Friday, March 27, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Monday, March 04, 2013
Rep. Sky McNeal introduced legislation in the Oklahoma House of Representatives to remove restrictions for operations of horse slaughterhouses in the state. A similar measure passed in the Oklahoma senate and both bills will go to a conference committee to craft a single bill.
Many Oklahomans have spoken out against legalizing horse slaughterhouses but the undaunted Republican dominated legislature is pressing on; to hell with the constituents!
Did we mention that Rep. McNeil's family owns a animal auction facility in Creek County and that they auction horses every other Monday evening?
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
In the Tulsa medical care area, 1 in 6 Medicare patients discharged from a hospital are re-admitted within 30 days. These returns to the hospital are largely preventable. Using the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, I calculate the cost to Medicare for these preventable admissions just in Oklahoma, is $200 million per year. We all pay, one way or another.
Mu wife and I watched this video a few nights ago. It talks about this problem on a national basis and I feel it would be worth your time investment to watch it, too.
"Frequent Fliers" on PBS's Need To Know TV program.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
From the Oklahoma State Senate leader's recent press release:
Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman released the following statement Monday in response to Governor Mary Fallin’s announcement that Oklahoma will not engage in the formation of a state-based healthcare exchange or pursue an expansion of Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:So, Oklahoma progressives, how do you/we respond to Sen. Bingman's statement? Here's a good place to start finding answers, here and here at the Oklahoma Policy Institute.
“Oklahomans simply do not want anything to do with Obamacare, and Senate Republicans stand firmly with Governor Fallin in rejecting it,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “We want real, conservative solutions to the rising cost of healthcare—we want to make care more accessible, more affordable, and easier to obtain. I continue to believe Obamacare will fall short of accomplishing these goals—but it will certainly accomplish one of President Obama’s goals: to grow government and redefine its size, scope, and reach into the lives of our fellow Oklahomans.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Many of us have received and probably continue to get unsolicited forwarded email smearing and slandering President Obama. Most charge him as a communist, a dictator, alien agent of the Taliban, bastard son of a prostitute and more, or all of the above.
What's worse, is a lot of these ugly messages come from friends and family. In the past, with few exceptions, I'd just deleted the post and tried to move on. Although I've downsized and restricted my inbox to the point where I only get a few emails a day, occasionally one of these bile spewing messages gets through.
Well, to paraphrase Howard Beal in the movie, "Network," "I'm not gonna take it anymore!" and I've written a response I plan to use and encourage you to copy and paste, if you choose.
Thanks for the attached email you forwarded. I really understand what you and the writer are saying. Many friends are encouraging me to feel that way about President Obama, and believe me, I'm trying real hard!
My problem is I can't make it about the color of his skin because of two reasons. 1) I have some friends who I really enjoy, whose skin color is different than mine, and 2) General Colin Powell and Rosa Parks are two among many dark skinned Americans that have my respect and admiration.
So here I am, yearning to join you, please some friends and a family member or two, but cannot find a reason to hold such vitriolic feelings toward Barack Obama.
You know that I'm a facts and figures kind of person so would you send me some information about our President that I can check out on my own? Maybe it will ignite the flames of hate in my heart and then I can be just like all of you.