Low Popahirum, May 6, 2015


“Sometimes, probably because he’s such an affable media presence, I forget why I dislike the political version of Mike Huckabee so much.” – David Harsanyi/The Federalist

“Oh? We’re criticizing Ms. Gellar, a woman who was just the subject of a jihadi assassination attempt and who may well be a marked woman for the rest of her life, on niggling matters of tone and style?” – Ace of Spades

Controversial, intolerant and provocative. Mainstream media outlets broke out these three words to describe the ‘Draw the Prophet’ contest, the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Pamela Geller. While the police were still checking cars for explosives and attendees waited to be released, CNN called AFDI, rather than the terrorists who attacked a cartoon contest, ‘intolerant.’ Time dubbed the group ‘controversial.’ The Washington Post called the contest, ‘provocative.'” – Daniel Greenfield/Front Page Mag

“CNN ‘New Day’ anchor Chris Cuomo drew plenty of Twitter ire Wednesday after saying that hate speech is not protected under the Constitution.” – The Blaze

“Municipal leaders and community activists are forever soliciting ‘investments’ in poor neighborhoods. Politicians, as I have long argued, do not know what the word ‘investment’ means. The point of investment is to increase the value of something — you invest in a new kitchen to improve your house, both for your own enjoyment and to increase its price in case you should decide to sell it. A successful investment is associated with higher market prices. In Philadelphia, this was denounced as ‘McPenntrification’ — a particularly chowder-headed play on ‘gentrification’ — and self-styled community organizers worked mightily and continue to work mightily to prevent investments in poor communities in Philadelphia. U. Penn, which was founded by Benjamin Franklin, but which has been in West Philadelphia only since the 1870s, was denounced as an ‘invader.'” – Kevin Williamson/National Review

“This highlights another problem with Ms. Mosby’s approach. Under double jeopardy principles, the defendants cannot be convicted on all the varying homicide charges she has brought. When offenses are so similar to each other that one might be regarded as a subset of the other — known in the criminal law as a ‘greater offense’ and a’lesser-included offense’ — double jeopardy principles bar prosecution for more than one of them.” – Andrew McCarthy/PJ Media

“There has been much speculation about Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby’s intention in the Freddie Gray case, and now, new footage has surfaced that shows her intention may not be as just as one would hope.” – Conservative Tribune

“There are so many things we can talk about,” Paul said. “It’s something we talk about not in the immediate aftermath but over time: The breakdown of family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of sort of a moral code in our society.” – BuzzFeed

“In a new poll out this morning from Quinnipiac, Bush wins the highest percentage of caucus participants who say they’ll never vote for him, with his 25% outstripping Chris Christie’s 20%.” – Hot Air

“Congressional Republicans scored a major legislative victory on Tuesday as the Senate adopted the first bicameral GOP budget agreement in a decade. The 51-48 vote capped weeks of work by Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who shepherded the blueprint through a messy debate over defense spending that at times threatened to split their conferences.” – The Hill


“Louisiana’s two Republican senators, Bill Cassidy and David Vitter are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider a new rule requiring states to address climate change in disaster planning and preparedness as a condition for federal disaster mitigation grants.” – NOLA.com

“A state House panel passed several more tax increases on Tuesday to set the stage for the first major clash of the 2015 session: Legislative leaders will ask the full House on Thursday to approve those taxes and others that would raise hundreds of millions of dollars to balance Louisiana’s looming budget deficit.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Recovery officials plan to spend $55 million rebuilding Booker T. Washington High School on top of the Silver City Dump along Earhart Boulevard in Central City. To protect future students from the chemicals found as deep as 15 feet below the surface – including arsenic, barium, lead, mercury, and zinc — the RSD intends to remove three feet of dirt and replace it with six feet of clean soil. The remediation plan has been approved by FEMA and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, but some public officials and community members remain skeptical.” – NOLA.com

“The Atlantic Ocean hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1, but forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are already watching for possible development of a storm off the coast of Florida this week.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The sponsor of Louisiana’s controversial religious freedom legislation plans to amend his bill again. The latest proposed tweak tries to appease critics by limiting when protections of those who oppose same-sex marriage would apply.” – NOLA.com

“‘He is a strong, no-nonsense leader,’ Vitter said, appearing alongside Christie at a campaign event held at a Baton Rouge brewery Tuesday night.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Despite budget question marks and the collapse of a recent LSU bond sale, Louisiana has borrowed $335 million without problems.” – AP

“A lawyer for New Orleans firefighters said Tuesday (May 5) he still hasn’t heard from the city as to how it plans to fully comply with an order to pay $31 million into the firefighters pension fund.” – NOLA.com

“The leges can’t get a 2/3’s vote to increase our taxes so they are going to use legal fiction to increase our taxes by a majority vote.” – Forgotston

“Once a sparkling fishing haunt for the masses, Toledo Bend Reservoir went through a period in recent years where anglers young and old avoided it like the plague, primarily due its inaccessibility and to a lack of production.” – Baton Rouge Advocate



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