DML Morning Briefing January 9: I’m sorry, did you say white privilege?
Today is January 9 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.U.S. bases in Japan to come under tighter COVID-19 controls
TOKYO, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The United States has agreed to impose stricter COVID-19 measures at U.S. military bases in Japan, a U.S.-Japan joint statement said on Sunday, amid concerns that outbreaks at bases have fuelled infection in local communities.
For two weeks starting Monday, the movement of U.S. forces personnel outside base facilities will be restricted to essential activities, said the joint statement by the Japanese government and U.S. forces in Japan.
DML: Quarantine the most healthy people in the world? The US Gov’t has lost its mind.
2.Biden administration guidance prioritizes race in administering COVID drugs
Fox News – Guidance issued by the Biden administration states certain individuals may be considered “high risk” and more quickly qualify for monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals used to treat COVID-19 based on their “race or ethnicity.”
In a fact sheet issued for healthcare providers by the Food and Drug Administration, the federal agency approved emergency use authorizations of sotrovimab – a monoclonal antibody proven to be effective against the Omicron variant – only to patients considered “high risk.”
The guidance, updated in December 2021, says “medical conditions or factors” such as “race or ethnicity” have the potential to “place individual patients at high risk for progression to severe COVID-19,” adding that the “authorization of sotrovimab under the EUA is not limited to” other factors outlined by the agency.
DML: Cool, I guess it’s open season on statistics when it comes to race and ethnicity? Therefore, is it fair to say that considering blacks are more prone to violent crimes then whites should be hired for the job before blacks?
3.Sister-in-law of former Michigan House Speaker accuses him of raping her for YEARS
Daily Mail – A sister-in-law of Michigan’s former House Speaker has been identified as the woman who has accused the Republican lawmaker of raping her for more than a decade – with the sexual abuse starting when she was a 15-year-old student at a Christian academy where he was a teacher.
Rebekah Chatfield, 26, came forward to detail her ordeal after filing the criminal complaint against Lee Chatfield last month, accusing Michigan’s youngest House speaker in more than a century of sexually assaulting her multiple times while she attended Northern Michigan Christian Academy, which was run by his family.
Lee Chatfield, 33, who was elected in 2014, was the House Speaker in 2019 and 2020 and headed the delegation of seven Michigan GOP leaders who met with then-President Donald Trump at the White House as he tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the state.
The abuse by the married politician, who left office in 2021 due to term limits, continued through last year, according to the complaint.
Michigan police on Thursday said they are investigating her allegations.
DML: I have no idea what to write about this one, I think I’ll pass for the time being.
4.Facebook censors Catholic charity’s campaign to protect Christian women exposed to violence in Muslim countries
JihadWatch.com – A UK-based Catholic charity has accused Facebook of censoring its campaign to protect Christian women who have been exposed to violence in predominantly Muslim countries.
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) had launched a digital campaign in November to raise awareness of the violence often experienced by persecuted Catholic women in Islamic countries, and had chosen to spend money on Facebook to promote its posts.
However, the social media giant opted to severely restrict the organization’s ability to publish adverts online on Facebook, whilst simultaneously banning the charity from its affiliated platforms, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook restricted the ACN’s campaign by 90 percent in November, explaining to the charity that it had taken the measures to limit the charity’s reach due to a number of users reporting the ads as “offensive, misleading, sexually inappropriate” or “violent.”
DML: I have $100 that says if it was flipped, if it was a Muslim group exposing Catholic violence on Islamic women then the ads would stand.
5.Iowa Labor Commissioner Refuses to Enforce Biden Vaccine Mandate: ‘It Is Not Necessary’
Breitbart – Iowa’s labor commissioner has announced the state will not enforce the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate meant for businesses with 100 workers or more.
In a statement, Commissioner Rod Roberts explained that “after reviewing the mandate — Iowa will not adopt the federal standard,” KCCI reported Saturday.
Roberts continued: “Iowa doesn’t have a standard requiring the Covid-19 vaccine or testing. But after closely reviewing the federal OSHA Vaccine Mandate, Iowa has determined it will not adopt the federal standard. Iowa has concluded that it is not necessary because Iowa’s existing standards are at least as effective as the federal standard change.”
In response to Roberts’ move, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) issued a statement in which she commended his decision:“We are going to continue to protect the freedoms and liberties of Iowans. The Biden Administration continues to ignore the constitutional rights afforded to all Americans, which our country was built on,” Reynolds noted.
DML: Amen. Amen. Amen. Let’s end this sh*t once and for all.