Thou shalt have no other gods before the Almighty Dollar!

Thou shalt have no other gods before the Almighty Dollar!

After his rope-a-dope of non answers to a straight forward question on ABC’s This Week on Sunday morning, Indiana governor Mike Pence revealed his true allegiance to the Eat-their-cake-and-have-it-too lobby.  Fallout is raining down amid whipsawing backlash from big business at the Governor’s signing of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week.  When given ample opportunity to answer a simple question, “Does this law permit discrimination against LGBT Americans,” the Governor dodged it with ninja-like agility.  Well, sort of.  George Stephanopoulus was as amiable of an interviewer as they come and explained repeatedly that it was a Yes or No question.  Pence very laboriously kept his motive under wraps stating...

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Surveying our priorities

Surveying our priorities

Another week has passed in which I had to restrain myself from blogging before all the pertinent stories evolved.  It has been another week of Oklahoma in the national spotlight.  On the upside, the Oklahoma Sooners advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  Sadly, they were eliminated last night by Michigan State.  It was a fun ride while it lasted and provided a healthy diversion from the grim reality of living in Tornado Alley. Oh yes, spring has arrived bringing along storm season with it.  On Wednesday afternoon two tornadoes, one an EF2 in magnitude, struck west of the Tulsa community of Sand Springs leaving one dead and several dispossessed and displaced from their homes.  Some damage was also done to the Blue Dome and Brady...

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Iwo Jima + 70

Iwo Jima + 70

It was seventy years ago this past week that the Pacific war battle of Iwo Jima was declared over and the island secure.  Today on that small volcanic island in the western Pacific that was the site of one of the most savage battles of WWII, a group of aged veterans returned to the scene of what was likely the most defining event of their life.  These old vets represent the last rays of the setting sun of their generation, America’s Greatest Generation.  Not many of them are left and soon they will all be gone.  When the last of them passes away we will step over the threshold of living memory into history.  Many of them left us before we even got to meet them let alone know them, the uncle of my own real namesake for example who was in the second wave of...

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Mandating a sacred civic duty

Mandating a sacred civic duty

Last month I took time to acknowledge the lowest common denominators all people living on this planet share, those being death and taxes.  Today in Cleveland, OH, President Obama promoted the idea of expanding those two of life’s certainties by one more, VOTING!  Coming on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the events leading to the Voting Rights Act, the President stated we should be making it easier, not harder, to vote.  Mandatory voting is an idea after my own heart.  A few campaign seasons ago one of my favorite purveyors of American political commentary waxed philosophical during one of his on-air rants, “Not voting makes you derelict of duty in a republic.”  I subscribe to that sentiment.  I do so because along this most conservative...

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The Oklahoma Hall of Shame rapid expansion week

The Oklahoma Hall of Shame rapid expansion week

Since the late evening hours of this past Sunday when the infamous OU Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity racist chant video went viral, I have had to stop myself multiple times from making this post.  There have been other news items this week worthy of admission to this expansion of the Hall of Shame.  They include the passage of HB 1125 by the State House of Representatives which would eliminate state issued marriage licenses thereby not recognizing same-sex marriages and Governor Mary Fallin publicly demanding the benefit of federal subsidies for her constituents under the Affordable Care Act while still rooting for its overturning by the pending Supreme Court ruling.  However, with the amount of fallout that is raining down over the SAE video and public reaction...

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