Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mueller time

This just in: every staunch partisan had their preconceived notions confirmed upon Thursday's release of special counsel Robert Mueller's findings pertaining to Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. election.

Perhaps the most prolific mental gymnastics came courtesy of leftists and many media outlets who claimed the issue they raised most often (and was highlighted in Mueller's report) was President Trump's attempted obstruction of the investigation. CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham provided a not-so-gentle reminder that her media colleagues were focused quite a bit on another angle.





While said media didn't exactly cover themselves in glory over this, we shouldn't brush off the aspects of this saga where the Trump campaign (and subsequent administration) did indeed engage in downright fabrications. National Review's David French, who read the whole report, indicated that under normal circumstances such damning revelations would sink a presidency.

I must confess that even as a longtime, quite open critic of Donald Trump, even I was surprised at the sheer scope, scale, and brazenness of the lies, falsehoods, and misdirections detailed by the Special Counsel’s Office. We’ve become accustomed to Trump making up his own facts on matters great and small, but to see the extent to which his virus infected his entire political operation is sobering. And the idea that anyone is treating this report as “win” for Trump, given the sheer extent of deceptions exposed (among other things), demonstrates that the bar for his conduct has sunk so low that anything other than outright criminality is too often brushed aside as relatively meaningless.

So there was no evidence of collusion and Trump was not a "Russian agent" engaging in treasonous behavior. But this investigation also was not a "witch hunt" in that it turned up some very serious improprieties, all of which will be gleefully referenced by Trump's Democrat opponent in 2020.

At the end of the day we know that discovery of Russia hacking our election was made at the end of 2016 during the Barack Obama presidency. Then last summer President Trump took Russian leader Vladimir Putin at his word when he denied having knowledge of his country's activities.

Hmm. If only someone had given the U.S. adequate warning of Russia emerging as our country's largest geopolitical foe.




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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXXVII

- Fox News Channel hosted Dem presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a Town Hall event this past Monday. The current POTUS wasn't impressed.




It's really gonna be lit when Trump lumps in Fox News with his "ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE" diatribes.

With all due respect Mr. President, moderators Baier and Martha MacCallum didn't exactly lob softball questions to Sanders. If anything, Sanders' response to hosts' questions gave the viewing audience a sense of how the septuagenarian socialist is in a veritable fantasy land with his policy ideas. It's also somewhat chilling how Sanders' supporters (particularly the barking, clapping seals in the studio audience) indicated they are willing to trade freedom & liberty for government "taking care of us."

I believe Trump missed an opportunity to thank Fox for exposing his possible 2020 opponent as the commie he is. Sad!


- The Minnesota Twins' home stadium of Target Field is in its 10th season of existence. As such, I was really hoping we were past the vacuous discussion of why the stadium has no roof.

Sadly, no, as KARE-11 reporter Jana Shortal decided to stoke the fire.




I can't begin to guess how many hours I've wasted since 2010 trying to convince the pro-roof crowd that they're flat out wrong. But for some reason I just can't let it go.

That said, my answer to Ms. Shortal's question is rather succinct:




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- I miss the good old days when Presidents and First Ladies rode off in the sunset and enjoyed post-White House living without garnering much fanfare.

Unfortunately that's just not in the narcissistic Obamas.

Former first lady Michelle Obama compared life in America under President Trump to living with a “divorced dad,” according to The Independent.

“For anyone who had any problems with Barack Obama, let’s just think about what we were troubled by – there were never any indictments,” she said during an interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert in London while promoting her memoir “Becoming,” according to the publication.

She then joked that the U.S. under Trump's presidency was akin to a teenager.

“We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled,” Obama said. “Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”

I know Michelle sees herself in the motif of her pal Beyonce and her "WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS!!" mantra. But as we're finding out with each passing day, feminists who believe becoming more empowered involves diminishing men aren't going to like the society we devolve into.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Random

Once a month our cleaning lady (Victoria) gives our house a deep clean, a job which typically requires 4-5 hours to complete. Since Victoria was arriving later than normal on Tuesday evening, she brought along a friend to help her complete the task in a more efficient time frame.

Since I was not at home, my wife was around to make Victoria's friend feel welcome by chatting her up while she worked. Somehow the subject of my radio program came up when it was ascertained that Victoria's friend is a fan of my radio show! How utterly random is that?

Apropos not much.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Call it a comeback

Since the day he uttered "Hello world" upon declaring he was joining the PGA Tour in August 1996, Tiger Woods has been my all-time favorite golfer.

Upon entering the world of professional golf, Woods was already saddled with ridiculously high expectations, yet he managed to wildly exceed them. In his first Masters tournament 22 years ago (a mere 7-1/2 months after going pro), Tiger set the tourney record with a low score of 270 (-18) and won by a whopping 12 strokes. In addition to his appealing to golf fanatics, Tiger proved he transcended the sport given the 1997 Masters set a television ratings record for the final round. His legend would only continue to grow over the next 11 years as he accumulated thirteen more major titles, culminating with winning the 2008 U.S. Open in sudden death despite playing the tournament with a shredded left knee. That victory marked Woods' 14th major title, which was good for second place all time behind Jack Nicklaus's 18. It seemed a forgone conclusion that Tiger, only 32 years old at the time, would eventually usurp Nicklaus for most majors.

Then 2009 happened.

In August of that year, Woods lead the 2009 PGA Championship (which I was fortunate to attend on day two) by two strokes going into the final round. At that juncture of his career Woods had never lost a major when leading after three rounds.....until this one. Tiger went +3 that final day while the golfer in second place, Y.E. Yang, went -2 to claim the title. Then on Thanksgiving of that year, Woods and then wife Elin had a high profile domestic dispute which eventually led to revelations that Tiger was a serial adulterer. The couple divorced months later.

With Woods' personal life and health deteriorating over the next several years, he was rarely a factor in any tournament he played. He occasionally showed signs of life by popping up with a top ten finish he and there but could never break through with a win. But it was the 2017 Masters where it was ascertained by many that Woods (then age 41) was truly finished. He would withdraw from the tournament, making it the third Masters in four years in which he would miss out. Shortly thereafter, Tiger would undergo his fourth back surgery, a spinal fusion procedure. Even Woods himself privately conceded that he had no future.

But then seemingly out of nowhere, Woods had a solid 2018 season which was highlighted by a second place finish at the PGA Championship and his first tournament victory in five years with a win at the Tour Championship. Woods also finished 8th overall in tournament winnings. While there were no overly optimistic sentiments that Tiger was truly back, it showed he could at least occasionally compete at a high level.

As I summarize Woods' fascinating 20+ years on the PGA Tour, I can't help but believe that what we witnessed this past weekend was not only the most unlikely redemption story in the history of pro golf but perhaps all of professional sports.

Tiger Woods is the winner of the 2019 Masters after posting a 70 on Sunday and rolling through the rest of the field that even dared to get in his way. Having been told by some that he could never win another major in his career, Tiger silenced the naysayers as he captured the fifth green jacket of his career and his 15th major overall.

Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell also grappled with the question if this was the greatest comeback in sports history.

Yes, of course it is.

Why? Since last year, this Greatest Comeback debate has arisen everywhere sports media types — a nasty bunch — congregate. We make our cases for something, anything, that would beat a Tiger win in a major. With respect for everybody who gets mentioned, we have all given up. Ben Hogan coming back to win majors after almost dying when his car was crushed by a bus is the only competition. But Woods checks boxes for misery and self-inflicted embarrassment that nobody knew existed.

Now let the accolades roll in. Jack Nicklaus sent a text: “A big well-done for Tiger. I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic.”

Instead of “greatest comeback ever,” we now have a different and almost ridiculous question: Will Woods enter a 40-something renaissance and challenge Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors?

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way Woods won his fifth Masters, that’s not impossible. His command of himself and his ball’s flight, his sense of what the leader board was telling him and, most important, his ability to avoid even a single dangerous, win-killing mistake — one fatal splash — spoke to a champion who was not simply summoning one magical, lucky week. Rather, this was a player whose polished but merely normal game could churn out a score of 13 under par at Augusta National.

In the end, I'm still skeptical Woods can ultimately surpass Nicklaus's record of 18 major victories given that Father Time is undefeated (again, Woods is 43) combined with the fact there are so many incredibly young and gifted pro golfers currently on the PGA circuit. But similar to this past weekend, I would absolutely love to be proven incorrect.

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Box Score of the Week

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees - September 26, 2013.

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The original draft of this entry was posted April 15, the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. In 1997 (the 50th anniversary of Robinson's debut), MLB decided to retire his number 42 league wide but players still donning the number were allowed to wear it while they remained with their current club. 

The game I referenced here was the final one in the Hall of Fame career of Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera. As such, it was also the final game in Major League Baseball history where a player wore jersey number 42.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

They burned down the gambling house....

I trust my fellow Minnesotans survived the latest Snowmageddon, so we'll roll on with the latest edition of The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll take the first hour to weigh in on the latest news stories regarding the proverbial clown car that is the 2020 Democrat presidential field. In the second hour I'll discuss the latest Ilhan Omar flap, another "heartbeat bill" signed into law and more fallout from last year's Parkland, FL shooting.


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

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM 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 as well as Amazon Alexa (just say "Alexa, play The Patriot Minneapolis")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.....

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Incendiary rhetoric for we, not for ye

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was called out for her dismissive rhetoric regarding the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Fellow U.S. House prog Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came to her defense and also added that the criticism of Omar is an "incitement of violence against progressive women of color." Naturally, some media outlets were all too willing accomplices since they parroted AOC's chanting point.

Look, I'm not going to deny that some of the more visceral critics of Omar et al are more rooted in their disdain for her than they are offended by specific comments. But if we're going to go down this road once again by stating that incendiary rhetoric directly leads to violence, the media and other proggie establishments are woefully incapable of equal application.

Leading up to the summer of 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders said on multiple occasions that people will die if Congressional Republicans pass some sort of Obamacare repeal legislation and President Trump signs it into law. Sure enough in June 2017, a self-professed "Bernie Bro." opened fire on a baseball field where he knew several GOP members of Congress were participating in practice. Now, am I saying that Sanders' comments were responsible for the actions of the deranged gun man? Absolutely not. But did any media outlets loop together the multiple sound bites where Gramps constantly declared that "thousands will die" if Republicans get their way on healthcare? I think you know the answer to that. Hell, they didn't even do the obligatory citing of out-of-context stats regarding gun violence since I'm sure many secretly believed it was karma given that it was "gun-loving, NRA-lapdog" Republicans who were the victims.

So for those media outlets who are shocked, SHOCKED that people would react negatively towards a member of Congress whom they believe came off as cavalier regarding 9/11, y'all can go pound sand.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Swalwell leads 2020 Dem presidential field

OK, the title of this post is misleading. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who made it official Tuesday that he is running for President, doesn't lead the Democrat field in any significant poll. That said, he has come right out of the gate to take the lead as the most despicable demagogue of the candidates to declare (and that's saying something).




As I said in a post last week, Swalwell has zero shot to be the Dem presidential nominee in 2020. However, he is definitely a useful idiot for most of the other Democrat candidates in that he's actually conveying what they're thinking regarding guns and the Second Amendment. If Swalwell's rhetoric is soundly rejected, he'll gain no traction in the POTUS race but can continue his demagoguery in a California Congressional District where he's captured at least 70% of the vote each of the past three election cycles. In the meantime, the other Dem presidential candidates can swoop in with less crazy gun proposals while incrementally moving toward their ultimate goal of confiscation.

It appears to still be too much to ask for these candidates to actually have even scintilla of knowledge of an industry they are looking to heavily regulate.

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