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  • OU: Frat members learned racist chant at national SAE leadership event

    03/27/2015 12:46:59 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2015 | Susan Svrluga
    After investigating a racist chant sung by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers on their way to an SAE Founders Day event, University of Oklahoma officials have concluded that members of the fraternity learned the words at a leadership event hosted by SAE’s national headquarters four years earlier. The university found that the chant migrated to Oklahoma and had become “part of the institutionalized culture of the chapter” and its pledging process, implying that it was not a song belonging to a small number of people and instead was part of the fraternity’s recent traditions.
  • One killed as tornado rips through Tulsa, Oklahoma area [Wednesday, 3/25/2015]

    03/26/2015 2:18:09 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    One person was killed Wednesday and several other people were injured, at least one of them critically, when a series of “extremely dangerous” tornadoes ripped through the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, emergency officials said.
  • The Limits of Free Speech: University of Oklahoma Frat does not deserve First Amendment Protection

    03/14/2015 6:24:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/14/2015 | Kent Greenfield
    Members of a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma were recently filmed chanting that they’d rather see a black student lynched than as a member of their clan. The now viral video of dapper, privileged white men shouting, “There will never be a nigger at SAE, you can hang him from a tree” reminds us of our greatest national shame. The chant has been roundly condemned as abhorrent. But after university president David Boren announced the expulsion of two students leading the chants, prominent legal scholars from the right and left have come to their defense. The university is a...
  • Club for Growth gives Ted Cruz, Mike Lee perfect marks

    02/24/2014 9:19:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Washington Time ^ | Monday, February 24, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The conservative Club For Growth released its annual scorecard for 2013 on Monday, bestowing two Republican U.S. senators — Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and four GOP congressmen with 100 percent ratings for their voting records “based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.”The four congressmen with perfect ratings for 2013 are Republican Reps. Matt Salmon, Trent Franks and David Schweikert of Arizona and Tom McClintock of California. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan got a 99 percent rating in 2013 “but because of rounding has a 100 percent LifeScore,” the group said.“2013 saw...
  • Barred Fraternity’s Lawyer Seeks to Alter Punishment

    03/13/2015 8:18:40 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 34 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/13/15 | By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA and MANNY FERNANDEZ
    The fraternity chapter banished from the University of Oklahoma and evicted from its house after members were caught on video singing a racist song is seeking “some other resolution to this matter” and, failing that, may take the university to court, the group’s lawyer said Friday.
  • North Dallas home of leader of racist chant picketed

    03/13/2015 2:23:43 PM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 47 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 12, 2015
    DALLAS (AP) — A handful of protesters took to the street in front of the home of a former University of Oklahoma student and fraternity member who was shown in a video leading a racist chant aboard a bus.
  • OU SAE to Sue University, Possibly President Boren

    03/13/2015 12:50:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    KFOR ^ | MARCH 12, 2015
    The local chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is planning to pursue legal action against the University of Oklahoma, and possibly OU President David Boren. The group has hired high-profile attorney Stephen Jones to represent them. Jones told NewsChannel 4 the group is outraged over President Boren shutting down the fraternity house and branding all SAE members as racists and bigots. Jones says the two students who were expelled because of the incident have apologized sincerely for their remarks, and now the incident is being exploited. He said they lacked judgment in a social setting, but they should not be tarred...
  • No, it’s not constitutional for the University of Oklahoma to expel students for racist speech

    03/12/2015 8:24:47 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 98 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy - Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    Some University of Oklahoma students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell), There will never be a nigger at SAE There will never be a nigger at SAE You can hang him from a tree But he’ll never sign with me There will never be a nigger at SAE University of Oklahoma president David Boren said, “If I’m allowed to, these students will face suspension or expulsion.” [UPDATE: The president has indeed expelled two of the students.] But he is not, I think, allowed to do that.
  • Fraternities Have Always Been a Haven for Whites To Exercise Racist Impulses (Here we go)

    03/12/2015 3:51:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | March 12, 2015 | Curtis Bunn
    In 1955, a study published in the sociological journal, “Social Problems,” found that most students in fraternities and sororities were more racist than their non-Greek classmates. That was 60 years ago, but it explains precisely the origin of the Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s racist chant last week about hanging Black people and not letting them in its organization. A culture of racism, euphemized as exclusivity, has existed from the beginning and, in fact, was part of the principles on which frats were created: no Blacks. To wit: SAE was founded at Alabama in 1856 in the “Deep South,” it...
  • Oklahoma football team seeks punishment for racist video

    03/12/2015 2:40:34 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 2015 | Heide Brandes
    The University of Oklahoma's renowned football team has suspended practice for a week in protest against a racist video linked to a fraternity and called for punishment of its leadership, team members said on Thursday. [Snip] "It is our passionately expressed desire as members of the football team for the leadership of SAE to be expelled, suspended or otherwise disciplined severely," a statement from the football team said, adding that leaders of the fraternity helped foster a culture of intolerance. [Snip] The football team, with the support of its coach, said it will hold a demonstration over the video during...
  • Family of racist Oklahoma frat boy flee their home after death threats as protesters rally [tr]

    03/12/2015 7:59:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2015 | Michael Zennie and Chris Spargo
    Dozens of angry protesters have descended on the wealthy Dallas neighborhood where racist Oklahoma frat boy Parker Rice lives - hoping to shame his parents for their son's participation in the horrific racist chant that shocked the nation. Rice, a former Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother at University of Oklahoma, and his parents Bob and Jan say they have been forced to flee their $650,000 home in the elite suburb of Preston Hollow - home to the likes of George W. Bush, Mark Cuban and Ross Perot. Neighbors looked on in dismay as about two dozen protesters marched up the street...
  • Amendment would require Oklahoma businesses to bring religious beliefs out of the closet

    03/12/2015 7:07:42 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    kfor.com ^ | 03/12/2015 | K. QUERRY
    An amendment to a controversial piece of legislation is making waves across Oklahoma. House Bill 1371, which was proposed by Rep. Chuck Strohm, would create the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act. The bill would give businesses the right to refuse service to customers if it is against their religious beliefs. Specifically, the bill addresses that companies should not be required “to participate in any marriage ceremony, celebration, or other related activity or to provide items or services for such purposes against the person’s religious beliefs.” The legislation was proposed after several businesses around the country have faced legal action after denying...
  • What speech is going to justify expulsion next, if the OU / SAE expulsion is accepted as proper?

    03/11/2015 4:01:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two students for leading a racist chant. These students’ speech was indeed quite repugnant, but for reasons I discuss here, it’s protected by the First Amendment. And here’s one reason why. Consider the president’s statement to the students: “You will be expelled because of your leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant which has created a hostile educational environment for others.” Similar things could be said about a vast range of other speech. Students talking to each other about a student group event about how Hamas has it right? (The...
  • SAE Cook Loses Job After Racist Video Leads to Fraternity Closure

    03/10/2015 10:01:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Less than 48 hours after a video surfaced of a racist chant was recorded at a frat function, the University of Oklahoma ordered the closure of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house. Hundreds of students and faculty protested Sigma Alpha Epsilon on Monday morning. The University of Oklahoma is severing all ties with its Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter after leaked cellphone video shows members chanting racial slurs. University of Oklahoma President David Boren sent a clear message to the Oklahoma community Monday morning a night after a leaked video reportedly shows members of the campus' Sigma Alpha Epsilon singing a racist...
  • Second racist chant frat boy identified as a golf champion sophomore, 20, [tr]

    03/11/2015 11:37:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2015 | Sean O'Hare, Kieran Coccoran and Michael Zennie
    Parents of the second Oklahoma University student filmed conducting his Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers along to a racist chant on a bus have outed their 'disgusting' son - but insist he isn't a racist. Brody and Susan Pettit, from Dallas, issued an apology on behalf of 20-year-old Levi on Tuesday night - three days after he was filmed singing 'There will never be a N**** in SAE' in a sickening video that has shocked the nation. He, along with Parker Rice, a 19-year-old privately-educated former Catholic schoolboy, were immediately expelled by the university president who also booted the disgraced chapter...
  • Congratulations, University of Oklahoma, In Your Outrage You Just Violated the Law

    03/11/2015 6:49:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2015 | David French
    This week several University of Oklahoma frat boys were caught on tape singing a vile, racist song (and, no, it wasn’t “unconscious” racism or “coded” racism — it was straight up segregation-era hate). The video triggered a tidal wave of outrage on and off campus. A top football recruit “de-committed” to OU and committed to Alabama, the national fraternity expelled the local OU chapter, and students, coaches, professors, and administrators marched in protest. To this point, the matter is rather simple. The SAE students engaged in racist expression, and private citizens countered with expression of their own — doing what...
  • Rapper Waka Flocka Flame sent out a scathing message to the Oklahoma frat

    03/10/2015 5:26:19 PM PDT · by boycott · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 9, 2015 | Peter Jacobs
    Rapper Waka Flocka Flame says he is "disgusted" and has canceled his upcoming performance at the University of Oklahoma after fraternity members there were filmed reciting a racist chant this weekend. Members of the OU Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter were seen chanting about lynchings and using racist epithets in a video leaked online Sunday. The university and the national SAE fraternity have both taken action against the chapter, which has been closed on the Oklahoma campus. In a statement posted to his Instagram account, Waka Flocka writes that he's "disgusted and disappointed in the actions of the SAE fraternity at...
  • Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon: University President Severs Ties With Frat ...

    03/09/2015 11:53:14 AM PDT · by shove_it · 47 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 9 Mar 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    The University of Oklahoma is immediately severing "all ties and affiliations" between the school and its local Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the university president said today ...
  • Former Catholic schoolboy named as Oklahoma fraternity brother who led racist chant [edited]

    03/10/2015 11:13:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Sean O'Hare and Michael Zennie
    The conductor of a sickening racist chant by a University of Oklahoma fraternity has been identified as a graduate of an elite Catholic school in Dallas. Parker Rice is an OU freshman. It is believe he did not even live in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, which was shut down by the university on Monday. Rice graduated last year from the prestigious Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. A spokesman for the school's president, Mike Earsing, told Daily Mail Online: 'We know for sure it is one of our students and it is Parker Rice.' On Tuesday, university president...
  • 2 University Of Oklahoma Students Expelled Over Frat’s Racist Video

    03/10/2015 10:56:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CBS Houston and AP ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two students he says have been identified as leading a racist chant as part of a fraternity event. Boren said in a statement Tuesday the two students were dismissed for creating a “hostile learning environment for others.” The students’ names were not released.
  • No, a public university may not expel students for racist speech

    03/10/2015 9:20:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    Some Oklahoma University students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell), There will never be a n***** at SAE There will never be a n***** at SAE You can hang him from a tree But he’ll never sign with me There will never be a n***** at SAE [Edited from source] Oklahoma University president David Boren said, “If I’m allowed to, these students will face suspension or expulsion.” But he is not, I think, allowed to do that.
  • 'It hit me in the core of my soul': Black man who joined Oklahoma n-word chant fraternity [tr]

    03/10/2015 8:03:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Kieran Coccoran
    A black member of the University of Oklahoma fraternity plunged into scandal after film emerged of them has hit out at his so-called 'brothers'. William Bruce James II, who is one of just two black men ever to join the university's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter, pledged in 2001 - but has now turned his back on the organization. The footage showed SAE members, riding a bus while wearing bow ties and dress shirts, chanting 'There will never be a n***** SAE' to the tune of If You're Happy And You Know It.
  • Now University of Oklahoma sorority comes under fire over female students heard cheering along [tr]

    03/10/2015 6:54:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Michael Zennie and Snejana Farberov
    A sorority at the beleaguered University of Oklahoma has come under fire over its involvement in the racist chant by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity over the weekend. The Delta Delta Deltas have been identified as the sorority members on a chartered bus when frat brothers started singing 'there will never be a n**** in SAE.' At least one female student can be seen in the video. She appears to raise her cell phone to record the incident. Her date, however, can be seen clapping to the song. It is also believed that female voices can be heard cheering on...
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

    03/03/2015 2:26:05 PM PST · by BeauBo · 31 replies
    AP ^ | 3 March 2015 | JONATHAN FAHEY
    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months. For the past seven weeks, the United States has been producing and importing an average of 1 million more barrels of oil every day than it is consuming. That extra crude is flowing into storage tanks, especially at the country's main trading hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, pushing U.S. supplies to their highest point in at least 80 years, the Energy Department reported last week.
  • Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

    03/03/2015 11:13:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 03/03/2015
    <p>OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.</p> <p>The House voted 85-10 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, who described the method as humane, painless and easy to administer. There was no debate against the bill, which now heads to the Senate.</p>
  • 'Always faithful' pals help save Marine's life after snakebite

    02/19/2015 9:58:55 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 14 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 2/19/15 | Juliana Keeping
    Second Lt. Anthony Kemp was bitten by a rattlesnake while he and two other Marines were hiking in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma. LAWTON — For three Marines hiking in the Wichita Mountains earlier this month, the Corps’ motto of Semper Fidelis — Latin for “always faithful” — played out in ways none of them expected when a large rattlesnake bit 2nd Lt. Anthony Kemp, 23, almost killing him. “You’re always faithful to your brother,” Kemp said Wednesday from his hospital bed at OU Medical Center, where he is recovering from the bite and the resulting above-the-knee amputation of...
  • Weather Research Survey: University of Oklahoma?

    02/17/2015 5:57:01 PM PST · by DBCJR · 7 replies
    We are from the School of Meteorology and we invite you to participate in our research project entitled Tornado Warning Communication and Response. This research is being conducted at The University of Oklahoma. You were selected as a possible participant because you received the link to the online survey. What is the purpose of this research? The purpose of this research is to study how different individuals respond to severe weather communication. What will I be asked to do? If you agree to be in this research, you will answer 10 questions regarding severe weather communication, each with multiple parts....
  • Meet Angels Pitcher and Former Putnam City Star Andrew Heaney's Biggest Fan.

    02/16/2015 7:24:56 AM PST · by Osage Orange · 3 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 2-14-15 | Jenni Carlson
    Meet Angels pitcher and former Putnam City star Andrew Heaney's biggest fan by Jenni Carlson Published: February 14, 2015 EDMOND — Andrew Heaney won over lots of baseball types during the past couple years. That happens when you’re a talented young lefty with pop and promise in your arm. But the Oklahoma native’s biggest fan doesn’t care if he earns a spot with the Angels this season or becomes a top-of-the-rotation pitcher as many predict or ever makes another pitch in the majors. Kelly Ore doesn’t care about any of that. “He’s my brother and my best friend forever,” he...
  • Tulsa under winter storm warning; 3-7 inches of snow, sleet forecast

    02/15/2015 11:18:14 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 41 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Sunday, February 15, 2015 | Michael Dekker
    A winter storm could dump 3 to 7 inches of snow and sleet in the Tulsa area overnight into Monday, forecasters said. Tulsa and surrounding counties are under a winter storm warning from until noon Monday. "Travel will become very hazardous," the National Weather Service said. Forecasters said snow was likely to continue early Monday, with chances of precipitation in the Tulsa area around 70 percent. The winter storm started Sunday as freezing rain, then drizzle before changing over to snow. "Around 3 to 7 inches of snow and sleet accumulation is expected mainly north of (U.S.) 412, with the...
  • Study: Oklahoma's daily small quakes raise risk of big ones (Borenstein alert)

    02/15/2015 3:33:52 AM PST · by Crazieman · 32 replies
    Associated Presstitutes ^ | 2/14/2014 | Seth Borenstein
    SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates. This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, which had major quakes in the past two centuries. Still it's a low risk, about a 1 in 2,500 years' chance of happening, according to geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Teacher Confiscates Student’s Valentine’s Day Cards And You Can Probably Guess Why…

    02/14/2015 1:07:31 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://blessings.buzz ^ | february 13, 2015 | elly maye
    In Glenpool, Oklahoma, a mother is upset after her son’s teacher confiscated his Valentine’s Day cards. During the second grader’s class party, he participated in handing out candy and valentines to his classmates. The card he distributed said “Happy Valentine’s Day” on one side, but on the other side, there was information about church services at LifeChurch. After seeing that, the teacher snatched up each card and got rid of them. Shelley Sweeden, the student’s mother said, “It feels he’s been denied the right to express his love for his church and his faith.” FOX23 downloaded the school’s handbook and it...
  • States rise up against Washington

    02/10/2015 4:32:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government. The legislative onslaught, which includes bills targeting federal restrictions on firearms, experimental treatments and hemp, reflects growing discord between the states and Washington, state officials say. “You have a choice,” said Kentucky state Rep. Diane St. Onge (R). “To sit back and not do anything or say anything and let overregulation continue — or you have the alternative choice to speak up about it and say, ‘We know what...
  • Muslim Day to be held at Oklahoma Capitol

    02/06/2015 8:21:56 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 41 replies
    koco.com ^ | February 6, 2015 | Ariana Garza
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Muslim Day at the Capitol will be held at the end of the month for members of the religion to learn more about state government and become more familiar with their lawmakers. The Oklahoma chapter for the Council on American-Islamic Relations organized the event for the first time this year. News of the event did encounter backlash on social media, however. “It’s kind of depressing to see such hatred and negativity, especially about practicing a right that’s fundamentally American,” said CAIR Executive Director Adam Soltani. Comments were made on social media such as “I’m sick of...
  • Panel Passes Abortion, Stem Cell Research Ban Bills (Oklahoma)

    02/05/2015 1:11:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Feb 4, 2015, | ABC
    A bill to further restrict abortion in Oklahoma and another to make embryonic stem cell research illegal both cleared a House committee on Wednesday, despite concerns from a doctor on the panel. While activists gathered at the Capitol for the annual anti-abortion Rose Day rally, the House Public Health Committee voted mostly along party lines to approve both bills. An exception was Rep. Doug Cox, a Grove Republican and an emergency room physician who opposed both measures. One bill would increase from 24 to 72 hours the amount of time a woman must wait before receiving an abortion after receiving...
  • Tulsa's Helmerich & Payne to lay off 2,000, citing weak oil market

    01/30/2015 12:19:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | January 30, 2015 | Sonya Colberg and Rod Walton
    Tulsa-based drilling rig maker and operator Helmerich & Payne Inc. expects to lay off 2,000 employees companywide, it announced Thursday during a conference call. The cuts, which are already beginning, are spurred by a reduction in rig use due to falling crude oil prices, CEO John Lindsay said during the earning call with analysts. Helmerich & Payne employs about 500 in Tulsa and nearly 12,000 companywide. The overall reduction is about 17 percent of the company’s total workforce. “This is without question the worst part of the downturn,” Lindsay said. Lindsay revealed the layoffs shortly after a company earnings report...
  • Prosecutors: Text messages detail weeks leading up to Patel's forced abortion

    01/27/2015 3:57:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    wsbt.com ^ | Jan 26, 2015 | Kelli Stopczynski
    ST. JOSEPH COUNTY - Text messages from a Granger woman’s cell phone will likely play a big role in her feticide and neglect trial. n opening statements Monday, a deputy prosecuting attorney detailed for the jury Purvi Patel’s text messages exchanged with a friend before, during and after police say the then 32-year-old forced her body to have an abortion before putting her newborn in a dumpster. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Aimee Herring said Patel began texting her friend about her condition in April 2013 about an irregular menstrual cycle and cramping. The friend urged Patel to see a doctor, Herring...
  • Oklahoma Proud to be 'Red State'

    01/26/2015 6:22:55 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 11 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Randy Krehbiel
    A Tulsa World analysis of voting behavior and other factors ranks Oklahoma the second-most conservative state in the nation after Utah. The Legislature convening Feb. 2 will be among the most Republican in the nation. The rise of the Republican Party has brought a shift to more business-oriented policies: workers comp and lawsuit reform, reductions in income-tax rates, right to work, weakened regulatory agencies and a push for privatization of everything from education to elevator inspections. “A lot of people think it’s Democrat versus Republican,” said former Democratic Gov. George Nigh, who was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives...
  • Killer was acting and just made it LOOK like he was being tortured to death in execution

    01/17/2015 9:44:31 AM PST · by bgill · 49 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 17, 2015 | AP
    An Oklahoma inmate executed amid a legal challenge over lethal injection began complaining about the effects on his body before the drugs were administered, prompting some to question whether he may have exaggerated his symptoms to help his fellow death row inmates' case. Charles Warner, who was executed Thursday for the killing of an 11-month-old girl in 1997, said during his last words: 'It feels like acid.' The comment came before any of the lethal drugs were administered and while he was only receiving a saline drip through an intravenous line.
  • How Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn came to make his home in Oklahoma

    01/14/2015 11:44:29 AM PST · by Osage Orange · 35 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 1-13-15 | Jenni Carlson
    How Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn came to make his home in Oklahoma By Jenni Carlson.... 1-13-15 Warren Spahn was born and bred in Buffalo, N.Y., then played baseball in Boston, Milwaukee, New York and San Francisco. But he made his home in Oklahoma. The story goes that the lanky leftie settled near Hartshorne because his wife was from Oklahoma — and that’s true. But that’s not the whole story. The rest of the tale includes a random reunion with a childhood chum, a couple of gal pals from Tulsa and a bit of sage advice from one of...
  • Cornyn: ‘We Learned the Hard Way’ (they learned to go along with the media narrative)

    01/12/2015 10:21:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    rollcall.com ^ | 1/12/15 | Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski
    At the start of the last Congress, John Cornyn wrote an editorial titled “Partial Government Shutdown May Be Needed to Restore Fiscal Sanity.” He’s singing a different tune today. “I’ve evolved,” the Texas Republican and newly minted Senate majority whip said in an interview last week with CQ Roll Call. For starters, the memory of the 2013 shutdown over Obamacare instigated by his fellow Texas senator, Ted Cruz, remains fresh. “Part of wisdom is to learn from your experiences, and I think we learned the hard way that shutdowns are not well received by the American people,” Cornyn said. “And...
  • Mysterious booms rattle homes, scare livestock in central Oklahoma; cause unknown

    01/10/2015 7:40:40 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 09, 2015 | AP
    NORMAN, Okla. – A spate of mysterious booms has been shaking a city in central Oklahoma. Oklahoma Geological Survey research seismologist Austin Holland says a series of thunderous booms rattled the Norman area at 11:19 a.m. Friday and that numerous more were reported in the same place around the same time Thursday.
  • Oklahoma Muslims celebrate the beheading of Colleen Hufford

    01/09/2015 5:12:16 PM PST · by Mozilla · 35 replies
    FireAndreaMitchell ^ | 1-9-15 | Fire Andrea Mitchell
    Colleen Hufford is the victim of the Muslim Jihad in Oklahoma. You don’t hear any mention of Colleen Hufford’s name in the media. Maybe as equally disgusting as the beheading is that around 30 to 40 or so Muslims in Oklahoma celebrated the beheading by shouting ‘Praise Allah’ and surrounding Oklahoma cops after a press conference on the beheading. According to Gateway Pundit and the following tweets, Muslims also surrounded cops and read passages from the Quran outloud. Yes, Muslims had the nerve to celebrate this, even in Oklahoma.
  • The Boehner for speaker whip count [14 against so far]

    01/05/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 486 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Aaron Blake
    ~~snip~~ Voting against Boehner (10) Gohmert* Yoho* Rep. Steve King (Iowa) Rep. Jim Bridenstine (Okla.)* Rep. Dave Brat (Va.) (freshman) Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.)* Rep. Gary Palmer (Ala.) (freshman) Rep. Thomas Massie (Ky.)* Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) Said prior to 2014 election that they would vote against Boehner (2) Rep. Jody Hice (Ga.) (freshman) Rep. John Ratfliffe (Tex.) (freshman) Voted against Boehner in 2013/haven't weighed in (2) Rep. Steve Pearce (N.M.) (spokesman says he's "undecided") Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) Voted against Boehner in 2013/will support him (3) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) Rep....
  • Oklahoma bill would bar those with DUI conviction from buying alcohol

    01/05/2015 7:45:39 AM PST · by redreno · 73 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 01/05/2014 | unknown
    A new proposal in Oklahoma would bar drunk drivers from buying or consuming alcohol -- and already is raising concerns over how it would be enforced. Fox 25 in Oklahoma City reports that state Sen. Patrick Anderson is proposing a bill that would allow a judge to enforce the alcohol restrictions on anyone with a DUI charge for a set period of time.
  • Boehner ally: GOP challenges to Speaker 'unprofessional' (Rep. Tom Cole, Okla.)

    01/05/2015 6:39:53 AM PST · by maggief · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 5, 2015 | David McCabe
    Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) called GOP challenges to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “pretty unprofessional and very disappointing” on Monday. Cole, a close ally to Boehner, said the challenges aren’t serious and blasted Republicans trying to unseat the Speaker for not trying to do so when the GOP held its internal discussions late last year. “Well, I don’t think they’re very serious,” he said while appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe" of the bids by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) to challenge Boehner for speakership. “And frankly, they’re pretty disappointing in the sense that anyone who wanted to...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn: Dept. of Homeland Security Failing Five Main Missions

    01/04/2015 6:56:04 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Sharyl Attkisson ^ | January 3, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    On his way out of the door, his final day as a U.S. Senator, Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) released a blistering oversight report that finds the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) isn’t “successfully executing any of its five main missions.” Coburn’s criticisms include, but also predate, the Obama administration. Among the key findings: · DHS spent $50 billion over the past eleven years on counterterrorism programs but cannot demonstrate if the nation is more secure as a result. · 700 miles of the Southern border remain unsecured. · DHS is not effectively administering or enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. Only...
  • Huckabee in 2013: Common Core Is “Near and Dear To My Heart”

    01/03/2015 6:16:51 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 35 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Former Arkansas Governor wrote in 2013 that Common Core state standards are “near and dear to my heart,” Gotnews.com has learned. The pro-Common Core stance of the former governor is of new interest now that Huckabee is contemplating a run for the presidency in 2016. Here’s an article from the Tulsa World from June in 2013. “Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee urged Oklahoma lawmakers to resist throwing out new educational standards the Legislature approved back in 2010.” “ In a letter to Oklahoma lawmakers this week, he said the Common Core state standards have been “near and dear to my...
  • Bridenstine throws support to Yoho for speaker

    01/03/2015 6:12:03 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    WASHINGTON - First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine said Saturday he could get behind U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida as speaker of the House. "Congressman Ted Yoho is a courageous leader," Bridenstine said in a press release."I applaud and respect him for standing up to offer an alternative to the status quo. "I could certainly vote for Ted Yoho as speaker of the House."
  • Rep. Thomas Massie: I Am Not Voting for Boehner on Tuesday

    01/03/2015 12:26:42 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January, 3, 2015 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) issued a statement on Saturday detailing why he’s going to vote against House Speaker John Boehner’s re-election on Tuesday. Massie, who’s entering his second term as a member from Kentucky, now becomes the second Republican House member announcing the coming rebellion against Boehner. Massie joins Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) in the fight for fresh leadership, and in his statement he detailed how Boehner and his leadership actually have misled members of the House GOP conference. “For years I watched Washington from afar and suspected that something was broken. Why is it that so many people approve...