Saturday, April 30, 2011

Quotes from a Founder: Dr. Joseph Warren

Dr. Joseph Warren was an important figure at the dawn of the American Revolution. A physician in Boston, he became an influential figure among the patriots who opposed British tyranny. He was appointed Major General three days before the Battle of Bunker Hill, but instead let the more experienced generals take command. Warren was killed in the third and final British assault during the battle on June 17th, 1775. Dr. Warren was a very eloquent orator and writer, who did much to fan the flames of liberty in Boston.

"Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."
Dr. Joseph Warren, March 6th, 1775 ('Boston Massacre Oration')

"I would have such a government as should give every man the greatest liberty to do what he pleases consistent with restraining him from doing any injury to another, or such a government as would most contribute to the good of the whole, with the least inconvenience to individual."
Dr. Joseph Warren, in a letter to Samuel Adams on May 26th, 1775

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A sign of things to come? NRCC making robocalls against Boren

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the U.S. House GOP, is out with a new robocall in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District blasting Congressman Dan Boren (D-Muskogee) for voting against GOP budget bills.

CNN reports that the NRCC is also targeting other Democrat House members with similar ad or phone campaigns. Most of the targets are vulnerable 'Blue Dogs'.

Boren had his closest race yet in 2010, receiving 56.5% of the vote. If the Republicans can field a viable candidate, it appears that the NRCC is willing to step up and help.

[note - I received one of the NRCC robocalls]

Monday, April 25, 2011

2012 Update: Haley Barbour Out, Ron Paul In?

Keeping with the theme of posts regarding the 2012 presidential election, here's the latest news.

Haley Barbour - out

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, long rumored to be considered a run for president, announced today that he will not seek the Republican nomination, and will instead focus on his job as Governor, and as the head of the Republican Governor's Association (where he will still be involved to a great degree in the 2012 election).

Ron Paul - sorta in

Texas Congressman, physician and former presidential candidate Ron Paul is set to announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee tomorrow afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa.

Paul will join exploratory-committee candidates Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Buddy Roemer, and Mitt Romney. Gary Johnson skipped the exploratory phase, and is a full-fledged, announced candidate.

Just a reminder to check out the blogs I've linked to on the right sidebar, both at the top and toward the middle of the page. In particular, for 2012 news you can hardly beat - a blog I've followed since the "old" days when it was R4'12 is written by a diverse team: supporters of
practically every major candidate or potential candidate, and is well worth the read.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Let the race begin: Gary Johnson is 2012's GOP first

Meet the first official 2012 GOP presidential candidate: former two-term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. A libertarian Republican, Johnson made his announcement today on the steps of the New Hampshire state house.

Interesting facts: Johnson vetoed 750 bills in his tenure as governor (1995-2003). In 1995, he vetoed 47% of the bills that came across his desk, and vetoed more bills in his first term than all 49 other governors - combined. He also is an athlete, who has climbed Mount Everest, and has participated in the famous Hawaii Ironman Triathlon five times.

Click here to visit his campaign website.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2012 Poll: Paul or Paul?

Let me preface this with a disclaimer: I was not a supporter of Ron Paul's presidential campaign in 2008, nor do I envision myself supporting him in 2012, should he run. I think that Paul is right on a lot of issues, but I disagree with him on a lot of his positions. I've never been thrilled with Paul as a presidential candidate. Treasury Secretary or Federal Reserve Chairman, perhaps. President? Not so much.

Now that I have that out of the way, on to the point of this post.

2012 is going to be a very interesting presidential election, particularly on the Republican side of things. Ron Paul made a splash in 2008, but didn't really get anywhere. His supporters, perhaps the most loyal and zealous of any current politician, have been pushing for the 75 year-old to run again in 2012.

Paul has hinted that he is considering another presidential run. But, to add a strange twist, his son, freshman U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), has also expressed interest - but only if his father doesn't run. Rand is considered by some to be a more palatable, less extreme version of his father. Others don't see a dime's worth of difference between the two.

So, I've decided to do a poll on the subject. If you had to pick between Paul's, which family member would you consider supporting for President? Ron? Rand? Robert? Would you not support a Paul? Vote below, and check back for results as the votes are cast.

P.S. After voting, click See Dashboard to view more detailed results.

Governor Fallin Signs Measure Requiring Legislative Approval of Rules Changes

Governor Fallin Signs Measure Requiring Legislative Approval of Rules Changes

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law House Bill 1044, a measure requiring legislative approval of rules changes related to fee increases and scope of practice issues.  The bill was signed into law Thursday.

HB 1044 by Rep. George Faught of Muskogee and Sen. Anthony Sykes of Moore requires legislative approval of any rule that establishes or increases fees or any rule by an agency, board or commission created by or that receives authority from Title 59, relating to professions and occupations.  If the legislature fails to approve the rule by the last day of the session, the rule is deemed “disapproved.”

In her State of the State address, the governor called for more scrutiny of new rules and regulations.

“In my State of the State address, I pointed out the need for a thorough review of new rules and regulations to ensure they achieve their intended goals and do not create more bureaucratic hurdles to growth,” Fallin said. “I commend the Legislature for sending me HB 1044 which will give us another tool as we work to make our government operate more efficiently.”

Faught said, “I am very pleased to see the governor’s signature on this legislation. It is time for true accountability for agencies and boards and this is a huge step. I commend the governor and her understanding of the importance of this legislation.”

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

American Majority 'Tulsa Battlefield Training': Saturday

This Saturday, I will be participating in a local blogger panel at an American Majority training event. Joining me will be bloggers Michael Bates of, and Peter J. Rudy of

Here's the press release from American Majority:
Our nation was founded by ordinary citizen activists desiring a government that was accountable to the people.  Today, ordinary citizens in every citizen and in every community are tired of the status quo and are ready to get involved like they never have before to demand accountability.

American Majority’s purpose is to address these passions by providing education and resources to help you reach your goals.

To that end, American Majority desires to challenge concerned citizens to turn their focus to state and local issues with the first annual Tulsa Battlefield Training.

This event will provide those in attendance with two things:

First, the Tulsa Battlefield Training will give those in attendance a clear picture of what is happening at both the state level and local level with government spending, waste, and clear explanation regarding how all levels of government got into this mess.

Secondly, the Tulsa Battlefield Training will also provide tool, resources, and specific ways that attendees can get involved in the local government structure – whether as informed citizen activists or candidates for local office.

Confirmed Presenters Include:
  • Ned Ryun, President of American Majority
  • Michael Carnuccio, President of Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs
  • Matt Robbins, Executive Director of American Majority
  • A Local Blogger Panel Consisting of Michael Bates of; Jamison Faught of; and Peter J. Rudy of
  • Plus Presentations by the American Majority Oklahoma Staff
The Tulsa Battlefield Training will take place on Saturday, April 23rd at Tulsa Technology Center located at 3420 S Memorial Dr. from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am.

Registration is $20 per person (which includes lunch and all materials) - space is limited.

Click here to register online
. If you have any questions or would like additional information, call Seth Brown at 405-639-8896 or e-mail him at
This will be a great event; I highly encourage you to attend if at all possible.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Muskogee Tea Party - Today

The Muskogee Tea Party is holding their third Tax Day Tea Party today at noon, in front of the Muskogee Civic Center.

Speakers will include:
  • Stuart Jolly - Americans for Prosperity
  • Seth Brown - American Majority
  • Matthew Vermillion - OKforTEA and Tea Party Patriots
  • State Rep. George Faught

There will also be an open mic period, for attendees who want to say a few words. Speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, from legislative updates to Tea Party-led health-care initiatives, and training events — you won’t want to miss it if you can make it!

For more information, visit or call (918) 869-6000.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Proposed 2012 Congressional Redistricting Map

(click to enlarge)

The above is the proposed Congressional Redistricting map, as rolled out today by House leaders. McCarville has the full press release here - you can view more maps and details at the House Redistring page here.

For local interest, the 2nd District picks up most of Rogers County that was in the 1st District, although the Owasso area still remains in the 1st. Marshall County is transferred from CD4 to CD2.

Brief Blogging Bullets

  • 12 freshmen Republican legislators issued a press release last night encouraging the state to return or not accept any federal money associated with ObamaCare and the controversial 'early innovator' grant. This was apparently prompted by the backlash and uproar over the House passage of HB2130. Ironically, each of the twelve legislators in the press release voted for HB2130, despite the fact that many of the points made in their press release were made by opponents of HB2130 before these twelve voted for the bill.
  • Oklahoma's leading political blogger, Mike McCarville, is pushing for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn to run for president, and it has sparked a bit of discussion even outside of Oklahoma.
  • The more time elapses from the announcement of the budget compromise, the worse the news gets. The CBO is now saying that in actuality, it doesn't cut $38.5 billion, it cuts $352 million.
  • is reporting that Donald Trump will announce his presidential candidacy a few days after the Celebrity Apprentice TV show finale. This on the heels of a CNN/Opinion Research GOP primary poll that has Trump tied with Huckabee for the lead at 19% nationwide (Palin was at 12%, Gingrich and Romney at 11%). All of this makes me wonder if Trump will just be the 2012 version of Fred Thompson.
  • Gov. Mary Fallin declined to reauthorize the controversial Governor's Ethnic American Advisory Council. 'Ethnic American', meaning 'Islamic'. That was one of the most insanely ridiculous politically-correct terms I had ever heard.
  • Three anonymous state legislators (allegedly two representatives, one senator) have launched a blog to discuss the race for House Speaker (2013-2014 term). In particular, they have focused on candidate T.W. Shannon, and his close ties to controversial-but-highly-successful consultant Fount Holland.

I apologize for the drop in posting lately; I've been really busy cleaning carpets. Speaking of.... if you need your carpets cleaned....

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hulbert School Board Member Removed

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that Hulbert school board member Charles Thompson was removed from office Monday for failing to meet professional development requirements set by state law.
School officials recently discovered Thompson had not accrued required professional development hours within his first 15 months on the board. According to state law, the board is required to make a seat vacant if the person elected to it hasn’t acquired 12 hours of professional development classes in that time frame.

“I want to apologize to everybody on the board, because I have clearly dropped the ball here on this,” said Thompson.  “This is not something I take lightly, and honestly, I hadn’t been keeping track of things myself. I think I got 15 or 18 hours all together, something like that. The classes I was attending, or the lectures I was attending, I thought counted toward that new-member training, and it didn’t.”  Thompson said some seminars he attended did count.

Thompson was asked if he had received letters from the state showing how many hours he had taken; he said that he had gotten a few letters.
“And when I first got elected, I went to a two-day seminar in Oklahoma City, and they gave me this nice, fancy little badge and told me I needed to take that with me and check in at each lecture, and that was the only time that I got to use it, because each time after that, they’d issue a new one, and I just wonder,” said Thompson. “They’ve got accountability for all of the hours, but, you know, honestly I wonder if there was some confusion, some misaccounting, if you will, on someone else’s part at the state level. Completely irrelevant, because I should be keeping track of it myself.”
Read more at this link. The seat remains vacant for the time being.

Thompson ran for Congress in 2010, and eventually became the Republican nominee. He received 43% of the vote against sitting 2nd District Congressman Dan Boren (D-Muskogee). This instance isn't the first time Thompson has had paperwork problems.

NASA to announce shuttle destinations

NASA is about to announce the destinations for each space shuttle upon retirement. Tulsa is in the running, and has been lobbying to 'Land The Shuttle' for quite some time. The live feed is below.

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Atlantis will go to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The California Science Center will be home for Endeavor.
Discovery will go to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center just outside of Washington D.C.
Enterprise will go to New York City.

Other locations will receive hardware and artifacts related to the space shuttles, so Tulsa might still get something.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Romney launches presidential exploratory committee - day before anniversary of RomneyCare

Former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced the formation of his 2012 Presidential Exploratory Committee today.

Ironically, and perhaps this was planned, but today tomorrow is the fifth anniversary of Romney signing his 'RomneyCare' legislation into Massachusetts law.

Romney joins Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Buddy Roemer, and others as individuals who have publicly stated their intent to run for President, or who have formed (or are in the process of forming) a presidential exploratory committee. The first presidential primary debates will begin in May.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Stunning fact: Planned Parenthood aborted Cincinatti in 2009

As a "government shutdown" looms, in part due to Republicans determination to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood (and Democrats desire to keep the funding intact), stunning facts have come to light about the operations of Planned Parenthood.

According to Planned Parenthood, they performed 332,278 abortions in 2009. For reference, the 2009 population of Cincinatti, Ohio, was 333,012. The 332,278 abortions Planned Parenthood performed over the 365 days of 2009 equals an average of 910 lives terminated per day--or about 38 per hour, or one every 95 seconds.

Planned Parenthood, according to its most recent annual report, also received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts during its fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Tait Sye recently told Bloomberg Businessweek that 90 percent of that $363.2 million came directly from the federal government or from Medicaid, a federal-state program. Thus, Planned Parenthood received about $326.88 million from federal programs in 2009. has more information at this link.

By the time you finish reading this post, Planned Parenthood will have murdered another innocent unborn child. This unspeakable abomination must come to an end.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Rivals in everything: Checotah, Eufaula mayoral races decided by one vote

Eufaula, population 2605. Home of the Ironheads. McIntosh County seat.
Checotah, population 3049. Home of the Wildcats. Think they should be the county seat.

Rivals in everything. And now, it would seem, rivals even to the point of election results. Both towns held a mayoral election on Tuesday; Checotah had four candidates, Eufaula had three.

Checotah mayoral results:
Marvin Nichols: 331 votes (37.49%)
Jay Hayes: 330 votes (37.37%)
Bernita Rittenhouse: 191 (21.63%)
Bruce Hammontree: 31 (3.51%)

Eufaula mayoral results:
Selina Jayne-Dornan: 294 (39.3%)
Nancy M. Mouser: 293 (39.1%)
Chad French: 162 (21.6%)

Talk about a cross-county rivalry!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

'Moderate' ElBaradei: attack Israel if they intervene in Gaza

Former IAEA director Mohamed ElBaradei, touted by the West as a "moderate" Muslim leader, and an Egyptian presidential candidate, told an Arab newspaper that "if Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime." ElBaradei received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

It should be noted that the terrorists who are in charge in Gaza have once again been escalating rocket and mortar fire into Israel in the past few months.

The West tends to ignore what Muslim leaders tell their own press, and instead focus on what they say in English - even thought they oftentimes are polar opposite statements.

Mohamed ElBaradei, a moderate? The Muslim Brotherhood, moderates? Nope.

Friday, April 01, 2011