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Kansas stupid?


I looked at the New York Times this morning. And who do I see on the front page? One of my favorite people to not like. Shirley Phelps Roper..or whatever she calls herself. All dolled up in her little hate outfit, apparently out in front of Tiller's clinic. So again, here we are with "Kansas, as stupid as it looks". At least when we have this bunch on the front page of the Times.

I for one am proud to be a Kansan. I am also sickened by the hate and intolerance promoted by some of our fellow Kansans that don't appear to have a lick of sense. But we will go forward and ignore the jabs of ignorance, knowing we are from the best state in the Union. Kansas is not as stupid as it looks. Just that minority of total idiots that believes that God is on their side in a number of these morality issues. What do you think?


RoeDapple 8 years, 3 months ago

Hate is a harsh word for me, something I feel is more damaging to me than whoever it may be directed to.


I have chosen on occasion to 'dislike intensely' those who would cause me emotional duress......................

(Wow, did all that come out of this old coots head?)

Liberty275 8 years, 3 months ago

Kansas isn't as stupid as it is boring. It certainly isn't worth the price of the state income tax to live in the middle of a cornfield.

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

What our state really needs is some visible contrast to the Phelps, the Tiller incident, the Board of Education evolution crap, etc. Clearly, KU men's hoops just isn't quite enough.

bad_dog 8 years, 3 months ago

"I believe they are home scooled."

How ironic you would misspell the word "school" in a blog questioning Kansas' stupidity.

I believe Fred received his education at places like the fundamentalist Bob Jones University and Prairie Bible Institute. He received a law degree from Washburn University as did his children.

dandelion 8 years, 3 months ago

I wish everyone would stop giving the Phelps any kind of exposure. It's exactly what they want.

schula 8 years, 3 months ago

I, too, am proud to be from Kansas. I have lived here all my life. I think there are just a few people, like Autie says, who give Kansas a bad name and rep.

Kirk Larson 8 years, 3 months ago

I think we need to start linking people out there who hold hateful, discriminatory views to the Phelps. If you are afraid of same-sex marriage, or support don't-ask-don't-tell, or encourage violence against abortion clinics, or any other intolerable intolerant act you should publicly held to be in the Phelps' camp. I believe it was former state legislator Forrest Swall who said, "You are either for Fred Phelps or you are against him". I often wonder where these nutjobs get the money for all the traveling to protest they do. I suspect a lot of people tut-tut in public about their awful behavior, but privately send them donations to keep up "god's work".

Dayle Hodges 8 years, 3 months ago

Join "I'm not from Kansas, I'm from Lawrence" on Facebook!!

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 3 months ago

Roe, think how old Patrick O'Brian was when he wrote all those Aubrey/Maturin books that are now read all over the world. I have no idea myself, but he was old, take my word for it. You still have time to tap out a few books when you are not blogging or posting. Advice from an old cootete. Did I just make up a word? You write good.

Practicality 8 years, 3 months ago

hodgesmom (Anonymous) says…

"Join “I'm not from Kansas, I'm from Lawrence” on Facebook!!"

The undeservered "I am better than you 'cause I'm from Lawrence" attitude is exactly why the rest of the state dislikes Lawrence.

bad_dog 8 years, 3 months ago

Autie, do people still wave at one another when passing in their cars?

That's one of the things about rural KS I miss the most.

ThatGirl2 8 years, 3 months ago

Practicality (Anonymous) says…

hodgesmom (Anonymous) says…

“Join “I'm not from Kansas, I'm from Lawrence” on Facebook!!”

The undeservered “I am better than you 'cause I'm from Lawrence” attitude is exactly why the rest of the state dislikes Lawrence.

It's far from undeserved. Have you been to the rest of the state?! It doesn't hold a candle to Lawrence.

mom_of_three 8 years, 3 months ago

autie, if you are where I think you are, then conservative is a big understatement. I am surprised I think as openly as I do considering where I came from.

deskboy04 8 years, 3 months ago

Kansans are too worried about what people from other parts of the country think.

BigPrune 8 years, 3 months ago

George Tiller certainly gave Kansas a bad rep, just as bad as Phelps.

jonas_opines 8 years, 3 months ago

Whoa, Py. That was a hell of a long post to waste on Arumer/Invictus.

begin60 8 years, 3 months ago

I had to laugh last week after I responded to a mean-spirited blogger on this site with the comment, " 'Ignorance' is the kindest word I can find to describe..." Don't seek out conflict or confrontation myself and would likely have few human relations problems if strangers on campus and around town would just kindly mind their own business. People in Lawrence unfortunately do seem to share the super-imposing, presumptuous attitudes toward those they don't know that I already left a competitive graduate program in MO to escape. This is not friendliness, people; it's harassment based on illegal profiling. Live and let live, and please spare others your unpolitically correct world views. Allow others to enjoy unmolested their constitutionally protected freedoms and equal opportunities; perhaps then the (unfair?) Kansan reputation for bigotry and genocidal hatred will be sent packing more quickly.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 3 months ago

Kansas has turned out as diverse a group of people as any state I can name. I think that is a good statement about Kansas. It means in many respects we tolerate differing cultures and attitudes, religions and belief systems. Having grown up in rural NW Kansas close to area towns that had laws on the books against black people staying in town past sun down, I can only say, "Kansas, you have come a long way." And you still have a long way to go.

We work to change the things we are not proud of....but we also understand the wonderful freedom of being able to speak out about issues, for everyone...including the Phelps family. I would hope that most Americans are smart enough not to judge us by a few people just as we would not judge a race, a culture, by horrific acts one (or a handful) of other people commit.

Good blog topic, autie.

Liberty275 8 years, 3 months ago

“You are either for Fred Phelps or you are against him”.

I'm for everyone's freedom of speech as long as it isnt calling for a specific act of violence.

LOL. Now you can link an atheist that thinks phelps is an idiot with him and his organization. Good job. Stalin would be proud.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 3 months ago

I roll my eyes a little bit when i see Kansas being represented by some individuals. I used to assume everyone else thought we were all stupid hicks. But I spend a considerable amount of my day talking to people all over the country on the phone, and i never get the impression that they feel Kansas is ass backwards. However, there was once about 10 years ago, i talked to a guy in New York that asked me if we still had problems with Indian raids...i chalked that one up to stupid north-easterners.

bad_dog 8 years, 3 months ago

Glad to hear it, autie. I remember "knee-jerk" waving to people when I first moved from Western K-got some strange looks ;-)

Give a wave to everyone out there for me, will you? (Just be sure to roll the window up before they pass by with their billowing clouds of dust...)

wordgenie8 8 years, 3 months ago

"Kansas, you have come so far, but you still have a long way to go," sounds like a fair-minded and upbeat attitude to hold. I certainly try not to judge the whole apple barrel on the basis of a few worms, but when surprisingly numbers of Sunflower state residents are so aggressive about getting up in one's face and violating other people's privacy in really inconsiderate and hurtful ways it makes positive-thinking difficult. It's hard to regard such persons as at all bright or caring or socially intelligent.

Ronda Miller 8 years, 3 months ago

But is he waving at people as they drive by from the front porch like autie is? Glad your little guy is feeling better.

Tom McCune 8 years, 3 months ago

In some of the other news items, it was announced that the FBI is initiating a federal investigation into the assassination of Tiller. That's good, although about 8 years too late. I encourage them to investigate all of Roeder's possible co-conspirators, sympathizers, and fellow travelers. Irregular Topeka churches might be a good place to start.

Christine Anderson 8 years, 3 months ago

Well, I've been stuck down here now for 27 years, and I still think Ks is wierd. To start with, I do find the Phelps' an embarrassment. Now, about other Ks "Stupids". The summers are straight from Hell!( ha,ha) Seriously, the Catholics are right; there IS a purgatory, and it's Ks in the summer. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it! Would rather have 6 inches of snow and 0 degrees farenheit( sp?) than a Ks summer. A great big "Ks Stupid" was KU Music Camp in '80. Someone named Dole was speaking out at Clinton Lake, when it was being dedicated as a recreation area. The band was drafted to play. All of the choral people were forced to go out there, too. Hundreds of campers sitting in the long, glorious grass out at C.L. The next day, every drugstore in town was running out of Chiggeraid, fingernail polish remover, etc. Yep. I had never encountered a chigger until that evening. That was a Ks Stupid. I got my revenge, though. Several days into an intense itching spell, I was dx'd with chickenpox at the age of 16. Had been attending rehearsals and living in the dorm all the time I was contagious. If I hadn't had all those damn chigger bites, it would have stood out immediately as chicken pox. Lord knows how many fellow campers went home and broke out in herpes zoster two weeks later!

A different but very predictable "Ks Stupid". We get three inches of snow and close school! LOL. Every year when the first dusting of snow falls, people have accidents because no one down here knows how to drive in it.

I could go on and on, but the post would get too long. Hee, hee,hee.

beatrice 8 years, 3 months ago

RI: "God is my co-pilot."

If I get the bumper sticker, do I get to drive in the carpool lane?

Practicality: "The undeservered 'I am better than you 'cause I'm from Lawrence' attitude is exactly why the rest of the state dislikes Lawrence."

Perhaps that is true, but it is also why the rest of the country likes Lawrence more than the rest of the state. (just kidding)

I personally like Kansas, even though I only lived there for a relatively short time. I certainly enjoy chatting with the people of Kansas enough to keep coming back to this site years after leaving. People who base their opinions about others from those who make the news for being part of a radical group in a certain area aren't worth the time of day.

It is like trying to classify all Iraqis as terrorists, or all Californians as dope smoking liberals, when in fact it might only be 85, maybe 90% of the people there who fit that description. So relax, most of us outside of Kansas know that there are at least 10 or 15% of you who probably aren't stupid religious nutjobs.

(Yes, the above was for humorous purposes only. Do not attempt to read the above without having your sarcasm meter set on high.)

Mark Kostner 8 years, 3 months ago

Why are you wasting your time with the New York Times? That paper is just a rag in my opinion, not even fit for the bottom of a bird cage. Their news went from slanted to biased to untrue years ago. Its journalism is so yellow it glows in the dark! If you love Kansas read something else. After all, to them Kansas is just flyover country.

TopJayhawk 8 years, 3 months ago

WE are who we are. You all worry too much about what others think.
Do you think other states don't have loons too? You just don't hear about them as much because you aren't listening. Quite feeling so inferrior.

redneck 8 years, 3 months ago

I guess even the Times has slow days now and then. LOL Why do you care what the rest of the country thinks? Do you care what you're neighbors think of you? Probably not enough to change who you are and how you think. You can't please everyone, so you have to please yourself. That's the rule I live by.

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