"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, November 15, 2004
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.
There are plans to extend the interstate from Indianapolis through southwestern Indiana all the way through Texas into Mexico in the coming years. While most believe this highway will be good for the state’s economy, religious conservatives believe “I-69” sounds too risqué and want to change the interstate’s number.
Hostettler, a proponent of the interstate extension, agrees. “Every time I have been out in the public with an ‘I-69’ button on my lapel, teenagers point and snicker at it. I have had many ask me if they can have my button. I believe it is time to change the name of the highway. It is the moral thing to do.”
Confidential to reader "Beavis" - please stop snickering at Congressman Hostettler. I've told you before, it's not nice to tease the retards.
Here's the kicker - this article goes on to note that there is a perfectly valid reason for opposing the I-69 designation:
As a matter of fact, naming the highway’s extension I-69 is a violation of the Interstate Highway System’s rules for numbering roads. Interstates numbers are to increase from west to east. If the extension through southern Indiana is named I-69, then 69 will be west of I-65, a direct violation.
Isn't that just like the Jesus Party? Even when they do the right thing, they tart it up as faux morality. And, by the way - if any of my readers could get an "I-69" lapel pin for me, I would be eternally grateful.
(Thanks to WTF Is It Now?!? for the heads-up.)
Update 11/16/2004: In the comments, "Anonymous" points out that I've been punk'd by a satire. I must say, I was shocked - shocked! - to learn that not everything I read on the Internets is true. Still, it was a lovely story, wasn't it?