An embarrassment of riches with even more embarrassing results

An embarrassment of riches with even more embarrassing results

This time a year ago we were flying down the home stretch of what turned out to be a wave election.  In the wee morning hours of Election Night, the GOP candidate ultimately won the Electoral College vote count for the Presidency and his party made substantial gains in a wave that extended far down ticket.  Not only did the GOP candidate win, the Congressional GOP resoundingly reaffirmed their majorities in both bodies on Capitol Hill.  It most certainly was a wave election here in Oklahoma.  The OK GOP outright won more contested legislative seats, many with very lopsided numbers against very good candidates, than most can recall in the history of the state.  When the 56th Oklahoma Legislature was sworn in back in January, the OK GOP held 76 out of 101 seats in...

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Our slow but steady downward glide

Our slow but steady downward glide

Evolution, be it that of a living organism, a nation’s identity or an individual person’s character, is a fascinating process.  I am perhaps a little biased and maybe outright unrealistic when it comes to the evolution of a person’s character.  I would really love to believe that just because an average soul such as myself can shed multiple idea-limiting self or authority imposed rules and evolve from the confines of a very narrow world view into a state of universal enlightenment that any of my fellow citizens can do the same.  It has been a few weeks of one heavy news item after another with a sensational headline seemingly dominating each media cycle.  For the most part I have opted to keep my mouth shut and quietly watch while so many of my...

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Rules of self-governance at age 230

Rules of self-governance at age 230

Happy Constitution Day to all my friends, lovers of reason and readers of this humble blog.  It was the product of several months of intense negotiation between delegates representing wide and varied common and opposing interests but it was on this day exactly two hundred and thirty years ago which was a Monday that the final product was presented for approval to the body of the Constitutional Convention of the United States assembled in the Pennsylvania State House.  To say it was the finest work ginned out by the ultimate sausage factory of its day in an understatement. In the end only 39 of the original 55 delegates signed their name to it but few if any were likely completely satisfied with what has become an enduring system of rules and law of a nation still...

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Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes

Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes

One impressive characteristic of this World we all have inherited is that whatever mortal men and women can poison or destroy through calculated intent or ignorant neglect can be totally finished off in a short span of time by natural occurring phenomena.  Forget for a moment the ineptitude of our elected leadership and their desire to serve or deny favor to chosen segments of the voting public.  The decisive destructive force of Mother Nature regardless of culpability of etiology can impact EVERYBODY be they located in the direct path of harm, have friends or relatives in that path, or have business or economic interests connected with anyone or anything subject to the imminent danger that may be present. Regardless how over-the-top those in charge of our...

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Book Review: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Book Review:  Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Alan Stuart Franken, a talented and smooth spoken Harvard educated 60-something, has spent a lifetime  riding a unique mix of humor and  irony to celebrity and a good living .  Most of us late night insomniac TV watchers remember his start as one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live in 1975, a gig that during his tenure netted him some screen time.  Having worked in the entertainment profession as a comedian, actor, writer and director for three and half decades, his name recognition was something that was well established long before he embarked on a political career. Al Franken has served as the junior senator from the state of Minnesota since July 2009.  In the interest of full disclosure I will state for the record that I had been a Franken fan for...

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