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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:44 PM
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Teen Won't Be Punished for Anti-Brownback Tweet
Source: Slate

The Kansas teen who insulted Republican Gov. Sam Brownback last week with the hashtag #heblowsalot won't be punished after she refused to apologize for the offending tweet, school officials said Monday afternoon.

The Shawnee Mission School District told the Associated Press that Emma Sullivan will not be disciplined after refusing a request from her school's principal to write a letter of apology to the Kansas governor. The school district said it "acknowledges a student's right to freedom of speech and expression is constitutionally protected."

The decision comes one day after Sullivan said that writing the letter would be insincere and that she wouldn't do it. It also comes as the anti-Brownback tweet has gone viral, bringing the 18-year-old temporary fame. She now has nearly 9,000 Twitter followers (@emmakate988), more than twice the total of Brownback (@govsambrownback).

Read more: http://slatest.slate.com/posts/2011/11/25/sam_brownback...



Glad to see the school deciding to actually abide by the First Amendment. What a concept!
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:47 PM
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1. If you stand your ground and don't give in to the apology crowd
They give up and move on.

Richard Trumka a few months ago is another example of this.

Dick Durbin crying on the floor of the Senate is the exact opposite.
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geckosfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:48 PM
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2. I don't know how anyone thought that they could restrict her first amendment rights
and not hear it from their lawyers.

This whole thing was ridiculous from the start. She can say anything wants and no school or politician can force her to keep quiet or apologize.
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:48 PM
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3. School administrators are some of the dumbest people you'll ever meet
nt
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:54 PM
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4. Watch this be the start of her political career ... :^) nt
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firehorse Donating Member (547 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:15 PM
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11. unless they block her going to college
I was wondering if the blowback for her would be hidden in some way .... like getting into college, etc.
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:23 PM
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12. No school...
...except Fox News University--would care about what she did.

And if her school tried to disparage her and ruin her ability to get into good schools--they
could face a lawsuit.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:24 PM
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13. Serious?!
Colleges will be lining up to recruit her.
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firehorse Donating Member (547 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:37 PM
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17. Do state colleges and universities feel pressure if the governor asks them to do something?
I would think they'd be fine sacrificing one student over government aide.
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 06:59 PM
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39. If that were to happen
there will be lawyers parachuting into the parking lot.
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:16 PM
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54. Lots of lawyers would drool at such an incredibly obvious slam-dunk case
And I can't imagine all state colleges would insta-fold if the governor was trying to interfere in a student's admissions process, assuming he could be aware of it, which he couldn't anyway.
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:52 PM
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35. +1000 +++ n/t
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:24 PM
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31. I was wondering if the blowback for her would be hidden in some way
They'll run her and her family outta Kansas on a rail!


..... which of course would be a blessing for her and her family. They could live somewhere civilized.
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hayrow Donating Member (230 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:16 PM
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29. The Democrats have done one heck of alot worse.
As a graduate of the University of Arkansas, I hope she doesn't change her mind, and goes to college in Fayetteville.
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tcaudilllg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:37 PM
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33. The end of Brownback's, at least. n/t
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 06:13 PM
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37. If I were American, I'd vote for her
in a microsecond!
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:55 PM
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5. Hey hey - score one for the good guys.
:) K&R
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tpsbmam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 12:56 PM
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6. Happy to be the 5th rec on this....lesson to Dems.....backbone works!
I have no doubt that the blowback at the school had much to do with their decision. I love that it's their student schooling them on what honor and integrity are all about.

:applause:


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Phlem Donating Member (580 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:00 PM
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7. "a request from her school's principal to write a letter of apology"
Who is this asshole.

-p
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Gidney N Cloyd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:11 PM
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8. He's probably just the guy the shit landed on. I imagine there were a lot calls from the statehouse.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 01:04 PM
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:17 PM
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55. Even so, a damned high school principal should be expected to know better than try that. (nt)
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DallasNE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:12 PM
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9. That Doesn't Go Far Enough
The Principal now needs to apologise to Sullivan for overstepping his bounds by trying to bully her into something that was an inappropriate response to bullying by the Governors office. The only hero her is Sullivan herself.
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RueVoltaire Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:15 PM
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10. There is nothing so satisfying as hearing someone say the truth.
I live for it.
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russspeakeasy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:48 PM
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14. Teen won't be punished for telling the truth; What a concept !
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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 01:57 PM
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15. The Democrats could learn from her
Brownback wanted an apology and she said NO!!!! She stood up for herself and in the end the bullies are the ones who ended up apologizing. Good for her!
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:54 PM
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36. Exactly!!! I am so fed up with democrats cowering to republicans. n/t
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 07:38 PM
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40. Dare I say: Obama could learn from her?
I'm not an American, so perhaps I shouldn't say this, but it seems to me the President has been too bloody conciliatory toward a Republican Party that would rather flush your country down the toilet than cooperate with him in any manner.
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RFKHumphreyObama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 09:27 AM
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51. Stop re-electing Harper or else your country may be headed down the same path
Trust me as someone who comes from a country governed by Stephen Harper's mentor, the legacy won't be pleasant
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 11:37 AM
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brooklynite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 02:34 PM
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16. for those unclear...
this is Johnson County, the southwestern suburbs of Kansas City, about as urban and progressive as Kansas gets.


Also, my mother's High School...
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:07 PM
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19. do you suppose that may be the motivating factor for this reaction
by the GOP? I wonder if it is...
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:40 PM
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42. Really? The most progressive?
! :scared:
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JJW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:01 PM
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18. She didn't go far enough
Because not only does Brownback SUCK! He also should be sent to the Hague for crimes against humanity trial. He was one of those disgusting Senators that approved of all of the evil Bush & Cheney did.
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AnneD Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:37 PM
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20. Last I heard...
Edited on Mon Nov-28-11 03:38 PM by AnneD
we still have free speech and politicians richly deserve all the scorn heaped on them.

BTW...I don't think we have habeas corpus anymore so the student might want to watch out for white delivery vans nearby.
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azmesa207 Donating Member (327 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:40 PM
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21. Teen won't be
punished for not apologizing for insulting Brownback . First of all it not a insult to tell the truth about this creep .Good for her for standing up for her self
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plumbob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:42 PM
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22. The principal at her high school is
Krawitz, Karl Principal 993-6600 eakrawit@smsd.org

Just so you know.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 03:43 PM
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23. That's a relief
The lesson learned would be so wrong if she were.
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rms013 Donating Member (105 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:15 PM
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24. WTF
When did the elected governor become Lord Governor. Is she supposed to say I am sorry me lord for offending you?
This is not 17th century England. She is not a vassal in a feudal state.

To even consider an apology is in order is ridiculous.

Does anyone see the absurdity in this?

And who in the hell does the governor think he is.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:26 PM
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25. She now has nearly 9,000 Twitter followers (@emmakate988), more than twice the total of Brownback
:rofl:
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:25 PM
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43. Mathematical Justice
Gotta love it!
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ncrainbowgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 10:14 PM
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44. She just got one more
BIte me, brownback.
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:42 PM
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26. Punished? For what?
For speaking her mind?
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 04:48 PM
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27. She has 11,750 Following ... Not too shabby
She's also a supporter of Ocuppy Wall Street.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:11 PM
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28. A state governor just sank to an average high schooler's social mindset. nt
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 11:00 PM
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45. Please don't insult the average highschooler!
:P
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bulloney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:19 PM
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30. If she would have been punished for practicing her freedom of speech,
this country really would have slid into the abyss.
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onwardsand upwards Donating Member (4 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:46 PM
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34. Freedom: use it or lose it
I think it's already in the abyss, and the only way out is through courage like hers.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 05:37 PM
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32. i told her about us and how we love her :)
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 06:36 PM
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38. Great!!!
:yourock: :yourock: :yourock:
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:04 AM
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46. How? Did you tweet her? And did she reply?
If so, then I agree: :yourock:
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:07 PM
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41. Good to see someone showed them the Constitution and they could read or maybe someone read it to
them.
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FredStembottom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 12:12 AM
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47. FINALLY! Someone who doesn't just cave in....
.... to the first whimpering demands for apology from the phony victimization crowd.

:patriot: :patriot: :patriot:
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:01 AM
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48. Clearly, she's not a Democrat!
But perhaps she could be converted to the D-Side...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/john-mccain-me...

:rofl:
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_eh Donating Member (161 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 04:01 AM
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49. K 4 GS
49er
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 06:52 AM
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50. K&R
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