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Put up a sticker and you've done your bit ('bumper-sticker moralisers')
The Australian ^ | 22nd January 2008 | James Allan

Posted on 01/21/2008 6:00:29 PM PST by naturalman1975

I HAVE this visceral dislike of bumper-sticker moralisers. These are people who go out of their way to advertise what they take to be their own exalted moral sensibilities, but do so at no cost to themselves and without the messy business of having to weigh costs and benefits or to choose between stark alternatives where none is particularly pleasant or easy. It's all form and no substance for these people, and there's no shortage of them around.

Take those who plaster "Save the Whales" stickers on the back of their cars but miss the irony that it's an upmarket Toyota to which they're attaching the thing. Saving the whales is great in principle, but not if it involves forgoing an expensive new Lexus. Far better to bring a lawsuit that has no chance of being enforced.

Or what about many of those who announce that we should "Save Darfur"? Nowhere do they tell us how this is supposed to be accomplished. Through the UN, perhaps? But that organisation is famously hostage to the vetoes of the five Security Council members.

It is an organisation that is congenitally unable to stop anything, be it slaughter in Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Burma or ... well, you get the idea.

Indeed the only remotely plausible way to stop massacres in Darfur, and indeed just about anywhere else on the planet, is for the US to do something militarily, as it did in Bosnia and Serbia under Bill Clinton (when the Yanks bombed and bombed and bombed some more, all without the imprimatur of the UN, for the information of those who punctiliously assert that only UN-authorised actions are acceptable). But, of course, most people who put "Save Darfur" stickers on their cars would be horrified at the prospect of US military action.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bumperstickers

1 posted on 01/21/2008 6:00:30 PM PST by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

I have an idea for a bumper sticker:
Everything I know about politics and foreign affairs fits on this bumper sticker!


2 posted on 01/21/2008 6:06:01 PM PST by frankiep (Democrats base their ideology on the premise that you are too stupid to do anything for yourself.)
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To: naturalman1975
I HAVE this visceral dislike of bumper-sticker moralisers.

I HAVE this visceral dislike of journalistic immoralizers.

These are people who go out of their way to advertise what they take to be their own exalted moral sensibilities...

These are people who go out of their way to get advertisers to pay for their own exalted immoral sensibilities...

...but do so at no cost to themselves and without the messy business of having to weigh costs and benefits or to choose between stark alternatives where none is particularly pleasant or easy.

...but do so at tremendous cost both to themselves and to society...with plenty of the messy business of failing to count to the costs to others...all in the name of anything goes.

3 posted on 01/21/2008 6:08:35 PM PST by Colofornian
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To: naturalman1975

Mine syas:

I closed my Bank of America accounts.


4 posted on 01/21/2008 6:12:11 PM PST by fishhound
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To: naturalman1975

Free Tibet!


5 posted on 01/21/2008 6:13:45 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace

My son is Honor Trustee at the Maricopa County Jail.


6 posted on 01/21/2008 6:16:58 PM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: naturalman1975

“Save ManBearPig”


7 posted on 01/21/2008 6:18:00 PM PST by Minnesoootan
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To: naturalman1975

The one which really goads me is “1-20-09”..... it’s usually accompanied by “Impeach Bush” and various other moonbat proclamations.


8 posted on 01/21/2008 6:18:21 PM PST by CASchack
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To: naturalman1975
I used to have the following sticker on my car.

If Gingrich is a Newt
Then Gephardt is a Dick

I felt pretty good about myself.

9 posted on 01/21/2008 6:19:21 PM PST by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: BufordP

If you can read this, I’m slamming on my brakes.


10 posted on 01/21/2008 6:21:35 PM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: BerryDingle

Yet another VERY useful bumper sticker!


11 posted on 01/21/2008 6:24:19 PM PST by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: BerryDingle
Save the Earth! We'll strip-mine the other planets later!

and...

Save the Whales! Collect the whole set!

12 posted on 01/21/2008 6:24:58 PM PST by T Minus Four (Acts 8:37)
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To: T Minus Four

Just vote for the itch (rhymes with).

OBEY Hillary.


13 posted on 01/21/2008 6:27:22 PM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: naturalman1975

I love seeing the liberals driving around with their morals stuck to the back of their car (hybrids, subarus, etc). Right on the paint, no less.

My favorite bumper sticker was one I had on my truck back in the ‘80’s: it had one of those oh-so popular ‘baby on board’ yellow diamonds, but mine said “No Baby On Board (It’s OK to hit me!)”


14 posted on 01/21/2008 6:32:10 PM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: naturalman1975
Got a good one in an e-mail..

Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife for
President

15 posted on 01/21/2008 6:33:31 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: naturalman1975

16 posted on 01/21/2008 6:34:10 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: naturalman1975

One of my cousin/nieces runs a store for dog lovers in Maine. They sent us some of their bumper stickers this Christmas, which read:

Wag more.
Bark less.

I haven’t mentioned it before, but if any dog lovers are interested:

http://www.agathaandlouise.com/servlet/StoreFront

And here’s the bumper stickers:

http://www.agathaandlouise.com/servlet/the-Wag-More-Bark-Less/Categories


17 posted on 01/21/2008 6:37:17 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: naturalman1975
I drove around with this on my car up here in Massachusetts for about a year...

...and I had my cat guarding my car to keep the liberal moonbat vandals away...

But now my bumper sticker says:

"My Wife Says I Never Listen To Her...Or Something Like That."

18 posted on 01/21/2008 6:39:46 PM PST by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: All

Here’s a bumper sticker I saw once.

The Big Bang Theory is a joke! An explosion in a bookstore couldn’t create a dictionary!


19 posted on 01/21/2008 6:43:25 PM PST by Theresawithanh (This is my tagline. FRED!!!!!!)
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To: naturalman1975
Funny part of "save the whales" on a Toyota is you're buying a car from the country that is probably biggest into whaling.

I still think the "Concert for (fill in your cause)" is the best, because you get to be totally self-indulgent while feeling morally superior.

20 posted on 01/21/2008 6:45:43 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Richard Kimball
Forget saving the whales.

We need to save the WELLS.

21 posted on 01/21/2008 6:49:56 PM PST by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: unixfox

“Love My Country
Fear my Government”.

Only one I ever put on my car.


22 posted on 01/21/2008 6:54:13 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, ATF and DEA.)
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To: naturalman1975

I used print mini posters and display them on the back window of my truck shell. One of my favorites was:
“So many NEA/MEA Members, so few teachers and educators”. I went early to back to school night so I could park close and lots of people would see it. One teacher commented that it was unfair and I reminded her of the ongoing work-to-rule. She left it there.


23 posted on 01/21/2008 6:54:33 PM PST by Starwolf
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To: naturalman1975

“Don’t vote—it only encourages them!”


24 posted on 01/21/2008 7:01:02 PM PST by Huck (Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.)
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To: BufordP

The most useful one I’ve ever seen for cars with windows cracked open is German Shepherd on board.


25 posted on 01/21/2008 7:03:13 PM PST by BerryDingle (With friends like the media, who needs enemas ?)
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To: naturalman1975

Forgive me Gore Bumpersticker

26 posted on 01/21/2008 7:37:49 PM PST by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one recipe at a time http://www.youtube.com/Tamar1973)
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To: ItisaReligionofPeace
Free Tibet!

Mark Steyn had a great observation about "Free Tibet" stickers: If someone actually launched a military operation to free Tibet, the liberals would hurry to slap something like "No War For Tibet!" on their bumpers. They just want everyone to know they're sensitive enough to care about Tibet. They don't want anyone actually doing anything about it.

27 posted on 01/21/2008 7:42:30 PM PST by JennysCool (They all say they want change, but they’re really after folding money.)
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To: naturalman1975

I actually made one I lifted from FR: I’d rather hunt with Cheney than ride with Kennedy.


28 posted on 01/21/2008 7:51:15 PM PST by manic4organic (Send a care package through USO today.)
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To: naturalman1975
"Take those who plaster "Save the Whales" stickers on the back of their cars but miss the irony that it's an upmarket Toyota to which they're attaching the thing."

What, pray tell, is his point here?

Do Toyota hunters inadvertently bag whales when their game is scarce?

Do the Japanese use whalehide to make Toyota seatcovers, or whale oil to lubricate their engines?

Surely whale fur isn't used in making Toyota carpets???

29 posted on 01/21/2008 7:54:12 PM PST by Redbob (WWJBD: "What would Jack Bauer do?")
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To: JennysCool

Absolutely!


30 posted on 01/22/2008 3:00:30 AM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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