Why the Navy needs sleep

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

Report from the Louisiana Book Festival 2018

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

Hey Girl Scouts, your brand sucks!

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!

Report from Louisiana: Ready for Election Day?

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?

You need your own cloud

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

Report From Louisiana: It’s Game Day, Y’all!

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – We have some pretty important elections coming up in Louisiana but all anyone is really talking about is LSU v Alabama coming up this weekend. We love our college football down here. It’s been nearly seven years since LSU beat Alabama in a 9-6 defensive struggle between the two powerhouse … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: It’s Game Day, Y’all!

Get rid of the stupid laws

That 13 year old in the back...lock her up! (Photo from Flickr) Chesapeake is coming under fire for having a law that bans teenagers from trick or treating. Fake news? Nope. It's for real: Sec. 46-8. - Trick or treat activities. (a) If any person over the age of 12 years shall engage in the … Continue reading Get rid of the stupid laws

Report from Louisiana: A Love Letter to Libraries

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – There is an incredible amount of buzz about Susan Orlean’s new release, The Library Book.  I’m going to have to put this on my reading list. The New York Times posted a nifty piece this past weekend in which twelve authors reminisce about their library love; it includes thoughts from … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: A Love Letter to Libraries

Leadership swagger

Have you ever done a team building outing before? If you have, you might have done something like a trust fall, where you fall backwards into the waiting arms of your team mates, trusting that they won't drop you like a hot rock. When I was still in college I went to a team building … Continue reading Leadership swagger

Report from Louisiana: Shameless Book Plug

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It’s been a very surreal week for me, and while I don’t like to write about myself (except when I’m begging for books for my classroom library), how often does one publish a book, anyway?  Well, unless you’re Stephen King, and trust me, I’m not.  But, I was lucky enough … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Shameless Book Plug

That Prepper Mentality

When I was still a teenager, I remember the Year 2000 bug. Everyone was worried that the world's economy would come to a screeching halt, satellites would fall out of the sky, and the world would descend into Purge-like violence. On a Saturday evening, one of my hunting friends invited me over to his place. … Continue reading That Prepper Mentality

Report from Louisiana: A Little Good News?

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – So much negative news this morning in the headlines…tension, anxiety, anger, and sadness (that limo crash in New York – awful!). All this anger is one of the reasons I quit full-time political blogging a few years ago: I was mad all the time.  Frustrated because I couldn’t really change … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: A Little Good News?

Screw your blue wave…a Chinese Red Tsunami is coming!

China will own your data and use it to manipulate you. They plan to do that for the whole world. The latest Bloomberg article showing Chinese insertion of spy chips into SuperMicro is just another step in their attempts to do this. Plenty of people think this is a pipe dream and conspiracy theory, so … Continue reading Screw your blue wave…a Chinese Red Tsunami is coming!

A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Life goes on at the Supreme Court, vacancy or no. Last Monday, on the opening day of the term, the Court announced that it will not hear a challenge to a 2014 Tennessee ballot measure, Amendment 1, which stated "nothing in this [state] Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion." Or, if you prefer, … Continue reading A Quiet Victory at the U.S. Supreme Court

Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts on a Rainy Day

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It’s a rainy, fall day here in Louisiana and we are one week away from fall break at school, and less than two weeks away from publishing day for my book, so my attention span is all over the map right now.  I have only some loose, disconnected thoughts for … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Loose Thoughts on a Rainy Day