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Kansas legislator suggests using hunters in helicopters to control illegal immigration, likens immigrants to feral hogs

March 14, 2011, 12:15 p.m. Updated March 15, 2011, 12:49 a.m.

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Rep. Virgil Peck makes comment about using hunters in helicopters to battle illegal immigration

State Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, said Monday it might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled -- with hunters shooting from helicopters. He later said he was just joking, but that his comment did reflect frustration with the problem of illegal immigration.

— A legislator said Monday it might be a good idea to control illegal immigration the way the feral hog population has been controlled: with gunmen shooting from helicopters.

Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, said he was just joking, but that his comment did reflect frustration with the problem of illegal immigration.

Peck made his comment during a discussion by the House Appropriations Committee on state spending for controlling feral swine.

After one of the committee members talked about a program that uses hunters in helicopters to shoot wild swine, Peck suggested that may be a way to control illegal immigration.

Appropriations Chairman Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, said Peck’s comment was inappropriate.

Rhoades said he thought Peck was joking, but added, “Hopefully he won’t do it again.”

Asked about his comment, Peck was unapologetic. “I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person,” he said.

He said most of his constituents are upset with illegal immigration and the state and federal government response.

He said he didn’t expect any further controversy over his comment. “I think it’s over,” he said.

Last month, another state legislator, Rep. Connie O’Brien, R-Tonganoxie, apologized after referring to a college student as an illegal immigrant because of her “olive complexion.”

Legislators this session are considering several controversial bills that supporters say will decrease illegal immigration.

One of those, House Bill 2372, would establish provisions similar to an Arizona law enacted last year.

But the House Judiciary Committee on Monday tabled the bill on a 12-8 vote.

Rep. Pat Colloton, R-Leawood, made the motion to table, saying the bill was too broad. It would have allowed law enforcement to check the status of people they reasonably suspected of being illegal immigrants, instead of requiring “probable cause.”

“This is an invitation to racial profiling,” she said.

The bill would also require state agencies and contractors to make a good faith effort to avoid hiring illegal immigrants using the federal E-Verify system. But Colloton said the way the bill was written it could have shut down charitable organizations that had unknowingly hired an illegal immigrant.

Colloton said that the bill could be reconsidered but that the vote on Monday to table the measure sends a message that it needs to be changed.

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Celimonster 2 years, 9 months ago

I would love to see you white redneck trash who agree with this bigot, do back breaking labor for little pay. First of all, acting high and mighty doesn't do you very well. Illegals come here to have a better life for them and their children. You people act like they come here to make your life miserable. Im sure if it was easier for them to legally be here, they would do it. They don't plan on spending YEARS on the waiting list to receive a passport to be here. Second, what jobs are being stolen that are oh so important?! Are they CEO's? Presidents of companies? I suggest you greedy pigs get an education to get a better job. You find any reason to whine and complain. OH boo hoo this brown skinned person does a much better job than me and get's paid less, im going to rant on the internet about how unfair it is. FYI illegals pay taxes, and don't receive squat back.

Quit whining.

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Agnostick 3 years ago

Hey, what happened to KUtrolls? I mean, KUrolls?

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC was trying to square Peck's murderous comments with his staunch pro-life stance.

O'Donnell reasoned that Peck might suggest that if the "feral hog" is pregnant, aim for the head.

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dougr 3 years, 1 month ago

Virgil Peck's approach is as old as racism itself. First, say anything that is certain to inflame the masses and incite the ignorant to resent and hate people they don't know. Second, sit back and wait for the attention you don't deserve and otherwise would never get.

You have to give credit to Kansas. Intelligent people in Kansas, in my experience; there are many, don't take the Virgil Peck's of the world seriously.

After Brown v. Board, blacks reclaimed the dignity and respect they deserve. Unfortunately, some Kansans don't get it. No longer having blacks to blame for your failures doesn't give you the right to redirect your post Brown v. Board frustration, prejudices or personal failures at Mexican citizens or legal Mexican Americans.

For countless valid reasons, Mexicans generally are a proud group. Take the emotions out of it. If you hate Mexicans, why do you flock to Mexican restaurants? If you hate brown, why tan? If illegals bother you so much why do your big businesses hire them to do work you won't do and pay them less than they'd pay you? How absurd does it get? How many corporate CEOs are illegal Mexicans? How about accepting responsibility for your lot in life. Blaming any ethnic group for joblessness or one's lot in life reeks of ease, simplicity and a stunning lack of serious effort.

Who led the near economic collapse under George W. Bush, was it illegal Mexicans? Whose lavish spending and out-of-control borrowing has contributed the most to the overall poor condition of the U.S. economy? If we're simple enough to put color to it, its not black, brown or red. So what color is it?

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

Wow! that was worth repeating three times. Well hit me in the head with a golf ball.

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Juli3 3 years, 1 month ago

To those of you who insist on defending such hateful remarks by crying "free speech", what you are too stupid to understand that "freedom of speech" does not mean "freedom from responsibility" & it sure as heck does NOT meant "free from critisims or disagreement"
Apparently, you think that you can call for violent assault & cold blooded murder & no one has the right to jump on you for it. Free speach applies to Peck's critics, as well. What part of that do you not grasp?

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Juli3 3 years, 1 month ago

To those of you who insist on defending such hateful remarks by crying "free speech", what you are too stupid to understand that "freedom of speech" does not mean "freedom from responsibility" & it sure as heck does NOT meant "free from critisims or disagreement"
Apparently, you think that you can call for violent assault & cold blooded murder & no one has the right to jump on you for it. Free speach applies to Peck's critics, as well. What part of that do you not grasp?

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Juli3 3 years, 1 month ago

To those of you who insist on defending such hateful remarks by crying "free speech", what you are too stupid to understand that "freedom of speech" does not mean "freedom from responsibility" & it sure as heck does NOT meant "free from critisims or disagreement"
Apparently, you think that you can call for violent assault & cold blooded murder & no one has the right to jump on you for it. Free speach applies to Peck's critics, as well. What part of that do you not grasp?

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stevo1 3 years, 1 month ago

When did we lose our common sense? Our Government, has allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution. they force American tax payers to pay Billions to provide Welfare, Prison cells, Educate the invaders children, free medical care,massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9IGKRzdzZ8&feature=player_embedded .youtube.com/watch?v=tsH8xvjTAlo .youtube.com/watch?v=Btj6IeOFkis&feature=player_embedded .immigrationcounters.com/ .ojjpac.org/memorial.asp .immigrationshumancost.org/ .newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty580.htm .youtube.com/watch?v=muw22wTePqQ http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-29/0-0-0-8501.html#0-0-0-324 .gopetition.com/petition/40860.html http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/02/immigration-costs-fair-amnesty-educations-costs-reform/ http://www.rense.com/general81/dtli.htm http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=41045 http://www.cairco.org/econ/econ.html http://www.diggersrealm.com/mt/archives/003335.html Every Non-representative including obama and holder should be IMPEACHED! for not upholding the oath of office they swore to defend the Constitution! If these clowns were to do their job, this would all be a Moot point! Anchors and their criminal parents go, period, and cut the phony tears, you knew you were breaking the law when you crossed the border.

Next shut down any business hiring illegal labor and confiscate all property belonging to the owner. Property will be sold at auction and the proceeds to pay for the massive deportation. Oh and owners go to jail. Got a better idea? Lets hear it!

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jstthefacts 3 years, 1 month ago

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Agnostick 3 years, 1 month ago

Kontum1972 (anonymous) says…

just wait until msnbc gets ahold of the turkey shoot....business....and its not coming from me....they know where we are....


The wait is over.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42100632#42100632

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

Really think my first idea to have open season on feral republicans might solve a lot of our problems is an excellent solution.

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Carol Bowen 3 years, 1 month ago

Questions:

Is the illegal alien problem an administrative issue or a legislative issue?

What is the motivation behind not enforcing the laws that already exist?

If the legislature writes more laws, who will enforce them?

I think too much time is spent critiquing poor word choices, although I do enjoy the sense of humor some writers use. We should focus on getting results from our state legislature. Has there been any progress on balancing (not gutting) the budget or "creating more jobs"?

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catfishturkeyhunter 3 years, 1 month ago

I think the comment was in poor taste and the guy should have used better judgement. But Im really getting tired of all the frivilous complaints against people who crack a joke about someones race, sexual orientation, religious preference, and so on. As an American, Im entitled to free speech and like it or not, I reserve the right to hate people for what ever reason I feel is the reason to hate them. If its ok to protest at a dead soldiers funeral who has or had nothing to do with the gay rights movement, then it ought to be ok to say what the legislator said. Is that crappy, yes, of course it is and I wouldn't do it. But Im sick of having my rights trampled on just so the minority doesn't get offended.

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OnlyLawrenceRepublican 3 years, 1 month ago

I couldn’t find a direct link, but here’s Rep. Peck’s purported quote from 2006.

“My frustration from what I understand about this bill, if you have a dog that you cannot keep it in your proximity or you just decide you want to kill it or dispose of it, country people we just take ‘em out and shoot ‘em.”

“I’ve been known in the past, after several attempts, to just dispose of the dog one way or the ‘nother, well I’m concerned that this may be far reaching, that the fellow, the neighbor gets upset cause his dog comes up missing, I don’t know what happened to it, well I actually do, but, so that’s a little concern I have as a country boy. You know I’m not the one that’s ‘spose to be asking questions you folks are.”

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=153x4500

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OnlyLawrenceRepublican 3 years, 1 month ago

Remember a few years back when Rep. Peck was talking about shooting dogs? I'll try to find the link.

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John McCoy 3 years, 1 month ago

My gosh! Your legislature is as screwy as ours here in Texas is. Ours embarrasses us too. If immigrants were eliminated here in Texas, commerce would just stop. Stores would close, no new construction, no old construction fixed, no new roads, no nothing. If any of them are residents of Texas passing through Kansas, please don't shoot them. They are needed here.

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4getabouit 3 years, 1 month ago

If you're not like Virgil Peck you are a "pig." If you're not white and a redneck.........watch your back. The New Kansas.

Get used to it. It's going to get worse.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 1 month ago

just wait until msnbc gets ahold of the turkey shoot....business....and its not coming from me....they know where we are....

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roger9192004 3 years, 1 month ago

so if I suggest let's shoot Kansas legislators from helicopters (and I'm not), can I just say I was joking and that it really just reflects my frustration with the problem of racist legislators? Kansas, as bigoted as you think.

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Ken Lewis 3 years, 1 month ago

Illegal immigration legislatioin will never get any traction in KS because the KS legsilature is all about big business. That is the prejudice that comes with Republican control. They dont care about you except to intrude upon your lifestyle and your bedroom.

Many of these legislators campaigned on "freedom", "civil liberties", "individual liberties", etc. And they will now pull the choppers off the feral hogs and send the choppers in to strape your local strip club or massage parlor with gunfire.

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roverk190 3 years, 1 month ago

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Corey Keizer 3 years, 1 month ago

To anyone on this post complaining about their jobs being stolen by illegal immigrants from Mexico. We have the same problem here in CA. It's really bad. Trust me, I'd love to hire all American Citizens! So, I figure if we can get enough hard working American Citizens to take the jobs back, we should have no problem. Here's the job description:

You'll be picking strawberries, lettuce and spinach in the central valley for typically 14-16 hour days in open fields through late spring and summer. Temperatures are typically 95-105. This is temporary, and you'll be paid about 6.75 an hour, or whatever minimum wage is these days. We don't offer health insurance or a 401k, but we do provide drinking water. You're responsible for providing your own sun protection, such as hats, sunglasses, etc. I recommend getting a back brace also, since you'll be bent over most of the day. I also suggest a mask of some sort since you'll be coming in contact with a number of dangerous pesticides. Please have reliable transportation. Must be willing to work as a 1099.

Let's get to work America!

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jessanddaron 3 years, 1 month ago

He has the right to his stupid remarks the way his constituents have the right to vote him in/out of office. I guess you really are talking "like a SE Kansan" which is very disappointing for the people of that region if that is, in fact, how they all think.

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prospector 3 years, 1 month ago

Brownback scratched him off the list for the Governor's Turkey Hunt next month... for his own good. Pecker grew up close to that lead mining area, That might explain some of it. Excuse it? No way Recall the guy, He is to dumb to know he should quit.

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Brock Masters 3 years, 1 month ago

Brownback has weighed in and told Peck to apologize.

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Floyd Craig 3 years, 1 month ago

well they do ned to send the ilegals back if they do then the people of kansas n all over the United States will have more jobs and the welfare wont have to spend out so much on them and not the ones who really need it WHO CANT WORK

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

Let's just simply set a limit on how many we can shoot, for every feral hog allowed, we can shoot 1 illegal or 10 republicans. Would solve a lot of our problems with both illegals and republicans.

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Jacks_Smirking_Revenge 3 years, 1 month ago

And now for something completely different... Does this article seem like it's a run-on? Starting with the paragraph "Colloton said..." thereafter it seems like it is repeating the same information. LJW, did you need filler space?

Today I'm editing like hunters in helicopters. What? Too soon?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 1 month ago

So merrill, Would you use lead slugs or would you use environmentally friendly copper or steel slugs?

Now I can see how little You truly value human life.

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Shardwurm 3 years, 1 month ago

Some of my best friends are feral hogs....and I'm offended by this!

Get over it.

Fact of the matter is that if we had a fence up with guard towers with shoot-to-kill orders we wouldn't have an illegal immigration problem. You may not like that or think it's extreme...but that would be the only way to solve it.

As it stands the only solution is to make them citizens and start taxing the living @#%* out of them like the rest of us.

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Shelley Bock 3 years, 1 month ago

i've just seen where this comment has made the British papers. Peck makes Kansans appear to be ignorant. Maybe he's telling the truth?

I wonder when his comments will hit the late night shows. What good advertisement for our State! Not!

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seattle7000 3 years, 1 month ago

Interesting. When Rep. Martin Harty (R) joked about sending the mentally disabled off to Siberia so they could save money - he resigned.

State GOP Party Chairman Jack Kimball said Harty's comments were inappropriate and he was satisfied with his decision to quit.

"He failed to represent the sentiments of his constituents and the core values and principles of the Republican Party," Kimball said.

This was handled with class and dignity and will be forgotten in a couple weeks. Also THIS won't drag the whole state GOP down unlike Kansas. And stop bringing up Obama. Until he makes a joke about mass murder - it's not the same. If he does - we can ask for his resignation. These people represent us.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 1 month ago

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 1 month ago

There is no good reason this guy is not forced to resign.

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yankeevet 3 years, 1 month ago

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top_hat 3 years, 1 month ago

"He said most of his constituents are extremely upset with illegal immigration and the state and federal government response."

The people are encouraged to believe that illegal immigrants are their entire problem, everything would be just fine if it weren't for those" illegal immigrants."

It's a lie. Republikons have always invented a scapegoat to encourage the people to hate. Once upon a time it was Jews, then Irishmen, then Italians. Why? Because if their ignorant constituents have a "group" to blame for everything that's wrong, no jobs, no housing, taxes rising then they won't be paying attention to the real evil in the room. Lawmakers taking away their rights, increasing their taxes (so they can give the wealthy tax breaks), denying them services. Take a look at the facts people. Illegal immigrants are such a small drain on the country, it barely shows up. The BIG drains are two useless wars and multiBillion dollar tax breaks for the rich, and this man knows it. He just doesn't want YOU to know it.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years, 1 month ago

EVERYone of us posting on this article has said something way out of line at some time in our lives. I've said things as dumb as what this dork said (although not so much at HIS age). The difference is that he STILL doesn't understand that he really MUST apologize.

There are plenty of illegals in Kansas working side-by-side with "legals" on meat-packing plants and construction sites (and other places) all across Kansas. Even if they aren't "legal" and voting, they are a part of our community; whether you like it or not. We need to care about how it is for them to hear someone.

I just hope some nutjob doesn't pull a Dr. Tiller in a Spanish-speaking church or a meat-packing plant, prompted by what this guy is promoting.

"When I was a para students used to shove and push each other all the time. They would always say, "I'm just kidding." They were in middle school."

Exactly. Would we want a man with the insight of a middle-school bully leading our state? It's resignation time.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

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Barbara Emert 3 years, 1 month ago

That is NOT the way most Southeast Kansans talk. Glad he's not mine.

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truman1902 3 years, 1 month ago

Ron White boiled it down to 4 words:::You can't FIX Stupid!

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KUrolls 3 years, 1 month ago

vertigo (Jesse Crittenden) replies… So someone wanting to better their families financial situation, in which no physical harm has come to another person by doing so, should be murdered for attempting it.

You must keep the bleach manufacturers in business... with all the sheet washing going on in your household

If that's the case why isn't Mexico a wonderful place to live. Your racist remark is getting old and mundane.

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question4u 3 years, 1 month ago

Memo to all businesses considering relocation to Kansas:

Just don't bring any employees with "olive complexions." Connie O'Brien will be able to spot them as foreigners, then Virgil Peck can gun them down. After that Bill Otto will perform a rap and they can all have a good laugh.

These people are representatives! Yes, Kansas is as bigoted as you think.

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JoliAvocat 3 years, 1 month ago

Yet another Republican who thinks it's fine to shoot people. These aren't rodents or cockroaches and I'd bet my life on the fact that Peck's ancestors came through Ellis Island from some foreign land.

He just wants to shut the door now that he's here. Selfish and violent, that's both the RNC and the Tea Party.

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ophiuchus 3 years, 1 month ago

Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far, away, a flyby of an altogether different sort...

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

(The above link effective through Tuesday, March 15.)

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equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 1 month ago

Tacky for sure, but also classic KS.

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Mighty7 3 years, 1 month ago

Illegals PAY taxes: They pay all sale taxes and almost 80% of them pay federal and state taxes, even though, because they are illegal they do not get refunds for them:

"According to the IRS, the number of taxpayer-identification numbers assigned annually in the U.S. has risen from 615,414 in 1999 to 1,837,583 in 2009. More than 7.8 million have been distributed in the past five years.

Last year, 2,030,699 tax returns were filed using tax-identification numbers - by both immigrants here legally and undocumented workers."

"One rough estimate puts the amount of Social Security taxes alone at around $9 billion per year."

"t a Congressional hearing in 2006 then IRS Commission Mark Everson told Congress "many illegal aliens, utilizing ITINs, have been reporting tax liability to the tune of almost $50 billion from 1996 to 2003."

http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/t...

http://news.jornal.us/article-4671.Il...

http://www.truth-out.org/undocumented...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24054024/...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76RlWy...

http://ezinearticles.com/?Do-Illegal-...

http://marketplace.publicradio.org/di...

http://www.urban.org/publications/900...

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kelku688 3 years, 1 month ago

This is what makes me so tired of Kansas. Our politicians can't even treat everyone as a person. They are trying to treat immigrants as animals. Doesn't seem much further off than slavery to me. Put Brownback and this guy together and you get 100 years regression.

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Amy Heeter 3 years, 1 month ago

Vigil sounds like he belongs with the Ron Paul nut farm.

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barlowtl 3 years, 1 month ago

Why is it that Arizona recently passed a very strict law on hiring illegals with very harsh penalties for anyone hiring them, EXCEPT for nannys, landscaping, & cleaning. Obviously the Arizona legislators don't want lose their cheap help.

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Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 1 month ago

In the 1880s and 1890s, people from the East Coast and European immigrants traveled to southeast Kansas to work in the coal mines, said coal mine historian William Powell, a retired Pittsburg State University professor. Merchants in Pittsburg advertised in foreign languages to attract immigrant workers..... http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/mar...

Then, of course, the helicopter was invented and the people of Southeast Kansas killed off all them nasty non-English speakers.

And a good thing they did! Foreign languages being used! Outrageous!

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none2 3 years, 1 month ago

Look at the bright side, at least he didn't say shoot people who off-shore jobs. The Republicans would have kicked him off any committee he was on if he said anything so horrible.

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none2 3 years, 1 month ago

Look at the bright side, at least he didn't say shoot people who off-shore jobs. The Republicans would have kicked him off any committee he was on if he said anything so horrible.

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 1 month ago

Goebbels likened Jews to cockroaches in "Der Ewige Juden". What's the diff? (No, that's not a "Godwin". Look up the definition.)

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bobberboy 3 years, 1 month ago

another republican with a big mouth and NO solutions !!

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disgustedagain 3 years, 1 month ago

sad. once again KS makes a national news/aggregate site for this kind of remark. just found Mr. Peck's remarks cited at memeorandum.com. the people of SE Kansas deserve better representation.

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KUrolls 3 years, 1 month ago

He could have meant using rubber bullets for the feral immigrants.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 1 month ago

Peck may have unwittingly offered insight into the future, although it may be a federally mandated program and it may not necessarily target illegal aliens, but possibly feral right wingers.

May God Bless you Scott Rothschild for your great reporting.

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KUrolls 3 years, 1 month ago

Like the Bandits wouldn't use helicopters to pick off farmers if they could get them. Napolatano gives them firearms. Maybe she could make it a package deal and toss in a chopper for every gross of weapons.

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Jan Rolls 3 years, 1 month ago

I have come to the conclusion that if you put a bird's brain in most reuplicans heads they would fly backwards.

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Bursting 3 years, 1 month ago

I am against illegal immigration and murder. Maybe they should just use tranquilizers.

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roadwarrior 3 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if part of his comment might have been frustration through humor, pointing out the irony of discussion time on the economically damaging problem of feral pig control and not for the economically damaging problem of illegal alien control by suggesting a 2fer solution to save time. What part of "by order of importance" are they missing ?

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

Sarah can come show them how it's done. At long as she brings Daddy to load her gun for her.

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 1 month ago

More zany fun from the Kansas legislature. Hilarious. Hunting illegal immigrants using a helicopter! Feral hogs! You just can't make this stuff up. Please Mr. Peck. Keep the jokes coming! You are on a roll!

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speedy47 3 years, 1 month ago

How about charging admission to the comedy show in Topeka. Our budget problems would be over. Can't believe we elected them.

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akuna 3 years, 1 month ago

Asked about his comment, Peck was unapologetic. "I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person," he said.

So all SE Kansans are hateful bigots? Is that what he is implying, cause that is what I am understanding.

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akuna 3 years, 1 month ago

For anyone that would like to contact Mr. Peck...

http://www.virgilpeck.com/contact.htm virgil.peck@house.ks.gov virgil@virgilpeck.com

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Taffy3 3 years, 1 month ago

I wonder if this guy's mother had any kids that lived?

I'm as P.O.'d as anyone about illegal criminal immigration coming across the border and the lack of security, but this guy is Captain WhackJob. It's extremely stupid remarks like this that get covered in the press and both sides are guilty.

Someone ought to make him pee in a cup and get him tested.

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Agnostick 3 years, 1 month ago

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey maybe the same logic should be applied to Republican legislators.

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Brock Masters 3 years, 1 month ago

I have said in the past that I engage in these discussions not only because I like to read what I wrote, but because as someone who has an open mind, i enjoy (for the most part) reading the perspective of others.

I stand by the point I made; that I was not defending Peck, but calling for consistency in the standards to which we hold politicians with my original post. However, after reading several posts that disagreed with me, I have to concede that Peck's post was far more onerous than the Obama special olympic comment.

It does convey a lack of empathy for people regardless of their immigration status and should not have been made. I for one, have misspoke and only later realized it was inappropriate or didn't really convey my true intention. In those cases I did apologize.

Peck was wrong and should apologize and he should be more professional in the future. Also, he should realize that joke dehumanizes illegal immigrants and that is something we should not do regardless of our views of illegal immigration.

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Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 1 month ago

So Peck thinks illegal immigrants are as easy to spot as feral hogs.

Just shoot all the brown people, eh Representative?

Hey, I'm just speaking like a Southeast Kansas person, too.

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trinity 3 years, 1 month ago

this buffoon is likely best buds with the imbecile from my district, bill otto. what a bunch of tools.

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beatrice 3 years, 1 month ago

It isn't that he made a joke - many step in it in an attempt at humor. It is the level of that joke, of comparing people to feral animals who should be shot, that is so repugnant.

If you think this is much ado about nothing, imagine if it had been a "joke" from a pro-choice politician about abortion on the same level as this joke of killing illegals. I wonder how well that would go over.

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Jan Rolls 3 years, 1 month ago

Maybe this racist will lose his seat because of the new census data.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 1 month ago

jhawkinsf, I am 89% straight, but I ♥ you...

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

He said he didn't expect any further controversy over his comment. "I think it's over," he said.

Let me tell you something Bozo, I only live about 15 miles from where Virgil comes from and I don't think it is over. And yes I take offense by his comments. I would imagine some of the locals will be extremely infuriated by this. I am so pissed.....uurrgghheerryyyegghhh.

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BABBOY 3 years, 1 month ago

Typical ignorant comment from a republican. I doubt most conservative republicans even see the wrong in this comment. Probably because you are all racial and ignorant and agree with the comment. You can deny it but you know deep down in your cold greedy non-tax paying heart that you republicans do not like people of color……

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prospector 3 years, 1 month ago

Being called Pecker all the time when he was growing up created a real Pecker. I bet you can see Oklahoma from his porch.

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taiwantea 3 years, 1 month ago

Maybe someone should go and check out all the Chinese Buffets in town...G$

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

" "I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person," he said."

So he's saying that people from SE Kansas are racist idiots?

I have a feeling plenty of people from that region would take offense at both of these comments reported here.

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seeker_of_truth 3 years, 1 month ago

Are the Republicans having a contest to see who can make the stupidest statement? And then they don't understand why Kansas is the butt of jokes everywhere.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

When I was a para students used to shove and push each other all the time. They would always say, "I'm just kidding." They were in middle school. Grow up, Peck.

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question4u 3 years, 1 month ago

Illegal immigration occurs because businesses are willing to hire workers without documentation. Is Peck suggesting that business owners who employ illegals should be shot? That might be an effective strategy, though it is a truly sick idea. Watch out all you farmers, ranchers, and factory owners who look the other way when hiring! Virgil Peck has a bullet with your name on it.

Just when you thought that the Kansas House couldn't embarrass itself further, out crawls Virgil Peck to show you what stupid really is.

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macon47 3 years, 1 month ago

i thought they had banned the term illegal immigrants in favor of undocumented democrats ?

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Brittanicus 3 years, 1 month ago

TAXPAYERS TO THE WORLD

Again--those States that ignore public opinion and the billions of dollars extracted from public service and welfare programs to sustain illegal economic migrants and immigrants will initiate consequences of refugees arriving there from Arizona and other self-restriction States. If Oklahoma, Utah, Georgia Michigan legislators giving away to indulgent provisions, playing into the greedy hands of industry and other open border seeders. They too will be submerged by mass populations of illegal cheap labor, mainly from low income labor. These people are ready and willing to steal American jobs as they have been doing for three decades. Unsettled by new policing laws throughout the country, unknown numbers of foreigners will head in all directions looking for a better home. States that pander to illegal immigrants such as California, Nevada will get their fair share of paperless people, as they spread across the Southwest. California has been soaked for a 24 billion dollar deficit, so how much money is your State taxpayers out-of-pocket subsidizing anybody who makes it this side of the fence or through airports. Illinois itself has to make-up 15 billion dollar deficit, with $4.6 billion attributed to taxpayers paying for foreign illegal settlement. No State is immune if the State lawmakers who decide to tamper down rigid laws. YOU--end up paying for the education, health care and accumulation of other entitlement programs.

WE CAN ONLY WIN THIS WAR, IF EVERY AMERICAN UNITES TOGETHER.

Every State needs to be unswerving towards mandating E-Verify, 287 (G) and Secure Communities police programs. If you are here illegal and get caught, which you eventually will in some scenario you will be deported, with zero tolerance. Amnesty (blanket Amnesty or Comprehensive Reform) is out of the question with the majority of Americans and the growing membership of the Tea Party steadfast in their resolve. We have already had six hidden amnesties since Ronald Reagan's unenforced 1986 immigration law and we pro-sovereignty groups are suspiciously watching for these irregularities. NumbersUSA does not disguise the facts from the Leftist editorial, but offers disquieting statistics and what is really being done to stem the ever increasing tide of illegal immigrants? The US Government does not always tell The People the full truth, so those interested in the corruption and details emanating from Congress and State Capitols on the illegal immigration issue should investigate the website of Judicial Watch. If you want to call your federal or State Representative directly, find the phone number in the blue pages of your phone directory.

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autie 3 years, 1 month ago

I can assure that the large majority of people in southeast Kansas don't talk like that. As a life long resident of the area I can say that many of us are embarassed by the stupid and ignorant trash that area has sent to Topeka to represent us. Virgil and his ilk are good little soldiers of the current regime. They just fall into line and say yes sir.

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deathpenaltyliberal 3 years, 1 month ago

"KUrolls (anonymous) replies… It must upset you when liberals threatend to kill republicans and their kids in Madison.

This is a lie, and if you repeat a lie you are a liar. And not very good one either. All you ever have to say is "Obama, liberals, blah, blah, blah..." Weak, and pathetic.

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libra101 3 years, 1 month ago

Southeast Kansas must be so proud.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 1 month ago

""I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person,"

I was unaware that everyone from southeast Kansas were pro-murder racists.

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cowboy 3 years, 1 month ago

Might need to add a section similar to talk of the town...

Crazy Crap The Republicans Said Today

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MacHeath 3 years, 1 month ago

Pretty hard to make genocide funny. Not merely a misspoken comment. Comments like that from legislators should be considered a hate crime. Obama's comments about the special olympics are not even close. If you think they are, you are out of ur friggin' mind.

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KUrolls 3 years, 1 month ago

What do you all have against feral hogs?

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Scruggsy 3 years, 1 month ago

The comment was bad enough. What is worse is that he doesn't see anything wrong with it. The people running this state are complete fools.

Also, why are they worrying about the wild pigs anyway? Here's an idea- turn it over to Wildlife and Parks, let them put a hunting/ trapping season on them, then charge $10 for the permit. Hunters/ trappers love it, raises some revenue, pig population decreased. Next item please.

Get to work on something productive, you damn fools!!!!

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akhmatova 3 years, 1 month ago

I've lived in Southeast Kansas almost my entire life. That is not how people from SEK speak. That is how racists who have no regard for human life outside of their own skin color speak.

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somebodynew 3 years, 1 month ago

"He said he didn't expect any further controversy over his comment. "I think it's over," he said."

Oh, something tells me it is just starting !!!! I was going to suggest he and that other "redneck" guy get together, but I guess there is a whole bunch of them together right now in Topeka.

I wish this stuff came out before elections, not right after. But I suppose that is giving voters too much credit.

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Brock Masters 3 years, 1 month ago

So, did you ask for Obama's resignation when he made fun of special olympic competitors?

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm growing tired of reading offensive quotes like this from our legislators. Even in hindsight his vision is 400/12.

Offer your resignation, please.

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