May 15, 2022

WHAT’S GOING ON IN LOUISIANA AND ACROSS OF AMERICA?

What’s going on in my home state of Louisiana and across the nation? A crime wave of violence from coast to coast. Political leaders in both parties who is scream for attention, but offer a few solutions. We as Americans deserve better. Much better! I take on the thorny subject in my new column now posted. Where is America’s leadership? And what can you and as average citizens do about it? You can read my column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

The Passing of my friend Mickey Gilley!

I would be remiss not to comment on the passing of my longtime friend Mickey Gilley. He was one of my first clients when I started my law practice in the small town of Ferriday in Northeast Louisiana. Mickey was a  country music star whose Texas nightclub served as the inspiration for the 1980 film Urban Cowboy, died in Branson, Mo. He was 86 and had just come off of the road, his favorite place, having played ten shows in April,” according to Farnum’s statement. “He passed peacefully with his family and close friends by his side.”

When I began my career in Louisiana politics, Nickie performed at several fundraisers in my behalf. We stayed in touch over many years, and I considered him a special friend.  Across his career as a singer, Mickey garnered 17 No. 1 singles between the late 1960s and 1980s, including his 1974 cover of “Room Full of Roses.” His soulful renditions of early rock and roll hits and soul songs cemented him as a country artist who was able to cross genres. Mickey’s family included artist Jerry Lee Lewis and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart as cousins.  God Bless Mickey Gilley.

A Glue-In by Actor James Cromwell

I’m sure you recognize actor James Cromwell. He’s played major character actors in any number of movies. In the popular series the crown, he played Prince Philip and did an excellent job. Well now he’s created a really sticky situation.  Incensed by the “senseless upcharge” at Starbucks for nondairy milk, the “Succession” and “Babe” actor where he serves as an honorary director, staged a protest Tuesday at a Midtown Manhattan location of the coffee chain. If anyone wanted him to leave, they were out of luck as he — along with another protester — superglued his hand to the counter in what can best be described as a “glue-in.” PETA live-streamed the protest, which quickly began trending on social media, where the stunt was met with a menagerie of praise and (mostly “Babe”) jokes.

 

May 8, 2022

GETTING OLDER AIN’T ALL THAT BAD!

Well like it or not, I’m moving on up. I’m talking about age. Eighty two years old this week. In the past, I would have assumed that this is really old. Not so says me. Yes, a lot of water has pasted under the bridge, but I’m convinced I still have a good ways to go. We all have concerns about mortality, and I’m surely no different. Well, you play the cards you are delt, and make the most of it. I write about all these concerns in my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

May 1, 2022

GARTH BROOKS WOWS THEM IN TIGER STADIUM!

Mega country music singing star Garth Brooks is certainly a national treasure. But it’s hard to top the thousands of fans that packed LSU tiger stadium this past Saturday night. It was a Garth Brooks weekend with diehard fans traveling from hundreds of miles just to see the king of country music. He wasn’t always so popular. I have a personal story to tell about the first time I heard Garth Brooks, and about being the only person to pay attention to her singing. It’s a special story for me, and I want to share it with you. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Fake Book Readers!

Did you know that some so-called celebrities go ahead and hire a book stylist? A book is recommended to carry around and let people think you are a real intellectual and regular reader. Hey I’ve got a good idea. Just sit down and read a book!

The Incredible Hulk Comes to Baton Rouge!

 
Now look all you guys and gals. Ain’t nobody messin’ with me. You can see below, I got friends. Remember “The Incredible Hulk” in the U.S. TV series that ran in the ’70s? Well,the Hulk came to Baton Rouge this week to hang out. With me-right? Well alright. He did open up a new health club, Crunch, in the Hammond Air Shopping Center.  Lou Ferrigno has been added to a new series called “The Offer.” The 10-episode drama series will air on Paramount Plus. It’s based on the experience of two-time Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy (played by Miles Teller), about the behind-the-scenes events of the original 1972 film “The Godfather,” according to Variety. Ferrigno’s role is Lenny Montana, the former wrestler and mob enforcer who played Luca Brasi in “The Godfather.” A real kick to visit with Lou.

April 24, 2022

TIME TO ACT ON VIOLENT CRIME IN LOUISIANA!

It’s a simple fact with no disagreement. Violent crime is running rampant all over Louisiana. In fact, a number of the most violent crime ridden cities in America are right here in the Bayou state. So what can be done about it? Newspaper editorials and columns are calling for a new study commission. What? We studied the problem for years. Give us specifics our citizens are calling out! So that’s exactly what I’ve done in my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Great Music on the Streets!

Being from Louisiana, and having spent a good part of my life in New Orleans, I really love the street performers take their music seriously, and give awesome performances. Here is one of the best performers. Every Breath You Take – The Police | Karolina Protsenko & Daniele Vitale Sax

April 18, 2022

SARAH PALIN WOULD FIT IN WELL IN LOUISIANA!

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is back on the political scene again. She is a candidate for the one congressional seat in Alaska. Over 50 candidates are qualified to run against Palin. So what do you think about this controversy and outspoken lady? I have my opinions. In fact, I almost rubbed shoulders with Palin. Take a look at my new column where I talk about some of the highs and lows of her political career. You can read it now by going to the Flashing Red Box above or by Clicking Here.

April 17, 2022

Happy Easter

Sunrise church this Sunday Easter morning at the Flora-Bama service in Gulf Shores, Alabama. I’v been a regular down here on the Redneck Riviera for the past 56 years.

Fill Her Up!

Someone asked me what this was a picture of. I told them this was just a typical gas station down here in Louisiana.

April 10, 2022

LEADERSHIP NEEDED ON LOUISIANA PROPERTY INSURANCE

The Louisiana legislature is under the gun during its current regular 2002 session, and for good reason. Policyholders who own property  are livid about the cost of insurance, and the way insurance companies are failing to adequately adjust claims. And it’s because property insurance is by far the most expensive in the entire country. And its been that way for a number of years. So what’s the problem? Why can’t the insurance department and the legislature take aggressive action to address these high rates? And why does it take months to get a claim settled in the first place? I address these disturbing issues in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Are You a Book Lover?

Well, we here at The Lisburn Press hope you feel the same way about happiness. If you live down in the deepest of the deep southern states, you know we have so many productive authors, and so many good books to read. I hope you go to our website and look at all the new publications that are coming out of The Lisburn Press Bookstore. Take a look at www.TheLisburnPress.com, and see if you find something adventurous.

 

Beautiful Music!

Baird Dodge, principal second violin of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performs “Over the Rainbow” in the courtyard of his residence, as tenants gather on the fire escapes to enjoy the music.What a thoughtful musical gift from a gifted musician.

New Author interviews!

We want to let all you folks who come to The Lisburn Press site know the new feature we will be beginning in the next several weeks. We will host weekly interviews with a cross-section of writers, many who pen their work with The Lisburn Press. We will also host a cross section of other authors who have written both fiction and nonfiction about Louisiana and the deep South. so we hope you all will stay tuned for this new feature. Check out more book information at www.theliburnpress.com.

April 3, 2022

HOW IMPORTANT IS UKRAINE TO AMERICA?

In this week’s column, I take a look at the question of jut how important is Ukraine to the interest of the United States. Should we be actively engaged in this country over 6000 miles away from our borders? Probably so, but with caveats.  Why is Vladimir Putin  so intense on invading Ukraine?  It is America picking in choosing what countries they going to defend? Check out my thoughts and see if you agree. Read my column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Popular Author!

A special day at the Garden District bookstore in uptown New Orleans with a presentation by popular author Karen White. She has written over 30 books, and tells great stories about New Orleans, the French quarter and the south. It was a treat to visit with her at the bookstore. Pictured below shows my visiting with Karen, and a second picture with bookstore owner Chris Tidmore and author Rannah Gray.

 

Cartoon Images of Ukraine!

In this week’s column now posted, I write about the importance of America’s relationship with Ukraine, and how far America  should go in protecting this country some 6000 miles away. Pictured below are some of the political commentary showing this relationship. And I hope you will read my column listed above.

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2022

KEEP YOUR COVID GUARD UP!

A warning for my readers. There is a new strain of Covid that is lurking through some parts of the world, that could be quite dangerous back here in the U.S. A lot of us have been lulled into thinking that our lives are back to normal, and we are not really affected by any additional lingering challenges from Covid. Let me tell you by my own personal experience. That’s just not the truth. I can also tell you that you don’t want to go through a serious Covid infection. Again, I know from personal experience. I write it all out in my new column. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

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