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July 20, 2016

THESE ARE TRYING TIMES IN BATON ROUGE!

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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!

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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!

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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

FORTY-EIGHT YEARS OF POLITICAL CONVENTIONS!

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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!

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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.

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July 12, 2016

Standoff in Baton Rouge

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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.

July 7, 2016

A KILLING IN BATON ROUGE!

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How should you advise your kids and family members if they get into a confrontation with police officers? Tempers can flare, shouting and threats are made, and the whole episode can quickly escalate and get completely out of had. A confrontation took place here in Baton Rouge as few days ago, and it a black male was shot to death by two white police officers. What should have taken place? Check out my new column and see if you agree with me. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule

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We really have a jam-packed program scheduled for this coming weekend on “The Common Sense” Radio Show. I’ll discuss the FBI’s actions in letting Hillary Clinton off the hook, and the national attention on my hometown of Baton Rouge over recent police shooting that has the attention of the nation. And my guest will be Former President of Brandeis University and senior research scholar at Yale Law School, Frederick M. Lawrence, who will talk about his friend Elie Wiesel who died recently and who was a leading Jewish voice and universal prophet. So tune in for a great program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

Police Shooting in Baton Rouge!

A tense situation exists in my hometown of Baton Rouge. Two police officers confronted a black male who was selling CDs late at night outside a convenience store. The confrontation escalated, a fight broke out, the police officers apparently felt threatened as the fellow they were trying to subdue had a gun, and shoots were fired. The 37 year old male is now dead. So what happened? I wrote about this tragedy in this week’s column and you can watch the graphic video of the shooting below.

July 5, 2016

Elie Wiesel–A Great American!

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I hope you have read the many tributes that are being written about Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. He was a Holocaust survivor, and the world’s memory keeper for victims of Nazi persecution who used his moral authority to force attention on atrocities around the world. He died at 87 this week.

For many years, I have recommended to family and friends Mr. Wiesel’s book “Night,” his account of the concentration camps where he watched his father die and where his mother and younger sister were gassed. Elie Wiesel was a “messenger to mankind,” and I had the pleasure of visiting with him last year in New York City. The loss of a great American.

June 29, 2016

EDUCATIONAL REFORM IGNORED IN LOUISIANA!

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Do you think our educators will ever quit all the internal bickering, and focus more on our kids? There seems to be constant struggles with legislatures, school boards, Departments of Education and other so called educational oversight groups over turf battles as to who does what.   Too often, our kids become an afterthought. Check out my views and suggestions in this week’s column now posted. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

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Weekend Radio Program!

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Weekend radio is on the horizon, and we have a lively program scheduled for our listeners this 4th of July weekend. We will, of course, talk about the “down in the dirt” campaigns by both presidential aspirants, and talk with former FBI agent Colleen Rowley about recent bumbling investigations in the U.S. dealing with terrorists activities. We will also talk with author Andrew Nagasaki about continuing investigations of German atrocities during World War ll. And, or course, some summer health tips will be on our agenda. So be sure and tune in for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

The Doom of Brexit.

The Brexit British vote to leave the European Union produced some interesting headlines in newspapers across the world. You can listen to my video cast above and see that I don’t believe the calamities predicted and the economic chaos will be anything like the naysayers are predicting. Take a look at some of the dire headlines from New York papers below.

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June 23, 2016

LOUISIANA BEHIND ON INTERNET ACCESS!

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Most of us take the Internet for granted. That is, if it is available and affordable for you. For millions of Americans, they are not on the web. Children are at a great disadvantage with homework if they can’t get on the web. So just how much a disconnect is there in America.? Check out my new column to see have far Louisianan and the U.S. has to climb. You can read my column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

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Radio lineup of guests will be posted Friday afternoon.

Campbell Brown: Why We Must Unite to Close the STEM Gender Gap

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Daughter Campbell is back in the news this week writing about the failure to seriously engage and support more girls in science, technology, engineering, and math classes. She says that the challenge for a just society is finding ways to remove systemic obstacles and erode cultural biases that devalue and limit opportunities for girls and women. Campbell is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The 74. You can read her thoughts by Clicking Here.

June 16, 2016

LESSONS LEARNED: BASEBALL AND POLITICS!

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It’s early summer when many of us turn our attention to—well either baseball or politics. It’s hard in the current sports and political climate to watch both in the evening. Would you rather watch Trump and Clinton go at it, or see if the Yankees can edge out a winning season? So what is it for you-Politics or Baseball? I have a particular opinion; so if you want to read my take in this week’s column, go to the Red Flashing Box above, or Click Here.

June 15, 2016

Weekend Radio Schedule!

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Weekend radio is shaping up well with a variety of issues to discuss. Dr. Joe Alton joins us to discuss just what you should do if you are caught in a mass shooting. Timely after the Orlando tragedy. Then former Newsweek White House correspondent Clara Bingham will talk about how American life has changed in the past 30 years, and her new book Witness to the Revolution. See it HERE. And business consultant Lou Weiss will join me to discuss the rise of robots in manufacturing and in our future. So join us for an informative program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

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June 14, 2016

Walker Percy Weekend!

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Many readers who love Louisiana literature gathered this past weekend in St. Francisville, Louisiana to celebrate the live and works of novelist Walker Percy. He was, to me, a literary icon and many consider him to be America’s most significant Catholic writer. And he was passionate about Louisiana. So passionate that he took the time to give me some good advise about what he considered to be the insidious politics in the Bayou State years ago when I ran for Governor. Pictured above is photojournalist Chris Harris, Percy’s daughter Mary Pratt, Judge Steven Ellis who knew Percy well, and old friend and best selling author Jason Berry, along with yours truly, all who spoke at the festival. . By the way, St. Fransciville is one of the most charming small towns in America.  You can read a column I wrote about Walker Percy by Clicking Here.

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With the Original Jersey Boys!

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Just a typical Saturday night hangin’ out with the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. After sharing the stage for over a thousand performances, Tony® Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony® Award nominee J. Robert Spencer decided to take their signature sound and chemistry on the road as The Midtown Men. As you can imagine, they asked me to join them in a few of the Jersey Boys Songs, (You’re to Good to be True, Sherri, Walk like a Man), but I told them I was way to busy keeping my website updated.  (Yeah, right!)

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