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Brickbat: Resistance Is Futile

Locutus of Borg'Star Trek: The Next Generation'Documents from a lawsuit by a Star Trek fan against the Manitoba offiicals who revoked his personalized license plate show a senior official threatened "serious disciplinary action" against those who issued the plate. Nick Troller got the plate which read "ASIMIL8," a reference to Star Trek's Borg, in 2015. In 2017, a person filed a complaint saying the plate was insensitive because of past government actions trying to force Native Americans to assimilate. The plate was approved by a five-person committee, which searched the Internet for any hidden meanings but apparently never made any connection to government policies toward natives.

Photo Credit: 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'

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  • RoyMo||

    The story of Lorne Grabher and his fight against a cruel Nova Scotian regime that chose to demonize his family name?

  • Rat on a train||

    Keith Ward is a Star Wars fan.

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Hey, mesalary clown, I will give you 10 cents to brush your teeth with a 12 gauge.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "This is a very serious lack of judgment for those who were involved in doing the research and/or approving the plate for issue."

    That's what counts as very serious, eh?

  • Dillinger||

    it *is* Canada ...

  • Hank Phillips||

    Next they'll ban STR8 and QRB8...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "According to the province of Manitoba, you are the ass-man!"

  • Adans smith||


  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Ackachually it was four lights, but Gul Madred insisted on five.

  • Rat on a train||

    Million to one shot, doc. Million to one.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Manitoba stole this guy's "move".

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    An Ontario woman posted a photo of the licence plate on Facebook on April 22, 2017. Court filings show a transcript of a call she made to MPI in which she said the plate was offensive because of the history of government assimilation policies.

    Set phasers to shun! Am I right, fellow outrage cadets?

  • Jerryskids||

    ... a person filed a complaint saying the plate was insensitive because of past government actions trying to force Native Americans to assimilate.

    Which would make this Borg reference political speech - which has lesser free speech protection in Canada? What a strange place.

  • Still Curmudgeoned (Nunya)||

    I just like the irony that being fearful of past assimilation compels them to threaten and use assimilation now, all while washing their hands to look back upon their product with adulation.

    You know. They look like every Star Trek villain. Or maybe this is Q fucking with Picard again.

  • A Lady of Reason||

    Someone's been on the war path.... what utter lunacy!

  • Harvard||

    We don' need no assemblation! Pretty soon you won't be able to find a real tamale.

  • loveconstitution1789||



  • Rat on a train||

    LUV269 is probably on the verboten list.

  • Longtobefree||

    Canada again. Who cares?

  • MatthewSlyfield||


  • Eddy||

    So I guess this isn't the right time to ask about getting a personalized XTERMN8 licence plate?

  • Drave Robber||

    Trollers gonna troll.

  • Jerry B.||

    I was born in Athens, Georgia, and am therefore a Native American. I demand that aboriginal residents of the Americas cease and desist using the term Native American solely as an identifier for themselves. This form of cultural misappropriation should not stand.

  • Rich||

    "We were Americans before Amerigo Vespucci was even *born*!"

  • Dillinger||

    because there isn't any connection to government policies toward natives?

  • Quo Usque Tandem||

    "In 2017, a person filed a complaint..."

    Welcome to the new tyranny of one; just one, is all it takes. As long as they can identify as a sanctioned victim [preferably historically of society or the State] they send everyone scrambling in fear of a Tweet storm. Click bait headlines to immediately follow with SHAME IN YOU!

  • Deconstructed Potato||

    Speaking of pathological government fuckwits, check out this piece of legislation from garbage island.

    Not only may they not own firearms, they can't even own imitation firearms without facing jail time?

    Despite that, apparently gangs don't give a shit about the law and are happily shooting each other on a regular basis. Who would have guessed?!

    This is old news but I'll take any chance to rag on garbage island.

  • Rubbish!||


  • This Machine Chips Fascists||


  • Rat on a train||

    Try not to h8

  • Dillinger||


  • Marcus Aurelius||

    INXS wants their song back

  • IJustWorkHere||

    So, the government fixed its assimilation policy by prohibiting "assimilate" license plates. Sounds like they got the right guy!

  • Hank Phillips||

    Resistance is utile! The more so if your platform attracts spoiler votes!

  • Harvard||



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