Guilty Planet

Jessie and I made a beeline for New Orleans. We stopped only for gas and a night’s rest. In Pachuta, Mississippi, we couldn’t resist photographing this sign at a gas station (not BP — we won’t be stopping at BP):

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Comments

  1. #1 John McKay
    July 7, 2010

    Ignorance of the correct use of an apostrophe is one problem i can see.

  2. #2 Rosie Redfield
    July 7, 2010

    @ John: Isn’t there an internet law that predicts that all picky corrections of writing errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization) will themselves contain errors?

  3. #3 chris
    July 8, 2010

    Isn’t there an internet law that predicts that all picky corrections of writing errors (spelling, punctuation, capitalization) will themselves contain errors?

    There are apparently three different versions of this law, which does seem to be almost universal. This link refers to “Hartman’s Law,” but acknowledges two other variants, “McKean’s Law” and “Skitt’s Law.”

    I like the sign, and the ‘pants on the ground’ trend is really annoying, but as someone who was a kid in the 70′s and early 80′s, I really can’t complain too much about the goofy things kids do these days.

    Apparently Gallagher is upset about this nonsense as well. This link goes to a review of a recent show in which he is shown to be a racist jerk, among other things. Here’s the relevant section:

    Gallagher is upset about a lot of things. Young people with their sagging pants (in faintly coded racist terms, he explains that this is why the jails are overcrowded—because “their” baggy pants make it too hard for “them” to run from the cops).

  4. #4 JBC
    July 13, 2010

    (not BP — we won’t be stopping at BP)

    Gas stations generally are owned by private citizens who buy their gas under contract from certain companies. There is no practical difference between a BP gas station owner or a Shell station owner. Boycotting gas stations hurts people, not BP.

  5. #5 NJ
    July 13, 2010

    There is no practical difference between a BP gas station owner or a Shell station owner.

    Or in the gasoline itself, for that matter.

    Raw gasoline is pumped from refineries into a limited number of pipelines across the country and sent to distribution points. Different companies draw the same raw fuel at the distribution centers, add their preferred additives, and ship the mix out via truck to gas stations.

    So did our gracious host avoid using BP-generated gasoline? Probably not.

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