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 to 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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Election 2018 prediction

The 2018 midterms are upon us!

Will there indeed be a "blue wave" or will team red hold firm? You know where my heart resides but I will do my best to share predictions based on what I believe (not hope) will happen.



Minnesota Governor:  This is the second go-round for GOP candidate Jeff Johnson as he looks to win this open race against CD1 Congressman Tim Walz. I believe Johnson would be a fantastic governor but, unfortunately, his campaigning has once again left us wanting. Meanwhile, the fraudulent Walz is getting cover from a friendly MN media for essentially admitting he tamped down his "progressive" chops to continue to be reelected in a swing district like CD1.

I underestimated Johnson in the primary, as he scored a resounding double digit victory over the well-funded Tim Pawlenty. Can he pull of a similar upset in the general? My gut tells me it'll be about a 4-point Walz victory but I'd be far less shocked if Johnson pulls this off than I was when Donald Trump was elected President in 2016.


US Senator from MN: Incumbent Amy Klobuchar has been overwhelmingly elected to two terms. While GOP opponent Jim Newberger is a solid candidate, his woeful lack of money prevented him from reaching the masses with his message. That, and Klobee has the reputation of being able to work across the aisle despite her voting record saying something completely different. Klobuchar reelected to a third term by about 15-20.


US Senator from MN (special election): This is an open race thanks to the resignation of Sen. Al Franken last year. My friend Karin Housley has run a tireless campaign against interim senator Tina Smith. While I would love to see Karin prevail, she's never held a lead in this race though she's been within striking distance at times. I would absolutely love to be wrong here but I say Smith ekes out a 3-5 point win.


Secretary of State: Steve Simon will defeat Republican challenger John Howe.


Auditor: This is an open race featuring Republican Pam Myhra and DFLer Julie Blaha. Myhra has the advantage here in that she's a CPA, a former state legislator and previously a Lt Gov candidate (she was Marty Seifert's running mate in the 2014 GOP primary). She even earned the endorsement of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a rare feat for a statewide GOP candidate. This is one race where Republicans have a chance to break their 12-year statewide losing streak. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it'll happen with a Myhra victory!


Attorney General: A Republican has not been elected MN AG since 1966 (Douglas Head, who only served one term). Thanks to the Dems trotting out the deplorable Keith Ellison (not even the Strib would endorse him) to be their candidate, this office also has a legit shot to break the GOP doldrums statewide. I say Doug Wardlow gets it done with a narrow win!


MN House: The Republicans currently hold a 77-57 majority, their largest in over a decade. I believe the GOP advantage will shrink somewhat, but not by any more than 5 seats.


MN Senate: The GOP has held a scant 34-33 majority the past two legislative sessions. However, Republican senator Michelle Fischbach resigned her seat earlier this year, so a special election is taking place in Senate District 13 given the full Senate is not up again until 2020.

Jeff Howe has represented 13A in the MN House for six years. DFLer Joe Perske dubs himself a "zealous moderate" who is pro-gun and pro-life.

At the end of the day, whomever wins this race determines which party has the majority in the Senate and on its committees. While Perske may be the equivalent of an urban Republican, is there any doubt whom he'd support to be Senate Majority Leader if having to choose between Tom Bakk and Paul Gazleka? Howe has won his House race by an average of 24 points in each of his three contests. He's a known commodity in what is a solid red senate district, so he should prevail by 10-15 points.


MN Congressional District 1: Is the third time the charm for Republican Jim Hagedorn? He lost to incumbent Tim Walz by less than 1% in 2016, so it would appear the R-leaning district is ripe for a pickup now that Walz is gone. Dem Dan Feehan has closed the gap of late making this race a "toss up." I say Hagedorn squeaks by with a narrow win.


MN Congressional District 2: It's a rematch of 2016 with Republican Jason Lewis being opposed by Dem Angie Craig. Lewis prevailed by a shade less than 2% two years ago, but one could argue that was in part due to Paul Paula Overby siphoning off close to 8% of the vote. Craig is re-litigating the 2016 campaign by taking Lewis's radio show comments out of context and using them as attack ads while doing little to tout her own credentials. She has also decried exorbitant money in politics while shamelessly accepting huge donations from the likes of Bloomberg-affiliated gun grabber organizations. While this race is being projected as "Leans Dem" I have faith that CD2 voters will see through Craig's cynical ploy and look at Lewis's accomplishments. I say Lewis barely wins reelection.


MN Congressional District 3: Five-term incumbent Erik Paulsen is in jeopardy here since he's used this campaign to distance himself from President Trump as well tout his "common sense" "gun control" proposals. The former will not earn him the love he desires from proggies and moderate Dems in what is becoming an increasingly blue CD. The latter has alienated perhaps one of the more dedicated and effective political demographics in the state (i.e. MN shooters).

Dem challenger Dean Phillips may be an empty suit but it's an expensive one. As such, he may have purchased himself a House seat here with the tremendous amount of personal wealth he's infused into his otherwise vapid campaign. Sadly, I see this seat as a Dem flip.


MN Congressional District 4: God bless Republican Greg Ryan as he makes his second run at the shrill and unaccomplished Betty McCollum. Unfortunately, Betty still wins by 20-plus. 


MN Congressional District 5: Current MN House member Ilhan Omar is the Democrat in this race being opposed by Republican Jen Zielinski.

Omar loathes Israel, has used campaign funds from her MN House account for personal reasons and has left more questions than answers regarding allegations she once married her brother in an effort to commit immigration fraud.

But if you're a Dem in CD5, you're pretty much bulletproof. Omar wins comfortably.  


MN Congressional District 6: The reddest district in the state sees Republican Tom Emmer easily reelected to his third term in the U.S. House.


MN Congressional District 7: This CD is nearly on par with the Sixth in terms of being a strong Republican area. Despite that, 14-term incumbent Democrat Collin Peterson continues to be reelected. Republican challenger Dave Hughes got within 5 points of Peterson in 2016, so he decided almost immediately to take another crack at this. Recently the web site Real Clear Politics change this race from "Leans Dem" to "Toss Up."

I believe Hughes has momentum on his side, so I'm going to call this a GOP flip!


MN Congressional District 8: The DCCC pulled out of this race a couple of weeks ago to intensify its efforts in holding on to CD1 and flipping CD2. They too must be convinced Republican Pete Stauber will defeat Dem Joe Radinovich in what is an open race. That means this would be only the second time in seventy years that a Republican wins CD8. Stauber prevails by about six.


US Senate: Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage and are defending only 9 of 35 seats up for election.

In North Dakota, incumbent Dem Heidi Heitkamp has been dead woman walking for some time now. A Kevin Cramer victory puts the GOP advantage at 52-48. That means the only way Dems take control is if they flip three Republican held seats. The one path they have to do so is win open races in Tennessee and Arizona as well as oust incumbent Dean Heller in Nevada. But I believe they only get one of those, which would put the Republican majority back at 51-49.

Democrat incumbents are also very vulnerable in Missouri (Claire McCaskill), Florida (Bill Nelson) and Indiana (Joe Donnelly). Montana's Jon Tester and West Virginia's Joe Manchin have also seen their reelection prospects receive a serious challenge. I'll say the GOP takes 2 of those 5, putting them at 53-47.

There's also been talk of surprise Republican wins in what are typically Democrat strongholds of Michigan, Minnesota(!) and New Jersey. I'm going to go out on a limb and say the GOP snags one of those.

Final prediction: Republicans achieve a net gain of three seats, putting their majority at 54-46.


US House: With Republicans currently holding 235 seats (plus 5 vacancies previously held by the GOP), the Dems need to flip 23 in order to attain a majority. According to Real Clear Politics, there are 15 GOP held seats in either the "Likely Dem" or "Leans Dem" category (Whereas there are only two Dem seats in Leans/Likely GOP). And of the 33 "toss up" races, 28 are held by Republicans. Unfortunately, the math just isn't in the GOP's favor.

I'm going to say Democrats wrest control of the House with a 25-30 seat gain.


As always, happy voting!

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Monday, November 05, 2018

Sending an arsonist to put out fires

The Democrat party is in the worst shape it's been in nearly a century when it comes to volume of elected officials. The decimation largely occurred over the time frame of when a certain community organizer from Chicago was occupying the White House.

In 2009, President Obama’s party controlled both chambers of 27 state legislatures. Eight years later, Democrats control both chambers in only 13 states. Among the states that slipped from Democratic control are Wisconsin, North Carolina, Iowa and West Virginia; states key to the victory of President-elect Donald Trump (in November 2016). According to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Democratic Party has lost a net total of 13 Governorships and 816 state legislative seats since President Obama entered office, the most of any president since Dwight Eisenhower.

The Dems' solution? Send out said community organizer to stump for candidates in key Senate and gubernatorial races, all the while coming off as a bitter demagogue.

That oughta reverse the party's fortunes, eh?

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Sunday, November 04, 2018

I said to my reflection "Let's get out of this place".........

It's the final Northern Alliance Radio Network broadcast before the 2018 midterm elections, so we're making it count on today's edition of The Closer. Today's 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

We are honored to be joined by the following:

1:00 - MN Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow.

1:30 - Legal analyst Hans A. von Spakovsky, who will be on to discuss the debate over birthright citizenship being codified in the 14th Amendment.

2:00 - Pam Myhra, candidate for MN Auditor.

2:15 - Congressman Jason Lewis, who is seeking reelection in Minnesota's Second Congressional District.

2:30 - Dave Hughes, GOP candidate in Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District.


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 03, 2018

Leftists: petulant children

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said Democrats cannot be civil with Republicans until Dems regain power.

Proggie actor James Cromwell warns of "blood in the streets" if Dems don't attain a majority in the U.S. House this election cycle.

San Fran Nan Pelosi has said the toning down of heated rhetoric will only occur if Democrats prevail.


There are many more examples, but this much is certain. Leftists have all but promised that unless they get their way, their abhorrent behavior will continue and in some cases be escalated. Aren't kids put in "timeout" using that kind of rationale?

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Friday, November 02, 2018

None of the above

The Minneapolis Star Tribune's editorial board has made its decision on whom they believe should be Minnesota's next Attorney General.

The Star Tribune Editorial Board cannot recommend either Republican Doug Wardlow or DFLer Keith Ellison, both of whom are too partisan to hold a statewide office wielding immense power and in which the public’s trust is so vital to its mission.

Well, kudos to the Strib for recognizing that Ellison is too partisan for the office. This is obviously no secret given that he vowed to maintain his position as deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee as well as use the AG's office as an extension of the "resistance" against President Donald Trump. But Wardlow is too partisan? Really? I mean, we know he has very conservative views given his one term in the MN House nearly a decade ago. But he is an active attorney with a strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution, so I guess I can see how leftists may interpret that as "too partisan."

At the end of the day, this non-endorsement is much more damaging to Ellison, especially since during his 12 years in the U.S. House the Strib was willing to look the other way regarding domestic abuse allegations against him, ties to the nutty Louis Farrakhan, etc. But a single seat in Congress isn't nearly as impactful as a statewide Constitutional office, so the stakes are much higher here. Either that, or the Strib editorial board didn't want to be tied to someone who could very likely be the first Democrat to lose a statewide election in Minnesota since 2006.

Regardless, I would guess the Wardlow camp believes the Strib non-endorsement is in and of itself a positive nod to their campaign.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Mission accomplished?

With Republicans holding a razor thin majority (51-49) in the U.S. Senate, there was some concern whether they'd be able to hold the upper chamber despite Dems having 26 of the 35 seats up for election in 2018.

However, as time has gone on, Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is essentially between rigor and mortis given Election Day is less than a week away. And with the GOP in a decent position to flip Dem held seats in Missouri, Indiana, Florida and Montana, it's all over but the crying in the Democrats' attempt to regain the Senate.

As such, the news out of what is typically a Democrat stronghold couldn't have come at a worse time for them.

How much does it cost for a senator to skip a debate? Around $1.1 million, apparently.

Tina Smith, the former Planned Parenthood lobbyist appointed to replace disgraced Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., didn’t show up for a televised debate with her Republican challenger, state Sen. Karin Housley. Now, the DSCC is apparently dropping a bucket of money in Minnesota to make up for the omission and make sure this doesn't become another Republican pickup opportunity.

The Democratic group Senate Majority PAC spent $400,000 on digital ads earlier this week, and now the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is opening up an insurance policy. According to a Minnesota media consultant, the DSCC is expected to spend $700,000 on local ads that will run from Nov. 1 until Election Day. All of this has Republicans giddy.

After debating an empty lectern on live television, Housley has reason to be optimistic. The outside money signals real fears that maybe a former Planned Parenthood lobbyist can’t get re-elected by blowing off constituents. New and old polling certainly confirms that the race is tightening.

Suppose the only GOP flip occurs in North Dakota. That means Dems would have to seize three GOP seats just to gain a slim majority. And there was a small window of opportunity given GOP incumbents were not seeking reelection in Arizona and Tennessee as well as Dean Heller (R-NV) being vulnerable. But with this news out of Minnesota, that's less resources which leftist I.E.s can spread to the three GOP toss up seats as well as the four Dem occupied seats (MO, IN, FL & MT) which are in real jeopardy of slipping away.

When Housley first entered the race, many felt the best case scenario would be for her to make the race against Smith competitive enough to divert attention and resources away from seats Dems needed to flip or hold. This news means those expectations, at minimum, have been met.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Quod Erat Demonstrandum

Upon the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that employee unions compelling fees from non-union members violated the First Amendment, you would think said unions would at least attempt to justify their relevance. For instance, eschewing naked political partisanship likely would go a long way in appealing to those who no longer want to fund the propping up of leftist political candidates.

Ah but Education Minnesota, the organization to which the fetching Mrs. Carlson used to (emphasis on used to) be a member, presses forward as if it's business as usual.





U.S. Senate candidate Tina Smith and Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison are specifically referenced here due to the fact the former isn't interested in allowing voters to here from her in a televised debate and the latter vowed to politicize a non-political office as a weapon against President Trump.

So the next time Mrs. Carlson is asked why she left her union, she can merely hand over a copy of this mailer.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

World Series champion Boston Red Sox

I don't like to brag.....

.....bah, who am I kidding? YES I DO!!!!

The Boston Red Sox won their fourth World Series in 15 years Sunday evening by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 1.....which I predicted. 




And when Boston's Steve Pearce hit a two-run homer off Dodgers' starter Clayton Kershaw in the first inning of Game 5, I tweeted this:




That prognostication also came to fruition.

I took a little more interest in this series given I was in attendance at Fenway Park Game 1!











A post shared by Brad Carlson (@brad_carlson) on


I can hardly put into words the exhilaration I felt over my first Fenway experience. And, as promised, sang Sweet Caroline after the top of the 8th inning.





 Only about 120 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training!!

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