Archive for Sunday, April 18, 2010

Candidate arrested over tea party spat

April 18, 2010


— A Kansas gubernatorial candidate has been arrested over an alleged altercation at a recent tea party event in central Kansas.

The Salina Journal reported Saturday that Ken Cannon, of Salina, faces charges of battery and making a criminal threat. Cannon is running an independent campaign for governor.

Salina police said Friday that Cannon’s arrest Thursday wasn’t related to the tea party event, although the alleged altercation took place at that gathering.

Police say it started when Cannon ran into the former head of the school board for the Concordia district where he once worked. They say the altercation stemmed from problems that had occurred while Cannon worked in the district.

However, his campaign manager, Keith Davies, says Cannon reacted after someone mentioned the death of Cannon’s son.


Timothy Eugene 8 years, 2 months ago

Change the title of this aticle. It's obvious the spat had nothing to do with the Tea Party event, but your bias toward the Tea Party movement is trying to make it sound like it did. It was not a Tea Party spat, just a spat between 2 individuals who happened to run into each other at the event. Change the title or make it glaringly obvious you are just as biased as the KC Star. Go back to just reporting the news, not trying to manipulate the message.

staff04 8 years, 2 months ago

"Go back to just reporting the news, not trying to manipulate the message."

Yeah. Be more like Fox ore else.

bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

bias indeed. also note story is from the dissociated press.

GardenMomma 8 years, 2 months ago

..."the altercation stemmed from problems that had occurred while Cannon worked in the district...."


emptymind 8 years, 2 months ago

Maybe the LJW wants to go cover the MMA?

Ray_Finkle 8 years, 2 months ago

Maybe someone told him he should learn how to spell the position he is seeking.

Bladerunner 8 years, 2 months ago

I keep thinking someone important at the LJW will wake up and make this right by changing the headline......but its not looking that way. Pathetic and Disgraceful!

staff04 8 years, 2 months ago

Tom, on the "whether we like it or not" comment, I've been following a few of the stories on that...of course, none of them have asked for any clarification, they just ran with it.

When you read the rest of his comments, I think what he said makes a little more sense. First, he acknowledges that we are a superpower. What else does the right wing want? Are we supposed to drop bombs somewhere just to put the exclamation point on the statement?

Many Americans probably would prefer to not be drawn into every conflict in the world, armed or otherwise--to me this comment is nothing more than an acknowledgement of that point. Whether we want it or not, there are certain obligations that go along with being a superpower.

Did you think of it like this at all? It seems much more innocuous than media from the right are making it out to be.

feeble 8 years, 2 months ago

52% of Americans couldn't define socialism in a sentence.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 2 months ago

a few things here. Did the other guy get arrested as well? Who won the fight? I'm thinking about voting for this guy; I like a guy who doesn't take sh!t from people.

gccs14r 8 years, 2 months ago

A guy who can't control his emotions in public, who can be goaded into a fistfight at a political rally, has no place in government.

beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

People wanting to vote for someone because he will act childish and actually get into a fistfight? Brilliant. Adults in fistfights like they are 17 year olds, and some think this a good thing and proper behavior for mature individuals. Heck,if fighting is your criteria, why not troll the jailhouse on Saturday night and I'm sure you can find yourselves a candidate.

Idiocracy is being played out in our lifetime.

Yes, the headline appears incorrect. It should read Teaparty Candidate Gets in Fight at Rally over Non-Teaparty Issues. There, that is so much better.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 2 months ago

you don't know that this was a fist fight. maybe he shoved the guy a little. or maybe he just grabbed his lapel, and told him to watch his a$$. Nothing like sensationalizing a situation to ruin a political career.

feeble 8 years, 2 months ago

"tea-partiers are disproportionately attached to, and perhaps influenced by, FOX News. And they are particularly enamored of Glenn Beck. Nationally, just 18 percent of people have a favorable opinion of Beck (the majority have no opinion whatsoever about him). But most tea-partiers do. Do the math, and you'll find that 59 percent of those who do think highly of Beck consider themselves a part of the tea-party. This is, in fact, the single biggest differentiator of any of the items that the NYT asked about: not ideology, not any particular political belief, but whom they watch on television:"

beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

"Arrogance diminishes wisdom," he arrogantly wrote while predicting the demise of the Democratic party. Tom, you should follow the advice of your own favorite proverb

I don't doubt that many Republicans would jump ship to the baggers party. Who in their right mind would want to self ID as a Republican?

ivalueamerica 8 years, 2 months ago

you guys are crazy.

A tea party candidate at a tea party event had an altercation while at the tea party.

And it is blasphemy to say this was a tea party spat.

Just once again proving, truth means nothing to you.

You have no morals or values whatsoever, just sides and if it is not with you, it is against you and must be stopped at all costs and is part of the conspiracy.


beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

iva, fools indeed. It is still April after all.

He must have gotten upset when someone told him that most Americans are paying less taxes under Obama. Baggers really hate the truth. They can't handle the truth.

Jay Keffer 8 years, 2 months ago

You know what the term means that you use. So why do you still use it?


Mike Ford 8 years, 2 months ago

we're not freaking out at your supposed power? we're freaking out at the outlandish, racist, ridiculous behavior, your followers profess. I have a racist, southern grandfather I no longer claim because I hold him and his other children responsible for my mother's death. He was one of the original dum-dum babies who sent tea bags to D.C. a while ago when you all were seething at the butt-kicking you took in the 2008 elections. You freak out at the spending the Obama administration has had to do. I accept it. The Dumblicans that most rural people vote for ignored domestic issues and went to the bank of china and currency devaluation while telling a bunch of dumber people to wrench as much money out of their overvalued homes as possible. GOP recipe for economic disaster. And the dum-dum babies allowed DUBYA to walk away from the economic hand grenade he threw so that their amnesia could kick in and they could rage dumbly and balme the guy that inherited the mess. I've always had a theory here. The GOP blows things up so badly and their followers have such short attention spans that they blame the next guy and the GOP counts on this so that they can get back in power. The book that spoke of this was called "The Wrecking Crew" and wrecking is exactly what the GOP has done. Congradulations, Tea People, you've been bamboozled by the GOP again. Fooled once, Fooled many times.

beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

Arunormal: "Nothing like sensationalizing a situation to ruin a political career."

That sentence could easily have been written by Howard Dean. YEEHAAAA!!!!

Stuart Evans 8 years, 2 months ago

if you're going to quote me, please get my name right.

beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

Whatever Mary.

Besides, it isn't your name, it is your logon identification, so get over yourself. You should be happy somebody took the time to acknowledge your presence around here.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 2 months ago

you should be happy that this is the last time I'll acknowledge any of your drivel inspired rants.

whats_going_on 8 years, 2 months ago

...because it is misleading...people are obsessed over wanting to label the tea party as out-of-control and all bad (I'll keep my personal opinions to myself...), so they'll jump at any type of label that has "tea party" and "spat" or altercation, etc., when it wasn't even about that.

jaywalker 8 years, 2 months ago

Wow. Bad story, bad reporting.... just plain bad all around.
I'm sure exactly what Kansas needs is a person who gets in altercations with former colleagues. This guy sounds like a wiener.

ivalueamerica 8 years, 2 months ago

If it were 2 free state supporters at a free state event and they had a fight there, you darn tootin' it would be a free-state brawl.

Do you honestly think it would not?

ivalueamerica 8 years, 2 months ago

yet, it interested you enough to read the article, peruse the comments and then add to them

Ralph Reed 8 years, 2 months ago

We shouldn't be surprised as there is a history of violence in congress, specifically the Senate. See the caning of Senator Charles Sumner, 22 May 1856. It's rather interesting. /***/ The concern I have is that the discourse in Congress now mirrors the rhetoric from before the Civil War. I realize I digress, but examples like that from the article above with Cannon's escapades at a Teabagger event in Salina are simply the tip of the iceberg.

Regardless of "who wins" in 2012, I think our country is going to lose. This is simply from an inability to discuss and say something other than, "I'm right and you're wrong." It's almost like the schoolyard / neighborhood bully thrashing you just because. Then when he gets pulled off, he says, "Just you wait. I'm gonna get you. Just you wait."

Another way to look at it is that Cannon didn't have the capability to separate personal from professional issues and reacted violently in public. Yes, I am concerned if the Teabaggers want this type of individual running for governor.

Alyosha 8 years, 2 months ago

Tom Shewmon: "And while I'm on a roll here, what in the wide world of sports was this comment by Obama saying the US is a military superpower "whether we like it or not"........can anyone say, Freudian slip."

You can certainly do better than that. Or else I hope you can. This is a pure failure of simple reading comprehension. Or, it's an ideologically motivated attempt to spread a falsehood. In either case, you can certainly, as an adult, do better.

The full quote, not edited to mean something different than it actually meant, is:

“It is a vital national security interest of the United States to reduce these conflicts because, whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out one way or another we get pulled into them, and that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”

That "and" is operative; you don't stop reading a sentence at the comma, but rather keep going till the end.

The "whether we like it or not" applies to "when conflicts break out one way or another we get pulled into them, and that ends up costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure.”

That you don't accurately quote the President -- that, in fact, you purposefully misquote the President in order to falsely claim he said something he did not say -- points clearly to a lack of honesty and integrity and renders your claims as being wholly without merit.

If you can't bring honesty and integrity to the discussion, why do you bother?

beatrice 8 years, 2 months ago

Tom? Lacking honesty and integrity? Get out of town!!!!

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