Wednesday, September 19, 2018

If you had paid close attention, .....

....this little tidbit shouldn't have come as a huge surprise.

"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were (gay)," Mark Saltzman, who worked for (Sesame Street) for 15 years, told Queerty in an interview. "I didn't have any other way to contextualize them."

Don't believe him? Just check the tape.

OK, the second video is obviously satire, but you get the point.

Granted I had no idea about sexual orientation when I was watching Sesame Street back in the 1970s. However, looking back now, it's definitely not a stretch to see how some writers threw in subtle references which kids of my day would not be able to glean. But the elementary aged kids of the 21st century? Certainly possible.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXII

- I don't know that I have a lot to add to the 35+ year old rape allegations levied against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was age 17 at the time. But I do find it interesting (and by "interesting" I mean "utterly predictable") that many leftists have suddenly pivoted back to "all female accusations of sexual assault/harassment deserved to be believed" after abandoning such a principle concerning accusations against Keith Ellison (oh hai, Sen. Tina Smith).

But perhaps the most egregious aspect of this saga is how Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sat on this allegation for weeks. If this allegation is as serious as leftists claim it to be, then to go through that entire dog and pony show of confirmation hearings without broaching the subject is downright malicious.

It's so despicable that even that conservative rag known as the San Francisco Chronicle is taking Feinstein to task over it.

- I'm convinced that one's occasions to utilize internet memes when engaging in political discussions are in inverse proportion to the substantive knowledge one possesses regarding the subject matters in question.

I realize I'm not conveying any original insights here. I've just noticed that such vapidity is more prolific today than ever.

- It's been pretty well established that the majority of the country's college professors are leftists. That in and of itself is not a bad thing, provided they don't allow their bias to dictate how they evaluate students. But when anti-Semitism starts to rear its ugly head, that's another matter.

A University of Michigan professor refused to send a letter of recommendation for a student who wished to study in Israel, according to an email obtained by The Times of Israel on Monday.

John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the university’s Department of American Culture, had previously offered to write an undergraduate’s reference letter for a semester abroad program in Israel.

But he notified the student, named Abigail, that he missed a critical piece of information in her request that made him change his mind.

“I am very sorry, but I only scanned your first email a couple weeks ago and missed out on a key detail,” he wrote. “As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of Palestinians living in Palestine. This boycott includes writing letters of recommendation for students planning to study there.

“I should have let you know earlier, and for that I apologize,” he went on. “But for reasons of these politics, I must rescind my offer to write your letter.”

I fail to see how the professor's personal boycott of Israel should impact a student who willingly wants to study there. This overall elitist attitude of knowing what's better for others is exactly how you get a President Donald Trump.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Let's check out a game from this past week where the Philadelphia Phillies hosted the Washington Nationals in the second game of a doubleheader.


Jose Bautista hit a home run for the Phillies in this game. In 2018, Bautista also homered as a member of the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, which made him the first player in MLB history to hit a home run for three different teams in the same division (in this case, the National League East) within the same season. 


Saturday, September 15, 2018

I can't remember what was said and what you threw at me.....

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg out on assignment today, we are switching things up this weekend. I will be on the Saturday edition of the NARN this afternoon from 1:00 until 3:00 Central Time.

There were a lot of poignant remembrances this past week regarding the 9/11/2001 terror attacks on U.S. soil. However, many leftists disgustingly used the occasion to attack President Trump.

At 2:00 pm I will welcome to the broadcast Raheel Raza of Clarion Project. Ms. Raza will be on to discuss to continued fallout in Iran (particularly among the mullahs) over the U.S. opting out of the nuclear deal entered into during the Obama administration.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM 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.

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

Until then.....


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXI

- My congressman, Tom Emmer, announced via his Facebook page the passage of some doggone good legislation.

Yesterday the House passed, and I was proud to support, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018  (H.R. 6720) to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for the purpose of human consumption in the United States (which is still legal in 44 states!). Dogs and cats are beloved companions for millions of Minnesotans and should not be slaughtered and sold as food.

Say, why wasn't common sense legislation such as this broached during the Obama years?

Oh, right.

- If the Minnesota Twins are ever to resurrect a marketing campaign similar to their early 2000s "Get to know 'em" series, then 5'9" 225 lb. reserve catcher Willians Astudillo absolutely needs to be its face.

Astudillo scored from first base on a Max Kepler double in the 7th inning of Wednesday's win over the New York Yankees. Said scamper was an instant classic.

When asked about his determination to score all the way from first on a double, Astudillo said "I just wanted to show that chubby people also run." In a beleaguered 2018 regular season for the Twins, young Willians is the hero we fans need but clearly don't deserve.

- In an era where American political/cultural/social debates are held to an impossible standard of "You can't support ______ if you also are in favor of ______," David French of National Review engages in a solid analysis surrounding police shootings involving the black community.

To put it bluntly, when I look back at my older writings, I see them as contributing more to a particular partisan narrative than to a tough, clear-eyed search for truth. So I’ve set out to rectify that imbalance. A person can walk and chew gum at the same time. One can rightly condemn riots and radicalism while also noting that each time a bad cop walks free it damages the fabric of trust between the government and its citizens. One can rightly say that it’s not “open season” on black men — or that any given inflammatory allegation has been thoroughly debunked — while also noting that the same DOJ that refuted “hands up, don’t shoot” also found evidence of systematic police misconduct in Ferguson.

Most cops do what’s right. Many cops are extraordinarily brave. But I also think the best evidence indicates that race is more of a factor in modern policing than I wanted to believe. I also think a pro-police bias has infected our criminal-justice system — including the way juries decide cases — and that pro-police bias has helped bad cops walk free. Moreover, there are legal doctrines that need to be reformed or abolished (such as qualified immunity, but that explanation requires a whole separate piece). And there should be a culture change in the way officers are taught to perceive risk, a culture change that thoughtful veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars could help initiate.

Riots are vicious and wrong. Cop-killers are depraved. We should defend, not disrupt, the nuclear family. We should tell the truth even when the truth hurts our own side. Racism still plagues our land, and race too often plays a pernicious role in American policing. It is not “open season” on black men, yet too many bad cops go free, and too many black men die at the hands of the state. Our laws and culture grant the men in blue too much latitude and too many privileges. All of these things can be true at the same time. All of them are true at the same time. It’s the immense and monumental American challenge that we must deal with them all at once.

Definitely read the piece in its entirety here.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering 9/11/2001

Paying homage to Minnesota native Thomas Burnett, Jr. on the 17-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

At the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, PA, circa 2017.

Tom was one of 40 passengers and crew members on United flight 93 on 9/11/01. This particular flight was noteworthy in that the passengers, knowing what had happened to the World Trade Center earlier that morning, decided to thwart further carnage by overtaking the hijackers in the cockpit.

The flight ended up crashing in an abandoned field in rural Pennsylvania, approximately 20 minutes flight time from its intended target of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Here is a transcript of Tom's final call to his wife Deena).

We often recall the heroic acts of law enforcement officials and fire fighters who rushed into the Twin Towers to perform rescue efforts, knowing full well they may not make it out alive. However, the passengers of United 93 conceded that they certainly would perish, but they were damn sure not going to allow any additional deaths on their watch. It's safe to say they too showed remarkable heroism.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox - September 9, 2018.


Bob Montogmery of the Red Sox came to the plate without a batting helmet, making him the last player in MLB history to make a plate appearance sans that now required equipment. 


Sunday, September 09, 2018

Makin' my connection as I enter the room......

It's the first Sunday of the 2018 NFL regular season but the Northern Alliance Radio Network will still air live. Today's edition of The Closer will be on the air from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

For the first two segments of the broadcast, I will be chatting with political wonk Matt Mackowiak regarding the circus surrounding the Brett Kavanaugh for U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings as well as the the latest in the Congressional midterm races. Matt will also weigh in on the anonymous "senior official" in the Trump administration who reveals alleged chaos within the Trump White House.

In the non-guest segments, I will discuss Nike's decision to use Colin Kaepernick as the spokesperson in its latest ad campaign. Also, I will opine on some of the local political news from this past week.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM 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.

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

Until then.....


Thursday, September 06, 2018

Bobbling Buxton

I haven't weighed in much on my Minnesota Twins this season. The reason being, quite simply, is they haven't been within a whiff of first place in the mediocre American League Central Division since literally mid April. And now that the Vikings are beginning their NFL regular season this weekend, the Twins are about to become as relevant (or less so) than the MN United soccer team (or is it "futbol club?").

Given the Twins brain trust of Derek Falvey (Executive Vice President and Chief Baseball Officer) and Thad Levine (senior VP and general manager) are just shy of two years into their tenures, I'm willing to be patient while they construct the on-field product. Certainly there are some promising young players at the big league level as well as the high minor leagues, thus there are reasons to be optimistic that there are core players in place. Combine that with the fact the Twins only have approximately $33 million in guaranteed money to dole out in 2019, an immediate return to relevance is very possible with some smart free agent signings.

One of the youngsters in whom the Twins have pinned their hopes upon is center fielder Byron Buxton, who was the second overall pick in the 2012 draft. While his outfield defense has been major league worthy (he won the Gold Glove in 2017), his offense has left a lot to be desired. However, he finished last season on a tear by hitting .314 (including .359 On Base Percentage and .553 Slugging) with 12 home runs after July 4. As a result, there was much optimism that the five tool potential many saw in Buxton had finally come to fruition.

Then came the 2018 season.

As is his wont, Buxton got off to a terrible start to the year by hitting only .195 with 2 RBIs and 11 Ks over the first eleven games. He was then placed on the 10-day disabled list due to persistent migraine headaches. While in AAA Rochester for a rehab assignment, Buxton fouled a ball off his big toe, resulting in a hairline fracture. Nevertheless, the Twins rushed him back to the big club where his offensive woes (not surprisingly) continued. Over the next 17 games, Buxton hit a paltry .122 (with a pathetic OBP of .140) while driving in only two runs and striking out 17 times. He was placed back on the disabled list and, as I write this, has not returned to the big leagues. This is in spite of the fact that MLB rosters could expand to 40 players as of August 31 and that Buxton had played well at AAA over the past few weeks.

Given the Twins are well out of postseason contention (evidenced by their pre-July 31 fire sale), there is absolutely zero reason why Buxton should not be with the big club. But he isn't. And the Twins brass sent him home for the remainder of the year. Why? Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune lays it out.

 Levine listed several reasons in explaining their decision, but let’s not be naive, there’s only one real reason.

This decision was driven by service time and preventing Buxton from reaching free agency in 2021, which would happen if he spent two more weeks in the majors this season. By telling Buxton to hit the road, he won’t become a free agent until 2022.

Not only is this bad optics that reinforces a negative view about the organization’s perceived cheapness, they are making a fairly large assumption that seems iffy at best right now.

Buxton hasn’t shown that he can hit major league pitching. He ultimately might be viewed as a colossal bust. But yet the team is worried about his free-agency timeline? The organization might not even want Buxton in 2020 if he doesn’t learn to hit.

He needs instruction. He needs big-league at-bats. He needs confidence. The Twins need to do everything possible to give him the best chance to succeed. Instead, they alienated and angered him.

Buxton reportedly packed up his stuff and left Rochester two days before Monday’s season finale. No one should be surprised if his agent files a grievance.

Was this their goal?

Levine told reporters that the organization views Buxton as a starting center fielder but that they didn’t envision him getting at-bats during a call-up. That’s weird logic.

On Monday, the Twins started an outfield of Robbie Grossman, Jake Cave and Johnny Field. But, sure, Buxton can’t crack the lineup.

I believe that even if Buxton is little more than a .250 hitter for his career, the other-worldly speed on the base paths and the gold glove caliber defense in CF would make him more than a serviceable player. As such, the month of September on a non-contending MLB team is the absolute perfect time to give him ABs in an attempt to get back his swing and become more productive offensively. Unfortunately, Buxton will not have that opportunity in 2018.

In my mind, the honeymoon period for "Falvine" is quickly approaching its end date.


Wednesday, September 05, 2018


What's sad is I understand every reference contained in these Stephen Miller tweets: 

What a time to be alive. 


Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The obligatory Colin Kaepernick "Just Do It" post

As an unabashed capitalist I believe major corporations such as Nike are free to advertise their product however they see fit. But that doesn't mean one shouldn't question the wisdom of their latest ad campaign.

Colin Kaepernick is back -- at least as far as Madison Avenue is concerned.

The former NFL quarterback, who is suing NFL owners for allegedly colluding to keep him out of the league, is one of the faces of a new Nike campaign meant to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the brand's iconic "Just Do It" motto.

The new ad, which Kaepernick shared on social media Monday afternoon, features the message: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."

Nike signed Kaepernick in 2011 and kept him on its endorsement roster over the years. The company had not used him in the past two years.

"We believe Colin is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward," Gino Fisanotti, Nike's vice president of brand for North America, told ESPN.

I guess Nike Corp. feels they're at a point where they've made so much money that they'll be able to financially weather the public relations storm which has already ensued.

As Jim Geraghty notes, perhaps Nike is merely looking to expand its market share to those who are typically hostile towards capitalism.

If you ever wondered what it would take to get the woke Social Justice Warrior crowd to loudly support a multinational corporation with nearly $35 billion in revenue in 2017; that pays its assembly line workers about 2.5 percent of production costs; that faces accusations that its factories bar independent inspections of working conditions; whose workers frequently faint from heat and exhaustion, and suffer wage theft, forced overtime, restrictions on their use of toilets, exposure to toxic solvents, and padlocked exit doors . . . well, apparently Colin Kaepernick is all that it takes.

Wouldn't it be ironic if Kap does somehow make a NFL roster this season and then kneels in protest of billion dollar corporations who implement questionable labor practices?

Seriously though, if SJWs had an ounce of intellectual consistency (BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! I slay me), they would call on Kap to use his newfound influence with Nike to look into these particular issues. Ah, but as we've witnessed for some time now, most progs deem it better to virtue signal than to actually be virtuous.


Monday, September 03, 2018

Box Score of the Week

A key September matchup for the "Ya Gotta Believe" season of the 1969 New York (Amazin') Mets. Here they took on the Chicago Cubs in a September 1969 game.


Known as simply "The Black Cat game."

It didn't happen on a Friday the 13th -- but in 1969, one of the spookiest, most ominous events in MLB history happened. On September 9, Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins was on the hill for the Cubs in a crucial late-season game against the Mets. The Mets had already won the first contest in the two-game series and were now just 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago in the newly-created NL East, and the Cubs were trying to avoid losing their sixth in a row. Things were already looking bleak for the Cubs, and then this happened:

As Jenkins has said, the black cat could have headed to the Mets dugout -- but it didn't. It went right for the Cubs, and stared into their dugout for a good 10 seconds. Chicago, which had been in first place all season, ended up losing 18 of their 27 games in September and October and failed to qualify for postseason play.

A lot of factors contributed to the collapse -- manager Leo Durocher's reluctance to give position players days off has often been cited -- but the black cat became another chapter in the Cubs' history of bad fortune.


Sunday, September 02, 2018

Will you visit me please if I open my door....

The 2018 MN State Fair wraps up tomorrow evening, so I will be broadcasting the final fair show of the Northern Alliance Radio Network. Today's edition of the The Closer starts at 1:00 PM Central Time.

As always, it's a guest-a-palooza at these particular shows

  • 1:15 - Republican AG candidate Doug Wardlow, who was on last week to tout his candidacy, will appear this week to preview the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 
  • 1:30 - Jim Newberger, who is the MN Republican candidate opposing incumbent senator Amy Klobuchar. 
  • 2:00 - Longtime friend of the broadcast Karin Housley, who is the MN GOP candidate in the special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Al Franken. 

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

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 (or FM 107.5 in the  West Metro) on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area, you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio.

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

Until then.....


Thursday, August 30, 2018


I know I've said it over and over and over again how a Republican has not prevailed in a statewide Minnesota election since 2006. However, the dry spell has been even longer for the office of MN Attorney General as there has been exactly one Republican elected to that office since 1954 (Douglas Head in 1966).

While there are strong indications of the 2018 midterms pointing to (for now) Dems making significant gains nationally, Minnesota is garnering the attention of some national GOP groups, one in particular being the Republican Attorneys General Association.

With the GOP putting up a solid legal mind in Doug Wardlow while the Dems counter with the deplorable Keith Ellison, there is a glimmer of hope here. 

Add to that the news shared recently by my friend and veteran political activist Andy Aplikowski. 

I'm excited to announce that I have joined the Doug Wardlow for Attorney General campaign as Political Director.

Please donate and sign up to volunteer today, so we can win this important race this November.

I've said many times before that any campaign which brings Andy on to its staff will be getting an incredibly knowledgeable, dedicated and diligent worker. If I had to pick just one statewide race which has the best opportunity for a GOP pick up, I believe this would be it!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

When two mainstream Twin Cities news stations....

......declare your campaign literature deceitful, you must've really sh*t the bed.

Kudos to WCCO and KSTP for calling out the DFL's lazy slander.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXX

- With a steady stream of professional athletes becoming openly left wing in the era of President Donald Trump, the expectation by leftists and media (pardon the redundancy) is that the higher profile names join in on the "resistance" to the president.

Ah, but the biggest name in professional golf is taking a pass.

Tiger Woods did his best to stay clear of controversy Sunday when he was asked after the final round of the Northern Trust about his relationship with President Donald Trump.

Woods has played golf with Trump, including after he was elected in 2016 and again last year at Thanksgiving with golfers Dustin Johnson and Brad Faxon.

"Well, I've known Donald for a number of years,'' Woods said during a post-round interview at Ridgewood Country Club. "We've played golf together. We've had dinner together. I've known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.''

When pressed about some people being threatened by Trump "and his policy,'' as well as Woods' seemingly friendly relationship with the president, Woods said:

"Well, he's the president of the United States. You have to respect the office. No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.''

The screaming blowhards on ESPN shout-fest First Take pretty much lost their s**t over what appeared to be a reasonable and measured statement.

I'm not a big fan of people telling celebrities to "shut up and {do whatever vocation you're in}." All American citizens, regardless of class or stature, have the right to speak up and be as politically active as they so desire. But the exact opposite is also true in that high profile individuals have every right to abstain from commenting on highly charged topics for fear of alienating a significant portion of their fan base.

The only regret I have about Tiger's comments is that he didn't declare "all lives matter." The collective hissy fits of leftists and media (again, PTR) would've been a legit pay-per-view event.

- I would love to see a Venn diagram of those who just last week lectured people to not politicize the tragic death of Mollie Tibbetts and those who accused Republicans and the NRA of having blood on their hands after a gunman opened fire at a Jacksonville, FL venue, killing two people.

- Say what you want about Minnesota Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison, but the guy sure doesn't lack cojones.

This would be the equivalent of early 2000s Michael Vick saying he is proud to be in the fight to prevent dog owners from smacking their canines on the nose with a newspaper.


Monday, August 27, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Boston Bees (the franchise which eventually became the Atlanta Braves) at St. Louis Cardinals - August 4, 1937.


This past Sunday the Cards' Matt Carpenter hit four doubles in a win over the Colorado Rockies. He is the first Cardinals player to pull that off since Joe "Ducky" Medwick in that 1937 game against Boston. 


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Some people they like to go out dancin', and other people they have to work...

It's an annual tradition for the Northern Alliance Radio Network to broadcast live from the MN State Fair. As such, my radio program The Closer will be live from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

The guest-a-palooza includes: 

Then starting at 2:30 I will be hosting our second annual edition of the game show Real News or The Onion. What this entails is I will read a headline and a few paragraphs of a story and the on-site contestants will have to tell me if it's real news or something from the satirical web site The Onion

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

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 (or FM 107.5 in the  West Metro) on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area, you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio.

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

Until then.....


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Another tragedy, another politicization

It was utterly heartbreaking to hear that missing 20-year old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was found dead after being reported missing more than a month ago. Since this case was so highly publicized, many were awaiting the facts upon learning her body had been recovered. 

As it turns out, the alleged perpetrator of this crime inflamed yet another heated political debate. 

Officials say the suspect, 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, is a Mexican national who is in the country illegally. Investigators believe Rivera followed Tibbetts on July 18 and abducted her as she was out for a jog.

Surveillance video showed a car that investigators traced back to Rivera, said Rick Rahn, a special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Rivera is being being held on a federal immigration detainer.

Sorry, but I will never accept it as normal that any high profile death will immediately be politicized before loved ones have an adequate opportunity to mourn. Nevertheless, America's deeply flawed immigration system was once again brought to the forefront when discussing this case, including by President Trump himself.

While I am not interesting in adding to the melee myself, I can't help but roll my eyes at people who typically politicize certain other tragedies.

The fact is there are already laws on the books addressing the legal possession of a firearm as well as the process of being in the USA legally. Sadly what we've seen all too often are enforcement officials bungling certain aspects of these statutes as well as those already skirting laws not really being deterred by other legalese. 

Regardless, it is my sincere hope that Mollie's family can somehow find peace and comfort which transcends all understanding. 


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Tough Tuesday, Trump

With the verdicts of former Trump for President campaign chair Paul Manafort and ex-lawyer Michael Cohen being handed down Tuesday, it was arguably the lowest point in Trump's 19 months as POTUS (and that's saying something).

While the Manafort verdict (guilty on eight of 18 counts) was largely related to activities predating his association with Trump's presidential run, Cohen's being found guilty of violating campaign finance laws is more damning to the president.

Cohen's attorney said that if Cohen is guilty of violating campaign finance law, so is the president.

"Michael Cohen took this step today so that his family can move on to the next chapter," Cohen attorney Lanny Davis said in a statement. "This is Michael fulfilling his promise made on July 2nd to put his family and country first and tell the truth about Donald Trump. Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election. If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump?"

Andrew McCarthy of National Review provided his perspective.

Let’s split some legal hairs. The media narrative suggests that these payments violate federal law because they were made to influence the outcome of the election. That is not quite accurate. It was not illegal to pay hush money to the two women — Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford (a.k.a. “Stormy Daniels”). It was illegal for Michael Cohen to make in-kind contributions (which is what these pay-offs were) in excess of the legal limit.

Specifically, it was illegal for Michael Cohen to make contributions exceeding $2,700 per election to a presidential candidate (including contributions coordinated with the candidate); and illegal for the candidate to accept contributions in excess of that amount. It was also illegal for corporations to contribute to candidates (including expenditures coordinated with the candidate), and for the candidate to accept such contributions. The latter illegality is relevant because Cohen formed corporations to transfer the hush money.

The law does not impose a dollar limit on the candidate himself. Donald Trump could lawfully have made contributions and expenditures in excess of $2,700 per election. Because of that, and because — unlike Cohen — Trump is a non-lawyer who may not have fully appreciated the campaign-finance implications, it would be tough to prove that the president had criminal intent. Nevertheless, that may not get the president off the hook. As noted above, it is illegal for a candidate to accept excessive contributions. It is also illegal to fail to report contributions and expenditures, and to conspire in or aid and abet another person’s excessive contributions. Moreover, we are talking here about hush-money expenditures, so drawing a distinction between the payment and the failure to report is pointless since the intention not to report is implicit in this kind of payment.

As I argued when news of these pay-offs first emerged, the best arguments President Trump has here involve mitigation, not innocence.

I sensed within the past few weeks that the Republicans would lose the U.S. House in the upcoming midterm elections. The Cohen verdict will now only embolden the Democrats' impeachment talk as well as provide more fodder to delay the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings. While I believe Tuesday's news will only fortify the former, the latter is still an exercise in futility.

These verdicts also seem to shed light on another issue. That is, leftists are only concerned about getting Trump. Period. While they shrieked about Russian interference in our elections and raised concerns over cyber security, all of that was secondary to the belief that Trump is unfit as president and thus has to go by any means necessary while still clinging to the utter fantasy that Hillary Clinton can be installed as president

In the end I highly doubt this brings down Trump. However, this further underscores the point that Trump associating with unsavory characters was never going to allow him to go unscathed.

I feel as though Mark Hemingway summed it up best:

Let's face it: If Trump had followed the Pence rule, he wouldn't be in this mess.



Monday, August 20, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals - April 6, 2002.


Royals relief pitcher Miguel Asencio made his Major League debut in the eighth inning of this game. To say it was inauspicious would be an understatement. He threw a total of 16 pitches ----- all outside the strike zone. That means he walked all four batters he faced, all of whom eventually came around to score. 


Sunday, August 19, 2018

We all came out to Montreux on the Lake Geneva shoreline.....

MN State Fair time is around the corner, so this will be the final show in the Patriot bunker until the second Sunday in September. Today's edition of The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

At 1:30 I will be joined by Matt Lundin, who is the GOP candidate for MN House in 57A (eastern portion of Lakeville and southern part of Apple Valley). With incumbent representative (and failed DFL Lt. Gov. candidate) Erin Maye-Quade not seeking re-election, this seat is ripe for a Republican pick up.

In the non-guest segments, I'll recap this past Tuesday's MN primary election which includes the DFL's enduring Keith Ellison dilemma. On a national level, the Cuomo brothers had a running competition as to which bro was the most inane.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM 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.

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

Until then.....


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Where credit is due

I've never been a fan of Bill Maher's but I have to say that he is one of the few sane Hollywood voices when it comes to the virtues of free speech.

Check out this clip where the barking, clapping seals on Maher's panel and in his audience suddenly don't like the taste of fish they're being tossed. 

I too am not a fan of Alex Jones and would shed nary a tear if he chose to live out his days off the grid. But celebrating corporate fascism is not going to lead to the result you ultimately desire if your goal is to completely eradicate an opposing viewpoint. Tread lightly.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXIX

- Now that Jeff Johnson is officially the GOP candidate for Minnesota governor, it's time for all MN Republicans to coalesce behind him. As such, I noticed a good number of Tim Pawlenty supporters publicly declaring they are now officially on the Johnson bandwagon.

You would think it would be pretty obvious that those already in Johnson's camp would be welcoming to new supporters. And I daresay that the vast majority were indeed extremely cordial to newcomers. However, I noticed a handful of Johnson's supporters chiding T-Paw faithful for "being late to the party" or even performing a proverbial spiking of the football for knocking out the "establishment choice." For a political party which hasn't won a statewide election in Minnesota since 2006, such an attitude is utterly stupefying.

If we MN Republicans have any aspirations of snapping a 12-year statewide drought, I would strongly suggest tamping down the arrogance posthaste.

- Narrator: The following conversation, while entirely plausible, is fictional even though it's based on actual events. 

CNN's Chris Cuomo: "I'm going to give a commentary so asinine and morally vapid that it's bound to make heads explode."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY): "Hold my chardonnay, little brother." 

- Yeah, so this was pretty crummy news.

Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman announced on Facebook Tuesday that his cancer has returned.

Coleman, who served as mayor of St. Paul from 1994 to 2002, had previously battled throat and neck cancer. He said he is two weeks into chemotherapy treatment for stage 4 cancer, where “the prognosis … is typically not optimistic.”

“The beast that is my cancer has returned. It has reasserted itself. The prognosis for metastasized cancer is typically not optimistic.”

“I won’t lie to you. Cancer has shaken my soul. But, it has not broken my spirit,” said Coleman, 68, in the online statement describing his illness. He said he is nonetheless confident the fight is “very winnable.”

 Coleman's future daughter-in law likely echoes the sentiments of the entire family.

Rest assured that the Coleman family will be part of my daily prayers.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My obligatory Minnesota primary recap

I'll start off by saying this. If statewide turnout in this year's Minnesota primary elections is any indication, the Republican Party of Minnesota's slogan of "Make MN Red" is pure fantasy. I get that Democrats had competitive primaries in the gubernatorial and Attorney General races and thus their voters were more motivated. But the Republicans also had a very competitive race on the gov side yet DFL turnout was still nearly double.

Speaking of the MNGOP gov race, I'll admit that I was not only surprised that Jeff Johnson emerged victorious but that it was nearly a double digit win over the heavily funded Tim Pawlenty. I hope I'm wrong here but I felt as though T-Paw was the most viable GOP gubernatorial candidate who could win statewide. Johnson has done his best over the past couple of months to assuage concerns of those who doubt he can perform any better than in 2014 when he was defeated by a vulnerable incumbent in what was a Republican wave year. Unfortunately the lack of a Pawlenty candidacy likely means very few national resources pouring into Minnesota. I guess Johnson is going to have to bring out the "scrappy fighter" we were promised would show up in the '14 general election (but rarely emerged), especially against turncoat Tim Walz.

Speaking of Walz, he soundly defeated DFL-endorsed candidate Erin Muprhy for the Democrat nod. This is basically a replay of the 2010 DFL cycle when the endorsed female gov candidate (back then it was Margaret Anderson Kelliher) was defeated by a male candidate (Mark Dayton) in the primary. For all the virtue signaling leftists engage in over the MNGOP not fielding female gov candidates, Dems seem to allow women to touch the proverbial glass ceiling but not actually break through it.

In other noteworthy races:

- Frequent guest and longtime friend of the Northern Alliance Radio Network Karin Housley cruised to the GOP nominee in the special election for the U.S. Senate vacated by Al Franken. She'll oppose interim senator Tina Smith, who easily dispatched five other DFLers.

- Despite serious allegations of domestic abuse swirling around him, Keith Ellison cruised to the DFL nomination for MN Attorney General. I imagine that even if he didn't already have significant early votes banked, he would have won regardless. However, it doesn't appear Ellison's most vocal accuser, Karen Monahan, is going to be silent so we'll see how this plays out over the next few months. If Ellison remains the Dem candidate, will Republican Doug Wardlow put up a formidable enough challenge for an office the GOP hasn't held in about a half century? Now that incumbent AG Lori Swanson is not running again, a prominent national Republican AG group will take a keen interest in this race. No question Wardlow will need all the help he can get.

- One silver lining for the GOP is that Republican turnout in Congressional Districts One and Eight (both held by Dems who are not seeking reelection) at least rivaled that of Democrats. Both CDs were dominated by Donald Trump in 2016, so both GOP candidates (Jim Hagedorn in One, Pete Stauber in Eight) better hope for similar Republican turnout in November. It will definitely be a much taller task given that Trump is not on the ballot and Dems definitely have the motivation to get to the polls.

- The six-way DFL primary in CD5 basically determines who the next representative will be. As expected, current MN state representative Ilhan Omar emerged victorious, which means she will be the first female Muslim member of Congress come January 2019.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers - June 30, 2014.


This past Sunday evening, the Chicago Cubs' David Bote hit a "Ultimate Grand Slam" (a grand slam when trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning (or in an extra inning), thus winning the game) to give his team a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. 

This week's featured game was the last time an Ultimate Grand Slam had taken place when Rajai Davis hit one for the Tigers


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Keith's quamire

If you follow Minnesota politics at all, you've undoubtedly heard by now that Congressman Keith Ellison (who is also vying to be the Democrat nominee in the MN Atty General race) was hit with some serious allegations of domestic abuse.

Austin Monahan, who is the son of Ellison's former girlfriend Karen Monahan, laid out the allegations in a long Facebook post (apologies for the strong language). 

Ms. Monahan backed up her son's claims via Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

A few thoughts: 

- With Primary Day in Minnesota taking place this Tuesday, it's quite possible Ellison will have already wrapped up the DFL nomination for AG given that early voting began June 29. I have a feeling that since many "metrocrats" share Ellison's campaign strategy of fervent anti-Trumpism, they were motivated to cast their votes ASAP. Chalk this up as another reason why voting early for reasons outside of knowing you will absolutely not be able to physically go to the polls on Election Day is a bad idea. 

- Ms. Monahan's son claimed there's video evidence of Ellison's physical abuse. Ellison denies its existence. Seems to me this would be an easy dilemma to solve. 

- Even if Ms. Monahan declines to offer up the video evidence, the proggie mantra of "Every woman deserves to be believed" means there should be pressure applied on Ellison to resign from Congress and drop out of the AG race, right? Personally I'm all for letting the legal process play out (a courtesy which leftists and the media would not extend to Republicans). However, going after the mere accused with proverbial torches and pitchforks is the standard which leftists have set. Let's see if they stick to their "principles."

- And finally, you know it's a bizarro world when the deplorable Ryan Winkler throws Ellison under the bus. 

Of course, the cynic in me believes this is part of a long-term ploy by Winkler to tear down an Attorney General candidate as well as current/former AGs in an effort to position himself for a future election to an office he covets. 


You feel alright when you hear the music ring.....

The dog days of August are among us but the Northern Alliance Radio Network rolls along. Today's edition of my radio program The Closer begins at 1:00 PM Central Time.

At 1:15 I will be joined by Santa Fe (TX) High School alum Grace Johnson. This past May, SFHS endured a deadly school shooting which left ten people dead. Grace was a student at the time, so she'll be on the show to discuss why the tragedy at Sante Fe doesn't receive near the coverage as the Stoneman Douglas HS shooting in Parkland, FL. 

In the non-guest segments, we'll discuss "progressives" attempting to squelch speech using big business and big government.  

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM 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.

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

Until then.....


Friday, August 10, 2018

Close to home

When it comes to my political activism, outings with friends, etc., living in a northwestern Twin Cities suburb like Ramsey often means significant travel to most venues.

With this Saturday being chock full of places to go/people to see, it would stand to reason that I will be putting some serious mileage on the vehicle. Ah, but amazingly enough the proverbial stars aligned in my favor for the day's agenda.

  • The monthly meet-up of MN Gun Owners is happening at a cafe in Anoka late morning, a mere 15 minutes away. 
  • The wildly popular Game Fair takes place this weekend and next. It's held annually at Armstrong Ranch, which I can practically see from my backyard. 
  • Then to wrap up the evening, cover band Elephant In The Room (fronted by my friend & NARN colleague Mitch Berg and featuring former NARN board op Tommy Huynh on lead vocals) will be performing at Outpost Bar & Grill, about 5 miles east of our humble abode. 

Yes, it'll be a rare Saturday where I won't even have to venture out of Anoka County!


Thursday, August 09, 2018

Not getting a lot of play

Seems to me this ought to be a bigger story.

Three of the adults arrested after a raid on a northern New Mexico compound are accused of training children to commit school shootings, according to court documents.

The claim was made by a foster parent to one of the 11 rescued children.

I guess leftists and the national media (pardon the redundancy) are only interested in school shootings when there are casualties, thus allowing them to blame (without merit of course) the NRA and Republicans.

As usual, Michelle Malkin completely eschews political correctness to bring you more of the story.

I'd say this is worth keeping an eye upon, but that's a huuuuge leap of faith to assume it would receive MSM coverage. I guess you can never go wrong following Michelle Malkin, so that may be your best bet in this case.


Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXVIII

- It's one thing for social media giants like Facebook, YouTube, Apple and Twitter to ban the loony Alex Jones and Infowars. While hypocritical given that the aforementioned companies preach diversity but then ban speech they find objectionable, they are private enterprises and thus are free to associate (or not) with whomever they desire.

However, when a state's executive branch of government utilizes tactics to undermine an organization committed to firearms safety? That would appear to be a legit First Amendment issue. 

New York’s governor has made it clear that he’s on a witch hunt to put a private organization out of business.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has been in a protracted battle with the National Rifle Association. Now he’s using a state agency to hound the pro-Second Amendment organization with costly regulatory threats, as well as to convince financial institutions not to do business with the NRA.

The NRA filed a lawsuit against Cuomo and the New York State Department of Financial Services, saying, according to NPR, that the state officials are trying to “deprive the NRA and its constituents of their First Amendment rights to speak freely about gun-related issues and defend the Second Amendment.”

The financial services agency specifically targeted an NRA insurance program. Called Carry Guard, it was created to help gun owners and concealed-carry permit holders pay legal bills if they use their firearms in self-defense.

When Cuomo says things like he would have put the NRA out of business 20 years if possible, that seems to leave very little wiggle room as to his motivation here. One would hope this would be a slam dunk win for the NRA.

- Speaking of insufferable government actions.

On the same day the City of West Hollywood voted to ask for President Donald Trump's Walk of Fame star to be removed, the person who'd most recently vandalized it was charged.

The resolution to request the removal of Trump's star's was unanimously adopted by the West Hollywood City Council but is not legally binding as the city has no jurisdiction over the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mayor John Duran said the vote was symbolic. "The West Hollywood City Council did not pass the resolution because Donald Trump is a conservative or a Republican. Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honor. When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, Muslims, people with disabilities or women -- the honor no longer exists," he told CNN.

Uh huh. Say, don't the nearby Walk of Fame stars of Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey remain intact?

Pretty much.

- I am very excited for my friend/former Miss Minneapolis/former Northern Alliance Radio Network contributor/future Mrs. Jake Coleman/fellow politico Julia Schliesing entering the fray of electoral politics!

I know she has already knocked on doors, walked in parades, etc. in an effort to get to know the folks in Chanhassen. No question she has the knowledge, passion and work ethic. Please feel free to check out her campaign web site as well as her Facebook page for more details.

You got this, Julia!!


Monday, August 06, 2018

Not the coup you think it is

With Primary Day a little more than a week away in Minnesota, candidates are doing all they can to shore up support.

With MNGOP endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson in a tough battle with Tim Pawlenty for the Republican nod for governor, Johnson is obviously attempting to shore up as much statewide appeal as possible.

I'm not sure this is helpful though:

Let's see. In seeking reelection to a fourth term in Congress back in 2012, Michele Bachmann's campaign and other Independent Expenditures cumulatively spent approximately $12 million to eek out a 1.2% margin of victory in the most conservative Congressional District (the Sixth) in the state of Minnesota. Sensing that she was wearing out her welcome, Bachmann chose not to run in 2014, thus ending her career in electoral politics.

If Bachmann is indeed persona non grata in a venue such as Minnesota's 6th CD, I'm highly skeptical that she has much appeal to GOP primary voters statewide. Again, Johnson touting this endorsement does little to nothing if the goal is to sway support away from Pawlenty or "Undecided." Sorry.


Box Score of the Week

Let's look back at a game from less than a week ago when the Washington Nationals hosted the New York Mets.


In this game, the Mets' second baseman Jose Reyes hit two home runs. In the previous game, Reyes entered as a relief pitcher in the eighth inning with his club down 18 runs. He allowed two home runs. As such, Reyes became the first player in MLB history to surrender multiple home runs one game and then hit multiple homers the very next contest. 


Sunday, August 05, 2018

Don't step out of this house if that's the clothes you're gonna wear.....

We're into the dog days of August but the Northern Alliance Radio Network presses on. My two-hour show The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

We'll discuss President Trump's personal attack on NBA star LeBron James and, while not racist, how it's woefully misguided. Also, is disgraced former U.S. Senator from MN Al Franken looking to get back in to electoral politics?

Speaking of the U.S. Senate, I'll be joined by Minnesota GOP candidate (and longtime friend of the broadcast) Karin Housley at 1:30 PM. MN Primary Day is a little more than a week away as Karin looks to secure the Republican nomination for the seat formerly occupied by Franken.

At 2:00 we'll hear from Archway Defense founder Peter Johnson, who will discuss the body cam footage of the Minneapolis Police shooting of Thurman Blevins. I'll also get Peter's perspective on the nonsensical debate over "3-D guns."

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM 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.

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

Until then.....


Saturday, August 04, 2018

Happy Birthday, Barack Obama!

Is he 50 or 57 years old today?????


Friday, August 03, 2018

On a Mission

I will be filling in on Lee Michaels Live this afternoon from 4:00 PM until 6:00 Central Time on The Patriot's sister station AM 980 The Mission

At 4:30 I will be chatting with author Ericka Andersen Sylvester about her new book Leaving Cloud 9. It's a biography about her husband Rick growing up in impoverished conditions (one stint was in a trailer park ironically named Cloud 9) with a dysfunctional, alcoholic and drug-abusing mother raising he and his sister. Ericka's book discusses how Rick was delivered from that life and its aftermath by turning his life over to Jesus.

Then at 5:00 I will be joined by Dr. Everett Piper, who is the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Dr. Piper is himself an author as well as a prolific commentator on issues of where faith, culture and politics intersect. 

You can listen via good ol' fashioned AM radio by tuning in to 980. You can also listen via the station web site by clicking here or on iHeartRADIO (click here).  

Until then.....


Thursday, August 02, 2018

The lack of self-awareness is strong with this one

I give this offering from the senior U.S. Senator out of Hawaii.

Look, I'm not a big fan of the Trump rallies myself. My take is President Trump holds rallies in areas he won "bigly" in 2016 knowing his adoring supporters will turn out in droves. He'll then make statements from the podium that are (to be charitable) dubious in nature to which the crowd will applaud uproariously even if they're not being given concrete facts.

All that said, Sen. Schatz's contention that his fellow leftists are somehow above it all is itself highly dubious and indicative of the smugness which results in a Donald Trump presidency.

Schatz proudly states that he and his proggie ilk "are not actually out of our minds." Ummm, has he even met some of his fellow Democrats?

I could go on and on and on. 

Benny Johnson of The Daily Caller provided even more examples of leftist "dark carnivals." 

Dear Senator,
You say there is no "equivalent to the dark carnival that is a Trump rally." You say "This is not a thing on the left."
In the time since Trump has been President, your party has turned a blind-eye to these events:

1. Kathy Griffin 'beheading' the President
2. Snoop Dogg 'shooting' The President, rap about killing the president in a video
3. The President's 11 year-old son called a 'future serial killer' & 'animal mutilator' by prominent reporters on Twitter
4. Madonna declare, to a cheering audience, that we should 'blow up the White House'
5. Teacher suspended for pointing a 'gun' at image of Trump, screaming 'Die! Die! Die!'
6. Bernie Sanders supporter went on a bloody rampage against GOP members of congress, shooting & gravely injuring multiple Republicans
7. Stephen Colbert joke about the president giving a blowjob to Vladimir Putin
8. Joy Behar said that believing in Jesus is a “mental illness.”
9. The First Lady being called a 'whore' by a Democrat congressional candidate
10. Chelsea Handler mock Sarah Sanders’ looks, call her a ‘whore’
11. Democrat congressman make a blowjob joke about Kellyanne Conway
12. ESPN anchor Jemele Hill calling Trump a ‘white supremacist,’ lead a boycott against an NFL team for supporting Trump
13. Multiple members of the administration getting harassed, shouted-down, kicked out of restaurants just for working for the President.
14. Multiple arrests of people making death threats against the families of administration officials, most recently FCC Chair Ajit Pai
15. ESPN anchor Keith Olberman calling Trump a ’Nazi’ and wishing for the President’s death

I'm not saying all things Trump supporters do/say are correct. I'm simply saying Senator, you are blind.

Yet another validation of my friend and NARN colleague Mitch Berg's 7th Law of Liberal Projection. It's almost too easy sometimes.


Wednesday, August 01, 2018

30 years of Excellence In Broadcasting

It was 30 years ago today when conservative radio titan Rush Limbaugh began his national talk show. I commemorated on his 20th anniversary what he meant to me in my political conversion from left to right at age 23 in 1992.

While I dreamed of being a radio host since before I knew Rush existed, his show only fortified that desire as I listened to him on a regular basis. And now that I've had my own weekly radio show for just over 7 years, I'll be eternally grateful that a regular guy like Rush set the standard in the industry.

Oh, and you know Rush is still a huge deal when the sitting President of the United States takes time out of his day to chat with him on this milestone anniversary.

Thank you again, Rush. For everything.


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXVII

- Thanks to their former leader Harry Reid and current leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Democrats have little to no hope in blocking Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. The only legit chance would be for Sen. John McCain (who has expressed his admiration for Kavanaugh's credentials) to not be well enough to travel to Washington, D.C. to cast a "yea" vote and for Rand Paul to be unable to look past Kavanaugh's record on warrantless bulk collection of data. That would put the number of GOP senators at 49 supporting Kavanaugh, which would thwart his confirmation if all 49 Dems and Paul vote "nay."

Sadly for the Dems, the dream now appears dead.

Ah cheer up, Democrats. At least you still have Ruth Buzzi Bader Ginsburg for another 5 years.

- The Huffington Post Politics Twitter feed recently linked to an article about Barack and Michelle Obama enjoying life after the White House. They tweeted out the following to accompany said piece: "The Obama were spotted dancing to "N***as in Paris" at Beyoncé and Jay-Z's show on Saturday. "They are living their best life," one fan tweeted.

CNN's Jake Tapper in response:

Indeed, the numbers don't lie.

In his eight years in office, Obama oversaw the rapid erosion of the Democratic Party’s political power in state legislatures, congressional districts and governor’s mansions. At the beginning of Obama’s term, Democrats controlled 59 percent of state legislatures, while now they control only 31 percent, the lowest percentage for the party since the turn of the 20th century. They held 29 governor’s offices and now have only 16, the party’s lowest number since 1920.

Instead of dancing to a Jay-Z song, perhaps Obama would have looked more natural playing the fiddle while a donkey symbol was set ablaze.

- Upon resigning in disgrace from his U.S. Senate seat, Al Franken always gave a sense that he wasn't going away quietly.

He all but confirmed that in a recent interview with a local TV station.

WCCO-TV reporter Esme Murphy asked, "Will you run for office again?"

"Well, see, if I say anything there, you'll put it in the story. I don’t know. I don't know," Franken replied. "I haven’t ruled it out, and I haven’t ruled it in."

He obviously misses the U.S. Senate. He also obviously thinks he was wronged by the #MeToo movement, which aims to call attention to sexual abuse and misconduct. Remember: When he resigned in December 2017, he was anything but contrite.

"All women deserve to be heard, and their experiences taken seriously,” he said just before claiming the allegations leveled against him "are not true."

In all honesty, I hope he runs again. Since I know for a fact that there are more women whom he touched inappropriately than the eight who have come forward, it's likely those untold stories will emerge. How can the political party who declares themselves "champions for women" continue to justify Franken's return to the Senate? Regardless, it would be fun watching proggies twist themselves into a pretzel over this, particularly if they drone on with the perpetual chanting point of "ALL WOMEN DESERVE TO BE BELIEVED!!!!'