Not about Freedom or Personal Choice

Today we have two contrasting quotations from world leaders. One said: “Mandatory vaccinations will never be allowed because [this] is a free country and its people are sovereign.” The other said: “This is not about freedom or personal choice.”

The first was by Vladimir Putin. Russia, a free country! The second was by Joe Biden. The U.S. is no longer a free country, and the people are not sovereign. Nor are the once-sovereign states. If state governors won’t cooperate with him, “I’ll use my power as president to get them out of the way.” It is not clear exactly how he would accomplish that. Invade the state and occupy its capitol and its courts? Arrest the governor and perhaps the legislature and throw them into prison without bail like some January 6 demonstrators? Already, many states are suing — perhaps we will learn whether the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has any meaning.

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Monarchs on the Mountain Saturday

Updated: Monarchs on the Mountain, a festival to raise awareness for the fall migration of the Monarch butterfly, will return this Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main Turkey Mountain pavilion, located at 6850 S. Elwood Ave. in Tulsa. This event is appropriate for all ages, free and open to the public.

The Festival and Plant Sale will take place Saturday, September 18th, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on the lawn of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area near the main trailhead located at 6850 S. Elwood Ave. and more.

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JCPOA helping Iran nuclearize

Twenty years ago, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, that killed some 3,000 Americans, was a psychological shock comparable to Imperial Japan’s surprise attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, that bludgeoned the United States into World War II.

Both 9/11 and Pearl Harbor resulted, to put it kindly, from profound failures in military intelligence and strategic imagination. To put it less kindly, 9/11 and Pearl Harbor happened because of arrogance, complacency, and willful blindness in Washington.

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McGowan charmed in call to recall Newsom

As an Asian man reveling in the major strides America has made as society to embrace Asian film and music, now fully mainstreamed with major box office numbers, I remember sharing my dream with my father before he passed in July 2018, right before Crazy Rich Asians became a blockbuster hit and films like Parasite were winning the academy’s top awards. And right before Harvey Weinstein was taken down by the #MeToo movement.

This growth in Hollywood’s range of stories would not have been possible if old structures intent on perpetuating the old stories had not been broken down because “that’s just the way it is. It sells”. And this change is a big part due to the bravery of Rose McGowan who was intent on speaking her truth about the way Hollywood operated.

Sunday at the Luxe Hotel, supporting the recall and Larry Elder, while exposing the attempted bribery by Newsom’s wife before she went on trial against Weinstein, McGowan demonstrated bravery again while not towing Hollywood’s political line.

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Alan Jackson Review

For the first time since the 2020 pandemic, Tulsa’s BOK Center opened their doors for a full-capacity concert as country superstar Alan Jackson brought his Coronavirus-interrupted tour to town. Tulsa audiences love their stars and cheered to show it was well worth the wait.

As the house lights dimmed, giving way to the spotlights, Jackson slowly and deliberately strode onto the stage, picked up his familiar guitar and performed “Gone Country,” setting the stage for a journey through the hits. With more #1 hits than his average set-list, it must be difficult to decide which songs to perform and which ones to leave out.

As Jackson performed while standing at the microphone, the Country Music Hall of Famer leaned against some sort of prop, possibly due to a back or hip issue. However, that didn’t lessen the enthusiasm of his audience. At one point, he walked back and forth across the stage, tossing rolled up t-shirts into the crowd.

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