Report from Louisiana: Happy New Year!

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – As this decade comes to a close, we are headed to south Louisiana to spend the last week of the year on Bayou Teche, quietly amongst our books and cats. I can’t think of a better way to bring in the new year.

It’s been a pretty cool year for football fans around here: our Number Nines (Brees and Burrow) have given us much to be excited about. This is a topic of conversation almost everywhere you go.  I know people who are really excited that LSU will face Clemson in the championship game, but I’ve talked to others who really wanted to face Ohio State. It’s going to be a great game on January 13!

Carnival season will be in full swing right about then and as the game will be in New Orleans, we can expect a lot of revelry and excitement around the event. Really, we don’t need much of a reason to have a bacchanalian party around here, but this one will do just fine.

I’ll leave all of that to others; I’ll be watching from the comfort of my couch.

Looking back at 2019, I guess I can say it’s been a really good year for me. I didn’t win the Lotto or anything, but I did get to travel all over the state to speaking events and book signings with Cane River Bohemia. That’s been a real kick! I’m really grateful for these experiences

I’m also really grateful that this blog, through the patience and perseverance of Pete and you, our readers, is still here and has recovered from the technical glitches that plagued us so through the year. Be sure to hit the tip jar if you get a chance.

So this is just a short post to say thank you for being here, for reading, and I hope every single one of you has a safe and prosperous New Year!

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport and is the author of Cane River Bohemia: Cammie Henry and her Circle at Melrose Plantation. Follow her on Instagram @patbecker25 and Twitter @paustin110.

Time for Jewish Americans in NY & NJ to Declare themselves 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries

I don’t believe in “hate” crimes. As far as I am concerned you can hate someone all you want, that’s your business between you and your maker. between you and your maker (although I reserve the right to have a low opinion of you for said hatred and act accordingly). I further think all the laws in the world against “hate” crimes are not only going to increase such hatred because “hate” is a relative thing but are unlikely to discourage violent attacks or theft which are the things that such laws are supposedly designed to prevent or discourage. Such as the horrible attacks we’ve seen against religious Jews lately

There is, in my opinion only one way to prevent such crimes and that’s to make the cost of such a crime prohibitive both in terms of punishment and in terms of likelihood of success.

Now a long sentence for attempted murder and/or the death penalty for murder is a good start by making the cost of such a crime prohibitive in terms of punishment. That will discourage all but the most gullible or the most fanatical who don’t care if they’re caught or killed. For that you need to make the likelyhood of success in such an attack so small that it’s not worth trying.

And to do that, American jews, particularly religious Jews need to arm themselves as if they’re a bunch of Texas Church goers.

That fellow waving a machete would not have gotten very far if the law abiding Jews at that house were armed and carrying and I’d wager a lot of those going folks going after Jews would think twice if they thought that the man or woman they were targeting were armed.

The left doesn’t like the idea of increased police presence? Fine loosen the gun laws and permit restricts and let these citizens defend themselves.

If Cuomo & DiBlasio are really interested in stopping these attacks cold, that’s the way to do it. Until they do, it’s just talk and Jewish town, Jewish places of worship and Jewish homes should declare themselves 2nd amendment sanctuaries and act accordingly.