This is a blog of populist and liberal information and ideas, advancing the cause of truth and justice while fighting the ugly tyranny of right-wing oppression in Oklahoma and its surrounding environs.

Peace Walk Scheduled For September 23

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”We have guided missiles and misguided men”—Martin Luther King

The anti-war movement in Oklahoma continues to bring a message of hope and peace to area residents.

It does so in one of the reddest of red states. The corporate media here and angry warmongers such as U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe continue to support Imperial President George Bush’s gruesome, Iraq occupation, even as leading Republicans, such as U.S. Sens. John Warner (Virgina) and Chuck Hagel (Nebraska) have moderated their views. But not everyone in Oklahoma is a Bushbot. Recent polling shows a majority of Oklahomans actually disapprove of the way Bush is handling the occupation.

The Iraq occupation is a disaster. It has taken the lives of thousands upon thousand of American soldiers and innocent Iraqi citizens. Some estimate the occupation will cost at least $2 trillion. The only people who have benefited from the occupation have been war profiteers, who put their own greed above the interests of their country.

The next “Spiritual Walk For Peace” will begin at 2 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Episcopal Center at NW 9th Street and Robinson. The walk goes around the Murrah National Memorial.

For more information, contact Nathaniel Batchelder at The Peace House.

Latest Republican Homophobe Caught In Police Sex Sting

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in Minnesota in connection with a police report that says he solicited a male undercover police officer to engage in “lewd conduct” in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport bathroom.

Craig is an ultra conservative who supports banning gay marriage because, according to a news article, it is "important for us to stand up now and protect traditional marriage, which is under attack by a few unelected judges and litigious activists."

But here he is in a metropolitan airport of all places trying to have sex with another man. Craig denies he was soliciting the officer, but his excuses make no sense. Why would you plead guilty to a charge in connection with a “lewd conduct” police report if it was not true?

Craig, like U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe here in Oklahoma, is one of those Republican leaders who have “gone Washington.” They feel no accountability to the people they represent or to basic logic. They are hypocritical and have no value system. Their only allegiance is to themselves and the big corporations who fund their campaigns.

Do not forget Inhofe’s gay-bashing performance on the Senate floor in June, 2006. Inhofe said, “I'm very proud that in the entire recorded history of our family, there has never been...any kind of homosexual relationship.”

I wonder what Inhofe and his family think of Craig’s conviction.

Shed No Tears For Calvey

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(The image to the right is from PhotoTune. Want to know how Oklahoma City is really perceived outside the state? Check out this little ditty by Austin American-Statesman columnist John Kelso.)

U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-Virginia), a leading Republican leader in Washington, is asking Imperial President George Bush to bring some troops home from Iraq by Christmas as a symbolic gesture.

Maybe one of those troops could be the whiner and neoconservative ideologue Kevin Calvey, who continues to publish his inane drivel on the Web site of the state’s largest newspaper. Let us hope so. If Calvey gets to come home soon—and apparently he now wants to come home from the gruesome occupation he has supported from the beginning—then we would not have to deal with the fallout of all his political mush that has nothing to do about his service there.

Calvey, a former Republican state legislator now serving a tour in Iraq as a member of the Army National Guard, publishes the blog “Kevin Calvey in Iraq,” which appears on the Web site of the archconservative The Daily Oklahoman. The blog is one of those weird, surreal Okie spectacles almost impossible to explain to anyone outside the state.

After six weeks of not blogging at all and a 15-day vacation, Calvey’s posts suddenly starting appearing again this week. But there was this interesting little gem of information from him:

“I was far less excited about returning to Baghdad,” Calvey whines. “I am proud to serve my country, but being home for 15 days reminded me of what I am missing by being over here. I am glad to serve, but I will be even more glad to finish this tour.”

But why would he want to "finish this tour"? Is this not the Glorious War For Global Freedom Everywhere he has supported for years and years, and is it not sponsored by the Imperial President he so adores? It is exactly people like Calvey who should serve in Iraq, not those soldiers who have come to realize the incompetence and lies of Bush and his advisors. Calvey, if we consider his published arguments, should be pumped with adrenaline each and every moment he can serve in Bush’s Long War. New Rule: Warmongers must serve in the wars they sponsor without complaining.

In the era of The Big Lie, Calvey is yet another neoconservative ideologue that wants it all ways. He supports the occupation yet he wants to come home from it. He obviously supports the illogical philosophy and lies/cliches behind the occupation, but we are supposed to feel sorry for him because he only got a 15-day vacation, and now it is back to Iraq for him. If he were consistent in logic, Calvey would never leave Iraq until peace and electricity reigned throughout the country.

Of course, no reader knows what Calvey actually does in Iraq because he never writes about it in realistic terms. See, it is all Top Secret stuff. He writes about the weather, his exercise schedule, his struggle with weight gain, or political issues related to the occupation. He takes the most extreme conservative view, even as top leaders in his party, such as Warner and U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska), have moderated their positions given the violent reality of the long occupation.

It is the warmongering owners and editors at The Daily Oklahoman who should take the blame for Calvey’s weird missives about his jogging schedule and right-wing angst. Who cares if this weirdo ex-legislator wants to talk about his exercise schedule or the hot weather in Iraq, right? (You know what? I bet Calvey gets a lot more air conditioning time than the average Iraqi.) But for the state’s largest newspaper to publish his political commentary on the front page of its Internet site without allowing dissenting blogs or views is another example of why it is still considered the worst newspaper in America.

Okie Funk calls on Warner to stipulate specifically that Calvey must come home as soon as possible. He is no longer “excited” about everything. Poor Kevin. Bring him home early. Please. Maybe we can start a petition drive here to get him home. Let real soldiers, such as these seven brave men, clean up Bush’s mess and set the country on the right track again.

Inhofe Versus Rice: A Classic Confrontation

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State Sen. Andrew Rice (D-Oklahoma City) continues to draw media attention in his campaign to unseat U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe in the 2008 election.

On Monday, the Edmond Sun, a newspaper in one of the most Republican areas of Oklahoma, ran a positive opinion piece about Rice, pictured right, that touches upon his decision to enter politics after his brother David was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

Written by William F. O’Brien, an Oklahoma City attorney, the editorial mentions how “… as Andrew wrestled with his grief, he decided he would memorialize his brother by returning to Oklahoma and enter public life in an effort to improve the lives of the citizenry.”

O’Brien also mentions how the 34-year-old Rice “believes Oklahoma is ready for a more moderate and less ideologically driven U.S. Senator who will support measures that will seek to assist the less fortunate members of our society.”

Inhofe, 72, recently voted against expanding the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program.

O’Brien writes, “… Andrew Rice also believes many Oklahomans have grown tired of Inhofe and would welcome a more pragmatic and less confrontational U.S. Senator who will be willing to work with all parties to improve Oklahoma and the nation.”

Inhofe has consistently embarrassed the state with outrageous public comments and political stunts. He refers to global warming as a “hoax” developed by liberals, for example, even though there is an overwhelming scientific consensus that our climate is changing. The editorial points this out, and the fact Inhofe is “intensely partisan” and has supported the long, gruesome Iraq war even as other Republicans have moderated their positions in the face of the occupation's violent reality.

O’Brien also argues the young senator has shown plenty of legislative skill in his first term as a state senator. “Rice’s district is racially and ethnically diverse,” O’Brien writes, “and he also has shown a talent for building coalitions that transcend ethnic and cultural boundaries.”

Meanwhile, Rice continues to campaign across the state raising funds for a campaign that will require a lot of time, energy and money. The charismatic Rice, his physician wife, Apple, and their two young children brighten up every place they visit and give Oklahomans hope there is a better future here than the one laid out by Inhofe’s polarizing, dark vision of the state and America.

This will be classic, historic battle between a young, bright progressive candidate and a member of the exclusive “gone-Washington” club, which has given us the long Iraq occupation, a dilapidated infrastructure, stagnant wages and a broken health care system.

You can contribute to Rice’s campaign here and here.

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