Low Popahirum, April 29, 2015


“You’re not supposed to say this in polite company, but what went up in flames in Baltimore Monday night was not merely a senior center, small businesses and police cars. Burning down was also the blue-city model of urban governance.” – WSJ

“A few weeks ago, there was an election in Ferguson, Mo., the result of which was to treble the number of African Americans on that unhappy suburb’s city council. This was greeted in some corners with optimism — now, at last, the city’s black residents would have a chance to see to securing their own interests. This optimism flies in the face of evidence near — St. Louis — and far — Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco . . .” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“Social media experts say they have found a shocking connection between online traffic in downtown Baltimore on Monday and activity recorded during last year’s violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. A leading data mining firm, which has asked to remain anonymous because of its government work, claims that between 20 and 50 social media accounts active in Baltimore on Monday were also used some 825 miles away in Ferguson during the peak of last summer’s violence following the death of Michael Brown.” – UK Daily Mail

“Indeed, 55 percent of those polled, which included likely voters from ages 18 to 29, preferred a Democrat to maintain control of the White House in 2016, compared to 40 percent who wanted a Republican. But that is a far cry from the 67 percent of millennials who voted for President Obama in 2012. The I.O.P. nationwide poll was conducted online by GfK March 18 to April 1 with a random sample of 3,034 adults aged 18 to 29. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.” – NY Times

“Most candidates see their support swing, sometimes wildly, between self-identified tea partiers, opponents, and neutrals, but Walker’s putting up (relatively) big, consistent numbers across all three groups. Interestingly, although he’s perceived as a center-right candidate, his ideological base lies firmly on the right:” – Hot Air

U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than expected in the first quarter as harsh weather dampened consumer spending and energy companies struggling with low prices slashed spending, but there are signs activity is picking up.” – CNBC

Whole Foods was criticized Tuesday for their efforts to support local law enforcement who have been working tirelessly to secure Baltimore after riots took hold of the city Monday evening.” – The Blaze

“It’s a rule in American politics that a major figure who blows one presidential campaign has little hope for a second act. But like all other rules, this one goes by the board when the name ‘Clinton’ is involved.” – American Thinker

“Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today.” – National Review

“A Pennsylvania father penned a scathing note to a school principal after she said a trip he took with his 9-year-old twins to see the Boston Marathon was ‘recorded as unexcused.’” – The Blaze


“We arrived in Louisiana in the midst of a rain storm and headed to a new home which I had never seen before, my wife having picked it out on her interview visit. The drive from Baton Rouge to Zachary takes you through areas which simply don’t exist in Colorado; I spent the first couple of weeks here in mild shock.” – Ricochet

“Federal officials have launched a criminal investigation into how Louisiana Senate President John Alario spent tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.” – NOLA.com

“A bill that would mandate the teaching of sex education for students in grades 7-12 only in New Orleans cleared a House panel Wednesday morning. The vote was 8-6 in the House Education Committee and followed an often-contentious hearing on the volatile topic.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Launched in 2008, FastStart has been named the country’s top workforce training program by Business Facilities magazine for the last five years and has been lauded by Forbes and The Economist for its innovative approach. It’s also got a stockpile of positive testimonials from corporate CEOs, who routinely express surprise at the level of quality and the customized approach that FastStart delivers. Founding Executive Director Jeff Lynn says the program has separated itself from competitors by thinking like the private sector.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“As former LSU football standout La’el Collins awaits a likely selection in Thursday’s NFL draft, Baton Rouge police detectives want to interview him as part of an investigation into the recent fatal shooting of a pregnant woman.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Louisiana representative who proposed revising Louisiana’s marijuana laws held a news conference Wednesday morning to talk about the bill. State Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, authored House Bill 149, which seeks to lower fines and the lengths of sentences for simple marijuana possession.” – WAFB

“Eaton Vance joined a buyers’ revolt that erupted after Louisiana State’s $114 million bond sale. The investors won: the university scrapped the deal after it had already been priced and allowed money managers to walk away, an unusual occurrence in the $3.6 trillion municipal market.” – Bloomberg

“James ‘Jimmy’ Fahrenholtz, 65, a retired attorney who served on the School Board for eight years in the early 2000s, was accused of stealing a briefcase containing the iPad, a keyboard and ‘government related documents’ from the Capitol on April 22, according to a State Police report. The briefcase, described in the report as a ‘brown leather expandable folder,’ belongs to Jim Nickel, a Baton Rouge-based lobbyist and former chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, according to arrest reports.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Fahrenholtz was No. 4 slot last year on the list of political candidates, lobbyists and officials who owe the most in unpaid fines issued by the state’s Ethics Board. According to the list, Fahrenholtz owed $28,509 in unpaid fines as of Feb. 24, 2013. Most of the fines stemmed from filing violations related to political campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Fahrenholtz served two terms on the Orleans school board starting in 2000.” – NOLA.com

Northeastern Louisiana poultry producers are on alert as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest has cost chicken and turkey farmers more than 13 million birds since early March.” – Shreveport Times



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