Friday, June 24, 2005

Idaho's SWEET House Resolution No. 29

I know this is old news, but I just watched Napoleon Dynamite the other night, so I have to post a link to the actual text of a Napoleon-inspired piece of legislation. I find it outstanding that a state legislative body can have such a sense of humor and realize a state-promotion opportunity when they see one. Since the 2004 movie was filmed on location in Idaho, they decided to tout its portrayal of the state's resources and values.

Some great excerpts: "WHEREAS, tater tots figure prominently in this film thus promoting Idaho's most famous export" ... "WHEREAS, Napoleon's bicycle and Kip's skateboard promote better air quality and carpooling as alternatives to fuel-dependent methods of transportation;" ... "WHEREAS, Kip's relationship with LaFawnduh is a tribute to e-commerce and Idaho's technology-driven industry" ... "BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we, the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the State of Idaho, advocate always following your heart ..."

What's great about this resolution is that it takes an already deadpan but wholesome script (which is lightly suggestive at times, but features no overt sex or violence), and takes it a step further by riffing on it with sincerity and in the voice of the nation's laws.

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