Tulsa: Namesake of a ship of the line once again

Tulsa:  Namesake of a ship of the line once again

Having served aboard a ship of the line during my first enlistment in the U.S. Navy, names of sister vessels have stuck in my memory.  I served aboard a Charles F. Adams class guided missile destroyer for roughly two and a half years.  These and other small combatant vessels of that era known as frigates and several later class cruisers were mostly named after Americans who were decorated military heroes, great naval officers and stellar public servants.  Back then amphibious vessels were named after U.S. cities and towns along with WWII vintage and early to mid-Cold War era cruisers.  The last vessel named for my hometown was a 1920’s era patrol gunboat which had sail power for backup propulsion, USS Tulsa (PG-22).  That vessel was decommissioned in 1946...

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The American dichotomy, up close and personal

The American dichotomy, up close and personal

My dear brothers, sisters, readers of Reason Rest Stop and only friends, this has been another of those weeks where I have stopped myself more than once from writing my commentary in an effort to allow a story to fully evolve.  The fact of the matter is that this is a very trying time to abide along this, the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  To say that these have been some dark days for Tulsa and all of Oklahoma and for anyone with ties to this state may be an understatement.  At the same time there are reasons to take pride in our community as some of the same sort of awfulness at center stage has occurred elsewhere with a totally different community response. When I saw the story flash across social media about the Tulsa Police shooting of Terence...

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Losing our fear of fierce and polished opposition

Losing our fear of fierce and polished opposition

The 2016 General Election is now a mere eight weeks away and campaign season is getting ginned up full tilt.  Having been out knocking doors for a state house candidate, I found most voters on my assigned list had no clue as to who is running for what or what is really going on in the legislature.  I have ample reason to believe however that the relatively affluent precincts I have worked may be an aberration.  After talking to several other state house and senate candidates from all over the state who have been out knocking doors, all confirm a strong undercurrent of anti-incumbency from many voters with whom they have spoken.  It seems that particular sentiment parallels precincts where the misery factor created by the latest negative results of our illustrious...

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Shaken to our core: Making the case for regime change

Shaken to our core:  Making the case for regime change

On this Labor Day Holiday when we should be celebrating our working class roots and remembering those who fought, bled and died for the rights of all working people, we here along the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 are reeling and regrouping from a very sobering weekend.  Forget the fact that our beloved #3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners football team led by the longest tenured head coach in Division 1A got their asses handed to them in their season opener by the #15 ranked Houston Cougars in Houston by a score of 33 to 23 in a game that really was not as close as the final score indicates.  Every snap was witnessed by Yours Truly donned in Gameday attire and I will vouch that it was a terrible sight for a sober fan and I’m sure not much better for the...

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Welcome Congressman Castro!

Welcome Congressman Castro!

Here we are with some 67 days left until the November General Election and all the Democratic candidates I know, have donated coin to and for whom I have been out knocking doors, all sense a great dissatisfaction with incumbency along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  Many were present on Thursday evening for an Oklahoma Democratic Party fundraiser hosted by former TCDP Chairman Mike Whelan and the Ross Group.  The guest of honor was the up and coming Democratic Congressman representing the Texas 20th Congressional District, Mr. Joaquin Castro. Given there are no Democrats in the Oklahoma Congressional delegation, it was nice to have a visit from a Democrat from the Texas delegation.  It was a friendly audience and the Congressman’s stump...

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