While I was content to rail against Tennessee State Rep. Joe Armstrong from my little corner of the internets, Ken, via email, took the fight directly to the man himself (from the comments to his initial post on Armstrong’s idiocy):
Congratulations on your recent success in the struggle against defamatory novelty candy items. Please bear in mind that the struggle has just begun. Somewhere, out there, are libelous lollypops, slanderous suckers, and a whole host of contemptuous confections. Other people are wound up in things like “the rule of law” and “expressions of opinion can’t as a matter of law be defamatory; any idiot knows that” and “Jesus, grow a thicker skin, you loser”, but I know that you are above such trifles.
I also appreciate your willingness to support emotionally disturbed university students.
Go! Go! For the good of the state! You are the bulwark between mean candy and politicians.
Ken, I salute you!