Low Popahirum, March 26, 2015


“A French prosecutor explained in a press conference that the co-pilot of the Germanwings flight appears to have deliberately crashed the Airbus. Brice Robin, a Marseille prosecutor, said that the plane’s co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Lubitz (photo below), didn’t seem distressed in the flight’s final 10 minutes before it crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps.” – Fox News

“The co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, said ‘not one word’ as the flight’s pilot desperately tried to reenter the locked cockpit during the Airbus A320’s eight-minute descent into death, which claimed the lives of 150 passengers and crew near Seyne, France, on Tuesday.” – NY Daily News

“The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French foreign minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — ‘It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder‘ — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and signed by 46 other senators.” – Victor Davis Hanson/National Review

“This entire episode is moronic. And the people engaging in it are morons. Yes, that includes John Kerry — the least impressive individual in American history ever to hold the position of Secretary of State.” – Scott McKay/American Spectator

“Speaker John Boehner and his top lieutenants finally scored a big win. After two weeks of backroom negotiations with fiscal conservatives and defense hawks, the House approved a spending blueprint that would balance the budget in a decade, transform Medicare and Medicaid, prevent tax increases and repeal Obamacare.” – POLITICO

“In a development that has largely been missed by mainstream media, the Pentagon early last month quietly declassified a Department of Defense top-secret document detailing Israel’s nuclear program, a highly covert topic that Israel has never formally announced to avoid a regional nuclear arms race, and which the US until now has respected by remaining silent.” – Arutz Sheva

“On Wednesday, the U.S. military charged Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive who was freed in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees, with desertion and misbehaving before the enemy.” – Daily Beast

“The U.S. Senate’s most outspoken contrarian, Ted Cruz, became the first official 2016 candidate to launch a bid for the White House Monday. Despite the fact that he’s highly controversial within his own party, it has long been known that Ted Cruz is bankrolled by politically active libertarians who like his brand of politics.” – Breitbart

“A senior House Democrat has once again issued an apocalyptic warning that climate change will hit women harder than men, and that it could drive millions of poor women to engage in ‘transactional sex’ in order to provide food and water for their families. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) proposed a resolution on Wednesday that said as the climate changes, it will cause food and water scarcity around the world. That will create pressures on poor women in particular, since they are often charged with growing food and collecting water for their families.” – The Blaze

“Now 81, Willie is biding his time before joining the festivities, and we’re talking about why he puts on the event every year. In the process, he lets slip that he has something else in the works: a new brand of weed, called, naturally, Willie’s Reserve.” – Daily Beast


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“Officials with both the library and the East Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission have balked at the idea. They say the perception that their operations are rich is erroneous and that they shouldn’t be punished for spending their money responsibly. Indeed, they say, the reason their institutions have taxes dedicated to them is to avoid having their accounts raided.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Bill Cassidy, the freshman senator from Louisiana and a doctor, has been pushing fellow Republicans in his first few months in the Senate to embrace an alternative to Obamacare — one he predicts will insure more people without mandates. And he even says he has a way to pay for it: Obamacare.” – Roll Call

“The budget won the support of all five Louisiana Republicans — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Jefferson, and Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette, John Fleming of Minden; Ralph Abraham of Alto and Garret Graves of Baton Rouge. The delegation’s only Democrat, Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans, voted no.” – NOLA.com

“Thousands of Baton Rouge governmental employees are about to get a pay raise. The Metro Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve a pay plan that revamps the pay scale structure, providing some modest increases for all city-parish employees, including firefighters and city police.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the statement below following the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report showing that six abortion advocacy groups received $481 million in federal funding between 2010 and 2012, and about $1.2 billion in additional shared federal and state funds. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America received the bulk of this funding.” – Dead Pelican

“The president of Council for a Better Louisiana, a good government advocacy group, said Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to destroy Common Core public education standards and temporarily revert back to 2005 standards and testing ‘is kind of crazy.'” – Monroe News Star

“The controversial Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival poster that invoked the ire of the NAACP will not be sold at the festival next month — though collectors can still get their hands on a copy. When festival leaders revealed the design last week, hundreds flocked to social media in response.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“A lawsuit alleging high levels of arsenic in certain types of wine has now expanded into Louisiana. A local attorney is following the lead of attorneys in California, and filed a class action lawsuit against dozens of winemakers.” – Fox 8 Live

“To be able to come in here and for us to have the success that made him attractive enough for someone to really buy into him, we’re excited about that,” Jones said. “Muss came in for a year not really knowing what to expect. I can tell you he did a tremendous job with us this year, and he was a joy to be around.” – Baton Rouge Advocate



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