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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:37 PM

is this license plate obscene? IB6UB9

is this license plate obscene? IB6UB9
I had no idea until they explained but some drivers have complained.


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Is this license plate obscene? The Santa Fe Motor Vehicle Division thinks it is, but one man in New Mexico is fighting the department with a little thing called the US Constitution.

Robert Anaya's vanity plate, which reads "IB6UB9," has been dubbed "controversial" by media outlets like KOAT and was revoked by the agency after apparent complaints since it was issued in 2008. The plate appears to be an acronym for "I be 6, you be 9," a reference to a sex position.

Even though Anaya maintains that the plate is an inside joke between him and his friends, his lawyer says it doesn't matter.

"If you allow the government to start chipping away at our constitutional rights, it can have more serious implications in the future," attorney Leon Howard told the station. "Mr. Anaya feels bullied by the MVD."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/ib6ub9-license-plate-obscene-robert-anaya_n_1836337.html

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Reply is this license plate obscene? IB6UB9 (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 OP
mike_c Nov 2012 #1
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #2
mike_c Nov 2012 #10
loli phabay Nov 2012 #5
gollygee Nov 2012 #3
Honeycombe8 Nov 2012 #4
CakeGrrl Nov 2012 #6
MrSlayer Nov 2012 #7
NoPasaran Nov 2012 #8
DollarBillHines Nov 2012 #9
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #14
DollarBillHines Nov 2012 #26
AnnaLee Nov 2012 #11
jberryhill Nov 2012 #12
riderinthestorm Nov 2012 #13
seabeyond Nov 2012 #18
cherokeeprogressive Nov 2012 #15
reflection Nov 2012 #16
donco Nov 2012 #17
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #19
Casandia Nov 2012 #20
Motown_Johnny Nov 2012 #21
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #37
Barack_America Nov 2012 #44
muntrv Nov 2012 #22
Turborama Nov 2012 #23
Motown_Johnny Nov 2012 #24
4nic8em Nov 2012 #25
MadrasT Nov 2012 #27
cloudbase Nov 2012 #28
opiate69 Nov 2012 #29
dimbear Nov 2012 #30
Hassin Bin Sober Nov 2012 #48
Ghost in the Machine Nov 2012 #31
SoCalDem Nov 2012 #32
dem4ward Nov 2012 #33
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #36
HappyMe Nov 2012 #40
REP Nov 2012 #46
arthritisR_US Nov 2012 #34
HappyMe Nov 2012 #35
Blue_In_AK Nov 2012 #38
Glamrock Nov 2012 #43
Ilsa Nov 2012 #39
Cleita Nov 2012 #41
samsingh Nov 2012 #42
BillyJack Nov 2012 #45
BlueJazz Nov 2012 #47

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:38 PM

1. I think it's CLEVER....

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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:38 PM

2. did you understand it before reading the article?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:42 PM

10. I understood it as soon as I saw it, in the other, locked thread....

LOL, I actually clicked that thread first and saw you'd deleted it, then saw the new thread and commented as soon as I backed out of the self deleted one. I actually commented before I read the article, but hey-- it's DU, where we do that ALL THE TIME.

My first reaction actually was "now that's clever!"

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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:39 PM

5. i think its cute, i love virginia for all the personalised plates and trying to work them out.

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:39 PM

3. Yes, I got it immediately

I don't think vanity license plates are a constitutional right, and I think states can restrict them so people don't have sexual jokes on their license plates if they want.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:39 PM

4. I would never have guessed what it means. But no big deal. They shud choose another name.nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:39 PM

6. Cute, if you have a loose sense of humor.

I mean, you're not OBLIGATED to take them up on it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:40 PM

7. Nothing wrong with that at all.

 

It's not obscene or profane at all.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:41 PM

8. First they came for the sexy vanity plates

And I said nothing, because I didn't have a sexy vanity plate

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:41 PM

9. I had a '69 GTO with SDNRNR

in Texas.

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Response to DollarBillHines (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:50 PM

14. i'll bite. what does SDNRNR mean...?

 

in texas.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:06 PM

26. Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll

It was a 60's thing.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:43 PM

11. It wouldn't have occurred to me if you had not told me to look for something obscene. nm.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:47 PM

12. It is inappropriate, but not obscene

The DMV is well within its discretion not to issue a plate with that on it. If not, they have not drafted the regulation properly.

I am not familiar with NM's law, but in many places the license plate is not personal property over which the registrant exercises sole control over what may be printed on it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:47 PM

13. Guess I have a dirty mind - I saw the 69 right away and knew what it was

and no, I don't think it should be censored.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:52 PM

18. me, too, lol lol. but, i think it should not be allowed. i think it is cute and clever though.

a line. this is over the line.

but, i am not tied to it either. so not a big deal.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:50 PM

15. Nnnnnope. Incredibly childish, but not obscene.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:50 PM

16. Stupidest nontroversy ever. n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:51 PM

17. it would

be easy enough to remember.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:52 PM

19. there's no constitutional right to put whatever you want on a license plate.

 

besides- technically the plates belong to the state, not the car owner.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:00 PM

20. In Michigan, we have I 69....and on I 75 there is exit 69 for Big Beaver Road

So, NO..this license plate is NOT obscene. It would be right at home here!

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Response to Casandia (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:01 PM

21. and they tried to put a Hooters restaurant there.

edit to add

don't forget about I-696

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Response to Casandia (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:42 PM

37. time to change the exit and road name

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #37)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:03 PM

44. No way! It's a landmark!

It can be found in numerous rock band tour documentaries! If only it were located in Climax, MI rather than Troy.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:02 PM

22. Reminds me of I-75 in SE Michigan, where exit 69 is Big Beaver Highway.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:03 PM

23. If they count corporations as people and let them have free speech, the little guy should be allowed

...to have a fucking joke, playing with fucking words, on a number plate (as long as it's not related to illegal fucking).

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:03 PM

24. Suggestive, yes... obscene, no

and one of the best ones I have seen in a while was (on the rear of the car as all plates are in this state) UCIMB4U


you see I (a)m before you

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:05 PM

25. No...

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:06 PM

27. Obscene? No.

Juvenile? Yes.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:07 PM

28. Texas gave my friend 2FN SLO

but then determined that it's obscene. He's got the plate on the wall over his desk at work.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:14 PM

29. Wait... there`s a sexual context for the number 69?? Shit... name amnesty plox??

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:27 PM

30. Don't you hate it when people whistle dirty songs? n/t

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Response to dimbear (Reply #30)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:12 PM

48. HaHa!

I was thinking of an old Benny Hill skit:

Old retired Schoolmarm: "he was a very naughty boy. He knew all the dirty songs"

Reporter: "He sang them in class?"

Schoolmarm: "no, but he whistled them!"

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:29 PM

31. No! I used to have one myself.... n/t

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:31 PM

32. A while back someone I knew lost this one

8J4IT

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:33 PM

33. DMV issued the plate.

 

They can't do shit? Freedom of speech & expression!

Here's my favs!







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Response to dem4ward (Reply #33)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:40 PM

36. omg

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Response to dem4ward (Reply #33)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:47 PM

40. Those are funny.



Of course, there's always going to be . It's really not something to get to get upset about.

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Response to dem4ward (Reply #33)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:07 PM

46. Those are great

Someone had a pic of a FL plate A55 (orange)RGY.

I would love to have WTF CA as my plate. People here drive ... WTF?ly.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:36 PM

34. Na, I thought it was a hoot.

Mind you, I haven't got a puritanical bone in my body

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:40 PM

35. Clever.



Good grief, but that's a stupid thing to get worked up about. Live and let live.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:44 PM

38. If 6 turned up to be 9

I don't mind.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #38)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:01 PM

43. Rock on baby!

Same thing jumped into my mind's ear when I read the op. Strange minds think alike.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:46 PM

39. Too clever to be obscene, IMO.

If it isn't immediately obvious, how can it be obscene?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:49 PM

41. It's subtle enough not to be offensive IMHO.

When I was in high school, a classmate put up a sign on our class bulletin board that said "No Parking Between 6 and 9." It stayed up for months until the nuns got it.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:52 PM

42. its cute

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:04 PM

45. Nope - not offensive. eom

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:09 PM

47. Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. I seen way worse plates than that.

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