December 05, 2017

Hoops with Ollie

Oliver and I enjoyed some Sooner hoops last night. OU fans should make the effort to get to Norman to see Trae Young while they can. He's fun to watch.

November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

Lincoln quarterbacking the youngsters, Ollie feeding the fish and throwing skippers, Lincoln and Jack Henry enjoying a Thunder game, and my three sons at Baker Mayfield's final home game.

November 22, 2017

WaPo Reporter Gives Strategy Briefing to Secret Liberal Donor Conference

The Washington Free Beacon reports that "Washington Post reporter Janell Ross gave a presentation at a secretive California gathering where Democratic politicians, liberal activists, and their biggest donors plotted the future of the progressive movement without notifying her superiors that she would be attending, according to a Post spokesman."

This is a reminder why many conservatives don't trust the media.

November 20, 2017

OU Instructs Students in Eight Different Sets of Pronouns

"An LGBT 'ally' program at the University of Oklahoma offers students eight possible pronouns to use while interacting with peers, presenting the options in a chart that includes words such as 'persself' and 'eir,'" The College Fix reports.

Sadly, that's far from the worst thing you'll find in the 40-page resource guide.

October 31, 2017

Babies Need Their Mothers

Erica Komisar is a liberal Jewish psychoanalyst who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But liberals are not pleased with her new book on the science of early childhood development.

October 26, 2017

One More Reason Conservatives Don't Trust the Media

"Reagan introduced to Sacramento an undemanding schedule and relaxed approach to state politics," Dinesh D'Souza wrote in his biography of Ronald Reagan.
He arrived at the office at 9 A.M. and left at 5 P.M. His aides told me that frequently, on his way out, he would stick his head into the conference room and call to his staff, "Hey, guys, get out. Go home to your wives." When aides asked him who would get all the work done Reagan often replied, "It's not that important. Go home."
I think of that line—"It's not that important. Go home."—frequently as this ill-advised and unnecessary special session drags on and journalists continue to treat the current budget gap as some sort of Armageddon. Check out this morning's breathless front page. Are you kidding me with that font size?

And you wonder why conservatives don't trust the media?

Thunder Outpaces Indy

The Thunder beat the Pacers last night and Lincoln and I had a great time!

October 21, 2017

Does the KFOR Boss Think His Viewers Are Undertaxed?

"Oklahoma lawmakers might be in for a pay cut next year," Dale Denwalt reports for The Oklahoman
("Lawmakers' 'performance' could trigger a cut in pay").
The panel in charge of setting legislator salaries said it will meet again soon to talk about lowering the compensation paid to the state's 149 representatives and senators. ... Wesley Milbourn, chair of the Legislative Compensation Board having been appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin, said it's a discussion about the state economy, budget, and the legislative stalemate over revenue. 
“There's many people, including many Oklahomans, who are disappointed with the legislators' performance,” said Milbourn, president and general manager for the KFOR-4 and KAUT-43 TV stations. “With the state in the shape it's in, Oklahomans are looking at our legislators as not performing very well.” ... “People are just kind of fed up with how things are running, and legislators ought to be held accountable,” he said. “The board's keeping an eye on the legislators, in the best interests of Oklahomans. That's the message there.”
Now I would agree that our legislators are "not performing very well" when it comes to tax and fiscal policy. I would argue that this has been the case for several decades (see chart below). Oklahomans' taxes are too high and their state government is too big.

Many Oklahomans agree. Indeed, by a margin of better than 3 to 1, Oklahoma voters believe that "despite recent cuts to government agencies, our colleges, and our schools, there is still enough waste in state government that we can cut more spending and not raise taxes." You might say people are "fed up" with big government.

So what exactly does Mr. Milbourn mean when he talks about a revenue stalemate? Is he implying that politicians need more tax revenue? What exactly does he believe is "in the best interests of Oklahomans"? It certainly sounds like he's taking sides on an issue which his reporters are supposed to be covering objectively and about which his viewers have many different opinions.