Today is July 20 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 – Graham warns Dems aim to sneak ‘amnesty’ into infrastructure deal that can pass without a GOP vote
Fox News reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News on Monday that the Democratic push to add amnesty to the multi-trillion-dollar “infrastructure package” is a “power grab” that may be the dumbest idea in the history of the White House and Senate while there is a border crisis unfolding.
“If you give one person legal status there will be a run on our border like you have never seen before…the dumbest idea in the history of the Senate, the history of the White House. It will lead to the breakdown of law and order beyond what you see today,” Graham told “The Ingraham Angle.”
He laid into Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for attempting to pass — without any Republican support — a monstrous $3.5 trillion budget resolution that he said has not even been written.
“It’s a power grab,” Graham said. He said the package doesn’t have a “damn thing to do with infrastructure.”
DML: Here comes the fundamental transformation.
2 – Construction to Make Black Lives Matter Plaza Permanent Has Started
The Washingtonian reported on Monday: Black Lives Matter Plaza is once again open only to pedestrians, starting today. All traffic lanes are closing to car traffic while the city undertakes work to make the plaza a permanent installation. Construction is expected to run through October.
Sidewalks and access to businesses will remain open during the project. But all northbound and southbound lanes will be closed on 16th Street NW between H and K streets NW.
While the lanes are closed, the District’s transportation department will install roadway pavers, bollards, and the permanent BLM mural. A rendering of the design, below, shows two exterior lanes for car traffic, and an interior pedestrian plaza sectioned off by the bollards.
Construction to make #BlackLivesMatter Plaza a permanent installation will begin on Monday and is expected to conclude by October 1.
🚗 16th Street NW b/t H and K Sts will be closed to through traffic
🚶 Sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians
— DDOT DC (@DDOTDC) July 16, 2021
Construction work to make Black Lives Matter Plaza a permanent installation starts today and is expected to run through October.
During construction, the plaza will only be open to pedestrians. https://t.co/7QSmM1Ecms
— Washingtonian (@washingtonian) July 19, 2021
DML: Where’s the White Lives Matter plaza?
3 – Woke Ben & Jerry’s is slammed by Israeli leaders for over latest political stunt attacking Israel
The Daily Mail reports: Ben & Jerry’s said it will stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying the sales in the territories sought by the Palestinians are ‘inconsistent with our values.’
The announcement on Monday by the Vermont-based ice cream company was slammed by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a former leader of the West Bank settlement movement who called it ‘an immoral decision and I believe that it will turn out to be a business mistake, too.’
Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also slammed the decision, tweeting that: ‘Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy’.
Now we Israelis know which ice cream NOT to buy 🇮🇱💪 https://t.co/j7VNpIWX0f
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) July 19, 2021
The company informed its longstanding licensee – responsible for manufacturing and distributing the ice cream in Israel – that it will not renew the license agreement when it expires at the end of next year, according to a statement posted on the Vermont-based company’s website.
The Ben & Jerry’s statement cited ‘the concerns shared with us by our fans and trusted partners.’
Bennett tweeted, “Ben & Jerry’s decided to brand itself as an anti-Israel ice cream. This is a morally wrong decision and I believe it will also turn out to be a business mistake. The boycott of Israel – a democracy surrounded by terrorist islands – reflects a complete loss of way. The boycott does not work and will not work and we will fight it with all our might.”
גלידות יש הרבה, מדינה – יש לנו רק אחת.
בן אנד ג׳ריס החליטה למתג את עצמה כגלידה אנטי-ישראלית.
זו החלטה שגויה מוסרית ואני מאמין שתתברר גם כשגויה עסקית.
החרם על ישראל- דמוקרטיה מוקפת איי טרור – משקף אובדן דרך מוחלט.
החרם לא עובד ולא יעבוד ונילחם בו בכל הכח.
— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) July 19, 2021
The Independent Board of @benandjerrys issued a statement saying: “We believe it is inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”
— BDS movement (@BDSmovement) July 19, 2021
DML: And now I know which ice cream NOT to buy!
4 – Sixth member of Texas Democratic delegation tests positive for Covid, group will stop releasing numbers of cases
NBC News reports: A sixth member of the delegation of Texas Democrats in Washington, D.C. tested positive for Covid-19, a spokesperson told NBC News on Monday.
Cara Santucci, the spokeswoman for the Texas House Democrats confirmed the case and said the undisclosed member is self-isolating.
She initially said last week the delegation would provide daily rapid tests for its members and their staffers who are in the nation’s Capitol. But in a Monday statement, she said the delegation will no longer release a daily Covid case count.
“We’re focusing on our daily testing, following and going beyond CDC guidelines, social distancing and wearing masks as much as possible. We’re just not going to release daily counts,” she said.
Let our mistake be the object lesson.
All of us had been fully vaccinated since March. We got complacent because we felt safe. We had no positives for months, and we got sloppy.
Being vaccinated doesn’t ALWAYS stop you from spreading the virus.
ALWAYS MASK UP INDOORS! pic.twitter.com/aeCPxvacxD
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) July 19, 2021
The lesson here is that:
🔵 Delta is more contagious & spreading fast
🔵 Vaccine will stop infection for ~90%
🔵 10% who get it will have mild symptoms
🔵 If vaccinated, still need to mask up indoors in case you’re an ASYMPTOMATIC spreader
🔵 GET TESTED IMMEDIATE if any signs
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) July 19, 2021
Everytime you see this picture posted, comment on it… that it’s a reminder to get FULLY VACCINATED and to MASK UP INDOORS.
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) July 19, 2021
“All the sacrifices… are worth it!”
— Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) July 20, 2021
DLM: This better create a HUGE RED WAVE in Texas!
5 – Negative emotions hit record high in 2020
The Hill reports: The percentage of people feeling negative emotions hit a record high last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.
The latest Negative Experience Index from Gallup, which tracks and analyzes the emotions and feelings of people in more than 100 countries and areas around the world, found collective emotions had reached their worst point in 15 years of reporting.
Four in 10 adults said they had experienced worry or stress, Gallup found, and almost three in 10 said they had experienced physical pain. About one in four, 27 percent, indicated they had experienced sadness and 24 percent reported anger.
Stress levels increased 5 percentage points, from 35 percent in 2019 to 40 percent in 2020. The polling giant said the latest percentage represents nearly 190 million more people globally who experienced stress.
DML: There was absolutely no need for this to happen!
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