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Election ’18

The elections last night were complicated. Both sides are feeling victory and loss today. The hardest losses for me to absorb seem like in hindsight, were an obvious outcome – Republicans won in the very red states and promise more of the same. Clearly no one is happy with “the same”, but people don’t like change of values even more, and these races were made about (perceived) values and nothing to do with leadership, so we will keep on keepin on.

Kevin Stitt, our new Governor Elect for Oklahoma, feels like just another term for Mary Fallin, like nothing will change. I hope he proves me wrong.

Ted Cruz is an embarrassment of hyperbole without substance and I don’t understand how Texas voted again for him except to tow the party line. He fills a spot that supported the continued control of the US Senate and that’s the sum of his value. Texas, I’d give you more crap for Louie Gohmert too but Oklahoma has Jim Mountain Inhofe throwing snowballs in the US Senate floor because “see? No climate change!”.

If Brian Kemp wins in Georgia, that ridiculousness seriously needs to be investigated. His current lead is smaller than the number of voters he threw out for arbitrary reasons. His ethics on how he handled the conflict of interest and voter purges, is some seriously shady action. I sincerely hope Stacey Abrams makes sure every single vote is counted.

Beto O’Rourke will be back, And he will be a prominent figure in the Democratic party. Steve King is a self admitted White-Nationalist, and Iowa still voted for the guy. Let that sink in for a moment.

I’ll take some comfort in that Nancy Pelosi is now the Republicans problem again. But in reality, they kind of wanted this: Two years of complete and unrestricted control of government gave them no cover to hide behind for inaction on much of the rhetoric that got them elected. The Democrats have just enough power now to finally blame for that inaction.

Still, despite some of the disappointing outcomes, I’m thankful for the victories, the balance of power, and voter enthusiasm.

Even when you don’t win, a difference was made.

The Podcast List

I love podcasts. It’s not as much of a commitment as a book, it can be serialized, and they aren’t as depressing as the news. I like having something playing in the background while I work so I’ve vetted many to see what appeals to me. I didn’t mean to make the list in order of preference. But after making it, yea, this is pretty much the order I would rank my top 10.

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Banff, Canada

The New Year brought a trip to the Canadian mountains in Banff. Beautiful landscapes of snow and mountains, despite the -16F temperatures. One of the highlights was probably standing in the middle of the lake or enjoying the hot springs.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movie historians baffled that critics of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi were expecting more serious toned literary greatness from the predecessor of a samurai space opera knock-off of Flash Gordon (Seriously, look it up, Lucas wanted to originally do a Flash Gordon movie but couldn’t secure the rights).
 

No spoilers, you’re welcome.

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Thank You For Your Service

We need to talk about your patriotism.

 

Feeling proud of your home is a good thing. We should do that. We should celebrate all the things that are good about our culture, and those who make sacrifices for it. I am an American, and I am proud of a great deal of American history. I am an Oklahoman, and I am proud to be from a state that had to work hard to become a livable home. I also acknowledge that neither of those organizations I belong to is perfect, and much of that imperfection is self-inflicted damage.

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Above Gunnison

A quick road trip to Colorado with my drone proved to give great results on capturing video unlike I’ve been able to back home. Stunning treetops and river runs give a new experience to Colorado that I haven’t enjoyed until now. Some more techniques to learn but this was a good first effort.