- Gaines claims she was ambushed when attempting to leave a speech at
- The champion swimmer plans to take legal action to hold school accountable
- Video shows students loudly drowning out Gaines’ speech prior to fracas
College swimming champion Riley Gaines says she plans to take legal action after San Francisco State University praised students for ‘peaceful’ protest at an event where she claims she was assaulted and held for ransom.
Gaines, 23, says she was forced to barricade herself inside a room for around three hours at the campus Thursday night after a group of activists ambushed her, in an alleged assault she called ‘violent, completely wrong and criminal.’
She was giving a speech to students about competing against Lia Thomas, a transgender woman, at the Women’s NCAA Swimming Championships last year. It’s unclear what exactly set off the fracas but video shows students loudly drowning out Gaines’ speech about competing against ‘biological males’ in women’s sports.
In an email to students from Jamillah Moore, Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and reposted online, she claims the school is ‘proud’ of the students who ‘participated peacefully’ and made it clear that the trans community is welcome at the school.
Gaines, speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, argued the event was ‘quite literally the exact opposite of peaceful’ and she plans to take legal action to hold the school, the students and campus police – who she described woefully unprepared – accountable.
I think that what you have to do to make changes in regards to protecting freedoms is to go where it hurts which is the pockets,’ she said. ‘If I weren’t to do something, there would be no repercussions for these people.’
‘Something needs to be done to hold these people accountable, whether it be the student body, the administration…they need to realize is that what happened to me was violent, was completely wrong and it was criminal,’ Gaines alleges. ‘They weren’t even peaceful in an alternate universe.’
Gaines told DailyMail.com accused her alleged assailant – who she says was a transgender woman and her boyfriend said was ‘a guy in a dress’ – of hitting her first in the shoulder and then in the face before an undercover campus cop came to her rescue.
The swimmer claimed she was barricaded in a room at San Francisco State University for three hours to protect herself from the ‘vengeful’ mob who were demanding they be let in to ‘fight’ her. San Francisco police said there were no arrests.
Gaines also alleged that the protesters ‘demanded money’ in exchange for her freedom, which she sees as being held for ransom, a federal offense.
America Is Back in the Factory Business
Record spending on manufacturing construction heralds a made-in-the-U.S. rebound, stoked by green-energy incentives and concerns about foreign supply chains; ‘this is here to stay’
Production at U.S. factories rose last year, but few things were produced at a more furious pace than factories themselves.
Construction spending related to manufacturing reached $108 billion in 2022, Census Bureau data show, the highest annual total on record—more than was spent to build schools, healthcare centers or office buildings.
New factories are rising in urban cores and rural fields, desert flats and surf towns. Much of the growth is coming in the high-tech fields of electric-vehicle batteries and semiconductors, national priorities backed by billions of dollars in government incentives. Other companies that once relied exclusively on lower-cost countries to manufacture eyeglasses and bicycles and bodybuilding supplements have found reasons to come home.
The pursuit of speed and flexibility prompted sock manufacturer FutureStitch Inc., which has factories in China and Turkey, to open a new one in Oceanside, Calif., last summer—the company’s first in the U.S.
Chief Executive Taylor Shupe said retailers don’t want to carry excess inventory in their stores, and the U.S. factory allows the company to quickly replenish stock. Time is also of the essence to sell socks commemorating events like the NBA Finals or the Kentucky Derby, he said.
He said the company is keeping its overseas factories but is adding a second in the U.S.—and maybe eventually a third—as it develops new products.
“There is more and more equity around ‘Made in the USA,’ ” said Mr. Shupe. “To me, this is here to stay.”
Manufacturing has always been an integral part of American life. Paul Revere opened a foundry that produced bells and cannons following his famous midnight ride. Henry Ford’s assembly line made cars affordable to the masses. And U.S. industrial might helped win World War II, when nearly half of private-sector employees worked in factories.
That portion plunged after the war, thanks to automation and U.S. companies seeking lower costs overseas. Production capacity, which had grown at about 4% a year for decades, flattened after China’s 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization.
But last year U.S. production capacity showed its strongest growth since 2015 after pandemic-driven shortages and delays caused manufacturers to rethink their far-flung supply chains, said UBS industrials analyst Chris Snyder.
“Covid kind of pulled the covers off and showed everybody how much risk they were exposed to,” Mr. Snyder said.
Today U.S. manufacturing employment is holding steady at about 10% of the private sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with nearly 800,000 jobs added in the sector over the past two years. The total number, 13 million, was virtually unchanged in the latest BLS jobs report.
The industry is actually hurting for workers—about 800,000 more are needed, according to the National Association of Manufacturers—leading to concerns that labor shortages and other bottlenecks could short-circuit the boom.
“I can bring back all the orders I want; there will be no one to make them,” said Harry Moser, president of the Reshoring Initiative, which advocates for bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
Huge government incentives are stoking the frenzy. The Biden administration, seeing electric vehicles and semiconductors as matters of national security, has devoted billions of dollars to expanding those industries in the U.S. States are kicking in billions more.
BREAKING: FBI sent undercover agents into Catholic churches to investigate domestic extremism
“This outreach plan even included contacting so-called ‘mainline Catholic parishes’ and the local ‘diocesan leadership.'”
The Weaponization of Government Committee has discovered that the FBI sent undercover agents into Catholic churches to investigate those parishes for domestic extremism.
“Based on the limited information produced by the FBI to the Committee,” Jim Jordan writes in a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray, “we now know that the FBI relied on at least one undercover agent to produce its analysis and that the FBI proposed that its agents engage in outreach to Catholic parishes to develop sources among the clergy and church leadership to inform on Americans practicing their faith.”
Jordan notes that this “shocking information” and that it “reinforces” the need for the FBI to respond to the committee’s subpoenas and requests for information. He brings up the leaked bulletin from an FBI field office in Richmond earlier this year which identified Catholics who attend Latin Mass as potential domestic extremists.
The FBI later withdrew that bulletin, which was based on far-leftist sources and definitions, but it appears that the FBI’s targeting of Catholics was not limited to one field office bulletin.
The letter cites a document provided to the committee, and states that “From this selective production, we know that the FBI, relying on information derived from at least one undercover employee, sought to use local religious organizations as ‘new avenues for tripwire and source development.'”
In a section entitled Opportunities, cited by the letter, it reads “In addition to [redaction], engage in outreach to the leadership of other [Society of Saint Pius X] chapels in the FBI Richmond [area of responsibility] to sensitize these congregations to the warning signs of radicalization and to enlist their assistance to serve as suspicious activity tripwires.”
The FBI, per Jordan, “similarly noted two other opportunities to engage in outreach with religious institutions in the Richmond area, citing a desire ‘to sensitize the congregation to the warning signs of radicalization and enlist their assistance to serve as suspicious activity tripwires.’
“This outreach plan even included contacting so-called ‘mainline Catholic parishes’ and the local ‘diocesan leadership’. The FBI also expressed an interest in ‘leverag[ing] existing sources and/or initiat[ing] Type 5 Assessments to develop new sources with the placement and access’ to report on suspicious activity.”