2003
01.31

Oklahoma Alternative Media!

    I discovered some incredibly good news today! The Oklahoma Independent Media Center (www.okimc.org) is now online!

    I encourage all of my fellow Okies no matter what your political persuasion to use this site and to get the word out about it, as Oklahoma desperately needs truly independent non-corporate media that allows EVERYBODY a voice.

2003
01.31

Iraq:

2003
01.31

North Korea:

  • These photos are frightening examples of North Korea’s intentions (but also examples of compelling propaganda art): poster #1 and poster #2
2003
01.31

NY Times Quote of the Day

    Whereas Clinton was merely a con man who seemed to revel in his ability to dupe people, Bush is something more alarming: he may actually believe what he is saying. – Lew Rockwell, January 29, 2003 column
2003
01.31

Random:

2003
01.31

The practice of Law:

2003
01.30

The road goes on forever…

    Life has been busy lately for me. I’ll update y’all on the details later, but one thing that has come up is especially of note. . .

    It appears that I might be transfering to another law school next fall.

    I really had hoped to stay at OCU for my entire Law school career but after a recent meeting with the financial aid folks (who are shaking me down to pay them more money) I just don’t think it makes since any more to stay, especially when OU’s tuition is much, much cheaper (around $220 per credit hour instead of $600). I’m still mulling it over right now, but as it stands I think I’ll either be transfering to OU or switching to OCU’s night school program in the fall. Who knows though? Life keeps surprising me.

2003
01.29

Kurt Vonnegut to speak at OCU

      The Oklahoma City University’s Distinguished Speaker series will present best-selling author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center, NW 27th and Florida. The event, which is sponsored by Oklahoma City University, is free and open to the public. For more information, call (405) 523-4956.

      Previous speakers in the OCU Distinguished Speaker series include Jonathan Kozol, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., George F. Will, Anne Simon, Sister Helen Prejean, and Morris Dees.

    More info at: http://www.okcu.edu/banners/vonnegut.asp

2003
01.29

Big news in Okie City

  • KTOK: Governor Denies Breaking Pledge
      Governor Brad Henry denies he broke a campaign pledge made to the Green Party in which he said he would support a death penalty moratorium in Oklahoma. Henry blames the confusion on a misunderstanding by a campaign aide who apparently answered the Green Party’s political questionnaire last October. The governor’s Communications Director Paul Sund says the governor has never supported such a moratorium and strongly supports the state’s capitol punishment system. He explained a campaign aide must have ‘misinterrpted’ what Henry had said in giving a response to the questionnaire. Henry was the only one of three candidates for governor to respond to the Green Party. Sund further explained Henry received many questionnaires to answer and it was easy to understand the confusion. No explanation was offered why Henry did not make the denial at the time the questionnaire was made public. Green Party leaders say they’re disappointed the governor broke his promise. (JB)

    Here’s the story behind the story. Back in the fall of 2002, the Green Party of Oklahoma formed an informal committee to send a questionaire to each of the candidates in the US congressional and state-wide races. Most of the candidates did not respond to this questionaire, but a few did including Democratic candidate Brad Henry (who is now Governor Henry).

    In my eyes (and many other Green party members’ eyes), Henry’s statement was downright extraordinary in that he gave clear statements in favor of increased third party ballot access and a moratorium on the death penalty. (Click here to read his statement) Due to these statements, I voted for Henry. I didn’t care for his views on other issues (especially the lottery) but felt morally obligated to vote for him since he was against the death penalty to at least some extent.

    Henry ended up winning in a nailbiter of election (a few thousand votes being the spread), and I attended his inauguration a few weeks ago.

    Then, Henry did something that was surprising. Here is my letter to the editor to the Oklahoma Gazette that tells the story:

      Editor,

      I am ashamed to say today that I voted for Brad Henry. I did this despite my loathing of his lottery proposal (in my eyes, a cruel tax against the poor and desperate) because he stated during his campaign that he would support a moratorium on the death penalty.

      His actual words were, “Yes, I would support a moratorium on the death penalty. Events in Oklahoma over the past two years in which DNA has exonerated several inmates concern me greatly. I never want to see any innocent person imprisoned or put to death. I believe a moratorium is responsible action to take until we can be sure that no innocent person is sitting on death row.” (Henry’s statement can be found in the candidate questionaire found at www.okgreens.org)

      Today, I read in the AP story “Henry won’t stop executions” (January 16, 2003) that he “has no plans to stop executions in Oklahoma” and that he sees no reason to end the death penalty in the state and will not second-guess judges and juries.

      It seems to me that Henry’s word is worth about as much as share of Enron stock. It is unfortunate that he has blown his credibility so early in his term of office when our state faces such a tremendous crisis.

      J.M. Branum

      – Newcastle, OK

    (The letter was published in last week’s edition.)

    Finally to bring the story around full circle, KTOK (1000 AM-OKC’s main news-talk station) picked up the story (story was quoted at the top of this post.)

    So there you have it. Not sure what will happen next with this, but it sure is fun to see ol’ Henry squirm. I personally think he isn’t telling the truth about about how his campaign aide “misinterpreted” his response to the questionaire.

2003
01.29

From today’s email box…

    From: www.theinquirer.net:

    IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED :

    HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL

    FROM: GEORGE WALKER BUSH

    DEAR SIR / MADAM,

    I AM GEORGE WALKER BUSH, SON OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH, AND CURRENTLY SERVING AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT MET NEITHER IN PERSON NOR BY CORRESPONDENCE. I CAME TO KNOW OF YOU IN MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE A VERY CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION, WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF A HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO AN ACCOUNT REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.

    I AM WRITING YOU IN ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE PRIMARILY TO SEEK YOUR ASSISTANCE IN ACQUIRING OIL FUNDS THAT ARE PRESENTLY TRAPPED IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ. MY PARTNERS AND I SOLICIT YOUR ASSISTANCE IN COMPLETING A TRANSACTION BEGUN BY MY FATHER, WHO HAS LONG BEEN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THE EXTRACTION OF PETROLEUM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND BRAVELY SERVED HIS COUNTRY AS DIRECTOR OF THE UNITED STATES CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.

    IN THE DECADE OF THE NINETEEN-EIGHTIES, MY FATHER, THEN VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, SOUGHT TO WORK WITH THE GOOD OFFICES OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ TO REGAIN LOST OIL REVENUE SOURCES IN THE NEIGHBORING ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. THIS UNSUCCESSFUL VENTURE WAS SOON FOLLOWED BY A FALLING OUT WITH HIS IRAQI PARTNER, WHO SOUGHT TO ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL OIL REVENUE SOURCES IN THE NEIGHBORING EMIRATE OF KUWAIT, A WHOLLY-OWNED U.S.-BRITISH SUBSIDIARY.

    MY FATHER RE-SECURED THE PETROLEUM ASSETS OF KUWAIT IN 1991 AT A COST OF SIXTY-ONE BILLION U.S. DOLLARS ($61,000,000,000). OUT OF THAT COST, THIRTY-SIX BILLION DOLLARS ($36,000,000,000) WERE SUPPLIED BY HIS PARTNERS IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA AND OTHER PERSIAN GULF MONARCHIES, AND SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS ($16,000,000,000) BY GERMAN AND JAPANESE PARTNERS. BUT MY FATHER’S FORMER IRAQI BUSINESS PARTNER REMAINED IN CONTROL OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ITS PETROLEUM RESERVES.

    MY FAMILY IS CALLING FOR YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE IN FUNDING THE REMOVAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRAQ AND ACQUIRING THE PETROLEUM ASSETS OF HIS COUNTRY, AS COMPENSATION FOR THE COSTS OF REMOVING HIM FROM POWER. UNFORTUNATELY, OUR PARTNERS FROM 1991 ARE NOT WILLING TO SHOULDER THE BURDEN OF THIS NEW VENTURE, WHICH IN ITS UPCOMING PHASE MAY COST THE SUM OF 100 BILLION TO 200 BILLION DOLLARS ($100,000,000,000 – $200,000,000,000), BOTH IN THE INITIAL ACQUISITION AND IN LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT.

    WITHOUT THE FUNDS FROM OUR 1991 PARTNERS, WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE THE OIL REVENUE TRAPPED WITHIN IRAQ. THAT IS WHY MY FAMILY AND OUR COLLEAGUES ARE URGENTLY SEEKING YOUR GRACIOUS ASSISTANCE. OUR DISTINGUISHED COLLEAGUES IN THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION INCLUDE THE SITTING VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, RICHARD CHENEY, WHO IS AN ORIGINAL PARTNER IN THE IRAQ VENTURE AND FORMER HEAD OF THE HALLIBURTON OIL COMPANY, AND CONDOLEEZA RICE, WHOSE PROFESSIONAL DEDICATION TO THE VENTURE WAS

    DEMONSTRATED IN THE NAMING OF A CHEVRON OIL TANKER AFTER HER.

    I WOULD BESEECH YOU TO TRANSFER A SUM EQUALING TEN TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT (10-25 %) OF YOUR YEARLY INCOME TO OUR ACCOUNT TO AID IN THIS IMPORTANT VENTURE. THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL FUNCTION AS OUR TRUSTED INTERMEDIARY. I PROPOSE THAT YOU MAKE THIS TRANSFER BEFORE THE FIFTEENTH (15TH) OF THE MONTH OF APRIL.

    I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE WOULD MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED. BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DAY. A BOLD STEP TAKEN SHALL NOT BE REGRETTED, I ASSURE YOU. PLEASE DO BE INFORMED THAT THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION IS 100% LEGAL. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO CO-OPERATE IN THIS TRANSACTION, PLEASE CONTACT OUR INTERMEDIARY REPRESENTATIVES TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE MATTER.

    I PRAY THAT YOU UNDERSTAND OUR PLIGHT. MY FAMILY AND OUR COLLEAGUES WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL. PLEASE REPLY IN STRICT CONFIDENCE TO THE CONTACT NUMBERS BELOW.

    SINCERELY WITH WARM REGARDS,

    GEORGE WALKER BUSH

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