The Dead Pigeon of Russian Collusion. In the aftermath of the Helsinki Summit, Conrad Black believes President Trump will "win this round with the Deep State" in spite of its efforts to "maintain the fraud of collusion." But can the bipartisan shadow government successfully push things off past November? We offer our "Tale of Two Republican Senators." While Lindsey Graham describes the Steele Dossier as a piece of "garbage" and says the spying on Team Trump was certainly NOT justified, we listen to Liddle Marco Rubio claim altogether otherwise. Why the difference of opinion? We suggest the underlying reasons may point to uncomfortable truths about the Republican Establishment. Relatedly, we ponder WHY the Carter Page FISA Application was released, all of a sudden, seemingly out of the blue. Cryptic speculations. Meanwhile, the disgraced James Comey comes out of the closet as a Democrat just in time for the socialist takeover. Great timing, as usual. We listen to Maria Bartiromo assess Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the future of the Democratic Party. Also, we definitively answer the question as to why the Unhinged Left hates Donald Trump so darned much. With Listener Calls & Music via Sigrid and Dwight Yoakam. Sacred Song from George Jones.
Saturday Night Bombshell. Revelations from the surprise DOJ release of a Carter Page FISA Application. Although heavily redacted, the 412 pages are heavy duty material. Confirmed: Hillary Clinton bought and paid for Title-1 FISA surveillance of the Trump Campaign during the 2016 election. The Obama FBI relied almost exclusively upon the phony and unverified Steele Dossier in its FISA request, and witheld critical information from FISC judges on the Dossier's partisan political provenance. Moreover, Meddling British Spy Christopher Steele was the sole source of "media reports" that were used to amplify the FISA application. Woods Procedures flaunted in the extreme. Total Vindication for Rep. Devin Nunes. We listen to Andrew McCarthy of National Review explode over the new information. We sample CNN's preposterous defense of the indefensible. Meanwhile, Drudge keeps dropping the ball, now focused intently on Hillary's strange smock. Also, new Gallup polling data reveals the American People really do not care about Russian Collusion. Stunning disconnect with the MSM. Plus, Professor Angelo Codevilla gives an "A+" grade to the Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki. We describe the MSM's presentation of a false dilemma between trusting Putin or the "Six Ways From Sunday" crowd. With Listener Calls & Music via Gillian Welch, Anne Murray and George Strait.
Opening Monologue. Delusional MSM Pitches Another Fit. American Political Establishment seems to want an immediate global thermonuclear confrontation with Russia -- wants it right now, and will apparently accept nothing less. CNN's Brian Stelter, in the grip of some kind of mania, accuses President Trump of being under the "control" of Vladimir Putin. CIA John Brennan yells 'treason.' All because Trump has engaged in diplomatic dialogue? Do these people really believe the things they say? We address the psychology of delusion, pondering the emotional distortions that arise when incremental delusions are added upon a foundation of delusion. Meanwhile, we begin our review of the Saturday Night Bombshell, a.k.a. the DOJ's release of the Carter Page FISA Application. At long last, we approach the actual origins of SpyGate. But why are some still defending the Leftist Police State? Also, radical socialists appear to be taking over the Democratic Party, and a caller outlines the "Q-Anon" phenomenon. Plus, we celebrate Colorado's summer high country around Holy Cross City. Hiking and camping, life is good above timberline in the Rocky Mountains. With Listener Calls & Music via Era Istrefi, Pure Prairie League, Vince Gill, Doc Watson and Paul McCartney.
The Drumbeat to Declassify. Is it time for President Trump to put an end to the farce and simply declassify documents related to FISA applications, Woods Procedures, 302s and 1023s? The Wall Street Journal thinks so, as does Kimberly Strassel and NRO's Andrew McCarthy. We listen to Rep. Devin Nunes repeat his calls for declassification and describe his next moves investigating the State Department. The Conservative Treehouse boils the threads of our current political theatre down to "the abuse of the intelligence apparatus for political power." The fons et origo. But what are the obstacles to declassification? Would Mueller immediately charge obstruction? If so, should Trump care? Meanwhile, Lisa Page appears to have become a forthcoming and cooperative witness, earning praise from Reps. Mark Meadows and John Ratcliffe. Why did Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein fail to notify Page of her need to testify? Should an untrustworthy Rosenstein be impeached? We might be getting there. Plus, according to Newt Gingrich and market analyst Mohamed El Arian, America is poised to Win the Trade War. A MAGA boon to America's Middle Class, a positive rebalancing of our economy. The Sound of Two Hands Clapping. With Listener Calls & Music via Fitz & The Tantrums and Bob Dylan. Sacred Song from Gillian Welch & Alison Krauss.
Gohmert Goes Gangsta in response to Strzok's Smirking Stonewalls. Callers salute Rep. Louie Gohmert for playing hardball, much against the grain of the house-trained GOP Establishment. Democrats run epic interference for Strzok during the circus 10-hour hearing, in tandem with FBI attorneys eagerly thwarting attempts at transparency. We observe the non-coincidental convenience of Mueller's "ongoing investigation" as their excuse for opacity. We sample responses to the Strzok Debacle from Rep. John Ratcliffe, Ann Coulter and the WSJ's Kimberly Strassel. Meanwhile, additional thoughts on NATO and America's historic role in subsidizing the Welfare States of Europe. Changes long overdue. Also, a curiously uneventful week for SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh. Smooth sailing? Plus, we celebrate National Ice Cream Day with David Lee Roth and Eddie Van Halen. With Listener Calls & Music via Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Frank Sinatra, Cowboy Junkies, Van Halen and Air Supply.
Opening Monologue. Creepy Psycho Smirking testimony from FBI Peter Strzok, quintessence of Deep State Physiognomy. In the aftermath, Goose Egg Mueller offers another nothingburger distraction indictment of Ghost Russians. Notes on President Trump's "solid gold" trip to Europe. Applies appropriate pressure on Germany regarding Merkel's natural gas "Putin Pipeline." Tells NATO it needs to pay up -- free ride is over. Then piles on British PM Theresa May for her "soft Brexit" miscalculation. Meanwhile, Air Force One lands today in Finland. Trump readies for Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin. MSM vents McCarthyite outrage. We review Sen. Rand Paul's stance against NATO's push towards the borders of Russia. For fun, we listen to some Finnish music and review the work of Finnish film director Aki Kaurismaki. Also, our SCOTUS update on the prospects of nominee Brett Kavanaugh. So far so good, with the hostile Sen. Chuck Schumer failing to gain traction. Plus, our commentary on the FIFA World Cup, as France defeats Croatia. We contrast Soccer Hysterics with Baseball Stoicism. And yes, we're glad England lost again. With Listener Calls & Music via Blur, Nicky Jam, Era Istrefi, Eric Church, Garbage, Esa Pulliainen and Matti Johannes Koivuu.
Deep State Updates: The Clock Is Running. Four months from midterm elections, Devin Nunes calls upon President Trump to "DECLASSIFY" documents, including the Carter Page FISA documents. Nunes describes them as "100 percent fraudulent." Meanwhile, Goose Egg Mueller throws Manafort into solitary confinement, still offers no evidence on "collusion," and seeks additional delays on the Michael Flynn sentencing. Jim Jordan gets slimed by the Deep State, FBI Peter Strzok threatens to ignore a subpoena, and good olde Drudge keeps dropping the ball. Meanwhile, Trump's second SCOTUS appointment looms large. Judge Raymond Kethledge front-runner? We describe the formal collapse of the low-testosterone Never Trump Conservatives and debate "Appeasing v. Defeating" the Left. Hillary to run in 2020? We say no way. Notes on the Democrats' incredible ongoing War On Women. Quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder on American Freedom. Bugs on the Windshield. With Listener Calls & Music via U2, Waylon Jennings, Paul Burch and Daft Punk. Sacred Song from Patsy Cline.
Blasting the British & Preventing Socialism in America. An important side-effect of the growing MAGA Economy is the keeping of collectivism at bay. A free and proud American Middle Class works wonders towards that end. However, the openly socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has now jumped into the leadership vacuum of the Democratic Party. How far can this phenomenon go? We consider French economist Thomas Piketty and his research on third-world resource distribution, an eventuality very much worth avoiding in America, but which remains the unconfessed goal of our Ruling Classes. Meanwhile, we vent some serious spleen against our British "allies" as they prepare for a cross-pond visit from President Trump. Will they fly their "Angry Baby Trump Blimp" in protest? We review the open borders globalist policies of PM Theresa May and London Mayor Sadiq Khan, as we trace the origins of SpyGate straight back to London. Shouldn't the Brits be apologizing for the despicable Christopher Steele and Stefan Halper? For their unconscionable meddling in our American election? We certainly think so, as we observe an intense waning of our formerly conspicuous Anglophilia. Special Relationship be damned. With Listener Calls & Music via Bill Monroe, Dwight Yoakam, SZA and Calvin Harris.
Opening Monologue: Road Tripping Across Middle America. Vignettes from Dodge City all the way to Nashville. From the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder to the Johnny Cash Museum. From Silver Dollar City to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. South of Cincinnati and Cotton-Eyed Joe. Meanwhile, with Paul Manafort now in solitary confinement, we describe how the Deep State likes to play ball. President Trump tweets an amusing MSM montage from Escalator to Election Night. Egg still on their faces. Why no MSM repentance for such chronic wrongitude? We review the latest numbers from the red hot Trump Economy. Blue Collar wages rising, black and hispanic Americans setting new records for employment -- as Democrats keep praying for economic collapse. Still out there on that limb, apparently. With Music from Johnny Cash, Climax Blues Band, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Cocker, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs and Ralph Stanley.