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May 18, 2016

A MAJOR SHAKE UP NEEDED IN CONGRESS?

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Voters think their congressman is completely out of touch, and congress has a lower favorability rating than does polygamy. Members of congress rant and rave about the cesspool mentality in Washington, then jump right into the mix and make it a hot tub. What should congress do to regain some semblance of respect and voter confidence? Come back home I say. Check out my new column now posed. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program!

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Weekend Radio Show Schedule to be posted Thursday afternoon.

Campbell Brown to the Next President: Reform the Education

“Without question, to me, the issue is education,” says daughter Campbell Brown in the video above. “Two out of three eighth graders in this country cannot read or do math at grade level. We are not preparing our kids for what the future holds.”

In the latest installment in a new weekly series from Slate, 92Y, and New America, we hear from Campbell—a former NBC News and CNN anchor, and co-founder of the education news site, The 74—who offers her advice for the next president of the United States. Each Monday this election season, she will publish a short video in which a policy maker, writer, or thinker gives the next commander in chief their best ideas for how to handle the highest office in the land. You can follow her at www.campbvellbron.com.

Familiar Evil Wins First Place for True Crime

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Familiar Evil, by Louisiana author Rannah Gray and published by The Lisburn Press, has won top honors in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards, or IPPY Awards, presented this year in Chicago. Familiar Evil was awarded the Gold Medal for first place in the True Crime category. The IPPY Awards are the world’s largest international book awards competition.

Familiar Evil is the chilling true story of the international search that exposed the dark past of television personality Scott Rogers. Mary Jane Marcantel, a key figure in the investigation, and the British survivor known as Ethan collaborated with Gray on the book.  The 20th anniversary IPPY Awards ceremony was held at the top of the Sears Tower overlooking the city of Chicago on the eve of Book Expo America, the leading book and author event for the North American book industry. Familiar Evil was featured in the New Title Showcase at the expo which was held this year in Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center.

Familiar Evil is available nationally for sale through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million and at the book’s official website:  FamiliarEvil.com.  It is also available in all eBook formats in the US and the UK through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks by Apple.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Familiar Evil are donated
to programs that benefit survivors of child sex abuse.

May 13, 2016

TOO MUCH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN LOUISIANA!

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Are we supposed to be politically correct about everything we do? Some people think so. Well there are issues involving race, gays, transgenders, praying in public, and even who can or cannot bake a cake. Everything we do these days has a “politically correct” connotation attached to it. Have we gone to far in America, or is there some middle ground to allow freedom of expression without offending others? Check out my new column to see what I think and to decide if you agree. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

New Radio Listeners!

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Great news on the radio front. I am pleased to have a new station that will begin carrying the Jim Brown “Common Sense” program beginning this weekend. We will welcome listeners hearing our program on WBCR 1470am in Alcoa, TN. Alcoa is part of the greater Knoxville metropolitan area, so the station will give our show a growing number of listeners. Hats off and a Shout Out to station general manager Harry Gotham for choosing our program.

May 11, 2016

Weekend Radio Program!

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We have a jammed packed radio program scheduled for this weekend and we sure hope you can join us. Lawyer Jacquelyn Clark (www.cowlesthompson.com) will help us explain this whole transgender issue that has dominated the news. Do you like to sing but having voice problems? Voice coach Gary Catona will offer his expert advice. (www.garycatona.com). And what about overdosing on legal prescription drugs? Is this a growing problem? Addiction center adviser John Dyben (www.originsrecovery.com) will join me to discuss.

And finally, time for a third party? Many think so. Robert Winger is publisher of Ballot Access News to give us his thoughts. (http://ballot-access.org.) So join us for a lively program. See you on the radio.

Purple Rain in the French Quarter!

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You can see about every kind of outfit down in the New Orleans French Quarter. I often broadcast my weekend radio program overlooking Jackson Square. Following the death of Prince, purple was seen everywhere. I’m shown with some lovely Crescent City ladies on an afternoon stroll all in purple. I hope you can make a visit sometime.

May 4, 2016

HATE CRIMES IN LOUISIANA!

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Some crimes are so vicious that there would certainly seem to be hatred involved. But how do you tell? How do you get into someone’s head to figure out just what they are thinking? Do we need to have a “thought police?” Take a look at my new column now posted to see if you really believe a “hate crime” designation is necessary in the criminal law. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Weekend Program Schedule

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We are ready to go for our weekend radio show. Time to make some common sense. We start off the program with Adm. Tom Church, to talk about his popular book, “Fixing Washington 2016.” See more by Clicking Here. Then Howard Eisenberg, who turned 90 this year, will discuss his career as an award-winning author, playwright, songwriter, and a journalist. His new book, just published is called book called Adorable Scoundrels, a treasury of toddler poems for parents. See more HERE.

 And finally, can you eat normal foods and still loose weight? Food writer Audrey Johns thinks so and discusses her ideas in her book, LOSE WEIGHT BY EATING. See more HERE. So join us for a lively program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

All in the French Quarter!

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There is really nothing like the sites and sounds you can hear in the French Quarter in the heart of New Orleans. Music is non-stop in Jackson Square. I can look out off my 3rd floor balcony and be entertained into the wee hours. I was out for a morning stroll last weekend, and came across these lovely Crescent City Belles. I thought they might be dressed to remember Prince, but they told me this was just part of their costume look to cruise around the Vieux Carre. I’m glad to be a weekend native.

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.” To see more of the book, Click Here. This and much more on our weekend radio show. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

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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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