Archive for Friday, February 16, 2018

Kansas lawmakers consider ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ license plates

In this file photo from August 2014, a "Don't Tread on Me" license plate offered by the state of Alabama is pictured on a billboard alongside Interstate 85 in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

In this file photo from August 2014, a "Don't Tread on Me" license plate offered by the state of Alabama is pictured on a billboard alongside Interstate 85 in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

February 16, 2018


— Drivers would be able to choose a "Don't Tread on Me" license plate under proposed legislation.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the state would model the plates after the Gadsden flag, which features a yellow background and hissing snake. It dates back to the Revolutionary War.

Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter, of Derby, is among the more than 30 sponsors. The flag has been popularized in recent years by the Tea Party movement, although Carpenter says it's not intended to be associated with the political movement.

Carpenter says he finds the "historical context" appealing. American colonists liked the rattlesnake, which symbolized their willingness to strike back if provoked. Several states have their own version of the plates.

Kansas lawmakers also are seeking "Choose Life" and Special Olympics plates.


Michael Kort 3 months ago

How about a car license plate that says " The Road Rager Rides Again "........Why, is the Legislatures Patriotic ( or maybe idiotic ? ) Duty to create new and exciting license plates (!) which is very, very, very important ! ! !.....RIGHT ?

Yes,......if it wasn't for Kansans single handedly winning our US revolutionary War ( against France ) (?), the US might have lost the revolutionary war ?.....RIGHT ?

Well, is great to see that our CON....servative legislature is working hard and doing swell on some important public issues other than the unimportant ones like school finance, gun violence, mental illness, infrastructure rebuilding ? ? ?

Bob Smith 3 months ago

"...And there is another type of Caps Lock user who doesn't capitalize whole sentences but INSTEAD capitalizes a few SPECIFIC words for EMPHASIS. Now read a sentence like that aloud, shouting every time you come to a capitalized word, and tell me you do not sound like an absolute freakin' lunatic. This method can turn even basic known facts into crazy-sounding gibberish ("The SQUARE of the HYPOTENUSE of a RIGHT triangle equals the SUM of the squares of the OTHER two sides")..."

Greg Cooper 3 months ago

Another post repeated, and, again, not appropriate to the discussion. Try replying to the clear message, Bob. That would be refreshing.

Bob Smith 3 months ago

Very appropriate to Michael's case of wandering womb.

Steve Hicks 3 months ago

This vanity plate is actually probably a good idea.

I haven't consulted the statutes, but I bet it's illegal to require belligerent libertarians (especially the "2nd Amendment rights" crowd) be branded across their forehead with some identifying words of warning. Since that's out, it's probably not worth speculating what those words should be.

But this vanity plate could be a good way to persuade armed libertarians they WANT to provide the rest of us an identifying warning.

At least we'd be warned that frowning at an incompetent driver with these plates could be risking our lives. Or that accidentally stepping on the grass where a car bearing these plates was parked might result in gunfire from a home-owner "protecting his property."

Ken Lassman 3 months ago

They'll also add to the guvmit coffers to boot.

Bob Smith 3 months ago

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Bob Smith 3 months ago

Somebody is darned sensitive today. How's that hyperbole working out for you, Steve?

Jonathan Becker 3 months ago

How about "My Legislature is dummer [sic] than yours."

While Topeka fiddles, Kansas burns.

Bob Summers 3 months ago

What about a plate shaped like a snowflake?

A beautiful snowflake with expressive pastel blue and pink sparkles that glimmer in the night when headlights hit them.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 months ago

More of that gaslighting projection, hey, BS?

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 3 months ago

I would like to have them, but car taxes are high enough. I refuse to pay more for a tag. We have had the same tags for what seems like decades.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 3 months ago

My Veteran's tag is enough for me. If they can raise more money by offering these "Statement" tags, why not? Freedom of expression. The tags are, after all, a choice.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 months ago

Only if they let other groups do it. Otherwise it's not freedom of expression.

Andrew Applegarth 3 months ago

That is pretty ironic coming from you!

Thomas Bryce Jr. 3 months ago

My question would be: "How does one get a "Statement Plate" sponsored?" It seems, from this article that one legislator is among 30 sponsors. How do you get a group's message "Sponsored"? Is there public input or is this just in the realm of State Government? It is a good question. Can the Journal World reporters help us out on this question?

Bob Summers 3 months ago

People in government will say and do anything for other peoples money.

If there is money in this plate for those parasites, it will get done.

Michael Kort 3 months ago

How about some exciting state license plate that say : " LET THEM EAT CAKE " or " LORD SAVE US FROM OUR SELVES " or " KANSAS IS $ BROKE " or " RE..........PUBLICANS ON BOARD "

Bob Summers 3 months ago

How 'bout a plate that has M Kort on it?

I'd pay for that

Ray Mizumura 3 months ago

All more than fitting, Michael. Let me add: "Kansas: We Kick You When You're Down."

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