Vanity Unfair?

DMV rejects Nevada man's conservative political plate requests


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Vanity Unfair?

A Nevada man is suing his state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), saying his vanity license plate selections were denied because they featured conservative political themes.

The Las Vegas Sun reports James Linlor filed a complaint claiming his request of "GO PALIN" was repeatedly rejected because the DMV stated the request was too political.

According to the complaint, an administrative law judge overruled the DMV saying political requests could not be denied. Meanwhile, Linlor says the DMV issued other politics-related plates including "GO OBAMA" and "AL GORE."

Linlor was issued his "GO PALIN" plate in December, but the DMV says it is reviewing current policy.

Junk Science

The federal government helped fund a study that examined the effects of the size of the male sex organ within the gay community.

The study was among several backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that a conservative group is now targeting as examples of government waste.

The study was one of many linked to an almost $900,000 grant in 2006 but it's unclear exactly how much federal funding went to this specific project.

One of the researchers involved tells Fox the NIH funding was only used to help analyze and write up data that had already been collected without the use of taxpayer funds.

Poetic License

And finally, the newest edition of Al Qaeda in Yemen's Inspire magazine eulogizes Usama bin Laden.

The cover story claims bin Laden fought back with weapons in a vicious battle with U.S. Navy Seals.

ABC News notes that it contradicts the White House version of events in which bin Laden resisted the Seals, but was unarmed when he was killed.