January 2020

Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

Broadcast Running Time: 1:48:57

John Loeffler

January 25, 2020

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In literature, narratives are often fiction. In both the mainstream media and politics, narratives exhibit the same fictitious nature. In this week's boralogue, John gives several examples of how the media and politicos have failed to tell the truth lately, including with the gun rights rally in Virginia, with anthropogenic global warming, and with Attorney General William Barr. It turns out you can make this stuff up – and it shows us their true intentions.

Iran is a hot topic in the news but one aspect not covered by the media is how women have been treated there. Manda Zand Ervin (www.allianceofiranianwomen.org), Founder and President of the Alliance of Iranian Women, joins us to recount how Iranian women, who were being oppressed by the mullahs, established a secret underground network in order to survive. Much of this information can be found in her new book, The Ladies' Secret Society of Iran.

It's time for a Middle East geopolitical update so we welcome an expert on the subject, Seth Frantzman (www.sethfrantzman.com), Middle East Affairs Analyst at the Jerusalem Post. He examines a deal between Turkey and Russia to partition Libya, an oil pipeline from the region to Eastern Europe, and the interactions between Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds.

John and Producer Steve spend a few moments dissecting an opinion piece from the Harvard Law Review that advocates for end-running the Constitution in an attempt to add amendments that would not only give permanent legislative power to liberals but would also ultimately endanger the Republic itself.

John finishes out the show this week with a news story roundup, relating stories from around the world. Included are the impending Brexit, a disastrous new economic plan in Spain, trouble in China regarding the Catholic Church, and several examples of Christian persecution.

John's quote of the week:
"If the people cannot operate on the basis of their conscience and their convicted values and beliefs, what will act as a judge upon the government when the government itself goes corrupt? And governments, believe me, will go corrupt."

On this week's extra segment, it's a quadruple feature as we play four interviews from 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Iraqi Christian Relief Council President Juliana Taimoorazy. She recounts the problems and tragedies involving Christians in Iraq from ISIS's persecution to their troubles with the UN regarding refugee status. With Iraq in the news lately, it's important to remember those who are suffering for their faith there (and around the world).

Zinn of Omission

Broadcast Running Time: 2:02:49

John Loeffler

January 18, 2020

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In this week's boralogue, John diverts off-script and shares his personal history. He covers his childhood, his heritage, and his experiences among many cultures throughout his life. Here in America, we are a diverse society and that is a good thing. We have to work together, remember who we are, and focus on that rather than on the division in which we find ourselves today.

American history in academic textbooks has shifted from fact-based events to ideology-driven narratives. Mary Grabar (www.dissidentprof.com), Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, discusses how Howard Zinn spearheaded the project to change history textbooks. His primer shows how America is a horrible, awful country whose only solution is to adopt socialism. That is being taught to our children right now.

Canada has slid a little further down the progressive lawfare cliff than the United States. John Sikkema (www.arpacanada.ca), Legal Counsel for the Association for Reformed Political Action in Ottawa describes how, thanks to politically correct ideology, legal terms like harassment and 'hate crimes' are being redefined in Canada. Formerly law-abiding citizens who happen to disagree with the preferred narrative are now becoming criminals.

After the U.S. embassy attack in Baghdad a few weeks ago, questions have arisen as to what exactly is going on in Iraq. Ofra Bengio (www.dayan.org), Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center joins us from Tel Aviv to discuss the geopolitics of Iraq, including the status with Kurdistan, the struggle to establish a unified government, and interference from Iran.

John's quote of the week:
"FBI Director Christopher Ray wrote in a letter last week that he deeply regrets the Bureau's many errors in the process of obtaining warrants on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Isn't that cute? He apologized. Try that in court sometime if you're convicted. 'Yes, your honor, I murdered that man. But I apologize.' 'OK, you're free to go.' It doesn't work that way."

On this week's extra segment, we crank up the Way-back machine, going back 18 years to March 2002 with Dr. Dennis Cuddy and Charlotte Iserbyt, discussing the problems with No Child Left Behind, including most ironically how most children were in fact left behind.

What’s True, What’s Going On, What Works

Broadcast Running Time: 1:56:49

John Loeffler

January 11, 2020

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In any situation, including the recent Iraqi embassy attack and subsequent deadly drone strike, you have to ask yourself what is true and what is going on. In this week's boralogue, John busts through some narratives and gives a backgrounder on the Middle East and the groups that have arisen from there. It sets the table for our next guest and gives you a clear and realistic picture of how we got to what happened last week.

Now that we know how we got here, we can look at the now former leader of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, who was taken out with a drone strike last week. Back with us is Kenneth Timmerman (www.iran.org), President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, who describes the truth of who Soleimani was, what he was involved in, and where Iran goes from here.

What happens when a radical progressive idea, seemingly outlandish, begins to gain traction in serious circles? Christopher Rufo (www.city-journal.org), Contributing Editor at City Journal, joins us to examine the Abolish the Police movement, showing that if it were ever to come to pass, crime and inequality would only deepen.

Education is the key to why we are so divided in America, but it is also being used to radically reform the country. Robert Steven Ingebo, (www.americanthinker.com) Akron, Ohio-based businessman, joins us to look at Deep Equity, a progressive-based reform program that relies heavily on buzzwords like intersectionality, diversity, and changing of norms. It's the newest version of a formalized teaching system designed to transform our society.

John's quote of the week:
"Everything that you are hearing about the Middle East is being seen through the lens of the leftist media, these spinners of stories, to match their Western narratives, which are divorced from the reality of what's happening on the ground."

On this week's extra segment, we play a double feature. You might recognize our first interview (as we played it for you here last summer), but it's still pertinent and deserves an encore presentation. James Hutchens from June 2012 is up first followed by Reza Kahlili from January 2015, both covering Iran.

Crisis Management

Broadcast Running Time: 1:58:48

John Loeffler

January 4, 2020

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It's a new year so it's time to reiterate what it is we actually do here at Steel on Steel. In the first boralogue of 2020, John reminds us that we take the 30,000-foot view of news and worldviews and analyze why people behave the way they do. Understanding human nature and the psychology of crowds, among other factors, will help to predict where we're heading as a society. You can count on John to do that as we careen through a new year of chaos.

Impeachment mania has taken over Washington DC but many people still aren’t familiar with the mechanics and history of impeachment. Timothy Snowball (www.pacificlegal.org), Attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, is back with us to examine the difference between impeachment and removal, how the process works, and whether or not it's worth it politically.

How is it that someone can put such thought into studying things and get it so wrong all the time while others can think and debate and get it right? John takes a few moments to explain the deep and reliable foundations of a realistic and factual worldview base, using examples from today's news cycle to illustrate his point.

The country is divided and there is angst everywhere, perpetuated largely by the media on both ideological sides. Theologian and business expert Dr. Bruce Hartman (www.brucelhartman.com) joins us to show how we can only control what is within our ability to control and how faith in God can mitigate the fear and angst we feel every day.

John's quote of the week:
"So much ideology of today is faulty – it tries to violate the norms of human nature. They say, 'If we can just legislate it and force it and shame it, we'll all make it come about.' But reality always becomes real and human nature does not change."

The Extras Segment is back and we are playing an interview with Dr. Dennis Cuddy from December 2015 where he gives examples of possible future terrorist attacks in America, and shows us how ill-prepared we are to deal with them. The reason for this lack of prediction is due in large part to the globalists' plan to dumb down education.