Respectful Insolence

Random strange observation

Seen on the road on my way into work this morning:

I passed a bus going the other way. I noticed that it had a prominent sign over its front window scrolling, “NOT IN SERVICE.” We both stopped at the light, the bus on the other side going the other way from me. I then noticed that the sign switched to scrolling “GOD BLESS AMERICA.” It kept alternating between those two messages.

Make of this observation what you will. Was it a message? Or was it just strangeness?

Comments

  1. #1 Coin
    August 6, 2007

    There was this bumper sticker I kept seeing all over the place for awhile. It had a waving american flag, and big black letters saying “THESE COLORS DON’T RUN”.

    The colors on the flag itself were invariably faded, from the bumper sticker being bleached in the sun, to the point of near-unrecognizability.

  2. #2 Cheeto
    August 6, 2007

    Yesterday I saw a car with 10-15 ribbon magnets on the back of the car. I couldn’t decide if it was a moron, or someone making an amusing statement.

  3. #3 Kristjan Wager
    August 6, 2007

    Sounds weird.

    On a sadder note, Holocaust scholar Raul Hilberg dies at 81

  4. #4 David D.G.
    August 6, 2007

    Coin, I have seen the same phenomenon with the same bumper sticker.

    Evidently, these colors do not run — but they do fade. In some ways, I think that is America’s problem: Its awareness of what it truly is supposed to be about has faded from our collective awareness, and what’s left is a nigh-unrecognizable caricature of it.

    ~David D.G.

  5. #5 richCares
    August 6, 2007

    wow, David D.G. just gave a perfect description of “right wing” behavior, that was great!

  6. #6 The Ridger
    August 6, 2007

    Every time I see “These colors don’t run” all I can picture in my mind is … a helicopter in Saigon. Ah, well, I guess a memory is handicap these days.

    I saw a car in a parking lot with a good fifteen ribbon magnets. They got progressively more lightweight and ended in Support Our Magnetic Ribbon Industry.

  7. #7 IanR
    August 6, 2007

    @ Coin & The Ridger

    I always find that sentiment especially amusing when it comes from the same people who call the French “surrender monkeys”. The red, white and blue aren’t just the colours of the US…they’re also the UK, France and Russia. So which ones are they talking about?

  8. #8 Knight of L-sama
    August 7, 2007

    The red, white and blue aren’t just the colours of the US…they’re also the UK, France and Russia. So which ones are they talking about?

    Just off the top of my head they’re also the only colours on the Australian and New Zealand flags as well (though admittedly neither we nor the Kiwis use them as our national colours)

  9. #9 Graculus
    August 7, 2007

    I’m trying to decide if my favourite ribbon magnet is “Place empty sentiment here” or “Support Chinese ribbon manufacturers”.

    For the ten people on the internet who haven’t seen it: Asylum Street Spankers – Stick a Ribbon on Your SUV

  10. #10 Dave S.
    August 7, 2007

    The red, white and blue aren’t just the colours of the US…they’re also the UK, France and Russia. So which ones are they talking about?
    Just off the top of my head they’re also the only colours on the Australian and New Zealand flags as well (though admittedly neither we nor the Kiwis use them as our national colours)

    And Cuba and North Korea.

    And Thailand and Myanmar and The Netherlands and Norway and Liberia and the Czech Republic and Panama and the Dominican Republic and Nepal and Puerto Rico and Cambodia.

    And Chile.

    And Iceland.

    And maybe Laos.

  11. #11 Ian
    August 7, 2007

    I see a sticker in the parking lot reading: “My Son is in Iraq. Enjoy your freedom”

    I’m trying to figure out if the two are connected somehow.

  12. #12 David D.G.
    August 7, 2007

    Ian:

    Of course there’s a connection. If that person were free, would HE be in Iraq?

    ~David D.G.

  13. #13 Paul A
    August 8, 2007

    This sounds a bit too good to be true but in my home turf of Portobello (outskirts of Edinburgh) I have twice seen an out of service bus with the number 666! Never found any explanation of it but always wondered what would happen if I tried to climb aboard the Beelzebus. Will keep my eyes peeled and try to get a photo the next time it appears…

  14. #14 Graculus
    August 8, 2007

    Just to be a pedant.. “colours” doesn’t mean colours.

    colors: a distinguishing emblem

    Don’t any of you know any bikers? ;-)