Sunday, May 31, 2015

Just a little more time is all we're asking for......

After a rare and well deserved break last week, I make my return to the Patriot bunker for today's edition of The Closer. The two-hour extravaganza begins at 1:00 pm Central Time.

In the two weeks since I was last on the air, I was battling a lingering illness most of that time. As such, I've felt somewhat disconnected from the news. Nevertheless, I will spend the first hour talking national politics, including President Obama's executive amnesty getting thwarted by the 5th circuit, two more Democrat presidential candidates to oppose Hillary in 2016, etc.

At 2:15, 1st term MN legislator (and my state rep) Abigail Whelan will stop by. Rep. Whelan will share her general impressions of her first legislative session, weigh in on the yet-to-be scheduled special session and discuss a bill she sponsored entitled Born Alive Infants Protection Act.


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.

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

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.....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Stuffed for no gain

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson not showing up to OTAs is nothing new. The fact it's even a talking point is due to bored media guys trying to fan the proverbial flames.

Ideally the Vikings were looking to restructure Peterson's contract for 2015 since he was slated to make nearly $13 million. That's an awful lot of money for a 30-year old running back who isn't exactly a finesse player. But with Peterson seemingly not sold on coming back to Minnesota, the Vikings agreed to go ahead and guarantee his 2015 salary of $12.75 million.

Not good enough apparently.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded,'' Peterson wrote in his statement. "It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

Peterson's closing line of support comes after he apparently hasn't been quoted saying anything positive about the Vikings for several months. His statement follows his agent, Ben Dogra, telling USA Today four weeks ago that a better contract was being sought for Peterson.

Peterson has three years and $44.25 million left on his deal, including $12.75 million for 2015, but none of it is guaranteed. Sources said Peterson wants his deal reworked with some guaranteed money.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman did not return a message seeking comment.

Coach Mike Zimmer indicated that the Vikings offer of guaranteeing 2015's salary is about as good a deal as A.P. is going to get for now.

"Adrian, he's really got two choices,'' Zimmer said. "He can either play for us or he can not play. He's not going to play for anybody else. That's just the way it's going to be.''

In my opinion, the Vikings have been more than fair with Peterson. After all, there's no way any other team will pay him close to what the Vikings will dole out this season. And if he wants to threaten to retire if he doesn't get his way, go for it. He wouldn't be able to un-retire, say, mere months later and sign as a free agent since the Vikings will have him on the "reserved/retired list." That means they'll control his rights as long as they so desire.

While Peterson doesn't exactly come off as an Einstein, he knows full well he can't sit out two consecutive seasons and expect to catch on elsewhere in 2016 as a 31-year old rusty RB. Ah, but the Vikings hold his rights for that season, too, so that's pretty well moot.

Expect to see Peterson arrive in Minnesota about 2-3 weeks prior to the regular season. However, I wouldn't anticipate anyone will be picking him up from the airport.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Box Score of the Week

The Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series in 2001. Let's check out one of their regular season games from that year. On June 13, 2001, the D-Backs hosted the Chicago Cubs.

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In the first inning of this game, Arizona pitcher Nick Bierbrodt threw a whopping 48 pitches but did not allow a run. That is a record for most pitches thrown in an inning without the opposing team scoring.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

On a personal note....

Via the Facebook page of the Miss Minnesota Scholarship pageant (emphasis mine):

The Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant is thrilled to announce our preliminary and final night Emcees for Miss Minnesota this year:

Wednesday, June 10: Megan Torgerson Vitko, Miss Minnesota 2003 and Elizabeth Hunter Ashley, our 30 year anniversary Miss Minnesota 1985!

Thursday, June 11: Brooke Kelly Kilgarriff, Miss Minnesota 2009 and Elizabeth Hunter Ashley, Miss Minnesota 1985

Saturday, June 13: We welcome Mr. Brad Carlson, Radio Show Host, AM 1280 the Patriot!

The excitement is beginning to build!!!

When I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with an Accounting/Finance degree 23 years ago, I totally saw myself venturing into a part-time radio gig which would lead to an opportunity to emcee a glitzy and glamorous beauty pageant. Don't all accountants aspire to such a thing?

In all seriousness, it is truly an honor to even be considered for such an endeavor. The Miss America Organization (and all state affiliates) do a wonderful service in allowing young ladies an opportunity to selflessly serve their respective communities. For all the complaining mine and other generations partake in regarding millennials, we get to see firsthand young ladies who are driven to succeed and are rewarded on the merits of hard work (and yes, it doesn't hurt that they're easy on the eyes).

While I don't anticipate I will become Minnesota's version of Bert Parks (I can't sing worth a damn anyhow), I am told this could become a regular gig for me! Now if I can just come up with a few jokes......

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Our perpetually petulant governor - Part MDXCVII

If Minnesota Democrat voters are capable of any shame, they should be repulsed at the behavior of this state's chief executive.

An irritated Gov. Mark Dayton lashed out at Republican lawmakers on Tuesday, saying he would veto a bill that funds education without providing money for his top priority of universal pre-kindergarten.

For the past week, Dayton had intensely lobbied House Republicans and Senate Democrats to add spending for his pre-K plan for four-year-olds.

In the final hours of the legislative session, Dayton said he offered to sign all of the other budget bills and even to drop the pre-K plan. In exchange, he wanted Republicans to agree to spend $125 million more on other education items. He said Republicans rejected both offers.

Dayton said he was told there is no support for universal pre-K among Republican legislators.

Actually, Little Lord Fauntleroy  Dayton is lying by omission. It wasn't just the GOP who withheld support.

Senator Dave Thompson (R-Lakeville) breaks it down.





Yes, the message came abundantly clear from the Senate in particular. The Democrats have a 39-28 majority in that body and yet said chamber voted 52-14 to approve the education bill without Dayton's crown jewel of Universal Pre-K. Gonna be a tough sell to lay that at the feet of Senate Republicans, which is why Dayton is perpetually ripping the GOP-controlled House.

So why is Dayton so hell bent on funding for this program that has virtually no support (not even from the Early Learning Council he appointed)?




Bingo! The unions. It's always about the unions with him. Remember two years ago when he and fellow Dems (who controlled all offices of state government in 2013) bent over backwards to pass legislation to unionize in-home child care workers (most whom are independent business owners)? Yep. All to pay back his supporters among the public employee unions.

Finally, Rep. Jim Nash (R-Waconia) shared this post on his Facebook page.

So Governor Dayton just vetoed the bipartisan House/Senate K-12 omnibus bill because we didn't fund his Universal PreK plan. NEITHER the House (GOP controlled) or the Senate (DFL controlled) voted to fund Univ PreK!

Let me share with you some of the points that were shared with me by our local 110 ISD Superintendent.

"The proposed Universal Pre-K costs for Waconia Public Schools would be devastating to our school district. It is not a concept that is supported by our parents, school, or community. The data for school readiness at Waconia Schools does not support the need for a Universal program.

Here are some of the concerns/costs:

• We have no facilities available for this and would need to lease or build for an additional 10-15 classrooms……..a huge burden on our taxpayers. Newly built would be about a $17,000,000 cost or about a 5-10% tax hike.

• We would need to hire 10-15 preschool licensed teachers (due to shortage they are not available)......a yearly cost of about $350,000 - $525,000.

• Additional busing needed

• Additional supplies and equipment needed

• Additional utilities to the building needed

• Other staff beyond teachers that would be needed.

• We would need to levy to cover the additional costs or cut current programs and raise class size to accommodate this program

ALL OF THIS WOULD BE COSTS THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOT READY TO ABSORB."

If many other school Superintendents echo these same concerns to Gov. Dayton himself, perhaps it would allow him to save face. He could simply turn around and say that "many educational leaders have expressed legitimate concerns over universal pre-K and therefore it would be prudent to research this issue further. "

Yeah I know that's probably a long shot given the fact I'm operating under the pretense that Dayton is capable of a rational tone.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Box Score of the Week

Last week I went back 80+ years. Today I'm traveling back a mere two weeks to when the Baltimore Orioles took on the New York Mets.

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With that win over the Orioles, Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon became the first pitcher in MLB history to defeat one team for seven different clubs. 

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Circus life

As the Minnesota Legislature scrambles to cobble together a budget before Midnight on Monday, there's speculation on where to meet if a special session would need to be called. Since renovations on the MN State Capitol are slated to begin the millisecond the regular session ends, any special session would, by law, have to occur in a public forum in St Paul.

Star Tribune columnist (and prolific DFL apologist) Lori Sturdevant conveyed Gov. Mark Dayton's suggestion via Twitter.





Ah, but the governor's office is a model of decorum, eh?

Since we're on the circus theme, it would also be fitting if the role of organ grinder were played by public employee unions while the part of the monkey fulfilled by Gov. Dayton.




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I've got a smile on my face, I've got four walls around me......

For the second consecutive day I will be broadcasting live on the Northern Alliance Radio Network, but in my regular role as The Closer. I will be on the air from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

There are no guests scheduled as I write this, but I anticipate that can change given the fluid situation with the MN Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton still haggling over a biennium budget. We may get a legislator or two to call in or maybe even a real media person!

In addition to news at the MN State Capitol, I also plan on discussing the Tom Brady suspension, Mark Halperin's racially tinged interview with Ted Cruz, the George Stephanopolous controversy, 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.

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

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.....

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Come out, come out; No use in hiding......

With Mitch Berg out on assignment this afternoon, I will assume the reins of The Headliner edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network. I'll be on the air from 1:00 until 3:00 pm Central Time.

Right at 1:00, conservative commentator/retired Army Colonel/trial lawyer Kurt Schlichter will join me via phone. One of the items to discuss is his no-holds-barred column at Townhall this past week entitled "Speak Free or Die." It's quintessential Schlichter, who (if you follow him on Twitter, you know) is about as subtle as a chainsaw. Give him a follow on Twitter at @KurtSchlichter or find some of his fine tweets at #caring.

Then sometime after 1:30, Minnesota state senator Michelle Benson will check in to the program. We'll get an update on the budget negotiations for this session where the House and Senate have reached a tentative agreement but Gov. Mark Dayton is still holding out.

There are myriad other topics to get to as time permits, including George Zimmerman being "involved" in another shooting, two Hattiesburg, MS cops being shot, the Tom Brady suspension, 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.

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

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.....

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Breaking: Sun sets in the west

This just in: Media guy who once worked as President Bill Clinton's press secretary has a bias.

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their nonprofit organization, the On Media blog has learned.

In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Stephanopoulos made $25,000 donations to the 501 nonprofit founded by former President Bill Clinton, the foundation's records show. Stephanopoulos never disclosed this information to viewers, even when interviewing author Peter Schweizer last month about his book "Clinton Cash," which alleges that donations to the foundation may have influenced some of Hillary Clinton's actions as secretary of state.

In a statement to the On Media blog on Thursday, Stephanopoulos apologized and said that he should have disclosed the donations to ABC News and its viewers.

"I made charitable donations to the Foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply," he said. "I thought that my contributions were a matter of public record. However, in hindsight, I should have taken the extra step of personally disclosing my donations to my employer and to the viewers on air during the recent news stories about the Foundation. I apologize."

Seriously though, did anyone think for one second that Stephanopolous was being the least bit objective when reporting on anything having to do with the Clintons?

In its own statement on Thursday, ABC News said it was standing behind its star anchor.

"As George has said, he made charitable donations to the Foundation to support a cause he cares about deeply and believed his contributions were a matter of public record," the network's statement read. "He should have taken the extra step to notify us and our viewers during the recent news reports about the Foundation. He’s admitted to an honest mistake and apologized for that omission. We stand behind him."

ABC News later told the On Media blog that it would not take any punitive action against Stephanopoulos: "We accept his apology," a spokesperson said. "It was an honest mistake."

Sorry, but I just can't get all worked up over this. I mean, had Stephanopolous not made any donations to the Clinton Foundation, do we honestly believe he would acted any differently towards guests critical of Bill or Hillary Clinton? Heck, it's because of the Clintons that Stephanopolous has the wherewithal to make sizable donations to charities. I highly doubt he's forgotten that.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Red Herring or Red Flag?

In the endless chatter over the terrorist incident in Garland, TX nearly two weeks ago, there has been much debate over the tenets of "free speech."

Pamela Geller, the organizer of the "Draw the prophet Muhammad" event that weekend, has been at the epicenter of this latest debate. There have been more than a few people who've insinuated that had she been harmed, she would've had it coming. After all, radical Islamists routinely attempt to avenge whatever they deem as an insult to their prophet. As such, a fair number of folks proclaimed Geller should have known better than to stoke the fire. The line of thinking of some of Geller's critics is she wasn't at all denied her free speech, so those who unequivocally supported her actions while decrying the attempted gunfire by two Islamists were missing the greater point. That is, no one is being denied their right to freely express themselves as long as said rhetoric is within the confines of not being inflammatory.

The problem with Geller supporters being dismissed as hyperbolic is there is a continuing trend among members of different branches of the Federal government who themselves decry certain freedoms of expression. President Barack Obama has on several occasions has been critical of commentary heard on the Fox News channel (including this past week at a "poverty summit"). And who can forget when Senator Harry Reid was Majority Leader and how often he obsessed over the activism of businessmen David and Charles Koch?

You can say all you want that we still have a right to speak freely, and you would not be wrong. But certain members of our government who swore to uphold the Constitution (which includes that First Amendment thingy) sure have a funny way of showing support for these supposed inalienable rights. So forgive us if we are a little uneasy about just how "free" is free speech.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Quick Hits: Volume CXIII

- By now you've probably heard about the racially tinged interview Mark Halperin conducted with GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

Here's a summary of the controversial line of questioning regarding Cruz's Cuban heritage.


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Not surprising that a conservative venue like the National Review was critical of said questions.

Whatever drove Halperin to grill Cruz about his Cuban bona fides, however, Halperin’s critics are right to lay into him. Ted Cruz should be judged based on whether his policies will help or harm voters, not based on whether he can name his favorite Cuban musician.

That's pretty much common sense, something you'd anticipate NR would point out.

Oh, wait. You mean it was the far left rag Think Progress who actually defended Cruz here?!?! I wonder if that was the final straw leading up to Halperin's apology.


- Despite the fact the Minnesota Twins have actually played some watchable baseball this season, some fans have found other areas which need shoring up.

Three games over 500 for the first time in five years — those are numbers any true Twins fan can appreciate. Still, Kip Carver is questioning his loyalty after what he captured during Saturday’s National Anthem.

“That’s just unacceptable,” Carver said.

“I see seven Twins standing in front of the dugout, and I look toward the White Sox dugout. I’m not sure how many but an entire line of folks,” Carver said as he pointed to the picture he took.

Twins President Dave St. Peter told WCCO players tend to get into strict rituals at home. They could be getting treatment in the clubhouse or warming up in the batting cage while the National Anthem is going on.

“If a player isn’t on the line, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect the National Anthem,” he said. “It’s because he’s doing everything he can to get ready for that day’s game.”

The Twins have fielded dozens of complaints after Kip’s photos were shared hundreds of times online.

“Frankly, I wish there were more guys out every single game,” St. Peter said.

I'm old school, so I too believe that every player should at least stand for the Anthem. I'm not suggesting players have to sing along or even place hands over hearts, but standing in silence would suffice.  It shows solidarity with the country you're playing in, regardless of citizenship.

With all that said, I'm not nearly in as big a twist over this as Mr. Carver. If players don't want to stand for the National Anthem, the next best thing they can do is stay back in the clubhouse so others who cherish this ritual can participate without distraction.


- The leftist media has been know to blame the Tea Party movement and/or the NRA when mass shootings have taken place over the past 5 years or so. The media's chanting point has been the TP provokes violence because of their "anti-government" rhetoric or the NRA creates a "culture of violence" with it's refusal to support any gun control measures.

Given the media's own narrative of police officers randomly shooting and/or brutalizing unarmed young black men (a CNN panel perpetuated the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" lie), are they willing to live by standards they set for others and take responsibility for an incident in Hattiesburg, MS?

It started as a traffic stop and ended in a hail of gunfire. Now two police officers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, are dead, four suspects are facing charges and a community is mourning.

Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 24
(a black man. Does his life matter, BLM? - ed.), were making a traffic stop Saturday evening when they were shot, Mayor Johnny DuPree said. They were taken to a hospital, but did not survive.

Authorities accuse the suspects of fleeing the crime scene, allegedly stealing a police cruiser and using it as a getaway car.

Joanie Calloway, 22, was charged with two counts of capital murder, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said Sunday.

Marvin Banks, 29, also faces two counts of capital murder, along with counts of grand theft auto and felon in possession of a firearm. Police charged his brother, Curtis Banks, with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder, the agency said. And a fourth suspect, Cornelius Clark, was charged with obstruction of justice Sunday, the mayor's office said.

As deputies escorted him into a police station Sunday, Curtis Banks wailed and repeated "I didn't do it."

Obviously I'm being facetious when I say the media should accept some responsibility for these slayings. But given their penchant for saying others' rhetoric leads to fatalities, accepting some measure of culpability here would actually show some consistency.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Brady sacked

The vast majority of NFL fans outside the northeastern United States were jumping around like poo flinging monkeys cackling with glee in response to the punishment handed down over DeflateGate (or is it Ball-ghazi?).

The NFL has suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady without pay for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and taken away two draft picks as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game, the league said in a statement Monday.

The NFL also indefinitely suspended the two equipment staffers believed to have carried out the plan, including one who called himself "The Deflator."

Brady will miss the season's showcase kickoff game Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh, Week 2 at Buffalo, a home game against Jacksonville and a game at Dallas.

He will return the week the Patriots face the Colts in Indianapolis
(Of course he will - ed.).

The Patriots will also lose a first-round pick in 2016 and a fourth-round pick in 2017.

Within a matter of hours, Brady's agent Don Yee issued his own statement.

“The discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis. In my opinion, this outcome was pre-determined; there was no fairness in the Wells investigation whatsoever. There is no evidence that Tom directed footballs be set at pressures below the allowable limits. In fact, the evidence shows Tom clearly emphasized that footballs be set at pressures within the rules. Tom also cooperated with the investigation and answered every question presented to him.

"The Wells Report presents significant evidence, however, that the NFL lacks standards or protocols with respect to its handling of footballs prior to games; this is not the fault of Tom or the Patriots. The report also presents significant evidence the NFL participated with the Colts in some type of pre-AFC Championship Game planning regarding the footballs. This fact may raise serious questions about the integrity of the games we view on Sundays.

"We will appeal, and if the hearing officer is completely independent and neutral, I am very confident the Wells Report will be exposed as an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic. The NFL has a well-documented history of making poor disciplinary decisions that often are overturned when truly independent and neutral judges or arbitrators preside, and a former federal judge has found the commissioner has abused his discretion in the past, so this outcome does not surprise me. Sadly, today’s decision diminishes the NFL as it tells its fans, players and coaches that the games on the field don’t count as much as the games played on Park Avenue.”

If the NFL is confident that the Wells Report is solid, they should accept Yee's challenge of an independent arbiter hearing the appeal. If that happens, I still find it hard to believe that Brady's suspension would be completely overturned. However, I can see a reduction to, say, two games.

One of the main reasons cited for the severity of the punishment was Brady himself was less than cooperative due to his refusal to hand over his personal cell phone. The NFL had given him assurances that none of his personal material would be compromised and that the investigation would merely be limited to text messages or emails related to DeflateGate. Personally, I don't blame Brady one iota for not handing over his phone. I'm sure he had visions of risque photos of his smokin' hot wife Gisele B√ľndchen ending up online (Or worse yet, a repeat of the Kate Upton-Justin Verlander hacking scandal). I believe the NFL may have actually gone lighter on Brady had he been more forthright.

As for on the field, the Pats will turn to second year QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Given that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is the modern day King Midas, I can totally see the Pats going 4-0 (or 2-0 if Brady's suspension is reduced) in that stretch. Given that Brady will turn 38 years of age this August, it would behoove the Patriots organization to get an idea of what they have in Garoppolo. Granted this isn't the way they wanted to find out, but I have a feeling it will end up being the proverbial silver lining about 5-10 years down the road.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Box Score of the Week

I believe this may be the furthest I've gone back for a box score. September 25, 1934 when the Cincinnati Reds took on the Chicago Cubs.

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A couple of weeks ago, Cubs rookie Addison Russell hit his first career home run in a 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. That is the first time the Cubs won a 1-0 game on a player's first career homer since Phil Cavarretta did so in that September 1934 game against Cincinnati. 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Can't get no rest. Don't know how I work all day......

Happy Mother's Day to all those incredible ladies fortunate to be known as "Mom!" I'll be on the air live in my regular time slot of 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time for this week's edition of The Closer. 

No guests scheduled for today's program, so there will be ample opportunity to broach much of the big news events from this past week. Certainly I'll discuss the terrorist attack in Garland, TX as well as the fallout regarding from that thwarted assault. I'll also talk about the end of the Minnesota legislative session and if a special session can be averted. I may also chat about the Wells Report which conveyed the findings of the investigation into "DeflateGate."


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.

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

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.....

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

If Marcus Welby, M.D. were exhumed......

.....I imagine he'd look somewhat like octogenarian MN state representative Ron Erhardt (DFL-Edina).




Yes, that's an actual photo from the MN House floor earlier this week. In the midst of this particular speech, Erhardt insinuated one could contract avian flu from eating meat of an infected turkey.

Erhardt then held up what appeared to be a candy jar labeled “Bird Flu Vaccine” before Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin, asked Speaker Pro Tem Tim O'Driscoll (R-Sartell) to cut off Erhardt’s speech.

“It appears as though this is going to be maybe a joke at some point, but the turkey farmers of our state are suffering a very serious crisis. It is something that is not a partisan issue, it is something that impacts each and every one of us,” she said. “Turkey is a safe food to eat. It is not something we need to be making light of, and I’m confused by what Rep. Erhardt is trying to do, and I just need to respond and ask for you to tell him to stop. Thank you.”

Erhardt later apologized for his idiocy.

This is the same gent who has been know to doze off during the legislative session. Then last summer, Erhardt allegedly threatened to shoot a gun rights activist when asked to fill out a candidate survey on the subject.

Heckuva job, Edina.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Quick Hits: Volume CXII

- Pamela Geller, a prolific critic of radical Islam, put on an a Free Speech Conference in Garland, TX this past weekend. The event was essentially an art exhibit consisting of paintings of the prophet Muhammad. As we saw with Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten or French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, pretty much any depictions of the Muhammad results in radical Islamists looking to avenge the denigration of their prophet.

Despite those high profile incidents, Geller et al refused to kowtow to political correctness and thus stand up for their inalienable First Amendment rights. As such, there was an attempted response by two of Muhammad's faithful.

A quick-thinking Garland police officer shot and killed two gunmen who opened fire at a controversial art exhibit featuring cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, police said Monday.

Police say the two gunmen were armed with assault rifles and wearing body armor when they pulled up to the Curtis Culwell Center shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. They began shooting almost immediately and wounded an unarmed Garland ISD security guard who was with the officer. The officer returned fire and killed the gunmen.

"Under the fire that he was put under, he did a very good job and probably saved lives," said police spokesman Joe Harn. “We had a SWAT react team in the back that very quickly responded within seconds and helped secure the scene.”

Sure enough, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Naturally the response from a lot of leftists seemed to indicate that the participants in this exhibit had it coming to them for having the audacity to mock another's faith. I guess I'd be curious to know how many of these libs were just as indignant when Christianity was denigrated with the "Piss Christ" display or how Mormonism was crudely skewered in the musical The Book of Mormon

As a Christian, I will never be shy about professing my personal faith but I also have no interest in marginalizing others' religious beliefs. However, in the eyes of radical Islam, my unapologetic devotion to the Christian faith is about as egregious an offense as mocking their prophet.


- In my time being a fan of Minnesota pro sports teams, there are a handful events that have occurred which still make me physically ill when recounting them.


  1. The Minnesota Vikings losing the 1998 NFC Championship Game. 
  2. The Minnesota Vikings losing the 2009 NFC Championship Game. 
  3. The North Stars' Neal Broten whiffing on a shot in front of a wide open net that would have tied Game 4 of the 1991 Stanley Cup Finals against Pittsburgh. The Stars lost that game, thus blowing a golden opportunity to go up 3 games to 1 in the series. 
  4. The Minnesota Timberwolves had the 5th and 6th overall picks in the 2009 NBA Draft. They selected point guard Ricky Rubio at #5 (good), so the conventional wisdom suggested the would take guard Stephen Curry at #6. They didn't. 

Yes, the fourth horrific event listed continues to haunt my favorite NBA squad

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won the NBA's MVP award Monday, beating out Houston's James Harden in a race that turned out to be not that close.

Curry received 100 of 130 first-place votes for a total of 1,198 points from a panel of 129 writers and broadcasters, along with the fan vote on the NBA's website.

Who did the Wolves select #6 overall that year? That would be guard Jonny Flynn, who hasn't played in the NBA since 2012. I couldn't tell ya where he is today.


- I've always liked Guy Benson, who is a frequent political commentator on Fox News, as well as a conservative radio host and Political Editor of Townhall.com. Pretty accomplished for a young man who just turned 30 years of age.

In a recent interview with Buzzfeed, Benson decided to give a glimpse of his private life.

“Guy here,” he writes in his forthcoming book. “So, I’m gay.”

This is not the main point of the book, however, not at all. Benson’s sexual orientation is given little fanfare — “a footnote in a 316-page book,” as he put it — in End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun), which Benson co-authored with Mary Katharine Ham, a fellow Fox contributor.

If his book and job titles don’t make things absolutely clear, Benson is a gay conservative. He’s also someone who says he cares much more about “a nuclearized Iran” and “the failures of Obamacare” than most gay issues. And while he said he doesn’t think it especially matters that he’s coming out, Benson was sitting down for an interview on precisely that topic. Rather than wait for the book’s release, he decided to come out publicly before then, sitting down with BuzzFeed News recently to discuss the book, the Republican Party, and his life.

“Gay rights is not something that dominates my attentions — or my passions — and that may seem incongruous, that may seem counterintuitive to a lot of people,” he said, “but the issues that I care about most undergird the reasons why I’m a conservative and have been forever and will be a conservative moving forward.”

Benson laid out some very salient points on how the GOP needs to strike that perfect balance of being open to same-sex marriage while also being sensitive to the one's religious liberty.

“I’m for civil marriage, I’m for nondiscrimination laws — but I think there should be broad carve-outs for religious organizations, in particular, and narrow carve-outs for closely held businesses that serve the wedding industry,” he said.

I'm not sure which had certain leftists more in a twist. The fact a prominent gay conservative doesn't view lack of support for gay marriage as "hate speech" or that most Townhall readers & Fox News viewers didn't react with calls for Benson to be ostracized from the GOP.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Box Score of the Week

White Sox - Twins on August 30, 1990.

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In a game last week against the Detroit Tigers, the Twins allowed an inside-the-park home run to catcher James McCann. It was the first inside the parker an opposing catcher hit against the Twins since Ron Karkovice did so in August 1990. 

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

I'm on the run, no time for sleep......

So much news this past week, yet only two hours to get to it on today's edition of The Closer. The 2-hour extravaganza gets started right at 1:00 pm Central Time.

Certainly I'll opine on the Baltimore riots from this past week in response to the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Also, the Gay-stapo claimed another victim and a professed socialist announced he will vie for the Democrat nomination for President.

Locally, the MN state legislature is winding down this session with what could be a contentious standoff with Gov. Mark Dayton regarding the biennium budget.

At 1:45, Salem Communication promotions guy Ross Brendel will check in to share some exciting and important events being put on by our various affiliates.


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.....

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