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November 15, 2017

EDWARDS AND DUKE – THE RACE FROM HELL!

It was called the Race from Hell, and was probably the most observed gubernatorial election in the history of United States. 26 years ago this week, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and David Duke squared off in a runoff election to determine who would be the next governor. Duke was head of the Ku Klux Klan across the country, and a huge controversial figure. And I was right in the middle of it all, running myself for Commissioner of insurance. Look back with me at this controversial election. I set it all out in my new column that you can read by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

Radio weekend is close at hand what’s up full agenda topic in gash windup. We will talk with Harlan Ullman about his new book, “Anatomy of Failure– Why America loses Every War It Starts.”  Then Chef Dominic Condo will discuss the many ways Italians incorporate their traditions and culture into holiday dishes. And will judge Roy Morris stay in the US Senate race? Will former VP Joe Biden run for President again? Lots to talk about so tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio

Taking a Stroll!

I’ve been to this cathedral before on a visit to Florance.  A worker in Florence, Italy, climbs atop Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral’s Brunelleschi Dome to perform maintenance works and regular checks this week.  In the background is the famous Giotto’s Campanile, or bell tower.  Quite a site.  How would you like to be up there with this guy?

November 8, 2017

IS ANYONE INTERESTED IN VOTING IN LOUISIANA?

Why don’t more people go vote? There have been a series of elections all over the country, yet turnout has been abominable. There’s an election in a few days down here in Louisiana, and projections are that only 10% of registered voters will bother to show up at the polls. Does that say something about the voters, or maybe the election process itself? I write about reasons for low voter turnout in my new column this week. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

The Common Sense Radio Show we’ll be on the air soon, and we’ve a lively program scheduled for this weekend. First up is America’s moneyman, Jordan Goodman, who will explain the new proposed trump tax plan. Check out Jordan’s website at www.moneyanswers.com. And are you ready for Thanksgiving travel? The guy in know, travel expert Keith Nowak, we’ll share inside tips on how to save money and save your sanity when planning a trip. And have you seen the new movie, LBJ, about the life of the former president? It’s in all the movie theaters now, and one of the movie’s stars, Jeanne Caldarera, will join us to talk about the picture. So we have much news to cover, and we hope you will tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Getting Pumped Up!

For those of you who  check out my website regularly, you know that I  enjoy discussing good health and ways I try to stay in shape.Watch out for some of us old guys. We can be pretty tough with our workouts in the gym. Eat your heart out  all you young guys in our family. And remember:
You don’t step on Superman’s cape,
You don’t spit in the wind,
You don’t pull the mask off the ole’ Lone Ranger,
And you don’t mess around with Jim.

November 1, 2017

MANDATORY GUN INSURANCE COMING TO LOUISIANA?

There’s a new debate starting across the country. Should be mandatory for gun owners to carry insurance? Many think so, and five states are considering legislation to require gun insurance right now. They argue it is mandatory in all states to have car insurance. Why not get gun insurance? I look at issue from the insurance perspective in my new column now posted. Take a look and see what you think. You can read it now but going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

Wow, what a week for news. The indictments of Trump allies, terrorist attack in New York City, it seems like major stories break daily. We will cover all this on our weekend radio show. Matt Taibbi will join us to discuss his new book I Can’t Breathe, about the Eric Gardner story in on Staten Island. (Read more by Clicking Here. ) The noted author Ann Bailey will discuss her new book, The Weeping Time about slave auctions in the South. (Click Here).  And finally, our old friend, The Great Kreskin will talk about his long time relationship with Johnny Carson. (www.AmazingKreskin.com).  So join us for a lively program.(www.AmazingKreskin,com).  heck local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Day of the Dead Celebrations!

Do you celebrate the Day of the Dead?  I do. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is the Mexican holiday when people celebrate and honor loved ones who have passed away. Celebrations typically run from Halloween, October 31, to All Saints Day, November 2. Non-Mexicans may recognize the sugar skull aesthetic from their friends’ ill-advised Halloween costumes, but many may not realize where the iconography of skeletons bearing flowers, fruit and candy comes from. Is it even possible for someone who isn’t from Mexico to celebrate the holiday without being an annoying gringo? It’s complicated, but not impossible. So I give it a try each year.  Above is my quick painting of the skull seen all  over Mexico this week.  And check out the video below.

Mover Over Picasso and Renoir!

I’ve always wanted to paint and draw.  But I never seemed to find the time,And I knew I really wasn’t that talented anyway. But a recent trip to San Miguel, Mexico gave me the opportunity. San Miguel is a wonderful small Mexican town full of budding artists. So I gave it a shot. A local studio and art gallery took me on, and I was able to paint several images. Sure, I still have a long way to go. But I found a new hobby. Take a look above and see what you think.

October 24, 2017

JUST WHAT IS AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME?

Are you ready for the World Series? Baseball has really taken off, with the largest viewership for the playoffs in many years. When it comes to professional football, lots of empty seats in the stands. And politics has never been hotter in this country. So what is America’s favorite pastime? Football, baseball, or politics. Check out my column and see what you think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

I’ll be out of the country this weekend.  Tough family wedding duty in San Miguel, Mexico, one of the premier tourism destination spots in the world. So you’re stuck with Leo Honeycutt and Rannah Gray this week.  I say”stuck” and just kidding, because they did a great show last week, and you can look forward to a lot of fun, review news of the week, and hear some in-depth interviews on this week’s show. So be sure and  tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will all see you on the radio.

Louisiana Book Festival

The annual Louisiana Book Festival has grown in to one of the top readers and writers gatherings in the country. It will be held this weekend, October 28th, at the Louisiana State Capitol of Baton Rouge. Our publishing Company, The Lisburn Press, always has a presence at the book festival. Several of our authors will be speaking this year. For a complete list of speakers and presentations, Click Here. You can also find out about the various publications of The Lisburn Press by Clicking Here.

The World-It is a Changin!

Check out the cover of this week’s New Yorker magazine. The world of automation is on us. A friend of mine here in Louisiana just ordered a driverless car. He says it can do anything, go pick up your kids from school, or anything else you want to program into the system. Government regulations require that someone be in the car. But it shows you how the world is changing. On my radio show this week, I talked about the future of robots. They will be caregivers, fix your dinner, clean your house, change your kid’s diapers, and do any number of amazing things. But look at all the people that will lose their jobs. My how the world is changing.

October 18, 2017

WAY TOO MANY ELECTIONS IN LOUISIANA!

So it seems like the state of Louisiana threw this election party, and nobody showed up. The voter turnout in the recent statewide election was the lowest in memory. Nobody really seemed to care. The New Orleans Times Picayune blames it all on the voters, saying they should be ashamed of their abysmal apathy. But is it really the fault of the voters? Why in the heck does Louisiana have so many elections to begin with? I analyze the problem, and possible solutions in my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

So much in the news to talk about on this weekend’s radio program. An update on” taking a knee” by NFL football players. And what’s all this stuff about Bit Coins? Los Angeles attorney JR Landis will explain the rapid development of crypto currency and how it works. Is this the future of how we raise and spend money? American’s top restaurants, staying healthy, and some new good books all will be on the agenda. We will talk Napa Valley wildfires with winery owner Susie Selby (www.selbywinery.com), and how to survive a mass  shooting attack with former British Army Officer Chris Bird.  (www.rivateerpublications.com.).  So be sure and tune in for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

October 17, 2017

Sally Quinn and the FBI!

Sally Quinn, noted journalist and news anchor, as well as the widow of Washington Post editor Ben Bradley, was a guest on my nationally syndicated radio program this last weekend. She has a fascinating book out called “Finding Magic-A Spiritual Memoir.” I stayed up late one evening reading it, and would highly recommend the book, where she talks of life in Washington, the news business and the magic she finds in religion and the occult. One of her best stories is about an incident where the FBI came to interview her and promised to keep her comments confidential. Her response? “I burst out laughing, Are you kidding?” I certainly have the same distrust of the FBI. You can find out more of her book by Clicking Here.

October 11, 2017

THE BETRAYAL ON JUSTICE IN LOUISIANA!

We live our daily lives, and are glad when the bad guys are arrested and put in jail. But sometimes, prosecutors mess up. By and large, we have good prosecutors at both the state and federal level. But there are bad eggs in every batch. A fellow named John Thompson quietly died last week. And he was the victim of one of the worst cases of prosecutorial misconduct that ever happened in America. And it never should’ve happened. Yet nothing, nothing will happen to those who falsely accused and then put this man in jail for 18 years. Read my new column now posted and see what you think. This is a real American tragedy. You can read it now by Clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

We are all set for a fast-paced and lively radio program this weekend. So much to talk about. Wild fires in California, the end of healthcare subsidies, and why do people become mass murders? Also, the sports princess, Kate Delaney joins us to talk about taking a knee on the football field. And finally, media personality and Washington insider Sally Quinn, who is the widow of Washington Post editor Ben Brantley, will join us to discuss her new book. So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Tom Petty not backing down!

I’ve been a big Tom Petty musical fan for many years. He is one of America’s great songwriters, and, sadly, he died last week at the young age of 66. My favorite Petty rendition is his song “I Won’t Back Down.” The song is quite personal to me, because I relate it to my run in with the Justice Department, and the prosecutorial misconduct that has been allowed to fester in the New Orleans U.S. Attorney’s office. I talk about such misconduct in my new column posted this week. And I wrote about similar misconduct, in fact, outright criminal activity by prosecutors, in my book Justice Denied. Take a listen to Petty’s anthem for justice in America.

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