Yesterday, an Ogle Mole sent me a Facebook rant from some lady named Holly Gerrard. It thanked Oklahoma legislators for trying to block Common Core academic standards from Oklahoma schools, which is the newest anti-gubment movement by the tea party.
Holly’s rant received 64 “likes” and a whole bunch of positive comments. One of them came from Oklahoma politico wannabe Pam Pollard. She’s the former Vice-Chair of the Oklahoma GOP and currently the President of the Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women. Yes, Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women. Remember that when you check out her bat-shit crazy response to the post above:
What do you think is a fair punishment for someone who has been caught shoplifting 29 times? Community service, jail time, hands cut off, forcing them to do all their shoplifting at Old Navy?
I ask because the Oklahoma woman pictured above – Cecilia Rodriguez – was sentenced to life in prison for shoplifting. She was caught doing the act 29 times. Her appeal of the sentence was recently denied by the U.S. Supreme Court. That really sucks for her… and for us as taxpayers. We now have to spend $18,000 per year to imprison her because she’s a bad thief. Hopefully she’ll get some thieving tips from fellow inmates while in jail.
I love Oklahoma, so it upsets me when we are beaten in polls by states like Mississippi or West Virginia.
Last week, Oklahoma was ranked as “The 9th Most Miserable State” in a national well-being / link-baiting index. USAToday.com:
> Well-being index score: 64.7
> Life expectancy: 75.9 years (5th lowest)
> Percent obese: 30.5% (10th highest)
> Median household income: $44,312 (10th lowest)
> Percent with high school diploma: 86.7% (19th lowest)
Oklahomans had among the most unhealthy behaviors in the U.S. during 2013. Only about half of the population said they ate fruits and vegetables on a regular basis last year, less than any other state. Oklahoma residents also reported poor access to basic necessities. More than 10% of residents said they did not have easy access to clean and safe drinking water, worse than any other state. Oklahomans also self-reported poor physical health. More than 6% of adults said they have had a heart attack as of last year, more than in any other state, and considerably higher than the national average of 3.8%. In 2010, there were 235.2 heart disease-related deaths per 100,000 residents, the third-highest rate nationwide.
10% of our residents don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water? That’s puzzling. Also, 6% of adults claimed they had a heart attack last year? Doesn’t that seem high? But don’t worry. These problems can all be fixed. All we need to do is give a tax break to the rich. Then everything will figure its way out.
Actually, it’s not the easy. In fact, improving our state is pretty damn hard. Since we’ll never do anything to combat these problems, I think we should go all out and try to be the most miserable state in the country. It shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish. Plus, we’ll finally be number one at something.
Here are some tips how:
Wind farms are an eyesore. When I drive past the wind farms in Western Oklahoma, they fill me with rage. Why can’t wind farms be as calming and peaceful as an abandoned oil well or pump jack?
Luckily Senate Pro Tempore Brian Bingman feels the same way I do. He’s leading legislation to block them from being built anywhere to the east of I-35.
Growing up in Shawnee, I can remember being in first or second grade and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in class. At the time, I didn’t know or care about what the Pledge meant. I’m still not sure I get it. I don’t really think pledges matter, just ask PBS. They’ll tell you mine are worthless.
Anyway, there are two bills going through the Oklahoma Legislature that will require the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited in all schools across the state. From KFOR.com:
A pair of proposed bills that are heading to the Oklahoma Senate have some concerned about freedom of speech or freedom of religion.
Senate Bill 1143 would require the Pledge of Allegiance be recited each day in public elementary schools.
The bill says it other public schools will have the choice of whether to say the pledge or not.
Uhhh… listen, TLO is full of typos and grammatical errors, but that last sentence(?) was copied from KFOR. We expect better out of people who get paid.
Back to the story.
However, it adds that students who do not want to participate in the pledge should not be required to do so.
While that bill is geared toward elementary schools, another very similar bill has a much wider focus.
Senate Bill 1500 says the Pledge of Allegiance will be said each day in all public schools during each school day.
It also adds that students not wishing to participate will not be required to recite the pledge.
If passed, the requirements would go into effect on July 1.
So far, both bills have passed the Senate Education Committee and are now scheduled for a hearing before the full Senate.
So the bills “require” schools to conduct a Pledge of Allegiance, but doesn’t require students to recite it? No peer pressure there. Also, how are we going to brainwash our children if they aren’t require to blindly say words they probably don’t comprehend?
Personally, I think these bills are a waste of time. You’re not going to make students love America more by having them say the Pledge. For that to work, you’ll need to have our students say other pledges, too. For example:
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