Today is December 8 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 – Texas Sues Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin at Supreme Court over Election Rules
Breitbart reports: The State of Texas filed a lawsuit directly with the U.S. Supreme Court shortly before midnight on Monday challenging the election procedures in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on the grounds that they violate the Constitution.
Texas argues that these states violated the Electors Clause of the Constitution because they made changes to voting rules and procedures through the courts or through executive actions, but not through the state legislatures. Additionally, Texas argues that there were differences in voting rules and procedures in different counties within the states, violating the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. Finally, Texas argues that there were “voting irregularities” in these states as a result of the above.
Texas is asking the Supreme Court to order the states to allow their legislatures to appoint their electors. Texas approached the Supreme Court directly because Article III provides that it is the court of first impression on subjects where it has original jurisdiction, such as disputes between two or more states.
DML: Go Texas! Maybe all the red states should join in!
2 – Cruz explains why he agreed to argue Pa. election case if Supreme Court takes it up
Fox News reports: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told “Hannity” Monday that he agreed to present oral arguments before the Supreme Court in a key election-related case — should the high court take the matter up — because the matter “raises very serious issues.”
The case brought by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Pennsylvania GOP congressional candidate Sean Parnell, alleges that a 2019 state law allowing no-excuse mail-in voting is unconstitutional. If the court agrees, according to KDKA, Kelly and Parnell said most of the commonwealth’s mail-in votes in this past presidential election could be thrown out.
The plaintiffs argue that the state does not have grounds to allow non-absentee vote-by-mail without a constitutional amendment. Nearly 30 Republican members of the state legislature have signed a document in amicus with Kelly and Parnell’s case.
I believe #SCOTUS should choose to take the case and hear the appeal because we need the Supreme Court to step in and ensure we are following the Constitution and following the law. pic.twitter.com/BGvU4DceX5
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 8, 2020
DML: It ain’t over till it’s over!
3 – Minnesota resident’s Christmas light display shamed for ‘harmful impact’ to community in anonymous letter
Fox News reports: An unidentified St. Anthony, Minnesota resident has received an anonymous letter on Monday chastising them for their Christmas light display.
“The idea of twinkling, colorful lights are a reminder of divisions that continue to run through our society, a reminder of systemic biases against our neighbors who don’t celebrate Christmas or who can’t afford to put up lights of their own,” the letter, shared by Crime Watch Minneapolis, reads. “We must do work of educating ourselves about the harmful impact an outward facing display like yours can have.”
The letter then challenges the resident to “respect the dignity of all people, while striving to learn from differences, ideas, and opinions of our neighbors.”
“We must come together collectively and challenge these institutional inequities,” the letter concludes. “St. Anthony is a community welcoming of all people and we must demand better for ourselves.”
St. Anthony resident receives anonymous letter chastising them for their Christmas light display and calls it a reminder of “systemic biases against our neighbors who don’t celebrate Christmas or can’t afford to put up lights of their own.”
It further calls the lights “harmful.” pic.twitter.com/Xh11jbnswz
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) December 7, 2020
Saw this coming a long time ago. “If I can’t have it nobody can” or “ if they have it we all deserve it” that’s not life.
— Derek Anderson (@DAnderson314) December 7, 2020
I’m a Muslim and don’t celebrate Christmas. I wish I knew this home owner so I can help them put on more Christmas lights. These nut jobs do not speak for people like me and others.
— Saladin (@EgyptStrong) December 7, 2020
I own a Christmas lighting company. I will gladly add some free lights to your house. Message me.
— Preston Palmer (@PrestonPalmer) December 8, 2020
If I got a letter like this, I would make my Christmas light display so large you could see it from space
— Kevin Boyd (@TheKevinBoyd) December 8, 2020
DML: Well, we knew this was coming! Write YOUR response to this in the comments section at the bottom of this briefing. Keep it clean!
4 – Cornell Offers Minority Students Exemption from Mandatory Vaccine
Free Beacon reports: Cornell University offers minority students an exemption from its flu vaccine requirement, citing the United States’ “longstanding systemic racism and health inequities” as justification.
Cornell’s health-requirement guidelines, which were first reported by Campus Reform, mandate that students studying on campus receive a flu vaccination. The university offers an exemption, however, for “students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color” and have concerns about being required to take the vaccine.
The university cited current and historical systemic racism as an acceptable reason for minority students to seek an exemption.
“It is understandable that the current Compact requirements may feel suspect or even exploitative to some BIPOC members of the Cornell community,” a university outline of the exemption reads. “Additionally, recent acts of violence against Black people by law enforcement may contribute to feelings of distrust or powerlessness.”
DML: You just can’t make this stuff up! Or should I say, “You can’t fix stupid!”
5 – Goya Foods CEO: We Made AOC ‘Employee of the Month’ After Her Boycott Boosted Sales
Breitbart reports: Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue said his company named Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) its employee of the month after an increase in sales following the New York Democrat’s call for a boycott of his firm.
“She was actually our employee of the month,” Unanue said on Monday’s edition of the Michael Berry Show. “I don’t know if you know about this, because when she boycotted us our sales actually increased 1000 percent, so we gave her an honorary — we never were able to hand it to her — but she got employee of the month for bringing attention to Goya and our adobo.”
Unanue added, “Actually, our adobo sales did very well after she said make your own adobo. … She’s our hero. She helped boost sales tremendously.”
After Unanue praised President Trump at a White House event last summer, saying the United States was “blessed” to have a leader like President Trump, Ocasio-Cortez joined other Democrats and celebrity leftists in calling for a boycott of Goya products.
Oh look, it’s the sound of me Googling “how to make your own Adobo” https://t.co/YOScAcyAnC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 10, 2020
6 – Trump to sign coronavirus vaccine executive order prioritizing Americans over foreign nations
Fox News reports: President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that will ensure all Americans have access to the coronavirus vaccine before the U.S. government begins aiding nations around the world, Fox News has learned.
Senior administration officials told Fox News Monday that the president will reemphasize to the American people that the “priority has been an America First approach,” during a vaccine summit at the White House Tuesday.
“The priority is to make sure we distribute these vaccines to Americans before we start shipping them around the world to get international access,” an official told Fox News, predicting that international assistance could come “late spring, early summer,” and after they “achieve vaccinating those who have a desire to be vaccinated.”
DML: I’m not taking it, but I totally agree with “America First.”
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