Low Popahirum, May 21, 2015

NATIONAL

“At a time when 8.5 million Americans still don’t have jobs, some 40 percent have given up even looking.” – CNBC

“Johnny Carson’s retirement truly was the end of an era. Jay Leno’s retirement felt like the end of an era. David Letterman’s retirement feels like the end of an argument that probably mattered once upon a time but now drags ceaselessly on due only to the bitter loser’s unwillingness to let go.” – Breitbart

“At a Georgetown University conference last week, President Obama appeared on a panel billed as a ‘conversation’ on poverty. It proved illuminating, though not in the way its sponsors intended.” – Bill McGurn/WSJ

“The emails also show that Mrs. Clinton was circulating information about the attacks in Benghazi that contradicted the Obama administration’s initial narrative of what occurred, and that she was concerned about how Republicans could use the incidents to undermine President Obama.” – NY Times

“Were the Ferguson protests a spontaneous expression of community outrage or an orchestrated campaign with paid ‘protesters?’ It’s looking more and more like the latter.” – Investors Business Daily

Rand Paul relinquished the Senate floor late Wednesday night after 10-and-a-half hours of lambasting the government surveillance programs — capitalizing on a sleepy day in the Senate to highlight his opposition to key parts of the PATRIOT Act that expire at the end of the month.” – POLITICO

Palmyra holds a dual significance to Syrians as being home to some of the world’s most celebrated ruins and one of the Assad regime’s most feared detention and torture facilities. Both, as it happens, will gain new prominence in the days ahead, as ISIS has just swept through the desert tableland, sacking its second city in the course of a week in which a few hundreds of its militants stormed Ramadi, the provincial capital of al-Anbar, largely uncontested by skedaddling Iraqi Security Forces. That sacking put ISIS in firm control of strategic foothold some 70 miles west of Baghdad, and well within striking distance of the Iraqi capital, where suicide and car bombings have spiked recently.” – Daily Beast

“None of us have to wait for answers to these questions because it’s hiding in plain sight: Feminists and their ilk have become the modern-day thought police, using a combination of shame tactics, obedient group-think, and mindless mob-rule to shut down dissent.” – Sister Toldjah

“It’s a scenario too weird and twisted even for one of Christopher Buckley’s satirical novels: Sid Blumenthal, a lifelong political hatchet-man considered too nasty and dishonest to work in the State Department by President Obama’s staff, ended up advising Hillary Clinton on Libya and shaping her public characterization of the Benghazi attack.” – National Review

“There’s a huge debate going on within the conservative wonk class over the direction conservatism should take in the future. It’s a debate that occasionally pops into the more mainstream discussions but is really being played out in think tanks and presidential campaign policy shops.” – Ace of Spades

LOUISIANA

“But the religious freedom bill is only the latest portion of the governor’s agenda that lawmakers appear to be ignoring this spring. In his opening remarks for the legislative session, Jindal laid out three priorities — the state budget, Common Core and the religious freedom bill. The Legislature hasn’t taken his lead of any of these issues, choosing instead to come up with their own solutions to these problems.” – NOLA.com

“After weeks of wrangling and raising money, the Louisiana House on Thursday takes up a state spending plan full of increased revenues and deep cuts in government services.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Gov. Bobby Jindal is facing elimination from two key TV network presidential primary debates if he fails to boost his low poll numbers this summer, according to rules released Wednesday (May 21) by Fox News and CNN.” – NOLA.com

“Office of Motor Vehicles locations around Louisiana were unable to process transactions Thursday because of a fire at the state police data center. State police spokesman Capt. Doug Cain said the morning fire at the data center shut down all automated systems at the Department of Public Safety, which includes the motor vehicles offices.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

BP has settled with oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. and contract driller Transocean Ltd cross claims related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the worst offshore disaster in U.S. history.” – Baton Rouge Business Report

“Two New York lawmakers want to ban all non-essential, state-funded travel to Louisiana in the wake of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive ‘Marriage and Conscience Order.'” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Metropolitan Crime Commission is asking the state attorney general to investigate if the prosecution of a St. Charles Parish teacher accused of having sex with an underage student was handled properly.” – WWL-TV

“Hundreds of thousands of taxpayer funds have been wasted on research studying human set fires in New Zealand in the 1800s, civil lawsuits in Peru and production of a musical on climate change, says House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson.” – NOLA.com

“Anne Simon, a retired New Iberia Judge that is now presiding over a lawsuit filed against the Ouchita Citizen by the judges of the Fourth Judical (Ouachita, Morehouse Parishes) District, earlier this year handled a high-profile case in St. Charles Parish, where two female Destrehan High School teachers allegedly engaged in group sex with a 16 year old male student.” – Lincoln Parish News Online

This is a place where LSU opponents and their dreams go to die. Top-seeded and top-ranked LSU overcame its largest deficit of the season, mounting an improbable, five-run comeback — twice — in a 9-8 win over Auburn on Wednesday night to continue its Southeastern Conference tournament magic.” – Baton Rouge Advocate



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