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November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Proclamation from 1789 is Timely for 2013

OK-SAFE, Inc. – November 28, 2013 is Thanksgiving Day in this country.

The bible defines thanksgiving as gratitude. Accordingly, we have much to be grateful for – God’s blessing are numerous, as evidenced in nature, in our lives and surroundings.  May we daily recognize the blessings bestowed upon us by our Heavenly Father.

Happy Thanksgiving

Our most important blessing is the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Through Him we have redemption, and a life and liberty that no government can take from us, try as they might.

1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation
Issued by President George Washington

PROCLAMATION by the President of the United States of America:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war -for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
GO. WASHINGTON.
[Source: The Papers of George Washington]

This country used to be governed by men of character and faith, as George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation indicates.  May his sentiments continue to be an example for us today.

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November 22, 2013

Take Back Your Power video showing Saturday – Claremore, OK

OK-SAFE, Inc. – There will be a video showing of the documentary Take Back Your Power from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Claremore Community Center, 2301 N. Sioux, Claremore, OK.

See details below:

Take Back Your Power flyer

 

 

November 16, 2013

Coming to Oklahoma? National Popular Vote and Convention of States?

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Things are already percolating for Oklahoma’s upcoming 2014 legislative session.  And it  looks like the ol’ Constitution is being targeted for reform…again.

Just a heads up on a couple of items being proposed for the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

I. Popular Vote

NPVtitlebanner_940It is reported that Rep. Don Armes and Sen. Rob Johnson are considering legislation that would modify the electoral college system and adopt a national popular vote for electing the President.
This information is from a legislator approached by the lobbyist promoting the idea.

Here’s the group (we believe) pushing the adoption of a National Popular Vote:

According to their website they have 10 jurisdictions already on board.

Over 50% of the Way to Activating the National Popular Vote Bill – August 8, 2012
The National Popular Vote bill has now been signed into law in 10 jurisdictions possessing 136 electoral votes — 50.4% of the 270 electoral votes needed to bring the National Popular Vote interstate compact into effect.

  • District of Columbia – 3 electoral votes
  • Hawaii – 4 electoral votes
  • Illinois – 20 electoral votes
  • Maryland – 10 electoral votes
  • Massachusetts – 11 electoral votes
  • New Jersey – 14 electoral votes
  • Washington – 12 electoral votes
  • Vermont – 3 electoral votes
  • California – 55 electoral votes
  • Rhode Island – 4 electoral votes

This call to do away with/modify the electoral college and go with a popular vote comes up from time to time.  This time the effort seems pretty well organized.  They even have some current and former elected officials on board.

Below are various explanations of the Electoral College process.  [This is not necessarily an endorsement of these organizations – they just happen to have pretty good explanations of the electoral system.]

From JBS: http://www.jbs.org/news/national-popular-vote-would-end-states-role-in-elections-for-president

II. Convention of States

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There is also a general call being floated around for a Convention of States, promoted by Citizens for Self Governance. Such a call would require 34 states to pass legislation calling for such a Convention. From their website: “Rather than calling a convention for a specific amendment, Citizens for Self-Governance (CSG) has launched the Convention of the States Project to urge state legislatures to properly use Article V to call a convention for a particular subject—reducing the power of Washington, D.C.”

It is good to be prepared – you might be good to study up on both issues ahead of session.

The first day of the OK Legislative session is Monday, February 3rd, 2014.  Deadlines for filing bills is in December 2013.

November 8, 2013

PSO Plans for Full AMI (SmartMeter) Deployment

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Prepare to be sick:  Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) leadership has approved the full AMI (Smart Meter) deployment across their 30,000 sq. mile service territory.  This means another 522,000 smart meters are coming to a neighborhood near you.

AMI – “Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is an architecture for automated, two-way communication between a smart utility meter with an IP address and a utility company.  The goal of an AMI is to provides utility companies with real-time data about power consumption and allow customers to make informed choices about energy usage based on the price at the time of use.   AMI is seen as an important part of any smart grid initiative.”
Smart Meter

Below is the message sent from Howard Ground of AEP to OK House members on November 8, 2013:

PSO Plans for Full AMI Deployment

AEP’s executive leadership team has approved full deployment of its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program across PSO’s 30,000 square mile service territory. The project is contingent on regulatory approval, which will be filed in January of 2014. The $120 million project is slated to start in late 2014. 

AMI utilization across PSO will include modern upgrades to PSO’s existing infrastructure including the replacement of 522,000 meters with advanced digital meters over a three year period. The result will mean greater benefits for customers. Potential benefits include:

· Accessible account information – energy use and price information will be accessible by customers via an on-line web portal.

· Enhanced energy management – data available to customers will empower them to more effectively control energy use. In addition, customers will be able to participate in voluntary energy efficiency and demand reduction programs.

· Improved outage restoration – remote connection abilities will enable PSO to detect pocket outages, leading to more efficient response times.

· Enhanced customer service – quicker response to services including remote meter reading and service connections performed within seconds.

The AMI portion of the gridSMART program has already been implemented in Owasso, Sand Springs, Okmulgee, and at the University of Tulsa campus. A total of 31,500 advanced digital meters were installed.

“This program has helped many customers in our pilot areas control their energy usage and has led to greater customer service and increased customer satisfaction,” said Derek Lewellen, manager gridSMART and MRO.

But customers aren’t the only ones benefiting from the cutting-edge technology. There are many benefits to PSO as well including fewer trips made to access customer facilities and more efficient outage restoration.

“We are already planning the implementation phase of the project, which includes working with vendors to ensure a smooth transition,” said Lewellen. “We are excited to expand this program, allowing more customers to benefit from the technology.”

To voice your opposition to this planned deployment you may wish to contact the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. 

 

OCC Street Address
2101 North Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

OCC Mailing Address
P.O. Box 52000
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-2000
(405) 521-2211

Tulsa Office
440 S. Houston Ave., Suite 114
Tulsa, OK 74127
(918) 581-2296

For more information on EMF health concerns and Smart Meters:

EMFSafetyNetwork

StopSmartMeters

Stop Smart Meters in Oklahoma;

RefuseSmartMeters.org;

MichiganStopSmartMeters

StopSmartMetersNY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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