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June 23, 2016

LOUISIANA BEHIND ON INTERNET ACCESS!

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Most of us take the Internet for granted. That is, if it is available and affordable for you. For millions of Americans, they are not on the web. Children are at a great disadvantage with homework if they can’t get on the web. So just how much a disconnect is there in America.? Check out my new column to see have far Louisianan and the U.S. has to climb. You can read my column now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

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Radio lineup of guests will be posted Friday afternoon.

Campbell Brown: Why We Must Unite to Close the STEM Gender Gap

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Daughter Campbell is back in the news this week writing about the failure to seriously engage and support more girls in science, technology, engineering, and math classes. She says that the challenge for a just society is finding ways to remove systemic obstacles and erode cultural biases that devalue and limit opportunities for girls and women. Campbell is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The 74. You can read her thoughts by Clicking Here.

June 16, 2016

LESSONS LEARNED: BASEBALL AND POLITICS!

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It’s early summer when many of us turn our attention to—well either baseball or politics. It’s hard in the current sports and political climate to watch both in the evening. Would you rather watch Trump and Clinton go at it, or see if the Yankees can edge out a winning season? So what is it for you-Politics or Baseball? I have a particular opinion; so if you want to read my take in this week’s column, go to the Red Flashing Box above, or Click Here.

June 15, 2016

Weekend Radio Schedule!

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Weekend radio is shaping up well with a variety of issues to discuss. Dr. Joe Alton joins us to discuss just what you should do if you are caught in a mass shooting. Timely after the Orlando tragedy. Then former Newsweek White House correspondent Clara Bingham will talk about how American life has changed in the past 30 years, and her new book Witness to the Revolution. See it HERE. And business consultant Lou Weiss will join me to discuss the rise of robots in manufacturing and in our future. So join us for an informative program. Check local listings for times and stations. See you on the radio.

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June 14, 2016

Walker Percy Weekend!

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Many readers who love Louisiana literature gathered this past weekend in St. Francisville, Louisiana to celebrate the live and works of novelist Walker Percy. He was, to me, a literary icon and many consider him to be America’s most significant Catholic writer. And he was passionate about Louisiana. So passionate that he took the time to give me some good advise about what he considered to be the insidious politics in the Bayou State years ago when I ran for Governor. Pictured above is photojournalist Chris Harris, Percy’s daughter Mary Pratt, Judge Steven Ellis who knew Percy well, and old friend and best selling author Jason Berry, along with yours truly, all who spoke at the festival. . By the way, St. Fransciville is one of the most charming small towns in America.  You can read a column I wrote about Walker Percy by Clicking Here.

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With the Original Jersey Boys!

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Just a typical Saturday night hangin’ out with the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. After sharing the stage for over a thousand performances, Tony® Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony® Award nominee J. Robert Spencer decided to take their signature sound and chemistry on the road as The Midtown Men. As you can imagine, they asked me to join them in a few of the Jersey Boys Songs, (You’re to Good to be True, Sherri, Walk like a Man), but I told them I was way to busy keeping my website updated.  (Yeah, right!)

June 8, 2016

ARE PROSECUTORS ABOVE THE LAW IN LOUISIANA!

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Let’s be blunt about this week’s column. The criminal justice system in America today has real problems. This is certainly the case in my home state of Louisiana. The New York Times blasted The Bayou State last week saying: “Nowhere is this situation worst then in Louisiana where prosecutors seem to believe they are unconstrained by the Constitution.” Heavy words from a major newspaper. And many other news outlets are saying the same thing. What is happening? Why the lack of integrity and just following the law by certain prosecutors, particularly in Louisiana? Take a look at my new column now posted. You can read it by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Program Schedule!

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A great show planned on weekend radio. Is tipping at restaurants becoming a thing of the past? We will talk with restaurant consultant Gina M. Lynn. (See more by Clicking Here.)Then Belldon Colme will talk about his book, “No One Ever Got Fat from Calories: The Real Truth Behind Weight Loss, Your Body, and Wellness.” See book info HERE. And we will also talk about the Stanford Student Convicted Of Rape Reportedly Lied To Judge About Alcohol Use with Washington, D.C. attorney Jill Cohen. See HERE. So a full packed show scheduled. Check local listings for ties and stations. See you on the radio.

Politicians from the Past!

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A reunion took place last week at a private luncheon held last week in the Rib Room, a former political haunt at he Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans.  The major Louisiana political  figures from the 70s gathered to reminisce and break bread.  And what an impressive group.  from left to right, former Kenner Mayor and Endymion captain Ed Munez, former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, yours truly, former New Orleans district attorney Harry Connick, former New Orleans Clerk of Court Dan Foley, Lt. Governor Jimmy Fitzmorris, Governor Edwin Edwards, New Orleans labor leader Pete Babin, and former Senator Mike O’Keefe.  If those walls could talk.

Campbell takes on the Mayor of New York!

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No, Mr. Mayor — we won’t shut up about your misrule of the schools!

Daughter Campbell continues to stir up a hornet’s nest in taking on the Mayor of New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio challenged Compel and her charter schools: ‘They need to figure out when to give it a rest.” So declared the Mayor on Thursday in response to a question about Success Academy Charter Schools’ decision to close its pre-K program rather than run it under city oversight.  Campbell immediately shot back to the Mayor: “As much as the mayor may wish that we rest, downshift our mission, be satisfied with less than our full effort in serving kids, it’s not going to happen.” To read all about the New York educational fight, Click Here.

 

June 1, 2016

HURRICANE SEASON-DO YOU FEEL LUCKY? WELL DO YA?

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Early summer means preparing for hurricane season if you live along the Gulf Coast. Well actually, concerns are much broader now following Hurricane Sandy. All coasts have exposure. So what do we do? Just sit back and wait for an oncoming storm? Or is there some preparedness that can be undertaken in advance? Check out my new column on how to spread the risk and give homeowners more protection. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Weekend Radio Schedule!

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Weekend Radio Guest Schedule to be posted Thursday afternoon.

 

May 31, 2016

Major Award for a new Lisburn Press Book!

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Just after Familiar Evil, by Louisiana author Rannah Gray, won the Gold Medal at the 20th Annual Independent Publishers Awards in Chicago, it was announced that the National Indie Excellence Awards has named Familiar Evil the BEST NEW NON-FICTION AND BEST TRUE CRIME BOOK FOR 2016.

Familiar Evil was also featured in the New Title Showcase at Book Expo America, the leading book and author event for the North American book industry, held this year in Chicago. Written by Gray in collaboration with Mary Jane Marcantel and the British survivor known as Ethan, Familiar Evil is the chilling true story of the international search that revealed the dark past of Louisiana television host Scott Rogers. Published by The Lisburn Press, the book is available now by Clicking Here.

What a View!


I have always regretted not learning to fly. I had ample opportunity, but always seem to be too busy. I did learn how to land an airplane, because, when I was in public life, I was in private planes every week. So I learned enough to set the plane down, but little more. I love the video below, because it shows how you can see America from the air, and what a great panorama of or country one can view from the air. Take a look at the video below.

May 26, 2016

TO GRADUATES — THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ME!

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It’s graduation time of year, with kids at many levels are attending graduation ceremonies. Do you remember who spoke at your graduation? Most readers do not. I decided, this week, to set out some advice to these new graduates who are hoping to lead a successful life. My thoughts are pretty simple. Take a look at my new column and see if you agree. You can read it now by Going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

Radio Program Weekend!

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Our “Common Sense” weekend radio program is fast approaching, and we have a lively show planned for our listeners across the nation. Colonel Tony Deane has written an intense first person account of the pivotal battle of the Iraq War, the Battle of Ramadi. His book tells quite a story and is available by Clicking Here. We will also have some fun with one of the world’s funniest women, Negin Farsad. You will love her book, called “How to Make White People Laugh” available by Clicking Here. Finally, with bright summertime sun, we will talk about protecting your eyes and the type of sunglasses you should wear with Dr. Albert Pang from Dallas.  Check him out Here.  And much more this weekend. Check local listings for times and stations.

Brad Paisley takes on Transgender Issue!

The battle over the “bathroom law” in North Carolina has reached fever pitch over the past few weeks.  The law aims to ban transgender folks from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with, but the state has gotten some major pushback from the Federal government and popular figures. Well, country music superstar Brad Paisley got on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to say that he just doesn’t get what all the fuss is about.  Watch the video above to hear his catchy tune about the whole issue.

The Loss of a Friend!

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My longtime friend and political colleague in Louisiana Bobby Freeman passed away this week. He was a young 82, but died after suffering from an inoperable aneurysm. Bobby served as Louisiana’s Lt. Governor wihen I was Secretary of State. We campaigned together back in the 1980s, and remained close friends to the end. Bobby and I had lunch together just a few weeks ago. He was a credit to the Bayou State as Lt. Governor, and served in the legislature. We will miss you Bobby. Rest in Peace.

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.

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