28-16 36 votes are needed to override. Notably absent from the floor were Sen. Coates, Sen. Anderson, Sen. Russell, and Sen. Reynolds. Some that previously  supported the measure changed their vote to nay, including Sen Laster, Sen.  Lerblance and Sen. C. Johnson The override can be returned to the floor for another vote. Tagged: Anderson, […]

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks he’s found a work-around on the whole Miranda rights debate for U.S. citizens accused of terrorism: Strip their citizenship and ship them to Guantanamo. Lieberman plans to introduce a bill that would amend a decades-old law aimed at yanking citizenship from U.S. citizens who fight for a foreign military. “I’m […]

So Bill Gates sold me some software when he was still in that business. He was then immensely rich, certainly compared to me. I was not compared to him. How unfair, you say? But Bill took his gains from this trade and used it to feed starving African children, while I used the software I bought from him to do something utterly trivial on my computer, like writing a dull column. Now was this a fair trade? Impossible to tell.

Last week Congress did something fiscally responsible. It's not very often I can say that. Granted, it was small in the grand scheme of things, but I was glad to be an original cosponsor, along with Congressman Harry Mitchell of Arizona, of a bill to block the automatic pay raise that Congress otherwise receives every year. Every Member of Congress gets this raise unless it is expressly voted down. For the second year in a row Congress has voted to freeze its own pay, which, in a time of

We have our doubts. It is indisputably true that a lot of Afghan civilians are being killed by NATO troops and American Marines. And what is also true is that every time an Afghan civilian is killed (even by the Taliban), Americans in particular are blamed – which makes pacification harder. Finally, as the Bell among other publications has pointed out, the Taliban are actually made up of Pashtuns – and this 40 million strong tribe constitutes the populace that the war is being fought over.

It is often a bit hard to figure out what is going on in the domain of high finance because the reporting is nearly impermeable. But if people understood clearly, they would probably be enraged. This article from Bloomberg is a case in point. What it really is reporting is that the ECB will print as much money as necessary to fund the Greek government so long as the larger market is unwilling to lend to Greece. While it may work for a while, funding government deficits by printing money out of

Lawmakers Vote to Allow Open Carry OKLAHOMA CITY – State lawmakers voted today to allow Oklahomans with a handgun license to openly carry their weapon. “The best offense is a good defense,” said state Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs. “The most effective way to deter criminals is to let them know immediately that they will […]

Political Suicide

Political Suicide A letter of Opinion by Roger Warren April 2010 In October 1929, a great recession began.  It was caused by the ability of Stock Brokers to purchase stock “on Margin”.  That is, pay 10% of the total price and owe 90%.  This worked for a long time, but one day the Banks ran […]

Oklahoma:  Stop SQ744 from bankrupting us all!

Factsheet Media Coverage Downloadable flyers on Scribd (special thanks to AxXiom and ROPE and OCPA) The measure could cost Oklahoma $850 Million per year if passed in a time where common sense would dictate reduced spending and belt tightening as prudent for all concerned citizens.  Let’s stop this bite out of the apple because we […]

You can imagine my surprise after I paid my 50pence to use the public bathroom, walked in and found myself staring at not just one but three ceiling mounted video surveillance cameras. I had to get real close to their enclosures to convince myself that I wasn’t seeing things. Not only was it really there, […]