A precarious house of cards

A precarious house of cards

We are barely a full month into 2016 and it is already shaping up to be a rough year to be a Republican in Oklahoma and the rest of the nation.  Forget the mess that somehow qualifies as the Republican Presidential Primary.  Closer to home, our Sooner State GOP-led legislature is looking at managing government with a $1 billion budget deficit and having to confront problems like our state being the new Earthquake Capitol of the World,  funding a flailing Department of Education and addressing criminal justice reform.  In spite of the seriousness of these pressing issues, members of the state’s Republican majority persist in pushing to legislate their social agenda aimed at discriminating against citizens who have sex differently than they do (or at least...

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The enduring body of work of David Bowie

The enduring body of work of David Bowie

Music forms a tapestry that serves as a backdrop of life.  Of all the minutia that composes the composite of modern human identity, music often reveals much regarding a person’s history, character and personal disposition.  Music has a unique way of touching the human soul, imprinting on the psyche association with other people, places, times and circumstances.  Two weeks ago when I learned of the sad news of the death of the entertainer David Bowie, I noticed I still had The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars loaded in my CD player.  When I thought about how long I had been a fan of David Bowie, a musician I saw as the embodiment of the consummate rock star, I felt like I had lost part my own history.  That is the beautiful thing...

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The name of the city is spelled T-U-L-S-A

The name of the city is spelled T-U-L-S-A

Wednesday was a very newsworthy day along this the most conservative stretch of the Mother Road.  Our fair city had a visit from a GOP Presidential candidate and his former VP candidate water carrier.  Other than their brief presence three miles around the corner and down the street from where I am sitting posting this, that is all I care to report.  Since the candidate’s vision is HUGE I am sure he has plenty of his own hacks and all the bandwidth he could ever want or need to push his jingoistic and xenophobic message without any help from me so I will let it go at that.  Trust me though, more people than almost everyone have taken note. The most noteworthy piece of news in all the brouhaha amid the mass of humanity between the candidate’s rabid...

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GOP economic and foreign policy: World American Realignment (WAR)

GOP economic and foreign policy:  World American Realignment (WAR)

When your only tool is a hammer, everything begins to look like a nail.

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Winning Blue again in a sea of Red

Winning Blue again in a sea of Red

The polls have closed in Oklahoma Senate District 34 (Owasso, Northeast Tulsa, Sperry, Skiatook, Turley, Collinsville) and the final vote tally in the Special Election went to the Democrat in the race, Owasso teacher and football coach J.J. Dossett!  In a district that has been a GOP bastion since 1990, Senator-elect Dossett proved that a Democrat can win with by being the right candidate with the right message.  I do not yet have access to the stats showing how much money each candidate spent but the final vote tally was Dossett 2173 (56.31%) and his GOP opponent David L. McClain 1686 (43.69%).   This bodes well going forward for Oklahoma Democrats in an election year.  It remains to be seen if this is a bellwether trend along with Cyndi Munson’s success a...

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