Thursday, October 20, 2016


Last April, ESPN debuted the 30 for 30 documentary Believeland, which detailed much of the heart-break endured by fans of the professional sports teams in Cleveland. Up to that point, Cleveland was the only American city which had at least three of the four major sports franchises (NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL) but had not won a championship in the previous 50 years.

Two months after the premiere of Believeland, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title. Then a few months after that, the Cleveland Indians clinched a berth in the World Series for only the third time in the past sixty years.

Since the city of Minneapolis now has the longest active championship drought of 25 years, I say some aspiring Twin Cities filmmaker should put together a similar self-loathing documentary about the gut-punch losses suffered by our NFL, MLB and NBA franchises during that time (Chill, NHL fans. The Wild plays in St. Paul).

Such bemoaning certainly seemed to be the catalyst for Cleveland's fortunes taking a positive turn.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Third (and, thank the Lord, FINAL) presidential debate of 2016

Nope. I didn't partake. There is nothing Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump could say that would sway me to vote for either of them come Election Day.

However, I reluctantly opened social media to check out the so-called "hot takes" on the debate.

Yeah, I oughta know better by now.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quick Hits: Volume CXXXVII

- My appreciation and enjoyment of someone's work in the entertainment industry is not necessarily impacted by their political beliefs. I'd enthusiastically attend a Bruce Springsteen concert or willingly go see a movie starring Matt Damon (Stuck on You being a glaring exception) despite them being hardcore leftists. However, I'd have an expectation that entertainers would be cognizant of the fact that approximately half their fans don't agree with their lefty politics and thus would steer clear of inflammatory rhetoric.

But if I were a fan of a certain raunchy comedienne? I would not have such lofty expectations.

About 200 people walked out of Amy Schumer's comedy show at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Sunday when she mocked Donald Trump as, among other things, an "orange, sexual-assaulting, fake- college-starting monster."

Loud booing from a vocal, but small minority of the arena crowd started about halfway through the show, when Schumer's raunchy humor veered into more topical matters, including gun control and the presidential election. She has been a vocal advocate for stricter gun laws since a man opened fire during a showing of her movie Train Wreck last year, killing two young women, Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson, in Louisiana, and was an early Hillary Clinton supporter.

She made it clear she doesn't understand how people can support Trump. At one point, she asked for a Trump supporter - preferably one with sleeves, she told security personnel - to join her up on stage to explain their enthusiasm for Trump. One fellow did, but he said he was voting for Trump mainly because he doesn't trust Clinton. When some audience members booed, the actor/comedian invited them to leave and also asked security to remove anyone booing.

Again, I personally would not even attend one of Schumer's shows since I would have zero expectations of her not spewing leftist pap or that I would even emit a laugh at her "comedy."

- You can pretty much come up with as many double entendres as you so desire regarding a certain campaign bus engaging in sh*tty tactics.

Photos of a Hillary Clinton campaign bus allegedly dumping human waste into a storm drain have prompted police in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to launch an investigation. The incident reportedly occurred Tuesday morning on Georgia's Grayson Highway, while the "Forward Together" bus was between campaign stops.

In photos snapped by a local businessman, liquid can be seen "seeping out from underneath the Clinton bus," The Hill reported. When police arrived on the scene, they reportedly found "toilet paper scattered everywhere and a foul smell." An employee at an auto parts shop along the highway also reported seeing a bus dumping sewage.

Who knew that cousin Eddie was part of the Clinton campaign?

- I've made no secret of the fact that Florida senator Marco Rubio was my preferred GOP candidate for President. Sadly that didn't come to fruition.

In a recent U.S. Senate debate against his Democrat opponent Patrick Murphy, Rubio's statement on the life issue only galvanized my admiration of this man.

The current GOP presidential candidate has been hit with October surprises such as audio of him describing how he would sexually assault women and then some women coming out saying how Trump did to them exactly as he described in said audio.

If nothing else, it certainly makes me long for a candidate whose worst deeds appeared to have been traffic violations.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Box Score of the Week (postseason edition)

Game 2 of the American League Championship Series with the L.A. Angels of Anaheim at the Chicago White Sox.


Not since Chicago's Mark Buehrle in this game has a starting pitcher tossed a complete game in the postseason while throwing less than 100 pitches.  


Sunday, October 16, 2016

I wish that I could help you, but you seem less than helpless...

With the Vikings on a bye, there should be no barriers to tuning into the Northern Alliance Radio Network this afternoon. The 1-hour edition of The Closer gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 2:00 I will be joined by MN state Senate candidate Paul Anderson, a Republican running in Senate District 44. With incumbent DFL senator Terri Bonoff choosing to be the Democrats' sacrificial lamb in Congressional District Three not seeking reelection, SD44 is ripe for a flip to the GOP. Since the Republicans need a net gain of six seats to regain a majority in the Senate, a Paul Anderson victory would go a long way to achieving that feat.

At 2:30 I welcome to the Patriot bunker Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Mary's Point). We'll discuss Sen. Housley's reelection campaign as well as myriad topics like grandchildren, hockey and Carrie Underwood.

If time permits, I will also weigh in on the proverbial clown car that is the presidential race.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on 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 14, 2016

FLOTUS told us

I can't say I disagree much with what the First Lady had to say the other day.

Michelle Obama issued a deeply personal denunciation of Donald J. Trump on Thursday for his lewd comments about women, exhorting voters in scathing terms to reject his candidacy and the campaign’s increasingly vulgar tenor by backing Hillary Clinton as a matter of conscience.

“This is not normal. This is not politics as usual,” Mrs. Obama said in a 25-minute speech here during which her voice at times quavered with emotion. “This is disgraceful, it is intolerable, and it doesn’t matter what party you belong to,” she added. “No woman deserves to be treated this way — none of us deserves this kind of abuse.”

In remarks that were among the most outspoken by a first lady in modern history, Mrs. Obama, who has mostly avoided the political limelight, positioned herself at the center of a campaign she characterized as having devolved into “madness.” She implored voters to “stand up and say enough is enough.”

Again, I have no interest in defending Trump here simply because I'm not in the habit of defending the indefensible. But as is normally the case with the President or First Lady, their indignation is sprinkled with hypocrisy.

My friend Erin Haust said it best.

Oh SPARE ME! The woman who idolizes Beyonce & Jay Z, whose lyrics & music videos are some of the most disgusting displays of objectifying & degrading women in today's society, is lecturing us on "intolerable" language?

The hypocrisy is nauseating. Cannot wait for 2016 to be over.

I know what some of you may be thinking. You're thinking that someone like Jay Z merely raps about such acts whereas Trump actually perpetrates the actions of his vile rhetoric. If that's your mindset, then it's the equivalent of saying it's OK to merely deal hard drugs as opposed to actually using them.

Hey, whatever helps you assuage your conscience.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The 2016 presidential race in a nutshell

The Libertarian Party ticket is not comprised of libertarians.

The Republican Party nominee is more like a Democrat in regards to policy.

The Democrat nominee is the first female in American history to be atop the presidential ticket of one of the two major political parties, and will likely be the first female U.S. President. But in this day and age can the first woman President of the United States even be considered historic since we can identify as any gender we so desire?

What a time to be alive.