As we’ve pointed out many times over the years, the Oklahoma media has a weird, semi-unhealthy obsession with mountain lions.
Even though sightings of the wild beasts aren’t that uncommon, and Oklahoma wildlife officials acknowledge that some wayward cougars make their way through the state, whenever one shows up on trail cam footage or crosses a road in Beaver, it becomes an all-hands-on-deck news event, with reporters, producers and social media bandits all purring after photos and video footage to delight viewer clicks and eyeballs.
In fact, the obsession with mountain lions has become so severe that people can now provide footage of an animal that’s not technically a mountain lion and still get the station to come out and file a report on a mountain lion sighting.
Well, kind of…
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Way back when I was a small child, I remember running around a roadside farmer’s market in the even smaller town I grew up in. As we loaded up on fruits and such, as we were about to leave, the old man gave me a ripe peach for free and a racist piece of advice against allowing Mexicans on your land.
On the way home, I asked my mother about it, as we were fairly Mexican. She said to just ignore it because he’s an old man and be thankful you got some free fruit. And while, even then, that line of thinking has always disturbed me, to be fair, that peach was pretty damn good.
These days, however, that same hate—whatever hate you got—is alive and well in Oklahoma City and the surrounding suburbs. Some are in the form of seditious flags waving from the back of moderately imposing trucks, while some are vocally done with secret words and phrases, including the one that’s heartily taking the country by storm: Let’s Go Brandon.