Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tennessee, land of delusions

I haven't lived in Tennessee for a long time, but the newspapers inform me that nothing much has changed there (except that Chattanooga now has a well-regarded aquarium). The Knoxville News-Sentinel has a story about a typical legislator, this one introducing a bill to protect the right to offer "traditional greetings" in schools at Christmastime.

Never mind that a traditional friendly greeting in a Tennessee school is "Hey shithead, climbed off the sheep stump yet?" And if you don't know what a sheep stump is, you didn't grow up in east Tennessee and I'm not going to tell you.

Nut grafs (and I do mean nut):

“This stops all these silly lawsuits that say you can’t say ‘merry Christmas’ or ‘happy Hanukkah’ or have a Christmas tree,” said Campfield, R-Knoxville, who has pre-filed SB1425 for consideration by the General Assembly in 2014.

While unaware of a specific case where Christmas has become an issue in Tennessee schools, the senator said he knows of people “afraid of lawsuits” and passage of the bill would provide them with reassurance.

This for people who also are afraid blue demons infest their houses but are reassured to know they can be chased away with red olive oil.

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