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https://okobserver.org/titanic-trump/
11/11/2019
Titanic Trump - The Oklahoma Observer

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Titanic Trump By Oklahoma Observer on November 11, 2019 Facebook Twitter Previous articleMcConnell’s Disqualifying Conflict of Interest LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Oklahoma Observer Ads Commonplace Books Oklahoma Observer - July 17, 2019 0 Read more Related Articles Cartoon...

ICYMI: The inanity of slapping Trump's name on an Oklahoma stretch of Route 66. Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton explains...
11/11/2019
Hamilton: A trial balloon with a quick flameout

ICYMI: The inanity of slapping Trump's name on an Oklahoma stretch of Route 66. Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton explains in his latest The Journal Record column:

https://bit.ly/36TB5FU

‘Tis the season for trial balloons. A time when our state’s 149 lawmakers pre-file bills for next year’s session – best-case scenario: hoping to solve real-world problems; worst-case: offering solu…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's clear conflict of interest demands he step aside from any involvement in impeac...
11/11/2019
McConnell's Disqualifying Conflict of Interest - The Oklahoma Observer

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's clear conflict of interest demands he step aside from any involvement in impeachment proceedings. See Mark Y.A. Davies' latest essay:

https://okobserver.org/mcconnells-disqualifying-conflict-of-interest/

I have been called to jury duty three times in my life, but I have only served on one jury. The first time I was called for duty, I was seated on a case in which an employee sued a large corporation for not providing appropriate compensation and credit for a process the employee had …

With a crackdown on public dissent, mainland India is getting a taste of what Kashmir has faced since Aug. 5. See Nyla A...
11/11/2019
Majoritarianism And Contempt For Civility - The Oklahoma Observer

With a crackdown on public dissent, mainland India is getting a taste of what Kashmir has faced since Aug. 5. See Nyla Ali Khan's latest Observer essay:

https://okobserver.org/majoritarianism-and-contempt-for-civility/

BY NYLA ALI KHAN With the imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code of 1973 [which authorizes an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four people in any area], in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, mainland India gets a small smattering of what Kashmir has been facing since...

Columnist Froma Harrop isn't dismissing front-runner Joe Biden but points out he’s not the only attractive moderate in t...
11/04/2019
Is Klobuchar The Heartland Moderate Democrats Need?

Columnist Froma Harrop isn't dismissing front-runner Joe Biden but points out he’s not the only attractive moderate in the Democratic race. On this score, Sen. Amy Klobuchar definitely deserves another look.

https://okobserver.org/is-klobuchar-the-heartland-moderate-democrats-need/

Beats me why heartland Democrats running for president haven't gained more traction. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan quit the race despite his success in part of the industrial Midwest that delivered the presidency to Donald Trump. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock continues to just hang on, arguing that he's the only

If Facebook won’t voluntarily protect our democracy, it's time for the government to take action. See Susan Estrich's la...
11/04/2019
Facebook's Folly

If Facebook won’t voluntarily protect our democracy, it's time for the government to take action. See Susan Estrich's latest column:

https://okobserver.org/facebooks-folly/

Mark Zuckerberg is certainly a genius, but not when it comes to understanding the First Amendment, much less the politics of a city like Washington, DC. Zuckerberg has taken the position that it is neither possible nor appropriate for Facebook to do anything to deal with political ads that are no

The only thing bigger than Big Oil’s avarice is its arrogance. See Jim Hightower's latest column:https://okobserver.org/...
11/01/2019
How Repugnant Is Big Oil?

The only thing bigger than Big Oil’s avarice is its arrogance. See Jim Hightower's latest column:

https://okobserver.org/how-repugnant-is-big-oil/

When you're undergoing a dental procedure, there's one thing you never want to hear you dentist say: "Oops!" It's also alarming to hear that from a former senator 25 years after he passed a temporary subsidy for Big Oil. With world petroleum prices low at the time, Sen. J. Bennett Johnston of Lou

Al-Baghdadi's radicalization was spawned by a war that was waged based upon the deception of the American people. His ki...
10/30/2019
Killing Your Own Frankenstein Is Not Heroic

Al-Baghdadi's radicalization was spawned by a war that was waged based upon the deception of the American people. His killing was part of a never-ending cycle of violence that has made our world a more dangerous place. See Jeremy Kuzmarov's latest essay:

https://okobserver.org/killing-your-own-frankenstein-is-not-heroic/

On Tuesday, the Tulsa World in its lead editorial congratulated President Donald Trump, the United States military and Delta Force for its successful mission that resulted in the death of Islamic State commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The editorial stated that: “Al-Baghdadi was a lawless criminal

With the American government’s Greed First agenda threatening us all, some folks are working right along to try to keep ...
10/29/2019
Climate Realists Rally To Offset Deliberate Damage

With the American government’s Greed First agenda threatening us all, some folks are working right along to try to keep Earth habitable. Good on them. See Gary Edmondson's latest essay:

https://okobserver.org/climate-realists-rally-to-offset-deliberate-damage/

BY GARY EDMONDSON With the U.S. government led by greed-ridden despoilers of the only Earth we have – who are determined to wreak as much damage as they can in the name of short-term profits – individuals, organizations, educators and even some governmental groups have stepped into the leadershi...

When it comes to impeachment, the wheels of justice must keep on turning, and those turning those wheels must take coura...
10/28/2019
Impeachment And The Threat Of Violence

When it comes to impeachment, the wheels of justice must keep on turning, and those turning those wheels must take courage no matter what the white supremacists threaten to do. See Mark Y.A. Davies' latest essay:

https://okobserver.org/impeachment-and-the-threat-of-violence-2/

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES Donald Trump and his allies think they can bully the impeachment process to an end by blocking the proceedings as much as they can and by using propaganda to rile up their base to threaten violence if Trump is removed from office. That may be how white supremacist America does

There was a time, not so long ago, when Oklahoma Republicans proclaimed they trusted the voters. Why not on Medicaid exp...
10/28/2019
Hamilton: A search for wanted answers on Medicaid expansion

There was a time, not so long ago, when Oklahoma Republicans proclaimed they trusted the voters. Why not on Medicaid expansion? See Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton's latest The Journal Record column:

https://bit.ly/32ScxL3

So State Question 802 proponents now have delivered an eye-popping 312,000 signatures to the secretary of state in hopes of forcing a statewide vote on Medicaid expansion. Your move, Gov. Kevin Sti…

When we can’t drink the water, grow healthy food, or breathe healthy air ... what happens to the almost eight billion hu...
10/23/2019
Will Greed Kill Us All?

When we can’t drink the water, grow healthy food, or breathe healthy air ... what happens to the almost eight billion humans? Will we still be checking the quarterly reports of the energy giants that caused this disaster? See Vern Turner's latest Observer essay:

https://okobserver.org/will-greed-kill-us-all/

BY VERN TURNER I've been away awhile trying to get my first novel published. In the meantime, the news of our president's demise keeps rolling to its inevitable conclusion: Americans are sick of having a lunatic in the Oval Office and want him out. Now! OK. Better writers than me – who also get p

"Propaganda also takes its toll on the truth. How do we counter lies? How do we stand up to manipulation? How do we conv...
10/21/2019
Why Do They Believe?

"Propaganda also takes its toll on the truth. How do we counter lies? How do we stand up to manipulation? How do we convince the president’s true believers that democracy is a better choice?" See Sharon Martin's latest essay:

https://okobserver.org/why-do-they-believe/

BY SHARON MARTIN He lies, and people believe him. When you call his base on the lies, they say, “All politicians lie.” Comparing hundreds of lies against one or two or 10 is like comparing 99% of climate scientists to 1% of climate change deniers. Members of his base believe because they

The Kraft Foods Group-H. J. Heinz mega-merger is a mega-mess, demonstrating yet again the folly that bigger is always be...
10/13/2019
The Gloppy Mess Of Merger Mania

The Kraft Foods Group-H. J. Heinz mega-merger is a mega-mess, demonstrating yet again the folly that bigger is always better and that corporate and financial genius always generates extraordinary efficiencies, growth and profits. See Jim Hightower's latest column:

https://okobserver.org/the-gloppy-mess-of-merger-mania/

BY JIM HIGHTOWER Here's a recipe for you: Chop up 6 Oscar Meyer wieners, stir in 1 cup of Heinz ketchup, blend with 1/2 cup each of Cool Whip and Maxwell House Coffee, sprinkle a 1/2 cup of Planters peanuts over the mixture, add 3 spoonfuls of A.1. Steak Sauce and then top it off with a jar of Ch

In urban Oklahoma schools, It makes no sense to use the stress of testing and competition to overcome the stress of pove...
10/11/2019
A Tale Of Two Schools

In urban Oklahoma schools, It makes no sense to use the stress of testing and competition to overcome the stress of poverty and segregation. See John Thompson's latest report:

https://okobserver.org/a-tale-of-two-schools/

Douglass, KIPP Comparison Reveals Folly Of Reformers' Achievement Theories BY JOHN THOMPSON From 2009-16, students attended two very different middle schools – the 97% low-income Douglass Middle School and 79% low-income KIPP Reach College Preparatory charter school, less than a mile from each

Academic freedom is threatened when college presidents and CEOs serve on each other's boards. Can you say "Conflict of I...
10/08/2019
Protecting Universities From Their Presidents - The Oklahoma Observer

Academic freedom is threatened when college presidents and CEOs serve on each other's boards. Can you say "Conflict of Interest"? See Mark Y.A. Davies' latest essay:

https://okobserver.org/protecting-universities-from-their-presidents/

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES No university that values academic integrity and academic freedom should ever allow its sitting president to serve as a paid director of a for-profit company. The risks of conflicts of interest on the part of the president and undue influence on the part of the company are too gr...

"The way forward to radical systemic change for a livable climate is to realize that we are not just saving ourselves," ...
10/06/2019
More Than Human Survival - The Oklahoma Observer

"The way forward to radical systemic change for a livable climate is to realize that we are not just saving ourselves," writes Mark Y.A. Davies. "[W]e are cooperating with our ecological communities to save as much life, both human and nonhuman, as we possibly can.

https://okobserver.org/more-than-human-survival/

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES I often hear sincere climate justice activists say that since it is likely that life on earth will find a way to come back like it has in previous mass extinction events that the real or primary reason to address the climate crisis is for the survival of the human species. …

UN Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledges "we have a long way to go" in combating climate change. "But the move...
10/06/2019
A Climate Change: An Unstoppable Movement Takes Hold - The Oklahoma Observer

UN Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledges "we have a long way to go" in combating climate change. "But the movement has begun."

https://okobserver.org/a-climate-change-an-unstoppable-movement-takes-hold/

BY ANTONIO GUTERRES On the eve of the September UN Climate Action Summit, young women and men around the world mobilized by the millions and told global leaders: “You are failing us.” They are right. Global emissions are increasing. Temperatures are rising. The consequences for oceans, forests, ...

This election, writes columnist Joe Conason, will again test whether media outlets can resist their self-defeating tende...
10/04/2019
Smearing Joe Biden, 2016 Style - The Oklahoma Observer

This election, writes columnist Joe Conason, will again test whether media outlets can resist their self-defeating tendency to "balance" truth with falsehood – and whether they will avoid the kind of journalistic failures that boosted the most corrupt presidential candidate in American history.

https://okobserver.org/smearing-joe-biden-2016-style/

BY JOE CONASON Not only is Joe Biden innocent of any wrongdoing in Ukraine – as almost every legitimate news organization now acknowledges – but his actions concerning his son’s business interests there were precisely the opposite of the smears launched against him by the Trump campaign. That ...

Columnist Gary Edmondson makes the case we would better serve our country by pledging to protect and promote our foundin...
10/04/2019
Pledging Allegiance Can Prove Confusing - The Oklahoma Observer

Columnist Gary Edmondson makes the case we would better serve our country by pledging to protect and promote our founding principles as found in the Constitution.

https://okobserver.org/pledging-allegiance-can-prove-confusing/

BY GARY EDMONDSON At the end of September, the OU Undergraduate Student Congress voted to dispense with saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of its meetings. The OU Daily reported, “Author of the resolution Gabi Thompson said her motivation for wanting the pledge removed was two-pronge...

The Tulsans bringing Samantha Power to town want to present her as a great champion of human rights. They overlook that ...
10/04/2019
Champion Of Human Rights? Not Exactly - The Oklahoma Observer

The Tulsans bringing Samantha Power to town want to present her as a great champion of human rights. They overlook that she has provided ideological rationalization for pre-emptive military strikes and championed wars that proved detrimental to human rights. See Jeremy Kuzmarov's essay:

https://okobserver.org/champion-of-human-rights-not-exactly/

BY JEREMY KUZMAROV On Oct. 29, Samantha Power, the former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, is scheduled to speak at B’nai Emmunah synagogue in Tulsa in conversation with Dr. John Schumann, the president of OU-Tulsa. An advertisement for the event claims that Power is widely known as...

By not launching the inquiry until this scandal broke, Pelosi has shown the power of restraint. She kept her powder dry ...
10/01/2019
Pelosi And The Power Of Restraint - The Oklahoma Observer

By not launching the inquiry until this scandal broke, Pelosi has shown the power of restraint. She kept her powder dry until there was something truly appalling that the wide public would understand. And she’s keeping the charges simple.

https://okobserver.org/pelosi-and-the-power-of-restraint/

BY FROMA HARROP For a long time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a stop sign before vocal Democrats’ revving demands to get President Donald Trump’s impeachment on the road. Now her sign reads, “proceed with caution.” Pelosi knows what she’s doing. The speaker wouldn’t launch an impeachm...

Mark Y.A. Davies argues "we deserve to be much more than uncomfortable" after long ignoring "our moral responsibility to...
09/30/2019
My Generation Deserves To Feel Uncomfortable About Climate Crisis - The Oklahoma Observer

Mark Y.A. Davies argues "we deserve to be much more than uncomfortable" after long ignoring "our moral responsibility to act urgently to preserve a livable climate."

https://okobserver.org/my-generation-deserves-to-feel-uncomfortable-about-climate-crisis/

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES For all the people of my generation who want to blame Greta Thunberg for creating eco-anxiety in young people, the real reason young people have eco-anxiety is because of the climate crisis and mass extinction event being caused by the inaction of our generation. I am 53 years ol...

"A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” - The lat...
09/30/2019
Unraveling Democracy - The Oklahoma Observer

"A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.” - The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

https://okobserver.org/unraveling-democracy/

BY VERN TURNER The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision tells us, in no un-certain terms, “If you are not a major player in this upper echelon game now being developed in the ivory towers of corporate America, your rights, freedoms and understanding of the American...

"I am sorry that we have not put our racist heritage behind us," writes essayist Gary Edmondson, "but teaching it and re...
09/30/2019
Don't Sink Or Swim With Huck And Jim - The Oklahoma Observer

"I am sorry that we have not put our racist heritage behind us," writes essayist Gary Edmondson, "but teaching it and reinforcing it should make everyone uncomfortable."

https://okobserver.org/dont-sink-or-swim-with-huck-and-jim/

BY GARY EDMONDSON I have been wrong before: The Dave Clark Five did not permanently supplant The Beatles. Political platitudes are meaningless without follow-up actions. Some of the problems I worried most over were not even my to solve. My two months on the trombone have not shown the improvement I...

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