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May 21, 2012

Willful ignorance, or just how we are?

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TAHLEQUAH —

The online list, undoubtedly compiled by someone who hasn’t actually suffered the indignity of living here, included representative “clip art” for each state. Not surprisingly, Oklahoma’s selection was a tornado. The accompanying text suggests the “flat, barren landscape” might be what’s brought us low, proving conclusively the blurb-writer has never been to the eastern part of the state. But he’s spot-on when he mentions the high poverty rate and alarming lack of health insurance coverage. He (or she, but I’ve decided the writer is a “he”) could have gone further, citing our poorly maintained toll roads, our high rate of smoking, or our rate of obesity (especially in kids), and some of the other things Mike mentions in his column. If the blurb-writer had been keeping abreast of some of the odd goings-on at our statehouse, he’d have more grist for his mill.
Elsewhere on Facebook, someone posted a cartoon from the Tulsa World, which depicts a couple in a car (presumably retirees, because they have the time and money to travel, and the woman is wearing a bun on her head). A road sign reads “Nohomos, Oklahoma.” The man, who is driving, says, “Weird name for a town.” The woman quips, “State motto.”
I reposted the funny, and added, “What you DON’T see in this cartoon is a sign a little down the road for the next town: Webepacken.” 
I was not surprised when another friend private-messaged me: “You’re exaggerating with that ‘packen’ deal and making Okies look bad.”
“How am I exaggerating?” I wrote. “Did the governor NOT just sign an open-carry law?”
“Well, you sounded like you had an attitude about it,” he grumbled textually.
“How does making a joke about Okies constitute an ‘attitude’?” I typed. “I’m just sort of laughing at our own expense – which, as a lifelong Okie, I have a right to do.”

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