Saturday, April 29, 2017

Epic trolling

Even though I'm still not over Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson pushing off on Vikings DB Nate Wright in the 1975 playoffs, I'm lovin' Mr. Pearson after Friday night.

Throughout the second round of the NFL draft, which began Thursday evening in Philadelphia, each NFL team had a former player announce the draft pick. As you can expect, the former Cowboy Pearson didn't get much love in Eagles country when stepping to the podium to announce Dallas's pick.

His response was epic:


Drew Pearson Roasts Eagles As Dallas Picks Awuzie


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Friday, April 28, 2017

E(xit)SPN

I have yet to comment on the mass layoffs which took place earlier this week at cable TV sports giant ESPN. To be honest, other than indulging in ESPN's terrific 30 for 30 documentary series, I have rarely felt compelled to tune in to their network over the past decade or so.

Many of my fellow political conservatives were quick to indulge in schadenfreude at the news of ESPN's further demise given the network's penchant for wading into leftist politics. While that may be a factor in this most recent purge, it is hardly the singular reason for their issues (Sean Davis at The Federalist gave a laundry list of ESPN's poor decisions, including the political angle). Personally, I'm not a fan of taking pleasure in one's unfortunate circumstances. It's quite likely that the vast majority of employees let go have families to support financially. High paying media jobs are hardly ubiquitous these days, so I sympathize with those who are too young to retire and thus may have to venture into another career path altogether. Besides, some of the most egregious offenders of spouting left-wing chanting points remain with ESPN (for now), so the proverbial cackling with glee on the political right makes even less sense from that standpoint.

Speaking for myself, I have a cable package which includes NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV and NHL Network. If I want to see highlights/analysis within a particular sport, any of those aforementioned channels fulfill that specific need. As such, I don't have to endure, say, NCAA Lacrosse highlights while awaiting footage of the latest Twins game. I am perfectly happy seeing what is happening in other MLB games before a recap on my favorite club. And how can you beat the NFL Network from Noon until 7:00 PM Central Time on game day Sundays with NFL Red Zone? And you're not going to find more insightful commentary or more timely news items than NFLN during football season.

I have no idea what happens to ESPN from here. What I do know is it appears their current business model is not sustainable. Of the more prominent personalities who remain, it wouldn't surprise me if they begin in earnest to look elsewhere for employment.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Profiles in liberal fascism

Liberal fascism prevails once again.

Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she is canceling her planned speech at the University of California, Berkeley, because she had lost the backing of conservative groups that had initially sponsored her appearance.

Ms. Coulter, in a message to The New York Times, said, “It’s a sad day for free speech.”

Despite insisting that she would go to Berkeley regardless — even after the university said it could not accommodate her on the date and time it had initially scheduled her because of threats of violence — Ms. Coulter said she did not see how she could go forward. The school said she could speak only at a later date and an earlier time of day, when there were likely to be fewer students on campus and less of a likelihood for violent outbreaks.

Late on Tuesday, the conservative group that was helping Ms. Coulter in her legal efforts to force Berkeley to host her, Young America’s Foundation, said it could no longer participate. “Young America’s Foundation will not jeopardize the safety of its staff or students,” the group said.

I certainly understand YAF's perspective, especially since there's no guarantee of Berkeley cops doing their job.

There was a time I enjoyed Coulter's biting commentary despite not being a fan of her gratuitous insults. But she lost me a couple of years ago when she became an insufferable shill for Donald Trump's presidential run. I say that because I hate having to defend someone like Coulter whom I clearly detest. But if we're going to be intellectually consistent in our support of the First Amendment, it should include defending provocateurs on whom we wouldn't urinate were they set ablaze (metaphorically speaking of course).

The Editors at National Review (themselves not exactly adoring Coulter fans) had a stern message for those who used heavy-handed threats to undermine this event.

For those at Berkeley celebrating what they believe to be a moral victory, consider this: As much as you may detest Ann Coulter, she has never used violence or the threat of violence to keep someone from speaking. She is a better citizen than you are, with a deeper commitment to genuinely liberal and humane values. You may call yourselves the anti-fascists, but your black-shirt routine — along with your glorification of political violence and your rejection of liberal and democratic norms — suggest that the “anti” part of that formulation is not entirely appropriate. Perhaps you are only young and ignorant, but if you had any power of introspection at all, you would see that you are the thing you believe yourselves to be fighting. You are the oppressors, the censors, the violent, the hateful, the narrow-minded, the reactionary.

So what does it say about UC-Berkeley when someone as loathed as Coulter comes off as the more dignified party in this saga?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It'll be a frosty September evening in Minneapolis

Perhaps the best running back in Minnesota Vikings history finally has a new home.

Adrian Peterson plans to sign with the New Orleans Saints, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson Tuesday morning.

The deal, while technically covering two years, is a one-year deal plus a one-year option.

Peterson told Anderson that the deal is worth a base total value of $7 million. Here are the terms Peterson says he has agreed to at this point: The 2017 compensation is $3.5 million (all guaranteed at signing), which includes a $1 million guaranteed salary in 2017 and a $2.5 million signing bonus.

The maximum incentives package is $8.25 million and whatever incentives are reached in 2017 get added to the per-game roster bonuses in 2018.

The 2018 compensation is $3.5 million, none of which is guaranteed. It includes $2.4 million in total roster bonuses (which includes a $750,000 roster bonus earned on third day of free agency plus $1.65 million in per-game roster bonuses), a $1.05 million salary and a $50,000 workout bonus.


Oh, and the Saints' week one opponent in 2017? That would be Peterson's former club in Minneapolis on Monday Night Football. And the narrative is already being floated on how AP wants to stick it so his former club.

Peterson relishes the opportunity to prove people wrong, as he did when ran for 2,097 yards and won league MVP honors in 2012 after returning in nine months from a torn ACL. He bristled at the notion he couldn't be effective after returning from a torn meniscus in three months last season, and has offered reactions ranging from amused to annoyed when his age (32) is used to suggest he might not be able to produce the way he has in the past. He undoubtedly will be intent on making a statement in 2017, and his first chance to do it will be against the team that drafted him, employed him for 10 years, brought him back after his 2015 suspension, but ultimately let him go when it decided to get younger.


If indeed Peterson has an effective game week one, it wouldn't be the first time he's assisted the Saints in defeating the Vikings.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Not your grandparents' Democrat party

Former Democrat governor of Vermont and former DNC chair Howard Dean recently declared that "hate speech" is not protected by the First Amendment (he even doubled down on that false claim over the weekend). This was in response to someone conveying that Ann Coulter's speaking style, while deplorable, is protected by the First, thus her invitation to speak at the University of California-Berkeley should not have been rescinded. Even someone as uber left as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) knows this.

Then last Friday, current DNC chair Tom Perez essentially said that any pro life Dem politician/candidate is not welcome in today's Democrat party. Meanwhile, Sanders recently campaigned on behalf of Heath Mello, a pro-life Democrat seeking the office of Omaha, NE mayor.

So there you have it. When it comes to free speech and abortion, an avowed socialist is politically to the right of today's mainstream Democrat party.

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Box Score of the Week

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Baltimore Orioles - August 14, 2009.

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That time when notorious free swinger Vladimir Guerrero (then with the Angels) got a base hit on a pitch that bounced in front of home plate. 





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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Switching things up

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio  Network colleague Mitch Berg on assignment yesterday, I assumed the reins of his regular time slot. Today, Mitch fills in for me from 2:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

Hop over to his place to see what he has planned for today's show.


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

No fire brigade, just pyromania....

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg on assignment today. I will be at the helm of The Headliner edition of the NARN. The broadcast kicks off at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll look back at some big news items from this past week, including the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District as well as the shake up at The Fox News Channel.

At 1:30, I will chat with my friend and GOP candidate for MN Attorney General Harry Niska. We'll discuss Harry's candidacy and what it will take to end the DFL's nearly fifty year stranglehold on that office.

Then for the 2:00 hour I will welcome to the broadcast local activists Kelly Gunderson (follow her on Twitter at @talkette) and Jeff Kolb (@jpkolb). We'll spend the hour discussing local political news including next weekend's MNGOP state central meeting where a new chair and deputy chair will be elected, the confirmed & rumored candidates for the 2018 MN gubernatorial race, how the remaining four weeks of the 2017 MN legislative session will fare, etc.


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.....

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Just to refresh everyone's memory...

While I don't consider the likes of Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock as good ambassadors for the conservative movement, I absolutely enjoy the leftist freak out towards whatever they might do or say.

I say this because all three recently visited President Donald Trump (also known to occasionally elicit leftist frothing) at the Oval Office.

This particular observation shows a lack of awareness of Oval Office history:






Ummmm.......






Yeahhhhh.....



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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Oh really, O'Reilly?

The Fox News Channel has not exactly been receiving the most stellar publicity over the past year or so. As such, its most popular personality is the latest casualty.

Fox News Channel's parent company fired Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable news' most popular program and one that came to define the bravado of his network over 20 years.

O'Reilly lost his job on the same day he was photographed in Rome shaking the hand of Pope Francis. By the evening, "The O'Reilly Factor" no longer bore his name, simply titled "The Factor."

The downfall of Fox's most popular — and most lucrative — personality began with an April 2 report in The New York Times that five women had been paid a total of $13 million to keep quiet about disturbing encounters with O'Reilly, who continued to deny any wrongdoing in a statement hours after he was fired. Dozens of his show's advertisers fled within days, even though O'Reilly's viewership increased.

O'Reilly's exit came nine months after his former boss, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, was ousted following allegations of sexual harassment.

Following the Times story, 21st Century Fox said it had asked the same law firm that investigated Ailes to look into O'Reilly's behavior. 21st Century Fox leaders Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James said in a memo to Fox staff that their decision to ax O'Reilly came following an "extensive review" into the charges.

"I understand how difficult this has been for many of you," Rupert Murdoch said in a memo to Fox staff.

O'Reilly, denied a chance to say goodbye to his Fox viewers, did so via a statement.

"It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims," he said. "But that is the unfortunate reality that many of us in the public eye must live with today. I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers."

If the claims were truly unfounded as O'Reilly asserts, then I find it highly unlikely he'd go down without a fight. So either he was paid handsomely to exit quietly or, at age 67, he was just ready to move on with life. Either way, it takes a highly coordinated smear campaign (as has been alleged recently) to get five different women to allege improprieties against O'Reilly, so I have a hard time believing that he's a completely innocent victim.

I guess I never fit the stereotypical conservative in that I rarely indulged in any programming on FNC. If I ever watched The O'Reilly Factor, it was solely because of the guests who appeared on the broadcast, particularly the hilarious Dennis Miller. But I've never been a fan of O'Reilly himself for no reason other than he came across as boorish and insufferably arrogant.

There's no way to know for sure, but I can't help but wonder if Fox would have pulled the plug on O'Reilly's show had there not been a mass exodus of the show's advertisers. The Murdochs can talk all they want about the principles of this move but there's no denying that losing advertising dollars has a direct impact on the bottom line.

So what's next for Fox?

5 PM/ET – A new show, hosted by Eric Bolling, will debut on May 1st. From April 24th-28th, Special Report with Bret Baier will air from 5 to 7 p.m.

7 PM/ET – "The Story with Martha MacCallum" will debut on Monday, May 1st. Until then, MacCallum will continue anchoring "The First 100 Days" through April 28th.

8 PM/ET – "Tucker Carlson Tonight"

9 PM/ET - "The Five" (LIVE) with co-hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino, Bob Beckel, Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters and Juan Williams.

10 PM/ET – "Hannity"

Tucker Carlson will move to the 8 p.m. slot, and "The Five" will move to the 9 p.m. slot formerly occupied by Tucker Carlson. Jesse Watters also joins "The Five" as a co-host.

I've seen Carlson's program a few times since he replaced Megyn Kelly in the 9 PM/ET slot. He often invites on as guests radical left personalities but, unlike O'Reilly, lets them talk mostly uninterrupted to prove how flippin' nuts they are. The fact a program like that (which is essentially red meat for conservatives) is moving to The Factor's old time slot means FNC will get along just fine without O'Reilly.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Denied a chanting point once again

President Donald Trump is barely 3 months into his administration, yet leftists have been desperately trying since day one to use special elections results as a signal their "resistance" is effective. However, said efforts have, to this point, fallen short despite substantial resources being poured in.

The left failed in their attempt to flip MN House District 32B in February.

Progs' hopes were also dashed last week in the Kansas Congressional District Four special election.

But perhaps the left's most embarrassing setback (for now anyways) occurred in the most recent U.S. House contest.

Democrats put their hope in political upstart Jon Ossoff to deliver a rebuke to President Trump in Tuesday night’s Georgia congressional election. It didn’t quite work.

Now, after forcing the front-runner into a June 20 runoff, Republicans are vowing to unite and defeat the Democrats’ chosen candidate in two months.

Trump, who used a robocall and his Twitter account in the contest’s closing days to push Republicans to the polls, taunted Democrats on Wednesday morning, casting the upcoming final contest as “Hollywood vs. Georgia.”

Ossoff was the clear leader once the dust settled in Tuesday’s crowded special election for the Georgia House seat once held by Republican Tom Price, now Trump’s health secretary.

He garnered 48 percent. Top Republican vote-getter Karen Handel, former Georgia secretary of state, got just 20 percent.

But Ossoff’s haul fell short of the majority threshold required to outright win, despite him getting support from prominent Democrats and celebrities and attracting millions of dollars in outside donations. He raised over $8 million, compared with Handel's roughly $460,000. Under the so-called “jungle primary” system, the top two candidates – Ossoff and Handel – will head into the June runoff.

This past November, Trump prevailed in GA-06 with 48.3% of the vote with Hillary Clinton receiving 46.8%. So basically the left spent millions (with the vast majority of the money coming form outside the district) in support of a Democrat whose share of the vote increased by a mere 1% over the Dem presidential candidate.

I suppose it's possible that Ossoff could prevail in June. However, with the GOP now able to coalesce behind one candidate in a heavily Republican district, it seems likely that the left will once again be unable to declare a repudiation of Trump.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Trump the puppet master

I could be totally wrong here, but I have a feeling President Donald Trump is once again playing his detractors, particularly the bed-wetting leftists who are shrieking that he release his tax returns.

What'll happen is these frothing proggies will continue this maniacal display, claiming Trump has something to hide and perpetuating their fantasies of his being impeached when out of the blue the returns will be released......revealing no improprieties.

It would be a larger scale version of the debacle involving MSNBC's Rachel Maddow....and it would be glorious!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Harry's in!

On Sunday evening I received a text message from my friend Harry Niska giving me a "heads up" regarding a big announcement Monday morning. I had a sneaking suspicion as to what that announcement would entail. I am ecstatic to report that said suspicion was confirmed.

After a nearly a decade of private practice, Harry Niska is hoping to take his legal career public by becoming Minnesota’s top lawyer.

On Monday, the 36-year-old City of Ramsey Republican announced his bid to become attorney general.

“I’m running because I want to take my real world legal experience representing clients against some of the biggest and best law firms all over the country and put that to work for the people of Minnesota,” he said.


I know of many right-of-center political observers/activists (myself included) who have been pining for a Niska for AG candidacy since at least 2012. While I don't know for sure if he ever considered opposing incumbent Lori Swanson in 2014, the speculation never ceased that one day he'd be a candidate for that post.

Niska has been a committed GOP activist at local and state levels for the past several election cycles. However, he was very vocal about his opposition to Donald Trump as the potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016. Upon Trump receiving the nod, Niska confirmed he would not support the party's nominee, a stance which he believes shouldn't be an impediment to his AG campaign.

“I think voters are going to look at my record. And my record is of somebody who will do the right thing no matter the political cost,” he said. “I’ll do what I believe in and I’ll stand up for the interests of Minnesota no matter which way the political winds blow.”

True, as Niska was not hesitant to raise legal issues against an activist within his own political party. In 2012, he filed a complaint against a MN Republican activist for falsely claiming the state party supported three judicial candidates. The activist, Bonn Clayton, eventually had to pay a fine for that indiscretion.

Also in 2012, Niska filed an amicus brief on behalf of Minnesota licensed child care providers in response to Gov. Mark Dayton issuing an Executive Order forcing that industry to unionize. A few months later a judge agreed that Dayton overstepped his authority, thus overturning the initial E.O.

If indeed Swanson chooses to seek re-election in 2018, Niska has already built a solid case against her keeping her job. Definitely read his piece from last year on how AG Swanson has been "neglecting the tough parts of her job."

I've said many times in this space and on my radio program that I typically do not issue endorsements of political candidates because a) no one really cares what I believe and b) I want all candidates for political office to appear on the radio show, regardless of my personal support. However, I am bucking that trend by enthusiastically and unreservedly endorsing Harry Niska for Minnesota Attorney General in 2018.

For more information on Niska's candidacy, check out his campaign web site as well as his Facebook page.  

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Box Score of the Week

This past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals visited the New York Yankees for a three-game series. The last time the Cards were in The Bronx was back in 2003. With that in mind, check out a game from that '03 series.

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Yanks pitcher Roger Clemens earned both his 300th career win and 4,000 career strikeout in this game. 

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

You've been as constant as a Northern Star, the brightest light that shines....

Happy Easter! Despite today being perhaps my favorite holiday, my weekly Northern Alliance Radio Network program The Closer will broadcast live 2:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

Among the topics I'll discuss are the nonsensical gnashing of teeth over Sean Spicer's references to the Holocaust, Trump honoring a memorable campaign pledge, recounting a significant Major League Baseball anniversary, etc. 

Also, as is usually the case on Easter Sunday, I'll talk about the significance of what we're commemorating. 


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on 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. 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.....

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CXLVIII

- The Minnesota State Fair is perhaps the most renown state fair in the country. And if one were to ask fair goers their favorite foods, I would guess a substantial majority surveyed would say Cheese Curds are in their personal top 5 (their definitely tops in my book).

As such, I was shocked to hear the news that the Cheese Curds building on Dan Patch Ave. will be no more.

But (co-owner Dick) Mueller can tell you that now that he has reached 80 years old, he and his co-owners are ready to hang it up. "We just decided our health isn't going to let us do this," Mueller said. "You're talking 16-18 hours a day and at that age it just had to be done. I just had to be done."

But certainly some enterprising younger folks could have assumed the reins, correct?

Mueller didn't want his retirement to mean the end of the business.

"I think we're part of the history and you want to continue it with your family if you can," Mueller said.

He had hoped his son could take it over, but State Fair administrators told him it wasn't an option.

Jim Sinclair, deputy general manager for the Minnesota State Fair, says there have been times when food stand operators have been allowed to transfer their business to others, but he says it has been rare in recent years.

Dunno why an exception couldn't be made here given the rich tradition of this legendary food at that locale. After all, it's not like MN State Fair officials haven't been willing to let other questionable transactions slide.


No surprise given the state fair brass can't even gin up political diversity in the "seed art" submissions.


- English author/columnist Christopher Hitchens (who died in December 2011) would have turned 68 years old this past Thursday. To commemorate his birthday, someone posted on Twitter a video of a talk he gave concerning radical Islam, religious "tolerance" and multi-culturalism.

It was hauntingly prescient.




Hitchens often used the term "resist" in the excerpt of this speech. That word carries a lot more weight in the context he used it than when certain thumb-sucking proggies spew it while throwing a tantrum over that meanie Donald Trump.


- Last December, ailing Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a heart & kidney transplant. Then last month Carew had the unique opportunity to meet the family of the young man who donated the organs. Konrad Reuland, who had a brief stint in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, died of aneurysm a mere four days before Carew was the recipient of his donated organs.

What makes the story even more poignant is how a young Konrad once met Carew in person.

Mary Reuland, Konrad’s mom, told the American Heart Association that her oldest son first met Carew when he was 11 or so attending a California middle school. Carew's children attended the same school.

“All he talked about for the rest of that day was, `I met Rod Carew!’” Mary said.

The moment that would forever bind the two, however, came about a year ago in the Reuland kitchen. Konrad was filling out a driver’s license renewal form when he asked his mom whether he should become an organ donor. She said it was a personal choice, but added she was signed up to be a donor. So he did too.

On March 2, Rod and his wife Rhonda met the Reuland family.

“You’re a part of our family now,” Mary Reuland, Konrad’s mom, told them.

“Yes,” Rod said. “Forever.”

In September 2015, the 71-year-old Carew suffered a near-fatal heart attack. Following complications, doctors determined he needed a new heart.

The American Heart Association believes this to be the first such transplant involving pro athletes.

I have yet to sign up to be an organ donor. A saga such as this makes me wonder why I'm hesitating to do so.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tale of two presidencies

When the Barack Obama administration considered utilizing U.S. military strikes, they used phrases to describe potential actions as "Unbelievably Small" or "just muscular enough not to get mocked."

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to "bomb the sh*t out of (ISIS)" if he were President. So in eastern Afghanistan this week? The "Mother of all Bombs" was used to (you guessed it) bomb the sh*t out of ISIS.

It was interesting to see the mainstream media lose its collective mind over a President of the United States following through with a pledge he made as a candidate. That isn't supposed to happen in this day and age.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Steppin' in it

Radio host extraordinaire Dennis Prager has said often that the political right believes the political left is wrong, whereas the left believes the right is evil.

As such, it should come as no surprise the invective thrown towards White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer regarding his latest verbal misstep.

“We did not use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who did not even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said during his daily press briefing. “If you are Russia, ask yourself, is this a country and regime that you want to align yourself with?”

While Hitler is believed not to have used chemical weapons on the battlefield, the Nazis used Zyklon B and other types of poison to kill Jews in gas chambers in concentration camps.

The comments immediately reverberated online and Spicer was given an opportunity to clarify them later during the briefing. But he bungled it by again making a comparison between Assad and Hitler, whom he said did not “gas his own people.”

Look, I'm not going to defend what are obviously buffoonish statements. Someone in Spicer's position should know that invoking Hitler in any context is to be avoided at all costs. Just don't do it.

Spicer later issued an apology.

“Frankly, I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which frankly there is no comparison,” Spicer said during an interview on CNN. “For that I apologize, it was a mistake to do that.”

Naturally there were calls for Spicer to resign or be fired, with many implying or flat-out saying that he's a "Holocaust denier." But Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist isn't buying it.

Come on, people. Don’t match stupid with stupid. Sean Spicer was not pushing Holocaust denial and anyone with the most meager intelligence and sense of fairness would be able to say that. As his statement after the briefing shows, he was for some reason drawing a distinction between combat genocide and other genocide; he was not denying that Hitler killed millions of people during the Holocaust using gas chambers and other means.

I don't want to come across as diminishing anyone's feelings regarding this issue. I'm certain there are Holocaust survivors or relatives of those killed in that horrific event who were genuinely disturbed by Spicer's statements. It's downright sad that those awful memories were conjured up or the Holocaust itself appearing to be trivialized.

But for those leftists who often invoked Hitler analogies when referring to the policies of President George W. Bush or President Donald Trump? I think you know what you can do with your faux outrage.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Box Score of the Week

Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees - September 16, 1992.

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MLB games can last 3-4 hours. Sometimes a little sustenance during the game can go a long way.




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Sunday, April 09, 2017

What's the hurry, son... where you gonna go?

It's weeks like this where I need a return to two-hour broadcasts. Alas, one hour will have to suffice as my weekly radio show The Closer gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 2:00, political wonk Matt Mackowiak will be checking in to discuss the U.S. air strike of a Syrian air field, the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and, if time permits, the buffoonery of former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice. 

I'll also look back at the flap regarding Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL-Brooklyn Park) calling out "white males" during a MN House session. 


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on 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. 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.....

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Submitted without comment





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Friday, April 07, 2017

Justice Gorsuch

When Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said flat out that the individual elected President of the United States the following November would fill the sudden vacancy. Given past GOP Senate spinelessness (see Gang of 14), I was bracing for Republicans to cave. However, McConnell et al held firm and did not give a hearing to President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland.

Shortly after Donald Trump was inaugurated as President and the GOP Senate majority was sworn in, McConnell made another definitive statement saying Trump's SCOTUS pick "will be confirmed." When asked if he would consider extending the "nuclear option" to Supreme Court nominees, McConnell again replied "The nominee will be confirmed."

On Friday, this 14-month saga culminated just as McConnell had outlined the whole time.

The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Friday, filling the critical ninth seat that has been vacant for over a year and capping a tumultuous debate that saw Republicans overhaul the way the chamber operates in order to overcome what they described as an unprecedented Democratic filibuster.

The 54-45 vote, in which three Democrats crossed party lines to support the appeals court justice, is expected to restore a 5-4 conservative tilt on the bench. Once sworn in, Gorsuch will join the court and begin to hear cases, in the seat once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.

“He’s going to make the American people proud,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.

It never made a lot of sense to me why Dems chose to filibuster this particular nominee, who isn't as extreme as they perceive. Now that the rules are changed to extend the nuclear option to SCOTUS nominees the remainder of this Senate session, the Democrats better hope that none of the four left wing justices move on within the next 18 months or so.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air also conveyed that this wasn't the wisest course of action for Senate Dems.

The most puzzling part of this was the missed opportunity to leverage the traditionalism of several Republicans in the Senate. Clearly a few of their colleagues across the aisle did not want to do go nuclear; John McCain grumbled about it to the bitter end. Why not give Gorsuch a floor vote and wait for a more provocative nominee on the next opening? Yes, Democrats and progressives insist that McConnell would have gone nuclear then too, but the success of that would depend on the nominee. McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski wouldn’t have signed up to change the rules for William Pryor, for instance, and that left Democrats some leverage against Trump to force him into at least some hesitancy in selecting more activist conservatives to the court.

Now, however, Trump has carte blanche on his next opening. Democrats have no leverage at all, having squandered it on a nominee that doesn’t impact the philosophical balance of the court at all. On top of that, their hysterics over Gorsuch have eroded their credibility entirely. Chuck Schumer let the progressive wing of his party lead him into a trap. It’s amazing.

I believe the appropriate phrase for Senate Democrats in this instance is "hoist of their own petard." Given their behavior leading up to and during Gorsuch's confirmation hearings, they got exactly what they deserved.

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Striking Syria

For better or worse, President Donald Trump has distinguished himself from his predecessor when it comes to Syria's use of chemical weapons.

The United States launched dozens of cruise missiles Thursday night at a Syrian airfield in response to what it believes was Syria's use of banned chemical weapons that killed at least 100 people, U.S. military officials told NBC News.

Two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea fired 59 Tomahawk missiles intended for a single target — Ash Sha'irat in Homs province in western Syria, the officials said. That's the airfield from which the United States believes the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fired the banned weapons.

There was no immediate word on casualties. U.S. officials told NBC News that people were not targeted and that aircraft and infrastructure at the site were hit, including the runway and gas fuel pumps.

"Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children," President Donald Trump said in remarks from Mar-a-Lago, his family compound in Palm Beach, Florida.

"It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons," said Trump, who called on other countries to end the bloodshed in Syria.

In August 2012, President Obama threatened to use force against Syria if their president, Bashar al-Assad, utilized chemical weapons in any capacity. It was at that point when Obama uttered the infamous quote about the "red line."

“We cannot have a situation in which chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Mr. Obama said in response to questions at an impromptu news conference at the White House. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start seeing a whole bunch of weapons moving around or being utilized.”

“That would change my calculus,” he added. “That would change my equation.”

A year later, chemical weapons were indeed used by al-Assad, yet no U.S. response occurred. However, Russia seemed to bail out Obama from having to back off his toothless threat by demanding Syria hand over its chemical weapons.

Fast forward 3-1/2 years, which brings us to earlier this week when yet another chemical attack occurred in Syria. While the current president correctly called out Obama's dithering over Syria crossing the proverbial red line, Trump couldn't afford to merely play the card that Obama often utilized, which is to blame the previous administration for current crises. That said, President Trump made a definitive decision, one which was lauded by perhaps two of the most interventionist members of the U.S. Senate.




Both U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were pretty heavy handed in their criticism of Russia's role in Syrian affairs. If indeed Trump is Russia's puppet (as some kooky conspiracy theories suggest), his political appointees (thankfully) aren't willing to play along.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

As a Star Wars nut....

.....this is one of the coolest things I've seen in relation to the franchise.








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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Happy apples-to-oranges-comparison day

It's often been said that leftists are unable to prevail in the intellectual debate so they'll resort to the emotional tactics. Never has this been more true than the perpetual declarations of a "gender wage gap." This phony controversy has been pushed so prolifically that there's even an Equal Pay Day to bring attention to it. Usually this "holiday" is the second Tuesday in April but this year it's been moved up to the first Tuesday of the month.

The typical shrieks from the left are how women only make 75-80 cents for every one dollar a man earns. Of course, these statistics are never generated using an apples-to-apples comparison. And it also begs the question that if companies (or a certain progressive U.S. Senator) can get away with such salary discrepancies, why on earth would they even consider hiring a man over a woman?

But hey, don't take my word for it. Christina Hoff Sommers, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, explains the myth of the gender wage gap better than most.





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Monday, April 03, 2017

Box Score of the Week

It's the first week of the 2017 MLB regular season!!

To commemorate, let's look back at Opening Day 1975 when the New York Yankees traveled to Cleveland to take on the Indians.

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Frank Robinson assumed the role of player/manager with the Indians in 1975, which made him the first black field manager in Major League Baseball history. To add to an already historic game, Robinson hit his 8th career Opening Day home run, which set an MLB record.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Now Watergate does not bother me......

Another busy news week, so a lot to get to on today's edition of The Closer. The jam-packed one hour broadcast begins at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Among the news items I will address include President Donald Trump going after members of his own political party, another Minnesota Democrat declares gubernatorial candidacy, the state of California *hearts* abortion, etc. 


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on 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. If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

You're not in Trump Tower anymore

During the 2016 election cycle, I often conveyed that it was paramount for Republicans to maintain control of Congress. I maintained that sentiment regardless of who would be elected president.

When it became clear that Donald Trump would be the GOP presidential nominee, the sense of urgency for an all Republican Congress remained the same. Sure, Trump ran under the GOP banner but he showed very few signs of any conservative principles (or a coherent agenda for that matter). And since Trump's signature issue was a border fence between the U.S. and Mexico, I often said he would likely acquiesce to some left wing policies put forth by a Dem majority in Congress if it meant he could check off his top agenda item.

Trump's openness to striking deals with Dems became even more apparent upon the GOP House failing to cobble together a repeal measure of Obamacare. 




A couple of days later, President Trump took it a step further when he issued a threat to certain members of the GOP House caucus.




This whole healthcare saga has likely been a rude awakening to Trump. While he had been able to strong-arm deals during his business career, the members of the House Freedom Caucus (for better or worse) will absolutely not be deterred by the president's bluster.






The fact of the matter is most (if not all) of the HFC members will easily be reelected in 2018, despite any efforts President Trump may put forth (I have a hunch he'll merely continue to lob rhetorical bombs via Twitter). Also, most of the aforementioned members have the ability that many in the GOP "establishment" lack. That is they are able to see past the next election cycle. The Freedom Caucus members pretty much enter every election year with the mindset that if voters are not happy with the efforts they put forth to make real, substantive reforms in Washington, then the HFC members would prefer not to be there anyways.

I haven't always been a big fan of the House Freedom Caucus's occasional unwillingness for incrementalism, but there's no denying that they are a well-funded and formidable force in Congress. To underestimate or dismiss them in the future is to do so at one's own peril.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

O.J.: Made in America

So I finally indulged in the award-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America. It's a five part series, totaling nearly eight hours.

It chronicles the life of O.J. Simpson, beginning in the late 1960s when he became an All-American football player at the University of Southern California right through his 2008 conviction (ironically on the 13th anniversary of his acquittal of double murder) of kidnapping and armed robbery in Las Vegas.

Certainly a good portion of the documentary focuses on the "Trial of the Century" where Simpson was found not guilty of the June 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. But what was most riveting was the perspective of those who had a key role in the trial, particularly some of the attorneys, law enforcement officials and jurors.

Another fascinating perspective was how Simpson was mostly above the fray when it came to race relations in a decade (the 1960s) where white-black tensions were at its zenith. Many black activists were dismayed that someone as high profile as Simpson would not be a voice for justice within the black community. Around that same time frame, many white folks embraced Simpson given his prowess on the football field and his charisma off of it.

Despite the black community being mostly shunned by Simpson his entire adult life, they rallied around him when he went on trial for murder in 1995. Some even suggested that they didn't even consider whether Simpson was guilty of double homicide. After four white Los Angeles police officers were not convicted in the savage beating of black motorist Rodney King a few years earlier, some black citizens (and even Simpson trial jurors) felt satisfied that this was a quid pro quo for the King verdict. Another memorable moment conjured up was the infamous live TV shots of when the verdict was announced. While most black people rejoiced, the expression on the faces of white folks was that of incredulity. It was further emphasis that even in 1995 there was still a significant racial divide.

Anyhow, if you enjoy documentaries about sports, culture and social issues, this production intertwines all aspects. I highly recommend it.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CXLVII

- Now we're up to four candidates who are vying to be the Democrat nominee in the 2018 Minnesota gubernatorial race.

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democratic survivor in Trump territory, dove Monday into a race for governor that will also put a Minnesota seat in Congress up for grabs.

Walz, who lives in Mankato and has represented southern Minnesota for the past decade, is the first Democratic entrant from beyond the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the fourth from his party overall to announce a run. Two-term DFL Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will not seek re-election next year.

Walz launched his campaign with a "One Minnesota" theme, pledging to bridge geographical splits on issues facing the state, from transportation to guns.

"I think I'm the one who can unify folks to see a bigger picture, to make sure it isn't this divide we've had and to bring a little different perspective to this race," he said.

Walz is definitely a more ideologically diverse candidate than the other DFLers in the race thus far. You don't often find a political candidate today who is supported by both Planned Parenthood and the National Rifle Association. Walz is also the highest ranking military official in Congress, having reached the level of Sergeant Major during his 24-year stint in the Army.

After unseating Congressional District One incumbent Gil Gutknecht in 2006, Walz never had less than a 5-point margin of victory the following four re-election bids. However, his fifth re-election victory this past November was a scant 0.76% win over Republican challenger Jim Hagedorn.

With MN CD1 an R+1 district and now an open seat, the GOP naturally smells the proverbial blood in the water.

National Republicans have already indicated they would invest in flipping a seat the party once held. Hagedorn has already announced his intention to run again and other Republicans could get in, too.

"Running in an open seat only increases my will to work exceptionally hard and personally engage southern Minnesotans in one-to-one conversations to earn their trust and votes," Hagedorn said in a statement.

This will be Hagedorn's third attempt at this seat. In addition to his razor thin loss last November, he was defeated by 8.5% in 2014.


- Ummmm......I'll just leave this here.




- Today marks the 25th anniversary of "the shot." For those of you who are fans of the Men's NCAA basketball tournament (aka "March Madness"), you pretty much know which "shot" I'm referencing.





That win put Duke into the Final Four where they would go on to win their second consecutive national title.

If Kentucky fans still aren't over the heartache from that one, they sure as heck are still smarting over this past weekend's regional final loss to North Carolina.





Leave it to Christian Laettner, the central figure in UK's 1992 anguish, to meld these devastating moments together.




How bad do you wanna troll a fan base that you're willing to use a great moment by your alma mater's most bitter rival? I'm no Laettner fan, but even I have to rate his trolling skills at the "Master" level.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Where credit is due

Most Hollywood types and other cultural elites are some of the more scathing critics of the Christian religion, specifically its "fundamentalist groups." A lot of this bluster, however, seems pretty shallow given that calling out extreme sects of a certain other religion (i.e. Islam) is rarely heard.

I guess that's why I find Bill Maher a refreshing exception. Despite Maher being left-of-center politically and one who's not shy in spewing inflammatory rhetoric about people of faith and political conservatives, he seems to have the ability other elites either don't possess or are too gutless to convey. That is, radical Islam is a persistent threat to the West's way of life. 

As such I point you to a discussion Maher had with guest panelist Louise Mensch, a former member of the British Parliament, on his program Real Time.





MENSCH: And when this awful terrorist attack happened and people lost their lives, including an American and a British policeman, partisans rushed out in the streets and said it was an illegal immigrant that did it. Trying to turn people against our Muslim friend and neighbors. Well, you are not going to do that. You are not going to do that!

[APPLAUSE]

MAHER: Well let's not pretend that it has nothing to do with Islam the religion.

MENSCH: It doesn't.

MAHER: It has nothing to do with Islam?

MENSCH: It has nothing to do--

MAHER: That's very interesting.

MENSCH: It has nothing to do with Islam the same way Timothy McVeigh had nothing to do with Roman Catholicism

MAHER: Because every time some bomb goes off, before it goes off, somebody yells, 'Allahu Akbar.' I never heard anybody go, 'Merry Christmas!'

[LAUGHTER]

MAHER: This one's for the Flying Nun! [Bullet sounds]

Mensch's chanting points have become all too common among her ilk, which is why Trump's tough talk on ISIS resonated with the electorate. Let's hope this issue isn't bungled in the motif of the health care debate.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Now I know how Jimmy Buffett feels......

My first broadcast in the spring of 2017! After an unplanned absence last week, I will be returning today for the latest edition of The Closer. The one-hour extravaganza gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

About 10 years ago, author Bernard Goldberg wrote a book entitled "Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right." I honestly can't think of a better encapsulation of this past week in Washington, D.C. I'll discuss the crazy behavior displayed by Dems in the Neil Gorsuch Supreme Court confirmation hearings as well as the GOP's spineless approach to their 7-year pledge to rid America of the monstrosity that is Obamacare.


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on 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. 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.....

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Scott Adams: Trump's image improved in Obamacare repeal negotiations

I really don't have anything insightful to add over Republicans in the U.S. House failing to agree on an acceptable Obamacare repeal. Truth be told, it's hard to be outraged when I never had an ounce of confidence that a true O-care repeal would come to pass. GOP fecklessness has been standard fare in Washington in the 21st century, particularly on the rare occasions where they control both the executive and legislative branches of government (Gang of 14 anyone?).

This time around though I was particularly interested in the role of President Donald Trump, specifically how his renown negotiation skills would factor in. What we eventually learned was that Trump's presence, if anything, seemed to have been a deterrent to persuading some House Republicans, though we'll never really know for sure since an official vote was never taken on the final legislation.

If you were at all paying attention to the 2016 election cycle, there was only one public figure who not only consistently stated Trump would win the presidency but also showed his work in how that would occur. That would be Scott Adams, he the author of the Dilbert comic strip. So how is this relevant to the current healthcare debate? Well, as Adams points out, Trump's inability to whip enough GOP votes for an Obamacare repeal basically seems to have silenced a certain asinine, hyperbolic talking point.

With the failure of the Ryan healthcare bill, the illusion of Trump-is-Hitler has been fully replaced with Trump-is-incompetent meme. Look for the new meme to dominate the news, probably through the summer. By year end, you will see a second turn, from incompetent to “Competent, but we don’t like it.”

I have been predicting this story arc for some time now. So far, we’re ahead of schedule.

In the 2D world, where everything is just the way it looks, and people are rational, Trump and Ryan failed to improve healthcare. But in the 3D world of persuasion, Trump just had one of the best days any president ever had: He got promoted from Hitler to incompetent. And that promotion effectively defused the Hitler-hallucination bomb that was engineered by the Clinton campaign.

In all seriousness, the Trump-is-Hitler illusion was the biggest problem in the country, and maybe the world. It was scaring people to the point of bad health. It made any kind of political conversation impossible. It turned neighbors and friends against each other in a way we have never before seen. It was inviting violence, political instability, and worse.

In my opinion, the Trump-is-Hitler hallucination was the biggest short-term problem facing the country. Congress just solved for it, albeit unintentionally. Watch the opposition news abandon the Trump-is-scary concept to get all over the “incompetent” theme.
As always, Adams' piece is worthy of reading the entire thing.

In the end, this doesn't have to be a death knell for the GOP healthcare debate. I leave you with this quote from Trump's book The Art of the Deal: "Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war."

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Strange hill to die on

Neil Gorsuch will be the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. It's just a question of when at this point, something which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated will not be ASAP.

Schumer announced Thursday that Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch and force Republicans to muster 60 votes to advance him to a final up-or-down vote.

“He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be no, and I urge my colleagues to do the same,” he said on the Senate floor.

Republicans have threatened to change the Senate’s filibuster rule to exempt Supreme Court nominees from procedural gridlock — a controversial tactic often referred to as the "nuclear option" that Democrats deployed in 2013 to protect Cabinet and lower-court judges from filibusters.

Schumer, however, argued the problem is not with the chamber’s rules, but with a nominee who has regularly sided with powerful interests over average Americans in high-profile cases.


And there is the leftist mentality in a nutshell regarding the judicial branch of government. Forget the old legal tenets of impartiality, justice being blind, etc. Leftists prefer that the court system merely be an extension of their left-wing legislative philosophy.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), when stating he too would vote "no" on Gorsuch, also conveyed this mindset.

"I don't believe his judicial approach would ensure fairness for workers and families in Pennsylvania and across the country," Casey said.

If Gorsuch issues his legal rulings on the basis of what is the law and thus the law is what is unfair towards "average Americans," then guess what? It's under the purview of the legislative branch to address that accordingly. Looking at you, Sens. Schumer and Casey.

In the end, the Dems still aren't over the fact that Merrick Garland wasn't given a hearing last year when President Barack Obama named him as the nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Allowing Gorsuch to sail through confirmation would only serve to give Democrats a brutal reminder that they failed to paint the GOP Senate majority as "obstructionist and unreasonable" to the point where they'd lose power in the last election cycle.

In 2018, there are ten Democrat-held Senate seats which will be up for election in states where President Donald Trump won in November. One of those ten, one (Casey of Pennsylvania) has already gone on record as a "no." It'll be interesting to see how many of the other nine look to not only delay the inevitable but also risk their seat flipping GOP.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In over her head

I first became familiar with "conservative" commentator Tomi Lahren about 20 months ago when she received nationwide attention for her sharp criticism of the Obama administration in the aftermath of the Chattanooga shootings of four U.S. Marines. At the time, she was a 22-year old host of a program with something called One America News Network.

With the video of this monologue having gone viral, Lahren parlayed that newfound popularity into signing on with Glenn Beck's online conservative network BlazeTV in the fall of 2015. As such, I would occasionally watch clips of her show On Point. To be honest, I was often left woefully unimpressed. While Lahren is a beautiful, impassioned young lady, her commentary was a classic example of symbolism over substance. My concern was that if she were dubbed the millennial voice of conservatism, her presence would do little (if anything) to advance the movement among that demographic.

Her appearance on the leftist women's show The View last week was the proverbial train wreck we pretty much saw coming.

Appearing on “The View” on Friday, Lahren admitted that she supports abortion rights, saying it would be hypocritical of her to believe the government should decide what women should do with their bodies.

“You know what? I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well,” Lahren said.

Even the show’s hosts appeared shocked to hear her. Across social media, antiabortion advocates said it was impossible for Lahren to be both conservative and in favor of abortion rights. They criticized her interpretation of the Constitution and called her out for seemingly contradicting previous remarks about abortion. Some claimed, as they have before, that by rising to prominence so young she lacked an understanding of political philosophy and ideology.

But the provocative commentator defended herself, tweeting Saturday, “Listen, I am not glorifying abortion. I don’t personally advocate for it. I just don’t think it’s the government’s place to dictate.”

This is an utterly incoherent rationale, especially saying conservatives are "hypocritical" for defending life.

Part of me believes that Lahren was pandering to the mostly left wing audience which indulges in those female vipers on The View on a daily basis. Despite all the success she's obtained in a short period of time, Lahren's clearly not equipped to engage in nuanced arguments (Labeling herself a "constitutional" emphasizes that point).

The following Monday, Lahren was suspended from her show.

Lahren’s show is suspended for at least one week starting Monday, according to TheDC’s sources. A source with direct knowledge of the situation previously told TheDC that Lahren’s contract with the company goes until September, but that she may leave the company before then.

Lahren’s inflammatory style placed her at odds with other employees at The Blaze, as previously reported by TheDC. Tensions were high between Lahren and her coworkers at The Blaze even before she called pro-life conservatives hypocrites in an appearance on ABC’s “The View” on Friday.

It would be far too simplistic to say this is The Blaze showing intolerance for those who dare have differing views from Beck et al. Why Beck himself has said when his network first got started, there was an unabashed pro choice woman hosting one of their more popular programs. It's one thing to have a respectful disagreement with one of your bosses. But to imply they're "hypocritical" to believe what they believe does not make for a harmonious working place, especially since Lahren's declared pro-choice stance seems to be an about-face from what she's said previously.

In the end, this appears to be your standard employer reprimand of an employee who was insubordinate. To attempt to paint this as "sexism" or "intolerance of differing viewpoints" is to ignore the history of BlazeTV itself.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CXLVI

- President Donald J. Trump released his Federal Budget proposal recently. It's pretty much D.O.A. with Congress, but then again Presidential budget proposals often are.

That said, the chanting point which most caught my ear came from the secular left in their lecturing of Christian Trump supporters on how certain budget cuts are "anti-Christian." Erick Erickson, one of the premier Christian conservative writers out there (and certainly no Trump apologist), caught on to this as well.

I suppose it is natural to think this sort of thing with government is your god. Cutting the budget is cutting god.

For those of you who still cannot fathom it, the government cutting social welfare spending is perfectly reconcilable with Christianity. Christians believe they and the church have the obligation and we help take care of the poor through our tithes, offerings, and volunteering. In fact, I dare say the church and local community take care of the poor and elderly better than the federal government and we would probably see a vast improvement in the situation if the federal government got out of the way.

The reality is that the church has largely abdicated responsibility to the government and should take it back.

Amen.

OK, Venn Diagram time. The people who believe Trump's budget is anti-Christian and the people who believe that de-funding Planned Parenthood due to its abortion practices is abhorrent.


- In the immortal words of President Gerald R. Ford, "Our long, national nightmare is over.

Tom Brady's stolen jersey from this year's Super Bowl has been recovered after being found in the possession of a member of the international media, according to the NFL.

The league announced Monday that the New England Patriots quarterback's game-worn jerseys from Super Bowl LI and another, missing from Super Bowl XLIX, were retrieved after an investigation led by the FBI.

The jerseys were found in Mexico and currently are being authenticated by authorities, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

The Mexican Editorial Organization (OEM), a major newspaper publishing company, has identified the man allegedly involved in the case as Martin Mauricio Ortega, who was a director of one of its newspapers, Diario La Prensa, until he resigned last Tuesday.

Given all the factors involved (Patriots, media, Mexican reporter), I'm almost 100% certain that I was not the only person to immediately go to President Trump's Twitter feed to see if he had any reaction.


- A Spike Lee (got his nose outta) joint.

"The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback," wrote Lee, who said he spoke with (Colin) Kaepernick over brunch. "Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In."

Lee used his post to rail against the NFL for excluding Kaepernick, who ignited a firestorm last fall because he refused to stand for the national anthem as a way to protest social and racial issues.

Lee said it "Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens" that Kaepernick, who opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract, still doesn't have a job.

Of course the connection was made that Jets owner Woody Johnson is a prominent GOP donor who supported Donald Trump for President.

I will admit, I'm a bit surprised that Kaepernick is still unsigned in what is a down year for free agent quarterbacks. When Kaepernick had the opportunity to play last season, he showed some flashes of the young QB who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season. As such, some folks (though not me) will cite the controversy he generated during pre-game National Anthems as the reason for teams not wanting to sign him. I don't believe it's that simplistic, but to say it has zero bearing is naive.

At the end of the day, NFL teams run as much a public relations business as they do forming a collection of players who can be competitive on the field. If NFL front offices choose to forgo signing the 29-year old Kaepernick due to distractions that may occur, that's they're right as an employer. In no way are his First Amendment rights being violated, since that applies to government inhibiting one's right to speak freely.

If the NFL is not a viable option for Kap, word is that the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL may be in the market for a QB.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Every word I intended to speak winds up locked in the circuitry....

It will be a "Best of The Closer" today as I am out with an illness. Hope to be back on the 26th!

It's Sunday, which means yet another edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network program The Closer. Per usual, the one-hour broadcast gets kicked off at 2:00 PM Central Time.

It's been another crazy week in the news cycle, one which included continued attempts to make Chelsea Clinton a thing as well as Non-Christians lecturing Christians on how to be Christians. 


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on 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. 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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Friday, March 17, 2017

Verbal jabs in the U.S. Senate

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) accused Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) of "working for Vladimir Putin" due to Paul's objections to Montenegro joining NATO.

Paul in turn said the presence of the 80-year old McCain in the Senate "makes a really, really strong case for term limits."


All I can picture is this:



via GIPHY

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Please stop trying to make Chelsea Clinton happen

From the time Chelsea Clinton was thrust into the national spotlight at age 12 in 1992, the year her father successfully ran for President of the United States, she was a proverbial church mouse for basically the next 24 years (outside of a short and spectacularly mediocre stint with NBC News a few years ago). It was only after her mother was defeated in the 2016 presidential race that Chelsea had suddenly became unleashed on Twitter, opining on myriad news items while trying to convey some semblance of a personality.

There's even been speculation that Chels is being groomed to run for Congress, which smacks of her power-hungry parents trying to live vicariously through their daughter since Bill and Hil are both essentially damaged goods.

But Chelsea's latest attempt at relevancy? A kids' book, natch.

Chelsea Clinton has borrowed a line from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the title of her upcoming children’s book, “She Persisted.”

The title of Clinton’s book is a reference to McConnell’s explanation of a Senate vote last month to force Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to stop speaking because her criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, at that point a senator awaiting confirmation to President Donald Trump’s cabinet, violated a Senate rule that prohibits impugning another senator.

McConnell explained the controversial maneuver by saying that Warren “was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” The line quickly caught fire on the political left and became a rallying cry for opposition to Trump’s administration, especially among women.

The former first daughter’s book, the details of which were first reported by Entertainment Weekly, will include stories of 13 women who accomplished goals despite opposition. The women highlighted will include Harriet Tubman, Hellen Keller, Ruby Bridges, Oprah Winfrey and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

I wonder if said book will include the story of Dr. Condoleeza Rice, who went from growing up in the segregated South in the '50s & '60s to becoming the first female African-American Secretary of State. And if Chels is going to highlight a female Supreme Court Justice, why not the first ever in Sandra Day O'Connor?

I digress.

Look, carving out a persona on social media is one thing. And authoring a children's book is a fluff gig for someone with the right name or connections. But whenever I hear Chelsea speak, she somehow comes off as less charismatic than her mother (dunno how that's possible). And with no substantive accomplishments, it's going to be nearly impossible for voters to look past the fact that the only thing she has going for her is she's the offspring of a former President and former First Lady/U.S. Senator.

It almost seems as if Chels is a hesitant pawn in an attempt to perpetuate a political dynasty.

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