Here’s to brighter days

December 31st, 2005

Join President Bush, and JibJab visualizing a few more brighter days in 2-0-6 than 2-0-5.

Okie round-up

December 31st, 2005

Nettl’s Notes notes her movie.
Redneck Eskimo got some nasty Oklahoma wine.
Play One on TV knows how to advise his wife.
Tulsa Indy Gazetter wants to trade for your bicycle or guitar.
don’t dream .it sees Oklahoma from Italy.
Wholesale Pants Warehouse invites us on a trip.
Morning’s at Noon has slowed down in Oklahoma.
Sister Scorpion steps in turds of enlightenment.
The Subjective Scribe is reborn.
Elephant in my Coffee blogs about Kathleen Parker’s rant on bloggers.
Is It Just Me? wants domestic spying unhindered.
JetShack sees a new world.
Cutting to the Chase spins his top 10 for 2005.
Batesline makes the top 11.
The Joker’s Wife catches a regifter.

When links stink

December 30th, 2005

I’m wondering if the saying “There is no such thing as bad publicity” applies to blog links.

The Comment Section is turned off because of a certain cowardly pitiful cyber-stalker. It lives in Tulsa, OK and it resides here, here and here. DO NOT comment at any of these sites. This pathetic loser will slander you by re-wording your comments.

Kind of makes you want to leave a comment just to see how he edits it.

Men set path for women

December 30th, 2005

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

The days of men dominating the Internet may be over, a new study finds.

The study says 68 percent of men and 66 percent of women now go online. Since women make up a larger portion of the population, that means they outnumber men in cyberspace.

Not to worry guys, the survey shows women are still lost when it comes to the Internet.

Women are also more likely to use the Internet to obtain maps and directions.

There’s our chance. As long as us men can keep control of the mapping sites, women will go where we guide them.

Americans can’t keep a secret

December 30th, 2005

It’s pretty bad when the president of the United States can’t trust Americans to keep his possible illegal spying activities on them a secret.

The U.S. Justice Department is investigating who disclosed a secret domestic eavesdropping operation approved by President George W. Bush…

Bush and senior administration officials have argued that the policy of authorizing — without court orders — eavesdropping on international phone calls and e-mails by Americans suspected of links to terrorism was legal and necessary to help defend the country after September 11.

A 1978 law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, makes it illegal to spy on U.S. citizens in the United States without the approval of a special, secret court. Bush secretly gave the NSA authority to intercept communications without such approval.

I say we give the President the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he has a special special, secret secret court that approved the spying the regular special secret court doesn’t know about.

Pow not so wow

December 30th, 2005

We used to have a lot more powwows around here than we do now. I rather enjoyed sitting outside and listening to the drums off in the distance, usually originating from the local Indian cemetery. And it always sounded better to me after a couple drinks. I just took it for granted that firewater put the pow in powwow. How wrong I was.

Thousands of Oklahomans will ring in the New Year at the 14th annual Sobriety Pow-Wow.

The powwow offers an alternative to drinking on New Year’s Eve.

I’m sorry, a drunken New Year’s eve powwow still sounds a lot more fun to me. Otherwise, how many straight, sober people can you really get to dance around in buckskin, feathers, and beads?

Hmmm… is this something we should plan for the Okie Blogger Round-up? Alcohol optional of course. (I’ll bring the drum.)

More on pau-waus.

Gov. Henry a sporting man

December 29th, 2005

Brad Henry is not shy about his endorsement of gambling, or the Sooners.

Governor Brad Henry and his family are in San Diego Thursday to cheer on the Sooners in the Holiday Bowl.

The Henrys will spend time in San Diego and Mexico before returning next week.

Taxpayers will fund the Henry’s Bowl portion of the trip and they will pick up the tab for the remainder of their vacation.

I’d bet some folks have a problem with the state funding even the Bowl game visit, but who would be better? OU President Boren footing the bill for the Henrys? Or Chesapeake Energy? Or Oklahoma gaming tribes? Or perhaps Ernest Istook? Henry just can’t win.

I just hope he bets more than peanuts on the Sooners this time.

[West Virginia Gov.]Manchin bet a bushel of apples that West Virginia University would win last Thursday’s basketball game against No. 7 Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry bet a bushel of peanuts that the Sooners would win.

The Mountaineers registered a 92-68 upset victory over No. 7 Oklahoma, “so we expect a bushel of peanuts to be arriving any day now,” Ramsburg said Wednesday.

After all, it’s more fun gambling when the stakes are high.

Looking to find

December 28th, 2005

I’ve been looking into buying a GPS receiver. I thought it might be fun to start an Oklahoma geocaching web site. Does anyone have any advice or experience with GPS’s or geocaching?

Technically, old-fashioned

December 28th, 2005

I’m a fairly high tech guy… for a baby boomer. I jumped into computing way back in the TI-99/4A days, bought my first notebook computer almost 20 years ago, and carry my digital camera and mp3 player everywhere. I didn’t hesitate to welcome ATM’s. I use a credit card for just about everything, and regularly shop and pay bills online. But when it comes to getting a paycheck, put me in the latter 18%:

Unlike today’s seniors, the next generation of retirees is old-fashioned about direct deposit of paychecks and other payouts.

According to the survey, there were three main reasons given by the people who don’t use direct deposit: 21 percent said they like to go to a financial institution to deposit their check; 19 percent said they don’t trust direct deposit; and 18 percent said they like receiving a paper check.

What’s weird is that I’ve been using direct deposit for over ten years now, left over from an automatic weekly deduction to my credit union for a paid-off auto loan. Most of my co-workers use direct deposit and sing its praises. I still want a paycheck.

It must be the routine that’s so enjoyable. That one day every week that I can count on going to town; load up the recyclables, run an errand or two, grab some Chinese take out, and exchange paper for paper at the faithful ATM. I guess it’s my way of being old-fashioned.

Another good thing about being on vacation

December 27th, 2005

I missed the Sooner basketball trouncing (NewsOK) by West Virginia at the Ford Center that dropped them from 7th to 14th in the polls!

Kelvin Sampson called it the most embarrassed he’s been after any game of his OU tenure.

And to think I wore an OU cap on my trip. Luckily, the game wasn’t mentioned by all the Texans aboard ship.

Thanks anyway for trying, Taj.