Low Popahirum, National Edition (5-27-14)

I don’t quite feel it yet. The much-anticipated 2014 Republican landslide, that is.” – Quin Hillyer/National Review

“Never mind a failed state;  we’re talking about a failed civilization, even in the most culturally advanced Muslim domain, the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The root of their failure is the War Against Fun.  They’re not only failures, but grim, humorless failures.  This is the miserable common denominator of the Muslim world.  As Jonathan Schanzer recently tweeted, ‘Saudi blocks Youtube. Iran blocks Instagram. We knew they could eventually find common ground.'” – Michael Ledeen/PJ Media

“The primary reason conservatives are struggling at the ballot box, particularly in presidential elections that attract many low-information and less-engaged voters, is that liberals dominate the cultural media. Hollywood’s impact on how Americans see themselves and the world is almost incalculable, and for two generations that vision has been exceedingly leftist—and even anti-American.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

Glenn Beck is going Hollywood. Nearly three years after leaving Fox News, the controversial conservative radio host and media entrepreneur is ramping up a film division at Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his popular radio show and digital media operation TheBlaze. Beck, 50, tells THR he has been refurbishing The Studios at Las Colinas, a 72,000-square-foot facility in Irving, Texas, where such films as JFK and RoboCop and TV shows including Prison Break and Walker, Texas Ranger have been shot. ‘We’re getting it ready for some big plans,’ he says of the property, which he purchased in June.” – Hollywood Reporter

“Sen. Thad Cochran’s longtime executive assistant was listed as being part of a ‘spouse group’ and photographed participating in recreational events for senators’ spouses on a taxpayer-funded trip in 2004 to South America.” – Breitbart

“But if we are serious about addressing economic inequality and restoring social justice, then a minimum wage increase should be just the start. We also need to outlaw volunteering.” – Reason

“A faction of Republicans including Sen. Lindsey Graham is agitating for party leaders to unveil a policy manifesto in the midterm elections, detailing for voters what the GOP would attempt with a Senate majority its members are increasingly confident they’ll achieve.” – POLITICO

“CNN’s John King reports that Democrats are privately calling President Obama ‘detached,’ ‘flat footed,’ and ‘incompetent.’” – Weekly Standard

“The White House blew the cover of the top CIA agent in Afghanistan on Sunday, when the person’s name was included on a list given to reporters during a visit to the country by President Barack Obama. The name was then emailed by the White House press office to a distribution list of more than 6,000 recipients, mostly members of the US media.” – UK Guardian

Everyone knows about the ‘Ready for Hillary’ Democrats — the rapidly proliferating parade of elected officials and activists getting behind Hillary Clinton’s increasingly likely 2016 presidential campaign. But there’s also a smaller but increasingly vocal group making its presence felt lately — call these Democrats the ‘Wary of Hillary’ Democrats. They’re not outwardly opposing a Clinton candidacy. But they are anxious about the spectacle of a Clinton juggernaut, after seeing what happened when she ran a campaign of inevitability last time.” – POLITICO

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