links for 2010-08-19

  • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) called out The Associated Press on Twitter Thursday for its decision to avoid the term "Ground Zero mosque" in its coverage.

    She also knocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for suggesting Wednesday that the funding for the project's opponents merits scrutiny.

    "Pelosi's investigation of Harry Reid&Howard Dean&others who oppose Ground Zero Mosque will be enlightening,we're sure," Palin began, noting a comment made by Pelosi during a radio interview that just as the public should know about the mosque's backers, so should they know who is funding its opponents.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean are two high-profile Democrats who oppose the mosque in its proposed location.
    More from the Lamestream media

  • The politics surrounding the proposed construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City continue to simmer, with Republican Rep. Dan Lungren of Gold River firing the latest shot.

    Lungren criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, who on Wednesday said it was time to "ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center."

    Lungren said Pelosi's words are from someone "who has lost touch with the idea that American freedom of expression is sacred – even when it runs counter to the beliefs of our liberal elites."

    "When the Speaker of the House — the person presently third in line to take the helm of this nation – had the temerity to call for an investigation of those who think building a mosque in the shadow of the site of our greatest national tragedy is an inappropriate idea, I now think her feelings about dissenting Americans are no slips of the tongue," Lungren said.

    "It is time for the Speaker to back off ….

  • Barbara Boxer is the Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee. Yes, that Senate Ethics Committee that cleared Chris “Sweetheart Mortgage” Dodd of wrongdoing not so long ago.

    She’s also a close friend and political ally of ethically-challenged Congresswoman Maxine Waters, as RedState has previously noted. Yes: Boxer and Waters can “look at each other and roll our eyes” when stuff liberals like them don’t like happens in Congress, like, for example, their colleagues voting for troop funding or against using taxpayer money to fund abortions.

    So maybe it should be no surprise that when asked about the ethics charges facing her good friend Maxine and whether they could hurt her re-election campaign, Senate Ethics Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer should say things like this:

    “No, because Republicans have so many ethics charges pending against their people.”
    Barbara Boxer is trying to float this election.

    Don't think it will work with a well-funded Carly Fiorina

  • Former President George W. Bush deserves "some credit" for the last combat units leaving Iraq on Wednesday night, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said.

    McCain, one of the foremost supporters of the war effort there, posted a late-night message on his Twitter account, which is followed by 1.7 million people:

    Last American combat troops leave Iraq. I think President George W. Bush deserves some credit for victory.

    The 2008 GOP presidential nominee's comments suggest that a political debate will likely spring up in response to the troops' exit from the Middle Eastern country.
    You think?

  • Claims for U.S. jobless benefits jumped to the highest level since November and Philadelphia-area manufacturing shrank for the first time in a year, indicating the economy may be slowing faster than forecast.

    The number of unemployment claims unexpectedly shot up by 12,000 to 500,000 in the week ended Aug. 14, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s general economic index turned negative in August, signaling contraction.

    “There’s a red flag being waved right now that says ‘Danger,’” said Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Growth is going to slow in the second half and we might face something a little more ominous than that.”
    Reminds me oi a Jimmy Carter tyrpe economy in 1978-1979

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