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A proposal requiring parental consent before child-care agencies can discuss sexual-abuse prevention with schoolchildren recently passed in the state Senate 26-6. Companion legislation to this proposal — soon to be known as the Freaky Uncle Protection Act of 2008 — has yet to pass in Tennessee's House of Representatives.

Parents who wish to ensure that only they have the right to explain what they've been doing to little Timmy should call their representatives and urge them to think about the children.

More Racist Crap

This past week, a press release created by Bill Hobbs, communications czar for the Tennessee Republican Party, attempted to connect Barack Obama to anti-Semitic Muslim concerns. It was broadly criticized for numerous reasons, including the use of Obama's middle name, Hussein. The dirty campaign trick may have no effect at all on the election, however, since voters like Mya Turdstank, of Taintskin, Alaska, and V.D. Carrier of Bendover, Maine, understand all too well what its like to have a playground bully make fun of your name.

Almost Beautiful

The Post, an Irish business periodical, had some interesting things to say about Memphis this week. Here's a sample: "This baking, oppressive city isn't particularly attractive. ... Rundown housing projects dot the outskirts of the city, reeking of hardship and of the strong racial divide that still lingers. ... The Memphis metropolitan area was last year ranked the second most dangerous in America, and robberies and homicides have been climbing ever since."

The article does, eventually, call Memphis the heart of the Deep South and concludes: "By clinging onto its glorious past, the indefinable spirit of this ugly little city almost makes it beautiful." Almost.

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