Gavin Newsom slams brakes on San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bullet train

Gavin Newsom, california’s new governor scaled back plans cost and to construct a rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Talking in Sacramento in his first State of the State speech because he triumphed Jerry Brown — that, like Arnold Schwarzenegger before himhad ardently promoted the bullet train as governor — Newsom said he’d move with work on a 160-mile elongate in the nation’s Central Valley where building is already underway.

“High-speed rail is a great deal more than the usual train undertaking,” Newsom said. “It is all about economic transformation and unlocking the tremendous potential of this Valley.”

And he left the door open to finishing the system promising to keep on pursuing private-sector and national financing for jobs south and north of the Central Valley and the project, together with work.

“For people who wish to drift away from this entire endeavor, I provide you that,” he explained. “Abandoning high-speed railroad entirely means we’ll have squandered billions of dollars without a broken promises and suits to show for this ”

The project had been imagined to start at a price of $32 billion in 2029, when the huge program was approved by country voters in 2008. However, the California High-Speed Rail Authority pushed back the completion date and said it’d cost at least twice.

Newsom on Tuesday blamed supervision failures and a lack of transparency, stating he was not”interested in replicating the exact same old errors.”

He said he’d title Lenny Mendoncahis economic development manager, since the authority’s next chairman, with a mandate to”hold builders and advisers accountable to spell out how taxpayer dollars have been spent” and also to place all expenses on line”for everyone to view.”

Referring to cash the state has received, he explained,”I’m interested in sending 3.5 billion in federal funds that has been allocated to the job back to Donald Trump.”

Brian Kelly, chief executive of the railroad authority, stated he was”keen to meet this particular challenge and expand the project’s financial influence in the Central Valley.”

Kelly said he welcomed the devotion to finish work and to seek funding of Newsom.

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader that symbolizes the Bakersfield region, said Newsom left”the ideal move,” and he predicted the bigger job linking Northern and Southern California”the railway to nowhere”

California Sued Over Net Neutrality Law

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of California by the trump administration earlier this week in what seems like an effort to get the newly signed net neutrality law, which was only signed a few hours to the filing of the lawsuit, removed.

The bill itself, which had the aim of bringing back the Obama error net neutrality laws and regulations, is the toughest net neutrality law to be signed to date, which may have been part of the reason the (almost) immediate backlash from the department of justice was to sue, claiming the bill completely goes against the idea of a de-regulated web.

“The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order,”  – Statement From Attorney General Jeff Sessions 

California is not the first state to pass a bill on net neutrality, Oregon, Vermont and Washington have also passed their own version of the law, but these were far less strict, and, at the time of writing at least, have not garnered the same sort of attention from the Trump administration as the California Bill has.

The state senator, Scott Wiener has gone on record to call Sunday a win for a free and open society.

“While the Trump administration does everything in its power to undermine our democracy, we in California will continue to do what’s right for our residents,” – Scott Wiener, regarding net neutrality.

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Comission, and well known advocate for the removal of net neutrality, has gone and voiced supports for the federal lawsuit, with him seeing the internet as an interstate information service, of which only the federal government can set policy on.

Ajit Pai - Well known advocate of removing net neutrality

Ajit Pai – Well known advocate of removing net neutrality, is very much against internet freedom, and very happy to hear California sued.

In January of this year, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with 21 other states that shared her opinion, collectively pushed back against the repeal of the net neutrality bill.

“It’s a beacon of hope for Internet users everywhere who are fighting for the basic right to express themselves and access information without cable and phone companies controlling what they can see and do online,” Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, Regarding the net neutrality bills

Not everyone is on the side of California, and Ajit Pai is certainly not alone in his views against California pushing for net neutrality, with people such as Jonathan Spalter, CEO of the US Telecom Association coming out to say…

“Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all,”

Overall, we don’t know how this will proceed, and we can only wait to see the outcome.

Tougher Restrictions on Firearms Approved by California Lawmakers

After coming back to his desk from the weekend, Gov. Jerry Brown found three bills on his desk from lawmakers in California that have called for even stricter restrictions on firearms, from a state already well known for having some of the toughest gun laws in the USA.

The bill was sent to Browns desk as a likely kneejerk reaction to the news that a gunmen opened fire at a gaming event, killing 2 people and injuring others, and then turning the gun on himself.

One of the bigger California news authorities “The Log Angeles Times” has reported some of the details within the bill, including the rule of making it impossible to get a gun with a lifetime ban if you have been legally been in psychiatric hold twice in a single year and/or if you have ever been convicted of domestic violence. The idea obviously being to ensure that people who are prone to harsh violence or are unstable mentally (which covers most school shooters since the unfortunate columbine massacre, especially the latter point) are unable to get a weapon that would easily allow them to cause harm to others, and even potentially themselves.

The bills also call for people who may be interested in a permit for a concealed weapon to have to go through eight hours of instruction as well as pass a live fire test before being granted the concealed weapon permit.

Another spanner is thrown in the works with the fact you can easily 3D print a mostly working gun, bypassing most of this bill...

Another spanner is thrown in the works with the fact you can easily 3D print a mostly working gun, bypassing most of this bill…

It is a well known fact that most Republicans opposed the conceal carry measure, and also oppose these new bills, warning that under the new bill, there is no limit on the amount of training a county can demand before giving you the permit, meaning that, in theory at least, they could give you unlimited training to essentially take the right away from you completely.

it IS worth remembering that California already has very strict gun laws, with those convicted of domestic violence currently facing a ten year probation and a five year ban for people who have been legally held in a psychiatric hold, with the new bill just making these harsher.

“If you want to have a loaded gun in public, you need to show that you know what you are doing,” Todd Gloria – Democratic assemblyman, regarding gun use.

The problem is, will this really stop gun crime, or just make it harder for American citizens to legally get a gun? As its well known that criminals will get their guns illegally to avoid them being tracked, and a large portion of mass shootings were done with an illegal gun, as in a stolen gun or one owned by someone else.  I feel this needs to be addressed over just making it harder for everyone else to get guns while sidestepping the actual problem…

Modern Conservatism Through the Marriage Amendment

As you know, the Congress recently voted on the marriage amendment. The Senate voted on it on June 8th, and it stalled there because four Republican Senators joined side with the Democrats on this issue. The House voted on it on July 18th, and it stalled there as well.
This reminded me of a book I recently read a book titled “Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder;” it is written by Michael Savage, a conservative radio talk show host. In the book, Savage mentioned that “the conservative revolution is dead.” I frowned at it when I first read it. However, the recent developments in the marriage amendment issue have made me rethink about it and realize what he said might be the reality.

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They Woke The Giant

It was a conflict that officially lasted for 34 days. The widely televised Israeli incursion within Lebanon was a front-page news story for the month after the battles began. It all started July 12th, when Hezbollah gunmen captured two Israeli soldiers and took them to Lebanon. Israel immediately demanded their soldiers back, and when both Hezbollah refused to comply, and Lebanon made a mockery of trying to help, Israel decided military action was necessary.

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