A few weeks ago, long time Oklahoma politician Ron Kirby resigned after serving seven years in the armpit of Oklahoma as Comanche County Commissioner. At the time of his resignation, here was his excuse for stepping down:
From KSWO-TV Lawton:
“I will vacate my office at five o’clock today. My office seems to be a magnet for troubles and everybody. So, I’ve determined that I have kind of reached the point where I cannot bear it anymore,” said Kirby…
“It just became increasingly difficult to maintain affairs in my office and constantly defend any actions. So, it wasn’t anybody in particular,” said Kirby…
“I had a good run and again, I appreciate the taxpayers for allowing me to serve the public. And, politics is a vicious game, but it’s one that must be done.”
Yeah, politics sure is a vicious game. Know what else is vicious? Photoshopping your female employee’s head onto the body of a Penthouse Pet.
If there is one thing former NBA superstar and current TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley has been consistent about, it has been crapping on Oklahoma City. When the Hornets were in town, he ripped on the 405 using tired, cliche assumptions about Oklahoma.
These days, instead of making social commentary about the state being unfit for black people, he reserves his digs for the basketball court. Primarily, he leads the charge of the media downplaying the Thunder’s chances at winning the league championship. While this is an improvement, it still ends up seeming petty.
I will explain.
Last year, his explanation was that the team was not among the league’s elite because they lacked defense and rebounding (despite being 3rd in the league in rebounds per game and 4th in rebound percentage). With the addition of Kendrick Perkins and move to get Serge Ibaka in the starting line-up, Barkley’s desire to see a more traditional style was satiated.
So rather than complimenting the team, he came up with a new line of attack. The Thunder–despite the best record in the league–are not even the best team in their conference, he insists, because 1) they rely on three primary scorers and 2) they shoot too many jumpshots.
Does he have a point? It is true that the Thunder’s top 3 scorers (Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden) account for 65.8% of the team’s total scoring. This makes their team the third most reliant on their top three scorers. Only the Lakers (66.8%) and Miami Heat (66.2%) have more concentrated scoring. Then again, the three teams at the top of this ranking are the Lakers, Heat, and Thunder who are all, to put it mildly, doing pretty well.
Back in November, the Oklahoma City Council overwhelmingly approved a measure to add sexual orientation to the city’s employment nondiscrimination policy. The ordinance was a common-sense measure that basically ensured that gays, lesbians, bisexuals and Brittany Novotny could work for the city and be protected from discrimination.
Now, only a couple of months after the city council’s decision, the doorkeeper of the Oklahoma wacko movement, Mike Reynolds, has introduced legislation to limits the rights of city employees. He’s doing it because obviously the state of Oklahoma knows what’s better for municipal city employees than the cities do…and because he’s a homophobic asshole.
From the Norman Transcript:
Yesterday, I received a text message from a high-level Ogle Mole that was kind of interesting. It had something to do with Mud Babies, scholarship payments and February sweeps. Sound kind of interesting? Here’s a condensed and paraphrased version the conversation:
A few weeks back, I wrote about the new Kevin Durant movie Thunderstruck. I mentioned how terrible of an idea it was, and how one of my friend’s in the Thunder organization said it was going to be a piece of shit. Here’s a clip of the move that Royce posted at DailyThunder.com:
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