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“According to God’s word”

Here’s more pernicious ignorance that we have to deal with: this is Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern, benighted hate-monger, babbling lies.

Well, there is one part that is accurate, when she states that “We’re not teaching facts and knowledge any more, we’re teaching indoctrination”, which is exactly right … at least in reference to her remarks.

(via Pam’s House Blend)

Comments

  1. #1 Richard Harris
    March 10, 2008

    Hey folks, cut her some slack, eh! She can’t help being born nasty.

  2. #2 shrimplate
    March 10, 2008

    Deep down inside she obsessively fantasizes abour chewing Pamela Anderson’s carpet.

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?, OM
    March 10, 2008

    Sally Kern just wants us purer…
    Right. Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer.

    Would (almost) rhyme if that were the correct spelling. But no, it’s Führer, and pronounced in a quite different way. You know what the French u is like? That’s it. I’ll try to find a soundfile.

    Absolutely wonderful poem apart from this, though!

    Since the Soviet Union has fallen, I’m not sure who’s funding the Homosexual Agenda? and our attempts to destroy the family and society. It could still be the Joos, who were also behind communism, but my bet is on the Free Masons. They’ve been at this shit for a while. Those Saudis have been getting tricksy lately, too, though.

    You’re thinking in a way too complicated way. It’s teh libruls. Who else?

  4. #4 Lago
    March 10, 2008

    Well I agree with her. I am your typical American male. I do not dress too fancy or elegant or whatever word is politically correct these days. I also tend to throw my sock on the floor and leave them their until they can support agricultural life. I eat pizza…every single day. And finally, four more words…beer…beer..beer…

    So here I am a typical American male and I would like…??? what? ..Oh, Ok…and “Beer.” So back to what I was saying. Once the “gays” have their way, I will have to pick up my socks and clean my apartment. Not only that, I will have to wear clothes that have been washed after every time I wear them! EVERYTIME!!! That is simply un-American! Did our founding fathers was their clothes everyday!? I think not!

    Next, I will have to eat such nasty foods as goose liver foie gras and smelly ol’ fish eggs. Pizza will only be allowed if I go to fancy brick oven places where the wine lists are confusing and the waiters are all better looking than me. It pisses me off that they could steal my date away in a second if it wasn’t for the fact they were also part of the gay agenda!!

    So I would like to say I agree with this woman who is simply fighting for my rights! I means, I gotta be me, yeah?

  5. #5 J Daley
    March 10, 2008
  6. #6 michael dorian
    March 10, 2008

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 2211, which allows students to express their religious views in school settings. It even goes so far as to guarantee that if students want to respond to the question of the Earth’s age on a science exam with the answer “6,000 years old,” that the school must credit the reply as “correct.” Aside from being an obvious affront to Science and Knowledge everywhere, it also manages to make a mockery of our educational system.

    Another charming provision of the bill is that it allows students to declare at school-sanctioned assemblies that others must accept Jesus as their personal savior or go to Hell as a consequence. Nice.

    In its attempt to ensure equal-opportunity stupidity, this bill also allows for, say, Wiccans, to promote their brand of Nature-nuttiness or the more radical faith-followers to call for outright assassination in their advocacy of religious fantasy.

    Texas has an almost identical bill of late on their books. Maybe the middle of the country just wants to secede and rename itself “Godland.”

    Can’t these dimwits just play their little god-games in the privacy of their own heads and houses of worship?

    Apparently not.

  7. #7 Fastlane
    March 10, 2008

    Texas has an almost identical bill of late on their books. Maybe the middle of the country just wants to secede and rename itself “Godland.”

    Those of us who have to live here (I’m not from around here…) call it Dumbfuckistan for a reason.

    I say we dust off and nuke it from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure….

    Cheers.

  8. #8 Eric
    March 10, 2008

    Is it time to feed the Christians to the lions yet?

  9. #9 Patrick
    March 10, 2008

    Eric, that’s a cruel thing to do to lions.

  10. #10 Candy
    March 10, 2008

    Is it time to feed the Christians to the lions yet?

    People like this do help one to understand the Romans’ point of view, not that I’d recommend violence. But go ahead, feed them to the lions, in a metaphorical sense. Rip ‘em to shreds.

  11. #11 carlsonjok
    March 10, 2008

    The Oklahoma House of Representatives recently passed House Bill 2211, which allows students to express their religious views in school settings

    Actually, no. It was approved by the Education Committee, but has not been voted on by the entire House yet. If you assume a straight party line vote, which isn’t a given, it would pass the House, since the Republicans hold a 57-44 majority. However, the Senate is split evenly down the middle with Democratic Lt. Governor Askins acting as it’s President.

  12. #12 Mold
    March 10, 2008

    She should practice free speech. She should also understand that many adults find her views abhorrent. Let her go to the public square and voice her opinion. Just like the edu-bigots of Dover. Gee, has she no courage of her convictions? She’ll cry matrydom but is unwilling to lose anything for her Xstianity.

  13. #13 Ichthyic
    March 10, 2008

    There’s a LOT of ignorant reality-twisting bashers defending that whore there.

    well, she had to get elected by somebody, right?

  14. #14 Michelle
    March 10, 2008

    @Ichthyic: Right. Eesh. It makes me sick that there are folks thinking like that.

    They’re right that she has the right to freedom of speech, but they make it seem as we don’t have the right to call her a fucking twisted bitch for it.

  15. #15 MAJeff, OM
    March 10, 2008

    It may be time to get rid of all that rainbow shit and bring back the pink triangle….

    well, at least get rid of all the rainbows.

  16. #16 Leo
    March 10, 2008

    I CAN HAZ KRISTENZ?

  17. #17 Rey Fox
    March 10, 2008

    Aren’t the rainbows really supposed to stand for diversity anyway?

    “i know my Zeus would never condone such vile words in his name.”

    Zeus would probably be more like, “The flamers? That’s Dionysus’ department. I hurl thunderbolts. At pretty much anyone.”

  18. #18 Ichthyic
    March 10, 2008

    I hurl thunderbolts. At pretty much anyone.”

    EOS

    (equal opportunity smiter)

  19. #19 Glen Davidson
    March 10, 2008

    Here’s another disgusting misrepresentation and quotemine from the DI, this time by Anika Smith:

    Darwinists are downright unhappy, so much so those at Florida Citizens for Science think academic freedom is “smelly crap.”

    This academic freedom stuff is merely the next evolutionary step as anti-science folks continue their attempts to shove creationism into the public school classroom. First, there was blatant creationism. Next there was intelligent design. Both failed miserably. Now comes along academic freedom. Same smelly crap, different packaging.

    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2008/03/darwinist_activists_at_florida.html

    Of course that’s transparently about the bill with the Orwellian name “academic freedom.” Here’s the rest of the quote:

    I spoke with a reporter this morning about this bill. I had three basic things to say, but it looks like the media is picking up on some of this nicely on their own.

    1 — This academic freedom stuff is merely the next evolutionary step as anti-science folks continue their attempts to shove creationism into the public school classroom. First, there was blatant creationism. Next there was intelligent design. Both failed miserably. Now comes along academic freedom. Same smelly crap, different packaging.

    2 — Simply put, there are no other scientific theories challenging evolution. None. Nil. Zero. Zip. So, what is the academic purpose of this bill then?

    3 — This bill will fade away and die. Kinda like in Alabama. There were also threats of such a bill in Utah. And there was Oklahoma. And Maryland. Well, you get the point.

    I’m not giving away any trade secrets here. These are just the ABCs of fighting the anti-evolution crowd.

    Glen D
    http://tinyurl.com/2kxyc7

  20. #20 inkadu
    March 10, 2008

    there’s no way Israel existed before 900AD

    er, 900 BC, rather.

  21. #21 Neill Harmer
    March 10, 2008

    Dammit. Why would she have to come from my state!

    Tho, I’m not surprised, this is the most closed state in the union.

    There are more churchs on each corner than their are gas stations (in some cases 3 churchs on some corners…its annoying)

  22. #22 thalarctos
    March 10, 2008

    …how the hell?!

    Cuttlefish is front-loaded? :)

  23. #23 Sven DiMilo
    March 10, 2008

    ooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOK!!!
    -Lahoma, where the stoopid comes sweepin down the plain…
    Where the wavin stoopid
    Can sure smell stoopid
    When the stoopid comes right behind the rain!

    yeah, needs work.
    But as a formert resident of the state in question, I do believe I have captured something of the essence that is Ok!lahoma.
    Vic Hutchison excepted, of course.

  24. #24 rrt
    March 10, 2008

    Syntyche:

    A quick peek over at Cuttlefish’s den implies the verse was completed independent of PZ’s post, hours earlier (the video’s been making the rounds for a while now.)

    Somehow I can’t be disappointed. He may not be superhuman…er…supercephalopod…but he still rocks. :)

  25. #25 mothra
    March 10, 2008

    The following destruction of a wonderful state and song is unfortunately inspired by the present backward looking and ravening officials who have somehow lost touch with reality, offered with a tear and with apologies to Roger Hammerstein II) [the scansion may not be perfect]

    Broad flat pate! Broad flat pate, gotta hood there mate!
    Gonna rave you racist, sexist and peterfylers,
    Pastor fer the cattle, polits and all haters!
    Fevers, mores’ the pity en the idiots roam,
    Plen’y of air in cerebral dome,
    Plen’y of room to swing a rope!
    Plen’y of heart and plen’y of dope.

    Oklahoma, where education’s nothin’ but a stain,
    And the creos’ bleat, their lord to meet.
    When their wind makes our nation blush in shame.
    Oklahoma, reps to constituents must lie,
    Shout aloud not talk, and watch news faux- reason is they never wonder, why.
    Your souls you have sold for a brand,
    and the brand you believe in is bland!
    And when we say–Yeeow! Dark ag-es here to-day!
    We’re only sayin’ You’re sling’in slime, Oklahoma! Oklahoma–Oi-vey!

  26. #26 Jaycubed
    March 10, 2008

    How DARE this woman call herself a Christian when she has power over men as a lawmaker & teacher.

    1 Timothy 2:12
    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

    Shame on you!

    It is clear that you will burn in Hell for eternity for your blasphemy.
    .

  27. #27 Dumdum
    March 10, 2008

    How do dimwits like this get elected to anything? And it’s not jusk Oklahoma. It’s depressing to realize there are morons like this serving in every state and the US congress. And they keep getting reelected. Either people are ignorant of who they are voting or really believe in the same things as these dopes.

  28. #28 paul
    March 10, 2008

    OK, I’m not saying that gays are the ONLY ones that they hate lol, I’m just saying that as far as the common view of things in this country, ethnic minorities and women, (and even let’s say the left-handed because there’s no more “choice” in these things than homosexuality) and all religions have won their dignity and equality through the law (I’m not saying it’s Utopia, but at least theoretically the laws are there). Yet homophobia is rampant even in most moderate religious circles, and heavily rampant in our laws. There will always be tribal mentality, but come on, gays just are not at the point yet where we’re seen as equal. Do you think even one Christian religious group is going to denounce the bitch? I doubt it, because it’s mainstream to dislike the icky gays.

    As a youngish gay atheist, I can say that my atheism has never come under fire, not directly anyway, mostly because (at least theoretically) religious freedom is sacrosanct in this country. I’m not going to be fired for being an atheist, my atheism’s not going to influence whether I can adopt or marry. I really don’t like coming across as a damn victimized gay (cuz my life ain’t been that bad) but there’s bad and then there’s bad.

  29. #29 Shigella
    March 10, 2008

    “…homo’s with agendas or the tenured professor, latte drinking, “I know more than you do and my daughters an atheist lesbian,” crowd.”

    Wow, where’d you get that fresh cliche? Cause we’ve never heard that one before, nope. Those craaaazy liberals, swilling their lattes and throwing their tenure around. (You forgot to include how we all drive Volvos, rk.)

    I have nothing against smug conservatives. However, a lot of them are pushy and irritating.

  30. #30 MAJeff, OM
    March 10, 2008

    By the way. I don’t believe in God and have nothing against homosexuals either. However, a lot of them are pushy and irritating.

    FOAD! NOW!!!

  31. #31 Jaycubed
    March 10, 2008

    “By the way. I don’t believe in God and have nothing against homosexuals either. However, a lot of them are pushy and irritating.
    FOAD! NOW!!!
    Posted by: MAJeff, OM”

    Chill out MAJeff.

    Yes, a lot of homosexuals are “pushy and irritating”.

    So are a lot of:

    Heterosexuals
    Men
    Women
    Boys
    Girls
    Tall People
    Short People
    Average Height People
    Christians
    Muslims
    Jews
    Sikhs
    Buddhists
    Jainists
    Atheists
    Scientists
    Creationists
    etc., etc.

  32. #32 MAJeff, OM
    March 10, 2008

    I really don’t want to get into a gay vs. atheist pissing contest on who gets dumped on more — it really doesn’t matter much. Sometimes it’s one way; sometimes it’s another. Both groups are seen as threatening — particularly if they are “uppity” and explicit. I’ve spoken to more than a few gay atheists who said that their homosexuality proved to be much less divisive in their family than “coming out of the closet” about not believing in God anymore. Others have said it was the opposite.

    I joke that I’m everything my parents were raised to hate: A godless pinko faggot! The gay part threw mom into a religious crisis from which she recovered. The atheist has me in hell. The socialism they’re getting closer to than they’ll ever realize.

    In some ways, the town in rural MN in which I was living (Mankato), and living on campus, made it easier to be gay than openly atheist. I can still remember saying that at a queer gathering in a restaurant and having the entire restaurant go deadly silent.

    It’s situational. But I can say that being gay has gotten me more public harrassment (like on the street/at work/in public bars) and death threats than has being an atheist.

    I’m sure PZ has had a lot more death threats over his atheism than my homosexuality though :)

  33. #33 inkadu
    March 10, 2008

    I really don’t want to get into a gay vs. atheist pissing contest on who gets dumped on more — it really doesn’t matter much. Sometimes it’s one way; sometimes it’s another.

    Is there really much difference in the groups that despise homosexuals and the groups that despise atheists? Seem to be the same religious, patriarchical, moralistic, gender-locked bastards doing the hating on both groups.

    Garculus (nee Graculus) – Like Grandpa Simpson, I just want attention.

  34. #34 s1mplex
    March 10, 2008

    Jaycubed:

    Chill out MAJeff.

    Just in case MAJeff doesn’t return to the thread, I’ll be the one to inform you that his comment was pure snark.

    In fact, I would go so far as to say that MAJeff is a little “pushy and irritating,” himself!
    ;)

  35. #35 MAJeff, OM
    March 10, 2008

    Just in case MAJeff doesn’t return to the thread, I’ll be the one to inform you that his comment was pure snark.
    In fact, I would go so far as to say that MAJeff is a little “pushy and irritating,” himself!

    Maybe not pure, but pretty highly concentrated.

  36. #36 DavidONE
    March 10, 2008

    Folks, don’t just express your outrage here, write to Ms Kern, expressing how you feel about her little monologue.

    Taken from http://www.okhouse.gov/Committees/Member.aspx?MemberID=87 is her email and I’ve also compiled all the department heads and CCed them

    To: sallykern@okhouse.gov
    CC: jenniferm@okhouse.gov, kintseljo@okhouse.gov, chadw@okhouse.gov, rickfarmer@okhouse.gov, sangercr@okhouse.gov

  37. #37 Richard Eis
    March 11, 2008

    Pushy and irritating like we knock on your door at 10 in the morning, try to get inside your house and then tell you you’re going to hell if you don’t do what we say, oh and here are some pamphlets and a newsletter.

    Heaven forbid that any group would do that eh?

  38. #38 Lilly de Lure
    March 11, 2008

    Rep. Kern: Disgrace to Humanity. Who the hell voted for this twit?

    Here’s to hoping her dreams are from here on in populated by 300 leather shorts-wearing Spartans explaining to her, with extreme prejudice, exactly how long civilisations can last when they embrace the gay lifestyle.

  39. #39 David Marjanovi?, OM
    March 11, 2008

    OK, here is a Danish word that contains the exact diphthong found in Führer. (Hm. The boldface should actually end in the middle of the r here.)

    At least the end in -er. Actually it’s kind of fun to pronounce purer with a glottal stop.

    With what? The glottal stop is what Cockneys say instead of t, it’s the consonant at the beginning and in the middle of “uh-oh”. A word-final glottal stop is present in each of these Japanese syllables, and in the middle of this word from a language spoken in central Papua New Guinea (strange world where this sound file is the easiest available…).

    Oklahoma may not be a safe place to be these days, if Sally Kern’s close by: Ezekiel 16.48-51

    Why don’t these fools ever read their own blessed book?

    Contradiction!

  40. #40 David Marjanovi?, OM
    March 11, 2008

    OK, here is a Danish word that contains the exact diphthong found in Führer. (Hm. The boldface should actually end in the middle of the r here.)

    At least the end in -er. Actually it’s kind of fun to pronounce purer with a glottal stop.

    With what? The glottal stop is what Cockneys say instead of t, it’s the consonant at the beginning and in the middle of “uh-oh”. A word-final glottal stop is present in each of these Japanese syllables, and in the middle of this word from a language spoken in central Papua New Guinea (strange world where this sound file is the easiest available…).

    Oklahoma may not be a safe place to be these days, if Sally Kern’s close by: Ezekiel 16.48-51

    Why don’t these fools ever read their own blessed book?

    Contradiction!

  41. #41 sasha
    March 11, 2008

    cuttlefish, thats a simply amazing poem you have there, i nearly bust out laughing several times while reading it! (good thing i could contain myself, im at work right now)

  42. #42 Jaycubed
    March 11, 2008

    Yeah, those gays are forcing their lifestyle on us with their agenda.

    Just like those cripples who are FORCING their cripple AGENDA on us. Look at them FLOUTING their crippled lifestyle at us in catalogs, ads, TV and parking lots.

    If GOD had meant people to go around in wheelchairs we would have been CREATED with wheels instead of legs!

    Even that commie russkie jew F.D.Russavitch knew enough to hide & deny his twisted crippled lifestyle before he began BURNING IN HELL, along with Raymond Burr, Christopher Reeve, George Wallace & Lenin.

    Their SICK & TWISTED agenda has even reached into our blessed Military. Did you know that your TAX DOLLARS go to support this unGODly crippled agenda by buying wheelchairs for disabled Veterans so they can FLAUNT their crippled lifestyle!

  43. #43 Sastra
    March 11, 2008

    “After the service, Sally and I went to lunch with the Poes. They told us an amazing thing. They knew nothing about what was happening to Sally when they came to worship at Olivet. They just felt a strong urging of the Lord to attend. After hearing what was happening to Sally they knew and we knew the Lord had sent them to lift Sally up. It was a confirmation to us all that God is doing something and is working in our behalf.

    Argh. I just wanted to point this out as a typical example of the incredibly lame and banal coincidences which seem to act as “amazing” confirmations from God for a lot of people. They’ve obviously lost or at least set aside any kind of clear-headed ability to analyze what is, and is not, contrary to all chance and natural expectation, so the only rational alternative is that they’ve experienced a miracle from God.

    A religious couple who goes to church all the time decided to go to church on Sunday, and it turns out one of their friends was glad they were there. Sheesh, we atheists should just drop to our knees and convert on the spot. What else would it take, o stubborn ones?

    Seriously, I get this kind of thing regularly from my parents, but not on messages from God — on ESP. My mom had a dream about playing Scrabble, and two days later my Dad asked if she wanted to play Scrabble. Don’t I think that’s … significant?

    No. Of course, my parents aren’t using the mysteriously communicated game of Scrabble suggestion or the existence of ESP to justify a divine mandate to keep homosexuals from demanding “special” (ie equal) rights, either — so there’s not the creepy, disturbing factor.

    How many Christians agree that they would kill another human being “if I was ordered to by God — but only if I was POSITIVE so don’t worry?” Too many. Especially if this is their standard for being really, really sure they got His message right.

  44. #44 MAJeff, OM
    March 11, 2008

    C’mon y’all. CM’s got a point. After all, rabid anti-gay bigotry just isn’t a big deal, and an elected representative spreading that bigotry while also spouting flat-out lies also just isn’t a big deal. There’s nothing here worth getting upset about. Particularly if you’ve been the victim of–or love someone who’s been the victim of–such bigotry and are expressing anger or frustration that this bullshit continues. No, you folks should just shut the fuck up.

    See? A perfectly reasonable position.

  45. #45 MAJeff, OM
    March 11, 2008

    Defend the gay basher because she’s godly.

    No, defend the gay basher because she’s a poor powerless state representative who is being ridiculed in a blog thread.

  46. #46 Ichthyic
    March 11, 2008

    When I see a group of people kicking the shit out of someone my reaction is not to join the ass-kicking, but to pull the poor soul out of there. Regardless of the crime.

    then you are fooling yourself, both as to the nature of what is being derided and why, and whether your reaction has value for any concerned.

    what she did is NOT a crime (unfortunately). aside from ridicule and derision, and calling for her ouster as a representative, how else should one react to fear and hate mongering in an elected representative?

    I suppose you would have been quite happy to defend McCarthy from negative criticism as well?

    I rather think “Dim” a tame label for your lack of thought on the subject.

    There is underlying smugness around here that is really a turn off.

    funny, but I was thinking that of you, reading your post.

  47. #47 DanioPhD
    March 12, 2008

    Gee, Cuttlefish, if I become an insipid concern troll, will you put me in your next poim?? Pretty please?

    CM, you have taken cultural relativism to a new low. Did you stand up for poor, misunderstood Jerry Falwell in his hour of need as well? Strom Thurmond? Jesse Helms? Marge Schott? Your concern is miles off the mark here.

    I will, however, concede that I am uncomfortable with the degree to which certain perjorative terms are deployed on threads in which the featured offender happens to be female. Neither Sally Kearn’s vitriolic opinion nor her abysmally poor judgment in expressing same have anything to do with the fact that (in all likelihood) she has a vagina. Hence, I see little point in using throwaway insults such as ‘bitch’ or ‘whore’ when ‘shit-for-brains bigoted asshole’ would be more to the point–with the added bonus of being gender-neutral. Carry on.

  48. #48 Lilly de Lure
    March 12, 2008

    Cuttlefish:

    Brilliant as always APPLAUSE!
    CM, if Cuttlefish’s verse can’t get you to understand the point that he and others have been trying to get through to you, you are beyond hope.

    DanioPhd said:

    Hence, I see little point in using throwaway insults such as ‘bitch’ or ‘whore’ when ‘shit-for-brains bigoted asshole’ would be more to the point–with the added bonus of being gender-neutral. Carry on.

    Agreed, I was going to post a similar point myself, misogynist insults such as these are not really justified no matter how hate-filled the ignoramus they are being directed towards. The point surely is that she is a hatefilled ignoramus, not that she happens to be female.

    Also, am I the only one who thinks that calling her a “whore” is a gross insult to the whore community?

  49. #49 Ian Gould
    March 12, 2008

    “You’re thinking in a way too complicated way. It’s teh libruls. Who else?”

    Satan, obviously.

  50. #50 DanioPhD
    March 12, 2008

    Lilly de Lure said:

    Also, am I the only one who thinks that calling her a “whore” is a gross insult to the whore community?

    Ordinarily I wouldn’t be remotely qualified to make such a determination. But, thanks to current events surrounding the recently resigned Governor of NY, I’ve had an opportunity to compare various sound bytes from representatives of the world’s oldest profession with those of Rep. Kern. Funny thing, the ‘whores’ come out sounding much more tolerant, kind, and non-judgmental than the god’s word girl Sally. So yes, I daresay they would be a bit insulted at the insinuation that she was ‘one of them’.

  51. #51 Hap
    March 12, 2008

    CM – People may not be big fans of Christianity here, but Kern isn’t being criticized for being Christian – she’s being criticized for hating gay people. Since the two central edicts of Christianity (at least as stated in the Bible) are to love God, and love others, hating gays doesn’t really seem to fit in with being Christian (at least in theory). (Of course, as with many, I’m guessing she’s skipping the parts about taking care of the poor and orphans and all that – after all, the two(?) verses criticizing homosexuality are MUCH more important.) And of course, her comments (and her lack of public voicing of her opinions of gay people) indicate that she is 1) unwilling to be truthful and 2) unwilling to fight for her principles and to accept the consequences of them.

    So, people don’t need to criticize Kern for being Christian. They can, instead, criticize her for being a bigoted dishonest hypocrite with the moral strength of tissue paper. In addition, such criticism isn’t contingent on her being a woman – amazing enough, lots of men are criticized for being stupid and vicious in this particular way. Thanks for playing, though.

  52. #52 Prof. Bleen
    March 12, 2008

    If you need a little help writing Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry, Rep. Chris Benge, Sen. Mike Morgan about this outrage, CC’ed to Rep. Kern herself, the Human Rights Campaign will be delighted to facilitate your action.