You don't know me, but I thought I'd write to tell you how I'm feeling after voting for you. To be perfectly honest I really didn't vote FOR YOU; I just couldn't force my hand to press the button for Hillary. It was kind of like after my knee replacement surgery when my mind was telling my leg to move but the appendage just wouldn't cooperate. Man, could I tell you some stories about that knee replacement procedure but I'll save that for next time.
I probably wouldn't qualify to shine your shoes if I were to try and get a job with you or your companies which is kind of ironic - because now YOU'RE actually working for ME. I, in my own little bitty way, hired you when I pressed that button back in November. With that in mind, I'd like to give you some feedback.
You more than anyone realize that being an "outsider" played a great role in your winning the election. But just because you've come in from the "outside" that doesn't mean EVERYTHING "inside" is going to change just for you. The Presidency carries with it some norms that we expect you to follow and conform to. For example:
When the election is over, it's OVER. So please stop talking about the popular vote and how you could have won that too. NOBODY CARES. What we care about now is you leading the country and paying attention to what really matters. And I hate to be the one to tell you this - but that's NOT always you.
You are now the leader of the free world and - here comes more irony - that means you've given up a lot of YOUR freedom. You can't just say whatever pops into your mind, or say things that you would like to be true. That may have worked when you were a businessman and everybody around you was afraid to offer a correction, but those days are gone. People will now be lining up to let you know when they disagree with you. So when you say things like there was massive voter fraud, or the media is covering up terrorist attacks, you've got to have some legitimate proof of it. Otherwise you're gonna be like the president that cried "wolf." You don't want to be that. WE DON'T WANT YOU TO BE THAT.
I think we've all sat around from time to time with friends and expressed some pretty outrageous things. Just shooting the bull with each other and speculating on some pretty strange things that just might be true. YOU CAN'T DO THAT ANYMORE, especially in public. Everyone is watching you and weighing every word you say very carefully so you have to exercise equal caution and measure your words before you speak. Otherwise people will lose respect for you and you'll become a joke. You don't want to be that. WE DON'T WANT YOU TO BE THAT.
In closing please remember you're our president. We want you to succeed. But that, by the nature of the job, will require some restraint and humility. Please remember to take your time, respect institutions while you try to change them and don't think that every bureaucrat in D.C. is trying to derail you. There are systems and processes that have been in place for a long time and they're not going away just because you want them to.
Good luck and I would love to talk to you on the air one day. You're a fascinating man that could wind up being one of the better presidents we've ever had. Just don't be afraid to listen occasionally and admit when you make a mistake.
We got a TON of calls Wednesday morning over some mysterious flashes in the sky. People reported seeing bluish-green fireballs around 6:45am this morning. The audience weighed in with their thoughts on what it might be, and many shared their previous sightings of unidentified objects in the sky.
Our good friends with the Causeway were kind enough to send us a video they captured of the phenomenon. Take a look at was causing a stir this morning.
In an email provided to WWL Radio, Bill Cooke at the Meteroid Environmments Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center said this:
"There are over 100 eyewitness accounts describing a bright green fireball seen at 6:47 AM Central Time (2016 October 12 11:47 UTC) from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. Unfortunately the all sky cameras in the region had already shut down to protect themselves from the bright Sun, forcing us to rely solely on the eyewitness reports for trajectory analysis. Based on these, we can say that the meteor was first seen 65 miles above the town of Sawyersville in western Alabama, moving north of west at approximately 89,000 miles per hour. It appears to have fragmented 41 miles above Louisville, Mississippi. Estimates of the brightness indicate that the object weighed about 5 pounds and was roughly 5 inches in diameter. Given the high uncertainty in the visual reports, a reliable orbit cannot be computed, so the source of this object remains a mystery at this time. However, we can definitely say it was a natural object (meteor) and was not associated with the Orionid meteor shower."
To listen to callers describe what they saw and offer their thoughts, click the podcast link below.
One of the MANY cool things about working for WWL is working on Mardi Gras day. As a guy who was born here and has constantly jockeyed for position to see the parades, I am lucky enough to have the best place in the entire city to see Zulu, Rex and all of the great things that Mardi Gras has to offer. On Fat Tuesday, on the street in front of Gallier Hall, I have already had to dodge the champagne glass that Rex and Zulu throw down into the street after toasting the mayor.
My favorite part of all, though, was being the first to talk to Pete Fountain as he shepherded his "Half Fast' marching club through the streets of the Crescent City. To me, it wasn't really Mardi Gras until I talked to Pete. Sadly it won't be that way this year...or any other year. Pete passed away a few days ago. If making people feel good is a measure of how you've lived your life, Pete Fountain lived a life that few have. After a mere conversation with him, you walked away feeling that you, and he, had made a new best friend.
Years ago I was emceeing a concert at which Pete was the headline performer. My late mother came to see "me" but I sense, as she was a HUGE Pete Fountain fan, she may have wanted to see him too. I summoned up the courage to introduce myself to him and, in typical Pete Fountain style, he made me feel as though we'd been friends for years. Emboldened, I asked him to come over and say hello to my mother. He not only went to meet her, but sat down next to her and chatted for several minutes. Before leaving, he gave her an autographed CD with a message personalized just for her. Like me she had only known him for minutes but Pete made her feel as though they'd been lifelong friends.
Pete Fountain was an extraordinary musician and an even better man. I'm lucky to have known him. A friend sent me this picture of Pete and I chatting on Mardi Gras 2016 which would be, sadly, the last time. For me Mardi Gras will never be the same. Pete Fountain was good people. By the way he told me he liked my wig. Thanks for everything Pete. It really was MY pleasure.
A recent poll by Quinnipiac University says that 89% of Americans support cannabis for medical use, while 54% said they think cannabis should be available for recreational use.
You may notice I used the word “cannabis” instead of “marijuana” because I was informed by David Brown, a former Baton Rouge prosecutor and a member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) that “marijuana” was pejorative in that it described the part of the plant used to get high as opposed to “cannabis” the plant. After mutually agreeing the plant wasn’t being grown for shade, we moved on.
My guest said the war on drugs has cost over one trillion dollars and asked me if I thought it was a success. Let’s be honest; it’s been a complete and total failure that’s ruined far more lives than it was ever intended to save. Weed is perhaps more available now than if it were legal and the related criminal activities over disputed turf have caused violence that’s ruined families, neighborhoods and, in some cases, whole cities.
I’ve never tried marijuana… er, cannabis. I know lots of people who have and use it regularly. People like mechanics, managers, engineers, lawyers and doctors. You know…THOSE types.
Marijuana and much harder drugs are readily available in schools starting as early as 5th grade so if you think de-criminalization would make it easier for your kids to get, I think its time ya’ll had a serious conversations about drugs, school and friends.
I never thought I’d say this but I’m FOR the legalization of marijuana. It would probably be less available than it is now. I would hope and pray it would cut down on street violence. And if it doesn’t work make it illegal again. It couldn’t be any worse than it is now.
To listen to the conversation I had this morning, click the link below.
I’m reasonably sure when Monty and Ingrid Williams last saw each other, neither thought that would be the last time they saw each other. But it was. You never know.
As you probably know by now Ingrid Williams, the wife of former Pelican’s coach Monty Williams was critically injured when another driver crossed the center line and struck Ingrid’s vehicle head on. The other driver, who police say was driving with a dog on her lap, died instantly. Ms. Williams passed away on Wednesday. You never know.
How many times have we angrily walked out on a spouse after an argument? Or dropped off a child at school after expressing our disappointment over bad grades or unacceptable behavior? What about a rift with relatives that goes on for months? Maybe you’re one of these hard a^%es that refuses to say I love you. What if you NEVER got to speak to them again? Would you regret your actions or convince yourself that “well, they knew even though I …”. You never know.
Anthony “the Brow” Davis said that Ingrid Williams was like a “mother to him” when he first came to the Crescent City. I sense he told her how much of a difference the 44-year-old mother of five made in his life. You never know.
Circumstances change. I now find myself living alone with a lot of time for reflection. Sometimes I don’t like what I see staring back at me. I’m trying my best to connect with people whom I may have offended to make things right. I’ve also tried to reach out to those who have helped me to let them know how much of a difference they’ve made in my life. I hope they realize that I’m sincere and don’t want anything from them. You never know.
Before I lost my mother and father I made sure I thanked them for all they had done for me and reminded them of specific advice they had offered to get me ready for life and how it did just that. Since they’ve passed away that gives me great comfort when I miss them, which is every day. I do my best to communicate that to grown children who are still lucky to have their parents with them. If you have anything to say to them in gratitude let them know; tell them now. I hope they take that advice. You never know.
The phrase “life’s too short” has become cliché. But it’s true. We have to be responsible. We have to raise our children properly. We’ll never get along every day in every way with our families. But life is too short to sweat the little things and when you really think about it they’re ALL little things. If today was the last time for you…would you have any regrets or be at peace? You never know.
Do we do enough for our veterans? I feel like we send them into dangerous situations, but we aren’t giving them the resources they need.
I spoke with a friend of ours, Shad Meshad, the President and Founder of the National Veterans Foundation, about our service members and some of the trials they face.
“I think it’s very difficult for the American people – because most of them don’t go to war – to understand the horror that comes with being a war fighter and coming home and just trying to move like you went to camp for the summer. That’s really the big bridge; they just don’t really appreciate it.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is an enormous problem for veterans, and it can unfortunately lead to some tragic consequences.
“We talk about it, but really the solution is what we struggle with. 22 suicides or more a day, and we’re just sitting here looking at it like a weather report or the stock market.”
It’s terrible. They do so much for us. We need to be there for them. Can the average person help out?
“We can’t forget this. We have to buddy up with these returning men and women. Find out through organization what you can do. They’re not expecting you to do the dirty work or handle the calls we do…you don’t have do that, but we need your support.”
So please, if you can, help out. The National Veterans’ Foundation is a great organization, and they’re just one group of many doing this important work. You can visit them at www.nvf.org, and I’ve linked up some more information in the Tommy Cares section on my web page.
You can also check out the entirety of my interview with Shad here:
WHO knows what's best for us to eat. No, there shouldn’t be a question mark at the end of that sentence, because it’s a declarative statement. You see the World Health Organization a.k.a. WHO has determined that processed meat can, however slightly, increase your risk of cancer.
At this point I have to reflect on all of the studies of everything that have already been done and ask - what doesn't give you cancer!? Among the carnivorous delights to be avoided - steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, pork chops, bacon and veal.
For those of you who love veal but don’t know exactly what it is… it's baby cow. The beef industry decided long ago that the public didn’t want to know what it didn’t know, and few diners, if any, would order the “baby cow parmigiana.” Veal sounded as good as anything so they went with that. By the way, I think “lamb” is actually a sheep but that’s not the point and I’m no veterinarian.
I’ll take the recommendations from WHO on what I should do and process this report with all the others in the "I don't know" portion of my brain. Now its beginning to sound like an old Abbott and Costello routine, just in time for the World Series.
I do know this. I’m not going to change my eating habits every time a new study comes out. Moderation was, is and always will be the key. But I do have one question about this study. Could those “EAT MOR CHIKIN” cows have in any way tampered with the results?
Cycling is a hot button topic here in New Orleans. Whenever we talk about it, the phones light up with people on both sides of the issue weighing in. We hear a lot of complaints from bike riders, accusing of drivers of being reckless and endangering them. On the flip side, we hear drivers accusing cyclists of ignoring the rules of the road.
We spoke with a friend of ours, Dan Favret, the Executive Director of Bike Easy, who was glad to see this conversation happening. Is one group (drivers or cyclists) more at fault?
“You can’t really choose one group that’s the most problematic; there’s bad apples in every bunch… People in cars, people on motorcycles, people walking, everyone is making mistakes. I see cyclists get pointed out. I think there’s some fair criticism, but I think there’s often confusion about exactly what the law is and how people should ride bikes.”
We’ve had suggestions from some listeners that cyclists should have to pass a test in order to use the roads just as drivers do. Favret isn’t sure about that right now, but he hopes for more education.
“If we did more bicycle and pedestrian education as part of the drivers’ tests for young folks who are going through drivers education and getting their license, that would be great.”
The bottom line really is to make the roads a safer place. There’s a lot of debate over the best ways to do that, but that’s why having the conversation is important. Whether you’re driving, or cycling, or walking, or whatever, you want to be safe; and you want the people around you to be safe.
“Safety on the road way is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone’s making mistakes nationwide, when it comes to crashes that involve a motor vehicle and a bike, it’s about half and half in fault. We’re all people out there on the roadways.”
For the rest of our interview and to hear what some of the audience thinks, check out the podcast:
A Lakeview man was arrested… for shooting and killing a possum outside his business. The police come out and charged him for discharging a firearm within the city limits. They’ve got bullets flying around this City like doubloons on Mardi Gras, so if you’re going to worry about a bullet, I don’t think you really worry about the one that clipped a possum.
What are you supposed to do? You let the vermin come in, eat whatever it wants out of the refrigerator? Then before you know it the possum’s sitting on a stool in your own business with a cigarette dangling out its mouth saying, “What do you want?”
What is he supposed to do? Just sit back and let the vermin take over? Call the SPCA and wait around until they can do something with it?
I talked with Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino just to get a legal perspective on this. Was he really in the wrong?
“It all comes down to the question of justification. The question is, ‘Was there any justification in shooting the weapon and in killing the animal?’ And you’d think there was here. A possum is a varmint, and he said the possum was attacking him. If that’s true, he was defending himself; and it would be justifiable."
Another thing… don’t the police have more important things to focus on? What really gets me is that this was a THREE DAY investigation. With the manpower shortage facing NOPD, was this the best allocation of resources?
“It does seem like a questionalable use of police resources. Particularly to go to those extents for a follow-up: photo arrays, identification procedures, actual arrest rather than the issuance of a citation. It really does seem to be a bit of overkill.”
“A bit of overkill” sounds about right to me. Is this crazy?