September 22, 2021

CAN FAITH BE RESTORED IN THE FBI?

Here we go again. Another scandal of ineptitude and outright criminal wrongdoing on the part of the FBI. If you’ve not been following the malfeasance of FBI agents  who did nothing while numerous young female gymnasts were sexually abused, you missed a stomach churning story. The nation’s supposed top law enforcement agency stood by as young female gymnasts were abused for years. It’s a chilling story, that raises questions about incompetence, and why no charges have been brought against numerous FBI agents. You can read my full column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Why the Rabbit? Can you Guess?

Check out the  stumper below. Can you figure out why the rabbit says what he says?

 

 

September 15, 2021

5th Circuit Court of Appeals an Embarrassment for Louisiana!

Louisiana has the dubious distinction of being aligned in a federal district court of appeals that is bizarre, incompetent, controversial, and that often rules in direct contradiction to the constitution of the United States., Every other federal district court rules one-way, and the fifth circuit rules another way. It is wrong, it’s an embarrassment, and it’s a sad state of affairs that the state has to suffer over incompetent judges. This is the subject of my new column which is now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

September 8, 2021

OUR LIVES WERE CHANGED BY 9/11.

Do you remember where you were 20 years ago when this terrible event happened in our lives? I can remember it like it was yesterday. The initial news I received was chilling, but unbelievable. I stayed glued to the TV set our after hour watching the unbelievable events unfold. You can read my thoughts about 911 in my new column now posted. Check it out now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

September 3, 2021

Sixteen Years Ago, Another Terrible Storm!

 

It seems like another year, another major hurricane. This one had two parts. A sprint and a marathon. The storm itself didn’t do as much damage as past hurricanes have. But the aftermath, connecting power and utilities, will take a long period of time. I look back on the worst hurricane in recent memory – Hurricane Katrina. Take a look at my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

August 25, 2021

GET HEALTHY-DRINK MORE COKE?

Can you really get healthy by drinking more Coke? The people at the world’s largest beverage Company apparently thinks you can. And it looks like they may have the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in their corner.  The folks at Pennington seem to have a delusional opinion that sugar does not play any significant role in obesity. Pretty weird thinking don’t you think? Take a look at my new column now posted. I write about this very strange conclusion. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Sunday in the Mountains!

What a delightful place for a Sunday church service. The All Saints Episcopal Mission is located in Linville North Carolina. No air-conditioning needed because the temperature Sunday morning was 70°. The visiting minister this past Sunday was the Reverend Dr. Leigh Spruill from St. John the Devine Episcopal Church in Houston. A pleasant way to commiserate with the Lord.

August 18, 2021

The Berlin Wall!

60 years ago this week, the east Germans build the Berlin wall. It was put up to keep citizens on that side of the border from flying to the west. It stayed up for 29 years.  I had a personal experience of traveling from West Berlin to East Berlin back in 1962. It was the first major event that had political ramifications for me. I write about it in my new column now posted. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Louie Sahuc. A Great Friend!

New Orleans lost a very special person this week. My long time friend, Louie Sahuc past away. Louie was called the mayor of Jackson Square, and a dear friend for many years. For number of years, I had an apartment right above his studio in Jackson Square. We had many long visits, enjoyed a number of meals at Tujaque’s , and he was the source of all my gossip from the French Quarter. And what a talented photographer. His black and white photographs were especially memorizing. His photographs of Galatoire’s restaurant are quite exceptional. He lived a full life, and died too soon. We will miss him, but I will make a special pilgrimage now to see his studio and keep fond memories.

August 11, 2021

DELUSION OR COMMON SENSE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

After 20 years of frustration, the US is hightailing it out of Afghanistan, as the country plunges into civil war and continuing turmoil. American policies in the Middle East have been a failure for decades. Why did we get involved in the first place? These are questions I raise in my new column that is now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Real Talent at Work. (Not Me!)

In my later years, I’ve taken up painting. No, I’m not very good. I’ll play around with acrylics and sometimes even putter in oils. I have a hard time drawing a circle, so you can understand my level of knowledge. But I’ve grown to love art, and I’m really impressed by some talented artists.  Take a look below at this marvelous evolution of a painting by Lena Danya. It’s unbelievable how she pulls all her work together in another water mode. I hope you enjoyed much as I did.

August 4, 2021

WHAT HAPPENED TO LONG VACATIONS?

My grandkids cannot join me in Florida for a few days next week because they’re about to go back to school. School starting early in August? What ever happened to the long vacations over the summer months? School used to start in September but no more.  Everyone seems to be so busy, and the best we often take a few days off to supposedly “get away.”  I write about my vacation thoughts on this weeks column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Happy Birthday Ramblin’ Jack!

Today is Ramblin’ Jack Elliot’s birthday. The compelling storyteller and country music singer is 90 years old. I sure hope I can see him perform one more time. Here’s a link to his website so Click Here. Happy Birthday Ramblin’ Jack.

July 28, 2021

Edwin Edwards for President?

Did you know that former Louisiana Governor Edward Edwards gave some thoughts of running for president. That’s right. Against sitting president Jimmy Carter. He was one of several Louisiana Governors who had similar ambitions. In my final column about Edwin Edwards, I pass on a personal experience that  led me to believe Edwards was seriously considering running for president. You can read my thoughts in my new column now posted. To read it, go to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

New Book by an Old Friend!

It’s been almost 50 years ago since I graduated from the University of North Carolina. I was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and still stay in touch with old friends.  I had a nice visit with former fraternity brother Jim Reston, who is gone on to write 17 books, and had a distinguished career in both private and public sector. His latest book, The 19th Hijacker, a book about 911, has gotten rave reviews and is selling quite well. You can find out more about his new novel by Clicking Here.

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.

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