Strange Knife Laws In Oklahoma

A recent bill in Oklahoma – Knife Rights’ Oklahoma Knife Law Reform bill SB 1159 – passed in the Oklahoma House by 76-5, and has already been passed unanimously by the Senate. The bill now goes to the Governor, Mary Fallin, for signing.

The law would remove dagger, bowie knife, dirk knife and sword cane from the list of items prohibited from carrying in Oklahoma. Switchblades in Oklahoma were made legal last year with bill HB 1911.

SB 1159 will be effective statewide upon enactment on November 1, assuming Governor Fallin signs the bill.

http://openstates.org/ok/bills/2015-2016/SB1159/

http://www.koco.com/news/Fallin-signs-bill-legalizing-switchblade-knives-in-Oklahoma/32624906

http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=299&Itemid=1

http://www.kniferights.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=358

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Will Helen Keller Be On The New $10 Bill ?


Helen Keller Foundation

Some groups would like to see the redesigned $10 bill with the image of Helen Keller.

The Alabama-born woman overcame blindness and deafness to become an international voice for the disabled.  The Department of the Treasury is gathering information on whose portrait should be on the new bill, and is doing so partly through the hashtag #TheNew10.

Keller lost her sight and hearing to an illness as a child in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and her parents found Anne Sullivan, a teacher for the blind to educate her, writes timesdaily.com.

Sullivan came from Boston to Alabama when Keller was 7.

Keller was born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, and ultimately moved to Easton, Connecticut. She died on June 1, 1968.

Both of these similarly-sized cities plus the Helen Keller Foundation are pushing for Keller’s likeness to grace the $10 bill.

Keller became an author and advocate for the rights of women and workers as well as the blind and disabled.  Keller has represented Alabama on its 2003 state quarter, writes AL.com.

She received the Presidential Medal of Honor, and Time magazine called her one of the 100 most important people of the 20th Century.

http://www.timesdaily.com/news/local/movement-calls-for-keller-on-bill/article_10f44d29-1861-592a-9ce7-eaf956032883.html

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/08/foundation_wants_helen_kellers.html

18 Republicans Threaten To Oppose Government Funding Bill Over Planned Parenthood

According to lifenews.com, a group of 18 House Republicans say they will hold up any bill to fund the federal government that does not contain language in it to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

“We must act to fully defund Planned Parenthood,” they wrote in a letter obtained by the publication The Hill.

“Please know that we cannot and will not support any funding resolution — an appropriations bill, an omnibus package, a continuing resolution, or otherwise — that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding streams.”

Yesterday, the Republican-backed effort to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood didn’t pass. The vote was 53-46, meaning the measure failed the get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster on bringing the bill up for debate.

Senate Republicans were forced to come up with 60 votes to invoke cloture and end debate on the pro-life measure.

What is cloture?

Cloture is the procedure by which the Senate can vote to place a time limit on consideration of a bill or other matter, and thereby overcome a filibuster.

Senate.gov:  “Under the cloture rule (Rule XXII), the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours, but only by vote of three-fifths of the full Senate, normally 60 votes.”

So, 18 House Republicans will hold up a government spending bill if the bill provides funding to Planned Parenthood.

Could the plan lead to a government shutdown?

The Hill states:

“With 18 Republicans already ruling out support for a funding bill in September if it contains Planned Parenthood funding, it could create a problem for leaders as they seek to avoid a government shutdown in October.

“(Though) Democrats have also expressed concern about some of the videos, many have defended the organization and many likely would oppose a spending bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.

“Congress must fund the government by Oct. 1, and GOP leaders are pointing to a continuing resolution (CR) that would extend current funding.”

According to The Hill, the letter was signed by Reps. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), John Fleming (R-La.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Scott Perry (R-N.J.), Steven Pearce (R-N.M.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/249694-18-house-republicans-pledge-to-oppose-spending-bill-with-planned-parenthood

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/07/31/18-house-republicans-pledge-to-shut-down-government-if-planned-parenthood-not-de-funded/

USA Today: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passed In Delaware

Voting along party lines, the Delaware state Senate gave final approval Thursday to a measure that decriminalizes the possession and private use of small amounts of marijuana, and Gov.Jack Markell almost immediately signed the legislation into law.

Markell signed a marijuana decriminalization bill Thursday after it passed the Democratic-controlled Senate. Republicans, who did not support the bill, argued that decriminalizing marijuana would encourage more young people to use it, writes USA Today.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Representative Helene Keeley, allows people in Delaware to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and use the drug privately without facing criminal sanctions.

Criminal penalties for simple possession will be replaced with a civil $100 fine. The law takes effect in six months, according to USA Today.

(Updated article)

Vintage Video: Marsha Blackburn Vs. Bill Nye


Video by: JesusSavesAtCitibank

In the U.S., climate change is still being debated among many.  Above is a vintage video from 2014 of Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn and Bill Nye debating climate change on NBC’s Meet The Press.

(Updated article)

McCain Calls White House Press Secretary Earnest An ‘Idiot,’ Retracts

John McCain is upset about a recent ISIS victory in Ramadi, Iraq. So angry, that he took to name calling when speaking about White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

“Bodies are on fire in the streets of Ramadi as we are speaking,” McCain said on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom.” “[ISIS] is an evil – this is a transcendent evil that the President seems to dismiss it as ‘We’re not losing.’ ”

He then called Earnest an “idiot” for saying Tuesday, ““Are we going to light our hair on fire every time there’s a setback against ISIL?”

Fox News’ Bill Hemmer called out McCain’s name-calling, and the Arizona Republican immediately retracted.

“I’ll retract that,” he said. “It’s infuriating though to hear someone say [that]. That betrays everything that America believes in and stands for.”

http://national.suntimes.com/national-politics/7/72/1164763/sen-john-mccain-calls-white-house-press-secretary-idiot-immediately-retracts

Is Cosby In Too Deep?


Secular Talk

Bill Cosby “almost” responded to the rape allegations against him in a new interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America (GMA),” writes The Huffington Post.

He was joined for his interview by the leaders of a group that brings awareness to the state of underfunded schools in rural Alabama, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

The interview seemed designed to discuss his work with the organization, but GMA aired only the portions of the interview that involved questions about the sexual-assault allegations. More of the interview is set to air on ABC’s Nightline, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Cosby said he’s baffled by the situation, and the interview with Good Morning America aired with little promotion on Friday.

When ABC asked him about allegations that he drugged and raped many women, Cosby didn’t directly address the questions, writes The Huffington Post.

(Updated article)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-cosby-responds-rape-allegations-795870

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/15/bill-cosby-gma-interview_n_7290686.html