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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:35 PM
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Teen Rethinks Brownback Apology Note
WICHITA, Kan. -- A Kansas teenager whose disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback drew national attention says she has gone from 61 followers on her Twitter account to more than 1,400.

Emma Sullivan tells The Wichita Eagle she's now leaning against sending a letter of apology to the governor's office because of all the support she's getting.

Sullivan was in Topeka on Monday as part of a Kansas Youth in Government program when she posted an insult about Brownback on her Twitter page. Someone in the governor's office flagged the tweet and reported it to event organizers, and her principal ordered her to apologize in writing.

Since the story was reported in the media, Sullivan says she heard from people all across the country, and most of them are supportive.

Read more: http://www.kmbc.com/news/29862306/detail.html#ixzz1eqUb...
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:37 PM
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1. I became one of her fans two days ago. She will win this thing and the loser will lose.
In the end.

:kick:
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:39 PM
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5. I can't find her on fb
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:43 PM
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9. On Twitter:
Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 02:45 PM by NYC_SKP
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:11 PM
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15. I just became one of her followers
Good kid, not the insult, standing for her rights, Governors should understand not everybody likes them
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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:01 PM
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43. anyone quoting Ghandi gets a follow straight away! n/t
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 05:54 PM
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23. Thankie!
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:20 PM
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49. done. told her about this place too. :)
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demtenjeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:43 PM
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10. here
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:46 PM
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13. LOL
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:09 PM
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14. At first I thought the mics were a coat hanger. n/t
:rofl:
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:44 PM
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11. Here
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 05:56 PM
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24. Thank you!
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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:38 PM
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2. There are ways she could apologize and still maintain her dignity
"Sorry you turned out to be such a scumbag politician, Mr. Brownback."
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:39 PM
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3. LOL
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:39 PM
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4. +1 . . . . . .n/t
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:40 PM
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6. LOL! My thoughts exactly ...
"I'm sorry you're so sensitive about your dishonesty and ineptitude, sir."
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 07:47 PM
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32. My version ... "Gov. Brownback ... I apologize, and I am sorry that you suck."
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 08:35 AM
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36. "Sorry if you were offended by my free speech"
If there were a Dem version of Fox "News", this girl would be a TV start by now
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usrname Donating Member (134 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 12:58 PM
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42. Or the standard GOP "apology"
If my statements offended anyone...
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:19 PM
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48. There are ways Brownback could govern and still respect the citizens of his state. nt
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:40 PM
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7. She should send one of those Republican apologies.
"I'm so sorry that you didn't happen to like what I was saying. I hope you'll get over your feelings about this matter."
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:40 PM
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8. I would say this
"I apologize for exercising my First Amendment right to criticize a practicing politician."
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caseymoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:06 PM
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45. Or perhaps,

"I'm sorry the First Amendment offends you so much that you would suppress it when you thought you could get away with it, but maybe you should have thought of that before you swore to uphold it? Might I suggest a career in the American Nazi Party would be more to your liking?"
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:45 PM
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12. Stand your ground, Emma!!!! Don't back down!
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BoWanZi Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:45 PM
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16. Why should she apologize? So what if she stated her opinion, everyone is entitled to them
I don't see why she has to apologize. That strikes me as extremely unfair.

What was the tweet of the twit anyway? The story in the OP didn't show the actual tweet.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:46 PM
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17. It was this:
Just made mean comments at gov. brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot,

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/23/3283680/students-j...
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BoWanZi Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:51 PM
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18. Really? All this hoopla over the single funny tweet of an 18 year old girl?
Good lord, that is messed up that the school is forcing an apology. Fine, if she said something like "gov. brownback is a child molester", then I would fully back the school forcing an apology since that is slander and false but what she said was nothing more than a humorous jab at the gov.

Good grief.


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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 08:41 PM
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34. Why are Kansans paying someone to monitor the internet
for the governor? Sounds like waste to me.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 08:58 AM
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40. Good question.
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 03:52 PM
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19. Why should anybody have to apologize for telling the truth?
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AdHocSolver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 04:06 PM
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20. What does her school teach about constitutional rights when the principal insists that she apologize
Also disturbing is the fact that the governor's staff is searching the Internet for comments about this politician and is making a big deal about this student's exercising her constitutionally protected right of free speech.

She should NOT apologize for exercising her rights.

Instead, the principal should back off, and maybe should read the Constitution with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 04:48 PM
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21. I would understand a security staff person searching the internet for threats
But this was his communications person. And I'm not happy that MY tax dollars are paying for an employee to Google 'Brownback' and find people who don't like the governor. Many of us will gladly tell the governor we don't like him and we'll do it for FREE.
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The Genealogist Donating Member (495 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 07:15 PM
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30. Good point
I wonder how many Kansans realize their tax dollars may be paying the salary for a state employee to be, basically a tattletale. This is the kind of thing small children do, tattle on each other. And Kansans are possibly paying for it. Small government conservatism? I think not.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 08:52 AM
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38. Well after this episode, they know now. LOL
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 04:49 PM
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22. Of Course She Should Send a Letter
We can lend here a few of these. :sarcasm: :sarcasm: :sarcasm:
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 06:35 PM
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25. Why should she apologize?
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 06:41 PM
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26. The principal "ordered" her to apologize? Someone needs to be fired. (nt)
Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 06:41 PM by Posteritatis
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 06:47 PM
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27. Sam Brownback is an imbecile ...
Edited on Sat Nov-26-11 06:47 PM by etherealtruth
Let me get this straight ... he hired staffers to publicize his abject stupidity? If that is the case they have done their job very well; he would not have gotten this much national attention without those dedicated staffers.

Idiots one and all
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 07:00 PM
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28. She's 18. No one should be telling her to do anything.
At most she may have violated the school phone policy or something, but even that is pretty flimsy on a field trip unless the event organizers made it a rule for the trip.

More people should follow her on Twitter. See, and people think that mass action doesn't have an effect on outcomes. :D
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 07:15 PM
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29. If she wasn't, they'd still have no business telling her to apologize for insulting a politician. nt
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 07:36 PM
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31. Good point too.
The whole episode is flabbergasting.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 08:57 AM
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39. The punishment is overkill
She may have violated the cell phone policy. I don't know because this isn't the district where I teach. But in my district, if you get caught with a cell phone, your parent has to come pick it up from the office. I saw Emma's mom on the local news. She wasn't a happy camper. I'd love to see her having to go to Brownback's office to retrieve her daughter's cell phone. LOL
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:39 PM
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52. If that's the case, the only apologies she owes are to the school for violating
their cell phone policy.

NEVER apologize for speaking your mind to a Repig.
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Downwinder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 07:53 PM
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33. Instead of apologizing Why not run for Governor.
Brownback has given her a start. They are not to picky in Kansas, they elected Brownback.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 11:02 PM
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35. She should ask for an apology from the principal for bullying her into some fake
PR apology.

Go Emma!
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 08:43 AM
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37. I know a couple of people
who are now following her because of this story.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 08:59 AM
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41. She went from 60 followers to 1000 in 2 hours.
#heblowsalot
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 04:26 PM
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57. Gotta love it.
I'm worried about how this will be perceived in the future for college and beyond. We need kids like her to stay in the area, settle down, and work in professional fields. What I'm worried about with her is that in our area some future employers will remember this and decide not to offer her a position. I'm worried that someone will hold it against her.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:02 PM
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44. I will look for her on Twitter and add to her followers.
No way should she apologize, especially since he has now proven that she was correct.
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demtenjeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:10 PM
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46. Go to her FB page, there are some RW loonies now
calling her way worse names than she ever used towards #heblowsalot
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:59 PM
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56. Wingnuts sure like to dish out the meanness, then become the victim when other serve them
Their own medicine! I'm so sickk of this!!!
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demtenjeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 08:15 PM
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58. totally agree
I hate all wing nuts
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FairWinds Donating Member (14 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:14 PM
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47. Stuff Ya Can't Say to Wingnuts . .
Note that the same righties who complain about how "political correctness" inhibits their freedom of expression are the SAME folks who throw hissy-fits when people call them out.
They love to dish it out, but can't take it.
Go Emma!! :toast:
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:24 PM
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50. I'm sorry
Edited on Sun Nov-27-11 01:24 PM by Turbineguy
I said "You suck". I will not say "You suck" again. I will not even think "You suck" anymore. I will forget i ever learned the term "You suck".

Regards,

Emma.

P.S. YOU SUCK!
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irisblue Donating Member (137 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:27 PM
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51. emma, don't apologize
you are an american citizen. you have first amendment rights to free speech. don't let anyone trample you and your rights. your principal was wrong, the aide to brownbeck was waay wrong.
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Spirochete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:45 PM
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53. He should apologize
to the entire state of kansas, for #blowingsomuch.
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:57 PM
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54. Good for her!!
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 01:57 PM
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55. Good for her!!
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