What’s Next?


I was driving to work a few days ago (which is unfortunately in Virginia) and I noticed that the oversized SUV in front of me had a peculiar looking license plate. I squinted to get a good look and then my brain hurt. Why? Why would you want this on the back of your car? What do the words “Fight Terrorism” on a license plate actually accomplish? To me that’s like having the words “Fight Obesity” tattooed on your buttocks, one word on each cheek. Or “Fight Fatigue” on a pack of cigarettes. If I ever felt the urge to buy a custom license plate, I’d prefer to have the one that says “Fight For Your Right to Party”, or maybe just “Fight!”

Can anyone tell me what this is all about? It’s entirely possible that I’m just missing the point here.

10 Comments so far

  1. xian (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    “Fight Everything”

    Or, if you’re in politics:

    “Fight Everyone”

  2. Don (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    It’s another symptom of magnetic ribbon madness.

  3. Ross M Karchner (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    On a small car or hybrid, it’s interesting, and maybe even earnest (if kind of pointless).

    On an SUV, it’s f’n hilarious…

  4. T (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 12:31 pm

    I think it’s a command – as in you should check to make sure that the driver of this car has valid U.S. Identification and is not an illegal.

  5. Stacey (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    Ha! I don’t think it matters at all what kind of car it’s on. BUT, although I haven’t looked it up or the exact amount, in Virginia if you choose to have this license plate, a portion of your fee is given to the charity that continues to support the families and kid’s educations of the Pentagon 9/11 attack. Something like that.

    So I’m okay with it…

  6. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    My first thought was that it’s as pointless as all the celebrities wearing colored ribbons for their favorite “cause” at the awards shows…. you know, doing nothing, but pretending you make a difference.

    On the other hand, if some money ends up at a charity as Stacey notes above, then it’s not AS bad of an idea, but I have to ask: why not just give the money (probably more of it) to the charity directly?

  7. Max (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    Why not something more meaningful, like “Always Remember” or “I Gave $10 To The 9/11 Fund and You Didn’t”? Or maybe “Osama Sucks”?

  8. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 9:46 pm

    Why don’t we all have generic plates so that nobody will even have the remotest possibility of expressing their opinions or the causes they care about? While we’re at it, let’s outlaw bumper stickers too.

  9. Don (unregistered) on November 9th, 2006 @ 10:58 pm

    Wow, defensive much? Nobody demanded you give up your vanity plate, sparky. Max just expressed his befuddlement and a few of the rest of us signaled our amusement. The only person talking about “outlawing” anything is you, Dr Strawman.

  10. Joseph LeBlanc (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    Sorry, that was directed towards Aaron rather than Max.

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