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December 6, 2017

BACK TO VOTING ON PAPER BALLOTS?

We’ve heard so much about the Russians hacking elections across the US. Is it possible to tamper with our voting machines and change the outcome of who wins political offices? Many think so, and offer a variety of solutions. One suggestion is to return to paper ballots. Their argument is that you can’t fix paper. Ah ha, but they’re wrong. I talk all about it in this week’s column that is now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

Radio weekend is close at hand, with many subjects to discuss. Professor John Quigley, a professor emeritus of international law will join us to discuss the implications of moving Israel’s embassy. And the president wants to selloff thousands of acres from our national parks. Environmentalist Andy Curry gives us his view. Finally, Investment Management Specialist Vitaliy N. Katsenelson, will tell us about the fast rise of Bit coins. So join us for lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

 

Super Moon!

Did you see the Supermoon this past Sunday night? We found a clear sport outside our house to watch it here in Baton Rouge.   Check out the Supermoon rising in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty, atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., last evening. December’s full moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky as it sits closer than average to Earth. Sunday’s moon is the first of three consecutive Supermoons. The next two will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31.

Another FBI Scandal!

Another week, and another scandal involving the FBI. The top FBI agent booted from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe for trashing President Trump in partisan text messages to his mistress has also emerged as a key player in the investigation that cleared Hillary Clinton over her email scandal.

Peter Strzok, a lead investigator on both probes, was involved in everything from toning down the feds’ assessment of Clinton’s wrongdoing to the questioning that led to former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn’s conviction last week for lying to the FBI, according to reports.  Strzok  was formerly the FBI’s No. 2 counterintelligence official, he served as Mueller’s lead investigator in the Russia probe.  So another blemish on the reputation of the FBI.

November 29, 2017

GET THE POLITICIANS OUT OF REAPPORTIONMENT!

It’s reapportionment time in Louisiana. By federal law, every state has to reapportion its various political districts once every 10 years. That means the legislature, congressional districts, judicial districts, and the public service commission that is unique to Louisiana. So who does the reapportionment? Who decides what voters to pick? Did you know that legislators are allowed to carve out their own districts? That’s about as political as you can get. I talk about it in this week’s column. You can read it now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Programing 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 24,000? 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.

 

 

Ner Neutrality Fight Heating Up!

Network Neutrality is usually defined as the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all online content equally without blocking or slowing down specific websites on purpose or allowing companies to pay for preferential treatment.  In other words, your internet provider cannot interfere with your right to access whatever you want.  But this may change. The FCC is considering abolishing net neutrality so that internet service providers can steer users to favored website and services, including their own.  Not good.  We all should keep a close eye on this fight.  Your freedom of expression and the right to a free flow of information is at stake.

November 23, 2017

WHAT TO DO ABOUT STOPPING MASS SHOOTINGS?

The entire gun-control debate has heated up significantly following the shootings in Las Vegas, and at the church in a small Town in Texas. Both gun-control and gun rights activists blame each other. Is the debate frozen or what can be done? Well, actually a lot. You see, there are a number of laws on the books keeping dangerous people from having guns, but these laws are just not enforced. Before we start passing new laws, how about enforcing the ones we have right now? I talk about this my new column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Program Schedule!

Happy Thanksgiving, and we hope you were all set this coming weekend for our ”Common Sense” radio program. Author Matt Taibbi joins us to discuss his new book “I Can’t Breathe,” about police killings in the U.S. Author Ann Bailey will discuss her new book “The Weeping Time” about slave acing. And our old friend, The Great Kristin will make predictions for the New Year.  So join us for a Full packed program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

November 21, 2017

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, at, can you believe, the sexy nun.

November 15, 2017

EDWARDS AND DUKE – THE RACE FROM HELL!

It was called the Race from Hell, and was probably the most observed gubernatorial election in the history of United States. 26 years ago this week, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and David Duke squared off in a runoff election to determine who would be the next governor. Duke was head of the Ku Klux Klan across the country, and a huge controversial figure. And I was right in the middle of it all, running myself for Commissioner of insurance. Look back with me at this controversial election. I set it all out in my new column that you can read by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

Radio weekend is close at hand what’s up full agenda topic in gash windup. We will talk with Harlan Ullman about his new book, “Anatomy of Failure– Why America loses Every War It Starts.”  Then Chef Dominic Condo will discuss the many ways Italians incorporate their traditions and culture into holiday dishes. And will judge Roy Morris stay in the US Senate race? Will former VP Joe Biden run for President again? Lots to talk about so tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio

Taking a Stroll!

I’ve been to this cathedral before on a visit to Florance.  A worker in Florence, Italy, climbs atop Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral’s Brunelleschi Dome to perform maintenance works and regular checks this week.  In the background is the famous Giotto’s Campanile, or bell tower.  Quite a site.  How would you like to be up there with this guy?

November 8, 2017

IS ANYONE INTERESTED IN VOTING IN LOUISIANA?

Why don’t more people go vote? There have been a series of elections all over the country, yet turnout has been abominable. There’s an election in a few days down here in Louisiana, and projections are that only 10% of registered voters will bother to show up at the polls. Does that say something about the voters, or maybe the election process itself? I write about reasons for low voter turnout in my new column this week. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

The Common Sense Radio Show we’ll be on the air soon, and we’ve a lively program scheduled for this weekend. First up is America’s moneyman, Jordan Goodman, who will explain the new proposed trump tax plan. Check out Jordan’s website at www.moneyanswers.com. And are you ready for Thanksgiving travel? The guy in know, travel expert Keith Nowak, we’ll share inside tips on how to save money and save your sanity when planning a trip. And have you seen the new movie, LBJ, about the life of the former president? It’s in all the movie theaters now, and one of the movie’s stars, Jeanne Caldarera, will join us to talk about the picture. So we have much news to cover, and we hope you will tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Getting Pumped Up!

For those of you who  check out my website regularly, you know that I  enjoy discussing good health and ways I try to stay in shape.Watch out for some of us old guys. We can be pretty tough with our workouts in the gym. Eat your heart out  all you young guys in our family. And remember:
You don’t step on Superman’s cape,
You don’t spit in the wind,
You don’t pull the mask off the ole’ Lone Ranger,
And you don’t mess around with Jim.

November 1, 2017

MANDATORY GUN INSURANCE COMING TO LOUISIANA?

There’s a new debate starting across the country. Should be mandatory for gun owners to carry insurance? Many think so, and five states are considering legislation to require gun insurance right now. They argue it is mandatory in all states to have car insurance. Why not get gun insurance? I look at issue from the insurance perspective in my new column now posted. Take a look and see what you think. You can read it now but going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

Wow, what a week for news. The indictments of Trump allies, terrorist attack in New York City, it seems like major stories break daily. We will cover all this on our weekend radio show. Matt Taibbi will join us to discuss his new book I Can’t Breathe, about the Eric Gardner story in on Staten Island. (Read more by Clicking Here. ) The noted author Ann Bailey will discuss her new book, The Weeping Time about slave auctions in the South. (Click Here).  And finally, our old friend, The Great Kreskin will talk about his long time relationship with Johnny Carson. (www.AmazingKreskin.com).  So join us for a lively program.(www.AmazingKreskin,com).  heck local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Day of the Dead Celebrations!

Do you celebrate the Day of the Dead?  I do. Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is the Mexican holiday when people celebrate and honor loved ones who have passed away. Celebrations typically run from Halloween, October 31, to All Saints Day, November 2. Non-Mexicans may recognize the sugar skull aesthetic from their friends’ ill-advised Halloween costumes, but many may not realize where the iconography of skeletons bearing flowers, fruit and candy comes from. Is it even possible for someone who isn’t from Mexico to celebrate the holiday without being an annoying gringo? It’s complicated, but not impossible. So I give it a try each year.  Above is my quick painting of the skull seen all  over Mexico this week.  And check out the video below.

Mover Over Picasso and Renoir!

I’ve always wanted to paint and draw.  But I never seemed to find the time,And I knew I really wasn’t that talented anyway. But a recent trip to San Miguel, Mexico gave me the opportunity. San Miguel is a wonderful small Mexican town full of budding artists. So I gave it a shot. A local studio and art gallery took me on, and I was able to paint several images. Sure, I still have a long way to go. But I found a new hobby. Take a look above and see what you think.

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