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  • Authorities: Suspect In Crash That Killed Bob Barry Jr. Previously Deported 3 Times

    07/03/2015 2:18:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Authorities confirmed Wednesday morning that a man, accused of causing a crash that killed local sports journalist Bob Barry Jr., had previously been deported three times.
  • Satanic Temple Looking for New Home for Baphomet Statue After Oklahoma Court’s Ruling

    07/03/2015 12:41:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 2, 2015
    After the decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to remove the Ten Commandments Monument outside the state Capitol, the Satanic Temple is now looking for another home for its Baphomet monument. In 2012, Rep. Mike Ritze paid for the installation of a Ten Commandments Monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol’s front lawn. Since he paid for the Commandments himself, it was classified as a donation and was allowed to be placed on government property. After the Ten Commandments Monument was placed at the Oklahoma Capitol, the Satanic Temple announced that it wanted to donate a public monument to “complement and...
  • Oklahoma's Highest Court Rules Against Ten Commandments Display on Gov't Property

    07/02/2015 8:42:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/02/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Oklahoma's Supreme Court ruled that a Ten Commandments display on the capitol grounds of Oklahoma City must be removed. In a 7-2 decision released Tuesday, the state's highest court concluded that the privately-funded 6-foot tall granite monument violates the Oklahoma constitution, which states, "No public ... property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any ... system of religion ...." "Because the monument at issue operates for the use, benefit or support of a sect or system of religion, it violates Article 2, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution...
  • Court: Oklahoma woman can sue fracking company for causing earthquakes

    07/01/2015 7:28:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    If you read the title there’s not much more of an intro to do, really. Let’s just get to the case. Oklahoma’s Supreme Court said New Dominion LLC can be sued for damage caused by an earthquake that a woman blames on disposal wells tied to fracking, in what may be the first such case to head to a jury trial.Sandra Ladra sued New Dominion and Spess Oil Co. for injuries suffered to her knees and legs in November 2011, when a 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck near her home in central Oklahoma. She said the tremor caused the rock...
  • Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

    07/01/2015 7:40:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-30-15 | Yeganeh Torbati
    An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state's highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state's energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry's practice of injecting massive volumes of saltwater left over from oil and gas drilling. The state saw nearly 600 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in 2014, compared to just one or two per year prior to 2009, according...
  • 10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules

    06/30/2015 11:30:57 AM PDT · by mojito · 52 replies
    KOCO ^ | 6/30/2015 | Unattributed
    Oklahoma's Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state's constitution. The court ruled Tuesday that the Oklahoma Constitution bans using public property to benefit a religion, and said the Ten Commandments are "obviously religious in nature." Attorney General Scott Pruitt argued that the monument is nearly identical to a Texas monument that was found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Oklahoma justices said the local monument violates Oklahoma's constitution. Private funds were used to erect the monument in 2012. Since...
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court orders removal of Ten Commandments monument

    06/30/2015 9:44:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 53 replies
    KFGO.com ^ | 06/30/2015 | Reuters
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Ten Commandments monument placed on State Capitol grounds must be removed because the Oklahoma Constitution bans the use of state property for the benefit of a religion. The 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter) stone monument, paid for with private money and supported by lawmakers in the socially conservative state, was installed in 2012, prompting complaints that it violated the U.S. Constitution's provisions against government establishment of religion, as well as local laws. In a 7-2 decision, the court said the placement of the monument violated a section in the state's constitution, which says no...
  • Supreme Court Allows Use of Execution Drug

    06/29/2015 7:22:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 29, 2015 | Adam Liptak
    The Supreme Court ruled on Monday against three death row inmates who had sought to bar the use of an execution drug they said risked causing excruciating pain. Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the 5-to-4 decision. He was joined by the court’s four more conservative justices. The drug, the sedative midazolam, played a part in three long and apparently painful executions last year. It was used in an effort to render inmates unconscious before they were injected with other, severely painful drugs. Four condemned inmates in Oklahoma challenged the use of the drug, saying it...
  • WATCH: Woman Who Was Nearly Beheaded By Jihadist in Oklahoma

    06/24/2015 6:50:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Last year at a Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore, Oklahoma, self radicalized jihadist Alton Nolon beheaded a woman named Colleen Hufford, a grandmother, and attempted to do the same to another. They were his co-workers and he had been recently fired. Nolen was stopped when CEO Mark Vaughan shot him with a rifle on hand. Now the woman who survived the attack, Traci Johnson, is speaking out in an interview with Megyn Kelly. She describes the horrific experience and talks about how she was a millimeter away from death. "He got a millimeter away from my jugular cord," Johnson...
  • Senator: Pope’s Words Will Be Used To Justify ‘Largest’ Tax Increase In History

    06/19/2015 12:42:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 18, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    While the Obama administration and environmentalists celebrate Pope Francis’ encyclical on global warming, Sen. Jim Inhofe is warning the pope’s views on the subject could be used by the left to enact the biggest tax increase in U.S. history. “I disagree with the pope’s philosophy on global warming,” the Oklahoma Republican said in a statement. “I am concerned that his encyclical will be used by global warming alarmists to advocate for policies that will equate to the largest, most regressive tax increase in our nation’s history.” Francis’s encyclical, called “Laudato Si,” calls for reducing fossil fuel use and increasing green...
  • Oklahoma Teen Gets Life in Prison for Killing of Australian

    06/16/2015 1:13:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 16, 2015
    An Oklahoma teenager charged with killing an Australian college baseball player has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. District Court judge Ken Graham on Tuesday handed down the punishment to 18-year-old Chancey Allen Luna. A jury had convicted Luna of first-degree murder in shooting death of 22-year-old Christopher Lane. Lane was shot in the back while he was jogging in Duncan. Defense attorneys say Luna fired the shot, but only meant to scare Lane.
  • U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine and Sen. Ted Cruz: Unleash the American energy renaissance now

    06/14/2015 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Isara · 90 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Saturday, June 13, 2015 | U.S. REP. JIM BRIDENSTINE & SEN. TED CRUZ
    For decades, entrepreneurs in Oklahoma and Texas have looked to the immense natural resources found beneath our states’ soil, convinced that with a dream and a little hard work they could revolutionize an industry. These entrepreneurs have characterized the innovative spirit that has made the sister states places of promise for countless Americans. We are proud to represent Oklahoma and Texas, respectively, and together we believe we can unleash the American energy renaissance that is already underway. To do so, we need to scale back the government, restore state and local control, and welcome technological advancement to tap into the...
  • Ted Cruz To Speak At Fundraiser For Oklahoma GOP

    06/10/2015 12:02:46 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    News9.com ^ | Jun 08, 2015 9:50 AM PDT
    <p>Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is planning to visit Oklahoma this weekend for a fundraiser for the Oklahoma Republican Party.</p> <p>The U.S. senator from Texas will deliver a speech at a luncheon Saturday at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.</p>
  • Haunting chalkboard drawings, frozen in time for 100 years, discovered in Oklahoma school

    06/07/2015 10:54:36 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 153 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2015 | Elahe Izadi
    Teachers and students scribbled the lessons — multiplication tables, pilgrim history, how to be clean — nearly 100 years ago. And they haven’t been touched since. This week, contractors removing old chalkboards at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City made a startling discovery: Underneath them rested another set of chalkboards, untouched since 1917. “The penmanship blows me away, because you don’t see a lot of that anymore,” Emerson High School Principal Sherry Kishore told the Oklahoman. “Some of the handwriting in some of these rooms is beautiful.”
  • New OU administrator creates blueprint for student diversity training [mandatory indoctrination]

    06/04/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Oklahoma Daily ^ | 6/4/2015 | Andrew Clark
    Jabar Shumate did not wait until his official start date to begin his duties as OU’s newest administrator. While he had previously been working off the clock, Shumate officially began Monday as the OU Vice President for University Community. He said his preparation has paid off. “For the past month, I’ve been just visiting and connecting with various groups and individuals on campus,” Shumate said. “But it actually feels good to have [an office] of my own.” Shumate and others have laid out a blueprint for mandatory diversity training, which was called for with the rise of black student alliance...
  • Oklahoma Passes Law Arming School Teachers

    05/30/2015 7:16:15 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 18 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 27MAY2015 | Jerry McGlothlin
    After a record number of public school students being gunned down in their classes in recent decades, elected officials from one state finally said enough is enough. News Flash: Oklahoma just passed a law authorizing teachers to pack heat during school hours to protect children! Oklahoma State Representative Jeff Coody sponsored the bill authorizing handguns to be carried both by teachers and staff. Coody defended his bill in less than 10 words, saying: “A gun-free zone is a target, a soft target.” Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt responded to the news with a blunt suggeston, saying: “Ask...
  • Manhunt ends with capture of third suspect in shooting of Oklahoma police officer

    05/29/2015 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Unatributed
    The manhunt for a third suspect in the shooting of an Oklahoma police officer ended Friday with the person’s capture. Police caught Alejandro Garcia shortly just past 7 a.m. in Liberty, Kansas, after several car chases, Fox23 reported. Earlier, Cesar Rios, 23, and Roxanna Mendoza 20, were taken into custody after Oologah police officer Charles Neil was shot in the head during a traffic pursuit late Thursday, police said. South Coffeyville Police Chief Wade Lamb told the Tulsa World that the incident began when a Talala officer tried to stop an SUV in Rogers County, Oklahoma, but the vehicle sped...
  • BREAKING: Police apprehend suspect in Oologah officer shooting

    05/29/2015 7:18:32 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015
    NOWATA, Okla. — Quick Facts: Police apprehended Alejandro Garcia just after 7 a.m. Friday morning Officer shot Thursday during pursuit of suspects north of Nowata Officer was transported to the hospital in serious condition Pursuit continued across Kansas line where 2 suspects were taken into custody Rifles, body armor were found in the suspects' vehicle Police apprehended a man suspected in the shooting of an Oologah police officer. After several car chases and a man hunt in Liberty, Kansas, police caught Alejandro Garcia shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning. Cesar Rios, 23, and Roxanne Mendoza, 20, were arrested Thursday night...
  • Carson wins SRLC straw poll

    05/23/2015 12:12:04 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/23/2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Carson won the straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference Saturday, demonstrating his popularity among conservative activists at one of the party’s traditional presidential cattle call events. Carson, a former surgeon who formally launched his underdog campaign this month with an appeal to the GOP’s tea party wing, finished first with 25 percent. He was followed by Scott Walker, who received 20 percent, and Ted Cruz at 16 percent. Chris Christie and Rick Perry tied at 5 percent, with Jeb Bush narrowly behind. Marco Rubio tied with Bobby Jindal and Rand Paul at 4 percent.
  • Two States of Mind

    05/18/2015 11:46:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Paul Greenberg
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- What a difference a border can make. Sometimes it marks a difference not just in altitude but attitude. When our neighbors in Oklahoma find the ground shaking beneath their feet, they know well enough what's causing it. Or they should know by now. As quake follows quake in the center of that state, the cause becomes undeniable: the injection of wastewater into deep wells as part of the process called fracking. The number of good-sized tremors in our neighboring state has multiplied tenfold within just the past three years. The revolution in oil-and-gas production that's making...
  • Sen. Cruz receives bipartisan support for NDAA amendments

    05/15/2015 4:37:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Pearland Journal ^ | May 15, 2015 | Office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) applauds the passage of the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on Thursday after a week of debate and consideration by both parties. Sen. Cruz introduced or cosponsored more than a dozen amendments that were successfully adopted by the committee. “Congress’ first priority is to provide for the national defense and ensure our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have everything they need to defend our freedom,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am grateful for the committee’s support for my amendments, including measures that will ensure...
  • Let Our Cities Move (by Bill DeBlasio and Mick Cornett)

    05/13/2015 10:46:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 13, 2015 | Bill DeBlasio and Mick Cornett
    EVERY day, millions of Americans rely on a remarkable network of roads, bridges, subways, trains and buses to connect us to work, school and opportunity. But our transportation system, once the envy of the world, is in jeopardy. In New York City, subways and buses are overcrowded and often unreliable, and roadways and bridges are in dire need of repair and rehabilitation. From the next phase of the Second Avenue subway to plans to connect the Metro-North Railroad to Pennsylvania Station, to the proposed new subway line under Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, there isn’t a short- or long-term expansion project...
  • Tulsa ME: Eric Harris Had Meth In Blood When Shot By Deputy

    05/12/2015 2:22:35 PM PDT · by gwjack · 18 replies
    Newson6.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Newson6.com
    The medical examiner has released the autopsy for a man shot and killed by a Tulsa County reserve deputy. Eric Courtney Harris' death is ruled a homicide by gunshot wound, the report states. Harris, 44, died April 2, 2015, after Reserve Deputy Bob Bates said he accidentally fired his gun instead of his Taser during an arrest. The report states Harris was shot in the right axilla or armpit. The bullet passed through his right rib cage to his left, fracturing ribs on both sides. Both lungs collapsed, the medical examiner's report states.
  • Witness Pulled Gun On Burglary Suspect Who Was Beating OKC Officer

    05/10/2015 12:00:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    News 9 ^ | May 07, 2015 | Matthew Nuttle
    OKLAHOMA CITY - New information is coming out regarding the rookie Oklahoma City police officer who was beaten by a suspect with his own baton following a burglary on the northwest side of the metro. An armed witness may have been the only thing that kept that officer from a more serious beating, or worse. It happened just after 2 p.m. Tuesday in the 2800 block of W. Park Pl. Rookie Officer Adam Eller and field training officer Sgt. Michael Lambert were responding to the burglary call. ... During the chase the two officers became separated. Eller found himself alone...
  • Police: Oklahoma City woman found dead in flooded storm shelter following tornado outbreak

    05/07/2015 10:39:28 AM PDT · by dware · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05.07.2015 | AP via Fox News
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities say an Oklahoma City woman apparently drowned after taking cover in an underground storm shelter that later flooded. Oklahoma City police Sergeant Gary Knight says the 42-year-old woman's body was discovered Thursday morning in an underground shelter. She is the only person known to have died in the strong storms that raked the Plains Wednesday and early Thursday.
  • Oklahoma City chamber urging governor to veto gun bill

    05/06/2015 10:03:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2015 10:03 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    A proposal that would prohibit private entities from banning firearms in parks, recreational areas or fairgrounds in Oklahoma could threaten dozens of events held in Oklahoma City, including horse shows, basketball tournaments and the Women’s College World Series, the head of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday. Chamber President Roy Williams said he’s urging the governor to veto the measure, which is headed to the governor’s desk after passing the Senate Tuesday on a 39-7 vote. “We could potentially lose Women’s College World Series. We could lose all the Big 12 NCAA sporting events. We could potentially lose...
  • Vandals deface shrine at Norman Catholic church

    05/06/2015 2:53:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 5/4/15 | Kyle Schwab
    Churchgoers were upset Sunday morning when they discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary vandalized with black spray paint.The defacement of the shrine at St. Thomas More University Parish and Student Center, 100 E Stinson, near the University of Oklahoma, likely happened overnight.Those in attendance were shocked by the vandalism and offended by a sign left on the statue, church officials said.“It was very disturbing to a lot of people and very deliberate,” said Lisa Schmidt, administrative assistant to the pastor.“As a parishioner and as a Catholic, I would invite them to learn more about why we revere the Mother...
  • The Justices and a Botched Execution

    04/26/2015 11:20:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 25, 2015
    On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear a constitutional challenge to Oklahoma’s lethal-injection drug protocol, which last April left a man writhing in agony on the killing table for 43 minutes. In the spectacularly botched execution, the condemned man, Clayton Lockett, first received an untested sedative, midazolam, but it failed to knock him out. As prison officials scrambled to pump the deadly drugs into his veins, he awoke, tried to sit up and said, “The drugs aren’t working,” before finally succumbing to a heart attack. After that debacle, Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma ordered an independent review of the state’s...
  • Supercenter mystery: Conspiracy theories fly around the suddenly shuttered Wal-Mart

    04/24/2015 6:52:30 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 60 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Friday, April 24, 2016 | Robert Evatt
    From crime to labor issues to an intricate military coup of the entire United States, conspiracy theories are flying around the closed Wal-Mart supercenters in Tulsa and elsewhere. The official reason for the sudden closure of the store at Admiral Place and Memorial Drive last week was two years of plumbing issues that would take six months to fix. That was the same reason given for each of the four other Wal-Mart locations, which all closed at the same time with just a few hours’ notice. The other stores are in Brandon, Florida; Pico Rivera, California; Midland, Texas; and Livingston,...
  • Oklahoma goes from two 3.0 quakes a year to two a day

    04/21/2015 7:37:21 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 174 replies
    NYTIMES, CNBC ^ | Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | Morgan Brennan
    In November of 2011, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake ripped through the small Oklahoma town of Prague, damaging more than a dozen homes and toppling a turret on a St. Gregory's University building in nearby Shawnee. It was the worst of three large quakes to strike the area over several days, and it still as ranks as the worst Oklahoma has ever experienced. Since then, hundreds more have rattled the state, racking up millions of dollars in damages and unleashing a political and financial maelstrom. Until 2008, Oklahoma typically had one or two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater per year,...
  • Oklahoma House defeats resolution for convention of states

    04/22/2015 9:13:57 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 105 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 4/22/15 | Rick Green
    The state House defeated a resolution Tuesday that would have added Oklahoma to the list of states petitioning Congress for a convention to alter the U.S. Constitution. Senate Joint Resolution 4, which failed 42-56, was intended to have the state participate in a convention that may propose “amendments to the United States Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the term of office for its officials and members of Congress.” Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, said the imperative to balance the federal budget outweighs the numerous questions...
  • Oklahoma Recognizes Role of Drilling in Earthquakes

    04/21/2015 6:52:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 April 2015 | Michael Wines
    Abandoning years of official skepticism, Oklahoma’s government on Tuesday embraced a scientific consensus that earthquakes rocking the state are largely caused by the underground disposal of billions of barrels of wastewater from oil and gas wells.The state’s energy and environment cabinet introduced a website detailing the evidence behind that conclusion Tuesday, including links to expert studies of Oklahoma’s quakes. The site includes an interactive map that plots not only earthquake locations, but also the sites of more than 3,000 active wastewater-injection wells.The website coincided with a statement by the state-run Oklahoma Geological Survey that it “considers it very likely” that...
  • Military ops on U.S. soil raise martial-law fears ( Jade Helm )

    04/20/2015 3:51:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 4/20/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Wal-Mart closures have citizens concerned. Jade Helm 15 is set to kick off in seven states this summer, sending Special Operations forces from all four main branches of the military onto civilian soil to conduct hostile take-over training – and civil-rights advocates are sounding the alarms. ... The looming Jade Helm exercise, set for July 15 through Sept. 15, labels Texas and Utah as hostile areas. Global Research also reported the military says New Mexico “isn’t much friendlier.” Other states participating: California, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. Some of the social media commentary so far: “The Pentagon’s ‘Operations Jade Helm 15′:...
  • Oklahoma approves execution by nitrogen gas as a backup to lethal injections

    04/20/2015 5:37:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 31 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 18, 2015 | Lizzie Plaugic
    Yesterday, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that approves the use of nitrogen gas for executions in the state. The method, which would effectively asphyxiate death row inmates by forcing them to breathe pure nitrogen through a gas mask, is meant to be the primary alternative to lethal injection, The Washington Post reports. Fallin and other supporters of the procedure say it's pain-free and effective, noting that the nitrogen would render inmates unconscious within ten seconds and kill them in minutes. It's also cheap: state representatives say the method only requires a nitrogen tank and a gas...
  • Bill Clinton wipes tears from his eyes and hails Oklahoma as 'an example for the world' on 20th...

    04/19/2015 4:06:59 PM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 19, 2015 | MIA DE GRAAF
    Bill Clinton has paid tribute to the resilience of the Oklahoman people on the 20th anniversary of the worst homegrown terrorist attack America has ever seen. (snip) Twenty years later, former president Clinton addressed hundreds of people gathered at the site of the federal building to commemorate the dead, hailing the city as an example to the world of a strong and compassionate community. (snip) 'I prepared for this day yesterday in New York by taking Hillary to see our daughter and son-in-law and my about to be seven-month-old grandchild. 'Hillary and I bathed her and fed her and put...
  • Homegrown extremist threat remains 20 years after Oklahoma City bombing

    04/19/2015 7:48:00 AM PDT · by PROCON · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | April 19, 2015 | Deborah M. Lauter and Mark Pitcavage
    (CNN)—Twenty years ago, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a massive truck bomb in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The attack killed 168 men, women and children, injured hundreds more, and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history. The attack's aftermath saw a storm of media coverage with themes such as "attack on the heartland" and America's "lost innocence." In fact, the bombing took the country by surprise. It wasn't simply the scale of the tragedy that drew attention, but the fact that the bombing exposed something new: American citizens targeting their...
  • Judge rules guns can't be banned from Norman Music Festival

    04/18/2015 2:10:53 PM PDT · by aragorn · 41 replies
    KOCO.Com ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | Bree Steffen
    CLEVELAND COUNTY, Okla. —The fight to let Oklahomans carry their guns to the Norman Music Festival is over. A judge decided that licensed gun owners will be allowed to carry their guns to this year’s music festival without fear of being asked to leave, or being ticketed, and that the city of Norman cannot enforce their "no guns" request. "It’s really disappointing," Peaches Amspacher said. "I worry about what’s going to happen to the Norman Music Fest now.” Amspacher came to the courthouse Friday in hopes that she would see guns banned from the Norman Music Festival. But now, for...
  • Oklahoma legalizes execution by GAS CHAMBER: State will kill prisoners with 'foolproof ...

    04/18/2015 5:43:56 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 52 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | April 17, 2015 | Kieran Corcoran
    Complete Headline: Oklahoma legalizes execution by GAS CHAMBER: State will kill prisoners with 'foolproof, fast and painless' nitrogen if lethal injection isn't possible Oklahoma introduced a law allowing it to use nitrogen gas to kill death row prisoners if lethal injections aren't available. Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a bill approving nitrogen as an alternative method of death, giving Oklahoma four different ways to enact its death penalty. The method, which involves pumping a chamber full of nitrogen and leaving a prisoner's body to die from lack of oxygen, has been touted as 'foolproof' by supporters, in the wake...
  • Smartphone Debate Ends With Stabbings

    04/17/2015 11:43:02 AM PDT · by mykroar · 62 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 4/17/2015 | Smoking Gun
    A drunken argument over whether Android or Apple smartphones were superior turned violent early today when two Oklahoma roommates began assaulting each other during the bloody telecommunications debate. According to Tulsa police, Jiaro Mendez and Elias Acevedo were outside their apartment around 1 AM when their phone quarrel moved to the stabbing stage. As they tussled in a parking lot, Acevedo allegedly struck Mendez in the back of the head with a beer bottle. When cops subsequently apprehended Acevedo, he was “covered in blood” and “also had several lacerations on his body from the fight.” Both men were treated for...
  • Wal-Mart suddenly closed 5 stores and laid off thousands of workers and no one knows why

    04/17/2015 8:51:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 99 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 4/17/15 | Hayley Peterson
    The closures could last up to six months and affect roughly 2,200 workers in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, CNN Money reports. Wal-Mart employees say they were completely blindsided by the news, having been notified only a couple hours before the stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday. "Everybody just panicked and started crying," Venanzi Luna, a manager at a store in Pico Rivera, California, told CNN Money. All workers will receive paid leave for two months. After that, full-time workers could become eligible for severance, according to CNN Money. But part-time workers will be on their own. Local officials and...
  • Sen. Cruz Joins Amicus Brief Supporting the Right of States to Define Marriage

    04/13/2015 3:03:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 59 replies
    www.cruz.senate.gov ^ | April 9, 2015 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    In our federal system, states should be able to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday joined an amicus brief on behalf of 57 members of Congress in support of the right of states to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The brief was filed in four cases that the Supreme Court will jointly hear on April 28, 2015, in which same-sex couples challenge the marriage laws of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, all of which were upheld by the U.S....
  • Oklahoma bill on Uber deletes protection for gay riders

    04/15/2015 6:51:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 4/15/15 | SEAN MURPHY
    A bill that sets up a regulatory framework in Oklahoma for ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft passed the state Senate on Wednesday, but not before a provision protecting gay and transgender passengers from discrimination was removed. The version of the "Oklahoma Transportation Network Company Services Act" that passed the Republican-controlled Senate on a 35-11 vote defines such companies as those that use a digital network or software application to connect passengers and drivers. The House-passed version of the bill included language that prohibited the companies from discriminating against customers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But Sen....
  • Advocacy group takes aim at music fest's 'no gun' policy (Oklahoma)

    04/15/2015 6:56:13 AM PDT · by profdeming · 8 replies
    Norman (Oklahoma) Transcript ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jessica Bruha
    A statewide Second Amendment advocacy group said they plan to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Norman regarding the legality of a “no guns policy” at the Norman Music Festival. “That’s an encroachment on Second Amendment rights,” said Don Spencer, vice president of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, on Tuesday. “The city is undermining the state’s preemption law.” The free music festival is scheduled for April 23-25 in downtown Norman. The advocacy group is asking the court to either prohibit the enforcement of the “no gun” policy or prohibit the Norman Music Festival from taking place, according to...
  • Bacon Found Wrapped Around Edmond Mosque's Door Handles

    04/14/2015 12:42:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 75 replies
    AP / News 9 ^ | 3/13/15
    <p>EDMOND, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic relations wants state and federal law enforcement to investigate after bacon strips were found wrapped on the door handles of an Edmond mosque.</p>
  • Unions fight to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, their members

    04/11/2015 10:50:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 12, 2015
    Two of the country’s most powerful and politically influential labor unions are backing President Obama in the recent court challenge to his 2014 executive action on illegal immigration, saying they support the president’s effort because "undocumented workers" need more workplace protection and their participation helps the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO and the National Education Association on Monday each filed so-called amicus briefs in a federal appeals court case in which Texas and 26 other states are challenges the president’s 2014 memorandum on illegal immigration. The memorandum essentially expands work authorization and delayed-deportation programs for illegal immigrants. And it provides similar...
  • Nitrogen gas execution bill heading to Oklahoma governor

    04/09/2015 10:33:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 9, 2015 1:21 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma is poised to become the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute inmates under a plan given final legislative approval on Thursday and now headed to the governor’s desk. Without a single dissenting vote, the Oklahoma Senate approved legislation that would allow the new method to be used if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or if the deadly drugs become unavailable. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is a staunch supporter of the death penalty, but her spokesman declined to comment on the measure Thursday. Executions are on hold in Oklahoma while the U.S....
  • Angst in the Heartland

    04/08/2015 3:35:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Gretchen Hamel
    Amidst the worship and sugar highs this past Easter Sunday, some somber moments shed light on what the American public—especially in the heartland—is really concerned about. I’ve always said that I grew up in the belt buckle of the Bible Belt, attending school and church in the small hometown of Chattanooga, Oklahoma. It’s in this town that you will find hard working, God-fearing people who have faith in the future, lift others up, and pray for our leaders. In a town like this, pollsters would advise their candidate that this community’s top concern this week would be the news in...
  • Rand Paul has J.C. Watts in his corner

    04/06/2015 11:38:28 AM PDT · by Plummz · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12:06 pm ET Apr. 3 2015 | By Maggie Haberman
    When Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky kicks off his campaign for president on Tuesday, one of the people who will endorse him and share the stage is former Representative J.C. Watts, one of the few black Republicans to have served in Congress. Mr. Watts is expected to be a vocal surrogate for Mr. Paul, who has made clear he is trying to show he can broaden the Republican Party’s base to newer voters. “Senator Paul has shown what I have always believed, a leader can be a strong economic and social conservative and yet be concerned about the least of...
  • As Quakes Rattle Oklahoma, Fingers Point to Oil and Gas Industry

    04/04/2015 8:28:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 63 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | 4/3/2015 | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and MICHAEL WINES
    Many scientists disagree. They say those quakes, and thousands of others before and since, are mainly the work of humans, caused by wells used to bury vast amounts of wastewater from oil and gas exploration deep in the earth near fault zones. And they warn that continuing to entomb such huge quantities risks more dangerous tremors — if not here, then elsewhere in the state’s sprawling well fields.
  • The Inconvenient Truth: Greenpeace Tries To Bury Bad News

    04/02/2015 9:10:40 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 04/02/2015 | A.B. Sanderson
    A survey commissioned by environmental group Greenpeace has spectacularly backfired as it revealed that more people support fracking than oppose it.