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“Offensive” Mints Off Shelves in Tennessee University Store

Once again, the south retaliates against common sense when a government official demanded the removal of mints that poked fun at the President.  Prepare yourself for some ranting.
Obama mints
(AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

It’s just another case of insanity and asinine politics courtesy of Southern government in Tennessee.  It seems a student from the University of Tennessee was offended by a product being sold at the college’s bookstore.  No, it wasn’t porn; no, it wasn’t drugs or paraphenalia to utilize such; no, it wasn’t weapons of mass destruction; it wasn’t even a book!  All this commotion was caused by a mere packet of mints being sold in a package that wittingly, and jokingly, declared “This is change?  Disappointments.”

Supposedly, the issue is that the bookstore is part of school property, which operates on state and federal funds, and if working in government has taught me anything, it’s that you can have absolutely ZERO sense of humor or identity whatsoever in the workplace.  After receiving the complaint, and instead of tackling ACTUAL issues that need attention like healthcare, education, and jobs for a downtrodden, broke economy, Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong took it upon himself to personally visit the store and require the manager to remove the offending breath-fresheners.  Clearly, this was an urgent case that needed to be personally dealt with right away.  The politico issued a statement maintaining that his own politics had nothing to do with it, and that mints mocking Republicans would also be marked for censorship too.  No one really cared much when mints making light of Dubya’s reign made their way onto those state and federally funded bookshelves.

I don’t go in much for politics or parties either way.  I vote.  I have my opinions.  That’s the end of it.  It’s not even so much that someone was offended by the whole thing (even though it is hugely ridiculous.  See what a constitutional law professor at the college had to say about the issue here; kinda makes me want to hake the [wo]man’s hand for being the only person in Knoxville with any common sense apparently).  What gets me is the steps and measures that were taken to remove the product to begin with.  Is this the type of stuff that residents of Knoxville are paying taxes for??  To have bold politicians take a stand against enjoying a refreshing mint while being entertained at the same time?!  Is this the WORST problem plaguing the people of Tennessee?  I would gather that to be the case from this nonsense, and if I’m right, then I’m packing my bags to crime-free, economically-plush Tennessee!

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