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Mudflap "porno" still legal in AZ
Posted by: McQ on Monday, February 19, 2007

In today's United States, attempts at legislative stupidity aren't the domain of any single political party:
It's still going to be legal in Arizona for trucks to have splash guards with racist terms and silhouettes of naked women.

The state House on Thursday rejected a Democratic amendment that would have banned splash guards with images that are "obscene or hateful."

Tempe Democrat Ed Ableser sponsored the amendment. He said he'd seen a splash guard that used a derogatory term for black children and said he wanted to make sure that people with hateful motives didn't inflict them on others.

Democratic Rep. Theresa Ulmer of Yuma supported the amendment and said it fit with lawmakers' other efforts to crack down on pornography and sexual predators.

"I personally am tired of explaining to my 11-year-old son why they (women) are depicted on mudflaps , but not all women are 36Ds. He's very confused by that," Ulmer said. "But seriously, this is about family values — what are we going to send out as a message to our children."

Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Gilbert opposed the amendment. He said it probably violated First Amendment protections for free speech and that "hateful" isn't defined by law.

Ableser's amendment, rejected on a 31-19 roll call vote, would have been added to a bill (HB2316) sought by the Arizona Trucking Association to change Arizona's height requirement for rear fender splash guards. The bill was given preliminary approval and now awaits a formal House vote.
I "personally am tired" of seeing 'the children' used as an excuse to impose stupid laws on everyone based in one legislators desire to be everyone's mommy.

I've always said that many Republicans want to be your daddy and tell you who you can love, who you can marry and with whom you can have sex (I'm talking about consenting adults).

The Democrats are the mommy party, and they want to tell you want you can earn and keep, what you can say, what you can do in the name of self-defense and what constitutes "fair play".

Both mommy and daddy want to decide and restrict what you can put in your body. And yet both claim to the the party of "freedom and liberty". Anyone else as tired of this sort of stuff as I am?

How about getting back to focusing on preventing and punishing force and fraud and let adult society decide what they will or won't tolerate without attempting to legislate it?
 
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If the images are silhouettes, how does the legislature know they’re of naked women? The images could be silhouettes of fully clothed women in tight-fitting spandex.

If Theresa Ulmer’s son, at 11 years of age, doesn’t yet understand that not all women are 36Ds, then he’s either had very little experience with the outside world, or he’s spent his youth reading nothing but pornography. I can see where he’d be confused.
 
Written By: steverino
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Ableser’s amendment, rejected on a 31-19 roll call vote, would have been added to a bill (HB2316) sought by the Arizona Trucking Association to change Arizona’s height requirement for rear fender splash guards.
I was struck by the part quoted above. Talk about wasted regulation and wasted time. Change the height requirement for splashguards? This is what the good representatives of AZ think is important?
 
Written By: meagain
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Well, meagain, without the beneficent hand of the state regulating mud flaps, children might get splashed with mud.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Naked women on mudflaps is part of our American culture.

What’s next? Ban Yosemite Sam?
 
Written By: Harun
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"I personally am tired of explaining to my 11-year-old son why they (women) are depicted on mudflaps , but not all women are 36Ds. He’s very confused by that," Ulmer said. "But seriously, this is about family values — what are we going to send out as a message to our children."
I remember being 11 years old. I remember seeing images of that nature. I don’t remember being confused about it at all. In fact, I remember having quite clear thoughts.

Perhaps if Rep. Ulmer is concerned about her 11 year old boy being confused by that image, maybe she would seek therapy for him.

I hear there is an outfit in Arizona that does that. And in just three weeks, he will no longer be confused.

Just ask Rev. Haggard.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
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Mudflap porno? Yeh, me an’ Nigel wrote a song about that. I think.
 
Written By: David St. Hubbins
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There is hope for you McQ.
 
Written By: cindyb
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There is hope for you McQ.
If I could only say the same for you Cindy.
 
Written By: McQ
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"The images could be silhouettes of fully clothed women in tight-fitting spandex."

Ooh. Yeah. Or maybe latex!

Let us pray that the lad doesn’t find his sister’s Barbie Doll. He could be warped for life.
 
Written By: timactual
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I would ask if Represenative Ulmer’s son were retarded,but that would be firstly crass and secondly missing the target. In all likelyhood she simply makes that point about *ahem* breast sizes regardless of whether or not her son has said anything at all. My own mother often made like comments about idealized or exagerrated depictions of women, seemingly never grasping that I understood where fantasy and reality diverged the differences between them.

Of course, my mother isn’t a member of a legislative body the presumably should have either better things to do.
 
Written By: Paludicola
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Could it be that Ms. Ulmer is a little too sensitive about not being a 36d?
 
Written By: timactual
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Maybe call Representative Ulmer directly. She apparently has an office and also email: http://www.azleg.state.az.us/MembersPage.asp?Member_ID=57&Legislature=48
 
Written By: Lisa Lorette
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Oh my...it’s far worse than I thought previously. See for yourselves: http://www.ulmeraz.com/index_files/Theresa22-72.jpg
 
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