Low Popahirum, June 23, 2015

NATIONAL

“On the Confederate battle flag, we are once again witnessing the sheer cultural power of the Left: take an irrelevancy (or at the very least a sideshow), make it the central, all-consuming issue, move the debate with astonishing speed, and then, after achieving the initial victory (in this case, removing the flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol), demand yet more (now Wal-Mart and other retailers aren’t going to sell Confederate-flag paraphernalia and there will be a broader assault on anything associated with the Confederacy). This is the grinding wheel of the Left’s cultural war in action.” – Rich Lowry/National Review

“Under the banner of what is dishonestly called a gay pride or gay ‘rights’ flag, hate, fascism, and intolerance has festered for years, specifically against Christians and conservatives. Under the auspices of a ‘rights and equality’ symbol, Leftists have been on a rampage to take way the rights of others through bullying, lies, and online terrorism.” – John Nolte/Breitbart

When did all this become a Republican problem? Who wrote the lyrics of the song, “Dixie?”…If you go to Arkansas, you know, all these old racial segregationists, they’re all Democrats,” Limbaugh continued. “Bill Clinton’s mentor from Arkansas, J. William Fulbright, was a proud segregationist. And Bill Clinton signed a proclamation authorizing the Confederate flag to fly over the statehouse in Arkansas.” – The Blaze

“The pedigree of the term La Raza is just as incendiary as that of the Confederate battle flag.” – Victor Davis Hanson/National Review

Democrats are tumbling into unpopular and ridiculous political positions to appease an unappeasable base. They are caught between an electorate that has already been pushed too far to the left for its own comfort and a base that demands they jump off the cliff and land in a utopia in which everything except crime is outlawed, in which everything except solar panels is taxed and in which nothing makes sense.” – Daniel Greenfield/Front Page Mag

“The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management — more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. The number is expected to grow, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.” – CNN

“White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended President Obama’s comments on gun control in recent days, reminding reporters that the president supported a ban on assault rifles. ‘You don’t need an assault weapon to go hunting, it certainly is not part of anybody’s family heritage or family tradition,’ Earnest said.” – Breitbart

“‘Jurassic World’ was an instant box office hit when it opened in theaters two weeks ago. But now, moviegoers are noticing details that aren’t sitting well with some people.” – IJ Review

The racism that Rachel Dolezal experienced at Howard created a conflict between her self-image and her political ideology. By trying to ‘become’ black, Rachel tried to destroy her image. She accepted the left’s idea that whiteness was evil and reconciled her sense of self with her politics by changing her race.” – Daniel Greenfield/Front Page Mag

Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center.” – LifeSite News

LOUISIANA

Our highway system is 40th in the nation, and our interstates come in at 48th,” Vitter said. “Our Louisiana bridges currently rank 10th in the nation as the most deficient. Additionally, New Orleans and Baton Rouge both rank in the top 25 in the nation for traffic congestion.” – NOLA.com

“Sixth District Congressman Garret Graves of Baton Rouge said Monday the Washington Street exit needs immediate attention, and a possible reworking, to help ease daily traffic tie ups on and near Interstate 10 and the Mississippi River Bridge.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Even after being mortally wounded, Officer Daryle Holloway struggled to hold onto the prisoner who allegedly shot him one time as he was driven to Orleans Parish Prison Saturday morning.” – WWL-TV

“A day before the St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta investigation was set to go back in front of a St. Bernard grand jury, Peralta asked that the state attorney general’s office either recuse itself from that probe or that a judge force its removal.” – NOLA.com

“Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to announce this week that he’s running for president, but he already has spent the past few months quietly assembling a group of political operatives who will make up the framework for his 2016 team.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Lawmakers will have new approval authority over consulting contracts signed across state agencies, in response to complaints about wasteful spending and after a state representative’s five-year struggle to get the provisions put in law.” – Lake Charles American Press

“There’s not much Gov. Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. David Vitter are willing to do jointly, aside from simultaneously acting like their significant rivalry is insignificant. But, probably with some amount of regret by each, they have co-written one of the better tales from this generation of Louisiana politics.” – Jeremy Alford/Baton Rouge Business Report

“The final picture Darryl Hamilton posted to his Facebook page was of himself and his two oldest sons. In the black-and-white photo, Darryl, the Baton Rouge native, University High graduate and 13-year major league veteran, sits to the left of his boys.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“City leaders are discussing Confederate symbols and monuments across New Orleans, including the statue of Robert E. Lee that is prominently displayed in the CBD.” – WDSU

“The number of houses sold in metro Baton Rouge dropped 7.6 percent in May from a year ago, a decline that local real estate experts are blaming on tight inventory.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

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