The lady pictured above is Shawnee resident Toni Jones, or as she should probably be known from here on out, “Sweet Shawnee Brown.”
On Monday, some asshole attempted to carjack Toni at a Shawnee Homeland. That wasn’t a good idea. Toni, a certified badass and person I’d like to take to Medieval Times, fought back with the help of her sister and a good Samaritan. Before the carjacker could say “Methamphetamine,” he found himself locked in handcuffs and placed under “citizen’s arrest.”
Banking on a “Local Woman Fends Off Attacker In Homeland Parking Lot” story to lead off their 10pm newscast, all four local Oklahoma City news channels rushed to Shawnee to get Jones’ first person account of the ordeal. It’s pretty amazing.
I posted all four local news reports after the jump. For fun, I decided to rank them based upon how many Red Bull and vodkas and / or painkillers Toni may have consumed before each interview. Check them out:
The Ice Bucket Challenge is a thing. If you have no clue what it is, don’t feel too bad because that means you don’t watch the Today Show or stop by KFOR.com late at night in search of blog material.
So, what is the Ice Bucket Challenge? If you’re down for a good laugh, KFOR Social Media Bandit Bailey Woodrum took a break from rewriting adorable articles you’d never believe on Viral Nova to explain it:
The “Ice Bucket Challenge,” have you heard of it yet?
It seems like everyone is going it these days.
Even professional golfers like Rickie Fowler are doing it!
All are pouring buckets of ice water on themselves while challenging other people to do the same thing.
Here’s the catch; accept the challenge, or donate to charity.
NewsChannel 4′s Meg Alexander accepted the challenge.
I have a serious question. Is Jenni Carlson writing columns for KFOR.com under the pseudonym Bailey Woodrum? It would make sense. We have one sentence paragraphs, random references to Oklahoma State golfers and the awkward use of a semi-colon and exclamation point. I sure hope it’s her. Revealing that Jenni Carlson doubles as the KFOR Social Media Bandit would be the greatest scoop in TLO history!
As Jenni…errr…. Bailey told us, Meg Alexander took the Ice Bucket Challenge. Now she knows how we all felt when we listened to her sing the national anthem. ZING!!!
Here’s the video:
The secret is out.
Earlier this week, CNBC.com released a content farm clickbait slide show that ranked “America’s 10 worst states to live in.” Securing the second spot was the land of red dirt and earthquakes and tornadoes and teen pregnancy and Janet Barresi.
The Sooner State gets its nickname from the 19th-century settlers who raced there to stake their claims. If the Land Rush were happening today, they might not be in as much of a hurry. Oklahoma ranks among the worst states in the nation for crime, health and air quality
I have a hard time taking a writer who’s probably from India too seriously when they call a “land run” a “land rush,” but whatever, that’s fine. The blurb was kind of clever and a decent dig. Now please wow us with statistics that back up your opinion that Oklahoma is the second worst state to live in:
2014 Quality of Life score: 70 points (out of 300)
Weaknesses: Health, crime, air quality, local attractions
Strength: Only 16th worst for toxic chemical releases
2013 Quality of Life rank: 45
2014 Top States overall rank: 28
That’s all you got? Health, crime, air quality and local attractions? Whatever. I can give you the first three, but have you never been to the Museum of Osteology?! What about the Cowboy Hall of Fame or whatever it’s called now? And just wait until that Native American Cultural Center is completed in 2035. We’ll have to change the name of Oklahoma to Local Attraction USA!
Of course, the real question here is what state actually finished ahead of us. It has to be Mississippi, right? Let’s see who it is:
By now, you’ve probably heard the story about former Southwestern Christian University student Christian Minard. She was kicked out of the Bethany bible college in March after the school learned she married her same-sex partner of three years during a private wedding ceremony in New Mexico.
Via The Huffington Post:
A lesbian student who married her partner was expelled from an Oklahoma university one semester shy of her sports management degree.
Christian Minard, 22, attended Southwestern Christian University, a school affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Bethany, Okla. As part of her admission requirements, she signed a lifestyle covenant that prohibits “homosexual behavior.”
Minard, who belongs to an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation in Oklahoma City, is a Christian, but her decision to marry her partner, Kadyn Parks, put her at odds with the school’s lifestyle covenant.
The two were married in Albuquerque, N.M., on March 17. On Wednesday (July 9), a letter addressed to Minard from Brad Davis, the school’s vice president of student life, arrived at her parents’ home, telling her she was being expelled.
“I was informed that you recently married someone of the same sex and saw a few pictures from Facebook,” Davis wrote. “Of course, this is opposing to our view as an International Pentecostal Holiness denominational university as well as the Lifestyle Covenant that all students must agree and sign.”…
The lifestyle covenant states that students may be required to withdraw for violating certain provisions of the covenant, including prohibitions on “homosexual behavior,” harassment, sexual misconduct, pornography, alcohol, tobacco and other “sins.”
Minard said she is aware that her relationship violates the covenant, but she is troubled at the inconsistent application of the rules, saying she believes she was singled out for being a married lesbian.
“Students violate parts of that covenant all the time, but they don’t get expelled,” she said. “I didn’t even get a hearing, just a letter to my parents.”
Connie Sjoberg, provost at the university, declined to comment on specifics of the situation, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a federal law that prohibits colleges from disclosing information about students, even to parents.
This story is equal parts sad and happy.
It’s sad because it reminds us, once again, that discriminating against people based upon their sexual orientation is still going strong in Oklahoma. If you’re an intolerant Christian hypocrite, we are the state for you! Whether our Governor is trying to stop same-sex couples from applying for benefits, or a fledgling former bible college in Sally Kern’s house district is expelling a lesbian student who is obviously a lesbian for simply falling in love and getting married, hate and bigotry seems like it will always have a home in our state.
That being said, the news is kind of happy because Christian will now be able to pursue a degree from a legitimate university! Good for her. At last check, a typo looks better on a resume than a degree from Southwestern Christian University. That place makes Oklahoma City Community College look like a literal Harvard on May. It’s the perfect place to go to school if you want to be a manager at Best Buy or a career waiter.
Of course, this story has made international news. It’s even drawn outrage from local religious groups.
Amanda Taylor is going to need a bigger pink bathrobe.
Kelly Ogle’s Number One made a special announcement during last night’s 10pm broadcast on News 9. She’s going to have another baby! Lucky for her, it will be out just in time for February sweeps.
Via News 9:
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