Monday, January 16, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CXLI

- It was wrong for Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) to say Donald Trump's election as President is "illegitimate." Trump firing back at Lewis by essentially saying he's all talk, no action was also wrong if not downright petty. But this idea that Lewis is above criticism because of his exemplary work as a young man in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s? Beyond asinine. Besides, Dems are never shy about taking faux outrages and turning them into fundraising opportunities.

But I digress.

By the way, does anyone else find it somewhat ironic that while Lewis was a champion for civil rights he is also a staunch advocate for denying certain citizens from exercising their second amendment rights due to their appearing on some vague "watch list" without due process?


- It's the final week of the Barack Obama presidency!!!!

I could literally compile a Top 100 list of things I will absolutely not miss about Obama's tenure. Easily within the Top 5 though? It has to be the utterly stupefying lack of self-awareness.





- Speaking of Obama's final days, his successor, Donald Trump, will officially be inaugurated this Friday.

I really don't pay much attention to Inauguration festivities outside of the actual transfer of power, but apparently there are multiple balls/parties which take place to celebrate the new White House occupant.

Much has been made of the fact that certain performers have declined to appear at any of the events surrounding Trump's inauguration, whether it's exercising their personal conscience (which is back en vogue I guess) or being shamed by poo-flinging, thumb-sucking lefties "Social Justice Warriors." As such, many proggies are chiding the incoming administration for not being able draw in the star-studded talent that, say, the Obamas always seemed to attract at events.

The fact that people are now judging a presidential administration by their appeal within the entertainment clique has pretty much clinched the fact that America has gone full Idiocracy.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

And every time I think I can sleep, some fool has got to call....

It's the final Sunday in the Barack Obama administration, so we'll spend much of today's edition of The Closer discussing the left "mourning" this loss. The one-hour broadcast kicks off at 2:00 PM Central Time.

The usual lefty suspects (i.e Hollywood and media) debased themselves more than usual this past week as Obama gave his farewell address Tuesday. One of those media outlets, Buzzfeed, also further denigrated itself with its "reporting" on potentially damaging (and unsubstantiated) information about President-elect Donald Trump.

Another thing I noticed about the media's fawning over Obama? The false chanting point that his administration was "scandal free." Apparently "journalists" believe if they downplay or flat out ignore certain incidents (eg. Benghazi, Dept. of Justice spying, IRS suppressing political speech opposing Obama, etc.) it means they didn't occur.


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics I 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.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

2016 NFL Playoffs: Divisional Round

Seattle Seahawks (+4-1/2) at Atlanta Falcons: This will be a fun one to watch as the NFL's top scoring offense in Atlanta looks to overcome the Seattle D, ranked 3rd in the NFL in fewest points allowed.

While everyone is eagerly anticipating a Julio Jones-Richard Sherman matchup (Jones had 7 catches, 139 yards and 1 TD in the Week 6 loss at Seattle), look for the Falcons to gash the Seahawks defense with a lot of underneath stuff. This is where Seattle will really feel the loss of stud FS Earl Thomas, who is out with a broken tibia.

While Atlanta's offense can put up points, they also have difficulty slowing teams down. Russell Wilson & Co. will get theirs but I don't believe it will be enough to overcome the Falcons' firepower.
Atlanta 34 Seattle 27



Houston Texans (+16) at New England Patriots: The Texans were shut out 27-0 in Week 3 at Foxboro despite the Pats starting third string quarterback Jacoby Brissett. Not much has changed for Texans since that game as their starting QB, Brock Osweiler, continued to underwhelm while the Houston defense attempted to shoulder that burden. The good news? The Texans' D allowed the fewest yards in the NFL. Bad news? The Houston offense generated the fourth fewest.

As long as Pats' Hall of Fame QB Tom Brady is healthy (and he is), this should be little more than a speed bump on the way to New England's 11th AFC Championship Game appearance over the past 16 seasons.
New England 35 Houston 14



Green Bay Packers (+4-1/2) at Dallas Cowboys: Despite utilizing a rookie quarterback and running back all year, the Cowboys proved they were legit contenders when they whipped the Packers 30-16 in a Week 6 matchup at Lambeau Field. Since that game, Dallas has stayed strong finishing the season 13-3 and earning the top seed in the NFC. Their reward? The white hot Aaron Rodgers.

I could list all sorts of legitimate reasons why Dallas should win, but their top priority needs to be limiting the number of snaps Rodgers & Co. take on offense. That can be accomplished with stud RB Ezekiel Elliott, who ran over Green Bay with 157 yards rushing in the regular season meeting.

The Cowboys have all the components for a Super Bowl contender right now, given their play at the skill positions (QB, RB and WR) as well as having the best offensive line in football.

On the other side of the ledger, I can only give you one reason why the Packers can win this game: Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay 34 Dallas 31


Pittsburgh Steelers (+1-1/2) at Kansas City Chiefs: In looking at this Chiefs team, I still have no idea how they finished 12-4 and earned a first round bye. They don't even rank in the Top 10 of total yardage for offense or defense and aren't exactly loaded with superstars at skill positions. But KC coach Andy Reid has a solid reputation of having his teams ready to play in the postseason when coming off a bye.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been in a walking boot most of the week but will absolutely play in this game. With treacherous weather conditions expected, the Steelers will rely on a heavy dose of All Pro RB Le'Veon Bell. Granted that's always a good strategy, but especially here in a matchup against a Chiefs defense allowing 4.4 yards per carry.
Pittsburgh 21 Kansas City 20



Postseason Record:
Against the Spread: 3-1
Straight Up: 4-0
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Jesse KO'd

While Jesse Ventura may not have been physically knocked out by Chris Kyle some years ago, his attempts to prove the contrary may have received its death blow.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it won’t hear arguments brought on behalf of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura against the estate of slain Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle, leaving a lower court’s dismissal of a $1.8 million defamation verdict.

Mr. Ventura, a pro wrestler-turned-politician, sued his fellow former SEAL in 2012 after a section in Kyle’s best-selling book contained an excerpt concerning an altercation said to have happened six years earlier inside a California bar.

In the book, Kyle claimed to have assaulted an individual during a veterans’ meet-up because the person said the SEALs “deserved to lose a few” in Iraq. Though unnamed, Kyle indicated in interviews afterwards that the person he punched was none other than the former governor of Minnesota.

Mr. Ventura, 65, said the incident never occurred and alleged that his reputation within the SEAL community was damaged as a direct result of Kyle’s accusation. In 2014, a jury trial concluded with Mr. Ventura being awarded $500,000 for defamation and $1.35 million for unjust enrichment.

Last June, however, a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals outright reversed the unjust enrichment verdict and vacated and remanded the defamation judgment after agreeing that Mr. Ventura’s legal team damaged the defendant’s chance of a fair trial by telling jurors an insurance policy would cover the cost of damages awarded in court.

The appeals panel’s ruling will now remain intact as a result of the high court’s decision this week, meaning Mr. Ventura may pursue the defamation allegations in District Court again.


Given that Ventura has always come across as a thin-skinned bully, I absolutely expect him to file another legal challenge. After all, suing a dead guy's estate and dragging his widow into court will certainly restore whatever esteemed reputation Ventura had prior to Kyle's book being released.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's early, but......

.....the 2017 Tweet of the Year already has a top contender, courtesy of Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).




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BYE, BYE, BYE.....


via GIPHY


President Barack Obama gave his farewell address Tuesday evening. Here's the transcript in case you missed it.

The incessant fawning I witnessed in my social media feed was downright gag-worthy. The idea that the officeholder of President of the United States is so revered that people are mourning Obama's departure as some sort of death shows how he's little more than a cult of personality. I guess such sorrow should be a natural reaction when people base their well-being on who occupies the Oval Office.

Oh, and speaking of social media reactions: If Buzzfeed ever wonders why people look at their outfit as little more than another leftist media arm? Well......







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Monday, January 09, 2017

The Trump 2020 re-election ads begin in earnest

For those who claim to vehemently oppose Donald Trump as President of the United States, you might wanna consider that some of things you say may actually enhance his 2020 re-election prospects.

For example:









But, as always, the coup de grace of absurdity takes place at smug, self-congratulatory Hollywood award shows. In this case, it was Sunday's broadcast of the Golden Globes.

My favorite moment is perhaps when Meryl Streep called for a "principled press" to call out Trump for any outrageous behavior he might display as President. Apparently one such entity wasn't necessary during the Barack Obama years as there were never similar pleas during previous years' awards shows. Come to think of it, a "principled press" may have come in handy to draw attention to Obama violating Separation of Powers, unilaterally changing laws, using the IRS and Justice Dept. to suppress opposing political speech, etc.

All I can say is I hope there was someone in attendance at the Golden Globes with proper knowledge of the Heimlich Maneuver given that Streep, Hugh Laurie et al were in danger of choking on their own sanctimony.

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Everyone's watching to see what you will do.....

Another Sunday, another edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network program The Closer. The one-hour broadcast will begin at 2:00 PM Central Time.

For the entire hour, Alpha News Chief Reporter (and friend of the show) Julia Erynn will join me in studio. The MN Legislature began session this past Tuesday, so we'll get an update on what the new all-Republican majority (ahhh, that's so awesome to write) has in mind for its agenda. We'll also delve into any other big news stories AN has been covering lately. 


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics I 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.

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #narn or "Like" our Facebook page.

Until then.....

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