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Kansas Hero Emma Sullivan Refuses To Apologize To Sam Brownback

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'I'm melting I'm melting because of that mean little girl, and her little dog Twitter.'High school senior Emma Sullivan made an honest joke about Kansas governor/wingnut Sam Brownback, on Twitter, and wound up in the principal’s office, where she was ordered to write an apology. This followed the governor’s office calling the schoolgirl’s principal to demand “respect” after seeing the tweet. Today was the deadline to turn in her letter, which would obviously be insincere, as she is an intelligent liberal young lady and Sam Brownback is a cretinous teabagger who is the spokesmodel for What’s the Matter With Kansas? And Sullivan now says she’s not writing any such apology. This means war. UPDATE: And now Brownback has apologized to Emma Sullivan, because he now blames his staff, who “over-reacted to this tweet,” ha ha ha.

The Associated Press reports this morning:

An American teenager who wrote a disparaging tweet about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Sunday that she is rejecting her high school principal’s demand for a written apology.

Emma Sullivan, 18, said she isn’t sorry and doesn’t think such a letter would be sincere.

But the school district has already backed down, because who needs this kind of publicity, and now says Sullivan doesn’t have to apologize:

A northeast Kansas school district says a high school senior who wrote a disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback doesn’t have to write a letter of apology and won’t face any repercussions.

The Shawnee Mission School District says it “acknowledges a student’s right to freedom of speech and expression is constitutionally protected.”

We don’t look at the cable news or listen to the AM radio, obviously, because we don’t want to go on a tri-state killing spree every day, so we cannot confirm that Fox News has already called her a communist prostitute or that Rush Limbaugh called her “a monstrously obese old man addicted to stolen prescription drugs,” but this has surely happened already. Go Emma! Bring Kansas back to its radical anarchist roots! Smash the system!

Speaking of Kansas, did you know The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was actually a parable about economic injustice and populist wingnut William Jennings Bryan trying to use farmer unrest as a way to change the monetary system or something? The yellow brick road was the “gold standard,” and the wizard was probably Ron Paul, and the Emerald City and silver slippers stood in for Greenbacks and Bryan’s silver coinage scheme, and the monkeys were Native Americans crushed by the Wizard from their previously happy lives of socialist nature freedom, and Dorothy was a “regular American” because she was so dumb and naive, and the dog was a rat from space, and “Oz” is the abbreviation for “ounce” (as in “an ounce of gold is money”), and the witches of the East and West were the Wall Street and San Francisco banks, and the Tin Man was American industrial society because it was heartless, and the Scarecrow was Joe Biden, and who knows what else? Sam Brownback was a sack of jabbering poop in the original Broadway version, that’s what. [Christian Science Monitor]

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  • Indiepalin

    Sam Brownback will also play a sack of jabbering poop in the upcoming MTV reality show, "Two and a Half Tons"

    • WunkRocker

      OR… #heblowsalotgate the twitter series

    • BaldarTFlagass

      No "playing" is involved.

      • GOPCrusher

        Horse play?

        • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

          And maybe a little showering with boys.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Dig two and a half tons and whaddaya get?

  • freakishlywrong

    Brownshirt could also be the cowardly lion, if he only had courage. Or the Tin man for the lack of heart.

    • flamingpdog

      And the dog, because he looks like a rat from outer space.

    • mrpuma2u

      Nah he's a flying monkey with a Koch brothers logo on his little monkey vest.

    • Terry

      The cowardly lion and tin man were actually very nice people, despite lacking courage and a heart. Brownback is not.

  • jus_wonderin

    Is Brownback a euphemism for…something?

    • Biff

      Yes, it is code for..something…

    • KeepFnThatChicken

      it's a good way of saying "Santorum" in polite circles.

      • jus_wonderin

        Oh, like "worshipping the porcelain God"?

        • KeepFnThatChicken

          That, and "friend of Dorothy". That's my personal favorite.

    • flamingpdog

      It's "santorum" with chocolate-flavored lube.

    • Suck My Balls

      I think it's an inverted Cleveland steamer.

    • Sparky_McGruff

      You known that turd that pops back up after you flush? That's a brownback.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        So that's why he's still in office.

  • FNMA

    I could help her.

    Dear Gov. Shitforbrains,
    I'm sorry you were offended.
    Asshole.
    Regards,
    Your friend,
    Emma

    • Dashboard_Jesus

      WIN! that's a wrap folks

  • BaldarTFlagass

    That's some funny shit, right there.

  • Mojopo

    Having seen the musical staged in Chicago recently, I can tell you that it was a stroke of genius to have Gov. Browneye play Miss Gulch. He gets on that nasty bicycle (da dadada dah dah…) and it's like, "Margaret Hamilton WHO?"

  • Eve8Apples

    Don't retreat Emma! Reload!

    T.

    • WunkRocker

      Has Blownsack thrown his lacky under the bus yet for following orders to call the school and demand r.e.s.p.e.k.t yet? If not, reload, repeat as necessary. I suspect my twatters are blocked as I sent him a bunch of profound profanities.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Where does Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon fit in on that last paragraph of Wizard of Oz gibberish?

    • http://wonkette.com Ken Layne

      She left out that the cyclone has a long history as a symbol of political upheaval, and that it smashes the gray misery of the foreclosed farmer on the baked plains to reveal a beautiful world of plenty for all, both large and small.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Thanks for clearing that up!!!

      • Steverino247

        Whatever it is you used to come up with that, let me know so I can put in on my Wish List…

        • http://wonkette.com Ken Layne

          There are many, many historical papers and articles in economics journals about the allegories in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but this essay on a gold-bug website is probably the best summation of the various threads:
          http://www.usagold.com/gildedopinion/oz.html

          • Dashboard_Jesus

            thanks for the link, I always suspected the Wiz was a bit *subversive* for a fairy tale plus my favorite raging liberal talk show host Mike Malloy always uses the tagline "flying monkey right' when describing the antics of the Repugnant Party so it MUST be true…also :)

      • James Michael Curley

        I always liked the description of "The Wizard of Oz" as. 'The ultimate chick flick; two women trying to kill each other over a pair of shoes.'

        • http://oliphantparts.org/ natoslug

          Coming soon to a WalMart near you!

        • http://Wonkette.com DemmeFatale

          I had an old boyfriend (Comp. Lit. grad student), who swore that Dorothy's shoes were red to signify her emerging womanhood, and that the poppy field was all about drug use.

          • Dashboard_Jesus

            well it seems so plausible!

            Bill Hicks – It Seemed So Plausible http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJX2uBp4HYw

          • James Michael Curley

            Dorothy’s shoes were originally silver in Baum’s book. I don’t remember why they were red in the movie. As for the poppies, here is Baum’s writing; “They now came upon more and more of the big scarlet poppies, and fewer and fewer of the other flowers; and soon they found themselves in the midst of a great meadow of poppies. Now it is well known that when there are many of these flowers together their odor is so powerful that anyone who breathes it falls asleep, and if the sleeper is not carried away from the scent of the flowers, he sleeps on and on forever. But Dorothy did not know this, nor could she get away from the bright red flowers that were everywhere about; so presently her eyes grew heavy and she felt she must sit down to rest and to sleep.” There is no snow in the book, but as Hollywood interprets the revival of Dorothy and the Lion, ‘snow’ as a slang term for cocaine predates the movie by a decade at least.

    • OneYieldRegular

      I'm fairly sure the common denominator is marijuana. Speaking of which, that anyone that stoned has ever managed to sync up Dark Side of the Moon to the precise specified point in Wizard of Oz is a miracle.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Especially in the days of turntables and VHS tapes. Might be a little easier these days.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    …she is rejecting her high school principal’s demand for a written apology.

    Emma Sullivan, 18, said she isn’t sorry and doesn’t think such a letter would be sincere.

    Maybe her English teacher will punish her by making her write an essay in the form of one of those insincere "I'm sorry if anyone was offended" apologies. Or a parody of such (is such a thing possible?) if her English teacher is a snarky libtard.

    • Generation[redacted]

      Now that would set her on the path to a good career in politics. Or maybe a three-part essay. First, the denial, second the "Oh I seem to remember tweeting that," and third blaming the media.

    • Master Janitor V572

      "Dear Governor 'Brownback',

      "It is with great regret that I find you to be so thin-skinned as to feel obligated to use the full weight of your office, that of Governor of the Great State of Kansas, to reproach me, a high school student in the Kansas City suburbs. Moreover, I also regret the fact that state employees — earning taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits — are apparently directed by you to "monitor" social media, an activity very hard to distinguish from masturbation.

      "I am truly and deeply sorry that you are such a petty and vindictive man, and hope that your successor in office, whether installed there in the next election or as a result of a much-to-be-desired recall event before that, is capable of conducting himself as a responsible adult, rather than a petulant child.

      "Regrettfully,
      Emma Sullivan
      Age 18"

      • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

        monitor" social media, an activity very hard to distinguish from masturbation.

        sublime.

        • Master Janitor V572

          Almost like compulsive commenting on the Wonkette, of which I am so, so guilty.

        • LetUsBray

          Except it takes a lot more time.

      • Dashboard_Jesus

        that is such a major fucking WIN! that Emma herself oughta just copy n' paste this in her FB post (too long for a tweet right?)

    • Dashboard_Jesus
  • Weenus299

    OMG, like, she so sucks. Let's make her apologize and stuff.

    • chicken_thief

      She sucks? Has that been confirmed?

      Thanks!

      ~ Bill and Newt

  • RedneckMuslin

    Brownback sucks dicks and so does the governor of Indiana and all Red States. I ain't apologizin' either!

    • Sue4466

      Expect a call from your principal.

      • emmelemm

        This will go down on your permanent record!!

        • YasserArraFeck

          "go down" heh heh

        • tessiee

          "your permanent record"

          "Yes, well your resume is impressive, and we'd love to hire you… except for *that unfortunate incident* in second grade spelling" — Lynda Barry

        • Dashboard_Jesus

          Emma, is that you?

          • emmelemm

            I wish!!!

            I'm not an Emma, I'm an Emm. Which is really an M___.

    • DustBowlBlues

      Literally, in the case of OK's Mattress Mary "Betty Boob" Fallin.

  • Steverino247

    Hey, you leave buckets of water laying around and shit happens.

    • jus_wonderin

      I always thought the janitor should have been fired for leaving the mop bucket out like that.

      • flamingpdog

        And replaced by little chilluns, for chilluns' FREEDUMB!

  • DaRooster

    Oohh… just wait 'til she goes to Topeka!

  • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

    Good for Emma! On the downside, I hope she has no illusions about her applications to K-State and KU. If Brownback is this thin-skinned and petty, he will have her blackballed from those universities.

    • Eve8Apples

      Someone with Emma's keen political insight deserves better than a Kansas education. Being blackballed from a shitty Kansas school is a sign of superior intelligence.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      She sounds more like Ivy League material, anyway. Or MIT or Stanford.

      • http://www.vinoverve.com Maman

        Everybody needs a safety school.

        • http://oliphantparts.org/ natoslug

          "No need. Don't be a scaredy-cat. There's no doubt you'll go to Berkeley."

    • Baconzgood

      KU. The high school after high school.

    • rickmaci

      If you looked closely at the red sweatshirt she was wearing in earlier pictures, it was a collegiate sweatshirt for Arkansas. That's how much Kansas blows. A smart kid from Kansas would rather go to college in Arkansas. Go Razorbacks.

    • GOPCrusher

      You say that like it's a bad thing?

    • http://wonkette.com/ FlownOver

      Blackballed from K-State? Kind of a "moral hazard" issue there.

    • tessiee

      "her applications to K-State and KU. If Brownback is this thin-skinned and petty, he will have her blackballed from those universities."

      So, is that like being banished from McDonald's, or what?

  • Biff

    You know who else etc etc?

    • DaRooster

      (hates their Governor?)
      Any one in Wisconsin.

      • tessiee

        Also, everyone in NJ, and I'm pretty sure everyone in Michigan.

    • chicken_thief

      Dubya? The Muslin Pretender in Chief? Hitler? Oh, wait, those are (our? Where's Walker when you need the son of a bitch?!) all Hitler…

      • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

        All of 'em Katie.

        Sorry. Really, really sorry.

  • freakishlywrong

    We really need to reach out to Emma and invite her to join the Merry Wanksters. She's a natural, that gal!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    Perhaps she should issue a "Republipology", i.e. "I'm sorry that you're insulted that I pointed out that you are a tool."

  • Ducksworthy

    William Jennings Bryan as the wizard? Makes sense? And Ron Paul would be his replacement today. Trying to use the economic crisis to bring the rubes back to Jeebus (aka Any Rand).

    • Lascauxcaveman

      And the hot air balloon in the penultimate scene? Obvious foreshadowing of this, proving that L Frank Baum was even *more* of a visionary than we ever knew.

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    Gov. Brownback,

    Tit for tat. You'll get your apology when you renounce your creationist beliefs. My state-wide humiliation for your beleaguered, offended soul.

    Still waiting,
    Emma

    p.s. It's cyber Monday, why don't you see if there's a discount on thicker skin, pussy.

  • http://wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    Sam Brownback's Mind:

    Do You Like me?

    Yes
    No
    You blow X

    And a trail of wet tears to Sam's bed where he cries while clutching his Strawberry Shortcake doll.

  • http://ifthethunderdontgetya.blogspot.com/ ifthethunderdontgetya

    If the back is brown, Santorum's in town.
    ~

    • freakishlywrong

      That picture is very disturbing. I wish you’d have chosen something else. I realize that it’s a shameful part of American history that we should never forget, but it’s too much.

    • Gleem_McShineys

      I SMELL A NEW CAMPAIGN BUMPER STICKER!

      (this is also a euphemism)

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      There it is! I knew there was an awesome ghey joke in there somewhere.

  • DaRooster

    FYI-
    Emerald City of Oz = Emerald Triangle, an Ounce

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Very popular for "glaucoma sufferers" in Seattle.

      • Isyaignert

        Everyone in Washington state, please SIGN THE PETITION FOR I-502 TO LEGALIZE MJ FOR ADULTS 21 AND OVER. http://www.newapproachwa.org/

  • dijetlo

    Dear Governor Brownback,

    Just in case you were offended, I'm sorry you suck so much.
    I'm also sorry that you are such an insecure little drooler that you'd use your office to force my principal to make a complete douchenozzle of himself, also.
    In case that offends you.

    • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

      You have been away too long, dijetlo.

  • Tundra Grifter

    Free Emma Sullivan!

    Where is she – in Kansas or Egypt?

  • http://wonkette.com ShitFilledExistence

    Brownback not only blows a lot, he appears to blow all the time, forever.

    • Tundra Grifter

      His mind is a Dustbowl.

  • Baconzgood

    “acknowledges a student’s right to freedom of speech and expression is constitutionally protected. But only after it got into the papers."

    • buffalogal

      And after the ACLU lawyers started calling!

      • Geminisunmars

        And his mailbox was full of Wonketteers "apologies".

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "She won't write the apology? We should put her on probation."
    "But she's already on probation."
    "She is? Well, as of this moment, she's on DOUBLE SECRET PROBATION!"

    • Generation[redacted]

      Fat, dumb, and blows monkey chunks is no way to go through life, Governor.

    • flamingpdog

      "Well-proportioned, sober, and intelligent is no way to go through life."

      Oh, wait, it is?

    • freakishlywrong

      We'll throw her in a tank with sharks! Sharks with lasers on their foreheads!

      • jqheywood

        What part of "frickin' lasers on their frickin' foreheads" don't you understand?

    • tessiee

      "We'll get Niedermyer to do it; he's a sneaky little shit just like you, right?"

  • Callyson

    Well, *I'll* make an apology or three…
    "I'm sorry the voters ever elected you"
    "I'm sorry you are even more thin – skinned than Michele Bachmann"
    "I'm sorry that a high school girl is smarter than you"
    /done

  • Pragmatist2

    "The Shawnee Mission School District says it “acknowledges a student’s right to freedom of speech and expression is constitutionally protected.”"
    Well, now, isn't that special.
    Next they will agree that "the right not be enslaved is constitutionally protected." Of course, they will have to check with the mega-farms that employ migrant workers first.

    • freakishlywrong

      So's the right to an abortion, but they don't seem as willing to acknowledge that.

  • Biff

    If I wasn't old enough to be Emma's grandfather, I'd hit that.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Yeah, I was wondering if she's in the market for a sugar daddy, at least once she hits 18.

      • Biff

        She hit 18 earlier this month, hence my newfound haste to make that comment.

        • Oblios_Cap

          What's your point? I'd do her anyway.

          • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

            Bad, bad Oblios.

  • PeaceWithHonor

    Brownback disparages himself with every word he utters. He should apologize to himself and then apologize for the apology.

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      I'm confused. But that's my normal state.

    • tessiee

      He should apologize to the voters of Kansas and then commit suicide in some messy, painful way.

      fixed

  • edgydrifter

    I expect Brownback will send out the state patrol to burn down her house now, because that's obviously the only logical response to being publicly disrespected like this.

    • flamingpdog

      Too obvious. He'd be better off providing her with an all-expenses-paid trip to Aruba.

  • DonnyKerabotsos

    Love that kid! Stand firm, Emma.

    Brownback's website is "currently undergoing redesign" which is the internet equivalent of leaving the phone off the hook when trying to dodge a call.

    The donate button is still there, naturally, along with a picture of Brownie holding hands with some dude. I kid you not.
    http://www.brownback.com/

    • Blueb4sunrise

      I'm getting married in the morning
      Ding dong the bells are gonna chime
      Pull out the stopper!
      Let's have a whopper!
      But get me to the church on time

    • Trannysurprise

      You can just tell from the photo that "some dude" is a raging Republican secret homo. I mean, look at the hair. Amirite or amirite?

      • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

        Yeah, he definitely has that "I cant wait to get out of here and suck a cock in the dance club mens room" look.

  • Mojopo

    How come Gov. Brownback's staff has so much time to follow a pretty teenager around Twitter?

    Emma, if anyone from his office tries to get to you to go for a ride with them in their van, I want you to run away and tell me immediately.

  • Suck My Balls

    We'll see how brave she is once the pepper spray starts flowing.

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      Btw, freak out in a moonage daydream, oh yeah.

      One of my favorite songs of all time.

      • Suck My Balls

        Bowie is my Elvis!

  • paris biltong

    OK, but which one was Eugene V Debs? And how about WEB DuBois?

  • http://wonkette.com ChurchofRealism

    I believe Emma's apology to Sam "SuperPuss" Brownback was to suck her metaphorical balls.

    • tessiee

      Even better if spoken in Cartman's voice.

  • Master Janitor V572

    We don’t look at the cable news or listen to the AM radio, obviously, because we don’t want to go on a tri-state killing spree every day, so we cannot confirm that…

    = "I don't have the facts to back this up, but…"

    or

    "…not intended to be a factual statement."

  • LettucePrey

    Wait, I thought Oz was Australia? Where does Hugh Jackman fit into this?

    • BaldarTFlagass

      Or Yahoo Serious, for that matter.

      • Lionel[redacted]Esq

        Tom Servo: Joel, what chance do we have in a world that keeps presenting us with vivid images of hell?

        Joel: Well, there's personal liberty, strength of conviction, those have been known to work. And then there's the time the country rallies together to beat back hell, like the time we as a nation said no to Yahoo Serious.

        Crow T. Robot: I remember that. All of us together, drawn inexplicably to the slobbering mouth of hell, and then suddenly, somehow, by some unknown force, rescued in the nick of time, like Moses and the Israelites.

    • MightySix

      According to a number of ladies I know, into a pair of Speedos!

      *rimshot*

      • http://wonkette.com BelleSC

        He can fit into my bed any time he wants. I've seen him in person and your lady friends are RIGHT!

        • finallyhappy

          me too!!(saw boy from Oz twice and saw him and Daniel Craig outside the theater during their play in NYC) but I think I am too old to handle that much man. i nearly passed out when he came out of the stage door and was about a foot away from me.

    • poncho_pilot

      he'd fit just fine in Sam Brownback but only if he wears his Wolverine costume.

  • Blueb4sunrise

    Apply at an Arizona school Emma. You'll be at the top of your class.

  • BlueStateLibel

    And the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz stood for every Chickenhawk Republican who weaseled out of Vietnam.

    • Puffperney

      As a draftee VN vet, let me say: Amen!

    • Graham Cracker

      With Dick Cheney at the top of the list.

    • tessiee

      Lion libel!!

  • ProgressiveInga

    Well, Oz never did give nothin' to the Tin Man that he didn't already have.

    Oh, and that Sam Brownback?
    #heblowsalot

    • prommie

      What is "the tropic of Sir Galahad?"

      • BaldarTFlagass

        It's over there, hiding behind the pompatus of love.

        • Lascauxcaveman

          Goo-goo Ga-joob!

          • jqheywood

            Manamana…..

            (Sorry, I went to see the Muppets movie, and now I have this ear worm, so it is the only tune I can answer with…)

          • finallyhappy

            Tell me, did you love the JIm Parsons bit- the perfect man muppet(I am a big Parsons fan)

  • neiltheblaze

    Emma Sullivan is my hero. I love how they came out and said she doesn't have to apologize *after* she told them to pound sand. HA HA HA HA

    • GOPCrusher

      Who are these Republiklans that demand to be apologized to? Fuck em. Fuck em all.

    • LowProfileinGA

      "Pound sand/salt" is so USW (United Steel Workers.) So said my father-in-law, a USW stalwart from Pittsburgh.

  • chicken_thief

    Shit. If the school won't enforce his demand for an apology, Brownback is going to have to resort to the "I'LL HOLD MY BREATH UNTIL I TURN BLUE!!!" line of persuasion.

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ donner_froh

    "we don’t want to go on a tri-state killing spree every day"

    It gets a lot easier after you finish the first state.

    • Biff

      The local paper's headlines are always so precious. "He was a good neighbor, a quiet man, etc"

  • chascates

    How soon can she run for office/be on Sunday talk shows/get other people to be like her?

  • Wilcoxyz

    Has Kansas apologized to students for not teaching science?

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    FTA: Sherriene Jones-Sontag, the governor's spokeswoman, told The Star previously that Sullivan's message wasn't respectful and that it takes mutual respect to "really have a constructive dialogue."

    HAHAHAHA, "Sherry-enne", but the only dialog an old dick governor wants with an 18-year-old female is when he says, "Don't worry, lollipop… I only shoot blanks."

  • MrFizzy

    Sam Brownback, hmmmmm….anagrams to Scab Rank Womb, and brings to mind a certain liquid called Santorum.

  • http://assistantatlas.blogspot.com/ assistantatlas

    For once, it's a good day to be from Kansas. Do I have to be gay and/or black to use the phrase "You go, girl!"? Because it seems appropriate here.

    • tessiee

      "Do I have to be gay and/or black to use the phrase "You go, girl!"?"

      If you just say it, then no, but if you accompany it with the head-shaking and finger snaps, then yes.

  • fartknocker

    Governor Brownback has a Facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/govsambrownback

    Maybe I'll ask him to be my Friend and ask him how it feels to be punked by 17 year old intellectual superior. It appears by the comments that many Kansans don't like Brownback and have excellent snark skills.

    • http://wonkette.com Clancy_Pants

      Some of the comments on his page are priceless. I see Wonketeers at work!

    • MozakiBlocks

      I want to have my way with whomever posted this gem

      "We didn't fight the Japs on the beaches of Normandy just to have you guys take away Brownies right to Suck… just sayin…"

      • tessiee

        "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

    • GOPCrusher

      You would think that these asshats would avoid social networking like the plague.

  • Mahousu

    Actually, Fox News is taking it quite well, They just reported "Sam Brownback (D) loses fight with high school girl."

  • SayItWithWookies

    This bodes ill for Gov. Blowsalot's efforts to change the Kansas state song to "Sam Brownback is Moses, Jesus and Roger Staubach All Rolled into One."

  • http://hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com/ donner_froh

    Dear Governor:

    I am sorry that you are such an idiot.

    Emma Sullivan

  • prommie

    True story, I once write a lengthy LTE (I was such a geek) criticizing the then-governor for appointing a hack to the State supreme court. The paper didn't just print it, they put it on the cover of the Sunday Opinion section, with a headline and everything. And my name.

    I went to work Monday morning expecting congratulations. I witnessed a bunch of grown up, adult lawyers scurrying around in a cowardly panic. They had lost their minds. The Firm had already written a letter apologizing for/distancing itself from my actions, and had it hand-delivered to the governor's office. I was summoned to a senior partner's office and threatened with firing, for having "endangered the jobs of hundreds of people."

    I quit the firm, and the law, a couple of months later.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      Heh. If I were your attorney I would have advised you against telling the truth. Legally speaking, it's rarely a good choice.

    • user-of-owls

      I quit the firm, and the law, a couple of months later.

      I'd like to say you're both better off, but really, it's only you.

  • freakishlywrong

    #thinskinnedhatefulbigotishatefulethinkskinnedbigot

  • buffalogal

    I do hope young Emma's parents are enormously proud of her!

    • proudgrampa

      I know that if I were her grampa, I'd be proud.

  • boobookitteh

    This kinda, almost, sorta, maybe gives me hope for the future. Maybe these kids will turn out all right after all. I mean if this young woman can see through this guy's bullshit, that's a ray of hope right there.

  • not that Dewey

    Dear Emma:

    We thank you very sweetly, for pwning him so completely.

    • Puffperney

      Love it!

      He not only completely blows, he really most sincerely blows!

      • Lascauxcaveman

        I would while away the hours/
        with my gub'natorial powers/
        and mostly without pain/

        I would not have shown imprudence/
        Losin' fights with teenage students/
        If I only had a brain.

        • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

          Nice..

          • Lascauxcaveman

            I could spend a fruitful weekend
            Campaign funds to be seekin'
            From GE, Koch or Bain

            I could not be such an idjit,
            And just ignore that little gidget
            If I only had a brain

          • not that Dewey

            Yeh, it's sad, believe me, Missy,
            When you're born to be a sissy
            Without the vim and verve.
            But I could show my prowess,
            be a lion not a mou-ess
            If I only had the nerve.

            I didn't even have to parody that one (and it wouldn't have been as good as yours, anyway).

    • Generation[redacted]

      Tweet tweet here, tweet tweet there, and a couple of #hereallyblows
      That's how we make our voices heard in the Republican stateof Oz

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        By the way … do you guys have Technicolor yet?

    • Generation[redacted]

      Do you represent the LOLipwn Guild?

    • Blueb4sunrise

      These are great.
      Am copypasting .

    • tessiee

      You did it very neatly, so we thank you verrrrry sweetly.

      • not that Dewey

        She brings you good news, or haven't you heard?
        When she refused to apologize, a miracle occurred!

    • Snarkfest

      Unequivocal genius.

  • mereoblivion

    "Sam Brownback, for twenty-three years I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you–and now, well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!"

  • prommie

    It would be so cool if Obama steps in and invites them both to talk about this over a couple of beers, on the White House patio.

  • Oblios_Cap

    This followed the governor’s office calling the schoolgirl’s principal to demand “respect” after seeing the tweet.

    Respect must be earned, mothafucka.

  • Tundra Grifter

    '…and 'Oz' is the abbreviation for 'ounce' (as in cronic, weed, pot)…"

  • RedneckMuslin

    Update: She won! And Brownback apologized to her! You go girl!
    http://www.nbcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_kans

    • Blueb4sunrise

      Wooooooohoooooooooooo!

      I wonder if the possibly new head of his PR wrote that statement.

      • ProgressiveInga

        No, but she'll be leaving her job to spend more time with her family in 3…2….1……

    • Steverino247

      Yeah, and it was an actual apology, too. (Well, that's the only thing he could do under the circumstances, but it's still surprising…)

      • LetUsBray

        "I'm sorry I blow a lot…"

    • Mahousu

      I like this bit: "The issue has resulted in many teachable moments concerning the use of social media. The district does not intend to take any further action on this matter."

      In other words, "The issue has resulted in many teachable moments. However, since they would involve teaching how wrong we were, we won't."

    • Mumbly_Occupado

      Can we… can we elect her president?

    • tessiee

      KICK *ASS*!!

  • owhatever

    From the Twitter of Babes comes the truth.

  • proudgrampa

    Emma,

    I hope that happiness always follows you. You deserve it, showing your bravery and standing up to bullies like Brownback.
    I will tell my granddaughter about you when she is old enough to understand…
    Love,

    proudgrampa

  • Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Emma might have won this round, but just wait until Brownback dumps a bucket of pigs' blood on her at prom.

  • http://wonkette.com Clancy_Pants

    Douchebag just posted this on Facebook (turns out it's his staff's fault):

    http://www.facebook.com/notes/governor-sam-brownb

    “My staff over-reacted to this tweet, and for that I apologize. Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms.
    I enjoyed speaking to the more than 100 students who participated in the Youth in Government Program at the Kansas Capitol. They are our future.

    I also want to thank the thousands of Kansas educators who remind us daily of our liberties, as well as the values of civility and decorum.

    Again, I apologize for our over-reaction.”

    • Puffperney

      No actual personal apology to Emma in there. No "I'm sorry you got hauled up in front of your school principal." or anything like it. No acceptance of personal responsibility at all. I guess if you work for a politician like Brownback you can expect that being thrown under the bus comes with the territory.

  • Barrelhse

    Sharia Jones-Sontag.
    Obviously an assumed name- sex change?

    • KeepFnThatChicken

      Can't be. Ain't legal in Kansas.

      • finallyhappy

        Sharia- she is muslin, right?

      • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

        Really?

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    LOL! The Dog was named Toto, not Twitter!

  • NickDanger007

    Death threats from teabaggers in 5-4-3-2-!

  • Mojopo

    I'm going to send little Emma a thank you card for taking this opportunity to bring attention to arts programs in schools.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    Maybe Brownback is not as big an idiot as he seems:

    1. Pick fight with a teenage girl.
    2. Lose.
    3. …?
    4. Profit!

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      As long as it ends with profit, it's all good.

  • coolhandnuke

    Dear Emma
    I'm sorry you must live/listen to Kansas. Your delightful Leftoverture to #Sirblowsalot was like a Miracle Out of Nowhere. Keep up the good work, Carry on My Wayward Chick and if this any reassurance, #Sirblowsalot will soon be Dust in the Wind.

    Respectfully yours,
    Tommy Shaw

    P.s: My band is available for your prom.

    • http://wonkette.com/ FlownOver

      Kansas? Styx? Two rivers that run through Hades? Come Sail Away to the Point of Know Return?

      Or was that a ref to Damn Yankees, featuring Ted Nugent? Rock geeks want to know.

      Potato, potato.

      • coolhandnuke

        Styx, Kansas and Damn Yankees–the Holy Trinity of flaccid rock.

  • JackDempsey1

    Teenage girls are natural political operatives:
    1. they're totally catty
    2. they handle shifting alliances on a daily basis
    3. they can't remember what they said about a given person or thing last week
    4. they are delighted to blog their every waking thought, with a view toward selling it to the highest bidder when genius is recognized

  • KeepFnThatChicken

    Why would a fiscally conservative public servant encourage his staff to search the entirety of twitter (and who knows what else) for negative comments?

    YOUR TAX AMEROS AT WORK

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    By the way, that young lady is a gonna be on CNN in a few minutes.

  • http://www.gurukalehuru.wordpress.com gurukalehuru

    Brownbutt is a jerk, but one expects that from Republican governors. The real disappointment in this is the principal. Way to stick up for your students, loser.

    • Lascauxcaveman

      For every Brownback, there are a dozen little brown-nosers.

  • rickmaci

    It's only a matter of time before Gov. Brownshirt's staff starts playing the victim card, blaming Emma for the whole media backdraft. Watch for it sometime today.

  • Isyaignert

    I just love this site – 99% of the comments are insightful and/or hilarious. You all ROCK!

    • LowProfileinGA

      Welcome.

  • Puffperney

    So, let me understand this, Brownback is apologizing for his staff doing what he hired them to do?

  • MzNicky

    Classic non-apology apology.

    "I'm sorry if anyone misunderstood this whole thing just because my stupid staff person did as she was told and I ended up looking like a dick. Okay? Happy now?"

  • http://wonkette.com/ FlownOver

    "Silver slippers?"

    "Silver slippers?????"

    Turn in your Deviant Lifestyle Choice credentials at once.

    • http://www.facebook.com/groups/227406670645311 Fred_Wertham_Jr

      Silver slippers in the book. Turn in your library card.

      • finallyhappy

        AMEN!!!

  • Ansnarkist

    See Obama… all you have to do is stand up to them.

    • KeepFnThatChicken

      ZING!!

  • Pat_Pending

    Not since Cicely Tyson drank out of the white people's fountain in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman… Oh wait, that was a TV movie we were forced to watch in grade school.

    Hey Emma, get a FOIA request for your FBI file asap!

  • Antispandex

    This lovely and intelligent young woman is fortunate not to live in the United Kingdom, where the truth is NOT a defence against libel.

  • Troglodeity

    Well, now Topeka will go back to being known simply as the city that legalized domestic violence.

    • Puffperney

      …and the proud home of Westboro baptist "church".

  • DahBoner

    And my cat STILL refuses to apologize to me for the '09 biting incident!

    • user-of-owls

      That's because in addition to having a sense of dignity, cats have principles that cannot be compromised.

      In this way, they differ from shameless, slobbering dogs who'd debase themselves for nothing more than a wave from a passing car.

    • tessiee

      Well, you weren't getting the food into his dish fast enough!

  • El Pinche

    Can Emma give Barry some advice on how to handle GOPer shitheads properly?

  • user-of-owls

    Oh this is priceless. As DerrickWildcat noted above, America's Greatest Hero Ever was indeed on CNN…for something like 10 minutes!! I'm on the clawmill at the gym where it's closed captioned and lo and behold, the anchor who'd previously been having fainting spells over that language asks Emma whether she realized it would, "blow up like this?" I almost peed myself.

    You know what the only thing they obscured when they put up the tweet? That's right: blow.

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      "clawmill"

      Dude, you crack me up.

  • Uniprober

    An 18 year old stands her ground like a BAWSE!

  • elfgoldsackring

    Silver slippers? RUBY slippers, dumbass.

    Why, yes, I am a gentleman of that persuasion. However did you guess?

    • Angry_Marmot

      Silver in the original novels– oh, snap!

  • rocktonsam

    Emma could at least apologize for the Kansas basketball teams choke every year in the NCAA's.

  • Rotundo_

    Well! Wasn't that fun campers! Fun things to look for in the near term in the Governor's staff in Kansas: If the PR folks did this on their own and made Sammy look like a schmuck, heads will roll in a short while. If not, one can be pretty sure that Sammy brought all this fun into play on his own. I'm thinking it was some over-zealous young republican type with a load of free floating rage and the little shit will be working county board seats in the hinterlands if he or she is lucky.

  • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

    Between this child and those occupados at UC Davis, I am starting to like young people again.

  • http://www.marinmaven.com marinmaven

    I would like to think Wonkette has a scholarship program for future snarksmiths, they are our um…our future.

  • http://thatsmrsbitchtoyou.blogspot.com Mrs. Bitch

    OT – wtf is that picture of? My obsessive-compulsive inner child really wants to know. It looks like a horseshoe crab with a spike sticking out of it.

  • lulzmonger

    Apology … DENIED!

    The best laid plans of mice & malletheads aft gang agley.
    The apologizEE is now the apologizER.

    *****ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: EPIC LULZ *****

  • fuflans

    now, i thought the left were supposed to be the pussies and the right were supposed to be the assholes.

    weird.

    • Snarkfest

      That means the whole country must be standing- facing west.

  • iburl

    Kansas tax dollars pay for the "routine daily monitoring of comments on Twitter and Facebook mentioning the governor’s name".

    Brownback Blows.

  • tessiee

    "she is rejecting her high school principal’s demand for a written apology.

    Emma Sullivan, 18, said she isn’t sorry and doesn’t think such a letter would be sincere."

    Sullivan to Brownback: Drop Dead

  • tessiee

    "Speaking of Kansas, did you know The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was actually a parable about economic injustice"

    Slightly OT, but there's a wonderful Alison Lurie book about children's literature called "Don't tell the grownups", which includes mention of the Wizard of Oz book and movie, and says in part: "Oz [aka Hollywood] cannot really give the Scarecrow a brain and the Tin Woodman a heart or make the Cowardly Lion brave, since… intelligence, love, and courage are not available in Hollywood… Dorothy's friends already have the qualities they are seeking [but lack] faith in themselves, and Hollywood can give them that, so the magic is real after all… Thus the film is simultaneously an exposure, a defense, and a successful example of the role of Hollywood in American life…"

  • horsedreamer_1

    This almost makes up for KS inflicting the Get-up Kids on us all.

  • ttommyunger

    Emma Sullivan for: Congress, Governor of Kansas, U S Senator, President (pick one).

  • http://www.gurukalehuru.wordpress.com gurukalehuru

    Senator Fulbright?

  • horsedreamer_1

    Ryan Mallette?

  • not that Dewey

    User-of-owls?

  • HistoriCat

    I was waiting for someone to throw that one out there!