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October 22, 2014

WHAT VOTERS FACE AT THE POLLS!

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Have you voted yet? People all over America are taken manage of early voting in this coming Congressional election. In my new column, I tell you about my experience in earlier this week. And how about all this controversy over needing to have a voter I.D.? Is it a real burden for some voters that keep them away from the polls? Do they have a legitimate argument? Check out my view. Plus, in Louisiana, voters have to decide on amending the state constitution. I say a big waste of time and I tell you why. So check out my new column now posted by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

October 21, 2014

Big Radio Show Weekend!

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It’s the countdown until the nationwide congressional Election Day on November 3rd. Will the Republicans take over control of the U.S. Senate? Will Democrats hold their own in races across the country? And of course, underlying all these elections are so many national and international issues. Ebola has made the country forget about open warfare in many parts of the Middle East. We will talk about it all on this weekend’s “Common Sense” radio program.

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The Evolution of a Revolutionis a new book by Lance Simmens, a 40-year senior level policy, political, and governmental expert, which contains startling and critical insight into a country hungry for change and disappointed by the very change it receives. Where can we go in the months to come to stop the gridlock all over America? You can read all about the book by Clicking Here.

 And are you thinking about getting a tattoo? Forty five million Americans have one. Why al the new wave of getting inked up? Larry Schwartz in the director of a new film, “Tattoo Nation” that gives the history of the “art of the flesh.” You can  check out the film in the trailer below. So join us for a lively show. See you on the radio.

Clint Black comes to Baton Rouge!

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If you are a country music fan, you certainly know and appreciate the smooth twangs of Clink Back. He’s been a big name in this music field for a number of years. I had the pleasure of hearing Clint in concert and having a nice visit before his performance this past weekend here in Baton Rouge at the L’Auberge Casino and Resort. Quite a guy, so check him out below.

October 15, 2014

Are We Sinking into the Sea?

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Major cities in the US are sinking and are demanding action to stop the water flow. Boston is hollering that they need federal help, and may end up being the next Venice. Miami and the Everglades are asking for federal dollars. Baltimore and New York are reeling after Hurricane Sandy, and say they may be sinking. Louisiana has been saying the same thing for 30 years, yet little has really been done. What’s the price tag? 50 billion dollars! $100 billion! What on earth can we do about this mess? Are we just going to set back and get washed away? 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.  And check out Randy Newman’s song about Louisiana-They’re Goin’ a Wash Us Away.

Common Sense Radio Show Weekend!

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Some weeks, we really have to work hard to come up with a full weekend show. Boy, not this weekend. We’re loaded with issues to discuss. Ebola and whether we can contain this terrible disease, ISIS, conflicts throughout the world, politics in the US, and so many other topics. With elections close at hand (just a little over two weeks away), mathematician Patrick Andendall will join jus to discuss his new book, Stupid Party, Math vs Myth-The Unmasking of the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy.” You can read about it by Clicking Here.

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Then renowned defense attorney and Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz will give a perspective on the Middle East and weather Israel should attack Hamas operating in Palestine. He has a new book out, Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War Against Hamas. He will join us in the second hour of our show, and you can read all about the Professor and his book by Clicking Here.  So check your local listing for times and stations.  See you on the radio.

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Teacher’s Unions Not Happy With Campbell!

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My daughter Campbell, who many of you remember as the White House correspondent for NBC news as well as hosting her own show on CNN, is making a valiant effort to raise the standards of teachers throughout New York. The teachers’ unions or not holding back, and fighting her tooth and nail. For her cause, Campbell has raised money from business leaders throughout the state. The teachers unions are attacking her fund raising, rather than focusing on her concerns about their overall ability to teach. This is apparently the only issue the the teachers’ unions can attack her on.  Actually, I find the cartoon rather funny.  Take a look and enjoy.  And you  can check out Campbell’s view on educational reform in a recent speech she gave to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.  You can listen or read the transcript by Clicking Here.

My Favorite Time of Year!

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I don’t know about you, but fall is my favorite season of the year. There is nothing as pretty as seeing the leaves change up north and along the East Coast. The colors can really be brilliant. We don’t get much color down out here in the south. So I was fortunate to be up in northern Maine last week, and you can see below the colors coming out in radiant shades. I’m hoping to go up to the North Carolina mountains in a week or two, so as to see the leaves change up there also. I’ll keep you posted.  To see the brilliant color of leaves, Click Here.

October 8, 2014

MORE PRIDE NEEDED IN LOUISIANA?

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Pride. That is a key catalyst for any state to be a competitor for economic development across the nation. People who live in the Bayou State generally love Louisiana. But do they have enough pride, and the commitment it takes to be attractive to those businesses that are considering locating in the deepest of the deep southern states? What are some of the important factors that may be lacking? Take a look at my new column now posted and see if you agree with some of the items I have listed. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Radio Schedule

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The “Common Sense” radio show weekend will broadcast  from Quebec, Canada, and is right around the corner and we have a really great program lined up for all our listeners across the country. There is a fascinating new documentary out called “ Six Ways to Santiago,” all about the thousands of people worldwide who make a six week excursion to walk the Camino Trail from the French border to Santiago in Spain. Upon arriving, visitors will find the burial site f St. James and one of the world’s most stunning cathedrals. The film has won  numerous awards, and we will interview director Lydia B. Smith. Check out this fascinating adventure by Clicking Here.

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Then, did you know that bootleggers and Baptists have some common ground? Economists Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle provide an accessible description of how economic forces and moral persuasion interact in today’s political world. They will both be on our program and you can find out  more on their book, Bootleggers and Baptists, by Clicking Here.  So turn in for a lively show. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

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October 2, 2014

LOUISIANA CATCHING UP TO THE 21st CENTURY?

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With tax dollars scarce in Louisiana, this might be an excellent time to streamline on the state and local levels. Just how many boards, commissions, water districts, sewer districts, parish auditors, law enforcement offices, and other special districts are spread throughout Louisiana? Would you believe that no agency, public or private, can list all the public bodies that exist in Louisiana today? And if no one knows that number, then it goes without saying that no one can even begin to know the overlapping costs. Should the state consider streamlining and consolidating? That’s the focus of my new column this week. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

 

October 1, 2014

Radio Show Weekend!

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Radio Weekend close at hand, and, as usual, we are planning a full agenda and a lively program. So much has happened in the past week. John Whitehead with the Rutherford Institute will join me to review all the freedoms that Attorney General Eric Holder has pushed to take away from every American. John has been on the program before and you can find more information on protecting hour freedoms by Clicking Here.

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And what about this terrible Ebola epidemic?  kIs it a threat to the U.S.?  How does one get it and is there a cure?  We will talk abut it with Dr. Mardia Stone , who has extensively studied this miserable disease.  This and a review of the week’s controversial news.  Check your local listings for times and stations.  See you on the radio.

September 24, 2014

WORST ABUSERS — FOOTBALL PLAYERS OR FEDERAL JUDGES?

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We’ve been following all the domestic violence that is seething out of the National Football League. But how about federal judges who are every bit as violent with their spouses, and other judges who feel that have the right to demand special consideration? There are many competent judges across the country, but there are also some real whackos that can taint the entire federal judiciary. You and I deserve better. Much, much better. Check out my new column on a wave of questionable conduct by these high and mighty jurists who get their job for life. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

“Common Sense” Radio Update!

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Fall is in the air, but the Common Sense Radio Weekend Show won’t stop to smell the roses. We have a full program set for this Sunday’s show. Just who is this ISIS, and how big a threat are they really to U.S. citizens? Howard Bloom is a Middle East scholar who has a new book called The Mohammed Code. In it, he discusses the long and short-term consequences of ISIS. How do the powers of ISIS are different than that of al-Qaeda? And can we define the goals of ISIS? He will join us to discuss all these questions. More on the book by Clicking Here.

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Then we will talk with Nick Yarris who as on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He 
shared a cell with Ted Bundy. He was on Death Row for
 21 years, until DNA proved he was innocent.  Yarris escaped Death Row at age 24, 
and was the subject of a man-hunt on the FBI’s Most
Wanted List. He was recaptured and later became the
 first inmate on death row to ask for DNA testing. It 
took 16 years for him to be exonerated when DNA test 
results showed he couldn’t have committed the crime he
was serving time for. Yarris tells his story in the new
book “7 Days to Live.” More on the book by Clicking Here.

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And, as we always do, we will update you with facts, sarcasm, and humor on the week’s events. So be sure and tune in. Check your local listings for times and stations.

 

September 23, 2014

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!

Refuses to support his Dad?

Talk about an ingrate. At the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival, George P. Bush, the Republican nominee for Land Commissioner, said he wouldn’t endorse his father, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, should he decide to run for president in 2016. He himed and hawed, then said he wouldn’t endorse anyone. Hey George!  It’s YOUR FATHER! What kind of politician wouldn’t ben support his own dad, particularly when Jeb Bush is a pretty darn good potential candidate. If he hasn’t the gumption to support his own Dad, he needs to quite running for public office.  Plus, if you look at the video below, he looks and talks like a wimp.

September 17, 2014

ARE OUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS READY TO LEAD US INTO WAR?

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So are we in America about to open up a whole new chapter in the Middle Eastern war saga? What has eleven years in Iraq taught us, at a cost of some seven trillion dollars and who knows how many people killed. How big a threat is this barbarian group ISIS? It was terrible the killings they did to American journalists. But are we operating with our emotions or a plan for our own safety? There are way too many questions that need answering, both by the President as well as members of congress. Take a look at my new column where I list a number of questions that, so far, we as Americans have received no answers. You can read the column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Common Sense Radio Weekend!

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Radio Weekend is about here, and we look forward to having you join us if you can to make a little “Common Sense” about the world around us. How much more do we get involved in the Middle East? We spent some seven trillion dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what do we have to show for it? Should America jump into the Syrian civil war? And how big a threat is ISIS? We will talk about it.

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Then, we will talk about a new book about what it would be like if you didn’t age; “NO TIME TO DIE” By Kira Peikoff. Science has barely begun to unlock the secrets written in our DNA. Researchers are relentlessly hunting for the answers to chronic diseases, cancer, rare disorders and the biggest mystery of them all—aging—but at what cost? Bioethicist Peikoff asks the most troubling scientific question of our time in this taut thriller: when does medicinecross the line? Read more about this book by Clicking Here.

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Then we must talk more about the Middle East.  Don Liebich is a non-partisan Middle East foreign policy expert and the author of ‘Fault Lines: The Layman’s Guide to Understanding America’s Role in the Ever-Changing Middle East‘.  Read all about it by Clicking Here. See you on the radio.

 

 

 

 

September 16, 2014

Louisiana Secretary of State!

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One of the most enjoyable jobs I had when I was in public life in Louisiana, was serving for eight years as the Secretary of State. Is it important job, dealing with handling the entire election process, being the state’s chief historian and keeper of all the state archives, and being the top business officer. That’s been over 25 years ago, and I’ve watched other Secretary of State’s come and go. The current secretary, my good friend Tom Schedler, has done excellent job. I hosted a reception for him this past week in Baton Rouge with a number of others who support Tom.

September 10, 2014

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY IN LOUISIANA!

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Can you believe that the top five happiest cities in the U. S. include Lafayette, Houma, Shreveport, Baton Rouge and Alexandria and Lake Charles are all located in Louisiana? I know we Red Necks and Cajuns have a good time and all, but is the rest of the nation not letting the good times roll like we do down in the Bayou State? The unhappiest? New York City. What? The Big Apple? How can that be? Check out my new column just published with all the inside scoop as to who’s happy and who’s not so happy. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend “Common Sense” Radio!

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Radio “Common Sense” weekend is close at hand and we have full show of controversial issues to discuss. Welcome again to our new Fairbanks, Alaska station KFAR, 660 AM.  This is really the “Last Frontier” so we are glad you folks “North to Alaska” as the song goes will join us.  And what about the President and his slowness in reacting to the bloodshed in a number of countries. How far should the U.S. go? Is Obama offering solid leadership? Tune in and we will talk.

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Author Sidney Powell joins us to discuss the continuing cover-ups by the Justice Department and the IRS. Her book, Licensed to Lie-Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice, is a tell all about prosecutors who are flat out of control. Read all about her book by Clicking Here.

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Then we will end with author Mathew Burrows, a 25 year CIA veteran, who pent ten years at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), analyzing the most pressing challenges facing our world. His book, THE FUTURE, DECLASSIFIED, lays bare all that is at stake for America’s standing in the world, and for ordinary Americans who want to maintain their quality of life in the face of unprecedented change. Read more by Clicking Here.   So tune in for a lively show.

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