Grab a joint, pop open a cold beer from the liquor store, and get a late-term abortion! We’re free, baby!
Well, at least we are according to the libertarian Cato Institute. They recently released a ranking of the 50 freest states in the country. Landing at the number 3 spot was Oklahoma.
Here are the details via Freedom In The 50 States:
Despite efforts to reduce incarceration, Oklahoma’s prison population is growing at a steady pace.
The trend includes a surge of state inmates being held in county jails in recent months and the rate of women in prison reaching its highest recorded level.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections data show that since late 2014, a year when early-release policies were relaxed to help reduce incarceration, the number of inmates in corrections facilities has increased by nearly 1,200, reaching 28,095 near the end of 2015. The total also rose throughout 2014.
Data released by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics also show that Oklahoma had the second highest incarceration rate in the nation in 2014, at 700 inmates per 100,000 population. The national rate was 471.
Oops. Wrong article. That’s an Oklahoma Watch piece about Oklahoma having the second highest incarceration rate in the country! My bad. Now let’s get back to the Sooner state being the third freest state in the country:
Yesterday morning, we leaked an image of the new Oklahoma license plate design a few hours before Mary Fallin’s officially unveiling at the Capitol. In case you don’t have a social media account and have missed all the complaining, here’s what it looks like:
Please keep in mind, that’s an image of an actual license plate. It looks a lot more dark, drab and dreary than the extremely bright rendering being pushed by the Governor.
The new plate, which was apparently inspired by The Hunger Games trilogy, Twitter Brand Identity Guide and Colorado’s majestic peaks and iconic mesas, has been universally panned. In fact, the thing is so bad that even the KFOR Social Media Bandit voiced some frustrations. Check out this Facebook post:
There’s nothing worse than a vacation in the summer.
Come to think of it, why do families plan their free time around then anyway? It’s hot and sweaty and miserable, the roads are congested and clogged and, of course, everywhere you go is out to gouge you with extraneous prices because they know there’s not a damn thing you can do about it. Enjoy that $13 roadside Whopper, dad.
For me, the perfect time for a family vacation is right in the middle of fall, late September, anytime in October, most definitely in November. Everyday is a flannel day and every night an excuse to spring for a hotel with a hot tub. Other peoples’ kids are in school so you can runabout and have the whole place to yourselves while saving money because everyone drops their prices, desperate for living souls to walk in and make the quota for the day.
Now that summer is almost over and you’re bummed because all you did was go see Suicide Squad and maybe take the kids to the splash pad, let me ask you this: where’s the happiest place on earth that a family can spend a week once the cooling temps of September come hustlin’ ‘round?
No, not Disney. One word: Branson.
Today Normanites go to the polls to vote on a stormwater plan that will raise their monthly bills. The vote is a pretty contentious one, and it seems like every local business has a sign stating their support or opposition to the measure. Those in favor say the measure will help protect Lake Thunderbird and the Canadian River, as well as help protect the city’s drinking water.
According to NewsOK.com:
The single biggest threat to clean drinking water is stormwater, Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary said. The key to protecting water supplies is to manage stormwater runoff — runoff that carries pollutants into drainage canals, ditches and watershed areas that feed lakes and reservoirs that supply cities with potable water.
In Norman, that is Lake Thunderbird, an aging lake already impaired with high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, as well as other solids. Further contamination could kill the lake as a viable drinking water supply, O’Leary said.
“We drink our stormwater,” the public works director is fond of saying.
The single biggest obstacle to managing stormwater is money — money to pay for maintaining and repairing drainage canals, stabilization of streams that cause flooding when blocked, dam safety and for complying with unfunded state and federal mandates dictated under the nation’s Clean Water Act.
A stormwater utility would create a designated revenue stream to address those issues, O’Leary said. Currently, stormwater management is paid for out of the general fund, but the amount available each year is only about a third of what’s really needed, he said.
Many rural residents are opposed to the new fees because they say they don’t use city water and don’t contribute as much runoff as urban customers. They believe the fee unfairly places a heavier burden on them.
It’s easy to see why those who are for this measure are for it, and why those who are against it are against it. That’s why I want to ask a few more questions to see if we can really dig deep and get to the heart of the matter here. Here are my 10 unanswered questions about the Norman stormwater utility vote.
1. What does David Boren have to do with this?
I know that he’s technically the President of OU, but let’s be real. Homeboy runs Nompton.
2. Will the Lake Thunderbird Octopus be affected by this plan?
I worry about that octopus a lot, and I just want to make sure that we have his best interests at heart, even if he’s an urban legend.
3. Will 7-Eleven Icy drinks made with Norman water still taste like dirt and rust?
I will vote yes in a heartbeat if it means I don’t waste another $0.89 on a sub par Icy drink that tastes like dirty Norman water.
When I first heard about the ABLE Commission’s recent dick move to not follow the intent of SB424 and prohibit local craft brewers from selling cold six point beer like Ogletoberfest for on-site consumption, I did what any sane, logical blogger looking for an easy tax write-off would do. I flew to Colorado to experience the feeling of buying cold Oklahoma beer in a liquor store, something I still can’t do here…
Is flying to Denver on whim to buy cold, award-winning Oklahoma beer in a liquor store rational or even related to the issue at hand? Other than not having to clean beer slush out of my freezer the following morning, probably not, but then again, neither is ABLE’s decision to prohibit on site consumption of craft beer inside tap rooms.
Earlier this year, the Oklahoma legislature and Governor Fallin actually did something right for a change and passed Senate Bill 424. Scheduled to go into effect on August 26th, the law authorized brewers to sell their beers directly to customers on their premises. Great news for beer lovers, right? Well, not if you’re a puritanical fun hater who works for the ABLE Commission. They’re totally against it.
Via a Brianna “Don’t Call Me Daughter” Bailey article on TheOklahoman.com:
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