Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Abeler: Ready, willing

In Minnesota State Senate District 35, the SD where I reside, there will be a new senator in January 2017 given that incumbent Branden Petersen is not running for reelection. Of the 67 SDs in Minnesota, I would be willing to bet that SD35 is within the top 10 most politically conservative areas in the entire state. As such, we Republicans don't have to "settle" for a candidate within the moderate wing of the party. Since the DFL is likely to play defense in order to maintain their majority in the MN Senate (currently at 72-61), it's doubtful they attempt to make a serious play to flip a GOP stronghold.

Last month, longtime GOP activist Andy Aplikowski was the first to declare his candidacy in our Senate District. He is definitely a viable conservative, someone whom I wouldn't label a "settle for" candidate. 

The latest potential entrant into the SD35 race is a familiar name to those of us in Ramsey and Anoka. 

Jim Abeler, an Anoka Republican who stepped down from the Legislature at the start of this year after 16 years in the state House and an unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid, is eyeing a political comeback.

Abeler announced via Twitter Monday morning that he's likely to run for Senate District 35 in 2016. The district includes Anoka, Champlin
(Incorrect. Ramsey is part of the district, not Champlin - ed.), Andover and northern parts of Coon Rapids. The current senator, Republican Branden Petersen, recently said he would not seek re-election.

"Compared with a person who would come in brand new, I think I could immediately be effective on major issues," Abeler told the Star Tribune. "That would be true if I was in majority or the minority."

Translation: Abeler is just as likely to vote with the DFL as he is with Republicans. And that would be fine and dandy if he were running in, say, a Senate District within an urban area. However, that's not the type of representation which best reflects all of SD35.

While serving in the MN House, about 45% of Abeler's House District (HD35A) was made up of Anoka, which can be characterized as purple/lite blue. Given that makeup, Abeler's voting record was more in line with his HD. However, the other half of SD35 is made up of House District 35B (Andover, northeast Ramsey, northern Coon Rapids) where staunchly conservative GOP candidates (i.e. Sen. Petersen  and Rep. Peggy Scott) consistently win by double digits. So to my original point, we don't have to settle for a professed moderate like Abeler.

Abeler was something of a maverick in his legislative career. He was one of only a handful of Republicans who voted in 2008 to override a gas tax veto by GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Abeler also became closely involved with funding decisions around health and public assistance programs, where he was known for a willingness to work across party lines.

No way Abeler gets the endorsement of GOP delegates at our local convention early next year. So I guess that begs the question of will he go to a primary? I would bet "yes" since he was willing to do so in the 2014 U.S. Senate race despite minuscule support from state Republican delegates and paltry fundraising numbers. A state senate district campaign will seem like a cakewalk in comparison.


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Monday, August 03, 2015

Box Score of the Week

Texas Rangers' pitcher Bert Blyleven threw a no-hitter against the California Angels in September 1977. 



Sunday, August 02, 2015

Round up the posse, jump in my ride.....

Tune in to the Northern Alliance Radio Network program The Closer this afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

At 1:15 I'll be joined by Jason Quick, who is the State Director of the Minnesota chapter of Concerned Veterans for America. We'll discuss the VA Accountability Act passed is the US House this past week as well as promote the Defend Freedom concert series coming to Minneapolis next month.  Jason is unable to appear due to illness.

In the non-guest segments I'll discuss some of the big news stories from this past week including more Planned Parenthood embarrassment, Cecil the Lion, Tom Brady's suspension being upheld, etc. 

So please give me a 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, July 31, 2015


Yes, I'm well aware of the atrocious display of violence which took place in Africa earlier this month. How any human being who supposedly has a soul or a conscience could carry out such action is beyond comprehension to me.

Naturally I'm referring to the ghouls of Boko Haram, who wiped out two African villages in two days.

What did you think I was talking about?



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Unexpected blessing

So I got a call from the Operations Manager at the radio station where I broadcast on Sundays. He asked if I would be interested in taking a 15 minute flight on a fully restored B-17 bomber which was flown in World War II. Our station, AM 1280 The Patriot, had been doing some work to promote the B-17 Aluminum Overcast Tour. One of the perks extended us was a ride aboard the aircraft. What was I gonna say? No?

So Tuesday morning I headed to the Blaine airport to partake in this incredible experience.

One thing which struck me was how difficult it was for someone my size (6'2", two hundred and none-of-your-dang-business pounds) to maneuver inside the aircraft given that it was built for soldiers no taller than 5'6" and weighing no more than 150.
A videoposted by Brad Carlson (@bradley0569) on

To cap off this thrilling experience, I was honored to chat with a WWII vet by the name of Harold.

Harold was aboard a B-17 in 35 separate missions in 1944. Whenever I am in the presence of a member of our greatest generation, I often feel myself becoming a tad misty eyed. Of the WWII veterans still with us, the vast majority are in their 90s. As such, nearly all of them will be gone within a decade, a fact which wasn't lost on the folks taking the tour. As Harold was helped onto the tarmac after the flight, there were a good number of tourists wanting to take his picture. The attention and fanfare he garnered rivaled anything you'd see on a red carpet.

Kinda made my day upon experiencing some of our great country's history.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Not within the template, Part II

Say, do you remember those secret police tactics employed by Wisconsin law enforcement officials on the homes of those who supported Gov. Scott Walker? Well the primary whistleblower who cited the Milwaukee County D.A. (a Walker detractor) as the mastermind behind these investigations is now dead.

Former aldermanic candidate Michael Lutz died early Sunday morning of an apparent suicide, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office.

Lutz, 44, a former Milwaukee police officer, suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound "while in the presence of Menomonee Falls tactical officers after a brief tactical situation," the medical examiner's office said in a release issued Sunday.

Lutz was pronounced dead in the 12300 block of W. Mill Road in Milwaukee at 4:05 a.m., the release said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Menomonee Falls police are investigating the incident.

Lutz finished fourth in Tuesday's primary in the 11th Aldermanic District to fill the Common Council seat left vacant by the death of Joe Dudzik. He received 426 votes out of 4,155 ballots cast.

He retired from the Milwaukee Police Department after 17 years, initially receiving taxpayer-funded duty disability pay for post-traumatic stress disorder. His pay was later converted to a regular retirement.

In 2005, Lutz was shot in the arm after he and his partner chased a suspected drug dealer into a house on the city's near south side. He never returned to active duty.

Lutz later became a criminal defense attorney and was the anonymous source for a series of stories last year critical of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

Lutz suggested that Chisholm, a Democrat, had a political agenda in overseeing a John Doe investigation of aides and associates of Republican Gov. Scott Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive and in initiating a separate probe of Walker's campaign.

Seems pretty cut and dried that this was a suicide.

One thing that stood out immediately was the leftist media was conspicuously silent with its normal conspiratorial tone in a case such as this. What do I mean by that? Well, does anyone recall the name Bill Sparkman? Back in September 2009, Sparkman was found dead near a rural Kentucky cemetery. The U.S. Census worker was found gagged and tied to a tree (was initially reported as a hanging) with the word "Fed" scrawled on his chest. You'll also recall at that point in time that the Tea Party movement was just starting to gather momentum in response to the big government agenda of the Obama administration. Yes, the leftist media couldn't help themselves in playing those little "connect the dots" games. Because he was employed by the Federal government and the corrupt organization ACORN had some involvement in the surveys, Sparkman may well have been the victim of "right wing hate" or something. Heck, some even suggested that then Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) would be partially to blame if Sparkman were indeed a homicide victim given her calls for people to refuse filling out surveys administered by ACORN.

Never one to forgo an opportunity to smear right-of-center political groups, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow raised similar assertions.

Now, on the record, law enforcement authorities remain cryptic. This reporting however paints a most troubling picture. None of the details of Bill Sparkmanā€˜s death that we have learned since we first found out about this point away from the possibility that he was killed for his affiliation with the United States government.

Classic projection. You see it's the likes of public employee unions (predominately supportive of leftist politicians) who have actual documented cases of violence (or threats of violence) towards its political opponents. And since Michael Lutz exposed the political intimidation of those who supported Walker (the P.E. unions' public enemy number one), would there be any doubt that his actions angered some leftists kooks? To be clear, I absolutely am not insinuating that Lutz's death was suspicious (again, it seems pretty clear by the preliminary reports it was not). But in the name of consistency, why didn't the media scrutinize this incident with the same suspicious tone as the Sparkman death (which was eventually ruled death by suicide)?

That's one of those rhetorical questions, by the way.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Box Score of the Week

An interleague contest between the Texas Rangers and L.A. Dodgers on June 30, 1997.


The 1997 season saw the debut of regular season interleague play. In this game, Texas starter Bobby Witt became the first American League pitcher to homer in an interleague contest.