Saturday, December 29, 2018

On hiatus

Since I am off the AM 1280 The Patriot airwaves until 2019, I will likely be taking a blogging hiatus for the rest of this year as well. 

I look forward to sharing some more opinions in the coming year. Just when I thought political news couldn't get any crazier after 2016, it continued to surpass those expectations each of the next two years. As such, I don't anticipate a shortage of material on which to opine in 2019.

Until then......


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cruz control

I had been getting a little nervous over the fact that my favorite Major League Baseball club was, for the most part, dormant this offseason.

However, they made quite a splash on Thursday.

Free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins for $14.3 million, a source confirmed to ESPN on Thursday.

The deal also features a $12 million team option for 2020, according to the source. Yahoo Sports first reported that the two sides had agreed to a deal.

No player has hit more home runs over the past five seasons than Cruz, with 203, which is 15 more than Giancarlo Stanton. Cruz, 38, who is older than new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli (37), has averaged almost 153 games a year over that same period.


While the Twins' home park of Target Field doesn't exactly have the reputation of being a hitters' paradise, Cruz has hit some Ruth-ian shots there over his career. It's no easy feat to hit a ball into the third deck in left field, but Cruz has done so at least three times.



While with the Texas Rangers in 2011, Cruz hit a veritable moon shot in a June game. Watch the reaction of Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn.
 




I was at a May 2014 game when Cruz, then a member of the Baltimore Orioles, went upper tank in left. If you look closely in the second deck, you can seem me running towards the aisle in hopes of catching a possible ricochet off the third level. Cruz's shot is about 4:27 into this video.




Yet another no-doubter, this time in 2016 as a Seattle Mariner.



Some might be taken aback that a player at age 38 would command so much money. But given that it's only a one-year deal with a club option for a second year, it is definitely well worth the risk for a guy who over the past five seasons has averaged 153 games, .281 BA, 41 home runs and 104 RBIs (He made four All Star Game appearances in that span). Cruz could also be a valuable veteran presence that Miguel Sano needs in what is being touted as a make-or-break season for a player who has been considered one of the cornerstones of the Twins' long-term future.

This is definitely a good start for the Twins front office brain trust of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. However, more work needs to be done, particularly in the bullpen. Onward and upward!

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Still in play

For my Minnesota Vikings club, it's pretty simple. Win their regular season finale at home this Sunday against the Chicago Bears and they're in the NFL playoffs. However, if they lose that game, they're still in if the Philadelphia Eagles lose on the road against the Washington Redskins.

About seven weeks ago, Redskins running back (and former Viking) Adrian Peterson mentioned how fun it would be to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs. Well, if the Vikes lose to the Bears, AP's dream can become a reality by, ironically enough, his Redskins club bowing to Philly.

I guess your mission is clear, A.P.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

There'll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting....

It's a mere two days before Christmas but today's edition of The Closer will be LIVE! The two-hour festivities get started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

A lot to cover on the national front, particularly President Trump's most chaotic week since...uh...well, two weeks ago.

In local news, Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar grandstands at the Amazon facility in Shakopee, Gov. Mark Dayton reveals his health issues last month were more perilous than what we'd been led to believe and the Senate GOP signals they may be open to "gun control."

At 1:30, National Review writer Alexandra DeSanctis will join the broadcast to discuss her piece entitled The Progressive Patriarchy. In it, she lays out the strong case on how the transgender movement flies in the face of the modern feminist creed.


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 as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). 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.....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Very relatable

With all the holiday baked goods and potluck lunches at my workplace over the past week, this is how I felt by Thursday afternoon:




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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

True compassion

I've said it before in this space that Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) is the hero America needs but doesn't deserve.

Crenshaw is the gentleman whose appearance (i.e. the eye patch covering the socket where he lost an eye in combat) was mocked by Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson just prior to the midterm elections. Instead of expressing his being offended or demanding an apology, Crenshaw instead accepted SNL's invitation to appear next to Davidson and engage in his own fun at the comedian's expense. Afterwards, Crenshaw kindly acknowledged the heroism of Davidson's firefighter father who had been killed while responding the 9/11/2001 terror attacks in New York City. It was an example of grace which was downright inspiring.

Fast forward to this past weekend when Davidson posted odd messages on his verified Instagram account. The thoughts he conveyed seemed to indicate he was suicidal which caused many to attempt to verify his well being. Thankfully by Saturday evening, it was confirmed Davidson was in his usual weekly spot on the SNL set.

The next day, Davidson received a phone call from his new acquaintance.

Crenshaw told KPRC Houston (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he reached out to the star after seeing the 25-year-old's social media message.

"I talked to him personally [Sunday]," he said. "We don't go back very far. We're not good friends. But, I think he appreciated hearing from me. I told him everyone had a purpose in this world. God put you here for a reason. It's your job to find that purpose. And you should live that way."

How many of us in this world would show that kind of compassion to a person who openly mocked a physical deformity of ours in front of millions of TV viewers? Rep.-elect Crenshaw once again gives a sterling example of what it is to be an ambassador for God's kingdom.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXVIII

- It was a major buzzkill when Democrat Kyrsten Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally last month in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat out of Arizona (incumbent Republican Jeff Flake chose to not seek reelection). However, there was speculation that McSally could be appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to the late John McCain's seat currently occupied by John Kyl, who will resign the interim post at the end of this latest Congressional session.

On Tuesday, that scenario came to fruition.

McSally will serve out the remaining two years of McCain's term, which expires in January 2021, and will face a special election for a full, six-year term in 2020.

"All her life, Martha has put service first — leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times,” Ducey said in a Tuesday statement.

"With her experience and long record of service, Martha is uniquely qualified to step up and fight for Arizona’s interests in the U.S. Senate. I thank her for taking on this significant responsibility and look forward to working with her and Senator-Elect Sinema to get positive things done.”

McSally was considered a top prospect to replace Kyl, who was sworn into office in September, about a month after McCain died from brain cancer. He had hinted that he’d only serve in the Senate until the end of the year.

McSally, who made history as the first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat, was first elected to Congress in 2014.


This past election cycle underscored the GOP's issue with appealing to female voters, particularly in the era of Trump. And while McSally was initially rejected by Arizona voters, she has ample opportunity here the next two years to show she deserves to be sent back to Washington via the ballot box. Her impressive background is certainly a good start.


- I find the perpetual argument of the 1988 classic Die Hard being a "Christmas movie" as utterly nonsensical. But that said, I agree with Merris Soltis of The Resurgent in that it is most certainly not a Christmas movie.

Fight me.



-  As MC of the Miss Minnesota pageant (within the Miss America system), I've taken a little more than a passing interest in the world of pageantry. With the Miss Universe pageant (a different system from Miss A) taking place over this past weekend, there was a lot of fanfare surrounding the first ever transgender woman (Angela Ponce of Spain) to hold a title within that organization.

The trans movement absolutely baffles me on many levels, not the least of which is women who battled for decades to attain "equality" are suddenly having to endure some men aspiring to actually be women. The whole premise of the America feminist movement was that women were uniquely oppressed and thus no man could understand their plight. So now do some men understand women so well that they can actually take on the female identity? I fail to ascertain that logic.

As Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review points out, the trans movement essentially puts women back at square one, if not further back.

The wholehearted embrace of transgender ideology necessarily, and quite intentionally, erases womanhood. It allows biological males to don the mantle of femaleness simply by asserting that it is their birthright. There has never been a more patriarchal claim.

As the Democratic party drifts toward identity politics, a clash of these two identities looms on the horizon. In an “intersectional” movement where minority groups are given more currency for having experienced more oppression, women struggling against the patriarchy could easily be crowded out by transgender women who insist that their minority status and experience with stigma give them the victimhood trump card.

Perhaps the far Left believes that if its members force skeptics to nod along with Ponce’s pageantry, they can avoid the schisms inherent to a movement that claims to value feminism while insisting that being female has no meaning at all.

I often wonder how many proggie women are disgusted by the trans movement yet are hesitant to speak up due to the likelihood of being tarred with the label of bigotry. I'm willing to bet it's more than we're made to believe.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Core convictions

When one accepts employment, you'd think it would be a safe assumption that one would closely scrutinize the terms agreed upon with one's new employer. And upon starting employment, I imagine there are avenues to file grievances if one feels their employer violated any terms of the hiring agreement.

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that employee complaints of "ZOMG, I'm working too hard!!!!" are not necessarily the result of unfair employment practices.

Tensions continue between Somali-Americans and Amazon as workers gathered outside of the company’s Shakopee fulfillment center Friday night to protest working conditions at the facility.

Incoming U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar joined the group of about 100 protesters, praising their efforts and calling on Amazon to “respect these communities”and “treat them with dignity.”

“People who are going to receive those gifts — the packages you are putting together — need to know that every worker here is not fully happy,” Omar said. “Amazon doesn’t work if you don’t work.”


Really? Perhaps these employees should call Amazon's bluff by resigning. Fair warning though: I betcha there's a number of people willing to take on those jobs if there are sudden mass vacancies.

The strain between Amazon and the East African community centers around what the protesters consider an unreasonable productivity rate, unsafe working conditions, and a lack of religious provisions. Activist organizations have been in negotiations with Amazon for several months, but progress stalled last month leaving “collective disappointment that Amazon didn’t do more to address their concerns,” according to the Star Tribune.

Again, prospective applicants likely had a general idea of what these jobs would entail. Is it totally unreasonable to suggest that they take a proactive approach in the interview process to glean what specifically would be required of them? And while it is true that it is against the law to discriminate against potential hires based on religious affiliation, there certainly is no law which forces employers to provide extra special provisions to accommodate one religious belief over another.

Nevertheless, it appears Amazon took the initiative to go beyond the minimum requirements.

While the East African community calls for greater religious accommodations, Amazon contends they have made significant attempts to work with their religious beliefs including supplying prayer mats to workers in the Shakopee facility, converting a conference room to a prayer room during Ramadan, and allowing flexible work schedules during Ramadan.

In a statement obtained by the Star Tribune, Amazon disputed the protesters’ claims, saying they “have a great safety record” and “work hard every day to ensure all of our employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect.”

A personal story: I thought for a time I'd be interested in working in professional sales at the company which employed me right out of college (spoiler alert: sales was not my thing). I worked for a scrap metal company at the time, which meant we dealt with a lot of blue collar workers in factories. Part of my job every Christmas season was making the rounds to our more prolific customers to thank them for their business as well as provide some gifts of appreciation. One gift in particular which was earmarked for the guys in a company's "shop" was a Playboy calendar. As a Christian, I not only objected to such content but also had no interest in transporting the material, a sentiment I made known to my boss. I was so convicted in my objections that I made it known I would tender my resignation if required to distribute these calendars. Thankfully my boss was understanding enough to have someone else take care of that aspect of the gift-giving.

My point is I didn't make any demands that my employer cede to my religious beliefs, nor would it have been the right thing for me to do so. Many of these Amazon employees will learn the hard way that the U.S. government (especially a grandstanding Congresswoman-elect) doesn't have the ability to force employers to go beyond what is required by law.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

By order of the prophet we ban that boogie sound....

A lot to get to on today's 2-hour edition of The Closer, which gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I will weigh in on an interesting week for President Trump, including the scrutiny of his (allegedly) buying mistress' silence so as not to harm his presidential campaign to a tense back and forth with incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to his dancing on the grave of the now defunct publication The Weekly Standard.

At 2:30, I will welcome to the broadcast Maj. Rae Doliber of The Salvation Army - Northern Division. With Christmas season upon us, Maj. Doliber will appear to discuss the organization's mission for this time of the year.


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 as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). 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.....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXVII

- It's been opined in this space many a time that "progressives" will support members of the LGBT community and their ability to live open and freely as long as they toe the leftist political line. In his piece written recently at The Federalist, gay conservative Chad Felix Greene affirms this by indicating his right wing political worldview receives far more scrutiny than his being gay.

In a reaction to Greene's post, one of the foul-mouthed cretins at sports site Deadspin (which often delves into leftist political opinions) penned a column entitled "Conservative Gays Need To Shut The F--k Up."

An excerpt:

Opportunities that would have been previously unavailable for out gays in fields like business or politics are opening up like never before, giving LGBT people newfound power to create change within the systems that previously oppressed them. But wealthy and mostly white gay men have all too often been afforded the choice not just to shed the “oppressed” label, but to become oppressors themselves. Their sexuality, then, becomes a tool used to help uphold the anti-feminist, white supremacist, wealth-favoring status quo, and they need to f--king stop.

There really is no need for Mr. Greene to write a follow-up to his piece given this buffoon at Deadspin encapsulated Greene's premise perfectly.


- This is.......odd.

Four Republican representatives are parting ways with the House Republican Caucus to form their own caucus.

Reps. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa, Cal Bahr of East Bethel, Tim Miller of Prinsburg, and Jeremy Munson of Lake Crystal formally announced the formation of the New House Republican Caucus Monday.

The members decided to start their own caucus in the “pursuit of a positive working environment” that will “support transparency and accountability.” This, the members hope, will help them better serve their constituents.

These four reps better hope pinning the word "New" ahead of their caucus name isn't met with the same fate as New Coke. In fact, I say that Minority Leader Kurt Daudt ought to launch a preemptive strike by referring to his group as the Classic House Republican Caucus.


- Between his presidential campaign and now his time as the White House's current occupant, Donald Trump has done and said many things which would have torpedoed any other campaign or administration. Nevertheless he has weathered pretty much any P.R. or legal sh-t storm to come his way.

That said, I'm having a difficult seeing how he'll successfully navigate this.

The [U.S. Attorney’s] Office also announced today that it has previously reached a non-prosecution agreement with American Media Inc., in connection with AMI’s role in making the above-described $150,000 payment before the 2016 presidential election. As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election. AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.

As Allahpundit noted in his Wednesday post at Hot Air, this press release would fly in the face of any Trump attempt to spin this payment as an attempt to protect his family as opposed to a campaign finance violation. That's assuming Trump would even admit to directing AMI and its CEO David Pecker to help his campaign in that manner. Thus far he (surprise!) denies this.

I believe Allahpundit accurately reflects the sentiment of many Americans when speculating on what lies ahead.

I can’t believe we’re headed for another national debate over whether a president should be impeached for lying (to the FEC this time) about sex.


Indeed.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Brilliant!

Given that Goodfellas is in my top 5 of all-time favorite movies, I've been watching this on an endless loop.





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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

OC flipped

It appeared a certain coaching move by my favorite NFL squad would happen by the end of this season. However, after a second consecutive dismal offensive performance, that process was expedited.

The Minnesota Vikings have fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo following Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Tuesday.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski has been promoted to replace DeFilippo on an interim basis and will handle playcalling duties for the remaining three games of the regular season.

The Vikings' offense has sputtered as of late, putting up 17 points combined in back-to-back losses to New England and Seattle. Minnesota has not been able to surpass 300 yards of offense in four of its past five games and sits at 6-6-1, in line for the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs, going into Week 15.

It has been apparent at times this season that DeFilippo and coach Mike Zimmer were not on the same page as it related to the Vikings' offensive strategy. Zimmer has voiced public criticism over the team's perceived offensive imbalance, the volume in the Vikings' playbook and a need to run the ball more.

Even with Monday night's loss, the Vikings would still make the playoffs if the season ended today. As such, they knew this was the only plausible move in an effort to provide a spark with only three games remaining. Will it work? Well, a coaching this late in the year is not unprecedented in this league. 




Now I'm not here to suggest that this means a deep postseason run for the Vikings. But with their final three contests (vs. Miami, at Detroit and vs. Chicago) all being very winnable, the organization just couldn't stand pat with a struggling offense while the team is on the fringe of a playoff berth. 

You have to wonder how much longer head coach Mike Zimmer can avoid his seat becoming warm. In this his fifth season with the Vikes, Zimmer's job status has never been in question. However, if his club misses out on the postseason a year after reaching the NFC title game in addition to a huge contract having been doled out to QB Kirk Cousins, Zim at minimum will end up on double secret probation come 2019.

The offense's struggles can also be attributed to personnel moves (or lack thereof) made by GM Rick Spielman. When the Vikings signed Cousins to that 3-year deal, they knew they were getting a guy who was not very mobile, thus he needed to work from a clean pocket. However, the Vikings did little to address the offensive line issues which plagued the team since 2016. That's downright inexcusable when by every measurable statistic Cousins struggles mightily when pressured. I have no idea how Vikings ownership feels about Spielman, but he also should not be immune from scrutiny if this season ends poorly.

Suddenly a Week 15 fame against an average Dolphins team is the biggest test this season. Who woulda thunk it?

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Living up to their low expectations

Literally hours before he was to be selected as a top 10 pick in the 2018 NFL draft, quarterback Josh Allen had to answer for "racially insensitive" tweets from when he was a teenager.

As 24-year old Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader was playing in his first MLB All-Star game, some of his tweets posted when he was 17 were revealed. To say the language that was used in those posts was "shocking" would be an understatement. 

Then this past Saturday evening, brand new Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (a QB out of Oklahoma) was made to answer for homophobic tweets he made as a 14 or 15-year old. 

Does anyone else see a pattern here? As young athletes are in the midst of perhaps the most prestigious accomplishment at that point in their respective lives, they're made to answer for dumb mindless things they said/did as teenagers. So are the idiotic things we do in our youth suppose to erase whatever goodwill we've built as adults? Well according to the self-proclaimed moral arbiters in the media, what we do as teenagers needs to be attached to us like the proverbial Scarlet Letter. 

Whenever President Donald Trump refers to the media as the "enemy of the people," I bristle every single time. Sure, there are members of the media who have an agenda and thus under serve the public when stories are hastily cobbled together. But with this latest hit piece on Murray, I'm pretty much with Steve Deace's sentiments here. 




While the media gets all indignant over Trump's chiding them as "fake news," etc., they seem woefully incapable of any introspection. As a certain high profile individual often says in response to someone debasing themselves - "Sad!" 

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Sunday, December 09, 2018

I get kicked in the face, still I come back for more......

Another Sunday, yet another broadcast of my radio program The Closer. The 2-hour stint gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

We'll look back at the celebration of George H. W. Bush's life and how the media found "strange new respect" for the Bush family, thus using it as a cudgel against President Trump.

Also, the thought police was out in spades last week.

At 2:00 pm, longtime friend of the broadcast Karin Housley will be checking in. Now that she will remain a MN state senator, Karin is focused on the beginning of the 2019 legislative session slated to begin next month.


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 as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). 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.....

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Friday, December 07, 2018

Relatable

If I were to dole out one of those "Politifact" ratings, this would grade "True."





This is a spot-on assessment of my wife's sister's in-laws. However, with that family there is a ninth layer. That would consist of actually opening the door while carrying on a conversation, all the while allowing the MN winter wind to gust into the entryway.

So when this "Midwestern goodbye" is done at my house, it takes every single solitary ounce of my inner self-discipline to not yell "SHUT THE F--KING DOOR!!!!!!!!!"

No, I have come up with a perfectly rational alternative by politely asking that the door be closed so as not to tempt our brood of pets to dash outside. And so committed are these people to the long, drawn out farewell that they close the door but continue to endure the elements in our driveway. Mad props, I guess.

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

And the award for least self-awareness goes to.....

Check out this gem veteran news man Dan Rather tweeted out this past Wednesday.




No, Rather was definitely not alone among journos in taking passive aggressive swipes at President Trump during the mourning former president George H. W. Bush. But for Dan-O to tweet out something like this implies he believes no one has any recollection (or knowledge) of his personal vendetta against both Bushes. 

You 'member when Rather was an overbearing ass towards Bush, Sr. during an interview about his 1988 presidential campaign? I 'member





Or how about during George W. Bush's 2004 reelection campaign? Why it was Rather himself who was a purveyor "fake news" before "fake news" became en vogue.




So is he wrong in his assertions about Trump? Not necessarily. But Rather's own lack of conscience and humility gives him zero credibility to make this line of attack.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Like the sun setting in the west

Since the beginning of the 2017 NFL season, there has been one consistent trait: If a team needs depth at quarterback, Colin Kaepernick will not only remain unsigned but he won't even receive a workout.

With the Washington Redskins losing their second starting QB within two weeks, they are now left with the spectacularly mediocre Mark Sanchez as their starter. Keep in mind that the Redskins are still very much alive for a playoff berth in the NFC with four games remaining. Nevertheless, it appears they're going with journeyman Josh Johnson as their backup.

Look, I've said many times on this blog that Kap should at least receive the courtesy of a workout but at the same time I don't believe NFL teams should be compelled to bring him in. That said, it would be refreshing if teams were just honest why they're not signing him instead of putting forth blatantly obvious fabrications.

But you know what my biggest regret is over the Redskins not signing Kaepernick? Not being able to witness the utter derangement of proggies upon them witnessing their SJW hero joining the team with the raaaaaaacist nickname.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

In summary.....

This is a perfect encapsulation of leftists and  the mainstream media over the past 30 years.




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Monday, December 03, 2018

Look at the depths to which I've sunk

After a loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings are seeing their playoff prospects quickly diminishing. In fact, as of Monday morning, my favorite NFL club is on the outside looking in with four games remaining.

However, if the Washington Redskins lose tonight on Monday Night Football, the Vikes will own the final NFC playoff spot. The team the 'Skins are playing this evening? The Philadelphia Eagles.

So for our club to be back in the playoff picture, we Vikings fans have to hope the team which dismantled our Super Bowl dreams last season emerges victorious tonight. Ugh. I believe my pal Mark Heuring said it best when he proclaimed that it would be a helluva of lot easier to not care about football.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Oh, look what you've done to this rock 'n' roll clown......

With the Vikings not playing until 3:25 PM Central Time, I anticipate a lot of listeners tuning in live today for my radio program The Closer. The 2-hour broadcast gets started at 1:00 Central Time.

At 1:15, political wonk Matt Mackowiak will check in to discuss the guilty plea of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in the Mueller probe, the latest with the migrant caravan and the passing of George H.W. Bush.

Then at 2:30, former Trump adviser Dr. Sebastian Gorka will join the show to discuss his latest book Why We Fight: Defeating America's Enemies - With No Apologies

In non-guest segments, I hope to weigh in on the Mississippi senate race as well as Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt being cut by the team upon video of his shoving and kicking a woman.


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 as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). 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.....

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

George H.W. Bush: 1924-2018

Even though I was first eligible to vote in 1988, I voted for Democrat Michael Dukakis over then Vice President of the United States George H. W. Bush (I know. I suck). But as my worldview shifted over the next few years, I realized that my political leanings were right-of-center, so I supported Bush in his failed reelection bid in 1992. It was the first time I ever supported a GOP political candidate.

There's been so much written in the aftermath of his passing, which occurred last evening at the age of 94. So many glowing tributes are out there so definitely check 'em out.

For me, I was always struck by the profound humility shown by Bush 41, a personality trait which, as far as I can tell, was passed on to his children and grandchildren. In fact, one of the more light-hearted moments of the Bush presidency was when Saturday Night Live star (and hilarious Bush impressionist) Dana Carvey was invited to the White House to interact with the president while also imitating him.





Sadly, that kind of humility has been sorely lacking in the White House since Bush's son George W. Bush moved on as its occupant.

From WWII vet....




...to star baseball player at Yale.....




....to devoted family man,....




.....Bush lived an incredibly fulfilling life even if he had never entered the political fray. Well done, good and faithful servant.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The right move

This would seem to be a logical move, but this is the National Football League we're talking about.

The Chiefs have released star running back Kareem Hunt, a decision that came after video surfaced earlier Friday that showed him shoving a woman earlier this year.

The team announced the move Friday night, just after the NFL had announced that Hunt had been placed on the commissioner's exempt list.

A similar situation occurred 4+ years ago when video footage surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancee, literally knocking her out. Before that, the allegations of physical violence was known but the Ravens chose to retain Rice. But as also with Hunt, Rice was released once video evidence was made public.

In the Rice situation, the Ravens weren't exactly taking a bold stance. Despite a solid first five years of his career, Rice's production took a nosedive in season six, which ended just months before the incident with his fiancee. The organization obviously felt it wasn't worth enduring the public relations backlash to keep a talented player but one who looked to be regressing. However, as a rookie in 2017, Hunt was the NFL's leading rusher. This season he was on pace for over 1,700 yards from scrimmage before being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. Despite that, the Chiefs organization felt that Hunt's lack of candor was a bridge too far.

"Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt," the Chiefs said in the statement. "At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue. As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."

I imagine if Hunt fulfilled whatever legal sentence may have been handed down, thus resulting in the possibility of Commissioner Goodell removing him from the exempt list, he may have had a chance to resurrect his career. And he still might, but it won't be with Kansas City.

As with most anything in life, a lie about (or attempted cover-up of) a crime results in more severe consequences than the crime itself.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Predictable

The last U.S. Senate race of the 2018 cycle was decided Tuesday evening as Mississippi Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated Dem Mike Espy. This GOP victory now gives the party a 53-47 majority in the Senate, up two seats from the previous Congressional session.

Upon Hyde-Smith's victory, many media headlines made allusions to "racial controversies," specifically a reference she made to a public hanging. While Hyde-Smith apologized for the remark which she insists was said in jest, invoking such an event was doubly inappropriate given the state's history of racial strife as well as her opponent being a black male. As such, Hyde-Smith's win isn't celebrated as the first woman to be elected a U.S. Senator in the state but rather as Mississippi "returning to the 1950s" or something.

However, if she were a Muslim Democrat while being a raging anti-semite? Such a victory would be lauded as historic......while completely glossing over the anti-Israeli sentiments of course.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXVI

- Conservative commentator Jesse Kelly warned a few months ago that Twitter's banning of Alex Jones set a dangerous precedent. I wonder if he had any inkling at the time that his presence on that social media platform was in peril.

Twitter did not explain what rules Kelly violated, or if there was a specific tweet in question.

Kelly’s account was initially suspended from Twitter on Sunday with no notice or explanation from Twitter.

It's been pretty obvious that Twitter is selective in its enforcement over which accounts should be suspended on grounds of "content violation." And hey, that's not necessarily a bad thing. If a business venture is hostile towards conservatism and thus wants less of it in its platform, I prefer to be told right up front as opposed to all the obfuscation.

As such, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has some 'splainin to do regarding his vehement denials under oath that his company considers political affiliation when enforcing policy violations.


- As of today, President Trump is a vulnerable incumbent entering the 2020 election cycle. However, never underestimate the Dems to blow this by putting up as their nominee someone in the motif of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or going all Weekend at Bernie's by trotting out Hillary Clinton again.

But if someone like, say, an Amy Klobuchar is the Dem nominee??? Let's just say the party could do orders of magnitude worse.


- The left and mainstream media (pardon the redundancy) continued their knee-jerk contrarian ways when President Trump, prior to the midterms, was sounding proverbial alarm bells over the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico. Not only do leftists oppose Trump on pretty much everything he says/does, they convey their opposition in a hyperbolic manner.

As we now know, Trump appears to be vindicated in echoing concerns that the caravan looked to storm the U.S.-Mexico border. And once again, the left's hyperbole resulted in all sorts of rhetorical self-inflicted wounds.

The latest once again puts the left’s radicalism on display. It’s not just that Immigration and Customs Enforcement should be abolished, the liberal thinking goes; border agents shouldn’t be permitted to defend themselves from an aggressive rabble.

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz wondered on Twitter if the use of tear gas violated the Chemical Weapons Conventions (the answer is an emphatic “no,” and he deleted the tweet). Rep. Barbara Lee of California described the gassing of “women and children” as an atrocity and called for United Nations inspectors. Progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the migrants to Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.

All of this rending of garments came despite the fact that the tear gas was directed at the adult males who led the charge. Never mind, too, that similar crowd-control tactics were used at the border during the Obama administration, and cops use tear gas during disturbances involving US citizens all the time.

Trump has been wrong to portray the migrants as inherently threatening; the overwhelming majority just want a better life. But Americans have the sovereign right to decide who does and doesn’t come to this country, and it’s legitimate to demand an orderly, lawful process.

If any significant portion of the caravan gains entry, it will send a message that large-scale movements of people are better than small groups. This could lead to even more pressure at the border — no matter how much it will be dismissed by the same people who insisted the caravan would never arrive at the border.


So if indeed there are larger groups storming the border in the future, the leftist narrative will pivot seamlessly from "the caravan has no intention to cross into the U.S. illegally" to "ZOMG, WHY ARE YOU WING NUTS DENYING FAMILIES A BETTER LIFE?!?!?!"

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Minnesota sports rarity

A University of Minnesota Gophers football victory over the Wisconsin Badgers has been pretty rare over the past 25 years. But to prevail in the same week as a Vikings win over their Wisconsin counterparts? Has that ever happened?

Well, I did some research and it turns out that such an occurrence took place the same season of the last Gophs win in Camp Randall (before this past Saturday of course). It was 1994 when the Vikes beat the Packers on a Thursday night game on October 20, 1994 at the Metrodome. Two days later, the Gophers defeated Bucky on the road.

So Minnesota football fans witnessed something this past Saturday & Sunday which hadn't occurred in nearly a quarter century. Not a bad way to cap off a holiday weekend!

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Axe is back!

I would look back at my previous blog posts to see how I commemorated the last time the Minnesota Gophers football team defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, but this blog is only 14 years old.

Yes the Paul Bunyan axe, which is the traveling trophy between the two rivals, is returning to the U of M campus thanks to a 37-15 Gophs win in Madison. In addition to snapping a 14-game losing streak to Bucky, the Gophers also won at Camp Randall for the first time since 1994. 

How inexplicable is this win? Just three weeks ago the Gophers surrendered 646 yards and 55 points to a pitiful Illinois team. I literally have zero explanation for this turnaround over the past few weeks, so I'm just going to savor this win. 






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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Gunter gleiben glauchen globen

My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg are pulling the old switcheroo this weekend as I will be broadcasting on the 1280 this afternoon. The 2-hour extravaganza gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

No guests scheduled today, so we'll be rehashing a lot of local and national political news from this past week, including elections finally being called in Florida and Georgia. On the local scene, Gov. Mark Dayton was away from St. Paul for almost six weeks yet the local media expressed little curiosity.


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 as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). 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.....

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Yikes!

If the Rodgers family ever got together for a Thanksgiving meal, this would make for one of those obligatory tense gatherings.




Jordan has vented his frustrations before about how bro Aaron has blown off the family. However, I'm not sure how Jordan blasting this to millions via Twitter is going to expedite any kind of reconciliation.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Kap capped

With a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Alex Smith, the Washington Redskins football club signed Mark Sanchez to backup now starting QB Colt McCoy. Sanchez, age 32, has not played in more than two years and put together (to be charitable) pedestrian numbers when he was a full time starter with the New York Jets (2009-2012).

When a free agent QB signing has occurred over the past two seasons due to injuries/ineffectiveness of an NFL team's current signal caller, the knee-jerk reaction by many sports scribes and SJWs is to perpetuate the outrage over Colin Kaepernick's unemployment. And while I am typically ambivalent over Kaepernick remaining unsigned, I must admit that the Sanchez move is a head-scratcher. Not only has Kap seen action in an NFL game more recently than Sanchez, he is also a year younger. In addition, Kaepernick has flat out said that he is willing to accept a backup role. Naturally, we can all ascertain as to why he's still out of a job.

Natalie Weiner at SB Nation provided multiple quotes from NFL owners, GMs and coaches citing how they believe Kaepernick should be playing and indeed still has something to offer on the field. However, such sentiments ring hollow given he hasn't even been granted a workout since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2016 season.

Let me emphasize that I absolutely do not believe teams should be compelled to sign Kaepernick. But the fact he isn't even getting a look would seem to indicate that Kap's playing ability (which, again, many with influence over personnel decisions are lauding) remains a distant second to the uneasiness surrounding his activism.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The rest, as they say, is history

This tweet was posted seven (?!) years ago today.








Aside from a 2-1/2 year stint (December 2015 thru June 2018) where I was on 2-3 PM, I have been the sole owner of that Sunday time slot on the 1280 ever since. It's been a fun and interesting ride, yet there's no stop sign in front of me as yet.

Here's to seven more!!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXV

- This had to happen.

Florida's most embattled election official is resigning, effective January.

After drawing more criticism than anyone in the state during the -- at times -- messy recount that unfolded in Florida following Election Day, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Scott.

"Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch," Snipes wrote to Scott. She asked for her resignation to be effective Jan. 4, 2019.

Upon witnessing the stunning incompetence unfold in real time just days after Election Day, even the left-of-center editorial board at the Sun Sentinel conceded that Ms. Snipes had long overstayed her welcome.

Now that the outcomes are settled, Florida looks incredibly desirable for more than just retirees. I tell ya, if I wasn't so damn averse to insufferable humidity......


- It's been announced that the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, which occurs every April, will not be having a comedian perform at the 2019 gala.

Many would argue that there wasn't a comedian present at the 2018 affair either.


- Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas): The hero America needs but probably doesn't deserve.

Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.), one of three Democrats facing off with Crenshaw, argued on "Face the Nation" that Trump is "literally" attacking the press with his inflammatory rhetoric.

“I would argue that our president is consistently disruptive…and I would argue that he treats [the press] with disrespect,” she said.

Crenshaw (R-Texas), a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye in a 2012 IED attack, quickly refuted Houlahan's remark.

"I've literally been attacked. Let's chose our words carefully," Crenshaw replied.

This appearance comes a week after he showed a tremendous amount of grace and dignity when accepting the apology of Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson, who mocked Crenshaw's physical deformity a week prior.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

I know what you're doing, I see it all too clear.....

Another Sunday where the Vikings do *not* have a Noon start, so I expect huuuuuge numbers of folks tuning in live to the Northern Alliance Radio Network today. The 2-hour bonanza of The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

In the first hour I'll be looking back at some of the bigger national news stories, including how the Dems may have pulled of a blue wave after all. Also, we'll look back at how the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seemed to take issue with the Trump administration strengthening....uh....civil liberties. 

In the 2:00 hour I will be joined by Rob Doar, political director of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. We'll discuss how the DFL-controlled MN House is making "gun control" its top legislative priority and how 2nd Amendment advocates can best push back. Also, Rob is not happy with the Republican Party of Minnesota aiding and abetting the push for "gun control" prior to Election Day.


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 as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). 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.....

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

I'm not crying, you're crying

**sigh**





What might have been, indeed.

I often wonder if leftists, knowing what they know now, would be OK with Barack Obama losing reelection in 2012 to Mitt Romney if it meant no President Trump. I betcha Bill Maher would take that deal if he could.

Here's what Maher said just prior to the 2016 presidential election.




Regardless, I still pray fervently for this country.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Flaky

In an open race for the Arizona Senate seat formerly occupied by Republican Jeff Flake, a winner has officially been declared. Democrat Kyrsten Sinema emerged victorious over GOP candidate Martha McSally by just less than 2%.

After that result became official, Flake reacted via a tweet.





Keep in mind that Flake was one of a few Republican senators who openly feuded with President Trump. And since McSally was viewed (rightly or wrongly) as someone who would rubber stamp Trump's agenda, I suspect Flake's accolades for Sinema are in part a trolling of POTUS.

To put in modern political warfare terms, Flake is lauding a person who called their home state of Arizona a "meth lab of democracy" to own the POTUS.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Podcastin'

It's always a blast being part of the Up and at Em' podcast with Jack Tomczak and Benjamin Kruse and Soon2BeCatLady Leanne Sandusky.

While I've been a "third wheel" on this show myriad occasions, Tuesday morning was the first opportunity I've had to be in this role with the revised cast.




A post shared by Up and At ’Em (@upandatemshow) on



Anyhow, we covered a variety of topics, so feel free to indulge in the latest episode entitled Mayor for Whozeefritz, Minnesota (just tune in by clicking here).

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Joey Baseball calls it a career

In an emotional Monday morning press conference, Minnesota Twins legend Joe Mauer called it a career after 15 seasons with his hometown team. I believe Mauer will wind up in the baseball Hall of Fame one day, it's just a question of whether he'll be a first ballot HOFer.

If you grew up in St. Paul (like I did), you likely weren't more than a few degrees separation from a Mauer (In fact, Joe's great-uncle Ken Mauer, Sr. was my English teacher when I was in 10th grade). With Joe being among the third or fourth generation of Mauers to dominate the St. Paul sports scene, he took it to another level. Not only was he the #1 overall pick by the Twins in the 2001 baseball draft, he also had a full ride scholarship offer to play quarterback at Florida State University.

I'm not certain I can put in to words what Mauer meant to me as a Twins fan. All I know is he was the best pure hitter I ever saw don a Twins uniform. Is he the best player in Twins history? I dunno about that, but baseball wonk Aaron Gleeman laid it out last month as to why Mauer is, minimum, in the top five of all-time Twins greats.

I had an opportunity to catch most of Joe's farewell speech, including the entire Q&A session with media members. A lot of talk occurred about highlights of Joe's career, specifically being the only catcher in American League history to win a batting title (he won three from 2006 to 2009), as well as his MVP season of 2009, his six All-Star Game appearances, the fact he was able to become a gold glove caliber first baseman after a 2013 concussion derailed his ability to play catcher, 2,000+ career hits, etc.

Yet when asked what he's most proud of in this storied career, Mauer said it was his grandparents only missing about a dozen of his home games in 15 years. That right there tells you everything you need to know about Mauer the person.

To say he'll be missed is an understatement.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

There is so much at stake, seems our freedom's up against the ropes....

With the Vikings on a bye this week, it's a perfect day to settle in and listen to this post-midterm election edition of The Closer. The 2-hour blitz starts at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll spend much of the first hour discussing the election results at a national level, including how the state of Florida is once again at the epicenter of recount controversies. 

Then in the 2:00 hour I will welcome local political observers Preya Samsundar and Jeff Kolb to discuss the GOP getting shellacked in Minnesota. 


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 as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis"). 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.....

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Putting things in proper perspective

It was the summer of 2009 when Jennifer and I met a gal named Karlys. It was after a political rally at the MN State Capitol when a number of us gathered at a St Paul pub to decompress and talk about how to navigate through this new Barack Obama presidency. We met a lot of new people that day but happened to be sitting at the same table as Karlys, who was in town from Rochester. We had an extended chat with her and found her to be quite delightful. Jen and I ended up becoming friends with her on Facebook where we were able to remain in touch.

Over the next several years, we maybe saw Karlys in person a handful of occasions but always had a lot to talk about given she too was a believer in Jesus Christ. Then it was about 2014 when I noticed she started going by the name "Kari" on Facebook. I was curious about the name change, so I figured I would ask next time we saw her.

When the 2014 Republican Party of MN convention was taking place in Rochester, Kari noticed on FB that Jennifer and I would be attending. She reached out via text message asking if we would like to meet her for dinner upon arriving in town. We pinned down a venue and ended up have a lovely 2-3 hour visit just catching up on life, etc. I then asked Karlys why she was now choosing to go by the name "Kari." She simply stated that, while being a professing Christian, she didn't feel as though she was giving all of herself to Jesus. As such, the new name "Kari" represented her renewed commitment to Christ. I thought it was incredibly heartwarming that she thought enough of her relationship with her Creator that she would take such a step to ensure others would also inquire of the change. Definitely an effective witnessing method.

That June 2014 evening was the last time we saw Kari in person. I would text her every October over the next few years to send birthday greetings to which she always replied with gratitude. For some reason, I missed her birthday last month.

As I was perusing Facbook last week, I noticed some mutual friends were sharing a CaringBridge site regarding an automobile accident involving Kari. On the morning of Friday, November 2, Kari was walking within a crosswalk near the Mayo Clinic (where she was an employee) when she was struck by a car traveling approximately 40 MPH. Kari was thrown 20 feet, resulting in severe injuries from which she would never recover. The following Monday, Kari's family made perhaps the most difficult decision imaginable by choosing to remove her from artificial means of breathing.

Perhaps the most poignant moment of Kari's saga was shared via video from her brother Kendall. It was footage of Mayo personnel wheeling Kari to the operating room one last time so she could donate her organs.

Words can’t really describe what taking this walk was like - after we had a chance to pray, share memories, and let everyone know the one thing my sister would want everyone to know - that she is with her creator joyfully in awe of Him - we walked with her to the elevator to say goodbyes. When the doors closed, she went into the operating room to give generously all she had left.

The line of all the co-workers the entire way singing Amazing Grace completely caught us by surprise and totally blessed us! It’s that amazing grace we’ve been given through Jesus that strengthens us so we can offer grace to others.




In one last show of grace, the family also conveyed a message to the driver of the car which struck and killed Kari.

“We would want the driver to know that we understand that Friday was the worst day of her life, as well, and we can't imagine what she's going through and just the guilt and weight that's on her shoulders. We would like her to know that we love her, and that God's grace is offered to her just as it's offered to us, and that we forgive her."

Upon witnessing the incredible grace and dignity shown by Kari's family, despite their emotional anguish, it really tempered any disappointment I may have felt over my preferred political party getting shellacked in my home state last Tuesday. I will be forever grateful for God's perpetual grace by allowing us to achieve peace and comfort which transcends all understanding.

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Friday, November 09, 2018

Can't win in the arena of ideas, so.......

In the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election (specifically the debacle in Florida), Hugh Hewitt wrote a book entitled If It's Not Close, They (meaning Dems - ed.) Can't Cheat. 

As of Tuesday evening, GOP statewide candidates Ron DeSantis (governor) and Rick Scott (US Senate) both had leads of less than 0.5%. As such, it feels like 2000 all over again given the shenanigans afoot in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

NRO Editor Charles C.W. Cooke (himself a Florida resident) is on the case.

I keep seeing national journalists insisting that Florida must “count every vote!” And, frankly, I’m completely perplexed as to why, given that nobody is suggesting that the vote-counting should be halted. On the contrary: Rick Scott is suing Broward and Palm Beach counties not because he wants them to start trashing good ballots, but because they are failing to release the information that they are obliged to release under Florida law. Scott’s demand is for transparency, not for closure, and, in the case of Broward, it’s being made against a county that is notoriously incompetent and a commissioner who has already been found in violation of state and federal law, who has a habit of destroying ballots, and who is already under state supervision. The Washington Post says that “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Aren’t we all supposed to agree?

Florida election law requires that:

(b) The canvassing board shall report all early voting and all tabulated vote-by-mail results to the Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close. Thereafter, the canvassing board shall report, with the exception of provisional ballot results, updated precinct election results to the department at least every 45 minutes until all results are completely reported. The supervisor of elections shall notify the department immediately of any circumstances that do not permit periodic updates as required. Results shall be submitted in a format prescribed by the department

Neither Palm Beach County nor Broward County has followed these rules, which has led to widespread confusion and mistrust as the vote totals continue to be updated without anyone knowing the context, sources, or scope. That is the problem here — not some imaginary injunction to stop counting votes.

Unlike 2000, Republicans are more mobilized this time around to combat this behavior.

I don't know about you, but I have absolutely zero interest in re-living that nightmare from 18 years ago. What's worse is the revisionist historians are now out in full force regarding what happened in Bush v. Gore. God help us all.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

MN battle lines drawn?

I don't have much to add to the Election Day 2018 post mortems. However, it's becoming apparent here in Minnesota that first ring suburban Republicans are becoming about as rare as their urban counterparts.

My friend Rob Doar provided visual evidence in the aftermath of the DFL seizing control of the Minnesota House of Representatives.




Now, is this indeed the beginning of a long-term trend or are some of these House seats merely "swing districts?" I know President Trump's approval ratings are tanking in the upper Midwest, so this election cycle could merely be a reaction to that.

Regardless, eternal vigilance is required if Republicans are ever going to snap their statewide losing streak (12 years and counting).

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Take heed, Minnesota

I believe former NYC mayor Ed Koch said it best: "The people have spoken.....and they will be punished." 


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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Election Night broadcast

Be sure to tune in to AM 1280 The Patriot's election night coverage, beginning at 8:00 PM Central Time tonight.

Mitch Berg & I will be poring over and analyzing all the returns from local & national races. And it's pretty much a certainty we'll be joined throughout the night by myriad candidates, politicos, etc.


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 as well as Amazon Echo (just say "Alexa, go to The Patriot Minneapolis")

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

Until then.....

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