It must be a slow legislative day in New Mexico. There is actually a bill in the house chamber that seeks to restore Pluto to planet status. This would only be binding in the State of New Mexico. Oh, and what the hell? Does the legislature of New Mexico have nothing better to do? Are there no homeless people there? Does everyone have decent health care? How’s the unemployment rate?
“WHEREAS, New Mexico state university and Dona Ana county were the longtime home of Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto; and WHEREAS, Pluto has been recognized as a planet for seventy-five years; and WHEREAS, Pluto’s average orbit is three billion six hundred ninety-five million nine hundred fifty thousand miles from the sun, and its diameter is approximately one thousand four hundred twenty-one miles; and WHEREAS, Pluto has three moons known as Charon, Nix and Hydra; and WHEREAS, a spacecraft called New Horizons was launched in January 2006 to explore Pluto in the year 2015.
Well, pass or fail, I can only hope there is no debate. It would be a shame if New Mexico becomes the first American government body to waste time on something frivolous.