11.29.2006

fucking for virginity

please insert your own joke about flyover country, conservative america, and white people {here}.

a perfectly lovely couple in Colorado have put a large peace-sign-shaped wreath up on the side of their house, and are being fined 25 bucks a day by the desperate-suburban-grasp-for-power homeowner's association of their neighborhood. the draconian overlords are citing a rule that prohibits "signs, billboards, or advertising structures of any kind," which in my opinion raises a fascinating semiotic issue about what, precisely, a peace sign indicates (my guess: peace), and whether it is made more or less okay by virtue of being expressed via coniferous tree branches hung vertically on a home, rather than, say, flaming gasoline poured on someone's lawn.

apparently residents in this neighborhood have a history of being irked by this whole notion of "peace," though - they find it offensive to display the symbol "while our country is at war." Okay, this i can sort of grudgingly wrap my brain around, in a stupid-americans kind of way: Fine, whatever, it's demoralizing to our troops to be in favor of not currently being in a state of war. Hello, soldiers in the US Military. God forbid we achieve some sort of diplomatic balance in the world and put y'all out of a job. No peace! Not ever! Obviously this is a moronic stance to take towards a circle with some lines in it, but I am willing to allow that these individuals are, in fact, morons.

But then we enter the really amazing explanations: the head of the homeowner's association claims that "the peace sign has a lot of negativity associated with it ... It's also an anti-Christ sign. That's how it started." Mmm-hm. Yes. The peace sign has a lot of negativity associated with it. And is a sign of opposition to this very famous dude who preached peace.

For serious? For serious. Apparently the lines inside the circle look like - ready? - an upside-down cross with broken arms. Alternately, like the semaphore sign for the letter D inside a circle meant to acknowledge nuclear disarmament. I would imagine that if you squint your mind enough it also looks like the very top of a mountain seen through a split-lens camera viewfinder, as well as a stick figure doing a headstand as viewed through a telescope.Me? I've always been told that the peace sign looks like a youknowwhat being inserted into a downthere. Which I prefer to all the other explanations, so I'm going to run with it.

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