Monday, May 29, 2017

Box Score of the Week

It seems only logical to select a game from a Memorial Day past. 


Sunday, May 28, 2017

L.A. proved too much for the man....

It's the Sunday before Memorial Day but we'll be live today on the Northern Alliance Radio Network. Yes, the one-hour bonanza known as The Closer will begin at 2:00 PM Central Time.

In what was a busy news week, I will definitely look back at the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester, England. I will also weigh in on the special U.S. House election in Montana.

At 2:30 I will be joined by Jason Flohrs, who is the State Director at the Minnesota chapter of Americans for Prosperity. We'll discuss the latest Minnesota legislative session as well as myriad issues taking place at the Federal level.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we 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. If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

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.

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Until then.....


Friday, May 26, 2017

Dems denied.....again

After Thursday evening, the Democrat party is still longing for that elusive special election victory which proves there's a backlash against President Donald Trump, or something.

Just 24 hours after being charged with assault for allegedly body-slamming a reporter in his Bozeman campaign office, Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday defeated Democratic opponent Rob Quist to win the special election for the U.S. House seat in Montana.

The race was thrust into the national spotlight in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs described being "body-slammed" by the GOP candidate, and a Fox News crew who witnessed the incident said the former technology and software executive "grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him."

To be clear, this isn't something Republicans should necessarily be celebrating. Short of defending himself, Gianforte had zero reason to put his hands on someone with the intent to cause harm. As such, he did apologize for his actions upon declaring victory.

"When you make a mistake you have to own up to it, that's the Montana way," Gianforte said. "Last night I made a mistake... That's not the person I am and it's not the way I'll lead in this state."

"Rest assured, our work is just beginning, but it does begin with me taking responsibility for my own actions," he added. "You deserve a congressman who stays out of the limelight and just gets the job done."

Also, I'm not really interested in the shrieking leftists and their sudden discovery of a moral compass when it comes to violence towards political opponents. Unless these same people are willing to unequivocally condemn multiple violent protests by leftist kooks in Berkeley, St. Paul, etc., they have no credibility whatsoever in expressing outrage over Gianforte's excessive actions.

But hey, if anyone is willing to start a movement to kick out members of Congress who have at some point in their lives body-slammed someone with whom they had a political beef, I'm all ears!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CL

- When a political candidate makes a verbal faux pas during a campaign, there can occasionally be room for nuance or an opportunity to provide further context.

But when a candidate commits a physical act of aggression towards a media member in front of witnesses? Not a lot of room for interpretation.

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for a special House election in Montana, was officially charged with assaulting a journalist on Wednesday — just one day before the election.

As The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs attempted to ask Gianforte a question about the recently released Congressional Budget Office cost estimate of the House GOP’s health care legislation, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck and slammed him to the ground, according to Fox News’ eyewitness account.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office cited Gianforte with a misdemeanor assault. He must appear in court by June 7, a county clerk told Fox News.

This is Montana's only U.S. House seat, one which has not had a Democrat representing it in more than 20 years. Since leftists are so desperate for an electoral repudiation of President Donald Trump, they may well get it in Montana by default.

But if Gianforte is elected, the next question is will the GOP House caucus goes ahead and seat him without incident. While Speaker Paul Ryan has condemned the incident and insists that Gianforte apologize, he essentially said he would abide by the will of the Montana voters.

It is only in this current political climate that Montana is the epicenter of national political news. Heck, that was likely the case before this latest incident.

- After being a proverbial church mouse for eight years, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) feels emboldened now that he is in the minority party in Washington. His criticism of President Trump combined with aggressive questioning of Trump judicial & cabinet nominees has caused his star to rise among Dems desperate for a viable presidential candidate in 2020.

However, Sen. Fart Joke Franken is, at this time, not interested.

The Minnesota Democrat has been among several high-profile Democrats seen as likely candidates. But in an interview with People Magazine, the former comedian ruled out a run.

“I got way, way, way too much to do right now to even think about that, other than to say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,'” Franken told the magazine.

Good. It seems to me downright laughable to believe a nearly 70-year old obnoxious, thin-skinned former TV guy could be considered a viable candidate for Pres.....

Oh, right.

-  So how about the first place Minnesota Twins?!

Yes I realize we're barely past the one-quarter mark of the season, but the Twins have (for now) defied low expectations after a franchise worst 103 losses in 2016. And while I don't expect the Twins to ultimately win the American League Central Division this year (the defending A.L. champion Cleveland Indians are still loaded), they have definitely identified some core players which could provide long term success.

Third baseman Miguel Sano is having an MVP caliber season as he is tied for A.L. lead in RBIs and is top 10 in home runs and batting average.

According to normally understated former Twins manager Tom Kelly, Center Fielder Byron Buxton is the fastest baseball player he's ever seen. While he's off to a slow start at the plate, Buxton more than makes up for it in the field.

But the latest phenom which is garnering significant attention is starting pitcher Jose Berrios.

Berrios has been downright filthy in his first three starts, winning all three while compiling a 1.66 Earned Run Average, a minuscule 0.55 Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP) and a downright stingy .111 opponents' batting average. Not since the peak years of Johan Santana (2004-06 when he won two A.L. Cy Young awards) or perhaps the 2006 version of Francisco Liriano have Twins fans marked their calendars for a game in which a specific starting pitcher toils.

Even if the Twins fall short of a postseason berth, it's no small consolation that the core of their current roster is young, talented and already providing significant contributions. For the first time in about six years, it's definitely OK to be excited about the direction of this franchise.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A tale of two singers

Let's take a gander at two separate responses to the Monday terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

First, a reaction from legendary English singer Morrissey:

Compare that to the "hot take" from the undeniably talented (but utterly vacuous) Katy Perry: 

That is all.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester: my two cents

My friend Bryan Strawser has said on more than one occasion that "The war is here, and it doesn't really care if you want to be a part of it."

On Monday evening we received yet another chilling reminder.

Police say 19 people are confirmed dead and around 50 others are injured following reports of an explosion Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins held a late press conference and said that they are currently treating the explosion at Manchester Arena as a "terrorist incident" until they have further information.

"This is a very concerning time for everyone," Hopkins said. He also said that further details would be released when they have a clearer picture.

As you can imagine, Ms. Grande was devastated by this incident.

Sadly, a fair number of responses to this tweet were people reminding Grande of her unflattering comments about America, her anti-Trump stance, her sympathy for Muslim refugees, etc. To conjure up those issues in light of the awful atrocities at one of her concerts is just disgusting and downright cruel. Don't be one of those people, k?

Admittedly I wasn't at all familiar with Grande's style of music but from what I understand, she largely appeals to teenagers. So whatever soulless ghouls carried out this attack knew darn well that a lot of kids would be in attendance at that concert.

Not only was the venue significant, so was the date of May 22.

Just as it was no coincidence that the Benghazi terror attack occurred on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11/01 attacks on U.S. soil.

Naturally there's a lot of information still flowing at this point, but early indications are a homemade bomb was detonated by a suicide bomber. The device was described as one of those "nail bombs" similar to what was used in the Brussels attack last year.

Perhaps one of the more disturbing aspects of this attack (and something Strawser has also alluded to before) is that it was another "soft target." That is, people are essentially preoccupied and thus very vulnerable to harm, just like in Nice, France last year when people were wrapped up in Bastille Day festivities or December 2015 in San Bernardino, CA where employees were enjoying a Christmas party.

It would seem to me that if one of the goals of terrorists is to have people of the western world skittish about merely living everyday life, the incidents which have occurred over the past few years have gone a long way to accomplishing that.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Box Score of the Week

The St. Louis Browns (who eventually became the Baltimore Orioles) took on the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader on September 29, 1943.


The Browns' Vern Stephens hit a home run in the 11th inning as well as the 13th inning in this game, meaning he became the first player in MLB history to hit multiple homers in extra innings.