Surf’s up at Lake Thunderbird

February 21st, 2009

Obi can’t resist a good wave, even at 34ºF with 40 mph winds

Swear to God

February 20th, 2009

Those crazy guys at the Department of Motor Vehicles sure have a sense of humor. I registered my truck yesterday and was given a brand spanking new Oklahoma license plate.


After thinking about it for a few seconds…

What If Someone Receives 666 – The Mark of the Beast?

They will “drink of the wine of the wrath of God” and “be tormented with fire and brimstone” — FOR EVER AND EVER!

I declined that plate and got another. I’m not a religious fellow, but if we have to have plates with those numbers, perhaps they ought to be reserved for state bureaucrats.

Okiedoke goes digital

February 17th, 2009

I will be installing a digital card in the old computer tonight and this is the last analog post here on Okiedoke. Viewing posts published after today will require a digital capable browser. In addition, viewing this blog with a digital monitor will provide sharper text and improved graphics after the switch.

Michael Bates-1, Tulsa World-1

February 14th, 2009

It’s been four years now since the Tulsa World snarled at political activist and blogger Michael Bates. The newspaper’s executives put Bates, and all other bloggers, on official notice.

The Tulsa World copyrights its entire newspaper and specifically each of the articles and/or editorials at issue. The reproduction of any articles and/or editorials (in whole or in part) on your website or linking your website to Tulsa World content is without the permission of the Tulsa World and constitutes an intentional infringement of the Tulsa World’s copyright and other rights to the exclusive use and distribution of the copyrighted materials.

Therefore, we hereby demand that you immediately remove any Tulsa World material from your website, to include unauthorized links to our website, and cease and desist from any further use or dissemination of our copyrighted content.


John R. Bair
Vice-President [sic]
Tulsa World

That was posted on Feb. 15, 2005. For two days the blogosphere exploded. Bloggers across the nation attacked and chewed on World executives for their disregard of the First Amendment. It only emboldened Bates and his legal counsel:

…while Mr. Bates’s links may be “inappropriate” in the view of your newspaper, Mr. Bair, there is no legal basis whatsoever on which the World may prevent it.

Not only does the First Amendment protect Mr. Bates’s activities, but the Copyright Act itself includes a “fair use” exception, granting parties the ability to use copyrighted material without permission from the owner for purposes of commenting or criticism.

We write therefore to advise the World that Mr. Bates is represented by counsel and by the Association, and that any further attempts to silence him, including the filing of meritless litigation as threatened by your letter, will be vigorously defended, including to the extent appropriate by the seeking of sanctions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11 in connection with the filing of meritless litigation claims.

After that, what I saw of Lorton, Blair and Lorton III:

But that was then, and this is now.
Or every dog has his day.
Or revenge is best served cold.

Local writer Michael Bates has issued an apology and retraction letter to the Tulsa World for an Urban Tulsa Weekly column he wrote concerning the Tulsa World’s circulation.

After Bates issued his retraction letter to the Tulsa World, the World agreed to dismiss its defamation lawsuit against Bates.

“My research was flawed and information in my story was false and inaccurate, and I retract those incorrect statements,” Bates’ letter says.

So, Michael Bates loses this battle, but perhaps lives to fight another day. I say “perhaps” because:

Tulsa World Publisher Robert E. Lorton III said: “He has apologized for the inaccuracies in his story. The case has been settled, and, as with all settlements, the terms are confidential.”

So, what are the odds of ever seeing another Tulsa Whirld link on Batesline?

Even God against Humphreys

February 13th, 2009

Like most sensible Oklahomans, I don’t much care for Kirk Humphreys. What I dislike most about him is his Party first attitude. And even then the guy couldn’t win a GOP Senate primary despite the backing of state Republican leaders. But while I can understand Okies rejecting Humphreys, I never would have dreamed God would actually act against him in his recent election bid.

Humphreys could have been hurt by the storms, which hit northwest Oklahoma City areas considered to be his strongest area of support.

Maybe the Lord doesn’t work in such mysterious ways after all.

Norman’s Financial Center teetering

February 12th, 2009

Some folks are acting like this is big news in Norman:

Occupants, including an insurance company, are being asked to move out and the public is being barred from one of Norman, Okla.’s tallest building due to structural problems

The Financial Center, constructed in 1972, was closed on Feb. 6 after owners received a report that indicates “structural integrity concerns,” city spokeswoman Carol Coles said.

I don’t know why this should be a surprise to anyone that’s seen the building. One look and it’s obvious the tower wasn’t plumb.


View from southwest

Our family has dined numerous times over the years at the Vista restaurant on the building’s top floor, and we always sought to sit along the windows in the northwest corner. I also favored the west end of the shuffleboard.

If memory serves, the problem started when the restaurant upgraded its name from XP. So, of course, engineers are considering a patch.

… preliminary analysis indicates the east wall has moved “or pulled away” from the building by about 5 or 6 inches in places.

Which, coincidently, was about the same size fissure originally found in Windows Vista; the software used by our nation’s top financial institutions. Smells like a government bailout may be in order. With Rep. Tom Cole being an early supporter of taxpayers bailing out faultering financial institutions, chances are the federal government will be propping up Norman’s Financial Center.

But might I suggest that when the Vista reopens it change its name to OS X or Linux?

Travis Ford f#*king fine with me

February 11th, 2009

I’m not much of an OSU fan, but I can’t believe how much shit their basketball coach is getting for his foul mouth on the court.

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford apologized Tuesday for uttering a profanity in Saturday’s 78-67 loss at Kansas that was heard on ABC’s telecast.

Ford called Cowboys guard Obi Muonelo a “[expletive] idiot,” a comment that was picked up by a midcourt microphone with under a minute remaining in the game.

What’s the big fuckin’ deal? Do folks realize that perhaps Muonelo is a fucking idiot? After all, I’m assuming OSU did hire Ford for his good judgment on the basketball court. And it’s not like he was penalized for it as he was at a Texas A&M game last month.

During the game, Ford received a technical foul after Byron Eaton was whistled for a touch foul with more than 3 minutes left in the game. The agitated coach took off his coat, threw it toward the bench and was caught on camera appearing to say a four-letter word about the foul that also starts with an F.

And I really can’t blame Ford for that, either. I’ve witnessed Eaton in action at the Lloyd Noble Arena and know full well what a son of a bitch he can be on the court. That fucker is hard to control!

Finally, let me say that all you assholes that feel coach Ford’s courtside language should be improved, take heart.

Last week, he said that he has tried to improve his language…

So I figure Ford’s foul language should be in pretty damn good shape by March 7th when he faces the Sooners in Norman. I’m looking forward to hearing him perform.

And yes, that’s the finger you think it is in this photo of Ford. Ya gotta a fuckin’ problem with that, too?

Two problems, one solution

February 10th, 2009

Problem #1 –
I only have one set of OU basketball tickets left for this season, and they aren’t for the Kansas game.

Problem #2 –
I have an extra Okie Blog Award for Best Sports Blog.

Best 2008 Okie Blog Award comment

February 10th, 2009

There are always a lot of comments generated each year regarding the Okie Blog Awards; some better than others. Here’s my favorite this year:

Mike, = Etatyah eseh, Mike, nah. You all wouldn’t know an Okie ‘cultural’ blog if it came up and slugged you in your face. “Yehtah eti, inni enh behneyheta,” yaho eitay Inney, kini inmahay Chata Krazy Talk” blog. Etayah chayghaheh, OkieDoke. “Shekeytayah.” I’ll bet you can figger that wordphrase out at the least, eh, Bohnhoithonayha? Yahhah, Mike. This Is Indian Land, Forever. Your presence is only ‘tolerated’, for now.

It probably doesn’t help that my squaw is a Chippewa.

1625 jobs per minute

February 10th, 2009

Well, at least folks can’t say General Motors isn’t responding quickly to dwindling auto sales.