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Another Veteran Suicide: Turned Away at VA, Then Shoots Himself In Parking Lot

  A 76-year-old veteran committed suicide on Sunday in the parking lot of the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island, where he had been a patient, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.  Peter A. Kaisen, of Islip, was pronounced dead after he shot himself outside Building 92, the nursing home at the medical center.  The hospital is part of the Veterans Affairs medical system, the nation’s largest integrated health care organization, which has be […]

Are They 'Rights'? Or Are They Slave Rations?

On the eve of our state’s 2016 run-off election, I want to leave you a few thoughts from PJ O’Rourke. He first shared this message to the CATO Institute at the ceremonies marking the opening of their Washington headquarters.   “I don’t know what’s good for you. You don’t know what’s good for me. We don’t know what’s good for mankind. And it sometimes seems as though we’re the only pe […]

Senator Yen Poster Boy for a Recall Law

By the Watchman   Thomas Jefferson is famous for numerous reasons. One saying that he is quoted to have said is “When the people fear the government there is tyranny; when the government fear sthe people there is liberty.” Lately we…

Oklahoma Watchman: Education Funding History - Too Little Too Late we Think…

Article originally published August 7, 2016

By the Watchman
  After decades of campaigning by the various teachers unions in the United States combined with the continuing decline of the quality of the education our children are receiving is it any wonder that the unions now want to take over state government. We think not. Do we feel the teachers have a legitimate complaint, the answer is yes? Do we feel that they are going about it the right way, the answer is no. We also wonder why they have ignored the repeated request for their backing from grass roots organizations trying to improve education in the state until now. We also wonder why they are going after the wrong target.
  A recent report put out by the State Treasurer which you can read here State Treasurer’s Report: Oklahoma’s Recession Hits The 1-Year Mark | KGOU clearly indicates that the state of Oklahoma has been in a depression for at the minimum of a year. We encourage you to open this link and read the article for yourself.  Everyone across the board took a cut in their budgets. Even education took a cut. Since the Democratic party is so much into paying their fair share why should you as teachers, followers of Alinski and Union members feel you should not have to pay your fair share? Wait I forgot. You’re liberals. That only applies to Conservatives. How many people and especially teachers were aware of that? According to this report there is every indication that there will be less money available next year unless you take the time to identify the real problem and take it on.

Socialization Of Homeschoolers

  According to the 2008 study by the Tulsa World newspaper, Oklahoma has thousands more homeschoolers than all the private & parochial schools throughout the state.Eight years ago, the newspaper pored through state data and various statistics to determine there were perhaps 33,000 homeschoolers, compared to about 28,000 children in private education institutions.  The Tapp family lives in the open prairie of the Okla […]

OCPAC announces 2016 legislative awards

From John Michener, President of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC):

On July 13 members of OCPAC debated and then voted on which legislators should receive special awards for their principled policy and leadership.  These legislators will be formally recognized and presented with their awards at the annual OCPAC Awards Banquet on Friday, February 10, 2017.  In most cases the runner-up will also receive an award.  Here are the winners of OCPAC’s 2016 legislative awards:

Senate Legislator of the Year:  Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow).  Sen. Dahm scored a perfect 100 on the Index.  Beyond simply voting the principled way when given the opportunity, he authored and championed many of the bills on and off the Index which supported conservative values.  As Majority Whip, he rallied the other conservatives to each cause and negotiated tirelessly with Senate leadership and less conservative senators to gain support for property rights, States’ rights, gun rights, and the right to life.  This is our most prestigious award in the Senate.