Definitely NOT the Good Humor man

August 31st, 2006

You think you had a crappy week? Just be glad you’re not Yura.

I’m sick of everyone telling me “Well, you get paid well for what you do. Sit around and do nothing.” EXCUSE ME??? Do you have to haul heavy bags of ice cream in a nearly broken ice chest back and forth, and make multiple trips to the fucking storage room that’s all the way the fuck outside? And to add on to it, you work with fucking lazy bitches who don’t ever clean and leave their fucking pubic hairs and debris all over the freezer? NO. Don’t assume you know what I’m doing in my job. I don’t care who the fuck you are!!! You don’t work in my place so you don’t know. It takes me 2 hours to clean every day. My boss doesn’t appreciate me, the fucking mall people don’t appreciate my hard work. Fuck them all. Damn redneck bastards are just going to be stuck in stupid Oklahoma forever anyway.

Uh, I’m not assuming what Yura is doing in her job. However, I am a bit curious what the lazy bitches do in the freezer that causes them to shed their pubic hair.

Non-Oklahomans foil ‘Oklahomans for Good Government’

August 31st, 2006

Imagine that; an army of paid out-of-state petitioners may not be on the up and up.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday threw out an initiative petition to put a taxpayer bill of rights proposal before state voters.

The court’s order said the petition didn’t have enough legal signatures and that “the evidence supports substantial illegal participation of out-of-state circulators.”

The court’s action came shortly after Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, announced the formation of Oklahomans for Good Government to back the TABOR effort.

Considering it was out-of-staters that messed things up in the first place, maybe Brogdon should start a petition drive to ban the gathering of signatures by paid out-of-state petitioners to begin with. What does it say when you can’t even hire enough Okies to circulate a petition to change Oklahoma law?

Giving Inhofe the benefit of doubt

August 31st, 2006

Sen. Jim Inhofe gets a lot of heat for his position on global warming. Perhaps the most often quoted passage in the blogosphere over the past few years is his 2003 statement that

the threat of catastrophic global warming [is] the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people

This grandiose claim shocks environmentalists, yet, he may be right.

In a recent tour of 30 Oklahoma counties, Inhofe made an effort to educate Okies on the issue. Enid was one of his stops.

… one of Inhofe’s handouts was a June 26 article: “There is No ‘Consensus’ On Global Warming,” by Richard S. Lindzen. The piece criticizes Al Gore’s new documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth” that attempts to raise awareness about global warming and its presumed catastrophic effects.

Mr. Lindzen is a professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT and was one of 11 scientists who prepared a 2001 National Academy of Sciences report on global warming at the request of the White House. According to Lindzen, the report concluded:

We are quite confident (1) that global mean temperature is about 0.5 degrees Celsius higher than it was a century ago; (2) that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have risen over the past two centuries; and (3) that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas whose increase is likely to warm the earth (one of many, the most important being water vapor and clouds).

But–and I cannot stress this enough–we are not in a position to confidently attribute past climate change to carbon dioxide or to forecast what the climate will be in the future.

And just last month Lindzen reiterates his stance after Al Gore appeared with George Stephanopoulos on ABC:

When Mr. Stephanopoulos confronted Mr. Gore with the fact that the best estimates of rising sea levels are far less dire than he suggests in his movie, Mr. Gore defended his claims by noting that scientists “don’t have any models that give them a high level of confidence” one way or the other and went on to claim–in his defense–that scientists “don’t know. . . . They just don’t know.”

Using Lindzen’s and Inhofe’s criteria of definitively predicting the effects of greenhouse gases toward global warming is an obvious impossibility. It’s like trying to accurately predict the certainty of illness from smoking. Not all smokers get lung cancer and not all people with lung cancer smoke. The parallels of pumping burning gases into our lungs and into the air are alike in many ways. From an interview with John Carlisle, Executive Director of Industry Affairs at the Tobacco Manufacturers Association:

Does smoking kill?

All I can say is that people who smoke are fully aware that that opinion exists and has existed for many years.

Does it cause lung cancer?

There’s no shortage of statistics: it’s extraordinary the amount of research that has gone into our product and the many and varied opinions that people hold about it.

What about passive smoking?

We look at the scientific results and see them in context, rather than just cherry pick, like some organisations. Of the 60 or so tests done over the last 20 years something like 80 per cent don’t show any meaningful risk of contracting lung cancer from passive smoking.

The logic sounds familiar.

Sen. Inhofe is technically right about science not knowing all the answers to all the questions of man’s impact on climate change. I’ll give him that much. But just as science doesn’t have all the answers to the impact of smoking on human health, we shouldn’t doubt that it’s probably a good idea to smoke less, with our lungs and likewise with our machines.

Final call for Okie blogs

August 31st, 2006

Today is the last day to submit your favorite Okie blogs for consideration in this year’s Okie Blog Awards. Categories are:

  • Best Overall Blog
  • Best Political Blog
  • Best Family Blog
  • Best Humor Blog
  • Best Audio Blog
  • Best Blog Layout
  • Best Writing
  • Best Commentary
  • Best Culture Blog
  • Best Unusual Blog
  • Best Inspirational Blog
  • Best Commercial Blog (company sponsored)

Go here and follow the instructions. We do have rules:

– Nominations can only be made by active Okie bloggers.
– A blogger cannot nominate his or her own blog.
– A blogger can only nominate one blog per category.
– The same blog may be nominated in multiple categories.
– In categories with more than ten nominees, the top ten blogs with the most nominations will be placed on the ballot.

We have a good list of Okie blogs so far – some old favorites and some new faces. With your help we won’t leave any hidden gems undiscovered.

Voting begins Sept. 2 and runs through Sept. 20. Winners will be announced at the Okie Blogger Round-up in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23.

Thanks for playing and supporting the Oklahoma blogging community.

Coburn irks GOP more than any Democrat

August 30th, 2006

Bloggers have been trying to guess who the lone powerful senator is that is successfully blocking an effort by Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn (and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.) to expose legislative earmarks that drive excessive government spending in Congress. I mentioned this opposition back in July. Now, TPMmuckraker.com points to a quote in the Fort Smith, Arkansas Times Record that provides an indication.

Unless Congress curbs spending, Coburn said, present taxpayers will pass on a huge debt to future generations. He chastised legislators for not leading with fiscal restraint, and for “corrupting” politics with pet projects and inserting earmarks into nearly every federal bill.

“You are never going to clean up Congress unless you cleanup earmarks,” Coburn said.

Still, those senators have ways to stymie things. One of the senators most criticized for his personal projects, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, has a hold of his own on Coburn’s bill to make public the spending patterns of the government. Called the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, the legislation calls for the creation of a database open to the public where citizens can track government spending.

“He’s the only senator blocking it,” Coburn said of Stevens.

It may be one guy in congress holding this thing up, but you can bet there are a bunch more wishing Coburn would take on homosexuality instead. Taking away the slop from the hog trough isn’t easy in Washington.

Coburn acknowledged it has not won him support amongst his peers.

“I’ve got four or five allies,” he said

Looks as if Cassandra was right.

Don’t get all fired up

August 30th, 2006

With reports of an Apple laptop on fire (and I’m not talking sales), this news only works to take another bite out of the progressive company’s image.

Hongfujin Precision Industry Co., a major exporter owned by a Taiwanese company, filed a defamation lawsuit against two journalists at the state-run newspaper China Business News who ran stories alleging that workers on iPod assembly lines worked under harsh conditions for low pay.

“Apple is working behind the scenes to help resolve this issue,” an Apple spokesman, Jill Tan, said Wednesday.

While the quality of the popular iPods is not in question, the respect for workers and freedom of the press is.

According to local media reports, the Shenzhen Intermediate Court, in the southern export hub of Shenzhen, accepted the case on July 10 and froze the personal assets of the two journalists, Wang You and editor Weng Bao, of the Shanghai-based paper.

Minimal employee compensation is the reason so many companies have their products made in China to begin with. If Chinese reporters risk their livelihood and freedom by singling out abuses by certain manufacturers it’s probably got some merit.

This stuff may be a problem for Apple, but I don’t think it’s a problem for China, even before it hosts the 2008 Olympic Games. And it’s certainly not a problem for Oklahomans. Such actions by the Chinese government are easily handled as proven by previous responses to other such activism for human rights.

Zhao, a researcher for The New York Times, was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday. Ching, chief China correspondent for Singapore’s The Straits Times, was tried for espionage nearly two weeks ago and is awaiting a verdict.

In addition, a blind activist for peasants’ rights, Chen Guangcheng – who, like Zhao and Ching, was tried in secret – has received a four-year jail term for destroying property and organizing a mob to disrupt traffic.

The 35-year-old activist’s sentence was handed down last Thursday in a Yinan county court in Shandong province, where his efforts to organize a class-action lawsuit against forced abortions and sterilizations riled local Communist Party authorities. Chen refused to speak during his trial in protest against the detention of his lawyer, Xu Zhiyong, who was picked up and accused of theft the day before the hearing began.

It’s a good thing Americans don’t like activists. Can you imagine the pressure on U.S. corporations if people cared about where and how the stuff we buy is made?

Rain more than OK in OKC

August 30th, 2006

With this Oklahoma drought, I had a feeling more and more folks in Oklahoma City were praying for rain.

It’s been 110 years since Oklahoma City has set a 24-hour record for rainfall for Aug. 26. But that happened Saturday, after 1.99 inches of rain fell in Oklahoma City.

Evidently, some folks have been slacking. Little Axe only got eight-tenths.

Law and disorder aired in OKC

August 30th, 2006

Melissa is returning to Oklahoma.

I’m physically in Utah, but my mind has already migrated to Oklahoma. I’ve changed a lot of my online profiles to read Oklahoma City, OK as my residence. I’ve been looking up Oklahoma things, seeking out Oklahoma blogs . . .

Two things she likes so far:

I can’t wait to have a decent daily newspaper to read! I read the Daily Oklahoman when I lived in the OKC area last time and found it to be an acceptable newspaper.

I just spent a bit of time looking at OKC’s JohnTV. I love that kind of shit.

The Oklahoman should be here for her, but if she dallies, JohnTV and its administrator may not.

`Video vigilante’ in Oklahoma City faces prostitution-related charges of his own

Prosecutors say some of his footage was not a result of intrepid camera work. Instead, they say, he paid prostitutes to take their customers to locations where he could easily tape them.

He has been charged with pandering and aiding and abetting prostitution.

Sounds as if Bates went too far! Why, it’s like some kind of slimy sting operation. OK County District Attorney Wes Lane is on it!

In 2005, Oklahoma City police set up a sting operation aimed at Bates that included several surveillance vehicles and a police helicopter. It also involved a prostitute and an ex-convict who agreed to wear a wire during a meeting with Bates.

The audio tapes “failed” and the case ended up being thrown out of court.

But the D.A. took the case to a grand jury and in June brought more charges, punishable by up to 140 years in prison.

Both the prostitute, Renee McCullough, and the ex-convict, Gerald Loud, testified against Bates before a grand jury. According to court documents, Loud struck a deal with prosecutors to testify in exchange for a suspended sentence for methamphetamine possession. McCullough is facing a soliciting charge.

Now that’s some creative police work! This “video vigilante” must really be dangerous.

Jay Trenary, a former assistant district attorney who resigned from Lane’s office in April, said prosecuting Bates became a top priority for Lane.

“My personal opinion is that Brian Bates is being picked on,” Trenary said. “Certainly more resources were devoted to his case than there were to other crimes going on at the time, and even more serious cases.”

However, it may be about more than Bates video taping acts of prostitution. Bates didn’t have any problems with OKC law enforcement when he was only exposing drug users and whores. That is until …

his videotaping of the police beating of Donald Pete, a black man found by police with a prostitute in a van in 2002. When the video aired, Oklahoma County officials feared it would spark riots similar to the aired videotaping of the beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police and prompted city officials to call for calm.

Lane told Oklahoma Gazette Brian Bates’ criticism of his office pushed him into seeking the grand jury indictment.

If Melissa likes JohnTV, she might also enjoy Bates’ other website, Vote Out DA Wes Lane.

More on DA Wes Lane:
Official DA website
Campaign website
Wes Lane on drugs

The Henry-Hiett ticket

August 29th, 2006

Governor Brad Henry has started rolling out his re-election campaign in a big way.

After taking off from his campaign headquarters in Oklahoma City, Gov. Brad Henry started his RV campaigning tour in Norman Monday morning at Bevenutis. Henry stressed the importance of not taking the election for granted.

“We’ve accomplished a lot in four years,” Henry said. “When we took office, we had the largest deficit in state history. Our rainy day fund was virtually empty.

“Since then, we have filled up the rainy day fund to its constitutional limit two years in a row. I believe that is fiscal responsibility.”

I believe it is a bit of good luck, if you can call rising energy prices “good luck”. And nobody appreciates that “good luck” more than Oklahoma’s incumbent politicians. It makes campaigning much easier.

Have you heard the governor’s latest commercial? If you close your eyes, you might confuse it for one by Lt. Governor candidate Todd Hiett, and for good reason. In many ways, Hiett and Henry are running the same campaign. Each one brags about their accomplishments with the state budget:

  • Cutting taxes
  • Improving health care
  • Increasing funding for education
  • Better funding for roads and bridges
  • Making the state more business friendly
  • Fiscal responsibility

All this, much to the dismay of Democrats.

Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan today rejected the state budget proposal agreed to by Governor Henry and Speaker Hiett.

… The Henry-Hiett tax cut proposal cuts too deep and disproportionately benefits the wealthy. The spending proposals are long on giveways and set-asides for special interests and short on funding for essential services, he said.

Yet, to Henry, it made a lot of sense.

When likely Oklahoma voters were asked which plan they supported of the two plans on the table, 58% supported the bi-partisan Henry/Hiett plan over the Senate Democrat proposal with 37% support.

Not surprisingly, the more conservative the poll respondent was, the more likely they supported the Henry/Hiett plan

Which is why I think Hiett missed the bus, or rather the RV, by not signing on with Henry’s current campaign road trip. I saw Henry’s RV and it’s big enough for both of them. And it’s not like a Henry/Heitt ticket should surprise Democrats. Heck, Lt. Governor hopeful Jari Askins could even recycle Sen. Morgan’s previous comments on the Henry/Hiett team:

I’m not willing to throw the people of the state of Oklahoma under the bus

Time to change Oklahoma’s motto

August 28th, 2006

Oklahoma is doing pretty good in keeping up with today’s modern economy. Organized business and their political representatives have made great strides in tilting the economic playing field in order to attract investment. A greater percentage of the tax base is steadily being shifted from the wealthy to the working class through disproportionate tax cuts and a cornucopia of taxpayer subsidies. State and local governments are relying more on income from gambling and taxes on basic necessities to finance public services such as education and public safety.

If the success of elected officials that favor such policies is any indication, Oklahomans wish to “stay the course” on these economic development incentives. But something is holding us back; some powerful force that challenges the fairness of the New Economic World Order; some devious group that questions the greed of corporate executives who justify compensation rates equal to hundreds of times that of their average employees; some self interest that opposes the right of businesses to move outside the country and turn trade deficits into profits. Of course that group would be Oklahoma’s omnipotent labor unions.

Some folks may feel the tiny fraction of union workers in Oklahoma are non-threatening to business interests, especially since many of them do not have the right to strike. However, even after years of economic boosts such as right-to-work, Okies remain near the bottom of the list in personal income and health insurance coverage, and at the top in child poverty. Good paying industrial jobs continue to leave the state. That kind of obstruction can only be from the subversive control of all-powerful union bosses. How powerful you ask?

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Donations to Oklahoma candidates

Compare donations to Oklahoma candidates for the 2006 election cycle. That sliver of Labor’s political bribes indicates that workers still have way too much influence in Oklahoma political campaigns. How can the little old business community counter that?

Perhaps the answer is to completely extinguish those fools who glorify workers and criticize “trickle-down economics”. You know, those economic terrorists that suppress the promise of unbridled capitalism. An important way to begin is to change the attitude of the entire state. And what better way to do that than by changing our communistic state motto:

Labor Omnia Vincit,” or “Labor Conquers All Things“.

What a joke! Talk about an out-dated concept. Global corporations can get labor these days for a dime a dozen. So come on Oklahoma, let’s put our motto where our heart is. I propose a petition effort to replace that anti-capitalistic sentiment with something befitting today’s economic and political realities:

Pecuniam Omnia Vincit“.

I’ll let you guess what pecuniam is Latin for.