10 October 2009

How to Tawk Texan 2009-09-13

13 Sept 2009
Norman, Okla., USA

How to Tawk Texan

Texas: it's like a whole other ... planet. Here's your guide to speaking Ang-lish like a native when you visit.


Prof. Oates

May We Debate the ISSUES, Please? 2009-08-15

15 AUG 2009
Last Rev.: 19 Aug 2009
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

May We Debate the ISSUES, Please?

The crazies and the propagandists have, as usual, come crawling out of the woodwork in an effort to derail the overhaul of the current U.S. (non-)health care system, a bizarre aggregation of practices that will soon leave virtually anyone who needs medical care in the U.S. unable to obtain it--unless, of course, they happen to spend an entire career working for an unbroken string of Fortune 500 corporations, a pattern that seldom occurs for most of us.

More or less as expected, we have the Democrats trying to provide everyone with health care and having trouble finding the funding, while the Republicans try to scare the hell out of everyone by dragging out the fear phrase book containing old standards like "socialized medicine," "government take-over," and "health care rationing" (what on earth do you call the current system when it effectively throws about 1/6th of the U.S. population under the bus when they need care--that's a pretty severe form of rationing, I'd say, but I digress).

The level of discussion reached a new height of irrelevance recently, however, when those trying to create fear and panic dreamed up Federal "Death Panels" to decide who should live and who should die in medical contexts. (See, for example, http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090813/pl_politico/26078 .) This horror fantasy is purported to be somehow based on Section 1233, Advance Care Planning Consultation, of H.R. 3200, the comprehensive health care bill currently before the House of Representatives. (See http://frwebgate.access.gp..o.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?d..bname=111_cong_bills&docid..=f:h3200ih.pdf , a large .pdf file, starting on page 424 for the text of the bill and its Section 1233. BTW, official copies of all legislation pending in Congress can be accessed through the search facilities athttp://www.gpoaccess.gov/bills/index.html . Try it with "comprehensive health care" for the search phrase.)

It takes a few minutes to read the text of Section 1233, but even a cursory inspection reveals that it is aimed at permitting the health care system to pay physicians for a periodic medical consultation with patients on use of advance health care directives like living wills and durable powers of attorney that express the PATIENT'S desires for end-of-life care, should they become unable to express those wishes for themselves, as sometimes happens in cases of head injury, dementia, Alzheimer's, and many terminal illnesses.

These health care directives have been in use for decades--Sue and I made ours in 1993--and give the patient the CHOICE of, for instance, whether they want feeding tubes used if they enter a persistent vegetative state and other such horrendous situations. No one is or will be required to make such directives, and the directives can be revoked at any time while one is competent. If no directive exists, the default action is to do absolutely everything to keep the patient alive as long as possible without much, if any, regard to quality of life issues. If this is what the patient wants, they need do nothing with respect to health care directives and nothing in the proposed legislation requires it. If the patient considers the all-out approach a form of medical torture, and I certainly have seen it become just that, the patient MAY choose to direct physicians to use less than all-out means in the situations THEY (the patient) designate. It's the PATIENT'S choice, not that of some non-existent and non-proposed Federal "Death Panel."

With hundreds of millions of people's lives, economic fortunes, and physical well-being at stake, it is time to formulate a working U.S. health care system to replace the non-sustainable, non-working, citizen-bankrupting mess that now exists. Reasonable people can certainly disagree over how that is to be accomplished, and well-thought-out debate can result in a better system than any one individual can create alone. However, use of propaganda techniques like the "Death Panel" straw-man is decidedly un-helpful, is likely to backfire, and has no legitimate place in the workings of a democracy.

Can we behave like grown-ups and conduct a serious debate about a very serious topic, rather than engage in antics more often associated with high schoolers at Boys'/Girls' State? It remains to be seen. (http://www.txlegion.org/boys_state.htm)


You can help. Visit sites such as http://www.propagandacritic.com/ to arm yourself with information about propaganda techniques, and learn to recognize their use in political debate. Use critical thinking skills when listening and reading the pronouncements of stakeholders in the health care debate. Get the facts about what's being proposed from the original sources, the U.S. Congress in this case, using the links supplied earlier. Talk with others about the ISSUES, not fear-mongers' fantasies, and contribute to the long over-due creation of a workable, sustainable U.S. health system. I wish you good luck for all our sakes!

Prof. Oates

P.S. Since I gave Sara Palin's views a plug earlier, I'll put a link to the views of Pres. Obama here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/ . --CLO



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If anyone wonders why people are leaving MySpace in droves, at least part of the answer can be obtained by observing the bizarre formatting that MySpace supplied for my text above. It was copied into MySpace from M-S Word, then reworked as an M-S .txt file and put back into MySpace, then diddled with for over an hour to get it back to even this poor state of legibility (improved only slightly from total illegibility).

Go to my Facebook account at www.facebook.com/prof.oates to read the text in a legible format. --CLO


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Well, it's a little better now, since I copied the revised Facebook version back into MySpace and spend another 15 minutes tweaking the formatting. I believe I'll be posting my blog entries on Facebook from now on. --CLO
Posted by Grandpa/Prof. Oates on 20 Aug 09 Thursday - 11:06

Retrospective: How to Become a Medication-Math Instructor without Really Trying (To) (repost) 2009-07-15

The following is essentially the same story told in Fourth Quarter (see blog entry of 02 May 2008), but from a considerably different perspective. Enjoy! --CLO

Chuck Oates

Norman, Oklahoma, USA

How to Become a Medication-Math Instructor without Really Trying (To)

There are those who are goal-driven with highly focused goals who say things like, "I'm going to be a neurosurgeon by age 30." There are also those with more broadly focused goals who, like World War II P-51 pilots, arm themselves with all the fuel and ammunition they can find and then go out to shoot at targets of opportunity. Here's a step-by-step road map for those of you who prefer highly focused goals and whose fervent wish and life goal is to teach Math for Health Careers.

o Obtain a bachelor's degree in an engineering field. Industrial or manufacturing engineering works well.

o Spend "the seven lean years" fresh out of college working for the US Air Force automating the testing of everything from jet engines to get engine fuel injectors (fuel controls) to large materials handling systems.

o While you're at it, piece together a master's degree in computing science or some other math- or engineering-related area while you're working full time.

o Take a year off and work full-time on a Ph. D. while you teach half-time as a GA (graduate teaching "assistant"--but you don't assist anyone, you teach the assembly language programming courses by yourself). See if you can get your spouse to work full-time while you do this, since your whole GA salary won't quite make your house payment. This step is not required, but it will definitely make you appreciate your previous job.

o Oh, be sure to come down with appendicitis just before school starts, stay in the hospital for three weeks, and come close to dying because of incompetent surgery and post-op treatment. That'll make it more interesting.

o Finish the year. Return to sanity--or what passes for it in software engineering--and full-time engineering employment for another 25 years or so.

o Wake up one fine morning (July 9, 2002) to a call that your birth mom, who broke her hip a month ago, has unexpectedly and suddenly died at an Amarillo, TX hospital. Shed some tears, get yourself together enough to drive to Amarillo, decide to stop by your office on the way for an "important plant-wide 9:00 a.m. meeting." Listen to the announcement that your new company, who has bought out your old company, is closing the plant in OKC and moving all operations to St. Louis, MO. Leave the meeting, try to find your office, sit in amazement as company officials come in and offer you a substantial raise, moving expenses, etc., etc. to move to St. Louis. Eventually, decide, along with all the other engineers, to stay in OKC and hope for the best. Sit in further amazement as, unprompted, the company issues an even bigger raise and promises a hefty retention bonus (a.k.a.: golden handcuffs) if you'll stay on board until six months after the plant closes. Accept the offer and stay until you're there to take the company signs down and turn the keys to the plant over to the Airport Authority.

o Look for jobs, business opportunities, teaching opportunities.

o Apply for full-time engineering professor job at OCCC and get turned down flat. Look at a business in small metro area suburb/exurb that's closing. Consider buying the business and moving it to Norman. Interview for several jobs around town, be even further amazed that there are some jobs and a few employers are interested in hiring 55 year old software engineers.

o Sit in big lounge chair in your den. Evaluate opportunities. Look up to see your daughter, who's helping clean out the garage, approach with two-inch stack of letters. Listen as daughter asks, "Is this the 'Susan' that you dated in college, who looks like me?" Observe familiar scrawl of long-ago girlfriend--she of the long blonde hair, curvy figure, and Einsteinian intellect--on a couple of dozen letters postmarked 1966 and 1967. "Yep, sure is. Wonder how these survived multiple moves and thirty-some years?" Remember trips to Palo Duro Canyon. On a whim, open a letter and read. Open a second, third, and fourth. Observe the critical role of physics, chemistry, calculus, and English teachers in your then-17 year old girlfriend's life. Notice how the good done by the excellent teachers is very nearly undone by one teacher with bull-in-the-china-shop syndrome.

o Startle back from long-ago-in-galaxy-far-awa..y into present when $%*# telephone rings. Listen for a few moments. Tell caller, "er, uh, yeah ... I'd guess I'd be interested in teaching engineering courses as an adjunct faculty member." Schedule interview. Hang up. Continue to read letters. Teachers, teachers, and more teachers. Get the uneasy feeling you're being set up. Look at the den wall. Verify that no handwriting is spontaneously appearing on it. Go outside briefly. Inspect front and back yard for burning bushes, strange bright lights in the sky, and/or winged apparitions with herald trumpets. (None observed. No one out there whispering, "If you build it, they will come," either.)

o Go to interview and talk. Find that you really like engineering faculty and division dean. They offer job. Tell 'em you'll get back to them. Consider alternatives. Hate the oil field: pay is good, jobs--even software jobs--often terrible, marathon working hours, boom then bust. Small businesses: very risky, make a bundle or lose your shirt, much more often the latter. Teaching adjunct:: pays nuthin', but you always wanted to do that; intro. engineering course tough to teach, very important to start students' engineering study well. Can you do it?

o Can't put down those #$%^ letters!

o Throw caution, secure retirement, and sanity to the wind and accept teaching job. Teach two Intro. to Engineering classes. You're hooked. Most students are very interested. Some are both interested and hard-working. A few are surprisingly advanced. Two can actually program rings around you(!). Next semester, teach the two Intro. courses again, but also accept assignment teaching Math for Health Careers, also known as Medication Math or Med-Math. "You'll like it, engineers think it's fun to teach, and we're having trouble finding someone." Okay, okay.

o The Med-Math folks are a different set of students. They're mostly nursing wannabes. They're often bright, hardworking, driven to do whatever it takes to get into nursing, but math--even arithmetic--often isn't their thing. Some are outright mathophobes. A few turn pale and shake visibly as they sit down to take tests, but even these are often so driven that they make solid "B"s and occasionally "A"s in the course, despite the difficulties. Now you ARE hooked. If people are willing to put forth this sort of effort, do whatever it takes to give them a hand.

o The engineering course goes away. It's no longer required in senior college curriculum, and all other engineering courses are being taught by full-time faculty. What the heck, take on a couple more Med-Math sections. Go sign up for next semester. You'll never enjoy a job more or be compensated less--monetarily, anyway--for doing it.

And that is how you, too, through careful planning and narrowly focused goal-directed behavior, can achieve your life-long goal of teaching Med-Math.

Sure. This is exactly what I planned to be doing in semi-retirement. :^)

Rivet, Redeep! 2009-07-13

Chuck Oates
13 July 2009
Norman, OK, USA

Rivet, Redeep!

Have you seen any boiling frogs lately?

If our political system can't begin to solve obvious problems when a fairly solid majority of progressives is in control, is there any hope?

We could sit here and do nothing or simply act to serve the immediate needs of all the entrenched interests. That appears to be what the original Easter Islanders and the Mayans did. It worked pretty well for them (assuming their goal was to disappear from the planet).

Has anybody ever heard the phrase, "adapt or die." Ask the folks at Chrysler and GM if you're unsure of the meaning.

Why don't we try something different?

Prof. Oates

Can You Spell "H-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y"? 2009-07-13

Chuck Oates
13 July 2009
Norman, OK, USA

Can You Spell "H-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y"?

From Jeff Sessions, Republican U.S. Senator from Alabama, regarding Pres. Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, a Latina, to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“I want to be clear: I will not vote for and no senator should vote for an individual nominated by any president who is not fully committed to fairness and impartiality toward every person who appears before them.” --quoted on a CNN tweet

Being from Alabama, Senator Sessions certainly knows something about fairness and impartiality. Ask any African-American resident of that state.

Can you spell "h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y"?

Baby Steps 2009-07-13

Chuck Oates
13 July 2009
Norman, OK, USA

Baby Steps

The first small steps toward a smart power grid are finally being taken. 'Bout time!

Kingston Trio: Desert Pete 2009-06-12

This song, about considerably more than a watering hole in the desert, keeps resurfacing.

Kingston Trio: Desert Pete
Billy Edd Wheeler

I was travelin' west of Bucksin on my way to a cattle run,
'cross a little cactus desert under a hard bargaining sun.
Thirsty down to my toenails, I stopped to rest me on a stump,
but I tell you I just couldn't believe it when I saw that water pump.

I took it to be a mirage at first. It'll fool a thirsty man.
Then I saw a note stuck in a bakin' powder can.
"This pump is old," the note began, "but she works. So give'er a try.
I put a new sucker washer in 'er. You may find the leather dry."

You've got to prime the pump. You must have faith and believe.
You've got to give of yourself 'fore you're worthy to receive.
Drink all the water you can hold. Wash your face cool your feet.
Leave the bottle full for others. Thank you kindly, Desert Pete.

Yeah, you'll have to prime the pump, work that handle like there's a fire [pronounced "fahr" in Texan].
Under the rock you'll find some water left there in a bitters jar.
Now there's just enough to prime it with, so don't you go drinkin' first.
Just pour it in and pump like mad and, buddy, you'll quench your thirst.

You've got to prime the pump. You must have faith and believe.
You've got to give of yourself 'fore you're worthy to receive.
Drink all the water you can hold. Wash your face cool your feet.
Leave the bottle full for others. Thank you kindly, Desert Pete.

Well, I found the jar, and I tell you, nothin' was ever prettier to my eye
and I was tempted strong to drink it because that pump looked mighty dry,
but the note went on, "Have faith, my friend, there's water down below.
You've got to give to really get. I'm the one who ought to know."

So I poured in the jar and started pumpin' and I heard a beautiful sound
of water bubblin' 'n' splashin' up out of that hole in the ground.
Then I took off my shoes and drunk my fill of that cold refreshin' treat.
Then I thanked the Lord, and I thanked the pump, and I thanked old Desert Pete.

You've got to prime the pump. You must have faith and believe.
You've got to give of yourself 'fore you're worthy to receive.
Drink all the water you can hold. Wash your face cool your feet.
Leave the bottle full for others. Thank you kindly, Desert Pete.

Think about it.

Prof. Oates

Congratulations Indiana Financials ... 2009-06-09

9 June 2009
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Congratulations Indiana Financials and U.S. Supreme Court

So you thought Chrysler Corp. would be in and out of bankruptcy in a few weeks? Those of you who expected that Chrysler would soon emerge from bankruptcy as a part of Italian auto manufacturer Fiat were doubltless brought back to reality yesterday when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider lawsuits by Indiana financial insvestment groups complaining that the Fiat purchase agreement was unfair to them.

The legal niceties of the situation may very well be in favor of the Indiana investors, but delay of the deal will most likely cause the complete financial liquidation of Chrysler. Any impending economic recovery in the U.S. would be threatened by Chrysler's demise, but the real horror show will come when this same kind of thing happens to General Motors, a much larger and more complex auto company, also now in bankruptcy court.

Hold on tight to your Chevy pickup's gun rack. The financial folks aren't yet finished having their way with us in their pursuit of the almighty dollar.

Enjoy the recession. The worst may NOT be over yet.

Prof. Oates

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Wonder of wonders, the Supreme Court decided to let the Fiat purchase deal for Chrysler stand without comment!

Once again the long shadow of financial armageddon has passed over us. Let's hope our luck holds when it's GM's turn at bankruptcy roulette!
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Good heavens! GM made it through bankruptcy court in 40 days (and 40 nights?). It's a judicial miracle!

We can hope that the much smaller, leaner emerging company can get its act together and get the Chevy Volt and other innovations out the door with REASONABLE PRICES and ENHANCED RELIABLILITY before it winds up in Chapter 7 (dissolution of the company), rather than Chapter 11 (re-vamping under the court's protection from creditors).

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Sometimes a close encounter with corporate death has an effect on a company similar to that of a person who has the same kind of experience. The behavior or the company or person is often very different and very much better thought out after the experience.

Let's hope that's the case with the (for the moment) U.S. Government and Candian Government-owned GM. The near-death experience that Chrysler had the 1980s kept the company alive for another 25 years and gave us soccer moms and pops the doughty min-van.

Perhaps GM's Chevy Volt will perform a similar ressurection miracle for the company. Hope strongly, but don't hold your breath. It is still GM, after all, even if their logo's blue background has changed to verdant green.

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The greenwashing to end all greenwashing?

See GM Logo Change and New Car Production
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I wonder if the GM executive who disparagaged the Aptera by saying he was "un-interested in science fair projects" will be sending his resume to Aptera Corp., now that he is unemployed?

Posted by Grandpa/Prof. Oates on 13 Jul 09 Monday - 11:11

Business Failure: It's a GOOD Thing 2009-03-19

19 March 2009
Revised: 25 March 2009
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Business Failure: It's a GOOD Thing

Over the last several years we've been treated to the spectacle of financiers inventing new ways to enrich themselves, while building a house of cards that finally came down in a heap last fall. This IS what people of high intelligence and low wisdom do. There are inevitably going to be some of those in the mix. In times long since past, the result of such behavior was that the perpetrators went bankrupt and were subsequently put to work cleaning out the stalls of barnyard animals, a task much more appropriate to their combination abilities and character.

In the past few decades, though, organizations have grown larger and larger to the point that when the inevitable consequences of the misdeeds of some of them come home to roost, we're faced with either 1) letting them fail and likely bringing down another Great Depression on our own heads or 2) propping them up with hundreds of billions (that's billions with a 'b') of dollars of public debt, borrowed principally from China and the oil-rich nations of the Middle East. The name of this game is "Profits Shared by the Few, Losses Paid for by the Many" (of this and future generations, all on borrowed money!), also known as socialism for the 2% and the rough and tumble free market for the rest. Big business needs the same treatment any of us would receive if we behaved irresponsibly. While individual human beings are usually worth some public effort to save, the artificial creations of corporate law should exist based only on their merits.

Thought: let's do what we can to ensure (that's with an 'e') that we don't get into this unienviable position again. There are several possibilities. One is to somehow prevent organizations from becoming so large that the failure of any one of them threatens the U.S. (and possibly the world's) economy. For U.S. corporations and creations of the U.S. Federal Government like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, this may be possible with something akin to the size limitations in the U.S. anti-trust laws. For most organizations, though, the ability to internationalize thwarts the ability of any one country's government to control their size and influence. Countries can regulate the operations of international organizations within their own borders, and to the extent that this can prevent their becoming "too large to fail," regulations should be put in place. The object of such regulation should be to permit the economies of scale which are necessary for efficient operation, but to prevent expansion to the point that failure leads to government bail-outs, as has been our recent fate.

A second possibility is to reglate businesses that become "too large to fail," in much the same ways that permitted monopolies such as public utilities are regulated. This alternative may have to be invoked, given the difficulty of size limitation, but it certainly has a checkered history. Those of you who are old enough to remember paying $0.40 or more per minute (in 1960s money, too) to a regulated(?) telephone company for Texas in-state long distance phone calls will appreciate how able the regulated monopolies are to influence their supposed regulators.

For very large international organizations, the ability to play countries off against one another, very much in the same way that large U.S. corporations play off U.S. states against one another for legislative concessions on taxation and paying for environmental damage, is difficult to mitigate. There is no international body capable of such regulation, and for the moment we seem to be in the same fix as were our forbearers in the age of the Robber Barrons.

For the present, perhaps we should concentrate on putting our own house in order, since U.S. home-grown corporations and particularly the failure of the U.S. Federal Government to appropriately regulate the financial activites of some of these corporations, seem to be responsible for most, if not all, of the current mess.

Whatever we do, it must ensure that businesses that behave irresponsibly (and there will ALWAYS be some that do) are put out of their misery by bankruptcy, not rewarded for their irresponsibility. The theory, as I recall it, is that failing businesses will be replaced by businesses that make a profit by serving the needs of their customers, and not continued in their failures by citizen-funded bailouts and (to add insult to injury) bonuses for the people who caused the companies to fail.

In the mean time, enjoy your and your childrens' multi-thousand dollar per person share of the debt "trickle-down"!

Prof. Oates

Afterthought: perhpas a revision of the bankruptcy laws is in order. It's possible that too-big-to-fail businesses could be effectively and relatively "bumplessly" ushered into operation in receivership and subsequently broken up and sold to more efficient and effective operators. Without some similar mechanism, how will influential, but non-adapting dinosaurs like GM ever be put on a straight course? --CLO



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A CNN guest whose name I have forgotten summarized all this pretty well. He opined that if a company is too big to fail, it is too big to EXIST. Break 'em up!
Posted by Grandpa/Prof. Oates on 14 Jun 09 Sunday - 17:54

A Modest Proposal 2008-03-18

18 March 2008
Norman, OK, USA

A Modest Proposal

While the Oklahoma Legislature busies itself building religious monuments on state Capitol grounds in blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution (ref.: House Bill 1330, passed in the House and headed for the Senate), perhaps someone should suggest to the learned gentlepersons of the Legislature that a religious text even more appropriate than the Ten Commandments for their monument would be The Beatitudes.

While the esteemed Legislators admittedly could use some instruction about bowing down to graven images (the insurance companies and the graven images on the greenback dollars of their campaign contributions come to mind), the Legislators' actions indicate an urgent need for a basic understanding of the principles espoused by the Teacher most of them purport to follow. Consider the text below.


The Beatitudes [from www.biblegateway.com]
Matthew 5:2-10 (New International Version)

2 and he began to teach them saying:
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Has anyone seen anything resembling the above in the hallowed halls of the Oklahoma Legislature lately?

'Nuf said.

--Prof. Oates

Other References

1) The Ten Commandments

See http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=5&chapter=5&version=31&context=chapter .

2) HB 1330 status [from http://okc.about.com/od/statecapital/a/2009legislative.htm ]

Bill: House Bill 1330
Author: Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow)
Purpose: If passed, this measure would allow for construction of a monument with the Ten Commandments on state Capitol grounds.
Status: Passed House, Goes to Senate


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Chuck Oates

The U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals today unanimously ruled that the Ten Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn in Stigler, Haskell County, Oklahoma is an unconsititutional promotion of religion by the County Commissioners of Haskell County.

Gee, the Constitution does say, "Judeo-Christianity shall be the official religion of the United States," doesn't it? Well doesn't it? Isn't that what "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" means?

I must be confused.

Posted by Grandpa/Prof. Oates on 09 Jun 09 Tuesday - 15:35

Shameful Autism Vote 2009-02-06

Chuck Oates
6 February 2009
Norman, Oklahoma
Redneckistan, USA

Shameful Autism Vote

The Oklahoma House has shamed the state. A House committee vote has killed Nick's Law for at least two years and left the INSURED parents of autistic kids to bear the full cost of their kids' treatment themselves. <

Ron Black has described it better than I can in his Wednesday, February 4 article. Read it and weep.


The only imaginable good news is that, over the long term, hypocrisy and wrongdoing of this magnitude seldom escape revision followed by retribution.

Pray for the perpetrators of this deed. They'll need all the help they can get when the consequences of their action come home to roost.

In disgust,

Prof. Oates




I am just sick over it! Just absolutely sick. I've been reading all the articles from all the different news stations and I just can't believe they didn't even TRY to hear it out.

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Thank you for your thoughts and support. They are finding out that we are not going quietly. Senator Gumm, Rep Mike Brown and others continue to fight for these kids. The GOP continues to maneuver and block this at every turn no matter what truth is placed in front of them. Giving up is not an option.
If anyone reading this would like to help - call your State Senator, House Rep, and ask them to join the fight for our kids with Autism. They may say the bill is "dead", but rules can be changed, options are still available. If they happen to be Republican, ask them if they dare be the first Oklahoma Republican to stand up on the floor during a session and fight for our kids. As far as I know, so far there has not been one willing to going against Republican leadership. Shameful.

Posted by Laurie on 28 Apr 09 Tuesday - 22:39