Okiefunk.com:Okie Funk Noodling — News With A Bite (scroll down to the section “UCO Christian Morning Radio Show”)

This post was edited at 10:48 p.m.

Added February 1, 2006: ADDITIONAL thoughts on this subject by myself are posted in the comments. On further reflection, I stand by everything I said about Governor Brad Henry.

I made a comment on this story which has set off quite a storm of discussion over there and unfortunately a lot of ad hominen attacks against me for daring to say religious freedom means both that the government shouldn’t endorse religious but also cannot discriminate against religion. (and probably also a fair bit of resentment towards me for my past critical comments at Okiedoke.com)

I’m disappointed that things have gone in the direction that they have. I’m probably as much to blame for the mess as anybody. It is hard to keep my mouth shut with folks I disagree with and I argue way too much. (but unfortunately it is a phenomenon that is all of the place, from the factionalism of the left to the vitirol of AM talk radio)

Anyway all of that said, I tried to post a last comment on Okiefunk.com without luck (I think maybe the comment was too long), so anyway I’m posting it here. The comment is a response to DocHoc’s last comment

You raise some good points. I’ll address them briefly and then leave it at that.

With regards to the religious thing, I speak only for myself there. My guess is that about half of Oklahoma Greens are religious, and half are not religious at all. Many members do not agree with me (including folks who are on our state Cooperative Council) but we do find common ground and get along.

I do not believe that my views contradict the party’s stance (except possibly on abortion, but even on that issue I’m reluctantly pro-choice at least when it comes to the criminalization of abortion). I think I am in favor of seperation of church and state, in many ways more radical than that expressed by traditional liberals. You have the right to disagree with me on this of course, but I will hold to what I’ve said.

On the second issue you raised, you bring up a good point. I have probably been unneccesarily critical of your viewpoints. I always assumed that my perspective was helpful and welcome, but I could see how you would see that I’m pooping your ideas.

That said, I think you are wrong to say that I’m still a Republican at heart. I’m a pacifist who doesn’t believe in absolute property rights (I lean heavily in the agrarian socialist direction). I support drug decriminalization. I support open borders. I oppose NAFTA and the WTO. I support expanding welfare. I support univeral health care. I support organic agriculture and think most chemical pesticides should be outlawed. I support the rights of bicyclists. I support gay rights. My views are very clearly in many ways opposed to the GOP.

The problem is that my views are also opposed to many Democrats. Oklahoma elected democrats in many cases support war, support the death penalty, support the pro-corporate agenda, support “free trade”, etc. I guess the Democrats are less to blame for these things than the Republicans, but since Democrats say they are progressive, I do hold them to a higher standard.

So from what I can tell, you think that I’m a closet republican because I call Democrats on the carpet for not being true liberals, and because I approach things from a faith perspective. That does not make sense to me, and it is not a fair thing for you to say about me.

I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree. I know you are sincere in what you profess and I respect that even if I disagree with you. I’m sorry to have offended you. I posted comments here because I thought I was welcome to do so (and even encouraged to do so, as I recall from our last in-person conversation). And any criticism contained in my comments was of ideas, not of you.

In the future if I want to address the issues you raise on your blog, I’ll do so in another forum. And unless you tell me I am welcome, I won’t post more comments here.


Miles riden today: 2.2 miles (22.2 so far this week)
Total 2006 miles: 159.1
Total mileage per bike: 715.3 -New Schwinn Hybrid; 2.8 (plus lots unrecorded) -Old Schwinn MTB; 8.0-Graziella Folding Bicycle

This evening I did my usual ride from home to downtown for my BARBRI course (I parked by the hotel though and not at the library).


Miles riden today: 20.0 miles (20.0 so far this week)
Total 2006 miles: 156.9
Total mileage per bike: 713.1 -New Schwinn Hybrid; 2.8 (plus lots unrecorded) -Old Schwinn MTB; 8.0-Graziella Folding Bicycle

On Sunday morning I rode to my friend’s church up in The Village (about 10 miles from home) and then rode back home that evening. I took a different route this time, going North on Western to Grand Blvd, then NW on Grand to Greystone, and then North on Greystone to The Village. The route is pretty nice (lots of nice homes and parks along the way) and of course I get a kick ou out of riding my crazy bike through the land of the ultra-rich (Nichols Hills)… hehehe, if I keep riding through there they’ll pass an ordinance against bicycles like mine.


Miles riden today: 2.4 miles (50.7 so far this week)
Total 2006 miles: 136.9
Total mileage per bike: 693.1 -New Schwinn Hybrid; 2.8 (plus lots unrecorded) -Old Schwinn MTB; 8.0-Graziella Folding Bicycle

I rode from home up to NW 23rd & Hudson to grab a bite to eat and run a few errands. Weather wasn’t bad tonight at all.



KNBTFM.com: Radio New Braunfels — scroll down to about the middle of the page for the “92.1 KNBT Live Live Radio” button.

Boy am I happy to see this. I used to listen to them when I lived in San Marcos (a college town between Austin and San Antonio — New Braunfels is about 15 minutes or so south of San Marcos) and for awhile listened to them when I moved to Oklahoma but after awhile their live feed quit working. But now they are back and sure is nice to hear some good Americana/Texas/Real Country music. I highly recommend giving them a listen. That station introduced me to so much good music (particularly Robert Earle Keene)



AlJazeera.net:’Last chance’ for Iraq hostages

CNN: Iraq captors— Last chance for demand

Also here’s the latest that came out by email from Christian Peacemaker Teams:

28 January 2006

CHICAGO/TORONTO: Statement regarding video showing missing Peacemakers alive
in Iraq

[Note: Press conferences will be held today regarding the new video released on Al Jazeera that shows Harmeet Sooden, Norman Kember, Tom Fox and Jim Loney:

Chicago — Water Tower Park, 820 North Michigan Ave., 2:00 P.M. CST

Toronto — 25 Cecil St., 1:00 P.M. EST]

We are so grateful and heartened to see James, Harmeet, Norman and Tom alive on the videotape dated January 21. This news is an answer to our prayers. We continue to hope and pray for their release.

All of us in Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) remain very disturbed by the abduction of our teammates. We pray that those who hold them will host them with the grace that so many of us in CPT have received as guests in Iraq. James, Harmeet, Norman and Tom are peace workers who have not collaborated with the occupation of Iraq and who have worked for justice for all Iraqis,
especially those detained.

We continue to believe that what has happened to our teammates is the result of the actions of the U.S. and U.K. governments in their illegal attack on Iraq and the continuing occupation and oppression of its people. We continue to call for justice and human rights for all who are detained in Iraq. The innocent should not suffer in the place of those who have done wrong.

CPT has organized public actions for peace and justice for Iraqi detainees. This weekend major events are scheduled for Washington DC, Toronto and Chicago. See www.cpt.org or http://www.cpt.org/iraq/shinethelight.php for details.

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has long worked for the rights of Iraqi prisoners who have been illegally detained and abused. We were the first to publicly denounce the torture of Iraqi people at the hands of U.S. forces, long before the western media admitted what was happening at Abu Ghraib. We are among the few internationals left in Iraq working for human rights and peace. We hope that we can continue to do this work and we pray for the speedy release of our beloved teammates.

Christian Peacemaker Teams has been present in Iraq since October 2002, providing first-hand, independent reports from the region, working with detainees of both United States and Iraqi forces, and training others in non-violent intervention and human rights documentation.

Christian Peacemaker Teams sends violence-reduction teams of trained peacemakers to work areas of lethal conflict around the world.

If you are of a spiritual persuasion, please pray for the safe release of the CPT’ers (and one that would not involve the use of violence… the only thing worse than these men being martyered would be if the US military found out where these men were being held and used violence to get them back), and for the safe release of all those being held hostage by all sides in this horrible war.


Miles riden today: 11.7 miles (48.3 so far this week)
Total 2006 miles: 134.5
Total mileage per bike: 690.7-New Schwinn Hybrid; 2.8 (plus lots unrecorded) -Old Schwinn MTB; 8.0-Graziella Folding Bicycle

Early in the day I rode to Papa Dino’s for lunch. Then in the afternoon I rode to the Backdoor Cafe to meet up for the Critical Mass ride (small turnout, just me and another person… but we still had fun). We then rode around downtown and then back. And then after that I rode back home.

The weather sure is different today. Not super cold but it was super windy which made it a pretty tiring ride.



MSNBC/AP: How U.S. used Iraqi wives for ‘leverage’ — Suspected insurgents’ spouses jailed to force husbands to surrender

Kinda ironic to hear the US complain about the “terrorist insurgents” who take hostages isn’t it?


Miles riden today: 17.7 miles (36.6 so far this week)
Total 2006 miles: 123.8
Total mileage per bike: 679-New Schwinn Hybrid; 2.8 (plus lots unrecorded) -Old Schwinn MTB; 8.0-Graziella Folding Bicycle

I corrected the milage after posting this originally.

This morning I rode from home to NW 63rd & May for an appointment, then back south to the Backdoor Cafe to hang out (at NW 32nd and Classen) and then back home in the afternoon.

Then in the evening I rode downtown for the bar review class and then over to Bricktown, and then back home. Weather was gorgeous today. Pretty warm and almost no wind.



I know that’s a funny thing to say (since I walked last month), but law school grades usually take about a month to come out (I’ll give the profs a break on that… our exams are all essays, so they do have to read from 10-30 pages of badly handwritten pages per exam). But anyway I found out that I did pass all of my classes, and even did really well on my paper (see earlier post) which was a really nice surprise… my first A in law school.

So now it all hinges on the stupid bar exam. I’ll be glad when it is over for sure.