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April 22, 2003

Date: April 22, 2003
Time: 4:11pm
Place: I-5 freeway South, Pasadena

It was a red Nissan pickup truck with matching camper shell.

Attached to the passenger side window was a small American flag.

On the bumper was a "Drop Davis" sticker and a "Bush-Cheney" sticker.

On the camper shell window was a US Marine Corps sticker and a "United We Stand" sticker.

On the inside of the glass on the back of the camper shell was a homemade sign on white paper, taped to the window. It read:


Posted by Jake at 10:26 PM | TrackBack (0)

Yes. Pax Americana: isn't it great? I fear that more people will start to think like this guy and somehow be proud of our "cowboy nation". What ever happened to Peace, Love and Understanding?

Posted by: jim at April 23, 2003 10:02 AM

Jesus christ! I live in Pasadena, and if I would have seen that moron driving around, I would have had to turn the car around and go straight home, close the blinds, and break out the whisky.

Ever notice how cars (well, usually it's trucks) affixed with similar political slogans are always the ones who are bad drivers?

Posted by: bakerkm45 at April 23, 2003 10:45 AM

"Jesus christ! I live in Pasadena, and if I would have seen that moron driving around, I would have had to turn the car around and go straight home, close the blinds, and break out the whisky."

I've tried that. It doesn't make them go away.


Posted by: michele at April 23, 2003 10:56 AM

Ever notice how cars (well, usually it's trucks) affixed with similar political slogans are always the ones who are bad drivers?

It's anger. People who post such slogans are invariably teeming with anger. In an anonymous activity like driving the anger comes out.

Posted by: Z at April 23, 2003 11:21 AM

I was driving up to San Rafael with some friends last year and we saw a guy who had a bumper sticker on his van that said:


Eager to finally come face to face with our merciless and just heavenly master, we accellerated and took a good look at the heavenly host who just happened to be on the I-5

Apparantly god is a skinny white man of about 44 who has a mustache and wears a polo shirt.

Hmmm... we thought. That's not the same desciption as the one we got in the brochure..

Posted by: Joe at April 23, 2003 02:02 PM

I'm trying. I'm trying to viualize peace and all I'm getting is another redneck in a pickup truck.

Posted by: Norm Jenson at April 23, 2003 07:09 PM

You must fight fire with fire. You need to respond with the only form of expression that type of nitwit understands.

Go back and find that pickup, and affix a 'pissing Calvin' sticker above each of the slogans.

Also, it's funny that a "Team-USA" doofus would be driving a "Rice-Burner."

Posted by: Scott at April 23, 2003 08:38 PM

Anger or fear? I know that Bowling for Columbine is a touchy subject (depending on where you are in the scheme of things), but Michael Moore had a good point (I think) of how fear (and the constant bombardment of things that play on and increase that fear) causes people to act the way they do.

Posted by: Arcterex at April 24, 2003 09:31 AM

Fear is the mindkiller. It's an emotion that is only useful in getting one through the next day (and it's great for that). When you want someone to do what you want, scare the hell out of them, and then, while they panic, tell them you have a plan that *just might* work.

And tell them that anybody who tries to come up with a different plan obviously isn't scared enough.

Posted by: Wah at April 24, 2003 02:40 PM

that's how religions (especially Christianity) gain all of their power over people. they say, "hey! you're gonna go to a scary place called hell and burn for all eternity if you don't do exactly what we say!" pretty convenient...

Posted by: holly at April 25, 2003 06:27 AM

Do things like this ever make you want to curl into a fetal position and just stop caring? I mean, with so many easily led idiots out there, how can we win? We will never be the moron majority and people who control them will always win. The truth is too difficult for people. It is easier to lie to yourself and feel protected by your leaders and slogans than to question them. And if there is one thing I have learned, people in the world prefer the easy way out. Can't we come up with a plan to migrate somewhere and start our own country? (I believe that was how this country was founded, where is Thomas Jefferson when you need him?) I know it sounds terrible, but I am just losing hope. If Bush wins in 2004, I don't know what I would do... I can't even wrap my mind around the concept of a Bush unleashed for 4 years with no concern of re-election. At what point do we realize we have lost our voice amid the shouting of the ignorant? A little ray of hope, anyone?

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