• Feb 21st 2007 at 5:28PM
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A recent amendment to legislation changing the height requirement for rear splash guards on trucks in Arizona that would have resulted in the ban of mudflap images deemed obscene or hateful has been defeated in the state legislature. Introduced by Tempe Democrat Ed Ableser, the amendment's restrictions would have encompassed the cheeky chrome naked-lady-silhouette mudflaps we've all seen countless times before. One of the amendment's other supporters, Theresa Ulmer (D - Yuma), said that the ban would help promote family values and would also dovetail with efforts to curb pornography and sexual predators.

It's one thing to work the well-intentioned family values angle. You lose us, however, when you mention chrome girlie mudflaps in the same breath as porn and sexual predators. They are kitschy, not criminal. What's next? A ban on Yosemite Sam "BACK OFF" mudflaps because the guns he's holding condone violence? This is the problem you run into when going down this road -- the scope of what's deemed harmful or obscene creeps wider and wider.

[Source: AP via Instapundit)

The catalyst for it all came about when Rep. Ableser saw a vehicle sporting mudflaps that used a derogatory term for black children on them. We called Rep. Ableser's office for more information on that, but haven't heard back yet. Suffice it to say that whatever he saw must have been pretty classless and reprehensible, otherwise he would not have been inclined to pen regulatory legislation. That said, the amendment proved too far-reaching, as evidenced by the 31-19 defeat it was handed. It's one thing to find something offensive (we each have our own definition of what "crosses the line"), but legislating good taste is always going to be near-impossible.

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      • 8 Years Ago

      This is what happens when you vote for the liberal left.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seems the real boobs here are the Arizona legislators, not the images on any mudflaps.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Can all of you guys posting on here tell me where I can get a hold of a set of mudflaps w/ a silhouette of a fake, surgically enhanced, giant penis w/ an erection? Cuz those would look really hotttt on my car... Or would you all find that offensive while you idled behind me in traffic? Ahahahahaha... That's the trouble w/ American men, most of them have such low self-esteem, that they can dish out their BS about sexual freedom, but they cannot take it if it is applied equally back at them... And, yea, you're right, mudflaps is the LEAST of the inequalities when it comes to the availability of naked GUYS for girls to see... Where the hell is the girl's version of Hooters, where I can go to see hot guys in tight Speedos showin' off their packages while servin' me up a burger for tips, LOL? Where are all the strip clubs w/ all-nude GUYS, hmmm? Where are the hot guys in the porn films? Hey, I've got an idea... Maybe all of you on this board who are soooo into sexual freedom, can go get jobs in the sex industry & start strutting around naked for tips so you can FINALLY begin to practice what you preach & quit being such hypocritical dicks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Finally, I decent woman!!! I love you!!! You exactly right!!! It's really funny - but they would have a problem if that happened!!! I'm with you 100%!!!!1
      • 8 Years Ago
      Castration would probably work.

      YES, for liberals in particular!

      Why is it they are always making laws because something offends one person? Changing or taking away whatever it is OFFENDS ME and millions of others.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "As for forms of government let fools contest, for that government that governs the least governs the best." - Somebody famous

      Democrat, Republican, who cares the above quote is the only thing that matters.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And whats wrong with porn?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who said she's naked? It is a silhouette after all!! The woman who posed for this could have been fully clothed. This guy needs to get a grip and focus on real problems like drugs and illegal aliens.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What happened to free speech and freedom of expression- the basic principles that this country was founded upon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How stupid do you have to be in order to be offended by a mud flap
      • 8 Years Ago
      7. What happened to free speech and freedom of expression- the basic principles that this country was founded upon.

      Posted at 5:58PM on Feb 21st 2007 by GLENN

      You want to know what happened, well about a little over 200 years ago a bunch of wealthly land and SLAVE owners decided to write up a contract that stated," All men are created equal". This country was born upon lies and deciet and it will die on the same notion. Time to grow up my fellow americans and realize THE AMERICAN DREAM was a big LIE!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      who said she's nude ? she may have a bikini on.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And I thought that NY was being stupid for trying to ban spinner wheels. Who are these idiots making laws now, how the hell did they get elected? Seriously, their wasn't anything more important than to try to ban mud flaps featuring an nude silhouette?
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