General Franks judgment historically bad – supports Inhofe

June 30th, 2008

This is bad news for not only Oklahoma Army General Tommy Franks, but also American and Iraqi soldiers and citizens.

US Army’s Own Report Faults Poor Planning, Lack of Vision In Iraq

The unclassified report written by military historians Donald Wright and Colonel Timothy Reese says too much emphasis was placed on a military triumph, and not enough on detailed planning for the post-war period. It says part of the reason was optimism by the White House and Defense Department on what would happen when Saddam was defeated.

The report also criticizes the invasion’s top commander, General Tommy Franks, for his decision to overhaul the Baghdad-based military command, creating a short-staffed headquarters led by an inexperienced general.

Speaking of poor vision:
Tommy Franks To Campaign For Inhofe

And why wouldn’t he? Inhofe has long supported Gen. Franks:
July 10, 2003

KEENAN: But let’s follow up on that, Senator Inhofe. I mean the morale situation in Iraq, among our troops, isn’t good. Tommy Franks today saying that the troops will be there indefinitely, although he doesn’t see a need for more troops. Are you happy with the situation there?

INHOFE: Well, first of all, I don’t think he said they’re going to be there indefinitely. He said they’re going to be there for a long period of time…

KEENAN: Foreseeable future. Foreseeable future, right.

INHOFE: … and then he’s going to have others come in and take up some of that responsibility, and I believe that’s going to happen.

Other insight from Sen. Inhofe:
– the best way we can support our troops is to keep them out of Kosovo, out of a protracted war that, in my opinion, we are not going to end up winning.

– We have all these senators and members of the House who say the president hasn’t made his case yet.

– I’d like to have the American people solidly behind the president. But again, if the president has to do it, he has to do it.

– I’ve never heard so many untrue things said with a such a straight face as this president has said.

– You can always find in Scriptures a passage to misquote for almost anything, … something very strange.

And Gen. Franks:
– Where we stand today is not only acceptable in my view, it is truly remarkable

– What a difference 10 months makes in a country like Afghanistan

– America decided we were going to stand by and let Americans die at the hands of terrorists a long time ago.

-They’re doing great. That doesn’t mean they like being in Iraq on back-to-back tours, though.

– Probably we’ll think of Bush in years to come as an American hero.

– Probably we’ll think of Sen. Inhofe in years to come as an American environmentalist.

Got ya on that last one, huh?

When free trade is win-win

June 29th, 2008

I bought a couple of USA farm-raised catfish the other day. At least I think I did. With NAFTA Corp. and the Food and Drug Administration running things, who knows? Take the salmonella tainted tomatoes of late:

A widespread practice of mixing tomatoes from different farms at produce distribution centers has made it impossible so far to trace the source of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds, federal regulators said Friday.

Dr. David Acheson, an associate commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, acknowledged that the extent of the practice, known as “repacking,” was a surprise to agency investigators, and that it vastly complicates the process of tracing the path of tomatoes from farm to store.

“We are learning that this is a very common practice,” said Acheson. “Possibly 90 percent of tomatoes are repacked.”

Now, I can see why distributors might want to package products from multiple farms together for efficiency. Sure it makes narrowing down problem produce more difficult, but FDA investigators should at least be in the ballpark. Not even close.

The agency has found, for example, that tomatoes from Mexico have been shipped to Florida, repacked and sold with tomatoes from Florida.

Well, I think everybody expects that kind of stuff. But only die-hard NAFTA supporters understand this:

Similarly, tomatoes from the United States are sent to Mexico, where they are repacked and shipped to the United States as a product of the United States.

To someone without a marketing degree, that wouldn’t seem to make good business sense. However, it’s all part of what makes NAFTA a win-win deal.

Take the Arkansas tomatoes I purchased along with the catfish. If those tomatoes were shipped directly to Oklahoma, it wouldn’t help the US export business one bit. But if those same tomatoes arrived in Oklahoma via Mexico, Arkansas would not only get credit for exporting products outside the US, Mexico would also get the extra jobs of repacking the tomatoes. And we’d still get the tomatoes. MBA’s call that a win-win situation.

Obama gains on McCain in Oklahoma

June 28th, 2008


The more Oklahomans get to know the real Barack Hussein Obama and John Sidney McCain III, the better.

Oklahoma polling since the February primary

6/09 – 6/11, McCain 52% Obama 38%
– Research 2000

4/01 – 4/10, McCain 62% Obama 21%
– Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Assoc

I dare say, fellow Okies, yes we can!

Okie round-up

June 28th, 2008

Mind Prairie expresses crazy love for Oklahoma.
ERV extolls the death of punctuation.
JMBzine sees Oklahoma Green in Obama.
D-USA knows the difference between Currywurst and Doener.
Okay City attends a really okay concert.
The Lost Ogle gets farked up.
Big Ass Belle is ready to pack it in.
Miss Wisabus plans a blog celebration.
Flow of Consciousness puts Oklahoma sovereignty in perspective.
Oklahomeless has never lost a trial.

Rep. Mike Reynolds makes good point

June 28th, 2008

State Representative Mike Reynolds is alarmed about the appointment of former state Sen. Ted Fisher to the Council of Bond Oversight.

“To put it mildly, Senator Fisher has an extremely weak record when it comes to ensuring tax dollars are not wasted or funneled to questionable business transactions,” said Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. “Thanks to former Senator Fisher’s actions, Oklahoma taxpayers were fleeced out of millions of dollars through a tax credit scheme.”

During his time in the state Senate, Fisher (D-Sapulpa) authored the Small Business Capital Formation Incentive Act and the Rural Venture Capital Formation Incentive Act. Supporters claimed the two programs, which provided tax credits on money invested in certain projects, would spur economic development.

In reality, the two programs were massive tax loopholes that drained state coffers without generating new jobs, Reynolds noted.

That does indeed sound like some pretty piss-poor legislation! Who in the world would support that kind of crap? Let’s see…

Under the Small Business Capital Formation Incentive Act, SB1324 provided a tax credit for capital invested in qualified small business capital companies in which the institution is a shareholder or partner. It passed the House 99-0, the Senate 43-0, and was approved by Gov. Keating on May 24, 2000.

HB 2010 created the Rural Venture Capital Formation Incentive Act. It passed the House 97-1 and the Senate 44-1. Approved by Gov. Frank Keating on May 26, 2000.

Which goes to show that, when it comes to corporate welfare, we probably can’t trust any elected official to make good decisions in the public’s best interest.

Blues before jazz

June 26th, 2008

My favorite color of jazz comes in a palette of blues. So I’ll be at Brookhaven Village this evening.

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Funnel your love: we owe it to Wanda

June 26th, 2008

Wanda Jean Jackson, born October 20, 1937 in Maud, Oklahoma, is sometimes called the first female rock and roll singer.

Time is winding down for submitting nominations for Oklahoma’s Official Rock Song.

Members of the Oklahoma Official Rock Song Advisory Panel, established by House Resolution 1047 in the past legislative session, recently were appointed by the governor, speaker of the House, and the Senate pro tempore. The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Film & Music Office also have named two panelists each.

That panel has been tasked with reviewing thousands of nominees made by the public and paring the list to the 10 best, which in turn will be voted on by the public for a final decision in November.

Some of us have been singing Wanda’s praises for months.
Rock historian CG Hill:

1. Wanda’s from Maud, and today lives in Moore.
2. The tasty guitar licks are provided by latter-day Tulsan Roy Clark.
3. What could be more Oklahoman than Tornado as Metaphor? I mean, really.

But don’t just take our word for it, listen to what Elvis Costello has to say:

Look around today and you can hear lots of rocking girl singers who owe an unconscious debt to the mere idea of a woman like Wanda. She was standing up on stage with a guitar in her hands and making a sound that was as wild and raw as any rocker, man or woman, while other gals were still asking, “How much is that doggy in the window?” …

And listen for yourself:

Wanda Jackson, Funnel of Love
Recorded version
Live performance
Live performance

Documentary“You can’t go on stage dressed like that!”

Add your note for Oklahoma’s Rock song here.

Oklahoma Rock Blog lists the Advisory Panel and performances of some top nominees so far. (And it wouldn’t hurt to leave a comment supporting Wanda, since the blog author is a member of the Advisory Panel.)

Oklahoma sovereignty (and representatives) all hype

June 26th, 2008

I received yet another email alerting me to a story that’s been circulating the blogosphpere and sensationalist news sites for the past couple of months. Here’s one example:

Oklahoma declares sovereignty

The House of Representatives and the Senate of Oklahoma have adopted a resolution claiming sovereignty of the state.

HJR 1089 was passed in the House last March, but died in the Senate. The reason I ignored it is because I consider it one of those “thump your chest” votes like supporting the troops, freedom of religion, and the right to own firearms. The resolution simply reaffirms state rights. To wit:

THAT the State of Oklahoma hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States.
THAT this serve as Notice and Demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.
THAT all compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.

The only thing I do see as newsworthy about this resolution is that the 92 state legislators that were in support of HJR 1089 were actually dissing Oklahoma’s congressional delegation for doing just what they so adamantly oppose. Now, that stuff I do write about:

Tom Cole supports unfunded mandate

I guess Cole deserves some credit for standing with his Washington DC buddies against the Oklahoma GOP, the NEA, state rights, and the U.S. Constitution.

And of course I have yet to hear any of these same state legislators demanding that Oklahoma return any federal funds received that do exceed the scope of federal authority.

Kids hungry in Little Axe

June 25th, 2008

Kudos to the librarians at the Norman Public Library. Seeing them in action yesterday at the Little Axe Community Center makes me ashamed I let my Friends of the Library membership lapse.

Little Axe Community Center has teamed up with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide free lunches to any child 18 years of age and younger through August 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition, the Pioneer Library System’s Norman Children’s Librarians will be providing “Story Time” at 11:00 a.m. each Tuesday beginning June 17th through July 29th.

The story telling was not only enthusiastic, but highly interactive with kids excitedly filling in the gaps and even getting a little exercise “shooing flies” to music.

Though I doubt the Story Time is responsible for the increase in demand for the Summer Lunch for Kids program – about 50% over last year – it sure couldn’t hurt. Library cards and childrens books were flying out the door.(Lunches must be eaten on site.) Of course, all us Little Axians have access to the entire Pioneer System Library collection through an online annex at the Community Center.

Cat lady puts Grady Co. on map

June 25th, 2008

Oklahoma Trade Blog posted some graphics showing 2007 export figures for a few counties.

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And to think folks in Grady County thought old Elma ‘the cat lady’ was crazy for trying to sell her homemade mailboxes on eBay.