Someone Take The Wheel
Maybe the D.A.'s Office should contact the Jerry Springer show…
By Shasta Tahssa

Tulsans know a smokescreen when they see one. It would seem Clayton Bellamy from the Associated Press has never seen a real war.

Tulsa made national news this week, not because there’s any “real” news to report, but instead because of a manufactured story about a “war on the homeless”. Clayton Bellamy, the author of the article, later admitted “There were some things in the story that were mischaracterized…” and that “People are killed in what authorities call "self defense" all the time in our country. It's not as newsworthy…”

In fact, when reporters spoke with Sandra Holden at the Day Center for the Homeless, her immediate response was: “That story was highly exaggerated. Highly exaggerated. There is no “war” against the homeless.”

She continued, “Josh Martin told the Tulsa World that the [“F The Homeless”] t-shirts were printed before the incident [of Shawn Howard’s killing] and we haven’t seen anyone wearing them. There was one poster that was bad. It’s quiet right now. There is no backlash against the homeless.”

As for the reported incidences of violence against the homeless, Ms. Holden stated, “There were two times people were chased from the area and I honestly can’t say it had anything to do with the bar or with the (Shawn Howard) incident. We’re communicating with business owners downtown and everyone is trying to be a good neighbor.” Other sources tell report that one of those people were actually chased from outside the bar because they were "attempting to steal a case of beer that was staged to be loaded into a cooler."

So how did this story start? D.A. Tim Harris immediately trotted out the idea of “vigilante justice” when the community expressed outrage over his decision not to prosecute Terry Badgewell. But to date, no direct reprisals have been reported. Shouldn’t readers assume that if homeless people were being beaten or harassed that Harris would be parading down Main Street with his “I Told You So” sign?

The facts are twisted further by Badgewell’s attorney’s attempts to characterize his client as “cordial” and “soft-spoken”. recently reported: “Terry Badgewell has convictions for burglary, auto theft, running a roadblock and eluding police. He has been arrested for receiving stolen property, disturbing the peace and domestic violence (seriously biting his sister) and he apparently skipped Cherokee Country on those charges. The man he killed, with blows from behind, had no record, yet the DA decided not to pursue the investigation.”

If you thought things couldn’t get stranger, think again.

A producer recently contacted the Day Center and Badgewell’s attorney in an attempt to locate Badgewell and fly him to New York to star in an off-Broadway play, titled “Prison Boyz”.

Since Tulsa's District Attorney has apparently taken the position of acting as Badgewell’s defense attorney, instead of upholding his oath to prosecute violent crime, perhaps he should go to New York with Badgewell and act as his agent. Then Tulsa will be rid of two offenders and those who remain can focus on the task of solving Tulsa’s skyrocketing crime problem.

Bellamy, Harris and Hjelm seem to prefer a media circus over a safe city where verifiable facts are reported. Is this how we really want the nation to view our city?


Rip out the table
we need room to move
in a life unstable
you're so easily amused
anywhere you hang
yourself is home
throw in a tape, fix the tone

The windows are dirty let's hope it rains
add another newspaper
something to do with my change
I see we're fighting again
In some fucking land
throw in another tape man

Someone take the wheel
and I don't know where we're going
anybody say what you feel
everybody's sad, but nobody's showing

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