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August 25, 2016



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


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!


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



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!


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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August 10, 2016



So Donald Trump is at it again? He amazes many observers over his ability to keep stirring up controversy. But did he go too far this time around? Did Trump infer that his second amendment supporters could assassinate Hillary Clinton? Democrats and many in the press are convinced that’s what he both said and encouraged. A number of key Republicans felt his comments were out of bounds and did more damage to both Trump and the GOP. Check out 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 Program Schedule!


We never have to look far for engaging topics on our weekend radio program. Can Donald Trump stumble some more? We will discuss. Then former president of Brandeis University Frederick Lawrence refutes different stories about college being a waste of money. Dr. Timothy Dailey will  talk about his new book, ”Apocalypse Rising,” about so much of the chaos in the Middle East. And finally, Chris Kutarna joins our show to talk about is new book, ”Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our new Renaissance.” Such an intelligent and lively program schedule. Be sure to join us. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

August 9, 2016

Bye,Bye Newspapers?


Sad to say that newspapers are in trouble. I like nothing more than to sit down with morning coffee and several daily newspapers each morning. I’m not sure how much longer this is going to last. Talk show host John Oliver’s 19-minute segment on the troubles facing journalism is below, and is a well-analyzed review of the disappointing print demise. Take a look if you hope to keep your morning paper.

August 3, 2016


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That’s right. The former grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan is alive and kicking in Louisiana as a candidate for the US Senate. If you recall, David Duke won a race to the Louisiana House of Representatives in the 1980s, and was in the runoff for Governor back in 1991. Republicans have disavowed him, but they just can’t shake the noose of Duke around them. Does he have a chance to win? Take a look at my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!


On our close at hand weekend radio program, Jim will talk about the dramatic slide downwards in the polls by Donald Trump. And what’s going on with David Duke? Is he a serious candidate? Oxford scholar Chris Kutarna will discuss his new book, “Age of Discovery: Navigating he Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance.” And author Judy Frankel will give us her thoughts on the coming election with ideas from her new book, ‘In Search of The Next P.O.T.U.S.” So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and the stations. We will see you on the radio.

July 27, 2016


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Americans do a great job of honoring those who serve us so well. There was no better example of this commitment to fallen heroes then the commemoration that took place in our Baton Rouge community this week. Thousands of people turned out for the farewell and Memorial of police officer Montrell Jackson, who was killed in the line of duty protecting his fellow officers from a sniper attack. Police officers from all over America, as well as Canada, were in attendance. A bagpipe team came down with the Canadian mounted police, and a large contingent came from New York City telling me Louisiana had been there to help them after 9/11. It was a heartwarming sight to see such a tribute to this fallen hero. To read my whole observations of what took place, Click Here or go to the Red Flashing Box above.

Weekend Radio Schedule!


And there’s so much to talk about as weekend radio is close at hand. Who did better, the Republican convention or the Democratic convention? Whatever candidate you are for, who gave the better speech; Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? We will have a panel to analyze. Then we will talk about the emerging human rights confrontations worldwide with Professor Mark Bradley, all discussed in his new book, “The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century.” See more about the book HERE. And finally, we will look back at the removal of President Richard Nixon with author Len Colodny, who gives new insights into this riveting event of 45 years ago in his book, “Silent Coup.”  See the book HERE.  So tune in for a great program, and we will see you on the radio.  Check local listings for times and stations.

July 26, 2016

Educational Reform at the Convention!

Last week during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the American Federation for Children hosted a dinner for about 250 attendees to focus on the transformative impact of school choice. The event featured Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and education reform advocate Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor and co-founder and editor-in-chief at The 74 Million. (Also, my oldest daughter.)

“To me, this is one of the issues that unites everyone,” Campbell told “At a moment when the country is so divided, it’s nice to be surrounded by people at a place like this where everyone supports the same thing.” Take a look at some of the discussion below.

July 20, 2016



You can watch TV coverage of violence in America, but it really does not hit home like it does right in your own back yard. Last Sunday morning was surreal. Rumors spread all over the Baton Rouge community that killers were on the loose and killing police officers. Residents were told to stay inside and lock their doors. And I was broadcasting, like a play-by-play announcer covering a massacre. What’s our city and our nation coming to? I write about it in my new column and you can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!


Our weekend radio program will broadcast live from Jackson Square in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter this weekend with a lively show planned. I’ll review the shootings and racial tension that has taken place in my hometown of Baton Rouge. Then author Seth Siegel will join us to discuss the nation’s water crisis outlined in his book, “Let There Be Water.” See more Here. And we had to re schedule from last week civil war writer John Huelskamp with his new book, Friends of the Wigwam; A Civil War Story. See more about the book by Clicking Here. So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio. –

July 19, 2016

A Tragedy in Baton Rouge!


Corporal Montrell Jackson, with the Baton Rouge police department, was one of the victims killed while on duty Sunday. He worked extra duty at night in my subdivision,and would drop by for water or a soft drink during a break. He always had a big smile and said he was working extra duty to help raise his son. We had a nice visit just 3 days before he was killed. He was our protector and a friend to all in our neighborhood. What a tragic loss. I write about him and the other officers killed in the line of duty in this week’s column no posted above.

July 13, 2016



It’s Convention time for both national political parties as Republicans kickoff this week in Cleveland, followed by the Democrats making an onslaught in Philadelphia the following week. If you’ve never been to a national political convention, it’s really quite the spectacle. And there will be heightened tensions this year because of all the controversies in both parties, and the nation as a whole. I’ve been to a number of conventions, and write about it in this week’s column. Check it out by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!


Weekend radio is close at hand and we have a full program of topics for our listeners. I’ll give updates and opinions on the racial tensions across the country. Police training expert Dr. Alex del Carmen will be our gest to discuss the need to rethink training tactics. We will talk about the coming political conventions, and review a little civil war history with author John Huelskamp with his new book, Friends of the Wigwam; A Civil War Story. See more about the book by Clicking Here. So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.


July 12, 2016

Standoff in Baton Rouge


In all the confrontation and turmoil that has taken place in the past several weeks across the nation, one photograph has emerged from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a symbol of the civil unrest that has spread across the nation. The image, taken by Jonathan Bachman for Reuters, shows a woman, who has been identified as Iesha L Evans, standing in a long dress in the face of a line of Louisiana state troopers dressed in riot gear outside of police headquarters. Evans looks calm and poised and almost seems to repel the two officers who are charging towards her. Whatever your opinions of the protesting, it is a poignant photo.

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