Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Doing their job

September 19, 2012


To the editor:

Recently I was having a conversation with an acquaintance in Lawrence about the actions taken by the State Objections Board to determine ballot eligibility questions consisting of the secretary of state, the attorney general and the lieutenant governor. He said that their actions on the complaint filed about Obama being on the November ballot was embarrassing to the state strictly because Kris Kobach was on the board. I disagreed, saying that it is their job to consider all complaints filed by individuals or parties whether or not the complaint has validity. All complaints must be investigated, considered and acted upon.

The board delayed their decision on Obama until Monday, so they could gather more information. Kobach was quoted in the Kansas City Star paper “Delaying doesn’t in any way give any credence to the claim of the objector. Delaying it simply says this is the state Objections Board, created by Kansas statute, and we need to take our responsibilities seriously.”

I am personally glad that they are taking their time to determine all complaints. They recently ruled on a complaint filed by a homosexual group against a Democratic legislator from Hutchinson saying she doesn’t live in the old church in her district. Democratic legislator Tom Sawyer had a complaint filed that said he doesn’t live in the house where he is registered. This is the Objections Board responsibility. They ruled against the complainant in both cases. Don’t be embarrassed or think they are silly because state officeholders are doing their job.

Jim Mullins,


jim7 5 years, 8 months ago

Are you kidding?, This was the most irresponsible action ever taken by state officials in Kansas.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

Translation-- "I oppose that Kenyan Muslim Obama, and I applaud any attempts to bring him down, no matter how silly or deranged it might be."

jimmyjms 5 years, 8 months ago

Hmmm. This wouldn't happen to the Jim Mullins that works as a "field director" for Americans for Prosperity, would it?

The same Jim Mullins who, instead of letting our city officeholders do their job in determining whether or not to fund a sustainability position for the city, instead decided to insert himself (and the views of his highly partisan lobbying organization) into the discussion?

Don't be "embarrassed," Mr. Mullins?

Perhaps you missed the instances of disdain and mockery for the state of Kansas in media outlets far and wide last week?

And just BTW, what purpose was served by identifying the group who brought the objection in Hutchinson as "homosexual?" If your position is that the Objection Board has a "responsibility" to investigate all objections put forward, including this descriptor seem prejudicial at best and just bigoted at worst.

jimmyjms 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure we can all agree that, contrary to the post by sage above, I said nothing about "impressing" anyone, anywhere.

But it is a little suspect to claim that universal disdain is based in the super spooky "media bias" that folks like sage invoke whenever obvious stupidity is pointed out.

What is a "journalist type," Sage?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

Sage is a recovering "journalist type," but history indicates his infection with that dread disease wasn't a serious one, and he's long since been cured of any journalistic tendencies.

jimmyjms 5 years, 8 months ago

This is an interesting question coming from you. If you'll take a moment to slow down and breathe, you see that the words you are attributing to me are actually Mr. Mullins, from his letter. Nowhere did I state that anyone should endeavor to impress anyone.

Please try to keep up.

jimmyjms 5 years, 8 months ago

Every time you post you further impress upon readers that you really aren't on top of this conversation, such as it is.

Good luck to you. I will not waste another nano second engaging with you.

windjammer 5 years, 8 months ago

Can't you understand or comprehend what you are reading?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

Ooh, Mr. Answer Man, can you now explain us about those boogie men that live under your bed?

bad_dog 5 years, 8 months ago

Calm down. Those are just dust bunnies, albeit large & numerous.

jimmyjms 5 years, 8 months ago

Attempting to smear an entire profession with generalities and zero evidence doesn't do much for your credibility, assuming you have/had any.

jonas_opines 5 years, 8 months ago

"You can go look the facts up online, I have bigger fish to clean than to spend time educating the jimmyjms's of Lawrence."

As said by SageonPage, who has almost 600 posts on this site in less than 2 months time. Yes, clearly someone with bigger fish to fry.

Textual Translation: "The last time I cited something it was quickly exposed as spun and distorted by the incredibly biased sources I get my information from, and now I want to be mysterious in the hope that it doesn't happen again."

geekin_topekan 5 years, 8 months ago

If we can create the All-White Republic of Kansas by 2050, the world's good Christians will have a place to come where dark people only do what they area paid to do, not raise their upitty voices. We offer tax-breaks to white businesses that want a true Christian state.

Taht's the direction Blowsalot and his ilk appear to be taking the Great State of Kansas.

John Hamm 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm with the LTE writer. You guys are way off base in your comments.

beerbaron03 5 years, 8 months ago

so if i go to the board and say that brownback shouldn't be eligible to be governor because i believe he was born on mars and has a brain the size of a walnut, they should take that under serious consideration as well?

fiddleback 5 years, 8 months ago

"Doing their job[s]" is fine except that THIS "JOB" WAS UTTERLY REDUNDANT!

Mississippi and Arizona, the very state where Mr. Kobach sold his immigrant profiling techniques, have already requested, received, and raised no concerns about the birth certificate. So what did Kobach think he was going to find?

This pretense of due diligence, as if they had no choice or discretion but to request a copy of the certificate, is absurd. It's wasting our time, money, and the state's reputation, though hopefully Mr. Kobach spoils more of his own reputation.

And I thought Missouri was supposed to be the obtuse "show-me" state...

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

Poor baby. Poor poor Sage. Romney's campaign is so dead the Mormons have baptized it. You might want to be sure and get a little hot tea for your throat. That shrill shrieking can't be doing it any good.

fiddleback 5 years, 8 months ago

There's that birther charm that I was hoping you'd favor us with! Never let your admission of the issue being a dead horse stop you from trotting it out all the same! And to top it off, you even dish a little trash talk as though R/R still have a chance in're almost as adorable as you are utterly irrelevant.

Please don't ever stop haunting this place, Sagey the unfriendly ghost troll--it wouldn't be the same without you.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

The question of Obama's citizenship and eligibility was settled long ago in other state's courts and in Federal courts. Every member of the state objections board knew and were aware of this. They had every right and reason to reject this objection the second it was presented based on those precedents. It's the fact that they didn't do that and decided in a very partisan action to demand documentation and insult the President that justifies criticism and even sarcasm. I don't think they were "doing their job", I believe they were playing politics.

globehead 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree totally w/cait48. The board is made up of members of only the republican party. The word "investigate" is totally misused. It's ludicrous for them to investigate every complaint simply because it's submitted. I submit a complaint that the schools teach our children the world is round. We don't need to pay a bunch of party hacks to investigate that nor do they need to investigate Obama's birth record. It needs no more investigation and they just aren't up to the task. We don't need to fund these guys. The state needs to save money, so I'm told. Let's start here, today!

cowboy 5 years, 8 months ago

Seems the LJW is using the LTE function to allow the local Kochheads to spew their Kochaganda. Meanwhile ...were in day 10 of the Romney campaign epic fail meltdown and nary a story is put in the LJW.

Even frigging Fox News is reporting on this.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

There's much the LJW doesn't report. On Tuesday, Operation Rescue filed an ethics complaint against Derek Schmidt and Steve Howe for "bungling" the Planned Parenthood case. (I guess OR thought they should have made up evidence. They certainly aren't above it themselves.) Newspapers in Hutch, Wichita and KC are carrying the story. The LJW? Nary a peep.

Cait McKnelly 5 years, 8 months ago

Here's an interesting article on the Romney meltdown. The basic thesis is that, "You may be a billionaire but don't even begin to trust the people who mow your lawns and take care of your kids. They cook your meals and know where you sleep."

Andrew Reeves 5 years, 8 months ago

I have a complaint. Mitt Romney is probably a unicorn! Let's waste taxpayer money to make sure this isn't the case!

Kate Rogge 5 years, 8 months ago

"A long tradition of centrist Republicanism in Kansas — exemplified by politicians like former Senator Bob Dole and former Gov. Bill Graves — was dealt a near-fatal wound last month when a group of state senators, deemed insufficiently conservative, were defeated in Republican primaries. Kansas had been a reliably conservative state for years, and Mitt Romney is all but guaranteed the state’s six electoral votes. But until recently, Kansans still preferred a government far from the ideological poles. “A moderate coalition ran the state for 40 years,” Mr. Loomis [KU] said. That era appears to be over."

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