Yeah, but how many did they read?

August 30th, 2004

If more is better, Oklahoma’s 2004 Legislature put the previous year’s session to shame.

State lawmakers this year introduced 1,765 measures and joint resolutions of which 567 were enacted into law 79 more measures introduced and 80 more bills enacted into law than the 2003 session of the Legislature. The Governor vetoed 10 bills, two fewer than last year, and line-item vetoed three others. None of the vetoes was overridden.
– Oklahoma House of Representatives Media Division

If you’ve got a strong stomach and a sense of humor, you can now view the collective highlights of our state’s 49th Legislative Session.

Gas rises

August 30th, 2004

Anybody beat this?

In Tulsa, the average price for a gallon of regular is $1.76. Oklahoma City motorists are paying about $1.73 a gallon.

Gasoline here in Little Axe today is $1.639 per gallon. Then again, it should be. If the wind is right, and the cows and coyotes shut up, I can sit outside in the evening and hear a well pumping in the not too far distance.

Inside Inhofe

August 30th, 2004

Some quotes from Oklahoma’s junior senator in a visit to Alva.

“there aren’t any normal people in Washington.”

“Because I hate politicians,” he said. “I’m not up for reelection. There’s nothing I’m going to say today that you’re going to remember four and a half years from now.”

Inhofe told the audience not to wholeheartedly believe the media reports on ABC, NBC, CBS or CNN. He stated the only reliable source of information is Fox News.

“A liberal believes government should have greater involvement in our lives. A conservative believes we don’t want to lose our individual freedoms,” he explained.

“The most unhappy person in America if John Kerry wins the Presidency this year will be Hillary.”

“If you get Carson, you lose your vote in the U.S. Senate. He’s going to vote against everything I stand for,” Inhofe said.

And my favorite Inhofe quote:

“If people knew we’re spending more money on the cockheaded woodpecker in Florida than the defense of our country, they’d be outraged,” Inhofe said.

Yes, I am outraged that we spend more than $399.1 billion on the cockheaded woodpecker in Florida. I would not believe that statement if Inhofe wasn’t chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. And those lying EPA bastards claim their budget totals only $7.6 billion. Inhofe should find out how they’re hiding the other $391.5 billion spent on the Florida cockheaded woodpecker.

Republicans well insulated

August 30th, 2004

Batesline is blogging from New York City as a Republican delegate. Evidently the convention delegates are well protected from any reality around them.

Did not see a single protester today. Not a one. Some friends went to Columbus Circle to catch the “big” protest and said there were maybe 100 people there.

He may be shocked to read this morning’s headlines.

Hundreds of thousands march against Bush, war

The assemblage, marching in the sweltering August heat, took nearly five hours to file past Madison Square Garden, the convention site in midtown Manhattan. New York police, in keeping with recent policy, refused to offer a crowd estimate. Protest organizers boasted 400,000 people, and several police officers on the scene said there seemed to be more than the predicted 250,000.

Okie round up

August 29th, 2004

Acorns from an Okie finds yet another half-hearted endorsement of Brad Carson.
An Audience of One likes his first day back to school.
AKA Mike Horshead appreciates choice.
Awe Contraire fights back against spam comments.
Batesline attends the RNC Blogger Bash.
Braised Lambchop checks up on Pres. Bush’s promises.
Camedwards makes a confession.
Conversation Station asks what is the most important thing?
Dustbury reviews a low carb sausage biscuit.
JMBzine speaks out on compulsory patriotism.
Left End of the Dial sees the fun in dissent.
Numskullery is hot about the Tabasco treatment.
Okie Minnie suggest changes for some Olympic events.
Oklahoma Wine News notes the grape harvest celebrations.
Passionate America searches for a truth about taxes..
Potatobiker tries to clear the air.
Program Witch Pages teaches us how to fold a shirt.
Reflections in d minor has learned some things about blogging.
So Blog Me! wonders about blaming the U.S. at the Olympics.
This is class warfare is concerned about lawyers being right.
This is not for you listens to OU’s Preacher Bob.
Tropiary suggests an Okie protest.
Unix, Music and Politics pictures footwear with a message.
Young Professional bitches about new socks.

Okie women political pioneers

August 26th, 2004

For those of us men wanting to know what went wrong in allowing women into politics*, this book may provide some clues.

“Who’s Rocking the Cradle?” begins on the left with the activities of Oklahoma women, who organized and promoted the Socialist party to Oklahoma farmers during the economic uncertainty of frontier settlement. But after the Oklahoma Socialist party started to wane in 1916 and after passage of women’s suffrage in state in 1918, the more ideologically centered Oklahoma women became involved in politics to educate Oklahomans. They focused especially on women and the responsibilities of citizenship and the meaning of good government.

*Just kidding ladies. In fact, the League of Women Voters is one of my favorite political organizations.

Well I’ll bee

August 26th, 2004

Africanized honeybees may put Tipton, OK on the map.

OKLAHOMA CITY – A swarm of bees that attacked a work crew earlier this month may be of the Africanized variety, which would mark the furthest north the so-called “killer” bees have traveled in the United States, scientists said.

DNA tests show the bees have Africanized traits, said Russell Wright, head of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University. “They certainly are more Africanized than European,” he said.

Oklahoma strange and extreme

August 25th, 2004

I’ve eaten plenty of squirrel in my time and it’s funny how many folks believe the feisty tree rats should taste bad. This visitor from Scotland changed his preconceived notions about more than just squirrel meat.

It was my third day on the ranch in Oklahoma where I am preparing for my Alaskan adventure, and Chuck, my host, had sent me out to get some squirrel for lunch. Rather than a trip to the local store, going out to get lunch in this part of the world entails a lone journey into the woods armed with a shotgun larger than I have ever encountered in the cosy wilds of Scotland. Given that I will be surviving to a large extent on meat that I have shot myself, and won’t be able to be too fussy about what I am eating, I regarded both the gathering and the eating of this grizzly meal – somewhat reluctantly – as preparation.

Everyone has given me an incredibly warm welcome in this strange, extreme part of the world.

Donating to government

August 25th, 2004

What does it say about Oklahoma’s budget when an Indian tribe sponsors a fund raiser for a county agency?

SynthFest 2004 is a Canned Food Drive for the Department of Human Services
Cover for Two Days is $15. You will receive $1 per can up to $5 total off the Two-Day Admission Price.
Cover for Saturday night only is $10, with up to $3 off for 3 canned items.
That is more than 10 DJs and 8 Bands over two days for $5 Per Day!
Synthfest 2004 Location at Sparks America
This is an 18 + Up Event

Who’s your sheriff?

August 24th, 2004

Anybody voting for Gary Englebretson as Grady County sheriff?

The investigation was conducted by Special Agent Tom Linn of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

“It is [my] belief that Gary Englebretson used this police training move [a police choke hold] to render his wife unconscious and attempted to kill her,” Linn said in the affidavit for a search warrant used to search Englebretson’s computers.

This can’t be good.