Thursday, June 23, 2016

Enid News & Eagle's anti-farmer position is clear in biased publication

First, under the guise of reporting news, the Enid News-Ain't-Got-Nothin'-To-Do-With-It & Eagle takes an anti-Right-To-Farm position, siding with the liberal position on that, and then it endorses Ross Vanhooser instead of his farmer opponent (Roland Pederson), as if we don't need more farmers in government. There's far more to it than that, though--it's corrupt, which also explains why it's a lapdog instead of a watchdog: it was the paper that predicted the victory of Mayor Vanhooser, in the form of Ross' brother.  Proclaims that Chautauqua is a marvelous event but won't publish an ETN schedule to inform its readers as to when one can tune in to ETN to watch it on teh tee vee.  In short, the Enid Beagle is a Vanhooser lapdog, specifically--it awarded mayoral loser David Vanhooser the Readers' Choice Award for Best Commissioner.  That says all you need to know about how impotent as a news org the Enid Beagle actually is.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Orlando: It's time for the NRA to step up to do proper duty

I've heard the rumblings: I'm not commenting about the Orlando shooting because it's likely I'll run for office again and I dare not step on those particular Oklahoma power toes and I'm reluctant to speak out against Islam because I have Muslim friends.  Au contraire.

Partisan politics these days take left-right extremes and are themselves run by right-left extremists.  I've always been an independent who doesn't fit in the pigeonhole labeled "moderate" and I don't believe any voter owes allegiance to the success of either party, and that voting is NOT an entitlement program for either party.  Dems howl because of the alleged "pro-NRA" position I have in agreeing with Sanders that holding manufacturers responsible for the dead people directly resulting from the use of their products is "a bridge too far" and Reps howl that I agree with a Socialist on something.  Both howlers are extremists in MY book.

However, the NRA position that we already have too many gun laws is bogus considering all the loopholes their lobbyists put in aforementioned gun laws before passage, and while they've been very good at howling about an absolute interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, they've also been very good at telling lawmakers what they can NOT do but very short on proposing what they CAN do, and it's high time they step up to be part of the solution.

Come on, NRA--propose legislation yourself that:
1) is capable of differentiating who is a good guy and who is a bad guy before either of them buy guns;

2) is capable of better product tracking than you thusfar have approved of because tracking of any sort does NOT infringe on the 2nd Amendment.

3) establish exactly the type of Due Process you whine about not being there when the Constitution approves of Probable Cause as being proper Due Process prior to formal charges and a formal trial.

4) be better at being constructive about what our proper options could be, that we CAN do, than whining about what we all can't do for a change.

Coming up with a plan THAT WORKS is 100% ON YOU.

Your whining without offering a solution is a part of the problem, which thusfar precluded your being any kind of solution.  That must change. You've regarded the 2nd Amendment as more sacrosanct than the 1st Amendment, which does have reasonable regulation attached, such as outlawing libel, slander, and fraud as NOT protected speech (compared to regarding ALL speech as protected).  The 2nd Amendment is an AMENDMENT, not a Commandment.

June 19 UPDATE: You guessed it--I attended another time traveler convention. Just canNOT beat Bartlesville OK at this time of year.

You know it.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

There's nothing more inevitable than the predictable.

Yeah, if Team Hillary would have breathed the word "inevitable", they might have jinxed things--so they didn't.  But we saw this one coming several miles away, though, didn't we. Oh, for the sake of the party, they must unify...and we saw that effort coming too, didn't we. Trouble is, it won't wash with Sanders supporters who weren't Democrat to begin with...or...were Dem but were disaffected and, to be quite frank, were in the mood for a political revolution, which is what Sanders was selling, and which they bought into.  No amount of "for the sake of the party" is going to hold water, and we saw that coming, too.

And so it has transpired that Sanders talked amicably with the POTUS, and, apparently on the phone with the presumptive Dem nominee, and word went out from the Dems that things would work out just fine, and then Sanders continued to DC to continue to fight the Dem establishment. Well, well, well. Only one side is singing Kumbaya.

When running for office, Sanders amassed quite a support base, even if he's on the short end of the arithmetic stick, and Sanders supporters aren't chopped liver. This is the sort of realization that has been dawning on the City of Enid Commission of late, too: a person who runs for office but loses still has supporters, and those supporters aren't chopped liver either, and the candidate, win or lose, still has an obligation of sorts to deliver what's been pledged to the people who pledged their support.  Those are the people who, given their druthers, wouldn't even think of voting for the person who won if the alternative was to be had.

And Sanders have a lot of supporters, none of whom are chopped liver, Dem loyalists, or supporters of the presumptive, so there's nothing to unify here, folks--the Dems who are Dems are already unified with their Ms. Inevitable, whom they've spent years grooming for the job. Nobody else has enjoyed the level of grooming for the job than Ms. Inevitable.  So we saw this one coming several miles away, didn't we--it was so predictable, wasn't it.

The big surprise was the GOP, who were the biggest whiners about Dem superdelegates but given the rise of Trump, are starting to come around to the Dem way of thinking on that.  Who'd-a thunk it?

In Enid Monarch news, the butterfly weed (Asclepias Tuberosa) seedlings I started in February, now turned loose in the yard, not only have acquired an inch or so of additional height but two of them have developed very small flower buds.  Still no sign of monarchs yet, but they are still congregated in the upper northern tier of the U.S. and lower regions of Canada--still too early for them to drop south.  They typically show up in Enid in late July/early August, and it's in the first week of August that Monarch Watch starts shipping its monarch tagging kits to track their journey south.  Last weekend I spent some quality time in Alva for their arts festival and did the Auto Tour of the Great Salt Plains Reserve, examined their milkweeds (mainly Showy Milkweed) and found them to be as untouched by either aphid or monarch as mine were. No sign of the Stem Weevil up there, though, and I have plenty of those attacking my Honeyvine.

Still very short for a first-year youngster, it's nonetheless putting on flower buds on the right-hand branch, and developing that classic orange tinge of Butterfly Weed blossoms.

Another Butterfly Weed seedling started this February is quite a bit taller than the one in the previous pic, but it, too, is putting on flower buds in the tip of this one spire--but they're all still green.

As I've pointed out so many times before, mainly what's available around here by way of wild milkweeds isn't even in the Asclepias family at all--it's Cynanchum Laeve, aka Honeyvine, and in the process of trying to maintain a properly urban mowed lawn, I discovered something else I could do with those because they're by far more flexible to work with than woody-stemmed milkweeds of the Asclepias family.  I'll be posting more about that at the bottom of my separate Monarch Project blog page later.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Citizens of Enid, I have your Main Street Enid Economic Award right here. Like I said at the Commission.

Pre-Special Session Wednesday UPDATE: Newspaper reports that entry signage is what's up for special discussion, so here's a reminder that, in a previous study session (May 17), the entry signage was part of a larger sign package which replaces the nearly new downtown signs that Main Street Enid got an award on. Brownlee might chant the magic words "conservative" and "efficiency" a bazillion times but it won't change his liberal voting record, nor the wasteful public money spending record of the rest of the Commission including the Mayor.

The one in the background is ACTUALLY in front of Garfield Furniture. The one in the foreground doesn't belong there.

Enid First contracted with a firm in Travers City MI because it couldn't find people smart enough in Enid to come up with this half-vast plot. Brent Kisling claims, in this Study Session, that companies have been attracted to Enid like never before, and to the extent that Eskimo Joe's continues to find Enid not terribly attractive, he's right--Walls found it attractive before, and now doesn't, and neither does Bank of America. Brent Kisling is all kinds of excited about the fact that all the Kisling horses and all the Kisling men couldn't do better than a 6 month revenue losing streak plus one more losing month at this point in time. All of that big-wheel-out-of-state-expert marketing of Enid, and this is all they have to show for it:

 Like Bill Engvall used to say, Brent--"here's your sign".

Yeah, the planet those folks live on clearly isn't this one.

I TOTALLY love those letters to the Editor in the May 21 issue, too!  Check 'em out!!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

All over but the crying--all hail President Clinton the II-Award-winner Enid Main Street UPDATE up top

Hello, all you Enidfolk looking for me making good on something re: me & Brownlee.  It's still in production and it'll be posted on YouTube all in good time. Aloha.
..........aaaaaaaaaaaand here it is:

As for what I mentioned as being the Main Street Enid Economic Viability Award that could be seen downtown for months, I was talking about a number of these on Broadway, near the Merrifield store.  This pic was taken in October 2015.

Right after I posted the above pic today (May 18, 2016) I drove downtown to get farmfresh pictures of the area, and the area hasn't changed with the possible exception of the semi truck carrying mattresses.  Kinda like the much smaller truck that got eaten by the Truck Eating Bridge, as reported by our local rag when it happened.

The pride of award winning Main Street Enid--the entire block where Broadway Tower is with code-violating window signs in each window.

From left to right, there are two signs declaring a restaurant lease; this (above) is the third sign in the series.

Below--what's new is the sapling and the circus poster is gone:

Another award winning location downtown is what used to be the Simpson's store.  Years ago is shifted gears from retail to non-profit museum...kinda like what happened to Burchardt's Furniture store.  It's like Main Street Enid declared war on profit-making.

If you watched the Study Session before the Commission session, then you heard about how the Commission put in an order for new City signs only you probably thought it was just new signs at the edge of town to replace the wooden ones in advanced stages of weathering until the entire grand scheme of signs everywhere got unveiled.  Guess what--the downtown area already got new signs along those lines and we're gonna have to toss in the ashcan the money spent on such signs already.  Money already spent to be tossed down the toilet.

You can see TWO duplicate signs--the one in the foreground AND the one on Garfield Furniture's corner, too, by the lamp post. They look like perfectly good signs to ME, but the City wants to start all over, tossing all of it even if they still have the new shine on them.


Cruz will continue the fight on the behalf of his supporters, rather than relinquish to Trump after the Indiana vote (yes, ye suspended--I heard that--but he also said he was going to continue to fight), and the same can be said of the much stronger Sanders...but...

This is the point where "the donor class" will see a "sure thing" to put their big bucks on, and with Trump trashing Carrier, championing the middle class as Cruz has done, there's now only one candidate who hasn't declared war on the Fortune 500 people, like I said in a previous blog entry.  It's at this point where the marvels of Sanders' fund raising ability is going to be massively outdone by the Fortune 500 folks, with Hillary "out-raising" Sanders.

All Hail President Clinton the Second.

Something else just bit the dust here, too: "the conservative movement", despised by Tea Partiers who already took over the GOP, and still supported by the Our Values organization up against Trump.  Also fallen: Rush Limbaugh. At this point he's provably unpersuasive even among conservatives.

Now consider this:

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Of late I think of SuperTuesday Cliffordville & City Special Session

Here we go with another manic SuperTuesday, talk of a Kasich-Cruz coalition and now of a break-up, who spends resources campaigning where, all distinctly flavored with the Twilight Zone seasoned with a guffaw or two that David Letterman could have made in public but hasn't because he retired, dammit.

And here we go with another special Enid City Commission with a focus on the budget again, with questions as to how highly paid a legal eagle is, representing the City to the State government while not blinking an eye about paying that ETN incompetent twice as much for knowing less than even a legal intern and knowing even less about basic mic-ing and ADA level equal access to what microphones they do have...and now replacing equipment like the dais mic, basically paying twice for equipping once.

The Music Man was partial to Gary, while people who know me well know that I'm partial to South Bend (and why).  Shortwave radio hobbyists of a certain upper class know the significance of Indianapolis in particular...and one particular famed grocery bagger...but there's nothing like living next door to that particular state, in Illinois, where the southerners there have more in common with the southerners in Indiana than they do with their respective northern co-habitants.  Hoosier daddy? The further south you go, the more commonality is in the riverways so you might as well throw western Kentucky into that mix, culturally.  Yeah--not sure that Trump would play well there, actually, so this is where the Twilight Zone comes in.

The following is on YouTube and is of poor quality, but it gets the Trumpish point across.  For a better view, there's Hulu et al.

Heh. Julie Newmar looks good in any resolution, huh.

More remarkable than that, though, is the great departure this nation has made between what was moral, Christian, proper decades ago to how those things are currently defined, how what was considered demonic drive is now sanctified under "prosperity theology".

I wonder if Dave Letterman ever visited Cliffordville, Indiana.

It's obvious that nobody on the Enid City Commission ever did--they voted in favor of the massive Kaw Project, reviewed the advice of their financial advisers, and STILL failed to go into sticker shock until NOW.  Like I've said before, that crowd reliably fails to think things through, and even now think that, without a PR department, they are NOT duplicating the jobs of both the Chamber of Commerce, Visit Enid, and now the Enid Event Center, which clearly failed to make a dent in the previous 6 months of precipitous drop in sales tax revenue.  The previous 6 months included the Christmas season and Black Friday, which do not occur in the next 6 months.  Main Street Enid's impact on sales tax revenue is less than zero, and we blow wads of cash on that sorry lot too, under the mistaken impression that all the parties they throw while everybody else is tightening their belts somehow makes Enid look GOOD.  It doesn't, and it won't.

Now here's another Twilight Zone episode which contains material we've been hearing lately. Posting it Lest We Forget...
Science Fiction Treasures- He's Alive Full... by Angelcraftcrownsciencefictiontreasures

It's now 3:10 pm and a massive shelf cloud formed overhead from the north, with thunderclouds rolling in beneath from the south. Shutting down now--here we go.
.....  ......   ...and I'm back, in one piece, feelin' like Pecos Bill. XD

SuperWednesday UPDATE: Carly Fiorina is being poo-pooed as Cruz's running mate announced too early but with Indiana in mind as Trump continues to trash Carrier. Here's a reminder that although Fiorina always sat at the "second card table" in the early debates, she dominated the debates she was in. She does still enjoy support and she just made a point you can't refute today: Hillary made big bucks selling access (corporate speeches, same point Bernie was making) and Trump made his big bucks buying people like Hillary.  BOOM.
I ask again, Indiana---Hoosier daddy?!

Seriously, people--the GOP died with Dubya, with the rise of the anti-GOP Tea Party within the GOP. That was a hostile take-over.  Proof of the death of the GOP: the deaths of the political careers of Lindsay Graham and Jeb Bush, and now the only candidate left for corporate America to support is Hillary...and the GOP olde guarde can do absolutely NOTHING about it.

mini UPDATE: Blog stats indicate that someone has been researching my background re: City stuff and this li'l bit of info is just for you folks who have noticed the ASL in my last appearance before the Commission. That stuff happened AFTER Motorola downsized and moved to Texas with its AZ HQ becoming a superfund cleanup site. AZ Relay was my next employment gig just before a parent became significantly infirm and I had to move to IL from AZ...after which I moved to OK...okay? While I was on family leave of absence, the corporation which hired the people I worked for to handle AZ Relay took a nosedive, too.  Ever hear of MCI?  Yeah--lucky me, huh.  MCI was mandated to provide Relay services and just before it bit the dust, it consolidated into AZ other Relay services it provided.  In its final days, I additionally worked Louisiana Relay, N. Carolina Relay, and Wisconsin Relay.  How 'bout THEM apples. My retirement is with Motorola, though.

Sure, I still have a few souvenirs of my time with AZ a glowing letter of recommendation.