December 2, 2016

Who Lost The Election?

BY BOB D. ROUNSAVELL As President-elect Trump builds his governing administration, America watches and wonders if or when he will start carrying out his campaign promises. Rather than speculate about that at this early date, I’d rather look back at the presidential campaign to glean any lessons from that significant historical event. Is it still...
December 1, 2016

Betrayal, Part II

BY VERN TURNER The previous essay in this series defined betrayal and some of the aspects and realities where those betrayals insult people who actually have faith in others, a system or a culture. Have any of you experienced reaching out to someone you thought was your friend and they didn’t reach back? How about...
November 29, 2016

Starving The Beast And Oklahoma’s Children

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Alexis de Tocqueville observed that, “The French want no one to be their superior. The English want inferiors. The Frenchman constantly raises his eyes above him with anxiety. The Englishman lowers his beneath him with satisfaction.” The predominance of those two cultures in America’s historically white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant society may shed light...
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  • Tips For A Safe Halloween
    October 27, 2016

    Tips For A Safe Halloween

    BY JOE DORMAN With Halloween approaching, everyone has to be on the watch for ghouls and goblins. That does not mean to be fearful, but to be careful ...

    Another Oklahoma Scam
    September 21, 2016

    Another Oklahoma Scam

    BY SHARON MARTIN This year I got a small tax refund from the state of Oklahoma. It wasn’t a check; it was a debit card from a third party. Apparently,...

    Public Money For Religious Purposes
    September 20, 2016

    Public Money For Religious Purposes

    BY DAVID PERRYMAN Most Oklahomans don’t want public tax dollars to be used for private and religious schools. That has pretty much been a part of the ...

    Birthers, Birchers, And Lee Harvey Oswald
    September 19, 2016

    Birthers, Birchers, And Lee Harvey Oswald

    BY DON WILKEY With the stoke of a pen, Peter Savodnik, in his book, The Interloper, discredited a billion dollar industry … the JFK conspiracy b...

  • Three Monkeys
    September 16, 2016

    Three Monkeys

    BY VERN TURNER We are all familiar with the statuary of the three monkeys demonstrating their innocence from negativity. The statue kind of reminds me...

    Oklahoma Jenga
    May 31, 2016

    Oklahoma Jenga

    BY DAVID PERRYMAN Jenga is a game played with 54 wooden rectangular blocks. Each block is three times as long as its width and one fifth as thick as i...

    Actors And Demagogues
    May 30, 2016

    Actors And Demagogues

    BY SHARON MARTIN Because the people who benefitted from the demotion of the middle class have kept the legend alive, there are plenty who still believ...

    History Lesson
    May 28, 2016

    History Lesson

    BY KAREN WEBB I am about to get up on my soapbox again, so look out. Earlier this week I had a post shared with me on Facebook. It had two young Afric...

  • The Roots Of Our Evils
    May 27, 2016

    The Roots Of Our Evils

    BY VERN TURNER When did the money meme become the driving force in everything we do? It seems that everything we talk about in our human discourse cen...

    Spin Machine
    May 24, 2016

    Spin Machine

    BY SHARON MARTIN Listening to the chairman of the Republican Party a couple of Sundays ago, two things were clear: 1. Power is more important to the R...

    When Is A Tax Not A Tax?
    May 23, 2016

    When Is A Tax Not A Tax?

    BY DAVID PERRYMAN The Treaty of Paris in 1763 ended what could actually be referred to as the first world war. Known in North America as the French an...

    Really? Leader Of Lincoln's Grand Old Party?
    May 23, 2016

    Really? Leader Of Lincoln's Grand Old Party?

    BY BOB BEARDEN As far as the Grand Old Party of Lincoln concerned the race for the nomination is over. The Donald is the presumptive nominee and has e...

  • Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers Series: Politics And The Judiciary
    September 26, 2016

    Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers Series: Politics And The Judiciary

    Essential Viewing for Oklahoma Voters: Garvin Isaacs, President of the Oklahoma Bar Association and David Perryman, Oklahoma State Representative disc...

    Yuval Rabin Interview
    September 25, 2016

    Yuval Rabin Interview

    Arnold Hamilton, Editor of the Oklahoma Observer, interviews Yuval Rabin, son of Yitzhak Rabin, about the documentary “Rabin: In his own Words&#...

  • Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview
    September 4, 2016

    Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview

    Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

    The Village Is Burning
    March 14, 2015

    The Village Is Burning

    Editor’s Note: This is a brilliant political call to arms for Oklahomans, especially Millennials, who are tired of, and embarrassed by, the dema...

  • Sorry
    February 25, 2015


    Editor’s Note: This video, produced by Walter Jenny, captures the wackiness and hypocrisy on display at the Oklahoma Capitol these days. Jenny l...

    Interview: Don Holladay
    November 7, 2014

    Interview: Don Holladay

    Attorney Don Holladay, lead counsel in the federal lawsuit that led to marriage equality in Oklahoma, visits with Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, lef...


December 1, 2016

Living In The Twilight

BY SUSAN ESTRICH It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all before anyone was even at the office. I didn’t even consider it optional. When I moved back to Boston and Cambridge, MA, I wondered how I would...
December 1, 2016

The New Founder, Brought To You By The Koch Brothers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER When you think of America’s great Constitutional originators, names like Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton and Franklin come to mind. And, of course, Abbott. This past January, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the multimillionaire protege of the Koch Brother’s Plutocratic Kingdom and American Legislative Exchange Council darling, revealed to a startled nation that...
November 29, 2016

A Real Email Scandal – And Trump’s Hypocrisy

BY JOE CONASON For well over a year, Donald Trump ranted constantly about the woman he smeared as “Crooked Hillary,” insisting that her alleged disclosures of classified information – although unintentional, harmless and ultimately deemed innocent by the FBI director – were serious felonies for which she ought to be sent to prison. “Hillary Clinton’s...
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