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DoOM: Bung…

Posted: January 24, 2020 in conspiracy, DoOM

I’ve written before about the frequency in which Oklahoma has been making it onto public radio recently, and now we have another example. The January 11 episode of This American Life, titled Doppelgangers, featured a segment on the possibly apocryphal story of an Oklahoma pork plant that ships hog rectum, known in the industry as bung, to Asia to be used as imitation calamari.


Bung is used in the United States as sausage casing. If you’ve eaten a high-quality large sausage, you’ve probably had bung. My favorite way to partake of bung is with summer sausage made from venison.

Inevitably, there was a taste test, but I won’t spoil the results for you. As always, this episode of TAL is worth listening to, so check it out.

Every year, some bill or another coming out of the Republican side of the Oklahoma legislature makes it into the national news cycle. Last year it was, among others, State Senator Ralph Shortey’s Soylent Green bill. We’ve already got our first for this legislative cycle.

Oklahoma State Senator Patrick Anderson is an idiot with poor reading comprehension. That, or he didn’t actually bother to fact check the claims made by the most anti-internationalist Tea Party elements in his own state. I guess the third option is that he is just being cynical and catering to the most extreme elements in his own party to position himself to run for something else when he term limits out in 2016. None of those options make him the kind of person I’d want representing me if I lived in Enid.

Stupid, lazy or cynical? We report. You decide.

Why is Anderson an idiot? Well, he introduced a bill to ban state and local entities from implementing Agenda 21 initiatives. It currently holds the label Senate Bill 23. If only he could have moved it two places up the list, there might have been a little irony to appreciate. Alas.

What is Agenda 21? Well, if you live in Anderson’s world of paranoia and fear, it is an attempt to collectivize and socialize us all under a one world government. If you are a sane person who can read, it is the non-binding voluntary action agenda for sustainable development adopted by the United Nations in 1992. It is called Agenda 21 because it is the goals to pursue in the 21st century adopted by the conference. At the time, it was supported by George H.W. Bush and anyone else who wasn’t trying to get us to pull out of the UN. It was opposed by the John Birch Society.

For people who don’t know how these non-binding agendas work, the UN nations basically got together and hashed out what goals they’d like to see happen for sustainable development and established helpful guidelines that nations and local communities can adopt in order to help further those goals, if that is something they decide to do. Apparently, promoting sustainable development in the 21st Century is code word for confiscating land and trying to implement a one world government.

Agenda 21 has become a pet issue of the Tea Party in the last couple of years. A similar bill is being put forward in New Hampshire. Alabama adopted a ban, and Kansas adopted a resolution.

Alabama’s flag is an X, so everyone knows who not to be like.

There was an unsuccessful attempt put forward by Georgia Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. Rogers hosted a lecture on Agenda 21 featuring a Bircher activist who, among other things, compared the program to the genocide policies of Mao and Stalin. Rogers ended up resigning after the video of the lecture was made public.

The fact that these people have adopted this as a serious threat to national sovereignty shows just how little they understand about the constitution they claim to love so much. In the mean time, Oklahoma gets to look stupid in the national media…again. Thanks Oklahoma Senate Republicans.

Come back Monday for more on this story. I’ll have a post on who else in Oklahoma is originally behind this bill, and what groups they have ties to.

Public radio has been unusually interested in Oklahoma recently. First, there was a pair of episodes on Planet Money and This American Life, examining Oklahoma’s exceptional preschool system, and telling the story of how it came to be.

Now, this week, This American Life dedicated an entire episode to discussing the rise and fall of Tulsa pastor Carlton Pearson. Formerly affiliated with Oral Roberts University, and pastor of a major charismatic evangelical church, Pearson lost most of his congregation and was dragged through the mud by his own denomination when he gave up on the idea of the existence of hell.

I listened to the episode yesterday, and it is both compelling and sad, especially if you don’t agree with Pearson’s particular theology.

As an Oklahoman I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with all three of these stories. The first two especially, play up the ‘can you believe this happened in a place like Oklahoma’ element. It is a compelling narrative that one of the most conservative states in the nation instituted one of the most progressive early childhood education systems in the nation, but it tastes a bit like sour grapes having outsiders point out just how weird it is on a national stage.

The Pearson story is both better and worse. There isn’t the ‘only in Oklahoma’ sneering by the narrator, Russell Cobb, a Canadian ex-pat living in Tulsa. Instead, he let’s the interviewees do it for him. Late in the episode, a woman recounts being hassled by people in her neighborhood when they find out she attends Pearson’s church, apparently in an attempt to save her soul from heresy. It leaves the impression that Oklahoma is a bunch of church lady busy-bodies.

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I was asked what church I attend. Then again, I tend not to run in circles with the kind of people who might feel inclined to ask that sort of question unironically. I guess if you run with people who regularly attend mission trips and think it is their business to save souls, you shouldn’t be surprised when someone asks about the state of yours. Happily, I don’t live in that world. I just wish that public radio would realize that a large swath of this state doesn’t either.

One last note. There was a mention of the terrible 1970s movie A Thief in the Night in the Pearson episode. I really want to get together with some friends an pull and MST3K on that movie. I remember it being perfect for its unintentional camp. The Left Behind series has nothing on that movie. Here is the trailer.

The spelling mistakes on the Ten Commandments Monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol have been fixed.

Seriously though, don’t use SI Memorials if you don’t have to. Clearly, those guys suck.

I wasn’t going to start the DoOM posts this quickly, but then our legislature went and put a ten commandments monument up at the capitol. This attempt to look like Texas would have been news enough, but apparently the company that built the monument, and the state government officials in charge of this whole thing, can’t spell very well.

Forget the fact that this won’t survive the first lawsuit. It is won’t pass muster for the state or federal constitutional tests. Oklahoma’s state constitution language on this is more explicit and stricter than the federal. I doubt it ever makes it past the Oklahoma State Supreme Court.

H/T to Hemant Mehta

Depictions of Oklahomans in the Media (DoOM)

Posted: November 14, 2020 in about, DoOM
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I want to do a series on depictions of Oklahoma in popular culture, but there is one major problem. I don’t actually consume that much popular culture. I listen to somewhere close to zero FM and AM radio. What little satellite radio I partake in is almost exclusively music at least a decade old. I do listen to a lot of podcasts, but that are hardly mainstream culture. The closest is probably Marc Maron and This American Life, both of which have conveniently covered Oklahoma on their shows in the last year. I’ll definitely be posting those.

As for television, I technically have one, but it is hooked up to netflix streaming and a pair of rabbit ears. I never watch network television excepting the occasional ball game or presidential debate. With netflix, I get to watch a lot of great contemporary shows, but not the current season. This means I never see commercials (yay!) and never see depictions of Oklahoma and its residents when they first air. It also means I never see cable shows like The Daily Show or Conan.

All of this is to say that I’d like to do a few posts covering depictions of Oklahomans in the broader media culture, but they will either be rather obscure or a year out of date.

Maybe I’ll just stick to podcasts for now. It seems silly to complain about a terrorist from Oklahoma in the pilot of Justified when season four is about to start in January.