November 26, 2020

GET THE DRUNKS OFF THE ROAD IN LOUISIANA!

During this holiday season, we all know that lots of social drinking takes place. Often, it’s not responsible. Louisiana has as one of the highest percentages of drunk drivers and accidents involving drunk drivers in the nation. We pay through higher insurance rates. But we also pay in loss of lives in serious injury. What could be done to stop the outrageous Numbers of drunk drivers? I take it look at some of the solutions in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Got My Thanksgiving Pumpkin Ready!

OK, I’ll admit it. I’m a big pumpkin pie a guy. I can eat pumpkin pie all year long but I save it up for the holidays. Not the healthiest thing to eat, but it sure taste good. Here’s my group of pumpkins for the year. Good eating to take place.

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November 18, 2020

A NEW LOUISIANA GOVERNOR SOON?

You’ve heard of the domino effect haven’t you? Well it could be about to take place in Louisiana. With the retirement of New Orleans congressman Cedric Richmond, there’s an opportunity for a number of things to happen. Who else from Louisiana could be considered to receive an appointment by the president? Is our present Louisiana governor in the mix? And if he is, what happens next? I raise a number of these questions in my new column. You could read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Julia Reed-A Special Person.

My friend of many years Julia Reed passed away recently from cancer at the age of 59. She was certainly one of the most interesting, entertaining, and full of life people I ever met.  She was a marvelous writer of southern life, and her columns appeared in newspapers and magazines all over the nation. Julia was simply a larger than life personality, and so much fun to be around. She was a Mississippi girl, born in Greenville and spent much of her time between her long time at home there and down in New Orleans. I sure will miss my dear friend.

Super Chef John Besh!

Celebrity Chef John Besh was in town for a special cooking event this week.  The Chef always calls me for a few cooking tips when he’s in town.  (Yeah, right!)

November 11, 2020

Thoughts on the 2020 Election!

We thought the election was over on November 3rd. But there’s a flurry of lawsuits challenging the results in a few key states. Voter fraud is being alleged, and many states are reviewing the way they run their elections. The good news is that down here in the Bayou State, things went pretty well. We have a good system in place, and there were very few complaints. I’ll review some post-election thoughts in my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Does Anyone Remember Veteran’s Day?

The video above gives a moving and poignant reminder of the horrors of war. But so few Americans rarely acknowledge those who serve in the military.I felt an obligation to continue the service to my country. Yes, I’m a patriot and I make no bones about it. I’m a past judge advocate for the American Legion in Louisiana. The American flag flies outside my home 365 days a year. I wear my military dog tags while I broadcast my syndicated radio program each week (NG25520050). This is not an effort to pat myself on my patriotic back. Like so many other young men who love their country, it was something I felt a strong obligation to do. So despite the fact that I was draft exempt, I signed up for service in the Army, then stayed for ten additional years in the Louisiana National Guard. So I’m proud to hor those who still see and keep us free.

November 5, 2020

PRESIDENTIAL VOTER FRAUD IN LOUISIANA?

As the presidential vote counting continues, there have been numerous accusations about vote fraud in a number of states throughout the country. Is voter fraud that rampant? Sure, there are occasional efforts for elections to be tainted, particularly in some of the more rural counties and parishes around the nation. And if you live in Louisiana, there’s been a long history of such allegations. Anything to all these rumors? I review my experience as the state’s chief elections officer and political participant in my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

November 1, 2020

Billy Joe Shaver-Great singer-songwriter!

We lost another really great Texas outlaw singer and songwriter this week. Billy Joe Shaver for years has been always one of my favorites. Any number of great singers recorded his music. The likes of Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash to list just a few.  Two of my favorite Billy Joe songs are “Honky-Tonk Heroes “and “Old Chunk of Coal.”  (I’m just an old chunk of coal, but I’m going to be a diamond someday.)  But his best song was a tribute to his son who died of a drug overdose.   I listen regularly to Billy Joe singing “I’m Gonna Live Forever.”  I had a long visit with him when he played at the Red Dragon Listening Room some years back.  A singer’s songwriter, we will sure miss Billy Joe Shaver.

 

October 28, 2020

INSURANCE REFORM NEEDS MORE THAN DUMB TV ADS!

Putting aside all the campaign advertising that’s going on constantly each day on TV, I’m having my fill of many of the ads related to insurance. Sure it’s the trial lawyers, but it’s also the goofy insurance ads. How about that guy with the ostrich who seems completely spaced out walking around in a daze? And what is saying about “buy only by the amount of insurance you actually need.” What does that mean? How much automobile insurance do you really need? Particularly in the state of Louisiana that has the highest insurance rates in the nation. I take a look at this important issue in my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

October 26, 2020

Passing of a Musical Legend!

I wanted to let my friends and family know that we lost  one of my favorite performers last week.  Jerry Jeff Walker passed away at 78 years old. You don’t know this but I was the President of the Louisiana chapter of the Jerry Jeff fan club.  Jerry Jeff was a Texas country outlaw singer who began his musical career as a New Yorker, but gravitated to Texas and teamed up with the likes of Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, and Kinky Friedman. Remember “Mr. Bojangles” about an old street performer in New Orleans?  My first Jerry Jeff concert was in 1982 at Armadillo World in Austin, a country music venue that held concerts nightly with an atmosphere something like the Flora-Bama beach bar in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  There was a sign-up sheet to receive Jerry Jeff’s newsletter and become a member of his fan club. Of course, I joined up. 

A few days later, his assistant called to say Jerry Jeff was looking for a president of his fan club in Louisiana.  I was secretary of state at the time, but I could always find a few moments to perform my fan club duties for a musical favorite.  How could I turn down the author and singer of “To read his obituary in tT New York Times, Click Here. We will miss Jerry Jeff.

October 21, 2020

WHAT WOULD YOU ASK THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES?

With the election for president only a few days away, the negative campaigning doesn’t really educate us very much as to what important issues are facing our country today. If you had the chance, what questions would you put to do to  the major candidates running? The economy, obviously the virus, public safety, education, healthcare: there are a whole range of concerns. And in this week’s column, I list a few of the issues I would specifically ask each major presidential candidate. Take a look and see what you think. You can read the new call him now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

Ray Stevens puts our lives in perspective!

I’m a big Ray Stevens fan, and he has a great way of satirizing so many issues we face in this country today. Take a look at his new video, “The Quarantine Song.”

October 14, 2020

TERM LIMITS FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES?

The supreme court hearings taking place right now show a great division between Republicans and Democrats, reflected throughout the country. It used to be that picking supreme court judges was based on a strong legal background and scholarly accomplishments. Not so anymore. It all comes down to ideology. And these judges are now appointed for life. Should that be the case? Should judges be allowed to stay on the bench clear up in to their 90s?  No other public employee at any level has a lifetime appointment. See what you think. My new column is now up, and you can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Speech to the La. Retired Employees Association.

I had planned on being up in Marksville Louisiana this week, speaking to the Louisiana State Retired Employees Association. I made the commitment to attend  over a year ago, and I was really looking forward to getting to know old friends again. I was a state employee up until 2002, and have enjoyed staying in touch with many retired employees over these last 18 years. Since I couldn’t be there in person because of the virus, the association leadership asked me to do a remote video reminiscing over my time in public life, and about my new book, My Louisiana Odyssey. My speech is below on video. I hope you will enjoy it.

The Brilliant Colors of Fall!

I suppose fall is my favorite time of year. Way too hot in the summertime, particularly down here in Louisiana. And we don’t get much of a winter. Our family has had a home up in the North Carolina mountains for many years. It’s really a treat this time of year to go up and see all the leaves change. The colors are breathtaking. We are looking forward to going out that way in the coming weeks. Take a look at this video below showing the gorgeous fall colors will come out. I tried to pay the bed, and I cannot come close to expressing these vibrant colors. Thought you’d like the video below.

October 7, 2020

GOV. MIKE FOSTER LEFT AN INSURANCE LEGECY!

Mike Foster was quite a guy. The Louisiana governor did not fit the mold of those who seek the state’s highest office. He was a multimillionaire from Franklin Louisiana, a small town located down in Cajun country. He loved to fish, and I had the opportunity to hang out at his camp with him on a number of occasions. He also was a pretty good politician. I reminisce about the Governor in my new column that is now posted. You can see it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Be Sure and Go Vote!

I hope you have registered to vote in this important coming election. Everybody has an opinion about voting for the president and many other candidates. I’m a JibJab fan, and the message is clear below. Go Vote!

Kick Up Your Heels!

Even us old folks enjoy good music, and like to get out of the dance floor and kick up our heels. Here’s a great cross-section of friends joining in to dance and sing “Roll Out the Barrel,” one of my favorites.

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