I don’t know whether to be embarrassed or proud

A resolution from the Idaho State Legislature has me a bit confused.  I suspect it started out ‘straight’ and amendments got added to make fun of it.  But I just don’t know for certain.  A sample:

  5        WHEREAS,  the  State of Idaho recognizes the vision, talent and creativity
  6    of Jared and Jerusha Hess in the writing and  production  of  "Napoleon  Dyna-
  7    mite"; and
  8        WHEREAS,  the scenic and beautiful City of Preston, County of Franklin and
  9    the State of Idaho are experiencing increased tourism and economic growth; and
 10        WHEREAS, filmmaker Jared Hess is a native Idahoan who was educated in  the
 11    Idaho public school system; and
 12        WHEREAS,  the  Preston  High School administration and staff, particularly
 13    the cafeteria staff, have enjoyed notoriety and worldwide attention; and
 14        WHEREAS, tater tots figure prominently in this film thus promoting Idaho's
 15    most famous export; and
 16        WHEREAS,  the  friendship  between  Napoleon  and  Pedro   has   furthered
 17    multiethnic relationships; and
 18        WHEREAS,  Uncle Rico's football skills are a testament to Idaho athletics;
 19    and
 20        WHEREAS, Napoleon's bicycle and Kip's skateboard promote better air  qual-
 21    ity  and  carpooling  as alternatives to fuel-dependent methods of transporta-
 22    tion; and
 23        WHEREAS, Grandma's trip to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes highlights  a  long-
 24    honored Idaho vacation destination; and
 25        WHEREAS,  Rico  and Kip's Tupperware sales and Deb's keychains and glamour
 26    shots promote entrepreneurism and self-sufficiency in Idaho's small towns; and
 27        WHEREAS, Napoleon's artistic rendition of Trisha  is  an  example  of  the
 28    importance of the visual arts in K-12 education; and
 29        WHEREAS,  the schoolwide Preston High School student body elections foster
 30    an awareness in Idaho's youth of public service and civic duty; and
 31        WHEREAS, the "Happy Hands" club and the requirement  that  candidates  for
 32    school  president  present  a  skit is an example of the importance of theater
 33    arts in K-12 education; and
 34        WHEREAS, Pedro's efforts to bake a cake for Summer illustrate the positive
 35    connection between culinary skills to lifelong relationships; and
 36        WHEREAS, Kip's relationship with LaFawnduh is a tribute to e-commerce  and
 37    Idaho's technology-driven industry; and
 38        WHEREAS,  Kip  and LaFawnduh's wedding shows Idaho's commitment to healthy
 39    marriages; and
 40        WHEREAS, the prevalence of cooked steak as a primary food group pays trib-
 41    ute to Idaho's beef industry; and
 42        WHEREAS, Napoleon's tetherball  dexterity  emphasizes  the  importance  of
 43    physical education in Idaho public schools; and
 44        WHEREAS,  Tina  the  llama,  the  chickens with large talons, the 4-H milk


  1    cows, and the Honeymoon Stallion showcase Idaho's animal husbandry; and
  2        WHEREAS, any members of the House of Representatives or the Senate of  the
  3    Legislature  of the State of Idaho who choose to vote "Nay" on this concurrent
  4    resolution are "FREAKIN' IDIOTS!" and run the risk of having the "Worst Day of
  5    Their Lives!"

From Periodic Journal of my wandering.

Update: I fixed the link to the bill.


3 thoughts on “I don’t know whether to be embarrassed or proud

  1. Joe,

    I think the link you wanted is:


    You know if all of the state legislators in America would focus on this type of bill, instead of adding inane rules and regulations, the world would be a better place.

    I especially like the part about:

    “There is no fiscal impact to the general fund”.

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