Adults reading their awkward teenage diaries

Adults reading their awkward teenage diaries

It may be a little known fact outside this most conservative corridor of Old Route 66 but there is a thriving community of aspiring story tellers, budding comedians and stand-up comic artists in my beloved home town.  The Comedy Parlor in Tulsa’s Blue Dome district played host to OK, So Tulsa Storyslam Saturday evening for a three-time-a-year event of Adults reading their Awkward Teenage Diaries.  Yours truly was actually a participant in this particular evolution.  Myself and six other diary readers graced the stage at the aforementioned venue and read our awkward teenage diaries.   Saturday evening’s readers included some stage veterans, among them Shaun Perkins from Locust Grove, OK who has been involved with the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry....

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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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Making way for the Bern Unit!

Making way for the Bern Unit!

Have you ever stood in a line and waxed philosophical at the length of it?  I found myself doing that very thing last night.  The most conservative segment of Old Route 66 had a visit from Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders got to visit some of our local cultural venues like the Woody Guthrie Center in the Brady Arts District and enjoyed having dinner at Caz’s Chowhouse.  This information came to me after the fact via a friend on social media.  I was totally unaware of the Senator’s presence in The Brady as my lady friend and I were having an appetizer and drinks at the Mexicali Border Cafe just a block down the street. After our happy hour respite we walked over and got in the line to hear Senator Sanders speak.  We are...

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Refugees: a personal testimony

Refugees:  a personal testimony

I was going to save this particular subject for an upcoming anniversary of a proud moment and defining event in my own life.  However, because of all the media-facilitated scaremongering by political demagogues and aspiring Presidential candidates, I simply could no longer wait.  I think that what is being broadcast by the media sound chamber is as fundamentally wrong as it is offensively irritating.  Am I out of line to wish out loud for high profile people who seemingly know little about what they are spouting off on into live microphones to shut the hell up until they are briefed on a few basic facts? Riding the wave of hysteria created by the ISIS-claimed terror attack that killed so many people in Paris, France this month, local elected politicians along...

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Embracing the right to not get shot

Embracing the right to not get shot

The Constitution of the United States is a beautiful document not so much for its literary elegance but more for the ideals it embodies.  In short it is the heart, soul and character of a grand experiment that is still in progress.  As the next election cycle heats up it seems that there are a lot of purported experts on its contents using it to make the case for their candidacy.  The constitutional right of highest priority on the lips of so many running for office along this, the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66, is the one delineated in 2nd Amendment.  Seriously, to hear some of these pro-gun rights candidates you would think that the Constitution begins and ends with #2 out of twenty-seven.  What’s more, you would be amazed at the number of...

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