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IQs need work

May 14, 2012

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To the editor:

Thank you, President Obama, for saying that gays have the right to get married, but it is hard to believe that I live in a nation where their right to get married is in question. We have other issues that concern all of us and need to be addressed.

The primary issue in the state of Kansas is the intellectual level of our state legislators. I believe we need to pass a law that states that anyone who runs for office, including the governor, needs to take an intelligence test. And in this law anyone who scores less than a 75 on a standard test cannot run, and those currently serving in the governor’s office or the Legislature who score less than 75 must resign.

For those serving I realize this is good news and bad news. The bad news is they can no longer serve and get paid taxpayer money for passing stupid laws (such as allowing college students to carry concealed weapons on campus), but the good news is that most of those now serving will qualify for Social Security Disability because they are intellectually challenged.

Comments

rachelind 1 year, 11 months ago

Kurt Vonnegut would love this. Player Piano, anyone?

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kinder_world 1 year, 11 months ago

All your letters are so acerbic.

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Fossick 1 year, 11 months ago

"it is hard to believe that I live in a nation where their right to get married is in question"

Whether the question is ultimately decided in favor of homogamy or not, there an be no question that it is currently the complaint du jour of a small number of Western trendzoids, rather than something that is as self-evident as they claim. If opposition to gay marriage - or just thinking it unthinkable - is evidence of (enter euphemism that will get this comment deleted here), then most of people in most places for most of history have been exactly that.

Given that the "right" has been "in question" in 99% of human societies for the last 50 centuries or so, it seems that the LTE writer is not embarrassed to be Kansan or American, but to be human.

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jonas_opines 1 year, 11 months ago

I can't quite tell. Was this LTE an attempt to be clever?

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 11 months ago

Yes, apparently any crank with a nasty thing to say is nor stopped from getting an LTE published. It doesn't take intelligence or the ability to state a reasoned argument. Any idiot can get one, and they often do.

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1 year, 11 months ago

To follow up on frankie8 (0820). Time Magazine has an article titled "Kansas Lawmakers Pass Anti-Islamic Law," which in fact it is, even though I tend to agree with Ibrahim Hooper when he calls it an anti-unicorn bill (see link to the article). Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2114676,00.html#ixzz1usjoklgF

Notice also that Wagle talks out of both sides of her mouth. Here she says women have right, but when debating abortion she said women don't have any rights. Which is it Susan? "In this great country of ours and in the state of Kansas, women have equal rights," Wagle said during the Senate's debate. "They stone women to death in countries that have Shariah law." They stone women (and men) in other countries also.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 11 months ago

Every post one makes on this site is a test, and the grade is usually "fail".

It is too bad that the LTE standards are the same as the standards for posting after the LTE.

Being stupid is not illegal, not is it a barrier to a LJW LTE or posting, apparently.

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

If all to-be politicians had to pass a test, I can assure you San Fran Nan would instead be running one of her non-union wineries or restaurants or resorts because she is about as dumb as a bag of rocks and that's an insult to bags of rocks.

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CWGOKU 1 year, 11 months ago

Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate? Will Rogers

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CWGOKU 1 year, 11 months ago

Someone show me an intelligent legislative body, anywhere.

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Andini 1 year, 11 months ago

Nobody likes legislators. Nobody.

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

This whole episode shows clearly how calculating that Obama and his handlers are on every minute detail. First, Biden blabs, then Obama says his thinking has "evolved" to accept gay marriage, then the Clooney gala fundraiser (all liberal pro-gay everything) and then of course as expected, the Obamamania media went all nine kindsa giddy over the whole thing---even misrepesenting the take on the Clooney shindig.

Sickening? Yup.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

On Sunday Newsweek released the cover of their next issue, which features the Divider-In-Chief Obama with a rainbow halo and the title of 'The First Gay President.' Not to be outdone, The New Yorker magazine's new cover shows the White House with a gay friendly rainbow column.

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/BLCPOLELEC-BLCPOLSTL-BLCPOLWH-BNALL/2012/05/13/id/438910?s=al&promo_code=EE32-1

Obama has become a laughing stock even with the liberal media. Romney 2012.

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Gotland 1 year, 11 months ago

I resisting tyranny stupid? Perhaps, depends on how you look at it.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 11 months ago

The fact that the LJW prints a letter such as this just shows how low the standards are for such letters to be printed.

It seems as if any angry crank can get a letter printed in the LJW.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 11 months ago

I like the letter and think it is the result of frustration. National newspapers are now carrying articles titled, Kansas pases anti-Islamic law. However, there are people in Kansas and in Lawrence who are intelligent, can discuss politics and religion with the aim being to share information and get to know each other. There are warm, generous people who help because that is the way they were taught. I see well behaved children in the library and store. But, I am guessing those things are rather boring so we don't hear about them. Or maybe it is good that those experiences are so common in Lawrence that they are not seen as special and needing a comment. Nevertheless, I think the nice, tolerant folks in Lawrence whether they be conservative, liberal, no matter the income, race, etc. should get a shout out now and again.

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Richard Payton 1 year, 11 months ago

Many of you bloggers keep writing about this LTE author well this IQ test suggest LTE stands for 1: Lawrence transgender expert or 2: Letter to editor.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

The problem may be lack of ability, education or effort, but there's no denying the Kansas House is one of the most incompetent collection of indivuals in the history of representative government. Calling them stupid is probably an insult to stupid people.

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Liberty275 1 year, 11 months ago

Government: for the people, by the people, but only of the people that can pass E Kent Hayes's test.

Typically disgusting Lawrence LTTE.

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BornAgainAmerican 1 year, 11 months ago

Excellent example of the hubris being spewed by the left in this election year. Disgusting is does not begin to describe this LTE.

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Brock Masters 1 year, 11 months ago

It is sad that the LTE author didn't take the time to write a constructive letter criticizing the legislature instead of taking the low road

If the purpose of the letter was to be mean and intolerant then the LTE author succeeded. If it was to persuade then he failed.

What is funny is that those that he would like to see kicked out probably would pass his IQ test easily.

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow is right! Don't even know where to start on this one. Wow! A test is a good idea. It should be part of the natural political vetting process......oh wait, it isn't always a part of the the natural political vetting process, as amply demonstrated 4 years ago.

"Thank you, President Obama, for saying that gays have the right to get married, but it is hard to believe that I live in a nation where their right to get married is in question."

Really? Maybe not for you enlightened folks. The rest of us dummies are still not believing it.

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heygary 1 year, 11 months ago

A lecture on tolerance within a study on liberal intolerance … I thought LJW had a policy against printing this crap?

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Liberty_One 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow, ljworld. Way to raise the bar.

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labmonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

What's next LJWorld? LTE's calling the Kansas legislature "Stinky doo-doo heads?" I cannot believe you would actually put something like this in your print edition.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

Those who expect professional behavior from mental health professions should feel inflamed.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 11 months ago

Is E. Kent Hayes, parenting expert and mental health consultant, using a comparison to the mentally challenged (Educable Mentally Retarded) as a way to demean the Kansas state legislators?

"...but the good news is that most of those now serving will qualify for Social Security Disability because they are intellectually challenged."

I think former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, President Barack Obama, and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh all had to apologize when either making comparisons to those with special needs or using "retard" in a denigrating way.

Kent, do you really think that it is "good news" that someone qualifies for SSD due to a mental health or intellectual challenge? You went off the rails on this one.

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tange 1 year, 11 months ago

IQ is just a number, and not a vey indicative one at that. What is needed is an index of sphere of consciousness. Something perhaps worn on the head, not unlike a diver's helmet, but with varying degrees of opacity.

/ start at the DMV; require it for driving tests

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jaywalker 1 year, 11 months ago

Perhaps the legislature hasn't made the wisest decisions, but it didn't take much more than a Gump-level brain to pen this LTE.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

Ah, the eternal hubris of the sinister side. If someone thinks differently than you, they must be stupid.

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