Report from Louisiana: Rescuing a Shrine

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – We are now in the Greek alphabet for naming hurricanes, with Beta headed toward the Louisiana/Texas Gulf coast this evening. This is only the second time we have gone to the Greek alphabet for this, the last time in 2005.

Beta will be primarily a rainmaker for us, which isn’t so bad, except the Lake Charles area really doesn’t need any more rain.

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy worries that the nation has forgotten about Hurricane Laura and that relief efforts have stalled:

“The sentiment by many at home is that the nation has already forgotten about Hurricane Laura,” said Cassidy. “The fear is that the recovery efforts will be stall and we’ll be ignored while other news…takes over. I’m here to be the voice for the people of Louisiana and share our story with you so that you may know what we are facing.”

Many feel that if not for the Cajun Navy, progress in this area would be nowhere near where it is now. The Cajun Navy has been providing and organizing meals, relief drives, rescues, distributing water, among other things.

The Cajun Navy is not the only group providing relief and volunteering time, however.  In an uplifting story in The Advocate, we learn that a group of volunteers from Lafayette, primarily high school boys from St. Thomas More High School and their fathers, traveled to Cameron Parish “to work in eastern Cameron Parish, mostly at Catholic churches badly damaged by the Category 4 storm but also at private homes.”

While there, they rescued a treasured crucifix from Our Lady of the Star in Cameron, Louisiana. The crucifix reportedly weighs between 300 and 400 pounds and was made in Italy. The video of the rescue has gone viral around social media sites. They took the crucifix back to St. Thomas More for safekeeping.

The church also holds a seven-foot marble statue of Mary and child which was commissioned and made in Italy and dedicated in 1963.  Every year a mass is said at the shrine on June 1: The Mass to Avert Storms.

The boys from Lafayette were able to see this shrine which is still standing, when they rescued the cross.

It’s a nice reminder that as many feel forgotten in the wake of Hurricane Sally and now Beta, there are still people working to rebuild and restore the Cameron and Caldwell parish areas.

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.

Ginsberg’s Replacement The Was The Big Chance for #NeverTrump “True Conservatives” to Prove Their “Conservative” Credentials

For four + years those of us who have supported Donald Trump have been told by our Never Trump “true conservative” betters that whatever the advantages to various legislation and even SOCTUS judges picked by Trump. Donald Trump is so vile that to vote for his is to sell your conservative soul.

These folks should have been very happy now because their moment had come!

With the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the guarantee that President Trump will nominate a replacement quickly and McConnell scheduling a vote before the election one of the supposedly primary drivers for us poor deluded souls who have supported Trump is about to disappear.

Consider: if Donald Trump gets a nominee though before the election the Supreme Court will sit at six conservatives and three liberals and the primary driver for anti-abortion religious voters to hold their nose and vote Trump is gone!

Suddenly NEVERTRUMP could make the case they don’t NEED Donald Trump to be president to have an anti abortion supreme court. Even with Chief Justice John “old yellowstain” Roberts occasionally voting with the left the conservative majority will still hold.

And even if a President Biden or Harris gets elected they would need not one but TWO vacancies among Alito, Thomas and Roberts to swing the court back their way. Replacing one of the three solid liberals won’t count toward giving them a majority.

So if you are a Charlie Sykes or a Rick Wilson or an Amanda Carpenter or Joe Scarborough or any writer for National Review or the Lincoln project all you had to do is put all your weight behind the President’s nominee and all you’ve desired will be possible.

You’ll not only be proving that you meant it when you said you were pro-life conservatives who care about issues like abortion but can’t vote for Trump, but you’ll be able to strip the re-election of Donald Trump of their argument that without him there is no conservative majority. After all the battle for the courts will be already won! They’ll never be a better chance to pry those who don’t say they don’t like President Trump but want a conservative court away from him.

What will it be?

Here’s their answer:

Or put simply they’re not NeverTrump or “true conservatives” or “prolife” they’re just on the other side as long as that side is the one that pays.

Unexpectedly of course.