Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CCII

- So a college newspaper engaging in its sole purpose of journalism can now be "triggering?" Wut?!?!

Editors at the Northwestern University student paper The Daily Northwestern on Sunday issued an apology for what it called "mistakes" in its coverage of a campus event last week featuring former Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sessions, who served a tumultuous term as attorney general under President Trump from 2017 to 2018, announced a bid to win back his Alabama Senate seat last week. He spoke at Northwestern on Nov. 5 amid heavy protests.

The editors at the paper from the well-known journalism school specifically noted the photos taken at the event in their apology, noting that some students had found them to be “retraumatizing and invasive” and adding that those photos had been taken down.

"The Daily sent a reporter to cover that talk and another to cover the students protesting his invitation to campus, along with a photographer. We recognize that we contributed to the harm students experienced, and we wanted to apologize for and address the mistakes that we made that night — along with how we plan to move forward," reads part of the apology.

"One area of our reporting that harmed many students was our photo coverage of the event. Some protesters found photos posted to reporters’ Twitter accounts retraumatizing and invasive. Those photos have since been taken down," it adds.

Townhall Political Editor (and Northwestern alum) Guy Benson, as you can imagine, was none too pleased with this action.

(I)f elite institutions abandon support for the First Amendment (here's another recent example from Harvard), dark times lie ahead. And the notion that this sort of madness is merely confined to the academy is obviously not true anymore. Woke, stifling political correctness, in subordination of the truth, is infecting increasing swaths of society writ large, with real and distressing consequences. That the Daily Northwestern actively elected to undermine the credibility of its work with this egregious sop to the outrage mob is a tragedy. Its current leadership might as well have taken out a full-page advertisement announcing that their newspaper is no longer in the news business, and cannot be counted upon to relay accurate, factual information without fear or favor.

Constitutional rights die in wokeness.

- So an octogenarian Canadian hockey commentator opines that immigrants to the country aren't appreciative of soldiers who perished in fighting for Canada. Said commentator is unceremoniously dumped.

Meanwhile, the young, progressive boy Prime Minister of Canada donned blackface on multiple occasions as a young adult, yet is reelected.

Huh. Maybe our neighbors to north have decided to glom on to some modern day American values after all.

- I've been an admirer of the late John McCain for his honor and courage while serving America in the Vietnam War. However, a good number of his policy stances as a U.S. Senator and his indignant attitude over being a "maverick," one not afraid to thumb his nose at his own party, were traits of his which I didn't much care for.

As such, I'm really not concerned what McCain would think of today's Republican party. Honestly, how often is the news media going to recycle the same narrative where his widow Cindy proclaims her husband would be ashamed of what the party has become?

What's really disgusting is many of the same people who besmirched McCain because he had the audacity to oppose Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential race are the ones consistently giving his family a platform to do their dirty work. Conservative commentator Steve Deace noticed this, too.

I’m not saying virtually everything in politics is fake...but watching a bunch of folks who smeared John McCain as the 2008 GOP nominee now claim him as their perpetual posthumous weapon to wield against those who actually voted for him....okay, I am.

Say, how many networks gave more than even a cursory mention of Democrat Zell Miller upon his passing 20 months ago? Certainly his family could've conveyed how disgusted Mr. Miller likely was with his party making a quantum leap leftward. Yeah, intellectual consistency is hard.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Football euphoria

Both the major college football program (University of Minnesota Golden Gophers) and the NFL squad (Minnesota Vikings) in the Twin Cities had critical games on their schedule this past weekend. Going in, it was difficult for me to be optimistic that just one of these teams would win, much less both. Inexplicably, both emerged victorious!

It has been well documented that Vikes QB Kirk Cousins has rarely delivered his teams (including the Washington Redskins, for whom he was the starter 2015-2017) to victory against above .500 opponents in prime time. While I always thought that stat was overblown given Cousins' numbers in such scenarios suggested he wasn't solely responsible for his clubs losing, the fact of the matter is that the lack-of-clutch-performances narrative would dog him until he was at the helm of such a win. A 28-24 victory over the first place Dallas Cowboys (a game which Cousins was good, not great) is a huge first step. It also put the Vikings at 7-3, which means they're in solid position for a postseason berth.

But let's be honest here. This past football weekend belonged to the Gophs! Ranked #13 in the Associated Press poll, the Gophers would be prime to leap into the Top 10 for the first time in 57 years with a win over #4 Penn St. It got a little to close for comfort, but the U of M hung on for an exhilarating 31-26 win at home, resulting in thousands of fans storming the TCF Bank Stadium field. And sure enough, the Golden Gophers surged into the Top 10 with a # 7 ranking!

In a conversation Sunday with Jason, fellow MN football enthusiast and 25-year old board op of my radio show, he declared that this was definitely the first time in his lifetime that the Gophs usurped the Vikes in terms of football enthusiasm in Minnesota. He then asked if I could say the same given I am literally twice his age. In thinking about it, I'd have to say the only other year that could come close is 1984, which saw the Gophers have an edge by default. That was first year the Vikings would be without the legendary Bud Grant as their head coach. It was apparent early on that the Vikes weren't competitive as new coach Les Steckel guided them to an awful 3-13 season, one in which it appeared the players had quit over the final six weeks. Meanwhile, there was renewed optimism at the U of M as the loquacious and entertaining Lou Holtz assumed the helm of a Gophers program that hit rock bottom after an 84-13 loss at home to Nebraska the season before. Sure, the Gophs only finished 4-7 in '84, but it was very apparent they were on an upswing. Their wins over both Wisconsin and Iowa was the first sweep of their two border rivals since 1975.

Bottom line is that the Vikings, from an enthusiasm standpoint, have ruled not only football but all sports in this state for more than two decades. The fact that the 2019 Vikes are legit playoff contenders but suddenly second fiddle to the Division I squad which has finished in the AP Top 20 only twice since 1962 is unfathomable to me. Truth be told, I didn't really think about Sunday evening's Vikings game until about 3 PM Sunday. This is literally uncharted territory for me.


Sunday, November 10, 2019

I got no friends 'cause they read the papers......

No Vikings game until this evening, so I expect a lot more of my regular listeners to be tuning in LIVE to this afternoon's edition of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets rolling at 1:00 PM Central Time.

In the first hour I will look back at the media's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.

Then at 2:00 I welcome to the Patriot bunker MN state Senator Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake). As chair of the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy committee, Sen. Benson is heavily engaged in the continuing debacle within the MN Dept. of Human Services. As such, she'll weigh in on the Office of the Legislative Auditor's scathing report citing irregularities within the DHS.

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.....


Saturday, November 09, 2019

Row. The. Dang. Boat

I've been a fan of the University of Minnesota Gophers football program since the days of coach Smokey Joe Salem, who was at the helm starting in 1979. If you're at all familiar with the Gopher program, you know there has been very little to cheer about these past 40 years.

To say that their latest win was uncharted territory is an understatement.

Minnesota's Jordan Howden picked off Sean Clifford in the end zone with 1:01 left, the third interception thrown by Penn State's quarterback, and the 17th-ranked Gophers held on for a 31-26 victory Saturday afternoon over the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions for their first win over a top-five team in 20 years.

Tanner Morgan passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns to direct a dismantling of Penn State's staunch defense, as Minnesota (9-0, 6-0, No. 13 AP) not only remained undefeated but also stayed on track for its first trip to the Big Ten Championship Game.

The first sellout crowd for the Gophers at home in four years swarmed the field after the clock ran out, reveling in the biggest step forward yet under coach P.J. Fleck in his third season. The Gophers scrambled the College Football Playoff picture too, after Penn State (8-1, 5-1, No. 5 AP) emerged with a top-four spot in the first edition of the rankings.

With this win, the Gophs should vault into the top 10 for the first time since 1962. To put that in perspective for me, that was the year my old man graduated high school. Dang!

On a side note, the Gophers have not lost a single game since coach Fleck spoke at my home church earlier this year.

I'm just sayin'.........


Thursday, November 07, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CCI

- When it comes to being infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome, "progressives" (and in some cases "Never Trump" Republicans) will occasionally find themselves unwittingly aligned with race hustlers and terrorists, while opposing drug-free, physically fit kids.

The latest "resistance" to President Trump finds a group who gave off the impression that they weren't keen on kindness towards certain unhealthy newborns.

 Let's hope these medical professionals were off the clock. Seriously, can you imagine if an emergency involving one of the patients cropped up and there wasn't sufficient staff to provide support? And for what, petulant virtue signaling? Disgusting.

- Has anyone else noticed that whenever there are damning stories about anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that it's, more often than not, the Daily Mail out of the United Kingdom reporting them? Aren't there still two major newspapers right within the Twin Cities? Huh.

- Remember how indignant certain members of the mainstream media became when there was a possibility that the "whistle blower" in the Trump-Ukraine saga would be revealed? Many of their chanting points consisted of "whistle blowers need protection, otherwise our leaders' corrupt behavior will remain unchecked!" or "we will cease to exist as a civilized society if people can't anonymously point out wrongdoing by the elites! TRUTH TO POWER!!!"


CBS News has fired a female staffer believed to have had access to the tape of Amy Robach raging against ABC News, Page Six understands.

We reported on Wednesday that ABC News chiefs discovered a former employee could be behind the leak of the damning footage of Robach slamming the network for shelving her interview with Jeffrey Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre. Sources told Page Six that a former staffer had access to the footage of Robach as she aired her frustrations over a hot mike — and that employee was now believed to be working at CBS.

A TV source told us later on Wednesday that the woman was let go from CBS, after ABC execs alerted the rival network.

ABC sources confirmed to us that they’d informed counterparts at CBS about the staffer “as a courtesy.”

Yeah, can't have conscientious employees within a news organization who would be willing to call out systemic bias now, can we?

I know this may sound hyperbolic but the firing of the staffer is flat out old school mafioso tactics. Anyone who dares shine a light on obvious irregularities is immediately "whacked" (metaphorically speaking of course). No introspection necessary when utilizing those kinds of methods.

For a media collective who was so offended that a sitting President of the United States would chide them as being corrupt, they sure work overtime to prove him correct.


Wednesday, November 06, 2019

You're on your own, media

Like many political righties, I'm often disgusted by the stunning left-wing bias put forth by mainstream media figures. However, I was never comfortable with President Trump's characterization that they were the "ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE."

From this point forward, I can no longer in good conscience refute that notion in light of the latest Project Veritas bombshell.

Sadly, this is an overall trend within major media outlets.

The election of Trump seemed to have broken a lot of U.S. citizens given their behavior on social media, protests in the streets, etc. Unfortunately that derangement has spread to what is supposed to be trusted institutions.


Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Our clownish media

When it comes to reporting on President Donald Trump, many American media outlets do their darnedest to make mountains out of molehills. It almost seems as if getting a few pesky facts incorrect is secondary to ensuring that Trump is in no way humanized. This trait is most apparent when it comes to championship sports teams making (or declining) their obligatory visit to the White House.

Many proggies and media outlets (pardon the redundancy) reacted like poo-flinging monkeys when the likes of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles or NBA champ Golden State Warriors dissed Trump by playing up their "resistance" chops. Or when a team like the New England Patriots visited in 2017, the media tried to diminish their appearance by using out of context photography to show how sparsely attended the gathering was in comparison to the Pats visiting President Obama in 2015.

So when the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals accepted Trump's invite to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., the media was already looking for an angle to undermine the President. Sure enough they found it in the team's closer Sean Doolittle, who stated he would not join the festivities due to his opposition to Trump.

By the time the Nats arrived at the White House on Monday, the Doolittle story line was pretty well drowned out, so the media had to find alternative ways to "own" the POTUS. Oh, and they thought they were on to something when World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg looked to have left Trump hanging when he attempted to shake the pitcher's hand. Some guy named Rudy Gersten (who apparently writes for the Washington Post) played a video that appeared to show Strasburg turn away from Trump and proceed to hug Nats manager Dave Martinez. Ah, but if Rudy (who has since locked down his Twitter account) had played the video in its entirety, here's what we all would have seen:

Strasburg himself, who had posted all of five tweets in the past four years, took to Twitter to refute Mr. Gersten's flat out fabrication.

As if the day couldn't get much worse for the media and leftists (PTR), many of the players actually seemed to enjoy their time at the White House.

Ryan Zimmerman, who was the Nats' first ever draft pick and made his MLB debut in their inaugural season of 2005, presented the President with a jersey inscribed with Trump's name and the number 45. He also thanked Trump for "keeping everyone here safe in our country and continuing to make America the greatest country to live in the world." Not to be outdone, veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki took to the podium and promptly donned the ever-familiar red "Make American Great Again" cap. What ensued was perhaps the most hilariously awkward photo ops in presidential history.

The only thing that would have made this visit absolute perfection was if Daniel Murphy, who played for the Nationals from 2016 thru August 2018, was still on the roster. That would have for sure set off a certain little pipsqueak writing at Slate. Alas.


Sunday, November 03, 2019

Once is never enough; Never is, never was.....

After filling in for Mitch last Saturday I'm back in my normal Sunday, 1-3 PM Central Time slot for this week's edition of my radio show The Closer. It's one of those broadcasts where I could use a third hour!

On a national level, I'll weigh in on the latest in the President Trump impeachment as well as the Washington Post be-clowning itself. 

Locally, the MN Office of the Legislative Auditor came out with a scathing report addressing serious irregularities in the Dept. of Human Services. I will also opine on yet another bad week for Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

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.....


Friday, November 01, 2019

Ilhan be illin'

Ilhan Omar, a Democrat who represents Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District, has rarely gone a full week without making some sort of news (most of it unflattering) since being sworn in ten months ago.

This past week, her virulent anti-Semitism was set in proverbial stone. Bethany Mandel at the Washington Examiner breaks it down.

During her campaign, the Minnesota Democrat insinuated she was against the boycott, divest and sanctions movement, a supposedly pro-Palestinian protest movement awash in anti-Semitism. But after taking office, she came out in favor of BDS.

In explaining her about-face, her campaign offered, “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized. She does, however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.”

Hold on: Omar believes that Israel should be boycotted and punished but doesn’t believe that it will have any effect on the conflict? Why engage in these punitive acts if they won’t make a difference?

The answer is simple: to punish Israel. Omar believes Israel deserves to be singled out above other countries and held to a different standard because it is the only Jewish state in the world.

If Omar’s concern was truly for the Palestinian people and her support for anti-Israel sanctions was truly humanitarian in origin, she would surely vote in favor of a bill to sanction Turkey because of their horrific actions against the Kurdish people. But Omar’s concern clearly isn’t for human rights — on Tuesday, she was the only Democrat to vote against sanctions targeting Turkey.

And if that wasn't bad enough, she was one of only three members voting "present" on a resolution recognizing Armenian genocide perpetrated by Turkey in the 20th century. Omar's office put out a statement explaining her vote.

It was at this point where Rep. Omar connected the dots for us. Back to Mandel:

Given the opportunity between calling out a serial bad actor on the world stage and a perpetrator of the first state-driven genocide in the modern era, Omar chose instead to set up an American straw man to burn in effigy instead. And given the opportunity to punish the same state for its human rights violations in the present day, Omar broke with her entire caucus and refused. The congresswoman has officially shown us who she is.

With Omar’s votes this week on Turkey, the motivations behind her stance on BDS becomes crystal clear. Omar's anti-Semitism isn’t limited to her Twitter account. It is now documented in her voting record in Congress, too.

You have to wonder how long the residents of CD5 will continue to endure a representative who continually embarrasses them on a regular basis. I get that the district is a lost cause to any non-DFL candidate, but certainly there has to be a potential replacement who is aligned with Omar ideologically but without the serial bigotry.

This is similar to what my home Congressional District (MN CD6) faced back in 2012. After barely being reelected to a fourth term in the U.S. House (a campaign which required spending seven figures in the reddest CD in the state for a paltry 0.5% margin of victory), GOP rep Michele Bachmann got the message from voters and thus chose to forgo another reelection bid. Once she stepped aside, it was a forgone conclusion that any new Republican candidate would win handily. As such, Tom Emmer, who was first elected in 2014, has never won by less than an 18% margin. The dynamic is a little different in CD5 as Omar will never have to worry about such a close call in a general election. But that said, a credible challenger in a DFL primary would certainly go on to win the general should he/she best Omar.

Until then, the GOP needs to weaponize Omar against the left the way Dems used to paint Bachmann as the id of Republicans.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Separated at Birth: Brad Stevens and Pete Buttigieg

Brad Stevens (left) is head coach of the Boston Celtics.

Pete Buttigieg is Mayor of South Bend, IN and a Democrat presidential candidate.


Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Yay, Kanye

Despite singer Kanye West being a huge name in the music business for more than a decade, I couldn't name one song of his. Truth be told, I'm much more familiar with the occasional controversy and tumult which has dogged him while in the spotlight.

Even though I've had a keen ambivalence towards Kanye since I first heard his name, I am heartened to learn that he recently dove back into his Christian faith. His rediscovery included the release of a new album this past week entitled Jesus Is King, which he said allowed to him to shift his focus from multiple gods (i.e. fame, money, ego and pride) onto the one true God. 

As a person of the Christian faith myself, I realize full well that God can use literally anyone for His glory. Someone with the name recognition of a Kanye West could definitely impact millions of lost souls if indeed he serves God with all his heart, soul and strength. But as Andrew T. Walker of National Review astutely observes, Kanye needs intercession over reverence. 

Time will only tell of what will come from his radical conversion to Christianity. But in the wake of this news, I have one message of warning to my fellow Christians about West: There will be a temptation by well-meaning Christians to make him a champion of Christianity. Christians could easily impute their own cultural insecurities onto West, who is the very definition of a cultural icon. Let’s not do that.

The Apostle Paul warns in the New Testament about vesting too much hope and confidence in new converts, fearing they would be puffed up with pride (something, let’s be honest, Kanye has no problem exuding). We need to let Kanye be a Christian Kanye without making him into a Christian celebrity.

Of course since he has not been shy about his support for President Donald Trump, Kanye is openly mocked by secular progressives over his recent life choice and thus they predict another public meltdown being imminent. While that's not the least bit surprising, what saddened me was the self proclaimed Christians (including men of the cloth) who cynically dismiss this chapter of Kanye's life as little more than opportunism given he's got a new album to sell.

If it's the goal of Christians to help the lost learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ and thus develop a personal relationship with Him, I'd like to believe the more prolific reaction to Kanye's conversion would be to support and pray for another warrior for God's kingdom.


Monday, October 28, 2019

WaPo dignity dies in daylight

How emotionally scarred are butthurt leftists over Donald Trump being President of the United States? So much so that in their steadfast determination to oppose all things Trump, they inevitably prove how intellectually vapid they are. I mean, if one's "resistance" to an administration results in staunch defense of an anti-Semitic race baiter or opposition to drug free, physically fit youth, then one seriously needs to seek help from a mental health professional.

The latest in anti-Trump delirium comes courtesy of a Washington Post headline of the story detailing the death of the head of the Islamic State.

The Washington Post changed the headline of its obituary of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from "terrorist-in-chief" to describe him as an “austere religious scholar.”

U.S. forces killed Baghdadi Saturday after a successful raid on a compound in northern Syria.

While many celebrated the death of the serial rapist and murderer, the Washington Post left many confused by giving him the title of “austere religious scholar at the helm of the Islamic State.”

The Post acknowledged Baghdadi led ISIS with “shocking brutality” but focused much of its obituary on his academic career. “The man who would become the founding leader of the world’s most brutal terrorist group spent his early adult years as an obscure academic, aiming for a quiet life as a professor of Islamic law,” the Post wrote.

The reasons behind the newspaper's decision to tout Baghdadi’s academic career rather than his brutal leadership were unclear. The first version of the story described Baghdadi as the “Islamic State’s terrorist-in-chief,” before it was changed to “austere religious scholar.”

I hate to be cynical, but there has been a concerted effort among media outlets to suppress or undermine any positive news in relation to the Trump administration. As such, you're not likely to convince me that this was not a blatant attempt to somehow humanize a subhuman in order to "own Trump."

Following backlash from the headline referring to Baghdadi as an "austere religious scholar," the Washington Post changed the headline a third time, calling Baghdadi an "extremist leader."

The headline was then changed again to read: "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, extremist leader of Islamic State, dies at 48."

I honestly have no idea how the process works in regards to forming headlines for a story. I know it's independent of the actual story writers, but is drafting a headline a collaborative effort or done by an individual? It'll be interesting to find out if there will be any repercussions for anyone who formed something that "should never have read that way."

Since before he was inaugurated, Trump has labeled many mainstream news outlets as "fake news." In response, the WaPo crafted the slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness." At the Post, prudence and common sense apparently get bludgeoned in broad daylight.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

I felt a little tired, so I watched Miami Vice....

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg on assignment, I will assume the reins of The Headliner edition of today's NARN broadcast. The two-hour festivities get going at 1:00 PM Central Time.

At 1:30 I will be joined by Sarah Quale, who is part of the leadership team with Personhood Alliance. We will discuss the Guttmacher Institute’s latest Abortion Incidence and Service Availability Report, which examined abortion trends and rates from 2014–2017.

Then at 2:00 I will be joined by 2nd Amendment advocate and Washington Free Beacon writer Stephen Gutowski. In light of Dem presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke vowing to confiscate AR-15s, Stephen gauged reaction of several police groups if such a directive was handed down.

In the non-guest segments, I'll weigh in on House Dems and their "kangaroo court" regarding impeachment of President Trump. And on a local level, the MN Dept. of Human Services is still a mess, yet there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency from Gov. Tim Walz's office.

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.....


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The more things change......

As recently as two weeks ago I believed the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump was little more than grandstanding. Sure, with the Dems being the majority party they could easily approve any articles of impeachment and thus send onto the U.S. Senate for a trial. However, there's only 47 Dems in the Senate. Even if every single one voted to remove Trump from office, they would still require 20 Republicans to concur in order for that to come to fruition. I was quite confident that would not happen.


Most Republican senators refused to rule out voting to remove President Donald Trump from office in an impeachment trial over the Ukraine scandal when contacted by the Daily Caller this week.

The Caller contacted all 53 Republican Senate offices Monday and Tuesday to ask if senators would rule out voting to remove Trump from office, and received a variety of responses–seven senators explicitly rejected impeachment in their statement.

So of the 46 Republican Senators who did not rule out impeachment full stop, could there be 20 to support it? No way to know for sure, but, again, it seemed unconscionable in the very recent past that there would even be that level of uncertainty among the GOP caucus.

Conservative commentator Steve Deace didn't share my optimistic appraisal of the situation.

I think the notion GOP senators will never eject Trump because it will alienate the GOP base is way overblown. Republicans like Lindsey Graham, who says he's now open to conviction, have made a career out of getting re-elected (even in deep red states) despite decades of betraying the GOP base.

These guys fund Planned Parenthood year after year. Nothing. Did 50 show votes to repeal Obamacare and then didn’t when they actually could. Nothing. Don’t secure the border. Nothing. Base still takes it and shows up.

So now if they betray them on Trump, suddenly the GOP base is gonna cease being their booty call? I don't buy it at all. Sure, they’ll be pissed, and then five minutes later some nut bag Leftist will make “but the Democrats” great again.

Short of angry clicks and memes, history says there will be no price for team GOP to pay where it counts most — at the ballot box.

I begrudgingly agree with Deace here. "Conservatism" in Washington these days has less to do with attempting to shrink government and more to accept growth but at a slower pace than what leftists desire.

If indeed the Senate votes to remove Trump, you're delusional if you believe D.C. suddenly becomes a bastion of integrity and decorum.


Monday, October 21, 2019

Box Score of the Week (Final one of 2019)

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski ended the 1960 World Series with a homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against the New York Yankees.


Last Saturday the Yankees were knocked out of the American League Championship Series when Houston's Jose Altuve hit a walk off two-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning. The only other postseason the Yanks were "walked off?" That would be 1960, culminated by the Pirates' Bill Mazeroski hitting a game-winning home run in Game 7 of the World Series.  


Sunday, October 20, 2019

I was talking with a friend of mine, said a woman had hurt his pride....

Another Sunday, yet another edition of my radio program The Closer. A lot to get to this week, so the 2-hour blitz will begin at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll spend a couple of segments exploring NBA superstar LeBron James' ridiculous comments regarding Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's support for protesters in Hong Kong. The NBA is definitely enduring a public relations crisis when arguably its biggest name is bungling questions about the leagues business relationship with China. 

I will also look back at the latest Democrat presidential debate where front runner Elizabeth Warren was the focus of other Dems' ire. And while she's hardly registering in the polls, Tulsi Gabbard made perhaps the biggest splash by hammering CNN during the debate telecast on......CNN. 

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.....


Thursday, October 17, 2019

The jokes sometimes just write themselves

Former president Barack Obama waded into a certain foreign election on Wednesday.

C'mon, y'all know what the first thought is that leapt to mind.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

From woke to joke

I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who declared "I'd rather be silent and assumed a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

That may not have been a bad philosophy for NBA coach Steve Kerr to adopt last week. When pressed about the human right abuses in China (with whom his league has a very lucrative business partnership), Kerr glossed over that in favor of America's own sins. In Kerr's mind, a kook going on a shooting rampage in an American mall is on par with a system of government which literally imprisons (and sometimes tortures) its own people for having the audacity to dissent.

Not to be outdone, the National Basketball Association's most recognizable player came off as even more tone deaf. When asked about Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey posting a tweet showing support for those protesting China's tyrannical government, LeBron James didn't exactly cover himself in glory.

I think when we all sit back and learn from the situation that happened, understand that what you could tweet or could say... We all talk about this freedom of speech. Yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you're not thinking about others, and you're only thinking about yourself. I don't want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn't educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and what we say, and what we do. Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too."

There is so much to unpack in that awful statement that I don't even know where to begin. How about where LeBron indicated that Morey was only thinking about himself? Seems to me that Morey showing support for the citizens of Hong Kong who are literally putting their lives in peril for the sake of liberty (resulting in such support negatively impacting his employer's bottom line) is the antithesis of selfishness.

But the bit about "many people could have been harmed not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually" is perhaps the most elitist thing said to date. I'm going to hope LeBron is just woefully ignorant of the literal physical and emotional harm being heaped upon the pro-liberty crown in Hong Kong. After all, to compare the plight of multi, multi millionaires (and, in the case of NBA owners governors, billionaires) being a tad lighter in the pocketbook isn't in the same stratosphere as those being shot at point blank range, having organs harvested, etc.

Finally, LeBron decries the fact that there "can be a lot of negatives" that come with free expression. Given what he's expressed in the past, it would stand to reason he believes its worth the risk.

Not only has the NBA been hampered financially in this whole kerfuffle, it has also gone from having a reputation as the most "WOKE!" pro sports league to a vast collection of elitist virtue signaling cowards. I hope whatever remains of the prosperous deal with China was worth it.


Monday, October 14, 2019

Box Score of the Week (Postseason edition)

Back when the American League Championship Series was a "Best of 5," the Oakland A's defeated the Detroit Tigers in the fifth and deciding game of the 1972 ALCS.


Oakland A's pitcher Vida Blue earned the save in this game. As such, he became the first reigning Cy Young award winner to notch a save in a postseason game. 


Sunday, October 13, 2019

"The problem is all inside your head", she said to me.....

It's only mid October but the weather feels as though it's Thanksgiving time. Regardless, we'll be in a festive mood for today's edition of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour festivities get started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

At 1:15, I will be joined by political wonk Matt Mackowiak. Among the topics Matt will address include the latest in the impeachment of President Trump as well as the Trump administration choosing to cease military operations in Syria.

In the non-guest segments I will weigh in on the NBA's kowtowing to the tyrannical Chinese government as well as look back at Trump's visit to Minneapolis this past week.

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.....


Friday, October 11, 2019

Bye, Beto

Let's get rid of the wiggle room: There is zero chance Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (D-TX) will be the Democrat nominee for President, much less POTUS. In a way, that's incredibly liberating for him in that he can employ the obligatory "kitchen sink" strategy when outlining his "progressive" utopia.

We all recall his declaration last month of "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15," a stance he could not have taken when running for U.S. Senate out of Texas last year.

Then on Thursday when participating in something called a "Equality in America" town hall, Bobby emphasized further how he desires to toss the Bill of Rights into good ol' File 13.

When the former Texas congressman was asked if religious institutions -- "colleges, churches, charities" -- should be stripped of tax-exempt status Thursday night by CNN anchor Don Lemon during the LGBTQ town hall, he immediately responded, "Yes."

The crowd erupted in applause before O'Rourke further explained.

"There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution, any organization in America, that denies the full human rights and the full civil rights of every single one of us," he said. "So as president, we're going to make that a priority, and we are going to stop those who are infringing upon the human rights of our fellow Americans."

Ironic that he decries organizations which would deny human rights when he has consistently touted an agenda of infringing upon the majority of Americans' civil liberties. The fact of the matter is tax-exempt organizations have absolutely no ability to deny anyone's rights of any kind. But what Bobby is proposing here is to force religious institutions to bend the knee towards the almighty deity called government, essentially denying them their freedom of expression.

But like I said, Bobby has no shot be the next President, so he's basically become a useful idiot for Dem front runners Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. That is, he can convey the true goals of progressivism while the top tier candidates swoop in with a more incremental approach, thus coming off as slightly less insane.

Truth be told, I kinda echo the sentiment of Steve Deace if by some miracle Bobby emerges as our Commander in Chief.

This almost made me want to donate to Bobby's campaign. Almost.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Trump in Minneapolis

While I was approved for a media credential to attend President Trump's Thursday evening rally in downtown Minneapolis, I'm going to forgo the event. While I'm as sociable and extroverted as they come (not to mention a chance to compile radio show fodder), that kind of atmosphere where it's a veritable mosh pit in the streets just isn't my thing. Not to mention the fact that violent left-wing hate group Antifa (they put the "fa" in Antifa) will be there for a protest entitled "America is Canceled." I pray that all rally attendees will be safe from the actions of these frothing kooks.

As a side story to the rally, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is looking to extort money from bill the Trump campaign more than $500,000 for what he claims is required heightened security for the President's visit. Since the vast majority (if not all) of the incidents of unrest and violence are due to Trump detractors showing up at rallies to create chaos, boy mayor should send them the bill.

Oh, that's right. Urban leftists believe the victims should bear the brunt of unrest.

In the end, I agree with my pal Jeff Kolb in that Mayor Frey is merely pining for a soundbite. As such, he's not all that serious in demanding the Trump campaign fork over that kind of money.

Well, any outrage cycle rarely lasts more than a week in this climate, so that's a pretty safe bet.


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Shallow woke-ness

The National Basketball Association has been lauded over the past several years for being the most "progressive" of the big four pro sports leagues (The NBA, along with Major League Baseball, National Football League and National Hockey League).

Some of the high profile stances the league has taken:

  • Forcing L.A. Clippers owner er...uh..."governor" Donald Sterling to sell his franchise upon revelation of shocking racist statements. Sterling was also banned from the league for life. 

  • No longer using the word "owner" to describe the individual who owns and NBA franchise, primarily because such a title conjures up memories of slave masters or something. 

Players and coaches also pride themselves as being "WOKE!!" due to their constant criticism of all things right-of-center, especially President Trump. And we're talking some of the bigger named players like LeBron James as well as championship coaches Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich.

Personally, I have zero issue with the stances the NBA has taken during the tenure of Commissioner Adam Silver, who assumed his post in early 2014. And even though I oppose much of the leftism espoused by many players and coaches, I'm perfectly fine with them speaking their minds.

Unfortunately, the league kowtowing to China in light of Houston Rockets' GM Daryl Morey standing up for the citizens of Hong Kong in their opposition to the tyrannical Chinese government has shown that the NBA's "woke-ness" has limits. The Atlantic writer Jemele Hill, a staunch leftist and former ESPN personality who believes the Trump administration is rife with white supremacy, is spot on in her assessment of the league's willingness to encourage social commentary until it impacts the bottom line.

It’s much harder to stand on principle when that principle interferes with business relationships worth billions of dollars. The NBA recently signed a five-year extension, reportedly valued at $1.5 billion, with the China-based digital giant Tencent Holdings, which now won’t be including the Rockets as part of its coverage. NBA players have found China to be fertile financial ground. Several NBA stars, including James, Kobe Bryant, Steph Curry, and the Rockets guard James Harden regularly visit China to promote their merchandise and pad their pockets. Players, including the recently retired superstar Dwyane Wade, also have signed lucrative shoe deals with Chinese brands. Likely wanting to protect his own business interests in China, Harden did not stand with his GM. He apologized to Chinese citizens following a team practice in Tokyo, where the Rockets are playing preseason games.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a detailed statement before today’s preseason games in Tokyo in an attempt to further clarify that the league is standing behind Morey’s right to free speech. Silver surely realized that the league’s initial characterization of Morey’s tweet as “regrettable” didn’t exactly denote support.

The problem for the NBA is that this isn’t just a free-speech issue. This is a test to see whether the NBA has the stomach to fight for certain values when doing so compromises business.

If the Chinese continue to take a hard-line stance with the NBA, the league must take a more forceful stand against them—maybe to the point where league officials must reassess whether it’s even possible to have a healthy business relationship with China without compromising the ideals that have made their brand unique in professional sports. If the NBA buckles to China, that merely shows that the league will fight for its values only if no real sacrifice is involved.

Yep. But if you think about it, this is classic progressivism. In prog land, many will laud what happens in brutal dictatorships like Venezuela and Cuba as well as clinging to the belief that a Middle Eastern woman donning a burka is empowering. But at the same time they'll contend that America is on the verge of resembling The Handmaid's Tale.

Say, speaking of coach Kerr, he's the proverbial Chatty Cathy on all matters Trump as well as impugning the character of law abiding American citizens who believe in the Second Amendment. But on China? Yeah, he's gonna need a little more time to research that one.

I maintain that NBA players and coaches still have every right to speak out on any issue they desire as well as willfully remain silent on others. But there's no question that their self-anointed moral authority has taken a huge credibility hit this week.


Monday, October 07, 2019

Box Score of the Week (Postseason edition)

Game 1 of the 1998 National League Division Series - San Diego Padres at Houston Astros.


Padres' starting pitcher Kevin Brown struck out 16 batters, which is an LDS record.


Sunday, October 06, 2019

An age old song 'bout the home of the brave in this land here of the free...

Another busy news week this past week, so we'll get to as much as we can on this week's edition of my radio program The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

I'll weigh in on the verdict handed down in the killing of Dallas resident Botham Jean last year and how his family reacted in the aftermath. I'll also look ahead to President Trump's visit to Minneapolis on Thursday. Let's just say top city officials aren't exactly rolling out the red carpet.

Speaking of Trump, I will obviously discuss the latest in the impeachment inquiry. As such, John Malcolm of The Heritage Foundation will join me at 2:30 to share his perspective.

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.....


Friday, October 04, 2019

It's here!

Postseason baseball is back for my Minnesota Twins club!

For only the second time in nine seasons, the Twins have earned a playoff berth. However, they will face their dreaded nemesis the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series, starting tonight. While I hope the Twins can ultimately slay proverbial dragon that is the Yanks' dominance over them, I'm just hoping they can garner a single victory. Currently the Twins are tied for most consecutive postseason losses with 13 (ten have come courtesy of the Yankees). That means a loss in Game One would give the local nine the all-time record.

I've been a Twins fan for more than 40 years now. I can honestly say that this team is by far the best I've seen in how they handle adversity. Even if they lose tonight I have no doubt that they can (and will) rally to take this series. Yep, I said it. The Twins will finally exorcise the Bronx Bomber demons by winning this series in four games!!

Am I going with my heart more than my head with this prediction? You could make a case for that. But I believe I can make just as compelling an argument for why the Twins have the advantage this series. Let's just say I'm going all in on my club this postseason.


Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Quick Hits: Volume CC (UPDATE: Guyger sentence handed down)

- If you live in the Twin Cities area, you've undoubtedly heard that President Trump is holding a rally in Minneapolis next week Thursday. In reaction to this announcement, boy mayor Jacob Frey expressed his displeasure with Trump's visit, going so far as to say Minneapolis "will stand not behind the President."

Naturally, some of the more right-of-center rags leapt to Trump's defense by condemning Frey's reaction.

Frey and (City Council President Lisa) Bender should also recognize that they represent all Minneapolis residents — not just those who support their party or preferred candidates or officeholders.

Trump’s rallies nearly always attract large, enthusiastic crowds — including in Minnesota. The Minneapolis rally will be the president’s fourth visit to the state in the past 16 months. He attended a Tax Day event in Burnsville in April, and visited Duluth and Rochester in 2018. The Rochester event drew an estimated 11,000 people.

Trump narrowly lost Minnesota in 2016 and has vowed to win the state in 2020. His campaign strategists know that news media coverage of his Minnesota visits is also closely followed in western Wisconsin counties that helped him capture the state in 2016 — and the Minneapolis rally will no doubt attract attendees from surrounding states.

Under a national spotlight, Frey and Bender had an opportunity to rise above partisan politics and showcase Minneapolis as a welcoming community — even for those with whom they disagree. It’s a shame they chose to convey a very different message.

Not surprising that a right wing organization like the Center of the American Experiment would so articulately convey how Minneapolis city officials erred in their statements. But it is rather shocking that the excerpt I cited is actually from a piece put forth by the Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial Board. 

Blind squirrel, acorn and all that.

- Some shocking news on the presidential campaign trail.

Bernie Sanders experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event Tuesday evening and had two stents inserted to address a blockage in an artery, his campaign announced.

“Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days," senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement Wednesday. "We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

Stuff like this should transcend partisan politics. I hope you're back out on the trail soon, Senator.

- Just over a year ago, a white female police officer shot dead an unarmed black man in his own home. It was an incident so shocking that I had trouble believing Amanda Guyger's account, which was she mistook the apartment of Botham Jean (the victim) for her own. She then opened fire since she thought she was walking in on a burglary of her residence (Jean lived in the unit directly above Guyger's apartment).

I never really ascertained how someone could not be aware they were on a totally different floor from which they resided. Nevertheless, the jury in Guyger's case was told they could consider the "Castle Doctrine," which gives a resident immunity if it's determined they used justifiable force against an intruder in their home. Again, this too didn't make sense, as this incident did not occur in Guyger's home. Regardless, the jury obviously didn't give it much consideration as Guyger was found guilty of murder.

Given that police officers in the recent past have been exonerated on incidents similarly horrific, David French at NRO notes the Guyger decision is a welcome course correction.

No serious person argues that juries should be biased against cops. Indeed, it’s vital that they understand the full scope of the risks inherent in lawful encounters when rendering verdicts. But for too long juries have demonstrated bias for police officers, applying a level of grace and deference far beyond what the law permits. Today’s verdict in Texas isn’t just an act of justice, it’s a vital correction to a culture that has sometimes allowed men and women in uniform to abide by a lower standard of behavior than applies to the average citizen of the United States.

Now we await the actual length of the sentence.

UPDATE: Guyger given 10 years, which seems light. Regardless, Mr. Jean's family showed a kind of grace which only comes from knowing Jesus. 


Monday, September 30, 2019

Box Score of the Week

Since we just wrapped up the regular season, let's look back at a finale from years past.

Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals -- September 29, 1963.


This was the final game in the illustrious career of Stan "The Man" Musial. In collecting 2 hits, Musial finished his career with 3,630 - 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road.