March 6th 2016 newsletter
Can I Get a DNA Test on this Barbecue?
Oh, we are going to get some hate mail over this story but someone needs to address some of the questions that are running wild out on the internet after the Aubrey McClendon death.
First, the man was presumed innocent despite the federal indictment the day before he died. One former land man told us that, yes, parcels are divided up between the major companies working the property, usually at a meeting where they agree to work certain sections and leave other sections for the other companies. Some trading went on to consolidate the leases. Generally lease prices went up when Chesapeake got into the bidding though and they tended to bid higher than most companies so they got the premium leases. What effect that had on overall lease rates isn’t known but it didn’t look good to conspire like that in our opinion.
The people that we talked to that knew McClendon personally said that he had been down before and always came back, that he was a survivor first and foremost. The charges were felonies but he could afford the best attorneys in the land. Some mention was made that perhaps McClendon had leveraged some of his wife’s fortune and perhaps the thought of going down was too much for him.
No one will ever know for sure but there are some scenarios to consider:
· Simply an accident, traveling at a high rate of speed, dropped a cell phone or was texting and crashed
· Suicide, no seat belt, extremely high rate of speed for that road. Are there life insurance policies and do they pay double indemnity on accidental death?
· A hit job. The indictment obliquely mentioned other companies involved in the conspiracy to limit lease costs. With the amount of money involved here does anyone wonder if one of these other companies took the guy out in order to tie up loose ends? Acceleration can be controlled by the vehicle’s computer. Who would have the technical ability to hack into a vehicle and override the speed at the right time, panicking the driver till he loses control? Quite a stretch thinking that the driver wouldn’t simply shut off the engine or put the vehicle in neutral. I’ve had a vehicle accelerator cable jam, it can freak you out for a few seconds. At just the right time, perhaps with a car following closely using some sort of wireless connection, one might just get lucky and cause a driver to veer at the wrong time and place.
· Are they doing a DNA test on the body? Was McClendon the driver? Fiery crash so it stands to reason the body was burned badly. A tag number and VIN, perhaps a wallet survived in a back pocket, but exactly how could you get a vehicle to remote control without leaving behind some sort of steering apparatus? Braking and acceleration could be handled through the vehicle computer with enough money behind a hit. This one I would like to believe, that the guy is sitting on a beach somewhere enjoying the show.
Adding fuel to the fire is the statement by police that it will take a month to complete the investigation. Really? That long? Why? To let the attention die down so things can be done quietly?
McClendon spent a lot of money in OKC and had a lot of supporters including city leaders who can influence the investigation. Some will say that it wasn’t McClendon’s money he was spending so lavishly. Were I a stockholder I wouldn’t want all those donations going out, I’d want a dividend or a stock price increase.
The Justice Department dismissed the charges on Thursday. Each charge was up to 10 years in prison and a million dollar fine. A similar set of charges in Michigan in 2010 was settled by Chesapeake Energy for 25 million dollars and 5 million from one of their partners.
Regardless of what occured Oklahoma City lost a benfactor last week. The guy was a survivor so we hope it was merely an accident but the circumstances left a lot of questions behind.
Just one of the amazingly hateful remarks posted by Tom Stites' supporters. Madeline Lessley had posted several attacks before posting this slap at a wounded combat veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq
A Little Bit of Corruption Just Went Down the Drain
Back in late January we had already began planning our Sequoyah County campaign after a few of our local members asked us to prepare to defend Rep. John Bennett from a Democrat challenger. We had already started discussing doing another debate like we did in 2010 and had started looking into a local school system that was said to be causing some problems for Bennett. The plans must have leaked out because around the first week of February the local chamber of commerce suddenly began inviting the two candidates to a “debate” that would be sponsored by the Sequoyah County Times, a local radio station, and the local chamber of commerce.
The Sequoyah County Times has never liked Bennett or was pressured to ignore what Bennett had been doing for the County. Cookson Hills Publishing owns several papers in the area and the Vian and Roland editions would print some of Bennett’s legislative updates but the Sequoyah County Times rarely did. Even worse was the time they cut Bennett out of a picture of a veteran’s ceremony, leaving his opponent, Tom Stites, in the picture but not even mentioning Bennett in the story. So you have a highly decorated wounded combat veteran being ignored and an Air Force Academy wash out. Depending on which story is being told, Tom Stites either had poor eyesight or motion sickness so after two years he wound up at college getting an engineering degree. Compared to Bennett’s two decades of service, including combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq it was a slap in the face to combat vets to crop Bennett out of the picture.
Then there is the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce. The president, a man named Van, had been booted from the local mayor job after Bennett got involved in a fight where the locally elected chief of police had been hounded from office over something really stupid. The Chamber has been openly supporting the opponent against Bennett, with Tom Stites yard signs in some of their top leader’s yards.
The local radio station is reported to be ran by a decent man but imagine the pressure to follow the Chamber on everything if you want the ad revenue coming in.
Worse was the insistence of the organizers of the debates that ALL citizen questions be filtered by the organizers with any questions being submitted before the event, filtered and read by the organizers. Yup, no free speech for the local citizens.
We secured two venues a few weeks ago and sent in ad copy for the first debate. Bennett had already told the “debate” organizers of his concerns with their planned debates, putting everything in Sallisaw and not spreading the three debates around the County, the lack of free speech for the citizens, the lateness of the debate dates as he wanted feedback prior to the legislative session closing, and the problem with two of the three organizers actually supporting his opponent.
With the ad scheduled for the first debate we set up a new Facebook page called Tom Stites is Missing and set an ad budget to advertise the new page on the Facebook pages of around 15,000 Sequoyah County residents. And all hell broke loose.
First was an immediate response from the publisher of the paper and Stites Supporters. At first the publisher insisted their family wasn’t openly supporting Stites but backed off once we revealed that we had pictures of yard signs in local yards, one of which did turn out to be a Mayo family address, apparently from a daughter as she was using Mayo as her middle name but admitted to being a Mayo (the Mayo family owns the paper). Then there was an onslaught of really, really, nasty posts from Stites supporters, a bit of profanity, lots of ignorance, lots of lies told. Then one of them fraudulently made a complaint, saying that we were “bullying” a private citizen! What? The guy is running for office for Christ’s sake.
So our Facebook page was shut down overnight. After discovering this around 9 am Wednesday morning we had another page called Sequoyah County House Debates online in a few hours and we doubled the ad budget. Later that day Facebook responded to our appeal and put the original Facebook page back up.
Please do us a favor and “like” and share both pages to your friend lists on Facebook. Just click on the two links above to visit the pages.
Once the Facebook ads started kicking in the local paper started feeling the heat. Our almost quarter page ad was scheduled to publish on Wednesday and sure enough the Sequoyah County Times printed a big front page article in the same issue to get ahead of the issue, printed above the fold actually, the top story, outlining the controversy over the debates. Amazingly both sides were covered including a bit about the Sooner Tea Party sponsored debates.
The debate itself went off well, around thirty to forty attended. Tom Stites, the opponent, drove by around 6:30 to check out the attendance but he was too timid to come inside. Kind of silly to drive by a debate in your truck that is plastered with campaign signs… you really think that wouldn’t be noticed?
As Stites refused to show up we used the time to allow Bennett to answer questions from the crowd. There were two reporters from the local paper, one was very professional, the other was about as arrogant of a woman as I’ve met recently. The local chamber president showed up, lectured us for about eight minutes, which I allowed as he was hanging himself quite well, and about two minutes after his lecture the guy left the building. I kid you not, completely clueless as to how that looked.
After the questions Bennett put on a power point presentation of his accomplishments in the last six years. Lots of shocked faces after learning all that he had been doing, the local paper sure hadn’t told them what was going on.
At the closing of the meeting we asked the crowd if anyone of them had been aware of what Bennett had been doing and not a single hand went up. I brought up two final points, first that the local chamber president had no interest in hearing their views or finding out what Bennett had been doing and he showed that by walking out early. Lots of heads nodding at that. Then I mentioned the problem with the local paper having a lockdown on anything that Bennett had been doing for the County. The evil reporter (LOL) had been stupid enough to try to defend the local chamber president and the “moderating” of the questions at their debates. She had said that her Masters degree in Journalism qualified her to ask the questions and she would do a better job than the public.
At that point I interrupted as the meeting moderator and told her in no uncertain terms that her job was to attend and report what occurred, not to try to manipulate public opinion. Her job was to sit there and be quiet and listen.
Some of the Stites’s supporters had their eyes opened that night. One or two had a total change in body language as the meeting went on. The people were engaged at the end and asking a lot of good questions so we think despite the timidity of Tom Stites the meeting did show the local citizens that Bennett was not afraid to stand in front of a crowd and account for his work. Next Wednesday the Sequoyah County Times should run a story on the debate and we will see if their attitude has changed. They were used to having a monopoly on the news in their county but that Facebook page going out to about half of the area citizen’s Facebook pages certainly got their attention. Losing your credibility isn’t good for any business much less a newspaper.
The next debate will be on March 17th at the Muldrow Cherokee Community Center. Thursday night, starts at 6:30 pm, ends by 8 pm. We will have another quarter page ad coming out the day before and of course both Facebook pages will advertise the event heavily to citizens in all of the major towns in the County.
Agenda 21 Coming at us Again
By the Watchman
Once again we find ourselves facing the greed of the United Nations and there ceaseless agenda of making a single government and forcing their dictates on the people of the United States. Once again we find our own turncoat legislature complicate in their scheme. Once again we find that the power of the donated dollar is buying your freedom from you and turning it over to a one world order. This is completely unacceptable.
We found this bill while reviewing legislation that had been submitted by Representatives and Senators for the current session of the State Legislature. You can see it here webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16 COMMITTEE REPORTS/HOUSE/HB2523 HCR.PDF. What this bill is doing is authorizing communities to have a say in what is done on lands that exist outside of their city limits. This is nothing short of diabolical.
The next article is this webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16 FLR/HFLR/HB2523 HFLR.PDF. This is the committee vote. As you can see out of the seven members of the committee only one objected to this draconian measure.
The next item of interest we found on this bill from the House was this House Votes. This provides a list of how every member of the House voted on this. Only eleven voted against it and a shocking seventeen claimed Constitutional Privilege.
We thought you might like to meet the author of the bill who is trying to give our sovereignty away. Meet Representative Dennis Casey - Oklahoma House of Representatives. We obtained this information from his brag sheet at www.ok.gov.
We next went to www.votesmart.org to see what information was available there. We’ll start with this Dennis Casey's Political Summary - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. From what information was available on this page alone we could tell that he is a fence sitter. He is more likely to follow the trend of the polls than he is the voice of the people.
We next went to the Voting records page here Dennis Casey's Voting Records - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. You should really open this link and look how he has voted over his time in office. It is not impressive at all.
We next went to his Campaign Finance page here Dennis Casey's Campaign Finances - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. There were numerous indications of donations from private donations; however those were outweighed by the donations from lobbyist, unions and other special interest groups. There was enough information available to make us wonder if he was working for the people or for the lobbyist, unions and special interest groups who financed the bulk of his campaign.
This bill has a Senate sponsor. That sponsor happens to be Senator A.J. Griffin who represents District 20. Here is her brag sheet Senate - Oklahoma Legislature. Citizens of her district had voiced concerns over this bill to her on many occasions. She had expressed to them that because so many had opposed the bill that she would withdraw her sponsor ship in the Senate. Many have heard this from her before, especially right before the 2014 elections.
As with most politicians, she’ll say whatever is necessary to be elected, and her promise is only good for as long as they are in front of the current audience. If you open this link Bill Information you will see that this bill has already had its first reading in the Senate. This is a clear indication that Senator Griffin has not withdrawn her sponsorship of the legislation.
It would also appear that the Senator is not above getting involved in tawdry affairs such as this Former Guthrie police officer sues Oklahoma state senator, others in federal court | News OK. One would think that with all the scandals that have plagued the Oklahoma State Senate over the last few years she would have been more careful..
We next went to www.votesmart.org to see what information they had on Senator Griffin. We started by going to her Voting Records page here AJ Griffin's Voting Records - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. Rarely does she vote with Oklahoma values. We found that immediately after she was reelected in 2014, she broke every promise she made to her constituents during the campaign.
We next went to www.followthemoney.org to see what information they had available on her campaign finances. This is what we found GRIFFIN, ANN (AJ) - FollowTheMoney.org. What we found interesting was that she received donations from two individuals totaling $8,431.00 over one year. This was just through her 2014 campaign.
In the end promises were made by Senator Griffin to withdraw her sponsorship of this bill and she failed to do so. This is a repeat of promises made during her 2014 campaign. Once again she has proven that she cannot be trusted to represent the people of her district.
Is this Nazi Germany or are we Still in Oklahoma?
By the Watchman
We find ourselves in a position where we have to identify a bigot in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives. It is truly distasteful that in these days we have to point out that such things are happening in our great state, but they are. What’s even more disdainful is that the bigotry came from the mouth of such an intelligent young lady who showed such great promise.
What made us aware of this problem was this article from a National News Letter Oklahoma Democrats want Christian Business Owners to Wear a Scarlet Letter - Eagle Rising
. State Representative Emily Virgin actually filled a bill, HB 1371, that states in part “Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice of such refusal in a manner clearly visible to the public in all places of business, including websites. The notice may refer to the person’s religious beliefs, but shall state specifically which couples the business does not serve by referring to a refusal based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or race.” Shades of Nazi Germany and the Star of David that the Jewish citizens were forced to wear. For even suggesting something like this the Oklahoma Bar Association should take a look at her record and make sure she’s still qualified to practice law. These are not Oklahoma values. Not even the liberal enclave of Norman would accept these values.
We first went to www.ok.gov to look at her profile page here Representative Emily Virgin - Oklahoma House of Representatives
. She humbles herself on her biography page. It doesn’t tell half the story of this young lady. She won election to the House while still in college. She also passed the Bar Exam while a sitting member of the House. Those two achievements alone are enough to make a person think highly about her, but she had to try and brand Christians because of their beliefs. Has she been taking lessons from Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid?
We decided to include a map of her district here www.okhouse.gov/Documents/Districts/2012/HD44 Reduced.pdf
. As you can see House District 44 is the Liberal Bastion of Norman and includes the University of Oklahoma. It’s not surprising that we would get an idea out of this cesspool, after all the University just settled a law suit after three years over a piece of stolen art work that was stolen by the Nazi’s during WWII. We seem to keep coming back to the comparison with Nazi Germany.
The first item of interest we found was this Emily Virgin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
. This really doesn’t add much to the information we know about her, but it does confirm that she was elected to office while still attending Law School.
The next article is just full of information. You can see it here Emily Virgin - Ballotpedia
. We were not surprised to find among the records that she had a Conservative voting record of just thirteen percent (13%). As Conservatives we have learned to expect that from liberals.
These do not reflect Oklahoma values. In fact these reflect Barack Obama’s values. These ratings make her unacceptable for even the most liberal of Oklahomans.
The next item we looked at was her campaign finance reports here Emily Virgin's Campaign Finances - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart
. This gives a hint as to her donations. It does indicate contributions from numerous individuals but it also indicates donations from major corporations, Political Action Committees and Unions. The Unions doesn’t surprise us. Without the Unions there would be no Democratic Party.
We next went to www.ok.gov/ethicscommission
to see what information they had available on her campaign finances. We found documents up through January of 2015. We found donations from special interest groups like The Oklahoma Beverage Employees PAC. Is it coincidence that a bill is working its way through that would allow higher percentage alcoholic beverages to be sold in Grocery Stores?
Merck Employees PAC. Now they had the patents on all the eugenics research in the US until a few years ago when they sold it to Bill Gates. This is in keeping with the pro-death of baby’s policy of the Democratic Party.
We could go on and on, but it just gets repetitive. This is not a person that represents Oklahoma values. Although she accomplished a lot while getting her law degree, she failed to honor her office as a Representative of District 44. In fact by her desire to brand Christians with a “Scarlett Letter” she has betrayed the oath of office she took as a member of the House and a member of the BAR. There is no room in Oklahoma politics for these types of hate mongers. It is the believe of this staff that she should receive a sanction by the house for such an idea. It is the further believe of this staff that she is not a good candidate to retain her position in the House of Representatives. We seek an immediate public apology from her on live television and her immediate resignation.