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Woke Word Games

Broadcast Running Time: 01:19:01

John Loeffler

January 8, 2022

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The media are masters at manipulating words, deflecting blame, and promoting one side of politics rather than reporting on facts. In short, the truth is sacrificed in favor of narrative. We kick off this week's show with John tying together several issues, including the media's twisted word games, government officials' useless policies, and academia's constant promotion of the oppressor versus oppressed narrative. The problem is that these woke word games have real world consequences and it's costing people their jobs and sometimes their lives. When we push back – and many are pushing back – the manipulators fight viciously to protect their lie.

Familiar narratives have emerged from the latest climate conference, only now there's a new more sinister directive included. Back with us this week is Alex Newman (thenewamerican.com), Senior Editor at The New American Magazine. He discusses how the globalists, who push this climate narrative, want energy prices to go up, the U.S. economy to crash, and manufacturing jobs to migrate to China. Their plan seems to be working as massive amounts of newly-printed money are chasing far fewer goods because of supply chain issues. Alex says it is an organized looting of our economy.

Finally this week, we revisit an old favorite on Steel on Steel: civil asset forfeiture. It has run amok for years but now some jurisdictions are beginning to take notice. Joining us is CJ Ciaramella (reason.com), Criminal Justice correspondent at Reason Magazine. He examines different tactics used during and after police seizures as well as new reform laws, and the loopholes to try and get around those laws. If ironclad reform that can withstand challenges isn't possible, then asset forfeiture should be eliminated.

John has spoken out about the corruption surrounding civil asset forfeiture for years, but now some jurisdictions are beginning to take notice. Joining us today is CJ Ciaramella (reason.com), Criminal Justice correspondent at Reason Magazine. He shows how Florida has enacted some laws to reform asset forfeiture, but like with anything, those who are abusing the system have found a loophole around the new reform. He looks at the different tactics used during and after seizures, and what some of the money is spent on. If ironclad reform that can withstand loopholes isn't possible, then asset forfeiture should be eliminated.

Have Slippery Slope, Will Slip

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:20

John Loeffler

December 18, 2021

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The slippery slope fallacy is the claim that a particular action will trigger a negative chain of events, positing as true a number of vaguely defined steps in between that draws out an emotional response. John leads off the show this week looking at a couple of slippery slope examples in the news today.

We then transition to the topic of fraud and how many people have claimed that there was plenty of it in the 2020 election. More than a year later, technology has uncovered a portion of that fraud, known as phantom voting. We welcome fraud detection expert Jay Valentine (contingencysales.com) to the show. He explains what phantom voting is, how sovereign fraud is corrupting the voting process, and reveals that certain groups were allowed real-time access to voting information the night of the election. This fraud must be reformed if the integrity of this country is to remain intact.

When the Biden administration shamefully pulled out of Afghanistan, Americans and equipment were left behind. But Afghan women, who had enjoyed a little freedom while U.S. troops were there, also became trapped after the pullout. Joining us today is Dr. John Barber (johnbarberbooks.com), Professor of Theology at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is an expert on the plight of women in the Middle East and North Africa and shows us what life is like for women there. He also looks at ways Christians can help.

Finally, we dive into the free speech issue, especially where it concerns censorship by Big Tech elites in Silicon Valley. Freelance writer Michael Tennant (thenewamerican.com) wraps up the show this week discussing Section 230, search result manipulation, and the public-private workaround being perpetrated by the government and Big Tech.

John & Producer Steve: Slippery Slope

Broadcast Running Time: 29:31

John Loeffler

December 16, 2021

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John and Producer Steve take over the microphones today, discussing a number of issues. John pushes back on an email he received that claimed he often toots his own horn, while Steve channels his inner old guy in discussing the media's focus on unimportant stories while potentially paradigm changing news is glossed over. They also look at motive versus method when discussing ideology with younger folks and the need to look ahead a few steps with slippery slope issues like the Texas abortion bill and civil asset forfeiture. It's a fun podcast today – John actually gargles water after admitting that a progressive was right about something!

Why is Nationalism a Good Thing?

Broadcast Running Time: 01:15:57

John Loeffler

September 25, 2021

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After several weeks of intense reading and studying, John asked author, researcher, and Spanish language radio host César Vidal (cesarvidal.com) to be on the program. He joins us this week to discuss the new kind of socialism we're seeing in the West. It has technocracy, public-private partnerships, and a particularly insidious campaign to demonize nationalism and infiltrate the Christian church by undermining its roots. It's all part of their attempt to destroy America and the West.

We then move to Texas and its new state abortion ban. Abortions are down as a result and opponents are frustrated. But could that frustration boomerang back on conservatives? Next up this week is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine. He looks at the pros and cons of the Texas bill and the precedents it could set. This bill, which seems great for pro-lifers, could be detrimental to other conservative issues and groups in the future.

Finally this week, little is being said about Iran after the Afghanistan debacle, but a new report suggests that Iran could be weeks away from possessing nuclear weapons. Ken Timmerman (iran.org), President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, rounds out the show this week. Iran's nuclear program is advancing, but their government is in disarray. Unfortunately for us, the Biden administration and our military seem just as chaotic.

Texas Senate Bill 8, the state abortion ban, has taken effect and abortions are down in the state.  Opponents are frustrated, but could that frustration boomerang back on conservatives?  Back with us today is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine.  Could this bill, which is on its surface great for pro-lifers, be detrimental to other conservative issues in the future?  Jacob and John discuss the precedents that could be set, the pros and cons of the bill, and whether it's actually equal representation regardless of what side you're on.  It's a reasoned, fair conversation about Texas's abortion ban and its legal consequences.

John Loeffler

August 24, 2021

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Does the executive and/or judicial branch have the right to just ignore the Constitution?  The answer of course is no, but sometimes that doesn't seem to stop them.  Retired engineer John Green is back with us today to discuss the latest rulings and declarations surrounding the eviction moratorium.   The Supreme Court admitted it wasn't constitutional to extend the moratorium but allowed it to be extended anyway.  The Biden administration picked up the ball and extended it even more – admitting also that it was probably unconstitutional.  There are many consequences and precedents that will result from this.  How fast are the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves?

With election audits finishing up in Arizona and more gearing up in other states, we could have an interesting situation on our hands – what if it's proven that President Trump actually won the 2020 election? Retired engineer John Green is back with us today to discuss the Supreme Court's role in all of this, including their failure to even hear a case before January 20th that could have settled a lot of questions. Because they punted on hearing that case, they could very well be in the future position of determining if President Biden is really the President. If President Trump were to be declared the true winner of the election, a gigantic constitutional crisis will be upon us with a lot of questions and potentially thousands of lawsuits in the offing.

Fanning the Flames in Israel

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:18

It's time we had an honest discussion about how the media are fanning the flames of violence in Israel. John and Producer Steve open the program this week by looking at the events that have led up to the current violence. They discuss how Hamas uses civilians as human shields, but Israel's forces do all they can to minimize civilian casualties when they retaliate. But the media unilaterally condemns Israel and favors Palestinians. It's all part of Hamas's strategy to diminish Israel in the eyes of the world. It's working only because the media play their part.

Not since the famous Heller decision has there been a more important Second Amendment case than one currently coming out of the state of New York. Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine, joins us to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court case centering around whether the 'bear arms' portion of the Second Amendment can extend outside of the home. He examines the history of 2A and the precedents that could be looked at in this case. SCOTUS will hear arguments in October so stay tuned.

One reason our education system is failing is that children are being told what to think, not how to think. They are being taught critical race theory, not critical thinking. Closing out the show this week is Steven Pearlman (thecriticalthinkinginitiative.org), Founder of the Critical Thinking Initiative. His studies show that students are free thinkers when they interact socially, but in the classroom, they shut down and are told what to think by educators. He describes what other countries are doing to fix their education problems and offers solutions for the U.S. He also gives parents some logical exercises to help their children think and reason better.