Friday, October 17, 2014

74. Interview with Lamar White, Jr., about Louisiana and Texas politics

74.  We interview Lamar White, Jr., writer and editor of the CenLamar Blog. We check back in with Lamar because of his role in a Texas political conflict he was involved in this week.  Lamar has been interested in local politics and history for many years, and his blog has a wide following.  He is currently attending the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, but he continues to report and comment on Louisiana politics on his blog.

  1. This week in Louisiana history. October 19, 1803. Louisiana Purchase Treaty ratified by senate by a vote of 24 to 7.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. October 18, 1939.  Lee Harvey Oswald was born in the French Hospital at 1821 Orleans Avenue in New Orleans on October 18, 1939 to Robert Edward Lee Oswald, Sr. and Marguerite Frances Claverie. Robert, Sr. died of a heart attack two months prior to Lee's birth. Oswald had two older siblings—brother Robert Edward Lee Oswald, Jr. and half-brother John Edward Pic.  In 1944, Oswald's mother moved the family from New Orleans to Dallas. Oswald entered the 1st grade in 1945 and over the next half-dozen years attended several different schools in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas through the 6th grade. As a child, Oswald was described by several people who knew him as withdrawn and temperamental. In August 1952, when Oswald was 12, his mother took him to New York City where they lived for a short time with Oswald's half-brother, John Pic. Oswald and his mother were later asked to leave after an argument in which Oswald allegedly struck his mother and threatened Pic's wife with a pocket knife.  Oswald attended the 7th grade in the Bronx, New York but was often truant, which led to a psychiatric assessment at a juvenile reformatory. The reformatory psychiatrist, Dr. Renatus Hartogs, described Oswald as immersed in a "vivid fantasy life, turning around the topics of omnipotence and power, through which [Oswald] tries to compensate for his present shortcomings and frustrations." Dr. Hartogs detected a "personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive-aggressive tendencies" and recommended continued treatment.
  3. This week in Louisiana. 
    State Fair of Louisiana
    October 23rd, 2014 - November 9th, 2014
    State Fair of Louisiana
    3701 Hudson Ave., Shreveport, LA 71109
    318-635-1361 | 318-631-4909
    http://www.statefairoflouisiana.com/

    The official State Fair of the State of Louisiana. The largest livestock show of the year, a carnival known for thrilling rides and great games on the midway along with great food, competitive exhibits, the PRCA championship rodeo, college football and much more!
    The official State Fair of the State of Louisiana. The largest livestock show of the year, a carnival known for thrilling rides and great games on the midway along with great food, competitive exhibits, the PRCA championship rodeo, college football and much more!
  4. Battle of New Orleans  August 6th, 1814. NO. VIII
    Militia general orders, head-quarters,
    New Orleans, August 6th, 1814.
    In
    a letter from the honourable the secretary at war, under date of the 4th ultimo, the governor of Louisiana has received the orders of the president of the United States, to organize and hold in readiness for immediate service, a corps of a thousand militia infantry, being the quota assigned to this state, of a requisition for ninety-three thousand five hundred men, made on the executives of the several states, under the laws of the 28th February 1795, and 18th of April 1814, the governor and commander-in-chief in consequence directs, that one complete regiment, a thousand strong, to be composed of two battalions 1st and 2nd be organized and equipped for service, with the least possible delay. The first division of militia will furnish four full companies, each company to consist of one captain, one first lieutenant, two second lieutenant, four serjeants, four corporals, one drummer, one fifer, and ninety privates — the whole to be apportioned among the several brigades or regiments attached to the first division by the major-general commanding the same, and under his orders to be organized on or before the 4th of September next, and due returns made to the adjutant-general.
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