Posts tagged "oklahoma"

Oklahoma Governor OKs Extreme Anti-Abortion Bill

Oklahoma! Where the wind blows, and also everything else. …

By: Robyn Pennacchia / May 7, 2015

Tulsa Reserve Deputy Who “Accidentally” Killed Unarmed Black Suspect May Have Lacked Training

Today in news that does not shock but nonetheless repulses me: Robert Bates, that “Reserve Deputy” with the Tulsa police department who shot and killed unarmed suspect Eric Harris over the weekend after he “mistakenly” grabbed his gun instead of his Taser, may have lacked the training required to be on the job in the first…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 16, 2015

“Fuck Your Breath”: Officer Caught On Tape Mocking Yet Another Black Man Fatally Shot By Police

On Friday, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department released video of a reserve deputy “accidentally” shooting unarmed Black man, Eric Harris, when he fled from police following an undercover sting operation on April 2. The graphic video shows Reserve Deputy Robert Charles “Bob” Bates and other officers pursuing Harris on foot before catching up to him…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 12, 2015

Oklahoma Bans Atheist Marriages In Hopes Of Preventing Gay Ones

Well, it’s looks like my dream of a Rodgers and Hammerstein-themed wedding are officially dashed, because even if I am a girl who cain’t say no, I cain’t say “yes” in the state of Oklahoma*. To marriage, anyway. I’m sure I could say yes to other things in Oklahoma, like, for instance, being taken out in your surry…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 19, 2015

Fox’s Kennedy Wonders Why We Even Have Public Schools

On today’s episode of Fox’s “Outnumbered,” the hosts tackled Oklahoma’s recent decision to ban AP History classes. While not everyone on the show said insane things (except for one part where one was kvetching again about freaking “American Exceptionalism.”), former MTV VJ Kennedy kicked things off by flat-out saying “Theere really shouldn’t be public schools

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 19, 2015

The Right’s War On AP History Is All About Building Better Soldiers

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma state legislature voted to remove AP History from school curriculums. Their reasoning? The classes taught too much of the “bad” parts of American history, and not enough of the good. They taught about internment camps during World War II, that “Manifest Destiny” was a generally unpleasant experience for non-white people, and…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 18, 2015

RIP Society: Oklahoma City Police Officer Arrested For Sexually Assaulting 7 Women

To protect and serve, huh? Oklahoma City police arrested fellow cop Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, yesterday for rape and sexual battery against seven Black women.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said that an investigation by the sex crimes unit found Holtzclaw assaulted the women while on-duty between February and June of thi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Tulsa Lady Confronts Man Masturbating In Women’s Bathroom At Walmart

Meet Beth Davis of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She ran by Walmart to run and errand and stopped first in the women’s restroom.  There should found a man, standing in front of the mirror partially clothed, jerking off.  So Davis whipped out her cameraphone and started filming him as he tried to leave the store, while she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 29, 2013

Watch Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert’s Beautiful Acoustic Version Of “Over You,” Dedicated To Oklahoma Tornado Victims

On last night’s episode of “The Voice,” Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton opened the show with a staggeringly beautiful acoustic version of “Over You.” The couple, who live in Oklahoma, originally wrote the song to honor Shelton’s brother who passed away in 1990, but retooled it slightly to pay tribute to the victim’s of thi…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 22, 2013

It’s Time To Cry: Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finds Her Dog — Alive! — During News Interview

I didn’t sleep at all last night after reading about and seeing the horrific aftermath of the deadly tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma. Such gruesome images and unbelievable destruction. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected (if you’re looking for specific ways to help, check out this list). In the midst…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 21, 2013

How You Can Help Oklahoma’s Tornado Victims

Monday afternoon a mile-wide tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. The tornado’s deadly path tore through a hospital and two schools, and while rescue crews still aren’t sure about the exact number of victims, the county medical examiner confirmed that there are at least 24 dead.

By: Julie Gerstein / May 21, 2013

At Least 10 Dead In Tornado Strike

A two-mile-wide tornado touched down in a suburb of Oklahoma City today, leveling the suburb of Moore and leaving at least 10 dead reports CNN. “It is absolutely devastating, this is horrific,” Oklahoma Lt. Governor said, as per ABC News. “We’re going to have fatalities. … We’re going to have significant injuries. … We just don’t know…

By: Newser / May 20, 2013

Worst Mother Of The Week Award Goes To Misty VanHorn Who, Tried To Sell Her Kids For Bail Money

When I was a kid, my mom sometimes threatened to sell me to the gypsies. I didn’t know who or what a gypsy was, but I knew that I didn’t want to be sold to anyone, and it usually got me to behave better. Not so, Misty VanHorn’s children, whose mother actually tried to sell…

By: Julie Gerstein / March 13, 2013

Oklahoma Republican Says Birth Control “Poisons Women’s Bodies” (FYI, It Doesn’t)

Oklahoma State Senate Clark Jolley, a Republican (duh), introduced a bill that would allow an employer to refuse to cover birth control in their health care plans for any reason, based on the idea, and I quote, that birth control “poisons women’s bodies.” Maybe condoms — WHICH ARE ALSO A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Two Anti-Abortion Laws

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-abortion laws — one which requires a woman to have an ultrasound and hear a detailed description of the fetus, another which restricts the use of the abortion pill — are unconstitutional and can’t be enforced. [Huffington Post]
Slightly more men than women think that…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 5, 2012

OK Doctor Refuses To Provide Emergency Contraception To Rape Victim In ER

An Oklahoma doctor working in an emergency room refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old rape victim because EC is against her personal beliefs. (Yes, the doctor was a woman.) According to the rape victim’s mother Rhonda, the doctor said, “I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs.”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2012

Dude Lawmaker: How Dare Government Try To Control Men’s Bodies!

Nothing is quite so entertaining as people who don’t recognize their own hypocrisy, huh? Recently, our hero, Oklahoma State Sen. Constance Johnson (D), introduced an “Every Sperm Is Sacred” law to try to outlaw male masturbation. Legislators in OK have been concerned with banning abortion rights, including a “fetal personhood” amendment which would define a fertilized egg…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2012

Oklahoma Senator Constance Johnson Suggests “Every Sperm Is Sacred”

Following in the footsteps of Janet Howell, the Virginia state senator who added a rectal exam amendment to a bill that required women to get an ultrasound before having an abortion, Oklahoma Senator Constance Johnson found a clever way to protest the controversial “fetal personhood laws” cropping up in conservative states. Senate Bill 1433 says “the unbor…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 8, 2012

Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern: “Women Don’t Want To Work As Hard As A Man”

“Women usually don’t want to work as hard as a man. Women tend to think a little bit more about their family, wanting to be at home more time, wanting to have a little more leisure time. I’m not saying women don’t work hard. Women like … to have a moderate work life with plenty…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 29, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Oklahoma’s Governor Signs Two Anti-Abortion Bills

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, has signed two bills that will restrict abortion rights even further. One bans abortions after 20 week of pregnancy, based on the (false) claim touted by anti-abortion activists that 20 weeks is the point after which a fetus can feel pain. That bill makes an exemption if the mother’…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2011
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