U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, a Democrat from California, decided to hold a contest to distribute his supply of tickets to the Obama inauguration.
In order to win the coveted ducats, he asked people to tell him why they wanted to go.
Winners were announced today. Also announced was the most blatant, stomach-turning example of anti-Houston discrimination since Carlos Beltran left the Astros for the Mets.
As the San Jose Mercury News reports: "All told, Honda received 63 education submissions and 69 Facebook entries. The haiku submission, however, was thrown out because the author lives in Houston."
We suppose Honda's office, if they ever get back to us (and they've had more than a dozen minutes to do so) will yammer on about how the contest was for "constituents" and not outsiders who can't vote for Mike Honda.
We say hogwash.
Houstonian Jerome Vielman, who describes himself in his entry as an "Author, poet, actor, activist," submitted this haiku:
please restore America
to its rightful place
We can already hear the quibbling: Shouldn't a guy entering a contest for Barack Obama's inauguration at least know how to spell Barack Obama's name?
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Such niggling is to be expected from people who are neither authors nor poets nor actors nor activists.
We have tried to contact Vielman to get hi no-doubt subtle reasoning for the spelling and hope to hear from him soon. We also hope to get him to write a haiku expressing his outrage at Rep. Mike Hooonda.
Update: Vielman writes "I knew i wasn't eligible when I sent in my submission, but I wanted to share it anyway b/c I thought it was important. But I did grab my heart when you told me :)"
-- Richard Connelly