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Tea Party Cannibalizes Cantor

Seven Key Takeaways From Eric Cantor’s Shocking Defeat

TPC-BREAKING: "It's over... Rep. Eric Cantor (R), has lost his primary"

TPC-Cantor Defeat Roundup: Meet Trammel Brat-Worst

TPC-Scarborough Punts but @GottaLaff Cantored In Before The NYT!

The Missing Native Vote (Bill Moyers)

The Fall of Mosul and the False Promises of Modern History

Conservative Media Decide Eric Cantor's Loss Is A "Referendum On Amnesty"

The Real Reason Immigration Got Cantor in Trouble

Oklahoma GOPer: “We would be totally in the right” if the state started executing gay people

Oklahoma Tea Party candidate endorses stoning homosexuals to death

America’s Underground Female Genital Mutilation Crisis

Democrat On Offense, Using Eric Cantor’s Defeat to Taint Republican Opponent

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Thursday Links

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Back at the Bundy Ranch, It’s Oath Keepers vs. Militiamen as Wild Rumors Fly

Democrats Assail G.O.P. After Filibuster of Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage

Most young voters plan to sit out midterm elections, new poll finds

Why some English words are controversial in China.

On the Money: Political Mad Men

Ukraine crisis: Russian military attache held for 'spying'

Prisoner in China's plea for help found in Saks bag

How Piketty’s Bombshell Book Blows Up Libertarian Fantasies

GOP Governor’s Ugly Bloodlust: Why Oklahoma's Mary Fallin Should Account For State-Sanctioned Torture

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Wednesday Links

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Researchers Take On Kermadec Trench Dive To Find Unknown Deep-Sea Creatures

Maine Poised To Pass Lifesaving Anti-Overdose Bill

Compare and Contrast:
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Maryland Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

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Growing Pot Got These Siblings As Much Prison Time As Driving Drunk And Killing Someone

Mary Fallin Signs Ban On Minimum Wage Increase

Two Years Later The Romneys Are Pathetically Still Trying to Prove That Mitt Pays Taxes

What Some Folks Do With Their Piles Of Money Is Downright Un-American

Conservatives Lash Out At Rand Paul Over Foreign Policy

Munich Creates Urban Naked Zones Because Nudity Is Awesome

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Paging Cheney: Pro-gun GOP lawmaker accidentally shoots hunter in head

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In an eerily Cheneyesque Moment, a pro-gun Republican state representative from Oklahoma accidentally hit a fellow hunter in the side of his head with a shotgun pellet. He was aiming at a pheasant. Oopsie! To quote Maxwell Smart, "Missed it by that much!"

Flashback: The man Dick Cheney shot re: his X-rays: "They say my chest looks like New York City at night."

Thankfully, the Oklahoma shootee was fine, the injury wasn't serious Rep. Steve Vaughan was remorseful, unlike uncompassionate pro-gun conservative Dick Cheney, after he shot his hunting buddy Harry Whittington in the face. He was aiming at a quail.

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And unlike uncompassionate pro-gun conservative Rafael "Ted" Cruz, who basically responded with, "meh" regarding Cheney shooting his friend: "Look, it happens."

The Hill:

"I just felt horrible about it. I just was sick," said Rep. Steve Vaughan, who wounded the man in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun as he was aiming at a pheasant.

“I’m a safety guy,” he said. “Gosh, I’m as safety as I can be. I was so mad at myself for even thinking about shooting the bird in this direction where I knew he was down in there.”

Taking responsibility for negligence and hurting people: What a concept. The GOP should try it some time.

I am not a gun fan, not even for sport. I understand the protection arguments, and the shooting game for food arguments, but that doesn't mean I like or even agree with them. IMHO, we'd all be better off and a lot safer without firearms, but they are legal, so...

Guns are killing machines. That's their only purpose, to mortally wound living beings. And that so many gun fondlers revere them excessively, that they actually think they can protect themselves against "Big Government" tanks, heavy weaponry, and military forces, is delusional.

If they're that worried about our freedoms being lost, maybe they should think about innocent lives being lost instead. And think about maiming living, breathing people, both physically and psychologically. And their embrace of a violent society instead of a peaceful one. And their so-called "pro-life" positions.

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Saturday Links

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Saturday Links from The Political Carnival

Bank of England: Bankers may have to return bonuses

Oklahoma Fox station removes evolution from ‘Cosmos’ by cutting only 15 seconds

Busting the myth of France’s 35-hour workweek.

How Well Do You Know The World? Play GeoGuessr To Find Out.

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview

Phoenix Residents Concerned Over Mysterious Surveillance Camera in their Neighborhood

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Britain joins the anti-fracking club: "Welcome to the desolate North. Now frack off."

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Regular readers know that fracking (which is when water mixed with sand and chemicals is injected deep underground at high pressure to shatter rock formations to unlock oil and gas trapped inside) is the new F word at The Political Carnival. I write about fracking a lot (scroll), and for good reason. For instance, tap water in the form of chemically induced flames spewed from faucets where fracking is prevalent, as is depicted in the excellent film Gasland.

Did you know that fracking is linked to methane risks: “When methane concentrations are that high, water can bubble like champagne.” Mmm, yummy. Cheers!

And don't even get me started on climate change.

Rachel Maddow has been all over this topic and is currently exposing the possible (ahem, probable) link to unusual and frequent earthquake activity associated with intruding on Mother Nature this way:

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Today's Los Angeles Times front-paged a report about how "energy-hungry Britain" residents aren't too thrilled with the practice either; this despite Prime Minister David Cameron being a huge fan, "practically hailing as a miracle" the environmental mess the U.S. is creating in the name of keeping gas prices low.

But one activist, Hytham Chlouk, calls this so-called "miracle" "the selling of Great Britain." How right he is:

"This is the selling of Great Britain," Chlouk said, peering out from behind a pair of glasses and a mop of brown dreadlocks. "I don't want my beautiful country destroyed. I'd hate for it to be like some places in America that look like alien landing zones."

bingo2Here's how the British countryside looks now:

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Hence the obvious reason for blow-back:

The deep-seated hostility is rooted in peculiarly British characteristics and experiences. One is the near-religious reverence among many Brits for the countryside, which makes them especially zealous in driving away any threats to their "green and pleasant land" of hills and sheep and hedgerows, whose beauty has inspired poets and soldiers at war.

Then there were the literally jarring events of the spring of 2011, when two small earthquakes struck near the seaside town of Blackpool in northwestern England. The larger registered a mere 2.3 in magnitude, but the tremors were big news on this seismically docile island — and even more so after government-appointed independent experts concluded that they had been caused by a new fracking operation in the area.

Protesters (they prefer "protectors") call the fracking efforts "rapacious capitalism" and are carrying signs that say things like, "Welcome to the desolate North. Now frack off." Well done, mates.

"Their sole motive is to make profit. They're not here to provide a service or to give cheap gas," said Tim Williams, one of the few camp dwellers clearly older than 30. "We don't want the countryside to be industrialized.... Without the land, what do we have?"

Clear? Now bugger off, frackers, you sad arses are as mad as a bag of ferrets and you're giving everyone collywobbles.

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Oklahoma GOP Has Gone Batsh*t Crazy, May Ban All Marriage

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I'm sure we all know about spite -- we've either done something in that vein or have had it done to us. Well, the Republicans in Oklahoma are readying to chop off their noses to spite their face.

Only the Sooner State right-wing crazies could come up with something so silly and stupid that it makes you think there's going to be another land rush -- only this time to leave the Oklahoma territory. Get this, the state legislature is concerned about their same-sex marriage ban. Well, actually, they're one step ahead of that. They think their same-sex marriage ban will be challenged. To make sure no same-sex marriage happens in their fine state under any circumstances including federal/Supreme court findings, they're considering banning all marriage.

Think this is a Saturday Night Sketch? Well, it may become one, but first check out reality on News9.com:

So Oklahoma, what's next? Will all of the children of "married" couples become bastards? Can't wait for you deal with this one.

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