Who stands for what and why

It came to my attention this week that a few of the local secular organizations, outfits that make residence in such a religious conservative locale habitable, have made the “anti-Christian bigotry” list of a national pro-theocratic organization.  Among the local organizations that made the list of the American Family Association is one I have written about previously, the Atheist Community of Tulsa.  Also making the list of purported anti-Christian bigotry groups is the Tulsa chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State along with the Edmond and Norman, OK chapters and Oklahoma Atheists in Oklahoma City.  The AFA map also includes LGBT and Humanist groups although none in Oklahoma were identified. Let’s be clear about the...

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Advanced propaganda vs. the critical thinking imperative

Advanced propaganda vs. the critical thinking imperative

As one who has sworn both an Oath of Enlistment and an Oath of Commissioning, let me say this about the USA and Oklahoma:  My Country and my State, right or wrong.  May they always be right.  When they are wrong, may they be put right! Another week has passed in our illustrious state’s First Session of the 55th Legislature and yet again Oklahoma has made national news for all the wrong reasons.  House Bill 1380 introduced by a Baptist pastor representing House District 60 (Yukon) caused quite the upset in the education community as well as the general public.  As it was worded, the bill was thought to call for the removal of Advanced Placement History curriculum in Oklahoma high schools, or at least that is how it was received.  As it turned out the...

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Our lowest common denominators

Our lowest common denominators

It matters not how diverse we as a people make ourselves in terms of the sort of politics we embrace, religion to which we subscribe, professions we train for and practice to the best of our ability, sports teams with which we align, music genre in which we indulge, clothing style we sport, dining cuisine we prefer, habits we cannot break, modality of transportation we demand, manner in which we love, passion with which we hate, how financially successful we may become or how badly destitute we might be after failing epically, the two levelers of the playing field we as human beings cannot escape and have limited and finite negotiating power with are death and taxes.  The usual issue with the first is how soon and with the second is how much.  This was the...

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Veterans looking out for Veterans

Veterans looking out for Veterans

On this gorgeous spring-like February Saturday morning I, the Route66Kid, made my way down the turnpike paralleling the Mother Road and attended a meeting of the Oklahoma Democratic Party Veteran’s Committee at the Oklahoma Democratic Party Headquarters in Oklahoma City.  Even though there were only a little over a dozen members present, veteran demographics ranging from WWII to the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan were represented.  The main item on this meeting’s agenda was the election of new officers.  By the time it adjourned the ODPVC elected Oklahoma City attorney and Army special forces veteran Kevin McCray as Chairman, Army field artillery veteran Kenneth Pitre as Vice Chair and Army veteran of the conscript era Jim Huff as Secretary. ...

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Paine!

Happy Birthday, Thomas Paine!

By the Western calendar, February 9th, 1737 is Thomas Paine’s date of birth.  Of all the contributors to the American Revolution and to the fledgling American Republic, the work of Thomas Paine not only endures but still resonates loudly today.  Paine was the first to promote the idea of an Estate Tax and a minimum wage.  Indeed, Paine’s ideas articulated in his pamphlet Agrarian Justice form the basis of populist policies passed during the New Deal.  In fact, the full text of Agrarian Justice can be found on the official Social Security website:  Social Insurance History  Happy Birthday, Thomas Paine born this day in 1737 in Thetford, Norfolk, England!  Your ideas benefit all of humanity to...

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