Monday, April 20, 2015

Box Score of the Week

May 2002 - Baltimore Orioles at Oakland Athletics.



Sunday, April 19, 2015

I once had a life, or rather life had me.....

Now that we can exhale after another Tax Day has come and gone, why not indulge in today's edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network program The Closer? I will be broadcasting from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time. 

I'll likely get into local political news from this past week, including the MN Senate once again rejecting a repeal of Sunday liquor sales and Gov. Mark Dayton finally tackling one of the state's more pressing issues. On the national political scene, two more 2016 prospects for President (Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Marco Rubio) officially declared their candidacies, so I'll discuss that as well.

At 1:30, newly elected MN College Republicans chair Aly Eichman will check in to the program to relish in her victory as well as share what lies ahead in her administration. 

Then at 2:15, the program's political wonk Matt Mackowiak will join me via phone. Matt will discuss the latest in the 2016 presidential campaign and what lies ahead for the latest entrants into the race. 

So please give me a call at (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to discuss any of the topics I 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

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.....



Friday, April 17, 2015

You keep using that word......

In today's political campaigns, candidates and their supporters realize the importance of a strong social media presence. The obligatory attempts to look hip and cool to millennials is imperative as well.

I dunno who came up with this latest t-shirt, but it'

If you're not completely up to speed on your social media vernacular, the word "bae" is commonly used on the internet to mean "baby," "sweetie," etc.

Oh, and it apparently is also a Danish term for "poop."

That is all.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Taking in my first Twins game today!

The past two years when I attended my first April Twins game at Target Field, the game time temperature was not above 40 degrees on either occasion. However, today looks like a perfect day for baseball as we may hit 70 degrees by the time first pitch rolls around at 12:10.

As an added bonus, my friend and Miss Minnesota 2014 Savannah Cole will be singing the National Anthem!

Yes, the girl can definitely sing.

Should be a fun day all around!


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meeting controversy head on.

Whenever MN state GOP legislators hold a press conference to convey legislative proposals and/or fixes to current laws. our petulant governor Mark Dayton often accuses them of "grandstanding." That's pretty rich coming from someone who himself has a tendency to make mountains out of molehills.

The latest offing from the erratic chief executive of our state has to do with his concern over a lack of umlauts on a certain small town sign. That's right. Umlauts

See, there is a city in Minnesota that had been known as Lindström — or, if you saw the signs greeting you on the way in or out of town in recent years, Lindstrom.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation replaced the signs welcoming people a few years back. These signs are generally replaced every decade or so after the U.S. Census takes place, and after the last such survey, new signs were brought to Lindström.

The state transportation authority relies on federal guidelines that outline what it can put on signs, and these rules say signs must use only “standard English characters,” said Kevin Gutknecht, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

“So when we replaced the sign, we didn’t put the umlaut in,” Gutknecht said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

OUTRAGEOUS I tell ya!!

No way Gov. Dayton will allow such an egregious offense to stand. As such, a press release came out Wednesday indicating Dayton will sign an Executive Order requiring the MN Dept. of Transportation to "reinstate the use of umlauts on roadway signage, when appropriate."

Glad to see our governor has been focused like a laser beam on such salient issues as umlauts and taxpayer funded travel to Indiana.

“Nonsensical rules like this are exactly why people get frustrated with government,” Dayton, who grew up in Long Lake, about an hour southwest of Lindström, said in a statement.

Ah, but people are totally OK with being fleeced for sports stadiums, having their preferred healthcare become more costly or canceled altogether and be overtaxed yet have you, Governor, refer to the extra revenue taken in as "our collective good fortune." Nope, all's hunky dory there.

“Even if I have to drive to Lindström, and paint the umlauts on the city limit signs myself, I’ll do it.”

Anybody else have a feeling that Little Lord Fauntleroy Dayton likely hasn't come in contact with paint since Kindergarten finger painting?

Besides, painting is a form of manual labor. Such exertion is probably not the Governor's strong suit given his struggles to shovel a small amount of dirt.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

But he's *our* great speaker

I have to admit that I took an instant liking to Marco Rubio after his successful election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. His personal story is compelling, having been raised by blue collar working, Cuban immigrant parents in Florida. Anytime he had an opportunity to speak over the past few years, Rubio would emphasize the notion that if he could accomplish what he has given his upbringing, so can you.

I recall the 2012 Republican National Convention and the incredible speech he gave just prior to Mitt Romney accepting the nomination as the GOP candidate for President. A popular sentiment among conservatives on Twitter that evening suggested that perhaps Rubio himself was ready to fulfill such a role. 

That time has come.

Having announced his candidacy for President this past Monday, Rubio effectively overshadowed the stale announcement of Dem candidate Hillary Clinton (a low bar, I realize) from the day before. While Mrs. Clinton will likely dodge any tough questions (the majority of the mainstream media will of course be willing accomplices in that endeavor), Rubio is primed to offer a stark contrast to the insufferable "progressive-ism" of the past 6+ years. 

So what do we have in Marco Rubio? We have a charismatic, inspiring speaker who has little to no substantive accomplishments in his time as a state legislator nor as a first term U.S. Senator. 

By early 2013, some polls suggested (Rubio) would be a favorite if he decided to seek the White House, and Beltway types began talking him up as a potential Republican version of Obama, a sharp-minded, silver-tongued first-term senator who doesn’t look like a traditional presidential candidate but could attract new voters to the cause.

I thought this tweet summed it up well

Obama cast a vision that he would "fundamentally transform America" which we eventually learned was an attempt to force outcomes out of equal opportunity. Over the past 70 years or so, trillions of dollars in wealth has been transferred in the name of "equal outcomes" yet the poverty rate has not substantially changed in that time.

On the other hand, Rubio is sharing his own vision of an America that allows people to succeed to any level they desire. Indeed, if the desire is truly there (like it was with his Cuban born parents), America is one of the few countries still able to give a strong return on such an investment.

I can't say where I'd rank Rubio on my list of desired GOP presidential candidates but I absolutely can't dismiss his viability.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Box Score of the week

It's the season debut of Box Score of the week! Yeah I know, the MLB season got started last week. Better late than never I guess.

Let's check out a game from April 2007 when the New York Yankees took on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. 


In this game, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriquez hit his 14th home run in the month of April 2007, which tied the April record set by Albert Pujols one year earlier.