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NeoConsSuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 06:47 AM
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Kansas teen won't apologize to governor's office for Twitter post
Source: CNN

(CNN) -- A high school senior, who faces a Monday morning deadline to apologize to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a disparaging tweet, has said she will not write the apology letter.

"I don't think I should write the letter, and I don't think it would be the best move for me," Emma Sullivan, 18, said late Sunday night. "At this time, I do not think an apology would be a sincere thing for me to do."

Sullivan said her parents and many of her peers support her decision.

The teen made national headlines last week for a tweet she said was intended just for her friends.



Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/28/us/kansas-high-schooler-t...



Unlike the Democrats, who rush to issue apologies every time a Republican cries foul, this young lady has a backbone.
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willing dwarf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:08 AM
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1. Conservative = No Sense of Humor
Remarkable that the people who want to shrink gov't to the size it can be drowned in a bathtub, would have huge staffs of observers and informants insuring that no nasty words, no school yard humor and no damage be done to their titans.

What a bumptious fool Sam Brownback must be to have people so concerned about his image that they won't even laugh off school girl silliness.

One more example of the too tightly wrapped skittishness of the vigilant humorless right.
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mahatmakanejeeves Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:25 AM
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18. "... huge staffs of observers and informants insuring that no nasty words,..."
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 08:51 AM by mahatmakanejeeves
I stumbled upon a yard sale on Saturday. In a box of pre-recorded VHS tapes for sale, I found a copy of a wonderful movie that I hadn't seen in years. I sat down and watched it again Saturday night.

Brazil

In the movie, the staff of observers and informants is called the Ministry of Information.

I highly recommend it, if you haven't seen it.

ETA: the version I bought is, according to the box, 2 hours and 11 minutes long; you'll also see this version described as 132 minutes long. It is not the 142-minute long version.

I once saw the version with the happy ending on TV. That ending changes the whole point of the movie.
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go west young man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:51 PM
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103. Great film and very relevant in the current USA.
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:21 AM
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2. Worse than no apology is an insincere apology. This is ridiculous, especially because
there is absolutely nothing to apologize for! Why do you need to be apologetic for a disparaging remark about a public official?
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Sportsguy Donating Member (389 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:26 AM
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3. That Is Ridiculous
Her principal must be a republiCON. No excuses. If it were me, I'd probably say if you think THAT'S disparaging, you'll really love my NEXT tweet you sonsabitches!
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:25 AM
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17. LOL ME TOO! I don't like to be told what to do, particularly by evil a-holes nt
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:25 AM
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29. And they certainly are ... The Authoritarians. n/t
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:03 AM
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49.  She should write that she's sorry her principle was deficient
in that he didn't screen prospective attendees to insure they'd all be willing to lick Brownback's boots.
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donquijoterocket Donating Member (357 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:10 PM
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68. But
It seems to me that only conservatives and especially Republican conservatives have mastered the art of the non-apology apology. I think it's a congenital part of their pathology that normal people lack. She's much better off in the long and short run standing up,looking them in the eyes, and telling them to osculate her glutes.
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Plucketeer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:23 PM
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71. I agree 101%
If you missed it, I was being sarcastic. ;)
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Beartracks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:23 PM
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115. "osculate her glutes"
ROFL :rofl:

May I use that turn-of-phrase on t-shirts or something?

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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:30 PM
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73. Actually he's a registered Dem
Go figure.
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Hotler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:31 PM
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75. +1 n/t
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curiousdemo Donating Member (558 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:44 PM
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89. LOL!!!!!
Brownback is a right wing loon. Apology this Governor.
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:28 AM
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20. Not half as ridiculous as t he fact that they're making a federal case out of this.
Bickering with a teen-ager? Yeah, that's the kind of leader I'd want for my state--a guy who spends his time fighting with kids. What a manly man!
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:31 AM
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30. The guy is an absolute ass, all the time. Why people vote in jerks like this is far beyond us. And
they scream about the constitution all of the time, and they vote in people that don't give a damn about it ... It's propaganda at its best in KS. And he wonders why people leave KS to live in other states even if the job pays less. He's clueless.

Many people don't like authoritarian states. It's also one of the very few states that makes being gay a criminal act. In KS you could be jailed for being gay if not for the federal laws. And just recently they maintained the law on the books.
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jbpdx Donating Member (19 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:37 PM
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111. He's an idiot
And so is the principal at that high school. I graduated from Shawnee Mission East in the 70s. And of course there's no way I'd still live in Kansas.
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zonkers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:08 AM
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36. DING. DING. DING. Morons. Morons. Morons.
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DallasNE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:56 PM
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84. Obviously The Principal Has Never Listened To Glenn Beck
Or Rush Limbaugh. What they say on a daily basis is far more ugly than what Sullivan said in he tweet to friends. The Principal is as far out of bounds as is Gov. Brownback's office. Big brother is alive and well in Kansas.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:31 AM
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4. Way to go, Emma. Stand your ground.
:woohoo:
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ejbr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:35 AM
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5. How can she apology when he proved her right? n/t
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:40 AM
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6. I'm sure some colleges are looking at her MORE for this rather than less

Leadership in the face of overwhelming odds and pressure is a good thing to look for in a potential student.

Good for her!

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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:35 AM
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31. Yep, she is definitely not a lamb or a lemming like many. She thinks for
herself and does not cower when some jerks try to put her down for her innocent remark.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:25 AM
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41. Didn't the principal say
that he was going to report her to all the colleges she applied to?
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:30 PM
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74. Those colleges should tell him that he is black balled from their campus.
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leftyohiolib Donating Member (413 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:49 AM
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7. should put her in charge of the party
she should give the kind of apology "i'm sorry youre such a butt-plug"
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christx30 Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:43 AM
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61. I was thinking that
a more sincere apology would be along the lines of, "I'm truly sorry that the people of this state have voted you in as governor. I believe that it was a mistake. Thank you for proving me right."
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:50 AM
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8. At least Emma gets the concept of freedom of speech.
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:54 AM
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9. If Brownback had any sense of honor, duty or propriaty then he'd apologize to her.
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:54 AM
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10. Senator Brownback stomped an ant too close to the nest
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 07:54 AM by tomm2thumbs

and now the ant colony is swarming around his gangly, sanctimonious legs

Mind them crabs, ya little ants

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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:37 AM
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33. Even republicans are pissed off about what he did. n/t
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UnrepentantLiberal Donating Member (747 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:13 AM
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11. Good for her.
And good for her parents. Never back down to a jackass.
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:16 AM
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12. Lest any doubt remains
Brownback is a douche bag, a really big douche bag. Governor Sam Brownback Mountain: Today's douche bag of the day.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:19 AM
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13. heblowsalot
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:21 AM
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14. You go, EMMA! I'm so glad. nt
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:22 AM
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15. Good for her
She's an adult of voting age, she's got the right to say anything she wants about him.

The last thing we need to be teaching our young people is to bow down to authority.
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:25 AM
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16. Thin-skinned ninny. What the hell is wrong with him?
He's spending his time fighting with a high school student who said he sucks? Are you kidding me? People like him have no business in any elected office.
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:27 AM
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19. We need to start tweeting derogatory comments about Brownback the a-hole nt
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Yon_Yonson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:28 AM
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21. Atta a girl Emma ~ SOLIDARITY
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:46 AM
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22. Good for you! SULLIVAN FOR CONGRESS IN 2018
I would like to thank Emma Sullivan for standing up to abusive authority and refusing to apologize for exercising her 1st Amendment right to speak out against the government, in the true spirit of freedom of speech intended by the Founding Fathers. This young lady is a real patriot and deserves a medal, not school discipline because Brownback decided to rat on her to the principal. Granted, her form of expression is immature, BTA, she's only 18, barely an adult legally and an adolescent physically and emotionally.

I'd like to see Sullivan run for Congress in 2018. She'll be 25 then, old enough to serve and ought to teach us a lesson in the Constitution that too many Americans are forgetting.
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:15 AM
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27. Well, now...
"...her form of expression is immature..." But, NOT dissimilar from the rhetoric we hear constantly from FAUX and most of our other co-opted M$M.
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:53 AM
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23. Right on...
"I hope that the governor realizes the power of the people and how people can make things happen," she said. "I also hope he will spend his time doing more productive things."



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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:55 AM
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24. Good! She shouldn't be bullied into doing anything.
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COLGATE4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:55 AM
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25. Good for her! The law is clear that she has no obligation whatsoever
to "apologize".
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:57 AM
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26. "I am sorry if I offended Mr. Brownback's fragile sensibilities...
... I am also sorry that he blows so much."

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MurrayDelph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:56 AM
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35. How's this one?
I am sorry Gov Brownbacks ego is so fragile that even while decrying the state of the economy, he needs paid staff pick to on little girls.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:43 AM
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45. That works! n/t
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:23 AM
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28. Good!!! n/t
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MarkCharles Donating Member (932 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:36 AM
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32. Good for her! She's a brave young woman. Brownback is Republican scum.
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 09:37 AM by MarkCharles
And to think a Governor of a state is wasting staff time on this stuff with public taxpayer funding.

What a disgrace he is for his thin skin!
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Irishonly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:54 AM
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34. Good For Her n/t
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on point Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:11 AM
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37. No, HE should apologize instead!!
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CRK7376 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:16 AM
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38. Good for her!
Well done young lady, hopefully your Principal will not get stupid and go after you for embarrassing his school by demeaning a Gov, especially one so well loved by all who call Kansas home....
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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:22 AM
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39. She should ask him to resign. What an ass. Damage control?
I'll bet he wishes he had kept his pie hole shut. BWAHAHAHA
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:23 AM
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40. Excellent
and she keeps firing as they foolishly keep this thing alive -- hopes he will "spend his time doing more productive things."

:yourock:
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:34 AM
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42. I'd tell him to go attack the source of the controversy... thin-skinned Brownback
And the brownnosing asskissing staffer.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:37 AM
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43. Emma made a comment stating that she told brownback
what she was really thinking, actually she did not say anything to brownback. She is a young lady who ( I feel sure) had no idea what this silly remark would balloon in to.

Amazingly, a "mature" public official inadvertently gave her, "her 15 minutes" of international fame because he is a bully and obviously not too smart. He did however, show the world what he is. Having tax-payer paid employees searching public forums to prevent freedom of speech is Fascism. The idiot has really stirred up a nest of negative publicity because a girl had the audacity to tweet a negative comment about him. It sounds like a Nixon paranoid response from the thought police.

Obviously, brownback is a brown-shirt and a great example of elitism in America. He must think he is a dictator who has the right to control the thoughts and words of everyone, including a H.S. student. What an idiot. Do they call him boss-hog?

This incident surely informs his constituents of what type of person he is. This has to make him un-electable when his term is up. Surely, no one would vote for a self-proven Fascist who bullies children.
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Blacksheep214 Donating Member (682 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:40 AM
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44. This is just too easy
Keith and MSNBC will be all over this today.

Talk about your outrage issue!

Now if Brownback is so terrified about threats posted, think how the womens health care providers feel every day!

Nice to have our money to waste, huh?
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Glaisne Donating Member (32 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:49 AM
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46. Brownback does suck
So good for her!
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:15 AM
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52. Brownback does suck
Really. It's not like she told a lie or anything.


Prove her wrong, Brownbackside....
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:52 AM
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47. Good for her...why should she have to apologize for her opinions?
...
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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:01 AM
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48. "I'm sorry to see you're offended by the truth"
There's your apology for you. With my blessings.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:04 AM
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50. Should be Sammy Grayback?
Snip...

Soldiers in the Civil War gave the body louse numerous names: bluebellies, rebels, tigers, Bragg's body-guard, zouaves, graybacks, and vermin. They were so common that it would have been unusual for a soldier not to harbor vermin. Lice had no allegiance to any flag, nor did they discriminate on the basis of rank. It was recorded that an orderly of a company officer picked 52 graybacks from the shirt of his chief at one sitting (Billings 1887). Although soldiers felt disgraced when they first became infested, this feeling soon diminished as their situation became universal among their comrades. Many soldiers came to "a state of pleasant unconcern," one even declaring he could not sleep soundly unless he "had a few graybacks gnawing on him" (Wiley 1994).

http://entomology.montana.edu/historybug/civilwar2/lous...

Blood sucking parasite = Ratpublican!
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:10 AM
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51. Good for her.
She as nothing to apologize for.... and she learned a valuable lesson:

Adults can be more childish than children. Even ones at the "top" and in charge.
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:17 AM
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53. Sounds like Kansas needs Hitler Youth Camps
to better restrict and command high school students.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:25 AM
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55. That won't be necessary. Have you read any of the ALEC legislation targeted at youth?
:grr:
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:23 AM
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54. Supercilious sanctimonious SUBSIDY-Sam shows management by vindictive gossip
is apparently SOP in his administration.

How else could anyone involved in this attack upon Emma have thought what they were doing is acceptable behavior?
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EC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:32 AM
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56. This girl is old enough to vote.
I think Sam had better just shut up before he loses more votes. Better yet, keep acting like a two year old that doesn't like something and pout and stamp your feet - maybe you'll be out of office soon enough and won't have to put up with someone not liking you. It's part of the job asshole. Grin and bare it.
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qb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:32 AM
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57. A tweet from an 18-y-o student makes national headlines?
:crazy:

:yourock: Emma for standing your ground! If the crybaby conservatives pursue this any further, they will look foolisher and foolisher.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:40 AM
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60. The (allegedly) "liberally-biased media" has to make anti-Rs' homes and names
available for (and this would be them being nice) discrediting ...

prior to them attacking the anti-Rs' houses, families, credit ratings, livelihoods, etc.
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JEB Donating Member (134 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:37 AM
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58. She should THANK
the idiot Brownback for making such a big deal and so many people reading and agreeing with her tweet. If he wasn't such an insecure chickenshit the tweet would have faded nearly unnoticed. Thanks for being such an idiot.
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evilhime Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:38 AM
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59. Pols say worse
about other politicians with no consequences. It's absurd and an abuse of power to try to make a teen apologize for exercising her first amendment right of free speech. What are we teaching by making her apologize other than abuse of power?
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:50 AM
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62. What's with the last line?
The post would have been better if you'd made it about Emma Sullivan's courage and the outrage of the attempts to oppress her.
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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:52 AM
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63. Just to be sure we get one in.....#brownbackblowsalot! Go Emma,
I see great things in your future based on your independent thinking and your steely nerve!


:hug: :applause: :applause: :applause:



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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:54 AM
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64. Good for her.
Brownback




SUCKS!
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Sivafae Donating Member (286 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:58 AM
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65. It's not like she called him, "Uppity."
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:03 PM
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66. FIRE high school principal Karl Krawitz for abuse of her right to free speech!
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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:48 PM
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83. Second that. The fascist principal needs to go.
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christx30 Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:05 PM
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67. I have to ask a question
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 12:09 PM by christx30
and I might get in trouble for this, but it needs to be asked...
Do republicans actually want to govern? I mean.. they are bad at public relations to a degree that is almost criminal.
Teenager speaks out at meeting. And it's over. She doesn't think anything is going to happen with it. As far as she knows it's over. There might be a blurb in a state or local paper, but that's it.
But he tries his "Damage Control" stuff and it explodes nationally. Now people everywhere are talking about it. I mean, I can't find anything about it on freerepublic. I guess there's no way they can spin it to make their guy look good. But CNN has cover story on it.
It's hilarious how bad they are at this kind of thing. It's like being in a tense face off with someone that doesn't know how to shoot anything except for his own foot. You might miss as badly as to graze his shoulder, but he's got 5 bullets in his foot and after a while you just want to call it off because you kind of feel bad for him.
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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:21 PM
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70. She didn't even speak out at a meeting, if I understand the story correctly
She tweeted some friends, and Brownback's jack-booted Gestapo thugs ferreted it out.

Brownback - what a scumbag.

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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:38 PM
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79. I'll probably never get hired in this state again. nt
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:17 PM
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86. That's correct. She was joking in Twitter about having told Brownback that he sucked.
The facts are these:

1] She did see and hear Brownback in person.
2] She tweeted that she said he sucked to his face, but in fact she remained silent in his presence.
3] She was called into the Principal's office after Brownback's staff discovered the tweet.
4] She refused to write a letter of apology because she says it would be insincere, since she does believe he sucks.

Little more needs to be said about the matter. Brownback has f*cked himself.
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christx30 Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:45 PM
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90. That makes it even worse for them
If they think they can force people to apologize for what they say in a private conversation... Wow.
Everyone needs to stand shoulder to shoulder with Emma. This isn't just a PR thing. This is a line that they are trying to cross. It's the very defination of the First Amendment. The closest thing she should say in apology is "I'm sorry you're our governor."
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blackspade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:10 PM
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69. This is seriously a news story?
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 12:27 PM by blackspade
Are Brownback's staffers this stupid?

Political hacks like Brownback can lie and steal from the public at will with no consequences, and a teen has to apologize for saying he sucks?

If I were her, my response would be 'Fuck Off'.

On further thought, perhaps we should have teenage girls all over the country insult republicons, show them for the political cowards that they are.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:42 PM
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110. "Are Brownback's staffers this stupid?" ...no. But they sure as HELL are
willing to go "police state" to suppress any dissent ...
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:27 PM
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72. I wouldn't apologize to Brownshirt either
or is it Throwback?
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Fokker Trip Donating Member (222 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:31 PM
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76. Perhaps he saw the story about the Indonesia fellow who allegedly texted
Texted an Insult or two about the Indonesian King and is now going to be in prison for 20 years. A Repuke dream come true.
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av8rdave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:34 PM
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77. My email to the governor
Dear Governor:

Are you serious? Complaining to a school principal about a student's tweet you don't like?

If memory serves, you were one of the President wannabes who doesn't believe in evolution.

I'll see Emma Sullivan's "you suck" and raise. You not only suck, you're an idiot.

Sincerely Yours,

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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:36 PM
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78. I wonder if it could be consider stalking on Brownback"s part?
I would push it as stalking real hard.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:39 PM
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80. Brownback and the principal should both apologize to Emma and
the people of Kansas for inappropriate use of power. Criticism comes with the office. The whole system is set up so that those in power answer to the people.
Brownback should congratulate the young lady on speaking up and urge all to do so.
There is a huge lesson here. I am hoping that Brownback is man enough to learn it from an 18 year old.
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getting old in mke Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:44 PM
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101. Apparently
He has apologized, generically, and pointed out freedom of speech is important.

I'm a little shocked.
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:44 PM
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81. did Brownback think it was a secret?
no one knew he sucked until Emma tweeted the obvious?
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femrap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:48 PM
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82. She really put the
Truth to him. Brownback looks like a widdle boy pitching a temper tantrum.

Good for Emma!
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Phlem Donating Member (580 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:08 PM
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85. +1000
Way to go!

You can not apologize to these sacks of shit. It's a sign of weakness. The R's deserve no mercy!

-p
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ChadwickHenryWard Donating Member (692 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:22 PM
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87. Isn't publically stating one's opinion of a public figure protected by the First Amendment?
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:23 PM
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88. The internet is a series of tubes.
Begin with this premise and you can understand why Gov Brownback's staff thought it would be a good idea to get this student punished for exercising her right to free speech.

These neanderthals have no idea what they're doing.
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snort Donating Member (132 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:54 PM
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91. Sam Blowsalot Brownback
Nice
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:58 PM
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92. She's 18??? He went after a VOTER?
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Duval Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:06 PM
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93. Good for her!
Don't Republicans respect "honesty"?? Oh,that's right; we need to explain what it means. :shrug: :hi: :kick: :grouphug:
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demigoddess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:06 PM
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94. Good for her!!!
I cannot believe that freedom of POLITICAL SPEECH has fallen so far that it is only allowed against democrats, ......

I forgot. republicans. enough said.
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McCamy Taylor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:12 PM
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95. Apparently Brownback's staff never heard the phrase "You can't buy publicity like that."
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 02:14 PM by McCamy Taylor
If they had ignored the twitter, they would have saved themselves lots of grief.

They had better pray that the principle forgets about it---otherwise the damage with only get worse. However, principles are a law unto themselves---at least until the ACLU takes it to the courts.

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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:19 PM
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96. It makes me SO happy that her parents have her back. Bless that whole family. nt
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Islandlife Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:23 PM
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97. The Principal requested the apology, not the senator
The principal should be at the center of this controversy, not the girl.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:25 PM
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109. Brownback is GOVERNOR, and it was his staff that contacted the principle.
So the Governor's staff, wasted tax payers dollars, to contact a principle, because an 18 year old girl said he sucked.

That's the GOP vision of "governing".
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Islandlife Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 03:10 AM
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117. The princiPAL should NOT have infringed on the girls 1st amendment rights
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:01 AM
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119. Sherriene Jones-Sontag, who placed the call to the Youth in Government organization,
Edited on Tue Nov-29-11 07:07 AM by SemperEadem
should not have attempted to use intimidation and threat tactics on something that should have been chalked up to teenage shennanigans.

The person at the Youth in Government organization should not have placed the call to the principal--they should have known that an 18 yr old, who is old enough to vote, has a constitutionally protected right of free speech. Of all the people in this scenario, an organization that deals with government issues should be up on that.

The principal is certainly culpable, but there are others who are just as culpable as he is, namely, the two entities I mentioned above.

Jones-Sontag attempted to intimidate Emma Sullivan through the thinly veiled threat of impacting her college career before the girl even graduated high school by contacting a school agency with the purpose of punishing the girl for what she said. She attempted to sic school officials on Sullivan.

What this has done is expose blowsalot's office staff as a waste hole of taxpayer money, where they have nothing better to do with taxpayer money than to do name searches on Twitter to find out how they will intimidate criticism of the governor.

Let's extrapolate this further: let's say that the school district decided to side with blowsalot... let's say that the principal wrung an apology out of the girl by holding her final grades hostage. What was to stop Jones-Sontag--or anyone's office lackey--from going after the employer of a 40 yr old man, if he said something unflattering about the governor? Where does this line of intimidation and threat stop? This "say something not nice and we'll make you pay for it" strategy needs to be strangled in its crib. This is the pricise reason why our government's consitution says that the state cannot infringe upon a citizen's right to free speech. The governor is the head of his state--clearly, his staff doesn't understand that they aren't a private company... ...yet.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:50 AM
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121. The principle was being a good little GOP foot soldier.

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Islandlife Donating Member (135 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 03:16 AM
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118. But thanks for the correction, my mistake
But I still think that ultimately no one should have chastised her. The problem is that some think they have the right to limit a persons free speech.
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MayHamm Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:33 PM
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98. Emma now has over 10,000 followers.
10,159 to be exact. What a fine 15 minutes of fame for her.
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:38 PM
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99. Here I think she is too kind
because Brownback should be sent to the Hague for crimes against humanity trial along with his leader Bush & Cheney.

Here Gov Brownback is just too stupid to realize he receive far better than he deserved from her or if he sucks comment came from any citizen of a civilized world.
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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:43 PM
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100. No one would know if Brownback's people hadn't complained.
Even though they say "there's no such thing as bad publicity for movie stars and politicians", now we all know what a crybaby weenie Sam Brownback is by going after "the mean girl" for her Twitter post.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:51 PM
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102. Rule # 1 don't pick a fight w/ the internet; google .....
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 03:00 PM by Botany
.... Santorum if you don't believe me.

I hope Gov. Brownback enjoys his new nom de guerre

#heblowsalot.



BTW why the hell was the Governor's staff spending time over a some teen's tweet?



Ms. Emma.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:09 PM
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104. Why?Because that's where they do their HR Management, including whatever sockpuppets they pull the
strings on.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:12 PM
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105. P.S. Some people say you can get fired in this state for what you say on FaceBook. nt
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man4allcats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:26 PM
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106. Principal Karl Krawitz should resign.
If he has no better understanding of U.S. government and the principles upon which it is founded than he demonstrated in this incident, he certainly shouldn't be involved in education.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:47 PM
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107. ****And here we go: "Kansas governor apologizes for 'overreaction' to teen's disparaging tweet"****
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:03 PM
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112. Governor Blowback.
This little power play to feed his ego sure boomeranged. Such a petty reaction to a little negative tweet and escalating into a full blown retreat with major PR damage. Well played Governor Blowback!
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Chisox08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:08 PM
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108. I apologize to Sen Brownback ......
for the truth hurting his little feelings. I apologize for the fact that you are one of the biggest douche nozzles in the country. I apologize for you now knowing your head from your asshole. And I apologize that you are a USDA Grade A 100% asshole.
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:22 PM
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113. The young woman won't back down?
Most Democratic office holders should take lessons from her.
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:56 PM
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114. Note the real title -- the governor apologized
This post is really some very selective editing. In fact, the real article starts "(CNN) -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized," not "(CNN) -- A high school senior"

But to the point, looks like Brownback's handlers told him silencing a high school kid does not play well in the news. Public embarrassment can even keep the neocons somewhat in check apparently.

Now, what to do with that principal who told her she had to apologize...
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 07:13 AM
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120. at the time this was first posted, the governor hadn't made an apology
Sullivan stated that she wouldn't apologize before blowsalot made his apology to her.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 01:29 AM
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116. good...
If you are big enough to run for public office, you are big enough to be insulted and handle it like an adult.
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Grown2Hate Donating Member (833 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 05:27 PM
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122. The key word here... DEADLINE. What the FUCK? What happens if she doesn't
apologize before then? Sleazeback can take his deadline and shove it up his fascist ass.
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