Wimps for Caitlyn Jenner VANITY CAMPAIGN Coalition Forming

LET US BE REAL.  BRUCE JENNER, NOW CAITLYN JENNER, HAS NOT BEEN IN THE NEWS FOR MONTHS.  AFTER A LIFETIME OF MEDIA COVERAGE, INTERVIEWS, PAPARAZZI, YOU ARE NO LONGER A MEDIA ITEM.

THIS IS A VANITY CAMPAIGN—AND JENNER IS GETTING VALUE FOR THE MONEY—EVEN SEAN HANNITY USED JENNER TO PUMP UP HIS RATINGS.  IF JENNER WAS SERIOUS, WHERE HAS HE BEEN THE PAST YEAR IN DENOUNCING NEWSOM FOR HIS BAD POLICIES?  IF JENNER WAS SERIOUS, WHY HASN’T THERE BEEN SPEECHES TO COMMUNITY GROUPS, GO ON HANNITY, TO PROVIDE A DIFFERENT WAY OUT OF THE PANDEMIC OVER THE PAST YEAR?

NO, THIS IS A TRANSPARENT VANITY CAMPAIGN.

Wimps for Caitlyn Jenner VANITY CAMPAIGN Coalition Forming

Stephen Frank, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views,  5/10/21

I will publically admit that I have seen every episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”, since the very first.  I love watching train wrecks and dysfunctional people.  When you watch the episodes with Bruce Jenner you come away with a sick feeling.  How could a grown man act so goofy, be so insecure and allow his wife and daughters to run over him, show after show.  On the show, he could not stand up for himself, would give him to the slightest pressure—he was a boytoy celebrity that helped open doors for this clan of females.

I thought I was the only one who saw the cartoon character known as Bruce Jenner.  In the Friday, May 7, edition of the California Politico Playbook, I found this:

How exactly does the reality TV star — who often couldn’t even manage her chaotic clan on the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” series — plan to manage the world’s fifth largest economy?

Remember Arnold—husband of the Clan Kennedy Maria Schriver?  You knew he was influenced by her family politics.  There is a great episode in 2016 where Kim asks mother Kris Jenner who they are supporting for President.  The answer Kris gave was, “We are Democrats, we are supporting Hillary”. 

So after 25 years or so of marriage, no wonder he was and is confused, his thoughts and actions were dictated by his wife and daughters.  Watch the show—he had no free will.  BTW, the three time divorcee, Kim Kardashian, is now dating a self proclaimed communist, CNN (how appropriate) commentator Van Jones.

Then you have to ask, what does his family think of his run for Governor?

TMZ wrote this, “Caitlyn’s not doing much better with the Kardashians, including Kendall and Kylie, as we first told you … they won’t be hitting the campaign trail to stump for her, and Kim’s already clashing with CJ over prison reform.

For once, it sounds like the Kardashian-Jenner kids all agree on something … Caitlyn shouldn’t be running.

The San Jose Mercury News had this:

“Don’t expect any of Caitlyn Jenner’s children to campaign for her, including her sons from her first two marriages and her famous reality TV daughters.

TMZ is reporting that Jenner’s sons, Burt, Brandon and Brody, opposed the idea of her running and are “embarrassed” that she is doing so, because they don’t feel she’s qualified to be governor.

TMZ, citing its insider sources, said Jenner called some of her children before publicly announcing her plans to run last week.

Her sons, according to TMZ, strongly suggested she reconsider. But they also realized that she had already made up her mind and were upset she didn’t take the family’s feelings into consideration.

So, those that know Jenner best, sons and daughters, five of them, none will support the campaign and believe.  None believe Jenner is qualified.  But note something else.  Jenner claims to be a supporter of his family.  Yet, he informed his children about the race, the night before the announcement.  AFTER he had hired publicity folk.  After he hired campaign folks.  After he hire Harmeet Dhillon, Republican National Committeewoman for the California Republican Party as his General Counsel.   That is when they were told.  Jenner did not want a family discussion—Jenner wanted support and he got none.

A weak person, lack of experience but that is not the real story of the Jenner campaign for Governor.

For months no one has written about Jenner, talked about Jenner or cared about Jenner.  When you watch the TV show you will know Jenner has almost NO contact with his children, not one of the five.

According the FPPC filing Jenner is worth over $100 million.  So spending a few million to up the public knowledge that Jenner is still around, is just a marketing ploy.  Proof?  Go to the Jenner for Governor website.  No issues, no discussion about the problems of the State.  Just two things—a donation button and a store to buy Jenner merchandise.  If this was a real campaign, with the resources needed, the web site when opened would be informative and robust.  Instead it is a memorabilia collector’s dream world—Jenner for Jenner items

California has real problems.  California needs to quickly end the destructive Newsom Administration.  A weak person, a person that even his five kids will not support, is not the answer.  Yes, California is Hollywood—but Sacramento is serious business, we need serious people and string people to stand up to the Democrats, unions and special interests.

If you cannot stand up for yourself with your wife and children, how do you stand up for 40 million Californians?  When those who know you best call you an embarrassment it is time to face reality.

(Disclosure:  I have not endorsed any candidate for Governor in the Recall election)

Stein: PART II – Governor Newsom’s mathematical shortcomings are his recall challenges

The latest unemployment numbers for California are not good—we gained unemployment.  At the same time the EDD has allowed the number of unfocalized claims by the unemployed to climb to over one million, again. Over 50% of our schools are still closed, and almost none that are open, are open five days a week, regular school hours.  In the past year, even with illegal aliens pouring over the border, invasion style, for the first time in history California lost population, 180,000.

Those are some of the number facing California as we go into the Recall election.  If you want to fully visit Disneyland (you really can’t several of the major rides have been closed, and others like “Snow white” have been deemed RAXIST), it will cost you $154 per person.  Go to the L.A. Dodgers, for the few fans allowed in the stadium, and you will sit in segregated seats—the vaccinated section and the un vaccinated section.  Many churches, though allowed by the Supreme Court to open are not—Guv. Nuisance has declared that if you go to church you can no stand or sing during a service.  In other words this phony Catholic has taken over from the Pope and other religious leaders what can be done in a religious service.

“He remains unaware that exorbitant energy costs have been contributory to the rapid growth of “energy poverty” and makes California’s economic recovery from the pandemic even more challenging for the 18 million (45 percent of the 40 million Californians) that represent the Hispanic and African American  populations of the state.

To use the language of AOC, Harris, Swalwell and others—the Newsom energy policy is racist.  Now you know why folks are confident the Recall to end the reign of King Newsom will be successful.

PART II – Governor Newsom’s mathematical shortcomings are his recall challenges

Facing a recall based on his financially destructive policies, he blames the Republicans, but is incapable of understanding that there are not enough Republicans to vote him out. The recall is all about the financial and homeless disasters he has created.

By Ronald Stein, Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure, Irvine, California, Exckusive to the California Political News and Views  5/10/21

This Op Ed is a continuation of California Governor Newsom’s destructive energy policies and direction that have inflicted so much financial damage to the State that it may take decades to recover. PART I from May 3, 2021 discussed many of his actions that appear to be mostly driven by emotions and the need for instant gratification. 

Here is a continuation of the 14 shortcomings listed last week in PART I:

Energy Infrastructure

  1. In his dream of an “electric world”, he does not comprehend that electricity alone cannot support the military, aviation, cruise ships, merchant ships, or provide the oil derivatives that are the basis of more than  6,000 products in our daily lives, including the medical industry that was virtually non-existent before 1900. Newsom never discusses life without those products.
  • He remains unaware that exorbitant energy costs have been contributory to the rapid growth of “energy poverty” and makes California’s economic recovery from the pandemic even more challenging for the 18 million (45 percent of the 40 million Californians) that represent the Hispanic and African American  populations of the state.
  • He continues biasing systemic racial, health, economic, and environmental injustices that persist against the economic survivability of those that can least afford expensive energy, those with low income and those retirees on fixed incomes.  Poverty, not global warming, remains the biggest challenge.
  • Automobiles are the survival mechanism for low-income people. If you increase the cost of automobiles and the costs of fuel, you hurt low-income people who are already forced to pay almost $1.00 more per gallon of fuel than the rest of the country. Newsom never discusses that regressive expense on the less fortunate.
  • High energy costs trickle down to everything in our daily lives, from the cost of food, lumber, and services, and ultimately to the high cost of living and housing in California and perpetuates the rise in homelessness and poverty.
  • Under Newsom’s direction (I did not use the word “leadership”) the future looks very bleak for ALL 40 million residents of the state as the economy starts to recover back to near-normal energy demands for the fifth largest economy in the world. The Governor refuses to focus on REDUCING the cost of energy.
  • The Governor believes it’s better to import crude oil instead of increasing in-state crude oil production from the largest shale reserves and ocean crude oil reserves in the country, in the Monterey Shale and Pacific Ocean.  There is approximately 2 billion barrels offshore Santa Barbara that are discovered, estimated and producible, but subject to state and federal moratoria on production. The larger reserves are within 7 miles of the coast. This number is significant in that, with recently proven slant-drilling technology, formations within 7 miles of shore are accessible mostly from land-based slant drilling, with NO offshore spill risk.  

Electric Vehicle Projections

  • With half of the EV’s in the entire country being located in California, a recent 2021 California study results were totally contradictory to the Governor’s EV goals for the state as it shows that EV’s are driven half as much as internal combustion engine vehicles. The study illustrates that EV’s are generally second vehicles and not the primary workhorse vehicle for those few elites that can afford them.
  • For California EV lovers,
  • The good news is that 50% of all EV’s in America are in CA
  • The bad news is that 18% Of EV Drivers In California Switched Back To Gasoline Cars

Close to a fifth of all EV drivers in California have switched back to gasoline cars because charging their electric cars was a hassle, according to a new study bound to send ripples across an industry that has plans for market domination.

 

  1. To date, zero and low emission vehicles are generally from the hybrid and electric car owners which are a scholarly bunch; over 70 percent of EV owners have a four-year college or post-graduate degree. This likely explains why the average household income of EV purchasers is upwards of $200,000. Will the less fortunate receive greater subsidies to buy an EV?
  1. Newsom wants all 30 plus million vehicles in the state to be EV’s but has yet to accept the fact that there may not be enough of the “green” exotic minerals and metals in the world to accomplish that milestone. According to Cambridge University Emeritus Professor of Technology Michael Kelly, replacing all the United Kingdom’s 32 million light duty vehicles with next-generation EVs would require huge quantities of materials to manufacture 32 million EV batteries: such as lithium, cobalt, copper, and neodymium.

Intermittent Electricity Infrastructure

  1. The Governor remains unaware that finding the land for all that intermittent electricity generations will not be easy. Opposition to solar and wind farms from rural landowners and conservationists, as those kinds of conflicts grow and intensify as California and other states work to meet their climate goals. Columbia University’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law released a report in February 2021 that found local governments in 31 states have adopted at least 100 ordinances blocking or restricting new intermittent electricity facilities. Where are the intermittent electricity farms located to replace shuttered power plants?
  1. Over the past century, there have been two significant developments. First, the U.S. has not expanded domestic mining, and, in most cases, the country’s production of nearly all minerals has declined. Second, the demand for minerals has dramatically increased. These two intersecting trends have led to significant transformations in supply-chain dependencies, reflected in the table of 2019 U.S. NET IMPORT RELIANCE.  Imports today account for 100% of some 17 critical minerals, and, for 29 others, net imports account for more than half of demand.
  1. California’s Governor wants to be heavily dependent on China, a Communist country that controls most of the “green” exotic mineral and metals and reaps enormous profits from America while poisoning its own environment and exploiting poor people, including women and children, in slave-labor conditions to provide the rare-earth minerals on which the green technologies rely.

Unfortunately, those less likely to cast their ballot at the upcoming recall election, are the current poverty and homeless populations of California, and those destined to be part of those numbers because of Governor Newsom’s numerous mathematical shortcomings.

Governor Newsom, and his supporters, continue to inflict financial damage to the State’s economy. Avoiding reality, he hopes that voters are also oblivious to the damage he has and continues to cause, and that their votes are swayed by his looks, charm, and all his instant gratification “victory lap” pandemic appearances.

“My Body, My Choice”

In school we are told by our parents, just because the other kids do it, that does not mean you need to do it.  When you go to a doctor and they prescribe a new drug or medicine, they tell you what the effects are on YOUR body in the short term and long term.  The COVID vaccine is so new that even the FDA has not approved it and your doctor can’t tell you anything.  We do know that in California, so far, 3100 people that took the vaccine got the virus.  To make a comparison, nationwide in 2019 40 kids that took the measles vaccine got the measles.

“We are being bombarded with commercials pushing us to be socially responsible. Medical professionals, celebrities, and folks in our communities admonish us not to shirk our civic duty.  Suddenly, the vaccine is the only way to normalcy. 

Friends and family openly brag about their vaccinations and gasp in astonishment when they find out you haven’t decided or, worse, that you will not get it. Doctors who inquire also give that disapproving look.

The president routinely stokes fear, recently decrying the unvaccinated. Andrew Cuomo had the gall to suggest that the unvaccinated “could kill their own grandmother.” 

Adding to the pile-on, we are now besieged with “incentive” programs offered by public-private partnerships that essentially divide us into the vaxxed and the unvaxxed… and it’s becoming downright creepy.

First, the simple “get jabbed, get a gift” incentives.  Following a similar program in Connecticut, New Jersey’s governor launched the “Shot and a Beer” program where those who get vaccinated in May get a free beer at participating breweries upon presentation of a “vaccination card.” He’s also promoting a “Grateful for the Shot” program that whisks churchgoers away from religious services to vaccination sites.

If the vaccine was so good, then why the ads, incentives and Jim Crow type vaccine passports?  Why after taking the vaccine you are told to continue social distancing, wear a mask and stay away from others?

What’s Behind Vaccine Hysteria?

By Sally Zelikovsky, American Greatness, 5/6/21 

If you are reluctant to get the COVID vaccine and beginning to feel overrun by forces pressuring you to get vaccinated, you aren’t alone and you aren’t crazy.  There’s a reason you feel the way you do. You are being manipulated.

We are being bombarded with commercials pushing us to be socially responsible. Medical professionals, celebrities, and folks in our communities admonish us not to shirk our civic duty.  Suddenly, the vaccine is the only way to normalcy. 

Friends and family openly brag about their vaccinations and gasp in astonishment when they find out you haven’t decided or, worse, that you will not get it. Doctors who inquire also give that disapproving look.

The president routinely stokes fear, recently decrying the unvaccinated. Andrew Cuomo had the gall to suggest that the unvaccinated “could kill their own grandmother.” 

Adding to the pile-on, we are now besieged with “incentive” programs offered by public-private partnerships that essentially divide us into the vaxxed and the unvaxxed… and it’s becoming downright creepy.

First, the simple “get jabbed, get a gift” incentives.  Following a similar program in Connecticut, New Jersey’s governor launched the “Shot and a Beer” program where those who get vaccinated in May get a free beer at participating breweries upon presentation of a “vaccination card.” He’s also promoting a “Grateful for the Shot” program that whisks churchgoers away from religious services to vaccination sites.

Jersey Shore nightclub D’Jais is hosting a vaccination clinic that will give patrons a Summer 2021 VIP Card.  Ooh.  The vaccinated are very important people who must be publicly acknowledged.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is probably using tax dollars to give $100 savings bonds to anyone between 16 and 35 who gets vaccinated.

The incentives then intensify with the lure of special treatment.  Cuomo teamed up with the Yankees to offer free tickets to fans who get vaccinated at the stadium.  Same for the Mets.  And, to protect the vaxxed from the unvaxxed, they will be seated separately — even though the vaxxed can’t catch COVID from the unvaxxed.  If you don’t understand that, then the entire field of immunology is turned on its head and…the Sun revolves around the Earth.

This all has the odious markings of a two-tiered society where the vaxxed get special treatment.  Will they get preferred seating while the unvaxxed languish in the nosebleed section?  Don’t be surprised if the mollified masses — vaxxed, privileged, and enamored by their own civic virtue boo pictures of the unvaxxed as they appear on the jumbotron.  Oblivious to how vile this sounds, Cuomo said, “if you’re vaccinated that’s one category, you’re unvaccinated, that’s another category.”  You, to the right.  The rest, to the left.

The goal? To shame anyone who opts out into submission.

In New York City, De Blasio announced free admission to those who get vaccinated under the blue whale at the Museum of Natural History and added: “We’re gonna be looking to do incentives just like that to give people great opportunities when they get vaccinated.” Will discounts and freebies  give way to tax breaks, elevated status in society, preferences in college admissions, jobs, and government contracts? Will the unvaccinated have to sit at the back of the bus and drink from different water fountains?

New York already has the Excelsior Pass that provides digital proof of vaccination; Chicago has plans for a “vax pass” that provides access to concerts and other events.  Meanwhile, one individual has already been arrested for counterfeiting cards… but let the murderers, rapists, and violent left-wing rioters run free.   

Washington’s governor Jay Inslee just “released guidance on non-vaccinated-only sections, so [there will be] vaccination segregation, at outdoor stadiums, at graduation ceremonies for schools, even your church.” 

From my vantage point, the “vaccine hesitant” are very analytical, very calm, and very patient.   They are not anti-vaxxers by any stretch but want to make an informed, data-driven decision, weigh the costs and benefits, and do what they deem best for themselves and their families.  They are willing to wait for more information about long-term effects before plunging the needle into their arms.

The hysteria is coming from individuals in positions of power who appear to be ignoring the science and are acting highly irrational.  They don’t seem to grasp what the unvaccinated understand: the vaccines do not have FDA approval but only Emergency Use Authorization which allows unapproved vaccines to be used in public health emergencies. While manufacturers still had to conduct all three phases of clinical trials and present compelling evidence of safety and effectiveness before the FDA would issue the EUA, the normal approval process would take longer and yield more information about the long-term side effects of this radically new and potentially paradigm shifting mRNA technology.   

Once those most at risk have been vaccinated and deaths and hospitalizations of our most vulnerable decline, and the virus is on the wane, should we be vaccinating the entire population without a thorough understanding of the long-term side effects?  Is the Biden Administration turning the entire country into a massive clinical phase trial?

The younger and healthier the individual, the more rational it is for that person to say: “The risk of dying or suffering grave consequences from a COVID infection are known and they are low.  Taking the vaccine presents many unknowns.”

Hysterical people are scrambling to figure out how to get the hesitant to capitulate.  This heavy push is making people wary:  if it’s so obvious that this vaccine is the answer, why are you trying so hard to convince us with all of these incentives?

Perhaps University of Pennsylvania behavioral economics expert David Asch, MD, MBA, can explain.  He studies how people make health decisions.  As opposed to utilizing incentives (beer and tickets) or rules (mandated vaccines to attend school), people can be cajoled into getting the vaccine usin

a variety of techniques that are lighter touches than either rules or incentives. They’re from behavioral economics, they’re a gentle form of paternalism — and yet they’re very powerful.

There’s something called ‘social norming.’ As much as we like to think that we make our own decisions, the truth is that one of the most motivating factors for humans is doing what we think everyone else is doing.

Paternalism presumes the target is stupid and easily controlled.  Slavery is paternalistic.  Paternalism is very powerful, but not at all gentle and we should resist it with all of our might.

The messaging is designed to tug at our heartstrings and pique our desire to again run with the normal crowd; high-five fellow baseball fans; be a part of something good, something special, something almost religious… to save lives.  Everyone else is doing it.  I don’t want to be “that guy.”  

Utilizing the key ingredients of propaganda — psychology and marketing — Asch explains, “Don’t try to use rules based on rational ideas.”  To compel the “vaccine hesitant” to abandon their faculties and reach for the needle, “we need to know how to hitch our [incentive] programs to those predictable psychological foibles [predictable ways we are irrational].”  Not with reason.  Or facts.  And certainly not with science. 

Biden Creates Repeat of China’s Cultural Revolution

Censuring the news.  Refusing to answer questions.  Using schools to indoctrinate students.  Entertainment—from movies, to TV to Disneyland, used as part of the Cultural Revolution—totalitarianism.  The media used as propaganda.  We live in the new Fascist Era—and the Mao Tse Tung Cultural Revolution is back with us.

“… to head the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the largest funder of the physical sciences in the U.S., is a soil geologist at the University of California, Merced. She has no background in physics, the science of energy, or the energy sector. She has never held a position as a scientific administrator. The typical head of DOE’s Office of Science in the past has had managerial authority in the nation’s major physics labs and has been a physicist himself, Science reports. The new nominee’s only managerial experience consists of serving since 2020 as an interim associate dean of UC Merced’s graduate division.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is, however, a black female who has won “accolades for her work to promote diversity in science,” as Science puts it. Berhe would be the first black woman to head the $7 billion office, and that is reason enough, according to the diversity mantra, why she should oversee X-ray synchrotrons, the development of nuclear weapons, and ongoing research on nuclear fusion. Her nomination requires Senate confirmation; if Berhe will not commit to hiring and grantmaking on the basis of scientific expertise alone, irrespective of race and sex, senators should vote her appointment down.

Now science is coming under the c corruption of diversity and political correctness.  Of Course Dr. Anthony (I lie) Fauci led the way with phony junk science, support of the Wuhan Lab and his desire to be an unelected dictator.  His actions and the results of his abuse of the people is criminal.  Thanks to the mental challenged Biden, Mao Tse Tung ideas have come back into government—the American government.

Biden picks diversity maven to oversee largest funder of the physical sciences in the US

By Thomas Lifson, American Greatness,  5/6/21 

Heather Mac Donald warns us that the quality of scientific research in the United States is in peril, in a must-read essay titled “Diversity Over Discovery,” with the subtitle “Biden’s war on merit puts America’s scientific edge at risk.”  The immediate subject of concern is President Biden’s appointment

… to head the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the largest funder of the physical sciences in the U.S., is a soil geologist at the University of California, Merced. She has no background in physics, the science of energy, or the energy sector. She has never held a position as a scientific administrator. The typical head of DOE’s Office of Science in the past has had managerial authority in the nation’s major physics labs and has been a physicist himself, Science reports. The new nominee’s only managerial experience consists of serving since 2020 as an interim associate dean of UC Merced’s graduate division.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is, however, a black female who has won “accolades for her work to promote diversity in science,” as Science puts it. Berhe would be the first black woman to head the $7 billion office, and that is reason enough, according to the diversity mantra, why she should oversee X-ray synchrotrons, the development of nuclear weapons, and ongoing research on nuclear fusion. Her nomination requires Senate confirmation; if Berhe will not commit to hiring and grantmaking on the basis of scientific expertise alone, irrespective of race and sex, senators should vote her appointment down.

Alas, I doubt that Dr. Berhe’s confirmation vote will cause her any heartburn at all, if for no other reason than voting against a Black female gets one branded as a racist misogynist — even though the area of scientific research she will oversee is directly related to our national security and ought to be one of the areas in which merit is the sole legitimate criterion for allocating funding.

More and more, the present-day United States is starting to resemble China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, the decade or so between 1966 and 1976.  China’s universities closed down as Red Guards — radical youths acting as mobs like BLM and Antifa — persecuted intellectuals, those with “bad class origins” (the Chinese equivalent of white supremacists as an object of resentment and vilification).  Anyone who stood in the way of them implementing Mao’s vision of a new order for China, one totally divorced from the corrupt past, with its “feudal” reliance on Confucianism, had to be swept away.

The results were disastrous, with famine, economic collapse, and the loss of a priceless heritage with libraries ransacked, temples burned.  At the time, the debate was cast as “Red versus Expert,” meaning that those who were fully “red” and devoted to implementing Mao’s thought were to be favored over those who merely mastered the jobs in which they were supposed to be toiling.  It is a perfect analogue to prioritizing diversity over merit, especially so when the “bad” class background of one’s parents and family, something over which no one has any say, became a determinant of one’s redness.

Mac Donald notes that this DOE appointment is but the latest chapter in Biden’s war on merit:

The Biden administration’s war on merit is being waged at an unprecedented rate. The White House is not submitting its judicial nominees to the American Bar Association for evaluation because the ABA may not be sufficiently attuned to the benefits of judicial “diversity,” the administration has explained. The ABA has been on the diversity bandwagon for years, however, and has become a thoroughly woke institution. If the Biden team thinks that its “diverse” judicial nominees could not even pass ABA muster, then it must anticipate bending traditional notions of legal competence beyond all recognition. (Republican presidents since George W. Bush have refrained from seeking ABA evaluations in light of the group’s regularly demonstrated bias against originalist judges.)

The anti-meritocratic diversity push on the federal bench will undercut the caliber of our jurisprudence and, with it, the rule of law. But the subjection of scientific research to the requirement of race and sex parity threatens future human progress. Such parity can be achieved only by sacrificing intellectual standards. An electrical engineer at a prestigious California university compares Berhe’s nomination to “putting a newspaper delivery boy in charge of Google.” Theoretical physicist Alessandro Strumia warns that by choosing scientific leadership according to a political agenda, “science itself risks becoming another form of covert political activism.”

China learned its lesson well, and these days is as ruthless a meritocracy as can be found on the planet.  The Communist Party these days goes out of its way to recruit the talented and brilliant.  Ideological fealty to anything Mao did or said is a non-factor.

China was able to recover from the madness of the Cultural Revolution and the other insanities of Marxism with the support of the capitalist countries, including the United States.  Once Deng Xiaoping gained power after Mao’s death and implemented reforms aimed at loosening the hold of ideology, Western powers eagerly helped China along, even welcoming it into GATT and tolerating wholesale theft of intellectual property on the mistaken bet that prosperity would lead to political reform and ultimately something resembling Western democracies.

As the United States descends into some version of the Cultural Revolution, China’s aims are not nearly as benign.  It is aggressively expanding its military power and territorial claims.  For powerful historical reasons, China sees itself as the natural hegemon of the world — as it was for millennia before Westerners discovered that gunpowder could be put to work powering weapons that could defeat more traditional militaries.  Westerners brought mass opium addiction and political disintegration upon China, starting with the Opium Wars in the early 17th century, and China was humiliated in ways that most of us can barely comprehend.

It is going to take everything we’ve got to compete with 1.4 billion Chinese people eager to restore China to global pre-eminence at our expense.  Handicapping our scientific capabilities by elevating diversity over expertise portends defeat.

Professors Challenging Chinese Communism could be FIRED

The Mao Tse Tung Cultural Revolution has come to American campuses.  Not only does the Chinese Communist Party have cells, ur, Institutes, on our campuses, it also tries to control speech, facts and education.

“At issue was a post from March 10 that Smith wrote on his personal website The Right Coast.

“If you believe that the coronavirus did not escape from the lab in Wuhan, you have to at least consider that you are an idiot who is swallowing whole a lot of Chinese cock swaddle,” he had stated, later clarifying that the reference was to the Chinese government, not the people in the country.

Baker, in her statement, walked a tightrope between defending Smith and those who filed complaints against him. She also suggested faculty be more careful in how they phrase things.

“It is important that members of the university community exercise their freedom in a responsible fashion, attentive to the impact of their protected opinions and sensitive to all members of the community, especially those who may feel vulnerable, marginalized or fearful that they are not welcomed,” Baker stated. “Members of the university community may feel an obligation, and certainly have the freedom, to criticize opinions that they believe demean the dignity of others.”

They have no problem denouncing President Trump, calling him names, banning him—but criticize the Communist Chinese and you can lose your job.  More proof the Mao Tse Tung Cultural Revolution is with us.

Law prof who criticized Chinese government will not be punished, USD determines

Jennifer Kabbany, College Fix,   5/7/21    

The University of San Diego has completed its formal review a law professor who made a blog post critical of the Chinese Communist Party and has determined his writings fell within protected academic freedom purview.

While USD Vice President Gail Baker was quick to point out in a statement on the matter that the private Catholic institution does not endorse Professor Thomas Smith’s commentary, complaints that his blog post violated various university and School of Law policies fell short.

“As a threshold matter, we sought to determine whether the blog post at issue was protected by our policy on academic freedom. After a thorough legal review, it was determined that the expression was protected by that policy,” Baker wrote.

At issue was a post from March 10 that Smith wrote on his personal website The Right Coast.

“If you believe that the coronavirus did not escape from the lab in Wuhan, you have to at least consider that you are an idiot who is swallowing whole a lot of Chinese cock swaddle,” he had stated, later clarifying that the reference was to the Chinese government, not the people in the country.

Baker, in her statement, walked a tightrope between defending Smith and those who filed complaints against him. She also suggested faculty be more careful in how they phrase things.

“It is important that members of the university community exercise their freedom in a responsible fashion, attentive to the impact of their protected opinions and sensitive to all members of the community, especially those who may feel vulnerable, marginalized or fearful that they are not welcomed,” Baker stated. “Members of the university community may feel an obligation, and certainly have the freedom, to criticize opinions that they believe demean the dignity of others.”

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which defended Smith in letters to administrators, said in a news release the university did the right thing but that it took too long. FIRE also implied in its statement Smith was ready to do legal battle with USD over this:

Although we appreciate that USD eventually came to the correct conclusion, the university’s decision to leave Smith in the dark for months as it investigated what was clearly protected speech is impermissible and has almost certainly caused a chilling effect on the university’s students and faculty who wish to express their opinions.

Smith had more than just FIRE’s support throughout USD’s monthslong investigation; he also had the support of colleagues as well as the newly-formed Academic Freedom Alliance, and was represented by former FIRE attorney Samantha Harris.

First Amendment expert Eugene Volokh at UCLA Law School also noted that even the investigation into Smith was unwarranted:

To the extent people who feel some connection to China find it offensive, that is no basis for the university to prohibit such speech, or even investigate a faculty member for such speech—just as a university has no business investigating a faculty member for sharp criticism of the government of Israel (or of other Israeli institutions), or of Russia or, back in the day, South Africa or whatever else.

As The College Fix has previously reported, Smith also faced a petition that demanded he resign or be fired. It alleged he has a history of saying and writing things some found offensive.

But at least for now the March 10 blog post is not the thing that will get Smith removed from USD’s law faculty.

Disney is the Latest Corporation Called Out By Whistleblower Employees Over ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ Program

The racism and bigotry of BLM, Kamala Harris, Antifa is now headquartered in the Disneyland Corporation. “Snow White” ride has been declared sexist.  Employees are told not to disagree with other employees who are people of color.

“Multiple Disney employees told me the political environment at the company has intensified in recent months. There are “almost daily memos, suggested readings, panels, and seminars that [are] all centered around antiracism,” said one employee. The company is “completely ideologically one-sided” and actively discourages conservative and Christian employees from expressing their views. “I attended several [training sessions] at the beginning just to see what the temperature of the discussion would be and to gauge if I would be able to bring up my own objections in a safe way—safe meaning for my career. And I’ve continually gotten the unspoken answer: ‘no,’” said the employee. “It’s been very stifling to feel like everyone keeps talking about having open dialogue and compassionate conversations, but when it comes down to it, I know if I said one thing that was truthful, based on data, or even just based on my own personal experience, it would actually be rather unwelcomed.”

Like in Cuba, the Soviet Union or china, there is only one opinion allowed.  Families need to understand, buying Disney products, seeing their movies, going to their theme parks is financing racism, sexism and fascism in America.

Disney is the Latest Corporation Called Out By Whistleblower Employees Over ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ Program

Rebecca Downs, Townhall, 5/8/21 

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It’s happened yet again. Whistleblowers have come out against their company’s “diversity and inclusion” program. This time it’s Disney World, according to City-Journal’s Christopher F. Rufo’s “The Wokest Place on Earth.” He says he has “obtained a trove of whistleblower documents” pertaining to the program, called “Reimagine Tomorrow.” 

In addition to evidence from the documents, which are included on his website, Rufo writes that “multiple Disney employees, who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisals, told me that the Reimagine Tomorrow program has become deeply politicized and engulfed parts of the company in racial conflict.” 

There’s clearly a pattern involved, including through tons of implicit and explicit white guilt and shame. Training modules on “antiracism” include “Allyship for Race Consciousness,” and that white employees must “work through feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to be healed.”

And boy, does Disney expect their employees to atone and take action. One module is called “What Can I Do About Racism?,” which tells employees to reject “equality” in favor of “equity.”

There’s also a focus on whiteness, specifically for employees to go through with “How to Tell If You Have White Fragility.” Among the things which white people must reject, because they are “white dominant” and “perpetuate white supremacy culture?” That would be “competition,” “power hoarding,” “comfort with predominantly white leadership,” “individualism,” “timeliness” and “comprehensiveness.”

Seriously? If a were a minority I would be extremely offended that Disney doesn’t think I would abide by something like “timelines” because I’m not white.

It’s basically what we all have to fear with critical race theory, complete with a reminder that America has a “long history of systemic racism and transphobia.” Not only do we have to fear our school’s influencing children, though, but Disney World actually encourages employees to push this on their children. One of the 75 resources included is a guide on “Your Kids Are Not Too Young to Talk About Race.”

Ironically, the company is intent on achieving this crusade of “antiracism” through segregation:

Finally, as part of an initiative labeled “CEO sponsored priorities,” Disney has launched racially segregated “affinity groups” for minority employees, with the goal of achieving “culturally-authentic insights.” In the original launch, the Latino affinity group was called “Hola,” the Asian affinity group was called “Compass,” and the black affinity group was called “Wakanda.” The racial affinity groups, also called Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), are technically open to all employees but in practice have become almost entirely segregated by race, with the occasional exception for white “executive champions” who attend on behalf of corporate leadership. “The thing that this company does very well is they know politics, so they leave many things unspoken,” said one employee, a racial minority, who also claimed the affinity groups are intended to be racially segregated spaces. “I don’t think anyone has necessarily even tried to attend something that they would discover that they’re not welcome at.”

Rufo also added that:

Multiple Disney employees told me the political environment at the company has intensified in recent months. There are “almost daily memos, suggested readings, panels, and seminars that [are] all centered around antiracism,” said one employee. The company is “completely ideologically one-sided” and actively discourages conservative and Christian employees from expressing their views. “I attended several [training sessions] at the beginning just to see what the temperature of the discussion would be and to gauge if I would be able to bring up my own objections in a safe way—safe meaning for my career. And I’ve continually gotten the unspoken answer: ‘no,’” said the employee. “It’s been very stifling to feel like everyone keeps talking about having open dialogue and compassionate conversations, but when it comes down to it, I know if I said one thing that was truthful, based on data, or even just based on my own personal experience, it would actually be rather unwelcomed.”

Rufo certainly has done his homework. Not only does he provide 22 pages of documents, he also goes into great detail over Twitter, in a thread Donald Trump Jr indicates it’s the one thread you should read.

Relying on Big Tech in pandemic undermines public health system

Connect the dots.  Facebook,, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter and other Silicon Valley fascist social media ban President Trump, ban conservative thought, ban questions about elections.  They ban discussion as to the validity of the virus numbers, wearing of face masks.  Use a word they do not like and you are suspended—without being told why.  Social media has become an arm of the State—while the government can not stop free speech, in the modern era, tech companies, in a cabal with Progressive/Fascist government, can do the dirty work.

Now we know it about the dollar and corruption.  They stop free speech, government gives them no bid contracts.

“At least 30 tech and health care companies have received lucrative, no-bid government contracts, or helped fund and carry out critical public health activities during the state’s battle against the coronavirus, a KHN analysis has found. The vast majority are Newsom supporters and donors who have contributed more than $113 million to his political campaigns and charitable causes, or to fund his policy initiatives, since his first run for statewide office in 2010.

Newsom’s unprecedented reliance on private companies — including health and technology start-ups — has come at the expense of California’s overtaxed and underfunded public health system.

That is how fascist States operate.  Corporations do the dirty work, then get rewarded with money.  Corruption?  At the highest level.  If we had a free press we could stop it—instead the media is in on it.  They censure as well.

Relying on Big Tech in pandemic undermines public health system

by ANGELA HART, California Healthline, 5/6/21 

Gov. Gavin Newsom has embraced Silicon Valley tech companies and health care industry titans in response to the covid-19 pandemic like no other governor in America — routinely outsourcing life-or-death public health duties to his allies in the private sector.

.At least 30 tech and health care companies have received lucrative, no-bid government contracts, or helped fund and carry out critical public health activities during the state’s battle against the coronavirus, a KHN analysis has found. The vast majority are Newsom supporters and donors who have contributed more than $113 million to his political campaigns and charitable causes, or to fund his policy initiatives, since his first run for statewide office in 2010.

Newsom’s unprecedented reliance on private companies — including health and technology start-ups — has come at the expense of California’s overtaxed and underfunded public health system.

For instance, the San Francisco-based software company Salesforce — whose CEO, Marc Benioff, is a repeat donor and is so tight with the governor that Newsom named him the godfather of his first child — helped create My Turn, California’s centralized vaccine clearinghouse, which has been unpopular among Californians seeking shots and has so far cost the state $93 million.

Verily Life Sciences, a sister company of Google, another deep-pocketed Newsom donor, received a no-bid contract in March 2020 to expand covid testing — a $72 million venture that the state later retreated on. And after Newsom handed another no-bid testing contract — now valued at $600 million — to OptumServe, its parent company, national insurance giant UnitedHealth Group dropped $100,000 into a campaign account he can tap to fight the recall effort against him.

Newsom’s unprecedented reliance on private companies — including health and technology start-ups — has come at the expense of California’s overtaxed and underfunded public health system. Current and former public health officials say Newsom has entrusted the essential work of government to private-sector health and tech allies, hurting the ability of the state and local health departments to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for future threats.

“This outsourcing is weakening us. The lack of investment in our public health system is weakening us,” said Flojaune Cofer, a former state Department of Public Health epidemiologist and senior director of policy for Public Health Advocates, which has lobbied unsuccessfully for years for more state public health dollars.

“These are companies that are profit-driven, with shareholders. They’re not accountable to the public,” Cofer said. “We can’t rely on them helicoptering in. What if next time it’s not in the interest of the business or it’s not profitable?”

Kathleen Kelly Janus, Newsom’s senior adviser on social innovation, said the governor is “very proud of our innovative public-private partnerships,” which have provided “critical support for Californians in need during this pandemic.”

State Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly echoed the praise, saying private-sector companies have filled “important” roles during an unprecedented public health crisis.

“Not only are we much better equipped on all of these things than we were at the beginning, but we are also seeing some success.” — Mark Ghaly

The state’s contract with OptumServe has helped dramatically lower covid test turnaround times after a troubled start. Another subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, OptumInsight, received $41 million to help California rescue its outdated infectious disease reporting and monitoring system last year after it crashed.

“Not only are we much better equipped on all of these things than we were at the beginning, but we are also seeing some success,” Ghaly said, “whether it’s on the vaccination front, which has really picked up and put us in a place of success, or just being able to do testing at a broad scale. So, I feel like we’re in a reasonable position to continue to deal with covid.”

The federal government finances most public health activities in California and significantly boosted funding during the pandemic, but local health departments also rely on state and local money to keep their communities safe.

In his first year as governor, the year before the pandemic, Newsom denied a budget request from California’s 61 local public health departments to provide $50 million in state money per year to help rebuild core public health infrastructure — which had been decimated by decades of budget cuts — despite warnings from his own public health agency that the state wasn’t prepared for what was coming.

After the pandemic struck, Newsom and state lawmakers turned away another budget request to support the local health departments driving California’s pandemic response, this time for $150 million in additional annual infrastructure funding. Facing deficits at the time, the state couldn’t afford it, Newsom said, and federal help was on the way.

“We’re right next door to Silicon Valley, of course, so technology is our friend.” — Gavin Newsom in “Citizenville”

Yet covid cases continued to mount, and resources dwindled. Bare-bones staffing meant that some local health departments had to abandon fundamental public health functions, such as contact tracing, communicable disease testing and enforcement of public health orders.

“As the pandemic rages on and without additional resources, some pandemic activities previously funded with federal CARES Act resources simply cannot be sustained,” a coalition of public health officials warned in a late December letter to Newsom and legislative leaders.

Newsom has long promoted tech and private companies as a way to improve government, and has leaned on the private sector throughout his political career, dating to his time as San Francisco mayor from 2004 to 2011, when he called on corporations to contribute to his homelessness initiatives.

And since becoming governor in January 2019, he has regularly held private meetings with health and tech executives, his calendars show, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“We’re right next door to Silicon Valley, of course, so technology is our friend,” Newsom wrote in his 2013 book, “Citizenville,” arguing that “government needs to adapt to this new technological age.”

With California’s core public health infrastructure already gutted, Newsom funneled taxpayer money to tech and health companies during the pandemic or allowed them to help design and fund certain public health activities.

Google, Apple and Facebook are sharing tracking data with the state to help chart the spread of covid.

Other industries have jumped into covid response, including telecommunications and entertainment, but not to the degree of the health and technology sectors.

“It’s not the ideal situation,” said Daniel Zingale, who has steered consequential health policy decisions under three California governors, including Newsom. “What is best for Google is not necessarily best for the people of California.”

Among the corporate titans that have received government contracts to conduct core public health functions is Google’s sister company Verily.

Google and its executives have given more than $10 million to Newsom’s gubernatorial campaigns and special causes since 2010, according to state records. It has infiltrated the state’s pandemic response: The company, along with Apple, helped build a smartphone alert system called CA Notify to assist state and local health officials with contact tracing, a venture Newsom hailed as an innovative, “data-driven” approach to reducing community spread. GoogleApple and Facebook are sharing tracking data with the state to help chart the spread of covid. Google — as well as Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and other platforms — also contributed millions of dollars in free advertising to California, in Newsom’s name, for public health messaging.

Facebook said it is also partnering with the state to deploy pop-up vaccination clinics in hard-hit areas like the Central Valley, Inland Empire and South Los Angeles.

Other companies that have received lucrative contracts to help carry out the state’s covid plans include health insurance company Blue Shield of California, which received a $15 million no-bid contract to oversee vaccine allocation and distribution, and the private consulting firm McKinsey & Co., which has received $48 million in government contracts to boost vaccinations and testing and work on genomic sequencing to help track and monitor covid variants. Together, they have given Newsom more than $20 million in campaign and charitable donations since 2010.

Private companies have also helped finance government programs and core public health functions during the pandemic — at times bypassing local public health departments — under the guise of making charitable or governmental contributions, known as “behested payments, in Newsom’s name. They have helped fund vaccination clinics, hosted public service announcements on their platforms, and paid for hotel rooms to safely shelter and quarantine homeless people.

Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have been among the most generous, and have given $36.5 million to Newsom, either directly or to causes and policy initiatives on his behalf. Much of that money was spent on pandemic response efforts championed by Newsom, such as hotel rooms and child care for front-line health care workers; computers and internet access for kids learning at home; and social services for incarcerated people leaving prison because of covid outbreaks.

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Facebook said it is also partnering with the state to deploy pop-up vaccination clinics in hard-hit areas like the Central Valley, Inland Empire and South Los Angeles.

Public health leaders acknowledge that private-sector participation during an emergency can help the state respond quickly and on a large scale.

In prepared statements, Google and Facebook said they threw themselves into the pandemic response because they wanted to help struggling workers and businesses in their home state, and to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities.

Venture capitalist Dr. Bob Kocher, a Newsom ally who was one of the governor’s earliest pandemic advisers, said private-sector involvement helped California tremendously.

“We’re doing really well. We got almost 20 million people vaccinated and our test positivity rate is at an all-time low,” Kocher said. “Our public health system was set up to handle small-scale outbreaks like E. coli or hepatitis. Things work better when you build coalitions that go beyond government.”

Public health leaders acknowledge that private-sector participation during an emergency can help the state respond quickly and on a large scale. But by outsourcing so much work to the private sector, they say, California has also undercut its already struggling public health system — and missed an opportunity to invest in it.

Take Verily. Newsom tapped the company to help expand testing to underserved populations, but the state chose to end its relationship with the company in January after county health departments rejected the partnership, in part because testing was not adequately reaching Black and Latino neighborhoods. In addition to requiring that residents have a car and Gmail account, Verily was seen by many local health officials as an outsider that didn’t understand the communities.

With inadequate staffing to address the pandemic, the state is falling further behind on other basic public health duties,

It takes years of shoe leather public health work to build trusted relationships within communities, said Dr. Noha Aboelata, founder and CEO of the Roots Community Health Center in the predominantly Black and Latino neighborhood of East Oakland.

“I think what’s not fine is when these corporations are claiming to be the center of equity, when in fact it can manifest as the opposite,” she said. “We’re in a neighborhood where people walk to our clinic, which is why when Verily testing first started and they were drive-up and you needed a Gmail account, most of our community wasn’t able to take advantage of it.”

To fill the gap, the clinic worked with Alameda County to offer old-fashioned walk-up appointments. “We’re very focused on disparities, and we’re definitely seeing the folks who are most at risk,” Aboelata said.

The state took a similar approach to vaccination. Instead of giving local health departments the funding and power to manage their own vaccination programs with community partners, it looked to the private sector again. Among the companies that received a vaccination contract is Color Health Inc., awarded $10 million to run 10 vaccine clinics across the state, among other covid-related work. Since partnering with California, Color has seen its valuation soar to $1.5 billion — helping it achieve “unicorn” start-up status.

As the state’s Silicon Valley partners rake in money, staffing at local health departments has suffered, in part because they don’t have enough funding to hire or replace workers. “It is our biggest commodity and it’s our No. 1 need,” said Kat DeBurgh, executive director of the Health Officers Association of California.

With inadequate staffing to address the pandemic, the state is falling further behind on other basic public health duties, such as updating data systems and technology — many county health departments still rely on fax machines to report lab results — and combating record-setting levels of sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis.

Advocacy groups have formed a coalition called “California Can’t Wait” to pressure state lawmakers and Newsom to put more money into the state budget for local public health departments

“We’ve put so many resources into law enforcement and private tech companies instead of public health,” said Kiran Savage-Sangwan, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. “This is having a devastating impact.”

Dr. Karen Smith, former director of the state Department of Public Health, left the state in July 2019 and now is a consultant with Google Health, one of Big Tech’s forays into the business of health care.

She believes Silicon Valley can improve the state’s crumbling public health infrastructure, especially when it comes to collecting and sharing data, but it can’t be done without substantial investment from the state. “Who the heck still uses fax? Public health doesn’t have the kind of money that tech companies have,” said Smith, who said she wasn’t speaking on behalf of Google.

Without adequate funding to rebuild its infrastructure and hire permanent workers, Smith and others fear California isn’t prepared to ride out the remainder of this pandemic — let alone manage the next public health crisis.

Statewide public health advocacy groups have formed a coalition called “California Can’t Wait” to pressure state lawmakers and Newsom to put more money into the state budget for local public health departments. They’re asking for $200 million annually. Newsom will unveil his latest state budget proposal by mid-May.

“We’re in one of those change-or-die moments,” Capitol health care veteran Zingale said. “Newsom has been at the vanguard of the nation in marshaling the help of our robust technological private sector, and we’re thankful for their contributions, but change is better than charity. I don’t want to show ingratitude, but we should keep our eyes on building a better system.”

A note on methodology: How KHN compiled data about political spending and the role of technology and health care companies in California’s COVID response.
Private-sector companies from Silicon Valley and the health care industry have participated in California’s public health response to covid-19 in a variety of ways, big and small. Some have received multimillion-dollar contracts from the state of California to perform testing, vaccination and other activities. Others have donated money and resources to the effort, such as free public health advertising time.

KHN identified the companies that received pandemic-related contracts or work from the state by filing Public Records Act requests with state agencies; searching other sources, including California’s “Released COVID-19 Response Contracts” page; and contacting state agencies and companies directly.

We then searched the California Fair Political Practices Commission website for tech and health care companies that didn’t receive contracts but played a role in the state’s pandemic response by donating money and resources. Through what are known as “behested payments,” these companies donated to charitable causes or Gov. Gavin Newsom’s policy initiatives on his behalf. These contributions included money to help fund and design state public health initiatives such as quarantine hotel rooms.

Based on those searches, we found at least 30 health or technology companies that have participated in the state’s pandemic response: Google and its sister company Verily Life Sciences; Salesforce; Facebook; Apple; McKinsey & Co.; OptumServe and OptumInsight — subsidiaries of national health care company UnitedHealth Group; Netflix; Pandora; Spotify; Zoom Video Communications Inc.; electric car manufacturer BYD; Bloom Energy; Color Health Inc.; DoorDash; Twitter; Amazon; Accenture; Skedulo; Primary.Health; Pfizer; HP Inc.; Microsoft; Snapchat; Blue Shield of California; Kaiser Permanente; Lenovo Inc.; YouTube; and TikTok. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization started by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, also participated.

We then searched the California secretary of state’s website to determine which of those companies, and their executives, gave direct political contributions to Newsom’s personal campaign accounts and a ballot measure account run by the governor called “Newsom’s Ballot Measure Committee” during his five campaigns for statewide office since 2010, plus the ongoing recall effort against him.

We found that at least 24 of the tech or health companies that participated in the state’s pandemic response, or their executives, gave direct political contributions to Newsom, made behested payments in his name or both.

LAUSD agrees to work day flexibility for teachers with child care issues

For a year LAUSD teachers have pretended to teach a few hours per day—almost no testing, no standardized tests, no accountability.  For this they received full pay and benefits.  To bribe the teachers to come back to the classroom, if they wanted, the LAUSD bureaucrats bribe the teachers with $500 a month for child care.  Now that is not enough—the District will work around the teachers child care issues—rather than the need to educate the children.

While the parents of the students are begging for an education, the teachers are finding excuses not to teach or if forced to teach, teach as little as possible,

“Teachers with child care issues could be getting some relief, as Los Angeles Unified issued districtwide guidance to administrators this week on providing flexibility to those who are, or should be, back to working in person but are seeking accommodations.

Employees facing child care issues could continue working from home if they have no students signed up for in-person instruction in their classroom, according to a copy of the guidance, which was obtained by the Los Angeles Daily News.

While the teacher is at home, the District is hiring babysitters to be in those classrooms for discipline.  What a waste of money—show up to work or your resignation will be accepted—that could get education back to Los Angeles.

LAUSD agrees to work day flexibility for teachers with child care issues

District issues guidance to provide accommodations to employees for rest of school year

By Linh Tat , Daily News,  5/8/21 

Teachers with child care issues could be getting some relief, as Los Angeles Unified issued districtwide guidance to administrators this week on providing flexibility to those who are, or should be, back to working in person but are seeking accommodations.

Employees facing child care issues could continue working from home if they have no students signed up for in-person instruction in their classroom, according to a copy of the guidance, which was obtained by the Los Angeles Daily News.

Another option, which would apply only to middle or high school teachers, would be to have a teacher team up with a colleague so that one person would teach two cohorts of students in person while the other would teach two online cohorts from home.

Such accommodations would only apply for the remainder of this school year.

It was not clear how many teachers have already received accommodations, as principals were using their own discretion prior to the guidance being issued.

During her Friday, May 7, update, Cecily Myart-Cruz, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the teachers union, called the development a “righteous win” for child care advocates.

She indicated that accommodations for employees could range from permission to work from home to being allowed to leave campus at a different time to pick up their kids from child care.

She also credited the union and some of its members for their roles in advocating for child care to support working parents.

Shortly after the district announced in March that schools would reopen the following month, teachers with young children raised concerns about the lack of child care availability since the coronavirus pandemic had shuttered some centers, forced others to reduce their capacity in response to health and safety guidelines or raised their rates.

One teacher started an online petition, calling on the district to allow educators with young children to continue working remotely for the rest of the school year.

A few weeks later, LAUSD officials announced that employees could receive $500 monthly subsidies to help pay for child care, though not everyone qualified for them.

On Friday, Myart-Cruz called on UTLA members to continue shedding light on the issue, saying it’s not a “one and done” conversation.

“Child care for working families should be a right, not a privilege,” she said. “Women of color compose the majority of the LAUSD workforce. Access to child care is a social justice issue and we must all keep advocating for a sustainable solution.”

Biden’s ‘Infrastructure’ Plan Largely About Leftist Goals, Not Roads and Bridges

About 5% of the trillions in the Biden building scam goes to roads, bridges and infrastructure.  The rest goes to political objectives of buying votes, ending private property rights and paying off radicals and crooks.

How do Democrats buy elections?  With tax dollars, regulations that help their friends and harm their enemies and by appointing judges that will decide cases based on ideology, not the law or Constitution (these are the judges that claim we have a “living” Constitution—meaning the society of the day and polls determine cases, not the law).

“Yet, in Biden’s budget-busting $2.25 trillion plan, less than 5% of those dollars actually get spent on traditional road and bridge projects. Much of the rest is spent on left-wing priorities that don’t even come close to meeting the definition of infrastructure. Those priorities likely wouldn’t get public support if Biden and his allies were honest with the American people about what the bill actually contained.

But that’s precisely why they have to change the definitions of words. If you fraudulently label something “infrastructure,” it becomes a “must-pass” bill.

This new definition of shovel-ready infrastructure includes massive amounts of corporate welfare, a huge expansion of Medicaid benefits, federal rules to undermine right-to-work laws across the country, a “Civilian Climate Corps” that would use billions of taxpayer dollars to fund legions of environmental activists, and billions in subsidies for buying electric vehicles.

Yup, instead of building bridges and roads, they are using the money to get rid of cars.  That is not infrastructure—it is foolishness and corruption.

Biden’s ‘Infrastructure’ Plan Largely About Leftist Goals, Not Roads and Bridges

A caution sign in front of storm clouds warning of “Socialism Ahead.”

Kay C. James, Daily Signal,  5/8/21 

Kay C. James is president of The Heritage Foundation. James formerly served as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources. She is also the founder and chairman of the board of The Gloucester Institute.

Well, they’re at it again. Since the left can’t sell its ideas to the American public honestly, it’s changing the definitions of words yet again to get its agenda passed. This time, it’s the word “infrastructure,” as in President Joe Biden’s recent “infrastructure” bill.

Biden used his address to Congress last week to try to sell the American public on a huge far-left wish list of new spending and programs, including his “American Jobs Plan.”

Infrastructure has been commonly understood to mean projects like roads and bridges. In fact, we’re being sold this massive bill because we’ve been told for years that our roads and bridges are crumbling all around us.

Yet, in Biden’s budget-busting $2.25 trillion plan, less than 5% of those dollars actually get spent on traditional road and bridge projects. Much of the rest is spent on left-wing priorities that don’t even come close to meeting the definition of infrastructure. Those priorities likely wouldn’t get public support if Biden and his allies were honest with the American people about what the bill actually contained.

But that’s precisely why they have to change the definitions of words. If you fraudulently label something “infrastructure,” it becomes a “must-pass” bill.

This new definition of shovel-ready infrastructure includes massive amounts of corporate welfare, a huge expansion of Medicaid benefits, federal rules to undermine right-to-work laws across the country, a “Civilian Climate Corps” that would use billions of taxpayer dollars to fund legions of environmental activists, and billions in subsidies for buying electric vehicles.

If Biden had introduced his plan in a half-hour infomercial instead of a press conference, the Federal Trade Commission would have pulled it off the air and fined him for false advertising along with the hucksters who run the get-rich-quick infomercials you see at 2 a.m. when you can’t fall asleep.

But redefining language is nothing new for the left. When it can’t win public opinion with the truth, it changes the meanings of words to trick the public into its way of thinking.

Examples abound.

Former President Bill Clinton famously called taxes “contributions” and talked about how the government needed more of them from you. But if you actually treated them like contributions and decided that they were voluntary, armed IRS agents would knock on your door and put a lien on your home.

And when it comes to abortion, there’s no such thing as a baby growing inside her mother’s womb anymore; it’s now called a “product of conception.” That’s the left’s way of pretending that abortion isn’t the destruction of human life. Haven’t you noticed all those “Happy Product-of-Conception Shower” cards in the greeting card aisle at CVS? Me, too.

And what about when a politician tells you that they’re cutting spending? In typical Washington-speak, spending cuts aren’t actually cuts in spending but cuts to increases in spending. So they’re still spending more money than they did before—just not as much as they wanted.

No matter what they call it, Biden’s infrastructure plan includes the biggest tax increase and the greatest federal power grab in decades.

The trillions in new taxes necessary to fund a spending plan of this size would cripple the American economy just as we’re trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Biden says the tax increase would be borne by businesses and the rich, but raising taxes on businesses hurts all Americans, especially poor and working families. The simple fact is that companies have to pay for higher taxes somehow, and they usually do it by charging higher prices for goods and services, by lowering employees’ wages, or by investing in operations and jobs overseas where taxes are cheaper.

But won’t all that job creation that Biden is promising with his infrastructure projects offset all those jobs lost?

Not even close. While the administration claims that the plan would create millions of jobs, federally funded infrastructure projects often just end up diverting skilled workers from private-sector construction work, with new construction jobs being far less than promised and certainly not enough to overcome the job losses.

In the end, the American Jobs Plan is being used as a Trojan horse to hide an agenda that would cost American families, chase jobs out of the country, add trillions to the debt, and concentrate more power with the federal government.

It has all the hype of a 2 a.m. infomercial, but like most of them, it can’t deliver. It’s filled with false promises of “free” benefits that are only possible through increased costs for working Americans. It won’t build much infrastructure, but it will build a bigger swamp in Washington and drag us closer to the downward spiral of central planning and socialism that we must avoid if we ever want America to be America again.

Originally published by The Washington Times

California Unemployment Still In Shambles

Under Newsom the EDD call center only answers 4% of the calls it receives.  Under Nuisance, more than one million unemployed cannot get their unemployment check.  Under Gavin the number of unemployed has gone up.

“This Thursday the Employment Development Department released figures on the backlog of unresolved claims, and nothing has changed since the beginning of the year. As of May 1st, the backlog has increased to 1.08 million claims, a half-million claim increase from just two weeks prior. This is now the state’s 13th straight week with over 1 million unemployment claims waiting to be finalized.

Need more reason to Recall Newsom?  This is why I am optimistic the Recall will be successful—all those he harmed, from people losing their jobs to people losing their businesses.  From parents unable to get an education for their children to those shut out of their churches.  Then you have the crime victims, due to Newsom opening the prison to create the largest jail break in American history.

California Unemployment Still In Shambles

Written by Will Seykora, San Diego News Desk,  5/7/21  

This Thursday the Employment Development Department released figures on the backlog of unresolved claims, and nothing has changed since the beginning of the year. As of May 1st, the backlog has increased to 1.08 million claims, a half-million claim increase from just two weeks prior. This is now the state’s 13th straight week with over 1 million unemployment claims waiting to be finalized.

Yet the EDD call center is doing more harm than good, answering only 6% of over 4 million calls received between April 24th to May 1st. Each person had to call an average of twelve times to get an answer. This is a drastic decrease since March when the call center answered roughly 10.5% of calls with only eight calls needing to be made to reach someone with answers. Every citizen and public official is impacted by this horribly run system with Democrat Assemblymember David Chiu stating “My office has been receiving countless calls from desperate constituents, many of whom are in tears, some of whom are on the brink of homelessness and even some of who have threatened suicide.”

EDD has continued to fail Californians, even before the pandemic many citizens had trouble getting through to the state-run agency. Late last year the agency even shut down all claims as they attempted to solve a $2 billion fraud case. Governor Gavin Newsom had the idea to create a new Department of Better Jobs and Higher Wages within the California labor agency. This notion was quickly rejected by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle due to the number of employees and work hours that would be pulled from working on the current unemployment backlog. Assemblyman Phil Ting said, “Given the multitude of ongoing problems at EDD, now is not the time to transfer numerous employees from the Labor and Workforce Development agency to a newly created department, they’re desperately needed to resolve the tremendous backlog in unemployment claims, prevent fraud and implement job training programs to get people back to work.”

The end of this bureaucratic backlog seems to be nowhere in sight despite California lockdowns set to be lifted on June 15th. With millions being received by the state in funding from the Biden administration, we can only hope that some of this money goes towards fixing a broken unemployment system with loopholes big enough to fit Airforce 1 through.