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“Full Employment” — It’s Bush’s Fault!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:55 pm - March 20, 2006.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

Best job market in 5 years for grads – Reuters (shockingly)

U.S. college graduates are facing the best job market since 2001, with business, computer, engineering, education and health care grads in highest demand, a report by an employment consulting firm showed on Monday.

“We are approaching full employment and some employers are already dreaming up perks to attract the best talent,” said John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

In its annual outlook of entry-level jobs, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said strong job growth and falling unemployment makes this spring the hottest job market for America’s 1.4 million college graduates since the dot-com collapse in 2001.

The firm pointed to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers which showed employers plan to hire 14.5 percent more new college graduates than a year ago.

The survey also found higher starting salaries this year. Graduates with economic or finance degrees will see the biggest gain with starting salaries up 11 percent to $45,191, while accounting salaries are up 6.2 percent, business management salaries up 3.9 percent and pay for civil engineers 4.3 percent higher.

That horrible US economy under George W. Bush! How dare he!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Iraqi Documents Prove Saddam Financed Al-Qaeda

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:26 pm - March 20, 2006.
Filed under: War On Terror

Helllooooo 9/11 Commission??!!?? Are you there? McFly???!!!

(Hat tip: Chad @ Cake Or Death?)

Via Ace of Spades:

SADDAM HUSSEIN’S REGIME PROVIDED FINANCIAL support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq.

An eight-page fax dated June 6, 2001, and sent from the Iraqi ambassador in Manila to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad, provides an update on Abu Sayyaf kidnappings and indicates that the Iraqi regime was providing the group with money to purchase weapons. The Iraqi regime suspended its support–temporarily, it seems–after high-profile kidnappings, including of Americans, focused international attention on the terrorist group.

The fax comes from the vast collection of documents recovered in postwar Afghanistan and Iraq. Up to this point, those materials have been kept from the American public. Now the proverbial dam has broken. On March 16, the U.S. government posted on the web 9 documents captured in Iraq, as well as 28 al Qaeda documents that had been released in February. Earlier last week, Foreign Affairs magazine published a lengthy article based on a review of 700 Iraqi documents by analysts with the Institute for Defense Analysis and the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

This news, combined with this news (and much more to come) makes me ask: “Hey Democrats… do you still wanna have that special Congressional hearing about the justification for going into Iraq in a post-9/11 world?”

Why on earth the Bush Administration hasn’t declassified and/or translated these documents before now is mindboggling. I mean for heaven’s sake this material could be used in some kind of International War Tribunal to make sure Saddam meets his lover in Hell once and for all.

(UPDATERoger Simon has some disappointing news on this front…. ughhhhh!)

And, I repeat my request that the deep pocketed mainstream media outlets pay people to translate these smoking guns at a faster pace. But that would mean that the Mary Mapes crowd actually believes in discovering the truth.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Andrew Sullivan – “Conservative” Speaker at Log Cabin fete

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 5:06 pm - March 20, 2006.
Filed under: Gay America,Liberals,Log Cabin Republicans

Dan and I were both mindboggled at the choice of Andrew Sullivan, labeled by the Log Cabin press release as a “conservative”, to be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming LC(R) Convention. We were both wanting to do a post on the subject. But earlier today I sent an email to Patrick Guerriero, Log Cabin Chieftain, that is snarky enough to serve as a post on its own! Yeah… killing two birds with one e-stone!

Dear Patrick:

I think you guys could have picked a better conservative speaker than Andrew Sullivan??? Calling him a conservative is like saying Pope Benedict is gay-friendly. Here are two examples of Sullivan as a not-so-conservative. (The “Bruce” he refers to is Bruce Bartlett by the way)

That’s why I think Bush’s ratings won’t go much below 25 percent; because 25 percent is about the proportion of the electorate that is fundamentalist and supports Bush for religious rather than political reasons. They are immune to empirical argument, because their thought-structure is not empirical; it is dogmatic. If the facts overwhelm them, they will simply argue that the “liberal mediaā€¯ is lying. Bruce poignantly thinks the GOP is still the secular, empirical, skeptical party it once was. It’s not: it’s a fundamentalist church with some huge bribes for business interests on the side, leveraged by massive debts. So all criticism is disloyalty; and disloyalty is heresy. The facts don’t matter. Obey the pastor. Or be damned.

(Hat tip to Gryph on this one!)

How do you explain the many others in the Republican Party who you and I both know are not “obeying the pastor or be damned” ??? This is an insult to my Republican Party and should be to you. Come on!

And though Andrew protesth loudly today, I think the emailer to him in this posting is spot-on.

“Your blood-and-thunder, hateful tirades against our commander-in-chief in time of war and at a vulnerable point IN that war has at last marked a watershed in your ‘evolution’ from long-ago conservative to current leftist-in-just-about-everything-name [sic].

Your language, your attitude and your position have finally placed you pretty firmly in the camp of Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and the Hollyweird left in general.

It confirms my ‘bigotry’ from the get-go: Gays cannot sacrifice enough of their sexual self-interest to adhere to an ideology as austere as conservatism. The pull to the left is too strong for homosexuals to resist for very long. So formalize and render legit your new political ‘awakening’: declare conservatism behind you.

There is a long, proud history of betrayal in the homosexual community, whose most celebrated example – the locus classicus, if you prefer – is Philby and his crew.

Congratulations on joining that fine tradition!”

Well, upon second thought since Andrew’s reader is so astute… I guess he is the perfect speaker for your convention given Log Cabin has also abandoned all things Republican and now firmly milks at the teet of the anti-American Gay Leftists now.

My apologies.

-Bruce Carroll (GayPatriot)

Grading the President on Reagan’s Legacy

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 4:29 am - March 20, 2006.
Filed under: National Politics,Ronald Reagan

Perhaps the fairest criticism our readers have made of this blog is that we do not criticize the president enough. And while we think that on the most fundamental issue of the day — leading our nation in the War on Terror — the president has done an outstanding job and while we generally think he’s done a good job, on a number of issues, notably domestic spending and the federalism, we believe his leadership has been lacking.

Perhaps, we spend so much time defending the president because his critics, particularly those on the gay left, make such outlandish (and very often inaccurate) accusations against him. Had they made more responsible critiques, they might find us less critical of them.

All that said, the release of Bruce Bartlett’s book has caused us to wonder how good a job the president is doing at fulfilling the great legacy of Ronald Wilson Reagan, a whom man both of us admire. While I disagree with Bartlett that the president has betrayed the Reagan legacy, I believe he has a point, at least on economic issues.

So, I decided to grade the president on several aspects of the Reagan legacy and came up with a preliminary grade of B/B-, not a great grade, but far from a failure. To see what other conservatives think, we’ve decided to ask readers (& other bloggers) to evaluate our preliminary report card (below the “jump”) and weigh in themselves. Have we been too lenient in our grades? Or too harsh? Or did we get them just right? Did we leave out any categories (on which to evaluate the job the president has done at fulfilling the Reagan legacy)?

Bruce (GayPatriot) looked over my grades and we reached a consensus for each subject (Bruce was a slightly harsher grader than I!). Now, it’s up to you. Please weigh in with your thoughts between now and Friday, March 27 at 4 PM Eastern Time. At which point, we will ask our panel of “Reagan scholars,” Polipundit‘s D.J. Drummond, Columnist Bridget Johnson (GOP Vixen) and Grande Conservative Blogress Diva Sondra K to read through the comments and adjust the grades. In order to better influence this panel, please make sound arguments on why you think the grade should be changed. From time to time, Bruce and I may jump into the comment thread to defend our grades. (In order to keep this post as short as possible, I have kept my evaluations to a minimum.)

We will announce a final grade next Monday, March 27, 2006.

So, please read below to get the complete report card (and feel free to recommend new “subjects” if you feel we have left something out): (more…)