Today is June 18 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1. Justice Dept. Escalates Legal Fight With Bolton Over Book
The NY Times reports: The Justice Department asked a judge on Wednesday to order President Trump’s former national security adviser John R. Bolton to halt publication of his memoir, which has already been printed and distributed to booksellers, saying that it contained classified information even as details emerged from it.
In a court filing, the Trump administration also urged the judge overseeing the lawsuit, Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, to declare that the potential restraining order it was seeking should also bind the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, and stores from disseminating the book once they received notice of it.
“Disclosure of the manuscript will damage the national security of the United States,” the government filing said. “The United States asks this court to hold defendant to the legal obligations he freely assumed as a condition of receiving access to classified information and prevent the harm to national security that will result if his manuscript is published to the world.”
Wacko John Bolton’s “exceedingly tedious”(New York Times) book is made up of lies & fake stories. Said all good about me, in print, until the day I fired him. A disgruntled boring fool who only wanted to go to war. Never had a clue, was ostracized & happily dumped. What a dope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
DML: Feels like almost everyone Trump hires turns out to be a nut or a loser — the list is so long I cannot remember them all. Maybe Trump’s top actors from The Apprentice, like Gary Busey or Latoya Jackson, are available to fill the vacant slots. Good God, why don’t we hand the keys to Biden now, this is getting so bad.
2. Washington state mayor now calls BLM protests ‘domestic terrorism’ after her home vandalized
Fox News reports: A Washington state mayor was fine with the Black Lives Matter protests that followed George Floyd’s death in police custody.
But that was until vandals damaged her home, according to reports. Now, Mayor Cheryl Selby of Olympia refers to the protests as “domestic terrorism,” according to The Olympian.
“I’m really trying to process this,” Selby told the newspaper Saturday, after the rioters’ Friday night spree left her front door and porch covered with spray-painted messages. “It’s like domestic terrorism. It’s unfair.
Cameras capture someone spray paint Olympia Mayor Cheryl Selby’s home, writing: “BLM,” “racist” and “abolish.”
— Shelby Miller (@ShelbyKIRO7) June 15, 2020
DML: LOL, the protestors were just being protestors when burning down police departments, but now they are terrorists? Time to wake up! This couldn’t have happened to a bigger idiot, notwithstanding Cuomo, Newsome, Clinton, Schumer and DiBlasio. You get what you wish for! I can’t say I’m disheartened by the news. It goes without saying…. “Thugs, losers, and racists do what thugs, losers and racists do.”
3. Uncle Ben, Mrs. Butterworth and Cream of Wheat Face Scrutiny
NY Times reports: Within hours of the announcement that Aunt Jemima was being retired from store shelves, at least three more food companies rushed to respond to complaints about other brands that have been criticized for using racial stereotypes.
Mars Food, the owner of the brand Uncle Ben’s rice, which features an older black man smiling on the box, said on Wednesday afternoon that it would “evolve” the brand as protests over racism and police brutality across the country continue.
Shortly after that announcement, ConAgra Brands, the maker of Mrs. Butterworth’s pancake syrup, released a statement saying the company had begun a “complete brand and package review.” And later on Wednesday, B&G Foods Inc., the parent company of Cream of Wheat, announced that it too was conducting a review of its packaging.
Uncle Ben’s owner Mars is planning to change the rice maker’s “brand identity” — one of several food companies planning to overhaul logos and packaging that have long been criticized for perpetuating harmful racial stereotypes https://t.co/ndRUXZAbF3
— CNN (@CNN) June 18, 2020
DML: What’s next, demands for George Floyd’s face to replace that of George Washington’s on the $1 bill? These companies are self-destructing, but then again so too is America.
4.Teen Vogue slammed for tweeting praise of Karl Marx
Fox News reports: Teen Vogue raised eyebrows on social media on Wednesday when it shared an article expressing praise for communist philosopher Karl Marx.
“Welcome to marx!” Teen Vogue tweeted early in the morning linking to a May 2018 piece titled, “Who Is Karl Marx: Meet the Anti-Capitalist Scholar.”
Journalist Adryan Corcione praised Marx’s influence in the world, writing that “The Communist Manifesto” co-author “inspired social movements in Soviet Russia, China, Cuba, Argentina, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and more” and how historical icons like Frida Kahlo, Malcolm X, and Helen Keller “integrated Marxist theory into their work decades after his death.”
welcome to marx! https://t.co/VMJZasQyot
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) June 17, 2020
(Teen Vogue also pushed the same article in a May 25, 2019 Twitter post.)
DML: They say every generation looks at the newest generation and voices disappointment. But this generation is beyond words. In fact, if this generation was a MEME, I think it would be a big pink box with tissues falling out the side. Our education system is a mess.
5. Americans Skip Millions of Loan Payments as Coronavirus Takes Economic Toll
The Wall Street Journal reports: Americans have skipped payments on more than 100 million student loans, auto loans and other forms of debt since the coronavirus hit the U.S., the latest sign of the toll the pandemic is taking on people’s finances.
The number of accounts that enrolled in deferment, forbearance or some other type of relief since March 1 and remain in such a state rose to 106 million at the end of May, triple the number at the end of April, according to credit-reporting firm TransUnion.
The surge in missed payments suggests that the flood of layoffs related to the coronavirus has left many Americans without the means to keep up with their debts. Many people have used up their stimulus checks, and unemployment benefits in high-cost areas aren’t enough to replace paychecks or to help debt-laden borrowers pay down their bills.
DML: I am back to shorting the stock market, the situation in the US is horrible. NOTE: we have six stories today…
6. A passenger was removed from a flight for refusing to wear a face mask
CNN reports: Tension over wearing face masks led to a passenger’s removal from an American Airlines flight Wednesday as airlines enforce stricter safety measures.
Passenger Brandon Straka was asked to get off a flight from New York to Dallas after he refused to wear a face covering as required by American Airlines policy, the airline confirmed in a statement.
This is the first known incident of this type since the airlines announced plans to more strictly enforce mask wearing.
I was just removed from my flight for not wearing a mask. 1st time this has happened. Not a federal law. @AmericanAir staff standing over me telling me it’s THE LAW. So much for “please respect those who can not wear a mask”. When I pointed out this wasn’t a law I was removed.
— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) June 17, 2020
DML: I do not wear masks either.