Ice Storm Blues Thanksgiving 2015
Oh, the ice coming down on my trees
Oh, the ice coming down on my trees
And I’m begging the clouds, fists in a squeeze
Don’t take my branches, please–from “Ice Storm Blues Thanksgiving 2015”
As a longtime Oklahoman who has been through a few severe weather events here through the years, I think I’m due a generalization now and again.
So here it is: I don’t think ice storms, like the one we just experienced here over the weekend, get the psychological or cultural attention they deserve. Specifically, I mean people tend to dismiss the impact such storms have on the mental health of people here and local media outlets don’t give the damage and discomfort inflicted on property and lives adequate coverage.
What we just experienced here, for thousands of people, was simply awful. Thousands of people went without power over a holiday weekend. I’m sitting here writing this sentence, for example, in a house without power. People lost a huge number of decorative and practical trees that gave shade or provided fruit. Even worse, some people’s homes and cars and other property were damaged and some lives were lost in accidents.
My home in central Oklahoma was without power on and off Saturday morning through Sunday evening. I lost two trees, and the cost to chop them up and cart them away, along with all the other tree limb damage at my house, will probably run into the hundreds, for sure, if not more than a thousand dollars. It’s alway nice to get a $1,000 unexpected bill with Christmas coming up. I’m not asking anyone to cry me a river because I was really one of the lucky ones in my neighborhood, but, see, that’s my point. Just grimace, endure it and be grateful. I don’t think that’s a healthy attitude yet that’s how I believe we’re all pressured to respond here after ice storms when compared to other severe weather events, such as tornadoes.
It’s always funny whenever The Oklahoman criticizes what its editorial board sees as the big bad liberal bias in the corporate media. It’s so funny that it becomes ridiculous. But the hysterical laughter gets followed by sad tears.
An editorial in the newspaper on Friday made the standard GOP claim about liberal bias in the media and based its claims on how some of the Republican presidential candidates, such as Ben Carson, were getting treated badly by those pesky journalists who report their whacked-out statements and policy positions.
What the editorial didn’t mention was how Fox News reports its “news” or the extremely conservative editorial positions of The Wall Street Journal or even its own aversion to the “bombast” of Donald Trump. What the editorial also didn’t mention was that The Oklahoman has long been considered one of the most conservative and biased metropolitan newspapers in the country. If anything, the newspaper has grown even more conservative under its relatively new ownership by Philip, Anschutz, the Colorado billionaire who made his riches in the drilling business.
The specifics of the editorial matter little. I think it’s more important to report on how The Oklahoman has supported conservative local politicians, such as U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, who consistently embarrass the state, which gets nothing in return but bad press. Some might argue that, well, Inhofe’s bombast about how global warming is a liberal hoax is every bit as bombasty as one of Trump’s quotables, but that would be bringing logic to an illogical premise in the first place. Inhofe’s denial of scientific principles does indirectly benefit the oil and gas industry here, but the industry is going to frack where it wants to frack, earthquakes or not, Inhofe or no Inhofe. Seriously, Inhofe’s overall impact on the state’s national and worldwide reputation and image has been an extremely negative one and he hasn’t done anything extraordinary to help the Oklahoma economy, except to try to increase military funding (i.e., federal spending) here, which has probably often been done despite him not because of him.
All this is a somewhat convoluted segue way into a reminder that the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference starts in Paris on Monday. We can hope countries will come together to reduce carbon emissions that increase the planet’s greenhouse effect and heats things up, which is resulting in rising sea levels putting coastal cities at risk and an increase in catastrophic weather events and patterns. We can only hope for progress.
Arrr! It’s meself, me and, aye, yer none other than Plansky, yer pirate of the turkey variety, sailin’ in with my diverse crew of fowls giving away me thanks and planks for yer holiday here in the week of Oklahoma BEDLAM arrrrr. BEDLAM! Arrrrr! Yer five r arrrrr’s. Shiver me gobbler, mateys, fly seadogs fly, hornpipes playin’, let dancin’ begin. So it goes like this: Yer a bilge rat slitherin’ around me cargo hold, well, then you get the planks and a dippity do with the toothy fishies. But if yer a swashbucklin’ bonafide pirate doing good for pirate turkeys everywhere, well, then welcome aboard lads and lasses and take a sip or fifteen through yer beaks from Planksy’s Special Reserve Rum Barrel Number 750. Fiddler fiddle. It’s on, glorious birds, it’s on.
Thanks. Me first thanks this season go to Cyndi Munson and fellow Dems for winnin’ House District 85 in Oklahoma City. Arrr! From me crow’s nest, me sees progress here for Democrats. But this little birdy knows time will tell, and smarminess lies in waitin’. Trick plays, the Republicanrooski, money, it’s all comin’ down the pipe. Get yer beaks and talons ready for battle.
Planks. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission gets me first planks, all three of these rapscallions: Bob Anthony, Dana Murphy and Todd Hiett. I feel the earth move under me feet, making for choppy seas, all ado about nothing but earthquakes created by the frackin’ process. Stop frackin’. Stop earthquakes. What don’t these smarmy, barmy barnacles get? Maybe all those campaign conflictution dollars they snatch up from the oil and gas industry have something to do about it. It’s time to scrape this sinking ship clean, and vote these landlubbers out of office asap.
BLUE OKLAHOMA, ANYTHING BUT SAD.
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