Low Popahirum, January 12, 2015

NATIONAL

“Tonight in Paris, up to three million people marched to support freedom of speech and to defy Islamic terrorism. They were led by more than 40 heads of state–along with France’s President Francois Hollande, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and dozens more. But no high-ranking American official attended. Barack Obama did not join his fellow leaders. Nor did he send Joe Biden, John Kerry–whose purported ability to speak French might finally have come in handy–or even Eric Holder, who was in Paris but apparently had more important commitments. The United States was represented only by its ambassador to France, an Obama campaign bundler named Jane Hartley.” – Power Line

So why didn’t POTUS show up? A liberal friend emailed me that it was admittedly a ‘political mistake.’ ‘Political,’ yes, but ‘mistake?’ I doubt the decision was made innocently or even faintly by mistake. Obama is a man known for his political expediency more than anything, indeed above anything, and also for being a constant campaigner. It was obvious that going to Paris would have been good public relations and that therefore not attending was a deliberate choice.” – Roger L. Simon/PJ Media

“According to an administration official, President Obama spent part of his Sunday afternoon watching a National Football League game on television.” – American Thinker

“PROTESTERS around the West, horrified by the massacre in Paris, have held up pens and chanted ‘Je suis Charlie’ — I am Charlie. They lie. The Islamist terrorists are winning, and the coordinated attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and kosher shop will be just one more success. One more step to our gutless surrender.” – Andrew Bolt/Herald Sun

“The decision to publish Choudary is questionable to say the least, given that he used space in a national newspaper to issue a veiled threat of terrorism. On the other hand, his arguments are the kind that are not likely to convince anyone who is not already converted, and for everyone else, it’s a wakeup call to remind them that Islamists have no concept of freedom or individual rights and are perfectly happy murdering to impose their creed on the entire world.” – The Federalist

“As President Barack Obama addressed the nation regarding national cyber security efforts, hackers claiming to represent the Islamic State (IS) took over the Twitter account of the Pentagon division in charge of the Middle East.” – Washington Free Beacon

“Dear Mitt, I know we haven’t always seen eye to eye. And I’ve been tough on you in the past but you need to hear this from someone…drop the idea of running again.” – DrewM./Ace Of Spades

“The bulletin now falls squarely in the pantheon of unconfirmed phenomena, along with U.F.O.s, sightings of the Loch Ness monster and the breakup of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Fidel Castro is dead.” – NY Times

“The starkest contrasts on the 2016 debate stage are unlikely to be those highlighted by the dispute over the prudence of a policy of isolationism or interventionism abroad. Nor will it exposed by the fight between Republicans who back proposals aimed at strengthening border security before engaging in immigration reform against those who would pursue a combined strategy. The most defined distinctions, he contends, will be drawn by the Republicans of the Bush era and those who rose to prominence under Obama.” – Hot Air

Obama’s legacy is one of means, not ends. He has laid the groundwork for a political order less answerable to voters. His delay of the Obamacare employer mandate by fiat, his provision of working papers to immigrants by executive order — these are not applications of old tricks but dangerous constitutional innovations. After last fall’s electoral rout, the president claimed to have “heard” (presumably to speak on behalf of) the two-thirds of people who didn’t vote. And he has forged a partnership with the country’s rich — not the high-earning professionals calumniated in populist oratory (including his own) but the really existing Silicon Valley and Wall Street plutocracy.” – New York Magazine

LOUISIANA

“If Bobby Jindal threads the needle just right, the Louisiana governor can get elected president in 2016.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not consider Louisiana’s same-sex marriage case during this current term.” – WDSU

“Legislation likely to come up in the legislative session this year would direct some contracts for state services to colleges and universities. As Louisiana colleges and universities brace for future funding cuts, state Treasurer John Kennedy is proposing the measure, which he says would address concerns about a lack of oversight of non-government organizations, or NGOs, that get state contracts, while also providing more money for cash-strapped colleges and universities.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The fight over whether oil companies may be sued over damage to Louisiana’s coastal marshes has been appealed to the state’s high court.” – Biloxi Sun-Herald

“The trip is aimed at seeking new foreign investment for Louisiana. It also offers an opportunity for the possible presidential candidate to bolster his foreign policy credentials.” – WWNO

“House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he will fight proposals floated by Gov. Bobby Jindal to slash $300 million from Louisiana colleges next year. Kleckley, a Republican typically allied with the governor, said Friday he’s heard talk of higher education cuts up to $370 million in the budget year that begins July 1. He says that would devastate campuses and workforce development efforts. The House speaker said he’s weighing options to avoid the slashing, declining to elaborate.” – Lake Charles American Press

“Bossier Republican Mike Johnson will represent Louisiana’s 8th District in the 2015 Spring session of the Louisiana Legislature, after drawing no opponents during the three-day qualifying period that ended Friday.” – ArkLaTex Home Page

“Louisiana is the second-most reliant state on federal aid, taking in 44 percent of its general revenue from the government in the most recently available fiscal year, according to the Washington Post.” – NOLA.com

“The announcement three weeks ago that Redemptorist High will close when the school year ends in May is the latest in a series of changes that have left north Baton Rouge parents shopping for high schools but with fewer and fewer options.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Somewhere between the behind-the-back-dribble driving one-handed dunk and the seeing-eye, full-court outlet pass, it occurred to me as I watched Ben Simmons at the Alario Center on Thursday night:” – Jeff Duncan/NOLA.com



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