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LeighAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:35 PM
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Brownback apologizes for overreacting to studentís tweet
Source: LJ World (Lawrence, Kansas)

Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday issued an apology, saying his staff over-reacted to a disparaging tweet about him written by a high school student.

Last week, Brownback's staff, which monitors social media, saw a tweet by 18-year-old Shawnee Mission East senior Emma Sullivan, who wrote an insulting tweet about the governor while she attended a speech by Brownback at the Youth in Government program in Topeka.

<snip>

"My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize. Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms.

"I enjoyed speaking to the more than 100 students who participated in the Youth in Government Program at the Kansas Capitol. They are our future.



Read more: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/nov/28/brownback-apol... /
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:37 PM
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1. not enough
he has to acknowledge that he sucks. :-)
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:38 PM
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2. They're YOUR future, Brownbottom.
NGU.

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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:39 PM
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3. since when are truth and insulting synonyms? nt
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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:48 PM
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7. What are you talking about?
I don't see anything in the original post, the article, or the other posts that mention anything about truth.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:29 PM
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32. Had someone try that same meme on me recently
Gonna see that he gets unelected...fundie whacko that he is.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:41 PM
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4. One has to ask why he has a full cadre of paid staffers wasting taxpayer money on this
nt
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LeighAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:49 PM
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8. I suspect this has a lot to do with the apology
http://twitter.com/#!/search/realtime/heblowsalot

A new one comes in every couple of seconds
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:45 PM
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5. If it hadn't made national headlines IMO he wouldn't done a damn thing. Public
opinion forced this out of him, nothing else IMO.
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:45 PM
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6. Too late, Sam!
Your name's already down the toilet.
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:53 PM
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9. CUE THE VONAGE THEME!
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 12:58 PM by rocktivity
And you can bet it wouldn't have happened if the student hadn't announced she had changed her mind about apologizing. Which is fine by me because it isn't as though she actually stood up in the middle of Brownback's speech to her class and said what she'd tweeted. Besides, I think she pretty much JUST PROVED that he's an asshole!

DON'T BACK DOWN! AGGRESSIVE PROGRESSIVISM WORKS!!!

:woohoo:
rocktivity
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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:58 PM
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10. Mwwwaaaahhhhaaaa.....LOVE the turn of events....the one doing the apologizing is Brownback, not Emma
Delicious!

:evilgrin:


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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:58 PM
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11. 1st Amendment Anyone?
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MayHamm Donating Member (24 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:04 PM
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12. Did Gov B also say his staff would stop monitoring Tweets?
There lies the problem. Because this whole thing stinks.
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LeighAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 06:46 PM
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35. They don't have time anymore
I've finally seen the exception to "No such thing as bad publicity"
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tcaudilllg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:07 PM
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13. This is dictator talk.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:07 PM
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14. The student's official response to Brownback's apology should be
"Okay. Just don't let it happen again, Sammy."

TlalocW
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LadyHawkAZ Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:08 PM
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15. This gave me my smile of the day
I'm glad the proper person had to apologize.
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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:22 PM
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16. So Brownback's STAFF suck too!! nt
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:23 PM
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17. Emma Sullivan should graciously accept this apology
and apologize in turn for any pain her comments to her friends may have caused the governor, while expressing hope that a dialog about the first amendment rights of real people, not corporations, might develop from this unfortunate incident.
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:27 PM
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18. Well, it's better than the standard non apology apology
"I'm sorry if anyone was offended...", but he still isn't really taking responsibility.

"My staff over reacted"? C'mon. How about "I failed to properly supervise my staff and consequently they spent their time monitoring tweets instead of working to improve the lives of the citizens of this state. I'll try to do better in the future".
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:44 PM
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20. Mr. B. is not required to apologize, or even recognize the
teenagers existence. He is after all an elected politician.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:41 PM
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19. Too little, too late. YOU SUCK, Brownback.
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:01 PM
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21. Ah, so it was Brownback's brown-shirts. Got it.
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 02:04 PM by JNelson6563
No surprise here an asshole like Brownback would have a staff of fellow assholes.

Julie
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:56 PM
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22. He sucks and is a war criminal
He should be tried at the Hague from crimes against humanity in his support of Bush & Cheney war crimes, secret prisons of torture, etc. How the "h" did he become governor? Is something seriously amiss in Kansas?
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:31 PM
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23. Kansas governor apologizes for 'overreaction' to teen's disparaging tweet
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 02:52 PM by Richardo
Source: cnn.com

CNN) -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized Monday for what he called his staff's "overreaction" to a disparaging tweet directed at him by a high school senior during a state Capitol visit.

Emma Sullivan, 18, said late Sunday that a Brownback staffer had notified her school's principal about the tweet, and the principal told her she had to write an apology to the governor. On Monday -- the deadline for the letter, according to the teen -- the Shawnee Mission School District issued a statement stating that "she is not required to write a letter of apology to the governor."



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



Baaahahahahahaha!!! :rofl:

WTG, Emma :patriot: :party: :applause:

...and now that putz principal is hung out to dry. :thumbsup:
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:31 PM
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24. And has the school principal apologized?
jus askin
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:31 PM
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25. Looks like Brownback left Principal Karl Krawitz hanging out to dry...
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 02:58 PM by Richardo
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:31 PM
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26. Brownback's seriously misnamed.
Gov. ThinSkin is much more appropriate.
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:32 PM
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30. Gov. Brownshirt. nt
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:16 PM
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34. that, too
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:31 PM
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27. Every student in that school is gonna be laughing at that principal. Humiliation at its best!
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 03:07 PM by Bozita
Might be a good time to return to coaching.
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:31 PM
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28. Brownback sucks and should be tried
for crimes against humanity. He claims he is a religious man but refused to stand against war crimes committed by Bush & Cheney. Crimes of illegal wars of aggression, and secret prisons of torture.

We need to know what is wrong with Kansas in electing this criminal to be their Governor?
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Dont call me Shirley Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:32 PM
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29. Brownnose is doing some backpedaling while flogging himself for the fauxpas.
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SME parent Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:55 AM
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41. Sullivan and her high school principal
Emma Sullivan's right to free speech is worth protecting. However, her choice of venue to tweet her opinion is questionable: she was on a school sponsored trip and made up a story to impress her friends, tweets it and, assuming the KS governor's office has media alerts whenever his name appears, Sullivan gets caught up in the quagmire. On a personal level, she can say or tweet what she wants. As a representative of her school on a youth for government trip, she made a poor impression. It wasn't the brightest decision on Ms. Sullivan's part, and the governor's office only made it more ridiculous.
We know teens are not always nice, and the Shawnee Mission school district has rules (as do most school districts in the US)- there is zero tolerance in the school district for fighting, bullying, demeaning or insulting language that hurts other students' feelings. It's difficult at times to maintain a good learning environment - but Dr. Krawitz does a great job. He's helped our community deal with a myriad of issues. Classmates are murdered, die from accidental deaths, and we've had protests against one of our students by the Westboro Baptist Church. And Dr. K is always there to support the students, faculty, parents and the community at large.
Before calling someone a putz, consider whether you have fully researched the issue. Or are you simply going off of sound bites from the news wire? (Rhetorical question - but you knew that).
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:28 PM
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31. Eat It, Brownback
pretend it's chocolate pudding.
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beac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:33 PM
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33. "I'm very sorry that...
a lot more people than before now know that I blow a lot."
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 06:50 PM
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36. Little late for that #2
It's easier to type #2 than Brownback.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:25 PM
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37. Awesome!!!
That's what happens when you stand up to a bully. Way to go!!!

:applause: :applause: :applause:
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:28 PM
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38. I hope Emma Sullivan feels about 10 feet tall, and very, very proud of herself
I'm proud of her. She knew in her heart that she was right, and she stood up for the truth.

Brownback is exposed as the petty thug we all knew he was. Doesn't get any better than this.
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:02 AM
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39. Coming soon to a theater near you...
Brownback Mountain, in which the people of Kansas scream at their governor, "WE WISH YOU WOULD QUIT US!"

:evilgrin:
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totodeinhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:05 AM
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40. He only apologized because of the uproar that this caused. I doubt very seriously
if his so-called apology was heart felt.
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mulsh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:06 AM
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42. cute, he takes it back. what are we, in grammar school?
Actions have consequences, like what he and his minions pulled. no matter how hard he tries he can't take back the fact that "heblowsalot" Thanks for confirming this in spades Gov. Brownstain.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:38 AM
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43. Good move!
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 10:44 AM
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44. How about apologizing for using the data base of every state agency to protect his own ego?
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