Derrick Z. Jackson thinks blacks are too dumb to get admitted to college based on their grades and SAT scores

Writing for The Root, Derrick Z. Jackson said:

“One thing seems certain if the Supreme Court bans affirmative action in college admissions: The only Black men left on campus will be athletes.”

Mr. Jackson thinks blacks are too dumb to get admitted to college based on their grades and SAT scores.

December 30, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Dumbing down, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Bill Maher: Woke and Liberal are the OPPOSITE of each other

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx_8AeiUDlU

December 30, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , . Political correctness, Politics, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

In California, a violent serial criminal named William Shae McKay was supposed to spend the next 25 years in prison. But Judge Cara D. Hutson, from the Rancho Cucamonga branch of the San Bernardino County Superior Court, let him out. McKay then murdered a deputy named Isaiah Cordero.

This is absolutely despicable.

In California, a violent serial criminal named William Shae McKay was supposed to spend the next 25 years in prison.

But Judge Cara D. Hutson, from the Rancho Cucamonga branch of the San Bernardino County Superior Court, let him out.

McKay then murdered Deputy Isaiah Cordero.

The Palm Springs affiliate of NBC News reports:

McKay’s criminal history included convictions for kidnapping, assault on a California Highway Patrol canine and armed robbery.

“This tragedy should have been (prevented) by the criminal justice system,” Bianco said. “This suspect was on his third strike in 2021. But instead of receiving a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison, a judge lowered his bail. He failed to appear for sentencing … and the same judge released him again. We would not be here today if this judge had done her job.”

San Bernardino County Superior Court documents show that the judge was Cara D. Hutson, out of the Rancho Cucamonga branch. She was re-elected to the bench in June and has been a judicial officer since 2007.

“(McKay) should have been immediately sentenced. The judge allowed him out, and here we are today,” Bianco said.

I’d be very curious to hear Judge Hutson’s explanation for why she allowed this violent serial criminal to murder an innocent person.

You can read the complete article at this link:

https://nbcpalmsprings.com/2022/12/30/deputy-fatally-shot-during-confrontation-with-felon-in-jurupa-valley/

Deputy Fatally Shot During Confrontation with Felon in Jurupa Valley

By Paul J. Young

December 30, 2022

The man accused of shooting a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy is dead Friday after a confrontation with law enforcement officers and a lengthy chase that ended in Norco, leading to a freeway closure.

Deputy Isaiah Cordero, 32, was fatally shot by a convicted felon during a traffic stop in Jurupa Valley on Thursday shortly before 2 p.m. in the 3900 block of Golden West Avenue, near Rathke Drive, less than a block from Rustic Lane Elementary School, and the gunman was killed by police officers two hours later, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“He certainly embodied our motto, `Service Above Self,”‘ Sheriff Chad Bianco said about Cordero during a briefing at sheriff’s headquarters in downtown Riverside Thursday night. “He was a jokester around the station, and all of our deputies considered him to be a little brother.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff in Cordero’s honor.

“Jennifer and I extend our deepest sympathies to Deputy Isaiah Cordero’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. He served his community selflessly, and with dedication and courage. We owe him our respect, gratitude, and will remember his sacrifice.”

The Riverside Sheriff’s Association also shared its condolences for Cordero.

“We are devastated by the grief of losing Deputy Isaiah Cordero, a deputy who was a ray of sunshine in the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, a person who was dedicated to protecting others,” the statement said. “Once again, we face a tragic reminder of the selflessness and unwavering courage required of peace officers and their families.”

Bianco said Cordero, a motorcycle patrolman, stopped 44-year-old William Shae McKay of San Bernardino, a three-strike felon, for reasons still under investigation but possibly related to irregularities with the black pickup he was driving.

“As (Cordero) approached the vehicle, the suspect produced a (handgun) and shot the deputy,” the sheriff told reporters. “A community member witnessed it and called 911. Residents tried to help the deputy until paramedics arrived.”

Although life-saving measures were attempted and Cordero was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, Bianco said the gunshot wound killed the deputy on the spot.

According to Bianco, because of the witness, responding sheriff’s deputies were able to quickly broadcast a region-wide alert, providing key details regarding the vehicle and driver.

“Law enforcement agencies in San Bernardino and Riverside counties began a massive manhunt,” he said. “We were looking for that vehicle and located it very quickly. The suspect was located in San Bernardino, and there was a pursuit, which came back into Riverside County.”

The county’s top lawman said that during the multi-agency chase, a spike strip was deployed on the Pomona (60) Freeway at Valley Way, and McKay ran over it, blowing out the pickup’s two rear tires. However, the vehicle remained drivable, and the felon continued on, ultimately turning south on Interstate 15 in Eastvale, with a phalanx of law enforcement officers closely behind.

The chase came to an end on southbound I-15 at Fourth Street in Norco.

“The vehicle became disabled, and he had an accident,” Bianco said. “The (rear) tires came off, and eventually that caused the axle to fail. He shot across the freeway and (crashed) …. The suspect started shooting at deputies, which prompted them to shoot back.”

McKay was fatally wounded during the exchange, Bianco said. No other deputies were injured.

According to the sheriff, McKay’s criminal history included convictions for kidnapping, assault on a California Highway Patrol canine and armed robbery.

“This tragedy should have been (prevented) by the criminal justice system,” Bianco said. “This suspect was on his third strike in 2021. But instead of receiving a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison, a judge lowered his bail. He failed to appear for sentencing … and the same judge released him again. We would not be here today if this judge had done her job.”

San Bernardino County Superior Court documents show that the judge was Cara D. Hutson, out of the Rancho Cucamonga branch. She was re-elected to the bench in June and has been a judicial officer since 2007.

“(McKay) should have been immediately sentenced. The judge allowed him out, and here we are today,” Bianco said.

Assemblyman Bill Essayli, R-Corona, vowed to pursue changes to state laws that may have indirectly led to Cordero’s death.

“Words cannot describe my outrage following today’s tragic deadly shooting of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Cordero,” Essayli said. “We must do more than mourn; we must take an honest look at how our laws, and their enforcement, led to today’s tragedy. What makes this line of duty death beyond tragic is that it was completely avoidable: the perpetrator was on his third felony strike as of 2021, but instead of 25 years-to-life in prison, a San Bernardino judge had the discretion to give this career criminal a reduced bail and released him on our streets.

“I am committed to fixing our laws so violent career criminals like the one who murdered Deputy Cordero are not allowed back on our streets to terrorize our communities.”

Bianco extended his “sincerest condolences” to Cordero’s mother, father and stepbrother, by whom he is survived. The fallen deputy was not married but was in a relationship, the sheriff said.

“There’s nothing worse than losing a life in a senseless manner while serving the community,” Bianco said. “Anyone who targets law enforcement in our county will be dealt with, by swift action.”

Funeral arrangements for Cordero were pending.

Southbound I-15 was completely shut down at Sixth Street in Norco, where motorists were detoured, while the scene where McKay was killed was processed. A miles-long traffic jam ensued, stretching all the way back into San Bernardino.

Cordero’s remains were borne from Riverside Community Hospital south to the coroner’s bureau in Perris for an official autopsy and cause of death ruling.

The transfer was solemnized by an extensive procession of law enforcement including sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers, police from the Riverside, Menifee, and Corona departments, as well as personnel from agencies outside Riverside County.

County fire engines and trucks parked on overpasses, and crews saluted as the hearse carrying the fallen deputy headed south along Interstate 215. The CHP ran traffic breaks to clear motorists out of the way of the procession, which coursed along the freeway and surface streets for an hour as part of the tribute.

Rustic Lane Elementary School is on winter break, and no classes were in session at the time of the shooting.

December 30, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

In California, this violent serial criminal was supposed to be in prison for the next 25 years. But a bleeding heart judge let him out. Anyone who isn’t an idiot can guess what he did next.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-deputy-killed-driver-violent-history-was-later-killed-shoot-rcna63707

California deputy killed by driver with violent history who was later killed in a shootout

The suspect had a criminal history stretching back to before 2000 that included kidnapping, robbery and multiple arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, including the stabbing of a California Highway Patrol dog, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said.

December 30, 2022

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. — A Southern California sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Thursday by a man with a violent criminal history during a traffic stop and the suspect later died in a shootout on a freeway, authorities said.

Isaiah Cordero, 32, had pulled over a pickup truck just before 2 p.m. in the city of Jurupa Valley, east of Los Angeles. As he approached the vehicle, the driver pulled a gun and shot him, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said at an evening news conference.

A witness called 911 and residents tried to help Cordero until paramedics arrived but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A “massive manhunt” then began for the shooter and he was spotted in neighboring San Bernardino County, sparking a chase on freeways through both counties. A spike strip disabled two rear wheels but the truck kept going, the sheriff said.

TV news showed dozens of Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol cars chasing the truck.

On Interstate 15 in Norco, the truck finally became disabled, losing an axle, and crashed, Bianco said.

“At the conclusion of the pursuit, the suspect fired rounds at deputies” with a handgun and they shot back, killing him, Bianco said.

The suspect, William Shae McKay, 44, of San Bernardino County, had a long and violent criminal history stretching back to before 2000 that included kidnapping, robbery and multiple arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, including the stabbing of a California Highway Patrol dog, the sheriff said.

Cordero was a motorcycle officer assigned to Jurupa Valley, a city about 45 miles east of downtown Los Angeles that contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for policing services.

Cordero joined the 4,000-member strong department as a corrections deputy, worked in local jails, became a sworn deputy in 2018 and completed motor school to become a motorcycle deputy in September, Bianco said.

Cordero “learned from his mother the value of serving and helping others” and his goal at the department was always to become a motor deputy, Bianco said.

“He was naturally drawn to law enforcement and certainly embodied our motto of service above self,” Bianco said. “He was a jokester around the station and all of our deputies considered him their little brother.”

The sheriff said McKay had been convicted of a “third strike” offense last year that should have put him in state prison for 25 years to life but a San Bernardino County judge lowered his bail, allowing his release, and later released him following an arrest for failing to appear at his sentencing.

“He should have been immediately sentenced to 25 years to life,” Bianco said. “We would not be here today if the judge had done her job.” Bianco said.

Several hours after the shooting, dozens of motorcycle officers and patrol cars escorted a hearse transporting the deputy’s flag-draped casket from the hospital to the county coroner’s office.

December 30, 2022. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Director of Student Services Brandon Kosatka deliberately avoided telling high achieving students about their possible eligibility for academic awards and scholarships because too many of them were Asian-American

At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Director of Student Services Brandon Kosatka deliberately avoided telling high achieving students about their possible eligibility for academic awards and scholarships because too many of them were Asian-American.

I am in favor of high academic standards for all people of all races. I am against what this school did. I hope that the school officials who did this will be fired. I also hope that all of the students will be given, retroactively, as many awards, college admissions, and scholarships as they actually earned, to the degree that this is practical and possible. For students who ended up attending a lesser college instead of a better one many years ago because of this, it may be impossible to properly reimburse them for what they had earned through their hard work. Lives may have been ruined because of what these evil people did.

Here’s the complete article:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-top-high-school-hid-213034509.html

US’ top high school hid over 1,200 students’ academic achievement in the name of ‘equity’

By Carl Samson

December 28, 2022

For years, administrators at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) concealed students’ National Merit certifications in the name of “equity,” according to a new report.

The damning discovery was published by author and journalist Asra Q. Nomani, whose own son had not been notified of being recognized as a National Merit “Commended Student” in 2020. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, an Illinois-based nonprofit, awards some 7,500 juniors the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship every March.

While a “Commended Student” distinction does not advance a student into becoming a National Merit “Commended Scholar,” the recognition is deemed helpful for college applications and other scholarship programs. Regardless of the degree of achievement, the TJHSST officials in question — Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Director of Student Services Brandon Kosatka — allegedly withheld informing recognized students and their families.

“I learned — two years after the fact — that National Merit had recognized my son, a graduate of TJHSST’s Class of 2021, as a Commended Student in a September 10, 2020, letter that National Merit sent to Bonitatibus. But the principal, who lobbied that fall to nix the school’s merit-based admission test to increase ‘diversity,’ never told us about it,” Nomani wrote in her City Journal piece, adding that parents from previous years reported similar situations.

On Sept. 16, National Merit sent the principal the names of 240 “Commended Students,” but it was not until mid-November when homeroom teachers distributed the accolades — after early-application deadlines had already passed.

“Keeping these certificates from students is theft by the state,” said lawyer Shawna Yashar, whose son also learned that he was a “Commended Student” too late. In a call with Kosatka, she learned that the decision to withhold the news from parents and notify students in a “low-key way” was intentional.

“We want to recognize students for who they are as individuals, not focus on their achievements,” Kosatka reportedly told Yashar. The student services director then claimed that he and the principal did not want to “hurt” the feelings of students who were not recognized, Nomani noted.

In an email to parents of “Commended Students” on Dec. 12, Kosatka reportedly informed them of their children’s “important recognition” and apologized for not sharing the news earlier, saying, “We are deeply sorry.”

He also said the school would contact college admissions officials to correct the students’ records, according to Nomani.

TJHSST, which is recognized as the nation’s top high school, has faced accusations of anti-Asian discrimination after eliminating standardized testing in favor of “experience factors” since 2020. In April, the Supreme Court blocked a petition to drop the new admissions system.

Nomani’s op-ed, which was republished by the New York Post, has triggered criticism and outrage in the Asian American community.

“They decided to screw over all of the kids (most of them Asian) who had worked so hard to earn this recognition and were unable to use it in their college application. Equity at the expense of Asians isn’t equity at all,” Hyphen Capital founder Dave Lu tweeted. “These two need to be fired for their deception and hurting the lives of so many kids because they chose to take matters into their own hands.”

“In the name of equity, aka equal outcomes, TJ principal refused to commend merit that cost students valuable scholarships. Accountability started with exposing the ugly premeditated actions of @TJAnnB by @AsraNomani,” tweeted Asian Wave Alliance President Yiatin Chu, who just recently was on the receiving end of anti-Asian comments at a New York City Council hearing.

“Next, TJ officials will ask the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to distribute the PSAT scores for equity reasons. Take from those that score high on the PSAT and give it to those that cannot or have not scored as high,” educator and entrepreneur Krishnan Chittur tweeted. “Need to serve the DIE Gods.”

December 28, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Equity, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Drag Queen Kitty Demure SLAMS Woke Culture For Exposing Children To Drag Shows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jF7W3N1T7U

December 28, 2022. Tags: , , , , . LGBT, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Arizona might hire Israel to help build a desalination plant

A recent Washington Post article on an Arizona proposal states:

“But earlier this week the board was suddenly facing a vote on whether to support a $5 billion project led by an Israeli company to build a plant to desalinate ocean water in Mexico and pump it 200 miles across the border.”

I myself am a huge supporter of desalination, and I think it’s a great idea that Arizona is considering hiring the world’s best experts to help them. I can see how the specific route might be a bad idea. I hope that something gets built, and that people can work together to find a route that is acceptable to all parties. This can be a win-win for everyone if they do it right.

This article from 2014 says that Israel was desalinizing water for less than 40 cents per cubic meter.

That’s 264 gallons.

For less than 40 cents.

Of course there’s also the cost of moving it 200 miles. And the U.S. always adds extra red tape and bureaucracy compared to the rest of the world. But even with all of that, my guess is that it would still cost less than 1% of what people in the U.S. currently pay for bottled water. For a few extra dimes per person per day more than the current price of tap water, we could end water shortages forever.

I also support building a nuclear power plant to power all of this. Perhaps Arizona could hire France to offer them advice.

Here’s the complete Washington Post article:

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:MgVt6JTJ4pUJ:https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2022/12/23/arizona-mexico-water-pipeline-project/&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Amid drought, Arizona contemplates a fraught idea: Piping in water from Mexico

Proposal by a private consortium to build Mexican desalination plant comes as surprise to some on state’s water authority

By Joshua Partlow

December 23, 2022

Arizona’s newly expanded water finance board had met only three times. The state authority had no director. Nor had it made a public call for water projects to boost Arizona’s dwindling water supplies from the Colorado River.

But earlier this week the board was suddenly facing a vote on whether to support a $5 billion project led by an Israeli company to build a plant to desalinate ocean water in Mexico and pump it 200 miles across the border — and through a national monument — to ease the state’s water crisis. Arizona and Mexico have been talking for years about removing salt from water in the Sea of Cortez, but this plan was new to many, and the rush for the state’s blessing in the waning days of Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s administration worried some in the state.

“I’m sorry but this reeks of backroom deals,” State Sen. Lisa Otondo (D) told the board during its meeting on Tuesday.

The accelerated debate also reflected the urgency of the water crisis facing the American Southwest. With water levels in key reservoirs approaching dangerously low thresholds — as a historic drought extends into its third decade — many officials want to import water into the Colorado River basin from elsewhere.

“The risk here clearly, in this case, outweighs the rush,” Andy Tobin, a member of the water finance board and a former speaker in the Arizona House of Representatives, said during Tuesday’s meeting. “We’ve got folks who are running out of water.”

IDE Technologies, an Israel-based company that has built desalination plants around the world, claims it can deliver an oasis of up to 1 million acre-feet of water to the drought-parched state — an amount roughly equal to what central and southern Arizona took from the Colorado River this year.

During its presentation to the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona, two representatives from the developer, plus a Goldman Sachs official involved in financing for the project, presented their vision for the largest desalination plant in the world. The representatives said the project would be entirely financed by private money but they want Arizona to pledge to buy the water at an unspecified future price.

“We need a long-term commitment that when we deliver water to you, you will buy it,” said Erez Hoter-Ishay, manager of the Arizona Water Project Solution Team, as the IDE-led consortium is called. “Simple as that.”

On Tuesday, the water finance board voted unanimously approve a nonbinding resolution to continue to study the project.

IDE said the plant would be built near Puerto Peñasco, along the Sea of Cortez in the Mexican state of Sonora. The roughly $5 billion first phase would involve building a plant that sucks in seawater and filters it through membranes to remove the salt.

Then it would be pumped through a 200-mile pipeline north, crossing into the United States at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, an international biosphere reserve, before following a highway toward Maricopa County, where it could join canals that serve Phoenix and Tucson. The first phase, a single pipeline, could carry about 300,000 acre-feet of water to Arizona and could be operational by 2027, with future pipes supplying up to 1 million acre-feet, the IDE representatives said. An acre-foot equals 326,000 gallons, or enough to cover an acre of land in a foot of water.

Environmental groups have raised concerns that the plant, which would pump brine back into the Sea of Cortez, could damage marine habitat, and the pipeline could disrupt the sensitive desert in the national monument.

Jennifer Martin, a program manager with the Sierra Club in Arizona, told the board that the state should be focused on conserving water, moving away from water-intensive crops such as alfalfa, and reining in rapid growth, rather than shifting the environmental burden onto Mexico and future generations.

“Sierra Club urges you to put the brakes on this expensive, energy-intensive and environmentally-harmful proposal now and not to rush it through in the waning days of 2022 and the Ducey administration,” she said.

Arizona and Mexico for the past several years have been discussing another possible desalination approach — where Arizona would pay for a plant across the border in exchange for taking a portion of Mexico’s allotment from the Colorado River, said Sarah Porter, director of Arizona State University’s Kyl Center for Water Policy. The cross-border pipeline plan “is a little bit out of left field.”

Porter said she’s not sure there would be a market for buying such a large quantity of water in Arizona, even with the shortages on the Colorado River.

“We don’t need to run out and find another couple hundred thousand or 500,000 acre-feet of water,” she said. “It’s not at all clear that that level of demand will develop.”

During Tuesday’s meeting, some board members said they were surprised to be considering such a major infrastructure project after first hearing about it just a few days earlier. The expanded board was created by legislation earlier this year to administer a $1 billion fund for projects to boost the state’s water supply. State Rep. Reginald Bolding (D), a nonvoting member of the board, questioned how IDE even knew to present its proposal to the board.

“We haven’t hired an executive director or staff. To my knowledge we haven’t put out any calls for proposals,” he said. “How did you know to put in a proposal for this agreement before we even set up the infrastructure of the board?”

Hoter-Ishay said the company has been meeting with officials in Arizona and Mexico for more than three years to develop the project and wants the state’s commitment before starting a federal environmental review.

Earlier this year, Ducey toured an IDE desalination plant during a visit to Israel. State Rep. Russell Bowers, the Republican speaker of Arizona’s House of Representatives, told the water board he’d been aware of the project but had signed a nondisclosure agreement, so he couldn’t discuss it.

C.J. Karamargin, a spokesman for Ducey, said the governor has been outspoken about the state’s water crisis and the urgent need to address it.

“Arizona is facing a water emergency. We are in a dire situation,” he said.

Karamargin noted that an IDE desalination plant in Carlsbad, Calif., has been supplying drinking water to residents in San Diego County for years and said the green soccer fields during the World Cup in Qatar came from the same technology.

“It’s not only a game-changing amount of water. It’s a game-changing approach,” he said. “It is very good news indeed that a company that has the track record that IDE apparently has is interested in coming here and taking this on.”

The project would need approvals in both the United States and Mexico. The developer submitted a right-of-way application for the water pipeline to the Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday, beginning what promises to be a lengthy environmental review process.

IDE’s presentation was vague on the cost of their water. Hoter-Ishay cited some estimates from last year that valued an acre-foot of water at $2,200 to $3,300 but stressed this was “of course subject to engineering.” For 300,000 acre-feet of water, that range could mean up to nearly $1 billion per year.

“No one can value the cost of water,” Hoter-Ishay said. “When you don’t have water, you don’t have growth, you don’t have life.”

December 28, 2022. Tags: , , . Desalination. Leave a comment.

Arizona Considers $5.5 Billion Water Desalination Plant, 200-Mile Pipeline From Mexico To Combat Drought

https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/arizona-considers-55-billion-water-desalination-plant-mexico-combat-drought

Arizona Considers $5.5 Billion Water Desalination Plant, 200-Mile Pipeline From Mexico To Combat Drought

December 27, 2022

Arizona’s Water Infrastructure Finance Authority has been tasked with reviewing a proposal for a multibillion-dollar project to construct a water desalination plant in Mexico that would pump water through a 200-mile pipeline to the border state as part of an effort to counter its drought-driven water uncertainty.

The Arizona Republic said the state water finance board recently passed a non-binding resolution supporting a potentially massive seawater desalination plant in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez that Israel-based desalination plant operator IDE Technologies would construct.

Through reverse osmosis membranes, the plant would separate salt from seawater and pump the fresh water through a pipeline across the Mexico-US border to a reservoir west of Phoenix. IDE said the new plant could replace declining Colorado River water that flows through the Central Arizona Project’s aqueduct.

IDE claims the new plant could supply 300,000 acre-feet of water or enough for a million households. IDE aims to begin operations at the new plant by the second half of 2027.

The proposal still requires further review and support from the US and Mexico.

Andy Tobin, a member of the water finance board and a former speaker in the Arizona House of Representatives, said, “folks are running out of water,” suggesting “the risk here clearly, in the case, outweighs the rush” to get this project underway to prevent a worsening water crisis.

If Arizona commits to the project, residents in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties would pay higher water costs but at least won’t have a fear of running out of water.

The proposal also includes securing water for Mexico. The project could cost upwards of $5 billion to construct. Plans for a water desalination plant show the drought-stricken state quickly needs a solution to new water sources.

December 28, 2022. Tags: , . Desalination. Leave a comment.

Hamline University, a self described “liberal arts” college, fired a lecturer for showing adult students this piece of controversial art that is considered by art historians to be “a global artistic masterpiece”

Hamline University, a self described “liberal arts” college, fired a lecturer for showing adult students this piece of controversial art that is considered by art historians to be “a global artistic masterpiece.”

Some students had complained to the college that the artwork included a depiction the Prophet Muhammad, which is against their religion. Instead of standing up for the “liberal arts,” the college fired the lecturer who showed the artwork. Art historians consider the artwork to be “a global artistic masterpiece.” 

Source for image and information: https://reason.com/volokh/2022/12/26/hamline-university-apparently-fires-art-history-lecturer-for-showing-depictions-of-muhammed/

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December 27, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Cancel culture, Dumbing down, Education, Islamization, Religion, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

The Bail Project paid to bail out a wife beater after he threatened to kill her. Anyone who’s not an idiot can guess what he did just hours after he was bailed out.

The Bail Project paid to bail out a wife beater after he threatened to kill her. Anyone who’s not an idiot can guess what he did just hours after he was bailed out.

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-man-convicted-of-killing-wife-hours-after-his-release-from-jail/article_0789f565-4086-5618-ba1a-8331a8bdd536.html

Now the charity has been sued out of existence after one of their other clients violently assaulted someone after they paid for his bail.

Source: https://www.8newsnow.com/investigators/non-profit-that-bailed-out-man-who-shot-chinatown-waiter-ceases-operations-following-backlash-from-critics/

December 26, 2022. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Political Compass

Political Compass:

https://www.politicalcompass.org/test

Here are my results:

Economic Left/Right: 0.13

Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.51

Daniel Alman Political Compass December 25, 2022

December 25, 2022. Tags: , . Politics. Leave a comment.

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Does affirmative action cause mismatching?” Here’s how it answered.

ChatGPT is a chat bot. You can read about it at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChatGPT

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Does affirmative action cause mismatching?”

Here’s how it answered:

Affirmative action refers to policies and programs that are designed to address past discrimination and promote equal opportunity in education, employment, and other areas. These policies can take many forms, such as setting goals or quotas for the representation of certain groups, providing preferences or advantages in admissions or hiring processes, or implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives.

One potential effect of affirmative action is “mismatching,” which refers to the idea that some individuals who are admitted to or hired for a position through affirmative action may be less qualified or less prepared than others who were not selected. This can occur if the requirements for admission or hiring are relaxed or modified in order to increase the representation of certain groups.

There is ongoing debate about the extent to which affirmative action leads to mismatching and the consequences of this phenomenon. Some research suggests that affirmative action can lead to mismatching and may have negative effects on the academic and career outcomes of some individuals, while other studies have found that affirmative action can have positive effects on the representation and success of underrepresented groups.

It is important to note that the impact of affirmative action can vary depending on the specific circumstances and implementation of the policies in question. In order to address concerns about mismatching and ensure that affirmative action programs are effective and fair, it is important to carefully design and evaluate these policies and consider their potential impacts on all stakeholders.

December 25, 2022. Tags: , , , , . ChatGPT, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Why do protestors burn down their own neighborhoods?” Here’s how it answered:

ChatGPT is a chat bot. You can read about it at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChatGPT

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Why do protestors burn down their own neighborhoods?”

Here’s how it answered:

It is important to note that not all protests involve the burning of buildings or destruction of property. However, in some cases, protesters may engage in acts of vandalism or destruction of property as a way to express their frustration or anger, or to disrupt the normal functioning of a community or society. This type of behavior is often referred to as “violent protest.”

It is difficult to generalize about the motivations of people who engage in violent protest, as there are many factors that can contribute to this type of behavior. However, some common reasons that people may participate in violent protest include a sense of desperation or hopelessness, a desire for immediate change or action, and a feeling of being ignored or marginalized by those in positions of power. In some cases, outside agitators or criminal elements may also be involved in inciting or perpetrating violence during protests.

Regardless of the motivations behind it, the burning of buildings or destruction of property can have serious and long-lasting consequences for a community, including economic damage, loss of jobs, and harm to individuals and families. It is important for people to find peaceful and constructive ways to express their grievances and work towards positive change.

December 25, 2022. Tags: , , , , . ChatGPT, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Is nuclear power good or bad?” Here’s how it answered.

ChatGPT is a chat bot. You can read about it at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChatGPT

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Is nuclear power good or bad?”

Here’s how it answered:

The use of nuclear power can be both good and bad, depending on how it is implemented.

On the positive side, nuclear power has the potential to generate large amounts of electricity with low greenhouse gas emissions. It is also a relatively reliable source of energy, as nuclear power plants can operate continuously for long periods of time. In addition, the fuel used in nuclear power plants, uranium, is relatively abundant and widely available.

However, there are also significant risks and drawbacks to using nuclear power. One of the main concerns is the potential for accidents, such as the ones that occurred at the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima nuclear power plants. These accidents can have serious consequences for people living in the affected area and the environment. In addition, the disposal of nuclear waste, which can remain radioactive for thousands of years, is a major challenge. Finally, the construction and operation of nuclear power plants can be expensive, which can make them less economically viable than other sources of energy.

Overall, whether nuclear power is good or bad depends on the specific circumstances and how it is regulated and managed.

December 25, 2022. Tags: , . ChatGPT, Nuclear power. Leave a comment.

Tami Dunn at YouTube: Russell Stover Cremes: Orange, Coconut, Maple Nut, Raspberry, Vanilla, Strawberry, Butter, Truffle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_72eXQAyGc

December 23, 2022. Tags: , , , . Food. Leave a comment.

Germany is replacing nuclear power with coal and candles. They’re gonna party like it’s 1899!

Germany is replacing nuclear power with coal and candles. They’re gonna party like it’s 1899!

Sources:

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2022/7/12/23205691/germany-energy-crisis-nuclear-power-coal-climate-change-russia-ukraine

https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2022/12/20/1144258347/facing-an-energy-crisis-germans-stock-up-on-candles

December 21, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

Mice update

My previous post on this is here.

The tenant in the apartment next to mine was just evicted for hoarding. The company that cleaned it up filled up a giant dumpster all the way up to the top. I think the dumpster was about as big as the living rooms in our building. Anyway, I’ve caught 85 mice in my apartment. Now that she’s gone, I’m hoping that it stops. I did use 7 cans of Pestblock very recently, and that seems to be helping too. Real life mice are nothing like in the cartoons. Real life mice like to eat books – or at least chew and shred them to make nesting material. I feel sorry for my ex-neighbor for having a mental illness. But I also believe that people have free will, and that there’s no excuse for what she did to me and other people who live in this building.

December 21, 2022. Tags: , , , . Animals, Housing. Leave a comment.

YouTuber Reptiles Uncaged: Reptiles Are Very Territorial During Mating Season (Cutter Vs Thor)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6iwqWeG7UM

December 20, 2022. Tags: , , . Animals. Leave a comment.

YouTuber Reptiles Uncaged: 3 Male Green Anole Lizards FACEOFF For Territory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AomD960NTYs

December 19, 2022. Tags: , , . Animals. Leave a comment.

New York City refuses to lock up serial burglar who has been arrested more than 25 times

https://nypost.com/2022/12/19/known-burglar-caught-red-handed-at-robert-de-niros-nyc-townhouse/

‘Little focker’ busted ‘stealing Christmas presents’ from Robert De Niro’s NYC home

By Joe Marino, Tina Moore and Amanda Woods

December 19, 2022

A recidivist burglar was caught rifling through Robert De Niro’s Manhattan townhouse early Monday — fiddling with the actor’s iPad and grabbing Christmas gifts around the tree, law enforcement sources told The Post.

The 30-year-old woman, identified as Shanice Aviles, crept down a stairwell leading to 79-year-old De Niro’s townhouse on the Upper East Side around 2:30 a.m., the sources said. 

Eagle-eyed officers with the NYPD’s 19th Precinct public safety team had spotted Aviles — a “known burglar” with more than 25 arrests on her rap sheet — trying to open doors to commercial buildings before she entered the townhouse, according to sources.

The cops trailed her into De Niro’s building and found her on the second floor — fumbling around with the star’s iPad, the sources said. 

“She was stealing Christmas presents,” a police official added. 

There are photos of De Niro all over the house, according to the sources — but the actor himself was nowhere in sight. He was upstairs and his daughter was in a bedroom, according to the sources. None of the residents knew what was going on, the sources said. 

The officers busted Aviles inside the home, the sources said, and charges were pending. 

Aviles has at least 26 prior arrests, mostly for burglaries, according to the sources. 

The sticky-fingered thief began her crimes during the pandemic. 

This year alone, she has been busted 16 times for burglary and petit larceny, according to the sources.

“Back in the saddle with this perp,” said a police source. 

She was picked up for seven burglaries in the 19th Precinct – which covers the Upper East Side – between Nov. 25 and Dec. 8, the sources said. 

She was arrested for six burglaries on Dec. 8, the police official said.

“This is just another example of the catch-and-release justice system we’re dealing with,” the police official said.

A source described Aviles as “one of the [19th Precinct’s] top five burglars.” 

December 19, 2022. Tags: , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Every city has exactly as much crime as it’s willing to tolerate

Every city has exactly as much crime as it’s willing to tolerate.

If this guy in Chicago had been executed for the two felony murders that he committed in 2009, he wouldn’t have gone on to murder three more people in 2022.

He confessed to these three new murders. So why not execute him tomorrow?

https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/portage-park-mass-shooting-suspect-no-bail/

Portage Park mass shooting suspect held without bail

By Lauren Victory and Sabrina Franza

December 14, 2022

CHICAGO (CBS) – A judge ruled that the man charged with murdering three people and critically wounding another in the mass shooting outside of a party in Portage Park over the weekend would be held without bail.

Samuel Parsons-Salas, 32, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of kidnapping related to the early Sunday shooting.

Police said he admitted to the shootings and apologized for killing one of the victims who was hiding behind a car.

In court on Wednesday, prosecutors said the incident started at around 2:20 a.m. on Sunday when someone hit Mariah Vera, 25, whose birthday was being celebrated at the party. Her father Ricky Vera, 50, approached Parsons-Salas outside asking who hit his daughter.

Then Parsons-Salas retrieved a gun from a car and shot Ricky Vera in the head and chest, killing him. The suspect then fatally shot family friend Mario Pozuelos, 26, who was standing nearby.

He also shot Mariah Vera as she was kneeling over her wounded father and rendering aid to him. Mariah was hit in the head and is in critical condition with bone fragments in her brain.

Prosecutors added how Parsons-Salas then noticed Mercedes Tavares, who was hiding behind a nearby white van. He approached her and shot her at close range. As she lay shot on the sidewalk, the suspect stood over her and shot her again.

Police said Parsons-Salas fled in another vehicle with another person inside. On Wednesday, prosecutors said that person was Parsons-Salas’ girlfriend of two weeks. She ran into a car when he started shooting. Parsons-Salas then got into the car, pointed a gun at her head and told her to drive. She tried to crash the car in hopes of escaping but Parsons-Salas told her to keep driving. They made it to an apartment where he also threatened her if she tried to call anyone.

This is the source of the kidnapping charge.

Parsons-Salas was released on supervised release in September of this year, stemming from a September 2009 armed home invasion that left two people dead in the Albany Park neighborhood. Angelina Escobar and her fiancé, Alex Santiago, were shot and killed in that 2009 home invasion and robbery in the 3500 block of West Sunnyside Avenue.

He was charged in that crime in 2014. Another defendant, Christopher Doehring, is serving a life sentence for pulling the trigger.

The next year, Parsons-Salas was charged with assaulting a jail guard.

Court records show Parsons-Salas pleaded guilty in 2018 to two charges after a plea deal related to the 2009 incident. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, but got credit for four years and eight months already served. Prosecutors could not say why he received the plea deal.

CBS 2 was able to connect with Diane Lauletta, the mother of 2009 home invasion murder victim Escobar.

“I don’t know what idiot entity would let a demon like that out on the street,” said Lauletta.

Lauletta was appalled at the punishment in her daughter’s case and is horrified to hear Parsons-Salas is accused of more violence.

“Whoever let him out, how do you sleep?” Lauletta said. “How can you sleep at night? How can you sleep knowing that three more innocent people are dead?”

She said the Portage Park mass shooting waws a crime that could have, and should have, been prevented.

“I was utterly appalled,” she said. “I knew that something bad would happen – and I was proven right.”

Lauletta, who held a Zoom call with us from Los Angeles just after throat surgery Wednesday, has met Parsons-Salas before.

“Illinois should be ashamed,” said Lauletta, “because three more people are dead because of this this creature – and it didn’t have to happen.”

She emphasized that while Doehring was the one convicted of pulling the trigger in the 2009 home invasion, Parsons-Salas was also very much involved.

“He enabled them. He drove them there,” she said. “He enabled them to be murdered.”

Now, Parsons-Salas is behind bars again – less than three months after getting out on supervised release.

“Who is going to apologize to these families on behalf of the court system?” Lauletta said.

The Illinois Department of Corrections said Parsons-Salas wasn’t “granted parole,” but was out on supervised release at the time of this past weekend’s homicides because his sentence for the home invasion was up.

December 17, 2022. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

California governor Gavin Newsom is shocked to find out that illegal aliens are applying for the benefits that he offered to them!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1H-PS_pr-t0

https://www.abc10.com/article/news/politics/newsom-california-overwhelmed-immigrant-crisis/103-deaec97d-9e59-4474-ad60-0c04e1271ab2

Newsom: California is overwhelmed by immigrant crisis

In an interview with ABC News, Governor Newsom said the federal government is sending buses and planes of immigrants to California.

By Morgan Rynor

December 12, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In an interview at the U.S.- Mexico border with ABC News, Governor Gavin Newsom said the federal government should be doing more to address the migrant crisis.

“The federal government is sending more and more flights, and more and more buses directly here to California because this state is doing what no other state’s doing,” Newsom told ABC’s Matt Guttman, “and that’s absorbing and protecting and preserving our values and advancing them by doing health care screenings, and taking care of folks, and the more we do, the burden is placed disproportionate on us.”

Newsom said the state is overwhelmed.

“We’re already at capacity and nine of our sites,” said Newsom. “We can’t continue to fund all of these sites because of the budgetary pressures now being placed on this state and the offsetting issues that I have to address.”

He said with Title 42 being lifted in one week, the state will not be able to handle the influx.

“The reality is, unless we’re doing what we’re doing, people will end up on the streets,” said Newsom.

Newsom said this is an issue that needs to be addressed by Republicans and Democrats, but not like how Florida Governor Ron

DeSantis is doing it by sending immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard.

“I mean, that’s just comedy and tragedy,” said Newsom.

He said the system is about to break in California.

“The fact is, what we’ve got right now is not working, and it’s about to break in a post-42 world unless we take some responsibility and ownership,” said Newsom. “I’m saying that as a Democrat. I’m not saying that to point fingers. I’m saying that as a father, I’m saying that as someone that feels responsible for being part of the solution, and I’m trying to do my best here.”

The California Press Corp, in charge of covering the governor, was not invited to this border tour. Political Analyst Steve Swatt said that was not accidental.

“He (Newsom) would like nothing better than to be the firebrand on the left for Democrats who is willing to take on governors DeSantis and Abbott on the immigration issue,” said Swatt, “because it’s so important to California in a different way than perhaps it’s important to those states.”

Newsom said he would be willing to work with Governor DeSantis and Abbot if they are willing “to put aside their cruelty and their zest for demonization.”

December 15, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , . Economics, Immigration, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

On January 6, 2023, SCOTUS will have a meeting to consider hearing a case that could overturn the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. The mainstream media has been silent on this so far.

On January 6, 2023, SCOTUS will have a meeting to consider hearing a case that could overturn the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.

The mainstream media has been silent on this so far.

The case is called Brunson v. Adams.

Sources:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/tim-canova-supreme-court-considers-case-seeking-overturn-2020-presidential-election/

https://womenimpactingthenation.org/brunson-v-adams-scotus-election-integrity-case/

https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/22/22-380/243739/20221027152243533_20221027-152110-95757954-00007015.pdf

December 14, 2022. Tags: , , , . SCOTUS, Stop the steal, Voter fraud. Leave a comment.

Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block is in favor of sexual assault

https://www.yahoo.com/news/brooklyn-man-sexually-assaulted-sleeping-005300563.html

Brooklyn man who sexually assaulted sleeping woman on trans-Atlantic flight to NYC sentenced to probation

By Elizabeth Keogh

December 9, 2022

A woman sexually assaulted on a trans-Atlantic flight to New York said Friday she was still haunted by the abuse as a Brooklyn federal judge sentenced her attacker to one year of probation.

Brooklyn resident Daniel Katz, 36, was aboard Etihad Airways Flight 103 on Feb. 24, 2018 traveling from Abu Dhabi to Kennedy Airport when he assaulted a “young, vulnerable woman who was sleeping in a darkened aircraft cabin,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Katz was in an aisle seat, and the woman, then 25, was in a window seat. As she slept, federal prosecutors said, Katz put his hands down her pants and touched her.

“He violated her in the most vulnerable state: unconscious,” said Brooklyn assistant U.S. Attorney Kayla C. Bensing.

In a statement, the woman — who appeared in Brooklyn Federal Court with her parents — said she carries the affects of the assault “constantly.”

“It’s traumatizing — stuck on a flight for what seemed like days with my abuser,” she said. “I can’t count how many panic attacks or breakdowns I have had over the weight of this. It still makes me feel so small.”

She said appearing in court reading aloud her pre-written statement was the “most difficult thing” she has ever done.

“It’s shocking in 2022, no matter how much and well women have fought for rights, that this has to be debated in court whether it’s right or wrong,” she said. “I’m addressing the system that has the power to change things, so another young woman won’t hide her abuse.”

Besides serving one year of probation on federal charges of abusive sexual contact and assault, Katz will be on home arrest for three months, and will be added the sex offenders registry. He is also required to complete 75 hours of community service.

Prosecutors asked for jail time — but Brooklyn Federal Judge Frederic Block said placing Katz on the sex offender registry was harsh punishment.

“It will impact his ability to find employment and travel,” Block said. “[The] sex offender registry would cause enormous collateral damage.”

Katz sobbed as he read his own statements where he expressed shame and regret.

“I would give everything to go back in time,” he said between whimpers. “In the future, I will always seek to get verbal consent.”

He referred to the sexual assault as a “lapse in judgment.”

“I hope you can heal from this, find peace, and live your best life,” Katz told his victim. “My family members can attest how much this weighs on my heart and mind.”

December 10, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

In pro-crime New York City, the bail for attempted murder is only $7,500

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af9biFllygw

https://www.yahoo.com/news/suspected-nyc-baseball-bat-attacker-182417750.html

Suspected NYC baseball bat attacker released on $7,500 bail day after brutal assault

By Chris Pandolfo and Marta Dhanis

December 9, 2022

The baseball bat-wielding suspect in a brazen attack in New York City was released less than 24 hours after his arrest, Fox News has confirmed.

Karim Azizi, 36, was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection to an attack on a man in broad daylight that was captured on video. He was arraigned that afternoon and released from jail early Thursday morning after his girlfriend made bail, according to his attorney

“He posted the entire bail amount of $7,500, and is at liberty,” Azizi’s attorney Jason Goldman said.

Prosecutors had asked the court to set bail at $40,000, given the violent nature of the attack, but the court instead set bail at $7,500, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Azizi, who has no prior criminal history, was arrested at around 8 a.m. Wednesday and charged with assault, attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon for the Nov. 29 attack on Amsterdam Avenue and West 148th Street in Harlem.

Video footage of the attack shows a man dressed in all black with his face covered pulling a bat from his pants and hitting a 47-year-old man in the back of the head as he walks down the street.

The victim falls to the ground and rolls around in pain. The suspect walks away and then comes back where he appears to yell and stomp on the man.

The victim was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition. The arresting officer said the victim suffered multiple injuries, including bleeding about the face and head, swelling about the back of the head and a laceration about the front of head, a criminal complaint shows.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the attack. The New York Post reported that the suspect and victim had a verbal argument before the attack, citing police sources.

Prosecutors characterized Azizi as a “flight risk,” noting he allegedly left the scene after assaulting the victim, which they said showed “a likeliness to evade prosecution.”

His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

December 10, 2022. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

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