Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gary Dumas: The Fayetteville/Elk City Connection

Posted By on Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

In a way, you might say that Dan Coody is responsible for the advancement of collective bargaining in Oklahoma, simply for hiring Gary Dumas the first place.

And Lioneld Jordan, in a way, could claim equal credit because he fired him and made him available for the job - from which he subsequently got fired.

Well, no, you really couldn’t. But still, there is this little, tiny bit of connection.

There has been some quibbling lately over just who does what in City Hall under the Jordan administration, , and as to who actually runs the city - Mayor Lioneld Jordan, or an unelected, appointed manager, in the form of his Chief of Staff, Don Marr.

Fayetteville Mayor’s Race Gets Personal

http://5newsonline.com/2012/08/16/fayetteville-mayors-race-gets-personal/

According to the article on the site:

“I was asked who I had as chief of staff or, if I were elected, who I would hire for that position,” Coody said. “Many people are surprised to learn that this position never existed until it was created for this administration.”

That is ridiculous,” Jordan said Thursday evening. “I want to be absolutely clear to the public: That is not a new position. I did not create a new position. The position was there when Dan Coody was mayor, but he called it chief of operations. I simply changed the name to chief of staff.”

Jordan has also countered that, no matter what the title, Gary Dumas (whom he terminated in 2009) served much the same function for Comrade Coody himnself, when he served under him.

I suppose that instead of asking Coody and Jordan what the duties of Marr and Dumas entailed, they could ask them, instead of simply taking the word of opposing political candidates . . .

But anyway . . .

After his departure from Fayetteville, Dumas eventually ended up in Elk City, oklahoma, where he took up the mantle of City Manager.

In August of 2011, the City Elders of the Dark Heart of America took it upon themselves, in a 3-2 vote, to unceremoniously remove Dumas from his position, without a word of explanation to the public.

In a piece from from an Elk City newspaper:

http://thedailyelkcitian.com/elk-city-oklahoma-top-stories/430-chapter-president-says-union-formed-after-dumas-firing

For the police officers of Elk City, no matter their political beliefs, this was an eye-opener. Clearly, they needed to work together to protect their jobs.

So they formed a Fraternal Order of Police Chapter in order to to protect their collective bargaining rights.

In Oklahoma.

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In the meantime, gun crimes increase in Fayetteville, though you wouldn't know it from the debate over parking

We’re just not gonna do this, are we?

Talk about guns on the campaign trail in Fayetteville? We ain’t gonna talk about the senseless shootings that have happened, in an increasing number, in this city?

No.

We’re gonna talk about how pretty we are. We’ll exalt our “progressiveness” and our plans for the future.

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KFSM and the art of political sycophancy

Congressman Steve Womack appeared on KFSM (Channel 5) last week, and The Scowling One was in rare form; he even tried out a grimace that may have been an attempt at a smile, as he worked his Dark Lord magic, mesmerizing poor Darren Bobb, hinting darkly at the possible “political decisions” Over the possible removal of the 188th Fighter Wing, then going on to talk about all the jobs bills the GOP Congress had created, but were thwarted by the other side, as if somehow the “other side” were not actually Americans, but foes within our ranks.

At the end of the interview, Bobb exclaimed that he wished they had had another 30 minutes.

Why? So The Scowling One could run over you again? So you could sit there and not ask even one question when he says something that demands a question?

http://5newsonline.com/2012/08/15/video-188th-caught-in-political-decision-congressmen-plan-public-meeting/

Perhaps instead of being so sycophantic where Womack is concerned, TV stations should actually insist that he answer some basic questions when he comes on?

Of course, that would probably mean he wouldn’t come on anymore . . .

But would that be any great loss? Really? When he only comes on to use you in the first place?

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Quote of the Day

What does it indicate that we pass suffering in the streets without noticing it - see human misery, destitution, degradation, and not heed it? - William Ellery Channing

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