Utah_merlotFile this one under "I sure am glad that I don’t live in a theocratic state."

The license plate that you see mocked up at right was just deemed illegal in the state of Utah–after it had been issued and used for a decade.

Turns out that using "Merlot" on a plate is illegal in the most oppressive of states because it is an intoxicant. I guess the people running things in Utah have a different view of freedom of speech–and clearly don’t have anything more important to focus on.

I just went to the NY DMV site to see if MERLOT is available as a personalize plate. It’s not…and I’m sure it’s taken by someone who loves the wines of Long Island.

Maybe I should get my own plate.

What do you think?