The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

UK: The Muslim Image

Mel brings up some great points in this piece...

I would say that this sentiment and article applies to more places than just the UK.
Full Article

The resolute silence from leading Muslim groups unequivocally condemning Islamic terrorism is deafening, instead the focus is clearly upon creating a siege mentality within their own community. Any criticism of Islamic terrorists is deeply qualified and often twisted towards the topic of Islamophobia, yet the same community is very quick to voice its total condemnation of acts against Muslims.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

The War on Terror, a Handy and Catchy Label... Accurate?

This article will make you think, I promise.

The problem is, there can be no such thing as a war on terror.

In an interview published in the December, 2004 issue of The American Legion Magazine, Dr. Daniel Pipes noted correctly that-

...terror is not an enemy; it's a method. Just as we haven't waged war on sneak attacks or on guerrilla tactics, we are not fighting the method; we are fighting an enemy who is using the method of terrorism.


Link to full article... by Doug Petch

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Iraqi Election Commercials

Link to the full story.

These are some actual commercials being ran in Iraq in order to turn-out the vote.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Why the World is Afraid of Bush

My new article at the Stumping Grounds.

Delivering freedom to places like these are nearly impossible. As we have learned with Iraq, knocking off the tyrannical government is simply not enough. The problem is not with the philosophy, it is with the implementation. A people that has been pounded into submission is often living in extreme security with a strict set of rules to live by; subsequently, they have little to no individual freedom. Living in such a manner becomes habit, and through indoctrination, actually becomes acceptable to them. This is the problem.

How do you teach a people who has been forced into expecting security and dominance to appreciate freedom?

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Pro-Lifers Who Support the Death Penalty... but don't?!? Huh?

My new piece at the Stumping Grounds.

The answer, of course, is morality. If you believe as I do, that God's laws are to be obeyed and that ignorance is no excuse, how can we justify an imperfect system where a mistake inevitably equates to the death of an innocent? I believe that any decision that can lead to an irrevocable outcome must be made in a fashion that preserves the sanctity of life in case a mistake is made. The only time that I feel a death is warranted, be it abortion or the death penalty, is when the situation is one of self-defense. This could be in the forum of a mother choosing her life over her child's, or a homeowner defending his family from a would-be rapist. In both cases, the decision to kill, not murder, was made by someone fit to make such a decision. What makes our system imperfect is that there are several degrees of separation between an act that justifies the death penalty and the jury of peers which ultimately decides his or her fate. Thus, a jury is unfit to sentence a person to their death.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Brilliant Article on Euthanasia

The Right to Die?

Mel from the Stumping Grounds.


This leads us to a moral quandary beyond the legal repercussions, had Brian's wife been able to take her own life, that would have been the end of the matter, but it seems that she was unable to do so, and therefore required the assistance of her husband to slash her wrists. The law in most Western jurisdiction does not make suicide an illegal act, yet it does not allow an individual who is unable to take their own life seek help in order to end it. Is this correct, and can this distinction be justified?

Ouch....

Nice oddity reported on by Doug Petch.

January 17, 2005
Ouch.

File this under What Are The Odds

A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth: a four-inch nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.


It hurts to even think about it....