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October 17, 2018

LIVING AND DYING IN LOUISIANA!

We normally don’t think about living and dying at the same time. But every now and then, we cross paths with events and people who experience complete opposites in events they faced. I talk about living and dying in this week’s column, remembering that 14 years ago this week, Louisiana’s most notorious serial killer Derrick Todd Lee received the death penalty. And I also talk about the positives of living a full life, in remembering an event with my friend and former Congressman Billy Tauzin.  I hope you will take a moment to look over this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Really Good Magic!

I really like good magic tricks.  And here is one of the best I have seen. Take a look and see if you can figure it out. Tony and Jordan are identical twins. Their magic is real dazzling. Take a look.

October 10, 2018

WHAT’S THE NEW SECRETARY OF STATE TO DO?

Just a few weeks until election day on November 6th. Here in Louisiana, the top of the ballot is the election for Secretary of State. This is a job I know well, having held it for eight years. So are the candidates talking about the important issues facing the next Secretary of State? So far, it looks like they are not. In my new column now posted, I list the priorities that the candidates should be talking about. There’s a lot of important issues at hand, including the type of voting machines used, voter fraud, and other aspects of the office. Take a look and see what you think. You can read my column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Program Schedule!

Weekend radio is shaping up well, with a number of interesting topics.  Dr. Jerry Newcombe will discuss his new book, “American Amnesia,” where he comments on world affairs from a Biblical worldview.  Then, Mike “Thomas Paine” Moore has a compelling book called “ How We Dismantled the FBI in our Pajamas.”  You get the idea.  Finally, with Halloween approaching, we need to visit a Ghost Whisperer.Dr. Susan Shumsky, who has written 14 books about ghosts and the afterlife, will join us to discuss.  So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for time to stations.  See will see you on the radio.

My Thought for the Day!

Here’s a pretty darn good rule to follow.  I don’t care how busy and complicated your life gets, sometimes you just have to take a break and slow dance.  Life’s way too short, don’t you agree?

Worst or Best!

My longtime friend and former LSU basketball Coach Dale Brown is the most positive person I believe I know.  He’s always there with positive words of wisdom.  Below is a commentary he sent me recently that should be a must read for all of us.  Read on and I hope you enjoy.

Today was the absolute worst day ever

  1. And don’t try to convince me that
  2. There’s something good in every day
  3. Because, when you take a closer look,
  4. This world is a pretty evil place.
  5. Even if
  6. Some goodness does shine through once in a while
  7. Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
  8. And it’s not true that
  9. It’s all in the mind and heart
  10. Because
  11. True happiness can be attained
  12. Only if one’s surroundings are good
  13. It’s not true that good exists
  14. I’m sure you can agree that
  15. The reality
  16. Creates
  17. My attitude
  18. It’s all beyond my control
  19. And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
  20. Today was a very good day
  21. Now read it from bottom to top — perception really is everything!

October 3, 2018

EDUCATONAL REFORM LIKE PULLING TEETH!

Charter schools are in the forefront of the news both here in Louisiana as well as all over the country. The U.S. 5th Circuit hit a low blow to Charters in Louisiana last week. I write about the decision in this week’s column.  There are those who want the status quo and fight efforts for parental control of these schools.  My daughter, Campbell, is leading the charge for a number of Charter Schools in New York City.  Take a look at my new column, now posted, that points out the challenges for Charters.  You can read the column by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Then you will find it’s well worth checking out Campbell’s New York speech as well as press coverage below.  You can read the New York Post coverage by Clicking Here.

October 2, 2018

Celebrating the Red Mass!

Judges and lawyers from all over Louisiana gathered at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on Monday to celebrate the Red Mass, that kicks off the legal new year of court sessions. Archbishop Aymond led the service, and visited with me afterwards. He said he would pray for me, and I told him I would need a whole lot of prayers to keep me on the straight and narrow.

Chilling Government Privacy Invasions!

There were two chilling reports recently about both the federal government and private businesses that continue to watch, gather information and keep tabs on so many things we all do.  Oh, its for our protection or for our commercial interests for the to do so-right?  Baloney.  Invasion into our private lives increased dramatically as each week goes by.

PBS had an exceptional program on  titled:  “The United States of Secrets.”  The program traces the history of the National Security Agency as it evolves from monitoring potential dangers abroad to an all out effort in gathering private information on all American citizens.  I would urge every American to watch this compelling report.    And Politico has a disturbing story on private surveillance in the lives of all Americans.  You will be amazed at all the spying that takes place in your life.  Take a look by Clicking Here.

September 26, 2018

TERM LIMITS FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES?

Political partisanship has never been more on display as we are watching now involving the confirmation of a proposed justice to the Supreme Court.  Is this the way this system is supposed to work? Can’t we do better than what’s on display right now in Washington? There’s an idea that it is gaining a great deal of momentum. And that’s putting term limits on those who serve in the federal judiciary. I write about it in this week’s column. You can read it now bye going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Show Schedule!

What a week with so much happening in the news. We certainly have a lot to talk about on our weekend radio show. Besides giving updates on the Kavanaugh hearings, we will talk with healthcare speaker Nancy Michaels about the importance of getting second opinions when you have medical problems. She has written several books that you can find at www.NancyMichaels.com. Also, there’s a riveting new book out concerning the rise and fall of David Duke, former head of the Ku Klux Klan.. Author Tyler Bridges will join us, and you can find the book by Clicking Here. So join us for a lively program. We will see you on the radio.

 

Fighting the Flood!

Three cheers for the huge efforts of these hearty souls in North Carolina working tirelessly to save a home. Below, Jason Johnson (left) and homeowner Archie Sanders work to build a temporary levee to hold back floodwaters in Conway.

A True Hero!

This is quite an emotional video that you should take a few minutes to view below. Children saved from the Nazis-The story of Sir Nicholas Winton.  This British Man Who Saved 669 Kids From Nazis Got A Heart-Warming Surprise When They Turned Up To Meet Him.

September 19, 2018

RISK TAKERS STICK IT TO TAXPAYERS IN LOUISIANA!

It’s been ten years ago when the bottom fell out of the Wal Street financial market.  Bankers and insurance executives, who should have gone into bankruptcy and possibly faced criminal charges, all ran to the federal government for bailouts. The first and worst was insurance giant AIG.  The asked for billions then flaunted their excess with outrageous spending.  Check out my new column to see my remembrances and conclusions from this terrible regulatory breakdown.  You can read my column now by Clicking Here or by going to the Red Flashing Box above.

 

Weekend Radio Schedule!

Our Common Sense Radio program is about to kick off was a full schedule of topics and guests.  Louisiana Congressman Garrett Graves will join us to talk about what kind of federal response is necessary to all of the natural disasters going on all over the country. Then we will have Dr. Pamela Page, who is featured in the Great Courses Program (www.thegreatcourses.com) , telling you an easy way to learn to play piano.  And we will discuss so much going on in the news currently, so join is for a lively program.  Check local listings for times and stations.  See you on the radio.

Beetles No More!

Some sad news announced this week. VW will stop making iconic Beetle next summer. After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle.  The company’s American unit announced … it would end global production of the third-generation bulbous bug in July. The last of the original bugs was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in 2003. My first car was a 1959 VW Beatle that had around 100,000 miles on it.  Many fond memories.  I drove it for another 100,000 miles then gave it to my brother.  He drove it until it just stopped one day at about 250,000 miles. The Beetle served us both well.  I’ll miss seeing them on the road.

 

New Best Selling Book!

September 12, 2018

IN DEFENSE OF DUMB COUNTRY LAWYERS!

I always felt pretty darn good about being a country lawyer.  I had a one-man barrister’s office in the small town of Ferriday, Louisiana for a number of years.  I still practice some rural country law and stay in touch with highly competent country lawyers all over the south on a regular basis.  Right now, I’m working on a project with a one-man legal office in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  But President Trump apparently is not impressed.  Just last week, he made comments about “dumb southern country lawyers.”  Huh?  Well Mr. President, I hope you will read my new column in defense of country lawyers. You can read it now by going to going to the Red Flashing Box  above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program List!

A full schedule is on tap for the Common Sense show this weekend. We will get into all this controversy about Nike advertisements. Should Nike taking such strong stands on social issues? Attorney Lance LaRusso Will join us to discuss. Also, New York attorney Kevin Salter we’ll remember what happened on 911, as he stood at the bottom of the World Trade Center. And finally, Victoria Schmidt is 97 years old, and quite a lady. She will talk about her new books. So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU — THE END OF AN ERA

The young guns may not understand the meaning of this, but you will.  The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO has closed its doors forever.  The contents of the museum were sold at a public auction.  Roy Rogers told his son, if the museum ever operates at a loss, close it, and sell the contents. He complied.  Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robinhood, With Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland?  Well, Olivia rode Trigger in that movie.

Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby. Roy bought Trigger on a time payment plan for $2,500.  Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together.  Trigger even outdid Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie Son of Paleface in 1953.  It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever. Despite the fact that Gene and Roy’s movies, as well as those of other great characters, can be bought or rented for viewing, today’s kids would rather spend their time playing video games.

 

 

 

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