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September 30, 2015

The Rise and Fall of Bobby Jindal!


The cards do not read well for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s last ditch and quixotic effort to gain the Republican presidential nomination. General Custer made his last stand, and now it looks like Jindal is doing the same. NO, the Fat Lady has not begun to sing, but I’m told she is lurking behind the curtain ready to make her move. So what happened to the fair-haired boy, once praised as the future of the Republican Party? Check out my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Show Program Schedule


Weekend radio begins with a look at Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan for the country. Does it make any sense? Gabby Morrongiello writes for the Washington Examiner, and will brief us on what Trump’s ideas are all about.


We will also talk with Ivy League scholar Brian Swain in comparing how Pope Francis reflects on America’s religious beliefs. You can read more about Brian by Clicking Here. And where does the country stand on immigration into the U.S.?  Peter Brimelow will talk with us about how to accomplish major immigration reform.  See more by Clicking Here.  So check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

Old Friend Frankie Ford Passes!


An old friend of mine died this week. He was a New Orleans dynamo. Rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer Frankie Ford, whose 1959 hit Sea Cruise brought him international fame, is passed at the age of 76. I’ve heard Frankie sing on any number of times, and his Big Hit, Sea Cruise is still one of my all time favorites. Frankie was always in my corner during a number of my political campaigns. I’ll sure miss his singing and his friendship. Take a listen to Sea Cruse below.

The Sexy Nun!

Time for a few laughs before we hunker down for our new column now posted and getting ready for our weekend nationally syndicated radio program.  Take a look and smile.

September 23, 2015



The Pope is making a big splash on arrival in the U.S., but I was hoping he would make a stop in America’s most classic Catholic city, New Orleans. I am an “almost Catholic convert” as I spell out in my new column. Take a look at my views on the Pope’s visit, and a few other thoughts abut the future of the Catholic Church. You can read the column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!


The Pope’s visit, migrants, scarcity of water, and the rise of women in politics-[all part of the lively discussions that will take place this weekend on our “Common Sense” radio program. Jason Berry has become an expert on a variety of problems facing the Catholic Church in recent years. He will join us and discuss his most recent book, “Vows of Silence, The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II.” To find out more on Jason and his numerous books, Click Here.


Then we will talk about the growing shortage of water throughout the world. The U.S. government predicts that forty of our fifty states-and 60 percent of the earth’s land surface-will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it. Without action, food prices will rise, economic growth will slow, and political instability is likely to follow. We will talk with water expert Seth Siegel about his new book, “Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World.” Click Here to find out more. See on on the radio.


The world loved Yogi Berra!


One of baseballs all-time greats, Yogi Berra, died this week At 90. He one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series. But he will always be remembered by his Yogisms. Nobody could turn a phrase like Yogi. I met him several years ago at spring training where the Yankees begin their season in Tampa. Here are a few of his best sayings.

“It’s deja vu all over again!”: “You can’t think and hit at the same time.” … On a restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” … “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” … On the 1973 Mets: “We were overwhelming underdogs.” … “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” … “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.” … What time is it? “You mean now?” … On a spring training drill: “Pair off in threes.” …

“Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” … “You can observe a lot by watching.” … On his team’s diminishing pennant chances: “It ain’t over ’till it’s over.” … On his fractured syntax: “I really didn’t say everything I said.” … A final piece of advice. “Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise they won’t go to yours.”

September 16, 2015



Voters all over America are telling elected officials that they want to “throw the bums out.” A poll released this week news finds that “72% of Americans believe that politicians cannot be trusted and two thirds think the countries’ political system is dysfunctional. But apparently, not so in Louisiana. Almost 50% of all elected officials standing for re-election, including half the legislature, were returned to office with no opposition. So what gives? Where is all the anger? Check out my analysis in my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Campbell Brown on Educational Reform!

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Business leaders from all over the state of New York we’ll gather this week in New York City to attend the Business Council of New York State’s annual conference. Speaking to the state’s leading business organization will be daughter Campbell, who as most readers know is the former news anchor at both CNN and NBC news. She has become a major advocate for educational reform all across the nation.

She is founder of the reform group Partnership for Educational Justice, and recently kicked off a major educational reform publication called The Seventy Four, a website she describes as a mix of news and opinion pieces on education. You can follow her man activities by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!


Wow, what a full agenda coming up this weekend on the “Common Sense” radio program. We will review the past week with so much news. The Donald Show, the Republican presidential debate, Refugees flooding into Europe and much more.

And did you know that innocuous liquid hand sanitizer used in many schools tastes good, like strawberry. It also contains enough alcohol to make a child dangerously drunk. Dr. Rachel Docekal, who deals with addiction treatments, will explain the dangers of hand sanitizer. Her website is

Then how do you find a good lawyer who is reasonably priced? We will ask attorney Jasen McDaniel, who is executive director of a major law firm. See


Finally, Professor Emilio Iodice has spent more than three decades as a senior executive in the public and private sectors. He is a prolific author on public affairs and we will talk with him about what we should look for in our next president. He is the author of a new book “Future Shock 2.0, The Dragon Brief 2020.” You can read about it by Clicking Here. So tune in for a lively show.

September 9, 2015



Pittsburg Steeler linebacker James Harrison, announce to the world that he has confiscated the trophies of his two sons, ages 6 and 8, apparently to teach them a lesson that you should not get a trophy for participating, but only if they “earned” it, whatever that means. And a lot of people agree with him. I sure do not. If week after week, a kid practices and supports his or her team, they should be rewarded like all the other kids. Should they not be rewarded? 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 Program Schedule!


We will look back at 9/11 and Hurricane Betsy, as well as the worldwide migrant crisis.

Then we will discuss rising insurance rates: Why is cheap gas raising your car insurance? Ken Davidson, Insurance Industry Expert will join us to explain why. His website is

And the Justice Department is saying that they will undertake a major crackdown on corporate executive wrongdoers. But will they? Our guest will be Bart Naylor with Public Citizen. Check out his website at  See you on the radio.

Almost as Good as Jersey the Boys!

I don’t know if you have seen the popular Broadway show, Jersey Boys, but it’s a real favorite of mine. I was in high school in the 50s when many of the Jersey Boys’ songs wee big hits. The U.S. Navy carries on the Oldies tradition with the Jersey Boys biggest hit. Check it out below.

History of an Amazing Song!

At Carnegie Hall recently, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of one of my favorite spiritual songs, Amazing Grace. He says, “A lot of people don’t realize that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. Slaves were not permitted to use the white keys. 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. Take a moment to view and listen.

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September 2, 2015



 The results are in for 2015, and it comes as no surprise that Louisiana continues to lead the nation in having the highest automobile insurance rates. A new study, just released by the Bankrate Group “ranked all 50 States according to a number of factors that determined where it’s the worst state to drive a car.” The analysis concluded that Louisiana is the worst state for drivers due “in large part because of the nation’s highest car insurance costs and above average fatal crash rate.”  Check out my thoughts as to why in my new column now posted. You can read it by going to the Flashing Red Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!


Guests on this week’s radio program.

 Dallas Attorney Byron Henry to discuss legality of Kentucky Clerk of Court refusing to issue marriage license to gay couple.

Dr. Joel Kahn to discuss heart health.

Dr. Jack Moller to discuss flying cars in the future.


Surfin’ or Immigrating to the USA!

Well whether you are a Donald Trump fan or not, you have to admit that he sure has brought the question of illegal immigration to the forefront. Most Republicans and Democrats alike don’t seem to want to touch the issue with a 10-foot pole. Here’s an amusing look at the thousand’s of immigrants who continually push their attempt of coming to the USA illegally.

Showing a Little Concern!

It’s amazing what just a little kindness can do. It can be infectious, and spread, and I hope we all agree that the world could use a good bit more concern for those around us. “ The only real measure of the stature of a life is it’s positive impact upon others.” Jackie Robinson If you want to get more out of life, you have to give more to life.  Take a look at the TV spot below. Yes, it’s for an insurance company, but the substance of the spot itself still makes sense. Take a look.

August 26, 2015


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Just as most Americans remember where they were on 9/11, those of us living on the Gulf Coast remember well the fear and concern that enveloped our region ten years ago this week. A lady named Katrina changed many of our lives. In looking back, many Louisianans felt that maybe New Orleans really was a city that care forgot, and the whole Gulf Coast was thrown in for good measure. This human tragedy has haunted the Bayou State over the past decade as even today the rebuilding effort continues.  Check out my new column about this terrible tragedy.  You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.


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