Low Popahirum, November 19, 2014

LOUISIANA

“The rich left-wing Democrats’ unwillingness to accept the desire of most Americans is as stupid as it is frustrating. Their vote hurts Landrieu but helps nothing. It’s not as if the tar sands in Canada will simply sit untouched; the grandstanding of Sanders and his ilk will reap no genuine environmental benefit whatsoever.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

This plays right into [Cassidy’s] hands. I don’t know whose idea this was.” – Lafayette Advertiser

“On Tuesday, Guillory’s explanation of the incident ran as a letter to the editor in The Advocate. Here’s his letter:” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joins the list of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates to visit Louisiana in an effort to help elect Rep. Bill Cassidy to the Senate.” – NOLA.com

“At least 1,581 other police departments across the USA arrest black people at rates even more skewed than in Ferguson, a USA Today analysis of arrest records shows. According to the analysis, Baton Rouge’s arrest rates per 1,000 residents in 2012 also shows blacks were arrested at a rate nearly three times the non-black arrest rate. Nonetheless, an interactive feature on the USA Today website says Baton Rouge’s racial arrest disparity is smaller than the U.S. average. The New Orleans area, however, has a higher than average disparity.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

Stevie Wonder is lending a hand to endangered Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans to drum up campaign cash for the Big Easy Committee, a joint committee that supports Landrieu and the Democratic State Central Committee of Louisiana.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said Tuesday that the Senate’s failure to pass a bill authorizing the Keystone pipeline doesn’t undermine her reelection efforts. But Republicans were quick to argue her primary argument for returning to the Senate has now been demolished and that the outcome could further boost Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).” – The Hill

“There’s a possibility of strong storms on Saturday as a low pressure system is set to move through the state and impact south Louisiana from Lafayette to Baton Rouge to New Orleans. However, just how strong the storms could be is still being monitored by meteorologists at the National Weather Service.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Businesses, tour guides and citizens are up in arms about a spike in what they’re calling aggressive ‘gutter punks’ in the French Quarter.” – WWL-TV

“Cut Off-based Edison Chouest Offshore International submitted the low bid on the contract to build a docking area for Petrobras at the Acu port in the state of Rio de Janeiro, according to Bloomberg News. Edison Chouest’s bid was $1.16 billion. But state-run Petrobras has yet to confirm Edison Chouest won the contract.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

NATIONAL

“President Barack Obama plans to announce an executive order in Las Vegas on Friday to address immigration reform, CNBC has confirmed.” – CNBC

“Millions of undocumented immigrants who are set to be granted a form of legal status by President Obama as early as this week will not receive one key benefit: government subsidies for health care available under the Affordable Care Act.” – NY Times

“Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said late Tuesday that he thinks President Obama’s executive action on immigration will grant two-year work permits and require those who apply to have American citizen children.” – The Hill

“Regardless of when President Obama announces his plan to give work permits and Social Security numbers to millions of illegal immigrants, House Republicans are now expected to pass a short-term government funding bill early this December that will allow them to defund Obama’s work permit giveaway early next year.” – Conn Carroll/Townhall

“What to say about the latest round of Islamo-carnage in Jerusalem that hasn’t been said thousands of times before? Golda Meir made it all clear in her famous 1957 speech at the National Press Club in DC: ‘Peace will come when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us.’” – Roger L. Simon/PJ Media

“No kidding. On almost every measure, the Democratic Party has lost significant ground to Republicans during the Barack Obama era. Six years ago, they seemed ascendant, on the verge of the mythical “permanent majority” not just on the federal level but in state legislatures, politically and culturally, and certainly demographically. After suffering through not just one but two historic midterm debacles, Republicans are now much stronger than they were during the peak of the George Bush era — or even the Ronald Reagan era, in all places but the White House.” – Hot Air

“The crushing costs of compliance with the regulatory burdens of Obamacare have already been well documented, especially as they pertain to small businesses. But as small businesses prepare their corporate tax returns next year, many accountants are warning that, based on Department of Labor guidelines issued after the election, countless small businesses are about to be hit with a huge tax penalty that they simply cannot afford.” – RedState

President Obama is marinated in the left-wing hatred of Israel and, not surprisingly, he hates Israel (not just Prime Minister Netanyahu, though there is that too). He has no patience with Israel’s struggle for survival. He seeks to engineer Israel’s surrender to her enemies. His attitude toward Israel is perhaps a little more obvious than his attitude toward the United States. As with so many issues, however, Israel presents as a test and a leading indicator.” – Power Line

“Still, the feminists have a point. Although I like the shirt (which is now selling like hotcakes), I would never wear it to a nice restaurant, never mind on a globally broadcast TV interview. The reason I wouldn’t wear it has very little to do with my fear of offending feminists. It’s simply unsuitable professional attire. I’d ask critics of the feminist backlash, would you wear it on a job interview? How about to church or synagogue?” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

Dickinson is the third accuser to come forward since comedian Hannibal Burrell called Cosby a rapist during a stand-up routine in Philadelphia last month.” – NY Daily News

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