Today is July 16 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 – AOC blames Cuban suffering on US ‘contributions,’ parroting Black Lives Matter
Fox News reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., broke her silence Thursday on anti-communism, pro-freedom protests that have broken out in Cuba by partially blaming the suffering of “everyday people” on the historical legacy of the U.S.’ 60-year-old embargo.
“We are seeing Cubans rise up and protest for their rights like never before. We stand in solidarity with them, and condemn the anti-democratic actions led by President Díaz-Canel,” the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist said in a statement.
She called the communist government’s suppression of media, speech and protest “gross violations of civil rights.” But she then evoked the United States’ “contribution” to what is turning out to be Cuba’s worst crisis in decades.
“We also must name the U.S. contribution to Cuban suffering: our sixty-year-old embargo,” she said.
We stand in solidarity with the Cuban people and condemn the suppression of the media, speech and protest.
We also call for an end to the U.S. embargo and additional Trump-era restrictions that are profoundly contributing to the suffering of Cubans. pic.twitter.com/Fw6Quv5TAN
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) July 16, 2021
DML: Leave it to AOC to try to blame it all on Trump. She won’t dare condemn socialism or communism!
2 – GOP outrage at White House flagging ‘misinformation’ to Facebook
The New York Post reports: Congressional Republicans were up in arms Thursday after the Biden administration revealed it was flagging “problematic” Facebook posts with “misinformation” about COVID-19 to the social media giant.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the Surgeon General’s Office had “increased disinformation research and tracking” and added that it was “important to take faster action against harmful posts … and Facebook needs to move more quickly to remove harmful violative posts.”
Psaki was joined by Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, who said the administration was asking Big Tech to “consistently take action against misinformation super-spreaders on their platforms” and calling on news organizations to “proactively address the public’s questions without inadvertently giving a platform to health misinformation that can harm their audiences.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 15, 2021
PSAKI: “Facebook needs to move more quickly to remove harmful, uh, violative posts”
The Biden Administration openly calling for censorship
Who gets to define what is a “harmful” post?
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) July 15, 2021
In case you’re not paying attention, she just openly admitted that the Biden Administration is only allowing the propaganda that they want out there to be available. Anything they deem misinformation, is flagged and removed. This is what you call communism 101.
— Pastor Greg Locke (@pastorlocke) July 15, 2021
If you don’t find it deeply disturbing that the White House is “flagging” internet content that they deem “problematic” to their Facebook allies for removal, then you are definitionally an authoritarian. No other information is needed about you to know that.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 15, 2021
The White House is admitting that they’re compiling lists of people who they claim are posting content they regard as “problematic” and that constitute “misinformation” and are demanding Facebook remove them. This is authoritarianism:https://t.co/gxrdUDblyS
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 15, 2021
DML: Are we still in AMERICA?
3 – Rep. Hinson moves amendment to stop $50 million program to pay for lawyers for migrants
Fox News reports: Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, on Thursday moved to stop a $50 million pilot program that would use taxpayer money to pay for lawyers to represent migrants who had crossed the southern border.
The Commerce-Justice-Science Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Appropriations Bill establishes a $50 million pilot program to “provide legal representation to immigrant children and families seeking asylum and other forms of legal protection in the United States.”
Hinson argued that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) gives access to counsel for those seeking asylum, but at no expense to the government, while Health and Human Services (HHS) has similar programs for unaccompanied children.
“The key difference between these programs is what this is about. This one applies to adult illegal immigrants seeking ‘other forms of legal protection,’” she said. So when you look at who that would include and who would fall into that category that is where the concern is – those without credible fear claims or those who have criminal backgrounds.”
As border crossings surge, deportations are down because the Admin is restricting the illegal immigrants ICE can remove, even aggravated felons. At yesterday’s @HouseAppropsGOP markup, I introduced an amendment that would allow ICE agents to do their job but Dems shot it down. pic.twitter.com/kEvVkrr0Ba
— Ashley Hinson (@RepAshleyHinson) July 14, 2021
DML: Is ANY U.S. taxpayer really ok with paying legal fees for illegal aliens?
4 – Police Arrest 40 During Child Sex Crimes Sting in Arizona
Breitbart reports: Arizona officials said 40 suspects have been arrested in connection with an operation targeting child sex crimes in the Valley area.
The Tempe Police Department said it joined with Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the attorney general’s office, and police in Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale for “Operation Behind the Mask,” Fox 10 reported Tuesday.
The effort was an undercover operation surrounding child sex crimes and human trafficking. According to ABC 15, the suspects’ ages ranged between 20 and 64 and were arrested on multiple charges including child sex trafficking, luring, and attempted sex conduct with a minor.
The Tempe Police Department recently partnered with several local and federal agencies on an undercover operation, “Behind the Mask,” targeting the demand for child sex crimes and human trafficking with a total of 40 suspects arrested thus far. pic.twitter.com/XmtjZTOTkT
— Tempe Police (@TempePolice) July 13, 2021
DML: Let’s see the immigration status on all these people while we’re at it!
5 – NFL announce they will play the ‘black national anthem’ BEFORE the Star Spangled Banner during EVERY Week 1 game and players may feature names of police brutality victims on their helmets
The Daily Mail reports: The NFL plans to play the black national anthem before every game in the first week of the 2021 season, according to a new report.
Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing, traditionally referred to as the black national anthem, will be performed before The Star-Spangled Banner to kick off each game in Week 1, beginning with the September 10 season opener when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Houston Texans. A source familiar with the league’s discussions confirmed the controversial change to ESPN’s The Undefeated on Thursday.
The NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering featuring names of victims who suffered police brutality on uniforms, helmets or patches on jerseys, the source said.
The decision comes as the league hopes to demonstrate ‘a genuine commitment to the public, players and coaches and that player voices continue to be heard,’ the source wrote in a text message.
‘This is key to educating fans, and becoming a prominent voice in the fight to end racism,’ they said.
DML: That’s it. I’m DONE with the NFL.
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