Hey, I’m Talking to You!
Okay folks, you are really, really needed to volunteer to get the voter guides out before the election. While a trickle of people showed up this weekend we need a lot more hands on deck to get these 30,000 magazines into the voter’s hands before Sunday.
The magazine has a story on Civil Asset Forfeiture, the Medicaid Expansion attempt last session, the RINO Index and each House District that is covered has separate issues for the areas where senate districts overlap, with the issue covering both the state rep and the state senator. The lead story is about Sheriff John Whetsel and the State Auditor’s investigation and the possible criminal charges that might be filed. There is a story about SQ 777 and another on SQ 780 and 781 as well as a story that covers all of the state questions.
There is a big story on education spending, the history of it including all the previous “fixes” like the lottery and 1017 and how voters are hoodwinked into believing it is for the kids. The story debunks the lies about Oklahoma teacher pay being near to dead last when it is really in the middle of the rankings when adjusted for cost of living in the state. We cover the ever corrupt Oklahoma County D.A. David Prater and Kris Steele being behind the SQ 780 and 781 and we remind people of the one billion dollars in new taxes and fees in last session’s budget.
There is judicial retention information and a great story by Gary Richardson on the state turnpike system.
We want to educate the voters before the election but this massive magazine drop also will send fear into the hearts of all 149 state legislators as they know full well that it could be their district next in line. The voters also get a look at the underbelly of politics and they will be a little harder to fool next time around.
We still have a lot of folding to do. It takes about 15 seconds to gather six pages, fold them, and drop them in the boxes. Four per minute, 240 per hour, so it takes a lot of people to get through the 10,000 magazines in a House District drop. Then they need bagged which is quick, around six per minute or 3 hours per thousand. That process can be farmed out if you would rather work at home while watching TV. Just come by and pick up a box and bring them back the next morning.
Distribution has already begun down in Sequoyah County which has 10,000 copies of the magazine. Saturday night 14 hardworking, dedicated STP conservatives spread out over the county carpet bombing the towns and neighborhoods, delivering the 24 page magazine. By Sunday morning the liberal Democrat candidate running against Rep. John Bennett was squalling and bawling that someone “littered” his entire county with newspapers. Screaming about the “lies” being told about him, about his father (a previous state rep) voting for and co authoring most of the huge tax credits that are gutting the state budget for core purpose spending, and outrage at exposing the corrupt cronies that run the county. Priceless…
There is simply nothing else that you can do that will have the impact on corrupt politics in Oklahoma. So come down and spend a few hours or spend the day helping out. There are usually some interesting people helping out, bondsmen, cops, fellow activists, and more than one housewife or retired guy so the conversations about state and national politics are varied and interesting. This election is huge as we have a real shot at getting a murderous, villainous, corrupt county sheriff kicked to the curb and replaced by a conservative Republican. A few of the state questions will have huge impacts on the state if they pass so now is the time to take a few hours to pitch in.
The address is 358 North Rockwell, then come to the SE corner of the industrial park that is on the SE corner of North Rockwell and Melrose. Huge blue overhead doors, The Carpenter Shop is the name of the business. Come in past the pallets of cardboard boxes and you will find where we are working in the showroom. Anytime between 8 am and 7 pm the entire week. Call if you need help finding the shop 405-412-6233
Whetsel Saving Campaign Money for Lawyer’s Fees?
The incumbent Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel appears to have lain down rather than fight for election as his large donors have deserted him in droves. The campaign report for the County races is no longer online, the Ethics Commission having taken the County races off line in an attempt to suppress the flow of information to the citizens. The pre General election report is due this afternoon but it appears that Whetsel has chosen not to spend a large amount of funds on advertising or other campaigning in favor of hording the cash to pay lawyer fees needed for his eventual defense.
There is another element of that campaign; the Oklahoma County GOP Chairman Pam Pollard’s leaking confidential documents. Initially the story looked ready for publication but last minute exposures caused us to postpone the story until November. Rest assured it is a barn burner of a story and Pam Pollard’s tenure as GOP State Chairman is likely to come to a premature end.
Lies, Damned Lies, and the Liars that Spread them
One of the absolutely wonderful education think tanks, the 1889 Institute, put out a study on the alleged teacher shortage last week. They sought any evidence of a teacher shortage and addressed the other talking points being used to lobby for the Boren 22% sales tax increase. What they found was that there is an actual teacher shortage for 0.62%, less than one percent….a shortage that could be erased by taking the student/teacher ratio from16.3 to 16.4 students per teacher. They also pointed out that if we matched Indiana’s ratio of 17.5 students per teacher it would free up around $127,000,000. In 1975 there were 19.8 students per classroom and it has been proven that smaller classrooms have failed to show benefits other than employing more teachers.
They also looked at emergency certifications that are ballyhood as proof that there is a massive shortage of teachers. What they found was that 41% of the certifications were for elementary and early childhood education with very few for STEM classes. Most of the individuals were highly qualified with undergraduate maors, master degrees, even PhDs and MDs.
You can download the study here
, well worth your time if you want to cast a truly informed vote on November 8th
. Or go to the 1889institute.org and click on their Issues tab and choose K-12 Public Education and you will find the link to the story at the top of the page.
Another Monstrous Case of Brutality out of
John Whetsel’s Oklahoma County Jail
A few weeks ago an impassioned plea came out for justice for a woman that was brutalized in the Oklahoma County Jail.
Here is the email that was sent, edited for profanity for those that might be opening the newsletter in front of children or while at work:
We had, in my opinion, a massive violation of civil rights and criminal actions taken against a female in the OK county jail....she was arrested for DUI Sat night near Nichols Hills. She was then transported to OK County
The facts: She had a lawyer present on the scene of the arrest, she was denied the ability to speak with him there, at the Nichols Hills police station, or at OK County later. They absolutely would not allow her access to counsel.
She was forced to perform the field sobriety test, and later when she asked to speak with her council at OK County she was denied, but she went ahead and refused the breathalyzer not knowing for sure what to do
They stripped her in public of her clothes. Leaving her with the scanty camisole and tights she had on under her clothes.
They they paraded her around from "pod to pod, and cell to cell....under the pretense of processing her, which had only glass between her and the male prisoners being held. For 12 hours!!!
The male prisoners were making very crude comments, disgusting remarks, stroking themselves and mas****ating due to her attire. She endured this for 12 hours while the officers laughed it off. She continued to beg for clothes, but the officers only laughed and continued to parade her from place to place for 12 hours
During this 12 hours her brother(who is also a lawyer) and her husband were continually told she hadn't been processed yet. After 12 hours she was moved to the holding cell with 40 other women and finally given an orange jumpsuit
She was finally able to bail out after 18 hours.
Yes she was refused the right to speak with counsel who was present at arrest. And then she was denied at Nichols hills and then when transported to OK county. Then the "parade" started that lasted 12 hours. She begged for clothes and was denied and laughed at. She was refused water for the entire 18 hours she was there. When they searched her it was in full view of male prisoners, after they had stripped her down to her tights and a little camisole,
and the kicked her legs apart...and slammed their hand so hard into her vag**** it literally lifted her off the ground! She remembered one of the male prisoners saying "yeah, jam it in her p***y good"
Now remember these male prisoners were mastur***ing and making crude and demeaning comments at her the entire time.
They finally gave her the jumpsuit all other female prisoners were wearing 12 hours later. She is exhausted and traumatized. She is writing everything down. I told her she needs to request video of the arrest and at the OK jail
She is about 5'4 and weighs maybe 110 if she is lucky. She is not a trouble maker and was terrified. So no she wasn't being a problem.
We pulled the police report and the woman’s arrest records as we always want to know the character of the person behind the accusations. Next week we are going to revisit this story and reveal what might have caused the animals/detention officers to treat this woman in such a fashion. It certainly isn’t enough to have justified this treatment but it reveals the mindset and culture that John Whetsel has inoculated into the deputies and detention officers in his employ.
If this angers you then get off your butt and come down to help on the voter guide project. If you don't, you are condoning this sort of brutality and are the problem, not the answer.