On August 26, 2005, my husband woke me at 6:00am to alert me that I needed to get the kids, the pets, and the supplies because he was going to get the camper trailer. We needed to leave….NOW. Living in southern Louisiana, hurricanes are a part of life, at the time we lived in Hammond, La., a town that people evacuated To. And please understand….storms are so unpredictable that most of the time we needn’t have bothered to do anything, it had been like that for year,.decades. When I turned on the news that morning my heart dropped, that monster was headed right for us, all of us. When the storm passed we watched as levies failed, neighborhoods flooded, desperate 911 calls going unanswered because there was NO plan in place and our local govt’s were pitifully unprepared and mentally impotent to do anything. People drowned in their own homes. There are not enough characters left to tell the real story, police abandoning their posts(the cops broke into a chevy dealership stole cars and went to Texas, one claimed she didn’t know there was storm), police suicides from stress of abandonment, and then we were left with bad cops and people were killed. Gangs ruled the streets, looted, raped, and fired on first responders.
AND THEN THEY CAME FOR OUR GUNS. Neighborhoods that were safe and self reliant fell to looters and arsonists because the military went door to door and demanded all firearms, the owners obeyed and the had to leave because the thugs kept their guns.
Holy cow......so sorry you had to endure that. That scenario may come to all of America someday. Childhood memories--my grandmother predicted it would when I was about 10. I'm old now myself and what I am watching astounds me. She was very wise.
 August 26, 2015 at 6:29pm
I’ve always wondered why you can’t draw a picture of Mohammed but, you can name you kid Mohammed. Its amazing how many men in the M.E. have Mohammed in their names. How in the heck do they know who their talking about? And if you name your kid Mohammed didn’t you just make them a physical representation of the prophet? This ‘religion’ makes my head ache.
 August 26, 2015 at 6:19pm
You are way wrong, living in southern Louisiana as I do, I have never witnessed a racial altercation between blacks and whites, if anything its been the polar opposite of such abhorrent behavior. White people Do Not hate black people, what a sad and petty thing to say.
When I lived in the south, both races got along fine. It was only when I moved north did I notice hatred between people of various races.
 August 26, 2015 at 6:13pm
I’m afraid I must agree with gun control in this instance. Black gay racists have NO business owning guns. May you rot in hell, you piss poor excuse for a human being. You abysmal excuse for a black person, for a gay person and for a man, you are the face of today’s liberal progressive movement, and like it or not they have to own you as their own sick little Frankenstein.
 August 26, 2015 at 5:59pm
Unfortunately it would appear some precedent has already been set, by allowing businesses to be sued for following their religious beliefs, like the bakers in Oregon. They are pushing to make religious beliefs irrelevant in the eyes of the law. This clerk will be forced to resign…. just watch, they’ll get something on her or a family member. I hope she stayed away from Ashley Madison. :)
"They are pushing to make religious beliefs irrelevant in the eyes of the law. "
Religious beliefs should be irrelevant under the law. I have to ask you how you would define a religious belief? What about a person who not only follows the New Testament but also the commandments of the Old Testament. What if such a person decided that since his teenage son is disobedient he needs to be stoned to death (like what is in the OT)? Would his religious beliefs be relevant or irrelevant in the case of a murder under such a situation when looked at through our legal system. I think a person has the right to believe what ever he wants and act according to those beliefs as long as his actions do not effect others negatively. This clerk is in a position to serve the public, and she has no right to deny anyone service because of her religious beliefs. If she can't bring herself to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, then she needs to resign.
"“They are pushing to make religious beliefs irrelevant in the eyes of the law. ”
"Religious beliefs should be irrelevant under the law."
Then the whole constitution is totally worthless since we then have no inalienable rights if they did not come from G-d.
If they came from humans then humans can easily take them away thus making then not inalienable.
"I have to ask you how you would define a religious belief?"
As a belief they have based on the religion they follow and have faith in (like Radicals who follow and have faith in their radical atheist religion, even though like the Mafia they pretend their thing 'does not exist'.)
" What about a person who not only follows the New Testament but also the commandments of the Old Testament. What if such a person decided that since his teenage son is disobedient he needs to be stoned to death (like what is in the OT)? Would his religious beliefs be relevant or irrelevant in the case of a murder under such a situation when looked at through our legal system."
If they did and claimed it was based on the O.T. then they would be lying, since anyone who would have read the entire O.T. (which includes the Talmud which no Athiest posting on this bliog has ever read if they come to the false and phony conclusion that such a son even exists, or ever has existed, according to all the rules regulations and paramaters required for such a stoning to take place.) would know that such a case never existed, and never will.
 August 26, 2015 at 5:37pm
Hehehe, just as we got to read and article and are shown a video of Ghost Security promising to take out ISIS from within, then we get to see just that. Well Done guys and God Bless.
August 26, 2015 at 5:27pm
Is it just me or at 1:52 , that young lady is smiling.
August 26, 2015 at 1:21pm
Wow, I just clicked the link of the local news agency posted in the article, and it turns out the young man was initially alerted to the argument because he witnessed two men assaulting a woman. The woman Knows the men and is refusing to identify them.
 August 2, 2015 at 10:45am
awwww….change is good, when its a fresh new face on the same sweet and obviously loving husband,father, son and brother.
 July 20, 2015 at 10:30am
This really frosts my cupcakes. If this man truly gave a rats rear end about his family, he would be bending over backwards and jumping through any hoops necessary to get his legal status corrected. Shame on him.
 June 1, 2015 at 11:22am
 May 28, 2015 at 4:06pm
Ok, she’s holding the pipe in her right hand, steps up on the curb bouncing the club in her hand like she’s trying to decide who to wallop first, the cops behind her yelling at her to drop it and she ignores him. She watches the video and says ” I didn’t do anything”, ignorance of the law and not to mention, the extreme inability to follow direction, is no excuse.
May 28, 2015 at 3:27pm
So glad to hear this young man found an unexpected support group and hope finds himself employed soon. When I was in High School (class of ’86), our economics teacher showed us how to fill out applications, we had mock interviews, learned how to create cover letters, and how to dress. These skills are woefully lacking in our young people today. Trying to teach them to my oldest daughter was like pulling teeth, and after one very unsuccessful round of plastering job applications to local establishments she was willing to listen. After reapplying with new and more professional applications and making sure she gave them to a manager instead of the cashier, having a cover letter explaining her goals and how she would be an asset to the company she got 3 job offers in one day. Our kids don’t socialize like we did ‘back in the day’ and a face to face conversation with a stranger is positively terrifying to most of them, they are in desperate need of training in this area. My kid took what she learned and helped several of her friends and they all ended up employed and are sharing their experiences. She helped her boyfriend with the same useful techniques and he now has job with one of the largest engineering firms in the country. Please! If you know a young person ready for the workplace just a little time and some one on one help, i.e. cover letter, can make a huge difference in their self esteem, confidence, and ability to find gainful employment.
 May 28, 2015 at 2:32pm
We had the same problem here in the Mandeville/Covington area of Louisiana a couple of months back, beggars at the entrance of Wal-Mart, Lowes and Home Depot, mostly women or young people in clean clothes nice tattoos, washed hair, etc. with signs bemoaning their unfortunate hardships. But it was the local citizens that fixed the problem, people stayed and watched these ‘downtrodden’ individuals get into brand new cars at the end of the day, the women were being picked up by a van, so the citizens made signs of their own and started standing next to the beggars, signs like ‘this guy has 2015 Nissan parked around the corner.’ about a week later the beggars were no where to be seen, the last hold out was holding a sign that ‘Don’t be Mean’, lol. I’m not a fan of the IRS but if people want to beg they need to apply for a panhandlers license and receive a tax number, if ya don’t have a license you go the slammer.
 May 28, 2015 at 2:08pm
Although this woman apparently forgot to take her med’s for the last few days, there is no excuse for her behavior towards the young man or the officer. That said I will also say that the bicyclist’s in Chicago are rude and dangerous, we were in Chicago last weekend and it was a hazard on the river walk and Michigan Ave. they closed the main road on the lake front Sunday for bikes only without allowing for pedestrians to get the Field Museum or Soldier Field, crossing the street was a hazard as the cyclists simply would not slow down and would yell rudely at anyone trying to cross. Let me also say that my husband is an avid cyclist and hits the St.Tammany Trace everyday here in Southern Louisiana, and even he was embarrassed by the rudeness.
 May 20, 2015 at 11:24am
Thank You Mr. Hicklin!! Its about time more and more gay people start standing up against this crazy behavior by, what I believe to be the vast MINORITY in the homosexual community. Whether you are for or against gay marriage is irrelevant in light of forcing people to abandon their faith. Why would anyone want to involve someone else in what is supposed to be a joyous occasion, if they don’t feel the same way about it? Keep this up and they’ll be lawsuits forcing gay bakers to make anti gay cakes…..people just need to grow up and get a hobby or something. ;)
You are not honestly saying that other women should be raped as revenge??? Even if the guy was guilty, that sir is a disgusting and subhuman mentality. Since there was no proof the event actually happened and no report to help support her claim you still feel his family should be raped, that you would be willing to do it, suggests you would be more comfortable in a country like Iran. Shame On You.
 May 20, 2015 at 10:59am
She didn’t want to press criminal charges, she wanted the school to throw him out? That sounds like petty vindictiveness, my guess is she caught him cheating on her or he wanted to break up with her, and she’s having a ‘I’ll show You…” moment. Also She is a Visual Arts major?? What better way to make the grade then to carry something around while proclaiming your victim-hood. She doesn’t want the rape proven just him eliminated from her environment so there’s no physical presence around to counter her claim.
 April 29, 2015 at 1:21pm
If you watch it again you will hear the young woman saying ” I don’t have that intelligence” and the young men continue the foul language despite her pleas for a little dignity. Despite all the blatant ignorance on the street of Baltimore, the one real question that has gone unanswered for an insultingly long time is, who Snapped that young mans neck and left him in the back of a van to die??? For the sake of every honest, hard working and decent cop out there these things need to be answered and the killer needs to be behind bars.
According to reports, the crackhead in question had major spinal surgery just one week before allegedly running from the cops and being forcefully subdued. Therefore, it seems the crackhead placed his own life in danger. Now go lock his smelly crack-dealing azz up.
Apparently all of white America did it, the police force across the US did it. Im sure the owner of the CVS, and several liquor stores were in on it too. Havent you been paying attention?
 April 29, 2015 at 1:01pm
I hope that young man never stops caring and showing he cares about those around him especially the very young. My youngest daughter came home from school one day and said she hated reading (kindergarten), when I opened her text book to her assigned story and asked her to read it she did…Perfectly, without really paying attention to the text. I instantly though she may already memorized the story so I kept flipping farther into the book for harder stories, and she kept reading them with ease, she didn’t hate reading, she hated not reading something more challenging. How did my then 7 year old learn how to read so well? I thought it would be beneficial for my oldest to learn to read out loud for upcoming school projects, so I assigned her the job of reading to her little sister every night. Over the years it was something they did together for fun, and the benefits are still being reaped today. Now my oldest 19 is a freshman in college and loves debate, and my youngest is 14 and reading at college level including comprehension. Read to your babies and don’t use baby talk, use adult sentences and conversational tones and inflections, really wonderful things will happen.
When I was in first grade, my mother got a letter from the school. It informed her that I was going to be a challenged reader my entire life, because I would not read the assigned "Buffy the Panda Runs". At home, I was finishing "Midsummer Night's Dream" for the third time. Schools mistaking boredom for ignorance has been a problem for a long time. I am about to be forty.