Low Popahirum, January 20, 2015


“The president will enter the House chamber Tuesday night for his sixth State of the Union address riding a wave of confidence driven by an improving economy and brightening public approval ratings. And he seems as defiant as ever.” – Washington Post

“But there’s really only one thing Obama is trying to get across: He’s still here.” – POLITICO

“President Barack Obama’s budget proposal—which he will outline during his State of the Union address Tuesday night—would tax college savings plans that benefit middle-class families, raising concerns among some policy experts.” – Washington Free Beacon

“GOP lawmakers plan to employ the seldom-used Congressional Review Act (CRA), which gives lawmakers the power to formally disapprove of major agency rules, as they seek to ratchet up their attacks on federal red tape.” – The Hill

“The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives $200 million US in 72 hours, directly demanding the ransom from Japan’s premier during his visit to the Middle East.” – CBC

“Inevitably, Democrats are trying to figure out why the present that dismays them is so much less congenial than the future they recently anticipated. Some have begun to disparage Obamacare, the incumbent’s most FDR-like achievement. Half of the 60 Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act in December 2009—the exact number needed to prevent its being filibustered to death, since all Republicans opposed it—are no longer in the Senate. These ex-senators include eight who were defeated by Republicans, and eight more who chose not to run again and were succeeded by Republicans.” – Weekly Standard

“Storming into bars and restaurants, locking themselves to concrete-filled-barrels and blocking Interstates. This is the progressive grassroots of 2015. This is the Left, capital-L. This is blind fury, lashing out at others for having the audacity to drink beverages, eat brunch, or commute in a manner that the self-appointed arbiters of justice on the Left deem insufficiently down with the cause. There is no actual “activism” here. There is no attempt at persuasion here. There is no thought here. There is only resentment and anger and a desire to lash out at anybody who isn’t one of them. There’s no agenda or plan to actually improve things. There’s no call to action. It’s just rage-whining.” – Jim Geraghty/National Review

“If you followed the toxic enthusiasm MSNBC hosts and guests displayed for hurling accusations of racism or racial insensitivity toward Republicans in 2012, then a recent segment on that cable news network involving comments made by Bobby Jindal should sound lamentably familiar.” – Hot Air

Things are going downhill quickly in Yemen as Iran-backed rebels have seized control, reports the Associated Press:” – PJ Media

“By now, you may have heard of ‘manspreading’ – when a guy sits with his legs apart on the subway to assert his dominance — and ‘manslamming’ – when a man doesn’t get out of the way of a woman on the street and they run into each other.” – Katharine Timpf/National Review


“When U.S. Sen. David Vitter used the opening forum of the 2015 gubernatorial campaign season to tout his leadership on a bipartisan congressional highway bill and vow to press ahead on a follow-up, one of his rivals seized on the opening.” – Stephanie Grace/Baton Rouge Advocate

“Actor and activist Danny Glover is perplexed by New Orleans and its entrenched poverty and inequality.” – NOLA.com

“Some countries have allowed Muslims to establish autonomous neighborhoods in cities where they govern by a harsh version of Islamic law, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday during a speech in London.” – Shreveport Times

“In the speech, he claimed there were Muslim communities in Europe that are not subjected to normal legal controls and allowed to enforce a version of Islamic religious law instead. Jindal labeled these Muslim communities — where Islamic law is supposedly enforced instead of the parent countries’ regulations — as ‘no-go zones.'” – NOLA.com

“Liberals make a reasonable case that Louisiana’s tax system is unfair to the poor. They are right to demand a correction, which is exactly what a group called the Louisiana Budget Project did last week.” – Quin Hillyer/Baton Rouge Advocate

“Several ideas have been tossed around to make the streetcars wheelchair accessible. Advocates are running into a roadblock because the St. Charles streetcar line is a national historic registered site.” – WWL-TV

“House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, who has generated controversy over remarks in 2002 to members of a white supremacist group and for voting against a state holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., said Monday that ‘our nation has been strengthened‘ by the slain civil rights leader’s legacy.” – NOLA.com

“Ready or not, the 2015 college baseball season is about to begin with the LSU Tigers opening their year on February 13 against Kansas in Alex Box Stadium. Expectations are once again high for the Tigers, which are ranked No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll. Junior short stop Alex Bregman and junior outfielder Andrew Stevenson have been named preseason All-Americans.” – Jacques Doucet/WAFB

“Former Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen is returning to the New Orleans Saints, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday morning. Schefter said Allen would assume a ‘senior defensive role’ on the team, working with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.” – NOLA.com

” The Saints have hired former Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland to take over the team’s college scouting, according to a couple of league sources.” – WWL-TV



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