Ok technically Sukkot was September 27th to October 4th in 2015, but sounds a bit like our Thanksgiving to me. So I have extended my season of rejoicing! And it is always a good day to be thankful! Here is more information about the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) if you are interested.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is attempting to end the state’s funding for Planned Parenthood because of what she described as a “high rate of billing errors.”
Fallin asked Oklahoma’s health department on Thursday to terminate its contracts with the group after an official review of the state’s two affiliates found billing error rates of 20 and 14 percent.
“These results are alarming,” she wrote in a letter to the department. “The lack of attention to the requirements imposed on a responsible provider is a continuing problem for these Planned Parenthood affiliates.”
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Think about the means by which a business prepares its budget. Each business unit submits its operational plans and budget for the next year to management. Unit leaders must document and defend their rationale for each request. The budget is approved through due process which balances the needs of each business unit. Following approval, the business unit undergoes monthly or quarterly budget reviews to track performance. As the year comes to an end, this purview provides a foremost tool for gauging the performance of unit managers…
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The Tulsa World compiled a chart of the quakes within the past 48 hours. You can follow their updated coverage here. http://goo.gl/bEN2vG
Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission is now stepping up their powers of shutting down or restricting injection well activity. (a process of forcing waste water back into dormant wells so as to push oil to adjacent production wells)
The problems seem to be isolated to just a few locations in the state. If a well is within 50 miles of either Enid, OK.; or Chandler, OK.; then producers can be sure that the state agencies are looking over their shoulder.
Nov. 20, 2015
On Nov. 18th there was a public study held at the Oklahoma state capitol on the issue of REAL ID. Oklahoma is under pressure to implement the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.
The meeting was held by Rep. Lewis Moore and Rep. Bob Cleveland. Many Oklahomans expected to follow the meeting online. They were disappointed. I am posting testimony of the speakers so that those who are interested can be informed on the proceedings. … Continue reading →
Kaye Beach Nov 19, 2015 Yesterday Rep. Bob Cleveland and Rep. Lewis Moore held a public meeting making further study on the question of whether Oklahoma should repeal its 2007 prohibition of participating in the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.
The meeting was held in the new House conference room at the capitol which is a large comfortable conference room with modern sound and video equipment which is important as many Oklahomans who are unable to travel long distances or take a day off of work, expected to be able to access this meeting online. Unfortunately, the meeting was not available online….
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M4.7 – 8 miles SW of Cherokee, Oklahoma
In the early morning hours of Nov. 18th, Oklahomans were shaken by a 4.7 magnitude quake centered near the Great Salt Plains Lake, in North Central Oklahoma.
The USGS released the following info:
Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region
As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth’s crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations.
Today, I voted for H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act. While this is a good first step, it does not go far enough.
Senior FBI and Homeland Security officials have testified to Congress that it’s impossible to fully screen prospective refugees for terrorist affiliation, especially those coming from disintegrated states and failed governments. Further, the American SAFE Act limits such “enhanced” screenings solely to Iraqi and Syrian refugees. This provision ignores the fact that ISIS has affiliates across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southwest Asia and plans to smuggle terrorists in through our broken southern border. Just yesterday, Honduras arrested five Syrians using stolen Greek passports. We should suspend refugee admissions until Congress has sufficient assurances to restart the program.
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A mandatory biometric ID such as the one created by the Real ID Act of 2005 is an indispensable tool for government monitoring and control.
Currently Real ID is required for only very few things but that will change. The law is written to allow the Secretary of Homeland security, an unelected federal bureaucrat, to add to the list of purposes’ which require a Real ID at his or her discretion. That is why this portion of the Real ID law is referred to as The Dictator Clause.
Real ID Final Rules published by DHS, Federal Register, January 29, 2008
Post includes Kaye Beach’s testimony to the Public Hearing on topic at the Oklahoma State Capitol 11/18/2015. Also includes Howard Houchen’s summary of the meeting.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today announced legislation that would suspend visa issuance for countries with a high risk of terrorism and impose a waiting period for background checks on visa issuance from other countries until the American people can be assured terrorists cannot enter the country through our immigration and visa system. This legislation is based off language first proposed by Sen. Paul in 2013.
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