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Industry Approved License Plate—Can’t We All Just Have The Same Message On Our License Plates?

Here is an industry approved license plate I saw on my travels in Cincinnati and Kentucky last week.

Here are some basic facts about coal in Kentucky. 

I wish we could just go back to license plates that had a nice tourism related saying on them– or some type of state motto—that everybody can support.

I don’t like thoughts expressed on license plates that I agree with anymore than ideas I do not support. I would not buy a license plate calling for higher taxes on the rich.

We just need to know that Pennsylvania is the Keystone State and that Texas is the Lone Star State and that Rhode Island is the Ocean State.

If you want to purchase a vanity plate—That is your affair. People have been able to buy such license plates for many years.

But it is best that government endorse no political or specific cultural message of any kind on our  license plates.

If you want to “choose life” or proclaim that you support pet adoptions or that you are a graduate  of Louisiana State or wherever —Then get yourself a bumper sticker.

Must we be bombarded with messages all of the time? Can’t we have just a broad identity common to all on our license plates?

There are so many avenues by which we can express ourselves these days.  The blog you are reading is a way I express myself.

As for my license plate—I’m happy to be known as a citizen of the Lone Star State no matter where in the nation I may drive. I’m happy to share that identity with every Texan.

Here is some history of Texas license plates.

Here is a great website with photos of many American license plates over the years.

Here are photos of license plates of the world.

Below is a fine license plate. It tells us that Nevada is the Silver State. The color makes the plate all the better. A common message need not be drab. (Photo by Stripey the Crab)

There should at least be some forum where we share a common identity. Just because we have the same message on our license plates, does not mean there are not plenty of other issues over which we can disagree and argue.

September 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

I Roll Down The Streets Of Cincinnati In My Cadillac—Turn Off That Fox News

You might wonder how a big time blogger such as myself rolls down our roads and highways.

I roll in style.

Above you see my black Cadillac parked a few hours ago at a White Castle in Covington, Kentucky.

How am I able to drive such a fine American-made car?

It is a rental.

How did I come to be able to afford to rent such a car?

The rental car company let me have it to get rid of me and my complaints.

The first car I rented on my current trip to Cincinnati, Ohio was a Dodge Charger. That was what they had on the lot that I could tolerate.

It turned out though that the headlights on the Charger only worked in high beam. I can’t go around town with my brights on for the duration of my visit.

I called the customer service number and they said I had to go back to the airport lot to get a new car.

Once back at the airport lot, they wanted to give me a car that I did not like as much as my first car. Also, I dealt with two people who could not offer up a simple apology about how I had to drive back to the airport in the rain to get a replacement car.

I went off the lot and into the car rental place office.

And, of course, the TV at the rental car office check out line was playing Fox News.

I say “of course” because  I have been in that car rental office a number of times in recent years, and every time I am there they have Fox News on that damned TV.

I know I should have said something a long time ago. But when I’ve got some time off and I’m out on the road, I just want some peace. 

This time though I said, in a calm tone because I respect my fellow working people, that I had to drive down to the airport lot in the rain, that  now they wanted to give me  a cruddy replacement car, and that I do not pay money to rent cars from these folks so that I have to look at Fox News for any amount of time.

And just like that they conjured up a nice black Cadillac.

I was so pleased with this car, that I stopped at the White Castle in Covington, Kentucky to celebrate with a cup of decaf and an order of fries.

You might see me any day now rolling down the streets of Cincinnati in my Cadillac. I’ll have the driver’s side  window open, and I’ll be playing my favorite New Order and Joy Division tunes.

March 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Two Flags Over The Demolition Yard

I’m not reflexively against consumption. I consume things. I discard things.

I own a car. When I am done with my car–After I drive it as long as it will run–I will discard the car.

People need jobs making and selling things. There are many valid reasons that people want to make use of material things.

I’m not looking to make a softball point that our Texas and United States flags stand in large part for our right to use stuff and then to toss it away.

Yet there is the picture as seen at an auto demolition yard near the Houston Ship Channel. There sure are a lot of cars in that lot.

So make of it what you will. See the picture using both nuance, and a recognition of what the photo shows–Even if unintentionally–clearly enough.

(Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

See The Parts That Make The Whole

Above you see what is under the hood of my car.

There are many parts.

Each part has a specific function.

Here are some basic facts on how a car works. Here are more advanced facts on how a car works.)

The true value of the specific function that each part has, is, when all is said and done, realized by the fact of the smooth operation of the car.

Let’s see things as the sum of their parts. Let’s consider the greater function that can be achieved when all the parts are working as they should.

This is true for machines. This is true for individuals. This is true for society.

Yesterday I wrote a post in which I spoke of ideology, metaphor, advocacy and biography as 4 seemingly separate aspects of our existence that in fact tell one story.

What are the parts of your life that will make you the person that you want to be, and that will allow you make the difference in society that you are able to make?

What is required of a society to make it one where people have access to health care, quality education, and to a legitimate hope that life can be made better?

October 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Government Bailout Funds Pay For Sexist Ads To Appeal To Insecure Losers Who Need A Dodge Charger Because They Hate Women So Much

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The commercial for the Dodge Charger during the Super Bowl said that a man should buy a Dodge Charger to make up for all the nagging he gets from women at home.

This is because government bailouts funds are for subsidizing sexist ads to appeal to the kind of loser who needs to buy this car.

Above you see a Dodge Charger in all its potency.

(Picture taken by Infrogmation.)

If you don’t like having a woman in your life, then go live on your own.

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments