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Tommy Tucker

"WWL First News" Host
Weekdays 6am-10am

Twitter: @ttuckerWWL
Email: tommy@wwl.com


Tommy: What to do about ISIS?

The terrorist group ISIS beheaded a SECOND American journalist that had been captured, saying they were doing it because of US air strikes. How should we respond to this? Targeted airstrikes? Diplomacy? Boots on the ground? Bomb 'em all?

We spoke with Michael Rubin, a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute whose major areas of research include the Middle East, Turkey, Iran and diplomacy, about ISIS and what the United State can, and should, do.

Rubin said one of the best options is bombing them. "You're not carpeting bombing, you're not bombing randomly. You're basically forcing the Islamic State to go to ground to allow other forces in the region to have the upper-hand… there are models where we can use our air power and allow people on the ground to take action against the Islamic State."

Will we eventually face an attack on our own soil? Rubin had a dire answer: "I think we will. Here's the basic problem. Too often people in the State Department and the White House, people want to see terrorism in terms of grievance. If you address the grievance, the problem goes away. I tend to… see terrorism through the lens of ideology. It's not motivated by grievance. No matter how many concessions you give some of these guys, they're still going to want to kill you."

Something needs to be done. And, while the executions are tragic and terrible, I think we need to be angrier about US troops (including a general) who are still being killed by "green-on-blue" attacks (when Afghan soldiers or policemen fire at US troops).

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Michael Rubin about ISIS


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Tommy: Do we want LSU to have cupcakes or challenges?

LSU has lots of unsold home game tickets.  Is it all about the experience at Tiger Stadium as the sun finds its home in the western sky on a Saturday night, or is it more important who the opposition is?  Would you rather play traditionally good teams like USC or Notre Dame or Texas, or take on a smaller team and get a guaranteed win?

We decided to talk to LSU football radio analyst Doug Moreau and get his take on the issue.

“Whoever the opponent is, my job is to try and describe a picture so they can visualize what’s going on on the field. It doesn’t make a difference to me who the opponent is, frankly.  There’s excitement, of course, when you play the Alabamas, the Ole Misses, and you play the SEC-caliber teams…but when you play the Sam Houston States, the demand isn’t going to be as great.”

Listeners weighed in as well, with some saying LSU should schedule the big-name opponents while others said the SEC slate is tough enough on its own.

A win is a win, and it’ll feel better on Sunday morning than a loss to a powerhouse.  But can LSU’s diet consist of cupcakes alone?

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Doug Moreau, LSU football radio analyst, about LSU football games
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Tommy: Tight end or not tight end? That is the question

An arbitrator is deciding whether Jimmy Graham should get the franchise tag for a tight end or for a wide receiver. The difference?  About $5 million (and the spelling).

Graham wants wide receiver bucks; the Saints say he’s a tight end.   Which is it?

We spoke with WWL’s NFL analyst Mike Detillier, who believe Graham should get paid wide receiver money.

“In his first 4 seasons in the NFL, he’s caught more passes than any other tight end in the history of the National Football League. This is a guy that played a grand total of one year of college football, and last year played with a foot injury that he didn’t miss a lot of time out on the field.”

Mike went on to point out that Graham has more receptions than Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice did in his four years.

That does make a pretty compelling argument.

But what if there were a compromise?  Barry Wilner, an NFL writer for the Associated Press, offered up a possibility.

“What the league and the teams might need to find a way to do is restructure these definitions on positions so that you do have a tight end/wide receiver like a Jimmy Graham.”  Part of the problem is that the tight end might be the most hybrid position in the NFL…Jimmy Graham is as good as almost every wide receiver in the league, even though I do believe he is a tight end.”

Could the debate force a change for the whole NFL?   Well, we’ll see.

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Mike Detillier about Jimmy Graham

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Barry Wilner about Jimmy Graham
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Tommy: Where's the best place to live?

Data indicates the West Bank of Jefferson Parish peaked in 2000 and is struggling with an aging population, low paying jobs and defections to Orleans Parish.  

We spoke with Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts about a study the Council commissioned that shows West Jefferson has been struggling, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

“When you have facilities like the TPC, and you have the NOLA Motorsports track, those are attractions that are going to be regional attractions that bring people from all over. So if you never had a reason before to cross the bridge, to come over and see West Jefferson, those are draw cards that cause people to come out. And it helps change the general perception.”

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts about the West Bank

Jefferson Parish residents and West Bankers, we really want to hear from you.  Do you like where y’at? 

And where are the best and worst places to live in the metro area?  If you could magically put your house in ANY neighborhood… where would it be?  

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Tommy: Can volunteer Minutemen reduce crime in the Quarter?

The Minutemen are coming to the Quarter. Just like the Guardian Angels only these folks will be armed to help keep tourists and locals safe.  Aaron Jordan, the founder of the French Quarter Minutemen, joined us in studio to talk about the group.

“It’s a group of concerned citizens that live in the metro area of New Orleans. Some of them have a concealed carry license, and some will choose to exercise an open carry policy.” 

But one area in particular Jordan wanted to focus on was service workers.  He says many of them worry about going to and from work late at work.

“You can call our group! We’re going to have people in the French Quarter.  We will come out there and walk you to your car, walk you to your bus stop… that’s what I really want to focus on. The service workers in the French Quarter who are scared to death out there. We want to say, “‘Okay, we’re going to be there for you.’” 

Will volunteer citizens carrying guns make for a safe or more dangerous French Quarter?  Would it be better if they were in uniforms and not plain clothes?  Is this a good or bad idea?

Listen to the full interview and tell me what you think!

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to French Quarter Minutemen about patrols in the Vieux Carre
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Tommy: Improving our odds in fight against juvenile crime

Everybody knows there’s a crime problem in New Orleans, and of course, that means juvenile crime too.

Records indicate that Marshall Coulter, the teen shot in the head by Marigny homeowner Merritt Landry, has a criminal record that began when he was only ten years old. What could have been done differently then that would have kept him on a better path?

READ MORE: Teen suspect in new burglary after he was shot in the head

If more resources are to be devoted to juvenile crime (as many think they should), should those efforts focus on rehabilitating these kids, or simply punishing them? Should we offer kinder, gentler rehabilitation or harsher, tougher punishments?

We spoke with Robert Jenkins, a criminal defense attorney and former State Public Defender; and he had some interesting things to say.  

“I’ve done this long enough to know that a lot of times, this so-called 'fear of rehabilitation;' what we’re allegedly doing in jail just doesn’t work. It’s not working… I believe we just have to get tougher.”

Another of his big points was about parenting.

“We can have a second line and have more parents come out than we have to a school board meeting, or something for their child.  The problem is that what we’ve been doing isn’t working.  And we have laws on the books that can help, but we don’t use them.”

Take a listen to the podcast and tell me... what do you think?

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Robert Jenkins about juvenile crime
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Tommy: Online gambling less popular than legal marijuana

Pot or online gambling?  While 75% of Americans think marijuana will be legalized one day; on-line gambling is not as sure a bet.  Only 27% would make it legal.  If you had to pick weed or speed, where gambling is one click away — what’s your choice?
 
The new poll on marijuana vs. gambling online was conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. We spoke to Krista Jenkins, the Director of Fairleigh Dickinson’s Survey Research Institute and a Professor of Political Science, about the results.
 
“We found that more people are in favor of allowing legalization of marijuana than legalization of online gambling…What was interesting was that online gambling attitudes have not changed much at all over the years that we’ve been asking this question.”
 
FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Krista Jenkins about marijuana & gambling policies 
 
What do you think? Personally, I would never use it; but I think marijuana should be decriminalized. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol; I don’t think it’s working for marijuana.

But that’s me. What do YOU think?
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Tommy: What's next for Merritt Landry and Marshall Coulter?

A teenager shot in the head by a homeowner who feared for his life recovers, leaves the hospital, and then gets arrested for burglary.  When confronted, he surrendered peacefully.  Does this make you more or less likely to believe last summer’s Marigny shooting was justified?

This was Marshall Coulter’s third known incident.  We spoke with Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino to try and sort this situation out.

READ MORE: Teen suspect in new burglary after he was shot in the head

Do Coulter’s prior acts matter when it comes to a grand jury or trial if that should happen?

“As a technical matter, they don’t; and they shouldn’t. But in reality they do.”

We also addressed the possibility of Merritt Landry facing another grand jury in the future and what his fate may be.

“Things look good for Mr. Landry so far. But you’re right; he’ll never get peace, at least until the statute of limitations runs out.”

I feel for Merritt Landry.  Do you?

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Professor Ciolino about Marshall Coulter and Merritt Landry

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Tommy: How should we be fueling up our bodies in the morning?

How do you get “fueled up” to face the day?  Big breakfast?  Fancy coffee?  At home or on the road?  Does it depend on how the night before ended?   

Me, I generally have some oatmeal in the morning during the week. But we wanted to talk to an expert about this. What’s the best way to eat healthy and start your day on the right foot? We spoke to Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian, nutrition expert, and author of "The Flexitarian Diet", about how we should do that.

The verdict on my oatmeal (even though I spice it up by combining to different flavors)? “You’ve had too much monotony in your life with that combination.”

Well… not off to a good start for me! I asked Dawn to elaborate a little more.

“If you start with oatmeal, that’s one piece of the puzzle. The other pieces would be something with high water like berries or an apple. And something with fat and protein like a handful of almonds.”

A balanced breakfast? Makes sense to me. What do YOU eat for breakfast? Listen to the podcast for the full interview.

FULL AUDIO: Tommy talks to Dawn Jackson Blatner about balanced breakfasts
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