On Sunday, the Oklahoman published a lengthy report detailing the excessive travel-related expenses that Governor Fallin has accrued since taking office. The report was very thorough, objective and would have been much more interesting had the Tulsa World not done the exact same thing 12-weeks-ago.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin’s travel expenses add up
Since taking office 21 months ago, Gov. Mary Fallin has spent more than $273,000 on travel paid for by taxpayers, an analysis by The Oklahoman has found. During that time, Fallin logged 56 trips, more than half of which were unrelated to state business.
Fallin accrues more than $250,000 in travel expenses
More than a quarter of a million dollars in public and private funds have been spent on travel and related security for Gov. Mary Fallin, her family and staff.
In all fairness, the Oklahoman’s coverage was a bit more detailed. They shared sidebars and graphs and even profiled the state plane, which is seriously called The Spirit of Oklahoma. But still, aren’t these two papers supposed to be sharing content or something?
The answer is yes, because the Tulsa World republished the Oklahoman report. So basically our state’s largest two newspapers paid three reporters to write the same damn story in a 12-week time frame? And they’re supposed to be sharing content. It’s like they killed one bird with three stones. And they wonder why the newspaper industry is struggling.
Oh well, at least the Oklahoman writers were cool enough to give us a veiled shout out:
Last week, Tony and I grabbed Cardboard Jim Traber and took a pilgrimage to Seiling, Oklahoma for Gary England Day. The purpose of the pilgrimage was to celebrate and honor the birthday of our severe weather savior Gary England. Specifically, we wanted to:
1. Pay tribute to Lord England by offering him melted hail from the Great Hailstorm of 2010 at the Seiling tornado siren.
2. Search for lost relics, including the Holy Gentner of Apache, the original script to Twister, and Gary’s first five-day forecast.
3. Sacrifice a lamb, virgin or Ogle Brother at the Seiling Mill or Bivens Drug.
Well, since we couldn’t find a virgin or lamb anywhere in Oklahoma City, and Kelly Ogle is a surprisingly strong man who can frighteningly rip through a net with ease, we weren’t able to accomplish item number 3. But the other ones, well, continue reading.
The guy pictured above is Chase Thomason. He is the newest addition to KFOR weather team and comes to Oklahoma City via Lubbock, Texas. He loves many things in life, including snowboarding, playing tennis and Mother Nature’s furry.
From his KFOR bio:
Chase Thomason joined the 4Warn Storm Team in August 2012. He comes to Oklahoma from Lubbock, Texas where he was a meteorologist at KJTV.
His love for Mother Nature’s furry started in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was raised. In his own backyard he was able to watch a unique weather phenomenon that only happens in two parts of the United States, lake-effect snow. This ignited his passion for meteorology.
I know what you’re thinking. Is Patrick really pointing out a minor typo from another website? Isn’t this the same guy whose own advertisers make fun of him for not having the ability to proofread? Wouldn’t this be extremely hypocritical, kind of like Spam referring to Vienna Sausage as a mystery meat, or Hinder calling the All American Rejects sellouts?
Yes, it would be hypocritical. But here’s the deal. I’m not 100% sure it is a typo. I mean, this is Chase Thomason’s girlfriend:
When I was a kid, my favorite book series was Al Jaffee’s ”Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” Those books, and other stuff in Mad magazine, helped shape me into the annoying, sarcastic, friendless asshole that I am today. Depending on your point of view, that’s either a very good or very bad thing.
Anyway, I wish that hipster OCU student and her two friends (pictured above) were fans of Jaffee’s work. If they were, they would have been more prepared to give a sarcastic answer to La’Tasha Given’s ridiculously stupid question about the random shooting that took place near OCU yesterday afternoon, and the subsequent campus lockdown after the shooter fled and hid on campus.
That being, their reaction to the question was kind of funny. Here’s a clip:
Yesterday, News 9 ran a sympathetic report about local part-time handyman Ray Koehler. Last weekend, Ray found some work installing a dance floor in someone’s garage in south Oklahoma City and didn’t get paid for it. Now he’s mad and wants the world to know that he got scammed.
From the Spirit of Oklahoma:
A metro handyman says he was scammed on a business deal that originated on Craigslist. Now, that handyman and the customers he claims scammed him are calling into question the new way more and more people are meeting for business deals that all too often head south.
“I’ve never had any problems until this weekend,” Ray Koehler, avid Craigslist user and handyman said.
The economy has Koehler, a full-time Tinker employee, advertising his services on Craigslist. Koehler says it’s a way to catch up on bills and get ahead. At the same time, the economy has his customers turning to Craigslist for cheap labor.
“I basically wasted 6 hours of my day when I could have been … doing another job actually making money,” Koehler said.
Koehler says he was scammed in his latest job in which he was hired to install a dance floor in the garage of a South Side home.
Of course, there’s always more than one side to a story, but the homeowner of the residence would not go on camera. Off camera, the homeowner told News 9 that payment would have been made to Koehler after the project was complete, but that is where both parties did not see eye-to-eye.
“I said, look, I know I didn’t get the job finished, but I need to get something for today,” Koehler said. “[The customer] didn’t have any money.”
It’s all of these “he said, she said stories” causing shoddy business relationships that has prompted the Better Business Bureau to give Craigslist an F rating.
Even with the F rating, Koehler still plans on using the Craigslist. But, from now on, he says he will use more caution and draft a pre-arranged agreement.
Yep, News 9 is now running Consumer Watch reports about contractors who are not finishing their work and not being paid. That sound you just heard was the Ghost of Brad Edwards taking a shot of hard whiskey. Maybe next week News 9 will run a sympathetic story about a child predator who’s having a difficult time meeting kids on MySpace.
Seriously, I’m sure Mr. Koehler is a good guy and everything, but what’d he expect? Based on all the negative coverage that News 9 and the other TV channels dedicate to contractors and Craiglist, you can’t really blame his customer for being cautious. Hell, maybe they even watched this News 9 Consumer Report from January:
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