Balmy Holiday For Planksy

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Arr, me mateys! Fire ye up those grills for grillin’ this here balmy Christmas, aye, and look about smartly buccaneers as Planksy, yer favorite pirate turkey, hands out me “dranks” and “planks.” Another season for me to open me treasure chest fer those who made right by me pirate code. A couple or twelve cups of rum fer yer aboard me ship, hornpipes playing, the tappity tap of feet on the wood deck. Tis the reason, fellow pirates, tis the season. Avast. But yer bilge rat, landlubbers, well, lads and lasses, yer get me planks and a little dip with the toothy fishes.

Dranks. Me first dranks go to all the Republican candidates for POTUS, a barmy, smarmy lot of landlubbers with enough bombast to sail me ship into eternity. The Donald, Cruzy man, Bush the III, Hucksterbee, ol’ Doc Carson with a book to peddle, all rapscallions taking out the GOP debate after debate after debate after . . . Arr, I say we create the biggest, the most awesome stoooopid lies, er, wait, come aboard, mateys, get yer dranks. Keep yer beaks yapping, go yappers, yap it up. Media alert.

Planks.How about me first planks go to none other than U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe for his rascally shenanigans over the climate change accord ratified in Paris, France, me mateys. Ahoy, batten the hatches, the rising sea levels makes me Oklahoma trips more stormy than me timbers a shiverin’ these days. Arrr! Inhofe calls global warmin’ all a hoax, but me eyes and beak say otherwise. The scientists, smartly as well, say otherwise. Inhofe’s beak emits smarmy chum and bilge rat, ahem, droppins’, but the toothy fishes crave more, Jim, they crave more.

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Oklahoma leaders who are dismissive of the role tax cuts have played in the ongoing state budget crisis here are ignoring the facts and hope residents here simply accept their simplistic narrative about the situation.

Their narrative, which is presented most forcefully and consistently by Gov. Mary Fallin and her Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger, is that the world oil glut caused by the hydraulic fracturing boom here and elsewhere in this country has substantially lowered the amount of gross production taxes collected by the state. This, they maintain, has created what is likely to be a more than $1 billion budget shortfall for next fiscal year and a current revenue shortfall, which might lead to upcoming 2 to 4 percent across-the-board cuts for state agencies.

It’s a false story manufactured for simpletons that goes like this: Oklahomans can only hope that oil prices rebound and the oil and gas frackers increase production. Fracking is what’s going to save the state. Of course, Fallin and Doerflinger never stress that more fracking will just lead to more environmental problems, such as more earthquakes. So Oklahomans, essentially, are getting told they have to trade off their basic personal and property safety for—now get this—only major cuts to education not, say, totally severe and devastating cuts to education. This is because that even without the downturn in the oil patch, Oklahoma was well on its way to budget problems because of a lack of executive leadership and conservative ideology.

While there’s no doubt a decline in fossil fuel prices has slowed production and dropped state revenue from lower gross production taxes, there are at least three other leadership errors that contributed greatly to the crisis.

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NoOK.com

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The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com editorial board exposed its rhetorical disingenuousness and its lack of journalistic integrity once again when it juxtaposed two brief commentaries about two women politicians in its weekly ScissorTales series this past weekend.

One of the commentaries incredibly heralded the recent debate performance of GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as “another strong effort,” a position completely opposite of mainstream analysis of the debate or even approaching any semblance of rationality. It also failed to mention Fiorina’s drooling sanctimonious lies about that non-existent diabolical video that supposedly shows a live fetus about ready to be killed for its organs and her delusional statement at the debate that President Barack Obama has made us unsafe from terror because he fired General Jack Keane, who actually retired from the military before Obama even became president.

The editorial did at least concede that all of Fiorinia’s “good stuff” wasn’t helping her much. The is how the editorial ends: “Unfortunately for Fiorina, it hasn't helped boost her polling numbers above low single digits.” I wonder if if has anything to do with her consistent lying.

The other commentary, which appeared just under the Fiorina “strong effort” piece, criticized former Texas gubernatorial candidate and reproductive-rights activist Wendy Davis for, get this, stretching the truth. The commentary argues that one of the reasons Davis lost the 2014 election is because she “wildly overstated or fabricated” her personal life, and that “she’s at it again” in a recent article she wrote. In that article, Davis writes, “I’m a lifelong Democrat,” and then explains why she once supported an “open carry” law in Texas. The whole point of The Oklahoman commentary is that Davis once supported Republicans for office when she was on the Forth Worth City Council and before she became a state senator so she’s a liar when she says she was “a lifelong Democrat.” Wow, gotcha! Really, why does it even matter that Davis once supported Republicans? The gubernatorial election was in 2014, and she lost that election running as a Democrat. What’s the point of rehashing it on any level to supposedly throw some support to Fiorina? It's not as if Davis ran for governor in Oklahoma.

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