Report from Louisiana: Into the Mighty Mississippi

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – The issue of monuments persists.

John Ruberry asked in this space, “Where does it all end?”  I’ve been asking myself this question for several years now as we fight in Shreveport to save our Confederate monument. Perceived symbolism aside, our monument is a beautiful work of sculpture in its own right, and fairly unique among other Confederate monuments.

The unhinged left continues to destroy and deface monuments and it seems that logic and reason has gone further and further out the window. All that matters now is that the target is a monument, never mind what it stands for.

In New Orleans this weekend, protesters attacked a bust of John McDonough (1779-1850) in front of City Hall. Armed with a chisel and a skateboard, they tore the bust off its pedestal and tossed it into the Mississippi River:

A group of protesters used a chisel, rope and a skateboard to tear down the bust of John McDonough in Duncan Plaza, doused it in brightly colored paint and rolled it into the Mississippi River on Saturday.

The New Orleans Police Department said at 5:30 p.m. that two people who drove the bust to Jax Brewery to dump it in the river were “apprehended and transported to NOPD headquarters.” Protesters began gathering at the jail near Tulane Avenue and South Broad Street known as the Orleans Justice Center and there were roughly 200 there by 7 p.m.

Their grievance seems to be that McDonough owned slaves.

While McDonough wasn’t a saint, he did leave his fortune to Baltimore and New Orleans for the purpose of forming schools for poor black and white children.

Two of those who attacked the monument have been arrested.

In Kentucky, armed residents formed a line of protection around their Confederate monument against potential attackers.

Nancy Pelosi has called for the removal of eleven statues from Statuary Hall at the Capitol Building. While her letter does no specify which eleven statues, she does specifically mention Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens who served as President and Vice-President of the Confederacy.

Louisiana’s two statues there include Huey P. Long and Edward Douglas White. White was a U.S. Senator and a Chief Justice of the United States, but he also served as a soldier in the Confederacy. Is she targeting this statue as well? It’s not clear.

But again, you see the problem? Where does this end? We can remove monuments, relocate statues, throw busts into the Mississippi, but where does it end? Who gets to decide which ones go? Under whose sensibilities are we all to live? Whose rights take precedence over any others?

Honestly it makes me crazy. I want to wash my hands of all of it and live on a houseboat in the Atchafalaya Basin.

We need to find our way back to reason and learn to get along. Mind our own business. Find a balance. Enough.

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.

Society Without Police: Meet the New Bosses, not quite the same as the old ones

Mayor Perkins:You all know the situation. There’s us here in Calendar. There’s Galena, where we gotta ship our gold. There’s the Danby ranch half way in between the two. The road even runs through their property.

Thomas Devery: All right fine then we build the road around their property.

Mayor Perkins: How? They own that whole valley.

Fred Johnson: Besides, if they don’t get their 20 per cent, they just hold up every stage that comes through and take all of it.

Thomas Devery: All right, but we’ve got to do something. Even if it means bringing troops in here.

Support your local Sheriff 1969

Henry Hill: Hundreds of guys depended on Paulie and he got a piece of everything they made. And it was tribute, just like in the old country, except they were doing it here in America. And all they got from Paulie was protection from other guys looking to rip them off. And that’s what it’s all about. That’s what the FBI could never understand. That what Paulie and the organization does is offer protection for people who can’t go to the cops. That’s it. That’s all it is. They’re like the police department for wise guys.

Good Fellas 1990

The newest in my series of what society without or with defunded police will look like.

One of the things I mentioned in my last piece is how suddenly smaller shipments like UPS trucks would become targets as soon as it was clear that police would not be there or would be too busy to bother and I mentioned the increase int he cost of insurance. But there is another type of “Insurance” to be paid.

Once it becomes clear that there is good money and easy to be made from business’ that have no cops to call or can’t count on them bothering to show bigger factions will start to get involved, particularly in large cities. Organized crime, whether it’s mafia or drug gangs or ethnic games will quickly discover that they will be able to extract a toll from the local businesses and those who choose to enter their areas. And that toll is going to have to be paid, or else.

Henry Hill: [narrating] Now the guy’s got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie. Trouble with the bill? He can go to Paulie. Trouble with the cops, deliveries, Tommy, he can call Paulie. But now the guy’s gotta come up with Paulie’s money every week, no matter what. Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? Fuck you, pay me.

Good fellas 1990

This however does come with compensations as was illustrated just last week in Chicago:

 In Chicago’s Hispanic neighborhoods, the Latin Kings and other street gangs are reportedly stepping up and doing what their elected officials and police departments have not been able to do: protecting their neighborhood businesses from arsonists and looters.

and one of the things about ethnic gangs is they not only don’t care about cancel culture or political correctness when dealing with things:

On Sunday afternoon, Little Village neighbors came together to protect 26th Street businesses after people looted shops. Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22nd) said as the night went on, a few Latino men became “antagonistic” and were indiscriminately targeting Black people driving through the neighborhood.

. . . .  In a Facebook Live video shot at 50th and Cermak in Cicero at 7 p.m. Monday, groups of people with bats and metal pipes were gathering near the intersection.

“Non-Black, Latinx gangs [are] armed with bats, machetes,” said Luz Chavez, who shot the video. “Any car that passes by with Black people in it, they are yelling at it and throwing s—,” she said.

Chavez, founder of online magazine Gozamos, urged Black people to “stay out of Cicero.”

The irony of course is that the business owners, seeing other completely wiped out and likely unable to get insurance might just decide that paying these guys for protection from everyone (except them of course) is worth it and if a few thugs end up dead instead of arrested, well they’ll figure it’s a powerful incentive not to do that anymore.

This is happening in Chicago, I suspect it will start happening in Seattle when people decide they don’t want to be ruled by ANTIFA and if this defend disband the police business continues

Closing note: On the June 3rd podcast I stated that if I was a Mafia down I’d be moving into cities, offering protection from the mob and cleaning up both on protection money & stealing from the thugs and get cheered for it. Who knew that a less than a week later it would actually start to happen?