The Jake Files

March 13, 2006

Final Update on Chandler AZ City Council and Mayoral Election

Tomorrow is election day – don’t forget to vote!

If you haven’t heard, there are new voter ID requirements at the polls, so be prepared.

I’ve enjoyed putting together all the information on the city council elections over the past few weeks, since, after all, no one else was doing it.  If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read here, bookmark the site and continue to visit.  Once the election is over (assuming there’s no runoff), I’ll be posting more frequently on other topics – such as national politics, foreign policy, entertainment and TV, and of course, French-bashing at every opportunity! 

To get a summary of all the council-related posts, click on “Elections” in the “Categories” sidebar to the right.  Enjoy!

To all the candidates in tomorrow’s elections, good luck!

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February 27, 2006

Standing Up to Cartoon Violence

Filed under: Cartoon Intifada,France,Middle East,Old Europe,War on Terror — Amazing Jake @ 12:19 am

Public officials in two corners of the Anglosphere are publicly stating the obvious:  Western societies are nations of laws, and there is no room in a modern liberal democracy for Sharia law.

From the BBC:

Sir Trevor told ITV1’s Jonathan Dimbleby programme: “What some minorities have to accept is that there are certain central things we all agree about, which are about the way we treat each other.

“That we have an attachment to democracy, that we sort things out by voting not by violence and intimidation, that we tolerate things that we don’t like.”

And that commitment to freedom of expression should also allow Muslim preachers to make comments about homosexuality that are offensive to broad segments of the British population, he said.

Trafalgar Square  

There were several large protests held in London over the cartoons

“One point of Britishness is that people can say what they like about the way we should live, however absurd, however unpopular it is,” said Sir Trevor.

He also rejected the idea of Shariah law in Muslim communities in the UK.

“We have one set of laws. They are decided on by one group of people, members of Parliament, and that’s the end of the story.

“Anybody who lives here has to accept that’s the way we do it. If you want to have laws decided in another way, you have to live somewhere else,” he said.

From news.com.au:

ANYONE who believes Islamic sharia law can co-exist with Australian law should move to a country where they feel more comfortable, Treasurer Peter Costello said today.

All Australian citizens must adhere to the framework in society which maintains tolerance and protects the rights and liberties of all, he said. It is a pre-condition for citizenship of Australia.

Mr Costello was giving a speech on the meaning of Australian citizenship to the Sydney Institute.

“There is one law we are all expected to abide by,” Mr Costello said.

“It is the law enacted by the Parliament under the Australian Constitution.

“If you can’t accept that, then you don’t accept the fundamentals of what Australia is and what it stands for.”

Mr Costello, the son of a Methodist lay preacher and who was raised a Baptist, emphasised that Australia is a secular state under which the freedom of all religions is protected.

“But there is not a separate stream of law derived from religious sources that competes with or supplants Australian law in governing our civil society,” he said.

“The source of our law is the democratically elected legislature.

Mark Steyn wrote another great column yesterday in the Chicago Sun-TimesPowerline and Instapundit both commented on the murders of Jews in France, by Muslims, and the recent demonstrations there against violence. 

Somthing different in Steyn’s column struck me:

Something very remarkable is happening around the globe and, if you want the short version, a Muslim demonstrator in Toronto the other day put it very well:

”We won’t stop the protests until the world obeys Islamic law.”

Stated that baldly it sounds ridiculous. But, simply as a matter of fact, every year more and more of the world lives under Islamic law: Pakistan adopted Islamic law in 1977, Iran in 1979, Sudan in 1984. Four decades ago, Nigeria lived under English common law; now, half of it’s in the grip of sharia, and the other half’s feeling the squeeze, as the death toll from the cartoon jihad indicates. But just as telling is how swiftly the developed world has internalized an essentially Islamic perspective. In their pitiful coverage of the low-level intifada that’s been going on in France for five years, the European press has been barely any less loopy than the Middle Eastern media.

It’s a good thing that this is breaking into the news in France, and presumably Europe at large.  But what they’re not doing is talking openly about the problem, which is what Mr. Costello in Australia and Sir Trevor of the UK are now doing.  There has been a low level intifada going on in France for years now, and no one wants to admit the reason why:  Muslim immigrants do not want to integrate with France or Europe, they want their own set of rules.  And when there are conflicts involving Muslim immigrants and Western ways, no one wants to be politically incorrect and admit that the source of the problem is often because the Muslims have clashed with Western values.  And there you have the cartoon intifada in all its glory.

February 10, 2006

French Unilateralism

Filed under: France,Middle East,Military,Old Europe — Amazing Jake @ 7:11 am

So, did France get Security Council approval for this?

France has secretly modified its nuclear arsenal to increase the strike range and accuracy of its weapons. The move comes weeks after President Jacques Chirac warned that states which threatened the country could face the “ultimate warning” of a nuclear retaliation.

I predict mass protests by peace activists and environmental activists against this naked show of agression.  Well, maybe not.

January 13, 2006

French Aircraft Carrier Stopped by Egyptian-Environmentalist Alliance

Filed under: Environmentalist Whackos,France,Military,Old Europe — Amazing Jake @ 9:52 am

I didn’t even know the French HAD an aircraft carrier:

The misadventures of the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau – once the pride of the fleet – have taken another surprising turn with Egypt refusing to let the decommissioned ship pass through the Suez Canal on its way to an Indian scrapheap, citing concerns that it contained dangerous amounts of asbestos.

The Clemenceau’s two-week voyage, behind a tugboat and with a French naval escort, comes after drawn-out legal squabbling with environmental groups and has sparked a fierce controversy in France and India…
…Hours before the announcement, two activists from the environmental group Greenpeace climbed high on the vessel with banners reading “Asbestos Carrier: Stay Out of India.”
Greenpeace, which has campaigned to stop the Clemenceau from traveling the 4,730 nautical miles to India, or 7,000 kilometers, accused France of acting illegally. Greenpeace contends the ship would pose a risk to Indian shipyard workers.
Will French take Egypt to the UN, or will they act unilaterally to protect their national interests?  (my money’s on unilateral action)  Will France surrender to the Rainbox Warrior?  The Amazing Jake will be closely monitoring this international development.

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