October 06, 2015

Do It with Dewey

In his latest column in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Dale Lewis writes about the Western Heritage Days festival held last month in Dewey. His article included this bit of history:
It was 1905 when Herbert Tyler and his son Donald rode the train to the Indian territory of northeastern Oklahoma looking for a site where they could build a cement plant. At the time, they needed a source of natural gas for their plant was well as large amounts of limestone and shale or clay. All of these things were plentiful in Washington County and they found just what they needed a mile north of the small community of Dewey. 
In 1906, the Tylers purchased land from a Delaware Indian, arranged to have a four-mile rail spur constructed near their property and drilled several natural gas wells to operate the machinery they brought in for the plant. The company was named the Dewey Portland Cement Company with Frank Tyler as president and Herbert Tyler as manager of construction and operations. According to the Washington County Centennial History book, all the principal stockholders were family members and the main office was in Kansas City. 
The first cement ever made in Oklahoma was manufactured at the Tylers’ plant in 1908. Just as a side note, this was also the first cement in the world ever stored in concrete silos. The silos at the Dewey Portland Cement Company stood for over 100 years northeast of Dewey and were a well-known landmark in the area until they were recently demolished. 
Today, Dewey has many other attractions which bring in visitors from around the world including the Tom Mix Museum and the historic Dewey Hotel. The main street through town is named for the Tyler family and it is full of great shops and restaurants. Dewey is also the place where Jacob M. Bartles started the famous Dewey Round-up in 1908, offering some of the richest prize money in the country for rodeo contestants and featuring big name Wild West Show performers like Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill.
I encourage you to read the whole thing here.

September 29, 2015

What Should OU Do Regarding a Young Man with a History of Hostile, Racist, Threatening Chants?

Offer to pay him $40,000, of course!

I urge taxpayers to ponder the artist's lyrics (here, here, and here, for example, or—worse yet—here, here, and here) and determine for themselves if university officials who are continually complaining about budget challenges should have agreed to this expenditure.

September 22, 2015

You Go, Girl

September 20, 2015

Hung a Hundred on 'Em

Yesterday was Bob Stoops' 100th home game at OU. Susie and I had a great time with the boys. Lincoln has been to all 100 of them—and only walked away disappointed 8 times. He's witnessed a 39-home-game winning streak and a couple of 19-home-game winning streaks.

September 18, 2015

Republicans Embrace Parental Choice in Education

Ronald Reagan supported school choice. So do GOP presidential candidates Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, John Kasich, and Rick Santorum.

As you can see in this new video OCPA released today, other choice supporters include Senator James Lankford, Congressman Steve Russell, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and more:

September 11, 2015

Not a Parody

Trigger warning: I'm about to mention the words "Oklahoma" and "Sooners." (Your safe space is provided here.)

It turns out that "the former Sooner Mosaic: Social Justice Symposium dropped the 'Sooner' from its title in May after feedback from students and faculty revealed that many did not like the word in its title," The Oklahoma Daily reports.
Kasey Catlett, assistant director of LGBTQ and health programs at the OU Women’s Outreach Center, said that, being a student-based organization with its justice-oriented nature, the center wanted to make sure all voices were being heard. After much criticism regarding the name, it eventually dropped "Sooner" from the symposium's name. ... 
"We do not want anything to take away or distract from the purpose of the organization, which is for students to be heard or share their research or their work in social justice," said Kathy Moxley, the director of the OU Women's Outreach Center. 
The controversy over the name comes from the historical context of the word "Sooner," and according to Catlett and Moxley. 
"We understand that there are different feelings on the title, but since the symposium is about all different voices being heard, we really just wanted to be responsive to that," Moxley said. “What’s important in our title is Mosaic, because this campus is a mosaic of people and voices coming together as a whole, and that’s what this is about.” 
"Sooners" refer to the people who prematurely rushed to acquire land in Oklahoma before they were legally allowed to during the Land Rush in 1889.
Of course, the case can be made that "Sooner" isn't even the most offensive word on campus. As George Will pointed out last week in The Washington Post ("Out with ‘Redskins’—and everything else!"), "We have a new national passion for moral and historical hygiene, a determination to scrub away remembrances of unpleasant things, such as the name Oklahoma, which is a compound of two Choctaw words meaning 'red' and 'people.'"

As the campus left continues to devour itself, we await the day when "Oklahoma Sooners" is impermissible speech in Norman. 

Congratulations, Mary Margaret

The Oklahoman reports that 187 Oklahoma high school seniors were named National Merit semifinalists this week, including this little sweetheart.

September 09, 2015

Citing 'Gender Identity,' OU Explicitly Denies the Reality of Human Nature

Oklahoma's largest newspaper, owned by the conservative evangelical Presbyterian billionaire Philip Anschutz, recently took note of "trigger warnings" and "microaggressions" and assorted follies in higher education. Unfortunately, given that campus radicals have no brakes on their agenda, it's hard to keep up with them all.

It turns out that the University of Oklahoma, for example, "does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures."

Steven F. Hayward writes in the current issue of Intercollegiate Review:
The single most important overarching political question at the present time is whether we still think there is such a thing as human nature. The core of postmodernism—and many of the campus enthusiasms about how one's gender identity is solely a matter of free choice or will—explicitly denies the idea of human nature, though this often comes disguised in an attack on "objectivity," "social construction" of language and reality, and so forth. The rejection of human nature is catching on slowly in our wider popular culture, and could ultimately bring the ruin of our civilization.
Fortunately, as the indispensable Instapundit points out, pockets of sanity remain.