Thursday, December 08, 2016

FAQs: Volume III

You asked, I answered.

Q: Did you enjoy that helping of crow you had to digest upon Donald Trump being elected President?
A: I fully admitted how I was wrong about Trump's electoral chances at every turn. However, the main reasons for my opposing him (i.e. non-conservative policies, lacks the temperament for the job) remain legitimate concerns. For the sake of my beloved country, I would love to be incorrect there as well.

Q: Congrats on the new job! Do you like it thus far?
A: Thank you! And yes, I like it. I especially enjoy not having to endure what would have been an 85% increase in my individual health insurance premiums as well as now getting the opportunity to have a paid vacation.

Q: So do you have any vacations planned?
 A: The fetching Mrs. Carlson and I plan to visit some dear friends in Washington state in late July and then rent a car to drive down Highway 101 into the San Francisco Bay Area.

Q: Your Vikings started 5-0 and now will be lucky to make the playoffs. What happened? 
A: Their good start had a lot to do with a dominant defense (and it's still very good) but they benefited from a defensive score and/or a special teams touchdown almost every game in that 5-0 start. No way was that sustainable for an entire 16-game schedule. And what was a suspect offensive line to start the season is now (to steal an analogy from Dennis Miller) leakier than Mark Geragos on a diuretic drip.

Q: No-Shave November (aka "Movember") is now over. When are you getting rid of that beard?
A: I'm ridin' it all the may to "Manuary," baby! 


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Reason number xxxx why Trump was elected.

Remember how lefties often proclaimed they were the party of the little guy?



Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Profiles in inspirational quotes

"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."
- Abraham Lincoln

“All there is to do is to vote ‘no’.”
-Rep. Keith Ellison on his job as the democratically elected leader of Minnesota's Congressional District Five.


Monday, December 05, 2016

Lawlessness prevails in Obama's America

I haven't opined much on the contentious protests the Standing Rock Indian Tribe has launched over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite their claims being largely refuted, demagoguery and conjecture often win the day in Barack Obama's politically correct and lawless America.

Within the past couple of weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers indicated that the Standing Rock protest camps must depart by December 5. However, the ACE also indicated that the tribe would not be forcibly removed from the demonstration site. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that such a toothless threat would result in the project being delayed indefinitely.

In a statement, Assistant Army Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy said alternate routes needed to be explored. Members of the tribe argue that the pipeline, which would carry nearly half a million barrels a day from the Bakken and Three Forks oil fields to a crude terminal near near Pakota, Ill., would damage sacred Native American sites and pollute their water.

The tribe's reservation boundary is half a mile south of the proposed crossing under Lake Oahe, an Army Corps of Engineers project on the Missouri River in North Dakota.

"Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with the Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it's clear that there's more work to do," Darcy said. "The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing."

Alternate routes would be considered with full public input and analysis and an Environmental Impact Statement, she said.

Again, the objections over burial grounds being desecrated and water being polluted have been answered. A federal project of this magnitude is never just jammed through without layers of government bureaucracies signing off and multiple regulatory requirements being satisfied.

In the end, it's quite possible this project will receive the appropriate easements and thus move forward once Donald Trump is officially sworn in as President on January 20. House Speaker Paul Ryan almost insinuated that much.

And the reaction of Craig Stevens, who is a spokesperson with Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now:

You can also listen to my Saturday interview with North Dakota blogger Rob Port, who shared some valuable insights that you just won't get from the vacuous photo memes your lefty friends share on Facebook. The audio link to Rob's appearance is here.


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Brad out; Mitch in

I've done my radio broadcast for the weekend, so my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg will be in for me today from 2:00 PM until 3:00 Central Time.

We'll return to our regularly scheduled time slots next weekend.

Until then.............


Saturday, December 03, 2016

Knee-deep in the hoopla......

With my friend and colleague Mitch Berg on assignment, I will take the reins of The Headliner edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network this afternoon. The two-hour broadcast gets started just after 1:00 Central Time.

A lot to cover this week, including Gov. Mark Dayton's perpetual petulance, the Gaystapo's diligence in crushing dissent and lefty media/politicos bungling basic facts about Monday's terror attack at Ohio St. University.

At 2:00, I will be joined by North Dakota blogger/podcaster/political observer Rob Port. Over the past few months, there has been much contentiousness over construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, particularly the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and environmentalists vigorously protesting (sometimes violently) the project. Rob has been one of the few journalists I've seen who has eschewed conjecture and hyperbole in favor of actual reporting on this fluid situation.

Then at 2:30 I will be joined by MN state senator David Osmek (R-Mound). Among the items to be discussed will include the recently projected $1.4 Billion budget surplus, the U.S. Bank suite scandal, preview of the upcoming 2017 legislative session, etc.

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.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 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.

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #narn or "Like" our Facebook page.

Until then.....


Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Gaystapo never rests

As of June 2015, same-sex marriage became the law of the land. Because of that, many progressives believe you cannot morally object to something that has been deemed a legal activity. As Erick Erickson so prophetically pointed out nearly three years ago, you will be made to care.

Never has that sentiment been more validated then the Buzzfeed scrutinizing of Chip and Jonanna Gaines of the HGTV show Fixer Upper.

(The Gaineses) are also, as they detail in The Magnolia Story, devout Christians — Joanna has spoken of and written about her conversations with God. (God told her both to close her store to spend time with her children, and then to reopen it a few years later.) Their church, Antioch Community Church, is a nondenominational, evangelical, mission-based megachurch. And their pastor, Jimmy Seibert,look who described the Gaineses as “dear friends” in a recent video, takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.

So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers? Emails to Brock Murphy, the public relations director at their company, Magnolia, were not returned. Nor were emails and calls to HGTV’s PR department.

Fixer Upper has fans of all stripes: Christians, feminists, and LGBT viewers have all found something to love in the Gaineses. So in the absence of a response from them or their representatives, it’s worth looking at the severe, unmoving position Seibert and Antioch take on same-sex marriage.

Um, why is it worth looking at? Have the Gaineses ever treated gays as second class citizens? Have they ever denied services to an LGBT couple based on their beliefs? This seems like little more than the "Gaystapo" seeking to destroy the livelihood of people who dare have a moral objection to licentious freedoms like gay marriage, abortion, etc.

Gabby Hoffman at The Resurgent summarizes it beautifully.

This targeting of the Gaineses is not uncharacteristic in this day and age. The Left and their surrogates in so-called “news” outlets are looking to stir the pot and divide Americans. If you dissent from their worldview, you are a bigot, sexist, racist, homophobe-the works. It’s no wonder why Trump, for all of his faults, won: people are sick and tired of the elites in all spheres attacking the American way of life.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are good, wholesome people who bring joy to Texans and millions across the country. They are respectful, courteous, kind folks who are devout Christians. Entertainment needs more people like them, not fewer.


I guess progressives are used to high profile politicians like Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defying their Catholic faith by sanctioning gay marriage and abortion. I mean, if powerful politicos can go against their faith's teachings, certainly the Gaineses can......or else.