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 Had I done so recently, I would have learned that he had withdrawn from public life due to a battle with Parkinson's disease.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 nominee 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. 😀