May 21, 2011

Weekend Notable Quotes (052111)

Obama’s declaration is right out of the dog-eared playbook of the Israel-hating European Left.

– Investors Business Daily, in an editorial on President Obama’s
position that Israel should return to its 1967 borders

Further, per IBD:

… as both Islamist terrorists and leftist haters of Israel know only too well, full “peace” in the Middle East is likely to come only from either the de facto end of Israel or the unlikely acceptance by Arabs of Israel’s right to exist.

The former is a lot more likely than the latter — and more likely still thanks to President Obama’s naivete.

Not to detract from the seriousness of the sellout, but for comic relief, check this out, from Dan Friedman at BigPeace: “Netanyahu Urges U.S. Return To 1845 Borders.”

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Obama wants to reward “democratic Egypt” with $1 billion in debt relief. Only, “democratic” Egypt is torching churches and slaughtering Christians left and right.

– Investors Business Daily, in a Friday evening editorial
entitled “‘Arab Spring,’ Christian Winter”

No elaboration necessary, beyond the observation that the establishment press is predictably failing to note what’s really happening.

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The arrest of a mediocre international civil servant in the first-class cabin of his jet isn’t just a sex story: It’s a glimpse of the widening gulf between the government class and their subjects in a post-prosperity West.

Mark Steyn, in his latest Orange County Register column

Steyn properly points out that before we get all high and mighty about how the French press and elites have dived headlong into rabidly defending Dominique Strauss-Kahn, we should recall that our press and elites gave Ted Kennedy a 40-year pass after Mary Jo Kopechne’s death, and then disgracefully eulogized him as the equivalent of American nobility.

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So let’s just remember — in the birthplace of progressive unionism, the unions went all-in on a judicial election and lost.

Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds, on the Wisconsin recount in Kloppenburg v.
Prosser predictably ending with a Prosser win

Ann Althouse believes that sore loser Kloppenburg may not be done. She may decide to file a frivolous and quixotic challenge to the recount with a broader agenda:

So Kloppenburg failed to win a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in an election that focused on the budget-repair bill, but she could try, by initiating a futile lawsuit about the election, to affect the way the Wisconsin Supreme Court decides the budget case and to affect it in a way that is contrary to what the voters voted for. And, if she does that, expect to hear her say lofty-sounding things about protecting the interests of the voters.

In other words, the purpose of the lawsuit would be to prevent Prosser from being seated, and (hopefully in her mind) having the Wisconsin Supreme Court split 3-3 after a lower court initially throws out Wisconsin’s collective-bargaining reform law.

From Steve at No Runny Eggs: “Kloppenburg penned an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where she denied having made up her mind on whether to challenge the inevitable recount defeat in court, then proceeded to spend the remainder of the op-ed outlining why many, including both myself and the majority of the Journal Sentinel editorial board, believe she has already made up her mind to do so.”

Positivity: On 100th birthday, he married the woman of his dreams

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Dana Point, California:

updated 5/6/2011 9:57:32 AM ET

How does it feel to become an Internet sensation and international phenom when you’re 90 years old?
How about when you’re 100 years old?

Answer: Exhilarating — and exhausting.

Just ask Rose Pollard Lunsway, 90, and Forrest Lunsway, 100. The California couple of nearly 30 years have been making headlines because they just got around to tying the knot — on Forrest’s 100th birthday. Media outlets call the pair every day, and congratulatory notes have been pouring in from all over the world. Even President Barack Obama sent one, along with a birthday card for the groom.

“My husband keeps saying, ‘What in the world is all the fuss about??’” Rose said, laughing. “It is getting to be exhausting, and I’m getting a bit confused. I’m wondering if details are going to get crossed in all these stories because I just can’t keep every detail straight.”

That said, Rose is happy to be sharing their story because she knows how unusual it is. With a combined age of 190, the pair is apparently on track to secure a Guinness World Record for being the oldest couple to marry. They’ve surpassed the aggregate age of the most recent record holders, Francois Frenandez and Madeleine Francineau of France.

Go here for the rest of the story.