A Christmas pep talk on character, courage and the overcoming of obstacles. We listen to Donald Trump talk about "hard work" as he asks the American people -- with surprising humility -- to "never ever give up" in the quest to Make America Great Again. Leading by example? Also, we preview an upcoming political debate in the Trump Era: Should our revitalized manufacturing economy label their products as "Made In America" or "Made in the USA"? Tough choices ahead. Meanwhile, the Washington Post adopts its preferred Conspiracy Theory, the disgraced Bill Kristol resigns his editorship of The Weekly Standard, and Niall Ferguson bids for relevance in the post-Globalist world by flipping his prior position against Brexit. Will it work? Plus, we review charitable pleas to "Save the Snowflakes" this holiday season and we listen to a heartfelt prayer from Rev. Franklin Graham. With Listener Calls and Christmas Music via Roger Miller, the Smithereens, Marty Robbins, Dwight Yoakam and the Riders In the Sky.
Our Holiday Spirit continues as we listen to Hope Hicks wish us all a "Merry Christmas" from a Trump Thank You Rally in Alabama. Has Donald Trump taken the "hope" away from the Ruling Classes and handed it over to the American people? A fair trade? The Path to 306. Meanwhile, the non-diverse New York Times announces plans to downsize in the aftermath of the election, and one of its columnists -- Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman -- suggests Trump has "interesting incentives" for another 9/11, given his current "cloud of illegitimacy." Should the Swedes ask for their prize back? Plus, we review Hillary Clinton's "glum" and "solemn" holiday party described by an attendee as "a wake with a band." Hints of Formaldehyde? When Hillary blames her loss on Putin's "personal beef" against her, might it parallel her impulse to blame the 2012 Benghazi massacre on a video? Plus, we share Christmas vignettes and review the inspirational 1513 Christmas Eve Letter from Fra Giovanni Giacondo. With Listener Calls and Music via Helena Fischer, Dwight Yoakam, Jo Stafford, Bing Crosby, Erasure & the Vince Guaraldi Trio. And a bit of Christmas Yodeling, In der Weinachtsbackerei.
Merry Christmas from Backbone Radio. We celebrate the season bemused by ongoing Leftist efforts to delegitimize Donald Trump's victory. Russian Conspiracies? Recounts? The 'vestigial' Electoral College? Celebrity harassment of Electors? We take it all in stride, as we question the mental health of these peculiar "sore losers." Why is Michelle Obama suddenly "not having hope" anymore? Why is Hillary Clinton scrupulously avoiding a campaign "autopsy"? We marvel yet again at Boundless Clinton Hypocrisy as she blames "Putin" and "the press" for her defeat while casting aspersions on the integrity of America's electoral system. Didn't she just tell us last month that Trump himself was a "direct threat to our democracy" because he might not "respect the results of the election"? (Well yes, yes she did.) Plus, we offer homage to Jimmy Stewart at this "Most Wonderful Time of the Year." With Listener Calls and Christmas Music from Weezer, Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak, the Pretenders, the Beach Boys and Luciano Pavarotti.
Can Establishment "norms" and empty abstractions hold a nation together? Should statesmen and think-tankers look deeper for truer sources of stability? We sample a Free Trade Flashback from George Will, who selflessly places the interests of other nations ahead of our own. We listen to snobbish Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin describe Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa as an "ignoramus" because, among other things, he happens to be from "Iowa." Will such hostile elites ever exhibit signs of a 2016 learning curve? And we ask: Why are the same mistaken media personages still pontificating on the same discredited Sunday Shows? Meanwhile, we review the tragic plight of Hillary-supporter Stephanie Lund, a single-mom who has stopped "dating" and given up hope of "finding a partner" after Trump's election victory. Another victim of media propaganda? Also, we offer additional thoughts on Fake News, Censorship and Russian Conspiracies -- plus our review of the movie Hell or High Water. With Dinosaurs, Christmas Vignettes, Listener Calls and Music via Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash and Billy Joe Shaver. In Memoriam: our friend Peter Blake.
What is "Fake News" exactly? Who decides what is "fake" and what is "real" in American discourse? We listen to an earnest Hillary Clinton, untouched by irony, blame her defeat on the sudden "epidemic of malicious Fake News and false propaganda" in social media. We marvel at the audacity of NBC's infamous Brian Williams as he joins the chorus. Is a desperate Establishment preparing to crack down on Free Speech -- i.e. speech they disagree with -- via forthcoming legislation? And might these efforts ultimately backfire? Meanwhile, we discuss the role of elite intellectual "abstractions" in relation to the American Working Classes. Peggy Noonan argues that 'conservative' think tankers have lost touch with "circumstances" and should look more closely at the real-world concepts of political philosopher Edmund Burke. We listen to George Will explain why keeping jobs in America is a bad thing, as we listen to an "undaunted" Donald Trump outline his more practical views on trade. We offer our ringing defense of the American Worker and Trump's excellent Carrier deal. A hopeful beginning. Plus, we profile David Remnick of The New Yorker, a key stenographer of leaks from President Obama. With Listener Calls and Music via Jim Reeves, Sturgill Simpson, the Rolling Stones and more from Gillian Welch.
The "Deep State" moves to deligitimize Donald Trump and disenfranchise the American people. An exploration of the ongoing media obsession with Russia's purported involvement in the American election. Trump dismisses such talk as "ridiculous" while Reince Priebus describes it as "insane." However, Anti-Trump Senators John McCain & Lindsay Graham are begging to differ. What are the unspoken "Deep State" considerations involved herein? Is The Establishment seeking another twisted rationale for undermining our President-Elect? Or are defeated Democrats merely grasping for excuses? Meanwhile, we puzzle over Trump Cabinet prospects Rex Tillerson, Mitt Romney -- and possibly the "Naked Cowboy." Why no Rudy Giuliani? Also, the Globalists continue their retreat as Matteo Renzi resigns in Italy and a chastened Angela Merkel proposes a belated "Burka Ban" in Germany. Plus, our vignettes on "narrative control" and Pavlovian Dogs. With Listener Calls and Music via Gillian Welch, Louane, Michel Delpech, the Raduga Balalaika Ensemble & a special tribute to John Lennon.