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Driving down to New York for New Year's, Andrew notices a dramatic increase in the number of those magnetic troop-support ribbons:

... The only problem with supporting the troops in this way is that, in most cases, the magnet flasher is not actually providing anything for the troops. This isn't way to show support of a war or a policy but merely a method of showing support for the people with a risky job to do. The magnet offers the near-anonymous statement that "the owner of this vehicle hopes that no one will get hurt."

I'd venture to argue that, in most cases, to dawn a Support Our Troops vehicle magnet is to do nothing more than give in to a fad. To support my argument, consider this: which way does a ribbon go? ...

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shelley says (on January 2, 2005 03:58 PM):

Andrew's comments seem to be down, but I found the NYT article he references from November and it *is* still available for free when linked directly (not through archives):

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Lis Riba says (on January 2, 2005 09:30 PM):

Of course these people know which directions ribbons should point. With the new wider bulb (remember when AIDS-ribbons were these little thin things?), a sideways ribbon looks just like a Jesus-fish!

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Christopher Davis says (on January 2, 2005 10:43 PM):

I do have a couple of the magnets on my fridge at work, but I bought them in early 2003, while visiting my sister-in-law and infant niece at Ft. Bragg, while my brother was in Iraq, from the unit's Family Readiness Group--in other words, as the fundraising object they were originally intended as, not the "watch my SUV get single-digit mileage as I enjoy my Bush tax cut" they are now. Sigh.

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dyana says (on January 3, 2005 01:55 PM):

The ribbons are obviously in short supply on the South Shore. We've had about 6 (yes, six, we get given them a lot) stolen off our vehicle alone. Not to mention the night all the cars in our lot had them ripped off.

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