Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quick Hits: Volume CIII

-The gay mafia continues the shakedown.

The Idaho case involves Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel. Officials from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, told the couple that because the city has a non-discrimination statute that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the couple would have to officiate at same-sex weddings in their own chapel.

The non-discrimination statute applies to all “public accommodations,” and the city views the chapel as a public accommodation.

On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding.

A week of honoring their faith and declining to perform the ceremony could cost the couple three and a half years in jail and $7,000 in fines.

The thing that is most perplexing is why an aspiring married couple would insist on receiving services from people who don't support their union. Over the past decade, more and more Americans began to accept the "live and let live" mantra and thus no longer protested the idea of gays marrying. So why is it that when the gays seemingly get what they want (i.e. the "freedom to marry"), why must they turn it into a cudgel against those who politely reject such an exercise?

This isn't the first story of its kind either. It further validates Erick Erickson's assertion from 19 months ago that, despite opposing gay marriage but not caring if it's legal, you will be made to care.

- How desperate are the Democrats to hang on to their U.S. Senate majority? They're citing blunders made by GOP Senate candidates......in 2012!!

Of course, it doesn't help the Dems when they're desperately trying to distance themselves from President Obama yet he continually inserts himself in the fray.

- So Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter on Monday.

Ms. Lewinsky posted her first tweet just ahead of a speech she was to given at Forbes' inaugural "Under 30 Summit" in Philadelphia.

In her speech, Lewinsky spoke of her advocacy to stop "cyberbullying." of which she claimed she was the first victim upon the 1998 revelation of her affair with then President Bill Clinton. While I felt awful for Ms. Lewinsky and how the affair basically ruined her life due to the public shaming, I don't believe she should be 100% absolved of responsibility. Given Lewinsky was a young woman in her early 20s when the affair began, I find it difficult to believe she didn't realize the moral repugnance of having relations with another woman's husband. Now do I believe she deserves to have her life in complete shambles as a result? No. In fact I'm rooting for her to use her awful circumstances to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

While it's a noble cause Lewinsky is undertaking, it would be even more so had she not portrayed herself a helpless victim.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Boxscore of the Week (Postseason edition)

Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS featuring the Oakland A's and the Detroit Tigers. 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keepin' it retrospective from the get go.....

T-minus 16 days until Election Day, so there will be a fair amount of political talk on The Closer this afternoon. As usual, I will be on the air from 1:00 until 3:00 pm Central Time. 

Right at 1:00, Republican candidate for MN Auditor Randy Gilbert will join the program. He will discuss his campaign and make the case as to why he should unseat two term incumbent Rebecca Otto. 

Then at 2:30, Stacey Stout, GOP candidate in MN House District 43A, will check in. Truth be told, I had Stacey booked on the program even before the DFL's photoshopped hit piece on her was mailed out. We may spend a minute or two on that, but we specifically want to focus on her campaign and why she should absolutely be elected in November. 

In the non-guest segments, I'll likely address the Minneapolis Star Tribune endorsing (surprise!) Governor Mark Dayton for reelection as well as other big news stories from this past week. 

So please give me call at (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to discuss any of the topics I plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

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Until then.....



Friday, October 17, 2014

Football Trivia: Nuthin' But a "G" Thang

After taking last week off, I was back at it last evening for 1500 ESPN's Thursday Football Trivia. The locale this week was a quaint little bar called Mama G's, located in on the Maple Grove/Corcoran border.

In the opening portion I aced the written quiz, thus earning a #1 seed and a first round bye.

In the quarterfinals I faced a duo that went by the nickname "The Blood Farts" (Yeah, I know. Gross).

This round is Family Feud style where the first person to buzz in obviously gets first crack at answering. It was best 2 out of 3. 

Question one: When Brad Childress was hired as Vikings coach in 2006, who was his first defensive coordinator? 

Brad (buzzing in first): Leslie Frazier. Incorrect. 
BF: {no guess}
Brad: Mike Tomlin. Correct.

1-0, Brad. 

Question two: Two weeks ago, this running back passed Adrian Peterson for third place in career rushing yardage for an active player. Name him

Brad (buzzing in first): Chris Johnson? Incorrect. 
BF: Stephen Jackson. Incorrect
Brad: Marshawn Lynch. Incorrect.
BF: Frank Gore. Correct

1-1 tie

Questions three: Cumulatively, how many points have been scored in the NFL thus far this season? 

Each contestant was given a piece of paper and pen to write down their answer. We were given 60 seconds to come up with an answer. The team who comes closest to the correct total wins. 

I figured that there's an average of at least 40 points per game scored. So 40 in each of 16 games comes to 640 per week. There's been six weeks, so I guessed 3,800. 

Brad: 3,800
BF: 4,450

The answer is....


The BFs get the point and win 2-1. 

This duo would also go on to win the championship 3-2 after falling behind 2-0 in that final round. 

If Curt Schilling and his blood soaked sock were able to rally the Red Sox from down 3-0 in the 2004 ALCS then Thursday's football trivia winners apparently overcame bloody drawers. Kudos to them I guess. 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

More DFL follies

While perusing Twitter over my lunch break Wednesday, I saw a tweet posted by Star Tribune reporter Rachel Stassen-Berger.

I know Kurt Daudt personally. And while he's in good shape for a guy in his early 40s, he certainly isn't that muscular. But even if one isn't familiar with Daudt, it seems pretty obvious to the naked eye that his head was Photoshopped on to someone else's body. But whose body?

Brian Cook of MN Action Network was quick with his investigative work.

That would actually be Conor McFadden, the eldest son of U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden, pictured with MN House candidate Stacey Stout.

Naturally my first question is why would the DFL do such a thing? After all, Daudt traditionally takes photos with GOP House candidates when he's out door knocking on their behalf. Like the one he took with Stout in late July.

I guess Daudt looks cordial and pleasant in that pic, which doesn't fit the DFL's "extremist" narrative. So perhaps putting Daudt's head on a thick body makes him look more brutish. Truth be told, I'm really not interested what goes on in the twisted minds of the left.

Since it appears Mark Dayton will be re-elected governor of MN (or will he?), the DFL is pulling out all the stops to keep the MN House in Dem hands as well. As such, they appear to be playing defense in districts where their incumbent is on shaky ground. That would include House District 43A (Mahtomedi, Willernie, Birchwood Village and parts of White Bear Lake & Maplewood), the district where Stout is running and lost by only six points in 2012 to current representative Peter Fischer.

As luck would have it, I already had Stacey Stout booked as a guest on my radio show for this Sunday at 2:30. I imagine this issue will come up, but it won't be the sole focus. The MN Legislature would be fortunate to have Stout, so tune in to hear a great candidate!


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quick Hits: Volume CII ("Awkward!" edition)

-A protest took place last week in (of all places) Madison, WI, specifically outside the Public Service Commission's office. This was in response to Madison Gas & Electric's proposal to raise utility rates.

The opponents of said proposal wanted to make it known that if MG&E would simply use more efficient energy sources (e.g. wind, solar, etc.) as opposed to "dirty coal", rates would be much more reasonable for energy just as powerful. As such, some of the protesters decided to use a machine powered by wind energy and solar power to inflate a replica of a coal plant.

While chanting "coal must go", the inflatable power plant collapsed due to a lack of sufficient power from the "energy efficient" device used to power the inflating machine.


-I'll just leave this here.


- There's a strong possibility that the Democrat majority in the U.S. Senate could flip to the Republicans after November's election. One of the crucial flips the GOP may need is in the state of Colorado where incumbent Dem Senator Mark Udall is receiving a legitimate challenge from Republican Cory Gardner.

In one of his latest TV ads, Sen. Udall touts this bipartisanship by reminding folks of his criticism of Presidents Bush and Obama for the NSA seizing of U.S. citizens' phone and internet records.

About 20 seconds into the ad, there's a caption referencing Udall's work against "spying activities." This was from an editorial in The Denver Post on October 10.

The content of the aforementioned editorial? It was the DP's endorsement of Udall's opponent for U.S. Senate.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pain and Anguish

As a Christian, I believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. As such, I hold sacred the life that I have been given since Jesus himself said in John 10:10 "I come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

To be blunt, I can't fathom a situation where I would want to voluntarily end the life I have been given. Of course it's easy for me to say that here and now, as I am as healthy and happy as I've ever been. But what if I were enduring an overbearing physical or emotional pain to the point where I would do literally anything to make it all go away? I'd like to believe my faith would see me through and I would cling to the belief the God's ways are much higher than ours, that He sees the end from the beginning. As Romans 8:28 says "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

I guess that's what makes it so difficult for me to adequately convey my feelings regarding the decision of a young Oregon woman.

This spring, 29-year-old newlywed Brittany Maynard learned that she had terminal brain cancer. After careful assessment of her prognosis and end-of-life choices, she and her family reluctantly decided to move from their San Francisco Bay Area home to Oregon, one of five states (including Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico) that authorize death with dignity.

Brittany recognizes it is unfair that the vast majority of people cannot access death with dignity because they do not have the resources and time to uproot their family, seek appropriate medical care and establish a support system.

As a result, in the few weeks she has left to live, Brittany wants to advocate for access for death with dignity in California and nationwide in partnership with Compassion & Choices, the nation's leading end-of-life choice advocacy organization.

Am I the only one slightly offended by the phrase "death with dignity?" The implication being that one is somehow soiling his/her life legacy by choosing to pass away naturally even though there's no possibility of overcoming one's terminal condition. Again, I can't help but think about how Jesus Christ suffered and died so that we might have eternity in Heaven, a place where there's no more sorrow, no more pain. To me, enduring what may seem like unbearable physical anguish for a relative "whiff of time" would be well worth my great reward for eternity.

With all that said, I am not hear to condemn Brittany, but to pray for her. It's the same mindset I have when a woman has an abortion. I refuse to shame that person for her choice, but rather reflect on the tragedy of such a decision and thus praying for those left behind.

One argument I've heard in favor of Brittany making the decision she has is that it spares her loved ones the heartbreak of seeing her in such a feeble physical state. Brittany would likely be so heavily medicated that her family wouldn't be able to carry on a dignified relationship with her in the last days. When I heard that, I couldn't help but think of our friend Anne Neu, whose husband Jon was diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's Disease) a little over a year ago. Anne, along with she and her husband's five children, have chosen to chronicle this journey via a blog.

Anne's post Sunday was perhaps the most poignant perspective I've read yet regarding Ms. Maynard's situation.

I've been thinking a lot about the young woman who has chosen to end her life due to terminal cancer. Perhaps you've seen her story? My heart breaks for her and her family. She is far too young to say goodbye.

But my heart breaks for her family in another way as well. I'm so sad that they won't get the opportunity to care for her, serve her and love her through her illness....and that she won't get to experience that kind of love.

I am so grateful for the time my kids and I get to have with Jon. I'm so excited that my children will experience and give Christ-like service in a way most children do not have the opportunity to give. My heart is so full of love when I think of taking care of Jon in the way that he deserves to be cared for. I am so grateful for the many lessons we will learn (and are learning) through this process... humility, strength, faith, gratitude... the list could go on and on. I am so grateful that while Jon's body fails him, his heart and his love will not fail my sweet family.

I am so grateful that we will experience the fullness of whatever God gives us.


It is my sincere hope and prayer that Ms. Maynard's family (as well as Brittany herself) can still experience what Anne has conveyed. It's not too late.