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Old 03 May 2017, 01:36 AM
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After two calls were received at the Manitoba Public Insurance office complaining that his license plate was offensive to minorities, Nick Troller received a letter telling him to immediately "surrender" his license plate that read "ASIMIL8".

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Old 03 May 2017, 04:06 AM
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It's a strange world when "Oh, it's just the Borg" is reassuring.
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Old 03 May 2017, 02:43 PM
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a. Hasn't it already been established that vanity plates are not protected free speech?

b. Why do I get the feeling that Mr. Troller has said something along the lines of "What? It's totally a Star Trek reference! Look, I had a frame custom made and everything!"

c. Being a Star Trek reference doesn't make it less offensive, anyway. There's a reason the Borg were antagonists.
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Old 03 May 2017, 03:00 PM
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Regarding b, are you suggesting that he isn't using it as the Star Trek reference and instead is using it as an anti-immigrant message?
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Old 03 May 2017, 03:54 PM
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The thing is, I'm not sure that it's his intentions that really matter here.

And while Star Trek references are culturally widespread, 'culturally widespread' isn't the same thing as 'understood by everyone living in the area'. There are, believe it or not, quite a few people who don't follow the details of any specific fictional universe; and for people who don't follow that one, 'it's just the Borg' may not be at all reassuring.

But then, I'm not inclined to get worked up about standards for what the state will print on license plates, anyway; as long as they're not doing something along the lines of blatantly allowing things praising one religion but refusing those praising another. The license plate is the state's. It's the rest of the car that's the car owner's; as is any bumper sticker that person feels like mounting on it.
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Old 03 May 2017, 04:21 PM
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The guy should stop fighting it. After all, resistance is futile.
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Old 03 May 2017, 04:29 PM
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The license plate is the state's. It's the rest of the car that's the car owner's; as is any bumper sticker that person feels like mounting on it.
Or just about anything else. Like those ridiculous bull balls and similar appendages. Anyway there are lots of ways for a car owner to be offensive or funny or to tell the world what and who they like, don't like, believe in, don't believe in, you don't need to have a personalize license plate to do any of that.

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[QUOTE=Sue;1948524Like those ridiculous bull balls and similar appendages. [/QUOTE]

Illegal in SC. [Can't seem to find the law item mind you].

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Old 03 May 2017, 06:17 PM
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Regarding b, are you suggesting that he isn't using it as the Star Trek reference and instead is using it as an anti-immigrant message?
I am certainly suggesting that. But, as thorny locust pointed out, I also don't think his intentions are relevant. I was only making a *whimsical observation.

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Imagine a state (SC) where the team name for the largest university is the Gamecocks and they have: 1) Won NCAA Men's Baseball Championship 3 years in a row 2) Won NCAA Women's Basketball Championship 3) Made the Final Four NCAA Men's Basketball.

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Imagine a state (SC) where the team name for the largest university is the Gamecocks and they have: 1) Won NCAA Men's Baseball Championship 3 years in a row 2) Won NCAA Women's Basketball Championship 3) Made the Final Four NCAA Men's Basketball.

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Do they abbreviate on hats, T-shirts and foam fingers so it reads GO COCKS!?
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Do they abbreviate on hats, T-shirts and foam fingers so it reads GO COCKS!?
You guessed it.

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Several years ago, I read a profile about Maryland license plates. What I remember is that certain letter combos like KKK were prohibited as were certain words/phrases. I also remember the article mentioning a panel of linguists that the state could consult as a screening process for those people who wanted to their plates to read Up Yours! in a language other than English. Now that the state uses an alphanumeric pattern for car tags, I doubt that first point I made is valid now. The second? That's what Google is for!

OY--that must drive the Fundies up a wall!
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a. Hasn't it already been established that vanity plates are not protected free speech?
The Supreme Court only recently decided this in the US. I don't know if it has been decided in Canada, but Canada already allows greater restrictions on speech to begin with.
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I am certainly suggesting that. But, as thorny locust pointed out, I also don't think his intentions are relevant. I was only making a *whimsical observation.

*YMMV
I doubt it has anything to do with an anti-immigrant message. I believe that most of the concerned raised has been from First Nation people.
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