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August 17, 2017

THE KU KLUX KLAN IN LOUISIANA!

The tragedy in Charlottesville Virginia last week raises the profile of hate groups likes the Ku Klux Klan. Louisiana had been a hot bed of Klan activity back in the 50s and 60s, and many Americans are well aware that one of the top national Klansman, David Duke, came from Louisiana. He was so popular down in this part of the country back in the early 90s that he was elected as a state representative, and garnered a majority of the white vote in a race for governor. In my column this week, I look back on my own experiences with Ku Klux Klan activities. The local Klan members were pretty active in trying to keep me out of politics. You can read the column now by Clicking Here or by hitting the Red Flashing Box above.

August 16, 2017

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

It would be an understatement to say that we have a really big show lined up for this weekend. Is the Charlottesville tragedy the beginnings of many more such confrontations? Author Leslie Sorrell joins us to discuss. She’s written a new book: “From Clients to Crooks– An Insider reveals the real Washington DC.” (www.clientstocrooks.com.)  We will also talk with Louisiana publisher Stanley Nelson about the continuing presence of the KKK. His best selling book is called: “ Devils Walking,” about the story of the Klan in Louisiana and Mississippi. (Click Here for the book.)And we won’t forget the eclipse with psychic Vincent Genna to discuss Monday’s been event. (www.vincentgenna.com.) So join us for a heckuva program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

 

A Lisburn Press Book Gets Rave Reviews!

August 15, 2017

Campbell on Stephen Colbert Show!

Check out daughter Campbell talking about straight political talk on The Jon Stewart program.  Yes, she has stirred up a lot of controversy, but for good reasons as she explains. Take a look.

August 9, 2017

WHO’S AT FAULT FOR HIGH AUTO INSURANCE RATES?

Wasn’t it Shakespeare who said, “The first thing you do is to kill all the lawyers?”  In this day and age, attorneys get blamed for just about any problem or wrong. That’s sure the case here in Louisiana when it comes to the highest automobile insurance rates in the nation. The politicians and insurance regulators always say it’s the lawyer’s fault. But it’s far, far from being that simple. Check out my new column now posted.  You can read it now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Watergate Anniversary!

It was on this week in 1974 that Richard Milhous Nixon resigned as president of the United States.  But did you know that former Louisiana secretary of state and insurance commissioner Jim Brown  (Me) almost ended up working for Nixon?  Here’s a remembrance from Brown’s syndicated newspaper column in April of this year.. Nixon became the first and only president to resign from office. Those of you too young to remember the events surrounding Watergate missed one of the most riveting episodes of American history. Nixon survived a number of bitter political fights, but he had always been able to bounce back. However, it was his own words in secret recordings that he personally authorized in the Oval Office that finally led to his downfall.  Take a look at my Nixon column that was written in the Spring.  You can read it now by Clicking Here.

How the World is Changing!

Isn’t it terrible how so many local stores are closing. No more local bookstores, general stores and many other businesses where we used to go it, pass the time of day with the owner or clerk, maybe get a cup of coffee. I miss them. What made them close?  We all know that answer as you  can see in the cartoon below.  The internet has killed many of these local businesses off.  Some say it’s progress and convenience, but I personally miss them and the local shopping.

Then take a gander below again and see what the world is coming to.  Can a robot take away your job?  I hope not.

August 2, 2017

DEALING WITH LOUISIANA’S FISCAL MESS!

Louisiana State government is in a real fiscal mess. Over $1 billion in taxes are about to come to the end, with no responsible voice giving alternatives as to how to balance the state budget. What’s a poor governor to do? Actually, there are number of ways to build in some financial responsibility and stability. It just takes a little foresight. I write about it in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

Our weekend radio show is close at hand, and we have a lively program scheduled. First up, we will talk about Answers from the Afterlife, new book by Dr. Nancy Danison. www.backwardsbooks.com). She will discuss her after death experience, and how it affected her as an attorney. Next up will be our show, Ken Abramowitz will also join us who co-founded NGN capital, and is intimately familiar with the new tax plans from the Trump administration. And finally, with a major eclipse scheduled for August 21st, we will talk with Kelly Beatty to let you know the best place to watch the eclipse. He is the publisher of Sky and Telescope magazine. So join us for a lively program. We will see you on the radio. Check local listings for times and stations.

 

August 1, 2017

A Great Traveling Music Show!

I’ve ben a big fan of the Fred Eaglesmith traveling music show for years. Fred is a Canadian, but comes to my home town of Baton Rouge once or twice a year to play at the Red Dragon Listening Room. I’m always in that number. Take a listen to Fred and his band below.

THE KU KLUX KLAN IN LOUISIANA!

The tragedy in Charlottesville Virginia last week raises the profile of hate groups likes the Ku Klux Klan. Louisiana had been a hot bed of Klan activity back in the 50s and 60s, and many Americans are well aware that one of the top national Klansman, David Duke, came from Louisiana. He was so popular down in this part of the country back in the early 90s that he was elected as a state representative, and garnered a majority of the white vote in a race for governor. In my column this week, I look back on my own experiences with Ku Klux Klan activities. The local Klan members were pretty active in trying to keep me out of politics. You can read the column now by Clicking Here or going to the Red Flashing Box above.

July 26, 2017

WHAT HAPPENED TO LONG VACATIONS?

So how about it? Are you and your family going to take a summer vacation? That’s something we all used to do, and often for several weeks. It was an American tradition. But it seems to be no more. Putting all your electronics aside, and curling up with a good beach book or just lounging and having family time, to many, are things of the past. I think it’s a big mistake to pass on getting away for a while. The job will be there, and virtually everything you feel you have to do can wait. Take a look at my thoughts about the importance of summer vacations. You can read them now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

We have the whole Radio “Common Sense” team together this weekend for a lively program. The president’s health care failure. What does it mean for our future? Healthcare expert and environmental professor Dr. Ellen Moyer,
says America is nowhere near a solution to putting health back into healthcare. (www.ellenmoyerphd.com).

She will join us to discuss.  And a new study showing that the vast majority of football players end up with head trauma. Dr. Brandon Brock (www.cerebrum.com ) will join us to discuss. Also, we have a solar eclipse coming in just several weeks. Is this an omen about bad things to come? Vincent Genna is a world-renowned psychic medium and healer, and will give us his thoughts. So a fully packed show. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Texas Outlaw Music!

I really enjoy listening to somewhat eccentric outlaw Texas singers. Ramsey Midwood is one of the best. We had a nice visit during his recent gig at the Red Dragon Listening Room last weekend in Baton Rouge. I hope he comes back to play again soon. Check out his unique style in the video below.

July 19, 2017

WHO’S THE REAL JACKASS IN LOUISIANA?

If you try to list American heroes that had a profound effect on the saving of Louisiana during the early years of this country, two statesmen at top the list would be Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Jefferson negotiated the Louisiana Purchase from the French, and Jackson saved the state at the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson and Jefferson were instrumental in forming the Democratic Party. So how are they acknowledged by Louisiana Democrats? They are wiping their names off the history books. You can read my new column about the ridiculous bumbling’s of Louisiana Democrats. To read it now, click on the Flashing Red Box above, or by Clicking Here.

The Future of Campaigning!

I first ran for office back in 1972. There was a basic way of campaigning by passing out cards, doing a little radio, and if you could afford it, maybe a little TV. Boy how the landscape has changed in running for public office today. Social media has transformed the art of networking with voters no matter how big the district. From Donald Trump, to the local sheriff, using social media has become the wave of the future. I talked about it at length with BayouBuzz publisher Steve Sabaladosky this week. You can see our whole discussion by looking at the video below.

July 18, 2017

A Special 12 year old talent!

I generally do not watch the reality shows on TV. America’s Got Talent is one of the most popular. But every now and then, I’ll stumble across a very unique act that is well worth watching. In fact, sometimes it brings tears to your eyes. Take a look at the video below. It involves a young girl named Darci Lynne: 12-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist. It takes a real talent to talk without moving your lips. Wow, is this young lady special. Take a look.

July 13, 2017

You Can’t Get Away From Louisiana!

Going up high in the Blue Ridge Mountains would seem to get one about as far away from Louisiana as you could go. But I found in my travels, all over the world, that you can’t really get away from the Bayou State. Whether you are from Louisiana or not, people everywhere seem to have fond memories of Louisiana food, music, sports, and a variety of other unique factors that make the deepest of the deep southern states such an attractive place to live. Take a look at my new column about fly-fishing, memories, and continuing relationships with Louisiana. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

A busy radio show is scheduled for this weekend. We of course will talk about healthcare, so important to so many of us. What’s the status in Washington? Then, have you heard the news about snorting chocolate? That’s right, some people are actually snorting this great tasting stuff up their nose. Dr. Myers Hurt from the Dallas area will join us to discuss this weird trend. His website is www.diamondphysicians.com. And a successful blind author will join us, who has written an important new book. David Faucheux has written  “A Year in the Life of a Blind Bibliophile,” and you can find out more by Clicking Here.  So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

 

July 5, 2017

JOHN MCKEITHEN-LOUISIANA’S TRANSITION GOVERNOR!

Former Louisiana Gov. John J McKeithen had quite an influence on me. He was the guy that got me interested in politics. A lot of people looked on him as a small town redneck politician, who was lucky to make it to the governor’s mansion. And maybe he was. But he surely grew in office, and I call him Louisiana’s transition governor. He brought the state full blast into the 20th Century. You can read my new column about my personal relationship with Gov. McKeithen in my new column now posted. To read it, Click Here.

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