Monday, August 29, 2016

Quick Hits: Volume CXXXIV

- There was a lot of flap over the weekend regarding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick not partaking in the tradition of NFL teams standing for the National Anthem. Kap's reason for this protest is he doesn't feel it's right to stand for the symbol of a country which he feels is oppressing minorities (Kaepernick himself is bi-racial and was raised by white adoptive parents).

The irony is probably lost on Kaepernick in that he is thumbing his nose at the symbol of the very country which allows him to openly criticize said country and its government officials. But with that said, I'm not all that worked up over this "protest" he is staging. In fact, in some small way, I actually admire Kap given what product endorsements he may have will likely dry up in light of this. As such, he is putting his money where his mouth is.

The only real issue I have with this whole saga is while Kaepernick seems all indignant about First Amendment rights (i.e. freedom to criticize the government without fear of retribution from said body), he doesn't appear to grasp the concept of the Fifth Amendment, specifically the "Due Process Clause."

There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality. There's people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable.

Emphasis was mine.

Unjustly? Sorry Kap, but justice is meted out only after someone is proven guilty. Yep, Due Process is still a thing. You might wanna browse your pocket Constitution while sitting on the bench.

- I heard the MTV Video Music Awards took place Sunday evening (does MTV even air music videos anymore?).

Not since Crowded House won for Best New Artist in 1987 have I indulged in an entire broadcast of the VMAs, which means that streak has now reached 29 consecutive years. Believe me, my resolve is strong.

- In light of the disgusting details over former New York congressman Anthony Weiner's latest "sexting" scandal, this seemed to be the next logical step.

Huma Abedin, the wife of the former representative Anthony D. Weiner, announced on Monday that the couple were separating in the wake of a report that Mr. Weiner had been involved in another sexting scandal.

Mr. Weiner, who resigned in 2011 after it was revealed he had been sending lewd messages and photos to random women online, apparently deleted his Twitter account on Monday after The New York Post reported that he had exchanged sexual messages with an unidentified woman last year.

The initial scandal destroyed his political career and strained his marriage to Ms. Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton.

On Monday, Ms. Abedin said in a statement: “After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband. Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”

It's obviously long past time that Weiner seek professional help. After multiple high profile incidents which caused him to resign his House seat in 2011 and then, in 2013, force a humiliated Abedin to defend his behavior in an effort to save his bid for NYC Mayor, Weiner still couldn't cease this abhorrent behavior. But then to send explicit pictures to an unknown woman while his 4-year old son slept next to him?!?! Unconscionable!


Box Score of the Week

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox  - August 15, 1963.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Gonna climb the mountain and look the eagle in the eye....

One of the highlights of the the Northern Alliance Radio Network broadcast year is our MN State Fair appearances! This afternoon I will be live from the "Great Minnesota Get-Together" for my one-hour program The Closer. We'll get started at 2:00.

Right at 2:00 I'll be joined by Minnesota state senator David Osmek. Given Sen. Osmek is on the Senate's Transportation and Public Safety Committee, he'll likely have a thing or two to say about Gov. Mark Dayton holding hostage a tax relief bill over funding for Southwest Light Rail.

From there, who knows? It's the State Fair, so I'll pretty much wing it in the non-guest segments.

If you happen to be out at the fair today, feel free to stop by and say hello. We're located on Machinery Hill, which is at the north end of the fairgrounds, specifically near the corner of Underwood Street & Murphy Avenue (next door to the Home Depot building; see map here).

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.

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

Until then.....


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Says it all

There really is nothing more to add, is there?


Friday, August 26, 2016

My My, Mylan

There's been much anger and outrage over a recent report that the Mylan pharmaceuticals product called "EpiPen" has increased 400% over the past 8 years. This is the device used to help thwart serious allergies.

Naturally it didn't take long for prominent leftists to pounce on this news. 

Is it such a moral outrage, Mrs. Clinton, that you're willing to return Mylan's donations to the Clinton Foundation?  Yeah, color me skeptical.

Right? Perhaps you can show those evil capitalists a thing or two, Bern, by forgoing the purchase of your third house (a $600,000 lake home) and instead buy 1,000 EpiPens to give to those in need.

Alas, blaming this enormous hike on a capitalistic system makes for a good chanting point but leaves little room for a nuanced discussion.

What is usually left out in any anti-capitalist blather written in response to this controversy is an accurate depiction of how free markets actually work.

In what other markets can a business jack up its prices without alienating its customers and pushing them toward competitors? Answer: when that market has no other competitors. Emily Willingham of Forbes explained it aptly with a recent article titled, “Why Did Mylan Hike EpiPen Prices 400%? Because They Could.”

In early 2016, Sanofi, Mylan’s primary competitor, discontinued its line of Auvi-Q auto-injectors, similar to Mylan’s product. With Auvi-Q out the picture, Mylan gained 98 market share of epinephrine injectors.

But surely a new business will take advantage of this public relations debacle, enter the market, and offer a more affordable option, right?

Unfortunately – and as no surprise to libertarians and free market advocates – federal regulators continue to buffer the padding that surrounds Mylan’s monopoly. Shortly after the Auvi-Q recall, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries pitched a generic version of the EpiPen. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) squashed their efforts, citing “major deficiencies” in their application. Teva plans to appeal the decision, but won’t be able to effectively move forward until 2017 at the earliest.

Teva isn’t alone in this struggle. Windgap Medical, a Boston startup, and Adamis, a small biotech firm based in San Diego, have both struggled to bypass FDA’s barriers of entry in the marketplace as well.

You see, it's "progressives" who are all for big government, which includes bureaucratic red tape and burdensome regulations. Yet when the results of "progressive" policies invariably lead to the type of "price gouging" put forth by Mylan, leftist politicians like Sen. Empty Suit Amy Klobuchar swoop in and demand FTC investigations and the like, thus giving the appearance of "fighting for the children."

If forced to speak in front of a Congressional panel and asked what inspired this price hike, (Mylan CEO Heather) Bresch and company should be encouraged to hold up a mirror to lawmakers’ faces.



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Up and At 'Em

Had a blast on the Up and At 'Em podcast Thursday morning as I sat in with hosts Jack Tomczak and Ben Kruse. In the second half of the broadcast, John Rouleau of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition dropped by to discuss several installments of "DFLers behaving badly."

Check it out here.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Quick Hits: Volume CXXXIII

- Not sure how this is newsworthy, but.......

While on his way to St. Paul for a meeting with the governor last January, House Speaker Kurt Daudt rear-ended a van on a rural highway in Isanti County, sending the other driver to the hospital.

Beau Hullermann, whom Daudt struck from behind as Hullermann slowed to make a left turn, said he was briefly knocked unconscious in the 8:10 a.m. crash. The air bags deployed in Daudt's Lexus sedan and his car had to be towed as he found another way to St. Paul.

Uh Oh. Daudt drives a Lexus even though he's had personal financial struggles?!?!?! He has the audacity to discuss cutting out-of-control government spending but he can't even manage his own finances?!?! HYPOCRITE, or something.

The crash marked the latest in a long line of driving-related maladies for Daudt, the highest-ranking Republican in the state. In recent years, Daudt has been cited with four moving violations and two license suspensions for failure to pay fines in Minnesota.

Daudt has received two tickets driving at least 15 miles per hour over the limit, a third for speeding and a fourth for texting while driving, all since joining the Legislature in 2010.

Unless Daudt has attempted to use the power of his office to, say, make laws more lenient regarding texting while driving, I fail to see how this is worth the column space it utilizes. But I'm sure y'all can ascertain the motivation behind this piece.

- Admittedly I had never heard of Jeff Jarvis until recently. In reading the "About Me" section of his web site, it lists one of Jarvis's vocations as a journalism professor. Certainly someone who is instructing young, aspiring journalists who look to speak "truth to power" or "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" would be outraged, OUTRAGED over a presidential candidate who continually dodges media throngs. Right?

Oh, that's right. Mr. Jarvis also declares that he is "an open and avid supporter of Hillary Clinton in this election." My bad.

- It's been great to hear my friends Jack Tomczak and Ben Kruse back broadcasting. After having been gassed from the lesser Twin Cities conservative talk station KTLK morning show (Ben in December 2014; Jack last month), the guys are once again a broadcasting duo for the first time in 20 months.

The Up And At 'Em podcast is available for download first thing every weekday morning. It's vintage Jack and Ben, as they discuss the big news of the day with equal parts insight and irreverence. They also typically have a guest or two throughout each hour-plus broadcast. Speaking of which, be sure to check out this Thursday morning's episode as yours truly will be making an appearance. One topic that will likely come up? My replacing the guys as the emcee of the Miss Minnesota pageant. We'll see if Jack is over that yet.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Box Score of the Week

Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs - August 21, 1975.


Cubs' starting pitcher Rick Reuschel and reliever Paul Reuschel shut out the Dodgers this game. It marked the first (and still only) time that siblings combined to pitch a shutout in an MLB game.