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It is happening here

September 23, 2016 – 10:22 am |

It Is Happening Here

by Mark Davies

I used to teach a course called Contemporary Political Theory in which I had students study Wilson, Lenin, Hitler, and Mao. We also read Jacques Ellul’s seminal work on propaganda. I mention this simply to say that I have actually studied the rise of Hitler fairly closely, I have read Mein Kampf four times, and I have looked closely at the propaganda Hitler used both before and after coming to power.… Continue reading

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Hog Factory pushes SQ 777 yes vote

September 23, 2016 – 11:10 am |
Hog Factory pushes SQ 777 yes vote

by Olivier Rey, Red Dirt Report
Editor’s note: The League of Women Voters reviews all State Questions and provides a pro & con Voter’s Guide here. SQ777 is opposed by the Oklahoma League of Women Voters.

A passionate discussion regarding SQ 777 was held by the League of Women Voters of Norman on Tuesday at the Norman Public Library.

Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council was representing the pro-777 contingent (so-called “Right to Farm”), and Randy Ross, mayor of Choctaw, an anti-777 (so-called “Right to Harm”) proponent was absent. A large majority of the attendees were anti-SQ 777, Red Dirt Report discovered.

Lindsey believes SQ 777 is a protective measure to prevent any future law that will regulate agriculture and agro-business such as in California, Massachusetts and Michigan saying, “It is not a response to measures that have been made in Oklahoma, yet, it is a response to things happening across the country.”

Lindsey added the regulations adopted in others states are rarely related to science, but more about the feeling good of the urban people on the practices used by livestock producers and therefore increase the cost of food.

He also said the farmers represent only two percent of the population in Oklahoma mainly due to urban migration.

“We believed it was necessary to maintain protection for natural resources,” Lindsey said. “We want you to have confidence that we’ll take care of our natural resources. We believe protecting water is important.”

In addition, Lindsey said state legislators will still have the right to interfere with the Right to Farm legislation through the compelling state interest, meaning the state will have the burden of proof to modify the Right to Farm amendment.

“North Dakota and Missouri didn’t add the compelling state interest in their Right to Farm legislation,” Lindsey said, adding a majority of Democrats and Republicans voted on SQ 777 in Oklahoma showing the state question as a nonpartisan legislation.

However, the majority of the attendees were very skeptical about Lindsey’s arguments saying, “SQ 777 will first favor the big corporations and help them to make more money and therefore destroy small farmers.”

Attendees believed corporations want to change the constitution because it will be more difficult after for citizens and legislators to remove and change the new amendment added previously in the state constitution.

Lindsey replied because the number of farmers are reducing in the state, people are less aware of how agriculture works and therefore in how it should be regulated. He added food industry is different from other industries because no one can live without food and it is why it should be protected in the state’s constitution.

Even if he was not able to show evidence, Lindsey said regulations are increasing the price of food such as the eggs in California.

In addition, Lindsey said agro-industries provide work for a lot of families in Oklahoma saying, “A lot of city leaders will tell you that the pork industry helps save their community.”

Further, Lindsey said fighting chickens will still remain illegal and it will not change actual state and federal regulations saying, “I don’t think fighting chickens and puppy mills has anything to do with agriculture.”

At the end of the meeting, a majority of the attendees said they weren’t really convinced by Lindsey’s arguments which they said lacked tangible facts and data.

FrackQuakes: How Big Oil played the Okies

September 14, 2016 – 9:02 pm |
FrackQuakes: How Big Oil played the Okies

A Little Okie Earthquake History from one who lives here
~ by Melissa Rabe

This is my first post, so please be patient with me. I live in Oklahoma and have been subjected to years of lies by the oil and gas industry’s paid lackeys, the OK Corporation Commission and my elected “representatives” that sold us a bill of goods that always included no correlation or causation between hydraulic fracturing and its’ subsequently necessary injection wells.… Continue reading

Let the Show Begin

September 14, 2016 – 5:37 pm |
Let the Show Begin

A Frenchman’s first American football game – Sooners v. ULM
~ by Olivier Rey, Red Dirt Report

NORMAN, Okla. – Finally after more than a year and a half of living in Norman, I got the chance to enjoy a legendary OU football game with my wife (thank you to an American friend)!

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Appealing Plan for Cleaner Energy

September 13, 2016 – 5:48 pm |
Appealing Plan for Cleaner Energy

Appealing Plan for Cleaner Energy
~ Jim Chamberlain, PhD Environmental Engineering reading

An achievable step towards justice for all: End money bail

August 29, 2016 – 10:59 pm | Comments Off on An achievable step towards justice for all: End money bail
By Ryan Gentzler – Oklahoma Policy Institute

The criminal justice system tends to move slowly. The time between a person’s arrest and sentencing usually stretches for months, depending on the charges, but where that time is spent depends mainly on whether the person can afford to pay bail.… Continue reading

Vote Early!

October 28, 2012 – 7:42 pm | Comments Off on Vote Early!

Don’t take a chance that you will be unable to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Stuff happens!

You can vote early at the County Election Board office in the county where you are registered to vote from 8 AM to 6 PM on Friday and Monday before all elections.  … Continue reading

Oklahoma City’s 27th Peace Festival – Sunday Nov. 11

October 27, 2012 – 7:14 pm | Comments Off on Oklahoma City’s 27th Peace Festival – Sunday Nov. 11

We ask your assistance in getting this word out. Please forward, share, announce and promote freely. Flyers can be downloaded and printed for distribution (from here). Thank you!

Details are in place for Oklahoma City’s 27th annual Peace Festival to be held Sunday, Nov.… Continue reading