Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
So who are the winners and who are the losers?
The winners include school administrators, politicians, and the lottery commission.
The losers are Oklahoma's children, the working poor, and Oklahoma business in general, as over 1 million dollars a day is being sucked from Oklahoma's economy and poured into the bureaucracy.
Remember that the next time the say it's "for the children"
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, o most high
Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone, see you next week... MadOkie
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
According to Michael Bates,
Baker announced he was running for mayor at a Democratic fundraiser...
so since Baker is against recall reform, can we start a petition immediately upon completion of the election to remove him from office if he wins?
After all, Im quite sure everyone who voted for his opponent will more
than cover the required number of signatures... maybe we should have
people outside of polling places with petition in hand!
Unknown to most people PETA
is in favor of banning Pit Bulls, in fact they are in favor of
banning all pets. Now some idiot in Chicago is proposing a ban on all
dogs over 15lbs in weight, its for the children afterall.
here are just a portion from his article in the Chicago Tribune
" You want a dog that weighs more than, say, 15 pounds?
Then you pay $1,000 a year in fees and licenses for the right to own one. The fee could be knocked down to, say, $200 a year if the dog is spayed or neutered and passes temperament and obedience tests at least two times a year under the supervision of state-licensed animal trainers who would certify the animal's behavior."
1. High fever
5. Aching in the joints
6. An irresistible urge to poop on someone's windshield.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
David Schuttler has dug up some older Whirled
articles concerning airport noise which indicates the Layman Van Acres
neighborhood and a few others are "located in areas where the
noise level is not recommended for residential areas, according to
federal land-use guidlines." I dont know about you, but if the feds say
they arent recommended for residential use, why are there still houses
what I found interesting was this little article from 11-20-1996...
"Residents who are affected by airport
noise should not be left in limbo indefinitally, wondering if or when
something will change"
Layman Van Acres has been in limbo for a
long time, longer even than 1996, and from all appearances the airport
has no intentions of changing the way things are done to fix the
problems. The airport just re-hired the same consultant (Barnard Dunkelberg) that performed the sound tests in the 90s. Eye-witness accounts say that the tests were skewed by purposely placing sensors where they would capture less sound (between houses, under trees, etc.).
Saturday, November 19, 2005
I have been hearing that from some
candidates in the current election cycle as well as the previous where
the seat was filled for vacating councilor Roop. I’ve been hearing "I
want to work with the council" or "I'm tired of the division", but what
does that mean? And which side of the council are you siding with?
(even though we really know the answer to that one).
The truth in these comments from the likes of Martinson, is they want to put the council back as a rubber stamp for the mayor, the midtowners, and the old money.
As far as I can tell David Patrick did nothing for his own district and was there just to side with the cockroaches, and since Roscoe Turner has been involved the cockroaches seem to be running for cover when the light is shined upon their deeds.
Jack Henderson now sits in the seat that Joe Williams once sat at, you remember Joe, the guy who gave a ride to a woman who was not his wife, then called the police out, claiming she stole his wallet, which was found in the backseat of his own car (I wonder how it ended up there?) He then proceeded to call the police department racist...
Those are just two examples of former councilors who "worked with the council", now look at those remaining, Sullivan (who doesnt live in his district, is rude, and acted like a 13 year old at the previous city council meeting), Neal (does she have an opinion of her own?), and Christiansen (The Poster Child for the appearance of impropriety)... are these the people they want to work with?
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
The most obvious thing concerning tonight's city council meeting was that unannounced mayoral candidate Bill Christiansen was
absent from the meeting, the general consensus from those that I talked to was he missed it so he
wouldnt have to vote on a controversial issue that his opponents could
use against him... dont worry Bill, they have more than enough
ammunition with out you having to hand them the gun.
After a lively debate over allowing
another section of city
employees to collective bargain (and as an IS guy I noticed that the
techies once again get excluded, not that I was for unionizing), the council got to the meat of the
council meeting, charter changes.
Council district 2 candidate Rick Westcott spoke of his approval of the proposed charter changes that are to go to the people for a vote, however
during discussion, Baker and the rest of the cockroaches
again it would be to cumbersome to compare signatures to signatures as
proposed, they wanted to compare signatures to names instead, so the motion failed. The one thing that turned Tulsa into
national laughingstock, again, goes unresolved, and again, the
cockroaches are afraid that the people will make their voices heard,
well guess what, next year their voices will be heard, loud and clear,
and Baker, Neal, Sullivan, Martinson, Christiansen and their ilk will
on the outside looking in, if the people of Tulsa throw off their
___________: Iraq has abused its last chance
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- From the Oval Office, President ___________ told the nation Wednesday evening why he ordered new military strikes against Iraq.
The president said Iraq's refusal to cooperate with U.N. weapons inspectors presented a threat to the entire world.
"Saddam (Hussein) must not be allowed to threaten his neighbors or the world with nuclear arms, poison gas or biological weapons," ___________ said.
Operation Desert xxxxx, a strong, sustained series of attacks, will be carried out over several days by U.S. and British forces, ___________ said.
"Earlier today I ordered America's armed forces to strike military and security targets in Iraq. They are joined by British forces," ___________ said.
"Their mission is to attack Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs and its military capacity to threaten its neighbors," said ___________.
___________ also stated that, while other countries also had weapons of mass destruction, Hussein is in a different category because he has used such weapons against his own people and against his neighbors.
'Without delay, diplomacy or warning'
The Iraqi leader was given a final warning six weeks ago, ___________ said, when Baghdad promised to cooperate with U.N. inspectors at the last minute just as U.S. warplanes were headed its way.
"Along with Prime Minister (Tony) Blair of Great Britain, I made it equally clear that if Saddam failed to cooperate fully we would be prepared to act without delay, diplomacy or warning," ___________ said.
The president said the report handed in Tuesday by Richard Butler, head of the United Nations Special Commission in charge of finding and destroying Iraqi weapons, was stark and sobering.
Iraq failed to cooperate with the inspectors and placed new restrictions on them, ___________ said. He said Iraqi officials also destroyed records and moved everything, even the furniture, out of suspected sites before inspectors were allowed in.
"Instead of inspectors disarming Saddam, Saddam has disarmed the inspectors," ___________ said.
"In halting our airstrikes in November, I gave Saddam a chance -- not a license. If we turn our backs on his defiance, the credibility of U.S. power as a check against Saddam will be destroyed," the president explained.
Strikes necessary to stunt weapons programs
___________ said he made the decision to strike Wednesday with the unanimous agreement of his security advisors.
Timing was important, said the president, because without a strong inspection system in place, Iraq could rebuild its chemical, biological and nuclear programs in a matter of months, not years.
"If Saddam can cripple the weapons inspections system and get away with it, he would conclude the international community, led by the United States, has simply lost its will," said ___________. "He would surmise that he has free rein to rebuild his arsenal of destruction."
___________ also called Hussein a threat to his people and to the security of the world.
"The best way to end that threat once and for all is with a new Iraqi
government -- a government ready to live in peace with its neighbors, a
government that respects the rights of its people," ___________ said.
Such a change in Baghdad would take time and effort, ___________ said, adding that his administration would work with Iraqi opposition forces.
(Line of copy removed)
"Saddam Hussein and the other enemies of peace may have thought that the serious debate currently before the House of Representatives would distract Americans or weaken our resolve to face him down," he said.
"But once more, the United States has proven that although we are never eager to use force, when we must act in America's vital interests, we will do so."
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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tulsa economy on rebound, economist says The Tulsa economy, which was a drag on the state over the past two years, is enjoying a rebound that began in January, an economist says....
I've said it once
Ill say it again... if the nation and the state is in recovery, even a the most poorly run city will be able to ride the recovery wave...
Now Im convinced that we need the arena:*
*Please adjust your sarcasm meter
While attending a church service a couple of weeks ago, I again was struck by the void that has become of our leadership. Thanks to God that I'm not talking about the church I attend, but one that I was visiting while out of town.
When their former pastor retired, they went on the search for a replacement. They had a fine interim pastor, but because of his age he was not interested in a full time position with them. Since then they have had two other preachers, and from all indications they are nothing more than "preachers-for-hire", not really tied to any one doctrine, but will become whatever the church "needs". From what I understand the membership is starting to see through the facade (again).
I hear rumblings that in many smaller communities they are having a hard time finding qualified men to lead the local church, as well as finding people to join the church family. I'm thinking the uprising of these gigantic mega-churches have something to do with that. I'm not against mega-churches per-se, if their message and goal is in line with the teachings of Christ, after all, some of the earliest churches during Paul's ministries had thousands of "members", but if people are drawn to these churches because of their glitz & glamour then they are there for the wrong reason, and have a poor foundation in which to build their lives upon.
I truly believe we are in the Laodican Age where God wrote through John the Revelator in Revelations 3:14-17: "I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, 'I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,' and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked." Or to sum it up as mentioned in Judges 17:6 concerning Israel: "In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes." If that doesn't describe what is going on in the world nothing does.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
I have to add a bit of blatant self promotion here: Inside the Bowl of Red Chili House is a rack of hot sauces from the House of Heat guaranteed to warm your insides, so if you like unique hot sauces, or know someone who does, please keep us in mind, especially with the holidays sneaking up on us.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
You know good intentions are nice and all, I’m sure it makes some people feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but what part of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Is not understood here?
Yes, the whack jobs out of Topeka are a disgusting abomination and run contrary to Jesus Christ’s teachings, they are the very spirit of anti-Christ, yet they still have a right to freedom of speech and to peaceably assemble.
Now imagine my surprise when I found out which anti-freedom, left wing, pinko, commie put forth this bill in the first place, why yes, its our beloved freedom hating Paul Wesselhoft of Moore, The same Paul Wesselhoft that wants to ban Pit Bulls instead of holding the owners responsible.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
It's nice that country & inspirational music can co-exist on the same chart, unfortunately if a rock act is labeled as "Christian" they have a tendency to disappear quickly, either off the charts (Alice Cooper) or as a band in general (Creed & Evanescence). Gene Simmons (of Kiss) on American Idol last year said you cant be a Christian and a pop singer. I dont agree with that statement, like anything in life it depends on what you do (or in this case sing about)
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
No, I didn't win the lottery. I am a music
fan in the truest sense of the word. My collection consists of
everything from heavy techno metal to gospel quartet music, from the
famous to the obscure.
While perusing amazon.com one day I discovered a CD that I previously had on cassette was now available, something I thought would never be released on CD (from 1986). After doing a little research I found out that Wounded Bird Records had acquired the rights to a ton of out of print records and I loaded up... Marshall Crenshaw, The Outlaws, Blackfoot, Axe, Poco & Vandenburg!
So if there is a CD that you have not been able to find go to www.woundedbird.com and see if they have what you are looking for!
One day I would like to wake up in the morning and not think: "Who is the city going to take advantage of today?"
8 years ago I became a first time homeowner, and less than 4 months later we become embroiled with the airport over aircraft noise and the (literal) damage it was doing to our neighborhood. The more I dug, the more dirt I found, and what I found was that this city is corrupt to its very core and the majority of people do not see it, they just blindly follow whichever banner they feel like following, I'm not sure if its apathy or if they like being spoon fed by the establishment when it comes to the mundane issues that affect our town.
Its only when one becomes involved does the truth begin to unfold, and the truth will set you and the city free.
About a year or so ago I began reading batesline.com, which then led me to meeciteewurkor and I became inspired I wanted to do something besides fight my own battles, I wanted to help expose the corruption in the city that I love. You see, I really do love Tulsa, I was born here and it pains me to see our past destroyed for no benefit other than the short-sightedness of a few in power. I want Tulsa to have good streets, schools, & protection, things that encourage people to come in and start families & businesses... somehow the city got off track. The city leadership, guided by the midtownie's and a "my-way-or-the-highway" attitude, have cost Tulsa a lot in the way of outside investment.
So I say its time to get involved if you arent already, start now before you find yourself in the same predicament as Peggy Jones, the folks on south Yale with the bridge, those at 71st & Harvard, those on Brookside, those by the airport and those along I-44. stand up now, take the city back.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Does this sound familiar? "Years ago, France welcomed their parents as labor, often to do menial jobs most French did not want". We need to realize that we are also on the brink, its not to late though. its time for some serious immigration reform.
So now we have a new Management team
for our new albatross...err arena, and you can hear the "excitement" on
the streets... this Management Company pulled the Rolling Stones into the Fresno Arena, which is smaller than ours!!!!
So I have a couple of questions:
If Fresno can bring in the Stones with a smaller arena, then why are we building a bigger one? What "real" economic impact will having the Stones come to town (once) help? Most of the ticket prices go to the Stones and their promoter. With nothing attached to our new arena most concertgoers will drive-in and drive-out with out stopping to do anything downtown.
Personally I have only been out of town for concerts for two events: Anthony Gomes in Joplin Mo, and the Eureka Springs Blues Fest. Between the discovery the Tulsa Blues fest, and the political games played in Eureka Springs, I won't be making that trek again anytime soon. (you think Tulsa politics are bad?)
Is it some sort of bragging right to declare that you get (fill in the blank here) to come to your town? Should we be doing that on the backs of those who won't ever step foot in the arena? The poor are paying extra for their food and clothing so up to 18,000 people can potentially see the Rolling Stones in concert? What benefit does that provide them? What about the other 806,000 residents? What benefit do the Stones provide?
Add to that the Talons & the Oilers, whose average home attendance is somewhere around 2000 people a game, leaving 16,000 seats empty. So now we have 824,000 people paying for the entertainment of 2000 people...
Figure it this way, every man woman and child in Tulsa county will pay $1435.00 for this arena (using current figures) this does not count the money that the arena will lose during its day to day operations... doesn't sound like such a good deal now does it?
Muslim riots in Europe, tsunamis, hurricanes, saber rattling, bombings on our own soil, bird flu, the AIDS epidemic, the list goes on, yet instead of concentrating on what needs to be done people are filling their lives with stuff. Even Tom Brady the 3x Super bowl winning quarterback, literally a man who has everything asked a few weeks ago if there is something more.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
The future of Tulsa is at a crossroads.
Tulsa can either let the powers that be remain in charge which has resulted in the snake-oil sale of an arena that will pull money away from more important things like police & infrastructure, the sabotage of entrepreneurial enterprises from the outside that would have pulled money into Tulsa because the fat cats want to keep outsiders out of their sandbox, and the unnessesary propping up of our neighbors at the expense of Tulsa's future. Those currently in power have failed with our education system, with public safety, and they have failed Tulsa as a whole, especially the north, the west and the east, and if those areas continue to deteriorate, it will eventually seep into midtown & south Tulsa as witnessed by the growing crime rates.
So what is the other option? We need a change in local government (which doesn't include reorganizing the city council or adding large councilors, that power play is nothing more than an attempt to retain/regain control by the current "leaders" to continue its deadly grasp on the city), we need to remove the people who are running this city into the ground; we need a mayor who will look out for Tulsa first, then the region, according to population growth & sales tax revenue reports area communities are doing well on their own without our help. We need initiatives that will bring outside revenue into the city coffers. We need leadership that will focus on public safety, schools, the river and infrastructure, as the saying goes, "if they build it, they will come"
So Tulsa, you have a choice, we can either strive for greatness or continue on the current path of failure.
We'll need it to replace all the WilTel jobs that are leaving downtown!