Over the past several days the New York City Democratic Congresswoman firebrand Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez has been taken to task by some right wing commentators for the video that has recently been unearthed from years ago that shows her as performing dance steps that are similar to the ones immortalized in the classic john Hughes film “The Breakfast Club” that starred Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald. The lawmaker is often referred to as “AOC” just as certain celebrities and politicians have become known by only their first names.
And it has been observed that if those conservative pundits are upset by her youthful dance moves one can only imagine how apoplectic they will be when she begins introducing proposed legislation in accordance with her stated agenda to reduce inequality in the U.S. On a recent Sunday morning several observant patrons of the upscale Oklahoma City restaurant First Watch noticed a resemblance between Ocasio- Cortez and a smiling waitress at that establishment who is only known by the name of Monique. The lawmaker, who is only 29 years old, and describes herself as a “Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx,” has told of how she was employed in the service and hospitality industry where she tended bar and waited tables in that New York City Borough before her election to Congress. And Monique displayed a friendly and welcoming demeanor that was similar to the ones exhibited by Ms. Ocasio- Cortez in her public appearances during her campaign and since she has taken her seat in the U.S. Congress. While Monique she did not perform any dance steps, the physical grace that she displayed while tending to her customer during a busy morning suggests that she would be able to do so. First Watch dispenses food that is healthier than most other breakfast and lunch places in the Oklahoma City area, and sees fit to list the number of calories contained in each of its menu items appears to have developed a racially and ethnically diverse clientele that is concerned with healthy eating. The formerly rotund proprietor of the establishment, was said to have born a resemblance to the great British actor Sydney Greenstreet before he began a weight loss regimen that included eating many of the items that his place offers. Dabbour, whose face reflects both personal tragedy and success, is a constant presence there where he divides his time with greeting many of his long time patrons and overseeing both his kitchen and wait staff. And he has indicated that he would be proud if any of his employees were to emulate Alexandria Ocassio Cortez and enter public life.
In October of 1963 UN Ambassador Adlai Stevenson was physically attacked by a woman in Dallas after he gave a speech in that city who was carrying a sign that that called for the U.S. to leave that international organization, and that assault prompted one commentator to advise President John Kennedy not to make the visit to Dallas that he and the First Lady had planned for the following month. And a young woman from Oklahoma, Jenan Ayesh, who was wearing a Muslim headscarf, known as a “ hajib,” was recently physically assaulted by a woman in Dallas in a similar act of violent intolerance. .In a press conference in Oklahoma City convened by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations, which is known as “CAIR,” Ayesh, who is 33 years old and is a native of Enid, Oklahoma, explained that she and members of her family were celebrating the holiday’s at the Reunion Tower in Dallas, a female assailant hit her, pulled her headscarf off, and told her to “go back to your country.” The victim poignantly told of how she specifically lamented the fact that the attack was witnessed by both her mother and her daughter, and that she told her attacker “that I am an American Muslim.” In response to a query from a media representative, Ayesh told of how she was in pain after the event, and went to a hospital for medical treatment. She further revealed that the event began when the attacker made some disparaging comments to her mother, and that the physical attack began after she did so. And while Ayesh asked the woman to move along, she responded with cursing and blows to her head. Many other people were present, and disconcertingly several of them sought to comfort the attacker rather than Ayesh and her family. “Its Ok sweetie,” the attacker was told by one bystander.
Adam Soltani, who is the Executive Director of CAIR- Oklahoma, told the assembled media representatives that the attack was the result of the “Islamaphobia” that is present in American society today, and faulted commentators and political leaders who encourage it. He further said that the Dallas chapter of CAIR is also looking into the incident and is contact with the Dallas Police Department as well. Veronica Laizure, Civil Rights Director of CAIR Oklahoma, expressed sorrow that the nation was experiencing hate crimes of that type, and asked Ayesh to join with her to celebrate a “world hajib day” that will be celebrated at some future date. She also told of how similar acts of intolerance have taken place in Oklahoma.
“I want her to go to school instead of jail,” Adlai Stevenson was reported to have said after he was assaulted when he was asked if he thought that his female attacker should be incarcerated. And Jenan Ayesh displayed a similar forgiveness when she told another reporter that the only sanction that she wanted to have imposed on her attacker was the knowledge that she had hurt her and her family and that “she did not have to be afraid of me.”
In “The Mirage Factory,” which chronicles the emergence of Los Angeles into a major American city, author Gary Krist details how the development of sound in films altered the movie industry in a dramatic way. Moving pictures, originally known as “flickers” were first made primarily on the East Coast in New York City and neighboring locales, including Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, and were considered to be unworthy of the work of serious stage performers, and when Cecil B. DeMille , who was a Broadway actor, decided to enter the world of film he was urged not to by his brother William who worried that his doing so would tarnish the DeMille family’s good name in the theatrical world. But as told in a recent biography of DeMille he fortunately ignored that advise and while he initially intended to begin production in Arizona where Oklahoma cowboy Tom Mix was making popular movies, he got off of the train that was transporting him in Los Angeles since he had performed on stage there and concluded it’s weather was conducive to filming. The first movies that were made in Hollywood, Krist reminds us, were very humble undertakings that were made in public places and unused buildings. But D.W. Griffith , who in 1910 was affiliated with the small Biograph Studio in the Big Apple, persuaded the new president of that entity to allow him to take thirty actors and crew members to Los Angeles, and Krist writes “Biograph had come West, and the nascent movie industry had come with it.” Griffith would go on to make the classic film “Birth of a Nation” which despite its racism and sympathetic portrayal of the Klu Klux Klan resulted in film being perceived as a legitimate art form and may have been the first movie shown in the White House. And soon Los Angeles was home to movie starts such as Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Oklahoma resident Buster Keaton and others who were often making sophisticated films that had artistic merit such as Keaton’s “The General” and Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush.”
When sound first emerged in films in 1927, in the “Jazz Singer” that starred singer Al Jolson, film critic Robert Sherwood wrote in “ Life Magazine” that “I, for one, realized that the end of the silent era was in sight.” But that was not a unanimous conclusion, the author details, and some commentators lamented the fact that talking distracted attention from the actors on screen, and one studio mogul dismissed talking pictures as a fad that audiences would soon grow tired of. Yet soon even bad films that featured actors speaking were generating revenues for their makers, and people were calling theaters to ask if the movies being shown there were “talkies,” and attendance at silent films fell off dramatically. And just as IT people have become a formidable presence in offices today, the author writes of how sound engineers became powerful forces on all film sets. Very often the microphones they installed were concealed in tables and other pieces of furniture and actors were filmed standing in close proximity to them to ensure that their words were heard. Several stars failed to successfully make the transition to sound and faded into a painful obscurity. And is it possible that today’s film stars will in time be replaced by pixel images that are computer generated?
Wayne Hansen Of Old School Bagel Cafe
In a recent article in the Washington Post, a prosecutor from the Watergate era who was legally pursuing then President Richard Nixon told of how he and several of his colleagues from New York City lamented the absence of quality bagels in Washington D.C. in that time and how one of Nixon’s attorney’s, Len Garment, thoughtfully brought them a bag of bagels from the Big Apple after he spent a weekend there visiting relatives. And residents of Oklahoma City are not dependent on the kindness of others when they wish to partake of bagels but can devour them from a variety of locales that bear the name “The Old School Bagel Café.” The flagship of that operation is situated in Quail Plaza strip shopping center on the intersection of May and Hefner Avenues, and an imaginative variety of bagels are dispensed there that include French toast and chocolate chip and other flavors that are probably unique to Oklahoma City . It has been reported that an actual Santa Claus has made appearances there on several different occasions recently, and greeted children with warmth and also has given them small candy canes. While some have disparaged those sightings as possibly being the result of the strong drink that some imbibe this time of year, a photo of that Santa was memorialized in a cell phone photo and is now said to be found on the Old School Bagel Café’s website. It has also been reported that he made such appearances in previous Christmas seasons. Interestingly, that Santa is shown in that photo sitting alone at one of the metal tables that are in front of that store, and it has been suggested that if he were real he would have been photographed with others present. The operator and co-owner of that establishment, the genial and welcoming Wayne Hansen, has told his patrons of how it was formerly the location of a movie theater, and that some of them viewed a version of “ A Christmas Carol” that starred the late Alec Guinness there in the early years of the seventh decade of the recently concluded century. A smiling Hansen has also spoken of the appearance of Santa there but since he smiles most of the time it is not clear if he is serious when he tells of that alleged occurence.
In recent days large billows of smoke have ascended into the heavens from night time bonfires on the banks of the Mississippi River in Southern Louisiana, and those fires are lit to assist the Cajun Santa Claus, “Papa Noel” to navigate his sleigh to the homes of the French speaking children who reside along the bayou. And the smoke that is rising from an outdoor broiler at the adjacent Norick’s True Value Hardware Store may be indicative of an emerging Oklahoma City holiday tradition in which that place’s owner and operator, Lance Norick, cooks celebratory fare for his customers and employees. And it is possible that the wisps of smoke from Norick’s outdoor cooking and the arrival of Santa Claus at the bagel shop may herald the beginning of Oklahoma City Christmas traditions that people will recall with fondness in the years to come.
Arlita Harris of Immigrant Center Facility At Western Oaks Nazarene Church.
Amidst all of the ongoing discussion of the president’s plan for a wall with Mexico, some Oklahomans are in a sense seeking to building bridges to Hispanic and other immigrants through a program designed to help them learn English as a second language without cost and also offering to assist those who are holders of permanent resident cards who are eligible to became U.S. Citizens. Those programs will be offered through two Christian houses of worship , The Immigrant Connection located in the May Avenue Wesleyan Church on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, at 11:00 AM and the Immigration Center Facility located within the Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, January 12th, 2019, at 9:30 AM or 1:00 PM. Arlita Harris, who is the executive director of the Immigration Center at the latter church, explained that the attendees will receive an orientation at those times that will assess their current command of English and placed in classes that will begin the week of January 14th, 2019 that will take place twice a week for a period of eight weeks at each church location for a period of 2.5 hours. All the classes, materials, and legal assistance will be provided without cost to the participants. Holders of U.S. permanent residence cards can file for U.S. citizenship after they have held them for five years and if they are married to US citizens they can apply after only three years. But they are required to demonstrate a proficiency in spoken English when they are interviewed by immigration officers for citizenship, and the classes offered will work to provide them with the degree of fluency required. Those students will also receive assistance in the completing of the citizenship application as well. Under the leadership of Harris, the Immigration Center affiliated with her church has provided extensive services to immigrants in the Oklahoma City area including a forum that included a presentation from attorney Melissa Lujan, who formerly served as the chair for Immigration Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association, in which they were told of their legal rights when dealing with the relevant federal authorities, and also the steps that some of them may be eligible to take to obtain lawful resident status in the U.S. Harris, who served for several years as the librarian at the African Nazarene University in Nairobi Kenya, and is now a councilwoman on the Bethany City Council, often quotes the biblical injunction that directs that “strangers be welcomed” and she believes that this new program, which is funded in part by a grant from USCIS to Oklahoma City University to train English as a second language teachers, is in accordance with that requirement.
Representative Colin Walke Meeting With His Constituents.
In the United Kingdom there is a time honored tradition of members of Parliament meeting their constituents in gatherings that are known as “surgeries.” Where that term originated is not known, but has been in common usage for some time, and biographies of British political leaders often reference how they become aware of issues of concern to their constituents through such gatherings. . And Oklahoma City Democratic Representative Collin Walke held such a meeting at a private room in the Higher Grounds Coffee Shop on Saturday , December 15th, 2018 with a group of his concerned and well informed constituents . His wife, the Reverend Lori Walke, was also in attendance.
He explained that as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives he is authorized to submit a total of eight legislative proposals and that he has submitted proposed bills that would require insurance companies to provide coverage for alternatives to opiates if such alternatives are available. In addition, the lawmaker wishes to reinstate the earned income tax credit for low income Oklahomans.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services currently has in place a requirement that minors who have had their parental terminated have guardians appointed for them . Walke has submitted a proposed bill would prohibit the appointment of guardians for young people whose parents have had their parental rights terminated.
The legislator explained that he has long been concerned about the fact that treatment for autism ends at the age of 15 in Oklahoma , and he has introduced proposed legislation that would raise the age to 18.
Court reporters are currently state employees , but they did not receive the pay raise that other state employees recently got, and the fair minded and thoughtful Walke would like for them to receive a raise as well, and one of his proposed bills would grant them such an increase .
He told of how he has had long conversation with the staff of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council and that have of the budget of the state’s district attorneys comes from the fees and costs that are assessed on criminal defendants, and that he believes that the amount of funds appropriated to them should be increased as a result. He also wondered if the Tulsa and Oklahoma County prosecutors office could assist their rural counterparts with funding and other services.
He spoke with conviction of the need for criminal justice system reform, and said that many stakeholders are in favor of it. Walke, who is an attorney, has an impressive record of settling cases in mediation and perhaps for that reason he indicated that he would like to meet with all of the relevant parties to the criminal justice debate and have them to ascertain what reforms are possible by agreement. He wanted to introduce a measure to raise Oklahoma’s minimum wage, he explained, but said that he has been advised that another legislator is doing so.
In response to a question as to whether or not Medicaid will be extended to low income Oklahoman’s during the upcoming legislative session, he said that there is a group of citizens that will work to have it placed on the ballot as a constitutional measure if it is not approved by the Legislature in the upcoming session . In response to another inquiry, he said that committee assignments have yet to be made by the Democratic Party leaders in the House, but that he has indicated to the leadership that he is interested in serving on several different legislative committees, including Insurance, Judiciary, Budget and several others. As the meeting concluded, Walke thanked the attendees for their interest, and said that he looked forward to further meetings, and that his door is always open to them.
The Zimbabwean community of Oklahoma City came together at the evening of Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at the home of Walter and Celia Damiso. The occasion was the graduation of the Damiso’s daughter, Gamuchirai Hativagone, from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio and her admission to the Texas Bar. Wearing a black tee shirt that read “ Black Lawyers Matter,” Hativagone greeted the guests in both the Shona language of Zimbabwe and English in a spirited and hospitable manner and embraced many of the young children who were present. Walter Damiso was admitted to the U.S. as a refugee from Zimbabwe years ago, and the pride he took in his daughter’s accomplishment was evident as he showed a video of her law school graduation and the ceremony that admitted her to the Texas Bar. In keeping with Zimbabwean tradition, copious amounts of food and drink were served after a Christian prayer was said that included tasty South African sausages known as “boerewors.” A film was shown of the “Graceland” concert that a young Paul Simon performed in 1987 with several African musicians in Rufaro Soccer Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe, including singer Mariam Makeba and trumpeter Hugh Masekala and the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and sang songs from the album of that name that was made by Simon. That outdoor event brought many of Simon’s fans from South Africa to Zimbabwe, and the media coverage and subsequent film showed many black and white attendees enjoying Simon and the other artists music and served to ease racial tensions in Southern Africa, and several years later the white electorate of South Africa voted to end the system of apartheid that had denied political rights to that nation’s black majority. Damiso said that he was in attendance at that event, and recalled the joyous and optimistic spirit that it generated. A video was shown of Zimbabwean singer Oliver Mtukuzi which prompted several of the guests to push a coffee table to the side of the room so that they could dance to his music in an expressive manner, and it was explained that Mtukuzi was responsible for the development of “Tuku Music,” and that he has on occasion performed in Dallas, Texas, to sold out crowds. Hativagone explained that she likes residing in San Antonio and that her brother lives in the Austin. She works for a firm in that city and is interested in the field of immigration law and that she would like to assist those who are currently being detained by U.S immigration officials. And the young attorney also said that she and her family are grateful to Oklahoma for the opportunities it has provided to them.