• President Trump, It doesn't feel like Independence Day
  • A July 4th Fact of Facts: America is Land of Immigrants
  • YIPPIE! The naked truth about free speech, cherished especially on Independence Day
  • Poll: Trump strong on jobs, weak on tweets, viewed as reckless, thin-skinned, sexist

indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

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mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

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bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

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joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

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nightmare2I’m looking at Twitter this afternoon and my thoughts are literaly shaking.  Did I really wake up from last night’s nightmare?

Horrors...Surreal.

kennedy cassidyWhich Louisiana US Senator Senator is more popular in terms of favorables and unfavorables?

Drum roll, please....

trump ruleToday, I argued with a friend of mine on Facebook about Donald Trump’s Boy Scout speech yesterday.

My friend said Trump might be unconventional but that is why people voted for him.  He also claimed the media is making too much out of it—denouncing them and claiming it’s just another time the media has gone into a frenzy.

howdy punch 1What time is it?

It's Politics with a Punch time--which ain't just some little howdy-doody event  And what a show we have for you Thursday evening July 27 at 8PM at the Eiffel Society, 2040 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans.  Hey, come join the peanut gallery!!

pierceAdd Wendell Pierce to the chorus of people in New Orleans lately who appear to be angry with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, for one reason or another.

In a tweet today responding to a CNN article following Landrieu’s interview with the Axe Files’s David Axelrod, the actor Pierce said, “Shameless political panderer that he is, Landrieu pivots away from New Orleans to court the Trump supporters of Louisiana. Political science”

According to the CNN article, Landrieu said the following that might have invoked Pierce’s anger:

"President Trump has only been in office for six months. It's in everybody's best interest for him to succeed and for him to do well," he said. "Starting a presidential race for anybody at this time under any circumstances is ill-advised."

"I think there are people who think driving differences helps them. Those generally are people that believe in 50% plus one, might is right view of the world," Landrieu said. "I think President Trump is one of those people."

How much of a deep dive should a President of the United States make into the policies, the law and the intricacies of major legislation affecting one-sixth of the nation’s economy? 

It appears, based upon comments by Louisiana US Senator and medical doctor Bill Cassidy, perhaps not much. 

politics vidFrom the first TV debate to "no debate", the future of politics is online video

It’s been a long time since President John F. Kennedy faced Richard M. Nixon in the first televised Presidential debate.  That was 1960.  Television was still in its infancy with homes being filled with maybe one television, if that, and possibly three channels to watch, if that.

goose gander trump2If Donald Trump Jr., the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner possibly violated federal campaign law, what about the democrats regarding the information it obtained from Ukraine and the now infamous Steele Dossier?  Aren't those campaign violations too?  And what about free speech?  Shouldn't the defense of the first amendment prime any claim of wrongdoing?

We will HACK you 1Today, I was asked on Facebook, "one of my questions is how much was known to the Obama administration and what did they do, if anything?"

I responded with the below commentary. I am posting it here in its raw form, unedited. Do feel to respond below and I apologize for any spelling/grammatical issues that do exist as this was written as a Facebook reply with stream of consciousness to quickly summarize and to give an overview:

legerJMC Analytics and Polling has released a new poll in the Louisiana Treasurer's Race hours from the closing time of election qualifying.

The poll was commissioned by an organization named AccountableLouisiana.com.  A search of that website reveals little or no information other than a "tips" link and "donate button". The website domain was initially purchased in April 2016 and updated April 2017.  Whois shows no public information.

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