Sunday, December 17, 2017

Help yourself to some but obey the law.....

We're nearing the end of 2017 but this year's news cycle never ceases to amaze. This week's edition of my radio program The Closer will, as usual, get started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

I'll look back at the results of the Alabama special election for U.S. Senate and how this short term loss for Republicans is actually beneficial for their intermediate future. Speaking of the Senate, a replacement for Al Franken (D-MN) was selected.

At 2:30 I'll be joined in studio by Doug Wardlow, who is seeking to be the GOP candidate for MN Attorney General in 2018.


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area, you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio. If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

Even though I have a face for radio, there is a UStream channel where you can watch the broadcast if you so desire. Check it out here.

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Until then.....

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Friday, December 15, 2017

You can't rationalize with the utterly irrational

Given whatever agenda item the Trump administration or Congressional Republicans put forth these days, the left will react with utter hysterics. Today's leftists are so irrational and deranged that there's no use in even trying to engage in an intellectual discussion.

The latest move which has "progressives" in a downright freakout is the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal the Obama era "net neutrality" regulations. Yes, proggies are utterly convinced that the decision to overturn a 2-year old reg will lead to outrageous costs for the privilege of utilizing something which has been a regular part of most Americans' lives for the past decade-plus. 

Since there's no rationalizing with people who have their collective heads so buried in the proverbial sand, we might as well have some fun at their expense. 












Despite he and his family being threatened with physical violence over this impending ruling, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai joined in on the fun by basically laughing in the face of his loony detractors.





To repeat an oft used phrase over the past two years: What a time to be alive.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Meanwhile, back in Minnesota......

Mercy's sake, this has been a new-sy week in the political cycle. On Wednesday morning my home state of Minnesota got in on the act.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election.

Smith was widely seen as Dayton’s top choice from the moment Franken announced his resignation last week, and she said she would run in the November special election to complete Franken’s term through 2020.

“I will run in that election and I will do my best to earn Minnesotans’ support,” she said at the news conference where Dayton announced her appointment.

Smith had previously declined to run for governor, raising questions about whether she would launch a Senate campaign that would be in the national spotlight.

She said she decided to take the position as more than a mere caretaker after some reflection.

“This is an extraordinary moment,” she said, apparently referring not only to Franken’s resignation amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, but also to the tenor of politics today. “I had to ask myself what is the best way to serve.” She said her decision to stand for election shows a “commitment” to the job.

There have been rumblings that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was encouraging Dayton to select a replacement who will be a viable candidate in the 2018 special election for this seat. The Dems desperately wanted someone who could be a worry-free candidate in a solidly blue state since they have 25 other seats (as opposed to only 8 for the GOP) to defend next year. Depending upon who the Republicans select as their candidate, this particular race could have an impact on the Senate's balance of power. If Dems have to divert valuable resources towards a race for what is normally a safe seat, that means there would be less funds available for such vulnerable candidates as Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Jon Tester (MT), Joe Donnelly (IN), Claire McCaskill (MO) and Joe Manchin (WV).

Like they've done with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the left is downplaying Smith's far left progressive chops, specifically her affiliation with Planned Parenthood of MN, SD and ND, where she was their Vice President at one point in her career. Smith also served as Chief of Staff for Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak during his second term. While experience in those posts may play well among the DFL's metrocrats, it's going to be a tougher sell for outstate Dem voters.

All that said, Smith does have experience in being part of a winning statewide campaign when she was Dayton's running mate during the 2014 cycle. And campaigning in tandem with the popular Klobuchar (who's also up in 2018) certainly will not be a detriment.

Now we await the names of those who will vie for the GOP nomination for this seat. Choose wisely, Republicans.

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No more Moore

Let's face it: the Alabama GOP, Steve Bannon et al got exactly what they deserved on Tuesday.

Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy S. Moore, after a brutal campaign marked by accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against the Republican, according to The Associated Press.

The upset delivered an unimagined victory for Democrats and shaved Republicans’ unstable Senate majority to a single seat.

Mr. Jones’s victory could have drastic consequences on the national level, snarling Republicans’ legislative agenda in Washington and opening, for the first time, a realistic but still difficult path for Democrats to capture the Senate next year. It amounted to a stinging snub of President Trump, who broke with much of his party and fully embraced Mr. Moore’s candidacy, seeking to rally support for him in the closing days of the campaign.

In the 25+ years since I made my conversion to the right side of the political aisle, I've never once rejoiced over a Democrat prevailing in an election. While I'm not going to say that I am thrilled that a pro abortion, open borders candidate emerged victorious on Tuesday, I am not the least bit devastated that the wholly unfit Moore was sent packing. And for the record, I deemed him unfit long before the allegations of sexual abuse were levied against him.

While Dems have a legitimate reason to rejoice, I'm sure their satisfaction over flipping a Senate seat in a reliably red state is tempered somewhat. The reason being is the Democrat party's standard of "zero tolerance" when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct against candidates/elected officials is one which can no longer be used as a cudgel against the GOP. There's no doubt that was something which they were going to hit Republicans with in the 2018 midterms if Roy Moore was a sitting U.S. senator. While I still believe the Democrats have a fighting chance to seize the Senate next year (despite having to defend 25 of the 33 seats up for election), the task is now that much more difficult without the "We expel our perverts; The GOP elects theirs" chanting point.

Say, did anyone hear that noise? Yep, it's the door slamming on the prospects of Al Franken remaining in the Senate. I guess Tuesday wasn't a total loss for Republicans after all.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The obligatory Trump-rips-Gillibrand-via-Twitter post

Ah yes, at the center of a lot of the buffoonery in Washington, D.C. is usually a Trump tweet.




Now when I initially read that, I just rolled my eyes at what I viewed as the usual juvenile insults thrown out by our Commander in Chief. Ah, but Fauxcahontas Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) saw it differently.




Uhhh...."slut shame?" It appears that Sen. Warren has no idea of the context of that phrase. Quite simply, "slut shaming" someone is to criticize one for exhibiting slutty behavior. So is Warren insinuating here that her Senate colleague is in fact a slut??? When this inquiry was posed by several people in response to Sen. Warren's tweet, the retort was something along the lines of "Well then what, pray tell, did Trump mean when he said Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign contributions?" I have no earthly idea. But it's rather telling that it was mostly "progressives" who gleaned that Trump was referring to sexual favors.

The fact of the matter is if you read Trump's tweets regularly, he has a few patterns. Random capitalization of words. Ending many posts with the word "Sad!" Even the occasional grammatical errors.

Oh, but you know what else has been a part of multiple Trump tweets? Saying someone "will do anything" to/for _____.




Like Press Secretary Sarah Sanders indicated on Tuesday, to construe that as something sexual likely means your mind "is in the gutter."

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Sunday night build-up

Given the perpetually bizarre news cycle we live in, we are now getting "heads up" on Sunday evenings regarding big news stories to drop early in the week.





The impending revelation of Trump accusers was entirely predictable, especially in light of Democrats being so hot-to-trot to push out Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken over allegations their own sexual misconduct. Since Conyers is now gone and Franken's departure is imminent, the Dems can claim the moral high ground and thus demand the GOP put pressure on the accused within their own party.

Hey, if nothing else, a President Mike Pence would cause collective leftist heads to spin more violently than Regan MacNeil's in The Exorcist






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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hey, come on try a little; Nothing is forever....

Only 15 shopping days until Christmas, but the Northern Alliance Radio Network rolls on. Today's edition of The Closer will get started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 2:00 I will welcome to the Patriot bunker longtime friend of the broadcast Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Mary's Point). As chair of the Aging and Long-Term Care Policy committee, Sen. Housley will discuss disturbing trends of elder abuse taking place in some Minnesota care facilities.

In other segments, we'll definitely weigh in on Minnesota senator Al Franken resigning his U.S. Senate seat and speculation as to who will be appointed for the next year as well as candidates for the special 2018 election.


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area, you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio. If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

Even though I have a face for radio, there is a UStream channel where you can watch the broadcast if you so desire. Check it out here.

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #narn or "Like" our Facebook page.

Until then.....

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Good riddance

Al Franken entered the U.S. Senate with a reputation as a crude, insufferable putz. His speech from the Senate floor on Thursday, where he announced his intention to resign his senate seat "in the coming weeks," indicated he is leaving as a delusional and defiant egomaniac.

While he indicated in his address that "all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously," he didn't take responsibility for the eight women (and I know for a fact there are more) who accused him of inappropriate conduct nor did he apologize. Instead of doing the right thing by offering a mea culpa, Franken engaged in classic "whataboutism" by pointing out "a man who has bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party." While I certainly won't defend the inexcusable actions of President Trump or Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, I definitely take issue with Franken's declaration that Moore has the full support of Republicans. To borrow part of a title of a book written by a self-anointed satirist, that's a lie told by a lying liar. Moore has been endorsed by Trump and given cash by the Republican National Committee, but that hardly comprises the entire GOP. Any Republican senator who was gone on record has said they desire for Moore to drop out of the race or withdrew any previous endorsement of him.

Once Franken officially moves on, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton will appoint an interim senator, with a special election taking place next year. Many will say that Franken being gone means little given that his replacement will likely be of the same far left "progressive" ilk. While it's true that ideologically it will be a lateral move, anyone not named Jesse Ventura will be an upgrade in demeanor over the despicable Franken. Good riddance, loser.

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