Hit & Run

Come Back to the Raft Agin, Spongebob Honey

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James Dobson, the homophobic head of Focus on the Family and the fella who was suspiciously hugging "Pistol" Pete Maravich at the time of the basketball great's untimely death (hmm, a Nelson Rockefeller moment, mayhaps?), is taking on Spongebob Squarepants.

As Rogier van Bakel points out at his Nobody's Business blog, Dobson, always a couple of steps slow when it comes to pop culture, is convinced that the fading-in-popularity undersea cartoon character is picking up where Teletubbie Tinky Winky left off.

Whole thing here.

And when you've got time to kill, read Leslie Fiedler's great Love and Death in the American Novel, which, if it were updated and expanded to include cartoon characters, would put the Spongebob-Patrick coupling in the great American tradition of Huck Finn and Jim, etc.