The Low Popahirum, May 20, 2016


“‘It’s a pretty simple calculus: Do you want to win or do you want to lose?’ one operative says.” –  Politico

A piece of luggage, human remains, wreckage and what could be a tell-tale oil slick were found early Friday in the Mediterranean Sea where an EgyptAir passenger plane went down a day earlier, according to officials.” – Fox News

Bill Veeck (pronounced ‘Veck’) is one of the most legendary figures in the history of baseball. As the former owner of several different MLB franchises, Veeck is largely credited with broadening the popular appeal of baseball and is largely credited with pioneering several entertainment features that are still with the game today.” – Red State

It’s 1986. Rap music is explosive and on the rise but still misunderstood and barely represented in the mainstream. The leading innovators are Run-DMC, a trio from Queens who sport black leather jackets and unlaced Adidas sneakers. Two albums into their career, Joseph ‘Run’ Simmons, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels and Jason ‘Jam Master Jay’ Mizell are already minor stars and musical revolutionaries. For their third album, producer Rick Rubin, a 22-year-old white kid from New York University, comes up with a crazy idea: He recruits Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the leaders of the down-and-out arena-rock group Aerosmith, to collaborate with Run-DMC on a new version of their 1970s staple ‘Walk This Way.'” – The Washington Post

Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees sends multiple messages — all smart, and some pretty subtle.” – NY Post

“If anyone reading this column still believes in the ‘Olympic ideal,’ please give me a call: I’ve got a stadium in Rio de Janeiro I’d like to sell you.” – The Washington Post

It’s one of the seemingly ironclad rules of adolescence: In the United States, you can’t drink legally until you’re 21. Of course, our underage consumption laws are flouted regularly. More than half of American 20-year-olds have tried alcohol at some point in their lives, according to the most recent numbers from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” – The Washington Post 

Defiant and determined to transform the Democratic Party, Senator Bernie Sanders is opening a two-month phase of his presidential campaign aimed at inflicting a heavy blow on Hillary Clinton in California and amassing enough leverage to advance his agenda at the convention in July — or even wrest the nomination from her.” – NY Times

“It was just a swing set. A $1,500 custom-designed swing set that doubles as a wisteria arbor in a posh Washington-area neighborhood, but just a swing set.” – The Washington Post

“Donald Trump fired back at Hillary Clinton Thursday evening, saying ‘she is not qualified’ to hold the Oval Office, just hours after she said the same thing about him.” – The Blaze


Weetos, Cannamon Toast Crunch and Froot Poofs are the names of some of the snacks St. John Parish Sheriff’s deputies found during a recent narcotics investigation.” –

Bell Helicopter says it will assemble its 505 Jet Ranger X in Canada, and abandon plans to build the new-model aircraft at a $26.3 million Lafayette facility.” – The Tribune

“Decked out in full cap and gown, complete with a valedictorian cord, Andrew Jones showed up to his graduation from Amite High School ready to experience his hard work paying off.” –

Have you been missing Zatarain’s Chow Chow? The mustard-relish blend, which was last available in 2007, is back — at least through September.” –

St. Tammany Fire District #1 responded to the report of a residential structure fire at 332 W. Honors Point Ct. in the Masters Point subdivision in Slidell.” –

A few thousand buildings in southeast Louisiana were still without power early Friday after a severe, but brief line of storms plowed through the metro area around 10 p.m. Thursday.” –

“The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) today announced the launch of its new ‘Match and Fit’ College Access and Career Planning website:” –

A bill aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women failed to advance out of House committee Thursday, as conversations about sexism in the workplace flared at the State Capitol.” –

New Orleans Municipal & Traffic Court is one of the busiest courthouses in the metro area — as almost 1,000 people use it each day.” –

Louisiana will become the sixth state to make women wait three days before they can get an abortion.” – The Baton Rouge Advocate

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