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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Tulsa Rents up 1.5% over past month

Apartment List is reporting their national rent index jumped another 2.1%, a slight dip from August’s 2.5% increase, but still pacing far ahead of the typical monthly growth from recent pre-pandemic years. With inflation concerns heating up, the national median rent has now increased by 13.8% in 2021, more than 3x the average growth rate of recent pre-pandemic years.

Rents are currently increasing in all of the nation’s 100 largest cities, and there are now just 8 cities remaining where rents are still below pre-pandemic levels. This rapid rent growth is a symptom of record high demand clashing with historically tight vacancies.

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Will the U.S. win the war on COVID-19?

As U.S. forces beat a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, defeated after 20 years by the primitive Taliban, who clung to their guns and their faith, America’s invincibility as the “world’s only superpower” might be disputed.

Joe Biden told Americans, when speaking about his gun-control agenda, that to move against the government one would need F-15s and perhaps nuclear weapons. The Taliban lack those, although they have acquired a treasure trove of advanced weapons left behind by Americans.

Against Americans, the U.S. government might not deploy F-15s, nukes, bombers, or killer drones, but it has other means of compulsion, backed up by SWAT teams with assault weapons: prisons, ruinous fines, deprivation of licenses and permits, withholding of benefits on which one has become dependent, no-fly lists, or freezing one’s financial assets.

In the “war” against COVID-19, the government is showing its willingness to deploy all of these against anyone who might interfere with its strategy: lockdowns and mandatory warp-speed vaccine.

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Jurassic Quest migrates to Tulsa

The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibit in North America is back, bigger and better than ever! More than 100 photo-realistic dinosaurs are ready to delight families when Jurassic Quest® heads to Tulsa’s Cox Convention Center September 10-12. Jurassic Quest is one of the first indoor family edutainment shows to re-launch since March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Jurassic Quest will open with beloved and unique experiences for the whole family including more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities, a “Triceratots” soft play area for the littlest explorers, face painting, bounce houses and inflatable attractions (socks required), photo opportunities, and more. Walk through the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods to see the dinos that ruled on land, and “deep dive” into the “Ancient Oceans” exhibit to come face to face with the largest apex predator that ever existed – a moving, life-size, 50-foot-long megalodon! Meet the babies, hatched only at Jurassic Quest: Cammie the Camarasaurus, Tyson the T-Rex and Trixie the Triceratops – and, you may even catch one of our star dino trainers: Safari Sarah, Dino Dustin, Captain Caleb, Prehistoric Nick or Park Ranger Marty!

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