BIRDS & BEES: Married Science Teacher Hunter day, 22, Arrested for Doing the Secret Handshake with Teen Boy Student

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A teacher in Oklahoma was arrested after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student.  (Canadian County Jail)

A married teacher in Oklahoma was arrested Wednesday, accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage student.

Hunter Day, 22, a science teacher at Yukon High School, was arrested by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Department on complaints of second-degree rape, facilitating sexual contact with a minor and possession of child pornography, KWTV reported. She is reportedly married to the school’s football coach.

“I’m no longer surprised by the people who commit these crimes, because predators come from all walks of life.”

—  Canadian County Sheriff Chris West

Authorities said they investigated the relationship after being notified by the boy’s parents and finding explicit photos and messages on his phone, the report said.

[EX-COLORADO TEACHER SENTENCED FOR SEX ASSAULT OF MINOR: REPORT]

On the day of the arrest, the sheriff’s department said that Day and the teen had planned to meet at her house, KWTV reported. Deputies arrived at the residence and reportedly texted the teacher from the boy’s phone saying he’d arrived. Day responded to the message saying, “The doors [sic] unlocked as usual,” the report said.

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Facebook  (Hunter Day was reportedly wearing a Christmas cat t-shirt and workout shorts when investigators entered the home.)

When investigators entered the home, Day was sitting on the floor of her living room with candles lit and all of the lights off, authorities said. She was also reportedly wearing a Christmas cat T-shirt and workout shorts.

The teacher confessed to sending the boy illicit “bra and panty” photos and said he’d also sent her photos of his genitals, KWTV reported. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Oklahoma Teacher Arrested for Doing an Underwear-Free Cartwheel in Class

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Katherine Rodriguez reports: Lacey Sponsler, 34, allegedly exposed herself in front of students in the junior choir room of Pawhuska High School in Pawhuska after she did a cartwheel in front of students wearing a long dress without undergarments, KOTV reported.

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A 17-year-old female student told police that Sponsler announced to the class that she was not wearing any underwear before she performed the cartwheel, talked about using drugs, and said that “14-year-old boys were like men,” Newser reported.

The student also told police that she saw Sponsler’s vagina “open and close, as her legs were in the air.”

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A student reportedly captured a Snapchat video of the incident, which police got a hold of and prompted police to arrest Sponsler. Read the rest of this entry »


Donald Trump’s EPA Pick Will Make Obama Regret is Environmental Overreach

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The Trump administration is intellectually consistent, and hungry.

Patrick J. Michaels writes: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is as clear a signal as the incoming administration can send with regard to its environmental policies.

“There’s going to have to be a massive effort to pick apart failing climate models and questionably-adjusted data. They’re going to have to find people willing to expose the current regime’s blatant abuse of logic in generating inflated ‘costs’ of global warming, while largely ignoring the co-benefits of fossil fuel power, like doubled life expectancy and undreamt-of wealth.”

It is also a sign that the administration is far more meticulous, internally consistent and thorough than its detractors have thought, and that it is on a clear mission not just to stop, but to reverse many of the actions of Obama’s EPA.

It is noteworthy that global warming was the second action item mentioned in President Obama’s 2009 inaugural, and that a mere 90 days later, the administration had issued a “preliminary finding of endangerment” from carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions.

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Under their interpretation of the Supreme Court’s landmark 2007 climate change ruling, Massachusetts vs. Environmental Protection Agency, such a finding not only permitted the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1992, it compelled the agency to do so.

[Read the full story here, at TheHill]

Seven years ago, on Pearl Harbor Day 2009, the administration announced its final Endangerment Finding. By March, Pruitt and 15 other state AG’s joined in a combined suit against it, which was ultimately not successful.

As long as the Endangerment Finding stands, any EPA, including one headed by Pruitt, will be in court defending against any subsidiary attempt to halt or reverse any regulation of carbon dioxide. It may very well be held that the EPA remains responsible for regulation under the Supreme Court’s 2007 decision unless there is a specific act of Congress reversing its progeny policies, such as the Clean Power Plan. So the Endangerment Finding must be reversed.

A woman holds an anti-fracking sign as a group of demonstrators gather for a rally for a Global Climate Treaty December 10, 2014 near the United Nations in New York. New Yorkers gathered to demand that world governments address the serious threat global warming poses to human rights. This event coincides with a UN meeting in Lima, Peru, a part of the 2014-15 negotiations for a global climate treaty. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT/Getty

A woman holds an anti-fracking sign as a group of demonstrators gather for a rally for a Global Climate Treaty December 10, 2014 near the United Nations in New York. New Yorkers gathered to demand that world governments address the serious threat global warming poses to human rights. This event coincides with a UN meeting in Lima, Peru, a part of the 2014-15 negotiations for a global climate treaty. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT/Getty

But how to do it? For years, federal agencies have thrown massive support at scientists who, as human beings, serve their best interests (and their employer-universities) by generating horror-show results that also generate more support and professional advancement.

“Our friends in the environmental movement should rightly be at Defcon One. It appears that President-Elect Trump — in many ways just like his predecessor — is going to keep his environmental campaign promises, which means reversing eight years what many feel was an era of green overreach.”

The Trump administration is going to have to stock up on scientists and administrators who are savvy to this game, and they are going to be very hard to find, as there’s very little incentive to not play along. Read the rest of this entry »


OH YES SHE DID: High School Cheerleading Coach Shelley Jo Duncan Got Nude With 14-Year-Old Male, Proposed Interesting Oral Act

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Is her husband the school district superintendent? YES!

Eric Owens reports: This week’s high school cheerleading coach arrested for allegedly getting undressed with a 14-year-old male and engaging in a festival of touching is Shelley Jo Duncan.

“Duncan called the teen ‘boo’ and ‘love’ in the romantic correspondence, according to police.”

For her full-time job, Duncan is an English teacher at an alternative high school in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, according to area CBS affiliate KXII-TV.

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The very busy woman is also a reserve officer at the local community college in town — and married to Tishomingo Public Schools superintendent Kevin Duncan.

Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation arrested Duncan, 48, on Friday morning in the alternative school liberal-huhparking lot.

“The 48-year-old Tishomingo High School cheerleading coach also described her plan to provide oral sex to the 14-year-old teen while simultaneously consuming a cough drop.”

Investigators began looking into Duncan’s extracurricular activities after the mother of the unidentified 14-year-old teen contacted Tishomingo police.

Did investigators find a large number of sexually explicit text messages? Yes!

Duncan called the teen “boo” and “love” in the romantic correspondence, according to police.

The 48-year-old Tishomingo High School cheerleading coach also described her plan to provide oral sex to the 14-year-old teen while simultaneously consuming a cough drop, police said.

The pair, separated in age by 34 years, used Snapchat to communicate — laboring under the apparent belief that their messages would eternally disappear into the Internet ether forever. Read the rest of this entry »


[PHOTO] The Scene as President Obama’s Motorcade Arrived at his Hotel in Oklahoma City

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The scene as President Obama’s motorcade arrived at his hotel in Oklahoma City tonight. Photo by @dougmillsnyt

The mainstream media has long attempted to paint supporters of the Confederate flag as white Southern racists who have a chip on their shoulder about losing the Civil War and miss the good ol’ days of owning slaves.

That was proven not to be the case when President Barack Obama’s motorcade rolled into Oklahoma City on Wednesday and was met with a large crowd of Confederate flag-waving supporters — many of whom were black.

But the media people were especially stunned when they learned that Andrew Duncomb, a black man who calls himself “the Black Rebel,” organized the rally himself in an attempt to celebrate his proud Southern heritage. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: In Wake of Scandal, Fraternity Members To Undergo Racial Sensitivity Hazing

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EVANSTON, IL—In the wake of a controversial video depicting two individuals in the fraternity’s University of Oklahoma chapter leading a racist chant, Sigma Alpha Epsilon officials instituted a new national policy Wednesday requiring all members to undergo mandatory racial sensitivity hazing.

“Effective immediately, pledges nationwide will engage in a hazing program designed to combat racially insensitive behavior by requiring them to pound a shot of pure grain alcohol for every one of their personal prejudices until they puke.”

Effective immediately, pledges nationwide will engage in a hazing program designed to combat racially insensitive behavior by requiring them to pound a shot of pure grain alcohol for every one of their personal prejudices until they puke, read a statement released by the organization, which also reveals that the undergraduates must participate in a frank group discussion regarding the hurtful effects of discrimination after being blindfolded, stripped naked, and forced to stand in the campus quad for an entire night.

“We take these infractions extremely seriously, and if our members fail to properly memorize and recite the major provisions of the Civil Rights Act while tied together in a dark closet, they will be urinated on by every senior fraternity member present.”

Make no mistake: We take these infractions extremely seriously, and if our members fail to properly memorize and recite the major provisions of the Civil Rights Act…(read more)

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Woman Tries To Bite Boyfriend’s Penis Off

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TULSA, Okla. (CBS Houston) — A dispute between an Oklahoma couple turned violent after a woman allegedly tried to bite her boyfriend’s penis off while he slept.

A police report obtained by KRMG says Amber Ellis and her boyfriend were out drinking and got into an argument “about how needy she had become.” After the verbal fight continued in the couple’s apartment, Ellis reportedly stormed into a bedroom and slammed the door.

Police say the man fell asleep on the couch and awoke to find Ellis “biting his (penis) off.” The victim says he tried to fight Ellis off but she responded by hitting him on the head with a laptop computer. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Embarrassed and Mortified’: Oklahoma High School Teacher Confessed to Sex with Student Inside Teacher’s Lounge Multiple Times

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WAYNOKA, Oklahoma — An Oklahoma teacher has admitted to having sex with a student multiple times in the teacher’s lounge at the school according to state officials

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation questioned Daresa Poe, 32after receiving an anonymous tip reported KFOR-TV.

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According to a Woods County affidavit, investigators questioned the Waynoka School teacher and the student on Tuesday, only hours after the two had sex in the student’s pickup.

The two allegedly had been meeting up since December, both admitting to having sex in Daresa’s home, in the student’s vehicle, and several times in the school teacher’s lounge.daresa-poe

The affidavit includes a written confession by Poe:

“I am Daresa Poe, a wife, mother and teacher. I have made a horrible mistake. I have let my judgment falter and I am embarrassed and mortified for the decisions I have made in the last two weeks. I have had sexual intercourse with a student. I am so very sorry for the [decisions] I have made. I would take it back in a heartbeat if the chance was given to me…I hold a position of importance where people and student[s] look up to me and I have failed. For this I am truly sorry.”

Waynoka School officials did not comment on the matter, but did confirm that Poe had been suspended with pay. Poe has been a teacher at the school for six years. Read the rest of this entry »


Judge: IRS Obamacare Rule Is ‘Arbitrary, Capricious, and Abuse of Discretion’

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Currently, over a hundred lawsuits have been filed against Obamacare – and Obamacare has lost 91% of the cases decided to-date, (71 losses out of 78 decisions), according to the latest tally by The Beckett Fund.

“Today’s ruling is a consequential victory for the rule of law. The administration and its bureaucrats in the IRS handed out billions in illegal tax credits and subsidies and vastly expanded the reach of the health care law because they didn’t like the way Congress wrote the Affordable Care Act. That’s not how our system of government works.”

For CNS NewsCraig BannisterCraig Bannister Twitter7585 reports: In his decision, U.S. District Judge Ronald White concluded Tuesday that the IRS rule altering the Obamacare law and providing billions in subsidies is “arbitrary, capricious and abuse of discretion”:

“The court holds that the IRS rule is arbitrary, capricious, and abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law, pursuant to 5 U.S.C.706(2)(A), in excess of summary jurisdiction, authority or limitation, or short of statutory right, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 706(2)(C), or otherwise is an invalidation of the ACA [Affordable Care Act], and is hereby vacated. The court’s order of vacatur is stayed, however, pending resolution of any appeal from thisobamacare-horror order.”

“Today’s decision is a reminder that the President’s broken promises of affordable, accessible health care are the result of broken policy. The Obama Administration has tried to make the law work with waivers and exemptions, but the courts continue to confront the legality of this legislation...”

— Senator Jim Inhofe

In September 2012, Oklahoma was the first of several states to challenge the legality of an IRS rule that caused billions in subsidies to be paid out, despite Congress having never authorized those payments. Read the rest of this entry »


American Realism: Hero in Oklahoma Factory Beheading is a Quail-Hunting Boy Scout Leader

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 NY Daily News reports: A sharp-shooting Oklahoma food company executive who enjoys quail hunting and leading Boy Scouts is being hailed a hero.

“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it. It could have gotten a lot worse.”

— Sgt. Jeremy Lewis

Mark Vaughan — who also happens to be a reserve officer with the sheriff’s office — leapt to action when his business was under siege by an apparent ISIS copycat.

The chief operating officer of Vaughan Foods Inc. opened fire on Alton Nolen at the food distribution plant in Moore after the lunatic attacked two employees, beheading one and leaving the other in critical condition.

Vaughan is being heralded as a hero by authorities.

“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it,” Sgt. Jeremy Lewis told the Associated Press. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel released a statement Friday afternoon saying Vaughan joined the reserve in June 2010 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division, is a member of the Fast Action Support Team and is a “highly trained member” of the Tactical Team.

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“I am extremely proud of the actions of Deputy Vaughan and I am convinced those actions saved the lives of several other employees.”

— Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel

“Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of a second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect. There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect if it hadn’t been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] BREAKING: Oklahoma Woman BEHEADED in Shooting, Stabbing

A sheriff’s deputy shot the suspect, identified by officials as 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolan. The deceased victim has been identified as 54-year-old Colleen Hufford.alton-a-nolen-e1411699111627

(CNN) — A man has beheaded a woman after a workplace dispute in Oklahoma, U.S. law enforcement officials told CNN on Friday. He also tried to kill another woman, officials said.

The incident happened late Thursday afternoon at a Vaughan Foods processing plant in Moore, about 10 miles south of Oklahoma City.

There were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism, officials said.

A sheriff’s deputy shot the suspect, identified by officials as 30-year-old Alton Alexander Nolan.

He was taken a hospital and is expected to survive.

UPDATE: FBI looking into Moore beheading after suspect tried to convert others to Islam

UPDATE: No evidence of link to terror groups

New details from NBC:

The circumstances of Nolen’s firing weren’t made public. Some co-workers told police that he had recently converted to Islam and had been trying to convert them. Law enforcement officials told NBC News that his conversion took place during his recent stint in prison, which ended in March 2013, records show. A search of his home and car didn’t immediately yield any connection to radical fundamentalism and there’s no indication he had been in contact with terrorists groups such as ISIS, sources said.

Local authorities are working with the FBI to do an extensive background investigation on Nolen, Lewis said. Law enforcement officials say they are looking into his online activities and whether a Facebook page that contains materials with terrorist and fundamentalist themes was maintained by Nolen under an alias. Nolen does have an extensive rap sheet, including assault and battery on a police officer and escape from detention, according to NBC affiliate KFOR.

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The Moore Police Department released the 911 tapes associated with the attack.

MOORE, Okla. – KFOR-TV reports: Officials with the Moore Police Department say the FBI is now involved in the investigation related to a brutal attack of workers at a food distribution plant.

Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says the alleged suspect, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside.

He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife.

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“Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.”

Sgt. Lewis confirms the type of knife used in the attack is the same kind used at the plant.

Lewis confirms that Hufford was stabbed several times and that Nolen “severed her head.”

At that point, Lewis claims Nolen met 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with the same knife.

Officials say at that point, Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot him as he was actively stabbing Johnson.

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“He’s a hero in this situation,” Sgt. Lewis said, referring to Vaughan. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Authorities say it appears Nolen was attacking employees at random.

Johnson is in stable condition at a local hospital, recovering from her injuries.

The FBI is now looking into Nolen’s background after his former co-workers said he tried to convert them to Islam after recently converting himself. [See the text of the 911 tapes] Read the rest of this entry »


High School High: Teacher Found In Classroom Intoxicated, Without Pants

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“They didn’t know who she was, she was apparently new and was supposed to start yesterday.”

For CBS HoustonBenjamin Fearnow reports: A newly-hired teacher was found intoxicated and not wearing any pants inside an Oklahoma high school classroom on her first day of work, according to Wagoner police.

[More Teacher Bad Behavior – VIDEO – Libido Update: Boy-Crazy Teacher Meredith Powell…]

[More – Teacher Busted for Sex with Student and Sending Nude Pics…]

Police arrested Lorie Hill after two Wagoner High School teachers found her intoxicated and without pants in an empty classroom she was claiming tovodka-tall be her own, KOKI-TV reports. Recently hired by Wagoner Public Schools, Hill was reporting for her first day on the job as all teachers were also returning for their first day back in school from summer break.

“When our officers interviewed her she did admit to having had some vodka yesterday morning before she came to school.”

— Police Chief Bob Haley

Wagoner Police say she admitted to drinking and authorities found an empty cup in her vehicle that contained an odor of vodka, but there was not enough evidence to prove that she commuted to work under the influence. There were no credible witnesses at her home in Claremore to prove a DUI charge, so Hill was only arrested for public intoxication.

“I don’t know, as an adult, I just don’t know how you can be a professional teacher and teaching young people, and then show up drunk.”

— Parent of Wagoner High school student

“When our officers interviewed her she did admit to having had some vodka yesterday morning before she came to school,” said Haley.

[Related – Meredith Powell in Custody of Her Mother: Boy-Crazy…]

[More – Sacré Bleu! Topless Feminist Stabs Wax Putin in France…]

On Monday, police officers found her in the principal’s office, where the school staff had been detaining Hill since finding her without pants inside the classroom. Read the rest of this entry »


OUT: Neocons. IN: Reformicons | Reform Conservatism Gets A New Media Outlet

For NROJoel Gehrke writes:

A former aide to retiring Senator Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) will serve as editor-in-chief of a new media outlet devoted to “discovering real-life success stories” — a reporting venture broadly analogous to the conservative policymaking currently in vogue among congressional Republicans.

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John Hart, Coburn’s former communications director, will be editor-in-chief of the new site, Opportunity Lives. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Congressman Jim Bridenstine: Reports from Migrant-Children Facility He Was Denied Access to Are ‘Devastating’

“All I wanted to do was to talk to who was in charge of the facility.”

— Representative Jim Bridenstine

For National Review Online, Caroline Rizzo reports: Representative Jim Bridenstine (R., Okla.), who was was denied access to an immigrant-detainee facility run by the Health and Human Services Department in his state on Monday, says he felt he had to visit it amidst reports of rape and abuse from children being held in the military barracks.

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” I’m going to send an e-mail, and it’s going to be a press release indicating that you guys are denying me access to a federal facility in my state, and I’m on the Armed Services Committee.”

“Did you say, ‘I’m a member of Congress. Oklahoma’s my state’? Did you tell them that?” Fox NewsGreta Van Susteren asked Bridenstine, and he said he had indeed made that point clear. Read the rest of this entry »


The Oklahoman may have lost, but there are soon going to be more Republicans of color like him


Another Sex-For-Grades Scandal: Teacher Kalyn Thompson Charged with Rape

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For The Daily CallerEric Owens reports:

First-year English teacher Kalyn Thompson has been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly having a series of sexual escapades with one of her male students, reports Tulsa CBS affiliate KOTV.

“It’s sad because they’re vulnerable to it and obviously he’s getting a good grade from it.”

—  Creek County Detective Chrissie Underwood

Police say the Kellyville High School teacher gave the unidentified student a stellar, 98-percent, straight ‘A’ grade after their relationship took off. He had been flunking English just the semester before. Read the rest of this entry »


This Day In History: May 6, 1940, The Grapes of Wrath Wins a Pulitzer Prize

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May 6, 1940: The Grapes of Wrath Wins a Pulitzer Prize

The Grapes of Wrath is available at Amazon.com

On this day in 1940, John Steinbeck was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath. The novel tells the story of the Joads, a poor Oklahoma farming family, who migrate to California in search of a better life during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Steinbeck effectively demonstrated how the struggles of one family mirrored the hardship of the entire nation.

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Texas AG Abbott to BLM: Come and Take It

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For Breitbart-Texas reports:  After Breitbart Texas reported on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) intent to seize 90,000 acres belonging to Texas landholders along the Texas/Oklahoma line, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott questioned the BLM’s authority to take such action.

“I am about ready,” General Abbott told Breitbart Texas, “to go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.”

Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab.

“This is Texas land. It belongs to Texas and the private property owners here. If we have to, we will assert quick and effective legal action to put a stop to it.”

— Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

“I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” General Abbott wrote. “The BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box.”

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, General Abbott said, “This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country …And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the State of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the Attorney General of Texas I am not going to allow this.” Read the rest of this entry »


Kathleen Sebelius: Insulated, Arrogant, Disinterested, Declines to Respond to Reporter in Bizarre On-Air Silence

Sebelius Has No Comment After Hearing Oklahoma’s Opposition To ObamaCare (March 31, 2014)


[VIDEO] $180,000 in Taxpayer Money Swallowed in Corvette Museum Sinkhole

The Daily Caller‘s  writes:  “The Museum paid more than $200k out of pocket as it was a matching grant,” she explained in an email. “With these simulators we offer free teen driving courses, international driving courses, older driver courses through the NCM Drivers’ Safety Academy.”

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Frassinelli added that the simulators offer the capability for people to practice things that cannot be road tested, like dealing with a blow out tire and wheel drop off, as well as different weather conditions.

Last week the National Corvette Museum made headlines when a sinkhole formed under the facility and swallowed eight of the cars in the museum…

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Satan at the State House

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On statues, statutes, and civil society

Jonah Goldberg  writes:  The Constitution is powerless against Satan.

Earlier this month, the state of Oklahoma received a proposal from New York–based Satanists to build near the state capitol a seven-foot-high statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed pagan idol. The Satanists’ letter boasted that “the statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”

Now, while the Satanists are real, there’s a lot of fakery involved. It’s a stunt — a clever one — exploiting the constitutional injunction against governmental favoritism towards religion. The Oklahoma capitol has a statue of the Ten Commandments on its grounds, and that vexes atheist activists and Satanists alike. It’s a version of the old rule about bringing candy to school. If you didn’t bring enough for everyone, then no one can have any. If Christians and Jews can have a statue of the Ten Commandments on public property, so can everyone else. And if they can’t, no one can.

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Reality Check: Oklahoma Bill would Ease school policies on Imaginary, Toy Guns

amd-plastic-gun-jpgOKLAHOMA CITY –  Schoolchildren in Oklahoma could not be punished for chewing their breakfast pastries into the shape of a gun under a bill introduced this week by a Republican legislator.

Rep. Sally Kern said Wednesday her measure dubbed the Common Sense Zero Tolerance Act was in response to school districts having policies that are too strict or inflexible.

Kern cited a recent Maryland case that gained national media attention where a boy was suspended after his teacher accused him of chewing his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.

“Real intent, real threats and real weapons should always be dealt with immediately. We need to stop criminalizing children’s imagination and childhood play,” Kern, Republican from Oklahoma City told News9.com.

“If there’s no real intent, there’s no real threat, no real weapon, no real harm is occurring or going to meaXVkDlXCR5C1zxMMHA1pAoccur, why in the world are we in a sense abusing our children like this.”

Under Kern’s bill, students couldn’t be punished for possessing small toy weapons or using writing utensils, fingers or their hands to simulate a weapon. Students also couldn’t be punished for drawing pictures of weapons or wearing clothes that “support or advance Second Amendment rights or organizations.”

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News9.com reported that Kern’s proposal was met with immediate opposition from the Oklahoma Education Association.

“The proposed legislation removes local control from teachers, counselors, administrators and local school boards. Educators are degreed professionals, trained and experienced in dealing with children,” Linda Hampton, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, told the station.

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‘Sit on the lap of Satan’

Satanists’ Statue Design for Oklahoma Capitol Stirs Controversy

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This artist’s rendering provided by the Satanic Temple shows the proposed monument (AP Photo/Satanic Temple)

Cheryl K. Chumley  writes:  Members of the Satanic Temple have unveiled their design for a 7-foot-tall statue of the devil they want to locate at the Capitol building in Oklahoma, right next to a monument of the Ten Commandments that has stood since 2012.

And to many, the design may prove shocking.

The Associated Press reported an artist’s depiction shows Satan as the goat-headed and horned figure of Baphomet, complete with wings and a long beard. The Satan figure is shown sitting on a throne decorated with pentagrams, in the middle of a few smiling children. Read the rest of this entry »


Oregon Obamacare exchange pulls expensive hipster ads

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Caroline May reports:  The multimillion-dollar advertising campaign for the Oregon Obamacare exchange has been put on hold as officials there try to right the floundering ship and get people enrolled.

“We think it’s appropriate to hold off on any further advertising,” Bruce Goldberg, acting executive director of Cover Oregon, said at a Monday press conferenceaccording to the Northwest Watchdog, noting that most of the ads have been taken down except for several billboards.

Cover Oregon made headlines earlier this year for its, expensive, artistic television and radio ads that featured local musicians singing original songs about Oregon and healthy living to promote the state’s Obamacare exchange.

The ad campaign was featured in Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s 2013 ”Wastebook,” which chronicled the year’s top 100 most wasteful government-spending items.

“Oregon is spending $10 million advertising Obamacare with advertisements that don’t even mention the program or how to enroll in it. One of the television ads, produced by the Portland advertising agency North, Inc., does not mention the word ‘insurance’ or how or why to enroll in the program. Another Oregon ad does not mention the word ‘insurance,’ but features what appears to be Gumby riding on the Beatles’ yellow submarine,” the Wastebook, released this week, reads. “Between Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, however, just 44 residents were able to sign up for private insurance through Cover Oregon.”

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Hidden Killer Weapon in Obamacare Wars: Take note of Lawsuit in Oklahoma

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Ramesh Ponnuru reports: The attorney general of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit that, if successful, would cripple Obamacare by challenging the lawless way the Obama administration is implementing it. (Implementing it lawfully, that is, would cripple it.) Most states have not created exchanges, and in those states the law as written does not authorize the administration to offer tax credits–and, because of that, limits its ability to impose its penalties on employers and individuals. As far as I can tell, there would be no downside for conservative attorneys general to launch their own lawsuits–or for Republican politicians at the state and federal level to support them, whether by filing briefs or speaking on their behalf.

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Republican governors who say they oppose Obamacare even though they have taken some of the Medicaid money it offers–governors like Rick Scott, Chris Christie, and John Kasich–should be especially eager to get on board this lawsuit. These governors have not set up exchanges. They can protect their citizens and businesses from Obamacare penalties through the suit. Read the rest of this entry »


Bodies in Oklahoma Lake May Solve Decades-Old Mysteries

This Sept. 17, 2013, photo shows two cars recovered from Foss Lake, Okla. Laura Eastes / AP

  Two cars recovered from Foss Lake, Okla / Laura Eastes / AP

Authorities have recovered two vehicles from a lake in western Oklahoma containing the remains of six bodies that may be those of people missing for decades, the Associated Press reports.

According to reports in The Daily Elk Citian, one of the vehicles appears to match a Camaro that went missing in 1970 along with three teenagers from the small town of Sayre. The other car, an older-model Chevrolet, may be the same vehicle that disappeared along with Canute residents in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Reports originally stated that three bodies had been recovered from the Camaro and two from the Chevrolet; a local sheriff announced Wednesday that three bodies were also found in the Chevrolet. Read the rest of this entry »


Nonsmokers USA: Americans Get Fatter, Drunker (but have a more pleasant smell)

Americans Get Fatter, Drunker: Scientific American

Lost in the U.S. health care debate is whether the countrys citizens are hurting themselves with bad habits. The bottom line is mixed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Americans are imbibing alcohol and overeating more yet are smoking less.

Some of the behaviors have patterns; others do not. Obesity is heaviest in the Southeast. Smoking is concentrated there as well. Excess drinking is high in the Northeast.

Comparing 2010 and 1995 figures provides the greatest insight into trends. Heavy drinking has worsened in 47 states, and obesity has expanded in every state. Tobacco use has declined in all states except Oklahoma and West Virginia. The “good” habit, exercise, is up in many places—even in the Southeast, where it has lagged…

 

Full details for each state >>  ScientificAmerican.com/oct2012/graphic-science


The IRS Has Gone Rogue

Did Congress intend to offer tax credits through federal exchanges?

A president who says “I haven’t raised taxes” has authorized his Internal Revenue Service issue a “final rule” that will illegally tax some 12 million individuals, plus large employers, in as many as 40 states beginning in 2014. Oklahoma’s attorney general has asked a federal court to block this rule. Members of Congress have introduced legislation in both the House and the Senate to quash it.

At first glance, it might not seem that the IRS is up to anything nefarious. The rule in question concerns the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s tax credits, not the law’s tax increases. The tax credits are intended to offset the cost of insurance premiums for low- and middle-income workers.

For many Americans, however, those tax credits are like an anchor disguised as a life vest. The mere fact that a taxpayer is eligible for a tax credit can trigger tax liabilities against both the taxpayer (under the act’s “individual mandate”) and her employer (under the “employer mandate”). In 2016, these tax credits will trigger a tax of $2,085 on many families of four earning as little as $24,000. An employer with 100 workers could face a tax of $140,000 if even one of his workers is eligible for a tax credit.

“For many Americans, however, those tax credits are like an anchor disguised as a life vest”

So it is significant that the PPACA explicitly and repeatedly restricts eligibility for tax credits to people who purchase health insurance “through an Exchange [i.e., government agency] established by the state” in which they live. That means that under the statute Congress enacted, a state can block those hefty taxes simply by declining to create an exchange. The PPACA directs the federal government to create an exchange in any state that declines to create one itself, and Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius estimates she may have to do so in as many as 30 states. (Some experts put the number closer to 40.) However, because the statute withholds tax credits in federal exchanges, the creation of a federal exchange does not trigger tax liabilities. By our count, as many as 12 million low- and middle-income Americans would be exempt from those taxes, including 250,000 Oklahomans.

It is here that the IRS has gone rogue…

More via >> Michael F. Cannon & Jonathan H. Adler – National Review Online.