April 14, 2021

HURRICANE SEASON — DO YOU FEEL LUCKY? WELL DO YA?

It used to be a Louisiana problem. But now there are serious natural disasters happening all over the country. Louisiana is still at the top of the list when it comes to having higher insurance rates. So what do we do? There is an idea that has been out there for sometime, going back 25 years. We need a national catastrophic program, where all states participate. It’s simple, will not cost any federal money, and will help dramatically to lower homeowner’s property insurance rates in Louisiana. I explain it all my new column. Check it out now about going to the Red Flashing Box above, or Clicking Here.

Shame on the Justice Department!

Several recent articles have appeared recently by and concerning former Alabama governor Don Siegelman. Don and I became good friends we both served as secretary of state back in the 1980s. He was a dedicated public official who had his eyes set on becoming governor, and he finally did one day. An out of control and tainted US attorney in Alabama said his sights on bringing Siegelman down. Trumped up charges that have no basis led to Siegelman’s’s conviction and time in jail.  A story in the New Yorker magazine shout all that happened in detail. You can read it by Clicking Here. And there are new observations by Siegelman on himself in a. guest column  and he recently wrote, that is available by Clicking Here.  Anyone who thinks there’s any justice out of the Department of Justice is being naïve. When we talk about abuse is another countries, ought to   first look right here at home at questionable act by some US attorneys and a tainted Justice Department.

April 7, 2021

Is Hate Crime Legislation Necessary?

In recent months, there is been widespread discussion of creating crimes based on age. Is there a difference on what someone is thinking? If your loved one is murdered, doesn’t make any difference what the reason might be? Shouldn’t the punishment be the same based on the crime that is committed? Or should there be different categories in the same criminal act? I write about the problem of hate crimes in my new column. To read it, you can go to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Hallelujah!

From the first time I heard the song by Leonard Cohen, I loved “Hallelujah.” Many people have recorded it in various ways. Here’s a marvelous rendition by two talented musicians called the TwoCellos. It’s certainly worth a listen.

March 31, 2021

Renaming an Alabama Fort for a Louisiana Hero!

Many of you readers are too young to remember the massacre that took place in the Vietnam war and an isolated location called My Lai. It was some 33 years ago, and hundreds of innocent Vietnamese were slaughtered by US troops. It was certainly one of the low points in American military history.  More innocents would’ve been slaughtered if it were not for a Louisiana helicopter pilot named Hugh Thompson. History  shown him to be a real American hero, and he was f rom Lafayette, Louisiana.  You can read all about this tragedy in this week’s column now posted. Check it out here by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Happy Easter!

Glad you’re checking out my website. I hope you and your family all have a safe and happy Easter weekend.

March 25, 2021

SADNESS OVER MARCH MADNESS

March Madness is into his final competitive games to pick the top team in college basketball. Like many readers, I’m a diehard basketball fan. But what happened to college basketball? There’s been a number of scandals in recent years, and allegations of way too much money in the system. I say something needs to change. I write about my thoughts in my new column now posted. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

March 18, 2021

Is Louisiana a Judicial Hellhole?

The insurance industry has a whole list of complaints and blames as to why the cost of insurance is so high. In my home state of Louisiana, it’s referred to, by some business interests, as a judicial hellhole. The reference is directed at the trial lawyers and those who want to give everyone access to the court system.  So just how bad is it when it comes to fair an open mind and judges? And other solutions to make justice for accessible, and be sure that there is fairness, particularly when judges are elected. I talk about the problem and possible solutions in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

March 10, 2021

THE BETRAYAL ON JUSTICE IN LOUISIANA!

There has been a lot of talk about reform in the criminal justice system. Hey, I’m not soft on crime. If you’re guilty, then you should be punished. Sometimes severely punished when a life is taken. But prosecutors can make mistakes or purposely hide evidence that can show that an accused is innocent.  That’s particularly the case here in my home state of Louisiana. Yes, there are some really first-rate prosecutors. But we’ve had our share of bad apples. Take a look at this week’s column, where I give one example of previous prosecutorial misconduct here in the Bayou State.  The prosecutors through this and other stark examples of misconduct should be severely punished. To read this week’s column, go to the Red Flashing box above or Click Here.

March 4, 2021

LOUISIANA AND THE TURMOIL IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH!

 

Allegations of sexually abusive clergy continue to dominate a good part of the news across the nation.  There were some legal deadlines approaching last week, so there was a rash of new lawsuits filed. And although this whole priest pedophile scandal has spread worldwide, you may be surprised to learn that the early signs of problems within the Catholic Church emanated right here in Louisiana. I write it this week in my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

NFL Star Payton Manning in Retirement!

As most of you know, former NFL all star quarterback Peyton Manning is from down in Louisiana. Everyone claims to know the man and his famous family and follow all their exploits. I’m no exception. Paeton is now retired and doing some really creative commercials. And usually a funny one of him at a retirement home. He’s Quite a guy. Take a look.

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.

 

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