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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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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Documentary film review: Oklahoma Shakedown

Documentary film review:  Oklahoma Shakedown

Collateral damage.  Booming economy.  The price we pay for doing business. These were sentiments expressed by certain parties in the course of the documentary film, Oklahoma Shakedown.  Film maker Taylor Lee Mullins was on hand with one of the activists appearing in his film, Angela Spotts, at Circle Cinema on Tuesday evening for a free viewing of his award winning work.  Mr. Mullins’ film won “Best Oklahoma Documentary” at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in Muskogee this past weekend. In the interest of full disclosure, Yours Truly and Ms. Spotts and her husband Jeff all know each other.  They were my late father’s former next door neighbors.  That said, she did not disappoint in terms of enlightening information presented...

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Petroleum interests uber alles

Petroleum interests uber alles

Make no mistake about it, when it comes to pet industries of the State of Oklahoma Big Oil & Gas has a firm lock on the top spot.  Yes indeed, just last week the small government conservative majority in the state legislature and their rubber stamp governor passed a law banning municipalities from imposing bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other oil and gas operations such as drilling within their boundaries.  The corporate bottom line drove this ramrod bit of legislation given that so much of the state’s revenues are derived from the petroleum industry at a time when a budget shortfall confronts those in control.  In contrast, the State of Maryland recent banned fracking altogether so they could evaluate the public health and economic dangers...

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The misery of living in Obama’s America, April 2015 update

The misery of living in Obama’s America, April 2015 update

Oh, the misery of living under the tyranny of responsible leadership!  Are things perfect?  Hardly.  My question is would anyone care to return to where we were economically at 12:01 PM EST on 20 January 2009?  Anyone?  Behold where we are now:  Obama’s Numbers April 2015 Image by FactCheck.org History will not judge President Obama by how much he accomplished per se.  It will judge him by how much resistance from an uncooperative and openly hostile Congress he overcame to achieve it.  I wonder where we would be had President Obama had a Congress who at least worked with him on a few issues after 2010.  In spite of a few unfavorable numbers, there is no doubt that the USA has fared far better under the policies of President Obama than it did under...

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Is Heat melting Ice merely a Theory?!

Is Heat melting Ice merely a Theory?!

Photo by foxnews.com Campaign season is over, those who emerged victorious have been sworn into office and now it is time for the elected to govern.  The first item on the legislative docket for the new Senate was the Keystone XL Pipeline bill moving with the speed and certainty of a glacier.  The first thing done to this bill in the new session was an amendment to it in an attempt to get those senators who dismiss climate change as something other than factual on record as disputing that global warming is a man-made crisis.  Let it be duly noted that the phenomenon of man-made global warming is consensus among the scientific community. In a clever move, Oklahoma’s own Senator Jim Inhofe, now Chairman of the Senate Environment Committee, went as far as to...

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