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murdoch Donating Member (658 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:50 PM
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American flagpoles on cars
Since Obama was elected and the Tea Parties started, I have been seeing some people putting tiny American flag flagpoles on their cars. Prior to the election, I don't know if I recall ever seeing this. I've seen red, white and blue bumper stickers, and sometimes an American flag hung in a window, but never a flagpole.



Has anyone seen this? Did Glenn Beck suggest people start doing this a year ago? Most of the people I see doing this usually look old (in their 60s or 70s).
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:52 PM
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1. My Republican neighbor took hers off the day Obama was elected.
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 02:52 PM by tridim
I don't give her shit because she's a nice person otherwise.
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:54 PM
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2. Not sure but I remember the local Hate radio issuing "NO DIAMOND LANES" stickers
Figures they would be against them
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:54 PM
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3. Oh those stupid old people.
Sarcasm intended.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:54 PM
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4. You haven't been paying attention.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:55 PM
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5. I don't understand the cartoon...
:shrug:
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:56 PM
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7. Basically, its a RW cartoon. Diamond Lane users are tree hugging commies who burn flags
And we're also elitist or some shit...
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:01 PM
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11. Oh and Tim Kelly, Cartoonist, is a professional asshole
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:16 PM
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23. I looked at the image info, it's linked to the Onion.
So maybe the 'artist' takes the content seriously, but probably no one else does.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:26 PM
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25. It's "The Onion"
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:47 PM
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28. My bad - "Kelly" is not Tim Kelly (a RW cartoonist)
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 03:52 PM by Taverner
The Onion's "Kelly" is really Ward Sutton

And "Kelly's" cartoons are a deadpan parody of RW ones

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_Sutton

This is Tim Kelly, whom I was confusing with "Kelly"

http://kellycartoonpage.blogspot.com/
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:13 PM
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35. Classic.
I thought the style looked familiar. Ward Sutton's stuff -his straightforward stuff- is great, too.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:03 PM
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14. The 'artist' must hate families.
I see a lot of minivans and SUVs with mom and kids in our HOV lanes.

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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:08 PM
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30. I was duped at first too
'Kelly' is a fiction character a la Steven Colbert lampooning RW Editorial cartoons


http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oew-cavanaugh29m...
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:56 PM
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6. They have been around since 9/11
And also break the Flag Code. As an Ex Girl Scout, it drives me crazy to see ragged flags flapping in the rain, and I'm someone who refuses to salute the flag and pledge allegiance.
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Kalyke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:34 PM
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26. Me, too, Lost.
I also hate seeing people wearing the flag. It's absolutely disrespectful to have the flag rubbing your crotch - for any reason.

I can't find that picture of the old guy at the Republican Convention dressed from head to toe in flag attire while scolding some young people about their beliefs, but it would have fit perfectly here.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:11 PM
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34. During teh late 60's and early 70's, when I was a little kid
All the "adults" freaked out if people worse the flag on ANYTHING. But, after 9/11, you were a dirty hippiue if you didn't. Fly flags at night without a spotlight, in rain, put on products to sell, slap on your car, fly tattered, etc. If they are so damned patriotic, they WOULD FOLLOW TEH FRICKING FLAG CODE! I've known it since I've been about seven-years-old.

I ahev called some people on it, and they always sputter.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:57 PM
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8. Flags were a big thing after 9/11.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:58 PM
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9. I remember seeing a bunch of these after 9/11, and then snerking because the flags got all nasty so
quickly. That, and the fact that they were probably all made in China. USA! USA!
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:00 PM
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10. So those who 'own their own cars' are crybabies.
Ok.

Editorial cartoons are supposed to be clever. I suppose that this 'artist's' audience wouldn't get clever.

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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:01 PM
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12. About as clever as a room full of naked mole rats
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:02 PM
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13. Nice username, btw
:eyes:
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:11 PM
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18. Huh?
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:08 PM
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15. Never let the rightists commandeer the flag. We should fly it just as high as them.
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:10 PM
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16. That cartoon does not make any sense.
Anyone driving a car with two or more people in it can use the diamond lane. There is not political test. In the cartoon, the people labeled as "folks who own their own cars" are all driving alone. Are we to assume or simply accept that people who own their cars only drive alone? Are the "folks who own their own cars" people who owe no payments on their cars? I mean, I assume that "folks who own their own cars" do not have a lien on the car, otherwise they would be "folks who have liens on their cars". Are people making payments on the cars they drive somehow different than people who own their cars outright? Are cars containing more than one person always driven by people who burn American flags? Are people who use the diamond lane driving cars that belong to other people? I see a lot of cars in the diamond lane every day. Am I to assume that only one type of person pilots all of those cars? Why does the liberal media give this person space to print this sort of crap? What kind of person would look at this sort of crap and think it is in any way funny?
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:14 PM
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21. The carpool lane is full of smelly hippies, silly!
Not the patriotic PEOPLE WHO OWN THEIR OWN CARS, DAMMIT! Carpool Lanes make LADY LIBERTY CRY! WAAAAAAAAAH!
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:15 PM
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22. I agree, that has to be the dumbest cartoon I have seen in a long, long time.
I unrecommended the OP for that reason.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:19 PM
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24. Psst...It's parody of RW talking points.
n.t.
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:10 PM
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17. After 9/11 it seemed that every other car on the road around here had
a miniature US flag sticking out of a window. They became tattered and grimy and the next thing you knew, we had miniature US flags sticking out of trash cans and lying in the gutters. People thought the flags made them look cool and patriotic, but they had no respect for the symbol they were using to prove their supposed patriotism.
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canadianbeaver Donating Member (929 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:11 PM
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19. We have had them(car flags) up here in Canada for a while....
We have them mostly for sports teams and when the Olympics were in town everyone had a Canada flag pole on their cars....I have a couple...and use them on Canada day and such....I also have my Canuck flag for my car...and use it during the hockey season.....there a regular sight in town.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:13 PM
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20. I spent about 3 minutes trying to figure out if that cartoon was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek.
I think it's serious, which makes it quite possibly one of the most retarded things I've ever seen. (I'm sorry about the use of "retarded", but I'm at a loss to come up with a more appropriate adjective.)
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enuegii Donating Member (624 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:39 PM
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27. The cartoon is from the Onion...
Go there and take another 3 minutes looking at Kelly's stuff and see if you still think he's serious.
It's definitely not a "Mallard Fillmore" type of thing.
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Gold Metal Flake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:23 PM
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32. Some further context from the OP would have been helpful.
Now I wonder why the cartoon was even used in the OP.
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:15 PM
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36. I admit it, I was duped.
It's not that far from the gibberish some RW cartoonists put out there. And I'm a fan of Ward Sutton's other stuff, too. Anyway, since it is a parody, it's pretty damn spot-on.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 03:53 PM
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29. I've seen confederate flag poles. Here. In California.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:20 PM
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31. Maybe it's a regional thing that's spreading?
I've seen them here for years - particularly after 9/11 - but usually they're flying little "Blue Devil" flags or some such nonsense.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 04:43 PM
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33. It was quite common after 9/11 and then the invasion of Iraq.
At first, when I would see a black car with the flags, my first reaction was "American embassy car."

I got over that fast, though.
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