Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXVI

- When Barack Obama downplayed Russia as a geopolitical threat, GOP/conservative voters rightly criticized such flippancy. And when Obama didn't adequately address Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections, he again was appropriately excoriated by the same people.

So if Obama was wrong on principle, then those who were anti Obama but support Donald Trump need to acknowledge that Trump's statements at a joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin were just as disgraceful. Perhaps one of the more frustrating aspects is Trump could have easily shown how his administration has taken more substantive action than Obama ever did in responding to Russia's shenanigans. Instead, the President seemed to validate many leftist assertions (rightly or wrongly) that's he's little more than Putin's lap dog.

As such, I find myself agreeing with a certain former Speaker of the House.

President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.

Does it surprise you that Nancy Pelosi would say such a thing? Of course not. Except that's not the former House Speaker who said that. No, that quote is actually attributed to that scathing left winger Newt Gingrich.

All I wanna know is whatever happened to the "America First" mantra, Mr. President?

- During Sunday's game vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor summoned closer Fernando Rodney in to the game with one out in the fifth inning. I mean, I know trends are changing in Major League Baseball with managers and front office guys looking to implement new, innovative techniques. But your late game specialist being called upon so soon? Was this an example of Molitor and Executive VP/Chief  Baseball Officer Derek Falvey trying out something new just before the All Star break?


The reason Rodney got in the game earlier is because he had a late afternoon 
flight to Florida.

Pretty awesome! Congrats, Fernando!!

- There's no question that in the GOP primary battle for Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty will raise significantly more money than his opponent Jeff Johnson. As such, the Johnson camp is looking for some creative ways to infuse more funding into its struggling campaign.

Money raised at the BPOU level is typically doled out to state House and Senate campaigns. However, the Senate is not up this year but the entire House is. Even though the GOP has a strong majority in the House (77-57), Republicans can't take anything for granted in the event the party can't break its 12-year losing streak in statewide races. The GOP absolutely needs to hang on to both chambers of the Legislature. As such, I'm hoping the BPOUs receiving this plea respectfully decline Mr. Nadeau's request and thus properly fund legislative races.

I hope I'm wrong here, but it feels as though many of the same blunders which plagued the Johnson campaign in 2014 are rearing their ugly heads once again.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Box Score of the Week

It's the All Star Break, so let's look back at the 1934 MLB All Star Game.


Commenter Mr. D. nailed it regarding the National League's starting pitcher in 1934:

Carl Hubbell (struck out) five Hall of Famers in a row: Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons, and Cronin.

The only comparable performance I can recall is Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez in the 1999 ASG. Of the six batters he faced, he struck out five, two of which were future Hall of Famers (Barry Larkin and Jeff Bagwell), one potential HOFer (Larry Walker) and two PED aided sluggers (Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa). 


Sunday, July 15, 2018

They took the credit for your second symphony, rewritten by machine on new technology....

A lot to get to on this week's installment of The Closer. The 2-hour broadcast gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

We'll take the first hour to discuss the local political scene, including the MN gubernatorial race on the GOP side. Then at 1:30 we'll chat with longtime friend of the show Julia Schliesing (soon to be Coleman), who is seeking election to the Chanhassen City Council.

Then at 2:00 we will be joined by local legal expert David Asp, who will weigh in on President Trump's selection of Brett Kavanaugh as the latest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.....


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Just go away, Al

I guess it wasn't enough that then senator Al Franken embarrassed himself during last year's confirmation hearings of eventual Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch. No, he would apparently love another opportunity for self debasement with the latest SCOTUS nominee.

By the way, did you notice Al's still using the title of "U.S. Senator" in his Twitter name?

The fact that Franken believes a significant number of people even care what he has to say about anything political means reality is one of the few things he hasn't grasped.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Upon witnessing....

....the various facial expressions of weasel FBI agent Peter Strzok at Thursday's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee,....

......I pictured off to the side two priests like the ones in The Exorcist. 



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

True life hero

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

Miraculously, the 12 youth soccer players and their coach were alive and rescued after 2-1/2 weeks stranded in a flooded Thai cave. While we can rejoice in that outcome, it wasn't without a price

(T)here was one casualty — a former Thai Navy SEAL who died after entering the cave to lay oxygen tanks along the exit route.

Saman Gunan (alternatively spelled Kunan) has been remembered by his family and people around the world as a hero. The 38-year-old set out on Thursday night last week to deliver three oxygen tanks.

He completed his task, but lost consciousness on the return trip. His diving partner performed CPR but was unable to revive him.

It may be of little comfort to Mr. Gunan's loved ones at this point but his heroism is being celebrated as much (if not more so) as the 13 individuals being brought out alive. There aren't many who can leave this earth with that kind of legacy.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Trump SCOTUS pick: Brett Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump made it official Monday evening by selecting a potential replacement for retiring U.S. Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.

President Trump on Monday selected Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation.

The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton, was not a huge surprise, given his conservative record, elite credentials and deep ties among the Republican legal groups that have advanced conservatives for the federal bench.

Given that Kavanaugh was rumored to be on a short list of the three most likely nominees, leftist groups no doubt had panicked prepared statements on each potential selection ready to blast out via email.


There will be many opinion pieces written for and against Kavanaugh's nomination in the coming days. If you're a conservative, it's an encouraging pick from the standpoint of Second Amendment issues. However, The Federalist came out with a piece recently detailing how Kavanaugh devised the road map to make Obamacare constitutional. And for those in the pro life crowd who hoped the next SCOTUS justice would be the final piece of the puzzle in overturning Roe V. Wade, that doesn't appear to be a strong possibility.

At the end of the day, if all 50 GOP Senators (or 51 if Sen. John McCain is well enough to travel to D.C.) are unified in Kavanaugh being confirmed, the Dems' saber rattling will be an exercise in futility.

Let the games begin!