Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our perpetually petulant governor: Part MMCDLV

Even though the Supreme Court of Minnesota ruled that Little Lord Fauntleroy's Gov. Mark Dayton's line item veto of MN legislative funding was constitutional, they also indicated that the matter needed to be settled via mediation. This was in part because the SCOM felt they couldn't order funding to be reinstated (as a lower court had), so an agreement between the two parties would have to be reached to ensure the legislature could operate properly.

So when mediation commenced and Dayton heard something he didn't like, his reaction was indicative of how he's behaved these past 6-1/2 years when things haven't gone his way.

What was supposed to be two long days of talks to came to a crashing halt when Dayton walked out of negotiations midday Friday.

“I was angry. I told them in my 40 years dealing with Minnesota government, I have never, ever been lied to — and I don’t use that word lightly,” Dayton said. “The people of Minnesota have been lied to and the Supreme Court’s been lied to. … That infuriated me and it deeply offends me.”

The governor said what brought him to the brink was the disclosure that both the House and the Senate had enough money in savings to fund themselves for months, despite his veto. That belies, he said, their longtime claim that they sued over his funding veto to save legislative staff and the very existence of the Legislature.

Actually, no, that is (per Dayton's personal standards) a lie. The Legislature filed the lawsuit over being de-funded because they believed this violated the separation of powers. It seemed rather dictatorial to cut off funding to one branch of government because another branch disagrees with them. Does this mean Dayton could cut off funding for the judiciary if they handed down a legal ruling which rankled him?

In the end, Dayton has nothing to lose. He's not seeking reelection in 2018 and the legislature will be comprised of the opposing party the remaining 15+ months of his gubernatorial term. Why not continue throw crap against the proverbial wall and see what sticks? After all, Dayton will be unable to achieve little of his agenda next legislative session, assuming he even has a coherent plan)

Man, what a s--t show.


Friday, September 22, 2017

We're going full Idiocracy, man

Never go full Idiocracy.

For instance, consulting with late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel on how Congress should handle a law affecting one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

Or propping up elitist celebs, whose "carbon footprint" is multiple times that of the average American, regarding their thoughts on "climate change". 

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio says history will judge President Trump harshly for his inaction on climate change.

Speaking Tuesday at a Yale University climate conference
(Where I'm sure Leo arrived by driving a Prius the 3,000 miles from his Hollywood abode - ed.), DiCaprio lashed out at Trump for pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.

"We are going to look back at this point in history, and frankly this administration, and certain people are going to be vilified for not taking action,” he said, according to the Hartford Courant.

"We should not have people in office who do not believe in facts and truths and modern science that are able to manipulate and risk the entire future of this entire generation," he told former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Not have people in office who "do not believe in facts and truths and modern science?" Is that a litmus test Leo really wants to impose? I ask because I have a feeling that many of the elected officials who agree with Leo's perspective on climate change are also folks who believe that men can become pregnant and that there are more than two genders. Disqualifying potential candidacies of likely allies seems rather counterproductive to one's cause, no?


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Leftist Circular Firing Squads ramping up

When "progressives" went all in on the "resistance" movement, a philosophy which sought to de-legitimize the Donald Trump presidency, they had no clue how untenable a position that would be become. So when Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi recently met with Trump in an effort to craft bipartisan legislation addressing DACA, angry leftists (particularly illegal aliens) berated them for "normalizing" a sitting President of the United States.

Then earlier this month, far left Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was ripped by allies for merely having the audacity to suggest people exercise "patience" while Trump navigates his first term.

But what really caused many leftists to lose their collective minds had to do with former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer making an appearance at this past Sunday's Emmy Awards. Spicer entered the stage with a rolling podium, which was a direct reference to actress Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live. Despite being the butt of so many jokes for his, at times, buffoonish behavior during White House press briefings (especially his defense of Trump's laughable over-estimations of January's inauguration crowd), I lauded Spicer for being able to be self-deprecating. Ah, but as Betsy Phetasy at The Federalist notes, the leftist media (pardon the redundancy) didn't see the humor in it.

I have no problem with Spicy doing the talk show circuit and rehabbing his image; he was made a laughingstock and deserves to have a little fun, too. What I do take issue with is today’s host of journos and bloggers clutching their pearls about how damaging it is to have Spicer appear on the Emmys. To those people, I ask: have you been alive for the past, well, forever?

All politicians lie. All of them. That’s what makes them politicians. Maybe they don’t lie as blatantly or overtly about stuff that is easily disproven, but they all lie and use Hollywood to shill for their agenda. Remember when President Obama appeared on “Between Two Ferns” to sell millennials on Obamacare? Remember Bill Clinton playing the sax on “The Arsenio Hall Show”? I do. And they all use their press secretaries to make sure their administration stays on brand.

It’s all spin. Why is anyone acting like Spicy did anything other than exactly what his job description required? It’s the press secretary’s job to lie to the American public. We can dress it up however we want, but that’s essentially what they’re doing.

In America, at any given time, approximately half the population believes the lie and the other half doesn’t. Then the power changes hands, the pendulum swings and suddenly you’re on the side defending the lie instead of fighting it. Some of us in the middle shrug and realize it’s all a farce and do our best to ride the tide trying to pull people in one direction or another.

There was also heavy criticism directed towards Emmys host Stephen Colbert for indulging in the Spicer bit.

Hollywood types and other leftists can pretend to be all indignant over someone they deem as undesirable as a President Trump, but let's be honest here. Much of what is being celebrated in the entertainment industry today has, at minimum, a perceived anti-Trump tinge to it.

"The Handmaid’s Tale” would have most certainly been good, but if Hillary were president, it wouldn’t have packed the same punch of visceral terror fueled by a p-ssy-hat-wearing nation, high on fear-mongering blogs about our dystopian future.

SNL became relevant for the first time in years. Stephen Colbert’s show was floundering before he found a focal point in Trump. He would not have hosted the Emmy Awards last night. His current success goes hand in hand with the Trump presidency.

The other hard truth Hollywood doesn’t like to look at: they helped lay the groundwork for a President Trump. They shoved reality TV and “Jersey Shore” and the Kardashians and, yes, “The Apprentice” down our throats for a decade. They chose trashy, cheap non-scripted sensationalism over thoughtful, scripted content because it was less expensive to produce. What exactly did they expect to get? Informed voters? A generation of intellectuals?

No. Hollywood is just as complicit in turning this country into a nation of brain-dead morons determined to vote against their own interests as are the partisan pundits, the mainstream media, the NFL, the liberal colleges, the failing school systems and we, the lazy voters. That’s the dichotomy of Hollywood. It loves to get uppity about politics and shame the flyover states for not being woke, but doesn’t hesitate to bring us Honey Boo Boo, either. Trump might not be the president we want, but he’s the president we deserve.

Again, are we absolutely certain Idiocracy wasn't a biography?


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Clueless Joe

Apparently former Vice President Joe Biden has had his fill of President Donald Trump's boorish behavior, particularly regarding Trump's latest retweet.

Uhhh....say, Joe? Did our children happen to be looking away all those years you were Vice President? Particularly during swearing-in ceremonies of U.S. Senators and Cabinet members?

I think you know what you can do with your faux outrage, Mr. Biden.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Kap in purple?

With Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford experiencing lingering issues with his left knee (the same knee which he tore his ACL in 2013 and 2014), the Vikes had to turn to backup QB Case Keenum in Week 2. Needless to say, Keenum's lackluster performance in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers can't possibly have the Vikings organization brimming with confidence in the event Bradford has to miss multiple games. The only other healthy QB is someone named Kyle Sloter, who was activated from the Vikes' practice squad over the weekend.

But even before Bradford was ruled out of Sunday's game, I tweeted the following:

I feel further convicted in that opinion in light of the Vikings QB depth chart at the moment. Since Bradford's status is still very murky and Teddy Bridgewater, who was anointed the franchise quarterback before his own gruesome knee injury just over a year ago, won't be ready to play until mid-season at the earliest, there's no reason to not bring in Kaepernick for a workout. If on the basis of that workout the coaches/front office personnel determine that his skill set falls short of what is already on the roster, then fine. Not signing Kap can be written off as a "business decision."

Now let's address the proverbial elephant in the room.

Yes, Kap's decision to kneel during the National Anthem has rankled many patriotic NFL fans. And yes, his portrayal of America as oppressive while defending the regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is outrageous if not stunningly ignorant. But should that preclude him from having a job in the National Football League? Of course not. On the other hand, should teams be compelled to offer employment? Again, no. So that begs the question of why isn't Kaepernick, at minimum, on a roster considering he's more talented than several QBs occupying spots today? Are NFL owners, GMs and coaches genuinely concerned over a fan backlash if Kap were signed by their team? If so, I'm skeptical that signing Kaepernick would have that dramatic an affect. I sincerely believe most NFL fans are able to compartmentalize.

Remember the shock and horror conveyed by some Vikings fans when seeing the whip marks Adrian Peterson left on his 4-year old son 3+ years ago? The initial reaction by some was that Peterson should be incarcerated, never mind ever resuming his NFL career. Yet when Peterson returned for the 2015 season and won the NFL rushing title, the horrific images of an abused child went down the memory hole for some (not all, but some).

How about when the Philadelphia Eagles took a flier on QB Michael Vick just prior to 2009. Vick had been out the NFL the prior two seasons (even spending some time in jail) due to his role in participating in a dog fighting ring. Naturally, many animal rights protestors (some of whom were likely Eagles fans) demonstrated outside Philly's training camp facility, expressing disgust that a "dog killer" was given special dispensation. A year later, Vick took over the starting job from an injured Kevin Kolb and went on to have the best passing season of his NFL career, taking the club all the way to the postseason. Suddenly the visual of electrocuted canines became secondary to the excitement generated by a possible Super Bowl run.

The point I'm making is if fans are willing to forgive and forget literal crimes committed by guys who help their favorite NFL team win, why is it so unfathomable to consider signing a player whose social and political beliefs may be drastically different from theirs? Again, go ahead and savage Kaepernick's beliefs all you want (I know I certainly have). But to say he doesn't deserve an opportunity to play football based upon what you believe is behavior disrespecting this country, then I question your moral code if you've ever rooted for an NFL team. Inevitably, every franchise in pro football at one time or another has employed a player who's had brushes with the law. Kap's only sin is he exercised the same First Amendment rights all Americans possess.

I guess this is my way of saying that I have zero issue with my favorite NFL squad bringing Kaepernick on board.


Box Score of the Week

Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles - August 24, 1983.


Orioles pitcher Tippy Martinez picked off three runners off first base in the top of the 10th inning.  


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Got the key to my city, it's over....

Today is the Vikings' first Sunday game of the 2017 NFL regular season but The Closer will still air live! The one-hour program gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CLV

- Even some of the more high profile Donald Trump apologists (save for Sean Hannity) are having difficulty wrapping their heads around why the President would cut an immigration deal with the minority party without a Mexican border fence (his signature campaign issue) being part of the alleged agreement.

While Trump denies a definitive deal has been made with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the fact he went around his own party's leaders merely adds to the legend of the GOP showing utter ineptitude when it comes to actually governing. So why are Republicans unable to effectively govern despite having all levers of power in Washington?  Julia Azari at FiveThirtyEight shares her perspective in perhaps one of the more insightful pieces on this frustrating trend.

A snippet:

Much of the party’s stated governing ideology rests on the premise that “government is the problem,” which makes it difficult to develop a coherent agenda for determining what the government should be doing. And currently, there isn’t much else unifying a party fragmented along lines of ideology, openness to compromise and support for the president.

Trump’s own approach to policy, meanwhile, hasn’t helped the party set priorities. He hasn’t clearly articulated what *he* wants the GOP to focus on, jumping from infrastructure to taxes to health care to immigration, and from controversy to controversy. He has also promised a number of governing outcomes – better health care coverage, stronger national security, a better economy – but he’s often short on the details about what kinds of policies might achieve them. Legislation tends to die in the course of working out the specifics, and without a stable, widely shared set of priorities, it can be hard to achieve anything.

The entire thing's worth a read.

- Hillary Clinton wrote the book (literally) on how *not* to get over losing a presidential election.

As usual, the Washington Free Beacon perfectly summarizes Mrs. Clinton's delusion on how scores of factors outside her own corruption, dishonesty and arrogance were to blame for her loss.

- I agree with National Review's David French when he says the White House should not insert itself into the job status of ESPN personality Jemele Hill. WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders recently indicated that Ms. Hill's comments (via Twitter) on President Trump being a "white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists" is a "fireable offense."

Yes, ESPN management are flaming hypocrites over which employees have latitude to convey their political opinions and which do not (see Schilling, Curt). But if conservatives are going to stand firm and say it was wrong for Schilling to be fired just because he expressed right wing views, then we should also be on board with Hill being free to express her leftist opinions. Now if Hill's weeknight show SC6, which she co-hosts with Michael Smith, tanks in its ratings due to viewers boycotting the program over her opinions, then it makes sense to fire her from a business standpoint.

In the end, ESPN is becoming largely irrelevant when it comes to how consumers take in their sports news. Perhaps it's best to just let the network continue to circle the drain.