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Campfield, Infamous Wood, and Elvis

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Controversial Tennessee lawmaker Stacey Campfield admitted to a few shortcomings in a recent profile in the University of Tennessee's campus newspaper, The Daily Beacon.  

"If you are a second grade English teacher, don't look at my blog," Campfield was quoted as saying. "If you are a 'grammar Nazi,' forget it. Save yourself the heartache and headache. Your head will explode reading my blog."

As if he needed to prove his desire to cause cranial explosions among teachers, Campfield took to his blog, the brilliantly named Camp4U, to express some deep thoughts about education: "If we rated students academics with stars instead of grades (like we do for athletes), would people be more interest [sic] in their signing day?"

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Gibson Gets Wood

According to the Gibson Guitar website: "Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville — only to return them once there was a resolution and the investigation ended — it was an event worth celebrating." Gibson introduced its "Government Series II Les Paul" to mark this "infamous time in Gibson's history." Apparently, "fighting the power" means paying a $300,000 fine and contributing $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to get your wood back.  

Neverending Elvis

The concept of "tribute artist" was reinvented in a recent New York Times feature article about strange Brazilian names: "Not far from São Paulo, a television network recently found a family in which seven children were named in honor of Elvis Presley: Elvis, Elvisnei, Elvismara, Elvislei, Elvicentina, Elvislaine and Elvislene."

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