Communique No. 3: Rowling, Pussy Riot, and Political “Dafuhs”


Actress Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates won an Oscar for her performance in “Misery.” (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Remember the movieĀ Misery? I confess I haven’t seen the whole thing and have only a basic idea of the plot. The most prominent thing that really comes to mind is that scene where Kathy Bates has the sledgehammer raised over head ready to bring it down on James Caan‘s ankles… yikes. For whatever reason, the gore of Lord of the Rings doesn’t bother me but stuff like that just makes my skin crawl.

Anyway, there’s another scene earlier in the movie where Bates’ character Annie, a nurse, is talking to Caan’s Paul, an author trapped in her home and injured from a car crash during a blizzard; she reveals to him that she is a huge fan of his books but, meekly (at first) and only after being coaxed by Paul, admits she isn’t the biggest fan of all the “swearing” from his characters. So awkward. Continue reading


10 Things I Will, Won’t Miss About Being an ORU Student

My time as an ORU student will end in less than four weeks. What will and won’t I miss? (Photo: Roy-Gene)

In a mere 26 days, I will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If someone had told me that would happen five years ago, I would’ve laughed in his face. On the day of my graduation from high school, I was enrolled in the Honors Program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma, and the idea of attending ORU had never crossed my mind.

When I finished high school, I had actually never heard of Oral Roberts or his university and the first time I set foot on campus in the summer of 2008, I had only a vague idea of the events that had transpired the year before. For the uninitiated, “the events that had transpired” refers to the ouster of Richard Roberts as president, an event I like to call “the Regime Change.”

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Richard Roberts’ DUI: Why Talking About It Is Important

Richard Roberts' mug shot. (Photo: Tulsa County Jail)

Just after midnight last night, Richard Roberts was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on the Creek Turnpike in South Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to a news report from FOX 23, he spent the night in the Tulsa County Jail and was released after posting bail in the amount of $1,100.

Also according to the news report, at the time he was pulled over by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, he was driving 93 miles per hour in a 65 miles per hour zone and a breathalyzer test would reveal his blood alcohol content to be 0.11. The legal limit for drivers is 0.08. Continue reading