The dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid or meteor striking the Earth millions of years ago, and scientists are concerned that a similar catastrophic impact could occur in the future. In fact, a United Nations working group has been studying options to predict and prevent such an event for the past twelve years. Their work has been highlighted by this week's near-miss as an asteroid "half the size of a football field" will pass within 17 thousand miles of Earth. This article didn't state whether that "football field" was an American football field or a European soccer field, but I don't think it matters all that much since it didn't hit us.
What matters is that a group of former astronauts submitted a report to the U. N. working group back in 2008 with suggestions for avoiding another extinction event on Earth, and the U.N. is going forward with plans to keep us safe.
But while the rest of the civilized world might be happy to hear that the United Nations is concerned enough about our safety to keep an eye on things, at least one or two elected representatives in Tennessee's General Assembly are making sure no one from the U.N. shows up in the Volunteer State with their Socialist bullshit ideas about asteroids, meteors, or any damn thing else, for that matter.
A couple of years ago a rumor started spreading among the tinfoil hat crowd that the U.N. intended to come to various (red) states to monitor elections. Actually, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe was the group offering to send official observers to monitor our elections, not the United Nations. But why let a few pesky ol' facts ruin a perfectly good conspiracy theory, right?
Anyway, one of the teabagger types up in Washington County started making speeches vowing to keep the U.N. out of Tennessee if only the good people of his district would send him to Nashville as their state representative. And if you want to get elected around here, a great way to make some noise is to bash the United Nations, or its twenty year old recommendations for sustainable resources called "Agenda 21."
So the folks in upper east Tennessee sent James "Micah" Van Huss to the House of Reprehensibles, and this week he followed through on his pledge to keep Tennessee U.N.-free by submitting HB 588 for consideration.
Here's a snippet of the proposed law:
“Any representative of the United Nations who enters the state loses all official status and shall not operate in the state in any official capacity.” H.B. 589, meanwhile, puts forward that “Representatives of the United Nations shall not observe elections in the state” and that “violation of this section is a Class C misdemeanor.”
In other words, as soon as the United Nations rep crosses our border we pull their official status, and if they start snooping around our voting precincts we might just lock their asses up.
We're so proud, I tell ya...