Now begins a new monthly feature for The Lost Ogle in which we dive into the past, fight through our collective repressed memories, and recall the fine historical events that led to our state becoming what it is today. It’s called “This Month in Oklahoma History.”
Feb. 1, 2011:
Blizzard Slams State, Sets Records
A record-setting blizzard drops over a foot of snow on the state, crippling roads and utility networks. OG&E workers restore power to Edmond and Jenks customers within minutes; residents in rural McCurtain County are still waiting to be added to the grid for the first time.
In response to the disaster, Department of Transportation officials deploy both of the state’s salt and sand trucks. Also, that asshat co-worker who just moved from Boston brags that he’s the only one who can drive in this.
Being in law enforcement seems like a really difficult job. There are many roles to play, and extremely high expectations from a public who is increasingly distrustful. Yes, that also seems like it could also describe working at Braum’s (ever try to master the square dip?), but the stakes in law enforcement are exponentially higher. That’s why it’s important police are trained to do their job in a way that is most beneficial to their community.
Apparently, there is an entire organization dedicated to the training of law enforcement, the Oklahoma Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association. The association’s mission is “to educate, empower, & equip our law enforcement community on a local, federal, state and tribal level, by identifying their needs and those of the citizens of Oklahoma.” Cool, sounds good, we’re on-board with that, right?
Well, maybe not. From the “They Really Put This On Facebook File” via NewsOK:
Back in July, Energy Wire’s Mike Soraghan wrote a great piece that detailed the Fallin administration’s slow, ridiculous, lagging response to the Oklahoma earthquake crisis.
Thanks to his reporting, we learned about gems like the amazing Devon Energy earthquake talking points, secret meetings between Harold Hamm, David Boren and the state seismologist, and Denise Northup’s desire that earthquake preparedness training simply “go away.”
Here’s a recap in case you forgot:
EnergyWire reviewed thousands of pages of emails and other documents provided by Fallin’s office under the Oklahoma Open Records Act. They show a team in the governor’s office that moved slowly to address the quakes even as the earth rumbled more and more frequently.
Her top aide told staffers to “make this go away” when earthquake preparedness came up in the state Legislature after the November 2011 quake. When constituents had questions, her office used talking points borrowed from an oil company. And, with Fallin at the helm, Oklahoma has done far less than other states hit by smaller and less frequent man-made quakes.
Quick question. Why do people live here again? Just curious. I find myself asking that question more and more often.
With her approval ratings dropping and her political legacy nose diving into Bush brother territory, Mary Fallin now seems to suddenly care about Oklahoma’s earthquake crisis. Just a few days after 60 Minutes was at the Oklahoma Capitol interviewing people for what I’ve been told is a story about earthquake-related class action lawsuits, Devon Energy… errr…. Mary Fallin wrote an editorial for today’s Tulsa World that brags about what a great job she’s doing to address Oklahoma’s earthquake crisis.
Check it out:
It’s Friday, the most important day on this blog. Why? Because I can declare whatever I want. Watch this: I am the third best looking guy in Oklahoma City. See? Though we all know this isn’t true, because I’m number one. Sorry KOCO’s Jonathan Cooper.
With that out-of-the-way, this weekend brings the screening of fun-size Academy Award-nominated short films for those of you, like me, who have no patience for feature-length fiction movies. The last film I watched at a theater was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. Good lord, I’m still shaking my head because of that travesty.
There’s also a concert that will test the genetics of a country legend and a Ogler will try not to look too stupid while disc jockeying. Here we go.
2016 Academy Award-Nominated Live Action Short Films Screening
According to a press release on OK.gov, Mary Fallin recently had a “dinner party” for five of the six living former governors. Larry Nichols, the real governor of Oklahoma, couldn’t make it.
Governor Mary Fallin and First Gentleman Wade Christensen welcomed home five of Oklahoma’s former governors to their former official residence.
Five of the six living former governors and their spouses attended Tuesday night’s dinner at the Governor’s Mansion. Former Governor David Hall, who served from 1971-75, sent regrets that he could not attend as he is caring for his wife.
Hall, in case you didn’t know, was indicted on federal racketeering and extortion charges three days after leaving office in the 1970s. David Walters was really hoping Hall would be there. It’s always awkward being the only indicted ex-Governor in the room.
It was the first time in recent memory that a governor hosted an event for former governors at the Governor’s Mansion.
“I wanted to bring together our former governors and spouses for an historic gathering to thank them for their service, to reminisce about their service as the chief executive of our state and their memories of living with their families at the Governor’s Mansion,” said Fallin. “It was a fun night with great stories and personal recollections.”
Former governors and spouses attending were David and Molly Shi Boren; George and Donna Nigh; David and Rhonda Walters; Frank and Cathy Keating; and Brad and Kim Henry. Boren served from 1975-79; Nigh served from 1979-87 and also served two other times, January 1963 and January 1979 when vacancies occurred; Walters served from 1991-95; Keating served from 1995-2003; and Henry served from 2003-11.
For some, it was the first time they had returned to the Governor’s Mansion since they had lived there.
If we’re being real here, that seems like the worst dinner party ever. No offense to the current governor or former governors, but like, damn. When people ask you if you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, no one says “You know, what if we invited all the former governors from Oklahoma? That will be hella fun.”
That’s why I’m a little suspicious of this gathering. Surely there was an ulterior motive. Perhaps Mary was trying to sign up the other Governors as Essential Oil distributors. The Oklahoma economy is in the tank, you know.
It could also be something more sinister. For example, maybe she tried to host her own version of The Most Dangerous Game right on the grounds of the governor’s mansion. You may think that it’s absurd to intimate that the governor of the state of Oklahoma would hunt down former governors right around her official home, and it is. That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Frank Keating hasn’t been heard from since.
Here’s a festive photo from the event:
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