The Oklahoma Standard endures

The Oklahoma Standard endures

Like many of my fellow Oklahomans, I have a list of memories of the Oklahoma City Federal Building long before it became the center of the universe twenty years ago for the worst of reasons.  Like most other people I know, I never knew its namesake, Alfred P. Murrah, was an old federal judge until a domestic terrorist’s bomb blew a third of it away killing 168 citizens, 19 of whom were young children.  Yes, I had been in that building several times.  When I first enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of 1978, Navy Recruiting Command (CRUCOMM) was housed in a new facility that was not even yet a year old.  I remember how clean the Federal Building was and its newness.  The Armed Forces Examining and Entrance Station (AFEES) occupied the entire second floor of...

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The benefits and non-disaster of legal marijuana

The benefits and non-disaster of legal marijuana

On the way home from work this afternoon I heard the story on NPR of the Attorneys General of the States of Oklahoma and Nebraska filing a lawsuit against Colorado challenging that state’s legalization of marijuana.  It seems that the plaintiff state’s AGs have high hopes of US Supreme Court intervention citing the supremacy clause.  According to the report, contraband marijuana from Colorado has been heavily trafficked into the two plaintiff states causing the taxpayers of those states to bear the “cost.”  The lawsuit does not quantify what the cost is to date and much of the evidence supporting it is purely anecdotal.  Assuming the plaintiffs can make their case, and at the moment that seems like a longshot, what will become of an...

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