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Thu
24
Sep

OPINION: Universal Mail-in Voting Invites Mass Election Fraud

Election fraud is always a concern – but especially in 2020. Why? Democrats are pushing “universal mail-in ballots,” saying COVID-19 discourages in-person voting. Truth is universal mail-in voting is a greater threat to election integrity.

Let us start with basics. Absentee ballots are available on request – so anyone who feels they need one can get one. Meantime, Democrats are selling more panic, knowing mail-in irregularities will either benefit their candidates or cast doubt on a Trump win.

Empirically, mail-in ballots present a host of problems – problems not found when voters cast their ballots in person. While marginal in most elections, taken to a national level, they would promptly undermine public trust, integrity in the process and legitimacy of outcomes. That is why universal mailin voting is a non-starter.

 

 

 

Thu
24
Sep

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Some “Chili-Cheese Kraut Dogs” sounded real good the other day and that prompted me to dig out a packet of that great pot of chili I cooked one rainy cold Sunday last winter and understand that it was the last. I also noticed that I was out of any stew packets, too AND it’s just too early to start cooking those big heavy meals so I’ll have to be a little bit more patient.

Thu
24
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

A number of historical buffs have wondered how the early settling of the parish was done and how the settlers were organized. Generally speaking the northern part of the Parish was settled by slightly more affluent families and earlier than the southern portion. For this article let’s trace the southern portion south of present day U.S. Hwy 84 from Mansfield to Stanley, La. This road, one of the five major east/west roads of Louisiana known as the “Lone Star Road” or “Three Slash Road” because it was marked by 3 slashes on the trees lining the trail to mark this road.

Wed
16
Sep

Step Up and Be Counted in the Census and Election!

Step Up and Be Counted in the Census and Election!

There are two very important things we need to do at this time…participate in the census and in the upcoming election. We have businesses closing, many out of work and thousands state and nation-wide dead from COVID-19.

What can we do to turn our city around? James Baldwin once said, “You can not fix what you will not face.”

Let’s face it…times have been hard but together we will overcome adversities. Yes, strategy is better than strength any day.

 

 

 

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Wed
16
Sep

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!
Hey, Let’s Talk!

You may know that Great Battles are made up of different “Campaigns” or attempts to get a victory over the other side. WWII had D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, Vietnam had the Tet Offensive; even the Civil War had the Red River Campaign that was snuffed out by our own Confederate Troops in the Battle of Mansfield. Today I offer you the Birdfeeder Campaign following right on the heels of the Attic Campaign that are both victories by me in The Squirrel Wars of Laura Street. Before we break down the tactics by both sides let me give you an update on my improved version of the Baja Shrimp recipe I told you about last week.

Wed
16
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

September 17, 1787, brought a world changing event. Little did the 13 Colonies realize what effect the signing of the new Constitution of the United States would have upon the whole world in the future. The day dawned chilly after a very hot Philadelphia summer. Delegates had spent the summer writing and debating the Constitution of the young country. They heard an address from old Benjamin Franklin who urged all delegates to sign the document. Franklin was too frail to make his speech so another delegate read it for him.

Thirty-eight delegates filed forward to put their names on the bottom of the Constitution. The delegates signed in geographical order from north to south, starting with New Hampshire and ending with Georgia. Franklin stepped forward with assistance to sign and announced that he had wondered whether it was a rising sun engraved upon the back of George Washington’s chair or a setting sun? Thank God he now realized that it was a rising sun!

Thu
10
Sep

Hey, Let’s Talk!

Hey, Let’s Talk!

B a j a Shrimp vs Shrimp Scampi

I picked up a good looking seasoning packet for Baja Shrimp at the Grocery. Thinking of making these on Friday night I thawed out one of my quart baggies of 12/16 ct. gulf shrimp. I noticed that the box preparations called for a pound of 16 ct. but I figured I was close with the amount I had so I used the entire packet of the seasoning mix ... big mistake. Even Susan with her COVID numbed senses of taste and smell thought they were too strong - soooo I decided to do a little research to see if I could improve on this new dish.

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Thu
10
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

Christmas is still a few months away but a good Mansfield friend that died several years ago, Calvin “Lefty” Hall, told me of an incident that occurred in December 1944, which should be told. Not only was Calvin a great citizen of Mansfield but he was a great war hero that very few would ever have known about.

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Thu
03
Sep

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Labor Day has evolved into backyard cookouts, long weekend getaways and saying goodbye to summer ... But what is the true meaning of Labor Day?

Back in Sept. 5, 1882 the first Labor Day Parade in New York City was a time for workers to call attention to 10-hour workdays, sweatshops where people were working for pennies an hour, children were working for excessive hours under poor conditions. Samuel Gompers, the first President of the American Federation of Labor, who insisted on better pay and better working conditions, insisted that a laborer was more than a mere producing machine. Gompers was a Jewish immigrant who simply wanted a better life for the American worker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug

The Farm Wife

The Farm Wife
The Farm Wife

We all need a vacation. But some years we just cannot afford that longed-for trip to the islands. But don’t let money stop you from taking a break. Instead, try a Stay-cation!

A Stay-cation is a vacation where you stay at home. It is amazing how much money you can save, but still have a fun time. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can stay home, or close to it, yet still feel like you have had a break.

Before you schedule those days off, do a little planning, so there are few, if any surprises. By tickets in advance. Research of things to do in your area. Look to see how far you need to travel. See what restaurants and other activities are in the same area.

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