The “global warming scare industry” is all about money and “control,” stand-up comedian Michael Loftus argued during a hilarious rant on his new show “The Flipside.” Yes, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe has said the same for years, but Loftus takes it to the next level.
Loftus ripped Al Gore and others claiming global warming is ready to bring the world to an end — unless people pay more money to prevent it.
Sandy Rea, 1984
SHAWNEE, Okla. – Thirty years ago, Shawnee teenager Sandy Rea disappeared without a trace, placing her at the heart of a sensational, cold-case mystery complicated by drugs, sex parties and domestic abuse.
The problem for Shawnee police Sgt. Greg Gibson – the primary investigator in the case – is the lack of a body, crime scene and physical evidence. During the last three decades, police have conducted about 200 interviews in connection with Rea’s Sept. 19, 1984 disappearance from Windsor Bowl, a fact that has left the seasoned investigator shaking his head.
“You think…this is a girl last seen at the Shawnee bowling alley. She had to go somewhere with someone so (you think) you’re going to be able to find out,” Gibson said. “How can this happen in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1984. How does someone fall off the face of the Earth?”
Last night, the U.S. Senate approved legislation to curb millions of dollars in improper payments to deceased individuals. The Improper Payments Agency Cooperation Enhancements Act (IPACE), introduced by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is bipartisan legislation that builds upon Chairman Carper’s existing improper payment laws, enacted in 2010 and 2012.
“All too often, we hear stories of criminals taking advantage of basic errors in the way our government maintains and shares death records,” said Chairman Carper. “Not only do these types of errors waste millions of taxpayer dollars annually, but they also undermine confidence in our government. That’s frankly unacceptable. This bill fixes this problem by implementing some basic reforms. It ensures that federal agencies keep track of people who have died, shares that information, and ultimately prevents payments to people who are obviously no longer eligible for federal benefits and payments. By taking some long overdue and common sense steps like providing federal agencies with access to the most complete and accurate list of people who have died, we can put an end to this unacceptable practice once and for all. I thank my Senate colleagues for supporting this legislation and urge my House colleagues to support its passage.”
Head Coach Bruce Ramsay – Photo by Greg Duke
Amid cheers from his fans in the Grand Lobby of the BOK Center, Tulsa Oilers head coach Bruce Ramsay announced that Michel “Mike” Beausoleil would return for a seventh season sporting the number 90 in an Oilers jersey.
The signing of Beausoleil adds yet another returning player for the 2014-15 campaign, and it brings needed strength and leadership to the Oilers corps of forwards that Ramsay desires on his team.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Photo: Red Dirt Report)
OKLAHOMA CITY – United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor surprised some in the audience at Oklahoma City University recently with an answer to a question that had obviously surprised her.
Sharing the role of asking questions with OCU President Robert Henry, Law Dean Valerie Couch referred to a comment that Sotomayor once had made about Justice Kennedy. Sotomayor had observed that he was more willing to overturn precedents on the 1st Amendment because he is passionate in his belief that the 1st Amendment is fundamental to how democracy works.
Couch then asked Sotomayor about what might be an area of the Constitution in which she would be more likely to overturn precedent than the others because of a similar level of passion.