Over the weekend, The Oklahoman issued an editorial that was probably written by Janet Barresi’s best friend’s husband regarding charter schools, education savings accounts, taxpayer scholarships and other programs that I really don’t care all that much about.
In the piece, “The State’s Most Trusted News” complained that polling data show Oklahoman voters want these educational programs implemented across the state, but state lawmakers are not doing anything about it and apparently that’s something to be mad about.
Here’s a snippet:
Oklahoma lawmakers run counter to constitutents'[sic] wishes
Many Republican lawmakers in the 2014 legislative session opposed efforts to increase educational opportunities for students. In doing so, those lawmakers voted against the wishes of their constituents.
A new poll of Oklahoma Republican primary voters, commissioned by the Oklahoma Federation for Children, shows overwhelming support for education savings accounts (ESAs), charter schools in rural communities, taxpayer scholarships for children with special needs to attend private schools, and tax breaks supporting scholarship programs that help needy children attend private schools.
I’ll admit it. Half the reason I’m writing this is so I can include a [sic] in Oklahoman editorial headline. I don’t know what a “constitutent” is, but I assume most of them probably voted for Janet Barresi.
Here are the poll results. They really make you question The Oklahoman’s constancy when it comes to dealing with polling data.
According to latest SoonerPoll results, Oklahomans are ready to consider marijuana for medicinal purposes and decriminalization. The poll had support for medical marijuana at 71% and support for decriminalization at 57%. The poll did not ask about legalization.
When considering arrest for a marijuana offense, nearly two-thirds of respondents (64%) said they should be treated instead of jailed. Under current Oklahoma law, possession of any amount can earn one up to a year in jail for a first offense and from two to 10 years for a second offense. Marijuana sales—of any amount—can earn a sentence of up to life in prison.
The state’s largest cities were the most in support. In metro Oklahoma City and Tulsa, support for medical marijuana was higher than 75%, and support for decriminalization was at 67% in Tulsa and at 63% in Oklahoma City.
Even Oklahoma’s notoriously conservative Republicans are ready for change. Support for decriminalization came from 53% of Republicans interviewed, lower than the 60% of Democrats and 65% of independents, but still surprising.
Oops. That’s actually a 2013 Sooner Poll report that shows an overwhelming majority of Oklahomans, including 51% of Republicans, support the legalization of medicinal marijuana. Apparently those polling numbers didn’t matter to The Oklahoman Editorial Board. Instead of criticizing our incompetent state legislature for ignoring “the wishes of their constituents,” they issued a snide editorial against legalization for legitimate medical use.
Here’s the polling data on the education stuff:
Happy Monday, and welcome back to Monday Morning Tweets. As always, I, Marisa, have brought you the very best tweets from the week before. Or, I’ve brought you the tweets I enjoyed the most from the week before. But you can rest assured that I have the best taste when it comes to tweets. So, sit back and begin your week the right way–by reading some tweets from the week before.
But before we get going, I need to remind you that Tony tweets about Jeopardy, and he’s trying to bring the rest of us down with him:
I’ll admit it. When we started this series a month or two ago, I was hoping that it would kind of turn us into an Oklahoma version of the Chive and hot chicks would flood us with sexy provocative mirror selfies with the word “Ogle Mole” written in magic marker across certain parts of their body.
That hasn’t happened…yet. But it still could, and perhaps it even should. You never know.
Until then, let’s meet Milena Govich. She is a former Broadway performer and current fledging television actress. Milena was born in Norman and graduated from UCO in 1999. She joins Lauren Nelson, the guys from Hinder, and former FEMA head Michael Brown as the most famous alumni in the school’s history. I’m tempted to throw my name on that list, but I don’t want to damage my reputation. I’m already a member of the OCCC Hall of Fame.
Your grandparents may recognize Milena as Detective Nina Cassady from Law and Order, your niece may know her as the bad mom from MTV’s Finding Carter, and we all know her as the week’s hot girl Friday.
More photos after the jump.
Earlier this week, I stumbled across this weird little thing on the Oklahoma Reddit page. Imagine that. Something weird on Reddit. That’s like walking into a Chelino’s and finding beans.
I guess some dude from Canada created and photographed Lego scenes for the 50 states. This is what he came up with for Oklahoma:
Yep, a cow driving a car with a chimney in the back seat. Hey, at least it’s not someone trying to make meth in a port-a-potty. Here’s how the artist Jeff Friesen described the work:
Home to famous cattle drives. Tailgate their methane-powered rides at your own peril.
Oh, the cow is powering the car… through flatulence? Obviously this dude doesn’t know a lot about Oklahoma, because the cow would probably use pure, clean, abundant natural gas instead. It emits methane, too. Also, the car would have a Chesapeake logo on it.
That being said, with Oklahoma apparently being the second worst state to live in, I was expecting something a little meaner. I wonder what the guy came up for our “Worst State” rivals in Tennessee:
It has been an exciting week here at the Lost Ogle complex. You might have read earlier this week that we “survived a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS).” Except we didn’t. Since I am the Ogle mole INSIDE the Lost Ogle, I will give you the real story. Sorry, it’s not as exciting as the cover-up.
Basically, we got hit with the Millennium Bug, also known as Y2K. Yes, I know it’s 2014. This reflects on TLO as a whole, not only our equipment. Stay with me for a moment.
As you have read in this and past stories, I refer to our headquarters as “The Lost Ogle compound” or “complex.” Looks are everything now days, even in descriptions. We use these phrases to sound more important. Not everyone has a “dark tower,” a Devon Tower or Golden Dome to wear with pride. It is a “fake it till you make it” attitude.
The problem is we never made it. Our complex is nothing more than a sheet metal contraption behind the Hungry Frog Restaurant on 10th Street. We pay them for electricity that we pump in through a duct-taped orange extension cord. The one advantage of this building is after heavy winds we get to rebuild it into any shape we want.
By now you probably guessed we don’t use the best equipment. Our setup is three Commodore 64 computers rigged to use 28.8k dial-up Internet. We hoard “1000 Hours Free” America Online discs and use them with a weirdly converted disc drive. We were upgrading to Commodore 128’s, but Patrick lost all our funds through last year’s Bitcoin crash. He said “I’m not a hosting / server / IT guy,” he also isn’t a Warren Buffet.
So last Friday right before I stamped my timecard to clock out, yes we have one of those, we were alerted that something is wrong with the site. Our “alarm” is when our Commodores begin to make that “bad sound.” Well, with our terrible equipment and sloth-speed Internet, Y2K finally reached us and ripped us a new one.
We decided to create a PR front that was less embarrassing than the actual story. Since our machines were fried, we visited the library to use Wikipedia. We found this DDoS thing and ran with it. For now are borrowing a PC with Windows 95 from a friend. We are really enjoying the pinball games and Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” video that comes with this operating system. We hope to upgrade to this soon.
So why did I blow the whistle on the cover-up? Since I was the last person to touch the Commodores before this went down, Patrick’s taking it out of my paycheck. With my current budget, I can’t afford to lose $17.45. This is my rebellion.
Here is your Friday Night in the Big Town.
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