Thursday, December 03, 2020

Like shooting fish in a barrel

It's not that surprising when we learn of an elected official not willing to live up to the standards they insist their constituents adhere to, and this era of the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. But what has me somewhat taken aback is the sheer number of politicians (all Democrats) who have been busted breaking their own edicts. 


The latest offense involving the mayor of Austin, TX was not only egregious but utterly hilarious. 





My radio show's political wonk (and Austin resident) Matt Mackowiak with the mic drop response: 


 



Both Daily Caller and New York Post are compiling pretty lengthy lists of those officials ignoring their own mandates. Maybe these politicos should just resort to the tactic of their media enablers by continually pointing the finger at Sturgis


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Wednesday, December 02, 2020

True sacrifice

When former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the face of Nike shoes, the slogan tied to his ad campaign was "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." The insinuation being that Kap's outspoken activism is the reason he has not had a job in the NFL since 2016. 

Kaepernick played in the National Football League for six years. Sure, he lost out on a significant amount of money with no team opting to sign him. But it's a stretch to suggest that he made a huge sacrifice when he had a longer than average NFL career, attained a financial settlement in a grievance against the NFL as well as locking in a lucrative Nike endorsement deal. I'm guessing Kap's not living check-to-check (not to mention his not playing pro football means he's avoided significant risk of additional head injuries). 

Now, you want an example of true sacrifice?

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam were sentenced to jail on Wednesday on charges related to an unauthorized anti-government protest last year at the city’s police headquarters.

Wong, who pleaded guilty to organizing and participating in the protest, received 13 1/2 months behind bars. Chow, who also pleaded guilty to participating in the protest and inciting others to take part, received 10 months, while Lam received 7 months after pleading guilty to incitement.

The protest took place on June 21 last year and saw thousands surround the police headquarters as they demonstrated against excessive force by police against protesters, as well as a now-withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China.

The jailing of the trio, known for their advocacy for democracy in Hong Kong both at home and abroad, comes as Beijing tightens control over the semi-autonomous city following months of anti-government protests last year, which occasionally saw violent clashes between protesters and police.

In June, Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong to crack down on dissent.

It is the first time that Chow, 23, has been given a jail sentence. Wong, 24, and Lam, 26, had previously been jailed over charges related to their activism.


In China, there has been a longstanding practice of enslaving Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in prison camps. Recently there's been proposed legislation aiming to ban imports of a significant number of goods produced with forced Chinese labor. One of the prominent major U.S. companies lobbying against such a bill? Nike. 


Enjoy those royalty checks, Kap.


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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Unhinged

It's become increasingly clear that there is no one in President Trump's inner circle who can convince him he's dead wrong on a subject. It appears to be some sort of ego defense, one in which he's wholly incapable of admitting error even when discussing the most innocuous, superficial subjects

Trump's obsession with taking shots at Georgia elected officials is just the latest instance where he is woefully misguided. 




Ed Morrissey at Hot Gas Air punctures Trump's flawed demands.


In the first place, how would any emergency relate to ballot procedures? We set rules in advance for elections precisely to prevent ad-hoc handling of elections. There is no emergency declaration that would touch this process, and the process itself is set by legislation which Kemp has no authority to change. The idea of using “emergency powers” to override statute on elections is absurd on its face, and more reminiscent of banana republics than American governance.

Next, the ballot signatures have already been checked — twice — in this process. Kemp can’t order another signature match against the ballots because the ballots get separated from the signatures when they get counted. We have secret ballots in this country, remember? Once the signatures get checked on intake (after a previous check on the absentee application), the envelopes are separated out. Even if you find a mismatch, you can’t point it to a specific ballot.


The greater issue here is Trump raising doubts about Georgia's electoral system five weeks ahead of the two critical U.S. Senate runoffs taking place in the state, races which will decide the balance of power in the upper chamber. If enough GOP voters are convinced their votes for Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler would be undermined, they may not bother to vote at all. And if indeed both Republicans lose, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy resulting in Trump et al continuing to shift the blame to the Georgia Secretary of State for not "STOPPING THE STEAL," or something. 


The Republicans keeping the U.S. Senate and gaining double digit seats in the U.S. House sets the party up nicely for the 2022 midterm elections, especially since there remains dominant GOP representation in state legislatures across the country. As such, the redrawing of Congressional districts in early '22 will be favorable to the party. But the fact Trump his airing his own personal grievances as well as peddling baseless conspiracy theories threatens all that, which would in turn undo unquestionably positive aspects of his legacy. 


Sad!


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Monday, November 30, 2020

Vandy virtue signals

A historic day in college football this past Saturday in what was otherwise a forgettable game

Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game on Saturday when she delivered the opening kickoff of the second half for Vanderbilt against Missouri.

Fuller, a senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt's SEC championship soccer team, sent the low kick to the 35-yard line where it was downed by Missouri. Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said Fuller executed the so-called squib kick exactly as it was designed
(Uh huh - ed.).

"Honestly, it's just so exciting," Fuller said after the team's 41-0 loss. "The fact that I can represent all the girls out there that have wanted to do this or thought about playing football or any sport really, and it encourages them to be able to step out and do something big like this, it's awesome."


I'm sorry, but this stunt reminded me of a certain move made by Bill Veeck in 1951. Veeck. who was the owner of MLB's St Louis Browns, had 3'7" midget Eddie Gaedel make a plate appearance in an actual game. Obviously it was done for show since it was an August game with the Browns sporting a pathetic 36-78 record. No chance a carnival act like this would have even been conceived of had the Browns been a pennant contender. 


The Browns' situation seemed to parallel Vandy's given they were an 0-7 team in a game where they were a decisive underdog. Do you honestly believe Ms. Fuller would have been allowed to participate in any fashion had this game held any serious implications? 


Go ahead and write off my objections as misogynistic if you like. Here's what conservative writer Alyssa Ahlgren had to say. 


I’m all for women playing college football if they’re the most skilled, talented, and qualified for the position. But they’re not. Don’t get me wrong, athletes like Sarah are top tier female athletes. However, they’re not top tier football players.

I’m sick of women being used as publicity stunts in men’s sports and we have to act like it’s a huge deal and pretend we don’t know it’s just part of society’s obsession with diversity tokens and woke milestones.

Vanderbilt has a men’s club soccer team, a men’s rugby team, and I’m sure one player out of the entire Vanderbilt football roster can kick. But why would an already terrible football team skip out on a chance to “make history” and plaster the news? They wouldn’t. So instead the coach calls a squib kick for Sarah Fuller to start the second half of the game.

And anyone that knows anything about football knows you don’t squib kick to start a half, let alone squib kick to start a half while you’re down 21-0. You call a squib kick when your kicker can’t kick.


I too am not the least bit opposed to women playing football. If more had the skillset to be effective in the game, you'd likely seem them in prominent roles. But you don't. Because men and women are physically built different. And that is truly settled science. 


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Sunday, November 29, 2020

But I know that this time I've said too much, been too unkind....

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving weekend! As we prepare to wrap up the month of November, the Northern Alliance Radio Network will be live today with my program The Closer. The 2-hour festivities get started at 1:00 PM Central Time. 


In the first hour I will discuss the dangerous game Trump-kins are playing in looking to undermine the two U.S. Senate races in Georgia. Also, former President Barack Obama is becoming more vocal in his disdain for Trump supporters. 


At 2:00 PM, Archway Defense founder Peter Johnson will check in to discuss how gun rights could potentially be impacted in a Joe Biden administration. 



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

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining.

Perhaps the most vapid and shrill Hollywood-ite wants to make nice with supporters of President Trump. 


After months of condemnations of President Trump and his administration, Alyssa Milano says she's extending an "olive branch" to his supporters.

The left-leaning activist and actress, who voiced an exorbitant amount of support for President-elect Joe Biden leading up to the 2020 election, took to Twitter on Tuesday with her peace offering.




Judging by the replies from "Trump Twitter," many had not-so-pleasant suggestions as to what Ms. Milano should do with that olive branch.

For the record, I vehemently disagreed with the vast majority of what Ms. Milano had to say regarding politics. And the fact she often denigrated concerns held by conservatives was something I never took personally either. That said, not all of Trump's supporters lauded his boorish behavior towards the media and other proggie institutions, rather they voted for him in hopes he's strengthen border security, solidify the Federal judiciary, strengthen a sluggish economy, etc. So if Ms. Milano thinks that after four years that the proverbial hatchet can be buried that easily after essentially writing off those people as enabling an evil, fascist dictator, then she's utterly delusional . 

To be fair, Ms. Milano isn't alone in expressing this sentiment. A lot of condescending progs (including the President-elect and VP-elect themselves) made pleas to begin the healing process. However, I believe this to be a cynical ploy. My guess is the "reaching out" is to make themselves appear to be more magnanimous than the many Trump supporters who are unable to come to grips with their guy losing the election. 

Truth be told, I prefer the up-front truths from vapid leftists like Rep. Tide Pod Evita Ocasio-Cortez, Chris Evans and Zach Braff, who basically sanctioned "black lists" of those who dared support Trump. I am more apt to believe those sentiments are actually sincere. 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Scorched Earth strategy

You had a feeling this was coming. Committed Trumpkins in Georgia threatening to undermine the Republican party if elected GOP politicos don't deliver the state for President Trump. A state he lost after recounts confirmed a Joe Biden victory and then results being certified by the Secretary of State. 





Obviously there is a lot at stake in Georgia with the U.S. Senate majority hanging in the balance. If both incumbent Republicans David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler lose in the January 5 runoff elections, that would bring the Senate to a 50-50 balance, with a Vice-President Kamala Harris being the tie-breaking vote. The only hope then would be Democrat Senator Joe Manchin keeping his word about standing in opposition to eliminating the legislative filibuster, packing the Supreme Court, de-funding police, etc. Do you wanna place all your hope in Democrat to do the right thing? I sure as hell don't.

This is what happens when you have a cult of personality. If your guy (in this case, Trump) doesn't get to be the hero in thwarting the Dems' attempt to pivot to socialism then not only will these fanboys not lift a finger to prevent it, they will aid and abet. 

Not even Donald Trump, Jr. wants to be complicit in this crap. 




The fact is the Republican party as a whole did very well this election cycle. The GOP put a significant dent in the Dems' House majority, including electing 17 new female members to its caucus. The party also increased its share of the non-white vote to levels not seen since 1960. So if a bunch of blustery, mostly lily white thumb-suckers think they can tear down the momentum Republican are currently enjoying, they're going to be in for a rude awakening. The Democrat party is hellbent on a sprint towards socialism. A good number of newly elected Republicans escaped that kind of government in their respective native countries, so they aren't ceding this new GOP without a fight. My money is on the freedom fighters. 


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