Today is June 12. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.
1.Gas prices set new record Sunday morning
Fox News – The price of a gallon of regular gasoline hit an historic milestone over the weekend and continues to move higher.
The price on Sunday morning rose to $5.01, according to AAA. Gas hit the $5 mark on Saturday morning for the first time ever as part of a record setting run.
There is very little evidence that the price will drop anytime soon.
DML: This is a reminder for you to say THANKS to every member of your family, community and workforce that voted for Biden.
2.Chinese defense minister accuses U.S. of creating ‘conflict and confrontation’
CNBC -SINGAPORE — China’s defense minister accused the U.S. of “smearing” Beijing and said Washington is trying to “hijack” countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
Wei Fenghe, speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, said the burden of improving the troubled U.S.-China ties lies on Washington.
“We request the U.S. side to stop smearing and containing China. Stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. The bilateral relationship cannot improve unless the U.S. side can do that,” he told delegates at the dialogue, Asia’s top defense conference.
“However, if you want confrontation, we will fight to the end. The two militaries should make positive efforts for a positive relationship,” Wei added.
Wei said U.S. President Joe Biden’s new Indo-Pacific strategy leads to “conflict and confrontation.”
DML: If I was president, China would be keeping their mouth shut or else they’d lose their biggest customer. I cannot understand why our leaders do not grasp the concept of being the biggest buyer in the room. We hold all the leverage and yet we continue to bow and borrow from scumbag communists.
3.Palin nabs early lead in Alaska US House special primary
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin leads in early results from Saturday’s special primary for the state’s only U.S. House seat, as voters whittled down the list of 48 candidates running for the position that was held for 49 years by the late U.S. Rep. Don Young.
The early results showed Palin, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, with 29.8% of the votes counted so far; Republican Nick Begich had 19.3%; independent Al Gross had 12.5%; Democrat Mary Peltola with 7.5%; and Republican Tara Sweeney had 5.3%.
A candidate whose name is Santa Claus, a self-described “independent, progressive, democratic socialist,” had 4.5%.
DML: Palin’s time has passed, and I’m not sure I can deal with seeing her everyday chewing gum and talking at the same time. At this point, Santa Claus or even the Easter Bunny are great options. I’m not kidding. — our politicians on both sides of the aisle suck.
4.Chelsea Piers apologizes to staff ahead of DeSantis speech Sunday
Libs of TikTok, the Twitter account that highlights the far left’s insanity, published an email it alleges was sent to employees who work for Chelsea Piers in New York City. The email apologizes for the popular destination being the place where Governor Ron DeSantis will speak to a Jewish group Sunday.
In a Twitter post Saturday, Libs of TikTok wrote, “SCOOP: @ChelseaPiersNYC sent this email to their employees, apologizing for the hurt they may feel as a result of @GovRonDeSantis speaking at an event there on Sunday.”
DML: The Left has gotten so out of control. They stage gay pride events where drag queens are performing sexually explicit dances with grade schoolers; they call for gun control measures but then go see movies where action stars shoot and kill people; they protest outside the homes of Supreme Court Justices and call for violence. Nobody in the media, law enforcement, nor Congress seem to care. But if you go to a Trump rally, you could end up in jail. Go figure.
5.Mass COVID testing announced amid ‘ferocious’ outbreak
BEIJING, June 12 (Reuters) – Beijing’s most populous district Chaoyang announced three rounds of mass testing to quell a “ferocious” COVID-19 outbreak that emerged at a bar in a nightlife and shopping area last week, shortly after the city relaxed curbs imposed during an outbreak in April.
City health officials said that so far there have been 166 confirmed cases linked to the outbreak that began at the Heaven Supermarket bar in the Sanlitun area on Thursday, 145 of them bar patrons.
DML: Yup. It will be spreading from China to a city near you even faster than expected. I suspect the end of August will be the high point for Covid in the USA. Just in time to force more mail-in ballots to arrive at your door.