[Brandon Rahbar] Sam Presti: “There’s not many times I’ve walked into this building and Tre Mann isn’t here. They’re wearing this place out.” https://www.rawchili.com/3085749/
Congress should empower state farmers to continue being good stewards
Buffalo killed on private property by refuge employees, residents claim
OKPOP acquires James Garner memorabilia
El Niño boosts quail populations across Oklahoma before hunting season | KGOU
Oklahoma ranks third in adult obesity prevalence, per CDC | KGOU
FTC and 17 states sue Amazon over claims of monopolistic conduct with online retail - Oklahoma Voice
City Council Votes To Send Arena Decision To Voters
Here come the Western Oklahoma Bulls – ABA Basketball
Minor-league basketball players will make a major impression here when the American Basketball Association season tips off in November.
The Western Oklahoma Bulls, one of the ABA’s newest teams, will play home games at Elk City’s Arrowhead Center.
My opinion (and not those of my nonprofit employers) -please vote NO in December.
We have too many unmet human needs in this city for us to consider giving so much money away to a private interest, even a beloved NBA team.
Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, American Avocet, and Killdeer at Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, United States on September 6, 2023
Some of the camera settings I used to make this photo are at: https://www.rsok.com/~jrm/2023Sep06_SaltPlainsNWR/2023sep06_birds_IMG_6195c.html
I used two teleconverters stacked because the #birds were far away.
'Believe it when I see it': State funds eyed to support huge theme park plan near Vinita
'We got to have the workforce': Business leaders see potential for aerospace growth in Oklahoma, but worker shortages present challenge | KOKH
New Oklahoma insurance plan will offer free, unlimited access to physicians | KGOU
"Direct primary care is a model where patients pay their physician or practice directly through monthly or annual fees beyond their insurance."
Is there an Oklahoma Octopus? | KGOU
Elections 2024: How young Oklahoma voters have registered
⚠ M 2.5 - 10 km S of Wilson, Oklahoma
#Oklahoma #judge arrested after going on rampage in #Austin with his car and a gun. Per reports, he "fired shots into at least five cars at the intersection of Matamoros Street and Santa Maria Street...slammed his white SUV into the back of a woman’s car....attempted to push her vehicle into oncoming traffic". Charged with "reckless driving and deadly conduct of discharging a firearm." https://www.kxan.com/news/long-time-ok-judge-arrested-in-austin-for-firing-gun-road-rage/
Blog Oklahoma Newsletter
The #blogmonth Challenge
Plus, a look at historic community newspaper and we highlight our home county.
September 25, 2023
Efforts to eliminate Oklahoma grocery tax stall despite bipartisan support - Oklahoma Voice
Monarch butterflies are making their way across Oklahoma | KOSU
Attorney General questions Ethics Commission open meeting law compliance | KGOU
Tribe, Canoo partner to promote economy, green energy | The Journal Record
Nice sunny Monday morning here in Elk City, OK.
If you see black spots on top of the cell tower and drilling rig, those are large black vultures. The city has been trying for the last two weeks to scatter them by setting off fireworks near the two towers.
National groups join legal fight in Oklahoma religious charter school
In United Methodist disaffiliation, liberal churches are a minority
⚠ M 3.8 - 8 km WNW of Velma, Oklahoma
📷 It's Symmetry Sunday! 📷
Elevator door detail, Colcord Hotel (originally the Colcord Building by William A. Wells, 1909), Oklahoma City, OK.
This is just one of the hundreds of images available for purchase at: https://www.foraphotography.com
"In August, a clouded leopard mother named Rukai gave birth to a kitten, who’s “eating, sleeping and growing,” according to the keepers at the Oklahoma City Zoo where he was born.
The tiny tropical predator, named JD, is doing well, and the zoo reported that as part of a program to ensure the clouded leopard’s survival in the wild, this little fellow will play an important role as an ambassador to the public, 99.999% of whom will never see this nocturnal predator in the wild.
But even with all this seriousness, the zoo couldn’t help but forecast their August as “cloudy, with a 100% chance of making you go ‘Aww.'”
Clouded leopards are native to South and Southeast Asia, but have disappeared entirely from several nations like Vietnam and Taiwan. Current science states that it was the first cat to diverge from the common ancestors of all big cats over 9 million years ago."
⚠ M 2.5 - 11 km S of Wilson, Oklahoma
Tribal nations in Oklahoma receive federal funds to plug orphaned oil and gas wells | KOSU
Leaders of the #FiveTribes passed a resolution expressing no confidence in Wes Nofire or the position of Native American Liaison within Governor Stitt’s administration.
The Inter-Tribal Council leaders voted during a special session Thursday.
(via Cherokee Nation FB)
Entering Oklahoma by Debra Martz
Entering Oklahoma...where the wind comes sweeping down the plain! Oh boy does it! Just look at the grasses leaning and blowing along highway 412 leaving New Mexico entering the OK panhandle. Digital brushes and smudge tools used to enhance the wind-blown grass.
April 8, 2024, Solar Eclipse
Governor Kevin Stitt to Declare Oklahoma Warriors Day, Drop Ceremonial Puck on Friday
#US States Take Aim at Protesters’ Rights
Right to Peaceful Assembly at Risk
by Jonathan Pedneault, February 16, 2021
"#Peaceful #protests are protected by the #UnitedStates Constitution’s First Amendment as well as #international #HumanRights law. But a legislative assault aimed at eroding these protections is underway in several state legislatures.
"It’s nothing new. Various states have long-tried to curtail the right to #protest. They do so by legislating wide definitions of what constitutes an 'unlawful assembly' or a 'riot' as well as increasing punishments. They also allow police to use catch-all public offenses, such as #trespassing, obstructing traffic, or disrupting the peace, as a pretext for ordering dispersals, using force, and making arrests. Finally, they make it easier for #corporations and others to bring lawsuits against #protest organizers.
"While proportionate restrictions on the right of peaceful assembly, like creating buffer zones around abortion clinics to ensure access, may be necessary, the use of catch-all offenses against peaceful #demonstrators or the imposition of increased penalties to deter assemblies are not.
"At a time of large mobilizations across the US, attempts by states to deter and impose criminal penalties on peaceful protesters should be stopped.
"According to the US Protest Law Tracker, created by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, there are currently 51 bills under consideration in 24 state legislatures, including as many as 10 in #Oklahoma, that they warn would threaten the right to assemble peacefully.
"Among the proposed laws are nine, including three in Oklahoma, that the Tracker reports would provide civil and/or criminal immunity for drivers injuring or killing protesters unlawfully disrupting traffic and one stand-your-ground bill in #NewHampshire that would allow deadly force against protesters 'likely' to use 'any' degree of unlawful force during a riot.
"Other bills would increase penalties for participating in unlawful protests, something that happens automatically in many jurisdictions once someone marches without a permit, or for committing an offense – including jaywalking or trespassing – while in an unlawful assembly.
"International human rights law protects the right of peaceful assembly and requires authorities at all levels to facilitate such assemblies and avoid unnecessary or disproportionate restrictions on them. The mere act of planning or participating in a protest should not be criminalized. Authorities are also required to protect people participating in such assemblies – bills that encourage or allow violence against protesters are inconsistent with those obligations, and states should abandon them."
Democratic lawmaker seeks to reform Oklahoma’s initiative petition process - Oklahoma Voice
Ryan Walters testifies to U.S. House on Chinese government's influence on American schools | KGOU
Report: Public defenders in Oklahoma work nearly 4 times too many cases
"What we see are tyrannical governments using education as tools to control the masses," Oklahoma State Superintendent Ryan Walters said.
As usual, the fascists have projected their plans onto their enemies. Make no mistake: Ryan Walters is a fascist and only has fascism in mind for Oklahoma childen.
Walters wants to be the tyrant controlling the masses. That's why he's so upset: he's jealous of China.
Bogus “Edutainment” May be Coming to a Classroom Near You
* it’s what PragerU, a business/media shop (NOT a university) run by right-wing talk-show host Dennis Prager calls its videos & curriculum materials for school-age kids 🤦♀️
* Florida & Oklahoma public school peddle PragerU materials
* Texas could be next
Civics test mandates like Oklahoma's haven't improved young voter turnout, study finds | KOSU
Roman Nose State Park Entrance by Debra Martz
This state park, located in northern Oklahoma, is named after a Cheyenne Chief "Henry Roman Nose - 1856~1917 who originally owned this 600-acre tract which comprised his allotment. It was preserved by the state as a park to honor him in 1937.
"Previously, Holt said that Thunder ownership had committed to make a "significant financial contribution" to the new arena. Last week, however, plans for a new $900 million arena for the Thunder were finalized. The team contribution would be just $50 million, with taxpayers footing the remainder of the bill. That's about $3,200 for every Oklahoma City household."
Tribal Jurisdictions in Oklahoma
Oklahoma lawmakers weigh restrictions on ranked-choice voting
American Bumble Bee (Bombus pensylvanicus) on Zinnia in Norman, Oklahoma, United States on August 17, 2023
Some of the camera settings I used to make this photo are at: https://www.rsok.com/~jrm/2023Sep05_birds_and_cats/2023aug17_bumblebee_IMG_5713c.html
All the toilet seats have already been peed on, so there's really no reason to hurry down to the State Fair this year.
Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes) on Zinnia in Norman, Oklahoma, United States on August 13, 2023
Some of the camera settings I used to make this photo are at: https://www.rsok.com/~jrm/2023Aug14_birds_and_cats/2023aug13_butterfly_IMG_5411c.html
OK Senate leader speaks out on Gov. Stitt calling for special session on taxes | KFOR.com Oklahoma City
How Oklahoma tribal leaders respond to Gov. Stitt calling special session
The #PragerU "curriculum" materials being used in public #schools in #Florida and #Oklahoma are even worse than you thought. https://www.salon.com/2023/09/13/pragerus-classroom-propaganda-co-opting-history-to-prop-up-modern-insurrectionists/
GOP candidate for president wants Trump disqualified from Oklahoma ballots
"The molar pregnancy Jaci Statton had would never become a baby. It was cancerous, though.
...staff told her and her husband that she could not get a surgical abortion until she became much sicker....
"They said, 'The best we can tell you to do is sit in the parking lot, and if anything else happens, we will be ready to help you. But we cannot touch you unless you are crashing in front of us"
The goal, Hearron said, is twofold — to demonstrate that pregnant people are being denied timely medical care wherever abortion is banned, and to give clarity to doctors who he described as “terrified” of providing the procedure."
NPS opts out of adopting PragerU despite program's partnership with Oklahoma Department of Education | News | oudaily.com
The departures may result in new maternity care deserts...
The effects are particularly pronounced in rural areas...
Restrictive abortion laws, experts say, are making that problem much worse."
We are another percent closer to our goal! Anything you can do to help would mean the world to us. The Moving day is approaching faster than any of us are ready for and we're quite worried about the practicalities of the move. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support.
#PragerU's 'Propaganda' Videos Infiltrate Another State's Classrooms
Time for a new #Intro Post
www.jmb.mx (part of #Fediverse)
Note: I seek to use alt text for photos.
I do not do CW's for political/activism posts
Alabama Describes Proposed Nitrogen Gas Execution; Seeks to Become First State to Carry It Out
>The state described the procedures for the proposed new execution method in a redacted court filing. Alabama is seeking to become the first state to execute a prisoner using nitrogen. Nitrogen hypoxia has been authorized as an execution method in #Alabama, #Oklahoma and #Mississippi, but no state has used the method (yet) https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2023-08-29/alabama-describes-proposed-nitrogen-gas-execution-seeks-to-become-first-state-to-carry-it-out #deathpenalty #capitalpunishment #execution
Former districts and capitals of Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, that existed from 1834 to 1857, shown with present-day Oklahoma counties.
Map of Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory : compiled from official records of the United States Geological Survey (1902)
The end of an era...
OKC Zoo Aquaticus, no longer home to dolphins, set to be torn down
BOE decides on Tulsa Schools accreditation
No. Absolutely no. Read on.
Elite Oklahoma high school plagued by complaints of sexual harassment
#USNews picks of the day (continued):
➡️ @blogoklahoma - Local news & community for Oklahoma
➡️ @TexasObserver - Texas news outlet & print magazine founded in 1954, providing a progressive perspective
Paramount+ series based on Oklahoma history hero Bass Reeves
We are 5% of the way to being assured a safe way out of Oklahoma! Please keep boosting and donating if you can, everything helps and I cannot thank you enough for your intervention
With cheap land and low fees, Oklahoma-grown marijuana fuels the black market in other states | The Frontier
The order requires state agencies and boards to define the words “female” and “male” to correspond with a person’s sex assigned at birth. #LGBTQ https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-politics-and-policy/transgender-rights-targeted-executive-order-signed-oklahoma-governor-rcna97709
Anybody getting Oklahoma achievements in ATS in the next 3 hours just about has to be cheating and anybody doing it in the next 10 is buying it in 5 minutes when it goes on sale and going no life on it for the rest of the day.