July 21, 2021

Edwin Edwards and John McKeithen – A Rocky Relationship?

Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and the chief executive who preceded him, John McKeithen, had an interesting and controversial relationship.  McKeithen had actively supported Edwin Edwards in his race for Congress, and quietly let his supporters know that Edwards was the best choice for governor. But things went sour in their relationship right at the time that Governor Edwards took his oath of office.  I give some personal background of the controversy and just what happened in my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Edwin Edwards and my Father-in-Law!


In 1977, Governor Edwin Edwards presided over a huge Mardi Gras celebration in Beverly Hills, California. He is pictured with well-known actress Gloria Swanson who served as queen of the Mardi Gras. The king, on the right, is my father-in-law, Teddy Solomon. TG, as he is known by all his friends, was a major presence in the movie theater business, both in the south as well as Hollywood. All in the picture passed away, and I sure wish they were still here to entertain us all.

July 12, 2021

The Passing of Louisiana’s Longest Serving Governor!

Former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards passed away this week. He was the state’s longest serving governor, having been elected four times to the state’s highest position. He was both loved and criticized, but no one can doubt he left an indelible mark on the state’s political history. I had a 50 year relationship with Governor Edwards, where we both worked together and ran against each other. But we remained friends throughout these many years. This weeks column is a long remembrance of the former Governor. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

July 7, 2021

Scandalous Insurance Rates in Louisiana !

It’s turning into a national scandal. Louisiana continues to have the highest insurance rates in the country. Year in and Year out. It doesn’t change. All the surrounding states have rates that are much lower. What’s going on? Why does the Bayou State, that has so many great attractions, continue to drop the ball and do a terrible job with it comes to regulating and keeping insurance rates down?  I talk about these problems in this weeks column. You could read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

The Passing of Jimmy Fitz!

My longtime mentor and friend Jimmie Fitzmorris passed away this week. He was 99 years young.  Jimmy Fitz and my father started off as ticket sellers with the Kansas City Southern railroad back in the 1930s. They both went on to be vice presidents.  When I was elected to the state Senate in 1972, Jimmy Fitz took me under his wing as he was serving as president of the Senate. Through my whole political career, he was always there for counsel and advice. He served Louisiana well as an outstanding Lt. Governor. Our state is much better off because of the contributions of this distinguished Louisianian.  Our condolences to his daughter Lisa and the whole Fitzmorris Family.

June 30, 2021

HAS THE FOURTH AMENDMENT BEEN ROUTED?

Ever heard of the fourth amendment? Most people have heard of it, but  have no idea what it says. It’s the basic protection that you are secure in your own home. That’s been the law for centuries. Going all the way back to the Magna Carta. But the United States Supreme Court doesn’t seem to be paying much mind to it.  Recent rulings show the Court is carving away at what should be a basic American right.  And this should not be happening. Take a look at my new column, and my evaluation of why the court is wrong. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

June 24, 2021

New Orleans, God’s Highway Of Death!

Murder rates are going up all over the country. But few cities have the numbers you find way down yonder in the Crescent City. New Orleans has some of the most appalling murders on record. The first attempted murder might have been encouraged by the good Lord himself. I write about the comparison of New Orleans, Abraham in the book of Genesis, and a number of atrocious murders all in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

June 23, 2021

The FBI’s Mafia-Style Justice: To Fight Crime, the FBI Sponsors 15 Crimes a Day

Isn’t this a chilling headline? It’s part of the publication by my friend John Whitehead, who runs the Rutherford Foundation.  The importance of this organization is to point out widespread governmental abuse. John was my guest on my national radio show on several occasions, and he does a first rate job of pointing out the hypocrisy and the outright corruption found in organizations like the FBI.

Here’s what John says and I agree. “Almost every tyranny being perpetrated by the U.S. government against the citizenry—purportedly to keep us safe and the nation secure—has come about as a result of some threat manufactured in one way or another by our own government.  In almost every instance, the U.S. government (often spearheaded by the FBI) has in its typical Machiavellian fashion sown the seeds of terror domestically and internationally in order to expand its own totalitarian powers.”

To read more about the Rutherford foundation, go to www.ruthford.org.  And let me end with this important quote, something that many working for the FBI has forgotten.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”— Friedrich Nietzsche

 

June 22, 2021

Happy Father’s Dad Dad!

 

June 16, 2021

LOUISIANA TAXPAYERS ON HOOK FOR MILLIONS OVER STANFORD MESS!

Alan Stanford and his investment group put up quite a front as they raised billions of dollars. The Stanford group sponsored all types of special nonprofit events in the Baton Rouge area. He promised solid returns to thousands of retirees, many of them located in Louisiana.  And what a deal. Send your money to the Caribbean, and get great returns. Yeah, right!  It was a huge Ponzi scheme. One of the biggest ever. And a new ruling by a federal court of appeals has dampened the chances of many investors to get their money back. So what options do they have? Read my new column that give us some suggestions. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

Fishing’ with my Grandson!

Fishing in the North Carolina mountains with grandson Ruger Brown. He caught 15 fish. I wonder how excited my wife Gladys will be to cook them for supper?

 

June 9, 2021

RACCOONS AND LOUISIANA POLITICS!

Eating good food is way of life down in the deepest of the deep southern states-my home Louisiana. And if you follow Louisiana cooking, you will find that we eat just about everything. And make it taste pretty good while we’re at it.  Now most everyone has heard about the fact that we eat alligator and frog legs. But how about some of the more exotic dishes? Can you say raccoon? That’s right!  Oh I know some people think and wonder how good a raccoon could taste that good. You might be surprised. Take a look at my new column now posted. You’ll learn a little bit more about the Louisiana way of life. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above her by Clicking Here.

The Good Life!

Hangin’ out at the Mast General Store in Valle Crusis, North Carolina. 70 degrees here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. How about that? have no worries. The staff The Lisburn Press is moving forward and publishing a number of new books, and we will keep you posted.  In the meantime, I’m just gonna sit back in my rocking chair and enjoy the views of the good weather.

June 2, 2021

Remembering Those Who Defended our Freedoms!

Memorial day is very special time. I’m not referring to the three day holiday, or the beginning of summer. No, I’m suggesting a special day because it’s supposed to be a time to honor those who gave their lives in the service of and defending their country. Most Americans don’t really relate anymore, unfortunately, few serve in the military today, and many do not even volunteer for their communities. I write about this misnomer in today’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Family Reunion!

Just part of our family gathering at our recent reunion in the North Carolina mountains. Nice to get together again after Covid. We plan many more.

May 26, 2021

Prosecutor Misconduct in Louisiana!

Prosecutorial misconduct continues to be rampant, both in Louisiana and throughout the nation. Just this last week, Texas newspapers reported that Dallas prosecutor Richard Jackson has been disbarred from practicing law in Texas, in a rare example of severe punishment for misconduct in a wrongful conviction case.  There’s not much good good news about holding prosecutors accountable in Louisiana, but former federal prosecutor Sal Perricone  from New Orleans has also been disbarred.  When will judges and State Bar Associations crack down on so much deviant behavior? I write about this misconduct in my column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

New Book from The Lisburn Press!

We (The Lisburn Press) have a new book out by my friend Oscar Shoenfelt, Baton Rouge attorney, about his experiences of being a sports agent. The book is off to a great start, with sports fans around the country placing an order. Oscar by the way is at Duke university, waiting to receive a new heart transplant. But he’s in good spirits, talking up a storm, and really enjoying the attention his new book has received. You can order by Clicking Here. Also available at Cottonwood Books in Baton Rouge.
 

May 19, 2021

Governor Buddy Roemer Passes Away!

Former Louisiana governor buddy Roemer passed away this week. We were both political rivals and good friends. I have fond memories of working with Buddy, and also running against him. I write about his career in public life in my new column this week. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Honoring Gov. Jimmie Davis!

I had the honor of being the speaker last week at the dedication of a special memorial for former governor Jimmie Davis at Louisiana College in Pineville. It was nice to renew acquaintances with many old friends. I’m pictured with some of the ladies who were active in organizing and supporting the program.  You can read about my relationship with Governor Davis and his song, You are My Sunshine, by Clicking Here.

May 12, 2021

Big Challenges for New LSU President!

What happens to a major state university that has fallen from grace, is dramatically underfunded, and has plummeted in national rankings of first-rate colleges throughout the country? You bring in new leadership don’t you?  That’s what my home state university, LSU, has done as it tries to recoup, and re-obtain the national standing it held some 50 years ago. But it’s going to be a long climb up.  Just what happened to the university  that was one called the “Pride of the South?”  And how does it get back in the mix of first-rate landmarks of higher education?  That’s the new challenge for incoming President Dr. William Tate.  And as you can well imagine, I’m quite free with my advice.  So check out my new column on what steps he should take to get LSU to pull himself up by the bootstraps. You can read it now by going to the Flashing Red Box above, or by Clicking Here.

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