DML Morning Briefing ~ Fri. Sept. 2

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By Anneta Griffee

Today is September 2. 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 – Jeh Johnson: Biden Had Obligation to Call Out ‘MAGA Republican’ ‘Temptation Toward Violence’
Breitbart reports: Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday on MSNBC’s “All In” that President Joe Biden had an obligation to call out “temptation toward violence” of so-called “MAGA Republicans.”

Johnson said, “In the wake of Mar-a-Lago, and the wake of the attack of the FBI field office. I believe that President Biden felt like he had an obligation to give that speech. I felt it was notable that he mentioned Donald Trump by name, something he rarely does. I think it’s notable that he called out ‘MAGA Republicans’ for not telling the truth, for not respecting the Constitution, for not respecting the rule of law, and for not respecting the will of the people. It was a blunt and direct speech.”

He continued, “If I were in office today as Secretary of Homeland Security, it might be my number one concern that brewing just below the surface is a very large degree of unrest and a temptation toward violence. There are polls out that suggest that large percentages of Americans are prepared to resort to violence if they feel that the election was stolen. There are large percentages of Americans who ascribe to the QAnon theory. This is brewing just below the surface. With the attack on the FBI, with the rhetoric, this president obviously feels an obligation that I think the president should feel to take on this issue, call out the violence, call out the attacks on the institutions of his government. That something that the last president ran away from, frankly, and went in the opposite direction.”

MY TAKE: The great unifier – he is NOT.  This entire spectacle actually looked and sounded like the devil, and that was the most hateful, divisive speech I’ve ever heard.  Disgusting!  Even more disgusting that Jeh Johnson is defending it.

Here’s an interesting tweet from Christian Walker, son of GOP senate candidate Herschel Walker:

2 – Judge dismisses Carter Page’s FISA abuse lawsuit against James Comey and others
The Washington Examiner reports: A federal judge dismissed Carter Page’s lawsuit against fired FBI Director James Comey, the FBI, and others involved in the improper Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act snooping that had relied on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier.

Judge Dabney Friedrich relied on her interpretation of the criminal statutes that Page alleged the FBI officials had violated when she ruled against the onetime Trump campaign associate who was surveilled under FISA. Friedrich was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by then-President Donald Trump in 2017.

“Page alleges that the individual defendants violated §§ 1809(a) and 1810 both by unlawfully engaging in electronic surveillance and using or disclosing the fruits of that surveillance. … Each defendant claims that Page fails to sufficiently allege that he or she violated the statute,” the judge said Thursday. “The Court finds that the claims are not time-barred but that Page does not state a claim against any of the individual defendants.”

The judge added: “This plain-text understanding — that Congress allowed suit against only those who conduct unauthorized surveillance, and not those who at the application stage mislead the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] to approve that surveillance — may seem odd. But it is not so ‘absurd when considered in the particular statutory context,’ as the Court must.”

MY TAKE: Well, this is a disappointment. And that judge is a Trump appointee!

3 – Wisconsin man allegedly kills ex-girlfriend days after judge allows bail following child sex crime guilty plea
Fox News reports: A Wisconsin man allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend just days after a judge denied a request from prosecutors to hold him in jail until his sentencing hearing, as he recently pleaded guilty to child sex charges.

Ernest Terrell Blakney, 47, is being accused by prosecutors of killing his ex-girlfriend and setting his Milwaukee home on fire on Aug. 25, according to FOX 6.

Both the Milwaukee police and fire departments went to the home shortly before 4:30 a.m. for a “house fire” call, but discovered a homicide victim, which was later identified as Nikia Rogers, 36.

An autopsy later revealed Rogers died from bullet wounds to her back and head. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Blakney was previously charged with second-degree sexual assault and was accused of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2020. He posted $5,000 cash bail and was released from jail in November 2021, the complaint states.

The man pleaded guilty to the sex charge and was convicted on August 15. Prosecutors requested that Blakney be remanded and placed in jail after pleading guilty, but Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge David Borowski denied the motion, allowing Blakney to stay out of jail.

MY TAKE: WHAT! Biden said MAGA Republicans are the ones who don’t believe in law and order – but Democrats keep turning these criminals loose to commit more crimes!

4 – U.S. Added 315,000 Jobs in August; Unemployment Rate Rose to 3.7%
The Wall Street Journal reports: U.S. employers added 315,000 jobs in August, a slower but still solid pace in a tight labor market. The jobless rate rose to 3.7%.

Job growth has been resilient this year, despite a contraction in the overall economy in the first half of 2022.

On Tuesday, the Labor Department said there were 11.2 million open positions in July, up from 11 million in June. That amounts to almost two vacant jobs for every unemployed person, and it exceeds prepandemic levels. New claims for jobless benefits also fell to their lowest level in two months last week as companies hold on to workers.

MY TAKE: I miss Trump.

5 – Now Mississippi residents are urged to shower with their MOUTHS CLOSED: 150,000 in Jackson are warned to only use brown water to bathe in as officials rush to fix a busted treatment plant
The Daily Mail reports: The water situation in Jackson, Mississippi has become so desperate residents have been told to shower with their mouths shut.

The bizarre recommendations came Wednesday from Mississippi Department of Health official Jim Craig.

Since July, Jackson’s residents have been boiling their water after cloudy water was spotted close to the main treatment plant in the city, O.B. Curtis. Shortly after that, the plant’s pumps failed forcing O.B. Curtis to use back-up pumps.

After the nearby Pearl River flooded, the plant had to be shut down.

On Wednesday, Craig told the public to not ‘open your mouth while you’re in the shower.’ Additionally, Craig also said that animals should kept away from water that has not been boiled for at least a minute.

The city, with its population of 150,000, is the largest city in Mississippi. In addition to technical problems, the city’s water treatment facilities are also undergoing a staff shortage.

MY TAKE: This sounds like a third world country – not the USA.

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