Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’m headed back to my second week of school this week and let me tell you, it has taken me all weekend to recover from week one!  Not that anything went wrong, but it does take all of one’s energy to lay down a good foundation for the semester in … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts

Report from Louisiana: Remove all the Monuments

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Just over a year ago I noted that the slippery slope was real with regard to the movement to remove historical monuments and place names once the Confederate monuments started falling at the whim of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  Landrieu, you may recall, after a conversation with musician Wynton … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Remove all the Monuments

Report from Louisiana: Landrieu Speaks about Confederate Monuments

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- New Orleans Mayor Landrieu is publicizing his new book which is out March 20 and as the mayor blusters and pontificates all over the media, one can't help but consider how he relished the monument drama as fuel for future book sales. Last week he spoke to the press about … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Landrieu Speaks about Confederate Monuments

Report from Louisiana: Forever Lee Circle Beads Banned from Mardi Gras

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  We are deep in the throes of Mardi Gras season in Louisiana, that weeks-long bacchanalian festival with parades through the streets, brightly decorated and lit floats blaring deafening music, costumed float riders throwing beads, medallions, shoes, stuffed animals, coconuts, CDs, packages of Ramen noodles, even hot dogs.  You name it, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Forever Lee Circle Beads Banned from Mardi Gras

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: The Beauty of a Thing

A friend of mine has a night -blooming cereus that she named Eudora, in honor of course of the famous Southern author Eudora Welty who had one in her own garden and was known for celebrating its buds with all night parties. When my friend's cereus produced buds last week, rather than throw an all night party she sent … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Beauty of a Thing

Report from Louisiana: More Monument Frenzy and Tim Imholt is Right

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I read Tim Imholt’s post a few days ago on this blog with great interest.  I’ve done more than my fair share of “monument blogging” to the point that I’m wary of ever writing about another monument in my life, but it is a cause I think is important. Tim … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: More Monument Frenzy and Tim Imholt is Right

Report from Louisiana: The World Has Gone Mad

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – If you have not yet done so, please read DaTechGuy’s post on the Saturday protests in Boston. I’m a college educated, professional woman and I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around all of this.  The irony is too great. I’m trying to allow for the fact that I … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The World Has Gone Mad

My Confederate Monument Opinion is the Same as the Union Soldiers who where shot at

Marshall Rooster Cogburn: ...you can forget about your duty. Eula Goodnight: Your own General Lee thought it was the most beautiful word in the English language. Marshall Rooster Cogburn: What the devil do you know of General Lee? Eula Goodnight: That he was a christian gentleman who was soundly whipped in the field by Yankees! … Continue reading My Confederate Monument Opinion is the Same as the Union Soldiers who where shot at

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

Report from Louisiana: Another Monument Down

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Another week, another Confederate era monument gone.  In the early morning hours Thursday morning, the twenty-five foot bronze statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was ripped from its granite pedestal by city crews (which one again included city firefighters) hiding behind masks as monument supporters who had stood vigil all … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Another Monument Down

Report from Louisiana: Monument Removal is no Longer a “Local Issue”

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT –  If Hurricane Katrina united New Orleans in the common cause of “love thy neighbor,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu has successfully decimated all remnants of civility and has created a cultural divide that has ripped the city apart and has cast New Orleans in a negative light in the eyes of the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Monument Removal is no Longer a “Local Issue”

Report from Louisiana: Arlene Barnum Assaulted While Defending Jefferson Davis Monument in NOLA

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Arlene Barnum is a 63-year old Army veteran, a black woman, and is on the front lines in New Orleans standing guard at the Jefferson Davis monument. Arlene lives in Sulpher, Oklahoma but had been in north Louisiana in the small community of Keachi in DeSoto parish to attend an … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Arlene Barnum Assaulted While Defending Jefferson Davis Monument in NOLA

Report From Louisiana: Mitch Landrieu Begins his Plan to Erase History in New Orleans

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT (327 miles from NOLA) –  We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know which one. As promised, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu began the process of removing historic monuments in the city  last night. They came in the dead of night wearing body protection gear and masks; the license plates … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: Mitch Landrieu Begins his Plan to Erase History in New Orleans

Report from Louisiana: Mayor Landrieu’s Plans to Pull Down Monuments in Dead of Night is Exposed

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  In the continuing saga over the New Orleans Confederate monuments, word leaked out late last week that Mayor Mitch Landrieu was planning to begin monument removal in the dead of night before the Easter holiday weekend. Sources within the New Orleans police department confirmed to The Hayride blog that there … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Mayor Landrieu’s Plans to Pull Down Monuments in Dead of Night is Exposed

Report From Louisiana: The Slippery Slope is Now Open!

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Hello, slippery slope.  It didn’t take long for you to appear. I’ve always noted that once the green light was given by the 5th Circuit to remove the New Orleans monuments that the slippery slope of further changes would break open. And so it has. Read the list of names … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: The Slippery Slope is Now Open!

Report from Louisiana: A Disappointing Ruling from the 5th Circuit

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – This is the saddest thing I’ve read this week: it’s the removal instructions for bidders competing for the job of removing three Confederate statues in New Orleans. In a disappointing decision last week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the go ahead for the removal of the monuments: In … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: A Disappointing Ruling from the 5th Circuit

Report from Louisiana: Still Fighting the Civil War

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As the descendant of a Confederate soldier and as a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, I have what I consider a vested interest in the Confederate monuments issue that has been raging ever since Dylan Roof decided to walk into a church in South Carolina and kill … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Still Fighting the Civil War

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Solution to 172 Murders: Equity Circles

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 … Continue reading Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Solution to 172 Murders: Equity Circles