Low Popahirum, June 3, 2015

LOUISIANA

“He leads every statewide poll, has racked up more major endorsements and easily has raised more money than all his opponents combined. In the race to be Louisiana’s next governor, U.S. Sen. David Vitter looks like a juggernaut.” – New Orleans Gambit

“In the latest step toward approving next year’s budget, the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday night approved eight different tax bills that would raise an estimated $735 million.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Members of the Louisiana congressional delegation Tuesday (June 2) pressed the Army to drop its opposition to allowing Louisiana National Guard Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, originally from Baton Rouge, to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, across from Washington D.C.” – NOLA.com

“Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under the Affordable Care Act are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016.” – Lake Charles American Press

“A bill that would change the way Common Core is reviewed changed sailed through the Senate Education Committee and within one step of final approval on Wednesday morning.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“Louisiana’s popular TOPS scholarship program may not cover as much as of a student’s college tuition bill in future years if the Louisiana Legislature gets its way this week.” – NOLA.com

“The Louisiana Legislature has agreed to make revenge pornography a crime. With a 97-0 House vote Tuesday, the bill sponsored by Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican, moves to the desk of Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it.” – KATC

“The New Orleans Saints have spent much of the offseason rebuilding their defense, doling out serious dollars to help ensure last season’s 31st-ranked unit turns things around this season. And now, they’ve locked up a piece they clearly believe can bolster their defense for years to come. Defensive end Cam Jordan was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but has now inked an extension that will keep in New Orleans through 2020, according to a league source. Fox Sports first reported the news.” – WWL-TV

“Now,” coach Tony Robichaux said, “you look up and you’ve got the dubious pleasure of going on in to LSU, to play in one of the toughest places there is to play in America.” – Lafayette Advertiser

“Nearly every Major League Baseball team has called Trey Dawson. The highly touted shortstop and LSU commitment has told all of them the same thing: Pay me this much, or I’m enrolling at LSU.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

NATIONAL

“In today’s world, we think gender is something we get to choose, like our career path or our clothes. So, people across the nation have lauded him as a hero. Certainly, this is the current opinion of the masses, but I have to say it. The emperor has no clothes and Bruce Jenner is not a woman.” – Illuminating Truth

“A central theme of modern, or third-wave feminism is that women should not be treated merely as sexual objects. A central theme of the trans movement is the presentation of trans women as hypersexual objects. Feminism is not big enough for both of these themes. Either being a woman is essentially defined as being alluring to men, or it isn’t. Either the playboy bunny defines the essence of womanhood, or it doesn’t. At the moment, the trans movement opposes more than a century of feminism on this point. Third-wave feminists, in their eagerness to be allies, have abandoned this basic tenet. It must be reclaimed.” – The Federalist

“It turns out that when a pro-transgenderism magazine wants to convey femininity and femaleness, it falls back on all the same gender stereotypes Jenner is supposedly overcoming. It turns out, in fact, that in order for Jenner’s story to make any sort of sense – in order for a transition from gender to gender to be meaningful – there must be a Point A (male) and there must be a Point B (female). But that would require definition of Point A and Point B, any objective criteria of which would make transition from one to the other impossible.” – Ben Shapiro/Breitbart

“It’s hard to decide what’s more frustrating about Bruce Jenner’s decision play-act a woman named Caitlyn: that we’re all supposed to ooh and aww over his new feminine face or curvy breasts (that look perkier than most), or that we’re supposed to act like this is at once fantastic and normal, brave and routine. Unfortunately for Jenner and society, it is neither. This is not only devastating for him, but for our culture—and the fact that few people will view it that way, and this publication will most likely get slammed for saying so, proves the point even more. What’s only slightly worse than the fact that this is news is the fact that this news was inevitable.” – The Federalist

Add up all junk journalism — the Rolling Stone’s serial lies about false rape stories from Sabrina Erdely, the Jayson Blair myths, the New Republic stable of fabricators, the Fareed Zakaria plagiarism — and one can see why the public distrusts the news in general and those who provide in particular. The problem with current reporting is not the bogeymen of the free-for-all internet, where there are no laws in the arena, but the blue-chip grandees who suffer the additional wage of hypocrisy.” – Victor Davis Hanson/PJ Media

Islamophobia is a self-reinforcing myth. The Americans groped at TSA checkpoints aren’t victims, but when a Muslim who has had a photo taken with Obama can’t get her Diet Coke the way she wants it, then it’s the worst soft-drink related human rights incident since Gitmo stopped serving Crystal Pepsi.” – Daniel Greenfield/Front Page Mag

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign didn’t pick the best time to stage a major campaign rally at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island later this month. According to the park’s website, a specially planned event for tots called Imagination Playground — which features unique blue building blocks — has been canceled to accommodate the Democratic front-runner for president.” – NY Post

“His latest bit of journalism isn’t likely to win him any more friends on the left, as he’s just knocked down a revered piece of conventional wisdom that will force a reassessment of George W. Bush’s presidency. For according to Woodward, there’s no evidence the 43rd president of the United States ‘lied’ the nation into war.” – US News

“When a plane starts its final descent, are the passengers more concerned about the competence or about the skin color of the air-traffic controllers on the ground who will help the pilot land safely? The answer may be obvious to readers, if not to the Obama administration.” – Jason Riley/WSJ

“Police said they have video showing a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators lunging with a knife at a Boston police officer and an FBI agent before he was shot and killed — an account his brother has disputed.” – AP



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