Hoop dancing legal in Lawton

October 30th, 2007

Folks in Lawton are getting excited about their new team:

The Oklahoma Cavalry is a professional basketball team based in Lawton, Oklahoma. The original team (based in Oklahoma City) competed in the Continental Basketball Association from 1990 to 1997, when they were League Champions. A new team (previously to have been called the Oklahoma City Cavalry) is set to begin play in 2007-08. The team was originally scheduled to play in the American Basketball Association. The team will be coached by Micheal Ray Richardson (former Albany Patroons coach who was fired for stereotypical Jewish comments), and was going play at Abe Lemons Arena on the campus of Oklahoma City University before Lemons Arena backed out. Due to the lack of support and the city’s desire for a NBA team, the team decided to look elsewhere to place the franchise. The team will play in Lawton at the Great Plains Coliseum.

Team tryouts are over. I don’t know who the players are, but the Cav Dance Team

…include Crystal Celsur, Allee Cox, Michelle Greear, Kristie Ihler, Jada Jedlicka, Natasha Mays, Cherisse Miller, Kassidy Skinner, Michelle Stewart and Eshell Williams.

I searched for a photo and the best I could come up with was this: Cavalier Girls 2006-07 Swimsuit Calendar Party This Friday

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Oh deer, no quail

October 30th, 2007

I’ve heard fewer than the usual gunshots around here since black powder deer season opened last Saturday.

In recent years, participation in muzzleloader season has been on the rise, as well as the hunter success rate. Last year, hunters set a new muzzleloader harvest record with 29,519 deer taken.

“This year looks like it could be another good one statewide,” said Jerry Shaw, big game biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “After getting a lot of rain this past year, Oklahoma’s deer herd looks healthy, and hunters should do well by hunting areas that have proven successful in the past.”

From what I’ve seen, the deer here in Little Axe are doing quite well. Check out this fine family I spotted just this morning.

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I’ve actually spotted more deer this year than my beloved Bobwhites.

It will likely take a few more years before the quail population fully recovers from last year’s record low.

It used to be that quail would quickly bounce back from down years, especially with a mild winter and good rains.

But farming and ranching practices have changed over the years and quail have suffered.

“It (quail hunting) will never be like it was before corporate farming introduced exotic grasses and chemicals,” Peoples said. “The hey-days are gone because of land use changes.”

These days, it may be better that folks are out with a rod and reel than with a gun anyway.

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Okie law cheap and plentiful

October 30th, 2007

For all Okies who despise lawyers, this ought to make you feel a little better:

Starting pay for lawyers in state lower than national average

This places projected salaries for first-year associates at Tulsa-area large law firms within a range of $102,810-$126,040, and from $98,340-$120,560 in Oklahoma City.

However, there is a bright side for Oklahoma lawyers. At the rate state legislators come up with new laws, the growth of the legal industry promises to lead all others.

About 140 new laws take effect Thursday, ranging from a controversial abortion measure to expansion of a health insurance program for small businesses.

I hope you know what all these new laws are, because ignorance is no excuse for breaking them. Of course, it is often an excuse for making them.

Okie round-up

October 27th, 2007

OKGwidget gives blood for Halloween.
Cats Enjoy People Who Hate Them puts a price on Christmas.
The Happy Housewife doesn’t allow “princesses” in her home.
The Motley Oklahoman finds a parasite in her uterus.
Oklahoma Rock Newsblog lists the top 100 Okie musicians.
pith, marrow, and coffee spoons‘ heart of stone.
Route 66 News shows how visitors face Oklahoma storms.
3:40 a.m. and alone in a storm.
Blog Oklahoma unclogs its list of blogs.
Roemerman on Record wants to free his phone.
Middledawn is judged on Internet credibility.
Oklahoma Lefty seeks guidance on exposing children to religion.

Blogging markets in Oklahoma

October 25th, 2007

Oklahoma City beats Tulsa in blogging.

Scarborough Local Market Analysis:
Top Local Markets for Bloggers

And us bloggers in Little Axe? Starving to death! But probably not as bad as Pittsburgh (pdf).

There goes another Democrat

October 25th, 2007

That crazy kid, The OKcitykid, says this made him change his registration from Democrat to Republican.

Cherish our freedom to hate

October 25th, 2007

I’m really worked up about the controversy of Oklahoma state Representative Rex Duncan’s indignation over receiving a copy of the Quran.

Sixteen state lawmakers have joined Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, in refusing a gift copy of the Quran. [Update – Two dozen Oklahoma lawmakers plan to return gift copies of the Quran.]

The holy book of the Muslim religion was offered as a centennial gift by the Governor’s Ethnic American Advisory Council, made up of American Muslims from Middle East countries.

Duncan refused, saying, “Most Oklahomans do not endorse the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology.”

While I myself would have kept the gift of a Quran – for a while anyway

The holy book, which had been estimated to sell for up to $715,000, fetched $2,327,300 at Tuesday’s auction in London,

… I certainly don’t blame a person for refusing one. In fact, I support the right of every American to hate religions and their followers, whether it be Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or anything else.

We talk about our cherished right of liberty here in the U.S., but can we really claim to be liberated without the freedom to hate? It wasn’t that long ago that Americans could openly hate without being scorned for it. A person could kill injuns, niggas or queers one day, and people would tip their hat to him the next. Nowadays, you wipe out some so-called innocent Iraqi Muslims and bleeding hearts act like it’s a big deal.

When I was in school, we could hate people for as little as wearing glasses or funny shoes. Now I hear even that tradition is being frowned on by our government run school system. Some schools have even set policies to discourage hate and demand acceptance and understanding of others. Is it any wonder why our public schools are the shape they’re in?

If God would’ve wanted us humans to accept each other, he wouldn’t have made us so different and have so many different religions. And He sure as hell wouldn’t have made Okies.

Talkin’ the walk

October 23rd, 2007

I used to do my walking on the job, which included climbing many flights of stairs and inspecting outside equipment and facilities. It took me a year, but now I’ve finally developed a daily walking routine again.

One thing that slowed me up was that I don’t really like walking the neighborhood. Going solo isn’t so bad, it’s that taking Obi with me requires a leash, dealing with rural road traffic, and other dogs running loose. I much prefer the numerous locations around the lake, at a local park, and at the river, that we can freely roam and rarely encounter other humans or canines this time of year. Of course, I do have to drive a few miles to get there, and driving somewhere to walk always struck me as a little silly, but I justify it as that is about the most driving I do anymore. Not to mention the joy we find around large bodies of water.

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And you never know when walking will come in handy; like when you try to keep up with an old man in his seventies in mountain air higher than 6,000 ft.

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And history lessons.

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… these Lyons sandstone quarries in Red Rock Canyon employed expensive machinery. Since the ridge which was quarried is a large competent mass of stone, quarrying involved cutting the stone rather than cleaving it. For each large block of stone quarried, channeling machines which rode on temporary rails made cuts along each side of the block; holes were drilled beneath the block; and black powder was detonated in these holes to break the block loose from the underlying sandstone. In 1888, two of the quarries employed steam powered machinery.

And you always want to have some energy in reserve.

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Coburn not homophobic, declares his love for Obama

October 19th, 2007

I enjoy it when Sen. Tom Coburn appears on KFOR’s Flashpoint. Nobody makes partisan commentators Mike Turpin and Burns Hargis squirm more than the unconventional senator from Muskogee. Rabid Democrat Turpin has trouble painting Coburn with a broad Republican brush, and neocon Hargis treats the conservative Coburn like he is a wolf in Republican clothing. This is especially true when Coburn discusses the problems with congressional earmarks.

An earmark is a line-item that is inserted into a bill to direct funds to a specific project or recipient without any public hearing or review.

Democrats and Republicans count on earmarks more and more for generating campaign contributions and constituent favor.

When President Dwight Eisenhower proposed the first national highway bill in the 1950s, there were two projects singled out for specific funding. In August 2005, when Congress passed a six year, $286.4 billion Transportation Bill, there were 6,371 earmarks, ranging from $200,000 for a deer avoidance system in Weedsport, New York to $3 million for dust control mitigation on Arkansas’ rural roads. [3]

In all, there were roughly 15,000 congressional earmarks in 2005 at a total cost of $47 billion.

But last Sunday, Sen. Coburn really had Burns and Turpin slack-jawed when he left open the possibility of him voting for Barack Obama for President:

I probably couldn’t vote for Barack, although I love him dearly as a man. I think he has a great quality that could bring the country together…

And Coburn’s love for Ms. Clinton?

Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn added to a small collection of Senate earmarks he has managed to strip from appropriations bills, with his win Thursday to eliminate funding for a museum celebrating the 1969 Woodstock music festival.

His proposal, which was subsequently adopted by voice vote, dedicated the money instead to health programs for pregnant women.

The Woodstock provision had been included in the Labor-HHS-Education spending bill at the behest of Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

USA Today reported this week that Allen Gerry, the billionaire owner of the Woodstock site, where the museum will be constructed, made large contributions to Schumer’s and Clinton’s campaigns after the Senate Appropriations Committee included the earmark this year.

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And now I suspect folding your arms in Washington is equivalent to restoom foot-tapping in Minneapolis.

Okiedoke flying high

October 10th, 2007
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Be back next week.