Laughing at the Deep State with Professor Thomas Krannawitter, author of Saving the Swamp: A Career Guidebook for Budding Bureaucrats. On the role of comedy in the Culture Wars, and the use of satire to promote freedom in America. How can conservatives best move the needle in the direction of human flourishing? Notes on America's imperfect Founding Fathers, the noble ideas they shared with the world, and their present-day monuments now under attack. With Music via Billy Ray Cyrus, the Black Crowes and Chris Stapleton.
Opening Monologue. The Tick Tock Polka. Reviewing the week of Democratic faceplants around Russian Collusion. The Uranium One scandal takes a dramatic turn, and we also learn that Hillary Clinton bought the Trump Dossier through Fusion GPS, after all, and that the Obama Campaign managed to chip in as well. Will the House Intelligence Committee soon get to see the bank records for Fusion GPS? Meanwhile, it turns out the neoconservative Washington Free Beacon publication -- edited by Matthew Continetti, son-in-law of Never Trumper Bill Kristol -- launched the early Fusion GPS "research" into Donald Trump. Are we to believe the Beacon really dropped the project before handing it over to Team Hillary? And then on to Comey's FBI? A discussion of Deep State mechanics, and a look at a long string of Backbone Radio predictions now come to pass. Plus, embattled Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaks plans for imminent indictments. Tick Tock. With Listener Calls and Music via R.E.M., Frankie Yankovic, Jimmy Jones, Ke$ha, the Pretenders and Fats Domino.
Uranium One, the Real Russian Scandal. Senator Chuck Grassley is on the case. Why is an FBI informant still under gag order? Hillary Clinton's bad week and broken toe. The Fusion GPS smear machine pleads The Fifth. Democrats don't want Fusion GPS to talk, which means Republicans looking in the right place. George W. Bush gives empty speech defending globalism, shows zero learning curve. Notes on Harvey Weinstein's miraculous recovery. With Listener Calls & Music via Portugal The Man, George Jones & Patsy Cline.
A visit with John Andrews on the pending JFK document release, NFL kneeling, Uranium One and General Kelly v. Rep. Frederica Wilson. Assessing Steve Bannon's "war" on the GOP Establishment. Prospects for Tax Reform and the Trump Agenda. The Bushes and Globalism. Vignettes on child rearing. A review of Blade Runner 2049 plus soundtrack. With Listener Calls & Music via Fleetwood Mac, the Skatalites and Frank Sinatra.
Opening Monologue. Gold Star Widow Controversy. General John Kelly v. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a.k.a. the "Rock Star." Is Kelly's "empty barrel" phrase racist? Clueless media thinks so, as it piles on President Trump. Thoughts on Tax Reform -- will Republicans get it done? Review of the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Denver. With Listener Calls & Music via Black Crowes, Bobby Bare, Neil Sedaka & the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Steve Bannon launches season of "war" against Republican Establishment. Speaks at Values Voter Summit. Paraphrases Ecclesiastes, discusses victory of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama. The Sunday Shows exhibit agitation, especially Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos. GOP Senator Susan Collins says Bannon is "not helpful." A shaken Establishment vows to fight back. Meanwhile, President Trump earns praise from Rep. Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon of Puerto Rico. Notes on the NFL & Patriotism, Harveywood and the acids of Post-Modernism. Vignettes on living in South Korea. With Listener Calls & Music via Mike Ness, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gillian Welch.
Middle America Winning the Culture Wars. A visit with Jennifer Kerns of the Washington Examiner. From the NFL to Hollywood to saying "Merry Christmas" again, the Left finds itself in retreat on today's cultural controversies. How will they handle their new predicament? Prof. Niall Ferguson observes Trump forcing Democrats into the losing realm of "identity politics." Meanwhile, President Trump busily dismantles the Obama Legacy. Anti-Trump comedian George Lopez gets booed at a gala in Denver. Colorado Senator Cory Gardner offers predictably weak leadership on NFL kneeling. Vignettes on the Westernaires. With Listener Calls & Music via Adele, Louane & Van Morrison.