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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Gov. Mary Fallin

‘Inspiration’ point

A recent public radio feature inspired Gov. Mary Fallin’s inaugural address.


News

Clifton Adcock
When Fallin gave her inaugural speech on Jan. 10, she concluded with an anecdote about her meeting Ed Vezey, a World War II veteran from Moore, who is believed to be the last living Oklahoman who was a crew member on the USS Oklahoma when the ship was attacked and sunk at Pearl Harbor.
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pass the pitcher

Play the CFN Oklahoma Legislature drinking game!


CFN

Gazette staff
Those looking to get their drink on by heading over to the corner Stop and Rob convenience store for their favorite poison may have to wait a little longer.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

‘Swing’ sets

Oklahoma’s most-likely-official gospel song is all over the Internets

 Remember the legislative showdown over The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” being named the state of Oklahoma’s official rock song?

Yeah, nothing like that happened Monday when the state House voted unanimously (they can agree on something?!?) to name “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” as Oklahoma’s official gospel song. Now it’s all up to Gov. Mary Fallin to make it happen.

Interestingly, the 1862 African-American spiritual was not performed before the vote, although Rep. Jabar Shumate of Tulsa was asked to give a quick rendition. He declined.

That’s weird, because according to YouTube, just about everyone else has. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most notable — and please note that does not necessarily mean the best:

Some guy recorded it at double-speed:, which seems a tad disrespectful. From heaven, Harriet Tubman is wagging a finger in shame:




Hipsters, it’s totally cool for you to like the song, because Zooey Deschanel curled her lovely pipes around it:




It was covered in 2003 by UB40 to promote the Rugby World Cup, because somehow, rugby equals freedom from slavery. (Has any major-label act recorded more covers than UB40? Just curious.)


Diabetics, beware: Cedarmont Kids’ version may send you into sugar shock. Did the director not get the song’s point when he herded all the children in a caged wagon?



Johnny Cash could sing the Pull A Part ad jingle and make it sound heavy with meaning: 




Tay Zonday, aka the “Chocolate Rain” guy, pulls it off well, because I didn’t laugh once:




Our all-time favorite version is actually a partial one: Chevy Chase’s in “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” right before he tells Rusty to move his stinky feet. We couldn’t find that clip on YouTube, but this guy referenced it. Nice voice, sir; next time, may I suggest a comb? 




—Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 04.28.2011 3 years ago
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Hint This


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Take a hint: Syndicated columnist and lifestyle guru Heloise answers all your home-care questions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Oklahoma City Marriott, 3233 Northwest Expressway.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Let’s start over


Commentary

Kyle D. Loveless
Please stop me if you have heard this one before: There is an allegation of abuse, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services sends in investigators, the child is placed in foster care, then after an uncertain amount of time, placed back into the same hellhole of abuse they were removed from.
 
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
 
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