Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Maywood, California-Tulsa's "Sanctuary" Sister City

In an in-your-face display of arrogance and Mexican patriotism, a group in Maywood California raised the Mexican flag over the U.S. Post Office. Read more about it here. This link has links to extensive video of the event.

A quote from the article:
"I believe that all Americans need to know about this and need to see that Mexican flag hanging at an American post office," she wrote to Anderson. "We are being invaded and the American people need to wake up!"

Citizens of Tulsa: What would you do if that happens here?

Omeed Aziz Popal

You haven't heard that name before?

I listened to some TV news last evening and there was extensive coverage of the rampage in San Francisco yesterday of a man in a black SUV repeatedly running down and over all sorts of people. But his name was not mentioned nor was there a picture of him being arrested by police, although by all accounts he cooperated with police when they trapped him and he compliantly sat on the sidewalk for 25 minutes while police sorted out the scene. And not one picture?

Well, there are no clues being given for his motivation. But his name has been released and it is OMEED AZIZ POPAL. You can infer his motivation as well as I can. By the way, this picture is reportedly only a few weeks old and is a wedding photo in Afganistan.

Here are excerpts from the San Francisco Gate:

"As many as 14 people were injured this afternoon by a motorist who drove around San Francisco deliberately running them down before being arrested by police, who believe the same driver struck and killed a man earlier today in Fremont.

At least one hit-and-run victim remained in critical condition this evening.

Reports of the incidents began pouring in at 12:47 p.m., police said.

Within a half-hour, San Francisco police had cornered and arrested 29-year-old Omeed Aziz Popal, who has addresses in Ceres (Stanislaus County) and Fremont.

Authorities suspect Popal was the same driver who ran over and killed a 54-year-old man in Fremont around noon.

That man, whose name was not immediately released, had been walking in a bicycle lane at Fremont Boulevard near Ferry Lane when he was struck and thrown into a field, where, as of 5:30 p.m., his body remained covered with a tarp.

That crash scene is just blocks from Popal's Fremont address, where he had most recently been living.

San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens said the attacks in the city occurred at 12 locations over a 20-minute period.

"The hits were intentional,'' he said, noting that police are treating them as assaults.

Gittens had no information about a possible motive.

Popal was arrested after patrol cars boxed in his black Honda SUV, its windshield and right front headlight smashed, outside a Walgreens store on Spruce Street between California and Mayfair in the Laurel Heights area."

You can link to the entire article here.

Omeed appears to be an Iranian surname based on a Google search.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Lop-sided Press Coverage

It's time now for the first anniversary of the Katrina hurricane disaster. From the coverage that I witnessed on both the national and local network TV news, all the damage and cleanup is in New Orleans, Louisiana.

What about Gulfport and Biloxi Mississippi?

Yet another example of the one-sided coverage by the MSM. I wonder how the good citizens of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama feel? Do you think they feel a bit left out? I sure do!

BTW, reports of 800 or so Katrina evacuees permanently relocated in T-Town and about 3,500 in OKC. A reunion of sorts is planned at Camp Gruber.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

New Logo

Here's the new logo for the infamous Tulsa Bloggers. It's awesome!

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Everyone says they want peace; the United Nations, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, CAIR, you name it. It is universal.

During my youth, people would flash the victory sign of WWII but say "peace". The peace sign was everywhere, young people liked sewing peace-sign patches on holes in their blue jeans. My point is that peace has universal appeal and is espoused by practically everyone. Since it is such a widespread ideal, why is it so hard to possess?

On a national level, it appears that the only way to a lasting peace is through decisive military victory. One of the opposing sides must defeat the other. The result is a period of peace. One only need to look at the results of WWII to see what I mean. The Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan are now some of our closest allies. Enemies from 60 years ago are now our friends. Not a one of them has threatened the USA. But the period of peace came with a transition. Vietnam was a decisive military victory for the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. It has brought with it a relative period of peace.

By contrast, in the absence of a decisive military victory, we have no real peace. Look at Korea for example. That stalemate still haunts us today.

No matter how careful we are, civilians get caught up in the fighting. War is hell. No doubt about it.

Do we really want peace? Then prepare yourself for the decisive military victory!

Inconsiderate Highway Maintenance

I happened to be driving on 169 this morning (Saturday) rather early, taking someone to the airport.

I was tooling on down the road, headed North, when a series of three highway maintenance trucks appeared ahead with a flashing sign indicating traffic to move to the left hand lanes. As I got closer, I could first hear and then see the results of what they were doing.

They were filling potholes with asphalt. Now, that's there job, for sure. But they were just throwing shovels full of asphalt on and around the holes from the far right had side, dodging traffic. As I drove by, one of them, with a smile on his face and a cigarette dangling from his lips, threw another load at a hole. It seemed to be a game for them to miss the cars but hit the holes. There was a half mile stretch of their handiwork. Nothing was done to tamp or flatten the asphalt. They were depending on the traffic to do that. Loose asphalt was everywhere. You could not avoid it.

Talk about a mess! How shoddy and inconsiderate of those maintenance workers. Now there are hundreds of cars and trucks covered with tar and asphalt. All because of the thoughtlessness of a few highway workers.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

He Can Run, But He Can't Escape Himself

Prentiss Elliott is free today after posting bond. He was arrested by Tulsa Police as part of a shooting incident in a gang infested area of North Tulsa. This is just the latest in a string of arrests and run-ins with the law. Police now suspect him of being a member of the G-Unit gang, which Elliott denies is a gang.

Several years ago Prentiss was convicted of assaulting a police officer during a melee at a Memorial High School basketball game. He was also dismissed from the OSU football program for an incident you can read about here. He has a habit of fighting, hitting, and assaulting men and women. He is described by his contemporaries as a "thug".

His legs, that God-given running talent, have carried him so much farther than he should have gone, looking at his "track" record. Our society highly prizes its athletes. But, sadly, those same legs cannot escape a heart that is bent toward self-destruction. And he is willing to take others with him down that same path. As fleet as he is physically, he is racing toward bitterness, resentment, disappointment, anger, disputes, revelry and ruin, mentally.

That's the bad news.

The Good News is that Jesus Christ can change him. He will meet him right where he is now. But will Christians who know Prentiss have the boldness to give him the Gospel?