Tuesday, May 15, 2007


We photographed the car in front of a roadhouse on Hwy. 176 near St. Matthews, S.C. , which goes by the name of Chaps. We're pretty certain that this is not a franchisee of Ralph Lauren and willing to bet that these folks aren't British since that ain't the Union Jack flying up there.

Neither does this seem like the headquarters of Welcome Wagon. We've eyed the place in passing a few times before and thought that it might be wise to wait until the parking lot was clear of motorcycles, pickups and draft animals before calling at their door. There seemed to be no one guarding the place except for that moose which is hiding behind the tree.

For Chaps, the jewel in their crown is clearly the "C" flag. We have learned that it is politically correct to bring up any odious word using its first letter, in caps if you can, in quotes if you will. That way we can admit that we know the bad word, use it openly and often, but prove that we fear and loath it. The red in the "C" flag is for the red herring, that handy device which provides the necessary absolution from logic, facts and history. It means that one need not set their own house in order, need neither care for nor support their own issue, but have the blank check of blame to write anytime, anywhere for any amount. This currency would dry up should anything happen to the old "C" flag.

The present irony is that the Bubbas who keep that old flag flying are not protesters against the politically correct they are enablers of it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Stars and Stripes, but my Great Grandfather died in the Army of Northern Virginia so I cannot disrespect the Stars abd Bars bubbas or not. :)

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confederate Chap has a pleasant ring to it. Sort of like the eternal REBEL YELL!!!
keep it flying -- flying high

9:24 AM  
Blogger Windviel said...

We thought that "Chaps" had a decidedly British influence. In fact, in 1862 Great Britain considered recognizing the Confederacy for whom they had built effective commerce raiders which disrupted Union merchant shipping. However, the Confederate defeat at the battle of Antietam damaged British confidence in the Confederate effort and the plan was dropped.

3:24 AM  

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