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April 27, 2016

VOTER DISTRUST IN LOUISIANA AND ACROSS THE NATION!

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Election Day less than six months away? Have you made your choice yet? Let’s be honest here. The race has come down to Clinton or Trump. That’s right. Unless you want to make a protest vote and cast a ballot for a third party candidate. So you are going to just have to hold your nose and vote one way or the other. Yes, there are third party candidates, but no chance of any such aspirants being elected. How much of a mess is there right now? Check out my new column and see what you think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Program Schedule!

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Weekend radio is close at hand, and we’ve a full pack schedule plan for her listeners. Prof. David Reynolds will be one of our guests to discuss taking Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill. He has written over 15 books, including “Walking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson.” We will also touch on the death of Prince, and the problem with chronic pain in America today. Pain expert Cindy Perlin will talk about the rampant use of painkillers and her book, ”The truth about Chronic Pain Treatments.” This and much more on our weekend radio show. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

A Stunning Video!

A special video. Combining dance, art and theater, this visual dance act called “Another Kind Of Blue” brings something new and exciting to interpretive dance and video. Using a screen with projected imagery as their backdrop, Violet and Nino create the illusion of floating, flying and leaping from tall heights, when really they’re lying down. Using their bodies, props and the hands of two other performers to create their routine, halfway through it’s as if a door is opened to another world. It’s worth taking a look.

April 20, 2016

THE KINGFISH AND PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS!

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Can you just imagine how much former Louisiana Governor Huey Long would relish being alive today, and right in the mist of the presidential election? The Kingfish would no doubt show Donald Trump and Bernie sanders a few political tricks as to how to appeal to the masses, particularly those who are fed up with current government. Just how much are candidates like Trump and Sanders emulating the old Long style of slash and burn, take no prisoners kind of politics? Check out me new column and see what you think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

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Our weekend radio schedule is close at hand, and we have a lively program plan for our listeners. How about all these third-party candidates running for president? Why do they do it? Will have several potential candidates on the show. And how’s your health? American citizens seem to be getting less and less healthy. What’s the problem? We will talk about this and much more. So tune into the Common Sense radio program. Check local listings for times and stations. We will see you on the radio.

So Can this Dog Really Talk?

OK. OK. I know this is a political and radio show website, but hey. We have to have a little fun now and then. So what better way to loosen up a bit than to see a Ventriloquist with Live talking Dog ? Take a minute to watch below and get a laugh.

Fred and Me Hangin’ Out!

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I’ve ben a big fan of the Fred Eaglesmith traveling music show for years.  Fred is a Canadian, but comes  to my home town of Baton Rouge once or twice a year to play at the Re3d Dragon Listening Room.  I’m always in that number.  Take a listen to Fred and his band below.

April 13, 2016

FREEDOM OF CHOICE IN MOTORCYCLE HELMET DEBATE!

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There is a big debate going on down in Louisiana, as well as other states in the country, about a requirement that all motorcycle enthusiasts must wear a helmet when they’re on a bike. Those who oppose wearing helmets carry the banner of “freedom of choice.” But just what does this mean? Freedom of choice for who? Are there losers as well as winners when you don’t wear a motorcycle helmet? You’re darn right. Check out my column where I put this whole problem and into perspective. But I’ll give you hint as to my opinion. Anyone who does not wear a helmet is little more than a.   Got you hooked, huh? You can read my new column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Schedule!

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Radio guest schedule to be posted Friday morning.

Talking About Trump!

Sure if you’re bored, and have nothing better to do, you can take a look at my give-and-take with BayouBuzz publisher Steve Sabludowsky about the recent run in by Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski,  who was arrested for grabbing the arm of a news reporter at a  Trump rally.  Much ado  about nothing? I sure think so. But you can listen to my analysis, and a detailed look at the video, by Clicking Below.

Florida Governor Gets Nailed!

I love this confrontation between a young lady in a Starbucks, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Sure it’s funny, but the average voter just doesn’t have a way to express themselves to the political elite who run their lives anymore. It is s really amusing. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with taking on these politicians. They all say the same things, and generally are quite boring. So three cheers for the young lady that stuck it to the governor. Watch the video below.

April 6, 2016

CHILD ABUSE IN LOUISIANA!

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Are foster children being protected in Louisiana? That’s the focus of a new book (published by The Lisburn Press) called Familiar Evil. It charges that children supposedly under state care are allowed to b be put in unfit homes where child abuse takes place. And with little or no monitoring by the state of Louisiana? What the heck is going on? Check out my new column now posted. You will find it disturbing. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Radio Program Schedule!

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Our weekend radio program is shaping up well as the week progresses. What would Donald Trump do for and to our national economy? Are his ideas sound? We will discuss.   And how can small businesses compete with the big box stores? There are lots of ways. And finally, why is the national political system so out of whack? There’s got to be a better way. So be sure and tune in for the “Common Sense” weekend show. Check local listings for times and stations in hour part of the country. See you on the radio.

March 30, 2016

TRUMP AND LOUISIANA’S “CROOKED ELECTIONS”!

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Poor ole’ Donald Trump. He says he got snookered down in Louisiana. Although he won the popular vote in the recent Republican presidential primary, the state party gave the majority of delegates to Senator Ted Cruz. Foul play hollered Trump, and for good reason. But is that just the way elections are handled down in the Bayou State? Check out my new column and see what I think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Radio Program Schedule!

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The sparks will certainly fly on our weekend “Common Sense” radio program this weekend. Jim will discuss scandals involving several of the Final Four teams, including Jim’s alma mater North Carolina. And how about Hillary Clinton’s $600 hair cut, that brought traffic to a halt in midtown Manhattan? Then there are Donald Trump’s incendiary comments this past week on abortion. Do they help him or hurt him? And our guest will be New York Times bestselling author Andrew Bacevick, who will discuss his new book, American’s War for the Greater Middle East. See more by Clicking Here. So turn in for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

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The Loss of Sen. Sonny Mouton!

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My deal friend and former Senator Sonny Mouton passed away this week. Sonny took me under wing when I was a new Louisiana state senator back in 1971, and we have been close since then. He was a giant in Louisiana politics, and worked hard as a public problem solver. New governors, once elected, immediately would call on Sonny for counsel and advice. He actively supported me in all my statewide campaigns. I had the honor of attending his funeral in Lafayette this week, and joined so many others who knew and loved Sonny. He will be sorely missed.

Immigration and Assimilation Questions!

Look at the photo showing some people walking to reach the final objective, to live in a European country. On the photo, there are 7 men and 1 woman. Notice that the woman is bare feet, accompanied by 3 children, and of the 3, she is carrying 2. None of the men are helping her. It is because in their culture the woman represents so little? Can  these particular individuals integrate into our societies and countries and respect our customs and traditions?  Tough questions for voters to discuss.

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March 23, 2016

FROM CESSPOOL TO HOT TUB IN LOUISIANA POLITICS!

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As Liza Minnelli sang in the hit show Cabaret, “money makes the world go round.” It certainly does in politics, particularly here in my home state of Louisiana. Campaign dollars are the key factor in candidates getting elected, and in the buying of influence by lobbyists.  Politicians spend way too much time raising money. The system is rotten at the state level and in Washington. Check out my new column that shows how out of whack the present system is, and what could be done about this growing problem. You can read it now by Clicking on the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Program Schedule!

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Easter weekend radio shows are often re-runs, but not the “Common Sense” program. We have a full agenda planned for our listeners. Pastor John Stahl helps us begin the show with an Easter message about a different perspective of the tomb where Jesus Christ was buried. See his website and new book at Twitter @JustJESUSThem.  Then, with all the violence throughout the world, our travel expert Russell Hannon gives tips of how to travel safely. See more of Russell by Clicking Here. And finally, March Madness and some sports talk with Richard Sheubrooks, and see more by Clicking Here.  See you on the radio. Check local listings for times and stations.

Amazing Grace!

Having gotten my start as a lawyer and a state senator in one of the most rural parts of America in Northeast Louisiana, and experienced the marvelous experience of attending a number of primarily African American churches, I learned that just about all Negro spirituals are written on the black notes of the piano. 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. It’s just one of the most amazing melodies in all of human history.  Check out this wonderful  melody and history below.

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