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April 25, 2009

I'm Not Entirely Convinced We Shouldn't Just Lock Them In and Set the Building on Fire

This is why I don't like state politics, particularly from my own state. Anyone with a lick of sense does something more practical than run for state legislative office.

Oklahoma lawmakers who voted against making a Flaming Lips tune the official state rock song represent a minority of "small-minded religious wackos," the band's lead singer says.

Most state House members voted for a resolution recognizing 2002's "Do You Realize??," but conservatives who said they were offended by the band's clothing and language mustered enough votes to keep it from being adopted. [...]

"Me, I just say look, it's a little minority of some small-minded religious wackos who think they can tell people what kind of T-shirts and what kind of music they can listen to, and the smart, rational, reasonable people of Oklahoma are never going to buy into that," frontman Wayne Coyne told Tulsa World in an interview Friday.

Gov. Brad Henry resolved the issue by announcing he would sign an executive order proclaiming "Do You Realize??" the official rock song of Oklahoma. The song earned more than half of the 21,000 votes cast in an online contest. [...]

Rep. Corey Holland, R-Marlow, was offended when band member Michael Ivins wore a red T-shirt with a yellow hammer-and-sickle emblem, a traditional symbol of the Communist Party, during a visit to the Capitol last month.

Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, also denounced Coyne for using an expletive at an event.

A stupid contest about picking an "official" state rock song turns into a bunch of grown men acting like fools. I really shouldn't be so surprised. They didn't have anything more important to worry about? A little too much free time on their hands?

Mike Reynolds doesn't like that rock singers use expletives? Mike Reynolds is a fucking idiot. (Yes, I apparently just disqualified the HQ from ever being Oklahoma's "official" blog. I'll put another dollar in the coblogger swear jar.) Perhaps he would like to suggest an "official" state rock song by a rock singer who has never cussed? Twenty bucks says that back in the day he equated rock music with teh Devil.

Hey, now he can go back to his district and tell people that he's for "family values" because he took a stand against a (stupid) symbolic act which a majority of Oklahomans had approved. Ar-tard.

Related: JC Watts is weighing a run for governor. I'm officially taking credit for this since I badgered him about it in the OKC airport over Christmas.

Updated and relayed without comment: PowerLineBlogger John on the new Simpsons stamps.


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