Sen. Lankford on gun-related votes

gunsWASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) Monday released the following statement after the Senate voted on several security and gun-related amendments to the FY17 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (HR 2578):

Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists and protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves is not mutually exclusive. My colleagues and I have all taken an oath of office to protect and defend our nation, as well as protect and defend the Constitution, including Second Amendment rights, which should never be removed without due process. Unfortunately, two of the amendments that were considered today would remove the constitutional rights of Americans without adequate protections.

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Republicans endorse Mayor Dewey Bartlett

TulRepubLogo1The Republican Party of Tulsa County‘s Executive Committee met Thursday night and voted unanimously to endorse the re-election of Republican Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

In addition, all members of the organization’s individually elected Central Committee independently made the same choice. These are respected grassroots leaders of conservative conscience elected by their peers in Tulsa.

For those nationally following this election cycle, Oklahoma Democrats have fielded multiple candidates registered as Republicans including the privileged grandson of a formerly-respected Republican mayor. The prodigy, G.T. Bynum, is arguably Tulsa’s most fitting local example of “statist” establishment. (Statism: concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government. Definition from Merriam-Webster)

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Transform classroom to learning center

EducationReadingDrop in on any traditional classroom and likely you’ll see a teacher at the front of the room talking while students, seated in perfect rows, listen.

It’s time for schools to shake up that image and assign the students the responsibility for their own, and each others’, learning says the president of Allen Zabriskie Associates and author of “Learning Chaos: How Disorder Can Save Education.”

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Tulsa 2nd in medium sized demographics

TulsaDrillersLgWith both the Fourth of July and a landmark election around the corner, it’s a good time to ask: Which U.S. cities bleed the most red, white and blue? To find out, the leading personal-finance website WalletHub took an in-depth look at the Metro Areas That Most & Least Resemble the U.S. right now.

It’s important to: 1) decide whether we want cultural variety or uniformity; 2) learn which cities exceed or lag behind national standards in education or income; and 3) find the most fertile ground to develop an entrepreneur’s business idea.

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Gaming Report: Konami is Konami

Konami1Gaming Analysis: If there was ever a perfect example of the absolute worst practices and conduct that any gaming company could possibly achieve it would be Konami. However, I wouldn’t call them the worst gaming company of all since, technically, they’re not a gaming company anymore, at least not a videogame company.

Still, their misconduct and depravity is in a category of its own, standing as a testament to not only the worst practices in gaming but in general business management. The list of Konami’s misdeeds is a mile long, and while most gamers are well-aware of these events, I will highlight the main ones for those who may be interested in gaming or who are just curious, as this story is so amusingly absurd that it begs for a movie adaptation.

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