Political value

May 31st, 2005

Anyone who thinks our congressmen are worthless should think again. (Norman Transcript reg.)

Sen. Jim Inhofe reported assets valued between $2.1 million and $5 million, Sen. Tom Coburn reported assets from $1.1 million to $3.4 million and Rep. Tom Cole listed between $1.2 million and 4.1 million in assets, the Tulsa World’s Washington bureau reported Monday.

Rep. Frank Lucas listed assets of between $371,000 and $990,000, Rep. Ernest Istook reported $386,000 to $940,000 in assets

We got one average guy and one unknown.

Rep. John Sullivan listed $30,000 to $100,000 in assets.
First-term Rep. Dan Boren, the only Democrat in Oklahoma’s seven-member delegation, received an extension for filing his disclosure report.

Last year’s travel perks included:

Inhofe, a Republican, reported taking expense-paid trips last year to Cuba with the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation and to Long Beach and Anaheim, Calif., with Boeing.

Cole traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, with the Aspen Institute; Cambridge, Md., with the Heritage Foundation; Las Vegas with Pre Paid Legal Services; and Princeton, N.J., with Princeton University.

Rep. Sullivan listed no lobbyist paid trips in 2004.

How can Rep. Sullivan be expected to properly represent Oklahomans without traveling to Las Vegas and Hawaii?

A stiff penalty

May 30th, 2005

Obeying the law in Oklahoma sometimes requires extra self discipline.

An erection that shows through a man’s clothing is illegal

OK, but shouldn’t there always be an accessory to the crime?

Lost in Oklahoma

May 30th, 2005

Megan isn’t sure what she wants, but doesn’t think it’s in Oklahoma.

SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE I’M NOT MEANT TO BE IN OKLAHOMA, MY OWN BROTHERS TELL ME THEY DONT’ WANT ME HERE. I DON’T KNOW. I JUST KNOW I’M SOBER, AND I SEE WHERE I’M AT, I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING WITH MY LIFE. AND I FEEL LIKE I AM NO WHERE. I’M CONFUSED AND LOST, AND I JUST DONT’ KNOW ABOUT ANYTHING ANY MORE. I MET A GREAT GUY, BUT I STILL FEEL THERE IS MORE OUT THERE THAN WHAT OKLAHOMA HAS TO OFFER.

Sobering up can probably have that affect no matter where you are.

How’s your credit?

May 30th, 2005

Tomorrow, June 1, Oklahomans join millions of other Americans in the right to freely gain the knowledge of just what Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union credit agencies have on us.

Robert McLeod, a professor at the University of Alabama who specializes in personal financial planning, recommends that people get all three reports because the companies use different methodology and different databases to compile their reports.

There are three ways to get them:

  • Click on the Web site www.annualcreditreport.com and fill out a request
  • Call (877) 322-8228
  • Print out the annual credit report request form at FTC.Gov and mail it to
    Annual Credit Report Request Service
    P.O. Box 105281
    Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

Morning

May 30th, 2005

It’s gloomy and overcast today. Perhaps as it should be.

An Oklahoma hidden treasure

May 29th, 2005

There had to be a bit of chauvinistic pig bubbling up out of me when creating Oklahoma’s Sexiest Power Women contest. Yet, I never considered for one moment just a “Sexiest Oklahoma Woman” contest, for I wasn’t stimulated by a popularity contest based on a pretty face, perky breasts and a firm ass. Women are already subjected to that judgement daily. No, it was another feminine power; that elusive combination of confidence, wit, and charm exuded by an accomplished woman; an attraction that garners something more than respect from people of both sexes.

When placing Ann Simmons Alspaugh into nomination, I couldn’t have guessed that she would end up with 14% of the vote in a field of 24 candidates. Especially against younger, prettier and more famous Oklahoma women than herself. As the votes rolled in over the six week polling period, I tracked voting trends to try to minimize voter fraud. The site used two methods for this purpose: 1) logging all IP addresses and preventing duplicate votes from the same IP address, and 2) serving a cookie to each visitor that would accept cookies so that I could check site access logs and discard excessive voting for any one candidate from a single computer that would use different IP addresses to long log on. While this system was by no means fool proof, I can say with confidence that Ann Alspaugh was indeed the popular choice in this unscientific poll. And can we trust science when sex is involved anyway?

I was aware of several outside campaigns for candidates throughout the race. Referral logs would show visitors originating from email links and computer servers that would correspond to the surge in votes for specific nominees. Air National Guard Brigadier General, LaRita Aragon, had broad support from the military. Jenifer Reynolds and Sherri Coale got a good push from outside publicity. I was even surprised by the support from the legal community for all three of the judicial contestants: Nancy Coats, Vicki Miles-LaGrange and Noma Gurich. But the real kicker was a two week long voting run for Ms. Alspaugh. I don’t know how much this Oklahoma oil heiress is worth, but based on the number of financial institutions around the country that visited the site, I’d say it’s a bunch!

Yes, Ann Alspaugh’s popularity surprised me. But after looking into her activism, her philanthropy, and her family history, folks couldn’t have picked a better representative of an Oklahoma Sexy Power Woman!

Ann Simmons Alspaugh
Oklahoma’s Sexiest Power Woman 2005

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Okie round-up

May 28th, 2005

Carrie Underwood blogs?
Incredimom wonders if you like her.
Redneck Diva breaks her snake record.
Cutting to the Chase is sick from stem cell division.
This is not for you is too available.
Wholesale Pants is not into interns.
BatesLine is open to changing the Tulsa city charter.
Schiesty Times says Firefox is close to Jeopardy.
Reflections in d minor has boots not made for walkin’.
Dan and Angi have a prayer request.
Blue Dot Blog wants her pride back.
Happy Homemaker puts her kids to work.
AKA Mike Horshead for what it’s worth.
DaveTown keeps it up.
Among the Dahlias kicks Cheney ASCII.
Left End of the Dial covers the Iraqi invasion invitation.
Tom Coburn…Jerk is concerned about taking our medicine.
JMBzine finds Oklahoma’s wi-fi hot spots.
Conversation Station does the splits.
This is Class Warfare thinks homeowners should wake up.
dustbury labels himself a Democrat, still.

Yes!….yes!…yes!..yes!.yes!

May 27th, 2005

I guess I should try the chicken in Okarche.

We decided that for our last supper together, we’d hit up a fried chicken joint called Eischen’s. I knew a couple things about Eischen’s even though I had never been there. First, it’s about an hour drive away. Second, it’s in a little town called Okarche. Third, its chicken is so good that people orgasm out loud while talking about it. I’m serious. I’ve seen it happen. It’s really quite amazing.

I hope they have a “Ladies Night”.

Political recycling

May 27th, 2005

There’s no doubt Republicans wield plenty of power in the U.S. Congress, and know how to use it. They’re outmanuevering Democrats with charges of playing partisan politics, making changes just as fast as they can, and not afraid to admit it.

House Republicans, for instance, discarded the seniority system and limited the independence and prerogatives of committee chairmen. The result is a chamber effectively run by a handful of GOP leaders.At the White House, Bush has tightened the reins on Cabinet members, centralizing the most important decisions among a tight group of West Wing loyalists. With the strong encouragement of Vice President Cheney, he has also moved to expand the amount of executive branch information that can be legally shielded from Congress, the courts and the public.

“I think we have used the legislative and executive branch as well as anybody to achieve our policy aims,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). “It is a remarkable governing instrument.”

What’s remarkable is if they think they are getting away with anything. Sure, they’re servicing those who financed their ascention to power, but the American public is catching on.

Bush’s approval rating on crucial issues hits a low

Satisfaction with congressional Republicans also has sagged. By 47%-36%, those polled say the country would be better off if Democrats controlled Congress. That’s the best showing for Democrats since the GOP won control of both houses of Congress in 1994.

With that kind of dwindling support, the GOP is smart to rush through as many changes as possible. Then the cycle can repeat with Democrats. It’s one recycling program Americans can always count on.

Smokers burn tobacco tax

May 27th, 2005

Officials who estimated the windfall from new state tobacco taxes were off by a few million dollars – $48 million to be exact – or about 2/3 less than projected for the first year.

[Oklahoma State Finance Director Scott] Meacham says 71-million dollars was expected to be raised by the tax by April 30th. He points to tribal smoke shops in the Tulsa area, who he says are importing lower taxed cigarettes from border states. He also believes wholesalers stockpiled their warehouses prior to the tax taking effect.

Sounds like more laws on tobacco sales will be forthcoming. And going by lawmaker logic, another reason to increase consumer taxes in other areas.