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Democrat party and what it stands for...   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

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From: WALTER784

3/3/23

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It started because one city stole beach land from a black family years ago. The city paid the descendants.

They paid the descendants, so it should be over. How long ago was this?

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I understand wanting to make up for slavery but California was not a black slave state. However they mistreated thousands of native Americans.

Therefore, no Blacks, but only native Americans should be reimbursed!!! It's not about slavery and thus the problem should be resolved only with the native Amercans.

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3/3/23

Report: Experimental ChatGPT Artificial Intelligence Program Turned Into a Left-Wing Nut When Asked to Act as a Member of Congress

BY RUSTY WEISS
FEBRUARY 13, 2023 AT 1:32PM

ChatGPT, an AI program capable of responding to queries in great detail, has captured the interest of the world. But when asked to serve in a congressional capacity, the program essentially turned into an incompetent far-left Squad member.
 
Last month, reports surfaced indicating the chatbot tool had passed law school exams at the University of Minnesota Law School. That same month, the program generated a speech delivered by Representative Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) on the floor of the House.
 
The Washington Times, however, assigned ChatGPT with tasks expected of a lawmaker and in a roundabout way delivered exactly what you would expect … from a Democrat lawmaker.
 
“Its comprehension of government was stunted,” the Times wrote, a commentary you could easily assign to somebody with the last name of say, Ocasio-Cortez, or Pressley.
 
“It boiled complex issues down to book report analysis,” they continued. “It also showed bias: ChatGPT tilted far to the left and at times seemed unable to comprehend conservative points of view.”
 
It’s basically Hakeem Jeffries, just slightly more charming.
 
RELATED: Trump Trashes Rihanna’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance: ‘Epic Fail!’
 
ChatGPT is Fundamentally a Left-Wing Democrat
 
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The Washington Times experiment further noted that ChatGPT refused to write a bill funding construction of the border wall, with the AI describing it as a “controversial topic.”
 
When asked to draw up legislation that bans abortion in all circumstances except for when the life of the mother is at risk, it also balked.
 
However, when the outlet requested a bill banning assault weapons, ChatGPT “delivered.”
 
“Legislation to defund U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? No problem,” they added. 
 
Elon Musk – ‘Concerning’
 
The Washington Times revealed that when a machine learning expert put ChatGPT through some tests, he discovered it was clearly a left-wing AI program.
 
That expert “ran 15 tests of political orientation on ChatGPT, and 14 of them diagnosed its answers as leftward political preferences.”
 
The latest experiment with the program comes as reports indicated the program was so woke that it would allow nuclear annihilation before ever uttering a racial slur.
 
That is, in a word, terrifying.
 
Other reports of a less serious nature show that ChatGPT refused to write a poem – a task that is popular for users to request – for Donald Trump but was all too anxious to pen one for President Biden.
 
“A leader with a heart of gold; Joe Biden, a name to hold; With empathy and grace he leads; Inspiring all with noble deeds,” the program wrote.
 
The ChatGPT responses were described by Tesla CEO Elon Musk as “extremely concerning.”
 
Which is putting it rather mildly consider the real-world implications.
 
The program is being touted as a means to improve office tasks and performance.
 
The New York Times ran an op-ed recently calling on schools to utilize ChatGPT in the classroom.
 
“Schools should thoughtfully embrace ChatGPT as a teaching aid — one that could unlock student creativity, offer personalized tutoring, and better prepare students to work alongside A.I. systems as adults,” they wrote.
 
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3/3/23

Bigger Government

March 1, 2023
Kerby Anderson

The current debate about the federal budget centers on whether the government is too big and too inefficient. Most Republicans argue that the federal government is too big. Many Democrats ask: “Where is your evidence that government has grown too big?”
 
John DiIulio is a co-author of a significant book about American government. He explains that government grows larger by using three types of what can be called “administrative proxies.”
 
The first are state and local governments. The EPA, for example, has fewer than 20,000 employees. But 90 percent of EPA programs are completely administered by thousands of state government employees, largely funded by Washington.
 
Second, there are for-profit businesses and contractors that also mask the large size of the government. In the Defense Department, for example, the hundreds of thousands of civilian workers have been supplemented by hundreds of thousands of for-profit contract employees. Today, the government spends more on defense contracts than it does on all official federal bureaucrats.
 
Third, there are the various tax-exempt or independent sectors, which have more than doubled in the last thirty years. Many of them owe their jobs to federal or intergovernmental grants, contracts, or fee funding.
 
These facts will be important to remember when Congress and the public debate the federal budget. Although the number of federal employees looks about the same as in previous decades, the federal budget is more than four times larger. The federal workload has been dispersed and makes the government look much smaller than it really is.
 
We do have a big government and should not fall for this federal shell game that tries to hide from taxpayers the real size and scope of government.

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Arizona school board member says district should reject hiring teachers with Christian values: 'Not...safe'

March 3, 2023 4:00am EST

Tamillia Valenzuela said board should consider 'where our values lie'
 
Arizona school board member blasts Christian beliefs during meeting
 
Arizona's Washington Elementary School District board member Tamillia Valenzuela blasted a Christian university over its beliefs.
 
An Arizona school board member wearing cat ears during a meeting said she would oppose having a contract with a Christian university over the religious and Biblical beliefs they espouse, Fox News Digital found. 
 
The Washington Elementary School District, which serves students in the Phoenix and Glendale areas, had an ongoing contract with Arizona Christian University for five years, enabling their student teachers to be placed in its schools for field experience. The contract opened up opportunities for recruitment and hiring. 
 
On Feb. 23, the board agreed on a motion to dissolve the partnership with the Christian university. They did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether they have a bias against Christian beliefs. 
 
During the meeting, school board member Tamillia Valenzuela blasted the university over its Christian beliefs and said she was "disheartened" to learn about the contract that had been ongoing for five years.  
 
Valenzuela describes herself as "a bilingual, disabled, neurodivergent Queer Black Latina… who loves a good hot wing (but only with the right ranch) and things that sparkle."
 
Tamillia Valenzuela is currently serving her first term on the Governing Board after being elected in November 2022.
 
"While I full-heartedly believe in the religious freedom and people being able to practice whatever faith that they have, I had some concerns regarding looking at this particular institution," she said. "And I think it's a really good time for us to take a moment and really pause about where our values lie."
 
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"And while I understand we are currently in a situation across the nation that we have a teacher shortage and recruiting… is really difficult," she said. 
 
"My concerns, [is] when I go to Arizona Christian University's website, [ they are] ‘committed to Jesus Christ, accomplishing his will and advancements on earth as in Heaven.’"
 
Washington Elementary School Board voted for a motion to dissolve their partnership with Arizona Christian University.
 
"Part of their values is... [to] ‘transform the culture with truth by promoting the Biblically-informed values that are foundational to Western civilization, including the centrality of family, traditional sexual morality, and lifelong marriage between one man and one woman,'" she said.
 
"I want to know how bringing [teachers] from an institution that is ingrained in their values so directly brings impact to three of your board members who are a part of the LGBT community." 
 
She added that the board recently added their pronouns at the dias as a solidarity move with the LGBT community.
 
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"Because if we're bringing people in whose mission [has]… been with their institution's education that very plainly on their website... that above all else, it was to influence people to Biblically-minded. How does that hold space for people of other faiths? How does that hold space for our members of the LGBT community? How does that space for people who think differently and do not have the same beliefs," she said.
 
The Washington Elementary School District board members blasted the university's Christian and Biblical beliefs. 
 
"At some point, we need get real with ourselves and take a look at who we're making legal contracts with and the message that is sending to our community. Because that makes me feel like I could not
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3/3/23

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-02-02/bruces-beach-reparations-black-property-returned
 

Op-Ed: Why Bruce’s Beach may be an outlier in terms of reparations for Black Americans

By A. Kirsten Mullen and William A. Darity Jr. Feb. 2, 2022 3:10 AM PT Nearly 100 years after the property known as Bruce’s Beach was seized by Manhattan Beach through eminent domain, California has agreed to return the oceanfront parcels to the descendants of the Black couple who had owned it.

The move has been hailed as a watershed moment, touted by champions of reparations as a model for redress for land discriminatorily taken, and possibly a strategy for achieving what we call “true reparations.”

But true reparations would require eliminating the Black-white wealth gap. In California, that applies to about 2 million eligible Black residents. Estimates from the Federal Reserve’s 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances indicate that the difference in average Black and white household net worth was $840,900, which translates to about $350,000 per person.

If California were to use that figure as a reparations measure, it would require an expenditure of at least $700 billion — more than 2.5 times the state’s current $260-billion budget. Only states with a tiny Black population could afford to eliminate the gap.

Although the Bruce’s Beach case may be destined to be an outlier, it contains useful signposts. Rare among Black-owned property that was seized, the land is distinguished by a record of sustained advocacy by the Bruce family and their allies, as well as documentation that can make the case for restitution.

There is no comprehensive record of the seizure of Black-owned property during the nearly 100 massacres executed by white supremacists nationwide between 1870 and 1940. While the intent of the racist mobs was often publicized, deeds of record and property valuations for the homes and businesses of legions of Black families frequently were destroyed, and the injured and dead were never officially tallied.

When a white mob descended upon a Black neighborhood in 1921 in Tulsa, Okla., 300 people were murdered and 10,000 Black residents were left homeless. Sometimes properties taken were disguised as “voluntary sales” in public registers. This is what happened in 1920, in Ocoee, Fla., after a white mob, enraged by Black people attempting to vote, attacked them.

When city records do include information about previous owners, they rarely reflect candid expressions of racist intent that informed the selection of a Black community as the site for a park or a new highway, for instance. But a Manhattan Beach developer, Frank Daugherty, baldly discussed the racist motivations behind the condemnation of the Bruce’s land. In the Manhattan Beach News in 1943, he said, “Our attorneys advised the members of the council never to admit the real purpose in establishing the park, especially during the city council meeting.”

As of 1912, Willa Bruce had paid $1,225 for the first of two lots in Manhattan Beach. Her husband, Charles, worked as a railroad dining-car chef, while she operated the beach resort. When Black families were drawn to it, white neighbors threatened and harassed the guests, and vandalized the resort property.

When racism didn’t drive out the Black visitors, the city began condemnation proceedings in 1924. Eventually, more than two dozen properties, including the Bruces’, were seized. Downplaying the costs to the displaced families and citing the need for a greater social good, officials claimed there was an urgent need for a public park, but the land was allowed to lie fallow for decades. The two parcels were transferred to the state in 1948 and then to Los Angeles County in 1995.

The Bruce family had requested $120,000 in compensation — $70,000 for the two lots and $50,000 in damages — but received $14,500 from the city in 1929. The land is estimated to be worth $75 million today.

Even with a transparent paper trail of ownership, it will be challenging to return the full value of the Bruce’s Beach property and the properties of their Black neighbors. For one, legal descendants must be identified and verified. Then they should be compensated for the difference between what their ancestors were paid for the land taken by eminent domain and its current market value, and for the accumulated interest and lost income those properties might have generated over the last 100 years.

In January, Santa Monica announced its intention to make amends for elements of its racist past. Fifty years ago, at least 600 families in predominantly Black neighborhoods were forced out to make room for the 10 Freeway and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Now, the city is offering affordable housing to those displaced families. Renters got nothing when they were kicked out, while homeowners lost the ability to earn intergenerational wealth. Families with documentation of their displacement will be eligible.

It’s too soon to know how many families will benefit and, of course, the proposed compensation is clearly not enough. Governments need a process to return thousands of plots of land stolen from Black families. None has ever been proposed, and it would be complicated to carry out.

But it can be done.

California could lead the way by launching a racial-equity initiative in the form of an agency tasked with helping Black families make their petitions, then adjudicating their claims at no cost to the applicants.

Folklorists and oral historians could interview families and help them access the details of how the actions of state and local governments caused them to suffer. Attorneys could identify the documents families would need to bolster their cases, and research librarians could search for them. Databases could be set up that would be publicly accessible and valuable in documenting other cases.

A racial-equity initiative is not the same as a reparations program, but it is a huge step that states could take. The Bruce’s Beach case shows that documentation and the public’s insistence on accountability may be key to governments moving forward as they try to rectify an egregious historical wrong.

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3/3/23

Not to discredit the actual racial discrimination that occurred between 1870 and 1940, but this sounds like race baiting and will only stir up more racial tensions between the black and white people who live in America today under the auspices of racial equity. 

But first of all, they need to get their facts straight.

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There is no comprehensive record of the seizure of Black-owned property during the nearly 100 massacres executed by white supremacists nationwide between 1870 and 1940. While the intent of the racist mobs was often publicized, deeds of record and property valuations for the homes and businesses of legions of Black families frequently were destroyed, and the injured and dead were never officially tallied.

When a white mob descended upon a Black neighborhood in 1921 in Tulsa, Okla., 300 people were murdered and 10,000 Black residents were left homeless. Sometimes properties taken were disguised as “voluntary sales” in public registers. This is what happened in 1920, in Ocoee, Fla., after a white mob, enraged by Black people attempting to vote, attacked them.

Note: The first paragraph specifically state there is no comprehensive record, then it goes on to say 100 massacres nationwide between 1870 and 1940. Then, the next paragraph says 300 people were murdered in Tulsa alone in 1921.

Well, let's see, 100 were massacred between 1870 and 1940. And 1921 is between 1870 and 1940 where 300 were murdered. Isn't murdering 300 people counted as a massacre? Then why do they quote 100 massacred nationwide when there were 300 in Tulsa alone? Their facts seem to contradict themselves. And, as it started out... "there is no comprehensive record", so where did these 100 massacres nationwide and 300 murders in Tulsa alone come from? Sounds like they're going to have a hard time proving much of anything.

On another note, what about my repayment from the Germans because Hitler forced my German grandfather to work in a shoe factory for Hitler's soldiers for almost no pay? And what about my repayment from the Confederacy because they burned down the home of a relative of mine 5 generations ago in Hampton, South Carolina during the Civil War? And... well, I think you're getting the point.

I was not forced by Hitler to work in his shoe factory? I didn't live in the house that got burned down during the Civil War. Etc. And there are probably hundreds of thousands if not millions of cases similar.

If anything becomes of this, it will be the lawyers who make the most of it. Therefore, should they decide to move forward, ENSURE that only black lawyers are used as the white lawyers shouldn't benefit even a penny from any settlements, should they come about!!! 

FWIW

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From: Showtalk

3/4/23

Lawyers always come out the best because they have multiple plaintiffs or multiple trials.  
 

Something else that came out is that white supremacy isn’t always right wing. One of the worst anti Black shootings was from an extreme left winger.

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3/4/23

Still... as this is for supposedly, previously suppressed black peoples, white lawyers shouldn't be allowed to profit on any court winnings. Legally, white lawyers would have a hard time proving their client's innocence in a crime they didn't commit when the lawyer would take 65% or more of the reparations! </sarcasm off>

That said: Should a white lawyer be allowed to represent a black eligible person; the white lawyer should not be able to make more than 5% of the final winnings in court! To be fair to the blacks of course.

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3/5/23

‘Queer’ Whistleblower Exposes Evils Of The School-To-Scalpel Pipeline

BY: IAN PRIOR
FEBRUARY 15, 2023

Schools have become a pipeline for a dangerous transgender ideology that is gruesomely taking advantage of children and their parents.
 
Last week, a whistleblower came forward in The Free Press to expose how the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital engages in experimental interventions (aka “gender-affirming care”) on children that are “permanently harming the vulnerable patients in [their] care.”
 
The stories Jamie Reed outlines are horrific. Young girls were given testosterone, with gruesome side effects. Mentally ill individuals were chemically castrated with virtually no attempt to find another alternative. Parents were kept out of the loop, and people permanently altered their bodies as children, only to regret the decision shortly after. For the majority of these individuals, it is already too late.
 
Many of us have heard these stories before and have been desperately trying to get people to pay attention. Calling out the transgender agenda for what it truly is, an experiment on our nation’s children, of course, comes with backlash from trigger-happy leftists who deem this language “hateful,” “transphobic,” or “anti-LGBT.” For conservatives, that reality is something we have learned to live with.
 
The risk for the whistleblower was far greater. Reed describes herself as “a queer woman, and politically to the left of Bernie Sanders” and is “married to a transman.” Her social and political circles are undoubtedly populated by people of similar viewpoints who are likely very supportive of so-called “gender-affirming care.”
 
This background is important — to come out as she did and to expose the horrors she witnessed at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital will almost certainly earn her a scarlet letter from her social and professional circle. She will likely face the realities of unemployment and social humiliation for standing up for the truth. She already knows the risks yet also knew that standing up on this issue was far more important.
 
Not only is this incredibly courageous, but it should be a message to others on the left who listen to the antics of glory seekers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her ilk, who have blamed the pushback for these practices on the “radical right.”
 
The whistleblower’s story is gut-wrenching in and of itself, but it reveals the endgame of drugs and surgery to chemically castrate and irreversibly damage children physically and mentally. That endgame does not happen in isolation.
 
It begins at school.
 
Schools Indoctrinate Early
 
In the early years of children’s K-12 education, they get to read books like “It Feels So Good to Be Yourself,” an illustrated book for ages 4-8 that encourages kids to question their sex at any age. One example in the book is Ruthie, a biological boy who tells his parents that the doctors got it wrong, and he is now a girl. Ruthie is 5 years old.
 
As children get older and enter puberty, the books encouraging this only grow more plentiful. Students will often see titles such as “Beyond Magenta: Transgender and Nonbinary Teens Speak Out” prominently displayed in their school libraries. 
 
Meanwhile, school policies are changed to allow students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the sex with which they “identify,” to compete in sex-segregated athletic events pursuant to the sex with which they “identify,” and to be referred to by the “pronouns” they desire, regardless of whether other students and teachers have religious or moral objections.
 
Students who “identify” as a different sex are effectively given rights above and beyond everyone else. It’s no wonder young adolescents would deal with their growing pains in a way that gives them a feeling of acceptance, validation, and being part of a new “civil right.” In other words, a social contagion takes root.
 
Children are especially vulnerable to this phenomenon. When this was highlighted in Abigail Shrier’s book “Irreversible Damage,” the transgender lobby went on the attack, and her book was pulled from the shelves of Target. Those who dare suggest a social contagion is at play will be met with articles from corporate media citing so-called “experts” denying its existence. But now even a far-left whistleblower tells us of
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3/5/23

By Forcing Americans Into Electric Vehicles, Leftists Ensure Road Trips’ Demise

BY: VICTORIA MARSHALL
FEBRUARY 14, 2023

An Axios article titled ‘Electric car road trips are perfectly doable — if you plan ahead’ is a prime example of leftists celebrating their own ignorance.
 
Deep within a southeastern cove of Brooklyn lies Dead Horse Bay. Vintage debris washes up on its shores thanks to a decomposing underwater landfill. Old Clorox bottles, tires, men’s work boots, and shards of broken glass toss back and forth on the tide, continually churned together with old horse bones.
 
The bones come from an 1850s-era factory that used the carcasses of dead horses to make glue, fertilizer, and other materials near the bay. That such a factory was necessary — and that thousands of old horse bones line a small bay in Brooklyn — point to the fact that horses were a way of life in New York City before cars replaced them. Nearly 200,000 horses lived on the small island of Manhattan at the end of the 19th century, meaning piles of dead horse carcasses and giant mounds of manure were a daily occurrence for city residents at that time.
 
Note that the average horse produces around 30 pounds of manure a day. If you do some back-of-the-envelope math, that means New Yorkers literally put up with dumping more than 1 million tons of excrement on their streets every year to preserve their freedom of mobility.
 
That’s what climate activists and their allies in the corporate press don’t seem to get. As leftists push Americans to make the cumbersome and extremely expensive switch to electric vehicles, they forget that Americans already can go wherever they want, whenever they want, thanks to gas-powered cars. Why would they give that up and pay more in the process?
 
An Axios article titled “Electric car road trips are perfectly doable — if you plan ahead” is a prime example of leftist tone-deafness. To get more Americans to go electric, an Axios journalist went on a road trip to show readers how, erm, easy it is to embark on the great American road trip with an EV.
 
Yet, the globetrotter admits, the trip was “not without its challenges.” This includes dealing with “glitchy charging equipment touchscreens, billing questions and inoperable plugs” as well as “juggling route-planning apps and billing accounts with various charging companies.” Not to mention having to wait roughly an hour each time your EV has to charge, depending on the quality of the charger. For seasoned road-trippers, for whom time is of the essence, this is an immediate turnoff.
 
While the article aimed to persuade readers to go electric, it had the exact opposite effect. For the average American, the car symbolizes freedom, autonomy, and adventure. The open road is there to be explored, with a low barrier to entry thanks to the prevalence of gas-powered cars. Americans can go just about anywhere, as long as the keys are in the ignition and there’s gas in the tank.
 
But going electric kills the romanticism of the road trip by stripping its simplicity. When you own an EV, you can’t just get in your car and drive. You have to plan your route around EV charging stations, worry about the logistics of driving an EV (Muller’s husband drove 151 miles through the Michigan cold without heat to avoid stressing the car’s battery), and pray to God that your battery lasts between charges. The barrier to exploring the open road with an EV is much higher than with the typical gas-powered car, and Americans don’t want to deal with it. They shouldn’t have to, either.
 
This is why electric cars make up only 5 percent of new car sales and despite years of massive government subsidization still comprise just 1 percent of all cars on the road. It’s a hassle to own an electric car.
 
It’s also extremely expensive. EVs typically average $20,000 more to purchase than a gas-powered car, meaning only the upper-middle class and up can afford such a splurge. And for what? Sleek design and shiny new controls? You’re definitely not choosing an EV for your cross-country road trip from Boston to Los Angeles. It’s just not practical.
 
That’s why most Americans aren’t interested in making the switch to electric. And that is why California is banning the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035 to force its residents to go electric. This misguided policy fails to take into account the circumstances in which EVs aren’t a “greener” choice than gas-powered vehicles and the carbon-intensive process of mass-producing new EVs creates all-new environmental problems that regular cars don’t have. 
 
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