Documentary film review: Oklahoma Shakedown

Documentary film review:  Oklahoma Shakedown

Collateral damage.  Booming economy.  The price we pay for doing business. These were sentiments expressed by certain parties in the course of the documentary film, Oklahoma Shakedown.  Film maker Taylor Lee Mullins was on hand with one of the activists appearing in his film, Angela Spotts, at Circle Cinema on Tuesday evening for a free viewing of his award winning work.  Mr. Mullins’ film won “Best Oklahoma Documentary” at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee this past weekend. In the interest of full disclosure, Yours Truly and Ms. Spotts and her husband Jeff all know each other.  They were my late father’s former next door neighbors.  That said, she did not disappoint in terms of enlightening information presented...

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Bill Maher packs the Brady

Bill Maher packs the Brady

As I have stated before on this blog, there are many enclaves, organizations with frequent social functions and community events that make life for liberals along this most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 bearable.  Saturday evening was a classic example of what underscores that sentiment.  While The Big Lebowski was being shown to an open air crowd of Dudeists on Guthrie Green and the 80’s Prom was rocking the Cain’s Ballroom, comedian Bill Maher performed his stand up comedy routine before a sold out house at Tulsa’s Brady Theater. The Brady Theater is a hundred or so year old venue with a storied history all its own and not all of it the palatable kind.  Yours Truly attended his first ever rock concert there back in 1977 but the Old Lady...

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The only wall we need

The only wall we need

It is often said that this most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 is the buckle of the Bible Belt and I will personally vouch for that description.  Yes, evangelical Christians comprise a majority of citizens in the Sooner State and as a voting block they are largely the ones responsible for electing the conservative majority in the state’s legislature.  As a majority they tend to become upset with things happening that do not cater to their sacrosanct religious belief system.  I wrote about this last July when the state supreme court banned the Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the State Capitol. Never mind that the state supreme court upheld Article 2 Section 5 of the state constitution which prohibits public monies from being used for...

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Electoral storm clouds on the horizon

Electoral storm clouds on the horizon

Much is happening this election year along this, the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  I myself am resigned to the reality that Presidential politics matters little to us here in Oklahoma.  We Sooner State voters with our seven electoral votes have never been a deciding factor in electing a U.S. President in our history and I am entirely okay with that.  We after all have more important and pressing issues much closer to home.  We have a state with derelict leadership that is not only failing but doing so in grand fashion.  The situation is such that we are one major crisis away from federal intervention, but I digress. As I have stated before on this blog, results of governing matter and they matter a lot.  It is very apparent that the results of five...

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Selecting the 2016 Oklahoma Democratic Delegation

Selecting the 2016 Oklahoma Democratic Delegation

There was much activity this past weekend along this, the most conservative stretch of the Mother Road.  Between the OU Red and White game in Norman on Saturday, the Integris Foundation dinner at the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Carl Albert Awards Dinner at the Cox Convention Center both of Friday evening and the Oklahoma Democratic Party Convention on Saturday, it was a tall order to follow all activities in real time.  Given that I had a personal stake in all of them, I had to give each honorable mention.  As indicated by my preceding blog post, I did attend the Carl Albert Awards Dinner.  I also attended the Oklahoma Democratic Party Convention.  Let it never be said my priorities are poorly aligned.  I attended those functions in which I have a more deeply...

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