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2012-09-29 08:18:51 AM
These particular GOP supporters have a bit of work to do to hit Cheney-level fearmongering
 
2012-09-29 08:42:01 AM
Tossers. Soon to graduate to salad.
 
2012-09-29 09:30:12 AM
One resident responded by putting more signs on her property.

While I will never feel a need to put a political sign up in my yard, I like this response.

Suck it, haters.
 
2012-09-29 12:07:23 PM
Oh, those rugged GOP heroes who are ready to debate their ideas in the free market of the political arena.
 
2012-09-29 12:11:41 PM
More stunning displays of maturity from the GOP base.
 
2012-09-29 12:41:43 PM
I expect-nay,hope-that Romney signs will be smeared with actual bullshiat.
 
2012-09-29 12:49:20 PM
There's a family a few houses down from me that has had an Obama lawn sign ripped out of their yard probably half a dozen times or more since they put it up. They just put it back each time. I don't understand the mentality of people who will trespass on someone's private property to remove a lawn sign endorsing a politician they don't agree with.
 
2012-09-29 01:06:30 PM
Has a yard sign or a bumper sticker ever affected your decision on who you cast your vote for?

Do you think your yard sign or bumper sticker will really influence anybody else's decision?
 
2012-09-29 01:26:14 PM
Wait... Vancouver?  Which is in Canada, last I checked?
 
2012-09-29 01:39:52 PM

downstairs: Wait... Vancouver?  Which is in Canada, last I checked?


VANCOUVER, Washington
 
2012-09-29 01:48:03 PM

Tarkus: downstairs: Wait... Vancouver?  Which is in Canada, last I checked?

VANCOUVER, Washington



Ha!  I fail.
 
2012-09-29 01:52:36 PM

Il Douchey: Has a yard sign or a bumper sticker ever affected your decision on who you cast your vote for?

Do you think your yard sign or bumper sticker will really influence anybody else's decision?


Obviously one singular sign or bumper sticker isn't going to change anybody's mind. The point is that seeing large numbers of them, on lots of different people's lawns and vehicles, helps to build a perception that a candidate has a large base of support among your community, and that many of your friends and neighbors have endorsed them. For the average person who doesn't follow politics too closely, that can be the impetus that drives them to learn more about a particular candidate and (hopefully) vote for them come election day. 

A less kind of way of putting it is that a lot of people like to just follow the crowd, rather than doing their own research and picking the candidate that best represents them.
 
2012-09-29 02:18:22 PM

Il Douchey: Has a yard sign or a bumper sticker ever affected your decision on who you cast your vote for?

Do you think your yard sign or bumper sticker will really influence anybody else's decision?



Its called branding, and its been a major part of advertising forever.  There are two types of advertising: ads that deliver a specific message about why the product is better, or what must-have features it delivers.  And then branding.
 
The reason a lot of people know about Under Armour's athletic clothing and shoe line is because of branding.  You see their logo everywhere if you watch sports... and rarely do you see any message as to why they're better than Nike or Adidas.
 
It works because people now assume they're a quality brand if they've seen so many ads (just their logo) in so many prominent places (stadium billboards, warm-up gear, etc.)
 
2012-09-29 02:26:57 PM

BitwiseShift: Tossers. Soon to graduate to salad.


I see what you did there. I learned that word from Doc Martin.
 
2012-09-29 02:30:00 PM
I worked in BFE semi-rural Michigan in 2008. One house on Main Street in a "town" (the town as about two blocks square, then farm) had a large Obama sign up. Which got stolen, paintballed, etc. They kept getting new ones.

Finally, they added a handmade sign next to the Obama one, which said (paraphrasing, should've taken a picture):

"Every time you steal or destroy this I give more money to Obama to get a new and bigger sign. Also, this is my property and I have a shotgun".

Warmed the heart, it really did.

/campaign sign wars are f--king stupid, stupid nonsense
//but that was awesome
 
2012-09-29 02:30:22 PM

Il Douchey: Has a yard sign or a bumper sticker ever affected your decision on who you cast your vote for?


It does in local races......see, familiarity makes one more comfortable with casting a ballot.

Soo.....in a local race, say candidate A) drops 100 large on signs. Candidate B) Nada. Come polling day, wheneveryone reads their ballot...."Let's see....we've got John Smith or Jim Roberts. I've never heard of that Roberts character, better go with Smith, he sounds like a nice fella."
 
2012-09-29 02:30:50 PM
VIVA TOMATICAS
 
2012-09-29 02:31:35 PM

bulldg4life: One resident responded by putting more signs on her property.

While I will never feel a need to put a political sign up in my yard, I like this response.

Suck it, haters.


Kind of like making more Mohammed movies.
 
2012-09-29 02:31:48 PM
(for the record, the Obama folks would have happily kept giving them new signs for free. Which made it even better that they donated every time an old sign got destroyed, IMHO).
 
2012-09-29 02:32:28 PM
Last election, my Obama sign was stolen 3 times. Just went out and got a new one each time. I've had an Obama bumper sticker on my car since then, too. Although it's never been stolen (it's a magnet), I got hassled quite a few times for it. That died down after the 2010 elections but has started to ratchet up again since the conventions.

I should get another lawn sign for this year. Been too busy and forgot to get one.
 
2012-09-29 02:32:33 PM

AcneVulgaris: bulldg4life: One resident responded by putting more signs on her property.

While I will never feel a need to put a political sign up in my yard, I like this response.

Suck it, haters.

Kind of like making more Mohammed movies.


No.
 
2012-09-29 02:33:45 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: (for the record, the Obama folks would have happily kept giving them new signs for free. Which made it even better that they donated every time an old sign got destroyed, IMHO).


I'm not surprised 0bama supporters would have expected free signs.

/Hurr durr
//durr hurr
///Sobriety sucks, I'm off to Oktoberfest!
 
2012-09-29 02:34:38 PM
Dear GOP, please respond to this outrage by burning a cross on your lawn every night.
 
2012-09-29 02:35:48 PM

brigid_fitch: Last election, my Obama sign was stolen 3 times. Just went out and got a new one each time. I've had an Obama bumper sticker on my car since then, too. Although it's never been stolen (it's a magnet), I got hassled quite a few times for it. That died down after the 2010 elections but has started to ratchet up again since the conventions.

I should get another lawn sign for this year. Been too busy and forgot to get one.


It's incredibly pointless in my neighborhood to have an Obama sign. So I gave mine to my Dad.

I am going to put up my "McCain/Palin 08: You Kids Get Off My Lawn" sign* for kicks, though. Call it a Halloween decoration.

... I might have to get another Obama sign as to not confuse the neighbors *too* much.

* Someone actually had that up - professionally made - in 08; my Dad found it after the election in a field a block over and gave it to me, so I traded him for my Obama sign.
 
2012-09-29 02:36:26 PM
Wonder how many poor people they could help with those tomatoes they're wasting.
 
2012-09-29 02:37:15 PM

downstairs: Tarkus: downstairs: Wait... Vancouver?  Which is in Canada, last I checked?

VANCOUVER, Washington


Ha!  I fail.


Don't feel bad; I had to search around to figure that one out, too.
 
2012-09-29 02:37:26 PM
LOL religion of piece.
 
2012-09-29 02:38:17 PM

born_yesterday: StreetlightInTheGhetto: (for the record, the Obama folks would have happily kept giving them new signs for free. Which made it even better that they donated every time an old sign got destroyed, IMHO).

I'm not surprised 0bama supporters would have expected free signs.

/Hurr durr
//durr hurr
///Sobriety sucks, I'm off to Oktoberfest!


Hey, guess how elections work, Republican *and* Democrat:

If you're a supporter and want a sign, you get one. Donations happily accepted, sometimes suggested amount posted.

If you're a supporter and you live on a main drag? You get a bigger one, and probably for free. Free advertising, how does it work.

Hell, the campaign I worked for had an adorable retired older guy who would personally deliver signs to your house should you request one from one of our volunteers/callers/while we were waiting on the printer.
 
2012-09-29 02:38:18 PM
1. Get big signs- the kind that are banners between poles (because they swing pretty well already)
2. Set them up so that if something strikes the banner with enough force the poles swing backward, or that the banner itself deforms backward.
3. Hook up a switch that will be activated by either the poles swinging back or by being struck through the banner.
4. Wire switch to a dry cell hidden in the bushes that operates a relay, opening the valve on a hose pointed at the most likely point of origin.
5. Bonus points- run a line to a camera to photograph the action when the thing is triggered.
 
2012-09-29 02:38:24 PM

Coco LaFemme: There's a family a few houses down from me that has had an Obama lawn sign ripped out of their yard probably half a dozen times or more since they put it up. They just put it back each time. I don't understand the mentality of people who will trespass on someone's private property to remove a lawn sign endorsing a politician they don't agree with.


I'd connect it to a car battery and put a tarp in front of the sign with a shallow pool of water with some sod covering it and set up a webcam nearby...
 
2012-09-29 02:38:35 PM
I would put a second sign stating, "FREE TOMATOES"
 
2012-09-29 02:38:39 PM

SilentStrider: Wonder how many poor people they could help with those tomatoes they're wasting.


If the poor people were truly concerned about their own welfare, they would sit in front of the sign and catch the tomatoes.
 
2012-09-29 02:40:02 PM

downstairs: Il Douchey: Has a yard sign or a bumper sticker ever affected your decision on who you cast your vote for?

Do you think your yard sign or bumper sticker will really influence anybody else's decision?


Its called branding, and its been a major part of advertising forever.  There are two types of advertising: ads that deliver a specific message about why the product is better, or what must-have features it delivers.  And then branding.
 
The reason a lot of people know about Under Armour's athletic clothing and shoe line is because of branding.  You see their logo everywhere if you watch sports... and rarely do you see any message as to why they're better than Nike or Adidas.
 
It works because people now assume they're a quality brand if they've seen so many ads (just their logo) in so many prominent places (stadium billboards, warm-up gear, etc.)


Much like the (Your'e a) brand douche. Because, You're a Douche. Tee Em
 
2012-09-29 02:40:25 PM
So if the homeowner shoots the next person who trespasses on her property with the intention to commit vandalism and possibly assault, conservatives would have to support her, right? Hmmm...
 
2012-09-29 02:40:29 PM
OK, in seriousness- a motion sensitive camera covering the yard + Youtube would be the best deterrent possible.
 
2012-09-29 02:41:03 PM

downstairs: Wait... Vancouver?  Which is in Canada, last I checked?


In this case, it appears to be in Florida. The website has links to other Florida things (FLA lottery numbers, Miami Dolphis, etc).
 
2012-09-29 02:42:04 PM

Rug Doctor: So if the homeowner shoots the next person who trespasses on her property with the intention to commit vandalism and possibly assault, conservatives would have to support her, right? Hmmm...


She'd just be standing her ground.
 
2012-09-29 02:43:38 PM

Rug Doctor: So if the homeowner shoots the next person who trespasses on her property with the intention to commit vandalism and possibly assault, conservatives would have to support her, right? Hmmm...


You'd have to prove the intent to commit assault. I'm not aware of a jurisdiction where deadly force is okay just because someone sets foot on and/or is defacing your property.
 
2012-09-29 02:43:55 PM

dethmagnetic: For the average person who doesn't follow politics too closely, that can be the impetus that drives them to learn more about a particular candidate and (hopefully) vote for them come election day.


i think its more effective for local elections like school board or mayor.
 
2012-09-29 02:45:25 PM
Meh

Sign defacing and stealing has been going of forever. I have had them defaced and stolen from my yard many times. I have had them stolen or replaced by other candidates signs out on the road many times.

The past few years have been a bit more respectful, everyone leaves everyone else alone and just puts up their own signs next to each other.*

Outrage denied.

*Though this year may be different
 
2012-09-29 02:45:44 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7354813/79697604#c79697604" target="_blank">geek_mars</a>:</b> <i>downstairs: Wait... Vancouver?  Which is in Canada, last I checked?

In this case, it appears to be in Florida. The website has links to other Florida things (FLA lottery numbers, Miami Dolphis, etc).</i>

It listed under "weird news" so I'm guessing it's not Florida. Florida woulda been under "local news" maybe?

/also, no Florida tag
 
2012-09-29 02:46:29 PM

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Rug Doctor: So if the homeowner shoots the next person who trespasses on her property with the intention to commit vandalism and possibly assault, conservatives would have to support her, right? Hmmm...

You'd have to prove the intent to commit assault. I'm not aware of a jurisdiction where deadly force is okay just because someone sets foot on and/or is defacing your property.


Well, the dead can't defend themselves against your accusation of feeling threatened, so depending on the state, you could likely get away with it.

"Officer, I asked that mouthbreathing farkwit to get away from my sign and he turned to face me and became agitated. It's at that time I felt my personal safety was in danger and I defended myself."
 
2012-09-29 02:46:42 PM
During the Kerry campaign, we had a bunch of yard signs stolen from our yard. Replaced them, after smearing all around the perimeter with a mixture of vasoline and cayenne.

We lost one (1) more sign, never another.

/csb
//don't fark with a chemist
 
2012-09-29 02:47:44 PM
Ironically if people were allowed to vote in the US election in Vancouver, BC, Obama would probably win by 80 or so points. Possibly more.
 
2012-09-29 02:48:48 PM

Rug Doctor: So if the homeowner shoots the next person who trespasses on her property with the intention to commit vandalism and possibly assault, conservatives would have to support her, right? Hmmm...


I'm sure they'd just call the homeowner a hypocrite, because they support a candidate who is trying to take away their right to bear arms.

For what it's worth, I've seen more signs for Gary Johnson than Mitt Romney here in Lincoln, NE. I found that a little bit interesting.
 
2012-09-29 02:49:53 PM

Rug Doctor: So if the homeowner shoots the next person who trespasses on her property with the intention to commit vandalism and possibly assault, conservatives would have to support her, right? Hmmm...


No, see, she should just shut all that down. You know, spiritually. Unless, of course, she was asking for it. In which case, burn burk-ah the whore and forget it. Simple.
 
2012-09-29 02:50:29 PM

Conthan: Rug Doctor: So if the homeowner shoots the next person who trespasses on her property with the intention to commit vandalism and possibly assault, conservatives would have to support her, right? Hmmm...

I'm sure they'd just call the homeowner a hypocrite, because they support a candidate who is trying to take away their right to bear arms.

For what it's worth, I've seen more signs for Gary Johnson than Mitt Romney here in Lincoln, NE. I found that a little bit interesting.


For the record, I was just pretending to answer for conservatives. I have no fears about Obama taking away anyone's guns.
 
2012-09-29 02:50:54 PM

AmStatic1: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7354813/79697604#c79697604" target="_blank">geek_mars</a>:</b> <i>downstairs: Wait... Vancouver?  Which is in Canada, last I checked?

In this case, it appears to be in Florida. The website has links to other Florida things (FLA lottery numbers, Miami Dolphis, etc).</i>

It listed under "weird news" so I'm guessing it's not Florida. Florida woulda been under "local news" maybe?

/also, no Florida tag


I'm doing really well today. I saw a bunch of links but somehow missed the one in bold print that linked to the original source, a news station in Washington state.
 
2012-09-29 02:51:16 PM
whatev, I'm still putting up my Dukakis sign
 
2012-09-29 02:51:30 PM

Il Douchey: Has a yard sign or a bumper sticker ever affected your decision on who you cast your vote for?

Do you think your yard sign or bumper sticker will really influence anybody else's decision?


Read up on the Asch Conformity tests.

A: xxxxxx
B: xxxxxxxx
C: xxxx

When a test subject was placed with three other participants who all declared line A was the longest one third of the test subjects concurred with the majority opinion.
 
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