Low Popahirum, November 14, 2014

NATIONAL

“But Congress still has the power of the purse. While it cannot stop Obama’s passive abuse of discretion (his exempting the vast majority of illegal aliens from immigration enforcement, for instance), it can use that power to prevent activeabuses, like the provision of work permits, Social Security cards, and driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, which would be politically irreversible.” – Mark Krikorian/National Review

“This one’s less of a smoking gun about deception, and more of a schadenfruede-tastic exposure of Jonathan Gruber as an arrogant crank. Watchdog.org’s Bruce Parker has this clip from the ObamaCare architect’s appearance before a Vermont legislative panel in February 2011, where one of the committee members read a warning letter about the dangers of adopting a massive, top-down government program controlling health insurance markets. After hearing a list of predicted negative consequences, Gruber dismissed it as something that might have been ‘written by my adolescent children.'” – Hot Air

President Obama personally crafted a major Obamacare deception with Jonathan Gruber at one of Gruber’s numerous White House meetings, according to a 2012 Gruber interview with PBS.” – Daily Caller

“Remember: The whole premise of Obamacare was that it would help the needy, but if you were not in need, if you liked what you had, you would be left alone. Which is why Obama kept repeating — Politifact counted 31 times — that ‘if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.'” – Charles Krauthammer/National Review

“While he was out ‘pushing for press freedoms‘ in China and Burma, President Obama ‘pledged’ that here in the United States, reporters will not go to jail for ‘doing their job.’ The president declined to comment on the ongoing investigation involving New York Times reporter James Risen, who was subpoenaed to testify against a CIA operative accused of leaking, but repeated Attorney General Eric Holder’s pledge that ‘no journalist is going to go to jail for doing their job.'” – PJ Media

“The bone-chilling thought of Biden becoming the president wasn’t his only objection. Gowdy said the conversation about impeachment is ‘bait’ that he won’t be taking.” – BizPAC Review

“Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. RPC principal investigator Karl-Heinz Glaßmeier, head of Space Physics and Space Sensorics at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, tells us more.” – European Space Agency

“Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a phone interview with Frank J Fleming, who is of course the author of the soon-to-be seminal work Punch Your Inner Hippie: Cut Your Hair, Get a Job, and Make America Awesome Again. There are folks who may wonder what this book is about, but having read it I have to say that the title of the book more or less sums up the message in the text*. We spoke for quite some time on the joys of inner hippie-punching, and why doing so should be a priority for all right-thinking Americans:” – RedState

“On Friday, for the first time, the venerable Washington National Cathedral will be used as a mosque, with radical Muslims leading prayers. Islamist infiltration of the Beltway is nearly complete.” – Investors Business Daily

“Morale among officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, already low, has reached a new bottom as illegal immigrants expecting amnesty from President Obama taunt and ridicule the overworked officers, according to a new report.” – Washington Examiner

LOUISIANA

“Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is vulnerable; she needs help. Instead, liberals are shamelessly turning their backs on the three-term senator.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“The dramatic 20 percent drop in the price of oil over the past couple months might be good for drivers, but it’s causing state government to recalibrate its spending plans.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The state’s legislative auditor is looking into a non-profit that’s spent tens of thousands of agency dollars on personal expenses. We have new questions for the non-profit and how they’ve reacted to findings about their business.” – Fox 8 Live

“A motion to halt 21 ‘legacy’ lawsuits filed by Plaquemines Parish against oil and gas companies for environmental damages was defeated by the parish council in a close, 3-4 vote, with one member abstaining and another leaving the meeting before the vote was taken.” – NOLA.com

“Community group Together Baton Rouge wants the Capital Area Transit System to create a new weekly ‘Grocery Express’ route that will help residents whose neighborhoods lack food stores shop for groceries.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote today on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, the bill was slated for a vote on the House floor on Thursday. But Cassidy said House rules require 24 hours to pass between when bills are introduced and when they are scheduled for a vote.” – Lake Charles American Press

“But the bill’s failure to get a Senate vote long before now also highlights the dysfunction, partisan gridlock and lack of trust that has stalled legislation and, according to polls, frustrated voters.” – NOLA.com

“The U.S. House on Thursday debated a Keystone XL pipeline bill by U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy as a runup to a vote Friday that is all but certain to call on the White House to greenlight the project — as the House has voted to do more than a half-dozen times before.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“For this year’s Alabama game, one fan brought his drone to the tailgate, taking several different aerial videos of the lay of the land. It’s a pretty cool view that I’m sure we will start seeing more of as drones become popularized.” – Gamedayr

“One week after the emotional defeat, No. 20 LSU (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) will go into a hostile environment in Fayetteville, Arkansas, for a game seemingly set up for it to fail.” – LSU Reveille

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