18 August 2004 @ 03:24 pm
Another Case Of A Bad Apple Spoiling The Bunch  
So, some guy in Washington (the state) got a vanity tag, couple years back, that says "GOTMILF". OK, fine, we all know what that means. Two years later, the cancelled and revoked the plate, because of a whopping 2 complaints. Two. As in more than one and less than three.

The reasons they finally gave for all this was that he had given false/misleading information on his application, where he claimed it stood for "Manual Inline Lift Fluctuator," some kind of automotive part. Later, when confronted about it, his claim was that was a present to his wife, standing for "got married into Lisa's family". OK, these were lame (along with the other possibilities he listed on his response), and thus, the Department of Licensing didn't buy that or his assertion that the plate was within his First Amendment rights.

But, come on...2 fucking complaints in two years? Does this sound like a problem? This is the shit I talk about constantly...that we've become such a whiny, pussified, litigious society, that people in power we'd rather act on the tiniest complaint than learn to deal. And what does that teach us? it teaches us that whining gets your way...and soon, you whine about everything. This is NOT the way to run a species, kids.

Guess what? Freedom means sometimes you have to put up with things you aren't fond of. Freedom doesn't mean complete freedom for YOU. I think a lot of people forget that little factoid. Freedom here means we all gotta live, work, and deal together. I'm not so much supporting this guy's right to have his (mildly) offensive license plate, as I am denouncing the system's reaction to what is, in all fairness, one step from the tiniest fraction of the population you could get. In two years, PLENTY of other people have seen this plate...I think two complaints is nothing.

If this were me? OK, fine, I'd turn in the tag...and then paint "GotMILF?" right on the back of the trunk lid, or on the bumper.

Damn The Man.
circle23circle23 on August 18th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
Sribbles McBottomfootachmanage on August 18th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
being a sheltered little Christian Boy that I am, I have no fucking clue what gotMILF means. But I think that "Manual Inline Lift Fluctuator" is funny as shit.

The First Ammendment only specifically allows there to be a Press and for the people to speak out against a grievance (this would be a grievance) by the government, but the Federal government should not be sticking its nose in issues like this. If I want a bumper sticker that says "fuck off," though it isn't within my First Ammendment Rights (arguably it may be) I should still be allowed to have it and if anyone says otherwise, that'd be why I have such a cool bumper sticker.
circle23circle23 on August 18th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
2 things
M.I.L.F. = Mother I'd Like to Fuck

and as for that bumper sticker be creative Phuck OFF woks to and no obscentiy laws broken only idiots who cant read or spell wont get it. i had painted that on a leather jacket in high school my principal told me to remove and wouldt let me back in with it. He then said i could sue and would win but that by the time a judgement was awarded i'd be graduated or at least my frineds would have by then. The cool thing is he also told me that he liked the creative thought behind it and actually was in my corner but a f3ew teachers had complained . then 2 weeks later i was caught using the school photocopier making flyers depicting the Reagan with his arm around Hitler as well as depicting the local police station as a nazi stronghold ... didnt get busted but i was watched near the copier from then on LOL
Sribbles McBottomfootachmanage on August 18th, 2004 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 things
You cunning fox, you.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on August 18th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
True. I think his invoking the 1st here is a goofy move, since it really doesn't apply.
Chrisclipdude on August 18th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
If I want a bumper sticker that says "fuck off," though it isn't within my First Ammendment Rights (arguably it may be) I should still be allowed to have it and if anyone says otherwise, that'd be why I have such a cool bumper sticker.

In Cohen v. California, the Supreme Court overturned on First Amendment grounds the conviction of someone who was sentenced to jail time for wearing a jacket which said "Fuck the draft", noting that "one man's vulgarity is another's lyric."
Chrisclipdude on August 18th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
By the way, where in the First Amendment is it specifically limited to the press or to speaking out against a grievance?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Maybe you read it differently, but I read it as roughly as:
Congress may not:
  1. pass laws respecting an establishment of religion
  2. pass laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion
  3. pass laws abridging:
    1. freedom of speech
    2. freedom of the press
    3. the right to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances
(The fourteenth amendment extends these prohibitions to state governments.)
Firewindkidarrian on August 18th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
wow....two *word censored in case the government PC Gestapo is watching* complaints.

gotta love it, whats next drat? darn? dang?

IMPLIED words???