Cornett fallin’ fast

July 31st, 2006

If you thought OKC Mayor Mick Cornett already had a big hill to climb in the primary runoff to overcome Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin’s 11% lead for U.S. Representative, wait until you see the ledge he’s on now.

Former Challengers Support Fallin in Run-Off

In order of their finish in the primary, state Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode, state Reps. Kevin Calvey and Fred Morgan, and surgeon Johnny Roy rallied together behind Fallin, who is competing for the seat that seven-term Republican Rep. Ernest Istook left open to run for governor.

Cornett has shown bad political judgement in his congressional aspirations ever since running for re-election as mayor. He has not only alienated every other candidate in his party, but also many Oklahoma City residents that were asked to support him in a second term.

NewsOK Informs

July 31st, 2006

I’ve been playing with a new feature of NewsOK this morning.

… a search product that will allow readers to dig deep into topics related to the stories they are reading online.

When users click on what is called a “SmartLink,” which highlights people, places, organizations, companies, products and more, they will be presented with a page that displays other news content relevant to the highlighted text.

It’s like a customized Google search engine. Unlike the common link in a blog post, that takes you to a specific web page, activating a SmartLink displays a new page with the following information:

(1) See related articles that are currently active on NewsOK.com.
(2) See related Oklahoman articles that are archived to 1981.
(3) See links to related content from thousands of World Wide Web news sources.
(4) See links to related blog entries from the WWW.
(5) See links to related video and multimedia presentations from the WWW.
(6) See links to related audio files from the WWW.

The search results are a little thin on content, but all seem to be relevant. Clicking on Inform Technologies, LLC, the company behind the application, produced links to two related Oklahoman articles, three related articles from other newspapers, and two related blog entries. That’s good enough. If a person wants more results, they can always turn to the big search engines.

SmartLinks not that smart

There are a couple things I don’t like about SmartLinks. They are redundant. The article I referenced above contained eight highlighted instances of “The Oklahoman”, all using the same search term – “The Oklahoman Publishing Company” – producing the same results . While that’s annoying enough, when you add another eight highlighted “NewsOK.com” SmartLinks, again producing the same search term – “The Oklahoman Publishing Company” – you end up with 16 highlighted links in this one article with indentical results. In all, there are a total of 37 links that lead to only 10 different search terms. Not only is it distracting to read so many highlighted links in the copy, but is disturbing that most serve no useful purpose.

I’ll reserve commenting on the quality of blog search results until I see whether Okiedoke shows up on there or not.

A more useful feature is a left sidebar with links to related article topics. There are plenty of search term links listed in a clean layout.

Overall, the service gets a thumbs up from me. I can’t tell how much slower pageloads are with the search application, but it wasn’t painful on a DSL connection.

I’m glad blogs were included in the results, and NewsOK also deserves credit for listing other competing news sources in its search results. Considering it wasn’t long ago that the Tulsa World was threatening lawsuits for bloggers linking to them, NewsOK appears to be light years ahead and practicing what they preach.

At NewsOK we continually strive to improve the user experience and provide you with more highly relevant information in a usable format.

All I can say is “keep up the good work”.

You can leave your hat on

July 29th, 2006

Now that Oklahomans have elected their first openly gay legislator, it’s just a matter of time before people from outside Oklahoma begin noticing other gay things about us. Like all the gay hats we Okies wear without realizing it.

I’m not talking about cowboy hats either. Thanks to Hollywood, everyone is fully aware that cowboy hats are now gay. What I’m talking about is the world’s most popular hat, the ball cap.

They are a hat for everybody, with the guy on the street wearing them and film stars and even the president. You would be hard-pressed to find one person on the planet who hasn’t worn a baseball cap on at least one occasion.

I rarely wore any hat before moving to Oklahoma. It took a few years to pick up on the finer points of this influential redneck fashion. Then I began to recognize the growing abundance of gay hats on unsuspecting Okies.

Now, I have nothing against gay hats – my best hat is a gay hat. However, gay ball caps are creeping into the mainstream and this could be embarassing not only to innocent individuals, but also to Oklahoma’s macho image.

So, to that end, I’ve developed a little quiz to help spread awareness and reduce the number of unsuspecting gay Okie hatters. You may be surprised at the results. I know I was. Take heed.

Queer hat quiz

Gay or staraight?
(It gets harder as it goes)






And for a 3 point bonus:

Answers here.

Okie round-up

July 29th, 2006

Colleen’s Collections and Comments catches us up.
111 Brad Street is a family affair.
Library Stories thinks OSU’s Patent library should have some fun.
Caddo- My Home Town goes back to school after 83 years.
Redneck Diva deals with potty-mouth.
T Town Tommy is truckin’.
Notes On My Life votes for a Republican!
Oklahoma Veterans for Peace thanks a conscientious objector.
If it’s not one thing… smiles from the inside.
Batesline shows that 4 out 5 congressmen can be wrong.

Auto plant in Ardmore not simple

July 28th, 2006

And let the spending begin.

A state board today took 20 (m) million dollars from the newly created “Opportunity Fund” as part of the financial incentives that brought a Chinese company to Oklahoma to build an automobile assembly plant.

The “Opportunity Fund” was created by the Legislature this year at the urging of Governor Henry and is controlled by the Contingency Review Board. The board consists of Henry, House Speaker Todd Hiett and Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan.

$15 million goes to improvements at Ardmore’s airport and $5 million is to be loaned to Nanjing. This is on top of other incentives such as property tax exemptions, accelerated tax depreciation and employment tax credits.

I especially wish to make note of this:

Nanjing says the M-G project will create 575 new jobs in Oklahoma at an average salary of more than 57-thousand dollars a year.

That figure is up from about a $52,000 average salary projected just two weeks ago.

The payroll for Oklahoma’s MG headquarters, manufacturing plant and research and development center is projected at $30 million when at full capacity, the company said.

A $30 million payroll divided by 575 jobs comes to about $52K each. But maybe I’m looking at things too simply.

The MG deal is complex and involves players with deep connections in Washington, D.C., and the auto industry.

That explains a lot.

The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it. – Confucius

But they look marvelous

July 28th, 2006

Oklahoma authorities grabbed a couple of Kentucky fugitives on their way through Tulsa.

The Northern Oklahoma Fugitive Task Force, along with the ATF and Oklahoma Highway Patrol, arrested Jacques Carr and Camber Case on the Will Rogers Turnpike early Thursday morning.

Carr and Case don’t seem too tore up over their capture.

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Or maybe they just picked up some pointers from Tom DeLay.

Okiedoke observed

July 28th, 2006

Terry Hull gives Okiedoke the once-over.

Be warned, sometimes Okiedoke is rough around the edges. Hermes has no distaste for the occasional profanity. Sometimes Hermes is funny; sometimes he is funny and vulgar; and sometimes he’s just vulgar.

I take all three descriptions as a compliment of my blog character, considering this definition of:

vul·gar
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin vulgaris of the mob, vulgar, from volgus, vulgus mob, common people
1 a : generally used, applied, or accepted
   b : understood in or having the ordinary sense > they reject the vulgar conception of miracle — W. R. Inge
2 : VERNACULAR > the vulgar name of a plant
3 a : of or relating to the common people : PLEBEIAN
   b : generally current : PUBLIC > the vulgar opinion of that time >
   c : of the usual, typical, or ordinary kind
4 a : lacking in cultivation, perception, or taste : COARSE
   b : morally crude, undeveloped, or unregenerate : GROSS
   c : ostentatious or excessive in expenditure or display : PRETENTIOUS
5 a : offensive in language : EARTHY
   b : lewdly or profanely indecent
synonym see COMMON, COARSE

Seriously, Mr. Hull’s thorough evaluation is appreciated. However, perhaps a disclaimer is in order with the link to Okiedoke on his blogroll. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Heather without the leather

July 27th, 2006

If you’re like me, you get a visual when hearing a headline such as this:

Oklahoma City Woman Charged With Raping

And again, if you’re like me, you visualize along these lines:

But in reality, you just know it’s got to be a gal like this:

Everyday is Oklahoma Citizen Justice Day

July 27th, 2006

Oklahomans believe in justice so much that we can carry concealed weapons and shoot people anywhere we feel threatened. But don’t forget, for those tinhorns who don’t carry a gun or are a little squeamish about shooting someone, you can arrest folks too.

Johnson of Del City had just made a delivery to a Sonic Drive-In in south Oklahoma City when one of the employees told him his truck was leaving without him.

Johnson chased the truck down, wrestled a man out of the driver’s seat and, with the aid of two bystanders, made a citizen’s arrest.

What Johnson did is legal and has been endorsed by state law since 1910.

But that’s the old fashioned way. Today we have House Bill 2615, signed into law just this year.

The major provisions of House Bill 2615:

  • authorize residents to use deadly force, if necessary, to defend themselves against attackers inside their homes or, in some cases, vehicles;
  • declare an individual does not need to retreat from danger and “has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force … if force is necessary to prevent death, great bodily harm or the commission of a forcible felony;”
  • and provide immunity from criminal prosecution or civil action for using justifiable deadly force.

I would say car-jacking is a “forcible felony”. It seems to me that in most cases, it is easier to shoot someone than make a citizen’s arrest. Caveats for making a citizen’s arrest:

For a public offense committed or attempted in his presence.

When the person arrested has committed a felony although not in his presence.

When a felony has been in fact committed, and he has reasonable cause for believing the person arrested to have committed it.

It’s worth a try!

Oklahoma City’s police policy ensures that officers accept custody of suspects arrested by people. The policy says police must take the suspect unless the person is intoxicated, impaired by mental illness or is “obviously incompetent to exercise reasonable judgment.”

However, before all you discharged employees and spurned lovers get to thinking, there is one thing that kind of takes the fun out of making a citizen’s arrest:

A private person who has arrested another for the commission of a public offense, must, without unnecessary delay, take him before a magistrate or deliver him to a peace officer.

I wonder if they’ll let you bring handcuffs when visiting the State Capitol.

And finally, don’t overlook the obvious:

If you witness a crime, it is your civic duty to report the crime to the police.

When a crime is committed, you have the right and responsibility to make a “Citizen’s Arrest”.

Thus, if YOU commit a crime, it would be extremely helpful (and provide a savings of tax dollars) for you to perform a Citizen’s Self-Arrest.

Beware of staff in Norman library

July 26th, 2006

With my local library still reeling from the arrest of an employee suspected of sexual perversion, remaining library employees are getting on-the-job training on how to deal with other sexual deviants.

A man was arrested on Monday after allegedly grabbing library workers and exposing himself in Norman.

“He charged the staff who were trying to form a barrier between him and the customers, and he charged back into our circulation department, shoving aside staff and customers,” said branch manager Susan Gregory.

I think the word “staff” is mentioned a little too often in this story. That word in my head, and an image of an exposed, wild man charging people sounds extra offensive. Which may explain this:

“He was just kind of grabbing us and things, so we were trying to stay out of the way,” said employee Shelby Jones.

This incident probably won’t be the last. In fact, I foresaw this very type of thing happening.

With all the hot librarians at the Norman Library …

And considering this guy sounds like a red-blooded heterosexual …

Police said he threw a woman against a desk; grabbed a woman by the breast and dragged her across the floor; grabbed and shook a woman; pushed a man around; and grabbed another woman by the breast and swung her around. Dedrick “yelled at staff” and “exposed his penis,”

Ya know, gay-themed children’s books don’t sound quite as threatening anymore. In any case, I still think it wouldn’t hurt to hire only ugly librarians in the future. Rep. Kern, are you listening?