September 30, 2020

VOTING IN PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

It seems like everyone we know are going to vote in the coming presidential election by mail- in ballot. Some experts say as many as 50% of all votes cast will be done this way. But then the problems begin. It could take weeks, or even longer to count all these ballots.  And are not voters missing out on the friendly and personal experience of voting in person? I know there are long lines, but it just seems the patriotic thing to do to go into your voting booth, possibly take a grandchild, and cast your vote. I talk about all this in my new column now posted.  You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Going Back to the 50s!

Hey you know what? I’m a product of the 50s. My high school days are some of the best memories of my life.  I went to high school in St. Louis Missouri, and the Ronnie Milsap video below pretty well sums up my great memories of the early part of my life. If you’re too young to remember the 50s, take a meander below and see if you recognize any of these special events and special people.

September 23, 2020

LOUISIANA IGNORED IN SUPREME COURT PICK!

The President vetted a number of Court of Appeals judges in the process of filling a vacancy on the US Supreme Court created following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He announced from the beginning that his pick was going to be a woman. So naturally, the seven women on the fifth circuit Court of located in New Orleans might feel they were under consideration for the appointment.  Good luck with that was the view of close court watchers.  The Fifth Circuit is loaded with incompetent judges.  Check out my new column to see my views. You can read them now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

September 22, 2020

Proud of Being in the Military!

Special holidays like the Memorial Day always have, for good reason, a special acknowledgement of those military service men and women who have defended our country for so many years.  There are few veterans in congress today.  Most politicians reflect the comment of former Vice President Dick Cheney, who, when asked why he did to volunteer for the military, said he had “other priorities.”  They don’t think it’s all that important to serve one’s country.  Spoken like a true chicken hawk.  I’m proud of my military service.  The Army and the National Guard for 12 years.  From time to time, I get out my old uniform (it still fits).  Take a look at the moving video below about being proud of military service.

Are You Entitled?

Below is an excellent video on the perspective of millennials in our country today. There’s a great deal of talent, but also a sense of entitlement. Here is an excerpt of Simon Sinek, a commenter on today’s younger generation from an episode of Inside Quest. It is well worth a few minutes to review. And as Simon says, put down your smart phones while you watch.

September 16, 2020

LSU FOOTBALL AND RACE RELATIONS!

OK, OK. I know The New York Times is not a popular publication down here in the deepest of the deep southern states. And boy did they get things riled up in a recent article on the editorial page saying that black athletes are being exploited at LSU. They went further to say that whenever LSU gets beat in football, judges in Louisiana are harder on defendants, particularly in the person charged is black.  Hummmm!  Are you skeptical?  Take a look at my new column where I analyze the national publication article. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by  Clicking Here.

September 9, 2020

OUR LIVES WERE CHANGED BY 9/11

It was 19 years ago this week. A horrific scene glued by TV watchers all over the world, as two planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City. So many lives lost, and so many questions still on answered.  This event dramatically changed our lives, and brought a whole new wave of security facing all Americans. Where were you on 9/11? I write about my personal experiences in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

September 2, 2020

ALL LOUISIANA KIDS HAVE A RIGHT TO INTERNET ACCESS!

Louisiana has always lagged far behind other states in educational attainment. Now we just get some news from the state Board of Education. If your kids are going to learn virtually, they have to have access to the Internet.  So what’s new? This information has been obvious for a number of years. I wrote about it in this column eight years ago. Take a look at my column now to see my thoughts on why the state is lagging so far behind. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Amazing video of artist Vincent van Gogh!

I have always been fascinated by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. He was known to transmute vibrant colors and great detailing of his everyday observations onto the canvas. The poor artist died with little money and during his lifetime, he managed to sell only one painting. Often referred to as the ‘Mad Artist,’ van Gogh is today regarded as one of the most popular Post-impressionist painters. Many of his paintings are on exhibit in Paris, and below is a marvelous visual video portrait of the amazing and gifted painter. I thought you might enjoy.

So Do You Wear a Mask?

To mask or not to mask? That is the question.  Here’s a fun parody of whether or not to mask based on the hit Broadway Musical Hamilton.  Checkout what side you are on.

August 27, 2020

Fifteen Years Ago Katrina Tried To Wash Us Away!

Another cleanup begins as Hurricane Laura devastates the Gulf coastline and moves up through Louisiana.  Fifteen years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc and tore into the soul of New Orleans and south Louisiana.  It was one of the most trying times in the state’s history.  I look back at my personal experience with Katrina, and ask, do we still have much to learn about dealing with these massive storms that will continue in the future?  You can read my new column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

August 26, 2020

Time to Just Dance!

As I have written before on this website, I wish I were a really good dancer. Looking back over these 80 years, I just wish I had danced a lot more.There are so many really good dancers today.Take a look at the video below to see the cast of Ghee do some really creative dancing. And so did the video technicians who put this video together.

Me and Tony!

It’s always a treat hanging out with my buddy Tony Bennett. He looks great for being 94 years old. (Oh alright! You caught me. The photo was taken at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in Las Vegas. We both look pretty good in wax, don’t we?)

 

August 19, 2020

Legislature Really Sticks it to Louisiana Policyholders!

If you live in Louisiana, you were bombarded with assurances by the insurance industry that new laws limiting the rights of policyholders would show a dramatic drop in the cost of automobile insurance. 25% by the end of this year. But guess what? It looks like you policyholders really got conned.  Now the insurance lobbyists are saying, well not so fast.  Your rates are really going to go up!  What gives?  Check out my new column and see what you think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

August 18, 2020

National TV Show Highlights “Familiar Evil.”

August 12, 2020

JESSE JAMES AND LOUISIANA!

Are you getting tired of staying home and binge watching so much TV? All right, I know there’s a limited amount that you can do with a pandemic going on. And like you, I’ve watched any number of TV series and old movies. One of my favorites is about the outlaw Jesse James. You might be surprised to know that there are some real controversy about just where Jessie ended up. And would you be surprised to know that it just could be here in Louisiana? Check out my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Are We Addicted to Social Media?

Sure, I pick up my iPhone regularly, and I am on social media a good bit. But how much is it affecting us? Social Media and technology can connect us, but it can also harm us. Take a look at today’s generation and their digital addiction. And see what did you think?

Nothing Doin’ on Bourbon Street!

Bourbon Street in the New Orleans French Quarter is still dead as a door nail.  Do you think it will ever come back?

August 5, 2020

NUTRIA-IT’S WHAT’S FOR DINNER!

How about those little critters that seem to be taking over Louisiana and other coastal states? Nutria didn’t exist down here in deep South until the last 50 years. What to do? What to do? Are there any solutions?  Well, yes, if you want to be experimental. Did you know that these little varmints make a tasty dish? Now don’t rush to judgment. Read my new column and see if you agree. It may change your whole gastronomic approach to your next meal.  You can read the column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

New Podcast about Louisiana!

Here are some big news. We have a new podcast basis. My colleague Rannah Gray and I have started a podcast about the fascinating things one can find in our home state of Louisiana. And where to begin? Whether it is the food, the music, art, politics, you name it, Louisiana is often called the most northern of the Caribbean countries. Our first episode is listed below. So take a listen and learn some new things you might not know about the Bayou State.

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