Estonia Oklahoma

November 29th, 2008

A recent blog post of mine made in jest…

Such language in an Oklahoma blog
November 22nd, 2008

I don’t understand what some folks dare to say about our new President-elect. Take Jaanus, writing in his blog “Oklahoma”.

Baracki-karisma

Honestly, I just don’t get it!

One interpretation.

… has now put me on a quest. But I need help.

The quest began when I read this comment left by a passionate fellow Okie at the blog referred:

Hello, from Southeast Oklahoma here, jackass.

Why don’t you have the intellectual courage to name your bloggie something like “Fin”, or “Barks like A Dog”?

Do you even know what the word “Oklahoma” means in my Native, Choctaw language, little man?
I have something else to say about your blog too, to Google…

It sounded a bit harsh to me and I didn’t understand why. Probably because I can’t figure out a way to translate Estonian to English for free online.

Adding to my interest was Jaanus’s response:

Yakokí,
my friend!

And then later, a lengthy blog post:

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I can’t help it, it’s bugging me! I want to read it. So, since Jaanus responded to one comment left in English, I left one asking if he could assist in the translation for me. He has neither respond nor approved the comment. Perhaps Jaanus is native to Estonia and therefore identifies with plight of Native Americans, and after visiting Okiedoke, realized I ain’t no redman, but a guy with the genes of white European bullies.

Estonia’s struggles for independence during the twentieth century were in large part a reaction to nearly 700 years of foreign rule.

The oldest known settlement in Estonia is the Pulli settlement, which was located on the banks of the river Pärnu, near the town of Sindi, in southern Estonia. According to radiocarbon dating, it was settled around 11,000 years ago, at the beginning of the 9th millennium BC.

Anyway, what I wanted to say is: Anybody out there speak Estonian?

Goes with the territory

November 27th, 2008

Okies know that living in Oklahoma exposes one to an onslaught of ridicule and hate.

-… Oklahoma sucks

-What a sad state and state of affairs.

-Did the people of Oklahoma City gather round the rubble that day in April and yell, “Let the mudderfucker BURN”?

-Is k-12 education required in OK? Or do they just stop requiring it at 5th grade?

-No, it just takes until grade 12 before they’re ready to tackle Dr. Seuss.

-Redneck sexist racist homophobic Christian heaven…

-… just a whole state flipping off the future.

-Oh what a most ugly day
I got a most ugly feeling
Everything will stay this way.

-Keep Oklahoma Out of Any Improvements to the economy once Barack Obama becomes President.

-And when the twisters hit? at least I can hope they take out the 66% who had it coming!!

-Just post detour signs at the borders.

-These hicks actually thought bin Laden wanted to destroy shit in Oklahoma, as if there were anything worth destroying there. Seriously!

-… where the stupid comes sweeping down the plains

-Seriously. What is WRONG with those people?

But if you think that’s bad, just be glad you don’t live in Little Axe, Oklahoma.

-I wonder what the average IQ in Little Axe is; are they inbred or just naturally stupid.

-I spit on you.

-… the most stupid people in human history in my opinion.

Well, at least I have a good excuse for having this stupid blog.

Bank dress code not right for Okies

November 26th, 2008

So this is the sign Oklahoma banks are urged to display:

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Oklahoma Bankers Association

But … it was only after moving to Oklahoma that I even began wearing hats with any regularity. And what about native Okies?

“A lot of bank customers were born with a hat on their head and that is just a part of who they are. We understand that but we just want to cut down on any instances of robbery,”

I get the robbery prevention angle, but if they really wanted to get serious about this stuff, shouldn’t the sign include these?

Easy go …

November 26th, 2008
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I seem to be running across more of this type of thing when updating my Okie blogs listing. Not just the lowly ones either.(Not that there’s anything wrong with us lowly bloggers.)

Checking back on previous Okie Blog Award winners: A whopping thirty-six percent (36%) of the top blogs in 2005 have folded. Of the 12 Award winners just last year, two of them have long been inactive.

And I’m no exception. I wiped out the first incarnation of Okiedoke back in December 2003. But not because I chose to.

Don’t ever change web servers during a full moon.

Of course I had a backup, however, sometimes there’s something to be said for a blank canvas. There’s also something to be said for blog structure.

Things should get better as I learn the subtle differences between PHP and Perl. I am now using an SQL database which should make for a more efficient site compared to the old flat file previously used.

By the way, my flexible criteria for removing a blog from the list is that if it posts nothing that interests me for a period of three months, it’s dead to me. Thankfully, for Okiedoke’s sake, The Lost Ogle blogroll standards haven’t been quite as demanding.

Okie legislators violate Constitution again

November 25th, 2008

Really, how hard can it be to abide by the Constitution?

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out a new law addressing issues ranging from trade, to trusts, to organ donations. The court struck down the law on Monday. It said the 2008 Legislature violated a constitutional provision requiring bills to embrace only one subject.

I keep hoping that our state legislators will wise up, but no.

Obama promotes Tom Cole strategy on spending

November 25th, 2008

Well, at least Oklahoma’s congressional delegation can ideologically agree with the President-elect on one thing:

Obama promotes fiscal restraint, big spending

Obama is already starting in the red. The federal government reported a record deficit of $237.2 billion in October, which reflected only a portion of the $700 billion Congress approved last month to rescue the financial markets. The government’s red ink has been rising over the past eight years …

Although there is one big difference: both Democrat and Republican leaders support Obama.

“I’d say, so far so good,” said Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, a member of the Republican leadership team.

While OK Rep. Tom Cole has lost popularity even with fellow Republicans.

… present NRCC Chairman Tom Cole decided he had had it. After insisting for weeks he would run again for the campaign post, Cole withdrew and graciously endorsed his leading opponent for NRCC chairman: Texas Rep. Pete Sessions.

Sessions had this to say about Cole’s performance as NRCC chairman:

… the NRCC needs improvements in various areas, including fundraising, recruiting, messaging, organizational strength and long-term strategies and tactics.

So, obviously, Rep. Cole is considered a top GOP contender for Oklahoma governor in 2010.

Flying high in Oklahoma

November 25th, 2008

Why sure, Little Axe has celebrities.

Tony Gregory, for example, has made his way from the small town, to Rose State College and now to the big screen.

“They already think I’m a movie star, but I’m far from it,” Gregory jokingly said about people in his hometown.

Normally, I’d agree with Tony, but this sounds like it could be pretty good.

Filming was recently completed on a movie about the late Pearl Carter Scott, a Chickasaw girl from Oklahoma who is well known as the youngest licensed pilot in America.

And get this, the movie was actually filmed throughout Oklahoma.

… including the historic Harn Homestead, the El Reno Municipal Airport, the Jude and Jody Airport and several locations in and near Guthrie, Okla.

Heck, I’d go see it just to get a look at the Jude and Jody Airport.

The movie, Pearl Carter Scott – Chickasaw aviatrix
The book, Never Give Up.

And the book designer:

When Pearl was a little girl, Wiley Post would land his plane in the field next to her house. Wiley came to visit his brother who lived across the street. Soon after, Post befriended Pearl’s family, and her father became the first passenger to fly in the Winnie Mae. Pearl was the second. Before his famous trip around the world, Wiley taught Pearl to fly.

By the age of thirteen, Pearl’s father bought her an airplane, converted a pasture into an airport, and Pearl became one of the first American aviatrix in history. After her family lost everything in the Great Depression, she turned her life toward the service of the Chickasaw people.

Canada lures fat tourists

November 24th, 2008

If you’re like many Americans, and contemplating a big trip to Canada, you might want to note two things:

Body mass index chart

And:

Obese people have the right to two seats for the price of one on flights within Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled

Now, what about us tall folks?

Advice to Oklahoma cranes: Duck!

November 24th, 2008

As I recall, I’ve always liked birds. I’ve enjoyed watching them, raising them, hunting them, and eating them. Therefore I gladly honor a reader request:

I’d love to see a blogpost on the excellent duck hunting season currently here, Mike.

OK…

Long-legged ducks popular in Oklahoma

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I could have easily shot this duck the other morning

Waterfowl hunters in Oklahoma have a bunch of birds to hunt this season. So many in fact, that the state wildlife department is concerned about too many dumb hunters.

# ATTENTION : Waterfowl Hunters Watch Out for Whooping Cranes

There are over 860 species of migratory birds in North America. Only 58 of these have been designated as game species for which hunting seasons can be established. The rest, over 800 species, have no sport hunting seasons and are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It is unlawful to take or attempt to take any of these species during any time of year. The penalty for the unlawful take of any Federally protected bird is a fine of up to $15,000 and/or up to 6 months in jail.

Some of these protected species have been designated as threatened or endangered (e.g., whooping crane) and are further protected by the Endangered Species Act. Sandhill crane hunters in the Central Flyway need to be particularly cautious about the presence of whooping cranes during sandhill crane hunting seasons. The penalty for the unlawful take of an endangered species is a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to 1 year in jail. If you see anyone shoot a whooping crane, you may be eligible for a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of that person.

Raptors catch heat in Oklahoma

November 23rd, 2008


You’ve probably seen them before when driving past an established landfill; flares like this one, burning methane gas created from decomposing garbage. Notice the huge flame coming from the top of the stack?

Well, neither did this hawk.

The burners routinely go out and are re-ignited and flare up. It’s not uncommon for hawks to land on them and be burned. If the now flightless birds, are not rescued quickly they will starve.

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More Methane Burned Hawks in Oklahoma

For more threats to Oklahoma raptors, visit OKRaptors.