Today is July 14 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. Supreme Court Permits First Federal Executions Since 2003
The Wall Street Journal reports: A divided Supreme Court cleared the way for the first federal executions since 2003, issuing orders shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday rejecting inmate claims that using pentobarbital for lethal injections would be unconstitutional.
In an unsigned opinion, the court’s five-member conservative majority sought to end the fusillade of litigation four condemned men and their allies filed since Attorney General William Barr announced plans a year ago to reactivate the federal death chamber in Terre Haute, Ind.
The executions of the men convicted of murder had been set to begin Monday at 4 p.m., starting with Daniel Lewis Lee, for the 1996 killings of an Arkansas gun dealer, his wife and her 8-year-old daughter.
A divided Supreme Court clears the way for the first federal executions since 2003, rejecting inmates’ claims that using pentobarbital for lethal injections is unconstitutional https://t.co/OIkNAsvjJ0
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 14, 2020
DML: There are a bunch of cop killers we can start with, and I suggest billboards everywhere to remind people of what the stakes are (assuming we carry through).
2. Black Lives Matter street mural in front of Trump Tower vandalized with red paint, quickly repainted
USA Today reports: Police in New York City are investigating after a masked person dumped red paint on a Black Lives Matter street mural painted in front of Trump Tower.
Twitter user Oscar Vela posted a video of a person who walked up to the “V” in “Black Lives Matter,” took a can of paint out of a paper bag and threw the paint on the mural, located on Fifth Avenue. The person then left the paint can and ran off.
An NYPD official told USA TODAY a criminal mischief complaint has been filed regarding the incident and detectives are investigating.
To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try. @NYC_DOT has already fixed it.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 13, 2020
— ABC News (@ABC) July 13, 2020
DML: The fact that idiots like De Blasio can vandalize the streets with bigoted messages (Black Lives Matter is racist in my opinion) is unacceptable to me. I don’t understand why something isn’t being done to stop these people. The radicals are the minority, and yet the rest of us do nothing but complain on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Orange County school Board of Education wants schools to reopen, no social distancing
Fox News reports: LOS ANGELES—The conservative-leaning Orange County Board of Education in California on Monday evening voted in favor of guidelines that call for the reopening district schools in time for fall classes and said it would not require social distancing and mask-wearing for its students.
The OC Register reported that the school board, which approved the recommendations in a 4-to-1 vote, has no power to demand the county’s 27 school districts to reopen and the ultimate decision will rest with individual districts. The Orange County Department opposes reopening, the report said.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the school board pointed to a white paper with safety recommendations and called the months of widespread remote learning an “utter failure” for students.
OC Board of Education votes to support return to school without social distancing, masks https://t.co/osSaInRlNa
— O.C. Register (@ocregister) July 14, 2020
4. Man in MAGA hat shows Kansas restaurant worker his gun after being pressed about mask
The Hill reported: A man wearing a Make America Great Again hat showed his gun to an employee at a restaurant in Mission, Kan., after he was asked to provide an explanation for not wearing a mask in accordance with coronavirus restrictions, staff told local media this week.
Arlo Kinsey, 18, told The Kansas City Star that the encounter occurred shortly after the customer, who has not yet been identified, entered the eatery without a mask during Kinsey’s shift at RJ’s Bob-Be-Que Shack a week ago.
Kinsey, who the paper noted in its coverage is now a “former” employee of the restaurant, said he asked the man when he first came in if he “could go get his mask or if he had a mask, and he said he had an exemption.”
“I asked him if I could see the exemption just to make sure, and then he showed me his gun, saying that that was his exemption,” he continued.
DML: All power to him assuming he did not make a deadly threat. Our rights are being infringed upon, and until we start standing up and pushing back (non violently) we are going to be railroaded. We need more men like this guy.
5.New coronavirus map shows grim trend for more than half of all US states
Fox News reports: A new map highlighting the spread of the coronavirus shows more than half of all states “trending poorly” or facing an “uncontrolled spread” as COVID-19 continues to make a resurgence in the United States.
Created by covidexitstrategy.org, the map tracks each state’s coronavirus response based on a set of criteria provided by the White House that specifies what each state and region must accomplish before moving forward with plans to reopening their economies. The map measures and scores each state based on the number of positive cases over a 14-day period using a 7-day rolling average, bed capacity at hospitals and intensive care units and positivity rates.
According to the figure, New York, once the epicenter of the virus, is trending for the better while nearly all Southern and some Midwestern states are faring far worse. California is listed with an “uncontrolled spread” with 219 cases per every million people. Texas, Florida and Georgia are also seeing giant upticks in COVID-19 cases.
— Montgomery Granger (@mjgranger1) July 14, 2020
DML: Nobody with a brain is denying that COVID, much like the flu, can kill people. We understand this, we respect it, and nobody wants to be part of the statistics. But I cannot get myself to wear a mask and practice massive social distancing knowing that many of the people who have done such tasks are flat on their backs on hospital beds, or at home sick for two weeks. Why is it that every single time we hear a credible doctor on TV say words like, “we don’t need masks,” or, “boost the immune system,” we end up seeing the doctor be muffled or discredited. There is no scientific evidence showing the mask routine works. I haven’t been sick in two years, and I have yet to put a mask on my face. I have no intentions of doing so, and I am a public figure who meets with lots of people. Other countries with tremendous success in keeping death rates down do not appear to be pushing the mask routine.
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