Respect for the butcher’s bill

Respect for the butcher’s bill

Of all the federally observed holidays on the American calendar, the one slated for the last Monday in May has for me always been the most somber and sobering.  I’m sure most people who have sustained the loss of a loved one regardless if their lives ended on active duty in the armed forces or not share my sense of gravity related to observing the sacrifice of the nation’s war dead.  I was a teenager when I became aware of why a day was set aside specifically to honor those who did not survive hostile action during their military service.  In my junior enlisted years I was acutely aware of a select few whose lives ended on active duty, stateside in homeport due to illness, accidents or from physical anomalies which contributed to their demise.  Being...

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A long day at the sausage factory

A long day at the sausage factory

If you are fond of the taste of sausage then never let yourself get talked into watching how its made and especially never agree to participate in the process of making it.  Even still, a state political convention is something everyone should experience at least once.  This past Saturday over 600 passionate delegates from all over this, the state through which passes the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66, met at the Tower Hotel in Oklahoma City for the 2017 Oklahoma Democratic Party State Convention.  If you’ve ever had to herd cats you might get a sense of the magnitude and scope of this particular evolution. Now remember, this was a function of our Oklahoma Democratic Party where every day is a holiday, every meal is a banquet and ever caucus...

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We are not OK

We are not OK

Life seems to have been toeing the line of the surreal for the past couple weeks while events, local and national, happen in real time and evolve over a period of days.  This past week there was a candidate forum for those running for Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party where four of the five candidates attended.  We Oklahoma Democrats will be electing a new chair next Saturday at our state convention in Oklahoma City.  Regardless of who wins the privilege to become the new face of the ODP, they will be met with a tall order to recruit Democratic legislative and state office candidates who have the wherewithal of character, wisdom and resolve to address the litany of problems which beset our state government.  It seems inadequate to even state for the record...

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