DeSantis REALLY got under their skin this Week! Watch how:

ANALYSIS: All it takes is a little urgency and an erstwhile attention to the rule of law to REALLLLLLY get under the skin of the radical left. Trending right now on Twitter? #desatan. And why? Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspended Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren. Warren freed 67 BLM rioters – saying their actions did not warrant charges. Well, the group of BLM activists had actually attacked police vehicles and shoved police officers back in their cars so they couldn’t get out among other atrocious things. Warren is a woke prosecutor who actually charged a pastor on a battle over whether the charge could remain open through the pandemic – but refused to charge the rioters. Florida has a law prohibiting sex change operations for minors. Warren declined to enforce that law. Florida has laws on preserving a right to life. Warren also said he would not enforce those laws. And for this DeSatan? There is a new American experiment underway. Its not whether a Republic could be formed. But one of whether it can be “Kept” as Ben Franklin described. DeSantis said in suspending Warren, “when you make yourself above the law, you have violated your duty.”

SALUTE TO THE ONLY SURVIVING FIRST-WAVE D-DAY OFFICER

29 June-The oldest living first wave D-Day veteran officer turned 99 years old. Major General John Raaen, of the 5th Ranger Battalion who landed in the first wave on D-Day at Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.

Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1943, he received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. In October of the same year, Raaen was assigned to the newly activated 5th Rangers and underwent extensive training in Florida, England, and Scotland.

In the early hours of D-Day, John Raaen was among the first soldiers to land on Omaha Beach, serving as Headquarters Company Commander of the 5th Ranger Battalion.

During his first time in combat, Raaen, an Army Captain at the time, distinguished himself on the beaches of Normandy. For his valorous actions in the face of fierce enemy opposition, he was awarded the Silver Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge. 

“He was appointed as an instructor in the Department of Ordnance at West Point in 1945 and transferred to the Ordnance Corps in 1947. After attending the Naval Post-Graduate School in Annapolis, Maryland from 1948 to 1949, he earned an MA in Nuclear Physics from Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, in 1951. Raaen next served as the Executive Officer in the Ammunition Development Branch of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance from 1951 to 1954, involved in the development of combustible cartridge cases, anti-tank projectiles, and armor-piercing small arms ammunition.

From 1955 to 1956, Raaen served in Korea, first as Executive Officer, 8th US Army Ordnance Section, where he expedited the flow of repair parts and new equipment, and then as commander of the 83d Ordnance Battalion, where he revamped the ammunition stock control system. He returned to the United States in 1957 to serve on the Ordnance Board at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG ), Maryland. In 1959, as a member of the Military Liaison Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission, he was involved in developing artillery nuclear warheads and arming devices.

From 1963 to 1965, Raaen served as Ordnance Officer then Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, of the Berlin Brigade. In 1965, he took command of the Miesau ammunition depot in Germany. In September 1965, he headed up the US Army Research Office in Durham, North Carolina, overseeing programs being carried out by civilian researchers and scientists for the Army. Raaen then commanded, from 1967 to 1969, the Ballistics Research Laboratories, the Human Engineering Laboratories, and the Coating and Chemical Laboratory at APG and consolidated them with other agencies to form the Aberdeen Research and Development Center.

In 1969 Raaen served at Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam, as Chief of the G-4 Ammunition Division, then as Chief of the G-4 Supply Division, and finally as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4. He then returned to the United States to serve as Director of Ammunition in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Department of the Army, Washington, D.C. In 1971, he took command of the Mobility Equipment Command in St. Louis and in 1972 moved to Rock Island Arsenal to take command of the US Army Weapons Command. In 1973, Raaen organized and assumed command of the US Army Armament Command, merging three organizations responsible for 25 ammunition plants and seven arsenals. In 1975, Raaen served as Executive Deputy Director of the Defense Supply Agency, Alexandria, VA, and in 1976 took command of the Defense Fuel Supply Center in Washington, D.C. Maj. Gen. John C. Raaen, Jr., retired in 1979 after 36 years of devoted service.

Today, he is the last known surviving Army officer to have landed in the first wave on D-Day.

“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”- Patrick Henry

SENATE GOP PUSHES BACK AGAINST CRITICAL RACE THEORY

BRIEFED | Missouri U.S. Senator Josh Hawley had maybe the most cogent of all arguments in his vote AGAINST a nomination today.

Hawley said he was voting against the nominee – Kiran Ahuja – because Ahuja embraces and will espouse an acceptance of Critical Race Theory while heading up the Office of Personnel Management.

“What we cannot allow is our federal government to affirm and sanction and advocate this critical race theory. We cannot allow the United States of America, the greatest nation on earth, to legitimize a new era of racial engineering,” said Sen. Hawley (R-Mo.)

“I’m concerned that Ms. Ahuja is a disciple of radical critical theorists. She has frequently promoted Dr. (Ibram X.) Kendi. She called him a thought leader,” Hawley explained. “She declared that we must do everything in our collective power to realize Dr. Kendi’s vision for America.”

That vision seems to suggest America is an unrepentant racist bastion.

The battle of ideas in America has become this – those who are for and those who oppose the primary tenants of Critical Race Theory.

The nomination of Ahuja passed by the way. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to put her into the personnel office.

JAPAN TO BAN BLM, KNEELING AT NATIONAL ANTHEMS

The Olympics will not be “woke” this year.

According to the Olympic body’s legal commission, any outfits worn by athletes during this year’s games mentioning BLM will be banned.

The same goes for kneeling at national anthems.

The IOC will be enforcing Rule 50 which states “no kind of political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”

The rule was put in place after the 1968 Olympics after two US athletes raised gloved fists while standing on the podium where they took first and third place in the 200-meter race in the Mexico City Games.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos where expelled from the Olympic Village as a result

Athletes would be allowed to voice opinions during press conferences or interviews or on social media.

The games are expected to start on July 23rd. They were originally scheduled for 2020.

ESCALATION? PICKETER HIT BY TRUCK AT EXXON MOBIL

Weatherford told 1813News, 

“On Thursday, June 5, 2021, at around 4:05 am, I was hit by a truck while picketing at the Gate 12 exit.  The NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) provides protections and rules for picketing. I was in the designated area for picketing between the edge of the road and a yellow line the company has painted on their drive. 

I was not in the road. 

 I was slowly walking and therefore not blocking traffic. I was also by myself, and the driver could have easily crossed the picket line as soon as I had moved to the far side of the drive. Instead, the drive decided to pull up right up on me and then when I was not fully clear of his vehicle, he decided to gun his truck and struck me. 

Although I was not injured, this incident could have been potentially fatal. 

 The driver, after striking me instead of checking on his victim to see if I was OK, turned around and headed back into the refinery. An action meant to keep me from getting any information from him as crossing the yellow line would mean that I was trespassing on company property. It was only later that I found out that the driver was Jeff Smith from Silsbee, an FLS (First Line Supervisor) with the company. 

 I still have not heard from him or a representative from the company regarding this incident. For a company that is always preaching safety inside and outside the workplace using a system called LPS, they are turning a blind eye to what is happening at the picket line as there have been many near losses and it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured. Many drivers are running stop signs, trying to go through the picket line as fast as possible, and recklessly driving as they enter and exit the facility. 

It is obvious that the company is telling its personnel that they should have no regard for the USW or its picketers.”

NC COUNTY BANS COKE OVER REmarks on Georgia bill

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Surry County, North Carolina has taken the step of mandating the removal of all Coca-Cola machines from government facilities after the company’s stated opposition to an election law passed in Georgia. 

Ed Harris, Surry County Commissioner, wrote:

“Our Board felt that was the best way to take a stand and express our disappointment in Coca-Cola’s actions, which are not representative of most views of our citizens, Our Board hopes that other organizations across the country are taking similar stances against Coca-Cola and sincerely wishes that future marketing efforts and comments emanating from your company are more considerate of all your customers’ viewpoints.”

He accused the Coca-Cola CEO of engaging in “corporate political commentary favoring the Democratic party.”

Several prominent Republicans have called on conservatives to boycott Coca-Cola and other companies who have criticized GOP-led voting measures.

Harris, who is an elected official in a county former President Trump won in both 2016 and 2020, said Coca-Cola was proving it supports “the out-of-control cancel culture and bigoted leftist mob.”

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SEVERAL NEW LEADS IN KATHY PAGE INVESTIGATION

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Since the announcement of a $50,000 reward in the legendary May 1991 unsolved murder case of Kathy Page, several new leads are being now pursued and detectives are in the process of setting up new interviews says Vidor Police Chief, Rod Carroll.

Carroll tells us, “With the help of the Good Lord maybe just maybe we will get that golden piece of evidence…”

Carroll tells 1813 that it’s a priority case as all murder cases should be. A woman reached out to us from Colorado saying she was fearful of talking about the case back then after a key witness was killed. She believes she has critical information for solving the case. 

1813 will be detailing new information as it becomes publicly available but won’t jeopardize the investigation.

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WEST ORANGE AND VIDOR – OVER $19 MIL. in FLOOD IMPROVEMENTS TO COME

9.5 million granted by Texas GLO for historic disaster mitigation projects in Orange County Funds to improve drainage infrastructure approved for West Orange and Vidor.

AUSTIN – Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas Senator Robert Nichols, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, Mayor Randy Branch and Vidor Mayor Pro Tem Misty Songe announce the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $19.5 million in flood mitigation projects to improve drainage infrastructure in Orange County and the cities of West Orange and Vidor. These infrastructure projects will directly benefit thousands of residents in a mainly low-to-moderate income (LMI) area that has faced repetitive storm damage in 2015, 2016, 2017 with Hurricane Harvey, and 2019.

“The funding GLO is announcing today is historic,” said Commissioner Bush. “Access to this kind of funding has never been available before to most of the low-to moderate income communities that will be using these funds for systemwide infrastructure improvements that will prevent dangerous flooding and make life better for generations of Texans.”

“In Southeast Texas, storms are exceptionally common and can produce heavy rainfall and flooding that devastates communities,” said Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan. “I want to thank Commissioner George P. Bush for his persistence and steady leadership in securing this funding for Texas communities in need of increased resilience against flooding. He has been a trusted partner throughout this process and we look forward to working together on the second round of funding in the coming months.”

Texas Senator Robert Nichols offered his support from the Texas Capitol saying, “It’s impossible to overstate how important these flood mitigation funds are to East and Southeast Texas. Senate District 3 saw severe flooding during the 2015 floods, the 2016 floods, and again during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. These flooding events showed just how vulnerable this area of the state is and how necessary mitigation efforts are. Senate District 3 won over $105 million in the competitive flood mitigation fund award process because the projects in our region are vital to protecting Texans from future flood events. I appreciate the professionalism of the GLO throughout this process and our local officials who worked so hard to make these projects a reality.”

“Aging infrastructure is one of our greatest challenges when dealing with flooding,” said West Orange Mayor Randy Branch. “From hurricanes, tropical storms and major rain events, our drainage system has been stressed beyond its limits. The funding that we’re receiving today from Commissioner Bush and the GLO allows the city to make improvements to our drainage system that will help us be better prepared for these catastrophic flooding events.”

“Over the last decade, disaster events have flooded Vidor streets and inundated structures, many of which remained submerged for several days, preventing the safe evacuation of residents and resulting in millions of dollars in damages,” said Vidor Mayor Pro Tem Misty Songe. “These funds could not come at a better time as we face additional flooding across our region. By funding this request, Commissioner Bush is helping us to mitigate loss of life, damages to property, suffering, and improve access of emergency vehicles and first responders during future events. We could not be more excited to receive this good news as we respond to yet another storm.”

In May 2020, Commissioner George P. Bush announced the kick-off of the application process for the first round of more than $2.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to protect Texas communities hit by Hurricane Harvey and severe flooding in 2015 and 2016. During the first round, the GLO conducted three competitive application programs from the CDBG-MIT Action Plan. Those programs include:

• 2015 Floods State Mitigation Competition – GLO awarded $31,426,781 to four grantees.
• 2016 Floods State Mitigation Competition – GLO awarded 21 grantees with $135,462,438.
• Hurricane Harvey State Mitigation Competition Round 1 ($1 billion of $2,144,776,720 total) .

Applications closed for the first round of funding October 28, 2020, and the GLO evaluated all 290 submitted applications in accordance with the HUD approved scoring criteria. Eligible applications with the highest scores were awarded funds. The second round of the competition will award the remaining $1,144,776,720 in mitigation funding to Hurricane Harvey eligible entities.

HUD defines mitigation as activities that increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters. HUD requires that at least 50% of total funds must be used for activities benefiting low- to moderate-income (LMI) persons.

The State of Texas CDBG Mitigation Action Plan: Building Stronger for a Resilient Future outlines the use of funds, programs, eligible applicants, and eligibility criteria as required by HUD. The plan was sent to HUD on February 3, 2020, after an extraordinary public outreach effort including a 50-day public comment period and eight regional public hearings, far-surpassing HUD requirements. HUD approved the plan March 31, 2020. For more information, please visit recovery.texas.gov/mitigation.

City of West Orange: Citywide Flood and Drainage Improvements Project – $3,790,353 LMI Percentage: 77.24% The project will mitigate loss of life, damages to property, suffering, and improve access of emergency vehicles and first responders during future events. During several named and unnamed flooding events over the last decade, streets have become inundated with floodwaters and remained submerged for several days, preventing the safe evacuation of residents. Additionally, transport of supplies and access by first responders and volunteers has been limited due to the failure of the existing drainage facilities to adequately direct water away from structures and infrastructure.

The improvements will reduce the risk as well as the duration of flooding along city roadways.

Deepening and widening road-side ditches, removing and replacing damaged and undersized driveways and street crossing culverts, hardening existing outfall ditches and installing concrete lining will allow for faster dissipation of flood waters. This will ensure that the residents may safely evacuate and that the supply chain remains open for those unable to do so.

The city of West Orange will improve over 40 different sites throughout the city. The project will provide the following:

1) Regrade/reshape approximately 16,850 linear feet of street ditches
2) Remove and replace culverts for a combined total of approximately 16,851 linear feet
3) Conduct approximately 6,760 linear feet of driveway repairs
4) Reshape/regrade approximately 4,500 linear feet of a collection ditch

5) Line a collection ditch with approximately 4,500 linear feet of concrete

City of Vidor: Citywide Floodwater Detention and Drainage Project – $15,801,291 LMI Percentage: 65.97%.  During several named and unnamed flooding events over the last decade, streets and structures in the city of Vidor have become inundated with floodwaters and remained submerged for several days, preventing the safe evacuation of residents and resulting in millions of dollars in damages. Additionally, transport of supplies and access by first responders and volunteers has been limited due to the failure of the existing drainage facilities to adequately direct water away from structures and infrastructure.
Following these periods of significant rainfall, the drainage system often remains overwhelmed for significant periods of time due to the currently undersized and inadequate drainage structures, causing the ditches to overflow onto the roadways and into adjacent homes.

To mitigate loss of life, damages to property, suffering, and improve access of emergency vehicles and first responders during future events, the city of Vidor will execute the following citywide flood and
drainage improvements:

1) Construct three detention facilities at Tram Road, Conn Park and Orange Street, for a total capacity of 391,700 cubic yards.
2) Ditch improvements at Lyndale Street, Heritage Drive, Lexington Drive, and Concord Street for a total of 2,500 linear feet.
3) Correct roadside culvert sizing and improve culvert crossing at Ferndale Street, Lyndale Street, Heritage Drive, Lamar Street, Lexington Drive, Concord Street, and Orange Street for a total of 2,880 linear feet.
4) Replace storm sewer lines at Orange Street, Lyndale Street, Heritage Drive, and Lamar Street, for a total of 10,300 linear feet.
5) Install roadway at the Tram Road detention pond, Conn Park detention pond, and Orange Road detention pond for a total of 8,800 linear feet and roadway reconstruction at Ferndale Street and Orange Street for a total of 360 linear feet.
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OWNER STILL RECOVERING, WHILE RIVER RISES

ORANGE | 1813 News spoke with Ashley LeBlanc Steiner late this afternoon about her father, Oscar LeBlanc, beloved owner of Bluebird’s Fish Camp.

Now, after his SIXTH surgery, she says he is progressing every day, and the family is hopeful he will WALK out of the hospital when he recovers. But, Ashley says, there will be lots of physical therapy ahead.

Mr. LeBlanc is walking with assistance, she says, but, due to one of his many injuries – to his throat – he cannot yet speak, and there are still no leads as to who shot her father.

The family and Orange police are still asking for help in finding the shooter. 65-year-old Oscar LeBlanc was found with several gunshot wounds when officers responded to the 1800 block of Lincoln Drive around 1:15 a.m. on May 13th.

Police are asking for anyone with surveillance footage at their home near Lincoln Drive to check it and look for anything suspicious and call 409.883.1026.

In the meantime, the Sabine River today is rising right up to Bluebirds, as it as done many times before.

Ashley said, other than someone arrested for shooting her father, what the family needs most is prayers.
(Photos of Bluebird’s taken today 5/19 by Aaron Elms)