From Contentions in Commentary magazine:
President Obama and his staff thought they were being very clever by throwing in the declaration that the 1967 borders were the baseline for future Middle East peace talks into his speech on the Arab Spring protests on the eve of a visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They calculated Netanyahu would have no choice but to accept this last-minute slap across the face from his country’s only ally. And if he did talk back, they figured he would find himself isolated without the backing of Israel’s allies in Congress and with most of the American media lined up solidly against him.
But Obama appears to have misread the situation. Netanyahu’s strong reply rightly declaring that the 1967 borders were indefensible may have infuriated the White House, but, contrary to their plan, not everybody is jeering his defiance.The Washington Post editorial page took the president to school on Friday for injecting a counter-productive irritant into Middle East policy.
By C. Edmund WrightEven those conservatives who will not vote for Herman Cain to win the Republican nomination should hope that he does run — and that his candidacy lasts a long time during the nomination process, perhaps even succeeding.
Not the least of reasons is that a Cain candidacy would be a hoot. And I do not mean that in a derisive or condescending way at all. I mean that it would be the kind of doggone honest and refreshing campaign the country needs. It would be the opposite of the stale McCain run. Cain does not speak Washington drivel, and he’s not afraid to take a strong position. Dare I say it? He’ll call a spade a spade, and he’ll reach across the aisle only to smack someone down. He will admit what McCain would not: that we do have a lot to fear from an Obama presidency.
Herman Cain is peerless among the long list of potential candidates — and his impact on the field and the direction of the party will be in the direction of free enterprise, less government, and speaking with boldness — you know, pretty much the opposite of what the GOP has done since Newt’s Congress lost steam in the mid- to late ’90s.To codify, here are the top reasons to support Cain based on my observation of the man over a period of years:10. The “race card”:9. Been there, done that
8. Not forgettable:
7. Will break every rule set for him by “strategists”:
6. Will really get under the skin of the Washingtonian class:
5. Will not get in way of the 2010 Congress’ momentum:
4. Never held office before:
3. Ann Coulter’s second-favorite pick:
2. Will not be cowed by the new speech police:And the number one reason to support a Cain candidacy? It opens the door to a ticket of Cain and Haley Barbour in some order.
Read all the explanations for all those reasons here.
Next this article on Sarah Palin ties right in with the article above on Herman Cain
by William J. Kelly
From the lips of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, rivaling any lipstick-wearing pitbull, consider yourself warned:“Don’t let the media define who these candidates [GOP presidential field] are. Let us, as constituents, as voters, as potential candidates, we need to do our homework.”These were Palin’s words to FOX’s Sean Hannity on Wednesday.
Read it all here.
The hour of the apocalypse came quietly and went the same way — leaving those who believed that Saturday evening would mark the world’s end confused, or more faithful, or just philosophical.Believers had spent months warning the world of the pending cataclysm. Some had given away earthly belongings. Others took long journeys to be with loved ones. And there were those who drained their savings accounts.All were responding to the May 21 doomsday message by Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer who has built a multi-million-dollar Christian media empire that publicizes his apocalyptic prediction.“I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God,” said Keith Bauer — who hopped in his minivan in Maryland and drove his family 3,000 miles to California for the Rapture.He started his day in the bright morning sun outside the gated Camping’s Oakland headquarters of Family Radio International.“I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth,” said Bauer, a tractor-trailer driver who began the voyage west last week, figuring that if he “worked last week, I wouldn’t have gotten paid anyway, if the Rapture did happen.”According to Camping, the destruction was likely to have begun its worldwide march as it became 6 p.m. in the various time zones, although some believers said Saturday the exact timing was never written in stone.He had been projecting the apocalyptic prediction for years far and wide via broadcasts and websites.In New York’s Times Square, Robert Fitzpatrick, of Staten Island, said he was surprised when the six o’clock hour simply came and went. He had spent his own money to put up advertising about the end of the world.“I can’t tell you what I feel right now,” he said, surrounded by tourists. “Obviously, I haven’t understood it correctly because we’re still here.”