Aug 3, 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:
Trump indicted on four counts, accused of making ‘knowingly false’ claims in bid to overturn 2020 election results Former President Donald Trump was indicted Tuesday in connection with his attempts to overturn the 2020 election result, with federal prosecutors charging he made “knowingly false” claims of voter fraud in a desperate bid to stay in power after his defeat by Joe Biden. The third indictment brought in four months against Trump, 77, consists of four counts — conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy against rights. The 45th president faces up to 55 years in prison if convicted on all charges. However, even if found guilty, Trump can still contest the 2024 presidential election, in which he’s the frontrunner for the Republican nomination and polling neck-and-neck with Biden in general-election matchups. The indictment does not specifically charge Trump with the crime of inciting a riot through his defiant Jan. 6 speech in which he told thousands of supporters to descend on Congress or with specifically conspiring with rioters who pillaged the Capitol to disrupt certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. Six alleged co-conspirators are described but not named in the document and it’s unclear if they ultimately will face criminal charges. Context included in the indictment makes clear that five of the co-conspirators are former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Trump attorneys John Eastman and Sidney Powell, former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark and another Trump-linked attorney, Kenneth Chesebro.
Musk’s X Corp. Sues Authors of ‘Disinformation Dozen’ Report Over Alleged ‘Scare Campaign’ X Corp., the parent company of the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, on Monday sued the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), alleging the group “embarked on a scare campaign” to deter advertisers from the platform by “engaging in a series of unlawful acts designed to improperly gain access to protected X Corp. data.” Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit accused CCDH of “masquerading” as a research agency and using improperly obtained login credentials to access company data. According to the complaint, CCDH used the data to “cherry-pick from the hundreds of millions of posts made each day on X and falsely claim it had statistical support showing the platform is overwhelmed with harmful content.” X Corp. estimated it lost at least tens of millions of dollars in advertising revenue and other costs as a direct result of CCDH’s actions. Citing CCDH’s claims, Time magazine last month wrote that “during Musk’s tenure, hate speech towards minority communities increased.” Time quoted CCDH’s director of research, Callum Hood, as saying, “Musk is not keeping his promises to advertisers, and their ads are appearing next to really harmful content.” A U.K.-based nonprofit with operations in the U.S., CCDH is linked to at least nine dark money sources, according to a report by Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo.
Doctors have their own diagnosis: ‘Moral distress’ from an inhumane health system The young man was in his mid-20s when he came to see me for severe abdominal pain at my small community clinic. The pain, worse than any he’d ever experienced, had persisted for weeks and was getting worse. He cried out when I examined him. I didn’t know the cause of his pain, but I could think of possibilities, including a ruptured appendix, a perforated ulcer or pancreatitis. He needed an urgent CT scan and a surgical consult. The fastest way to get both was to send him to the emergency room. But the man said he couldn’t go. He was uninsured. As his family physician, I had to convince him. I explained the need for further evaluation, the risk of waiting. I told him the ER was legally bound to assess and stabilize him. They could arrange a payment plan. Still he hesitated, explaining that he couldn’t pay the bill. This young man is one of many patients I’ve seen over the years who needed care and couldn’t afford it. I knew that hospital charges might exceed his annual payments for rent. He could face years of debt, even bankruptcy. I don’t recall his diagnosis, but I think he managed to improve without surgery. I still wonder: Was I too quick to send him for emergency care? Did I do more harm than good? That feeling of ineptitude was a constant presence during the 13 years that I worked in public health clinics. I didn’t know it at the time – and my struggles were always eclipsed by the needs of my patients – but I was experiencing moral distress.
Special Guest Jim Evans
Jim Evans is the Executive Director of Community Christian Counseling in Terre Haute, Indiana. He earned a PhD in Biblical Counseling from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary and received 450 direct training hours from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Jim also earned a diplomate from the American College of Healthcare Executives and two master’s degrees in healthcare-related fields from Indiana Universities. Jim is an ordained Christian Minister and volunteer chaplain at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, where he had previously served as one of its Vice Presidents. He provides general counseling services and life coaching in his practice, but he has a special heart for the clergy and their family members. In addition, he is a Viet Nam veteran, so he has a strong connection with returning vets. Jim also serves on numerous volunteer boards for various Wabash Valley ministries. Jim and his wife, Teri, have been happily married for many years. He is the father of Christopher, the grandfather of Cayla and Patrick, and the great-grandfather of Liam. In years past, Jim was a nationally competitive strength athlete, a Corporate Olympics track and field athlete, and a road bicycle enthusiast. Jim is an accomplished golfer and continues to live a holistically healthy life.
Dr. Wendell Whitman was a tireless advocate for health freedom and a pioneer in the field of natural health. In 1991, recognizing the inadequacy of formal health education outside of the traditional medical field, he founded Trinity School of Natural Health.
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Biden administration puts the final nail in the coffin for incandescent light bulbs On Tuesday, the Biden administration put the final nail in the coffin for incandescent light bulbs, the result of a decade-plus-long legislative path. The journey began in 2007 when the Energy Independence and Security Act passed. That law required the Department of Energy to evaluate whether efficiency standards for light bulbs needed to be set or amended and required a minimum standard of energy efficiency for light bulbs of 45 lumens per watt to be considered. Lumens are a measure of how much light is coming from a light bulb and is a more modern measure than watts, which measures energy usage, according to the DOE. A rule requiring the minimum standard efficiency of 45 lumens per watt for light bulbs effectively bans halogen and incandescent bulbs. The 2007 law required that if the DOE determined a new energy efficiency standard was necessary, it should go into effect by January 1, 2017. But politics intervened as the Trump administration appealed those rules. The Biden administration picked the issue back up. And in April 2022, the Biden administration issued a rule requiring the minimum standard efficiency of 45 lumens per watt, which became effective in July. At that time, the Department of Energy said it would have a gradual transition to the new rule so that stores with inventory would not be stuck with light bulbs they could no longer sell. In Department of Energy lingo, this is called “progressive enforcement.” Full enforcement of the ban for retailers took effect on Tuesday.