March 11th, 2021 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:
Reactions to House Passed Coronavirus Bill: ‘Democrats Are Living in Fantasy Land’ The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package on Wednesday with one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME), voting against the measure. All House Republicans voted against the bill. The reaction to the package passing mostly towed party lines. President Joe Biden retweeted, “Help is here,” in celebration of the legislation that only allocates nine percent of the bill’s funding towards “defeating the virus.” The White House also released a statement, heralding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as “the finest and most capable speaker in the history of our nation.” The press release did not include any thoughts on Golden’s lone Democrat “no” vote. Marie Follayttar, Director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership, did release a statement condemning Golden’s vote. “I cannot find a reasonable justification to vote against a bill that provides direct relief to 90% of Mainers, supports our schools and town budgets, funds shots in our arms,” she wrote. Golden defended his vote by stating, “My vote today should not be construed as an unwillingness to support constituents and the economy through this pandemic. That very willingness is why I have supported $4 trillion in spending in the last year on food assistance, child care subsidies, relief for renters and homeowners, federal unemployment assistance and support for small businesses.”
Democrats’ Stimulus Bill Will Accustom Many Americans to Monthly Government Checks The Senate on Saturday passed the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion stimulus bill without a single Republican vote. This week, the House plans to take up the Senate bill, to avoid further negotiations. White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, speaking to CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, called the pork-filled bill “a historic and transformational piece of legislation” that “is going to cut child poverty in half, in part by making a historic investment in the child tax credit.” In addition to direct “stimulus” payments of $1,400 that will go out to individuals earning up to $75,000 and married couples earning up to $150,000, the bill also includes an expanded child tax credit for 2021, boosting that credit from the current $2,000 to $3,000 ($3,600 for children 5 and under). Even families who earn little or no income would get the money. And — in a new twist — families won’t have to wait until they file their taxes to get the child tax credit. The payments would start going out monthly this July through December, sort of like the universal basic income payments advocated by some leftists (see below). According to Rep. Richard Neal’s website, the expanded child allowance is a “down payment on Democrats’ anti-poverty plans.”
Trifecta: Federal Taxes, Spending and Deficit All Set Records Through February Federal taxes, federal spending and the federal deficit all set records in the first five months of fiscal 2021 (October through February), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. Federal taxes hit a record $1,436,334,000,000 for the October-through-February period; and federal spending hit a record $2,482,988,000,000. That resulted in a record deficit of $1,046,654,000,000. This is the first time that the federal deficit has ever exceeded a trillion dollars in the first five months of the fiscal year. When the historical deficit numbers for the October-through-February period are adjusted for inflation into constant February 2021 dollars, the second highest deficit for that period was 2010, when the federal government ran an October-through -February deficit of $790,715,410,000 in constant February 2021 dollars. When the historical tax numbers are adjusted into constant February 2021 dollars, the second highest tax collections in the first five months of the fiscal year occurred in 2020, when the federal government collected $1,389,659,670,000 in the October-through-February period. The third highest tax returns for the first five months of the fiscal year came in 2016, when the federal government collected $1,384,748,280,000 in that period.
China Urges W.H.O. to Let It Run Global ‘Vaccine Passport’ System Chinese Communist Party “experts” urged the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) on Tuesday to let China build and run a global database for “vaccine passports” documenting if every person on earth has received a Chinese coronavirus vaccine. The Communist Party launched its domestic “vaccine passport” system Wednesday, despite W.H.O. officials urging countries not to implement such a system due to unequal access to vaccines and the variety in the quality of the available offerings around the world. The “vaccine passport” — A digital certification that confirms a person has received a coronavirus vaccination — joins China’s larger “social credit system,” which judges every citizen and awards them numerical “scores” based on how much the Party approves of their behavior. The behavior judged can vary from littering and volunteering, which result in respectively lower or higher social credit scores, to the display of public opinions either in favor or against the Communist Party. China’s social credit system has prevented millions of citizens from traveling through banning them from purchasing airplane, train, or public transportation tickets. China is similarly limiting citizens who do not receive a vaccine against the Chinese coronavirus from widespread travel.
Farmers react to billions in COVID-19 relief bill for Black farmers: ‘Where did common sense go?’ The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that President Biden is set to sign includes billions of dollars in debt relief and other assistance for farmers of color. But the incorporation of race-based criteria for that relief is leaving other farmers scratching their heads. “Just because you’re a certain color you don’t have to pay back money? I don’t care if you’re purple, black, yellow, white, gray, if you borrow money you have to pay it back,” Kelly Griggs, who runs her 1,800-acre farm with her husband in Humboldt, Tennessee, told Fox News in an interview. “My reaction is, Where did common sense go?” Griggs said. “We can’t strike. We can’t stop. That’s the part that really sucks. These people in Washington who make decisions for us and our livelihood have probably never stepped foot on a real farm.” The relief package includes an estimated $4 billion to pay up to 120% of Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American farmers’ outstanding debt as of Jan. 1, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The package also designates about $1 billion for equity commissions, agricultural training, improved land access and other assistance to advance racial justice in farming.
The Authoritarians: Their Assault on Individual Liberty, the Constitution, and Free Enterprise from the 19th Century to the Present
Jonathan W. Emord is one of the nation’s foremost experts on constitutional and administrative law and has practiced before the federal courts and agencies for thirty-five years. In The Authoritarians, Emord reveals the untold story and largely hidden practices of Authoritarians who have worked inside the United States government to undermine the Constitution and override rights protections since the earliest days of the Progressive Era.Emord traces the intellectual origins of Authoritarianism to its Hegelian roots in Germany. He shows how legions of academics, trained to hate the American system of government, became predominant in the major universities of America, entered government as top advisors, and successfully orchestrated an overthrow of the Constitution’s limits on power which put the rights of individuals in jeopardy from the Progressive Era through the New Deal to today. In The Authoritarians, readers learn how Authoritarians endorsed forced sterilization of 60,000 American citizens whom they deemed “undesirable” and “unfit”. Readers also learn how Authoritarians selectively created monopolies and overcame the constitutional limits on government power the Founding Fathers put in the Constitution to prevent tyranny, thus ushering in the foundation for a socialist state.
In The Authoritarians, Emord reveals the lies told by advocates of the Black Lives Matter organization, Antifa, and the 1619 Project. He presents the startling fact that the first slaves in the Jamestown Colony in 1619 were not blacks, but whites and that in the antebellum South slave owners were not only white, but black. Readers also learn the inherent failings of socialism; the tremendous cost it imposes on human lives; and the grave threat to the survival and success of liberty and justice in America posed by Authoritarians such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Ed Markey, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris. The Authoritarians unveils a detailed strategy for restoring constitutional protection for individual rights and fending off the horrors of a socialist tidal wave now drenching America.
Unmasked: Across Texas, elation and caution as COVID-19 restrictions end after a year Roxanne Espinosa’s life changes today. For the last year, the 34-year-old mom has been masking up and avoiding taking her children to their favorite places in Hockley due to pandemic closures. But today, the statewide mask mandate and coronavirus restrictions on business are lifted, and Espinosa sees life returning to normal in her rural home in unincorporated Harris County. No more waiting for a seat at a restaurant due to low capacity, a situation normally unheard of in her town of 16,000 residents. No more avoiding places like Monkey Joe’s, where her children can expend their energy in the bouncy castles and play video games without restrictions. No more struggling to breathe through her mask as she recovers from pneumonia — for her, that’s the biggest perk of Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift pandemic restrictions starting Wednesday. “I’m just excited not to have to wear a mask,” she said. “I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I feel really strongly about that.” For the first time since last summer, Texans woke up Wednesday to new possibilities as restaurants and bars were free to operate at 100% capacity, local communities, businesses and schools were authorized to drop mask requirements and concerts and events are once again allowed — at least according to state guidelines.
Denmark, Norway temporarily suspend AstraZeneca COVID shots after blood clot reports Health authorities in Denmark, Norway and Iceland on Thursday suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shots following reports of the formation of blood clots in some people who had been vaccinated. Austria earlier stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca shots while investigating a death from coagulation disorders and an illness from a pulmonary embolism. Still, the European medicine regulator EMA said the vaccine’s benefits outweighed its risks and could continue to be administered. Europe is struggling to speed up a vaccine rollout after delivery delays from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, even as a spike in cases amid a more contagious virus variant has triggered fresh lockdowns in countries like Italy and France. Denmark suspended the shots for two weeks after a 60-year-old woman, who was given an AstraZeneca shot from the same batch used in Austria, formed a blood clot and died, Danish health authorities said. Their response was also prompted by reports “of possible serious side effects” from other European countries. “It is currently not possible to conclude whether there is a link. We are acting early, it needs to be thoroughly investigated,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said on Twitter.
Alberta Appeal Court orders 3rd trial over toddler death for David and Collet Stephan Alberta’s top court has ordered a third trial for a couple who said they thought their toddler son had croup and were treating him with natural remedies before he died. David and Collet Stephan were accused of not seeking medical attention sooner for 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in 2012. A jury convicted them in 2016, but the Supreme Court of Canada overturned that verdict and ordered a second trial. A judge hearing the case without a jury found them not guilty in 2019. The Alberta Court of Appeal on Monday granted a request by the Crown to overturn the acquittal. David Stephan responded to the decision in a text to The Canadian Press. Alberta Justice didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Over the course of their trials, the Stephans testified that they initially thought Ezekiel had croup, an upper airway infection, and treated him with natural remedies, including a smoothie with tinctures of garlic, onion and horseradish. They said he appeared to be recovering at times and they saw no reason to take him to hospital, despite his having a fever and lacking energy. They called an ambulance when the boy stopped breathing.
The Nation’s Largest Farmers Market: FarmMatch Allows You to Shop Online at Local Farms in Your Area Max Kane was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease after years of eating the standard American diet high in salt, fat, and sugar. While it’s not clear whether his poor diet brought about this autoimmune disease, what is clear was things changed when he began working with his dietitian. Kane’s health flourished, he gained 50 lbs. of lean-muscle mass, and the catalyst was a new eating program consisting solely of foods grown and made on farms in his area. Along with his diet and health, Kane’s attitude changed as well, and he took up the torch as a proud member of the farm-to-table, small farm movement by creating FarmMatch.com—the simplest tool desirable for those looking to support small farmers in their area, and to increase the quality of the contents of their fridge. FarmMatch.com couldn’t be simpler to use. Just enter your zip code, choose from the list of farms, fill up your basket with their products, and then choose whether you want to pick it up, or receive it at your door. Best of all, because many of these small farms provide foot to restaurants and other city locations, those living in the hearts of large cities can get farm-fresh produce and meat without needing drive an hour outside of town for the produce.
Miami Janitor Quietly Feeds Thousands, And Love’s The Reason A part-time janitor in Miami has cooked 1,000 meals a week for the hungry since the start of the pandemic. Meet Doramise Moreau. Moreau, a 60-year-old widow, works part-time as a janitor at a technical school, walking or taking the bus. But the work of her heart is feeding the hungry. Every Thursday and Friday, Moreau borrows her church’s truck to buy groceries. Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church pays for the food, relying on donations. Moreau then prepares the meals singlehandedly, while church volunteers serve or deliver them to people in need. “Americans, Spanish, Haitian, they come here,” she said. “Even when I’m closing, they say, ‘Please, can I have some,’ and I give it to them, because if they go home and have nothing it hurts my feelings.” Despite her limited salary, she also feeds people back home in her little village north of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. She sends food pallets monthly to her sisters and brother, nieces, nephews and neighbors. “She takes care of everybody from A to Z,” said Reginald Jean-Mary, pastor at the church. “She’s a true servant. She goes beyond the scope of work to be a presence of hope and compassion for others.” And until recently, she’s done it all without a car. Last week, Moreau was surprised with a new Toyota Corolla by community leaders.
Woman Starts Food Pantry In Her Basement To Help Others During Pandemic A woman in Jackson County, West Virginia, has made a big difference during this pandemic by starting a food pantry in her own basement. Rhonda Lee started taking money out of her own pay checks to create a food pantry for those in need. “Some weeks it was 200, some weeks 100,” says Lee. When Lee was laid off in June, she continued the pantry going with the money she had saved. Lee says she has strived to find ways to give back to the community after others helped her when she lost everything in a flash flood in 1995. “I know what it’s like to get up one day and everything’s gone,” she says. “They helped me, and I’m in a position, I’m gonna help others.” Lee says she helps anyone, no matter the circumstances. She even goes the extra mile and drops the boxes of food off herself. “We don’t tell people ‘no’,” she told WSAZ. “We just say ‘how can we help?’, ‘what do you need?'” For these reasons, Lee has been nominated for a local hometown hero award by her community.
When people move, they throw out food. This company brings it to food banks In 2009, Adam Lowy was working at his family’s moving company, helping families pack up and move to a new home. After some time working odd jobs at the company, he noticed that many families would leave behind plenty of items — including food. “When people move, they throw away a whole bunch of stuff: food, clothing, furniture, you name it,” Lowy told TODAY. “And what bothered us was the perfectly good, nonperishable food that was getting left behind in the pantry, or simply thrown in the trash.” He started asking relocating families one question — and Move for Hunger was born. “Moving’s stressful, you know? It’s not a fun experience, there’s a lot going on,” Lowy said. “And we started by asking a very simple question: ‘Do you want to donate your food when you move?'” Within a month, Lowy and the moving company had donated 300 pounds of food to a local food bank. It was easy for him and other movers to simply collect food and drop it off at the food bank, and Lowy said that it opened his eyes to the need in his area.
Questions of The Day!
My significant other was diagnosed with a high-risk form of HPV following a pap smear. She is currently treating this using sovereign silver! How would you suggest I treat myself so she and I don’t continuously pass this on to one another, if there is the potential for that to happen? How often would you suggest the silver be taken orally, and would direct treatment down below be warranted also?
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