April 1, 2017
by Les Lane
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MANGOS CAN BE USEFUL

At some point this blog has to say something about the good that has come from the “election” (in quotes, so it wasn’t really an election per se) of Agent Orange to the presidency.  It has to be done because we’re all Americans and, at some point, communication and healing have to begin.  But we don’t have to be saintly about it…we can be snarky.  Continue Reading →

March 15, 2017
by Brian Marks
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In Case You Missed It: More allegations of corruption in the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources with whistleblower Dan Collins

WHYR’s 3/8 episode of A Pause For Thought featured Mr. Dan Collins, who successfully won a $750,000 whistleblower lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), with more allegations of corruption within the agency related to a dredging project in the Atchafalaya Basin. Don’t miss this expose of the goings-on within Louisiana state government and the upcoming appeal of Mr. Collins’ suit by the LDNR.

March 1, 2017
by Les Lane
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MODERATION

The following is an account of a shipwreck published in the New York Times on May 27, 1856.

ALMOST A TRAGEDY—Collision of a Steamer and a Schooner—Two Hundred Excursionists Terribly Frightened and Very Nearly Drowned—an Uncomfortable Night at Sea—Varied (word is unclear) Incidents.

An event occurred on Sunday afternoon which might have resulted in the loss of nearly two hundred lives, but which, fortunately, was productive of nothing worse than severe discomfort to the same number of persons, and which, instead of being a tragedy, has resulted in a comedy of a very laughable description

. . . . the old steamer Robert L. Stephens . . . left the foot of Ames street, North River, at 9 o’clock on Sabbath morning, with nearly 200 persons on board. They were very merry. They inhaled the delicious sea breeze, and poisoned it with the smoke of bad cigars. They boasted of their fishing tackle. They drank themselves, and bestowed (word is unclear) and (word is unclear) on their ladies. They rejoiced greatly, and were bent on having the best of all good times. Continue Reading →