Thank You Donald Trump!

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by Marion Marks

Sarcasm is often utilized by the weak to belittle those who are unable to defend themselves. Ridicule falls similarly as a trait people use to control and segregate others by belittling their character and actions. Too often these tools are identified with evil and negative behaviors.

It is with great care that I temper any actions or criticism when dealing with those with whom I cannot identify. So, when I thank Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, David Duke and those who identify with the words and actions documented in the last few days around Charlottesville, Virginia, I must admit it is with a degree of sarcasm and ridicule that I accept guilt.

I truly thank these characters for the degree to which they exposed themselves and the transparency of their beliefs and the rationale with which they have explained their actions. Words they used to identify themselves and the America they have attempted to mold are really quite clear and chilling. In defining themselves they helped me identify myself 

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Lessons of History & Life – Thanks David McCullough

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David McCullough at Boston College

by Marion Marks

Grit, determination and stick-to-itiveness in spite of obstacles, that’s living. Or, it’s not the days in your life, it’s the life in your days. There is so much to gain from study, and lessons of history have been enriched by the life of David McCullough. It seems obvious that any who want to make points should use quotes of accepted sources. I will use the greatest history authority I have experienced, because we appear to only accept history lessons from those who parrot our beliefs or interpretations.

McCullough’s commencement speech at Boston College in 2008 casts calm for the brash, crude political noise that surrounds us. We would benefit by reflecting on these words:

It’s said ad infinitum: ours is the Information Age. There’s never been anything like it since the dawn of creation. We glory in the Information Highway as other eras gloried in railroads. Information for all! Information night and day!

President Taft

… A column of air a mile square, starting 50 feet from the ground and extending to 14,000 feet contains an average of 25,000,000 insects…. James Madison weighed less than a hundred pounds, William Howard Taft, 332 pounds, a presidential record (at the time) …. According to the World Almanac, the length of the index finger on the Statue of Liberty is 8 feet…. The elevation of the highest mountain in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock, is 3,487 feet…. The most ancient living tree in America, a bristlecone pine in California, is 4,700 years old … Read more

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2017 Resolution: a Better Free Press

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 by Marion Marks

“Surprises” in presidential, as well as other, elections are the norm, and 2016 was no exception. The spaceship did not come down from Mars and impregnate Nancy Reagan! But, WHOPPERS this year were really not difficult to clarify so we could focus on facts, even if the facts didn’t support our desires.

The issue of these fake stories, and the Russian hacking was that too many people spent too much time and resources away from the central issues of the democratic election process. It should be as simple as teaching a child to bat in baseball or  softball: Keep your eye on the ball! Read more

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Drawing the Red Line

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by Marion Marks

Mobile, AL – The city cuts an historic cedar tree from a public park for a Trump rally backdrop, and citizens and the media denounce the action. The outcry appears to be quite partisan, as Trump supporters don’t see any issue with using a tree in this manner, “after all it’s only a tree and it’s a renewable resource.” Yet the logic defies any appreciation that Trump backers fought so hard to denounce Clinton for supporting. Just who’s tree is it anyway, and why would people get so upset about something so simple?

We need to be clear that trees by a recommended company, animals and people are all part of the balance of our lives. It’s not about any single tree. The case is about respect for those things that make our society, cities, states, America a civil society — It’s that thing that recognizes the “whim to please” or the “casual twitter” should not promote Read more

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Ongoing investigation of drug task force capped by today’s FBI raid playing out like Denzel Washington’s ‘Training Day’

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by Tom Aswell

  • Theft of seized drugs and cash.
  • Shakedowns of drug dealers.
  • Selling confiscated drugs.
  • Witness tampering.
  • And just for good measure, sex and violence.

Plot lines out of the Denzel Washington movie Training Day or Martin Scorese’s movie The Departed?

Nope and nope. Some or all of the above are possible reasons behind a massive RAID on the Hammond Police Department and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Hammond substation by upwards of 100 FBI agents on Thursday.

The raid was conducted as part of an ongoing—and widening—investigation of members of the joint Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office and Read more

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How to get the best loans

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The type of loan you decide on will also impact your interest rates, a secured loan, usually contains lower rates, compared to an unsecured loan

Secure loans most of the time have lower rates than unsecured loans. Unsecured loans come with a greater credit check and you are more likely to qualify for a low-interest rate. When comparing loans, be sure to get information on the borrower’s credit score and history of delinquency.

How to Get the Best Loan for Your Needs

A good way to find the right loan is to check the loan rate offered by each lender. You can also check the lender’s online application for any available loans. There are no guarantees that the borrower will pay back the loan. If you’re considering a loan with a high interest rate and/or high monthly payment, compare the available loans. Your bank may be able to reduce the interest rate or reduce your monthly payments, but you may pay a higher interest rate, or pay even more in interest. This might be because of the loan’s early repayment period, monthly payments, or the lender’s requirement to pay a late fee. The rate for the loan is usually printed on the loan application. A quick and easy way to find the interest rate is to enter the amount you’re borrowing and the payment amount into your online banking. Then click on the Rate tab and find the rate you’re offered. If the interest rate appears high, make sure you pay on time, use a good credit card, and understand the terms of the loan, such as its interest rate, repayment term, and monthly payments.

Are there penalties or fees for paying too little?

When you pay a little less than your full loan amount, do you pay the excess on a regular basis? If the loan is short term, pay interest on it. Do you pay back the excess when you reach the loan’s repayment term? If you’re in a lower-income bracket, do you take out a loan to fund other debt, such as credit cards, and then take out another loan to repay the credit cards? The bottom line is that you may pay more in interest because you don’t understand the terms of the loans you take out, is better to go with other options like cheap short term loans online which you can pay faster and a lower interests.

“You get into a debt trap where you make these big, long-term loans that eventually you’re going to have to repay, and when you do have to repay, they’ll be interest-only,” he says.

In the meantime, if you can’t pay the bills, you’ll likely need to sell something, and if you live in an expensive place, such as Los Angeles, the idea of being able to walk away from it will become harder to imagine.

The fact that so many students end up unable to pay off their debt has also caused a sharp uptick in defaults, from more than 200,000 in 2006 to nearly a half-million in 2012. “Students now understand that it doesn’t take a billion dollars to pay off your college debt, but a little bit of cash could make a big difference,” says Brian Kelly, director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity at Indiana University.

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Coming Full Circle in America

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by Marion Marks

Christmas, for young and old as well as Americans of every faith, is a time of change in many aspects of life. It’s a transformation for people who discover new values and capabilities as they observe changes that surround them. To many the season is about personal change, but to others it may simply be a time when change surrounds others – inertia and fear restrict them from participating in the spiritual evolution.

Sesame Street’s Elmo embodies doubts and fears like children everywhere at Christmas. But, in 2007, Elmo has help coming to terms with his fears when Alicia Keys emboldens his confidence to appreciate the seasonal Do You Hear What I Hear. Repeating the message is a way many of us discover a new appreciation for childhood lessons we need to repeat as well as relearn, even those who think they know it all.

This song, written in 1962 was intended as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis, very much like the shadows and fears of today as we approach the same holiday with Read more

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Is a 2-story 90000′² Storage Facility Headed for Madison Park?

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madison-park-site_plan_frontby John E. Settle, Jr.

The Shreveport Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission[Staff Report – Site Plan Supplied] will review an application by Ricky Lennard to build this massive facility that will, in effect, occupy the parking lot north of Marilyn’s Restaurant to the Madison Park Exxon station on Wednesday at 3pm. This facility will have 400 to 450 storage units that will be available for customers 7 days a week, and Lennard estimates that 30 customers a day will visit the facility. If constructed as planned, access to the Campbell’s Television Shop and the old El Chico’s may be limited to Greg Street.

madison-park-site_plan_overheadlimitedLennard has a high dollar option to Read more

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Legal Services of North LA Loses Funding Contract to Acadiana Legal Service Corp.

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cold-turkeyby John E. Settle, Jr.

A big turkey arrived early for the attorneys and staff of Legal Services of North Louisiana (LSNL) on the day before Thanksgiving,-no federal funding grant for 2017. This did not make for holiday of thanks, since it could mean pink slips for many of those working for LSNL providing legal services for the poor. The grant of $1.5 million was awarded to Acadiana Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), effective New Year’s Day.

Currently, LSNL has 3 office locations; the central office is in Shreveport and the branch offices are in Monroe and Natchitoches. LSNL has a staff of 40, that includes 14 attorneys and 5 paralegals. LSNL was formed in February 2002 by a merger of Northwest Louisiana Legal Services, Inc. of Shreveport and Kisatchie Legal Services Corporation of Natchitoches (KLSC); LSNL now serves 26 parishes in the state. LSNL and its predecessor, Caddo-Bossier Legal Aid Society, have served Shreveport and Bossier since 1967. KLSC began providing legal services to the Natchitoches area in 1978.

Acadiana Legal Services Corporation
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation

ALSC was formed in 1978 to serve the low income residents in 6 Acadian parishes; it has now expanded to 21 parishes. ALSC has offices Read more

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Those Who Walk the Walk Should Lead

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stephen-king-books-movies by Marion Marks

“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” ~ Stephen King

Serious voters really are just the citizens who have earned the right to talk and walk and engage in political discussion. Voters are the consumers of democracy in the truest sense of the word. But we also consume stories of those who are both engaged and disengaged with the democratic process, Republicans, Democrats, members of the Green Party, Libertarians as well as those with no formal party affiliation. The loudest too often are non-participants!

All that said, we who have been engaged with the process believe, rightly or wrongly, that we have earned the right to criticize the system as well as those who attempt to manipulate the process from the fringes. It is the manipulators who we should focus more attention on limiting from our attention. They spend far too much time distracting us from important issues.

When the Greeks established the voting process, based on educated Athenian men who owned land, the world of governing moved to a new level of participation. Perhaps the Read more

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