28 Years ago I spent my Honeymoon with my wife in the Portland Ore / Vancouver WA area. My how things have changed.

You know there was a time when I wouldn’t have even thought it necessary to ask such a question, but given the events of this week that’s no longer the case.

Incidentally, I actually do want an answer to this question.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Post election angst is fairly low here in the northwestern part of the state but down south, in New Orleans, tensions remain high.  Protesters have gathered at Lee Circle each night and marched through the city creating havoc and destruction although their numbers seem to be shrinking each day.

A small group of protesters railing against President-elect Donald Trump turned out Saturday night (Nov. 12) at Lee Circle for a fourth consecutive night following the Republican candidate’s upset win against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. They met in front of downtown’s Robert R. Lee monument, which has been plastered with profanity-laced graffiti in recent days but which bore no signs of similar vandalism on Saturday.

The gathering was quiet compared to Wednesday’s protest, which saw the windows of a Chase bank smashed along with anti-Trump graffiti sprayed on several prominent downtown buildings. New Orleans police have not arrested anyone for the vandalism.

There is a very strong group of monument watchers in NOLA who work hard to keep the monuments in in the city free from graffiti; they respond quickly to reports of tagging in part to deflect Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s claims that the monuments are a public nuisance.

My husband has been consumed with the liberal meltdowns on social media and has been greatly entertained by some of them but I’ve tried very hard to stay away from it. I’m not much for gloating and I don’t see much potential in trying to reform any of them. What I want to tell them is that this is the way I felt four years ago and eight years ago but that destroying someone else’s property because of it never crossed my mind.  Get over it, I want to say. But I don’t.

We still have runoff elections in Louisiana: the Senate race has come down to Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy.  Kennedy has done exemplary work as State Treasurer and is smart as he can be. Very fiscally conservative.  Foster Campbell is a career politician having been in office since 1976; he has been State Senator (1976-2002), served on the Public Service Commission, and run for several offices he did not win.  He was defeated in a gubernatorial race against Bobby Jindal and lost his bid for US Congressman three times. Campbell’s most notorious claim to fame was when he drove down an unopened, unfinished stretch of I-49 in 1988 and lost his eye when he crashed his car trying to drive on pavement that wasn’t there.  Kennedy is favored in the U.S. Senate runoff – John Fleming – R, currently holds the seat.

That race was a crowded field and it’s worth noting that former Klansman David Duke got over 50,000 votes, or 3%, in that race.

As for Trump, there are rumors that he is considering former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for Secretary of HHS which would actually be a great choice. Jindal lost a lot of popularity as governor, but in the field of Health and Human Services he is right at home and in his element. He would excel at this position.

Here’s hoping it is quiet where you are and that the peaceful transition of power is allowed to take place.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

best-in-life

Mongol General: Hao! Dai ye! We won again! This is good, but what is best in life?
Mongol: The open steppe, fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, and the wind in your hair.
Mongol General: Wrong! Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: Crush your enemies. See them driven before you. Hear the lamentations of their women.
Mongol General: That is good! That is good.

Conan the Barbarian 1982

In a sane world the idea that a new president elect would be appointing the people who helped him get elected would be no surprise and even expected, particularly after a tough campaign when a candidate had pulled off an upset.

But the world of our liberal friends is not a sane one and as I’m typing this (6:32) PM I’ve watched CNN go absolutely batshit crazy over the appointment of Stephen Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist.

Furthermore if you have a small majority in the US Senate (51 or 52 seats) it behooves you to make sure both factions of your party, the establishment and the anti-establishment are represented in your White House to make sure you can craft and advance bills that can get enough support to pass.

The cries of “racism” “sexism” “homophobia”  have been unending and unrelenting, and the inability of the same people who were completely incapable of seeing what was coming electionwise to note that to recognize the attacks on Bannon and Breitbart for what they are is simply incredible.

Now part of it makes sense.  CNN has a niche market which now consists pretty much of liberals, conservative who monitor what liberals say and airports thus their decision to play to said niche market is not odd.

It also explains why stories like this:

Are not on the MSM agenda, even though this photo

raises an interesting question

Alas for CNN et/all the 60 minutes interview very much humanized Trump but given that the left has decided that protests and the derangement is worth paying for expect more of this for a very long time.

My suggestion? Point at them and laugh, a lot.


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