"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Errr . . ., umm . . . OK. Whatever you say . . . . I guess.

It's not news that the DMV would like to sell you a vanity plate and pocket the extra cash. It's not news that about 2% of the resulting plates are clever. And it's not news that the DMV won't give you a plate that says "PENIS," much to the disappointment of teen-aged boys everywhere, for whom that would represent the height of subtle humor. There are web sites dedicated to helping you generate such a plate, and web sites listing thousands of them.

But comes now the Washington Post with a story about the above-pictured Virginia license plate: 14CV88. If you guessed from the tail-gate decoration that it has something to do with our Muslim brothers and sisters, then you're right. And here comes the explanation:
A photo of the truck hit the Web a few days ago, went viral on car and other blogs and finally came to the attention of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group for American Muslims. On Wednesday morning, the group complained to the DMV that the plate contained a white supremacist and neo-Nazi statement.

A few hours later, the DMV agreed that the plate contains a coded message: The number 88 stands for the eighth letter of the alphabet, H, doubled to signify "Heil Hitler," said CAIR's Ibrahim Hooper. "CV" stands for "Confederate veteran" -- the plate was a special model embossed with a Confederate flag, which Virginia makes available for a $10 fee to card-carrying members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. And 14 is code for imprisoned white supremacist David Lane's 14-word motto: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
I'm glad we've cleared that up.

p.s. Do you suppose this means I ought to remove the "Terrorist Hunting License" decal from my truck? I'd not want to be sued by the Terrorist Anti-Defamation League.

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