October 31, 2016

Monday Overnight Open Thread (10/31/16) [Mis. Hum.]
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Clinton's Illegitimate Son Claims He'll be Making a Big Announcement Which Will "Rock" the Hillary Campaign
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I have no idea what it could be or what, along these lines, could "rock" the campaign.

Even if it's something very grabby -- like that the Clintons paid him off to make him go away -- how would he prove it? I'm sure the money would have been passed through third-parties.

Even the existence of such money would be something, but probably not enough.

And if they were paying him -- why would they stop paying him now, of all times?

Anyway, he'll be making his announcement at the National Press Club tomorrow at noon.

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A Retired CIA Agent Explains, For the Drunk, Brain Damaged, and Corrupt, Why Putting Classified Information on an Unsecured Server Is a Bad Idea
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Everyone seems to understand this with the singular exception of the Smartest Woman in the World and the Most Qualified Presidential Candidate in US History.

I have worked in national security my entire life. Most of that has been in the intelligence community surrounded by classified information. For twenty years, I worked undercover in the Central Intelligence Agency, recruiting sources, producing intelligence and running operations. I have a pretty concrete understanding of how classified information is handled and how government communications systems work.

Nobody uses a private email server for official business. Period. Full stop.

The entire notion is, to borrow a phrase from a Clinton campaign official, "insane." That anyone would presume to be allowed to do so is mind-boggling. That government officials allowed Hillary Clinton to do so is nauseating.

Classified and unclassified information do not mix. They don’t travel in the same streams through the same pipes. They move in clearly well defined channels so that never the twain shall meet. Mixing them together is unheard of and a major criminal offense.

If you end up with classified information in an unclassified channel, you have done something very wrong and very serious.

Accidentally removing a single classified message from controlled spaces, without any evidence of intent or exposure to hostile forces, can get you fired and cost you your clearance. Repeated instances will land you in prison.

Every hostile intelligence agency on the planet targets senior American officials for collection. The Secretary of State tops the list. Almost anything the Secretary of State had to say about her official duties, her schedule, her mood, her plans for the weekend, would be prized information to adversaries.

It is very difficult, in fact, to think of much of anything that the Secretary of State could be saying in email that we would want hostile forces to know.

That's just the start.

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GAINZday Thread: Why Eat Less, Move More Doesn't Work
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In last week's GAINZDay thread, zombie asked a fair question: If your new diet is taking so long to work, doesn't that suggest the standard dietary advice of eat less, exercise more is just as good, if not better?

I responded in the comments, but not fully, and not with anything but my own assertions.

Let me address the question more fully here.

First of all, you have to understand why I was in a stall, and why my weight loss has been much slower lately.

I didn't begin this thread when I began the diet. I've gained and lost weight a bunch of times over the years. I've dropped 40 pounds on some regimens (after I put on a huge amount of weight and decided: I can't stay like this. I look monstrous).

Having lost weight before, I know what amount of weight is easy for me to lose: about 20-25 pounds.

A lot of weight programs will promise you'll lose 10 pounds in the first 30 days, or you get your money back.

Here's the thing: That's an extraordinarily easy promise to make. 90% of the time people will lose that amount of weight in 30 days no matter what regime they're on. Ten pounds is easy-peasy. Ten pounds is the somewhat-temporary overweight you gain when you're eating poorly above and beyond your normal level of overweight.

It comes off fast. The heavier you are, the easier that first ten pounds is to lose. And the more recent your last ten pounds of added weight was gained, the quicker it will come off.

Everyone's body has a set point of where it wants to be, weight-wise, based on the hypothalamus and insulin sensitivity and so on. Sometimes people who are already fat get into a bad habit of overeating even more, and throw on more weight.

Let's call that weight excess-excess. It's excess weight on top of your normally-carried excess weight.

Excess-excess weight comes off pretty easily, no matter what diet you're on. Tim Ferriss, in fact, suggests that the No Diet Diet might work to take of the excess-excess weight. If all you do is keep a record of what you eat, a detailed journal, then without attempting any particular regime, most people will lose weight, simply because they're being mindful of what they eat.

Without any particular diet goal -- just keeping diet in mind for a month -- you'll probably drop 5 pounds. Who knows -- add some vigorous walking and you'll drop that ten pounds.

Anyway, the point is, I didn't start this thread when I began my diet. I started this thread when I lost the first 25 pounds of excess-excess weight, which I know from past experience are the easy, gimme pounds I can lose in a couple of months by going low-carb.

I started this thread because I know -- from having lost significant amounts of weight before -- that once I get down to 180, which is my normal weight, without any excess-excess fat baggage strapped on top of it -- just the fat I've been carrying pretty much uninterrupted since I was 15 -- that not only does each additional pound get harder to shed, but it's around this point in time that I get bored and stop the regime.

So I didn't start this thread to lose the easily shed pounds.

I started the thread as an accountability thread to lose the hard-to-shed pounds that I previously had never really lost. Even when I was an active athlete (or let's say "athlete" -- I was never any good at anything) in high school.

My stall and my current rate of weight loss (somewhere under a pound a week) are bothersome, and frustrating, but you have to keep in mind: I lost the first 25 pounds of the gimme stuff before I ever posted at all.

I wouldn't brag about that or put up a thread about it because I've always known the first 25 pounds (for me) are a walk in the park. There's not really any question to me that I can drop that in 60 days.

The question I'm trying to figure out is: Can I drop the next 15 pounds of body fat? The tough stuff? The fat I've had stored in fat cells since before I lost my virginity?

My goal here is not to get back to my normal level of overweight. I already did that before starting the thread.

My goal here is to get where I've frankly never been in my life: to normal weight, to 18-20% bodyfat or so. And who knows, maybe lower.

Anyway, I'm not sure if zombie understood that. I lost 25 pounds before the first posting -- didn't mention it, didn't seem important. The thread is about the final 15 pounds of weight. I got rid of the excess-excess fat. Now I want to get rid of the excess fat, not the excess excess, just the normal excess.

Now, as to whether Eat Less Move More works:

Yes it does. A long time ago I lost 40 pounds on that type of diet. However, I was in school, and could afford to blow off classes for almost all of a semester in order to run, swim, and weight-train six days a week with multiple sessions (usually two, but a fair number of triple workouts) per day.

Unfortunately, very few people can spend three hours on exercise a day for six days a week.

And as far as diet: I felt it. I never stopped thinking about food. I dreamed about food. I would be a party, talking to a hot girl, and my mind would be focused singluarly on the canape in her hand, and not in her body.

Just the delicious food she was shoving into her body. I didn't want to be the party weinie her mouth; I wanted to be her mouth.

So, low sex drive. High food drive. Food was far more tempting and erotic.

It was pretty grueling, and it was entirely unsustainable. I suppose I could have maintained this weight level (somewhere around 170 -- svelte and lean for me, normal weight for others) if I did the occasional "triple" (run five miles/swim a mile/weight train) and otherwise kept up the 2-3 hours of exercise per day for six days a week regime.

But who can? No one except professional athletes whose work day consists of such training could.

Yes, Eat Less Move More will in fact work -- for a while. But you simply cannot exert yourself that much forever -- not when you have a job -- and you really cannot live with the gnawing, stressful feeling of always being hungry every single hour of every single day.

The effectiveness of a regime depends greatly on adherence to the regime. If you can't adhere to it, it simply won't work -- even if the math of calories in calories out looks good on paper.

Thorazine is very effective at keeping schizophrenics mentally normal -- except the fact that it zeroes them out and makes them feel like zombies and they stop taking thorazine the moment the doctor isn't looking.

For that matter, an actual starvation "diet" -- not the semi-starvation diet recommended by doctors, but a genuine starvation diet -- will also cause you to lose a lot of weight. As it must, of course.

Like this guy. He did not eat for over a year, except for potassium supplements and multivitamins.

Did it work? Of course. It must. He wasn't eating. He had to burn fat or die.

In 1965, an extremely obese 27-year-old male, weighing in at 456 pounds fasted for 382 days (one year and 17 days) and lost 275.5 pounds.

Doctors from the University of Dundee monitored his condition throughout his fast. During his fast, he obese man recorded low glucose levels for 100 days and defecated every 40 to 50 days. He was given potassium tablets to keep his heart healthy and multi-vitamins every day.

However, while that undeniably worked (and would work, for anyone else who tries it) -- who can realistically adhere to that diet of simply not eating?

Yeah he lost 275 pounds -- because he did not eat any food for 382 days.

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CNN Accepts Donna Brazile's "Resignation" In Wake of Further Disclosures About Her Passing Debate Questions to Hillary Clinton
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Yes yes yes, she "resigned."

Wait, that's not enough doubt-quotes around the word resigned. Let's try it like this:

CNN has accepted Donna Brazile's "" 'resignation' " " ??!?! LOL WTF :O

A CNN spokesperson stated:

CNN "never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate."

"We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor."

She also gave Clinton a question about water in Flint in advance. And an email id's the death penalty question informant as Roland Martin, as most suspected anyway.

On March 5, Brazile tipped the Clinton team off to a question that was to be asked the next day at a debate that was hosted by CNN's Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.

"One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash," Brazile wrote to Podesta and Palmieri.

"Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint."

CNN is screaming that no CNN personnel gave Brazile the questions in advance.

They keep saying it's Roland Martin.

But I don't know of any Roland Martin involvement in this debate moderated by Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon.

So who gave Brazile the question for this one?

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Bud Light Drops Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen as Pitchpyrsyns, As Bud Light Sales Fall
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It's funny, a commenter just brought this up last week or the one before.

And now they're out.

A spokesman for the company told AdWeek they were "clearly not satisfied."

"Despite continued positive signs in brand health evolution, driven by millennials and Hispanics, 3Q was the softest performance of Bud Light for the year from a volume and share perspective," Lisa Weser said.

"The Bud Light Party campaign helped us improve these brand attributes, but it did not translate to improved volume and share performance. While we are clearly not satisfied with Bud Light's performance, we are already leveraging what we've learned to develop and execute new work."

Beer companies probably shouldn't hire fat people to sell a product widely believed to cause fattening.

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Corrupt Hillary Clinton Begs Democrat Federal Prosecutors to Sign Letter Slamming Comey and FBI for Re-Opening Case On Her
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Even Eric Holder signed. Wow. Eric Holder? That's huge.

"A paragon of probity." -- Marc Rich's Mouldering Corpse

Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ratcheted up its attack on the director of the FBI on Sunday, circulating a draft letter critical of James Comey to former federal prosecutors.

The letter was sent on the same day that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta called Comey’s letter to Congress "long on innuendo, short on facts." Comey told Congress on Friday that emails discovered in a separate investigation into Anthony Weiner’s sexting may be "pertinent" to the closed investigation of Clinton’s private server.

"It is out of our respect for such settled tenets of the United States Department of Justice that we are moved to express our concern with the recent letter issued by FBI Director James Comey to eight Congressional Committees," the Clinton campaign's letter speaking for prosecutors said.

The letter was signed and provided to The Daily Beast by Elkan Abramowitz, a former chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The Clinton campaign released the letter on Sunday night, signed by nearly 100 former federal prosecutors including Eric Holder, who was the attorney general under President Obama and an assistant attorney general under President Clinton.

I'm sure the media will make a big deal out of this undermining of the authority of core government functions, just like it wet its filthy diapers over Trump's "rigged election" remarks.

Any minute now. Any minute.

Jon Podhoretz remarked that this is essentially a job interview for working for Hillary's Justice Department -- sign the letter, or you don't get on the government teat.

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If You Don't Like Clinton Or Trump, Vote for the One Who Will Get Away With Less Lawbreaking
— Ace

No one in government or her personal shadow government ever told her "no."

It's time for the American voters to tell her NO.

Someone somewhere should have told her no. But if the president wasn’t going to tell her no, who would? Staff at the State Department? They might have been willing to tell some other secretary of state no, but Clinton? Too risky, it seems. They certainly went along without visible objection, and without even leaks.

The press? When The New York Times reported Clinton's secret, illegal server, Politico’s Glenn Thrush, far from condemning it, called it "badass."

Congress? Clinton has stonewalled and run rings around numerous committees investigating her. Besides, Congress had already told her no, in the form of statutes governing the treatment of government communications and classified information. She just ignored those rules and did what she wanted. Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley famously said that "only little people pay taxes." Clinton seems to feel the same way about obeying laws.

(Sorry I'm really behind today. Figured I had to just get a post up.)

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Mid-Morning Open Thread [CBD]
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Old Man And Boy: Halloween
Norman Rockwell

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The Morning Report 10/31/16 [J.J. Sefton]
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"Lies, Lies, Lies You Dirty Jezebel! Why, Why, Why Why Don't You Go To Hell?!!!"

BOO! Happy Halloween, kids. What a wild weekend it has been. Aside from the fraud potential, what happened on Friday is one hell of a powerful argument against early voting. But a Democrat will always disagree, even if you ask them the hypothetical "what if he/she were a Republican?" Anyway, the Clinton/Democrat-RINO theme song is below the fold (Funny, I just realized how many songs, or at least the titles, on "Some Girls" are germane to the Clintons). Ignore the polls, have a better one, and remain blessed.

October 30, 2016

Sunday Night Overnight Open Thread (10/30/16)[Mis. Hum.]
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What were you doing tonight at 8PM? Were you watching the World Series, Sunday Night Football? Perhaps you were online paying bills? Maybe you were online visiting with friends and/or family via Skype or Face Time. more...

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World Series Game 5 [BCochran]
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AoSHQ Postal Match: Part II--Honorable And Special Mentions (and full results)
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AoSHQ Postal Match Full Results (October, 2016)

Honorable and Special Mentions

Well, there are rules...there is common sense...And then there is Teh Horde.

Now, given that this was a contest amongst Morons, 'Ettes, Lurkers and Guests, I figured there?s be a flyer or three in the mix. And, I was right.

First off, I'd better offer this as a warning. A Trigger Alert. Something Dangerous This Way Comes!

And all of us Morons just got pwn'd by an 'Ette shooting one of the Most Dangerous Guns, EVER!

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Yep, that?s right. Took an 'Ette to step up and shoot the OMG DANGEROUS DERRINGER! And she did right nicely, too. That?s one dead-ass B-27 bad guy in the pic. Well done, Steck! more...

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Food Thread: Where Does That Beer Can Go Again? [CBD]
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Courtesy of commenter redc1c4 we have a beer can turkey that looks pretty damned good. He used a conventional upright smoker, and as an elegant touch used Foster's!


Looks good and juicy, and the skin has a nice golden color. But what really intrigues me is the Log 'O Meat that Red calls "fatties," which:

can be something as simple, in this case, as Jimmy Dean (or equivalent) sausage rolls, rolled in BBQ rub/spices, then smoked, or, it you're high maintenance, you can make an interior mix of whatever, then surround it with another mixture, then smoke it. the sky is the limit.

what they do when I'm cooking a bird is baste it all the way through the cook, with the left over drippings being caught in the pan, should you wish to make gravy with them.

after all, you ain't cookin' if yer lookin.

That explains the juicy look of that bird! more...

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AoSHQ Postal Match Part I: Results, Report, Scores & More
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The results are in, they’re real, and they're (some of them) spectacular!

First though, I’d like to thank Ace himself, for affording us the space, place and bandwidth for our indulgences here at Ace of Spades, and also, CBD for his gracious support in helping see to it that Teh Horde had the opportunity to step up and put action to words. Special mention, too, to Yankeefifth, for his vital help with the Excel score-keeping spreadsheet, and to Steck, who helped audit the results.

Now, in the lead up and introduction to this here Postal Match, there were some concerns [x] Noted., that the B-27 target was just too whoppin’ big and easy. Well, it wasn’t.

There were only five perfect scores logged into the match, and one of those*, was not even an official entry. *details on that with scores.

Also, some thought that it would be best to separate the .22 shooters from the rest of the thundering herd. Turned out, not so much. The average .22 score was no better, and no worse, than those turned in by the centerfire gang. Now, granted, up at the NRA Bullseye Expert Match level, the .22 shooter has myriad advantages. Not so much in the land of the common .22 autochucker and occasional old school K-17 wheelgun.

Likewise, the ‘ettes that stepped up, shot as well as the guys, often better. Shooting is one of the few sports where the playing field can be entirely level, and in the case of this match, it would seem that it was.

In all though, the Horde acquitted itself rather well at the range, and extraordinarily well in its correspondence and interactions with your Match Official (me). In some cases, I had to ask for clarifications of info, or better photos, etc. In every case, I was met with courtesy, enthusiasm, honesty, respect and a great willingness to help make this event the success that it so clearly is.

It’s true. An armed Moronosphere is a Polite Moronoshpere!
Thank you, each and every one, both those who shot and sent entries and those who just sent a good word. I’m proud to be counted amongst you all.

So, with no further ado, here are the results!

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Because There Is More To Life Than Politics...[CBD]
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News You Really, Really Need

Azalea, a 19-year-old female chimpanzee whose Korean name is "Dallae," smokes a cigarette at the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. According to officials at the newly renovated zoo, which has become a favorite leisure spot in the North Korean capital since it was re-opened in July, the chimpanzee smokes about a pack a day. They insist, however, that she doesn't inhale.

Because they asked her, and she denied inhaling. She learned to smoke from Bill Clinton during a weekend tryst....

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Sunday Morning Book Thread 10-30-2016: Stranger Things [OregonMuse]
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Library of Guillermo del Toro

Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous, safe spaces are underneath your house and are used as protection against actual dangers, like tornadoes, hurricanes, IRS audits, Donald Trump grabbing some mish, and special snowflakes evaporate in hot sunlight. And unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these hideous things.

Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.
--Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

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Both photos on today's thread came from this NY Times piece on horror-film director Guillermo del Toro. You should read it because it will give you some idea of what a good newspaper the NY Times can be when its content is not warped by progressive political hackery.

About Mr. del Toro's library

From the NY Times piece:

The cream-colored paperbacks in the center shelf are the first scary books that Mr. del Toro bought as a child, including a “Best Horror Stories” anthology from 1971, when he was 7. “It’s by my hero, Forrest Ackerman. I wrote him to adopt me, and my dad found the letter and beat” the heck “out of me,” Mr. del Toro said, using stronger language but laughing at the memory.

And the man in the shot? "It's H. P. Lovecraft. He’s reading one of his own books; he’s checking that they did it right.”

To be clear: that is a Madame Tussaud-type wax statue specifically commissioned by Mr. del Toro and he's got it permanently standing there in his library/living room. Also, as you can see in the photo below the fold, he's got another one of Edgar Allan Poe sitting in a chair.

Because H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe are the two guys you want hanging out in your living room.

I had never heard of Forrest J. Ackerman and I thought maybe he was some early horror writer I had never heard of, but I was wrong. Actually, according to his wiki page, he was

...an American magazine editor, science fiction writer and literary agent, a founder of science fiction fandom, a leading expert on science fiction and fantasy films, and acknowledged as the world's most avid collector of genre books and movie memorabilia.

So it looks like Mr. del Toro is doing his best imitate him. Read his wiki page. Ackerman And he wasn't so much of a writer (although he did write some stuff, about 50 stories in all) as he was an editor, compiler, anthologizer, promoter, and sci-fi/horror fanboi. Probably the best way to describe him is that he was a pimp. That is, he made his living by taking what he liked (stories, movies, writers, etc.) and showing/selling to those he thought might like it.

Which is kind of like I do here, only I do it on a much smaller scale.

Here's an example, Ackermanthology: 65 Astonishing, Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts:

He's the guy who coined the term "sci-fi" and is recognized the world over as the father of science fiction. Now, Forrest J. Ackerman, "Mr. Sci-Fi, " presents the greatest little-known sci-fi short stories of all time, featuring works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and many others.

Another one is Gosh! Wow! (Sense of Wonder), a 1982 anthology of nineteen science fiction pieces from the 1920s and 30s that make Ackerman say "Gosh! Wow!"

As a literary agent, he represented over 200 writers, including Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, A.E. Van Vogt, Curt Siodmak and L. Ron Hubbard.

He also did bit parts and cameos in a number of movies.

Ackerman was also one of the creators of the pulchritudinous comic book character, Vampirella

Ackerman died in 2008. I wonder what happened to all of his sci-fi/horror memorabilia? more...

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EMT 10/30/16 [krakatoa]
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October 29, 2016

Saturday Night ONT [Weirddave]
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CDR M is at a Halloween party, so looks like y'all are stuck with the second string tonight. Fortunately, it's Halloween, so there's lots of real easy stuff to steal for the ONT. Like...



This fantastic Jack is by Mnemousyne. I had the exact same idea for a Jack costume back when the movie first came out (really), but I haven't the skill to pull it off like this, plus I can't walk on stilts. More costumes below the cut: more...

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World Series Game 4 [BCochran]
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