( – promoted by DocHoc)
A new state organization, Leaving Oklahoma, has been formed in response to U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook’s run for governor here.
Leaving Oklahoma will raise money to help state residents relocate to another state if Istook is elected.
“We’re out of here if Iskook is elected governor,” said Leaving Oklahoma chairperson Lon Herschnickle. “Can you imagine what that religious nutcase will do to this place if elected. Oklahoma will become the first real theocratic state in the country. We will not live in a theocracy.”
An internal survey showed favorite relocation destinations for group members include Austin, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and parts of Canada. The group also hopes to play on the right-wing’s “love it or leave it” philosophy and raise money from conservatives as well as progressives.
“Here’s a chance for conservatives to put one of their grand clichés in action,” said Herschnickle. “We will ‘leave it’ in a second. We just need the cash for a couple months rent and groceries. And then it’s goodbye, Ernie. Take this state and shove it. We ain’t living here no more.”
Ernest Istook, running for governor here, announced today that if elected he would “smite” anyone who supports public education in the state because God talked to him personally about it.
“If elected governor of Utahoma, I shall smite those who support public educational systems. My God-given wrath shall leave no education supporter untouched, and so it shall come to pass that no Oklahoma child will have to go to these dens of iniquity, these public schools of hellfire and evil.”
Istook said God talked to him personally about the issue.
“Shall tax dollars go to teach children in Utahoma to read? I think not, sayeth God through me, his vessel on the river of life. Yes, God visited me in the form of a talking fish, a catfish named McGarrett Five-O. This catfish spoke The Word in tongues. This catfish-God sayeth to me: ‘You shall smite at will those who support public education.’ So the cat speaks, so it shall be.”
Istook declined to answer questions from the media about his announcement.
Oklahoma News Report (OETA): Third Parties
In the interview Green Party members J. M. Branum (candidate for Oklahoma state house district #99 & state party secretary) and Rachel Jackson (manager of Branum’s campaign and state party faciliator) talk about the difficulties of Green party work in Oklahoma, including the need for ballot access reform, common misconceptions about the Greens, and the importance of there being more choices on the ballot. The clip closes with a scene of Branum riding his bicycle away.
Taken from: http://jmbranum.com/wordpress/?p=32
Those responsible for the underhanded attack on Andrew Rice, need to heed the words of the man from Nazareth. Jesus once said, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but lose his own soul.” I believe that this applies to this heinous political tactic. Those who have committed it have sold their soul to try to amass power.
Shortly before his death from a brain tumor Lee Atwater, who employed these type of tactics to help elect Republicans like Ronald Reagan in an act of repentance, issued a number of public and written apologies to individuals whom he had attacked during his political career, including Michael Dukakis who was a target of several vicious, unwarranted attacks. Of course, by that time, the damage had already been done and it was too late to erase the stain he had foisted on the body politic. Whoever is responsible for this act needs to seek forgiveness and offer restitution before he or she meets a similar fate.
I saw my friend, Andrew Rice, in church at Mayflower today. What I am about to say does not constitute an endorsement of his candidacy for the Oklahoma Senate. I feel that my position as a Democratic Party official precludes me doing that. However, I believe that what he told me about a campaign tactic being used, in nearly all certainty, by the Republican Party reveals a party operating without a regard for morality in its grab for power.
Several of the voters in Andrew’s district, Oklahoma Senate District 46, have been getting phone calls whose callers claim that Andrew favors terrorism. First, you have to understand that Andrew and his family are one of the victims of the worst terrorist attack in American history. On September 11 2001, investment banker David Rice was killed when the World Trade Centre collapsed. Later, a group called Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation were contacted by the mother of the alleged 20th hijacker, Zacharias Moussaoui. She had a unique request. She wanted to meet some of the families of the victims and ask for their forgiveness. Andrew, along with several other victims’ families, met with, this grieving Madame al-Wafi, who begged their forgiveness for her son’s hatred. Andrew forgave her because he felt that to return hate for hate dishonored his brother’s “spirit”, and I feel Andrew knew he was following the commandment of the man from Nazareth who comanded us to forgive though we are wrong 70 times 7 times and who forgave those who were responsible for his execution.
This act, done in the spirit of Christ, is the very deed that some group, headquartered in Indiana, paid $300,000 by a Republican organization, is trying to use against Andrew Rice. The cry that Robert Welch uttered against Joesph McCarthy echoes down to our time, “Have you no sense of decency?” You claim to be the party that defends the practice of Christianity in the public arena, the party of values, the party of morality. Where are your morals now? In Oklahoma, we have seen candidate after candidate in their political ads extol their Christianity, their time spent teaching Sunday School, their donations of land to build churches. I have no doubt of their personal sincerity, but I demand in the name of the one whom they claim to serve that they denounce this discipable act in no uncertain terms, that they honor this most Christian act of Andrew’s, or all their claims of faith ring hollow to me.
If you wish to read about Andrew’s act of forgiveness, you can go to http://www.theforgivenessproject.com/stories/andrew-rice to read his remarkable testimony.
Justice for All,
I met Cal Hobson yesterday at a luncheon/fundraiser here in Tulsa.
I had seen him a month or so ago at a campaign forum for Democratic Lt. Governor hopefuls in the Aaronson Auditorium at the Central Library. The impression Cal made on me that night was that he was on top of the issues, wasn’t afraid of the Oklahoma Axis of Evil (Hiett & Pruitt) and refused to attack a fellow Democratic candidate.
Yesterday, in a casual setting, Cal made his case more convincingly. He talked about the advances in education made under his stewardship in the Senate; how he helped Oklahoma achieve a nationally acclaimed Early Childhood Development program after the Keating crew called teachers “slugs.” He cited the creation of OHLAP, the program that helps Oklahomans attend college if they keep their grade point above 2.5 and stay out of trouble. A family can qualify for OHLAP now, with a ceiling of $70,000 per year in earnings. The lottery is a huge success for funding education….so much so that the Republicans want to cut it’s funding from general revenue. And of course, teacher pay raises; which the Republicans passed but in a compromise with the Governor, failed to fully fund.
Hobson cited his credentials on healthcare and other issues, too.
The thing that impressed me most is his ability to contrast his progressive record and agenda versus the performance and promises of the “Pay for Play” Republican opponents. I’m convinced Cal Hobson can win “smash mouth” politics with the likes of either Hiett or Pruitt and urge you to vote for Cal.