Low Popahirum, December 8, 2015

LOUISIANA

“An accident involving multiple 18-wheelers closed Interstate 10 west of Baton Rouge on Tuesday morning. Westbound lanes were expected to remain closed into the afternoon.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“‘There are a lot of things where we are on exactly the same page,’ Dardenne said of Edwards in an interview Monday. His remarks followed Edwards’ announcement that he had picked Dardenne to serve as commissioner of administration.” – NOLA.com

“A state Senate committee Monday asked Gov. Bobby Jindal’s health department to stop wasting time and come up with a proposal to expand Medicaid by the end of the year.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“The U.S. Justice Action Network, a bipartisan organization working to reform the criminal justice system, recently released polling showing overwhelming support among Louisiana voters to reform the state’s criminal justice system.” – Pelican Post

“Patrolmen with the 2nd Security Forces Squadron recently began using moving radar technology, boosting speed enforcement to the next gear. The new technology allows patrolmen to detect vehicle speeds on both lanes of traffic while on patrol, giving law enforcement an added tool to increase safety while combating speedsters on base.” – KTBS

“The Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Lafayette, St. Martin, Iberia and Vermilion parishes, has dropped some 4,300 jobs between October 2014 and October 2015, and ranks worst in the nation for MSA jobs decline, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed Monday. The number reflects a decline in payroll employment jobs.” – KLFY

“Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards appointed Kimberly Robinson as secretary of the Department of Revenue, a key administration job that is highly influential in forming the new governor’s tax policy.” – NOLA.com

AT&T said it will bring its ultra-fast GigaPower service to Baton Rouge in 2016. The company announced it would introduce the service in 38 new markets, including Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes and Shreveport in the upcoming year.” – Baton Rouge Advocate

“;All Republican candidates have dropped out of the speaker’s race except for Cameron Henry,’ Morris said. ‘It’s only logical with the House of Representatives being approximately 60 percent Republican, that we select a speaker who shares our philosophies and values.’” – Ouachita Citizen

“Employees at Bud’s Broiler in Mid-City fought off a would-be armed robber who was eventually arrested by police Sunday night (Dec. 6).” – NOLA.com

 

NATIONAL

“To understand the Muslim edifice of hate, imagine it as a pyramid — with broadly-shared bigotry at the bottom, followed by stair steps of escalating radicalism — culminating in jihadist armies that in some instances represent a greater share of their respective populations than does the active-duty military in the United States.” – David French/National Review

“If you suggested to Obama that, in his search for a contrarian legacy, he should do something to stop the slaughter in the Middle East and be careful about letting in more unexamined refugees, in answer, he would be more likely to do less than nothing abroad and vastly expand the influx of migrants. Getting under his critics’ skin is about all that is left of a failed presidency.” – Victor Davis Hanson

“Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump early Tuesday rejected criticism of his call to ‘shut the door’ on Muslims entering the U.S. during a heated round of interviews in which he said he was not worried about being compared to Hitler.” – The Hill

“To say that Congress may not exclude people based on religion or ideology is simply to deny the reality of the law as it stands. Think about this for a moment though. How many people who are deeply, deeply offended about keeping non-citizen Muslims out of the US think it’s perfectly fine to force Christian bakers to provide a cake for same sex ceremonies? So yeah, spare me your defender of faith shtick.” – DrewM./Ace of Spades

“A $28,500 deposit was made to Syed Farook’s bank account from WebBank.com on or about Nov.18, some two weeks before he and his wife Tashfeen Malik carried out the San Bernardino massacre, a source close to the investigation told Fox News Monday.” – Fox News

“Law enforcement officials in San Bernardino and Los Angeles may have investigated Syed Farook one week before the shooting on the community development center on December 2, 2015, that left 14 dead and 17 injured, according to a review of police communications immediately following the attacks.” – Weekly Standard

“That ‘total pussy’ he’s referring to is none other than the president of the United States, Barack Obama. The most powerful man in the world. His total lack of concern that he was in the midst of a nationally broadcast live television interview is inspiring. You can see his brief second of hesitation before realizing there was no holding back his true feelings. He just let it all out there, consequences be damned, but he made it count. He absolutely made it count.” – Total Frat Move

“If the government did circumvent the Second Amendment, what other rights could it infringe upon in the name of public safety? We already see college students around the nation wanting the freedom of speech to be curtailed to keep them from being ‘triggered.’ What if they were in charge of the government some day? All of a sudden, the freedom of speech is in danger. Even Barack Obama has said limiting speech on campuses is a bad idea, but, if those college kids swarm government one day, what happens to free speech and the exchange of ideas?” – Joe Cunningham/RedState

“Nah, that’s not going to happen. Media stompy foot is not a sign of strength; it’s a pathetic confession of weakness. We reached a tipping point last week as the facts poured in about the latest gun-free zone massacre. Yes, our thoughts and prayers are with the devastated liberals who must once again face the terrible truth that the killers were not Judeo-Christian, conservative, card-carrying members of the Tea Party and the NRA. Instead, at least one of them was exactly the kind of person that Obama was virtue signaling about post-Paris, a Muslim woman immigrant who was closely vetted by the super-competent pros in his administration. Just don’t pay any attention to that Facebook pledge of allegiance to ISIS behind the curtain; it complicated the workplace violence narrative.” – Kurt Schlichter/IJ Review

“Across Beijing, thousands of other schools and nurseries were in a similar state of almost total shutdown after the city’s authorities announced a three-day state of emergency because of the pollution.” – Guardian UK



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