Johnny Appleseed Interviews Geoff Diehl for Senate Elmer Eubanks Archabald for State Rep

There was a lot going on at the Johnny Appleseed festival last week including some politics. After all what would a local festival be if candidates didn't turn up. I had a chance to talk to two of them. Geoff Diehl won the GOP primary and will be facing Elizabeth Warren in the fall. Diehl … Continue reading Johnny Appleseed Interviews Geoff Diehl for Senate Elmer Eubanks Archabald for State Rep

One Person Can Make Things Better

by baldilocks Sitting in for Fausta. A friend sent me this LA Times link from 2016. Escalating their battle to stamp out an unprecedented spread of street encampments, city officials have begun seizing tiny houses from homeless people in South Los Angeles. Elvis Summers, who built and donated the structures, removed seven of the gaily … Continue reading One Person Can Make Things Better

A Sensible Partitioning of California

by baldilocks There’s a reason that we Southern California conservatives have a hard time letting go of our failed state. It’s 78 degrees today in Los Angeles. The rest of California is difficult not to love – even the desert areas. With California secession in the wind, Glenn Reynolds writes about one of several intrastate … Continue reading A Sensible Partitioning of California

Detroit may strip Carson’s name off school

Every time Detroit seems ready to lift itself out of the mire it's been wallowing in for the past half century, it sinks back into the ooze. The latest case of swampiness as usual in Motown came on Jan. 9, when the Detroit school board adopted a new policy that bans the naming of school … Continue reading Detroit may strip Carson’s name off school

New York Steakhouse Makes a Bold Stand

While driving down Route 55 in Lagrangeville, New York (about 60 miles north of New York City) on the way to a medical appointment yesterday, I spotted a sign outside of Kelly's Steaks and Spirits that sure lifted mine! The sign announced that they DO NOT air NFL games in that establishment and the sign … Continue reading New York Steakhouse Makes a Bold Stand

After Multiple Arrests, New York Democrat Finally Drops Congressional Bid

In New York's 19th Congressional District (which I used to be a part of before a recent redrawing put me into the 18th instead), Steven Brisee was running among several other Democrats hoping to oust Republican Congressman John Faso from his seat. But Steven Brisee can't seem to stop himself from getting arrested! Steven Brisee … Continue reading After Multiple Arrests, New York Democrat Finally Drops Congressional Bid

Report from Louisiana: Confederate Monument Update

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’ve done a fair amount of blogging in this space about our Caddo Parish Confederate monument and the anti-monument hysteria that is sweeping the country, so if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to bring you up to date on our local monument controversy. Ours is not like any other in … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Confederate Monument Update

Report from Louisiana: Heads Are Rolling in NOLA

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  In the wake of last week’s flooding in New Orleans and the epic fallout of blame that has deluged us in the media, it is worth noting that the mayor of the city, Mitch Landrieu, has taken no blame whatsoever for the disaster that left many city residents and businesses … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Heads Are Rolling in NOLA

Report from Louisiana: Another New Orleans Deluge

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  New Orleans flooded this weekend.  Again. A heavy deluge of eight to ten inches fell on the city in a short time Saturday flooding homes, cars, businesses and creating havoc throughout the city.  People in New Orleans realize that their city is basically a below-sea-level bowl and flooding is always … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Another New Orleans Deluge

Report from Louisiana: Senseless Violence is not Just in NOLA

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  I’ve done a lot of ranting and raving in this space over the past months about the rising crime rate in New Orleans.  I don’t live in New Orleans, but the city is one of our top tourist spots in the state and is known for many wonderful things like … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Senseless Violence is not Just in NOLA

Reigning Hopelessness

by baldilocks A real environmental crisis: it's Raining Needles. Alternate title: Why I Stopped Wearing Flip-flops in Public. They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin … Continue reading Reigning Hopelessness

New hate crime law is a Conn. job

Things are nutty in the Nutmeg State. One of the bluest of blue states, Connecticut has more than its share of problems. According to Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, the state is mired in an economic swamp and has the highest bonded debt per capita in America. Mark J. … Continue reading New hate crime law is a Conn. job

Through the Looking Glass in Boston

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” Humpty Dumpty, Through the Looking Glass Our Constitution is meant to provide the framework within which a government that “derives its just … Continue reading Through the Looking Glass in Boston

Report from Louisiana: The Cost of Removing History

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT  --  Let me open this week by apologizing for missing my post last week; a friend of mine died suddenly and the funeral was Monday. It all happened so quickly that I never even thought about my post here until Wednesday.  Note:  if you are a diabetic, please take care of … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Cost of Removing History

Report from Louisiana: All Four Monuments are Gone; Some Reflections

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Now that Mitch Landrieu has removed four Confederate era monuments in New Orleans, supposedly we can expect two things as stated by the mayor himself: Crime will drop and the city will unify. New Orleans population will swell to pre-Katrina numbers. Over the past few weeks Landrieu has used the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: All Four Monuments are Gone; Some Reflections