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Armstrong Provides Encouragemint to Columnists’ Satire, Sarcasm

Satirist Scott McNutt says Rep. Joe Armstrong has only a “no commint” to the notoriety he has achieved by urging the UT bookstore to stop selling “DisappointMints,” a candy-breath mint bearing President Obama’s likeness. But “mindful of the old saw that there’s no such thing as bad publicity,” he satirically declares other politicians to be seeking alignmint with mints in their likeness.
For Gov. Bill Haslam: Haslam Family Extra-Potent Endorsemints.
For Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey: Persuasively Strong, Yet Bashful Acknowldgmints.
For Sen. Stacey Campfield: Sen-Sen’s Unsubtle, Sensationalizing Self-Aggrandizemint
(Offhandedly, I’d suggest Haslam warramts a Predicamint, ‘Give Washington the Boot’ Ramsey an Anti-Governmint and Campfield an Anti-Establishmint.)
Down in Chattanooga, Steve Barrett lays down the sarcasm in what he characterizes as the UT bookstore’s “craven surrender to a crybaby.” He has taken a look through UT class descriptions- sociology, one suspects – and found some to lampoon.
(I)f the representative is worried about government funding political speech, he must not have sat in on a college lecture in the past four decades. A quick scan of UT’s website finds a course whose focus is a “model of multicultural and gender-sensitive constructive thinking; confronting power and addressing educational implications.”
I can decipher enough of that gobbledygook to assume that the works of Phyllis Schlafly and Thomas Sowell won’t figure prominently in the syllabus.
Another class entails “Theoretical research currently presented by feminist scholars questioning traditional (male) theories; application of these feminist theories to current feminist work in education.”
….In short, students in the state’s flagship university are assaulted daily with political activism underwritten by taxpayers. In many cases, students have to endure sheer classroom nuttiness to earn a degree, then spend years in the real world painfully unlearning the warped perceptions imparted by such courses.
None of that apparently troubles Armstrong. He didn’t take his bold stand for taxpayers until there was the threat of students being allowed to make a free-will choice to buy candy that tepidly lampoons a horrendous president — who, by pure coincidence, shares Armstrong’s party affiliation.

More Armstrong DevelopMints: ‘Best Thing That Could Happen to Us’ Says Mint Maker

Here is Megan Boehnke’s full (and maybe final?) update on the Joe Armstrong mint matter:
In Knoxville, hundreds of calls and email have flooded into the University of Tennessee bookstore.
In Brooklyn, N.Y., the company behind the satirical mints has sold out until the end of the month.
And on eBay, the tiny tin cans of mints are going for $30 and higher.
On Tuesday, the UT bookstore pulled mints poking fun at President Barack Obama off shelves after state Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville, told the director he was offended by the message on the candies. After a story ran in the News Sentinel on Wednesday, reports of the incident landed in national publications, on blogs, and on radio and television shows.
For the Unemployed Philosophers Guild, the small company in New York that produces the candies, the incident has led to record sales.
“It’s the best thing that could have happened,” said Jay Stern, an official at the company. “He made them a hit.”
Though it’s sold out of the Obama “Disappointmints,” the company has done a mock-up of a tin can in honor of Armstrong.
“Joe Armstrong Strong Arm Censored Mints,” the tin reads. The company posted it to its Facebook page.
In the meantime, a handful of employees at the company have been working tirelessly to fill back orders, Stern said.
“It’s been stressful,” said Stern. “It’s kind of like that episode of ‘I Love Lucy’ were she’s got the conveyor belt and it’s going too fast. Every five minutes we do a Web import and we have 30 new orders.”

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Joe Armstrong Gets Minted (after sellout of Obama Mints)

Apparently, the Obama DisappointMints that offended state Rep.Joe Armstrong after he found them on sale at the UT bookstore, have sold out. And now there’s a Joe Armstrong “Strong Arm Censored Mint.”(Hat tip to Michael Silence)
The maker’s website indicates they were selling the original Obama DisappointMints for $5 a tin. UT Bookstore was charging $2.99.
So you might say the maker made a mint thanks to having the product taken off the UT market. Now maybe UT could offer the seized and unsold mints as collectors items – or a bonus to the purchaser of the unsold UT president’s home. Or something.
The new mint:

Offended Armstrong Asks UT Remove Obama ‘DisappointMints’

From Megan Boehnke at the News Sentinel:
Breath mints packaged in a tin can poking fun at President Barack Obama have been pulled from the shelves at the University of Tennessee bookstore after local legislator Joe Armstrong told store officials he was offended by the mints.
Armstrong, D-Knoxville, said he got a call from a student who had seen the satirical mints in the bookstore and was bothered by the depiction of the president.
The tin can reads: “This is change? Disappointmints.”
Armstrong followed up Tuesday with a visit to the bookstore, located in the basement of the University Center, where he talked to director David Kent.
“I explained to him that I felt those mints were politically specific products that had no educational value,” Armstrong said.
“If it was a book or something of that nature, fine, but that’s sort of a discretionary product they have there. It wasn’t viewpoint neutral. It was very specifically insulting to the president.”
Armstrong said he did not ask Kent to remove the mints from the store but was glad he decided to do so.
Kent said the bookstore had previously carried mints in tins that depicted former President George W. Bush when he was in office.mints were politically specific products that had no educational value,” Armstrong said.
The mints: