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@DanRiehl Update

Posted on | October 26, 2012 | 98 Comments

by Smitty

I went by and saw Dan Riehl in the Inova Fairfax ICU.

Dan has worked harder than most (e.g., me) on the effort to tear down the walls of the mainstream media Jericho over the last few years. You have to drop names like that of the late, lamented Andrew Breitbart to name somebody who was working harder on the restoration of the country.  Multitudes of folks echo the current news (and don’t stop; we make an important chorus) but Dan was a maker of news. His contacts and investigative skills (of which I had the merest glimmer of insight) allowed him to dig up crucial facts on a host of stories (go see Hating Breitbart for just one example).

Dan is a true leader, mentoring those who will listen, flogging relentlessly those who will not. I’ve no idea what the medical bill will be like for a few days in the Intensive Care Hotel, but it can’t be cheap. My intention is to swing by tomorrow, around noon, after doing some door knocking for the campaign. Hopefully, he’ll be conscious, so that I can take a picture. Do consider his tip jar, as you are able. I’ll have to wait until next week, after the mortgage has cleared, myself.

Oh Lord, pour out some grace on Dan and heal him. Fully. Soon. So that we can gather at Shelly’s Back Room after the election, for all Dan may eschew partaking of the combustibles.

Update: thanks, Instapundit and A Time for Choosing.


  • joethefatman

    Though I’ve never met him, he has my respect and I think he’s a good man. He’s in my prayers and in my thoughts. Get well Mr. Riehl.

  • Brian Cates

    Praying for this brother. Get well soon, Dan!

  • Monitor2112

    I would love to be able to hit his tip jar. Unfortunately I’m a disabled vet on a fixed income and already overdrawn at my bank by $200
    So, all I can do is offer my prayers and hopes that he gets well soon.

  • lonely conservative

    I’ll be keeping Dan in my prayers.

    I see the evil ones have taken over the comments at his site. I hope someone can help out with that.

  • Dianna Deeley

    Breaking my rule and saying a prayer.

  • GAHCindy

    Oh, my word. Praying right now.

  • Rose

    What happened?

  • Halei Long

    Praying for a full recovery – and soon!

  • Kent Allard

    Dan Praying for you and your family.Get well soon.

  • smitty

    A rule against saying a prayer? Was that in the ObamaCare legislation?

  • PaulK

    Praying for you’re fast recovery Mr. Riehl. We need all the soldiers of the real America now. Not just the great ones that slog daily in God-forsaken places and risk life and limb, but for the other soldiers like you that write with clarity, soul and purpose. Please get well soon!

  • Gary Jackson

    Praying for Dan, he is a very good man. Get well soon brother.

  • CitizenEgg

    Prayers out for Dan. Please keep us informed Smitty, thanks.

  • Freedomswatch

    Praying for Dans recovery. Tip jar hit.

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  • AndrewX

    Much agreed on all. I think if anyone has the keys to Dan’s site, they should turn the comments off, because some very reptilian creatures have slithered under the doors while he is away. I am truly horrified and appalled.

  • JadedByPolitics

    Husband had almost the exact same thing happen to him in July (out of no where) he was intubated though, he was out after a week, he was 50/50 also that first 24 hours, he is ONLY 45, without insurance I can only imagine it will be 10K to 20K with insurance it is still 4K for our portion. I have met Dan a few times since 2010, real JOURNALIST, we have fought on Twitter over his not liking something I said and I didn’t like something he said but I respect his invaluable opinion and the hard work he does to get a story. We are praying for him in our house and donating to help him out.

  • JadedByPolitics

    sounds like what happened to my husband, he had suffered through sleep apnea but his body didn’t need a cpap these past two years he needed an bipap because his body wasn’t releasing carbon and so he was slowly dying but didn’t know, he got very mentally unclear & I begged him to go to the doctor, he did, his oxygen levels were near rock bottom, they couldn’t get them back up in the emergency room and had to intubate him to work to get his lungs taking on oxygen again. BTW no explanation of why, or a name for it or anything other then the original sleep apnea, overweight of course didn’t help, but I don’t remember Dan Riehl being a large (in the stomach) guy last time I saw him. So could be something totally different but sounds almost exactly the same.

  • Tanuki Man

    When I was Inova Loudoun, my ICU bill was $2K per day. I’m glad I was therein for only two days but it was still more than a mortgage payment per day.

  • jubadoobai

    Prayers ascending for Dan.

  • joethefatman

    Yeah, I saw all that crap going on over there. Bunch of lefty socks trying to ruin a mans reputation. Typical.

  • John J

    Has anyone found where Dan keeps the tip jar on his site? I continue to look – if I find it I will share.

  • joethefatman

    I seem to remember Mr. Riehl tweeting he’d just been to the doc and being told he had pneumonia.

  • Nathan Ballein

    Get better soon Dan.

  • TBone

    Thank you for your service to our country. I have just hit his tip jar in honor of your military service.

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  • Sissy Willis

    Dearest Dan, may you soon be back in the pink of health to pick up your rhetorical sword and rejoin this Army of Davids in the good fight to keep the lights on in the Shining City.

  • Morgan

    Selfishly, we need Dan, and frankly more just like him, to fight our way out of this. That’s just me, someone who has read but never met him. Get well and get back in it. Other people, step up in his stead and carry the flag forward.

    Dan is right in there with Breitbart and Levin, bare-knuckle fighters when we need them most. We need more following their examples.

  • Joan Of Argghh!

    I found myself stuck in traffic and instead of fuming, I lifted a prayer for Dan: Oh God of all comfort and hope, send your delivering power to heal Dan!

  • UserSix That’s the “Donate” link posted on right hand side of his site. Hope it helps.

  • Mme Scherzo

    Monitor, I think your prayers are probably more valuable than anythng else, now. We can all give some time in prayer for Dan.

  • JadedByPolitics

    Oh how terrible, I missed that, it is serious business pneumonia but so many people take it lightly and keep right on working, I know I have, as a smoker I kept on smoking as well so his experience will be a lesson for me. I just couldn’t believe it when I read it this morning because it brought me right back to July & my husband and the terror of it all!

  • LisainDallas

    Praying for Dan

  • JadedByPolitics

    that link went to paypal the link to his site it is down the right side above an Equifax ad

  • J.P. Kalishek

    I’ve had my differences with Dan but I really hate to hear he had this come about. Hope he gets better soon.

  • jeannebodine

    Dan, our thoughts & prayers are with you. Get better quick, you’ve worked so hard & we’re so close. XXOO

  • AZcommenter

    May God bless you, Dan Riehl, and may He surround you with His love and protection.

  • Monitor2112

    Wow. I don’t know what to say. Thank you.

  • VRWCmama

    Ditto TBone….. it’s not much but I hope it helps… Praying for lots of support and a speedy recovery.

  • Joan Of Argghh!

    Likely a spontaneous pneumothorax, collapsed lung(s). Very serious. My son had it in college and it was ten days in the hospital.

  • UserSix

    The ads are different for me (no Equifax) but my link was copied from the Donate Button on the upper right … is that not the same or is the “Tip Jar” somewhere else? Thx.

  • johnlarosa

    Get well soon, Dan!

  • Garym

    Get well soon Dan!!

  • SDN

    Tip Jar hit.

    BTW, people, there IS such a thing as pneumonia vaccine; my doctor had me get it about 3 years ago. It’s a 2-shot process with 6-8 weeks between. Get one.

  • Adjoran

    Continued prayers for Dan, and wishes for a speedy enough recovery so he can fully enjoy the election results.

  • RJ

    Get well soon.

  • Jim_Lakely

    God bless Dan. Prayers for him, thanks to Stacey for visiting him in the place of so many who wish him well.

  • Dianna Deeley

    I’m one of those people who is extremely uncomfortable with praying for outcomes; I have no problem with praying to say thanks or asking for guidance. It’s silly, but it’s how I am.

  • Robert Spencer

    I completely understand it, but it’s not as if you’re asking for four aces or anything self-serving such as that. Your request is righteous, and it will be heard.

  • John Scotus

    Thanks for the update. Will continue to offer prayers for a quick recovery.