Low Popahirum, February 9, 2015


“Even as Jindal again condemned Common Core standards last week in a speech to the American Principles Project in Washington, D.C., CNN reported that critics note Louisiana’s school system continues to lag behind nearly every other state in K-12 achievement. The state finished 49th in an annual report from Education Week.” – Daily Signal

“I keep telling my friends in the national media that if you think Bobby Jindal has a chance in hell of becoming president, send a reporter down to spend a few days in Louisiana, seeing what condition he’s leaving his state in.” – Rod Dreher/American Conservative

“In a phone interview, Mr. Jindal defended his record, attributing “the vast majority” of the shortfall to the downturn in oil prices and insisting that a shrunken state government was the goal, not an unfortunate side effect.” – NY Times

“It’s another budget year in Louisiana, which means that it’s time for the annual festival in which lily-livered Republicans and the media they enable gather to wring their hands about Bobby Jindal’s fiscal policies. This year the hand wringing is perhaps more fervent than ever given governor Jindal’s elevated national profile due to the speculation that he will run for President. A sample of the kvetching can be found in Politico and the New York Times. Over at AmCon, serial changer of religious and political convictions Rod Dreher shows us how some alleged ‘conservatives’ are doing it.” – Leon Wolf/RedState

“With the plunge in oil prices already complicating many planned industrial projects in Louisiana, another factor is rearing its head — the rising value of the dollar. That’s a problem because many of the chemical and petrochemical plants target overseas markets, where demand is slowing.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said his office — which oversees state parks and tourism, among other things — will have to lay off over 100 employees and close three historic sites for the rest of the year as a result of the state’s most recent round of midyear budget cuts.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had a pithy response to a widely circulated portrait of him that made his skin tone look white -– and quickly turned it into an attack on liberals whom he said are ‘obsessed with race.’ ‘You mean I’m not white?’ Jindal, who is Indian-American, said at a breakfast session organized by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington, D.C.” – ABC News

“The $17.7 billion long-term debt of Louisiana’s teacher and state employee pension plans just got larger. Known as ‘unfunded accrued liabilities,’ the UAL for the state’s teachers’ and employees’ retirements has hit the $19.2 billion mark.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Terrebonne Parish School Board on Tuesday will consider whether to ask the Governor’s Office to be removed from Common Core testing.” – Houma Courier

“Since it was unveiled 17 months ago, the proposed city of St. George has steadily shrunk.” – Baton Rouge Advocate


“The problem, as various capital-‘F’ Fascists and National Socialists and Communist politburos and Vox readers all discovered in their turn, is that even if these dispassionate and disinterested managers existed — and they don’t — bureaucracies do not have the collective cognitive firepower to replace markets, or even to intelligently guide them. From the Soviet five-year plans to Obamacare, all central-planning exercises begin in hubris and end in chaos.” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“On Sunday, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd said he believes President Barack Obama intentionally stirred controversy at the National Prayer Breakfast because he does not like the event.” – Breitbart

“NBC Nightly News Managing Editor and anchorman Brian Williams said Saturday that he is temporarily removing himself from the network’s nightly broadcasts following revelations he made false statements about his experience reporting in Iraq in 2003.” – Fox News

“A political storm was raging in Israel Sunday after the leader of the left-wing Zionist Camp said he had met Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday on the sidelines of an international security conference in Germany shortly after the same top U.S. officials had reportedly decided to shun Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he addresses a joint session of Congress next month.” – The Blaze

“After six years, it is so tiring to constantly be lectured to, talked down to, by Barack Obama that at some level, the content doesn’t really matter. It’s the principle of the thing. We elected a commander-in-chief, not a scold-in-chief, but the latter is what the progressive Left, embodied by Obama, sees as its primary role today. They just can’t see the rest of the country, outside the Upper East Side salons and Cambridge and San Francisco dining rooms, as adults. We’re all of us, all 300 million of us, the slightly dim children that need to be lectured to constantly. Sit up, don’t slouch, you’re forgetting your racist past, etc., etc.” – National Review

“The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell three weeks from now, and the possibility that the justices might uphold the health care ‘reform’ law as written has driven our liberal friends to the edge of lunacy. This is never a long journey for anyone on the left, of course, but they have arrived at the precipice with unusual alacrity this time. Their predictions about the outcome should the Court rule that ‘established by the state’ actually means “established by the state” have gone from the merely portentous to the downright apocalyptic in only a few months.” – American Spectator

“They say that the perfect is often the enemy of the good. In the pursuit of perfection, California’s fiddlers and tinkerers possessed with an outsize sense of their historical significance have gone and made an imperfect but functional system worse.” – Hot Air

“The secrecy surrounding the Obama administration’s plans for regulating the Internet has prompted a congressional inquiry into whether the independent Federal Communications Commission or the White House and its allies are calling the shots over the future of the nation’s broadband networks.” – Washington Free Beacon

“Washington Post reporters Chico Harlan and Jim Tankersley spike the ball on behalf of the Democrats in an article called ‘Healthy economy forces Republicans to rethink Obama-skewering strategy.’ Their talking point is that our ‘robust economy. . .is threatening the longtime Republican strategy of criticizing President Obama for holding back growth and hiring, forcing the GOP to overhaul its messaging at the beginnings of a presidential campaign.’
Power Line

“Anyone who receives Obamacare subsidies could be in for a rude awakening this tax season. Four in ten low-income Obamacare participants will face sticker shock this April 15 when they discover they owe a great deal of money to the IRS because of a little-known ‘clawback’ provision in the health-care law.” – Daily Caller



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