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Berry Tramel is the king of travel bloggers…

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Berry “Boomer” Tramel has been my favorite writer at The Oklahoman for a long time, and might be my favorite writer in the whole state, but now that Tramel has the freedom to post basically whatever he wants whenever he wants on his NewsOK blog, his posts have gotten a little… strange?

I’m speaking in particular of what has become a recurring segment on NewsOK: Tramel’s Travelblog. Traveling the country over the course of the last few months during the OU football season and the Thunder basketball season, Tramel has used his Travelblog to write about his favorite subjects: traffic, nicknaming people, traffic, food, and traffic. Seriously, the man does not like traffic.

The most recent Travel Blog was about his trip to San Antonio for game 5 with Jenni Carlson and photographer Sarah Phipps. The entire thing ostensibly focused on an Italian meal they were all going to have in Temple, Texas, to celebrate Phipps’ birthday. Tramel spends a full 16 paragraphs detailing all the minutiae of their trip — how they decide who’s driving, how Tramel paid for a Route 44 root beer from Sonic but only got a large, and when they took their bathroom break (I’m not kidding) — before he finally gets to the meal at the Italian restaurant.

When describing the restaurant, he touches on the service (“excellent”), the menu (“interesting”) and how affordable it is (“Nothing too overpriced, though you could order buffalo tenderloin for $55. I’ve never had buffalo tenderloin, but I’m not in the habit of ordering $55 dinners”).

Tramel also makes sure to tell what everyone had to eat. Berry had a pasta dish with chicken, sausage, and shrimp. And how was it? “It was good.” If you think that’s a not-really-all-that-informative description of a meal, you should see how he describes Phipps’ butternut squash ravioli:

Having fun with Google Autocomplete…

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A couple weeks ago I was working on something else when, while googling the Mathis Brothers, the above auto-complete appeared in my browser. People of Oklahoma have been telling the same stories about the Mathis Brothers for years, and now it’s part of Google’s search algorithm, almost like something in a high-tech Richard Gere movie.

So, why does Mathis Brothers Gerbil come up for me when I’m really searching for Mathis Brothers Hamster? We’ll let Google explain:

The search queries that you see as part of Autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of users and the content of web pages indexed by Google. In addition to these queries, you may also see predictions from:

  • Relevant searches you’ve done in the past (if you’re signed in and have Web History turned on)
  • Google+ profiles that match the name of a person you’re searching for

Apart from the Google+ profiles that may appear, all of the predicted queries that are shown in the drop-down list have been typed previously by Google users or appear on the web.

Anyway, it gave me the idea to see what else people are googling about people from Oklahoma. I messed around with it for awhile, putting in people’s names or adding a word like “is” before their names. The results are after the jump.

Mount Rushmores of OKC: Commercial People, Celebrity Arrests & Viral Video Stars


Today we’re going to introduce a new feature called The Mount Rushmores of Oklahoma City. Every month or so or whenever Patrick can convince me to get out of bed and write something, we’ll name some new Mount Rushmores of Oklahoma City. By this I mean we’ll put together a list of every Oklahoman who has had their face carved into a mountain over the past month. No. That’s not right. What we’ll do put together a list of the four Oklahoma Citians who best represent a certain category.

So if it was the Mount Rushmore of country music singers, we’d list Garth Brooks, Roger Miller, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. If it was the Mount Rushmore of weathermen, we’d list Gary England four times, and if it was the Mount Rushmore of sports talk hosts we wouldn’t be able to think of any deserving. See? Fun! Maybe.

Today we tackle OKC Commercial Pitchmen/women, Oklahoma Viral Video Stars, and Celebrities Arrested in Oklahoma City. Read after the jump!

Oklahoma State Sen. Nathan Dahm thinks all gun violence is caused by “sin nature”

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Sometimes I think this site should have one of those little counters like you see in the workplace, only instead of listing the number of days since a workplace injury it should be “number of days since an Oklahoma politician made national headlines for saying something dumb.” Enter Broken Arrow Republican Nathan Dahm.

Last week Dahm went on Piers Morgan’s popular CNN show British Guy Interrupts People to argue with Morgan about gun control. Dahm has introduced a bill that would get rid of all basically all licensing requirements including background checks for mental illness and criminal records. His reasoning is that all gun violence is caused by sin, and not by guns.

From Tulsa World:

“Sin nature in mankind” causes gun violence, not the guns themselves or mental illness, state Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, told combative CNN commentator Piers Morgan on Monday night.

Dahm appeared on Morgan’s program in connection with a bill Dahm introduced for the upcoming legislative session.

The legislation is called the “Piers Morgan Act,” a dig at Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the United States’ relatively lax gun laws.

Dahm’s bill essentially would eliminate all handgun licensing requirements in Oklahoma. Dahm said he opposes all background checks, including those for mental illness and criminal records, as unconstitutional….

“If the key issue in gun deaths is not the guns and it’s not mental health, what is it?” Morgan asked.

“It is the sin nature of mankind,” replied Dahm. “It’s that somebody is willing to take someone else’s life.”

I don’t know what to say other than that is just objectively not true. Some gun violence is caused by sin, sure, but some gun violence is the result of other things, like mental illness. Or something else entirely.

Here are just a handful of the shootings that took place in Oklahoma in 2013. Read them carefully, because contrary to what Senator Dahm claims, it doesn’t appear that anyone was willing to take someone else’s life.

Rocky Point — According to authorities, a woman was wounded when a gun accidentally discharged inside the residence.

Tulsa — Cheyenne Monique Cunningham, 22, told police that her boyfriend, DeAndre Wilson, 22, had recently purchased a gun and wanted to show her how to use it, Solomon said. The small semi-automatic weapon accidentally fired, striking Wilson once in the stomach, police said.

Have the local meteorologists learned not to lose their minds when winter weather comes?

Happy Thursday! I’m coming to you from Ogle headquarters, where, like the rest of you, I’ve prepared for this weekend’s weather by stocking up on enough booze and frozen pizza to last me at least until mid-January. Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. The BC Clark jingle is on the radio, Christmas is right around the corner, and the local news reporters are preparing for the important work of bundling up and standing by the road so they can kneel down to show us that there is snow on the ground.

It’s Weather Apocalypse 2013! Let’s see how our local weathermen prepared their forecasts for today…