Bibleless Pioneer Woman beaten badly

April 30th, 2007

Okies have put in their two cents on the Oklahoma commemorative two-bit coin.

As the result of a statewide vote, Governor Brad Henry announced today that Oklahoma’s commemorative quarter will feature the state bird and state wildflower: the scissor-tailed flycatcher and the Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella).

It wasn’t even close for the Pioneer Women.

The final vote tallies are as follows:

#2 – 76,643
#3 – 19,740
#4 – 18,976
#1 – 17,784
#5 – 15,023

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United Press International sure got it wrong:

Oklahomans want Bible on their quarter

The symbol known as the Pioneer Woman will probably be featured on Oklahoma’s state quarter but she may not be carrying her trademark Bible.

But, some Oklahomans, including Gov. Brad Henry, want the Pioneer Woman to be holding her Bible on the quarter.

A spokesman said that if a Pioneer Woman design is selected then Henry “will be in touch” with the U.S. Mint requesting the Bible be placed in her right hand as depicted in the 17-foot bronze statue in Ponca City, Okla.

Advantage – Henry. He gets credit for wanting the Bible, but without the hassle.

But this can’t be good for Hillary. Four woman candidates out of five, and they still lose.

Okie round-up

April 28th, 2007

Oklahoma Insight tags Mary Fallin.
Lauren plays the OKC Arts Festival.
BlogOklahoma.us gives ‘Oklahoma A Toast’.
Oklahoma Wine News is the ‘Toast of the Town’.
Justin Shattuck begs for an invitation to the Yahoo Publishers Network.
Batesline bids farewell to Michael DelGiorno.
Two-Headed Blog does the Democratic debate.
her victory is not a crook.
But I digress… celebrates!
T Town Tommy escapes to Cincinnati.
Erudite Redneck asks ‘What if God Smoked Cannabis?’.

WMD’s found in Oklahoma

April 27th, 2007

I must issue a correction from an earlier post.

The wife and I have dug selenite twice in the Great Salt Plains, and it’s something every Okie should do at least once. Just remember to bring digging tools and containers for water to flush the soil.

But that was before I knew about the biological weapons of minimal destruction buried there. Now I recommend folks also pack a hazmat suit.

Officials speculate chemical at Salt Plains could be mustard gas

One of the vials containing a yellow liquid was uncovered and accidentally broken Saturday by a Boy Scout digging for selenite crystals …

Hundreds of thousands of the training kits for the military were produced between 1930 and 1950, and many were lost or buried at artillery and training sites, according to a 2005 study by the corps.

Which brings into question the search for Saddam’s WMD’s. If our military can’t keep track of its own poison gas inventory, how can they be expected to locate Saddam’s?

Perhaps the Boy Scouts should create a WMD merit badge and hold some jamborees in Iraq.

*Note to budding terrorists: Don’t get any ideas.

The discovery forced refuge officials earlier this week to close the popular 40-acre crystal digging area.

Armed guards prevent anyone from entering the closed gates.

Google to be OK

April 26th, 2007

Google “Oklahoma” and you may soon come up with Pryor.

From California, Google has spread out across the great land of the United States. New York! Washington! Arizona! And now which of the fifty nifty United States is Google heading to next? Oklahoma!

I’m anxious to see how much faster searches are with Google servers right here in the Sooner state.

Oklahoma’s best politicos

April 21st, 2007

As much as I tease Okie politicians, it should be said that some are better than others. And some are even OK.

Gov. Henry is supposedly, by far, the most popular elected officer in the state, with approval ratings in the area of 80%. I think Henry is alright – better than Keating. And Attorney General Drew Edmondson does his high profile job pretty well. Yet, I would give the nod to Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony as best state-wide Okie politician.

Anyone disagree?

State-wide elected officers

  • Brad Henry
  • Jari Askins
  • Drew Edmondson
  • Jeff A. McMahan
  • Jeff Cloud
  • Bob Anthony
  • Denise A. Bode (or possibly Cody Graves)
  • Kim Holland
  • Lloyd Fields
  • Sandy Garrett
  • Scott Meacham

Just to shake things up a bit…

Best U.S. Senator?

  • Tom Coburn
  • Jim Inhofe

No question, I go with Dr. Tom.

Coburn stands up and out

April 20th, 2007

I trust Coburn’s judgement on some issues, but not on others. I’m skeptical of his view of lesbian culture in southeast Oklahoma. But I concur with his evaluation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn, one of the Senate’s most conservative members, said Gonzales should be measured by the same standards of management he applied to the fired prosecutors, and on that basis, should quit.

Coburn said the dismissals were “handled incompetently … and I believe you ought to suffer the consequences that these others have suffered. And I believe the best way to put this behind us is your resignation.”

This is why so many Okies appreciate Sen. Coburn, including myself. It’s not because we agree with everything he says, it’s because he can be trusted to do what he believes to be right when putting the good of the country before politics. His lone vote in the Senate doesn’t make much difference on most things, however, his voice often rattles Republicans and Democrats alike.

Honoring a legacy

April 18th, 2007

I’ve always thought Oklahoma over-does it when it comes to naming things like roadways and institutions after state politicians. But if that’s what Okies like, what say we remember even more of our distinguished politicians?

The obvious first choice is to rename Oklahoma’s State Prison (Big Mac) as Gene Stipe Penitentiary (The Big Stipe). It even has a nicer ring to it. Of course there should also be a Mike Mass wing for offenders who were only duped into their crimes. I can hear it now, all through those cell blocks, “I was Stiped!”

The state might even make some money on this stuff.

Insurance executives would surely jump at the right to use the names of former state insurance commissioners in their company title. The consumer impact of something like Carroll Fisher Integrity Life Insurance is nothing to sneeze at.

Call centers would lust over names like Pope and Rinehart. Then again, the type of call center that could appreciate those names probably wouldn’t use them much on the phone.

And what better name for a car ignition locking device for drunk drivers than a ‘Trebilcock’, in honor of State Representative John Trebilcock. Drunkards might think twice before driving if they knew that if they were caught, they would have to blow a Trebilcock to drive their car in the future.

The opportunities are endless.

A Governor Henry lottery ticket would surely attract attention. Just scratch off all the Henry faces and if the word veto appears, you win a trip to an undisclosed location in Mexico.

The Jim Inhofe Atmospheric Research Center may sound a bit hollow, but imagine the potential of industry funding for such an institution.

The state Pork Council would love the rights to any, or all, of Oklahoma’s U.S Representatives. After all, nothing squeals pork more than a Cole, Sullivan, Lucas, Fallin Council. The Beef Council would be left with Coburn. The Boren Council would of course represent the state’s poultry interests, specifically chickens and turkeys.

And the best part is, with the pool of Oklahoma politicians to choose from, selling naming rights should allow us to eliminate personal state income taxes for years to come.

Oklahoma reaches out to TABOR petitioner

April 18th, 2007

When a petition aiming to place a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) on the Oklahoma ballot was thrown out by the State Supreme Court last year, TABOR supporters were shocked.

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.”

TABOR champion State Sen. Randy Brogdon was “absolutely stunned”. And the person leading the petition drive, Michigander Susan Johnson, was more than stunned:

Johnson said she was “thunderstruck” by the opinion, which criticized her organization for secrecy and resisting discovery. “They had a corporate lynching without a trial,” she said.

That’s a strong criticism of Okie justice. If only Ms. Johnson had the chance to tell her side of the story.

A judge in Ludington, Mich., on Tuesday ordered Susan Johnson, president of National Voter Outreach, to appear before Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury on May 1.

Ordered? She’s probably thrilled with the opportunity to clear her name and expose the truth.

Circuit Court Judge Richard Cooper signed the order directing Johnson to come to Oklahoma over objections of her attorney …

Must be her fear of becoming a resident Okie. Johnson has said she believes residents are defined as anyone coming into the state.

I call tails

April 17th, 2007

My vote is in, again, for the design of Oklahoma’s state quarter.

You may remember voting last year for the best designs from ten choices. I said then that six choices would be more than enough.

Why must it be more difficult than that? In fact, couldn’t we just choose between a Democrat and Republican quarter?

In any case, the top five choices were submitted for consideration.

* With 43,720 votes, the design that featured the state outline in the upper left, an oil derrick to the right, a calumet in the middle and the Pioneer Woman statue on the lower left received the largest support.
* With 42,118 votes, the design that prominently features the scissortail flycatcher finished a narrow 2nd.
* With 39,659 votes, the design featuring the Pioneer Woman statue in the middle with an oil derrick to her left and a windmill to her right came in 3rd.
* With 34,819 votes, the design featuring the Pioneer Woman statue and oil derrick upon a state outline background came in 4th.
* And with 29,375 votes, the design with the state outline background behind a calumet and the Pioneer Woman statue rounded out the top 5.

My good taste in coinage was validated by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts when they selected the design featuring the scissortail flycatcher. But that’s not the end of it.

About a week later, it was reported that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended the design featuring the Pioneer Woman statue and a Native American “peace pipe” with the state outline background.

So, we vote again.

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Voting will be open until 5 p.m. Friday, April 27.
The winner will be announced and submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury by May 1.

I’m sticking with the flycatcher.

Okie round-up

April 7th, 2007

bee-spot mostly doesn’t understand taxidermy.
Life and Times has the one Norman Approval Matrix.
Redneck Diva pens an Easter poem.
dogscatskidslife ponders the pet food dilemma.
Oklahomily weighs in on free trade and dead pets.
BatesLine gets jilted by Mitt Romney.
Left End of the Dial sums up totalitarianism.
Oklahoma Lefty announces Indie OKC open for business.
Cutting to the Chase wasn’t born a movie geek.
A Sweet Familiar Dissonance acknowledges strangers.
Kellyology gets a school bus lesson.
My Tulsa World talks taxes and turnout.
Terra Extraneus turns to legal blogging.
Passionate America says let the political investigations begin.
The WynnCast visits with Welch, Oklahoma’s domestic diva.