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  • Inhofe calls for return of Iran sanctions

    07/23/2014 12:24:08 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    thehill.com ^ | July 22, 2014
    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) called on Tuesday for the U.S. to reinstate sanctions on Iran immediately and add additional economic penalties. "We should immediately reinstate the full sanctions — and consider additional sanctions — and I have supported legislation to do just that," Inhofe said at the Christians United for Israel Summit. His remarks follow the Obama administration's announcement on Friday that international negotiators were extending talks with Iran to end its nuclear program until Nov. 24. An interim agreement that lifted some sanctions on Iran will be extended as well, which has drawn criticism from lawmakers who say Iran...
  • Witchcraft, white supremacists, meth labs or a family grudge?

    07/22/2014 10:09:43 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Will Payne
    Five years ago Bobby Jamison, Sherilyn Jamison and their six-year-old daughter Madyson mysteriously vanished. It wasn't until more than four years later that their decimated, skeletal remains were found on a remote Oklahoma mountainside, lying side-by-side, face down in the dirt, three miles from their abandoned truck. On Saturday their loved ones held a memorial for the family. The modest but emotional ceremony may have given their family and friends a scrap of comfort - but it did little to end their torment. They still have no real idea what happened to their loved ones in a case that has...
  • Oklahoma Governor: ICE Sent Us 1,200 Illegal Immigrant Children – Including 90 from India (Video)

    07/20/2014 3:01:34 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 21 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that the feds sent 1,200 illegal immigrant children to Oklahoma to hold for 120 days. 90 of those illegal children were from India. “Because they are children, we want them to be fed, and have appropriate medical care, certainly be safe within the facilities, and they’re segregated. But, one of the things I’ve heard since they’ve been there and it was reported while I was there actually, that there were not only El Salvadoran children, and Honduras, and Guatemala, but there were 90 children reported to be from India...
  • Cole: More Than Sanctions Needed To Stabilize Eastern Europe

    07/18/2014 12:17:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    kgou.org ^ | Brian Hardzinski
    The White House has called for an unimpeded international investigation into the Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine. U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says the suspected surface-to-air missile attack on the passenger plane shows that President Obama's announcement this week to impose more sanctions on Russia isn't enough to ease the conflict in Eastern Europe. “The Russians are probably as shocked about this as anybody else, and they know there's going to be some sort of response, not only from the United States, but probably from the broader European community as well," Cole says. "It's clear that pinprick sanctions aren't...
  • Okla. Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal

    07/15/2014 3:41:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | July 15, 2014
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools. ... Conservative groups maintained that the standards represented federal intrusion into Oklahoma's public education system, and Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law legislation repealing the standards last month.
  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine: Media Exacerbated Border Crisis by Amplifying Obama Amnesty Push

    07/15/2014 2:00:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) said the mainstream media, by promoting and amplifying President Barack Obama's calls for more amnesty, was also to blame for the flood of illegal immigrant children from Central America coming across the border. In a CNN appearance on Wednesday, Bridenstine, whom many conservatives wanted to replace Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), said that "crime is not worse" in Central America today than it was when he was a Navy pilot. He mentioned that he "did counter-illicit trafficking operations as a Navy pilot" and "was there just two years ago doing counter-illicit trafficking operations." "The only...
  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn to Newsmax: Illegal Minors Pawns in Obama's 'Game'

    07/15/2014 1:32:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Todd Beamon
    Thousands of illegal immigrant children who have been arrested for crossing the U.S. border are merely pawns "in a political game" by President Barack Obama, Rep. Marsha Blackburn charged to Newsmax on Saturday. "I find it just horrific that these children would be used for a political point," the Tennessee Republican said after touring a detention center at Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma. .... Blackburn spent about two hours at the Fort Sill center with Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who appeared on Newsmax TV on July 3 to tell "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner how he was denied access when...
  • Human Traffickers Are Asking HHS for Immigrant Children

    07/15/2014 2:03:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    asking Health and Human Services officials to hand over the children who have immigrated to the United States during the recent border surge, according to a congressman who toured a facility where the children are being housed. HHS is trying to release the children to sponsors in the United States, but those sponsors aren’t always parents. “There have been cases of people who have attempted to be sponsors actually being identified as associated with trafficking organizations,” Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla) told National Review Online after visiting a housing facility at Fort Sill. “And they kept saying ‘we’ll have to...
  • GOP Rep: 'We Don't Control the Southern Border,' Cartels Do

    07/15/2014 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 14, 2014
    In an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” on Monday, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) said that the southern border is controlled by Mexican criminal organizations and not the United States. Bridenstine stated “we don't control the southern border of the United States the way the law requires right now but the transnational criminal organizations in northern Mexico, they control the southern border on the south side of the border. If you pay them enough money you get into our country,” and that many illegals “remain illegal residents in perpetuity.”
  • These Republicans have said they are open to impeaching Obama

    07/10/2014 7:56:17 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | July 10, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Following Sarah Palin's exclusive column for Brietbart calling for President Obama's impeachment over the current border crisis, it may be a good time to point out other Republicans who are at least open to the idea of impeaching the president. Joni Ernst, Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Ernst said during a candidate forum in Montgomery County, Iowa, that Obama had “become a dictator” and needed to be reprimanded for his slew of executive actions. “I do think that yes, he should face those repercussions, and whether that's removal from office, whether that's impeachment...,” Ernst said. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Coburn, who's...
  • Inhofe: Obama showing disrespect to military by not visiting border

    07/10/2014 7:43:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Wednesday accused President Obama of disrespecting the nation’s military by not visiting the Texas border amid a surge in young migrants entering the U.S. illegally. The Pentagon has been temporarily housing at military bases several thousand of the approximately 52,000 unaccompanied children who have arrived from Central America in recent months. "President Obama’s failed policies and campaign tactics have driven the unprecedented flow of unaccompanied minors across the southern border. In response, he has turned to our military bases, like Ft. Sill in Oklahoma, for help with housing these children," said Inhofe, the ranking member...
  • The Obama Admin Forces Okla.To Overturn Anti-Sharia Bill & To Pay $303,333 To Muslims

    07/06/2014 6:53:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 61 replies
    gopthedailydose.com ^ | Posted on 27 May, 2014 by AmyElizabeth
    The US government has forced the state of Oklahoma to overturn its anti-Sharia bill, after a Muslim man named Muneer Awad sued the state for supposed violations against “freedom of religion.” CAIR also played a role in subverting the bill. Adam Soltani of CAIR said: Sharia is the moral code of conduct for Muslims, and that includes certain aspects of laws, like marital laws, divorce, inheritance, wills…it encompasses part of that, but it’s also the moral code of conduct The state of Oklahoma must now pay $303,333 to Awad for legal fees, costs and nontaxable expenses. The money is going...
  • Exorcist Speaks Out on Planned Oklahoma Black Mass

    07/05/2014 9:18:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 5, 2014 | John Burger
    Making “black masses” open to the public exposes people to serious evil, an exorcist warned this week in the wake of news that a satanic church plans to stage the ritual in a public venue in Oklahoma City. “You cannot attend such an event—even if one does so merely out of curiosity, and not with any firm desire to worship Satan—without being adversely affected,” the exorcist cautioned, in an exclusive interview with Aleteia. “The mere fact that this black mass in Oklahoma City will be public lends it a certain legitimacy, and I suspect that some people will go...
  • Oil industry's wastewater wells blamed for triggering Oklahoma quakes [liberal lies]

    07/04/2014 8:32:02 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 10 replies
    Fortune ^ | July 3, 2014, 2:06 PM EDT | Michael Casey
    ...the study provides the strongest evidence yet that the upsurge quakes in the past decade across Central and mid-America is at least partially to be blamed on humans. More than 300 earthquakes have occurred from 2010 to 2012 compared to an average rate of 21 every year from 1967 to 2000, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Most have ranged from 2.0 to 3.6 on the Richter scale but there have been exceptions, including a 5.6 event in central Oklahoma in November 2011 that destroyed 14 homes and injured two people.
  • Are you an author? Care to donate a book to a new, all-volunteer library?

    06/26/2014 4:57:32 PM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 10 replies
    June 26, 2014 | ChocChipCookie
    I am working on a project to collect as many books as possible for a new library that opened on May 21 in Tuttle, Oklahoma. Tuttle is a tiny town of about 6,000 people west of OKC. This library is operated and funded by volunteers. To my knowledge, they receive no public funding.The volunteers have worked incredibly hard to raise money for their location, books, and services. If you're an author, or know of one, this would be a great way to get your book(s) on library shelves. Tuttle Public Library 305 W Main Street Tuttle, OK 73089 http://www.tuttlelibrary.org/ I...
  • Mika ‘kicks around’ Sarah Palin while the Morning Joe men zone in on her T-shirt

    06/25/2014 2:39:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | June 25, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    The smarmy “Morning Joe” crew was having a grand time Wednesday morning mocking tea party candidate losses in Oklahoma and Mississippi on Tuesday, writing off the conservative groups that supported them. Former John McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt offered his take on the rough year the tea party is having. “When I was watching that, it just seemed like it had an American Idol, season thirteen feel to it,” he said. “You’re watching Ted Cruz in that video, it sounds like he’s talking about a TupperWare set coming with this.” “Sarah Palin sounded like she didn’t know who she was...
  • Inter-Faith Community Focuses On Emotional Well-Being Of Fort Sill Children

    06/24/2014 6:23:02 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    News On 6 ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | Havonnah Johnson, News On 6
    TULSA, Oklahoma - Members of Tulsa's Metropolitan Ministry held a community meeting Tuesday to talk about how Green Country can help with the hundreds of immigrant children being housed in Oklahoma. They said Tulsans are impacted by what's happening at Fort Sill. The governor called the housing of illegal immigrant children in Oklahoma an immigration crisis. Tulsa's Metropolitan Ministry said it's a humanitarian issue. Tuesday's meeting focused on the safety of the immigrant children."This is not a border security issue, these children are surrendering at the border to get out of harm's way," said Drew Diamond with the Jewish Federation...
  • [6-24-2014]Primary day: The 6 big questions

    06/24/2014 10:47:22 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    POLITICO.com ^ | 6/24/14 5:02 AM EDT | JAMES HOHMANN
    In a post-Eric Cantor world, anything seems possible. And Tuesday’s races in Mississippi, Oklahoma and New York offer fertile territory for upsets and surprises. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is the underdog in a runoff with state Sen. Chris McDaniel, and could end up the first Senate incumbent to lose this year. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) faces his toughest reelection challenge yet as he seeks a 23rd term. And Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) is trying to fend off a tea party-backed former state House speaker in the race for an open Oklahoma Senate seat. Colorado and Maryland also are holding primaries.
  • Poll: Lankford holds narrow lead over Shannon (Oklahoma alert)

    06/22/2014 11:56:25 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | June 22, 2014 | RANDY KREHBIEL
    Fifth District Congressman James Lankford held a narrow lead over former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon heading into the final week of their U.S. Senate primary campaign, according to the latest Oklahoma Poll. Lankford led Shannon 41 percent to 38 percent in a survey of 415 likely voters in Tuesday’s election. The survey was conducted June 14-18 by SoonerPoll.com and has a 4.81 percent margin of error. Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon was at 3 percent, with the other four candidates on Tuesday’s ballot totaling 2 percent. Sixteen percent were undecided. The poll results indicate a runoff between...
  • What does Oklahoma mean? (answer: red people....the state must change its name)

    06/19/2014 9:50:56 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 33 replies
    What does Oklahoma mean? Oklahoma is based on Choctaw Indian words which translate as red people (okla meaning "people" and humma meaning "red"). Recorded history for the name "Oklahoma" began with Spanish explorer Coronado in 1541 on his quest for the "Lost City of Gold." Oklahoma became the 46th state on November 16, 1907.
  • Drug Abuse News

    England has seen a 10% fall in the number of opiate and crack [the top 2 illicit drugs abused] users since 2005 with the largest reductions being seen in the last few years. This also includes a significant fall in the number of people injecting these drugs: from 93,401 in 2010 to 2011, to 87,302 in 2011 to 2012. THE DIFFERENCE: England approaches the issue as a "public health" issue. In the USA we approach substance abuse as a "legal" issue. Until we fund treatment adequately, attacking demand, law enforcement attempts to shrink supply will just make profit margins greater...
  • Sixteen Republican Senators Vote For Cloture On Gun Control Bill (Lamar Alexander, AYE!)

    06/17/2014 1:32:24 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 4/11/13
    Remember these sixteen names when they run for office again. The sixteen Republicans who voted to proceed were Sens. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Susan Collins (Maine). Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.). List courtesy The Hill.com. As reported by RedState yesterday, this bill would allow doctors to add a person’s name to the national database currently used for background checks, and list them as...
  • Oklahoma poised to become top oil producer, Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm says

    06/15/2014 9:04:06 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 39 replies
    newsok ^ | June 5, 2014 | Jay F. Marks
    Oklahoma poised to become top oil producer, Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm says Surging crude production in Oklahoma has the state on the verge of becoming the nation’s third-largest source of oil, according to officials at Continental Resources Inc. by Jay F. Marks Modified: June 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: June 5, 2014   Oklahoma is poised to cash in from the ongoing U.S. oil boom, according to one of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic.Continental Resources Inc. CEO Harold Hamm said tax incentives meant to encourage horizontal drilling have done their job, as Oklahoma’s oil production is...
  • Historic win for school choice in Oklahoma

    06/13/2014 6:11:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Mike Turner
    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can threaten us all he wants; we’re finished with Common Core in Oklahoma. Last week Governor Mary Fallin made it official, signing into law legislation repealing the law’s impact on our state’s education standards. As a state representative, I was proud to have voted to stop Common Core. As a conservative, I’m outraged I had to in the first place. We need to be standing up for school choice, not whitewashing standards that are better for bureaucrats than parents and children. At any rate, the Obama administration is none too happy with us. “We partner...
  • Ted Cruz Spikes the Ball

    06/13/2014 6:01:35 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 4:42 p.m. ET | Allysia Finley
    Ted Cruztook a victory lap of sorts this week after Eric Cantor's primary defeat. And why shouldn't he? The junior senator from Texas helped fuel the anti-establishment furies that devoured the House majority leader. "This election should be a reminder to all in Congress—Republicans and Democrats alike—that the conservative base is alive and well, and the American people will hold us all accountable," said Mr. Cruz. "Each of us needs to do what we said we would do and tell the truth." If this sounds like a threat, that's because it is.Mr. Cruz is wont to criticize Republican politicians who...
  • Oklahomans react to law requiring classes for divorcing parents

    06/12/2014 10:24:43 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 81 replies
    KOCO ^ | 06/11/2014 | Brian Shlonsky
    OKLAHOMA CITY —Oklahomans filing for divorce will now have to go through an extra step if they have kids. Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill last week that requires married couples who have children younger than 18 to pay for and attend classes before they can split. Those classes will cost anywhere between $15 and $60 and will teach parents about the impact divorce will have on the kids. Many Oklahoma residents have mixed feelings about the new law. “I don’t think it’s a bad idea, but I just don’t agree with people have to go to classes,” Linda Fuller...
  • States Ditch Common Core - The ObamaCare Of Education

    06/11/2014 3:40:08 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 11, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Education: Oklahoma joins South Carolina and Indiana in opposing one-size-fits-all U.S. education standards that have turned schools into leftist re-education camps, with political statements masquerading as instruction. Not as much attention has been paid to Common Core as has been paid to ObamaCare. But like the faux Greek columns in Denver at Barack Obama's nomination in 2008, they were supposed to be the twin pillars of his legacy. Both, however, are fake promises, Trojan horses for government control of key sectors of American society and our economy. Five years ago, 46 states gave up a big chunk of their sovereignty...
  • Arne Duncan Threatens Entire State Of Oklahoma Because State Backed Out Of Common Core

    06/10/2014 8:48:03 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/10/2014 | Eric Owens
    Thursday marked a high point for opponents of Common Core, as Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation making her state the third to ditch the national educational standards. In a press briefing at the White House on Monday, though, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan struck back by vaguely suggesting that the federal government may now punish Oklahoma. Duncan asserted that “40 percent of high school graduates” in Oklahoma “have to take remedial classes when they go to college” and only “25 percent of Oklahoma’s eighth-graders in math are proficient.” The Obama administration education chief declared that the Common Core Standards...
  • A Company Has Designed A Bulletproof Blanket To Protect Kids During School Shootings

    06/09/2014 8:52:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | June 9, 2014 | Tasneem Nashrulla
    An Oklahoma company has designed a bullet-resistant blanket that’s designed to protect children and teachers in the event of a school shooting. The Bodyguard Blanket, made by ProTecht, is a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad that the company says is made from the same materials used by the U.S. military. Steve Walker, a podiatrist who conceptualized the blanket, told The Oklahoman that the idea came to him after two tragedies: the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the tornadoes in Oklahoma. He said the idea was to “stop that blunt-force trauma when that rubble is falling down on a child.” The...
  • HHS loses mandate case in Oklahoma federal court to 200 Catholic employers

    06/07/2014 11:14:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The real stage for the HHS contraception mandate will be the Supreme Court, where arguments have already been heard on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga cases involving private-sector secular employers. The fight still continues in lower courts, however, and also in regard to religious employers. In Oklahoma, a federal judge issued an injunction on Wednesday blocking enforcement on more than 200 Catholic employers and thousands of parishes, thanks to a lawsuit filed in March by the Catholic Benefits Association. It is one of the few class-action suits being brought against the contraception mandate: A government attorney declined to comment...
  • Oklahoma Dumps Common Core as Dominoes Fall

    06/06/2014 4:45:16 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 27 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 June 2014 | Alex Newman
    Oklahoma Dumps Common Core as Dominoes Fall In a major victory for opponents of the deeply controversial Common Core, Oklahoma officially dumped the education standards.
  • Oklahoma House Seeks to Impeach Half of Their Liberal Supreme Court

    06/02/2014 1:55:20 PM PDT · by SgtHooper · 26 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Two Oklahoma death row inmates (whose crimes both involved the brutal rape and murder of children) sued the government in order to find out the source of the drugs used in the lethal injection that they would receive. After the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals gave the go-ahead for the executions, the state’s Supreme Court granted an indefinite appeal to the inmates. However, an Oklahoma House member drafted a resolution to impeach the justices who granted the stay, precipitating a 180 degree turnaround by the OK Supreme Court. From The Guardian: The Oklahoma supreme court has dissolved its stay of...
  • Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Takes On EPA, Federal/State Bureaucracy

    05/30/2014 6:24:34 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 May 2014 | William F. Jasper
    Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Takes On EPA, Federal/State Bureaucracy Like many state and local officials across the country who are struggling against federal EPA regulations that are strangling their economies, Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello is frustrated — and fed up. The New American 30 May 2014 Like many state and local officials across the country who are struggling against federal EPA regulations that are strangling their economies, Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello (shown) is frustrated — and fed up. “They are shutting down a perfectly good [Oklahoma] coal plant,” Commissioner Costello told The New American. “They’re shutting...
  • Oklahoma Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill That Closed Numerous Abortion Clinics in Texas

    05/29/2014 5:33:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed the bill that requires abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when an abortion is done on an unborn baby. When the state of Texas clamped down on abortion clinics that could not follow basic health and safety standards and failed to ensure abortion practitioners had admitting privileges at local hospitals in cases where women are injured in botched abortions, abortion clinics closed down because they couldn’t comply. As many as 20 Texas abortion clinics have closed or stopping doing abortions. oklalogo4Now, Oklahoma is following suit. The...
  • Oklahoma: Man dies after acquiring Heartland virus

    05/27/2014 8:50:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 7:10 PM EDT | Tim Talley
    An Oklahoma man has died after acquiring the Heartland virus, making him the second person in the U.S. to die after coming down with the illness, state health officials said Tuesday. The state Department of Health released few details but said the man was from Delaware County in northeast Oklahoma, was over the age of 65 and died recently from complications of the virus, which is found in the lone star tick and is likely spread through tick bites. The virus was first identified in 2009, in Missouri. …
  • Oil companies say new federal regulations on Southwest bird has halted drilling in Kansas

    05/24/2014 11:07:55 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 24 ,2014 | Joseph Weber
    Oil companies say a weeks-old Obama administration ruling that protects a Southwestern prairie bird has already halted oil-drilling operations in Kansas and is costing the U.S. economy tens of millions of dollars, as a GOP congressmen suggests the move is another “job-killing” attack on fossil fuel. The decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that was announced in late March and took effect May 1 includes a provision that should allow federal officials and landowners in the five impacted states -- Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas -- to manage conservation efforts. But oil producers say the interim...
  • The “Cowardly” Senate Leaders Employ Another Budget Gimmick (McConnell, Cornyn, Boehner)

    04/01/2014 7:07:36 AM PDT · by xzins · 16 replies
    Red State ^ | April 1st, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Here is exhibit A of why we don’t trust current Senate leadership to do the right thing if they were to win back the majority; they refuse to block new spending when in the minority. Last week, House leadership decided to pass the “doc fix” bill (H.R. 4302) by voice vote. This bill reimburses healthcare providers for the scheduled 24 percent cut in payments for services rendered to Medicare patients. The bill extends the payments through next March. It also continues some new programs created under Obamacare. They used a hodgepodge of tenuous offsets spread out mainly over the next...
  • Rand Paul tops 2014 campaigns’ wish list

    05/19/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Titus
    Challengers see themselves in the Texas senator, even in races where their odds of an upset are considered steeper than Cruz’s surprise victory over a GOP establishment figure two years ago. He’s made endorsements in the Oklahoma and Nebraska Senate races, plus the Nebraska gubernatorial race, and sent almost $26,000 to federal candidates through his leadership PAC. “Ted Cruz would be extremely helpful as an endorser and a fundraiser,” said C. Edmund Wright, a consultant to longshot South Carolina Senate hopeful Lee Bright, in an email. “Rand Paul and Mike Lee would be great also.” But, he said, “the reason...
  • U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is either a liar or pathetically ignorant on tax reform!

    05/10/2014 2:53:46 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 16 replies
    5/10/14 | johnwk
    SEE: Bridenstine: Repeal the 16th Amendment ”U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the 16th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which allows the federal government to levy the income tax.” Wrong Mr. Bridenstien! The 16th Amendment does not allow the federal government to levy an “income tax”. In fact, the phrase “income tax” does not even appear in the 16th Amendment, and the power to levy an income tax was exercised long before the 16th Amendment was adopted! The first so called “income tax” is found in An Act to...
  • Video: Okla. Suspects Swap Meth Mouth-to-Mouth in Back of Cruiser

    05/14/2014 5:41:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    PoliceOne ^ | May 14, 2014 | Tim Hudson
    Suspects took the baggies and "exchanged a kiss" to pass the drugs from one to anotherTwo local men were being held on bond after an incident in which they attempted to destroy evidence in the back of a police car. Arrested in the incident was Derek Nicholas Bock, 33, on charges of possession of amphetamine, failure to yield from stop sign and destroying evidence, and Timothy Wayne Povlick, 35, on charges of failure to appear, possession of amphetamine and destroying evidence. According to the case's probable cause affidavit, around 2:16 a.m. on April 25 Bartlesville Police Department officers stopped a...
  • Ok Sen: T.W. Shannon Leads Lankford In Head-To-Head Battle

    05/09/2014 7:43:13 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/9/14 | Tony Lee
    Another Oklahoma Senate poll released on Wednesday has former conservative House Speaker T.W. Shannon with a slight lead over Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), the more moderate candidate in the nation's most conservative state who once led by 35 points before former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Shannon.
  • Oklahoma Initiative Would Make Pot a Legal, Exportable Cash Crop

    05/08/2014 4:17:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | May 8, 2014 | Steven Nelson
    Marijuana reform advocates hope Oklahoma will live up to its nickname – the Sooner State – by becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to both legalize cannabis for personal use and allow it to be exported as a cash crop. In the best-case scenario for pro-pot campaigners, there will be two initiatives on the November ballot: One that would allow medical marijuana and another more far-reaching initiative that would comprehensively dismantle status quo pot policies. The medical marijuana initiative is further along. On May 18 supporters will begin collecting the required 155,216 signatures for ballot access – if opponents do not...
  • Oklahoma Delays Man's Execution By Six Months After Botched Effort On Fellow Inmate

    05/08/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 9 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 8, 2014 | Josh Lowenstien
    In the wake of an execution that left a prisoner dying of a painful heart attack, Oklahoma is delaying lethal injection for another man so that the matter can be fully investigated. Oklahoma's attorney general today said that he'd put off the execution of convicted murderer and rapist Charles Warner so that the state can finish looking into what led to the botched execution of prisoner Clayton Lockett, The New York Times reports. The mix of drugs Lockett was given last week left him awake during the second and third rounds of chemicals designed to stop breathing and then the...
  • Satanic group reveals crowdfunded monument for Oklahoma State Capitol

    05/08/2014 7:06:29 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 23 replies
    The Verge ^ | 5/3/14 | Dante D'Orazio
    A Satanist statue cast in bronze is just months away from completion, and activists hope that it will find a home on the lawn of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Ultimately, the statue — which features the seven-foot tall, horned figure of Baphomet fawned upon by two exultant children — is intended to stand directly next to a highly controversial monument of the ten commandments that was donated by a state legislator in 2012 and subsequently placed on the grounds of the Capitol. The Baphomet figure, complete with a goat head, angel wings, and a beard, comes from a recently-formed New...
  • Record Number of Oklahoma Tremors Raises Possibility of Damaging Earthquakes

    05/07/2014 11:47:50 AM PDT · by topher · 15 replies
    USGS ^ | Originally Released: 10/22/2013 1:07:59 PM; Updated May 2, 2014 | Author: Updated USGS-Oklahoma Geological Survey Joint Statement on Oklahoma Earthquakes
    The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased remarkably since October 2013 – by about 50 percent – significantly increasing the chance for a damaging magnitude 5.5 or greater quake in central Oklahoma. View map of Oklahoma seismicity. View animation of Oklahoma Seismicity. A new U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey analysis found that 145 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater occurred in Oklahoma from January 2014 (through May 2; see accompanying graphic). The previous annual record, set in 2013, was 109 earthquakes, while the long-term average earthquake rate, from 1978 to 2008, was just two magnitude 3.0...
  • Pro-gun group leads revolt; OK House overrided governor's veto

    05/06/2014 8:27:11 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 6 replies
    Oklahoma Watchdog ^ | 05/01/14 | Patrick B. McGuigan
    The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted last night, 87-3, to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of a measure supported by Second Amendment advocates. The state Senate has not yet scheduled an override attempt. Leading the charge for the override was the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association and founder-president Tim Gillespie. In lockstep with the group, at least on this issue, was the legislative Democrat most likely to oppose Fallin in the November general election. In an interview with Oklahoma Watchdog, Gillespie said the legislation was certainly not, as the governor said in her veto messages, of “no significant interest” to Oklahomans....
  • Rare Earthquake Warning Issued for Oklahoma

    05/05/2014 1:09:24 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 52 replies
    Live Science ^ | 05/05/14 | Becky Oskin
    Mile for mile, there are almost as many earthquakes rattling Oklahoma as California this year. This major increase in seismic shaking led to a rare earthquake warning today (May 5) from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Oklahoma Geological Survey. In a joint statement, the agencies said the risk of a damaging earthquake — one larger than magnitude 5.0 — has significantly increased in central Oklahoma.
  • Swarm of Earthquakes in Oklahoma [past 30 days

    05/05/2014 12:17:43 PM PDT · by topher · 23 replies
    USGS Hazards [Earthquakes] ^ | 5-5-2014 | Vanity
    The URL shows the swarm of small earthquakes in Oklahoma. I have not heard any explanation for these. The URL lists all 2.5+ earthquakes in the past 30 days. There is one just across the border in Kansas... According to USGS, there are 123 Earthquakes in the past 30 days in the Oklahoma area. These are all very small earthquakes or better termed tremors.
  • Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?

    04/18/2014 3:33:09 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 74 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 4/16/14
    It used to be that if you went to a college-level debate tournament, the students you’d see would be bookish future lawyers from elite universities, most of them white. In matching navy blazers, they’d recite academic arguments for and against various government policies. It was tame, predictable, and, frankly, boring. No more. These days, an increasingly diverse group of participants has transformed debate competitions, mounting challenges to traditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics. These “alternative-style” debaters have achieved success, too, taking top honors at national collegiate tournaments over the past few years. But this...
  • College Wins US Debate Championship By Repeating the N-Word Over and Over, Speaking Incomprehensibly

    05/05/2014 9:10:09 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 52 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/5/14 | Aurelius
    ...Towson University won the 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association's national championship. Towson defeated the University of Oklahoma. What was Towson's strategy? Inexplicably using the N-word over and over again in an incomprehensible tirade. Here is an actual excerpt (with profanity redacted). See if you are able to tell what Towson is arguing in favor or against: They say the n*****s always already qu***, that's exactly the point! It means the impact is that the that the is the impact term, uh, to the afraid, uh, the, that it is a case term to the affirmative because, we, uh, we're saying...