Election 2008: Fun With Prepositions


OK, so what you’re seeing in the crap photo above is the back of a pick-up truck driven by a troop-supporting member of the Republican Party of San Diego County (the blurry RSD sticker in the upper right of the rear window tells us so) that I snapped while driving south on Crenshaw Boulevard on the way to work earlier this week. What you’re not seeing at all (and I’m pissed I couldn’t get a decent shot through my dirty windshield while moving at 40mph) is twofold:

1) Evidence that presidential candidate John McCain has apparently gained a foothold with the ESL vote, and

2) How not to display a hand-lettered candidate support sign that could have benefited from being proofread.

First off, the sign (the shape of which can be vaguely made out centered in the campershell window and thus creating a blindspot and being illegal) is posted on the inside of the tinted glass, enhancing it’s almost absolute inability to be read. Second, the enthusiastic writer of the sign — crafted from the side of a cardboard box and written upon with dark ink — demonstrates a marked lack of command of the English language by his use of prepositions.

Instead of going with the more traditional “for,” this McCainiac went with:


With support like that McCain’s a shoe-in. By sure.

Published by


Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."