Dear Bearded Asshole Driving the Silver Mercedes with Virginia LSS GOV Plates,

Aggressive driving, including weaving in and out of traffic forcing everyone to repeatedly slam their brakes, all while constantly looking down at your cell phone is an advertisement for more government, not less.




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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Maybe it was Grover Norquist

  2. rodney dill says:

    That’s funny. (The post… not the asshole)

  3. MstrB says:

    Figuring out what the plate stands for could be one fun caption contest.

  4. rodney dill says:

    @MstrB: Or a contest to come up with the Top Ten Tea Party license plates…..

    SEE USSR Is my entry, thought
    NOBAMA would probably be right up there too.

  5. James Joyner says:

    @MstrB: In addition to the installed Virginia LSS GOV tag, he had a California GIPPER tag in his rear window; my guess is that the latter is commemorative rather than an active/real plate.

  6. Scott O. says:

    Give the guy a break, I’m sure he’s a busy job creator

  7. ernieyeball says:

    @Scott O.: Yeah. He’s creating jobs for the auto body repair shops he owns. Kinda like the dentist that gave me candy after filling the cavities in my teeth when I was a kid!

  8. michael reynolds says:

    Wait a minute. A self-confessed BMW driver was out-assholed by a Mercedes driver?

  9. James Joyner says:

    @michael reynolds: It happens. I can be an aggressive driver–okay, I’m usually an aggressive driver–but I actually do consider the safety of other drivers and scrupulously avoid maneuvers that force people to hit their brakes.

  10. Was this on the capital beltway? Because God I hate driving on that road.

  11. James Joyner says:

    @Stormy Dragon: I’d at least *understand* that on the Beltway. No, this started on the 14th Street Bridge, continued on to 395 and Exit 3, and down a godly stretch of 12th Street.

  12. I feel sorry for you now. Having to drive around DC is bad enough. Having to drive into the city makes me want to poke my eyes out.

  13. michael reynolds says:

    @James Joyner:
    I’m also an aggressive driver but I remain in stealth mode behind the Audi nameplate.

  14. James Joyner says:

    @michael reynolds: Like the Audi, although I’ve never owned one. I looked at the A-6 convertible but the rear seats were too small; the 3-series and the Volvo C70 were my only real options. BMW’s are ubiquitous here, so they’re virtually a cloak of anonymity.