I believe it was former Oklahoma Governor Alfalfa Bill Murray who tried to declare war on Texas. I also believe he liked to hold meetings while wearing nothing but his underwear in the middle of the hot Oklahoma summer. Both may sound a little ridiculous, but really, who can blame him? Texas sucks and Oklahoma summers are the worst if you aren’t spending your days in a pool.
Anyway, I bring this all up because it may be a good idea to declare war on Texas again. According to KOCO.com:
It has taken me a while to process the varying responses to the recent racist sing-along on a chartered bus carrying University of Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members and their dates on an extremely memorable day.
As you know, a short video surfaced of the song, which included the n-word and referred to lynching, conjuring up this country’s sordid history of slavery. Afterwards, OU President David Boren kicked the fraternity off campus, expelled two of its students and opened up an investigation into the incident.
As OU made the national television news night after night last week, there were a myriad of responses on social media, in television interviews and newspapers and on numerous blogs.
Here’s a list of some responses, in order, that I’ve ranked worst to okay to good to ambiguous to best.
First Responses: D
There were at least two major first responses to the incident.
One of the overall first responses essentially brushed it all off as stupid college student behavior and argued that the media was paying too much attention to it. This response essentially ignores this country’s history of slavery, followed by systemic racism that has never ended. Except for what white supremacists probably thought about the event, this response was the most widespread worst response. I’m sure some of the people who argued this initially changed their minds as the hate bus week unfolded, but the gut reaction to qualify this type of behavior is part of the reason why racism persists. Racism is never just a prank. It’s hatred and vile.
Welcome to Thursday, ladies and gentlemen. Today is the beginning of the real March Madness but the last part of the first round of Ogle Madness.
Today we head out west, where the games include a really tall guy from New Zealand and the most attractive Ogle:
(1) Lacey Swope vs (16) Emily Sutton’s Okie
(8) Dean Blevins vs (9) Abigail Ogle
(4) Steven Adams vs (13) Bethany
(5) Oklahoma Hoodie Wearer vs (12) Video Vigilante
Hey all, it’s time for today’s Ogle Madness afternoon matchups. If you didn’t vote this morning, be sure to go do that. The afternoon games feature one loudmouth sports talkshow host, one loudmouth politician, and two things from Lake Hefner. I wonder if the lighthouse is jealous?
(6) Lake Hefner Goats vs (11) Lake Hefner Frackers
(3) Bob Stoops vs (14) Jim Inhofe
(7) Mama Bear vs (10) Regular Jim Traber
(2) Blake Shelton vs (15) Red Dog Cafe Chef
Like any good Tulsan, I was pretty excited when Center of the Universe festival began a couple of years ago. There was a D-Fest sized hole in my heart that Free Tulsa and the Brady Block Party (or whatever the hell that event was called that destroyed Wayne Coyne’s spaceship) just couldn’t fill.
Line ups both years have been pretty solid, especially by Tulsa’s standards. The festival premiered with One Republic, Mutemath, OK Go, and Neon Trees, and last year followed with Awolnation, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tandrums, Young the Giant, Twenty One Pilots, Capital Cities, and DJ Jazzy Jeff (no question, the best one).
I had pretty high hopes for this year as well. Not that I really loved any the previous headliners, but I recognized that they were big enough names to draw huge crowds and plenty of out-of-towners. And when it comes to throwing a music festival, a large and energetic crowd willing to buy beer, stay in a hotel, receive public intoxication citations, and take Ubers around town are paramount to an event’s success.
Which is why I was pretty confused when promoters released this year’s Center of the Universe headliners:
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