Monday, May 17, 2021

Box Score of the Week

 Let's check out a game from earlier this season. 


San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks - April 28, 2021.


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D'Backs veteran Asdrubal Cabrera faced Padres hurler Ryan Weathers in this game. As a second year player in 2008, Cabrera, then a member of the Cleveland Indians, faced Weathers' father David in a May game that season. As such, Cabrera became the first player in MLB history to face that particular father-son duo. 


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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Times are gettin' kinda hard on the boulevard.....

Another Sunday, yet another edition of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time. 


The big news on the local scene is MN Gov. Tim Walz following the CDC's guidance of fully vaccinated people being free to not wear masks. However, there are some citizens still hesitant to be rid of their face diapers. 


From a national standpoint, the Joe Biden presidency has many people flashing back to the 1970s when there was a gasoline shortage, hyperinflation and Iran being a bad actor. 


Finally at 2:00, our technology wonk D. Greg Scott will stop by to discuss the cyberattack on the Colonial oil pipeline, one which resulted in the gas shortage throughout much of the southeast. 



So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

 
You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM 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 as well as Amazon Alexa (just say "Alexa, play The Patriot Minneapolis")If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #NARNShow or "Like" our Facebook page, where we also conduct a "Live Stream" of the broadcast.

Until then.....

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Friday, May 14, 2021

Face diapers be gone

 So is anyone in Minnesota hosting a burn party for face masks?


Gov. Tim Walz will end the state's mask mandate on Friday after federal health officials recommended that fully vaccinated people don't need to wear masks in most situations.

Businesses will be free to make their own decisions about whether to ask customers or employees to mask up, but Walz said that the time has come to discontinue the mask mandate that has stood since July 25.

"We know that masks were a critical tool in the early stage and still remain today in slowing or stopping the transmission of the coronavirus," Walz said.

Minnesota health officials will still encourage mask wearing among those who are not fully vaccinated, but that guidance will not have the legal force of a mandate.


Once the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its guidance on vaccinated individuals not having to wear masks, Walz was in an untenable position. When he announced last week significant loosening of restrictions, the Governor indicated that once 70% of Minnesotans ages 16 and up received their first COVID shot (or July 1; whichever came first), he would lift the mask mandate. As of earlier this week, the vaccination rate in Minnesota indicated we wouldn't reach that 70% threshold until the third week of June. So on Thursday when the CDC issued its guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, the Walz administration basically conceded that their initial plan of ditching the state's mandate no later than July 1 would likely be ignored. As such, he and MN Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm urged non-vaccinated Minnesotans to continue to wear masks but stopped short of making it a requirement. 


"Setting up a dual-tier system ... would prove more of a challenge and less efficient," Walz said.


Many elected officials and health bureaucrats alike have conveyed disappointment over what they believe are subpar vaccination rates. However, the CDC seems unwilling to acknowledge their own role in that scenario. Once vaccines became available, the organization recommended that people continue wearing masks and practice social distancing even after becoming fully vaccinated. They never conveyed a coherent rationale as to why other than pointing to an infinitesimal chance of a vaccinated person still contracting the virus. Add to that Federal health officials pausing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after literally one in a million suffered significant side effects, we suddenly saw vaccination rates plummet. I'm guessing that part of the motivation behind the CDC's latest recommendations is to incentivize more people to get vaccinated. If so, then they have come full circle in their complete bungling of this pandemic. 


While the state of MN is no longer mandating mask usage for vaccinated individuals, private businesses may exercise their discretion by continuing to require the practice. As such, I've seen more than a handful of the #MaskUpMN virtue signalers on social media encouraging others to extend grace to those store owners who desire their customers to wear masks. I wonder how many of these same scolds didn't exactly exercise that same compassion when in the presence of an unmasked (but vaccinated) person. I'm gonna guess that percentage is close to three digits. 


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Thursday, May 13, 2021

The bursting bubble

It's official: U.S. House Republicans have ousted Liz Cheney (R-WY) as their Conference Chair. To be honest, I'm ambivalent about this move. While I believe Cheney is an asset to the caucus given her mostly conservative voting record, I wish she'd not respond to the feckless meandering of former President Donald Trump. I have no issue with Cheney's desire to ensure Trump never becomes POTUS again. But to continually rail on that matter instead of the GOP focusing on defeating the President Biden agenda as well as taking back the House in 2022 is counterproductive. To that end, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy should be the next to go. 

With all that said, this isn't the death knell for the GOP that CNN and MSNBC talking heads (as well as the prog Twitter bubble) believe it will be. Hell, why do you think those TV networks are providing wall-to-wall coverage of the Cheney ouster while barely paying lip service to obscenely long lines at gas stations, lackluster employment numbers and higher than expected inflation? When it comes to the first four months of the Biden presidency, the leftist media is (to borrow a quote from another Cheney) looking to put lipstick on a pig. 

This isn't complicated. Americans are more readily aware of the soaring costs of everyday purchases (i.e. gasoline and food), the crisis at the southern border and our ally Israel being thrown under the bus by leftist elected officials than they are a power struggle among the minority party in the House. And I believe the 2022 midterms will absolutely reflect those priorities. 

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Quick Hits: Volume CCXLVIII

 - A rather sobering tweet thread from MN Congressman Dean Phillips. 





I've been lamenting for years how America's national debt continues to skyrocket annually while the only elected officials who even pay it lip service are Republicans when they're part of the minority party in Congress. Anyone who is elected to national office, yet doesn't hammer the issue regularly is committing a dereliction of duty. Full stop.


While I appreciate Congressman Phillips for at least broaching the issue, his request for ideas will be little more than a dog's breakfast of chants to tax the wealthy even more. Sadly, most (if not all) of Phillips' likely supporters view spending cuts in social programs as tantamount to government sanctioned murder, which is why our exploding debt won't be reined in anytime soon. 



- When President Joe Biden was in close contact with former POTUS Jimmy Carter last week, he apparently caught something more damaging than COVID. 





I guess we should be grateful that Biden is compassionate and doesn't tweet mean things. 



- I've often said that I have gotten way more out of blogging than I have ever put into it. Back when blogging really took off within the first five years of the new millennium, it kinda became its own subculture. 


Of all the unexpected blessings I've received, the solid friendships are what I cherish most. My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg is someone whose blog I've been reading regularly since 2004. And long before I started hosting my own show on AM 1280 The Patriot, I was a fan of Mitch and the other NARN hosts while getting to know them at various social endeavors. A few years after that, a friend pointed me to the family blog Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood, which also became a regular stop for me. I also got to know Mr D. and his fine family over the past decade-plus. 


With all that said, I am thrilled that two of my closest pals in the blogosphere are teaming up to continue to churn out great content. 


From D's blog


The post is up now, so I can now reveal that I am writing at Shot in the Dark, Mitch Berg's longtime blog. Mitch is one of the most prolific bloggers in Minnesota and he has been at the blogging game for almost 20 years. He has also hosted a weekend radio show at AM 1280 for about 16-17 years now. He also has a pretty big audience.

This is a great opportunity for me and I'm glad Mitch asked. I will not abandon this blog -- after over 15 years of writing here, there's way too much history to let it go away. However, I assume much of what you see here will be either (a) less political and (b) more about Benster's sports views. But we'll see.


While blogging has become more passé given the influx of social media, Mitch and Mark have remained steady in the game. This union is definitely the...ahem.....shot in the arm that local conservative commentary needs. 


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Monday, May 10, 2021

Box Score of the Week

 Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson tosses a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves. 


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At 40 years old, Randy Johnson was (and still is) the oldest pitcher in MLB history to throw a perfect game.


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Sunday, May 09, 2021

You had to have the front page, bold type.....

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there! My bro and I took my mom out to dinner yesterday, so I'll be live for today's installment of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour broadcast gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time. 


Locally there was some big news regarding Gov. Tim Walz's COVID restrictions as well as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin officially appealing his guilty verdict in the killing of George Floyd. 


At 2:00, political wonk Matt Mackowiak will check in to discuss his home city of Austin, TX overwhelmingly passing Prop B. I'll also get Matt's take on the Liz Cheney-GOP House Leadership drama as well as the way-too-early projections in the 2022 Congressional midterms. 



So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

 
You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM 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 as well as Amazon Alexa (just say "Alexa, play The Patriot Minneapolis")If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #NARNShow or "Like" our Facebook page, where we also conduct a "Live Stream" of the broadcast.

Until then.....

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