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Bill Nye is coming to OSU on Thursday…

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Here’s some exciting news for people who either love bow ties and / or believe in the principles and foundations of modern science. Bill Nye “The Science the Guy” is speaking at OSU on Thursday.

From an incredibly out-of-touch with current events news story on News9.com:

Bill Nye will visit Oklahoma State University as a keynote speaker this Thursday.

The pop culture science icon will speak at 7 p.m. on February 20 at the Gallagher-Iba Arena.

According to OSU Communications, Nye’s speech will focus on “encouraging his audience to change the world.” The event will include a keynote address followed by an audience question and answer session.

Tickets are available to the public for $10, and they go on sale at 4 p.m. February 20 at the Gallagher-Iba Arena ticket booth. OSU students, faculty and staff members may attend the event for free with a valid OSU ID. Doors open at 6 p.m.

OSU students have a chance to win two tickets to dine with Nye and the OSU Speaker’s Board. To enter, students should tweet a Vine video portraying them demonstrating science to @OSUspeakers.

Allied Arts and Special Events Manager Brandon Mitts said the board chose Nye because he is a pop culture icon who has a strong appeal with various age groups and a strong message.

“People love Bill Nye because he’s approachable and they’ve seen his TV show, but I think they’re going to be surprised with the passion he has about science and its impact on the future,” Mitts said. “He’ll talk a lot about why science is important and the ways we can get behind it.”

Nye is famous for his show, “Bill Nye, The Science Guy,” which ran from 1993 to 1998.

Yep, that’s it. Pop culture icon Bill Nye is visiting Stillwater. Nothing else to see here. Move along. He’s not one of the most vocal and prominent figures defending humanity against the Christian right’s war on science. He didn’t recently have a much publicized debate with some amusement park operator who thinks man walked with dinosaurs. You must be thinking of that Beakman fellow. Good bye.

Seriously, that’s just weird. Way to avoid the Elephas maximus in the room. This pro-science advocate is venturing into the bible belt to talk… science! Either the people at News 9 are incredibly naive or they’re trying to avoid controversy. Since this graphic of Kelly Ogle about to be violated by a man with a gun is currently the cover photo on their Facebook page, I’m going to vote naive.

Of course, Bill Nye’s outspoken views on science (He believes in both evolution and global warming. As Jenni Carlson would say, “Wowzers!”) wasn’t lost on some of News 9′s Facebook followers. They put down their Reader’s Digest to set the story straight about this hedonistic pop culture icon:

Let’s force all Oklahoma children to say the Pledge of Allegiance


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:

Apparently we’re a pretty big deal in Enid

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The girl pictured above is Erin from Enid. She was a Maxim Hometown Hottie in 2013. After googling “Enid” for pics, I learned the town is home to several attractive women. Who knew?!

Now that I have your attention, the Enid News and Eagle published an editorial about Gary James. He’s that racist, homophobic, restaurant owner from Enid who’s been in the news.

From the editorial, we learned a couple of things about Enid.

1. They’re ashamed and embarrassed by James’s classic 1950s southern values.

2. They’re pretty big fans of The Lost Ogle.

Here’s the editorial:

Maybe it’s time to go the State Question route on medical marijuana…


Tomorrow is Medical Marijuana Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol. According to NORML, the day will consist of lobbying, advocacy and raiding the Capitol snack machines for goodies and treats.

Although this seems like a good idea, “Medical Marijuana Day” is a bigger waste of time than syncing the Wizard of Oz to The Dark Side of the Moon. According to Senator Don Barrington, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Safety, any legislation aimed to legalize marijuana is dead on the arrival.

Via KSWO in Lawton:

Sally Kern doesn’t like obscenity…


Today in irony, I’d like to introduce you to House Bill 2349. Presented by Sally Kern, it will beef up mandatory fines and sentences for any person convicted of “obscenity.” Yes, you read that right. Sally Kern, the lady who makes her mark by offending gays, women, minorities and just about everyone else, wants to toughen up obscenity laws.

From KFOR:

One Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing to strengthen punishment for anyone convicted of obscenity and in the process has shed some light on the wording of laws involving such crimes.

We’re talking about House Bill 2349.

Sometimes things we get in the mail can make us blush but what exactly is too hot to handle?

One Oklahoma lawmaker wants to strengthen an Oklahoma law that basically says no one can publish anything that is obscene.

But what is considered obscene?

“It is patently offensive to the average person. It has a theme of interest in lewd sex and then to the average person has no literary, artistic or scientific value or purpose,” Kern said.

If obscenity is something that’s “patently offensive to the average person,” does that mean Sally Kern could go to jail for her hair cut, or would they arrest the barber from Bethany who gave it to her? Maybe both? Seriously, it’s a legitimate question. Who’s charged with obscenity in these cases? Is it the person who publishes the A&F catalog or the weirdo without Internet access who masturbates to it once it arrives in the mail?

Fortunately, KFOR went to a legal analyst who knows a thing or two about obscenity laws and/or masturbation: