By:  Pat Austin

 

SHREVEPORT – The “Perfect Headline of the Week Award” goes to NOLA for their article about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally:

Bobby Jindal’s prayer rally brings out Louisianians’ complicated feelings about the governor

Yes, it sure has.

Look, I’ve done my fair share of Jindal-bashing.  He’s done some things right and some things really poorly.  Like they said, it’s complicated.

This prayer rally business is a perfect example of how Jindal brings out the best and the worst in us.   I am never going to argue against more prayer for our nation and our society as a while.  No, sir.  I believe that’s the premise upon which our nation was founded.  But why is the governor holding a prayer rally on the LSU campus?

Here’s the thing:  The prayer rally yesterday at LSU drew several hundred protesters and they were upset about a variety of things, one of which concerns Jindal’s cuts to higher education which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.  Jindal looks first at higher ed anytime he needs to trim the budget.  So how dare he use the facilities at LSU to host his prayer rally, which some see as a launching, or at least posturing for, his presidential campaign!:

It was outrageous for the governor to throw a prayer rally on LSU’s campus — an event seemingly aimed at raising his national profile — while simultaneously asking for state higher education to absorb at least $300 million in budget cuts next year, they said.

“He is using it to launch a presidential campaign. … We are subsidizing his move on to national office on the backs of our students,” said Kent Filbel, a LSU professor who attended the protest in his academic robes.

Indeed, the overarching complaint heard about Jindal from legislators and constituents alike is that he focuses too much on national issues and too little on state problems.

The governor’s press office has sent out numerous emails about Jindal’s thoughts on radical Islam and federal abortion bills over the past two weeks. But they have yet to send out a single release regarding the troubling state budget shortfall, which currently totals $1.4 billion and threatens to send public colleges and universities off a financial cliff.

In truth, Jindal has been posturing for a presidential run for the past several years; one of the top complaints about him has been that he’s never in the state.  His frequent absences even gave rise to a “Where is Bobby?” cottage industry of t-shirts and coffee mugs along the lines of “Where is Waldo?”

But again, it’s complicated; Jindal has done some things for which he has won much admiration in Louisiana like his fight for the coast after the BP oil spill.  The Obama administration twiddled their thumbs and stalled around while the giant oil slick slid toward the Louisiana coast, killed the seafood industry (which is just now beginning to rebound), put hundreds of related small businesses out of business, appointed an “Oil Spill Czar” and put down a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf.  Jindal was rightly outraged by it all and fought like a mad-dog for berms, booms, and drilling.  Of course, Politico thought Bobby was posturing then, too, but most of us down here didn’t see it that way.  We were proud of him, then.

As far as the prayer rally goes, Jindal may have been posturing with that one.  Well, yes, he probably was.  Not that he doesn’t believe in what he said, or that he’s not a believer in Christian prayer – I think he does and he is.  But the whole affair seems staged to draw the most possible attention.  Many of the protesters saw his use of the American Family Association to bankroll the event as a stick in the eye of liberal causes.

Maybe it was.

So what?

Jindal even tried to merge the prayer rally with a Right to Life event in Baton Rouge, a move that failed to gain support of the Catholic Church who also saw the rally as political posturing:

Still, LSU academics aren’t the only ones bothered by Jindal’s national ambitions. The governor tried to orchestrate a merger between the Right to Life march — one of the anti-abortion movement’s largest annual events in Louisiana — and The Response on Saturday, a move which the Catholic Church rejected. Louisiana’s bishops weren’t interested in attending Jindal’s prayer rally, even though the governor identifies as Catholic and attends mass every Sunday.

“The event was viewed more as an evangelical event with a political tone to it, and the bishops don’t participate in such events,” said Rob Tasman, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Jindal insisted that The Response was not connected to his presidential ambitions.

“Today is not a political event. It’s a religious event. It’s not a political event,” Jindal said in an interview.

The problem is, most people saw it that way.  Optics.

Posturing.  Posing.  Positioning.  People are tired of that.

Note to politicians:  Say what you mean, mean what you say, be up front about your intentions, and then let the people decide.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — My 23-year old son and I have begun our Oscar watch.

This is an annual tradition for us that we actually began only a couple of years ago. Each year, after the Golden Globe and Oscar nominations come out, we begin watching all the nominated movies we can squeeze in, starting with the Best Picture nominees and then on down the list.  This has turned in to a really fun tradition but let me just say that there were parts in The Wolf of Wall Street that were really awkward watching with your kid, even if he was 22-years old at the time.  At any rate, I do treasure the time we spend together watching the movies and the hours after discussing each one.

And I know, Hollywood is the liberal devil, but sometimes escapism is actually not a bad thing.

This week we hit our first movie of the season:  Whiplash and so here I offer a sort of brief review (with no spoilers!)

I loved this movie.  I knew I would love the soundtrack:  the story line revolves around a music student working to earn a spot as a drummer in a jazz band at a Julliard-type school in the city.  His idol is Buddy Rich.  So, the soundtrack is amazing.

The theme turns on how far must you drive yourself for success?  To the brink of insanity?  Death?  Is greatness only achieved at great cost?  At what point does one simply quit and back away in the name of self-preservation?  What is the responsibility of a teacher and mentor?  How hard do you push?  Do only the strong survive?  At what price greatness?

J. K. Simmons plays the teacher Terence Fletcher; you may know him from Juno or from Law and Order (he was Dr. Skoda). He’s up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work in this film while the movie is up for Best Film (among other Oscar nods). Simmons has a great face for this role; it’s all angular and edgy – full of unspoken expression.  This has got to be the role of his lifetime.

Because I don’t want to reveal any secrets — and don’t Google too many reviews because several have spoilers – I will stop here, but don’t go see this movie to relax because it’s intense from beginning to end.  It will pull at a range of emotions and leave you with both questions, answers, and a great beat drumming through your head.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is raising the ire of higher education officials as he once again takes aim at higher education to balance the state’s budget.

Governor Jindal’s budget proposal is due at the end of February and one of the options he’s said to be considering right now is stripping at least $300 million (some say $371 million) from Louisiana’s higher education system.  This doesn’t sit well given the fact that he’s already cut that system to bare bones as it is.

Louisiana is facing a budget shortfall of about $1.4 billion dollars for next year, due in part to dicey budget techniques employed in the past (property sales and other one-time allocations), dropping oil prices, the dry-up of federal disaster funding after a series of hurricanes, and an increase in state services, among other things.

The governor is looking to make across the board cuts but for higher ed.; this is becoming an old and tiresome step.  Since 2008, higher education has already been cut by $700 million:

State financing for higher education in Louisiana has been cut by about $700 million since 2008, with only part of that offset by tuition increases on students.

With a more than 34 percent reduction over five years, no other state in the nation has cut higher education financing more than Louisiana, according to Grapevine, which tracks state support for colleges and is overseen by Illinois State University’s Center for the Study of Education Policy.

Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley vows to fight Jindal’s proposal and says he will not support or vote for such a proposal – a feeling shared among many legislators throughout the state.

Meanwhile, President Obama is promoting free community college for all – if the states can’t pay for what we already have, how can we pay for another unfunded entitlement program?  Free college?  Let’s get them free cars and houses, too!  Why not?

There are people who watch these things closely in Louisiana and believe that part of the problem is the “surrealism of Louisiana’s budget cuts”; he does this periodically but over the past calendar year it has been especially bizarre. Jindal has issue a series of hiring and expenditure freezes which have been arbitrarily applied.  However, we do see that he’s not just cutting higher ed., there’s also juvenile services, veterans affairs, the department of corrections in the list.

All in all, it would seem that Louisiana’s fiscal mess needs a complete overhaul, but continuing to put so much of the burden on the back on higher education doesn’t seem to be the answer.

Pat Austin also blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — Just the headline at Politico is enough to make me giddy:

The Plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind:  The Republican plan could dramatically roll back the federal role in education.

Oh, I’m no fan of NCLB, to be sure, but Common Core is even worse.  What I like about this headline is the “roll back the federal role in education” part.  Both NCLB and Common Core have the federal government way too far into state matters of education.

But, it seems to me that if Republicans can give states a more viable option to Common Core, those states that want to opt out of it would then have a choice.

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air considers the likelihood of a bill getting through Congress:

The first question which jumps to mind is whether or not the GOP can even pass such reforms and, if so, would Barack Obama go along with it. The new Senate GOP majority will only need a handful of Democrats to bring it to a vote and the system has become so poisonous on the local level in many states that it shouldn’t be much of an issue. But will Obama sign it?

Probably not, but I’m an optimist so let’s say he does.  Then states might have an option to Common Core; well, wait.  For that reason alone, Obama probably won’t sign an education bill.  I’m also a realist.

Maybe the answer is to rewrite Common Core; the biggest problem with Common Core has been its implementation.  It should have had a rollout over several years, beginning in the lower grades and then following those students up to high school.  As a veteran teacher of eighteen years, I’ve watched my students struggle with the new PARCC alignment questions and shut down in frustration.  The stories about the math curriculum in particular have been tragic.

Another problem with Common Core has been PARCC itself; Pearson and Bill Gates:  what could go wrong?

But, my biggest problem with Common Core has been the assumption that every child begins on the same page and can meet the same academic benchmarks across the board, and if they don’t, the teacher is the failure, not the child.  There is certainly some merit to the tenet that certain basics should be met across the country at a certain level; that’s common sense.  But to assume that say, an inner city tenth grader who reads on a 3rd grade level, lives in a dilapidated home with no computer access, one parent who has to work the night shift just to keep the electricity on, and the child’s basic diet is Ramen noodles from the Circle K – to assume that child begins on the same level as the student with two college educated parents in a fine two-story home in the best part of town, who attends a magnet school with little discipline issues, who has a laptop and an iPad for school work, who has proper meals at proper times, well, that’s just naïve.

You have to be able to read before you can write a twelve page analytical research paper.

Can that inner city child achieve?  Of course he can. Look at Ben Carson.  But Common Core assumes they are all level right now.

The bottom line is that states, and local districts, need options, not a one-size-fits all program.  If the Republicans can come up with a plan that offers that, and get it passed, if they can come up with options from which districts can choose while still keeping high standards and accountability, then go for it.  I’m all in.

 

 Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

 

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — I remember as a child sitting in my elementary school classroom as the teacher wheeled a huge cart with a little 19″ color television on it into the room.  Watching television at school?  It was a real novelty and we were all spellbound; what we watched was real time news footage of the Apollo 11 mission.  It fascinated me and made me feel very small.

When I was in college, a small group of us drove from north Louisiana to Cocoa Beach, Florida, to watch the launch of, I think the Venus Orbiter.  Looking back, I’m not sure now which launch we saw; all I really remember was watching that rocket soar off into space.  Thrilling!

Many years later, as an adult with a job, I can remember the entire office coming to a stop as we all learned the tragic fate of the Challenger.  We watched the replay on the news over, and over, and over.  It was awful.

Growing up with a fascination for the space program, but academically terrible in math and science, my space fascination has been relegated to the literary end; The Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam is a much thumbed favorite of mine and the ensuing film, October Sky, is on my DVD shelf, among other space classics.  I never got into sci-fi too much because the real thing was quite thrilling enough for me.

Like many Americans, I was heartbroken when our American space program was decimated and manned spaceflight was ended under the Obama administration.  Growing up, astronauts were heroes; we knew their names like kids today know names of athletes.  Little boys wanted to grow up to be astronauts – fly to the moon; little girls too, for that matter.

America isn’t totally out of the space program, however. Charles Fishman has penned a lovely feature for The Atlantic about the International Space Station which takes us aboard and shows us what daily life is like there, how the astronauts (and cosmonauts) adjust to life in space, and reveals a bit about their mission.  (Arms in, or out, of your sleeping bag?)  Fishman’s article made me think, too: why don’t we know the names of these astronauts:

It’s a little strange when you think about it: Just about every American ninth-grader has never lived a moment without astronauts soaring overhead, living in space. But chances are, most ninth-graders don’t know the name of a single active astronaut—many don’t even know that Americans are up there. We’ve got a permanent space colony, inaugurated a year before the setting of the iconic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s a stunning achievement, and it’s completely ignored.

As a teacher, our tenth grade literature book has an excerpt in it about Apollo 13 and the race to save the astronauts as they battled one critical malfunction after another.  I always make it a point for my students to read that selection and when time allows we watch all or part of the film.  Inevitably they ask me if it’s a true story.  They are always, always held spellbound by the suspense, and more importantly, many are fascinated by the teamwork and the ingenuity that brought the astronauts home.

There are so many benefits that we as a society have gained from our space program, and I don’t mean just Tang and Velcro. The best part of the space program has been the inspiration and the hope for the future that it has given generations of students.  Look at Homer Hickam for just one example of that. Maybe we can look to the skies once again for examples of heroes or role models for our kids rather than overpaid thug athletes. (Apologies for the generalization – I know they aren’t all thugs).

At any rate, Mr. Fishman’s article is a lovely tribute to the space program and brings a much needed awareness to the International Space Station.  When the ISS flies overhead, for those on earth it’s a few minutes of blinking lights passing overhead in the night sky; the next time it flies over my community I will have an entirely different perspective of what might be going on up there.

H/T: Instapundit

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — The state of race relations in this country at this time is deplorable.

Having now stated the obvious, we need to come together and do something about it.  A small part of the problem is the 24/7 news cycle – we’ve got to fill up all that air time and so that’s why you saw, for example, a countdown clock on CNN as the time for the Ferguson grand jury announcement was to come down.  Pundits and race pimps were on all stations predicting (hoping for?) violence and riots.

We all remember the surreal images of a grim faced Obama split screen that night as looters carried off televisions, threw bottles through windows, and torched a police car.  As Obama addressed the nation he pointed out that we should take the words of “Michael’s” Stepfather father (as if he was a personal friend of Obama, Michael…), who said “hurting others or destroying property is not the answer.”

Except that’s not what Michael Brown’s Stepfather said; what he said was “Burn this m**f** down! Burn this b**** down!”

Obama went on that night to speak in a passive-aggressive manner about race relations and the discriminatory practices of police departments across the country:

But what is also true is that there are still problems and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up.  Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in discriminatory fashion.  I don’t think that’s the norm.  I don’t think that’s true for the majority of communities or the vast majority of law enforcement officials.  But these are real issues.  And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down.  What we need to do is to understand them and figure out how do we [sic] make more progress.  And that can be done.

But, Obama is certainly not the first “leader” to stoke the fires of racism in this country.  We can go as far back as you want, but we can see fissures widening as far back as Rodney King and even the O.J. Simpson verdict, to name a couple.  But, we healed, we learned, we moved on.

What happened to leaders who actually lead and work for peace?  Why are we besieged by people like Al Sharpton who leads a march where protesters chant and call for the killing of cops:

As Obama civil rights advisor Al Sharpton frantically tries to distance himself from the revenge execution style slayings of two NYPD officers Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn, keep in mind that just one week ago protestors at his march in New York City were chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do what them? Now!”

Well, he got what he wanted.

Why do we keep reading about this man?  Why does the media keep giving him a venue?

Sharpton is as much to blame for the death of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as the man who pulled the trigger for his role in inciting this intolerable atmosphere of violence.

It is despicable.

It is my wish that cable news, print media, and network news channels quit putting this man on television – quit covering his incendiary remarks.  Ignore him.

It is my wish, at this Christmas season especially, that we can come together as rational, reasonable people and stop the violence.  It is my wish that Obama would stick to golf and get his nose out of race relations.

It is my prayer for the families of all that have been afflicted by these hustlers that you are able to find some peace through faith and that you feel the love and support of the majority of Americans who truly value the service and sacrifice of the police force across America.

It is my prayer that police officers across this nation stay vigilant and stay safe.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Update (DTG) Correction The words concerning “burn it down” were spoken by Michael Brown’s Stepfather not is biological father, thanks to Mr. Woosta for the catch.

By:  Pat Austin

This is the time of year when everyone begins publishing their “Best _____ of 2014” lists; for example, The New York Times has published its Best Books of 2014 list (I’ve read only one of them).

So, following suit, here is my own random Best of 2014 list:

Best Books of 2014:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthoy Doerr: a simply stunning novel set during WWII.

Finding Ishmael by Michael Henry: a suspenseful legal thriller set in Israel.

Best Books I read in 2014 but published earlier:

Isle of Canes by Elizabeth Shown Mills: classified as historical fiction only because there is dialogue in it that the author would have had to assume but the characters are real people and the historical research is impressive.  It tells the story of Marie Thérèse Coincoin, an African woman in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana who was born into slavery, bought and freed by Pierre Metoyer, a Frenchman, and who went on to buy the freedom of her children.  Simply a fascinating read.

Children of Strangers by Lyle Saxon:  the story of Famie and her life on Cane River is steeped in Spanish moss and moonlight.  Lovely writing.

Best Dance of 2014:

Sadie and Mark’s Super Mario dance.  Too cute for words.

Best Election Result of 2014:

Mary Landrieu’s loss to Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Best Television Show of 2014

True Detective.

Best Dog Story of 2014

Braveheart.  While his story actually began before 2014, it’s safe to say that 2014 has been his best year.

Best New Trend of 2014

The Little Free Library.  These are just cool; we have one in our neighborhood and it’s great.

Most Exciting College Football Player of 2014:

Dak Prescott.  I know he didn’t win the Heisman, but he’s still pretty cool!

Best Conservative Blog of 2014

This one, of course.

We’ll be inundated with these lists between now and the end of the year.  Might as well get started early.

Feel free to leave your own suggestion in  the comments.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — With a margin of 56% to 44%, Rep. Bill Cassidy sealed the deal and sent Mary Landrieu packing last night.  She won only about 16 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes and most of those were in the southern part of the state.

The results were not surprising as Landrieu had polled low, especially after the primary in November.

In her concession speech Landrieu clung to her Obamacare vote and touted it as one of her signature accomplishments even though her position raised the ire of many in Louisiana, especially those facing catastrophic insurance premium hikes next year:

She hailed the Affordable Care Act, the law Mr. Cassidy and his Republican allies hung around her neck at every turn. “We have fought a good fight, and it’s not over yet, for health care,” she said. “This is something to be proud of, and I’m glad we fought for it.”

Mary will, of course, land on her feet.  You can’t spend that many years in politics and get kicked to the curb, and it will be interesting to see if her Obamacare vote lands her some plum appointment now that she’s free from Senate encumbrances.  Surely Obama owes her something for that vote – besides the kickback she already received, that is.

To be fair, Rep. Bill Cassidy is a RINO – he’s not the conservative we need: Col. Rob Maness was that, but Cassidy at least gets us closer to where we need to be.  There will be a place for Col. Maness in Louisiana’s political future, I hope.

But honestly, even Edwin Edwards would have been better than Landrieu (and he took a shellacking, too.).

This is how the system works, and Landrieu knew that.  Last November she pointed out that if you don’t like the way she’s doing her job, and you don’t like Obamacare, you can vote against her:

If they do not like the bill, they can change the bill. We did not wake up one morning and declare this the law. The people of the United States declared this through us as their Representatives. If they do not like it, they can un-elect us. Believe me, they will have a great chance because I am up for reelection right now. They will be able to do that.

Well, here in Louisiana, we took her advice.

Bye, Mary.

DLTDHYITAOTWO.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

 

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — Probably nowhere in the world of social media can one find more of a cesspool of rumor, misinformation, immaturity, and drama than on Facebook.

There is maybe some merit for Twitter: I usually get breaking news faster on Twitter than anywhere else.  Tweets are, of course, thankfully limited to 140 characters, which helps minimize the damage one can do.

About the stupidest thing one can do is to get into an argument with somebody on Facebook.  I speak from experience.  In July, I jumped into an argument with “Miss Liberal” about the Hobby Lobby decision and whether or not it restricted personal rights to buy contraceptives.  In my defense, it was only because I was bored and hurtling down the interstate at 75 mph (as a passenger!) on vacation.  “Miss Liberal” insisted that women lost the right to contraceptives in the Supreme Court decision and I made the case that they did not.  “Miss Liberal” was never convinced and finally resorted to insults and personal attacks; I got bored with her and left the conversation.

I should have learned.

Last week I posted the “I’m NOT with Mary Landrieu” picture on my Facebook feed – I thought it was kind of funny.  “Miss Liberal” pops up again with a comment:  “I feel sorry for you.”  Again we get into a “discussion” about the merits of Landrieu.  “Miss Liberal” hurls more personal attacks and insults about my intelligence.  I am, she says, too ignorant to understand.

Again, I left the conversation.

Third strike:  “Miss Liberal” posts some gibberish on her own Facebook feed about how wonderful universal health care is and how the United States is the only country in the world not to provide this wonderful service to its people – and she tagged me in her post.  She called me out and said that I said that I didn’t believe everyone deserved health care.  (I never said that, of course).

This is just silly, right?  I don’t even know this person in real life and don’t know why we are even Facebook friends.  I’ve never met this person.

But she has called me out.  She tagged me.

So I defend my honor; the whole discussion devolves into a definition of the word entitlement.  “Miss Liberal” said that I get entitlements based on my government job.  When I explained to her that I am a school teacher for the state of Louisiana and I pay for every benefit I receive, she said I was ignorant and needed a dictionary.  The whole thing degenerated from there and she was back to insults and attacks which is how most liberals tend to debate, in my experience.

When my husband and another friend jumped in with me to try to explain to “Miss Liberal” the difference between entitlement and benefit, she started deleting our comments.  In this way, of course, it looked like she was winning the debate.

So – we simply went back in and deleted all our comments and I deleted the entire thread because she had tagged me.

It’s all a childish, silly bunch of middle school drama if you ask me.

I only bring it up to point out two things: Facebook is only a breeding ground for such drivel, and know that when you argue with a liberal you will never convince them.  Your argument can be rock solid and backed up with every academic source in the world, but a true liberal will never be convinced because they believe conservatives are cold blooded, unfeeling evil minions of the rich and elite and all of those people are bad.

That doesn’t mean we need to cave in to their ignorance, but just don’t debate them of Facebook.  I’ve sure learned my lesson.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  I don’t want to jinx anything but I think Mary Landrieu’s goose is cooked here in Louisiana.  The beleaguered Senator Landrieu made a stop in Shreveport a few days ago to kick off the early voting period; she led a march through downtown Shreveport to one of the early voting locations.  When asked about her prospects in the December run-off, especially since the Cassidy campaign has far outspent her, Senator Landrieu replied:

“In the North Carolina race, one of the candidates outspent the other four to one, and the candidate that spent less won, because it’s not always about the money, it’s about people voting.”

sign
Shreveport is NOT with Mary

The most recent poll has Landrieu behind Cassidy by about 15 points, but she’s right: it IS all about who turns out to vote.  That being said, it’s interesting to note this article in the Alexandria Town Talk by Bill Barrow who looks at the numbers:

In every one of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, Landrieu lost votes from her 2008 level. While that’s not entirely unexpected given lower voter participation in midterm elections, the depth of Landrieu’s losses compared with her Republican rivals is notable. She lost at least 5,000 votes in 21 parishes, at least 10,000 in nine parishes, at least 20,000 in four parishes, and 30,000-plus in East Baton Rouge and Jefferson parishes. Her smallest loss in an individual parish was 556 votes in sparsely populated East Carroll Parish, but even that was almost 20 percent of her 2008 total there.

There’s lots more of that kind of analysis at the link and it’s pretty revealing of things to come for Mary.

Ali Akbar, senior adviser to the Black Conservative’s Fund, is here in Louisiana helping drum up support in the black community for Rep. Bill Cassidy.  Akbar told the LSU Reveille  that in the preliminary election, according to exit polls, Rep. Cassidy garnered only 3% of the African-American vote – a number Akbar says is totally unacceptable.  The Black Conservative Fund wants to change that.

Turn-out will have a lot to do with how this race ends up, but it’s hard to see Landrieu coming back from such an apparent disadvantage if the polls are to be believed, especially given the appearance that the national Democrats have given up on her.  And if the above sign is to be believed, Shreveport, at least, is NOT with Mary.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.