What happened to Dick?

February 27th, 2008

Hey, I just thought of something… why didn’t Vice President Cheney run for President? It would seem an experienced, two-term VP neoconservative like Cheney would be an obvious choice to head the GOP ticket. Did Republicans forget to ask him or what?

He is still alive isn’t he?

Making economic history

February 27th, 2008

Turns out I’ve been wrong all along about my concerns of government borrowing and an ever increasing national debt. Here I was thinking that racking up huge debt, and passing along the payment obligations to future generations, was irresponsible. When really it is an economic stroke of genius.

Dollar Plumbs New Depths

The dollar sank to new lows in Europe Wednesday following a series of dour reports on the U.S. economy and expectations that the Federal Reserve will continue slashing interest rates.

With the increasing debt of U.S. consumers at a rate only surpassed by that of the government, we have effectively out-smarted the credit card companies, mortgage lenders, and foreign investors who lend us money. Think about it… We borrow and spend high value American dollars and end up having to pay back dollars that are worth less and less as time goes on. With a combination of high inflation and sinking interest rates, we’d be fools not to leverage everything we have for cash to buy things now that will later be priced so much higher and worth so much less.

A flurry of economic data yesterday contained mounting evidence that inflation is rising while the economy is weakening.

The next generations of Americans having to pay off the tens of trillions in debt we ring up now will think it’s a bargain with bread costing a hundred dollars a loaf and the minimum wage all the way up to $12 or $13 an hour. Perhaps then our nation’s current economic prowess will get the honor and respect it deserves.

More lunacy under Bush administration

February 27th, 2008

As if mismanagement of the Iraq occupation under President Bush wasn’t bad enough, now there’s this:

NASA plans moon crash

That’s crazy! If we need to blow up the moon, we might as well kill two birds with one stone and also intimidate others by using navy missiles instead of spacecraft.

OK Route 66, one mile at a time

February 26th, 2008

I don’t remember much about traveling Route 66 as a youngster on my way to the west coast other than it being a long, hot ride. Oh, there was mechanical air conditioning on cars, even back then in the 50’s (beginning with the ’39 Packard), but some folks opted for the canvas bag model that would hang in an open window – that is if it wasn’t needed for cooling the radiator.

It took a little longer for interstates to replace Hwy 66 than the government had hoped. Though the Federal Highway Act of 1956 kicked off the Interstate system, it wasn’t until 1970 that most of Rt. 66 was bypassed by the modern four-lane highways. (Things might have gone a lot quicker if the government plan to use atomic bombs in excavation went through.)

I still drive portions of Rt. 66 regularly, which is easy to do when traveling in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma has about 400 miles of Route 66. Oklahoma also has more miles of original alignment (path or routing) left than any other Route 66 state — in other states the interstates have obliterated entire sections. In addition, nice stretches of the original cement paving laid down in 1932-1933 in western Oklahoma still remain.

So what better time than now for redforkhippie to document this historic path on digital film, one mile at a time.

And here are the rules:
1. Start at Southwest Boulevard (Route 66) and 33rd West Avenue in Tulsa and work east, then come back to the starting point and head west.
2. Every time the odometer reaches a new mile, stop and take a picture.
3. When the car stops, anything in sight is fair game and may be shot from inside or outside the car, from any angle, in any direction, from either side of Route 66.

Because the odometer is guiding my choices, these photos won’t necessarily show you the coolest or most famous attractions on Route 66. Instead, they are just a sampling of what’s out there on the road. Hopefully this will be interesting and maybe even a little helpful as you plan your trip.

Questions about the photographs are welcome. Enjoy!


Norfolk looks to Little Axe

February 25th, 2008

When noticing an increase in visitors to Okiedoke a few months ago, I was surprised to learn that this blog’s recent headlines are listed on MSNBC’s local news page for Oklahoma City. It’s a bit odd that they would include a blog originating from Little Axe, and such a low caliber, sophomoric one to boot.

But what surprises me most is that Okiedoke headlines are also posted on their local news page for Norfolk, Virginia. I probably should contact someone at MSNBC about it. Then again, who am I to deprive the good folks of Norfolk ready access to vintage Okie opinion? It may very well be why they are one of the least stressful big cities in the nation.

People fleeing Oklahoma could change everything

February 25th, 2008

I see a problem developing for us Okies.

First this:

Illegal Immigrants Fleeing Oklahoma

Then this:

Escapees from Oklahoma prison fleeing into Arkansas

If this trend continues, the state could end up with a glut of law abiding citizens. And while that may sound good at first, the eventual shortage of business executives and politicians would be a shock to government as we know it.

Welcome to the race, Ralph

February 24th, 2008

As an Okie, a Ralph Nader run for President means nothing. After all, he won’t even be on the ballot in Oklahoma. But as an American I’m kind of glad to see him in there. Nader will provide a voice for many folks on topics that other candidates won’t dare discuss.

Nader tried to play within the two party system this time around when he came out early in support of John Edwards. If Edwards stayed in the race, like he’d promised, you can bet Nader would have stuck with him. For whatever reason, Edwards chose to quell his message. And it’s a message that shouldn’t be dismissed.

I never blamed Nader for Al Gore losing to George Bush in 2000. If Democrats don’t want to blame Sen. Gore for losing, they should then blame the folks from the great state of Tennessee for rejecting their favorite son. When a senator running for President can’t even win his home state, it’s a lame excuse to blame a few thousand people in Florida voting for Nader.

Some people might say, that as an Obama supporter, I should worry about Nader spoiling the election. I don’t. In fact, I hope that some of what Nader (and Edwards) has to say will make Obama improve his own positions on issues that affect working people; issues such as trade policy and abuse of corporate power. And since no Republican strategist would ever read this far, I’ll tell you what I really think: Obama is more sympathetic to those issues than he lets on. It’s just that the primary issue right now is getting elected.

Going down on Obama

February 24th, 2008

We here at Okiedoke take pride in our alternative standards of journalism compared to those of the main stream media, which is our excuse for patronizing cutting-edge, right-wing news outlets like Fox and WorldNetDaily. Otherwise, you’d miss stories like this.

The electrifying presidential campaign of Barack Obama faces a new challenge – a Minnesota man who claims he took cocaine in 1999 with the then-Illinois legislator and participated in homosexual acts with him.

Sinclair, who lives in Duluth and describes himself as “gay,” claims he “personally engaged in sexual activity and personally used illegal drugs in November 1999” with the man who is now the leading Democratic presidential candidate. He claims the activity took place in the back of Sinclair’s limousine and occurred again, later, in his hotel. Sinclair also says he personally no longer uses drugs.

And if those charges aren’t bad enough, evidently the sex wasn’t even that good.

In his lawsuit, filed last week, he charges his civil rights have been violated by Obama and the Democratic Party.

I’m an Obama supporter, but if this Sinclair guy is an example of Barack’s choice in men, I’m having second thoughts.

– Addendum – Surprise, surprise

Deception Indicated in Both of Larry Sinclair’s Polygraph Tests by First Polygraph Expert

Taking things too doggone far

February 24th, 2008

It’s one thing when dogs start deciding for themselves when they want to be groomed, but I say it’s a little too much when they start driving themselves to the groomer.

An 80-lb boxer named Max drives off in his owner’s truck

Although, it would be handy if Nubs could drive.

Dog Finds Something To Bark About After Marine Rescues Him From Iraq: He’s Heading To Calif.

A dog with style

February 22nd, 2008

When Obi and I walk at the lake he sometimes comes home with a “bath”. But now I’m expecting more from him.

Bennett the dog is an excitable character who often goes running off when he is taken for a walk…

But after one such disappearance on Sunday he returned in a state which shocked owner Sue Mountford…

She had last seen her pet “covered in mud and earth – as ever”. But Bennett mysteriously reappeared in pristine condition.

In fact, he had not only had a bath, but appeared to have been blow-dried and styled.