This past Saturday, a few hundred weird and ridiculously unattractive old people gathered for a rally at the State Capitol to protest the unconstitutional, tyrannical, communist bullcrap known as Obamacare. You know, that controversial piece of healthcare legislation that was passed by the legislative branch, signed by the executive branch and recently upheld as constitutional by the judicial branch.
Of course, the Oklahoman was all over the rally:
Government is too big and unresponsive, corporations have too much power and the burden of national health care legislation passed in 2010 will be borne by hardworking taxpayers who don’t want it.
That was the resounding rally cry of several hundred people who gathered Saturday outside the Oklahoma Capitol to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Organized by Oklahoma 10th Amendment Center and several other conservative action groups, the “Rally for Healthcare Independence” was a call to action to end perceived tyranny on the state and federal level.
“Right now the people that are in control of your government are not the politicians you elect many times but the corporations they take money from,” Toby Pedford, owner of Legacy Wealth Strategies, told the crowd gathered at the south steps of the state Capitol.
Under a parasol of gray clouds, the self-identified tea party member said the legislation’s mandate that all Americans buy health insurance or face a fine is a “forced exchange” that goes against the free market.
“We have to use the word ‘tyranny’ because that’s what it is,” Pedford said to hoots and hollers of support and applause. “If I can come to your house or your business and tell you how much you owe me, it’s a shakedown.”
Pedford and several other speakers outlined a series of steps that should be taken to make the government more responsive.
When I was reading the article, my first thought was that I wish I could have been there with some ear plugs and a camera. Seriously, just look at the pictures on NewsOK. That rally looks like some patriotic Golden Corral convention gone awry.
My second thought was “Why do I know the name Toby Pedford?” I did a quick Google search on him, and would you believe it, we wrote about Toby when he made the Oklahoma Truth Council’s list of 25 Young Oklahomans to Watch. He was the black tea party dude (pictured above) who hangs out with porn stars!
Earlier today, I wrote the following two sentences on this website:
Since a lot of people are not working today — hence, not reading obscure local social blogs — we’re going to take it easy this afternoon. Chad will have something up later about vaginas (seriously), but unless we figure out who stole Dean Blevins’ Smart Ones and/or Mary Fallin legalizes marijuana and prostitution, that’s about it.
Well, this isn’t exactly along the same grounds as legalizing pot and prostitution or learning that Kelly Ogle has an appetite for Three Cheese Ziti Marinara, but we have confirmed today that Christina Fallin, the daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, has wed local sushi Chef Eric Smith. This somewhat shocking news comes about one year after Fallin married local hipster musician Matt Bacon at a lavish ceremony in Ireland, and only a couple of months after that marriage ended in annulment.
Here’s a statement we received from the Governor’s office:
On Monday, I noticed a surge in Google ads all over the Internet for US Congressman John Sullivan. I thought the timing and sudden appearance of the ads was kind of odd, considering Sullivan was a 5-term incumbent seeking reelection in a safe Republican district.
Well, I guess there was a reason for all those advertisements. John Sullivan was upset in the Republican primary yesterday by political newcomer and teabagger Jim Bridenstine (pictured above). Apparently, Sullivan lost the election because he alienated all the optometrists and chiropractors in his district.
Wait…What? Via Fox News:
If you’re anything like me, you have to be frightened and concerned by our federal government’s crackdown on religious freedoms. It seems like we can’t go a day without some government agency trying to break up a church service, infiltrate an underground FCA group or infect ChristianMingle.com with a computer virus.
Fortunately for us, local religious leaders are not going to put up with our government’s aggressive crackdown on organized religion. They held a “Rally for Religious Freedom” at the Cox Center on Saturday to bring attention to the issue. Via KFOR:
Rally for Religious Freedom takes over Cox Center
Thousands of Oklahomans packed the Cox Convention Center Saturday afternoon to talk about religious freedoms they believe could be in jeopardy.
Rep. James Lankford said, “We’re having a conversation as a community to say we really are absolutely committed to the fact that this is a nation under God, but also you have the liberty to follow the God of your choosing, but you also have the freedom to not follow God at all. But you have, there has to be hands off from the federal government or the state government.”
That conversation was made up of several denominations that gathered at the Cox Convention Center to discuss concerns they believe they’re facing from the government.
Yes, the Rally for Religious Freedom sure did “take over” the Cox Center. Check out some screen shots of the enthusiastic “packed” crowd:
Last April, we informed everyone that Christina Fallin-Bacon had filed for an annulment from her husband Matt Bacon. This bit of non-news was news because:
- Christina Fallin is the fashionable daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
- The couple had a well-publicized (and expensive) wedding ceremony in Ireland
- Their marriage lasted on 10 months
- It meant the end of Milk on Milk. (Here’s a tribute video a Mole made for them).
According to court records, Christina’s petition for annulment was granted by an Oklahoma judge on May 10. Christina filed the annulment under the grounds that “there exists and did exist between the parties a material fact that was unknown to the Petitioner (Fallin) and known to the Respondent (Fallin) which affects the essential ingredients of the marriage.”
I know the language in these things are pretty standard, but what “material fact” could Matt Bacon have possibly kept hidden? According to their engagement website, they had been seriously dating since 2006. We know the guy had some drug issues in the past, but those were widely reported in the media. If he relapsed or something, you think Christina would have stood by the man she loved and not kicked him to the curb, right?
Sorry, just kidding about that last part.
Anyway, this whole thing got us thinking what secret fact or facts Matt Bacon could have kept secret from Christina, thus altering “the essential ingredients” of their marriage. Here are 10 possibilities:
10. He still likes The Bravery
The Bravery are (or were) the The Nickleback of indie rock. Capitalizing on the post-punk revival of the mid-aughts, their music is about as original as a poster at Hobby Lobby. In fact, I think the Bravery were created when some record executive took all the bad parts from The Killers, Interpol and Strokes and mixed it into a rock band.
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