Sunday, December 31, 2017

There's a flag pole rag and the wind won't stop.......

On Sunday, January 1, 2017, I conducted the first live broadcast of the year on AM 1280 The Patriot. With today being December 31, I will conclude the year of live broadcasts on this Salem Media Group-Twin Cities affiliate. Today's edition of The Closer gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

I plan on doing a year in review for 2017, specifically how President Donald Trump has impacted the American landscape in not only politics but also sports and pop culture. 

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, December 30, 2017

Iranian uprising

It's borderline journalistic malpractice that the uprising taking place in Iran is not receiving more media coverage.

Here's some great insights from Stefan Molyneux on how the current revolution came to fruition.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Just an FYI..... the female American citizens who declare themselves part of the "resistance" against President Donald Trump.

While you may believe that wearing a crocheted vagina atop your head, screaming towards the sky in agony, exposing your boobs in protest of tax reform and/or declaring you're proud of killing a baby in utero is exuding the utmost bravery and courage, y'all are participating in amateur hour compared to this:

And this:

That is all.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Time to think rationally here

Some disturbing allegations have emerged regarding a 2-year old incident between Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano and a former photographer with the team.

In a tweet posted Thursday, photographer Betsy Bissen said Sano grabbed her wrist and tried to pull her inside a bathroom at a store in a mall after an autograph session and that the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Sano tried to kiss her several times. ESPN does not typically identify people who make accusations of sexual assault unless they have chosen to go public with their names.

In her post, Bissen described how Sano flirted with her without reciprocation during the autograph signing. She said Sano's agent and her former boss were also at the event. She said Sano later grabbed her wrist and made her accompany him to an Apple store in the mall before trying to pull her into a restroom against her will.

"Every time he did, I said no and kept pulling back," Bissen said in her Twitter post. "... I was in a squatted position with my wrist throbbing. I screamed, no one came to help me. He finally gave up after a solid ten mins of fighting to pull me thru that door.

"... Every time I have to hear how great people think Miguel Sano is, I'm reminded of how awful he actually is and how he hurt me."

Sano issued a statement Thursday denying the allegations.

"I unequivocally deny the allegation made against me today -- it never happened," Sano said in the statement. "I have the utmost respect for women, especially those working in professional sports, and I deeply sympathize with anyone who has experienced sexual harassment. There is no place for it in our society."

Because sports fans are such a passionate lot, some will forgo reason by verbally savaging the accuser of someone they love to watch play a game. Sano has a chance to be a premier power hitter for the Twins, possibly another Harmon Killebrew. No doubt that has Twins fans excited. But before you let the baseball fan in you just instinctively lash out towards Ms. Bissen, try looking at this objectively for a moment. What incentive does she have to lie? Ms. Bissen has already had to put her Twitter account on "protected" mode due to the invective spewed towards her. And from what I can gather, she isn't seeking any monetary settlement from Sano and Twins. There seems to be literally zero upside for Bissen to fabricate this story.

In the end, the appropriate MLB officials will put forth their due diligence and thus make a decision on Sano accordingly. But if you're more concerned by the possibility that losing Sano puts the Twins further behind when trying to match the prowess of A.L heavyweights like the Astros, Yankees, Indians, et al, lemme just point out that your moral code is completely out of whack.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Made it to L.A.

Good news: I made it to Los Angeles safe and sound for my work trip. No travel issues whatsoever. I'm staying in Hermosa Beach at a hotel about 3 blocks from the Pacific Ocean. It was 70 degrees and sunny upon the 3:00 PM check in time.

Bad news: I've got some sort of bug which necessitates that I be no further than 5 feet away from the nearest restroom.



Monday, December 25, 2017

Jesus is the reason for the season

Luke 2:8-14 - New King James Version (NKJV)

Glory in the Highest

8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”


Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Christmas lights up and down the street are such a sight to see....

Why yes, there will be original programming on the Northern Alliance Radio Network today! It's a special Christmas Eve edition of The Closer, which will get started at the usual 2:00 PM Central Time.

Despite a bevy of political news, I'm choosing to go with strictly a Christmas theme for the hour. For instance, how is it that a character named Santa Claus became the symbol for the season?

I also plan on taking a couple of segments to list my top 5 favorite Christmas TV specials from back in the prehistoric days when there was no DVR and no NetFlix. Yeah, when I was growing up, annual Christmas shows were by appointment only.

To wrap things up, I'll of course talk about Jesus being the reason for the season.

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.

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

Until then.....


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Role reversal

On Saturday of Week 16 in the 2016 NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings traveled to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. After a nice start to the '16 season (5-0 in their first five games), the Vikings limped into this matchup having lost 7 of their previous 9 games and thus were reduced to playing little more than spoiler to the Pack's playoff aspirations. Alas, Green Bay won handily.

Fast forward 364 days where the Vikings once again find themselves playing the Packers on Saturday of Week 16 in Lambeau. After a nice start to the 2017 season (4-1 in their first five games), the Pack limps into this matchup having lost 6 of their previous 9 games (due in large part to QB Aaron Rodgers missing eight of those contests) and are reduced to playing little more than spoiler to the Vikings' aspirations of having a first round bye in the NFC playoffs. And with Rodgers again being placed on the I-R list (this time for the remainder of the season), the task is that much more formidable for Green Bay.

One aspect of this game which has me genuinely curious is how many Vikings fans will be in the Lambeau Field stands. With the Packers missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and the prospects of watching Brett Hundley play QB with the temperature in the single digits, will the home fans just call it a season and make their tickets available to the highest bidder? I have a hard time believing that the opportunity for Packers' faithful to spew more invective towards Anthony Barr is going to provide extra motivation, particularly when it isn't coming from a keyboard within the comforts of one's home.

Anyhow, I believe the Vikes' defense will be the difference in this game. I'm going with the Vikings prevailing 21-10.


Friday, December 22, 2017


Since 2012, I have been participating in Salvation Army North's "Celebrity Bell Ringing." While I eschew the "celebrity" status, I am honored to donate an hour to this event every Christmas season.

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Photo courtesy of Salvation Army North

The event takes place today at the Mall of America rotunda from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM (I'll be there 2-3 PM), culminating with a concert at 8:30 with singer Kat Perkins.

If you're so inclined, stop on by and drop a few bucks in the kettle. Not only is it for a great cause but all donations collected today are tripled! Be sure to check out the hashtag phrase #RockTheRedKettle on all social media sites.

Hope to see you!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

A taxing process

Given the bungling of the Obamacare repeal over the summer, I was not 100% sold that Congressional Republicans could put forth substantive legislation regarding tax reform. President Donald Trump carrying on feuds with such Senate GOP members as Bob Corker, Jeff Flake and John McCain only served to fuel my skepticism.

Yet somehow someway, it got done

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to the biggest overhaul of the U.S. tax code in 30 years, sending a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

In sealing Trump’s first major legislative victory since he took office in January, Republicans steamrolled opposition from Democrats to pass a bill that slashes taxes for corporations and the wealthy while giving mixed, temporary tax relief to middle-class Americans.

The House approved the measure by 224-201, passing it for the second time in two days after a procedural foul-up forced another vote on Wednesday. The Republican-led Senate had passed it 51-48 in the early hours of Wednesday.

“We are making America great again,” Trump said, echoing his campaign slogan at a White House celebration with Republican lawmakers. “Ultimately what does it mean? It means jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs.”

Some have described this as "the GOP's Obamacare" in that the bill needed to be passed in order to find out what was in it and that not one member of the opposition party cast a vote in favor. The Democrats ended up paying a heavy price via big losses in 3 of the following 4 elections after the ACA was passed. If this tax reform legislation doesn't consistently provide in excess of 3% growth in GDP and Americans don't notice a tangible difference in their take home pay, Republicans may well suffer the same fate.

As it stands today, the tax reform legislation is underwater in terms of its popularity (though that's due in large part to leftists and media pushing false chanting points) and Dems have an 18-point advantage in the Generic Congressional Ballot for 2018. But, again, Republicans were willing to stake their reelection prospects on this bill, which is actually a refreshing change. Typically the GOP is too weak-kneed when it comes to tackling substantive fiscal issues, so they end up "going along to get along." But since that passive mindset has lead to well-deserved defeats at the ballot box, it's best to enact legislation that has a chance to positively impact the country even if it also means risking reelection prospects.

Some undeniable positives of this bill passing? On the very day the bill was passed by Congress, major companies like Boeing, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Comcast et al announced substantial investments in their employees and business expansions. Without knowing the intimate details of the final bill, I take that as a good sign. Also, despite the aforementioned ill-fated attempts to rid the country of Obamacare, this bill actually eliminates the individual mandate, which may well expedite the ending of the ACA. Is it any mystery why Barack Obama bristled whenever the mandate was referred to as a tax? I'm sure he realized that any tax overhaul in the future could eliminate that provision. Ironically, the only thing that saved the ACA was the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 ruling that the law was Constitutional only if said mandate was considered a tax.

The Democrats' reaction to this bill passing was, as expected, utterly cynical and disingenuous. Check out this gem from the shrill and unaccomplished Betty McCollum, who "represents" Minnesota's 4th Congressional District.

Yeah, spare me the faux outrage, Betty. While the initial analysis of this bill is projected to add $1.4 trillion in deficits over ten years (though that can easily be offset if increased economic growth occurs as expected), there were multiple one-year periods during the Obama administration where at least $1 trillion in deficits were accumulated. Funny, but leftists like Betty were conspicuously silent whenever that occurred. But as my radio show's political wonk Matt Mackowiak stated last month, Dems aren't so much concerned about the negative impact they claim this bill will bring, rather they're scared to death it will succeed.

Finally, President Trump was effusive in his praise of Congressional leaders upon this bill passing. The one congratulatory tweet which stood out to me was his sentiments towards Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Steve Bannon hardest hit.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Karin Housley for U.S. Senate

A little more than a week ago I hosted my friend and MN state senator Karin Housley on my radio show. During her time on the broadcast I asked her directly if she was considering running in the 2018 special election for Al Franken's U.S. Senate seat. Her response was along the lines of "I'm taking a look at it."

On Tuesday, Karin made it official. She's in!

Over the past 6-1/2 years I've hosted my weekly radio show, my position has been to not endorse political candidates because a) no one really cares what I think and b) I want all candidates on the GOP side (and Dems if they were ever willing) to appear as guests on a broadcast. But since I made a public declaration on the airwaves December 10 that I would support my friend Karin if she chose to run in this race, I am enthusiastically sticking by my word.

Thanks for stepping forward, Karin!


Monday, December 18, 2017

Great moments

As has been tradition for more than a decade, kickoff at a Minnesota Vikings home game is preceded by someone (typically a celebrity) blowing on the Gjallarhorn.

Prior to the yesterday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, it was former Navy SEAL Robert J. O'Neill (the guy who fired the kill shot on Osama bin Laden) who had the honor of sounding the gigantic horn. O'Neill promoted his appearance via Twitter a few hours before game time.

One Twitter user had a suggestion for O'Neill if any members of the either team knelt during the Star Spangled Banner.

O'Neill's response?

That and QB Teddy Bridgewater seeing his first live on-field action since his gruesome knee injury 15-1/2 months ago were my two favorite moments on a day the Vikings clinched the NFC North Division title with a 34-7 win!


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Help yourself to some but obey the law.....

We're nearing the end of 2017 but this year's news cycle never ceases to amaze. This week's edition of my radio program The Closer will, as usual, get started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

I'll look back at the results of the Alabama special election for U.S. Senate and how this short term loss for Republicans is actually beneficial for their intermediate future. Speaking of the Senate, a replacement for Al Franken (D-MN) was selected.

At 2:30 I'll be joined in studio by Doug Wardlow, who is seeking to be the GOP candidate for MN Attorney General in 2018.

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, December 15, 2017

You can't rationalize with the utterly irrational

Given whatever agenda item the Trump administration or Congressional Republicans put forth these days, the left will react with utter hysterics. Today's leftists are so irrational and deranged that there's no use in even trying to engage in an intellectual discussion.

The latest move which has "progressives" in a downright freakout is the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal the Obama era "net neutrality" regulations. Yes, proggies are utterly convinced that the decision to overturn a 2-year old reg will lead to outrageous costs for the privilege of utilizing something which has been a regular part of most Americans' lives for the past decade-plus. 

Since there's no rationalizing with people who have their collective heads so buried in the proverbial sand, we might as well have some fun at their expense. 

Despite he and his family being threatened with physical violence over this impending ruling, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai joined in on the fun by basically laughing in the face of his loony detractors.

To repeat an oft used phrase over the past two years: What a time to be alive.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Meanwhile, back in Minnesota......

Mercy's sake, this has been a new-sy week in the political cycle. On Wednesday morning my home state of Minnesota got in on the act.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to replace Sen. Al Franken until a special election in November, setting up his long-time and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 election.

Smith was widely seen as Dayton’s top choice from the moment Franken announced his resignation last week, and she said she would run in the November special election to complete Franken’s term through 2020.

“I will run in that election and I will do my best to earn Minnesotans’ support,” she said at the news conference where Dayton announced her appointment.

Smith had previously declined to run for governor, raising questions about whether she would launch a Senate campaign that would be in the national spotlight.

She said she decided to take the position as more than a mere caretaker after some reflection.

“This is an extraordinary moment,” she said, apparently referring not only to Franken’s resignation amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, but also to the tenor of politics today. “I had to ask myself what is the best way to serve.” She said her decision to stand for election shows a “commitment” to the job.

There have been rumblings that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was encouraging Dayton to select a replacement who will be a viable candidate in the 2018 special election for this seat. The Dems desperately wanted someone who could be a worry-free candidate in a solidly blue state since they have 25 other seats (as opposed to only 8 for the GOP) to defend next year. Depending upon who the Republicans select as their candidate, this particular race could have an impact on the Senate's balance of power. If Dems have to divert valuable resources towards a race for what is normally a safe seat, that means there would be less funds available for such vulnerable candidates as Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Jon Tester (MT), Joe Donnelly (IN), Claire McCaskill (MO) and Joe Manchin (WV).

Like they've done with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the left is downplaying Smith's far left progressive chops, specifically her affiliation with Planned Parenthood of MN, SD and ND, where she was their Vice President at one point in her career. Smith also served as Chief of Staff for Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak during his second term. While experience in those posts may play well among the DFL's metrocrats, it's going to be a tougher sell for outstate Dem voters.

All that said, Smith does have experience in being part of a winning statewide campaign when she was Dayton's running mate during the 2014 cycle. And campaigning in tandem with the popular Klobuchar (who's also up in 2018) certainly will not be a detriment.

Now we await the names of those who will vie for the GOP nomination for this seat. Choose wisely, Republicans.


No more Moore

Let's face it: the Alabama GOP, Steve Bannon et al got exactly what they deserved on Tuesday.

Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy S. Moore, after a brutal campaign marked by accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against the Republican, according to The Associated Press.

The upset delivered an unimagined victory for Democrats and shaved Republicans’ unstable Senate majority to a single seat.

Mr. Jones’s victory could have drastic consequences on the national level, snarling Republicans’ legislative agenda in Washington and opening, for the first time, a realistic but still difficult path for Democrats to capture the Senate next year. It amounted to a stinging snub of President Trump, who broke with much of his party and fully embraced Mr. Moore’s candidacy, seeking to rally support for him in the closing days of the campaign.

In the 25+ years since I made my conversion to the right side of the political aisle, I've never once rejoiced over a Democrat prevailing in an election. While I'm not going to say that I am thrilled that a pro abortion, open borders candidate emerged victorious on Tuesday, I am not the least bit devastated that the wholly unfit Moore was sent packing. And for the record, I deemed him unfit long before the allegations of sexual abuse were levied against him.

While Dems have a legitimate reason to rejoice, I'm sure their satisfaction over flipping a Senate seat in a reliably red state is tempered somewhat. The reason being is the Democrat party's standard of "zero tolerance" when it comes to allegations of sexual misconduct against candidates/elected officials is one which can no longer be used as a cudgel against the GOP. There's no doubt that was something which they were going to hit Republicans with in the 2018 midterms if Roy Moore was a sitting U.S. senator. While I still believe the Democrats have a fighting chance to seize the Senate next year (despite having to defend 25 of the 33 seats up for election), the task is now that much more difficult without the "We expel our perverts; The GOP elects theirs" chanting point.

Say, did anyone hear that noise? Yep, it's the door slamming on the prospects of Al Franken remaining in the Senate. I guess Tuesday wasn't a total loss for Republicans after all.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The obligatory Trump-rips-Gillibrand-via-Twitter post

Ah yes, at the center of a lot of the buffoonery in Washington, D.C. is usually a Trump tweet.

Now when I initially read that, I just rolled my eyes at what I viewed as the usual juvenile insults thrown out by our Commander in Chief. Ah, but Fauxcahontas Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) saw it differently.

Uhhh...."slut shame?" It appears that Sen. Warren has no idea of the context of that phrase. Quite simply, "slut shaming" someone is to criticize one for exhibiting slutty behavior. So is Warren insinuating here that her Senate colleague is in fact a slut??? When this inquiry was posed by several people in response to Sen. Warren's tweet, the retort was something along the lines of "Well then what, pray tell, did Trump mean when he said Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign contributions?" I have no earthly idea. But it's rather telling that it was mostly "progressives" who gleaned that Trump was referring to sexual favors.

The fact of the matter is if you read Trump's tweets regularly, he has a few patterns. Random capitalization of words. Ending many posts with the word "Sad!" Even the occasional grammatical errors.

Oh, but you know what else has been a part of multiple Trump tweets? Saying someone "will do anything" to/for _____.

Like Press Secretary Sarah Sanders indicated on Tuesday, to construe that as something sexual likely means your mind "is in the gutter."


Monday, December 11, 2017

Sunday night build-up

Given the perpetually bizarre news cycle we live in, we are now getting "heads up" on Sunday evenings regarding big news stories to drop early in the week.

The impending revelation of Trump accusers was entirely predictable, especially in light of Democrats being so hot-to-trot to push out Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken over allegations their own sexual misconduct. Since Conyers is now gone and Franken's departure is imminent, the Dems can claim the moral high ground and thus demand the GOP put pressure on the accused within their own party.

Hey, if nothing else, a President Mike Pence would cause collective leftist heads to spin more violently than Regan MacNeil's in The Exorcist


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hey, come on try a little; Nothing is forever....

Only 15 shopping days until Christmas, but the Northern Alliance Radio Network rolls on. Today's edition of The Closer will get started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 2:00 I will welcome to the Patriot bunker longtime friend of the broadcast Sen. Karin Housley (R-St. Mary's Point). As chair of the Aging and Long-Term Care Policy committee, Sen. Housley will discuss disturbing trends of elder abuse taking place in some Minnesota care facilities.

In other segments, we'll definitely weigh in on Minnesota senator Al Franken resigning his U.S. Senate seat and speculation as to who will be appointed for the next year as well as candidates for the special 2018 election.

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, December 08, 2017

Good riddance

Al Franken entered the U.S. Senate with a reputation as a crude, insufferable putz. His speech from the Senate floor on Thursday, where he announced his intention to resign his senate seat "in the coming weeks," indicated he is leaving as a delusional and defiant egomaniac.

While he indicated in his address that "all women deserve to be heard and their experiences taken seriously," he didn't take responsibility for the eight women (and I know for a fact there are more) who accused him of inappropriate conduct nor did he apologize. Instead of doing the right thing by offering a mea culpa, Franken engaged in classic "whataboutism" by pointing out "a man who has bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party." While I certainly won't defend the inexcusable actions of President Trump or Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, I definitely take issue with Franken's declaration that Moore has the full support of Republicans. To borrow part of a title of a book written by a self-anointed satirist, that's a lie told by a lying liar. Moore has been endorsed by Trump and given cash by the Republican National Committee, but that hardly comprises the entire GOP. Any Republican senator who was gone on record has said they desire for Moore to drop out of the race or withdrew any previous endorsement of him.

Once Franken officially moves on, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton will appoint an interim senator, with a special election taking place next year. Many will say that Franken being gone means little given that his replacement will likely be of the same far left "progressive" ilk. While it's true that ideologically it will be a lateral move, anyone not named Jesse Ventura will be an upgrade in demeanor over the despicable Franken. Good riddance, loser.


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The solution in their midst

Over the past year, "progressives" have declared that hundreds of thousands of people will die due to the following: 

Yet in the same breath, some of these same proggies declare it's immoral to continue having kids due to it being "bad for Earth."

Hmmm. Seems to me these progs have unwittingly discovered a solution for what they believe ails this planet. Connect the dots, people.


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

None of the above

In the Republican primary for the Alabama special election to replace Senator Jeff Sessions (now the U.S. Attorney General), President Trump endorsed Luther Strange over Roy Moore. But as we now know, Moore eventually emerged victorious and thus is the GOP candidate opposing Democrat Doug Jones in next week's special election.

I often wondered why Trump didn't take the opportunity to engage in a proverbial victory lap when decades old accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore began to surface. After all, Trump's never been shy about patting himself on the back, regardless if it's warranted. But had the Alabama GOP nominated Strange, as Trump preferred, it would've prevented a lot of the headaches we're experiencing now.

As it turns out, there's a reason President Trump was restrained in shouting "I TOLD YOU SO."

Welp....there you have it. Despite credible allegations of a then 30-something Moore propositioning teen aged girls back in the 1970s, there's an agenda that needs tending to. Apparently that supersedes common decency.

Back in the 1980s, Henry Kissinger once said of the Iran-Iraq conflict that "it's a pity they can't both lose." Given the Alabama senate race pits a former pedophile (allegedly) against a radical pro-abortion candidate, ol' Hank's sentiment is definitely applicable here.


Monday, December 04, 2017

Favorite part of Sunday's Vikings victory?

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Sunday, December 03, 2017

Go now, don't look back, we've drawn the line.....

Well it may be December but the Minnesota weather feels like late October. Nevertheless, we've got a lot to cover on today's edition of The Closer. The one-hour extravaganza gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 2:00, political wonk Matt Mackowiak will join the broadcast to draw distinctions between hyperbole and facts regarding the Senate's newly passed tax reform bill. We'll also discuss President Trump's former NSA head Gen. Michael Flynn pleading guilty to charges he lied to the FBI.

Then at 2:30 I will be joined via phone by Republican candidate for Minnesota governor Matt Dean. Fresh off winning the gubernatorial straw poll at yesterday's meeting of MNGOP State Central delegates, Mr. Dean will check in to update us on his candidacy.

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, December 01, 2017

Genuine fake news

It was inevitable that the media would be unable to refrain from jumping around like poo-flinging monkeys contain its enthusiasm in reporting a potentially explosive story about the Trump administration. But as is often the case, the mostly anti-Trump media ends up stepping on a proverbial rake when becoming so overly enthusiastic.

We'll come back to that.

In the ongoing investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, things are definitely on the move.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI – as part of a deal that involves his full cooperation with investigators in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Court documents show Flynn has acknowledged to investigators that at least two Trump transition members were involved in his outreach to Russian officials – though he initially gave false statements about those discussions.

The documents say that in late December 2016, Flynn called a senior transition official (identified as the "PTT official") to ask what to communicate to the Russian ambassador about sanctions. That official and Flynn discussed how they didn’t want Russia to "escalate the situation," something Flynn immediately told the ambassador in a phone call.

What I don't understand is why Flynn felt compelled to lie to the FBI. As a member of a presidential transition team, it's perfectly logical to reach out to foreign governments with whom you'll be interacting in the near future. I guess we'll know soon enough why Flynn was not forthright since he's now cut a deal that will allow him to avoid serious prison time.

On the surface, Flynn's communications with Russian officials prove virtually nothing, especially within the context of a president-elect Donald Trump instructing him to do so. Now if it were candidate Trump who gave such a directive? Well, then you're talking about the serious possibility of collusion. Ah, but certainly any major news network such as ABC News breaking the story of Flynn's guilty plea would be sure to draw such an important distinction, correct?

CNN reported late on Friday that an "ABC News spokesperson" said that "'World News' will clarify that this should be president-elect Trump, not candidate Trump."

ABC's mistake is a significant one. That it was president-elect Trump that allegedly instructed Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador and not candidate Trump changes the entire timeline of events and once again throws water on the idea that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to sway the 2016 presidential election. There is nothing illegal about the Trump transition team contacting foreign officials to prepare the way for taking office.

Now it's being reported by multiple sources that a senior Trump administration official (Jared Kushner) was the person to give Flynn the directive. So it appears ABC's Brian Ross quite literally had an "exclusive" story.

Quite often Trump chides reports as "fake news" when it contains something unflattering to his administration. It's downright petulant when he does so, particularly when stories being reported contain easily verifiable facts. But in the case of Ross's report, certain facts surrounding the Flynn story were either omitted or misconstrued in an effort to reflect poorly on a presidential administration which the media at large loathes. And this isn't the first time Ross has been overzealous in his reporting. Remember the horrific mass shooting at an Aurora, CO movie theater 5+ years ago? Upon shooter James Holmes being identified, Ross did little more than a Google search to determine that someone named James Holmes was a member of a Colorado Tea Party group. Because guns and right-wing activist groups are two things which much of the media abhors, it was too good to not at least broach the possibility it was the same guy. Of course, the James Holmes of the Colorado Tea Party was not the shooter, so ABC News had to walk that back as well.

As of now, it's too early to determine how damning these recent developments are to the Trump administration. Unfortunately, the mainstream media is once again demonstrating that most reports on the Russia probe should be held to a standard of (to borrow a phrase from my pal Mitch Berg) Distrust but verify.....then distrust some more.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Baseball podcasting

When it comes to dissecting issues within local governments (specifically at the municipal and county levels), there are few better than the Twin Cities' own Andrew Richter and Jason Bradley of Community Solutions MN. But in addition to his passion for being "a force for good in our neighborhoods," Andrew, like myself, is an avid baseball fan. As such, the guys chose to devote one of their weekly podcasts to baseball talk and thus extended an invite for me to join the discussion.

(Pictured l-r: Me, Andrew Richter and Jason Bradley)

The entire discussion lasted 2-1/2 hours, but we definitely could have rambled on for another hour or so.

Anyhow, feel free to check it out if you like. I'm going to apologize in advance for the poor audio quality whenever I spoke. I assure you it was more an issue with the microphone than my normally annoying speaking voice.



Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The reckoning continues (UPDATE: Maybe I gave NBC too much credit)

For a TV network which hasn't exactly covered itself in glory over the past few years, NBC acted swiftly (and justifiably) in gassing one of its most well known news personalities.

NBC has fired news anchor Matt Lauer over sexual harassment allegations by an employee, the network’s president for news said in a memo to his staff Wednesday.

The “Today” show host was canned for “inappropriate workplace conduct,” according to NBC Chairman Andy Lack.

“On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment,” Lack wrote.

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident,” he wrote.

“Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.

“We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can. To that end, Noah [NBC News President Noah Oppenheim] and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.”

Lauer's abhorrent behavior had been a rumor for some time. In fact, both the New York Times and Variety had been working on stories which were set to reveal Lauer's multiple indiscretions.

If nothing else, NBC was the outlet to break the story of one of their own. This comes just weeks after Ronan Farrow, who did freelance work with NBC, was not allowed to break the Harvey Weinstein story on the network. Given the fallout from that particular saga, NBC was left with proverbial egg on its face. And every time serial fabricator Brian Williams appears on an NBC-affiliated station, it only undermines their credibility. I'm not going to pretend that NBC has completely redeemed itself by having Lauer's former Today Show colleagues elaborate on what was breaking news, but at least they didn't just release the obligatory statement and then drop it altogether.

No sooner had the Lauer story broke then we hear of a well-known Minnesotan being accused of repugnant behavior.

Veteran radio host and writer Garrison Keillor confirmed Wednesday that he was fired by his longtime broadcast home, Minnesota Public Radio, over accusations of improper behavior.

After confirming the news in an email to the Associated Press, Keillor issued a follow-up statement saying he was terminated over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” However, he did not elaborate.

MPR issued a statement from communications director Angie Andresen on its website Wednesday announcing it would “end its business relationship with Keillor’s media companies effective immediately.” That includes ending distribution and broadcast of The Writer's Almanac, a daily syndicated program that Keillor continued to write and produce, in addition to rebroadcasts of The Best of A Prairie Home Companion.

The news of Keillor's demise comes literally the day after he penned a column saying it's "absurd" that fellow Minnesota proggie sleaze bag Sen. Al Franken should resign over his own indiscretions.


UPDATE: Maybe I gave NBC too much credit for what I perceived was an expeditious response to the Lauer saga. In a piece at Variety, it's alleged that management may have covered for some of Lauer's despicable activities. Yikes! 



Yes, President Trump's reference to "Pocahontas" (a shot at Sen. Elizabeth Warren's infamous fib about her heritage) during an event honoring Navajo code talkers was buffoonish. And yes, the ceremony being conducted right in front of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson seemed a bit tone deaf. But this idea that Sen. Warren is a sympathetic character in this whole thing is downright laughable. It seems "progressives" are more offended by the nickname with which Trump chides Warren than they are about her falsely claiming minority status to get ahead in life. Talk about "white privilege."

But to prove she hasn't a scintilla of shame over exploiting Native Americans for personal gain, Sen. Warren used this latest "Pocahontas" flap to elicit sympathy.

The one excerpt which really caught my attention is her claim that Trump came at her "with another racist slur." So "Pocahontas" is a racial slur, huh?

Well then, whomever is using the domain has some explaining to do.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Spot on

Yep. Tribalism at it's absolute worst.

If going all tribal is supposed to be a substitute for principles in this day and age, then count me out.


Nearly 250 years in the making

Truth be told, I'm not really into British monarchy (though I was intrigued by the hoopla surrounding Chuck & Di's nuptials when I was 12). However, this particular story caught my eye.

Prince Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and fifth in line to the throne, is engaged to Meghan Markle, his American girlfriend, the royal family said on Monday.

The prince, 33, and Ms. Markle, 36, will marry in the spring, a statement from Clarence House added.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s engagement underscores recent shifts in the British monarchy. They are part of a new generation of royals eager to project themselves as modern, inclusive and down-to-earth. This latest set of royals, who include the duke and duchess of Cambridge — Prince Harry’s elder brother, William, and his sister-in-law, Catherine — have in recent years tried to connect better with the public.

Perhaps my favorite theory as to why the the royals are evolving came via Twitter.

I imagine I'll be dead and buried by the time any offspring of Harry's would be of age to command both posts. Good thing too, because I wouldn't wanna live in a country where donuts would be scrapped in favor of crumpets.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Another in-kind contribution to Roy Moore's senate campaign

For all the tough talk of Dems saying that, knowing what they know now, they would have demanded Bill Clinton resign as President in 1998, they sure aren't taking advantage of their moral awakening.

First off, it appears that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is going to remain in the Senate despite claims from multiple women that he groped them. This doesn't even include the groping of journalist Leeann Tweeden, of which there's indisputable photographic evidence.

Now it seems Dems are closing ranks around the fossilized John Conyers (D-MI), who also has multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him. But hey, it's all good. Conyers' "icon" status apparently gives him special dispensation according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

In reaction to Pelosi's pitiful Meet The Press performance, Guy Benson rightly states that she pretty much strengthened GOP prospects of holding the Senate seat from Alabama.

It makes zero sense from both a practical and political standpoint to circle the wagons around Conyers and Franken. If Conyers is pressured to resign, the district he represents, according to the 2017 Cook Partisan Voter Index, is D+32. And if Franken were to move on, his vacant seat would be filled on an interim basis by Minnesota's leftist governor Mark Dayton. In short, both men are pretty much expendable to the Democrat party.

I absolutely do not want to see Roy Moore in the Senate given that he has offered no credible refutations to the allegations he propositioned teenage girls while in his 30s. But if Moore is elected to the Senate, the Dems' indignation will ring hollow. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.


Friday, November 24, 2017

On hiatus

I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving!

Since I will not be broadcasting my weekly radio show this Sunday (the indomitable Mitch Berg will be filling in for me), I'm taking a break from engaging in political news for the remainder of the week and thru the weekend. However, I reserve the right to check in if there's an earth-shattering development like Sen. Al Franken rightly resigning in disgrace.

If not, I'll talk to y'all next week.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Emily Lindin: "Falsely accused of sexual assault? Sucks to be you."

I can't emphasize enough how grateful I am that victims of sexual harassment/assault are able to have a more unified voice in today's society. While I suspect we haven't yet reached the bottoming out point, I have to believe that today's environment will serve to thwart instances of sexual misconduct from this day forward.

All that said, a possible drawback to the notion that every woman deserves to be believed is there are inevitably willful instances of false accusations which could potentially ruin the lives of innocent men. While such scenarios are not nearly as pervasive as the lecherous conduct which has permeated Hollywood, politics and media, we should never allow anyone to potentially have their lives ruined over blatantly unture allegations (See Duke lacrosse team or gang rape at University of Virginia). Thankfully many of the high profile indiscretions made public over the past several months appear to have been heavily scrutinized for their veracity.

Ah, but in the mind of Teen Vogue columnist Emily Lindin, innocent men having their lives ruined should be considered little more than collateral damage when attempting to eradicate sexual misconduct (read tweets from the bottom up):

It's that kind of thinking which allowed Bill Clinton to remain a power player in the Democrat party. "Yeah sure, Bill Clinton denigrated a few women, but he was such a champion of women's rights. Just chalk up Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky as collateral damage in the effort to create a more tolerable environment for women."

Oh, and don't ya love Ms. Lindin's statement on how hits to an innocent man's reputation is a price she is "absolutely willing to pay?" Pretty brassy to make such a definitive statement given the fact IT'S NOT HER FRIGGIN' REPUTATION THAT WILL BE DAMAGED!!! She'd pay no price!

Along with some reputations of innocent men, basic human decency is also becoming a casualty.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Not worthy

“There is no politician who’s going to save America... there is no election that’s going to transform your life...”
- Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE)

Given all the sleaziness we suspected (and is now being confirmed) was emanating from the U.S. Congress, I feel as though that institution doesn't deserve a Ben Sasse.


Monday, November 20, 2017

It's really sad.....

.....when a tweet from President Trump such as this......

.....elicits little more than a shrug. I mean, aren't these little snit fits towards people Trump believes disrespect him pretty much the new normal in presidential communications?

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr likely reflected the sentiments of the majority of America when he conveyed to the media that it would be helpful if they "just stopped covering both of them."


Sunday, November 19, 2017

I wasn't born for diggin' deep holes, I'm not made for pavin' long roads....

Hey, did ya hear? Today is International Men's Day!! Ah but given the news from this past week, I'm guessing this won't be touted too much in America. Nevertheless, today's 1-hour installment of The Closer gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Obviously we'll discuss the fallout from Sen. Al Franken being accused of sexual assault and how the Democrats have ineptly responded to this situation. 

I'll also opine on Gov. Mark Dayton being vindicated by the Supreme Court of Minnesota over his line-item vetoes sets a dangerous precedent. 

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.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Minnesota monarchy

So much for the idea of separation of powers.

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Legislature’s operating budget, declining to referee a political dispute between two co-equal branches of government that it said could resolve the issue themselves.

The 5-1 decision handed the Democratic governor a major legal victory as he seeks to roll back Republican-backed tax breaks and other measures he opposed but signed into law anyway this spring as part of a new state budget. And it left the Legislature on uncertain financial footing. Dayton welcomed the ruling while GOP lawmakers expressed dismay.

The ruling overturned a lower court decision that deemed Dayton’s action unconstitutional. But the high court said the state constitution does not allow the courts to order funding for the Legislature without an appropriation. And it said the Legislature has the authority to tap enough money to continue operating — at least $26 million and up to $40 million — until it reconvenes Feb. 20. So it rejected the argument that Dayton violated the constitution by effectively abolishing the Legislature.

I can't emphasize enough that I am no legal beagle. However, shouldn't there be some scrutiny as to why Dayton vetoed the items he did? He basically said back in May that legislative funding can be restored if legislators return to negotiating terms of a bill that he signed. Seems to me that a government executive using coercive tactics could give the impression that one is abusing his power, no? So why no action on that?

So if indeed a GOP governor is ever elected in Minnesota, proggies will be totally cool if he/she utilizes the same tactics in order to get a more favorable budget deal from a DFL controlled legislature, correct? After all, the precedent has now been set. Enjoy!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Sleaziness is not a partisan issue

As decades-old sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, pretty much every elected official in Washington urged him to drop out of next month's special election.

Now there are bipartisan calls for an ethics investigation into the past behavior of a sitting U.S. senator.

A TV host and sports broadcaster on Thursday accused Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006.

Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of groping her, without her consent, while she was asleep and provided a photo as evidence.

The incident happened in December 2006, she said, when she and Franken, then a comedian, were on a USO Tour to "entertain our troops."

Franken in a statement apologized for his actions.

There may be more to this story in the coming days. For now I have just a few thoughts:

- I noticed there were a heckuva lot more leftist politicos willing to condemn Franken than righties in the case of Moore. While I concede evidence against Franken is more damning given the photograph that is being circulated, what exactly is it about Moore's accusers that would make righties believe they are fabricating their stories? What would be the upside of them (and the Washington Post) doing so?

- That said, the cynical part of me believes that some leftists are coming off as indignant due to the fact Franken is pretty much expendable. If he were to resign, the Democrat governor of Minnesota gets to appoint a replacement, which would undoubtedly be a far left individual. Then there would be a special election in the 2018 midterms (a cycle which is looking favorable to Dems at this point) and then a regular election in 2020 when Franken's current term is up. Is there any doubt that Gov. Mark Dayton could find a far-left proggie to be the Dem caucus's rubber stamp for at least the next three years?

- And finally, let's go to a live look-in of Senate Democrats wanting to talk tax reform but having to endure questions about Franken instead:



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CLVIII

- Now that the Clintons are pretty much a liability to the Democrat party, leftists now feel emboldened to seek accountability for past sins, specifically regarding accusations of Bill Clinton committing sexual assaults before he was ever elected President.

It was a pattern of behavior; it included an alleged violent assault; the women involved had far more credible evidence than many of the most notorious accusations that have come to light in the past five weeks. But Clinton was not left to the swift and pitiless justice that today’s accused men have experienced. Rather, he was rescued by a surprising force: machine feminism. The movement had by then ossified into a partisan operation, and it was willing—eager—to let this friend of the sisterhood enjoy a little droit de seigneur.

With the accusations levied against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been cited by multiple women that he propositioned them when they were in their teens and he in his 30s, some leftists have actually grown a conscience here. They realize they can no longer adequately dismiss the retort of "Yeah, well, you all flippantly dismissed credible accusations towards Bill Clinton."

So while it hardly shows any moral courage for leftists to address Clinton's indiscretions only after he's become persona non grata, I still believe it's vital for his victims to finally be given a more unified voice. I hope we have reached a "bottoming out" here so that countless victims can finally have a start to their healing.

- When an MLB team goes from 103 losses one season to a playoff berth the next year, it take a good number of people to make that happen. For my favorite baseball club, one such person was recognized on Tuesday.

As arranged marriages go, it’s hard to imagine one working out better than what the Twins experienced in 2017.

Holdover manager Paul Molitor didn’t just find a way to coexist with the new analytically savvy front-office combination of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. Molitor navigated a historic turnaround that saw the Twins go from 103 losses to a 26-win improvement and their first postseason appearance in seven years.

For that, the Hall of Fame player was named American League manager of the year on Tuesday. Voting was conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

“I still think there’s value in people that have history and have some old-school thoughts as well as integrating the new,” said Molitor, 61. “I think the resources we added this year certainly affected my pregame preparation, things that I thought about and also how to probably manage in-game. I still use some of the old tools and I still trust my eyes and my gut, as managers like to say, but I think the layers that we have are helpful.”

Molitor received 18 of 30 first-place votes to outpoll runner-up Terry Francona, who led the Cleveland Indians to 102 wins and their second straight AL Central crown, and A.J. Hinch of the World Series-winning Houston Astros. Francona received 11 first-place votes and Hinch one to finish a close second (112-90) to his former Milwaukee Brewers teammate.

And to think the front office was seriously contemplating whether or not to retain Molitor despite the Twins making the postseason in 2017. Thankfully, Molitor accepted a 3-year extension recently, so he'll be able to follow through on leading the core of young players who were valued contributors this past season.

One other interesting tidbit is Molitor and Frank Robinson are the only two Hall of Fame players in MLB history to win a Manager of the Year award. Pretty impressive company, eh?

- A disturbing story regarding a shooting in northern California.

The gunman who killed four people and wounded at least 10 others, including two children, in Northern California Tuesday tried to access rooms at an elementary school to shoot more kids as part of a "bizarre and murderous rampage," police said at a press conference Tuesday night.

The shooter was killed by police after he opened fire at multiple “random” locations near Rancho Tehama Elementary School in Corning early Tuesday.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said that one of the victims was a woman the gunman stabbed in January.

School officials heard shots being fired about a quarter-mile away and the school went into lockdown mode, Johnston said. He added the incident "could have been much worse if it wasn't for the quick thinking" of the school's staff, who put the school in immediate lockdown mode without instruction from police.

Johnston noted it was "monumental" that school workers took action when they did, because he believes they saved the lives of countless children.

The assistant sheriff said the gunman rammed his vehicle into a school fence, then walked onto school grounds with a semi-automatic rifle while wearing a protective vest.

After being unable to access classrooms due to the lockdown, it's believed the gunman became "frustrated" and went back to his car, and began shooting at people while driving, according to police.

An incredibly bizarre sequence of events to be sure. So much so that it would be absolutely asinine to leap to any conclusions. Alas, I'm certain there were the obligatory shrieks on social media of the NRA being a terrorist organization, etc. I wouldn't know since I strategically avoided Twitter as soon as this news broke. For once I chose to follow my own advice and await some concrete facts. Pretty sad when that is considered an abnormal stance.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Things that annoy me

Yeah, I know. We're supposed to be in the midst of "30 days of thankfulness" by documenting each day in November something which we're thankful for. But a post like this has been brewing in me for some time, so I thought I would list a few items for the record.

Callers into a talk radio show starting off by saying "Thanks for taking my call."

As a guy who hosts a radio show, this perplexes me. Ummm....when a host shares the call-in number and then asks you to call in, no need to express thanks since you're the one honoring the request. So thank you for calling.

Referring to your favorite sports team as "we."

This is pretty common among sports fanatics. "Wow, we sure had a solid defensive showing today" or "Man, we sure were clutch with our free throw shooting." Uh, yeah, you as a fan have absolutely zero influence on the outcome of a game. I'm sure the athletes appreciate your support, enthusiasm, etc. but sitting on a couch in a flatulent state for 3+ hours with your biggest concern being timing restroom breaks with commercials does not make you a member of the team. And while being one of 70,000 screaming fans at, say, an NFL game sometimes results in players giving shout outs to the home crowd for creating an electric atmosphere, that still doesn't make you a teammate. Sorry.

Incorrect use of apostrophe s. 

An apostrophe s is to be used as a contraction (eg. Mike's (Mike is) going home) or to signify a person possessing something (eg. That is Mike's car). I'm still utterly stupefied how people use an apostrophe s when pluralizing a word or name (eg. Those kitten's are adorable; The Anderson's are excited for tomorrow). This is such a pet peeve of mine that I have difficulty enjoying a Christmas card saying "Merry Christmas from the Anderson's." Upon reading that, I'll usually reply along the lines of "The Anderson's what?"

When requesting prayer for something seemingly minor, people respond by saying "God's a little busy for such trivial things."

I could concoct a series of posts on how this is just absurdly incorrect theology, but I'll attempt to be pithy here. Saying "God's too busy..." is the retort of someone who believes that the limited abilities of we humans is somehow applicable to God. Newsflash: when the Creator of this vast universe is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end, I'd say He's more than capable of hearing and honoring the prayers of all of us whom He declared He knew before being formed in the womb. So with all due respect, your finite little mind should never be projected onto our Creator.