DML Morning Briefing Thurs. Mar. 18: Nursing home whistleblower, jobs going to Mexico, amnesty deals, attacks on conservatives, and wild rules.
By Team DML
Today is March 18 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning.
1 – Whistleblower: Cuomo order to take in COVID-19 patients ‘petrified’ New York nursing home administrator
Fox News reports: A Staten Island nursing home administrator told Fox News in an exclusive interview that he and executives at other facilities were “petrified” by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s infamous March 2020 order that COVID-positive patients be placed in long-term care facilities rather than hospitals.
However, Michael Kraus told Fox News correspondent Aishah Hasnie that his concerns were “shot down” by state officials.
“Many facilities vocalized it,” said Kraus. “They were petrified, but they were more petrified of the Department of Health … once it [my concern] was shot down, I never spoke [about it] again.”
Hasnie’s full interview with Kraus can be seen in the 2 p.m. ET hour of “America Reports” Thursday on Fox News Channel.
DML: Somebody is about to spill the beans – stay tuned!
2 – Union warns Ohio workers that Ford plans to move new vehicle construction to Mexico
The Hill reports: United Auto Workers (UAW) warned Ford employees in Ohio that the company plans to move the construction of a new vehicle to Mexico, according to a letter made public this week.
UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem addressed a letter to Ford workers in Avon Lake, Ohio, in which he accused the automaker of violating a contract agreement with the union with its plans to build a next-generation vehicle in Mexico instead of the Ohio Assembly Plant (OHAP).
The letter, sent with the union’s letterhead, cited a 2019 four-year contract deal in which Ford committed $900 million for the assembly plant in Avon Lake, including adding production for a next-generation product in 2023.
The UAW said the agreement would secure the OHAP’s “employment well into the foreseeable future” but that Ford “has decided it will not honor its promise.”
DML: More American jobs going south.
3 – Rick Scott’s Amnesty Could Put 1.5M Illegals on Track for U.S. Citizenship
Breitbart reports: A draft plan by National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) could provide 1.5 million illegal aliens with amnesty, putting them on a fast-track to American citizenship, analysis finds.
As Breitbart News reported Tuesday, Scott is currently circulating an amnesty plan that purports to benefit illegal aliens enrolled and eligible for former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
An analysis released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reveals that Scott’s plan could put about 1.5 million illegal aliens on a fast-track to obtaining American citizenship in about 15 years, or by the year 2036.
“The bill provides amnesty and a pathway to citizenship to a population of aliens much broader than DACA beneficiaries,” the FAIR analysis states:
Under the terms of this bill all illegal aliens who were technically eligible to apply for DACA are eligible for amnesty and a green card. This includes even those who did not bother to apply in 2012 when the Obama administration unlawfully created the program via an executive memorandum.
DML: How do you feel about this?
4 – California Bill Proposes Removing Cops Who Express Religious Or Conservative Beliefs
The Federalist reports: A new bill introduced by California State Assembly Member Ash Kalra in San Jose would prohibit police officers from serving if they have used arbitrarily defined “hate speech” or are affiliated with a “hate group.”
The bill, known as the California Law Enforcement Accountability Reform Act (CLEAR Act), claims to combat “the infiltration of extremists in our law enforcement agencies” and would mandate a background check for all officers who have “exchanged racist and homophobic messages.”
Kalra claims that AB 655 is necessary to prevent “the apparent cooperation, participation, and support of some law enforcement” in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. The bill defines hate speech as “as advocating or supporting the denial of constitutional rights of, the genocide of, or violence towards, any group of persons based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.”
Pacific Justice Institute Senior Staff Attorney Matthew McReynolds said this broad and purposefully arbitrary definition could give way for Christians and conservatives to be classified as “hateful” based on the premise of rejecting abortion or supporting Proposition 8 in California, a same-sex amendment that passed in 2008.
DML: Now they’re trying to “fundamentally transform” our police.
5 – California theme park association hoping to ‘mitigate’ screaming when amusements, thrill rides reopen
Fox News reports: Here’s hoping that visitors to California’s theme parks are only mildly thrilled by California’s thrill rides.
The California Amusement Park Association (CAPA), an industry trade group representing Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Universal Studios Hollywood, among others, is currently advising its members’ parks to adjust the seat-loading patterns on their rides to “mitigate the effect of shouting” when the parks are allowed to reopen beginning April 1.
As outlined by the updated Blueprint, California’s activities and sectors will be allowed to reopen based on their risk criteria for stemming the spread of coronavirus — one of which includes the ability to “limit activities that are known to cause increased spread (e.g. singing, shouting, heavy breathing),” or activities that take place in louder environments that can cause guests to raise their voices. In hoping to meet this criteria, CAPA instructed its members to modify their seating configurations, though that’s something most U.S. amusement parks are already doing in order to comply with recommended social-distancing protocol.
DML: Just can’t make this stuff up, folks. If you get on an amusement ride, don’t open your mouth, and by all means, DON’T SCREAM!