The name of the city is spelled T-U-L-S-A

The name of the city is spelled T-U-L-S-A

Wednesday was a very newsworthy day along this the most conservative stretch of the Mother Road.  Our fair city had a visit from a GOP Presidential candidate and his former VP candidate water carrier.  Other than their brief presence three miles around the corner and down the street from where I am sitting posting this, that is all I care to report.  Since the candidate’s vision is HUGE I am sure he has plenty of his own hacks and all the bandwidth he could ever want or need to push his jingoistic and xenophobic message without any help from me so I will let it go at that.  Trust me though, more people than almost everyone have taken note. The most noteworthy piece of news in all the brouhaha amid the mass of humanity between the candidate’s rabid...

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Will’s eternal influence

Will’s eternal influence

I don’t believe I have ever mentioned on this blog that the other moniker for Old Route 66 the Mother Road is the Will Rogers Memorial Highway. You know you’ve earned a permanent place in the heart and soul of the nation when the Congress of the United States adjourns in your honor on the day they bury you.  When the President himself states “A smile has left the face of America” upon hearing the news of your death you know that your life really mattered.  When people quote you regularly four score years after your time on this rock spinning in space came to an abrupt end, you know your body of work endures.  Frequent readers have probably noticed I quote Will quite often because much of what he said all those years ago is true still...

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Making Presidential history on Old Route 66!

Making Presidential history on Old Route 66!

What a week it has been along this the most conservative segment of Old Route 66!  This past Wednesday in the Bryan County seat of Durant in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. President to visit that town since Teddy Roosevelt in 1905.  Forget the fact that he was defeated in 77 of 77 counties twice, President Obama has an agenda for second half of his second term and chose the Sooner State to introduce the implementation of the latest administration program.  The Choctaw Nation did represent us all well.  More than 900 nation members and other citizens fully embraced President Obama on his historic visit, his third to Oklahoma during his tenure in the White House. The President chose this particular occasion to...

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Farewell to toxic symbolism

Farewell to toxic symbolism

It has been a very historic week in America in terms of commemorating notable events, landmark decisions handed down by the highest court in the land and executive orders issued by some southern state governors to remove archaic incendiary emblems from their purview.  I myself could feel the tectonic shift of public opinion when the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality, both decisions coming on the heels of the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Alabama State Capitol.  Where that flag has not been removed, its disposition is at very least going to be discussed.  It crushes me that it took the murder of nine innocent citizens in a church in Charleston, SC by a misguided merchant of hate to highlight something so glaringly...

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FreeOK 2015

FreeOK 2015

Imagine if you will a camp meeting of atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and pagans.  Focus on that conceptual image for a moment and you can grasp the essence of the fifth annual Oklahoma Freethought Convention.  FreeOK 2015 was held on Saturday, June 20th at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa.  This is another of those local community functions which make this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66 habitable.  Yours truly was on hand for this all day annual event just as I was for the preceding four. This year’s convention coordinators had an impressive slate of eight speakers, a few of whom have graced this event with their presence before.  All brought a positive and educative message to the attendees, this year numbering around 300.  As...

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Pride is alive along the Mother Road!

Pride is alive along the Mother Road!

One of the community celebrations that make this the most conservative segment of Old Route 66 habitable took place this past weekend.  Yes, the 33rd annual Tulsa Pride celebration attracted thousands to Downtown Tulsa on Saturday afternoon and evening culminating in the Pride Parade.  This is an annual festival sponsored by Oklahomans for Equality. Yours truly was on hand to staff the Tulsa County Democratic Party tent where we were able to register a few dozen new voters and hand out Hillary and Bernie Sanders buttons for a small donation. No, I am not gay but like everyone who may be reading this blog post I have a gay family member and know several people who identify as LGBT, some of whom I consider personal friends.  Like most of the rest of America that...

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