Sooners advance to Final Four!

Sooners advance to Final Four!

The University of Oklahoma’s basketball team made all Sooners proud on Saturday by handily defeating the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen by a score of 80 to 68 in a game in which they never trailed.  Being an alumni and fan of all Sooner sports, I felt a measure of redemption in such a thorough manhandling of the Ducks.  Even though it was in another sport at Oregon’s home stadium going on ten years ago, I vividly recall how the home team managed to rate a favorable call of recovering an onside kick of which the Ducks never had possession.  That bit of home cookin’ set up their go-ahead score as time wound down.  Given there is no honor among thieves, that is one OU defeat that has stuck in my craw ever since. Saturday’s...

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Citizen soldiers of our community

Citizen soldiers of our community

As the acting Oklahoma Democratic Party Veterans Committee representative from the First Congressional District, it was the esteemed duty of Yours Truly to coordinate and facilitate the Veteran’s Legislative Open House at our local Democratic Party HQ this weekend.  Saturday, March 19th from 11 AM to 2 PM was the appointed day and time for said function.  It proved to be an informative event for all who attended, veterans and legislators alike.  This is an activity the Oklahoma Democratic Party Veteran’s Committee Chairman, Kevin McCray, has implemented.  Going forward, we will seek to hold one of these functions every legislative session. Our local Democratic legislators were well represented by Representatives Eric Proctor and Jeannie McDaniel and...

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Watching the demise of the Republican brand

Watching the demise of the Republican brand

It seems the big news this week was not along the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 but near the Mother Road’s eastern starting point.  The City of Chicago has quite a history when it comes to the confluence of political events, crowds demonstrating them and violence.  I remember watching the network news coverage as a wide-eyed school kid on summer vacation of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and wondering what all the brouhaha was about.  Not really understanding what was happening at the time, it wasn’t until years later that I realized what we were eyewitness to via network TV was the demise of the Democratic brand and a further fragmentation of the American Left.  That damage done in the late 1960s, with a few exceptions, relegated...

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Tasting the sweet fruits of effective grass roots organizing

Tasting the sweet fruits of effective grass roots organizing

Super Tuesday has come and gone and the biggest news along this most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 is the winner of the Democratic Primary was NOT Hillary Clinton.  Thanks to a motivated, dedicated and well organized local grass roots movement, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders emerged the winner of the Sooner State Primary and its 38 delegates.  At the end of the night, the numbers were not even close: This is a direct result of the orchestrated efforts of a core group of organizers and the work done by those who followed their direction.  At a time when my beloved home state often makes national news for so many wrong and embarrassing reasons, Oklahoma made a lot of people proud on Tuesday night.  Although due to work and more pressing local political...

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