Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Don’t you find you can often size someone up by the bumper stickers on his or her car? As I was driving through Takoma Park today, I saw a car loaded with ads and slogans. Most of them were for music stores, representing all sorts of instruments. But the one that caught my attention said,

If the fetus you save is gay, will you still fight for its rights?

I love the fact that we can say just about anything on the back of our cars, including slams against the current administration of which there are many these days, with no fear of reprisal.

Have you seen a good bumper sticker recently?


Blogger media concepts said...

I post photos of cars with their bumper stickers all the time. The last one I spotted must have dated from the 2004 or even the 2000 election, and it read:

When Evil Just Isn't Evil Enough

4:49 AM  
Blogger Pauline said...

My three favorite bumper stickers:
Imagine Whirled Peas
Speak up, even if your voice trembles
Tree hugging dirt loving earth person

And my favorite bumper sticker story? When my kids were young they used to read aloud the stickers on cars that we passed. One day, the lucky kid in the front seat saw a sticker that read, "Honk if you love Jesus." He leaned over with a grin and honked the horn. The woman whose car boasted the sticker stuck her head out the driver's window and snarled, "What the f%$# are you honking at?"

7:10 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

Sometimes, in certain neighborhoods, an inflammatory bumper sticker does bring consequences like broken windows, dented hoods, slashed tires. Not in Takoma Park though, not ever.

Bumper stickers crack me up. I used to always laugh out loud (LOL) when I saw those "Love your Mother" stickers with a graphic of the earth.

On a car? My goodness, how schitzy is that??

8:16 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

MC -- There are many countries where you would be beheaded for sporting such bumper stickers. All hail democracy!

Pauline -- Loved the story. I guess she had forgotten about her love of Jesus...

Reya -- Takoma Park is indeed unique. I suspect the driver of that car might work in the House of Musical Traditions, one of the funkiest music stores ever.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Kellyann Brown said...

In my nefarious past, I had a friend who was a born again Christian. She once told me that she refused to put any Christian symbology on her car because she was such a horrible driver, she didn't want to ruin people's beliefs in Christians. ::laugh:::

I had a van that I drove and drove and drove and drove (I put 260K miles on that Chevy Astro), it had a bumper sticker that say, "Subvert the Dominant Paradigm". I guess that is a very Berekely kind of bumper sticker!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I saw one today that said "Pro-choice? Follow me to the polls." I wasn't exactly sure what it meant - would the driver take someone to the polls or lose them in the country? Maybe I'm the only who thinks that way.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Gary said...


Thanks for this post. I have thought of this issue before. The folks who scream for the rights of an unborn child but then condemn it once it is born for one reason or another. It is like setting the world stage for more hate and prejudice. Or being against abortion but then not supporting legislature that will provide funding for said children. It makes me crazy. favorite bumper sticker is "Dyslexics of the world untie". That really cracks me up.

5:13 PM  

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