Friday, May 24, 2019

It's my birthday!

So how old am I?



via GIPHY


Tis true! In fact, my mother tells me I was born at 5:41 AM on May 24, 1969. So given the time stamp of this post, I am now officially closer to my 100th birthday than I am the day of my birth. 😳

Yep. Life indeed does move pretty fast.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bringing a rubber band to a knife fight (rhetorically speaking)

Protip: If you're attempting to rhetorically "dunk on" someone who is by far morally and intellectually superior to yourself, it can't possibly end well for you.




But in her defense, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is utterly vacuous.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

This is what attacking press freedom looks like

When President Donald Trump chides the media as "Fake News" or "Enemy of the People," it is undeniably petulant. I daresay it can even be labeled as inappropriate. But to convey it as an "attack on press freedom" is a bit hyperbolic since media outlets are neither prevented from nor punished for actually doing their jobs, even when being highly critical of the Trump administration.

But this? This would be a legit charge of attacking freedom of the press.

The banging jolted Bryan Carmody awake. Outside his San Francisco home Friday morning, the longtime journalist saw a throng of police officers with a sledgehammer, trying to break down his front gate.

Carmody told the eight to 10 officers he would only let them in with a search warrant. Police confirmed a judge signed off on their barging into his home. Then the officers drew their guns and scoured his residence. When police left, they carted away his notebooks, computers, cameras, phones and even his fiancee’s iPod from her college days.

“I knew what they wanted,” Carmody told The Times. “They wanted the name.”

A few weeks before, he said two San Francisco police officers — a sergeant and a lieutenant — knocked on his door and “cordially” asked him to identify the source who shared a confidential police report into the Feb. 22 death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi.

“Of course, I politely declined,” Carmody said of the visit from police last month. He had the same response Friday.

After police came into his home, officers handcuffed him for six hours as they collected his equipment. A receipt certifying his release from custody confirms he was handcuffed from 8:22 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. The search warrant for his home said officers were investigating “stolen or embezzled” property.

It was unclear whether he was handcuffed because of the guns he says he legally owns. Carmody said the guns were locked in a safe, and he said that over the hours-long search, it was evident officers didn’t view him as a threat. At one point, some police took off their bulletproof vests on account of the heat, he said.

While he was shackled, officers got a second warrant to search his newsroom, where police seized a thumb drive, CDs and, inside a safe, the sought-after police report about Adachi’s death.

Carmody, 49, said he has not shared the name of his source with anyone, and no markings on the document could be traced to the person who provided it.


San Francisco Mayor London Breed's reaction:





Journalist Yashar Ali rightly characterizes the outrage all journos should be conveying.




So next time the smarmy Jim Acosta or the insufferable April Ryan are not called upon during a White House press briefing and thus engage in their obligatory thumb-sucking, it's perfectly appropriate to say "Folks, you're no Bryan Carmody."

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Didn't see that comin'

For the entire first hour of this past Sunday's radio show, I discussed the 2019 Minnesota legislative session with Americans for Prosperity State Director Jason Flohrs. Given the DFL (which controls the governor's office and House of Representatives) was digging in on a 20 cents per gallon tax increase as well as myriad other hikes resulting in $12 billion of increases, I saw no possible way an agreement could be reached on a state budget by 11:59 PM Monday evening. Jason agreed with me, so we made tentative plans for him to come back on the broadcast when an inevitable special session of the Legislature was called by Gov. Tim Walz.

Then on Sunday evening I was scheduled to guest host on the Up and At 'Em podcast with Ben Kruse. As I awaited Ben's arrival I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw a few blurbs indicating Gov. Walz and legislative leaders had reached agreement on a budget. Upon Ben's arrival, we settled in to the studio and watched multiple live press conferences where the leaders spelled out terms of the agreement.

“Today we prove that divided government can work for the betterment of the people we serve,” said Gov. Tim Walz, who announced the budget plan with Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka and Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman. “Instead of dysfunction, shutdowns and yelling we have a compromise agreement. … We’re still friends.”

Under the plan, spending will rise about $1 billion over the projected base budget of $47.4 billion for 2020-2021. The current budget is $45.5 billion and expires June 30.

The budget was expected to grow by nearly $2 billion if lawmakers changed nothing because of inflation, increased population and new and expanding state programs.

The deal also includes a quarter percent cut in the second tier of the state’s income tax. The rate will fall from 7.05 percent to 6.8 percent by 2022.

That and stopping the gas tax were big wins for Gazelka.

“Minnesota is finally going to see income taxes go down for the first time in 20 years,” Gazelka said. “Stopping the gas tax increase was one of our top priorities, and I’m pleased Governor Walz and House Democrats ultimately listened to the people of Minnesota and rejected this approach.”

In addition, the latest public safety omnibus bill included no gun control.

So if I had been told that a budget deal would be reached before Monday night, I would have been skeptical. But if it had also been conveyed to me that not only would a deal be reached but said budget would also include no new gas tax, a middle class tax cut and no gun control provisions, I would have asked what the GOP had to give up in order to receive those concessions.

Well.....

(The pact) continues a tax on health care providers that Republicans wanted to allow to sunset, but the rate falls from 2 percent to 1.8 percent.

(House Minority Leader Kurt) Daudt said his members are unhappy the provider tax is not going away and will want to air their frustrations during the final debates. “I think this is a failure of this deal,” Daudt said. “We are incredibly disappointed that is the end result.”


There's a reason why Democrats were willing to concede so much in an effort to continue the provider tax (aka a "sick tax"). Rep. Peggy Scott (R-Andover) encapsulated the GOP's frustration.

"By not getting rid of the sick tax they are paving the way for a funding mechanism for single payer healthcare in Minnesota.

The Dems play the long game, folks. Don’t be deceived. They were willing to let go of the gas tax and a lot of policy to keep the provider tax. They will continue to push their One Care single payer plan. Mark my words. Sadly (the) GOP senate fell for it."

All 201 seats in the Minnesota Legislature will be up for election in 2020. Seems to me a lot of campaign narratives were established with this latest budget agreement.

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Box Score of the Week

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins - June 20, 2016.

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This game set an MLB record for most home runs (eight) in a game in which all the runs were scored on solo homers. 

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Meet me down by the jetty landing.....

The calendar says May 19 but if feels more like mid March. Regardless, the 2-hour edition of The Closer will be bringing the heat, starting at 1:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 1:00 PM I will be joined by Jason Flohrs, State Director of the Minnesota chapter of American For Prosperity. With the current MN legislative session slated to end late Monday evening, we'll discuss what work remains and if conservatives will be able to thwart the DFL's attempts to hike taxes.

Then in the 2:00 hour I will weigh in on the latest pro-life legislation passed in southern states and how stunningly bias the media is in covering these in comparison to the pro-death legislation passed in New York and proposed in Virginia.


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, May 16, 2019

Big wheels keep on turning.....

Sh*t just got real in the latest battle of the Culture War.

Alabama’s new law restricting abortion in nearly every circumstance has moved one of the most polarizing issues in American politics to the center of the 2020 presidential campaign.

The state’s legislation — the toughest of several anti-abortion measures that have passed recently, with the only exception being a serious risk to the woman’s health — prompted an outcry from Democratic presidential candidates, who warned that conservatives were laying the groundwork to undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The White House, meanwhile, didn’t comment on the Alabama bill, signed into law Wednesday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, as President Donald Trump tries to balance his conservative base against the potential of antagonizing women who are already skeptical of his presidency.

For the record, I am staunchly pro life and thus oppose abortion at any juncture during a pregnancy. But that said, I have a difficult time demanding that a woman endure a pregnancy which is the result of a rape. And I certainly am not one to shame a young lady for making what I'm certain is a heart-wrenching decision to terminate a pregnancy for any reason. That's why I've felt the best way to severely limit (and ultimately eradicate) the number of abortions being performed is by changing hearts and minds. For example, seeing an ultrasound of the baby certainly goes a long way in appealing to a pregnant woman's sensibilities about whether she's carrying a viable human being inside her.

A couple of other thoughts:

- Given the abortion-on-demand bill which passed in New York (and was proposed in Virginia) mobilized the pro-life crowd, I suspect this Alabama law will have a similar impact among the pro abortion "choice" folks. Sure, those who tout "progressive" causes tend to be louder and much more well-funded, but they also have on their side a willing media complex to shout their chanting points. I guess we should be prepared for more Handmaids costumes to fly off shelves.


- Speaking of chanting points:




Conveniently left out of the "Handmaid's Tale" narrative is the fact the sponsor of this bill was Rep. Terri Collins....a woman. And the person who signed this legislation into law was Gov. Kay Ivey. Yep. Also a woman. Oh, maybe attend a pro life rally one of these days. You'll undoubtedly find the majority of advocates are indeed....**wait for it. wait for it**.....WOMEN!

Nice try though.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gun control dead?

Some rare good news out of St. Paul these days.

Two gun-control measures deemed a top priority by Minnesota DFL lawmakers this session were dealt an all-but-fatal blow Tuesday after they failed to advance on a party-line vote.

Coming after three hours of debate, the result appeared to stymie efforts by gun-control advocates to expand criminal-background checks to private gun sales
(*and* transfers, which gun control advocates conveniently leave out of their diatribes - ed.) and create a “red flag” law that would allow authorities to temporarily confiscate firearms from people considered a threat to themselves or others (without the accused receiving due process - ed.).

The gun proposals, similar to federal proposals that have divided Congress, came to a head when Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, called for a vote on whether to add them to a broader spending bill being assembled by members from both the House and Senate.

The gambit paid off for Limmer, who earlier expressed deep reservations about both policy proposals: Members of the joint conference committee on the public safety budget split 5-5 along party lines and failed to add either measure to the spending bill.

“I’ve always regarded controversial policies in budget bills as something we really shouldn’t do
(so did the DFL --- until this session apparently - ed.) because it gums up the work,” Limmer said after Tuesday’s meeting. “Let’s tear the Band-Aid off and get at it.”


The "gun control" issue was one which many DFLers claimed had upwards of "90% support" among Minnesotans yet the substantial Dem majority in the House never took a vote on the standalone bills. Seems to me that something which has that kind of overwhelming support could easily get through the House but then could be hung around the necks of the GOP controlled Senate if they voted down the legislation. Why it's almost as if folks like Rob Doar of the MN Gun Owners Caucus was shining a light on the DFL's blatant obfuscation regarding the two bills thus making Dems.....ahem...."gun shy" in bringing them up for votes.

Regardless, the leftist chanting points will remain the same.

Rep. Dave Pinto, DFL-St. Paul, chief author of the background check bill, later characterized the vote as an effort by Minnesota Republicans to stymie new gun legislation.

“Today, they chose not to move forward on two gun-safety measures despite broad public support,” Pinto said. “That is deeply disappointing to thousands of families who have been touched by gun violence and expect action.”


You want action, Rep. Pinto? You might wanna study what has taken place over the past quarter century. As Doar pointed out during this testimony in the conference committee, "Minnesota violent crime rates has dropped 50% over the last 25 years while gun ownership permits to carry has sky rocketed.” Seems to me the answer is right in front of you.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Box Score of the Week

New York Yankees at Milwaukee Brewers - April 10, 1976.

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Trailing 9-6 in the bottom of the 9th inning with the bases loaded and no outs, Don Money of the Brewers came to the plate. He appeared to hit a game-winning grand slam home run off Yanks pitcher Dave Pagan to give Milwaukee a dramatic victory but the home run was disallowed. After deliberation among the umpires, it was ruled that Yankees first baseman Chris Chambliss called for (and was granted) time right before Pagan delivered that fateful pitch. Money ended up flying out to right field. 

The Brewers did score one in the 9th but it wasn't enough as the Yanks prevailed 9-7.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

On assignment

I am currently out of town for my day job, so I will not be airing my weekly radio program today. My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg will be taking my place from 1:00 until 3:00 PM Central Time.


So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the Mitch plans 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 Mitch's 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, May 09, 2019

On cue

I would be willing to bet that most American newspapers' Editorial Boards have basic templates in place to respond to instances of gun violence against children. Just add the location & number of fatalities and you have your obligatory gun-grabber screed. And because the same vapid chanting points are usually regurgitated in response to these tragic events, they rarely (if ever) are relevant to the specific incident which EBs attempt to demagogue.

On Wednesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune decided to take a swing at the shooting incident which occurred at a Colorado STEM school the day before (a shame their instant reaction wasn't lauding a genuine hero). And as is the mainstream media's wont, the Strib offered up suggestions of new laws which would do nothing to address what they believe is an epidemic.

Rob Doar, Political Director with the MN Gun Owners Caucus, was having none of it.

You can always count on those pushing for gun control to capitalize on the emotions of the public in the wake of a tragedy to push their agenda.

The simple fact is that Colorado ALREADY HAS Red Flag Confiscation and Universal Background Checks... and they DID NOT PREVENT THE TRAGEDY.

Citing the shooting in Colorado as some sort of urgency to pass Red Flags and UBCs here in MN is nothing short of ignorance and intellectual dishonesty.

The continued intellectual dishonesty by those embracing the non-sequitur of gun control and public safety will be a perpetual hindrance to any efforts to actually make our schools safer, reduce suicides, and address the repeat violent criminals who repeatedly escape justice.

But... that's not really what they want.

The DFL in both chambers have been demonizing (and in the House, actually voting AGAINST) the bipartisan efforts to improve school safety, increase penalties for repeat offenders, provide funding for mental health resources, school security assessments, and many more items that would actually have a benefit to public safety.

Why? Because they don't go "far enough". At least that's what they say. But, it's not true.

Democrats don't want to give Republicans a "win" on this issue. They will continue to vote down and block good ideas, because, to them, a Republican passing a good public safety policy is a bad thing.

They have their eyes on growing the metro-centric DFL majority and plan to use this issue as a drum to beat in the 2020 elections.

Those pushing for these measures will feign lament about the impasse at the legislature. They groan about Republican inaction, despite the fact that there is broad, bipartisan opposition to these bills in both chambers.

They capitalize on tragedy to demand irrelevant, ineffective, and divisive legislation, not because they actually care about public safety, but because they want more power.

And they don't care about lying and misleading to get it.

Whether it's their stance on guns, the economy or abortion, the political left has proven time and again that they are absolutely not above obfuscation or flat-out fabrication in an effort to enact a "progressive" agenda.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

What do you see?

Check out this picture.




Me personally? It was the elephant, natch! Of course I assumed it had to do with my political leanings. But the website Bright Side has a different perspective.

If the elephant is the animal you saw first, you are very genuine and care deeply about everything around you. You are loyal, responsible, and your family and friends can always rely on you. If they need help, they know exactly who to talk to. And somehow you always find a way to find a solution and fix the issue. You are not just a good listener, you are an unbeatable problem-solver.

Your family and friends are always your first priority and you feel good when the people around you feel good.

I'll accept that. 😊

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Monday, May 06, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers - April 27, 2010.

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In this game Rangers' rookie Justin Smoak collected his first career Run Batted In, driving in Vladimir Guerrero with a sacrifice fly. This past weekend, Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. notched his first ever RBI on an infield single which scored........Justin Smoak. 

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

A peaceful co-existence is dropping out of sight......

Now into the month of May, the Northern Alliance rolls on through 2019. Today's 2-hour edition of The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

It's a guest-a-palooza on today's program:

1:15 - National political wonk Matt Mackowiak will check in to discuss AG William Barr's testimony before Congress, the latest involving 2020 Dem presidential candidates, etc.

1:45 - Salem Communications-Twin Cities GM Nic Anderson will join the program to promote a special AM 1280 Patriot event coming up in mid-June.

2:00 - Rep. Jim Nash (R-Waconia) will stop by to weigh in on this year's MN legislative session as we enter the final two weeks.


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, May 03, 2019

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Noor verdict

I don't know the actual statistics, but it feels as though most questionable police shootings result in the officer being acquitted. As such, I was somewhat surprised (though maybe I shouldn't have been) by the latest verdict handed down in a Minneapolis officer involved shooting.

A jury found former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor guilty of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2017 shooting death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Noor was immediately taken into custody. His sentencing is set for Friday, June 7 at 9 a.m.

The jury of 10 men and two women deliberated for 10 hours before reaching a verdict Tuesday afternoon.

Naturally many were quick to draw distinctions between this tragedy and others, particularly the Philando Castile shooting. When a black man is the victim, there are those who will suggest that all too often an officer does not receive any jail time. However, because Ms. Damond was a white woman, some will cite this verdict as a miscarriage of justice given the verdict in the Castile case. But if one scrutinizes the evidence which was laid out in the Damond case, it's difficult to conclude that the jury's verdict was all that outlandish. And yes, I will agree that the officer involved in the shooting death of Mr. Castile in July 2016 should not have walked. But that doesn't mean the jury in Ms. Damond's case should've shirked its responsibility to examine all evidence and decide accordingly. Justice does not occur through additional injustices.

While this outcome obviously won't bring back Ms. Damond, her loved ones are taking solace in the fact that they feel justice was served. Unfortunately, the same can't necessarily be said for those Philando Castile left behind.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Commence gaslighting

Going into the 2020 presidential race against President Donald Trump, Democrats realize they have an uphill battle to re-take the White House. However, they can certainly rely upon media outlets to run interference for them. Whether it's undermining good economic news under Trump or glossing over Democrat positions which are not popular among the mainstream, we know the media is up to the task. Hell, they're already in full swing.

Whenever he has the bully pulpit, Trump always touts the undeniable economic successes which have occurred during his first term. Whether or not he should be given full credit for that is up for debate, but you can't deny that the meltdown which Paul Krugman assured us would happen upon Trump's election has not even come close to materializing. And you also can't deny that not a single Dem POTUS candidate has conveyed anything resembling a coherent economic message. As such, they sent out their media lapdogs to convince the American people that the majority of them didn't actually receive a tax cut under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, which was signed into law 16 months ago. Hey, it's a lot easier to fabricate information than to explain why there was rarely 3% GDP growth during the Barack Obama administration but a regular occurrence in the Trump era.

Then this past week, the media and other "progressive" establishments took great exception to an excerpt of a speech Trump gave in Green Bay, WI last weekend.

Trump noted that the state’s Democratic governor Tony Evers “shockingly stated that he will veto legislation that protects Wisconsin babies born alive,” referring to a bill that would require doctors to provide medical care to infants born alive in the course of an attempted abortion procedure.

Trump then referenced (Virginia governor Ralph) Northam’s comments during a late-January radio interview, in support of a Virginia bill that would’ve made it easier for women to obtain an abortion during the last three months of pregnancy. “The baby is born. The mother meets with the doctor,” Trump said at the rally, describing Northam’s remarks. “They take care of the baby. They wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby. I don’t think so.”

In his typical fashion, Trump was overstating what Northam had said; the governor never mentioned “executing” babies. Media outlets were quick to accuse the president of “offer[ing] incendiary falsehood on abortion” and to put an unbelievably pleasant spin on Northam’s remarks. Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.), meanwhile, called Trump “deranged” and suggested that his comment would cause violence.

But what did the Virginia governor actually say about care for newborn infants — and was Trump’s representation really that off the mark?

Judge for yourself.





The money quote: “If a mother is in labor...the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother."

National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis, whose piece I quoted above, points out yet again how Dems can't avoid stepping on rhetorical rakes when attempting to "own Trump."

 


Look, I for one don't believe Trump is a shoe-in for reelection given the fact that, despite very good economic news, his approval rating is currently hovering in the low 40s. Nevertheless, leftists have once again put themselves in the position of having to hope for people to suffer economically and/or utilizing media obfuscation in order to attain their top goal of having Trump sent packing in 2020. What a miserable existence that must be.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins - May 8, 1966.

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The longest win streak the Twins have ever had versus one team was 17 consecutive victories over the Boston Red Sox, starting in 1965 and continuing into 1966. The game I referenced above was the Sox ending that aforementioned streak. 

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

I'm on my way to New Orleans this mornin'....

I'll be back in the Patriot bunker today for another edition of The Closer. The 2-hour extravaganza begins at 1:00 PM Central Time.

On the local scene, it's been revealed that Taxin' Tim Walz's tax plan isn't as "progressive" as he and DFLers have touted. Then on the national front, I'll weigh in on the perpetual lunacy of the candidates vying for the Democrat nomination to oppose President Trump in 2020.

At 1:30, I welcome to the broadcast Charlotte Pence (yes, the VP's daughter) to promote her latest book Marlon Bundo's Day in the Nation's Capital


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, April 25, 2019

Biden makes it 20 for '20

It was only a matter of time. It became official Thursday morning.

Former Vice President Joe Biden launched his third bid for the presidency on Thursday, positioning himself as a trusted champion of the middle class eager to take the fight to President Donald Trump.

In a video released early Thursday morning, Biden said that "we are in a battle for the soul of this nation."

In the video's opening, Biden highlighted the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where during a large gathering of white nationalists and counterprotesters a white supremacist rammed his car into an opposition group, killing one person.

Biden noted that President Donald Trump said there were some "very fine people on both sides"
(ah, but context matters - ed.) in Charlottesville, where the white nationalists were protesting the city's plan to take down a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general.

"In that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I'd seen in my lifetime," Biden said, adding that he believes "history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time."

"But if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation," Biden continued. "Who we are. And I cannot stand by and watch that happen."

If you're keeping score at home, Biden is now the 20th Democrat to seek the party's nomination for the 2020 presidential race.

While Biden has politically evolved further left in the 21st century, he certainly isn't as "kook fringe" as fellow candidates Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren. That is certainly his biggest advantage given a recent New York Times study showed that the majority of Democrat voters consider themselves more moderate than those who permeate Twitter. However, those who will be delegates at the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be of the grassroots ilk, and they tend to be more "progressive." As such, we could see a repeat of 2016 when you had "outsider" Bernie Sanders (who's been in Congress since 1991, but yeah, "outsider") taking on the establishment choice (in 2016 it was Hillary Clinton). And while Clinton was ramrodded through in '16, Sanders is much more formidable this time around.

Speaking of the "WOKE!" left, it's going to be a blast to watch them over the next several months. The reason being is they now have to grapple with their top goal of defeating Trump versus the fact that two septuagenarian, straight white men are the most formidable candidates among the Dems.

If nothing else, debates between Biden and Sanders will be entertaining in that it will have a vibe of two grumpy old men playing chess in the park while arguing over whose move it is.

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More NFL Draft stuff

With the 2019 NFL "selection meeting" upon us, let's look at the draft from 25 years ago. It was most memorable for a war of words exchanged by an NFL front office guy and a draft analyst.

The Indianapolis Colts had two selections among the first five picks. As such, draft "expert" Mel Kiper, Jr. insisted the Colts had to select a quarterback with one of those choices given that just a month earlier they traded QB Jeff George (whom they selected with the top choice in 1990) to the Atlanta Falcons. That meant going into the '94 season, veteran Jim Harbaugh was atop the Colts' QB depth chart, a situation which Kiper firmly believed would not get the club anywhere near a Super Bowl.

So when the Colts selected a running back at #2 and a linebacker at #5 (a pick they acquired via trade), Kiper went off. He basically called it a "typical Colt move" and such a track record is why they're "picking second every year in the draft." Naturally this didn't sit well with Colts VP/Director of Football Operations Bill Tobin. When asked about why he didn't take a potential franchise QB, he launched into a diatribe against Kiper.

"Who in the hell is Mel Kiper anyway? Here's a guy that criticizes everybody, whoever they take. He's got the answers to who you should take and who you shouldn't take. And my knowledge of him: he's never ever put on a jock strap, he's never been a coach, he's never been a scout, he's never been an administrator and all of a sudden he's an expert."

This next quote by Tobin is my favorite

"We don't have to take anybody Mel Kiper says we have to take. Mel Kiper has no more credentials to do what he's doing than my neighbor, and my neighbor's a postman, and he doesn't even have season tickets to the NFL."

I would imagine NFL front office administrators make pretty good money, even 25 years ago. So how is it that a postman can afford to live in Tobin's neighborhood? For some reason, that part of Tobin's rant always stood out to me.

But I digress.

To recap: The two franchise QBs available in 1994 were Heath Shuler out of Tennessee and Trent Dilfer from Fresno State. Shuler was an absolute bust and Dilfer had a pedestrian 14-year career, though he did ride the wave of an awesome Baltimore Ravens defense in 2000 to win a Super Bowl.

So who did the Colts select at #2 overall that year? That would be RB Marshall Faulk, who ended up being a Hall of Fame player, albeit with the St. Louis Rams upon being traded there after five seasons in Indy. The Colts then used their #5 choice to select LB Trev Alberts, who played in only 29 games over three seasons. And even though Harbaugh indeed never led the Colts to a Super Bowl, they got within a whisker of getting there in the 1995 season when they lost a tightly contested AFC Championship Game to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts would bottom out a couple of years later but then hit pay dirt when they drafted QB Peyton Manning with the #1 overall pick in 1998. And Manning's favorite receiver in his years with the Colts was Marvin Harrison, who was selected in the first round in 1996 with one of the draft picks Indianapolis received in the George trade. Amazing how things can come together.

Anyhow, check out the backstory from what was perhaps one of the most entertaining moments in a live TV event.



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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

NFL Draft stuff

With the opening round of the National Football League draft slated to begin Thursday, many sports outlets like to look back at draft picks who didn't exactly live up to their hyped status.

As such, here is the cover of Sports Illustrated from 30 years ago today:




Mandarich ended up being selected #2 overall by the Green Bay Packers in 1989. Not only did he fall far short of the expectations that come with being chosen that high, but the other four picks in the top five of that '89 draft (Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders) all had Hall of Fame careers.That's not to say Mandarich was completely worthless as an NFL player. In fact, he resurrected his career when he switched from Tackle to Guard with the Indianapolis Colts in the mid 1990s. He ended up making 32 starts over three seasons in Indy, including 10 in Peyton Manning's rookie season of 1998.

Since my Minnesota Vikings are desperate for offensive line help, it's a strong possibility they will look to fill that need in the first round on Thursday. But as we've learned so often, Super Bowl caliber rosters are not always formed in the opening round. Let's just say that if the Vikings claim they drafted the next Ron Yary or Gary Zimmerman, I will maintain a healthy skepticism.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXXVIII (Dem presidential candidate clown car edition)

- One significant reason the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was put in place was for citizens to have the means to defend against a tyrannical government. Sure, there have been laws passed previously which, to a certain extent, "regulated" 2A but nothing has approached government looking to disarm citizens......yet.

But threatening to govern via executive fiat? One could argue that will lead to tyranny.

Senator Kamala Harris of California, the former prosecutor who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, on Monday committed to a host of executive actions to implement gun control measures that have long failed to pass in Congress.

At a town hall hosted by CNN, Ms. Harris said that, if elected, she would sign an executive order mandating background checks for customers of any firearms dealer who sells more than five guns a year. The executive actions would also include more stringent regulation of gun manufacturers that could result in revoked licenses or prosecution, as well as an attempt to close the loophole that allows some domestic abusers to purchase guns if their victim is an unwedded partner.

“There are people in Washington, D.C., supposed leaders,” Ms. Harris said on CNN Monday evening, “who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice which suggests you’re either in favor of the second amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away.”

“We need reasonable gun safety laws in this country, starting with universal background checks and a renewal of the assault weapon ban,” she added, “but they have failed to have the courage to act.”

This is typical leftist pap in that they often incorrectly define what an "assault weapon" is or the implication that background checks aren't already in place. Regardless, laws such as this are compiled in the legislative branch, so Ms. Harris is clearly insinuating she has no issue usurping separation of powers.

If Democrats sincerely want to lessen the incidents of guns winding up in the hands of the wrong people, they really ought to heed the advice of MN Gun Owners Caucus Chair Bryan Strawser, who recently crafted a comprehensive post on the subject.


- Amy Klobuchar, who is barely registering in any prominent polls among Dem POTUS candidates, held her own town hall meeting on Monday. Let's just say it wasn't a good sign that she stirred up memories of Jeb Bush's most pitiful moment of the 2016 GOP race.



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During a CNN town hall in New Hampshire for students, the Democratic 2020 presidential candidate responded to a question about how she planned to appeal to disaffected middle-class voters from the heartland who cast ballots for President Trump in 2016.

"I guess you look at what I've done, and that is that I am someone that runs in a purple state," Klobuchar said of Minnesota. "Every single time I have run, I have won every single congressional district in my state, including Michele Bachmann's."

After a slight pause, Klobuchar added to laughter: "It's when you guys are supposed to cheer, OK?"


No word if audience members ducked for fear of binders being tossed in their direction.


- And finally, America's favorite septuagenarian commie brings the lunacy as only he can.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said Monday that all felons, including terrorists and rapists, should be able to vote while serving out their prison sentences.

Asked during a CNN town hall in New Hampshire whether he believed people like the Boston marathon bomber should be disenfranchised, Sanders said no, and suggested that all restrictions on voting rights erode American democracy.

“If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they’re going to be punished,” he said. “They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That’s what happens when you commit a serious crime. But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people.”

“Because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘well that guy committed a terrible crime, not going to let him vote,’ or ‘that person did that, not going to let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope,” he continued. “So, I believe that people commit crimes, they pay the price. They get out of jail, I believe they certainly should have the right to vote. But I believe even if they’re in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”

Look, I'm all for felons having their rights restored, provided they've met all the criteria of their rehabilitation since their release from prison. But this idea that these people should have the right to vote while currently imprisoned is ludicrous. These people aren't members of free society for a reason, so they should have no say in how it should be governed. Again, I absolutely believe those who have "paid their debt to society" should have every opportunity to participate in democracy once again. But absolutely not until they've fulfilled every last obligation of their sentences.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Box Score of the Week

If you watched any of the Twins-Orioles series on Fox Sports North this past weekend, you had the opportunity to hear the musings of Jim Kaat, who had a terrific 25-year career as an MLB pitcher. He has been equally outstanding as a broadcaster for 30+ seasons.

With that in mind, let's take a look at a 1972 game featuring Kaat and his Minnesota Twins taking on the Chicago White Sox.

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Kaat injured his pitching had while sliding into second base in the top of the 6th inning. Despite that, he proceeded to retire the next six batters he faced before running into trouble in the eighth inning. 

The Twins hung on for the win, giving Kaat his 10th victory less than half way through the '72 season. Unfortunately, it was learned after the game that Kaat had actually broke his left hand which meant he would miss the remainder of the season. 

That game alone should cement his Hall of Fame credentials. The fact he's not in the HOF borders on a travesty. 

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Do you see what I see?

I've got intelligent readers. I'm sure y'all can ascertain the differences in condolences expressed in the two separate atrocities.












Honestly, I'm not looking to dunk on Obama and Hillary here. I am genuinely confounded why they're so hesitant to say the word "Christians" when referencing the Sri Lankan tragedy

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I would say I'm sorry If I thought that it would change your mind.....

Happy Easter! What a beautiful day to enjoy family and friends, but most of all celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I will be doing all those things today in addition to my live broadcast of The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I will obviously have my own perspective on the release of the Mueller Report this past week and how both sides managed to have their preconceived notions validated.

Speaking of President Trump, he was in the Twin Cities this past week. As such, I will be talking to Salem-Twin Cities Ministry Director Gary Borgendale at 2:30. Gary was one of a handful of people with the opportunity to attend a round table discussion led by the POTUS.

And finally.....Jesus is risen!


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.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mueller time

This just in: every staunch partisan had their preconceived notions confirmed upon Thursday's release of special counsel Robert Mueller's findings pertaining to Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. election.

Perhaps the most prolific mental gymnastics came courtesy of leftists and many media outlets who claimed the issue they raised most often (and was highlighted in Mueller's report) was President Trump's attempted obstruction of the investigation. CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham provided a not-so-gentle reminder that her media colleagues were focused quite a bit on another angle.





While said media didn't exactly cover themselves in glory over this, we shouldn't brush off the aspects of this saga where the Trump campaign (and subsequent administration) did indeed engage in downright fabrications. National Review's David French, who read the whole report, indicated that under normal circumstances such damning revelations would sink a presidency.

I must confess that even as a longtime, quite open critic of Donald Trump, even I was surprised at the sheer scope, scale, and brazenness of the lies, falsehoods, and misdirections detailed by the Special Counsel’s Office. We’ve become accustomed to Trump making up his own facts on matters great and small, but to see the extent to which his virus infected his entire political operation is sobering. And the idea that anyone is treating this report as “win” for Trump, given the sheer extent of deceptions exposed (among other things), demonstrates that the bar for his conduct has sunk so low that anything other than outright criminality is too often brushed aside as relatively meaningless.

So there was no evidence of collusion and Trump was not a "Russian agent" engaging in treasonous behavior. But this investigation also was not a "witch hunt" in that it turned up some very serious improprieties, all of which will be gleefully referenced by Trump's Democrat opponent in 2020.

At the end of the day we know that discovery of Russia hacking our election was made at the end of 2016 during the Barack Obama presidency. Then last summer President Trump took Russian leader Vladimir Putin at his word when he denied having knowledge of his country's activities.

Hmm. If only someone had given the U.S. adequate warning of Russia emerging as our country's largest geopolitical foe.




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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXXVII

- Fox News Channel hosted Dem presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a Town Hall event this past Monday. The current POTUS wasn't impressed.




It's really gonna be lit when Trump lumps in Fox News with his "ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE" diatribes.

With all due respect Mr. President, moderators Baier and Martha MacCallum didn't exactly lob softball questions to Sanders. If anything, Sanders' response to hosts' questions gave the viewing audience a sense of how the septuagenarian socialist is in a veritable fantasy land with his policy ideas. It's also somewhat chilling how Sanders' supporters (particularly the barking, clapping seals in the studio audience) indicated they are willing to trade freedom & liberty for government "taking care of us."

I believe Trump missed an opportunity to thank Fox for exposing his possible 2020 opponent as the commie he is. Sad!


- The Minnesota Twins' home stadium of Target Field is in its 10th season of existence. As such, I was really hoping we were past the vacuous discussion of why the stadium has no roof.

Sadly, no, as KARE-11 reporter Jana Shortal decided to stoke the fire.




I can't begin to guess how many hours I've wasted since 2010 trying to convince the pro-roof crowd that they're flat out wrong. But for some reason I just can't let it go.

That said, my answer to Ms. Shortal's question is rather succinct:




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- I miss the good old days when Presidents and First Ladies rode off in the sunset and enjoyed post-White House living without garnering much fanfare.

Unfortunately that's just not in the narcissistic Obamas.

Former first lady Michelle Obama compared life in America under President Trump to living with a “divorced dad,” according to The Independent.

“For anyone who had any problems with Barack Obama, let’s just think about what we were troubled by – there were never any indictments,” she said during an interview with late-night host Stephen Colbert in London while promoting her memoir “Becoming,” according to the publication.

She then joked that the U.S. under Trump's presidency was akin to a teenager.

“We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled,” Obama said. “Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad.”

I know Michelle sees herself in the motif of her pal Beyonce and her "WHO RUN THE WORLD? GIRLS!!" mantra. But as we're finding out with each passing day, feminists who believe becoming more empowered involves diminishing men aren't going to like the society we devolve into.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Random

Once a month our cleaning lady (Victoria) gives our house a deep clean, a job which typically requires 4-5 hours to complete. Since Victoria was arriving later than normal on Tuesday evening, she brought along a friend to help her complete the task in a more efficient time frame.

Since I was not at home, my wife was around to make Victoria's friend feel welcome by chatting her up while she worked. Somehow the subject of my radio program came up when it was ascertained that Victoria's friend is a fan of my radio show! How utterly random is that?

Apropos not much.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Call it a comeback

Since the day he uttered "Hello world" upon declaring he was joining the PGA Tour in August 1996, Tiger Woods has been my all-time favorite golfer.

Upon entering the world of professional golf, Woods was already saddled with ridiculously high expectations, yet he managed to wildly exceed them. In his first Masters tournament 22 years ago (a mere 7-1/2 months after going pro), Tiger set the tourney record with a low score of 270 (-18) and won by a whopping 12 strokes. In addition to his appealing to golf fanatics, Tiger proved he transcended the sport given the 1997 Masters set a television ratings record for the final round. His legend would only continue to grow over the next 11 years as he accumulated thirteen more major titles, culminating with winning the 2008 U.S. Open in sudden death despite playing the tournament with a shredded left knee. That victory marked Woods' 14th major title, which was good for second place all time behind Jack Nicklaus's 18. It seemed a forgone conclusion that Tiger, only 32 years old at the time, would eventually usurp Nicklaus for most majors.

Then 2009 happened.

In August of that year, Woods lead the 2009 PGA Championship (which I was fortunate to attend on day two) by two strokes going into the final round. At that juncture of his career Woods had never lost a major when leading after three rounds.....until this one. Tiger went +3 that final day while the golfer in second place, Y.E. Yang, went -2 to claim the title. Then on Thanksgiving of that year, Woods and then wife Elin had a high profile domestic dispute which eventually led to revelations that Tiger was a serial adulterer. The couple divorced months later.

With Woods' personal life and health deteriorating over the next several years, he was rarely a factor in any tournament he played. He occasionally showed signs of life by popping up with a top ten finish he and there but could never break through with a win. But it was the 2017 Masters where it was ascertained by many that Woods (then age 41) was truly finished. He would withdraw from the tournament, making it the third Masters in four years in which he would miss out. Shortly thereafter, Tiger would undergo his fourth back surgery, a spinal fusion procedure. Even Woods himself privately conceded that he had no future.

But then seemingly out of nowhere, Woods had a solid 2018 season which was highlighted by a second place finish at the PGA Championship and his first tournament victory in five years with a win at the Tour Championship. Woods also finished 8th overall in tournament winnings. While there were no overly optimistic sentiments that Tiger was truly back, it showed he could at least occasionally compete at a high level.

As I summarize Woods' fascinating 20+ years on the PGA Tour, I can't help but believe that what we witnessed this past weekend was not only the most unlikely redemption story in the history of pro golf but perhaps all of professional sports.

Tiger Woods is the winner of the 2019 Masters after posting a 70 on Sunday and rolling through the rest of the field that even dared to get in his way. Having been told by some that he could never win another major in his career, Tiger silenced the naysayers as he captured the fifth green jacket of his career and his 15th major overall.

Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell also grappled with the question if this was the greatest comeback in sports history.

Yes, of course it is.

Why? Since last year, this Greatest Comeback debate has arisen everywhere sports media types — a nasty bunch — congregate. We make our cases for something, anything, that would beat a Tiger win in a major. With respect for everybody who gets mentioned, we have all given up. Ben Hogan coming back to win majors after almost dying when his car was crushed by a bus is the only competition. But Woods checks boxes for misery and self-inflicted embarrassment that nobody knew existed.

Now let the accolades roll in. Jack Nicklaus sent a text: “A big well-done for Tiger. I am so happy for him and for the game of golf. This is just fantastic.”

Instead of “greatest comeback ever,” we now have a different and almost ridiculous question: Will Woods enter a 40-something renaissance and challenge Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors?

After the
way Woods won his fifth Masters, that’s not impossible. His command of himself and his ball’s flight, his sense of what the leader board was telling him and, most important, his ability to avoid even a single dangerous, win-killing mistake — one fatal splash — spoke to a champion who was not simply summoning one magical, lucky week. Rather, this was a player whose polished but merely normal game could churn out a score of 13 under par at Augusta National.

In the end, I'm still skeptical Woods can ultimately surpass Nicklaus's record of 18 major victories given that Father Time is undefeated (again, Woods is 43) combined with the fact there are so many incredibly young and gifted pro golfers currently on the PGA circuit. But similar to this past weekend, I would absolutely love to be proven incorrect.

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Box Score of the Week

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees - September 26, 2013.

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The original draft of this entry was posted April 15, the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier. In 1997 (the 50th anniversary of Robinson's debut), MLB decided to retire his number 42 league wide but players still donning the number were allowed to wear it while they remained with their current club. 

The game I referenced here was the final one in the Hall of Fame career of Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera. As such, it was also the final game in Major League Baseball history where a player wore jersey number 42.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

They burned down the gambling house....

I trust my fellow Minnesotans survived the latest Snowmageddon, so we'll roll on with the latest edition of The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll take the first hour to weigh in on the latest news stories regarding the proverbial clown car that is the 2020 Democrat presidential field. In the second hour I'll discuss the latest Ilhan Omar flap, another "heartbeat bill" signed into law and more fallout from last year's Parkland, FL shooting.


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.

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Until then.....

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Incendiary rhetoric for we, not for ye

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was called out for her dismissive rhetoric regarding the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Fellow U.S. House prog Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came to her defense and also added that the criticism of Omar is an "incitement of violence against progressive women of color." Naturally, some media outlets were all too willing accomplices since they parroted AOC's chanting point.

Look, I'm not going to deny that some of the more visceral critics of Omar et al are more rooted in their disdain for her than they are offended by specific comments. But if we're going to go down this road once again by stating that incendiary rhetoric directly leads to violence, the media and other proggie establishments are woefully incapable of equal application.

Leading up to the summer of 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders said on multiple occasions that people will die if Congressional Republicans pass some sort of Obamacare repeal legislation and President Trump signs it into law. Sure enough in June 2017, a self-professed "Bernie Bro." opened fire on a baseball field where he knew several GOP members of Congress were participating in practice. Now, am I saying that Sanders' comments were responsible for the actions of the deranged gun man? Absolutely not. But did any media outlets loop together the multiple sound bites where Gramps constantly declared that "thousands will die" if Republicans get their way on healthcare? I think you know the answer to that. Hell, they didn't even do the obligatory citing of out-of-context stats regarding gun violence since I'm sure many secretly believed it was karma given that it was "gun-loving, NRA-lapdog" Republicans who were the victims.

So for those media outlets who are shocked, SHOCKED that people would react negatively towards a member of Congress whom they believe came off as cavalier regarding 9/11, y'all can go pound sand.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Swalwell leads 2020 Dem presidential field

OK, the title of this post is misleading. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who made it official Tuesday that he is running for President, doesn't lead the Democrat field in any significant poll. That said, he has come right out of the gate to take the lead as the most despicable demagogue of the candidates to declare (and that's saying something).




As I said in a post last week, Swalwell has zero shot to be the Dem presidential nominee in 2020. However, he is definitely a useful idiot for most of the other Democrat candidates in that he's actually conveying what they're thinking regarding guns and the Second Amendment. If Swalwell's rhetoric is soundly rejected, he'll gain no traction in the POTUS race but can continue his demagoguery in a California Congressional District where he's captured at least 70% of the vote each of the past three election cycles. In the meantime, the other Dem presidential candidates can swoop in with less crazy gun proposals while incrementally moving toward their ultimate goal of confiscation.

It appears to still be too much to ask for these candidates to actually have even scintilla of knowledge of an industry they are looking to heavily regulate.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CLXXXVI

- Because leftists often have few (if any) facts to support their "progressive" worldview, they often rely on caricaturing the political right, utilizing ad hominem straw men, etc.

South Bend mayor (and one of several Democrat presidential candidates) Pete Buttigieg has recently focused his ire on President Trump's administration, specifically the "hypocrisy" of Christians within Trump's team or supportive of the current POTUS. Inevitably, Vice President Mike Pence gets caught in the verbal cross hairs.

"If me being gay was a choice, it was a choice that was made far, far above my pay grade," Buttigieg said. "And that's the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand. That if you got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me -- your quarrel, sir, is with my creator."

And if you, Mr. Mayor, believe men shouldn't stand up for a child about to be killed mere moments before birth, your quarrel is with my creator.

But I digress.


This is perhaps the most oft used straw man, where one conflates opposition to gay marriage with despising gay people. Also, does Buttigieg forget that Pence was once governor of his home state? If Pence showed any animosity towards him in 2015 shortly after his "coming out," the then Indiana governor had a funny way of showing it.

"I hold Mayor Buttigieg in the highest personal regard. We have a great working relationship. I see him as a dedicated public servant, and a patriot."

At least Mayor Pete didn't make the egregious mistake of calling Pence a "decent guy."


- The University of Virginia men's basketball team defeated Texas Tech Monday evening to win the national championship.

The Cavaliers win was historic for a couple of reasons. For starters, just last year they became the first top seed to lose in the first round since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

Secondly.....




 I just love sports trivia!


- Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has vowed to release 10 years worth of his tax returns by Tax Day on Monday. As such, he's implored President Trump to do the same.

“Not being a billionaire, not having investments in Saudi Arabia, wherever he has investments, all over the world, mine will be a little bit more boring,” Mr. Sanders said.

Reminded that he is a millionaire, he did not shirk from the description.

“I wrote a best-selling book,” he declared. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”

Whoa, whoa, whoa, what's this?!?!?! You're invoking capitalism here, Bern? What about those of us who don't have the clout or notoriety to write a best-seller?

How about some consistency here, Gramps. Time to start divesting and spread the wealth around posthaste.

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Monday, April 08, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Let's check out one of the Baltimore Orioles' 107 losses in 2018. Here's a September game vs. the Chicago White Sox.

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This game marked the last time the Orioles' Chris Davis reached base via a base hit. After going 0 for 5 Monday evening, Davis now has zero hits in his past 49 at bats, which is a record for a non-pitcher. The previous mark for futility was set by Eugenio Velez who went 0 for 46 in 2010 & 2011 with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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Sunday, April 07, 2019

All this violence it brings me down.....

Another busy week to recap on today's edition of The Closer. The 2-hour broadcast gets started at 1:00 PM.

On the national scene, more accusations levied against Joe Biden regarding inappropriate touching, Georgians tell pro abortion celebrities to go pound sand, the perpetual lack of context to the "gender pay gap," etc.

In local news, Dems attempt to slip "gun control" into budget bills and the proposed gas tax is not (to put it mildly) being well received.



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.

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Friday, April 05, 2019

The clown car rolls on

Ummm.....which Democrat elected official isn't running for President of the United States in 2020?

A certain Congressman from California apparently is one of the next to declare.


Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) will reportedly announce next week that he is running for president in 2020 and will center his campaign around gun control.

The Atlantic reported Thursday that Swalwell will announce his plans during an appearance on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," where he will be joined by Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Swalwell, who is hosting a town hall on gun control next week in Florida, did not confirm his plans to The Atlantic, but said he thinks gun control should be a top issue in 2020.

“We are doing a town hall in Parkland,”(That's original. Maybe he'll get a Cronkite award outta the deal - ed.) he told The Atlantic. “And I do believe that gun safety has to be a top 2020 issue.”


You wanna know how serious Swalwell is about enacting "gun safety?" By ensuring no U.S. citizens own a gun, even if it means mutually assured destruction.





Let's be honest. Swalwell has no chance to be the Dem nominee in 2020. However, his brief candidacy will be ripe for memes, satire, etc.



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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

The evolution of Woke Joe

It was only a matter of time before Joe Biden responded to multiple allegations of his inappropriately touching women over the years. On Wednesday afternoon he took to Twitter.




Look, I don't know Biden personally. I'm not about to try to guess what his true motivations were when he got "up close and personal" with women of all ages.

It does seem rather odd though that Biden would say something like "social norms are changing" as if the process has just begun. As Emily Yoffe points out in a Politico piece, Biden himself was at the forefront of "changing norms."

In a 2015 speech at Syracuse University about sexual harassment and assault, Biden made his oft-repeated assertion that, “We need a fundamental change in our culture. And the quickest place to change culture is to change it on the campuses of America.” In other words, campuses were laboratories where government officials could impose their vision of how males and females should interact.

Among the cultural shifts orchestrated by the Obama administration was the assertion that evaluation of campus claims of sexual harassment and assault rest on the subjective feelings of the accuser. That meant it was irrelevant whether the accused had an intention to abuse, harm or offend. This was codified in 2013, with the joint release by the departments of Education and Justice of what they called “a blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country to protect students from sexual harassment and assault.” An analysis by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a civil liberties group, found that the administration had abandoned the principle that claims of harassment should be evaluated based on an “objective” or “reasonable person” standard.

The Obama administration’s efforts to expand the definitions of what constituted a possible sexual violation were thoroughgoing. In 2014, the White House issued a report called “Not Alone,” which provided schools with a model “climate survey” that gave this definition of punishable behavior: “Sexual violence refers to a range of behaviors that are unwanted by the recipient and include remarks about physical appearance; persistent sexual advances that are undesired by the recipient; unwanted touching; and unwanted oral, anal, or vaginal penetration or attempted penetration.” In other words, the Obama administration expanded the definition of sexual violence to include compliments, or the kind of touching—often unasked for, and sometimes unwelcome—that Biden has engaged in for years.

I guess the conservatives who were calling out Biden's behavior as Veep were actually the "woke" ones. Ironic, eh?

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