Irving Two Smokes

Here is my Facebook post regarding the New Zealand shooter’s manifesto that got taken down for violating Facebook’s Community Standards:I’ve read at least a dozen articles that reference the New Zealand shooter’s manifesto.  They all follow the sa…

Rigged

During last night’s presidential debate, Chris Wallace asked about Trump’s recent accusation that the election is “rigged.” Clinton responded:

So that is not the way our democracy works. We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.


Has the Gore v. Bush election of 2000 been completely forgotten? I still hear Democrats refer to it as a stolen election, or even a coup.
Shell Game and HB2416

Do you know how a “shell bill” works?  If the party in power wants to pass a bill quickly and without too much scrutiny by the voters, an existing bill that was introduced earlier in the legislative session, but never taken up, will be gutted and …

Computerized Finger Imaging for Voter Registration

New Oklahoma House Bill 2592, introduced by Rep. David Perryman (D), would require all new voter registrants in Oklahoma to have their fingerprints scanned and entered into database. The database can be accessed by law enforcement by “court order.” &n…

My Civil Asset Forfeiture Story

Yesterday evening, while enjoying a plate of carnitas at Chimi’s in Tulsa, I listened to State Senator Kyle Loveless (R-OKC) describe his bill to reform civil asset forfeiture laws in Oklahoma. Senate Bill 838 would put a stop to Oklahoma law enforcement agencies seizing and keeping people’s property without going to the trouble of convicting — or even charging — the property owners with a crime. If you are unfamiliar with the practice of civil asset forfeiture, then you should become educated.

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Return of the Wasps

The wasps are back. This is a horror show that gets replayed every fall when a new generation of wasps emerge from their nests and start buzzing outside my 5th-story office window. “Horror show” might sound like an exaggeration, but try to imagine this scenario.

You are working at your desk when movement at the corner of your vision causes you to glance up at your office window. You notice a couple of wasps clumsily flitting about on the other side of the glass. You return to your work.

More movement. . . and tapping. You look up and see a dozen wasps, a few of which are repeatedly bumping into the glass. [tap . . tap . . tap] Your ears immediately become attuned to this sound. Can a certain fury now be detected in the darting movements of the wasps, or is this impression caused by the number of wasps now assembled? No matter. They are on the OUTSIDE of the glass. You are on the 5th floor and so the windows do not open, nor are there any other openings. You return to your work.

The sound of wings. You look up to see eleven wasps on the outside of the glass . . . and one on the inside.

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[Editor’s note:  To my fellow blogger, I got an email tip a few years back about how to deal with wasps and other invading vermin.  I pass this along for your consideration and wisdom of course.  I borrowed the original graphic there for your post here.  I realize you didn’t mention any flowers, but I just like the shot…  Here’s the tip.]/sc

Cruz in Bartlesville

I just now left Wesleyan University, where Ted Cruz held a campaign rally. It was an impressive turnout of well over 1,000 people. The senator spoke with energy and really connected with the crowd. I appreciated much of what he had to say, but he lost me each time he spoke on defense and foreign policy matters.

I most disappointed in the demagoguery he employed when expressing his opposition to the Iranian nuclear agreement. He began by pledging to tear up the agreement as one of his first acts in office. That got the crowd on their feet. He then said that if the deal is implemented, the U.S. will become the world’s leading financier of terrorism. Cruz has recently received criticism from the press and even Republican party leaders for making this claim elsewhere, so repeating it in front of the Bartlesville crowd was his way of being bold.