Politicians have bodyguards. (poster)


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Oleg Volk
June 2, 2004, 05:14 PM
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DigitalWarrior
June 2, 2004, 05:23 PM
Politicians take your money to pay for guns to protect them.

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Then tell you that you don't need to protect yourself.

ChiefPilot
June 2, 2004, 05:23 PM
But that's not a body guard, that's a thug sneaking up on a senator! He'll drop his MP5 and pull out that mean-looking assault hammer (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=84489) he had a little while ago! Run for your lives! :neener:

Seriously, good pic!

Cool Hand Luke 22:36
June 2, 2004, 05:42 PM
As a bodyguard the person in the picture is too fat, and the sunglasses don't fit the image of a Federal LEO.

I would try to reshoot it with someone who looks a little more like what a member of the Federal Protective Service or Secret Service should look.

Loose the sunglasses, try an angled shot with that shows a wireless ear microphone and lapel microphone, American flag lapel pin, 3 piece suit, etc, i.e, the usual markers, and a FPS or SS shield hanging off the suit coat's breast pocket.

This guy looks like someone John Gotti would hire, not a Federal LEO.

Oleg Volk
June 2, 2004, 05:49 PM
The model is a former LEO, by the way. I'll shoot other versions when I have different models available.

Standing Wolf
June 2, 2004, 06:44 PM
I hate to wax repetitious, but that color is outstanding!

Oleg Volk
June 2, 2004, 07:04 PM
Gradient map (instead of the usual quad/tri-tones) in Photoshop. The reason for doing it that way is that Photoshop CS allows gradient mapping (replacement of tones with specified color gradation) in 16-bit mode, whereas toning is only allowed in 8-bit mode.

Amish_Bill
June 2, 2004, 10:01 PM
Either say

"Your tax money at work to ensure the personal safety of your Senator"

or

"Your tax money at work to ensure personal safety for your Senator"


Precise grammar gives one less excuse for rejecting the message.

El Tejon
June 2, 2004, 10:12 PM
Hokey Smokes, I think my senators were his lunch!!!:eek:

Kharn
June 2, 2004, 11:23 PM
Good thing you found a big-boned guy to protect my big-boned Senator Mikulski. :barf:

On a more serious note, great poster, but a minor correction for grammar would be good.

Kharn

Stand_Watie
June 2, 2004, 11:30 PM
As a bodyguard the person in the picture is too fat, and the sunglasses don't fit the image of a Federal LEO.

I'll bet my senator, the honorable Kay Bailey Hutchinson would love to have a good looking guy like that for her personal escort. Granted that he is a little too muscular, and the sunglasses are a little too stylish for a secret service agent.

Tamara
June 3, 2004, 12:10 AM
"He shall trade our gold for arms,
Arms we may not bear." -Kipling

Good work, Oleg. :)

(You and your Russkie habit of forgetting articles. :D There's a missing 'the' in the caption. ;) )

MeekandMild
June 3, 2004, 01:51 AM
Oleg, I've had to think about it for a few hours before I brutally critiqued this one. I think the concept has a lot going for it.

First of all, the guys are right about the need to have more authentic looking equipment, electronics, et cetera. Also is that a preban carbine with a fake suppressor or a SBR with a real suppressor or a real SMG? You need to have something that Joe the Barber can instantly recognize as an "evil" NFA gun like a Mini Uzi SMG or a Kitty Kat with a 7.5 inch barrel.

Second I'd lose the sunglasses you need to have a model with washed out dead looking eyes and a thousand mile stare.

Third, your model needs to have no extra poundage, except for a slight bulge demonstrating his ballistic vest and he needs a thousand dollar silk suit. He needs to look like he just disemboweled somebody's grandmother with her own kniting needle. Your model looks too human, like an ordinary guy posing for a photo or maybe like a casino guard.

Fourth ditto what Digital Warrior says.

Oleg Volk
June 3, 2004, 01:54 AM
That is a slightly retouched Airsoft gun. I was trying to show a "fat cat" by proxy. Will fix the missing "the". I also have photos of him with an M4...but an MP5 is at least as recognizable to the masses as an Uzi (which most of my non-gunnie friends couldn't ID).

Warren
June 3, 2004, 02:07 AM
As to how the body guard looks, remeber back in the Clinton despotism they had some thug who was caught with FBI files or some such? And IIRC he turned out not to have such a stellar background.

Cannot recall exactly his name or the circumstance, though but I do have a point.

I've read that Senathoors and Congresscritters do not normally get SS details, they have to hire that out, on our dime to be sure, and given the general arrogance and incompetence of politicians and their staffs (staves?) it is entirely possible that they would hire someone of low standards.

Someone who would make a horrible mistake or treat a citizen like crap and be protected by his employer.

Not that the fellow in the photo looks bad, hell I don't want him mad at me. You know I'm just saying...

WingZero
June 3, 2004, 02:15 AM
Great poster...... I like it alot.

Carlos Cabeza
June 3, 2004, 10:07 AM
That is a great poster, it really makes a point that most would understand. That cat is one mean looking mug. He looks more like part of Snoop Doggs entourage tho'. Oh wait, didn't Snoop get in trouble and can't have any guns in his protection detail ?

odysseus
June 3, 2004, 04:29 PM
umm... love the concept and it is so true.

However I doubt that guy and the way he is carrying would not be a staff guard for any US Fed elected officer. Maybe in eastern europe... :p

bogie
June 3, 2004, 04:58 PM
You pay this man to protect your senator...

...while your senator strips your right to self protection.

possenti
June 3, 2004, 09:01 PM
Love the picture!

Reminds me of a concealed carry rally I went to a few years ago in downtown Cincinnati. My buddy Larry is holding the sign. My sign may look familiar also:

http://images.snapfish.com/33%3A9539523232%7Ffp58%3Dot%3E232%3B%3D9%3B9%3D8%3A3%3DXROQDF%3E23234%3A49%3A%3B5%3C9ot1lsi

BTW - Larry died of cancer earlier this year. May he RIP...

DonP
June 4, 2004, 10:46 AM
I'd love to see a news photo, or even a series, of Kennedy, Feinstien, Schumer et. al. and have arrows added to highlight their armed bodyguards or Secret Service coverage.

It might make the point to regular folks that while they are preaching at rallies about how evil guns are, they are queitly and carefully surrounded by armed men and women.

Just my .02 as usual.

BTW, thanks for keeping a great forum up and running for so many of us. I know it ain't easy and at times all of us seem to take turns at being a PITA, but I guess "way back when" Tom Payne probably had people ragging on him for not editing "Common Sense" more effectively.

Don

jwmoore
June 4, 2004, 01:22 PM
Here2Learn: I've read that Senathoors and Congresscritters do not normally get SS details, they have to hire that out, on our dime to be sure, and given the general arrogance and incompetence of politicians and their staffs (staves?) it is entirely possible that they would hire someone of low standards.

That's correct regarding SS details. High profile members of congress are provided protection details by US Capitol Police.

~W

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