By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT — Loose thoughts and links for you this week.
On CPAC: There is some great reporting coming out of CPAC: check out Stacy McCain’s work at The Other McCain, for one. And at the Daily Beast, Will Sommer reports on the banning of Laura Loomer from CPAC:
The CPAC ban is just the latest ban for Loomer, who has already been booted from a number of services. Loomer has been kicked off of Twitter, PayPal, Uber, Lyft, and even food delivery app Uber Eats for her attacks on Muslims, which included calling for a ride-hailing app that wouldn’t employ Muslims.
After harassing reporters on Friday, Loomer was refused access to the event on Saturday, according to a video she posted on YouTube. In the clip, Loomer attempts to convince CPAC security guards to let her into the conference anyway.
On Teacher Pay in Louisiana: Louisiana’s State Superintendent of Education voted “no” on a resolution endorsing a paltry $1000 per year pay raise proposed by Governor Edwards as it does not included Early Childhood Education. It’s re-election time for Edwards and this pay raise is a thinly veiled attempt to keep the teachers in his voting booth, but Supt. White’s main objection is simply that the raise is for K-12 teachers and support personnel. He was the single “no” vote in this 27-person panel.
On Mardi Gras: The entire state is practically shut down for Mardi Gras. We are closed.
On Mardi Gras throws: How do you feel about poop sponge toys being thrown from floats? Or Confederate flag beads? If you’re lucky you can catch a hand-decorated shoe. In Shreveport, we have the Krewe of Bar-b-Que who throws hot dogs, complete with condiment packets. Besides the traditional colored beads, you can catch your groceries for the week at a parade; I’ve caught Ramen Noodles, bags of chips, Moon Pies, saltine crackers, endless varieties of candy, and coupons for discounts at restaurants. Need something to wear? You can catch hats, t-shirts, socks, and yes, underwear. Several floats in NOLA had riders dressed as referees throwing yellow penalty flags because, well, we are all still a little salty about that playoff game.
On the Environment: There’s nothing particularly eco-friendly about Mardi Gras.
On Flooding: Governor John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency last week due to the rising Mississippi River and flooding concerns. This situation won’t improve any time soon; there has been nearly constant rain here in the northern part of the state for weeks; much further north, toward the Midwest, rains and heavy snow have been the norm. Everyone is a little nervous about what may lie ahead.
On Monuments: Robert E. Lee’s monument has been banished from Lee Circle in NOLA for nearly two nears now and apparently the city is no closer to deciding what should go atop the giant pedestal than they ever were.
This writer is ready for spring. I hope the sun is shining where you are.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.