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My inevitable response

21 Dec

Ugh. I did not want to have to write about this. But, since people won’t let me have any space where I don’t have to hear about it, I’ve obviously had some things to say. And this is where I say things. My thoughts:

1. I appreciate friends who can remain friends even if we disagree on issues. Also, feel free to not read my blog or unsubscribe from my fb updates if you want. No one’s forcing this discussion on you.

2. I’m glad everyone is outraged about the recent murders. I’m also confused as to why people are not equally as outraged about the legal, daily murder of thousands of children by abortion in this country. The only thing I can come up with is that they don’t know what abortion is. Don’t be like that. If you’re pro-choice, look up how they do the procedure. View some images of aborted babies. At least you’ll know what you’re talking about when you’re arguing in favor of death. From a Facebook post of a former Planned Parenthood Director:

“I watched a child fight for his life in his mother’s womb. I watched him curl up his body in an attempt to protect himself from the abortion instrument. I watched him attempt to move away and try to find a safe place. Then I watched his body twist and turn like you would ring out a dishcloth. I watched his arms and legs detach from his body. I watched as his perfectly formed backbone crumbled underneath the powerful suction.”

Is that okay with you? Just don’t shoot them after they’re born? If you got mad at me for posting that quote above, ask yourself why. Is it because it made you cringe? Is it because you don’t want to picture that? I know I don’t. But, we have to face reality if we are going to improve this world.

3. Stricter gun laws aren’t successful at reducing gun violence in this country. I could post a thousand links, but I’m sure by now you know how to use Google. Just look up statistics. It’s all there. People are disgusted and they want to feel like they’re doing something to prevent mass shootings in the future. That’s why they jump to gun control. To the uninformed, on the surface it seems like the logical thing to do. It just isn’t, though. Notice this clip is from ABC’s 20/20- hardly a bastion of conservatism.

4. There are some efforts to arm teachers and administrators. Personally, I would feel much better about Jack being looked after by someone who could protect him if they needed to. If you aren’t comfortable with these efforts, I would ask you to consider that if you don’t trust your child’s teachers with a gun, should you be sending your kid to be with them all day anyway- gun or no gun? What Oklahomans need to know about the proposed legislation in our state is that it would require teachers and administrators to be CLEET certified and none would be forced to pack heat. I’ve seen too many parents freaking out saying that teachers aren’t well-trained enough to be trusted with weapons and too many teachers freaking out that they might be forced to carry a gun. So, that should make everyone feel better, at least.

5. The president wants your guns. All of them. He will start out incrementally. Maybe you won’t fight for high-capacity magazines or semi-automatic rifles because you don’t have them and don’t care to. But don’t be surprised when they’re coming for what you do have. Speaking of a confiscation, how would that work, do you think? I’m assuming we would all be told to bring our guns and turn them in at a designated location or else face jail. But, how would they know if we turned them all in or not? Would they search every home? I don’t tend to think that most law enforcement officers or military members would comply with that. For one thing, most of them are gun owners and for another, it would be a suicide mission. So, what would happen then? A civil war? Maybe. And what would happen then? A UN invasion claiming humanitarian justification or some other malarkey? Maybe. I don’t know and I don’t want to find out.

6. Speaking of high-capacity magazines: A ban is likely to include magazines with a capacity of ten or more. Ten bullets. High-capacity? Really. Well, if a legal magazine can only hold, say, 5 bullets, you can say goodbye to the warning shot. No one is going to risk wasting a bullet that they may need to protect themselves. Plus, it really doesn’t take long to switch magazines. 2 seconds, maybe, for the practiced shooter. That’s not going to stop someone who has planned out an attack from having a bunch of magazines and just switching them real quick. And the victims of a lunatic aren’t going to know if he has a high-capacity magazine or if he’s going to have to switch. So, that two seconds probably won’t help anybody. It will be quick and easy for the criminal who has planned out his attack (and who probably wouldn’t be alone in a home invasion situation), but not so much for the homeowner awakened in the middle of the night by a window breaking down the hall from his kid’s room who is trying to change magazines in the dark. High-cap magazines are also important for civil disturbances. During the Rodney King riots, Korean store owners kept looters at bay with semi-auto AKs.

6. For those of you calling for a ban on assault rifles, I could write for days. But, I’ll keep it as short as possible. First, do you even know what an assault rifle is? Automatic weapons are already illegal. Semi-automatic weapons can include not only rifles but shotguns and handguns as well. The 2nd Amendment does not exist to protect hunters’ rights. Yes, when it was adopted, the weapons were single-shot muzzle loaders. But guess what- that’s also what law enforcement and military would have had access to then. You think the forefathers would believe it is a good idea for the citizens to be armed with single-shot muzzle loaders while the government is trooping around with modern weapons?

7. Does anyone else find it ironic that the President is calling for a gun ban while surrounded by armed guards? He should be protected but our children and public shouldn’t be?

8. I don’t think there’s much the government can legislate to prevent another mass shooting. This writer for the Daily Beast agrees. Check out this article to read why. That’s so much easier than me writing it. There’s a pretty unrealistic suggestion at the end that maybe people should be taught to gang rush shooters. Well, that might work if human nature would allow it. But, it’s not going to happen. Instinct is to run and take cover so she’s a little off-base on that one but she’s right about why we can’t do much as far as regulations go.

9. Drunk drivers kill a whole bunch of people. I don’t hear anyone wanting to ban alcohol. Maybe it’s because prohibition didn’t work? But a gun ban would? hmmm…

10. For everyone who felt scared to send your kid to school, I have a question. I realize I get to keep my baby with me and so maybe I just don’t know what it feels like. Also, I realize it’s only instinctive to have that fear after what just happened. But, shouldn’t you have been more afraid of your child’s ride to and from school than of what might happen while they were there? It’s sooo much more dangerous for a child to be traveling in a vehicle than it is to be in a school building. It’s probably not too bad if you live right down the road from school. But I realize I’m taking both of our lives into my own hands when I get on the interstate with 16 year-olds who are texting and driving 75 miles an hour. When you think about it logically, it’s a pretty stupid thing to do just to go out to eat or shop. But, I digress.

11. This one’s going to hurt some feelings but I have to say, this country has a big problem with absentee fathers and dads not being there on a day-to-day basis. I’m not blaming all these cowardly, crazy, sick, pathetic pukes of human beings on dads being gone. But, it can’t help.

12. If you are one to say, “Well, the UK banned guns and this doesn’t happen there,” you need to do some homework. In the UK, non-gun violence has sky-rocketed. Violent crime there is 4x what it is here. Presumably because the criminals aren’t afraid the victims might shoot. Same for Australia. Here are some numbers from Australia since the gun ban: Armed robberies are up 69%, assaults with guns are up 28%, gun murders are up 19% and home invasions are up 21%.

Plus, we aren’t them. Americans have an inherent sense of how important it is to protect yourself from a tyrannical government. We won’t go willingly. And, whether you like it or not, if your heritage goes back to the Revolution, you have some rebel in you. Some fight-for-what’s-right in your blood. Embrace it, please. It’s a good thing.

I’m sick over what happened last Friday. I’m tired of hearing that if you’re against gun control then you’re insensitive and uncaring about this tragic event. I can’t fathom what the families must be feeling. This isn’t about being a macho right-wing conservative. It’s about our rights as Americans. Gun control opponents aren’t the ones who made this a platform to talk about gun control. We are just responding to the attack.

In related news, if Big Brother is monitoring my internet activity I am definitely on somebody’s list now.

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My word, the internet is so weird

18 Dec

I’ve been having a battle with myself about the internet lately- especially since Friday. I have this urge compulsion to not only know what’s going on in the world (when you’re a stay at home mama, the internet really makes this so much easier) but to also argue set the record straight debate discuss when I think inaccurate information is being dispersed. And that happens a bunch on social media sites. I don’t care if you have a dumb opinion. If we are friends and you have a dumb opinion, I’ll probably never discuss it with you. But, I start getting worried when you are posting your dumb opinion all over the internet and other people who can’t think for themselves are reading it and taking it as fact. That’s why I have to comment. And, I really don’t want to. Trust me, arguing makes me tired. I don’t actually enjoy it. I just feel duty-bound to present logic, statistics and facts. Am I wrong sometimes? Obviously. But at least I’ve put some thought into it instead of just parroting what I heard on my favorite biased news program (I don’t really watch cable news. It’s all terrible.). All I want for Christmas is for people to actually stop, take a quiet minute and think. When you decide what your position is, ask yourself why. If the only reason you can think of is that it’s the one that feels good, that should be a problem.

Now, onto why I think the internet is so weird. CBS Morning News just had Rahm Emmanuel, the mayor of Chicago, on their program to discuss gun control. This would be hilarious if it weren’t so scary. So, I have the need to scream loudly for everyone to hear that Chicago has super-restrictive gun control laws. They also have a super-high gun violence problem. Like, real high. So, why the crap does anyone want to listen to this FAILURE on what America should do with guns? Back in the day, I would probably just have to write a letter to the editor and hope they even printed it. But now, I can log onto Twitter, type up a message and send it directly to both CBS Morning News and Rahm Emmanuel. Also, all my followers can see it and so can anyone who explores #guncontrol. That’s crazy.

So, whilst I was doing that, I clicked on my new followers. Tulsa World Sports and Cold Stone Creamery are my two newest followers. Um, okay…I really like OSU football but I barely understand it and I’m totally  lost on any other sport. And, I do love ice cream but does Cold Stone Creamery know that about me? They aren’t even my weirdest followers, just the most recent weird ones. Also, I’ve had direct conversations with major OKC news personalities. My most major Twitter accomplishment, though, is that James McMurtry follows me. That’s right, Mr. Choctaw Bingo himself. So, I want to know, what’s some crazy stuff that’s happened to you on Twitter?

P.S. Yes, I am working on a post to combat all the ridiculous, untrue and inaccurate information floating around right now. But it depresses me so I’m taking it slow.

I do care

28 Nov

It has been brought to my attention by a sweet friend that I am coming across as not compassionate towards those who have had abortions. This is unfortunate because I actually feel a lot of compassion for them. So, allow me to clear a few things up.

1. I know that it is a hard decision and that very few people take it lightly or make it casually. I never said it was easy but apparently it seems to some that I assumed it was. (I do, however, believe there are a lot of women who are uneducated and who do not truly realize what is happening inside their bodies at each stage). However, whether it is a hard decision or an easy one, it is still abortion. The fact that you agonized over it first doesn’t change whether it is right or wrong.

2. I know that it may be painful for someone who has chosen abortion to read the things I write here. There’s not much I can do about that. I do not wish to cause anyone pain. If you have had an abortion and are now struggling with that decision, please visit this site or contact Rachel’s Vineyard. I will have a future post discussing the potential effects of abortion on a woman and more resources for those who have aborted and now regret it and for those who are thinking of aborting but are not sure.

I have also been accused of voicing my “opinion” too often and too loudly (I’m not sure what the right amount would be…) but it’s not my opinion. It’s medical science that abortion kills a living human. I think we all agree that killing humans is wrong. So, if you want to believe that an unborn baby is not a human, then I guess you are allowed to do that. But THAT is an opinion that can’t be backed up by facts. As is common to say at the Capitol, you are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts. I would ask you at what point you think an unborn baby does become a human?

It has also been assumed that I support the death penalty (I do not) and that I am against the morning-after pill (I am not).

Those are some of the reasons why I feel nervous and sick and sad when I write about abortion. Because I want to use soft, smooth words and make everyone feel good. But I want to say things that are true and direct more. My friend also indicated that I might not be wording my opinions in a very Christian-like way. I hope that’s not the case and is only her misunderstanding. I never claim for the things I write to be God-breathed or divinely inspired. I am a Christian and I do want to represent Christ in a way that pleases him even though I don’t always succeed. I think some people may feel that it would be Christ-like to be “nice” and to avoid saying something that might hurt people’s feelings. Trust me, I want to be nice and not offend anyone. I never write things with malice in my heart. I haven’t written anything that I know of to be mean or untrue (if you disagree, please let me know). The problem is, the truth will offend people because it’s harsh. And it is never loving to sugar-coat things and make them seem not so bad. That takes away people’s power to respond to the situation for what it is and forces them to respond to what the facade is.

It is more loving to speak the truth, not with the intention of hurting, but with the intention of helping people to see the truth. I cannot help it if it’s painful to look at.

I have come into this with a heavy heart because I know it will cause me to lose friends. Words are being put in my mouth and I have no doubt that I’ve been blocked from A LOT of people’s news feeds recently. That’s one reason I put it off so long. But I have finally submitted and I cannot ignore it any longer. It makes me feel sad but I have to do it.

Someone has told me that I changed their mind about abortion because they just never thought about it from all angles. It’s not that I changed their mind, it’s that I brought it up and got them to think about it for themselves. That person aided in an abortion in the past. The victory that comes from their mind being changed is that they will never aid in another one and they may also help change a mind or two. Often people just think that if it’s legal then it must not be so bad. Remember that slavery was legal. The things Hitler did were legal. Roe of Roe v. Wade herself is now working to overturn that decision because she now admits it was all based on a lie.

I do have friends who I know have had abortions. I bet I have some who I don’t know have had abortions. I love you either way. But I disagree with your decision and I will do what I can figure out to do to keep women from making the same decision in the future. A lot of that is going to mean being honest about the realities of abortion and about what really happens. I wish being honest and being polite could be the same thing.

The words we choose

27 Nov

Once, I was able to be at an ultrasound that a pregnant friend was having. The ultrasound showed some markers for Down’s Syndrome (I’m finding that this is incredibly common) so the doctor advised the new mom on her options. Here is a quote that I’m 99.44% certain is verbatim from that consultation.

“If you’d like to know for sure, we can do an amniocentesis (that’s a procedure where they take a sample from the amniotic fluid). With that procedure, there is the possibility that it could end the pregnancy.”

At this point, my friend indicated that wouldn’t be something she was interested in.

“It’s probably not necessary if you wouldn’t do anything differently either way.”

Look at the language this doctor used. Now, this is the same language my doctor used when I had my consultation (apparently everything is a possible indicator of Down’s). Both doctors are very nice people. Both may even be personally against abortion, I don’t know. I’m not criticizing them, but I am trying to draw attention to the way we approach things we know are wrong in today’s society. We use softer, smoother words to keep the harsh truth  from feeling so harsh. And if everyone talks about it like that, it really makes it seem not so bad.

When that doctor said “end the pregnancy,” he meant “kill the baby.” When he said “do anything differently,” he meant “have an abortion.” He wasn’t direct. The direct language is ugly. It’s not fun to say. The indirect language makes it easier.

This is a quote pulled directly from the fee section of a website of an abortion clinic in Norman, Okla (sorry there’s a weird box around it).

“Surgical Abortion $550
12 weeks pregnant or less as determined by our exam or ultrasound. The fee includes; Uterine aspiration and D & C, light sleep IV anesthesia, lab work, pregnancy test, pelvic exam or ultrasound, antibiotics, analgesics and a 1 or 2 week post-op exam with help for future birth control.”Uterine aspiration. If you look up that term, you will find definitions that call it a “method to remove uterine contents by vacuum.” Hmmm, uterine contents. Wouldn’t it be more direct to call it a method of sucking the baby out?

By the way, that website also offers these instructions:

“Do not bring infants or children. Do not bring a boyfriend or husband who is against your decision to have an abortion.”

Why can’t you bring infants or children? I am guessing it’s because it might make the other women at the clinic upset (and possibly change their minds) to see them. If it makes them upset, then doesn’t that tell you something is wrong? If the simple sight of a child makes a woman question her decision, then isn’t that a decision you would want her to rethink? Shouldn’t she be at peace with something like this? They also tell you not to bring the baby’s father unless he wants you to get an abortion. Excuse me, but why is this their business at all? Why are they interested in shutting the father out of the decision? They aren’t for men’s rights, apparently. And this is where the term “pro-choice” falls flat. These people aren’t pro-choice. They are pro-abortion, but pro-choice sounds nicer. It makes it seem empowering. It’s not empowering. These people are obviously trying to influence women into having abortions. Why? Because they get $550 a pop.  If they were pro-choice, they wouldn’t have been at the Capitol protesting the bill to require doctors to offer an ultrasound to every woman prior to her abortion. The bill didn’t require the women to get an ultrasound, just to be offered one. If they were truly pro-choice, wouldn’t they want the woman to have the opportunity to make as informed a decision as possible? Yeah, they would. They’re not pro-choice. That’s a misleading term.

I know some of you are disappointed with the blog lately because I haven’t tried to be funny. You are going to stop reading because it’s such a downer. That’s taking the easy way. That’s avoiding thinking. If it’s a downer, you need to ask yourself why it is. Everything in life isn’t about fun. You will live a wasted life if all you care about is fun. God did not put you on Earth to have fun. Christians are not called to be comfortable.

I encourage you to notice the language we use to talk about hard things as a society. We want to avoid thinking about how wrong things are because then we feel guilty about it. It’s easier to do that if we use indirect, soft language. Often, friends, the easy thing is not the right thing. I pray you are compelled to care more about doing right than doing easy.

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”  –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Follow-up to “Hard Things”

11 Nov

Yesterday morning I went to an abolitionist conference in Norman. That’s what the group working to end abortion is calling themselves-abolitionists. They are drawing some surprisingly accurate parallels between the anti-slavery movement and the anti-abortion movement. They are not just pro-lifers. Abolitionists feel that the pro-life movement has been failing for forty years, or at least moving much too slowly. They are immediatists and they are Christians. Because they are Christians, they rightly conclude that they have NO CHOICE but to fight against abortion with all they have. And if you call yourself a Christian, then neither do you.

I’m still working on what my part in this is. I’m praying, thinking, absorbing and learning. But I can’t take too long. 3500 babies are killed every day in this country. I expect to offend people, but please remember that is not my goal. I want to love everyone but going along with lies and immorality isn’t loving.

I haven’t been exposed enough to say that I think the abolitionists are doing everything right. But they are doing something. Are you?

For now, here is a resource to help you learn about the abolitionists and what they are doing. There is also information at the middle of the page about how you can get started fighting abortion today. It appears that the best weapon is knowledge and information. So many people are misinformed about not only fetal development but also what actually occurs during an abortion. I encourage you to look online at pictures of abortions. It’s not fun. In fact, it’s totally disturbing and sickening. Which is the whole point. Maybe you need to see that to be motivated to action. Every person, pro-life or pro-abortion, should look at these pictures so that they can say they have made an informed decision. If you are pro-abortion and you don’t have the courage to look at those pictures, then you’re a coward. So, step one: Get educated.

Go do something, y’all.

Hard things

8 Nov

Abortion. That’s what this entire post is about. And it’s long. If you don’t want to think about it or hear the cold, hard truth, then you are probably the one who needs to read this the most.

God has been dealing with me on this issue for a long time. Years. I have been running away from it for a long time. Years. Sure, if someone asked, I would tell them what I thought. But I wouldn’t DO anything. Voting doesn’t count. But this conviction has been eating away at my heart and mind so long now that I can’t avoid it anymore: if I know babies are being killed and I do nothing but wrinkle my nose at it, then am I not guilty of murder? I feel like I am. And no offense, but I feel like you are, too.

Don’t kid yourselves, it is murder. I think a lot of people comfort themselves with Roe v. Wade. If it was really killing, the law wouldn’t allow it- right? Apparently not. I keep from going insane with rage by telling myself that when that case was decided, they didn’t have the technology we have now. Maybe they didn’t know that you could hear the baby’s heart beating at seven weeks. Seven weeks. For most women, it’s impossible to know you’re pregnant before three weeks. And if you’re not trying to get pregnant (therefore obsessively testing daily), you probably wouldn’t know for a few more weeks. So, by the time you find out, decide to kill it and have your appointment, the heartbeat will be audible. A couple more weeks and you could see your baby dancing around in there. I like to think that if this technology had been available then, Roe v. Wade would’ve had a different outcome. But it wasn’t and it didn’t. So why does that mean we can’t reexamine it in light of new evidence?

I have friends who haven’t thought this issue through all the way. A position I often hear is that they are against abortion most of the time but if the mom is a scumbag, the baby is better off because it would probably have a bad life anyway. Sometimes it sounds like this: “People shouldn’t use abortion as birth control but I think in certain situations, it’s okay.” This makes NO logical sense. Why shouldn’t women use it as birth control? If there’s nothing wrong with abortion because the baby isn’t a real person yet, then why isn’t it an acceptable form of birth control? And if it isn’t an acceptable form of birth control, it’s because you’re killing a baby. And if you’re killing a baby, then there should never be a circumstance where that’s okay. You don’t get to decide whether the baby would be better off never being born. You don’t know. What about already born babies who have hard lives? Maybe they have crappy parents or serious health problems. Maybe they should be put out of their misery? What about a six year old? What I’m getting at comes down to this question: At what point is it okay to end human life? 7 weeks in utero? Twenty weeks in utero? 39 weeks? Immediately after birth? 97 years old? No matter which point you pick, it is a human life (whether fully developed or not, no one can deny that it is living) and an abortion ends that life. So, at what point is it okay to do that?

Then there’s the rape/incest exception. Many who are against abortion still think there should be an exception for incest and rape (Personally, I think this category should just be referred to as “rape” because to say “incest” separately indicates that it would be consensual incest. Which means that people conceiving babies accidentally should not be allowed to abort, unless they conceived the baby with their brother. Those people should be allowed to. What?!) I think these are well-meaning people. I can’t imagine the pain of conceiving a baby from a rape. I have personal experiences that I’m not going to talk about but which do allow me to sympathize with these women. It would be awful. Lately some male political figures have failed to express their distaste for the rape exception with tact and empathy. Most men cannot know what it feels like to be overpowered and forced into sexual activity by someone bigger and stronger (unless they were molested). Some are able to be more sympathetic by nature, but many just have no clue what it might feel like. I think most women can imagine. So, pro-life men, you must tread this issue very carefully.

But, we have to remember that it’s not the baby’s fault and it shouldn’t be punished for the sins of its father. How can you say it’s wrong to kill an unborn baby unless it’s a rape baby? It’s still a baby. Could you face a grown person who was conceived in rape and tell them that they shouldn’t have been born? Many pro-lifers want to say “Let’s just leave the exception in to get the law passed. We’ll come back for the 1% but we need to save the ones we can now.” Well, that’s fine, but no one has ever come back for the 1%. They matter too!

A lot of people say “Well, I would never get an abortion but I can’t help it if other people do.” Is that what you would say if it was legal to kill already born babies? That you can’t help it?

Then there’s the woman’s body issue. Guess what- a baby isn’t the woman’s body. It’s a totally separate body living inside hers. It has its own blood type. I have heard a man say “I don’t want someone telling me what to do with my balls so I’m not going to tell a woman what to do with her parts.” This is so idiotic. No one wants to tell a woman what to do with her ovaries or uterus, either. Please, feel free to get a hysterectomy if you want. If babies lived inside men’s balls, that argument might make a little more sense.

Why do I never hear anything about fathers rights? The baby is his, too. It’s just a fact of life that the baby has to grow inside the woman but she didn’t make it alone. At what point should the father have a say?

I’m tired of hearing that pro-lifers don’t care about babies once they’re out of the womb. That’s BS. Just because a citizen may not agree with every welfare program the government can think up, doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their part to help the poor. Trust me, these are ones adopting the most children. You don’t have to believe big government is the way, the truth and the life to care about people. The government does a terrible job of it anyway. BUT, pro-lifers, we need to do more. That’s the journey I’m heading down now. I’m looking into and praying about what I can do. You need to do the same. Expect a follow-up post with information about what I find.

We have an issue in this country with people being sheep. With taking the path of least resistance. It’s easy to believe that if the law says something is okay, then it’s okay. Laws are made by people and not always the smartest people. People can be wrong. So why can’t laws be wrong?

I know good women who have had abortions. I don’t condemn them for doing so. I don’t think they’re bad. But I do think they made the wrong choice. It’s so much more common than most people think, especially men. Women don’t generally tell everyone they know when they have an abortion. Off the top of my head, I can think of three good friends whom I love dearly who have aborted babies. Babies that could’ve gone to loving homes. I’m not saying it would be easy. Obviously, it would be the opposite. I realize the challenges. I also realize accidental pregnancies are going to happen. It’s easy to say everyone should be responsible and not put themselves in these situations to begin with, but that won’t stop it from happening. But maybe we could make it easier to choose life. Maybe the adoption process could be easier. Maybe we can help people be more informed about abortion. I truly believe that many women who abort babies simply don’t understand what is really going on inside their bodies at the moment they abort. I don’t know. I don’t know what the answers are. But, I intend to try to find out.

This whole post is basically intended to make you think and to let me get these things off my chest. I’m guessing that if you don’t agree with me somewhat, you probably would have gotten offended and stopped reading long ago. Don’t bother arguing with me if you don’t. It won’t change my mind. This is a hard subject to think about. That’s why a lot of people push it to the back of their minds and refuse to think about it. But we can do hard things. Let’s
try.

Big city turn me loose and set me free

30 May

Howdy, howdy, howdy.

Friends, I hope you are doing well. I know I am. Well, I think I am. Actually, I’m not sure but I feel like I should be doing well so I probably am. Last Friday was the last day of the 2012 legislative session and it came just in the nick of time. Literally. By the last week, I was wearing flip flops and alternating between muumuus and maternity jeans (Yeah, jeans. At my job. At the Capitol.). I just didn’t have much choice and I almost fell asleep like five times in my spot outside the House chamber. I am practicing for when I become a sargeant in 47 years.

Anyhoo, since that chaos is now over with, I am operating from home a lot more which is just better for everyone. Except I’m exhausted from catching up on all the things I literally swept under the rug during session. Seriously, don’t ever look under my rugs February through May, okay? My main project, goal and focus in life (besides having a kid in 2.5 months) is getting my house unannexed from OKC.

“Unannexed?” you ask. “Yes, unannexed,” I answer. Is that even actually a word? I’m not sure. Spell-check doesn’t really think so. But I bet you can figure out what it means. So, Spencer and I made a rookie home buyer mistake and kind of bought a house that is not actually in the town that we thought it was in. I know. We wanted something out in the country, on a few acres but still within driving distance of our jobs in OKC. So, we found this little place called “Newalla.” It is, like, really far from the city, y’all. I mean, it takes 15 minutes to get to I-35 or 15 minutes to get to Shawnee going the other direction. We have a 74 zip code rather than a 73 one. We are in McCloud school district. Soooo, not being from the city, we assumed we were outside it’s evil grasp in Newalla. Well, all it took was one afternoon of shooting some semi-automatic military-style rifles and here come the poe-poes. The OKC poe-poes. They were very polite (which is always pleasant, considering the fact that a rude cop usually ends up with me being threatened and told to stop yelling) as they informed us that since we are inside the city limits, we really shouldn’t be practicing for the zombie apocalypse in our yard. Whaaaaa?!

So, of course, I do some extensive researching (aka, Googling) and learn that OKC had this huge power grab back in the 50’s and 60’s because they wanted to be humongous. And also cause they are jerks. And also because apparently, people around here aren’t radical enough and they don’t know that sometimes you gotta fight for your right. Now, having learned this, I have set about trying to find out how to get unannexed. Unfortunately, I have thus far been unsuccessful in figuring out how to do that. My best guess is that I would have to get all the neighbors riled up. But then what? I can’t figure out what’s in it for OKC. I know everyone says taxes. But, honestly, there are just one or maybe two gas stations. There is a little cluster of businesses at an intersection a few miles east of here, but the lady at the feed store told me the sales tax was only 4% there. Which led me to believe they were not in OKC city limits. But then I found out the city limits go all the way to Pottawatomie Co. So, I’m just confused.

The next question is, what’s in it for us? Why would my neighbors not be with me on this? Well, we get trash service. Seriously, that’s it. And it’s $30/month which I think is a rip-off anyway. And my neighbors have horses. Do you have to get a permit for that? What about leash laws? What about bow-hunting (trust me, there is hunting going on, I’m just not sure how.)? How about fires? I’m pretty sure we aren’t allowed to burn anything but since all the neighbors do it, I’m guessing that’s why they haven’t turned us in on that one.

What I really want is to either have our own little township of Newalla or get annexed by McCloud. Harrah is closer but I guess if we are in McCloud school district, I can go with that. I was thinking we might have more luck if we could entice a neighboring town with our wonderful tax dollars and get them on board rather than trying to go it alone. As you might imagine, I know some people who know about this kind of stuff. They pretty much think I’m dumb and it’s never going to happen. But maybe it could. Then, I wouldn’t have to worry that Spencer is going to want to move again in a couple of years. And I could shoot a deer. I mean, really, it’s going to be OKC’s fault when I have to try to spear one and it’s walking around all speared and probably getting an infection and that just won’t be good PR for them, now will it?!

Okay, I have rambled on long enough. If anyone has any advice or suggestions for me, PLEASE SHARE. I am an idiot at this. I have no idea what I’m doing. But, I really think I should look into it and even if it might take years, it might be worth it. Okay, go!

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