Report from Louisiana: Remove all the Monuments

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  Just over a year ago I noted that the slippery slope was real with regard to the movement to remove historical monuments and place names once the Confederate monuments started falling at the whim of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.  Landrieu, you may recall, after a conversation with musician Wynton … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Remove all the Monuments

Report from Louisiana: Landrieu Speaks about Confederate Monuments

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- New Orleans Mayor Landrieu is publicizing his new book which is out March 20 and as the mayor blusters and pontificates all over the media, one can't help but consider how he relished the monument drama as fuel for future book sales. Last week he spoke to the press about … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Landrieu Speaks about Confederate Monuments

Report from Louisiana: Forever Lee Circle Beads Banned from Mardi Gras

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  We are deep in the throes of Mardi Gras season in Louisiana, that weeks-long bacchanalian festival with parades through the streets, brightly decorated and lit floats blaring deafening music, costumed float riders throwing beads, medallions, shoes, stuffed animals, coconuts, CDs, packages of Ramen noodles, even hot dogs.  You name it, … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Forever Lee Circle Beads Banned from Mardi Gras

Report from Louisiana: New Orleans has a Mayoral Runoff

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The next mayor of New Orleans will be a woman.  In Saturday’s mayoral election, two women finished with a majority of the votes and will face off in a November runoff election. While we’ve spent much of the past two years talking about monuments, neither candidate wanted to bring that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: New Orleans has a Mayoral Runoff

Report from Louisiana: The World Has Gone Mad

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – If you have not yet done so, please read DaTechGuy’s post on the Saturday protests in Boston. I’m a college educated, professional woman and I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around all of this.  The irony is too great. I’m trying to allow for the fact that I … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The World Has Gone Mad

Report from Louisiana: Heads Are Rolling in NOLA

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  In the wake of last week’s flooding in New Orleans and the epic fallout of blame that has deluged us in the media, it is worth noting that the mayor of the city, Mitch Landrieu, has taken no blame whatsoever for the disaster that left many city residents and businesses … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Heads Are Rolling in NOLA

Report from Louisiana: Another New Orleans Deluge

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  New Orleans flooded this weekend.  Again. A heavy deluge of eight to ten inches fell on the city in a short time Saturday flooding homes, cars, businesses and creating havoc throughout the city.  People in New Orleans realize that their city is basically a below-sea-level bowl and flooding is always … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Another New Orleans Deluge

Report from Louisiana: Senseless Violence is not Just in NOLA

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  I’ve done a lot of ranting and raving in this space over the past months about the rising crime rate in New Orleans.  I don’t live in New Orleans, but the city is one of our top tourist spots in the state and is known for many wonderful things like … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Senseless Violence is not Just in NOLA

Report from Louisiana: The New Orleans Mayoral Election

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT –  The 2017 New Orleans mayoral race qualifying period has closed with a total of 18 candidates, only three of which are considered major candidates. As most are aware, New Orleans has been the center of much turmoil and negative attention in the past few months. During Landrieu’s term crime has … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The New Orleans Mayoral Election

Report from Louisiana: Landrieu Positions Himself for National Stage while NOLA Burns

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Now that the Confederate era monuments have come down in New Orleans, one would expect the crime rate to drop as well, at least that is the case if you subscribe to the Mitch Landrieu theory of crime control. But of course that is not the case and residents and … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Landrieu Positions Himself for National Stage while NOLA Burns

Report from Louisiana: The Cost of Removing History

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT  --  Let me open this week by apologizing for missing my post last week; a friend of mine died suddenly and the funeral was Monday. It all happened so quickly that I never even thought about my post here until Wednesday.  Note:  if you are a diabetic, please take care of … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Cost of Removing History

Report from Louisiana: All Four Monuments are Gone; Some Reflections

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Now that Mitch Landrieu has removed four Confederate era monuments in New Orleans, supposedly we can expect two things as stated by the mayor himself: Crime will drop and the city will unify. New Orleans population will swell to pre-Katrina numbers. Over the past few weeks Landrieu has used the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: All Four Monuments are Gone; Some Reflections

Report from Louisiana: Another Monument Down

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Another week, another Confederate era monument gone.  In the early morning hours Thursday morning, the twenty-five foot bronze statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was ripped from its granite pedestal by city crews (which one again included city firefighters) hiding behind masks as monument supporters who had stood vigil all … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Another Monument Down

Report from Louisiana: Monument Removal is no Longer a “Local Issue”

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT –  If Hurricane Katrina united New Orleans in the common cause of “love thy neighbor,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu has successfully decimated all remnants of civility and has created a cultural divide that has ripped the city apart and has cast New Orleans in a negative light in the eyes of the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Monument Removal is no Longer a “Local Issue”

Report from Louisiana: Arlene Barnum Assaulted While Defending Jefferson Davis Monument in NOLA

By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Arlene Barnum is a 63-year old Army veteran, a black woman, and is on the front lines in New Orleans standing guard at the Jefferson Davis monument. Arlene lives in Sulpher, Oklahoma but had been in north Louisiana in the small community of Keachi in DeSoto parish to attend an … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Arlene Barnum Assaulted While Defending Jefferson Davis Monument in NOLA

Report From Louisiana: Mitch Landrieu Begins his Plan to Erase History in New Orleans

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT (327 miles from NOLA) –  We knew it was coming, we just didn’t know which one. As promised, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu began the process of removing historic monuments in the city  last night. They came in the dead of night wearing body protection gear and masks; the license plates … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: Mitch Landrieu Begins his Plan to Erase History in New Orleans

Report from Louisiana: Mayor Landrieu’s Plans to Pull Down Monuments in Dead of Night is Exposed

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  In the continuing saga over the New Orleans Confederate monuments, word leaked out late last week that Mayor Mitch Landrieu was planning to begin monument removal in the dead of night before the Easter holiday weekend. Sources within the New Orleans police department confirmed to The Hayride blog that there … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Mayor Landrieu’s Plans to Pull Down Monuments in Dead of Night is Exposed

Report from Louisiana: A Disappointing Ruling from the 5th Circuit

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – This is the saddest thing I’ve read this week: it’s the removal instructions for bidders competing for the job of removing three Confederate statues in New Orleans. In a disappointing decision last week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals gave the go ahead for the removal of the monuments: In … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: A Disappointing Ruling from the 5th Circuit

Report from Louisiana: AG Landry Criticizes Mayor Landrieu’s “Hug-a-Thug” Program

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) are in a political tug-of-war centering on the rising crime rate in Louisiana’s most popular tourist destination.  In 2016, shootings in New Orleans increased by almost 25%, and homicides rose by 7%.  AG Landry blames Mayor Mitch … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: AG Landry Criticizes Mayor Landrieu’s “Hug-a-Thug” Program

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