The Deep State Battle Plan. Now that the voters are out of the picture for a while, the embedded D.C. Establishment is enjoying a kind of homefield advantage. We survey the latest Lies, Leaks & Fake News surrounding President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Are Democratic voters having a hard time adapting to the evolving hypocrisies of their leadership? We consider the background of Andrew McCabe, the new "Acting Director" of the FBI. A partisan leftist with deep ties to the Clinton Machine? Can we expect Democrats to leverage McCabe's presence to push for a "Special Prosecutor" on claims of Russian collusion? Meanwhile, we scrutinize the commentary of former NSA Director James Clapper, who misappropriates the Founders in his erratic efforts to prevent Swamp Drainage. And we ask: Could the outrage of the Deep State be covering for fears of future investigations pertaining to their "surveillance" of the Trump Campaign? Also, we lament the lack of "fighters" in the Republican Establishment and marvel at the "flood of leaks" emanating from the Inner Circle of the White House. Should Trump clean house? Plus, vignettes on CNN's "Ice Cream Gate" and notes on the new movie Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume Two. With Listener Calls & Music via the Beastie Boys, the Archies, the Rolling Stones and Jay & The Americans.
Theories of Elite Fracture. The New York Times offers coded messages to American Elites through its descriptions of the current chaos in Venezuela. If the "ruling clique" of Venezuela can hold together during its darkest hours, shouldn't the American Ruling Class be able to do the same? Plato claimed that a "united elite" could resist popular uprisings -- so should the anti-Trump "resistance" take heart? But we ask in return: Could the slow-building subtleties of President Trump's leadership ultimately provoke the much-needed Fracture of malfeasant American Elites? Going further, we consider the role of ongoing "surveillance" of American citizens in terms of Ruling Class consolidation of power. Senator Rand Paul wants to know if the Obama Administration was spying on his campaign. Will he get answers? Meanwhile, we examine the cold anger emanating from Late Night Comedians such as Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. Too hateful to be funny? Also, we offer vignettes on media monopolies, Marvel Comics propaganda, the growing trend of cord-cutting and the unbelievably amazing Judy Woodruff. Plus, our notes on the "totemism" of sociologist Emile Durkheim and the uncertain fate of our hyper-differentiated Western Civilization. With Listener Calls & Music via Royksopp, Ylvis, R.E.M., the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dwight Yoakam.
The ever-touchy mainstream media refuses to run President Trump's celebratory message from his first 100 Days in office. Just because Trump calls them "Fake News" outlets? Lara Trump says CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC are thus engaging in "an unprecedented act of censorship." And rightly so. Meanwhile, we review the latest unraveling of yet another fake "hate crime" which was used by the media to discredit Trump and his supporters. The typical tactics of our propagandists, offered without correction of course. Also, we consider the new Obamacare Replacement bill now successfully passed through the House. A good start? Newt Gingrich claims a "huge victory" for President Trump and Speaker Ryan, while Nancy Pelosi describes a nefarious "tattoo" on the forehead of Republicans that will forever "glow in the dark." Has government now become a permanent part of healthcare in America? Plus, callers react to the election in France, lamenting the loss of French "snobbery" and quoting the poetry of Paul Verlaine. Il pleure dans mon coeur. With Music from Gus Viseur, Courtney Barnett, Train and Oasis.
Ne Me Quitte Pas. We bid sad adieu to France, which has raised the white flag of surrender in today's big election. We sample the victory speech of Globalist Emmanuel Macron and the gracious concession speech of Nationalist Marine Le Pen. And so we ask: How has France managed to lose its formerly glowing cultural confidence? Was the 20th Century somehow too hard on France, leaving an incurable post-modern nihilism in its wake? Will the French Nationalists -- who've come on strong in recent years -- be able to mount a future comeback? We listen to Barack Obama's meddling endorsement of Macron, and also to Newt Gingrich's diagnosis of the French malaise. A mixed baguette. Would Hillary Clinton say 'misogynists' kept France from electing their first female president? Meanwhile, in America, the unemployment rate has reached a 10-year low with several key economic indicators turning upwards. It might seem President Trump deserves some of the credit herein -- but the leftist media claims former President Obama should own the good news. We explore the predictable partisan gamesmanship of CNN's Dana Bash. With Listener Calls & Music via Louane, Patricia Kaas, Jacques Brel, Autour de Lucie and Van Morrison.