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February 14, 2018

LOUISIANA NOT IN THE RUNNING FOR AMAZON LOCATION!

Just about every state in the nation is chomping at the bits to land the new Amazon second headquarters location. And for good reason. It means some 50,000 new jobs, and a $5 billion dollar investment in the state with the new location ends up. But how much cost does a state have to pay it to win over Amazon, and is it all really worth it? And what kind of a chance did Louisiana have in the first place? I explore all these questions 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!

A whole lot to talk about this weekend on our nationally syndicated radio program. Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (Just how great a president was he?), the success of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and we will talk with Lauren A. Wright, Ph.D.,  a political analyst and Lecturer in Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, about the growth of the MeToo women’s movement.  Dr. ArLyne Diamond, President of Diamond Associates, will discuss this same important issue. So join us for a full packed program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Valentine’s Day Choices!

On Valentine’s Day, you had two choices depending on what side of the political spectrum you were on.  Which one  would you choose?

Mardi Gras in New Orleans!

What a Mardi Gras season it was this year. The weather was perfect, the crowds were great, no serious crime problems. You can understand now why the New York Times named New Orleans as the number one “must see” destination in the world for 2018. The highlight for us was going to the Endymion Ball, and seeing Rod Stewart perform. Even an old guy like me was able to stay up in the  early morning hours. And then it all came to an end on Mardi Tuesday.  Fat Tuesday we call it.  Tuesday evening at the stroke of midnight. You can also see the mess that had to be cleaned up below. If you’ve never been to Mardi Gras, put on your list for 2019.

Campbell on Facebook changes!

Daughter Campbell has been actively involved in making changes that Facebook is making to boost the quality of news content will help local publishers but significantly hurt some others. The resulting experiments, which are still ongoing, could ultimately cause some to re-consider working with the company altogether, said Campbell Brown, the company’s head of news partnerships. “If you’re a publisher who feels Facebook isn’t good for your business, you shouldn’t be on Facebook,” Brown told an audience at the Code Media conference in Los Angeles.  See her interview at the conference below.

February 8, 2018

NATIONAL MILITARY PARADE NEEDED!

Everybody loves a parade. Particularly if you live down here in my home state of Louisiana. Pres. Trump has stirred up a hornets nest over his suggestion that the country hold a National military parade one day each year, possibly on November 11. A good pick, because this year, November 11 is the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I. The national media is roasting Pres. Trump over the parade idea saying it’s quite a waste of money. I don’t agree. Take a look at my new column now posted and see what you think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Radio Program Weekend Schedule!

Wow!  We really have a full schedule with interesting guests coming up this weekend on the Common Sense Radio Show. What is Net Neutrality all about and who’ll be the winners and losers? Should the Internet be completely free? Tech expert Shelly Palmer will join us to discuss.  (ShellyPalmer.com).  And what to do about North Korea? Retired Air force Lt. Col. Eric Anderson will help us consider America’s alternatives.  Finally, how about the stock market, the Dow Industrial Average, hitting 26,000 then a big drop?  Barry Habib, CEO of the MBS Highway financial review, will join us to discuss.  So we have a great program planned.  Check local listings for times and stations.  See you on the radio.

Happy Mardi Gras!

Hey Gang-It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans all this week. In fact parades and the overall Celebracion has been going on for the pass several weeks. It’s a special time of year, and if you’ve never made it to Mardi Gras, it should be at the top of your list.  Remember that the New York Times named New Orleans as the number one attraction in the world for 2018.  Check out the video below to give you a flavor of Carnival Time in the Crescent City.

February 1, 2018

RESTORING FAITH IN THE FBI!

So what’s up with all this controversy involving the FBI? Three different congressional investigations are going on, the FBI is in open warfare with the president, and allegations come out almost daily of missing emails, partisanship, and even “secret societies.” Shouldn’t our nation’s chief law enforcement department be above reproach, and not be involved in partisan politics? Good luck with that. Take a look at my column now posted about the long history of political involvement on the part of the FBI. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Program Schedule!

It’s Super Bowl weekend, and we have a jam packed lightly show plan for all of our listeners. Frankie Russo, Advertising expert will join us to discuss the best and worst Super Bowl ads.  Then we will talk with Kyle Longley about his new book on President Lyndon Johnson and the tumultuous year of 1968.  And finally, Professor William Anderson, a writer and close observer of out of control prosecutors, will be our guest to discuss the recently released congressional memo that raises serious questions about the culpability of the FBI hiding key information in the Trump-Russian investigation. His fascinating website is found by Clicking Here.  So join us for quite a show.  We will see you  on the radio.

 

Blood Moon Over Louisiana

Skywatchers here in my hometown of Baton Rouge and around the world were treated to a rare Super Blue Blood Moon today (Jan. 31). While this was the first time in over 150 years that this particular type of eclipse has happened in the U.S., Americans can look forward to another “blood moon” eclipse coming on Jan. 21, 2019.

The bad news for us is that the next immediate total lunar eclipse — when the moon appears to turn red as it passes through Earth’s dark inner shadow, or the umbra — will occur later this year on July 27. But that eclipse won’t be visible from North America. However, much of the rest of the world — South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia — will have a great view of that eclipse. I hope you saw the great view this week.

January 24, 2018

LOUISIANA INSURANCE ENVIRONMENT GETS AN “F.”

A new report from a Washington, D.C. think tank gives Louisiana an “F” grade for its insurance regulatory environment. Florida, that has a much greater Hurricane damage exposure, gets a “B” ranking. What’s going on? Why is Louisiana at the bottom of the barrel when it comes insurance regulation? I have a good bit of knowledge in this field, and take a look at the problem in this week’s column. You can read it now bye going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

The FBI is under siege and we will discuss the ramifications.  Is the criticism justified?  How long will flue season last and what can you do to protect yourself? Julie Walkup is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager at . She can talk about this story and what her company is doing during this crisis. And author Emily Cogburn will discuss how to write a first novel.  So join us for a lively program.  Check local listings for times and stations.  We will see you on the radio.

A great Act! Marcia Ball.

Marcia Ball raised the roof at the Red Dragon Listening Room last week in Baton Rouge. I’ve been a fan of Marcia’s music for over 40 years. That gal sure can play the boogie boogie piano. She is on a tour nationwide now, so they to catch her act.  You will be glad you did.

No shortcut says Campbell Brown fighting fake news

Daughter Campbell, since January, has been Head of News Partnerships for Facebook, and says it was important to equip people with the tools make informed decisions on the type of content they share. Below are her recent comments to the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong.

January 17, 2018

HOW BAD IS STATE FISCAL MESS?

The Louisiana Governor and Legislature seem to be in free fall as they continue hollering that the fiscal sky is falling. The state is busted, and may have to shutdown many programs. But how serious is the financial problem, and how much is generally political hype? The state income keeps going up at a rapid rate. The state is losing population. So what’s the problem. I take a look at the outcry in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

Guest list for Sunday, Jan. 21st, 2018.
9:30 am – Professor Steve  Nemerovski ((political Dysfunction)
10:00 am – Prof. Allan Saxe    (Government Shut down)
10:30 am – Mike Rubin   (New legal thriller-“Cashed Out.”)

The Piano Black Keys!

Here’s a moving video to listen to in celebrating Martin Luther King’s anniversary. At Carnegie Hall, gospel singer Wintley Phipps delivers perhaps the most powerful rendition of  Amazing Grace . He says, “A lot of people don’t realize that just about all NegroSpirituals 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.

Video from KarmaTube

January 10, 2018

COACH SABAN THE BEST THERE EVER WAS?

What a national championship football game last week! Alabama never led until the last second of overtime. So what does such a victory say about legendary coach Nick Saban? Many LSU fans don’t like him, saying he betrayed them. But he continues to win. So what’s the secret to his success? Take a look at my new column to see what I think, and see if you agree. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

Wow! What a weekend show we have lined up. We will talk about the President’s daily rants and controversial remarks. Those “s…y African countries”? How many people would agree with him. Also, actor Mark Wahlberg received 100 times more money to reshoot the movie “All the Money in the World” then did his co-star Michelle Williams.” Was this fair? Gender expert Dr. Cortney Baker (www.cortneybaker.com) will join us to discuss. And will the new so called “health consumerism” work to keep prices down? We will ask Dr. Elaina George, who has written extensively about the subject. Click Here to learn more. Finally, it’s Girl Scout cookie time, but how bad are they?  We will ask Dr. Fab  Mancini( www.drfabmancini.com) about them.  So check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

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