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Acute Flaccid Myelitis



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You may have noticed that the last couple of days we have not had our News with Alex Ross.

Alex is traveling to be with his father, ISCS Rob Ross who is retiring from the US Navy today. Senior Chief Ross joined the Navy when he was 22 and has been in it “longer than he was out of it.” It’s been fun to watch as Alex and his Dad’s paths have crossed while both are in the Navy. Read the rest of this entry

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CT – What If Oklahoma Isn’t Oklahoma Anymore?



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The Congress shall have Power To …regulate Commerce…with the Indian Tribes…

ARTICLE I, SECTION 8, CLAUSE 3

That’s how it always begins. Very small.

A man living in Oklahoma has a girlfriend who has an ex-boyfriend who gets into it with the man. In a gruesome crime, the ex-boyfriend is murdered, his genitals left on his chest on the side of the road. Not being a criminal mastermind, the man, Murphy, is caught. As there is little doubt and much evidence that he did it, he is tried and convicted of capital murder. The sentenced is death.

Not so fast…

The crime was committed by a member of the Creek Nation. The victim was also a Creek. And it appears that the crime was committed on Creek land. That being the case, the state of Oklahoma would have no jurisdiction, it would be a Federal case, requiring a Federal 9not State) prosecution. Because of the laws and agreements with the Tribes, such a crime cannot have a death penalty unless the tribe agrees to it, which they almost never do.

Not so fast… was it on Creek land? The Treaty of 1831 says that it is, but subsequent treaties (1966) make it less than clear. Did Congress intend to take the land where the crime occurred away? Did they actually do it? Did somebody make a big mistake and forget a sentence in a document more than a century ago?

And if it is Creek Land, what does that mean to the State of Oklahoma? What if the State of Oklahoma, as we’ve known and loved it since 1907, isn’t the state of Oklahoma? what if it’s only half the size it is today?

Absurd, you say? That’s not what the 10th Circuit Court says. And depending on how the Supreme Court rules, it might not be so crazy. By next June there might be a new old Territory and fifty percent less of the State of Oklahoma.

It’s Constitution Thursday on The Dave Bowman Show…


 

The Submarine Movie or Gerard Butler Saves The World



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Gerard Butler is an actor. A good actor, in my view. His most recent film, “Hunter Killer,” is about a US Submarine and it’s glorious mission to save the world. look, The Submarine move genre is, obviously, one of my favorite. But… all submarine movies have the same three plot elements. If they don’t have them, they are not a “Submarine Movie,” they are a move with a submarine in it (alá James Bond).

The co-founder of Microsoft and well-known philanthropist Paul Allen passed away on Monday. Within hours, tributes were pouring in from a City that loved him, not just for the Seahawks, and appreciated his generosity and sense of adventure. for me personally, it was his efforts to locate and document shipwrecks which most resonated with me, even though I am writing this on a Microsoft product that I have used and loved for years.

Last year he and his team discovered the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, one of the most tragic and moving stories of a ship and her crew. Like so many, I sat enthralled as the footage rolled by. so many people, sailors and the children and grandchildren of sailors watched as the finally gained some sense of closure.

His passing was felt across the tech world, but nowhere, perhaps, as much as it was here in the PACNORWEST.

Well… except for a few asshats…


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