Okies invited to Palestine

January 24th, 2008

Texas Music Awards Contest

Details:
You need to write a story/essay about you favorite/fondest Texas Country Moment. It can be anything like a special concert, meeting a star, meeting a friend/lover or anything related to Texas Country….

NOT!!!!!

Just simply submit your Name, Gender, Age Address and eMail!

Submit entries to contest@texasreddirt.net

… when you submit your information you will be assigned a number corresponding to your entry number. On April 1st three numbers will be randomly selected and winners will be notified by April 3rd and posted on the blog by April 12th.

First Place
* 2 Tickets to the Texas Music Awards in Palestine on May 3rd
* A room at Best Western Palestine for Friday and Saturday Night.
* 2 CD’s from the Prize Closet
* 1 t-Shirt from the Prize Closet

And yes, Jews are allowed. (But still, it might be a good idea to wear a cowboy hat over your yamika.)

Obama for President, Reason #16

January 24th, 2008

Voted

To prohibit the confiscation of a firearm during an emergency or major disaster if the possession of such firearm is not prohibited under Federal or State law.

This resulted from actions post Hurricane Katrina:

At the orders of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, the New Orleans Police, the National Guard, the Oklahoma National Guard, and U.S. Marshals have begun breaking into homes at gunpoint, confiscating their lawfully-owned firearms, and evicting the residents. “No one is allowed to be armed. We’re going to take all the guns,” says P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of police.

Reaganomics still a popular idea

January 23rd, 2008

Isn’t it a bit ironic that Democrats make a big deal about their degree of distaste for Reagan ideas and then join Republicans in supporting economic stimulus plans that result in escalating the national debt? An idea that Reagan championed.

Ronald Reagan’s legacy was a fascinating mixture: lower inflation and higher deficits; lower taxes and higher levels of government spending; less unemployment and bigger trade deficits; fewer strikes and more government jobs; reduced economic regulation and expanded social regulation; the deepest recession in half a century and the longest peacetime recovery ever.

Not that the government going deeper in debt to give everyone money to spend doesn’t make perfect sense. We take the money, buy Chinese goods, and the Chinese then lend us the money again to finance our debt. And of course, American bankers and corporations take their cut for facilitating the whole process. The economic circle remains unbroken. Which is why it receives bipartisan support in Washingtoon DC.

Oklahoma casino pollution

January 23rd, 2008

What do you do when a neighboring state butts in on your energy policy decisions?

A Kansas utility’s plans for two coal-fired plants in western Kansas are in trouble because of a debate about regulating carbon dioxide emissions and possible pollution in Oklahoma.

Why, you could play tit for tat.

Kansas County Sues To Block Oklahoma Casino

In an attempt to slow or prevent construction of an Indian casino on the state’s border with Oklahoma, the county commission voted to sue the Department of the Interior, saying approval for the casino was given without proper environmental studies being done.

The obvious solution is coal-fired slot machines.

Oklahoma driving laws make everyone a criminal

January 22nd, 2008

Using highway mileage markers, I know that the speedometer on my pickup truck is slightly inaccurate, even though it is a GM product.

… by manufacturer, GM’s domestic products are the most accurate, and BMW’s are the least accurate by far.

In the U.S., manufacturers voluntarily follow the standard set by the Society of Automotive Engineers, J1226, which is pretty lax. To begin with, manufacturers are afforded the latitude to aim for within plus-or-minus two percent of absolute accuracy or to introduce bias to read high on a sliding scale of from minus-one to plus-three percent at low speeds to zero to plus-four percent above 55 mph. And those percentages are not of actual speed but rather a percentage of the total speed range indicated on the dial. So the four-percent allowable range on an 85-mph speedometer is 3.4 mph, and the acceptable range on a 150-mph speedometer is 6.0 mph.

This was never a big deal to me, as I usually travel close to the speed limit on highways, and a few miles per hour, one way or the other, was no big deal. Looks like that’s changed:

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is pulling people over who drive under the speed limit in the left lane.

“If you’re driving 65 or slower, you have to be in the right lane. Are you aware of that law?”

Uh, I thought I was aware of that law. But evidently not. It was my understanding that if you were traveling the maximum posted speed limit, you could use the left lane. So, I checked the applicable wording:

47-11-301 (b) Upon all roadways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane when available for traffic, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway and may be temporarily driven upon the right-hand shoulder for the purpose of permitting other vehicles to pass. This subsection shall not apply when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

The statute contains no mention of speed limits at all, yet the accompanying video shows an OHP Trooper stopping a motorist for traveling 62 mph in the left lane. If the accepted inaccuracy of a speedometer is 3.4 to 6 mph, an astute driver might believe to be traveling OVER the speed limit, but actually be moving at less than 62 mph and warranting a traffic fine in excess of $200.

But what if your speedometer is inaccurate in the other direction? You think you are driving 65 mph, but actually traveling over 68 mph? You are not only violating this law:

47-11-801 … the limits specified in this act or established as hereinafter authorized shall be maximum lawful speeds, and no person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed in excess of such maximum limits:

But also this one:

47-11-901 (a) It shall be deemed reckless driving for any person to drive a motor vehicle in a careless or wanton manner without regard for the safety of persons or property or in violation of the conditions outlined in Section 11-801.

Therefore, the only way to travel an Oklahoma highway in the left lane and not violate the law is to be turning left or passing a car going significantly less than the speed limit.

With lawmaking logic like this, where everyone is a criminal, is it any wonder why our prisons are overflowing?

Rebel with a cause

January 22nd, 2008

As if Sen. Coburn’s bad boy image wasn’t strong enough already, a beard and a leather jacket?

I’ve read and heard about Sen. Tom Coburn over the years, but I didn’t recognize him initially because he sported a beard, longer hair, a brown leather bomber jacket and a faded scarf. He looked like he belonged more in a Kabul shopping market than on a presidential campaign…

Personally, I like it.

Disclosure: I have a beard and a leather jacket. What I lack is a cause.

Oklahoma needs a fair fight

January 22nd, 2008

There are few Oklahomans that could unseat Senator James Inhofe in November. And Gov. Brad Henry is one of them.

Rumor is Henry to throw his hat in the ring next month. Good source.

Good rumor.

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Feb. 2007

And maybe this guy’s blog will get a few more comments.

OK House Speaker insists he’s human

January 21st, 2008

Our elected representatives in Oklahoma City may be human, but it’s a good thing they aren’t state employees. Because then we might have to fire some of them.

Oklahoma House Speaker Lance Cargill failed to file his personal income tax returns for the last two years until getting a warning from state tax officials, The Oklahoman has learned.

Four other legislators also have overdue personal income tax returns, tax records show.

Legislators in a 2003 law required state agencies to fire state employees who repeatedly fail to file state tax returns. Cargill was among those voting for the law.

But as opposed to state employees, Cargill had a good excuse:

“I’m human. I made a mistake,” said Cargill.

Actually, I would say Cargill made at least two mistakes.

… records showed he had not filed his 2005 and 2006 state income tax returns.

Luckily for legislators, when it comes to elections, voters are human too.

Obama for President, Reason #89

January 21st, 2008

As an Illinois legislator, Obama proposed requiring that interrogations and confessions be videotaped.

Obama proved persuasive enough that the bill passed both houses of the legislature, the Senate by an incredible 35 to 0. Then he talked Blagojevich into signing the bill, making Illinois the first state to require such videotaping.

Who’s cheaper: Inhofe or wounded vets?

January 21st, 2008

Well, we know how much retired Army General Tommy Franks charges to support funding of wounded vets, many of whom he led into Iraq.

Gen. Tommy Franks Paid $100,000 To Endorse ‘F’ Veterans Charity
Congressional Investigators Say Only 25 Percent of Charity’s Raised Funds Went to Vets

Some folks are criticizing Gen. Franks for profiting from the deal, but he probably would have charged more if he didn’t feel so strongly about the cause.

In war, it is necessary that commanders be able to delay their emotions until they can afford them.

Ain’t this a great country. (Tommy Franks reflecting on the opportunity afforded everyone in the U.S.)

My question is: If Gen. Franks charged $100,000 to help raise funds for our wounded vets, how much does he charge to raise funds for Sen. Inhofe’s re-election campaign?