Cain to make “announcement” tomorrow regarding future of campaign

Could this be the end? Fox News reports:

Herman Cain plans to make an announcement Saturday about his political future, as his campaign reels from new allegations about an extramarital affair.

Cain previously had said he was taking a “reassessment” of his presidential campaign in light of the allegations of the affair and additional claims of sexual harassment. He denies the claims but is heading home to Atlanta to confer with his wife, saying his family is his “No. 1 priority.”

Such comments have fueled speculation that Cain will drop out of the Republican race, but speaking Friday to supporters in South Carolina, he said only that he would make an announcement Saturday.

“Nobody is going to get me to make that prematurely,” he said. “That’s all there is to that. So tomorrow, we’re going to be opening our headquarters in northwest Georgia, where we will also clarify … exactly what the next steps are.”

Cain earlier told Fox News that while he’s spoken with his wife Gloria every day this week, he’ll be at home Friday “so we can sit down and talk face to face.”


Cain told Fox News on Thursday his wife does not doubt his vehement denials about the charges against him — including prior sexual harassment allegations — but the “media frenzy” is taking an emotional toll on his family.

“Many of my supporters, the response has been overwhelmingly positive that they are behind me, but I’ve got to consider family considerations first,” Cain said.

He said he could either decide to campaign “full speed ahead” or suspend his campaign. He said he would be willing to end the campaign if his wife asked him to — though Cain added that his wife wouldn’t do that, and the decision will be his to make.

But … is this “announcement” much ado about nothing “major”? Via CBS:

A senior adviser to the campaign tells CBS News and National Journal that Cain simply plans to announce the opening of a campaign office in Georgia.


The Washington Post, citing sources close to Cain’s campaign, reported Friday that Cain has invited his top donors and backers to Atlanta Saturday morning to “give them advance word of whether he intends to continue his campaign.”

One person who plans to attend the event said he expects Cain to end his candidacy, though another speculated that he would just express gratitude for his backers’ continued support. Cain is expected to hold a news conference following the meeting.

The campaign donation well is drying up. I expect him to drop out.

Feel-good story of the week: “Secret Santa” hands out cash to needy

**Posted by Phineas

Just when you think the world is full of nothing but crappy, selfish people, someone just has to go and prove you wrong:

A businessman who identified himself only as “Secret Santa” brought Christmas cheer to Reading, Pa., one $100 bill at a time.

Reading has the highest poverty rate of cities across the nation with more than 65,000 residents, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. An estimated 90,000 people call Reading home.

The unnamed Good Samaritan Santa had read about the plight of Reading’s residents, and he spent Tuesday traversing the city and handing out cash to those he thought could use it, the Reading Eagle newspaper reported.


The secret Santa explained that helping others helped him.

“I get more out of it than they do,” he said. “I’ve had people say, you know, ‘You saved my life. I was going to commit suicide.’ I’ve had people say, ‘I couldn’t pay my heat. … I hadn’t eaten in days,’” he said.

And I’ll bet this guy is part of the one-percent the Occupy movement is trying to “save” us from. But the truth is, and you can bet on it, he’s done more good handing out his money and giving help to those who really need it on this one day than all the self-absorbed Occupiers have ever done with all their drum circles and up-and-down twinkles and rape-free zones over the last three months. Or ever will.

Go, Secret Santa!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Obama’s old seat: “Probable cause” Rep. Jackson knew of or directed pay for play efforts

Via USA Today:

House investigators found “probable cause” that Rep. Jesse Jackson either knew of efforts or directed someone to raise campaign money for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich in return for Jackson’s appointment to the U.S. Senate.

With the release of that report, the House ethics committee said today it will continue its investigation into Jackson, a nine-term lawmaker once considered a natural fit for the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama when he won the presidency.

Jackson, of course, denies any wrongdoing and claims he will be vindicated. Natch.

As they say, developing …

Why we need sharia law: letting women drive will make men gay

**Posted by Phineas

We approach the end of 2011 with perhaps the best news headline of the year, courtesy of the UK’s Daily Mail:

Saudis fear there will be ‘no more virgins’ and people will turn gay if female drive ban is lifted

Repealing a ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia would result in ‘no more virgins’, the country’s religious council has warned.

A ‘scientific’ report claims relaxing the ban would also see more Saudis – both men and women – turn to homosexuality and pornography.

The startling conclusions were drawn by Muslim scholars at the Majlis al-Ifta’ al-A’ala, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council, working in conjunction with Kamal Subhi, a former professor at the King Fahd University.

According to esteemed researcher Dr. Subhi, the terrible social cost of letting women drive can already be seen in other Arab countries:

And it pointed out ‘moral decline’ could already be seen in other Muslim countries where women are allowed to drive.

In the report Professor Subhi described sitting in a coffee shop in an unnamed Arab state.

‘All the women were looking at me,’ he wrote. ‘One made a gesture that made it clear she was available… this is what happens when women are allowed to drive.’

Poor guy. Loose women in their cars are constantly prowling the streets, looking for pure Islamic men to corrupt with their feminine wiles, bucket seats, and satellite radio. O tempora! O mores!!

Where has morality gone?

Good thing we have sharia law to guard us from temptation and keep women in their places.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)