Friday, March 23, 2007

Bruning's Goat

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning is currently making the rounds of the Mideast with the Aspen Institute. A good thing to do, we think, in general. Always good to get an international perspective, particularly if you plan to speak intelligently on those types of issues.

So Bruning met with 3000 year old former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Jordan Prime Minister Marouf Bakhit. But after taking a closer look at photos from those meets, we noticed a few things.

First, Bruning apparently forgot to shave before meeting with Boutros-Ghouly. And then when meeting with Bakhit, Bruning has apparently decided to try out the Road-Trip Goatee!

Awwwwww riiiight!

So when he gets back to Nebraska, we should expect Bruning to look like other famous goateed celebs such as:

KMTV’s Travis Justice

Metallica’s James Hetfield

USSR’s Lenin

Hell’s Satan

Of course, in the end, we have a feeling Bruning may just end up looking like his alter-ego:

Big Boy.


Anonymous said...

You have too much free time.

Street Sweeper said...

We get emails that we don't post enough. Then we get comments like this. There's no pleasing you people!

Uncle Wiggily said...


While my admiration for your discriminatory skills is essentially boundless, still I am forced to ask:

Are you damn sure that Hetfield photo isn't Travis Tritt?

Street Sweeper said...

UW, I can understand your confusion, but if you look at a quick SAB here, Hetfield looks like he'd knock Tritt down and steal his lunch money...

Uncle Wiggily said...


Point taken - I yield. Travis looks like Hetfield's old maid aunt.


Anonymous said...

Truman won an impossible re-election in part because his opponent had a mustache that made him look like a crook. Facial hair kills political careers.

Voters vote from their guts not their brains. Educated voters are better at growing reasons to justify what drives their preferences. However, their preferences are still driven by how they feel about the candidate.

Images, especially facial appearance, bypass the logical part of the brain and hit voters where they feel. Only later do they try to make sense of the visceral impact.

Moreover, all people intuitively know that facial hair prevents us from reading the truth of another person’s face. Facial hair is perceived to be a disguise and that suggests dishonesty.

Beyond that, what does this say about Bruning himself? If he is sporting an obviously trimmed goatee in Jordon, what does that mean? Is he trying to appear Arab? Does he morph into whatever his audience is? Or, is he simply taking a break from being accountable for his public image in Nebraska? Some guys act differently when they go to out of town. Most wives don’t like that. Elected officials are wedded to their constituents.

Growing a beard when you are running for the Senate isn’t a reasonable thing to do. And growing it when you think you are out of sight of the voters isn’t particularly comforting to voters.

Let’s hope this goatee is computer generated.

Streetsweeper, you do a great job.
Keep it coming.

'Sker said...

I second Anonymous' motion to recognize SS for doing a great job.

Street Sweeper said...

(Mom and Grandma, I told you not to post comments here!)

One Out In The Third said...

Last I checked...this was still the USA and beards/goatees were still optional. Whether it's Bruning or some unknown Husker lineman that adds a little facial's front page news. Nebraska needs to get a life.

Did anyone think that maybe Bruning left his kitty back home while he was hanging out in the Mideast...or maybe he didn't bring the converter for his electric razor?

Street Sweeper said...

OOitT, geez, we're just havin' a little fun. Relax already.
However, looking at the closeup, I'd say he definitely used a razor. I'm hoping for the next official pic he has, he goes with the Apollo Anton Ono soul-patch.

Anonymous said...

great job!

--Mort S.

ptg said...

Jon, who has a fairly meaty head, will look like he is talking through a toilet bowl brush if he doesn't trim his new goatee just right.

The Equalizer said...

I thought women were gossipy but you guys take the prize! Keep it coming, you're hysterical and I need the laughs.