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Friday, November 6, 2009


I expect salutes. Jennifer Gilliland, my editor at The Oklahoma Publisher, saw this on the front page of MSNBC on the web.

My wife says that this is what I'd look like with my ears taped back.


  1. and a chin lift possibly, she said.(gonna catch heck for this).

  2. But, you're not black and bald.