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  • Oklahoma judge already facing wild Texas road rage shooting charges similarly accused of drive-by shooting at his brother-in-law’s house with gun he later reported stolen

    05/19/2024 10:22:04 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Law &Crime ^ | 5/13/24 | Matt Laham
    An Oklahoma judge already facing a felony case in Texas in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting and road rage crash now faces an indictment for allegedly perpetrating a drive-by shooting at his brother in-law’s house in the Sooner State. Investigators said the victim was stopped at a traffic light and Lovell “nearly” pushed her car “into cross traffic.” After his arrest, the judge allegedly claimed not to remember anything about the shooting but acknowledged rear-ending the other driver who “cut him off.” Cops said he “did not admit the collisions were intentional,” though. Read the Oklahoma indictment here. The...
  • Who is Paul Bondar, running to unseat Tom Cole? We found him.

    05/14/2024 11:09:59 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 5 replies
    KFOR ^ | 5/11/24 | Spencer Humphrey
    Political newcomer Paul Bondar is running to unseat incumbent Congressman Tom Cole in the Republican primary for Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District this June. Bondar’s campaign purchased ad time on Oklahoma television stations. This week, the ads began airing. Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole becomes chair of House Appropriations Committee “Paul Bondar is a successful businessman, devout Christian, and Trump Republican,” a narrator proclaims in Bondar’s ad. “Tom Cole voted with Democrats for billions in new deficit spending. Paul Bondar opposes new federal spending.”
  • Oklahoma man with ammo in Turks and Caicos airport faces 12 years in prison: 'Risk of losing everything'

    04/24/2024 4:26:50 PM PDT · by Reno89519 · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 24, 2024 | Audrey Conklin
    An Oklahoma man is facing up to 12 years in prison for having ammunition in his carry-on bag at a Turks and Caicos airport, according to a GoFundMe page for his family. Ryan and Valerie Watson, the parents of two young children, were flying home from their island vacation, where they were celebrating a friend's 40th birthday, on April 12 when they were arrested at the airport. "They had their lives turned upside down when they tried to return home, as local airport security found four rounds of ammunition unknowingly left in a duff[le]bag from a deer hunting trip," a...
  • Rebranding DEI: How Colleges Are Getting Around State Bans

    04/13/2024 6:28:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 13, 2024 | John Sexton
    University of Texas which was laying off around 60 employees in order to belatedly comply with a state law prohibiting DEI. I say belatedly because the law in question took effect at the beginning of the year but it seems UT's first reaction wasn't to get rid of DEI offices and employees but instead to simply rebrand them. For instance, at the University of Texas the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement was renamed the Division of Campus and Community Engagement. But one of the authors of SB 17, the Texas DEI prohibition, caught wind of what was happening and...
  • Voters in Enid, Oklahoma, oust city council member with ties to white nationalism

    04/02/2024 7:10:22 PM PDT · by Coronal · 14 replies
    AP News ^ | April 2, 2024
    <p>ENID, Oklahoma (AP) — Voters in the northwest Oklahoma city of Enid ousted a city council member with ties to white nationalism, according to unofficial results posted Tuesday on the Oklahoma Election Board website.</p><p>With all four precincts reporting in Enid’s Ward 1, results show voters chose to recall 42-year-old Judd Blevins. They instead selected Cheryl Patterson, a grandmother and longtime youth leader at an area church, to fill the seat.</p>
  • Video: Oklahoma woman interrogated by FBI over Facebook posts, agent says he grills Americans about social media posts 'every day'

    04/01/2024 7:53:14 AM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 30, 2024 | Paul Sacca
    Video shows an Oklahoma woman being interrogated by FBI agents regarding her social media posts, according to her lawyer. One of the alleged FBI agents is seen on video admitting to grilling Americans about social media posts "every day, all day long." Rolla Abdeljawad was reportedly confronted by FBI agents at her home in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Abdeljawad uploaded video of the alleged encounter with government agents on her Facebook. Abdeljawad asked the agents for their credentials, but they refused. The agents would not provide the woman with their names when asked. The FBI agents allegedly interrogated Abdeljawad over her posts...
  • Mayhem on the Prairie: Chinese gangsters rule the illicit marijuana trade in Oklahoma

    03/25/2024 4:11:40 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 45 replies
    City News Tulsa ^ | 3/25/24 | Todd Shannon
    It may seem like a surprise to many that there could be a confrontation between Chinese gangsters at a marijuana farm on the Oklahoma prairie.But it is a reality that has been commonplace in Oklahoma since legislators opened the state up to the medicalmarijuana business. As of January 2022, there hadn't been widely reported cases of Chinese gangsters specifically involved in the Oklahoma marijuana business. However, it's important to note that organized crime groups often exploit vulnerabilities in various industries, including the cannabis market. Here are some ways in which organized crime groups, including those with Chinese connections, might become...
  • GOP senators blast Biden’s proposed $110 billion tax hikes on oil, gas and coal

    03/22/2024 9:45:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    The Center Square ^ | 21 March 2024 | By Bethany Blankley
    (The Center Square) – Two dozen Republican U.S. senators are pushing back against the Biden administration's plan to increase taxes on the U.S. oil, natural gas and coal industries to the tune of over $110 billion. U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., led a coalition of 24 senators expressing “grave concern regarding the administration's continued hostility towards American energy production.” In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, they wrote, “America's working families and small businesses are facing immense challenges including high energy prices. At the same time, our allies and partners across the globe are asking for reliable American...
  • A small city in Oklahoma elected a white nationalist. Will it be able to vote him out?

    03/18/2024 5:16:43 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03 14 2024 | Brandy Zadrozny
    The photo of Judd Blevins was unmistakable. In it, Blevins, bearded and heavyset, held a tiki torch on the University of Virginia campus, on the eve of Unite the Right, a 2017 coming-together of the nation’s neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. Connie Vickers had found the photo online along with others showing Blevins marching alongside an angry mob — a crowd of men recorded throughout the night spitting and shouting “Jews will not replace us!” Vickers had it enlarged at a local print and copy shop. On a January night in 2023, she and Nancy Presnall, best friends, retirees and...
  • Over 140,000 Farms Lost in 5 Years

    03/11/2024 8:13:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    American Farm Bureau Federation ^ | MAR 07, 2024 | Daniel Munch
    Between 2017 and 2022, the number of farms in the U.S. declined by 141,733 or 7%.. Acres operated by farm operations during the same timeframe declined by 20.1 million (2.2%), a loss equivalent to an area about the size of Maine. Only 1.88% of acres operated and 1% of farm operations were classified under a non-family corporate farm structure. ... USDA defines a farm as an operation that produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products during the census year. While the number of farm operations and acres operated declined, the value of agricultural...
  • After Nex Benedict’s death, LGBTQ youth group saw 200% rise in crisis contacts from Oklahoma

    03/08/2024 7:53:22 AM PST · by Salman · 19 replies
    NBC ^ | March 7, 2024 | Jo Yurcaba
    A national LGBTQ youth nonprofit group said crisis calls from Oklahoma more than tripled in the weeks after transgender student Nex Benedict died there on Feb. 8. Lance Preston, founder of the Indianapolis-based Rainbow Youth Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization, said the group’s crisis hotline for LGBTQ young people received 1,097 contacts, including calls and online messages, from Oklahoma in February — an increase of more than 200% from its monthly average of 350 contacts. The group received just under 1,000 of those contacts after Feb. 16, when Nex’s death began to receive widespread media attention. Of...
  • REVEALED: Chinese gangs are behind THOUSANDS of illegal weed farms across the US - sparking fears that CCP could become new cannabis kingpins

    03/03/2024 5:01:29 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 45 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03 03 2024 | Miles Dilworth and Will Potter
    Chinese gangs have set up thousands of illicit weed farms across the US as they begin to challenge Mexican cartels for supremacy as America's cannabis kingpins. Authorities in Oklahoma, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Maine have all been battling a surge in Chinese weed farms, with some thought to be linked to criminal gangs known as 'triads'. The spread is seemingly uncontainable, with police in Penobscot County, Maine, last week arresting three Chinese nationals at a weed farm and seizing 40 pounds of the drug alongside $4,700 in cash. It is thought to be one of around 270 illegal weed...
  • The U.S. just sold its helium stockpile. Here’s why the medical world is worried.

    01/26/2024 6:15:56 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 62 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/25/2024 | Caroline Hopkins
    On Thursday, the U.S. government sold the Federal Helium Reserve, a massive underground stockpile based in Amarillo, Texas, that supplies up to 30% of the country’s helium. Once the deal is finalized, the buyer — which will likely be the highest bidder, the industrial gas company Messer — will claim some 425 miles of pipelines spanning Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, plus about 1 billion cubic feet of the only element on Earth cold enough to make an MRI machine work. Regulatory and logistical issues with the facility threaten a temporary shutdown as it passes from public to private ownership, and...
  • Flashback 2018: Senator Lankford admitted he was doing an amnesty deal with Democrats, behind his voters back.

    02/05/2024 8:16:26 PM PST · by Macho MAGA Man · 12 replies
    Mike Cernovich on Twitter X ^ | February 5, 2024 | Mike Cernovich
    Cernovich @Cernovich In 2018, Senator Lankford admitted he was doing an amnesty deal with Democrats, behind his voters back. 8:18 PM · Feb 5, 2024
  • Sen. James Lankford Mocks Mayorkas Impeachment Effort

    02/07/2024 11:42:31 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/07/2024 | BRADLEY JAYE
    Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), hours before his months-long work on a pro-migration border deal is projected to go down in flames, defended Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas against impeachment. Asked about the House’s effort to impeach the embattled secretary amid an unprecedented border crisis that began under his watch, Lankford said, “It’ll fail in the Senate,” while mockingly taunting, “If I can use the House term, it’ll be dead on arrival when it comes over.” Lankford on House Republicans trying to impeach Mayorkas again “It’ll fail in the Senate. If I could use the House term, it’ll be dead on...
  • AMERICA LAST: New Senate Border Bill Proposed by RINO Sen. Lankford Will Permit Entry of Up to 5,000 Illegal Aliens Daily, Tallying to 1.8 Million Annually

    02/04/2024 8:04:16 PM PST · by Kazan · 79 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb. 4, 2024 | Jim Hᴏft
    Senate leaders on Sunday released the details of a long-awaited comprehensive border security bill, which also contains a substantial foreign aid component.The discussions, led by Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Krysten Sinema (I-AZ), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), come after months of negotiations with the Biden regime, seeking to address both the ongoing crisis at the U.S. southern border and foreign policy commitments abroad.The 370-page deal, according to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, claims it reflects weeks of good-faith negotiations, balancing domestic concerns with urgent international aid needs.“As Ukraine runs low on ammunition to fend off Putin’s...
  • Lankford on Border Deal: Read the Bill, ‘Don’t Just Go Off of a Facebook Post’

    02/05/2024 7:40:25 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/05/2024 | Pam Key
    Senator James Lankford (R-OK) said Monday on FNC’s “Fox & Friends” that people should read the bipartisan border bill he co-authored before going off on a Facebook post. Lankford said, “People have got to be able to read it and go through it themselves. Don’t just go off of a Facebook post somewhere what the bill says.” He continued, “The key aspect of this, again, is are we, as Republicans, going to have press conferences and complain the borders bad and then intentionally leave it open after the worst month in American history in December? Now we’ve got to actually...
  • Republicans' Huge Underperformance in Oklahoma Raises Alarm Bells

    02/14/2024 3:11:55 PM PST · by bigdaddy45 · 69 replies
    A Republican winning an Oklahoma special election on Tuesday night in a deep red area by just five points has sparked concerns about the GOP's performance in November's races. Republican Erick Harris won House District 39's special election by 261 votes, beating Democrat Regan Raff into second place (50 percent to 45 percent). The election was triggered following former state Representative Ryan Martinez's resignation last September after pleading guilty to a felony offense of being in physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. While the result is not likely not an indication of the outcome of the 2024 presidential election...
  • Oklahoma Judge Who Sent More Than 500 Texts During Murder Trial Resigns

    02/10/2024 1:22:00 PM PST · by CFW · 35 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 2/10/24 | AP staff
    OKLAHOMA CITY—An Oklahoma judge agreed to step down Friday after she was caught sending hundreds of texts from the bench while overseeing a murder trial in the killing of a 2-year-old boy, including messages that mocked prosecutors and were sprinkled with emojis. District Judge Traci Soderstrom also agreed to not seek judicial office again in Oklahoma under a proposed settlement agreement filed with the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary. She had faced removal from the bench over accusations that included gross neglect of duty, oppression in office, lack of proper temperament, and failure to supervise her office. Judge Soderstrom had...
  • Gov. Noem to Newsmax: Cartels Infiltrating Protected Tribal Lands

    02/01/2024 9:51:51 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 January 2024 | Michael Katz
    Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem ... Mexican drug cartels have set up shop on tribal reservations in her state because they know the federal government has jurisdiction over those lands, and that the Biden administration is "letting it happen." "Even though South Dakota isn't a neighboring state to Texas, we're on the front lines of this thing," Noem said .. "I've got nine Native American tribes, and the cartels are set up on our tribal grounds. They are facilitating this drug trafficking, this human trafficking through my tribal grounds here in South Dakota because I don't have jurisdiction there....