I Spoke to Alan Napleton the head of the Catholic Marketing Network at the end of the 2018 Trade Show in Lancaster PA

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The 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Interview Bloglist (so far)

Sept 24rd Voices of CMN 2018 Alan Napleton of Viva Guadalupe and Head of the Catholic Marketing Network

Sept 23rd Voices of CMN 2018 Blythe Kaufman of the Children’s Rosary

Sept 22nd Voices of CMN 2018 Kevin O’Neil Author: LEGO Catechism of the Seven Sacraments

Sept 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Julia Miller of FreshRosary.com

Sept 20th Voices of CMN 2018: Fr Leo Pucelli of Holy Cross Family Ministries

Sept 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Kathy Labosh Author: The Child with Autism Learns about Faith

Sept 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Francine Calabrese Author: The Little Brown Scapular Coloring Book

Sept 17th Voices of CMN 2018 (and the Front Seat of My Car) Susan Joy Bellavance Author of King of the Shattered Glass and Will you Come to Mass?

Sept 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Pete Socks Breadbox Media Catholic Podcasting

Sept 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Mary Radford of Relevant Radio

Sept 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Karnen Saum of Viva Guadalupe and CMN

Sept 13th Voices of CMN 2018 Peter Kleponis Author Restoring Trust a Couples Guide to getting past porn

Sept 11th Voices of CMN 2018 Mary Lou Rosen Author Three Things Divorced Catholics Need to Know

Sept 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Mariana Quan CCC of America on their Animated Series Lukas Storyteller

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The Louisiana Legislature

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Normally, news of a $300 million surplus at the end of the State’s fiscal year would be good news, but here in Louisiana it is prompting questions and accusations amongst the political talking heads.

All summer long Louisiana residents were pummeled with news that our budget was facing a terrible deficit and that this would lead to Medicaid patients being evicted from nursing homes, convicts being released from prison, elimination of the food stamp program, and major cuts to higher education.  We spent over a million dollars to hold three special legislative sessions in which we fought over a sales tax renewal of less than a penny which would supposedly solve all these budget problems.

And now, like a rabbit out of a hat, we have a $300k surplus.

Now, it’s not that we aren’t glad to have this money to spend on worthy projects.  We are.  But by and large, many people feel played.  Manipulated.  How can you be that far off with your fiscal projections?

Governor John Bel Edwards now says that this surplus is double good news because not only do we not have a deficit, but we have a robust economy which sparked this higher than expected revenue and so… voila!  Surplus!

Some aren’t buying it; Louisiana State Senator Conrad Appel:

The way I see it there are two ways to explain this sudden revelation. One is that the governor and his staff were so inept that they could not see that revenues were improving and therefore truly believed in the fiscal cliff nonsense. That would have been bad, as we all trust him to manage a $29 billion business which is the state of Louisiana. If he doesn’t know where the money is, we have a problem.

The other possibility is that he and his people knew perfectly well that there was no fiscal cliff because we were bringing in more tax revenue than we were told. Instead, perhaps to support his well-articulated plan to grow government spending, he chose to ignore the facts and to not tell us that there was no fiscal cliff. That would not just be bad, that to me would be disingenuous and possibly even a violation of his oath of office.

I can think of no other options. We either have terrible fiscal management or we have been purposefully misled.

Even better?

Now Governor Edwards wants to give teachers a $1000 annual pay raise.  (It’s an election year, you know.)

So, it’s either a glass half full or glass half empty situation.  You have a robust economy or you have an inept government.  Or both?

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

About a week ago Erik at ¡No Pasarán! reprinted a letter from a French Resistance fighter from World War two that had been written to the Newspaper Le Monde back in 2010 about people appropriating the word “Resistance” for their personal cause long before the rise of Donald Trump:

These days, the word Resistance, with a capital R, is to be found everywhere, far more prominently than in 1940-1944! The Resistance of a teacher against new teaching methods, the Resistance against infringements on the rights of the gypsies, the Resistance against nuclear power… Today, there are certainly no more than 20 000 survivors to have effectively resisted, rifle in hand (or the equivalent: work in intelligence-gathering, etc…), prior to September 1944, and even fewer prior to the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944. So do not put a capital R on your opposition to one thing and another, leave us with our Resistance, and use that great word only if, by misfortune, the duty to Resist were again to arise for real.

It’s an important message from a person who actually resisted real life Nazi’s at real life personal risk to himself and his friends.

It’s also explains how Christine Ford and now Deborah Ramirez and their political allies justify their acts to themselves.

In the movie the Longest Day there is a scene when the underground is activated by a series of coded messages to commit acts of targeted sabotage in order to aid the invasion of Normandy.  One such scene involves the derailing of a train and in that scene a woman named Janine Boitard distracts a pair of German guards so her allies can plant Dynamite on the tracks and eventually pushing one off a bridge and falling with him into the water as the train is derailed.

In the minds of Ford, Ramirez and those who have been seeing imaginary Nazi’s everywhere the GOP are Nazis and with Donald Trump is their Führer.  For three years they’ve insisted that despite all evidence or lack thereof internment camps, the silencing of opposing views and violence against political enemies  are just on the horizon unless they stop him.

Now for Democrat operatives, who know this is nonsense, all of this is about power so they will play along with this fantasy and encourage it as long as it has the potential to reward them politically. It’s a cynical and dangerous thing but it’s no danger to them and anyways that’s what useful idiots are for.

One might think this is a fringe but I’ve talked to people who actually believe this, I’ve seen these folks in action in Boston and elsewhere. In their minds there is no difference between Kristallnacht and Donald Trump replacing the retiring Justice Kennedy a kinda conservative judge with Judge Kavanaugh, an actual conservative judge.

This is why Ford and Ramirez are doing what they’re doing. They don’t see themselves as liberal partisans making ungrounded and unsupported accusations against a man who has led an estimable life, to derail a Supreme Court Pick before what they consider a favorable election in November and who regardless of the result will be feted and rewarded by the left, both financially and professionally for the rest of their days.

They think this is D-Day, the GOP in general and Brett Kavanaugh are the Nazis and they are Janine Boitard risking life and limb so that the Reich might fall. And any slander, any deception and any act that might do this, is morally justified.

Just ask James T. Hodgkinson, or Farzad Fazeli or Eric Clanton.