As is often the case, this week was a mixed bag for Oklahoma. On one hand, Attorney General Scott Pruitt appealed the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision that the new law basically banning medication abortions was outright unconstitutional, but he was dismissed by the US Supreme Court. Heck yeah! Once again, the Oklahoma Supreme Court made the right call, and was reaffirmed at the federal level. Unfortunately, discussion is under way to, ahem, reform the way our judges are selected. So much for checks and balances, I guess.
Bad news if you’re broke: a recent investigation by the Tulsa World showed that Oklahomans are being jailed at an increasing rate for not paying fines. Despite the struggling economy, fines have continued to go up, as have district and municipal court fees. And so, already overflowing jails are being stuffed with people who simply didn’t have the means to pay off stuff like traffic tickets. Arrangements can be made to work out fines early on, but for those struggling with other obligations, it’s not an easy obstacle, and many just wait too long, hoping they’ll eventually have the money to pay everything off. It’s not debtor’s prison per se, but $160 traffic ticket is a much bigger burden on someone who earns minimum wage, and low-income people are disproportionately being taken into custody. How about we focus on reforming this system instead of the way our judges are selected, eh?
And now to a very personal and disappointing bit of news from The Lost Ogle – it seems my once beloved Meers (of ridiculously big burger fame) has decided to display some unforgivable political hogwash on all of their tables. Here’s the thing- I used to looooooove Meers despite having never ordered one of the BIG burgers, and I was well aware that the owners’ political ideologies were a bit different from my own. A glance around at some of the stickers and license plates displayed would tell anyone that they’re a bit, oh, conservative. But this is just nonsense.
According to the new table decor, Bimbo’s, the former supplier of giant ass buns for Meers’ huge freaking burgers, had to reduce its labor force because of Obamacare, you know, despite being the largest bakery in the US (according to Meers), and therefore decided to stop churning out the huge buns. No citations or verifiable numbers (or proper grammar, for that matter), just lots of rambling about unions and Obama. They have opted to source their buns locally (ahem, jobs for Oklahomans and lower carbon footprint!) and admit the new buns taste better, but the process has meant new expenses. Scandal!
Sorry Meers, but I’ll take my foodie love elsewhere, to people who believe in providing healthcare to factory and food service workers. I’ve been on the factory and food service side, and damnit, there’s no reason to not take care of your employees. Also, please hire someone to proofread next time.
And last but certainly not least, it was announced this week that the Capobiancos (the adoptive parents of Baby Veronica) are seeking over a million dollars from biological father Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation to pay their legal expenses, despite the fact that their lawyers worked pro bono. It will be rather interesting to see how the case proceeds from here. (I’d also like to know what the donations for the Save Veronica campaign went to, but maybe that’s just me. Are we blaming that on Obamacare too?
Bye for now, y’all. I’m hungry!
Erin is always on the lookout for new foods to try, preferably with a side of health insurance.