Friday, March 27, 2015

State GOP Senator Feels Threatened!

Oklahoma State Senator Kyle Loveless (R-Mustang) released a press release today claiming that a certain Oklahoma school district had “mandated” its teachers to attend the OKED Rally this coming Monday.  Senator Loveless says he has asked Attorney General Scott Pruitt to investigate whether a school district can compel teachers to attend the rally. Here’s what he had to say:
“I respect and admire teachers and educators all across our state and welcome them to their state Capitol; however, it has come to my attention that at least one school district is making the rally attendance mandatory for their staff,”
Then senator goes on to say when it come to naming the school district forcing its teachers to attend the rally:
“I have been asked to keep the name and school district confidential for fear of retribution.”
What!! The senator is AFRAID of school teachers!  Come on, Senator, that’s really lame. Are you afraid of Sunday School children, too? How about spiders?
Do Mustang voters want a “Fraidy Cat” for their senator?
Senator Loveless recently voted to single out teachers in HB 1749, removing their ability to CHOOSE to have their union dues deducted from their paychecks. The bill did not impose this restriction on firefighters, police, or any other government workers represented by a trade organization or bargaining unit.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Must watch video.

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Monday, March 04, 2013

Don't Worry Trigger. We're NOT moving to Oklahoma!

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

The Lost Decade of the Middle Class

How did ten years of "trickle-down" economic policy work out for you?

Read the report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

The Lost Decade of the Middle Class

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Another Unnecessary Medical Cost

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

Oklahomans Don't Want Obamacare? They NEED It!

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:
“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.
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.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Help Me Agree

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.

Dear sender,
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.