Sam Brownback Insane With Rage After Twitter Insult By High School Girl

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Sam Brownback blows a lot, everyone in Washington knows this!Not even Republican primary voters wanted Sam Brownback as a presidential candidate, so the right-wing nobody went back to Kansas, both metaphorically and literally. He’s governor of Kansas, apparently. And he’s still a thin-skinned jerk. We learned these facts from the cautionary tale of Emma Sullivan, an 18-year-old high school senior and member of the Youth In Government program. (The tale is cautionary for state-level wingnut creeps like Brownback.) During a field trip to the state capital, Sullivan was annoyed by Brownback’s dumb comments to the kids. So she wrote a joke on Twitter for her friends: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.” And then Brownback’s goblins found the joke online and tried to destroy this student’s life.

The Kansas City Star reports on this breaking political government news:

She actually made no such comments. “Joking around,” Sullivan says of the incident. Brownback’s director of communication wasn’t amused when the tweet was spotted during the routine daily monitoring of comments on Twitter and Facebook mentioning the governor’s name.

“That wasn’t respectful,” responded Sherriene Jones-Sontag. “In order to really have a constructive dialogue, there has to be mutual respect.”

Brownback’s brief speech to the students encouraged them to “be active in their government, community and public service,” Jones-Sontag says.

Yeah, but Sam Brownback really does “suck,” and really “blows a lot.” This is well known, nationally, and to expect smart young people in Kansas to be ignorant of this fact is to want children to be born without brains.

The Brownback administration basically tried to have this girl killed, for making a joke about a thin-skinned politician, on Twitter. And now her school has been forced to force her to “write an apology,” etc. Sullivan was already liberal (she’s intelligent), but Sam Brownback has probably forced her to become a liberal leader.

A few weeks ago, she was tweeting about Twilight like teen-aged girls across America. But then she turned 18 and was targeted by a minor-league wingnut governor with a Napoleon complex, and we would not at all be surprised to see Emma Sullivan leading million-student #Occupy protests in the coming months. UPDATE: She refused to apologize, the school caved in, and Brownback apologized to her. [Kansas City Star/Twitter]

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395 comments

  1. nounverb911

    What a crybaby, "the stupid mean girl was mean to me". Sounds like a certain governor better go on Dr. Phil and cry some more.

    1. OneDollarJuana

      "Sullivan, who plans to study psychology next year at the University of Arkansas"

      Bet I know what kind of narcissistic psychosis she will focus on with her first term paper.

  2. user-of-owls

    Brownback’s brief speech to the students encouraged them to “be active in their government, community and public service,” Jones-Sontag says.

    She's right, you know. The very first thing I do with my students in American National Government is encourage them to be active in their government by shutting their fucking mouth and doing what they're told.

      1. user-of-owls

        Oh please tell me you'd "do anything to get an A in this class."

        The only thing more mythical than the sorority pillow fight in panties on university campuses is the notion that coeds would actually be so desperate that they'd offer sexual favors for higher grades. Twenty years plus and I've never had so much as a comment that could even willfully be misconstrued as a come-on.

        What do you mean it's just me?!

        1. Limeylizzie

          I have to get an “A”, Mr Owls, sir, I'll do just about anything if you'll give me an “A”, is this your desk? Should I bend over it, now?

        2. BerkeleyBear

          I know it can happen – a colleague married (and then divorced) her former professor from undergrad. Still, given how much schools empower students to trash faculty/emphasize the student experience/inflate grades, I don't think many students feel the need to bat their eyes to get extensions or improve their grades.

      2. RavenRant

        Lizzie,

        Once again, doing more to invigorate the libidos of Wonketteers than any little blue pill EVAH.

    1. DemmeFatale

      My daughter was a "Youth in Government" girl here in CA, (now graduating with a major in Poli-Sci), and she would have LOVED to get a rise out of Der Gropenfurher!
      What an accomplishment for Ms. Sullivan!
      Thanks, Brownback!

  3. SayItWithWookies

    Mr. Brownback's Minister of Communication is going to have an awfully busy weekend.
    #HisUnderlingsBlowALotToo

  4. bumfug

    Poor Sam Brownback! No wonder people don't want to get into politics when they have to face cyber-bullying like this.

  5. OkieDokieDog

    If Brownback's people had ignored this no one would remember how much he blows A LOT!

    Can't wait for Limbaugh to attack her. You know how much he likes picking on little girls.

  6. Native_of_SL_UT

    It's funny how you can take 3 simple word,s 8 letters and apply them to the two different people in this photo and get completely opposite meanings from them.
    I'd hit that.

  7. user-of-owls

    Meh, I liked the Faith No More version a lot better.

    He blows a lot about the army navy air force and marines
    He blows a lot about the SF, NY and LAPD
    He blows a lot about you people, about your guns
    about the wars you're fighting gee that looks like fun

    1. horsedreamer_1

      Actually, this is all part of an effort to get people thinking about Alexander Payne, whose first movie in six years is in theaters now. Little George Clooney film called The Descendants. From the director of Sideways & Election.

  8. gurukalehuru

    The amazing thing about Twitter is it's so easy. I just tweeted "Kansas governor Sam Brownbutt is a retard" and it took me less time than it did to just write this.

  9. x111e7thst

    Telling Brownback he sucks is true and kind of funny. Hanging him upside down from a streetlight would arguably be mean.

    1. miss_grundy

      No, it wouldn't! It would be fun to hang him upside down from a streetlight because then we could have a pi~nata party! Think of the anger management fails who could take their problems out by swinging a bat at his a$$! At least there would be some excitement happening in Kansas then.

      1. Bluestatelibel

        I hope she refuses and sues the school with the help of the ACLU. WTF, why should she be forced to write an apology?

      1. flamingpdog

        Auugh, true story. I spent 90 minutes Wednesday morning in the only car repair shop waiting room in the state that doesn't play Fux Nooze on the teevee, and what was on instead was the Today Show, which included a live, outdoor Justin Bieber concert for most of that 90 minutes!

    1. Neilist_Returns

      /snark off

      Watch the Sophie Scholl comments. That woman/girl/child had bigger stones than the Wehrmacht . . . all the Liberal Communist Pinko SKum in here.

      /snark on

      I, too, would hit that.

        1. Neilist_Returns

          "insanely in awe of," I agree with.

          But I disagree with the weeping. Instead, exemplars like Fraulein Scholl should arouse only worksman-like instincts, e.g., shooting certain types of Germans (and others) in the face.

          Repeatedly.

          [Or "workswoman-like" instincts. Whatever.]

          Neilist
          P.S. 2nd Best Fight In My Life: Four of us refused to stand up at an Octoberfest in Munich when some of The Locals started singing the Horst Wessel LIed.

          Unfortunately, I knew what it was, even though I don't speak Kraut. (Did you ever have one of those "Wait-A-Minute: That-CAN'T-Be-What-I-Think-It-Is?" Moments?)

          What followed was not exactly another triumph Of America's Good Will Ambassadors Program. On the other hand, it was the first time I ever fought back-to-back with someone, outside of practice.

          Ultimately, we had to leave – before the MPs showed up. But we walked out upright . . . or more accurately, backed out. Which is more than you could say for at least three of The Locals. Of which I claimed about 1 1/2 share.

          :::Sigh::: Good times. Good times.
          Hey, Happy Thanksgiving!

          [MEMORIES, ALL ALONE IN THE MOONLIGHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!]

  10. mavenmaven

    Emma Sullivan 2024!
    But first, Brownshirt and Bachmann will force her to spend time in their re-education camps.

  11. Papa_Uniform

    Ahhh, she got off easy. She's lucky Gov. I'madirectdecendentoftheBrownshirts didn't have his mob lynch her.

  12. Fare la Volpe

    “That wasn’t respectful,” responded Sherriene Jones-Sontag. “In order to really have a constructive dialogue, there has to be mutual respect.”

    What kind of constructive fucking dialogue could the Governor have with her, you twit? She's 18 – she can't even run for office until she gets her first grey pube.

    1. Sparky_McGruff

      Republicans don't have "constructive dialogues" with anyone who hasn't given them at least mid-five figures.

    2. user-of-owls

      I'm glad you brought that up. People often don't realize that in addition to the constitutional requirements put on potential office-holders concerning minimum age and citizenship status, there is also the Grey Pube Clause.

  13. memzilla

    Sam Brownback: Abusive misogynist, paranoid crybaby, or Juan Perón wannabe?

    #wasteofkansastaxdollars

  14. Rotundo_

    It strikes me that the party with the most contempt of government seems to have the biggest tantrums when their brand of it is given even the most trivial of criticism. "Derp! HE SUX!" sends them off demanding apologies and fawning ass kissing gestures, but they can feel that there is no problem in photoshopping bones through the presidents nose and all manner of racist horseshit of that sort. "DUBBLE STANNARDS ENNYWUNN???11?!?!?111111111111111111??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (I wanted any conservatards dropping by for immersion into reality to be able to understand the last bit.).

  15. fitley

    I've heard of politicians being overly interested in 18 year old girls, but not in this way. Sheesh what a pussy.

    1. Master Janitor V572

      Although this kind of geosnobbery is usually ugly and unfair, you'd have to say in this case it's true. It's 424 miles across Kansas on I-70, but seems much, much farther.

      1. MzNicky

        I have to agree, and I'm from Tennessee for cryin' out loud. But we used to go visit relatives in Kansas every summer when I was a kid, and a side trip to an aunt's house in Leavenworth one year was the first and only time I ever saw/had to use an outhouse.

  16. Master Janitor V572

    It was Princess Sparklepony who observed years ago that this jerk's name sounds like some weird sexual practice: "Are you into brownbacking? Me neither…it's just too creepy."

    Gov Brownback should get back to what he's best at: denying Kansas women their reproductive rights.

      1. dadanarchist

        If you think about it, this is all part and parcel of Brownback's jollies: "denying Kansas women their rights."

    1. Fare la Volpe

      Every day, Brownback's staffer prints off a copy of every page on the internet for him to peruse.

        1. Geminisunmars

          Wait – I heard that Sam Brownback was raped and murdered by a girl. Was that 1990? No wonder he is so harsh to girls.

        2. tessiee

          No, you big silly!
          Glenn Beck raped and murdered a girl in 1990.
          Brownback was caught on video camera deflowering goats on the side of the road.

    2. proudgrampa

      Maybe we can get jobs in his office! I'll bet us Wonketteers are better at monitoring the internets than his people.

    3. BlackDashboard

      Yes…and high school principals and their minions do it as well. Mostly in their case, they're looking for students being naughty on their own time and at home so they can institute some behavior mod.

          1. user-of-owls

            Oh yeah, that one was a keeper. Ever been to eastern OK? They haven't even evolved to the point of opposite sex sex yet. In fact, just take 'evolved' outta the equation altogether.

          2. PalinzADummy

            No, I've never ever been to OK, and judging from what I've been told, I never, ever want to take my brown ass there.

            I know you're not brown, but it's really weird to be in a town where not a single person will make eye contact with you.

          3. user-of-owls

            I can only imagine. I've been to a number of places where I was the only pale-face in a sea of brown or yellow, but even then it's just not the same.

            That's not to say you actually need a reason to stay the fuck away from eastern OK. Unless you're a Queef Peeper.

  17. edgydrifter

    If ever there was an occasion to use the "I'm sorry if anyone was offended by my remarks" non-apology, this is that occasion.

    1. sbj1964

      How about Compassionate Republican. Likable Conservative,Educated Fundamentalist,and my favorite Moderate Mullah.

  18. Terry

    I hope that if they do force her to write an apology, she sends him one of those passive agressive non-apologies.

    "I'm sorry your communications person misunderstood my joke and became upset, which then upset you."

    1. MzNicky

      "I'm sorry you and your minion are so thin-skinned you require an apology from a high-school student for a Twittering, and that you suck and he blowsalot."

  19. ttommyunger

    Pussyfarts like Brownback and his eager little minions give manhood a bad name. I prefer to class them as schoolgirls with teeny tiny penises. I'm talking about you, Sam Brownback, and your fucking staff, just to make sure it gets to google alert-assholes! ps, I'm also tweeting it as soon as I post this, cocksuckers.

    1. MaxNeanderthal

      Senator BrownRing swallows Cock all the way down to the sac. Now sue me, you pathetic wankpot weirdo.

  20. paris biltong

    Much like Rosa Parks was an avatar of Rosa Luxembourg, so Emma Sullivan is no doubt a reincarnation of Emma Goldman. Power to the people!

  21. sbj1964

    Only in Kansas.Those people are nuts! Comes from living in a state where the outstanding geological feature is the horizon .

  22. donner_froh

    Emma Sullivan is an intelligent young woman who has learned, when necessary, to express herself in 140 characters.

    Sam Brownback pays someone to read twitter tweets to him.

    Seems obvious who has the advantage here.

    1. sbj1964

      Brownback is a petty little man.I hope his actions destroys his political future.What some politicians forget they only have their job as long as people let them. She should start a recall petition! His abuse of power demands it !

  23. JustPixelz

    I fancy myself a bit of a wordsmith. Let me offer a draft apology.

    Dear Governor Brownback,,

    I'm sorry the state employees we pay routinely spend time searching the internet for nasty things written about you. It must be exhausting. And such a distraction from the important matters facing the citizens of Oklahoma. Just imagine if they could pay attention to reducing crime or creating jobs instead!

    And I'm sorry you are so unaware of the American life that you think "blowsalot" is an uncommon insult. (Just imagine if I had said what I really think of you!)

    Finally, I'm sorry this government mandated apology I'm writing is forcing educators in my school to teach that government power is unaccountable and absolute. That is a lesson all Oklahomans will learn from you. And I'm sorry.

    Emma

    1. Chichikovovich

      Dear JustPizelz:
      That douchenozzle snuck into Oklahoma? Ahh! Sound the alarm! Chase him back to Kansas where he belongs.
      Signed,
      Sooner Nation

      1. Biff

        I've never been to Kansas, but I think I gazed clear across it from somewhere on the Oklahoma borderline, one of Vince Gill's best songs evar.

    2. OkieDokieDog

      The difference between Kansas and Oklahoma is that Kansas allowed the Powerball lotto before Oklahoma. Oklahoma finally figured out a mere 19 years later that Okie Baptists were sneaking across the borders (also too; Texas) to buy lotto tickets.

      And we have more hills. Suck that, Kansas!

  24. BarackMyWorld

    “In order to really have a constructive dialogue, there has to be mutual respect.”

    NEWSFLASH: Nobody respects you.

    1. Come here a minute

      You don't earn a lot of respect by whining about the mildly vulgar tweets of an eighteen-year-old high school student.

  25. ProgressiveInga

    Just checked Emma's twitter feed (I know….) and she was on CNN this a.m. Maybe Emma Sullivan is the next Campbell Brown? Oh, God no………….

  26. Guppy

    "to expect smart young people in Kansas to be ignorant of this fact is to want children to be born without brains"

    We're talking about a state that wants its children to understand that the earth is only 6000 years old and that condoms cause AIDS.

  27. Chichikovovich

    Here's my draft of the apology:
    Dear Gov. Brownback,
    I want to convey to you personally that I am truly, sincerely sorry that you suck and that you blow a lot.
    Yrs. sincerely etc. etc.

  28. Trannysurprise

    I encourage every good Wonketeer to tweet the following:

    Sam Brownback blows bareback butt barons #forreals

    That should give him and his "staff" some interesting morning twitter reading.

    1. MzNicky

      I've not yet done this "Tweeter" thing you kids are all on about, but perhaps this is the time to learn.

    2. BlackDashboard

      "That should give him and his "staff" some interesting morning twitter reading. "

      I doubt it. I have a feeling that this dude's staff hasn't been functioning very well lately.

  29. Steverino247

    When you're the Governor of Kansas, why would you give two shits what some teenage girl thinks about you? No insult to the young lady intended here, but really? You're going to respond to this?! Fucker has NO skin at all.

    (And maybe we should start a Poli-Sci scholarship fund for the young lady…)

  30. owhatever

    I'm surprised Kansas Governor Sam Brownback didn't spank Emma, but then she's a girl, and Governor Brownback sucks.

    Kansas Governor Sam Brownback blows a lot. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is a pile of cow shit, but twice as stupid. Now over to Facebook to snark worthless human being Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who apparently has toads to read his stupid name on the Internet.

  31. Callyson

    Shawnee Mission East is forcing her to write an apology to the governor’s office, with the principal even giving her talking points to hit.
    Freedom is Slavery…

    1. MzNicky

      Callin' it "damage control." What damage does a high-school principal expect from the governor of a state?

    2. Dudleydidwrong

      "I'll pick up a pen and write an apology when Sam Brownback stops sucking, blowing, and being an asshole–and that'll never fucking happen." How are they going to force her to write anything? Threaten to fail her? That'll make an interesting court case, especially when they call Brownback as a witness and everyone can see that he sucks donkey dinks.

  32. SpiderCrab

    Sam "Leakin' Anus" Brownback, like many christianist wingnuts, has spent a career tormenting liberals for not embracing his defective personality. I'm here today to change the dynamic. Sam, you're a great guy!

    But I kid.

  33. Bluestatelibel

    Wah, wah, I'm Sam Brownback, and I'm gonna cry because that little girl twittered something mean about me.

    1. PalinzADummy

      You all know that normally I would wade into this quite happily despite protestations of how brutally scarred each such previous wade has left me.

      But when Beowoof his own self is saying he shouldn'a ought'nta, this is ONE time I'm steering well clear of the urban dictionary and sit on my curiousity till it gasps its last breath.

    2. BlackDashboard

      Oh damn…I was way off on my Perversions Learned Through the Internet. This isn't a "Hot Carl"…I was actually thinking of a "Cleveland Steamer".

      Don't bother looking. Really, I mean that. I'm simply a stickler for accuracy.

    3. Negropolis

      A Cleveland Steamer is the inverse of a Brownback, one would think. Both, however, sound like they involve copious amounts of Santorum. Hell, one of the two might even include a Gingrich.

  34. gingerland62

    I am going to twitter right now #brownback and riddle it with my opinions about him. All are welcome to join me. occupy #brownback

    1. thebloviator

      looks like a cat crawled up to his head and died. oh,and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback blows. standby for apology.

  35. Chichikovovich

    At least we know why he has a brown back. He went out in a brand new uniform with the rest of the Brownshirts and it rained.

  36. Tundra Grifter

    I would say it's a good thing young Emma wasn't testiying before Congress. Then Rep. Don Young would have gone all Sam Brownnose on her.

  37. Antispandex

    "…the tweet was spotted during the routine daily monitoring of comments on Twitter and Facebook mentioning the governor’s name."

    Humm, that sounds like it is UN-American, and yet it happened in Kansas, which is America's heartland, and home of the paranoid, the "keep government out of our life" (except for other people's wombs), and the "Obummer is trying to take my guns", movements. Yep, America has confused me again. So I asked my daughter what she thought and she said, "OH MY GOD, that guy looks like such a creeperson! I mean, like, what a tool. And like, THIS douche is supposed to be teaching others about being respectful of others, but it's OK to SPY? What a jerk"
    I didn't make her apologize for it, except for her grammar. What are these kids talking about anyway?

    1. 102415

      Creeperson.
      Thank you and thank young Antispandex .My granddaughter is working on being borned and won't be speaking to me for a year or two. I'm rapidly losing ground on my vocabulary and much appreciate this update.

    1. SayItWithWookies

      That's funny, 'cause you'd think all those Constitutional scholars would know that we've got some sort of right to free speech. Of course most of them probably think the bill of rights starts with the second clause of the second amendment.

  38. dadanarchist

    In the end, she did learn something valuable about American government: Republicans are mean, petty, shallow, cowardly, sad, spiteful assholes.

  39. Walkinwiddaking

    It would probably help the Governor's cause if he didn't look so much like some kind of vindictive douche bag.

  40. user-of-owls

    You know how we (ok, I) ultimately were unsuccessful in getting "Palin Hookworm Conjecture" to float upwards in the search engine results. Well here's a new plan. Please take time out from your busy day of not-shopping to post "Brownback Blows A Lot" anywhere and everywhere and frequently all over the internets. It will crush the will to live of his name-check lickspittles and give the big fat fairy a stroke. So, repeat after me:

    Brownback Blows A Lot
    Brownback Blows A Lot
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    Brownback Blows A Lot
    Brownback Blows A Lot
    Brownback Blows A Lot
    Brownback Blows A Lot
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    See? It's easy peasy and fun for the whole family!

    Brownback Blows A Lot
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    1. not that Dewey

      You weren't entirely unsuccessful. Google auto-complete will give you "palin hookworm controversy" and the top hit is a TPM article where a Wonketteer mentions it in the comments section, followed by 18,000 Wonkette hits. At this rate, pretty soon Naomi Wolf will be writing about it in the Guardian.

    2. Dudleydidwrong

      At present time (10:50 PM 11/25) Googling "Brownback" gets the #1 hit from the KC TV news about how Brownasshole is angered at teen's tweet. So it's working. Googling "Brownback Blows A Lot" gets several such stories at the top of the list. Keep it going.

    3. lulzmonger

      Brownback Blowback Du Jour:

      I Googled #blowsalot when this first came to my attention & got about 227 results.

      One day later, #blowsalot gives 2,570 beautiful hits.

      If it could keep up that rate of exponential expansion for an entire year, #blowsalot would wind up being virtually the only thing on the Interwebs anywhere. Sigh.

      Needs moar DESU!

  41. imissopus

    Kansans like the Clutters are brutally murdered, and Kansans like Brownback get elected governor. Yet more reminders that the universe is unjust.

  42. user-of-owls

    There's already a humongous twitfeed crucifying this bilious pussy. Maybe Twitter actually can serve humanity in a positive capacity!

    #heblowsalot is this generation's #neda.

  43. LetUsBray

    I've always wondered why more people don't refer to the small little prick as Sam Brownshirt. But seeing all the fun scatological variants people are using here rather clears that up.

    Still, I submit that Brownshirt is more in keeping with his character, such as it is.

  44. Mrs. Bitch

    I'd like to help Emma out here:

    Dear Sam

    I'm so fucking sorry you're such a delicate little twat. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, I regret that your people were savvy enough to read a Twitter tweet — most Republicans can barely use their dial-up AOL without help. I promise to never express my amendment rights to free speech around you again since you hate the United States so much, you treasonous son of a bitch. Again, my apologies.

  45. chascates

    governor@ks.gov

    Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S
    Topeka, KS 66612-1590

    Voice – 877-KSWORKS (877-579-6757)
    Local – 785-296-3232
    For the Hearing Impaired – 800-766-3777

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Thanks for the address. I sent the following:

      Dear Governor Brownback,

      Since you are in need of apologies, here is mine:

      I'm very sorry you have surrounded yourself with a staff that is so incompetent it would create this public relations train wreck. Perhaps Ms. Jones-Sontag doesn't realize that Constitutionally protected rights apply to all citizens of our great nation, even if they are children. I regret, furthermore, that the people of Kansas have to spend their tax dollars paying employees unable to overlook mild criticism from someone not even old enough to vote. I will look forward to your apology to Miss Sullivan if she happens to become a target of someone like Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh. No child could ever do anything to deserve that.

      Very respectfully yours,

  46. natoslug

    Dear Governor Brownstreak,

    I sincerely apologize if you are so pathetically insecure that a high school student's comments offended you. And I agree with you that there should be mutual respect. Which is why I fully expect you and the fucktoads in your party to apologize for all of the birther nonsense and Joe Whatthefuck's "You Lie" outbursts and the million other incredibly shitty things you choads have been pelting the President and actual grownup politicians with over the past few years. So really, sincerely, and with the fullness of my shriveled black heart and white cock, I say go fuck yourself in the ear.

    Sincerely,
    Slug

  47. tcaalaw

    This is well known, nationally, and to expect smart young people in Kansas to be ignorant of this fact is to want children to be born without brains.

    Since Brownback would make it illegal for women to have abortions even if their fetuses are diagnosed with anencephaly, he in fact does want children without brains to be born.

    1. chascates

      I wish people who use Facebook to communicate to the masses would have their settings set to accept non-Facebookers. I have enough people trying to track me down without exposing myself on Facebook or other sites but run across links like this one that call for drinking the social media Kool-Aid.

      1. user-of-owls

        without exposing myself on Facebook

        I'm beginning to think you know very little about how Facebook operates.

      2. Chichikovovich

        I'm pretty sure that for those Guardian pages, you just have to click "Cancel" toward the bottom, and you're taken directly to the Guardian page. You don't have to take your underwear off or anything.

        1. chascates

          Just tried it again and I only get to the login part of Facebook, no cancel or other Guardian link. I even tried taking my underwear off so I might as well take a bath now.

      3. littlebigdaddy

        Sorry, I should have gone to it w/o the FB link. Now y'all know what I do with the other half of my spare time.

    2. not that Dewey

      I'm with chascates. I don't do apps. Can you please block quote and/or paraphrase the relevant bits?

      EDIT: Nevermind. Here's this, from The Guardian

      The picture darkened still further when Wonkette and Washingtonsblog.com reported that the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on "how to suppress" Occupy protests.

      1. Chichikovovich

        I'm with Naomi Wolf here. Whenever you're reduced to using Wonkette as your source, you're in a situation that is properly described with the phrase "the picture has darkened".

          1. littlebigdaddy

            Here's a game…which one of us IS Naomi Wolf? I am guessing glammerdammerung b/c, you know, the beauty myth.

    3. user-of-owls

      Well that's all well and good, but still, the spelling. When she describes the OWS as a 'massive mobilisation'…well, there's just one 's' too many being used.

      –Parochial in Piscataway

  48. Beowoof

    Dear Sam,
    I am sorry that you are such a pussy that a comment by a high school girl would bring the full weight of your office to bear upon her. I am sorry you don't use the same effort to make government effective for people other than you or your cronies. I am sorry that the Peter principle applies to you. And lastly I am sorry and sad you are such a giant enema nozzle.

    Emma, you have my permission to use the above in your apology letter.

  49. Sue4466

    Please, everyone to the twitter machine! if he's monitoring all tweets that mention him, let's give his staff some work to do and him something to cry about.

  50. DahBoner

    Well, as my fortune cookie says:

    IT only gets better when YOU get better

    I'm still not sure what that means…

  51. HarryButtle

    “That wasn’t respectful,” responded Sherriene Jones-Sontag. “In order to really have a constructive dialogue, there has to be mutual respect.”

    Who said anybody was looking for constructive dialog? If I was looking for constructive dialog, the LAST person I'd engage would be a fucking Republican.

  52. Neoyorquino

    Having worked in municipal and state PR/communications, from where I'm standing, this Sherriene Jones-Sontag has her head up her own ass. The only attention this tweet had was the attention Jones-Sontag brought to it. #GoodJob.

  53. Chichikovovich

    I've been away from this story for a bit. Has it gotten to the point where Brownback called Emma a poopyhead yet?

  54. Blueb4sunrise

    a 'Brownback Blows A Lot' G-search tells us that Reddit is on it.

    Also, The Dallas Morning News has linked to this Wonkette post, so be sure not to say anything untoward about The Big D or Texas .

    1. yyyaz

      You mean like how glad I am 365 days a year that I don't live there? And only rarely have to drive through that suckhole of bloviating fuckwads? Ok, I promise not to.

        1. HistoriCat

          How about citywide criticisms – are they OK? Because Dallas is its own special version of hell. Plus that's where Glenn Beck moved to after those meanies in NYC got to him. Oh, and George W. lives there now.

  55. crybabyboehner

    This young lady should have thought about the consequences before affronting such a virile leader, such a man among men.

    She has learned a valuable lesson: If you fuck with the bull you get the horn.

  56. southernbeale

    Well this is about par for the course for wingnut politicos. Let's pick on young girls! What next, kitten punching? Puppy kicking?

    1. Geminisunmars

      Don't forget the young female Occupiers who got pepper sprayed directly into their faces a little while back. That was a double win for the wingnuts.

      1. RadiosTyrone

        Much like the teabagger connotation they didn't get for a couple of months. It's hard to be hip when you're such douche bags.

  57. 102415

    I really don't get why all the fuss. She didn't play him Lyin' Ass Bitch or ask him to drink pepper spray on teevee. She just said "Sam Brownback blows a lot" like the internet spies said she did and now I know who is the boss of us all. Thanks Emma!

  58. LowProfileinGA

    Brownback's aide is married to a Koch sucker!!

    Whoa! Sherriene Jones-Sontag, married to Derrick Sontag, state director of Americans for Prosperity.

    "Gov.-elect Sam Brownback, R-Topeka, chose Steve Anderson, who has been a budget consultant to Americans for Prosperity's Kansas chapter, to be the state's next budget director. Also, Brownback's spokeswoman during his campaign and the transition has been Sherriene Jones-Sontag, married to Derrick Sontag, state director of Americans for Prosperity."
    http://www.hutchnews.com/print/huelskamp-and-staf

  59. Nostrildamus

    Proposed respectful dialog:

    "Arrggpphhrfff. You're standing on my windpipe".
    "An excellent point, Governor. You are absolutely correct."
    "Help" *gasp* *choke*
    "I really do respect the struggle you're putting up".
    *expires*

  60. Negropolis

    Shorter Sam Brownback: "But mom! Someone's wrong in the internet!"

    BTW, Sam Brownback does, indeed, blow…a lot, and not just rhetorically. And, everyone knows this. Also. To be honest, though, since this is Kansas, I'm surprised they didn't publically burn her as a witch in Topeka.

    Whasamahtta whid you, Kansas?

  61. MarcelleMarceau

    Brownback's #heblowsalot problem would dematerialize if he didn't suck so much. His constituents should hold him accountable for intimidating school children.

  62. tessiee

    I suppose that if *my* last name were a synonym for two gay male cowboys having sex with each other, I'd be a tad tetchy, too.

  63. Blueb4sunrise

    Keep digging there blowsalot. Things not working-out for Boeing in KS? Threaten them. Good. Lotsa Budget Cuts there .

    Perhaps with that in mind, Brownback threw down a gauntlet of sorts, noting in the Lawrence Journal-World, that two Kansas representatives are on the House appropriations and budget committees. "Boeing is a major user of federal funds," he told the paper. Boeing's study will be completed by the end of the year or early next year.

    http://www.pitch.com/plog/archives/2011/11/23/sam

  64. deleted7515412

    Sheesh. If this little girl, excuse me, young woman got his panties all in a bunch, how is he going to handle to big boys?

    Oh wait.

  65. Troglodeity

    This is good for Topeka. A month ago it became notorious as the city that decriminalized domestic violence. Now it can perhaps be remembered instead as the city that restricts its adult citizens' first amendment rights.

  66. miss_grundy

    What is it about these Republicans? They are the most hypocritical people on the face of the earth. They will say any lie about POTUS or the Democrats but gawd forbid that anyone is critical of them because then they turn into petulant cry-babies.

    They believe that they are the only ones who are allowed to exercise free speech in our society. Let's give this jerk a news flash: no one respects you and, if you intend to be a politician longer than your present position, grow a thicker skin!

  67. DahBoner

    < 1981 Pay Phone

    1981 analog (1G)

    1992 Digital (2G).

    2001,3G (at least 200 kbit/s),

    2011 4G, 28 Mbit/s down 22 Mbit/s up

    2010 EV-DO Rev. B (fast 3G) 15.67 Mbit/s down

    WHAT????

    HOW COMEZ MY 4G PHONE ON VERIZON ONLY GETS 400kB download speeds, max, sometimes lower?

    Do you want better broadband?

    Hell, yeah.

    1. bagofmice

      Well, a protocol for truly mass dynamic routing using all bandwidth available is still being stymied by copyright holders. A torrentesque hop in, hop out protocol would solve the CDS and GTM problems with low power node repeating.

      1. DahBoner

        Yes, we are currently in a wireless Patent bubble, where engineers are being siphoned off development projects into patent review/stealing.

        But even if the entire web was torrent driven, wouldn't there still be P2P bottlenecks at your ISP provider neighborgood router, or cell tower for mobile access?

  68. imissopus

    OT, but there has been an update on the status of Occupy LA since Ken's post on the Wonkwire the other day. The Occupados came up with a counteroffer. Today the city made official what had been rumored for a few days: the occupiers must clear out by 12:01 A.M. Monday. The park will now be officially closed from 10:30 P.M. to 5 A.M. every day, and maintenance crews are going to try and restore the lawn (it's one of the only green spaces downtown.) The Occupados are of course saying they won't go anywhere.

    There has been a backlash to the city's offer from the general public. Even the L.A. Times editorial page, which has generally been supportive of the camp and finding a solution that would not involve cops in riot gear dragging people off by their hair, came out against it. Meanwhile, there was also a backlash within the encampment because a lot of people in the group did not like that a handful of representatives had tried to negotiate a deal with the city in secret.

    So we'll see what happens the next two days. The labor unions have a lot of sway in City Hall, and we have yet to hear what their reaction is to this news. Presumably a lot of local officials will be very busy this weekend.

    I don't know if the city's offer that Ken wrote about it was in good faith or not. I suspect it was because the city didn't really understand what it's dealing with, and that it felt paltry and beside the point to the Occupados. Any paltriness is not a surprise: the city government here is run by people who often seem impervious to the concerns of any citizens outside of a four-block radius of City Hall and probably just wanted to buy these guys off in the short term because the long game to address all the issues is going to take years and a city government can only work on but so many of them.

    My own personal observation is that when the city offers office space, and your counter offer is a list of ten wide-ranging items, at least a couple of which the city government has no control over or power to work on, then the two sides simply don't understand each other on a fundamental level. And frankly, I don't know what leverage Occupy LA would have with the city. But when one of your demands is "A world class transit system which addresses our debilitating traffic problem and restores the quality of life in Los Angeles" you are either not really negotiating in good faith or you have a wildly inflated sense of your own importance. Or you are prepared to camp out on City Hall's lawn for another twenty or thirty years, which is obviously not realistic.

    1. Negropolis

      They probably weren't negotiating in the best of faith, but I kind of think that's the point. In many of these situations, winning is being confronted and physically removed. I don't think I even disagree with that. Same thing happened during the Civil Rights movement. Obviously, occupying a Woolworth's counter, indefinitely, wasn't going to yield instant voting rights, but it was certainly as important a part of the overall movement as anything the middle class was doing in the churches, at the time. And, let me tell you, the occupiers got it from both ends then, too.

      If they are willing to take the consequences, more power to them. The movement is called "Occupy" for a reason, and it doesn't mean "temporarily camp out in the public square and then leave when asked to or commanded to." I support both the foot soldiers on the physical front line of this movement, and those supporting from their homes behind. I don't think this has to be an either/or. I think both fronts of this serve an important purpose, and I don't malign the visual aspect of the physical front of it.

  69. RadiosTyrone

    Here's something I've observed about teabagtard, 1%-lackey, right wing motherfuckers that has crystallized in my mind over the last few years: an easily identified trait that runs the gamut from Ailes, Russ, Inannity, the typing tumors at Brightfart and ass clowns like Brownback.
    They float seamlessly from bully to victim to bully to victim and back again and in no paritcular order.
    There may be a more academic description of this phenomenon (Owls, Chich, anyone?), but I think it is the clear delineation from what we do here and what these bimbos of the intellect practice. Whereas you would be hard pressed to find an example of anyone here who tries to intimidate or tyrannize a view. Or, on the flip side a Wonkateer who succumbs to feeble victimization, On an hourly basis, the RW propaganda machine over the last 15 or so years has covered the ground from these extremes in effortless style.
    Take Brownout. He's the victim of a vicious liberal Left wing attack from an eighteen year old high school girl…Aww, then as easily as they pick their noses: SHE MUST BE CRUSHED.
    Or take, for example the first post I picked on Big Govt. The Occupiers are persecuting the business owners near Zuccotti Park. An obvious affront to our Free Markets, the poor victimized neighbors and blocking kids from going to school….but…to queasily quote:
    It’s time for today’s office holders to re-read the history of Reagan’s dealings with the hippies and freaks of his era. And after reading Reagan, and seeing how it’s done, it’s time to send in the National Guard and show #OccupyWallStreet the door.
    See? Just like that, victim to bully. Maybe it's an Alinsky thing, whom they love/hate, But, I'm telling you on another "dry as three day old turkey" Wonkette Saturday morning, this is their modus operandi. I will continue to point it out on a nearly daily basis.

    1. Bluestatelibel

      Very true …see Scut Farkus in "A Christmas Story." One minute, your average Republican is a taunting bully, threatening beatings and mayhem, the next minute they're on the ground sobbing for Mommy.

    2. Geminisunmars

      Warning: Snarklessness ahead:
      Interesting observation, RT. So it is a cycle of helplessness leading to anger which leads to (potential) violence and back to helplessness (aka impotence). The rage of the infant. The futility of a trapped lizard brain.

      1. RadiosTyrone

        Two things I didn't mention:
        First, at least 23% of the population either responds to the Bully-Victim swing and/or is well versed for this rather sociopathic behavior. Second, surely it's got to be in the human genome, an antipode to the liberal gene.

        1. flamingpdog

          John Dean's book "Conservatives Without Conscience" has a real good take on the 23%. The "authoritarian" conservative likes to bully and at the same time likes to be bullied by other authoritarians. Strange, and sick, but fits with the bullying/victimization syndrome being discussed here.

          1. Jukesgrrl

            I highly recommend that book. It's a great explanation of why W. continued to have 20+% support no matter what he did and continues to be relevant today.

    3. user-of-owls

      We in the business actually have a name for this particular Republican dialectic:

      The Vicious Circle

    4. SayItWithWookies

      I think it's an outgrowth of the bully-for-any-reason mentality that a lot of right-wingers just don't care what thet initial cause is — or maybe they even think it's clever to use the victim card as a starting point for their assault. As though their misapplication of sexism, racism, etc. were a clever way of undermining those very ideas. Note also that Karl Rove's most effective attacks come from his idea of attacking his adversary's strengths and trying to turn them into a weakness (i.e. John Kerry's war service, Al Gore's war service) — egalitarianism in general can be attacked by muddling the idea of it so much that it ceases to make sense.

      1. Geminisunmars

        So how do we protect ourselves from these "assaults"? I have a relative who leaves me speechless with his passive-aggressive behavior (shows up to Thanksgiving with his assigned pies still frozen in their Banquet-brand boxes; calls after appointment time to take his father to doctor saying he couldn't do it because his new rice-cooker took much longer than expected; no one told him it was his brother's birthday; etcetera ad nauseum). My analogy is that it feels like the whole left wing is in similar constant WTF mode in response to the kind of actions you describe above. How do we forearm ourselves against these bullying or maniacal machinations? Against not only assaults against "the left", but their self-defeating actions, i.e. the anti-climate-change forces or anti-EPA. I want us to stop shaking our heads in disbelief and find effective ways to stop the bullshit, and maybe even get them on board. (well, that last isn't likely, but at least to combat them effectively).

        1. Jukesgrrl

          Good question. My personal response has been to cut them out of my life. Seriously, I've purposely severed relationships with more people for political reasons since 9-11 than all the other failed relationships of my life put together. There's no sense in dealing with them. They choose to make decisions based on lies; they do it willingly and often with malice; they embrace a false reality because it's easier than dealing with reality. Why do I want that in my life? How to keep them from dominating the political process is a question I wish I could answer.

          1. Geminisunmars

            Maybe we need to find harmless ways to keep them occupied while we do the real work. Say, we put in lots of verbiage out there on the interwebs about starting re-education camps or mandatory sex-change operations, set up some sham non-profits as fronts for those, and while they are marshaling and railing against that, we push through universal health care or something worthwhile. Dangle some catnip in front of James O'Queef and Breitfart and Limpbags. Part of the trouble with refudiating them is learning how to think like them, and then I'm afraid my brain might get stuck. Uck.

  70. smitallica

    Brownback is just mad at her because she told him in front of the other girls to stop trying to make "fetch" happen .

    1. RadiosTyrone

      I found a BB dent in my wife's minivan one day.
      Flashback to the Siege of Leningrad.
      Seriously, is there a difference?

  71. lulzmonger

    Dear Sam Brownback:

    You will surely be relieved to know that SEAL Team Six have been dispatched to your location with utmost haste so as to deliver BOTH your teddy-bear & your binkie, due to the public's need to pre-empt any further outbreaks of Full Metal Emo on your part. Please try the best you can not to overload your diaper until then, you big disgusting sack of fuck.

    Unfortunately, not even a top-tier SEAL Team can do much to help as regards that heinous purulent atrocity you wear in place of a human face. For that, I am TRULY sorry.

  72. El Pinche

    This is good news from Ms. Sullivan. She just made a bunch of friends.

    And Sam Brownback does blow alot of corporate and bagger cock.

  73. awwalk56

    Typical overreaction of a baggerCon. Must be in the genes, rumor has it that's how the family got the name, too much follow through when they wiped their ass.

  74. Come here a minute

    Too bad his 2008 presidential campaign didn't take off — he could have sent the eighteen-year-old (a.k.a., voting-age constituent) Ms. Sullivan to Gitmo.

  75. glamourdammerung

    Though at least this takes some time out of his busy schedule that would normally
    be devoted to regulating the closet size of private businesses in order to satisfy his "small government" agenda.

  76. Schmegeg

    The governor of Kansas has staffers monitoring twitter and facebook. I really respect that. I hope he expands surveillance to Wonkette to learn he is a hopeless jerk-off. More likely, he will rocket tot he top of the Republican race for President. He fits with those clowns.

  77. KennyCB

    The Tattle-Tale Heart; or, Sam Brownback's School Days

    Here's to that bravest of men —
    (Oh, Kansas, you've done it again!)
    A Christianist sissy
    Who gets awfully pissy,
    He'll fink on you, not if, but when.

  78. comrad_darkness

    Latest news is she's refusing to apologize because it wouldn't be sincere. She needs to read some of the advice on here on letter writing.

    1. Negropolis

      It wasn't just a "no", you know where there are reports she's refused. It was like a "hell no" where they actually have her quoted saying she won't. She must have seen Wonkette, already.

      I'll tell you, she is more brave than I was at the age. I don't know how her fellow students will treat her (probably well), but I know the school administration will attempt with all of their might to socially ostracize her within the halls of that building. They probably don't give a flying fuck about the governor; what they'll care about is that she stood up to their power. How dare a child (well, she's still so within the high school world) — and a female one, at that — stand up to authority. Nothing makes authority more angry than questioning it.

  79. prochoicegrandma

    Yep, isn't this how it all started in 1930's Germany – silence all dissenting voices?

    Gov. Brownshirt is in a dilemma. He really needs to blame Sherriene Jones-Sontag and fire her ass for her mega PR blunder. HOWEVER, her husband is the Director of the Kochs' Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity, who approve of silencing dissenters. The fact that Principal Krawitz gave an HOUR LONG scolding to Emma Sullivan and demanded she write a letter of apology to #heblowsalot, even suggesting "talking points", gives a hint that he is also a RWNJ who would do anything to kiss the ass of #heblowsalot Brownback.

    Doncha just hate when the RWNJs box themselves into a corner? Me neither!

  80. NewtsChicknNeck

    is there anyway america's favorite sex columnist can turn the word "brownback" into some useful sex term a la "santorum"?

    for example:
    i was brownbacking my girlfriend when my wife walked in and she hit me so hard that santorum got all over the new sheets.

  81. iburl

    RIP USA:

    "the routine daily monitoring of comments on Twitter and Facebook mentioning the governor’s name"

  82. mrblifil

    I suppose it all depends on your definition of "a lot." Some Boy Scout troops are larger than others, but it still takes initiative to get through the whole group, even if it's relatively smaller.

  83. 102415

    So what you are saying here I think is that heblowsalot. Sam Heblowsalot Brownback the idiot in charge of Kansas. Amirite?

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