Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Signs of a rebel

I was driving around yesterday looking for some special hooks with which to hang my 48-foot extension ladder (no luck so far but I’ll keep you posted). I was tailgated down the high-way by a guy following me so close that all I could see was the Confederate flag imprinted on the front grill of his truck. This got me thinking; what are the most popular symbols of those zany and wacky folks out there who consider themselves to be rebels? I brainstormed for the optimal five minutes (as suggested in the Big Book Of Brainstorming) and this is what I came up with:

The Confederate flag - This one is obvious because those folks who don’t think too clear probably just look at the colours and the design (those Confederate flag designers won international awards back in the 1860s for the design – a little known fact) and that is probably as far as they take it. The old ‘it’s good enough for the Dukes Of Hazzard it’s good enough for me’ syndrome rears it’s ugly head here. I guess if you don’t think about the racism or the slavery aspects of the Confederacy, it’s all good. This is actually not the official flag of the Confederate States of America but rather the Confederate Naval Ensign (as we all know the Confederate navy consisted of one big metal boat {either the Monitor or the Merrimac, depending on how good your memory is}, three canoes and a raft.)

Che Guevara – The guy’s been dead for almost forty years and some still look to him as a symbol of rebellion, which he was I suppose but does that mean that forty years from now some folks will be wearing Osama t-shirts? Something else is just think about what Che’s reaction would be if he know about who was wearing his image or using it in some other way today. Bands use it, fat guys smoking cigars (no, not Fidel) wear it on their shirts, and there are companies that use the image as a symbol too. For a Socialist that would have to hurt. He’s probably spinning in his graves. I did like the book and the movie ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ though.

Anyway… Humouroceros


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