Low Popahirum, February 19, 2015

NATIONAL

“As a presidential candidate, President Obama expressed his desire to ‘change the trajectory of America’ along the lines of Ronald Reagan, rebuking the legacy of Bill Clinton’s pragmatic presidency in the process. Now that his own presidency is winding down, Obama is finding that his main legacy is only half-achieved. He has indeed transformed the Democratic party to his liking, but failed to get anyone else to follow suit.” – National Journal

“A Catholic Bishop from Nigeria has leveled an explosive charge against President Barack Obama over his failure to adequately help Nigeria in the African nation’s fight againt the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram that might explain why Obama has let Boko Haram slaughter Nigerian Christians and rape and enslave Christian girls.” – Gateway Pundit

“But there is a deeper problem with the Administration’s semantic dodges. Al Qaeda, Islamic State, Boko Haram and other jihadist groups are waging more than a military conflict. They are also waging an increasingly successful ideological war for the soul of Islam and its 1.6 billion followers.” – WSJ

“After all his bluster about the great avalanche of Latino votes supposedly waiting to bury Republicans in 2016 if they don’t pass amnesty, he’s got a lot on the line in the next election. No one is as invested as Gutierrez in the idea that Latinos are, when push comes to shove, single-issue voters and that that single issue is immigration. Polls have disproved that repeatedly, but his political stature rests entirely on that perception. If Republicans run on a ‘border security first’ platform (a “no amnesty” platform is out of the question) and win the presidency because of their economic message or foreign policy message or what have you, doing no worse with Latinos than Romney did, what’s left of Gutierrez’s credibility?” – Hot Air

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.” – POLITICO

The United States last declared war on June 5, 1942, against Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. Congress can perhaps be said to have ‘authorized’ America’s first conflict after World War II by promptly funding it when North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel in June 1950. But merely post facto consent leaves presidents as no president should be: completely unfettered. And vulnerable: It is bewildering that presidents often are reluctant to bring a collaborative Congress along when they step into the fog of war, where some things always go wrong.” – George Will/National Review

“There are thousands of state employees with six-figure public pensions, Rauner said, an unconscionable luxury while so many taxpayers wonder whether Cholula sauce will improve the dry dog food we’ll be eating when we’re old.” – Chicago Tribune

“Billionaire Mark Cuban said Wednesday at a tech conference that he fears the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to regulate the Internet would ‘f*** everything up.’” – The Blaze

George W. Bush made Jon Stewart. Even Stewart has admitted that his show came into its own when Bush did. A world in which a President Gore spent eight years sonorously lecturing Americans about his love for the trees is also a world in which Jon Stewart would be out there doing pizza commercials.” – Sultan Knish

“During last summer’s border crisis, left-wing and mainstream media outlets mocked Americans who were concerned that illegal immigrants may be carrying disease like Tuberculosis. But in a story downplaying the measles threat from Mexico and Central America, the Los Angeles Times concedes that, ‘beyond measles, however, there are some serious diseases that are brought to the United States from Mexico and Central America.’” – Breitbart

LOUISIANA

“As Louisiana colleges and universities brace for potentially catastrophic budget cuts in the coming year, higher education leaders again plan to urge the state Legislature to give schools the flexibility to set tuition prices without legislative interference. But, as in years past, even supporters of the proposal say they expect it will be hard to convince state lawmakers to part with their control over tuition rates.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and state Sen. Elbert Guillory still haven’t filed campaign finance reports for Louisiana’s 2015 lieutenant governor’s race, though both have said they are running. The deadline is Wednesday night (Feb. 18) at midnight.” – NOLA.com

“A new bug that can kill an ash tree in just a couple of years has been discovered in Louisiana. On Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry reported that the state joined 24 others in being the new home of the emerald ash borer insect that has wreaked havoc on ash tree populations from Michigan to Arkansas.” – Lake Charles American Press

“A judge decided Wednesday that the former Lafayette Parish Schools maintenance supervisor whose hiring had been one cause in the firing of former Superintendent Pat Cooper doesn’t have grounds to file his own wrongful termination lawsuit.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana taxpayers who quickly filed their state taxes and are eagerly waiting for their tax refunds will have to keep waiting.” – WWL-TV

“Secretary of State Tom Schedler announced Wednesday that he will lay off 24 full-time employees and reduce hours at museums under his control to cope with the midyear budget cut assigned to his office by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Schedler said layoffs will begin in mid-April, if approved by civil service officials.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“So where has Angelle spent his 2014 campaign cash? Here’s a not-so-comprehensive list:” – NOLA.com

“Video editor John Beyer had some raw reaction to our findings about your tax dollars, handed over for a reality TV show about the Saintsations, the Saints dance team.” – Fox 8 Live

“Just when it seemed Gov. Bobby Jindal would never in a million years consider raising taxes to help offset a budget crisis for the ages, along comes news out of Baton Rouge that the Jindal administration is eyeing a program that pays businesses to do business in Louisiana.” – Sam Hanna/Ouachita Citizen

“Cameron will be looking to duplicate that same kind of success that Mettenberger had with LSU’s latest quarterback commitment, Feleipe Franks. Franks may not have the benefit of throwing to an Odell Beckham Jr. when he gets to campus, but there should be plenty of talent for Franks to get the ball to once he develops under Cameron.” – Son Of A Coach

 

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