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September 28, 2016

ALL ABOUT MONEY AT LSU!

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Our flagship university down in the Bayou State is in big trouble. The problems with the football coach you say? Well, not really. It’s supposed to be about getting a decent education. And that’s where the Big problems are at LSU. New college rankings have been released, and the state’s top college has plummeted in the listings. So what’s going on? Check out my new column now posted to get some insight. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

It’s Tough Growing Old!

I used to be a beach bum, and loved to hang out with all the pretty young girls weekend after weekend.  We do that here down South.  But we all grow old, and i guess there has to be some limitations.  Check out my old buddy below, who puts growing old in perspective.

September 21, 2016

WHAT TO WATCH-THE SAINTS OR THE DEBATES?

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Wow, talk about a dilemma for folks living down in the Bayou State. The first presidential debate will take place on Monday evening, September 28th. Obviously, this is important, and we will all be watching. But there’s a conflict. Our New Orleans Saints will be playing the very same time against arch-rival Atlanta Falcons. So what’s a Saints fan to do? Football or politics? I write about it my new column now posted. Take a look and tell me what you would do. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

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Weekend Radio Schedule!

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Great program scheduled for this weekend. North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Fox will discuss her book, “God in the House,” and the idea of legislating from a perspective of faith. Then Dr. John Michels will help me analyze why so many Americans have heart disease and are overweight. And finally, author Robert Martichenko will tell us what will happened if Trump wins the presidency and there is an onslaught of folks high tailing it to Canada. His book is called “Drift and hum: The Great Canadian-American Novel.” So tune infor a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

Celebrity Roast in New York City!

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My son-in-law Dan Senor was roasted at the Plaza Hotel in New York City this week by a number of political luminaries all gathering to put down Dan, and all in good taste. It was quite an evening as he was roasted by Mitt Romney, Speaker of the house Paul Ryan, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, Former Michigan Senator Spence Abraham, daughter Campbell, and even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They all knew how to, as we say in Louisiana, “pass a good time.”

September 14, 2016

THE DEMISE OF ENTERTAINING POLITICS IN LOUISIANA!

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Can you believe it? Politics in Louisiana and most states is just no fun anymore. The politicians used to travel around the state holding rallies and riding in parades. Now it’s all money, money money, and stiff, uninteresting candidates. What happened? Check out my new column now posted. You can read it now by Clicking Here or by going to the Red Flashing Box above.

September 13, 2016

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

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We are preparing for weekend radio with a lively program planned. We will talk with a 9-11 survivor, New York Attorney Kevin Salter, who was at the World Trade Center to get his thoughts 15 years later. We will also talk about the debates. Should all candidates who poll above 5% be included? The public seems to ant this so we will discuss with Dave Paleologos is director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. Author Rannah Gray will join us to discuss the lack of oversight by many states of children in foster homes.  Her new book is an expose’ and can be ordered Here.  And finally, we will ask, are you one of the “deplorables” Hillary Clinton is talking about? Has she turned away millions of Americans? So much to discuss. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

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September 12, 2016

Hiking the Blue Ridge!

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Life can’t be all work and no play. My son, James and I did a little hiking up on Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge mountain range a little south of Boone, North Carolina recently. With my hiking boots on, I was hangin’ in there for an old guy. Weather wasn’t bad either. In then 70s during the day and down to 45 degrees at night. I hope to go back soon.

September 11, 2016

Weekend Radio Update!

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Weekend radio this Sunday will review what’s happened to our country post 9-11. The destruction happened 15 years ago this Sunday. Then airline consultant Ken Jenkins (www.jenkinsslic.com) will join me to discuss air safety and the new movie “Sully” with Tom Hanks. Daina Falk has a new book called: “The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cookbook”, for all you sports couch potatoes and she will be with us. And Dave Marinaccio will talk about social media in politics and his book, “Admen, Mad Men, and the Real World of Advertising.” So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

September 7, 2016

DOES VOTING MEAN ANYTHING IN LOUISIANA?

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Just weeks away from election day, and I’ll bet you’re seeing the candidates for president all over your state, right? Well, maybe not. You see, we have this thing called the Electoral College. And unless you live in a handful of swing states, your vote, for all practical purposes, is irrelevant. Want to know what I’m talking about? Check out my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

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Radio schedule to be posted Friday Afternoon.

GO PAY A VISIT!

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So have you gone and visited your mountain recently? Everyone needs not to ignore their mountain.  I go visit mine as often as I can.  So you need to try and pay your mountain a visit soon.

August 31, 2016

PROPERTY INSURANCE RATES GOING UP?

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Remember the old axiom, “You never let a good crisis go to waste?” Well, there is certainly a crisis down in the Bayou State, and insurance companies that sell property insurance are licking their chops. There was little damage suffered by major insurance companies, because flooding was involved, land private insurance companies do not cover flood insurance. But it’s confusing to the property owner, and some insurance companies see an opening to raise their rates. It seems to never stop in Louisiana. 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.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

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We still are trudging our way through the flooding down here the deep South, but the weekend Common Sense Radio Show will carry-on. Of course we’ll do an update on presidential politics. Will Donald Trump’s new take on immigration make any difference for him? First up is David Stieler who was involved in a hit-and-run accident, and face years of struggles with the insurance bureaucracy in his new book is called”
The ride, the Roads, and the Resurrection.(Click Here.) Then Carter Hydrick joins us to discuss how Nazi Germany surrendered enriched uranium for the United States atomic bomb in his book, Critical Mass. (Click Here). Then we will review a new thriller about Navy Seals called Tier One with authors Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson. (Click Here). So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times extensions. We will see you on the radio.

August 25, 2016

NONSTOP TRAGEDIES IN LOUISIANA!

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So now the recovery begins down in the Bayou State. The rest of the nation has moved on, and most folks outside of Louisiana think that waters have all drifted away and life is back to normal. But we down here know different. Hundred thousand homes seriously impacted, and it will take months and years to fully cleanup and rehabilitate. It’s been a rough month for Louisiana, with police shootings and flood devastation. Not the Apocalypse, but some major concerns down here. I wrote about in in my new column this week. You can read it now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule

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Weekend radio is close at hand with a jam-packed show that includes a number of guests, updates from the presidential race, and recovery from the recent massive flood in the deep South. Our guests include Prof. Josh Blackman discussing his new book” Unraveled,” about Obamacare, religious liberty, and executive power. (See more here). Then Washington lobbyist Mike MacLeod will talk about his thoughts on ”The Death of Civility and Common Sense.” (See more here). And finally, attorney Peter Baskin will talk about not being a victim of deceptive police tactics, and his new book “A Toast to Silence.” (See more here.) Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

Cleaning Up After the Flood!

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Many of our listeners and viewers around the country know we had problems down here in the Bayou State with all the heavy rains, but figure that life is gotten back to normal. That’s far from the case. Over 100,000 homes have been severely damaged, and there will be many folks who will be living in shelters and making other living arrangements for months and even years to come. There’s a huge volunteer effort going on, and it is quite gratifying to see the number of people coming into volunteer from all over America. Below is a picture of some of the out of state state helpers who came to Baton Rouge. We’re working at a Salvation Army shelter taking in every kind of donation you can think about. So the recovery goes on, and we will stay with this. Thanks your support and prayers.

August 17, 2016

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY IN LOUISIANA!

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It started to rain in Baton Rouge and South Louisiana, and seemed to never stop. A downpour for 10 days straight. And then the flooding began. Now we are used to lots of rain and river flooding in this part of the country. But not a day in, day out deluge of water. The canals and small streams backed up and overflowed into subdivisions flooding thousands of home and vehicles. It will take years to clean up and repair. Randy Newman’s song below just might be on target. Are they tryin’ to wash us away? See my thoughts in my new column now posted. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

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Our Radio Weekend is just around the corner and we have so much to share with the rest of the nation. More bad luck in my part of the country. Police officers killed just a few weeks ago, and now torrential flooding has wiped out thousands of home in the Baton Rouge area. We will up date. Then Jackson Katz will discuss his new book, “Man Enough?(See Here.) The gender role in presidential politics. (See Here.) And author Dan Meyer writes about absolute power in politics in his book, “Upside Down.” (See Here) Finally, Dr. Stephen Sinatra will help give advise on preventing heart problems. (See Here). Check local listing for times and stations. See you on the radio.

Amazing Grace!

At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of Amazing Grace ever recorded. He says, “A lot of people don’t realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Probably the most famous on this slave scale was written by John Newton, who used to be the captain of a slave ship, and many believe he heard this melody that sounds very much like a West African sorrow chant. And it has a haunting, haunting plaintive quality to it that reaches past your arrogance, past your pride, and it speaks to that part of you that’s in bondage.

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