Low Popahirum, January 7, 2015

NATIONAL

“Just one day after civil rights attorney Sandy Rubenstein is cleared of rape allegations made against him by a top official of the National Action Network, his former friend Al Sharpton had to explain to reporters why a prescription (in Sharpton’s name) for the sex drug Viagra was found in the embattled attorney’s apartment.” BizPAC Review

“The banners, according to a press statement by the group ‘Retired NYPD for a Safe New York,’ are being flown past the city as part ‘of an organized campaign…to support the brave men and women protecting our streets, while protesting the glaring, dangerous disregard that Mayor de Blasio demonstrates toward the realities of public safety and those who protest our streets in particular.'” – Daily Caller

“While thousands of present and former members of the New York City Police Department have recently displayed their displeasure and anger at Mayor Bill de Blasio by turning their collective backs on him, the mayor fired back by referring to those officers as “disrespectful,” but made no mention of his wife sporting denim blue jeans to the funeral of assassinated Detective Wenjian Liu this past Sunday.” – Examiner

“At least one report out there claims they knew who they were looking for. Supposedly, once they broke into the building and confronted the staff, they asked for their targets by name. I haven’t seen that confirmed yet but it makes sense given how many top players at Charlie Hebdo ended up dead. They murdered the magazine’s editor, Stéphane Charbonnier, and three cartoonists. Some of these people would have escaped purely by chance, I suspect, if the jihadis had gone in with guns blazing to kill indiscriminately.” – Hot Air

“‘To ask me to vote against the speaker on the last day like this, without having an alternative to vote for, without really having a chance to vet that person and debate this and discuss this, I said, was just a really bad idea,’ Fleming told National Review Online, explaining why he voted to confirm Boehner as House speaker. ‘If we’re going to change leadership, we need to do it in a very systematic and organized way.'” – National Review

“Boehner confirmed that the Rules Committee agreed hours after the Tuesday vote to boot two of the defectors off the committee: Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who challenged Boehner for Speaker, and Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.), who voted for his fellow Florida Republican.” – The Hill

“Fast forward to today’s American er…..’conservatives.’ What generally poses for conservatism these days is the Tea Party movement. To be perfectly blunt, the Tea Party isn’t very conservative at all. The Tea Party are demagogues who seem to want to launch a revolution against the “establishment”. Except, the problem is, they’re not too sure what the ‘establishment’ is. They’re populist radicals and reactionaries, who have no idea what conservatism is.” – Kevin Boyd/The Liberty Papers

Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs. Here are five of the most popular myths that should be rejected by all who are genuinely committed to improving the circumstances of women:” – Christina Hoff Sommers/TIME

“In fact, you are probably already feeling the first twinges without recognizing that their source is Obamacare. If you are among the 150 million Americans who get health insurance through their employers, for example, chances are that the coverage your company offered for 2015 has much higher premiums than did last year’s plan. The President and his toad eaters in the legacy media will do their best to convince you that these increases are caused by insurance company avarice, but this is merely another lie they are peddling in the hope that they can save Obama’s ‘signature domestic achievement.'” – David Catron/American Spectator

“Whoever the next President is, he will seek a second term in the year 2020. For the Republicans, they should take advantage of 2020 and tell us with foresight, not with hindsight, what their vision for America is. And I want to extend an invitation to all of them from Jeb Bush, who has announced, to the rest who will announce, to share their vision at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta in August. Several of the candidate I expect to declare have committed. All of them are welcome.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

LOUISIANA

“Baton Rouge Republican Garret Graves, until recently head of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, will represent the Capital Region in the new Congress. Business Report spoke with him about flood insurance, taxes and ISIS, among other issues.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Sweeping legislation that would ban smoking in most businesses and public spaces across New Orleans sparked fiery debate Wednesday in the City Council chamber.” – NOLA.com

“The National Weather Service Slidell office updated its cold-weather forecast Wednesday to include a slight chance of freezing rain in Baton Rouge Friday morning.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“It’s not really a surprise to find Obama hack Josh Earnest repeating this lie in spite of the fact that it has been pretty much conclusively disproven. You would hope, however, that the New York Times could muster the dignity to at least point out that Scalise’s attendance is a point of factual dispute (with the facts being on one side, and crazy anonymous Internet racists on the other). However, not only did they not do that, but they have actually expanded the claim, libeling Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) in the process by claiming that he actually gave a ‘white supremacist speech:'” – RedState

“Mayor-President Kip Holden announced Wednesday details about his $350 million tax plan that he hopes will better public safety in Baton Rouge. Speaking to the Baton Rouge rotary club, Holden announced that a May 2 ballot proposition would add a new parish prison, a new juvenile facility and a new mental health center.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A state lawmaker from the Houma area wants his colleagues to convene a special legislative session to tackle Louisiana’s continuing budget problems. Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Gray, sent a petition Tuesday to House and Senate members, asking for their support to call a 14-day special session starting March 30.” – NOLA.com

“A brass band strolled through a riverside warehouse holding huge, colorful parade floats as New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials Tuesday kicked off the city’s official countdown to Mardi Gras.” – Shreveport Times

“A federal appeals court in New Orleans is considering whether a Texas law puts up an unconstitutional obstacle to women seeking abortions. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals closely questioned lawyers on both sides about a provision requiring abortion clinics to meet the same physical standards as walk-in surgical clinics.” – Lake Charles American Press

“New Orleans Office of Inspector General investigations in 2014 resulted in 10 indictments, three convictions, the termination of 13 city employees and uncovered fraud potentially worth more than $3 million, according to the agency’s annual report.” – NOLA.com

“Some Iowa religious conservative leaders said Tuesday night that they’d never thought of Bobby Jindal as a faith-driven politician — the Louisiana governor is better known as an Ivy League-educated, policy-driven idea generator, they said.” – Des Moines Register



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