Low Popahirum, September 24, 2014

NATIONAL

“For starters, before we bomb anyone, let’s unclassify the 28 pages of the 9/11 report, and discuss the nature of our ties to Saudi Arabia. Then we can decide how much to rely on Saudi Arabia as our principle Muslim ally in combatting ISIS.” – The American Conservative

China is the locus of the alleged crime against the planet that is carbon emissions, yet the marchers staged their event in the United States, where prior to last year emissions had been declining (thanks, in part, to the natural-gas revolution, which oddly didn’t get much love from the climate marchers).” – Rich Lowry/RealClear Politics

“On Wednesday, on the first anniversary of President Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations in which he called for ouster of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, Obama attempted to rally support for his airstrikes against Assad’s terrorist opposition. Taking on issues ranging from Iran to Russia, from Ukraine to Syria, from global warming to Ebola, Obama pledged to utilize American might in service to the United Nations, speaking grandly of the beauty and power of the world’s least effective and most morally bankrupt international institution.” – Breitbart

“Accurate statistics are of limited use in that regard because rape and sexual assault have been declining for decades. So the Obama administration and its allied activist groups trot out the claim that there is a rape epidemic victimizing 1 in 5 women on college campuses. This conveniently horrifying number is a classic example of being too terrible to check. If it were true, it would mean that rape would be more prevalent on elite campuses than in many of the most impoverished and crime-ridden communities.” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

Americans have never really understood ideological warfare. Our gut-level assumption is that everybody in the world really wants the same comfortable material success we have. We use ‘extremist’ as a negative epithet. Even the few fanatics and revolutionary idealists we have, whatever their political flavor, expect everybody else to behave like a bourgeois.” – IBiblio

“World events have made it quite clear to most Americans that we should develop more of our own energy sources. Reducing our reliance on foreign oil by exploiting the natural gas under our feet is not only smart foreign policy but also smart environmental policy: Natural gas burns cleaner than coal or oil, and it has already lowered our CO2 emissions. Natural gas is a win for America and the planet.” – RealClear Science

“President Barack Obama has hit an all-time low in New York, according to a poll released Wednesday.” – POLITICO

“The worsening crises overseas have made Republicans sound downright excited to run against Hillary Clinton, hoping to use her record as secretary of State on everything from Benghazi to the Russian ‘reset’ as an indictment of her expected candidacy. They’d certainly be aided by favorability ratings that have dipped in recent weeks as Clinton’s record has been more closely scrutinized. (Indeed, she’s already distancing herself from the president’s foreign policy, which she helped him run, before the midterms are even completed.)” – National Journal

“A group of conservative students counter-protested environmental demonstrators on Wall Street Tuesday by carrying a cardboard cutout of President Ronald Reagan to the iconic financial site. Kings College student Campbell Moore said he and a few friends living in the school’s House of Ronald Reagan decided to take action when they heard of the demonstrators flooding Wall Street demanding action be taken to curb carbon emissions.” – The Blaze

“Rush Limbaugh apparently tips generously, which sometimes makes people who dislike him feel quite awkward. In one case, a waitress-turned-award-winning-author revealed that she felt so awkward, that she donated both of his $1,000 tips to an abortion charity.” – Mediaite

LOUISIANA

“In the shadow of the state Capitol on Monday, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu had a message for any Republican critics of her decision Saturday to help a Louisiana State University football fan perform a keg stand as she campaigned across campus. ‘They need to get a sense of humor, and they need to get a life — it’s just the way we roll,’ Landrieu said in response to a question at a news conference where she and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., exchanged endorsements.” – Roll Call

“Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is headed to New Orleans to help drum up donations to fellow Republican Bill Cassidy’s campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., this fall.” – NOLA.com

“During the 30-second spot, Robertson and his wife, Kay, say repeatedly that they’re voting for Dasher in the Nov. 4 election, with Kay reminding her husband to use Dasher’s full name. Eight candidates are vying to replace McAllister, R-Swartz. A Dec. 6 runoff is scheduled between the top two vote getters if no one candidate wins a majority in the primary.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A Louisiana sheriff’s deputy opened fire and killed a 14-year-old boy after responding to a report of armed suspects running into an abandoned home Tuesday afternoon, police said. Cameron Tillman, a freshman at Ellender Memorial High School, was gunned down by a Terrebonne Parish deputy around 5:40 p.m. in Houma.” – NY Daily News

“The lawyer for the governor’s former health secretary, who is accused of perjury, said his client is innocent, but the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General is hoping the case will have a big impact on future legislation.” – WAFB

New Orleans ranked No. 21 among 2014’s Fastest Growing Cities, according to a report from personal finance social network WalletHub. The report looked at 10 key metrics, such as population growth rate and reductions in unemployment froM 2008 to 2013. Baton Rouge ranked No. 292. Lafayette ranked No. 124. Shreveport ranked No. 379.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Orlando getaway runs from Nov. 7-9 and is intended to bring in cash for Vitter’s Louisiana Reform PAC, a group supporting his gubernatorial ambitions. It requests $3,000 for each participant’s getaway package.” – POLITICO

“Shreveport’s 2014 mayoral candidates were asked if they would support providing health insurance coverage for transgendered city employees for medical procedures related to gender reassignment surgeries.” – Shreveport Times

“The federal judge for Gulf of Mexico oil spill cases was set to hear arguments Wednesday about whether BP PLC should get back hundreds of millions of dollars from businesses that got settlement payments between August 2012 and October 2013.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The biggest boy band in the world is coming to New Orleans on Thursday. One Direction is bringing with it screaming fans that SMG officials say will be 50,000 strong.” – Fox 8 Live

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