#79228 Sep 3, 2014
OK Lawmaker Accused Of Making Anti-Muslim Remarks
Posted: Sep 03, 2014 5:42 PM CDT Updated: Sep 03, 2014 5:50 PM CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY - A controversial statement made on Facebook by a state lawmaker has outraged Muslims in Oklahoma.
The Islamic community demanded an apology after a state representative posted on Facebook to be "wary of Muslim Americans" and then shared a link about the ISIS brutality in the Middle East.
State Rep. John Bennett of Sequoyah wrote the comments on Monday night. Oklahoma's Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Republican Party leaders to denounce the comments on Wednesday.
"I was really disappointed that someone who is elected to represent the people would put something so negative out there,” said Adam Soltani, CAIR-Oklahoma Executive Director.
CAIR-Oklahoma said it wants Representative Bennett to apologize for his comments.
Bennett's post reads in part, "The Quran clearly states that non-Muslims should be killed... Be wary of the individuals who claim to be 'Muslim American'. Be especially wary if you're a Christian."
“You can take verses out of the Bible or any other holy book out of context. They look good or they look bad depending on how you frame them,” Soltani said.“But the Holy Quran states that you take the life of one innocent person, it's as if you took all of humanity.”
Bennett said he can say what he wants on his private Facebook page and he sticks by his comments. He said it is ironic a group that fights for First Amendment rights is trampling on his first amendment rights.
Bennett also said he is not taking anything out of context because ISIS militants are using the Quran to carry out beheadings in Iraq and Syria and if they aren't stopped, the same will happen here.
CAIR has publicly condemned ISIS and called them an extremist group with ideals that are the antithesis of Islam.
“To tell fellow Oklahomans that they need to be wary of someone like myself, that's concerning and that can only lead to what we fear would be hate crimes and Islamaphobia,” Soltani told News 9.
Soltani said Bennett's idea that religious extremism is wrong is correct, but relating that to Islam in America is absolutely wrong.
Bennett told News 9 he is not advocating violence against anyone, but wants to educate people. He said he will only apologize if CAIR-Oklahoma condemns any Quran teachings that promote violence against non-Muslims.
#79229 Sep 3, 2014
We have to get those towelheads!!
#79230 Sep 3, 2014
Bond Reduced For OKC Officer Accused Of Sexual Assaults
Posted: Sep 03, 2014 1:38 PM CDT Updated: Sep 03, 2014 9:19 PM CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting multiple women was arraigned on Wednesday. During the bond reduction hearing, the judge lowered the bond from $5 million to $500,000.
Daniel Holtzclaw, 28, is accused of sexually assaulting several women while he was on duty patrolling the streets.
The District Attorney has filed multiple charges against Holtzclaw. The charges include allegations of sexual battery, indecent exposure, first-degree burglary for entering one victim's home, oral sex, rape, stalking and intentionally touching a victim's body in a lewd and lascivious manner.
8/29/2014 Related Story: Charges Filed Against OKC Officer Accused Of Sexual Assaults
Holtzclaw said nothing as he went before the judge for his video arraignment on Wednesday.
Judge Henderson is the judge assigned to the case. September 18 is the date set for Holtzclaw's preliminary hearing.
The judge said Holtzclaw is entering a plea of not guilty.
A bond reduction hearing for Holtzclaw started just after 2 p.m. in Judge Henderson's court. Holtzclaw's attorney, Scott Adams, said Holtzclaw has no prior criminal background. He brought up Holtzclaw's athletic background and said he has family in law enforcement.
Adams said Holtzclaw's girlfriend of six months is willing to testify on his behalf, and that Holtzclaw is entitled to a reasonable bail.
Adams said Holtzclaw's father, who is an officer with the Enid police department, is here in Oklahoma City. The father offered to let Holtzclaw stay at their home in Enid, and also offered to have Holtzclaw wear a GPS device.
Adams asked for a bond of $100,000. He also asked for Holtzclaw to have a GPS device on him, and to have him stay at his parents' home in Enid.
Holtzclaw's father, Lt. Eric Holtzclaw took the stand in his defense. He testified his son has never been in trouble with the law in the past.
The father said his wife would be home full time. He said he is concerned about his son's safety due to the nationwide media frenzy with this case and that is why he wants him home in Enid with family.
Dave Rothenberg, who is with an Enid a newspaper, covered him during his time in Michigan playing football. Rothenberg testified he reported on players during games and practices. He testified he had no reason to check with Eastern Michigan State to see if Holtzclaw had any sexual assault allegations against him there. Rothenberg testified, "There was never a hint of anything improper."
Tyler Grey, friend for 15 years with Daniel Holtzclaw, said he lived with him during his time at the Oklahoma City police academy. He said Holtzclaw took his duties seriously at the academy.
State called detectives with sex crimes unit to the stand. Rocky Gregory with the Oklahoma City Police Department took the stand first.
#79231 Sep 3, 2014
Gregory said police found women who claim Holtzclaw touched them inappropriately and sexually assaulted some of them. He said that police checked some of Holtzclaw's calls and they matched up to being middle-aged black women and some with a drug history.
A witness, who does not want to be identified, testified that he was sleeping at his girlfriend's house when officer Holtzclaw came into the house and woke him up.
"Yeah, it surprised me," said the witness. "It was scary!"
The witness said no one called the police, and the doors were locked. He also said Holtzclaw asked him to come outside.
Detective Kim Davis with the Sex Crimes Division testified about a woman who said officer Holtzclaw stopped her while walking down the street in northeast Oklahoma City. She said, according to police records, he had made contact with her three weeks earlier. Davis also testified the woman said Holtzclaw ran her for warrants, asked her about drugs and prostitution and then grabbed her breasts.
Davis also testified about another woman police located who said Officer Holtzclaw entered her home, took a tour, told her to sit down, forced her to perform oral sex and then raped her. Davis testified the woman said she was on probation, she was a drug addict, and that he was the police and was afraid. Davis says the woman claimed Holtzclaw unzipped his pants and told her, "This is better than county," alluding to her performing the act instead of him arresting her and taking her to jail.
The judge ruled to lower the bond to $500,000 for Officer Holtzclaw. He will be put under house arrest at his father's home in Enid and can only travel to and from his lawyer's office in downtown Oklahoma City. Holtzclaw will have a GPS monitor and have to surrender is badge, gun and police uniform.
The judge said he had to apply the law, so bail is not used as a tool of punishment.
#79232 Sep 3, 2014
Maybe they all came forward because no one would beleive the type of women he targeted. As a unit their case would be taken more seriously. It seems he picked women who no one would beleive.
#79233 Sep 3, 2014
If he makes bond, that'll be so wrong!
#79234 Sep 3, 2014
State Officials To Announce Clayton Lockett Execution Findings
Posted: Sep 03, 2014 4:43 PM CDT Updated: Sep 03, 2014 4:43 PM CDT
Investigators To Release Clayton Lockett Findings
OKLAHOMA CITY - State officials announced the completion of their investigation into the execution of Clayton Lockett Wednesday. Investigators said they will post their findings report on Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. on the Department of Public Safety's website. News 9 will be at the news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. to learn the latest on the investigation.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmate's attorney said Lockett writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead more than 40 minutes after his execution began on April 29.
Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton had said Lockett died from a heart attack several minutes after he ordered the execution stopped. But an independent autopsy performed for the Department of Public Safety concluded the cause of death was "judicial execution by lethal injection."
#79235 Sep 3, 2014
Let the state get this whitewashed so we can get on with the killings....
#79236 Sep 3, 2014
Officer: Boss told me to 'shut up' about bridge
Associated Press TRENTON, N.J.(AP)- Police officers on the George Washington Bridge last September during lane closures apparently ordered by Republican Gov. Chris Christie's aides as political payback said they warned superiors about the hazardous conditions created and were told not to talk about it on their radios, according to a summary provided by their lawyer to a legislative panel investigating the scandal.
Attorney Dan Bibb, who works for the union representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officers, relayed information from 11 officers, including at least three who said they were told about the traffic change by a lieutenant who ordered them not to move the traffic cones blocking the lanes. Bibb's comments were included in a synopsis obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Bibb told the legislative panel's investigators that one of the officers, Steve Pisciotta, used his police radio to report hazardous conditions being caused by the severe traffic and was told to "shut up" by Deputy Inspector Darcy Licorish. Bibb said Pisciotta told him that Lt. Thomas Michaels and a sergeant visited him "to tell him that his radio communication had been inappropriate."
Michaels said in an earlier interview with the investigators that the Port Authority executive who ordered the closures, David Wildstein, called him the week before and asked him what would happen if three lanes were reduced to one. But the investigators said he told them that he didn't have any direct knowledge about why the lanes were changed and that he found out about the plan to change them the night before.
Lawyers representing Michaels and Licorish didn't immediately return phone calls seeking comment on Wednesday.
Licorish told the investigators he found out about the lane closures the weekend before and tried to argue against them because of the traffic they would create. His statement to the investigators came 11 days before Bibb's.
Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts referred to a statement issued earlier this year in which he said Christie never had conversations with Michaels about the bridge, which connects Fort Lee and New York City. Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, has called the lane closings "inexplicably stupid" but said he didn't know about them beforehand.
Investigators are looking into who approved closing the lanes in Fort Lee, causing four days of massive traffic jams, apparently to punish its mayor, Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn't support Christie for re-election. The lane closures came weeks after Christie's then-deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, sent a message to Wildstein: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee."
Michaels, who grew up in Livingston with Wildstein and Christie and coached Christie's son's hockey team, told the investigators that he drove Wildstein through Fort Lee to get a closer look at the traffic on the first morning of the lane closures and that Wildstein told him they were part of a traffic study. He told the investigators that he didn't discuss anything "substantive concerning the lane closures" with Wildstein while eating breakfast with him that morning.
He told them he had only occasional interactions with Christie at the hockey rink and didn't otherwise talk with him. His brother was a campaign adviser for Christie in 2009.
Wildstein graduated from Livingston High School a year before Christie and was hired in 2010 at the Port Authority by Christie's top appointee there, deputy executive director Bill Baroni.
In January, Wildstein appeared before the legislative committee investigating the lane closures but declined to answer any questions. Kelly, who was fired in January, also refused to cooperate with the legislative committee.
The Record was the first to report on the Bibb document.
#79237 Sep 3, 2014
Repug governors need to be put behind bars and the key thrown away..
#79238 Sep 3, 2014
Criminal Investigation Involves Superintendent Candidate Joy Hofmeister
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 5:36 PM CDT Updated: Aug 22, 2014 5:38 PM CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY - A candidate for state school superintendent is implicated in a criminal investigation.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater and his investigators are reviewing emails and text messages exchanged between the Republican nominee for state school superintendent, Joy Hofmeister, and political consultant Chad Alexander.
Court records indicate Hofmeister wanted Alexander to use a "super PAC" or dark money group to attack State Superintendent Janet Barresi.
While super PACS can raise unlimited sums of money for a campaign, it's illegal for those groups to collaborate fundraising or expenditures with a candidate.
"It happens," said News 9's Political Analyst Scott Mitchell. "Very seldom do people get caught, and no one has gotten caught here yet."
Search warrants show investigators are looking for evidence of political wrongdoing by reviewing Alexander's cell phones that were seized during his drug arrest in May.
Investigators suspect Alexander, political consultant Fount Holland and Holland's firm, AH Strategies, are involved in illegal collusion with political candidates, including Hofmeister.
"There's a court of public opinion and a real court, and those are two different segments of society," Mitchell said the court of public opinion is the most important right now. "That means the candidate that is involved with the consultants is going to have to do most of the explaining."
Joy Hofmeister issued the following statement:
"This has already been a story, and it came as a political stunt at the 11th hour by my opponent in an attempt to distract voters from her record. The voters saw through this overwhelmingly. The comments being referenced were made before I was even a candidate, and before I had even hired a consulting firm. As I have said before, I have no knowledge of any wrongdoing and if asked, I stand ready to assist with any questions to clear up this matter. In the mean time, I will stay focused on our campaign and continue advocating for the best education for our Oklahoma schoolchildren."
- Joy Hofmeister
AH Strategies' Fount Holland provided this statement:
"There was absolutely and unequivocally no coordination. In this case, Joy Hofmeister was not a candidate or a client of A,H, Strategies at the time those text messages were exchanged."
Chad Alexander's attorney, Tommy Adler, did not return our calls in time for this report.
#79239 Sep 3, 2014
Schools and teachers are unhappy with Barresi because of the A-F reporting on their schools and education they provide. They don't want to be graded on their incompetence. Tons of parents I know look at those report cards to see if they want to enroll their children in failing schools. To me the A-F report cards are a way to force teachers and schools to step it up for our children. It's not about the adults, they already have their educations, Why is it so many children drop out of high school, or continually fail getting held back. We have kids who graduate from High School that can't read and write at the 5th grade level. someone needs to be held accountable for this failure. You have not only failed this child, and have destroyed their future, but it affects us as a whole in the community.
Teachers need to stop hiding behind teachers unions and tenure, and go back to actual teaching. They would get an A+ every time. There are tons of dedicated teachers in this community that actually care if their students learn or not, it's those few who don't who make it bad for everyone else, but mostly for the students who unfortunately get stuck with a teacher who doesn't teach.
#79240 Sep 3, 2014
Another repug down the sh!tter..
#79241 Sep 3, 2014
Fallin, Dorman To Debate At Oklahoma State
Posted: Aug 20, 2014 8:19 PM CDT Updated: Aug 20, 2014 8:19 PM CDT
The debate is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the OSU Student Union Theater in Stillwater and will be broadcast live statewide by OETA.
STILLWATER, Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University has announced that Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and Democratic challenger Joe Dorman will debate at OSU ahead of the gubernatorial election.
Fallin is seeking re-election to a second term in office while Dorman is a state representative who won the Democratic nomination to challenge Fallin in the November election.
OSU said Wednesday that the one-hour debate at OSU is part of a partnership with OETA and the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma.
The debate is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. at the OSU Student Union Theater in Stillwater and will be broadcast live statewide by OETA.
#79242 Sep 3, 2014
Vote for Joe
Get rid of the Seditious Adulterous Ho Tramp who hates teenagers, poor people, Mexicans, and Indians.
#79244 Sep 3, 2014
No quakes today---the worst is over---Maybe the water leaks in Tulsa and okie city will stop now.
#79245 Sep 3, 2014
Packing Heat: I love you babe. Hang up and I'll talk to you tomorrow.
TAMARA: I love you too, honey. You hang up first.
Packing Heat: No, my sweet, you hang up first.
TAMARA: Let's hang up at the same time... one... two... three!
TAMARA: You're still there, aren't you?
Packing Heat: Yeah, I am. You gonna hang up now?
TAMARA: You hang up first.
NSA: Goda**it, BOTH of you hang the f*ck up!
#79246 Sep 3, 2014
Governor Mary Failin of Oklahoma, on an airliner bound for Texas to escape a meeting with the black president, finds herself seated next to an older, weathered man in a western snap shirt, faded jeans, and a cowboy hat.
Thinking herself above the old cowboy, she decides to make sport of him.
"You know," she says, "I've heard these flights go much more quickly if you strike up a conversation with a fellow passenger.
So, let's talk."
The cowboy looks at her wryly and says, "Well I s'pose that'd be all right, m'am. What'd ya like to discuss?"
"Oh, I don't know," says Mary with a slight hint of sarcasm.
"How about Abortion or the Morning After Pill?"
"Hmm," says the cowboy, sensing an attempt to perhaps belittle him, "That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first: Horses, cows, and deer all eat the same stuff--grass. Yet a deer passes little pellets, a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse makes muffins of dried poop. Why do you suppose that is?"
Dumbfounded, Governor Mary Failin replies, "I haven't the slightest idea."
"So tell me, then," says the cowboy with a smile. "How is it that you feel qualified to discuss Abortion or the Morning After Pill when you don't know sh-t.
#79247 Sep 3, 2014
Three Oklahoma surgeons were playing golf together and discussing surgeries they had performed.
One of them said, "I'm the best Surgeon in Oklahoma. In my favorite case, a concert pianist lost seven
fingers in an accident, I reattached them, and 8 months later he performed a private concert for the Queen of England.
The second surgeon said. "That's nothing. A young man lost an arm and both legs in an accident, I reattached them, and 2 years later he won a gold medal in track and field events in the Olympics.
The third surgeon said, "You guys are amateurs. Several years ago a woman was high on cocaine and marijuana and she rode a horse head-on into a train raveling 80 miles an hour. All I had left to work
with was the woman's peroxide hair and the horse's AZZ. I was able to put them together and now she's is the Governor of Oklahoma.
#79248 Sep 4, 2014
So this is what the Democratic Party as been reduced to the village idiot postings in other people's usernames.
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