Culture Wars: The Reddest State Front

Culture Wars:  The Reddest State Front

The legislature of the state representing the Mother Road’s most conservative stretch has wasted no time in the new session introducing bills to outlaw or maximally marginalize those who do not share the values or belief system of the duly elected representatives of the cultural majority.  One such elected culture warrior whose controversial views are nationally renowned is Representative Sally Kern of Oklahoma City.  Kern has introduced House Bill 1599, the Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act.  This bill as written contains some rather draconian language aimed at same-sex couples.  It would outlaw recognition of same-sex marriages in Oklahoma by any state employee, including judges and prohibit “public funds for any activity licensing or...

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Movie Review: American Sniper

Movie Review:  American Sniper

Clint Eastwood’s work, both directing and acting, has been something I have long admired and enjoyed from Dirty Harry to the spaghetti Westerns and most of the other pictures since.  At the end of the day my all time favorite movie is still one in which he both acted and directed, The Outlaw Josey Wales.  In spite of his recent lapse into political partisan lunacy carrying on conversations with empty chairs in a public forum and such, I still like Eastwood’s work.  His latest directorial effort, American Sniper, is neither a real biopic nor documentary on the complex life of Texas bull rider turned Navy spec warrior Chris Kyle.  The personal life of Chief Petty Officer Kyle and his four tours in Iraq merely serves as the backdrop for the overarching...

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Roe v Wade at 42

Thursday, January 22nd was the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v Wade effectively legalizing abortion on demand in the United States.  The debate on the issue is one that has never not been polarized.  In 2015 there are many places in the nation where Roe v Wade is purely academic due to obstructionist laws and policies surrounding elective pregnancy termination.  Further efforts to disable and/or overturn Roe v Wade can be expected from the heavily conservative pro-life 114th Congress. A couple of months ago, just a couple weeks after the November General Election, I was taking it easy at home one morning when my phone rang.  It was a phone banker calling from a pro-life organization to ask me for money.  I cut the guy off and asked him...

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Is Heat melting Ice merely a Theory?!

Is Heat melting Ice merely a Theory?!

Photo by foxnews.com Campaign season is over, those who emerged victorious have been sworn into office and now it is time for the elected to govern.  The first item on the legislative docket for the new Senate was the Keystone XL Pipeline bill moving with the speed and certainty of a glacier.  The first thing done to this bill in the new session was an amendment to it in an attempt to get those senators who dismiss climate change as something other than factual on record as disputing that global warming is a man-made crisis.  Let it be duly noted that the phenomenon of man-made global warming is consensus among the scientific community. In a clever move, Oklahoma’s own Senator Jim Inhofe, now Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee, went as far as to...

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Time to scrap the NCAA Death Penalty

Time to scrap the NCAA Death Penalty

As an alumnus and donor to the University of Oklahoma and a fan and season ticket holder of the Sooners, I will be the first to point out that OU Football has had its fair share of embarrassing scandals over its history.  I vividly recall the mess that tainted OU as the quintessential outlaw program in the mid-to-late 1980s with athletic dorm shootings, rapes, and the team’s quarterback, Charles Thompson, handcuffed in a prison dayglo-orange jumpsuit on the cover of Sports Illustrated after being arrested for selling cocaine.  Oklahoma seemed always at odds with the NCAA for infractions ranging from recruiting violations to all the duly noted criminal activity and accusations, some with merit, of a lack of institutional control.  Action was taken, charges...

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