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US: Oklahoma (News/Activism)

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  • Six-Shooter Swagger More phoney-baloney from the majority(Uberbarf alert OK)

    05/29/2012 2:34:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | ARNOLD HAMILTON
    Say what you will about the Oklahoma Legislature, but your elected officials are remarkably adept at one thing: offering solutions in search of problems. At a time when the state faces significant challenges, some lawmakers insist on ignoring the obvious and obsessing over the preposterous. You might call it the Straw Man approach to leadership. It's much harder, you see, to tackle real problems -- such as improving inner-city public schools or ensuring health care for 600,000 insurance-less Oklahomans -- than it is to offer faux solutions to ominous-sounding, but wholly contrived crises. Thankfully, cooler heads squelched the lawmakers' worst...
  • Gun group formed to help people get used to new open carry law(OK)

    05/24/2012 8:59:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | April Hill
    It may take a while to get use to someone next to you in the grocery store with a visible gun. That’s why a newly-formed group is launching a public awareness campaign before the new open carry law begins on November 1st, 2012. Franklin Smith is a former police officer, veteran and one of the founders of the Oklahoma Open Carry Association. He says the people who openly carry are law-abiding citizens. Smith says, "The truth is that criminals just don't open carry their firearms." Hear Smith's entire interview. He says he knows because he was part of another start-up...
  • Obama loses more than 40 percent of Kentucky primary voters to ‘uncommitted’ option

    05/22/2012 7:02:56 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/22/12 | Aaron Blake
    President Obama lost more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic primary to the “uncommitted” option — the latest example of the incumbent president failing to win votes in an uncompetitive primary. With 99 percent of precincts reporting in the Bluegrass State, Obama led “uncommitted” just 58 percent to 42 percent. Obama trailed in more than 60 Kentucky counties. It was just the latest episode of the president taking less than 60 percent of the vote in a primary this year. He ceded 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia to an incarcerated man in Texas...
  • 8 people shot in Oklahoma City following NBA playoff series win

    05/22/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 29 replies ^ | 5/22/2012 |
    Eight people were shot Monday night just blocks from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City as large crowds were leaving the playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, police said. Authorities were trying to determine what led to the shootings that occurred at about 11:35 p.m., said Capt. Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Of the victims, one was in critical condition and seven suffered less severe injuries, Nelson said. Also, a woman was injured when she was punched and kicked in the crowded streets, authorities said.
  • Many questions remain about open carry bill (OK)

    05/22/2012 5:02:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Can anyone seen openly and legally carrying a gun be stopped and asked to show their open-carry license? Who is or is not authorized to stop and question a person seen carrying a gun and ask to see the license? Does the open-carry bill make such provision? Many people will feel intimidated or made uncomfortable in the presence of openly carried weapons. I have an Oklahoma concealed weapon license and shall continue to carry a concealed gun unless a new law makes concealment unlawful. As a combat veteran, I learned that it's good military strategy to keep your enemy (including...
  • Enbridge starts historic flow on Seaway oil pipeline { First flow to Texas refiners from Cushing}

    05/21/2012 5:42:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | MAY 17, 2012 | DINA O'MEARA
    First oil will flow south to refiners in the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend on the Seaway pipeline, providing slight relief to bloated storage in the Midwest and to discounted Canadian crude. Enbridge Inc. and partner Enterprise Products Partners said Thursday the 150,000 barrel-per-day line reversal was complete, and oil from Cushing, Oklahoma would be arriving in Houston, Texas within two weeks. Markets responded to the news by shrinking the discount of West Texas Intermediate to Europe’s Brent by $2 to approximately $14 US per barrel on visions of slowly debottlenecking record amounts of oil at Cushing. The difference had...
  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Signs Open-Carry Gun Bill Into Law

    05/20/2012 2:34:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 18 May, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Fairfax, VA --( NRA-News is a valued partner that continues to cover breaking gun rights news with a new and improved short video format in the “NRA News Minute” videos. To view the current firearms or gun rights news video, please click above: Cameron Gray and John Popp talk to Ashley Varner, NRA-ILA Oklahoma and Missouri State Liaison on the recent signing of a New Open Carry Law by the Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Read More on these topics: * Open Carry Becomes Law in Oklahoma * Open Carry is the Law in Michigan About: Established in 1871, the National...
  • Pipeline Flip Turns U.S. Oil World 'Upside Down'

    05/19/2012 1:51:53 PM PDT · by Theoria · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | 18 May 2012 | Jeff Brady
    The U.S. oil boom has created a glut of crude in Cushing, Okla., a major oil storage hub. This sign dubs the city the "Pipeline Crossroads of the World." For years, Cushing, Okla., has been on the receiving end of a 500-mile pipeline funneling oil from the Gulf of Mexico to the American heartland.Starting this weekend, that pipeline will start moving crude in the other direction. That flow reversal could soon have implications at gas pumps around the country."For 40 years, crude oil flowed north," says Philip Verleger, a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. "Today, oil...
  • How Oklahomans feel about new "Licensed Open Carry" gun law

    05/16/2012 4:42:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 15 May, 2012 | Kristen Shanahan
    BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- Come November, Oklahomans with a permit will be able to carry their guns out in the open in most places. Governor Mary Fallin signed the open carry measure into law Tuesday. The open carry law not only allows people to have their guns out in plain sight, but it also allows property owners without a permit to carry openly on their lawn for self defense. We talked to several people who all had strong and very different opinions about open carry. Raymond Coats has his concealed weapon's license and says he is excited about the new...
  • A brand-new Sarah Palin headache

    05/15/2012 12:35:35 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 48 replies
    Salon ^ | Tuesday May 15, 2012 | Steve Kornacki
    That’s when Palin came through with a surprise endorsement of the third candidate in the race, Deb Fischer, whose personal story is the most naturally appealing to the Tea Party crowd. The 61-year-old didn’t enter politics until 2004, when she won a seat in the state Senate, and on the campaign trail plays up her work as a rancher. She doesn’t ooze the same ambition as her opponents, and of the three candidates she’s the most likely to be immune to Potomac Fever. The Palin announcement offered a huge jolt of momentum to Fischer’s effort, and was followed a day...
  • Oklahoma senators approve open-carry gun bill

    05/12/2012 6:19:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 10 May, 2012 | Steve Olafson
    OKLAHOMA CITY, May 10 (Reuters) - A bill to allow Oklahomans with a concealed-carry permit to openly carry their handguns is headed to the governor, who is expected to sign the legislation that passed the state Senate on Thursday. The bill, approved by a 33-10 vote, would allow those with a concealed-carry handgun permit to openly carry their firearms in holsters from Nov. 1. Those without such permits could obtain a gun permit and openly carry a firearm if they meet legal criteria, pass a background check and undergo firearms training. Republican Governor Mary Fallin, a member of the National...
  • Gun carriers from other states welcome in Okla.

    05/12/2012 6:13:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 8 May, 2012 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gun-toting residents of other states will be allowed to carry concealed weapons in Oklahoma under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.
  • Elderly Tulsa Attack Victim, Bob Strait, Dies Friday

    05/05/2012 11:33:54 PM PDT · by Jay Santos CP · 38 replies ^ | 05/04/12 | Brandi Ball
    TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa Police have confirmed to News On 6 that an elderly man, who with his wife was brutally beaten by intruders to his home in March, has died. Bob Strait, 90, was critically injured in the March 13 assault, which took place in the 3300 block of East Virgin Street. The couple were married 65 years before Nancy Strait, 85, died at a Tulsa hospital from wounds sustained in the beating.
  • 90-Year-Old Man Attacked in March Home Invasion Dies

    05/04/2012 10:45:39 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 60 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 05/04/12 | Zack Stoycoff
    A 90-year-old man who was attacked in his home in March along with his 85-year-old wife died Friday morning, Tulsa police said. Bob and Nancy Strait were attacked in the 3300 block of East Virgin Street late March 13 or early the next day, police said. Bob Strait died in Coweta about 11 a.m., Officer Jason Willingham said. The Medical Examiner's Office will determine whether the death is a result of the injuries he sustained in the attack, Willingham said. If so, Tyrone Dale David Woodfork, 20, who was arrested March 15 in the attack, will be charged with an...
  • Oklahoma says running out of death penalty drug

    05/02/2012 6:47:19 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 2, 2012 | By Steve Olafson
    Oklahoma, which executes more prisoners per capita than any other state, said on Wednesday it has only one remaining dose of pentobarbital, a key drug used to kill condemned prisoners. One reason the state is running out is because of a ban on the sale of drugs for such purposes by the European Union, which opposes the death penalty. Oklahoma has a single vial of pentobarbital left after the execution on Tuesday night of 57-year-old Michael B. Selsor, prison spokesman Jerry Massie said. Oklahoma is the first state to publicly admit it has nearly exhausted supplies of the drug but...
  • Oklahoma Executes Man Sentenced to Death Twice

    05/02/2012 2:09:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue May 1, 2012 | Steve Olafson
    A convicted Oklahoma killer who was spared execution once but asked for a new trial and was sentenced to death a second time was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday. Michael B. Selsor, 57, was the 18th person executed in the United States this year and the third person executed in Oklahoma in 2012. He was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. local time (1106 GMT) at the state prison in McAlester, Oklahoma, a prison spokesman said. He was executed for killing convenience store clerk Clayton Chandler on September 22, 1975, during an armed robbery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Okla. death row inmate executed in shooting death

    05/01/2012 10:08:27 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 5/1/12 | TIM TALLEY
    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The clanging of prison bars coincided with a death row inmate's last breaths Tuesday night as was he executed for killing a Tulsa convenience store manager almost 37 years ago. Michael Bascum Selsor, 57, had already uttered his last words to his son and his sister at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. It was the end of more than three decades of legal proceedings, in which Selsor was twice convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for the Sept. 15, 1975, shooting death of Clayton Chandler.
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Strikes ‘Personhood’ Amendment

    05/01/2012 10:22:48 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 16 replies
    On Monday, the state’s highest court unanimously ruled that a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution, which would define a fertilized egg as a person, is unconstitutional, as it violates the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the constitutional right to have an abortion.
  • Oklahoma advances open carry, multiple gun bills

    04/27/2012 7:37:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 27 April, 2012 | MICHAEL McNUTT
    Oklahomans with concealed handgun permits would be allowed to carry their weapons in the open if a bill that easily passed the House of Representatives becomes law. But members defeated an amendment Thursday that would have allowed for the open carry of handguns anywhere without a permit. Senate Bill 1733 would allow anyone with a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry the weapon either openly or concealed. It passed 85-3 and is headed for a conference committee. It also would allow a property owner to openly carry a handgun on his or her...
  • Police: OKC Woman Threatens To Blow Up OG&E Due To $14 Electricity Bill

    04/26/2012 9:07:29 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 48 replies ^ | April 26 2012 | By Michael Konopasek, News 9
    OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City woman is facing a felony charge after being accused of threatening to blow up OG&E. It all started with a look at the electric bill. Apparently, it was a bit too high for the customer. So, she picked up the phone, called OG&E and admits things got ugly. "I remember flipping out, but I don't really remember what was said," OG&E customer Deidra Reed said. Reed was enjoying her Tuesday afternoon until she learned she was charged with the felony of making a bomb threat. Earlier in April, police say Reed called OG&E and...