Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It'll be a frosty September evening in Minneapolis

Perhaps the best running back in Minnesota Vikings history finally has a new home.

Adrian Peterson plans to sign with the New Orleans Saints, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson Tuesday morning.

The deal, while technically covering two years, is a one-year deal plus a one-year option.

Peterson told Anderson that the deal is worth a base total value of $7 million. Here are the terms Peterson says he has agreed to at this point: The 2017 compensation is $3.5 million (all guaranteed at signing), which includes a $1 million guaranteed salary in 2017 and a $2.5 million signing bonus.

The maximum incentives package is $8.25 million and whatever incentives are reached in 2017 get added to the per-game roster bonuses in 2018.

The 2018 compensation is $3.5 million, none of which is guaranteed. It includes $2.4 million in total roster bonuses (which includes a $750,000 roster bonus earned on third day of free agency plus $1.65 million in per-game roster bonuses), a $1.05 million salary and a $50,000 workout bonus.

Oh, and the Saints' week one opponent in 2017? That would be Peterson's former club in Minneapolis on Monday Night Football. And the narrative is already being floated on how AP wants to stick it so his former club.

Peterson relishes the opportunity to prove people wrong, as he did when ran for 2,097 yards and won league MVP honors in 2012 after returning in nine months from a torn ACL. He bristled at the notion he couldn't be effective after returning from a torn meniscus in three months last season, and has offered reactions ranging from amused to annoyed when his age (32) is used to suggest he might not be able to produce the way he has in the past. He undoubtedly will be intent on making a statement in 2017, and his first chance to do it will be against the team that drafted him, employed him for 10 years, brought him back after his 2015 suspension, but ultimately let him go when it decided to get younger.

If indeed Peterson has an effective game week one, it wouldn't be the first time he's assisted the Saints in defeating the Vikings.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Not your grandparents' Democrat party

Former Democrat governor of Vermont and former DNC chair Howard Dean recently declared that "hate speech" is not protected by the First Amendment (he even doubled down on that false claim over the weekend). This was in response to someone conveying that Ann Coulter's speaking style, while deplorable, is protected by the First, thus her invitation to speak at the University of California-Berkeley should not have been rescinded. Even someone as uber left as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) knows this.

Then last Friday, current DNC chair Tom Perez essentially said that any pro life Dem politician/candidate is not welcome in today's Democrat party. Meanwhile, Sanders recently campaigned on behalf of Heath Mello, a pro-life Democrat seeking the office of Omaha, NE mayor.

So there you have it. When it comes to free speech and abortion, an avowed socialist is politically to the right of today's mainstream Democrat party.


Box Score of the Week

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Baltimore Orioles - August 14, 2009.


That time when notorious free swinger Vladimir Guerrero (then with the Angels) got a base hit on a pitch that bounced in front of home plate. 


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Switching things up

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio  Network colleague Mitch Berg on assignment yesterday, I assumed the reins of his regular time slot. Today, Mitch fills in for me from 2:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

Hop over to his place to see what he has planned for today's show.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

No fire brigade, just pyromania....

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg on assignment today. I will be at the helm of The Headliner edition of the NARN. The broadcast kicks off at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll look back at some big news items from this past week, including the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District as well as the shake up at The Fox News Channel.

At 1:30, I will chat with my friend and GOP candidate for MN Attorney General Harry Niska. We'll discuss Harry's candidacy and what it will take to end the DFL's nearly fifty year stranglehold on that office.

Then for the 2:00 hour I will welcome to the broadcast local activists Kelly Gunderson (follow her on Twitter at @talkette) and Jeff Kolb (@jpkolb). We'll spend the hour discussing local political news including next weekend's MNGOP state central meeting where a new chair and deputy chair will be elected, the confirmed & rumored candidates for the 2018 MN gubernatorial race, how the remaining four weeks of the 2017 MN legislative session will fare, etc.

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.

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Until then.....


Friday, April 21, 2017

Just to refresh everyone's memory...

While I don't consider the likes of Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock as good ambassadors for the conservative movement, I absolutely enjoy the leftist freak out towards whatever they might do or say.

I say this because all three recently visited President Donald Trump (also known to occasionally elicit leftist frothing) at the Oval Office.

This particular observation shows a lack of awareness of Oval Office history:




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Oh really, O'Reilly?

The Fox News Channel has not exactly been receiving the most stellar publicity over the past year or so. As such, its most popular personality is the latest casualty.

Fox News Channel's parent company fired Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable news' most popular program and one that came to define the bravado of his network over 20 years.

O'Reilly lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis. By the evening, "The O'Reilly Factor" no longer bore his name, simply titled "The Factor."

The downfall of Fox's most popular — and most lucrative — personality began with an April 2 report in The New York Times that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about disturbing encounters with O'Reilly, who continued to deny any wrongdoing in a statement hours after he was fired. Dozens of his show's advertisers fled within days, even though O'Reilly's viewership increased.

O'Reilly's exit came nine months after his former boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, was ousted following allegations of sexual harassment.

Following the Times story, 21st Century Fox said it had asked the same law firm that investigated Ailes to look into O'Reilly's behavior. 21st Century Fox leaders Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James said in a memo to Fox staff that their decision to ax O'Reilly came following an "extensive review" into the charges.

"I understand how difficult this has been for many of you," Rupert Murdoch said in a memo to Fox staff.

O'Reilly, denied a chance to say goodbye to his Fox viewers, did so via a statement.

"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims," he said. "But that is the unfortunate reality that many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers."

If the claims were truly unfounded as O'Reilly asserts, then I find it highly unlikely he'd go down without a fight. So either he was paid handsomely to exit quietly or, at age 67, he was just ready to move on with life. Either way, it takes a highly coordinated smear campaign (as has been alleged recently) to get five different women to allege improprieties against O'Reilly, so I have a hard time believing that he's a completely innocent victim.

I guess I never fit the stereotypical conservative in that I rarely indulged in any programming on FNC. If I ever watched The O'Reilly Factor, it was solely because of the guests who appeared on the broadcast, particularly the hilarious Dennis Miller. But I've never been a fan of O'Reilly himself for no reason other than he came across as boorish and insufferably arrogant.

There's no way to know for sure, but I can't help but wonder if Fox would have pulled the plug on O'Reilly's show had there not been a mass exodus of the show's advertisers. The Murdochs can talk all they want about the principles of this move but there's no denying that losing advertising dollars has a direct impact on the bottom line.

So what's next for Fox?

5 PM/ET – A new show, hosted by Eric Bolling, will debut on May 1st. From April 24th-28th, Special Report with Bret Baier will air from 5 to 7 p.m.

7 PM/ET – "The Story with Martha MacCallum" will debut on Monday, May 1st. Until then, MacCallum will continue anchoring "The First 100 Days" through April 28th.

8 PM/ET – "Tucker Carlson Tonight"

9 PM/ET - "The Five" (LIVE) with co-hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Juan Williams.

10 PM/ET – "Hannity"

Tucker Carlson will move to the 8 p.m. slot, and "The Five" will move to the 9 p.m. slot formerly occupied by Tucker Carlson. Jesse Watters also joins "The Five" as a co-host.

I've seen Carlson's program a few times since he replaced Megyn Kelly in the 9 PM/ET slot. He often invites on as guests radical left personalities but, unlike O'Reilly, lets them talk mostly uninterrupted to prove how flippin' nuts they are. The fact a program like that (which is essentially red meat for conservatives) is moving to The Factor's old time slot means FNC will get along just fine without O'Reilly.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Denied a chanting point once again

President Donald Trump is barely 3 months into his administration, yet leftists have been desperately trying since day one to use special elections results as a signal their "resistance" is effective. However, said efforts have, to this point, fallen short despite substantial resources being poured in.

The left failed in their attempt to flip MN House District 32B in February.

Progs' hopes were also dashed last week in the Kansas Congressional District Four special election.

But perhaps the left's most embarrassing setback (for now anyways) occurred in the most recent U.S. House contest.

Democrats put their hope in political upstart Jon Ossoff to deliver a rebuke to President Trump in Tuesday night’s Georgia congressional election. It didn’t quite work.

Now, after forcing the front-runner into a June 20 runoff, Republicans are vowing to unite and defeat the Democrats’ chosen candidate in two months.

Trump, who used a robocall and his Twitter account in the contest’s closing days to push Republicans to the polls, taunted Democrats on Wednesday morning, casting the upcoming final contest as “Hollywood vs. Georgia.”

Ossoff was the clear leader once the dust settled in Tuesday’s crowded special election for the Georgia House seat once held by Republican Tom Price, now Trump’s health secretary.

He garnered 48 percent. Top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel, former Georgia secretary of state, got just 20 percent.

But Ossoff’s haul fell short of the majority threshold required to outright win, despite him getting support from prominent Democrats and celebrities and attracting millions of dollars in outside donations. He raised over $8 million, compared with Handel's roughly $460,000. Under the so-called “jungle primary” system, the top two candidates – Ossoff and Handel – will head into the June runoff.

This past November, Trump prevailed in GA-06 with 48.3% of the vote with Hillary Clinton receiving 46.8%. So basically the left spent millions (with the vast majority of the money coming form outside the district) in support of a Democrat whose share of the vote increased by a mere 1% over the Dem presidential candidate.

I suppose it's possible that Ossoff could prevail in June. However, with the GOP now able to coalesce behind one candidate in a heavily Republican district, it seems likely that the left will once again be unable to declare a repudiation of Trump.