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Wed
06
Jul

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

A PRAYER IS CONSTITUTIONAL?

What if you were in a fox hole in Iwo Jima or invading the Normandy beach? Could you imagine America would be trying to determine if it was legitimate or legal for a football coach to kneel in prayer on the field? What have we become?

Wed
06
Jul

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – I’m Getting Spouse Benefits – What Happens to My Own?

Dear Rusty: I was born in late 1951. When I retired 5 years ago, I was made aware that my own Social Security benefit was less than half of my husband›s SS Benefit. So, I chose to take half of his. What happens to my undispensed SS dollars? On the off chance the balance increases beyond the amount I am now collecting, can I eventually switch to my own full SS amount? Signed: Curious Senior

Wed
29
Jun

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for

GOD DID WIN

The Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade and ended fifty years of federal abortion rights. Good has finally won in this case. Millions of babies’ lives will be saved. Those who say we are taking away women’s rights are absolutely full of baloney. They can abstain from sex, use safe sex practice, or put the baby up for adoption, but not kill it as been going on for the last fifty years. Close to 700,000 babies have been killed. Roe vs. Wade had permitted abortion during the first trimester pregnancy since 1973.

What actually happens with this giant legal step is that half of the states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortions. Nevertheless, it goes back to the states to make the decision. The decision was based on a 6-3 decision. Judge Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion and was joined by five other conservatives on the high court including Chief Justice John Roberts.

Wed
29
Jun

Notes from an Old Bible

Omnipresence- The presence of God everywhere, at all times. Since God is eternal spatial dimensions cannot restrict Him. His time is infinite. He cannot be contained by the largest space possible, especially when you apply it to concepts like the appearance of God, since we live in this physical world, we understand space in terms of measurement and measurable places.

Wed
22
Jun

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

CANCELING THE STUDENT DEBT

Wed
22
Jun

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – How Does Social Security Disability Work with Private Disability Insurance?

Dear Rusty: If someone is collecting long-term disability through their company and the company states the employee also must apply through Social Security, how does this work? Does the amount of Social Security decrease from the amount that the person would normally receive upon retirement? Is long-term disability for life, or just until you are of retirement age? How about for the spouse of that individual? Would it have any impact on them? Signed: Concerned

Dear Concerned: It’s common for private long term disability (LTD) insurers to require that you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Typically, the private LTD benefit will be offset (reduced) by the federal SSDI benefit.

Wed
15
Jun

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

DISTORTIONS

I was proud to be a Democrat for much of my life. I remained as such until the end of John Breaux’s term and stretched it somewhat during Mary Landrieu’s for a while, but then quit. Soon I began to see distortions and hate in the Democrat message and not what is “good for America.” This past Thursday night made me proud that I am not part of the hate crowd that comprises the Democrat party at this time. Many of us accused the media of being biased and it proved true when their message was delivered on Thursday by biased networks ABC. CBS, NBC, MSNBC, & CNN. An appointed committee made up only of those partial to the Democrats and they told only their distorted story and it made national news.

Wed
15
Jun

Social Security Matters

Ask Rusty – I’m A Widower With 3 Minor Children - What About Social Security?

Dear Rusty: My wife passed away a few days ago and I have three children - ages 15, 11, and 10. Is there anything I need to do? Signed: Suddenly Widowed

Dear Suddenly Widowed: We are so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing; please accept our condolences for your loss. Here’s what you need to know about Social Security:

• Your wife’s minor children will all be eligible for a survivor benefit, which will be based upon the Social Security benefit amount your wife had earned up to the month she died. The children can collect their survivor benefit until they are 18 years old (or 19 if they are still in high school).

Wed
08
Jun

What victim blaming looks like

Now more than ever, we could argue that our default mode when hearing the news is to be skeptical. Thanks to the internet, anyone with wi-fi has a platform to be published. So often, the race to break a story first trumps accuracy, and us readers are left to do the fact-checking on their own.

Which is why, when survivors make the brave decision to come forward with stories of surviving abuse they’re not always met with an overwhelming chorus of support.

That’s too crazy to be true.

He’d never do that- he doesn’t seem like the type.

She just wants her 15 minutes of fame.

Whether we Tweet it, type it or merely think it, these types of statements are a form of victim-blaming, also called victim-shaming. And they’re destructive. They re-traumatize and degrade survivors. They convince other survivors to stay silent, which in turn allows their perpetrators to get away without consequence.

Wed
08
Jun

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

NUMBER ONE

We have always wanted to be #1 and we have obtained that status, but we might not be proud of it. The ten states with the highest homicide rate per 100,000 are: Louisiana - 12.4; Missouri - 9.8; Nevada - 9.1; Maryland - 9.0; Arkansas - 8.6; Alaska - 8.4; Alabama - 8.3; Mississippi - 8.2; Illinois - 7.8; South Carolina - 7.8. So we have topped the list and are now number one. Let’s look at another list. That would be “What are the most dangerous states.” The number one on that list is Mississippi. Their score is 32.00. The second most dangerous state, though, is Louisiana. Louisiana has one of the highest unemployment rates, sitting a 8.3%. Keep those figures in mind when you get ready to go into the voting booth in the next couple of years.

BABY FORMULA SHORTAGE

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