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Bumper Snickers

I sometimes get bored driving around, and I start looking at bumper stickers and other forms of decorations I see on other people's vehicles. And two last week gave me a bit of a chuckle.

The first was a guy who has found his niche in life, and is making a hell of a go at it. He discovered a market for himself, a line of work that he could get other people to pay him to do, and he's making the most out of it. The formal name of his business is "Dog-Gone-It Pet Waste Removal Service," but the license plate reads "SCOOP4U." And case you don't get that, he has the URL of his business plastered across the gate of his pickup. He must be doing pretty well, too, because the truck looked pretty damned new. There's gold in them thar... well, you get my drift.

The other one, although also on a Chevrolet, made me laugh AT the driver, not WITH him. The little SUV had dealer plates and a bumper sticker that read "SAVE JOBS / BUY AMERICAN." A noble sentiment, but the sticker was affixed to a Chevrolet Tracker -- which is simply a re-badged Suzuki Sidekick. Nothing like putting a big patriotic sticker on a Japanese vehicle...


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I see the disconnect, but w... (Below threshold)
Brian the Adequate:

I see the disconnect, but when we bought our last minivan, the % of North American sourced parts on the Toyota Sienna we bought was higher than that of the (pre-Diamler merger) Dodge Caravan.

GM owns 20% of Suzuki, and ... (Below threshold)
Candy:

GM owns 20% of Suzuki, and they build these vehichles together in California, so calling it American made is valid. After all, the automobile manufacturers are so intertwined now that you can't really tell who makes what anymore.

Brian and Candy beat me to ... (Below threshold)
Starboard Attitude:

Brian and Candy beat me to the punch.

I used to have a moronic brother-in-law who refused to buy "foriegn" cars. Through some connections, I was able to get him a GREAT deal on a Toyota that was manufactured by American workers in Kentucky. He refused, opting instead for a Big 3 "American" brand, that sourced the transmission from Canada, electronic systems from Japan, engine from Mexico, and most of the rest from Indonesia, Brazil and Argentina. The domestic content was so low, all one could say was it was "assembled" in the United States. That's far from "manufacturing" content.

15 years ago, I saw a Porch... (Below threshold)
Starboard Attitude:

15 years ago, I saw a Porche drive toward a hospital. The license plate said:

IN2B8U

What does he do for a living?

Starboard: Lab tech. (Int... (Below threshold)
Teri:

Starboard: Lab tech. (Intubate You)

Yesterday I saw a beautiful new presidential bumper sticker, freshly applied:

Kennedy
Johnson

Very few lab techs drive Po... (Below threshold)
Len:

Very few lab techs drive Porsches. My guess would be anesthesiologist.

I think Len's right.<... (Below threshold)
Starboard Attitude:

I think Len's right.

Before coffee, I misspelled Porsche and the licence plate. Bummer.

I think the plate said: IIN2B8U

I Intubate You.

I wouldn't want a lab tech doing that to me.

Perhaps the guy who runs "D... (Below threshold)

Perhaps the guy who runs "Dog-Gone-It Pet Waste Removal Service" would offer John Kerry ("John Carry"?) a job so the former Senator could stand proudly before a grateful nation and say, "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for doody!"

Ha! I'll remember that bum... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

Ha! I'll remember that bumper sticker as I'm driving around in my Nissan Altima, made in Tennessee. Where, oh-by-the-way, Nissan is in the process of moving its U.S. headquarters to.

Reminds me of the county in... (Below threshold)
wave_man:

Reminds me of the county in NC sometime in the early 90s that opted to buy some specialized machinery for their landfill from John Deere, a good ol' American company, rather than Komatsu from Japan, even though Deere's bid was $50,000 more per unit.

After delivery, they discovered that the Deere units were made in Japan. The Komatsu units were manufactured in the US.

My truck, courtesy of my so... (Below threshold)
wave_man:

My truck, courtesy of my son, Horn broken, watch for finger

not the exact wording, but ... (Below threshold)
dries:

not the exact wording, but i saw something akin to "walmart is your center for cheap, plastic crap" in lincoln aviator. i'm not keen on w-mart on peddling billions worth of plastic, disposable chinese junk to american lumpenproletariat BUT i doubt that smug NY housewife ever realised, that those people shop there because that's all they can afford?




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