DML Morning Briefing Friday Feb. 12: Schumer’s ‘Plan B,’ Cuomo busted, and more that will make you scream….
By Team DML
Today is February 12 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 – Schumer has a backup plan to try to bar Trump from future run for office
Fox News reports: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday did not rule out bringing legislation to bar former President Donald Trump from office if he is not convicted at the ongoing Senate impeachment trial.
Democratic senators have discussed in recent weeks that if they cannot secure the 67 votes needed to convict Trump — and bar him from holding office in a subsequent simple-majority vote — that they might invoke the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to do the same.
Schumer, D-N.Y., was asked about the possibility in a press conference ahead of the impeachment trial proceedings Thursday. “We’re first going to finish the impeachment trial and then Democrats will get together and discuss where we go next,” Schumer replied.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution says that Congress can bar people who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the U.S. from holding office. It was originally meant to prevent former Confederates from serving in the government after the Civil War.
Some interpret this amendment as fundamentally giving Congress the ability to bar a person who “engaged in insurrection” — what Trump is accused of in the article of impeachment — from office. It’s almost certain that this action, like an impeachment conviction, does not have the votes to pass.
DML: Schumer, you’re wasting your breath.
2 – Over 9,000 virus patients sent into NY nursing homes
The Associated Press reports: NEW YORK (AP) — More than 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients in New York state were released from hospitals into nursing homes early in the pandemic under a controversial directive that was scrapped amid criticism it accelerated outbreaks, according to new records obtained by The Associated Press.
The new number of 9,056 recovering patients sent to hundreds of nursing homes is more than 40% higher than what the state health department previously released. And it raises new questions as to whether a March 25 directive from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration helped spread sickness and death among residents, a charge the state disputes.
“The lack of transparency and the meting out of bits of important data has undermined our ability to both recognize the scope and severity of what’s going on” and address it, said Richard Mollot, the executive director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition, a residents advocacy group.
The new figures come as the Cuomo administration has been forced in recent weeks to acknowledge i t has been underreporting the overall number of COVID-19 deaths among long-term care residents. It is now nearly 15,000 up from the 8,500 previously disclosed.
Note from DML News: Thursday night, the NY Post released a bombshell report stating that Governor Cuomo’s secretary just admitted on a zoom call with state Democrat leaders that the Cuomo administration covered up the state’s nursing home death data, claiming they “froze out of fear,” afraid that the data might be used against them in a DOJ investigation.
DML: This is criminal!!
3 – Biden Urges Americans to Wear Masks ‘Over the Next Year’ to Save Lives
Breitbart reports: President Joe Biden is urging Americans to continue wearing masks for at least the next year in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Biden, who since taking office has made tackling the outbreak a central focus of his administration, visited the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Thursday in Maryland. As part of the trip, Biden toured the NIH’s viral pathologies division, which is responsible for identifying future pandemics, and he delivered a public address to the institute’s staff.
During his remarks, Biden, flanked on stage by Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIH Director Francis Collins, discussed the situation facing the country as it sought to scale the production of coronavirus vaccines and develop a large scale distribution network. To highlight the seriousness of those efforts as well as the need for the public to remain cautious and continue following guidelines to lower the rate of coronavirus transmission, the president refused to remove his mask during the address.
Biden began his speech by saying, “I had a little discussion with my friends behind me, Dr. Collins and Dr. Fauci, about whether or not I should take my mask off. And the truth is even though we are more than 10 feet away, I think it’s important that I not.vIt’s critically important as a message… I realize that I’m speaking to a vast majority … of folks out here at NIH [who] know that wearing this mask over the next year here can save lives, a significant number of lives.”
DML: What happened to the next 100 days? Now it’s the next YEAR?! Not me!
4 – UC Berkeley Institutes Police-Enforced Lockdowns, Bans Outdoor Exercise
Breitbart reports: The administrators at the University of California, Berkeley, have launched strict coronavirus lockdown rules that include a ban on outdoor exercise.
The university announced that its lockdown would last at least until February 15, but that date is already an extension from the original February 8 end time. Shockingly, the school exclaimed that the police would monitor the lockdown.
“Due to the 14-day incubation period of this virus, it is too early to be sure we have contained this current surge,” UC Berkeley told students, according to the Daily Californian. “We understand this extension is frustrating, but please understand this will help us mitigate further spread while protecting our community.”
Even outdoor exercise was banned. “You may NOT leave your room for solo outdoor exercise, which is a change from previous self-sequestering guidelines,” the school said. “We are working with the City of Berkeley to determine whether outdoor exercise may be permitted, and we will provide more information on this in the near future.”
The school also demanded that students report on each other for “violations” of the lockdown rules.
DML: Just when you think you’ve heard it all. This is total insanity!!
5 – Father speaks out about 12-year-old son who killed himself after depression during coronavirus lockdowns
The Washington Examiner reports: A 12-year-old Texas boy reportedly hanged himself after having an episode of depression during the coronavirus lockdowns.
“COVID killed my son,” the boy’s father, Brad Hunstable, said. “I think Hayden would still be alive today if COVID had never happened.”
Hayden Hunstable of Aledo was found by his 9-year-old sister last April hanging in his bedroom three days before his 13th birthday. It came after the child became depressed after trying to cope with the isolation resulting from the coronavirus lockdowns.
Brad Hunstable said that his son, who he referred to as his best friend, was having a hard time handling the loss of social interaction with other children, including not being able to play on his football team.
The 12-year-old had also taken a strong dislike to being prevented from learning in a classroom after being relegated to online learning.
DML: This just completely breaks my heart. ENOUGH!!
6 – Oregon promotes teacher program that seeks to undo ‘racism in mathematics’
Fox News reports: The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently encouraged teachers to register for training that encourages “ethnomathematics” and argues, among other things, that White supremacy manifests itself in the focus on finding the right answer.
An ODE newsletter sent last week advertises a Feb. 21 “Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course,” which is designed for middle school teachers to make use of a toolkit for “dismantling racism in mathematics.” The event website identifies the event as a partnership between California’s San Mateo County Office of Education, The Education Trust-West and others.
Part of the toolkit includes a list of ways “white supremacy culture” allegedly “infiltrates math classrooms.” Those include “the focus is on getting the ‘right’ answer,” students being “required to ‘show their work,’” and other alleged manifestations.
“The concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so,” the document for the “Equitable Math” toolkit reads. “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuate objectivity as well as fear of open conflict.”
DML: What PLANET are these people FROM?????