Report from Louisiana: The Vaccine

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Happy New Year! We are spending the holiday in south Louisiana in our cabin on Bayou Teche. Because I will be driving back on Sunday and back at work on Monday, I’m writing this post on the actual first day of the year. We just finished our traditional “good luck” New Year’s meal which of course includes cabbage and black eyed peas. I also cooked a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin stuffed with andouille sausage and shrimp. We are sitting pretty fat and happy right now.

I took a moment to check some emails today and I see where the school system will soon be offering the Covid-19 vaccine for teachers and school staff. The vaccine should be available to us in the next couple of weeks. Am I going to take it? You bet I am. Sign me up. We will be getting the Moderna vaccine, I am told.

I’m so sick of this virus and the limitations it has put on everyone. I guess it varies somewhat from state to state, but honestly the restrictions that so many business owners must face seem so absurd. For example, we drove over the levee this morning to stop by Turtle’s Bar which is on the Atchafalaya Basin. The swamp is beautiful at any time of year, but there is something about it in the winter that just draws me.

Steve asked Tanya, the bartender, “Well! Did y’all have fun last night?” because, of course, New Year’s Eve, right?

“Yeah,” she said, “until 11:00.” Bars in Louisiana are required to close at 11:00. Because apparently the virus does not spread until after 11?  Who knows? We were the only people in there at that hour, along with one other guy and with the exception of the people who live on houseboats there that walk up to her window to place an order.

We stood at the bar and swapped stories for a while, and I tried to pull up one of the bar stools to sit down. “Oh, you can’t do that!” Tanya said. “It’s against regulations because of Covid. You can’t sit at the bar.” But…you can stand at the bar and that is okay. 

Even stranger – the bartender can serve you at the bar but she can’t walk over to your table and serve you. You have to walk to the bar to get your drink, and you have to wear a mask when you walk to the bar, but once you sit back down, you can take it off again.

It all borders on the absurd.

I have several musician friends who were at home last night, without a gig, for the first time in their careers. No live music is allowed.

But hey, the casinos are apparently non-viral zones because all of our local riverboat casinos are in full swing.

The numbers for new cases and hospitalizations are higher now than they have ever been. I have more friends now who are sick than I ever have. One of my best friends has had fever for two solid weeks now and it runs about 102 even taking Tylenol and Advil every three hours. She has no taste or smell and says it’s the worst she’s ever felt in her life. Her husband is a heart patient and he has recently tested positive as well. I’m quite concerned for both of them.

I’m ready for people to be able to get back to work, for businesses to reopen and recover, and for the music to begin again. I’m ready to see full sports stadiums and concerts. I’m ready to teach school mask-free and to see my students’ faces and smiles again.

So, yes, I’ll take the vaccine. I’m not concerned. Bring it on.

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.

Why Aren’t The Dems, Media & GOP Establishment Delighted at a Chance To Nip “Claims” of Election Fraud in the Bud?

And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

Jesus Christ John 3:19-21

He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.

C. S. Lewis The Screwtape letters #29

As soon as it became apparent that the great steal of 2020 was on and people began objecting to it the left pushed back. This pushback took many forms. The repeated lockouts of my account and false claims about my tweets on Benford’s law followed by repeated false apologies and false claims that they were in error) were one. The repeated line from Twitter when President Trump repeated the various claims was another so many times that’s it’s practically a meme

This Claim about the election is disputed

Twitter, every time President Trump details evidence of Fraud

Another were loud proclamations that all such claims were nonsense so much that media refused to cover hearing and ignored sworn statements that were given, even by the President who presented a summery of the fraud during a speech.

From there we had loud pronouncements that allegations from fraud undermine confidence in American elections and are a dangerous thing in our democracy, in fact it was for this reason that Richard Nixon in 1960 did not contest the stolen election in Illinois that defeated him (and in my opinion led to Watergate 12 years later as a paranoid campaign was taking no chances).

Now that the Senator from Missouri has turned the electoral college challenge by congress is a fact rather than the wet dream that it was for democrats in 2001 2005 & 2017 we are hearing loud cries that this is sedition from the media and left.

This leads to the obvious question:

WHY?

If this election was on the up and up and if the belief currently held by large chunks of Americans that this election was stolen is false then it’s in the interest of the Media, the Democrat, the left and the Tech folks who insist that this is the case that it is clearly demonstrated to be so.

If there were:

  • no republican observers hustled out of rooms or kept away from the counts.
  • no large amounts of ballots pulled from out of tables once observers left
  • No computer systems were hacked or programed to change counts
  • No large quantities of ballots marked only for Joe Biden suddenly turning up in the middle of the night in Democrat strongholds
  • No widespread use of fraudulent mail ballots in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit and other cities
  • No validity to the claims listed here by state from machines spotting dems 35k votes in Arizona to Xerox copies of military ballots all for Biden in Michigan.

And if those who submitted sworn statements under penalty of perjury were lying in order to change the result of the election then exposing this as a conspiracy theory to the general public is not only in their interest but it would be very easy to prove.

Yet the left and their allies are violently opposed to taking their chance to expose this nonsense for what they claim it is.

I submit and suggest the reason is:

They know it’s not nonsense and also know that if the evidence is showed to the American people it can be easily understood.

“But DaTechGuy”, you ask, “Why then are republicans, particularly those in leadership fight so hard to keep this from happening and objecting to publicly like Senator Pat Toomey foolishly as Dinesh D’Sousa suggests.

Dinesh is wrong here. Senator Toomey and those in the GOP like him are not being foolish, he is being cowardly.

If the objection had not taken place, if evidence is never presented to the congress then members of the GOP establishment can function as normal, raise money as normal and retire as normal to comfortable lives for them and theirs in the sure and comfortable knowledge that nobody will cause them any grief as they cash in on their office.

But once it became clear that the objection would take place everything changed. (There’s a reason why the number of house and senate members objecting skyrocketed once it became plain it was going to happen)

If evidence is presented publicly to the senate and is in fact convincing and they are forced to acknowledge it as such then a choice must be made. Do you risk your their political future by acting on this evidence angering the deep state which might be unforgiving when it comes time to sit on boards, take cushy jobs at universities or even cash in as a public speaker?

Or do they like Pilate decide that it’s too risky, do they reject the evidence and the risk of the wrath of voters while earning the love of the deep state and the preservation of their prerogatives that they were so looking forward to?

One will never grow poor betting on cowardice from public servants but there is a chance but a chance that they will choose to do the right thing.

Cue the 11th Doctor: