DML Morning Briefing Thurs. Dec. 9: The Divided States of America
By Team DML
Today is December 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.
1– Los Angeles school board fires 500 unvaccinated employees
The Associated Press reports: Nearly 500 Los Angeles Unified School District employees were fired this week for refusing to comply with a mandate that they get vaccinated against COVID-19, while some 34,000 students have not yet been vaccinated as required.
The school board voted 7-0 in separate motions on Tuesday to terminate 496 employees, who make up less than 1% of the district’s approximately 73,000 workers.
Most of those fired had likely been on leave since mid-October when LAUSD staffers were to have received at least their first vaccine dose, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. Employees were required to receive their second dose by Nov. 15.
“Parting ways with individuals who choose not to be vaccinated is an extremely difficult, but necessary decision to ensure the safety of all in our school communities,” interim Superintendent Megan Reilly said in a statement. “We wish everyone the best in their future endeavors and encourage everyone to get vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, with thousands of students not yet complying with the mandate, there’s no longer enough time for kids who have not gotten their first shot to be fully inoculated by the Jan. 10 start of the second semester, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In Los Angeles, students who are not fully vaccinated — or exempt — will be forced into the district’s independent study program or will have to leave the Los Angeles public school system.
DML: So, without a vaccine, you can’t have a job, can’t get an education, can’t go out to dinner, can’t function in society. Let the lawsuits begin!
2 – Guatemalan president says he’s had no direct contact with White House since border czar Harris’ June meeting
Fox News reports: Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei told Fox News’ John Roberts in an exclusive interview Wednesday that he has not spoken with the White House since Vice President Kamala Harris, the Biden administration’s border czar, met him in Guatemala City over the summer.
Giammattei said that there is “much to be done” to fix the migration crisis affecting both nations, as Guatemalans flee, often illegally, into the United States.
On Harris’ stated focus on “root causes” of migration in Central America, Giammattei suggested on “America Reports” that the crisis is not a single-faceted issue.
“First of all, migration can’t be stopped on the basis of circumstantial causes. It needs to be stopped on the basis of structural causes,” he said, pointing to the drug cartels that are largely in Mexico who also smuggle Guatemalans and other humans into the U.S.
“It’s a big business to run trafficking-person schemes. It’s a $4 billion business for these criminals. And therefore we need to address structural causes,” Giammattei added.
Roberts asked if it seems “odd” that Harris and Biden have not spoken to him directly since their meeting, despite the ongoing crisis intensifying on the continent.
“We had many conversations with your ambassador, but [between] my presidency and the White House, no. I spoke once to Joe Biden because I introduced myself. Then we had the visit of Vice President Harris. On matters of state and migration, we had Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas. Aside from that direct communication, no we have not had it.”
DML: The Biden administration never intended to solve the illegal immigration crisis. That whole trip was a great big fraud, and even Giammattei knows it.
3 – SURVEY: 71% Of Young Democrats Say They Wouldn’t Date Republicans, Nearly 40% Say No To Friend Zone
The Daily Caller reports: College-level Democrats overwhelmingly dismiss dating partners that hold opposing political views when compared to college-level Republicans, a new poll by Axios-Generation Lab released on Tuesday showed.
The study sampled 850 demographically representative college students from 2-year and 4-year schools between Nov. 18-22. The margin of error is +/- 3.4 points.
The results of the survey show 37% of college-level Democrats might not consider someone’s friendship if they held an opposing political view, compared to 5% of college-level Republicans.
DML: We are now the Divided States of America. Thanks a lot, Democrats.
4 – Fauci: Americans Should Require Holiday Guests to Prove Vaccination Status
Breitbart reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested Wednesday that Americans should require holiday guests to prove they are vaccinated.
During a live streaming session hosted by the Washington Post, Fauci pushed the hosts of holiday parties to demand the vaccination status of guests before they enter the gathering.
“People should, if they invite people over to their home, to essentially ask and maybe require that people show evidence that they are vaccinated,” Fauci said in a Republican National Committee’s clip of the stream.
“That is the reality of the situation,” Fauci said about his recommended restrictions, noting the rules make vaccinated people feel “comfortable”:
Also, this one…. WATCH:
DML: Fauci is forgetting one thing – America is the land of the FREE!! Or have most Americans forgotten this too?
5 – NY judge says 11-year-old must get COVID vax in messy divorce ruling
The New York Post reports: An upstate New York judge has sided with a mother in ordering her 11-year-old daughter to get vaccinated against COVID-19 — despite the father’s concerns.
Jeannie Figer in late November brought her estranged husband, Donald Figer, back to court in their 2012 divorce case to ask a judge to allow her to vaccinate her daughter over Donald’s objections.
Donald — a scientist and college professor “at one of the area’s premier institutions” — asked his ex not to rush to vaccinate their young daughter, saying there hadn’t been any studies conducted on the long-term side effects, according to court papers.
But Monroe County Supreme Court Justice Richard Dollinger disagreed, saying time is of the essence when it comes to getting the girl protected.
“Waiting — to be ‘sure,’ as the father asks — is simply untenable, when the specter of a killing or incapacitating disease is swirling in the environment surrounding this young girl,” Dollinger said in his ruling from Friday.
Dollinger ordered Jeannie to schedule an appointment for her daughter to get the shot immediately.
DML: I don’t even recognize my country anymore. This is not the America I grew up in.