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Banning "Truck Nutz"

Some Florida lawmakers are trying to ban ... er... let me start from the beginning.

Apparently there's a thing in the south where people hang fake plastic testicles from the trailer hitch of their trucks. Jeffrey Rowland has already railed against them, but then righteously says today "I never wanted the government to get involved in the vehicular genitalia adornment industry!"

The Florida house has moved to ban these, but the senate hasn't included that part in their version of the bill. This is an interesting question of freedom of expression and such, but one sentence in the linked article caught my eye:
In a spirited debate laced with double entendre, Senate lawmakers questioned whether the state should curtail freedom of expression in vehicle accessories.
It gives me some hope that it's at least being debated, but more importantly, it gives me hope that they clearly have a sense of humor about it. I would really like to see that transcript...

Gore's The Assault on Reason complains about the lack of debate in the federal legislatures, how the ability to convince or be convinced is no longer part of the job. Seeing that the people getting elected to lower offices are at least capable of debate is a little bit heartening.


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Apr. 29th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
One of our friends in Ohio took a bunch of 4th graders to the state house in Columbus, and decided to have them listen in on some legislation, to learn about democratic debate, blah blah.

There was a bill being discussed on requiring people to wear shirts while camping/boating, or something like that. Right when the kids listened in, one woman said, "The last thing I want to see when taking my children on a canoe trip is some man's hairy pendulous breasts!"
Apr. 29th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Where can one purchase one of these fine vehicular accessories, these "truck nutz" of which you speak?
Apr. 29th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
::sigh:: I guess I'll just have to think of another wedding present idea, now.
Apr. 29th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
I'd seen a few of these around Champaign, and thought they looked dumb, but hey, to each his or her own.

This seems to be yet another demonstration that it's possible to get all sorts of stupid stuff introduced into bills. Fortunately, most of the stupidity doesn't survive the process.
Apr. 29th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
I think you're optimistic in saying "most" :)
Apr. 29th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
The interesting thing is where you can go with it. What if it depicts a sexual act...in a hard core way? soft core? I've seen ones with a deer on hind legs, with a target on its chest -- what happens if that turns into a black man with a target on its chest?

It's the line drawn between free speech and "contributing to the delinquency of minors". The dumb thing is......if a kid can recognize what it is, then they already know what it is, so you're not really protecting them from anything.

Although if we could get rid of those mudflaps on 18-wheelers that have busty barely-clothed women on them, I'd be in favor of it. I hate seeing cartoon nipples.
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)
I see "truck nutz" with distressing regularity in the course of my work, right here in bed-wetting-liberal Massachusetts. I cannot help but wonder if the desire to apply these to one's vehicle is motivated, somehow, by feelings of genital inadequacy? It cannot be mere coincidence that most of these artificially-gonaded trucks have jacked-up wheels, gun racks, stickers depicting crude cartoon figures urinating on rival truck company logos, etc. There is a major phallic subtext going on here. On another tangent, it's not really that inspiring to me to see junior legislators engaging in spirited debate about whether or not it's okay to put fake testicles on your truck. There are issues I think deserve heated discussion and intense thought, but this isn't one of them.
May. 1st, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Debate? yes. Good debate? maybe
While it's good that there is debate at all, one needs to ask if this _really_ is a needed piece of legislation. Thank you Florida for banning truck nuts. Now, can you get your [insert real issue here] into some semblance of working order?
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