Scott McKay

Scott McKay is publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics.


You Need the Civil Society


Baton Rouge Tuesday, President Barack Obama landed in Baton Rouge to tour the devastation of the historic flood in South Louisiana. In his remarks to the media during his visit, the president noted, after saluting the various local, state and federal muckety-mucks with him on the riser, the extraordinary efforts of ordinary people in response […]

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A Tale of Two Disasters


It started on Thursday evening of last week and didn’t end until Sunday morning, about 60 hours’ worth of non-stop rain in Biblical proportions covering about half a state. In some places, as much as 31 inches of rain fell — in nearly all, the total was two feet. And from west of Lafayette to […]

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Barack Obama might well have been right in saying this week that Donald Trump wasn’t qualified to be president. But there is a problem — Obama isn’t qualified to make that judgement, and frankly with the revelations about his actions in supplicating America to the Iranian mullahs this week, it’s time to begin talking about […]

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The Agony of Hillary


Chances are you didn’t watch the Democrat Convention Thursday night. Nielsen reports that better than 90 percent of the country didn’t. That’s a good and bad thing at the same time. It’s a good thing, because we shouldn’t wish for our countrymen to suffer unnecessarily — and to endure Hillary Clinton’s screeching, noisome, banefully discordant […]

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Something Terrible


When Hillary Clinton chose Tim Kaine as her vice presidential nominee, what she was really choosing was one of the two major characteristics defining her as a politician. Clinton could, had the notion struck her, picked Sherrod Brown or Liz Warren as her running mate. In doing so she would have fully embraced her record […]

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From MLK… To DeRay


This won’t be the first time this space has reminded our readers of the sage observation by Eric Hoffer that “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Hoffer’s observation is, of course, correct. But it turns out that while he was accurate, he was also incomplete […]

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Comey’s Hanoi Confession


Viewed under the standard of legal interpretation required of any law school class or even jury instruction in America today, FBI director James Comey’s press conference Tuesday recommending no prosecution be undertaken of Hillary Clinton resulting from the large-scale investigation into her emails would make no sense. Based on Comey’s relation of the facts in […]

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Why They’re Able to Kill Us


The video embedded below goes a little under 10 minutes, and it’s quite educational in explaining why time and time again we find jihadist terrorists able to perpetrate murder and mayhem on Americans — from Little Rock to Fort Hood to Boston to Chattanooga to San Bernardino to Merced to Orlando — despite displaying shiny […]

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The Floor-Sitters


Let’s not let the events of the last two weeks go by without putting them in proper context. A second-generation immigrant from Afghanistan whose father was an open sympathizer with the Taliban, a practicing Muslim from a sharia-preaching mosque that had already produced one jihadist suicide bomber, a man who had been on the nation’s […]

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Is He Rooting for ISIS?


It’s instructive, but certainly not surprising, that in the wake of the deadliest terror attack on American soil since 9/11 President Obama’s reaction was to reach for gun control as a solution. Put another way, in the face of evidence that the global, ISIS-inspired jihad has penetrated the federal government’s security apparatus and demonstrated the […]

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