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If you LVTOFU, the ACLU might go to bat for your right to let the world know you love tofu. A Colorado woman was recently turned down by the state's DMV when she wanted a plate reading "ILVTOFU." The Department of Revenue said the letters "FU" are a banned combination, and cited a statute that allows rejections if plates are "offensive to the general public" or "offensive to good taste and decency." If loving tofu is wrong, we don't want to be right...
And the ACLU wants none of it. The organization has requested records from the Department of all of the rejected plates, probably with an eye to bringing a case if they find infringement of free speech. At issue is the boundary of First Amendment rights and state ownership of the license plate. An Oregon DMV rep said his state probably would have denied the plate -- Oregon turned down the plate "VINO" -- a Nevada DMV rep said his state probably would have approved it.

Even more odd is the list of banned 3-letter combinations on Colorado license plates. "Die," "gat," and "pee" we can understand. But "hot," "USB," and "moo"? Makes us think that Coloradoans have different meanings for their words than the rest of us...

[Source: Denver Post]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      obviously nobody loves tofu this much.

      it's definitely
      "I love to f*** you"
      • 6 Years Ago
      You should read the website you occasionally post on. Your 3 weeks late.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/04/08/womans-love-of-tofu-too-obscene-for-vanity-plate/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Respectfully submit, could anyone really care for the tofu that much? It's okay in the occasional soup or in salad dressing. She must wear birkenstock sandals and drive the Subaru too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Welcome to Colorado.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I LV TO FU too lady! mmm mmm tasty thanks for advertising yourself everywhere you go! I LV TO ST IN UR FNT ST N FU!
      • 6 Years Ago
      obviously Minnesota doesn't have the samer ban on "FU"

      my friend got 666 STFU for his vanity plate, someone at the DMV did question what it meant though... so he said Saint Francis University, lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      I *love* the ACLU. I don't know why they're such a conservative punching bag.

      ILVTOFU2!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Had the plate said something like "IEATMEAT" the ACLU would have taken a pass.

        The ACLU is no longer the defender of civil liberties it once was. It's now the defender of a certain viewpoint.

        Word is that brings in way more money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And who wants to defend him?
        • 6 Years Ago
        FSM wrote: "Its because conservatives like Rush don't really believe in free speech unless its convenient for their ideology."

        I didn't know Nancy Pelosi was a conservative.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't get it either. They defended Rush Limbaugh, for Christ's sake.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The ACLU only defends the liberties that are in vogue. They don't care about the second, for example.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Defending an organization's legal right to exist is not an endorsement. The ACLU is concerned with the letter of the law, its compatibility with the Constitution, and the equality of its application.

        Same mindset as "I don't agree with your opinion, but I'll defend to the death your right to voice it," despite identifying with the opposite end of the political spectrum.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Mr. Oak: Yeah, but if EVERYONE had guns.. :rolleyes: It's like telling all SUV manufactures to REMOVE stability control so it becomes a level playing field.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ACLU also defends NAMBLA

        Google them
      • 6 Years Ago
      2DRNKTOFK
      • 6 Years Ago
      The state of Colorado obviously don't know that proper meaning of phrases or words. My Plate says 'TOSSER'. Now if they knew English slag and understood what it meant, then I bet they wouldn't have issued it to me :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      one time I tried to get the plate "helrazr" and they said I couldn't get it. I should have said I was a devil worshiper and this was infringing on my freedom of religion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ACLU = American Criminal Liberties Union

      According to American Heritage magazine, the ACLU was first formed, in order to defend convicted U.S. communist organizers, during the 1930's. Now, they spend most of their time, trying to get convicted criminals out of jail, on technicalities.

      As Shakespeare said, "First, let's kill all the lawyers!"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Vig, nice little Glenn Beck dig. So do you just bash anyone who comes to mind, or have you actually watched Glenn Beck? Apologies if you do; however, I find a lot of people who bash whoever it is, often have never watched Glenn Beck (or whoever else they're bashing).
        • 6 Years Ago
        And you're citing American Heritage... Was that just a cover for "Glen Beck told me through me tin foil hat"? It was one of the major neo-conservative think-tanks before we realized that neo-conservatism leads to a slavishly hawkish foreign policy, economic ruin, and a theocracy. That's not exactly a reservoir for unbiased coverage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ACLU: the same organization which protected the "rights" of child molesters to solicit young boys, the "rights" of child pornographers to post material online, and the "rights" of Nazi's to harass elderly holocaust survivors... when will the American Criminal Liberties Union wither and die?!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        YEAH! We should so deny those people civil liberties because we don't approve of their lifestyles! I don't like what you do, so I'm going to deny you yours.

        It's not like our Constitution has this thing called the "Bill of Rights" that are apparently "inalienable" for everyone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Darn, I have already submitted for 'FUKTOFU.'

      You see, I love red meat!
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