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Happy reading?  That was rollicking!  And you do yourself a disservice by not providing at least this first paragraph:

Whenever the fortune cookie fails to sate my literary appetite, I turn my voracious mind to the American state motto for nutrients. Consider Maine's sweetly delusional "I Lead," for example. It may lack the gangsta rap spirit of New Hampshire's "Live Free or Die," but it stirringly bugles the battle cry that feeds the famished soul. Or take Maryland; loosed from the shackles of good writing, the Old Line State flies high the banner of phallic pride: "Manly Deeds, Womanly Words"--its cloying way of saying "Maryland ain't Mary's land." Hats off to New Mexico's "It Grows As It Goes" for boldly going where no motto should: the snappy rhyme of a viagra jingle. No such chutzpah from the Kansas prairie. Humble to a fault, and no doubt aware of how much it has be humble about, the Creationist State penned its motto to read like a school report card: "To the Stars Through Difficulty." (If Kansas' new science curriculum is any guide, expect difficulty to prevail and the stars to be safe.) But it is to the Potato State, Idaho, that the grand prize goes, for "Let It Be Perpetual" may well be the nearest thing to an anthem masochism will ever have.


Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 29th, 2006 at 01:13:44 AM EST
BTW, my state's motto is Alki -- a Chinook Indian word meaning "By and By."  Whatever...

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 29th, 2006 at 04:06:51 AM EST
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Damn!  Now you've got me started on this.  I wasn't going to comment again until I discovered that one terrible motto wasn't enough for Oregon.  No, they just could not decide between "She Flies With Her Own Wings" and "The Union."

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 29th, 2006 at 04:20:52 AM EST
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