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10 sq. miles of bumper stickers surrounded by reality

10 sq. miles of bumper stickers surrounded by reality

I previously photographed this vehicle near my house in Ithaca, but reader and friend T.P. Hobbit recently photographed it with a brand new baby bumper sticker on the left rear corner:

I’ve seen most of these before but not the “Criminalize Fracking” one on the upper left courtesy of the Sovereign People’s Action Network. The car was parked on the Cornell campus behind McGraw Hall.

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“Criminalize fracking”…

That would seem a laughable level of Luddite stupidity…

but for the fact that kind of Druid superstition could result in a new Dark Age.

    casualobserver in reply to Ragspierre. | July 24, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I wonder how much of this person’s, and others with similar viewpoints, rely not only on age-old superstition but also unexplored “feelings”. On a quick scan, most every sticker is either derived from emotion or expresses an emotion. Rarely are those who display them willing to engage in a discussion, and in my experience they prefer to simply regurgitate phrases about “rights” or “fair” if they are asked about anything. So the back end of their car becomes a non-verbal Zuccotti park kind of billboard. And they are simply identifying themselves – proudly in their minds – to others who agree. Sort of like wearing a class ring or Masonic emblem. My psychologist wife describes it as tribal behavior, which is typical for most everybody but especially prevalent (practiced?) by the post-60s progressive movement.

      Ragspierre in reply to casualobserver. | July 24, 2012 at 10:43 am


      Well, I was going to lay off of Dizzy Lizzy Warren…

      But seriously, folks…I sometimes try to think of what rational, scientific things the American Collective DOES support (while arrogating to themselves they are THE educated and THE supporters of sound science).

      I got nutin’…

      Phillep Harding in reply to casualobserver. | July 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

      I agree with a psychologist about something (tribal instincts in play)?

      Yes, progressives are astoundingly primitive.

By any chance, is that Maurice Hinchey’s car?

southcentralpa | July 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

Yes, I’m about to have a heart attack from NOT being surprised that the owner is an Earlham alum. Earlham is the sort of school where the administration compulsively bleats about whether or not it’s too militaristic to fly the US flag on campus or play the National Anthem before athletic events …

The COEXIST one never fails to crack me up.

I see the “C” as PacMan chewing the rest of world up.

Q. Why do I think that way? A. 1400 years of savage history.

    southcentralpa in reply to pfg. | July 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Raaaaacist. As long as the X and T agree to be subservient and all the rest convert or die, they’re PERFECTLY willing to coexist.

How many natural resources were used to create this spammobile’s bumper stickers? The driver’s carbon credits are all used up.

LukeHandCool | July 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

Fracking is not the answer.

What was the question again?

How can we increase carbon emissions and global warming?

H/T Hot Air:

“Carbon Emissions Down Thanks to Fracking.”

Why does this billboard operator support global warming?

A Subaru is just a poor-lefty’s Volvo. And while they might otherwise be fine cars they get abysmal gas mileage.

    Sanddog in reply to K. | July 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Mountain states and states that get a lot of snow tend to have a lot of Subarus. When it comes to driving in the winter, we gladly trade high MPG for the ability to stay on the road.

      Not much snow here in North Central Florida…so I’ll limit my comment to be just a regional observation.

        Sanddog in reply to K. | July 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

        I never imagined in a billion years I’d own not one but two Subarus. The first winter, I looked around and observed which cars were still on the roads zipping around oblivious to the fact that the roads hadn’t been plowed yet so I bought a used ’97 legacy wagon for my second winter. As long as my front bumper could clear the snow, I had no problems. I needed a bit more ground clearance so the next year I bought a Forester. I still have the Legacy and it has 487,000 miles on it… original engine and transmission and still running strong. It’s the best car new or used I’ve ever bought.

NC Mountain Girl | July 24, 2012 at 10:22 am

Nothing says badly aging boomer more than a car covered with left wing political slogans.

Ahh yes, a solution for the Green Commies.

Wonder what they will bitch about, concerning this baby..

Phillep Harding | July 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

“There is no Mad Tofu disease”?

Eating that regularly is not a symptom of some derangement?

(But, technically, the bumper sticker is not accurate. Prions are deformed proteins, and can be found in plants as well as animals.)

9thDistrictNeighbor | July 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

This is Factory Option 624(a)(i) with Subaru’s famous “We Return the Favor” service program whereby the owner receives new, up-to-date stickers as a reward for taking the car back to the dealer for routine maintenance.

radiofreeca | July 24, 2012 at 1:29 pm

As someone with family in the Texas oil/nat-gas business, I completely support banning fracking in all states in the North East! In fact, it should be banned in all states but Texas.

JohnnyT1948 | July 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

“No Human Being is Illegal” but I bet they are OK with killing the ones that haven’t been born yet.

theduchessofkitty | July 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

“Criminalize Fracking”.

Here’s the perfect answer to that.

You gotta wonder, though: how much does this idiot have to pay in student loans over the course of his life?

And by contrast, how are the holders of petrochemical engineering doing nowadays? According the Forbes, “petroleum engineering majors […] earn a median of $155,000—the highest paycheck on the list [of The 15 Most Valuable College Majors].” Heh!

My biggest problem with all these “fracking” stickers is that I’m a huge nerd… and so I instantly think of how the term was used in Battlestar Galactica.

Criminalize fracking? Not even the zero population growth people go so far as to suggest that…

Having just mailed a tuition check off to Cornell I eagerly await the moment the higher education bubble pops (!!!); that’s also the moment these sorts of clowns (those living in the Arts Quad dream) will be rudely thrust into the same economic world the rest of us live in and also (no coincidence) when our family will save some money in the process.