Low Popahirum, May 4, 2015

NATIONAL

“A former terror suspect has been named as one of the gunmen shot dead by police after two attackers blasted an unarmed security guard in the ankle during an anti-Islam art contest in Texas on Sunday night.” – UK Daily Mail

“One of the suspects in the shooting in Garland, Texas, late Sunday has been identified as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, according to a senior FBI official.” – ABC News

“A screen grab from the now suspended Twitter account of the person who tweeted about martyrdom and the #texasattack twenty minutes before the attack in Garland, Texas on Sunday shows that the person was a convert to Islam.” – Gateway Pundit

“It appears that this attack is yet another case of what I have termed ‘known wolf’ syndrome, when the suspect is already known to law enforcement and intelligence. Virtually every terror attack in the West over the past year has been by one of these ‘known wolf’ suspects.” – Patrick Poole/PJ Media

Sandtown-Winchester is crumbling, and there is little to suggest that two decades ago visionary developer James Rouse and city officials injected more than $130 million into the community in a failed effort to transform it. Instead there are block after block of boarded-up houses and too many people with little hope.” – Washington Post

“Let’s get something out of the way up front, ‘block grants’ are a magic incantation conservative reformers like to throw out there to pretend they are ‘getting Washington out of the way.’ They aren’t.” – Ace of Spades

“If anyone doubted before Friday that the postmodern lynch mob era is in full swing, Baltimore state’s attorney, Marilyn Mosby, put those doubts to rest.” – American Thinker

“For those keeping score at home, that is one old corrupt white woman against a female former CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a brain surgeon who is black, a former TV host and governor, the longest serving Governor of Texas, the Indian-American Governor of Louisiana, and we already have a doctor turned Senator, two Hispanic Senators, and we are waiting on the former Governor of Florida who speaks Spanish and is married to a lovely lady from Mexico, not to mention the very successful Governor of Wisconsin. There may be more.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

President Nicolás Maduro raised Venezuela’s minimum wage Friday for the second time this year to help workers being battered by the world’s highest inflation.” – Fox News Latino

“This may be perhaps the best, most concise statement about the patronizing and demeaning nature of political pigeonholing I’ve seen in a long time, and it comes from one of my good friends to boot. Guy Benson spoke to Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner about the new book he co-authored with Mary Katharine Ham, End of Discussion, about the attempts to shut down debate and intimidate people in the political arena. In the interview, Guy explains for the first time publicly his perspective on the nature of pigeonholing:” – Hot Air

LOUISIANA

“Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is trying to close a $1.6 billion budget hole without touching as much as $415,000 per episode in tax breaks that may be due to ‘Duck Dynasty.’” – Bloomberg

“Senate President John Alario says he spent far less from his campaign war chest in the past year because he is getting ready to run for re-election. Consider what that means. He didn’t want to spend too much for pricey meals out, tickets to LSU sporting events and a leased BMW because he might need the money to actually run for office this fall. That must’ve really cramped his style.” – NOLA.com

“A state House panel Monday advanced legislation that would allow Louisiana hospitals to assess fees on themselves to attract more federal dollars for patient care. The new assessment is conditioned on expansion of Medicaid coverage which Gov. Bobby Jindal has opposed strenuously.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Roughly 100 people gathered Saturday evening in Covington for one of the first forums of the 2015 Louisiana governor’s race. Four of the candidates were in attendance. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.; Scott Angelle, a Republican who briefly served as lieutenant governor; state Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite; and Cary Deaton, a Democratic lawyer from Metairie were on hand. Republican Jay Dardenne, who is also a declared candidate, did not attend.” – NOLA.com

“After three years in operation, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s signature effort to privatize Medicaid might be saving taxpayers millions of dollars and providing about 20 percent of the state’s population with better health care. Or it might not.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“In the political world, Bobby Jindal—currently inhabiting the bottom of the Republican presidential polls—was once about as close as it got to a Superman. There was hardly a faction in the party that couldn’t find something to like in his biography. His fervent faith spoke to religious conservatives. His budget and consulting credentials appealed to the country club set and the think tank types. His academic chops (he was admitted to law school and med school at Harvard and Yale, about a 1-in-100,000 chance when you consider their combined acceptance rates) suggested a policy mastery that few competitors could claim.” – New York Observer

“A full-page advertisement that ran Sunday in a number of publications in Louisiana, including The Advocate, highlights the need for large, land-building diversions to be built along the Mississippi River as part of the state’s coastal restoration plan.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The Save Louisiana Coalition asserts that large diversions will destroy the state’s seafood industry, won’t build as much land as marsh creation projects and more. The group is made up in large part of fishing industry representatives.” – WWL-AM

“LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins is undrafted and without an NFL team, but if he is able to clear his name, his plight isn’t as bad as it might look, according to Jason Fitzgerald of Overthecap.com.” – NOLA.com

“On Saturday at the Acura Stage, frequent overhead camera shots of the Acura stage flashed a picture on the wide video screens that many people on the ground knew to be true: There were far too many people there.” – Baton Rouge Advocate



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