Monday, May 21, 2018

Sunday, May 20, 2018

In every direction I couldn't see the warning signs.....

Another Sunday, yet another edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network program The Closer. The one-hour broadcast gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 2:00 I'll be joined by Jason Flohrs, who is the State Director for the Minnesota Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. With less than 24 hours remaining in a contentious MN legislative session, Jason will update us on what we can expect as things wind down.

I'll also weigh in on the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, a tragedy which resulted in the deaths of 8 students and 2 teachers dead. As usual, the mourning of the victims gets drown out by assigning blame everywhere but the perpetrator. Also, President Trump proved once again this past week that for all his bluster and bombast, his most visceral opposition manages to make themselves look worse.

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.

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Until then.....


Friday, May 18, 2018

Lefties gonna lefty

President Donald Trump said there were some "very fine people" among Neo Nazis who were protesting the proposed removal of certain statues in Charlottesville, VA last August. Leftists and media (pardon the redundancy) lost their collective minds. "HOW COULD A SITTING PRESIDENT EVEN THINK TO HUMANIZE SUCH DISGUSTING PEOPLE?!?!" was a pretty good encapsulation of leftists' reactions.

Fast forward to earlier this week. Trump refers to MS-13 gang members (individuals who have been known to mutilate innocent people with machetes, butcher knives, etc.) as "animals." Leftists once again freak out, this time to essentially say "THESE ARE STILL HUMAN BEINGS. EVERY LIFE HAS SOME VALUE. HAVE YOU NO SHAME, MR. PRESIDENT?!?!?!?"

Not sure this is necessarily the best hill to die upon but y'all do you, leftists.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Our perpetually petulant governor - Part MMDCXCI

For the second time in three years, Little Lord Fauntleroy Gov. Mark Dayton is holding hostage a tax relief package as the end of the 2018 Minnesota Legislative session draws near.

The Democratic governor rejected the bill with about 20 grade-school students standing behind him Bruce Vento Elementary School, shouting “Veto!” as he stamped the legislation.

Dayton said the bill tilted toward the wealthy and corporations and had too little for citizens.

But the governor also warned earlier this week that he wouldn’t sign a tax bill without the Legislature addressing his request for $138 million in emergency aid to schools.

The GOP tax proposal modestly cuts Minnesota income tax rates. Republicans argue that Dayton’s education request came too late in the session.

If Dayton wants to veto a tax bill based solely on its merit, then fine. But the idea that he dangles such legislation in an effort to coerce more spending elsewhere is pretty despicable, but sadly typical of him.

It was two years ago when there was significant bipartisan support for a tax relief package, one which Dayton insisted he wouldn't hold hostage if other issues went unresolved. Ah but merely two weeks after the 2016 session wrapped, the governor not only allowed the tax bill to go unsigned (aka a "pocket veto"), he then demanded that there be additional funding for the money suck that is Southwest Light Rail Transit et al. Only then would he call a special session to sign the tax bill which had the bipartisan support he required but then went back on his word to not hold it hostage at the conclusion of the regular session.

The Legislature adjourns Monday, but Sunday night is the deadline to pass bills. Dayton warned again Thursday that he will not call a special session.

I guess that's one serendipity in this whole saga in that the current legislative body never has to endure another session with this oaf heading up the executive branch.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Movin' on to the primary

Perhaps the least surprising announcement regarding the GOP side of Minnesota's gubernatorial race.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he plans to skip next month’s Republican state convention and go straight to the August primary.

Pawlenty’s move means he won’t seek the party endorsement. In a statement Tuesday, his campaign says the two-term governor entered the race too late for to have a “fair fight” for the endorsement.

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is seen as the front-runner for endorsement, which brings party support and money.

Pawlenty says he’ll make his case to voters in the Aug. 14 primary instead.

Naturally this is sending many GOP delegates into a tizzy a mere 2-1/2 weeks before the state convention. One school of thought is that convention business is such an exorbitant expense in terms of money and time that it feels almost futile if Pawlenty's substantial war chest will essentially purchase the Republican nomination. Still others (particularly Jeff Johnson supporters) are morally offended due to their perceived superior voices possibly being usurped in a primary, as if what they have to say should be the final word.

Bottom line: Minnesota is a primary state. And to suggest that non-delegate GOP voters (many of whom could be of valuable assistance in volunteering on behalf of Republican candidates) should have their voices marginalized doesn't exactly go a long way in busting a 12-year losing streak in statewide races.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Pretty awesome way for a country to celebrate its 70th birthday.

Sixty-nine years after Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital, and 23 years after the US Congress passed a law mandating that Washington move its embassy there, the US formally opened its embassy in the city on Monday afternoon, in a move Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called "courageous" and "momentous."

"What a glorious day. Remember this moment!" Netanyahu entreated the applauding crowd. "President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history. All of us are deeply moved. All of us are deeply grateful."

"Last December, President Trump became the first world leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital, and today, the United States of America is opening its embassy right here in Jerusalem," Netanyahu said. "Thank you President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises!"

In a video address to the assembly, US President Donald Trump said the move was "a long time coming," and that Israel, like all sovereign nations, has a right to name its own capital.

Trump mentioned that the US would still be observing the status quo in terms of contested territories such as on Temple Mount.

"The US will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace," Trump said. "We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors. May there be peace. May God bless this embassy. May God bless all who serve here and may God bless the United States of America."

The occasion was marred somewhat due to approximately 35,000 "protesters" storming the Israeli border to show their outrage over this move. As of Monday evening, more than 50 were killed with hundreds more injured.

'Every country has the obligation to defend its borders,' Netanyahu said on Twitter.

'The Hamas terror organisation declares its intention to destroy Israel and send thousands to break through the border fence in order to achieve this aim. We will continue to act firmly in order to defend our sovereignty and our citizens.'

Naturally the American left used this incident to fortify its position that the U.S. embassy should not have been moved to Jerusalem. Of course they neglected to mention that the "protesters" who stormed the border weren't a bunch of unwashed millennials in the motif of Occupy Wall Street. Quite the contrary, as a fair number of these individuals were armed with grenades and Molotov cocktails (no word on if any leftists/media outlets attempted to blame a YouTube video).

Without a doubt, the U.S. Embassy moving to Jerusalem further solidifies an already strong alliance between America and Israel. This is especially timely in light of President Trump recently pulling out of that sham of a nuclear deal with Iran, which may have motivated Iran into launching missiles from nearby Syria.

I've had my issues with Trump (which I have documented here ad nauseum) and have long been skeptical that he'll be a successful president. However, this is an undeniable victory for his administration, his agenda and, most importantly, the United States of America.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins -- September 29, 1986.


On May 11, Dustin Fowler of the Oakland A's collected his career first base hit in a game against the New York Yankees. It came against Yankees starter Sonny Gray, the player whom Oakland traded to the Yanks for Fowler and two others in July 2017. It's a pretty rare occurrence when a hitter gets his first MLB hit against a player for whom he was traded. 

In the game I featured this week, Cleveland's Jay Bell, on the very first pitch he ever saw in the big leagues, homered against Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven. It was Bell and three other players whom the Twins traded away in July 1985 in order to acquire Blyleven.