By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) are in a political tug-of-war centering on the rising crime rate in Louisiana’s most popular tourist destination.  In 2016, shootings in New Orleans increased by almost 25%, and homicides rose by 7%.  AG Landry blames Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s poor leadership for the uptick in crime while Landrieu contends Landry has no authority over him or law enforcement in New Orleans.

AG Landry has taken to Twitter in recent days with the hashtag #MakeNewOrleansSafeAgain in an effort to draw attention to his efforts to reduce crime in the city and his own violent crimes task force which operates outside of the NOLA police department. Landry points out that “Chicago has about 20 murders per 100,000 people. New Orleans is experiencing twice that many at 40 murders per 100,000 people.”

Landry insists that Landrieu is in part to blame in the increase in crime due to his agreement to enter into a five-year consent decree with Eric Holder’s Justice Department in 2012. This agreement is projected to cost NOLA over $55 million over the course of its duration.  The consent decree came about on the heels of violence in Ferguson and other cities after federal investigation of police departments reportedly engaging in civil rights violations; cities across the nation such as Albuquerque, Cleveland, and Seattle have all entered into consent decrees with varying degrees of success.

Generally, the police departments often feel hindered by the decree:

The head of the Police Association of New Orleans agrees that the consent decree is at least partly to blame for a rise in crime in a department that remains roughly 350 officers short of the state goal of 1,600.

“Because of the oversight, officers are reluctant to initiate contact,” said PANO President Michael Glasser. “…The consent decree requires a lot of oversight and redundancy, and while that probably creates a better work product, it’s labor intensive and time consuming, and we lack labor. What used to take an hour or two now takes two or three or four.”

AG Landry refers to the consent decree as the “Hug a Thug Program” and believes that officers need more help, thus his task force, and he’s probably going to push for more money from the state legislature to expand the program:

To do so he’s going to need funding, obviously, so it’s a good bet where this is going is a push at the legislature this spring to get more money for the Violent Crime Task Force to increase its presence in New Orleans and push past NOPD to make a difference.

If the legislature goes along with Landry, then John #Fail Edwards will have to sign off on it which will be particularly interesting as he is often at political odds with both Landry and Landrieu.

Some see Landry’s intervention as a power grab:

But there’s some question – at least by NOPD Chief Harrison – as to whether Landry’s office should be investigating crimes in New Orleans. Harrison sent a letter to Landry Wednesday asserting that “we are aware of no authority that permits you, your employees, or law enforcement agents under your direction to engage in active law enforcement within New Orleans or in general.”

Under the city’s Home Rule Charter, the mayor of New Orleans is the chief law enforcement authority for Orleans Parish, according to Harrison. Landry is the chief law enforcement officer for the state.

Landry insists he has no political agenda here, saying that public safety and tourism dollars are at stake:

This is not about politics; my effort is about protecting Louisiana lives and our economy tied to tourism in New Orleans. While my office works to stop crime all over Louisiana, the spike in crime within our state’s largest city is alarming. That is why I announced this initiative and why we are taking action.”

The numbers don’t lie. Crime has indeed spiked in New Orleans and the city ended 2016 with 176 murders. As 2017 opens and the Crescent City anxiously awaits the decision from the Fifth Circuit on the Confederate monuments issue, due any day now, tensions in the city are certain to rise and it’s not difficult to see why Landry’s task force might be a potential benefit to a city that clearly needs a little backup.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Consider this my New Year’s post for 2017 and this week I just have some random observations and loose thoughts to share with you.

First, I’d like to thank DaTechGuy for giving me this space each week to share news and opinion from my corner of the world with you. When he signed me up a couple of years ago, Pete told me I could write about whatever I wanted to and I’ve held him to that. I’ve written about everything from politics to animal abuse, local floods, New Orleans crime, and the threat to Confederate monuments. I don’t know how interest in some of those topics plays New Jersey or Wyoming, but at least it draws our world closer together.  I really want to thank you for commenting on those posts and for reading them. I truly appreciate the gift of being here.

As we move into 2017, I am approaching the inauguration of President Trump with caution. Oh, I voted for him – but as with many of you, I’m sure, he wasn’t my first choice. In many corners I hear great optimism, however, and so I know that a great many people have high hopes for a return to conservatism and common sense. I have always been a little suspicious of Trump’s motives and when he first entered the race I figured it was just a publicity ploy. I was wrong.

I’m not sure what can be done with Obamacare at this point but at the very least I do hope that President Trump will return power to the states. I want the federal government out of my classroom (I teach high school English) and out of our school cafeteria (my students show me their lunches – it’s ridiculous). I hope Trump reins in the EPA and pulls some of the crippling restrictions from coal country so we can return to prosperity in those areas.  I hope Trump selects a strong team of foreign advisors to guide him through the mess that is now our foreign relations.

There is much good he can do and I hope he is sincere in wanting to do so.

For 2017, I wish peace and prosperity to you all and again thank you for allowing me to share a few moments with you each week.  I am very blessed.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I have it on fairly good authority that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has their decision on the New Orleans Confederate monuments issue, however that decision has not yet been announced for various reasons. The Court received the case in September and some have speculated that the court is likely to affirm removal for the monuments. In mid-December, Mayor Mitch Landrieu wrote to the Court requesting 24-hours notice before announcement of the decision so the police can get proper security manpower in place as riots and protests are expected regardless of the outcome. Perhaps the holdiays have postponed or delayed announcement of the decision but we can expect it very soon, I’m told.

Meanwhile, as the year draws to a close, New Orleans is on track post astounding murder rate figures with 172 murders as of this morning. And we still have New Years Eve to deal with.

This is however not a priority for Mayor Landrieu. Certainly once the monuments come down, those awful relics of the past that do nothing but incite unrest and division by towering over the city in their granite glory, the killings will stop, right?

Equality Circle – Photo via Mayor’s Office

Once the monuments come down and we whitewash and erase our past, we can all sit in “Equity Circles” like the one at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Cleveland streets. We can sit in a friendly Kumbaya style circle and stare at the compass in the center and wonder how we lost our way. We can look at the blank space where the Jefferson Davis monument stood just a half a block away and thank our lucky stars that the killings will stop now that we are sitting in landscaped equity circles.

This is NOT from The Onion but from the New Orleans Advocate:

Called the Equity Circle, the new monument — a set of four circular benches in a landscaped setting at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Cleveland Avenue — is described as a “landscaped gathering place and conversation circle.”

It is one of eight projects being created through Welcome Table New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s citywide initiative focused on race, reconciliation and community building, with a mission of promoting social change.

The circle not only contributes to the revitalization of New Orleans, organizers said, but it has a much deeper goal: to help right the wrongs of the city’s past and promote healing, peace and justice, by providing a place for residents to share stories, build relationships and learn from each other.

The Press Release from Mayor Landrieu’s office:

In collaboration with the Department of Parks and Parkways, the Equity Circle is designed to bring together diverse groups of New Orleanians to share stories and experiences, build relationships and learn from each other. The Equity Circle will create a more attractive neutral ground for the community and enhance the beauty of one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. It will bring residents of all backgrounds and experiences together for one reason—to create a better, stronger New Orleans.

Liberal logic 101.

I suggest that once the 5th Circuit comes back with its decision, the mayor should have everyone gather in safe Equity Circles around town and then certainly there will be no more worries about protests or unrest over those nasty monuments.

If you need me, I’ll be banging my head against the wall in my safe room.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Finally, today, the Electoral College meets across the nation to name the next president. No one really expects any surprises to come of this process despite much whining and last ditch appeals from the left.

Yesterday on this blog, my colleague J. D. Rucker wrote about this process and touched on the absurd Unite for America video that began running last week in which a group of disgruntled has-been celebrities plead for the electors to “vote your conscience” and select someone other than Donald Trump for president.  The first I heard of this video was last night; I was watching something on television and the ad popped up during the commercial break. I was half listening, checking my cell phone, when the gist of the video began to seep in.  “What in the world?!….” I thought.  Incredible.

At any rate, then I came across the plaintive plea by Michael Moore on Facebook in which he, too, pleads with electors “to vote your conscience and PLEASE do not put our nation in danger by choosing Donald J. Trump.” He goes on to insist that Trump cares nothing about being president and that he’s a danger to the country:

Trump, as I’m sure deep down in your heart you know, is never going to last the four years. He doesn’t care about the law or following the rules and this will eventually trip him up. You know how dangerous it is when any politician, Democrat or Republican, who’s a super narcissist is elected to office, they start making decisions that personally benefit themselves — and before you know it, they’re being hauled off to jail. Why not vote tomorrow for someone who’s going to finish her/his term? Why risk the volatile presence of Donald Trump in the White House — and help to guarantee another generation of Dems in the Oval Office?!

Really, I’m not sure Moore is known for this ability to see into the future, but perhaps he knows something we don’t.

The electors do seem to be prepared to fulfil their obligation to vote as directed, however, and the left will have to come to grips with it, just as Republicans did eight years ago. The pendulum always swings back.

In Louisiana, as well as many other states, the process will be carried live stream.

We can expect this nonsense to continue throughout Trump’s presidency; he will be challenged at every step. Just as the right (myself included) railed against every Obama step, the left will do the same to Trump. Each side believes themselves to be justified in their indignation. It’s American politics. As citizens, we should always keep a wary eye on our political leaders; some of them are crooked and evil indeed. Some are not.

The day we let a bunch of washed up celebrities overthrow our great American political process, we are done. Their effort to stay relevant is depressing.

As Americans, the one thing we ought be able to unite behind is the sanctity of our transfer of power and the political process. There must be something that binds us.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

SHREVEPORT – As a high-school English teacher I have long struggled with the distraction of cell phones in the classroom.  I know many teachers who have struggled with this issue and have found various ways to deal with it – most often simply incorporating that technology as an instructional tool.  I’ve seen “Cell Phone Jail” jars and boxes on Pinterest and I’ve seen hanging shoe storage pockets used as charging stations, where the student can drop his phone in the pocket and leave it to charge all class period.

None of these have worked for me.  The allure of that incoming text message or SnapChat photo is too powerful to ignore and invariably the student will check the phone, thus turning his attention away from instruction.

I was commiserating with another teacher about this one day in an attempt to find out what my colleagues do about this issue when someone suggested I read A Deadly Wandering by Matt Richtel. The book came out in 2014 but is based on the author’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning series for the New York Times. The book tells the story of a teenager who caused an accident while texting and driving which resulted in the death of two rocket scientists.  It’s a compelling read and filled with the science to support the author’s thesis which is basically that cell phone technology has insinuated itself into our most basic instinct to pay attention in order to survive, except now we are paying attention to the incoming text message or email rather than the more important tasks at hand, like perhaps driving.

This is especially true for the younger generation – those who have grown up with this technology in their hands their entire lives.

Richtel cites science that explains how the phone works sort of like an immediate gratification system and that positive reward releases dopamine in the brain each time you use the device:

“…You hear the ping of an incoming text or call, you respond; the ping happens, you respond.  And each time you respond, you get a hit of dopamine. It’s a pleasurable feeling, a release from the reward center. Then it’s gone. There is no incoming text, no stimulation. You start to feel bored. You crave another hit.”

The result is now we have a generation of kids who find it “hard to sustain periods of attention” and who “are less tolerant of waiting for delays.”  Most telling to me, and what I see in my classroom is Richtel’s point that “Their brains are rewarded not for staying on task, but for jumping to the next thing.”

So while this book is a fascinating read and does help me understand a great deal about how the brain works and how addicted we are to our devices, it still doesn’t tell me how to manage this issue in my classroom.

I had a conversation with a student one day recently along these same lines. We had been reading Macbeth and she was amazed that an actor could memorize so many lines of Shakespearean dialogue in order to perform on stage. I pointed out that it seems that our brains have evolved over time to adapt to our changing society; once traveling scops could recite 3,000 lines of Beowulf but you might be hard pressed to do that these days. And when I explained to her how we had to do research papers without internet and without computers (remember the old Reader’s Guide?) she was astounded and shook her head in disbelief. And then her phone vibrated and her eyes dropped to the screen to see who was messaging her. End of conversation.

Since I’ve been reading Richtel’s book, I’m much more conscious of my own cell phone tendencies. I even laughed at the irony of my stopping reading long enough to message the friend who had recommended the book to me.

As I said, I still have not found a classroom management strategy that will work in my room as far as the phone issue goes, but I think I’m getting closer to it by having read this book. At least now I understand that it’s a much bigger problem than I realized.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I suppose now is as good a time as any to start a prediction list of who might be on the receiving end of the coming Obama pardons.  As you may have heard, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has already tossed his name in the ring for a presidential pardon:

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former American prisoner of war in Afghanistan who was freed in a 2014 swap for five Taliban detainees, has asked President Obama to pardon him before leaving the White House to President-elect Donald J. Trump, who has called the soldier “a no-good traitor who should have been executed.”

After the presidential election, Sergeant Bergdahl’s legal team submitted copies of a clemency application to the White House, the Justice Department and the Pentagon, according to White House and Justice Department officials.

Bergdahl’s desertion trial is scheduled for mid-April, an event he would certainly rather avoid – just like staying on duty during his tenure in Afghanistan.  Recall that Sgt. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 leaving behind evidence that he was dissatisfied with American policy in Afghanistan. He was captured and held prisoner for five years until the Obama administration traded five high-level Taliban prisoners for him.

During Bergdahl’s captivity, at least six American lives were lost in the search for him. Despite the recent claim by the New York Times to report honestly, their article this weekend indicates that no lives were lost looking for Bergdahl, but the families of these six soldiers might beg to differ. Interviews with family members and fellow soldiers all confirm that finding Bergdahl was always part of their mission. Staff Sgt. Michael Murphrey was killed in September 2009 . His sister Krisa says: “Some say that he was not on a rescue mission, that he was on a humanitarian mission. And then some say that, sure it wasn’t a rescue mission, per se, but Bergdahl was always the secondary mission,” she told Reuters.

After Bergdahl walked off his post, his regiment searched diligently for him. Rather than rest between missions, they were searching for him. And some lost their lives because of it.

Now, Bergdahl’s legal team says he can’t get a fair trial under a Trump administration and so if no pardon comes, they will petition for dismissal of the case.

We can expect Bergdahl to be rehabilitated by our main stream media and it won’t surprise me one iota when the Obama pardon comes. All you have to do is remember this picture to see it coming.

bergdahl

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT –  “It will be back to business as normal. Nobody cares.”  That statement from a woman who has worked in the French Quarter for six years is simply tragic.

“Nobody cares.”

Early Sunday morning, around 1:40 a.m., ten people were shot near the intersection of Bourbon and Iberville in the historic French Quarter. The gunfire sent tourists and locals running in panic. Some of the clubs closed their doors to keep out the violence. One of the reported shooters is dead and there are several arrests. It’s a tragedy all around but the sad thing is that this happens in NOLA more often than not – it’s only when it gets close to the tourist areas that you hear about it.

New Orleans is a beautiful, culturally diverse, fascinating city. Under the guidance of mayor Mitch Landrieu it has degenerated into a violent, lawless disaster. I hate to say it because I love New Orleans. It’s a city that gets in your blood and lures you back. The food, the music, the eclectic street vendors, and the people above all, are for the most part intoxicating.

Sadly, the policies of Mayor Landrieu are going to kill the tourist trade if something isn’t done. Landrieu is more focused on things of lesser importance than the blood in the streets, things like removing monuments, for example. Landrieu spent much of 2015 fighting against the four major Confederate monuments in the city. I’ve written about that issue here, here, and here on this blog. Once that issue was safely nestled into the lengthy court dockets and appeals process, Landrieu moved on to gun control laws.  A decision on the monuments is imminent from the U.S. Court of Appeals and tensions are already high.

In April 2016, Landrieu proposed a new series of gun control laws which was passed and signed into law in September. Most of the ordinances are already on the books so it was an exercise in redundancy at best. New Orleans had 165 murders in 2015, up from 150 in 2014. As of October 17, 2016, NOLA is on pace to meet or exceed that number with 134 murders.  Note that number does not include shootings that don’t end up as murder statistics, such as those nine non-fatal victims in this most recent shooting.

Last week a commander of the police department issued a warning to women not to travel alone after dark in the city due to a rising number of robberies and car jackings:

“I would suggest to any female, if they can prevent it, do not travel alone overnight,” said Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson. “If you absolutely have to, stay on the phone with someone and let them know where you’re going. Keep them abreast of your whereabouts.”

A female college student from Tulane was carjacked early Tuesday when another car struck hers from the rear. As she got out of the car, three men from the other vehicle got out and one of them pushed her to the ground. That man got into her car, while the other two jumped into their vehicle and fled.

The Confederate monuments are clearly not the problem; the problem lies in Landrieu’s failure to address the violence in the streets in any meaningful fashion. In recent protests at Lee Circle after Trump’s election, vandals were tagging the monument and other prominent buildings with paint, setting fires on the lawn at the circle, blocking traffic, and running rampant through the streets. Unconfirmed reports were that Landrieu told police to stand down and let them “peacefully protest.”

There is a small group of citizens who watch over the monuments in New Orleans. They patrol nightly to ensure that no vandalism is occurring and should someone tag one of the monuments, the group removes it quickly. Citizens are policing their own city because the mayor has ginned up such hate and divisiveness that it’s the only way to protect the history and culture of the city.

And the locals are worried: with Mardi Gras season just around the corner, how will the increased violence affect tourism? Will it be safe to go into massive crowds to attend parades?  The comments on news reports of the most recent shooting indicate people’s anxiety:

“And this is why we no longer stay in NOLA…..Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his city council need to concentrate on crime and not on tearing down history….We will be staying in Biloxi next weekend for the Saints game! So sad……”

“New Orleans is out of control. Our Mardi Gras is going to be a blood bath if things don’t change and I don’t see a change coming.”

New Orleans is stuck with Mitch Landrieu until 2018.

That’s almost 200 more lives in the balance.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I’ve been teaching high school for twenty years and I’ve never seen students so tuned in to a national election before.

I teach in a high-poverty, inner city school with a very large ethnic population. We have a large number of black kids, Hispanic kids, Muslim kids, and then white kids that comprise our student population. Their greatest fear is that they will be “sent back” to wherever Donald Trump thinks they are from.  I’ve tried to ease their fears but they are hearing otherwise from the adults in their lives and they are scared.

The Atlantic is running an article now about how teachers are using the election in their classrooms. One teacher, for example,

…turned to Harry Potter, specifically a line in which Dumbledore, the young wizard’s mentor, reminds the boy that “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” That lesson choice assumes that most of her students were feeling upset about the election results. … Many of the children are Latino and came from families worried about deportation.

Our school is rather small – about 650 kids, and we have always been like a family. Our students have always been the most accepting, most inclusive, most tolerant kids I’ve ever seen. Even in the face of this divisive election, they have not turned on each other as some schools are reporting. We are blessed, in that respect.

But I do wonder about what they are hearing outside of school.

The head of the National Association of School Psychologists, Kathy Cowan, says:

“Schools perform a stabilizing function,” Cowan said. “They have to deal with everything the country throws at them.” Children are also barometers of adult anxieties and behavior, according to Jeanice Kerr Swift, the superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan. “Regardless of who folks voted for, the election has not been a positive and uplifting experience,” Swift said. But “we focus on learning and not on things that will be upsetting to [children].”

It’s true that schools are stabilizers for the myriad events going on in these kids’ lives and it can sometimes be a tricky business to strike the right balance between sticking to the curriculum and calming their fears. This of course varies with the age group. Above all it is important that as teachers we don’t project our own agenda or bias on our students.

That being said, this is a great opportunity for those teachers in history or civics classes to teach lessons on checks and balances, on the electoral college, on the very basics and foundations of our governmental processes which are all things many adults seem to have forgotten.

And the best lesson that can be taught is to accept defeat with graciousness, use it to regroup and refocus, and to channel your frustration in productive ways.  Whereas Kathy Cowan said that “the election has not been a positive and uplifting experience,” I think we have the potential to make it so.

We don’t have to succumb to the name calling, the violence, the threats, the pettiness that we have seen from so many.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

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.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – It is almost over. The voting part of this, anyway. The divisiveness and hostility we have developed for each other will probably linger, sadly. Some observations going into Election Day 2016:

In Louisiana over half a million voters turned out for early voting which surpasses the record set in 2012 which was 350,000 voters.  Make of it what you will.  Are the large numbers because of the presidential election or just because people want to go vote against David Duke?  No idea.

As we close in on election day the media still holds tremendous sway over public perception. I wonder how much attention people pay to all of these polls and then say, “Oh well, Candidate A is ahead three or four points in the polls so why should I go vote?”  I believe there are a great many people not being quite truthful with pollsters, but that’s just my opinion.  I don’t pay much attention to polls; I favor those that support my own point of view, which is, of course a completely useless practice.

Julian Assange says that “Trump would not be permitted to win” this election.  Take that with a grain of salt.

And Hillary says any Wikileaks bombshell coming out in the days before the election is likely to be false.  Does that mean that the other leaks were not false?

With Hillary Clinton still so highly favored (IF you believe polls), that indicates that the general American voting population does not care that she left men to die in Benghazi, that she was cavalier with classified material to the point that she let her maid print classified documents for her, and that she takes money from governments that fund ISIS.  They discount all the other baggage as well. If Bill was impeached over Monica Lewinsky, Hillary’s future impeachment will at least give them a matching set.  We will have the first impeached husband and wife presidential team in the history of the world. How proud we must be.

Oh and we also have new warnings for potential terror attacks.

Dandy.

Stay strong, America. Whichever candidate you favor, whichever way this election goes, we are almost through with this part of it.

Then we will have to live with our choice.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.