Okie round-up

July 31st, 2004

AKA Mike Hogshead makes a clean sweep of the primary election.
Awe Contraire catches Michael Moore on a high note.
Back pedal by Design goes to the movies.
BatesLine sympathizes with Humphreys supporters.
Bloggins..schiesty Blog dresses up for golf.
camedwards found the perfect woman for one of his readers.
Conservative and Right found a rational Democrat.
Conversation Station covers the formalities.
DaveTown can’t see watching conventions.
Dan & Angi…Say pokes at Ann Coulter.
dustbury takes on a heavy topic.
E-Scout is nominated for a Diarist Award.
Great Googly Moogly goes camping.
Insect Journal puts another notch on his camera.
Jewdez dishes out parental advice.
JMBzine goes camping.
Joel Blain voted, but was it really him?
Left End of the Dial gambles with Bush.
Library Stories recommends PubSub.
Life and Deatherage: Vote for Coburn?
Numskullery reminds us that no man is an island.
Oklahoma Wine News found a vineyard for sale.
Program Witch Pages wrestles with politics.
Reflections in d minor stirs the political chili.
So Blog me! has some replays.
SoonerThought questions the Electoral College.
there it is doesn’t like our homeless solution.
This is Class Warfare opens his bag of secrets.
Tribulations of a Young Professional has a rainy day on the road.
Tropiary on skronking etiquette.
Unix, Music and Politics brings up old news.

Found a new blog from Edmond that covers restaurants and local entertainment. There’s a few reviews up already and they’re looking for more.

OKReviews Discussions

Oklahoma hawks

July 30th, 2004

A new poll shows Oklahomans favor war more than average American.

The poll, sponsored by the Tulsa World and KOTV, showed that 57 percent of Oklahomans feel the war was worth fighting, 36 percent said it wasn’t and 7 percent didn’t know or refused to answer.

An ABC-Washington Post national poll in June also asked whether the war was worth it.

Of those offering an opinion, only 47 percent of those sampled nationally felt the war was worth fighting, while 52 percent said it wasn’t.

Fisher clan resilient

July 30th, 2004

Just when you think things can’t get worse for Fisher, there’s this.

Fisher Indicted Again On Embezzlement Charge

But then I read this:

Fisher unseats Goss in sheriff’s race

That must have been a tough campaign.

Cock-fighting gets official fired

July 30th, 2004

State Agriculture Commissioner Charles Sharpe is in trouble over cock-fighting.

South Carolina’s agriculture commissioner pleaded innocent Thursday to charges of taking payoffs to protect a cockfighting ring.

Now aren’t you ashamed for thinking this was an Oklahoma story?

-via Fark

Working in Oklahoma

July 30th, 2004

The U.S. economy has been recovering for some time now. Per capita income in Oklahoma is rising according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. But so is the demand for food stamps. According to the DHS:

We have never had this many people on food stamps in the history of the state.

What’s going on? Income up, food stamps up? Perhaps when folks work more they get hungrier?

Actually, per capita income is rising as much as it is because it reflects all personal income from all sources. Wages are only a portion of that figure. Yet, figuring wage rates can be a little misleading also. Especially when you figure in wages such as Colgate-Palmolive CEO Reuben Mark’s $67, 836 per hour.

Oklahoma’s Employment Security Commission has a nice database (OKLAHOMA WAGE NETWORK) of wage rates by job classification throughout the state. I’m lucky enough to be above the median for my occupation, and it’s quite a difference from the 25 percentile range. Going through this chart makes me wonder if more and more working families need food stamps because of wage increases for the common folk that lag the cost of living.

But you can rent it

July 29th, 2004

“Our vote is not for sale”, cried Al Sharpton at the Democratic convention. This convention blogger says otherwise.

I tried to find out more about what it means to be a donor to the NCDM. Their website, however, gives very little information. A member of the Mayors Trust has to give at least $5,000 annually. In exchange, they get “an opportunity to share ideas and interact with the nation’s Democratic mayors — in small group settings — throughout the year,” including invitations to “NCDM business meetings and receptions held in conjunction with the US Conference of Mayors January and June meetings; Annual Chief of Staff Dinner; Mayors Trust Roundtable luncheon series in Washington, DC with visiting Mayors; [and] Special events throughout the year — including private dinners and receptions.”

There’s no information on how much it costs to join the platinum, gold or silver levels, or what kinds of privileges that confers. I tried reaching the NCDM on the phone, but so far haven’t heard back.

And they won’t get back with him either. You know the old saying – If you have to ask…

Convention blogging

July 29th, 2004

The trend for traditional news journalists to belittle bloggers for non-traditional news journalism continues.

It seems as if bloggers were awed by the whole idea of being among the first of their kind at a national party convention — and had to call attention to that fact.

Reading the early postings, I found more about bloggers than about the delegates, speakers or protesters. One posted a photo of the media pass, while several showed their “Bloggers Boulevard” workspace. A few discussed the identity of a fellow blogger who had been anonymous until then.

I’m not sure if learned journalists just don’t get it or are simply jealous. Many seem to assume that bloggers should aspire to be traditional news outlets and meet the same standards as commercial media. Others have a suppressed resentment of a blogger’s editorial freedom and the ability to explore unorthodox journalistic approaches. It’s good that readers of both media can judge for themselves.

Here’s one convention blogger’s report on the Oklahoma delegation.

I went onto the convention floor last night, and spoke to a couple people in the Oklahoma delegation. I was hoping to find Brad Carson, who is listed as a delegate. I was told that he was back home, campaigning for US Senate.

This blogger is a self described political “centrist” and contacted me before the convention in hopes of getting some background info on Wesley Clark delegates. The folks I knew were all Edwards delegates except one Kerry man; didn’t know any Clark delegates and couldn’t help him. After reading that sparse entry, I wish I would’ve just made some stuff up.

Glamor grows old

July 29th, 2004

When I hit my 40’s, women started becoming younger. Driving by OU’s campus in the warmer months was still enjoyable, but appreciating the abundant babes began to mix with a growing feeling of perversion for admiring such budding young women. But this evolution has turned into a good thing. I now appreciate the beauty of older women more than ever. And it turns out I’m not alone.

Models over 40 can have the same great figures, hair and smiles that their 20-something counterparts have, but with age comes confidence, one of the most attractive qualities a woman can possess, says Candace Bushnell, the 45-year-old author of “Sex and the City” and “Four Blondes.”

It seems that older women are more in demand and taking work away from younger models. No doubt the aging baby-boomers are the reason. Fashion editors are going along for the ride.

I love the idea of women in their 40’s and 50’s being the new glamour babe.

Me too.

Getting what you pay for

July 29th, 2004

You know the corporate lore that says company CEO’s must continue to be lavished with ever increasing compensation less they seek employment elsewhere? Well I’m happy to say that we may be safe from a mass exodus of CEO’s this year.

The median compensation for chief executives at the largest U.S. companies rose to $4.6 million last year, up from a median $3.6 million in 2002, according to the latest pay survey by the Corporate Library.

In 1982, the ratio of CEO pay to the wages of an average worker stood at 42 to 1. Today, it is beyond 300 to 1.

Gee, I hope a 27% increase was enough last year. These masterminds of capitalism get mighty pissed when their income is less than 300 times the average American worker’s.

However, we should consider that this obscene pay situation isn’t easy on CEO’s either.

“I’m a little embarrassed about it.” That’s what United Technologies Corp. CEO George David had to say about his paycheck for 2003–a cool $70.5 million.

Who decides?

July 28th, 2004

The hard work is done. Oklahoma’s primary election has now produced the final warriors to battle for political office in November. Let’s glance at some Primary numbers from the State Election Board.

The Census Bureau estimates 70% national voter registration rates.

  • 1.938 million Oklahomans registered to vote as of Jan. 2004
  • 1,022,000 Democrats
  • 720,000 Republicans

About 30% of all registered voters participated in the Senate primary.

  • 34% of Democrats
  • 33% of Republicans

Only one-third of party members even bother to choose their selection of candidates. Normally I would think it’s the party faithful who decide primary elections. But if the GOP Senate primary numbers are any indication, that theory is bunk.

Coburn = 146,000 votes
Humphreys = 60,000 votes = 7.5% of all registered Republicans.

Oklahoma’s Republican leadership, including Sen. Nickles, Sen. Inhofe, U.S. Rep. Cole, J.C. Watts, ad nauseum, blessed Humphreys from the beginning, and all these king’s men couldn’t even gain 8% of their party to support their Humpty Dumpty candidate. Sounds like GOP leaders may be more out of touch with voters than even the Democrats.

While Istook may have been bullied out of the race by these enforcers, they never could intimidate Couburn.(Intimidate Coburn? What fools!) And Istook got the last laugh with his own endorsement of Coburn.

It will take bold Republicans, and Democrats alike, to take on the two-party power structure that has Americans fighting amongst ourselves over petty issues and distracting us from focusing on the most serious problem… the system itself.