February 06, 2016

OU Office of Student Affairs Continues to Beclown Itself

Apparently the Adele song "Hello" normalizes sexual harassment.

February 03, 2016

Jack Henry and I Had a Great Time at This One Tonight

January 30, 2016

Mixing Religion and Politics?

In a column last week in the Tulsa World, two Tulsa rabbis argued that "when we do not make public education a priority in our state we sin against our children and our future."

Now conservatives are sometimes accused of mixing religion and politics, of trying to impose our version of morality via the political process. But this statement from the rabbis serves as a helpful reminder that sometimes our friends on the left have no qualms about using moral and religious language to support their policy positions.

Former Oklahoma Gov. David Walters, for example, says it's "immoral" not to embrace the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

A homosexual rabbi suggests that perhaps Planned Parenthood is "doing God's work."

Oklahoma journalist Arnold Hamilton pronounces it "a moral imperative" to do things like expand medical welfare.

A liberal think tank says the Obamacare Medicaid expansion is the "morally responsible" choice for Oklahoma. The organization also promotes the pro-abortion Obamacare law, defends the Oklahoma branches of the nation’s largest abortion business, and laments that there isn't more accessibility to what it calls (in a devilishly Orwellian turn of phrase) "abortion care."

Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. executive Don Millican makes a biblical case for a 30 percent tax rate and an expansive welfare state.

State Rep. Emily Virgin pronounces it "sinful that many Oklahomans are unable to receive affordable and quality health care." (She likely does not deem sinful her vote against banning abortions on children who can feel intense pain or her vote against banning the practice of tearing babies apart as they bleed to death.)

So I ask you: Are liberals trying to legislate morality? Not, I hasten to add, that there's anything wrong with that.

January 29, 2016

Lankford: Focus on Children, Not Schools

"As many Americans recognized National School Choice Week this week," U.S. Sen. James Lankford writes today in the Tulsa World, "I believe the argument about school choice is not about the future of our schools, it is about the future of our children."
School leaders might argue to keep more money and control so they can make education improvements, but children in the school do not have time for hoped-for future improvements, they need help today. Why would we ever tell a parent to sacrifice their child’s future so we can protect a school today? 
Our state will face a lot of tough decisions in the coming days, including education. I have the highest confidence that state legislators and Oklahomans will step up to the plate and make good decisions with their recaptured education authority. Practical quality education is possible and expected. 
Oklahomans want a great future for their kids that will begin with empowered parents and expanded educational opportunities for every child, no matter where they live. In 2016, our state has an opportunity to lead and prove to all of America that strong families and a great education provide the best future for our kids.

January 24, 2016

January 23, 2016

Budget Shortfall? No Problem

Because if there's one thing Oklahoma taxpayers are clamoring for, it's a greater emphasis on "inclusivity" and "diversity" on the OU campus.

January 14, 2016

Getting All Buddy-Buddy

Photo credit: Ty Russell

Jack Henry and I had a great time at the Bedlam game in Stillwater last night as the Sooners held on to win a nail-biter. It was OU's eighth victory in the last nine Bedlam games, increasing their series lead to 135-95. One highlight came after the game when Buddy Hield came up to Jack Henry and me (he remembered us from OU's father-son basketball camp), stuck out his hand, and said, "What's up, shooters?" (Hey, I can't help it if we've been, ahem, free throw, hot shot, and "21" champions.)

In all, it was a good night for Buddy and for my little buddy.

    January 02, 2016

    Jack Henry Has His Own Cheering Section

    And he had a couple of three-pointers today in the Knights' victory.