(In response to "Now Read This" in the Aug. 19-25 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
I just read the article you wrote (about) us ... you did an excellent job! We are very pleased and grateful. I just wanted to send a quick (note) of thanks today (written thank you is in the mail as well!). We really appreciate your professionalism and attention to detail as well. Kudos to you!
-Jackie Hill, Publications Manager, Tulsa City-County Library
(In response to "Stay Cool" in the Aug. 19-25 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
Of course the coolest and most significant fountain, from an arts and design history standpoint, is probably the least known. Internationally famous and modern art and design master, Harry Bertoia -- whose sculptures and furniture are in the permanent collections of the most important modern art and design museums in the world -- has a beautiful, albeit hidden fountain over in the main mall (in downtown near 4th St. and Main Ave.). The fountain hasn't been on this summer, but it is easily in the top three in Tulsa.
[Editor's Note: Kudos to you for bringing this to our attention! Here's the fountain to be amended to its counterparts from last week.]
Friend or Enemy
(In response to "The Libertarian War on Free Speech" in the Aug. 19-25 issue of Urban Tulsa Weekly)
How, exactly, are libertarians so culpable in the termination of Helen Thomas' employment that we deserve to be singled out for special condemnation in your latest brainless rant? Oh, that's right. We aren't, and once you get past the big, bold headline, you even admit it.
No, libertarians didn't fire Helen Thomas.
Libertarians wouldn't have fired her as libertarians agree with her. No libertarian is thrilled by the prospect of giving Israel money so they can pass it along to the arms merchants of death. That would be the so-called liberal media for whom you are shilling.
So, what did libertarians do to draw your wrath this time? We gave you a much needed social studies lesson. We told you how the law of your land works and did it in a civil, succinct, and (by your own admission) correct manner. Just damn. Tar and feather us and ride us out of town on a rail.
You don't know how to tell a friend from an enemy, Rall. I'll give you another civics lesson -- the Constitution does not allow for the current top heavy Federal semi-socialism, but nothing in the Constitution prohibits the individual states from being as socialist as their voters want them to be.
So, what is the advantage to heeding the law of the land and doing things the Constitutional way? Simply that the federal government will have no opportunity to skim kickbacks if they don't handle the money along the way, and the states and cities will not only be able to tax their citizens more if the federal government is taxing them less, but will be able to spend less on jumping through federal hoops and, therefore, more on actually helping people who need it. This is our position, and if you liberals were to go along with us in regards to the federal government, the local governments can do a better job without the interference.
In other words, Rall, true liberals don't know who their real friends are and yellow "journalists" like you are the reason why. Obviously you didn't listen to Shirley Sherrod when she said what Bob Dylan said in his song "Pawn in Their Game" -- it isn't about race, race is just what the rich use to distract us while they pick our pockets. The same can be said for any other hot button issue that separates Americans into ANY two groups except poor sufferers and robber barons.
Why are you shilling for the rich, Rall? You expect them to reward you for it? I've got news, dude. You're trashing your credibility so fast that you will become worthless to them before they even discover you exist. So good luck with that.
Will Rogers once spoke of a starving mountain lion that killed a bull. He was so hungry he ate almost all of it, then got such a bellyache that he just roared and roared. He roared so much that a hunter was able to track him and shoot him.
The moral? Those who have a belly full of bull should keep their mouths shut.
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