Monday, June 01, 2020

Sunday, May 31, 2020

With a little perseverance, you can get things done....

Not a big mystery what the lion's share of today's 2-hour broadcast will entail. Today's edition of my radio show The Closer will get started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

The killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police has been seen by people literally all over the world. While justice seemed to move swiftly, rioting and looting ensued nonetheless. We'll discuss.

We'll be joined by two different journalists who were in the midst of the riots on multiple nights. At 1:30, Kyle Hooten of Alpha News and The Daily Caller will chat about what he witnessed. Then at 2:00, Townhall writer Julio Rosas (who was injured by a rubber bullet Friday evening) will discuss his interactions with the riots/looting.

Oh yeah, did I mention we're still in the midst of a global pandemic with this coronavirus? As such, technology wonk D. Greg Scott will join the program at 2:30 to discuss the concept of contact tracing apps.


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 29, 2020

Still going.....

The Twin Cities area continued to be barraged with rioting and looting Thursday evening into Friday morning. This is especially a shocking development when you consider that the wokescolds were flooding social media platforms with their virtue signaling. I mean, methodologies such as that usually stem the tide of unrest. 

Huh. Weird.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Not helpful

Within 24 hours of Minneapolis police killing George Floyd, protesters gathered near the site of Floyd's death. My friend Rev. Tim Christopher was present for the gathering (see footage here and here).

As angry as people were watching a black man being treated like a subhuman by police, Tuesday evening's protest was largely peaceful.....and unifying. People of all races, class and political stripes were commiserating over the tragedy and coming together in an outcry for justice. In fact, the wheels of justice were legitimately in motion as the four police officers were terminated within 24 hours of the incident. If the police's own union is declining a more thorough investigation, essentially saying they've seen all they needed to see, then criminal charges are certainly soon to follow. All good things.

Unfortunately, a few thugs decided to take matters into their own hands by firing shots into the crowd and then vandalize the Third Precinct building as well as the cop cars parked there. Sadly that was mere child's play compared to what took place Wednesday evening

Minneapolis shuddered with violence overnight Wednesday, as rioters ignited fires and looted stores all over the city, standing in stark contrast to the mostly peaceful protests outside of a South Side police station over the police killing of George Floyd.

Early Thursday, city and law enforcement officials were still tallying the full toll of the night, which saw at least five people struck by gunfire, one fatally when the owner of a pawn shop opened fire on a man he believed was burglarizing his business. Dozens of businesses were either looted or torched, or both, mostly in the area of Minnehaha Avenue and E. Lake Street, but also along business corridors on the city's North and South sides.

Local media outlet Alpha News was on site and captured the shocking footage.





There are several other videos linked here.

Naturally the excuse-making on behalf of the rioters/looters was out in full force on social media. You can probably guess how it goes, stuff like "We have to understand their rage" or "This is the only way we'll get justice." Yeah, I'm sorry, but destroying the livelihoods of those in your community (who were also making fervent calls for justice) is in no way productive or helpful to the cause. Nor is it the proper way to honor George Floyd's life.

There was also the false equivalency of a bunch of white people gathering at the governor's mansion to protest the stay-at-home order were not hit with rubber bullets or tear gas but black protesters angry over police brutality get treated that way. It's absurd on its face for one basic reason: the anti-lockdown assembly was neither setting anything ablaze nor randomly firing shots in the air. That would seem to be a key distinction, no?

The death of Mr. Floyd was universally abhorred and the community was largely coming together to peacefully (but earnestly) demand justice. Sadly the rioting and looting caused more injustices as a result.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Callousness

As the COVID-19 death toll in Minnesota approaches 1,000, we're learning each day that the vast majority (approximately 80%) have occurred in long-term care facilities. It would stand to reason that a prudent response would be more stringent controls over how patients are handled in such facilities, right Shockingly we've come to find out that residents with COVID-19 are still sharing rooms! Combine that with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo callously dismissing deaths of the elderly by saying “Older people, vulnerable people are going to die from this virus. That is going to happen despite whatever you do," it's a scandal of epic proportions (the death toll in New York LTCFs is approaching 6,000).

How the elderly have been dealt with during this pandemic is on par with callousness shown the unborn. I don't believe it's hyperbole when I say this will be an everlasting stain on our country.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Going backwards

How I feel today is equivalent to nearly four years ago when Philando Castile was shot in Falcon Heights, MN and then the next day when violence erupted in Dallas, TX in response. I am crestfallen.

What exacerbates my anguish is seeing actual video footage of another black man being killed by police (WARNING: Graphic content) Monday in Minneapolis.

Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander’s video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving.

Mayor Jacob Frey announced the firings on Twitter, saying “This is the right call.”

The man’s death Monday night was under investigation by the FBI and state law enforcement authorities. It immediately drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life, saying he could not breathe.

In a post on his Facebook page, Frey apologized Tuesday to the black community for the officer’s treatment of the man, who was later identified as 46-year-old George Floyd, who worked security at a restaurant.

“Being Black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a Black man’s neck. Five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you’re supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic, human sense,” Frey posted.

Police said the man matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case at a grocery store, and that he resisted arrest.

This display of brutality was something I routinely witnessed when watching documentaries talking about unrest in the 1960s. The fact that this still crops up in twenty first century is equal parts heartbreaking and infuriating.

Given what we witnessed in the video footage of Mr. Floyd being brutally detained, the four officers being fired is indeed the correct call.....but it is only a start. Mr. Floyd's family deserves justice for this untimely death and I pray they receive it quickly, BUT not at the expense of due process. As cut and dried as that video appears, the officers are still afforded the presumption of innocence not because they were cops but because they're Americans. Sadly, George Floyd was not afforded that courtesy.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Box Score of the Week

It's Memorial Day, so let's check out a game from that holiday in 1995. The Cleveland Indians hosted the Chicago White Sox.

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Do you remember that Hall of Famer Dave Winfield finished his career with the Indians? This was one of the final big moments of his career as he hit a big three-run homer en route to a Cleveland victory. It would be the second to last home run he'd hit in his career. 

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

I won't stay here locked behind the door.....

Sure it's Memorial Day weekend, so we at the Northern Alliance Radio Network roll on by indulging in the freedoms so many died to protect. As such, my radio show The Closer will get started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

A lot of COVID talk in the first hour, specifically Gov. Tim Walz's borderline incoherent plans to re-open some public places in Minnesota. On the national front, Florida has been impressive in its COVID response despite false leftist narratives attempting to undermine them. 

In the second hour I will weigh in the left's bungling of their #MeToo narrative, specifically how they now try to blame conservatives for their hypocrisy on the issue.


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 22, 2020

Waiting for gaffe man

He's back and better than ever!




Seriously though, is it any surprise that a guy who said eight years ago Republicans want to put black people back in chains would say something like this?


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Coming to a head

I was encouraged by Gov. Tim Walz's announcement last week that he was allowing Minnesota's stay-at-home order to expire this past Monday. I definitely believed it was a positive first step.

Unfortunately, Walz  was borderline incoherent on Wednesday when announcing his plan for re-opening businesses, churches, etc.

Bars and restaurants in Minnesota can open June 1 for outdoor service under a revised COVID-19 response strategy announced by Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday that also allows for limited reopening of hair salons and campgrounds.

While COVID-19 remains a growing concern — causing 777 deaths and 17,670 lab-confirmed infections so far in Minnesota — Walz said beloved summertime activities can take place amid the pandemic with precautions.

“While the virus won’t yet allow for business as usual, let’s do what we do best after winter in Minnesota and head outside. Whether it’s a Jucy Lucy, a plate of tamales, or a walleye dinner, Minnesotans can support their local restaurant by enjoying a socially distanced meal outdoors,” Walz said.

Outdoor patios and serving areas will be limited to 50 patrons at a time who are encouraged to wear masks and must make reservations — which among other things will make it easier for state investigators to identify their close contacts if they end up infected later on. Employees must wear masks.

Similarly, salons will only be allowed to operate at 25% capacity, and stylists and customers will need to don masks.

And what about churches?







The pastor of the church my wife and I attend didn't take this very well.






On Wednesday evening, the Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS) indicated they would not be complying with the Governor's order. No word if AG Keith Ellison will attempt to fine church officials. That'd be a good look, eh?

In the end, it's good to be a public sector employee during this pandemic.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXIX

- With much of the world sequestered in their homes for the past few months, there's obviously been less driving. Less driving means less carbon emissions. How much less?




Naturally many anti-capitalists environmentalists are jumping around like poo flinging monkeys, essentially saying it is possible to substantively reduce carbon emissions. But if they were intellectually honest (I know. Just go with it), they'd acknowledge that it requires a borderline world economic collapse in order for such objectives to be met. Sorry folks, that's just not sustainable.


- CNN's Oliver Darcy unwittingly indicted his own network with this gem.




There has been much debate among the medical community regarding the use of hydroxychloroquine and its effectiveness. And it would appear hosts/contributors on Fox News reflect that diversity of opinion. However, a personality from CNN would have you believe that a network's personalities walking in lockstep is a feature, not a bug. 


- It was only a matter of time before the left's mantra of "all women accusing men of sexual harassment/assault deserved to be believed" was going to blow up in their collective faces. Sure enough, the Tara Reade saga laid that bare. So instead of standing with Ms. Reade or admitting what many already know, which is the left was weaponizing the issue for political gain, leftists have resorted to gaslighting.

For a perfect example, see the journalist Susan Faludi in The New York Times: "'Believe All Women' Is a Right-Wing Trap," reads the headline on her article. Faludi accuses conservatives of inventing the idea that feminists were demanding that all women be believed. According to her, "the preferred hashtag of the #MeToo movement is #BelieveWomen. It's different without the 'all.' Believing women is simply the rejoinder to the ancient practice of #DoubtWomen."

"Good luck finding any feminist who thinks we should believe everything all women say—even what they say about sexual assault," Faludi continues. This directly contradicts her earlier admittal that she had in fact "encountered some feminists who seemed genuinely to subscribe" to the more extreme interpretation of the hashtag.

Faludi is narrowly right that "believe women" was the more popular phrasing among #MeToo activists, and that contrarians were more likely to introduce the word "all" as a means of pointing out how silly the concept was. But whether the phrase contains "all" is unimportant: It means the same thing, regardless. The command to believe group X is straightforwardly and obviously a plea to have faith in the entire collective entity. Faludi claims in her piece that "believe women" is actually the opposite of "believe all women," but this is absurd. She is, to use a term beloved by victims' rights advocates, gaslighting her readers.

Oh, and be sure to check out this tweet storm put together by Mary Margaret Olohan of The Daily Caller. You'll notice some pretty prominent leftist female politicos setting that "right-wing trap."

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Box Score of the Week

New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox - July 1, 1990.

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It's not unprecedented to pitch a no-hitter but give up a run. But four runs? Yankees starter Andy Hawkins pitched a no-no this game yet still lost, allowing four unearned runs. The four runs allowed while tossing a no-hitter is a MLB record. 

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

I believe I can see the future 'cause I repeat the same routine......

These days the "routine" is doing pretty much everything in my home office, including the radio show. As such, today's 2-hour edition of The Closer will be live from my home studio, beginning at 1:00 PM Central Time.

In the first hour I will discuss the big stories both locally and nationally concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically how so many got it so wrong about Georgia.

Then at 2:00 pm, Townhall columnist and longtime friend of the broadcast Katie Kieffer will check in to discuss her latest piece entitled "Google's monopoly on speech."


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 14, 2020

It's a start......

......but far from a finish.

Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that he will allow stores to reopen and let Minnesotans leave the house more, while leaving in place for now restrictions for bars, restaurants, theaters, hair salons and other businesses where people must be in close contact.

The policy changes, delivered in a livestreamed address, means many small businesses and retailers can open their doors to customers Monday, as long as they have a plan to safeguard employees and customers through social distancing.

Bars, restaurants, barbershops and salons could open as early as June 1 if they meet safe opening plans that will be devised later this month by state health officials.

“The stay-at-home order is expiring and the dials are turning, but that doesn’t mean we are carefree and can return to the way things were,” Walz said. “It means we have to stay safe, take care, care for our own health and care for our neighbor.”

It’s a significant step in the governor’s response to the virus, loosening a stay-at-home order after nearly two months of restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But it’s not a wholesale reopening of the state.

Schools are already closed for the rest of the academic year, and a separate order closing events and businesses where people are in close contact will continue, as will restrictions on other public spaces and large religious services. Anyone who can work from home must, and gatherings — including those at churches, mosques and synagogues — must not exceed 10 people.

Essentially this means we can leave our houses but we can't really go anywhere.

It still rankles me that small retail shops aren't receiving the same courtesy as your bigger retailers like Target or Walmart. Thus far there haven't been any reports of major outbreaks resulting from shopping at the aforementioned retail giants. And kudos to them, as I understand they're implementing the necessary steps to ensure all machinery, carts, etc. are continuously disinfected (though social distancing still seems to be a challenge). With that said, shouldn't we be able to trust the proprietors of small shops to enact those same protocols? It would seem they'd have an easier time ensuring they'd be followed properly.

In the aftermath of this announcement, a good number of folks in the libertarian conservative camp felt this decision solved little to nothing in terms of citizens being able to do as they desire. But there was a progressive faction on social media which felt Walz was caving to the "OPEN UP NOW!" crowd, almost implying he'd taken on a "Don't Tread on Me" persona. I have to admit that was highly amusing. If I've learned anything however, social media isn't exactly the best indicator of society at large.

Me personally, I'm just grateful that we're taking a step forward even though I personally won't change a whole lot from remaining in my home 90% of the time. I hope and pray that we'll have some sense of normalcy before summer ends.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Not the ultimate authority

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the prolific voices on President Trump's COVID-19 task force, testified before the Senate Health Committee on Tuesday.

One of the key conversations took place with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).





This is basically in response to Fauci's assertion that re-opening the U.S. economy and lifting stay-at-home orders could very well lead to further carnage. As such, he is always going to err on the side on prolonged shelter-in-place. So when asked about the unintended consequences of a longer shutdown, some of which could also result in fatalities, Fauci concedes such analysis is not in his wheelhouse.




And therein lies the salient issue. With the facts laid out by Dr. Fauci, it is up to local governments to determine what is the best methodology for balancing the public health concerns with fending off economic ruin. And since it's elected officials who are accountable for their decisions, they're the ones who will ultimately pay a price if it is deemed they re-opened too early. But, again, they have access to data which Fauci obviously does not. Choose wisely.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Box Score of the Week

Let's check out a game from Mother's Day 2012 when the Cincinnati Reds hosted the Washington Nationals.

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Have a day, Joey Votto! The Reds superstar hit three home runs this game, including a walk off grand slam. It was his first (and thus far only) six RBI game of his career. 

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Birdland on fifty three, the street sounds like a symphony....

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! After you're properly celebrated, everyone should tune in to today's edition of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour blitz will get started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

At 1:15, State Director of Americans for Propsperity-MN Jason Flohrs will join the broadcast. Jason will discuss the recent developments surrounding the Minnesota budget situation, which saw a projected $1.5 billion surplus dwindle to a $2.4 billion deficit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the second hour, I'll weigh in on the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. I will also give my two cents on NYC's ineptitude in handling the pandemic.


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 07, 2020

Pray for justice

Like many Americans, I just learned this week of the shooting death of a 25-year old Georgia man Ahmaud Arbery. The young man was killed back on February 23.

In the 2-1/2 months since the shooting, no arrests had been made. As such, there was growing fear that this would be yet another example of a black man being killed by a white person yet not receiving the proper justice.

Thankfully, arrests were finally made on Thursday evening.

Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested on Thursday and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.

Cellphone video showing the moment Arbery was killed has prompted national outrage since surfacing online this week, but his mother said she can't bring herself to watch it.

"I don't think I'll ever be in a mental state where I can actually watch the video. I had others that watched it that shared what they saw and that just was enough," Wanda Cooper-Jones told ABC News in an interview that aired Thursday morning on "Good Morning America."

In the 28-second video, Arbery, who is black, can be seen jogging around a neighborhood just outside the port city of Brunswick on a sunny afternoon in late February. The footage ends with two loud gunshots.

What prompted the incident was the elder McMichael believing that Arbery resembled a suspect who had committed burglaries in their neighborhood. So when he and his son saw Arbery jogging through the neighborhood, they claimed they took off after him in a pickup truck in an effort to get his attention. However, video footage clearly shows that the father and son stopped in the road ahead of Arbery and attempted to block him from running past (WARNING: footage shows a man dying).




It would appear that Arbery felt threatened by the men. That is perfectly understandable since both were brandishing firearms. So when Arbery attempted to disarm the younger McMichael, he ended up being shot twice.

A few other thoughts:

- Some have cited Georgia's citizen arrest law as the rationale for the McMichaels attempting to detain Arbery. The law is as follows:

A private person may arrest an offender if the offense is committed in his presence or within his immediate knowledge. If the offense is a felony and the offender is escaping or attempting to escape, a private person may arrest him upon reasonable and probable grounds of suspicion.

I'm no legal beagle, but this wouldn't seem relevant here since Arbery wasn't committing any kind of offense (unless jogging while black is suddenly illegal) nor was it ever proven he was responsible for a rash of burglaries that had recently occurred in the area.

- I've seen a few stories where Arbery had some indiscretions as a younger man, including an arrest for a gun possession charge. Not entirely sure what drudging that up is meant to accomplish, but it has absolutely zero relevance here.

- As with any high profile shooting death, anti gunners will politicize. Specifically, some have used this incident to decry "Stand Your Ground" laws, essentially saying the statute "legalizes murder." But as my friend and staunch 2nd Amendment advocate Mitch Berg always emphasizes, four criteria have to be met before killing someone can legitimately be considered self-defense:

1. You’re not the aggressor. You didn’t start the fight. You basically have to prove that you didn’t want the confrontation in the first place.

2. You reasonably fear immediate death or great bodily harm.

3. You can only use “reasonable” force - meaning “what it takes to end the threat, and no more. You can shoot until your attacker falls over. You can’t finish ‘em off after they drop.

4. Finally - you must make a “reasonable” effort to retreat.

After seeing that video, do you believe the McMichaels satisfied all four areas? Hell, they won't (or definitely shouldn't) get past # 1.

Let's hope justice is as swift as possible in this case. Lord knows Arbery's family deserves no less.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXVIII

- The COVID-19 pandemic has obviously wreaked havoc on the physical and mental well being of people. But there's also no question that the U.S. is spiraling into a economic depression with each passing week of millions of new unemployment claims, consumer confidence abysmally low, etc.

Here in Minnesota, we've gone from a projected budget surplus of $1.5 billion to a deficit of nearly $2.5 billion in a matter of five months. And given that 80% of the state's revenues are garnered from income and sales taxes, the obligatory tax hike demands from the DFL to close a budget gap are a non-starter here.

It would appear the state's only realistic option is to (GASP!!!!) cut spending. It's a shame that it takes a global pandemic for Minnesota state government to wake up to the notion that the state's budget is too bloated.


- A Public Service Announcement: Continuing to harass a private business owner over his religious beliefs doesn't make you "progressive" or "WOKE!" It makes you an a**hole.



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- Speaking of toxic wokeness, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson basically tells Samaritan's Purse that they don't gotta go home, they just gotta get the hell up outta NYC.

“It is time for Samaritan’s Purse to leave NYC,” he tweeted Friday. “This group, led by the notoriously bigoted, hate-spewing Franklin Graham, came at a time when our city couldn’t in good conscience turn away any offer of help. That time has passed. Their continued presence here is an affront to our values of inclusion, and is painful for all New Yorkers who care deeply about the LGBTQ community.”

With the work that Samaritan's Purse did in NYC, did they ever deny services to citizens based on their sexual orientation? No? Huh. Rather ironic that Johnson cites NYC's "values of inclusion" when it was SP who was far more tolerant of different views (not to mention SP workers putting their lives on the line with their mere presence in the COVID-19 epicenter) than Johnson himself.

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Monday, May 04, 2020

Box Score of the Week

Going old school this week.

Boston Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates - May 25, 1935.

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Babe Ruth finished his legendary career in 1935 when he joined the lowly Boston Braves. In this game, Ruth clubbed the final three of his 714 career home runs. He retired from baseball eight days later. 

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Sunday, May 03, 2020

Never was the kind to do as I was told.....

We made it to the month of May, so the Northern Alliance Radio network rolls on. Today's edition of my radio show The Closer will get started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

We'll discuss the latest with COVID-19, particularly how some states are slowly re-opening certain businesses. However, some states are covered more critically than others. In the other big national news story, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is finally asked about a former staffer in his Senate office accusing him of sexual assault nearly 30 years ago. Suddenly leftists don't believe all women. 

At 1:30, friend of the show and Minnesota state Sen. Karin Housley will join the broadcast to discuss her proposal for universal COVID testing in long-term care facilities. 

Then at 2:30 Josh Mulvihill, who is Executive Director of Church & Family Ministry with RenewaNation, will join the broadcast to discuss an important webinar this week which will tout the virtues of a Christian education. 


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 01, 2020

Where credit it due....

It has been approximately five weeks since Tara Reade levied sexual assault allegations against presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. The alleged incident was said to have taken place in 1993 when Reade was a 20-something junior staffer in Biden's U.S. Senate office.

Not surprisingly, leftists and their preferred media outlets have barely given it a cursory mention.....until this past week. 

MSNBC prime time host Chris Hayes got into hot water with many leftists for daring to suggest that people should take Reade's allegations seriously. No, he didn't presume Biden's guilt. He didn't even suggest that Reade needs to be believed "full stop." But his simple contention that the incident is worth looking into resulted in #FireChrisHayes trending on Twitter. 

But perhaps the maddest of mad props should go to Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the weekday morning MSNBC program Morning Joe. It turned out to be the first interview where Biden himself was asked directly about the allegations. And to her credit, Brzezinski did not lob rhetorical softballs




One thing that has to be driving leftists batty is the fact they can't dismiss this as merely a Fox News driven story. MSNBC is the favorite network of many proggies, so the impotent rage I'm certain is a sight to behold.

Another thing to consider is the general election is a little more than six months away, which is eons in political time. If reporting on the Reade allegations steadily die down from here, a leftist network like MSNBC can have plausible deniability by saying they gave the story its due diligence. Of course there won't be wall-to-wall coverage like there was for the paper thin allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, but the public at large can never say that a prominent network didn't report on Biden's accuser. And while it may seem like faint praise, I give kudos to Hayes and Brzezinski for being willing to broach the issue.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXVII

- Congressman Justin Amash, a self-proclaimed libertarian who switched party affiliation from Republican to Independent last year, has formed an exploratory committee for President on the Libertarian ticket. Certainly a group which refers to themselves as "Principled Conservatives" would consider Amash a viable alternative to a sitting Republican president whom they believe has distorted GOP party values....right?

Well......

We are in uncertain times. It is impossible to know what November holds or exactly how a campaign with a strong libertarian nominee like Amash would play out.

But while it may be true that nothing is quite certain in elections, or economics, or life, there is one thing that is certain about the current federal government:

The president is unfit and dangerous. He has “abused and violated the public trust.”

Anyone who shares that assessment of President Trump should focus on maximizing the possibility of his removal.

Such a calculus should preclude a third party run in 2020.

Translation: We "principled" "conservatives" must vote for Joe Biden this November.

To reiterate what I said about this lot in a previous post: such a stance is neither principled nor conservative.


- Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who spearheaded a movement in 2016 that women who allege having been sexually assaulted have a right to be believed, officially endorsed Joe Biden for President on Tuesday (WARNING: Suuuuuuuper awkward).




How grateful was Biden that Mrs. Clinton conveniently suspended her "believe all women" mantra in the face of Tara Reade's allegations endorsed him?



Photo courtesy of Jon Gabriel


Speaking of egregious double standards on the "Believe All Women" issue, Amber Athey of Spectator USA compiled a handy list of other high profile Biden supporters who have disgraced themselves over this.


- Dave Hughes, who opposed longtime incumbent Congressman Collin Peterson (MN-07) each of the past two election cycles, appears to be making a third run in 2020. However, Hughes has a serious, well-funded challenger for the GOP nomination in former state senator Michelle Fischbach.

In securing the Republican nomination in 2016 and 2018, Hughes never really had a serious challenge.... and it shows. The Hughes campaign's attacks on Fischbach reek of desperation.

A recent post at a tacky looking website called "Do You Know Fischbach" (Paid for by Hughes for Congress 2020) takes issue with David Fitzsimmons, an incredibly experienced operative who was hired to manage the Fischbach campaign. Highlighted in the piece is Fitzsimmons voting to legalize gay marriage when he was a state rep in 2013. The post also points out that he "DONATED MONEY TO ANTI-TRUMP, PROGRESSIVE, PRO-CHOICE, PRO-LGBTQ, FORMER DFL STATE REP. MARGARET KELLIHER."

For a Congressional campaign that has been running almost non-stop for nearly five years, this is amateur hour. First off, Fischbach herself voted "no" on legalizing gay marriage as a state senator. And secondly, Fitzsimmons' support of Kelliher had more to do with ensuring the radical Ilhan Omar didn't become the DFL candidate in MN Congressional District Five. In a D+22 district, the Democrat primary is essentially the general election.

I've gotten to know Dave Hughes over the past few years and felt he was as cordial and upstanding a guy I've ever met. But the campaign he's running in 2020 just ensured that I am throwing my full support behind Fischbach to be the candidate to oppose Peterson. Just as President Trump did.




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Monday, April 27, 2020

Box Score of the Week

Oakland Athletics at Toronto Blue Jays - September 22, 1981.

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This would be the final MLB game in the pedestrian three year career of Toronto's Danny Ainge. About two months later he began a 13-year NBA career. Guess he shoulda stuck to basketball. 

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Still overseas, could it be the whole Earth opening wide.......

As always, a lot to get to on today's edition of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour extravaganza gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

We'll discuss the local and national angles regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including many states revealing plans to methodically re-open. Also, presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden's Tara Reade problem is not going away. 

At 1:15, political wonk Matt Mackowiak will join the broadcast to discuss the presidential race (to the extent that there is campaigning) as well as the impact of COVID-19 on his home state of Texas. 


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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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Separated at birth: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer & Megan Mullally




Gretchen Whitmer (left) is the governor of Michigan who has shown herself to be a domineering, petty tyrant in her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At right is actress Megan Mullally, who brilliantly portrayed wealthy booze hound Karen Walker on the sitcom Will & Grace

Ironically, some of Gov. Whitmer's detractors have referred to her as "Karen," but not because she resembles the W&G character.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Elitist says what.....

During a Wednesday press conference to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was asked about protesters outside the building. Apparently these particular dissenters were expressing their dismay with New York's continued lock down of "non-essential businesses" and thus the inability to travel to their respective jobs. It's pretty simple. No job, no money.

Gov. Cuomo's response?

"Go take a job as an essential worker. Do it tomorrow."

Just like that, huh?





It's definitely a bizarro world when people are expressing a strong desire to work as opposed to relying on government assistance. And that is something "progressives" like Cuomo fear the most in that citizens are cued in to the ineffectiveness and inefficiency of big government.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXVI

- You mean there's news in the world other than concerning the COVID-19 pandemic? Why yes, and big news at that.

The US is monitoring intelligence that suggests North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, is in grave danger after undergoing a previous surgery, according to a US official with direct knowledge.

A second source familiar with the intelligence told CNN that the US has been closely monitoring reports on Kim's health.

Kim recently missed the celebration of his grandfather's birthday on April 15, which raised speculation about his well-being. He had been seen four days before that at a government meeting.

Another US official told CNN Monday that the concerns about Kim's health are credible but the severity is hard to assess.

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said the US is "keeping a close eye" on reports about Kim's health.

"We're monitoring these reports very closely," O'Brien said during an interview with Fox News Tuesday. "As you know, North Korea is a very closed society," he said.

If you thought certain media outlets loved parroting Chinese Communist Party propaganda, just imagine if Un's sister succeeds him as North Korean leader.


- House Speaker Marie Antoinette Nancy Pelosi has got to be the most tone deaf politician in Washington, D.C.....and that's saying something.

Check out this epic takedown.




Oof. Nance is gonna need some more botox after all that egg has to be chiseled off her face.


- Kudos to Minnesota Public Radio for their latest piece exposing the scam brothers behind Minnesota Gun Rights (NOT to be confused with this state's finest grassroots gun organization in the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus).

My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg explains.

The Dorr Brothers - Aaron, Chris and Ben - are a trio of "fundraisers" from Iowa who've been fleecing Minnesota gun owners, pro-lifers and other conservatives for a long time.

The pattern is always the same:
- Move into a state.

- Establish a social media presence.

- Refer to pro-life, pro-2nd-Amendment and other legislators as "RINOs" and "Sell-outs" and, more often than not, "pro gun control" and "pro abortion".

- Claim credit for the actual work that real gun rights/pro-life groups do.

- Tell their supporters via an endless stream of Facebook videos that their only way of standing up for gun rights and life (among other "causes") against all the "Traitors" is to give them money. Lots and lots of money.

- Pay themselves nearly all of that money.

- Do virtually nothing on the ground for actual candidates (and that which DOES get done, almost invariably, is done by the work of well-meaning local followers, with virtually no investment by the Dorrs themselves). To be thorough and fair, some of the local activists, working under the Dorr banner (but nothing else - no funding, nothing but Facebook videos and a few boxes of the printed material that is the Brothers' stock in trade) have done good work for conservative candidates.

Money given to the Dorrs might as well be given to Mike Bloomberg, "Protect" Minnesota or Planned Parenthood.

So yeah, definitely check out Catharine Richert's entire piece at MPR.

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Box Score of the Week

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - April 18, 2012.

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The game where Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes, which is an MLB record.





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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Watch out, you might get what you're after......

Another Sunday in lockdown, but the Northern Alliance Radio Network  rolls on. Today's edition of my 2-hour radio show The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive Democrat nominee for President, all the other failed Dem candidates (as well as Biden's former boss) have fallen in line. Hey, speaking of Biden, he's been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior toward a woman yet has not faced the same intense media scrutiny as Brett Kavanaugh did in September 2018.

In Minnesota, there was a protest in front of the governor's mansion demanding the state be "re-opened." Was this a wise move?

Then at 2:00, Archway Defense founder Peter Johnson will join the broadcast to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on  his business as well as how the pandemic has resulted in record gun sales in the month of March.


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, April 17, 2020

Just an FYI.......

Because I believe social distancing and staying home as much as possible is an effective deterrent to the spread of COVID-19 does not make me a statist.

But I also believe it's perfectly acceptable to inquire how stay-at-home restrictions can be loosened. This is in order for the economy to receive a much needed boost as well as citizens to feel a sense of normalcy. As such, this does not indicate I am underestimating the seriousness of a virus of which no one is immune.

In short, this Venn diagram encapsulates perfectly my sentiments:




Glad I could clear that up.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

They may get it yet

Saw this pop up in my Twitter timeline:




You know what else was notable about this past month of March, per NBC News?

Pandemic pushes U.S. gun sales to all-time high

Yes, I know. Schools were pretty much empty since the second week of March, thus no students susceptible to a mass shooter. But whenever there has been a school shooting, the focus of gun grabbers has been on the inanimate object (i.e. the firearm). So now that gun ownership has increased dramatically over the past month, why hasn't gun violence risen proportionally? Why it's almost as if it has more to do with the person in possession of a gun than the weapon itself.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

No, President Trump, you do not.

In response to the sh*t show that was President Donald Trump's press briefing on Monday.




This is utterly false and should be rejected by those of all political stripes. Full stop.

As you might expect, one of many of Trump's fervent critics was quick to react.




This is undeniable, but there is a key distinction. Then President Barack "I've got a pen and I've got a phone" Obama actively usurped separation of powers by essentially creating legislation unilaterally when Congress didn't bend to his whim. Trump, however, has been little more than insufferable bluster via his Twitter feed and off-the-cuff remarks at pressers. While it's unpresidential and deeply irresponsible, his saying such things don't equate to crafting policy.

All that said, the media and many leftists (but I repeat myself) would be best served to lay off the narrative of "ZOMG, WHY ISN'T TRUMP DEMANDING A NATIONAL SHELTER IN PLACE?!?!?!" They seem to want it both ways in that Trump needs to impose his will on the states in terms of demanding people stay inside during this COVID-19 pandemic but is borderline criminal if he even suggests a timeline for Americans to be able to get back to earning a living.

Why does everything have to be so stupid?

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Box Score of the Week

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres - April 6, 2016.

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With this 7-0 victory, the Dodgers started the 2016 season by scoring 25 unanswered runs, which is an MLB record. 

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

It was cheap at half the price, took a shovel where a spoon would suffice....

Happy Easter!

Yes, I will be conducting a live broadcast of my radio show The Closer 1-3 PM Central Time today.

We'll discuss the latest in local news surrounding COVID-19, specifically Gov. Walz's decision to extend Minnesota's stay-at-home order thru May 4. Also, we'll actually talk national politics, as Bernie Sanders suspends his presidential campaign.

At 1:30, I will be joined by Dr. Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. Dr. Reed will be discussing his book For God and Country


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 09, 2020

Bern out

Only in this constant news cycle of COVID-19 could a once top contender for President of the United States dropping out of the POTUS race be completely overshadowed.

Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, clearing Joe Biden's path to the Democratic nomination and a showdown with President Donald Trump in November.

Sanders first made the announcement in a call with his staff, his campaign said.

"I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth, and that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible," Sanders said in a livestream after the call. "So while we are winning the ideological battle and while we are winning the support of so many young people and working people throughout the country, I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign."

Sanders' exit caps a stunning reversal of fortune following a strong performance in the first three states that voted in February. The nomination appeared his for the taking until, on the last day of February, Biden surged to a blowout victory in South Carolina that set off a consolidation of moderate voters around the former vice president. The contest ends now as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, which halted in-person campaigning for both Sanders and Biden and has led many states to delay their primary elections.

As Blaze TV's Steve Deace points out, the timing of Sanders' announcement is rather ironic.

We have grocery store rationing. We're locked in our homes. We have record unemployment. Criminals and illegal aliens have more freedom than we do. Government is buying up everything and "loaning" us back our money it already confiscated from us. In other words, all of Bernie Sanders' main objectives have been achieved! There's no need for him to be in the race. His candidacy is now a redundancy. Mission accomplished!

And even better for him is Sanders can continue to lie sideways in the public trough while watching America's plight from one of his three homes. Not bad a gig.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Winkler being Winkler

I had a hard time expressing outrage over Minnesota legislator Ryan Winkler's latest shenanigans simply because they're as expected as the sun rising in the East.

In case you missed it, Sen. Scott Jensen was giving a speech on Tuesday regarding vital insulin legislation. Apparently unaware he was in view of the video recording, Winkler expressed his displeasure. 




Later in the day, Winkler responded to the backlash via Twitter.




Translation: OK, I'm sorry but......THEY STARTED IT!!!

Winkler is the House Majority Leader but it's highly unlikely he'll face any disciplinary action. That's the kind of perks which come with being in the majority party in that they control all the gavels and thus can determine what is or is not worthy of an ethics hearing.

Sure, what Winkler did was classless. But after referring to a black U.S. Supreme Court justice as an "Uncle Thomas" nearly 7 years ago, an incident like flipping off a fellow legislator is downright tame in comparison.

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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

New York State of Mind

With New York City now the epicenter of COVID-19, seeing stuff like this is downright infuriating. 






But remember, it's sparsely populated states like Wyoming (one of eight that has no shelter-in-place order) which apparently is the scourge of America.

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Monday, April 06, 2020

Box Score of the Week

Milwaukee Brewers at New York Yankees - July 27, 1988.

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A game which Yankees pitcher Tommy John made three errors on one play.





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Sunday, April 05, 2020

I found out credit cards don't mean you're rich, and beer and gasoline don't mix....

Back in the Patriot bunker for today's edition of my radio show The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

In the first hour, I'll look into some incidents of where government intervention and inefficiencies are hurting the response to COVID-19.

Then in the second hour, we'll look at some egregious examples of revisionist history by leftists and media (PTR) regarding President Trump's initial response to COVID-19, specifically before it became a pandemic in the U.S.


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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Saturday, April 04, 2020

Just a reminder....

....for those who are revising history about President Trump's initial attitude towards COVID-19 not being a major threat to America.




To be clear, this isn't to denigrate Dr. Fauci's credentials. Quite the opposite in fact. It's for those who want to pretend that only Trump was flippant in his concern over a possible pandemic coming to the U.S.

By the way, are any of these revisionist historians also bringing up the fact that the presumptive Democrat nominee for President, Joe Biden, held a campaign rally on Monday, March 9? That was literally one week before many states issued orders to close bars and restaurants in response to COVID-19 cropping up in America. 

It's almost as if perpetuating falsehoods is the only way to validate certain worldviews.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The usual buffoonery

Remember last week when President Trump was asked about a timeline for this COVID-19 pandemic that he expressed a desire for America to "get back to work" by April 12? The anti-Trump folks offered up the obligatory hyperbole, this time along the lines of "The President wants to kill off Grandma and Grandpa to save the stock market." As usual, these loons chose to merely glom onto a small portion of Trump's sentiment. The President said that while the Easter time frame was a worthwhile goal to see the country up and going again, he also conceded that he would weigh heavily the advice of the two medical professionals, Drs. Fauci and Birx, on his COVID-19 task force. Sure enough, within less than a week of his initial statement, Trump has re-calibrated expectations at the behest of.......SURPRISE!.....Fauci and Birx.

On Sunday, Trump indicated the Federal government's social distancing guidelines would be extended to April 30.




If the poo-flinging monkeys on the left (as well as the self-anointed "principled" "conservative" never Trumpers) had a scintilla of shame......BWHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah, I know. I crack myself up.

Truth is, these vacuous bobbleheads look for any reason to emit their impotent rage in hopes it will lead to Trump being defeated for reelection this November. I guess to them it's easier than helping their distressed neighbors in the midst of this pandemic.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Box Score of the Week

There's no telling when (or if) a Major League Baseball season will occur in 2020. Nevertheless, I've decided to re-up this feature given the season was supposed to start late last week.

So with that, let's look back at Opening Day 1974 when the Cincinnati Reds hosted the Atlanta Braves

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I decided to go with the proverbial layup (Yeah, I know. Different sport) and feature the game where Atlanta's Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list with his 714th career homer. Aaron would hit his 715th four days later at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

If I were you, I'd better watch out.....

So the month of March has really dragged on, eh? Nevertheless, radio stations are deemed "essential" in this COVID-19 outbreak, so I'll be in the Patriot bunker this afternoon for today's edition of my radio program The Closer. The 2-hour blitz will get started at 1:00 Central Time.

At 1:15, Minnesota State Senator Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) will check in to discuss the details of the MN Legislature's coronavirus relief package. He'll also weigh in on Gov. Tim Walz's executive orders concerning the outbreak. 

In the second hour, I will come to bury the national media, not to praise it.


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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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Vile hag

This woman has been irretrievably broken. It's genuinely sad to watch. 




In fairness, Shrill Hill is at least consistent in her personal worldview in America *not* being first. After all, as U.S. Secretary of State she was negligent in responding to calls for reinforcements from our consulate in Benghazi before the slaying of innocent Americans there in 2012. As you recall, it was then an *American* citizen who was thrown under the bus for the attack. The rationale by Clinton et al was the person's video on YouTube, which was not flattering towards Muslims, incited a spontaneous attack. 

I digress.

Shrill Hill's tweet was in reference to a report that America now has the most COVID-19 cases in the world, which means she stupidly believes the spoon fed lies coming from the Chinese Communist Party claiming their country's coronavirus cases have drastically reduced. So the CCP thanks you for spreading their propaganda, Hill. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Where credit is due

I don't really have a whole lot to add to the news of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issuing a "stay at home" order for the next two weeks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. I believe we know enough to ascertain that if merely a handful of people avoid infection that it could potentially spare hundreds if not thousands from obtaining it. Exponential growth is legit with this thing.

On a different note, I will say that I have been impressed with Gov. Walz's leadership in the midst of this pandemic. He has been matter-of-fact in assessing the seriousness of this coronavirus without engaging in fear mongering or using it as a cudgel against his political opponents. Can you imagine for a millisecond if we were still under the Mark Dayton administration?!?!? I'm not being flip when I say that I don't believe he would have lasted an entire week maintaining a modicum of dignity.

Personally, I'm OK staying at home since I have everything I need to fulfill the tasks of my day job. And in talking to management at the site of my side hustle, AM 1280 The Patriot, they have the technology which will allow me to broadcast my Sunday radio show from home!

In the meantime, I will pray fervently that we get through this pandemic with as few casualties as possible. Stay safe, all.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXV

- Gee, who could have ever predicted this would happen?

The University of Tampa announced on Saturday that five of its students have tested positive for coronavirus and are recovering after returning from a spring break trip.

The students were not identified and it’s unclear where they traveled or how many people were with them. None have been hospitalized and they are reportedly self-isolating now.

They traveled together with other UT students during the schools' break which took place from March 8 through 15.

"UT has been notified that five UT students, traveling together and with other UT students during Spring Break, have tested positive for COVID-19," the school said on Twitter. "We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery."

Four of the five students who tested positive returned to campus after their spring break trip, while one did not.

You know the ol' saying: Friends should never let friends drink alcohol out of someone else's ass crack.


- When it was reported that Gov. Tim Walz (now self-quarantined due to someone in his security detail having coronavirus) was going to be making an announcement Monday afternoon, I assumed it was going to be a shelter-in-place order. Despite that not being one of the Executive Orders handed down, my employer nevertheless felt it best to "thin the herd" at our corporate office and thus have as many people work from home as possible. As such, I was one of the chosen.

Starting Tuesday morning, I will be working from my home office. And then on Monday, March 30, the fetching Mrs Carlson (a Science teacher) will be holding class via e-learning, also from our house.

This is gonna be....uhhh....interesting.


- With the coronavirus outbreak in this country, I was very concerned how this would affect Americans who were already enduring mental health issues. With anxiety and depressions seeming to be an epidemic in our society, something like a pandemic to adversely impact one's physical and financial health would only serve to heighten such anxieties.

As such, many of our first responders on high alert.

Growing tensions over job loss and isolation measures are forcing police and paramedics to be prepared for an uptick in domestic violence and mental health calls.

As a result, police departments are ramping up their efforts. Minneapolis Police is one of them. They say they are already seeing a rise in calls related to domestic abuse issues and we are only heading into the second week of this new normal.

Police want people to realize there are plenty of options to reach out for help.

“People are facing major changes in their life,” said MPD spokesperson John Elder. “This adds to a heightened stress level.”

Elder wants residents to know they have outlets in these times of crisis.

First responders are fully prepared to deal with a rise in domestic violence and suicidal calls as people face job loss, staying indoors and an uncertain future.

My wife and I are blessed in that we're able to remain gainfully employed during these times. Heck, we're likely to save significant money given we won't be spending a heckuva lot on gas for the foreseeable future. But that said, we're keenly aware of those who feel helpless right now. These folks will definitely be in our prayers.

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