I Do, But I Don't

I Do, But I Don't

Friday, December 17, 2010

Live "A Christmas Carol" From WKY Days

It was an attempt of the "old school" radio days.  A live presentation of A Christmas Carol and it was fun, but intensely difficult.  Shawn Carey and I worked our rears off editing the script to make it "radio-friendly," we worked on all the music, the sound effects and frankly, we pulled it off.

It's long, over an hour and a half, but fun nonetheless.

Some of the characters:
Narrator:  Kelly Ogle
Scrooge:  Ron Black
Ghost of Christmas Past:  Dax Davis
Scrooge's Nephew:  Keith Gaddie
Gentleman of Charity:  Bud Elder
Young Scrooge, Bob Cratchit:  Josh Butler
Belle, Others:  Shawn Carey
Ghost of Christmas Present:  Brad Copeland

Others were involved, just can't remember all the names.  It was a spectacular event.  Merry Christmas and God bless us, everyone.



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Brady Campaign Fail

Found a picture of this sign.  Appears as though the Brady Bunch thought it work work AGAINST gun ownership.  Failure of historic proportions.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Higher Ed Gearing Up For Gun Battle

Late last evening, I received an email from a legislator who has been a very active supporter of 2nd Amendment rights.  His email included a forwarded email from a constituent who happens to work for one of our institutions of higher learning and it included a web link to a "poll" about campus concealed carry. 

It came from the OSU-OKC campus.  Pistol Pete would hang his head in shame...

As we have learned in the past from the Oklahoman and other anti-gun entities, they are amazingly adept at subtlety and changing the discussion in such a manner as to fool even some of the brightest.  And they have geared this poll to accomplish an established outcome. They are propagandists and they know it.  They ignore the statistics about campus rapes, they enable their ball players to get away with some of the most horrendous behaviors known to mankind, but they believe that the founding fathers of this country and the states that ratified the constitution were not "enlightened" enough to understand that the right to self-defense should include their campuses.

The single question poll has five choices:
Strongly Agree
Agree
Neither Agree or Disagree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

The question:
I would be in support of legislative efforts to legalize the ability for anyone (sic) carry guns on campuses across the state.

[Note:  Even higher ed propagandists in this case ignore proper grammar.]
This is one of the most intellectually dishonest poll questions I have ever seen - and remember, the goal of this is to arm the regents for higher ed with statistics from faculty when the legislation comes up.  How do I know this?  I have a copy of the email sent originally:
Dear Faculty,

The following is a short survey about legislation for weapons on campus. I understand we discussed this a while back when it was in legislation.

We have been asked to report our actual numbers to the Regents. If this bill becomes active again they would like to already have our response on hand.

Thank you for taking the time to respond, it is an important issue.

Please have this completed by Dec. 10th.


Now, back to the question on the poll:
1.  It would never be legal for "anyone" to carry on campus.  To purchase a handgun, federal law requires the individual to be 21 years of age.
2.  The premise of the question ignores the fact that it is a constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Joseph Goebbels
This will be one hell of a battle and much like the State Chamber (Fred "Video Fail" Morgan) and the Oklahoman have busted their collective humps to sway the newly elected Republican majorities to become increasingly moderate on constitutional issues, the higher education lobby will be working just as hard to change the debate, to misdirect and to clearly misinform about the issue of campus concealed carry.

To me, it seems as though the powers in higher education want our daughters to be raped and left defenseless.  Education in one form or another takes up almost half of our state expenditures.  It's time we bleed them dry until they allow men and women of legal age to exercise their right to keep and bear arms and protect themselves from the thugs who now know that our college campuses are free range areas for bad, bad people.

We're going to war on this one and the higher ed propaganda machine is well funded - much like the Nazi propagandists.  The difference, however, is that we're patriots who are willing to do just about whatever necessary to allow our fellow citizens the right our founding fathers intended for them.  And yes, even on college campuses.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wesselhoft Responds To Oklahoman Editorial

The “Ideologue Caucus”

The Oklahoman (editorial, December 13, 2010) has bestowed another derisive name to the strong conservatives or Tea Party Conservatives in the Legislature. The state’s once conservative newspaper calls us the “Ideologue Caucus.” Conservatives, I believe we should accept the title.

According to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, an Ideologue is (1.) “A Theorist, Dreamer, or Visionary,” and (2.) “an Ideologist.” An ideologist is (1.) “A specialist in the science of ideas: a student of the origin and nature of ideas,” or (2.) “an advocate or adherent of a particular system or doctrine (truth) of ideology.”

I like our new title. Yes, we are advocates of a particular system of ideology. It is called the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. We champion First, Second and Tenth Amendments among others. The Oklahoman could have called us the “Constitutional Caucus.”

And there is one more word from Webster that I would like to point out to the Oklahoman; it is the word—“Ideophobia,” meaning “fear or distrust of ideas or reason.” Could the Oklahoman be ideophobic?” Jus’sayin’…

Rep. Paul Wesselhöft

Terrill Comments on Today’s Oklahoman Editorial

Following the Bartlesville retreat, it is clear there is no disagreement between the Governor, the Speaker, or the House Republican caucus regarding the agenda for the upcoming legislative session.  We have all publicly acknowledged that economic and fiscal issues will be emphasized, but not at the expense of the conservative cultural, ideological, and social issues we campaigned on.

Everyone must recognize there are people at The Oklahoman and the Chamber of Commerce who don’t approve of this decision or approach.  They are pushing for an increased supply of cheap illegal-alien slave labor, are embarrassed by the socially conservative nature of our state, and want corporate welfare rather than free-market oriented reform.  Therefore they are cynically and transparently trying to create wedges inside our party with the hope of blocking legislation they don’t approve of.

But the reality is that, at least with regard to this matter, there is no longer any division in the caucus. The conservative agenda will move forward despite the petulant whining of the editorial staff of The Oklahoman, and despite the protests of the Brahmins that rule the Chamber - and that agenda will include the various measures promised during the campaigns, including tougher anti-illegal immigration bills, advancing Second Amendment rights, and strong conservative social legislation.

Obamacare Struck Down

From the AP:

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal judge in Virginia has declared the Obama administration's health care reform law unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule against the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed the lawsuit challenging the law's requirement that citizens buy health insurance or pay a penalty starting in 2014.

He argues the federal government doesn't have the constitutional authority to impose the requirement.


Read the rest of the story here.

Wesselhoft: Federal Hate Crimes Law Defeated in Oklahoma, a Victory for the 1st & 10th Amendment!

By Rep. Paul Wesselhöft

The ACLU and Gov. Henry failed to realize that the federal hate crimes law was defeated in Oklahoma and his veto was not needed.  They think the bill was killed; it is alive and the law of the state! A victory for the First and Tenth Amendment!

Shamefully, this federal bill was a part of the U.S. appropriation bill to fund our military. It was passed because the U.S. Congress wanted to fund our military in the time of war. They had little choice.

HB 2572 protects Oklahoma clergy (pastors, priests, rabbis and imams) from charges of alleged hate speech. In federal law, “hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group.”

Oklahoma’s HB 2572 frees the clergy to admonish their parishioners on any number of moral issues addressed in their scriptures or “sacred” writings.

Alleged “hate speech” would apply only if there was evidence that the clergyperson was “connected to the direct conduct of planning, conspiring, or committing an act of violence as prescribed by law.”

This law may very well be the most important one that I have authored. Our Constitution’s First Amendment proclaims that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech…”  Our Founding Fathers and new nation especially respected and protected the freedom of speech from her esteemed pulpits.

Oklahoma has a means to resist bad federal law. Amendment X reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution…are reserved to the States…”

The ACLU’s State 2010 Legislative scorecard published the following:

“The history of SB 1965 is riddled with irregularity. Originally filed as SB 2165, the legislation was Sen. Steven Russell’s attempt to effectively opt out of federal hate crimes legislation. The bill released Oklahoma law enforcement from their duty to cooperate with federal law enforcement in hate crimes investigations.  SB 2165 was not heard in the Senate Judiciary committee and was, as of February 19, 2010, deemed dead pursuant to the rules.  Russell, however, refused to accept defeat, hijacking an unrelated bill (SB 1965) to pursue his own, hare-inspired agenda.  This bill was not heard in the House of Representatives, as Rep. Mike Shelton accepted authorship of the bill in hopes of ending Russell’s assault on Oklahoma’s minority populations.”

And now for the rest of the story, Sen. Russell and I included the same negating language into my revised Funeral Protection Act (HB 2572); it passed overwhelmingly! The law of Oklahoma reads that clergy hate speech, if deemed hate speech,  must be “connected to the direct conduct of planning, conspiring, or committing an act of violence as prescribed by law.”

All Oklahoma ministers are protected (now by state law) from hate crimes. They can freely proclaim their messages from the pulpits. I am proud to be the primary author of the law that killed the federal Hate Crimes Law in Oklahoma. I thank Sen. Russell because he “refused to accept defeat.”

Again, a victory for the First and Tenth Amendment!

Oklahoman Taunts Governor-elect Fallin

In keeping with the Oklahoman's tradition of opposing legislation that supports and upholds the constitution that transcends their most-favored 1st Amendment, the Oklahoman taunts Governor-elect Mary Fallin today in a shocking and what should be a very controversial editorial piece located here.

From the article:
Fallin, a Republican, and legislative leaders in both parties, used a forum Wednesday to carol allegiance to a growth and jobs creation agenda. “We need to take advantage of the national attention we are receiving right now and move the ball forward when it comes to job opportunities for Oklahomans,” House Speaker-elect Kris Steele said at an annual State Chamber gathering.
But not all of that “national attention” is positive, partly because of the ideologue caucus — particularly its authorship of the Sharia law measure and its vow to adopt an illegal immigration law tougher than the one that's gotten Arizona so much “national attention.”
The State Chamber opposed a previous immigration bill that originated with a member of the ideologue caucus. The heads of chambers of commerce in Tulsa and Oklahoma City warn that negative publicity about the state hurts business recruitment.
Mary Fallin has assured the Republican legislature as a whole that she would support tough illegal immigration legislation and campaigned hard (video compilation to come later this week) on the issue of tough illegal immigration laws.

But again, the Oklahoman fails to realize that job creation is not the job of the government.   The government cannot create private sector jobs - the private sector does.  Except, of course, for the Oklahoman.  The Oklahoman has lost a number of jobs themselves because of the economy and the fact that editorials such as the one mentioned here has turned people off from subscribing to the paper.  But I digress.

The State Chamber has opposed not only a previous illegal immigration law, but has also not supported our 2nd Amendment rights by filing a lawsuit (and they say they are against frivolous lawsuits) against the State of Oklahoma because the legislature passed, and the previous governor signed, a law that allowed law-abiding citizens the right to keep unloaded firearms in their vehicles.  You may remember a few years back when Weyerhauser fired some employees for having hunting rifles in their vehicles...

Anyone reading this propaganda piece authored by the Oklahoman editorial staff can see that this is a challenge, taunting Governor-elect Fallin to go back on her word to support tough, constitutional illegal immigration laws.  And they are doing the same to Speaker-elect Steele who has also agreed at the most recent House Caucus meeting that constitutional issues will be dealt with this session.

I would encourage you to contact Governor-elect Fallin and Speaker-elect Steele and tell them that you support their desire to support the constitution.  Tell them not to fear the Oklahoman and their liberal, open borders ideology.  The Oklahoman believes in job-creation, but like the Obama administration, believes that government can create jobs, apparently. 

Fallin's Number:  405-521-4317
Steele's Number:  405-557-7345