Low Popahirum, November 17, 2014


This is getting pathological. According to this story in Politico, President Obama, when asked whether he had intentionally misled the public in order to get the law passed, he replied: ‘No. I did not.’ He actually did, repeatedly. Here’s just one example–on the president’s pledge that ‘If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period’–that comes to us courtesy of Glenn Kessler, who works for that well-known right-wing outlet the Washington Post.” – Peter Wehner/Commentary

“‘According to Gruber, who has been our guide on a lot of this, it’s somewhere in the vicinity of an $8 billion cost,’ said then-Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry during an Oct. 1, 2009 Senate Finance Committee hearing to markup the health care bill.” – Daily Caller

“Any government shutdown due to immigration debate will not be the fault of Republicans. Only a fool or a relentless leftist ideologue could argue otherwise. But since fools and relentless ideologues are the bread and butter that keep Democrats’ plates full, we can expect that we will hear a lot about how Obama’s rape of the Constitution is necessary, and that his executive ‘discretion’ is justifiable.” – American Thinker

“Arkansas Sen.-elect Tom Cotton hinted on Sunday at exactly what he and fellow Republicans might do in response to President Obama’s vow to use executive action on immigration reform: selectively block the president’s spending like the GOP did on the Guantanamo Bay prison issue.” – Fox News

“There are high-profile actions that the new Republican Congress can take to improve governance in the next two years, and there are low-profile ones. Both are necessary. The low-profile moves are just as important — and they ought to become a priority for the Republican Study Committee (the House’s large conservative caucus) and for outside conservative groups looking for votes to score in their ratings.” – Quin Hillyer/National Review

Reports are rampant that President Obama will sign an executive order as soon as this week that will allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. Signing such an order would have explosive political consequences — it would not only reshape the near-term fights in Congress but also have a potentially profound effect on the two parties’ national coalitions heading into the 2016 election and beyond.” – Washington Post

“In a televised address to an audience of Muslim leaders from Latin America in Istanbul over the weekend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed Muslims discovered America in the 12th Century.” – American Spectator

“Iran is, in a sense, the sort of problem we want to have in the Middle East. It is not an amorphous, slithering coalition of non-state organizations and ad hoc militias; rather, it is a nation-state with infrastructure, institutions, and interests — i.e., a target-rich environment with a great many vulnerabilities. Its young people are restive, and recent sanctions showed Tehran — and the world — exactly what sort of sandy foundation its economy rests upon: Iranian exports fell by half, and the rial lost some 80 percent of its value. And by “Iranian exports” we mean petroleum and minerals, after which dates and figs loom large in the Iranian economy.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“Actress, writer and Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Lena Dunham is the Barack Obama of Hollywood: a mediocrity elevated to icon status because she plausibly represents false ideas that make the left feel virtuous. In Obama’s case, the ideas are about the virtues of wealth redistribution and American non-exceptionalism. With Dunham, the ideas are about sex and feminism. Like Obama, Dunham is not very good at what she does but it doesn’t matter because she does what the left needs her to do so they support her.” Andrew Klavan/PJ Media

“The doctor transported out of Sierra Leone to get treatment in Nebraska for an Ebola infection has died less than 48 hours after his arrival. Dr. Martin Salia, a Maryland resident who returned to his native country to provide much-needed medical care in western Africa, was in worse shape on his arrival than first thought:” – Hot Air


“Now that the rain has moved on, a strong cold front will help temperatures plunge Monday night across Louisiana. A hard freeze warning has been issued Monday night for the Baton Rouge area while a freeze warning is in effect for the New Orleans and Lafayette areas, according to the National Weather Service.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The city of New Orleans is enacting its freeze plan as temperatures are expected to fall below 35 degrees overnight Monday (Nov. 17).” – NOLA.com

BP wants a federal judge to cap its potential oil-spill pollution fines at a maximum of $12.3 billion, a move that would cut away nearly a third of the penalties U.S. prosecutors are seeking for the Deepwater Horizon disaster. FuelFix.com reports the British oil giant argued in court papers Friday that the judge, in determining its fines, should disregard the higher penalties in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Coast Guard regulations because, it claimed, neither agency has the authority to raise maximum penalties above Congress’s $3,000-per-barrel cap for environmental liabilities under the Clean Water Act.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Gov. Bobby Jindal defended his decision not to use federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage and said he’s proud of his record as governor despite low poll numbers during an appearance Sunday on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.'” – NOLA.com

“Candidates in the 5th Congressional District race, Republican Ralph Abraham and Democrat Jamie Mayo, appeared on Louisiana Public Broadcasting on Friday (Nov. 14) to discuss their positions on the issues facing the nation.” – NOLA.com

“Less than one week after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, U.S. senators on Tuesday are expected to vote on a Keystone bill of their own. The Senate’s Hoeven-Landrieu bill would authorize construction of the pipeline, which would bring up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day from tar sands in Alberta, Canada to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Two Destrehan high school teachers accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student head to court.” – Fox 8 Live

“With prime seats in section 130 of the Superdome, both Tony Williams and Christa Barrett had their eyes on getting a football after a celebration.” – WWL-TV

“LSU head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron have forgotten more football than we collectively will ever know. So with that, let’s proceed with caution and lean towards being baffled more than anything else.” – Jacques Doucet/WAFB

If the offense had started faster, it would have been a different game,” Miles said. “It’s that simple. We have some work to do. We need to make fixes and finish the season strong.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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