Today is June 25 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. New York City will paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on street in front of Trump Tower
The Hill reports: New York City appears set to receive a “Black Lives Matter” street mural outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, according to a statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (D) office.
“The president is a disgrace to the values we cherish in New York City. He can’t run or deny the reality we are facing, and any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter,” Julia Arredondo, the mayor’s spokeswoman, said Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported.
The statement will be painted along Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th streets in front of President Trump’s notable Manhattan building sometime before July 4. The new mural is one of seven that will be added throughout the city’s five boroughs.
The mayor’s installing a Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower. A City Hall spokesperson put out a statement calling Trump a disgrace to NYC values, adding “any time he wants to set foot in the place he claims is his hometown, he should be reminded Black Lives Matter.” pic.twitter.com/Xp4eSOtQsx
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 25, 2020
DML: I am not a lawyer, but I have a hard time believing this is legal. Furthermore, the mayor calling the president a disgrace is like Charles Manson calling Bambi mean-spirited. I stand baffled as to how this nonsense continues to continue.
2. Capitol Hill businesses sue Seattle over handling of ‘CHOP’ zone
King5 NBC News reports: A collection of Seattle businesses, property owners and residents is suing the city over its tolerance of an “occupied” protest zone, saying officials have been complicit in depriving them of their rights to their property.
The plaintiffs, including a tattoo parlor and auto repair shop, emphasized in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that they were not trying to undermine the anti-police-brutality or Black Lives Matter messaging of the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest.”
“This lawsuit is about the constitutional and other legal rights of Plaintiffs—businesses, employees, and residents in and around CHOP—which have been overrun by the City of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large. The City’s decision has subjected businesses, employees, and residents of that neighborhood to extensive property damage, public safety dangers, and an inability to use and access their properties,” the lawsuit reads.
DML: Excellent move. But the officials have to be sued personally. It is time to strike back in incredible force using proper channels like the courts and voting booths.
3. Black Lives Matter leader states if US ‘doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system’
Fox News reports: Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome joined “The Story” Wednesday to discuss the direction of the movement in the wake of George Floyd’s death in police custody and the subsequent demonstrations across the country, many of which have sparked destruction and violence.
“I said,” Newsome told the host, “if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right? And I could be speaking … figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.”
“Let’s observe the history of the 1960s, when black people were rioting,” he went on. “We had the highest growth in wealth, in property ownership. Think about the last few weeks since we started protesting. There have been eight cops fired across the country.”
At the conclusion of the interview, Newsome told MacCallum, “I just want black liberation and black sovereignty, by any means necessary.”
DML: And this is why I am a stock holder in Smith & Wesson.
4. ‘Occupy City Hall’ protesters demand $1B budget cut for NYPD
The Hill reports: Protesters calling themselves “Occupy City Hall” have camped out in New York to call for a cut of at least $1 billion to the city’s police department budget.
The more than 100 protesters began camping out in front of New York City’s City Hall beginning Tuesday night, and say they will stay there until their demand is met.
The cut would represent one-sixth of the New York Police Department’s $6 billion budget. The protesters say the money should be redistributed to “community reinvestment” like social services, housing, health care and education.
Sun just about setting on day 2— mkre and more folks turning out. come join the movement!@NYCMayor @NYCSpeakerCoJo it’s time to listen to the ppl. defund the NYPD by AT LEAST $1 billion#OccupyCityHall #DefundNYPD pic.twitter.com/bp658Baa5n
— Biz Berthy (@BizBerthy) June 25, 2020
DML: It must be nice not to have a job and sit on your ass all day. Let them rot on the streets of these cities. The rest of us will continue on with daily life and wonder how long until the so-called “movement” collapses on itself.
5. Researchers Lower Forecast for U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Even as Cases Climb
The NY Times reports: A newly revised model projects the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 will reach nearly 180,000 by October, down 22,000 from the last forecast despite several recent weeks of rising case numbers, researchers said on Wednesday.
But the latest forecast from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) also predicts that some 33,000 lives would be saved if at least 95% of Americans consistently wear face coverings in public.
The new IHME worst-case forecast – 179,106 U.S. lives lost by Oct. 1 – was revised downward from the 201,000 deaths projected on June 15.
DML: I don’t know about you, but I put ZERO faith in these forecasts. I respect the danger of COVID-19, especially being someone over 50, but I will continue to march to my own drum. In other words, I’ll continue to boost my immune system and let it fight for me in the way God intended my body to fight. I don’t recall God giving me a mask or hand sanitizer.
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