A Public Service Campaign For Your Own Good

August J. Pollak is running a public service campaign that I think is valuable, and we have decided to help (click the picture to enlarge it):

I think this is a worthwhile campaign, and good for the health of the nation. Also, he has a new book.

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25 replies
  1. 1

    Is that "clock the picture" like I’m supposed to time it, or punch it in the mouth? I just want to be sure which.

    Or should we just clock anyone who shows up at a party like Sarah Palin, because I can do that too.

  2. 2
    SamFromUtah says:

    I agree that it is good for the nation that those costumes’ use are prohibited.

  3. 3
    gbear says:

    Can we still go as McCain? I’ve been practicing my sneer and dismissive eye roll, my friends.

  4. 4
    Comrade Jake says:

    Is it prohibited if one wears a Nazi uniform?

  5. 5
    SamFromUtah says:

    @Comrade Jake: Is it prohibited if one wears a Nazi uniform?

    I think that would get around the non-clever and hastily-assembled clauses, so – IMO – no.

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    kth says:

    I’m guessing Halloween became a holiday appropriate for adults about the same time that the Seinfeld show began to celebrate the perpetual adolescence of unmarried thirty-somethings. Wearing a ‘lame’ costume (like Palin or just wearing a suit with an Obama mask) would actually be a sign of maturity, like you were reluctant about getting into the Halloween spirit. Beyond the pale: anyone who affects an ‘edgy’ (i.e., tasteless) costume like Dead Amish Girl (you seriously need to grow the fuck up).

  7. 7

    We also need one for Joe the Plumber.

    Doubly so if there’s ass-crack involved.

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    SGEW says:

    Beyond the pale: anyone who affects an ‘edgy’ (i.e., tasteless) costume like Dead Amish Girl (you seriously need to grow the fuck up).

    I guess you wouldn’t appreciate my annual "Zombie Jesus*" Halloween costume, eh?

    "Braaains! Braaaains for Jesus!"

    Heh heh heh. Cracks me up every time.

    *He died and was raised from the dead three days later. He is technically a zombie.

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    kth says:

    Zombie Jesus is fine, if you insist on celebrating Halloween at all, because Jesus is a character in fiction, or at best a legendary character with only the most tenuous connection to someone who actually lived. I’m thinking more of Bill Maher, age 50, going to some party as
    dead Steve Irwin
    . Not that I’m shocked or outraged or give a rat’s ass about the memory of dearly departed Croc Hunter, just (like I said), grow up.

  10. 10
    bago says:

    Seriously, it’s getting to the point where I can’t even read Palin quotes because that voice pops up in the back of my head like nails on a chalkboard.

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    MissLaura says:

    I had been thinking of going as Sarah Palin circa Miss Wasilla 1984, but decided against it for partly the same reasons, partly that that costume would not have been lazy enough for my pre-election life.

    No clue what I will be in the end, though.

  12. 12
    jlo says:

    Ha. Sarah Palin is this years Amy Winehouse. Train wrecks come in all shapes and sizes.

  13. 13
    Quaker in a Basement says:

    OK, how about this: glasses, dress, and MOUNDS OF MOOSE ENTRAILS?

  14. 14
    opit says:

    Ouch. That zombie crack about the ‘Nazarene Magician’ should be worth some flack on Samhein-mockery day too.
    Still not up to speed with a Sarah Palin ‘scares the kids’ quip.

  15. 15

    @gbear: That’s Cheney. You want dismissive eye roll and spastic tounge protrusion.

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    Grumpy Code Monkey says:

    I used to work with a guy who took dressing up for Halloween to new heights. One year he was "Marlin Perkins Having A Bad Day" — wearing a safari outfit with a giant boa constrictor wrapped around him and chomping on his head. Or the year he dressed up as Pinhead — even ginned up a fake badge for it.

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    Jess says:

    I used to work with a guy who took dressing up for Halloween to new heights.

    My sister once went as a vacuum cleaner. She lost a part of her nozzle down someone’s mail chute and had to go back the next day to try to explain what happened and retrieve it. I felt so outshined after that I gave up on Halloween costumes entirely.

  18. 18

    But what if you go as Tina Fey impersonating Sarah Palin?

    Okay, maybe not.

  19. 19
    bluespapa says:

    OMG, I shot my coffee all over the room the moment the "Public Service Announcement" click. That is a freaking riot!

  20. 20
    Jay in Oregon says:

    I am interested in your message, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

  21. 21
    Comrade Jake says:

    OT, but the interview with the current Mayor of Wasilla on TDS is high comedy. Sully has the goods.

  22. 22
    dj spellchecka says:

    john…you can generate a lot of traffic here at balloon-juice…i tried both links and his servers have crashed….


  23. 23
    skippy says:

    for the last 8 years i have attended all halloween parties in a deer stalker hat and trench coat and proclaimed myself to be sherlock holmes.

    this costume is only marginally more clever and slightly less lazy than what you describe for sarah palin.

    what are you going to do about it?

  24. 24
    Stuck in the Funhouse says:

    testing testing

  25. 25
    Mnemosyne says:

    Aw, man. There was FINALLY a woman’s costume that meant I could wear my glasses and now it’s been forbidden. Feh.

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