Colonel Phil St. Amant discusses the recent burning of the Jordanian fighter pilot by ISIS and gives his opinion on how the United States should respond. Colonel St. Amant graduated from West Point Academy in 1963. He spent 30 years in the army and had two tours in Vietnam. His 97 year old father is a World War II veteran.
"For America, we are so involved everywhere, and there is so little understanding, generally, among our leaders about these places," the colonel begins when asked about the safety of America.
Colonel St. Amant begins describing the content of the ISIS video. "This is a great step forward in the ISIS fighters and the degree of barbarity they are capable of," he says, "There is a big difference between cutting someone's throat and burning someone alive." The colonel states, "I'm sorry I watched it <video>, but I think I needed to see it."
"I don't think it's necessary for everyone to serve in the military to serve this country," the colonel says. "I think the country is perhaps getting a little soft... ever since 1973 when Mr. Nixon did away with the draft there has been a movement to admire the military publicly, but privately hoping it's not their child going to war."
He describes his experiences in the military in Lebanon. "There were about 244 soldiers and marines killed, mostly marines."
"I have heard reports that he sneaks a cigarettes from his secret service detail every once in awhile," St. Amant says of President Obama, "Though I tend to find fault with other things."
Jim discusses Vladmir Putin and his rumored Asperger Syndrome.
A listener comments that Representative Fleming leaves security meetings and watches instead Fox News for information.
Colonel Phil St. Amant gives his opinion on drones. "It's easy to think that someone not as benign as Amazon.com would drop explosive 10 lb packages."
"I am not one who believes that soldiers should stand up and argue about lawful orders they are given." St. Amant says the best president he served under was President Ronald Reagan whose birthday is tomorrow. "He understood that America has an exceptional history made by exceptional people. He thought things through... He was not held up by artificial arguments. Things were either right or wrong."
Colonel St. Amant gives closing comments about ISIS.
Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Francis Villere Jr. comments on the upcoming governor's election and shares his opinions of Governor Bobby Jindal and the Republican Party. He is also the owner of Villere's Flowers.
"I anticipate an extremely big risk race," Villere says, "We just don't know yet, it's still early. I don't see a high profile democrat getting in at this point."
Question from twitter, "Why did they turn on Representative McAllister after his affair but still support Senator Vitter?" Villere responds, "You know we are talking about something that happened years ago... We need to concentrate on the positive and move forward."
"Someone with his views... is that what we really want to hear trying to move our state forward?" Villere says of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The chairman expresses the importance of prayer to him.
Jim comments on Villere's early race with David Duke. Villere comments on the recent news with House Whip Steve Scalise. "I've never heard him tell an off color joke or anything out of bounds... Steve is an honorable person. I think the whole things is ridiculous and a made up, jimmed up issue that was blown out of proportion."
The chairman gives his opinion on Governor Bobby Jindal and shares his support for "strategic budget cuts" without raising taxes. "Can we afford to have duplicated programs at multiple universities?" Villere comments on the proposed cuts on higher education, " I don't think so." Villere comments on Jindal's quest for the White House.
LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center launches an initiative providing doctors in Louisiana with proven strategies to reduce and treat obesity in children. The project is lead by Dr. Amanda Staiano who says the Child Obesity Treatment Toolkit helps primary care physicians determine who's at risk for obesity. "It teaches doctors ways to assess obesity and ways to treat childhood obesity in clinic settings," said Staiano.
Staiano says childhood obesity is a very serious issue in Louisiana with half of our kids being overweight or obese. She says they have great recommendations on how to treat obesity and screen for it, but many physicians aren't using them.
"This toolkit is trying to get into the hands of doctors, nurses & dietitians, so they can better understand what children are most at risk for obesity," said Staiano. "And then give that advice to parents and families."
Staiano says they have over 2,000 hard copies of the toolkit they plan to distribute throughout the state or doctors can download it online at www.pbrc.edu/obesitytoolkit.
She says Louisiana ranks near the top of obesity prevalence even in preschoolers.
"It's really important to intervene early in a child's life," said Staiano. "Make sure that child is set up with good eating habits, good physical activity and also good self-esteem."