Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco died August 18; she had been suffering from ocular melanoma. Whether or not one agrees with her politics, pretty much everyone will concede that Governor Blanco was a class act. She was always gracious and kind, and her love for the state of Louisiana was never questioned. She caught a … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Medical Marijuana Eases Blanco’s Last Days
By: Pat Austin ARNAUDVILLE, LA – I’m not Catholic by faith, but this is the coolest thing I’ve seen lately. Just beautiful. Each year on August 15, Acadians participate in Fete-Dieu du Teche, which is “a 38-mile, all-day boat procession down the Bayou Teche that celebrates the arrival of the Acadians more than 250 years … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Fete Dieu du Teche
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- Well, that didn’t take long. Tyrone White, a convicted car burglar who was released early under Louisiana’s new free-the-criminals criminal justice overall, has been re-arrested. White was out of jail only five days before he picked up a gun and robbed a construction worker in Kenner, Louisiana. He is now … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Early Prison Release #fail
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The feud between Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge Representative Garrett Graves over the slow response of Louisiana in flood recovery efforts escalated last week when the Edwards camp accused Rep. Graves of spreading false information about the release of federal money given to the state. Friday, Rep. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Edwards/Graves Feud Heats Up
By: Pat Austin Added: Thank you The Dead Pelican for the link! SHREVEPORT – Bear with me, readers, for this week I’m bringing you a local problem but it is one that needs national attention in order for it to be rectified. Your help is needed. Our local animal shelter is deplorable. The city of … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Call to Action Against High Kill Animal Shelter
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Loose thoughts this week from Northwest Louisiana: Apollo 1 Memorial: It’s been fifty years since Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee and Ed White died in a flash fire that engulfed their capsule during a routine training mission and as she has each year, Grissom’s widow, Betty, was in Florida at the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- As Donald Trump begins his first full weeks as President of the United States, I'm going to step back and just watch; I want to see what he does. I'm not the least bit interested in speculation or criticizing him for things he hasn't done yet. The Women's March that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: What Were They Protesting About?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- South Louisiana is flooding. You may have heard about it on the news. It’s really bad. In a press conference Sunday morning, Governor John Bel Edwards said it is “plenty bad.” Many homes that have never taken on water before have flooded with this storm and many of those people … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: “It Started to Rain…”
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As Louisiana struggles to keep the lights on in the state and as legislators continue to make cuts and raise taxes as they try to balance the budget, what most Louisiana residents were upset about last week was the luxury chicken coop Governor John Bel Edwards has had built (with … Continue reading Maybe he likes Omelettes
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Amazon is ending its Associates Program in Louisiana effective April 1. I received this email last week: Greetings from the Amazon Associates Program: We're writing to inform you that the Louisiana state legislature has passed, and Governor John Bel Edwards has signed, a bill to establish tax nexus and impose … Continue reading Amazon Associates Program Terminated in Louisiana Effective April 1: No Joke
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Tuesday afternoon of last week, I was anxiously watching the ominous sky as I closed up my classroom for the day. My student teacher had some last minute things that needed to be copied and run off for class the next day and as a result I didn’t get away … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Surviving the Flood
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It was only a matter of time before Captain Clay Higgins of the St. Landry parish sheriff’s department drew the ire of the ACLU and frankly, it’s surprising that it hasn’t happened before now. Captain Higgins makes Chuck Norris tremble. Captain Higgins is the tough talking, straight shooting spokesman for … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: Captain Clay Higgins for President!
By: Pat Austincen SHREVEPORT – I wrote in this space a few weeks ago about the controversy surrounding the removal of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans. To recap briefly, Mayor Mitch Landrieu (brother of “Katrina Mary” Landrieu) has organized the removal of monuments commemorating P.G.T. Beauregard, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Liberty Monument. … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: Update on the Confederate Monument Removal Controversy
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – He’s not even been inaugurated yet and John Bel Edwards appears to be giving the shaft to his supporters and waffling on his promise to get rid of state superintendent of education, John White. Many Republican voters eschewed David Vitter in the most recent gubernatorial election because, well, they just … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is *gasp* Acting Like a Democrat!
I'm going to shock a few people here by saying how pleased I am to see John Bel Edwards win in Louisiana To regular readers of the blog this might be a shock, why on earth would I want to see the democrats get a morale increasing win at a time when things look very … Continue reading I’m Old Enough to Remember when Democrats Routinely looked like John Bel Edwards