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March 25, 2015

LOUISIANA COULD HAVE THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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Louisiana is scheduled to have its presidential primary on March 5th of next year, but there is one little problem. The state is broke and the Jindal administration has allocated no money for the legally required election. So what happens next? Does Governor Jindal really want a primary? And is there a way to hold an election for free and get huge national coverage in the process?  Check out my new column now posted.  You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking here.

Radio Program Weekend!

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Our Weekend Radio Gala is close at hand and we hope you will join us this week for what we hope will be a lively and interesting program. Utah’s legislature has recently passed a bill reintroducing the firing squad as an alternate form of execution when lethal injection drugs are unavailable. Professor Andrew Novak is a lawyer who teaches at George Mason University and is the author of several books including “The Global Decline of the Mandatory Death Penalty.” We will discuss with him discuss the current state of the American system of death. Check out his book now by Clicking Here.

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We also will have author Mark Anthony join us to discuss his new book, Evidence of Eternity. It brings spirit communication into the 21st century while reaffirming that God and heaven exist, the soul is an immortal living spirit, and that we will be reunited with our deceased loved ones. Mark introduces new and innovative terms and concepts explaining spirit communication based on science, theoretical physics, theology and evidence. Pretty heavy, right? Find out more by Clicking Here.

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And, as always, we will cover the gamut of interesting, amusing and controversial news reviewing all this happened the past week. So with so much to talk about, we sure hope you will join us. Check your local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Strawberry Festival Controversy!

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If you live down our way in Louisiana, one of our favorite events is the annual strawberry festival located in the southeastern town of Hammond. There is always a poster painted to commemorate this event. This year’s poster, pictured above, is by artist Kalle Siekkinen, and has become a lightning rod of controversy. Some folks are saying that the image is derogatory to African Americans. I don’t agree, and I like the poster, and see it as a simple somewhat abstract image of two kids having fun. See what you think?

Coffee and Race Relations?

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You can’t even set down at a coffee shop any more without race being a factor in starting off your morning. Starbuck’s initially announced that their employees would engage customers in discussions about race relations in America today. And yes, we need such a discussion. But over morning coffee? Starbuck’s is now postponing this new agenda a bit but CEO Howard Schultz says she is committed to kick off this new focus soon. I have visited with Schultz and believe he is genuinely committed to improving race relations in America that certainly is needed and a noble cause. He really stirred up his coffee mix, however, by bringing race into the morning brew. I’ll have a flat white,” read one cartoon, referring to an espresso drink the company has recently started serving. “No racism intended.”

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I’m pictured with Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schwartz.

March 18, 2015

Louisiana Governors Traveling Louisiana!

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he is the king of governors traveling all over the Bayou State, and that no governor has crisscrossed Louisiana as much has he has. Yeah, right! In my new column, I say that Jindal has been around the state far less than any governor in recent memory. It’s part of the job for any governor to speak and relate to constituents. Jindal’s “constituency” has become the rest of the nation, and not Louisiana. Check out my 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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First of all,  hats off with belated St. Patrick’s Day best wishes to several of our new affiliates that include:

WRMN, 1410 AM in Elgin, Illinois

KLID, 1340 AM in Poplar Bluff, Missouri

KFAR, 660 AM in Fairbanks, Alaska.

KVOC,1330 AM in Casper, Wyoming.

WMQM,1600 AM in Memphis, Tennessee

We are approaching our “Common Sense” radio program kicking off this weekend. And we sure have a lot of ground cover. The Israeli elections, and what it means for peace in the Middle East, Immigration, stalemate in Washington DC between Republicans and Democrats, We can go on and on with no shortage of hot button issues.

Dr. Laura Cassidy, wife of U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, will join us to discuss education topics, including charter schools, and kids with dyslexia. And let’s take a look at March Basketball Madness, with EMMY award winning sports expert Kate Delaney, aka the Sports Princess, who will give you the background on this year’s NCAA Tournament. Kate is one of the first women to ever host a solo Sports Radio Talk Show in a Top 10 market – WFAN in New York City and KRLD in Dallas, Texas. She currently hosts a nationally syndicated radio show called America Tonight.

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 We will also talk about all the disfunction and gridlock in the nation’s capitol.  It’s worse than ever.  You can protest by flying the flag above to clean house.  Order the flag by Clicking Here.  So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations.

My Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.

Have you taken the ice bucket challenge yet? People everywhere can be seen dumping buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness and funds to fight ALS. Children, adults and celebrities alike are joining the social media phenomenon to fight back against a disease that currently has no cure. I took the challenge twice in on day. I’ll challenge each one of you viewers to take up my challenge and make a donation. You can find out how to give by Clicking Here.

All of the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You!

John Whitehead is an outspoken opponent of government invasion of our privacy.  He has been a guest several times on my syndicated radio program, and he is deeply and rightly concerned that privacy as we once knew it is dead. We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed and controlled by our technology—specifically the technology employed by the government against the American citizenry. Is it possible that we are becoming a nation where even the most virtuous citizen risks becoming an outlaw.? Take a look at his compelling comments below.

March 11, 2015

E-MAIL SCANDALS-CLINTON AND JINDAL?

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How damaging is Hillary Clinton’s admissions about using a private e-mail account when she was Secretary of State? Normally, it could be a bigger problem for her. But low and behold! We now find out that most of the major GOP presidential candidates, including Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, have done the very same thing while in office, using private e-mail accounts for public business. So is it a washout? Read my new column now posted. You can find it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program!

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The “Common Sense” Radio Show schedule will be posted on Friday morning of this week!

Campbell’s Views on The Daily Show!

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So who  should replace John Stewart on the Daily Show?  Daughter Campbell is not one to shy away from her strong opinions.  Get her  take in the video below as she co-hosts a segment on Bloomberg News.

Just Getting Started at 99!

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One of my heroes is Ida Keeling.  She’s 99 years old! NINETY NINE! She STARTED running at age 67. She just broke the record of the 100M sprint in her age group. (Can’t imagine there are too many 90 years olds competing, but nevertheless) THIS inspires me and motivates me to be the BEST I can be at ANY age. Mind you, she STARTED running at age 67, so for all of you who might think its too late, its NEVER too late!

March 4, 2015

IN LOUISIANA THEY’RE ASKING — WHO’S IN CHARGE!

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In his quixotic quest to run for president, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has been out of the state 50% of the time in recent months. So the question is — who’s in charge when the Louisiana Governor is on the campaign trail? The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate posed this question to Jindal’s press secretary recently.  The response was, “the Governor remains the Governor wherever he is.” Not so, says me and the Louisiana Constitution. Check out my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or also by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

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On Sunday’s “Common Sense” radio program, we will cover all that’s happened over this busy week. Presidential politics, how to handle North Korea, Israeli-Iran problems, all will be part of our discussion. And are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day? We will give you some history and highlights.  William Federer is the author of many books including “Saint Patrick: The Real Story of his Amazing Life from Tragedy to Triumph.”  And good news. Coffee can help reduce cholesterol. Dr. Al  Johnson from Dallas will join us to discuss. So join the discussion for a lively show. Check local listings for times and stations. In Baton Rouge, it’s WJBO -1150 AM from noon to 2:00 pm on Sunday. We will see you on the radio.

March 3, 2015

Campbell on Common Core!

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Daughter Campbell continues to stir up the educational pot of controversy wading full blast into the debate over Common Core. She is cynical about the flip floppers who initially confected and supported Common Core, but now, for political reasons, have backed away form support. Check out her Op Ed piece in this week’s Washington Post by Clicking Here, along with her appearance below on NBC’s Morning Joe.

Gettin’ Close to March Madness!

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Cheering on the LSU Fightin’ Tigers basketball team, who are making a last run stretch to make the NCAA tourney that begins in two weeks. That’s me with Mike the Tiger. I’ve been a regular at LSU games and a season ticket holder for some 35 years. But, as many of you know, I’m a Tar Heel basketball fan as heart. See my recent column on the loss of the guy who recruited me to North Carolina, Coach Dean Smith, by Clicking Here.

February 25, 2015

LIKE OIL AND WATER -RELIGION AND POLITICIANS DON’T MIX!

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The question for the day: Does the Good Lord need politicians to pontificate and help him out? Apparently, a number of governors and other elected officials seem to think so. Prayer rallies seem to be springing up on a regular basis. Now there is nothing wrong with prayer. We need much more of it. But what about politicians who making it a part of their official duties?   Does this cross the line in the separation of church and state? Read my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Flashing Red Box above or by Clicking Here.

Radio Show Program Schedule!

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First of all let me welcome a new station to the “Common Sense” network, WRMN-1410 AM in Elgin, Illinois in the suburbs of Chicago. We have a growing listenership throughout the Midwest, and we sure are glad to have these Midwesterners join us each week.

 Tax season is close at hand, unfortunately, and we will have tax experts Ali Hashemian join us to answer questions about how you can save on your taxes. Also, , we will be joined by Kiplinger Newsletter Deputy Managing Editor David Morris, who will discuss future trends in finance and world affairs, with particular emphasis on the turmoil in the Middle East. So join us for a lively program.

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This Guy can Sing!

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Are you a Michael Bolton fan? The crooner has been around for a good while and has had numerous hit songs. And he is really a busy guy. Multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and theater. He performed in my hometown here in Baton Rouge last weekend, and we had the chance to visit. My favorite of his melodies, Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay below.

America’s Mayor Stumbles!

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani rightly has held the title for a number of years as “America’s Mayor.” I’ve always liked Rudy, and have had the chance to visit with him on several occasions. When 9/11 happened, there probably could not of been a better person to lead a rally of renewal than the Mayor. I also like what he did in cleaning up New York and instituting a ”No broken windows” policy. Clean up crime, big and small.

 Having said all this, I think he crossed the line, and went way overboard in questioning whether or not President Obama loves America. A lot of us disagree with many of the things the President has proposed. He’s been a big disappointment. But saying he does not love America is not productive, reflexes badly on Giuliani, and is just wrong. Maybe it’s his way of trying to stay relevant. But in this controversy, Mayor Giuliani made a big mistake.

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