California on track for extreme water rationing 

Currently, Californians on average use 87 gallons of water a day.  In seven years, 2030, you will be forced to live on 42 gallons of water a day—more than half your current usage!  How many jobs will be lost, businesses forced to leave.  Send your kids to school without a bath or shower?  This is how they will force people to leave California—ration water.

“The California State Water Board held a hearing last week to discuss how to implement Senate Bill 1157, passed by the legislature in 2022, which lowers daily indoor water use standards to just 47 gallons per person starting in 2025 and 42 gallons in 2030. The title of the hearing was “Making Water Conservation a Way of Life,” but rationing would be a more apt description of what’s coming for California’s households.

It isn’t as if conservation hasn’t been a way of life in California for decades. Despite the state’s population growing to over 39 million today, total urban water consumption in the state has been falling each year since the mid-1990s. At just over 7 million acre feet per year in 2022, urban water consumption hasn’t been this low since 1985, when the population of the state was only 26 million.”

California on track for extreme water rationing 
California Policy Center,  6/22/23  https://mailchi.mp/calpolicycenter/join-us-for-cpcs-parent-union-legislative-summit-june-22-376993?e=57726d6b66

The California State Water Board held a hearing last week to discuss how to implement Senate Bill 1157, passed by the legislature in 2022, which lowers daily indoor water use standards to just 47 gallons per person starting in 2025 and 42 gallons in 2030. The title of the hearing was “Making Water Conservation a Way of Life,” but rationing would be a more apt description of what’s coming for California’s households.

It isn’t as if conservation hasn’t been a way of life in California for decades. Despite the state’s population growing to over 39 million today, total urban water consumption in the state has been falling each year since the mid-1990s. At just over 7 million acre feet per year in 2022, urban water consumption hasn’t been this low since 1985, when the population of the state was only 26 million.

Yet, California’s water bureaucrats continue to steamroll ahead with SB 1157. The officially stated goal is to reduce total urban consumption by 400,000 acre feet per year by 2030. Put into the perspective of California’s total water withdrawals per year, this is very small potatoes. 

Water diversions for agriculture average 30 million acre feet per year, more than four times the urban use, and diversions — captured rainfall that is released from reservoirs during the summer and fall — to maintain ecosystem health range between 20 million acre feet in dry years to over 60 million acre feet in wet years.

A 400,000 acre foot reduction in urban water consumption represents barely more than one-half of one percent of the amount of water California diverts and manages even in its driest years.

So what will Californians be asked to do to meet SB 1157’s targets? 

Imagine having to report how many people live in your home in order to qualify for your 42 gallon per person per day water allocation. 

Imagine having to justify your “outdoor water budget” in order to keep your outdoor landscaping healthy. 

Imagine having to decide what you are going to have to give up — showering, laundry, washing dishes or flushing your toilet — to stay under the 42 gallon cap each day.
 
How We Use Water
But guess what? This kind of extreme water rationing is completely unnecessary. Cost-effective supply-side solutions are plentiful. 

In the water season that just ended in California, over 25 million acre feet of water passed through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and out to the Pacific. This is more than twice what is required for the health of Delta ecosystems, and if that water had been stored, it would have offered enough supplemental supply to easily withstand several years of drought. 

There are many ways to store this water that fulfill reasonable environmentalist concerns. For example, channels cut into Delta islands can have gravity-fed French Drains that move water without harming fish. Engineering studies indicate that a 200 acre site could move 15,000 acre feet per day during storms, and this water could be stored in vacant underground aquifers that are, just in the San Joaquin Valley, estimated to have a capacity of 75 million acre feet.

Other ways to realize massive increases in urban water supplies were described in detail last year in a study released by the prestigious Pacific Institute. They estimated that just through capturing urban runoff, up to 3 million acre feet could be stored each year, and that by recycling urban waste water, capturing another 2 million acre feet per year is possible. Even if these figures are optimistic, they accurately identify two additional paths to water abundance that are necessary investments anyway.

Harvesting rainfall through daylighting streams and diversions into aquifers will prevent flooding and will help mitigate toxic runoff from urban surfaces. Recycling and reusing urban wastewater will eliminate the nitrogen pollution still present in treated outfall. And what also ought to be on the table to increase water supply are additional reservoirs as well as desalination. 

There are plenty of ways to achieve water abundance in California.

Water rationing will not achieve the resilience that Californians are going to need in the future, whether it’s to adapt to prolonged droughts and bomb cyclones, or to cope with other potential disruptions to the state’s precarious network of pipelines, pumping stations and aqueducts. Precisely the opposite policy should be California’s legislative priority.

Water agencies need to be incentivized to increase their supply capacity, not reduce it to a fragile minimum that lacks any margin for error. At what point will California lawmakers abandon scarcity fearmongering and instead pursue common sense strategies to secure water abundance?

The 47 gallon per person indoor water use standard is set to begin in 2025 and the 42 gallon limit only 5 years later. 

How will you allocate your 42 gallons a day? 

Newsom Publicly Backs Israel. His Private Fundraising Tells a Different Story.

Did anyone expect the Hollywood Slicky to be anything but duplicitous in his views and actions about Israel?

“More than 1,700 California Bay Area teens walked out of class on Wednesday, calling for the eradication of Israel with chants like, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” The protests were planned by the San Francisco-based Arab Resources and Organizing Center (AROC), a fiscally sponsored project of the progressive Tides Center, for which Newsom has raised more than $1 million from his donors.

Newsom on Oct. 7 condemned the terrorist attacks on Israel and declared that “California stands with Israel” as anti-Semitic protests erupted around the state. Yet the fiscal ties between this left-wing funding operation supported by California’s governor and AROC highlight how deeply anti-Israel activism has pervaded progressive institutions.

You read that right—Gavin Newsom raised money for an anti-Semitic HATE group!!  When he runs for President how will he explain that to Jewish and Christian Americans?

Newsom Publicly Backs Israel. His Private Fundraising Tells a Different Story.

Newsom raised more than $1 million for Tides Center, the fiscal sponsor of group pushing high school ‘Walkouts for Gaza’

Susannah Luthi, Washington Free Beacon,  10/20/23     https://freebeacon.com/california/newsom-publicly-backs-israel-his-private-fundraising-tells-a-different-story/

California governor Gavin Newsom (D.) has publicly backed Israel since Hamas’s terror attack earlier this month, even announcing a surprise pit-stop in Israel to offer his state’s support. But privately, he has raised funds for the primary backer of a group that organized anti-Semitic and anti-Israel protests at California high schools.

More than 1,700 California Bay Area teens walked out of class on Wednesday, calling for the eradication of Israel with chants like, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” The protests were planned by the San Francisco-based Arab Resources and Organizing Center (AROC), a fiscally sponsored project of the progressive Tides Center, for which Newsom has raised more than $1 million from his donors.

Newsom on Oct. 7 condemned the terrorist attacks on Israel and declared that “California stands with Israel” as anti-Semitic protests erupted around the state. Yet the fiscal ties between this left-wing funding operation supported by California’s governor and AROC highlight how deeply anti-Israel activism has pervaded progressive institutions. AROC stated after the Hamas attacks that it holds Israel “entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.”

The Tides Center is part of a vast Democratic financial network that includes the Tides Foundation and receives generous support from George Soros. Headquartered in San Francisco, Tides backs progressive causes and candidates through grant-making, fiscal sponsorships, and political advocacy. AROC is “incubated” at the Tides Center, which manages legal and financial red-tape for its sponsored projects so their leaders can focus on their mission.

Newsom has raised more than $1 million for the Tides Center from the Emerson Collective—the progressive funding operation of Laurene Powell Jobs, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s widow. At the governor’s request, the Emerson Collective paid $1 million to the Tides Center in June 2021 and an additional $30,000 in July, according to campaign finance records.

A representative for Newsom did not respond to a request for comment.

These donations represent just one aspect of Newsom’s years-long financial relationship with Tides. Earlier this year, the governor raised $350,000 from the Tides Foundation for the Edible Schoolyard Project, a nonprofit that the governor supports as part of his school lunch program. Since 2015, Newsom has secured more than $1.4 million from the Tides Foundation for his preferred nonprofits and causes.

The center is also not the only Tides affiliate to benefit from ties to the governor. Since 2020, Newsom has raised more than $11 million for the network’s grant-making arm, the Tides Foundation—$10 million of which came from Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, a progressive Jewish foundation that also supports Israel.

The governor’s fundraising for Tides was done through the state’s “behested payments” system—a mechanism that allows California office-holders to raise money for select philanthropies, causes, or government business from their donors. Companies and others use these payments to curry favor or influence with state leaders. Newsom has also used the system to fundraise for his wife’s two nonprofits

Bialosky: Has Hamas’ Attack Finally Aroused Parents About Universities?

Jewish students are targets of the racism and violence of the Hamas supporting professors and Administrators on college campuses—and high schools.  The students are the first targets.  Christian students are next—they support Israel and they are not Muslim.  They will be the next target.

It is time to end support for Hamas campuses—like UC Irvine, Cal Davis, Cal Berkeley and others.  Our Governor and the National Socialist Democrats, by their silence and refusal to expel terrorist supports and promoters from our campuses, are by their silence and inaction supporters of Hamas—that includes Gavin Newsom.

“Why would you want to send your child or grandchild to a college like this? It is simply a fable that your child must go to Yale or Wharton or Wisconsin, etc., to get a fine education — where Jewish kids are threatened and the murder of Jews and Americans is celebrated – it is just that, a fable.

Presidents of over one hundred major universities received letters from Jewish organizations. Some of these organizations are Hillel, ADL, ZOA, Jewish Federations of North America, Brandeis Center. StandWithUs had already sent a letter. The letters addressed the universities’ responses regarding the safety of Jewish students considering the protests taking place against Israel. The responses ranged from meager to nonexistent from the institutions’ leaders. These “leaders” showed they are more beholden to the forces on campus who support the actions of Hamas than protections for Jewish students and support for the continuing existence of Israel.

Colleges are now part of the war zone.  Would allow your child on a daily basis attend a war zone—especially if they are Jewish or Christian?

Has Hamas’ Attack Finally Aroused Parents About Universities?

Posted by Bruce Bialosky, Flashreport,  10/22/23     https://www.flashreport.org/blog/2023/10/22/has-hamas-attack-finally-aroused-parents-about-universities/

Many of us have tried somewhat in vain to alert parents about the fecklessness of supporting certain colleges and/or sending their children to them. Currently there are 3,982 colleges and universities in the United States. Some are not only dangerous for the mind of your child or grandchild, but their body as well.

The reaction on college campuses to the mass terrorist murders in Israel has ripped open for everyone to see the demonic aspect of how these colleges operate. Open protests in favor of and cheering on the mass murder of Jews by Hamas are widely accepted. We already know that these groups are allowed to flaunt their hatred of Jews – something not allowed for any other defined minority on the campus. As stated previously in this column, the Jews are not perceived as being part of the “cool kids”; thus, they are open to any kind of attack or protest that no others must endure.

It has been pointed out these institutions would never allow protests in support of Russia against Ukraine on their campuses. But it is “free speech” to allow people to cheer on these terrorists and their murderous actions.


This time it is different. There was a mass killing. The dead could have been your child or grandchild, and these demonstrators are celebrating the murderers’ actions. Hostages are estimated to be 200. They could be your friend’s sister, brother, or child. These demonstrators are cheering torture, rape, and the murder of Jews. But are they just Jews? Many Christians regularly travel to Israel. They could have been murdered simply for being there among Jews.

This is about Israel and Israel is always treated differently. College administrators rationalize the issue. Is it free speech when 32 Americans are killed? Do college administrators hate Jews so much they are willing to allow groups to celebrate the death of 32 Americans? Have they no limits as to how much they hate Jews and America?

Harvard has received most of the focus because of the statement made by 34 student groups and the feeble response by their administration. Russell Rickford, Associate Professor of History at Cornell University, has characterized the Hamas attack on Israel as “exhilarating” and “energizing.” Next is Zareena Grewal, Yale associate professor of American studies, ethnicity, race, migration, and religious studies. “My heart is in my throat,” Grewal wrote on X Saturday. “Prayers for Palestinians. Israel is a murderous, genocidal settler state and Palestinians have every right to resist through armed struggle, solidarity.” We could go on ad infinitum with other citations.

Why would you want to send your child or grandchild to a college like this? It is simply a fable that your child must go to Yale or Wharton or Wisconsin, etc., to get a fine education — where Jewish kids are threatened and the murder of Jews and Americans is celebrated – it is just that, a fable.

Presidents of over one hundred major universities received letters from Jewish organizations. Some of these organizations are Hillel, ADL, ZOA, Jewish Federations of North America, Brandeis Center. StandWithUs had already sent a letter. The letters addressed the universities’ responses regarding the safety of Jewish students considering the protests taking place against Israel. The responses ranged from meager to nonexistent from the institutions’ leaders. These “leaders” showed they are more beholden to the forces on campus who support the actions of Hamas than protections for Jewish students and support for the continuing existence of Israel.

Bill Ackman, a billionaire hedge fund manager, initiated what has become a cascade of major donors pulling their contributions from these loathsome operations. When you look at the donor list, one must wonder why they were still giving to these odious entities. Regrettably, it took a heavy price to awaken them.

Do you really want decisions about the life of your loved one made by people like Grewal or Rickford? These schools are teeming with these malcontents. Stanford has as many administrators as students. At the University of Michigan, a school with more than three times the number of students as Stanford, there are 1.2 administrators for every three students. They spend a considerable amount of time poisoning the minds of young adults.

Where do you think the campus protestors got their hatred towards Jews? It was not from original thought. As Oscar Hammerstein II wrote in the song Carefully Taught, “You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear, You’ve got to be taught from year to year, It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear, You’ve got to be carefully taught.”

Let me be clear, your child is going to get a fine education at almost any college. Whether they succeed in life will be based on decisions made after graduation. What is not guaranteed is that they emerge as a sane, righteous person of whom you can be a proud parent or grandparent.

Parents, particularly Jewish parents, are providing funds without asking any questions about their children being threatened and/or made to feel uncomfortable in a manner no other group would be asked to tolerate. And the parents and grandparents are writing annual checks for $30,000, $50,000 or more to support these depraved operations – not including various additional contributions.

Sending these universities students and donations will encourage their behavior. They are moneygrubbing Jew haters so why would you do either?

When the Jewish people went back to their homeland and formed the country of Israel they made a pledge – never again. We have lived that commitment for 75 years. We have created some mighty allies during that time. Yet some people are willing to bow their heads for the prize of a supposedly “superior education” that possibly leads to a better career. Is it worth the price of one’s soul and possibly their life?

We are the Jews. We are God’s chosen people. Don’t try to placate people who hate you. We can turn them, but from strength, not from weakness. Weakness never wins.

Lawsuit filed against SCCCD and California Community Colleges over diversity requirements

The California Community colleges have adopted the racist policies of the Klu Klux Klan.  They have instituted Diversity, Inclusion and Equity—DIE—as the values of the schools.  In other words, hire people based on race, pretend gender and ideology, rather than qualifications and abilities.  The losers are the students.  They are being told that government approves of racist policy.

“The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, or “F.I.R.E.” is representing six full-time, tenured faculty members at Clovis, Madera and Reedley Community Colleges.

F.I.R.E attorneys say the regulations explicitly require professors to pledge allegiance to contested ideological viewpoints.

“The state does not get to tell you what you can and can’t believe,” said Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (F.I.R.E) Attorney Jessie Appleby.

Appleby says the requirements violate the first amendment rights of faculty based on their viewpoint and makes illegal speech that would otherwise be protected.

I would go further than the lawsuits.  The trustees of these districts by allowing racism as the policy of their district are no better than a Grand Wizard of the KKK.  They must, like all racists, be thrown out of office.

Lawsuit filed against SCCCD and California Community Colleges over diversity requirements

ByJessica Harrington, abc30,  10/19/23   https://abc30.com/lawsuit-community-college-california-schools-diversity-requirements/13924026/

The lawsuit is challenging Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, or DEIA, standards for community college faculty.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Six community college professors in the Central Valley have filed a lawsuit.

The lawsuit is challenging Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, or DEIA, standards for community college faculty.

The lawsuit was filed against the State Chancellor of California Community Colleges, the Chancellor of the State Center Community College District, and the SCCCD Board of Trustees.

The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, or “F.I.R.E.” is representing six full-time, tenured faculty members at Clovis, Madera and Reedley Community Colleges.

F.I.R.E attorneys say the regulations explicitly require professors to pledge allegiance to contested ideological viewpoints.

“The state does not get to tell you what you can and can’t believe,” said Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (F.I.R.E) Attorney Jessie Appleby.

Appleby says the requirements violate the first amendment rights of faculty based on their viewpoint and makes illegal speech that would otherwise be protected.

They also claim the language used in the DEIA rules are vague, a violation of the 14th amendment.

“We believe the regulations applied to college faculty are unconstitutional, pretty much across the board,” Appleby said.

Reedley Community College Professor Bill Blanken is one of the plaintiffs.

He’s been teaching chemistry full-time there for 15 years.

Blanken says the DEIA principals don’t have any place in the chemistry classroom or laboratory.

“We need that time to deal with chemistry. Not this other stuff,” Blanken said.

As a tenured employee, he must go through periodic evaluations.

He says his next evaluation will include a self-evaluation of how well he understands and incorporates the DEIA rules, something he believes will lead to discipline or possible termination if it doesn’t reach the college’s standards.

He wants the requirement and that portion of the evaluation removed.

“I want to be evaluated solely on the merits of how am I as a chemistry faculty in the teaching of the subject matter which is chemistry,” Blanken said.

F.I.R.E has requested a temporary pause on the new DEIA requirements, while the case goes through court.

California Community Colleges says it does not comment on ongoing litigation, but documents filed in court show they are fighting back against the lawsuit.

SCCCD also filed documents in court.

SCCCD spokesperson Jill Wagner responded to ABC30’s request for comment with the following statement.

“We will defend the District’s implementation of the State’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) regulations at the center of this litigation, which were revised following the Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement for the District. The DEIA regulations are the result of a collaborative effort with the State Center Federation of Teachers, which was ratified in April 2023 by the majority of the association and formally approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2023 to be implemented by colleges come October 2023.

“DEIA initiatives have sparked many important conversations spanning decades, and as this issue continues to evolve, efforts to address them will continue to be at the forefront. The District now and forever will be a welcoming place for a diverse population, with a commitment to access and inclusion.”

Oral arguments were set to be heard by a judge a few weeks ago but were removed from the schedule.

Both sides are now waiting for the case to be rescheduled in court to present oral arguments to a judge.

The judge will then make a decision to grant to deny the temporary injunction.

Mack Trucks fires back at striking UAW’s new demands

The UAW has worked hard to kill off the American auto makers.  By their actions, China, Japan, Germany and a few other nations will be rewarded with lower prices for their vehicles, while the UAW is pricing American vehicles out of the hands of all but the very rich.  Tens of thousands of American union workers will shortly be out of work permanently.  If the 30% plus wage increases take place, as I suspect they will, Ford, GM and Chrysler will be forced to use more technology and fewer workers.

Add to that the Biden mandate for EV’s, even if the public can not afford or want them, union workers are paying dues to finance the end of their jobs.  Until they wake up and go back to work, they deserve losing their jobs.  They know that is the real outcome—the killing of American jobs and an industry.

Mack Trucks fires back at striking UAW’s new demands

Truck maker says ‘unreasonable economic demands’ trash 3 months of bargaining

Alan Adler, Freightways,  10/20/23    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/mack-trucks-fires-back-at-striking-uaws-new-demands

 Mack Trucks rejected new demands from the striking United Auto Workers as unreasonable.

Mack Trucks fired back at the striking United Auto Workers, saying it is “not prepared to jeopardize the company” to meet the union’s new economic demands.

Talks resumed Thursday in the 11-day-old strike by 3,900 workers in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida. The union’s new demands did not sit well with the company.

“Unfortunately, the new UAW economic demands are completely unrealistic,” Mack President Stephen Roy said in a news release late Thursday. “We’ve already shown that we’re prepared to provide our employees with significantly improved wages. But we are not prepared to jeopardize the company.”

UAW-represented employees voted 73% against a tentative agreement endorsed by local bargainers and UAW International officials. 

Mack: UAW ‘ignoring three months of good-faith bargaining’

The demands “seemingly return to day one of negotiations and ignore three months of good-faith bargaining between the parties,” Roy said.

The strike began Oct. 8 at six Volvo Group facilities. They include the Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania, assembly plant that makes all Mack heavy-duty commercial trucks in North America. Mack is part of Volvo Group North America.

An engine plant in Hagerstown, Maryland, and parts distribution centers in Baltimore and Jacksonville, Florida, also are on strike.

Knock-on strike effects at Volvo avoided so far

Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) production in Dublin, Virginia, is so far unaffected. The assembly complex in New River Valley (NRV) makes heavy-duty Volvo VNL and VNR models. The plant also builds the battery-powered VNR Electric day cab.

“Thus far, we’ve managed to minimize the impact to our aftermarket parts support,” Mack spokesperson Kimberly Pupillo said in an email. “The strike has not affected NRV production, but could if it is prolonged.”

A 12-day UAW walkout at Mack in 2019 forced VTNA to halt production because of a lack of engines. The slowing state of Class 8 tractor demand may spare the plant from downtime this time.

“Current weak freight fundamentals and largely sated pent-up tractor market demand make the case for caution,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT Research president and senior analyst.

A nonunion Mack medium-duty truck plant in Roanoke, Virginia, is unaffected by the strike. The company builds Class 6 and 7 MD Series trucks there.

Mack hoped to stay out of UAW skirmish with Detroit Three

Mack wanted to fly below the radar in its union negotiations and stay clear of a UAW strike against the Detroit Three automakers that began Sept. 15. 

Now it appears the union, encouraged by defeated Mack worker and unsuccessful UAW International presidential candidate Will Lehman and a Socialist rank-and-file committee, has intertwined the Mack strike with brinkmanship in Detroit. There are 34,000 of 146,000 UAW members striking selected GM, Ford and Stellantis plants while other plants are operating.

UAW International President Sean Fain visited Local 677 in Pennsylvania last weekend. Lehman, meanwhile, walked picket lines in the Detroit area.

Mack said it looks forward to “more realistic proposals” from the union when the two sides resume talks on Monday.

Gavin Newsom’s Hong Kong travel plan draws bipartisan fire

The terrorists are flooding into California, with the active support of Gavin Newsom and Joe Biden.  California campuses today are promoting and defending Nazi views of Jews—and Newsom has not said anything—nor is he firing, on the spot, the professors that are openly promoting the irradiation of Jews.  Newsom is a Jew hater by his silence and inaction.

Yet, he thinks the Greta Thunbergs’ climate change hoax is the real threat to America.  He is asking the Communist Party of China to change its environmental polices—while he has closed down all coal energy in California, trying to end nuclear and fossil fuel energy in the State.  At the same time China is opening more than 100 coal energy plants a year—they are not stupid, they follow the science.

“On China, even fellow Democrats are warning of the pitfalls he faces if he stays silent on Beijing’s crushing treatment of civil rights in Hong Kong.

Newsom should “speak very clearly against the repression of the Hong Kong people,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), co-chair of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, said in an interview. “Otherwise it does great damage because it looks like the Chinese repression is accepted and we cannot allow that to be the case.”

Newsom’s trip will focus on fostering closer climate ties in areas like air quality, offshore wind and cap-and-trade. Newsom is a key surrogate for President Joe Biden’s reelection and the White House has signed off on the trip.”

Watch as he is silent about the CCP slave State.

Gavin Newsom’s Hong Kong travel plan draws bipartisan fire

Lawmakers and activists warn that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to travel to Hong Kong to tout his state’s climate agenda risks whitewashing Beijing’s tightening chokehold on the territory.

By PHELIM KINE and BLANCA BEGERT, Politico,  10/22/23  https://www.politico.com/news/2023/10/22/newsoms-hong-kong-travel-draws-fire-00122866#:~:text=Lawmakers%20and%20activists%20warn%20that,tightening%20chokehold%20on%20the%20territory.

HONG KONG — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is starting his trip to China in perhaps the most politically incendiary Asian city possible.

He landed in Hong Kong on Sunday after a hastily scheduled side trip to Israel, where he met with victims of the Israel-Hamas war.

On China, even fellow Democrats are warning of the pitfalls he faces if he stays silent on Beijing’s crushing treatment of civil rights in Hong Kong.

Newsom should “speak very clearly against the repression of the Hong Kong people,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), co-chair of the Congressional Executive Commission on China, said in an interview. “Otherwise it does great damage because it looks like the Chinese repression is accepted and we cannot allow that to be the case.”

Newsom’s trip will focus on fostering closer climate ties in areas like air quality, offshore wind and cap-and-trade. Newsom is a key surrogate for President Joe Biden’s reelection and the White House has signed off on the trip.

“The climate crisis will not wait for geopolitical winds to shift, and we cannot achieve our shared goals without China,” Newsom spokesperson Erin Mellon said in a statement.

Newsom’s Hong Kong stop-over has infuriated U.S.-based pro-democracy and human rights organizations. A coalition of more than 50 such groups issued a joint statement on Friday that flayed Newsom for trying to sideline human rights during his visit. They argue that Newsom’s singular focus on climate issues “sets a problematic tone for future diplomatic engagement” that benefits the territory’s sanctioned leaders.

“I don’t see any huge gain that he or the state get from his going,” said James Cunningham, former consul-general to Hong Kong and Macau and chair of the nonprofit advocacy group the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong. Newsom’s visit will instead “fuel the impression that it is business as usual and they will exploit his visit for that,” he said.

Newsom will participate in a “fireside chat” at Hong Kong University before continuing on to Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Hong Kong would have been an odd stop for a U.S. politician anytime in the past decade, as China tightened its grip on its former British territory. It is particularly puzzling now, especially after the U.S. placed many Hong Kong leaders under sanctions for their roles in suppressing the Asian financial center’s democracy movement in 2019 and 2020.

In recent months, Biden has indicated that Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu will not be allowed to enter the U.S. to attend Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering in San Francisco next month, “which is a break from past practice,” said Neil Thomas, a fellow for Chinese Politics at the Asia Society.

Newsom will have a hard time dodging references to the Hong Kong authorities’ tightening stranglehold on the territory. a trial of 47 pro-democracy community workers, activists and legislators prosecuted under Hong Kong’s draconian National Security Law is ongoing.

The former media magnate and pro-democracy icon Jimmy Lai, victim of what the State Department calls “spurious” fraud charges, marked his 1000th day behind bars last month. And the Hong Kong government has issued warrants — complete with $128,000 arrest bounties — for eight self-exiled Hong Kong pro-democracy activists (several of whom are in the U.S.) for alleged “collusion with a foreign country.”

China experts say they’re not sure why Newsom would choose to risk the appearance of granting political cover to the special administrative region, which, while part of China, has a unique system of governance and is allowed to negotiate trade and investment as separate from Beijing.

“He’s walking into a political minefield,” said Samuel Chu, president of the pro-democracy group The Campaign for Hong Kong. “There’s no one in Hong Kong that is significant enough for him to meet that isn’t a target [of U.S. sanctions].”

His predecessor, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, went to Hong Kong but during less tumultuous times.

Newsom officials so far have emphasized his distance on the trip from any of the more hot-button issues between the U.S. and China.

“The trip is focused on what we can do as a state to build upon our progress of the last many years in pushing China to be more aggressive in their response to the climate crisis,” Mellon said in her statement. “Our federal partners are working with China on a host of issues, including concerning human rights violations — which are of immense concern to the state and the federal government.”

Besides the appearance with academics, Newsom’s schedule indicates he’ll attend a reception in Hong Kong with “climate and carbon neutrality leaders” co-hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Consulate.

Newsom’s office said he has no plans to meet with Hong Kong’s senior leadership. But if any show up unannounced at either of his events it will hand them a convenient propaganda victory in their efforts to shake the stigma of the territory’s more than 1,200 political prisoners and its criminalization of peaceful dissent. It will be particularly awkward if Newsom has an unplanned photo-op with Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Lee, who oversaw brutal police responses to pro-democracy protests as the territory’s former security chief. His implementation of the draconian National Security Law introduced in June 2020 prompted the U.S. Treasury Department to place him on a sanctions list.

Lawmakers and activists urged Newsom to strike a balance between his climate cooperation goals and calling out the Hong Kong authorities for their worsening crackdown.

Newsom should “push for release of political prisoners and raise the Hong Kong government’s practice of issuing bounties on dissidents living abroad,” said Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Christian homeschooling parents sue California over alleged religious discrimination: ‘Glaring exception’

It is time for lawsuits to protect our children.

“A group of Christian parents is suing California schools for religious discrimination after they were banned from including, and in one instance expelled for using, a faith-based curriculum in a publicly funded homeschooling program. 

According to a complaint filed by lawyers at the First Liberty law firm, a group of five parents enrolled children in tuition-free charter schools — Blue Ridge Academy in Southern California and Visions of Education in Northern California — that give the option for “independent study” curated by parents. 

Gavin Newsom has declared the teaching of religion, along with math, science, history and English is NOT allowed in California when done in homeschooling.  The Newsom bigotry and discrimination is horrifying in a free nation.  He is a someone who lied to us about COVID.  He used that as an excuse to close churches—and sue them for obeying the First Amendment.  He closed schools—and forced government workers to take dangerous, untested vaccines.

Gavin Newsom is the poster child for the modern National Socialist Democrat Party.

Christian homeschooling parents sue California over alleged religious discrimination: ‘Glaring exception’

First Liberty says California schools discriminated against families for using faith-based curriculum in a homeschool program

By Brianna Herlihy Fox News, 10/22/23    https://www.foxnews.com/us/christian-homeschooling-parents-sue-california-religious-discrimination-glaring-exception

group of Christian parents is suing California schools for religious discrimination after they were banned from including, and in one instance expelled for using, a faith-based curriculum in a publicly funded homeschooling program. 

According to a complaint filed by lawyers at the First Liberty law firm, a group of five parents enrolled children in tuition-free charter schools — Blue Ridge Academy in Southern California and Visions of Education in Northern California — that give the option for “independent study” curated by parents. 

The schools “tout” their commitment to “individualized and inclusive learning” through these programs, but with one “glaring exception” — faith-based learning material, a lawsuit says. The families, according to the suit, wanted to use high-quality curricula that comported with state standards but that also reflected a faith-based worldview but were denied. One family was even expelled. 

“Our clients simply want to be able to choose curricula that fits their families’ needs without facing religious discrimination,” Justin Butterfield, deputy general counsel for First Liberty said. 

These families love their charter schools and the opportunities those schools provide for families to educate their children in a way that fits the families’ needs.” 

According to the complaint, when the parents complained to the schools when they weren’t allowed to use the educational material of their choice, the school’s cited a state law that prohibits the teaching of “sectarian and denominational doctrine.” 

The teachers used that defense to deny credit and accept sample work from the students from any faith-based curricula or any that reflect religious perspectives. 

The lawyers for the students say that religious discrimination is unconstitutional under federal law.

“As the Supreme Court made clear last year in Carson v. Makin, when the government provides a benefit, like parent-directed educational funding, it cannot exclude families just because they choose to use that benefit for a religious education,” said Ethan Davis, a partner at King & Spalding, who is also leading the litigation. 

That case said that the state of Maine cannot exclude students who attend religious schools from a government program for which they are otherwise qualified because doing so would violate the Free Exercise Clause. 

“Religious families are entitled to the same educational benefits as everyone else,” Davis said. 

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. 

Fox News Digital reached out to Blue Ridge Academy and Visions of Education but didn’t hear back in time for publication. 

State suspension law creates war zone at East San Jose school

Go to any California government school and do not expect the Principal will protect you from drug dealers, bullies, haters and assaults in bathrooms by perverts in dresses.

“The new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2024, could make it difficult for teachers at James Lick High School in the East Side Union High School District to hold some students accountable for their behavior. Teachers are asking the district to approve in-school suspensions for students who allegedly drink and smoke in the bathrooms and refuse to go to class.

The law is aimed at eliminating suspensions and expulsions for low-level behavior—such as talking back to a teacher—which disproportionately affected students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students who are homeless or in foster care and students with disabilities.

East Side Union High School District Superintendent Glenn Vander Zee said the school district is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment.”

All the district gives are fancy words for saying they can no longer protect kids on the campuses.  Would you send you child each day to a war zone?

You are if your sending your child to a government school in California.

State suspension law creates conflict at East San Jose school

by Lorraine Gabbert, San Jose Spotlight,  10/18/23  https://sanjosespotlight.com/california-state-expulsion-suspension-law-creates-conflict-at-east-san-jose-school/

A state law created to protect vulnerable student populations from disproportionate levels of suspension and expulsion is complicating matters for an East San Jose high school.

Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed Senate Bill 274 that bars willful defiance or low-level behavioral issues from suspending students in grades 6-12. The new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2024, could make it difficult for teachers at James Lick High School in the East Side Union High School District to hold some students accountable for their behavior. Teachers are asking the district to approve in-school suspensions for students who allegedly drink and smoke in the bathrooms and refuse to go to class.

The law is aimed at eliminating suspensions and expulsions for low-level behavior—such as talking back to a teacher—which disproportionately affected students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students who are homeless or in foster care and students with disabilities.

East Side Union High School District Superintendent Glenn Vander Zee said the school district is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment. He said the district has comprehensive policies to support all students and increase their sense of belonging.

“ESUHSD is prepared to implement the Senate bill due to the fact that the board and staff has already developed and implemented policies and practices aligned with (it),” he told San José Spotlight.

James Lick High School teacher Michael Gatenby doesn’t think it’s that simple because the school has a history of students demonstrating bad behavior, including bullying and fighting on campus. Gatenby is advocating for an alternative place for misbehaving students to go at school. He said the in-house suspension name should be changed to avoid confusion.

Gatenby said students choosing not to attend class are safety concerns. Last Friday, a student showed up 55 minutes late to class intoxicated and threw up, he added.

“Ed code and this new law the governor signed … will not allow us to suspend these students,” he told San José Spotlight. “But it doesn’t say anything about removing them and putting them in alternative placement. They will still … get whatever supports they need … but they can’t just be allowed to wander the halls, hang out in the quad … it just doesn’t seem safe to me.”

Gatenby said there is currently no repercussion for students refusing to attend or walk out of class, as they’re not suspendible offenses. Although he agrees data shows more students of color have been suspended and expelled in the past, he said deterrents are needed and students need to be held accountable for not following district policies.

Franklin-McKinley School District Superintendent Juan Cruz said the new law is intended to make schools implement behavioral interventions rather than suspensions. He said these students need guidance and support instead of being sent home.

“Try to do everything you can to change the behavior and keep them at school as much as you can. That is what the law requires,” he told San José Spotlight, “unless it’s something very serious like if there’s a fight or there’s a safety issue.”

Gatenby said roughly 20 of about 900 students are misbehaving, but the lack of consequences affects campus culture. 

“I don’t understand what the resistance is other than the district is afraid of lawsuits because we are suspending students,” he said. “It cannot be illegal to either force students to go to class or to provide an alternate setting to make sure that they’re supervised and accounted for.”

Bidenomics in Action: Housing Market Half As Affordable Than Just Three Years Ago

Gas is up.  Food is up.  The cost of cars and interest rates are up.  Thanks to Joe Biden—half of America that could afford a home when he entered the White House, can no longer afford a home.  Bidenomics is successful—it has assured poverty for more people than any other Presidency since Jimmie Carter!

“Americans’ purchasing power in the real estate market has been cut in half in less than three years as home prices and mortgage rates rise, pricing average Americans out of the market, according to NBC News.

Housing affordability has been cut in half in less than three years since August 2023, when a median-income household could afford a 30-year mortgage on a $356,273 house, compared to December 2020, when that same family could afford a 30-year mortgage for a $737,392 house, according to data analyzed by NBC News.

The bad news is that this is good news.  It is going to get worse==plus the high cost of wasteful light bulbs, higher priced unreliable EV’s, solar energy for everyone even though it is unstable, no air conditioners, getting rid of gas stoves, furnaces and more, 2024 will by an increase in the economic death spiral of the U.S.   We are now paying one trillion a year in interest costs on the national debt, more than we pay for our military—and we still have open borders allowing terrorists to freely come into our nation.

Housing Market Half As Affordable Than Just Three Years Ago

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WILL KESSLER, Daily Caller,  10/21/23  https://dailycaller.com/2023/10/21/housing-market-half-affordable-three-years-ago/

Americans’ purchasing power in the real estate market has been cut in half in less than three years as home prices and mortgage rates rise, pricing average Americans out of the market, according to NBC News.

Housing affordability has been cut in half in less than three years since August 2023, when a median-income household could afford a 30-year mortgage on a $356,273 house, compared to December 2020, when that same family could afford a 30-year mortgage for a $737,392 house, according to data analyzed by NBC News. The loss of purchasing power is due to rising home prices and record-high mortgage rates, both hitting American consumers and driving up prices. 

 Mortgage rates have taken a sharp jump over the last three years, with the average 30-year fixed rate mortgage going for 2.68% in December 2020, as opposed to the current rate, which has reached 7.63%, according to NBC News. Average home prices have taken a similar jump in that time frame, going from $360,000 in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $416,000 in the second quarter of this year.

Median household income has declined from $76,358 in December 2020 to $75,322 as of August 2023, according to NBC News. The amount of income needed to afford a median-priced home has increased dramatically to $94,487 in August 2023, compared to just $38,280 in December 2020, pricing many Americans out of the housing market as a whole.

Inflation has seen a huge spike since the COVID-19 pandemic, which has raised prices across the board, peaking at 9.1% year-over-year in June 2022, and has remained elevated, most recently being reported as 3.7% for September, far from the Federal Reserve’s 2% target. The Fed has tried to bring down inflation by raising its federal funds rate to a range of 5.25% and 5.50%, which has in turn placed upward pressure on mortgage rates.

Following the loss in purchasing power, the U.S. real estate market will see the fewest number of homes sold since 2008, when the country was in the middle of the subprime mortgage crisis and the Great Recession.

Nolte: Taylor Swift Humiliates Hollywood Again — Trounces Leo’s ‘Flower Moon’

Do we really need Hollywood film companies?  Do we really need folks afraid to oppose Hamas terrorism and hate of Jews?  Taylor Swift has found she could do better, financially, bypassing Hollywood

“And now, Swift’s second weekend has humiliated a major Hollywood studio (Apple Studios), an Oscar-winning director (Martin Scorsese), and two of Hollywood’s biggest stars (Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro). Additionally, Killers of the Flower Moon is a prestige picture enjoying rapturous reviews.

Flower Moon’s $22 million opening also qualifies as a stand-alone disappointment. Projections had the Oscar bait opening between $29 and $38 million, and this sucker cost $200 million to produce. It’s not a disaster. Apple produced Flower Moon to attract subscribers to Apple TV+, which is where it will head soon.

By Monday, The Eras Tour’s domestic gross will hover right around $150 million, and instead of handing 10 to 20 percent to the Hollywood studios, Swift Inc. just proved to every content creator that with a hot enough property, you don’t need Hollywood’s vaunted distribution system.”

Between Taylor Swift showing the way and the unions killing off the studios, we will see a major transformation of the entertainment field.  Watch for more independent filming and a refusal of actors and others to belonging to radical unions.

Nolte: Taylor Swift Humiliates Hollywood Again — Trounces Leo’s ‘Flower Moon’

JOHN NOLTE, Breitbart,  10/21/23     https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2023/10/21/nolte-taylor-swift-humiliates-hollywood-again-trounces-leos-flower-moon/

In its second weekend Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour grossed another $32 million, humiliating Leonardo DiCaprio’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which debuted to just $22 million.

Why is this important?

Here’s why…

Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour was produced by … Taylor Swift and her team. It was also distributed by … Taylor Swift and her team. Swift Inc. froze Hollywood out and went straight to the theater chains. The result has been a box office triumph. In its first weekend, The Eras Tour grossed $93 million domestic and $124 million worldwide. After only three days, Swift already had the highest-grossing concert film in history. Moreover, she enjoyed the second biggest October opening weekend ever. Only Joker (2019) topped her, and…

Hollywood had nothing to do with any of it.

Hollywood did not make one penny off of it.

And…

This so terrifies Hollywood that Hollywood’s palace guards at the far-left Hollywood Reporter spent 1,500 words last week spinning Swift’s box office triumph into a mistake. And what was the mistake? She didn’t distribute The Eras Tour through the same studios that advertise at the far-left Hollywood Reporter.

Here’s what I wrote Friday:

Creators and producers are now thinking the exact opposite. They are now looking at what Swift Inc. just pulled off and wondering why they can’t do the same. Barbara Broccoli owns James Bond outright. Why pay Sony all that money when she can cut a deal with AMC or Regal or both? Post-Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan has been producing blockbusters unattached to studio-owned properties. What’s to stop him from going directly to exhibitors?

And now, Swift’s second weekend has humiliated a major Hollywood studio (Apple Studios), an Oscar-winning director (Martin Scorsese), and two of Hollywood’s biggest stars (Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro). Additionally, Killers of the Flower Moon is a prestige picture enjoying rapturous reviews.

Flower Moon’s $22 million opening also qualifies as a stand-alone disappointment. Projections had the Oscar bait opening between $29 and $38 million, and this sucker cost $200 million to produce. It’s not a disaster. Apple produced Flower Moon to attract subscribers to Apple TV+, which is where it will head soon.

By Monday, The Eras Tour’s domestic gross will hover right around $150 million, and instead of handing 10 to 20 percent to the Hollywood studios, Swift Inc. just proved to every content creator that with a hot enough property, you don’t need Hollywood’s vaunted distribution system.

Beyoncé Inc. already figured it out. Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé hits theaters on December 1, and Hollywood has nothing to do with it.