Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Quick Hits: CLXXXV

- I used to believe there was nary a more smug, self-congratulatory industry then Hollywood, specifically when it comes to its award shows.

Ah, but these days the leftist media is rivaling such swooning.

So in their minds, the Cronkite folks believe "advancing a national conversation" includes:

*A sitting sheriff overlooking his department's failures to intervene in a spree killing in an effort to throw the National Rifle Association under the bus.

*NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch being the target of threats and invective from the town hall audience.

*A high school student indicating he could hardly look at Sen. Marco Rubio because Rubio's pro second amendment stance causes the student to picture a mass murderer.

Again, I can't emphasize enough how much I disagree with President Donald Trump constantly referring to certain media outlets as the "enemy of the people." However, given the woeful lack of self-policing when it comes to shameful demagoguery like at the Parkland Town Hall, it's becoming a greater challenge to convey a rational defense of today's media elites.

- On Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz displayed a kind of petulance that would have made his predecessor proud.

(T)he Democratic governor gazed into a giant pothole on Highway 47 in Anoka – a construction flagger held up traffic so he could do it – and said the real problem on that road was one of Minnesota’s most dangerous railroad crossings.

Local officials said regular backups at the crossing cause car crashes, including a fatal one in 2003. It’s not clear why a proposed overpass has languished without funding for decades, but Walz said a gas tax increase would allow the state to finally do the job.

“I have brought it out here, out under the dome of the Capitol, because I am done trying to watch somebody jam an ideological peg into what is truly a practical situation that needs to be solved,” Walz said during a news conference in Anoka.

Hey, you know what else is a practical solution? Easing up the congestion of oil tankers on those tracks. And exactly how would one accomplish that? Oh, I don't know, maybe allowing construction of underground pipelines in order to transfer oil safer and more efficiently. Hmmm. I wonder what's inhibiting such activity to commence. 

- One of the more pervasive chanting points coming from "Never Trump" Republicans these days is how President Trump's "bull in a china shop" approach to his administration is a "destruction of norms." As such, the Tom Nichols, Bill Kristols and Charlie Sykes of the world vow to not cast another vote for a GOP candidate until the party rids itself of Trump. Nichols even goes so far as to say he will faithfully vote Democrat to ensure the GOP's thorough destruction. Only then, he contends, can the party be put back together.

The problem with that theory is there would likely be a point of no return if indeed today's Dems are ever able to obtain the absolute power they desire.

Even putting aside the radical policies they are proposing, Democrats want to make structural changes to the American system of government to benefit their own political agenda.

Just this week, leading 2020 Democratic candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachussetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Kamala Harris of California said they would be open to expanding the Supreme Court so they can pack it with liberal judges. Asked about this idea, their rival Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said he was open to exploring all options for changing the Supreme Court, including imposing term limits.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has been generating a lot of attention for his longshot presidential bid, has touted a plan to expand the Supreme Court to 15, with five Republican appointees, five Democratic appointees, and the remaining five to be appointed by a unanimous vote of the 10 judges — an idea also floated by former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas.

Liberal activist and former Hillary Clinton aide Brian Fallon tweeted, "There is no longer any debate about whether Democrats must reform the Supreme Court. The only discussion is about the how. Term limits are a good step but we also must expand the Court's size."

There were two ways that Democrats could have reacted to Trump.

One would have been to campaign on restoring norms, strengthening institutions, and returning to a more stable form of politics. The other was to use Trumpism as an excuse to embrace radicalism and tear down the institutions that they don't like. It's becoming increasingly clear in which direction they're heading.

Yep. Leftists decrying the "separation of children from their families at the Mexican border" rings hollow when abortion up to nine months is becoming a mainstream Dem position. Accusing Trump of embracing white supremacist viewpoints is stunningly hypocritical when anti-Semitism within Democrat ranks is not punished in any meaningful way.

I can certainly understand people on the political right being hesitant to vote for Trump's reelection. However, it requires quite the mental gymnastics to vote for today's Democrats.


Monday, March 18, 2019

Just stunned

This is a picture of Bridget Cronin and me at her birthday party 6-1/2 years ago (she dubbed it the 15th anniversary of her 29th birthday party):

I fondly recall that Friday night. As is custom in the 21st century, I even tweeted about it.

I hadn't seen much of Bridget since that evening as she had pretty much left grassroots politics (her ex-husband Tony Sutton was Republican Party of Minnesota chair 2009-2011) around that time frame to launch other endeavors. Thanks to social media, I was in tune to what she usually had going on.

Whether it was setting up an organization to assist aspiring entrepreneurs or providing support for military vets enduring PTSD, Bridget was downright relentless in her advocacy for others. And while her personal life wasn’t without adversities (i.e. her very public divorce from Sutton in 2013), she never let those circumstances dissuade her from being there for others.

On Monday morning I was absolutely stunned to learn that Bridget passed away unexpectedly over the weekend. My immediate thoughts went to her family (including four children, her oldest of whom has special needs) but also to those who were positively impacted by her genuine love and kindness. I will continue to pray for peace and comfort in the aftermath of this tremendous loss.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Guess who just got back today?

After a rare and well deserved break last week, I return to the Patriot bunker for my weekly radio program The Closer. The two-hour blitz begins at 1:00 PM Central Time.

At 1:15, I will be joined by political wonk Matt Mackowiak. We'll discuss Matt's fellow Texan Beto O'Rourke jumping into the 2020 race for President. We'll also discuss what's next with the National Emergency declaration now that President Trump vetoed Congress's resolution to thwart it.

In the non-guest segments I will weigh in on the horrific mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tucker Carlson's defiance of the leftist outrage mob and Minnesota's First Lady warning GOP senators on refusing to entertain "gun control" bills.

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 Echo (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.....


Friday, March 15, 2019

Misplaced hope

For me it's simple. I don't give two squats what political ideology you claim to be a part of. If you detest someone based on their faith to the point you want to kill them, you likely have no soul. Obviously I'm referring to the horrifying events which took place at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Thursday. A total of 49 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on these groups, all while broadcasting it live via social media. 

Despite this tragedy not occurring in the U.S.A., knee-jerk leftists in this country still managed to lay blame on President Trump/conservatives/NRA the slaying of Muslims on the other side of the planet. And little more enrages leftist kooks than people offering genuine sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the survivors of such incidents. Now why is that? Seems to be some misplaced rage. Well I have a theory. I mean, the progressives' favorite retort to "thoughts and prayers" is "POLICY AND CHANGE!!," right? So it would appear that proggies' biggest problem with religion/faith is that they don't believe there should be any more revered movement than progressivism. As such, they are imploring people of faith to stop appealing to "false gods" and allow they the enlightened ones to eradicate hate and violence. 

Just an observation: Anyone who puts their hope for a better life in a body government definitely has more faith than I can possibly muster. 


Thursday, March 14, 2019

You Bet(o)

After stating he wouldn't run for President, failed U.S. Senate candidate Robert F. Beto O'Rourke officially threw his name in for the 2020 Democrat nomination.

After achieving rock star status despite his unsuccessful campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018, O'Rourke's presidential candidacy announcement was met with much fanfare.

National Review's Jim Geraghty via his Facebook page:

The last time we did this in 2007-2008, all of the hype and hoopla was for a once-obscure slender guy in his mid-to-late 40s who had been in the legislature for a while, hadn’t been able to get many pieces of legislation passed whether his party was in the majority or minority, who boasted about his across-the-aisle friendships but who had never really defied his party’s orthodoxy, who had little or no executive experience, who could do mundane tasks such as driving or sweating and have them described by political reporters like he was completing the 12 labors of Hercules, who was full of charisma but vague enough in his answers and agenda to be a blank slate to everyone looking for an ideal candidate. Same script, slightly different leading man.

As much as I loathe the hypothetical "if he were a Republican....." scenario, O'Rourke's background would be savaged mercilessly were he on the political right.

Back to Geraghty.

Given the past two presidents were essentially elected via cults of personality, dismissing O'Rourke as a legitimate contender would be a mistake. And if he is the nominee in 2020, this puts O'Rourke's home state of Texas in play. Even if President Trump won every single solitary state he captured in 2016, excluding Texas, he loses reelection if the Lone Star state goes Democrat for the first time since 1976.

It's going to be interesting to hear how the other Dem candidates frame their lines of attack toward the very formidable O'Rourke.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Out of the office

The fetching Mrs. Carlson and I have been on vacation since Friday, so posting will likely be scant until later this week. 

Try to cope. 


Sunday, March 10, 2019

On assignment

My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg will be filling in for me on today's edition of The Closer 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 topics 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 Echo (just say "Alexa, play The Patriot Minneapolis")

And if you're so inclined, follow along on Twitter at #NARNShow or "Like" our Facebook page.

Until then.....


Friday, March 08, 2019

"I'm just askin' y'all to give a damn."

Rev. Tim Christopher of Minneapolis pulled no punches Wednesday evening when testifying before the Minnesota House Judiciary Committee regarding "gun control" bills (House Files 8 & 9).

One of many truth bombs launched toward the gun grabbers on the committee: 

See, we can sit here all night and come up with statistics. But when I get a call from a mother looking for her 16-year old daughter and I gotta go on James Avenue to a drug house and everybody in there got guns bigger than my gun, we got a problem. But it's not your problem. See, while y'all wanna sit here and y'all wanna come up with all these data and all these statistics, I'm livin' real life everyday down there.

That's why the anti gunners wearing their dreamsicle colored t-shirts when protesting gun violence never go where the violence is pervasive. Classic symbolism over substance.

Anyhow, watch Rev. Christopher lay the smackdown.


Thursday, March 07, 2019

Justification for bigotry

If today's Democrat party is going to embrace members who are openly antisemitic, I'm grateful they're basically coming out and admitting it.

My head is spinning from all pretzel logic employed by Dems and their allies in defending Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), so here's just a few samples:

- House Speaker (in name only these days) Nancy Pelosi says Omar was not "intentionally anti-Semitic."

- House Majority Whip James Clyburn essentially tells Holocaust survivors to check their privilege.

- New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says all antisemitism is not created equal. Take a guess as to which kind doesn't bother him.

It takes a lot of work to cede the moral high ground to President Donald Trump, but these people have managed to do it.

All Dems had to do to ensure they'd regain complete power in Washington by 2020 is not come off as complete kooks. But they just can't do it. Astonishing.


Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Over the past 48 hours,.....

.....I've found myself agreeing with progressive Minnesota legislators Ryan Winkler.....

....and Ron Latz.

Sure, the latest criticisms of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are legitimate. Nevertheless, be prepared for the "Winkler and Latz are racist misogynists merely doing the right wing's bidding" hot takes.


Monday, March 04, 2019


I don't know about you, but all too often I find myself viewing movies made more than 20 years earlier through a prism of "Could such a film be made today?" What I mean by that is the dialogue in some of these pre-21st century films would not only be deemed offensive were it made in today's hypersensitive culture but the movie producers, directors, etc. might be blackballed from future productions unless they participated in reeducation sensitivity training.

With that in mind, perhaps the most protected class in American society today are transsexuals (just ask Martina Navratilova or Scarlett Johansson). As such, podcaster extraordinaire Joe Rogan engaged in what almost sounded like mockery of the thought police while simultaneously providing a scenario which sounds all too plausible today (NSFW).

Yep. A slapstick, screwball comedy like Ace Venture: Pet Detective (released in 1994) would be considered "problematic" today. Stupid times, indeed.


Sunday, March 03, 2019

There was no use talking, there was nothing to say.....

The temperature may not get above single digits in the Twin Cities, so I better bring the heat on today's edition of The Closer. The 2-hour blitz begins at 1:00 PM Central Time.

We'll definitely discuss the Democrats' shockingly heartless narrative when voting against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. I will also look back on the good, bad and ugly of President Trump's performance at the latest nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

On the local scene, MN House Dems are poised to bring to the floor anti gun bills which adversely impact law abiding gun owners as well as subverts due process. On the presidential front, Amy Klobuchar is finally being exposed as the non-moderate many Minnesotans have known her to be.

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 Echo (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, March 01, 2019

Beneath our low expectations

The latest nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, thankfully, yielded no results. I say "thankfully" because while I felt there was little to no chance a substantive denuclearization agreement would be reached, I still had a slight concern that Trump would be so eager to claim a foreign policy success that he would be tempted to partake in a veritable crap sandwich. No, Trump merely walking away when it was determined this summit would not yield a favorable agreement was the second most desired result.

However, the post-summit press conference brought us perhaps one of the lowest moments of Trump's presidency (and that's saying something).

President Trump said Thursday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told him that he did not know about Otto Warmbier's condition and Mr. Trump said "I will take him at his word." The American college student was imprisoned and sentenced to 15 years hard labor in 2016, but was returned to the U.S. in June 2017 in a coma after suffering severe brain damage. He died one week after returning to Ohio.

At a press conference after the Hanoi summit abruptly ended, Mr. Trump said he spoke to Kim about Warmbier.

"I don't believe that he would have allowed that to happen," Mr. Trump said. "Just wasn't to his advantage to allow that to happen. Those prisons are rough. They're rough places. And bad things happen. But I really don't believe he knew about it."

So if we're keeping score at home, Trump took the word of a brutal dictator, who (allegedly) ordered his own brother be killed, about the death of an American citizen as well as deferred to former KGB agent (and now Russian leader Vladimir Putin) over his own country's intelligence agencies regarding Russia's role in hacking the 2016 U.S. elections. Utterly outrageous and indefensible.

As you might expect, Otto's parents were less than enthused at Trump's delusion regarding their son's ordeal.

The parents of Otto Warmbier, who died of injuries sustained in prison in North Korea, issued a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump for saying he believed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's claim that he was unaware of the brutal conditions under which their son was being held, or the abuse he suffered during his captivity.

"We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto," Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement Friday. "Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that."

Keep in mind this is a little more than a year later after Trump acknowledged the Warmbiers while in attendance at his first State of the Union address. I can't even fathom the betrayal they must have felt when Trump essentially gave Kim a pass this week.

A common retort I've heard from Trumpkins regarding the President's perceived deference to Kim and Putin is "Well, what did you expect him to do? Cause an international incident by punching their lights out?!?!?!" Honestly, such a sentiment is junior high level intellect. We need to look no further than President Ronald Reagan, who was routinely critical of then Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev and his commitment to communism. However, Reagan certainly didn't back away from his criticisms of certain regimes and yet was able to present a diplomatic demeanor while in summit meetings with world leaders.

Unfortunately, it doesn't appear such a balance is in Trump's DNA. Sad!