“Confederaphobia–An American Epidemic”

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Anyone following my blogs knows this is a subject I have given considerable attention to over the years. I am glad someone has now written a book about this which goes into more detail than I can on my blog spots, and now concerned folks can begin to study this mental aberration in some detail.

Paul C. Graham has written a book, the title of which is the title I quoted for this article. It was only published this year by Shotwell Publishing  in Columbia, South Carolina. This is the publisher that is turning out many books that give you the knowledge to fight political correctness (cultural Marxism) with the truth. So few publishers today have the intestinal fortitude (guts) to publish books that deal with this form of cultural genocide that it is truly refreshing to find someone willing to take those people (cultural Marxists) on and print the truth about them–truth that will ultimately “make us free.”

Mr. Graham’s book is not a lengthy one, only 58 pages with three appendixes. The serious reader can get through it in a day, and it’s not written in high-flown language. It is for us ordinary folks, and, in most cases, we are the ones that need it. Mr. Graham deals  with this subject in some detail (he packs a lot in 58 pages) and he helps us to understand the mindset of those who hate all things Southern and Confederate.

He notes how the present round of this aberration began in June, 2015,  when that “useful idiot” Dylan Roof shot those black folks in their church in Charleston, South Carolina. It was almost as if this event was a (the) signal to the Governor of South Carolina, Nimrata Haley (she is of East Indian descent) to pull the Confederate flag down at the capitol. Mr. Graham notes: “Haley and her accomplices foolishly viewed their actions as a great victory against hatred and intolerance. They were not alone. It appears that some kind of miracle was expected to sweep the land once the flag in South Carolina was removed. There is now, ironically, (and sadly, quite predictably), more hate and more violence than there was before, only now it is unabashedly directed toward native Southerners, their ancestors, and anything associated with them.” After reflecting upon this situation for the past couple years, I have to conclude that this was the intention!  Mr. Graham continues: “In less than a week, the issue surrounding the Confederate Battle Flag displayed in Columbia went from a state and local issue to a national issue to an international issue.” Again–that was the intention!  The cultural Marxists and those who finance them used this event as a new springboard to wage war on the faith, culture and heritage of the South. Until this day they have never ceased.

Starting on page 15, Mr. Graham explains the phenomena of “Confederaphobia.” He states that it is “…characterized by an irrational and pathological hatred and fear of all things Confederate–flags, monuments, graves, portraits, trinkets, stickers, etc.–anything that could be associated, even tenuously, with the late Confederate States of America, including the region from which it sprang and those people and groups of people who are native or sympathetic to this region.” In other words, these Leftist wing-nuts hate us and our ancestors and everything they or we ever stood for. Mr. Graham continues: “Regardless of the shape it assumes, Confederaphobia has the characteristic of dehumanizing self-identified Southerners and seeks to deny them their humanity, their dignity and their right to exist as they are–both individually and collectively–in the public sphere.” This aggressive attitude ends up scaring many Southern folks into “hiding in the shadows” and talking softly for fear of being identified as Southerners. After all, it’s not politically correct to stand up for something that so many seem to hate and loathe, and so,  for fear of drawing attention to themselves, many Southern folks just shut up and try to stay out of the public eye (and the line of fire). This is exactly what they are being conditioned to do–shut up and just sit down! That way only one side of the debate gets heard and Southerners, in effect, give the cultural battlefield over to those sworn enemies who plan to destroy them.

He observes, correctly, that “…being Southern or sympathetic to Southern history, heritage and culture–including that of the Confederate era and symbols associated with it–is not  wrong.” He talks about people being moved by the sight of a Confederate flag or the playing of “Dixie” or revering Confederate ancestors, and he states that these things are not wrong.  I can identify with what he says. I am moved by the sight of a Confederate flag waving in the breeze or hearing “Dixie” played and I had a Confederate ancestor who lost most of one leg at Spotsylvania, so when you go out of your way to tell me what an evil cause he fought for, I take that personally. You are slapping me and my ancestor in the face and I don’t much appreciate that–and lots of others in my position don’t appreciate it either.

Mr. Graham notes that most Confederaphobes are really guilty of the same attitudes they seek to project onto Southerners. This is standard cultural Marxist procedure–condemn others for what you, yourself are guilty of. He says (and I agree with him) that “Hatred and fear, coupled with a superiority complex and institutional approval fuels the expression of the more odious forms of Confederaphobia.  In its more extreme expression Confederaphobia can lead to violence and/or murder.” He notes the part that social media plays in all this. He talks about something that many of us have noted recently–contextualization–in regard to monuments and other Southern displays. Supposedly the contemporary cultural Marxist insists on “contextualizing” Confederate monuments and displays so they can be explained to gullible folks as to what they “really mean.” This is nothing more than cultural Marxist propaganda and Mr. Graham noted that it is nothing more than “an attempt to explain away the most obvious meaning of the display.”

He plainly sees the place “educational” institutions in this country, “especially colleges and universities, but increasingly in K-12 public schools–which are permeated with strong ideological biases, have strictly implied rules or policies against any outward expression of one’s Southern identity or views that fall outside of the accepted narratives of the South as racist, treasonous, and that the ‘Civil War’ was all about slavery.”

It’s not that the things the Confederaphobe hates are really bad, but rather that he has been conditioned to think they are by institutions of “education,” the “news” media, and the entertainment industry–all working hand in glove with one another, whether they realize it or not (and I think many of them do).

As stated so well by Mr. Graham, our flags and monuments remind us that “…we are a unique and recognizable people that have the right to exist, a right to be who and what we are without molestation, apology, or shame.” However, it appears, in our current cultural situation that we are going to have to start contending for that right because the cultural Marxists and their elite financiers plan to deprive us of that right if they can. You need to read Mr. Graham’s book. It will help you to understand much of what you see going on around you.

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This Site Contains…..whatever we don’t like, so it’s blocked

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

One thing you can learn from a visit to your local public library is that all internet sites are equal, but some are not quite as equal as others. And the ones that are not quite as equal as the others get blocked. Who gets to define what constitutes “equal” is yet another question. Back in the days when we spoke in more plain English because the fear of “offending” someone wasn’t quite as potent as it seems to be today, this sort of thing was just labeled for what it really was–censorship! 

This afternoon, I went with a friend to our local public library while he used one of their computers to check out his email and a few other things. While there, I did the same, and checked out several websites that I usually check out each day.

Toward the end of my checking I thought, since I had not checked it in two or three days, I would check out the website for The Confederate Society of America of which I am a member.

So I typed the name into the search line on the search engine and instead of being connected to CSA’s website I was connected with something called Barracuda which dutifully informed me that the site I was trying to connect with contained “hateful or racist material” or  words to that effect and therefore it was blocked and inaccessible to me. My first thought was “what’s this crap?” So I tried again and got the same politically correct response.

At that point I went to get one of the library employees and she came over to see what the problem was. She went to check and came back to tell me there was nothing they could do about it. All the parish libraries are set up like this. I asked her how I could file a complaint about this. She told me I would have to go see the head librarian at the main branch. I asked her why something like this is on their computers. She didn’t know but she said that this program is set up so that certain key words you type in trigger this response and that’s as far as you get. I asked her “I suppose the word Confederate is one of those key words?” She figured it probably would be. What a surprise!

I told her that “I happen to belong to this particular group and there is nothing racist or hateful on their site. It deals with culture and history and that’s all it deals with.” While she might have been sympathetic, there was nothing she could do. The whole thing was set up from the main library. Given the demographics of the city where the main library is located, I am really dubious as to whether talking to those people would do any good or be an exercise in futility (probably the latter), and I don’t need anymore futility than I already have. This particular city has a set of six flagpoles out in front of the city hall. Years ago, one of those flagpoles used to contain a First National Confederate States flag. Then black leadership assumed control. Need I say more?

Some of you all around the country might check out the computers in your own public libraries just to see if this censorship situation prevails in your areas and let us know. Maybe some areas are not yet burdened with this cultural Marxism, because that’s really all it is.  The cultural Marxists feel they need to be the final arbiters of what we see and hear and whether we like that or not makes no difference to them. They know what’s best (for them) and what’s best for them is that we don’t see and hear what gives them political indigestion. Kind of like the situation in Washington right now. Those generals on Mr. Trump’s staff seem to be deciding what he gets to see and hear and who he talks to and who is shut out. Same principle.

I just wonder who is responsible for deciding what material is “hateful” or “racist.” Who makes that decision? It is local folks? Is it this Barracuda outfit, or who? Or do some of these people involved have possible connections to the Southern Poverty Law Center for whom everything to the right of Joe Stalin is hateful?

These folks who may be denizens of the Great Swamp keep telling us all this is for our own good and that we are much better off if we don’t see the truth but rather let them interpret what is “racist” or “hateful” because they are the “experts” at all this.

Again, who gets to determine what is “racist” or “hateful” and what do they get out of it? That’s the real question.

They Are Rewriting Your History–do you care?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Someone sent me an article from Fox News a couple days ago about two South Carolina politicians, one black and one white, that want to put up a new monument to honor a Union “black Civil War hero” in Columbia, South Carolina.

We presently exist in a cultural vortex in which Confederate monuments and flags are being pulled down or removed almost weekly. In that climate these two South Carolina legislators want to erect a monument to a “Union hero” in South Carolina, the original seat of Southern secession. I am almost tempted to ask “How are the mighty fallen?”

Now I am not disparaging the man they want to put the monument up to memorialize. I don’t know that much about him and he may well have been a brave man. There were many brave men (and some scoundrels) who supported the Union cause and even though I disagree with that cause (consolidation and collectivism) I don’t deny the bravery of many of its adherents.

But the way this particular South Carolina scenario is being handled it looks to me like little more than one more Yankee/Marxist attempt at rewriting our Southern history and promoting Union “values” while denigrating Confederate values. This cultural con game has been going on almost since Appomattox (and, in some various forms, it went on even before the War began). Southern culture has ever been the target of Northern “do-gooders” and their friends on the Left.

This rewrite scenario for our history struck me because these two politicians want to have this new Union monument erected on the “same South Carolina state house grounds where a Confederate flag flew until 2015.” Amazing coincidence!  And the Fox News article went on to state that: “Gregory and Jackson were two of the forces working together to have the Confederate flag removed from the Capitol grounds in July 2015.” Do you get what these modern carpetbaggers are doing here? They are replacing Confederate history with Union history in Columbia, South Carolina.

And in how many other places around the South also? How many articles have I seen in the past three years or so where, if some political bootlicker can’t get a Confederate monument removed, why then he, she, or it wants to have additional plaques, complete with “interpretive history” added to the scene so the Confederate monument can now be understood in its “proper context.” What that means, in plain English, is that they will now put up plaques with commentary on them that lies about what the monument really stands for. Sorry, but that’s the way it usually works out.

Find a Confederate monument somewhere that portrays three or four Confederate soldiers and some Leftist “historian” will work to put up a plaque or “interpretive” sign that says “The men represented on this monument  fought to preserve the institution of slavery in the South.” Think i’m kidding?  Go to some of your national “Civil War” battlefields and ask the staff there what the War was really all about. Ask some of those people why the South seceded and they will self-righteously inform you that it was “so the South could keep her slaves.” Any other reasons? Why, what other reason could there have been? It was all about slavery–“everybody” knows that. That’s what our “history” books say. Slavery in the North? Why whoever heard of that? Must be some kind of conspiracy theory! Like me, some of you all have been treated to this psycho-babble before. It’s what the PHDs  tell us–and they Pile it Higher and pile it Deeper than just about anybody else–because they are cultural Marxists and they have an agenda.

Their agenda is to rewrite your history and change your culture, but you all are supposed to be too stupid to figure that out. And if they manage to get enough flags and monuments removed and enough street names changed–and replaced with their opposite numbers from Yankee/Marxist Land, your history will be rewritten–and replaced–and your kids will never know the difference. That, along with the cultural Marxist hogwash they teach your kids in government schools, is the real name of the game. Your kids can do precious little to defend a culture, history, and heritage they are almost totally unaware of now, can they?

You folks who do nothing but sit home and watch reality shows and continuous sports extravaganzas,  all the while kidding yourselves that you love your Southern heritage,  had better start thinking about some of this stuff. You may not like what I write–but you better start thinking about some of this stuff. Your kids futures depend on it.

Think about this–once they have destroyed your history and culture and neutered you, the sports shows that bemused you will be gone. No more need for them then!  They will have accomplished their purpose for their promoters of keeping you bemused while their promoters destroyed your culture and heritage–and after they have accomplished that, there is no more need to “entertain” you–because you and your kids belong to them. Then the real fun starts–for them!!!

Shouldn’t That Carl Schurz Monument Come Down?

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

As some folks know, I recently did a CD lecture (a little over 37 minutes long) about the Marxist and socialist supporters and enablers of Abraham Lincoln. These were the sterling individuals (often along with their wives) that Donnie Kennedy and I wrote about in our book Lincoln’s Marxists. 

Some friends have been helping me get the word out about the new CD, which I appreciate, because people still need to be made aware of this leftist phenomena so prevalent in Mr. Lincoln’s armies. It’s still a subject that Establishment historians turn their noses up at because we are not supposed to know that much about it, much less discuss or debate it in polite company.

At any rate, polite or not, a friend up in Kansas City, Missouri had a buddy there who must have heard something about the CD because he penned a kind of humorous article about it and about the Forty Eighters in general. It was posted on https://camdenpoint.wordpress.com  and he had kind of a funny book-cover type picture with the article that portrayed socialist Carl Schurz next to the Communist hammer and sickle.

He went into some detail about Carl Schurz, his revolutionary socialist background, and also noted his wife’s socialist activity, part of which was the founding of the first kindergarten in this country. In one place he mentions about the 1848 socialist revolts in Europe and notes how Schurz and many others ended up here after their revolts fizzled in Europe. He says: “And so like many of his German compatriots who had played an important role in the failed revolution, many would soon migrate to the United States in order to continue waving the banner for their leftist cause of taking things from others by force and coercion (which sums up the modern socialism of Bernie Sanders and other politicians as well).” In spite of all the “positive’ swill written to praise the Forty Eighters as some kind of “freedom fighters,” the man who wrote this article has seen through that farce and realizes what they were really all about.

But something that really caught my attention as I read this article was a picture of a monument to Carl Schurz in New York City. And, I have to admit my guilt and confess that one of the first thoughts that came into my mind was–As long as we now seem to be on this national tear to pull down all “Civil War” monuments, wouldn’t it be only fitting and proper to pull down this monument to Carl Schurz along with all the rest? 

After all, if we have reached the point where monuments to Washington, Jefferson, and even Columbus are being threatened, why should Carl Schurz be exempt? After all, he was white. Isn’t that enough reason right there to remove a monument to him? By today’s rationale, it should be. The fact that he was a revolutionary socialist should have nothing to do with it–the main criteria for removing monuments today is whiteness!  And Schurz certainly qualifies on that count.

I’m sure that there will be many that await media confirmation that the monument to Carl Schurz in New York City has been visited by Black Lives Matter. However, should this group of worthies ever get around to visiting the Schurz monument, it will probably be to lay a wreath at the feet of Comrade Carl and to praise his devotion to “the people.”

You have to understand that, when it comes to monuments to old, dead, white guys, you will find that “some monuments are more equal than others.”

For those who would like a little more info on Carl and some of his Forty Eighter buddies, the CD Lincoln’s Marxists is still available for a cost of $8.00 (and believe me I am not making big bucks at that price). You can purchase them by writing to The Copperhead Chronicle,  P O Box 55,  Sterlington, Louisiana 71280 and sending a check or money order for $8.00 for each CD you want.

You will find out some information about some of the personalities who fought in the War of Northern Aggression on the side of the “glorious” Union that your history books, at best, only hint at, because you are not supposed to need to know any of this stuff.

And keep your eyes open to see if Black Lives Matter or Antifa ever get around to the Schurz monument.

National Education–It Has Always Been About “Reconstructing” Southern Culture

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

In his book Segregation–Federal Policy or Racism? (Shotwell Publishing, Columbia, South Carolina) author John Chodes noted, on page 53 that: “In 1867, a small agency was created by Congress. It was called the Bureau of Education. It consisted of only five employees: a supervisor and four clerks, ‘to collect such statistics and facts as shall show the condition and progress of education in the several states and territories…as shall aid the people of the United States in the establishment and maintenance of efficient school systems, and otherwise promote the cause of education throughout the country.’ From this miniscule beginning, over time, the Bureau of Education became a gigantic department, nationalizing, controlling, and separating black and white primary and secondary schools by administering the Morrill colleges and absorbing the Freedmen’s Bureau schools into its own bureaucracy.” And we have all been led to believe that the federal Department of Education  didn’t happen until Jimmy Carter brought it in during his one-term presidency as payback to the National Education Association for their support of him. Actually,  it seems that all Carter did was to support the most recent manifestation of something that had really been around, in one form or another, for a very long time.

It seems that the educational messiahs in Washington at that time (ever read about them in your history books?) felt that one of the leading causes of Southern secession was that Southern folks had existed for all those years without the dubious “benefit” of a nationalized school system, and therefore, they were easy prey for “Southern demagogues” to con into helping their states secede from our “indivisible” Union.

Republican demagogue James P. Wickersham of Pennsylvania observed that: “It was this ignorance that enabled the rebel leaders to create a prejudice in the minds of this class of persons against the North and to induce them to enlist in their armies…As long as they are ignorant they will remain tools of political demagogues and therefore be incapable of self-government. They must be educated;…No state that has passed an act of secession should be allowed to take its former place in the Union without having first incorporated into its constitution a provision for the establishment of a free school system.” Do you begin to see where this has all been going?

What the honorable Mr. Wickersham is really saying here, in his own unique way, is that most Southern folks have just been paying attention to the wrong set of demagogues. They’ve been listening to Southern ones when they really should have been embracing Northern ones. It seems the Northern demagogues have the (politically) correct slant on all the current issues of the day and, therefore, any state that embraced secession should have to have some sort of Yankee/Marxist public school system firmly in place to brainwash the kiddies before it even dreams of unification with the glorious Union. In other words–“teach your kids to think the same way we’ve taught ours to think–or else!”

This Yankee/Marxist mindset portrays secession as some sort of evil, traitorous act that has to be “educated” out of Southern kids so they will never again be tempted to think along those lines. It would seem, if you look at some of today’s headlines, that the government educational system has been somewhat less than spectacularly successful  in obliterating  the idea of secession. There are some small blessings we can be thankful for!

Contrary to what the promoters of public education have told us for over 150 years now,  secession is not (was not) treason. The Declaration of Independence was a secession document, and three of the states that ratified the Constitution did so with the proviso that, if this new government ended up being detrimental to their states, they reserved the right to remove themselves. Virginia, Rhode Island, and New York all said that, in one form or another, in their ratification ordinances. So if secession had been treasonous then the ratification ordinances of those states should not have been accepted–but they were, and that fact alone, which most of your “history” books leave out, speaks volumes.

National (and it’s never really been local) education has always been about the restructuring of American society and culture and making it into something the Founders would not have recognized, something that the Washington and New York culture-benders wanted it to be. All this blather about “quality education for the kids” to put it bluntly, smells like a fresh West Texas cow chip on a hot day in August. It’s pure bovine fertilizer–and not even the high grade stuff at that!

As far as all the Confederate monuments coming down, what do you think most public schools in the South have been teaching your kids about their ancestors who seceded and fought for the Confederacy? You probably don’t really want to know. But you better start finding out, because the drivel they are pushing down your kids’ throats will affect their future, your grandchildren’s futures and the future of your Southern culture.

Just remember this–if you take nothing else away from what you’ve read here–“Reconstruction” is ongoing. It has never stopped. It may have shifted gears here and there, but it has never ceased. It is as relevant to your lives today as it was to those who surrendered at Appomattox.

Key Words For Confederate Monuments–“On Private Land”

by Al Benson Jr.

Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America

Usually, I seldom quote the New York Times as it is not one of my favorite publications, and I have accused it, over the years, of not printing “all the news that’s fit to print” but rather of printing all the news that fits (the agenda).

On August 30th I read a Times article by a Sabrina Tavernise, and although I did not agree with all her conclusions in this article, she did bring up some points worthy of comment.

To start her article she noted: “One of the proudest moments of Robert Eldreth’s life was erecting a Confederate monument on a patch of grass behind the Georgetown (Delaware) Historical Society in 2007. It was the first monument to Delawareans who had served the Confederacy, and the fact that it came 142 years after the end of the war hardly mattered. ‘It’s a lesson in history,’ said Mr. Eldreth, who led the group that put it up. ‘It’s about our roots and sacrifices that those citizens here in Delaware made. To me that’s so honorable’.”

Ms. Tavernise made an interesting comment, citing the damage the Charlottesville episode was intended to cause the cause of Southern history and heritage, when she said: “While old monuments erected in bygone eras are coming down, new ones continue to go up.” Most in the mainstream media would never admit this.

She mentioned other instances along this line. She observed: “In Crenshaw County, Alabama,  a new monument to ‘unknown Confederate soldiers’ was unveiled Sunday in a private park. In the small East Texas town of Orange, a giant concrete ring of 13 columns, representing the states the Confederacy claimed as its own, is going up on private land at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Martin Luther King Drive.”

A historian at the University of North Carolina has also stated “There has been a Civil War memorial boom going on over the last 20 years.” He noted that at least 36 monuments had gone up in North Carolina since 2000 and that was as many as were put up in all the years between 1940 and 1990.

At this point, Tavernise made a statement I somewhat had to disagree with. She did note that, while in former years, monuments and memorials were put up in “busy public squares” the monuments going up today are appearing in quieter areas, more away “from the bustle of daily life on plots of private land, or on battlefield sites,…” And while many Americans don’t want to see monuments taken down, she feels that new monuments are not finding the acceptance in “broader society” that they once did. I guess that depends on where the “broader society” is coming from. If you are talking about Northern Virginia, which has become infested with dwelling places for Washington bureaucrats, she might have a point. However, I don’t think that holds true for many other places in the South.

A Sons of Confederate Veterans commander in Alabama noted that more monuments will go up, but it will be on private property. That seems to be the trend now, and in light of all the cultural destruction and ethnic cleansing that has gone on in the South in recent years, that seems to me to be the way to go. We need to keep putting up our monuments, flags, and memorials, but do it on private property, where culturally Marxist city and town council members can’t get their grubby collectivist paws on them. Oh, they will wail and moan about the “injustice and racism” of it all because they don’t get their way. Tough, baby. Let them know this is how the cookie crumbles.

Not as many may get to see some of the monuments in more out of the way places, but those that really care and want their children to appreciate their culture and heritage will make the effort to visit these places. And their culture and history will be preserved–even if it is a little ways outside of town. In the long run, that doesn’t matter.

The key to putting up our monuments, flags, and memorials is to start doing it on private land! The folks mentioned in this article have shown that this can be done, and for the sake of our children and their children’s futures it needs to be done. Whatever the cultural Marxists manage to tear down, let us be replacing as much as we can on private land. Private land!!! Even the thought of that makes the cultural Marxists cringe!

The Reds Among Us Since 1848

If you have not read in your “history” books about the Marxists and socialists who fought on the side of the Union during the “late unpleasantness” you are not alone. This is the kind of real history that our Establishment “historians,” so called, would rather we did not know anything about. If we are ignorant of the facts of this aspect of the War, then we can’t ask embarrassing  questions about it that the historians and politicians don’t wish to deal with.

Along this line, a few years back, Walter Kennedy and I wrote the book Lincoln’s Marxists. Our aim was to pull back the curtain and reveal the Marxists, socialists, and other assorted Leftists sitting back there hoping we would never see them. And you have to admit, most of our professional “historians” have done a pretty good job making sure we knew as little as possible about them.

Lots of folks who should will probably never get to read the book, which is unfortunate. Those who have read it have been enlightened by it, except for the ones on the Left and some of them were slightly ticked at it.

However, for the many who will probably not get to read the book, there is a new CD available called Lincoln’s Marxists. It is a 37 minute lecture by Al Benson Jr. that gives you basic facts about these Marxists and socialists and what their objectives for our country were (and still are), and why they so strongly supported Lincoln and the Northern Cause, and why Mr. Lincoln was so glad to have their assistance.

If you would like more information about this please contact Al Benson Jr. at copperhead102@juno.com  If you would like to have a copy of this CD, the cost is $8.00, which includes the cost of shipping. Please send your check or money order to:

Lincoln CD c/o The Copperhead Chronicle  P O Box 55,  Sterlington, Louisiana  71280.