June 11th, 2020 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:
The US is re-fighting its Civil War narrative – analysis Officers under Gen. Lee are seen today as “traitors” and “white supremacists,” part of an unfolding narrative in the US that sees the current police brutality and racism as linked to the Civil War.In March, just before the COVID-19 crisis broke and lockdowns began, I was in Washington. With some extra time on my hands, I drove several hours southeast of the capital through the area that was once scarred by Civil War battles. This is rolling country of farms, dotted with a few towns and highways. Storied battles like Chancellorsville came and went beside the road. Old cannons and markers for where various regiments once held tenuous firing lines were marking the spot. Today, Americans are once again having a kind of Civil War over the history of this conflict.At Appomattox Court House in Virginia, where the Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to US General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, the buildings have been preserved. A painting shows Lee and one of his staff officers signing the document that gave over his dwindling army to defeat.
Leaked 2015 Democrat Memo Warned Lawmakers ‘Don’t Offer Support’ for ‘Radical’ Black Lives Matter A leaked 2015 internal Democrat Party memo warned top House Democrats not to embrace the Black Lives Matter movement because it was described by the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) as a “radical movement.”The memo, from then-DCCC official Troy Perry addressed to “DCCC Staff” on Thursday Nov. 19, 2015, noted that the Democrats’ 2016 presidential candidates “have struggled to respond to tactics of the Black Lives Matter movement.” Perry was at the time he wrote this the DCCC’s Director of Diversity and Public Engagement.“While there has been little engagement with House candidates, candidates and campaign staff should be prepared,” Perry wrote.The DCCC is the official arm of the Democrat Party charged with electing Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives. When this 2015 memo was drafted, Democrats were in the minority in the U.S. House—seeking a return to the majority that they did not achieve in the 2016 elections as now President Donald Trump won the White House and the GOP held its House majority riding the president’s coattails. Later, though, Democrats would win the House majority back in the 2018 midterm elections.Perry warned recipients of his memo in the next line that it was top secret and confidential—not to be shared with anyone. “This document should not be emailed or handed to anyone outside of the building,” he wrote. “Please only give campaign staff these best practices in meetings or over the phone.”But the document ended up leaking through hacker Guccifer 2.0 in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election late in the summer of 2016, just after Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton had secured the nomination and the general election kicked off.
In New York, Protests Must Go On, but Religious Services May Not New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has become a convenient punching bag for both the Right and the Left. But if nothing else, de Blasio deserves credit for candor in offering an explanation for a glaring contradiction in his enforcement of coronavirus pandemic restrictions.The mayor has been a zealous enforcer of lockdown regulations, with a particular emphasis on targeting ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. Though Jews were far from the only ones accused of violating social-distancing rules, in April de Blasio tweeted out a warning to “the Jewish community” in which he threatened to send the police to arrest all those who gathered in groups, a reference to instances of Jews attending weddings, funerals, and religious services.After several days of mass protests against police brutality (with some simply supporting the abolition of police), followed by nights in which crowds of rioters rampaged through parts of the city looting iconic stores, such as the Macy’s in Herald Square, it was clear that stopping people from gathering “in large numbers” was no longer a priority. Yet even as the NYPD stood by as huge crowds marched against racism, the police were rousting Orthodox families out of Brooklyn parks and breaking up religious study sessions that were not in compliance with social-distancing regulations.On Tuesday, a reporter for Hamodia, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish publication, asked de Blasio about this discrepancy. His reply spoke volumes about liberal contempt for religious freedom.The reporter asked how it was possible for the city to tolerate mass demonstrations over George Floyd’s murder when the police were still enforcing pandemic restrictions on small businesses as well as churches, synagogues, and mosques
Kayleigh McEnany: If You Can Safely Protest, You Can Safely Vote White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday argued that voters should not be worried about voting in November in the presidential election..“I think there’s a way to safely vote if you can safely protest,” McEnany said during the White House Press briefing.One reporter asked McEnany whether it would be safe to vote in the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic.“You’re asking a hypothetical about something five months from now at a time ironically when the media has expressed much outrage about a lack of mitigation efforts taken by some of the protesters,” she said.McEnany said that people who were allowed to exercise their First Amendment right to protest even though many Churches were still closed.“The First Amendment is a beautiful thing,” she said. “People have the right to go to church or mosque or synagogue.”
Monetary Destruction in America The Constitution made it crystal clear what the official money of the United States was to be when it called the federal government into existence. That money was to be gold coins and silver coins, not paper money.Article 1, Section 10, of the Constitution, which is a restriction on the power of the states, states, “No State shall … coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts….”What were “bills of credit”? That was the term used at that time for paper money. Through that provision in the Constitution, the Framers expressly prohibited the states from issuing paper money. It prohibited them from making anything but gold coins and silver coins legal tender or official money. It prohibited the states from issuing their own coins, leaving that power and responsibility to the federal government.With respect to the federal government, Article 1, Section 8, states, “The Congress shall have Power …To coin Money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign Coin…. To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States.”Why wasn’t there an express prohibition on the power of the federal government to emit “bills of credit” or paper money? The reason is that the Constitution established a government of limited, enumerated powers.
‘YOU CREATE MORE DAMAGE’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says US ‘can’t shut down the economy again’ if coronavirus has another spike Mnuchin said Americans have “learned that if you shut down the economy, you’re going to create more damage.”He said on CNBC: “Not just economic damage, but there are other areas and we’ve talked about this: medical problems and everything else that get put on hold.”“We can’t shut down the economy again.”Mnuchin said he thinks President Donald Trump made the right call when he urged state governors to ease coronavirus restrictions.”I think it was very prudent what the president did, but I think we’ve learned a lot.”The treasury secretary said that, even if the US sees more coronavirus cases, it won’t be necessary to impose tough restrictions now that testing and contact tracing programs are now in place.A Reuters analysis released this week showed 21 states have seen spikes in coronavirus cases as businesses have started reopening.On Monday, a committee with the National Bureau of Economic Research determined the US economy entered a recession in February as the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.The economists said that employment, income, and spending peaked in February and then dropped sharply afterward as the viral outbreak shut down businesses across the country.
Exclusive — Gov. Noem: Establishment Media Coronavirus Bias Shows in ‘What They Choose to Cover, Not Cover’ Much of America’s news media manipulate public perceptions through sensationalism and omission of context to further a political agenda, determined Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD), highlighting the industry’s broad advocacy for lockdowns in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. She offered her remarks on Wednesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.News media bias is revealed through information selection and omission, Noem observed.“I’ve spoken quite often about the press and how they are doing a grave disservice to the public by what they’re doing, by manipulating perceptions out there,” Noem added.On Monday, Noem issued a statement heralding freedom over coercion, while contrasting her strategy towards the coronavirus outbreak with that of governors issuing shutdown and lockdown decrees.Perhaps the most significant takeaway so far is that more freedom, not more government, is the answer… Freedom is a better friend of true science than government-centered and government-controlled science. Freedom, not government, is the best friend of innovation. Freedom focuses our politics on persuasion and the intellectual strength of our positions, not on control, coercion or the heavy hand of government. And if someone is interested in the common good in all its iterations and complexities, freedom is the one and only choice.
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S.B. 121 133rd General Assembly The bill changes the process by which the State Board of Education adopts or revises standards and curriculum for health education. Current law requires the passage of a concurrent resolution by both houses of the General Assembly before the State Board may add or revise any standards or curriculum for health education. Prior to voting on the adoption of the concurrent resolution, the standing committee of each house must hold at least one public hearing. The bill revises the law to require the adoption of a concurrent resolution and public hearings only
Epidemiological Investigation of COVID-19 The objective of this paper is to review what is known about the epidemiology of COVID-19. The various epidemic models that have been used to drive policy will be described, with particular note regarding their strengths and weaknesses. Recent data from serologic surveys will be summarized, and the implications of these findings on meaningful epidemiologic parameters will be explained. Finally, we will elaborate on what parameters are needed in order to understand the true public health burden. But first, we would like to start by saying that we do not downplay this virus. We do not claim it is a “hoax” or “conspiracy” or anything of the sort. Rather, we believe the proportions of this epidemic are being exaggerated. While it is tragic that people have been affected by this virus or have even succumbed to it, there is morbidity and mortality due to respiratory illnesses every year.
Second U.S. Virus Wave Emerges as Cases Top 2 Million A second wave of coronavirus cases is emerging in the U.S., raising alarms as new infections push the overall count past 2 million Americans.Texas on Wednesday reported 2,504 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day total since the pandemic emerged.A month into its reopening, Florida this week reported 8,553 new cases — the most of any seven-day period.California’s hospitalizations are at their highest since May 13 and have risen in nine of the past 10 days.A fresh onslaught of the novel coronavirus is bringing challenges for residents and the economy in pockets across the U.S. The localized surges have raised concerns among experts even as the nation’s overall case count early this week rose just under 1%, the smallest increase since March.“There is a new wave coming in parts of the country,” said Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “It’s small and it’s distant so far, but it’s coming.”Cyclists ride along the Venice Beach boardwalk on May 25.Though the outbreaks come weeks into state reopenings, it’s not clear that they’re linked to increased economic activity.
Coronavirus Deaths Could Spike In September After Decrease, Model Predicts Coronavirus cases are on the rise in 14 states including Montana, Hawaii and Alaska. Experts have raised alarm about the situation in Arizona, where hospital ICUs are nearly at capacity and new cases have increased by 115% since the state reopened on May 15. It’s worth noting that some of this may be a result of increased testing and flaws with testing: “We are currently experiencing delays in test results up to a week or more, which means that there may be more positive Covid-19 cases than are currently portrayed here,” said Kacey Ernst, a University of Arizona infectious disease epidemiologist told ABC News.
States are making it harder to sue nursing homes over COVID-19—immunity from lawsuits is a bad idea The coronavirus has devastated nursing homes across the country, killing tens of thousands of vulnerable older Americans. Nursing homes did not cause the pandemic, but poor infection control, inadequate staffing and sluggish mitigation allowed the virus to spread.Rather than doing more to hold these facilities accountable, however, states increasingly are protecting them from lawsuits.That shift is happening quickly. At least 21 states have taken actions within the last four months to limit the liability of health care providers, with nine states expressly including nursing homes. The industry is calling for similar protection in other states, and at the federal level, nursing homes are connecting with other trade groups to push for expansive, national immunity from lawsuits.Essentially, these states are protecting nursing homes from aggrieved residents and their loved ones who may have suffered harm, injuries or death due to their actions—or inactions—during COVID-19.The industry argues that staff members need to feel safe making decisions with scarce resources. It has long argued that it already has enough oversight in the form of government regulation and visits from residents’ families. But regulation and enforcement have been declining, particularly over the last three years. Regulatory penalties are generally low, and shutting down troubled nursing homes is rare. Amid the pandemic, family members haven’t been allowed inside most nursing homes to avoid bringing the virus in.
Food industry ‘shares the blame’ for severity of COVID-19, argue experts The food industry shares the blame not only for the obesity pandemic but also for the severity of covid-19 disease and its devastating consequences, argue experts in The BMJ today.Researchers at Queen Mary University of London say coronavirus has made tackling the obesity pandemic even more urgent, and they call on food industries around the world to immediately stop promoting, and governments to force reformulation of, unhealthy foods and drinks.Levels of overweight and obesity have now reached 65-70% in UK and US adult populations. Obesity is a major cause of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, and increasing evidence also suggests that obesity is an independent risk factor for severe illness and death from covid-19.The covid-19 outbreak seems to be yet one more health problem exacerbated by the obesity pandemic, explain the authors.For instance, an increase in food poverty, disruptions to supply chains, and panic buying during the covid-19 pandemic may have limited access to fresh foods, “thus tilting the balance towards a greater consumption of highly processed foods and those with long shelf lives that are usually high in salt, sugar, and saturated fat.”What’s more, they argue that since the start of the covid-19 pandemic the food industry has used the outbreak as a marketing opportunity (for example, by offering half a million “smiles” in the form of doughnuts to NHS staff).And despite some progress, such as taxes on sugary drinks, govern
PPIs Make COVID-19 More Deadly The FDA has ignored the dangers long enough. Action Alert! ANH-USA has submitted a Citizens Petition to the FDA concerning the increased risk of pneumonia that is associated with proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications for acid reflux. This effect has been documented for a number of years, yet the agency has so far refused to update these drugs’ label warning to reflect this danger. This side effect is especially concerning given the current pandemic, which attacks the respiratory system. It is time to force the FDA’s hand.These widely prescribed drugs (Prilosec and Prevacid are popular brand names) block the production of stomach acid and are used to treat heartburn and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). PPIs have been linked with increased risk of pneumonia which is of particular concern with COVID-19 and the respiratory damage that characterizes advanced cases.
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