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April 15, 2015

OFTEN, LITTLE CONCERN FOR JUSTICE IN LOUISIANA!

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 Some are calling it “prosecutors gone wild.” For some reason, there has been a major increase in the charges of prosecutorial misconduct, both in Louisiana and throughout the rest of the country. A day does not go by in recent weeks when some terrible report is released that documents how innocent victims and accused of crimes they did not commit. And in many cases, the prosecutors hid evidence that might clear them. So what’s up? Check out my new column now posted about this troubling and chilling miscarriage of justice. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

April 14, 2015

Radio Program Schedule!

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Radio Show Weekend picks up where I, unfortunately, left off last week. You see, a cold came on and my voice just left me. So we reluctantly had to play a re-run of “the Best Of.” A good show, but I like to keep it current. So we will begin by reviewing a busy week of news with all the presidential wannabes. Then we will pick up with Civil War historian William C. Davis to discuss his dual biography of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, “Crucible of Command.” Quite timely at the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War. See full information listed for last week’s program.

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Then we will talk about the rapidly rising cost of insurance with expert Alec Stewart. He will tell us the 8 things insurance companies do not want us to know to save money. So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

We Lost a Friend in Percy Sledge!

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Soul Singer Percy Sledge,  who died this week, was  my good friend for over 50 years. He was  sometimes called the King of Slow Soul, was a sentimental crooner and one of the South’s first soul stars, having risen to fame from jobs picking cotton and working as a hospital orderly while performing at colleges and clubs on the weekends.

“I was singing every style of music: the Beatles, Elvis Presley, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Motown, Sam Cooke, the Platters,” Mr. Sledge said. “When a Man Loves a Woman” was his first recording for Atlantic Records, after a patient at the hospital introduced him to the record producer Quin Ivy. It reached No. 1 on the pop charts in 1966 and sold more than a million copies, becoming the label’s first gold record.  Check it out below. I’m sure Percy is singin’ for the Good Lord right now.

Ready for some Good Eatin”.

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Hey, it’ crawfish time in Louisiana. For you out-of-staters, these “mudbugs” grow in the south Louisiana swamps, and are often farm raised. Succulent, juicy red tasting meat that it hard to describe. Tastier than a shrimp. You won’t find them on many menus outside Louisiana, because 95% are sold locally. Everybody, and I mean everybody has a crawfish boil on regular occasions. So come on down!

April 8, 2015

LOUISIANA PLAYS MAJOR ROLE IN THE CIVIL WAR FROM STATE TO FINISH!

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A sad hallmark in American history is, not celebrated, but acknowledged this week. The bloody Civil War came to an end 150 years ago. What a tragedy. Every other country was able to abolish slavery without killing one another. What harsh lessons learned. Did you know, that from beginning to end, Louisiana played a major role in supplying the leadership of both North and South? From the first shot fired to Sherman’s vicious march to the sea, Louisiana generals and politicians were right in the mix. Check out my new column now posted, by going to the Red Flashing Box above, of by Clicking Here.

Radio Program Schedule

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Continuing our Civil War discussion, April 9th marks the 150th anniversary of the official end of the Civil War. Civil War historian William C. Davis will be our guest to discuss his dual biography of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, “Crucible of Command.” He’ll debunk the myths about these legendary generals using things the men wrote themselves, or that were written about them at the time by people in a position to directly observe and know them. “Grant especially did a lot to shape the way the divided nation came together again and the direction it was to take in the difficult immediate postwar years. As for Lee, his myth and memory after the war have been among the most powerful influences on American attitudes towards our past, and especially in the way Southerners dealt then and with the fact of losing the war. And of course, between the two of them, they are responsible not just for us, but around the world.” Davis is one of America’s top Civil War historians. He’s authored or edited more than fifty books and is a frequent historical consultant for television and film. Click Here to learn more.

Another way to spell LOVE!

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I pride my self on story telling. Just ask my kids, grandkids, and assorted nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and the like. Jerry the Giraffe, Freddie the Frog, the Viper, and many more are all in my repertoire. Sad to say this cartoon reflects a way too busy world where adults look for shortcuts to send their kids off to bed. You know another four-letter word for love? TIME! We all need to find more for the ones we love, young and old. I hope you agree.

Louisiana Book Scores in Top 3 in U.S.

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Great news from The Lisburn Press, which is our publishing company and an integral part of Brown Communications. We are pleased to announce that Nice Guy Finishes First: The Clarke Williams Story about the creation of Louisiana’s largest company, CenturyLink®, and author Leo Honeycutt have been awarded the 2015 Axiom Business Book Award as one of the top 3 business ethics books in the nation. The reward will be received in May at the BookExpo America in New York.

Competing with over 400 entries across 20 categories, mostly from Ivy League schools, New York publishers, and New York Times bestselling authors such as Walter Isaacson and Tony Robbins, Louisiana’s book garnered the Bronze Medal in the Business Ethics category.

“We are proud not just for the book’s success but for Louisiana,” says Jim Brown, the publisher. “In Nice Guy, Clarke Williams shatters the stereotype and proves Louisiana is great for business. The company today is America’s third largest telecommunications giant, just behind AT&T and Verizon, and our book –published in Louisiana about Louisiana– is taking that story to the world.” You can find out more on the book and order information by Clicking Here.

 

 

April 1, 2015

LOUISIANA IS HOLLYWOOD EAST BUT PAYING ONE HECK OF A PRICE!

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 How much is it worth for Louisiana taxpayers to have movies made throughout the state?  Apparently, quite a lot.  Recent studies have shown that for every new dollar created in jobs, equipment, catering and all the spin off income, Louisiana taxpayers are paying out more than four times that amount. Bring a dollar in and pay from the state treasury four dollars out.  What kind of deal is this? A lousy one I say. Check out my new column now posted by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Program Schedule!

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Weekend Radio Program Schedule. A jam-packed agenda beginning with a discussion of what began 20 years ago as a bipartisan drive to protect the rights of people to follow their faith against an overbearing government erupted this week into a divisive dispute over gay rights and religious freedom.  Byron Henry is a legal strategist who has a lot of experience with Constitutional cases. He’s been studying the events in Indiana and Arkansas and will weigh in on this controversial dispute. His website is http://www.cowlesthompson.com.

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Then, as it’s Easter Sunday, It is the season for the faithful, but religious author Shane Hayes brings us a timely discussion about a different way of looking at the existence of God. “I call it faith in its simplest form—one step out of atheism, instead of the great leap to Christianity and its complex doctrines. His book, “End of Unbelief: A New Approach to the Question of God,” suggests a strategy designed for hardcore unbelievers. Learn more by Clicking Here. We will see you on the radio. Check local listings for times and stations.

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Anniversary for a Super Chef!

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It was twenty-five years ago that Emeril Lagasse opened up his first restaurant, Emeril’s, in the warehouse district in New Orleans. He was a guest on a local TV show I was hosting at the time. It was hard then to imagine that today, he would own 16 restaurants coast to coast, and is one American’s superstar chefs and restaurateurs. I had the honor of attending his 25th anniversary dinner this past Saturday night in New Orleans. You can see I’m back in his kitchen giving him a few tips for his special hollandaise sauce. (Yeah, right!) Great food, exceptional evening.

An Honor in the Family!

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Kudos to Brother-in law Gary Solomon, who was  honored this week by receiving the Times Picayune’s annual Loving Cup Award, for his outstanding civic contributions and leadership throughout the New Orleans area and across the state. The Loving Cup has been awarded since 2001 to men and women who have worked unselfishly for the community without expectation of public recognition or material reward.

Gary’s focus has been New Orleans: housing, schools, improving city governance, disaster relief. His leadership record stretches long: American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana, City Park Improvement Association, the Bring Back New Orleans Commission, Communities in Schools, the University of New Orleans Foundation, Fore!Kids Foundation, the Sewerage and Water Board, the New Orleans Business Council, Bayou District Foundation and the board of the University of Louisiana System. Congrats to a great Louisianan. We are pictured below at the ceremony in New Orleans this past Tuesday.  And yes, Gary did celebrate by drinking champagne out of the cup.

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March 25, 2015

LOUISIANA COULD HAVE THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

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Louisiana is scheduled to have its presidential primary on March 5th of next year, but there is one little problem. The state is broke and the Jindal administration has allocated no money for the legally required election. So what happens next? Does Governor Jindal really want a primary? And is there a way to hold an election for free and get huge national coverage in the process?  Check out my new column now posted.  You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking here.

Radio Program Weekend!

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Our Weekend Radio Gala is close at hand and we hope you will join us this week for what we hope will be a lively and interesting program. Utah’s legislature has recently passed a bill reintroducing the firing squad as an alternate form of execution when lethal injection drugs are unavailable. Professor Andrew Novak is a lawyer who teaches at George Mason University and is the author of several books including “The Global Decline of the Mandatory Death Penalty.” We will discuss with him discuss the current state of the American system of death. Check out his book now by Clicking Here.

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We also will have author Mark Anthony join us to discuss his new book, Evidence of Eternity. It brings spirit communication into the 21st century while reaffirming that God and heaven exist, the soul is an immortal living spirit, and that we will be reunited with our deceased loved ones. Mark introduces new and innovative terms and concepts explaining spirit communication based on science, theoretical physics, theology and evidence. Pretty heavy, right? Find out more by Clicking Here.

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And, as always, we will cover the gamut of interesting, amusing and controversial news reviewing all this happened the past week. So with so much to talk about, we sure hope you will join us. Check your local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

Strawberry Festival Controversy!

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If you live down our way in Louisiana, one of our favorite events is the annual strawberry festival located in the southeastern town of Hammond. There is always a poster painted to commemorate this event. This year’s poster, pictured above, is by artist Kalle Siekkinen, and has become a lightning rod of controversy. Some folks are saying that the image is derogatory to African Americans. I don’t agree, and I like the poster, and see it as a simple somewhat abstract image of two kids having fun. See what you think?

Coffee and Race Relations?

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You can’t even set down at a coffee shop any more without race being a factor in starting off your morning. Starbuck’s initially announced that their employees would engage customers in discussions about race relations in America today. And yes, we need such a discussion. But over morning coffee? Starbuck’s is now postponing this new agenda a bit but CEO Howard Schultz says she is committed to kick off this new focus soon. I have visited with Schultz and believe he is genuinely committed to improving race relations in America that certainly is needed and a noble cause. He really stirred up his coffee mix, however, by bringing race into the morning brew. I’ll have a flat white,” read one cartoon, referring to an espresso drink the company has recently started serving. “No racism intended.”

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I’m pictured with Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schwartz.

March 18, 2015

Louisiana Governors Traveling Louisiana!

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he is the king of governors traveling all over the Bayou State, and that no governor has crisscrossed Louisiana as much has he has. Yeah, right! In my new column, I say that Jindal has been around the state far less than any governor in recent memory. It’s part of the job for any governor to speak and relate to constituents. Jindal’s “constituency” has become the rest of the nation, and not Louisiana. Check out my column now posted. You can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

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First of all,  hats off with belated St. Patrick’s Day best wishes to several of our new affiliates that include:

WRMN, 1410 AM in Elgin, Illinois

KLID, 1340 AM in Poplar Bluff, Missouri

KFAR, 660 AM in Fairbanks, Alaska.

KVOC,1330 AM in Casper, Wyoming.

WMQM,1600 AM in Memphis, Tennessee

We are approaching our “Common Sense” radio program kicking off this weekend. And we sure have a lot of ground cover. The Israeli elections, and what it means for peace in the Middle East, Immigration, stalemate in Washington DC between Republicans and Democrats, We can go on and on with no shortage of hot button issues.

Dr. Laura Cassidy, wife of U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, will join us to discuss education topics, including charter schools, and kids with dyslexia. And let’s take a look at March Basketball Madness, with EMMY award winning sports expert Kate Delaney, aka the Sports Princess, who will give you the background on this year’s NCAA Tournament. Kate is one of the first women to ever host a solo Sports Radio Talk Show in a Top 10 market – WFAN in New York City and KRLD in Dallas, Texas. She currently hosts a nationally syndicated radio show called America Tonight.

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 We will also talk about all the disfunction and gridlock in the nation’s capitol.  It’s worse than ever.  You can protest by flying the flag above to clean house.  Order the flag by Clicking Here.  So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations.

My Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.

Have you taken the ice bucket challenge yet? People everywhere can be seen dumping buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness and funds to fight ALS. Children, adults and celebrities alike are joining the social media phenomenon to fight back against a disease that currently has no cure. I took the challenge twice in on day. I’ll challenge each one of you viewers to take up my challenge and make a donation. You can find out how to give by Clicking Here.

All of the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You!

John Whitehead is an outspoken opponent of government invasion of our privacy.  He has been a guest several times on my syndicated radio program, and he is deeply and rightly concerned that privacy as we once knew it is dead. We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed and controlled by our technology—specifically the technology employed by the government against the American citizenry. Is it possible that we are becoming a nation where even the most virtuous citizen risks becoming an outlaw.? Take a look at his compelling comments below.

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