A Little Jab Will Do You – Or Will It?

Back in the 1950’s Brylcreem ran an advertising campaign for their men’s hair product with the slogan, ” A little dab’ll do ya.” Seventy years later the CDC has unwittingly repurposed that theme while encouraging COVID vaccinations: “A little jab’ll do ya.”

But will it? Depends on whom you ask.

Q: Will the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines protect you from catching COVID?

A: No, but President Biden and Anthony Fauci say you should get the jab so America can bend the curve or get back to normal or something.

Q: Will the jab keep you from transmitting COVID?

A: No, and questioning the efficacy of the jab may mean you’re a white Christian nationalist mouth breather. If you ask why the thousands of illegals coming in through the southern border aren’t required to be vaccinated, you may be a white Christian nationalist xenophobe.

Q: Once jabbed, can you quit wearing a mask and no longer worry about social distancing?

A: No, because you can still catch COVID and infect others, you selfish jerk! Fun fact: did you know that if you get the jab and die within 14 days, your medical record will list you as “unvaccinated?”

Q: So why get the experimental gene therapy jab?

A: If you do catch COVID it minimizes the symptoms and will probably keep you out of the hospital, though the chances of needing hospitalization are minimal anyway unless you are obese, have one or more co-morbidities and someone in hospital administration hears you have a cough.

Q: Is it true many hospitals are currently overrun with COVID cases?

A: No. Whistleblowers are providing evidence and leaked Zoom calls from hospital marketing meetings show that like many things with this scamdemic, hospitals being overrun with COVID emergencies isn’t true.

Q: Are most doctors and nurses getting the jab?

No. Many nurses have quit their jobs when being forced to undergo the jab and over 860,000 doctors worldwide have signed the Great Barrington Declaration recommending focused protection for the most vulnerable rather than mass vaccinations of an experimental gene therapy for everyone.

Q: Is the jab safe?

A: Not if you believe the self-reporting VAERS database the CDC uses. One NYC doctor says VAERS is grossly undercounting the number of deaths and significant side effects caused by the jab.

Q: Will a jab of the CDC’s magic elixir protect you against different variants of COVID?

A: No. The vaccine is only effective against the original variant of COVID, and is reportedly only good for 5-6 months. Kind of like taking a flu vaccine left over from two or three years ago. It might work…?

Q: Are there any other benefits to getting the jab other than it minimizes symptoms from the original COVID virus?

A: You can go places that require proof of being jabbed like restaurants, concerts, health clubs and football stadiums. Oh, you also get a cool card identifying you as a “vaccinated” person and the privilege of unlimited virtue signaling if that’s your thing.

Q: Let’s see if we understand what we’re being told. Even if you’ve had COVID, you’re being asked to take the jab to presumably protect others and eliminate the pandemic, though you can still get sick and transmit the virus?

A: Yes. The question we all need to ask is why are health bureaucrats like Tony Fauci and our elected leaders pleading/insisting/demanding/mandating/shaming everyone to take an experimental gene therapy that doesn’t provide immunity, doesn’t prevent transmission, works only on the original COVID variant, and doesn’t last more than a few months?

Fauci has warned for weeks its probable another, more dangerous variant may be on the horizon. If we don’t stand up as a united people, defy the medical tyranny of the past 19 months and reclaim our freedom as individuals, Dr. Gloom may be right about a dangerous new variant.


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Sources: Deutsche Welle News, Fox News, The Gateway Pundit, Cities 929, Not the Bee, The Epoch Times, Great Barrington Declaration, Warrior 12

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Trump Was Impeached for Far Less

Who knew that when Joe Biden said, “America is Back” he was referring to a show-and-tell where he turns his back on the world while America and Afghanistan burn.

If political disasters were measured on the Richter scale, Biden’s last 10 days would measure a 14.0.

To think Nancy Botoxi and the Democrats impeached Trump twice over a legitimate phone call with the Ukrainian president and a riot at the Capitol instigated in large part by militia leadership working with the FBI.

With a southern border featuring a tsunami of humanity, many of whom are infected with the Fauci pandemic, inflation that reminds us of Georgia peanuts and gas lines, and a military exit that makes Custer’s Last Stand look like World War II’s VE-Day, just what does Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. have to do to be impeached by Congress?

The number of abandoned Americans stuck in Biden’s Gaffeinistan as “guests’ of the Taliban ranges anywhere from 15,000 to 45,000, depending upon whom you ask in the competent-challenged administration. Obama 2.0 is staffed largely by Obama flunkies and suffice it to say their math abilities and geopolitics expertise hasn’t improved under President Word Salad.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken is second only to his boss in the stupid things he says. Sunday he said we needed to ask the Taliban for permission to evacuate Americans from Kabul. Earlier in the weekend he said the best way to get Americans out would be for them to find their own way to the Taliban-surrounded airport, even while there are multiple reports of Americans with passports trying that being beaten at Taliban checkpoints.

And lest we forget, Blinken has also admitted that he ignored warnings received in mid-July from intelligence agencies and his own State Department that a Taliban takeover would occur sooner rather than later.

But with all things Team Biden, there’s plenty of blame to go around. Blinken’s naivete doesn’t excuse a military led by losers like Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, the former who earlier this year put the military on a 60-day stand down to pursue white supremacists in the ranks, and the latter who who goes to sleep at night spooning books about Critical Race Theory.

In a Sunday 4 p.m. press conference intended to update us on his Afghan disaster and an East Coast tropical storm, Xibiden slurred, stuttered and tongue slalomed absurd comments about the importance of storm victims getting vaccinated for COVID. He ignored questions about the ongoing threat of desperate Americans trapped in Bidenistan because that was like four or five days ago.

If this debacle had happened under Trump the Democrats would have already voted to impeach him a third time. Instead, Nancy Pelositon spent the weekend hosting a Democrat fundraiser in Napa Valley and Cryin’ Chuck Schumer was seen dancing with Stephen Colbert in NYC. Meanwhile, Vice President Comma-la Harris flew halfway across the world to Singapore and Vietnam to discuss regional security issues.

Like this administration understands anything about security issues and protecting America’s interests.

Impeachment? Heck, Amtrak Joe hasn’t even fired anyone for what many are calling the largest military blunder in American history. Eighty-three billion dollars worth of helicopters, attack planes, Humvees, guns, ammunition and uniforms abandoned to the terrorists to just scoop up like piñata candy. The piñata is America’s reputation and taxpayers.

But look, the grateful Taliban even sent us a thoughtful postcard doing a historic re-enactment of our victory at Iwo Jima. C’mon man, wasn’t that nice?

God bless and protect our American and Afghan allies trapped behind enemy lines and forced to confront the Taliban on their own. Only God knows if there is anyone in this administration willing, competent and able to lift a hand to help, but don’t bet on it.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country.

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This Talk is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Talk about speaking truth to power! Dr. Daniel Stock is an Indiana family physician who shared his professional expertise at a community school board meeting August 6.

Dr. Stock’s eye-popping comments about Covid recommendations issued by the CDC, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Indiana Department of Health quickly went “viral.”

 

The gist of Dr. Stock’s illuminating comments were this: Every recommendation by the CDC, the NIH and the state board of health is contrary to all the rules of science.

Even worse, our government “betters” like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, are ignoring their organizations’ own scientific evidence to promote counter-factual treatments.

Stock came armed with more than commonsense and 30-plus years of medical experience. He also provided documents to the Mt. Vernon Community Schools board on a flash drive containing links to 22 formal studies pertaining to Covid treatment.

The documents included documentation on the success of treating Covid with prophylactics like hydrochloroquine, Ivermectin, zinc and Vitamin-D, the effectiveness of masks in combatting the spread of Covid (they’re not), Covid breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated health care workers, etc.

Also included on Stock’s flash drive were links to the Great Barrington Declaration, a treatise signed by over 850,000 physicians worldwide calling for Focused Protection to protect from Covid rather than draconian worldwide lockdowns and experimental vaccines, and a Heritage Foundation study showing how mask mandates and lockdowns don’t decrease Covid case rates.

Other pertinent takeaways from Dr. Stock’s electrifying 7-minute comments:

  • Covid is here to stay like the common cold and influenza so masks and lockdowns are ineffective.
  • People who have had Covid should not get the experimental gene therapy vaccination because there is no benefit and they could experience 2-times to 4-times the side effects of those that haven’t had Covid but take the experimental vaccination.
  • Covid can’t be treated with a vaccine like polio or mumps because it contains animal reservoirs not found in earlier diseases. Translation: Covid doesn’t care if everyone in America is vaccinated or not.
  • The experimental gene therapy vaccination is responsible for the increase of Covid cases this summer because the vaccinated are infecting the unvaccinated – just the opposite of what government health agencies and the mainstream media are reporting when encouraging the non-vaccinated to get the jab.
  • The experimental gene therapy vaccination is counterproductive and can cause antibody-mediated viral enhancement, a condition where a vaccine makes the virus worse than it would have been with native infection and herd immunity.

NOTE: Attention military service members and pro athletes: the experimental gene therapy vaccination can be especially problematic to those 30 and younger but the Department of Defense and NFL are mandating it anyway. (August 11th the CDC was recommending pregnant women be vaccinated.)

The question on the table is why are the CDC, NIH and public health bureaucrats telling us to follow the science fiction and doctoring up counter-factual data? Knowing why would be just what the doctor ordered. Until then I prescribe getting medical information from doctors in the trenches rather than government spin doctors pushing an unknown and suspicious agenda.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. 

Sources: RedState, Real Clear Politics, Hancock County Patriots, Great Barrington Declaration, Heritage Foundation, YouTube

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The False Promise of Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory is like a Las Vegas card game where the louse in the house always wins.

Consider skin color since that seems to be more important to CRT proponents than the content of one’s character.

CRT demands whites apologize for their lack of melanin or else be seen as racist. Apologize and you’re still considered racist, but a racist who’s demonstrated a willingness to be manipulated by woke folk.

Critical Race Theory is a spinoff of critical theory created at The Frankfurt School in Frankfurt, Germany in 1937. CRT is just one of many postmodern theories aiming to reshape society by attacking commonsense and tradition. Others include “political correctness,” “social justice,” “feminism and gender studies,” “black studies,” “postcolonial theory” and “identity politics.”

What all postmodern theories have in common is rendering objective reasoning and truth meaningless. If an athletic black dude decides he’s really a woman trapped in a man’s body, it’s incumbent on society to accept xis delusion and let him compete against girls or be labeled with the scarlet “T” – transphobic.

Postmodernists believe that objectivity is a myth and all worldviews are equally valid. Pfft! If they really believed that all views are valid, why do they attack Judeo-Christian values and diss American history? All views are valid, right?

Aside from stepping on the rake of their own linguistic nonsense, think about this: CRT and other postmodern theories can’t offer real solutions in today’s world because according to them objective truth doesn’t exist. All they can offer is criticism and accusations against those they seek to dominate.

CRT proponents didn’t build America. They’ve never built anything. All CRT can do is deface, denigrate and divide.

The Bible says we’re all made in God’s image – black, brown, red, yellow and white. CRT theory say that whites by their very color and ogre personalities are oppressive by nature. It’s as if whites frolicked naked and carefree in the Garden of Eden while eating the forbidden apple and gave all other races the common core and itchy animal skins.

To progressives “white privilege” is a real thing like Joe Biden getting 81 million votes and Orange Man Bad deserving life in prison because he sent mean tweets.

All people have fallen from God’s grace and need His redemption. Progressives would have us believe being white is especially sinful and un-redemptive because some white guys 245 years ago formed a government they said was designed to be representative of all the people, but because that didn’t happen as fast as progressives say it should have we need to blow the whole thing up – our history, capitalism, the freedom to worship – the whole enchilada.

Funny, but progressives never consider that the system the founders created is working as intended today because minorities with more melanin have the same rights as their so-called white oppressors.

It’s bemusing that progressives and groups like Antifa consider conservatives fascists, yet it’s their side that demands group conformity or else they will cancel you faster than Jen Psaki can circle back. Progressives are the ones marching in lockstep yelling groupthink slogans, yet they decry those who support freedom of speech and individual liberty as Nazis.

If progressives didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. 

Sources: Breitbart.com, The Gateway Pundit

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Critical Race Theory is a Marxist Fantasy

CNN subjective news anchor Don Lemon thinks parents opposing the teaching of Critical Race Theory to their children need to stop making it about themselves and to be curious, not judgmental.

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Ilhan Omar, the anti-Semitic representative Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other prominent Dems don’t have the courage to kick off committees because the color of her skin is more important than her lack of character, says CRT isn’t even being taught in schools and is a “false narrative” pushed by Republicans.

Admiral Michael M. Gilday, the chief of naval operations, placed CRT author/activist Ibram X. Kendi’s book “How to Be an Anti-Racist,” on a recommended reading list for U.S. sailors because he believes “racism is in the United States Navy.”

Conservative groups and parents pushing back against the intellectually illiterate theory that all whites are oppressors and all other skin tones in God’s Crayola box of skin pigmentation are oppressed must be right over the target because anti-racist virtue signalers like Lemon, Omar and Gilday won’t shut their pie holes about the pushback against CRT.

Mr. Lemon – there’s nothing more appreciated than parenting advice from someone who has never parented and who doesn’t know the difference between news and opinion. What’s worse, your opinions are almost always wrong, like Trump being “racist-adjacent,” so we’ll just file this latest Lemon opinion where it belongs – in the woke waste can of wussy wisdom.

Rep Omar – you’re wrong about America being systemically racist but I will agree with you that America has a systemic problem – let’s call it “systemic stupidity.” Systemic stupidity has reached epidemic proportions in our country, thanks to you and your ilk.

Critical Race Theory is most certainly being taught in America’s schools, but what students really need to be taught is critical thinking, American exceptionalism and respect for our Judeo-Christian heritage. When that happens, people like you will be exposed as the charlatans and anti-American hatemongers you are.

Admiral Gilday – attention, swabby! Space Force Lt Col Matthew Lohmeier has warned us in his excellent book Irresistible Revolution how quickly wokeness and political correctness is infecting our military institutions and service ranks courtesy of anti-racism racists like yourself.

In a recent congressional hearing asking why you recommended Kendi’s book that opposes interracial adoption and capitalism, you said, “I would have to understand the context of statements made. I’m not going to cherry-pick quotes from somebody’s book.”

At least you are consistent with the whole “cherry picking” thing. On the contrary, you use a very broad brush when portraying the entire Caucasian race as oppressors and racists based on nothing more than Caucasians’ lack of melanin. Maybe CRT should be renamed Critical White Race Theory?

This shameless lack of commonsense and illogical reasoning is why millions of Americans oppose the teaching of CRT, the ridiculous “1619” theory espoused by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times, and the blatant lie that our founding documents were designed to oppress and suppress individual liberty and economic freedom for people of a darker hue.

The political left’s embrace and obsession with CRT shows how bat guano loco they have become since XiJoe and Giggles have been in charge.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. 

Sources: Townhall, TheGatewayPundit, Daily Signal

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Irresistible Revolution – Book Review

Type: Non-fiction

Category: Military Policy

Author: Matthew Lohmeier

Pages: 230

Publisher: Self-Published

List Price: (Paperback) $17.95

Matthew Lohmeier was never interested in writing a book. He still isn’t.

So how did his book become #1 on Amazon three days after he was relieved of his command as Space Force Lt. Col. Commander at Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado?

In a nutshell:

1. In May Lohmeier released Irresistible Revolution, a self-published book warning about the dangers of Marxism in the military.
2. On May 14th he was relieved of his duties as commander of the 11th Space Warning Squadron and accused of “prohibited partisan activity” in promoting his book on a podcast.
3. Three days later Lohmeier’s book was #1 on Amazon, who couldn’t keep the book in stock, and it remains a best seller at the time of this writing with an average 5-star review on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The irony is Lohmeier’s “cancellation” was due to exactly what he warns about in his book – the mass psychosis of Critical Race Theory, the psychological shipwreck of identity politics and the wokeification of the military.

Lohmeier is a modern-day Paul Revere. Unlike citizen Revere though, Lohmeier has taken a huge chance with his military career.

In publishing his bold book that asserts how Marxism is embedded in our military institutions, he shows chapter and verse how critical race theory and Black Lives Matter propaganda is methodically creating division and distrust among the rank and file.

Lohmeier knows what is at stake and how critical it is to share what he’s seen firsthand. Like Revere, he is warning citizens far and wide of impending danger, but rather than incoming redcoats the danger he’s writing about is a different shade of red, namely Marxist red.

Irresistible Revolution consists of seven chapters divided into three parts: The Greatness of the American Ideal, Marxism’s Goal of Conquest, and Unmaking America’s Military.

In Chapter 1 the gutsy active duty Lt. Col. who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2006 lays out how progressives are looking to infect America from within by transforming American history. One need look no further than the nightly evening news and the footage of furious mothers castigating school boards about their children being subjected to Critical Race Theory and the revisionist history of the 1619 Project to grasp the author’s thesis.

This same divisive drivel is also being taught at military institutions and bases nationwide and is making group of soldiers suspicious of one another based solely on their racial identities. “As servicemembers, you are left to choose whether you believe in the greatness of the American Ideal, or a Marxist delusion,” he writes.

Chapter 2 includes an excellent discussion on America’s Founding philosophy, ranging from the Declaration of Independence, to Abraham Lincoln’s entreaty for the Southern states to come back, to Calvin Coolidge’s defense of the Declaration when proponents of the decade-old Communist Party USA argued for a more modern form of government in the 1920’s.

“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions,” Coolidge said in a Philadelphia speech commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

“If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers,” the author quotes Coolidge as sharing that day.

Lohmeier sketches a comprehensive chronological history of Marxism in Chapters 3-5 and cites his reason for doing so: “…the ideological insistence that because one group of people is privileged it is necessarily a class of oppressors, and is therefore evil, all-too-naturally becomes justification for violence against that group,” Lohmeier writes in Chapter 4.

“Such a twisted view of humanity allows the practitioners of Marxism to harbor a victim mentality, and to point the finger at other citizens and blame them for life’s difficulties,” he concludes.

Chapter 5 shows us the many different faces of Marxism with the Marxist-inspired BLM front and center. BLM is one piece of a multifaceted Marxist puzzle designed to divide and antagonize different racial groups, and to their credit BLM has done a masterful job of making communistic principles popular, beginning with the choice of their name.

“‘Black lives matter’ is an irresistible slogan, and it was intentionally designed to be such. Because the slogan is irresistible, revolutionaries weaponize it to their advantage, shaming others who are not willing to bow down and apologize for their privilege or utter compelled phrases under the threat of violence,” Lohmeier writes.

Lohmeier notes at the conclusion of Chapter 5 that while military servicemembers have a legal obligation to remain apolitical, “Servicemembers are allowed to support the BLM movement. They are not, however, allowed to criticize it.”

Chapter 6 (The New American Military Culture) consists of personal anecdotes from the author, including exit interviews Lohmeier conducted illustrating why many experienced servicemembers are leaving the military in droves amid identity politics and DefSec Lloyd Austin’s Salem-esque witch hunt for “extremists.”

The sober-titled The Wrath to Come final chapter includes an illuminating transcript from Tucker Carlson’s January 19, 2021 broadcast about the left’s increasingly dangerous rhetoric towards conservatives. “I recognized that kind of rhetoric,” Lohmeier writes. “It was the ideologically possessed rhetoric of genocide.”

Lohmeier suggests stemming the incoming tide of Marxism is up to all of us, advising us to educate ourselves and “choose to be the kind of citizen that allows civil society to flourish.” He encourages us to avoid anger and violence, be courageous, pay attention, speak up and “help others see that lies and stereotypes based on sex, race, and other demographics only further divide the country.”

A chilling and sobering read, Lohmeier deserves a medal for courage in writing this vitally important book. If you read one work this year about the dangers of Critical Race Theory, identity politics and Marxist ideology, you won’t do better than Irresistible Revolution.

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Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. 

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The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos – Book Review

Type: Non-fiction

Category: Ethics

Author: Sohrab Ahmari

Pages: 299

Publisher: Convergent

List Price (Hardcover): $23.99

Donald Trump signed an executive order during his last week as president directing the construction of a National Garden of American Heroes “to reflect the awesome splendor of our country’s timeless exceptionalism.”

On May 14th President Joe Biden revoked that executive order to satisfy a political base that doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism or tradition – and presumably because Orange Man Bad suggested it.

Trump’s national Garden of Heroes may not have survived the politically correct weed whacking by recalcitrant wokesters, but readers of Sohrab Ahmari’s The Unbroken Thread – Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos have been tossed a lifeline thread of wisdom in a literary garden blooming with hope and wisdom.

The op-ed editor of the New York Post, Ahmari’s concern for America’s current narcissistic culture pulses on every page of his bestselling book. Written in part for his toddler son, the Iranian-born author and former Muslim-turned-atheist-turned-Roman Catholic explores 12 existential questions about life that mankind has wrestled with since before the time of Christ.

While today’s woke Americans trash American history and Western Civilization by toppling statues, babbling incessantly about critical life theory and gender constructs, The Unbroken Thread taps into the wisdom of historic figures like Aristotle, Russian dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Catholic saint Maximilian Kolbe for genuine answers to the true meaning of life, fulfillment and wisdom.

Parenthood and Christianity

When he was younger the author admittedly thought differently than he does today as a Christian convert and father. When his parents legally immigrated to the United States when he was 13, the teenager dove headfirst into the freedom of expression and thought his new country offered.

“Once I immigrated to the United States, I reveled in the chance to remake myself anew each day. My moral opinions were as interchangeable as my clothing styles and musical tastes. I could pick up and drop this ideology or that,” he writes in the Introduction. “I could be a high school “goth,” a college socialist, a law school neoconservative. I could dabble in drugs and build an identity around my dabbling.”

But after marrying his Chinese architect wife and becoming a parent, Ahmari said he found much of the West’s secularism lacking and empty.

“But what if that confidence of the modern world is an illusion, the product of a determined resolution not to confront the fundamental dilemmas of what it means to be fully human? Or what if beneath the moderns’ complacency lurks a deep soul-soreness?” he writes.

History’s Movers and Shakers

In 12 provocative chapters, Ahmari poses questions that he says modernists should be able to answer, questions like the scope and nature of reason; mankind’s responsibility to the past and future; how and what we worship; how we relate to each other, to our bodies, and to suffering and death.

The book is split evenly between two parts: The Things of God, and the Things of Mankind. Interwoven within the 12 biographies and the philosophical challenges faced by history’s intellectual heavyweights are anecdotes and observations from Ahmari’s personal experiences as a Catholic convert and new parent worried about his son’s future.

In Part 1, Ahmari provides fascinating portrayals of Christian apologist C.S. Lewis, Thomas Aquinas, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, husband and wife sociologists Vic and Edie Turner, black theologian, author and civil rights leader Howard Thurman and Saint Augustine.

Part II and The Things of Mankind offers an interesting palette of biographies of Confucius, Britain’s Father John Henry Newman, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the late feminist Andrea Dworkin, German philosopher Hans Jonas and the Roman philosopher Seneca.

In each portrayal, Ahmari provides compelling snapshots of his subject’s lives, warts and all. He shares how each chapter’s subject dealt with the book’s theme regarding the wisdom of committing to faith and serving others, juxtaposing their experiences with the same challenges confronting today’s selfies-obsessed, hedonistic culture.

Does God Respect You?

In Chapter 5’s Does God Respect You, the author peels away the prejudice and discrimination experienced by black theologian Howard Thurman in early 1900’s Daytona Beach. Using a pleasing narrative style sprinkled with fascinating details, Ahmari writes how Thurman used his Christian faith and powerful intellect to rebut a Hindu nationalist in Sri Lanka in 1935. The Sri Lankan intimated Thurman was a traitor to darker people because his Christian religion was used to discriminate against blacks in Thurman’s homeland.

“Jesus rejected hatred. It was not because he lacked the vitality or the strength. It was not because he lacked the incentive. Jesus rejected hatred because he saw that hatred meant death to the mind, death to the spirit, death to communion with his Father. He affirmed life; and hatred was the great denial,” Thurman wrote in his Christian classic, “Jesus and the Disinherited” describing his reasoning at the time.

Ahmari explained Thurman’s insight this way: “Fear, hypocrisy and hate are powerless before the Christ event – before the infinite Lord who bears the indignity of the finite, so that the finite might be raised to his infinite Lordship,” Ahmari wrote.

The author’s profile on the Catholic bishop Augustine (Chapter 6 – Does God Need Politics), illustrates how the revered saint tried the individualist philosophy as a successful teacher in Milan, Italy, before coming to the same personal realization that millions have encountered over their lifetimes; namely, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul.” (Mark 8:36)

That spiritual insight and Augstine’s frequent discussions with pagan Romans about their failure to honor God led to his classic tale The City of God. In that book Augustine portrays “the entirety of human history as a tale of two cities: the earthly city, which sought its highest good in this world, and the city of God, which sought it in the next.”

Is Sex a Private Matter?

Not all the profiles Ahmari shares involve religious leaders, such as Chapter 10’s Is Sex a Private Matter? In this chapter Ahmari explores sexual schizophrenia, feminist Andrea Dworkin’s “ferocious” views on the subject, and while her views on pornography and the innate depravity of men as a gender were arguably correct, her refusal to embrace traditional views of male-female relations left her theory muddled and bleak and men without any hope of redemption.

It’s not every author that has the courage to tackle deeply penetrating questions concerning the societal cost of maximizing personal freedom, the difference between liberty and license, and whether the opportunity of freedom without limits is worth it.

America’s Founding Fathers understood the concept that freedom without faith isn’t really freedom, or as James Madison said, our Constitution requires “sufficient virtue among men for self-government,” otherwise, “nothing less than the chains of despotism can restrain them from destroying and devouring one another.”

You might say freedom today as we’ve traditionally known it hangs by a thread, but as Sohrab Ahmari has eloquently shown in his unique book, that thread remains unbroken if we demonstrate the wisdom of honoring tradition.

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. 

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Michael Medved Credits Dental Visit with Helping Save Life

There’s a longstanding joke that the only thing an older person wants for their birthday is not to be reminded how old they are. The exception to that punch line are cancer survivors, who love to be reminded how many years they’ve lived.

I’ve written before in my role with Dental Insurance Store about the importance of regular dental visits in general, and specifically how a routine dental visit can sometimes result in early detection of a more serious health condition such as periodontal disease or oral cancer.

Recently we had the opportunity to talk with a stage 3 throat cancer survivor about his personal experience. When his dental hygienist first noticed an odd lump on his neck, not only did that help save his life, it also allowed him to finish a best-selling book he was working on at the time (his 12th). 

Following weeks of treatment, the subject of this post was eventually allowed to return to the airwaves where he also hosts a ​nationally syndicated radio show and does one-minute film reviews.

We first learned about Michael Medved’s scary health experience when reading the author notes in his book, “The American Miracle: Divine Providence and the Rise of the Republic.” In those notes a very grateful author thanked his dental hygienist Shirley Stettler and dentist, Dr. Robert Gelb for their personal care and sharp eyes that helped detect his cancer early.

He wrote at the time, “In mid-December 2014 a routine visit to the dentist’s office resulted in a diagnosis of stage 3 throat cancer (appropriate, somehow, for a professional radio host) and led to a course of treatment that included eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy.”

When asked recently about that discovery in a phone interview, Michael recalled the day his dental hygienist first noticed a bump on his neck. “Shirley did my teeth cleaning and everything was fine; no cavities. Suddenly she says, ‘What’s this?’ I said, ‘What’s what?’” Medved recalls asking her.

“She pointed to a small lump on my neck.  You ought to have that looked at. It’s probably nothing, but let’s ask Dr.​Gelb,’” she said. Medved said Dr. Gelb spent a minute or two looking at the lump before agreeing it was probably nothing but suggesting he see a specialist.

“I went to see our family internist and he didn’t think it was anything serious either but referred to me to an ear, nose and throat guy,” Michael recalled. “The ear, nose and throat guy looked into my mouth for about 90-seconds and we did a CAT scan right there in the office. After reviewing that he said, ‘I’m almost sure this is throat cancer.’”

Looking back on that dark day, Michael credits older family members for his devotion to regular dental visits that led to early detection of his cancer.

“For lots of reasons, family reasons, I’m fanatic about dental care,” he admits unabashedly.  “Thank God my teeth have held up pretty well.  My dad wasn’t as careful with his dental care.”

At that point ​the author/radio host, also known for his film reviews, offered a compelling back story.

“My dad had a PhD in physics and was one of the original 16 candidates selected to participate in the original Scientist Astronaut program,” he said.​“He didn’t get to go though, because during his physical he was diagnosed with periodontal disease.

“Dad’s experience really taught all of us kids about the importance of regular dental care,” Medved recalled. Moshe Medved, Michael’s uncle and his father David’s older brother born in Ukraine, also had dental issues which reinforced to Michael and his siblings the importance of taking care of their teeth with regular dental visits.

Medved recalls his own cancer treatment in 2015 consisted of seven weeks of radiation, six weeks of chemotherapy and three weeks in the hospital. Looking back today six years later, the author remains grateful and appreciative for the wide-ranging support he received then and the fact he has remained cancer free since.

“I was working on The American Miracle at the time and I have to say that book wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for my preoccupation with dental care. It was a blessing from God. I think about this all the time, obviously,” he confessed.

For readers unfamiliar with Medved’s print and on-air work, he regularly expresses deep appreciation for the blessings of living in America and a strong belief that divine providence has helped shape our country from its beginning. These are regular themes in his last two books,​ American Miracle and God’s Hand on America: Divine Providence in the Modern Era.

“We are blessed to live in a country where you can get regular medical and dental care and where your teeth don’t have to fall out,” he said appreciatively.

Those listeners familiar with Medved’s long airing syndicated radio show know that’s not a new attitude adopted since his cancer scare; it’s a belief he’s had most of his adult life. Still, being a cancer survivor has only deepened his belief that America is a special country and being an American is a privilege many of us take for granted.

“The blessings we have to live in the 21st century, to live in America, to enjoy the long lives that we do, people take it for granted. They shouldn’t. If anything, it should teach us to appreciate the quality of health care we have,” he said.

We want to thank Michael Medved for taking the time to share his personal experience as an oral cancer survivor with us, and also his right-hand assistant, Karmen Frisvold, for graciously arranging our interview.

Photo source: The Michael Medved Show, Inkwell Management
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God’s Hand on America: Divine Providence in the Modern Era – Book Review

In light of the 2020 COVID chaos, and the subsequent political train wreck because of voting irregularities that would make Machiavelli blush, Americans could be forgiven for asking if God is no longer blessing America.

Americans have often wondered during troubled times throughout our history if the providential protection we’ve been blessed with since before our founding has been withdrawn by the Almighty.

Best selling author and nationally syndicated radio host Michael Medved addresses that concern in God’s Hand on America: Divine Providence in the Modern Era. In his 14th book Medved recalls several instances in modern history when divine intervention helped protect the country from impending doom and helped us thrive as a global power designed to pursue “higher ends and loftier goals.”

Medved shares in fascinating detail ten stories rarely found in the history books, illustrating how the Almighty used people and events to mold American history. At times provocative and reflective, Medved has a gift for making seemingly random events come alive with new purpose when stitched together with other panels in the quilt of American history.

As he shared in an earlier work on the same subject, The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic, Medved again deftly pieces together providential portions of our history which has infused our founders from the beginning with the thinking of the Apostle Paul: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

One example occurs in Chapter 2: North to the Future where Medved describes how Abraham Lincoln’s sixty-three-year old Secretary of State William Seward survived a dangerous carriage accident in 1865 that completely fractured his lower jaw on both sides and his right arm days before Lincoln was assassinated

It was on Good Friday nine days later that the special brace of metal, canvas and wires holding Seward’s jaw together helped save his life during a frantic nighttime knife attack when 20-year-old Lewis Powell, in league with the plot hatched by John Wilkes Booth, attempted to kill the Secretary of State while Booth dispatched Lincoln at Ford’s Theater. Because of the brace Powell was unable to get a clear thrust of his Bowie knife on multiple attempts, and while suffering a severe cut to his right cheek, Seward fared better that fateful Good Friday than the president he served.

Medved’s point is that had Seward died during either of those two catastrophic events occurring over a nine-day period, the United States likely would never have acquired Alaska from Russia in 1867 in what became known as Seward’s Folly.

A more recent example of God smiling on America is detailed in Chapter 5: The Reaper and the Bull Moose concerning the failed assassination attempt of Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1912 during a campaign stop as a third party candidate Roosevelt was shot at close range with a .38 Colt revolver.

Ignoring his aides and doctor’s advice, a weakened but determined former president, still bleeding through his shirt, refused medical attention and insisted on proceeding to a campaign rally to deliver his planned speech days before the presidential election.

With the bullet still lodged in his chest and a handkerchief staunching the flow of blood, Roosevelt spoke for an hour to a Milwaukee assembly that October evening. Chicago doctors examining him the next day credited the bulky 50-page speech and his eyeglass case with deflecting the bullet away from his heart and into his rib.

Fearing removing the fragmented bullet would cause a fatal infection, it remained inside Roosevelt’s rib the rest of his life.

Chapter 7’s The Five-Minute Miracle Medved analyzes the remarkable series of events involving a Hail Mary play by the U.S. Navy over the Midway Islands.

At dawn on June 4th, 1942 a mission involving an array of fighters, dive-bombers and torpedo bombers were dispatched to engage the Japanese Navy in sorties over an extended period to delay or eliminate an expected crippling counterstrike by the enemy.

Due to the diverse maximum speed capabilities and characteristics of the assorted planes, Admiral Raymond Spruance (newly assigned to the carriers involved), ordered the pilots to approach the Japanese fleet from different routes and engage on their own schedules.

As it happened, after many planes overflew their targets and got lost, and others ran out of fuel, the Japanese fleet was suddenly located by the remaining planes. Perfectly spaced and approaching from three directions, the American sorties converged on the Japanese simultaneously in an act of “uncoordinated coordination” over a devastating five-minute period.

The American “kamikaze” attack crushed the bulk of the Japanese fleet in the loosely orchestrated attack that proved to be the turning point of World War II in the Pacific theatre.

As a side note, the small but strategic Midway Islands were also purchased for the United States by William Seward – five months after the purchase of Alaska in 1867.

In Chapter 10’s Forever Upward Medved shares a personal anecdote from when he was a 19-year-old volunteer working for the Robert Kennedy for President campaign in June 1968. The author took a leave of absence from his junior year at Yale (he entered Yale a few months before his 17th birthday) and was on site of Senator Kennedy’s assassination at LA’s Ambassador Hotel with a crowd of 1,500 others at what he wryly called, “the world’s worst victory party.”

Medved said that Kennedy had just concluded remarks calling for an end to the bitter splits infecting both the Democrat Party and the country itself when he disappeared into a kitchen passageway to head upstairs for a televised press conference. The author was preparing to exit himself and was about 20 yards from the door to the kitchen when the crowded ballroom turned as one to what was thought to be the sound of popping balloons in a staccato pattern before piercing screams froze the crowd in its tracks.

“My most vivid memory of the evening involves the sound of that crowd, as all its members instinctively grasped what had happened without being told. The moaning, shrieking, and gasping started at the front, where I stood, and spread to the back of the big ballroom, each individual cry blending into a terrifying animalistic roar.

“The panic hit the far wall, and then bounced back again, rolling like an all-engulfing tidal wave that gathered deadly force, with sobs and pleas now layered above the instinctive noises of fright and horror.”

An exhausted and devastated Medved was informed by his tearful father 26 hours later that Kennedy had died.

Later in the chapter Medved recalls that during a few chaotic years many Americans believed that “God was on vacation” before American optimism and idealism bobbed to the surface again of the national consciousness.

In this fascinating book, Medved not only makes a convincing argument that God has always had a master plan for America, he does so in an engaging voice and optimistic tone that is contagious. Readers are left with the hope that the current emotional valley in which we find ourselves as a nation in 2021 isn’t a permanent state of affairs as long as we the people seek the Almighty’s blessing and help.

When Abraham Lincoln was asked if God favored the Union in the bloodiest conflict in American history, Medved writes Lincoln purportedly responded, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side. My greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. 

Photo sources: The Michael Medved Show, The Seattle Times

Copyright 2021, Dean A. George©

In Case You Missed It…

I have a nominee for the next U.S. Supreme Court opening and it’s a woman of color.

A tribal judge on the Wampanoag reservation in Massachusetts ruled March 17 that mail-in balloting would not be permitted for an election later this month because it violated the tribe’s constitution.

“The Constitution is the supreme law, and ordinances are to be consistent with the constitutional letter and spirit,” Judge Amanda WhiteEagle, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Alternate District Court Judge, said in her court order.

Judge WhiteEagle wasn’t referring to the U.S. Constitution, but regardless she has a better understanding of the “letter and spirit” of constitutional laws than at least half a dozen black robed judges in Washington, D.C.

Her ruling denied a Feb 1 amendment to the election ordinance by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council and members of the Election Committee that illegally removed in-person voting and required voting by mail because of COVID panicdemic concerns.

Sound familiar?

Tribal Council member Aaron Tobey, Jr., who is running for tribal chairman, summarized the fallacy of mail-in voting perfectly.

“As elected officials we have the duty to do the right thing, and mail-in voting is not one of them,” he said. “I’m glad the courts are enforcing the laws of the constitution. … This is not the time to experiment with mail-in voting. Voting in person gives more confidence to the voters that the election will be a fair process.”

The tribe is also known as the “People of the First Light.” That’s appropriate considering they have seen the light of the folly of mail-in balloting long before many Americans who’ve drank the Democrats’ scamdemic Kook-Aid.

Isn’t it amazing that a Wampanoag tribal judge and a member of the council representing a mere 2,940 tribal members has a better understanding of American jurisprudence and legal ethics than six of the nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court?

Thanks for reading Dean Riffs. Welcome to all those who love American liberty, free enterprise, and who believe God has blessed our country. 

Photo sources: thenationalpulse.com, capecodtimes.com

Copyright 2021, Dean A. George©

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