Friday, September 21, 2018

Doug's digs at Ellison

Republican candidate for MN Attorney General Doug Wardlow puts forth an extremely good campaign ad.

Even without the credible domestic abuse allegations levied against DFLer Keith Ellison, pointing out his far left record is the proverbial shooting fish in a barrel. Ellison never tried to run away from his proggie chops due to the fact he never had to. Representing a Congressional District like Minnesota's Fifth (which is at D+26 according to Cook PVI) means never having to apologize for such leftist lunacy.

It'll be quite the spectacle to see how Ellison responds given that he's never had a serious challenge for political office in his career. The fact he called his 2012 GOP Congressional opponent a "low-life scumbag" prior to an election he'd win by nearly 50 points shows he isn't content to be challenged in any scenario.

With some recent polls showing the AG race basically a dead heat, this is exactly the kind of ad which the Wardlow campaign needs to put forth.

Popcorn's poppin'!!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

If you had paid close attention, .....

....this little tidbit shouldn't have come as a huge surprise.

"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were (gay)," Mark Saltzman, who worked for (Sesame Street) for 15 years, told Queerty in an interview. "I didn't have any other way to contextualize them."

Don't believe him? Just check the tape.

OK, the second video is obviously satire, but you get the point.

Granted I had no idea about sexual orientation when I was watching Sesame Street back in the 1970s. However, looking back now, it's definitely not a stretch to see how some writers threw in subtle references which kids of my day would not be able to glean. But the elementary aged kids of the 21st century? Certainly possible.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXII

- I don't know that I have a lot to add to the 35+ year old rape allegations levied against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was age 17 at the time. But I do find it interesting (and by "interesting" I mean "utterly predictable") that many leftists have suddenly pivoted back to "all female accusations of sexual assault/harassment deserved to be believed" after abandoning such a principle concerning accusations against Keith Ellison (oh hai, Sen. Tina Smith).

But perhaps the most egregious aspect of this saga is how Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sat on this allegation for weeks. If this allegation is as serious as leftists claim it to be, then to go through that entire dog and pony show of confirmation hearings without broaching the subject is downright malicious.

It's so despicable that even that conservative rag known as the San Francisco Chronicle is taking Feinstein to task over it.

- I'm convinced that one's occasions to utilize internet memes when engaging in political discussions are in inverse proportion to the substantive knowledge one possesses regarding the subject matters in question.

I realize I'm not conveying any original insights here. I've just noticed that such vapidity is more prolific today than ever.

- It's been pretty well established that the majority of the country's college professors are leftists. That in and of itself is not a bad thing, provided they don't allow their bias to dictate how they evaluate students. But when anti-Semitism starts to rear its ugly head, that's another matter.

A University of Michigan professor refused to send a letter of recommendation for a student who wished to study in Israel, according to an email obtained by The Times of Israel on Monday.

John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the university’s Department of American Culture, had previously offered to write an undergraduate’s reference letter for a semester abroad program in Israel.

But he notified the student, named Abigail, that he missed a critical piece of information in her request that made him change his mind.

“I am very sorry, but I only scanned your first email a couple weeks ago and missed out on a key detail,” he wrote. “As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of Palestinians living in Palestine. This boycott includes writing letters of recommendation for students planning to study there.

“I should have let you know earlier, and for that I apologize,” he went on. “But for reasons of these politics, I must rescind my offer to write your letter.”

I fail to see how the professor's personal boycott of Israel should impact a student who willingly wants to study there. This overall elitist attitude of knowing what's better for others is exactly how you get a President Donald Trump.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Let's check out a game from this past week where the Philadelphia Phillies hosted the Washington Nationals in the second game of a doubleheader.


Jose Bautista hit a home run for the Phillies in this game. In 2018, Bautista also homered as a member of the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, which made him the first player in MLB history to hit a home run for three different teams in the same division (in this case, the National League East) within the same season. 


Saturday, September 15, 2018

I can't remember what was said and what you threw at me.....

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg out on assignment today, we are switching things up this weekend. I will be on the Saturday edition of the NARN this afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00 Central Time.

There were a lot of poignant remembrances this past week regarding the 9/11/2001 terror attacks on U.S. soil. However, many leftists disgustingly used the occasion to attack President Trump.

At 2:00 pm I will welcome to the broadcast Raheel Raza of Clarion Project. Ms. Raza will be on to discuss to continued fallout in Iran (particularly among the mullahs) over the U.S. opting out of the nuclear deal entered into during the Obama administration.

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

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Until then.....


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXI

- My congressman, Tom Emmer, announced via his Facebook page the passage of some doggone good legislation.

Yesterday the House passed, and I was proud to support, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018  (H.R. 6720) to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for the purpose of human consumption in the United States (which is still legal in 44 states!). Dogs and cats are beloved companions for millions of Minnesotans and should not be slaughtered and sold as food.

Say, why wasn't common sense legislation such as this broached during the Obama years?

Oh, right.

- If the Minnesota Twins are ever to resurrect a marketing campaign similar to their early 2000s "Get to know 'em" series, then 5'9" 225 lb. reserve catcher Willians Astudillo absolutely needs to be its face.

Astudillo scored from first base on a Max Kepler double in the 7th inning of Wednesday's win over the New York Yankees. Said scamper was an instant classic.

When asked about his determination to score all the way from first on a double, Astudillo said "I just wanted to show that chubby people also run." In a beleaguered 2018 regular season for the Twins, young Willians is the hero we fans need but clearly don't deserve.

- In an era where American political/cultural/social debates are held to an impossible standard of "You can't support ______ if you also are in favor of ______," David French of National Review engages in a solid analysis surrounding police shootings involving the black community.

To put it bluntly, when I look back at my older writings, I see them as contributing more to a particular partisan narrative than to a tough, clear-eyed search for truth. So I’ve set out to rectify that imbalance. A person can walk and chew gum at the same time. One can rightly condemn riots and radicalism while also noting that each time a bad cop walks free it damages the fabric of trust between the government and its citizens. One can rightly say that it’s not “open season” on black men — or that any given inflammatory allegation has been thoroughly debunked — while also noting that the same DOJ that refuted “hands up, don’t shoot” also found evidence of systematic police misconduct in Ferguson.

Most cops do what’s right. Many cops are extraordinarily brave. But I also think the best evidence indicates that race is more of a factor in modern policing than I wanted to believe. I also think a pro-police bias has infected our criminal-justice system — including the way juries decide cases — and that pro-police bias has helped bad cops walk free. Moreover, there are legal doctrines that need to be reformed or abolished (such as qualified immunity, but that explanation requires a whole separate piece). And there should be a culture change in the way officers are taught to perceive risk, a culture change that thoughtful veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars could help initiate.

Riots are vicious and wrong. Cop-killers are depraved. We should defend, not disrupt, the nuclear family. We should tell the truth even when the truth hurts our own side. Racism still plagues our land, and race too often plays a pernicious role in American policing. It is not “open season” on black men, yet too many bad cops go free, and too many black men die at the hands of the state. Our laws and culture grant the men in blue too much latitude and too many privileges. All of these things can be true at the same time. All of them are true at the same time. It’s the immense and monumental American challenge that we must deal with them all at once.

Definitely read the piece in its entirety here.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering 9/11/2001

Paying homage to Minnesota native Thomas Burnett, Jr. on the 17-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

At the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, PA, circa 2017.

Tom was one of 40 passengers and crew members on United flight 93 on 9/11/01. This particular flight was noteworthy in that the passengers, knowing what had happened to the World Trade Center earlier that morning, decided to thwart further carnage by overtaking the hijackers in the cockpit.

The flight ended up crashing in an abandoned field in rural Pennsylvania, approximately 20 minutes flight time from its intended target of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Here is a transcript of Tom's final call to his wife Deena).

We often recall the heroic acts of law enforcement officials and fire fighters who rushed into the Twin Towers to perform rescue efforts, knowing full well they may not make it out alive. However, the passengers of United 93 conceded that they certainly would perish, but they were damn sure not going to allow any additional deaths on their watch. It's safe to say they too showed remarkable heroism.