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Clyde Tombough can’t roll all the way back over in his grave, but he can nudge onto his side a little

pluto2.jpgSometimes, states stand up and thumb their nose at modern science. When fucking Kansas does it by allowing their teachers to teach intelligent design as scientific fact, I cry a little. When Illinois does it by saying “fuck all y’all, we still consider Pluto a planet,” I giggle a little:

RESOLVED, BY THE SENATE OF THE NINETY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that as Pluto passes overhead through Illinois’ night skies, that it be reestablished with full planetary status, and that March 13, 2009 be declared “Pluto Day” in the State of Illinois in honor of the date its discovery was announced in 1930.

(Hat tip: IO9)

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I want to giggle, really I do. But as a resident of Illinois, I have to think they have other things the legislature might be focusing on right now. We have a joke of a Senator, an impeached Governor who is running around the talk show circuit and getting book deals, teachers' pension funds in the red, major erosion and pollution in Lake Michigan, and a proposal to raise state taxes by 60% to make up for Blago's shortcomings when in office (to name just a few issues). Perhaps the Pluto reinstatement could wait until these things have been sorted out?

Between crap like this, Oklahoma trying to ban Richard Dawkins from the state, and numerous other fine examples of anti intellectualism rising and gaining strength, I am looking forward to the Palin/Jindal ticket in 2012. Can't wait until we have camps like the Khmer Rouge for people that wear glasses or use proper English.

Why does that movie, Idiocracy, seem less like satire and more like prophecy every day?

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