15 November 2004 @ 10:00 am
Tax Dollars At Work - UPDATED  
OK, this is presently running in my head for the dumbest thing I've seen in a long time...which should say something.

Apparently, 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.

Yep, you read that right. Christian uber-moralists don't like the number of a highway. As a 'back-up' plan, they mention that the numbering of the highway is out of line with numbering guidelines, anyway...and that is true. But, somehow, we've all got along just fine with it being the way it is for all this time. That's not the reason.

They don't like the 'sexual undertones' that the number has. You know, the more you try to "fix' things like this, the more you call attention to it. It's like the whole deal with the fact that women cannot walk around topless, but men can. The problem these Puritanical groups has is the 'sexual undertones' of breasts...regardless of the fact that they are thereby PROMOTING that feeling. Like anything taboo, it cannot survive the cold light of day. The one way to kill a taboo urge is to legalize it, make it open and no big deal. Suppression only ensures that it will never die.

Get over it. People will always have sex, and they will enjoy it. If YOU don't, that's your business, and you are welcome to your feeling, but you are not going to stop the rest of us from bumping uglies, nor should you. And, as for this road? Fuck off; find soemthing better to do with your time than to go SEARCHING for things to be 'morally outraged' about. You're probably the kind of people who look for sex references in Disney films and such.

Thanx to savrille for the link.

UPDATE: Thanks for the word from miraclesmom, an Indiana resident, who says that Hostettler's office has been on the news claiming this is a hoax.
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paradoxparadox13 on November 15th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
The advice I want to give these people is "spend two hours with a dominatrix and call me in the morning."

What assinine people.
The Cynic: bullshitdiscordian on November 15th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
bojo427bojo427 on November 15th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC)
Oh geez, how dare it fall between 68 and 70!
I can imagine the grade schoolers being suspended for answering 3x23, and next up is the number 3, for looking like a little round ass. After that, we can kiss goodbye d, p, l or any other remotely phallic letter. Someone's sure to bitch that the @ sign looks like a tit (not in this font).
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Do Us A Favor...archmage on November 15th, 2004 10:15 am (UTC)
And 6! Don't forget 6! 6 is evil, especially in multiples of that other evil number, 3! AHHHHHH!
egonix on November 15th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
I actually had a friend that went to school in Georgia and they weren't allowed to have any math questions involving 69 or 666 (like when your calculator reads .666666666666)

But yeah, there were like 8324781¼ things wrong with his school, so yeah....people.
boundmuse on November 15th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)
Oi. Maybe these people just need to get laid. *laughs*
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Do Us A Favor...archmage on November 15th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, a bud of mine traveled down it before it was renamed, got a pic of a sign for me.

When will these yahoos get it through their head that the rest of us aren't bothered by a number...and that number doesn't make anything evil? Um, I'm take "Never" for a thousand, Alex.
Steveill the Weevillsynabetic on November 15th, 2004 10:27 am (UTC)
That is one of the most inane wastes of time any part of our govt has ever done or will ever do.

Can we get all those fucking idoits to full-bore participate in the Darwin awards?
mastethom on November 15th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
That's priceless. It's the same lazy morality that led people to whine about Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction." It's why I run into people who think they have good morals just because they don't drink alcoholic beverages, don't use "naughty" words, don't play Grand Theft Auto, don't watch violent and dirty movies, don't have sex for fun, etc.

Notice the key word. Morality for these people is based around what they don't do; it's how they set themselves apart from everyday people who aren't demonstrably evil but still not good, God-fearing folks like they are. The vast majority of people don't steal, rape and murder so just not doing those things isn't good enough. To be better than us heathen rabble, they have to find other things that we do to label Bad. It's quick, easy and let's them feel good about themselves but it's lazy.

I, on the other hand, drink (hell, I brew my own beer), swear a lot, put the pursuit of getting laid pretty high on my life's priority list and, frankly, I don't give a shit what it says in anyone's holy book. But I'm a nice guy. I try to treat people with dignity and respect. I try to keep my cool when it counts. I work hard and try to help out people who need it. My morality is based on what I do, not what I don't. It's hard sometimes but that's what I think makes a good and moral person and I guess I'm kinda funny that way.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Rock Zombiearchmage on November 15th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)
My morality is based on what I do, not what I don't. It's hard sometimes but that's what I think makes a good and moral person and I guess I'm kinda funny that way.

And THAT is exactly the point. Amen, brother.
unhappymeal on November 15th, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
I hate our government and most of the people in this country and shit like this is going to continue to happen.

Kick back with a good ole american piss-water beer and watch the whole shit-house go up in flames.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Archmage Drinkingarchmage on November 15th, 2004 10:59 am (UTC)
American beer? That's like making love in a canoe. I'll stick to rum and coke, but if it's gotta be beer, let's at LEAST drink Canadian. Kokanee, anyone?
kitty_blackwell on November 15th, 2004 10:50 am (UTC)
I'd say these people have their OWN minds in the gutter, otherwise they would have never even thought of this!
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: There Is No Bananaarchmage on November 15th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
Exactly! THEY are the ones who cannot seem to look at it as a number, to them, it's this whole thing...so who's the perverts, here?
kitty_blackwell on November 15th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
Well hey, since we're on the subject....

What's the speed limit of sex?

68, because at 69, everybody stops and gets out to eat. ;)
Skiggaretbigdaddygoat on November 16th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
LOL, oooh, I believe you caused a snot-bubble.

ex_nostradom25 on November 15th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
ME: "What's the problem? It's just a fucking number!"

*crickets chirping*

US: BWAHAHAHAHAH!!!! I guess that's the problem!!! BWAHAHAHAHH!!!

hahah that was stupid. But it sure made us laugh. lol
Mickt_o_e on November 16th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
US Highway 666 that ran through New Mexico and Colorado was changed two years ago to a less offensive number. I used to drive that highway a lot so I was really pissed when they did that. So much for my fond memories.
Skiggaretbigdaddygoat on November 16th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
I agree that these Religious Bozo's need to settle down, but in the end, it didn't matter. The article says that the road's name was going to have to be changed anyway, if they extended it, because it would have been in violation of code. Guess we will just have to get legislation started to build another I69.

I would love to get one of those buttons.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: We Think It's Funnyarchmage on November 16th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
There's a town in Pennsylvania called "Intercourse", and i used to have a button that said "I (Heart) Intercourse, Pa".
Kathleenladyamalphia on November 17th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)
Pennsylvania is chock-full of them
There's Blue Ball...yes Blue Ball, PA and also Scotrun which whe seen at 65-70 mph bears a striking resemblance to Scrotum.
miraclesmommiraclesmom on November 16th, 2004 07:50 pm (UTC)
I actually live in Indiana and this has been in the news. Hostettler's office is swearing that the whole thing is untrue, just a hoax.

Thought you might like to know.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll: Archmage Drinkingarchmage on November 16th, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
Well, that's mildly comforting. Thanks for the heads-up.