Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Unconventional hero

By now you've likely heard the story of the Tennessee man who wrestled a rifle away from a gunman at an Antioch, TN Waffle House. After four people were already shot dead, an unarmed man by the name of James Shaw, Jr. somehow mustered the courage to confront the shooter.

Shaw Jr. rushed the gunman, grabbed the gun’s barrel, pulled it away and threw it over the Waffle House counter. He suffered a gunshot wound and burns from grabbing the gun’s barrel.

Shaw Jr. said he doesn’t feel like a hero.

He was only trying to stay alive.

“It feels selfish,” Shaw Jr. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

The gunman then fled the scene but was eventually apprehended after a 34-hour manhunt.

There's no denying that Mr. Shaw is a hero despite the fact he eschews that label. And I don't believe it's a stretch to say he's very very lucky to escape that confrontation with relatively minor injuries.

OK, now let's address the proverbial elephant in the room. How did the gun grabber crowd demagogue this latest shooting? I figured it would be the obligatory blaming the NRA or declaring that Congress needs to enact strict "gun control" measures. While I didn't think it was possible, the gun grabbers somehow managed to come up with a rationale even more asinine than their normal bilge.

Many of (the gun grabbers) immediately pointed to Shaw as proof that you don't need a gun to defend yourself against an armed assailant. The Parkland activists, in particular, were quick to seize on this idea. As Emma Gonzalez put it:

"The local police say a man at the scene wrestled his gun away - looks like you don’t need to arm a teacher (or a resource officer) to stop a shooting. There goes the sales pitch for @SmithWessonCorp."

That tweet was "liked" 20,000 times. David Hogg's tweet making the same argument was "liked" more than 50,000 times. Apparently the gun grabbers believe they've really stumbled onto some kind of brilliant point here.

They have not. On the contrary, they have stumbled onto something utterly nonsensical.

A man may use his hands to eat spaghetti but that doesn't universally negate the need for forks. A man may swim across the English Channel but that doesn't mean we should get rid of all the boats in the world. A man may sleep outside in a tent but that doesn't prove that houses are unnecessary. A man may jog from New York to Los Angeles but that isn't a sufficient reason to abolish air travel. A man may charge into gunfire and disarm an attacker with his bare hands but that is not an argument against the Second Amendment.

Again, I have the utmost admiration for Mr. Shaw (the fact he's also been raising money for the victims' families only fortifies that sentiment). He is definitely in an infinitesimal minority of people who would have confronted the shooter in such a manner. But if I had a choice to be protected by an unarmed man with extraordinary courage or an armed individual who is proficient in the use of a firearm, the latter wins out every time. And anyone who says differently is either delusional or a bald faced liar. So with that in mind, I guess it makes sense why gun grabbers would attempt to use this incident to strengthen their anti-gun position.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Leftism: still a mental disorder

Former NFL kicker Jay Feely stood between his daughter and her prom date while holding a gun. Anyone with a scintilla of a sense of humor would realize that such a photo was merely perpetuating the stereotype of an overprotective dad sending a message that his daughter needs to be treated with respect. Ah, but since many of today's leftists possess neither a sense of humor nor rational thought, there was a downright freakout in reaction to Feely's Twitter post. Feely would later apologize.

Then you had superstar singer Shania Twain (who, keep in mind, is Canadian and ineligible to vote in the U.S.) saying that she would have voted Donald Trump for President were she an American. Once again, there was the predictable leftist sh*t fit which resulted in a Twain mea culpa.

I've said it many times before but it bears repeating. Leftism has devolved into little more than politicizing every aspect of life to the point where there is to be a Dean Vernon Wormer directive of "NO MORE FUN OF ANY KIND!!" The "progressive" movement has also shown to have zero interest in engaging its ideological opposites within the arena of ideas simply because they've come to realize how outside the mainstream their collective worldview has become. No, for proggies it's more efficient to utilize fascist tactics.

Until the victims of such irrational mobs quit apologizing for merely engaging in harmless fun or expressing an unpopular opinion, such actions will only become that much more overwhelming.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Minnesota Twins at Oakland Athletics - April 6, 1973.


The 1973 MLB season was the first year the Designated Hitter was used in American League batting orders. In this game, the Twins' Tony Oliva became the first DH to to hit a home run. 


Sunday, April 22, 2018

There's a gun and ammunition just inside the doorway...

What a difference a week makes. Last Sunday I didn't leave my house the entire day due to the constant snowfall. But today it will legitimately feel like spring, so The Closer will return to the airwaves. The one-hour broadcast gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

We'll discuss the news of this past week, including the latest in the Minnesota gubernatorial race as well as the North Star state possibly being one of the few bright spots for the GOP in 2018.

At 2:30 I will be joined by Hot Gas Air blogger and Northern Alliance Radio Network alum Ed Morrissey. Taking place next Sunday evening is the highly touted Patriot event Overtime with Hugh Hewitt and Mike Gallagher, which will be emceed by Ed. As such, we hope to receive a sneak preview of content of the next week's forum.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 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.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Downey out

The only thing that surprised me about this latest development on the GOP side of the Minnesota gubernatorial race is that it took so long.

Former Minnesota Republican Party Chairman Keith Downey today pulled the plug on his campaign for governor, saying he could not “see a path to victory” after former Gov. Tim Pawlenty joined the race this month.

Downey, a former state representative from Edina, said in a letter to supporters that he believed he had the right message. “But the opportunity for me to win in November has closed,” he wrote.

When Pawlenty entered the race, “the landscape changed dramatically,” he said.

The former governor raised more than $1 million for his campaign less than a month before announcing he’d seek a third term.

Downey reported raising $182,338 this year, placing him third in the GOP money contest behind Pawlenty and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson.

Downey finished second in a straw poll at the Republican precinct caucuses Feb. 6 with 15 percent of the vote. Johnson won the straw poll (45 percent) and was considered the front-runner for the GOP endorsement until Pawlenty entered the race.

Downey's porous performance at the aforementioned GOP caucus straw poll was the strongest sign that he needed to move on, yet he vowed to continue. He even barraged MN Republican voters with emails regarding his desire to engage the other GOP candidates in a "real debate" as opposed to the numerous candidate forums. I guess Downey believed he could prevail in such a venue, but it never came to fruition.

Truth be told, I never took Downey's candidacy seriously when he entered the race last summer. While it appeared the state party apparatus made some mild financial progress under his leadership, Downey had some significant public relations blunders. The aftermath of party delegates' 2014 endorsement of Michelle MacDonald for Supreme Court of MN was (as my friend and NARN colleague Mitch Berg described it) a proverbial goat rodeo. Also, Downey's rhetorical nuking of his deputy chair Chris Fields (who sought to replace Downey as chair in 2017 when he chose not to seek reelection) was incredibly off-putting to a good number of GOP grassroots activists. The idea he could then turn around and gain their support for the party's nomination for governor seemed (to be charitable) far fetched. 

It was also peculiar that Downey attempted to paint himself as an "outsider" candidate (a la Donald Trump at the national level) despite the fact he served two terms in the MN House, ran unsuccessfully for MN Senate in 2012 and was state party chair for four years. Not sure where Downey goes from here but I have a hard time believing he has a future in electoral politics.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Barbara Bush: 1925-2018

It's a 12-minute segment, but the memories of former First Lady Barbara Bush conveyed by these veteran politicos and journalists are well worth checking out.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Box Score of the Week

With yesterday being "Jackie Robinson Day" across Major League Baseball, I'm featuring a game from his illustrious 10-year big league career. It was his Brooklyn Dodgers taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in 1948.


In the illustrious 135-year history of the  Brooklyn Atlantics / Brooklyn Grays / Brooklyn Bridegrooms / Brooklyn Superbas / Brooklyn Robins / Brooklyn Dodgers / Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, only 10 different players have hit for the cycle. Jackie Robinson did so in the 1948 game I've referenced here. 


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Another in-kind contribution to Trump 2020

Leftists: "I'm so sick of &%$&#)@ Trump and his divisive rhetoric."

Also leftists:


Friday, April 13, 2018

Full circle

On Wednesday evening the Minnesota Timberwolves clinched a spot in the NBA playoffs, a feat they hadn't accomplished since April 2004.

What else was happening on the Minnesota sports landscape in the spring of 2004?

  • University of Minnesota women's basketball star Lindsay Whalen capped off a brilliant 4-year career by leading the lady Gophers to a Final Four appearance. She was also a member of the All-Big Ten team for third consecutive season. She would go on to be the fourth overall pick in the WNBA draft, selected by the Connecticut Sun.

  • A 21-year old catching phenom from St. Paul by the name of Joe Mauer made his major league debut with his hometown Minnesota Twins. Despite an injury plagued '04 season that limited his time on the field, the top overall pick from the 2001 MLB draft still held a lot of promise for a stellar big league career.

So how does this all tie together? In the 24-hour span since the Wolves clinched that elusive postseason berth, Whalen, who was a member of 4 WNBA championship teams with her hometown Minnesota Lynx, was named the head basketball coach at her alma mater. And Mauer collected his 2,000th career base hit.

Yep. A lot has happened in the 14 years since that glorious spring of 2004.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXII

- Upon John Boehner resigning as Speaker of the U.S. House in late 2015, one of the names immediately considered to succeed him was Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). However, Ryan was reluctant to pursue the post given his commitment to a young family as well as his lack of desire to aggressively fund raise on behalf of the House GOP caucus. Eventually Ryan chose to run for House Speaker once the more polarizing factions of the party (i.e. "The Establishment" and "Freedom Caucus") were each willing to give majority support. Ryan was then officially elected in October 2015.

For the past several weeks, rumors have been circulating that Ryan will not only resign as House Speaker but that he won't even seek reelection for his Congressional seat this year. Said rumors were confirmed on Wednesday.

The Wisconsin Republican cast the decision to end his 20-year career as a personal one, saying he did not want his children growing up with a "weekend dad." He told reporters he believes he's leaving with strong accomplishments his party can sell to voters ahead of November elections. A self-styled budget guru, Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and a personal cause, and Congress delivered on that late last year.

"I have given this job everything I have," he said. "We're going to have a great record to run on."

Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation and will set off a scramble among his lieutenants to take the helm. It will also fuel speculation that Ryan is eyeing a coming Democratic surge, fueled by opposition to President Donald Trump, that could wrest control of the House from Republicans' grip. Several GOP veterans have announced plans to retire in recent months and another, Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida, quickly followed Ryan on Wednesday.

Ryan, 48, first announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Wednesday morning. His tone was somber, and he read directly from prepared remarks. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., said an emotional Ryan "choked up a few times trying to get through" his remarks to colleagues and received three standing ovations.

Moments later, Ryan told reporters that if he were to stay for one more term, his children — now all teens — would only know him as a weekend dad.

"I can't let that happen," he said.

Personally I'll miss Ryan, particularly his terrific communication skills in conveying the party's agenda as well as his ability to (mostly) bring all factions of the House GOP together. That was the one area where his predecessor, Boehner, was sorely lacking. Also, I can't think of any other politicians who could have so deftly managed the chaos brought on by the top elected official in the party, President Donald J. Trump.

I still can't help but lament that it should be a Vice President Ryan in the midst of a second term with President Romney. Regardless, enjoy retirement Mr. Speaker.

- There were several cringe-inducing moments at Tuesday's Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee meetings where they interrogated Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, it was a good number of septuagenarian (and, in some cases, older) senators who probably still believe that televisions operate on vacuum tubes, yet they can get a handle on the challenges technology giants face regarding data privacy practices? Absurd.

I believe Sean Davis from The Federalist said it best:


- I've made no secret about my enjoyment of 1980s pop culture and its cast of characters, particularly actress Molly Ringwald. Sure, she's a pablum puking leftist today, but I refuse to let that soil the memories I have of what I consider her stellar '80s performances.

Ah, but Molly herself appears even more unyielding in undermining the fondness many people my age have for that era, particularly when referencing the cinematic classic The Breakfast Club.

It’s a strange experience, watching a younger, more innocent version of yourself onscreen. It’s stranger still—surreal, even—watching it with your child when she is much closer in age to that version of yourself than you are. My friend was right: my daughter didn’t really seem to register most of the sex stuff, though she did audibly gasp when she thought I had showed my underwear. At one point in the film, the bad-boy character, John Bender, ducks under the table where my character, Claire, is sitting, to hide from a teacher. While there, he takes the opportunity to peek under Claire’s skirt and, though the audience doesn’t see, it is implied that he touches her inappropriately. I was quick to point out to my daughter that the person in the underwear wasn’t really me, though that clarification seemed inconsequential. We kept watching, and, despite my best intentions to give context to the uncomfortable bits, I didn’t elaborate on what might have gone on under the table. She expressed no curiosity in anything sexual, so I decided to follow her lead, and discuss what seemed to resonate with her more. Maybe I just chickened out.

She's goes on to throw late director John Hughes, with whom she collaborated on multiple successful '80s films, under the proverbial bus for having "such a glaring blind spot." She even went on to equate her situation with the female entertainers victimized by sleazy Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Seriously!

National Review entertainment writer Kyle Smith also thought that was a bridge too far.

Dropping the name Harvey Weinstein like a smoke bomb, to ensure maximum confusion and panic, she writes, “If attitudes toward female subjugation are systemic, and I believe that they are, it stands to reason that the art we consume and sanction plays some part in reinforcing those same attitudes.” There is question-begging in both the dependent clause and the independent clause of that sentence. Consider how vacuous the same argument has come to look when it comes to violence instead of sex: We have shootings in reality because there are shootings in video games and movies. What Ringwald seizes upon as Exhibit A in “female subjugation” looks more like a throwaway sex joke, and anyway, just as shootings have sharply declined over the last generation, so have rates of rape and sexual assault.

I can't tell if this is Ringwald genuinely feeling exploited or merely a lackluster attempt to conjure up her own #MeToo story in an effort to become a more credible voice for the issue.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Monday, April 09, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Goin' way, way back to 1921 when the Detroit Tigers took on the New York Yankees.


Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani was the starting (and winning) pitcher in his club's April 1 game vs. Oakland. The next game he played in was two days later as the Angels' DH against Cleveland. Ohtani hit a home run in that game, becoming the first player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to win a game as a starting pitcher one day and then hit a home run the following game he played. 

This week's featured game is where Ruth homered a day after notching a victory as a starting pitcher. 


Sunday, April 08, 2018

It really comes as no surprise to find that you planned it all along.....

So what if it's April yet there's snow on the ground and temperatures in the 30s! All the more reason to be inside to check out this week's Sunday edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network. The one-hour extravaganza gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

At about 2:20, I'll be joined via phone by Salem Media Group-Twin Cities promotions guru Stacey Tourtin. With some big time events coming up involving Salem's national personalities, Stacy will be on to share the exciting details.

Then at 2:30 I will be joined by Congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn. After falling just short in the 2016 U.S. House race in Minnesota CD-1, Mr. Hagedorn will once again vie to be the Republican nominee in that district's 2018 contest.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 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, April 07, 2018

Mr. 3,000

It was near the end of a work day in late October 2004 when I logged into to create a "blog." There were myriad reasons why I was inspired to do so. Sure, I had heard of the blogging lawyers who exposed legendary news anchor Dan Rather as a fraud. However, I was not laboring under any delusion that I would be able to pull off a similar earth-shattering conquest. No, I looked at this merely as a cathartic exercise so I wouldn't have to rant and rave at people who couldn't care less what I believe. But with a blog, folks would be able to indulge in my opinions only if they so desired.

For a long time I have fancied myself a trivia buff, someone who is interested in fascinating facts. So for my first post, I conveyed similarities between the 1988 Presidential race & Major League Baseball season to the same venues in 2004. Sure, it wasn't exactly hard hitting analysis or provocative rhetoric, but it was an amalgam of a few of my passions: sports, politics and trivia.

Over the first 12 months of this blog, I put forth 17 posts. But over the next 12-1/2 years I've posted 2,983 times on this site for a grand total of 3,000 entries!! Did I ever believe that I would stay in the blogging game long enough to generate that kind of content? I guess I never really gave it that much thought, but I have zero regrets for enduring for that period of time. This blog has directly or indirectly resulted in my forming many new friendships, an ability to think more critically, the urge to expand my interests beyond sports and, of course, my nearly 7-year stint as a weekly radio host (radio broadcasting was something I dreamed of doing since I was 12) for the Northern Alliance Radio Network. Given all that, how can I look at this endeavor as anything but a net positive?

My heartfelt thanks to anyone who has read even once sentence I've typed here. While I have never had the expectations of a Power Line sized readership, I am always pleased to have at least a handful of page views daily. Here's to another few thousand posts or so!


Able to quash multiple anti-gun narratives in a single speech..........

I may have shouted "AMEN!" a time or ten.


Thursday, April 05, 2018

Only the right kind of diversity is allowed

I've sensed for some time that political leftists are no longer interested in a free exchange of ideas, rather they want to quash conservative thought altogether. Whether it's rioting on college campuses in response to a right-leaning personality scheduled to give a speech or demands that non-leftist op eds in major newspapers be met with retribution (see the NY Times' Bret Stephens and Bari Weiss), leftists are not even trying to hide their efforts to squelch viewpoints which fly in the face of their own.

The latest kowtowing to the mob had to do with a left-leaning publication's change of plans in its hiring of a prominent conservative voice. 

The Atlantic magazine on Thursday terminated its relationship with Kevin D. Williamson, the conservative writer whose hiring last month angered liberals and sparked an online debate about what views are considered acceptable in mainstream publications.

It was Mr. Williamson’s hard-line stance on abortion — namely, that it should be treated as premeditated homicide and punished accordingly, perhaps by hanging — that generated the initial controversy over his hiring.

It was that same viewpoint that led to his abrupt departure.

Mr. Williamson expressed it during a Twitter exchange in September 2014. After hiring him in late March, Jeffrey Goldberg, the magazine’s editor in chief, defended Mr. Williamson, saying that he did not want to judge people for their “worst tweets, or assertions, in isolation.”

But on Thursday, Mr. Goldberg wrote in a memo to his staff that he had come to see the writer’s remarks on Twitter as something more than merely trollish. The editor cited a podcast episode from the same month in which Mr. Williamson elaborated on his anti-abortion views — which seemed in keeping with how he had described them on Twitter.

“The tweet was not merely an impulsive, decontextualized, heat-of-the-moment post, as Kevin had explained it,” Mr. Goldberg wrote. “Furthermore, the language used in the podcast was callous and violent. This runs contrary to The Atlantic’s tradition of respectful, well-reasoned debate, and to the values of our workplace.”

“I have come to the conclusion,” Mr. Goldberg added, “that The Atlantic is not the best fit for his talents, and so we are parting ways.”

David French, who was a colleague of Williamson's at National Review, could not hide his disgust.

After Kevin was fired, Guardian columnist Jessica Valenti tweeted that she was “very relieved for the women” who work at The Atlantic. Why? What was Kevin going to do to them? Write things that made them angry? God forbid! His ideas might hurt? Have mercy!

And so it goes, the steady, inexorable division of America into the tolerable and the intolerable — with the range of tolerable people narrowing ever-so-rapidly. There’s no grace in this brave new world. There’s no charity. It’s not enough to disagree. Now we must ruin. Now we must humiliate. Saying “you’re wrong” is no longer enough. The argument isn’t sufficient.

One final note, The Atlantic was attracted to Kevin in part because of his independence, because he was willing to say what he thought even if he infuriated members of his own ideological tribe. And he often did. In return, he didn’t face a mere news cycle of fury. He faced it for weeks that stretched into months and have now stretched into years. The Atlantic couldn’t face friendly fire for a few days. Its cowardice hurts us all.

If what Williamson has written and said is so objectionable and so far out of the mainstream, then it should be easy to refute, correct? Isn't that how you prevail in the proverbial arena of ideas, by showing what you believe is your ideological opposite's flawed thinking and then further combating it with your own intellectual prowess? Instead, leftists' modus operandi is to completely stifle dissent in the hopes it never reaches their readers, lest new and different ideas result in critical thinking.

If I didn't know better, I would guess that many proggies are woefully insecure when it comes to defending their worldview.


Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Few things are more dangerous than a gun free zone (UPDATE: Suspect NOT a white male NRA member. Shocker!)

Regarding the shooting which took place Tuesday afternoon at the YouTube headquarters in California, I'm inclined to subscribe to Berg’s Eighteenth Law of Media Latency:

Nothing the media writes/says about any emotionally charged event – a mass shooting, a police shooting, anything – should be taken seriously for 48 hours after the original incident. It will largely be rubbish, as media outlets vie to “scoop” each other even on incorrect facts.

Nevertheless, you'll have the obligatory leftist rhetoric about how the National Rifle Association or GOP members of Congress have proverbial blood on their hands. Such inflammatory statements have become so knee-jerk that they border on cliche, but it's still the go-to sentiment.

While I didn't peruse social media much in the aftermath of the shooting, I'd be willing to bet some proggies went to the ever available "conservative rhetoric caused this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" For example, the ultra conservative PragerU filed a lawsuit alleging YouTube's censoring of conservative content. And there's nary a more convenient scapegoat than NRA TV, particularly in light of how they criticized YouTube over their banning of firearms tutorial videos. As such, a kooky conspiracy theory of a "right wing gun nut" being antagonized over the actions of conservative groups will likely be bandied about.

A couple of things to ponder: Doesn't the state of California have some of the more draconian gun laws in the country? And is anyone outside of law enforcement even allowed to carry a gun anywhere in San Francisco? Why, it's almost as if someone who wants to commit a violent act isn't all that concerned about such legalities. Huh.



Monday, April 02, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Rusty Staub, who played 23 seasons in the big leagues, passed away last week at the age of 73.

With that in mind, let's look back at a significant game in his career. It was the first game of a doubleheader on June 26, 1983 when Staub's Mets hosted the Philadelphia Phillies.


In this game, pinch hitter extraordinaire Staub recorded his eighth consecutive pinch hit in the 1983 season. That tied a record for consecutive pinch hits in one season. 


Sunday, April 01, 2018

The message is perfectly simple, the meaning is clear.....

Have ya heard the good news? He is risen!!!!

Yes today April 1st is Easter Sunday (no foolin') but the Northern Alliance Radio Network will be live! My one-hour broadcast The Closer will get started at 2:00 PM Central Time. 

Since I was out last week, I didn't have an opportunity to weigh in on the gun grabber "March for Our Lives" rallies which took place 8 days ago. Were these demonstrations fruitful exercises? I'll explain why I have my doubts.

I will of course wrap up my annual Easter show with the perpetual good news: Jesus is alive!!

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 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.

Even though I have a face for radio, there is a UStream channel where you can watch the broadcast if you so desire. Check it out here.

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

Until then.....


Friday, March 30, 2018

Where credit is due

I was a hardcore fanatic of the NHL's Minnesota North Stars from the late 1970s until they relocated to Dallas in 1993. And I certainly enjoy the current pro hockey franchise in Minny (the Wild), though it's not on the level of my past North Stars fandom.

Given those factoids, it's correctly assumed that it's not in my nature to say anything nice about the Chicago Blackhawks, the franchise which was the Stars' bitter rival in the 1980s as well as the team who sent the Wild packing from the postseason in three straight years (2013 thru 2015).

But just this once I can't help but laud the Hawks given they allowed an accountant (aka my daytime profession) to play goalie for them on Thursday.

Scott Foster thought it was going to be just another night. Then the 36-year-old accountant signed a contract, put on his goaltender gear and waited in the Chicago Blackhawks' locker room. Then he got into the game.

Then it was his night.

Foster was pressed into action when Chicago lost Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injuries, and the former college goalie stopped all seven shots he faced over the final 14 minutes of the Blackhawks' 6-2 victory over the playoff-bound Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

"This is something that no one can ever take away from me," Foster said. "It's something that I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends. ... Just a ton of fun."

Foster is part of a crew of recreational goaltenders who staff Chicago's home games in case of emergencies for either team. But it usually just means a nice dinner and a night in the press box watching the world's best players compete at hockey's highest level.

Nothing at all like this.

Between this and a few dudes resembling barflies winning an Olympic gold medal, we middle aged sports nuts have some genuine role models!!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Pop off

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is one of the all time great coaches, evidenced by leading his team to five NBA titles in 22 seasons. While he has made his mark by having success on a basketball court, he's really made additional hay in his penchant for scathing criticism of President Donald J. Trump. Given the majority of media members (especially sports media) tend to lean left politically/socially, they look to have their worldview reaffirmed by those they cover.

While he is notorious for not being particularly chatty with reporters during postgame pressers, TV timeouts, practice sessions, etc., Coach Pop can be easily swayed into leftist diatribes. Perhaps the most polarizing culture war battle in years has provided plenty of fodder for Pop.

The outspoken coach told reporters that changes to current U.S. gun laws were comparable to Band-Aids, according to USA Today.

“Even if they changed the age limit, it’s all a Band-Aid,” he said. “The obvious elephant in the room is the guns, weapons of war, the magazines. The real discussion should be about the Second Amendment. Is it useful? Does it serve its purpose the way it was supposed to do in the beginning? That discussion should be had.”

Heh. The gun grabbers' idea of "discussion" is impugning the character of law-abiding gun owners and pro-second amendment politicians as opposed to addressing legitimate issues like law enforcement failures, breakdowns in threat assessments, etc. Yeah, I know. Broaching those specific areas would undermine too many gun-grabber narratives. Can't have that.

It is the second time in a few days Popovich decided to enter the political realm. He applauded demonstrators who participated in the March for Our Lives event supporting gun control and ripped President Trump for not being in Washington during the marches, according to The Hill.

“It's just cowardice," he said. "A real leader would have been in Washington D.C. this weekend, not at his penthouse at Mar-a-Lago. He would have had the decency to meet with a group, to see what's going on, and how important it is, and how important our children should be to us. So for all those politicians involved, it's just a dereliction of duty."

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that even if Trump offered to attend these marches, he would have been turned away. Heck, I believe that even if Trump, say, pre-recorded a video greeting to be played at the various rallies, the organizers would have either declined to play it or the message would've been drowned out due to tens of thousands of demonstrators screaming over the audio.

Speaking of large gatherings, the March for Life rally takes place every January 22nd on the anniversary of the 1973 SCOTUS decision to legalize abortion. It is the largest perennial gathering in America, with attendance rivaling or surpassing the crowd at last weekend's gun-grabber rally (again, that's every year). So from 2009 thru 2016, did then President Barack Obama ever once address that group? Did he ever offer to do so? Serious questions here, none of which noteworthy leftists like Popovich have ever asked. But, to be fair, I'm quite certain no one in the media inquired either.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Quick Hits: Volume CLXI

- Baseball news away from the diamond.

Major League Baseball said Friday it will not suspend Twins star third baseman Miguel Sano after investigating claims by a Twin Cities photographer that he assaulted her at a Minnetonka shopping mall in October 2015.

Baseball cited “insufficient evidence” and “conflicting and inconsistent witness accounts” after interviewing more than 20 people, including Sano and photographer Betsy Bissen, and reviewing available documents and communication records, according to a statement.

MLB left open the possibility of reopening the investigation upon “receipt of any new information or evidence.”

“I want to thank Major League Baseball for conducting a thorough investigation and I’m happy to put this behind me,” Sano said in a statement issued in English and Spanish through the MLB Players Association.

“I look forward to focusing on the upcoming season and playing alongside my teammates. I want to thank my family, friends, the Players Association, the Minnesota Twins and my fans for their continued support.”

Keep in mind that this doesn't mean Sano absolutely, positively did not assault the woman, rather there just wasn't sufficient evidence to warrant disciplinary action. For all the positives the #MeToo movement has brought forth, the downside is a mere accusation (regardless of its veracity) has the potential to destroy someone's life and livelihood before all evidence is presented. That said, I am heartened that MLB conducted a thorough investigation as opposed to just meting out punishment based on mere suspicion.

For the record, I am inclined to believe Ms. Bissen's account given what others have said about Sano's mindset. And if indeed Sano did assault Ms. Bissen, he should take a long look in the mirror and realize he dodged a major bullet. For his sake, let's hope Sano uses this as a teachable moment on how not to interact with women and thus act accordingly in the future.

- Using condescending tones and sneering looks, leftists will often say to law abiding gun owners "No one is looking to outlaw guns."

Behold, I present you an Op Ed from former U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens entitled "Repeal the Second Amendment.

As of today, the Republicans' majority in both chambers of Congress looks to be in peril in this midterm election year. However, the rhetoric spewed at this past weekend's March for Our Lives "rally" in addition to Stevens' belief in ditching the Second has provided the GOP with a veritable buffet of sound bites. The Republicans losing the House in November doesn't have to be a forgone conclusion.

- To this day, there a few athletes who elicit such polarizing reactions as former NFL quarterback turned pro baseball player Tim Tebow. His unapologetic faith in Jesus Christ has garnered tremendous adulation on one side and utter derangement on the other.

I can only fathom how the deranged side reacted to this news.

Tim Tebow has his 2018 assignment: the Binghamton (N.Y.) Rumble Ponies, which is the Double-A affiliate of the Mets, USA Today reported.

It's a new level for the Heisman Trophy winner, who started out last season with the Columbia Fireflies and ended it with the high-A Port St. Lucie Mets.

During that span, Tebow hit .226 with a .656 OPS.

It seems pretty obvious that Tebow's numbers in A-ball hardly warranted the call up to AA. As such, his detractors have angrily implored Tebow to give up this fantasy of being a pro baseball player as he might be taking the roster spot of a legitimate MLB prospect.

I'll agree that Tebow, at age 30, will never become a bona fide major leaguer. And I'll also concede that the only reason he's kept around is he draws tremendous crowds (within the context of minor league baseball attendance) wherever he plays. But still, why the invective towards Tebow himself? After all, it's the Mets' brass who makes these types of decisions. And for those who use that vapid argument of Tebow usurping a legit big league prospect, do you honestly think every single solitary player on the Binghamton roster outside of Tebow is a sure thing to make it to "The Show?" Of course not. As such, Tebow is likely not the worst player on that team.

Unless the Binghamton Ponies' games are regularly broadcast on major TV/cable networks, the odds of Tebow haters ever seeing a single AB of his are pretty much nil. Seems like a lot of wasted energy to hope for his demise.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Major League Baseball opening day is this Thursday, so it's time to kick off this weekly feature.

Let's go with a game from opening day in 1986 -- Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago White Sox.


In a Hall of Fame career that spanned 20 seasons, pitcher Tom Seaver made 16 Opening Day starts, which is an MLB record. This week's featured game is Seaver's final opening day start of his career. 


Sunday, March 25, 2018

A rare and well deserved break

I will not be broadcasting my radio show The Closer today as I am out "on assignment" (translation: On a family trip to Wisconsin).

In my stead, Northern Alliance Radio Network mainstay Mitch Berg will be filling in from 2:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time. Hop on over to his place to find out what he has in store for today.

Until then.....


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Swamp things

He didn't wanna do it guys. Really, he didn't. I mean, President Trump was so angry with the abominable $1.3 trillion omnibus bill that he almost didn't sign it.

Yeah, I'm sure the next Congress (which will likely be a Democrat majority in light of this past week's GOP buffoonery) will be quaking with fear when they cobble together the next bill (they'll get around to it when they're not consumed with drafting articles of impeachment).

Let's go live now to the current status of the D.C. "swamp" (h/t CNN's Jake Tapper):

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Rest easy, Zell

Given I'm firmly right-of-center in my political worldview, I've often pondered if I could ever vote for a Democrat today. On the rare occasion someone has asked me if I ever could do such a thing, my typical retort was something along the lines of "Only if someone in the motif of Zell Miller were on the ballot."

I've often thought about the former governor and U.S. senator out of Georgia, particularly over the past 13+ years after his rousing speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention. It was always in the back of my mind to perform a simple Google search to find out what Miller's up to these days, but I never go around to it. Had I done so recently, I would have learned that he had withdrawn from public life due to a battle with Parkinson's disease. Sadly it was announced on Friday that ailment is what ended up taking his life.

“The people of Georgia have lose one of our state’s finest public servants,” grandson Bryan Miller said in a statement.

He said Miller “passed away peacefully at his home with family by his side.”

Miller was the 79th governor of Georgia, serving from 1991 through 1999. He represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate from 2000 to 2005.

Miller’s political career began in 1959, when he served as mayor of Young Harris, moving on to become a Georgia state senator from 1961 to 1965. He then served as Georgia’s lieutenant governor from 1975 to 1991, making him the longest serving lieutenant governor in Georgia’s history.

Later in life, Miller was a Fox News contributor.

As governor, Miller created the Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) scholarship, and Georgia’s voluntary pre-kindergarten program. According to the Miller Institute Foundation, more than 1.8 million students have gone to college in Georgia on HOPE scholarships, and more than 1.6 million four-year olds have begun their education through the pre-K program.

“These were his proudest achievements in his 46-year career in public service,” the foundation said in a statement Friday.

Many concern-trolling leftists often convey that today's GOP is soooooooooo extreme that someone with the same policy stances as, say, Ronald Reagan couldn't receive the party's nomination for president. It's classic projection given that it's a near certainty a Zell Miller (who was staunchly pro life and a war hawk) would be persona non grata among today's Democrat party.

Thanks for your service, Mr. Miller.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

You want a response, eh?

Full disclosure: Of the four (soon to be five) candidates vying for the GOP nomination for Minnesota governor, I have no preference. My stance is I will enthusiastically support whomever receives the nod to oppose the DFLer.

For now it appears Jeff Johnson is the GOP front runner with former Republican Party of Minnesota chair Keith Downey being a distant second. As such, Downey is doing everything he can to garner more attention. On March 7, the following email was sent out.

One week later, Downey provided an update on his request to the other candidates.

Less than a week after that particular email blast, three of the four declared Republican candidates met in Staples for yet another candidate forum. The only individual to not show up? That would be Downey. Even though he indicated that Johnson was the only candidate to not respond to his debate challenge, it's obvious he's aware of said email requests.

 That's gonna leave a mark.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Leftist narratives done before they started

The mass shooting at Parkland, Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was still fresh in America's consciousness when word of another school shooting occurred on Tuesday morning.

A gunman who shot and wounded two students at Great Mills High School in Maryland was killed Tuesday after engaging an armed school resource officer, an official said.

The shooter was the only fatality. A female student was critically injured and a male student was also shot but is in stable condition at a hospital, authorities said.

"Our school resource officer was alerted to the event. he pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, fired a round at the shooter," St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said. "The shooter fired a round as well. In the hours and days to come, we'll be able to determine if our school resource officer's round struck the shooter."

This is what happens when a good guy with a gun engages the active shooter (unlike the resource officer who stood down in Parkland). Also, Maryland has some tight gun restrictions, proving once again that someone determined to perpetrate a violent act is not deterred by laws.

Nevertheless, gun grabbers will likely shriek for more draconian "gun control" laws and will still label the National Rifle Association a "terrorist organization" despite this incident pretty much validating every assertion put forth by the pro-gun crowd (not to mention an FBI study conducted on active shooter engagement). It's almost as if gun grabbers have pre-progammed chanting points readily available in an effort to gin up anger towards law abiding gun owners, regardless of concrete facts regarding a specific incident. It really is a vicious cycle.


Monday, March 19, 2018

If you work in an office environment.....

......but you've yet to see the cult classic Office Space, you're doing it wrong.

There are so many funny moments, but my favs involve a character by the name of Michael Bolton (ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFE FOR WORK).

Given that it's one of my favorite movies, you can imagine my delight when this started circulating the internet (again, NSFW).


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Where do we go from here now that all other children are growin' up......

Hopefully the ill effects of your St. Patty's Day libations have worn off by the time the Northern Alliance Radio Network hits the airwaves today. Today's 1-hour edition of The Closer kicks off at 2:00 PM Central Time.

A lot to get to today, including failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton taking her slanders of middle America to a conference in India. Also, I hope to discuss the National School Walkout from this past week where thousands of students unwittingly begged the government to take away some of their rights.

At 2:30 I will be joined by Rob Doar, Political Director of the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. Having spent every day at the MN State Capitol this past week, Rob will inform us of how certain legislators are looking to curtail our Second Amendment rights, including some elected officials who were once thought to be allies.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 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.

Even though I have a face for radio, there is a UStream channel where you can watch the broadcast if you so desire. Check it out here.

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

Until then.....


Friday, March 16, 2018

QB Kirk

Perhaps the worst kept secret in the NFL's 2018 free agent frenzy became official Thursday afternoon.

Kirk Cousins not only reset the bar as the highest-paid player in NFL history when he inked a three-year, $84 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, he also set a new precedent for veteran players by signing a fully guaranteed deal.

A contract of this magnitude -- one that also contains another $6 million in incentives that could elevate the total value to $90 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter -- was the focus of conversations with Cousins and his agent, Mike McCartney, for the past two and a half years.

While the deal is short-term in nature, it carries long-term importance in providing stability for the Vikings at the quarterback position and for the next chapter of Cousins' career.

"As (Vikings GM) Rick (Spielman) said yesterday, this is a lifetime deal," Cousins said. "That's the goal. This is a three-year deal but the expectation from both sides is we raise our kids here and then if everything goes as planned that I'd be here for a long, long time."

Make no mistake, my favorite NFL squad definitely upgraded the quarterback position. That's not to say last year's starter, Case Keenum, didn't have a very good season in 2017. He absolutely did. But one good season in what has thus far been a journeyman's career does not necessarily a franchise QB make. However, since Cousins became the Washington Redskins' full time starter at the beginning of the 2015 season, his per season averages consisted of 4,392 yards passing, 27 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, a 67.0% completion percentage and a 97.5 QB rating. I'd be willing to bet there haven't been more than 3 or 4 NFL quarterbacks who have bested those numbers in the same 3-year span. What is left out of those numbers though is the Redskins were merely 24-23-1 in that time frame. But to say that's a reflection on Cousins' play is a stretch. Washington's defense was never better than 21st in total yards allowed in any of those three seasons, so that tells you how much of the burden Cousins had to bear. Given there's a top tier defense in Minnesota, that certainly had to be an enticement for him to don purple.

So does this mean the Vikings are the prohibitive favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in 10-1/2 months? Not quite yet. While their defense finished #1 overall in terms of yards allowed last year, they were definitely exposed over the final five quarters of their 2017 postseason run. The good news there is the Vikings organization is keenly aware of that, hence why former Seahawks DT Sheldon Richardson was in town this week for a free agent visit. Can you imagine a D-line with he and Linval Joseph clogging up the interior? That would certainly make DEs Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter that much more formidable.

Overall I like the Cousins signing not only because he is a talented player but also appears to be a solid citizen. I didn't get a sense that he's overwhelmed by the expectations heaped upon him despite being the highest paid QB in the league and being given the reins of a team on the brink of a Super Bowl berth. Since Daunte Culpepper blew out his knee in 2005, the Vikings have made multiple attempts to identify a franchise QB but have had little success. Whether it was long shots via the draft (Tarvaris Jackson in 2006; Christian Ponder in 2011) or bad luck (Teddy Bridgewater's horrific non-contact leg injury just prior to the 2016 season), the Vikings are looking to exorcise those demons by going all in on Cousins (who will turn 30 in August) fulfilling that role for the intermediate future. Here's hoping they get it right this time.


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Obligatory #NationalStudentWalkout post

As promised, thousands of high school students across the country walked out of class for 17 minutes on Wednesday. This was a tribute to the 17 people killed at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL four weeks ago when a crazed gunman walked in and opened fire for four uninterrupted minutes. The walkout doubled as a protest as students demanded that elected officials enact legislation imposing tighter "gun control." 

Look, I'm not going to rehash all the data which strongly suggests "gun control" will do nothing to alleviate the issue of spree killings. I'm also not going to universally condemn the students who participated in this movement, as I am certain many are sincere despite being woefully misguided.

I am curious about one thing, however. I wonder how many of the students who participated in that walkout routinely browse on their smartphones while driving. I don't know the exact statistics but I am willing to bet that more young people are injured or killed as a result of texting & driving than in mass shootings.

Since "honest conversations" are suddenly en vogue, how about starting with a deadly issue that is actually pervasive among young people, particularly high school students. Just a thought.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Lost in all the NFL free agency hoopla.... the fact that key Major League Baseball free agents are finally being snapped up.

My Twins club has had a very good offseason pulling off trades and free agent acquisitions to bolster a team which made the postseason last year. The latest move definitely helps what was a suspect starting pitching rotation going into Spring Training.

The unusually slow free-agent market forced Lance Lynn to wait through the winter and well into spring training before he found a new team.

The offer he settled on from the Minnesota Twins also came with the expectation of pennant race and perhaps postseason pitching.

"I wanted to go somewhere where they had a chance to win, no matter what," Lynn said on Tuesday at his introductory media conference. "It seemed like the perfect fit, and I look forward to doing what I have to do, which is take the ball when it is my turn."

Lynn agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract that includes bonuses of $1 million each for pitching 170 and 180 innings. He was given a turn right away and struck out five batters in three hitless innings of an exhibition against Baltimore. He walked one.

"Other than that, everything went about as smooth as it possibly could," Lynn said. "Get ready for the next and kind of keep the buildup for Opening Day."

Obviously my main focus will be Lynn's performance on the mound. But a close second will be postgame interviews like this one.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sixteen months later, they *still* don't get it

I understood the rationale as to why some conservatives as well some white working class who typically voted Democrat decided to pull the lever for Donald Trump in 2016. I ultimately didn't agree with their reasoning and believed they would likely regret that support, but I nevertheless gleaned they were legitimately frustrated. Something had to change, for better or worse.

When Trump won, it sent shock waves through the political establishment. And while some leftists accepted the 2016 results as a hard lesson learned, it seems a majority of "progressives" have doubled down on their sneering and condescension as opposed to listening the concerns which resulted in someone like Trump being elected president.

You would think if there's merely one person who would be open to serious introspection, it would be Trump's 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton. Alas, if that is your belief, you are far too optimistic.

Let's go live now to the Hillary Clinton 2020 presidential campaign:

Donald Trump once talked on tape about grabbing women by the....well...y'know. As a sitting president, he launches personal insults towards those who criticize him. His stump speeches are typically divisive. 

Despite all that, Mrs. Clinton somehow manages to make Trump seem more likable than herself. No small feat.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Another example of why Trump won

I'm not saying I agree or disagree with President Trump's decision here, but his lifting up of the "Joe Schmoes" of America further underscores why he appealed to the "working class."

Kristian Saucier, the former U.S. Navy sailor who served a year behind bars for taking photos of classified areas in a nuclear submarine, has been pardoned, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday.

Saucier recently received a letter from the Department of Justice saying it was taking a new look at his request for a pardon. Although he was released from jail last year, he remained under house arrest.

President Trump had denounced the government’s handling of Saucier’s case, calling it a political move and saying it contrasted with the velvet-gloved response to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mismanagement of classified information through a private server.

"The president has pardoned Kristian Saucier, a Navy submariner,” Sanders said in a press briefing Friday afternoon. “Mr. Saucier was 22 years old at the time of his offenses and has served out his 12-months sentence. He has been recognized by his fellow service members for his dedication, skill and patriotic spirit.”

“While serving, he regularly mentored younger sailors and served as an instructor for new recruits. The sentencing judge found that Mr. Saucier's offense stands in contrast to his commendable military service. The president is appreciative of Mr. Saucier's service to the country.”

If you'll recall, Saucier's May 2016 guilty plea was entered less than two months before then FBI Director James Comey chose not to recommend criminal charges for then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton despite basically admitting she was guilty of gross negligence.

My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg accurately pointed out the blatant unequal application of the law soon after Comey made his announcement.

I'll make no bones about the fact that I think Hillary Clinton is utterly qualified to be a terrible president, that she was the second-worst Secretary of State in the past 100 years (Albright was worse), and that along with her husband she set back "feminism" a generation (for better or worse).

And yeah, I think the fact that the FBI, which answers to Loretta Lynch's DOJ, magically decided to recommend "no charges" in this probe despite multiple serious violations of the law (as laid out by former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy) is a flame-belching hemi-powered travesty.

But the worst thing about it?

"Democracy" requires trust to function. When the people start to believe there's one system for those in power, and one for everyone else, people are justified in not trusting their government. And given that the Administration *has* used not only its bully pulpit, but its bureaucracy to sandbag and attack American dissenters in ways big and small (putting dissenter groups on watch lists, subjecting conservative groups to extra-special IRS scrutiny, sending guns across the border to try to discredit American gun owners and dealers, lying about Obamacare and the Iran non-treaty treaty), and now this?

Perfect illustration of the hypocrisy; a Navy sailor is looking at six years in Federal prison for doing taking pictures inside a submarine. NOT putting them out on a server where any Chinese hacker can get 'em; nothing of the sort.

Why should we, the people, think that our government HASN'T become the unresponsive, unaccountable tyranny our forefathers feared?

Again, Trump's methodology and rhetoric while being a head of state leaves a lot to be desired. But actions such as the Saucier pardon validates the assertions of those who believed a Trump presidency would refreshingly not be business as usual in Washington, D.C.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Come on now, people, let's get on the ball....

Hopefully you remembered to set your clocks ahead one hour last evening so you're not late for this week's edition of The Closer. The one-hour broadcast gets going at 2:00 PM Central Time.

For the first two segments I'll play a pre-recorded interview with political wonk Matt Mackowiak. We'll discuss the Trump administration's upcoming nuclear talks with North Korea as well as the latest in the 2018 midterm elections.

In the non-guest segments I'll discuss how gun grabbers are so focused on their mission that they eschew literally all common sense when talking to crime victims who chose to buy a gun for personal safety.

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area, you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio. If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

Even though I have a face for radio, there is a UStream channel where you can watch the broadcast if you so desire. Check it out here.

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

Until then.....


Thursday, March 08, 2018

A Painter without red or blue

Richard Painter, former ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration and current U of M law professor, posted this tweet Wednesday morning.

Given he's been trolling Minnesota Senate candidates Karin Housley and Tina Smith (who is also the current interim senator), on Twitter, Painter was expected to announce that he is forming a third party bid to fill the final two years of Franken's former seat.

And that he did......kinda.

So for all the tough guy talk and bluster on social media, his announcement was essentially "I'm definitely a maybe for the Senate race."

Upon perusing his web site, I noticed this was one of the photos posted.

Sheesh, Mr. Painter is not even an official candidate yet he's already thieving intellectual property. 

Let's just hope he also has the penchant for Biden-esque verbal gaffes. It would make this crazy cycle that much more entertaining. 


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Closed Circuit to the "gun control" crowd

If you're part of any movement where the deplorable Shannon Watts is the face and voice of your cause, you will be soundly defeated at every turn. That said, is there some sort of fund to which I can contribute to ensure Ms. Watts stays firmly entrenched as y'all's leader?

Lemme know posthaste. 


Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Pretty simple

You either value life at all points or you don't. And inanimate objects are not good or evil, rather they act at the behest of who possess them.

Kudos to Virginia delegate Nick Freitas for saying what needed to be said.


Monday, March 05, 2018

In case you missed the Oscars on Sunday evening,....'s a lightning fast recap.

You're welcome.


Sunday, March 04, 2018

Time was drifting, this rock had got to roll.....

It was the first weekend in March back in 2004 when the Northern Alliance Radio Network debuted on The Patriot. So on this 14th anniversary weekend of the NARN, I will carry on the fine tradition of conservative talk with today's edition of The Closer. The one-hour broadcast gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Despite being 2-1/2 weeks removed from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, many story lines rage on. Today I'll discuss whether the SD students who are touting left wing chanting points are fair game for critical retort. 

I'll also weigh in on President Trump's bipartisan gun control meeting and his declaration that he prefers to get the guns first, enact due process later. 

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. You can also text comments/questions to (651) 243-0390.

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area, you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio. If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

Even though I have a face for radio, there is a UStream channel where you can watch the broadcast if you so desire. Check it out here.

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

Until then.....


Friday, March 02, 2018

If you're out and about Saturday morning....

....feel free to stop by the Mall of America (East rotunda area) anytime between 7:00 and 10:00 AM, where I will be emceeing the festivities for the Walk to Cure Arthritis. Given that my own mother has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I am definitely on board with any organization looking for ways to raise funds for research.

This emcee opportunity came about at the recommendation of Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, whose 10-year old sister Brenna is living with juvenile arthritis. As it so happens, Brenna is also this year's youth honoree for the walk!

If I don't see ya there, my feelings won't be hurt.....much. You can just placate me by donating to the Arthritis Foundation directly (click here).

Thanks for your support. 😀


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

They told us....

....that if conservatives didn't hop aboard the "Trump train" during the 2016 campaign that the next president would be coming for Americans' guns.

And they were right.

In 2016, NRA-endorsed Republican candidate Donald Trump won the presidency after many months of insisting that his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton was going to grab your guns.

In February 2018, President Trump publicly called for a subversion of due process, and for the government to “take the guns first.”

During a televised meeting with lawmakers at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, the president and assembled legislators spent the hour riffing on ideas for securing schools and curtailing gun violence in America. Trump ping-ponged between various policy positions and postures, invariably making unforced interjections that would make his staunchest pro-gun supporters cringe.

When Vice President Mike Pence talked about how those who are a “danger to themselves or others” should have their firearms taken away, but also afforded due process, the president jumped in to one-up Pence.

“Or, Mike, take the firearms first, and then go to court,” Trump said, breaking with his own vice president on live TV. “Because that's another system. Because a lot of times, by the time you go to court, it takes so long to go to court, to get the due process procedures.”

So Trumpkins, lemme ask ya. Is this another one of those situations where we take him "seriously, not literally?"

What I find most amusing about this latest incident is that some Democrats in their knee-jerk "RESISTANCE!" declare they're outraged (OUTRAGED, I tell ya) over Trump's apparent willingness to skirt around the Constitution by denying due process. The reason being is these leftist frauds were willing to do basically the same thing by denying a citizen his/her Second Amendment rights if they appeared on an arbitrary "watch list." Don't get me wrong here. I agree in principle with the Dems who hit back at Trump over his wanting to subvert due process, but recent history indicates they're being incredibly disingenuous.

Given I had the expectation of Mrs. Clinton being elected president in 2016, my focus was ensuring the GOP had one if not both chambers of Congress to act as a check on the White House. Turns out that sentiment is just as relevant with a Republican currently occupying the Oval Office.



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

It's on now

I saw this Facebook status update from my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg.

Closed Circuit to my 2nd Amendment friends: You know when your Democrat friends take on that condescending voice and coo "nobody's coming for your guns?"

Linda Slocum's bill in this year's legislature is coming for your guns. This bill trashes the Fourth Amendment along with the Second. Seriously - even if you're *anti*-gun, the details of Slocum's bill would make a soviet-era kommissar blanche from the overreach; it trashes your privacy rights along with everything else.

Rob Doar from the MNGOC explains it here.

If you're a 2nd Amendment supporter who has, to borrow a phrase, "gotten tired of all the winning" - well, vacation is over. You need to renew your NRA membership, join up and donate to the MN Gun Owners Caucus...

... and put some PTO aside, because the good guys are going to need to start packing the hearings again. All that Bloomberg money buys a lot of community organizers, and that means lots of mads coming out to events. Gone are the days when the good guys would outnumber the walkers 30-1 without breaking a sweat.

When it comes to defending your civil rights, the only easy day was yesterday.

I'm in!