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
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
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – This is the day that you’ll find a large number of reflective posts on blogs and “best of” articles in newspapers as we say goodbye to 2018. I think there is some benefit in that and we certainly all need time to reflect. For my last post of 2018 on … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: New Year’s Eve Strange and Unusual
By Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- It’s Christmas in Louisiana! Well, it’s Christmas everywhere, but my spot on this blog is usually from a Louisiana perspective, so I wanted to bring a little Louisiana flavor to your Christmas Eve. We don’t usually have snow for Christmas; I can’t recall ever seeing a White Christmas here, actually. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Merry Christmas
I didn't know who Senator Mark Green was until I saw a news article saying he thought vaccines caused autism. So I started looking into his background. Low and behold, he's an actual doctor, and he inserted into Iraq with some of the initial SEAL teams as their medic. He talked about it in a … Continue reading What wasn’t said about vaccines
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
Over this past week, I had the pleasure of participating in the BALTOPS planning conference. I say pleasure literally, because the interactions with all of the participating BALTOPS nations was great. That may come as a surprise to readers, since I've been fairly critical of NATO in the past. Those that know me better know … Continue reading Questioning NATO
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
It appears that a no-kidding schism is coming to the Church... Wait, nope, wrong church Probably the most under-reported story right now is the massive spat between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Archbishop of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was originally aligned under the Russian Orthodox Church, which had originally established a … Continue reading The coming schism in the Church
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
For the three years I worked on a submarine, I never averaged 6 hours of sleep a night. Most nights underway, it was 3-4, occasionally 5. In port, I might make it to 6 hours, depending on how much maintenance my division was performing. At the time, I simply felt like a zombie, but I … Continue reading Why the Navy needs sleep
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 Girl Scouts once again prove that their brand sucks. Their latest lawsuit is over a trademark infringement, saying that because the artist formerly known as Boy Scouts is accepting girls makes it confusing to people, who might think they are the Girl Scout organization. Never mind that you can settle this with a quick … Continue reading Hey Girl Scouts, your brand sucks!
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?
I had warned my wife not to let our youngest daughter play with her phone. Sure, it might keep her quiet for a bit, but her smart phone was expensive, and normally small children make quick work of expensive things. And my daughter did just that. Through her frustration of pounding on the phone, it … Continue reading You need your own cloud