The Low Popahirum, October 5, 2015


“Days away from selecting a new speaker of the House, Republicans are locked in an increasingly personal battle for power, as former allies snipe at one another even as they promise to reform their fractured party — and institution.” – Politico

“At least four people were reported hurt after an Amtrak passenger train derailed in central Vermont, sending some cars plunging down a steep embankment. The train hit a rockslide, WCAX reports.” – Fox News

“Momentarily, let’s talk principles instead of specific people. Throughout Congressional history, there appear to be ongoing periods of greater and greater centralization of power in the Speaker of the House. Eventually, it becomes too destructive and someone or some people step up to decentralize the power.” – Red State

“Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, two key nominating states and general election battlegrounds, have had quite a lot of exposure to Hillary Clinton through campaign rallies, meet-and-greets, and millions of dollars in television advertising. Democrat-leaners in the two early states have’t been impressed; self-described Socialist Bernie Sanders has inexorably gained on her on Iowa, and has led in every major New Hampshire survey since August.  NBC News is out with fresh polling data from the Hawkeye and Granite States that may stir additional consternation in Democratic circles. Iowa:” – Town Hall

Speaker John Boehner is considering delaying the internal election for House majority leader and majority whip, leaving only the party vote for speaker to be decided on Thursday, according to multiple Republican sources with direct knowledge of the deliberations.” – Hot Air

The Defense Department’s plan to consider two Colorado prisons as possible destinations for Guantanamo Bay detainees is meeting with outrage from the state’s Republican congressional delegation, demonstrating the political resistance President Obama faces as he tries to honor his promise to close down the Cuba detainee facility.” – Washington Times

Once again we see the slaughter of innocence in a gun free zone, I think it is about time we banned these death traps. If there were those that were permitted to carry a gun in that school in Oregon the death tollwould have been much less or even not at all. If a gunman knows that there will be someone firing back, he will without a doubt have second thoughts about opening fire, gun free zones are an invitation for crime.” – Conservative Daily News

“Hillary Clinton apologized for making a ‘choice that has resulted in this kind of situation’ when pressed about her private email scandal during a “Today” show town hall event on Monday, but was more evasive when asked if she understands “how bad it looks” to the average American.” – The Blaze

President Obama faces a fight in Congress, and opposition from Democrat and Republican presidential candidates, as he revs up his campaign for congressional approval of the deeply-unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal.” – Breitbart

“MSNBC brought news of some poll results that might have the Dem media machine mobilizing against a certain GOP candidate:” – Twitchy


Lawyers for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin went before a federal appeals court to argue for reversal of his 2014 corruption convictions.” –

“A new federal report says 120 Louisiana workers died on the job last year – six more than in 2013.” –

“The WDSU-TV gubernatorial debate in New Orleans last week was a total bust. Louisiana voters still have no idea how the candidates would handle the state’s dismal financial problems. Large budget deficits are predicted for the next two or three years.” – American Press

“If you’ve been paying attention to the ads on television being run by U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle’s campaigns, Angelle is either an Obama-loving former Democrat or a reliable right-wing conservative.” – NOLA

“U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of Jefferson, told his supporters in a conference call Sunday evening that he has enough pledged votes from House Republicans to move up a slot in leadership to majority leader, the No. 2 post in the ruling House hierarchy, according to a source close to Scalise.” – The Advocate Blogs

“More African-Americans, more women, more of the elderly and fewer Democrats are eligible to vote later this month than in the last governor’s race.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

Louisiana Troop A State Police Lieutenant John Cannon remains on his $115,690 per year job despite having been reprimanded for numerous offenses including theft of satellite television signals, failure to file required Daily Activity Reports (DARs), unauthorized voiding of traffic tickets, failure to investigate a fleet crash, failure to deliver fatality packets to the families of traffic fatality victims, and twice having sex with a woman while on duty—with one of those times being in the rear seat of his patrol unit.” – Louisiana Voice

“Just when Saints fans think they’ve seen it all – and have show it all to fans around the country, the image of a shirtless man showing off an ample belly while seemingly trying to coax a potential game-winning field goal through the uprights, has gone viral.” –

“A lengthy police chase ended in Slidell last month when officers from three law enforcement agencies said they returned fire on Lucien Rolland, striking the man 18 times and leaving his body so riddled with bullets that the coroner could not determine which shots proved fatal.” – The New Orleans Advocate

Drew Brees made a triumphant return Sunday night, hitting C.J. Spiller on a wheel route for an 80-yard touchdown on the second play in overtime, giving the New Orleans Saints a 26-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.” –



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