Hypocrisy and the Rise of the Cancel Culture

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

It has become clearer recently that the Left is not nearly as concerned with hate speech as it is with speech it hates.

There is no consistency; no evenly applied standard.  No matter how violent or hate-filled it may be, speech is allowed—if not celebrated—if it comports with the Left’s false narrative of Americans as racist, sexist, bigoted, provincial, and stupid.  It is generally not allowed or mocked if it inspires millions of Americans toward a faith in God, love of country and love of family.

For recent examples, recall the orgy of violence, rioting, looting, murder and hate speech last year by Antifa and BLM that was merely deemed “peaceful protesting.”  Recall the damage and destruction of hundreds of historic monuments and statues across the country; or the Church in D.C. that was nearly destroyed—the attack itself was not criticized, only that President Trump stood in front of the Church and held up a Bible.  Was any of this other than the president ever denounced? No.

We are told that the rushed, unsupported 2nd impeachment of President Trump was warranted because he supposedly “incited” an insurrection at the Capitol with inflammatory, hate speech.  However, there are numerous reports that the Capitol Police and other law enforcement had already been notified that there could be a disruption at the rally.  How did the president, who had not even finished his speech, incite the riot?  

Please remember that the impeachment article claims that President Trump supposedly incited the riot by spreading false statements that there was election fraud.  This is obviously well past asserting that his rhetoric itself was dangerous.  Here, the article of impeachment asserts that merely questioning the result of an election is, itself, an act of incitement.  This represents a very broad suppression of constitutionally protected speech.

However, while we are on the topic of inciteful, inflammatory, hate speech let’s recall some instances in which no one was censored or banned from social media:

“We need another John Wilkes Booth.” Actor Johnny Depp referring to the assassination of Pres. Trump; “I fantasize about standing over Donald Trump’s dead body.” Actor Tom Arnold; Holding up a bloody, decapitated head of Pres. Trump. Comedian Kathy Griffin.  Shooting a likeness of Pres. Trump who is placed in a body bag.  Snoop Dog; “Let’s blow up the White House.” Madonna; “I’d like to take him behind a barn and beat him.” Joe Biden.

“I dream of punching him in the face.” Corey Booker, U.S. Senator; “harass his staff and supporters in public and refuse to serve them.” Maxine Waters, congresswoman; “lock a ten-year old (Barron Trump) in a cage with child molesters.” Actor Peter Fonda referring to the president’s son. Major national media and social media either applaud or ignore statements like these.  Can you imagine the outrage if these things had been said about Pres. Obama?

Let’s consider another example. 

President Trump and numerous conservative figures of all kinds have now been either temporarily or permanently censored and banned from Twitter and Facebook.  Many that haven’t been banned outright have had large numbers of their social media followers deleted.  Apple, Google, and others are now also purging conservative speech and speakers from their platforms as well.  [I understand that companies like these are nominally private companies but while they enjoy the enormous benefit of Section 230 legal liability protection under federal law (Communications Decency Act), they shouldn’t be allowed to selectively censor].   Many other social media platforms have rushed this past week to join this purge. 

So, the President of the United States is banned from Twitter but the Ayatollah Khamenei, head of the murderous Iranian regime and responsible for the deaths of innumerable Americans—who constantly demands “death to America and Israel” remains on Twitter.  The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a world class violator of civil and human rights, remains on Twitter.  Porn Hub, the largest host of child porn and rape videos in the world, remains on Twitter.  Planned Parenthood, proudly responsible for most of the abortions in America, remains on Twitter.

Everyone is entitled to believe, support, and vote for what and whom they wish in this country but if the national Left thinks the American people don’t recognize this clear hypocrisy and the Cancel Culture that results from it, it is mistaken.

The views and opinions expressed in the My Opinion article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Winn Parish Journal. Any content provided by the authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Remember This? The Elevator Girl

By Brad Dison

It was foggy in New York on the morning of July 28, 1945. Twenty-year-old Betty Lou Oliver made her way to the 102-story Empire State Building where she worked as an “elevator girl.” At 1,250 feet, it was the world’s tallest building. Prior to their push-button automation in the 1970s, elevators were manually controlled. Elevator operators controlled the elevators speed and direction by moving a large lever. Elevator operators were expected to consistently stop their elevator in perfect alignment with each floor. Betty Lou took the job as elevator girl at the Empire State Building while she awaited the return of her husband, a sailor who was overseas. Betty Lou had given proper notice and was to quit working at the Empire State Building within a couple of days.

At about 8:50 a.m., an Army B-25 Mitchell bomber with a crew of three, piloted by Lieutenant Colonel William F. Smith, Jr., left Bedford Army Air Field in Massachusetts en route to Newark Metropolitan Airport in New Jersey. When the pilot neared New York, he radioed the control station at LaGuardia Field for a weather report. Victor Barden, chief control operator at La Guardia reported to Smith that there was a heavy fog which was down to 900 feet, and visibility was worsening. Barden told Smith to descend to 1,000 feet once he had cleared New York City and was over New Jersey. Regulations at the time stipulated that airplanes flying over New York had to remain at an altitude of at least 1,500 feet to avoid skyscrapers.

Barden radioed to Smith about the thick fog and said, “I cannot see the top of the Empire State Building now.” “Roger,” Smith responded in acknowledgement.

For reasons unknown, Smith descended to 1,000 feet while still over New York City. People on the ground looked skyward as they heard the low flying airplane, but they could only see the thick fog. People in nearby skyscrapers saw the B-25 pass by their windows. They, too, were unable to see the Empire State Building because of the thick fog.

At 9:52 a.m., the B-25 struck the 79th floor of the Empire State Building. The force of the crash rocked the building. Fuel from the B-25 erupted into a bright orange flame which destroyed everything on the 78th and 79th floors, and cleared the fog around the building. One of the B-25’s engines broke away from the airplane and flew nearly one hundred feet, tore through seven walls on the 79th floor, destroyed the suspension and safety cables on at least three elevators, and landed with an explosion on the roof of a nearby 17-story building. Other fragments from the airplane and from the building itself landed as far away as five blocks.
Betty Lou was in her elevator above the 80th floor when the airplane struck the building.

She felt a momentary shudder. Suddenly, the elevator plummeted downward. Betty Lou clung to the handrail in the elevator to keep from floating. She felt as though the elevator was leaving her. She worked the controls of the elevator, but got no response. She continued to fall with the elevator. A searing flash of fire enveloped Betty Lou, and she raised her left arm to protect her face. A moment later the fire was gone. Betty Lou tried the controls again, but they still had no effect. She picked up the elevator’s telephone and tried to call the ground floor, but the telephone line was dead. Betty Lou yelled and pounded on the elevator floor and walls.

The elevator continued its decent. At the basement level of the Empire State Building’s elevator system were large oil buffers, one per elevator, which were designed to stop a descending elevator car during an emergency. After falling nearly 1,000 feet, the elevator struck the oil buffer’s piston. However, the elevator was traveling much too fast for the oil buffer to bring the car to a cushioned stop. The elevator struck with such force that it drove the oil buffer’s piston through the floor of the elevator and through the elevator car itself, from bottom to top. The concrete floor below the oil buffer “was crushed like an egg shell.” The piston was so large that, with the exception of an eight-inch space in one of the elevator’s corners, it penetrated and destroyed the elevator. Luckily, this eight-inch space was where Betty Lou was standing when the elevator crashed.

On a normal weekday in 1945, the Empire State Building had a population of about 65,000 people, which consisted of about 15,000 employees and 50,000 visitors. On this day, however, few visitors entered the building because thick fog and intermittent rain limited the views from the observation decks. Only a small number of the building’s employees were working inside the building because it was a Saturday morning. The 78th floor, one of the two floors which had been completely destroyed by fire, was vacant, as were the 81st to 85th floors. Firefighters extinguished the fire in less than fifty minutes. The damage caused by the crash and fire did not weaken the structural integrity of the building. Only a few people were on the streets because of the intermittent rain, none of which were injured by falling debris. Investigators estimated that only about 1,500 people were in the building. Had it not been a rainy Saturday morning, the crash would have certainly been more devastating. Of the estimated 1,500 people in the building, only fourteen people died and another twenty-six people were injured.

Betty Lou was among the injured. She was trapped in the eight-inch space in the corner of her elevator for hours before rescuers located her. She received burns from when her elevator passed through the searing fire on the 79th floor. The force of the elevator’s sudden impact broke her legs and severed her spine. She received bruises and cuts on her body from the oil buffer’s piston and fragments of her elevator. On December 2, 1945, after spending four months in the hospital, Betty Lou left the hospital and was able to walk, albeit with her legs and back in braces, five feet from her wheel chair to a waiting car. When Betty Lou arrived at work on that rainy, foggy, July morning, she had no idea that the events of the day would set a record. You see, Betty Lou Oliver holds the Guinness World Record for “longest fall survived in a lift (elevator).”

LDH Issues Memo to Vaccine Providers on Non-Patient Discrimination

In a memo addressed to Louisiana hospitals, pharmacies and other recipients of Operation Warp Speed (OWS) COVID-19 vaccine doses dated January 19, 2021, the Louisiana Department of Health prohibited providers against patient/non-patient discrimination in use of OWS vaccine doses.

The memo outlines that the Department of Health has recently received indications that certain vaccine providers in the state are reserving their excess doses (i.e., doses that exceeds hospital, clinic, or pharmacy
staff uptake) of OWS COVID-19 vaccine for existing patients of their clinic, pharmacy, system or
institution (e.g., only for persons who have been patients of the hospital or clinic within the last x
months). While recent LDH guidance to Hospitals authorized the administration of excess
vaccine doses to individuals aged 70 and above, and certain other enumerated classes of
individuals, it was the intent of that guidance that providers do not discriminate between current
patients and non-current patients, or other similar metrics, in administering such excess doses. To
the extent that such discrimination is occurring, it must immediately cease.

OWS COVID-19 vaccine providers are required to ensure discrimination based on prior
commercial relationship with the provider, or any other type of relationship, does not occur. This
includes discrimination based on “existing” or “prior” patients of a particular provider.

All providers are reminded that distribution of OWS COVID-19 vaccine doses are
subject to after-action audits and adverse action could be considered if improper discrimination
by a provider is determined to have occurred.

You can read the memo here.

State Health Department Confirms First Case of U.K. COVID Variant in Louisiana

The Louisiana Department of Health confirmed on Jan. 16, the state’s first identified case of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7., frequently referred to as the U.K. variant because it is prevalent in the United Kingdom, in an individual in the Greater New Orleans area.

This variant spreads more easily from one person to another than other viral strains currently circulating in the United States, though It has not been shown to cause more severe disease. Health experts believe current COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the variant strain.

“LDH has confirmed the state’s first case of the more contagious COVID-19 variant that has been identified in the United Kingdom, and it is urgent that everyone double down on the mitigation measures that we know are effective in reducing the spread of the virus,” said Gov. Edwards. “It was always a matter of time before this new strain of the virus would reach Louisiana, which is why our state health experts have been monitoring cases and working with the CDC to prepare. There is no such thing as taking this too seriously. Our case counts and hospitalizations are increasing daily and deaths from COVID have reached an alarming rate. I implore everyone to wear a mask, avoid people and places that are not implementing the mask mandate, social distance, wash your hands frequently and do not go around anyone if you are sick. Even with the vaccines available, controlling our behavior with the measures that are proven to help keep us safe is our best defense against spreading this virus to our family, friends and throughout our communities.”

The Department conducted a case investigation and contact tracing to identify, inform and monitor anyone who was in close contact with the individual, who has a reported history of travel outside of Louisiana. However, the variant strain has been detected in at least 15 other states and is likely circulating in Louisiana as well.

Because this variant strain is more contagious, it is more important than ever that Louisianans:

Wear masks,
Wash hands,
Practice distancing,
Avoid gatherings,
Stay home when sick,

Quarantine and get tested if exposed to a positive case, and when it is your turn, consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Department has been preparing for this variant strain by participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance Program and has been sending bi-weekly samples to the CDC for sequencing since November 2020. The State Public Health Laboratory is also working with clinical laboratories throughout Louisiana to conduct targeted surveillance for suspect variant strains.

Health Department: 298 Vaccine Providers in all 64 Parishes Will Receive COVID Vaccine this Week – Two in Winn Parish

These providers – including 150 chain pharmacies, 112 independent pharmacies, 19 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), 3 rural health clinics (RHCs), and an additional 14 healthcare sites – represent all nine public health regions and 64 parishes of the state.

While the state was able to resupply the majority of providers that received COVID vaccine doses last week, future distribution is dependent on vaccine made available to the state, among other factors. To stress, there is no guarantee that providers receiving vaccine this week will receive vaccine in the future.

These vaccines will be available only for those in Phase 1B, Tier 1:

  • Persons ages 70 years or older
  • Outpatient clinic providers and clinic staff
  • Urgent care clinic providers and staff
  • Community care clinic providers and staff
  • Behavioral health clinic providers and staff
  • Dialysis providers and clients
  • Home health service providers, direct support workers and recipients including people with disabilities over 16
  • Dental providers and staff
  • Ambulatory care providers and staff, including members of coroner, autopsy, or mortuary teams.
  • Students, residents, faculty and staff of allied health schools

Participating providers must make available vaccine available to anyone who is eligible. Failure to do so will inform future decisions about distribution.

LDH has published the list of participating providers, along with their locations and contact information, on its website: covidvaccine.la.gov.

In addition, residents can call 211 to find a vaccine provider near them.

Eligible residents must contact a participating provider and make an appointment with them. Patients who arrive without an appointment will not be vaccinated. Do not arrive at a location without an appointment. LDH cannot make appointments for patients; only providers can.

The Louisiana Department of Health is coordinating the COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort in Louisiana. As more vaccines become available from the CDC, more individuals and groups will be offered a vaccination.

We want everyone to have the opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID. We are confident that COVID-19 vaccines will be a critical tool in ultimately ending the pandemic.

Winn Parish locations are:

Fred’s Pharmacy #3231
200 W. Court Street

Walmart Pharmacy 
5940 Highway 167 North

Qualifying for Local/Municipal March 20th Special Election Today and Tomorrow

March 20, 2021 – Open Municipal Special Election

The following is important information for the Saturday, March 20, 2021 Open Municipal Election:

  • The qualifying period for candidates is Jan. 20-22. Local and municipal candidates qualify with the clerk of court in the parish in which they are registered to vote (contact your local clerk of court for office hours). Federal and state candidates qualify in the executive offices of Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin at 8585 Archives Ave. in Baton Rouge between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Qualifying fees must be paid in the form of cash; certified or cashier’s check on a state or national bank or credit union; U.S. postal money order; or money order issued by a state or national bank or credit union and must be accompanied by the qualifying form.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person or by mail is Feb. 17.
  • The deadline to register to vote through the GeauxVote Online Registration System is Feb. 27.
  • Early voting is March 6-13 (excluding Sunday, March 7) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • The deadline to request an absentee by mail ballot is March 16 by 4:30 p.m. You can request an absentee by mail ballot online through our Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office (other than military and overseas voters).
  • The deadline for a registrar of voters to receive a voted mail ballot is March 19 by 4:30 p.m. (other than military and overseas voters).

Winn Parish voters will be voting on the following positions:

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: Cody Devin Parish
Date: 1-12-2021
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 26
Charge: Warrant – Theft of Firearm
Bond: N/A

Name: Shane Randal Crooks
Date: 1-15-2021
Address: Alexandria, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 26
Charge: Warrant: Burglary of An Inhabited Dwelling, Warrant: Forgery, Warrant: Theft
Bond: $30,000

Name: Jerry Lynn Williams
Date: 1-15-2021
Address: Sikes, LA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 51
Charge: Aggravated Assault with A Firearm
Bond: Not Listed

Name: Jared D. Ardoin
Date: 1-19-2021
Address: Winn Parish Detention Center
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 23
Charge: Theft Under $1000, Battery on Correction Officer
Bond: No Bond

Name: Elvin Rodriguez Banegas
Date: 1-19-2021
Address: Winn Parish Detention Center
Race: Hispanic
Gender: Male
Age: 29
Charge: Misdemeanor Sexual Battery
Bond: Retain to WNC

Open Position at the Winn Parish Police Jury Highway Department

The following position is currently open at the Winn Parish Police Jury. Applications may be picked up at the Winn Parish Police Jury office.

Job Title: Dump Truck Driver:
Department: Highway Department
Description: Under direct supervision of Road Superintendent, operates trucks and other light equipment used in construction and maintenance; performs a variety of manual tasks in connection with such operations; and performs other duties as required. This is an entry-level job.
Examples of Work: Equipment Operation-Drive or operate such equipment as 5 yard dump, stake, and flatbed trucks, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assists in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintains simple records of equipment operations; may operate less complex equipment as needed; and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, OR six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must Possess CDL license. 

Notice of Death January 19, 2020

Kason D. Higgs
November 27, 2020 – January 12, 2021
Service: Noon on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Southern Funeral Home

Wayne Frame
October 14, 1946 – January 17, 2021
Service: Friday, January 22 at 2 pm at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Natchez

Bennie Jean Metcalf Walker
April 10, 1929 – January 15, 2021
Service: Wednesday, January 20 at 10 am at Wallace Baptist Church

Judy Diane Sepulvado Fair
May 29, 1951 – January 16, 2021
Due to COVID-19 precautions, Judy was laid to rest in a private service. A celebration of her life with family and friends will be held later in the spring or summer when it is safe to gather again.

Janiece Roge’ Ainsworth
January 20, 1939 – January 16, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 23 at 11 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home

Barbara Amoateng
January 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Carla Phillips
January 18, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Deacon George Harris
January 15, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 23 at 1 pm at the Greenville Baptist Church in Clarence

Carolyn Jones Jackson
January 15, 2021
Service: Thursday, January 21 at 11 am at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isle Brevelle

Rebecca Walker
January 15, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 23 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel, located at 318 North
Street in Natchitoches

Rodney P. Hoover
June 28, 1967 – January 16, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Phillip Lyons
January 13, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Brandon Bernard McHenry
December 7, 1988 – January 13, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Robert Smith
January 19, 2021
Arrangements TBA


Happening Now – Winn Parish Fire District 3 Responds to Fire in Calvin

The Winn Parish Fire District 3 responded to a fire at 275 Front St in Calvin in the early morning hours today. A wood frame garage with no electricity behind the home caught fire and burned to the ground. A neighbor noticed the structure on fire this morning and called authorities.

The fire is currently being investigated by the City of Winnfield Marshall’s office. The Marshall’s office will turn the case over to the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office for further investigation as soon as possible. According to the City of Winnfield Marshall Jamie Maxwell, the WPSO was not able to respond to the call due to a car accident in another part of the parish.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Message Still Resonates

Martin Luther King Jr Day honors the American clergyman’s birthdate, activist, Civil Rights Movement leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968). Dr. King is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience.

King’s legendary “I have a dream” speech delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, had a message that is still relevant today. In the last year of his life, King’s speeches and writings called for people, including the black community, to embrace and appreciate their heritage and culture. The civil rights leader worked for and loved America. Dr. King was a transformational leader who inspired a movement to change the nation. This special day allows everyone to reflect on what King stood for and taught us over 60 years ago.

As the leader of the nonviolent Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. traversed the country in his quest for freedom. His involvement in the movement began during the bus boycotts of 1955 and was ended by an assassin’s bullet while standing on the balcony of his hotel in 1968. He hoped that America and the world could become a colorblind society where race would not impact a person’s civil rights. He is considered one of the great orators of modern times.

Legislation making Martin Luther King, Jr. Day a federal holiday was passed in 1983 and the first nationwide observance took place in 1986. Legislation for the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1968 but initially received enough opposition to block its passage, though states and cities began honoring King’s birthday as early as 1970.

Interesting Facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • King was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a national holiday.
  • At the Atlanta premiere of the movie Gone with the Wind, Martin sang with his church choir.
  • There are over 730 streets in the United States named after Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • One of his main influences was Mohandas Gandhi, who taught people to protest in a nonviolent manner.
  • He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • The name on his original birth certificate is Michael King. This was a mistake, however. He was supposed to be named after his father, who was named for Martin Luther, the Christian reformation movement leader.
  • He is often referred to by his initials MLK.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, you can honor this American legend’s memory by modeling love and acceptance today and every day. 

Louisiana Forest Festival Announce 2021 Festival Dates

The 2021 Louisiana Forest Festival will be held April 23-24, 2021, in Winnfield, LA. The Louisiana Forest Festival, which was reorganized in 1979, salutes the timber industry in the state. 

The festival represents historical and modern forestry and logging practices as they pay homage to the history of forestry and celebrate the future with deep roots in the forestry community. The festival encompasses a wide variety of timber-related activities. There are numerous forestry equipment displays and related exhibits.

Professional lumberjack sports competitors come from throughout the United States to participate in the show. There will be 13 lumberjack events to cheer on with six different chainsaw events. In addition to forestry activities; The festival will host a wide variety of vendors, homemade crafts, contests, prize drawings, entertainers and fantastic food throughout the day.

Live entertainment will be provided on April 23, 2021, by Spencer Brunson, Ashton Shepherd with Corbin Pickard and Jeff Bates.

The Louisiana Forest Festival invites you to come out and enjoy a genuinely unique, family-friendly adventure deep in the heart of North Central Louisiana.