Low Popahirum, June 2, 2015

NATIONAL

“Parents, be aware: soon the magazine rack in the checkout line at the supermarket will feature this profoundly disturbing image of Bruce Jenner. The picture is plastered right on the cover of the next Vanity Fair issue, and it shows Bruce dolled up in makeup and hair extensions, posing in a corset, with parts of his face, forehead, and throat shaved off for cosmetic reasons, and his chest enhanced by hormone pills, Photoshop, and silicone. The idea is to make the 65-year-old grandfather look like a college girl, but the effect is that he looks like a distorted version of neither.” – Matt Walsh/The Blaze

More people have an unfavorable view of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton now than at any time since 2001, according to a new CNN/ORC poll on the 2016 race.” – CNN

“The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.” – AP

“Even if King v Burwell case fails at the U.S. Supreme Court next month, the future for the Obamacare exchanges is still far from assured. Even if people on the 37 federal exchanges get to keep their subsidies, chances are they will eventually be caught in the vortex of the ‘death spiral.’” – The Federalist

“World famous comedian and movie star Vince Vaughn came out with a double barrel defense of gun rights during a recent interview, calling for guns in schools and arguing the Second Amendment is intended to defend against ‘the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government.’” – Grand View Outdoors

“Melvin Carraway, the Acting Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, has been removed from his post after an internal review found airport security unable to detect fake explosives and weapons in 95 percent of tests.” – Breitbart

Syrian rebels appealed for U.S. airstrikes to counter a new offensive by the Islamic State in the northern province of Aleppo that could reshape the battlefield in Syria.” – Washington Post

” So, though no fault of your own, you are a young conservative male coming of age in a time when the deck is so heavily stacked against you that it’s like Michael Moore was leaning on it. Sure, it’s entirely the fault of a liberal elite led by President Nine Iron and a culture that bought into its lies long before you were born, but suck it up. It isn’t an excuse for failure – you may have an uphill climb at a higher angle of incline than I did, but tough luck. I can’t make the environment for you any friendlier, but maybe I can share some insights that might help.” – Kurt Schlichter/Townhall

Baltimore is now paying the price for irresponsible words and actions, not only by young thugs in the streets, but also by its mayor and the state prosecutor, both of whom threw the police to the wolves, in order to curry favor with local voters.” – Thomas Sowell/National Review

“Well, maybe they won’t shrug at some point, but whatever the case, it was with some interest that I accepted an invitation to attend a luncheon at which Fiorina was speaking. And I’m here to affirm what others have been saying. This lady can communicate. In fact, she’s exceptionally good at it. Even more, she actually has something to say. And can answer questions. Intelligently and without evading the subject even once.” – Roger L. Simon/PJ Media

LOUISIANA

“Fortunately, some Republicans on Capitol Hill are releasing contingency plans in the event that King v. Burwell does deal a major blow to Obamacare. While there are many good ideas, the best one, both in terms of policy and politics, is the ‘Patient Freedom Act’ advanced by Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Representative Ralph Abraham (R-LA). It offers temporary assistance to states where the subsidies are cut off. States are then given three options: 1) Do nothing; 2) establish a state exchange; or 3) opt-in to the Patient Freedom Act.” – American Spectator

“The U.S. Justice Department defended its attempt to monitor Louisiana’s private school voucher program during a hearing Monday (June 1) at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. But one of the three judges was clearly skeptical of the government’s argument.” – NOLA.com

“Leaders of Louisiana’s public colleges and universities turned up the pressure Monday on getting a House legislative committee chairman to consider a measure that they say is necessary to prevent deep spending cuts to their institutions next year. But state Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, refused to budge Monday, saying in an interview that he won’t have his Ways and Means Committee take up the measure until the Senate Finance Committee has heard a batch of tax bills already approved by the House.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The entire Benson family was in the same room Monday for the first time since their highly publicized family feud began in January. In civil court, Benson’s daughter Renee Benson and his grandchildren began their battle of proving their claim that the 87-year-old Saints and Pelicans owner is mentally incapable of running his Sports Empire.” – WWL-TV

“WalletHub on Monday released its study of safest states to live in, rating Louisiana 45th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The state suffered for its rank of No. 50 for murders and non-negligent manslaughters, 45th for number of assaults, 45th for number of fatalities per 100 vehicle miles of travel, 44th for number of fatal occupational injuries and 40th for number of law enforcement offices per 100,000 residents.” – Monroe News Star

“If Louisiana’s next governor wants to expand the state Medicaid program to tap into billions of available federal health care dollars, state lawmakers have given him a way to help pay for it.” – NOLA.com

“A U.S. Army soldier from the Louisiana National Guard who was killed in a helicopter crash with 10 others off the coast of Florida has been denied burial at Arlington National Cemetery because he was not on active duty at the time of his death, according to a report by Fox News.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, pulled his amendment Monday (June 1) that would have transferred the authority to set fishing seasons in the Gulf of Mexico for red snapper from the federal government to a coalition of five Gulf states.” – NOLA.com

“Ahead of hurricane season, it hasn’t been so much of a dry run. Jefferson Parish leaders said they are always learning from storms past, and the severe weather that rolled through April 27 reminded them to always expect the unexpected.” – WDSU

“LSU’s super regional opener against Louisiana-Lafayette at Alex Box Stadium will make Tigers fans smile: It’ll be on Saturday night. The Tigers and the Cajuns will meet at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 in Game 1 of the Baton Rouge super regional Saturday in what’s expected to be an electric atmosphere.” – Baton Rouge Advocate



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