Just to make it official

July 30th, 2008

Now that my original one week blog break has entered its third week, I suppose it would be only good manners to formally announce it is expected that activity here on Okiedoke will remain below normal for the immediate future. I feel a short hiatus is in order.

This should explain the situation:

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See ya around.

More beer, less blogging

July 14th, 2008

Blogging here will be preempted for the next week due to the Okiedoke homestead hosting a family reunion.

Normally I’d have time to post something, but the wife gave me a to-do list that promises to keep me too busy to do anything else the entire time.

And yes, we like to discuss politics. Why do you ask?

OKC team needs least-crappy name

July 10th, 2008

Now that the easy work of obtaining a NBA team for Oklahoma City has been done, the difficult task of naming the recycled franchise remains thanks to the Oklahoma team owners leaving the excellent SuperSonics brand in Seattle.

They took the word “Seattle” away back in March. But now it doesn’t say “Supersonics” on what used to be the Supersonics website either.

Until further notice, it’s the “NBA OKC” site. The team is simply referred to as “Oklahoma City” for now.

There is no shortage of suggestions. However, the lack of good suggestions are the problem.

Finding a nickname for OKC’s new team is almost impossible

It’s not easy to think of a good nickname, but it’s sure easy to think of a bad one.

As an example:

NBA Team in Oklahoma City Needs a Slam Dunk of a Name, Says Dunkadelic TV

The Sonic-Boom in Seattle is now a Dunkadelic-Boom in Oklahoma City. Should OKC choose a unique and colorful name like the Dunkadelics or something more traditional like Thunder, Wildcats, Lightning, or Stampede.

The Oklahoma City Dunkadelics has a nice flow and would make the franchise the only team with a dunk/mascot name.

A hundred more can be found here.

And of course, there’s already an unofficial contest:

The NBA no doubt is working on a new design as we speak, but we can’t trust them to come up with anything palatable. So Uni Watch is issuing the following challenge to you, this column’s faithful readers: Come up with a new name, logo, and uniform set for Oklahoma City’s NBA team. And do it fast, before the NBA issues its own crummy design that we end up having to look at for years.

So far, I’m leaning to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Obama for President, Reason #73

July 10th, 2008

When Sen. Obama has the cajhones to address the problem of absent African-American fathers, Jesse Jackson wants to “cut his nuts off”.

Hot for Oklahoma

July 9th, 2008

Spending time outside lately has me yearning for the cooling spray from a waterfall. Perhaps Turner Falls, or maybe one of the places in four continents TR has visited during the past eight weeks.

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Man! After that, returning to Oklahoma in July must be pure Hell.

So, I have been savoring every single minute of my first summer back in Oklahoma which will end suddenly next Tuesday when I wing my way across the Pacific to work the Summer Olympic Games. In these past two weeks I have been present and accounted for every tangerine prairie sunset, every bloom coming and going on ever flower in my garden — I have not missed a minute of the summer life that goes on in my little backyard. I revel in barefoot splendor watching the grass and the sunflowers grow everyday. In these two weeks I’ve worked diligently trying to eat an entire summer’s worth of vine-ripened tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, okra, purple-hulled peas, banana peppers, and sweet corn washed down with a couple of gallons of sun tea flushed with the mint from my garden.

I think I’ll go out and pick some beans.

What is it with Michael?

July 9th, 2008

When I first spotted this article, I had high hopes.

Most Popular Baby Names Change Dramatically

The top 10 baby names from 1950 look nothing like today. Here’s the list from 1950, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration:

Most popular boy/girl baby names in 1950:

1. James / Linda
2. Robert / Mary
3. John / Patricia
4. Michael / Barbara
5. David / Susan
6. William / Nancy
7. Richard / Deborah
8. Thomas / Sandra
9. Charles / Carol
10. Gary / Kathleen

I was a child of the fifties and my parents went with #4, and no, Barbara isn’t my middle name. (In 1953, when I was born, Michael was the most popular name for boys at a rate of 37.2 per thousand.)

And while I like the name Michael just fine, I never really liked being a Michael. Because being a Michael usually meant I was one of many in any given situation that included more than three males. I’ve spent probably a third of my life responding to calls of “Mike” from people that don’t even want to talk to me.

So, seeing a headline that baby names have changed dramatically gave me hope that, if I can live another 50 or 60 years, I might be the only Mike within earshot once in a while. But no…

Here’s the list from last year:

1. Jacob / Emily
2. Michael / Isabella
3. Ethan / Emma
4. Joshua / Ava
5. Daniel / Madison
6. Christopher / Sophia
7. Anthony / Olivia
8. William / Abigail
9. Matthew / Hannah
10. Andrew / Elizabeth

Great! Not only is Michael still on the list, it’s even more popular. It looks like me and a couple billion other Michaels will continue spending much of our lives listening to the expression, “I wasn’t talking to you.” I guess I should just be glad my last name isn’t Smith.

By the way, my son never had, or will have, the same such problem.

Obama for President, Reason #66

July 6th, 2008

Oklahoma U.S. Representative Tom Cole’s political evaluation:

It is not just the fact that Obama will now be the first major party presidential nominee since Watergate to opt out of public financing in the general election that should raise eyebrows — though it makes the Richard Nixon comparison even more compelling. In classic Richard Nixon style Obama chose to blame his reversal on his opponents than accept responsibility for the decision himself. Nixon always had some plausible sounding excuse to one up his opponents, to reverse his positions and to lower his standards. That excuse was the same one Obama chose to offer in defense of his recent reversal — political expediency.

Campaigns tell us who a candidate is as well as what he believes. And, last week Barack Obama looked and acted a lot like Richard Nixon. That ought to concern his supporters even more than his opponents.

And the public response to Cole’s logic:

1. […] first carter, now nixon? give me a fucking break. […]

3. So Tom Cole now supports public financing? Because in April of this year he said he did not, a politically expedient change, which, in some circles, would be called “Nixonian.”

Q: Do you support voluntary public funding of all federal elections to reduce the influence big money has on our democracy? You’d be able to spend more time serving your country and less time dialing for campaign contributions.

A: Listen to: U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)

First of all, I’m opposed to public funding of political campaigns – first and foremost because most of the public is as well. It’s not a very popular system. Second, it doesn’t remove money from campaigns; it just removes it from candidates. And you see it spent through all sorts of special interest groups and organizations with every point of view. So I would much prefer that my tax dollars go to fund government, and that I contribute to candidates I support as opposed to a portion of the money that I pay to the government being diverted to people I may or may not support.

Source: http://www.askyourlawmaker.org/node/358

7. You are either (a) a hypocrite or (b) suffer from some brain disorder, which causes you to completely contradict your prior statements.
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Tom Cole: proverbial politician through and through.

Violence sucks

July 5th, 2008

One reason why Okies don’t favor taking away weapons to reduce violence is that, to be successful, the only thing legally available in Oklahoma would be foam cups and toilet paper.

Burglary charge filed in vacuum assault

Police said Ford and an unidentified man entered a residence in the 1800 block of Beaumont Drive June 22. Ford allegedly punched the resident and picked up a vacuum and hit the man over the back with it.

To be fair, Ford did supposedly earlier warn the victim that he would ‘mop up the floor with him’.

Okie round-up

July 5th, 2008

The WynnBlog sparkles with a July 4th podcast.
Straight Shooter prays with Washington for America
CycleDog speaks of energy independence.
Oklahoma Lefty aces the citizenship quiz.
Brit Gal’ in the USA lists the pros and cons of U.S. independence.
The McCarville Report Online is flagged.
Turtle Rock Farm runs with scissors.
Today In Idabel Oklahoma celebrates, uh, Idabel.

Love of country not dependent on flag

July 4th, 2008

Yeah, we have the flag up today. However, people here in Little Axe don’t judge the degree of a person’s patriotism by the display of a flag in front of your house, on your truck bumper, or on your lapel. We have more discerning standards. And I’m happy to say the Okiedoke homestead ranks near the top.

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