Making way for the Bern Unit!

Making way for the Bern Unit!

Have you ever stood in a line and waxed philosophical at the length of it?  I found myself doing that very thing last night.  The most conservative segment of Old Route 66 had a visit from Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders got to visit some of our local cultural venues like the Woody Guthrie Center in the Brady Arts District and enjoyed having dinner at Caz’s Chowhouse.  This information came to me after the fact via a friend on social media.  I was totally unaware of the Senator’s presence in The Brady as my lady friend and I were having an appetizer and drinks at the Mexicali Border Cafe just a block down the street. After our happy hour respite we walked over and got in the line to hear Senator Sanders speak.  We are...

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Feeling the axis tilting leftward

Feeling the axis tilting leftward

It has been a week since the World learned the news of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  I have purposefully waited until after his his memorial service this weekend before weighing in on the implications presented by his sudden absence on the Court.  As with the death of any respected public official regardless of political stripe, I maintained decorum all week under my personal policy of speaking no ill of the deceased or as the ancient Romans used to say, De mortuis nihil nisi bonum dicendum est (Of the dead nothing but good is to be said).  Although I did not have a real appreciation for certain of the opinions Justice Scalia is most noted for at the times he handed them down, Bush v Gore and District of Columbia v Heller chief among them,...

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Oklahoma State House District 70: GAME ON!

Oklahoma State House District 70:  GAME ON!

I have been a resident of Oklahoma State House District 70 (Midtown/South Tulsa) for just over four years.  In that time there have been two Republicans who have been elected to represent the constituents of this very red district.  The first was Ron Peters whose tenure from 2000 to 2012 was ended by term limits.  The second has been Ken Walker who won the GOP primary race in 2012 against challenger Shane Saunders.  Walker did not face a Democratic opponent in the 2012 general election nor did he have a primary challenger or a Democratic opponent in 2014.  Indeed, Mr. Walker has never had to run an election campaign against a Democrat.  I do hope he enjoys the memories. The days of Republicans running uncontested campaigns in Oklahoma are OVER! As of the noon...

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Movie review: Where To Invade Next

Movie review:  Where To Invade Next

How do we make America great again?  We do things that will upset the order and control of corporate conformity, worry less about making all the money possible and return to simple original Yankee ideas that made America the place everyone wanted to be in the first place.  Michael Moore’s entire premise is not a complicated one.  His latest film, Where To Invade Next, begins with a day dream sequence of him being summoned to the Pentagon for a conference with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Mr. Moore suggests they end their quandary of how to execute their next mission by sending him instead of the Marines to wherever.  Michael then sets off to conquer and recapture from places he can mostly pronounce correctly ideas that, as it turns out, originated in...

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Reflections on the game on Super Bowl Sunday

Reflections on the game on Super Bowl Sunday

This afternoon the AFC champion Denver Broncos and NFC champion Carolina Panthers are going to tee it up for Super Bowl 50.  When I sit and think about it this annual spectacle, probably the most watched sporting event in North America if not on the entire planet, has been a fixture in our life and times for half a century.  Think about that for a minute.  Most of the players on the field today were not old enough to remember and some were not even alive for Super Bowl 25.  When it comes popular appeal, the Super Bowl is the shindig all other sporting events aspire to be or to at least be on a par with.  It is anticipated that Super Bowl 50 will have some 189 million viewers tuning in. As it turns out, I do not have a dog in this particular fight.  I am neither a...

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