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August 15, 2018

IN LOUISIANA, JUST TELL EM’ I LIED!

A day does not go by we don’t here political parties and political opponents calling each other liars. That certainly is true here in my home state of Louisiana. Calling someone a liar is almost a political way of life. And it’s been a lot more prevalent on the state level than on the national level, where civility used to be in place but is now gone by the wayside. In my new column, I give some creative examples of who is hollering fire fire pants on fire. You can read my new column now bye clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule Update!

A big radio weekend is close at hand, and we sure have a lively program for our listeners on Sunday. Are we learning about serious problems developing with marijuana?  Dr. Antoine Kanamugire has made numerous studies, and is raising the red flag about marijuana use.  Then Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a professor of health policy at City University in New York, will discuss why his studies show that Medicare for all will actually save money, not cost more.  This and much more on the Common Sense show. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Baseball Hall of Famers!

Now hear is a great story for you.  Old Timers still relevant.  A baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Pete Alexander — in 1939, at their induction ceremony into the Baseball Hall of Fame — just sold for $623,369. “That crushes the record of $345,000 for a signed baseball, set in 2013 for a Ruth-Gehrig ball.”  The only original inductee who was living at the time “who didn’t sign the ball was Lou Gehrig, who on that day was headed to the Mayo Clinic … [H]e’d been diagnosed with ALS, the disease that would end his career, take his life and unofficially bear his name.”

See these baseball greats below.  On June 12, 1939, legends line up at the first induction ceremony of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.  Front row, left to right: Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, Cy Young.  Rear row: Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Napoleon Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson.

John Grisham on Wrongful Convictions!

Author John Grisham is one of the most compelling and popular storytellers on the planet.  His books become instant bestsellers, and if you haven’t read this author, you are missing a real treat.  He also is quite passionate, and rightly so, over the number if innocent people in America who are convicted by rogue prosecutors.  Grisham sits on the board of the Innocence Project, an organization that has cleared the names of hundreds of innocent victims of prosecutorial misconduct.  I would urge you to take the time and read his compelling comments this seek in The Wall Street Journal about misconduct by prosecutors.  You can read it now by Clicking Here.

August 8, 2018

THE SEARING OF A GREAT CITY’S SOUL!

We all recognize the free and laid back city of New Orleans as the Big Easy, or the city that care forgot. There are many good times coming out of New Orleans. But the news now is horrendous. Murder rates at all-time high, with multiple killings on regular occasions. It’s like there’s a war on terror in New Orleans itself. The Crescent City is always been one of my favorites, where I was educated, and have so many fond memories.  But parts of the city are now a warzone.  See my full analysis in my new column now posted.  You can read it buy going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

A full agenda planned on this week’s common sense radio program. First, just what is the deep state? We hear so much about it in the news. Columnist Alex Newman will join us to discuss the theory of a shadow government in Washington.  Then author Tomeka Mark will talk about why so many Americans are turning their back on religion.  Her book is titled “Where is Christ in Christ-ians?”  And finally has the Miss America pageant become irrelevant? Former pageant contestant and humorist Jane Jenkins Herlong will discuss along with her book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops.”  So tune in for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

 

Shaking Out Prosecutorial Misconduct!

Prosecutors have enormous power, both in the state and federal court systems.   Humorist  John Oliver takes a biting look below at the use and misused of prosecutorial power.  I have written often about prosecutorial misconduct, particularly here in my home state of Louisiana.  ( Click Here to Read more.) Hiding evidence that might show an accused is innocent happens way too often in the Bayou State.  A real blight on the judicial system is the history of misconduct in the New Orleans U.S. Attorney’s office.  Take a few minutes and look at the video below that should concern every law abiding American.

Friend Ronnie on America’s Got Talent!

My longtime friend Ronnie Lamarque, who is a young 72 years old, is called  Crescent City’s silver-haired singing car dealer and he glowed in the spotlight of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” contest on Tuesday (Aug. 8) but didn’t quite make it to the next plateau. In a telephone conversation Tuesday, Ronnie said that attempting to sing the sweeping Elvis Presley ballad “If I Can Dream” accompanied by a solo piano was a stylistic challenge, but in the end he felt he’d delivered.  He didn’t quite make the final round but three cheers for my friend for going so far in life and being such a great talent.  See him perform below.

August 1, 2018

THE LEGISLATURE AND CAESAR SALAD

I live down in the Bayou State, and we have a reputation for passing dumb laws.   But California really does take the cake.  Did you know that the legislature out west not too long ago outlawed the ingredients for making a Caesar Salad?  That’s right.  Talk about meddling and passing a really dumb law.  I put on my humor cap and write all about it in this week’s column now posted. Take a look and see what you think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Update!

We’re about ready to go with our  Common Sense weekend radio.  We kick off with British author Veronica Henry, who will discuss her new book, “How to Find Love in a Bookshop.”  Then we will talk with football handicapper John Rothschild who has a best-selling book,” Football Betting made Easy.”   And finally, our old friend and best selling author Sidney Powell will join us to discuss all the corruption coming out of the Department of Justice. Check out her book “Licensed to Lie.”  See more By Clicking Here.  A lively program, so check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

July 31, 2018

Taking Right to Vote Seriously!

We take our right to vote for granted here in the U.S., and it sees that fewer and fewer citizens go to the polls on Election Day.  I was Louisianan Secretary of State back in the eighties and spent a great deal of time urging voters to go to the polls, often with little success. Check lout the photos below.  People wait in a queue to cast their vote in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, landlocked in southern Africa. Millions of Zimbabweans voted peacefullythis week in their first election since the rapid fall last year of ruthless Robert Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years. Look at the lines to vote.  They take their right to vote seriously.

July 25, 2018

TOO MANY INNOCENTS GETTING THE DEATH PENALTY!

There is a great deal of clamoring going on in Louisiana over enforcing the death penalty.  There are currently over 70 inmates who are on death row, although Louisiana has not had a death sentence carried out since 2010. But legislators and the Attorney General are calling it for immediate executions, either by gas, firing squad, the electric chair, whatever. But what about the fact that several studies show innocent people in the Bayou State are receiving the death penalty? Is that a reason to slow down the process? Take a look at this week’s column and see what I think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

 

Weekend Radio Show Schedule!

Getting ready for weekend radio. The Common Sense showhas a full agenda. What do death row convicts order for the last meal. We will find out and talk with former Angola prison Warden Burrell Caine. And do you know anything about leprosy? Is it contagious? Mike Manes will give us all the inside scoop. And why does the president’s poll numbers keep climbing? His popularity is at a new high. So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Wedding-LSU over Alabama!

When Bekka and Johnny Campbell got married Friday at the Magnolia Plantation in Harahan, the groom’s cake had white icing with the stylized ‘A’ of the Crimson Tide. As cellphone video cameras recorded the moment, Johnny Campbell beamed and celebrated with a handful of other Bama fans as he cut a corner piece. That’s when he discovered his bride had called a trick play that would have made former Tiger coach Les Miles proud. The two cake layers were a bright purple and gold, inspiring chants of “L-S-U! L-S-U!” “They got me,” he said by telephone Monday from Miami, where they are honeymooning. “They definitely got me.”  See video below.

July 18, 2018

TELEVISE FEDERAL TRIALS? OF COURSE!

Should trials in the federal court system be televised? The courts are reluctant to open up their courtroom and let the public see what goes on. And sometimes, the way certain judges behave, you can see what they want to cover their procedures in secrecy. But shouldn’t open trials be part of the democratic process? Why is the federal courtroom so veiled in secrecy?  The US Supreme Court, who often makes laws affecting each of us, is dead set against televising their proceedings. Check out my thoughts in my new column now posted. You can read it by clicking on the Red Flashing box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

Big plans for radio weekend coming up. President Trump really upset NATO allies. Does it matter? Commentator Steve Levy joins us to discuss. We will also talk with Author Lance LoRusso about the increased confrontation between police officers and criminals on the street, along with his book “When Cops Kill.”  And political commentator Christopher Tidmore will help up analyze the Trump approach to politics.(See www.theFMZ.com ) So tune in for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

A Really Special Soccer Story!

Did you watch any of the World Cup Soccer?  It’s called Football all over the world but here in the U.S.  And here’s a really special soccer story. The World Cup certainly brings out the passion in some people.  One of the most memorable stories out of this year’s games hasn’t happened on the field, however. Instead, in Colombia, Jose Richard Gallego is celebrating the best of soccer with his best friend, Cesar Daza. The catch?  Gallego is deaf and blind. Gaza learned sign language and created a unique set of gestures to communicate every football match in real time to Gallego.  See them communicating below.  What’s one of the most memorable things a friend has done for you? Roger Smith shared this story from is site, and see it by Clicking Here.

July 11, 2018

FRANCE AND LOUISIANA. GOOD NEWS!

A lot of attention is focused on Brussels and Europe this week, as the President continues his criticism of the European Union for not giving more financial support to NATO. But the President does seem to maintain a close relationship with FrenchPresident Emmanuel Macron. And that’s good news for Louisiana. I write about the highs and lows of Franco-U.S. relations and the long relationship between France and Louisiana in this week’s column.  You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Update!

A lot of variety in this week’s Common Sense radio show. We will talk about the President’s Supreme Court nominee. Also, a disturbing new disease affecting children called Pans. Kids become uncontrollable, and we will talk to some experts about this serious problem.  Then why are so many musicians committing suicide?  We will discuss with Bethany Ewald Bultman Co-Founding Director of the New Orleans Musicians  Clinic & Assistance Foundation.  And Philip K. Howard, Chair of Common Good and an expert on obsolete laws will tell us about all the laws that have no  business on the books.  So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations see you on the radio.

July 10, 2018

Facing Adversity Together!

What a moving video of a wounded soldier and precious young girl named Tempy, who is such a precious child with a common sense and understanding than most people. God bless you and our Soldiers who are fighting for peace and freedom here and abroad !

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