Russia revenge over ship, Judge deals blow to Stacey Abrams, and more….
By Team DML
Today is April 15 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 – Powerful explosions heard in Kyiv after Russian warship sinks
Reuters reports: Kyiv was hit on Friday by some of the most powerful explosions heard since Russian forces withdrew from the area two weeks ago. Moscow said it had struck a plant in capital that made and repaired Ukrainian missiles, including anti-ship missiles.
“The number and scale of missile strikes on targets in Kyiv will increase in response to any terrorist attacks or acts of sabotage on Russian territory committed by the Kyiv nationalist regime,” the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
Russia’s defence ministry also said it had captured the Ilyich steel works in Mariupol, one of the last industrial areas holding out in the besieged eastern city that has seen the war’s heaviest fighting and the worst humanitarian catastrophe.
DLM: Time to go after another Russian ship?
2 – Suspect turns car dealership into warzone, smashes dozens of vehicles
Fox News reports: More than 80 cars at a Chicago-area Honda dealership had their windows smashed, and a suspect has been arrested for the vandalism, according to a local report on Thursday.
Police were called to the dealership in Schaumberg, about an hour’s drive west of Chicago, Thursday morning and found dozens of vehicles with their rear windows shattered, FOX 32 reported.
Sgt. Matt Christenson told the outlet that officers arrested a 20-year-old man on a sidewalk near the dealership. He reportedly was holding a “blunt metal object.”
Schaumburg Honda Automobiles manager Matthew Ashford said the vandal, who was caught on surveillance footage, had been seen at other dealerships, but his dealership was hit the hardest.
A total of 83 cars were vandalized, including a mix of customer cars waiting for service and new and used vehicles. Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and an Alfa Romeo were among the lot.
Police have not released information on the suspect’s identity.
DML: Let’s see the suspect – why aren’t they revealing his identity? I can take one guess!
3 – Federal judge rules Abrams cannot use committee to raise unlimited funds
The Hill reports: A federal judge ruled on Thursday that a fundraising committee associated with Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams cannot yet begin to raise unlimited sums of money under a state law passed last year.
Abrams and her yet-to-be-approved leadership committee, One Georgia, filed a lawsuit last month asking that the fundraising committee be allowed to take in unlimited contributions because Abrams is already effectively the Democratic nominee for governor.
The use of such leadership committees was approved last year under a new law backed by Gov. Brian Kemp (R), who is running for a second term and has already formed a leadership committee of his own. The committees can be used by a select few top candidates, including the incumbent governor and major party nominees.
But in a decision handed down on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen said that while Abrams is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination for governor, she cannot yet be considered her party’s nominee because she hasn’t yet made it through the primary.
DML: Boom! No one is above the rules, Stacey!
4 – Professional baby namer says rich parents pay her up to $10K to find a name for their babies
The New York Post reports: More money than sense? Expectant parents are paying upward of $1,500 to a “professional baby namer” who picks the perfect moniker for their child.
Taylor A. Humphrey, 33, helped name more than 100 babies in 2020, raking in more than $150,000 from cashed-up couples. Some panicked parents are even turning over an eye-popping $10,000 so that Humphrey can help them settle on an impeccable name for their offspring.
“If you look at the most popular baby names, it’s such a telltale sign of our cultural values and our aspirations,” Humphrey told The New Yorker in a profile published Monday.
The New York businesswoman — who does not have any children — bills herself as a “passionate writer and storyteller” who is “adept at branding, marketing and social media.”
Depending on how much expectant parents pay, Humphrey’s services “range from a phone call and a bespoke name list to a genealogical investigation” with the aim of unearthing old family names, as reported by The New Yorker.
DML: Some people will waste money on anything, apparently.
5 – One-in-four American adults are living with a potentially LIFE THREATENING liver disorder caused by overeating, leading heart disease association says
The Daily Mail reports: One in four American adults are living with potentially life-threatening liver disease sparked by over-eating, a leading heart disease association has warned.
The illness — medically termed non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) — occurs when fat builds up in the liver. It normally triggers no warning signs in the early stages, but after several years can cause pain and discomfort in the upper right abdomen and swelling. Left unchecked, the disease may lead to inflammation, scarring of the liver and even organ failure.
The American Heart Association (AHA) — in its first statement on the subject — today called for improvements in diagnosis methods and more awareness of the illness.
Its chair Dr Paul Duell, who is also a diabetes expert at Oregon University, warned the condition is often ‘hidden or missed’ during routine medical scans.
The disease is the most common liver problem in the U.S., affecting one in four adults — or 64 million people. Estimates suggest more than a million adults die from the condition every year.
DML: Yet they’re still making a big deal about Covid and forcing toddlers to wear masks? There ARE other serious medical conditions that should be addressed!