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Colbert Bump

Somebody tell Stephen Colbert that he's on notice. Comedy Central's popular late-night host recently horned in on the Fly-Team's territory by using The Commercial Appeal's ongoing feud with angry gun enthusiasts to poke fun at angry gun enthusiasts. Colbert ironically endorsed threats made against the CA's management since the paper publicized its online database of licensed gun owners. Threats, he said, help to "dispel the image of gun owners as crazy zealots." Colbert concluded by invoking the "Heisenberg uncertainty pistol," a theory that the most effective gun is the one that may or may not exist.

Wamp 'em!

Last week, D.C. gossip blog Wonkette theorized that Tennessee might be the home of America's most comical people. To prove it, the political pixie posted a video of Zach Wamp, the Republican congressman who criticized President Obama's universal health-care plan by calling it "class warfare" and "the next major step in the march to socialism."

"Health care is a privilege," Wamp said, hilariously claiming the low ground. "For some people, it's a right, but for everyone, frankly, it's not necessarily a right." Wamp then explained that the trouble with American health coverage results from the fact that a lot of people "choose what's called going nekkid." Wamp helpfully defined "going nekkid" as an idiomatic expression for taking your chances by purposefully choosing to live without insurance.

Wamp's diatribe attracted a number of comments, including this one: "We hereby secede from the knuckle-dragging, inbred, hillbilly-infested s&*hole that is the state of Tennessee. Please send all stimulus package monies directly to us and not through Nashville. Respectfully, Memphis."

We're #14

According to BusinessWeek magazine, Memphis is America's 14th unhappiest city. Take that, Nashville (#8), Cleveland (#6), and Portland (#1).


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