Good news, Muslims! We found a new gun range in the middle of the Oklahoma meth belt you’ll never have to visit!
In case you haven’t heard, Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear, a gun range in some place called Oktaha, has enthusiastically announced they are an anti-Muslim gun range. Depending on how many teeth you have, the policy has generated a ton of positive or negative publicity for the business. In fact, the place has received so much attention that the owners are considering launching an in-house bakery that refuses to bake gay wedding cakes!
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is taking aim at a Muskogee County survival store that has declared itself a “Muslim-free” business.
The national CAIR chapter has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, but the federal agency has so far remained silent on the issue.
CAIR has called the sign and similar signs posted at other business across the nation “clearly illegal” and compares the signs to “whites only” signs that businesses posted to exclude African-Americans before the Civil Rights Movement.
The Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store in Oktaha has a sign in its window stating it is a “Muslim free establishment.” The sign also states, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”
Adam Neal, who runs the Oktaha survival store and shooting range with his fiancee, Nicole Mayhorn, who owns the business, said he posted the sign after the July 16 shooting at two military installations in Chattanooga, Tenn.
CAIR has a great point. The Civil Rights of 1964 act outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. As an individual, you have the right to worship or believe whoever you want, but as a business owner, you don’t have the right to discriminate against other people based on their beliefs. I wouldn’t expect the owners of the gun range to know this because they’re idiots, but I thought I would throw it out there.
Here’s what the owner of the gun range, Adam Neal, told The Tulsa World. Once again, it’s probably best read with this as background music:
“We do not want to have any jihadis training on our gun range and then going down to our local armed services office and having better marksmanship than they showed up with,” said Neal, an Iraq War veteran. “I’ve seen what Muslims and jihadis do to people. It’s just not going to happen in my store.
Yep, he doesn’t want any jihadis taking mass shooting target practice at his gun range. That’s understandable, I wonder what he thinks about all the white supremacists who shoot up churches and stuff? According to the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear Facebook page, I think we have the answer:
In the world of blogging, two things often occur. The first is you notice many things that bug you and then write about them. Number two is sometimes you blank on a subject. When these two things merge, it’s time to say “screw it” and write a George Carlin-like, Lewis Black-esque “Things that annoy me” list. Hopefully you and I can put a stop to some of this.
• This week I received a deluge of “So-and-so you don’t know wants to connect of LinkedIn,” emails. I don’t know you. Why should I vouch for you? If you want me to, send me a video to explain why. Also, has LinkedIn ever done anything positive for someone? All I can tell is that it makes you proud of your body of work for five minutes.
• House spiders who watch me all day, knowing my movements, then one day decide to create a low web in the high traffic hallway. If you thought that this would catch more meals, or trap me and eat me, you’re mistaken. If you did that to only annoy me and laugh, I can actually respect that. If it’s the latter, write a message in a web so I know.
• Jackasses in big trucks who rear end you then flee because they are a wuss.
• Going blank on ideas for the FNITBT intro. Here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town…
By now, our beloved Hipster Boo Boo should be moved out of the trailer and into the spare bedroom at the Governor’s Mansion. As most of us know, it’s tough to move back home after having the freedom and independence associated with having your own place… or lot of land in the backyard. As a result, Patrick and I decided to be positive for once and come up with a few cool places Christina Fallin can crash at while searching for more permanent living arrangements.
Here we go:
1. Unfinished Native American Cultural Center
Currently empty, you Christina could be the catalyst that kicks this project in full gear! Bring along your headdress and fancy-shawl and, in exchange for room and board, teach busloads of white, relatable tourists about this state’s rich Native American heritage with lectures on beautiful things and dance performances at 11:35, 2:15 and 4:00 every day (except Sundays).
2. Houseboat on the Bricktown Canal
Alright, Christina: you’ve already desecrated the Governor’s Mansion by parking a trailer on the premises, so why not go the full nine leagues and just buy a houseboat, running it along the Bricktown Canal? I look forward the twenty-two page spread in So6Six magazine dedicated to your quirky “nautical style.”
A few weeks ago, Marissa wrote a post about some good places to eat when you’re hungover in OKC. I thought a Tulsa one was in order for a few reasons:
a) I’m a brunch-a-holic, and the two seem to go hand in hand.
b) I get hungover after exactly 2.5 servings of alcohol so a list like this is beneficial to me personally, as well as the general public.
c) Patrick was about to revoke my Ogle card.
Let’s waste no more time and get right to it:
1. Brothers Houligan
The cornerstone to any great hungover meal is based around gravy. In fact, this is the one reason why one of my favorite brunch places Kilkenny’s didn’t make this list–Boxties don’t come smothered in white peppery gravy.
Remember the scene in Forrest Gump when Bubba lists all the ways you can cook shrimp? This was Brothers Houligan’s approach when penning their menu. Chicken fried chicken? Gravy. Meatloaf? Gravy. French Fries? Gravy. Roast beef sandwich? Gravy. Popcorn shrimp? Ehh, why not add some gravy. Grilled porkchops? Treat the applesauce as gravy.
2. Cafe Ole
When I throw this suggestion in the ring, friends are quick to criticize this choice. “Who wants to eat chips and salsa for breakfast?” they whine.
Well, number one, I can’t think of a better time to consume copious amount of free tortilla chips than when you’re hungover and cringing from last night’s tab. Second, they make cream cheese based queso. Third, they make cream cheese based queso. Lastly, does anything else matter?
(Update: Since we published this info, OU has removed all the pages in question from it’s website. We have linked to the screenshot images from those pages)
Yesterday afternoon, an Ogle Mole alerted me to a strange webpage hidden on OU.edu (OU.edu/science), the official website for the University of Oklahoma. The page has to do with the Oklahoma Homeschool Science Fair, an annual event which aims to help kids discover science and engineering.
Check out the first two goals for the event from the “getting started / information page” of the site:
1. See the consistency and detail of God’s creation
2. Apply scriptural lessons, truths, principles to science topics
Yep, that’s real. The first two goals for a science fair are supporting a creation myth and applying lessons from a 2,000 year old book that totally contradicts science. What’s the third goal? Converting non-believers to Christianity?
Fortunately, it’s not. The rest of goals seem normal:
3. Provide more than a science test can offer; variety, hands-on experience, thinking and reasoning, application and enjoyment
4. Teach the scientific method
5. Integrate all the academics: reading, writing, spiritual application, science facts, math, drawing conclusions, art, graphing, typing reports, oral presentation and time management
After seeing goals 3, 4, and 5, I figured the first two must be part of a hoax or prank. I know most homeschool folks are religious helicopter parents and everything, but a science fair that incorporates religion makes as much sense as a swingers party that bans touching. They don’t go together. Maybe OU had been hacked, or perhaps this was a joke intended for a draft and accidentally made its way online. That sometimes happens.
But then I discovered a couple of things.
1. I checked the Internet Wayback Machine. The same five goals have been online since 2012.
2. I located the Oklahoma Homeschool Science Fair Facebook Page. They have photos of projects from 2013 and 2014. They look like typical science fair projects are first glance, but when you actually read what’s on the board you can see those first two goals being met:
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