Low Popahirum, September 26, 2014

LOUISIANA

“Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.” – WWL-TV

“Group Benefits will soon go broke if changes to its health insurance offerings aren’t made, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols warned legislators Thursday. ‘If we do not make the changes now the Office of Group Benefits will not have the money to pay for the health care of its members,’ Nichols said.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Now, in Louisiana, the NRSC is telling us not to support Rob Maness for the Senate. ‘Trust us,’ they tell us. Look at their track record.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“Now that the Recovery School District has gotten out of the business of running schools, why is it even needed? A number of its critics, some elected officials among them, have started asking that question more often — with national implications.” – NOLA.com

“As a student at LSU in the late 1980s, Kinder Baumgardner looked at the Baton Rouge lakes as many people do — a beautiful gateway to the city and university. On Thursday, as leader of the landscape architects, planners and ecologists tasked with coming up with solutions to the hazards the lakes face, he was looking at them in a different way.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“If a white cop had shot and killed that 14-year-old kid in Houma last Tuesday, there’s a good chance Houma would be a household word. The town dodged a racial bullet.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“Most political candidates keep a running countdown to Election Day. Paul Dietzel can also rattle off exactly how long it’s been since he decided to run for Louisiana’s open 6th Congressional District seat. As of Wednesday, he said as he sat down for an interview, it had been 538 days.” – Stephanie Grace/Baton Rouge Advocate

“With a massive fundraising lead that his opponents admit they’ll never catch up to, Garret Graves is finally spending some of it in a concentrated 45-day money dump leading up to the November primary in the 6th Congressional District.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Walking a tightrope between jobs and human rights, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is offering two possible changes to a bipartisan Senate bill that would impose sanctions against Venezuela.” – Lake Charles American Press

“The Bud’s Broiler on City Park Avenue suffered its second fire in as many years Thursday.” – WWL-TV

NATIONAL

“About 70 percent of the tens of thousands illegal immigrant family units detained crossing the U.S./Mexico border and released into the United States have failed to fulfill their obligation to report back to immigration officials, according to a new report.” – Breitbart

“To make a difference going forward, Trey Gowdy and the House’s Benghazi select committee may want to ask how the U.S. got involved in Libya in the first place. What they will discover is that Barack Obama borrowed a page from the Clinton playbook on Kosovo, a lethal exercise in mendacity unparalleled in recent American history.” – American Thinker

“A serious ISIS strategy has to address not the flow of fighters from the United States, as Obama has proposed to do, but the flow of fighters coming into the United States. If ISIS members want to travel to fight in Iraq and Syria, they should be allowed to do so.” – Sultan Knish

“The man accused in the attacks is Alton Nolen and he is recovering from his injuries. Nolen had just been fired from Vaughan Food Co. He then drove to the area of the warehouse where he crashed into a car and went inside and is accused of attacking Hufford and Johnson. Several employees told police he had been trying to convert other employees to Islam. As a result of that, the Moore police has requested FBI assistance in looking to Nolen’s background.” – NewsOK

“Two of the nation’s most popular conservative commentators, challenging the GOP to stop playing defense and moving to the middle, have called for a second Reagan Revolution.” – Washington Examiner

“Reading the New York Times account this morning of the sentence passed on Dinesh D’Souza—the filmmaker, writer, and outspoken critic of President Obama—for violating the laws relating to campaign finance, I was horrified to read the following: ‘As part of his probation, Mr. D’Souza . . . will also be required to undergo therapeutic counseling.’ Assuming this to be an accurate report, one can only conclude that America is undergoing a gentle but nonetheless sinister cultural revolution.” – Theodore Dalrymple/City Journal

“Eric Holder’s legal mercies have typically been reserved for Clinton donors and unrepentant terrorists, but his decision yesterday to step down as attorney general of the United States after nearly six years is an act of mercy toward the American public.” – National Review

“Even with these adjustments, the trend isn’t favorable for Udall. All five polls between Aug. 26 and Sept. 11 had him ahead. All five since have shown him behind.” – Five Thirty Eight

“On Thursday evening protests in Ferguson turned ugly once again as tensions flared between protesters, police, and local business owners. Rising anger over the shooting of Michael Brown the burning of a memorial in his honor, and reports that Ferguson police are wearing bracelets that say ‘I am Darren Wilson’ erupted in verbal and sometimes physical confrontations over the course of the evening into the early hours of Friday morning.” – Truth Revolt

“Would you like some microchips with that burger? McDonald’s Europe strikes another blow against human interaction by installing 7,000 touch-screen computers to take your order and money.” – CNET

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