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  •  It's like those people who spend thousands... (0+ / 0-) deck themselves out as Civil War re-enactors.  Or, given the nature of republican beliefs, more like a Renaissance Fair(e), or perhaps pre-Renaissance?

    -5.38/-3.74 I've suffered for my country. Now it's your turn! --John McCain with apologies to Monty Python's "Protest Song"

    by Rich in PA on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 08:32:00 AM PDT

    •  At least the Civil War re-enactors (0+ / 0-)

      are doing it as an enjoyable pastime, and not trying to force everyone else to live in the world of their making.

      I haven't forgotten The Path to 9/11, Disney. You're still dead to me.

      by beemerr on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 08:48:11 AM PDT

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    •  Dark Ages Fair - complete with The Plague (1+ / 0-)
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      pierre790 because we are, like, so over the politics of fear, hate, greed and lies.

      by NamelessGenXer on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 08:54:52 AM PDT

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    •  Re-enactors (0+ / 0-)

      Get something to show for it, like a nice shinny uniform for the money. On the other hand the Young Eagles doubtlessly drink more.

    •  What an odd comparison. It isn't even close. (0+ / 0-)

      Most reenactors have a productive purpose: to understand history better and to teach it to generations of Americans who don't know or don't understand it. There tends not to be a political component, except among the yahoo crowd (which is looked down upon by serious reenactors). Most reenactment units that I've known have strong prohibitions against overt racist or radical right-wing activity. They are about the history, not the politics. Some of the most truly decent people I've known were reenactors.

      Plus, you don't need to spend thousands to be a reenactor. The better ones painstakingly assemble or make their own uniforms & equipment. Although there are "Discover Card Yankees" and "Mastercard Rebels," most reenactors are hardly wealthy. While in graduate school I put together a decent Union impression with bits and pieces that I bought cheap or received as gifts, or that friends made for me. I might have spent $1,000 over ten years, most of that for a sword, a pistol (I made from a kit), and a few specialized items. Many people spent much more than I did, of course, but hardly the same as $7,500 per year. And if they did, what of it?

      If Sarah Palin can deal with Russia, why didn't she stop the invasion of Georgia?

      by Shiborg on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 10:04:38 AM PDT

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    •  I think I've touched yet another third rail of DK (0+ / 0-)

      Don't praise the death penalty, don't defend the Iraq War, and don't mock Civil War re-enactors!

      -5.38/-3.74 I've suffered for my country. Now it's your turn! --John McCain with apologies to Monty Python's "Protest Song"

      by Rich in PA on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 10:23:17 AM PDT

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