The Lost Ogle


Oklahoma City News, Entertainment & Occasional Humor • Established 2007

Monday Morning Tweets: Steve Lackmeyer’s Boom Box

I’m very superstitious and I find that if I wait until the second half of a Thunder game to start drinking beer, then the team does better. I assumed the same was true of US soccer matches. However, I finished a beer with about a minute left in the match, and chose not to get another one. This has led me to believe that I have to keep drinking through every last-minute of the game to prevent our opponents from scoring. So, you can count that second goal from Portugal as an error on my part. Don’t worry. Come next match, I know exactly how much I have to drink so we can beat Germany.

Anyway, here’s your Monday Morning Tweets!

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Hot Girl Friday: Farewell, Courtney Francisco

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The mass exodus at KFOR continues.

According to several Ogle Moles, KFOR reporter Courtney Francisco is leaving (or has already left) KFOR Channel 4. The reason? She’s going to star in Broadway’s new adaptation of the 1980’s smash cartoon “The Littles.”

Actually, that’s a lie. She’s leaving because she’s getting married or something. Boring.

We probably should have dedicated more coverage to the Courtney Francisco Treat over the years, but in all honesty, we were waiting for Bob Barry Jr. to flirt with her on Twitter. Maybe now that she’s leaving he finally can.

Courtney’s greatest Oklahoma City TV moment occurred a couple of months ago when she unknowingly knocked on TLO trivia host Joel Decker’s front door to ask him about missing children from a nearby school. I guess she saw Joel’s giant blue van in the driveway and thought he would be a logical person to interview. Joel, on the other hand, saw Courtney Francisco knocking on his front door and thought she wanted to interview him about his Happy OKC video. They were both disappointed.

Anyway, here’s some Courtney Francisco for Hot Girl Friday. We wish her the best of luck.

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Here’s a good breakdown of the ruling in our open records lawsuit against Governor Fallin…

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As you probably know, Judge Barbara Swinton issued a decision in our open records case against Mary Fallin on Tuesday. She ruled the Governor can keep some emails relatively secret via something called “Deliberative Process.”

The Oklahoman was quick to pounce after the verdict with a somewhat misleading article declaring victory for the Governor.

Via a Nolan Clay article on NewsOK.com:

Judge rules for Oklahoma governor in records dispute

Gov. Mary Fallin withheld a number of documents relating a decision on Obamacare. Tuesday, a judge ruled the documents were covered under deliberative process privilege.

An Oklahoma County judge ruled Tuesday in Gov. Mary Fallin’s favor in a dispute with the news media over the openness of records.

The judge ruled the governor can lawfully withhold from the public documents covered by a deliberative process privilege.

At issue in the dispute are 31 documents about a 2011 decision involving Obamacare.

“The court finds the deliberative process privilege is recognized under common law in Oklahoma, and it is supported by Supreme Court rule as an exception to the Oklahoma Open Records Act,” District Judge Barbara Swinton ruled.

“The court finds the deliberative process privilege thus may be used by the defendant to protect the content of the documents withheld.”

An appeal is expected eventually.

“This is only the beginning of our work and we look forward to the next steps in the process to ensure that our client and the people of Oklahoma have the transparency they are afforded by the law,” said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma.

The ACLU of Oklahoma last year sued the governor for the records, on behalf of The Lost Ogle, a satirical online news site.

“We are pleased by the court’s ruling,” said Alex Weintz, a spokesman for the governor…

Yep, Governor Fallin won. Nothing else to see here. She doesn’t have to share open records. Move along.

First of all, that’s not entirely true. The write-up is extremely misleading. They make it sound as if Mary Fallin won a clear-cut victory. We don’t think that’s the case.

Second, I should probably admit that the only reason I filed this lawsuit is so Nolan Clay would have to stop “pleasuring himself” to his Owen Field webcam and actually write an article that mentions The Lost Ogle. Like good journalism, I bet that kills him.

For a better breakdown of Judge Swinton’s decision, check out this post by Nicole Nash with FOI Oklahoma. It examines the ruling and outlines some issues with it:

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Friday Night in the Big Town: Blues & BBQ, David Sedaris and Burlesque

By this time next week, I’m sure everyone voted in the primary. With our wide array of choices, everyone will find a candidate who matches their soul to the “t.” It’s democracy at its finest.

As we all know, we judge political candidates on one thing only, the coolness of their website. Take James Lankford’s site. You are greeted by a picture of the Lankford family. As always, we see that Lankford can only make one face, the school yearbook look. He educates you on his stances, history, team, and media links using an endless column of red boxes. It’s like a boring hopscotch from hell.

T.W. Shannon uses another technique to secure your vote. Placed inside the header of every page is a picture of Shannon’s hypnotic stare. No matter what tab you click, there is T.W., and suddenly you wake up. Everything is fine until you realize that every time the air conditioner clicks on, you think “T.W.” Every time your neighbor’s dog barks you think “T.W.” He now owns you.

Randy Brogdon’s website greets you with a picture of his fist. It’s obviously a ploy to make you forget he’s two feet tall. Mike Turner apparently teaches kids about water. That’s an interesting tactic.

Well there you go, all the information you need to decide an important election. Be sure to vote on Tuesday.

Here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town:

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James Lankford and T.W. Shannon are master debaters…

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Sorry about the misleading headline. It’s the only way I could make last night’s debate between Republican US Senate frontrunners James Lankford and T.W. Shannon seem interesting.

In case you were doing something more fun and productive like binge watching Dr Quinn Medicine Woman or cleaning your baseboard, here’s a brief synopsis:

TW Shannon: Obama is bad. Debt is bad. Harry Reid is bad. Healthcare is bad. Immigrants are bad. Oklahoma Speaker of the House. God.

James Lankford: Obama is bad. Debt is bad. Harry Reid is bad. Healthcare is bad. Immigrants are bad. Falls Creek church camp. God.

Yeah, that’s about it. Although they have different personalities and backgrounds, there’s really not a lot that separates these two candidates on the issues. It’s like they were both conceived in the same limited government, obstructionist Fox News incubator. The main difference is one guy is financed by the Baptists, while the other is backed by the Chickasaws. Picking a side is kind of like choosing between Listerine and the gum disease gingivitis. In a perfect world, neither would exist.

If you think you can handle it, here’s the first clip from the debate along with a few other thoughts:

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