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The Idaho legislature's Napoleon Dynamite resolution

At first I thought this had to be a joke, but it's not:

Fifty-eighth Legislature
First Regular Session - 2005


Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

WHEREAS, the State of Idaho recognizes the vision, talent and creativity of Jared and Jerusha Hess in the writing and production of “Napoleon Dynamite“; and

WHEREAS, the scenic and beautiful City of Preston, County of Franklin and the State of Idaho are experiencing increased tourism and economic growth; and

WHEREAS, filmmaker Jared Hess is a native Idahoan who was educated in the Idaho public school system; and

WHEREAS, the Preston High School administration and staff, particularly the cafeteria staff, have enjoyed notoriety and worldwide attention; and

WHEREAS, tater tots figure prominently in this film thus promoting Idaho’s most famous export; and

WHEREAS, the friendship between Napoleon and Pedro has furthered multiethnic relationships; and

WHEREAS, Uncle Rico’s football skills are a testament to Idaho athletics; and

WHEREAS, Napoleon’s bicycle and Kip’s skateboard promote better air quality and carpooling as alternatives to fuel-dependent methods of transportation; and

WHEREAS, Grandma’s trip to the St. Anthony Sand Dunes highlights a long-honored Idaho vacation destination; and

WHEREAS, Rico and Kip’s Tupperware sales and Deb’s keychains and glamour shots promote entrepreneurism and self-sufficiency in Idaho’s small towns; and

WHEREAS, Napoleon’s artistic rendition of Trisha is an example of the importance of the visual arts in K-12 education; and

WHEREAS, the schoolwide Preston High School student body elections foster an awareness in Idaho’s youth of public service and civic duty; and

WHEREAS, the “Happy Hands” club and the requirement that candidates for school president present a skit is an example of the importance of theater arts in K-12 education; and

WHEREAS, Pedro’s efforts to bake a cake for Summer illustrate the positive connection between culinary skills to lifelong relationships; and

WHEREAS, Kip’s relationship with LaFawnduh is a tribute to e-commerce and Idaho’s technology-driven industry; and

WHEREAS, Kip and LaFawnduh’s wedding shows Idaho’s commitment to healthy marriages; and

WHEREAS, the prevalence of cooked steak as a primary food group pays tribute to Idaho’s beef industry; and

WHEREAS, Napoleon’s tetherball dexterity emphasizes the importance of physical education in Idaho public schools; and

WHEREAS, Tina the llama, the chickens with large talons, the 4-H milk cows, and the Honeymoon Stallion showcase Idaho’s animal husbandry; and

WHEREAS, any members of the House of Representatives or the Senate of the Legislature of the State of Idaho who choose to vote “Nay” on this concurrent resolution are “FREAKIN’ IDIOTS!” and run the risk of having the “Worst Day of Their Lives!

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the Senate concurring therein, that we commend Jared and Jerusha Hess and the City of Preston for showcasing the positive aspects of Idaho’s youth, rural culture, education system, athletics, economic prosperity and diversity.

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, and thus we eagerly await the next cinematic undertaking of Idaho’s Hess family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives be, and she is hereby authorized and directed to forward a copy of this resolution to Jared and Jerusha Hess, the Mayor of the City of Preston and the Principal of Preston High School.

(emphasis added)

Analysis: The Idaho legislature has a sense of humor.

Conclusion: This is a pleasant surprise.

(Via All-Encompassingly, including emphasis.)

idaho. . . pathetic

well...any doubt i had before as to idaho's status as 'the most pathetic state in the union' has finally been laid to rest. anyone agree that it should be renaimed "that black hole east of oregon/washington whose only natural and known purpose is to act as a buffer zone between utah and canada place"?

...and some people think Utah is lame?

I will NEVER set foot in Idaho. I was going to encourage my kids to go to either BYU Provo or BYU Idaho, but now BYU-I is off my list.

Lighten UP!

Come on Hhhhh and j r van zep, time to lighten up a bit. This is hilarious! It's nice to see that some people have a sense of humor, especially to see that some people in government have one!

Yep! You found me!

Glad to see you here too Jen! I just love CGB. :) And yes, you are correct sometimes I do comment on bloggernacle blogs. Although, lately I haven't been visiting many, just sticking to the more journal type blogs and art related blogs. Oh, and this one since I am a Utah girl. LOL

Aimee Roo

Your name is so familiar to me. Your screen name anyways. Any idea on how we could know each other?


...waste tax money (remember Idahoans pay THEIR salaries) in this crap? Double reason to not want to go to Idaho...ever...

I believe she's a "Bloggernac

I believe she's a "Bloggernacle" regular --I think I've seen most of her comments on Feminist Mormon Housewives, but also Times & Seasons, BCC, and elsewhere...

Ah! Aimee I found you

You are a regular on CGB. You also have your own blog. It all makes so much more sense now.