OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, Sta...

OK Health Care Freedom Amendment, State Question 756

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Jenks

Sherwood, AR

#64089 Mar 26, 2014
Conservatives

People who, under the pretext of religion and false "moral truths" perpetuate their greed and gain in a free-market system by exploiting the poor and working to extinguish as many civil liberties as possible. They also typically label pacifists and intellectuals as "freedom haters" and other ridiculous bullshit.
Conservatives are just Nazis without armbands. They wear ties instead of Swastikas but they hate Jews and blacks and homosexuals openly.
Maddy

Sherwood, AR

#64090 Mar 26, 2014
Conservative

1. One who believes in "traditional values" but rejects any debate challenging the conservative definition of what said values are. Conservatives claim to value limited government, but are willing to expand government without limit in order to impose their personal morality on all others.

2. A liberal when it comes to the economy. Though individuals are barred from making various personal choices, businesses may do whatever they want with no repercussions.

3. One who is quite familiar with the concept of "Majority Rules" but is unable to understand the concept of "Minority Rights" (the premise that bars the majority from voting to restrict the rights of the minority).

4. An individual who claims to value the constitution above all else, but in reality is willing to suspend all amendments for any reason related to national security (except for the 2nd).

5. A black-and-white thinker. Conservatives think largely in absolutes, ignoring the various social, cultural, and economic nuances that define an issue.

1. Conservative view: Gay marriage is wrong because the Bible says so and I value the Bible as my personal guiding force. You, a male, may thus not marry your male partner.

2. Conservative view: Though same-sex couples are destroying America, oil speculators may drive up gas prices for their own personal profit; whatever that may do to the economy.

3. Conservative view: George W. Bush won 51% of the vote in 2004. Republicans now have a "mandate" to do whatever they want without considering the opinions of the remaining 49% of Americans.

4. Conservative view: You can be held indefinitely if deemed a potential terrorist without being charged or provided a lawyer, regardless of what the constitution says. A father may keep his loaded handgun within reach of his toddler because of what the constitution can be construed to say.

5. Conservative view: Our schools are underperforming. It must be the teachers. Pay them less.
Joyce

Sherwood, AR

#64091 Mar 26, 2014
Conservative

Most often members of the Republican Party in America.

Most often known as f*cking nuts by the rest of the world.

Ohh, look at me! I'm a tree huggin, baby clubbin liberal! I can read and write! I care about people!

- conservative negative ad on liberals.
Joyce

Sherwood, AR

#64092 Mar 26, 2014
Conservatives

People whose political philosiphy is based on falsities. There are three kinds of conservatives. The first ones are the rich powrful people. They are conservatives because they are out of touch with the problems in society. Then there's religious conseratives, who ironically think that Jesus wants them to f*ck the world up. The third group is the "blue-collar" conservatives who have no idea what conservatism really is; they just follow the first two groups blindly.

Examples of the three conservatives' groups:
Group 1: see George W. Bush
Group 2: see Catholic Church
Group 3: see red states, hicks, and rednecks
Dr Jones

Sherwood, AR

#64093 Mar 26, 2014
Richter magnitudes Description Earthquake effects Frequency of occurrence

Less than 2.0 Micro Microearthquakes, not felt. About 8,000 per day

2.0-2.9 Minor Generally not felt, but recorded. About 1,000 per day

3.0-3.9 Very Light Often felt, but rarely causes damage. 49,000 per year (est.)

4.0-4.9 Light Noticeable shaking of indoor items, rattling noises. Significant damage unlikely. 6,200 per year (est.)

5.0-5.9 Moderate Can cause major damage to poorly constructed buildings over small regions. 800 per year

6.0-6.9 Strong Can be destructive in areas up to about 160 kilometres (100 mi) across in populated areas. 120 per year

7.0-7.9 Major Can cause serious damage over larger areas. 18 per year

8.0-8.9 Great Can cause serious damage in areas several hundred miles across. 1 per year
9.0-9.9 Extreme Devastating in areas several thousand miles across.

1 per 20 years

10.0+ Epic Never recorded.
Extremely rare (Unknown)
Dr Jones

Sherwood, AR

#64094 Mar 26, 2014
Last 7 days of earthquakes, Oklahoma Geological Survey
Updated 2014-03-27 01:50:01.775364 UTC

Earthquake times are listed in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) CST is UTC -6 hours and CDT is UTC -5 hours. Latitude and longitude uncertainties are listed in kilometers.

Origin Time (UTC) Latitude Longitude Depth (km) Magnitude
2014-03-26 14:58:47.725000 36.803 +/- 2.5 -97.663 +/- 2.1 5.0 +/- 0.0 2.2 ML OGS
2014-03-26 14:24:20.789000 35.894 +/- 0.7 -97.291 +/- 1.1 5.0 +/- 1.7 2.7 ML OGS
2014-03-26 08:39:30.192000 35.893 +/- 0.9 -97.293 +/- 1.2 5.0 +/- 1.7 2.2 ML OGS
2014-03-26 07:52:28.434000 35.765 +/- 1.0 -97.455 +/- 1.9 3.6 +/- 2.4 1.7 ML OGS
2014-03-26 04:39:09.005000 36.137 +/- 1.1 -96.829 +/- 1.4 5.8 +/- 5.4 2.1 ML OGS
2014-03-26 03:06:41.798000 35.898 +/- 0.9 -97.287 +/- 1.3 4.6 +/- 2.1 2.2 ML OGS
2014-03-26 00:08:49.850000 35.777 +/- 0.8 -97.458 +/- 1.3 4.5 +/- 1.2 2.0 ML OGS
2014-03-25 20:52:17.064000 34.838 +/- 6.2 -96.096 +/- 5.5 5.0 +/- 0.0 2.6 ML OGS
2014-03-25 17:50:56.774000 35.558 +/- 0.7 -97.228 +/- 0.8 6.8 +/- 1.2 2.4 ML OGS
2014-03-25 16:57:40.601999 35.868 +/- 1.6 -97.281 +/- 2.7 5.0 +/- 0.0 2.0 ML OGS
2014-03-25 16:28:35.715000 35.890 +/- 0.8 -97.274 +/- 1.0 4.9 +/- 1.8 2.4 ML OGS
2014-03-25 15:11:29.071999 35.579 +/- 1.4 -97.408 +/- 1.1 4.1 +/- 3.0 2.0 ML OGS
2014-03-25 15:11:19.390000 35.578 +/- 0.8 -97.413 +/- 1.0 5.2 +/- 2.3 1.8 ML OGS
2014-03-25 14:31:57.999000 35.950 +/- 1.2 -97.388 +/- 1.4 3.1 +/- 2.8 2.1 ML OGS
2014-03-25 14:01:19.123999 35.743 +/- 0.7 -97.556 +/- 0.9 6.0 +/- 1.1 3.2 ML OGS
2014-03-25 12:59:45.017000 35.372 +/- 2.3 -96.507 +/- 1.7 3.6 +/- 3.2 1.8 ML OGS
2014-03-25 11:13:42.722000 35.563 +/- 0.8 -97.222 +/- 1.1 5.4 +/- 1.9 2.4 ML O
Dr Jones

Sherwood, AR

#64097 Mar 26, 2014
about 12 hours ago 2.7 magnitude, 5 km depth
Guthrie, Oklahoma, United States
a day ago 2.6 magnitude, 5 km depth
Ada, Oklahoma, United States
a day ago 3.4 magnitude, 6 km depth
Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
2 days ago 2.8 magnitude, 7 km depth
Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
2 days ago 2.7 magnitude, 5 km depth
Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
4 days ago 2.5 magnitude, 5 km depth
Enid, Oklahoma, United States
4 days ago 3.3 magnitude, 5 km depth
Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
4 days ago 2.9 magnitude, 5 km depth
Enid, Oklahoma, United States
4 days ago 3.0 magnitude, 5 km depth
Enid, Oklahoma, United States
4 days ago 2.5 magnitude, 5 km depth
Guthrie, Oklahoma, United States

Map data ©2014 Google Imagery ©2014 TerraMetrics

Quakes

4 days ago 2.8 magnitude, 5 km depth
Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
4 days ago 2.7 magnitude, 5 km depth
Guthrie, Oklahoma, United States
5 days ago 3.0 magnitude, 6 km depth
Haysville, Kansas, United States
5 days ago 2.8 magnitude, 8 km depth
Haysville, Kansas, United States
5 days ago 4.0 magnitude, 4 km depth
Guthrie, Oklahoma, United States
Dr Jones

Sherwood, AR

#64098 Mar 26, 2014
Oklahoma has experienced a major increase in earthquakes in recent years, including one biggie that damaged 200 buildings — and measured 5.6 magnitude — in November 2011. Swarms of quakes have continued in 2013.

ARE THE EARTHQUAKES RELATED TO OIL AND GAS DRILLING?

Several scientists have suggested that disposal wells, used to dispose of waste from some oil and gas drilling operations — including hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”— could be the cause of the recent spike.

More than 10,000 underground injection wells were active in Oklahoma as of January 2013, data from the state Corporation Commission show. About 6,000 of these wells are a type of injection well used for enhanced oil recovery, says the commission’s injection well manager Charles Lord.

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The remaining 4,400 are disposal wells used to store drilling waste, Lord says. Most of these disposal wells store waste between 10,000 and 20,000 feet underground.

Source: Oklahoma Corporation Commission | Download Data

WHO ARE THESE SCIENTISTS AND WHAT HAVE THEY FOUND?

A report issued last year by the U.S. Geological Survey found that most of these new earthquakes have taken place near active injection wells. Geophysicist William Ellsworth, the lead author of the report, wrote that it is completely plausible that the high water pressure often used in wastewater injections could nudge previously dormant faults out of their “locked” positions. The quakes, he wrote, are “almost certainly manmade.”

Scientists at Columbia University came to a similar conclusion after studying a rare 4.0 earthquake that took place in Ohio in 2011. The findings prompted state officials to enact broad new regulations and halt the use of any injection wells near faults. Regulators also shut down injection wells in Arkansas that same year following a cluster of quakes there, including one that measured 4.7 on the Richter scale.

University of Oklahoma seismologist Katie Keranen, who has studied a 5.6 earthquake that hit Oklahoma in November 2011, found the link between the “zone of injection” and the seismic activity “compelling.” There are three deep injection wells within two-and-a-half miles of that quake’s epicenter, according to Energy Wire.

None of these reports have claimed to have absolute proof that the two are linked. In other words, there is no scientific certainty surrounding the phenomenon.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates oil and gas activity in the state, points to that fact to explain its current “wait-and-see” approach. To date, Oklahoma does not have any regulations regarding injection wells and fault lines. Spokesman Matt Skinner says the commission is “keeping an open mind” about the recent and ongoing research.

IF THERE IS A CONNECTION, WHAT CAN BE DONE?

The National Research Council‘s list of best practices for drillers and disposal well operators includes investigating any potential disposal site’s history of earthquakes and its proximity to fault lines. Some states, like Ohio, are doing just that, and are forbidding any deep injection wells near fault lines.

Cliff Frolich, the Associate Director of the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, says such moves are smart policy. He also suggests that companies look for new ways of disposing of wastewater altogether.“If disposal is causing earthquakes you can find a different way of dispose of it,” he said.”You can dispose of the stuff in a different well, or you can even take it to a fluid treatment plant.”

Of course, he added, such processes are costly and therefore companies’ willingness to do that will depend largely on what states require of them.
Lisa

Sherwood, AR

#64099 Mar 26, 2014
Regulator Votes to Adopt New Rules for Disposal Wells in Earthquake-Prone Region
MARCH 13, 2014 | 3:51 PM
BY JOE WERTZ
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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission at the March 13, 2014 meeting.
JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission at the March 13, 2014 meeting.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt new data monitoring and reporting rules for operators of disposal wells in central Oklahoma’s earthquake-prone Arbuckle Formation.

These are the first formal state regulations that address oil and gas-related earthquakes. The rules require operators in the Arkbuckle to record daily injection pressure and volume measurements, and turn the data over to the commission if requested.

Previously, operators were only required to record monthly measurements. State, federal and university scientists say limited data from disposal well operators has hampered their efforts to study how the wells, which are used by the oil and gas industry, could be linked to Oklahoma’s so-called earthquake “swarm.”

Several peer-reviewed studies have concluded that waste fluid injection into disposal wells is likely responsible for increased earthquake activity in Oklahoma, including the November 2011 quake that struck near Prague. The most recent study, which was published March 10 in the Journal of Geophysical Research and suggested the November 2011 quake — Oklahoma’s largest — was triggered by a cascade of smaller quakes triggered by a nearby disposal well.

The study’s principal author, Danielle Sumy, says more real-time data will help researchers build better seismic models and study how fluid injection causes faults to slip.

“It’s a matter that we really need to look into more carefully,” she says. Ultimately, Sumy says state officials need to “understand the level of pressure that’s it’s OK to inject at before it needs to be shut off.”

Disposal wells are suspected of triggering earthquakes in at least a half-dozen other states, but while Oklahoma’s November 2011 quake is likely the largest ever linked to oil and gas-related waste water injection, the state’s regulatory response has been more passive than other states’, StateImpact reported in May 2013.

The Corporation Commission in September 2013 ordered a disposal well operator to reduce injection pressure and volume after a series of quakes rumbled near Marietta in south-central Oklahoma’s Love County. Recently, the agency has denied permits for disposal wells over earthquake concerns, Commissioner Dana Murphy says.

The new disposal well monitoring rules have to be approved by the Oklahoma Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin before they’re formalized.
Bud

Sherwood, AR

#64100 Mar 26, 2014
""The new disposal well monitoring rules have to be approved by the Oklahoma Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin before they’re formalized.""

As long as the Ho and her minions are screwing Oklahoma, there will be NO regulations.

Get rid of them.
Famous Last Words

Sherwood, AR

#64101 Mar 26, 2014
Earthquakes No Danger to Cushing Oil Hub, Republican Energy Officials Say
JANUARY 21, 2014 | 3:46 PM
BY JOE WERTZ

JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA
Crude oil tank farm in Cushing, Okla.
The Cushing oil hub is crowded with hulking oil tanks, miles of pipeline and countless pumps, compressors and other equipment used to ferry around the roughly 80 million barrels of crude stored there.

Oklahoma has experienced a swarm of earthquakes, which seismologists say might be triggered by disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry, and it’s not hard to imagine the havoc a little earth-shaking might have on the high-profile oil hub.

But the biggest threat to Cushing is still tornadoes, not earthquakes, the Journal Record‘s D. Ray Tuttle reports.
Joyce

Sherwood, AR

#64102 Mar 26, 2014
The decision was made before all the quakes began,,,now I will worry about Cushing
Lisa

Sherwood, AR

#64103 Mar 26, 2014
Emails Show Republican Governor Used State Budget To Boost Profits For Family Member

On March 24, 2014, the Michigan Democratic Party released emails that show Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, along with his former budget director and current adviser, colluded to give a massive taxpayer funded subsidy to a member of the governor’s family.

Cousin George’s furniture business got a big boost in Rick Snyder’s budget.
Governor Rick Snyder’s CEO cousin, George Snyder’s business partners received more than $19 million dollars, after jotting off a quick email to cousin Rick, on April 29th, 2011. Since 2011, the share of the taxpayer budget going to George Snyder’s industry has ballooned to $41 million. What is George Snyder’s industry? Office furniture.

Amid steep budget cuts that directly impacted Michigan’s struggling citizens, Rick Snyder’s administration wrote a multimillion dollar subsidy into the state’s budget, for cousin George’s office furniture business.

George Snyder is the owner of DBI Business Interiors, a firm with direct ties to Hayworth Inc. The emails show that Rick Snyder’s cousin directly lobbied the Governor’s office, in order to protect the company’s lucrative contract with the state, while other budget items were being ruthlessly slashed.

In 2011, the Michigan budget for office furniture was set at $1 million. Cousin George was not happy. He fired off an email to Governor Rick Snyder that read in part:

“We are very upset and nervous about the language in the Senate budget bill on furniture.”

Governor Rick Snyder sent a copy of the email to his current adviser, Richard Baird, who responded:

“John Nixon’s people are on this. Sit tight.”

John Nixon is Governor Snyder’s former budget director, who was in charge of the state’s budget in 2011. Less than two hours later, Nixon replied:

“We are on it.”

Rick Snyder’s cousin got preferential treatment, because he is the governor’s cousin.
According to Politico, another email between Baird and Nixon shows that Baird made a point of identifying George Snyder as a cousin of Governor Rick Snyder, when asking for changes to the budget.

Shortly after this, the state’s budget for office furniture was increased to $19.5 million dollars. The amount allocated for such spending has increased yearly, since 2011, the year that Rick Snyder first became governor of the state. Currently the state’s office furniture budget is set at $41 million.

What was that about wasteful spending?
The rise in office furniture funding that directly benefited the Governor’s cousin, coincides with deep cuts to other budget items, like education, infrastructure, revenue sharing for struggling cities like Detroit and Flint, as well as cuts in other areas which would have helped to strengthen Michigan’s communities.

The emails were released by the Michigan Democratic party at a press conference in Detroit, on Tuesday, March 25.

Michigan Democratic Party chair, Lon Johnson, released the following statement, along with the emails.

“While parents and seniors were being told by the governor they must sacrifice to balance the state’s billion-dollar deficit budget, Rick Snyder’s family and political friends were being taken care of. This scandal reveals hypocrisy reaching directly into the governor’s office and is a serious and disturbing breach of public trust.”
Bud

Sherwood, AR

#64104 Mar 26, 2014
To all you haters who were talking bad about Detroit and putting the city of Detroit down as well as Flint, Now the real truth and facts come out and everybody can see how this Governor help to cause the downfall of several Michigan cities by design by taking much needed funds away and giving to his relatives. This Governor and his thugs should be investigated by the DOJ (and the request will be made). They need to be convicted and sent to prison. IT is hard to hold the anger!!!! But we must give the law a chance to work for us. In the meantime we need to start firing these republicans in our Government and once corruption like this sets in it grows bigger and bigger. Thus causing the birth of a Police State that's why this must be dealt with right now!
Joyce

Sherwood, AR

#64105 Mar 26, 2014
Repubs and their corrupt cronyism keeps ripping off the American taxpayer and not just in Michigan. First it was charter schools siphoning off state and federal money into for profit schools*, then we got the horrors of the for profit prisons, next up drug testing money going to relatives companies, now office furniture contracts to relatives what next?*It's also one of the ways Republican states are trying to get around the ban on religion in public schools.
Liz

Sherwood, AR

#64106 Mar 26, 2014
as an educator in this state, I just took a 2.7% paycut effective immediately because of the education budget he cut! Where is his paycut? Oh no, that will never happen to them and $41 million dollars for chairs could have went a long way to help people who need it. I made more when I started teaching than I do now. I am encouraging my kids to chose a different career and move out of this state that has no respect for its citizens.
Ace

Sherwood, AR

#64107 Mar 26, 2014
No surprise the rehtugs are a party of felons and haters. All with Low IQ'S
Jenks

Sherwood, AR

#64108 Mar 26, 2014
Republican politicians are terrorists and criminals. Every single one of them and should be arrested and jailed.
DoesntMatter

Cushing, OK

#64109 Mar 26, 2014
“FBI agents are currently raiding the Capitol office of State Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested on bribery and corruption charges Wednesday morning,” kcra.com reports.

"The FBI confirmed that it conducted raids at homes and businesses in the Bay Area and Sacramento Wednesday morning, where multiple search warrants were issued and arrests were made. California Highway Patrol officers and the sergeant at arms are currently stationed outside Yee’s office at the state Capitol.” It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Mind you, the Golden State antis are like drug lords. Drop one and another one takes his place. Better the devil you know? Among Yee’s accomplishments, he advocated for ...

All of the standard Californian gun control laws (50 cal ban, bullet button ban, magazine limits, handgun ban) and was also the first politician to propose requiring the registration of 3D printers when Cody Wilson printed his first gun. And that’s just the Greatest Hits version. Leland Yee was possibly the most outspoken gun control advocate in California after Dianne Feinstein, and now it seems that his campaign against the constitutionally protected rights of his constituents might be at an end.

It what would surely place his likeness prominently on the Mt. Rushmore of hypocrisy if the allegations are proven in a court of law, famously anti-gun California state Senator Leland Yee has been charged with, in addition to bribery and public corruption…yes…gun running. Specifically conspiring with known organized crime lord Kwok Cheung “Shrimp Boy” Chow to illegally import firearms and sell them without a license ...

The affidavit charges that the $2 million worth of weapons to have been secreted into the country from the Philippines included rocket launchers and machine guns, some of which Yee himself had fired while on Mindanao. A portion of the weapons Yee conspired to bring into the U.S. through New Jersey were to have been forwarded on to North Africa via Sicily.
DoesntMatter

Cushing, OK

#64110 Mar 26, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO)-- Shockwaves radiated from the Bay Area to Sacramento Wednesday as State Senator Leland Yee was arrested for bribery, corruption, and gun trafficking. The FBI sweep also snared a reputed Chinatown gangster.

Most of the 26 people charged in the federal complaint appeared at the courthouse Wednesday, including Yee. A judge imposed a $500,000 bond.

At an evening news conference, Yee's attorney said, "All we can say is that we were trying to secure his release today and we accomplished that."

He went on to confirm that Yee has turned his passport over to authorities, saying that is a typical procedure.
In the early morning hours the FBI hit the Chinatown headquarters of the Chi Kung Tong, the Chinese Freemasons. They were looking for evidence linked to the arrest of notorious former gangster Raymond Chow, who is known as "Shrimp Boy."

Chow serves as the chairman of the freemasons. He was arrested at his home on Hyde Street. Chow is charged with money laundering and dealing in stolen property.

Chow was the enforcer of Chinatown's most notorious street gang in the 1980's. He spent 22 years in prison and now admits that he ran prostitution rings, smuggled drugs, and extorted thousands from business owners.

Once released, he became active in Chinatown politics. Our cameras caught up with him in May of 2012 as he worked with at-risk kids, telling them the importance of staying in school.

During an interview, Chow told ABC7 News reporter Alan Wang that he had put his criminal past behind him.

"I want to do something for the kids," Chow said. "I want to do something for the community. I want to do something for myself. I just don't want to sit at home, be useless. I know I can do something with my life."

In that same report, however, we learned from police sources that Chow was still being followed by authorities who weren't convinced that he had changed his ways.

The big arrest on Wednesday wasn't Chow, it was Yee.

"I can also confirm that State Senator Leland Yee is also a part of the ongoing investigation that's taking place at this time," said Greg Wuthrich with the FBI.

Yee, who represents half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County, was arrested at his home in the Sunset District Wednesday morning while agents searched his house for evidence. He was driven to the federal building where he was booked on public corruption charges.

Yee is charged with six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license.

Court documents say Yee or one of his campaign staffers accepted at least $42,800 in cash or campaign contributions from undercover FBI agents in exchange for carrying out agents' requests. He is also accused of trying to help an undercover agent obtain weapons from a Muslim rebel group.

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