Low Popahirum, October 1, 2014

NATIONAL

Whether our leaders wish to accept it or not, it is a fact that throughout America’s history, including current times, there have been and are people who do not subscribe to our way of life and wish to destroy us. Such people have been adherents to any number of noxious ideologies. In the past, they’ve been secessionists, anarchists, Bolsheviks, Nazis, black separatists, among other things. Today, the most prominent and worrisome group is Islamists — more precisely, Muslim adherents to the doctrine of Sharia.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“Here are the facts: There are zero known cases of Ebola contracted in the United States. I know what you’re thinking: but they said Ebola in America! EBOLA! But no. The fact is, the case you heard about was the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States. The individual contracted Ebola in Liberia, but simply wasn’t diagnosed with it until returning to America.” – RedState

“Republicans aren’t above ruthless tactics, but in 40 years of covering national elections I’ve never seen anything like the extraordinary efforts of Democrats to prevent Republicans from picking up the six seats to gain Senate control.” – Fred Barnes/WSJ

“Getting to 50% approval on a plan which 68% of Americans wanted three weeks ago isn’t really much of an accomplishment. In fact, it looks a little like — how to say it? – leading from behind.” – Hot Air

“At the same time, however, Hayden said that a much-publicized White House policy that President Obama announced last year barring U.S. drone strikes unless there is a ‘near certainty’ there will be no civilian casualties — ‘the highest standard we can meet,’ he said at the time — does not cover the current U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.” – Yahoo! News

“The elements of the administration’s blame, deny, and wait-it-out communications strategy has been front and center amid all the recent controversies. When the administration badly botched the launch of the health care exchange website, Obama said he was ‘not informed directly that the website would not be working the way it was supposed to.’ This, for his signature achievement in office. Blame was later pinned on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who left the administration in April.” – National Journal

“In engaging on Common Core, I have noticed a trend. Twenty year old to forty-something white men, many of them childless, are the chief defenders of Common Core. Virtually all of them work for a think tank or business trade association or are dependent on income therefrom.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

Once the Aral Sea was the world’s fourth largest lake behind the Caspian Sea, Lake Superior and Lake Victoria; the Aral covered 26,300 square miles, making it larger than Lake Huron or Lake Michigan. But in the 1960s, the Soviet government decided to divert for irrigation purposes the rivers that feed the lake. In 50 years, the lake lost 90 percent of its area.” – Don Surber

Treason? Or perhaps if you disagree with the self-centered narcissist Robert Kennedy, you are treasonous? Koch Industries employs roughly 60,000 people in the U.S. and 100,000 worldwide. Koch operations generate nearly $11.7 billion in compensation and benefits. About one-third of Koch’s U.S.-based workers are unionized. And Koch employees have earned well over 700 awards for excellence since 2009, many of them from the EPA. That is not treason.” – Larry Kudlow/National Review

“Bashing Saturday Night Live is an American pastime that rivals baseball, but as someone who has watched it regularly since the 1980s, I tend to defend it. People always say that SNL was better than it was in decades past and they dismiss some of the groundbreaking performances we’ve seen more recently. But even I can’t deny how absolutely horrible the SNL season opener was. Holy schmoley was it bad.” – Mollie Hemingway/The Federalist

LOUISIANA

“U. S. Rep. Bill Cassidy was endorsed Wednesday in his U. S. Senate bid by National Right to Life, an anti-abortion group. ‘For the past six years Congressman Cassidy has been a strong advocate of his district, born and unborn,’ said Carol Tobias, president of the group.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) voted for Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) failed gun control bill in April 2013 and is endorsed by gun control proponent Michael Bloomberg, but she is claiming pro-gun status in her bid for a fourth term in the Senate.” – Breitbart

“But in LSU President F. King Alexander’s words, the school’s endowment is ‘nowhere near where it should be.’ According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 college rankings, LSU ranks second from the bottom among the 14 SEC schools in the “alumni giving” category, ahead only of the University of Tennessee.” – NOLA.com

“But what once seemed like an unstoppable political machine has started to slow in recent years, and with a new election upon us and signs of a growing discontent stirring from within the black community, Williams’ ability to influence an election outcome may very well face one of its biggest tests to date.” – Lafayette Independent

“Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.” – Jeremy Alford/Houma Courier

“U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students’ college costs. The Democratic incumbent, locked in a tight race for re-election, is making stops at colleges in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A second teacher from Destrehan High School has turned herself in following allegations of a sexual relationship with a male student.” – WAFB

“A public hearing on Helis Oil & Gas Co.’s controversial request for a permit to drill a well near Mandeville will be held Nov. 12 at Lakeshore High School, the state Department of Natural Resources said. The hearing will begin at 5 p.m. in the school gymnasium.” – NOLA.com

“One of the most expensive infrastructure projects the city-parish has ever undertaken is nearing completion after more than five years of construction. It’s the kind of project that lacks the glamour and constituent appreciation of a new road, but city-parish officials will tell you that it’s more important.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Comedian Stephen Colbert took aim at Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday night during a segment of ‘The Colbert Report.'” – NOLA.com

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