February 24, 2021

Springtime Means Baseball Season!

Thank goodness it’s starting to warm up. Springtime means lots of things. And one of the big items for me is the kickoff of the baseball season. I’m a regular at spring training down in Tampa Florida. And I’m a diehard Yankees fan. I’ll tell you why in my new column that is now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Why Didn’t The FBI And DHS Produce A Threat Report Ahead of The Capitol Insurrection?

The FBI is under attack by news media and public officials all over the country for failing to aggressively take action to stop the riots against the Capitol in Washington,DC on January 6. There were any number of warnings that riots against the nation’s  Capitol would take place.  Although there was much material out there showing the certainty of an attack, one FBI office only in Virginia routinely sent a short email that virtually no one in authority ever saw. It’s tragic that people lost their lives, and so much violence and damage took place because of the incompetence of the FBI. To see just a typical new story, you can read a typical press report by NPR by Clicking Here. And this from The New York Times.”The officials testified that the F.B.I. and the intelligence community had failed to provide adequate warnings that rioters planned to seize the Capitol.”  To read more,  Click Here.

February 17, 2021

TRUMP DISPARAGES LOUISIANA HEROES

I agree with many Louisianans feel like our former president, Donald Trump, did some positive things during his four years in public office. But his downfall was his big mouth. He just couldn’t help but criticizing those who’s stars shine as brighter brighter than him. One example are the military heroes, particularly from Louisiana. Trump, for all practical purposes,  was a draft dodger. Yet he continues to take pot shots at those who served our country. This certainly will taint his legacy. I write about Trump’s big mouth in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Payton Manning’s Retirement Years!

As most of you know, former NFL super quarterback Peyton Manning is from my home state Louisiana. One of the greatest football players of all time. But he hasn’t left the public eye. He’s produced a lot of comic videos and advertisements. Check out his retirement home below.

Deserte new Orleans Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras this year was a deserted day.  Take a look at Bourbon Street.  Hoping for a return to normal next year.

February 16, 2021

Mardi Gras!

Wish we were parading and catching beads. We will just have to wait it out until next year.

February 10, 2021

Personal Freedoms and Patriot Act!

Like most Americans, I’m concerned about domestic terrorism that’s been taking place throughout the country. It’s happening by groups on both the right and the left.  But I’m also concerned about the loss of our personal freedoms. The so-called Patriot Act is now allowing the government to spy on more and more Americans, and take away their constitutional protections. I write about it in this week’s column. You could read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

How About This Version of YMCA?

I always loved the crowd singing, with me joining in, a great song YMCA. It’s a song that gets the crowds going at sporting events, and any other type of large gathering. I get a little confused taking my arms to form out the letters, but I always enjoy trying. Here’s a group called the Quiddlers from Las Vegas, performing a really funny adaption of the song on America’s Got Talent. Take a look and see if you agree that it’s great entertainment.

Missing a Huge Mardi Gras Celebration!

Every yearly Mardi Gras weekend, I join a crowd of old friends, particularly a number of former elected officials. Governors, judges, other state wide officials and legislators all gather in the New Orleans French Quarter on one of the balconies shown to the left. A great gathering to renew all friendships. Unfortunately, because of the virus, we won’t be getting together this year. It’s really a shame not to be able to enjoy longtime  relationships. We will just have to wait until next year.

 

Going to the Mardi Gras!

I am an unabashed huge fan of Mardi Gras. I’ve been going to the annual Fat Tuesday, celebration for almost 60 years. And for those of you that haven’t followed the Mardi Gras tradition, it’s not just one day. It’s a whole season lasting over a month. The feeling of Mardi Gras is captured, in my opinion, best by Professor Longhair. Check out his rendition of going to the Mardi Gras below. I’m really sorry we’re going to miss Mardi Gras this year because of the pandemic. But  I’m already gearing up for next year.

February 3, 2021

Leave Old Hickory on the $20 Bill!

There supposedly is about to be a major push by the Biden administration to put a civil rights activist, one Harriet Tubman, on the $20 bill. In doing so, Louisiana hero Andrew Jackson will be sent out to pasture. One of the knocks on Jackson by current critics is that he was a slaveholder. Well, so were Washington (one dollar bill), Jefferson (two dollar bill), Grant (Fifty Dollar bill), and Madison (five thousand dollar bill).  Louisiana would not be a stay today if we’re not for Andrew Jackson. I set up my arguments to leave the $20 bill as it is in my new column now posted. You could read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

The Loss of a Great Fellow!

If there was an ever a life full of laughter, gracious, caring and just to an all around good guy, it was my brother-in-law former state representative Steve Carter. Steve unfortunately passed away last week having contracted the Covid virus. He was a young 77 years old. Accolades from people all over the state have come in from throughout the country and the praise and sympathy has been overwhelming.  There is a great review of Steve’s  many accomplishments by Baton Rouge Business Report Editor JR Ball.  He does a first rate job of putting Steve’s life in perspective. To read his moving article, Click Here.

The Passing of Friend Mike O’Keefe!

My longtime friend of many years, former state Senate president Michael O’Keefe, passed away this past week. He was 89 years old. Mike was my mentor when I was elected to the Louisiana State Senate back in 1972. He put me on key committees, and looked after me as a young lawmaker in the early days of the Edwards Administration

His daughter, Erin O’Keefe, said her father had a strong ability to work with people on all sides of an issue.“He was a politician and while a lot of people think that’s a dirty word and making deals is something bad, that’s what it takes to get bills successfully passed, to improve things for your constitutents,” she said. “He would bring people together to compromise.”

In the 1960s, she said her father was a strong proponent of racial equality and social justice. She said one of the first bills he introduced in the senate dealt with integrating public schools.  “He got exactly one vote. It took about six years of him introducing the bills and talk more senators into supporting it,” she said.

While in the legislature, Mike O’Keefe also played a major role in building support for the funding and construction of the Louisiana Superdome, the Morial Convention Center and many other public projects.  Mike O’Keefe was the first Senate president to be elected by his fellow senators under the new 1974 state constitution. Prior to that, the lieutenant governor served as senate president, as is the case in many other states. He was a real gentleman and an all around good  guy. We will sure miss him.

 

January 27, 2021

KEYSTONE PIPELINE-LOUISIANA’S ECONOMIC SAVIOR?

The Keystone pipeline has become an issue  now President Joe Biden has canceled any further construction. The oil industry in Louisiana is pleading how important a Keystone pipeline is to the economic future of Louisiana. My reaction? Hogwash! The issue will not mean diddlysquat to the Bayou State. No new jobs will be created and not a dime of economic development. Read my view in my now column now posted. You can read it by going to the Flashing Red Box above, or by Clicking Here.

One Final Day More of Trump!

Here’s a great parody of Donald Trump’s final day in office.Late Show host James Corden arrives at work in a good mood knowing there’s only One Day More of monologue jokes with Donald Trump serving as President of the United States. Glad we are able to  laugh at this weird and unsettling ending.

Wish I Could Play the Fiddle!

I always wanted to be a good fiddle player. Yes, I bought several fiddles, I have instructional books, and I even went over to Tom’s Fiddle and Bow,  a fiddle shop located in the small south Louisiana community of Arnaudville.  The trash I made, I just couldn’t learn the chords at my age. I wish I would’ve started much younger. If you want to see an outstanding little performance, check out Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper performing “Lee Highway Blues.”  This  guy is an exceptional fiddle player. 

January 20, 2021

FBI is a deeply-flawed federal agency!

The FBI again is facing heavy criticism for their failure to adequately anticipate the violence that took place in Washington DC last week. Their local office in Virginia had expressed some ‘concerns,”  but the agency failed to assess and predict the level of the mayhem and violence that took place. Blunderings by the FBI are nothing new. Check out the post this week about the terrible tragedy that took place in Louisiana, involving  respected LSU professor.  You can read it now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above water by Clicking Here.

January 14, 2021

Coach Nick Saban-The Best There Ever Was!

If you’re a college football fan, it’s time to fess up and call it just like it is. There are some great coaches in college football, but hands-down, Alabama coach Nick Sabin is the best. Numero Uno.  His Crimson Tide team absolutely demolished Ohio State in this past Monday night’s national championship game.  Oh I know it’s tough for LSU fans to except. But he won a national championship when he was in Baton Rouge. I write about Sabin’s success, and I add some personal stories of my own. Check out my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

 

Great Article on Washington Politics!

My law school roommate, Bill Weinberg who lives up in eastern Kentucky, has written a perceptive Op Ed article on the changing nature of US Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. You will be fascinated to read that Bill’s wife Lois ran against McConnell some years back, and the Weinberg’s have certainly been critical of McConnell in recent years. Bill’s article shows a real understanding of political figures in Washington, and the change in McConnell’s stature. It’s well worth the read. You can review the article now by Clicking Here.

January 13, 2021

A Jerry Lee Lewis Birthday Celebration!

For those of you who have read my new book, My Louisiana Odyssey, you know that I wrote about rock and roller Jerry Lee Lewis, who was my first client when I started practicing law up in the little town of Ferriday, Louisiana. Jerry lee is 85 now, and slowing down a bit, but still has lots of fans all over the world. Here’s a great tribute to Jerry Lee by a young rock and roller, Jacob Tolliver. I wish I’d been there for the concert.

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