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  • Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part I

    12/06/2017 5:20:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 6, 2017 | Michelle Malkin
    A criminal justice system that operates in the dark is arbitrary, unjust and criminal. In Oklahoma this year, a Kafkaesque set of sealed motions, secret orders and closed-door hearings completely shut out a criminal defendant, his public defenders and the public. A trial judge served as handmaiden for the prosecutors, even failing to notify the defendant and his lawyers of the kangaroo court proceedings until after they had occurred. The defendant, who is appealing his convictions and maintains his complete and actual innocence, was denied an opportunity to challenge the state's legal arguments for hiding information about a crime lab...
  • 13 states launch new legal challenge to California egg law

    12/04/2017 4:42:48 PM PST · by Mariner · 65 replies
    AP via KCRA (Sacramento) ^ | December 4th, 2017 | Unattributed
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen states banded together Monday to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a California law requiring any eggs sold there to come from hens that have space to stretch out in their cages. In a lawsuit filed directly to the high court, the states allege that California's law has cost consumers nationwide up to $350 million annually because of higher egg prices since it took effect in 2015. The lawsuit argues that California's requirements violate the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause and are pre-empted by federal law. A federal appeals court...
  • Gilcrease Expressway extension update: How much will drivers pay for toll?

    12/03/2017 8:08:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | November 13, 2017 | Kevin Canfield
    State officials have yet to find a private partner to help finance the construction of the final five miles of the Gilcrease Expressway, but they are closer to figuring out how much motorists will have to pay to use it. Tim Gatz, executive director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, said Monday that the toll is expected to be about $1 to $1.50 for private vehicles, with a higher rate for commercial vehicles. Motorists who use the plate-pay system, as can be used in Jenks, likely would pay more. “We are waiting on the traffic and revenue study to come back...
  • Elizabeth Warren Ancestor Rounded Up Cherokees For Trail of Tears

    12/02/2017 9:28:17 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 May 2012 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    For over a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Warren has described herself as a Native American. After researching her story, it is obvious that her “family lore” is just fiction. Ms. Warren’s great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee–the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837. These were the troops responsible for removing Cherokee families from homes they had lived in...
  • BREAKING: Senate Republicans are confident they have the votes to pass tax bill

    12/01/2017 7:56:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 75 replies
    CNBC ^ | Published 13 Mins Ago Updated 1 Min Ago | Jacob Pramuk
    Senate Republicans were confident that they had the votes needed Friday to pass their tax plan as last-minute changes brought more GOP lawmakers on board. Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., earlier Friday said they would back the bill after securing further tax relief for pass-through businesses. Then, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., committed to supporting the plan, leaving Republican leaders confident that they had the support. On Friday morning, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, called holdout Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., the last two senators who need to get on board. The GOP can...
  • Lankford Issues Second Annual 'Federal Fumbles' Waste Report

    11/29/2017 8:38:54 AM PST · by bgill · 6 replies
    news9 ^ | Nov. 28, 2017 | Alex Cameron
    Some examples of alleged waste in the report: NIH spent $2 million studying how children perceive food, and specifically whether 5-year-olds will still eat food that has been sneezed on. A $200,000 grant to study fish consumption in Tanzania, and $500,000 to help locate ancient church cemeteries in Iceland. The U.S. Embassy in Britain spent $75,000 to have British citizens travel to America to watch volunteers. The U.S. wind energy industry still received $6 billion in annual federal subsidies. Three federal agencies combined to spend almost $500,000 on a medieval smells exhibit at a museum.
  • Transgender woman awarded $1M in discrimination lawsuit [OK]

    11/21/2017 4:12:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2017 6:21 PM EST
    A federal jury has awarded a transgender woman more than $1 million after finding Southeastern Oklahoma State University discriminated against her and wrongfully denied her tenure. Jurors sided with former English professor Rachel Tudor on Monday, The Oklahoman newspaper reported. Her lawsuit alleged the university treated her differently than non-transgender professors, including by subjecting her to unfair rules about bathroom use and what she could wear on campus. “I tried not to make a big deal of it. I just wanted to do my job,” Tudor testified during the trial. Tudor also alleged the school’s tenure committee voted in favor...
  • Which college teams visited the White House, and who stayed home?

    11/19/2017 1:37:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 19, 2017 | Michael Moates
    President Trump hosted the National Collegiate Athletic Association champion sports teams at the White House on Friday - or most of them, that is. The event began with the student athletes meeting President Trump in the Rose Garden for photos. "A lot of great athletes," Trump told the press pool. The Marine Corps Marching Band played nearby from the South Lawn, as President Trump joked with athletes, meeting them in groups. When talking with the Ohio State men's volleyball team, the president was seen jokingly smacking a volleyball in the air. While interacting with the West Virginia rifle team in...
  • Oklahoma Democrats win state Senate seat in red-district special election (Trump won by 40 points)

    11/15/2017 10:45:02 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 15, 2017 | Brandon Carter
    Democrats in Oklahoma picked up a key state Senate seat in a Tuesday special election, marking the fourth seat Democrats have gained in special elections in the state this year. The Tulsa World reports Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman won a close race over Republican Brian O’Hara in Oklahoma’s Senate District 37. The race was held to fill the seat of Republican Dan Newberry, who was leaving the state Senate. Ikley-Freeman, a 26-year-old lesbian, defeated O’Hara by 31 votes. "The odds were not in our favor, and we knew it, but we knew if we could fight hard, we had a chance,"...
  • Woman Speaks Out Over Upskirt Photographs Allegedly Taken by Former Aide to Governor Fallin

    11/15/2017 7:39:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 15, 2017 | KELSEY GIBBS
    A former staffer to Governor Mary Fallin's office, Travis Brauer, is accused of using his cellphone to take upskirt photos during a legislative meeting. “I felt like my body, my privacy and my very own dignity as a human being have been violated,” said Sara Bana, the victim. Bana is speaking out about an evening back in May at the capitol where she was advocating in a packed committee room when someone told her a man was taking photos up her skirt. “I felt like a third-class citizen,” Bana said. The person accused of taking the photo is a former...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Fort Sill, Oklahoma ~ 07 NOV 2017

    11/06/2017 5:59:19 PM PST · by laurenmarlowe · 100 replies
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World!! | The Canteen Crew
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Fort Sill, OklahomaFort Sill, Oklahoma is a United States Army post north of Lawton, Oklahoma, about 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. Today, Fort Sill remains the only active Army installation of all the forts on the Southern Plains built during the Indian Wars. It is designated as a National Historic Landmark and serves as home of the United States Army Field Artillery School as well as the Marine Corps site for Field Artillery MOS school, United States Army Air Defense Artillery School, the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and the...
  • Parents 'livid' over graphic middle school sex-ed

    10/24/2017 9:30:37 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 69 replies
    WND ^ | 10/23/2017 | Alicia Powe
    'Mom, it's like instead of them telling us how to not do it, it's like they gave us a road map'! Parents are outraged after discovering their children were being taught about “mutual masturbation” and “anal sex” in their Oklahoma public middle school. Students in Jay, Oklahoma, were given sex-ed handouts from Lighthouse Pregnancy Center teaching that there are “four types of sex.” The graphic sex lesson handouts were culled from a program called “Shape, Sexual Health Awareness, Prevention and Education.” Comprehensive Sex Education came to Jay Middle School in Oklahoma last week. https://t.co/4eAzPeyG1w pic.twitter.com/Ps3yPJU5lS ​ ​ — ShannonJoy (@ShannonJoyRadio)...
  • OKCPS votes to change names of three schools named after Confederate generals

    10/24/2017 7:35:41 AM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    Fox 25 (OK) ^ | October 24, 2017 | Jennifer Falsetti
    "On October 23, the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education voted to move forward with changing the names of three elementary schools originally dedicated to Confederate leaders: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Isaac Stand Watie. As the district begins the input process to determine the names these facilities will bear moving forward, I hope to use it as a teachable moment for our students and to establish a positive image and a sense of pride for these school communities to carry them into the future," Superintendent Aurora Lora said in a statement.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma ~ 23 October 2017

    10/23/2017 6:05:38 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 71 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Vance Air Force Base, OklahomaVance Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in southern Enid, Oklahoma, about 65 miles north northwest of Oklahoma City. The base is named after local World War II hero and Medal of Honor recipient, Lt Col Leon Robert Vance Jr. The host unit at Vance is the 71st Flying Training Wing (71 FTW), which is a part of Air Education and Training Command (AETC).Currently there are 128 buildings and 292 facilities on Vance AFB as of October 2016. Vance is currently replacing...
  • Oklahoma jury recommends the death penalty in beheading case

    10/12/2017 3:01:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/12/17 | AP
    A jury Thursday recommended the death penalty for an Oklahoma man convicted of beheading a co-worker in 2014. Jurors convicted Alton Nolen, 33, on Sept. 29 of killing 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and trying to kill another co-worker at a food processing plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Jurors agreed on Oct. 2 that Nolen should serve three life sentences plus 130 years in prison on assault and battery charges stemming from his attack on the co-worker who survived. Jurors took less than three hours Thursday to recommend the death penalty on the first-degree murder charge.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma ~ 10 October 2017

    10/09/2017 6:02:17 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 56 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Altus Air Force Base, OklahomaAltus Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located approximately 4 miles east-northeast of Altus, Oklahoma. The host unit at Altus AFB is the 97th Air Mobility Wing (97 AMW), assigned to the Nineteenth Air Force (19 AF) of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The wing's mission is to provide C-17 Globemaster III and KC-135 Stratotanker formal initial and advanced specialty training programs for up to 3000 flight crew and aircraft maintenance students annually.The 97th Operations Group is the home of the...
  • Dad, friend beat daughter's abusive boyfriend to death, cops say

    10/01/2017 9:02:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/29
    An Oklahoma dad beat his daughter's abusive boyfriend to death at the request of the young girl, Tulsa Police said. The boyfriend, Anthony Pietrzak, 18, was found beaten to death and hogtied early Thursday near the home he lived in with his girlfriend outside Tulsa. Dearld Peal, 46, and Tracy Price, 40, were arrested Wednesday on kidnapping charges, and first-degree murder charges were added against each man after Pietrzak's body was found.
  • Democrats have won 6 GOP-held seats in 2017. Republicans have won 0 Democratic seats.

    09/15/2017 1:22:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    CNN ^ | September 13, 2017
    On Tuesday night, Democrats flipped two Republican-held state legislative seats -- one in Oklahoma, one in New Hampshire -- that Donald Trump carried in the 2016 election. That makes six turnovers from Republican to Democrat in contested state House and Senate races so far in 2017 -- and 26 out of 35 races (at the state legislative and congressional level) in which the Democratic nominee has overperformed Hillary Clinton's showing last November. (Worth noting: Republicans have yet to flip a Democratic-controlled seat so far this year.) Republicans will, rightly, note that in each of the contested special elections for US...
  • Trial Set to Begin for Man Accused of Beheading Coworker in Moore

    09/11/2017 12:10:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
    The trial for a man accused of beheading a former coworker is set to begin on Monday. On Sept. 25, 2014, authorities say Alton Nolen stabbed 54-year-old Colleen Hufford multiple times and beheaded her inside the Vaughan Foods distribution center. After attacking Hufford, Nolen is accused of stabbing 43-year-old Traci Johnson numerous times before being shot by Mark Vaughan, the former CEO of the company and a reserve sheriff’s deputy. Hufford died from her injuries, but Johnson survived. Courtesy: Hufford Family Nolen was eventually charged with murder and several other felony counts in the case. Nolen’s attorneys claimed that he...
  • Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

    09/03/2017 3:59:57 PM PDT · by 100American · 118 replies
    Travel + Leisure ^ | December 17, 2016 | Cailey Rizzo
    Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s licenses. Residents of Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington will have to use alternate ID forms (passport, military ID, or permanent resident card) to pass TSA security checkpoints—even for domestic travel.