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January 19, 2017



Louisiana has its state government financial back to the wall, as officials dig deep to find additional revenue. The state faces a $300 million dollars in debt for the coming year. What’s the governor to do? Well, right now, he’s off try to get a blessing from the Pope. We all hope he’s got something better up his sleeve than that. There are some options and I discuss them in my new column now posted. You can read it now by Clicking Here.

January 18, 2017

Weekend Radio Program Schedule


Radio Program Schedule to be posted Friday Morning!

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 wile you watch this video.

January 12, 2017



Legislators in many states across the country are looking under every rock to find new ways to pile taxes on their citizens. Louisiana is no exception. Beginning immediately, the state will tax all Internet sales from wherever they take place. When you a pay tax, you expect to get something in return. But Internet sales from companies located outside the stage borders get nothing in return for the taxes. It’s taxation without representation. Check out my new column now posted and see if you agree. You can read it now by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!


A jam-packed show plan for this weekend. Obamacare – can Republicans throw it away? Then what happens? We will talk with senior insurance analyst Laura Adams to analyze. She is with Also, do you want to go into the space? Rod Pyle has a wealth of NASA knowledge and we’ll talk about many things space related. ( So join us from a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Campbell Teams with Facebook!

My thanks to so many readers who have sent their comments and best wishes because of all the attention daughter Campbell has received over her new challenge withFacebook.  This month she will be joining Facebook to lead its News Partnerships team. This is a different role for her, but one where she will be tapping her newsroom experience to help news organizations and journalists work more closely and more effectively with Facebook. She will be working directly with news outlets p to help them understand how Facebook can expand the reach of their journalism, and contribute value to their businesses. That also means making sure there is ongoing feedback from publishers as Facebook develops new products and tools for news organizations.  A big job ahead.  Congrats and best wishes Campbell.  See typical news article by Clicking Here.

Not a Good Hot Dog!


So I’ve been hearing for years about the Varsity Drive-In located in downtown Atlanta right across from Georgia Tech University. They supposedly have the best hot dogs in the country, and people come from all over to give them a try. They have a two-story parking lot with drive in service. It apparently is the “in thing to do” for many in Atlanta. So I came through there this past Friday, and thought I would give the Varsity try. What a disappointment. It was a boiled weenie with not a lot of taste. I had asked for relish and onions, and was handed them wrapped in a napkin. The French fries were soggy, and couldn’t compare to the average drive-in like McDonald’s or Wendy’s. All in all, it was a waste of time. The worst hot dogs in America are at LSU’s Tiger stadium. But the second-worst have to be the varsity. That’s just my opinion. I wouldn’t waste your time going there.

January 4, 2017



Louisiana’s governor had a rocky beginning during his first year in office. He was stunned by this financial crisis faced by the state, had to  deal with flooding issues as well as killings that rocked the nation. Now he starts off in 2017 with a  budget deficit of some $300 million. And it’s  time to start thinking about re-election. What to do! What to do! The Governor needs to start cracking, and there’s some options out there for him, even though he’s the lone Democrat in an overwhelmingly Republican state. I analyze his options in my new column now posted. You can read it now by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!


We are getting ready for our first program of the New Year. Jim is off in the Blue Ridge Mountains with family to enjoy the snow, and maybe even ski a bit. Leo Honeycutt will be filling in this weekend and will review all the crazy news in the first week of 2017. So join us for lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

December 28, 2016


Greeting words around 2017 year type on a festive red background

So what are you doin’ on New Year’s? If you are like me, New Years Eve, and the beginning in 2017 will be special. I’ve had meaningful quiet celebrations, and big blowouts in the French Quarter down to New Orleans. And I’ve enjoyed them all. I do make New Year’s resolutions, and try to stick by them. I hope you do too. Take a look at my remembrances of special New Year’s Eve’s in the past, and a little anticipation about the future. You can read it on my new column now posted. Take a look by Clicking Here. Happy New Year’s to you.

Weekend Radio Schedule!


We will have a lively New Year’s program this Sunday, January 1st. Come join us to review the highs and lows of 2016, and what to expect in the coming year. Is our new president an unguided missile who will be completely unpredictable? What can we expect around the world, and right here at home? We’ll have several guests who will talk about these issues. I will also take your opinions. So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

December 27, 2016

Happy New year!


Looks like Santa is doing exactly what most of us would be doing after a hard winter getting ready for Christmas.  We hear at The Common Sense Radio Program and The Lisburn Press wish you and your family a happy and prosperous New Year.

Justice System Run Amok!


My friend Don Siegelman was the former Governor of Alabama, an extremely popular democrat in a deep red state. Since the republicans could not beat him fairly through the election process, a cadre of national and local GOP operatives put on a show trial and convicted him for “bribery.” The acts for which they convicted him are commonly performed by politicians – including President Obama and President elect Trump – everyday. This is one of the real injustices in the federal judicial system.  I hope you will look at the links below to see the unfairness of what happened to Don.  He is currently a guest of the Federal Bureau of Prison until 2017, and will be on probation until 8.17.2020.

To learn more visit the Free-Don website.  And you can d follow him on Siegelman
Twitter: @FreeSiegelman

December 21, 2016



As expected, we are all caught up in last minute Christmas shopping, Christmas parties, and all the other festivities of Christmas around the Christmas season. But it’s also time for reflection, and an opportunity. A really big opportunity if you want to take advantage of it. It’s the chance of redemption, exactly what the Christmas spirit is supposed to be all about. Getting a second chance. That’s the focus of my new column now posted, and I hope you will take a look at it. You can read it now by Clicking Here. And a festive holiday season to you and all your family.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!


We have a great Christmas program scheduled for this weekend. We will talk about   Christmas customs from days long gone by to what’s happening today. And how would Jesus get along in 2016? Have we lost the meaning of Christmas was so much commercialism? Tune in for Sunday show the see what you think. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Good Holiday Wishes!

Even though we don’t have any snow down here in the deep South, we are all really getting into the Christmas spirit of course, I’m doing a lot of last-minute Christmas shopping. When you get to be my age, you have a whole slew of kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and an aray of other family members to take care of. And I’m giving it my best shot. You can see a picture me below with some of my Christmas helpers. Not too bad for an old guy, right? Happy holidays to all of you.


December 15, 2016



Well Obamacare is on the chopping block as a new Republican controlled administration is about to take over the federal government. Abolish Obamacare has been the mantra of the GOP and President-Elect Trump. But will things really change? Will a Republican congress eliminate the mandates that require everyone to have health insurance? As I explain in my new column, the individual mandate was a Republican idea to begin with. You can read it now by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Show Schedule!


We are just a few days away from Christmas, and our Common Sense radio show will surely have this Christmas spirit. How about Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? Attorney Robert Ryan talks about all the laws Santa Claus breaks on Christmas eve , according to various federal rules and regulations. Also, what about all these New Year’s diets? Do they work? Trainer and diet coach Junior Wakefield will tell us what makes sense, and what to throw in trash. So join us for a lively pre—Christmas show. Check local listings for times a stations. We will see you on the radio.

December 7, 2016



Louisiana folks are so laid back and easy  going. Well, most of the time. But not when they are driving. Speeding, road rage, drunk driving and failure to obey a police driver combine to make Bayou State drivers the worst in the nation. That’s what the national surveys say. Do you agree and what can be done about it? I have a few ideas that you can check out in my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

December 6, 2016

Common Sense Radio!


I’ll be out of the state this Sunday visit my youngest daughter up in Hood River, Oregon.  Listeners up ion the far northwest can hear our weekly syndicated program on KDBD radio, 97.6 FM through a strong signal out of Forks, Washington.  Leo Honeycutt, a regular on my show, will fill in this week as guest host.  So be sure and tune in.  Check local listings for times and stations to hear Jim Brown’s Common Sense.  See you on the radio.

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