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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Top 10 Goofy Congressional Resolutions: Jean Schmidt's 'Watermelon Month' Is No. 2 In National Ranking

TOLEDO (TDB) -- For some reason, Dennis Kucinich's effort to impeach President Bush didn't make the cut. But Jean Schmidt's effort to honor the watermelon is on the list of the top 10 Congressional resolutions (sarcasm alert) of the 110th Congress. The list was compiled by Taxpayers for Common Sense. Republicans and Democrats alike sponsored and signed on to some pretty silly measures, and you can click onto the list to see who put their names on the resolutions:

1. S.RES.440: A resolution recognizing soil as an essential natural resource, and soils professionals as playing a critical role in managing our Nation's soil resources.
2. S.RES.262: A resolution designating July 2007 as "National Watermelon Month".
3. H.RES.216: Congratulating the men's volleyball team of the University of California, Irvine, for winning the 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Volleyball National Championship.
4. S.RES.180: A resolution recognizing the 70th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission and designating May 2007 as "Idaho Potato Month".
5. H.RES.630: Congratulating the Warner Robins Little League Baseball Team from Warner Robins, Georgia, on winning the 2007 Little League World Series Championship.
6. H.RES.970: Expressing support for designation of June 30 as "National Corvette Day".
7. H.RES.1050: Recognizing Pittsfield, Massachusetts, as being home to the earliest known reference to the word "baseball" in the United States as well as being the birthplace of college baseball.
8. H.RES.89: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that a day should be established as Dutch-American Friendship Day to celebrate the historic ties of the United States and the Netherlands.
9. H.RES.892: Expressing support for designation of a "National Funeral Director and Mortician Recognition Day".
10. H.RES.483: Recognizing the 63rd Anniversary of Big Bend National Park, established on June 12, 1944.

H/T Michigan Liberal, which seems to think that Congress ought to have better things to do these days.


  1. Bill - It's S-C-H-M-I-D-T.

    Didn't you previously work at a newspaper?

    SURELY they fired you for more than your typos, right?..

  2. Actually, they are still paying me. But not enough to hire a proofreader. How about this excuse for the typo? My finger slipped off the key while I was eating watermelon in celebration of Jean Schmidt's National Watermelon Month.

    Thanks for the catch. I'll fix it immediately.

  3. Bill, weren't you just trying to save vowels? Leaving an 'i' out of Schmidt is no big deal. She's a one-i'ed Schmidt. One i, two i's, no i's. No difference.