Saturday, October 13, 2007

or whatever deity


R. C. saw this one in Tulsa, OK. He points out that given the location, they probably aren't making a comment about the multiple potential conceptions of God.

29 comments:

Jeff said...

Maybe by "God" they mean that midget with a God complex that the supreme court put in charge?

Francois Tremblay said...

Nah, they mean "god" in a metaphorical way... like how you'd say "thank god" to express relief. So basically they're relieved that the troops exist (probably so the ad writers themselves don't have to get killed in dusty foreign countries).

Anonymous said...

Is a "diety" a god of weight loss?

bethany said...

how come snarky spelling correctors are ALWAYS anonymous? Let's see you write several posts a day without making any mistakes. I fixed it.

Anonymous said...

Are they using god as a euphemism for sexual reproduction?

The Promiscuous Reader said...

Well, I wouldn't post anonymously to correct a spelling error, bethany, but if you're going to have a snarky blog you get to have snarky comments. (And doesn't your editing program have a spellchecker?)

The amazing thing is that the anonymous commenter managed to evade Coren's Law, which holds that any grammatical/spelling correction one posts will itself contain a grammatical/spelling error.

bethany said...

I don't mind snark, I'm just saying that I use my real name when I snark, and anonymous cowards get on my nerves.
I compose in the blogger editor. I guess it does have a spell checker, but I'm usually posting in a rush between other things. Maybe I should post less often and spell check.

Anonymous said...

I drive by the pictured billboard every day from work... Always found it rather striking...

rcmorrison said...

This is RC, source of "God" (giggle) billboard who wants to ask Anonymous who drives by the billboard and finds it "striking," striking dumb or striking brilliant?

rcmorrison said...

Bethany, post more often and forget the spell checking.
I think Anonymous posts are something less than couragous but that's the way some people are built. Also note the post was 3:24 PM and if they were at work . . .

Anonymous said...

Anonymous's Law:

Every blog discussion sooner or later devolves into a debate on etiquette.

Mikayla Starstuff said...

You sure it wasn't a Unitarian Universalist orgainization that put this sign up?

Sarah said...

Thank "GOD" for bilboards like ths. Without them I would lose hope. *indian tear*

jimmy said...

Mikayla Starstuff:

No, the U.U.s' billboard would have read:

THANK GOD* FOR ALL THE TROOPS** FROM THE AMERICAN*** FAMILY****

* The use of the word "God" here does not mean to imply that we are certain that a deity exists or to belittle those who believe in no deity or multiple deities.
** By "troops" we refer not only to American soldiers but to soldiers and civilians of all nations, and we wish to express our continued desire that none of them kill one another.
*** "American" here is not meant to signify that those from other countries do not believe in God* or are not thankful for troops**, nor to belittle them in any way, nor to imply that all people living within the U.S.A. borders are Americans, though we consider American all who consider themselves to be.
**** By "family" we mean any group of people, biologically-related or not, in an interdependent or interdependent-esque relationship, not limited by gender, sexual orientation, or any other factor.

rcmorrison said...

Whoa Jimmy, you nailed the Unitarian perspective . . . and illustrated why when I ask a Unitarian a question, I forget what I asked before they finsih the answer. Oxymoron: passionate Unitarian

rcmorrison said...

Can we go back to 10/14 and the anonymous post about "God" being a euphemism for sexual reporduction . . .Huh?! That went over my head at 5000 ft. Explain please.

Khamille said...

You find all the greatest "unnecessary quotes," mister!

COULD BE TODAY! said...

rcmorrison said...
Can we go back to 10/14 and the anonymous post about "God" being a euphemism for sexual reporduction . . .Huh?! That went over my head at 5000 ft. Explain please.

I think what Anonymous(not me) meant was the billboard may as well have read: Thank 'sex' FROM THE AMERICAN FAMILY for all the troops.
Euphemisms being what they are... I think Anonymous meant 'dysphemism'. --Pat

Teh Canadian said...

o my...i love it..

rcmorrison said...

WHAT! #@&**!!!
"dysphemism" You people are on drugs. Google "American Family" and see what you get.
Now will the original Anonymous pleeeeeeeeeze tell me what he/she meant!
Desperate in Tulsa

Anonymous said...

Jeez. You peepl are like all "grammar nazis". Just chill out.
It's like there are enough little hilters on the Internet.

jimmy said...

Little Hilters?

Manichattan said...

Striking - like lightning I suppose.

@rcmorrison - Um.
I think the poster is insinuating that the children borne as a result of sexual relations in American Families creates a new generation of cannon fodder to send to kill little brown people.

So the sign would be interpreted as
saying "Thanks to American Families having sex, we have all these troops."

or something like that.

Sam Lowry said...

perhaps it's an acknowledgement of the # of troops eing sent to the afterlife?

karma said...

I'd have to say that Jeff, the first commenter, probably has it right. I mean, they didn't really mean that, but that's how I'd interpret it if the billboard was posted by an anonymous.

always2ndplace said...

i think anonymous meant thank god sexual reproduction has allowed us to have troops, therefore us others, (although still created through sexual reproduction) don't have to do combat ourselves.

but wow, really a stretch.

Avyn said...

I think it "refers" "to" this one guy in "California" who "legal"ly changed his name to God.

Hillary said...

A comment:
>WHAT! #@&**!!!
>"dysphemism" You people are on
>drugs. Google "American Family"
>and see what you get.
>Now will the original Anonymous
>pleeeeeeeeeze tell me what he/she
>meant!
>Desperate in Tulsa

I think that anonymous person was just referring to the fact that often when people use quotes or air quotes they are using a sexual innuendo. That's how I took it anyway.
But no matter how you take it, this sign is awesome! Not as awesome as the "no sex policy" van, but still cool. XD

rhb said...

Similar example I caught in the North Dallas area:
TELL THE KIDS
I LOVE THEM
"GOD"