Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Way down here, you need a reason to move......

Ahhhh, the travel bug bit us again.

See ya sometime next week.


Sunday, February 11, 2024

The NARN Closer's playlist - 2/11/2024


When this began, I had nothing to say......

For only the third time in about 12 years, I will broadcast live on Super Bowl Sunday! Today's 2-hour edition of my radio show The Closer will start at 1:00 PM Central Time. 

In the first hour, I'll do an in-depth recap of President Joe Biden's awful week where his feeble mindedness was on full display. Even prominent Democrat strategists/pundits are now in full panic mode. 

Then in the second hour I'll preview the Minnesota Legislative session slated to begin this week. 

Finally at 2:30, Vice President of legal and judicial strategy at Americans for Prosperity Casey Mattox will join the broadcast. Casey will be on to discuss how the Biden administration looked to pressure Amazon to de-platform books conveying skepticism over vaccines. 

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, where we also conduct a "Live Stream" of the broadcast.

Until then.....


Saturday, February 10, 2024

Super Bowl LVIII: The Q&A

Dang, these Super Bowl weekends sneak up on me!

And to think this is the nineteenth installment of this SB prediction bit. On the off chance there is someone new here, a guy who dubs himself "Super Bowl Inquisitor" makes an annual appearance on my site to discuss things involving the big game. Basically, he'll fire off a question or statement and I'll reply with an utterly hilarious retort ( least I crack myself up).

So to paraphrase Benster Gerbschmidt Heuring of the inimitable Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood....."Watch us work."

Super Bowl Inquisitor: Check out this scenario - in a year where two geriatric males are running for President of the United States, the Kansas City Chiefs score a double digit victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Oh, and let's throw in some sort of deadly plague to boot.

Brad Carlson: OK, as a political observer, 49ers fan and kind of a germaphobe, I'm officially depressed by this prediction. Maybe we oughta end this bit right now. 

SBI: Prediction? No, I'm recapping events from the first few months of 2020. 

BC: Thanks for the lookback, Mr. History Buff. 

SBI: You're welcome. 

Country music legend Reba McEntire will sing the National Anthem. Your thoughts?

BC: An awesome choice! I'm anticipating a sheer patriotic version of The Star Spangled Banner. Here's your once chance to not be fancy, Reba. Don't let me down!

SBI: And halftime entertainment will be brought to you by Usher. Do you like any of his tunes?

BC: Yeah!

SBI: OK. Which one?

BC: More. 

SBI: More what? I'm asking simple questions here.

BC: And I answered with Yeah! and More


BC: That's a good one, too!

SBI: Do the kids still say "whatevs?" 

Anyhow, let's get this one out of the way early. What's your feelings on all the hype surrounding musical icon Taylor Swift and her relationship with Chiefs' player Travis Kelce? 

BC: Is there such a phrase as "passionate indifference?" Because when it comes to the status of their relationship and where they spend their free time, that's how I can best describe my sentiments. 

SBI: Given Taylor has a concert in Tokyo this weekend, it's going to be a close call whether or not she arrives on time for the big game in Las Vegas. Think she'll make it?

BC: No clue, but I'm sure the Swifties are going to demand that NORAD implement for Taylor the Santa Claus flight tracker. There hasn't been this much attention on a singular flight since the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

SBI: So you're not terribly bothered that the TV cameras pan to her when Travis has big plays?

BC: Not at all. But given it's an election year, I demand equal time for Olivia Culpo when her boyfriend Christian McCaffrey makes a splash. 

SBI: Speaking of McCaffrey, if his 49ers prevail, he and his dad Ed will have the distinction of being the first father-son duo to win a Super Bowl for the same franchise. Cool, huh? 

BC: Very cool, yes. But I still hold in slightly higher esteem the father-son duo of Carmine and Francis Ford Coppola winning four Oscars between them for The Godfather. 

SBI: Speaking of dads, any chance the recent DWI arrest of Patrick Mahomes, Sr. will impact his son's quest for a third Super Bowl championship?

BC: Nah. If anything, the younger Mahomes is more distracted by the focus on his dad bod

SBI: History will be made this game: A man by the name of Terry Killens will be the Umpire on Sunday, making him the first to officiate *and* play in a Super Bowl (he was with the 1999 Tennessee Titans). 

BC: Given he had one special teams tackle in Super Bowl 34, I'm guessing he's going to have a bigger impact this game since he's armed with a yellow flag. 

SBI: Each team has been sustained offensively by players (RB Isiah Pacheco for the Chiefs; QB Brock Purdy for the 49ers) who were selected within the final 12 picks of the 2022 NFL draft. Who woulda thunk it?

BC: Reminiscent of the successful offensive by the Ewoks when taking on the big bad Empire on the forest moon of Endor. 

SBI: Are you and the Mrs. hosting a big gathering during the game this year?

BC: Nah. Only about 3-4 friends coming over. Any they'll be treated to some mighty fine BBQ as well as cupcakes with red an yellow sprinkles. Kind of a hat tip to Kansas City. 

SBI: What, no love for San Francisco????

BC: Eh. Not really a fan of Rice-A-Roni or sidewalk feces. Though I could pay homage to San Fran by breaking into a CVS while donning my George Kittle jersey. 

SBI: On that note, let's get to your prediction. The 49ers are currently 2-point favorites. How ya see this one? 

BC: I indicated two weeks ago that this year's Super Bowl would essentially be the coronation of whomever wins the AFC title game. So I've been pretty bullish on KC the past several days. In fact, I haven’t been this confident in my Super Bowl pick since I predicted the 18-0 New England Patriots to comfortably defeat the New York Giants 16 years ago. 

So with that in mind, I’m performing an “about face” by going with the 49ers in a tight knit ballgame. Call it 24-21, Niners.

Enjoy the game, all!

My 2023 postseason record:

Against the spread: 7-5

Straight up: 9-3


Thursday, February 08, 2024

Breaking: Biden is old and forgetful

I was rather taken aback by how many leftists jumped around like poo-flinging monkeys when it was announced Special Counsel Robert Hur would not recommend criminal charges against President Joe Biden over his mishandling of classified documents. Not because I somehow believed proggies would be intellectually consistent by maintaining the same energy they did when calling for Donald Trump's head over similar indiscretions. No, my surprise was rooted in the fact that they don't seem to grasp that the reason Biden won't be charged isn't exactly bolstering his reelection chances. 

The special counsel also described Biden as "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

OK, this isn't exactly news that Biden is a doddering old fool. But to have someone in an official capacity come right out and say it is quite damning.

Instead of sleeping on it and crafting a response in the morning, the President decided to hold an impromptu press conference to respond to the Special Counsel's report. And it went about as well as you'd expect

Knowing that Biden has rarely (if ever) done public appearances before 10:00 a.m or after 7:00 p.m. throughout most of his presidency, I can't imagine his handlers endorsed this move. Given members of his administration run roughshod over him when he actually is pragmatic (i.e. defending Israel's right to exist shortly after the 10/7/2023 terror attacks against the country), I find it difficult to believe they couldn't prevent this disastrous scenario from taking place. 

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might be inclined to believe that the President's disillusioned staff is tired of playing "Weekend at Biden's" and thus they actually encouraged him to call this gathering. The reason for that of course is to put on full display how utterly inept he is, thus sending a strong signal to fellow Democrats that pressing forth in the '24 campaign with this walking cadaver puts Trump in a prime position to win in November. 

If Democrats are as concerned about Trump being this grand threat to our republic as they constantly say, there's already a plan in motion to oust Biden as their nominee. I get that a political party attempting to usurp its incumbent President from running for reelection doesn't have precedence, but Trump being this grand threat means all options have to be on the table. Anything short of extreme measures will tell you that their pearl clutching over Trump is little more than hyperbole in order to scare low information voters. 


Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Quick Hits: Volume CCCXXXIX

 - Chaos on the U.S. House of Representatives floor Tuesday evening

The Republican effort to impeach Department of Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas failed Tuesday night in a dramatic House standoff that came down to the wire thanks to three Republican defectors.

The resolution was defeated 216 to 214, as Republican Representatives Tom McClintock of California, Ken Buck of Colorado, and Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin joined the united Democratic caucus in voting against impeachment. Representative Blake Moore (R., Utah) joined the “no” side at the last minute to break a tie and allow Republicans to bring the resolution to the floor again. Representative Steve Scalise (R., La.) was absent due to cancer treatments.

Some GOP House members took to X to criticize their fellow Republicans who voted not to impeach, with Representative Nancy Mace (S.C.) saying those four chose “to snub the will of the people.” Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) told reporters after the vote that “there was a motion to recommit,” meaning “that we can bring the articles of impeachment back to the floor maybe as early as next week. So this is not over yet.”

The articles of impeachment accuse Mayorkas, who has presided over record levels of illegal immigration, of “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” and “breach of public trust.”

My unpopular opinion (at least among the political right)? This is the correct call. 

Is Mayorkas incompetent? Perhaps. Derelict in his duty? Definitely appears so. But if you believe then President Donald Trump's so-called "perfect phone call" with the Ukrainian president was not an impeachable offense, then Mayorkas' poor job performance isn't either. 

You'll never convince me that it's somehow justified to weaponize power because the opposite side has done so. I'll concede that's where we seem to have arrived in today's American politics, but it doesn't make it any less sleazy. 

- The Minnesota Senate has a new Majority Leader ahead of the legislative session slated to begin next week. 

Longtime St. Paul lawmaker Sen. Erin Murphy will be the leader of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor majority in the Minnesota Senate.

DFL senators elected Murphy as majority leader on Tuesday, a little less than a week before the 2024 legislative session begins. Murphy replaces Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic, who had been the top Senate Democrat since their party won a 34-33 majority over Republicans in the 2022 election.

Dziedzic announced last week she had to step down after learning her cancer had returned after she underwent surgery to remove a tumor during the legislative session last year. The five-term senator will remain in office but announced she would vacate the leadership role last Friday.

If you recall, Murphy won the DFL endorsement for Minnesota governor back in 2018, only to lose in the Dem primary to current Gov. Tim Walz. For all the virtue signaling prog men engage in over more women needing to be in elected office, they certainly have no qualms about stepping over them to obtain power (see also Mark Dayton usurping DFL-endorsed Margaret Anderson-Kelliher in the 2010 gov race). 

Would love to be that proverbial fly on the wall when legislative leaders meet with Walz this upcoming session. 

- For a stretch in the early to late 1990s, I became a fan of country music. The artists who really swayed me were Garth Brooks, Clint Black, John Michael Montgomery, Alan Jackson.......and Toby Keith. 

The song that drew me in to Keith's music was his debut single on his second album Boomtown, released in 1994

This song was especially resonant because I had just seen my ex fiancĂ©e a month earlier, and she told me she was dating a guy. Since the gist of the song "Who's That Man" is about a divorced guy driving by his former house to see his ex married to another guy who's fathering the divorcee's kids, it's not perfectly analogous. Nevertheless, the tune still impacted me in that someone had taken my place seemingly against my desires. 

Keith not only sang about matters of the heart, he also was unapologetically patriotic, especially when singing of putting a "boot in your a**" if you dare cross America. 

Sadly, it was announced Tuesday morning that Keith succumbed to cancer at age 62

While it's difficult to say goodbye to our favorite musical artists, their enduring "art" will make it feel as though they're always with us. 


Sunday, February 04, 2024

The NARN Closer's playlist - 2/4/2024


Blue Kentucky highway, headin' for the line.........

The calendar may say February, but the weather screams mid March. Regardless, I'll be back in the Patriot bunker for today's edition of my 2-hour radio show The Closer. We'll get started at 1:00 PM Central Time. 

In the first hour I'll discuss Minnesota related issues, included local conservative non-profits being fire bombed, Rep. Ilhan Omar's bizarre declaration about the U.S. government acquiescing to Somalia, etc. 

Then in the second hour, I will weigh in on the bizarre notion that Taylor Swift's popularity is some sort of psyop for President Joe Biden's reelection campaign (my god, Trumpkins, I'm talking about TSwift. LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO!!!). 

At 2:30, the NARN's official technology wonk D. Greg Scott will stop by to discuss Russian hackers gaining access to sensitive information belonging to Microsoft. 

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, where we also conduct a "Live Stream" of the broadcast.

Until then.....


Friday, February 02, 2024

Domestic terrorism?

Unlike progs in the aftermath of a mass shooting, I'm going to withhold speculation on what looks to be a deliberately violent act aimed at conservatives. 

Federal and local agencies are investigating a fire that broke out early Sunday morning in an office building in Golden Valley that houses three of the state’s most prominent conservative organizations.

Ashlee Sherrill, public information officer for the St. Paul Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), did not provide details or indicate who, or if anyone, was targeted but confirmed the investigation is moving forward as an “arson investigation.”

John Hinderaker, president of the Center of the American Experiment (CAE), said based on the location of the fires in the building, it appears that someone targeted conservative groups.

“The fires were obviously set by someone. They targeted conservative organizations. They didn’t firebomb the chiropractors or psychologists or Manufacturers Alliance. We are working with authorities to try to identify the perpetrators,” Hinderaker said.

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to a fire at 8421 Wayzata Blvd. shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the fire department.

The nonprofits TakeCharge, CAE, and the Upper Midwest Law Center (UMLC) all rent office space in the building. CAE and TakeCharge are located on the first floor. UMLC is on the third floor. All three organizations advocate for conservative causes across the state and each reported extensive damage.

Given it was three conservative organizations specifically hit, it doesn't take a ton of dot-connecting to arrive at leftwing domestic terrorism. But, again, I say that we should allow the investigation to play out, no matter where it may lead. 

Since the DFL controls all levers of power in Minnesota, they feel it's a license to legislate like we're a cold California, lie with impunity on national news shows and gaslight the public on the the disastrous consequences of their policies. But they also see fit to jump around like poo-flinging monkeys amid suffering of their political opponents. That's your cue, Rep. Andy Smith (DFL-Rochester).

After what I'm certain was much backlash, Smith nuked his entire Twitter account. 

My guess is Smith will be back in a few weeks after a cooling down period. And because he's a prog, it'll be completely glossed over by most (if not all) mainstream media outlets. But if Smith's ghoulish joke is covered at all, it's not beyond our media to frame it as "Conservatives pounce on Rochester legislator over a joke." 

At any rate, since the Feds are investigating this fire, they'll likely have as much success finding the perp(s) as the Secret Service did in determining who left cocaine behind in the White House