Back in 2008, Oklahoma lawmakers cemented their status as one of the most draconian governing bodies in the country when they passed legislation requiring that an Oklahoma woman must have an invasive ultrasound exam performed, and look at images of the fetus, before she could get a totally legal abortion.
The law, which was passed through an override of a Governor Henry veto, was immediately challenged in the courts. It was first struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 2009 for violating the commonly cited “single subject rule.” Not to be deterred, the legislature reworked the law to comply with the Oklahoma constitution. Before it could take effect, though, a district court judge granted a temporary restraining order in 2010, and then a permanent injunction in 2012. The Oklahoma Supreme Court, because they are totally awesome people who always think of the little guy first, especially in the case of open records requests, upheld the lower court’s ruling this past December and ruled the entire thing unconstitutional.
Despite all the rulings against the obviously unconstitutional law, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt continued to waste state taxpayers money and fight for it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Via the New York Times:
I don’t know a lot about anarchism. This is because a) I’m normal and b) not a racist. Perhaps then, I should attend this “What is Anarchism” lecture at OU on Thursday. Maybe it will open my mind to the possibilities of a stateless society and / or motivate me to join a white supremacy motorcycle gang.
From the OU Daily:
An anarchist writer and affiliate of the Center for a Stateless Society will speak at OU Nov. 14 as part of the Students for a Stateless Society’s “Ask an Anarchist Week.”
Charles Johnson’s lecture titled “What is Anarchism?” will teach students about the often-misunderstood views of anarchical thought. Members of Students for a Stateless Society will set up tables around campus throughout the week to discuss their political beliefs with students.
The society’s co-founder and anthropology sophomore Grayson English said “Ask an Anarchist Day” was very successful last semester in raising awareness.
“We did this last year, and people were very respectful,” English said. “People stopped to talk, we handed out literature and it was a pretty good time.”
Yeah, I’m sure people were very respectful. I don’t blame them. The last kid you want to piss off on campus is the one wearing a trenchcoat and handing out flyers with black flags and anarchy symbols on them.
That being said, tell me more about your anarchy club, Mr. OU Student Who Is Enrolled At A Publicly Funded State University:
Yesterday, I was going through my OKC Google News alerts and stumbled across this press release from the Dan Davis Law Firm.
Apparently, the ambulance chasers just figured out that Oklahoma has some of the worst roads in the country and they want us to know about it.
From PR Newswire:
Oklahoma City car accident lawyer Dan Davis of The Dan Davis Law Firm said today that drivers have another reason to use caution behind the wheel; a recent study indicates that Oklahoma motorists are faced with some of the poorest road conditions in the country.
A study conducted by national research group TRIP found that Oklahoma City road conditions cost drivers hundreds of dollars in maintenance fees each year, according to News On 6 (“Report: Oklahoma Roads Cost Each Driver More Than $780 A Year,” October 4).
Davis, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents, said drivers will need to slow down if the road conditions are bad and keep a safe distance from other vehicles that might be kicking up loose gravel.
“Dangerous road conditions such as uneven or loose pavement also can take a toll on a vehicle. That’s why it’s important for drivers to make sure their cars are in good running order,” said Davis. “The failure to properly maintain a vehicle or adjust accordingly to driving conditions could lead to a serious accident.”
I hate to burst bubbles at the prestigious Dan Davis Law Firm, but I don’t think this press release was necessary. I’m pretty sure Oklahomans have been aware of our bad roads since forever. In fact, the first word Sequoyah spelled after he crafted the Cherokee alphabet was “pothole.”
Seriously, who approved that thing? Either Dan Davis thinks we are really dumb, or maybe it’s time we check Dan Davis into the hospital for dementia. They guy’s been wearing the same vest for years. Plus, when you feel the need to issue a press release about Oklahoma’s god awful roads, there’s probably not a lot of time left for you.
On that note, who exactly is Attorney Dan Davis? That’s something I’ve always wondered while juiced up on Sudafed and watching The Price is Right and/or Judge Mathis. Is he the old ex-anchorman turned TV spokesperson from L.A. that we see in the commercials, or is it some behind the scenes guy that looks like Victor E. Wood? Maybe someone can let us know in the comments.
Anyway, I can’t wait to see what other press releases the firm issues. I bet next time they’ll warn us about severe weather, teen pregnancy or that Oklahoma soil can be bad for your home’s foundation. They do seem to have superior command of the obvious.
Update: That didn’t take long. Thanks to the OMN, were are a couple of pics of the real Dan Davis. He’s not your grandpa’s friend from prep school.
Last night, the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 3 minutes to squeak by the Washington Wizards in overtime. For the most part, all Oklahoma City Thunder fans inside the Peak were captivated by the thrilling victory and comeback. Well, except for KFOR’s Kevin Ogle.
Check out this pic a Mole sent me from the final minutes of last night’s Thunder game:
A month or two ago, HBO Real Sports ran a cool segment on the Seattle Sounders of the MLS (clip above). If you’re like most Oklahomans and not familiar with the franchise, you should be. They win games, sell out their stadium, and the fans cheer and chant like they’re European hooligans. Plus, they get to vote every four years on whether the team retains its general manager. Can you imagine Sam Presti making one of 10 worst trades in NBA history if he had to answer to the fans? I don’t think so.
When I watched the segment, the first thing that popped in my mind was that we need an expansion team like the Sounders for Oklahoma City. I think it would be a perfect fit. OKC is a sports town with loyal fans and plenty of places to build a stadium (would you rather have an outdoor soccer stadium as part of MAPS III ,or a boring convention center for no one). Also, we’d have a natural rivalry with Seattle. If we ever get a team, we should name them the Sonics.
Anyway, I’m not the only one who thinks professional soccer in OKC makes sense. Earlier this year, some group called Prodigal LLC announced they were bringing soccer to Oklahoma City this spring. Today, potential team names and logos were leaked for the new expansion franchise.
Prodigal Soccer has moved a step closer to naming its USL PRO soccer franchise.
Prodigal, which will field the USL team starting this spring, filed five logos and team names with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.
Hold on one second. USL Pro? After a quick look at Wikipedia, that’s a group of third-tier minor league franchises. The average attendance for the league is only 2,600 fans per match, and franchises are in world-class cities like Rochester, Harrisburg and Richmond. That’s almost as bad as the old Central Hockey League. We’re a Big League City that’s supposed to compete with the New Yorks, Chicagos and L.A’s. We’re better than that, right?
The short answer to that questions is “Probably,” but let’s continue with the NewsOK.com article and see what team names they dreamed up for Oklahoma City’s newest minor league franchise that no one will really care about:
It is uncertain when the decision will be made which logo and team name will be used, but it appears they will come from these filings.
The names are: Oklahoma City 46ers FC, Oklahoma City Energy FC, Oklahoma City Flyers FC, Oklahoma City Spirit FC and Oklahoma City Wind FC.
The team names and logos were submitted to the patent and trademark office on Oct. 31.
Let’s check out those logos:
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