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April 16, 2014

So What happens to the Kissin’ Congressman?

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So what are they going to do about “the Kissing Congressman” down in Louisiana?  Oh, if you haven’t heard, Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister has gotten himself into quite a mess. Smooching with one of your staffers doesn’t go too well in red neck country, at least as far as public officials go.  The Governor and the Republican Party head honcho are calling for the Congressman’s head and demanding he resign.  But should Republican big wigs in New Orleans and Baton Rouge tell voters in Northeast Louisiana what to do?  Check out my new column and see what my thoughts.  Then  see what you think. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Easter Radio Show Weekend!

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Our “Common Sense” weekend radio show is close at hand with a lively Easter program planned and scheduled.  Hey, do you believe in reincarnation?  A record Number of Americans Now Believe In Reincarnation – Who Were You In A Previous Life?  We will talk with Lisa Caza  is psychic medium, teacher, and author who says she works primarily with angels and spirit guides.  We will see how convincing she is, and you can find out more about her by Clicking Here.

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And we will take a look at how he so-called “New Atheists” claim that modern science proves that there is no God; that the universe came out of nothing; that evolution fully explains the complexity of life.  But noted mathematician and science journalist Amir Aczel argues that their interpretation of science is, at best, faulty, self-serving an exaggeration of what science really says.   His new book, WHY SCIENCE DOES NOT DISPROVE GOD , is a tour through the history of science and an analysis of the religious implications of our ever-increasing understanding of life and the universe.  A heavy but extremely interesting subject to discuss.  Read more about the book by Clicking Here.

So join us for a information packed program this weekend. Check your local listings for times and statins, or listen live right here on this site from 9:00 am until 11:00 am each Sunday morning.  We will see you on the radio.  And Happy Easter.

Campbell Speaking Out on Educational Reform!

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Daughter Campbell has formed a non-profit educational support organization in New York City, and is keeping a close eye on all aspects of public education there. She will be honored for her educational commitment, sponsored by Success Academy Charter Schools Association, on April 28th in New York with former Florida Governor  Jeb Bush as the principal speaker.  Her latest comments and concerns appeared in last week’s New York Daily News, and you can read her thoughts by Clicking Here.

 

SEN. MARY LANDRIEU FAKES COMMITTEE HEARING FOR NEW CAMPAIGN AD

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Hey, you are running for election in the U.S. Senate and you are putting up on TV new campaign ads.  So you say: “Let’s fake a Senate hearing!   No one will ever notice.”  That’s apparently the thought process of the Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu campaign.  Well, her “fake” senate hearing has created quite a stir.   In a new ad released this week, Landrieu dramatically denounces the federal government, scolding them for not taking the needs of her constituents seriously on oil and gas revenues.  No problem here.  But the ad inferred that she was denouncing in the Senate committee hearing chamber as the new chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.  But the ad was fake. The campaign also uses different people in the ad than the actual staffers during the hearing.  She is being roasted in the national press for faking her campaign ad.

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April 9, 2014

WHY ARE LOUISIANA DRIVERS THE WORST IN THE UNITED STATES?

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Lots of states have a special talent where they are number one in the nation.  It’s Hawaii for healthiest, Rhode Island for governing, Connecticut for basketball.  And my home state of Louisiana?  It leads the nation with the worst drivers!  Drunk driving is a major reason.  Way too many drunks on the road and lax enforcement in getting them off.  Check out my new column that looks at this serious problem.  You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

And don’t miss this chilling video below.

What’s Up on Radio Weekend?

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Weekend radio on the Jim Brown “Common Sense” Network is close at hand, and we are planning a lively program for or listeners. Could We Become An Un-United States
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Historian David Richards says ignorance of our history
 threatens our democracy.  He makes some chilling comparisons between today and 200 years ago when George Washington was president.   You can read all about his new book, “Swords in Their Hands” By Clicking Here.

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And it’s almost time to begin spring sailing if you are a sailor like me.  Jim Graham has written a great  book about the Kennedy family that emphasizes the Kennedys’ love of sailing and the sea, and how that sport affected their outlook on life and their view of the world.  Sailing was the way that President Kennedy relaxed  We will talk with Graham about his book, and you can find out more by Clicking Here.  And of course we will have the controversial news of the day.  So tune in.

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New Poll in La. U.S. Senate Race!

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My regular viewers to this site know that I often post Google Hangouts, where I either interview, or am being interviewed on a wide range of subjects.  My weekly columns appear on a major Louisiana website, Bauyoubuzz.com, and publisher Steve Sabludowsky just posted an interview we did concerning the upcoming Logician U.S. Senate race.  A new poll just was released giving an update on this race that cold affect who controls the U. S. Senate in the coming years.  Take a look.

High Tide-Low Tide!

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If you love the water and have been around an ocean, you certainly knowhow to follow the ebb and flow of the tides.
For 8 years, Michael Marten has been taking photos from different spots of the British coast line, documenting the daily rhythms of the tides. He has produced some amazing videos of the difference between high tides and low tides. To see these comparisons, Click Here.

April 2, 2014

ARE ATHLETES BEING SHORT CHANGED?

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March Madness is reaching its crescendo with the NCAA basketball men’s finals taking place this Monday night.  And there sure is a lot of money involved.  Well over $2 billion, with the universities and the coaches making more and more every year.  But there is one group that is being both exploited and shortchanged. It’s the players themselves.  The athletic scholarship, I would argue, is outdated and insufficient to cover the basic expenses of the athletes.  Read my new column and see what you think.  You can see it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program!

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So much to cover in this weekend’s “Common Sense” radio program. This whole General Motors mess, where a number of people were killed over a faulty ignition switch that cost 70 cents, grows bigger and much worse. Was there a cover-up? And should GM, if it is proven that key employees knew of the problem and covered it up, be criminally prosecuted? Big fines have proven to be ineffective. We will talk about it.

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And is there a hidden epidemic of numerous medicines that can kill? Dr. James Marcum expresses this concern in his new book, “Medicines that Kill.” He will join us as our guest, and you can find out more about his thoughts and the book by Clicking Here.

We welcome three new radio stations to the “Common Sense” network of radio stations all over America.

KLID (1340 AM) in Poplar Bluff, Missouri
WKRO (1490 AM) in Cairo, Illinois
KVOC (1330 AM) in Casper, Wyoming

Thanks you guys for joining my program. Hey, we will see you on the radio.

April 1, 2014

Picking Apart Louisiana Politics!

For all you readers who love Louisiana politics, I was part of a webinar recently that took a look at current intrigue in the legislature, and in the mindset of Governor Bobby Jindal.  Award winning reporter Tyler Bridges joined me along with BayouBuzz publisher Steve Sabludowsky for the analysis.  Take a look.

The Passing of Two Old Friends!

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Two long time friends from back in my political days died this week.  I began my Louisiana State Senate career by making a long association with Jefferson Parish Senator Hank Lauricella. Hank was a former Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee who went on to serve more than three decades as a Louisiana state legislator.  He was 83.

Hank was a single-wing tailback at Tennessee from 1949-51. He finished second to Princeton’s Dick Kazmaier in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1951 while leading Tennessee to a national title.  He was a gentleman’s gentleman with a real competitive edge. My wife’s family has been in business with Hank and his family for a number of years. We will sure miss him.

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Dick was a State Representative from  ”down on the bayou” in Lafourche Parish, and he too started off we me in the legislature.  Dick was smart, funny, and a joy to work with.  He supported me in just about every statewide race I was in, and never let a moment pass to remind me that he was the one who got me elected.  I too will miss Dick.

March 26, 2014

Little Flood Insurance Help!

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Lots of high fives given by Gulf Coast Congressmen last week, particularly amongst the Louisiana Delegation. They were congratulating themselves over the new flood insurance legislation that is supposed to protect property owners in flood prone regions from getting hit with huge flood insurance rates from the federal government.  But did property owners really get a break?  Maybe not.  Take a look at my new column, now posted, that says maybe this new law doesn’t really do all that much to give property owners any significant relief.  You can read it now by Clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

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Full Weekend Radio Schedule!

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A full schedule and a lively show planned for this coming weekend on Jim Brown’s “Common Sense” so check us out.

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More Americans die of heart disease than any other cause. It cuts across ages and ethnic groups, killing thousands each year. Statins, designed to lower cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease, are taken by one in four Americans over the age of 45 – and growing. Lauded as a miracle medicine, America’s most prescribed drug appears to offer a simple way to ward off disease, but are statins harmless? We will talk about the possible dangers with statins this Sunday wit Medical expert Mark Estren who challenges conventional wisdom and says there are risks to continued statin use. You can check out Mark’s new book, “Statins: Miraculous or Misguided?” by Clicking Here.

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Novelist Van Mayhall, ho has been a guest on our show previously, we join us again to discuss his new book “The Last Sicarius.  This new book continues the series Van started with his highly successful first book, “Judas the Apostle.”  You can read all about Van’s new book by Clicking Here.

And, as we generally do, we will take a look at the week’s events and try to bring in a little humor to lighten up your weekend.  See be sure and join us   for some “Common Sense” this weekend.  Check your local listings for times and stations.  Here are just a few of new stations that carry our program.

KQEW 102.3 FM-Fordyce, Arkansas

KMET 1490 AM-Banning, California

WTHV 810 AM – Valdosta, Georgia

WTHQ 750 AM- Paducah, Kentucky

WSIC 1400 AM-Statesville, North Carolina

WPGG 1450 AM-Atlantic City, New Jersey

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March 25, 2014

Listen to this Marvelous Voice!

A lot of you who visit my site know that I’m a big opera fan. I have been so for many years.  And here is a treat for you.  Watch bellow 9-year-old Amira Willighagen, who blows away the judges and audience of Holland’s Got Talent by singing Puccini’s ‘O mio babbino caro’ (Oh My Beloved Father).  Can you imagine what se will sound like in the years to come?

March 19, 2014

Gov. Edwin Edwards Roaring Back!

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He’s Baaaak!  That’s right. The ole’ Gray Fox, four term Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, has made it official.  No, at 86 going on 87, he is not moving into a retirement center.  Remember, he has a 32-year-old wife and a new one-year-old son.  He’s not slowing down a bit.  EWE is running for U.S. Congress in Louisiana.  Why on earth would he want to do that?  Take a look at my new column now posted to see my thoughts on the Edwards campaign.  You can read it now by Clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.  And you will enjoy checking out some of the Edwards videos below.

Radio Weekend highlights!

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Radio Weekend is close at hand, and we have an informative and lively program all set for you.  Our nationally syndicated radio show is heard coast to coast, so check local listings for times and stations.  Or listen live right here on Sunday morning from 9:00 am until 11: am central time streamed live over this website, and over the Genesis Communications Network.

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Can a psychic help to locate Malaysian Flight 370?  There’s anew book out that tells the supposed power of psychics, and how such ‘gifted” people are hired by law enforcement and many other groups.  Author Louisa Oakley Green will be my guest to talk about how the US Army has ways that psychic abilities are used every day. Louisa spent much of her career as a science writer and her new book, Loitering at the Gate to Eternity: Memoirs of a Psychic Bystander, is a fascinating look at what psychics can possible do.  Find out more of the book by Clicking Here.

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And what’s all this controversy abort gluten?  What is it and is it really bad for you?  Let’s find out.  Cathleen Ziegler is the author of an upcoming series of guidebooks designed to help people find quick, meaningful solutions to life’s challenges. Her latest book is “How to Be Gluten-Free in 24 Hours.”   We will review all the week’s national news stories, and bring in a little humor.  So be sure to join us this weekend.

March 18, 2014

Robert Redford vs Will Ferrell!

Take a look at this hilarious debate between Robert Redford and Will Ferrell over how to get water to the Midwest. I admire both guys as actors, and they both support a way to deal with the water crisis along the Colorado River. It’s Raise the River vs. Move the Ocean: A lot of humor here and with viewing.

Edwin Edwards Back on the Campaign Trail!

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Charismatic and controversial four term Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who is 86 years old, announced this week that he is running for a congressional seat in the Bayou State.  Before becoming governor, he served three terms as congressman back in the 1960s.  Below is a discussion, including yours truly, about the race and the question of whether or not Edwards can win.  Take a look if you are interested.

March 12, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Governor Bobby Jindal!

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So what’s up with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal?  He sure is in the attack dog mode, and has been throwing, what should we call it, a hissy fit in his attacks on the President, establishment Republicans, and just about anyone who disagrees with him.  Is there a method to Jindal’s madness?  Maybe so as he tries to get some traction towards a 2016 presidential bid.  But has he blown an earlier opportunity?  Read my new column now posted and see what you think.  You can read it now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.   And check out amusing Jindal video below.
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