January 10th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Special Guest Cheryl Chumley
Cheryl Chumley is online opinion editor for The Washington Times, the author of “The Devil in DC: Winning Back the Country From the Beast in Washington” and of “Police State USA: How Orwell’s Nightmare is Becoming Our Reality,” and a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Fund for American Studies.
Supreme peril: Future of liberty hangs in SCOTUS hands with COVID-19 vaccine cases The U.S. Supreme Court is due, in essence, to decide whether or not Joe Biden’s presidential dictates, through federal agencies, for tens of millions of Americans to get the COVID-19 shot or lose their jobs meet the smell test of the Constitution. They don’t. “The cases came to the court last week on an emergency basis, and the formal question in both disputes is whether the government should be allowed to enforce the policies while litigation challenging them continues,” SCOTUSblog.com wrote. “But the justices’ views on whether to grant emergency relief will likely be influenced by their views on the merits of the underlying challenges themselves.” That sets the whole vaccine mandate legal disputes in the camp of the high court. But the fact the nation needs the U.S. Supreme Court to tell this only underscores the intense peril Americans now face. After all, it was just a few months ago Biden himself acknowledged neither the federal government nor the White House had the authority to mandate vaccines. Now he’s steadfastly insisting the executive, by itself, does. That’s the speed at which liberty can fall.
COVID-19 stats finally take turn to truth Massachusetts, joining New York, just announced that hospitals in the state will start to distinguish between patients who are admitted because of COVID-19 versus patients who happen to test positive for COVID-19, but have been admitted for some other health ailment. That’s like saying these two states have finally decided to tell the truth. Great news. At long last. But great news that’s come almost two years too late. Why were statistics allowed to be so badly skewed in the first place? From the erroneously reported hospital statistics come coronavirus-tied statements like this — from none other than Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: “Those numbers show that omicron is as deadly and causes as much serious disease in the unvaccinated as delta did. … We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators.” Umm … no. Not even close. The fact Sotomayor made that ridiculously flawed remark during a court hearing on two coronavirus cases that hold potential to clamp individual liberties and free choice more than any other judicial consideration in recent history — more, even, than Obamacare — only underscores the importance of truthful reporting on medical statistics. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jan/10/covid-19-stats-finally-take-turn-truth/
Socialists Don’t Sleep is about all the sneaky ways the secular left has pressed Socialism into American politics and life – AND WHY CHRISTIANS ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN STOP IT!
“Socialists Don’t Sleep is one of those timely books that just points out the roots of what’s gone wrong in America, how we can get our country back on track to what founders envisioned and the Judeo-Christian community that holds the key to America’s long-term successes.” — Gov. Mike Huckabee, New York Times Bestselling author & Host of Huckabee
“Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — when it comes to socialism in America, these two aren’t the problem. Per se. They’re simply symptoms of the real problems that usher in Socialism: a dysfunctional entitlement-minded society, a propaganda-pushing school system, a decayed culture, a sieve-like border. As Cheryl Chumley points out in Socialists Don’t Sleep, we can’t root out socialism unless we first address the real problems.” — Michael Savage, New York Times Bestselling author & host of The Savage Nation
Socialists Don’t Sleep: Christians Must Rise or America Will Fall tells how America has gone from a country of rights coming from God – NOT government – to a country that embraces Socialism – where the US government is now expected to pretty much provide from cradle to the grave. Cheryl K. Chumley, an award-winning journalist and contributing editor to The Washington Times, explains how to return the country to its glory days of God-given, and why Christians, more than any other group, are best equipped to lead the way.
“What is it about the founding principles of America that the secular progressive left would make better? The answer is: Nothing. In her new book, Cheryl Chumley reminds us of those principles and calls on those who still believe in them to engage the failed policies and ideology of Socialism and atheism and to fight back.” — Cal Thomas, Nationally-syndicated Conservative Columnist
Almost half of reported NY COVID-19 hospitalizations are not due to COVID-19 New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released data Friday breaking down COVID-19 hospitalizations by those who were admitted due to the virus and those who were admitted for other reasons but were found to have the illness. Included in the data was a chart showing “how many hospitalized individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 were admitted for COVID-19/COVID-19 complications and how many were admitted for non-COVID-19 conditions.” According to the provided statistics, in approximately 43% of hospital admissions “COVID was not included as one of the reasons for admission.” Such cases totaled 4,928 as of Jan. 7, compared to 6,620 patients “admitted due to COVID or complications of COVID.” According to the same data set, a staggering 51% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in New York City were not due to COVID-19 or related symptoms. The numbers show that 3,060 patients were hospitalized for reasons other than COVID-19, while only 2,992 were admitted due to the illness. “My administration is hard at work making testing, vaccines, boosters and masks more widely available in to fight this winter surge,” Hochul said. “While we are prepared to deal with whatever comes our way using the tools we know are effective, it will take a concerted effort on the part of every New Yorker to beat this pandemic and protect our loved ones.”
How vaccine mandates became a political weapon Just before Christmas, as the Omicron surge was picking up steam, White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeffrey Zients issued a remarkable statement. He began by reassuring “the vaccinated” that “you’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this”, but followed this optimistic bromide with a dose of fire and brimstone: “For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.” This rhetoric seemed unlikely to spook any of the vaccine-hesitant into getting jabbed. After all, they have already been exposed to plenty of dire warnings about the virus, and are unlikely to be receptive to the admonitions of an administration they have already ignored. Rather, the real addressees of Zients’s sermon were the vaccinated, who could assure themselves that they are on the side of the good. Early in the Covid era, many believed the virus had made clear that “we’re all in this together”. The pandemic, we were told, would instil a sense of collective responsibility premised on our biological interconnectedness. Yet the reality, starkly revealed by Zients’s proclamation, is that we have entered a new age of biopolitical balkanisation, evident not only in the drastic policy divergence between red and blue states but also in the latter’s attempts to exclude the unvaccinated from public life.
Pope on COVID vaccines says health care a ‘moral obligation’ Pope Francis suggested Monday that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was a “moral obligation” and denounced how people had been swayed by “baseless information” to refuse one of the most effective measures to save lives during the pandemic. Francis used some of his strongest words yet calling for people to get vaccinated in a speech to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See, an annual event in which he sets out the Vatican’s foreign policy goals for the year. Francis, 85, has generally shied away from speaking about vaccination as a “moral obligation,” though his COVID-19 advisors have referred to it as a “moral responsibility.” Rather, Francis has termed vaccination as “an act of love” and that refusing to get inoculated was “suicidal.” On Monday he went a step further, saying that individuals had a responsibility to care for themselves “and this translates into respect for the health of those around us. Health care is a moral obligation,” he asserted. He lamented that, increasingly, ideological divides were discouraging people from getting vaccinated. “Frequently people let themselves be influenced by the ideology of the moment, often bolstered by baseless information or poorly documented facts,” he said, calling for the adoption of a “reality therapy” to correct this distortion.
Special Guest Rep Jon Jacobsen
A banker/attorney, Jon is Sr. Trust Officer/V.P. for Security National Bank in Council Bluffs & co-hosted KMA Radio’s 11-time IBNA Award-Winning “You Ain’t Heard Nothing” w/ Dean Jennings, and was named “Omaha’s Morning Answer” Radio’s Iowa Legislator of the Year in 2018. Raised in Marion, IA, Jon was Eagle Scout, and is a CR Regis High alumnus. He resides in C.B. with his wife Debra, who together have 2 grown sons and 1 daughter. Jacobsen earned B.S.B.A. (major, Finance), Summa Cum Laude from Creighton, and Juris Doctor degree from the U. of Iowa College of Law. Jon is a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu & Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies. He is a member of the Iowa and NE State Bar Associations, & is Past President of CB Estate Planning Council & member of Omaha EPC. Jacobsen is Past Chair of the Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Schools Board, Jon served on the Board of Directors for Iowa Right to Life Committee, & was member of the CHI Health Foundation Board and Mercy Hospital CB Charitable Council.
Jacobsen was President of greater Omaha’s Cathedral Arts Project, served on St. Cecilia Educational Endowment Cte., & is member of Cardinal Newman Society. Jon headed KoC Fr. Flanagan Council Culture of Life Cte. Jon is member of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, & was a Development Committee Member for VSS Catholic Communications. A past member of Treynor Optimist Club, Jacobsen has starred as Jimmy-Stewart-as-George-Bailey in Grist Mill Fine Arts Council sold-out production “It’s a Wonderful Life,” & as Ronald Reagan at Pott. Co. IA GOP Lincoln Dinner, & is member of John Wayne Museum. Jon chaired C-SPAN2 prime-time nationally televised Iowa Caucus from Treynor, January 2012. Jacobsen has emceed both at annual dinners for Gabriel’s Corner in Council Bluffs & at annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast/National Day of Prayer, is a charter member & Speak for Life emcee of Love CB, & has hosted motion picture appreciations, incl. as co-licensee for Iowa-Nebraska premiere of “The 13th Day.” Jon was a popular adjunct Instructor at Kaplan University.
Group of Iowa House Republicans to put forward anti-vaccine mandate bill Some Republicans in the Iowa House of Representatives want to propose a bill at the start of the legislative session aimed at stopping employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccines. Republican House legislators Jon Jacobsen and Mark Cisneros are behind the idea. The bill would prohibit a business or a person from gaining access to an individual’s medical treatment status, including vaccinations. Businesses in the state would also not be able to require people to wear masks. This means that no one could be denied goods or services based on wearing a mask or their vaccination status. This also takes into account employment considerations, which some industries have implemented already such as hospitals. However, there are other issues that are more prominent for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds at the start of the legislative session. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week on the Biden administration’s vaccine-or-test mandate. Reynolds told reporters last week that she wants to wait on how the courts handled it before tackling mandates. But her opinion on mandates is clear. “It has not been helpful for the mixed messaging that has come out of this administration,” Reynolds said. “That has not been helpful through any of this. Mandates don’t work, it digs people in.” Iowa House Speaker Pat Grassley agreed with the governor on Tuesday about waiting on how the court cases pan out at the federal level.
Walensky says Sotomayor’s pediatric COVID hospitalization number was off dramatically CDC Director Rochelle Walensky clarified that the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 is nowhere close to the statistic put forth by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Friday, while noting that Americans can still work to reduce hospitalization by getting vaccinated. Speaking with “Fox News Sunday,” Walensky provided an update on the current numbers, confirming to host Bret Baier that there are fewer than 3,500 children in hospitals with COVID-19. “Yeah, but, you know, here’s what I can tell you about our pediatric hospitalizations now,” Walkensky said. “First of all, the vast majority of children who are in the hospital are unvaccinated, and for those children who are not eligible for vaccination we do know they are most likely to get sick with COVID if their family members aren’t vaccinated.” During oral arguments in a case involving the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses with at least 100 employees, Sotomayor brought up children suffering during the pandemic, pulling out a number that earned her four “Pinocchios” from the Washington Post‘s fact-checker.
Vaccine mandate unlikely to survive Supreme Court, expert says The Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for large employers may not survive the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, according to one legal expert. The court heard arguments Friday on a challenge to the mandate, which applies to businesses with at least 100 employees. Conservative justices on the court appeared to view the administration’s requirement as overstepping government authority. Brian Dean Abramson, an adjunct professor of vaccine law at Florida International University’s College of Law, said on “NewsNation Prime” on Sunday that the mandate could be stopped or at least altered by the court. “Certainly I think it is unlikely to go into effect exactly as it stands,” Abramson said. Abramson added he thinks it’s possible the court stays the rule or at least adds conditions to make it difficult for OSHA to prosecute companies that are not complying. Fully vaccinated and mostly masked, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared skeptical Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-testing requirement on the nation’s large employers. The court seemed more open to a separate vaccine mandate for most health care workers. Abramson said Justice Amy Coney Barrett highlighted a potential weakness of the mandate in that OSHA’s rule didn’t take into account the particular circumstances of companies or employees.
Questions of The Day!
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Novak Djokovic wins visa appeal, judge permits him to stay in Australia Novak Djokovic won his visa appeal against the Australian government on Monday. Australian Federal Court quashed the government’s decision to cancel the Serbian tennis star’s visa on Monday, ending his detention and appearing to clear the path for him to play in the Australian Open. The 34-year-old was fighting deportation and the cancelation of his visa over the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination rules. The government canceled his visa shortly after he arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday because officials determined he didn’t meet the criteria for an exemption to an entry requirement that all non-citizens be fully vaccinated against coronavirus. Djokovic argued he didn’t need proof of vaccination because he had contracted the illness last month. Australian medical authorities ruled that a temporary exemption for the vaccine rule can be provided to people who had been infected with COVID-19 within six months. Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly noted that Djokovic had provided officials at the airport with a medical exemption given to him by Tennis Australia, which organizes the Australian Open, and two medical panels.