Entries Tagged as 'politics'
“I pass this billboard every day on my way home from work,” says our submitter from Tennessee. “Apparently, some tax breaks were given for Volkswagen to build a plant here in Chattanooga, which will eventually bring thousands of jobs to this area. This group is upset that not EVERYONE who is involved in constructing the plant was born in the United States.”
A side note from Ana in Guatemala (fifth flag from the left): “Guatemala is a very beautiful — albeit dangerous — country. Crime rates are through the roof, but in this small American-run inn, hope prevails…mostly.”
related: America the not-so-beautiful
Tags: "customer service" · casual xenophobia · Espanol · Guatemala · politics · sarcasm · Tennessee
One day, Mike in Seattle pulled into his section of the parking garage, where there were dozens of open spaces that never fill up. “Rather than doing a 12-point turn to get right next to a concrete column, I just pulled in and called it good enough. Apparently I had been taking liberties with Mother Earth that day or something, as I was later blessed with this gem tucked under my wiper blade.”
Trix says her Dad spotted this variation on the same theme while strolling through Portland, Oregon — “a well-known haven for parking-space-hugging liberals.”
And of course, the irrational assumptions go both ways. Amber in Whitinsville, Mass. — who happens to be gainfully employed, thankyouverymuch — found this under her windshield wiper one day.
Lara in Arlington, Virginia bore the brunt of an even more retrograde brand of passive-aggressive paternalism when she committed the sin of parking a smidge over the yellow line.
related: Herbie Goes to Washington
Tags: a little patronizing · car · casual sexism · most popular notes of 2010 · parking · politics
Tara in Vancouver organized a meetup for “progressive, radical and lefty librarians” at a place called Subeez Cafe. It wasn’t until afterwards — when she took a look at the contact sheet she’d passed around — that she realized at least one attendee was less-than-pleased with her choice of venue.
“They didn’t complain to me directly, they didn’t even write it on the front of the paper,” seethes Tara. “Were they hoping for a bucket of hummus at a squat?”
related: a matter of taste
Tags: politics · spelling and grammar police · unsolicited feedback · Vancouver
About about a year ago, Coco says, “while visiting home (Charleston — South Carolina’s lone bastion of remote liberalism) — I left my ‘Is it 2008 yet?’ sticker-adorned car in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond district for friends to babysit.
Upon my return, my friend presented me with this note, which had been left on my windshield. I would expect this in Charleston, but in San Francisco? I blame the patrons of the golf course my car was parked next to.”
related: When mavericks attack
Herbie goes to Washington
Tags: California · parking · politics · San Francisco · unsolicited feedback
Joe Six-Pack in San Francisco never actually got this note, because our own passive-aggressive pit bull secondsout swiped it from under his windshield wiper. Again, my understanding is that he recused himself, but I don’t want to talk about that: I’d like to talk about energy.
And also, too, under the umbrella of job creation, therefore:
related: Herbie goes to Washington
Tags: parking · politics · San Francisco
You say you’re politically engaged, but do you know where your candidate stands on…vanity license plates? Are they:
a) a bombastic example of the first amendment in action
b) a potent symbol for the reductive nature of America’s two-party political system
c) unwise at any speed
Still undecided? Take a look at the tags Rachel has on her car in Austin, Texas:
And the note she found recently on her windshield:
Meanwhile, in blue-state land…
Which led to this note posted in the office parking garage, and documented for us by Melissa in Long Beach:
related: The audacity of theft
extra credit: License plates and the first amendment [nytimes.com]
extra extra credit: Rock the vote!
Tags: Austin · California · car · Long Beach · parking · politics
Kendall was waiting for her peach perfection at the Jamba Juice in Elmhurst, Illinois when she spotted this note on the napkin-holder. Writes Kendall: “I guess it’s their passive-aggressive way of saying, ‘take fewer napkins, a**hole!’”
A tip for would-be internet meme-mongers: as of this writing, algoreknowshowmanynapkinsyoutake.com is still available. (What are you waiting for? apparently, these days they’re handing out book deals to any idiot with a blog!)
UPDATE 10/12/09: A copycat is on the loose in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! (As spotted by Paul in Nebraska)
UPDATE 9/24/10: Another real-world homage! This time, from an office in Los Angeles. (It took two years for this to spread to the West Coast? Really?)
related: The audacity of theft
extra credit: isyournewbicycle.com
Tags: "customer service" · guilt trip · Illinois · politics · shameless meme-mongering · The Earth
Writes an anonymous submitter in Houston: “A neighbor in my building put up an Obama yard sign on the door of her apartment around the time of the Texas primary. When it disappeared, I assumed she took it down herself.”
Then up went this note — a cheerful bit of propaganda that oh-so-subtly disproves all those ugly stereotypes about “self-righteous Obama supporters” with a colorful blaze of moralistic tsk-tsking and First-Amendment flag-waving. (Woo! Obama ’08!)
related: A little bit of shameless gloating
Tags: CAPS LOCK · Houston · neighbors · politics · rainbow-colored · spelling and grammar police · stealing · that's illegal
This sign (spotted by Seamus in Noe Valley, San Fran) is sort of a West-Coast version of this, no?
Tags: California · crazypants · excessive underlining · more aggressive than passive · more like crazy · politics · San Francisco · spitting