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

Report from Louisiana: Mass Shooting in New Orleans while Landrieu Fiddles

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 … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Mass Shooting in New Orleans while Landrieu Fiddles

Report From Louisiana: The Jackson Square Protest

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT  -- There were protests in New Orleans Saturday, as promised, at Jackson Square and at other Confederate monument sites in the city.  The stated goal of these protests, organized by Take ‘Em Down NOLA and BLM, was to bring the monuments down with ropes, if necessary. They did not succeed. All … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: The Jackson Square Protest

Report from Louisiana: Revisionist History and Confederate Monuments

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The fight to preserve American History has now moved to Baltimore with the latest attack coming from the Special Commission to Review Baltimore’s Public Confederate Monuments.  Their recommendation is to move an equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson which depicts the two men right before the 1863 … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Revisionist History and Confederate Monuments

Confederate Monuments and Unintended Consequences

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Indulge me this week.  I’m so sick of national politics I just can’t bang out one more post on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or the uninformed masses who continue to believe that raising the minimum wage is the answer to our problems (sorry about that last one – someone on … Continue reading Confederate Monuments and Unintended Consequences

The Ongoing Battle of the Confederate Monuments: an Update

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The battle over the Confederate monuments in New Orleans is still ongoing and for now, the monuments aren’t going anywhere. I began following this story back in December when Governor Mitch Landrieu garnered enough support from the City Council to remove the monuments.  The move was met with outrage from … Continue reading The Ongoing Battle of the Confederate Monuments: an Update

The Lives of My Ancestors Mattered, Too

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – My ancestors on my mother’s side were originally from Castile, Spain; they settled in Natchez, Mississippi and then moved to Rapides Parish in central Louisiana where they were landowners and planters. One of those men was Joseph Welsh Texada who was a captain in the 8th Louisiana Cavalry and fought … Continue reading The Lives of My Ancestors Mattered, Too