Archive for January 16, 2023

Photo by KWON JUNHO on Unsplash


By: Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – What in the world was in the water in DC last week that the crazy “ban on gas stoves” got so much traction?!

Have we got nothing else to talk about?! To regulate?!


Apparently we are through talking about $6.00/dozen eggs and it’s a good thing because you won’t be able to fry those eggs on a gas stove if the internet is to be believed.

So, no, the government isn’t coming for your gas stove but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to. Full disclosure: I have a gas stove, I’ve always had a gas stove, my parents and both sets of grandparents had gas stoves. We are all part of the 35% of homes in the United States that use gas stoves. In fact, when the power grid went down in the last winter storm my gas stove stood by steadfastly ready to heat my water for coffee and we were still able to cook meals.

I have never been able to properly make a roux on an electric stove; I find them incredibly unreliable.

So yes, it concerns me a great deal to think the government has nothing else to do (or to regulate) than my gas stove.

They are “a health hazard,” proponents of this say, but my gas stove has never hurt me in over sixty years. I think I’m pretty safe. And in fact I don’t know a single person who has ever been attacked by their gas stove.

Oh, I know. They’re citing a “toxic stew” of chemical pollution and elevated cases of asthma in homes with gas stoves. Maybe we should all go back to cooking on campfires. Or will they regulate wood next?

I just can’t take this seriously and am sick to death of over regulation.

If they’re really running out of things to regulate I can give them some suggestions. Just saying.

So let me get this straight.

In Boston a statue purchased by people who were actual slaves and suffered all the humiliations and pains of slavery and deliberately placed in Boston because of their connection with the abolition movement is out because it was “offensive” and it’s replaced by a giant bronze image of two disembodied arms that from a particular angle looks like someone holding a giant brown penis.

And everyone’s OK with this?

In fairness what do actual slaves know about oppression and humiliation, I bet not a one of them was ever misgendered or had the someone use the wrong pronouns in their presence.

Envy is s deadly sin but oppression envy is the worst form of it.

Final thought. I think I’ll trust the opinion of actual ex-slaves on Lincoln over modern activists every time.