Okie round-up

December 31st, 2006

carrie r. richardson pictures Tulsa in December.
paul l mccord jr pictures OKC on Christmas Eve.
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle announces their best and worst.
Incurable Insomniac wants you to be a film critic.
Library Stories gets funked.
OK Blue Notes polls on Democratic presidential nominees.
Dr. Jan’s Blog has little love for old age.
Mainstream Baptist lists Religious Talk’s top ten podcasts.
Blue Oklahoma wonders why state Democrats didn’t do better.
Alternative Tulsa sees the best in Taylor and the worst in Medlock.

Do it for her

December 29th, 2006

Finally, some scientific evidence showing why women should do the housework.

Housework wards off breast cancer

So guys, if you really care about your wife’s health, you’ll selflessly let her do as much around the house as possible.

Atoka county up to speed

December 29th, 2006

Three Oklahoma towns have been recognized by the Dept. of Public Safety for their approach to enforcing traffic laws.

DPS and Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kera Philippi said that Caney, in Atoka County, and Moffett, in Sequoyah County, were told on Dec. 20 not to enforce traffic laws on U.S. highways that pass through their towns.

Stringtown, also in Atoka County, has been approved for speed-trap designation by the state Attorney General’s office, but no action yet has been taken against the town.

It has yet to be determined whether giving the finger to local police while speeding is deemed a traffic violation.

Keeping things right

December 29th, 2006

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole is worried about Republicans becoming an endangered species in Washington D.C.

By losing the majority, he said, “we’ve lost one of the most powerful reasons for members to stay.”

Silly me. Here I thought the most powerful reason for being in Congress was to serve the citizens of this great nation, and it turns out to be nothing more than a partisan effort to consolidate power.

With his new role as Republican campaign committee chairman, the GOP is counting on Cole for fresh ideas to turn things around. It appears they have one already — Hang on to your seat until you die.

GOP leaders are particularly fearful that the Democrats will be able to expand their narrow House and Senate majorities if some of Congress’s biggest Republican names call it quits.

It’s understandable that both political parties fear elections for open seats. Without an incumbent on the ballot, the best candidate has a better chance of actually winning.

On a related note, leave it to the party of the white and right to pull something like this to bolster their numbers:

The administration of President Bush proposed Wednesday that polar bears be listed as “threatened” because of melting Arctic sea ice related to global warming.

That’s got to piss off neo-cons like Sen. Jim Inhofe. So, it’s no surprise that a political compromise was reached to appease right-wingers. The Bush administration also proposed adding the North Pacific right whale as an endangered species along with its already endangered cousin, the North Atlantic right whale.

You guessed it, the Bush administration made no mention at all of left whales or bears of color.

Jammin’ on Broadway

December 29th, 2006

If you’re thinking about jammin’ during your work commute, you should check out your Jam Factor™ first.

BTW, the last good Traffic jam I remember included a bitchin’ solo by Dave Mason.

Finding a groove

December 27th, 2006

I got sidetracked around here lately. I’d like to blame the holiday season for upsetting my routine, but really can’t. However, I can say I’ve found the problem. And the problem is that I don’t have a routine anymore at all.

Not being employed is likely the reason. It’s taking its toll. For the past six months I’ve pretty much slept, worked, and played when I wanted. I don’t have to be on the job at a certain time. I do things and go places at the spur of the moment. About the only thing regulating my life is a dental appointment every six months. Even worse is that I’m starting to look forward to them.

I’m telling you folks, retirement is tough! People with regular jobs don’t know how good they have it. Just the convenience of combining errands with commuting is almost worth a five day work week alone. Not to mention how much more special holidays and weekends are when you get them off from work. Me, I can’t appreciate that special-occasion feeling for days off any longer, as now every day is a day off. In fact, not only have I changed my mind on supporting new holidays, based on how crowded things get when people are off work, I believe we ought to get rid of some of the holidays we already have. That will also make the few remaining ones that much better for those who need them most.

You’re probably feeling pretty sorry for me right now, and that’s perfectly understandable. Because obviously I deserve it. So when your alarm goes off tomorrow and you’re getting ready for work, just be glad you’re not me; a man leading an unstructured life faced with endless choices and opportunity. I’ll be trying to decide whether to get out of bed, read, listen to music, watch TV, go for a walk, drive to town, or schedule a colonoscopy.

Merry Holidays

December 24th, 2006

and a Happy Christmas.

TABOR supporters stunned

December 13th, 2006

When tens of thousands of signatures were voided from a petition last year to place a TABOR initiative on the ballot, charges were made that an out-of-state firm violated the law by using an army of non-Oklahomans to solicit signatures. Company president, Susan Johnson, didn’t know what a resident is:

She said she was told residents were defined as anyone coming into the state…

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has cleared things up for her.

The high court’s opinion states that to circulate petitions, a person must be a resident who has an “honest intent to make a place one’s residence or domicile.”

Seems reasonable to me. However, TABOR champion State Sen. Randy Brogdon disagrees:

If that is their case, I am absolutely stunned.

I’m stunned that about the only successful state-wide petition drives in Oklahoma are largely managed and financed by out-of-state interests and the wealthy. Politicians like Brogdon probably wouldn’t want it any other way.

OK Senate a happy place

December 13th, 2006

This ought to be interesting:

Democrats and Republicans in the Oklahoma State Senate have reached a historic agreement to share power…

… leaders said the historic agreement will ensure that the Senate’s business can be conducted in an orderly fashion …

Well, if that’s what it takes to have the Senate conduct business in an orderly fashion. But of course, I remain skeptical.

Many pundits and doubters predicted partisan gridlock in the State Senate because of the tie, but it hasn’t happened.

That’s true. Then again, the Senate won’t convene until Jan. 2, 2007. Me? I’m hoping for some gridlock. As I’ve said before:

Lots of folks tend to think bipartisanship is good. Yet I find it often most dangerous when both parties agree on something and then do something about it.

Things like the most bipartisan issue of them all – keeping government control under Democrats and Republicans only.


Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan and
Co-President Pro Tempore Senator Glenn Coffee
This much happiness makes me very nervous.

Mustang officials may buck voters

December 13th, 2006

Folks in Mustang were presented with three bond propositions to consider yesterday:

… $7.1 million dollars in bonds to fund a new sports complex, fire equipment and road repairs.

Voters supported the fire equipment bond financing, but rejected the idea of raising property taxes to fund a sports complex and road repairs. City leaders are dealing with the rejection in their own way.

… officials said they might not issue any of the bonds.

I assume the idea is that Mustang residents will warm up to a new sports complex when they’re having to fight fires with garden hoses and shovels.