Monday, September 01, 2014

Box Score of the Week

Anaheim Angels vs. Kansas City Royals - June 10. 1997.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

An August summer night, soldiers passing by.....

It's the next to last day of the Minnesota State Fair, which means it will be my final time broadcasting The Closer on location at this year's great MN get-together. I will be on in the usual 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time slot.

It'll be a guest intensive show, as it normally is for Fair broadcasts.

Guests include:

1:00 - Mike McFadden, Republican U.S. Senate candidate who is opposing incumbent senator Al Franken.

2:00 - Tom Emmer, the next U.S. House member in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District.

2:30 - MN State Senator Carla Nelson (R-Olmsted County).

In the non-guest segments, I'll likely discuss some newsworthy items from this past week. I may even share my experience in attending the Defending the American Dream summit in Dallas over the weekend.


If you happen to be out at the fair this morning, feel free to stop by and say hello. We're located on Machinery Hill, which is at the north end of the fairgrounds, specifically near the corner of Underwood Street & Murphy Avenue (next door to the Home Depot building; see map here). 

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

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

Until then.....

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Priorities or something

With President Barack Obama choosing to act unilaterally in such matters as immigration, climate change, etc., House Republicans chose legal recourse to hold the Chief Executive to that whole "Separation of Powers" thingy.

Lead Democrat in the House, Nancy Pelosi, responded via Twitter.



A total of $350,000 (the total amount the Republicans have authorized for the lawsuit) to ensure the leader of the free world isn't usurping his authority? Personally, I have no issue with my tax dollars being spent to hold a rogue government official to the U.S. Constitution, a document which the President has vowed to uphold.

What's most hilarious about Pelosi's tweet is she has never said boo about the excessive costs of the government takeover of our health insurance, the countless millions sunk into failed green energy initiatives or the hundreds of millions spent on "economic stimulus" that has done little to revive the economy. Yet we're supposed to be outraged (OUTRAGED) that our tax dollars are being spent to uphold the Constitution while nary a word is to be uttered when nearly the same amount of money is spent over a two year period on oil paintings of obscure government officials.

Nice to know where Pelosi's priorities lie.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quick Hits: Volume CI

- It happened 20 years ago today.

It was Aug. 26, 1994, when St. Paul police officers Ron Ryan Jr. and Tim Jones, along with his K-9 dog Laser, were fatally shot.

Ryan, 26, was checking on a man -- Guy Harvey Baker -- who was sleeping in a car in a parking lot at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood about 7 a.m. Baker, also 26, feared Ryan would discover he was wanted in Iowa for violating probation on an illegal gun possession conviction.

He picked up a .38-caliber revolver from his lap and shot Ryan.

Scores of officers joined the search for Ryan's killer. Jones had the day off, but he came in to help.

Laser picked up Baker's trail about 10 a.m. on Conway Street, not far from Johnson Parkway. Baker heard the dog whining outside a fish house where he was hiding, saw Jones through the window and, through the side of the shack, shot the 36-year-old officer with the gun had stolen from Ryan. When Laser bit his leg, he shot the dog, too.

Both officers had grown up on St. Paul's East Side.

I grew up a mere three miles from where this incident took place, and it shook we residents to our respective cores since the East Side was a very tight knit community. As such, both the Jones and Ryan families were overwhelmed with support from the community, whether it was financial or otherwise.

My mother still lives in the same house we bought in 1986. Whenever I visit mom these days, I unfortunately don't feel that same sense of unification in that area a mere two decades later. If, God forbid, a similar incident occurs, I hope I'm proven wrong on that front.

As I read the Pioneer Press story commemorating the loss of the two officers, I was uplifted by the the fact that the families left behind have effectively rebuilt their lives. It appears they continue to serve as an inspiration to many even 20 years later after their horrible loss.


-  The head of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, is set to have his contract expire next year. As such, former NFL player Sean Gilbert is looking to step in as NFLPA chief in 2015. In lobbying for the position, one of Gilbert's proposals include shortening the preseason to a mere two games while expanding the regular season to an 18-game schedule. Since he feels the owners have disproportionately benefited from the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, Gilbert said the appeal of 2 extra games worth of revenue would entice owners to acquiesce to certain other proposals which would benefit the players.

In my mind, the 18-game regular season should be a non-starter. Given the player safety issues which have cropped up during previous 16-games seasons, how are two additional games going to alleviate those concerns? In the end, great players are going to become a lot less elite due to the additional wear and tear on their physical beings. If the game is watered down to such a degree where fans begin to notice, is that where the proverbial 800-pound gorilla that is the NFL finally becomes somewhat vulnerable? I'd rather it not get to that point.


- I thought I was going to be able to fly under the radar, but I was finally nominated for the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.

I accepted.


Before this exercise of raising awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease) became a national phenomenon, I had become even more acutely aware early in 2014 of the implications surrounding this disease.

In January, a dear friend of the fetching Mrs. Carlson and I, Anne Neu, announced her husband Jonathan had been diagnosed with ALS. Since Jonathan, Anne and their five children are a strong, faith-filled family, they were very upfront about what they faced with this physically degenerative disease impacting their husband and father.

Then this past April, our friend John "Night Writer" Stewart went public with his own ALS diagnosis. And like the Neus, the Stewarts are a family who have always been unified in their faith, so they appeared aptly equipped to endure the struggle ahead of them.

For reasons John outlined in his latest blog post, I have decided to make a financial contribution to the local MN/ND/SD chapter of the ALS Association. You can too by going here.

And by all means, follow along the journeys of these two awesome families via their respective blogs.

The Stewart family blog ---> http://nolongeriwholive.tumblr.com/

The Neu family blog ---> http://neu-ology.blogspot.com/


Thoughts and prayers with you all.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Box Score of the Week

New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians - April 8, 1975.

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Frank Robinson made his debut as player/manager of the Indians, becoming the first black manager in MLB history. 

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Leave a message with the rain, you can find me where the wind blows...

It's Day 4 of the Minnesota State Fair, where I will be broadcasting The Closer LIVE in my usual 1:00 until 3:00 PM time slot.

Right at 1:00, I will be joined by 2014 Princess Kay of the Milky Way Jeni Haler.
















Then at 1:30, the Republican endorsed candidate for MN State Auditor, Randy Gilbert, will stop by.

At 2:30, the NARN's official basketball wonk Mike McCollow will join the show to discuss the Timberwolves' blockbuster trade of franchise player Kevin Love.

In the non-guest segments, we'll likely chat about the Vikings-Chris Kluwe settlement as well as possibly welcoming an impromptu guest or two.


If you happen to be out at the fair this morning, feel free to stop by and say hello. We're located on Machinery Hill, which is at the north end of the fairgrounds, specifically near the corner of Underwood Street & Murphy Avenue (next door to the Home Depot building; see map here). 

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

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

Until then.....

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Friday, August 22, 2014

When I think of all those disappointments, I just laugh.....

Back at the State Fair this morning, Mitch Berg and I will be airing the Northern Alliance Radio Network LIVE from 8:00 until 10:00 Central Time. As an added bonus, Miss Minneapolis 2014 Julia Schliesing is tentatively scheduled to stop by the Patriot booth!!

With Election Day being only 74 days away, it's no accident we'll be hosting a plethora of political officeholders/candidates/activists while at the Fair.

8:30 - Bryan Strawser - MN Gun Owners PAC Executive Director & Treasurer.

9:00 - Sharna Wahlgren, Republican endorsed candidate for U.S. House in MN CD4 and my fellow Harding High School alum.

Sharna's senior class photo  :-)


9:30 - MN State Senator David Hann (R-Eden Prairie), who currently serves as the Senate Minority Leader.

In the non-guest segments, Mitch & I plan to discuss the debacle regarding the banning of GOP endorsed MN Supreme Court judge candidate Michelle MacDonald. We were present at the Republican Party of MN booth when Ms. MacDonald arrived despite being told by the state party she was not welcome.


If you happen to be out at the fair this morning, feel free to stop by and say hello. We're located on Machinery Hill, which is at the north end of the fairgrounds, specifically near the corner of Underwood Street & Murphy Avenue (next door to the Home Depot building; see map here). 

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

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

Until then.....

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