Low Popahirum, December 9, 2014


“Sen. Dianne Feinstein brushed aside an urgent 11th-hour plea from Secretary of State John Kerry and opposition from the Obama administration to release a report Tuesday detailing the CIA’s extreme interrogation of suspected terrorists in the months and years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.” – Washington Examiner

“The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a massive report seven years in the making that asserts the CIA misled the public, Congress and the White House while carrying out “enhanced interrogation” techniques that, in some cases, amounted to torture.” – The Hill

“First, it seemed the wheels were coming off the bus internationally. Our people were murdered in Benghazi, Libya. Iraq crumbled. Then Libya crumbled, again. The Islamic State conquered vast stretches of territory. Russia grabbed part of Ukraine. Israel and the United States fought while Iran inched closer to getting the bomb. Our Sunni allies publicly lashed out at the administration. China pressed its advantage.” – Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post

“In reality, despite endless pleading from media sycophants, talking about race is something that Obama (wisely) does only very sparingly, and almost always when he’s in some sort of political trouble that only a bit of pandering will solve. That habit goes back to his first campaign, when he stayed away from speaking at length about the subject until the Jeremiah Wright thing blew up and he needed a way to defuse it.” – Hot Air

“House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa asked Jonathan Gruber if he is stupid at a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday morning.” – Daily Caller

“It turns out that it represented transformative wisdom. The fall in the price of oil — about 40 percent in the past several months, down to less than $70 a barrel — is largely the result of the U.S. drilling, and then drilling some more, baby.” – Rich Lowry/National Review

“As it stands now, this will be one of the deepest, most experienced benches of Republican candidates since 1980 when the GOP fielded three governors, two congressmen, two senators, and the former CIA head/RNC chief. We will have six governors looking, five of whom will have served or be in their second term. There will be three senators who’ve been able to galvanize various parts of the right. And there still may be others. More so, of the governors, all will have been economically successful within their states during rocky national economics. They’ll stand in sharp contrast to any field of Democrats.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Rolling Stone article, ‘A Rape On Campus,’ has been largely debunked in recent days after an investigation by The Washington Post called her egregiously terrible and amateur reporting methods into question.” – Daily Caller

“Naming names is a serious business, so I do not write this lightly: We should publicly name the accusers in rape cases.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul Bond, Aaron Minc, attorney for the man Breitbart News calls ‘Barry One,’ says that his client is ‘looking for something from Miss Dunham,’ which almost certainly means a statement or apology of some kind directly from the woman who placed Barry One, a man she knew was innocent, under a cloud of suspicion as her alleged rapist.” – Breitbart


“New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu trumpeted the city’s improved murder rate in a new op-ed published on CNN Money, the news network’s business affiliate.” – NOLA.com

“Few cities understand perseverance better than New Orleans. There’s no other city in America that has had to recreate the intricate fabric of their lives like we’re doing. And, while we’ve still got a long way to go, we’re not only back — in many ways, we’re even stronger than we were before.” – Mitch Landrieu/CNN Money

“U.S. Sen.-elect Bill Cassidy wasn’t the only winner standing onstage at Baton Rouge’s Crowne Plaza on Saturday night after trouncing three-term incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu. Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter took the podium before Cassidy at Cassidy’s victory party and then was mentioned in Cassidy’s speech even before Cassidy thanked his own wife.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“During the first full year of John Georges’ ownership, The Advocate’s digital circulation more than doubled, while the newspaper’s print circulation increased slightly overall. However, in the greater Baton Rouge area—the newspaper’s core market—print circulation continued its decline.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration said it is on track to save more than the $75.6 million in government operations it had promised to the Louisiana Legislature this year to make the current state budget work.” – NOLA.com

“Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Tuesday directing hospitals and health care centers to directly bill the Crime Victims Reparations Board instead of victims of sexual assault for eligible medical expenses.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana Sen. Mary L. Landrieu’s defeat in the Dec. 6 runoff certainly was no surprise. If anything, it seemed inevitable since the evening of Nov. 4, when it became clear a Republican rout was underway and Democrats would lose control of the Senate. But the veteran Democrat’s defeat is another reminder we have entered a period of parliamentary elections, where the parties stand for starkly different ideological agendas and where ticket-splitting, which follows from individual evaluations apart from party, is relatively rare.” – Stuart Rothenberg/Roll Call

“As Brig. Gen. Duke DeLuca wrapped up his 32-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in August, he contemplated the key to Louisiana’s massive, 50-year, $50 billion effort to prevent the southeastern portion of the state from being swallowed by the Gulf of Mexico.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Typically, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is hesitant to impart judgment on his team’s game-day performance until he’s reviewed game film the following day. However, after Sunday’s 41-10 home loss to the Carolina Panthers, he didn’t hesitate to make a snap judgment, calling it ‘awful’ and ’embarrassing.'” – WWL-TV

“A Monroe Garden District resident was attacked by a raccoon in her yard Saturday when the animal wouldn’t let her daughter into the house. Ruth Ulrich, a prominent political figure in Louisiana who served as a Republican National Committeewoman, said the raccoon was hissing at her daughter.” – Monroe News Star



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