I spoke to Authors John and Claire Grabowski about their book One Body A Program of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment for the New Evangelization at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show.

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Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

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Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

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Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – My post here last week was one of random thoughts and musings and that’s what I have for you again this week, if you’ll indulge me.

On Blogging:  It’s been a few years now that Pete asked me to join his crew and contribute to this space and in all that time I don’t think I’d need two hands to count the comments my posts have received.  Is anyone out there?  Is anyone reading this?  I often try to bring you news from my part of the country, Louisiana, and goodness knows we have a raucous political climate down here, but my posts have become less and less about politics.  This has been true on my own blog as well.  There is a lot about my state that needs to be fixed but there is a lot to love also.  I’ve been trying to share that lately and I’ve written a lot about education lately because that’s my field.  Do you guys read any of this?  I’m just wondering.

On Reading:  What are you reading?  I’ve always been a reader and am always in a book, but since starting this Classroom Library Project I have been reading some of the books people have donated to our library.  I just finished 1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose which originally was a series of columns in the Times-Picayune following Hurricane Katrina.  It’s a haunting book and it took me right back to those terrible days after the storm.  Here in Shreveport, of course, we didn’t get the storm but we got plenty of fallout.  Our schools and communities, like so many across the country, took in refugees from the storm; my husband was still in law enforcement at the time and was part of two different excursions to the area following both Katrina and Rita to help out.   Chris Rose’s book is beautifully written and is accompanied by heartbreaking photos.  Check it out.

On Aretha Franklin:  Speaking of NOLA, the Times-Picayune has video of a Second Line through Treme following the announcement of the passing of Aretha Franklin.  Louisiana loved Aretha who was a staple at NOLA’s Jazzfest.

On the Times-Picayune:  And speaking of the Times-Picayune, The Hayride has a post about the decline of that iconic newspaper and its attempt to stay relevant in a challenging news acquisition environment.  I hate to see that paper go down because there is so much great history associated with it and there were so many really great writers that came out of that proving ground: William Faulkner, Hamilton Basso, Lyle Saxon, to name a few.  The 1920s were the true glory days there and if you’re at all interested in that you should pick up Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s by John Shelton Reed.

On Louisiana:  And finally, it’s almost fall in Louisiana which means festival season!  This past weekend was the Shrimp Festival in Delcambre.  In September we have The Sugar Cane festival in New Iberia to look forward to and the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival in Shreveport and the Red River Revel.  In Louisiana we have festivals for almost everything, including crawfish, mayhaws, seafood, corn, peaches, zydeco, meatpies, tamales, gumbo, andouille, pigs, cracklins, Christmas, and of course poke salad.  I’m not kidding.  Here’s a list.  Any excuse for a party.

Have a good work week, folks, and say something every now and then so I know you are there!

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia.  Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25.

These days it’s really reached a point where there isn’t really a whole lot of point reading what the MSM will write about the president as one can predict it with unerring accuracy, but this Yahoo story Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans   by Steve People is so hysteric in nature and so nonsensical in it’s conclusions that it deserves a good old fashioned blogger fisking.

It starts with the very first paragraph My fisking in red italic

Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week’s bid for a political comeback IHe wasn’t “forced out” he lost an election.  By that definition Hillary Clinton was “forced out” of the White House” . Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. What he means to say is that he knew he would lose a primary election so he decided to retire rather than face the wrath of voters  Others still serve, but with a muted voice.  Oh there are a bunch of people in congress who think like this, trust me 

Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump’s Republican Party.  There’s no bigger struggle for a GOP office holder than dealing with fitting in to a party that has brought the country unprecedented growth. 

The expanding list of marginalized GOP leaders underscores how thoroughly Trump has dominated — and changed — the Republican Party in the nearly two years since he seized the presidency.  Seized?  He won a crowded primary field winning the vast majority of states and then won in the electoral college winning in states that other GOP candidates have only dreamed of winning for decades.  When Barack Obama won an overwhelming victory in 2008 did the AP say he “seized the presidency”?    The overwhelming majority of elected officials, candidates and rank-and-file voters now follow the president with extraordinary loyalty,   If he commands extraordinary loyalty from the overwhelming majority of elected officials and voters that suggests he’s doing something right even if he strays far from the values and traditions many know and love.   Showing deference to the Democrats and not fighting back against a media that hate the GOP and their voters is a cherished tradition of the GOP ruling class

The Republicans left behind are warning their party with increasing urgency, though it’s unclear whether anyone’s listening.  Warning them about what winning is bad for you?

“I hope this is a very temporary place for the Republican Party,”  Yes victory brings responsibility and we can’t have that said Corker. “I hope that very soon we will return to our roots as a party that’s very different, especially in tone, from what we’ve seen coming out of the White House.”  Our roots as a party where leaders are fetters and accepted at all the right parties but rejects the concerns of the voters 

The forgotten Republicans — people like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Ohio Gov. John Kasich  They’ve not been forgotten by the MSM — have been unwilling to sit quietly as Trump steers the GOP away from free trade, fiscal responsibility, consistent foreign policy and civility.  You mean from unfair trade, a  stagnant economy, a foreign policy of retreat and meekly accepting the barbs of the media and left.

Isolation and political exile have been their rewards.  And praise from the MSM which always celebrates any Republican willing to attack any GOP president particularly when he advances conservative causes.

Their diminished roles leave fewer Republican leaders willing to challenge Trump under any circumstances, even in his darkest moments.  Yeah how dare more GOP pols fail to complain about American success

Fact checkers have recorded an extraordinary level of false and misleading statements flowing out of the White House.  These would be the same fact checkers who never challenged “If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan and if you like your doctor who can keep your doctor.  And beyond dishonesty, some of the forgotten have decried a disturbing pattern of racially charged rhetoric on issues like immigration, Obeying the law is now “racially charged” NFL anthem protests Standing for the National anthem is now “racially charged” and Confederate monuments.  Put up by a lot of democrat pols (including Nancy Pelosi’s father with the blessing of the Democrat Party.

“White nationalism isn’t something I’m ever going to be comfortable with. But it is embraced by, or simply doesn’t bother, a lot of Republicans,” said former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges, once a Trump confidant who was forced from his leadership post after criticizing Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.  Nothing guarantees you a quote in a AP story like calling Trump voters “white nationalists” even when many of those same voters pulled the lever for Obama twice.

After Trump’s victory, Borges returned to practicing law, while he continues to play a modest role in local politics.  He has to work for a living these days.

“To me, it became a matter of how much of your soul are you willing to sell. I would be the wrong person to be leading this party right now,” Borges said.  If you think your voters are a bunch of racists and advancing the pro-life cause and a strong economy is selling your soul then yes you don’t belong leading any state GOP party.

Trump remains popular among rank-and-file Republicans. And the vast majority of Republican candidates across the country this midterm season are pledging unconditional loyalty — and being rewarded with primary victories.  In other words the president is appealing to the actual voters and candidates who do the same get elected, how horrible!

Gallup found that 82 percent of Republicans approved of the president’s job performance earlier this month. That’s compared to just 34 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats.  Amazing the GOP likes it leader more than Democrats and despite our constant attacks a solid third of independents like him too, which incidentally matches his support among African Americans.

Kasich, who has not ruled out a primary bid against Trump in 2020,  HA AHH HAH AH HAH HA HA I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when I read that   said the president’s approval is misleading because the universe of people identifying as Republican is shrinking.

“We’re dealing with a remnant of the Republican Party. The party is not what it was,” Kasich said in an interview.  Nothing says the GOP is shrinking like holding all three branches of government and a majority of the state houses and governorship.

The term-limited governor said he’s content to focus quietly on addressing issues like the opioid epidemic and urban violence on a bipartisan basis while the Trump-led GOP focuses on partisan squabbling.  Urban violence you mean like in the Democrat controlled cities like Cleveland?  Great job you’re doing there pal.

“Let those in the Republican Party who want to be ideological and partisan, let them wallow in their own failures,” said Kasich.  A strong economy, the stock markets booming, unemployment particularly among blacks Hispanics and youth and and successes from North Korea to Syria?  This must be some new definition of “failures” that I haven’t heard of.

Other GOP leaders aren’t feeling quite so emboldened.  Other GOP leaders still have to face voters.

Pawlenty’s quest for a third term collapsed after Republican primary voters determined his experience — and his years-old description of Trump as “unfit and unhinged” — weren’t welcome.  Amazing a person who hits a popular party leader isn’t’ embraced by the party voters, what is the world coming to? 

Pawlenty politely declined to be interviewed, but a former aide, Alex Conant, said this week’s result, like those of other primary elections this year, sent a clear message about the modern GOP.

“There’s not a lot of room for dissent in the Republican Party right now,” Conant said. “Moderates don’t feel welcome. And if you’re not loyal to Trump, there’s not necessarily room for you.”  Or, if you don’t support policies that GOP votes actually like you won’t win a GOP primary.  What a concept!

The details may be different, but Pawlenty’s unexpected exit is reminiscent of that of other public officials who have struggled to find their footing in the Trump era.  You mean business as usual of paying lip service to voters while enabling the deep state isn’t paying off anymore?

Bush, another Trump critic, declined to comment for this story. He has been forced into silence, Forced?  The Bushes have been a lot less shy about hitting Trump than they were Obama at least in part, for fear of hurting his son’s political career. In June, Donald Trump Jr. withdrew from a fundraiser for Texas land commissioner George P. Bush after Jeb Bush criticized the president’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border.  How DARE Trump Jr. not raise money for Bush’s son just because dad hit him for obeying a law signed by George W. Bush and not repealed by Obama!

Another periodic Trump critic, former House Speaker John Boehner, is in the midst of a 20-stop bus tour to help raise money for vulnerable House Republicans.  I’m sure president Trump approves of that.

Just don’t ask whom he’s raising money for.  What districts he stops at might be a clue.  If only a reporter bothered to ask

Spokesman David Schnittger said it was up to each of the campaigns involved to disclose Boehner’s help. “I’m not sure anyone has exercised that option to date,” he said.  You mean to say the endorsement of a speaker who didn’t manage to get things done might not sit well with some GOP primary voters?  Well who wouda thunk it?

Boehner’s successor, Paul Ryan, has seen his once sky-high career prospects flounder in the Trump era.  Somehow I think he will land on his feet. The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee has occasionally criticized Trump, but he is retiring at the end of the year.  In fairness to Ryan he never wanted to be speaker anyways, he wanted to be…a LUMBERJACK

In South Carolina, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford narrowly lost his June primary hours after Trump tweeted he had been “very unhelpful” and highlighted the congressman’s extramarital affair.  You mean to say hitting Trump and running off with his mistress didn’t play well with votes?  Who wouda thunk it?

Days later, Sanford described Trumpism as “a cancerous growth.”  If this economy and prosperity is a cancer may America be afflicted with it. As he prepares to leave Congress, he’s warning the GOP the cancer is spreading.   We can only hope this prosperity continues to spread

“We have a president that will tell numerous dis-truths in the course of a day, yet that’s not challenged,”  In fact we had 300+ newspapers standing united taking a day off from challenging Trump to say with one voice that Trump isn’t challenged Sanford said in an interview. “What’s cancerous here is in an open political system, there has to be some measure of objective truth.”  Alas the MSM has never been a fan of objective truth..

“I’m baffled by the way so many people have looked the other way,” he said.  People aren’t looking the other way, they’re seeing the results of Trump’s presidency and applauding.

Asked whether he feels like he fits in today’s GOP, Sanford said simply, “No.”  I agree, entrenched deep state pols looking out for their own wealth don’t fit in at all anymore.

Back in Ohio, Borges vowed that his departure from politics was only temporary. Rephrased, I want back on the gravy train!

“The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time.  Now there’s a bold prediction. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows,” Well Trump is in his 70’s and time does march on so that’s a pretty safe guess the former Ohio GOP chairman said. “When it does end, it’s the job of a lot of us … to make sure that the party is still populated by good, honest, decent candidates and officeholders who we can continue to be proud of.”  It’s up to us to make sure that once Trump is gone it’s business as usual for all us insiders returns because they’re not pride in serving voters by giving them what they want.

The real interesting point is this.  Even if a different GOP candidate had won the presidency then this article would still be written but the people complaining about said candidate would just be more obscure.  There is never a time when the MSM is not running a story about how some in the GOP are upset with the leadership.  It’s what they do.


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