Thursday, August 31, 2006


Guard families cope in two dimensions - The Boston Globe
Maine National Guard members in Iraq and Afghanistan are never far from the thoughts of their loved ones.

But now, thanks to a popular family-support program, they're even closer.

Welcome to the "Flat Daddy" and "Flat Mommy" phenomenon, in which life-size cutouts of deployed service members are given by the Maine National Guard to spouses, children, and relatives back home.

The Flat Daddies ride in cars, sit at the dinner table, visit the dentist, and even are brought to confession, according to their significant others on the home front.

Early Albert Brooks film? Akroyd-era Saturday Night Live sketch? Nope -- it's the 2006 equivalent: Bushworld.

And as I said a few weeks ago, stuff like this is going to put Stewart and Colbert out of business.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

God how sad. This is becoming surreal. What the hell is happening to our country and why are we sitting here paralyzed?

9:24 PM  
Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

The big test is can you drive your SUV in the commute (HOV) lane with a flat daddy riding shotgun?

10:49 PM  
Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

And now that I think about it, can't they do better than flat? I mean I saw this ad for a life sized Jenna Jameson doll.

10:50 PM  

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