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(Kansas.com)   Kansas Speaker of the House: "When I said I was afraid of the redshirts carrying guns, I didn't mean the teachers who wore red shirts to a Capitol protest last month. I meant the Redcoats. Because the British are coming"   (kansas.com) divider line 60
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2014-06-20 01:31:33 PM
"There are a lot of red shirts in here that I'm uncomfortable with."

A lot of 18th century British soldiers visiting that day, were there?

He should have gone with the Star Trek explanation, everyone knows red shirts have nothing to live for anyway, since they'll die on the next away mission.
 
2014-06-20 01:45:56 PM
If the British are indeed coming, hopefully they bring along the NHS, and plenty of driving instructors to teach people how to use a farking roundabout.
 
2014-06-20 02:09:06 PM
Generally, you don't have to worry about the redshirts, even when they are armed.

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2014-06-20 02:24:47 PM

nmrsnr: "There are a lot of red shirts in here that I'm uncomfortable with."

A lot of 18th century British soldiers visiting that day, were there?

He should have gone with the Star Trek explanation, everyone knows red shirts have nothing to live for anyway, since they'll die on the next away mission.


Right? His explanation makes literally no sense. "There are a lot of Red Coats in here that I'm uncomfortable" is nonsense.
 
2014-06-20 02:26:10 PM
Bull f*cking sh*t.

/then again, that's a poltician's native language
 
2014-06-20 02:33:35 PM
That might be the most ridiculous attempt at walking back a statement EVAR

But it's Kansas, so I'm going to assume none of this will make any difference in any way.
 
2014-06-20 02:59:47 PM
"That is so patently absurd with the context of what's been going on in this state that it defies any common sense," Desetti said in a phone call.

The legislature banned common sense in 2011. They're just following the law in Brownbackistan.
 
2014-06-20 04:08:17 PM
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2014-06-20 04:09:03 PM
I'm confused at what he actually meant. Were they actually wearing red shirts?
 
2014-06-20 04:09:05 PM
Came for the Star Trek reference.  Left satisfied.
 
2014-06-20 04:09:12 PM
Wait, people carrying guns made a conservative politician uncomfortable?

GOOD!
 
2014-06-20 04:10:01 PM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: If the British are indeed coming, hopefully they bring along the NHS, and plenty of driving instructors to teach people how to use a farking roundabout.


Yes!
 
2014-06-20 04:10:30 PM
Please, somebody, mercy nuke Kansas to death before our herp escapes and gets in other states' derp.
 
2014-06-20 04:10:46 PM
That would be one hell of a coincidental non-sequitur.
 
2014-06-20 04:12:32 PM
The bar for bullshiat is lower in Kansas.

Because they're retarded.
 
2014-06-20 04:15:21 PM

MFAWG: Wait, people carrying guns made a conservative politician uncomfortable?

GOOD!


That's the opposite of what happened. Not afraid of guns, afraid of teachers. And THAT is much more aligned with conservative positions, cheers
 
2014-06-20 04:17:37 PM

Serious Black: Please, somebody, mercy nuke Kansas to death before our herp escapes and gets in other states' derp.


Koch Heads
 
2014-06-20 04:17:48 PM
Live in Kansas.
Didn't vote for any of these idiots.
But I'm also not some bible beating jackass who can only afford to live in Podunk, Nowheresville.

These people need the real Enlightenment, in the form of a decent public education. Sadly they did not receive it.
 
2014-06-20 04:18:05 PM
"That's not what I said. I misquoted myself."
 
2014-06-20 04:18:05 PM
Maybe he meant TNG-era redshirts?
 
2014-06-20 04:20:07 PM
So he's afraid of guns? RINO
 
2014-06-20 04:21:17 PM
What a redshirt might look like

bollywood007.com
 
2014-06-20 04:22:17 PM
Plural was indicated

mentalfloss.com
/now it's scarey
 
2014-06-20 04:22:26 PM
He's obviously referring to Thai populists
 
2014-06-20 04:22:31 PM
Maybe if he was in New England he might -- MIGHT -- get the benefit of the doubt (hey, maybe they were reenactors). But "Red Coats"... in Kansas?

Also, I thought his ilk wanted teachers to have guns.
 
2014-06-20 04:26:18 PM
"I was referring to the Revolutionary War!"

Rrriiiiiiight!
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2014-06-20 04:26:41 PM

dittybopper: Generally, you don't have to worry about the redshirts, even when they are armed.

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Yea, they'll probably never arrive at their final destination
 
2014-06-20 04:29:52 PM

DrBenway: Also, I thought his ilk wanted teachers to have guns.


That's the confusing part. Was this deep-red derphead actually saying he DIDN'T want to allow people to carry their Second Amendment Rights with them into the state's Legislative House because he's a pussy who's scared of black metal/plastic spontaneously firing at him and his children?
 
2014-06-20 04:37:50 PM

TheNewJesus: Live in Kansas.
Didn't vote for any of these idiots.
But I'm also not some bible beating jackass who can only afford to live in Podunk, Nowheresville.

These people need the real Enlightenment, in the form of a decent public education. Sadly they did not receive it.



 Neil DeGrasse Tyson is tired of their shiat: "Don't tell me 'Oh let's fix the kids and everything will be fine.' Fix the adults then the kids will be fine."
 
2014-06-20 04:40:15 PM
Maybe he meant redskinstm?

/ducks
 
2014-06-20 04:42:09 PM
He's scared of the English teachers?
 
2014-06-20 04:44:04 PM
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2014-06-20 04:44:15 PM

TrollingForColumbine: Maybe he meant redskinstm?

/ducks


FTFY
 
2014-06-20 04:45:11 PM

DamnYankees: I'm confused at what he actually meant. Were they actually wearing red shirts?


Yes.

media.kansas.com
 
2014-06-20 04:47:08 PM
At least they're consistent with the "fark you, I've got mine," ideology.

Assholes in Starbucks with assault rifles: A-OK
Teachers with pistols: NOPE
 
2014-06-20 04:49:24 PM
I feel sorry for the guy. You know he tried so hard to find a way to spin this. When he realized this was the best he could work up, he probably felt like a farking idiot. Would have done better just letting it go.

\Mark Twain quote
 
2014-06-20 04:51:03 PM
Jesus doesn't like people who lie, Speaker Merrick.
 
2014-06-20 04:54:25 PM
He was really talking about anal bleeding. His own.
 
2014-06-20 04:54:35 PM
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2014-06-20 04:57:04 PM

BitwiseShift: He was really talking about anal bleeding


red SHIRT
 
2014-06-20 04:58:36 PM
I'm going to go ahead and give this guy some credit.  Outside the obviously stupid attempt to cover up what he said, his comment was not in fact that bad.  He managed to not make a sexist, racist, or demeaning comment about the poor.  Then again if he had, he probably would have made like KFC and doubled down.
 
2014-06-20 04:59:58 PM

UncomfortableSilence: I'm going to go ahead and give this guy some credit.  Outside the obviously stupid attempt to cover up what he said, his comment was not in fact that bad.  He managed to not make a sexist, racist, or demeaning comment about the poor.  Then again if he had, he probably would have made like KFC and doubled down.


"Kansas: Only Stupid, Not Offensive. Today."
 
2014-06-20 05:03:31 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: BitwiseShift: He was really talking about anal bleeding

red SHIRT


If you spend your life with your head up your ass it's only natural to assume that anal bleeding might redden peoples shirts.
 
2014-06-20 05:07:18 PM

Lionel Mandrake: That might be the most ridiculous attempt at walking back a statement EVAR

But it's Kansas, so I'm going to assume none of this will make any difference in any way.



Easily the worst correction attempt I've seen since 'blah' people.
 
2014-06-20 05:18:11 PM
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/yes, I know, but I just had to post it.
 
2014-06-20 05:34:37 PM

Lionel Mandrake: That might be the most ridiculous attempt at walking back a statement EVAR

But it's Kansas, so I'm going to assume none of this will make any difference in any way.


If there's any bright side (and there isn't), it's that he told the truth: He's a prick and afraid of people with guns because of it. He doesn't want the same rules that are for the rubes, he doesn't want people carrying guns where he works.
 
2014-06-20 05:43:16 PM
Hey, at least he didn't mention rape....
 
2014-06-20 05:56:36 PM

Musikslayer: Lionel Mandrake: That might be the most ridiculous attempt at walking back a statement EVAR

But it's Kansas, so I'm going to assume none of this will make any difference in any way.

If there's any bright side (and there isn't), it's that he told the truth: He's a prick and afraid of people with guns because of it. He doesn't want the same rules that are for the rubes, he doesn't want people carrying guns where he works.


Subby here,

I kind of botched the interpretation of the quotation.  He's actually in favor of the bill.  He was responding to a question about whether or not people would be uncomfortable or afraid of coming to the Capitol if people could carry concealed there.  His response was basically that people shouldn't be afraid of people with guns, it's the "redshirts" that are the real problem.

It's not the worst thing a Kansas politician has ever said but it's extremely tone-deaf, especially given how unpopular both the gun legislation and the anti-teacher bill were, at least in some areas.
 
2014-06-20 07:36:33 PM

TheNewJesus: These people need the real Enlightenment, in the form of a decent public education. Sadly they did not receive it.


Actually, part of the problem is that they're stuck in the Enlightenment.  The Enlightenment concern with government power is part of what drives their obsession with things like nullification and general anti-gub'mint nuttery, and it's the Enlightenment's focus on individuality and personal freedom, as reflected in the founding fathers, that makes them think we live in a pure meritocracy -or that the world would be a pure meritocracy if only government didn't exist.  This latter worldview also comes from an Enlightenment anthropology that views human beings as inherently rational seekers of self-interest.

Modern psychology, economics, sociology and political science has pretty much debunked a lot of what the Enlightenment stood for, even if we are right to admire most of its ideals.  The problem with the US isn't that it hasn't had the Enlightenment -it's that it's had the Enlightenment AND NOTHING ELSE.
 
2014-06-20 07:55:38 PM

sabreWulf07: Easily the worst correction attempt I've seen since 'blah' people.


Yeah, I hear the Oracle from the Matrix in my head when I read something like that - "Not too bright, though."

Especially since colonists didn't refer to to British Army soldiers as Redcoats - they referred to them as "Regulars" (as in well-regulated) - trained soldiers.  Paul Revere wouldn't have shouted "The British are coming!" because at that time, he was British as was every other colonist.  He would've shouted, "The Regulars are coming!"
 
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