Low Popahirum, December 10, 2014


“The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as ‘riders,’ that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups.” – Washington Post

“I don’t know what animus or desire for political gain drove Senate Democrats to produce a vindictive, one-sided report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques (almost all of which, for better or worse, are now history). But if you read between the lines, the picture that emerges is quite different: a civilized nation, determined to protect its people, did the dirty work necessary to learn the secrets of a ruthless, terrorist enemy, acting almost always within legal and moral norms. Americans should be proud of the Central Intelligence Agency and others who fought on the secret front lines in the dark days after September 11.” – Power Line

“Still, stop and ask yourself why. Why now? Who cares? The vast majority of Americans will lose not one wink of sleep over the fates of the prisoners in Guantanamo or those stashed away in rendition prisons in various dark and savage corners of the world. They’re getting what’s coming to them. They asked for it.” – Michael Walsh/PJ Media

“With the release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let’s consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone strikes against terrorists, conducted in a variety of countries around the world.” – Michael Gerson/Washington Post

“Not only are rank-and-file protestors paler than their Guy Fawkes masks, many black organizers feel they are being shoved aside by the gentrifiers:” – Jon Gabriel/Ricochet

“Were these guys born yesterday? We weren’t, and the left-wing protest culture has been a familiar feature of American politics for longer than we can remember. The Brown and Garner protests are more disruptive than usual, but what really sets them apart is that they’re being egged on by the most powerful man in the world.” – James Taranto/WSJ

The Democratic Party is a mess. One group of party leaders sees 2014 as simply a bad year, requiring just some tweaks. Others regard 2014 as a disaster and want an overhaul, and fast.” – McClatchy DC

How does one explain liberals’ relentless obsession with race? Democrats and left-wing activists clutch the notion of racism as America’s defining characteristic just as streetcorner drunks cling to their fifths of cheap booze. No matter what, neither community can unhand those bottles.” – Deroy Murdock/National Review

“Just three years ago, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge were the toast of the liberal establishment. The Facebook co-founder and his politically ambitious husband embodied all the attributes of a bona fide ‘gay power couple.’ In 2012, Hughes bought The New Republic, rescuing the flagship liberal magazine from financial peril and establishing himself as a player in Washington. At the same time, Eldridge was quietly preparing to run for Congress in upstate New York.” – Daily Beast

“The fact is that Dunham identified the rapist as the most prominent Republican at Oberlin. This, alone, reduces the range of possibilities to the low single digits. She further says he had a radio show. Now we are in rarefied air: a prominent Oberlin college Republican with a radio show. Finally, she named him as Barry. How many of those do you think there are?” – RedState


“In the end, Mary Landrieu actually did a little better than expected. With polls showing her down as many as 26 points to Bill Cassidy less than a week prior to Election Day, the final 56-44 result in Cassidy’s favor almost reads as a moral victory on her part.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“Mary Landrieu may have lost her Senate seat, but the Louisiana Democrat is a hot commodity on K Street. Several headhunters, veteran lobbyists and consultants said Landrieu’s status as a moderate Democrat and senior member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee make her a top recruit from Capitol Hill.” – POLITICO

“Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden announced Wednesday morning that he would run for lieutenant governor. Holden stressed the turnaround in Baton Rouge during his tenure and said he would make that success happen on a state level.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

The agency is running out of money and will have to shut down by the end of 2015 if no permanent funding source is identified. Holden has refused to allocate city-parish funds to help keep it afloat, and has pointedly criticized its former president and CEO, Walter Monsour, who resigned in November amid controversy.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“The American oil and natural gas industry depends on Louisiana. It depends on our friends, families and neighbors who work on the rigs and at the ports to provide fuels that Louisiana and the rest of country needs in constant supply. Thanks to recent developments in American innovation we are doing that work even better and at a bigger scale today than ever before.” – Chris John/NOLA.com

Senator David Vitter has drafted legislation he says would prevent Washington, DC from using federal funding as a way to force states to adopt Common Core, the controversial set of education standards.” – WWL-AM

The Metro Council approved the mayor’s 2015 budget on Tuesday with no changes for the third year in a row, after a failed attempt to add pay raises for the Department of Public Works. The $830 million plan for the year’s spending includes money for more police vehicles and more police academies to train recruits. Among those snubbed from receiving additional resources were city workers who hoped for more substantial pay raises and the Constable’s Office, which asked for additional vehicles.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Peterson’s analysis is laughable. For example, she speaks of the “toxic media environment.” Peterson should read the papers or magazines before trotting out such nonsense. She must not own a television or go to the movies. Because just about every person involved in all those industries – which comprise ‘the media’ – is on her side.” – James Varney/NOLA.com

“The latest move is a report from GoBlueWolverine.com that U-M has made contact with LSU coach Les Miles’ agent, based on an anonymous source.” – Shreveport Times

“When Cameron spoke to the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club earlier this week, he acknowledged that he could have done a better job with his young signal callers.” – Geaux 247



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