Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CXCIII

- The occurrence of a circular firing squad pitting U.S. House Democrat leadership vs. proggie darlings Tide Pod Evita Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, et al, it was an undeserved gift to Republicans, particularly President Donald Trump.

Ah, but if we know anything about the White House's current occupant, he just can't stand prosperity.

From a tweet thread put forth by Trump:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

One of the appeals of Trump's 2016 candidacy was that he wasn't the typical politician and, for better or worse, wasn't interested in political correctness. But lack of political savvy is to his detriment here given that you should never interrupt your opponents savaging each other.

As the Dem civil war was raging, I made the comment that all they had to do was portray themselves as just moderately sane and they would likely hand Trump a re-election defeat similar to that of George H. W. Bush in 1992. But the President's latest tweet storm gives the Dems (for now anyways) the moral high ground.

It looks as though 2020 will once again be a scenario where whomever is dumbest last loses.

- On Monday evening, the St. Louis Park City Council reversed a controversial decision where they banned the Pledge of Allegiance prior to meetings.

After recently voting to reduce the recital of the Pledge, the council received significant pushback from community members.

On Monday night, council member Thom Miller started the meeting by moving to reinstate the pledge. Then, each council member took turns speaking on the issue and voted unanimously to reinstate it.

This saga ended up being way more of an ordeal than it needed to be. As I've said before, anyone attending these city council meetings shouldn't be required to recite the Pledge. But to outright ban it almost smacks of a First Amendment issue.

Let's hope the victors here don't get too haughty by shaming those who choose to not recite it or stand during it.

- So what the heck's going on with the Minnesota DHS???

The commissioner of the state's sprawling social service agency abruptly resigned Monday after just six months on the job, producing the first major shake-up of the new administration of Gov. Tim Walz.

Tony Lourey, who left the state Senate to become the commissioner of Human Services in January, wrote a letter to Walz saying his resignation would take effect at the end of the day, stunning some members of the Minnesota Legislature. No reason was given.

Lourey's sudden departure comes after the resignations of his two top deputies last week, raising anew questions about chaos at the top ranks of the $17.5 billion state agency.

When Lourey resigned from the state Senate to accept this post, his former seat went to a special election. It wound being won by Republican Jason Rarick, which increased the razor-thin GOP majority from 34-33 to 35-32. This is an especially big blow to the Walz administration given that Lourey moved on from DHS commish less than six months after proclaiming the job was one which "I’ve dedicated my life to."

Given the rampant fraud which has occurred in multiple state public assistance programs, this chaos couldn't have come at a worse time. Stay tuned I guess.


Monday, July 15, 2019

Sunday, July 14, 2019

On assignment

I will be on assignment for today's edition of my radio show The Closer. However, my friend and valued Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg will be filling in for me 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. central time.

Tune in!


Friday, July 12, 2019

Consistently inconsistent

When House Speaker Paul Ryan chose not to seek re-election in 2018, President Trump tweeted the following:

But as is the moral code Trump subscribes to, his praise can be easily yanked if he perceives someone as "disloyal." So when it was revealed that excerpts of Ryan's upcoming book was less than complimentary towards the White House's current occupant, Trump responded with this tweet storm:

You can bet your last dollar that over the next year on the campaign trail, Trump will continue to tout the success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, of which Ryan was heavily involved in orchestrating. And he will do so without a scintilla of shame.


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What's the problem?

How big a national story has the Pledge of Allegiance kerfuffle in St. Louis Park become? So much so that the President of the United States weighed in.

As I see it, the SLP City Council vote to eliminate the Pledge prior to meetings seemed to be a mass over-correction to a vague problem. The council's rationale for eliminating it was "due to concern that some residents in their 'increasingly diverse community' might find it unwelcoming." My question is how exactly is it unwelcoming? Are there a slew of atheists populating the city who might object to the phrase "One Nation under God...?" Is it due to new immigrants residing there who would prefer to pledge loyalty to their country of origin?

I, for one, don't believe in "forced patriotism." If there are folks who object to the Pledge, then I have zero issue with them remaining silent, staying seated or, dare I say, kneeling. But this idea that a municipal government forbids reciting it altogether smacks of a First Amendment violation.

This isn't over by a long shot.


Monday, July 08, 2019

Box Score of the Week

It's the All-Star break, so let's check out the 2008 All-Star game.


This game took place at the old Yankee Stadium in its final season. It also marked the longest ASG game in terms of time (4 hours, 50 minutes) and tied for longest at 15 innings. 


Sunday, July 07, 2019

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues....

First Sunday in July! The summer is moving on quick, but we at the Northern Alliance Radio Network are HERE FOR IT! Today's 2-hour edition of my radio show The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I will throw in my two cents regarding Colin Kaepernick discouraging Nike from manufacturing a shoe with a logo of the Betsy Ross designed flag. Also, are "Never Trump" Republicans obligated to vote for the Democrat presidential candidate in 2020?

Locally, I will weigh in on the St Louis Park city council barring the Pledge of Allegiance prior to their meetings.

At 2:15, Super Bowl champ/singer/brain injury advocate Ben Utecht will stop by to promote a big time musical event taking place in the Twin Cities later this month. The subject of football is also likely to come up.

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.....