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Over 250,000 Shipping Containers Stuck at U.S. Ports with Record Backlog Ahead of Holidays

Biden has made the problem worse and only offered implausible solutions

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Over 250,000 container ships are “crowding ports from New York to Los Angeles” waiting to be unloaded. The ships are stuck at sea because of supply chain issues. The record backlog has small businesses worried about losing business ahead of the holidays.

Executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, Gene Seroka, said “only half the truck drivers registered to do business here visit us at least once a week. We need more drivers on the job.” Without drivers making the pickups, “there’s no room to put this cargo. Our docks are full. People need to come and pick up their cargo” said Seroka.

A trucker shortage may not be entirely to blame, as trucker George Anaya explains shortcomings at the port. He explains when he arrived for his 7 p.m. appointment to pick up a load, the port does not move fast enough and his shipment was not loaded and ready for him to leave the port until 2 a.m.

Normally Anaya says he picks up roughly 20 loads a week. But this year he has only been able to average around six per week. In August Bloomberg reported, “the U.S. has been grappling with a chronic lack of drivers for years, but the shortage reached crisis levels because of the pandemic.”

“Trucking has emerged as one of the most acute bottlenecks in a supply chain that has all but unraveled amid the pandemic, worsening supply shortages across industries, further fanning inflation and threatening a broader economic recovery” reports Bloomberg.

As is common with Democrats and their liberal policies that create problematic consequences, President Biden has made the problem worse and only offered implausible solutions. The Biden administration has disincentivized individuals from working through the global pandemic.

Forcing businesses to shut down while simultaneously paying individuals not to work and subsidizing certain companies to stay in business without having to produce any goods or services has created an economic standstill. As a result, Americans are hurting from growing inflation.

The Port of Los Angeles has already extended its hours. President Biden has said he’d like to see the ports operating 24 hours a day. President Biden, how would that be helpful when there are not enough truckers to pick up the cargo?

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8 Comments

  1. Staber

    October 9, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Let’s go… you know, the thing.

  2. Juan Salazar

    October 9, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Yet ANOTHER Dem caused crisis left to “others” to clean up… Dear God, when are libs and lib followers wake up and realize YOU’LL never get better results or even basic ones if you keep electing the same do nothing damaged Democrats into power!! NO WONDER ALL THINGS SEEM HOPELESS!!!

  3. Bud

    October 10, 2021 at 9:29 am

    So what is taking so long to get the trucks that ARE available to get loaded.

    • Linda

      October 11, 2021 at 12:57 pm

      It is not the truck drivers period. It is the Dems and Biden holding the ships out at sea. They will not let them dock. To cause a shortage to scare people to become communistic. And about 56 percent of the people in America are to stupid to wake the hell up.

  4. harold hand

    October 10, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    We have National Guard that should be able to drive trucks and unload ships

  5. JOHNNY RIVERA

    October 10, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    DURING THE “PLANDEMIC” TRUCK DRIVER WERE CLASSIFIED FRONT LINE WORKERS. DON’T STOP RUNNING, KEEPS SUPPLY AND DEMAND ROLLING, NO WORRIES, OUT OF DOT COMPLIANCE, NO PROBLEM, KEEP MOVING.EMERGENCY SITUATION. THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA HAS THE MOST RESTRICTIVE TRUCKING LAWS IN THE NATION, OLDER TRUCKS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE STATE, REGARDLESS THAT THEY MEET ALL THE FEDERAL DOT REGULATIONS. YOU HAVE A CRISIS IN CALIFORNIA, ALLOW ALL TRUCKS TO ENTER THE STATE, IT’S A NO BRAINER, WAKE UP PEOPLE, BLAMING SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS AS THE REASON FOR THE BACKUP IT’S A B.S.

    • Jerry

      October 11, 2021 at 2:57 pm

      O M G!!!
      The comments here are SO idiotic!!!
      NONE of you are in the Shipping business. I AM.!
      There is NO driver shortage. Container drivers get paid by the load; not hourly.

      John, only “clean” trucks are allow in the L.A. Ports. There was a Clean Air Act that started in 2005! George W was in office. Blaim him. LOL. There is NO State law about older trucks into California. Actually, the government helped Californian trucker to purchase New “Clean” trucks to replace old trucks that pollute the air.

  6. RoadRunner

    October 11, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I live just off I75 and I can tell you it does not appear there is a driver shortage. There are so many trucks on the road it’s unbelievable. Question is, why are the docks so slow in loading? Think it’s on purpose or just the work force dumbing down. Everywhere I go, seems to take forever. No one moves quickly.

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Got Lunch? Navy Nuclear Engineer Attempted to Hide Classified Docs in Peanut Butter Sandwich

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One of the Navy’s nuclear engineers “with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said Sunday” reports the Associated Press.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Jonathan Toebbe, 42, who was arrested with his wife, Diana, 45, in West Virginia. The Justice Department says Toebbe placed a removable memory card at a prearranged “dead drop”.

“The FBI recovered a blue memory card wrapped in plastic and placed between two slices of bread on a half of a peanut butter sandwich, court documents say. The records on the memory card included design elements and performance characteristics of Virginia-class submarine reactors” reports the AP.

Toebbe faces espionage-related charges for trying to sell government secrets to a contact he believed represented a foreign power for almost an entire year. The Navy declined to comment Sunday, and “the FBI says the scheme began in April 2020 when Jonathan Toebbe sent a package of Navy documents to a foreign government and wrote that he was interested in selling to that country operations manuals, performance reports and other sensitive information.”

Authorities say the FBI used Toebbe’s outreach to begin the almost yearlong operation. An undercover agent emailed with Toebbe for weeks and eventually sent him about $10,000 in cryptocurrency as a sign of good faith and trust.

Toebbe’s package had a return address in Pittsburgh and “Was obtained by the FBI last December through its legal attaché office in the unspecified foreign country” reports the AP. “The court documents don’ explain how the FBI came to receive the package or from whom.”

The package also included a letter that said, “I apologize for this poor translation into your language. Please forward this letter to your military intelligence agency. I believe this information will be of great value to your nation. This is not a hoax.”

Only weeks later, agents watched Toebbe make the drop at an agreed-upon location in West Virginia, “with Diana Toebbe appearing to serve as a lookout for her husband during a dead-drop operation for which the FBI paid $20,000.”

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The Justice Department describes those submarines as “cruise missile fast-attack submarines, which incorporate the latest in stealth, intelligence gathering, and weapons systems technology.” The memory card also included a typed message that said, in part: “I hope your experts are very happy with the sample provided and I understand the importance of a small exchange to grow our trust.”

The FBI conducted similar dead-drop exchanges over the next several months, including one in August in eastern Virginia for which Toebbe was paid roughly $70,000. In that instance, prosecutors say, he concealed in a chewing gum package a memory card that contained schematic designs for the Virginia-class submarine.

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CA Signs Law Requiring Large Retailers to Have Gender-Neutral Toy and Child-Care Sections

The new law applies to any CA retail store with more than 500 employees

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California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed a “final batch of legislative actions weighed for the year.” Among them is a new law that will take effect in 2024, mandating all retail stores with 500 or more employees must have a gender-neutral toy and child-care product section.

California became the first state to adopt such a law. The Los Angeles Times reports the stores “must sell some toys and child-care products outside of areas specifically labeled by gender. Retailers can continue to offer other toys and child-care goods in traditional boys and girls sections if they choose to.”

Assemblyman Evan Low, a Democrat from Campbell, introduced the legislation to steer the retail industry away from marketing children’s products under “traditional gender” stereotypes; meaning “boy” and “girl.”

Low said the daughter of one of his staff members inspired the bill when the girl questioned why she had to go to the boys section to find certain toys, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Children have a very unique way of saying things that provide some common sense. I think it’s important that we as a state are demonstrating our values of diversity and inclusion.”

“Part of it is to make sure if you’re a young girl that you can find a police car, fire truck, a periodic table or dinosaur,” said Low. “And then similarly, if you’re a boy if you’re more artistic and want to play with glitter, why not? Why should you feel the stigma of saying ‘Oh, this should be shamed’ and going to a different location?” added Low.

Professor of psychology at UC Santa Cruz, Campbell Leaper, claims “we know from a variety of different research once they have those categories in their heads and if you label something for girls or boys, children will often ignore it if it’s labeled for the other gender.”

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