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  • Inmates set for execution in Oklahoma seek firing squad over potentially painful alternative

    01/11/2022 10:27:11 AM PST · by MAGA2017 · 57 replies
    AP ^ | 1/11/22 | Sean Murphy
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Oklahoma death row inmates facing executions in the coming months offered firing squad as a less problematic alternative to the state's three-drug lethal injection, one of their attorneys told a federal judge on Monday. The two inmates — Donald Grant and Gilbert Postelle — want U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot to grant them a temporary injunction that would delay their upcoming executions until a trial can be held over whether Oklahoma's three-drug lethal injection method is constitutional. A trial is set to begin before Friot on Feb. 28, but Grant is scheduled to be put to...
  • 3 arrested in scheme to steal thousands of undelivered Amazon packages

    01/06/2022 1:11:59 AM PST · by blueplum · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | 05 January 2021 | Mark Lungariello
    Three people ran a scheme to steal thousands of undelivered Amazon packages but were busted by cops after they dumped hundreds of boxes in Oklahoma, authorities said. One man accused in what the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office called a “massive Amazon theft ring” was apparently a third-party delivery driver for the company who may have loaded extra pallets on a truck, cops said. The stolen packages were taken to a home in Luther... some still wrapped on pallets, cops said..."...stored throughout the home in almost every room and filled the storm shelter..."

    12/02/2021 12:14:37 PM PST · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | December 1, 2021 | Aidan Johnston
    In response to the recent tragedy in Oakland County, Michigan, what did the anti-gunners do? Following their standard course of action, they are politicizing the deaths of four high school teens in an attempt to undermine your constitutionally-protected rights. In fact, bowing to the will of their far-Left overlords, anti-gun senators are bringing H.R. 8 to the Senate floor—which is a bill to institute Universal Background Registration Checks (UBCs). And to make matters worse, they are trying to do this by unanimous consent—without an actual vote. Please, contact your Senators and make sure they know you’re opposed to H.R. 8...
  • 15 Republican Governors Launch ‘Operation Open Road’ to Fix Supply Chain Snarl

    11/27/2021 5:14:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Association of Mature American Citizens ^ | November 24, 2021 | The Epoch Times
    Fifteen Republican governors, led by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, have launched “Operation Open Road,” an initiative that seeks to ease the U.S. supply chain crunch through a range of state and federal measures, including calling on the Biden administration to remove “burdensome” regulations on the trucking industry and to suspend President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for private employers. Lee announced the start of the operation in a statement on Nov. 22, the same day that he signed an executive order (pdf) deregulating critical trucking functions in Tennessee. “Republican governors across the country have committed to doing everything we can to...
  • Oklahoma senator files ‘Kyle’s Law’ to compensate “victims of malicious prosecution”

    11/26/2021 7:23:47 AM PST · by DoodleBob · 44 replies
    KFOR ^ | November 23, 2021 | Kaylee Douglas
    OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – One Oklahoma Senator has filed legislation, called Kyle’s Law, to compensate defendants for ‘malicious prosecution’, following the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, today filed Senate Bill 1120. Under Dahm’s legislation, if a person is charged with murder but is found not guilty due to justifiable homicide, the state would have to reimburse the defendant for all reasonable costs, including loss of wages, legal fees incurred, and other expenses involved in their defense. Dahm says this bill was inspired by the recent trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse was recently acquitted of all charges...
  • CVS, Walmart and Walgreens fueled opioid crisis, US jury finds

    11/25/2021 8:16:36 AM PST · by Lowell1775 · 87 replies
    The Guardian - UK ^ | 23 Nov 2021 | Staff
    Three retail pharmacy chains recklessly distributed vast amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said on Tuesday, in a verdict that could set the tone for US city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis. Lake and Trumbull counties blamed pharmacies operated by CVS, Walgreens and Walmart for not stopping the flood of pills that caused hundreds of overdose deaths and cost each of the two counties about $1bn, their attorney said.
  • Julius Jones death row sentence commuted, changed to life without parole

    11/18/2021 4:58:48 PM PST · by Coronal · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 18, 2021 | Juju Chang, Jake Lefferman, Candace Smith, and Haley Yamada
    After spending the past 20 years fighting for his life on death row, Julius Jones' sentence was commuted to life without the possibility of parole hours before he was scheduled to be executed, according to the Oklahoma governor's office. "After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of this case, I have determined to commute Julius Jones' sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole," Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a statement released Thursday. Last week, a federal appeals court rejected Jones' final appeal, which meant the decision to spare his life lay only with Stitt,...
  • High-profile Execution looms in Oklahoma

    11/18/2021 6:25:39 AM PST · by RandFan · 35 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 18 | By SEAN MURPHY
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Students at high schools across Oklahoma City walked out of their classes. Prayer vigils were held at the state Capitol, and barricades were erected outside the governor’s mansion. Even Baker Mayfield, quarterback for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, weighed in on Oklahoma’s highest-profile execution in decades. Julius Jones, 41, who has maintained his innocence for more than two decades, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday at the State Penitentiary in McAlester for the 1999 slaying of Paul Howell, a businessman in the affluent Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. Mayfield, a Heisman Trophy winner from the...
  • Pentagon Responds to Oklahoma National Guard’s Rejections of Vaccine Mandate

    11/15/2021 9:23:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 11/15/2021 | Jack Phillips
    The Department of Defense (DOD) has indicated that it will respond to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt after his state’s National Guard suggested that it would reject a Pentagon COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all service members.“We are aware of the memo issued by the Oklahoma Adjutant General regarding COVID vaccination for Guardsmen and the governor’s letter requesting exemption. We will respond to the governor appropriately,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement to media outlets on Nov. 13.Without elaborating on how the DOD would respond, Kirby said Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “believes that a vaccinated force is a more...
  • Pentagon says Oklahoma National Guard must follow vaccine mandate

    11/15/2021 5:29:54 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/15/2021 | Ellen Mitchell
    The Pentagon can require Oklahoma National Guard members to get the COVID-19 vaccine, despite the state’s highest-ranking military official insisting he will not mandate that members be inoculated, the Defense Department’s top spokesman said Monday. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “has the authorities he needs to require this vaccine across the force, including the National Guard,” press secretary John Kirby told reporters. “It is a lawful order for National Guardsmen to receive the COVID vaccine. It is a lawful order,” Kirby later said. “Refusing to do that, absent an approved exemption, puts them in the same potential [for punishment] as active-duty...
  • Texas lawmaker uncovers secret operation to move migrants across the US, house them in abandoned hotels

    11/15/2021 11:42:23 AM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/15/2021 | Nikolas Lanum |
    The migrants were reportedly given packets on how to get past TSA and enroll kids in schools.. Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, said Monday that he has uncovered a secret operation by nonprofits to house and move migrants within the United States, providing them with a packet on how to navigate and assimilate into the country. During an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Monday, Gooden said that he was contacted by a whistleblower from San Diego who provided him with details on the kind of information the nonprofit groups were providing to the migrants. The Texas representative subsequently hopped on a...
  • Hospital System That Operates in 19 States Blocked From Firing Workers Over Vaccine Mandate: Oklahoma AG

    11/14/2021 8:53:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 11/14/2021 | Jack Phillips
    Oklahoma was granted a temporary restraining order that blocks Ascension Healthcare from terminating employees who were denied religious exemptions from the firm’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor had filed for a restraining order against the company’s requirement. On the night of Nov. 12, a Tulsa district judge granted the request, according to the O’Connor’s office.“This evening, the Tulsa District Court granted the State’s Application for Temporary Restraining Order in our case to keep Ascension Healthcare from carrying out its plan to fire employees who were unfairly denied religious exemptions from their nationwide COVID-19 vaccination mandate,” the Republican attorney...
  • Court Blocks Hospital from Firing Unvaccinated Employees

    11/14/2021 2:24:44 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 46 replies
    OKLAHOMA CITY – In a move to protect Oklahoma’s frontline healthcare heroes from religious discrimination, the State of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit on Friday to block Ascension Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest healthcare networks, from carrying out its plan to fire employees who have been denied religious exemptions from Ascension’s nationwide COVID-19 vaccination mandate. In court filings, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office of Civil Rights Enforcement says it began an investigation into Ascension Healthcare after receiving several civil rights complaints. In reviewing the complaints, the attorney general says it determined the hospital system was summarily denying religious exemption requests...
  • Oklahoma Defies Pentagon, Halts Vaccine Mandate for National Guardsmen

    11/13/2021 6:35:38 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 4 replies ^ | Nov 13, 2021 | Allen Zhong
    The Oklahoma National Guard’s newly appointed commander declined to implement the COVID-19 vaccine mandate ordered by the Department of Defense (DoD). “I hereby order that no Oklahoma Guardsmen be required to take the COVID-19 Vaccine, notwithstanding any other Federal requirement. Oklahoma Command’s will continue to process Federal vaccine waivers in accordance with DoD policy. Additionally, no negative administrative or legal action will be taken against Guardsmen who refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino wrote in a policy memorandum issued on Nov. 11, 2021. Oklahoma Gov. J. Kevin Stitt has asked U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for waivers...
  • Stitt names new Oklahoma National Guard commander, gives no reason for change

    11/13/2021 12:43:27 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 46 replies ^ | November 10, 2021 | Elizabeth Caldwell
    Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday named Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino the new adjutant general for Oklahoma and commander of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard. Mancino had been assistant adjutant general for the Oklahoma Army National Guard since September 2019 and has been a Guard member for 35 years. "I am pleased to promote General Mancino to this new role,” Stitt said in a news release announcing the appointment. “He is a steady leader, a strategic thinker, an effective communicator and he is the perfect choice to lead the Oklahoma National Guard." Mancino served on the Governor's Solution Task...
  • Pentagon to respond "appropriately" after Oklahoma National Guard says it won't follow COVID-19 vaccine mandate

    11/13/2021 12:31:11 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 54 replies
    axion via ^ | November 13, 2021 | Erin Doherty
    The Department of Defense will respond "appropriately" to a decision this week by the Oklahoma National Guard to rescind the Pentagon's requirement for service members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Driving the news: "We are aware of the memo issued by the Oklahoma Adjutant General regarding COVID vaccination for Guardsmen and the governor’s letter requesting exemption. We will respond to the governor appropriately," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Axios in a statement. "That said, Secretary Austin believes that a vaccinated force is a more ready force. That is why he has ordered mandatory vaccines for the total force, and that...
  • Republican Oklahoma governor orders halt to nonbinary birth certificates

    11/12/2021 9:55:00 PM PST · by blueplum · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 November 2021 | JORDAN WILLIAMS
    Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed an executive order on Monday halting the state from issuing nonbinary birth certificates. The order mandates the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to “cease amending birth certificates” in any way that is inconsistent with state law, and to “remove from its website any reference to amending birth certificates” that doesn’t align with state law. Stitt further urged the Oklahoma state legislature to “immediately pass legislation that will clarify, to the extent necessary, that changes in sex or gender on a birth certificate, or a designation of non-binary is contrary to Oklahoma law.”
  • Oklahoma National Guard Defies Pentagon, Won’t Impose COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

    11/12/2021 6:28:31 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    Just the News ^ | Susan Katz Keating
    “No Oklahoma Guardsman will be required to take the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino wrote in a Thursday memo.The newly installed head of the Oklahoma National Guard has ordered that troops under his command will not be forced to comply with the Pentagon's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the armed forces. “No Oklahoma Guardsman will be required to take the COVID-19 Vaccine,” Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino wrote in a Thursday memo. The memo was at odds with a Defense Department directive that the "total force" - including the National Guard - must be vaccinated against COVID-19.Mancino...
  • OK: OSBI: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder during home invasion in Pushmataha County

    11/06/2021 4:21:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | November 2, 2021 | KOCO Staff
    PUSHMATAHA COUNTY, Okla. — A homeowner shot and killed an accused intruder over the weekend in southeastern Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Just after 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the OSBI after a home invasion turned shooting near the intersection of County Road 4330 and Highway 147. Officials say 25-year-old Shawn Blake Watts arrived at a residence on North 4327 Lane, entered the home and assaulted the homeowner. During the ongoing assault, the homeowner retrieved a pistol and shot Watts, according to authorities. After being transported to Pushmataha Hospital...
  • Death Row Inmate Convulses, Vomits in 3rd Consecutively Botched Oklahoma Execution

    10/29/2021 1:14:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 28, 2021 | Patrick Reilly
    After a five-year moratorium, the state of Oklahoma botched its third consecutive execution on Thursday when convict John Marion Grant died after convulsing and vomiting all over himself following a lethal injection, according to witnesses. Grant, 60, was convicted of murdering prison guard Gay Carter on Friday the 13th in November of 1998 after he stabbed her 16 times with a shank knife while he was serving sentences for robbery and illegal firearm charges. Almost immediately after he was injected, Grant experienced two dozen full body convulsions and began vomiting all over himself, according to Associated Press reporter Sean Murphy,...