January 28th, 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:
Majority of Senate Democrats Push for Washington, D.C. Statehood Approximately 39 members of the Democratic conference within the United States Senate—more than half of the party’s overall majority within the chamber—are backing an effort to grant statehood to Washington, D.C. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), a longtime ally of President Joe Biden, introduced legislation on Wednesday to make the District of Columbia the country’s 51st state. Carper, who has introduced similar legislation in the past, asserts that Biden’s election, accompanied by full Democratic control of Congress, presents the perfect opportunity “to call out this historic injustice.” “This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue,” Carper said in a press release accompanying the legislation. “It’s an American issue because the lack of fair representation for D.C. residents is clearly inconsistent with the values on which this country was founded.” Currently, the district has no formal power in the national legislature. Every two years, the district elects one delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives to advocate on its behalf. Although the delegate can introduce legislation and sit on committees, they are not allowed to cast votes within the chamber. The district’s non-voting status in the House is similar to that of territories like Guam and Puerto Rico.
Real ID and Federal Control CCHF is opposed to the federal government’s push to federalize driver’s licenses and IDs, ending state sovereignty over citizen identification, movement and access to and purchase of goods and services. These services include, or are expected to include, medical services. If there’s a gold star on the card, it’s a REAL ID. Other symbols are also possible. If you have “for federal purposes” or “for federal identification” on your card, your state has agreed to subject you to the federal law, which also assumes authority over the “not for federal purposes” drivers’ license or ID card that does not have a gold star. BOTH types of Driver’s licenses and ID cards are under federal control. There’s no opting out of REAL ID once the state passes a law to submit to the REAL ID Act of 2005 and its regulations. Importantly, federal control over driver’s licenses and ID cards is a violation of states’ rights and individual rights’ under the 10th Amendment. The federal government is forbidden under the U.S. Constitution from commandeering the states. The federal REAL ID Act authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to unilaterally expand “official purposes” of the “for federal purposes” card. Today, it’s flying and access to federal and nuclear facilities, but it could be expanded to everything from access to medical care, to purchase of guns to registration at a hotel.
Rand Paul’s Cage Match With George Stephanopoulos Is A Pattern Everyone On The Right Should Follow Rand Paul’s patience ran out this week when he made an appearance on ABC with George Stephanopoulos and the latter exchanged journalistic inquiry for partisan hackery. The ensuing fight, however, was a case study in what the media has become and how all conservatives who hit the airwaves ought to take them on. Rather than pose legitimate questions to the Kentucky senator, Stephanopoulos, who made his money as a Clinton-era Democratic operative before jumping over to the world of “objective journalism,” assumed one of the corporate media’s favorite stances. Let’s call it “media antagonism.” It isn’t about asking the tough questions. Hard-hitting questions from a journalist are good, although they should be applied to both sides. No, this problem occurs when so-called journalists assume Democrats’ narrative to be indisputably true, frame those partisan talking points as good-faith questions, and then expect conservative interviewees to accept the faulty premises in their responses. Consider the exchange between Stephanopoulos and Paul. “This election was not stolen. Do you accept that fact?” Stephanopoulos began, taking sides right off the bat. Notice how, first, he echoed Democrats’ position about a controversial topic, and then assumed it to be true in asking if the GOP senator accepted “that fact.” Paul didn’t fall for it. Instead, he deconstructed the question, noting that while he voted with other members of Congress to certify the results of the Electoral College vote, “the debate over whether or not there was fraud should occur.” Paul proceeded to make the case that fraud did occur by giving examples from his state and others.
US Issues Terror Alert Over Anti-Government Extremists The US Department of Homeland Security declared a nationwide terrorism alert Wednesday, citing the potential threat from domestic anti-government extremists opposed to Joe Biden as president. “Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the department said. The National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin said a heightened threat of attack “will persist in the weeks following the successful presidential inauguration,” which took place on January 20. “DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot,” it said. “However, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition… could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence.” The alert said there had been mounting threats since last year from domestic violent extremists motivated by Covid-19 restrictions, Biden’s defeat of Donald Trump in the November election, police brutality and illegal immigration.
Bill Gates will use ‘pandemic war’ to control the world Bill Gates has a background in software but a passion for pandemics so that plus his considerable wealth has bought him prestige and influence with global medical bureaucrats. So when he says future “pandemic preparedness must be taken as seriously as we take the threat of war” — which he just did, via his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s annual letter — it sets the stage for worldwide government policy. And his preferred method of policy is to regulate and control. Here’s what Gates wants: Better testing, new vaccines, more spending on research and development and speedier response to disease. Sounds common sense, yes? Devil is in the details. Devil is in the administrator of the details. As the Seattle Times notes, Gates “argues for the creation of a global corps of 3,000 infectious disease first responders who would spring into action like firefighters when new outbreaks flare anywhere in the world and prevent them from throwing off sparks that lead to runaway spread.” As Forbes notes, Gates wants these 3,000 responders to also “spend their off time running ‘term games,’ which are ‘simulations that let us practice, analyze, and improve how we respond to disease outbreaks, just as war games let the military prepare for real-life warfare.’” As Business Standard notes, Gates wants “‘mega-diagnostic platforms, which could test as much as 20% of the global population every week.’” It’s a total top-down control approach to global health care. And it carries a big price tag. “The world needs to spend billions to save trillions,” Gates said.
Special Guest – Ravi Kulasekere PhD, ND
U.S. to Require 10 day quarantine for all international travelers U.S. President Joe Biden signed on Thursday an order mandating, aside from providing a negative Covid -19 test before boarding, all travelers coming from abroad – U.S. citizens and permanent residents include – will have for 10 days upon arrival. The executive order expands on the previous administration’s pre-testing policy, set to go into effect on January 26. Anyone traveling to the United States by plane will need to test before they get onto that plane before they depart and quarantine when they arrive. President Biden said in a press conference: “In addition to wearing masks, everyone flying to the United States from another country, will need to test before they get on that plane, before they depart, and quarantine when they arrive in America.” The official details around the quarantine after international travel – including when it will go into effect – are under review by a number of federal agencies that deal with air travel and public health. Under the previous administration’s plan, airlines are responsible for collecting and verifying test results. That could change, as during the review period, President Biden is asking the federal agencies involved to “identify agencies’ tools and mechanisms to assist travelers in complying with such policy,” hopefully formalizing the policy past the boarding process.
Health care worker dies after second dose of COVID vaccine, investigations underway Tim Zook’s last post on Facebook brimmed with optimism. “Never been so excited to get a shot before,” he wrote on Jan. 5, above a photo of the Band-Aid on his arm and his COVID-19 vaccination card. “I am now fully vaccinated after receiving my 2nd Pfizer dose.” Zook, 60, was an X-ray technologist at South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana. A couple of hours later, he had an upset stomach and trouble breathing. By 3:30 p.m. it was so bad his colleagues at work walked him to the emergency room. “Should I be worried?” his wife, Rochelle, texted when she got the news. “No, absolutely not,” he texted back. “Do you think this is a direct result of the vaccine?” she typed. “No, no,” he said. “I’m not sure what. But don’t worry.” There were suspicions of COVID and a diagnosis of congestive heart failure. Zook was put on oxygen, then — just four hours later — a BiPAP machine to help push air into the lungs. Multiple tests came back negative for COVID. Shortly after midnight on Jan. 7, the hospital called. Zook was in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator to help him breathe. But his blood pressure soon dropped and he was transferred to UC Irvine Medical Center. “On Friday I get a call, ‘His kidneys are failing. He needs to be on dialysis. If not, he could die — but there’s also a chance he might have a heart attack or stroke on dialysis because his blood pressure is so low,’ ” Rochelle Zook said.
Lyme disease cases in US could be 10 times higher than currently reported, CDC study finds How prevalent is Lyme disease in America? According to the findings of a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this tick-borne ailment is likely much more pervasive than what current estimates show. Between 30,000 and 40,000 cases of this disease are reported to the federal agency each year, current estimates show. But in a report released earlier this month, the CDC estimated that some 476,000 Americans were diagnosed with Lyme disease annually between 2010 and 2018 — about 10 times higher than what’s currently reported. To reach this conclusion, the CDC reviewed billing codes on health insurance claims between 2010 and 2018. To start, they counted the number of cases that were officially diagnosed with the disease and were prescribed antibiotics to treat it. Using certain statistical tools, they then estimated the number of cases among the rest of the population, including those without insurance and those over the age of 65. The CDC conducted a similar study between 2005 and 2010, estimating some 329,000 annual diagnoses of Lyme disease over that study period. As for where in the country the disease is most prevalent, the CDC noted that the majority of Lyme disease diagnoses — about 81% — primarily occurred “among residents of 14 high-incidence states in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and upper Midwest,” during the eight-year study period.
Global Thyroid Cancer Overdiagnosis in Children and Adolescents Global patterns of the incidence of thyroid cancer in children and adolescents closely correspond to the increases seen in recent decades in adults. The patterns point to the same culprit in both groups — overdiagnosis. The finding underscores recommendations to limit screening. “Our findings suggest that recommendations against screening for thyroid cancer in the asymptomatic adult population who are free from risk factors should be extended to explicitly recommend against screening for thyroid cancer in similar populations of children and adolescents,” say the authors, led by Salvatore Vaccarella, PhD, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in Lyon, France. The study was published online January 19 in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. In an accompanying comment, Livia Lamartina and colleagues from the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Endocrine Oncology, Institut Gustave Roussy and the University Paris-Saclay, Villejuif, France, emphasize that unnecessary screening of thyroid cancer in children can have substantial implications. “Overdiagnosis might transform a child into a thyroid cancer patient for the rest of their life, and overtreatment might induce complications and possibly lead to the requirement of lifelong thyroid hormone treatment,” they write.
Men Are Losing the Ability to Reproduce, Researcher Warns Common chemicals called phthalates, which are found in products including plastics, cosmetics, and food packaging, seem to have a serious impact on our health — and even humanity’s ability to reproduce. That’s according to Shanna Swan, a reproductive epidemiologist at Mt. Sinai who told The Intercept in a new interview that these chemicals likely have serious implications for the future of humanity. Swan was part of the team that found that the typical man’s sperm count has dropped precipitously over the past few decades. Her work now focuses on how chemicals including phthalates and Bisphenol A continue to harm reproductive health as well as how they impact the biological development of children who were exposed prenatally. The chemicals even seem to dilute the biological differences between young boys and girls, Swan told The Intercept, both in terms of physical and intellectual development. And while she says that the links between chemical exposure and things like gender expression are thorny, poorly-understood, and only just starting to be probed scientifically, there are some trends that become apparent. “One of the parts of the brain that’s sexually dimorphic has to do with language acquisition, and females are typically at an advantage,” Swan told The Intercept. “When you ask the mother of a young child how many words her child understands, girls generally have many more words. But this sex difference is decreased by phthalates. And that is an overriding theme: Whether you look at [anogenital distance] or play behavior or language acquisition, these chemicals decrease sex differences.”