Low Popahirum, September 9, 2014

NATIONAL

A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa’s staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal, Issa said in a September 8 letter to Holder.” – Breitbart

“As he seeks to rally Americans behind a new military campaign in the Middle East, Mr. Obama finds his own past statements coming back to haunt him. Time and again, he has expressed assessments of the world that in the harsh glare of hindsight look out of kilter with the changed reality he now confronts.” – Peter Baker/NY Times

My own feeling is that Obama is a hapless putz who genuinely believed his leftist ideas would make the world a better place and has gone into deep denial at the disaster he’s helped create here and around the globe.” – Andrew Klavan/PJ Media

“We can usefully view the Obama administration’s chronic untruthfulness as a sort of multifaceted corporation of untruth, with all sorts of subsidiaries.” – Victor Davis Hanson/National Review

Whatever words Republicans finally use, they have to 1) Get used to the fact that politics is a no-holds-bar street fight and nice guys finish last; 2) Get used to the fact that they are going to have to actually attack Democrats and make it hurt: and 3) Frame their attacks as a moral indictment – or else they will be pulverized by the moral indictments framed by their opponents.” – David Horowitz/RedState

“Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should ‘seriously’ consider resigning because of the way the league handled penalizing former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice.” – The Hill

Businesspeople should have the right to wonder how to appeal to diverse groups in order to increase business. They should even be able to make minor insensitive gaffes if there is no obvious animosity or racist intent. This is a business email that is pretty harmless in terms of insulting anyone — and pretty fascinating in terms of seeing how the business of running a team really works.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/TIME

The arbiter here of who does and doesn’t have a “Latino heart,’ by the way, is a white dude named Gary King.” – Hot Air

“Imagine looking and finding out that your county police bought 8 Apache Helicopters and had done so over three years ago. That is exactly the experience from one person who searched the database for purchases in Brevard County, Florida.” – DC Clothesline

“To me, it is especially fascinating to see in detail how the Bolsheviks were essentially a much worse version of the system they overthrew. What I mean is that there are characteristics of Russian culture and society that are constant, across regimes and systems. They were there under the Tsars, they were there under the Bolsheviks, and they are there under Putin. It makes me much less hopeful for a resolution to the Ukraine situation, and the broader issue of relations between Russia and the West.” – Rod Dreher/American Conservative

LOUISIANA

“In late May, environmental activist Wilma Subra spoke to several hundred residents at a public forum in Mandeville. Her topic was fracking, and the audience was receptive. On Monday, Subra again spoke to a group about fracking. But this time, the far smaller audience was skeptical, if not outright hostile.” – New Orleans Advocate

“After all, as the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker reported, Landrieu owns ‘two separate plots of undeveloped land’ in Slidell, near New Orleans. The addresses for the plots are 425 Carr Drive and 504 Carr Drive, two seemingly empty lots on a residential street that runs right along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain.” – Weekly Standard

“The message, penned in black ink on what appeared to be a white sheet at the Delta Kappa Epsilon house, was captured in photos by fans and posted on social media, the website reported. A lsureveille.com staffer captured a photo of the sign; the banner read, ‘Michael isn’t the Only Sam Getting the D Tonight.'” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana’s Medicaid program overpaid $3.1 million in incentives to 13 hospitals in 2011 and underpaid several others, a recently released federal audit shows.” – Lake Charles American Press

At least 14 kids were put out of Scotlandville Magnet High School last week after a violent video surfaced showcasing a major fight.” – WBRZ

“If Twitter is any indication, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s comments that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ‘runs the Senate like a plantation‘ is attracting a lot of attention.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Asked about Cassidy’s comments on Tuesday afternoon, Reid demanded a mea culpa from the the GOP congressman and likened the remarks to Sterling’s racial remarks this summer that led to the owner’s sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.” – POLITICO

“‘I wish there was as much offense taken by Harry Reid running the Senate dictatorially, not allowing any votes which he does not personally approve of and the result of which he does not endorse. Any other interpretation of my remarks is a false controversy designed to distract attention from policies which are demonstrably crushing jobs and taking our country in the wrong direction,’ Cassidy said in a statement.” – NOLA.com

“Congressman Cassidy may not realize this but the language he used included a term that is incredibly offensive to many Americans and he should immediately apologize,” Maness said in a statement. “It’s this type of over-the-top, out-of-bounds ignorance that drives so many people away from the Republican Party. We need to be better than that.” – CNN

LSU jumped six spots moving to 129th overall in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best National Universities.’ category, while the state’s flagship campus improved its Tier 1 ranking, it checks in near the bottom compared to schools in the Southeastern Conference.” – NOLA.com

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