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Fun with Resolutions

March 6th, 2009

When I was a Student Senator at the University of Washington, we used to debate resolutions on all manner of topics. Some were serious, some were silly, some were — perhaps — beyond our jurisdiction. A popular tactic of those opposed to these resolutions was to make claims about “wasted time” or “not how real legislators act”… not sure how one can be more real than to be elected to a state entity that makes decisions, regardless of how limited in scope they may be, but I digress. The point is, so called real legislators know how to mix it up with resolutions as good as anyone.

The first example is from the glorious state of Illinois, home base for my employer and our current President. In tribute to the discoverer of Pluto, an Illinois native, the State Senate has declared that Pluto be “reestablished with full planetary status” and that March 13, 2009 be declared “Pluto Day”. As the original source of this story said, “I hear those pesky Hoosiers next door want to make π equal to 3!”

The second example is closer to home… and perhaps more surprising than it is superfluous. Penny-Arcade, a Seattle based webcomic about gaming was honored by the Washington State Legislature. Which is totally something I would have voted for, given both their wide ranging impact on the industry and all the good things they have done for Seattle. But I wonder if the legislators voting in favor have any clue just how many times the word “f*ck” finds its way into the strip? Don’t get me wrong, I love Penny-Arcade, but it’s not your usual “family values” stuff you tend to see promoted by our public officials. As to be expected, Penny Arcade responded to this act in the only ways they know how.

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