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Buffalo in Field

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This is from a visit to the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, several years ago. I really should take the old 35mm out more often…

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August 2, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Daniel Tosh Ridiculing Tulsa

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http://soundcloud.com/thetulsandotcom/daniel-tosh-ridiculing-tulsa The audio is great, but you should see the audience absolutely burst out laughing in agreement. Best would be if he were telling you right to your faces! But there you go, it is what it is.

Justin Bieber thought he could play you Tulsans like chumps

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Was the hottest pop star in history in T-town recently? He was? Really? How about that! Totally missed that.

Yes, he was, and apparently he was quite the punk. The wild child would not be dissuaded by Oklahoma’s liquor laws, and was giving the crew at the Mayo quite the hard time. The demands started early in the morning and continued until ohhhhhh about three thirty AM!

The Beeb missed a critical aspect of his quest, neglecting to ask CHICKS for help. The dudes were just not willing to risk jail time for the rapidly-getting-weirder heartthrob. No one told him that his schtick does not work on guys! And does he only roll with children? Surprising that he does not have a goto man for his booze like he does for his smokey-smoke?

His peeps also forgot to tell him that marijuana – aka Mary Jane, weed, reefer – is still quite illegal everywhere in ‘America’ except for Colorado and Washington states. Unclear exactly what transpired on this front except that the Mayo’s stick-in-the-mud management had some words with Beebs about all this rank smoke billowing out of his suite.

Will Beiber find it in his heart to forgive this wretched backwater of banality the outrage of not being liquored up? How powerful is his addiction to the wicked weed? Was this his final visit?

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March 15, 2013 at 10:23 am

Zoanette Johnson is the hottest Tulsan in the world right now: FOX23 hates that

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Creaky American Idol has picked the Tulsan with The Mostest to be an Amazon habilitation specialist! And by Amazon we mean larger than life Zoanette Johnson!

Putatively from a city awash with the most musical hipness this side of Enid, the snobs must hate that she was chosen. But we say a star is born! First, Ms. Johnson’s clownish performance had everyone in stitches. Plus, the girl honestly has some real lungs and decent pitch.

Inexplicably, outside of a passing mention on the blog of the Tulsa World blog, her nomination to the final twenty girls – a huge dream to millions upon millions of girls – has not been mentioned by the local media! Can you believe that?

The snobs are such snobs in this place! While Fox 23 has time to publish ‘Life after American Idol’ stories on rejects, Ms. Johnson’s unlikely ascension is neglected!
At least the other three local television franchises have network loyalties to watch out for, but Et Tu, FOX23?

Already vote for the worse activists are pegging her for an early favorite, if she survives. Of course she will embarrass her home city for just a few weeks more, and then the haters can relax. I keep telling you: our local media are absolutely a clubby group of preppies who think they are important because of who they are and what they do. They are sorority chicks and frat boys, and that is not Zoanette, and they hate her.

You go, girl! You show these haters!

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February 17, 2013 at 12:19 am

UnhappyFranchisee.com asks: ‘Tulsa World: Intentionally Deceptive or Exceedingly Lazy?’

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Well, THAT would depend greatly upon whose opinion one asks, apparently; most Tulsans would say both, which is the same conclusion UnhappyFranchisee.com [UF.C] reveals in its devastating research into Beautiful Brands International. This is a great piece of independent reporting by the brave bloggers over at UF.C, building a case for journalistic malpractice that spans nigh on a decade. Striking hard early with a mountain of documentation, UF.C ends his examination by brutally wondering why Laurie Winslow or John Stancavage’s heads are not rolling over thar at the World. UF.C catches them copy-pasting TYPOS from press releases, for crying out loud!

Ultimately, the question is asked: ‘Does Tulsa World and parent World Publishing, Inc. care that its publication is being used as a press release mill and propaganda pipeline by questionable companies, or is that practice in accordance with the World Publishing Code of Ethics?’ Inasmuch as the Tulsa World used its own paper to lobby for a private airline of which it was the primary stakeholder (Great Plains Airlines), ultimately leaving the City of Tulsa in $7,000,000 in debt to the private bank of its richest citizen, the Tulsa World really has no ethics, really, does it?

Given David Rutkauskas’ age, he is undoubtedly part of the Old School network of corrupt insiders and their ilk, with the bloggers at the shat-end of the decision-making tree, merely going through the motions. Tulsa is lousy with clubs and cliques, and the World has -given the Great Plains debacle – forever ruined any pretense of journalism. In fact, the entirety of Tulsa media are one great big public relations arm for the police state, the socialists at the Chamber, and the fraternal cliques that run this town. Thank you, UF.C, for helping expose one single, glaring example of how Tulsa runs.

Tulsa World Perpetuating the Beautiful Brands Success Myth Since 2003: Intentionally deceptive, exceedingly lazy, or both?

Tulsa World, it seems to us, routinely publishes company-submitted press release content as its own, original content. In our opinion, Tulsa World not only fails to fact-check, proofread or verify the accuracy of the press release content it publishes, its staff continues to reprint the same false and deceptive statements even after they have been provided with proof of their inaccuracy. In the opinion of UnhappyFranchisee.Com, Tulsa World just doesn’t seem to care about journalistic ethics nor providing its reader with accurate information. We’re not sure whether Tulsa World and its business editor, John Stancavage, are intentionally deceptive, exceedingly lazy, or both.

In a November 25, 2012 column supposedly written by World Staff Writer Laurie Winslow, Tulsa World credited Beautiful Brands International with developing and successfully launching a list of “worldwide, franchised brands” that included Camille’s Sidewalk Café, Rex’s Chicken, Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery, Roxberry Juice Co., Smallcakes A Cupcakery, MyCamille’s and Hard Knox Pizzeria.
On December 12, 2012, UnhappyFranchisee.Com wrote to both writer Laurie Winslow and Tulsa World Business Editor John Stancavage to inform them that these are in no way “worldwide, franchised brands.”

In fact, Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery and Hard Knox Pizzeria are single-unit shops with no franchises. Rex’s Chicken has 2 locations. Roxberry Juice Co. and Smallcakes A Cupcakery each have 8 domestic locations. MyCamille’s is not even a business; It appears to be the name of the Camille’s Café franchisee intranet. And Camille’s Sidewalk Café, long touted as a success story by Tulsa World, is down to 32 domestic locations, having closed more than 70 franchises in recent years.

(In 2003, Tulsa World stated that BBI’s founders are “focused on opening more than 600 [Camille’s] franchises coast to coast by the end of 2004” and that they “have 135 franchises in different stages of development.” As far as we can tell, the founders opened no more than about 106 Camille’s franchises and most of them have failed.) Despite this correction, on December 16, 2012, Tulsa World again published a BBI press release as original content, including BBI’s list of “worldwide, franchised brands” that included Camille’s Sidewalk Café, Rex’s Chicken, Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery, Roxberry Juice Co., Smallcakes A Cupcakery, MyCamille’s and Hard Knox Pizzeria.

This time they added a new “worldwide, franchised brand” to the list: NYPD Pizzeria. Tulsa World failed to mention that NYPD Pizzeria is not worldwide (it does not have a single international location), was founded by a convicted con-artist now serving time in Federal prison, or that the NYPD Pizzeria has closed 60% of its locations in recent years.

The Case for “Intentionally Deceptive”
On November 18, 2012, staff writer Laurie Winslow wrote the headline “BBI to franchise coffee and tea concept at Camille’s.”

Ms. Winslow seemed to be bending over backward to give the impression that BBI is now franchising the international Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf concept. The truth is that a single, local Camille’s location is brewing Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffee (through a Keurig system, according to one source) and maybe retailing a few Coffee Bean branded products as a test. BBI is clearly not “franchising” the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf “concept” as Ms. Winslow states. Could such an obvious deception not be intentional?

The Case for “Exceedingly Lazy”
Tulsa World, it seems, even plagiarizes typographical errors.

In its December 16, 2012 “FYI Business” section under the headline “FreshBerry expands in Middle East, Venezuela,” Tulsa World staff supposedly wrote “Rutkauskas said he hopes to continue the incredible growth of the FreshBerry brand with eight more stores openings…” [sic Emphasis ours] 16 days earlier, on November 30, 2012, QSR magazine published the same text in its story: “Rutkauskas said he hopes to continue the incredible growth of the FreshBerry brand with eight more stores openings…” [sic Emphasis ours] Even the typo “eight more stores openings” was apparently plagiarized from a BBI press release without attribution. So not only does it appear that Tulsa World is too lazy to do its own writing, but it’s too lazy to proofread as well.

Should Tulsa World Fire Laurie Winslow? John Stancavage?
On July 12, 2011, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star fired its longtime metro columnist, Steve Penn, for doing what it appears Tulsa World’s Laurie Winslow is doing on a regular basis: publishing press releases verbatim in a bylined column. According to Allan Wolper, a professor of journalism at Rutgers University, “last July, Penn fired back, filing his suit against the Star and corporate owner, McClatchy Newspapers, Inc., alleging his editors knew all about his pilfering and that plagiarizing press releases was common practice at the paper.”

The Kansas City (Mo.) Star adamantly denies Penn’s claim. Such an admission would damage the reputation and call into question the integrity of the newspaper. In a recent article entitled Ethics Corner: The News Hole Is No Place For PR Copy, Professor Wolper wrote:
“Lifting press releases verbatim and publishing them without attribution is a sin against readers. It is a violation of the public trust that media love to talk about. It gives the impression that the paper is not an independent voice. It calls into question every other story in the paper.”

It appears undeniable that Tulsa World writers and editors are publishing the press releases of BBI (Beautiful Brands International) verbatim. If you Google a quote or key phrase from the stories linked to above, you will likely see up to a dozen websites (like Yahoo News, QSR, Fast Casual) that have published the same story, using the same text, same executive quotes, same unverified sales figures, etc. as Tulsa World.

The question is: Does Tulsa World and parent World Publishing, Inc. care that its publication is being used as a press release mill and propaganda pipeline by questionable companies, or is that practice in accordance with the World Publishing Code of Ethics?

The answer is, once again, no, because, in our opinion, they have no ethical core. Anything scribbled on a sheet of toilet paper by a monkey in a zoo will have more journalistic ethics than the Tulsa World, or for any one in the Tulsa media, for that matter.

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December 18, 2012 at 1:39 am

This pic of a December Sunset over Zink Lake took years to capture

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December Sunset over Zinc Lake Because timing is everything, and getting to the Pedestrian Bridge at the right time of day during the winter hours, and getting the sunset just right, and not having any wind… Long story short, you will never ever get anything close to a shot this great of Zink Lake with downtown lurking behind it.

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December 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Rhema lights still the best Christmas thing going here in Pottersville, but who really cares?

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I have not been posting much here because posting information online about Tulsa is no longer fun or interesting, and I have so little free time that until I figure out another angle to blogument from there is a strong repulsion from putting content out there. Up until April, 2011, I was a serious Tulsa booster, ready to promote and say laudatory things about Tulsa. Of course, that all changed after I was almost killed when I was rear-ended by a texting driver, then falsely arrested, tortured, and perjured against by a fine outstanding member of your wicked Tulsa Police Department. That all has the same effect of having your beloved wife introduce you to her boyfriend who beats you up, pees on you, then sends you a bill.

Blogging about Tulsa news is now basically like using the last name of your abusive spouse long after the marriage is over. I promoted Tulsa unashamedly for over a decade and for what? To be victimized and to know that my abusers are not held to account while a good chunk of my soul is destroyed to never be restored. Every perusal of news stories is a reminder of how wicked Tulsa is. So, no, I do not feel inclined to post here very often. I tried to brush it off and try to move forward like nothing happened but I cannot. The injustice is too great and the damage too real to just pretend like nothing happened.

This is not to say I am not thankful for all I have, because I am so thankful, so grateful and blessed. But, again, I cannot continue business as usual. Until justice is served I can only tell you that Tulsa is ruled by wicked people and populated for the most part by cowardly, self-centered zombies. Just like the rest of America. Tulsa is not special and in most ways worse than many places in this once great nation. There are not a few bad apples, there are only a few good people left. Most of us that are awake are just lying in bed, Like the rest of America things are changing and the genteel, polite Tulsa of yesterday is a complete and utter fiction. Everyone feels it and senses the Change but wants to pretend everything is normal, at best, and worse yet are those who are mesmerized by all the diabolical diversions available to us. The overwhelming majority of people are giggling facsimiles of adults enslaved to perpetual infantility, adult children at war with their own children for toys and attention.

Wherever you are do not even consider moving to Tulsa or even visiting here. Take your chances anywhere else before coming to this pussboil of corruption and evil. BUT if you must be here for the blessed Christmas season, spend some time out at Rhema in Broken Arrow. The millions of lights and vibe and unadulterated non-commercialization of their light show is a breath of fresh air and more than worth the drive.

PROTIPS FOR RHEMA: 1. Avoid the incredibly long line of cars by entering through the back. 2. Bring something to sit on.

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December 3, 2012 at 9:56 am