December 8th, 2022 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:
Biden Admin Releases Russian Arms Dealer to Free WNBA’s Brittney Griner Russia freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a dramatic high-level prisoner exchange, with the U.S. releasing notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, American and Russian officials said. The swap, at a time of heightened tensions over Ukraine, achieved a top goal for President Joe Biden, but carried a heavy price — and left behind an American jailed for nearly four years in Russia. The deal, the second such exchange in eight months with Russia, procured the release of the most prominent American detained abroad. Griner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist whose monthslong imprisonment on drug charges brought unprecedented attention to the population of wrongful detainees. Biden’s authorization to release a Russian felon once nicknamed “the Merchant of Death” underscored the escalating pressure that his administration faced to get Griner home, particularly after the recent resolution of her criminal case and her subsequent transfer to a penal colony. The swap was confirmed by U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the negotiations who were not authorized to publicly discuss the deal before a White House announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. Biden spoke with Griner on the phone Thursday while her wife, Cherelle, was in the Oval Office. The president was to address reporters later in the morning.
Joe Biden Can’t Find Time to Inspect Border After Vacationing 271 Days in 2 Years: ‘There Are More Important Things’ President Joe Biden on Tuesday refused to conduct a first-time inspection of the southern border invasion, claiming there were “more important things going on.” Yet the president has found the opportunity to vacation 271 times in the past two years. Biden, ending his second year as president, has yet to inspect the invasion on the southern border. In fact, Biden has never reportedly toured the border in his life. The president has made time, however, to go on vacation for all or part of 271 days to destinations including Camp David, Delaware, and Nantucket, according to the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) research team’s so-called Big Guy Tracker. Delaware seems to be where Biden spends most of his time off. The RNC estimates he has visited his home in Delaware for all or part of 188 days (58 trips). Those trips have cost American taxpayers more than $11 million, Fox News reported. When Fox News’s Peter Doocy asked Biden on Tuesday when he might finally find time to inspect the southern border, Biden responded that it was not his highest priority. “There are more important things going on,” he said.
White House slams Congress for move to rescind military’s vaccine mandate The White House said on Wednesday that scrapping the requirement that U.S. troops get vaccinated for COVID-19 is a mistake, as lawmakers moved closer to requiring the Pentagon to rescind its vaccine mandate. Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who is vying to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and other Republicans have been pushing the Biden administration to lift the mandate, arguing in part that it hurts recruiting. President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and military leaders have strongly backed the vaccine mandate as necessary to safeguard the health and readiness of the U.S. armed forces. “We continue to believe that repealing the vaccine mandate is a mistake,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters. “Republicans in Congress have obviously decided that they’d rather fight against the health and well being of those troops, rather than protecting them,” Kirby added. A compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which sets defense policy for the Pentagon, would scrap the vaccine mandate. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and House this month, and be sent to the White House for Biden to sign into law.
Youngkin moves toward reimbursements for ‘unjust’ COVID-19 fines in Virginia Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) announced on Tuesday that he plans to reimburse individuals and businesses who paid fines for violating most state COVID-19 restrictions put in place by his Democratic predecessor. Youngkin signed an executive order directing all state agencies to report all COVID-19 fines and disciplinary actions they imposed, and the governor said he plans to develop a reimbursement process in his upcoming budget proposal for the restrictions imposed by former Gov. Ralph Northam (D). “The fact that businesses are still dealing with COVID-19 related penalties and fines is infuriating,” Youngkin said in a statement. “Livelihoods are on the line,” he added. “In the previous administration, we saw our government shut down businesses, close our schools and separate us from each other. While we can’t undo the damage done during the Northam administration, we are taking action going forward to end COVID-era draconian overreach.” But the Virginia Republican said he will direct agencies to halt collection and enforcement of the other pandemic restriction fines in the upcoming budget request. “I look forward to working with the General Assembly to address this, forgive COVID fines and fees and restore licenses that were unjustly suspended,” Youngkin said. Youngkin added that the review and reimbursements will not apply to violations in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospitals.
Schumer: We Can Now ‘Subpoena All Kinds of’ ‘Climate Bad Deeds’ On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated that with a 51-seat margin in the Senate, Democrats will now have subpoena power in the chamber, so “we can subpoena all kinds of corporate bad deeds, climate bad deeds, all kinds of other things.” And the extra seat is “a dramatic change in the Senate.” While discussing the advantages of Democrats having 51 seats in the Senate as opposed to 50, Schumer said, “The bottom line is 51 is so much better than 50 for a bunch of reasons.” Schumer explained that President Joe Biden’s nominees can be confirmed much quicker with 51 seats and that Democrats will have a majority on committees in the Senate rather than having the committees be tied, so they can pass more legislation in the Senate. He concluded, “Third, we have subpoena power, which we didn’t. And everyone says, well, you don’t want to subpoena the Biden administration, no. But we can subpoena all kinds of corporate bad deeds, climate bad deeds, all kinds of other things. So, that’s going to be tremendous, as well. So, it’s a dramatic change in the Senate. 50 was great. 51 is even better.”
FDA Supplement Censorship Strikes Again The FDA’s censorship of free speech about the benefits of supplements has now extended into heart health supplements like vitamin B3 and fish oil. When will this lunacy end? Action Alert! In a slew of warning letters, the FDA has targeted seven companies for claiming that their supplements treat heart disease. Well, not heart disease exactly: what the FDA has issue with is these supplements claiming to be able to lower cholesterol, even though we know they can. This is part of a larger censorship effort by the FDA and the federal government we have reported on a number of times. The point of these attacks on legal claims is to help shore up the monopoly of FDA-approved drugs that fund the agency. It has to stop. The law allows supplement companies to make “structure/function” claims. These claims allow a company to describe the effect of a nutrient on the normal structure or function of the human body, for example, “calcium builds strong bones.” But in practice, the FDA has barred many legal structure/function claims by claiming they are “implied disease claims,” a term which the FDA invented. For example, the truthful claim that chromium lowers blood sugar levels is deemed an implied claim that the product is a treatment for diabetes. Only FDA-approved drugs can claim to treat, prevent, or mitigate a disease, so the FDA is using an underhanded method to reject many legal health claims on the basis that they are actually “implied disease claims.” Another strategy the FDA has used is to claim that things like inflammation and hangovers are actually diseases, so supplements can’t make claims related to reducing inflammation or helping with hangovers.
New Autopsy Report Reveals Those Who Died Suddenly Were Likely Killed by the Covid Vaccine A major new autopsy report has found that three people who died unexpectedly at home with no pre-existing disease shortly after Covid vaccination were likely killed by the vaccine. A further two deaths were found to be possibly due to the vaccine. The report, published in Clinical Research in Cardiology, the official journal of the German Cardiac Society, detailed autopsies carried out at Heidelberg University Hospital in 2021. Led by Thomas Longerich and Peter Schirmacher, it found that in five deaths that occurred within a week of the first or second dose of vaccination with Pfizer or Moderna, inflammation of the heart tissue due to an autoimmune response triggered by the vaccine had likely or possibly caused the death.In total the report looked at 35 autopsies carried out at the University of Heidelberg in people who died within 20 days of Covid vaccination, of which 10 were deemed on examination to be due to a pre-existing illness and not the vaccine. For the remaining 20, the report did not rule out the vaccine as a cause of death, which Dr. Schirmacher has confirmed to me is intentional as the autopsy results were inconclusive. Almost all of the remaining cases were of a cardiovascular cause, as indicated in the table below from the supplementary materials, where 21 of the 30 deaths are attributed to a cardiovascular cause. One of these is attributed to blood clots (VITT) from AstraZeneca vaccination (the report was looking specifically at post-vaccine myocarditis deaths), leaving 20 from other cardiovascular causes.
Special Guest Brent Hamachek
Brent Hamachek, author of ZELENKO: How To Decapitate The Serpent, is and author, speaker, and has had his own business consulting practice since 2000. He is also the co-founder of Common Ground Campus, and a member of Human Events Media Group, parent company of Human Events and The Post Millennial. He earned a BS in Finance & Economics from Lake Superior State University; a post-graduate degree from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, and he also did his master’s studies in theology at Loyola University Chicago.
Missouri Bills Would Legalize Retail Sale of Raw Milk Bills prefiled in the Missouri House and Senate would legalize retail sales of raw milk in the state and take a step toward nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in effect. Rep. Ann Kelly (R) filed House Bill 78 (HB78) on Dec 1. Sen. Bill White (R) filed a companion – Senate Bill 86 (SB86) – on the same day. The legislation would legalize the sale of “Grade A retail raw milk or cream” produced in Missouri at grocery stores, restaurants, soda fountains, or similar establishments, as long as the milk is clearly marked with a specified warning label. “Grade A retail raw milk or cream” is defined as “raw milk or cream produced upon dairy farms conforming to sanitation and bacteriological standards that meet or exceed those of Grade A pasteurized milk.” The legislation includes inspection requirements for raw milk bottlers and distributors. Currently, Missouri law only allows the sale and delivery of raw milk directly from the farm to a consumer. Enactment of this legislation would not only take another step toward opening up the raw milk market in Missouri; it would also move forward efforts to nullify a federal raw milk prohibition scheme in practice and effect. FDA officials insist that unpasteurized milk poses a health risk because of its susceptibility to contamination from cow manure, a source of E. coli. “It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed,” agency spokeswoman Tamara N. Ward said in November 2011.