August 12th, 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:
We Can’t Take On Global Tyranny Without Cleaning Our Own House The United States is in a great power rivalry with China and the world is seeing a resurgence of illiberalism. Following the June G-7 meeting amongst world leaders, President Biden remarked,“I think we’re in a contest — not with China per se, but a contest with autocrats, autocratic governments around the world — as to whether or not democracies can compete with them in the rapidly changing 21st century.” The goal is certainly laudable and comes at a time when democracies are fundamentally in decline. According to a report produced by the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg, the number of liberal democracies has decreased over the past ten years and electoral autocracies now contain 68% of the world’s population. Liberty is on the decline and something certainly needs to be done to turn the tide against the encroaching darkness. Biden certainly has some of the right instincts; reengage with the world, step up the diplomacy, rally our partners, and show everyone that the US is back. However, not only is this much easier said than done, there is one critical reform that needs to be addressed before we can have any hope of advancing liberty worldwide. Getting our own house in order and leading by example, not by hypocrisy. Biden’s sentiments are certainly admirable; however, he misses the important point that countries will not be inspired to follow the United States to a freer world if they have a poor perception of our own system.
Rand Paul Blasts YouTube for Censorship of His Coronavirus Remarks YouTube has issued the account of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a licensed doctor, with a one-week suspension for discussing the coronavirus pandemic and the United States’ response to it. Paul blasted the company in a company, saying: “YouTube now thinks they are smart enough and godly enough that they can oversee speech, even constitutionally protected speech.” Last week, YouTube removed an 8-minute clip of an interview with the Senator on Newsmax, in which he discussed U.S. funding of a lab in China that is increasingly believed to be the origin of the Chinese coronavirus, criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci for his public statements, and suggested an official investigation into the funding of gain-of-function research. The clip is still available on Rumble, a free speech-friendly alternative to YouTube. “We need to question whether we should be funding gain-of-function, making super viruses in the United States as well,” said Paul in the video. “It’s supposed to go through a special committee, but Dr. Fauci and others provide exemptions to all of these people and they have their hands in it,” continued Sen. Paul. “And remember this, Dr. Fauci has said, for years, publicly, that gain-of-function research is worth it, even if there were a pandemic he would say it was worth it. He was acknowledging as early as 2012 that a pandemic could occur from this research.”
Big Tab: Democrat-led Senate OKs more than $4 trillion of spending in less than 24 hours The Democratic-led Senate voted to authorize more than $4 trillion of federal spending in less than 24 hours between Tuesday and Wednesday morning. The Senate passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which includes $517 billion in new spending and a reauthorization of funding from the highway bill, at 11:17am on Tuesday. The Senate moved to debate on the Democrats’ filibuster-proof $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation proposal. The framework for the plan authorizing that level of federal spending passed in a 50-49 vote early Wednesday morning at 3:50am. The reconciliation bill includes new spending programs related to tuition free community college, universal pre-K, support for child care and Medicaid expansion. It contains tax increases such as a corporate tax rate hike to pay for part of the bill. Once the proposal is turned into formal legislative language, it will be put up for a final vote on the Senate floor. It can pass with every Democratic senators’ vote plus Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget estimates that both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Democrats’ budget reconciliation plan will ultimately cost more than Congress has estimated. CRFB estimates that the reconciliation proposal would result in roughly $1.75 trillion of borrowing.
Oregon Gov Kate Brown scraps need for high school students to prove proficiency in math, reading and writing to get diploma in bid to bolster minority students who ‘don’t test well’ The state of Oregon will no longer require its students to demonstrate proficiency in math, reading and writing in order to earn a high school diploma in a bid to bolster minority students. Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill late last month suspending the state’s ‘essential skills’ requirement for graduation for the next three years while its Department of Education seeks alternative graduation requirements. The bill extended a suspension of the requirements that was put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. Proponents of the measure have said the state’s proficiency specifications hurt disadvantaged students, while opponents say suspending them lowers the state’s learning standards. Charles Boyle, a spokesman for Brown, said the suspension will benefit ‘Oregon’s black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color’. ‘Leaders from those communities have advocated time and again for equitable graduation standards, along with expanded learning opportunities and supports,’ Boyle said. The bill, SB744, passed both chambers of Oregon’s Democrat-led Legislature in June, largely along party lines, with pushback from Republicans. It came as the US education system has come to a crossroads over how it approaches issues of race and equity, with fierce conflict over the teaching of critical race theory – a divisive academic movement that has driven a wedge in the nation’s education system in recent months.
U.S. employers get religion with vaccine mandates As coronavirus infections rise again, U.S. companies mandating vaccinations are confronting an uncomfortable question rarely asked by an employer – what is an employee’s religious belief? Google’s parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), Walmart Inc (WMT.N), and Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) are among the growing list of employers requiring some or all staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine. But with each mandate comes exceptions. Employers have to make reasonable accommodations for staff who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or refuse vaccination because of “sincerely held religious beliefs,” according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). “It’s such a touchy subject for both sides,” said Erin McLaughlin, a Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney lawyer who advises large employers. “This issue has moved to the forefront as we see more and more mandatory vaccination policies,” she said. She said there had been more regulator guidance on exemptions for disabilities than religious beliefs, adding to the challenge as companies draft vaccine policies. The widespread availability of coronavirus vaccines in the United States caused infections to drop dramatically from January to June, but driven largely by the Delta variant, the current 7-day moving average of daily new cases is up 33.7 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The EEOC defines religion broadly to include moral and ethical beliefs and can even include opposition to receiving injections of certain chemicals, said Raeann Burgo, an attorney with Fisher Phillips, a law firm which represents companies. Legal experts said it could take months for lawsuits to emerge over COVID-19 vaccines, but there are precedents that serve as a guide.
It’s good Cuomo’s gone, but don’t forget the nursing home scandal I’ve always said it doesn’t matter what ultimately brings down Gov. Cuomo. In the end, it turned out to be a report on sexual harassment. The abuse, detailed in state Attorney General Letitia James’ report last week, was repulsive. Those of us who lost parents, grandparents and in-laws to Cuomo’s killer nursing-home order can’t begrudge his other victims their victory. Still, it would be a tragedy of the downfall of Cuomo were to spell the end of the inquiry into his catastrophic nursing-home decision and the subsequent attempted cover-up. That would allow many Cuomo cronies and malefactors to carry on with their political and administrative careers without getting to the root of how the decision came to be made —and how the soon-to-be-former governor managed to hide its toll for months. Tuesday’s damning report from James concluded that the governor — the same one who was being hailed as a presidential candidate last summer — sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and New York state law. Listening to these women’s stories of being “terrified,” “demeaned” and being taken advantage of made me so angry. And not just because of the situations they were forced into, but because Cuomo almost got away with it.
Los Angeles City Council Votes 13-0 To Create Vaccination Requirement For Indoor Public Spaces Such As Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Concert Venues The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 today to have the city attorney prepare an ordinance requiring people to show proof of at least partial vaccination against Covid to enter most public indoor spaces in the city, including restaurants, bars, gyms, concert venues, movie theaters and even “retail establishments.” Council President Nury Martinez — who is in line take over as mayor once Eric Garcetti leaves — and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced the motion last Wednesday. “COVID-19 could be eradicated if we had mass vaccinations across the country and across the world,” O’Farrell said before noting the United States’ history eradicating smallpox and mostly eradicating polio through vaccinations. “Why on Earth is it OK in 2021 to have 30 plus people die in the county of Los Angeles from COVID over a three-day period, including an 11-year- old girl, when we have a vaccine that could have prevented all of that, accessible to everyone,” O’Farrell said. “This is not a vaccine mandate…we’re not going to deny anyone the ability to access essentials, food, medicine, etc., regardless of vaccination…but what is immoral is choosing not to get vaccinated, choosing to listen to some delusional rant on Twitter,” he added. The ordinance would be similar to a policy recently announced in New York City, but would be more restrictive with the inclusion of retail establishments. The New York policy restricts access only to more entertainment- oriented venues such as restaurants, fitness centers and theaters.
California requires vaccines, tests for teachers and staff California will become the first state in the nation to require all teachers and school staff to get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, as schools return from summer break amid growing concerns about the highly contagious delta variant, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday. The new policy applies to both public and private schools and will affect more than 800,000 employees, including about 320,000 public school teachers and a host of support staff such as cafeteria workers and cleaners, the state Department of Public Health said. It will also apply to school volunteers. Newsom announced the new policy at a San Francisco Bay Area school that reopened earlier this week to in-person classes. Many California schools are back in session, with others starting in the coming weeks. “We think this is the right thing to do, and we think this is a sustainable way to keeping our schools open and to address the number one anxiety that parents like myself have for young children,” said Newsom, who is a father of four. “That is knowing that the schools are doing everything in their power to keep our kids safe.” Several large school districts in the state have issued similar requirements in recent days, including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Long Beach Unified. California, like the rest of the country, has seen a troubling surge in COVID-19 infections because of the delta variant, which represents the vast majority of new cases. It has affected children more than previous strains of the virus, prompting a growing number of teachers unions to ease earlier opposition to vaccine mandates.
Unvaccinated students to pay $750 ‘Covid fee’ at West Virginia college, $500 at Alabama school A West Virginia college will charge unvaccinated students a “Covid fee” when they return to campus, while administrators at an Alabama school said students who have not been vaccinated will have to foot the bill for weekly testing. West Virginia Wesleyan College announced the nonrefundable $750 fee in a Covid-19 update on its website. The private liberal arts college, with roughly 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students, does not have a vaccine mandate, but encourages students and staff to get the shots prior to the start of the fall semester. The fee will also apply to students who fail to submit proof they have either been fully vaccinated or received the first dose. About 90 percent of the school’s faculty and staff have been fully vaccinated and a “large percentage of students” have received the shot, the college said. Unvaccinated students will have to wear a mask and social distance while on campus. They will also be required to undergo weekly testing. School officials said the fee will help cover the costs of testing. The college also said that anyone who contracts coronavirus while on campus will be provided a free 48-hour window of “contained housing.” After that time, infected students will be responsible for quarantining off-campus. If they cannot do so, they will be charged a $250 fee to stay on campus for the remainder of their quarantine period.
SPECIAL REPORT-How the pandemic laid bare America’s diabetes crisis It took the deadly disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic to expose a deeper, more intractable U.S. public-health crisis: For more than a decade, the world’s richest nation has been losing the battle against diabetes. Long before the pandemic, Kate Herrin was among the millions of Americans struggling to control their diabetes. Her problems often stemmed from her government-subsidized medical insurance. Doctors routinely rejected her Medicaid plan, and she repeatedly ran out of the test strips she needed to manage her daily insulin injections. She cycled in and out of emergency rooms with dangerously high blood-sugar levels, or hyperglycemia. Then COVID-19 hit. Herrin – poor and living alone – rarely left her apartment, ordering fast-food delivery instead of risking the grocery store. She stopped going in for regular lab tests. She had a harder time than ever securing medical supplies. Her health deteriorated further. On Dec. 15, Herrin and Elicia Heaston, her best friend, were swapping messages on Facebook midday when Herrin abruptly dropped off the conversation. Heaston called Herrin’s phone and got no answer. When a few more hours passed without any word, Heaston and her husband drove from their home in rural West Alexandria, Ohio, to Herrin’s apartment nearby and pounded on the door. No lights were on, but they could hear the television. Heaston called 911. When firefighters arrived, they found the 42-year-old dead on the bathroom floor. Herrin’s rescue dogs, Honey and Sugar, were lying quietly next to her. The coroner attributed the heart attack that killed Herrin to complications of type 2 diabetes. “She was afraid COVID would kill her,” Heaston said. “Instead, it isolated her, and her diabetes got worse. She didn’t need to die at 42.”
Questions of The Day!
Dr. Bell, About five years ago we were summarily ejected from our pediatricians office for refusing to allow him to administer FOUR different quad-valent vaccines (the equivalent of 16 ‘doses’) at one time. He told me to accept the vaccines or leave and not come back. I took my daughter and walked out.
After some research I found another MD who was willing to accept my daughter as a patient with full knowledge of my position. I received a call from a nurse in her office telling me my daughter is ‘behind on her vaccinations’ and MUST catch up. I simply said ‘that’s not going to happen.’
It now appears we’re about to be ejected from this practice as well. I can only surmise that the pressure of the current environment has caused our current MD to rethink her ‘open’ position.
Can you recommend a skilled osteopath (or MD who is still able to think for themselves) in the Winchester, VA area?
Thank you for your courage.
Can you recommend an osteopath in the Winchester, VA area ?
I really appreciate your great work. What do you recommend for lowering gum inflammation? Thanks
Comment of The Day!
Hey Rsb and Super D and all you lovable followers.
This year has been rocky at best, I lost my Grandma before Mother’s Day this year from fighting ovarian cancer which she was fighting for 3 years and of which I tried to reach her with nutrition I was even going to give her selenium and chromium with also silicon out of my own pocket. Sadly she thought the doctors new best. Then my grandfather a month later passed a week after Father’s Day, a lot of health issues sadly.
If I could give people some thoughts and Hope out there out of this convid crazy and vaccine mania as well as doctor related harm etc..
Everyone PLEASE TAKE A STEP BACK FOR A FEW MINUTES A DAY FOR YOURSELF, like Robert has said be selfish, reflect in all the positive and blessings we have in this world, partly because we only have a very short time on this planet, love your friends and family, your neighbours and take the time to just smile and be friendly to strangers sometimes when you feel comfortable.
There is so much heavy hearts and thoughts/Fears we have and that the media is pushing on all of us, pray for people that are mean and nasty with you, for hope that whatever there going through god helps them. We need more love and forgiveness right now, be the light and change you want to see in your part of the world help forward it on spread it far and wide.
God bless everyone who reads and hears this message, through love and prayer we will triumph over fear and Tyranny.
FDA Objects to CBD as Diet Supplement, Extending Uncertainty The U.S. Food and Drug Administration objected to an application from Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc. for a CBD product to be sold as a dietary ingredient, leaving a cloud of uncertainty over the booming industry for the cannabis-derived substance. The company’s bid to sell its full-spectrum hemp extract with CBD as a dietary supplement won’t be considered because of the FDA’s own prior decision to treat CBD as a drug, according to a letter posted on the agency’s website Wednesday. This shouldn’t disrupt the business of Charlotte’s Web or prevent other companies from continuing to sell such products, which already exist in a gray area without the agency’s oversight. The decision shows the agency’s ongoing hesitancy to regulate cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis plants better known as CBD. The market for CBD products has already grown to more than $6 billion as consumers seek help with everything from relaxation to focus to better sleep. Still, the sales are unregulated, aside from sporadic crackdowns on companies that try to make unsubstantiated claims about its health benefits.