White Christians are in fear of a “great replacement”

What does it mean to be a conservative in the United States?  Does it mean hate of everyone who is not a White Christian?

Liz Cheney Tweet May 16, 2022, “The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism,” Cheney tweeted. “History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”

Will Cheney’s Tweet have any impact on the GOP? Doubtful.

‘White supremacy is a poison’: President Biden condemns those who push ‘perverse’ replacement theory. Who will listen to his words?

If I am not a White Christian I must be hated and killed is the message.  This was the Nazi vision of the world.  The neo-Nazis of today are selling their views to Americans and it is working. The proof of this is the shootings at the super market in Buffalo New York and Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Charlottesville  “Unite the Right” rally was the best example of hate in the past ten years. Marchers attending actually chanted as they marched yelling “We will not be replaced.”

The troubling part of this is that many White Christians are buying into the argument that they are being replaced by Jews, Blacks, Asians, and others.  Demographics predict that even if no additional non- White Christians are admitted to the United States 32 percent of the population—is projected to be a race other than White by 2060.  That is a prediction of the census bureau.

The House GOP is out of touch with reality.

Day after day of gun violence in America. Nothing changes

BY MARK Z. BARABAK, Los Angeles Times Columnist

MAY 16, 2022 12:46 PM PT

Nothing changed after moviegoers were slaughtered in Aurora. Nothing changed after children were massacred in Newtown, after worshipers were killed inside a church in Charleston, after office workers were mowed down at a holiday party in San Bernardino.

I wrote those words in June 2017, after Republican members of Congress were attacked by a gunman on a softball field just outside the nation’s capital.

Nothing changed.

Except, of course, there have been a great many more mass shootings, adding Atlanta; Orlando, Fla.; Las Vegas; El Paso; Pittsburgh; Boulder, Colo.; Parkland, Fla.; and many other cities, large and small, to the sanguinary toll.

The latest violent spasms came this past weekend in Buffalo and Orange County, where 11 people were killed and seven were wounded while, respectively, shopping at the supermarket and enjoying an after-church lunch. Mondays used to be the day to recount the big sports news from the weekend. Now we tote up gun carnage.

Nothing has changed, except a loosening of gun laws throughout much of the country, where promiscuity is a celebrated virtue when it comes to the availability of firearms.

In San Francisco last week a federal appeals court ruled that California’s ban on selling semiautomatic rifles to anyone under 21 violates the constitutional right to bear arms for self-defense. It’s impermissible to buy a six-pack, but OK to wield a knockoff AK-47.

The shooter in Buffalo was 18.

For days now, the airwaves and social media have been filled with the voices of young people, thick with righteousness and anger, vowing never again.

I wrote those words in February 2018, days after a gunman slaughtered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

I posed a question then: Will the student-led protests against gun violence dramatically change politics and lead the president and Congress to act in a way that other explosions of fury and grief — after Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, Orlando and Las Vegas did not?

The answer is no.

There have been many attempts to pass national gun control laws since 1994, when Democratic lawmakers led by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein pushed through a ban on the possession, manufacture, use and importation of 19 types of semiautomatic firearms. Many Democrats paid by losing their seats that November. The ban was allowed to lapse 10 years later.

The debate over guns and gun control in many ways distills the very essence of politics today, where opposing sides don’t simply differ on philosophical or ideological grounds but fail to agree on even the basic facts.

It also underscores the power of one of the country’s mightiest special-interest groups, the National Rifle Assn., and its hold over Republican lawmakers whose greatest fear is not losing an election to a Democrat but, given gerrymandering, a Republican primary opponent with an even harder-line view on guns.

That is one reason Congress has failed to pass a law requiring universal background checks, even though the overwhelming majority of Americans express their support. Notwithstanding that fact, the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t vote in individual GOP primaries.

I wrote those words back in 2017. Though the NRA has struggled with internal scandal, the fundamental politics surrounding gun control remain the same.

The sway of the NRA and other groups opposing tougher gun laws is also a function of one of the most fundamental tenets of politics: intensity and persistent engagement matters far more than raw numbers.

Supporters of unfettered gun rights may be “a minority of the population but they have a degree of loyalty and emotional attachment to their movement that isn’t reflected on the opposing side,” said Robert Spitzer, a professor of political science at State University of New York at Cortland.

“It’s only when the mass shooting occurs that the public pays real attention,” said Spitzer, who has written five books on gun policy. “But the sentiment doesn’t last long. Most people turn their attention back to other things, as does the media, and soon it’s back to business as usual.”

I wrote those words in 2018.

Nothing has changed.

This is the last column on gun violence I intend to write for some time, maybe ever. What’s the point? It’s all repetition, and that repetition is maddening and sickening.

People die, horribly and needlessly, and the status quo abides.

You can be sure a great many more mass shootings will follow and the toll will keep growing ever higher. Barring a fundamental shift, Congress will fail to pass meaningful gun control legislation.

Nothing changes.

Where Abortion Rights will still be protected if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Sixteen states in blue on this map are those where the rights to an abortion have the least limitations. In California the right to obtain an abortion is protected until the fetus is considered viable and in cases where the procedure is necessary to save the patient’s life or health, according to the state’s Health and Safety Code. The other fifteen state have similar laws.

Warren Buffett says public speaking is the single best investment you can ever make

Public-speaking skills will set you apart.

As graduate of Toastmasters Competent Communicator program I can confirm that Buffet’s recommendations are correct. That program changed my life.

Billionaire Warren Buffett has offered investment wisdom for five decades at the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder’s meeting. Buffett didn’t disappoint the 40,000 shareholders who attended this year’s meeting, often turning questions about the stock market into tips for a successful life.

During the six-hour question and answer period, Buffett was asked twice to name the single best investment he would recommend today as a hedge, or protection, against inflation. While the two people who asked the questions expected a stock tip, Buffett gave what he considered a far more valuable opinion.

“I’ll tell you something even better than one stock,” Buffett said.

“The best investment–by far–is developing yourself.”

If you are exceptionally good at something, people will beat a path to your door, says the 91-year-old investor. If you develop the skills that others are willing to pay for, you’ll thrive despite what’s happening in the broader economy. According to Buffett, “your abilities can’t be inflated away from you.”

For years, Buffett hosted business school students who made a pilgrimage to his office in Omaha to meet with him. The students were often surprised when Buffett showed off his most prized diploma–a framed certificate from a public-speaking course.

“I have one diploma hanging in my office,” Buffett would tell them. “It’s from a Dale Carnegie course which cost me a hundred bucks back in 1951. It’s incalculable how much value I got from that hundred dollars.”

There’s nothing like working to improve your own skills, Buffett said. He then added, “I would say communications skills are the first area I would work on to enhance your value throughout life, no matter what you do, because if you can’t talk to people, you’ll have a real problem selling anything–stocks or anything else.”

California Abortion Law

This will get the attention of those wanting to stop abortions.

California guarantees the right to abortion in statute and the state constitution. It covers the cost of abortion for lower-income Californians on Medi-Cal, and also requires private insurance to cover it. And the state has rejected the idea of requiring waiting periods or parental consent for abortion.

If the fetus cannot survive outside the womb, a pregnant person can seek an abortion for any reason.

After viability, only if continuing the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the pregnant person.

It’s up to a physician’s “good faith medical judgement” — in practicality, most doctors consider a fetus viable at 24 weeks or once a fetus weighs 500 grams.

My source for this information is Cal Matters

Once Roe vs Wade is overturned those seeking an abortion will be coming to California if their state bans abortions.

The West is Facing a Drought

It appears I was ahead of the curve in anticipating a major water shortage in Los Angeles.  I cut watering my lawns to one day a week over the past two months. MWD wants a 35% reduction in consumption. My reduced watering resulted in a 30% reduction.  The lawns are now half brown.  Hot summers will likely mean a dead or very brown grass during the hot summer months.

While MWD brings water from northern California to Southern California the other project brining water here is from the Colorado River.  That river is running dry too.  The water is so low there that the intake valves below Hoover Dam can now be seen.  Lake Powell on that river, the country’s second-largest reservoir, is drying up.  If water levels at the lake were to drop another 32 feet, all hydroelectricity production would be halted at the reservoir’s Glen Canyon Dam.

Interestingly a desalination facility in Orange County California is being opposed by environmentalists.