There is very little that government bureaucracy does not turn into a nightmare. A two mile stretch of road in a small Massachusetts town is a perfect example of this fundamental principle. Twice in the recent past, a squabble between highway departments at two levels caused this stretch of road to be closed for hours, … Continue reading Government Bureaucracy turned a small town road into a nightmare.
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The Louisiana governor’s race is beginning to take shape and from where I’m sitting, it looks like a piece of cake for the incumbent, John Bel Edwards. The Advocate has a good run-down of who is in and who is out at this point, and when you look at who … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The State of the Governor’s Race
I lived in beautiful Princeton, NJ, for almost exactly a quarter of a century. Except for frequently auditing classes and regularly attending lectures and concerts, I was not connected to the University, so I missed most of the politically correct angst going on on campus. PC angst did, however, echo through the town (most of … Continue reading Go ahead and Kiss The Girl, if you dare
It has been apparent to me for some time that progressives, along with the rest of the political left, have a view of United State that is drastically different from the true nature of this most remarkable nation. This distorted view of America took form in Colleges and Universities back in the 1960s, and has … Continue reading The Progressive Reality Distortion Toolkit
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – In Louisiana this week it is both Fall and Christmas: the first weekend of December brought mild temperatures and sunny days as residents emerged from their houses to decorate with lights and position giant inflatable snow globes and penguins on their front lawns. It’s Christmas in the South, y’all. The … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: On Christmas Shopping
No founding father was more instrumental in establishing the United States as a nation grounded in individual freedom, natural law, Republican form of government, and a constitutionally limited federal government than Thomas Jefferson. No founding father has been more unfairly maligned by academia and modern historians than Thomas Jefferson. Some readers, those of a more … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson – Racist villain or abolitionist hero?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It is less than a year until Louisiana’s next gubernatorial election and current governor, John Bel Edwards, is getting his ducks in a row. When election day comes in October 2019, Edwards will be able to tell voters that he has added 500,000 new government dependents to the Medicaid rolls, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: John Bel Edwards is Prepping for Re-Election
Just after election day, on which MA governor Charlie Baker was re-elected by an overwhelming majority, he signed a bi-partisan bill to require civics education in public schools in our commonwealth. Among other things, the law requires eighth-graders to complete at least one student-led civics project and it establishes a Civics Project Trust Fund, which schools can … Continue reading Euclidian Geometry and Constitutional Civics
You know having a smart negotiator in the White House has really worked out: The Trump administration has won the support of Mexico's incoming government for a plan to remake U.S. border policy by requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims move through U.S. courts, according to Mexican officials and senior members … Continue reading Mexican Asylum Deal or Trump Does it Again!
Several important facts about the early years of the Pilgrims, after they landed in Plymouth, are omitted from the current telling of their history. Few know today that the Pilgrims experimented with the kind of communal living that was advocated by Plato. This collectivist experiment nearly doomed the colony, contributing greatly to much suffering in … Continue reading Collectivism nearly doomed the Pilgrims
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The fifteenth annual Louisiana Book Festival was held last weekend and your humble correspondent was honored to be a part of it as one of the presenters for my book Cane River Bohemia. You know you have reached the surreal when you are signing books fifteen feet away from Donna … Continue reading Report from the Louisiana Book Festival 2018
The midterm elections were a meh: the House went blue, the Senate stayed red, and the media was predictable. The follow-on story that I paid more attention to was the Pentagon failing its first audit. I'm not surprised. As someone who has watched a number of wars come and (not) go, spending has been all … Continue reading President Trump, please fix the Pentagon
During the past two weeks I saw two Conservative friends post rather derogatory items about Libertarians on Facebook, and Libertarians do the same about Conservatives. That is just a small sampling of what I‘ve seen since I’ve been on social media. At times it appears there is an all out war between the two sides … Continue reading Why do Conservatives and Libertarians squabble so much?
Do this and you'll understand the merits of the CNN Jim Acosta lawsuit. Mr. Acosta has no more of a divine right to get a press pass to the White House based on his previous work then I do to demand an interview with the president based on my questioning him twice on the campaign … Continue reading Imagine if I sued the White House because they wouldn’t Grant me an Interview with POTUS
A. Refuse to Concede an election B. "Discover" or "create" enough votes that were mysteriously not counted (preferably absentee ballots since there are lists of votes and non voters so there is a large selection of non voters to create them from) until you can produce a lead however slight C. Declare the election over
Unfortunately I was wrong when I predicted that the Republicans would maintain a narrow majority in the House of Representatives. I found it difficult to believe that enough seats would switch to Democrat in order to flip the House given the drastic improvement in economic conditions since President Trump took office. There are many factors … Continue reading Five reasons why the Republicans lost the House
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Are you ready to vote Tuesday? Done your research? In Louisiana we have several races of interest, most of them local issues, and I guess at the top of that for me is the Shreveport mayoral race. It’s no secret that Shreveport is in an economic decline and ranks low … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Ready for Election Day?
Lady Godiva rode her horse through town in the buff some 800 years ago, and ever since, exhibitionist women have been taking it off for a cause, even when no one is going to name a brand of chocolates after them. The latest are the #GrabThemByTheBallot women, who I suppose mean to attract Pres. Trump's … Continue reading #GrabThemByTheBallot: Libs drop trou . . . again
This article is most likely hypothetical because it appears that the Republican Party’s chances of maintaining control of the House of Representatives have increased since the Justice Kavanaugh debacle, and the Senate was never really in play. I could be mistaken because most of the polls are unreliable and the media coverage is deeply biased. … Continue reading Democrats retaking the House would be a Pyrrhic Victory
1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive … Continue reading The #Unexpectedly Chronicles: The Left Discovers the Constitution as it is: