Wednesday, March 21, 2018

You want a response, eh?

Full disclosure: Of the four (soon to be five) candidates vying for the GOP nominee for Minnesota governor, I have no preference. My stance is I will enthusiastically support whomever receives the nod to oppose the DFLer.

For now it appears Jeff Johnson is the GOP front runner with former Republican Party of Minnesota chair Keith Downey being a distant second. As such, Downey is doing everything he can to garner more attention. On March 7, the following email was sent out.

One week later, Downey provided an update on his request to the other candidates.

Less than a week after that particular email blast, three of the four declared Republican candidates met in Staples for yet another candidate forum. The only individual to not show up? That would be Downey. Even though he indicated that Johnson was the only candidate to not respond to his debate challenge, it's obvious he's aware of said email requests.

 That's gonna leave a mark.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Leftist narratives done before they started

The mass shooting at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was still fresh in America's consciousness when word of another school shooting occurred on Tuesday morning.

A gunman who shot and wounded two students at Great Mills High School in Maryland was killed Tuesday after engaging an armed school resource officer, an official said.

The shooter was the only fatality. A female student was critically injured and a male student was also shot but is in stable condition at a hospital, authorities said.

"Our school resource officer was alerted to the event. he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, fired a round at the shooter," St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said. "The shooter fired a round as well. In the hours and days to come, we'll be able to determine if our school resource officer's round struck the shooter."

This is what happens when a good guy with a gun engages the active shooter (unlike the resource officer who stood down in Parkland). Also, Maryland has some tight gun restrictions, proving once again that someone determined to perpetrate a violent act is not deterred by laws.

Nevertheless, gun grabbers will likely shriek for more draconian "gun control" laws and will still label the National Rifle Association a "terrorist organization" despite this incident pretty much validating every assertion put forth by the pro-gun crowd (not to mention an FBI study conducted on active shooter engagement). It's almost as if gun grabbers have pre-progammed chanting points readily available in an effort to gin up anger towards law abiding gun owners, regardless of concrete facts regarding a specific incident. It really is a vicious cycle.


Monday, March 19, 2018

If you work in an office environment.....

......but you've yet to see the cult classic Office Space, you're doing it wrong.

There are so many funny moments, but my favs involve a character by the name of Michael Bolton (ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFE FOR WORK).

Given that it's one of my favorite movies, you can imagine my delight when this started circulating the internet (again, NSFW).


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Where do we go from here now that all other children are growin' up......

Hopefully the ill effects of your St. Patty's Day libations have worn off by the time the Northern Alliance Radio Network hits the airwaves today. Today's 1-hour edition of The Closer kicks off at 2:00 PM Central Time.

A lot to get to today, including failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton taking her slanders of middle America to a conference in India. Also, I hope to discuss the National School Walkout from this past week where thousands of students unwittingly begged the government to take away some of their rights.

At 2:30 I will be joined by Rob Doar, Political Director of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. Having spent every day at the MN State Capitol this past week, Rob will inform us of how certain legislators are looking to curtail our Second Amendment rights, including some elected officials who were once thought to be allies.

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 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. 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.

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Until then.....


Friday, March 16, 2018

QB Kirk

Perhaps the worst kept secret in the NFL's 2018 free agent frenzy became official Thursday afternoon.

Kirk Cousins not only reset the bar as the highest-paid player in NFL history when he inked a three-year, $84 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, he also set a new precedent for veteran players by signing a fully guaranteed deal.

A contract of this magnitude -- one that also contains another $6 million in incentives that could elevate the total value to $90 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter -- was the focus of conversations with Cousins and his agent, Mike McCartney, for the past two and a half years.

While the deal is short-term in nature, it carries long-term importance in providing stability for the Vikings at the quarterback position and for the next chapter of Cousins' career.

"As (Vikings GM) Rick (Spielman) said yesterday, this is a lifetime deal," Cousins said. "That's the goal. This is a three-year deal but the expectation from both sides is we raise our kids here and then if everything goes as planned that I'd be here for a long, long time."

Make no mistake, my favorite NFL squad definitely upgraded the quarterback position. That's not to say last year's starter, Case Keenum, didn't have a very good season in 2017. He absolutely did. But one good season in what has thus far been a journeyman's career does not necessarily a franchise QB make. However, since Cousins became the Washington Redskins' full time starter at the beginning of the 2015 season, his per season averages consisted of 4,392 yards passing, 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, a 67.0% completion percentage and a 97.5 QB rating. I'd be willing to bet there haven't been more than 3 or 4 NFL quarterbacks who have bested those numbers in the same 3-year span. What is left out of those numbers though is the Redskins were merely 24-23-1 in that time frame. But to say that's a reflection on Cousins' play is a stretch. Washington's defense was never better than 21st in total yards allowed in any of those three seasons, so that tells you how much of the burden Cousins had to bear. Given there's a top tier defense in Minnesota, that certainly had to be an enticement for him to don purple.

So does this mean the Vikings are the prohibitive favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in 10-1/2 months? Not quite yet. While their defense finished #1 overall in terms of yards allowed last year, they were definitely exposed over the final five quarters of their 2017 postseason run. The good news there is the Vikings organization is keenly aware of that, hence why former Seahawks DT Sheldon Richardson was in town this week for a free agent visit. Can you imagine a D-line with he and Linval Joseph clogging up the interior? That would certainly make DEs Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter that much more formidable.

Overall I like the Cousins signing not only because he is a talented player but also appears to be a solid citizen. I didn't get a sense that he's overwhelmed by the expectations heaped upon him despite being the highest paid QB in the league and being given the reins of a team on the brink of a Super Bowl berth. Since Daunte Culpepper blew out his knee in 2005, the Vikings have made multiple attempts to identify a franchise QB but have had little success. Whether it was long shots via the draft (Tarvaris Jackson in 2006; Christian Ponder in 2011) or bad luck (Teddy Bridgewater's horrific non-contact leg injury just prior to the 2016 season), the Vikings are looking to exorcise those demons by going all in on Cousins (who will turn 30 in August) fulfilling that role for the intermediate future. Here's hoping they get it right this time.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Obligatory #NationalStudentWalkout post

As promised, thousands of high school students across the country walked out of class for 17 minutes on Wednesday. This was a tribute to the 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL four weeks ago when a crazed gunman walked in and opened fire for four uninterrupted minutes. The walkout doubled as a protest as students demanded that elected officials enact legislation imposing tighter "gun control." 

Look, I'm not going to rehash all the data which strongly suggests "gun control" will do nothing to alleviate the issue of spree killings. I'm also not going to universally condemn the students who participated in this movement, as I am certain many are sincere despite being woefully misguided.

I am curious about one thing, however. I wonder how many of the students who participated in that walkout routinely browse on their smartphones while driving. I don't know the exact statistics but I am willing to bet that more young people are injured or killed as a result of texting & driving than in mass shootings.

Since "honest conversations" are suddenly en vogue, how about starting with a deadly issue that is actually pervasive among young people, particularly high school students. Just a thought.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lost in all the NFL free agency hoopla.... the fact that key Major League Baseball free agents are finally being snapped up.

My Twins club has had a very good offseason pulling off trades and free agent acquisitions to bolster a team which made the postseason last year. The latest move definitely helps what was a suspect starting pitching rotation going into Spring Training.

The unusually slow free-agent market forced Lance Lynn to wait through the winter and well into spring training before he found a new team.

The offer he settled on from the Minnesota Twins also came with the expectation of pennant race and perhaps postseason pitching.

"I wanted to go somewhere where they had a chance to win, no matter what," Lynn said on Tuesday at his introductory media conference. "It seemed like the perfect fit, and I look forward to doing what I have to do, which is take the ball when it is my turn."

Lynn agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract that includes bonuses of $1 million each for pitching 170 and 180 innings. He was given a turn right away and struck out five batters in three hitless innings of an exhibition against Baltimore. He walked one.

"Other than that, everything went about as smooth as it possibly could," Lynn said. "Get ready for the next and kind of keep the buildup for Opening Day."

Obviously my main focus will be Lynn's performance on the mound. But a close second will be postgame interviews like this one.