Report from Louisiana: Free Speech or Sexual Harassment?

By:  Pat Austin BATON ROUGE – There’s a case out of Baton Rouge that might be interesting to watch: a former LSU professor has asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to review her case.  Teresa Buchanan taught elementary education students with a specialization in early childhood education. She was terminated in 2015 for “using … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Free Speech or Sexual Harassment?

Report from Louisiana: The Edwards Teacher Pay Raise

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT  -- With the Louisiana gubernatorial election just six months away, Governor John Bel Edwards is probably not too worried about re-election, but he is covering his bases just in case.  Early in the election cycle he proposed a teacher pay raise, and scant as it is ($1,000 a year), I suppose … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Edwards Teacher Pay Raise

Report from Louisiana: Rebecca Wells is an Inspiration

By:  Pat Austin NEW IBERIA, LA – One of the things about life that is always good to remember is that we never stop learning. Life has that amazing capacity to surprise us at any given moment and while those surprises are not always good, most of the time they are if we take the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Rebecca Wells is an Inspiration

Report from Louisiana: More Lawsuits Against Big Oil

By:  Pat Austin BATON ROUGE – It is not news that the Louisiana coastline has been extensively damaged through the years by energy companies who have left miles of canals and channels dredged through our wetlands as part of the process of harvesting the vast oil resources in our state.  It is also not news … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: More Lawsuits Against Big Oil

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

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

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

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

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