DML Morning Briefing Wed. Apr 27

A prison swap, cop collapses from drugs he didn’t take, Fauci makes admission, and more…

By  Team DML

Today is April 27 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 – BREAKING: Russia releases US Marine vet as part of prisoner exchange
The Associated Press reports: WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia and the United States carried out a dramatic prisoner exchange on Wednesday, trading a Marine veteran jailed in Moscow for a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a long prison sentence in America, a senior U.S. official and the Russian foreign ministry said.

The surprise deal would have been a notable diplomatic maneuver even in times of peace, but it was all the more extraordinary because it was done as Russia’s war with Ukraine has driven relations with the U.S. to their lowest point in decades.

As part of the exchange, Russia released Trevor Reed, a former Marine from Texas who was arrested in the summer of 2019 after Russian authorities said he assaulted an officer while being driven by police to a police station following a night of heavy drinking. Reed was later sentenced to nine years in prison, though his family has maintained his innocence and the U.S. government has described him as unjustly detained.

Russia had sought his return for years while also rejecting entreaties by high-level U.S. officials to release Reed, who was nearing his 1,000th day in custody and whose health had recently been worsening, according to his family.

 

 

DML: Americans, please don’t go to a communist country and do something stupid so we have to trade a criminal just to get you back.

2 – Video shows Thomasville officer collapse on pavement after Fentanyl exposure
WKRG reports: THOMASVILLE, Ala. — A Thomasville police officer exposed to the dangerous drug Fentanyl collapses and nearly dies. That’s according to Thomasville Police Chief Mitchell Stuckey who spoke with WKRG News 5 exclusively Tuesday about the growing problems in the city.

A sergeant, who did not want his name included in the story, had just arrived back to police headquarters around 2 a.m. last Friday morning after responding to a drug overdose call. Chief Stuckey said the officer called his wife and told her he wasn’t feeling well before arriving back at the office. Another officer met him at his patrol unit.

“He said man I just don’t feel well and he said let me Narcan you now and he said no let me just stand up and when he stood up all of a sudden he just fell. He fell flat on his face onto the pavement and then he went out. Eyes were rolled back,” said Stuckey.

Surveillance video shows the sergeant collapsing in the parking lot of police headquarters. Stuckey said fentanyl is a drug with deadly consequences.

Even though the officer was wearing protective gloves and gear Stuckey said his sergeant nearly died, but quick thinking colleagues used the nasal spray Narcan. The officer was given immdeiate care at a hospital, which saved his life. In the video, you can see an officer running for help.

DML: Another reason we need to control the borders and stop these deadly drugs pouring into our country!

3 – Biden finalizes rule to ban incandescent lightbulbs, reversing Trump
The Washington Examiner reports: The Biden administration announced that it is phasing out the use of incandescent lightbulbs, reversing a Trump-era policy as it seeks to curb annual carbon emissions and shift the United States toward more efficient sources of lighting.

The Department of Energy finalized two new rules Monday that require manufacturers to phase out any lightbulbs that produce less than 45 lumens per watt. When combined, the department said, the measures will save consumers an estimated $3 billion annually — though the decision is likely to irk fans of the old-fashioned bulbs, which still make up roughly 30% of the market but eventually will be prohibited under the standard.

“By raising energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers and substantially reducing domestic carbon emissions,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement to the Washington Post Monday. Granholm added that the changes will cut carbon emissions by more than 220 million metric tons over the next 30 years.

“The lighting industry is already embracing more energy efficient products, and this measure will accelerate progress to deliver the best products to American consumers and build a better and brighter future,” Granholm added.

 

 

DML: Maybe they should STOP all the illegal immigration before they worry about light bulbs?

4 – Lawmaker speaks out against sharing bathroom with transgender colleague
Fox News reports: A Kansas state lawmaker said she isn’t thrilled about having to share a restroom with her “huge” transgender Democratic colleague.

Rep. Cheryl Helmer made her stance known in an April 23 email to University of Kansas graduate student Brenan Riffel, who described themselves as trans-feminine, saying “personally I do not appreciate the huge transgender female who is now in our restrooms in the Capitol,” The Washington Times reported.

Helmer was referring to Rep. Stephanie Byers, the state’s first elected transgender lawmaker.

 

 

DML: Of course liberals are having a meltdown. Who stands with Rep. Helmer? I do!

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5 – Fauci makes a bold declaration about the end of the pandemic in America
Fox News reports: After three years, the United States might be soon moving past the coronavirus pandemic, according to the country’s leading infectious disease expert.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been the mouthpiece for the government’s coronavirus response across two presidential administrations, said during an interview on Tuesday that the U.S. was “certainly” out of the pandemic stage, though he cautioned that the larger, global pandemic was still ongoing.

“We are certainly right now in this country out of the pandemic phase,” Dr. Fauci said during an interview with PBS NewsHour Judy Woodruff, according to a transcript of the interview.

Fauci’s answer came immediately after he was initially asked, “How close are we to the end of this pandemic?” He called that an “unanswerable question.”

“We don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now,” Fauci added. “So, if you’re saying, are we out of the pandemic phase in this country, we are.”

 

DML: Fauci, I’ve been saying it’s over for a long time now.  Retire, go home, and leave us alone to live our lives!