Thursday, April 22, 2010

protecting speech

the VA DMV has recalled a vanity plate with Hitler connotations: 14CV88.

from the pilot, The "88" is sometimes a coded reference to Heil Hitler, as each word begins with the eighth letter of the alphabet.

The "14" is thought to stand for the number of words in a white supremacist credo. The "CV" is an apparent reference to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

it is always a sticky issue when vanity plates are recalled. according to the law, the state can recall any plate that is found to be offensive and can do so because plates are government property. what is considered to be offensive, however, is sticky.

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