DML Morning Briefing Mon. Nov. 8: Biden, Big Bird, Border, Burglaries and more…
Today is November 8 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning.
1 – Rush at the borders as miles-long lines of cars wait to cross into US on first day pandemic travel ban is lifted
The New York Post reports: The US reopened its borders Monday after 20 months of travel restrictions — immediately creating wild miles-long lines of cars waiting to cross over from Canada and Mexico.
The strict restrictions, first imposed by the Trump administration in March 2020, had barred access to non-US citizens traveling from 33 countries as well as overland entry from Mexico and Canada.
But starting Monday, fully vaccinated travelers are now allowed again, with tourists rushing to make long-delayed trips and overseas family members finally able to reconnect with loved ones.
Unvaccinated travelers are now also allowed for “essential” trips, a leeway that will end in January when all visitors need to have been jabbed.
Before sunrise, lines of cars as far as the eye could see were lining up on the US-Mexico border, with the Ciudad Juarez government having to implement special system to direct the overwhelming surge of traffic.
DML: A chaotic border rush – even a legal one – means theres no way border agents have time to properly inspect these vehicles to see who and what is in them.
2 – San Francisco Chronicle ripped for asking if residents should ‘tolerate burglaries’
Fox News reports: Social media users wondered if the San Francisco Chronicle had published satire when the outlet asked if residents should start to “tolerate” burglaries as part of their every day life amid a recent crime surge.
San Francisco has seen an increase in shootings, assaults, shoplifting, car break-ins and more in recent months. The city’s Central District, by way of example, experienced a 753% increase in car break-ins from May 2020 to May 2021. More than 150 families were so fearful they even hired private security to protect their property.
The rate of burglaries has been particularly concerning. As of Oct. 31, San Francisco police had received reports of 810 burglaries or attempted burglaries this year in the jurisdiction of the Mission District Police Station, a 13% increase from this time last year, according to the Chronicle.
“Residents and city leaders are searching for answers: should they tolerate burglaries as a part of city living, and focus on barricading homes? Should repeat offenders get rehabilitation services, or be incarcerated so they can’t commit more crimes?” the outlet tweeted.
DML: “Tolerate burglaries.” Sorta like, “Lower expectations.” Or paying illegals who crossed the border. Have Democrats lost their MINDS?
3 – Joe Biden Praises Big Bird for Getting Coronavirus Vaccine
Breitbart reports: President Joe Biden praised the fictional character Big Bird on Sunday for getting the coronavirus vaccine, as the administration begins a new push to get all children ages 5-11 to get vaccinated.
The president’s Twitter account replied to a message from Big Bird’s social media account informing everyone that it was vaccinated.
“I got the COVID-19 vaccine today!” Big Bird’s account read. “My wing is feeling a little sore, but it’ll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy.”
“Good on ya, Big Bird,” Biden’s account replied. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to keep your whole neighborhood safe.”
DML: Magoo and Big Bird. What a pair. What a JOKE. What an embarrassment to our great nation.
4 – Flood of opiates across border ‘worst it’s ever been’ and could destroy country, retired DEA leader warns
Fox News reports: The recently retired head of the El Paso division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warned that the influx of drugs through the U.S. southern border has never been seen before and threatens to destroy the country.
“It’s the worst it’s ever been,” said Kyle W. Williamson during an interview last month with El Paso Times. “There’s no good news here. And the amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl coming in right now is unprecedented.”
Williamson, who retired this year after 30 years of service, also warned about a looming drug cartel war in Juárez and cautioned against the consequences of drug legalization.
“These counterfeit pills are easy to purchase, widely available, and often contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal,” the DEA warned.
“While there will be pundits and people out there who’ll disagree [about drug legalization] and they’ll take the small extreme things and make them big, but the reality is that drugs will destroy this country; it will destroy our society if we continue at the pace that we are [going],” warned Williamson.
DML: This is the cost of Biden’s open borders.
5 – Top Biden officials urging school administrators to help get students vaccinated
The Hill reports: Top Biden administration officials are urging school administrators to help students get vaccinated, days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a vaccine for young children.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona penned a letter to superintendents and elementary school principals on Monday, pleading with them to assist in the vaccination push for young children following the CDC’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for kids ages five to 11.
“Today we reach out to you with encouragement for you to actively support the vaccination process for children in your state, territories, county, tribes, communities, and schools,” the two officials wrote.
Specifically, Becerra and Cardona are asking school administrators to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics at their facilities to offer on-site inoculation, distribute information about the vaccine to all families that have children ages five to 11 to they have facts and figures from a trusted source, and host conversations about the vaccine with school communities in partnership with doctors and other trusted local medical voices.
DML: Schools should teach reading and math and let DOCTORS and PARENTS handle health issues for the children. Who agrees with me?