The last time we really covered Oklahoma State Rep Josh Cockroft was when the Batman impersonator introduced legislation to wipe out the arts in Oklahoma. Knowing that, I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised that he apparently steals other people’s thoughts and words and tries to pass them off as his own.
Yesterday, an Ogle Mole alerted me to a recent blog post that Cockroft published under his own name on his website titled “The Case For Traditional Marriage.”
Here’s the intro:
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear an appeal to a federal district court’s earlier ruling, essentially removing Oklahoma’s ban on homosexual marriage.
I, as well as multiple other state officials, immediately expressed my outrage to the blatant disregard of the very moral fibers upon which this country was founded and for the gross overreach of the federal judicial system. In an issue which boils down to state’s rights, three individuals in a federal district court overturned what 1.1 million people stated in defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
I have spent the last several days stating and restating my personal opinion, but for this column, I want to take a step back and look at this issue from a practical standpoint, ask a few questions and provide answers on this important issue.
What is marriage, why does traditional marriage matter for public policy, and what would be the consequences of redefining marriage?
Yes, those are interesting questions. In fact, they are so interesting that Ryan T. Anderson with the Heritage Foundation asked the same exact questions in his 2013 article “Marriage Matters: Consequences of Redefining Marriage” and abstract “Marriage: What It Is, Why It Matters, and the Consequences of Redefining It?”
If marriage policy is going to be based on principle, Americans need to answer three questions:
What is marriage?
Why does marriage matter for public policy?
What would be the consequences of redefining marriage?
Okay, that has to be a coincidence, right? There’s no way Representative Cockroft – an elected conservative official who represents the people of Oklahoma – would stoop so low as to blatantly steal someone else’s work and pass it off as his own, right?
The answer is apparently so. We found numerous examples in Cockroft’s blog post that are blatant, word-for-word, copy-and-paste, unattributed ripoffs from Ryan Anderson’s 2013 abstract. For example, Cockroft wrote in his blog post:
Today we’re releasing the other nine semi-finalist photos. You can vote for your three favorite pic. The three that get the most votes will make next week’s finals.
And just to be safe, here’s our disclaimer:
If you stumbled across this link on your niece’s Facebook page and are easily offended and politically correct, I should warn you that The Lost Ogle is an irreverent satirical news and entertainment website. It’s not for everyone, especially if you’re nice, kind-hearted and only have nice things to say about people. We started this contest seven years ago as an absurd alternative to other State Fair Photo contests. If you take everything way too seriously, and poking fun at our state’s fine people and Walmart culture bothers you, stop reading now and head over to The Pioneer Woman. Like our state fair photo contest, most of that site’s content is also depressing. It’s just nicer.
With that out-of-the-way, enjoy some photos:
Time Machine Mullets
When you first look at this photo, the obvious and easy assumption to make is that this couple owns a time machine and just came back from 1989, but if that’s the case, why are they not wearing stone washed jeans??? Did they also stop by a 2004 TJ Maxx and buy new clothes?
Regardless, that’s some miraculous hair. It makes me want to watch Joe Dirt and kiss my cousin. I bet it even makes Mike Gundy jealous. If a Poison or Warrant song isn’t playing right now in your head, there’s something wrong with you.
Boy, that brings back some memories. What man can’t forget that awkward time when your dad sat you down, told you about the shocker, gave you a matching shocker t-shirt, and then took you to the state fair?
In all honesty, I doubt that’s a father and son. It’s probably just a pair of grown men walking through the state fair… holding hands… wearing ride bracelets… and sporting matching shocker t-shirts. Now I kind of wish it was a father and son.
p.s. – Kudos to the guy on the left for having the world’s scariest arm tattoo. I think it eats your soul.
As you know, there’s nothing the local TV news loves more than to unnecessarily drum up fear, panic and hysteria about things you really don’t need to worry about. It’s good for ratings, good for web traffic and really good for advertising revenue. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised when we see shit like this pop up on Channel 5′s Twitter and Facebook account:
Yes, Ebola cases are possible in Oklahoma City… because Dr. Oz, a TV personality who conveniently has a syndicated TV show that also airs on Channel 5, said so. Sound the Saturday afternoon tornado sirens and take cover! We’re all going to die!!!
So, in what parts of town are we more likely to catch the virus? Where are people showing symptoms? What comes first? Fever, open sores or Dustin Hoffman with a vaccine?
Check out the report for more details:
Welcome to the semi-finals of our 2014 Oklahoma State Fair Photo Contest. It’s the annual event where we put aside our differences, bond as one, and mercilessly make fun of deep-fried fair freaks in order to get a cheap laugh and feel better about our own sad, pathetic, totally normal, socially acceptable lives.
This year, we received only 150 or so entries, and a couple of the them are all-timers. Before we get to the photos, lets review the three things you need to know…
1. How the contest works. After spending days reviewing and debating the merits of each pic, the TLO selection committee chose 18 photos as semi-finalists. Those 18 photos are divided into two groups. 9 go up today, and 9 more will be posted tomorrow. You can vote for up to three photographs in each group. The three pics in each group that get the most votes will advance to next week’s finals.
2. What people win. Whoever submitted the winning photo will win a $250 feast to Picasso Cafe in the Paseo. We like the Paseo because it’s one of the few spots in OKC that can rival the people-watching experiences of the Oklahoma State Fair.
3. Snark Disclaimer. Once again, if you stumbled across this link on your niece’s Facebook page and are easily offended and politically correct, I should warn you that The Lost Ogle is an irreverent satirical news and entertainment website. It’s not for everyone, and should not be taken seriously if you’re nice, kind-hearted and only have nice things to say about people. We started this contest seven years ago as an absurd alternative to other State Fair Photo contests. If you take everything way too seriously, and poking fun at our state’s fine people and Walmart culture bothers you, stop reading now and head over to The Pioneer Woman. Like our state fair photo contest, most of that site’s content is also depressing. It’s just nicer.
With that being said, here are the first 9 semi-finalists. Check them out and vote for your three favorite after the jump. You can view the other 9 semi-finalists by clicking here.
It’s always good to see a young Chuck Norris enjoying his first Oklahoma State Fair. I bet he was there with his youth militia group. I wonder what he’s shooting at? I hope it’s either a clown, carnie or terrorist. Those things are scary.
Fashion statements like this happen every day at Crossroads Mall, so it’s not that weird, but still, did she just make out with Edward Scissorhands? Zing! I doubt it. She was probably in the process of ripping off her shirt like Hulk Hogan, but ran out of breath and had to stop because her bra was cutting off her circulation.
You see that photo above? That was me and my friends being idiot college kids at OU/Texas seven years ago. I was but a wee freshman, and this was my first trip to the Red River Rivalry free from the watchful eye of attending with my parents. Notice how we’re all posing for this drunken picture in a shower at the Sheraton hotel, with our solo cups and silly hand signs and crimson attire. I can pretty much guarantee Soulja Boy or Eli Young was playing in the background from an iPod playlist or mixed CD that someone made special for this very occasion.
Things have changed a lot since then. Nowadays, my idea of a big night usually means take-out from P.F. Changs and an OnDemand movie. No one warned me about the rapid rate you age in the years between 23 and 25. While I hung tough my first post-grad year and again experienced the OU/Texas I had come to love, two years after I felt out-of-place and adrift on McKinney Street, and last year I cut my losses and
cried into my chili watched the game with friends in my backyard.
I thought it’d be both fun and depressing to do a little retrospective analysis and map out what my OU/Texas weekend looked like in college vs. what is probably going to go down this weekend. Here goes.
Friday, 10:00 am
Then: Roll over in bed and fumble around for a glass of water and some Advil. Damnit, why did I drink that extra LIT last night at Suger’s?
Now: Spreadsheet. I’m spreadsheeting. Hehe, spreadsheet–wonder if Cosmopolitan has created a position called “The Spreadsheet” yet.
Friday, 10:07 am
Then: Spring out of bed and get dressed. God, I feel wonderful! If I hurry up and eat lunch, I’ll have enough time to run 3-4 miles, shower, and pack before we leave for Dallas!
Now: Nothing interesting on Cosmo’s website. Wonder if it’s someone’s birthday today? Mosey to the breakroom in hopes of finding a cookie cake.
Then: Pick up friends then head to Classic’s. Southbound roadtrips should always start with a Sprittle or an Eskimo Frosty.
Now: Spreadsheets. Maybe I should make a grocery list on a spreadsheet. Bread, rotisserie chicken, humus, apples…
Friday, 2:00 pm
Then: ROCK ME MAMA LIKE A WAGON WHEEL–OMG look, a car full of Lambdas!
Now: Face wash. I need to add face wash to my grocery list.
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