Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CCII

- So a college newspaper engaging in its sole purpose of journalism can now be "triggering?" Wut?!?!

Editors at the Northwestern University student paper The Daily Northwestern on Sunday issued an apology for what it called "mistakes" in its coverage of a campus event last week featuring former Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions, who served a tumultuous term as attorney general under President Trump from 2017 to 2018, announced a bid to win back his Alabama Senate seat last week. He spoke at Northwestern on Nov. 5 amid heavy protests.

The editors at the paper from the well-known journalism school specifically noted the photos taken at the event in their apology, noting that some students had found them to be “retraumatizing and invasive” and adding that those photos had been taken down.

"The Daily sent a reporter to cover that talk and another to cover the students protesting his invitation to campus, along with a photographer. We recognize that we contributed to the harm students experienced, and we wanted to apologize for and address the mistakes that we made that night — along with how we plan to move forward," reads part of the apology.

"One area of our reporting that harmed many students was our photo coverage of the event. Some protesters found photos posted to reporters’ Twitter accounts retraumatizing and invasive. Those photos have since been taken down," it adds.

Townhall Political Editor (and Northwestern alum) Guy Benson, as you can imagine, was none too pleased with this action.

(I)f elite institutions abandon support for the First Amendment (here's another recent example from Harvard), dark times lie ahead. And the notion that this sort of madness is merely confined to the academy is obviously not true anymore. Woke, stifling political correctness, in subordination of the truth, is infecting increasing swaths of society writ large, with real and distressing consequences. That the Daily Northwestern actively elected to undermine the credibility of its work with this egregious sop to the outrage mob is a tragedy. Its current leadership might as well have taken out a full-page advertisement announcing that their newspaper is no longer in the news business, and cannot be counted upon to relay accurate, factual information without fear or favor.

Constitutional rights die in wokeness.

- So an octogenarian Canadian hockey commentator opines that immigrants to the country aren't appreciative of soldiers who perished in fighting for Canada. Said commentator is unceremoniously dumped.

Meanwhile, the young, progressive boy Prime Minister of Canada donned blackface on multiple occasions as a young adult, yet is reelected.

Huh. Maybe our neighbors to north have decided to glom on to some modern day American values after all.

- I've been an admirer of the late John McCain for his honor and courage while serving America in the Vietnam War. However, a good number of his policy stances as a U.S. Senator and his indignant attitude over being a "maverick," one not afraid to thumb his nose at his own party, were traits of his which I didn't much care for.

As such, I'm really not concerned what McCain would think of today's Republican party. Honestly, how often is the news media going to recycle the same narrative where his widow Cindy proclaims her husband would be ashamed of what the party has become?

What's really disgusting is many of the same people who besmirched McCain because he had the audacity to oppose Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race are the ones consistently giving his family a platform to do their dirty work. Conservative commentator Steve Deace noticed this, too.

I’m not saying virtually everything in politics is fake...but watching a bunch of folks who smeared John McCain as the 2008 GOP nominee now claim him as their perpetual posthumous weapon to wield against those who actually voted for him....okay, I am.

Say, how many networks gave more than even a cursory mention of Democrat Zell Miller upon his passing 20 months ago? Certainly his family could've conveyed how disgusted Mr. Miller likely was with his party making a quantum leap leftward. Yeah, intellectual consistency is hard.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Football euphoria

Both the major college football program (University of Minnesota Golden Gophers) and the NFL squad (Minnesota Vikings) in the Twin Cities had critical games on their schedule this past weekend. Going in, it was difficult for me to be optimistic that just one of these teams would win, much less both. Inexplicably, both emerged victorious!

It has been well documented that Vikes QB Kirk Cousins has rarely delivered his teams (including the Washington Redskins, for whom he was the starter 2015-2017) to victory against above .500 opponents in prime time. While I always thought that stat was overblown given Cousins' numbers in such scenarios suggested he wasn't solely responsible for his clubs losing, the fact of the matter is that the lack-of-clutch-performances narrative would dog him until he was at the helm of such a win. A 28-24 victory over the first place Dallas Cowboys (a game which Cousins was good, not great) is a huge first step. It also put the Vikings at 7-3, which means they're in solid position for a postseason berth.

But let's be honest here. This past football weekend belonged to the Gophs! Ranked #13 in the Associated Press poll, the Gophers would be prime to leap into the Top 10 for the first time in 57 years with a win over #4 Penn St. It got a little to close for comfort, but the U of M hung on for an exhilarating 31-26 win at home, resulting in thousands of fans storming the TCF Bank Stadium field. And sure enough, the Golden Gophers surged into the Top 10 with a # 7 ranking!

In a conversation Sunday with Jason, fellow MN football enthusiast and 25-year old board op of my radio show, he declared that this was definitely the first time in his lifetime that the Gophs usurped the Vikes in terms of football enthusiasm in Minnesota. He then asked if I could say the same given I am literally twice his age. In thinking about it, I'd have to say the only other year that could come close is 1984, which saw the Gophers have an edge by default. That was first year the Vikings would be without the legendary Bud Grant as their head coach. It was apparent early on that the Vikes weren't competitive as new coach Les Steckel guided them to an awful 3-13 season, one in which it appeared the players had quit over the final six weeks. Meanwhile, there was renewed optimism at the U of M as the loquacious and entertaining Lou Holtz assumed the helm of a Gophers program that hit rock bottom after an 84-13 loss at home to Nebraska the season before. Sure, the Gophs only finished 4-7 in '84, but it was very apparent they were on an upswing. Their wins over both Wisconsin and Iowa was the first sweep of their two border rivals since 1975.

Bottom line is that the Vikings, from an enthusiasm standpoint, have ruled not only football but all sports in this state for more than two decades. The fact that the 2019 Vikes are legit playoff contenders but suddenly second fiddle to the Division I squad which has finished in the AP Top 20 only twice since 1962 is unfathomable to me. Truth be told, I didn't really think about Sunday evening's Vikings game until about 3 PM Sunday. This is literally uncharted territory for me.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

I got no friends 'cause they read the papers......

No Vikings game until this evening, so I expect a lot more of my regular listeners to be tuning in LIVE to this afternoon's edition of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets rolling at 1:00 PM Central Time.

In the first hour I will look back at the media's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

Then at 2:00 I welcome to the Patriot bunker MN state Senator Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake). As chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy committee, Sen. Benson is heavily engaged in the continuing debacle within the MN Dept. of Human Services. As such, she'll weigh in on the Office of the Legislative Auditor's scathing report citing irregularities within the DHS.

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.

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Until then.....


Saturday, November 09, 2019

Row. The. Dang. Boat

I've been a fan of the University of Minnesota Gophers football program since the days of coach Smokey Joe Salem, who was at the helm starting in 1979. If you're at all familiar with the Gopher program, you know there has been very little to cheer about these past 40 years.

To say that their latest win was uncharted territory is an understatement.

Minnesota's Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford in the end zone with 1:01 left, the third interception thrown by Penn State's quarterback, and the 17th-ranked Gophers held on for a 31-26 victory Saturday afternoon over the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions for their first win over a top-five team in 20 years.

Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns to direct a dismantling of Penn State's staunch defense, as Minnesota (9-0, 6-0, No. 13 AP) not only remained undefeated but also stayed on track for its first trip to the Big Ten Championship Game.

The first sellout crowd for the Gophers at home in four years swarmed the field after the clock ran out, reveling in the biggest step forward yet under coach P.J. Fleck in his third season. The Gophers scrambled the College Football Playoff picture too, after Penn State (8-1, 5-1, No. 5 AP) emerged with a top-four spot in the first edition of the rankings.

With this win, the Gophs should vault into the top 10 for the first time since 1962. To put that in perspective for me, that was the year my old man graduated high school. Dang!

On a side note, the Gophers have not lost a single game since coach Fleck spoke at my home church earlier this year.

I'm just sayin'.........


Thursday, November 07, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CCI

- When it comes to being infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome, "progressives" (and in some cases "Never Trump" Republicans) will occasionally find themselves unwittingly aligned with race hustlers and terrorists, while opposing drug-free, physically fit kids.

The latest "resistance" to President Trump finds a group who gave off the impression that they weren't keen on kindness towards certain unhealthy newborns.

 Let's hope these medical professionals were off the clock. Seriously, can you imagine if an emergency involving one of the patients cropped up and there wasn't sufficient staff to provide support? And for what, petulant virtue signaling? Disgusting.

- Has anyone else noticed that whenever there are damning stories about anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that it's, more often than not, the Daily Mail out of the United Kingdom reporting them? Aren't there still two major newspapers right within the Twin Cities? Huh.

- Remember how indignant certain members of the mainstream media became when there was a possibility that the "whistle blower" in the Trump-Ukraine saga would be revealed? Many of their chanting points consisted of "whistle blowers need protection, otherwise our leaders' corrupt behavior will remain unchecked!" or "we will cease to exist as a civilized society if people can't anonymously point out wrongdoing by the elites! TRUTH TO POWER!!!"


CBS News has fired a female staffer believed to have had access to the tape of Amy Robach raging against ABC News, Page Six understands.

We reported on Wednesday that ABC News chiefs discovered a former employee could be behind the leak of the damning footage of Robach slamming the network for shelving her interview with Jeffrey Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Sources told Page Six that a former staffer had access to the footage of Robach as she aired her frustrations over a hot mike — and that employee was now believed to be working at CBS.

A TV source told us later on Wednesday that the woman was let go from CBS, after ABC execs alerted the rival network.

ABC sources confirmed to us that they’d informed counterparts at CBS about the staffer “as a courtesy.”

Yeah, can't have conscientious employees within a news organization who would be willing to call out systemic bias now, can we?

I know this may sound hyperbolic but the firing of the staffer is flat out old school mafioso tactics. Anyone who dares shine a light on obvious irregularities is immediately "whacked" (metaphorically speaking of course). No introspection necessary when utilizing those kinds of methods.

For a media collective who was so offended that a sitting President of the United States would chide them as being corrupt, they sure work overtime to prove him correct.


Wednesday, November 06, 2019

You're on your own, media

Like many political righties, I'm often disgusted by the stunning left-wing bias put forth by mainstream media figures. However, I was never comfortable with President Trump's characterization that they were the "ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE."

From this point forward, I can no longer in good conscience refute that notion in light of the latest Project Veritas bombshell.

Sadly, this is an overall trend within major media outlets.

The election of Trump seemed to have broken a lot of U.S. citizens given their behavior on social media, protests in the streets, etc. Unfortunately that derangement has spread to what is supposed to be trusted institutions.


Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Our clownish media

When it comes to reporting on President Donald Trump, many American media outlets do their darnedest to make mountains out of molehills. It almost seems as if getting a few pesky facts incorrect is secondary to ensuring that Trump is in no way humanized. This trait is most apparent when it comes to championship sports teams making (or declining) their obligatory visit to the White House.

Many proggies and media outlets (pardon the redundancy) reacted like poo-flinging monkeys when the likes of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles or NBA champ Golden State Warriors dissed Trump by playing up their "resistance" chops. Or when a team like the New England Patriots visited in 2017, the media tried to diminish their appearance by using out of context photography to show how sparsely attended the gathering was in comparison to the Pats visiting President Obama in 2015.

So when the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals accepted Trump's invite to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the media was already looking for an angle to undermine the President. Sure enough they found it in the team's closer Sean Doolittle, who stated he would not join the festivities due to his opposition to Trump.

By the time the Nats arrived at the White House on Monday, the Doolittle story line was pretty well drowned out, so the media had to find alternative ways to "own" the POTUS. Oh, and they thought they were on to something when World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg looked to have left Trump hanging when he attempted to shake the pitcher's hand. Some guy named Rudy Gersten (who apparently writes for the Washington Post) played a video that appeared to show Strasburg turn away from Trump and proceed to hug Nats manager Dave Martinez. Ah, but if Rudy (who has since locked down his Twitter account) had played the video in its entirety, here's what we all would have seen:

Strasburg himself, who had posted all of five tweets in the past four years, took to Twitter to refute Mr. Gersten's flat out fabrication.

As if the day couldn't get much worse for the media and leftists (PTR), many of the players actually seemed to enjoy their time at the White House.

Ryan Zimmerman, who was the Nats' first ever draft pick and made his MLB debut in their inaugural season of 2005, presented the President with a jersey inscribed with Trump's name and the number 45. He also thanked Trump for "keeping everyone here safe in our country and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world." Not to be outdone, veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki took to the podium and promptly donned the ever-familiar red "Make American Great Again" cap. What ensued was perhaps the most hilariously awkward photo ops in presidential history.

The only thing that would have made this visit absolute perfection was if Daniel Murphy, who played for the Nationals from 2016 thru August 2018, was still on the roster. That would have for sure set off a certain little pipsqueak writing at Slate. Alas.