Today is October 8 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this evening. I hope you share this evening briefing, as doing so will help others learn about the BEST SOURCE for political news you can TRUST! And don’t forget to download the free DML News App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day, every day!
1 – Psaki pins blame for Biden’s ‘really terrible polls’ on unvaccinated Americans, Delta variant
Fox News reports: White House press secretary Jen Psaki was grilled Friday about President Biden’s poor polling numbers.
Psaki placed at least some of the blame on Americans “who’ve decided not to get vaccinated.”
“I would say that this is a really tough time in our country,” Psaki responded. “We’re still battling COVID, and a lot of people thought we’d be through it, including us.”
“And because of the rise of the Delta variant, because of the fact that, even though it was a vaccine that was approved under a Republican administration, even though we now have full FDA approval, and even though it’s widely available across the country, we still have … 20% of the country who’ve decided not to get vaccinated,” she added.
REPORTER: “What do you make of these really terrible polls?”@PressSec: “This is a really tough time in our country…we still have 20% of the country who’ve decided not to get vaccinated.” pic.twitter.com/1YJCx39J8g
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 8, 2021
DML: A Quinnipiac University survey released on Wednesday revealed that Biden’s approval rating stands at just 38%, with disapproval at 53%. And Psaki wants to blame it on those of us who have refused the Covid vaccine…. just can’t make this stuff up!
2 – Parents rip de Blasio for ‘abominable’ plan to end Gifted and Talented program
New York Post reports: New York City parents ripped Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “extremely disappointing” and “abominable“ plan to ax the public school system’s Gifted and Talented program in his final months in office.
Public school parents in the five boroughs told The Post that the lame-duck mayor’s proposal, announced Friday, to phase out the coveted exclusive education model by next fall — after he leaves Gracie Mansion at the end of 2021– is the wrong call for students in the Department of Education system.
The current Gifted and Talented program for New York City’s elementary schools was instituted under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It offers accelerated classes and specialized advanced curriculum for students who qualify.
The program controversially required that children be tested at 4-years-old for admission…. Under de Blasio’s plan, released Friday morning, current students in the G & T accelerated-learning classes will be able to remain in them until completion. But new cohorts will be completely eliminated by fall 2022, putting an end to the current system wherein 4-year-old city kids are tested.
Today, we announced a plan to deliver accelerated instruction for tens of thousands of children, as opposed to a select few. Brilliant NYC continues the work of equity and excellence by making sure every single student in our schools has the opportunity to succeed.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 8, 2021
Below are just a few of the responses pouring in:
So the 99% of students not on the gifted track haven’t had the opportunity to succeed? How long you been mayor?
— Joe Vols (@THEjoevols) October 8, 2021
It’s inherently racist to call gifted programs racist. Let that sink in.
— bluhorseshoe212 (@bluhorseshoe212) October 8, 2021
One result will be that lot of us middle class parents who cannot afford a private school or to live on a fancy area with great public schools will pack and move to LI or Jersey.
— Timo Partanen (@Tiksa) October 8, 2021
No, you just gave the parents of highly talented students a reason to move to the suburbs.
— Dave S. (@dps5400) October 8, 2021
You promised to engage parents and educators in discussions, you instead went ahead and made some random decision, announced it ahead of a 3 day weekend, 3 months before you leave office & didn’t tell any school admin. What is wrong with you? @nytimes @nypost @NYDailyNews @NY1
— Edmond (@Edmond48654887) October 8, 2021
You can’t even get substitute teachers. Where are you going to get hundreds of teachers certified in accelerated Ed?
— Incindery 🔥 (@Incindery1) October 8, 2021
You always seem to find a way to level down rather than lift up. What a misguided effort. No, gifted and talented track is not responsible for the terrible failure of your schools, you are. I think this must stem from some psychological need on your part to deflect & shift blame.
— Matthewfraser (@Matchewpichu) October 8, 2021
DML: Matthew hit it right on the head… The Democrats’ and socialists’ idea of “equity” is to bring gifted people down, instead of helping others to rise up!
3 – Biden Issues First-ever Presidential Proclamation for ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’
Breitbart reports: President Joe Biden issued the first-ever presidential proclamation for Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Friday, adopting a practice long pushed by the left as a replacement for Columbus Day, which is said to be offensive to Native American communities.
Biden’s proclamation recognized Monday — the day the federal government will observe Columbus Day — as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and declared, in part:
For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society. We also recommit to supporting a new, brighter future of promise and equity for Tribal Nations — a future grounded in Tribal sovereignty and respect for the human rights of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world.
He also issued a separate proclamation for Columbus Day, casting it as a holiday of importance to “Italian Americans,” but adding that it marked “the painful history of wrongs and atrocities that many European explorers inflicted on Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities.”
Today, @POTUS signed a proclamation declaring October 11, 2021, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, honoring America’s first inhabitants and in celebration of the many Tribal Nations across #IndianCountry that continue to thrive today.
— National Congress of American Indians (@NCAI1944) October 8, 2021
Monday is still Columbus Day, and always will be Columbus Day, despite the far left Biden administration’s attempts to undermine it.
— Nile Gardiner (@NileGardiner) October 8, 2021
DML: Just more of the “fundamental transformation” of America.
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