Okie Funk 2012 Year In Review, Part Four

(I'm running excerpts from 2012 posts this holiday week. Thanks for reading this blog, and I wish you a great 2013.--Kurt Hochenauer)

Image of Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn

It’s no surprise that U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn are supporting “legitimate rape” Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, but by doing so they’re bucking many leaders in their own party, including political operative Karl Rove and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

It’s also shouldn’t surprise anyone that Inhofe and Coburn may even share Akin’s weird, unscientific beliefs about rape and women’s reproductive systems, but the conservative corporate media here won’t hold them accountable for their views.

An invitation published over the weekend by Politico showed that Inhofe, Coburn and U.S. Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both of South Carolina, are serving as honorary hosts at a Wednesday fundraiser for Akin in Washington. Here’s the invitation:

Tom Carpenter, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates
Ryan Bradel, Esquire, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Honorary Hosts
Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Jim DeMint
Senator James Inhofe
Senator Lindsey Graham
Invite you to join them at a Luncheon for
U.S. Representative Todd Akin
Republican Nominee for Missouri U.S. Senate
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Eastgate
710 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC
Suggested Donations: $2,500—Host $1,000 – PACs $500 – Individual $250 – Young Professionals
Todd Akin for US Senate, PO Box 31222, St. Louis, MO 63131

Inhofe, Coburn Raise Money For ‘Legitimate Rape’ Candidate, October 2, 2012

No matter how much political cover Gov. Mary Fallin seeks on the issue from her fellow Republican governors, her decision to reject an expansion of Medicaid in our state is a cruel decision, leaving thousands of low-income Oklahomans without health insurance.

That, in turn, will mean many low-income Oklahomans will avoid seeking medical help for developing illnesses, causing needless suffering and even death.

Fallin announced her decision Monday in a news release. She also has decided the state will not create its own state health insurance exchange, leaving that up to the federal government as outlined in the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The ACA also expanded Medicaid to people under 65 who have incomes at 133 percent of the federal poverty line. The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled, however, that states had the option to not participate in that aspect of the ACA.
The Oklahoma Policy Institute has estimated Fallin’s decision could leave approximately 150,000 low-income Oklahoma residents without health insurance.

Fallin previously had delayed her decisions on the health exchange and the Medicaid expansion until after the election. More recently, she said she wanted to wait until she met with other Republican governors, ostensibly to get political cover from other politicians who have exaggerated the negative impact of ACA and turned it into an issue of partisan politics to oppose President Barack Obama.

Fallin To Poor: Drop Dead . . . Literally, November 20, 2012

If a recent editorial in The Oklahoman is any indication, expect the state’s corporate power structure and most leading Republican politicians here to dismiss scientific studies suggesting a link between the drilling procedure known as fracking and earthquakes.

Expect also that the arguments against such a link will be filled with the same goofy logic and language employed by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and his supporters, which includes the editorial board of The Oklahoman, in their attempt to refute the overwhelming evidence of global warming and its devastating impact on the environment.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, which is banned in some countries, is a process in which water and additives are injected into rock layers to release vast, new resources of natural gas. Opponents of the process contend it can contaminate ground water and pollute the air. The 2010 documentary film, Gasland, outlined the environmental damage that can be caused by fracking.

Recently, some scientists have linked fracking to earthquakes in the United States and even England. The link led to a temporary suspension of the controversial drilling method in England. The basic argument is that the highly pressurized fluid injection of fracking near fault lines can lead to the type of conditions that produce earthquakes.

Baseball Rules Refute Science: Goofy Rebuttal Over Earthquake, Fracking Link, December 13, 2012