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BACKBONE RADIO SUNDAY SNEAK PREVIEW ALERT:

On Sunday night’s show, we will be interviewing Professor Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and author of “I Am The Change: Barack Obama and the Future of Liberalism,” which has just been released in paperback.

Dr. Kesler’s new book happens to be THE book about President Obama and the trajectory of American politics. In our efforts to understand modern liberalism — with its roots in Woodrow Wilson, FDR and LBJ – we have found Kesler’s writing to be the most essential, prescient and profound work available. Period!

Please join us for this landmark conversation on Sunday night, from 5-8pm, all across Colorado.

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Special Thanksgiving Message

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO BACKBONE COUNTRY
By Matt Dunn & Krista Kafer
November 27, 2013

George Washington proclaimed the Firth Thanksgiving in America on November 26, 1789. In October of 1789, the newly elected president was in New York, readying to take a tour of each state in the new union. According to Washington biographer Ron Chernow: “Prior to leaving New York, Washington also signed a proclamation for the first Thanksgiving on November 26, declaring that “Almighty God” should be thanked for the abundant blessings bestowed on the American people, including victory in the war against England, creation of the Constitution, establishment of the new government, and the “tranquility, union and plenty” that the country now enjoyed.”

And perhaps we should offer extra thanks that the American Founders did not conduct a Revolution the way the French did back in 1789 — in which the Jacobins enforced their unnatural purity codes with the guillotine, and who only succeeded in paving the way for Napoleon Bonaparte.

For America’s first “unofficial” Thanksgiving, we need to look back to the year 1621 and the Plymouth Colony near present-day Cape Cod. William Bradford, a 31-year-old English Separatist leader, had lost his wife on the voyage of the Mayflower. He was elected Governor of Plymouth, and described the first winter the settlers endured in the New World in which over half of the group perished from starvation or disease: “It pleased God to vissite us with death daily, and with so generall a disease that the living were scarce able to burie the dead.”

Yet when the Mayflower returned to England in the spring of 1621, not one of the surviving colonists went with her. Their home was America. They were not easily discouraged individuals. Their determination was expressed in the words of one of their leaders: “It is not with us as with men whom small things can discourage.”

By the following fall, prospects began to improve for the hearty band of colonists. In his wonderful memoir “Of Plymouth Plantation,” William Bradford described the “First Thanksgiving” in 1621. With the Mayflower departed back to England (5 April to 6 May) and Corn Planted, Bradford wrote:

“First Thanksgiving. They now began to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.”

Another of the Plymouth Colonists, Edward Winslow, noting the camaraderie between the colonists and the native peoples, wrote the following description of the same First Thanksgiving in a letter to a friend in England on 11 December, 1621:

“Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week. At which time, amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, man of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king, Massasoit with some 90 men, whom for 3 days we entertained and feasted. And they went out and killed 5 deer which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our Governor and upon the Captain and others.”

So much to be thankful for, then as now. We wish everyone all the best on Thanksgiving 2013.

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Next up on Backbone Radio 11/24

Tune in tonight to KNUS AM 710 from 5 to 8 pm for Backbone Radio. Krista Kafer and Matt Dunn will hit the airwaves with fresh commentary on all things political and cultural.

In this week’s installment of Backbone Radio, we’ll continue to examine the disaster that is Obamacare. With poll numbers plunging — now at an all-time low of 37% approval — Team Obama has shifted to “full fight mode,” according to Juan Williams, in an effort to “repair the damage that’s been done to this president.” Saul Alinsky would be proud. Gotta stay on offense!

Gotta change the subject, too. But as the Left decides to nuke the filibuster and push ahead on Amnesty, they must be wondering if even all that will do much to restore a president’s lost magic. So, dutifully, we’ll offer our cursory take on the filibuster’s demise, and how it gives even “hypocrisy” a bad name. How ‘bout that Harry Reid? And as for Amnesty — will it ever go away? — we’ll report on where things stand at the present moment.

We’ll be taking a close look at what is being called the “Knockout Game” — which hardly seems like a game to us, in which young hoodlums go around sucker-punching innocent bystanders. What is America coming to? Apparently this game has been played for some time, but the media is only just starting to pick up on it. Why now?

On brighter notes, we’ll review the history of the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth Plantation in 1621, and we’ll celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address — even though our president declined to visit Gettysburg for the occasion.

We invite your calls at 303-696-1971. Listen live on 710am KNUS in Denver -Metro, or 1460am KZNT in Colorado Springs and also iHeartRADIO on your mobile device. Politics, culture and controversy — plus some groovy bumper music. Backbone Radio, the higher ground in Colorado talk radio.

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Next Up on Backbone Radio 9/15

Tune in Sunday night to KNUS AM 710 from 5 to 8 pm for Backbone Radio. Krista Kafer and Matt Dunn will hit the airwaves with fresh commentary on all things political and cultural.

We’ll interview Charles C. Johnson, who’s been breaking national news over the past week with his crack investigative reporting on Elizabeth O’Bagy, the fraudulent “expert” on the Syrian Rebels who managed to dupe Kerry, McCain and the Wall Street Journal. As the American “ruling class” attempts a march to war in Syria, they appear to have hit a few speed bumps along the way. It’s amateur hour for the elites!

 

We’ll take a victory lap around the successful recalls with Jennifer Kerns, the energetic (and heroic) spokeswoman for the recall effort, and a frequent guest on Backbone Radio. We’re two for two, we’ve had a total recall, and we’re totally impressed. What’s next for the Second Amendment in Colorado?

We’ll interview Peter Blake about his recent (and exceptional) columns on CompleteColorado.com.  After deciding on the billion dollar tax increase in 2013, will Colorado voters have to vote on yet another proposed tax increase in 2014? And, speaking of taxes, is “the Amazon Tax” coming to Colorado soon?

We invite your calls at 303-696-1971. Listen live on 710am KNUS in Denver -Metro, or 1460am KZNT in Colorado Springs and also iHeartRADIO on your mobile device. Politics, culture and controversy — plus some groovy bumper music. Backbone Radio, the higher ground in Colorado talk radio.

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Next up on Backbone Radio

Tune in Sunday night to KNUS AM 710 from 5 to 8 pm for Backbone Radio. Krista Kafer and Matt Dunn will hit the airwaves with fresh commentary on all things political and cultural.

We’ll talk with Arthur Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, Helen Raleigh, the 2013 winner of the Defenders of Capitalism award, and Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman for the Basic Freedom Defense Fund recall efforts. Tuesday is the day of accountability for John Morse and Angela Giron. Win or lose, they’ve surely learn that when you campaign one way and act another there is a price to pay. That, and Coloradans like their Second Amendment rights.

Plus what’s next for Syria? Should Congress give the president permission to intervene in this bloody Middle East civil war?  We’ll answer that question and so much more.

As always, we invite your calls at 303-696-1971. Listen live on 710am KNUS in Denver -Metro, or 1460am KZNT in Colorado Springs and also iHeartRADIO on your mobile device. Politics, culture and controversy — plus some groovy bumper music. Backbone Radio, the higher ground in Colorado talk radio.

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Next up on Backbone Radio 4/14

For the April 14th program, we’ll be talking with Rod Dreher, author of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming. This gifted writer, who blogs at The American Conservative, offers a heartfelt tribute to his late sister’s battle with cancer. When she received her diagnosis at the age of 40, Ruthie Leming spent her next 19 months surrounded by loved ones in the small town she grew up in and never left — and without realizing it, the grace and courage of this modest schoolteacher showed what spiritual health can do in the face of disease. Rod Dreher presents a deeply touching meditation on faith, family, community and place.

We will also be honored to have Congressman Tom Tancredo join us in studio for conversation about the Gang of Eight, the future of immigration policy in America, and the overall state of the conservative movement. Is the Republican Party Establishment thinking clearly right now — or are they selling out their voters and their country? The battle over “Amnesty” is a sisyyphean  struggle for conservatives, but we cannot underestimate its importance for the future of America.

Plus we’ll review the issue of equal pay, the subject of Kafer’s newest column on the Daily Caller, the outrageous classroom commentary of leftist Professor Darry Sragow at USC, the open desire of Bill Maher to get rid of the Second Amendment, and the astonishing media blackout on the murder trial of Pennsylvania physician Kermit Gosnell. When it comes to principles of “objectivity” in the academy and in the media, we are sensing that now — perhaps more than ever — the flagrancy of leftist bias is distorting America, and not for the better.

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Next up on Backbone Radio 3/10

Matt Dunn will interview Charles C. Johnson, author of the new book “Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President.”

In our continuing effort to promote the “Calvin Coolidge Revival” which is now sweeping the nation, we will celebrate the successes of America’s 30th President, which included: cutting taxes, lowering unemployment, dropping the debt, shrinking the size of government, growing the economy, lifting the middle class and in general aligning the executive branch with the spirit of the Founders. Well done Cal!

There’s many a reason why Ronald Reagan brought a portrait of Coolidge into his Cabinet Room. Though he was known as “Silent Cal,” as we discuss, our man Coolidge had a superb sense of humor. He may have been the “coolest” Republican president ever.

Also, Matt will discuss the epic Rand Paul 13-hour filibuster, and what it means for the future of the Republican Party. Where other GOP leaders seem to still be tiptoeing through the political tulips — Rand Paul is standing up, showing strong leadership, and scoring major points with America. Kudos to the junior senator from Kentucky!

And as far as John McCain and Lindsey Graham are concerned — well, perhaps it’s getting time for the “Old Bulls” to head out to pasture.

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Next up on Backbone Radio 2/10

Tune in Sunday night to KNUS AM 710 from 5 to 8 pm for Backbone Radio. Krista Kafer and Matt Dunn will hit the airwaves with fresh commentary on all things political and cultural.

On the next edition of Backbone Radio, we’ll open the program with Congressman Tom Tancredo for the latest on immigration politics. What direction should the GOP take on this pressing issue? Dunn and Kafer may not agree.

Tisha Schuller of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association will join us to talk about fracking. What is all the hubbub about hydraulic fracturing? Is it destroying the environment as Matt Damon contends or a harmless technology for extracting formerly inaccessible natural gas reserves?

We’ll also take a hard look at the controversial status of Karl Rove, the enduring “guru” of Republican Politics. Now that Rove has declared war on The Tea Party, it looks like the Tea Party has formally lost patience with Rove — and, frankly, we have too. In our view, Rove has overstayed his welcome on the national stage. We’ll talk about why.

How about Senator Rand Paul’s smart speech at Heritage last week? It may be too soon to say, but Rand Paul appears to be serving up some common sense to a foreign policy establishment that really needs it. We may have an innovative leader on our hands here, folks — and not a moment too soon.

Plus we’ll review Kafer’s op-ed in the Denver Post, Chris Christie’s fondness for donuts, Eric Cantor’s tiresome clichés, and a timely new biography of Calvin Coolidge.

And of course — WOW and DOUBLE WOW — we can’t leave out Dr. Benjamin Carson’s magnificent speech at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. With a light touch and a winning smile Dr. Carson offered a splendid critique of President Obama’s debt, tax and health care policies. With the President sitting at his right hand. Hallelujah! Can we get an Amen??

We invite your calls at 303-696-1971. Listen live on 710am KNUS in Denver -Metro, or 1460am KZNT in Colorado Springs and also iHeartRADIO on your mobile device. Politics, culture and controversy — plus some groovy bumper music. Backbone Radio, the higher ground in Colorado talk radio.

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Next up on Backbone Radio 1/27

Tune in Sunday night to KNUS AM 710 from 5 to 8 pm for Backbone Radio. Krista Kafer and Matt Dunn will hit the airwaves with fresh commentary on all things political and cultural.

We’ll have an important in-studio conversation with Kevin Miller about the political future of evangelical Christians. The author of “Freedom Nationally, Virtue Locally” questions to what extent the federal government should be involved in legislating virtue. In the aftermath of the 2012 election, Miller’s message is especially timely for the present moment in the culture wars.

We’ll discuss the President’s inaugural speech with its straw men, leftist priorities, and overwhelming partisan tone. Roughly half as many people watched the speech this time around. We took one for the team and tuned in.

You’re in for a musical tribute to Hillary Clinton’s testimony about Benghazi, with the Smiths’ song “What Difference Does It Make,” and another tribute to that pesky fly that walked over President Obama’s face this week with Hank Williams’ prescient “Fly Trouble.”

And what do Matt & Krista think about Women In Combat? Is it a good idea, or just another leftist experiment against reality? Meanwhile, Phyllis Schlafly is arguing against “free trade” in America. That’s a surprise.  

Amidst the early posturing for 2016, we’ll discuss Senator Rubio’s immigration plans for the GOP, Governor Jindal’s plans for the GOP in general, and Senator Rand Paul’s impressive feistiness. Is anyone looking like a leader yet? Speaking of leadership, we noted that historian David McCullough rates Gerald Ford as one of America’s best all-time presidents. How so?

Closer to home, we’ll discuss the problem of rabbits chewing on cars parked at Denver International Airport, and the disturbing grime spree of Tide laundry detergent being shoplifted off of local supermarket shelves.

We invite your calls at 303-696-1971. Listen live on 710am KNUS in Denver -Metro, or 1460am KZNT in Colorado Springs and also iHeartRADIO on your mobile device. Politics, culture and controversy — plus some groovy bumper music. Backbone Radio, the higher ground in Colorado talk radio.

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Next up on Backbone Radio 1/20

Tune in Sunday night to KNUS AM 710 from 5 to 8 pm for Backbone Radio. Krista Kafer and Matt Dunn will hit the airwaves with fresh commentary on all things political and cultural.

We’ll talk with guest Dick Wadhams on the future of the Republican Party and Jennifer Churchill from Colorado Parks and Wildlife on encounters with coyotes, mountain lions and bears (oh my!).

We’ll talk about President Obama’s second inaugural, with reference to the Newsweek cover story headlined: “The Second Coming.” For many on the Left, they believe their Messiah has returned. But others aren’t so sure. When Krista sees the phrase, she thinks more of the Yeats poem more than anything else. So we may have a little poetry reading tonight.

Does President Obama want to destroy the GOP? What happened to all his old talk about bringing America together?

We’ll review the Marxist philosophy of Antonio Gramsci, the 20th Century Italian who advised his fellow communists to gain control of the “culture”  before expecting their utopia to materialize. Now that conservatives are feeling that they’ve lost the culture wars in this country, could the ideas of Gramsci be used to fight back?

We’ll look at the latest controversies over gun control — and, yes, in spite of it all, we still believe the Second Amendment means what it says. While the Left seems to think the NRA is the problem, we think the culture is the problem. As in Hollywood, video games, moral relativism. So how could it make sense to disarm law-abiding Americans while the culture grows more threatening?

We invite your calls at 303-696-1971. Listen live on 710am KNUS in Denver -Metro, or 1460am KZNT in Colorado Springs and also iHeartRADIO on your mobile device. Politics, culture and controversy — plus some groovy bumper music. Backbone Radio, the higher ground in Colorado talk radio

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