Friday, November 19, 2004

American Taliban Doesn't Like 69

How I hoped this was an Urban Legend, a Net Ha-ha. Sadly, it isn't.

John Hostettler, the Congressman representing the 8th district of Indiana, has introduced legislation in the House that would change the name of an Interstate 69 extension to a more 'moral sounding' number. This reared its head in the midst of an exciting extension of route, taking it all the way through Texas through Mexico.

Poor Hotstettler complains that teenagers point and snicker when he appears with his 'I-69' button. It apparently hurts his feelings (and addles his brain): he's declared: "I believe it is time to change the name of the highway. It is the moral thing to do.”

Really? Let's make a list of three other moral things to do:
1) Provide children with health insurance (John Kerry is working on this and you can help him here.)
2) Stop adding on to the number of civilians murdered in Iraq. (Call your Representatives and Senators and ask for the establishment of an Iraqi Victims Fund. The capitol Switchboard is 202-224-3121.)
3) Quit beating and terrorizing detainees in the jails Homeland Security uses to hold immigrants awaiting deportation-right here in the U.S.(read about it here.

Done with that? Still feel like taking on 69?


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