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March 28, 2017

Daughter Campbell on filter bubbles, fake news and Facebook’s role in the news industry.

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Daughter Campbell Brown recounted her personal experience with partisanship at The Poynter Institute last week onstage during an interview with Poynter Vice President Kelly McBride. During the conversation, Campbell discussed her experience with filter bubbles, Facebook’s war on fake news and what she does in her capacity as the social network’s ambassador to news organizations.  It’s a fascinating interview, and you can read all about this event by Clicking Here.

March 22, 2017

JFK AND HIS SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH LOUISIANA!

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This is a milestone year for those who remember the aura that surrounded President John F. Kennedy. He was born 100 years ago, and many still believe that the Kennedy era of “Camelot” was special, and that America lost its innocence when he was shot and killed. Did you know that Kennedy had a special relationship with Louisiana? In fact, his campaign for president really kicked off here in the Bayou State. Read my new column now posted to find out about Louisiana’s love affair with this young president who died way too soon. You can read it now by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Program Schedule!

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It wasn’t even close. Pres. Trump’s health care legislation hit a brick wall Friday, as the votes were not there to pass the major changes proposed. The House of Representatives just would not givein for the president. What happened, and where does the whole focus of healthcare go from here? Trump said the first thing he would do would be to abolish Obamacare. But again, he’s not even close.

We will be joined on our show by Dr.  Kevin Wacasey, who is a physician and licensed health insurance agent who’s become a whistle blower on America’s broken health insurance system.  His website is below.  So join us for a lively program.  Check local listings for times and stations.  See you on the radio!

March 21, 2017

The End of a Era for Me!

CIMG0833A somewhat sad Spring for me as a former track runner.  I had the honor of attending the University of North Carolina on an athletic scholarship. My specialty  was the high and low hurdles, and I was lucky enough to be Atlantic Coast Conference champion in both of these events. I have so many fond memories from the Fetzer field track complex.   Next season, Carolina will move into a brand new facility that I am sure will be state of the art.  But it won’t be the same for me.  I paid one last visit to Fetzer to have some fond remembrances and to say goodbye.

Hangin’ out with Vince Gill!

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Legendary country artist and Grammy Award Winner Vince Gill took the stage at the L’Auberge Event Center last night. The Oklahoma native wrote and co-wrote all of the songs on his new album, For Down To My Last Bad Habit. I’ve been a Vince Gill fan for years,and have seen him in concert on a number of occasions.  For those of you outside the deep South who keep an eye on my website, music and good food are all part of our wonderful way of life in this part of the country.  I attend a music concert several times a month.  So come on down.

March 15, 2017

A MAJOR SHAKE UP NEEDED IN CONGRESS!

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When was the last time you saw your Congressman or US Senator? These folks go off to Washington, buy big houses, put their kids in DC schools, and we may catch a glimpse of them on the nightly news occasionally. That’s not how our founding fathers envisioned how Congress would operate. What can we do so that our members of Congress interrelate more with the voters who put them in office in the first place? I come up with a solution this week’s column. You can read it now by Clicking Here.

Radio Program Schedule!

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Jim Brown will be away to St. Patrick’s Day  this weekend, but co-host Leo Honeycutt will handle the program. You will hear a lot about politics, good health, and a good bit of Leo’s wacky humor. So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio!

 

March 9, 2017

THE CONTINUING INTEREST IN EDWIN EDWARDS!

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How about a guy who is about to turn 90 years old, has a 38-year-old wife, a four-year-old son, and has been named as the most popular governor in the past century? That’s the “Cajun Prince” himself, Edwin Washington Edwards. He has climbed the high mountain and sunk to the bottom, but there is still major interest in old EWE. I write about his highs and lows in this week’s column.  You can read it now by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

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A full schedule as planned for our commonsense weekend radio show. We start off with leading historian Michael Hogan, to discuss his new book, “The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.” Then we will hear a German journalist give you his thoughts of crisscrossing America to conclude the Donald Trump is really a reflection of America, both left and right. His book is called “The Lies they Tell.”

And we will look at the humorous side of sports and other personalities with guest Scott Rabb, who is written a new book “You’re Welcome, Cleveland.” Funny and informative. Some us to talk about, including the present state of weird national affairs. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

March 1, 2017

A LOUISIANA GUY THEY COULD CALL MR. PRESIDENT?

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Can you believe…the Democrats are searching high and low for a presidential candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020. And one of the names that keep popping up is Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. Some were impressed that Edwards was able to get elected governor as a Democrat in a deep red state.   So does he have any chance to get the nomination? And who else from Louisiana seriously considered running for president? I talk about it in my new column now posted. Check it out by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Show Schedule!


Jim Brown will be away t this weekend, but co-host Michael King, theKing of Home-talk radio will handle the program. You will hear a lot about politics, good health, and a good bit of Michael’s wacky humor. His website is www.hometalkusa.com. So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio!

Shutting Down Mardi Gras!

As I had shared and written before, there’s absolutely nothing like going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. But when it’s time to shut down, it happens at the stroke of midnight on Fat Tuesday. The last parade that takes place are police officers, with many on horseback, clearing down Bourbon Street to let them the crowds know that it’s time to disperse and go home. At the stroke of midnight, Ash Wednesday begins. Take a look at the scene below.

February 22, 2017

A LITTLE LOUISIANA HISTORY-GOVERNOR DAVE TREEN!

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Former Louisiana Gov. Dave Treen took office 37 years ago. No one could’ve been friendlier. He was as nice a guy as they come. Many observers of the time thought he did not get a lot done. But history is judging him a lot better. He was a strong conservative; and felt that government should get out of the way and leave businesses alone. I had a good working relationship with him since I was serving as Louisiana Secretary of State. You can read my thoughts about Dave Treen in my new column now posted. Take a look by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Show Schedule!

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Jim Brown will be away to Mardi Gras his weekend, but co-host Leo Honeycutt will handle the program. You will hear a lot about politics, good health, and a good bit of Leo’s wacky humor. So be sure and tune in. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio!

9:00 AM – BRYON HENRY, DALLAS ATTORNEY RE TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICY
9:30 AM – PATRICK MULHEARN, Celtic Studios RE OSCAR BUZZ & WHY MOVIES ARE SO EXPENSIVE TO MAKE
10:00 AM – DR. CHARLES BERGGREEN, Gastroenterologist RE ACID REFLUX MEDS CAUSING KIDNEY FAILURE/DEMENTIA
10:15 AM – EARL CASEY, CNN RE TRUMP VS PRESS: WHITE HOUSE EXCLUDES NEW YORK TIMES & OTHERS

Mardi Gras Time in New Orleans!

I don’t know about you, but I’m heading off to New Orleans for a full week of Mardi Gras. It’s just a thing we do down here in Louisiana, as well as many other locations throughout the South. If you’ve never been toMardi Gras, particularly New Orleans, you really have not lived a full life. It’s a special season that goes on for weeks, and everyone, from rich folks  to average citizens, have their way in participating. I will be attending luncheons, carnival balls, parades, and a whole host of other events. So come on down if you can. And if you have not experienced Mardi Gras, check out this video below to show you what all you have been missing. Happy Mardi Gras.

February 15, 2017

WHY AREN’T WE THE GREATEST GENERATION?

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We have heard so much about the “Greatest Generation,” and the sacrifices made back in World War II. But look at all the technological developments they’re taking place today. Should not these current times made up by the greatest generation? Or are we building up a society of young “me first” individuals, who care more about their own well-being as compared to what’s best for our country? And could this “me first” attitude be a factor in the demise of American strength and influence throughout the world? I address all these questions in this week’s column. You can read it now by Clicking Here.

Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw defined the “Greatest Generation” in his best selling book.  I’ve visited with Tom on several occasions, including the dedication of the World War II Museum in New Orleans a few years back, as you can see below.

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Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

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The “Common Sense” radio schedule. We will talk with Jennifer Granick about her new book American Spies: Modern Surveillance, Why You Should Care, and What to Do About It. Granick shows how surveillance law has fallen behind while surveillance technology has given American spies vast new powers and skillfully guides the reader through proposals for reining in massive surveillance with the ultimate goal of surveillance reform.

Also on the show, Dr. Herb London is the President of the London Center for Policy Research. He will discuss Prime Minister’s Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. and Dr. London’s just released book, Leading From Behind: The Obama Doctrine and the U.S. Retreat From International Affairs. So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

 

February 13, 2017

We Need More Born Again Americans!

We recently celebrated Presidents Day, but there is little talk about the pride and the struggles of being an American by either political party in Washington. It’s all ”blame it on the other party” mentality, and you just have to wonder, how many of these Washington, out of touch, members of Congress, are really “tuned in” to the tough times of those who served us well, but seem to be relegated to the back burner of the American consciousness. Take a look at this inspiring video below….one of my favorites.

February 8, 2017

WHAT WOULD YOU ASK PRESIDENT TRUMP?

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So Donald Trump calls you up on the phone one day, and says he wants to visit. That’s right! He wants to get a “feel” for what the average person is thinking. What would you tell the new president? What questions would you ask him? Would you give him any advice?   I sure would. Check out my new column that has just been posted. See what I think, and then you can ponder on what you would ask this controversial new leader of the free world. You can read the column now bye Clicking Here.

Radio Program Show Schedule!

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I’ll be broadcasting live from St. John in the Virgin Islands this Sunday morning.  (Tough duty but someone’s got to do it.)  We will review highlights from the week’s events, and also have some Caribbean fun.  So be sute to turn in.  Check local listings for times and stations.  See you on the radio.

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