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Offensive Bumper Sticker Law Takes Effect

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Starting Friday, Tennessee drivers caught with obscene or patently offensive bumper stickers, window signs or other markings on their vehicle visible to other drivers face an automatic $50 fine.

The law also includes movies other drivers can see playing inside of vehicles, including adult films.

Tennessee code 55-8-187 had allowed judges to decide on a fine from $2 to $50 based on their opinion.

Democratic State Representative Gary Moore, of Joelton, however, co-sponsored a House bill to stiffen the fine after he got several angry calls from constituents.

"On two different instances they had their children in the car with them and they pulled up on a vehicle that had an obscene bumper sticker," he said. "I think it will make drivers a little more aware that there is a law out there."

Drivers question if the law violates their rights to free speech.

"What is obscene to one person may not be to another," driver Karen Smith said. "They are constantly arguing about what is obscene what that definition is."

Another driver who wished to not be identified told Nashville's News 2 he believes the law is odd, but thinks it could help protect children from inappropriate images.

"If someone has a bumper sticker with nude photos on it that's a different story," he said. "I'm not going to worry about it. I am not going to put any obscene bumper stickers on my car."

In his opinion, Rep. Moore said the law does not violate any constitutional protections, including freedom of speech.

"When you get into crossing the line so to speak you do not have a right to impose your speech on other people," he said.

He also suggested people report vehicles to the police if they view something on someone else's car that they think is obscene or patently offensive.

"What a constituent can do is take a license number down and turn it into a police department," Rep. Moore said. "Then the police department can handle it from there."

Drivers have the option of fighting a ticket in court to let a judge decide if they really were in violation.

Completely goes against everything that America is supposed to be, at least to my generation (over 40).

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wora bunch o t0ssers- theyre really scraping the barrell there- wot next? on the spot fines for swearing in public?

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...including freedom of speech.

"When you get into crossing the line so to speak you do not have a right to impose your speech on other people," he said.

So you can say what you like, as long as nobody hears it...!

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wora bunch o t0ssers- theyre really scraping the barrell there- wot next? on the spot fines for swearing in public?

The US that many of us at one time might have looked up to is long gone.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2002156/We-treated-like-child-molesters-Fury-woman-fined-sitting-playground-child.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

'We were treated like child molesters': Fury of woman fined for sitting in playground without a child

By Daniel Bates

Last updated at 7:17 PM on 10th June 2011

After buying their coffee and donuts, they walked across the street to sit in the park and enjoy the June sunshine.

But just minutes later the three women and one man were swooped on by two cops who gave them a $50 fine - for not having a child with them.

They were told that they were sitting in a children’s play area and, as they were on their own, they had broken the law.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2002156/We-treated-like-child-molesters-Fury-woman-fined-sitting-playground-child.html#ixzz1RGP0nsUl

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Here's another for the list.

http://www.naturalnews.com/032476_rabbits_USDA.html

USDA fines family up to four million dollars for selling bunny rabbits

Friday, May 20, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) When the Dollarhite family of Nixa, Mo., first started raising and selling bunnies as part of a lesson to teach their teenage son about responsibility and hard work, they had no idea they would eventually meet the heavy hand of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). According to a recent article covered in Breitbart's Big Government, the USDA recently ordered the Dollarhite family to pay more than $90,000 in fines because they sold more than $500 worth of rabbits in a year -- and if they fail to pay the fine by Monday, May 23, the fine will multiply to nearly $4 million.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/032476_rabbits_USDA.html#ixzz1RJ56Ha2g

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IIRC there are American States which get more revenue from fines than from taxes.

It'll take a war to sort it out, folks. Time to teach the statists who exists for whose sake.

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