Next up on Backbone Radio 1/13

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 have two terrific guests: Karen Kataline author of Fatlash! Food Police & the Fear of Thin, will tell us what happens when others, be they family members or strangers, attempt to control our food consumption. (Hint: it doesn’t work). Check out Kafer’s review of the book at http://www.coloradosfutureproject.com/detail.php?c=2790297

Also, State Senator Greg Brophy will fill us in on what’s happening this legislative session. We’ll toast, figuratively that is, to his new bill to legalize public consumption of alcohol for 18-year-olds under parental supervision.

Quentin Tarantino’s been a trifle testy these days in answering questions about “gun violence” in his movies. He claims movies bear no responsibility for random mass shootings in America. We’ll talk about his latest movie, the completely irresponsible Django Unchained, and its glamorization of guns. Should Tarantino get a pass?

A new survey shows that workers in Boulder are the “unhappiest” workers in all of America. How could such be the case in Colorado’s most liberal enclave?

Also, we’ll touch on a massive snake hunt in the south Florida, DNA testing of doggie doo to catch negligent owners, Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense and the new Oxygen network reality show “All My Baby’s Mamas,” which describes the busy life of a former rapper who’s produced 11 children by 10 different mothers. Upscale entertainment to be sure.

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 1/6

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.

Guest former Colorado Senate President John Andrews, founder of Backbone Radio, will discuss the current political scene. Where can Republicans find hope right now?

It looks like a nice big storm is brewing over the potential nomination of Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be Obama’s Secretary of Defense. Why the storm? Why would Obama choose a Republican for this post? Would he be any good?

A new Associated Press poll finds 64% of Americans think the government should find a solution to obesity. Another personal responsibility outsourced to the government? It’s a bad sign for those of us who fear the growing nanny state.

Is America and the West in decline? The topic haunts America in 2013. We’ll discuss Oswald Spengler’s book from 1918 “The Decline of the West” as reviewed by Robert W. Merry in the latest issue of the American Interest. Some refer to Spengler as a pessimistic “prophet of decline” — some see him as having been spot on. Was he onto something? If America wants to avert its decline, should it re-think its habitual foreign policy interventionism?

Plus armored clothing for children, the pork-laden Sandy relief bill, the Obama Administration’s continuing War on Women, the latest on Gerard Depardieu’s tax-flight from France, the phenomenon of declining birth rates, and how Al “Jazeera” Gore has taken hypocrisy to new heights.

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 12/30

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.

Are you a fan of Western movies? John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner? If so, you won’t want to miss the next installment of Backbone Radio.

We’ll have a stirring in-studio discussion about the Western with Ryan McMaken, author of the recent eye-popping book “Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.”

We’ll also tip our ten gallon hats to Hobby Lobby for daring to defy the Obama Administration . Last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied the company’s request for an injunction while its lawsuit is pending against the birth control mandate. Hobby Lobby will continue to offer health insurance for employees but will not insurance that covers abortion causing drugs. In defending the owners’ 1st Amendment guaranteed right to conscience, the company risks a $1.3 million a day in IRS excise taxes.

Conservatives have our backs up against a wall defending our most basic rights. Will we prevail? We’ll take a close look at Professor James Kurth’s recent article: “The Crisis of American Conservatism, Inherent Contradictions and the End of the Road.”

In this morning’s interview with David Gregory, President Obama says that he never compares himself to Abraham Lincoln. But is that really true? We at Backbone beg to differ — and we’ll offer our evidence to the contrary.

Should Piers Morgan be deported? Should a New York newspaper be publishing the names and addresses of gun-permit holders?

We’ll talk about our most and least favorite events of 2012. Plus PJ O’Rourke on pizza, Hillary Clinton’s concussion, and Matt Damon giving up on politics. 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 12/16

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

There are no words to express the sadness and anger we feel over the Newtown, Connecticut massacre.  The holiday season seems like a tin charade against the grim reality of evil in our midst. We are not the first to battle bewilderment and cynicism at this time of the year. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, caring for a son with war injuries and grieving the loss of his wife, penned these words on Christmas Day during the darkest days of the Civil War:

           And in despair I bowed my head; “There is no peace on earth,” I said;”For hate is

           strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

            Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The 

           Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

We’ll talk with Dr. Doug Groothius, Denver Seminary professor about the meaning of Christmas and where we might find hope at such a time as this.  

We’ll also discuss America’s declining birth rate. Some say it reflects America’s increasing “decadence.” Could that be the case?

Would former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel make a good Secretary of Defense? What are we to make of PSY, Korean rapper of “Gangnam Style,” and his controversial views on American foreign policy?

Is it unpatriotic of Gerard Depardieu, the famous French actor, to flee his home country to avoid paying the new socialist taxes?

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 12/9

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

Many in the Republican Party are saying it’s time to embrace amnesty for illegal immigrants.  They insist that the only way to draw Hispanic voters to the GOP is to grant the11 million resident illegal immigrants citizenship and take this sticky issue off the table for good. Critics point out that the last amnesty program didn’t settle the matter and a new amnesty push will just leave the door open for another.  Could there be another way to solve the immigration conundrum while respecting the rule of law and national borders?

Indeed there is and Helen Krieble, founder and president of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation and author of the Red Card Solution will tell us all about it.

We’ll also talk with Ben DeGrow of the Independence Institute about how teachers can opt out of paying dues for union political causes. The deadline is December 15 for teachers to apply for a refund of around $63. That’ll buy a few toys for under the Christmas tree and some peace of mind knowing that you aren’t funding causes and candidates you don’t support.

Speaking of Christmas trees and holiday cheer, some not-so-merry Grinches are doing their small hearted best to stifle celebrations across the fruited plain. In Rhode Island, Governor Lincoln Chaffee stands by his renaming the State House spruce as the Holiday Tree and made sure that no flash mob of carolers would turn up to sing “O Christmas Tree” like they did last year. On the other coast, a less-than-festive group of atheists successfully ended a sixty year old nativity display in Palisades Park. Is it a lack of creativity in coming up with their own holidays or just mean spiritedness that makes some atheists just want to destroy other’s beloved traditions?

We’ll also talk about leadership change at the Heritage Foundation, the high life in Washington which, along with our very own state, legalized marijuana, and how to turn your pet into a diamond. Got opinions? Thoughts? Call into the program 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 12/2

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

If there is one core conviction that holds the Republican Party together, it is the view that the private sector — not the government sector — can save the economy. If there is one prevailing certainty in the Mainstream Media, it is that no matter what happens in the approach to the Fiscal Cliff, Republicans shall take the blame for whatever happens next.

In our view, the above revelation should liberate the Republicans to just go ahead and be Republicans. In the choice between hanging together, hanging apart, or hanging tough on taxes — we know what we recommend.

Additionally, we’ll have two terrific guests: we’ll talk with Dave Kerber, recent candidate for Senate District 26, on the ugly campaign tactics used by the Left. After accusing Kerber and other Republicans of being pro-cancer this election, what will they do in 2014? It’s not like the Left can go any lower.

We’ll also hear from Jamie Gass of the Pioneer Institute about an important upcoming event on national education standards at Independence Institute on December 6th: Common Core’s Race to the Middle. What exactly is going on in our state’s schools?

We’ll take a look at Susan Rice and the alleged racism of her critics, we’ll assess the fate of Liberal Arts education at American colleges, and we’ll explore the meaning of the recent boomlet in secessionistic thinking. Plus we’ll offer some reflections on the Ken Burns “Dust Bowl” documentary, the apparently inverted “gender gap” in Colorado, and recent research on “gentlemanly behavior.”

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 11/25

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

Having spent the last few days giving thanks for our many blessings, we’ll take a moment to survey the larger American trajectory. How are we doing? Are we a nation in decline?

We’ll talk with Nicolas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute about his new book A Nation of Takers about what it means when half of a nation’s citizens are receiving government funding of one kind or another. What does that mean for the economy and even more critically, the culture and the nation’s future?

We’ll discuss the epiphenomenon of post-election Romney bashing from within GOP circles. What gives? Is any of it deserved? We’ll talk about Governor Chris Christie, another individual who’s taken recent heat. Is he finished on the national stage?

How are Grover Norquist’s tax pledge and pledgers holding up under significant pressure to raise taxes? Will they take a stand or capitulate to the President and Harry Reid? Are we sailing over the fiscal cliff in this ship of fools?

Matt will give us a review of Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Lincoln.” Was it an accurate portrayal of our 16th President? He was struck by Tommy Lee Jones’ excellent portrayal of radical abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens. Who was this fire-breathing Stevens, and what was his role in the Civil War?

Plus we’ll review Ron Paul’s farewell, theories of justice in Bolivia, and how America views Tim Tebow. And just wondering — when Obama calls upon “the rich” to pay their “fair share” of taxes, where lies the fairness threshold?

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 11/19

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

As we set about the task of regrouping and reconstituting amidst the realities of a “fundamentally transformed” America — in our post-Twinkie world – Backbone Radio will be joined in studio by two spectacular guests for tonight’s show.

We’ll visit with Congressman Tom Tancredo to check his opinions of Obama’s victory, Romney’s defeat and the overall trajectory of the Republican Party. Where do we go from here? Is this the hour for amnesty? And what does Colorado’s passage of Amendment 64 really mean

We’ll also talk with Professor Thomas Krannawitter, noted Lincoln scholar and author of Vindicating Lincoln, about Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Lincoln.” We’ll find out how the good professor grades Hollywood’s rendition of the noble final year of Lincoln’s life.

Matt saw the movie last night, and fully enjoyed his few hours in the company of Honest Abe. He’ll take a little look at how well (or not well) the current president-elect measures up to the standards of the 16th President of the United States.

Plus we’ll discuss Ron Paul’s farewell, Chris Christie’s verbosity, the dwindling Remnant, Minivans and more.

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. Matt Dunn and Krista Kafer will hit the airwaves with fresh commentary on all things political and cultural.

The hosts of Backbone Radio wish you a Happy Veterans Day and a heartfelt thank you to all the men and women who have served our nation in our armed forces. To commemorate Veterans Day, previously called Armistice Day in recognition of the end of the World War I, we’ll be talking with Andy Parks of the Vintage Aero Flying Museum about his collection of WWI and WWII planes and artifacts.  

We’ll also revisit the latest battle in the war of ideas with political veteran (and US Navy veteran) John Andrews.  Though it will take some time to process the reasons for Romney’s defeat, we’ll take a cold hard look across the spectrum.

What happened on Tuesday night? And where do we go from here?

Was it amnesty? Was it demographics? Was it class warfare? Was it the war on women? Was it Sandy? Was it Christie? Was it Romney?

It is a time for soul-searching, a time to ask heavy questions. We’ll start searching, and start asking — and begin the process of regrouping.

It was a stoic Marcus Aurelius who once said: “There are many bitter pills, but we welcome them in hope of health.”

We’re not ready to conduct an autopsy on conservatism just yet — we shall rise again in good health — but we need to do some serious thinking before we do so. We invite your calls at 303-696-1971. Like us on Facebook!

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 11/4

It’s tense, it’s tight, and it’s instructive indeed to compare the ways Romney and Obama are respectively closing out their campaigns.

While Obama completes his pratfall into petty Chicago politics, telling his supporters “Voting is the best revenge” — future president Romney walks the high road, encouraging voting “for love of country” and leading “America to a better place.”

As far as we’re concerned, we’re with the ancient philosopher Juvenal, who wrote: “Revenge is the poor delight of little minds.” We’ll talk with political veteran Dick Wadhams about what he thinks will happen on Tuesday between the Chicago school of politicking and the more Reaganesque Romney camp.

Speaking of the higher road, did you catch Kafer’s guest commentary in the Denver Post? Turns out that economic literacy correlates with voting for conservative, free market candidates. Rather than using scare tactics (e.g., ads accusing people of being pro-cancer), educating voters to understand basic economics and government policy reaps dividends at the ballot and may even impact long term voting patterns. Who knew?

Romney came to the Denver Tech Center yesterday, filling Fiddler’s Green to its capacity of 17,000. The energy is enormous, the mittmentum is full steam ahead. If there is wisdom in crowds, then candidate Romney has a virtual monopoly on wisdom these days — as President Obama can’t help but notice his own throngs have diminished since the promises made in 2008. And for good reason.

Meanwhile, our own Steve Kelley spent about 33 hours on a swing set outside the amphitheater, setting a world record and reminding us that Colorado is a “swing state” and that every last vote counts BIG in Colorado this year. The polls have things labeled as a “toss up,” and now Hurricane Sandy has thrown plenty of sand into the gears of both campaigns. What shall be the fallout? How’s it all going to play out?

We’ll offer our own full-court-press with two days left unto election. We’re nervous but we’re ready, and we expect you are too!

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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