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Strangely enough, I didn’t catch the irony until just now, as my first- and sixth-graders ran outside to catch the carpool.
First grader=John McCain
Sixth grader=jihadist Afghani
Gee, Kathryn, how can you tell the difference between a jihadist and an Afghani?
Gee, Teancum, that’s easy. The Afghani isn’t carrying an AK-47. (Which is what the sixth-grader wanted to carry. An air-soft version, of course.)
Hey, I talked him out of going in blackface as Obama. (Meaning, I utterly forbade him.) This was no small victory.
Plus, I learned how to wrap a turban.
Does your school let you bring fake weapons? Doesn’t happen here!
Nope. But a boy can dream.
Wow, two very horrifying costumes, for two differently horrifying reasons.
Hmmm. I get why the McCain costume might be horrifying. And, I get why a jihadist costume might be be horrifying. But why is an Afghani costume horrifying?
Maybe spend more time thinking about why a jihadist costume *might* be horrifying and you’ll figure it out. I’ll give you a hint: jihadist and Afghani are not interchangeable.
“jihadist and Afghani are not interchangeable.”
I think that’s exactly what Teancum was saying. And he’s right, there’s nothing horrifying about an Afghani costume, unless he’s carrying the latest harvest from his poppy fields.
MCQ — I guess then I just don’t get the irony about McCain and an Afghani.
I’m with you there.
Make that three.
Apparently I’m the only one who’s heard the repeated slams against McCain because of his apathetic policy re Afghanistan.
Oh, well. It was funny to me.
I guess the jihadist cross-out just threw me off. I didn’t realize they were complex costumes that alluded to a foreign policy critique.
Wow. 12 Grader go as a check mark on prop 8? Or maybe as the Fonz? This is an interesting discussion. Today I went to work as an engineer. My son is a big winnie the pooh (moms have all the fun when the kids are under 4, I reckon).
10th grader=some Manga character whose name I can’t spell.
Morianton, it wasn’t planned–that’s why it was so funny. And if 6th-grader could’ve talked me into his jihadist plan, it would’ve been even funnier.
Wondering what you and Teancum are wearing tonight. Let’s see . . . Morianton . . . a wife-beater undershirt? No, wait, that was your maidservant.
Teancum . . . other than the javelin, I’m at a loss.
Kathy, a cord (bungee?) for going from place to place!
Ah, yes. Excellent, Mr. Evans!
If we ask nicely, perhaps T. will demonstrate just how he killed M.
I now understand KLS’ ironic moment. I still don’t see why Steve thinks Afghanis are horrifying. And Morianton’s comment # 7 completely evades me.
Cute kids, though.
Thanks, T. I’m durn proud of that turban.
Said one neighbor to 6th grader: “Are you Osama, or Obama?”
Given that fact that I was wearing a Tinky Winky suit, I had a hard time producing a truly convincing glare.
I’m so glad you added pictures.
I guess I have totally lost my sense of humor. I blame Teancum.