Sen. Brownback's Anti-Mermaid Crusade

July 13, 2009 10:10 am ET — Chris Harris

As our nation suffers through the greatest economic decline in a generation and our country's brightest minds are working tirelessly to reverse course, what does Sen. Brownback propose? Banning mermaids. Seriously.

Sen. Brownback's Colossal Waste of Time

Late last week, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) introduced the "Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2009." According to the Senator's official press release:

The Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act would ban the creation of human-animal hybrids. Human-animal hybrids are defined as those part-human, part-animal creatures, which are created in laboratories, and blur the line between species. The bill is modest in scope and only affects efforts to blur the genetic lines between animals and humans.

After this magnificent bill becomes law, I call upon Congress to prohibit the creation of human-vehicle hybrids.  Those things are TERRIFYING.

In all seriousness, this is a colossal waste of time.  As both an American and a Kansan, I can confidently say that the potential future existence of mermaids and Minotaurs are not a pressing concern... for anyone.

While our nation suffers through the greatest economic decline in a generation, Americans want their representatives in Washington to devote their time to finding much-needed solutions - not outlawing scary SciFi creatures.