Report from Louisiana: Politics as Usual in the Bayou State

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I have spent the last twelve days on Spring Break and that comes to an end this week as I return to the classroom to finish out the last seven or so weeks of the school year.  It’s been a glorious break and going back to reality is not really … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Politics as Usual in the Bayou State

Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Two

By John Ruberry There is never a shortage of evidence of the decline and fall of Illinois. Just a week after I authored Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One in this space, I already have a second entry. In two weeks Chicagoans will elect its first female black mayor as two very liberal candidates, Lori … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Two

Report from Louisiana: On the road in Cajun country

By:  Pat Austin BREAUX BRIDGE, LA:  Spring is one of the best times to be in Louisiana. We are in Breaux Bridge this week in the heart of Cajun country eating our fill of hot, spicy crawfish and other local specialties, and admiring the azaleas which are bursting into bloom about two weeks ahead of … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: On the road in Cajun country

Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One

By John Ruberry If  you are looking for bad news then Illinois is just the place for you. What I'm writing here at Da Tech Guy will probably become a series. Illinois' population has been shrinking for five straight years. After the 2020 Census the Prairie State will lose one congressional seat. And it's possible … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One

Report from Louisiana: Spring Reading

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It is spring (finally) and even though we all complain about Daylight Saving Time I don’t mind this one too badly because it now it won’t get dark at six o’clock every night. I like the longer days. For me, this time of year means working in the yard: that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Spring Reading

Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Loose thoughts and links for you this week. On CPAC:  There is some great reporting coming out of CPAC: check out  Stacy McCain’s work at The Other McCain, for one. And at the Daily Beast, Will Sommer reports on the banning of Laura Loomer from CPAC: The CPAC ban is … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts

Underminers

by baldilocks What? President Trump’s antagonists inside the Republican Party now have a fallback plan to scuttle his re-election: using the 2020 primary fight as a bludgeon to inflict irreparable political damage on him in the November general election. The "Never Trump" movement’s preferred strategy is to recruit a formidable Republican who might block the … Continue reading Underminers

Report from Louisiana: Mardi Gras, Zulu, and Blackface

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – We are in full Mardi Gras season here in Louisiana with nearly every city and community in the state hosting parades every weekend until the close of the season in a couple of weeks.  In New Orleans, of course, the parades are daily. We attended the Krewe of Centaur parade … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Mardi Gras, Zulu, and Blackface

Report from Louisiana: Roundup

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – As your humble correspondent is recovering from a vicious round of food-poisoning, I’m going to give you a quick round-up of Louisiana headlines today as any thought deeper than that is simply not happening today. The Governor’s Race:  The money reports are in. There are no real surprises on the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Roundup

Mainstream media bias betrayed as Jussie Smollett hate crime story falls apart

Blogger at the "Gran Torino" house two days ago in Highland Park, MI By John Ruberry As of this writing the story of the Jussie Smollett hate crime story has almost completely unraveled. I quickly blogged about it on my own site early that afternoon before I left for work. When I returned home I … Continue reading Mainstream media bias betrayed as Jussie Smollett hate crime story falls apart

Report from Louisiana: Spinning the 2019 Gubernatorial Race

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The spin machines for the 2019 Louisiana governor’s race is hard at work. Already in the ring on the Republican side are Congressman Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, and a couple of weeks ago, to no one’s surprise, Governor John Bel Edwards has announced his re-election bid. Local political … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Spinning the 2019 Gubernatorial Race

Report from Louisiana: Remembering Braveheart 2013-2019

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’ve never been to a funeral for a dog before, but yesterday I attended a memorial service for five-year old Braveheart.  It was heartbreaking. I have been writing about this dog since 2013; I posted a couple of those on this blog. I know some of you are thinking: a … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Remembering Braveheart 2013-2019

Report from Louisiana: Saints Fans Salty this Morning

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Folks in Louisiana are salty today as a result of the terrible officiating in the Superdome yesterday. My social media feeds are filled with images of voodoo dolls in referee stripes. From WWLTV this morning: A crucial non-interference, non-helmet-to-helmet call cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl and … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Saints Fans Salty this Morning

Report from Louisiana: Miraculum Review

I was never one of those kids who wanted to run off and join the circus, but I was always rather fascinated with that gypsy, nomadic kind of lifestyle and the various dynamic elements at play in the carnival life. Who wouldn't love to travel around the country, meet new people, develop a sort of … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Miraculum Review

On Muses and Journalism

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT — Piggy-backing on Pete’s post in reference to Stacy McCain’s post, I feel obliged to chime in on that conversation for a moment. Both Pete and Stacy referenced Tucker Carlson and his discussion of the deteriorating social fabric and I’m all in agreement on that. No discord here on what either … Continue reading On Muses and Journalism