Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Weird News Wednesday-What's at the root of this?

A little something for my Washington state readers

Onion, Potato Grapple For State Veggie Title

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As some Washington-state school kids are learning, politics can be a rough game. Ninth-grade students at Kirkland Junior High in suburban Walla Walla proposed that the Walla Walla sweet onion be named as the official state vegetable. Although it sounds innocent enough, potato growers objected, saying the spud should get the official nod. The veggie battle has been waging for three years in the Washington state legislature and there's still no official vegetable.

(Is anyone else imagining a food fight here? I mean really, if this debate took place in Taiwan it could get violent. I see bushels of rotten veggies being lobbed at each other via mini-catapaults.

The insults:
You spud-sucking tuber lover!
Go stick an onion where the sun don't shine! Oh, wait, this is Washington...too many options.

Years from now historians may analyze the Russet Filibuster of 2006. Or they may laud the efforts of a humble Lime who stepped forward to propose the Great Compromise of her day! Let the state vegetable be potatoes fried with onions!)


But the children's teacher, Toni Miller, feels at least the kids learned a valuable lesson about politics.

(Yes, they have learned that their legislators have a collective IQ roughly equal to that of the proposed state vegetables.)

11 comments:

logo said...

Sadly enough this has been on the news here, more than it deserves.
At least there aren't horses and perforated spleen involved, now THAT was embarrassing!

Jodes said...

Ok, so that was interesting.


OMG you have word verification, what is the world coming too? Why the change?

barefoot_mistress said...

Some must send a letter to the state legislature of Washington, and let them know, the potato is taken, has been for centuries.....

I vote for the Walla wallah onion!
(Ducks for fear of flying potatoes)

DaMasta said...

Are you frickin' kidding me?!

I don't know whether to be upset that they don't care about more important issues or be relieved that they don't have to worry about more important issues.

Hmm.

Jericho said...

with a name like Walla Walla, one would expect more creative and engaging efforts on the part of the elected officials... seems they should be more like Lords or High Elves than real-life politicians - separate themselves from the State and thrive in their own WallaWallaness... here's to the ScepterSquash as the Official Veggie of the Realm of Walla Walla

Jericho said...

hey - my word verification was HDTVt ... thought that was weird, as we were discussing vegetables and all....

bsoholic said...

LOL, crazy azz politicians!

Top cat said...

I say we declare a day called National Potatoe Day, mash potatoes and throw them at politicans.

Top cat said...

I think it should be spelled Potato..my apologies to my Russet friends.lol

Bridget Jones said...

LOVEd this post!! At least the big purple veggie whose name I always forget wasn't part of it (eggplant)...

ffff said...

Wow three years to make a decision and it is still not made? Change of political masters needed...NOW!