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Shawnee Homeowner Shoots Intruder

A Shawnee homeowner needed just one shot from his firearm to take down an armed intruder:

Wartime Veteran Recalls Events

The story of another member of the “Greatest Generation” comes from The Oklahoman:

Fallin: Court Ruling ‘Violation of states’ rights’

Governor Fallin today released the following statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s decision to reject the appeal of a lower court ruling striking down an Oklahoma constitutional provision defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The Oklahoma amendment passed in 2004 by a vote of the people, with over 75 percent of voters supporting it.

The people of Oklahoma have the right to determine how marriage is defined. In 2004, Oklahomans exercised that right, voting by a margin of 3-1 to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“The will of the people has now been overridden by unelected federal justices, accountable to no one. That is both undemocratic and a violation of states’ rights. Rather than allowing states to make their own policies that reflect the values and views of their residents, federal judges have inserted themselves into a state issue to pursue their own agendas.

“Today’s decision has been cast by the media as a victory for gay rights. What has been ignored, however, is the right of Oklahomans – and Americans in every state – to write their own laws and govern themselves as they see fit. Those rights have once again been trampled by an arrogant, out-of -control federal government that wants to substitute Oklahoma values with Washington, D.C. values.”

Pruitt Announces Amicus Brief In Support Of Religious Freedom

Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced that Oklahoma joined nine other states in an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the United States Supreme Court to support an Arizona church’s fight against a local sign ordinance that the church says stifles its freedoms under the First Amendment.

The brief asks the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a sign ordinance passed by the Town of Gilbert, Ariz., which places size limitations on signs put up by churches and non-profit entities, but does not impose similar restrictions on other signs, including political signs. A local church, Good News Community Church, and its pastor, Clyde Reed, filed the lawsuit against the ordinance.

“Religious liberty is not only a fundamental right, but it was also one of the founding principles of our country,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “This current ruling of the Ninth Circuit creates an avenue for government to systematically favor speech, and in this case, disadvantage religious speech. By joining in the amicus brief, we hope to ensure that religious liberty continues to be protected by the First Amendment.”

The Town of Gilbert’s ordinance restricts signs promoting the events, meetings, or activities of non-profit groups, including local churches, while it broadly permits any political or ideological signs.  For example, political signs can be up to 32 square feet, displayed for many months, and unlimited in number.  An ideological sign can likewise be up to 20 square feet, displayed indefinitely, and unlimited in number.  A church’s signs however can only be 6 square feet, may be displayed for no more than 14 hours, and are limited to four per property.

The brief was signed by attorneys general from nine other states, including West Virginia, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

To read a copy of the amicus brief, go to

McCarville: Madness


Some parts of our world have gone mad. Stark, raving, mad. Stone cold nutso.

Firefighters in Illinois are told by their chief to remove American flag decals from their helmets because they might be viewed as racist.

Ferguson, Missouri, is held hostage by “demonstrators,” some of whom have looted and burned.

A city orders a 2nd Amendment flag taken down but allows a Muslim flag to be raised.

A 3rd grader who bites a piece of food into the shape of a pistol is suspended and sent home for three days.

The race (?) for governor of Oklahoma so far is a yawner. Democrat Joe Dorman is digging for traction, but the arrows he’s shooting aren’t hitting the target, much less the bullseye. Dorman and his supporters are throwing mostly wild punches in a mad dash to cut Fallin’s lead.

Panera Bread bans law-abiding citizens and their firearms, joining other retailers who have done the same. What…only bad guys with guns now allowed?

A 1st grade boy who kisses a female classmate on the cheek is suspended for sexual harassment.

Why does a 2-hour examination and treatment at a hospital ER cost $1,200?

How can our president declare to the world that we have no strategy for dealing with an international situation? If George Bush had said that, the media would have pummeled him without mercy and painted him as wearing a dunce cap.

From Detroit: An army officer is told he can’t enter his daughter’s Metro Detroit high school this morning because he’s wearing his uniform.

Nebraska’s Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann announced his resignation, both from office and as running mate to a GOP gubernatorial candidate, after a judge granted a restraining order against him to his sister after he attacked her.

When 11-year-old Grace Karaffa was told she couldn’t use ChapStick at her Virginia elementary school, the girl — who’d been prohibited from using it for years to treat her dry, bleeding lips — decided she’d had enough. The fifth-grader at Stuarts Draft Elementary School created a petition and presented her case before the Augusta County school board last week, arguing that a ban on the most commonly used remedy to treat chapped lips was “inappropriate,” her father said.

A Republican governor and Republican Legislature spends tax dollars like there’s no tomorrow…forgetting it was just yesterday that promises to cut taxes and cut spending is, in part, what propelled them into office. Nutso.



Noted Quote: Flawed By Ignorance

“One of the saddest aspects of contemporary journalism–I worked on great newspapers for 38 years–is that almost no one on staff knows a single fact about things that go bang in the night. Some can’t tell an earplug from a rubber bullet or a semi-automatic from a full-automatic. Thus reportage on shooting incidents is always woefully flawed by ignorance and the public is ill-served, as in this (Ferguson) disgraceful case.” ~ Stephen Hunter, novelist and firearms expert

Fallin: Feds To Close Sill Facility

Governor Fallin today received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the Fort Sill facility for illegal immigrant minors will be closed on Friday, August 8.

The facility has been holding unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed the United States’ southern border since June 13. 

Fallin said she was pleased by the announcement, but worried the Obama administration might seek to reopen the facility sometime in the future.

“I am pleased that the Obama Administration is finally listening to the people of Oklahoma and acting to close the Fort Sill facility for illegal immigrants. However, I am disturbed the administration chose to renew its lease on the facility, thereby preserving the option of reopening it in the future.

“We know that illegal immigration naturally dips in the summer months, as temperatures rise at our southern border. Because of that decrease, the federal government has been able to empty the facility at Fort Sill and process the illegal immigrants they have brought to Oklahoma. There is nothing to stop this administration, however, from reopening the shelter at Fort Sill later in the year as the number of illegal immigrants apprehended naturally increases. I am calling on President Obama to set the record straight once and for all: will this facility be reopened, or can we trust that it has closed for good?

“As I have said for weeks, opening this facility at all was an improper use of our military base. It was a public health hazard. It was also an attempt to find a band-aid solution to a much larger border crisis caused by President Obama’s unwillingness to enforce our laws and secure our borders. I am relieved – as are many Oklahomans – to hear this facility will be closed by the end of the week. We can now use it as it was intended: as a military resource to house and train soldiers.

“Moving forward, I would like the president to give his word that this facility will remain closed permanently.”

Sill Secrecy Frustrates Lawton Mayor

Lawton’s mayor says government secrecy about the illegal immigrant juveniles being held at Ft. Sill is frustrating:

Fallin Disagrees With Appeals Court Action

Governor Fallin today issued the following statement in response to a ruling from 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

“In 2004, voters had an opportunity to decide whether or not to allow same-sex marriage in Oklahoma. Seventy-six percent voted not to, and to instead define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. I was one of the many voters who cast my ballot in favor of traditional marriage.

“Today’s ruling is another instance of federal courts ignoring the will of the people and trampling on the right of states to govern themselves. In this case, two judges have acted to overturn a law supported by Oklahomans. Their decision will be appealed and, I hope, overturned. As governor, I will continue to fight back against our federal government when it seeks to ignore or change laws written and supported by Oklahomans.”

Legislators Ponder Obama Plan For Housing Illegal Juveniles

House Media Division

Several policymakers met at the state Capitol today to discuss options for addressing the Obama Administration’s plan for sheltering illegal immigrant children at Fort Sill.

Rep. John Bennett said the group convened after hearing numerous complaints from citizens and is focusing on the long-term impact the Administration’s plan will have on the state, particularly in the areas of crime, public health and state sovereignty.

“As lawmakers, we have an obligation to do what is best for Oklahomans, not what is best for the political aspirations of President Obama,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. “Not only do these actions by the Administration threaten our state’s sovereignty by forcing us to break our own laws, but they threaten our citizens’ health and safety and will place a major financial burden on the people of Oklahoma who will have to pay for these illegal immigrants’ healthcare, food and shelter.”

The meeting included members of the House of Representatives Counter Terrorism Caucus, the House States’ Rights Committee, state Sen. Ralph Shortey (R-Oklahoma City), state Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow), and staff from the Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office and the office of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK

The group intends to meet again soon and will then announce details of their plan.

“As the House States’ Rights Committee Chair, I have received a number of inquiries from our committee members and concerned citizens as to how we are protecting Oklahoma’s sovereignty when the federal government doesn’t respect our state’s laws or even communicate with our elected officials,” said state Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia. “This seems to be an obvious attempt by the president to force his version of immigration reform upon the citizens of Oklahoma who know the only branch of government constitutionally able to legislate is the Congress.

“As elected officials, under oath, we are charged with upholding the constitutions of Oklahoma and the United States. To do otherwise is to face removal from office. Those encouraging the downtrodden to make the hazardous journey to these United States and subjecting them to a horrifying gauntlet of criminals are causing an unnecessary humanitarian crisis. An investigation should be conducted to capture and prosecute those initiating and benefiting from these illegal activities. Rest assured these crimes and attacks upon our states’ sovereignty shall not go on unopposed by this committee and your state Legislature!”

“I have received numerous calls, emails and social media inquiries from my home district pertaining to the situation at Fort Sill,” said state Rep. Justin Wood, R-Shawnee. “I believe it is the duty of the state Legislature and others in statewide elected office to protect Oklahoma sovereignty while also showing the compassion we are known for. The real tragedy is the loss of life during the trek to America for these young children due to the abuse of power and misguided enforcement of the Wilberforce Act of 2008. We are funding organized crime, such as the drug cartels and human trafficking with this encouragement.”

. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville. “We have a current law in Oklahoma that is being violated by the Federal government. This is a major concern for me. Make no mistake: this is humanitarian crisis.”

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