Matt Dunn fills in for Dan Caplis on Memorial Day 2017. Punk rocker Morrissey responds to Manchester terror. The last adult in England? The Left lights candles. Americans not asking about Russia. Dershowitz slams Toobin. Sore Loser Hillary.
Matt Dunn fills in for Dan Caplis on Memorial Day 2017. New revelations on Obama's illegal surveillance of American citizens. Deep State out of control. Sanctuary City Denver. Better off voting "NO" in Greenwood Village. The ongoing inefficacy of "Coexist" bumper stickers. Excerpts from President Trump's Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery.
Hillary Clinton continues her "I Am Owed An Apology" tour. Reportedly seething with rage, Hillary coughs her way through a Wellesley College commencement address. Yep, still blaming others. NeverTrumper Bret Stephens, now of the New York Times, expresses forlorn outrage that Hillary has failed to appreciate his sacrifices on her behalf. Unrequited Love? Meanwhile, Alan Dershowitz blasts the "Stalinesque" tactics of Jeffrey Toobin and the Fake News Left: "You're just making that up!" Where are the statutes? Plus, we take a moment to consider the questionable efficacy of "hypocrisy charges" in terms of persuasion technique. We share notes on Angela Merkel and the strange evolving case of Seth Rich. Also, we offer Memorial Day tributes with thanks to Abraham Lincoln, George Santayana and Victor Davis Hanson. With Listener Calls & Music via Johnny Cash, Lady Gaga, Eddy Arnold, Wilco, Neko Case, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band and Ernest Tubb.
Morrissey responds to the terror attack in Manchester. In a bold statement, the former singer for The Smiths criticizes the weak English reaction and implores his home country to change its Immigration policies. Globalist Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post takes offense, calling Morrissey a "drama queen." New information reveals Libya has become a breeding ground for jihadists, but the 9th and 4th Circuit Courts remain unimpressed, as they unite to block Trump's temporary Travel Ban. The rise of Fake Law in America. Meanhwile, President Trump hits a "home run" on his nine-day trip abroad, gathering strength and momentum, as First Lady Melania comes into her own. The hostile media admits as much, but still tries to "make stuff up" to undermine the couples' diplomatic efforts. Also, we offer tribute to Gregg Allman via the story of the song "Midnight Rider." With Listener Calls & Music from Morrissey, Skeeter Davis, Eros Ramazzotti, U2 and the Allman Brothers Band.
President Trump returns to the Swamp after a successful trip abroad. Democrats hit rock bottom after the Republican "body slammer" wins decisively in Montana. Another failure for "The Resistance." We discuss the media's Russian Obsessions to background music from the Jaws soundtrack. But where's the shark? Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper again says he's seen no "evidence" of collusion. Former Democratic Senator from Ohio Nina Turner tells stunned CNN colleagues that "no one in Ohio is asking about Russia." The manufactured nonsense is not resonating with the American people. Meanwhile, we discuss the proposed mega-development boondoggle in Greenwood Village with Dave Kerber, Treasurer of "Save Our Village." We advise voting "NO" on June 6th. With Listener Calls & Music via Toby Keith, Social Distortion, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison and Johnny Horton.
The Deep State Coup Against President Trump. Some say we're witnessing a "silent coup" in America, but it seems the unaccountable Deep State is loudly flaunting its power, almost to the point of exhibitionism. Will they get their man? Our fragile democracy hangs in the balance. Do elections matter anymore? Does America actually belong to Establishment Embeds in the Beltway -- or rather still to the American people? We observe the curious comfort displayed by Leftist commentators, such as Dana Bash and Peter Daou, in ceding control of America over to the "intel community." Is that what the Founders had in mind? Meanwhile, the emboldened Never Trump cohort attempts to rise from the grave, with David Brooks offering stale armchair Trumpian psychoanalysis and Bill Kristol hinting at his plans for "disposing of Trump." For old times' sake, Jeb Bush and John McCain join the chorus. Will they ever get their reputations back? Also, CNN's "Anderson Pooper" gets scatological, and Julie Pace of the Associated Press shares her wisdom on the "grueling pressures of foreign travel." Plus, notes on the unsurprising Harvard study of Media Bias and the late Roger Ailes' contributions to conservatism. With Listener Calls & Music via Gillian Welch, Dwight Yoakam and The Beatles.
His Name Was Seth Rich. As the unsolved July 2016 murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich edges into the mainstream media, we assemble the week's relevant commentary from Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Fox News and Kim Dotcom. Did Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, offer unsubtle indications that Seth Rich was one of his sources for the DNC's internal emails? Had the 27-year-old Seth Rich become disgruntled over the Democratic Party's mistreatment of his preferred candidate Bernie Sanders? We listen to an interview with the parents of Mr. Rich and we explore the potential implications herein. Too soon to say, but maybe it wasn't the Russians after all? Inside job? Meanwhile, callers weigh in with additional thoughts on James Comey, Robert Mueller, and President Trump's battle with the Deep State. With Music via Waylon Jennings, Lucy Dacus, Kenny Chesney and the Diamonds.
Why was James Comey hiding in the curtains of the White House? In spite of such skillful camouflage, President Trump spotted him: "Oh, and there's Jim!" Will the former FBI Director soon be coming out to try to take down Trump? We speculate on Comey's next moves, review the latest rounds of anonymous leaks, and puzzle over Robert Mueller's recent appointment as "special counsel" to investigate "Russian interference" in the 2016 elections. Speaking of Russia, we review the dark atmospherics of ongoing media propaganda, which offer expertly rendered hints of possible malfeasance -- but yet, even still, no tangible evidence. Might we be watching, in all this, a prolonged Film Noir without any actual Noir? Meanwhile, President Trump goes to Saudi Arabia, receives a warm welcome, and proceeds to challenge the Middle East on "Islamic extremism." Also, Anthony Weiner pleads guilty. Might go to jail. Plus, our vignettes on Bugs Bunny, the character in the curtains, and the undeniable "cool" of Conservative Counterculture. With Listener Calls & Music via the Sneaker Pimps, Social Distortion and Junior Brown.
The Blood Funnel of the Beltway. A study of the inhumanity of American Elites, who have prospered mightily at the expense of the American Rust Belt. Adding flourish, we observe how these Elites manage to vilify -- in good conscience -- the "irredeemables" that have been left behind. Working from the premises of J.D. Vance's new book Hillbilly Elegy, which documents the demise of America's White Working Class, we consider the plight and pathologies of the heartland, as partially engineered by our Beltway Globalists. Have displaced communities traded self-respect for unlimited supplies of Oxycontin? If so, how has all this happened? We correlate the wealthiest four counties in America -- all located right around Washington, D.C. -- as the chief cannulators of the economy. Political philosophers Adam Smith and David Ricardo once warned that "free trade" could lead to national ruin if and when elites were to lose allegiance to their own homelands. Are we now seeing this potential play out within Western Civilization? The bitter fruits of the Globalist Mindset, even as it struggles to retain power in the era of Trump? Meanwhile, from a pilgrimage to Dharmsala, Nancy Pelosi reports the Dalai Lama has "prayed for me that I would rid myself of my negative attitude." Might such an intervention help lessen the "destructive emotions" now running so rampant on the Left? With Listener Calls & Music via Cheap Trick, Billie Jo Spears, the Dream Academy and George Harrison.
On the Principles of "Decency" in American Politics. Might the burgeoning vulgarity of Leftist commentators & comedians be undermining their long-term credibility? Do the American People still harbor subconscious expectations for "good manners" in their media personages? Do we retain a sixth sense for cheap shots? Meanwhile, President Trump contemplates major revisions to the raucous "White House Press Briefing" format, and tells Time Magazine that he is presently "consumed by news." In response, we evaluate Abraham Lincoln's "cultivated indifference" to the hostile news media of his day, and we listen to Newt Gingrich advise Trump to "ignore the press corps" and focus on the broader "substance" of his agenda. Sound advice? Also, we consider former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' surprising praise for President Trump's "disruptive approach" to foreign policy. Plus, we review J.D. Vance's new book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis which describes the collapse of the White Working Class in America. But we are left to wonder whether the articulate Mr. Vance is truly helping his own people. With Listener Calls & Music via Glen Campbell, The Sweet, Kenny Chesney, Paul McCartney and Dwight Yoakam.