So it’s been said that the 81st regular session of the Texas House of Representatives would be a dull one. Â The Speaker of the House is notÂ Tom Craddick, much to everyone’s surprise, so no more Texas State Troopers storming the chamber to prevent a violent mutiny. Â The public already knows about all the ghost voting, or as I like to call it “Surprise, Representative Alonzo, you’re now a Republican”, so there’s no more excitement there. Â But little did we know that Representative Charlie Geren from Texas’ 99th district had a little nugget (nougat?) of legislative gold in store for us. Â
HCR 16Â irons out a troubling question about those Bible-troubling dinosaur bones in Glen Rose, Texas.Â Word on the wire is that we’ve had our state dinosaur wrong all these years. Â New scientific evidence shows that what we thought to be aÂ Pleurocoelus (ploor-oh-seel-us), meaning “hollow-sided”, is in reality aÂ Paluxysaurus Jonesi (sounds just like it reads), meaning “Paluxy Lizard”. Â This new lizard is said to have lived 112 million years ago (according toÂ heathenÂ organization Wikipedia), but we all know it can’t be a day (or seven) older than 6,000 years old. Â Documentary evidence of its age is provided on the left for your evaluation.
So thankfully we have the Texas State House to clear up these concerns that I know keep you awake at night. Â Certainly a matter as important as this is best addressed well before we knock out other minor details such as public education financing, prison overcrowding, oh and that pesky Texas economy that seems to have tanked what with all the people jumping out of high-rise windows downtown.
Thank you Representative Geren, for setting the record straight, and for proving that the state legislature canÂ actually get things done in only 140 calendar days every other year (provided the spring weather doesn’t force the legislators out to the old fishing hole with their poles in their hand).