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Ann Coulter causes stir at KU (Heckling, standing ovations interrupt right-wing commentator)
Lawrence Journal World ^ | 3/30/05 | Mike Belt

Posted on 03/30/2005 4:41:24 AM PST by bitt

Conservative columnist and author Ann Coulter was greeted with a mixture of standing ovations and heckling after she took center stage Tuesday night at Kansas University's Lied Center.

As soon as she stepped up to the microphone, Coulter fired off one zinger after another about liberalism while promising to answer questions from left-wing members in the audience who could "thrash their way to a coherent thought."

"I've come to find I like liberals a lot more," Coulter said early in her speech. "They're kind of cute when they're cold, shivering and afraid."

Coulter spoke as the 37th J.A. Vickers Sr. Memorial Lecture Series lecturer to a crowd estimated by KU officials at about 1,800 people. The lectures, which began in 1971, were established through a gift to the Kansas University Endowment Association by the Vickers family of Wichita.

Coulter received several standing ovations during her speech, but she also found herself interrupted several times by a small, scattered group of hecklers.

"I think there are some people in the audience who meant to be at the sexual reorientation class down the hall," Coulter said, in response to the heckling.

Moments later Coulter stopped and called for assistance from students when hecklers started in again and no one of authority was seen trying to stop them.

"Could 10 of the largest College Republicans start walking up and down the aisles and start removing anyone shouting?" Coulter asked. "Otherwise, this lecture is over."

Several people responded, leaving their seats to confront the hecklers, and verbal confrontations erupted in parts of the auditorium. One of those who answered Coulter's call was Michael Conner, a Shawnee freshman.

"All I did was say they shouldn't stop her from speaking," Conner said of confronting some audience members in the back of the auditorium.

Later, when heckling broke out again, a couple of uniformed KU Public Safety Department officers appeared and escorted about six people out of the auditorium.

Coulter resumed her critical remarks, calling Sen. Ted Kennedy a "human dirigible" and the Democrats' "spiritual leader." She also made fun of the Democrats' dalliance with filmmaker Michael Moore and former presidential candidate John Kerry, who she said got away with telling "big, fat, enormous lies."

Despite Kerry's loss, Democrats think their political stances and ideas just "need new labels for their bottles," Coulter said.

She also blasted the nation's judicial system for its handling of the Terri Schiavo case. "We no longer have a single check on the judiciary," she said.

Coulter's appearance spurred mixed emotions among those who came to see her. About a dozen protesters stood outside the center before her speech, carrying signs bearing quotes from her books and columns. Ron Warman Jr. dressed up in a clown suit to express his dislike of Coulter.

"I think she's a clown or a witch," the 45-year-old Lawrence man said.

Some of the protesters, such as Robert Richardson, said they were members of the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics.

"We're just not open-minded enough to like Ann Coulter," Richardson, 28, of Lawrence, said.

Others, such as Mollie Devine, 26, said she was a big fan of Coulter.

"I love her," the Lawrence woman said. "She doesn't back down. She's also funnier than the other (conservative) columnists."

Mary Anne Smith, 38, said she welcomed a chance to hear a noted right-wing conservative speak.

"We hear so much of the liberal side in Lawrence," she said. "I'm excited she came here, and this is not a very easy place to come."

John Altevogt, a conservative GOP activist from Wyandotte County, also welcomed Coulter.

"Ann Coulter is logical, rational and an independent thinker," he said. "In essence, everything the left hates in their womenfolk."

Unhappy with controversy

Others said they were displeased with the hecklers, including brothers Richard and Alfred Dyer, who sat in front of a few hecklers they described as acting like children.

"I think they did a disservice by heckling her," Alfred Dyer, 54, Tonganoxie, said.

"She's got a right to be treated in a civilized manner," Richard Dyer, 53, Lawrence, said.

John Hoopes, 46, Lawrence, said the event reminded him of watching the "Jerry Springer Show."

Coulter was paid $25,000 for her appearance, which was paid from the Vickers endowment fund, said Toni Dixon, director of communications for the KU School of Business. State and university money were not used, she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: academia; collegerepublicans; coulter; kerry
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1 posted on 03/30/2005 4:41:24 AM PST by bitt
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2 posted on 03/30/2005 4:42:49 AM PST by bitt (It is the Soldier, not the judges who protect the US Constitution.)
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To: bitt
"I think she's a clown or a witch," the 45-year-old Lawrence man said.

I thought this was a College event. What's that old fa*t doing there? (even though he's younger than me)

3 posted on 03/30/2005 4:45:08 AM PST by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: bitt

I resized it for ya!

4 posted on 03/30/2005 4:45:42 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: bitt
I hope our Ann travels with bodyguards.

It sounds like she dished out some zingers and p*ssed off the Kansas liberals. Well done, Ann.

Thanks for posting.

5 posted on 03/30/2005 4:46:02 AM PST by Pharmboy ("Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God")
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To: bitt
the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!

6 posted on 03/30/2005 4:46:09 AM PST by jigsaw (Florida: The Persistently Vegetative State)
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To: Jet Jaguar

ta. had to rush to post it, rulz, ya know...


7 posted on 03/30/2005 4:46:48 AM PST by bitt (It is the Soldier, not the judges who protect the US Constitution.)
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To: bitt

I understand completely. LOL


8 posted on 03/30/2005 4:47:54 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: bitt

Freedom of speech, but not for everyone apparently.


9 posted on 03/30/2005 4:48:24 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: bitt
"They're kind of cute when they're cold, shivering and afraid."

Well, no they're not (cute), but they ARE cold, shivering, and afraid.

And Ann is a conservative treasure, as always.

10 posted on 03/30/2005 4:48:28 AM PST by IronJack
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To: bitt
"Some of the protesters, such as Robert Richardson, said they were members of the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics.

"We're just not open-minded enough to like Ann Coulter," Richardson, 28, of Lawrence, said."

Once again, the Left stupidly reveals its stupidity and hubris.

11 posted on 03/30/2005 4:48:33 AM PST by chs68
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To: bitt
"Ann Coulter is logical, rational and an independent thinker," he said. "In essence, everything the left hates in their womenfolk."

LOL. He got that one right.

12 posted on 03/30/2005 4:48:38 AM PST by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: bitt
State and university money were not used, she said.

I notice this kind of disclaimer a lot when talking of conservatives.
"Well, we don't really approve, but at least taxpayer money wasn't used..."

These hypocrites sure don't worry about that if the speaker is michael moooore or Ward Churchill or someone of their political ill(k).

13 posted on 03/30/2005 4:49:02 AM PST by lafroste (gravity is not a force. See my profile to read my novel absolutely free (I know, beyond shameless))
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To: Jet Jaguar

Just have to post my link to the pictures of Ann that I have over time, ENJOY!
http://www.sucon.org/ann/


14 posted on 03/30/2005 4:50:22 AM PST by ktw (kakkate koi)
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To: bitt
"Coulter was paid $25,000 for her appearance,"

Not a bad haul for an hour of having fun pointing out how silly Democrats are, backed up by examples from the audience.

15 posted on 03/30/2005 4:50:33 AM PST by Nuzcruizer
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To: bitt
Ron Warman Jr. dressed up in a clown suit to express his dislike of Coulter

Yeah, that will teach those conservatives! :)

Ann, good work!

16 posted on 03/30/2005 4:51:05 AM PST by SIDENET
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To: Jet Jaguar

..."Open-Minded Atheists..."?

Ummm... Isn't that an oxymoron!


17 posted on 03/30/2005 4:51:33 AM PST by Common Sense 101
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To: bitt

Typical "free-speech" loving liberals, doing everything they can to prevent the free speech of those who disagree with them.


18 posted on 03/30/2005 4:51:48 AM PST by MisterRepublican (Grand Ayatollah George Greer (PBUH) has declared jihad against the disabled.)
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To: bitt

THE BIG (UNTOLD) STORY IN MIDEAST
[1.5 MIL MOSLEMS CHRISTIAN SINCE 911]

19 posted on 03/30/2005 4:52:05 AM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: jigsaw

An appropriate group for the "Lied Center."


20 posted on 03/30/2005 4:52:44 AM PST by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: bitt
Others said they were displeased with the hecklers, including brothers Richard and Alfred Dyer, who sat in front of a few hecklers they described as acting like children.

Oh, well, now there's a big surprise! ;o)

21 posted on 03/30/2005 4:54:44 AM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: bitt

It is not quite 5-A.M. on the west coast and already we've had an Ann Coulter post...its gonna be a GREAT DAY!


22 posted on 03/30/2005 4:54:57 AM PST by sierrahome (What's the Cuban national anthem? "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")
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To: bitt
It appears there were NO security arrangements in that hall for her appearance. Perhaps we should let Ann know that we're concerned for her safety.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of the loony left.....we do!

Leni

23 posted on 03/30/2005 4:55:41 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: bitt
John Hoopes, 46, Lawrence, said the event reminded him of watching the "Jerry Springer Show."

Exactly. That is exactly what the Left has become.

I'd like to see the percentage of liberals who are at home watching afternoon television while the rest of America is at work. I'd wager it would be quite large.

25 posted on 03/30/2005 4:57:13 AM PST by JennysCool (Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have.)
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To: bitt

>>she took center stage Tuesday night at Kansas University's Lied Center.<<

Lied center is a good name. They heard the truth from Ann after the great lies of most of previous speakers.


26 posted on 03/30/2005 4:58:53 AM PST by melancholy (Wacko Jacko is in deep kako!)
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To: Quix; null and void
Ann Coulter ping. (Yes, The Rule is fulfilled!) ;o)
27 posted on 03/30/2005 5:01:50 AM PST by Ladysmith (Wisconsin Hunter Shootings: If you want on/off the WI Hunters ping list, please let me know.)
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To: bitt

Those guys that heckled would know how to put a condom on an eggplant but let them recite the preamble of the Declaration of Independence - ask them who is the Vice President of the United States. And you know what - one day those guys might become a judge in Florida.


28 posted on 03/30/2005 5:05:08 AM PST by El Oviedo
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To: lafroste

Hey, watch it. I'm a 44 year-old college student!


29 posted on 03/30/2005 5:09:21 AM PST by Trust but Verify (Pull up a chair and watch history being made.)
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To: Ladysmith

"sat in front of a few hecklers they described as acting like children."

Hey Useful Idiots: Want some fries with that eating your own?

ROTFLOL!!!

Reading between the lines, these two guys were embarrassed by their Comrades....one step more and we got 'em next election...


30 posted on 03/30/2005 5:10:33 AM PST by The Spirit Of Allegiance (ATTN. MARXIST RED MSM: I RESENT your "RED STATE" switcheroo using our ELECTORAL MAP as PROPAGANDA!)
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To: bitt

I'm guessing the hecklers are still hurting from the defeat of the Bucknell Bisons.


31 posted on 03/30/2005 5:11:07 AM PST by A Cyrenian
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To: bitt
Ron Warman Jr. dressed up in a clown suit to express his dislike of Coulter. "I think she's a clown or a witch," the 45-year-old Lawrence man said. Some of the protesters, such as Robert Richardson, said they were members of the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics.

And HE ends up wearing the clown suit.

Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics. What exactly does that mean?

32 posted on 03/30/2005 5:11:21 AM PST by Tom Bombadil
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A very good example of opening mouth before engaging brain:
What a oxyiMORON!
...Some of the protesters, such as Robert Richardson, said they were members of the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics.
"We're just not open-minded enough to like Ann Coulter," Richardson, 28, of Lawrence,...


33 posted on 03/30/2005 5:11:21 AM PST by free thinker 03 (Wounln't it be refreshing if politicians actually did what they said)
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To: bitt

It seems to me after reading the article that the title should be, Hecklers cause stir at KU, not Ann Coulter causes stir at KU. It was the hecklers who started the trouble.


34 posted on 03/30/2005 5:11:47 AM PST by Rocky Mountain Mama (Rummy and Condi in '08 ... Now THAT'S a ticket I could get behind!!)
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Kansas University's Lied Center.

What more needs to be said?

35 posted on 03/30/2005 5:15:37 AM PST by NRA1995 ("The Minuteman Project: doing the job our government doesn't want to do")
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To: Nuzcruizer
I hope she raises her rates she is worth more.


Ann is doing the hardcore work that not everyone can do.
Our colleges have been infiltrated by the hard left.
Our sons and daughter who attend desperately need an alternative thought process from the left wing BS they are subjected to day after day. They need to be influenced by someone who can and does handle anything the left wing crazies can throw at her.

Thank God for Ann Coulter.
36 posted on 03/30/2005 5:15:39 AM PST by keysguy (Time to get rid of the UN and the ACLU)
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To: bitt
My favorite fellow deadhead:


37 posted on 03/30/2005 5:16:34 AM PST by pickemuphere (Leviticus 13:3)
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To: Tom Bombadil
"Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics. What exactly does that mean?"

Think about the acronym. SOMAA

38 posted on 03/30/2005 5:18:17 AM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel)
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To: bitt
When I first saw the headline I immediately thought, "Kutztown University". That's my alma mater. They promote themselves as KU too. Reminds me as to the debate one time on FR as to whether Southern Cal or the U of South Carolina has the true right to market as "USC".

ff

39 posted on 03/30/2005 5:18:50 AM PST by foreverfree
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Go get'em Ann. If you're getting flack it means you're over the target!


40 posted on 03/30/2005 5:29:57 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Grateful Heart Tour 2005)
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To: JennysCool
"An appropriate group for the "Lied Center."

LOL, it sure looks like that in print. It's actually pronounced "leed", though.

41 posted on 03/30/2005 5:31:45 AM PST by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: Pharmboy
It sounds like she dished out some zingers and p*ssed off the Kansas liberals. Well done, Ann.

agree...the liberals really hate it, when, the "little people"/"uneducated rubes" laugh @ them.

42 posted on 03/30/2005 5:32:11 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: bitt
........calling Sen. Ted Kennedy a "human dirigible"

LOL! Get 'em, Ann.

43 posted on 03/30/2005 5:32:55 AM PST by Skooz (Host organism for the State parasite)
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To: jigsaw
"the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics"
ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!

To be fair, an agnostic is open-minded.

44 posted on 03/30/2005 5:34:48 AM PST by harrowup (Just naturally perfect and humble of course)
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To: Jet Jaguar
DANG!
I didn't know she was a lawyer.
I don't know whether to revise my opinion of Ann, or of lawyers!
45 posted on 03/30/2005 5:35:03 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: pickemuphere

She is a Dead Head.


46 posted on 03/30/2005 5:35:27 AM PST by DollarCoins
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To: harrowup
"the Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics"

The name implies that there is or should be a "Society of Close-Minded Atheists and Agnostics".

47 posted on 03/30/2005 5:42:59 AM PST by jigsaw (Florida: The Persistently Vegetative State)
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To: bitt
Ann Coulter doesn't need bodyguards.

"Could 10 of the largest College Republicans start walking up and down the aisles and start removing anyone shouting?" Coulter asked.

Ann knows that just by uttering statements like this, she summons the power and protection of any right-of-center male between the ages of 18 and 120 within earshot. That's why she wears the short skirts ;-)

48 posted on 03/30/2005 5:44:27 AM PST by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: DollarCoins

You still here? The admins must be getting soft.


49 posted on 03/30/2005 5:46:43 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: MisterRepublican

C'mon. You know she's getting the exact reaction she is looking for. It's not as if she doesn't enjoy all the attention she's getting.


50 posted on 03/30/2005 5:47:36 AM PST by dmz
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