Low Popahirum, June 19, 2015

NATIONAL

“Dylann Storm Roof, the man accused of fatally shooting nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, was reportedly arrested and charged with felony drug possession in February.

Dylann Roof appears more evil than disturbed. Perhaps he had mental health issues. But at some point we just need to call him evil. White supremacy and segregation are evils. He appears to have believed in both. People who believe in white supremacy and segregation do not have to suffer from mental health, but do in all cases have to be evil.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

“Roof, 21, has told police that he ‘almost didn’t go through with it because everyone was so nice to him,’ sources told NBC News.” – NBC News

“The continuing movement of young Muslims from the UK to ISIS in Syria and Iraq has David Cameron concerned to the point of demanding more action from Muslim communities to fight radicalization. In a speech today, Cameron accused British Muslim leaders of ‘quietly condoning’ the radical theology of ISIS and other Islamist terror groups. In response, leaders from those communities said that radicalization has been amplified by ‘rampant Islamophobia’ in British society, and that Cameron needs to stop lecturing them on citizenship:” – Hot Air

“In his new memoir, former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren documents the rapid dissolution of the historically close U.S.-Israel alliance under President Barack Obama. Oren recounts being threatened and intimidated at multiple junctures by Obama and his senior officials, marking many firsts in a relationship that has long been the cornerstone of American foreign policy.” – Washington Free Beacon

“Despite record highs in the market, former Rep. Ron Paul says the Fed’s easy money policies have left stocks and bonds are on the verge of a massive collapse.” – CNBC

“It may be time for Hillary Clinton to take the challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders more seriously. Sanders is surging in the race for the party’s presidential nomination.” – The Hill

“The Ohio governor, who’s expected to formally announce his White House bid next month, is jetting to America’s political money capitals — from Dallas to New York City to Palm Beach — with the goal of securing the financial support he’ll need to wage a 2016 campaign.” – POLITICO

“Lena Dunham continues her quest to be the Least Erotic Woman in the World.” – PJ Media

LOUISIANA

“Justice Clarence Thomas wrote an eloquent dissent. It provides a stark contrast between the kind of vicious, violent, antisocial criminals who prey on society, and police officers such as Betty Smothers, a single black mother of six, whom Brumfield murdered in cold blood in 1993. The killer is a diagnosed sociopath who has spent more than 20 years trying to avoid the death penalty that a Louisiana jury ruled should be his punishment.” – National Review

Four LSU football players have been placed on indefinite suspension after their arrests Thursday. Quarterback Anthony Jennings, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive lineman Maquedius Bain were arrested and booked on unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, police records show. Thomas was also booked on simple burglary. Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, earlier Thursday, was arrested and booked on simple battery and simple robbery, a felony.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Orleans Parish school Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. has spent $31,000 to renovate his office at the same time he’s proposed extensive cuts to the central office, according to a report in the New Orleans Advocate.” – NOLA.com

“After winning 54 games, the Southeastern Conference regular-season title and being ranked No. 1 most of the season, LSU’s season ended far quicker than most people thought it would. Perhaps given the way the Tigers had to parade pitchers to the mound Thursday night against TCU, it’s a little remarkable the Tigers got this far.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Still, the spending happened just as Lewis and the consultants he has hired were devising cutbacks at the School Board’s central office. Lewis, who was hired in March, plans to eliminate as many as a quarter of the 100 or so existing positions in order to save money, which can then be pushed out to individual schools.” – New Orleans Advocate

“The 218-208 vote, with four of Louisiana’s six members voting yes, came less than a week after the trade legislation was blocked in the House by a coalition of Democratic opponents and Republicans.” – NOLA.com

Two more of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top aides are leaving the governor’s office for Jindal’s presidential campaign. CNN reports that Chief of Staff Kyle Plotkin and Jindal spokeswoman Shannon Bates Dirmann will work on Jindal’s 2016 communications team.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“State Rep. Erich Ponti had already announced he wasn’t going to run for re-election this fall and only had a handful of months left of his term, but on Friday said he’ll resign immediately, to avoid a potential conflict of interest with his new job as Executive Director of the Louisiana Asphalt Pavement Association.” – NOLA.com

“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jinday, during an interview on Fox News on Thursday, criticized President Obama for the president’s comments about gun violence in the wake of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting that left nine people dead.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana’s unemployment rate stayed flat in May, even as more people found jobs. The state’s jobless remained level at 6.6 percent for the third month. That’s above the 5.9 percent the state recorded in May 2014.” – KATC

“Like other octogenarians, Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is not as sharp as he used to be. He suffers from short-term memory loss, and while recovering from a recent knee surgery, he required pain killers so strong that they had him feeling foggy for a bit. Yet, contrary to his relatives’ claims, Benson was in full control when he decided to cut his daughter and grandchildren out of his businesses and his life, an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge ruled Thursday.” – New Orleans Advocate



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