Monday, April 2, 2007

More Time Wasted In Government:
Politician Lobbies For Tilt-A-Whirl

Here's another story from the world of "how stupid politicians can waste our time and money" files. You can't get more mindless than what Minnesota State Rep. Patti Fritz, has done, introducing a bill designating the Tilt-A-Whirl the state's official amusement ride..

Fritz said she's taking up the cause of 52 kindergarten students from her district who say it deserves special attention because it was invented in their town. "I represent children too," Fritz said, adding, "Minnesotans like to have fun, and it's a fun thing to do."

The Tilt-A-Whirl is a platform-type ride consisting of seven freely spinning cars holding up to four riders apiece. Herbert Sellner invented it in 1926 and the first one debuted at the Minnesota State Fair a year later. Sellner Manufacturing in Faribault still makes it.

Minnesota already has a state muffin (blueberry), a state gemstone (the Lake Superior agate), a state drink (milk), a state butterfly (monarch) and seven other official symbols. In fact, Minnesota people are so bored with their winter that they are proposing some other things like the state toilet (Eljin), the state urine (yellow), the best state product (potholes), the state meat (possom), the state weather (winter...except for July 4th and 5th, their 2 days of summer), the state mayonaisse (Hellman's or Best Foods in the West) and yes, even the state's stupidest politician (Rep. Patti Fritz).

There isn't much more to say about this subject. It's amazing how much time and money get's wasted by our politicans in government over things that, well, just don't mean all that much in the big picture of life.

And by the way, in a related story to frivolous things, and this one is a doozer, Google announced yesterday that a new internet service is now available. Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.

You must see this here!