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(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   Georgia inconsistently banning vanity license plates. MKSNOSNSE   (ajc.com) divider line 69
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2013-01-12 07:52:17 AM
A federal appellate court ruled unconstitutional Missouri's statute banning license plates with language "contrary to public policy." The court held the statute gave the Missouri Department of Revenue far too much leeway to ban speech

The fight over this one went on for nearly 20 years with the Supreme Court finally declining to hear the case back in 2002 and thereby letting the circuit court ruling stand that this woman got to keep her ARYAN-1 plate.
 
2013-01-12 10:29:10 AM
Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.
 
2013-01-12 10:31:51 AM
Maybe it's the young pot head in me from a decade ago, but I always thought personalized plates were a bad idea. It's a lot harder to remember j34-34ke instead of "steve4".
 
2013-01-12 10:36:45 AM
Personalized license plates are so 80s.
 
2013-01-12 10:39:27 AM

sift: Maybe it's the young pot head in me from a decade ago, but I always thought personalized plates were a bad idea. It's a lot harder to remember j34-34ke instead of "steve4".


Well, most of us aren't serial killers, perpetrators of hit-and-runs, dangerous drivers, druggies or other riff-raff for which a memorable license plate would be an issue.
 
2013-01-12 10:40:00 AM
A55-RGY ?
 
2013-01-12 10:40:59 AM

BrainyBear: Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.


Bumper stickers are too long and complicated for today's expressive motorist.
 
2013-01-12 10:41:18 AM
static.onemansblog.com
 
2013-01-12 10:41:20 AM

BrainyBear: Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.


If all license plates were anonymous random sequences, then it wouldn't be an issue. Some 'messages' being state approved and some not is what is discriminatory and objectionable.
 
2013-01-12 10:42:09 AM

TheCableGuy: A55-RGY ?


Great minds think alike, but I actually went through the trouble of posting the image, so I win.

Nyah.
 
2013-01-12 10:43:12 AM
Vanity plates are the Internet posts of the highway. No matter what you put on them someone will call it GHAAAAAAAY.
 
2013-01-12 10:47:47 AM
cdn.ebaumsworld.com
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2013-01-12 10:48:13 AM
"To decode these applications, department employees run the text through Urban Dictionary or Wikipedia, Lambert said. Even with these tools though, they don't catch everything."

if by run through you mean search then verbs don't matter somuch in the georgia then.
 
2013-01-12 10:48:35 AM
pleated-jeans.com
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2013-01-12 10:49:38 AM
www.paulspond.com
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2013-01-12 10:52:10 AM
dailyyeah.com
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2013-01-12 10:59:18 AM
I see the problem. You live in Georgia
 
2013-01-12 11:08:15 AM
"THAT DON'T MAKE NO SENSE!"
Watched it again last night.
It's all I could think of when I read the headline.
 
2013-01-12 11:08:24 AM
This is why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-01-12 11:15:25 AM

BrainyBear: Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.


I couldn't agree more.

However, the real issue here is simple; nowhere in the Constitution is the right to not be offended guaranteed.

This issue spreads far beyond license plates, and has gone way out of control. When people stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and starts keeping themselves - and those they care for - safe and secure without exploiting others the word will become a much less complicated place in which to live.

...Who put this soap box under me?
 
2013-01-12 11:15:31 AM
LAUGHTER OL at people who do the license plates upon which are the vanity plates.  What the losers with the larger of the egos than the penises of these.
 
2013-01-12 11:16:11 AM
Everything in the Georgia government, from the governor to the DMV, is based on brain-dead sentimentality and Jeebus-feelings. This is, sadly, no surprise.
 
2013-01-12 11:19:48 AM
So I guess 4Q2 won't ever be seen either?
 
2013-01-12 11:21:19 AM
Devo typing above is altogether Too Correct.
Spouse retains vanity plate, I had one when I had own wheels seen below:
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-12 11:27:33 AM
My Virginia plate is: 1l010l1

I was very surprised when it was actually approved and issued.
 
2013-01-12 11:29:05 AM
HLY KRAP
 
2013-01-12 11:29:33 AM

BrainyBear: Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.


This. Why don't we get rid of personalized license plates altogether? The only purpose a license plate serves is to provide a unique identifier for a licensed vehicle. Why the hell should the licensing agency allow this to be customized to begin with?
 
2013-01-12 11:32:27 AM

meow said the dog: LAUGHTER OL at people who do the license plates upon which are the vanity plates.  What the losers with the larger of the egos than the penises of these.


Thread over. MSTD had spoken.
 
2013-01-12 11:32:54 AM

Void_Beavis: BrainyBear: Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.

This. Why don't we get rid of personalized license plates altogether? The only purpose a license plate serves is to provide a unique identifier for a licensed vehicle. Why the hell should the licensing agency allow this to be customized to begin with?


Revenue
 
2013-01-12 11:33:50 AM

Wasilla Hillbilly: Void_Beavis: BrainyBear: Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.

This. Why don't we get rid of personalized license plates altogether? The only purpose a license plate serves is to provide a unique identifier for a licensed vehicle. Why the hell should the licensing agency allow this to be customized to begin with?

Revenue


Good point.
 
2013-01-12 11:36:36 AM

DashFieldpaint: My Virginia plate is: 1l010l1

I was very surprised when it was actually approved and issued.


You live near me. I'm going to follow you home and drink your milk from the carton and leave the toilet seat up.
 
2013-01-12 11:37:40 AM

joestoes: Wasilla Hillbilly: Void_Beavis: BrainyBear: Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.

This. Why don't we get rid of personalized license plates altogether? The only purpose a license plate serves is to provide a unique identifier for a licensed vehicle. Why the hell should the licensing agency allow this to be customized to begin with?

Revenue

Good point.


Voluntary is my favorite kind of tax. It's almost as if people will willingly pay for value, even if it's from the government!
 
2013-01-12 11:39:34 AM

amquelbettamin: [pleated-jeans.com image 500x375]
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What's wrong with Agina? ;)
 
2013-01-12 11:40:52 AM
Selective enforcement in Georgia? Unheard of.
 
2013-01-12 11:45:11 AM
My approved plate was UB6 IB9.

I told'em it was my old Canadian postal code.
 
2013-01-12 11:46:20 AM

laulaja: Devo typing above is altogether Too Correct.
Spouse retains vanity plate, I had one when I had own wheels seen below:


I don't get this one... Help!

/wake n bake, yay!
 
2013-01-12 11:47:30 AM
Who the fark cars? Vanity license plates are for jackasses.
 
2013-01-12 12:01:08 PM

Allen. The end.: Everything in the Georgia government, from the governor to the DMV, is based on brain-dead sentimentality and Jeebus-feelings. This is, sadly, no surprise.


As a Georgia native and resident, I agree with this sentiment. That is also why my girlfriend and I are escaping to the Pacific Northwest this fall. I cannot f*cking wait to get out of the "Bible Belt".
 
2013-01-12 12:02:05 PM
Hmm.
I never thought about this in such a way.

I guess the state reserves the right to decide what is offensive and what is not since (feel free to correct) that the license plates are gov property on loan or something.
 
2013-01-12 12:09:13 PM
Georgia's bureaucracy used to be pretty damn good.

Then a reverse hiring tidal wave took hold and 40 years later Georgia bureaucrats have all the sense of humor of Chicago Teacher Union presidents without the good looks

/MARTA
 
2013-01-12 12:10:05 PM

Resident Muslim: Hmm.
I never thought about this in such a way.

I guess the state reserves the right to decide what is offensive and what is not since (feel free to correct) that the license plates are gov property on loan or something.


Even if they're not on loan, does it make sense that a government entity should be constrained to print racial slurs, profanity, and near-universally offensive imagery (pedophilic, etc.) just because someone wants them too?
 
2013-01-12 12:11:17 PM

Wangiss: Resident Muslim: Hmm.
I never thought about this in such a way.

I guess the state reserves the right to decide what is offensive and what is not since (feel free to correct) that the license plates are gov property on loan or something.

Even if they're not on loan, does it make sense that a government entity should be constrained to print racial slurs, profanity, and near-universally offensive imagery (pedophilic, etc.) just because someone wants them too?


Obviously. But TFA mentioned the inconsistency. I considered applying for one that I am fairly certain would be fine, but I don't know that I want to stand out that much or pony up the extra cash.
 
2013-01-12 12:14:42 PM
There's a woman who drives a PT Cruiser with the plate BIGSEXY , it is 1/2 right.
 
2013-01-12 12:19:28 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-12 12:19:38 PM

BrainyBear: Why do we think our state-issued license plates are Constitutionally-guaranteed free speech? What makes us think that we're entitled to have our license plates express some personal message. Go buy a bumper sticker.


And then they even call them VANITY plates, and people want them more than ever.
I guess in today's self-absorbed world, vanity is a good trait. It means you keep your Facebook updated.

/No, I don't try to interpret whatever clever saying you put on your car.
 
2013-01-12 12:26:10 PM
Virginia, being vanity plate central, provides lots of opportunities:

25.media.tumblr.com
24.media.tumblr.com
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-12 12:30:08 PM
I believe that the word "inconsistently" equates to "whar bannun the wunz we understand ayund thaynk ar bayd"
Which probably isn't very many.

Civil servants don't exactly need to be MENSA candidates to get thar jerbz.

That being said, my last trip to the DMV was actually quite pleasant.
 
2013-01-12 12:32:55 PM
A few months back I saw a truck driven by a woman in the Lynnwood, Wa. area with something like DTFNWCMN. I wonder what that could mean. BTW, there's a naval station not too far from here...
 
2013-01-12 12:36:06 PM

computerguyUT: I believe that the word "inconsistently" equates to "whar bannun the wunz we understand ayund thaynk ar bayd"
Which probably isn't very many.

Civil servants don't exactly need to be MENSA candidates to get thar jerbz.

That being said, my last trip to the DMV was actually quite pleasant.


The one in Cobb County that was notorious for its hours-long waits is now so efficient that your license fees are waived if they take longer than 30 minutes from the time you've been issued a number. Some of the tag offices are similarly more efficient now.
 
2013-01-12 12:36:28 PM
1BIGGUN?

www.yourprops.com
 
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