Oklahoma’s premature inductulation

May 31st, 2007

I’m not entirely sure what it takes to be put into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Being inducted into the hall this year will be Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett … former Miss America Jayne Jayroe Gamble … musician Toby Keith ….

Also to be inducted are civil rights activist and Hoffman native Clara Luper…

I would think Clara Luper should’ve been inducted long before this. And what’s the deal with taking so long to honor Jayne Jayroe? Any Oklahoman that becomes Miss America deserves to be included right away.

The one induction I question is Clay Bennett. I’m sure he’s probably a good guy, and yes, marrying into the Gaylord fortune and buying an NBA team is quite an accomplishment, but putting him into the Hall of Fame now seems premature.

Bennett said he’s started preliminary discussions about moving the Sonics and Storm to Oklahoma City or Kansas City.

… “we’re quite likely headed to Oklahoma City,” but said his ownership group needs to perform due diligence before making that decision. Bennett has also mentioned Kansas City and Las Vegas as possible destinations.

If a Hall of Fame spot for Bennett was done as part of an incentive package to bring the Sonics to Oklahoma, that was down-right dumb. That only means one less bargaining chip.

… Bennett said he has concerns about the viability of the Oklahoma City…

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said Wednesday the city has not started any serious talks with Bennett.

Now, just for future reference, how hard is it to remove a person from the Hall of Fame?

Just when I thought I was doing good

May 31st, 2007

Upgrading this blog yesterday wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. Having such an old version of WordPress to begin with made the process a bit of a problem. Also, it didn’t help that the theme I chose was missing some key elements, requiring hobbling together some PHP script – and I don’t even know what PHP stands for. Needless to say, I was pretty pleased with myself. That is until I realized I’m that idiot next to you.

You are 50 years old. Get the fuck off the internet! Go do the things 50 year olds are supposed to be doing these days… clicking on free anti virus offers in your AOL email inbox and trying to figure out how to end a call on a flip phone and reading books to small children while your country is under attack.

Footnote: Go see a doctor about that… they have pills now that help you with clear thinking when you get up in the years.

As a guy in his fifties, this bothers me. I don’t think I was the person he was referring to, but since I’m not taking those pills, can I really be sure?

Serious disgrace

May 29th, 2007

Blurbs like this is why I read Fark news.

Japanese farm minister commits suicide over office expense scandal, thereby explaining why there aren’t Republican or Democratic parties in Japan

Me and my f**king blog

May 29th, 2007

Sure he’s a pompous ass, but I can still appreciate Bill Maher’s often irreverent approach to political satire. And one reason I know he’s good at what he does is because his show sometimes offends even me.

The latest example comes from a post-show panel discussion on the irrelevance of blogs I found via Off The Grid. Maher put forth a question to panel members, actor Ben Affleck and author P.J. O’Rourke: Do you think the Internet can influence the next election? The consensus was not only no, but hell no. Then the blogosphere bashing began.

– Maher saw the medium as a bunch of folks simply “preaching to the converted”.

– O’Rourke described blog content as nothing more than reading your sister’s diary.

– And Affleck tells bloggers, “Nobody cares about your fucking blog. It’s not even a blog, it’s just you at home, typing.”

I never knew. Therefore, this is my final blog post.

Just kidding. It’s jack-ass remarks like those that inspire me to keep blogging.

I know Okiedoke is a voice in the wilderness. I’m aware of my lack of encouraging discussion in comments. And I don’t deny the slim chance of me passing a fifth grade English test. Yet, I enjoy writing in this blog and enjoy reading others; even those I don’t agree with. And even some that read like a diary.

Big shots such as Maher, O’Rourke and Affleck may not understand my low expectations of this blog. They probably can’t grasp that a peon can derive satisfaction from doing something so inane as blogging without the hope of wealth or power; that an opinion from an Okie like me is worth a shit. OK, maybe they’re right on that last one.

Buttered goodbye

May 28th, 2007

Cissy is moving.

Ten things I’ll miss about Oklahoma

And, the thing I’ll miss the most:

1. The people. I’m from Texas, and I’ll still say that bar none, Okies are the best.

I have a feelin’ Cissy will do just fine, wherever she goes.

Oklahoma beauty queen steps down

May 27th, 2007

Miss Oklahoma Continental 2006 has had enough.

OK kids, here comes a blog that NO one might wanna hear, but ya’ll are gonna get it anyways, and lemme start out by saying i do not give a flying #### what anyone else thinks or has to say, these are my feelings on the on-goings of the week….

I am sooo sick of all this damn drama and bullshit that is associated with this business..yes it will always be there, but we can try to at least make it better by getting the #### along!! ?? right?????? i dont think thatd be too much to ask…….

I’m sorry to see Kandy out of the running. I thought she was one of the better looking contestants. Now that Kandy’s out, my heart’s not in this Oklahoma pageant anymore. I mean, Savon and Daniel just don’t do it for me.

What’s your point?

May 27th, 2007

Lester is visiting.

I’m somewhere buried in northern Oklahoma. The people look like those old pictures of the Dust Bowl times. The food is awful; the beer is 3.2.

Lester may be a little rude, but he does make a good point. Okies do look better with stronger beer. Although I’ve found for Texans, it often takes whiskey.

Down on OKC town

May 27th, 2007

Babi Yar can’t find downtown OKC.

Of all the things I hate about Oklahoma, the most is there is no downtown…

Theres a bricktown… Which is the Oklahoma version of … We dont even have something so gay back home… Its full of yuppy-wanna-be bars and restaurants and the sports arenas… Its no downtown… Its kinda like Arco/natomas meets Arden…

Theres the Paseo, where all the fags are… Theres really nothing there either…

I’d help Babi, but really not sure about the boundaries myself.

If it’s somewhere between Bethany, Nichols Hills, and Del City, it’s downtown to me.

When it comes to defining a downtown OKC, I defer to Mr. Hill.

One of the trickier aspects of planning downtown Oklahoma City, apparently, was that no one was entirely sure what “downtown” really meant: the middle was pretty obvious, but where does it end?

I’d say it might end when the potholes are filled with Maps 72.

‘Fresh Air Mick’

May 26th, 2007

OKC Mayor Mick Cornett was on local TV news last week, pushing adoption of a Maps 3 sales tax to school kids. One of his selling points? He told them he could fix potholes with the extra money.

It seems Mick is a big fan of automobiles at the expense of existing rail service in the city. And why not? He believes smog is nothing to worry about.

Our air is clean

We should feel a little sorry for the mayor. The guy must be in a dream world. Just last year:

In June, the Oklahoma City metro area experienced some of its highest levels of air pollution ever recorded for the month. Taylor [executive director of the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments] said the association is concerned the region may slip over the line and violate federal clean air standards.

If that happens, the government’s response starts to cost the public money. Possible outcomes include the mandatory installation of gasoline vapor retention caps on automobile tanks, a shift to designer fuels, and the loss of federal highway funds.

And even worse for Cornett, he is so out of touch with what his constituents want with a new tax.

The most popular idea by far was public transportation improvements such as a light rail system, downtown streetcars or enhanced bus service. Transit ideas were submitted 668 times. The next most popular idea was improving infrastructure — including streets — which was mentioned 188 times.

Cornett said he was overwhelmed by the support for public transit.

Perhaps Mick should stop, count to ten, and take a big breath. Before June, that is.

Message to Okie lawmakers: Read y’all

May 26th, 2007

I listened to some Oklahoma legislators bragging about finishing their business ahead of the session closing deadline.

Oklahoma lawmakers work into the night to pass legislation before they’re constitutionally bound to end the 2007 session.

Some folks might think that’s a good thing. For example, they were able to squeeze in an ethics bill.

It passed the Senate with a 47-0 vote and the House with a 97-1 vote. New language was written in the bill by the Senate on Thursday and passed through both chambers.

Wow, that must be some bill! Only one person in both chambers had a problem with it. Then again, perhaps he was the only person to read it.

House members received the new language a couple hours before voting on the bill, which was more than 70 pages long.

Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, wondered how legislators can make a decision on a bill after getting the bill in the “dead of the night at the last minute.”

I’d say Rep. Reynolds makes an interesting point, except that legislators not reading what they vote on happens all the time. Take HB1616, which was approved by the governor back in April.

The new law, previously HB1616, prevents the speed trap designation from being issued in the future. It also removes the label from the communities affected by the 2003 law.

The provision to expand patrolling authority was a last-minute addition to a bill that was nearing passage in the statehouse. Opponents said it was a matter that deserved more debate instead of being slipped in quietly.

And when they finally realized what they actually voted for:

House members voted to reinstate a law that was overwhelmingly reversed earlier this year in legislation passed by the House and Senate and signed by Governor Brad Henry.

It would be nice to think that this is the only thing the legislature passed without knowing. But of course, with the thousands of bills considered every session, we know better.