Thursday, April 29, 2010
You Can Run...But You Can't Hide
I have been watching this story develop over the last couple of days and I have to say...it is what it is.
FULL STORY HERE
A Virginia Department of Transportation worker who told the Washington Post that he had no clue that his since-revoked vanity license plate contained a "coded racist message" has posted numerous internet messages denying the Holocaust and attacking President Obama as "muslime scum."
Last week, Carl Franzen reported for AOL News, "Personalized or vanity license plates typically fall somewhere between sentimental and silly, but this week, a photo of license plates containing a coded message of white supremacy made the rounds on the Web before the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles formally recalled them."
The Washington Post's Brigid Schulte spoke to Melanie Stokes, a member of the state's committee charged with vetting personalized license plates explained why 14CV88 was revoked.
A photo of the truck hit the Web a few days ago, went viral on car and other blogs and finally came to the attention of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group for American Muslims. On Wednesday morning, the group complained to the DMV that the plate contained a white supremacist and neo-Nazi statement.
A few hours later, the DMV agreed that the plate contains a coded message: The number 88 stands for the eighth letter of the alphabet, H, doubled to signify "Heil Hitler," said CAIR's Ibrahim Hooper. "CV" stands for "Confederate veteran" -- the plate was a special model embossed with a Confederate flag, which Virginia makes available for a $10 fee to card-carrying members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. And 14 is code for imprisoned white supremacist David Lane's 14-word motto: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
The giveaway that something was amiss, Hooper said, was the truck itself. An enormous photo of the burning World Trade Center towers covers the entire tailgate, with the words: "Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11."
In another Post article, Schulte writes, "Douglas Story, a Chantilly dump truck driver for the Virginia Department of Transportation, says he wanted to grab people's attention when he paid $224.90 to have a mural of the burning World Trade Center detailed onto the tailgate of his Ford F-150 along with a sticker that reads: "Everything I ever needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11."
"There is absolutely no way I'd have anything to do with Hitler or Nazis," Story said Wednesday. He contacted The Washington Post after an article about his plate appeared last week; the state, citing privacy rules, had declined to release the identity of the plate's owner. "My sister-in-law and my niece are Jewish. I went to my niece's bat mitzvah when she turned 13 three years ago. Does that sound like something an anti-Semite would do?"
Story says the numbers 14 and 88 on his plate were not references to a white power slogan or "Heil Hitler," as the Council on American-Islamic Relations theorized, but an homage to his favorite NASCAR drivers: Tony Stewart, who drives car No. 14, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who drives No. 88.
Story applied for the vanity plate in March 2009, shortly after Earnhardt changed his car number from 8 to 88 and Stewart changed his from 20 to 14.
Aside from the fact that Earnhardt changed his plate for the 2008 race season (after deciding in 2007), and Stewart announced his change in July of 2008, the Washington Post author fails to notice that her own reporting contains a major conflict in the two stories. CONTINUED HERE
The conflict doesn't stop there - the man has been exposed - so why doesn't he just own up?
Posted by Nikki at 4/29/2010 05:59:00 PM