DML Morning Briefing Mon. May 10: Attack on mothers, fuel source at risk, veterans insulted, and more…
By Team DML
Today is May 10 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 – Squad member refers to women as ‘birthing people’ just before Mother’s Day
The nation celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday, but another bizarre term was making headlines, after Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist, referred to women on Thursday as “birthing people.”
Bush used the term during a Democratic oversight committee hearing on Thursday where she criticized treatment of black pregnant women, sharing stories about her own children and pregnancies.
“Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain,” she tweeted with a video of her remarks. “My children almost became a statistic. I almost became a statistic. I testified about my experience @OversightDems today. Hear us. Believe us. Because for so long, nobody has.”
Fellow squad member Rep. Ayanna Pressley also used the term, “birthing people.”
DML: I’ll be talking about this on my podcast today – stay tuned!
2 – Court threatens mom with change in child custody over confederate flag painting
The New York Post reports: The upstate woman has been told she needs to ditch a driveway decoration painted with a confederate flag or risk losing custody of her mixed race child — even though a family court judge didn’t consider it to be an issue when it was raised during trial.
“Given that the child is of mixed race, it would seem apparent that the presence of the flag is not in the child’s best interests, as the mother must encourage and teach the child to embrace her mixed race identity, rather than thrust her into a world that only makes sense through the tortured lens of cognitive dissonance,” judges with the Appellate Division’s Third Department in Albany wrote in a ruling released Thursday.
The custody battle over the young girl, born in 2014, is between parents identified as Christie and Isaiah in the court documents. In the custody fight, the father raised the issue of the rock painted to resemble the confederate flag, which sits near Christie’s driveway.
Now the appellate court judges have ruled that if the rock is not removed by June 1, “its continued presence shall constitute a change in circumstances,” and “Family Court shall factor this into any future best interests analysis.”
DML: This is an outrage!
3 – DarkSide Hackers Committed ‘Double Extortion,’ Stealing Data
Breitart reports: Hackers stole data during the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack Thursday ahead of the pipeline operator shutting down from the apparent attack, according to news reports.
The hackers of the 5,500 miles pipeline reportedly started their attack Thursday, “stealing a large amount of data before locking computers with ransomware and demanding payment,” according to people familiar with the matter who spoke with Bloomberg.
Reportedly, the hackers are from DarkSide, a cybercrime gang. They stole nearly 100 gigabytes of data within two hours from the company network, which is based in Alpharetta, Georgia, according to the two officials involved that spoke with Bloomberg. According to Bloomberg, this was a “double-extortion” scheme which appears to be the DarkSide trademark.
The major fueling pipeline had been taken offline late Friday by its operator due to the attack, according to reports. It originally appeared to be an attempt to disrupt vulnerable energy infrastructure since the pipeline carries refined gasoline and jet fuel up the East Coast from Texas to New York. The pipeline carries 45 percent of the East Coast’s fuel supplies, which equates to 2.5 million barrels each day, the Times reported.
DML: Seriously disturbing.
4 – NYC veterans fume over parade lockout after pot-smokers get permit to march
Fox News reports: Mayor de Blasio is refusing to allow a group of military veterans to march on Staten Island on Memorial Day — after welcoming public pot smokers to puff their way down Broadway in last week’s Cannabis Parade.
“It’s a slap in the face,” Jamie Gonzalez, 57, a Marine infantryman who saw combat in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, told The Post.
Gulf War vets like Gonzalez were set to be given special honors in Staten Island’s 102nd annual Memorial Day Parade this year to mark the 1991 conflict’s 30th anniversary — until the city pulled the plug.
The United Staten Island Veterans Organization, the association of 16 local vets’ groups that has sponsored the annual march for decades, filed a request for a parade permit with the NYPD on Feb. 27, following the same procedure they use every year in keeping with the city’s official rules.
On March 9, the department nixed the request, citing de Blasio’s emergency executive order restricting public events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The brush-off came despite myriad marches in the last year that have been recognized by the city, officially escorted by cops, and often featured elected officials in the line of march. They included a slimmed-down St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March, when de Blasio participated; countless Black Lives Matters protest marches; and the cannabis rally and parade May 1, when revelers hoisted a huge inflatable spliff along a 17-block route and heard speeches from Sen. Chuck Schumer among others.
DML: This is a slap in the face to every veteran.
5 – University suspends 3 students over maskless photo at off-campus party
Fox News reports: A Massachusetts college suspended three freshmen for reportedly violating COVID-19 health policy after a photo of the trio, maskless at a party off-campus, was passed to school administrators.
The UMass Amherst students – all women – were pictured outside and without masks at a large gathering, according to reports. The school first removed the students from campus, then later cut off their remote lesson access.
The women also were not allowed to take their final exams, rendering the school year moot and forcing them to reapply next year. As further punishment, the families are OUT the $16,000 tuition fee for the entire semester as well.
CBS Boston WBZ-TV first reported on the story, and said the parents of the girls have hired a lawyer and plan to file a lawsuit. One of the girls’s parents said of their daughter, “She was valedictorian and class president of her high school. She did everything right.”
South Dakota state Rep Scott Odenbach (R) commented on the report, tweeting, “Complete and total insanity! Tyranny. Mask fascism. Call it what you want. What on Earth is wrong with people? Who is allowing this to go on? Where are all the good people with courage who will DEMAND that this stop? Everywhere. Immediately.”
6 – Fauci says masks could become ‘seasonal’ wear after pandemic
Washington Examiner reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci said wearing face masks could become a “seasonal” norm following the pandemic.
“It is conceivable that as we go on, a year or two or more from now, that during certain seasonal periods when you have respiratory-borne viruses like the flu, people might actually elect to wear masks to diminish the likelihood that you’ll spread these respiratory-borne diseases,” the country’s leading infectious disease expert said Sunday during an appearance on NBC News’s Meet the Press.
“We’ve had practically a nonexistent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominantly against COVID-19,” he added.
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DML: Clearly, they never want it to end!