Monday, September 16, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Take me back to the day when I was still your golden boy...

Yes, I know it's Vikings-Packers today at Noon. And yes, I will still be live on the Northern Alliance Radio Network for this week's edition of The Closer. The 2-hour broadcast kicks off at 1:00 PM Central Time.

For the first hour, we will reflect on the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil given the 18th anniversary of that event was this past Wednesday. Peter Johnson of Archway Defense, whose life today was shaped by that harrowing day, will join me in studio at 1:15.

In the second hour I will look back at this past week's Democrat presidential debate and how candidate Beto O'Rourke accidentally told the truth regarding leftists' desires on guns in America.


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, September 13, 2019

Circling the drain?

After a 9-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on April 27, the Minnesota Twins took over sole possession of first place in the American League Central Division. They would win 25 of their next 34 games, opening up a whopping 11-1/2 game over the Cleveland Indians on June 2.

However, the Indians rode a ridiculously hot streak over the next two months (due in large part to playing the AL's bottom feeders) to not only catch the Twins but take over first place for exactly one day (August 12 to be precise). The very next day, the Twins reclaimed first place where they have been ever since.

It appeared the Twins weathered the worst of the storm this season and thus would cruise to the AL Central title and automatic postseason berth after an 8-2 road trip from August 27 thru September 5. That impressive showing gave them a 6-1/2 game lead over the Indians. Unfortunately, a 2-4 home stand over the past week has trimmed that cushion to 3-1/2 games with a 3-game series in Cleveland occurring this weekend. That means if a once again resurgent Indians club sweeps the Twins, all bets are off for their first division title since 2010.

I would feel pretty good about the prospects of the Twins winning, minimum, one game of this weekend, maybe even 2 of 3 were it not for a suddenly decimated roster.

But (Ehire) Adrianza is only the latest Twins player to enter athletic trainer Tony Leo’s realm.

Outfielder Jake Cave strained a groin Friday night and hasn’t played since. Michael Pineda was suspended Saturday for 60 games for a violation of the performance-enhancing drug policy — the same day Miguel SanĂ³, who has been dealing with a sore back, last played. Max Kepler exited Sunday’s game with inflammation in a scap muscle and is yet to return.

Prior to the series opener against Washington on Tuesday, the Twins announced Byron Buxton wouldn’t return this season after he had surgery to repair a torn labrum. Buxton’s recovery is expected to take five to six months.

Reliever Sam Dyson left Boston early to have his right arm reevaluated earlier this month; his second MRI since joining the Twins showed only inflammation. Marwin Gonzalez injured an oblique in Chicago in late August.

The Twins don’t have any timelines for the returns of Dyson, Gonzalez or Cave, though veteran Nelson Cruz suggested several players, perhaps SanĂ³ and Kepler, could return to the lineup Friday.

With Pineda and Buxton gone for the rest of the season, several others out indefinitely and a few playing banged up, the margin for error is as tiny as it has been all season.

If the Twins can get through the series in Cleveland without getting swept, their final 13 regular season games are against the bottom three teams (Chicago, Kansas City and Detroit) in their division. That would likely result in their sealing the division championship the final week of the season. But then the big question mark is how they'd fare in the playoffs. Even if the Twins were at full strength as well as starting pitcher Jose Berrios resembling the guy who was lights out in June and July, I had a difficult time seeing them overtaking the Houston Astros or New York Yankees. That said, it sure would have been nice to gauge where they are in terms of being a legit World Series contender.

Since I consider myself a relative optimist, I will say that I'm incredibly grateful that this entire summer of Twins baseball has been relevant, even exhilarating at times (unlike six of the previous eight seasons). At least that's how I'm consoling myself right now.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

9/11/2001: How the NFL played a role

There's no doubt there will be many TV viewing options today when it comes to commemorating the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.

As a sports junkie, I would highly recommend an NFL Films broadcast from The Timeline series entitled simply September 11. 

 
Here are a couple of teaser clips:








We often cite sports as a "welcome distraction," an escape from real world issues that can bog us down. But in one particular instance, sports fandom literally saved the life of one New York Giants fan.

Among them is the story of Tony Sichenzio, a passionate Giants fan who attended their game in Denver on Monday night, Sept. 10, 2001. As a result, Sichenzio wasn't at his Cantor Fitzgerald office on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center the following morning. He watched in agony as his co-workers and friends died on that day.

In the days following the attack, Sichenzio left then-Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi a voicemail message. He talked about his love for the team, saying, "My children still have a father because of the Giants."

When the message later was played for the players, there wasn't a dry eye in the Giants' locker room, Accorsi said.

Given the Giants headquarters in East Rutherford, NJ was in the shadows of Manhattan, players and front office staff alike were deeply impacted. The thick smoke arising from the collapsed WTC buildings could be seen from Giants Stadium. Also, there was a parking lot adjacent to the stadium which served as a park and ride for people who worked in NYC. In the subsequent days after 9/11, there were cars that were parked in that lot that fateful Tuesday morning but sat unclaimed. As such, when Giants' executives and employees came to work, they no doubt were haunted by the sight of vehicles owned by those who perished in the attacks.

May we never forget how we all felt that day.

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Monday, September 09, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Going really old school with a 1933 contest pitting the Philadelphia Athletics against the New York Yankees.

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The Yanks were shutout 7-0 this game, which is the first time they were blanked in 308 games. The 308 consecutive games scoring at least one run still stands today as an all-time MLB record. 

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Sunday, September 08, 2019

We're living in repetition, content in the same old shtick again....

Amazing to think that there will not be another Sunday without NFL football until early February. Despite that, I hope you'll still take some time to tune into the Northern Alliance Radio Network each Sunday (including this afternoon) from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central for my weekly show The Closer. 

Regarding national news, I'll weigh in on the utter lunacy that was the Climate Change Townhall put on by Democrat presidential candidates. On the local level, Minnesota's Congressional District 7 may actually turn red in 2020 after coming relatively close the past two election cycles. 

At 1:45, Salem Communications-Twin Cities GM Nic Anderson will join the broadcast to promote a huge Patriot coming up in a little more than two weeks. Then at 2:15 I will be joined by Twila Brase, founder of the organization Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. Twila will be on to promote the group's annual dinner as well as discuss the latest in healthcare news. 


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, September 05, 2019

They had one job

I believe more than half of the Democrat candidates currently in the 2020 presidential race could defeat President Trump in a head-to-head matchup. All they have to do is not come off as bat sh*t crazy.

Alas, even that criteria appears too high a bar.









That's not to say those loony Dem positions guarantee Trump's re-election. However, these leftists are making the prospects of unseating the President wayyyyyy more difficult than it should be.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Game changer?

When a 15-term incumbent Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives has his seat go from "Leans Dem" to "Toss Up" for 2020, something earth shattering has taken place.

Former state senator and lieutenant governor Michelle Fischbach announced Monday that she will challenge a Democrat stalwart, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, for the Congressional seat in Minnesota’s western Seventh District.

Fischbach will be a formidable opponent for Peterson, a 15-term congressman who has defeated a string of poorly funded Republican candidates even as his district has grown more conservative, said Sam Winter, a spokesman for Fischbach’s campaign.

“It is the most pro-Trump district in the country held by a Democrat,” said Winter, noting that Peterson won re-election in 2018 even though the Republican president carried his district by 31 points in 2016.


It's been assumed that once Peterson moves on, the 7th would likely be a GOP stronghold for years to come given it registered as a R+12 district in 2017. However, a Fischbach candidacy could result in Peterson being pushed out via the ballot box as opposed to him leaving on his own.

As I write this, I have yet to hear any reaction from Dave Hughes, who was the GOP nominee in CD7 each of the previous two election cycles. Hughes announced last month that he would seek to oppose Peterson in 2020 as well. But given he fell just short in 2016 (lost by 5%) and 2018 (4.2%), I would imagine the CD7 Republicans may decide on a fresh face. And given the national GOP's quest to elect more women to Congress, Fischbach would also have that to her advantage. Her background will also resonate with CD7 voters.

Fischbach lives in Paynesville with her husband, Scott Fischbach, executive director of the anti-abortion organization Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. Fischbach built a strongly conservative and anti-abortion track record in her long career in state politics, starting with her election to the Minnesota Senate in 1996, and her selection as the state’s first female Senate president in 2011.

I'm skeptical that the GOP will be able to regain control of the U.S. House in 2020. However, the best place to begin is putting up solid GOP candidates against any "blue dog Democrats" who remain (granted, there aren't a plethora of them). This is a definitely great start.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CXCVII

- For the first time in nearly 20 years, Mrs. Carlson and I did not attend the Minnesota State Fair. Given one of our favorite resting spots is the patio behind the Republican Party of MN booth, there was a decent shot we would have been met with some hostility from anti-GOP elements given they like to troll the area.

Sadly, this year's Fair was pretty rancorous on both sides of the political aisle.

The heads of Minnesota’s two major political parties say they’ve been targeted over the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, leading both parties to install security cameras inside their booths for the first time as the political discourse frequently turned ugly.

Amid the hyper-charged national political atmosphere, Republican and Democratic party leaders said the incidents happened almost daily. Party officials said fairgoers have hurled items at volunteers, while the head of the state GOP said someone dumped trash on her at the Republican booth last week.

“This fair is supposed to represent the best of Minnesota, not the worst,” Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota DFL, said in an interview outside his booth. “We just have to find a way to de-escalate this. It’s sad that this is where our politics have gotten to.”

Beyond the Aug. 23 sexual assault, neither party has filed any additional police reports, said Brooke Blakely, a spokeswoman for the State Fair Police.

Martin said Democrats decided to install surveillance cameras inside their booth for 2019 because of incidents in previous years. GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan said her party also put cameras inside its booth for the first time, after installing them on the outside of the booth years ago.

“Every day at our booth, (things happen),” Carnahan said. “People will spit on our volunteers in their faces, people will take beer and dump it over our merchandise. I had a woman take garbage and throw it in my face last Wednesday and tell me I was trash.”

Naturally many will blame Donald Trump's rhetoric and personality for the increase in toxic politics. However, that would be extremely disingenuous given that Trump is merely a byproduct of the rhetorical garbage the political left has been spewing for years. Don't believe me? Just go back and look at what leftists were saying about President George W. Bush from about 2003 until 2008. It pales in comparison to what MAGA-land is offering up.


- Lefty journo Aaron Rupar wrote for Twin Cities rag City Pages for quite some time. He had the reputation of being merely a transcript service for the DFL metrocrats.

Now that Rupar is employed by lefty site Vox.com, folks on a national level get to see what we in the Twin Cities witnessed firsthand for years: that he is a vacuous, insufferable and dishonest hack.


- In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Odessa, TX over the weekend, the war on guns ramped up on Twitter once more.

Here's a tweet which got a lotta play:




A quick aside: typing the same statement multiple times within a tweet doesn't make it any more factual.

Anyhow, in this context, "need" is irrelevant. We American are guaranteed civil liberties in accordance to the U.S. Constitution. For example, kook leftists don't "need" to wear crocheted lady parts atop their heads when an engaging in protest. However, the First Amendment guarantees one's ability to express oneself, even it means looking like a complete loon.

As someone who is a Second Amendment advocate, I may not ever be inclined to purchase an AR-15. But if a government official or a supporter of expanded government tells me I *don't* need one? That's only going to incentivize me to look into it.

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Monday, September 02, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Houston Astros at Cincinnati Reds - September 28, 1969.

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Astros starting pitcher Tom Griffin recorded his 200th strikeout of the 1969 season, joining teammates Larry Dierker and Don Wilson with 200 or more Ks that year. It marked the first time in National League history that three pitchers on the same team accomplished that feat. 

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Sunday, September 01, 2019

Sometimes I'm right and I can be wrong.....

Hard to believe we've reached September already. Regardless of the season, the Northern Alliance Radio Network is rarin' to go. Today's 2-hour edition of The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

On the local scene, I'll weigh in on yet another bad week for Rep. Ilhan Omar as well as the continuing debacle that is the MN Dept. of Human Services. Then on the national front we'll discuss "progressive" journalists decrying their own tactics being used against them.

In the 2:00 hour, I will be joined by my pal Mark "Mr. Dilettante" Heuring for our annual NFC Preview, which is back from a 3-year hiatus! Given that Mark is a Packers fan and I am a Vikings enthusiast, it's the only division in the NFL which matters to us.


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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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Monday, August 26, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies - June 27, 2007.

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Ryan Howard of the Phillies hit his 100th career home run this game. Having accomplished that feat in 325 career games meant he was the fastest to reach that milestone in MLB history. 

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

The radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools.......

It's the first Sunday of the Minnesota State Fair, which usually means an on-site broadcast from there.....but not this year. No, I'll be in the Patriot bunker from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time for today's edition of The Closer. 

I'll look back on the life of businessman/philanthropist David Koch, who passed away this past week. As expected, secular progressives danced around like poo-flinging monkeys when reacting to the news. Also, did Planned Parenthood de-fund itself? Would appear so.

On the local front, former U.S. House member and Twin Cities radio titan Jason Lewis announced he will run for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Tina Smith,

At 2:00 PM I will be joined by Chris Kelley, who is seeking to become the Republican Independence Party of MN nominee in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District and thus oppose Rep. Ilhan Omar in 2020.


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, August 22, 2019

Ready to contribute, ready to fight for what's best for this country

Minnesota's Mr. Right is taking another stab at elected office.

Former U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis embraced President Donald Trump’s policies as he announced plans to challenge Democratic Sen. Tina Smith in the 2020 election.

“Let the battle begin,” the Republican said at the GOP’s State Fair booth Thursday.

He called the Senate “the last firewall for freedom” in the face of liberals like U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and the other three members of the progressive “Squad” of congressional Democrats.

Pressed by journalists about his support for Trump, Lewis suggested that Smith should be asked, “Here’s what the Squad said today. What do you think about that?”

Lewis said he won’t distance himself from Trump’s positions on the economy, immigrants and other issues. “I have a hard time disagreeing with much of it,” he said.

As has been pointed out ad nauseam in this space, a Minnesota Republican has not won a statewide race since 2006. I have to admit I'm a tad skeptical that an incumbent U.S. House member who lost in a swing district in 2018 is the one to turn the tide. However, the Trump re-election campaign  (along with the Republican National Committee) has put a heavy emphasis on Minnesota in the 2020 election after falling short by a mere 1.5% in 2016.

The national party has been pouring resources into the state. The Republican National Committee has nearly a dozen full-time staffers in Minnesota. By comparison, the party had just one full-time staffer in the state in 2016, and that aide was diverted to another battleground before Election Day.

Representatives from the Trump campaign recently traveled to Minnesota to convene a meeting with Lewis and Minnesota GOP officials, who said they need as much help as possible.

“We haven’t seen this level of impact and involvement or focus on our state in perhaps decades, maybe even longer than that,” said Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan.

Minnesota Democratic Party Chairman Ken Martin said his party needs to take the threat seriously.

“While we’re engaged in an internecine battle figuring out who our nominee is going to be, they’re already out there talking to general election voters and organizing,” Martin said.

“Could Trump win Minnesota?” Martin asked. “Absolutely.”

Interesting admission from Martin, though I suspect it's guarding against overconfidence more than anything.

While I appreciate that the national GOP is pouring so much into Minnesota, this strategy of appealing to outstate and rural voters at the expense of outer ring suburban areas didn't exactly serve the MNGOP well in 2018 (hello, AG Keith Ellison). Then again, Trump wasn't on the ballot last November, so I have a feeling that his most staunch supporters weren't as motivated as Dems to turn out 9+ months ago.

Regardless of what happens in the final outcome of Minnesota's Senate race, the debates between the two candidates will be epic. With Lewis's depth of knowledge in Constitutional government, you can bet he'll run circles around the feeble Smith. And when it becomes very apparent that she's in over her head in such a matchup, the ad hominem attacks citing Lewis as a "bully" and "misogynist" will hit a fever pitch.

Game on!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CXCVI

- So communist sympathizer Bernie Sanders lauds the people of Hong Kong for their vehement protests of....er.....communism.




Who wants to break it to gramps that their idea of a "better future" is likely polar opposite to his vision for America?


- Old and busted: My god, 72-years old and running for President of the United States?!?!?! Outrageous!

New hotness: Meh. Age 77 is the new 47.


- Trump administration to Planned Parenthood: Go de-fund yourself .

Planned Parenthood said Monday it will withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps low-income people access contraception rather than comply with what it calls a new Trump administration “gag rule” that prohibits it from providing abortion referrals to those patients.

The announcement comes amid a protracted legal battle with the White House over changes to the nearly 50-year-old Title X program, which annually provides $286 million to healthcare providers to fund family planning services such as birth control. The administration required grantees to explain by Monday how they would comply with the new rule.

All seven Planned Parenthood facilities that are direct grantees in the program and hundreds of “sub” grantees that received funding through a third party will withdraw from Title X, said Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Nationwide, Planned Parenthood currently serves 1.5 million low-income people under the program.

Wait, what?!?!? You're hanging all those low-income people out to dry over something that, in y'all's words, is only 3% of the total services you provide? Huh. Why it's almost as if you're placing a bigger emphasis on abortion than what you've been conveying all these years. Color me shocked.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres - October 4, 2001.

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The Padres' Rickey Henderson surpassed Ty Cobb in career runs scored, crossing the plate for the 2,246th time. And in true Rickey fashion, he did it with a little flair.






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Sunday, August 18, 2019

They see me mowin' my front lawn....

It's shaping up to be another power packed broadcast on today's edition of my radio program The Closer. The 2-hour bonanza gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 1:00 I will be joined by Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka). This past week, Sen. Abeler was part of a committee conducting a hearing into the stunning failures within the Minnesota Dept. of Human Services.

At 2:00 we'll hear from Liz Wheeler, who is the host of the show Tipping Point on OANN. Liz will appear to promote her book Tipping Points: How to Topple the Left's House of Cards.

In non-guest segments we'll discuss the shooting incident in Philadelphia this past week which left six police officers wounded. As usual, the left's politicization of a high profile shooting was woefully misguided.


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, August 15, 2019

Philly shooting

Praise be to God that the six Philadelphia police officers who were shot on Wednesday survived the onslaught. And we should also be grateful that the gunman is now in custody after a long standoff.

Given the gunman (who will not be named here) has a lengthy criminal record containing firearm offenses, it's a safe bet that there are already laws in place which prohibit him from possessing a firearm. Ah but as is the leftist modus operandi, it's politicize first and then never apologize when the politicization rhetoric turns out to irrelevant to the incident in question.

You're up, Kamala Harris.




Speaking of Sen. Harris, she and fellow Dem presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren have some 'splainin to do. If rhetoric fuels violence (that's a lefty standard remember), then do Sens. Harris and Warren bear responsibility for a citizen shooting at police officers given the two  perpetuated the downright falsehood that Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson murdered Michael Brown five years ago? After all, stoking the idea that white police officers indiscriminately shoot black men could well have been the tipping point for the Philly shooter, right?

Yes, I'm being facetious here. I do not hold Harris and Warren responsible for this horrible incident any more than I deem President Trump at fault for the El Paso shooter or Sen. Bernie Sanders for the "Bernie bro" shooting at GOP members of Congress. However, this is yet another classic example of how progs can't come close to living up to the standards they set for their political opponents.

Mass shootings are depressing enough without resorting to using the victims as political pawns. That said, we can legitimately rejoice today in that all six police officers appear to be fine and the gunman is in jail, likely to never see the light of day again. That's the type of news that should result in bipartisan glee.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sh*t show indeed

Upon arriving in Plymouth on Tuesday evening for my monthly co-hosting gig with Up And At 'Em, I received a text message from the podcast's host Ben Kruse about 15 minutes before we normally begin recording. It said that the audio editing for the show had put him "way behind" but that he was on his way. Said audio editing continued even after we settled into the studio, so we didn't begin the show until 8:00 pm, which is about an hour later than normal.

The lion's share of the broadcast was devoted to Tuesday's hearing conducted by the MN Senate Health and Human Services Committee where they looked into irregularities in the Dept. of Human Services. Let's just say that a conservative parody of bloated, inefficient government wouldn't be nearly as comical as what was on full display in St Paul on Tuesday.

Kudos to my pal Ben for putting together a top notch podcast which put the MN mainstream media coverage to shame (I realize that's probably a low bar, but still.....).

Check it out here =====>  https://upandatemshow.com/podcasts/upandatem/742/


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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CXCV

- I have often expressed dismay over conservative titan Rush Limbaugh validating what goes on in President Trump's administration when he would never accept (and rightly so) such occurrences when Barack Obama was President.

However, Rush had a refreshing moment of clarity regarding Trump's signaling that he'd be open to Democrat proposals for "red flag" laws.

Mr. Limbaugh told listeners on Friday that “swamp-dwelling Republicans” are urging the president to compromise with Democrats who will demonize him no matter what he does.

“You cannot satisfy them,” he said. “You cannot make them happy. You cannot compromise with them. Like they’re talking about gun control. Don’t give them a thing! It’s not going to buy us anything!”

“I know that there are people in the West Wing, in the Trump administration, urging him to do it, swamp-dwelling Republicans,” he continued. “Just like there were people in the George H. W. Bush West Wing, ‘You’ve gotta compromise on that tax cut promise you made. You gotta do it! You gotta raise taxes, you gotta give the left something.’ George H. W. Bush who had said ‘Read my lips: No new taxes’ raised taxes. And any kind of a deal with the Democrats on guns is going to risk the same fate happening to Trump.”

Let's face it. Trump didn't so much as win in 2016 as Hillary Clinton lost. As such, Trump can ill afford to alienate perhaps the strongest, most mobilized portion of the Republican base, which is the shooters. He has done little in his 3-1/2 years as POTUS to draw in new constituencies, never mind being able to make up ground if reliable support peels away. It would hardly seem worth it for legislation which will have little to no impact on the issue it's addressing.


- Honestly, I have a difficult time caring that CNN guy Chris Cuomo went on a foul-mouthed tirade toward some guy who referred to him as Fredo at Staten Island establishment last Sunday. However, I found Cuomo's hyperbole quite hilarious.

“Punk-ass bitches from the right call me Fredo,” Cuomo told the man, who claimed he thought the CNN anchor was named Fredo. “My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from The Godfather.”

“They use it as an Italian aspersion. Any of you Italian?” Cuomo continued. “It’s an insult to your f---ing people. It’s like the N-word for us.”


Really? Then why did Cuomo refer to himself with that nickname way back when? Or allow a guest on his CNN program to use such a "slur" with no pushback?

Sounds more like Cuomo has daddy issues than anything else.


- In the aftermath of the mass shootings which took place in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (who just in the past few years renounced his strong support for the 2nd Amendment) is demanding hearings on gun bills the DFL majority in the MN House proposed last session.




What surprises me more than anything about Walz's frustration is not so much the lack of movement on legislation which will do nothing to curb gun violence. No, it's that he finally found a schedule he deems worthy of releasing. I guess not all calendars are created equal in his mind.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Box Score of the Week

San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies - April 10, 2016.

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Cincinnati Reds rookie Aristides Aquino made his MLB debut on August 1. Over his first 10 games, he hit seven home runs. That tied a record set by Trevor Story for most homers in an MLB player's first ten games. 

The game referenced this week features the 7th home run hit by the Rockies' Story within his first ten games as a big leaguer. 

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

We are young but getting old before our time.....

Another Sunday, yet another venture into the Patriot bunker for this week's edition of my radio show The Closer. The two hour blitz begins at 1:00 PM Central Time.

In the 1:00 hour, we'll take a deeper dive into the aftermath of the spree killings which took place in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH last weekend. Unfortunately it's been much of the same unproductive finger pointing as opposed to substantive discussion on how to deter these tragedies. 

In the second hour I'll weigh in on a leftist Congressman doxxing Trump supporters in his district and how the left shrugged it off. I will also look into Dem presidential candidate Joe Biden's blunders on the campaign trail recently (hint: he's the same as he ever was). 


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, August 09, 2019

When decades of buffonery becomes a strength

You've likely heard about Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden's verbal faux pas in Iowa Thursday evening.

Here's a clip:



In fairness, Biden has a history of "slips of the tongue," so he can legitimately use that as an excuse here. It's only when he speaks eloquently that one might assume something is amiss.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2019

You're on your own, NYT (UPDATE: Other outlets earning "Enemy of the People" label?)

I feel as though I say on a weekly basis that President Trump labeling certain media outlets as the "enemy of the people" is at best counterproductive and at worst flat out wrong.

However, I think I'm finally to the point where I no longer carry any sympathy for (as Trump calls it) "the failing New York Times."




Some of these outlets are little more than transcript services these days.


UPDATE: Closed circuit to the media members approving of Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) doxxing Trump donors? You've earned the "Enemy of the People" label. Choke it down.


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Monday, August 05, 2019

Just a few more things

Regarding the horrific mass shootings which occurred in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH over the weekend:



  • During his Monday morning presser addressing the shootings, President Trump unequivocally denounced the sinister ideology (i.e. white supremacy) conveyed by the shooters. It won't be enough to placate critics who chide Trump himself as a white supremacist, but it was the right thing to do nonetheless. The President even indicated he'd be open to utilizing the death penalty for those who commit these types of mass murders. He's gonna turn progs into pro-lifers yet, isn't he?

  • What happened in Dayton and El Paso over the weekend is, sadly, standard fare for the city of Chicago (particularly this past weekend) on a weekly basis. Why aren't these incidents touted more often by large media outlets? Well, because elitist media is typically headed up by lily white progressives, so they typically don't like to tout when at least two of their favorite narratives are busted. One is the victims don't look like their kids. And secondly, Chicago has in place much of the gun control provisions which proggies shriek for in the aftermath of shootings they do deem fit to cover. 

  • You ever notice that the elected officials/political candidates who most loudly decry calls for "thoughts and prayers" after a spree killing are often the same folks who send out fundraising emails exploiting the tragedy?

  • Speakings of thoughts and prayers, I don't care one iota if they're considered passe in such a time as this. James 5:16 says "Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." I shall remain fervent!

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Box Score of the Week

California Angels at Seattle Mariners - August 8, 1982.

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Within the past couple of weeks, Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit 3 home runs in one game twice within a 10-day span. Such a feat had not occurred since 1982 when the Angels' Doug DeCinces did so on August 3 and August 8 (the game referenced above). 

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Sunday, August 04, 2019

And the award for most stunning lack of self-awareness goes to....

.....America's favorite septuagenarian commie.




Flashback to the 2017 when Bernie declared that the proposed Republican healthcare plan would kill millions of Americans. A few months later, a crazed "Bernie bro" shot at several Congressional Republicans on a baseball field

Ummm.....say, Bernie? Unless you too are willing to admit your own rhetoric incited the nut bag who nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise, I say you sit this one out, gramps. 

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I knew right from the beginning that you would end up winning....

It's a guest-a-palooza on today's edition of my radio program The Closer. The 2-hour festivities get kicked off at 1:00 PM Central Time.

Today's guest lineup:

- Andrew Richter of Community Solutions Minnesota is of the opinion that the MNGOP won nothing in their battle with the St. Louis Park City Council. He'll join the broadcast right at 1:00.

- Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart, Jr., who is the subject of the book Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman's Firsthand Account of World War II, will be on at 2:00.

 - Peter Johnson, founder of Archway Defense, is tentatively scheduled to join us at 2:15. He spoke with law enforcement officials on the ground in the aftermath of yesterday's spree killing in El Paso, TX.

- Cyber security expert D. Greg Scott will stop by at 2:30 to weigh in on the Capital One data breach.


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, August 02, 2019

Soaring to Glory

I cherish any opportunity to be in the presence of World War II veterans, so I feel extremely privileged to chat with one such individual on my radio show this Sunday.



Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart, Jr. is one of only a handful of surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, a unit of African American pilots segregated from the rest of the Air Force. Despite the 1940s being a time where segregation was normal in America, Lt. Col. Stewart served his country with pride having been raised by his parents to be extremely patriotic. 

Given he just turned 95 years old, Lt. Col. Stewart felt it was important for his story to be documented. With the help of author Philip Handleman, Soaring to Glory: A Tuskegee Airman's Firsthand Account of World War II is a story which needs to be shared with all Americans.

Lt. Col. Stewart will join the broadcast right at 2:00 PM Central Time this Sunday.

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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Relieved

Anyone who has watched the Minnesota Twins this 2019 season has known full well they needed to bolster their bullpen. Sure, another starting pitcher would be nice but their relief corps (which was largely ignored among their off-season acquisitions last winter) was in dire need of improvement.

With the trade deadline occurring at 3:00 PM Central Time on Wednesday, I believe it was mission accomplished.

After trading for Sergio Romo on Saturday, they added Giants righthander Sam Dyson minutes before the 3 p.m. trade deadline Wednesday. The Twins sent San Francisco three prospects — outfielder Jaylin Davis, righthander Prelander Berroa and righthander Kai-Wei Teng — for Dyson, who saved 38 games for the Rangers in 2016.

The deal was agreed upon about five minutes before the deadline, giving the Twins a reliever who was 4-1 with 2.47 ERA and two saves for the Giants. Now, pairing Tyson with Romo, the Twins say they believe there’s a stronger bridge to the ninth inning.

“[Dyson has] pitched really well for them toward the back end of games,” Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said. “He’s a guy who has had a lot of late-game experience. So we put him on a list. As we got a little bit closer to the deadline, having conversations with the Giants ultimately led us down the path where we were talking about a few of their guys. Ultimately Sam was the one we were able to access and bring to the team, and I’m excited about that.”


While Romo is far from the clutch performer he was with the Giants' three World Series champions in 2010, 2012 and 2014, he is still very effective against right handed hitters with that funky slider. He is also an amusing, gregarious chap who will be a positive addition to the clubhouse atmosphere.





Dyson is a guy that I was in on since early June. When the Giants made it known that they were willing to listen to offers for any member of their bullpen, I figured it would be a coup if the Twins could wind up with both Dyson and lefty closer Will Smith.





Not sure if there were ever any serious inquiries for Smith but I'm grateful for the acquisition of Dyson, who has good control and allows less than one base runner per inning (0.902 WHIP). Another appealing aspect of Dyson is he's under team control through 2020, so there shouldn't be as many holes to fill among next year's bullpen staff.

Alas, many Twins "fans" shrieked a variation of "CHEAP ASS POHLADS" or "ZOMG, I'M SO DONE WITH THIS TEAM" when the club failed to acquire a front line starting pitcher. But of the high profile starters available, only Zack Greinke of Arizona, Trevor Bauer of Cleveland and Marcus Stroman of Toronto ended up being traded. The Twins had no realistic shot at Greinke since they were one of 15 teams on his "no-trade" list. And the Indians (who are still well within striking distance of the Twins in the AL Central) would've rather taken Bauer out back and shot him as opposed to trading him within the division.

I will say I'm a little disappointed that more of an effort wasn't made to acquire Stroman since the price the New York Mets paid were merely their #6 and #7 prospects. Despite the Twins strongly indicating a reluctance to trade their top two prospects (Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff), I can't imagine they wouldn't have been willing to at least meet if not exceed what the Mets surrendered. However, I've also read reports where the Blue Jays seemed locked in on what the Mets were offering, so perhaps there wasn't even an opportunity for the Twins to make a counter offer.

Bottom line is the Twins not trading for a stud starting pitcher was more a function of not wanting to sacrifice potential future all stars and less about hesitance to add salary. Heck, owner Jim Pohlad supported the possibility of augmenting payroll if the right move was within reach. So for those who declare they're jumping off the Twins bandwagon because of a perceived lack of deadline activity? You're either a) lying or b) have never been that invested in the team from the get-go.

To summarize, this Twins team is markedly better as a result of its deadline moves.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Legit chess master?

I've never subscribed to the Trump-kin theory that Donald Trump's outlandish rhetoric (whether via Twitter or spoken word) is the equivalent of his playing ultra-level chess to that of his detractors' checkers.

But if President Trump's bashing of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and the awful conditions within the city of Baltimore result in multiple Democrat candidates for President showering praise upon noted race-hustler & virulent anti-Semite Al Sharpton?

Well....I'm still skeptical of the "chess master" moniker. However, this is the first incident which has actually given me pause.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Reds - April 28, 1991.

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I thought of this game when Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer angrily chucked a baseball over the center field wall in Kansas City this past Sunday. 

Upon closing out that Reds' victory over the Cubs, Cincinnati reliever Rob Dibble launched a baseball towards the Riverfront Stadium outfield after being dissatisfied with his performance. The ball went towards the center field seats, striking a fan in the elbow. The incident resulted in Dibble receiving a four-game suspension. 

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

You're running out of luck, I won't get kicked around.....

Hard to believe we're almost through the month of July. Nevertheless, I'll be in the Patriot bunker for today's edition of my radio program The Closer. The 2-hour bonanza begins at 1:00 PM Central Time.

At 1:15, I will be joined by political wonk Matt Mackowiak to discuss the fallout of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before House committees last week (hint: impeachment of Trump is dead). Also, Matt is on the front lines of the effort to reverse the homeless camping ordinance put in place by his home city of Austin, TX, so I'll get an update on that.

In the non-guest segments, I'll weigh on an interview Al Franken gave The New Yorker, specifically how he regrets resigning his U.S. Senate seat. Also, progressives look to impugn the character of newly inducted Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera over his support of (GASP!!!) Israel.


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, July 26, 2019

Yer busted

Since the Minnesota Vikings released running back Adrian Peterson after the 2016 season, I always assumed he was running (no pun intended) on fumes. However, he popped up in 2018 as a member of the Washington Redskins and came through with a 1,000-yard rushing season. Despite the success he had last year, I was still a bit surprised that he chose to come back in 2019 given he's 34 years old with even more tread on the proverbial tires.

A story about Peterson's financial situation may have provided us a rationale as to why he's continuing his football career.

Washington running back Adrian Peterson has made about $100 million in salary, and millions more in endorsements, during his NFL career. But he’s deep in debt after his lawyer says he trusted people who ripped him off.

“The truth behind Adrian Peterson’s current financial situation is more than is being reported at this time,” attorney Chase Carlson said in a statement. “Because of ongoing legal matters, I am unable to go into detail, but I will say this is yet another situation of an athlete trusting the wrong people and being taken advantage of by those he trusted. Adrian and his family look forward to sharing further details when appropriate.”

The statement came hours after TheAthletic.com reported that Peterson is being sued in Pennsylvania for failing to pay back a $5.2 million loan. In two separate matters, judges have ordered Peterson to pay $2.4 million to one creditor and $600,000 to another creditor.

Despite the fortune Peterson has made, he appears to be nearly broke, with debts that he is struggling to pay, and debts that he’ll continue to struggle to pay even after getting a $1.5 million signing bonus to remain in Washington this year, with another $1 million in salary on the way for the season.

Sadly, Peterson is just another statistic among well compensated professional athletes. The ESPN 30 for 30 film Broke cited some very sobering (if not shocking) statistics.

According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of former NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress. Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, many pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life.

It's been no secret that Peterson has fathered multiple children with several women, so child support costs alone are exorbitant. And just four years ago he threw himself a 30th birthday bash where one of the indulgences included dressing up as Aladdin and riding in on an actual camel!

One aspect of the film Broke talked about the NFL rookie symposium hosting a breakout session dealing specifically with financial matters. However, the young men attending largely tuned out of what was being said by former players and other assorted advisers. I get a sense that the air of invincibility is at its highest upon signing a pro contract.

With his highest earning potential behind him, Peterson faces a frighteningly uncertain future. Unfortunately, he appears to have been his own worst enemy.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CXCIV

- Mariano Rivera became the first player in Major League Baseball in history to be a first ballot unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This past weekend he was officially inducted.

As has been a disturbing trend over the past few years, an athlete's shining moment is attempted to be drown out by past indiscretions or by what "progressives" deem a questionable worldview.

You're up, Daily Beast.

(O)ver the past three years, (Rivera)’s also served at the pleasure of a racist president, taken part in thinly veiled propaganda on behalf of a far-right government in Israel, and gotten chummy with outright bigots and apocalyptic loons. None of this will be inscribed on his Hall of Fame plaque. It should, even if much of the sports world would very much like to pretend none of it exists.

By the way, Rivera's "service" to President Trump includes his support of the Opioid Drug Abuse Commission as well as the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. Why do leftists hate healthy, drug-free kids???

And "far-right" government in Israel? They're the most forward thinking state in that whole region. And current PM Benjamin Netanyahu has been democratically elected and re-elected. Now leftists hate thriving democracies too??


- If you predicted the inevitable moral collapse of the western world included a woman being labeled a bigot for refusing to wax a trans woman's scrotum, collect your winnings!



- Last year during the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, allegations surfaced of his being involved in a sexual assault 35 years earlier when he was age 17. Despite no corroborating evidence and no history of such behavior by Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's accusation, we were told, was beyond reproach. All women are to be believed, due process be damned.

So now that we're more than 18 months removed from Al Franken being forced to resign his U.S. Senate seat due to multiple allegations of inappropriate touching, is the "WOKE!" crowd now reconsidering its stance on due process?

A remarkable number of Franken’s Senate colleagues have regrets about their own roles in his fall. Seven current and former U.S. senators who demanded Franken’s resignation in 2017 told me that they’d been wrong to do so. Such admissions are unusual in an institution whose members rarely concede mistakes.

What they're essentially saying is they should have rode out the storm, which would have eventually blew over (even though more accusations were likely to surface). One shining example of that is Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA), who has denied allegations of sexual assault against him. There were initial demands for his resignation, which he resisted. How often are we hearing about Fairfax's saga these days?

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves - September 29, 1973.

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In this game Hank Aaron hit his 40th home run of the season for the Braves. That gave Atlanta three hitters (Aaron, Davey Johnson and Darrell Evans) who clubbed at least 40 homers that year, the first time such a feat occurred in MLB history.  

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Spending every dime for a wonderful time.....

After a one week hiatus I will be back in the Patriot bunker for this afternoon's edition of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll cover some local stories in the first hour, particularly the St Louis Park City Council reversing its decision to ban the Pledge of Allegiance. I will also weigh in on the sh*t show that is the MN Dept. of Human Services. 

In the second hour I will obviously weigh in on President Trump's war of words with the "Squad" and how neither side came out with a shred of dignity. 


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, July 19, 2019

I pray I possess this kind of grace

I oppose the death penalty on religious grounds. But even if I didn't subscribe to the Christian worldview, I would still be against capital punishment due to even the slightest possibility of a wrongful conviction.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

He really said that?

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has been accused of plagiarism multiple times over the nearly five decades of his political career. Apparently he's back at it.

Speaking at the AARP presidential forum in Iowa, Biden drew a contrast between his (health care) plan, which would give people a Medicare-like public option, and the “Medicare for All” plan championed by more progressive Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

“If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it. If in fact you have private insurance, you can keep it,” Biden said.

Biden’s speech echoed the now-infamous “if you like your doctor, you’re going to be able to keep your doctor” catchphrase former President Obama repeatedly said in 2009 and 2010 when he was trying to sell the public on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.


I'm no expert, but if one is going to plagiarize anything it would behoove one to repeat something uplifting or inspirational. Repeating a quote which Politifact (hardly a conservative bastion, by the way) determined as the "Lie of the Year" in 2013 doesn't exactly fit that criteria.

If Biden is ever pressed on why Americans should believe that rhetoric now after years of the Obama administration (in which he served as VP) falsely uttering it, perhaps he can steal a quote from another infamous figure. It was boxing promoter Bob Arum who infamously proclaimed "Yesterday I was lying, today I'm telling the truth." If nothing else, the leftist media (PTR) will provide some cover with their focus being on conservatives "seizing" upon it.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CXCIII

- The occurrence of a circular firing squad pitting U.S. House Democrat leadership vs. proggie darlings Tide Pod Evita Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, et al, it was an undeserved gift to Republicans, particularly President Donald Trump.

Ah, but if we know anything about the White House's current occupant, he just can't stand prosperity.

From a tweet thread put forth by Trump:

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!

One of the appeals of Trump's 2016 candidacy was that he wasn't the typical politician and, for better or worse, wasn't interested in political correctness. But lack of political savvy is to his detriment here given that you should never interrupt your opponents savaging each other.

As the Dem civil war was raging, I made the comment that all they had to do was portray themselves as just moderately sane and they would likely hand Trump a re-election defeat similar to that of George H. W. Bush in 1992. But the President's latest tweet storm gives the Dems (for now anyways) the moral high ground.

It looks as though 2020 will once again be a scenario where whomever is dumbest last loses.


- On Monday evening, the St. Louis Park City Council reversed a controversial decision where they banned the Pledge of Allegiance prior to meetings.

After recently voting to reduce the recital of the Pledge, the council received significant pushback from community members.

On Monday night, council member Thom Miller started the meeting by moving to reinstate the pledge. Then, each council member took turns speaking on the issue and voted unanimously to reinstate it.

This saga ended up being way more of an ordeal than it needed to be. As I've said before, anyone attending these city council meetings shouldn't be required to recite the Pledge. But to outright ban it almost smacks of a First Amendment issue.

Let's hope the victors here don't get too haughty by shaming those who choose to not recite it or stand during it.


- So what the heck's going on with the Minnesota DHS???

The commissioner of the state's sprawling social service agency abruptly resigned Monday after just six months on the job, producing the first major shake-up of the new administration of Gov. Tim Walz.

Tony Lourey, who left the state Senate to become the commissioner of Human Services in January, wrote a letter to Walz saying his resignation would take effect at the end of the day, stunning some members of the Minnesota Legislature. No reason was given.

Lourey's sudden departure comes after the resignations of his two top deputies last week, raising anew questions about chaos at the top ranks of the $17.5 billion state agency.

When Lourey resigned from the state Senate to accept this post, his former seat went to a special election. It wound being won by Republican Jason Rarick, which increased the razor-thin GOP majority from 34-33 to 35-32. This is an especially big blow to the Walz administration given that Lourey moved on from DHS commish less than six months after proclaiming the job was one which "I’ve dedicated my life to."

Given the rampant fraud which has occurred in multiple state public assistance programs, this chaos couldn't have come at a worse time. Stay tuned I guess.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Baltimore Orioles at Oakland A's - July 13, 1991.

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Last Friday evening, two Los Angeles Angels pitchers combined to no-hit the Seattle Mariners in the Angels' first home game since the sudden death of teammate Tyler Skaggs eleven days earlier. In that game, the Angels players all donned Skaggs name and jersey number. Afterwards they all laid their game-worn jerseys on the pitcher's mound as a tribute to their fallen teammate.

That means last Friday's game was the first combined no-hitter in the state of California since that Orioles-A's matchup on July 13, 1991 ----  the very day Skaggs was born.

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

On assignment

I will be on assignment for today's edition of my radio show The Closer. However, my friend and valued Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg will be filling in for me 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. central time.

Tune in!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Consistently inconsistent

When House Speaker Paul Ryan chose not to seek re-election in 2018, President Trump tweeted the following:




But as is the moral code Trump subscribes to, his praise can be easily yanked if he perceives someone as "disloyal." So when it was revealed that excerpts of Ryan's upcoming book was less than complimentary towards the White House's current occupant, Trump responded with this tweet storm:




You can bet your last dollar that over the next year on the campaign trail, Trump will continue to tout the success of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, of which Ryan was heavily involved in orchestrating. And he will do so without a scintilla of shame.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What's the problem?

How big a national story has the Pledge of Allegiance kerfuffle in St. Louis Park become? So much so that the President of the United States weighed in.




As I see it, the SLP City Council vote to eliminate the Pledge prior to meetings seemed to be a mass over-correction to a vague problem. The council's rationale for eliminating it was "due to concern that some residents in their 'increasingly diverse community' might find it unwelcoming." My question is how exactly is it unwelcoming? Are there a slew of atheists populating the city who might object to the phrase "One Nation under God...?" Is it due to new immigrants residing there who would prefer to pledge loyalty to their country of origin?

I, for one, don't believe in "forced patriotism." If there are folks who object to the Pledge, then I have zero issue with them remaining silent, staying seated or, dare I say, kneeling. But this idea that a municipal government forbids reciting it altogether smacks of a First Amendment violation.

This isn't over by a long shot.

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Monday, July 08, 2019

Box Score of the Week

It's the All-Star break, so let's check out the 2008 All-Star game.

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This game took place at the old Yankee Stadium in its final season. It also marked the longest ASG game in terms of time (4 hours, 50 minutes) and tied for longest at 15 innings. 

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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues....

First Sunday in July! The summer is moving on quick, but we at the Northern Alliance Radio Network are HERE FOR IT! Today's 2-hour edition of my radio show The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I will throw in my two cents regarding Colin Kaepernick discouraging Nike from manufacturing a shoe with a logo of the Betsy Ross designed flag. Also, are "Never Trump" Republicans obligated to vote for the Democrat presidential candidate in 2020?

Locally, I will weigh in on the St Louis Park city council barring the Pledge of Allegiance prior to their meetings.

At 2:15, Super Bowl champ/singer/brain injury advocate Ben Utecht will stop by to promote a big time musical event taking place in the Twin Cities later this month. The subject of football is also likely to come up.


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 Alexa (just say "Alexa, play 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, July 05, 2019

Sixty Nine

I don't have a "bucket list." However, if I did, meeting my all time favorite pop singer Huey Lewis would easily be in my top 10. 

Today Hugh Anthony Cregg III turned 69 years of age. Sadly he's unable to perform music these days due to a mysterious hearing loss. But if a minor miracle occurs and he is somehow able to return to the stage, I will definitely be in the audience as I have been for numerous shows in my 37 years as a Huey Lewis and the News fan!

Anyhow, if you're so inclined, take a gander at my commemoration of Huey's 60th birthday nine years ago (click here). 

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CXCII

- Election Day 2020 is merely 16 months away (a veritable whiff of time in today's political realm). As such, announcements like this are starting to trickle in.




This is the right decision, especially in light of Minnesota Republicans being able to win statewide has become so elusive. And now that Sen. Tina Smith is an elected incumbent, the task of defeating her would be that much more formidable.

As of right now, the GOP holds a slim 35-32 majority in the MN Senate. With suburban Republicans becoming an endangered species in this state, there are some ripe opportunities for the DFL to flip some of those seats (i.e. Housley in SD39, Paul Anderson in SD44, Scott Jensen in SD47 and Dan Hall in SD56) and thus attain a majority. It's going to be difficult enough for incumbent Republican senators to win re-election in 2020 to say nothing of first time candidates.

I know where a fair amount of my campaign contributions are going next year.


- I really don't care that Nike has chosen to forgo a sneaker featuring an American flag logo in the motif of the one designed by Betsy Ross. And I'm certainly not going to unload invective on former NFL QB (and now Nike spokesperson) Colin Kaepernick for allegedly encouraging the shoe company to nix the idea.

In the end Nike is a business and, to be honest, a savvy one at that. How many national news stories have they been a part of over the past several days? Oh, and have you checked their stock price lately?

Well played, Nike.


- I was crestfallen to hear the news of former St Paul mayor and U.S. senator Norm Coleman having been diagnosed with cancer for a third time.

However, I soon thereafter became inspired when I read the frank but inspiring words written by.....Norm Coleman.

I can’t avoid my cancer.

But, I will not let it decide how I will live my life.

I am blessed with family and friends and caregivers who have given me countless reasons to know better than to let the demons of despair partner with the beast of cancer to bring me to my knees.

When I go to my knees it is in prayer. I’ve gone back to putting on Tefillin as part of my morning prayers.

Prayer for the blessings of modern medicine – thankful for the host of Prayer Warriors – thankful for a family that loves me – friends that sustain me – and countless other gifts of plenty that have given me an abundant life.

I firmly believe that in spite of this affliction I am immeasurably blessed.

There will be another battle against the beast and I am ready for it.

To the beast I say this to you: My war against cancer isn’t won.

Yet.

That's the sign of a quality human being when he can make others feel uplifted and inspired about the horrific adversity that he himself is battling.

I've been praying almost daily over the past several months for Norm and his family. I certainly ain't stopping now.

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