Thursday, January 22, 2015

Catching my breath briefly just to say this... my Enid local regulars, there's going to be a formal debate moderated by Frank Baker in the City council chamber on January 28. Tentative time set at 6 pm, possibly subject to change.  Will keep you posted.

Saturday UPDATE: Heard some most excellent City political scuttlebutt whilst at Winter Chautauqua workshops this AM. Because it's scuttlebutt, I won't repeat it, but I will say this: The City has recognized some complaints as actual threats to incumbents, not just the Ward 5 incumbent, and has made moves to mitigate those conditions complained about.  Nice try, Team Wilson-Vanhooser, but your record remains carved in stone and if you're doing an about-face on your previous positions, it only means that your record is indefensible.  You can't re-write your record.

And so I am commencing to be insufferably smug for the rest of the day.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

MLK weekend in Enid

People who went to the annual commemorative march yesterday (Saturday) know that I shot footage of it.  Those same people also know that the Enid News & Eagle "photoshopped" the picture they ran in the paper today (Sunday).  And of those who might read this blog, they know that I haven't posted the vid.

Know ye that I don't plan to.I attended for personal reasons, and I did stay to watch the documentary Grayson Church showed afterward.  There are exactly 3 people who showed up there that had a clue, because they listened to what I said about being just up the river from Memphis at the time, and what wasn't mentioned in the documentary (but what I remember quite clearly) were the Cairo IL race riots going on at the time, just up the river from Memphis TN.  It's why I henceforth had no qualms about living in black neighborhoods or attending black churches back in the day when such a thing was still highly controversial.

Have a nice day.

The Enid News & Eagle would never get shots like these, either.  By the way, in the photo immediately above, the guy on the left-most is also a Chautauqua regular.  I was in good company in more ways than one.

Below, Selma remembered... Garriott...

...and then...the Eagle has landed....

I think I should mention that I had an aunt that lived in Ferguson MO some years back and I remember that 'burb of St. Louis, too. A lot of stuff hitting close to home, as it were, these days.

P. S. for +Tim Lang :

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Student, teach thyself!

I think that nothing says more about how much extra cash that the Enid Public Schools system than this does...

...but it ranks right up there with the cash they had to buy all new equipment for EPS TV and hire a doctorate communications person, plus assistant, to run the thing.

This is also an admission that the EPS administration itself doesn't even know beans about education.  After what I saw at the last EPS board meeting, I believe it.

Hey there, big spender--remember this classic over-reach?

Just think of how the vote saved us from having this shoved down our throats, too.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Separate follow-up post to the previous entry, YWCA thing

I had an interesting conversation with a supporter after the YWCA luncheon in which she mentioned some U.N. program that sounded like the comprehensive planning that the City Commission had under consideration, as described in the previous post and videos.

In that vein, I think it's important to point out that the City Commission spent $ soliciting comprehensive plans from professional planners in April, 2014, in a special meeting outside of its regularly scheduled meetings. What happened at the last study session was the culmination of that adventure.

Sounds almost exactly like what they did when they spent $ to solicit a master plan for parks, doesn't it.  You know, the one that got voted down overwhelmingly and the City claimed that they didn't see it coming. Deja vu all over again.

In other news, the YWCA luncheon led to 2 more speaking engagements now under negotiations.  I sure liked the write-up in the newspaper this morning, too.

Here we go!

Just got my mom's bicycle in working order, and there will be a camera attached, to show what it's like biking that poor excuse for a bike trail in Enid.  By all means, stay tuned.

Islam has nothing to do with the situation at City Hall, but the topic did come up for discussion, with a source cited as being talk show radio.  Here's a list the big mistakes they make with the Koran right out of the gate:

1) They're reading it
2) In English
3) Out of proper context of the Hadiths and Sunnah
4) They're pretending that Muslims use it like Christians use a Bible.  They don't.


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Heads up, Enid OK--something big down at City hall--vids & update

If you make a habit out of tuning in to cable channel 12 for the usual live airing of the City Commission, you missed a major study session on cable camera, surprise surprise!

Make a point to catch the repeat sked and be sure to tune in earlier than usual.  For the first time, there was something akin to a teleconference, and the topic was Big Ideas.  As in a long-term master plan for future Enid growth and infrastructure.

Yes, I took my camera there tonight like I have been to every City study session of late, and yes, I have footage of the whole thing, but up until this point, there's never been a study session on City camera before.  Ever.

Some of this stuff included a few things I was already campaigning on (like the City doing a better job of including the colleges in stuff) and stuff I was going to make an issue of (potholes vs shiny-object grand projects like the hiking trail, the bike trail, the failed parks overhaul, additional dog parks...anything requiring matching funds for which the Streets and Alleys Fund was always raided to provide for) just got a whole lot bigger.  Vast plans with vast Big Ideas footnoted by an "education program" to "educate" the public as to how good these vast plans are gonna be when we all embark on the journey to the sky-resident pie.

Everything I thought I was gonna say at the Friday luncheon at the Y just got tossed out the window.

Well, almost. We're gonna be in for a wild, wild ride.  Then again, I wouldn't be me if I wasn't just chock full of surprises from having to think on my feet, now, would I.  Never say never.  When situations warrant change, so changes the charted navigation.

Oh.  I have to add that there is one thing the City did that was smart. Hiring Jerald Gilbert as City Manager. Nobody's better in that position, especially after the last two products of a Manager Farm we got in a row just prior.  There's hope.

Here's the first 15-ish minutes of that study session...sorry, but better quality is not possible on Blogger, currently...


 Higher res version is now up on YouTube.
 Seriously, people--somebody needs to be elected to the City Commission who will pull a Tom Coburn on many of these #vast-plans #half-vast-plans just like the voters did with the City's half-vast mega-plan for our parks. 

The second 15-ish minutes are now available with a warning about my strange sense of humor, which explains some of the odd focus shots I take from time to time, and I acknowledge up front that they're cringe-worthy. XD

Third 15-ish minute segment on YouTube
Fourth segment on YouTube
Fifth and last segment

Wednesday UPDATE: I hope good Enid citizens caught these articles in today's paper:

That second article admits that this big government overreach was Benson's Big Idea. Trouble is that he had big government overreach Commissioners who also thought this was a good vast idea...which would explain the half-vast execution.  While we were moaning and groaning about the big government overreaches in Washington, look at the big government overreaching coyotes we let into city government to raid the hen house in our own back yard.

How about this Big Idea? Give the job of promoting Enid back to the Chamber of Commerce, whose job it always was. Government doesn't need to be spending big bucks going into the broadcasting business in competition with our commercial entities and we don't need to be paying a PR guy to run interference between the public and their publicly elected Commissioners. Let's be commercial City of Enid instead Government-Is-Here-To-Help City of Moscow.

Yeah, I know--I should post something about how Je Suis Charlie and a cartoon to show my own support of the First Amendment in this country and Liberte Expression abroad, but I'm a person who knows the history of this oft-cited French tradition of lampooning.  It's actually against the law in this country.  Take a wild guess where the term "libel" originates.  Libel, my friends, is the time honored French tradition referred to, and France is where the U.S. legal system got that term from.

History of libel publications
Paris Digest
Le Monde blog entry, in English
France 24, in English
Paris Match, en francais
Nous sommes tous Charlie

Thursday miniUPDATE: Sorry you didn't win the Pillar of the Plains award, Frank Baker--I was pullin' for ya.  I'm still a big fan of "It's Mostly News".

 A most worthy gentleman won, though, and I can't imagine the anguish the judges have to go through to pick the winner.  Congrats, Mr. Allen!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Hey Ward 5 City Commissioner, betcha didn't know THIS!

Each one of those campaign signs your team took down are hand-crafted works of art that have a commitment to a private collection.  Of course it's a misdemeanor to remove your general usual average cheap campaign signs, but it's quite another to be an art thief, with the theft being artifacts of a private collection.  If they were destroyed, there's an additional vandalism charge that goes with that.

Now then--this situation was turned into an advantage when knocking on doors, asking as to whether or not anyone saw anything regarding sign removal.  You can remove signs, hon, but you can't un-ring a door bell.

And what has been seen cannot be unseen. People who saw the signs also see that they've been removed by somebody who isn't the candidate whose name was on the sign.  While you and yours might like to think people are that stupid, I can tell you that they're not--I've talked to them, and so I know better than that.

Almost forgot to mention that the signs have been photographed for insurance purposes. Ever hear of the saying, "six feet deep and still digging"?  You might consider putting your shovel down.

+Tammy Wilson +cityofenid