December 11, 2013
Remember ten years ago when NBC newscaster Tom Brokaw wrote a book about what he called “The Greatest Generation?” Well now there’s a new best seller out calling us “the dumbest generation.” So, in this age of computer technology and new discoveries that happens almost daily, why is today’s generation looked down on? Brokaw gives credit for a united America that did a tremendous amount of volunteer work. How about today? Take a look at my new column that looks at a different direction for America in the years to come. Tom Brokaw, a mentor to my daughter Campbell, is pictured with me below. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.
Show Schedule will be posted Thursday Afternoon.
December 10, 2013
I can’t remember when I wasn’t playing basketball, or at least shooting baskets in a make shift goal in my driveway. I played well enough in high school to receive a number of scholarship offers, and ended up being recruited by legendary North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith. But I’ll tell you what. I was never as good as this two-year-old kid. Take a look below.
My long time friend died this week and the way too young age of 71. Frank Davis was the resident chef and outdoors director for WWL-TV in New Orleans (CBS). He was one of the hosts of an award-winning two-hour morning news show, and also hosted several daily programs on the outdoors, fishing, and other recreation attractions of the Crescent City. Davis also wrote several cookbooks based on the recipes he cooked up on the show including Frank Davis Makes Good Groceries! A New Orleans Cookbook; The Frank Davis Seafood Notebook; Frank Davis Cooks Naturally N’Awlins; Frank Davis Cooks Cajun, Creole, and Crescent City; and The Fisherman’s Tackle Box Bible.
Frank and I became friends when we served in the National Guard together. I was a Captain and PFC Davis was assigned to drive me. A really funny guy, he kept me in stitches wherever we went. For years after, I would be a regular guest on his New Orleans radio show where we cooked up a gumbo or Etouffee in the early morning hours. Many of us here in Louisiana will sure miss our dear friend Frank.
December 4, 2013
So I’m talking to the Governor of Louisiana last night. He is scurrying about trying to put together a new game plan and hoping to get a better handle on how to run the state. And help is certainly needed as the Bayou State is at the bottom of most national lists. Besides, his popularity numbers are in the tank. So what should Bobby Jindal do? You can read my sage advice in my new column now posted. Go to the Red Flashing Box above, or Click Here.
The “Common Sense” Radio Schedule is posted midday on Thursday.
About 100 feet down, on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, divers had already pulled four bodies out of the sunken tugboat. Then a hand appeared on a TV screen monitoring the recovery. Everyone assumed it was another corpse, and the diver moved toward it. “But when he went to grab the hand, the hand grabbed him!” Tony Walker, project manager for the Dutch company DCN Diving, said of the rescue in May.
Harrison Odjegba Okene, the tug’s Nigerian cook, had survived for three days by breathing an ever-dwindling supply of oxygen in an air pocket. The odds of him surviving were astronomically against him. Read all the details by Clicking Here. Check out the actual rescue video below.
December 3, 2013
Some Kids Thought It Was Fun to Pick on the Little Guy, but His Whole Football Team Made a Stand that Will Inspire Your Socks Off. Check out this video below.
November 26, 2013
How scary is this? Prosecutors who can indefinitely imprison you even thought there are no charges against you. In America? No way! Well, yes way, according to the United States Supreme Court. Someone serving time for mail fraud or tax evasion could be declared “dangerous” if a prosecutor feels he or she might have a “tendency” to commit further crimes, even if the sentence was not for a criminal conviction. That’s not me talking, but it’s the view of conservative members of the Supreme Court as well as Rush Limbaugh. It’s the Thought Police and the Supremes have given this concept it’s blessing. What a tragedy. Take a look at my new column that should raise some chilling questions. You can read it now by Clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.
Hey, we sure have a lively weekend radio show plan for you over the Thanksgiving holidays. Too much Black Friday? I think so. Stick around home and enjoy your family. Christmas music and decorations in mid November. Give us a break. Way too much commercialism. We will talk about it.
Also, should you or your loved one have the Right to Die? Some states are allowing such decisions to be made. And we are learning more about Alzheimer’s. Did you know that over half the caregivers of an Alzheimer’s patient dies before the one they are caring for? Why? Tune in for this and much more on the Common Sense Show. Check your local listings for times and stations. And Happy Thanksgiving!
For the past half century, first lady of American folk music has always been Joan Baez. I saw her sing for the first time in the early 60s when I was a student at the University of North Carolina. She inspired a whole generation of American to become pro-active in any number of social causes. And her music, well, just mesmerized. And after 50 years, her voice has not changed a bit. I heard her sing at the Red Dragon Listening room this past Saturday night here in Baton Rouge. Polite, engaging, and what a treat to listen that brought back memoires of a much earlier me. Take a listen. I’ll be a fan as long as the lady is singing.
When the music begins at a basketball game, many fans are on the feet and dancing. The cameras have even caught me waving around a bit. Sometimes, a fan will really let loose. When Bon Jovi begins to shout, who can ignore the rhythmus…right. Check out this fan doin’ his stuff at a Celtics game.
November 20, 2013
Fifty Years! It just doesn’t seem that long ago that the 34th president was assassinated in Dallas Texas. John F. Kennedy had captured the hearts of an overwhelming majority of the American people. But then the walls came crashing down. He was assassinated in Dallas, but during both the good times and the bad, my home state of Louisiana held a special place, and coveted a special role in the life of John Kennedy. Take a look at my new column, now posted, where I look back at the special “Louisiana connection,” JFK had with the Bayou State. And take a look at the videos below to bring back the stark memories. You can read my new column by going to the Flashing Red Box above, or by Clicking Here.
Rado Schedule to be posted Tuursday.
I don’t know about you, but I’m an unabashed Angelina Jolie fan. Not only is she an exceptional actress, but also devoted to her family and particularly to the world around her. Take a minute to listen to her acceptance speech in receiving the Governor’s movie award. It’s worth the time. (And a great story about that photo above. I’ll tell you all about it next week.)
My friend, former LSU basketball Coach Dale Brown, sent me the video below, that puts into perspective how seriously we take ourselves, yet how really insignificant we in in our world. “There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known; the pale blue dot in the video below.
So get out there; explore and enjoy our tiny blue dot. Learn from and appreciate the unique differences that the billions of people that occupy our speck in this vast cosmic arena have to offer you.
Streamed live on Nov 14, 2013
Moments after President Obama spoke to the press corps about his temporary fix to the issue of health insurance terminations resulting after, former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown, former Jefferson Parish Assessor Lawrence Chehardy and Bayoubuzz publisher engaged in a Google Hangout to discuss the many problems now existing by the President’s recent decision, the possible fixes, and the parties to blame now that the health care reform quagmire is stuck in neutral. More on Bayoubuzz.comhttp://www.bayoubuzz.com
November 13, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after a resounding reelection victory, has in a short time become the Republican frontrunner to receive the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been criss-crossing the nation for years trying to get some tractor for the same goal. But in recent months, Jindal seems almost like an afterthought. Last year’s news. So what happened the wiz kid that took off years ago in a quest to be president? Is he “old news” or does he still have a shot. Check out my views in my new column now posted. You can read it now by going to the Flashing Red Box above, or by Clicking Here.
The weekend “Common Sense” radio show is shaping up nicely, with a full list of topics to discuss. We are approaching the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and I’ll have my thoughts of what kind of a legacy did he leave. And for those who believe there was more than one assassin, my home state of Louisiana plays right into the conspiracy theory. Todd Elliot has written quite a book about A Louisiana lady named Rose Cherami, who told authorities that she knew Kennedy would be killed on November 20. Todd will join us to discuss his theories, and what he thinks of her allegations. The book is called “A Rose by Many Other Names,” and you can find out more information by Clicking Here.
And how about this idea. Should the United States annex Canada? There is free exchange between the two countries, and quite a bit in common. Diane Francis is an American – Canadian award-winning columnist for the bestseller called “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America should become one country.” Do you think the idea will get very far? Find out more about the book by Clicking Here. And be sure and tune in for a lively radio weekend.
Old friend Julia Reed joins me at the Louisiana Book Festival in my hometown of Baton Rouge over this weekend. Julia is a gem of a Southern writer, has written several books, written extensively for Vogue, The New York Times and numerous other national publications. Her new book is called But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!, a hilarious account of southern living, numerous recipes filled with great Southern insights. You can read more about her book by Clicking Here. Julia will be on my “Common Sense” radio program ion early December.
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