Wednesday, September 30, 2020

That time of year

I've been reminiscent lately over presidential election years past, specifically the 2004 campaign pitting President George W. Bush against Sen. John Kerry (D-MA). 

It was exactly four weeks before Election Day that a group of us gathered across the street from Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul to serve as a "counter protest" to the Vote For Change concert. If you recall, a group of musicians featuring R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young put on concerts all over the U.S. to raise money in an effort to defeat President Bush. At the time I was chair of the MN chapter of Protest Warrior, a group started by Bay Area conservatives which mocked the anti-war protesters who opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 

Here's a video from our gathering in 2004. 

I also made an appearance on WCCO TV's 10 pm news. 

Once the concert started and its attendees were inside the Xcel Energy Center, our group adjourned to Patrick McGovern's pub down the street where we indulged in some adult beverages as well as Game 1 of the American League Division Series featuring our Minnesota Twins taking on the New York Yankees. Twins starter Johan Santana pitched a gem in a 2-0 win for the local nine. You could say this was a perfect night for me in that I trolled leftists and saw my favorite MLB team win a postseason game. 

I think you know where I'm going with this. Over the next 16 years, my favorite MLB squad would win nary a playoff game in eighteen attempts. To think their last postseason win occurred a mere 28 days before George W. Bush was reelected President. When I put in that perspective, I am just flummoxed at the Twins' postseason ineptitude. 


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Programming note

 From the AM 1280 The Patriot Facebook page

Tune in tonight on AM 1280 The Patriot as we bring you live debate coverage starting at 7pm and post-debate coverage with Mitch Berg and Brad Carlson of the Northern Alliance Radio Network. Mitch & Brad will be joined by Kyle Hooten of Alpha News starting at 9:30pm. Tune in on AM 1280 or online at Debate night coverage is brought to you in part by Alpha News.

I typically don't indulge in presidential debates unless I am obligated to do so for a Patriot event, so I'll obviously be tuned in tonight.

Until then........


Monday, September 28, 2020

Box Score of the Week

 Yesterday was the final day of the MLB regular season, so let's check out the finale from September 27, 1942 when the Brooklyn Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies


The Dodgers notched their 104th win of the season, but it wasn't enough to qualify for the postseason. The 104 wins tied the 1909 Chicago Cubs for most regular season victories for teams who did not make the playoffs. 


Saturday, September 26, 2020

We play to win, we play for keeps.......

With my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg on assignment today, I will assume the reins of The Headliner edition of the NARN. The broadcast gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time. 

It's another guest intensive show today: 

  • 1:30 - Matt Mackowiak, political strategist, will join the broadcast to discuss President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee as well as the latest in the presidential race. 
  • 2:00 - Greg Pulles, GOP candidate for MN Senate District 44 (Plymouth, Minnetonka). 
  • 2:30 - Andrew Myers, GOP candidate for MN House District 33B (Shorewood, Chanhassen, Mound).

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, September 25, 2020

It's the end of the world as we know it.....

 This tweet was posted 14 months ago tomorrow. 

Since we'll be past the point of no return as of tomorrow, what are you planning on doing when the climate is officially irredeemable?


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Legally correct in Louisville

Over the past several months, my various social media feeds have been bombarded with demands for justice in the death of Louisville resident Breonna Taylor. The prevailing narratives were that Taylor was shot dead by police serving a "no-knock warrant" while she slept in her bed (much of that not true, BTW). As such, the only justice that would be acceptable in the minds of many would be the officers being charged with murder. But since it had been established that police did knock and announce themselves but fired shots only after being fired upon by Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker, murder charges were not going to occur. 

The official charges were handed down Wednesday. 

One of the police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March was charged Wednesday with first-degree wanton endangerment, but the officer whose shot killed Taylor was not indicted.

Judge Annie O’Connell announced the charges against the former Louisville detective, Brett Hankison, who was fired in June, during a grand jury proceeding. A warrant will be issued for his arrest, O'Connell said.

The charges accuse Hankison of firing blindly into several apartments and recklessly endangering Taylor’s neighbors, but do not charge him with firing at or killing Taylor. Two other officers involved in the March 13 incident, Detective Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, were not charged.

Cosgrove fired the shot that killed Taylor, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, but the grand jury considered his action justifiable.

As expected, mass unrest hit the streets of Louisville, this time resulting in two police officers being shot.

This saga is once again an example of what happens when media outlets cherry pick facts (or misstate them altogether) and present them to a populace already on edge over racial tensions. While the media isn't responsible for the actions of rioters and looters, they no doubt contributed to an already palpable outrage over this case. 

So was this the legally correct decision? It would appear so. However, Breonna Taylor is dead and she shouldn't be. So the law being on the officers' sides provides zero consolation to her family. 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXXXI

- Remember the Dems' strange new respect for Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) upon his voting to impeach President Trump & remove him from office, marching in a Black Lives Matter parade, etc.?

Yeah, I'm thinking we're back to Mitt the evil rich guy who gave a lady cancer

Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he would support a floor vote to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, essentially clinching consideration of President Donald Trump’s nominee this year despite the impending election.

Just two Republican senators
(actually one is backtracking  - ed.) have asked for the party to put the brakes on the confirmation. And with a 53-seat majority, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) now has the votes he needs to move forward with a nominee.

I wonder how long it'll be until the stories of Romney giving a prank haircut to a fellow high school student or leaving a dog in a kennel while atop a car are going to resurface.

- A not-so-surprising presidential endorsement from Sen. John McCain's widow.

If by "values as a nation" you believe they're undermining gun rights, abortions up until moments before birth and viewing tyrannical China as a "competitor" to the U.S. as opposed to hostile force, then absolutely. 

-  So I landed in "Twitter jail" Tuesday evening for a tweet I published almost a month ago. 

I am suspended until I delete the tweet or have my appeal approved (which is no sure thing). The reason I was given is that Twitter does not allow tweets which "glorify violence." 

Ummmm yeah, just one question here, uh..... ARE YOU F---ING KIDDING ME?!?!?! Glorifying violence???? I read the story at the link and then clicked the "tweet" button to post to twitter. The words in the tweet are literally what resulted when clicking on the aforementioned button. And speculating about the motive of a high profile shooting in Kenosha, WI? How the Sam Hell is that "glorifying violence?"

Honestly, if I didn't utilize Twitter so much for stories to cite on my weekly radio program, I would shit can the account altogether. What a friggin' hot garbage site that continues to be.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Of the same ilk

Given all the breathless news coverage of the latest in the 2020 elections, the death of a SCOTUS justice, etc., one may have missed the White House being the victim of a terroristic incident. 

A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, according to two law enforcement officials.

Two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility before reaching the White House.

Thankfully the person accused of sending this package has been arrested. 

Y'know.......if you just put glasses and a stocking cap on that woman, you get.......



Monday, September 21, 2020

Box Score of the Week

 Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians - April 5, 2014.


Detroit Tigers manager (and Twins skipper from 2002 thru 2014) Ron Gardenhire abruptly retired over the weekend, likely due to some lingering health issues. I certainly wish him a fruitful and long retirement. 

Anyhow, the game featured this week was Gardy's 1000th career victory as Twins manager. 


Sunday, September 20, 2020

Got the twelve o'clock news blues......

This is one of those Sundays where I could utilize a 3-hour broadcast. Nevertheless, today's edition of my radio show The Closer will air for the normal 2 hours, which is 1-3 PM Central Time. 

I'll obviously take a segment to weigh in on the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and how the political ramifications will be as rancorous as I've ever witnessed in my lifetime. 

Also, we have some important Minnesota legislative elections this year, so we'll talk to various candidates throughout the broadcast: 

  • 1:30 - Mary Giuliani Stephens, GOP candidate in MN Senate District 53 (Woodbury, Landfall and parts of Oakdale & Maplewood). 
  • 2:00 - Erik Mortensen, GOP candidate in MN House District 55A (Shakopee area). 
  • 2:30 - Doug Willetts, GOP candidate in MN Senate District 51 (Eagan, northern part of Burnsville). 

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.....


Saturday, September 19, 2020

The wild ride that is the year 2020 continues

A few months ago I quit saying a certain phrase (or variation thereof) which I had been conveying on a heavy rotation: "Dang 2020 can't get any more bizarre or surreal." As each month passed, I realized it could. 

Friday evening's news was just the latest in a series of loony occurrences. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the enigmatic, longtime Supreme Court justice who attained near cult-like status among progressive circles, died Friday at the age of 87 from complications surrounding metastatic pancreatic cancer.

The late Supreme Court justice, who spent more than two decades on the bench in the highest court of the land, is survived by her two children, Jane Carol and James Steven Ginsburg.

“Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature," Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said in a Friday evening statement. "We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her -- a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, was known for her soft-spoken demeanor that masked an analytical mind, a deep concern for the rights of every American and a commitment to upholding the Constitution.

I think back to early 2016 when Justice Antonin Scalia died and how that sent shockwaves through the political world. However, that was a full nine months before Election Day that year. Ginsburg's passing is a mere 45 days before this year's presidential election. 

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to hold hearings for then President Obama's nominee to replace Scalia, he plans on going through such a process for President Trump's pick.

If you channeled the collective rage of leftists upon McConnell issuing that statement, it would likely register on the Richter scale. You thought progs were unhinged during the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS confirmation hearings?!?! Nah, this is going to be a whole new level of derangement. 

So can the GOP majority in the U.S. Senate pull this off in such a short amount of time? For perspective, here is the time frame from nomination to confirmation for Ginsburg as well as each of the eight active justices. 

So if Trump loses reelection and the Senate GOP falls out of the majority, any confirmation would have to take place in a "lame duck" session. Yeah, there's gonna be some unrest like we haven't seen this year and we've seen more than enough. 


If you're the praying kind, I hope you'll join me in crying out to our Lord for the most peaceful resolution to this overwhelmingly contentious time we're in. It's likely to become orders of magnitude more rancorous over the next 3-4 months.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Bad polling, huh Nance?

This speech by House Speaker Marie Antoinette Nancy Pelosi is likely the result of one emotion: Panic! 


My guess is Democrat POTUS candidate Joe Biden trying to pawn off the unrest as the result of being in "Donald Trump's America" wasn't resonating with voters, so previously silent Dem leaders are attempting to stem the tide of a presidential race becoming too close for comfort. That, and the leftist media's "REPUBLICANS POUNCE!" retort to the GOP's criticism of rioting and looting isn't really fooling as many people as they had hoped. 


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Who's down with U.P.P.?

A few years ago, my friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg brilliantly coined the phrase "Urban Progressive Privilege."

A summary: 

Like the concept of “white privilege” (which, conventional wisdom tells us, that “whites are carefully taught not to recognize white privilege”), the first rule of Urban Progressive Privilege is “I don’t believe there is such a thing”; it’s the water in which the Urban Progressive swims. So I have begun in an untutored way to ask what it is like to have Urban Progressive Privilege. I have come to see Urban Progressive Privilege as an invisible and group package of unearned assets that I can count on using daily, but about which it’s hard to be anything but oblivious.

Urban Progressive Privilege is like an invisible weightless NPR tote bag of special permissions, immunities, secret handshakes, Whole Foods gift cards, a virtual echo chamber accompanying everyone who has that privilege, filtering out almost all cognitive dissonance about political, social or moral questions, and a virtual “cone of silence” immunizing them from liability for anything they say or do that contradicts the group’s stated principles.

This immediately leapt to mind when reading how the proggie infested Minneapolis City Council is incredulous over citizen concerns about lack of police response. 


The meeting was slated as a Minneapolis City Council study session on police reform.

But for much of the two-hour meeting, council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents are seeing and hearing street racing which sometimes results in crashes, brazen daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults and shootings. And they asked Arradondo what the department is doing about it.

"Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said Jamal Osman, newly elected council member of Ward 6. He said he's already been inundated with complaints from residents that calls for police aren’t being answered.

“That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen,” Osman said.

Just months after leading an effort that would have defunded the police department, City Council members at Tuesday’s work session pushed chief Medaria Arradondo to tell them how the department is responding to the violence.

The number of reported violent crimes, like assaults, robberies and homicides are up compared to 2019, according to MPD crime data. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes, like burglaries and auto thefts, are also up. Incidents of arson have increased 55 percent over the total at this point in 2019.

To anyone paying a bit of attention, this is pretty simple. Resources are woefully low among the MPD. With the department being under siege (including having the 3rd precinct burned to the point of being uninhabitable) and vilified, many officers have chosen to take early retirement, transfer or leave the profession altogether. As such, they're having to scramble to beef up personnel on patrol, including transferring people from other areas of the P.D. 

Council President Lisa Bender, who three months ago basically said having an expectation of public safety when calling 911 is "privilege," made an unsubstantiated claim that officers are deliberately not arresting people committing crimes out of defiance. Well, again, if officers are being stripped of much of their ability to restrain citizens, I would certainly understand if they're even the slightest bit hesitant to make arrests for fear of at best losing their jobs and at worst inciting more riots if someone posts video footage of a detainment. 

I hope the citizens of Minneapolis have this fresh in their minds come municipal elections next year. While they are in genuine fear of the increasing violent crime rate within their city while grappling with the uncertain response time of police, the folks who represent them on the City Council can always order up some of that private security when things get rough. 

Urban Progressive Privilege is a real thing y'all. 


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXXX

 - By now you have likely heard the story of two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies being gunned down in Compton over the weekend. Thankfully, the two officers will likely survive the attack. 

If leftists had any semblance of intellectual consistency (Yeah, I know. Work with me here), they would acknowledge their inflammatory rhetoric towards law enforcement is leading to violence against police. I say that because Sarah Palin placing a symbolic cross-hairs symbol on a Congressional map was, in the mind of many in the "de-fund the police" crowd, the main reason Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in Tucson, AZ by an apolitical madman in early 2011. Oh, and another point of flaming hypocrisy? We've been told by members of Black Lives Matter, et al that there are no "good apples" among law enforcement, yet people of that same ilk blocking the hospital entrance where the LASD deputies were brought and subsequently yelling "WE HOPE THEY DIE!!" are supposedly not indicative of BLM activists as a whole. 

In the end, the only person responsible for this shooting is the assailant. Period. Speaking of which, let's hope "WOKE!" NBA star LeBron James takes up the LA Sheriff's challenge to match the reward money for information leading to an arrest of the gunman. This shouldn't be too difficult for Bronny to embrace since he's often invoking the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote of "Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere."

- shakedown or shake-down[ sheyk-doun ]


extortion, as by blackmail or threats of violence

Here is a tweet (now deleted) posted by Shadi Hamid, contributor to The Atlantic, promoting his latest piece

Translation: Nice little country ya got there. It'd be a shame if something happened to it

- When satire is literally indistinguishable from news reports

Look, I get it. CNN knows its audience and thus realizes it would be a veritable sh*t storm were they to characterize this as a political boon for the Trump administration.  But for a network whose personalities get so morally offended when they're chided "fake news" by Trump and his supporters, they sure work overtime to validate those criticisms. 


Monday, September 14, 2020

Box Score of the Week

 Kansas City Athletics at Minnesota Twins - June 9, 1966.


This past Saturday evening, the Twins hit back-to-back home runs twice in a game for only the second time in franchise history. This week's featured contest marked the first the Twins pulled off that feat. 


Sunday, September 13, 2020

What goes up must come down.....

From today thru the first Sunday in February, NFL football will be in action every week (barring, say, a COVID cancellation of the season). As such, we know many of you will likely catch my radio program The Closer via podcast, but we'll still air the broadcast live 1-3 PM Central Time. 

I'll take the first couple of segments to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, and how the American unity shown on 9/12/2001 is faint memory when considering today's political discourse. 

I will also weigh in on Bob Woodward's latest book which paints an incredibly unflattering picture of President Trump. 

In the second hour, I'll talk some local stuff, including the Minneapolis City Council realizing it's easier said than done to de-fund the police department. Speaking of police, many are rescinding endorsements of DFL candidates. 

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, September 11, 2020

A non-scientific approach to science

By now you've likely seen the story that the Sturgis, SD motorcycle rally last month resulted in more than 250,000 new COVID-19 cases across the country. Any person with an ounce of critical thinking skills and intellectual honesty had to know that didn't quite pass the proverbial sniff test. 

So what was the real impact of a gathering with approximately half a million cyclists practicing little to no social distancing and rare mask usage? 

According to South Dakota health officials, 124 new cases in the state—including one fatal case—were directly linked to the rally. Overall, COVID-19 cases linked to the Sturgis rally were reported in 11 states as of September 2, to a tune of at least 260 new cases, according to The Washington Post.

There very well may be more cases that have been linked to the early August event, but so far, that's only 260 confirmed cases—about 0.1 percent of the number the IZA paper offers.

To get to the astronomical number of cases allegedly spread because of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the researchers analyzed "anonymized cellphone data to track the smartphone pings from non-residents and movement of those before and after the event," notes Newsweek. "The study then linked those who attended and traveled back to their home states, and compared changes in coronavirus trends after the rally's conclusion."

Essentially, the researchers assumed that new spikes in cases in areas where people went post-rally must have been caused by those rally attendees, despite there being no particular evidence that this was the case. The paper, which has not been peer-reviewed, failed to account for simultaneous happenings—like schools in South Dakota reopening, among other things—that could have contributed to coronavirus spread in some of the studied areas.

The researchers also assumed a $46,000 price tag for each person infected to calculate the $12.2 billion public health cost of the event—but this figure would only make sense if every person had a severe case requiring hospitalization.

The results of the IZA paper "do not align with what we know," South Dakota epidemiologist Joshua Clayton said at a Tuesday news briefing. The IZA paper "isn't science; it's fiction," Gov. Kristi Noem (R) said.

It's also good election-time propaganda, apparently. Despite the dubious nature of the IZA study, a range of Democratic consultants and cheerleaders have been using it to condemn President Donald Trump.

An therein lies the true motivation for releasing a report based mostly on statistical possibility as opposed to science-based probability. 

What's perhaps most amusing is the proggie woke scolds who lecture others about needing to "TRUST THE SCIENCE!!!" were the biggest culprits in trafficking this scientifically dubious assertion that Sturgis was a "super spreader" event. Amazing how similar concerns weren't raised regarding mass protests over social justice. Why it's almost as if this COVID-19 saga isn't based 100% on science. Perish the thought!


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Leftists pounce on excerpts of Bob Woodward's unflattering book about Trump

I guess my biggest question is why would anyone give journalist Bob Woodward unfettered access? I have a theory, which I'll come back to. 

But first......

President Trump on Wednesday ripped into Bob Woodward’s new book as “just another political hit job” after the author claimed Trump said he knew the coronavirus was “deadly” but went to great lengths to downplay the virus in public.

Pressed on his reported coronavirus comments during an afternoon event in the Diplomatic Room of the White House, the president defended himself: "You cannot show a sense of panic."

It follows an earlier defense of Trump from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who said Wednesday: “When you are facing insurmountable challenges, it is important to express confidence, it is important to express calm.”

“He makes clear that he doesn’t want to see chaos, by the way, which is the second part of the quote which you failed to read,” she continued, addressing a reporter who had read part of the quote.

“The president just days after having this discussion with Bob Woodward, said this from this podium, on March 30, he said, ‘I do want them to stay calm, we are doing a great job, if you look at the individual statements they are all true, stay calm, it will go away but it's important to stay calm,’” the press secretary said. “So this president does what leaders do -- good leaders -- it’s stay calm and resolute at a time when you face an insurmountable challenge.”

I don't often point to Trump's Twitter feed for solid rebuttals, but he actually has a solid one here.

As the first reported positive U.S. cases started to emerge in early March, Trump tapped Vice President Mike Pence to form a coronavirus task force to best determine the way forward. Heck, Trump took substantive action even earlier than that when he banned travel from China, the country where this strain of coronavirus originated. And for that he was deemed a racist. Regardless, from that point forward, Trump (for better or worse) has been following the recommendations of Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx in how to best balance public health with economic activity. Seems to me that his actions don't quite fit a narrative of his not taking the virus seriously. 

But to get back to my original query as to why Trump would give someone like Woodward, who's never had a penchant for flattery, such inside access into his administration. To me this was classic Trump from the standpoint that he believes he is so charismatic and charming that anyone with whom he interacts will be smitten. As such, I contend that Trump believed he could be the first ever President of the United States whom Woodward would openly laud. Obviously it didn't work out that way. 

Trump may ultimately lose re-election, but to say it will be due in large part to what Woodward has written seems far fetched. Some key third quarter economic indicators will be released about a week before Election Day. If those continue to show significant improvement despite the COVID induced lockdowns, this book will be long down the memory hole. 


Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXXIX

 - The Minneapolis City Council appears to be pumping the brakes on its desire to de-fund the police department. 

The Minneapolis City Council’s resolve to end the city’s police department has lost momentum, the result of the failure to get the question before voters in November and council members’ diverging ideas on the role of sworn officers in the future.

In the three months since nine council members pledged to end the department following George Floyd’s killing, the city has experienced a surge in violent crime, another night of unrest and blowback from residents who felt they had been left out of the initial conversations about change.

Some council members have remained consistent in their statements about policing, while others have softened their rhetoric, saying now that they do envision officers as part of any revamping of public safety.

Actually, the denigrating rhetoric & hostility levied towards the MPD by the City Council et al may have unwittingly led to cutbacks in the department

I've said it before, but it bears repeating. The city of Minneapolis definitely deserves better unless residents choose to reelect Mayor Jacob Frey and all members of the current city council next year. 

-  My wife and I finally got around to seeing Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of British rock group Queen. It's downright uncanny how actor Rami Malek resembled both 1970s and 1980s Freddie Mercury. And the culmination of the movie featured the band's performance at 1985's Live Aid in London. It had me believing I was watching actual footage of the event. 

Anyhow, I highly recommend. 

- Remember how certain Hollywood production companies and actors/actresses vowed to boycott projects filmed in Georgia due to the state's passage of an abortion ban beyond 20 weeks pregnancy? Apparently one large entertainment conglomerate is cool with doing business in a country rampant with actual tyranny and egregious human rights abuses. 

Disney filmed “Mulan” in regions across China (among other locations). In the credits, Disney offers a special thanks to more than a dozen Chinese institutions that helped with the film. These include four Chinese Communist Party propaganda departments in the region of Xinjiang as well as the Public Security Bureau of the city of Turpan in the same region — organizations that are facilitating crimes against humanity. It’s sufficiently astonishing that it bears repeating: Disney has thanked four propaganda departments and a public security bureau in Xinjiang, a region in northwest China that is the site of one of the world’s worst human rights abuses happening today.

More than a million Muslims in Xinjiang, mostly of the Uighur minority, have been imprisoned in concentration camps. Some have been released. Countless numbers have died. Forced sterilization campaigns have caused the birth rate in Xinjiang to plummet roughly 24 percent in 2019 — and “imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group” fits within the legally recognized definition of genocide. Disney, in other words, worked with regions where genocide is occurring, and thanked government departments that are helping to carry it out.

People often decry celebrities (i.e. actors/actresses, singers, pro athletes, etc.) speaking out on political and social issues, often telling them to stick to focusing on their craft. Truth be told, I want people of that ilk to continue sharing their worldview. By allowing these elites to let us know who they really are and what they value is perhaps the quickest method to decent human beings deciding to tune them out. 


Monday, September 07, 2020

Box Score of the Week

It's Labor Day, so let's check out a game from the holiday in 2001 - St Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres


This was the first time in MLB history that a no-hitter was thrown on Labor Day. The Cards' Bud Smith did the honors. 


Sunday, September 06, 2020

I'm not much on hangin' around where I'm not wanted at all.....

It's Labor Day weekend, but no time off for the Northern Alliance Radio Network. My 2-hour show The Closer gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time. 

A couple of big local stories to cover, including a Ramsey County court dismissing a lawsuit to end Gov. Walz's executive authority to continue peacetime emergency powers. Also, what happened to all those white supremacists allegedly responsible for the rioting ad looting in Minneapolis a few months ago? 

We'll also cover one of the bigger national news stories from this past week, which was House Speaker Marie Antoinette Nancy Pelosi once again demonstrating her attitude that rules are for mere peasants. 

Then for the 2:00 pm hour, friend of the broadcast and fellow NFL enthusiast Mark Heuring will join the broadcast to preview the NFL's NFC North division. Given I'm a Vikings rube and Mark's a Packers fan, it's the only division which matters to us. 

So please call (651) 289-4488 if you'd like to weigh in on any of the topics we plan on addressing. 

You can listen live in the Twin Cities at AM 1280 or, if you're near downtown Minneapolis/West Metro area, 107.5 FM on your radio dial. In and out of the Minneapolis-St Paul area you can listen to the program on the Internet by clicking this link, or check us out via iheart radio as well as Amazon Alexa (just say "Alexa, play The Patriot Minneapolis")If you're unable to tune in live, please check out my podcast page for the latest show post.

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

Until then.....


Friday, September 04, 2020

Just so we're clear......

In this COVID-19 pandemic, certain elected officials and public health "experts" have sanctioned large social justice protests where there's no social distancing and middling wearing of masks. 

However, I'm supposed to be outraged because an NFL quarterback who regularly wears a mask complains that he doesn't like doing so???



Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXXVIII

 - This legal decision did not surprise me in the least. 

A Ramsey County judge on Tuesday dismissed a legal challenge to Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit, brought by a group of businesses and 13 Republican legislators, contended the Democratic governor is abusing his power and interfering with the legislative process. Dubbed the Free Minnesota Small Business Coalition, the group asked a judge to block Walz from issuing or enforcing emergency executive orders that he has used to limit businesses’ operations, close schools and require masks in indoor public places.

District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan upheld the constitutionality of the governor’s actions. “The Governor has acted pursuant to the authority delegated to him by the Legislature,” he wrote. “The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an act of nature that provides the Governor with the basis to declare a peacetime state of emergency in Minnesota.”

I emphasized the sentence I did because that is the exact reason why I knew this lawsuit was an exercise in futility. While I concur that Gov. Walz should consult the legislative body when making critical decisions regarding the pandemic, he is literally under no legal obligation to do so. 

So do Republicans have any options to ultimately strip Walz of his power? Why, yes. Yes they do. It has to do with something involving a ballot box this November, specifically keeping the majority in the Senate and gaining control of the House. The latter would appear a tall task, but not nearly as insurmountable as taking away the executive branch's legislated power. 

- Congratulations to NFL player Manti Te'o, who recently got married.

She's a stunner, no doubt. And while I concede that looks aren't everything, Te'o's current partner is orders of magnitude more attractive than the gal he dated while in college

- Top Congressional Democrat Marie Antoinette is in a bit of a sticky wicket
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited a San Francisco hair salon on Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out, despite local ordinances keeping salons closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News has learned.

In security footage obtained by Fox News, and timestamped Monday at 3:08 p.m. Pacific Time, the California powerhouse is seen walking through ESalonSF in San Francisco with wet hair, and without a mask over her mouth or nose.

The stylist doing her hair can be seen following her wearing a black face mask.

Salons in San Francisco had been closed since March and were only notified they could reopen on Sept. 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.

This oughta play well among folks who were forbidden from holding a memorial service for deceased loved ones, having an indoor wedding, visiting elderly relatives in nursing homes, etc. And perhaps most egregious is how "social justice" protests over the past few months have been allowed to proceed with no social distancing and scant mask-wearing but Jewish children had their playground entrance gates welded shut

Kudos to the Daily Wire for this gem: