Friday, June 29, 2018

Speaking of SCOTUS....

What was first rumored last year is know coming to fruition. U.S. Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, effective the end of July.

Naturally this has sent leftists into hysterics due to the fact President Donald Trump will have the opportunity to select a SCOTUS nominee for the second time in about a year-and-a-half. You can tell the Dems are in panic mode when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made a lackluster case about how Republicans would be hypocrites if they hold a hearing for a Supreme Court nominee in an election year. He's of course referring to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell choosing not to replace Justice Antonin Scalia upon his death in early 2016. McConnell's rationale was the American people should take into consideration the SCOTUS vacancy when voting for President later that year. So obviously Schumer's being disingenuous since he knows full well that McConnell meant no new justices in a presidential election year.

As my radio show's political wonk Matt Mackowiak pointed out, Schumer has no one to blame but himself for the precarious position the Dems find themselves in.




Nearly 17 months ago, my friend and former Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Ed Morrissey absolutely nailed it when questioning the Dems' strategy to filibuster Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court. Said filibuster led to the GOP invoking the "nuclear option," which meant only a simple majority would be needed to end debate.

The most puzzling part of this was the missed opportunity to leverage the traditionalism of several Republicans in the Senate. Clearly a few of their colleagues across the aisle did not want to do go nuclear; John McCain grumbled about it to the bitter end. Why not give Gorsuch a floor vote and wait for a more provocative nominee on the next opening? Yes, Democrats and progressives insist that McConnell would have gone nuclear then too, but the success of that would depend on the nominee. McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski wouldn’t have signed up to change the rules for William Pryor, for instance, and that left Democrats some leverage against Trump to force him into at least some hesitancy in selecting more activist conservatives to the court.

Now, however, Trump has carte blanche on his next opening. Democrats have no leverage at all, having squandered it on a nominee that doesn’t impact the philosophical balance of the court at all. On top of that, their hysterics over Gorsuch have eroded their credibility entirely. 

I believe the phrase "hoist of their own petard" is perfectly apropos here. Take a bow, Dems.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The First Amendment is still a thing!!

Haven't weighed in on the Janus decision as yet, but let's just say I'm pleased the Supreme Court of the United States still acknowledges a key tenet of the First Amendment (i.e. freedom of association).

I may be a titch biased here but perhaps one of the more insightful reactions to this ruling came from the fetching Mrs. Carlson, who has been a public school teacher for 24 years.

I'm free. *warning* This is a very long post about why the Janus vs. AFCME decision is so important to me. It contains political opinions that might make you mad. So if you care to know a small fraction of what is on my heart, read on.

1) We have a right to freely assemble. There is absolutely nothing wrong with public or private sector workers joining together to negotiate contracts with their employers. I support my local teacher's union in negotiating a contract for me. I am happy to pay dues for contract negotiation.

2) Only a fraction of my yearly dues remains local. Most of the money is sent to the state and national organization. Both organizations support and lobby for policy that I oppose. Both organizations support political candidates that I oppose. Until today, this has been very painful for me. I have been torn between my personal ideals/beliefs and dedication to my profession.

3) Until today, my only option was to become a 'fee payer' if I wished to leave the union. This means that I would not receive any union benefits or have a vote. Until today, I would still have to pay 85% of the dues. We were given a two week window every school year (in August) to opt out of the union. If you miss the window, too bad. You have to wait until next year. We were also given a two week window to ask for a refund for our PAC contribution of $10.

4) Until today, my union did not need to listen to me. About anything. Now if they want me to opt in, they had better start.

5) For those who say "Just teach in a private school" or "Get another job". NO. I believe the most powerful opportunity equalizer is public education. Our founders thought so too. I am and will remain dedicated to the education of the masses.

6) Regarding #5: On a personal note....I am a believer in Christ. The most powerful way I can show His love for humanity is by loving His children. I am on the front lines in a battle bigger than you can imagine. It is a hard job. I refuse to give up or give in. I don't need to profess my faith to my students. I just try to live it as best I can.

7) For those who say "Good. Public schools are failing anyway". You are right. Education is complicated. Start with your local school board. Remember those? Those people you elect that are supposed to be in charge? Pay attention people! You are in charge of your local schools. YOU.

8) I have so much more to say. I didn't address the importance of unions past/present. I also didn't address charter schools, vouchers, or taxes. All important...for another post.

Blessings to you friends. Today is my freedom day.

The leftists have had a bad week given that SCOTUS has issued rulings in favor of not only the First Amendment but also the authority of the Executive Branch (i.e. Trump's travel ban).

Ricochet.com Editor-in chief Jon Gabriel summed up these decisions perfectly.




Amen!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Doing the job the Minnesota media hasn't

Keith Ellison, who represents the bluest Congressional District in the state of Minnesota, was finally grilled on his ties to Nation of Islam leader (and anti Semite) Louis Farrakhan.

We'll get back to that.

Since first being elected to Congress in 2006, the Minnesota mainstream media has largely avoided scrutiny of Ellison's history, particularly his ties to Farrakhan as well as a 2008 trip to Saudi Arabia which was funded by the Muslim Brotherhood. Now that Ellison is running for Attorney General of Minnesota, he should garner more substantive questions of his history if he winds up winning the the DFL primary in August. I'm not holding my breath that it would happen but it is something we as Minnesotans should demand nonetheless. 

Thankfully CNN's Jake Tapper, who has as low a tolerance for b.s. as any journalist since the late great Tim Russert, wasn't going to let Ellison off the hook. While railing against the Trump administration's "travel ban" (which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court) as overtly bigoted, Ellison was clearly not prepared to field questions about his own brush with an individual who has proudly displayed his hatred for certain individuals. 




Ellison may have a point in that he was caught by surprise that Tapper would grill him on his personal relationships in an interview which was supposed to be about the SCOTUS decision on the travel ban. But if nothing else it reveals how little scrutiny Ellison has been under given his weak deflections in the Tapper interview.

The bottom line is Ellison has been able to do whatever he likes for 12 years while facing little to no consequences. He called his 2012 GOP Congressional opponent a "low life scumbag" on a live radio debate. He's proudly advocated for the thuggish Antifa group. And even though he's attempting to be elected Minnesota's top lawyer, he's for complete lawlessness at the southern border.

But life, as Keith Ellison knows it, is now over. If he's going to win a statewide election, he can't do so from the safe confines of urban areas and first ring suburbs. He'll actually have to campaign outstate to appeal to voters who overwhelmingly support President Trump.

It's on now!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

ummm....WHOA!

Something that is worth our rapt attention. Hopefully it receives the media coverage that it's warranted.




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Monday, June 25, 2018

Maxine Waters gonna Maxine Waters

The fact sitting Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) advocated for the harassment of members of the Trump administration is hardly a shock to those who have covered her for any length of time. In fact, Michelle Malkin has quite a laundry list of Rep. Waters' controversial moves/statements over the past quarter century.





But as hard as it is to believe, Waters maniacal statements aren't even the most shocking aspect of this story. No, perhaps the most jaw dropping moments of this saga was the fact Waters turned Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer into voices of reason.

No small feat.

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Box Score of the Week

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers - April 7, 2012.

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In this game, veteran pitcher Octavio Dotel made his first ever appearance with the Tigers, the 13th major league team he played for in his career. That was an all time record which stood until last week when pitcher Edwin Jackson made an appearance with the Oakland Athletics, equaling Dotel's mark of 13 different big league squads. 

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

There's a room where the light won't find you....

IT'S BACK!!! Yes, the long anticipated return of the 2-hour edition of The Closer returns to the Northern Alliance Radio Network airwaves today at 1:00 PM Central Time!!!

At 1:15, political wonk Matt Mackowiak will check in to discuss the continuing saga at the southern U.S. border as well as the latest in the 2018 midterm races.

In other segments we'll discuss President Trump's visit to Duluth, MN last week as well as blatant examples of leftist fascism.


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.....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fascists among us

President Donald Trump held a rally at AMSOIL Arena Wednesday evening, an event which appeared to be sold out. As photos of the rally crowd circulated online, someone noticed that Minnesota native/NBA Hall of Famer Kevin McHale was in the crowd. This didn't surprise me in the least given I know his wife Lynn a little bit and am fully aware of her right-of-center political worldview.

Nevertheless, I was saddened (though not the least bit surprised) when Lynn informed her Facebook community of some of the response to her husband merely being in a crowd of thousands to hear a sitting president speak.





For all the moral preening professional athletes and coaches engage in over the salient social issues of our day, apparently diversity of thought is one which is to be left at the door if anyone associated with a pro sports league doesn't espouse the "progressive" mindset.

Clay Travis at Outkick the Coverage noticed this, too.

The most ironic thing here is that the same people falling over backwards to argue that Colin Kaepernick has the right to share his political opinions in uniform at work during the national anthem are now arguing that Kevin McHale doesn’t have the right to share his political opinions outside of work in his own private life. WITHOUT EVEN SPEAKING. HE JUST STOOD AT A RALLY IN THE NBA OFFSEASON! (My position on this is straightforward, if McHale began his NBA broadcast by saying, “I know you’re all here to watch an NBA game, but let me start off this broadcast by telling you guys how much I love Donald Trump and why I support building a wall,” then it would be perfectly within Turner and the NBA’s rights to terminate McHale. He’s an employee there to call a game not to use their broadcast network to share his political beliefs. But to argue that an employee doesn’t have the right to support political causes he believes in outside of work? That’s patently absurd).

Leftists have been chock full of irony this week. First, they insisted Trump (someone who is consistently labeled a fascist) re-write immigration laws via executive fiat (so much for their strange new respect for Separation of Powers). Then they go and exhibit a fascist mindset themselves by implying someone doesn't have a right to earn a living because he attended a political speech given by someone whom the left reviles.

But hey, "PROGRESS" or something.

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Rodney Dangerfield feels bad for Jeff Johnson

It was rumored that the Jeff Johnson for MN governor campaign (y'know, the one which received the supposed ballyhooed GOP endorsement) was hoping for a nod from President Donald Trump at POTUS's rally in Duluth Wednesday evening.





Not only did that not happen, Johnson didn't even get prime seating (about four rows back over Trump's right shoulder).




To add insult to injury, Trump did pay homage to Minnesota's current lieutenant governor Michelle Fischbach, who happens to be the running mate of Johnson's chief rival for the GOP nomination for governor.

“She has been so great,” Trump said of Fischbach at his rally in Duluth. “She’s got a big race coming along. It’s going to be so great.”

Yeah, awkward.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

For proggie cherry pickers

Secular leftists often deny an existence of the almighty God. They'll scoff at the notion that God's Word decries homosexuality, adultery, fornication and murdering innocent children (i.e. via abortion). But doggone if they can't execute some fine pretzel logic when insisting that the Holy Bible sanctions coerced funding of health care and other social programs.

But the latest warped reasoning put forth by proggies has to do with the subject of illegal immigration. Steve Deace of Conservative Review TV neatly dispatches these prog fallacies. He even dings conservatives in this monologue by emphasizing that some things (i.e. kids being separated from their parents) just transcend politics. 





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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Separation anxiety

I don't have a whole lot to add on the issue of children being separated from their parents by immigration officials at the southern U.S. border. As usual, both parties in Congress will convey outrage and concern over the practice but then cobble legislation which they know full well the other side will not acquiesce to and then engage in obligatory finger pointing for legislative failures. It's all beyond predictable.

For my money, the best insights on what really is happening on the border were put forth by Ben Shapiro and Rich Lowry. Let's just say you're not getting the entire story from the mainstream media (shocking, I know).

And in response to all the pearl clutching, my friend Mark "Mr. D" Heuring offered a common sense perspective.

I have a question -- if you commit a crime in this country, are convicted, and are sentenced to prison, what happens to your children? Depending on your circumstances, a lot of things could happen. Your kids may end up living with your spouse, grandparents, other family. They could end up in foster care. One thing is certain -- they will be separated from you. Is that cruel? Sure, but it's one of many reasons you shouldn't get sent to prison. What's happening at the border now means parents are getting separated from their children. That's cruel, too. But it's also predictable. If anyone you know is shrieking "this is not what we are" on social media, they're not telling you the truth, or they're dumb.

As we've come to know, it's not just parents who are arriving at the border with kids. It's also unrelated adults who are looking to enter the country under the guise of seeking asylum but quite possibly have nefarious intentions (i.e. human trafficking, terrorism, etc.).

Bottom line is there has to be a better way to end this practice of separating kids from parents as I do not believe the majority of families have evil motives for entering the U.S. But, to be honest, I have zero clue as to a viable solution, save for maybe transporting said families to the homes off all the virtue signalers with the "All Are Welcome Here" signs on their front lawns. I mean, we can assume they have the financial wherewithal to support these families, right?

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Box Score of the Week

The second game of a 1967 doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles hosting the Chicago White Sox.

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The Orioles' Brooks Robinson hit into his fourth career triple play in this game, which is the most for any player in a career.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

There's a place up ahead and I'm goin' just as fast as my feet can fly...

I've been very lightly engaged in this news since Wednesday, so I apologize if I miss out on some of the more pressing stories. Nevertheless, The Closer will be on the air from 2:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.

At 2:30, I will welcome Miss Minnesota Michaelene Karlen a mere 17 hours after receiving her new title.

In the non-guest segments, I will weigh in on the Trump-Kim nuclear summit. I also wanna address Twitter's CEO becoming the latest high profile victim of the Twitter mob.


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.....

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Out of the office

Posting will be light to non-existent through Saturday due to my emcee duties for the Miss Minnesota competition, which kicks off on Wednesday evening. A new Miss Minnesota will be crowned Saturday night, which means her first media appearance as a state titleholder will be on my radio program this Sunday at 2:30!

Until then...............

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trump-Kim

With President Donald Trump expressing optimism that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will denuclearize after their Singapore summit, all I can picture is Clinton administration Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and then NK leader Kim Jong-il raising a toast over an agreement for Il to halt missile testing.

I don't believe it should be a "trust, but verify" situation with North Korea's nuclear program but rather (as radio host Hugh Hewitt once indicated) "VERIFY, VERIFY, VERIFY." If at any moment designated inspectors are denied access to NK's nuclear sites, pull the plug on the deal. The U.S. has all the leverage here plus the knowledge that Un's predecessor (also his father) had hoodwinked a previous administration.

Some other thoughts:

- There are those who say Trump is utterly delusional given that he expressed pessimism of the Iran nuclear deal but seems so naive after his meeting with Un. And while I concede that the effusive praise Trump heaped upon a known brutal dictator was downright nauseating, there are stark differences here. First, as Trump said to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, "we’re not paying $150 billion" like the Obama administration did with the Iran deal. Also, Un seems to enjoy being a tin pot dictator and has always been fascinated by western culture. As such, he's not nearly as interested in mutually assured destruction whereas that would seem to be the endgame for the Iranian mullahs.

- I find it amusing that many of the same people who fawned over Un's sister at the Winter Olympics because she gave VP Mike Pence the "side-eye" are suddenly "WOKE" to how evil the North Korean leadership really is. Trump Derangement Syndrome is as real as ever.

-  While I was not even 3-years old when President Richard Nixon visited China in early 1972, many are equating the Trump-Kim summit to Nixon's meeting with Chinese leader Mao Zedong. After a trip which many have said normalized U.S. relations with China, Nixon won reelection nine months later, garnering forty nine states. If Trump's meeting with NK yields even modicum success, where does this put the President's 2020 reelection prospects? As always, time will tell.

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Better to virtue signal than to actually be virtuous

Yet another example of how we live in very stupid times.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey ignited a backlash online after revealing that he ate at Chick-fil-A this month.

On Saturday, Dorsey posted a photo on Twitter with the caption "Boost @ChickfilA," showing he had saved 10% on a $31.58 order at the fast-food chain.

Critics immediately seized on Dorsey's support of Chick-fil-A, whose CEO has come under fire for his views on same-sex marriage, during Pride Month.

"You must love the taste of bigotry!" one person wrote in response.

"Why is Twitter boosting a notoriously anti-gay company during #PrideMonth?" another person wrote.

Among the critics was the former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, who said, "This is an interesting company to boost during Pride month, @jack."

Dorsey responded: "You're right. Completely forgot about their background."

As is the case with many victims of the Twitter mob, an apology was coerced.

This backlash is of course in response to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy declaring in 2012 that he wholeheartedly supports the biblical definition of the family unit, which flies in the face of same-sex marriage. As with many of these simpletons on the left, they believe having a nuanced disagreement with one's lifestyle choice is equivalent to abject hatred of that person. Now if Chick-fil-A had a reputation of refusing to hire gay people or deny service to gay patrons, then the leftist outrage would be justified. But it's never happened.

The truth is that if the "progressive" left really cared about principles and aiding the disaffected, they would be applauding an organization like Chick-fil-A. In the aftermath of the awful mass shooting at Pulse nightclub nearly two years ago, multiple Chick-fil-A stores opened early on Sunday morning (the organization faithfully observes the Sabbath by closing Sundays) to feed those providing aid to the shooting victims ---- many of whom were (GASP!) gay. It was also on a Sunday last December when the Atlanta airport had a power outage, thus stranding thousands of travelers a week before Christmas. Chick-fil-A agreed to the Atlanta mayor's request to open in order to accommodate those stranded.

And for all the caterwauling leftists engage in over fast food workers NEEDING to earn $15 per hour and how they have A RIGHT to sick leave, Chick-fil-A proves they don't need government intervention to pay such a wage as well as add in ancillary benefits.

Recently in the NY Times, columnist David Brooks pointed out how being "woke" is little more than symbolism over substance.

In fact, wokeness puts more emphasis on how you perceive a situation — how woke you are to what is wrong — than what exactly you plan to do about it. To be woke is to understand the full injustice.

There is no measure or moderation to wokeness. It’s always good to be more woke. It’s always good to see injustice in maximalist terms. To point to any mitigating factors in the environment is to be na├»ve, childish, a co-opted part of the status quo.

Again, it's much easier for one to signal his/her virtue than to actually put actions behind one's words. Maybe that's why the secular left despises Chick-fil-A so much. The organization is actually living by certain principles which the left claims they possess but rarely back up with substantive action. As a result, the progs are exposed for the frauds they are.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Box Score of the Week

Let's check out a game from this season when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hosted the San Francisco Giants on April 22.

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In the first inning, Giants batter Brandon Belt saw a total of 21 pitches in his plate appearance, which is an MLB record. 

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

And when the gas runs out, just wreck it.......

By this past Monday I already had enough fodder for a 3-hour show. Alas, one hour will have to suffice as today's edition of The Closer gets started at 2:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 2:00, I welcome to the Patriot bunker Doug Wardlow, who is the Republican endorsed candidate for Attorney General of Minnesota. In addition to being a candidate for AG, Doug is also an attorney with the organization Alliance Defending Freedom. It was ADF who successfully represented Masterpiece Cakeshop in their Supreme Court case against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission

I will also look back at the crazy week in Minnesota politics, specifically how the DFL party was thrown into complete chaos two months ahead of their gubernatorial and Attorney General primaries.


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.....

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Friday, June 08, 2018

#1 in something

Of the U.S. cities with one team in at least 3 of the 4 major sports leagues (NFL, MLB NHL and NBA), Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. had the longest championship droughts (27 years) going into Thursday evening.

And then there was one.

With the Washington Capitals defeating the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday evening, the Caps won their first ever Stanley Cup, taking the series in five games. That means my home city of Minneapolis is now all alone with the longest championship drought among its three major sports teams (Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves) - 27 years and counting.

Points of clarification: Yes, the Twin Cities has an NHL team. They're located in St. Paul.

And yes, the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx is a pro sports team in Minneapolis which has won a championship in four of the previous seven seasons. I am not purposefully excluding them because they're women. It's that the four majors I've listed have all been in existence for multiple decades longer than the WNBA (debuted in 1997), has at least 30 teams each (WNBA only 12) and are by far the most popular in terms of fan interest.

Anyhow, WE'RE NUMBER ONE, or something.

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Well I know what's right; I got just one life.....

Next week will mark the one-year anniversary of a gun-toting Bernie Bro. opening fire on Congressional Republicans during a morning baseball practice. Only the gunman wound up dead, with four others wounded. Perhaps the most serious injuries were suffered by House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who has had a long recovery after multiple surgeries to save his life.

So if the aforementioned gunman ever looked up at Scalise and his GOP teammates this week, he witnessed this:



A post shared by Steve Scalise (@stevescalise) on



Yes, Rep. Scalise undoubtedly witnessed evil on that practice field 51 weeks ago. But the gates of hell did not prevail against him.

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Senator of Small Things strikes again.

There was a report earlier this week that Medicare will be insolvent within eight years. Social Security looks to suffer the same fate in about 16 years.

Glad to see Minnesota's senior U.S. Senator is focused, as always, on what really matters.




To be fair, trolling the White House would be more fun than actually addressing issues which have a significant impact on millions of Americans. You do you, Klobee.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Just when you thought it couldn't get more entertaining......

As I recapped in Tuesday morning's post, the Minnesota Democrat party caused all sorts of chaos not seen in my time following this state's political scene.

With a candidate filing deadline of 5:00 PM Central Time, speculation abounded as to what might happen leading up to the final whistle. And if you love great theater, you weren't disappointed

A chaotic situation for Democrats in Minnesota, an epicenter of the 2018 elections, just became a bigger headache with a pair of late entries into statewide races — including DNC vice chair Keith Ellison, who announced he planned to run for state attorney general.

"It's a shitshow," said one Democratic strategist in the state of Ellison's decision Tuesday.

Upon entering the AG race, Ellison was promptly endorsed by Gov. Mark Dayton.

With Ellison not seeking reelection in the Fifth Congressional District, a total of eight DFLers filed on Tuesday to run in that party's primary. And there were a couple of names which really stood out. One in particular was MN House member Ilhan Omar (DFL-Minneapolis), who was the first Somali-American Muslim woman to become a legislator. Upon filing, Omar told a press gaggle that she looks forward "to carrying on the legacy of Congressman Keith Ellison." That seems like a pretty low bar given that Ellison himself has said “All there is to do is to vote ‘no'.”

Another familiar name which cropped up near the filing deadline was that of Margaret Anderson Kelliher, who was Speaker of the MN House from 2007 thru 2011. In 2010, she received the DFL endorsement for governor only to be defeated in the August primary by Dayton. Given that a wind-up set of chattering teeth could run in CD5 (which is about a D+22 district) and receive at least 50% of the vote, it would behoove any Republican voters in that district to work on behalf of the most palatable DFLer. If Anderson Kelliher is of the same moderate Democrat ilk as she was in the MN Legislature, the folks in the Fifth could do orders of magnitude worse than if she represented them in Washington.

Ideally I'd like to see Ellison defeated in the DFL primary for AG (he's one of six Dem candidates), thus effectively ending his career (for now) in electoral politics. But even if he manages to prevail in the primary, I'd pay good money to see him campaign outstate.

Some Democrats are skeptical that Ellison, despite his popularity in the ultra-liberal district he represents, can win a statewide race, said one party strategist. Ellison is further to the left of many in the state, which Hillary Clinton won only narrowly in 2016.

"Watching what’s going on in their party right now is like watching an episode of Survivor, with the tribal council where everything goes crazy, and everyone goes home," said Minnesota Republican Party chair Jennifer Carnahan. "Get out the popcorn and peanuts and decide what you’re going to eat first.”

I recently celebrated seven years of having my own political talk radio show. As you can probably ascertain, it's more fun now than it's ever been!

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Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Ain't enough popcorn in the state of Minnesota....

....to consume when sitting back and watching the DFL chaos late Sunday night and into Monday.

To recap:

- Endorsed DFL gubernatorial candidate (and proud "gun control" advocate) Erin Murphy had selected as her running mate Rep. Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley), another proud gun grabber (except when it's politically expedient not to be) whose wife is affiliated with the Bloomberg gun grabber group Everytown. On Monday, Maye Quade flubbed a question regarding E-85. This is the same issue which many believe cost the 2006 DFL gubernatorial ticket an opportunity to defeat then incumbent governor Tim Pawlenty. Back then it was Dem candidate Mike Hatch's running mate Judi Dutcher who stepped in it when asked about E-85. But this time was especially damaging considering Maye Quade a) repeated one of the more embarrassing campaign moments in DFL history and b) is a current member of the Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance committee.

- Current Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson decided to not seek her current office after not receiving the DFL endorsement Saturday (she led after one ballot with 52% of the vote but withdrew, thus allowing the endorsement to go to the far, far, farrrrrr left Matt Pelikan). On Monday she entered the governor's race to challenge Murphy in the August DFL primary. In addition to throwing the DFL gubernatorial nomination into complete chaos, this now puts in jeopardy the nearly half-century Dem stranglehold on the MN Attorney General's office.




Lest we forget, Swanson selected as her running mate retiring CD8 Congressman Rick Nolan who,  back in March, endorsed for governor.......Tim Walz.

- Speaking of Walz, who was denied the DFL gov endorsement over the weekend despite being the favorite, he and running mate Peggy Flanagan officially filed for the party's primary. Walz also trolled Maye Quade on the E-85 issue.


I am imagining a lot of political junkies like myself being on the candidate section of the MN Secretary of State web site right up until the Tuesday 5:00 PM filing deadline:




Which means we'll need a lot more of this:



via GIPHY



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Monday, June 04, 2018

Cake Wars

A much anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling was announced Monday.

The Supreme Court ruled today in favor of Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who refused to make a custom cake for a same-sex couple because he believed that doing so would violate his religious beliefs. This was one of the most anticipated decisions of the term, and it was relatively narrow: Although Phillips prevailed today, the opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy rested largely on the majority’s conclusion that the Colorado administrative agency that ruled against Phillips treated him unfairly by being too hostile to his sincere religious beliefs. The court seemed to leave open the possibility that a different outcome could result in a future case, and it did not rule at all one of the central arguments in the case – whether compelling Phillips to bake a cake for a same-sex couple would violate his right to freedom of speech.

That's a key excerpt. I noticed a lot of my socially conservative friends declaring this "A WIN FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY!" when in fact the court never really addressed that issue as much as they condemned the despicable behavior of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Here, Kennedy observed, the “neutral and respectful consideration to which Phillips was entitled was compromised” by comments by members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. One commissioner, Kennedy pointed out, “even went so far as to compare Phillips’ invocation of his sincerely held religious beliefs to defenses of slavery and the Holocaust.” Moreover, Kennedy added, the commission’s treatment of Phillips’ religious objections was at odds with its rulings in the cases of bakers who refused to create cakes “with images that conveyed disapproval of same-sex marriage.” Therefore, Kennedy concluded, the commission’s order – which, among other things, required Phillips to sell same-sex couples wedding cakes or anything else that he would sell to opposite-sex couples and mandated remedial training and compliance reports – “must be set aside.”

Gee, ya think? Essentially the CCRC was attempting to implement "re-education" tactics. That's not creepy at all.

The majority left open, however, the possibility that a future case could come out differently, particularly if the decision maker in the case considered religious objections neutrally and fairly. “The outcome of cases like this in other circumstances,” the majority closed, “must await further elaboration in the courts, all in the context of recognizing that these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market.”

I certainly hope another case such as this does not crop up in the future. I've maintained for some time that a substantial majority of gay couples have zero interest in compelling individuals to be unwilling participants in what is supposed to be one of the most joyous occasions (i.e. a wedding) in their lives. Sadly, the particular gay couple who visited Masterpiece Cakeshop back in 2012 would accept nothing less than 100% acquiescence to their union.

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Box Score of the Week

The inaugural regular season game in Seattle Mariners history as they hosted the California Angels on April 6, 1977.

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The Mariners' starting pitcher this game was Diego Segui. Upon playing in this game, Segui became the only player in MLB history to have played for both Seattle franchises. In 1969 he was a member of the Seattle Pilots in their one and only season of existence. 

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Sunday, June 03, 2018

Symbolism over substance

In 2010, the last time there was an open race for Minnesota governor, the DFL endorsed then House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher to be their candidate. However, she was defeated in that year's primary by elitist and career politician Little Lord Fauntleroy Mark Dayton.

Fast forward to yesterday. At their biennial state convention, the DFL once again endorsed a woman for their gubernatorial nod with Erin Murphy prevailing over Congressman Tim Walz and State Auditor Rebecca Otto. However, given his significant fundraising prowess, Walz is likely to take this to the August primary where he has a good chance to earn the party's nomination for governor.

For all the chiding DFLers engage in towards MN Republicans over their lack of female gubernatorial candidates, they are certainly willing to allow theirs to touch the proverbial glass ceiling but not actually break through it.

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Saturday, June 02, 2018

Who needs love to have any fun?

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg on assignment at the MN GOP convention in Duluth, I will be assuming the reins of The Headliner edition of the NARN. The two-hour bonanza gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

Speaking of Mitch, we hope to receive periodic updates from him on what's been happening at the convention, which kicked off yesterday morning.

Also from the convention, we will be joined live at 1:00 by newly endorsed U.S. Senate candidate (and long time friend of the broadcast) Karin Housley. Despite being endorsed by the GOP delegates, Karin will still have to win the GOP primary (and she will) in August. We'll discuss her campaign thus far.

At 2:00 I will be joined by Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River), who (you guessed it) is also in Duluth for the convention. Earlier this week Rep. Zerwas was at President Trump's ceremonial bill signing for the national Right to Try law which allows terminally ill patients to authorize experimental medical care for their conditions. Zerwas carried the state version in the MN House a few years ago.

In the non-guest segments we'll discuss the news from this past week, particularly the outlandish behavior of "comediennes" Roseanne Barr & Samantha Bee and how the culture war has been re-ignited.


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.

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Until then.....

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