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.

October 16, 2017

New York Times Memo: Reporters Must Have 'Neutrality and Fairness' on Social Media

"The New York Times on Friday released new social media guidelines for its reporters, requiring them to avoid any actions that would lead to perceptions of bias or otherwise damage the paper's reputation," The Washington Free Beacon reports.

It's not just national reporters who show their bias on their Twitter feeds. Do yourself a favor and look at the Twitter feeds of some reporters at the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman, and other media outlets in Oklahoma.

October 15, 2017

Red River Showdown 2017

It was Oliver's first OU-Texas game. The Sooners won a 29-24 slugfest in 92-degree heat.

This jersey used to belong to Lincoln. It still has a faded J.C. Watts autograph on it. Good thing Ollie decided to wear it to the game!

Iconic "Big Tex"

Big day! It sure takes a lot out of a boy. Here's Ollie on the postgame train ride back to the hotel.

October 12, 2017

AP Stylebook: 'Avoid References to Being Born a Boy or Girl'

The Associated Press long ago picked a side on the abortion issue, so it's no surprise they would do the same regarding transgenderism.

"The transgender movement is at war with the English language," Sohrab Ahmari writes. "With a new set of style guidelines, the Associated Press has joined the trenches—on the transgender side." The AP Stylebook now instructs journalists not to say a person was "born a girl or boy." 

Gallup tells us that only 1 in 7 Republicans has "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in newspapers. Apparently the AP wants to make the situation worse. As Ahmari observes, AP's "language games will only discredit the media and underscore the Orwellian aspect of the transgender movement."