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
The new school year is now underway and with it come all of the typical classroom management issues that frustrate many teachers, especially at the middle and high school level. One of those problems is cell phones. Since the cell phone has become as common as the Number 2 pencil teachers have been struggling to … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Locking Up Cell Phones
An occasional series highlighting posts at the sites of my Magnificent Seven Writers (former and present) Pat Austin at So it goes in Shreveport says the civil war is still being fought You may recall that Mr. Epperson is attempting to have the Confederate Monument removed that stands in front of the courthouse on land … Continue reading Da Magnificent Roundup
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- For too many people Memorial Day is just “the start of summer.” But of course, Memorial Day is more than a day to fire up the BBQ grill and it’s more than a 3 day weekend; it is, of course, a time to remember and honor those who gave the … Continue reading Memorial Day Links
By Pat Austin SHREVEPORT: Let me join the #hashtag chorus for a just a few minutes and let's look back at one of the weirdest weeks in #foreignpolicy in recent memory (and that's saying something.) I'm #baffled, really, by this #hashtag #diplomacy. What in the heck is going on here?! Fausta posted earlier in the … Continue reading Hashtag Diplomacy
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --I was at the ballpark this weekend watching a local college baseball game. As I took my seat I noticed a lady a couple of rows behind me reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and I wondered – does she know that’s below her Lexile level? She shouldn’t be reading … Continue reading Do You Know What Your Fifth Grader is Reading?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT - The state of education in the United States today is troublesome. One report after another comes across the wires: stressed out teachers are disengaged with their work, teachers are overworked and burned out, and apparently we have ineffective teachers in our low-performing schools. Go figure. Is any of this news … Continue reading How to Fix the American Education System
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT - When Pete invited me to join his writing team he said, “You can write about whatever you want to…” within reason, of course, and most of the time I write about politics because that’s just what I do. But something else has been on my mind this week so I … Continue reading The Most Aptly Named Dog on the Planet: Braveheart
By Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- A couple of weeks ago I posted that it had been “a tough week to be Mary Landrieu.” I probably should have waited until this week to use that title. There seems to be very little good news for the embattled Senator in the news this week. Early in the … Continue reading The Flip-Flopping, Tangled Campaign World of Senator Landrieu
By Pat Austin Hillary Clinton is still being coy about a 2016 presidential run. When asked at a student conference in Tempe, AZ this week, Clinton said she is “obviously thinking about all kinds of decisions.” I think it is inevitable that she will run; I think the inevitability of it is too much for … Continue reading No Tough Questions For Hillary in Tempe
By: Pat Austin It has not been a particularly good week to be Mary Landrieu. Two statewide polls have found that the incumbent Senator is running behind challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy. Hickman Analytics has Cassidy up 46-42 while earlier this year Rasmussen conducted a poll and found Landrieu trailing Cassidy 44-40. Rabid Democrat and NOLA … Continue reading It’s Been A Rough Week to Be Mary Landrieu
By: Pat Austin Among the many topics covered during CPAC this year has been a good, hard look at Common Core. Here, on this blog, Lady Liberty does an excellent job covering Common Core topics. From my point of view, I'm glad to see CPAC and other conservative groups taking a hard look at the monstrosity that … Continue reading Common Core Gets Personal
By Pat Austin I'm missing Ronald Reagan today. It seems inconceivable to me that we have fallen to such low regard in the world, with our weak, inept leaders, that Russia is once again spitting in our face and laughing behind our back. It could not be more clear that Vladimir Putin thinks that President … Continue reading What Would Reagan Do?