(Editor’s Note: With the Academy Awards taking place on Sunday night, we asked TLO Senior Film Critic Louis Fowler to review the Oscar nominated “August: Osage County.” Not only was the movie filmed in Oklahoma, but it’s set here, too.)
There are few things more uncomfortable, for a minority, at least, than being invited to a white person’s house for a family dinner.
Within minutes, what at first appeared as a Cleaver-esque visage of divine Caucasian merriment devolves into a rather loud episode of Cops as passive-aggressive paternal comments about weight gain and failure to finish school give way to children bringing up past emotional crimes against them, all the while you’re sitting there, stuck in the middle, trying to quietly finish off the rest of the pot roast on your plate before grandma asks an innocuously racist question about Mexicans in an attempt to diffuse the situation.
But, such are the pitfalls of dating white chicks, I suppose.
Today on TLO, we’re featuring Q&A’s with the two electable candidates in the 2014 Oklahoma City Mayoral Election: Mayor Mick and Councilman Ed. We sent the same 19 questions about local issues and culture to each one. The questions are all over the map – some are serious, some are absurd, and one I forgot to ask, hence the 19 questions. It’s also the closest thing this city will probably have to an actual debate.
Earlier this morning, I told you about how I was drunk the first time I met Mayor Cornett. Well, the first time I met Councilman Ed Shadid I wasn’t sober either. I was loaded up on Sudafed, Vicks and caffeine.
In early December, Ed and I met up at Red Cup on a Friday afternoon for coffee. What a hipster thing to do. Before the meeting, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know a lot about Ed. Based on his campaign materials and soft voice, I pegged him as a quiet, reserved and ultra-serious politician. And I was wrong. In many ways, Ed was totally different from what I expected. He’s candid, laid back, and pretty damn cool. He has some sort of charisma that’s hard to explain. For nearly two hours, we had an engaging conversation about Oklahoma City and the issues this town is facing. By the end of our talk, I was ready to march out the door and start hiring policeman and paving sidewalks in neighborhoods with him.
Here’s his Q&A:
Today on TLO, we’re featuring Q&A’s with the two electable candidates in the 2014 Oklahoma City Mayoral Election: Mayor Mick and Councilman Ed. We sent the same 19 questions about local issues and culture to each candidate. The questions are all over the map – some are serious, some are absurd, and one I forgot to ask, hence the 19 questions. It’s also the closest thing this city will probably have to an actual debate.
I first met Mayor Cornett back in 2005. I had just started the website, HornetsCentral.com, with a co-worker who just happened to best friends with one of Mick’s sons. One night, a couple of friends and I met up with that co-worker (and Mick’s son) to catch a Hornets game at Buffalo Wild Wings on Expressway. My friends and I were getting hammered and knocking back some of those tall 60-oz towers of Bud Light when all of a sudden the mayor appeared at our table to start the second half. We were kind of star struck, and drunk, and suddenly felt the need to try and act sober. That’s always a pain in the ass.
Anyway, fast forward 9 years and Mick is still the mayor and I’m still getting drunk around him. The only difference is that I no longer try to act sober and now ask him trivia questions. It’s funny how life works.
The Mayor’s Q&A is after the jump. Click here to read the one with Ed Shadid.
Yesterday, the following map went viral on the internet. It shows the most “distinctive” artist from each US state. It has some strong Oklahoma ties:
First of all, notice how I used the word “distinctive” instead of “favorite” or “best” or “most popular” when describing the map? That’s because there’s a difference. The map doesn’t show your state’s favorite act, it simply reflects what band, performer or country douche bag people in your state listen to more than people in other states.
As Mother Jones noted yesterday, this detail was lost on a majority of the content starved, pageview desperate websites out there. Most, including our very own KFOR, went with the incorrect “THIS IS THE FAVORITE BAND IN YOUR STATE CLICK HERE” angle. Check out what the KFOR Social Media Bandit had to say:
Study: Oklahoma’s favorite band is… favorite artists for each of 50 states
What is your favorite band? Think it is the most loved band in the whole state?
Well now you can find out thanks to a study from The Echo Nest, a major music firm.
Paul Lamere, the director of developer platform for The Echo Nest, tallied the number of streams for a given artist in all 50 states for his music clients’ listeners, according to Business Insider.
He found which artist each state supported the most.
It should be noted that KFOR’s Facebook post on the story received 322 likes, 174 comments and 70 shares. Why try to get a story right if it doesn’t matter?
Anyway, let’s get back to the actual map. I guess some guy named Jason Aldean is the most distinctive artist in Oklahoma. Since I have an IQ above 100, enjoy good music and have never had sex in a Wal-Mart bathroom, I can proudly say I can’t name one of his songs.
Well, at least I couldn’t. For fun, I typed his name in You Tube. The first song that caught my eye was called “Big Green Tractor.” Here’s the song and some of the lyrics.
Back in December of 2012, we gave Governor Mary Fallin a hard time when she stumbled out of a National Governors Association conference with President Obama wearing black tights with open toed shoes.
Here’s what we had to say about the apparent fashion no-no:
Yikes, who knew Gov. Fallen had such an avant-garde fashion sensibility when it came to women’s hosiery! That’s like the male equivalent of wearing a brown belt with black shoes, only worse, because you’re a damn woman and are supposed to know these things! At least a dude can untuck his shirt to cover up the fashion faux pas. The only thing Mary could do is squint like she just walked out of a movie theater.
The National Governors Association had another meeting with the President this week. It looks like Governor Fallin has updated her wardrobe. Check out her new kicks:
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