Low Popahirum, August 27, 2014

NATIONAL

And it’s not difficult to understand why voters are giving up on the parties. Put simply, American politics as practiced by the two parties is stale, dishonest, and mind-numbingly stupid, and with a country in decline on the world stage, an economy coughing and wheezing amid an epidemic of bad policy from both parties, and a culture that glorifies all the wrong things and ignores the right ones the public is throwing up its hands.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

One of the notable things about the Obama administration isn’t simply that its key figures often make misleading claims, but that they do so in ways that can be so easily disproven.” – Commentary

Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.” – Fox News

Marco Rubio came to South Carolina this week hoping to win over the kind of conservative hardliners who turned on him last year as the Senate immigration reform bill he sponsored hit a roadblock in the Republican-controlled House.” – CNN

“The important point here is this: The argument that the government should spend on infrastructure because a certain piece of infrastructure is needed is one kind of argument; the argument that government should spend on infrastructure because doing so is good for the economy is a different kind of argument — specifically, it is a trickle-down argument.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn’t the president’s fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell.” – Noemie Emery/Weekly Standard

“The simple fact is that, if they are right and the world is warming, there is nothing we can do short of economic Armageddon to stop it. We’ve already told most of the third world they have to hide under nets or die of malaria because we do not want them using DDT. We should not now tell them they have to turn off their electricity and never improve their existence because of global warming.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

As I watch the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, I can’t help but compare the behavior of blacks in that city to that of spoiled rotten children.” – Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson/WND

“For Ward and Giesen, the trouble started seconds after exiting McDonald’s front door. ‘You’re in the wrong neck of the woods, cowboys,’ Giesen recalled a young black male saying.” – American Thinker

Fewer African Americans say blacks and whites get along well today than felt that way in 2009, according to a new Pew Research Center/USA Today poll. From 2007 to 2009, the number of black respondents who said blacks and whites get along “very well” or “pretty well” increased seven percentage points, to 76 percent. But since 2009, the share of black respondents who had a positive view of race relations has dropped twelve points, to 64 percent. Similarly, white respondents who thought blacks and whites got along well increased three percentage points from 2007 to 2009, but decreased five percentage points from 2009 to 2014.” – National Review

LOUISIANA

“Republican Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is suing the federal government over the Common Core, alleging that the Education Department has violated federal law and the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” – POLITICO

“Several lawmakers and other supporters of the Common Core academic standards said at a New Orleans forum Tuesday night that Louisiana’s poorly-ranked schools need the more rigorous standards.” – NOLA.com

Louisiana’s controversial school voucher law got a C rating from a pro-school choice group called the Center for Education Reform, according to a report issued on Wednesday.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“It’s hard to believe that it’s now been nearly 10 years that my family has called you home. We have come to love everything about this wonderful city and state. From the food, the people, and of course LSU, I can’t imagine living anywhere else.” – Les Miles/Huffington Post

“Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, the government has forgiven $391 million in disaster loans for Louisiana, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That’s 95.5 percent of the Katrina-related disaster loans.” – NOLA.com

“Bourbon Street shooting suspect Trung Le officially proclaimed his innocence at his appearance in New Orleans criminal court Wednesday.” – WWL-TV

“The books on Louisiana’s last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work. To fill gaps in the budget that ended June 30, the treasury had to dip into dollars slated to pay for state agency operations this year.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The New Orleans Inspector General’s Office says the NOPD has misclassified a number of its forcibile rape and robbery cases, so Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux joins the Eyewitness Morning News with a closer look at the findings and what they mean for the state of crime in the city of New Orleans.” – WWL-TV

LSU’s strength will face Wisconsin’s weakness.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Butler would have been paid $1.4 million in 2014. By releasing him, the Saints save that money and the subsequent salary cap hit. The team will still have a salary cap burden of $375,000 for Butler in 2014, which is the prorated portion of the $750,000 signing bonus he received when he signed last year.” – NOLA.com

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