Certainly there are always exceptions to any rule (or suggestion). There are a number of DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS whose courageous stand against their own misdirected Democrat party speaks volumes as to their overriding honorable character and duty to America and her LEGAL CITIZENS. NEVER-the-LESS, ANYONE supporting this Anti-American policy of the DEMOCRATS should be removed from office as soon as possible in an attempt to limit the INTENTIONAL DAMAGE to OUR COUNTRY and LEGAL CITIZENS – along with the massive global distrust being generated due to this CRIMINALLY APPOINTED FAILURE of a treacherous president. This blanket statement certainly also applies to all the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who have also betrayed this country as posers of true American conservative values when they swim in the same SWAMP. Just wanted to clarify that there are always exceptions to every rule ….. or in this case, suggestion. Essentially, what I am advocating is dumping EVERY SINGLE ANTI-AMERICAN POLITICIAN REGARDLESS OF PARTY AFFILIATION. (Assuming of course this country will have open and honest elections again.)
The Biden administration has issued a warning that the pending federal debt crisis might trigger an economic recession that would affect economic growth and trigger job losses across the United States.
“Hitting the debt ceiling could cause a recession. Economic growth would falter, unemployment would rise, and the labor market could lose millions of jobs,” the White House said in a letter (pdf) to state and local governments that was released Sept. 17.
Arguing that Congress needs to raise or suspend the U.S. debt ceiling, the administration said the debt crisis may affect the country’s recovery after the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. In July, Congress missed its deadline to suspend or raise the debt limit, prompting several recent warnings from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen that her agency will exhaust its cash reserves.
“The U.S. economy has just begun to recover from the pandemic and a manufactured debt ceiling crisis would threaten the gains we’ve made and the future recovery,” the White House said.
If the United States defaults for the first time in its history should Congress not act, a number of federally funded programs could be stopped, the White House letter continued to say. That includes Medicaid, infrastructure funding, and disaster relief efforts.
“If the U.S. defaults on its obligations, the ripple effects will hurt cities and states across the country,” the letter added, further saying that the S&P 500 could plunge due to a prolonged standoff.
The warning comes after Congress approved trillions of dollars in spending and relief packages in recent months, while Democrats are currently pushing a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill designed to provide funding for a variety of new programs targeting social welfare, the climate, and some infrastructure projects. Because trillions of dollars have been injected into the economy, some have expressed concern that the measures are triggering a rise in inflation, which has rattled markets in recent weeks, although the Federal Reserve has said it believes the inflation spike is transitory.
Yellen recently spoke with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to try to get Republican senators on board with the debt limit increase. The GOP leader told media outlets, however, that he doesn’t believe any Republicans would vote to raise the debt limit.
“I can’t imagine a single Republican in this environment that we’re in now—this free-for-all for taxes and spending—to vote to raise the debt limit,” McConnell told Punchbowl News.
But some Biden administration officials have said they’re optimistic that Congress will take action in the coming weeks to avoid a crisis.
“We have seen this done in a bipartisan way consistently and the best way to do this is without a lot of drama, without a lot of self-inflicted harm to the economy and to our country, and that’s what we’re going to do,” National Economic Council Director Brian Deese was quoted by Bloomberg News as saying. “Now there’s a lot of posturing on this issue, but we’re confident at the end of the day we’ll get this done.”
The current national debt total is about $28.7 trillion. In July 2019, Congress suspended the debt ceiling, which prevents the federal government from taking on a certain amount of national debt for two years.
The cover of “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam,” by Vivek Ramaswamy. US-China Relations
China Is Using Wokeism to Erode American Democracy, Author Says
By Frank Fang and Jan Jekielek September 17, 2021 Updated: September 17, 2021 biggersmallerPrint
The communist regime in China is using “wokeism” as a geopolitical tool to undermine U.S. democracy, said Vivek Ramaswamy, author of “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.”
“They [China] are using that to divide us, to use that as a kink in our armor to divide us from within, by getting corporations to criticize injustice here, without saying a peep about injustice over there and deflecting accountability for their human rights abuses,” Ramaswamy said in a recent interview with EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”
He said U.S. companies like NBA and Disney—who criticize social issues in the United States but remain silent on China’s human rights abuses such as those in Xinjiang—are in fact empowering communist China.
In 2020, Disney drew heavy criticism when it was revealed that it filmed a live-action remake of “Mulan” in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has locked up over 1 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in internment camps. Several governments including the United States have characterized China’s oppression in Xinjiang as “genocide.”
The NBA was in hot water in 2019 after Houston Rockets then-general manager Daryl Morey voiced support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters in a Twitter post. The Chinese regime, which cast the protesters as “rioters,” suspended airing NBA games in retaliation, while Chinese companies cut ties with the league.
In an apologetic statement, the NBA said Morey’s tweet was “regrettable” and “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China.” However, the league did not bow to Chinese pressure to discipline or fire Morey.
“What that has the effect of doing is creating a false moral equivalence between the United States and China,” he explained.
He added: “And that actually erodes our greatest geopolitical asset of all, that is not our nuclear arsenal, it is our moral standing on the global stage.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese regime has been “rolling out the red carpet” for companies that criticized injustice in the United States, Ramaswamy said. For example, he pointed to U.S. online lodging platform Airbnb, which has voiced support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Ramaswamy argued that Airbnb paid “a dirty bribe” to Beijing when it shared its guest data with Chinese authorities in exchange for being able to do business in China.
In March, over 190 global campaign groups wrote an open letter to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, asking the firm to withdraw its support for the 2022 Winter Olympics in China’s capital Beijing because of the communist regime’s horrific human rights records.
“Airbnb should not be encouraging a wider tourist industry to be supported and allowed to flourish at the expense of Uyghur and Tibetan rights,” the groups wrote.
Airbnb, who inked a partnership with the International Olympic Committee in 2019, is one of the organization’s 15 leading sponsors.
Ramaswamy said, “The way in which they [China] have turned our own companies into Trojan horses to undermine us from within is the flip side of the modern Battle of Troy. They’ve sent the Trojan horse in.”
The modern-day wokeism, which Ramaswamy characterized as a “culture of self-criticism,” has borne resemblance to old school Chinese communist politics, as well as former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s Red Guards, he explained.
“This is a time of effectively living in a modern Red Guard revolution in America, except instead of the Chinese Red Guard pushing the philosophy of Marxism, the new Red Guard is pushing it through all of our major institutions, from the private sector to the public, they are pushing this new philosophy of wokeism,” he said.
He added: “Someone inside needed to sound the alarm bell.”
Mao instigated the Red Guards, who were Chinese high school and university students, to persecute those identified as “class enemies” of the communist regime, amid the Cultural Revolution that lasted 10 years until Mao’s death in 1976.
Ramaswamy warned that “American greatness” would be coming to an end if Americans weren’t able to reverse the trend.
He explained, “[We need to] harness and rediscover our own culture of excellence, our own culture of the unapologetic pursuit of excellence through our system of free enterprise, and through our democracy in ways that require seeing past the superficial demands of the woke movement.”
How many times have we read or heard this from authorities all over OUR NATION while the underlying causes to many of these hellish nightmares appears relatively easy to ascertain and understand? Answers often range from somewhere in between the responsible party’s LACK OF MENTAL CAPACITY (thus EXTREME NEGLIGENCE) all the way to the more obvious INTENTIONAL ACT to destroy LIFE AND PROPERTY in a high fire severity zone by means of an easy to produce single flame? (Please don’t forget the countless lives of innocent animals generally referred to as “wildlife” also routinely lost and mutilated.)
WHAT HAPPENED TO BASIC COMMON SENSE?
Shall we outlaw all matches, lighters, rubbing sticks, flint & steel kits, etc. or look past the actual lifeless tools and mechanisms employed to produce such routine catastrophic death and property loss, and rather, focus on “what” is actually utilizing these common tools as vicious weapons to produce the clearly avoidable destruction and resulting chaos? Could irresponsible, mentally incompetent, and power hungry evil human beings freely roaming this country without accountability for their outrageous activities (in defiance of BASIC COMMON SENSE) be part of the problem? I certainly think so.
My best to you and yours, Lew
PS: While on the subject of “irresponsible, mentally incompetent, and power hungry evil human beings freely roaming this country without accountability for their outrageous activities (in defiance of BASIC COMMON SENSE)” I also believe such individuals should be removed from public office as soon as possible.
You know when I read the below article I thought – “how does it feel to be ignored when what you are saying is the truth and the responsible regulatory and enforcement authorities could care less?” What goes around comes around.
Yup, I’ve been waiting for many years to see that Merced Irrigation District (MID) 1993 shape file map of the PLACE OF USE FOR MERCED RIVER WATER per Water License 11395 for the Lake Don Pedro area which PETER KAMPA (and his treacherous Board of Defectors) FRAUDULENTLY used to MISDIRECT the LAKE DON PEDRO COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT for several years into developing an extremely expensive and subsidized GROUND WATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM (paid for by the MR WECS of the LDP residential subdivision, aka Merced River Water Entitled Customers) in order to circumvent decades old and very clear POU restrictions (as to where MERCED RIVER WATER COULD LEGALLY BE DIVERTED AND CONSUMED). Why? So as to furnish a special benefit “blended water” to all the LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) ANNEXATIONS into the LDPCSD that KAMPA HAD WRONGFULLY set up (without board authorization, approval or EVEN KNOWLEDGE!) when betraying this community during his first tour of employment in the mid 1990s. When caught he abruptly resigned and moved to his next VICTIM CALIFORNIA SPECIAL DISTRICT up in Mc Cloud CA. Then later the 2014 Board of Directors unethically brought this CSDA (California Special District Association, board director), WEASEL and PROFESSIONAL CHEAT back to finish his LAFCO ANNEXATION work by providing a GROUNDWATER SUBSTITUTION PROGRAM created with government grants which were themselves based on patently FALSE INFORMATION. As the below article mentions, – it only took a couple of KAMPA “insiders” at the State Water Board to provide all the obstructionism required for KAMPA to move on to the next feeding ground. KAMPA AND HIS AGENTS ATTEMPTED TO SUBSTITUTE THE AUTHENTIC 1978 MID POU MAP WITH KAMPA’S FABRICATED MAP WHICH EXPANDED THE SERVICE AREA DRAMATICALLY! No charges what-so-ever. This state is so frigg’n corrupt, but hey, these cheats are everywhere…….look at the 2020 election – same sort of people don’t give a flying rat’s ass what honest American citizens think and believe.
Anyway, MID is apparently just getting a taste of its own medicine when it comes to the foreseeable and future rippling harm caused when “movers and shakers” intentionally avoid the truth and violate law to the benefit of whatever “special interest” is at hand.
My best to you and yours, Lew
Anyway, below is the article.
MID files lawsuit to protect water supply
Agency notes impact on farmers, multiple disadvantaged communities
Merced Irrigation District has filed a lawsuit challenging the emergency drought curtailments issued by the State Water Resources Control Board last month. The lawsuit intends to protect MID water rights, local growers and multiple disadvantaged communities in eastern Merced County.
“As requested by Governor Newsom, we attempted to work cooperatively and proactively with the State Water Board in order to avoid the disputes that we knew would follow these unnecessary and illegal regulations. Unfortunately, the Water Board still hasn’t agreed to meet or even discuss our proposals,” said MID General Counsel Phillip McMurray.
The lawsuit was filed on Thursday, Sept. 2. It is among others filed by water agencies across the San Joaquin Valley last week.
Earlier this summer, months before the curtailments were adopted, MID joined with several other local water agencies and senior water rights holders in sending letters to the State Water Board. The letters proposed a variety of actions intended to address the drought, benefiting both water supplies and the environment. Without a substantive response, the State Water Board ordered curtailment of water rights for the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems in August.
MID is one of the oldest irrigation districts and holds some of the most senior water rights in California. The District owns and operates Lake McClure on the Merced River. Water deliveries are made to about 2,200 growers farming on approximately 132,000 acres in eastern Merced County. Cities and communities within MID’s service territory include Merced, Atwater, Livingston, Winton, Le Grand,
Cressey and El Nido, as well as the Castle Airport and Aviation Development Center. Each of these communities are deemed disadvantaged by the state.
Concerned with significant impacts to disadvantaged communities and local growers, MID’s lawsuit was filed to protect the District’s water rights and supplies. The lawsuit states, among other things, that the State Water Board has acted arbitrarily and beyond its jurisdiction through its water right curtailments. In addition to harming disadvantaged communities, the State Water Board’s actions will directly impact and substantially harm hydroelectric production from New Exchequer Dam. The clean and renewable electricity generated at New Exchequer Dam benefits the statewide grid and the California Independent System Operator.
The following violations are among more than a dozen MID is taking issue with in the State Water Board’s actions:
• Failing for more than five years to show effort toward developing a methodology or process to address routine drought conditions, as ordered by a California Superior Court in 2018.
• Failure to adequately demonstrate the existence of an emergency as required by state law. ?• Excessive vagueness in the regulations, lack of clarity.
• Delegating essentially unfettered control and authority over the vast majority of water ?rights in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Watershed to a single staff member of the State ?Water Board, without boundaries of discretion or limitations of reasonable judgment.
• Ignoring directives of Governor Newsom, who ordered water right holders and the State Water Board to work together in good faith to fashion activities and policies to avoid the ?need for regulation.
• Violation of due process requirements.
• Lack of authority to regulate senior water rights on the basis of water unavailability or ?shortage.
• Failure to follow California’s established water right priority system, which guarantees that those with senior water rights be able to beneficially use those rights before those with junior water rights. “While there is little question about the current dry conditions in California, there is plenty questionable about how the State Water Board has gone about carrying out its response,” said MID General Manager, John Sweigard. “In the last drought, we were able to develop some significant compromises with the State Water Board that allowed us to take tangible actions for the benefit of MID, the environment and other water users in California,” he added. “For whatever reasons, this time around the State Water Board seems intent on ignoring facts, science and even California’s governor. It’s unfortunate for MID, the Merced River and everyone in the San Joaquin Valley and Bay Delta. Moving ahead, we will continue doing all we can to protect our growers and our local community from these orders.”
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami (R) and attorney Brian Claypool (L) held a press release in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 8, 2021. (Linda Jiang/The Epoch Times) Southern California
A veteran prosecutor on Sept. 7 filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, alleging he has been defamed and retaliated against by George Gascón, the district attorney in Los Angeles County, for being an outspoken critic of Gascón.
A day after formally filing his lawsuit, Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami of Los Angeles County detailed his allegations against Gascón at a press release in front of the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.
“I’ve served the community for over 15 years fighting for children, fighting for abused children. And it’s sad that in a matter of about eight months, somebody has destroyed all of that,” Hatami told The Epoch Times.
He further stated that many of Gascón’s policies have problems. “A judge already said he was making us do things illegal, unethical, and morally wrong,” he said.
In his indictment, Hatami specifically mentioned Gascón’s promise to stop enforcing California’s three-strikes law, end use of the death penalty, and create a review board to hold law enforcement officials more accountable.
Commonly known as “Three Strikes and You’re Out,” the three-strike law intends to intensify cracking down on repeat felony offenders, giving them a prison sentence of 25 years to life if they are convicted of three violent or serious crimes.
Hatami told The Epoch Times that Gascón had forced him to withdraw felony charges—such as causing great bodily injury—against offenders, even when evidence was too substantial to disregard.
“There are cases that I’ve filed, where I’ve gone to the autopsy, where I’ve been presented evidence in a preliminary hearing or grand jury, and he wants me to remove strikes, even though the evidence 100 percent supports that,” Hatami said.
Hamati said that he suffered retaliation for criticizing and refusing to comply with Gascón’s “illegal” policies.
His attorney, Brian Claypool, listed five causes of action in the complaint, including retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, defamation Per Se, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and racial discrimination.
“Yesterday we filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on behalf of Jon Hatami,” Claypool announced, adding that Hatami also sued Los Angeles County and Maxwell Szabo, spokesman for Gascón’s transition team.
“Mr. Szabo, on a local news station, made a direct comment that Jon Hatami is delusional and could be unfit for his practice of law. That statement alone is what’s called ‘Defamation Per Se,’ which means when we pursue this multimillion-dollar lawsuit, we don’t even need extrinsic evidence to prove damages,” Claypool explained.
A veteran prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office who serves in the county’s Complex Child Abuse Unit, Hatami has handled more than 70 child abuse and murder cases and prosecuted the criminals involved. In particular, he was the prosecutor in the case of Jose Cuatro and Maria Juarez, a couple charged with murder and torture in the death of their 4-year-old son Noah.
Hatami was also one of two prosecutors in the high-profile trial of Isauro Aguirre and Pearl Fernandez, who were sentenced to death and life in prison without parole, respectively, for the torture and murder of Fernandez’s 8-year-old son Gabriel in May 2013.
On Nov. 18 of last year, Gascón said in an interview on Spectrum News 1 the only reason Hatami sought the death penalty in the Gabriel Fernandez case was because his ego had been hurt by Aguirre, that Aguirre had rubbed Hatami the wrong way, and that Aguirre had refused Hatami’s plea deal and Hatami sought the death penalty against him in retaliation. The statements were “knowingly false” and defamatory, according to the suit.
Hatami told reporters that Pearl Fernandez, who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment, requested a re-sentence under Gascón’s new policies, but he was warned by Gascón not to oppose Fernandez’s plea.
As soon as Gascón was sworn in as the county’s district attorney in December last year, he announced sweeping changes, including the elimination of cash bail for misdemeanor and some felony offenses and ending the death penalty.
The district attorney of Sacramento County, Anne Marie Schubert, once criticized Gascón for undermining the judicial system.
Previously, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA) of Los Angeles County brought a lawsuit against Gascón in December 2020. At the end of July, two veteran deputy prosecutors of Los Angeles County also accused Gascón of using his power to retaliate against subordinates.
Presently, 28 cities in Los Angeles County have voted no confidence in him. A “Recall George Gascón” campaign initiated by the voters is currently underway.
In response to The Epoch Times’ inquiry regarding Hatami’s complaint, Gascón’s office replied in an email, “Our office declines comment.”
Taking a break from the 100+ degree days lately (HA! just woke to rain this morning!) and wanted to present this LAME regarding the Mormon Cricket aka, Anabrus Simplex. They really are quite interesting in a creepy sort way. Funny too…. just like our “trap door spiders” here in Lake Don Pedro are incorrectly called Tarantulas, (reminded the European settlers of the Tarantulas back home when they settled here so the name stuck) so too, the Anabrus Simplex Katydids are incorrectly called Mormon Crickets. (Strange sentence/incorrect sentence?) Anyway, hope the project snags a laugh or two. Dang it! Just realized I left some stuff out…. (rather concealed some things….yes I got confused again with all the different video and audio files, revisions and layering. (Looks like I moved a video clip to a better position and ended up covering up audio much further below the page) Oh well, probably a benefit to viewers as it was way too long already. Little mini operas right? lol later