Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts

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Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts

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, Über, Lyft, and even food deliv­ery app Über 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.

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.