Monday, November 15, 2004

I-69. How about you?

Hostettler mounting campaign to change the name of Interstate 69: "John Hostettler, the Congressman representing the 8th district of Indiana, has been convinced by local religious groups to introduce legislation in the House that would change the name of an Interstate 69 extension to a more moral sounding number."

You can't make this stuff up. No disrespect for the current adminstration intended, in case you're reading this Mr. Ashcroft, but it's just plain nutty. And I'm afraid we'll be seeing more and more of it as time goes by (to coin a phrase). I keep telling myself that it's joke, but I'm afraid it's not.

UPDATE: As it turns out, this is indeed a hoax. Whew. I'm glad to know it for sure.

1 comment:

Andy J said...

I too have a good one along these lines. They recently called off Homecoming at the high school where my wife teaches when the police got word that two rival urban gangs would descend upon the town to avenge some sort of slight to a gang member. After the dust from this incident (heavily played up on NY tv stations no less) had cleared, members of the Board of Education wanted to change the name that the school teams use -- The Bombers. Of course, since the school is named John F. Kennedy War Memorial High School and the "war memorial" reference goes back to WWII, it might not be such an outrageous nickname, even if it isn't exactly politically correct in these scary times. Then the head of the Board of Education who is unbelievably also the police chief, thought the school colors of blue and gray should be changed because they're gang colors. Is gray the colors of a senior citizen's gang? Of course the school colors are also "war memorial" related since the gray is battleship gray. They also didn't think either the students or faculty should wear any of these colors and wanted the dress code, uniforms, the stadium, and everything else changed. I guess they probably also didn't want the school to put up the $25,000 sign they just bought that says "Go Bombers!" The whole thing would be comical but they're still trying to get some of this stuff enacted.