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Submission + - Westboro Baptist Member Runs for KS School Board (kansas.com)

kstatefan40 writes: "From the Wichita Eagle:

"A Kansas state school board candidate who describes evolution as "Satanic lies" and wants to stop public schools from teaching the theory attends Westboro Baptist, the Topeka church known for anti-gay protests worldwide.

Jack Wu told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he decided to run for the State Board of Education after learning that Democratic incumbent Carolyn Campbell, also from Topeka, would otherwise be unopposed for a second term in the 4th District of eastern Kansas. Campbell supports the state's current science standards, which treat evolution as a well-established, core scientific concept."

It looks like my home state gets to make the news for denying science yet again — but this takes it to a whole new level."


Submission + - KS Governor Sends Tweeting Teen to Principal's Off (kansas.com)

kstatefan40 writes: "According to the Wichita Eagle, A Kansas teenager is in trouble after mocking Gov. Sam Brownback during a mock legislative assembly for high school students. During the session, in which Brownback addressed the group, Sullivan posted on her personal Twitter page: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot” On Tuesday, Sullivan was called to her principal’s office and told that the tweet had been flagged by someone on Brownback’s staff and reported to organizers of the Youth in Government program. The principal “laid into me about how this was unacceptable and an embarrassment,” Sullivan said. “He said I had created this huge controversy and everyone was up in arms about it and now he had to do damage control.

This has a nice big brother feel to it."


Submission + - Kansas Governor Appoints CIO with Degree from Fake (cjonline.com)

kstatefan40 writes: The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting that Kansas Governor Sam Brownback appointed Jim Mann as Chief Information Officer this week (with a salary of $155,000), and noticed that Mr. Mann listed his education B.S. in Business Administration from a degree mill called the University of Devonshire. "The school, according to a 2002 article by Wired, was owned by American residents in Romania, used mailing address in the United Kingdom, printed materials in Israel and banked in Cyprus. One estimate placed at 70,000 the number of degrees sold in the United States by their University Degree Program doing business as University of Devonshire and a series of other names." A spokeswoman for Governor Brownback said the decision by Brownback to hire Mann wasn't based on Mann's scholarly performance with the distance learning university.

A college degree isn't everything in IT, but this just seems like a really bad idea.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg