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