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  1. LeftSidePositive
    LeftSidePositive December 5, 2011 at 1:02 am |

    His Highness will only speak with if you bow to him first,

    I was going too fast and accidentally read this as “His Highness will only speak with if you blow him first,” which I find both disturbing and strangely hilarious…

  2. EG
    EG December 5, 2011 at 1:20 am |

    she was frustrated by Brownback’s recent veto of public arts funding for the entire state, and that she wanted to bring it up while she had the chance to talk with him but was afraid that Youth in Government would punish her for asking a controversial question while everyone else was asking more superficial ones.

    You know what? If this is the vibe she got, than Youth in Government is seriously doing it wrong and is pointless. Any Youth in Government group worth its salt should be encouraging youth to care about important issues and to be willing to challenge officials on those issues. And anyway, she’s right. Brownback does suck, and the reason she cites is one of many.

    Personally, I think she should set up a twitter alert for any mentions of Sherrienne Jones-Sontag, and if when (with anyone associated with politics, you know it’s only a matter of time) she finds Jones-Sontag tweeting something vaguely “inappropriate,” I think she should tattle to her boss. It would only be fair.

  3. FortGeek
    FortGeek December 5, 2011 at 6:03 am |

    LeftSidePositive: Iwasgoingtoofastandaccidentallyreadthisas“HisHighnesswillonlyspeakwithifyoublowhimfirst,”whichIfindbothdisturbingandstrangelyhilarious…

    Herman Cain for Governor!

  4. Anne M.
    Anne M. December 5, 2011 at 8:18 am |

    I thought you might like to know that for the record Emma Sullivan was not demanded to apologize by her principal.

    http://voices.kansascity.com/entries/principals-tough-email-teen-tweeter-brownback/

  5. Jay Phoebe
    Jay Phoebe December 5, 2011 at 8:52 am |

    The reason this entire exchange went to hell was that Jones-Sontag didn’t see Emma Sullivan as a constituent. Despite the fact that Sullivan is of voting age and a concerned, informed citizen of Kansas, Jones-Sontag saw her as a little girl who needed scolding for sassing her elders and treated her as such.

    THIS. Weren’t we all just watching the Zack Wahls video again this week? Granted, his tone was different, but isn’t it suspish that a male young(ish)in who criticizes a politician is commended for his model citizenry almost every time I see it happen? I thought this with the Ruth Marcus piece you posted Friday: the vitriol seems to be directed at a young woman who dares to exercise her “freedom” of speech in a public setting, rather than at the content of an earnestly tame tweet.

  6. Molly
    Molly December 5, 2011 at 10:15 am |

    First off, brown back does blow a lot. It would be great if his staff would monitor social media for concerned citizens, but his administration isn’t interested. I’ve tweeted and emailed many times blth anout the issues the student raised after the fact such as elimination of public funding for the arts but also issues such as the closing of social and rehabilitation services offices and didn’t even get a form response. What really should disturbs me about this story and all the coverage it has received is that it no one is talking about those issues. While it is bad form to tattle on a teenager to her principal about an immature feet the real travesty is an administration that holds corporate and special interests above those of citizens and in unresponsive to the concerns of the people.

  7. Sandy
    Sandy December 5, 2011 at 11:01 am |

    Anne M.: I thought you might like to know that for the record Emma Sullivan was not demanded to apologize by her principal.

    That’s… not what I’m getting from that link.

    It sounds like he didn’t threaten her with anything specific if she didn’t write a letter of apology, but he told her she needed to write one. Emphasis mine:

    The governor should know we did not force any letter of apology. There were no threats if she did not – they were not even discussed. We did not take her phone, imposed any sanctions, suspend her from school, removed her from any activity – nothing – simply write a letter of apology.

    There can be a semantics argument here, but imo whether he said “You have to” or “You need to” or “I want you to” or “You go” write a letter of apology, the fact remains he tried to get a written apology out of her.

  8. John Brown
    John Brown December 5, 2011 at 11:02 am |

    Born and raised in Kansas, this recent dust up was a sharp reminder of why I left Kansas
    shortly after becoming an adult. While in high school, I helped with an independent newspaper.
    The school authorities promptly confiscated all the copies they could lay their hands on and
    threatened the students involved with disciplinary action. A clear free speech issue and theft.
    As expected the ACLU was quite helpful in explaining the not so subtle legal issues involved
    and our property was returned. Yes, the paper was at times crude and the humor sophomoric.
    One cartoon depicted a school administrator crawling out of a toilet to apprehend students
    smoking in the restroom. What has Kansas learned about free speech in four decades ?
    Sadly little if anything. It remains the provincial backwater fascist state it was before.

  9. Athenia
    Athenia December 5, 2011 at 8:47 pm |

    I’m sure if this PR person worked for a person of color or a woman in government, she would see that there are words that are much more hurtful than “sucks.”

    I’d like to see her go after every person who has said the n-word or c-word etc.

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