Also, you don’t want to take a trip to Oklahoma. Seriously. The Jesus redneck people who elected him are who live there. And the only interesting things there are the frequent tornadoes which you don’t want to see and the utterly insane and horrifying anti-abortion roadside signs that the Jesus rednecks who live there create.
(In fairness, there is this one kind of charming place that sells huge chunks of broken billet glass I liked visiting, and OKC has a couple nice spots, but still, just don’t go there unless forced).
There are lovely people in every state (one of my trips to OK was for a friend’s wedding - he’s cool, though his ex-wife is not a nice person), and if you’re a local you learn how things work and where to go/avoid, but if you’re dropping by to slap a state lawmaker as an outsider it’ll be a dismal trip.
Yes, it’s true.
I am one of the 7 people in the state who did NOT vote for ⊥rump.
I’m exaggerating, of course. There were nearly half a million in the state who did not vote for ⊥rump. We had the Libertarian candidate on the ballot, who drew about 80K votes, and Hillary got about 420K votes,
But, they were swamped by nearly two to one, since the Orange one got about 950K votes. Not a single one of the 77 counties in the state went blue. You have to get down to individual precincts in the metro areas, before you’ll find any blue on the Oklahoma map.
Interestingly, Bernie Sanders won the democratic primary here, so even though there aren’t many Democrats in Oklahoma, those few are of a more progressive bent…
The Jesus rednecks in this state would have preferred Ted Cruz, who won the Republican primary here quite handily.
But once ⊥rump was the Republican candidate, the 7 electors for the state of Oklahoma were so thoroughly assured to him, he could have come here and grabbed.pu$$y with his tiny little hands all he wanted. They wouldn’t care.
As to the tornadoes… I’ve lived here nearly all of my life (since 1970) and I’ve never seen one
Okay, I might have been exaggerating about tornadoes. I’ve seen two in TX, and one touched down in my neighborhood, but I still think of OK as the tornado-ridden place since I saw a lot of dust devils on the drive through.
Hey, have you by any chance ever been to the place that sells giant chunks of glass by a roadside somewhere, um, in Oklahoma? It must have been stuff dumped from a foundry and it was really cool - they also had some nice fossils and minerals. I was slightly late getting to a wedding rehearsal since we were driving up from Austin, stopped to poke around and check out the cool giant pieces of glass and lost track of time… I think I took the 35 up most of the way there, but it was there 20 years ago in an era of paper maps and before smartphones, and think it was, um, probably near where you’d maybe transfer to a highway from the interstate to get to somewhere in OKC, or, well, it’s all total haze, really except that we were out in the sticks. I’ve been through OK a few times since, kept an eye out, and tried to look it up online to no avail.
That sounds like it would be on the I-35 corridor south of OKC.
But the giant glass chunks doesn’t ring a bell at all At least, not in that location.
There is, or used to be, a glass plant near Sallisaw, OK, and they sold both decorative glass and some interesting chunks of the raw stuff that splashed onto the floor (I presume) but that is very far from the path you’ve described; Sallisaw is very nearly on the Eastern border of the state.
I’ve been to Oklahoma many times. I agree with you, it’s a scary place. I’m not exactly a coastal elite either. I’m used to Jesus rednecks and horrifying abortion billboards, but Oklahoma is something else entirely.
Yeah, since this was 20 years ago, there’s a fair chance I’m either remembering something wrong and conflating trips or the place closed long ago. Maybe someone got a deal on some scrap billet/waste from the plant at some point and was selling it off for a while. Still, thanks!
The horrifying abortion roadside monuments are a thing with the Jesus rednecks everywhere. There are a few in TX that are utterly horrifying.
Once you get far enough north, rural TX and OK are hard to tell apart on either side of Red River - gun fondling, Bible thumping, religiously Republican, racist as hell, anti-intellectual, diligent in sabotaging progress, and generally scary, but I was still a little surprised at how so much of the place was like that, like even getting to a larger city (by OK standards) wasn’t like the temporary reprieve into a blue bubble.
Now you’ve jinxed it.
Watching the tornadoes destroy the billboards could be entertaining.
Moore has some wicked tornado karma. It’s uncanny.
But it might have to do with the location, being immediately south of OKC. The stronger tornadoes tend mostly to move from Southwest to Northeast, and it seems they get deflected by the heat dome from the built up area of OKC; thereby detouring into Moore.
Fun fact: Oklahoma City has a larger population than Las Vegas, NV; Baltimore MD; and Atlanta, GA (just to pick a few surprising examples).
They had a story on the local NPR this morning, which I can’t find on their website, unfortunately, about how several of the republicans had a debate, and the audience was annoyed and unconvinced on their discussion of the healthcare issue.
The couple of folks they talked to sounded irritated by the republicans.
Fortunately, I’ve never turned to Johnny Rotten for informed political opinion.
Ah shit. Looks like he fooled me into thinking he’d turned into such a sweet old fart.
I threw up in my mouth a little bit after reading this:
Notably this buzzword filled tripe:
The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump. Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements.
So help me god if somebody says, “government 2.0”…
How long until Kushner fucks something up due to lack of ANY experience, do you wager?