Leftoverture at 40 still crisp by Kansas at 44

Leftoverture at 40 still crisp by Kansas at 44

Online purchase of two tickets, four rows back from Stage Left:  $216.00 Pre-concert dinner of Coneys, Frito Pie and iced tea:  $8.95 The cheapest swag item and two skunky draft beers:  $43.00 Taking in the sounds of one of the most iconic bands of my youth in the same venue where I paid to see my first ever concert forty years ago to the very evening:  PRICELESS!!! You read that correctly.  Forty years ago, on what was then a Friday evening March 25th, 1977, Yours Truly paid his way into the Old Lady on Brady to see his first-ever rock concert.  As I gazed around that grand auditorium before the show last night reminiscing on where I sat as a high school senior awed by the showmanship of the headliner of that Spring Break kickoff rock & roll spectacle, I...

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A bad week for Republicans

A bad week for Republicans

I don’t believe I have ever described what it is like as a liberal looking up from this particular stretch of Old Route 66.  Politically speaking, we are like at the very bottom of an extremely deep canyon.  When we look up all we see are Republicans dropping mostly crap and an occasional few bread crumbs.  Last Election Day when Republicans did very well in most other heretofore middle-of-the-road locales from the Congressional races to the various state house contests and on down, in Oklahoma they posted one of their most thoroughly resounding electoral hauls.  As I have said before, for the fourth straight time the OKGOP delivered us Oklahoma Democrats yet another thrashing at the ballot box.  By all accounts, the Republicans had a very good evening last...

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Theater review: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

Theater review:  The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

It is true what they say, the sailor may leave the Navy but the Navy will never leave the sailor.  When the presiding officer of this fictional court martial entered from Stage Left and the actor playing the uniformed court orderly sounded off “Atten-HUT” I had to stop myself from popping tall. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s Liddy Doenges Theater was the venue for the American Theatre Company’s production of Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.  Saturday evening was the last performance of the run of this particular production and it was the first time I had seen this play since my fellow Ensigns and I were shown the movie version of it in the military justice class we had in Officer Indoctrination School nearly thirty...

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The teetering Trump Tower of cards

The teetering Trump Tower of cards

We are now approaching the halfway mark of the 45th President’s “First 100 Days” and in spite of being beset by numerous self-inflicted setbacks, the President is pressing on with his agenda.  Just what IS the intention of President Trump?  We should make no mistake about it.  The man is following the policy input of his advisor Stephen Bannon and deconstructing the administrative state.  In addition to cabinet appointments of individuals with histories of being diametrically opposed to the missions of the departments or agencies they now lead such as Scott Pruitt at EPA, Betsy DeVos at Department of Education and Dr. Ben Carson at HUD,  there are many government agency posts which are intentionally being left vacant.  He is also making good on...

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