brother's restaurant, she rushed down in her clown costume. In the course of events, she made a balloon hat for him to wear.

He refused.

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