DML Morning Briefing: Mon. Dec. 13
By Team DML
Today is December 13 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. 11
1 – FEMA administrator blames climate change for deadly tornado outbreak
Fox News reports: Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell laid blame on climate change for the deadly tornado outbreak over the weekend, claiming such disasters will be the “new normal” from now on.
“This is going to be our new normal,” Criswell said during an appearance on CNN Sunday. “The effects we are seeing of climate change are the crisis of our generation,” Criswell said. “We’re taking a lot of efforts at FEMA to work with communities to help reduce the impacts that we’re seeing from these severe weather events and help to develop system-wide projects that can help protect communities.”
Criswell’s comments come after a tornado outbreak terrorized parts of the Midwest on Friday and Saturday, with more than 100 people feared dead and leaving thousands without power throughout much of Kentucky, Illinois, and Arkansas.
DML: I believe it’s called WEATHER.
2 – Harris announces new private-sector commitments to Central America
The Hill Reports: Vice President Harris on Monday announced that additional companies will invest millions to improve the economy in Central America as part of her effort to address the root causes of migration.
The new commitments are part of a “call to action” that Harris announced in May. White House officials said that they bring the total of investments the vice president has secured to $1.2 billion.
Among the new commitments, PepsiCo is promising to invest $190 million in the Northern Triangle countries through 2025 to improve its plants and expand distribution routes; Parkdale Mills will spend $150 million to build a new yarn-spinning facility in Honduras; and the humanitarian organization CARE International is spending $50 million to establish a new Center for Gender Equity to support women and young people in Central America.
The group also includes Microsoft, Mastercard, the coffee company JDE Peet’s, and Cargill.
Harris will discuss the new commitments during a roundtable event Monday afternoon at the White House that is part of a virtual conference organized by the State Department, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for Central America, a White House official said.
DML: What about investing in American citizens, and enforcing our borders?
3 – Biden and Democrats lose grip on Latino and Hispanic voters
The Washington Examiner reports: Democrats are losing their edge with Latino and Hispanic voters, and prominent members of the minority community are sounding the alarm to President Joe Biden and their Capitol Hill colleagues before next year’s midterm cycle.
Democrats no longer have an advantage with Latino and Hispanic voters when they were asked whether they would support their local Democratic or Republican congressional candidate if the midterm elections were held today, according to a Wall Street Journal poll last week .
Last year, more than 60% told pollsters they would cast a ballot for their House Democratic contender, researchers found. This month, 37% said they would make the same choice, while the same percentage would back the Republican. Roughly 1 in 5 remained undecided.
Republicans are undermining Democrats’ stranglehold on the Latino and Hispanic vote as Biden’s Justice Department sues states such as Georgia over its election integrity laws and Texas over its redistricting proposal, both of which it argues discriminate against minorities, according to Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos.
DML: People are waking up!
4 – Fordham University lecturer fired after mixing up names of two Black students
Fox News reports: A Fordham University lecturer was fired after allegedly mixing up the names of two Black students in his class.
According to The Observer, Christopher Trogan, a lecturer in Fordham University’s English department was terminated because of his response to an incident on Sept. 24 where he mixed up the names of two students who walked into class late. The students allegedly felt disrespected after the incident and believed the mistake was made because the two are both Black.
Trogan emailed his students in the Composition II class shortly after the incident occurred and addressed the mixup, apologizing for what he did.
“The offended student assumed my mistake was because I confused that student with another Black student,” Trogan said in the email. “I have done my best to validate and reassure the offended student that I made a simple, human, error. It has nothing to do with race.”
Eva Badowska, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences and associate vice president, arts and sciences, told Trogan on Sept. 26 that he was suspended from his job with pay and benefits, noting that he was under investigation by Fordham University.
Badowska notified Trogan that he was terminated on Oct. 29. However, Trogan said in an email to students following the termination that he wasn’t informed of why he was being investigated until his termination.
DML: Wokeness is literally driving people to the brink!
5 – Thousands protest in Prague against COVID vaccine mandate
The Associated Press reports: PRAGUE (AP) — Several thousand people marched through the Czech capital on Sunday, protesting a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for certain groups including people age 60 and over.
The participants didn’t wear face coverings or follow social distancing rules despite a request by police to do so. One person was detained.
The protesters, chanting “Freedom!” alleged their constitutional rights are being violated. They said they weren’t against voluntary vaccination but opposed a vaccine mandate.
The outgoing government released an order this week, making vaccination mandatory for the 60 and over age group, as well as medical personnel, police officers, firefighters and medical students.
DML: People are fed up – everywhere!