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Personalized license plate owner: It's an ode to Harleys, not racism ("DYNGR")
Muskegon Chronicle ^ | 12/10/09

Posted on 12/10/2009 1:48:41 PM PST by earlJam

Personalized license plate owner: It's an ode to Harleys, not racism

By Chad D. Lerch | Muskegon Chronicle

December 10, 2009, 3:11PM

MUSKEGON COUNTY -- Richard Macaulay is a Harley-Davidson lover through and through.

The Muskegon man said he takes pride in his Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide motorcycle, which he keeps in immaculate condition.

Macaulay said he was shocked to receive a letter from the Michigan Secretary of State's office recently stating that his personalized license plate of seven years had been revoked.

The Secretary of State's office informed the retired factory worker that a complaint from a Muskegon Heights woman had surfaced, claiming the personalized tag was racially insensitive.

The plate reads: DYNGR.

Tiffany Gilmore filed the complaint last month. Gilmore, who is black, believed the plate encouraged racism toward blacks.

Macaulay says the plate, which was renewed every year without objection is an ode to his love of the Harley Davidson brand of motorcycles.

He says it's an abbreviation that blends his two favorite Harleys: The Dyna Wide Glide and the Soft Tail Springer. Over the seven years he had the plate, Macaulay said he never received objections from anyone.

His brother-in-law thought it was an abbreviation for "danger." But, he said, no one ever thought it was racially motivated.

Until last month.

After he received the complaint letter, Macaulay said it took him several minutes to figure out what the fuss was about.

"I don't think that way," he said. "It took me a while to figure it out."

"This lady assumed immediately that I was a racist skinhead," Macaulay said. "There are so many other things going on, like the war. People have nothing better to do than spend their lives being pissed off."

Macaulay said he has applied for a new personalized license plate similar to the one that has been recalled. But it lacks the letter "N" so nobody gets confused.

"I would like to apologize to this lady for offending her, but that was not my intention," he said. "People who know me know that I'm not a racist. But she didn't really know what the plate meant."


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1 posted on 12/10/2009 1:48:42 PM PST by earlJam
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To: earlJam
"This lady assumed immediately that I was a racist skinhead,"

That's racist.

2 posted on 12/10/2009 1:51:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: earlJam

No one should be allowed to have an N on their license plates. Or B. Or L (the word lynching begins with L)


3 posted on 12/10/2009 1:53:07 PM PST by DManA
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To: earlJam
You just can't make this stuff up!

Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

R. J. Wiedemann Lt Col. USMC Ret

4 posted on 12/10/2009 1:53:07 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: earlJam

This to will be resolved in the coming revolution.


5 posted on 12/10/2009 1:53:16 PM PST by blam
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To: a fool in paradise

Yes it is.

The racers are in fact the racists.

Time to point this out.


6 posted on 12/10/2009 1:53:36 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: a fool in paradise

ASSMAN


7 posted on 12/10/2009 1:53:54 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: earlJam

And here I was reading it as Dyng(a)r.

The battle cry of Ewoks.

I’m such a geek....


8 posted on 12/10/2009 1:54:09 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: earlJam

You’d think black people could appreciate such an amusing coincidence. Unless it’s really a secret plot to incite hate crimes, and now that I think about, you can’t trust white people, so it probably is.


9 posted on 12/10/2009 1:54:36 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: blam

“This to will be resolved in the coming revolution.”

You are most certainly correct.


10 posted on 12/10/2009 1:54:39 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: earlJam

“I would like to apologize to this lady for offending her, but that was not my intention,”

The dumb twit does not deserve an apology. YOU deserve one from her.


11 posted on 12/10/2009 1:55:09 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: earlJam

I suggest that the offended person should get a liscense plate with DMBASS

It has to do with fishing. Really.


12 posted on 12/10/2009 1:56:16 PM PST by Made In The USA (The only thing better than bacon, is bacon wrapped in bacon.)
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To: earlJam

I bet she is constantly nagging her son about something.


13 posted on 12/10/2009 1:56:41 PM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar. ---- "OBAMA: THE GREAT MISTAKE OF 2008")
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To: earlJam
And to think I get nervous about putting a political bumper stickers on my car, mainly for my car's safety. I would replace that plate for my own safety. Cars can bump bikes right into the next county.

Of course, this could be just another Internet story everyone will be fact checking on.

14 posted on 12/10/2009 1:57:40 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: earlJam
"I would like to apologize to this lady for offending her, but that was not my intention," he said.
15 posted on 12/10/2009 1:59:51 PM PST by sausageseller (If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage. M, Thatcher)
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To: sausageseller

What? Apologize? She is the one that sees a racist behind every bush and the reason you lost your plate!


16 posted on 12/10/2009 2:00:34 PM PST by sausageseller (If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage. M, Thatcher)
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To: earlJam

This religion of HarleyDavidson never ceases to amaze me.


17 posted on 12/10/2009 2:00:55 PM PST by envisio (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: DManA
No one should be allowed to have an N on their license plates. Or B. Or L (the word lynching begins with L)

That is cruel. Once we go to 8-letter plates I'm getting EALABHAN. EAAHA just doesn't read the same. *\;-)

18 posted on 12/10/2009 2:01:25 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: earlJam

That’s quite a stretch. That racist must see a klansman standing behind every tree and lamppost. I’ll bet she says “Die Cracker” all the time.


19 posted on 12/10/2009 2:01:40 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Dixie Yooper

Regular number plates are always safer. Except for those thousand people who were issued plates after KKJ-999.


20 posted on 12/10/2009 2:02:01 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: earlJam

“...’There are so many other things going on, like the war. People have nothing better to do than spend their lives being pissed off.’ “

You said it right there. Just looking to be offended. That Obama. He’s just brought us all closer, hasn’t he?


21 posted on 12/10/2009 2:03:38 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: earlJam

One day all this PC crap with end. It’ll take a national tragedy and change of life, but it will end.


22 posted on 12/10/2009 2:05:18 PM PST by Rebelbase (Green bean casserole is a culinary curse upon mankind)
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To: blam

Bump.


23 posted on 12/10/2009 2:05:52 PM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Rebelbase

Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.

R. J. Wiedemann Lt Col. USMC Ret


24 posted on 12/10/2009 2:06:30 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: earlJam

My headline would have been : Gubmint niggles biker about vanity plate


25 posted on 12/10/2009 2:06:48 PM PST by Huck (The Constitution is an outrageous insult to the men who fought the Revolution." -Patrick Henry)
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To: earlJam

I see “dinger” .... maybe the guy’s a baseball fan.


26 posted on 12/10/2009 2:09:14 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: pandoraou812
I bet she calls 911 when McDonald's screws up her order.

But I'm sure she's a few fries short even when they don't.

27 posted on 12/10/2009 2:09:14 PM PST by TigersEye (Sarah Palin 2010 - We Can't Afford To Wait)
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To: Huck

LOL!


28 posted on 12/10/2009 2:09:16 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: earlJam

Stupid black racist idiot.


29 posted on 12/10/2009 2:10:09 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: earlJam
"I would like to apologize to this lady for offending her ...
No you shouldn't - you should sue her (and the state) for violating your 1st Amendment Rights.
She was offended? - TFB.
30 posted on 12/10/2009 2:12:58 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: DManA

Or C, G, H, J, K, M, P, S, W, or Z. Various racial and ethnic slurs begin with those letters, too.


31 posted on 12/10/2009 2:15:07 PM PST by CholeraJoe (I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter.)
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To: a fool in paradise

You can bet she raised her children to have the same attitude.


32 posted on 12/10/2009 2:19:22 PM PST by kempo ( is whole)
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To: massgopguy

Meanwhile there are racist brandings that getting glossed over by the media:

FUBU is a clothing company. It includes casual wear, sports wear, a suit collection, eyewear, belts, and shoes. The name is a backronym for “For Us By Us”,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FUBU


33 posted on 12/10/2009 2:22:34 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: earlJam

Such a niggling thing to get worked up about.


34 posted on 12/10/2009 2:28:26 PM PST by constitutiongirl ("Duty is ours. Consequences are God's."- General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson)
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To: earlJam
There are so many other things going on, like the war. People have nothing better to do than spend their lives being pissed off.

That's how many blacks, particularly in academia, spend their lives.

Doing the opposite might close the longevity gap, just maybe.

35 posted on 12/10/2009 2:30:39 PM PST by TheThinker
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To: MediaMole
Regular number plates are always safer. Except for those thousand people who were issued plates after KKJ-999

Too bad there are more than a thousand people who would want that one...

I have always let the state pick my plate for me instead of paying even more taxes. Some people think that plates are something you go out and buy because it's something they desire.

36 posted on 12/10/2009 2:31:34 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: earlJam

How niggardly of them! They must all be a bunch of nagger-lovers... (with apologies to South Park)


37 posted on 12/10/2009 2:39:06 PM PST by ikka
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To: earlJam

How many complaints has Tiffany Gilmore lodged against Snoop Dog or Chris Rock or Katt Williams or...?


38 posted on 12/10/2009 2:52:34 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: envisio
This religion of HarleyDavidson never ceases to amaze me.

I used to think the same way, until I rode a buddy's 80 cubic inch Superglide.

39 posted on 12/10/2009 2:53:57 PM PST by jimt
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To: earlJam
All words or letter sequences that contain N or G or R are now deemed racist a priori.
40 posted on 12/10/2009 3:12:07 PM PST by Paine in the Neck (Nepolean fries the idea powder)
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All words or letter sequences that contain N or G or R are now deemed racist a priori.

The National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) had better be careful too...

41 posted on 12/10/2009 3:16:14 PM PST by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: earlJam

I’ll bet when he got that letter he felt like pouring a jigger and dancing a jig.


42 posted on 12/10/2009 3:22:06 PM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: DManA

“R” stands for rope! This letter must be banned as well.


43 posted on 12/10/2009 3:23:54 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: earlJam
Here is one Tiffany that is not too bright.
44 posted on 12/10/2009 3:52:08 PM PST by ditto h
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To: Fresh Wind

This is bigger than jigger!


45 posted on 12/10/2009 3:52:37 PM PST by The Duke (Socialism is cool until somebody loses their paycheck.)
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To: Made In The USA

One day my boss came to work in a different car than usual.
I noticed the licence tag read “DIPPY”. I asked him why that tag and he replied it was his wife’s car and the state would not allow “DIPS—T”.


46 posted on 12/10/2009 4:04:58 PM PST by GOYAKLA
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To: TigersEye

Shaking my head again ...


47 posted on 12/10/2009 4:07:45 PM PST by pandoraou812 (time to dump tar & feathers on DC)
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To: earlJam

It took me quite a while to understand how that plate could have been offensive. I guess I just don’t think that way. Or look for that sort of thing. Or are freakin’ obsessesed about it, just waiting to be offended by the slightest thing.


48 posted on 12/10/2009 4:12:32 PM PST by jdsteel (CONGRESS: Take it again in twenty ten.)
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To: earlJam

Social Worker friend of mine wanted the plate SW4HIRE
It was turned down because someone at the State Level
thought it meant Smith and Wesson for Hire.


49 posted on 12/10/2009 4:14:08 PM PST by Prowler Fowler (One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.)
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To: earlJam

Sounds like someone needs to get a life rather that turning over rocks trying to find racism? *eyeroll*


50 posted on 12/10/2009 4:16:00 PM PST by chris_bdba
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