Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Voice of reason

About a month ago, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ended an Obama era ruling which essentially lowered the burden of proof for sexual assaults on campus. And if state universities were non-compliant with the Obama administration ruling and thus had the nerve to be guided by that Constitution thingy, said universities lived with the threat of having Federal funds cut off.

Because DeVos is part of the Donald Trump administration, her common sense directive was met with the obligatory lunacy and hyperbole.

Recently there was a state legislature looking to codify the old Obama directive, essentially looking to have its state's campuses resume "kangaroo courts" as opposed to letting the legal system adjudicate allegations of a crime.

Thankfully this particular state's governor was the voice of reason in vetoing such legislation.

..(T)houghtful legal minds have increasingly questioned whether federal and state actions to prevent and redress sexual harassment and assault—well-intentioned as they are—have also unintentionally resulted in some colleges’ failure to uphold due process for accused students."

Kudos to Gov. Scott Walker. Then again, ensuring laws don't infringe upon the Due Process clause in both the 5th and 14th amendments would seemingly be the proverbial layup for a conservative governor. After all, expelling a student for a crime which wasn't adequately adjudicated could unnecessarily and unjustly jeopardize the accused's future.

Wait, WHAT?!?!? You mean the governor in question is not Gov. Walker of Wisconsin???

“Depriving any student of higher education opportunities should not be done lightly, or out of fear of losing state or federal funding,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) said.

Huh. Whatta ya know.

Props to Gov. Moonbeam.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Box Score of the Week (Postseason edition)

Game 7 of the 1957 World Series - Milwaukee Braves at New York Yankees.


In the 2015 AL Wildcard game, Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel pitched six scoreless innings against the New York Yankees. The next time Keuchel faced the Yanks in the postseason was last week in ALCS Game 1 when he blanked them over seven innings. Keuchel is the first starting pitcher to have consecutive scoreless outings against the Yankees in the postseason since Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves turned that trick in the 1957 World Series. The game featured this week was the second time in three days that Burdette tossed a complete game shutout against the Yanks.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Grasping at straws

I believe this is an exercise in futility, but what else does he have going on in life?

Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance under the latest collective bargaining agreement against NFL owners for collusion, according to his attorney, Mark Geragos.

Kaepernick is not going through the NFL Players Association but has instead hired Geragos, who has represented several high-profile clients, including Michael Jackson, former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield and musician Chris
(the dude who beat his girlfriend - ed.Brown.

The filing, which demands an arbitration hearing on the matter, says the NFL and its owners "have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick's leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States."

Nice spin. Another way of saying it is "Mr. Kaepernick's services are unwanted due to his skill set not being a match for any team's vacancies at this particular time." Besides, it seems pretty obvious that providing concrete evidence of collusion (assuming such activities exist or ever existed) is a mighty tall order.

Naturally there will be the perpetual arguments from Kaepernick apologists which say that Kap's ability is superior to more than half the QBs on an NFL roster today. But such a claim is totally subjective. About a month ago I went on record as saying that Kaepernick would be a better option at backup QB for my Vikings than Case Keenum. However, now that Keenum has been pressed into service over the past several weeks due to starter Sam Bradford being out with an injury, circumstances have changed. Keenum now has had valuable experience within the Vikings' current offensive system, so he is now better suited than Kap to be on the Vikings' roster. But, again, I would be perfectly fine if Kaepernick were brought in for a workout. I have a hard time imagining he's not a better option to be the Vikes' backup than current #2 Kyle Sloter.

All that being said, teams can actually refuse Kaepernick's services due to potential negative public relations that may occur upon his signing. So even if Kap is more talented than a number of active quarterbacks, NFL teams are well within their rights to gauge how much of a distraction they want to take on when signing a controversial figure.

In the end, I can't really blame Kaepernick for this proverbial "Hail Mary" given that he'll be 30 years old in a couple of weeks. In football terms, that means a QB is typically in the back end of his career. I'm guessing even a third stringer in the NFL makes more than, say, his next potential vocation of being an adjunct professor teaching Social Welfare at Cal-Berkeley.


There's no more little secrets we haven't yet disclosed.....

Yes, I admit it'll be tough to compete with today's Packers-Vikings tilt. Nevertheless, I encourage y'all to take a break from 2:00 until 3 PM Central Time to tune in to this week's edition of The Closer. 

Just when you thought the "NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem" saga was dying down, it was resurrected this past week. We'll discuss the latest.

Also, is President Trump really declaring war on the First Amendment?

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 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.....


Thursday, October 12, 2017

News you don't wanna use

When Barack Obama was President of the United States, he, on more than one occasion, lamented the unfavorable media coverage he received from Fox News. Many right-of-center folks (myself included) found it a tad chilling that the country's leader would call out a free press. Someone with a rather high profile Twitter account even tweeted about it 4+ years ago.

While Obama's behavior was out of bounds, he never went so far as to say a media outlet should have its credentials revoked.

This was apparently in response to an NBC report that Trump had asked for an outlandish ten-fold increase in America's nuclear weapons arsenal. Given that some of the prior media coverage of Trump was poorly sourced, it behooves outlets to now have multiple sources & reporters on a given story (as was the case here).

However, all that is beside the point. The fact a sitting U.S. President even suggests that a TV network have its license pulled due to what he perceives as unfavorable coverage smacks of authoritarian tactics. There's no other way to see it. Yes I know Trump hasn't actually taken substantive action on this and I know he has the reputation for bluster, thus should be "taken seriously but not literally." But if we're going to be intellectually consistent, Trump's words about NBC were far more concerning than Obama's whining over Fox News.

NBC had been having a rough week given revelations that they blew off breaking the story of Harvey Weinstein's sleazy behavior. Leave it to Trump to temporarily generate sympathy for such an operation.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

National Anthem backlash bringing NFL to its knees

In no small part to President Trump expressing his displeasure, there has been significant backlash from NFL fans over some players not standing during the pregame signing of the National Anthem.

As such, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could no longer bury his head in the proverbial sand, so he issued a written statement on Tuesday.

"Like many of our fans," Goodell wrote, "we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us.

"We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players."

The NFL's current anthem policy states that players "should" stand for the anthem, but it stops short of requiring it.

The proposed new policy is the result of "many of discussions with clubs and players," Goodell added.

If a policy is drafted mandating that players stand during the Anthem, I don't believe such a directive is too outlandish. It's not like an individual player would be required to place his hand over his heart or sing along with the Anthem performer. But the idea is that the pregame ceremony is an infinitesimal percentage of time during the week where politics can (and should) be put aside. Since most NFL players have a substantial social media following, there's still a significantly large platform (as well as ample time) to convey advocacy and/or protest.

Commissioner Goodell's statement also comes on the heels of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealing his intentions to take disciplinary action against any member of his team who refuses to stand during the Anthem. Jones's own sentiments have created quite the firestorm of reaction, including one which led to the suspension of ESPN personality Jemele Hill. Not to be outdone, fellow ESPN commentator Michael Wilbon took his objections steps further.

“And the word that comes to my mind―and I don’t care who doesn’t like me using it―is plantation,” Mr. Wilbon said on Monday’s show. “The players are here to serve me, and they will do what I want. No matter how much I pay them, they are not equal to me. That’s what this says to me and mine.”

Leave out the fact that millionaire football players being equated with individuals who didn't possess a scintilla of freedom is at best asinine and at worst trivializes an otherwise ugly time in American history. This idea that bosses don't consider employees "equal to them" is hardly a revolutionary concept. Whether we like it or not, employees at most companies are there for little more than to make their bosses look good. Don't believe me? Make your employer look bad about twice and see what happens.

I digress.

Say what ya want about Trump, but his rhetoric surrounding this issue seems to have given him an upper hand in this latest battle in the culture war.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The obligatory ESPN suspension post

Refer to a sitting President of the United States as a "white supremacist?" That'll get ya a stern "talking to" at ESPN. But implying that disgruntled football fans should boycott advertisers of a certain NFL team? A bridge too far for the self anointed "sports leader."

The network sidelined “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill “for a second violation of our social-media guidelines” after she promoted NFL-advertiser boycotts on Twitter, an ESPN spokesman confirmed Monday.

Hill got into hot water for wading into the debate over whether NFL players should protest racism in the nation’s police force by kneeling during pre-game renditions of the national anthem.

Reacting to Dallas Cowboys coach Jerry Jones — who told his players he would bench them if they did not stand for the anthem — she tweeted: “This play always work. Change happens when advertisers are impacted. If you feel strongly about JJ’s statement, boycott his advertisers.”

Again, a good number of observers will look at this as ESPN misplacing its priorities. That is, a left winger ripping a GOP President is on the up and up but messing with the bottom line results in the proverbial firing squad. However, in their official statement, ESPN emphasized that Hill's suspension was due to multiple violations of its company policy as opposed to the level of controversy generated by each incident.

This certainly isn't the first time ESPN has had to suspend or fire an employee for controversial commentary (on or off the air). The network brass has long been hypersensitive to criticism, especially when viewer complaints center around its personalities opining on politically/socially charged issues. However, ESPN has mostly itself to blame for these controversies. Long ago they realized that politics and the culture bled into the sports scene, so ESPN looked to capitalize on this phenomena by adding to its programming round table discussions which occasionally broach these issues. As such, it's inevitable that one of their commentators will occasionally have a rhetorical misstep which will give the sports giant unwanted attention.

At the end of the day, ESPN is in survival mode. Unwanted political commentary is only one of multiple reasons why the network is becoming obsolete. I mean, other than Rev. Al Sharpton and his obligatory "racist" charge, is anybody all that passionate about this decision on either side of the coin? If I had to guess, I believe Hill's suspension was met with mostly ambivalence.


Monday, October 09, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CLVI

- I can't lie. I'm not really thrilled with the Veep's actions yesterday.

Vice President Mike Pence walked out on his home-state Indianapolis Colts Sunday when members of the opposing team kneeled for the national anthem, but a report that Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all, will stand if given another shot in the NFL was quickly dialed back.

"I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence tweeted.

I won't go so far as to say that this was an orchestrated "publicity stunt" as some are suggesting. VP Pence has a son in the Marine Corps, so the anthem issue is no doubt a sensitive one to him. But given the San Francisco 49ers (the Colts' opponent on Sunday) are perhaps the NFL's most high-profile "kneelers" (even with Kaepernick no longer on their roster), what did Pence expect would happen? Plus, you had the Secret Service going through all their detail in securing Lucas Oil Stadium in advance of Pence's visit so he could stay for, what, an hour or two? Add to that the fact Pence had just flown in from Las Vegas and then left immediately to attend a different function on the west coast, it seems the nearly $250,000 cost of that trip was a colossal waste of taxpayer money.

Let's be honest, fellow fiscal conservatives. We would have absolutely nuked President Obama (and rightly so) had he pulled a similar stunt.

- My favorite NFL squad takes on the Chicago Bears tonight on Monday Night Football. With the Bears seemingly in the midst of another lost season, they have decided to expedite the debut of rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who was drafted #2 overall in the 2017 NFL draft.

For those Vikings fans who may view this game as easy pickings, I offer you some recent history. The Vikings are 2-14 in their past 16 road games against the Bears with both victories (in 2007 & 2015) coming on field goals as time expired. And it ain't like the Vikes were going up against an Aaron Rodgers caliber QB in those 16 games. They succumbed to stiffs like Jim Miller, Rex Grossman, Chad Hutchinson and Kyle Orton.

If this game turns out to be anything similar to last year's Monday Night October tilt in Chicago, I worry for coach Mike Zimmer's left eye.

- It was great to hear from Peter Johnson, founder of Archway Defense, on my radio program yesterday. Archway, which was founded by Peter, is a "covert network of professionals serving around the world in law enforcement, military, customs, border protection, counter-terrorism, emergency preparedness, emergency medical and intelligence communities. This private support network provides Archway Defense the ability to create and offer unparalleled training."

With those credentials, I couldn't think of a better guest to have on the broadcast to discuss the issues surrounding last Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas as well as addressing the inevitable spread of misinformation about firearms.

Definitely check out the broadcast for yourself.


Box Score of the Week (Postseason edition)

Game 2 of the 2015 American League Division Series - Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays.


At age 42 years & 292 days, Blue Jays pitcher LaTroy Hawkins became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to be charged with a postseason loss.


Sunday, October 08, 2017

How do you move in a world of fog that's always changing things?

No Vikings until tomorrow evening, so I'm anticipating a lot more of you will be listening live to The Northern Alliance Radio Network this afternoon. My weekly program The Closer gets started right at 2:00 PM Central Time.

We'll spend most of the hour-long show discussing last Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, which turned out to be the largest (in terms of casualties) in U.S. history. Joining the program right at 2:00 will be Archway Defense founder Peter Johnson. An expert in defense, counter-terrorism and surveillance, Peter will come on to discuss how people can be better equipped to adequately react to a situation similar to what occurred in Vegas. With a vast knowledge of firearms, Peter will also discuss a lot of the misinformation being bandied about regarding calls for "gun control."

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 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.....


Friday, October 06, 2017

Mass hysteria continues

We've known for some time now that the majority of American media outlets are merely transcript services for pet leftist causes. That's never more evident than when there is a mass shooting in America. I'll come back to that.

In their reaction to the largest mass shooting in U.S. history (in terms of total casualties) in Las Vegas this past Sunday, leftists pulled out all the stops in their demands that Congress (specifically Republicans) do something, anything to ensure that such an event never occurs again. However, such a sentiment is born out of pure emotion, thus completely void of common sense, facts and logic. I say this because most "solutions" offered up in that aftermath of shootings would not have prevented the vast majority (if any at all) of these events over the past decade. 

The typical pleas this time around were to ban machine guns (they're already illegal) and suppressors (Vegas shooter didn't use one), expand background checks (the shooter had no criminal history) and pass more rigorous legislation to address mental health (no indication the shooter had such issues). When challenged on these demands, gun control proponents double down and then accuse gun owners of caring more about firearms than the well-being of their fellow citizens. It's almost as if these people deliberately keep their heads buried in the sand. 

As Stephen L. Miller pointed out, very few members of the U.S. media even take the time to understand basic facts about firearms. 

The American political left and mainstream media pundits at large do not understand guns. They are not educated about them and they refuse to learn about them. They could not tell you the difference between an automatic or semi-automatic firearm. They don’t understand what a suppressor does or does not do. It’s safe to say most of them have not heard the term “bump stock” until this week.


You never know what can happen if one takes the opportunity to actually research such an issue (you would think that a journalist would consider research of a topic a prerequisite to a story). It's almost as if they're hesitant to do so in that it might upend their long, deeply held beliefs. That means the possibility exists that some media person may actually, oh I don't know, ascertain that "gun control" is not all it's cracked up to be.

In a monologue that went viral earlier this week, late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel flat out said that those who oppose to "gun control" don't care about the Vegas victims. He doubled down the following night by saying his critics (primarily law abiding gun owners) know in their hearts they "bear some responsibility" for what happened in Vegas. So this "conversation" the left claims they want to have about guns devolves into little more than shaming opponents.

Miller emphasizes that's probably not the best course of action.

Law-abiding, gun-owning Americans will not be lectured to about a national tragedy they had nothing to do with, and they certainly won’t be lectured by elitists in media who refuse to understand even a basic grasp or terminology about a sacred constitutional right.

And until they do, we will refuse to have that “conversation” the left and the media keep telling themselves needs to happen.

As it stands now, the National Rifle Association is indicating its support for stricter regulations of bump stocks, which are devices that increase the rate of fire from a semi-automatic. This seems to be reasonable acquiescence. However, don't be shocked if Congressional Democrats continue to overreach like they did last year in their response to the Pulse nightclub shooting. After all, "doing something" appears to mean different things to different people.


Thursday, October 05, 2017

Tell us how ya really feel

Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently had some harsh words for women who voted Donald Trump for President.

"Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice," she said at the Inbound 2017 conference in Boston, according to video from inside the event.

"What does it mean for us as women that we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, that guy, he's better for me, his voice is more true to me," Obama said. "Well, to me that just says you don't like your voice. You like the thing you're told to like."

I've said it many times before and I'll say again. There are few things more stunningly arrogant than someone telling a person what is or isn't in his/her best interest.

As usual, conservative commentator Michelle Malkin didn't pull any punches in response to Mrs. Obama's viewpoint.

Oof. For Mrs. Obama's sake, I hope rhetorical burns are covered under Obamacare.


Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Bad News, Good News.

The Bad News: My Minnesota Twins lost the American League wildcard game to the New York Yankees 8-4 Tuesday night. That was the Twins' 13th consecutive postseason loss (10 of which have been to the Yanks), which ties the Boston Red Sox for the all-time record.

The Good News: I had absolutely zero expectation back in March that the Twins would even be in a position this season to equal that mark of futility.

With that, I'm officially on the Cleveland Indians bandwagon for the 2017 playoffs!


Monday, October 02, 2017

Vegas shooting: My two cents

The mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL sixteen months ago was, at the time, the worst in U.S. history in terms of casualties.

That has now been usurped.

A gunman turned a Las Vegas concert into a killing field Sunday night from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, using at least 10 guns to rain down a steady stream of fire, murdering at least 58 people and injuring more than 500 others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history.

The suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was identified as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nevada. Police initially sought a woman believed to be Paddock's roommate, Marilou Danley, as a "person of interest." Detectives later made contact with her, and "do not believe she is involved with the shooting on The Strip."

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said an "excess of 10 rifles" were found in the room, but did not immediately reveal a motive, saying "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath at this point."

Of course, details are still fluid and the investigation will be ongoing given its thorough nature. As such, attempting to assign blame (other than towards Paddock) or immediately exploit the tragedy for political gain is not only inappropriate but downright ghoulish. Given the death toll, there are literally scores of people who have one less loved one in their lives today. To use the victims as political pawns only pours more salt into the open wounds of those in mourning.

I also know that certain people will denigrate those who are offering prayers on behalf of the victims and their loved ones, basically indicating it's not enough. It's time for "real progress," they'll say. So if  your reaction to this devastating tragedy is anything but a call for curbing gun violence via legislative fiat while the dead are literally still warm, then you have no soul or something. With all no due respect to the anti-prayer crowd, I'm praying that the family members and friends of the victims somehow receive peace & comfort which transcends all understanding.


Box Score of the Week

St. Louis Browns at Washington Senators - September 7, 1945.


The Senators hit a paltry 27 home runs in the entire 1945 season. In this particular game, Joe Kuhel hit an inside-the-park homer which accounted for the Sens' only home run hit in their home stadium all season.


Sunday, October 01, 2017

You've been sitting much too long; There's a permanent crease in your right and wrong...

Back in the Patriot bunker for this week's edition of The Closer. The one-hour broadcast kicks off at 2:00 PM Central Time.

We'll look back at the fallout from President Trump's comments about NFL players not standing for the National Anthem. Also, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) returned to the U.S. House 3 months after being shot at the Congressional Republicans' baseball practice. As for the other segments, we'll just wing it.

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 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.

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Until then.....


Friday, September 29, 2017

Rep. Scalise returns

Approximately 3-1/2 months after being shot by a deranged "Bernie Bro," Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) returned to the U.S. House on Thursday.

When recounting the incident where he was shot at the Congressional Republicans' baseball practice last June, Scalise emphasized where his mind was.

"It starts with God," Scalise said. "When I was laying out on the ball field, the first thing I did when I was down and couldn't move anymore, was pray. It gave me an unbelievable sense of calm."

"The power of prayer is just not something you can underestimate," he continued. "I am a living example that miracles do happen."

How unified were both parties in the House today? Scalise's mention of God even drew applause from Democrats.

A great day all around!


Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Twins are in!

After suffering a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians Wednesday evening, the Minnesota Twins "magic number" stood at 1 to clinch the final American League playoff berth.

If the L.A. Angels of Anaheim lost to the White Sox that evening, the Twins would be in. As such, Twins players and coaches gathered around the TV in the visitors' locker room at Progressive Field to watch the final few innings of Angels-White Sox.

With the the score tied at 4 in the bottom of the 10th inning, White Sox left fielder Nicky Delmonico came to the plate with the winning run on second base. Delmonico crushed a 2-1 pitch to right for a two-run homer, saddling the Angels with a loss and elimination from postseason contention.

Here's the reaction from the Twins the moment they clinched a spot in the 2017 MLB playoffs:

The Twins are the first team in MLB history to go from 100+ losses one year to a playoff berth the following season. Of course, one can make a solid argument that an asterisk can be placed next to that feat since 33% of teams in each league make the MLB playoffs these days. It's a much lower bar than, say, the 1960s when only the clubs which won the 10-team National League and 10-team American League made the postseason. Nevertheless, the achievement of the 2017 Twins is still impressive.

As it stands right now, the Twins will be traveling to New York to take on the Yankees in the wildcard game on Tuesday. Naturally people immediately point to the Twins' futility against the Yanks over the past 10+ years. Since 2002 (the year the Twins made the postseason for the first time in eleven seasons), the Twins have compiled an abysmal 31-78 record vs. the Yankees in the regular season and 2-12 in the playoffs. Combine that with the fact Ervin Santana, the Twins' projected started on Tuesday, is a career 0-5 with an ERA north of six at the new Yankee Stadium. So am I saying it's inevitable that the Twins will once again be the Yanks' postseason whipping boy? Not necessarily. If it comes down to one game, I definitely take my chances as opposed to having to win 3 out of 5 or 4 out of 7.

So with that, I say.......


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The new constitutionalists

With leftists suddenly declaring themselves hawkish on the First Amendment in light of President Trump's criticism of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, they may wanna use that same vigilance on other aspects of the Constitution. Namely towards   a sitting U.S. Senator within the Democrat party.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., attacked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday for new guidelines released by the Department of Education intended to create a “fair and impartial” process for addressing sexual assault claims on college campuses.

DeVos announced Friday that two Obama-era guidance letters on the subject were being withdrawn. The letters had created a system denounced by many as giving those accused of sexual assault insufficient ability to defend themselves.

DeVos had said earlier this month that changes were coming.

Sen. Feinstein's reaction?

Quick, leftists! Without using Google, tell me how these statements from a member of the U.S. Senate are inconsistent with what's laid out in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution (Hint: something to do with that Due Process thingy). I'll wait.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Box Score of the Week

Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds - September 27, 1998.


In the Reds starting lineup were two sets of brothers: Bret and Aaron Boone as well as Barry and Stephen Larkin. This marked the first time in MLB history that two sets of siblings were on the field for the same team.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Enemies to be proud of.

The "Resistance" movement in a nutshell:


Can't you feel to the town exploding?

Another Sunday, yet another edition of my radio program The Closer. The one-hour blitz gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Politics intersected with the culture (i.e. via The Emmys and NFL) in a big way this past week, so we'll no doubt get in to that. 

At 2:30 we will be joined by Twila Brase, who is the co-founder of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. Twila will no doubt weigh in on the latest attempt to repeal Obamacare via the Graham-Cassidy bill as well as what CCHF has in store to impact the future of health care regardless of what happens with the ACA. 

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 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.....


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our perpetually petulant governor: Part MMCDLV

Even though the Supreme Court of Minnesota ruled that Little Lord Fauntleroy's Gov. Mark Dayton's line item veto of MN legislative funding was constitutional, they also indicated that the matter needed to be settled via mediation. This was in part because the SCOM felt they couldn't order funding to be reinstated (as a lower court had), so an agreement between the two parties would have to be reached to ensure the legislature could operate properly.

So when mediation commenced and Dayton heard something he didn't like, his reaction was indicative of how he's behaved these past 6-1/2 years when things haven't gone his way.

What was supposed to be two long days of talks to came to a crashing halt when Dayton walked out of negotiations midday Friday.

“I was angry. I told them in my 40 years dealing with Minnesota government, I have never, ever been lied to — and I don’t use that word lightly,” Dayton said. “The people of Minnesota have been lied to and the Supreme Court’s been lied to. … That infuriated me and it deeply offends me.”

The governor said what brought him to the brink was the disclosure that both the House and the Senate had enough money in savings to fund themselves for months, despite his veto. That belies, he said, their longtime claim that they sued over his funding veto to save legislative staff and the very existence of the Legislature.

Actually, no, that is (per Dayton's personal standards) a lie. The Legislature filed the lawsuit over being de-funded because they believed this violated the separation of powers. It seemed rather dictatorial to cut off funding to one branch of government because another branch disagrees with them. Does this mean Dayton could cut off funding for the judiciary if they handed down a legal ruling which rankled him?

In the end, Dayton has nothing to lose. He's not seeking reelection in 2018 and the legislature will be comprised of the opposing party the remaining 15+ months of his gubernatorial term. Why not continue throw crap against the proverbial wall and see what sticks? After all, Dayton will be unable to achieve little of his agenda next legislative session, assuming he even has a coherent plan.

Man, what a s--t show.


Friday, September 22, 2017

We're going full Idiocracy, man

Never go full Idiocracy.

For instance, consulting with late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel on how Congress should handle a law affecting one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

Or propping up elitist celebs, whose "carbon footprint" is multiple times that of the average American, regarding their thoughts on "climate change". 

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio says history will judge President Trump harshly for his inaction on climate change.

Speaking Tuesday at a Yale University climate conference
(Where I'm sure Leo arrived by driving a Prius the 3,000 miles from his Hollywood abode - ed.), DiCaprio lashed out at Trump for pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.

"We are going to look back at this point in history, and frankly this administration, and certain people are going to be vilified for not taking action,” he said, according to the Hartford Courant.

"We should not have people in office who do not believe in facts and truths and modern science that are able to manipulate and risk the entire future of this entire generation," he told former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Not have people in office who "do not believe in facts and truths and modern science?" Is that a litmus test Leo really wants to impose? I ask because I have a feeling that many of the elected officials who agree with Leo's perspective on climate change are also folks who believe that men can become pregnant and that there are more than two genders. Disqualifying potential candidacies of likely allies seems rather counterproductive to one's cause, no?


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Leftist Circular Firing Squads ramping up

When "progressives" went all in on the "resistance" movement, a philosophy which sought to de-legitimize the Donald Trump presidency, they had no clue how untenable a position that would be become. So when Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi recently met with Trump in an effort to craft bipartisan legislation addressing DACA, angry leftists (particularly illegal aliens) berated them for "normalizing" a sitting President of the United States.

Then earlier this month, far left Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was ripped by allies for merely having the audacity to suggest people exercise "patience" while Trump navigates his first term.

But what really caused many leftists to lose their collective minds had to do with former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer making an appearance at this past Sunday's Emmy Awards. Spicer entered the stage with a rolling podium, which was a direct reference to actress Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live. Despite being the butt of so many jokes for his, at times, buffoonish behavior during White House press briefings (especially his defense of Trump's laughable over-estimations of January's inauguration crowd), I lauded Spicer for being able to be self-deprecating. Ah, but as Betsy Phetasy at The Federalist notes, the leftist media (pardon the redundancy) didn't see the humor in it.

I have no problem with Spicy doing the talk show circuit and rehabbing his image; he was made a laughingstock and deserves to have a little fun, too. What I do take issue with is today’s host of journos and bloggers clutching their pearls about how damaging it is to have Spicer appear on the Emmys. To those people, I ask: have you been alive for the past, well, forever?

All politicians lie. All of them. That’s what makes them politicians. Maybe they don’t lie as blatantly or overtly about stuff that is easily disproven, but they all lie and use Hollywood to shill for their agenda. Remember when President Obama appeared on “Between Two Ferns” to sell millennials on Obamacare? Remember Bill Clinton playing the sax on “The Arsenio Hall Show”? I do. And they all use their press secretaries to make sure their administration stays on brand.

It’s all spin. Why is anyone acting like Spicy did anything other than exactly what his job description required? It’s the press secretary’s job to lie to the American public. We can dress it up however we want, but that’s essentially what they’re doing.

In America, at any given time, approximately half the population believes the lie and the other half doesn’t. Then the power changes hands, the pendulum swings and suddenly you’re on the side defending the lie instead of fighting it. Some of us in the middle shrug and realize it’s all a farce and do our best to ride the tide trying to pull people in one direction or another.

There was also heavy criticism directed towards Emmys host Stephen Colbert for indulging in the Spicer bit.

Hollywood types and other leftists can pretend to be all indignant over someone they deem as undesirable as a President Trump, but let's be honest here. Much of what is being celebrated in the entertainment industry today has, at minimum, a perceived anti-Trump tinge to it.

"The Handmaid’s Tale” would have most certainly been good, but if Hillary were president, it wouldn’t have packed the same punch of visceral terror fueled by a p-ssy-hat-wearing nation, high on fear-mongering blogs about our dystopian future.

SNL became relevant for the first time in years. Stephen Colbert’s show was floundering before he found a focal point in Trump. He would not have hosted the Emmy Awards last night. His current success goes hand in hand with the Trump presidency.

The other hard truth Hollywood doesn’t like to look at: they helped lay the groundwork for a President Trump. They shoved reality TV and “Jersey Shore” and the Kardashians and, yes, “The Apprentice” down our throats for a decade. They chose trashy, cheap non-scripted sensationalism over thoughtful, scripted content because it was less expensive to produce. What exactly did they expect to get? Informed voters? A generation of intellectuals?

No. Hollywood is just as complicit in turning this country into a nation of brain-dead morons determined to vote against their own interests as are the partisan pundits, the mainstream media, the NFL, the liberal colleges, the failing school systems and we, the lazy voters. That’s the dichotomy of Hollywood. It loves to get uppity about politics and shame the flyover states for not being woke, but doesn’t hesitate to bring us Honey Boo Boo, either. Trump might not be the president we want, but he’s the president we deserve.

Again, are we absolutely certain Idiocracy wasn't a biography?


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Clueless Joe

Apparently former Vice President Joe Biden has had his fill of President Donald Trump's boorish behavior, particularly regarding Trump's latest retweet.

Uhhh....say, Joe? Did our children happen to be looking away all those years you were Vice President? Particularly during swearing-in ceremonies of U.S. Senators and Cabinet members?

I think you know what you can do with your faux outrage, Mr. Biden.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Kap in purple?

With Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford experiencing lingering issues with his left knee (the same knee which he tore his ACL in 2013 and 2014), the Vikes had to turn to backup QB Case Keenum in Week 2. Needless to say, Keenum's lackluster performance in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers can't possibly have the Vikings organization brimming with confidence in the event Bradford has to miss multiple games. The only other healthy QB is someone named Kyle Sloter, who was activated from the Vikes' practice squad over the weekend.

But even before Bradford was ruled out of Sunday's game, I tweeted the following:

I feel further convicted in that opinion in light of the Vikings QB depth chart at the moment. Since Bradford's status is still very murky and Teddy Bridgewater, who was anointed the franchise quarterback before his own gruesome knee injury just over a year ago, won't be ready to play until mid-season at the earliest, there's no reason to not bring in Kaepernick for a workout. If on the basis of that workout the coaches/front office personnel determine that his skill set falls short of what is already on the roster, then fine. Not signing Kap can be written off as a "business decision."

Now let's address the proverbial elephant in the room.

Yes, Kap's decision to kneel during the National Anthem has rankled many patriotic NFL fans. And yes, his portrayal of America as oppressive while defending the regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is outrageous if not stunningly ignorant. But should that preclude him from having a job in the National Football League? Of course not. On the other hand, should teams be compelled to offer employment? Again, no. So that begs the question of why isn't Kaepernick, at minimum, on a roster considering he's more talented than several QBs occupying spots today? Are NFL owners, GMs and coaches genuinely concerned over a fan backlash if Kap were signed by their team? If so, I'm skeptical that signing Kaepernick would have that dramatic an affect. I sincerely believe most NFL fans are able to compartmentalize.

Remember the shock and horror conveyed by some Vikings fans when seeing the whip marks Adrian Peterson left on his 4-year old son 3+ years ago? The initial reaction by some was that Peterson should be incarcerated, never mind ever resuming his NFL career. Yet when Peterson returned for the 2015 season and won the NFL rushing title, the horrific images of an abused child went down the memory hole for some (not all, but some).

How about when the Philadelphia Eagles took a flier on QB Michael Vick just prior to 2009. Vick had been out of the NFL the prior two seasons (even spending some time in jail) due to his role in participating in a dog fighting ring. Naturally, many animal rights protestors (some of whom were likely Eagles fans) demonstrated outside Philly's training camp facility, expressing disgust that a "dog killer" was given special dispensation. A year later, Vick took over the starting job from an injured Kevin Kolb and went on to have the best passing season of his NFL career, taking the club all the way to the postseason. Suddenly the visual of electrocuted canines became secondary to the excitement generated by a possible Super Bowl run.

The point I'm making is if fans are willing to forgive and forget literal crimes committed by guys who help their favorite NFL team win, why is it so unfathomable to consider signing a player whose social and political beliefs may be drastically different from theirs? Again, go ahead and savage Kaepernick's beliefs all you want (I know I certainly have). But to say he doesn't deserve an opportunity to play football based upon what you believe is behavior disrespecting this country, then I question your moral code if you've ever rooted for an NFL team. Inevitably, every franchise in pro football at one time or another has employed a player who's had brushes with the law. Kap's only sin is he exercised the same First Amendment rights all Americans possess.

I guess this is my way of saying that I have zero issue with my favorite NFL squad bringing Kaepernick on board.


Box Score of the Week

Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles - August 24, 1983.


Orioles pitcher Tippy Martinez picked off three runners off first base in the top of the 10th inning.  


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Got the key to my city, it's over....

Today is the Vikings' first Sunday game of the 2017 NFL regular season but The Closer will still air live! The one-hour program gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Is President Trump losing his base over a potential DACA deal with Congressional Democrats? Should ESPN's Jemele Hill be fired for calling Trump a "white supremacist?" And why does Hillary Clinton look everywhere but in the mirror for the reason she lost in the 2016 presidential race?

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 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, September 14, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CLV

- Even some of the more high profile Donald Trump apologists (save for Sean Hannity) are having difficulty wrapping their heads around why the President would cut an immigration deal with the minority party without a Mexican border fence (his signature campaign issue) being part of the alleged agreement.

While Trump denies a definitive deal has been made with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the fact he went around his own party's leaders merely adds to the legend of the GOP showing utter ineptitude when it comes to actually governing. So why are Republicans unable to effectively govern despite having all levers of power in Washington?  Julia Azari at FiveThirtyEight shares her perspective in perhaps one of the more insightful pieces on this frustrating trend.

A snippet:

Much of the party’s stated governing ideology rests on the premise that “government is the problem,” which makes it difficult to develop a coherent agenda for determining what the government should be doing. And currently, there isn’t much else unifying a party fragmented along lines of ideology, openness to compromise and support for the president.

Trump’s own approach to policy, meanwhile, hasn’t helped the party set priorities. He hasn’t clearly articulated what *he* wants the GOP to focus on, jumping from infrastructure to taxes to health care to immigration, and from controversy to controversy. He has also promised a number of governing outcomes – better health care coverage, stronger national security, a better economy – but he’s often short on the details about what kinds of policies might achieve them. Legislation tends to die in the course of working out the specifics, and without a stable, widely shared set of priorities, it can be hard to achieve anything.

The entire thing's worth a read.

- Hillary Clinton wrote the book (literally) on how *not* to get over losing a presidential election.

As usual, the Washington Free Beacon perfectly summarizes Mrs. Clinton's delusion on how scores of factors outside her own corruption, dishonesty and arrogance were to blame for her loss.

- I agree with National Review's David French when he says the White House should not insert itself into the job status of ESPN personality Jemele Hill. WH Press Secretary Sarah Sanders recently indicated that Ms. Hill's comments (via Twitter) on President Trump being a "white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists" is a "fireable offense."

Yes, ESPN management are flaming hypocrites over which employees have latitude to convey their political opinions and which do not (see Schilling, Curt). But if conservatives are going to stand firm and say it was wrong for Schilling to be fired just because he expressed right wing views, then we should also be on board with Hill being free to express her leftist opinions. Now if Hill's weeknight show SC6, which she co-hosts with Michael Smith, tanks in its ratings due to viewers boycotting the program over her opinions, then it makes sense to fire her from a business standpoint.

In the end, ESPN is becoming largely irrelevant when it comes to how consumers take in their sports news. Perhaps it's best to just let the network continue to circle the drain.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tired of winning yet?

Of many memorable statements Donald Trump made on the 2016 campaign trail, one that is often recounted is his bold proclamation that America will be a perpetual winner under his watch.

"We're going to win so much, you may even get tired of winning."

Now that he's been President of the United States just shy of eight months, Trump has apparently grown so weary of victory laps that he's passing on an ample opportunity to conquer his signature campaign issue.

White House legislative affairs director Marc Short told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump would not demand that border wall funding is tied to a legislative replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Speaking at a roundtable event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Short said the administration didn’t want to “bind” itself by making a demand that would likely be a nonstarter for many lawmakers.

“We’re interested in getting border security and the president has made the commitment to the American people that a barrier is important to that security,” Short said. “Whether or not that is part of a DACA equation, or ... another legislative vehicle, I don’t want to bind us into a construct that would make the conclusion on DACA impossible.”

There had been speculation that Trump would require any compromise on potential DACA legislation include money for a wall along the southern border. Short was adamant that his remarks are not an indication that the president is going soft on the wall.

Naturally many Trump cultists will find yet another way to dismiss this as the President "playing the long game" or that he's engaging in the proverbial chess match with Dems. It's bull pucky of course, as it's quite obvious that many of the statements Trump conveys likely weren't even on his mind 60 seconds before verbalizing them. The idea that he's implementing some sort of long term strategy seems dubious.

So if  the border fence is a nonstarter in a situation where the Dems are more hysterical than ever (i.e. the DACA phase out being on the clock), when does the Trump administration believe the issue can ever be broached?

When Trump reaches his 1-year anniversary as POTUS in January 2018, there's a very real possibility that the debt ceiling will have been increased yet again, some sort of amnesty legislation will be signed into law and no Obamacare repeal will have occurred. If that is "winning" then yes, I've definitely grown weary of it.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Vikings' 2017 opener

Not sure which makes me happier:

The Vikings' impressive win over the New Orleans Saints Monday night or the fact former Vikes RB Adrian Peterson came off as a whiny b**ch.

Call it a push.


Monday, September 11, 2017

A 9/11 story

From the LinkedIn page of CEO Scott MacGregor:

I still don't really know why I kept this building pass for what seemed at the time just one of hundreds of sales calls I had been on.

Little did I know that all of the people at Cantor Fitzgerald I met with that day on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center 2 1/2 months later would be gone.

I've kept this in my office now for (16) years to remind me of them and my friend Pete Gelinas who went to work that day and never came home. NEVER FORGET!


Box Score of the Week

St. Louis Browns at Boston Red Sox - September 14, 1951.


In this game, Browns' outfielder Bob Nieman became the first player in MLB history to hit a home run in each of his first two big league at bats. 


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Will you have whiskey with your water or sugar with your tea?

After a two-week excursion to the MN State Fair, it's back to the Patriot bunker for today's edition of The Northern Alliance Radio Network. My weekly program The Closer gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

I'll spend the first couple of segments discussing the utter lack of critical thinking by Trump detractors, particularly in light of some big decisions handed down by the administration this past week.

At 2;30, I will attempt to connect with my pal J.T. A few months ago, J.T. and his family moved to Palm Harbor, Florida, which is about a half hour northwest of Tampa. As such, we hope to receive an on-the-ground update regarding Hurricane Irma.

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 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.....


Friday, September 08, 2017

The lawless left

Earlier this week, I commented on President Trump's decision to allow the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to begin a six-month phase out.

While I believe America would be better off with the beneficiaries of that program (i.e. children of illegal aliens who know no other life but living in the USA) remaining here, drafting a directive to the Dept. of Homeland Security (as then President Obama did) are not how laws are created in this country. Nevertheless, Trump's decision threw leftists into a snit fit. Yes, they essentially labeled the President as an intolerant bigot and ruthless dictator for wanting to uphold the separation of powers doctrine by having Congress craft legislation.

And let's not forget the leftists' insistence that someone placed on an arbitrary watch list should be deprived of their second amendment rights despite not being found guilty of an actual crime. So much for due process, innocent until proven guilty, etc.

But the latest issue leaving proggies frothing was the decision of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to put an end to on-campus "Kangaroo Courts."

DeVos indicated that she intended to withdraw Obama administration “guidance” on adjudicating sexual-assault claims on campus and replace it with a regulatory rulemaking process that is intended to protect students from sexual assault and preserve essential civil liberties.

It’s hard to overstate the legal and moral necessity of this action. First, let’s deal with the law. In 2011, the Obama administration issued a now-infamous “Dear Colleague” letter that required universities to lower the burden of proof in sexual-assault adjudication to a “preponderance of the evidence” standard (50.1 percent probability) without also adequately preserving essential due-process rights such as access to counsel, access to available evidence, and full and fair cross-examination of witnesses. At the same time, the administration commenced dozens of open-ended investigations of universities — acting on claims that they were insufficiently committed to protecting women from rape and applying the new guidance to evaluate university policies.

These actions were fundamentally lawless. No American administration has the ability to rewrite the law by merely issuing a letter. At the very least, the Obama administration should have conducted a notice-and-comment regulatory rulemaking process in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. Even then, the regulation would still have to be consistent with governing federal statutes and comply with the Constitution. But Obama’s Department of Education ignored these steps and instead violated the APA, Title IX, and the Constitution in an ideologically motivated trifecta of campus tyranny.

The web site Reason.com listed several cases where the ill-advised Obama administration policy was a hindrance, in large part because it deprived the accused and accusers the ability to retain legal counsel (again, so much for due process, eh?).

Why do "progressives" hate the Constitution?


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

They told me....

.....that if I didn't support Trump for President, a repeal of Obamacare was dead and that amnesty for illegal aliens would likely happen.

And they were right.


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CLIV

- It's been rumored for some time that President Trump would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted (unconstitutionally) via executive fiat during the Barack Obama administration. Said program allowed children of illegal aliens to remain in the country legally, thus not punishing them for the sins of their parents.

On Tuesday, Trump made it official.

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced the “orderly wind down” of the Obama-era program that gave a deportation reprieve to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – putting pressure on Congress to come up with a replacement.

“I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws,” Trump said, in a lengthy written statement explaining the decision.

The Department of Homeland Security formally rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, with a six-month delay for current recipients. According to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, the interval is meant to give Congress “time to deliver on appropriate legislative solutions.”

This issue adds to an already daunting workload for Congress this upcoming session as they look to tackle tax reform, address raising the debt ceiling and perhaps still look into the Obamacare mess. As such, I feel President Trump is in an advantageous position here, particularly when it comes to his signature issue.

In the House, senior Republicans still believe there’s a possible deal to be struck with Democrats: codifying DACA in return for Trump’s sought-after border wall.

This would appear to be the most expeditious method to resolving the DACA issue, thus allowing Congress ample time to address the other pressing items on their agenda. The question now is will the Democrats be willing to play along? I'm skeptical, if for no other reason then they'd no longer have this issue as the proverbial bloody shirt to wave around. We'll see.

- With headlines like this.....

Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes, study says

....is it any wonder why CNN's credibility has all but circled the drain?

-  I have not watched an entire episode of The Simpsons in more than 20 years (their 29th season begins next month). No reason in particular, just not all that interested. 

But with that said, I absolutely have to give credit where credit is due for the show's occasional brilliance. After predicting Donald Trump would be President 16 years before it actually occurred, the series producers recently did a bang up job depicting the whiny mindlessness of Social Justice Warriors on college campuses


Monday, September 04, 2017

Box Score of the Week

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds - June 21, 1968.


The third inning run the Cubs scored halted a streak of 48 consecutive scoreless frames, which tied the all-time record set by the 1906 Phillies. Last month the Kansas City Royals threatened to break that mark but fell just short with 45 straight.


Sunday, September 03, 2017

I'm the closer, winner.....

In what has become a tradition in my six-year radio career, I will be broadcasting live from the Minnesota State Fair on the penultimate day of the 12-day extravaganza. Yes, The Closer will get started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

As with most State Fair broadcasts, this particular show will be guest intensive.

2:00 - Matt Dean, who is one of about 10 people vying to be the Minnesota Republican candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial race.

2:30 - Matt Pagano, Executive Director of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

2:45 - Minnesota state senator Carla Nelson.

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.....


Friday, September 01, 2017

Putting the "fa" in Antifa

Let's be honest. The left wing group "Antifa" (short for Anti-Fascists) is as much against fascism as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) is Democratic. To deny this is to completely isolate yourself from reality.

One could argue that leftists' blind defense of antifa jumped the shark with the utterly absurd comparison to soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy in World War II. But said memes now appear even more pathetic and stupid when the likes of Alan Dershowitz, Noam Chomsky and Nancy Pelosi call out the thuggish behavior of the antifa movement.

It'll be interesting to see if any of these developments serve to quell the borderline media fawning over these violent loons. Let's just say I remain skeptical that some media members will be unable to see past their disdain for President Trump in order to factually report on what is obviously a maniacal leftist faction.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

My best buddy for a night

It was a Friday evening in late August 2014 when I attended a soiree at the palatial Jasperwood estate in Minneapolis. Said estate is the home of local writer/commentator James Lileks, whose connection to national radio host Hugh Hewitt led to the formation of the Northern Alliance Radio Network in 2004.

Because of my affiliation with the NARN, I was extended an invite to spend an evening in one of the many versions of the Jasperwood gazebo which lives on in Lileks lore. Since Hugh had been in town the previous night for a special AM 1280 The Patriot event (and live broadcast from the MN State Fair on that Friday), Lileks invited the NARN personalities (past and present) for a casual evening on the back patio. I have to admit I was a bit star struck sitting among the likes of Hewitt and his producer Duane "Generalissimo" Patterson, Lileks, John Hinderaker, Minnesota Orchestra trumpet player Manny Laureano, etc. Also in attendance were my friend and NARN colleague Mitch Berg, Brian "St. Paul" Ward (NARN alum & friend), Paul "Nihilist in Golf Pants" Happe and Jim "Sisyphus" Styczinski.

Given the collective intellect and life experiences among the attendees, I found myself feeling wholly inadequate. I believe the most I contributed was when everyone was asked whom the GOP presidential nominee should be in 2016. My preference was for Scott Walker, for reasons I then conveyed. Outside of that, I spent the rest of the evening indulging in adult beverages and appetizers while occasionally talking Twins baseball with Brian.

As the evening wore on, I merely listened to the fun anecdotes and political insights of the elite guests as well as hung out with the Lileks family dog Scout. Upon returning to my seat with a beverage at one point during the evening, I had discovered Scout was occupying my chair. He was such a sweet and content fella that I just didn't have the heart to shoo him away. Instead, I found a rickety old lawn chair which I pulled up beside the comfy seat I had previously occupied. I think I may have sneaked a few snack crackers to Scout in an effort to ingratiate myself to this delightful canine. I even texted a photo of Scout to my wife, as she is an avid dog lover. Eventually Mrs. Lileks (don't recall her first name) came home from an evening out with friends. I had a nice (albeit brief) chat with her, which included her sharing the story of how Scout became a part of their family.

I share all this to say that I hadn't thought much about that pup in the past three years. That is until a Lileks piece popped up at Ricochet.com on Tuesday.

My daughter chose him. Of all the puppies at the shelter, he seemed the sweetest and kindest — big floppy ears, gangly legs, and big paws, covered in beautiful brindle fur. His shelter name was Garth, perhaps because he’d come from the South and someone who worked at the Humane Society was a country-music lover. He was a stray by the side of the road, picked up and put in the pipeline that takes dogs from areas that don’t have shelters to states where rescue dogs are in demand.

She named him Scout.

Spoiler alert: the beloved Scout sadly met his demise recently. While I feel awful for the Lileks family, I appreciate James giving us a glimpse into what that sweet four-legged creature meant to them. And the final paragraph of the piece is quintessential James Lileks given the poignant manner in which he conveys Scout's final departure.

Definitely read the whole thing.