Low Popahirum, March 25, 2015


“The latest White House tantrum in the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election last week took the form of a speech delivered Monday by Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, in which he declared that ‘an occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end.’” – WSJ

“At a news conference Tuesday, Obama barely denied that they don’t get along saying that they have a ‘businesslike relationship’ and then provided a calm, confident and, in his telling, complete dissection of just what’s wrong with the Israeli prime minister’s approach to the peace process and the Iran negotiations.” – POLITICO

“Here is my advice to the Israeli government, along with every other country being treated disdainfully by this crass administration: Repay contempt with contempt. Mr. Obama plays to classic bully type. He is abusive and surly only toward those he feels are either too weak, or too polite, to hit back.” – Bret Stephens/WSJ

“Meanwhile, that frumpy drudge, Hillary Clinton, waddles about swaddled in her Maoist conformity to old feminist man-aping tropes. I would suggest that you picture Hillary in a bright and winsome party skirt, festooned with newly-empowering 1950s patterns, but as you know, what has been seen cannot be unseen.” – Scott Ott/PJ Media

“Walker watchers have long questioned his ability to take his Wisconsin organization national. And his proto-presidential operation is in many ways a Wisconsin one: steering the ship are Keith Gilkes, who managed Walker’s 2010 campaign and his recall election, and served as the governor’s chief of staff during his first term in office; R. J. Johnson, Walker’s longtime campaign strategist; and Stephan Thompson, who served as deputy campaign manager for Walker’s 2010 bid and ran his 2014 campaign for reelection.” – National Review

“Obama believes the fallacy that all ultra-reformers believe in. The perfectibility of man. If given the right education, the right worldview, the right morality, we would all get along. It is the signature error of all revolutions gone awry.” – American Thinker

“It was no surprise on Monday when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) formally announced his presidential bid. By last summer, he was making key hires for his campaign crew. And this included recruiting a controversial Missouri-based political operative named Jeff Roe, who is known for his ruthless, bare-knuckled style and who has recently been in the news due to a tragic death.” – Mother Jones

“Columnists and their headline writers have a habit of offering hostages to Fate — e.g., ‘Let’s not even pretend Ted Cruz has a chance of becoming president,’ ‘Let’s be serious about Ted Cruz from the start: He’s too extreme and too disliked to win,’ ‘Opposition from Republicans who care about winning in 2016 will doom the chances of a senator whose tactics . . . have established him as a loudmouth loser.’” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict.” – Yahoo! News


“Perhaps the most surprising finding in the report — though industry insiders had predicted it — was that Louisiana issued about 10 percent less in film tax credits in 2014 than it did in 2013. The drop, from $251 million to $226 million, came after years of steady growth in the program. That decline, Scott concludes, ‘seems to indicate that the program is leveling off to some degree.’” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“This is our broad vision document,” Scalise, who was voted whip in July last year, said during an interview with The AP on the eve of the budget vote. “It’ll be a good week this week. We’ll do some big things.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“After Gov. Bobby Jindal’s abrupt about face on Common Core last year, I was bracing myself to hear the strategy for removing the standards that he released last week. I agree with state schools Superintendent John White’s characterization of it as, ‘quite literally a political plan‘ — one that does not put our children’s interests first.” – Courtney A. Brown/NOLA.com

“Jindal said the Republican Party needs a conservative candidate who will push back against the media, criticizing past coverage on everything from terrorism to ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson.” – POLITICO

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday blasted the Obama administration’s new rule that could make it harder for governors skeptical of man-made climate change to obtain federal money to prepare for emergencies such as floods and hurricanes.” – Washington Times

A nearly 7% increase in spending is a huge increase. This wasn’t a situation where Jindal made huge cuts to the budget and had to fill a gap, as the Washington Post tried to paint the picture; this is a situation where Jindal presided over huge spending increases and paid for them by raising taxes.” – American Thinker

“Bobby Jindal is pressing forth with plans for a presidential campaign, lining up a finance team-in-waiting for a likely but long-shot bid. The Louisiana governor is expected to decide whether he’s running after his state’s legislative session ends in June.” – POLITICO

“Despite a massive backlog of road and bridge projects, the state will have soon diverted $418 million from its key transportation fund to State Police since 2005, officials said Tuesday. Louisiana has a $12.3 billion backlog of transportation work, which state Transportation Secretary Sherri LeBas said will be ‘almost impossible’ to eliminate amid an always expanding list of proposals.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“After a number of starts and stops and years of neglect, a city selection committee On Tuesday chose the Four Seasons to redevelop the old World Trade Center site.” – WAFB

“One year ago, it didn’t take LSU freshman forward Jarell Martin long to decide he would bypass the NBA draft and return to school for his sophomore season. Likewise, it didn’t take long for Martin to decide he would forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility.” – Baton Rouge Advocate



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