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This is how we roll in Oklahoma: Man gets bit in face by snake, neighbor comes to deal with the snake with hammers

We got all kinds of critters here in Oklahoma: Bunnies (good critters!), armadillos, snakes, scorpions, raccoons, June bugs, cicadas, etc.

Along with firearm protection (to deal with criminal critters), we keep a BB gun and sand shovel handy to deal with the annoying scorpions and snakes. I’ve killed many scorpions with the sand shovel – as well as with a good old stompin’ from my boots.

A scorpion I killed with a shovel…

And our domestic cat critters have also come in handy when dealing with snakes and cicadas!

My “Baby” with his snake capture

Yet a local man took a different approach when dealing with a snake (a pretty good-sized one) that bit a man on the face on his front porch.

This is life in Oklahoma!

Video is NSFW due to foul language. And the snake doesn’t survive.

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Oklahoma governor signs Constitutional Carry into law

For those opposed to this (local police are opposed.…that’s another story I may blog about at a later time), think about how many times you’ve seen criminals open carry.

I see many people open carry here in my town in OK: At the vet, Chick-fil-A, the local convenience store, Wal-Mart, PetCo, etc. I have never, ever, ever felt threatened by witnessing a person open carry.

I prefer to conceal carry because I’m a woman and don’t want to advertise the fact that I have guns. I don’t want some man following me and thinking he can 1) overpower me and 2) know of a home that has firearms to steal.

Yet women who choose to open carry now have a distinct advantage to practice their Constitutional right!

Thank you Governor Stitt for recognizing our Second Amendment right!

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From KTUL: Just three weeks from start to finish, the “Constitutional Carry” bill has a new nickname for the folks who pushed it through.

“Well, we should have probably renamed it the ‘Whiplash Bill,'” said Don Spencer, president of the Second Amendment Association. That’s cause the speed at which it traveled through the process was stunning. Predictions on what’s next?

“Gun sales will go up, also we’re already seeing the list for people wanting training going up because they know they don’t have to put a license through the state to carry the gun now,” said Spencer.

“Do I think that there will be some people going out and buying some new handguns? Maybe something smaller, lighter, easier to carry? Yeah, there will probably be for the next six to eight months an increase of especially conceal carry type handguns sold,” said Eric Fuson with Trails End Trading Company.

Meanwhile, a dire prediction from former TPD officer and gun control advocate Rex Berry. “More guns in more wrong hands means more gun tragedies means more fear means more guns sold,” said Berry. “One of the arguments is it’s not a gun, it’s a mental health issue. Take a look at what our state legislature or our US government has done to fund mental health. It’s a BS argument,” said Berry.

Spencer’s response to the critics? “Well to the critics I say this, if it wasn’t for the Second Amendment and us being able to exercise it, you would not have the protection of your First Amendment to be up here and make that criticism,” said Spencer.

And finally a reminder, that just because there’s less paperwork, doesn’t mean there’s less responsibility. “Just because there is no permit require to carry doesn’t mean there’s not liability for carrying a firearm, and you must know the laws that govern the use of force in the state of Oklahoma and where you cannot carry,” said Fuson.

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Oklahoma bill introduced for Constitutional Carry

Our new governor, republican Kevin Stitt, stated during his campaign that he would support this action. One of the reasons I voted for him.

And if you ask anyone where I live in Oklahoma, the only people who find this “controversial” are the gun grabbers.

From News 9: A controversial bill to allow the permitless carry of handguns passes its first hurdle. Thursday, the House Public Safety Committee passed a bill allowing for constitutional carry.

Constitutional carry would allow any Oklahoman over 21 years old without a felony to carry a handgun, open or concealed, without first getting a license or training.

Training is an individual responsibility. It’s not the governments job to mandate training to you. It should be your individual responsibility to make sure you get yourself trained,” said Travis Couture-Lovelady of the NRA.

If it passes, Oklahoma would be the 15th state to have constitutional carry. The state currently allows visitors from those other 14 states to carry here without a license.

Backers say a lot of Oklahomans will continue to get the license though. “If they want to travel, they’ll still need that. If they want to go to Texas or other states, they’ll still need that permit for reciprocity, so they can carry across state lines,” said Couture-Lovelady.

Opponents fear the lack of requirements will be dangerous.

“National polling shows that most Americans are in favor of reasonable gun laws and licensing, getting a permit, going through some basic checks keeps everyone more safe,” said Rev. Lori Walke of the Mayflower Congregational UCC Church in Oklahoma City. “As far as Christians go, we follow someone who was a nonviolent resister. And we think that more guns make people less safe. We follow the prince of peace, not the prince of pistols.

The committee also passed bills that forbid companies like Uber from requiring drivers not carry and would not send felons back to prison for unknowingly riding in a car with someone who legally has a gun. All of those bills now go to the House floor for a vote.

The legislature passed Constitutional Carry last year, but it was vetoed by Governor Mary Fallin.

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I start a new job today…wish me luck!

After working for a retirement center for 2 ½ years here in Oklahoma I decided to take a break. It was hard to deal with the death of residents, the drama of the facility and…the deaths of residents whom I had come to love. It was like losing your grandmother or grandfather all over again. So I quit that job.

Since I quit I have been a stay-at-home “domestic engineer.”

I’ve gained some new cooking skills (homemade pasta), did the mundane tasks such as laundry (it never ends, does it?), cleaned the house, ran errands and mowed the lawn (which really sucks during the HOT Oklahoma summers).

But now I’m back to work.

After the death of my Lucky cat just six weeks ago, I decided I needed to get out of the house. Our much-loved Baby kitty has been a permanent fixture on my lap since his brother passed. He will not be happy with my being gone every day, no doubt. (Please say a little prayer for him as he’s getting up in age, too.)

I had two interviews and was lucky enough to obtain a job with a small, local law firm. I start my new full-time job today at 8:30 am, sharp!

Due to my new employment situation I may not be as active on our blog as I have been during my stay-at-home status.

Yet know that I will continue to do my best to keep the demoRATs and gun-grabbers in check. They can spin all they want but they cannot hide…

Thanks for your support of FOTM!

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Online radio station uses NFL gear to wash cars for vets

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That’s how we roll in Oklahoma!
From KOCO (Norman, OK): A local radio station held a free car wash for veterans in Norman amid a nationwide debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
The online rock station owner said several people attended Saturday’s car wash, as the event was busy for the full three hours.
“We met some great people, heard some wonderful stories from the veterans and their spouses,” Blake Wolney, owner of Bladerunner Radio, said in an email.
Wolney said the idea of this kind of car wash sparked when people at the radio station wanted to replicate another social media trend to help people in need.
“We started off with the idea of doing an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and we thought we’ll take a bunch of NFL gear and destroy it and start it on fire and burn and donate money to veterans, like they do with ALS,” Wolney said Friday. “And then we thought, you know, there’s so much negativity and animosity the way it is.”
The radio station used the NFL jerseys and merchandise to wash the cars instead of burning them.
“It’s not so much a political statement as it is just an opportunity to exercise our rights and show our American veterans some respect,” Wolney said.
h/t Breitbart
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ManBearPig claims climate battle just like fight against slavery, apartheid

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Yeah, no.
From Fox News: Global warming activist profiteer and former veep Al Gore likened the battle over climate change to humanity’s greatest struggles — like the fights against slavery, apartheid and nuclear proliferation — during a speech Thursday in Australia, according to a newly reported transcript.
In a July 13 speech to the EcoCity World Summit in Melbourne, the former vice president argued combating global warming was “in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history,” according to the website Climate Depot.
“The abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage and women’s rights, the civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the movement to stop the toxic phase of nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement,” Gore said.
Marc Morano, executive editor for ClimateDepot.com, told Fox News he made an audio recording of Gore’s remarks because summit organizers prevented media from videotaping the event.
Morano, a former communications aide to climate change skeptic Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., also confirmed reports that security staff physically prevented people from taking photos with their cell phones.
It is not the first time Gore has drawn the parallel between global warming and civil rights. “The climate movement should be seen in the context of the great moral causes that have transformed and improved the outlook for humanity,” Gore said at an green energy awards ceremony in June.
“It was wrong to allow slavery to continue, it was wrong to deny women the right to vote, it was wrong to discriminate on the basis of skin color or who you fell in love with,” he continued.
In a 2013 interview with The Washington Post, Gore likened climate change “deniers” to alcoholic fathers who fly off the handle when the issue is mentioned.
The conversation on global warming has been stalled because a shrinking group of denialists fly into a rage when it’s mentioned. It’s like a family with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned and so everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace,” he explained.
Gore has been in Australia as part of a tour promoting the upcoming release of “An Inconvenient Sequel,” the follow-up to the 2006 documentary on global warming.
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Oklahoma HS teacher tells class: 'To be white is to be racist'

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From Fox News: A high school student in Norman, Oklahoma, said she used her cell phone to record a teacher saying, “To be white is to be racist,” during a lecture on “how to heal the racial divide.”
The unidentified student used her cell phone to record the lesson, KFOR.com reported. The student said she was offended by the teacher’s remarks and “felt like he was encouraging people to kind of pick on people for being white.”
The news station reached out to the teacher—who was teaching an elective philosophy course– but did not receive an immediate response.
The lecture reportedly started with a video on the “Mistreatment of Native Americans.” The teacher went on to say, “Am I racist? And I say, yeah. And I don’t want to be. It’s not like choose to be racist.”
The video shows a man using a bottle of white correction fluid to cover a country on a globe. “He was basically comparing what he had done to the globe to what we did to America,” the student said.

Superintendent of Norman Public Schools

Superintendent of Norman Public Schools


Dr. Joe Siano, the superintendent of Norman Public Schools, issued a statement identifying racism as “an important topic.”
The superintendent continued, “We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.”
From NewsChannel 4: Norman Public Schools released the following statement regarding the issue:
“Racism is an important topic that we discuss in our schools. While discussing a variety of philosophical perspectives on culture, race and ethics, a teacher was attempting to convey to students in an elective philosophy course a perspective that had been shared at a university lecture he had attended. We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.” – Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools
“You start telling someone something over and over again that’s an opinion, and they start taking it as fact,” the student said. “So, I wanted him to apologize and make it obvious and apparent to everyone that was his opinion.”
NewsChannel 4 reached out to the teacher by email.
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It's a 100 degrees outside? Time to hit the gun range!

Living in Oklahoma you get use to the hot summer weather. And in our small town the only gun range is outdoors. What to do when you’ve got the itch to go shooting and it’s 100 degrees outside? Suck it up and sweat it out at the range!
So we did just that yesterday!
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 I warmed up with the 9mm.

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We then moved on to shooting that “weapon of war.”

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As you can see, the range isn’t that fancy…

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Yet there are lots of pretty wild sunflowers growing there!

So no matter how hot the weather is, always take advantage of your Second Amendment right and get in some target practice!
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Oklahoma Department of Human Services is relying on the honor system for welfare recipients


NewsOK: The state Department of Human Services is relying on the honor system to enforce a law prohibiting certain welfare funds from being used in casinos, liquor stores, tobacco shops and strip clubs.
The current setup doesn’t allow the department to block use of the money in these establishments, DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell said, though the agency is working to remedy this situation through a new vendor contract.

DHS uses debit cards to distribute public assistance funds. Currently, Xerox is contracted to manage the cards, but DHS intends to re-bid the contract this spring. “We’re doing the best we can with the federal and state laws that have passed,” Powell said.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed a measure into law in May 2013 prohibiting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, funds from being spent at casinos, liquor stores, tobacco shops and strip clubs. The law aims to ensure the federal funds are being spent productively by families who need it.
TANF is intended for children whose parent died or is incapacitated, absent or unemployed. Oklahoma distributed $20.3 million in TANF cash assistance in the 2013 fiscal year, with the average recipient receiving $1,546.
Powell said recipients can choose whether to have the funds deposited directly into their bank account or onto a state-issued debit card. One problem is the agency uses the debit cards for other types of cash payments, such as child support, foster care payments and adoption subsidies, which don’t have the same restrictions as TANF has now.
Powell added that the laws weren’t created in response to any widespread problems. “It was just something someone decided at a federal level that was an issue, and they wanted to try and enact change and many states ended up following suit,” she said.
But media organizations in other states have uncovered problems. A Los Angeles Times investigation in 2010 found that $1.8 million in TANF funds were withdrawn in casinos and $12,000 was accessed in strip clubs.
When asked for a list of locations where TANF funds were spent in Oklahoma, Powell said DHS doesn’t keep those records and the transactions are protected under Federal Reserve banking regulations. In California, the ATMs in casinos and strip clubs were able to be blocked from accepting state benefit cards after the withdrawal locations were publicized.
DHS has identified businesses where TANF funds are prohibited, using Oklahoma Tax Commission and state Secretary of State records, and sent them notice of the law and a photo of the debit card, Powell said.
“We’re relying on the businesses to honor our request to not use the card for those particular funds,” Powell said. But clerks can’t identify whether the funds on the card are TANF funds, or another form of aid such as child support.
When the contract is rebid, Powell said DHS will require the vendor provide a separate card for TANF funds, like they do now for food stamps.
Educating clients
Another loophole exists. Recipients can simply withdraw cash from an ATM using the card and spend it however they want. DHS doesn’t track the funds that are deposited into recipients’ bank accounts either.
Powell said DHS has been educating TANF clients on where their money can and can’t be spent. So far, the agency hasn’t received any reports of fraud.
Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, who authored the legislation, said he didn’t expect such a delay in implementing the new cards. “However, we did put penalties in place for those knowingly using or accepting TANF benefits in these restricted establishments,” Standridge said. If a parent uses TANF funds in a prohibited business, their payments can be reduced and permanently revoked if violations continue.
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500 reasons why you shouldn't mess with a porcupine


Bella Mae is a three-year-old bulldog from Oklahoma. She tangled with a porcupine and was left with 500 quills stuck in her face. Veterinarians in Norman undertook emergency surgery to remove the prickly spines from her head and her feet, although some of the quills are still inside her body.

~Eowyn

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