If only my legislators worked so hard :(

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.

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5 responses to “If only my legislators worked so hard :(

  1. Don’t feel too bad. Minnesota is working on a bill that we jokingly refer to as “The Freedom to Crap Act”… Basically it would require all small businesses to make their private bathrooms available to people with irritable bowel syndrome.

    I think I would rather have the state reps debating Pluto’s planetary status!

  2. Thanks for stopping by arclight.

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in a while. Is there language in the bill stating how a small business owner is to determine if a potential crapper has IBS? And will there be lawsuits claiming discrimination against non-IBS sufferers?

  3. Rich

    Rio Rancho has been flirting with creation science also.

  4. Last I heard, IBS sufferers will be issued a special ID card that identifies them as IBS sufferers. So people have to get a doctor’s note and then go to some sort of licensing facility where they get their freedom to crap ID card. Pretty neat, huh? I guess there’s nothing else that’s terribly pressing in local government 🙂

  5. max

    Hey, they are doing the right thing, if you start letting people push planets around well the little guys do not stand a chance.

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