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Monday, May 8th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LEGISLATORS GOTTA HAVE A PAY RAISE!  In case you missed the news bulletin, a number of legislators in Baton Rouge say they just have to have a big pay raise to survive.  The initial proposal was for legislators to see a pay bump from the current $16,800 to...
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Were you up and about at 5 o’clock am on Saturday? It was really nice of King Charles to have his Coronation on my birthday. I’m having British tea and biscuits.  
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  It’s hard to see how you can besmirch the FBI anymore. Week after week, there seems to be more disclosures about ineptitude, carelessness, or outright criminal activity by FBI agents and former FBI Agents.  In the latest scandal, a former FBI agent has been arrested and accused of urging a mob of Trump supporters...
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Louisiana’s gubernatorial election is less than six months away, with a whole slew of candidates, lining up to try to gain the states top prize. There’s a”jungle primary” in the state where every c candidate  runs at the same time, irrespective of party designation. But are  the runoff spots  already taken by one Democrat and...
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Monday, May 1st, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana  HANDICAPPING THIS YEAR’S GOVERNOR’S RACE!        Alright! Alright!  I just know all your readers are anxious to find out my thoughts on the coming gubernatorial election.  We are five and a half months away from the first primary election date (October 14th), with seven major candidates...
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It’s been 50 years since the constitutional convention of 1973, and Louisiana’s current constitution was written. I was fortunate to be in that number. Those of us still living, and there are a few, gathered at the Louisiana governor’s mansion for a luncheon and time to look back. Governor Edwards hosted our gathering, and it...
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Let’s get ready for the naysayers. That’s right! Louisiana elections are just a few months away. And isn’t it true, as some allege, that the elections are fixed? One who knows what they are doing can certainly infiltrate the voting machines, and change the results of the election.  Or can they? In my new column,...
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Monday, April 24th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana  CAN YOU RIG VOTING MACHINES IN LOUISIANA?    Election officials across the country are being besieged over allegations of election fraud.  The major charge by those buying into the voter conspiracy is that voting machines can be and have been regularly hacked to manipulate state elections.  The pinnacle...
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Louisiana attorney generals common go.  But Richard Ieyoub was a  a special guy. During the 12 years I served as Louisiana’s insurance commissioner, Richard held the office of attorney general. We worked closely together, and I have some fond memories, both when we were in public office, and in later years. He passed away last...
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Monday, April 17th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana RICHARD IEYOUB-A CLASS PUBLIC OFFICIAL! Former three term Attorney General Richard Ieyoub passed away last week at the age of 78.  He was currently serving as Louisiana’s commissioner of conservation, overseeing the regulation of all oil and gas activities in the state.  Richard and I were both good...
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The legislature is coming into session this week, and here we go again. All this talk about insurance, and nothing substantive happening. All the proposals so far are nothing more than legislators putting their fingers into the insurance dike that’s about to collapse.  I write about some of the questionable ideas put forth so far,...
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Monday, April 10th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana  LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE OFFERS FEW PROPOSALS FOR INSURANCE CRISIS! The Louisiana legislature begins its annual session this week, and insurance proposals will certainly be on the front lawmaking burner.  The current insurance commissioner made a really insightful statement last week. “We are currently in the midst of an insurance...
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In Louisiana, it’s always something.  The Bayou State either stirs  up a hornet’s nest, makes a mess, creates a mess, or actually causes the mess.  Causing the mess is the focus of news all across the country as a Baton Rouge gal, porn star Stormy Daniels, has caused former President Donald Trump to be indicted....
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Monday, April; 3rd, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana A LOUISIANA GAL GOT TRUMP INDICTED!  Whenever a major public event takes place in the news, there always seems to be a Louisiana connection. The initial shot that began the Civil War was fired at Ft. Sumpter by a St. Bernard parish confederate General named Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard. The...
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  Monday, March 27th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana  IS CONGRESS TAKING OVER OUR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS?  School board elections in Louisiana used to be rather sleepy affairs, with generally a small turnout on election day.  Yes, there were often controversial issues considered by local boards.  School libraries have been the recent focus of heated debate,...
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What on earth is going on in Washington DC? Can you believe that Republican members of Congress are supporting legislation that will give federal control over our local school boards? I’m stunned! What on earth is happening  in our country? And what’s even more shocking is that the lead author on the legislation is from...
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Take a look at the video of former football great Peyton Manning, who decides to check into a retirement home. The Manning family lives in New Orleans and are the the first family of football. I think you’ll get a kick out of the video.
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Here we go again. The second and third largest bank collapses in America took place last week. The banks were negligent in their lending practices, and did not have enough reserves in place. But why worry about it. After all, the federal government is there to bail them out, like they always seem to do....
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Monday, March 20th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana ANOTHER QUESTIONABLE BAILOUT FOR BIG BANKS! Well, here we go again. Big banks are “high-fiving” each other after they won big in Washington last week.  We thought government regulators had learned an expensive lesson after the financial crash in 2008 that led to massive bailouts at taxpayers’ expense....
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It’s been 55 years since one of the great American war tragedies took place. It continues to be a stain on America’s image of being honorable and not being vindictive in the time of war. It was the My Lia massacre, and a tragedy of which America should not be proud. But like so often...
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Monday, March 12th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana A LOUISIANA HERO STOPPED THE MY LAI MASSACRE!     Let me tell you about a great American war hero.  His name is Hugh Thompson and he comes from Lafayette, Louisiana.  When you make a list of Louisiana’s best, special and brightness, Hugh Thompson will certainly be in that...
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From the Wall Street Journal. (Letters to the Editor) “I always believed that the Covid virus leaked from a Wuhan lab, but now that the FBI has confirmed it, I have my doubts.”  Ken Matthew-Long Beach , Miss.  
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Jim Brown, former Louisiana Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner and State Senator makes a return visit to the podcast and for good reason. He always has a lot of stories to tell. Brown joins Errol Laborde, Executive Editor of Louisiana Life, along with podcast producer Kelly Massicot to tell tales from his latest book, “My...
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Recent reports list Louisiana as one of the top gambling spots worldwide. And when it comes to choices of how you gamble, you just cannot find a state or country with  so many options. Yes, there are big casinos in other locations, but no one has the wide variety of various ways to gamble.  You...
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Monday, March 5th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana IS LOUISIANA OBSESSED WITH GAMBLING!?  Welcome to Louisiana. Where you will find the largest assortment of gambling options anywhere. It might be the gambling mecca of the world. So go ahead and pick your poison. You can go to one of four federally approved Indian casinos and 43 state-licensed casinos...
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Can’t we just make it one more day without some new scandal brewing inside the FBI?  Check out this headline of this week’s New York post: ” 30 years ago, the FBI might have had its biggest bomb: the World Trade Center attack.  The story went on to say: Thirty years ago Sunday, the largest terrorist...
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A presidential candidate says candidates over 75 years old should take a competency test. Is old age a disqualification in running for public office? What about understanding public issues to begin with? Does being young automatically qualify one to understand just had to run any public office? I take a look at these questions in...
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Monday, February 27th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana  COMPETENCY TESTS FOR ALL LOUISIANA PUBLIC OFFICIALS! Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, has announced her intention to run for the Republican presidential nomination. As part of her platform, she proposed that all candidates running for president who are over 75 years old take a mental...
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WASHINGTON, DC “” The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of an Ohio man who was arrested, jailed, had his apartment searched, and had his phone and laptop seized by police in retaliation for mocking the police department through a parody Facebook page. Thumbs down for a bad decision.  To see the...
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Check out our new podcast just posted on the ridiculous cost of all forms of insurance in Louisiana.  You can listen now by going to www.datelinelouisiana.com.
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Monday, February 19th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana  CATHOLICS UNDER ATTACK BY THE FBI! Did you know that traditional Catholicism is under attack by the FBI for being extreme, and festering terrorism?  That’s right! The FBI issued a memo warning of extremists who are infiltrating “radical ““ traditionalist Roman Catholic organizations known primarily for the love...
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In recent months, the FBI has come under continuing attack. In fact, the Wall Street Journal has called for the abolishment of what what is supposed to be the nations premier, law-enforcement organization.  And for many good reasons.  Let us tell you hell out of control the FBI has become. He said internal memo was...
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So many families today are forced to deal with dementia and Alzheimer’s that affect their loved ones. The toll is not only devastating to the individual who comes down with such terrible diseases, but family members and particularly the caregivers are also deeply affected. Is there any answer on the horizon?  I talk about several...
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Monday, February 13th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana DEALING WITH A DREADED DISEASE! I returned a message from my friend I’ve known for many years. He was calling to tell me goodbye. He told me he was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and didn’t know how his memory will hold up in the weeks to come....
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Yes it’s Mardi Gras time with people all over Louisiana celebrating the days before the Lenten season.  Parades are taking place right now in the cities all over the state. And we you  come to Mardi Gras, we all love the great music. My favorite is Professor Long Hair and you can listen below.
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What’s all this stuff about we don’t need another hero? The naysayers in this day and age seem to undermine anyone who succeeds, and the criticism in politics is just overwhelming. I started out with my first hero when I was 11 years old. If you go to read my new column, you will see...
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Monday, February 6th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana WE ALL NEED HEROES IN OUR LIVES! I’m a Tina Turner fan, but she got it wrong in her hit a few years back called “We don’t need another Hero.” The song goes on to say: We don’t need to know the way home, ooh All we want...
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An FBI agent stops at a farm to see a local rancher. He tells the rancher, “I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.” The rancher says, “Okay, but do not go in that field over there,” as he points out the location. The FBI agent verbally explodes saying, “Mister, I have the...
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  Two old guys are pushing their carts around Wal*Mart when they collide: The first old guy says to the second guy. “Sorry about that. I’m looking for my wife and I guess I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going.” The second old guy says. “That’s OK. It’s a coincidence. I’m looking for...
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Students arrived in some Florida public school classrooms this month to find their teachers’ bookshelves wrapped in paper “” or entirely barren of books “” after district officials launched a review of the texts’ appropriateness under a new state law.  Do you read the whole story about a new wave of book censors, Click Here.
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A Baton Rouge killing with worldwide interest related to the drug cartel trade was back in the news this week. Barry Seal at one time was by far the largest drug smuggler in America. He worked for the Colombian drug cartel that was headed up by Pueblo Escobar. The fellow who orchestrated the assassination of...
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Monday, January 30th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana THE MURDER IN BATON ROUGE OF BARRY SEAL! If you have lived in Louisiana for any length of time, you probably are familiar with the name of international drug runner Barry Seal.  Tom Cruise played the part of Seal in the 2017 movie “American made.”  And Dennis Hopper...
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I really love this song, “Born to be an Eagle.”  It’s produced by my long time friend, Jimmy Carr out of Winnsboro, Louisiana.  I hope I was born to be an eagle and that my life accentuated such a highflying commitment to a good life.  Take a listen.
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Monday, January 23rd, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION, OSWALD AND NEW ORLEANS! The Kennedy assassination is back in the news as a series of documents have been released involving the investigation that goes back 60 years. President Kennedy was assassinated on November 13, 1963, while riding in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The...
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It was 60 years ago, yet the speculation of who actually killed former President John F Kennedy continues to be discussed. Was there more than one shooter? When did the plot begin?  Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone? Or was there an actual conspiracy. I have my own theory, and I write about it in...
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It would seem that the attacks and criticisms of the FBI never cease. A week does not go by when we don’t see more news articles plummeting the reputation and the confidence of what is supposed to be the nations premier, law-enforcement agency. How wrong this is proven to be.  Check out the various articles...
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Are you sure what you are saying passes the politically correct test? In this day and age, you never know. Things I’ve been saying and writing for years, to some, just does not cut it in today’s world.  But you know what? I’m just too old, or perhaps too bullheaded to change, and I don’t...
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Remember the scene in Pretty Woman when Richard Gere tells Julia Roberts “People’s reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic. They either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don’t, they may learn to appreciate it – but it will...
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The Rutherford Institutes hit  right at home today with his column about overreach, particularly on the part of the Justice Department, and the FBI.  His  column points out that there are continuing violations of the US Constitution by a number of government agencies. Little by little, your basic constitutional rights are being stripped away. To...
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Monday, January 16th, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana  IT’S SO HARD TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT! I have enjoyed writing this column for the past 17 years. But I’ve got to tell you, it’s really a challenge writing one each week in this day and age. You see, I’ve got to be “politically correct” so as to...
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Just when you thought the property insurance in Louisiana, could not get me worse, surprise, surprise, surprise. It does. Not just by a little bit. Can you believe that the state run company in Louisiana has increased their race by as much as 83% in New Orleans?  Is there anything that can be done about...
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PROPERTY OWNERS BEG FOR RELIEF IN LOUISIANA! Not such a happy new year if you were a property owner in the Bayou State.  Property insurance rates throughout Louisiana are skyrocketing. In New Orleans, the state run insurance company now charges as much as an 83% increase. Headlines in national publications blurted out: LOUISIANA INSURANCE MARKET...
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Sorry to say (well, good news for us here at The Lisburn Press) that “The Jim Brown Reader” has completely sold out. If you have not received your copy, bear with us. A second printing is underway. Thanks for understanding. To purchase your 2nd edition copy, go to www.thelisburnpress.com.
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Does the blistering criticism of the FBI ever stop? Day after day, the criticisms and attacks pile up on the incompetence of what is supposed to be the Premier law enforcement agency in America. Here’s what the latest article in the Wall Street Journal has to say: “quite simply, the problem ““ the rot within...
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It’s been another topsy turvy year in Louisiana and throughout the country as we continue to deal with the Covid virus, political upheaval, and an uncertain economy. I’ll be receiving my booster shot next week, but still do not feel all that safe.  In spite of this challenge, we have a lot to be thankful...
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Here is a new and chilling article from  The Libertarian Institute.”Elon Musk has opened the floodgates to expose the FBI’s latest war on Americans’ freedom of speech. The FBI massively intervened to pressure Twitter to suppress accounts and tweets from individuals the FBI disapproved of, including parody accounts. The FBI and other federal agencies also...
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January 2nd, 2023 Baton Rouge, Louisiana NEW YEAR THOUGHTS FROM THE BAYOU STATE! Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I always do.  A New Year always brings with it promise and uncertainty, but this coming year brings with it a greater foreboding than we have experienced in the past.  The Chinese have a saying: “May...
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What’s so special about living in the country, practically down in the deepest of the deep, southern states, Louisiana?  One would think they would be many more opportunities in a metropolitan area. Depends on what you mean by opportunities. There’s a special flavor to country life that many folks, including myself, feel is extremely appealing....
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Monday, December 26th, 2022 Baton Rouge, Louisiana  THE JOYS OF COUNTRY LIVIN’ After several recent columns about my relationship with Jerry Lee Lewis, several readers have written to ask what I found so appealing about living in Ferriday.  I think it’s more the slower pace of living in a rural area. I enjoyed my time...
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I have the great honor of attending the university of North Carolina track scholarship. I was a high and low hurdler, and did pretty fair for a guy back in the 1960s becoming ACC Champion in both the hurdle events.  I never once thought about hitting my head on the track and getting a concussion,...
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Independent former congressman, Ron Paul has always been a bellwether of fresh ideas involving the federal government. His new column gives chilling information about how the FBI works to impede free-speech.  Paul writes this week  that”  “As we learn more and more from the “Twitter Files,” it is becoming all too obvious that Federal agencies...
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What a special time over this holiday season. This week, I post my annual holiday  column of giving all  of us a  second chance. It takes us from Thanksgiving to Christmas and into the New Year’s. It is certainly one of those popular columns I’ve ever written, and I’m glad to share it with all...
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