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Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty, SOTU speech aftermath, Hunter laptop dismissal, Sloppy staffers excuse, Disney CRT agenda, Healthcare failure, AAP aggressive drugs and surgery, Tucker Goodrich, Seed Oils, Environmental drivers of chronic disease, Common chemical diabetes and MORE!

February 9, 2023 3-5PM ET

Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Sacred Fire of Liberty!

It’s that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord is back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:

‘Alternate Reality,’ ‘Whiplash’: Republicans Appalled at Biden’s Speech, Say It Was Angry, Divisive Republicans streamed out of the House chamber Tuesday night after President Joe Biden’s State of the Union, almost universally disavowing the speech, which had been marked by an unusually vocal and, at times, combative audience reacting to Biden’s remarks in real time. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) told reporters the speech was like “an alternate reality.” “It was like listening to Ronald Reagan in 1984 ‘Morning in America,’ except for most Americans say that their economic prospects are worse, that their family is less safe, that their neighborhood is in shambles, and they can’t get good paying jobs,” he said. Several Republicans appeared particularly struck by the fact that Biden did not talk in detail about the concerns many Americans have with security threats from China, which were underscored in a high-profile balloon incident last week. “The China piece? He said almost nothing, you notice, about the balloon. In fact he said nothing specifically about the balloon incident because he doesn’t want to talk about it,” Hawley said. “He has no plan to deter China. We’re weaker vis-a-vis China than we were just two years ago,” Hawley continued, adding that he wanted to see a ban on Chinese corporations owning farmland and a more secure supply chain that is less reliant on the Communist-run country.

Biden: GOP Making Things up About Biden Family, Influence Peddling During an interview with “PBS NewsHour” on Wednesday, President Joe Biden responded to Republican plans to use their new majority in the House of Representatives to investigate the Biden family — including his son, Hunter and his brother, Jim — and the accusations made by Republicans that members of the Biden family got access due to the President and his political success by stating that the American public will not “pay attention to that.” Biden also said that if all that the Republicans are able to do with their majority in the House “is make up things about my family, it’s not going to go very far.” Host Judy Woodruff asked, “One of the things Republicans say is a priority for them is investigating your family, your son, Hunter, your brother, Jim. They talk about access that they say others have gotten because of you, because of your political success. How do you plan to deal with that?” Biden responded, “The public’s not going to pay attention to that. They want these guys to do something. If the only thing they can do is make up things about my family, it’s not going to go very far.”

Joe Biden Blames Sloppy Staffers for Classified Document Debacle President Joe Biden rounded on his former staffers Wednesday when he blamed them for not being thorough enough in packing up his old offices, saying it was their carelessness that resulted in multiple classified documents being discovered in the garage at his Delaware home. “One of the things that happened is that what was not done well is, as they packed up my offices to move them, they didn’t do the kind of job that should have been done to go thoroughly through every single piece of literature that’s there,” Biden told PBS NewsHour in a post-State of the Union address interview. The Hill reports he also said he thinks investigators may have “picked up” items from 50 years ago. Biden did not elaborate on whether those items were classified documents. “To the best of my knowledge, the kind of things they picked up are things, they’re from 1974, stray papers. There may be something else. I don’t know,” Biden said. Biden,  first elected to the Senate in 1972, also told PBS he voluntarily allowed the FBI to “come and look and spend hours searching my home. I invited them.”

Critics slam Disney for ‘anti-white’ episode of ‘The Proud Family’ reboot Critics are slamming Disney as “woke” and “anti-white” over an episode of a kids show that features a song covering the history of slavery in the US and the need for “reparations.” The backlash stemmed from a Juneteenth episode of “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” a reboot of the popular early aughts cartoon that airs on Disney’s streaming service Disney+. A clip from the episode that’s been making the rounds on social media shows characters singing a tune about how America has “still not atoned for” slavery and systemic racism. “Slaves built this country and we the descendants of slaves in America have earned reparations for their suffering and continue to earn reparations every moment we spend submerged in a systemic prejudice, racism and white supremacy that America was founded with and still has not atoned for,” the animated characters chanted from a stage. The clip was shared by the “End Wokeness” Twitter account with the caption “Blatant anti-white propaganda.” Conservative writer Christopher Rufo re-shared the video on Twitter calling it “pure critical race theory.” “This is toxic, divisive, and destructive,” one Twitter user wrote in the replies. Others accused Disney of forcing a “woke” agenda down children’s throats. Rufo also said the clip includes “the insane conspiracy theory that Lincoln did not free the slaves.”

Why Americans Pay Twice as Much for Healthcare Yet Get Worse Care As noted by The Hill’s anchor Briahna Joy Gray in the video below, Americans pay twice as much for their healthcare yet get the worst care of any developed Western nation. And, while other countries guarantee treatment regardless of income, treatment in the U.S. depends on whether you can afford costly health insurance, or have a job that provides it. According to polls cited by Gray, nearly 70% of Americans support a Medicare for all scheme over the current health insurance system, and making healthcare affordable was the second-highest priority of Americans in a 2022 poll. 15 million Americans will soon lose Medicaid benefits Concerns about the cost of healthcare are likely to increase even further once Medicaid starts terminating benefits for an estimated 15 million Americans, which is expected to begin in April. These were people who qualified for Medicaid and/or the Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage during the pandemic emergency. Once the public health emergency ends, this coverage will be rescinded. “Are we really going to go back to letting 68,000 people die each year simply because they’re too poor to live?” Gray asks. President Biden campaigned on a public option for healthcare, but that promise has yet to come to fruition — possibly because he took more money from the health insurance industry than any previous president.

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AAP Says Obese Children Should Be Treated “Aggressively” With Drugs and Surgery New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) state that obese children should be evaluated and treated “early and aggressively” with medications or weight loss surgeries.1 This is the first guidance from the AAP in 15 years on childhood obesity, which affects more than 14.4 million children in the U.S. and has tripled in the past three decades. According to new AAP guidelines released last month, doctors should offer children 12 years of age and older appropriate weight loss drugs and offer surgical weight loss options for those 13 years and older.1 The new guidance points to obesity being a biological problem and a complex, chronic disease. Sandra Hassink, MD, medical director for the AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, said that the guidelines aim to reset the inaccurate view of obesity as a personal behavior problem. “This is not different than you have asthma and now we have an inhaler for you,” Dr. Hassink said.1 Aaron Kelly, PhD, co-director of the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine at the University of Minnesota said that obesity is not a lifestyle problem but that it predominately emerges from “biological factors.” 1

Special Guest Tucker Goodrich

Tucker Goodrich is a technology executive in the financial industry who designs, runs, and debugs complex systems in high-risk environments. Areas of expertise include risk management, systems management, and cyber-security. After experiencing some personal health crises and realizing that the ‘solutions’ offered by medical professionals weren’t working or addressing causation he started applying the same approach in research and evaluation of data to his own health issues to determine root causes.

His interests have focused on dietary and environmental drivers of chronic disease, including carbohydrate, wheat, and various classes of fats. Specifically, he’s attempting to understand and popularize understanding of the mechanisms driving the diet-derived explosion in so-called chronic diseases (or diseases of civilization). He is active on twitter (@tuckergoodrich, has a blog called Yelling Stop, a podcast/Youtube channel, is an Expert Advisor for the nutrition start-up Zero Acre Farms and a founder of Seedy App Inc, and has been a guest on numerous podcasts.

Common chemical in shampoo and soap sends women’s risk of diabetes skyrocketing A common chemical in personal hygiene products like soap and shampoo can raise a woman’s risk of developing diabetes by over 60 percent, new research reveals. Researchers from the University of Michigan say those with higher levels of phthalates in their urine are 30 to 63 percent more likely to develop the metabolic disease. Phthalates improve the durability of plastics. They are common in personal care products, children’s toys, and food and beverage packaging. Phthalates are even an ingredient in fragrances to help the scent last longer on the skin. However, scientists also call them endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDRs) because they mimic estrogen. Studies have linked them to breast and ovarian cancer, as well as an early menopause. “Our research found phthalates may contribute to a higher incidence of diabetes in women, especially White women, over a six-year period,” says Sung Kyun Park, Sc.D., M.P.H., of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, in a media release. “People are exposed to phthalates daily increasing their risk of several metabolic diseases. It’s important that we address EDCs now as they are harmful to human health.” They may also change how humans store fat, leading to obesity. Other studies have found some phthalates may cause fertility issues. One trial even found women are more likely to give birth prematurely if they have high levels of phthalates in their bloodstream before conceiving.

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