December 4, 2022

ILLEGAL GAMBLING HAS INVADED LSU!

Everyone in Louisiana is familiar with the proliferation of gambling throughout the state. We gamble on about everything here in the Bayou State.  But what about the limits? The legislature, rightly so, has pass laws requiring that you must be twenty one to gamble in Louisiana. But does the law have any teeth, and is it being enforced? Apparently, not at LSU. Take a look at my discovery in my new column now posted. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

A Tribute to Military Service!

Most Americans come out their daily lives without any understanding or even concern about what is happening halfway around the world to keep all of us free. Serving our country by volunteering for military service seems to be the last thing any young man or woman wants to do. I volunteered to serve my country back in the mid-1960s, the Vietnam war era, then stayed in the Louisiana National Guard for 12 years. We just except the fact that there are those willing to protect us at any cost. Take a look at the video below with the haunting music that shows the challenges are soldiers in the field face. A wonderful tribute.

What a Stunning Performance

This lovely young lady plays the violin like an angel. She is stunning, and and she would be at any age. I would still like to hear her live in concert. But for now, I’ll just have to settle for many songs on Youtube. karolina Protsenko lives in California and is certainly child prodigy. Take a listen and see what you think.

New Podcast Up!

On this week’s Dateline Louisiana podcast, Rannah Gray and I talk about the difficult issue of affirmative action as it relates to college and university admissions. What will the Supreme Court decide? You can listen by Clicking Here

November 27, 2022

WHY DO WE HAVE HATE CRIMES?

Mass shootings continue across the US with more of these deranged  gunman opening fire on innocent people. And often, prosecutors bring charges against the killers for committing hate crimes. So what’s a hate crime? If you shoot someone and they’re dead, do you pile on more charges against the killer? Do we get mixed up with what’s in someone’s head? I write about the justification, if there is one, for hate crimes in this weeks column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Government to Deny Sixth Amendment Protections to Citizens in Criminal Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to rein in the government’s power to indiscriminately pick and choose the laws by which it will abide, especially as it relates to the Sixth Amendment rights of the accused in criminal cases.  “We now live in a society in which a person can be accused of any number of crimes without knowing what exactly he has done. He might be apprehended in the middle of the night by a roving band of SWAT police. He might find himself on a no-fly list, unable to travel for reasons undisclosed. He might have his phones or internet tapped based upon a secret order handed down by a secret court, with no recourse to discover why he was targeted,” said constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.  See full discussion by Clicking Here. 

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Opposing the Banning of Books!

I can’t remember another year when the National Book Awards ceremony delivered such a powerful, unified message as it did Wednesday night in New York. Even before the presentation of the annual prizes that would enshrine a few titles in literary history, one inspiring speaker after another rose to defend our literary freedom.
The theme was clear: Stop banning books! To read the entire article, Click Here. 

November 21, 2022

LOUISIANA VOTERS NEED ELECTION ALTERNATIVES!

Thank goodness, elections are all over and we can get back to some normality. Unfortunately, for all of us in Louisiana, we’re the only state in the nation that has its gubernatorial elections in 2023. So we will take a break for the holidays, then get back to all the politics again.  What do you do? If you’re not happy with your choice of candidates for a particular office right now, it’s either not voting, or picking in the last of your two evils. Is there a third choice? Quite frankly, yes. It’s an idea that I proposed back in 1973 when I was a newly elected state senator.  Now, 50 years later, can you believe that the Wall Street Journal is endorsing the idea?  Take a look at my new column about this concept, and see what you think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

November 20, 2022

Techno-Authoritarianism Is Here to Stay

“The votes are in. No matter who runs for office, no matter who controls the White House, Senate or the House of Representatives now or in the future, “we the people” have already lost.”  These are the chilling words of John Whitehead, one of the most vocal advocates against government abuse, and the taking of many of our basic freedoms. John is a constitutional attorney, author, and founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new article is worth the read as the Justice Department and the FBI continue to erode freedoms in America.  You can read John’s article now by Clicking Here.

November 13, 2022

A BREAK FROM POLITICS SO WE DON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN!

Are you ready for more electioneering and more politicians, asking us for your vote? I’m sure not. For goodness sakes, let’s take a break from all the political rhetoric. I write about this in my new column. The question I raise is, what difference to did all this campaigning make? Are we still not in the same politics and posturing  that we were a few weeks ago? And are there really any reformers we can turn to? Check out my new column, read my thoughts and see what you think. You can read it all now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

A Podcast about the Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis.

I’ve written several columns over the past few weeks about my first legal client, Jerry Lee Lewis.  If you’re interested in learning a lot more details about Jerry Lee’s life, and my relationship with him, I recorded a podcast recently that gives a great deal of information. You can listen to it at the link below.

Reinvesting in Local Media!

This week, Rannah Gray and I talk about the role of local newspapers in our communities and why they need to survive. You can listen now: Go to https://datelinelouisiana.buzzsprout.com.

 

November 7, 2022

JERRY LEE LEWIS IS LAID TO REST!

Jerry Lee Lewis went a long way from Ferriday Louisiana, traveling worldwide, and became the King of rock and roll music. But when it came to pick his final resting place, he told his wife he wanted to come back home to Ferriday.  I traveled this past Saturday to my old home of Ferriday, and greeted hundreds of old friends who had turned out in the pouring rain to attend the Killer’s funeral.  Fans came from all over the world to honor Jerry Lee.  I write about this personal experience in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

November 6, 2022

FBI accused of being “Rotted at its Core!”

A huge hit on the FBI.  Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee in Washington  say in a report just released that the FBI is “rotted at its core,” has a “systemic culture of unaccountability” and is full of “rampant corruption, manipulation, and abuse.” The report is over 1000 pages long.  To read news reports of the ineptitude of theFBI, Click here.

October 30, 2022

THE END OF ONE OF ROCK AND ROLL’S ALL TIME GREATS!

There’s a sadness that is taking over the world of rock ‘n’ roll this week. One of the all-time greats, the Killer himself, has passed away at 87. That’s right! Jerry Lee Lewis, from my hometown of Ferriday, Louisiana, is no longer with us.  Jerry Lee was my first client when I was a young lawyer starting out cold in Ferriday. He will certainly go down in music history as one of the all time greats. I wrote a new column about my memories of the Killer this week. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

A Great Flash Mob of Musical “Grease.”

I don’t know about you, but I love flash mobs. Large groups  dancing in public places that seem spontaneous, but obviously are well planned. Remember the movie Grease?More than 250 people participated in a ‘feelgood’ stunt this morning during rush hour at the Central Station in Antwerp, Belgium. Grease is definitely still the word! What did you think? Please leave a comment in the section below and remember to share the video.

October 23, 2022

TWO CHEERS FOR THE FRENCH-ESPECIALLY IN LOUISIANA!

The Ukrainian War has received strong support from a number of American allies at the strong urging by the Biden Administration. But as the war has drug gone, some of the support is starting to weaken.  Italy’s new Prime Minister has been buddying up to Vladimir Putin, and India is trying to stay neutral. Great Britain has been consumed in its own political and economic problems. So who is our strongest supporter who is pushing for continuing aid to Ukraine? Is it, could it be, who? France?  That can’t be right. We’ve been jumping all over the French for years. But take a look at our history and their current support that I have written about in my new column.  You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.  

Podcast-Five Days at Memorial!

On the latest Dateline Louisiana podcast, Rannah Gray and I are talking about the Katrina story we can’t forget — portrayed in the Apple TV mini-series, Five Days @ Memorial. Lives tragically lost, questions unanswered. What would you do? You can listen here now: by Clicking Here.  

Panel rules against church leaders who gave bologna sandwiches to homeless!

Do you want to see how arbitrary and shortsighted our federal court system is? Take a look at this article involving a and effort by St. Louis minister to distribute a few sandwiches to the homeless.The city of St. Louis did not violate the First Amendment rights of a Christian pastor and his assistant by threatening to prosecute them for handing out bologna sandwiches to the homeless, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.  To res this ridiculous legal decision, Click Here.

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