“Hair — the Sequel”

One of the most culturally radical — and financially successful — stage productions of the 1960s was the rock musical “Hair.”  The production featured a memorable rock music score, but with entirely forgettable acting save for one thing — full nudity by some of the actors.

“Hair, the Musical” may be gone, but some folks in San Francisco have resurrected the production; this time not as a musical but as a comedy.  A non-profit group from the City by the Bay is engaged in a drive to collect clippings of real hair (from humans and pets), stuffed into pantyhose, and tied into long, sausage-like “booms.”  The proponents of these lengthy “hair sausages” have proposed to make them available to sop up the vast oil field creeping toward beaches along the Gulf Coast as a result of last month’s off-shore oil rig explosion.  The San Francisco hair producer has been joined by at least one colleague in the Florida panhandle.

None of the authorities actually responsible for handling the clean up effort have taken these hair experts up on their offer to make use of these hirsute booms in the massive clean up effort.  In fact the would-be helpers have been told in no uncertain terms that their contraptions are “not helpful to the responsive effort.”  The US Postal Service has complained that masses of hair being sent through the mails for this nonsensical effort are burdening the service and interferring with legitimate operations.

None of this appears to dampen the enthusiasm of the erstwhile hippies intent on bringing “hair power” to an ecological problem far more in need of real, state-of-the-art technology than a feel-good throwback to the hippie era of “Hair.”  But it does make for a diverting news story.

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May 14th, 2010
7:00 am

I do not understand this column. One day
the topic is the Constitution and the next, it is hair for booms for the Gulf. I would say it is this way to keep everyone interested in what you are saying. It is working alright I have been reading it. Take yesterday, sort of a non descript day, The President was up in Buffalo talking about small business and how they can do their part to put people back to work. He bought a bag of chicken wings, Buffalo is famous for them. He really comes across good, personable, friendly, down to earth fella. Security was super, super tight. Now FDR, when he was President, would sit on the back of the train when it stopped in some little village or city and anyone could come up and chat with him. Now that worked, he listened to what anybody and everybody had to say, and he was a great President, Mr. Obama creates an illusion of being like us, FDR was the real thing, he wanted to hear what everybody had to say. That was a long time ago but some things never change, people like to know that others are interested and FDR really was.

Al Gore

May 14th, 2010
7:10 am

Bob…its getting really cold out and all you can find to write about is “hair booms”. You have been eating more of Borat’s cheese haven’t you?

Chris Broe

May 14th, 2010
7:17 am

Bob Barr just wanted to use the word “hirsute”, which I had to look up. He made me feel like a flat-earther, (the dirty rat). Just for that, I’m now officially on BP’s side.

Bryll(creme), baby, Bryll(creme!)


May 14th, 2010
7:23 am

I agree. Hirsute? Why give the GOP a new angle to attack Kagan? Looks shouldn’t matter, those looks involve excessive back hair on a female. I think Kagan’s confirmation chances now are shaved down to a stubble.

What a world.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

May 14th, 2010
7:49 am

Dear Mr. Barr, you hold our leftist friends to a standard beyond their capacity – doing something that makes sense, indeed.


May 14th, 2010
8:54 am

Maybe they can use Borat cheese instead.

Robert the mailman

May 14th, 2010
9:17 am

The US Postal Service has complained that masses of hair being sent through the mails for this nonsensical effort are burdening the service and interferring with legitimate operations…… please let us know who at the USPS is complaining ??? if properly packaged the USPS should welcome all the business it can get .


May 14th, 2010
9:43 am

You can’t trust the establishment.


May 14th, 2010
10:01 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.


May 14th, 2010
10:13 am

the hippies are being played. this whole “hairsuit” thing is a ruse designed to get DNA samples for a nefarious, tonsorial DEA database, designed to allow big brother to confiscate bongs. it is a well-known fact hair samples are sometimes used in drug testing (in lieu of urine, and obviously, urine cannot be stored in pantyhose).


May 14th, 2010
10:42 am

It would seem, you’re wrong. According to this article…NASA has approved this method of treating oil spills…Don’t ask me why NASA’s testing oil spill treatment options…I guess not going to the moon has freed up their time.



May 14th, 2010
10:45 am

Conservatives not doing proper research and not supporting a group that isn’t relying on the government to do all the work for them; why am I not surprised? I’m amazed the USPS doesn’t know what to do with the stuff they are usually so reliable.



May 14th, 2010
11:06 am


The days of being able to just walk up to the president died with Kennedy. Maybe the Service is being overprotective — I don’t know. But I do know that the guys responsible for his safety are professionals who will lay down their lives if needed — and if they say he needs that much protection, I’m not second-guessing it (and neither is he).

In terms of whether Obama is really “like us,” I sometimes have problems with the guy’s policies — but he really does talk to people. He’s extremely personable, and extremely interested in what people have to say — it’s not an act. (And, like FDR, he then does things I can’t really always get behind — but oh well.)

In fact, I’d disagree with the idea that FDR was somehow closer to “real” people than Obama. Obama was a professor, an average guy, and a small-time local politician when I knew him (though I didn’t know him very well). FDR came from a privileged family — so privileged that he lived in a special suite of rooms at Harvard. FDR was great at reaching out to the average person — but he wasn’t “one of us” in any sense. Obama really was.


May 14th, 2010
11:12 am

So what you’re saying is that the people should leave it up to the government to fix their problems?

Ok, this solution is probably nutty. But at least it’s the people trying to fix the problem on their own, rather than having Mother Government take care of it. That’s a thoroughly libertarian approach to a problem — but you’re not on board with it because…well, ok, partially because it’s likely bananas.

But could it also be because the people doing it are generally on the “other side” politically? Hippies, liberals, or whatever else you want to call them? If so…bad form, man. You should value principles, not parties.


May 14th, 2010
11:13 am

(Oh, and Hair is playing in a revival in NYC.)


May 14th, 2010
11:48 am

The hippies have not spent 40 years, thousands of lives, and $1 trillion on hair booms. Drug Warrior Bob has fully supported something far, far more stupid and toxic.

Who’s the idiot now, Bob?

Nicolia Disfagonious

May 15th, 2010
7:51 am

what the f— are you going to write next …………………………


May 15th, 2010
8:13 am

Through the looking glass. We have that illegal college kid now criticizing our messed up immigration system. The only thing messed up about it, is that it isn’t enforced. She is still here. If we enforced it maybe her family wouldn’t have wetbacked. So I guess it is our fault they have been breaking one law after another for year after year. Send this idiot back to Mexico.

Mrs. Norris

May 15th, 2010
12:06 pm

Robert the Mailman, thank you for commenting on the really curious part of this story. Let me get this straight, shipping hair is interferring with legitimate operations, like what, shipping junk mail? No wonder the USPS is going out of business. Why should they care what people are shipping, as long they are paying for it? Go away already. You never bring me anything but bills and, oh yeah, junk mail. ppplllttt.

Mrs. Norris

May 15th, 2010
12:09 pm

Oh yeah, and Wal Mart is complaining about all the people buying panty hose. It’s interferring with their legitimate business of selling toilet paper.

Hung like a hamster

May 16th, 2010
7:25 pm

I think Bob is a sexy stud.


May 16th, 2010
7:27 pm