Sunday, December 04, 2022

I don't know where I can go to let these ghosts out of my skull.....

It's weeks likes this past one where I need a third hour on my Sunday radio show. Heck, after this past week I could likely fill four hours. Alas, the normal two will have to suffice for today's edition of The Closer. The broadcast gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time. 


In the first hour, I'll discuss the latest goings on at Twitter, specifically progs flipping out over no longer having a stranglehold on the platform. Also, journalist Matt Taibbi brings receipts on Twitter actively suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story a month ahead of the 2020 presidential election. 


Then in the second hour, I'll weigh in on the perpetual dumpster fire within the MNGOP and how a certain former Chair just won't go away. 



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.....


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Friday, December 02, 2022

Like a bad penny

How are we supposed to miss her if she won't go away?


Former Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan sued the state party in relation to her ouster, claiming that her ability to gain new jobs in politics was damaged by remarks made by past colleagues.

Carnahan’s lawsuit filed Thursday in Hennepin County District Court alleges she was improperly disparaged in violation of a separation agreement she signed in August 2021. Carnahan resigned amid allegations of a hostile work environment and other internal troubles. She was paid about $38,000 when she stepped down.

The party immediately fired back with a countersuit that said Carnahan’s actions damaged the party’s reputation. The counteraction also criticized Carnahan’s association with a major operative and donor who is facing a raft of federal charges.

Carnahan declined comment when reached by phone. But her attorney, Matthew Schaap, said the exit contract was breached.

“A number of people who were involved with the party and bound by the agreement were on social media and in the public essentially saying negative things and disparaging Ms. Carnahan publicly, acting almost as though the contract didn't exist,” Schaap said.

Since she stepped down, several party officials openly questioned Carnahan’s fiscal management, her leadership style and her association with a GOP donor who faces federal sex trafficking charges.


Does it make a difference if the disparaging remarks were true? 


Also, Carnahan's reputation was most damaged through her own actions, specifically her close friendship with GOP megadonor  Anton Lazzaro, who is the aforementioned donor facing federal sex trafficking charges. Whether or not she knew of Lazzaro's activities was irrelevant to the fact his close proximity to MNGOP activities made Carnahan's position as Chair untenable. 


On top of all that, the burden of proof is on Jenny. While I'm no legal beagle, I have to believe that proving her "ability to gain new jobs in politics was damaged" was due more to remarks by former colleagues than her poor judgement of character is going to be a tough sell. 


It had been rumored that Carnahan was looking to get back her old job as party chair, with the election taking place this weekend. I guess this is why the party's Executive Committee was looking to adopt the following new rule in regards to party leadership. 





When Jenny resigned in disgrace more than a year ago, I believed then that the party had finally hit rock bottom, so there was no place to go but up. You'd think I'd know better. 


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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Quick Hits: Volume CCXCIV

- LeBron James may not be the best player in the NBA anymore, but he darn sure wants the mantle of being the foremost authority on social issues. But only the issues he wants to to discuss.





This isn't all that complicated. James is asked about a 30-year old man (who was a teammate of his in Cleveland for three seasons) sharing anti Semitic material just last month. Meanwhile, Jones was 15-years old sixty five years ago, a time which was dramatically different than what we live in today. 


Look, I'd like to hear Jones' perspective of what he was thinking at that point in time and what the defining moment was in his life that caused him to realize what an awful period that was in American history. While I'm no Jones apologist, I am confident in saying that whatever racist views he may have had in his youth is certainly not reflective of who he is today. 



- Just gonna leave this here. 





Remember, a former President of the United States (someone who desires to be POTUS again) hosted this person and white nationalist Nick Fuentes at his home recently. While Donald Trump can plead ignorance on Fuentes' background, he has zero plausible deniability with Kanye West.  



- The DFL leadership has already signaled that one of their priorities in next month's Minnesota legislative session is to address "gun violence." And on cue, the Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial Board is assisting with the chanting points


According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group, there have been 618 mass shootings so far in 2022 (the vast majority occurring in areas with strict gun laws - ed.). There were 690 in 2021. The toll keeps mounting. In 2014, there were 273.

Are we just to meekly accept this level of carnage? That in a shopping mall, a nightclub, a movie theater, a school, a church, so many lives can be shattered or lost? And no matter how heavily armed our society has become, the National Rifle Association's mythical "good guy with a gun" almost never prevents or stops a mass shooting.


A couple things. First, "good guys with guns" are real. The media believes that if they don't bother to give vast coverage of such instances of heroism, then they don't really exist. And second, a significant chunk of places where shootings occur are "gun free zones," which are locations where the property owner specifically bans guns. That certainly is their right to do so, but can ya take a wild guess as to who is most likely to ignore such a directive? (Hint: it ain't the good guy with a gun). 


Progs have been chortling that if more black people become legal gun owners, then NRA-lovin' Republicans will finally make the push for gun control. Well as it turns out, black people are one of the fastest growing demographics in first time gun ownership, yet only one side is making the strong push to inhibit it. Once again, leftists are engaging in IMAX level projection. 


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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Misinformation for we, not for ye

Elon Musk's overhaul of Twitter continues. 


Most notably, Musk is allowing suspended users to return to the platform, specifically those who were kicked off the site for "spreading COVID misinformation." Amazingly (or not), the enforcement on "misinformation" went only one way. That is, those who dared question effectiveness of masks, lockdowns and vaccines were nuked. And while I don't get too worked up over the de-platforming of accounts with no avatar and less than three digit followers, there were reputable medical professionals who were silenced when they dared dissent from the most pervasive source of dubious facts -- government health officials


It's been a long standing tradition in America that the best way to defeat objectionable speech is ...wait for it.....MORE SPEECH. As such, Musk opened the matter up to a poll. 





If you think progs were losing their marbles over that, this editorial decision likely caused their collective heads to spin around and barf green vomit. 

 

Twitter said it will no longer enforce its longstanding Covid misinformation policy, yet another sign of how Elon Musk plans to transform the social media company he bought a month ago.

In 2020, Twitter developed an extensive set of rules that sought to prohibit “harmful misinformation” about the virus and its vaccines.

Between January 2020 and September 2022, Twitter suspended more than 11,000 accounts for breaking Covid misinformation rules and removed almost 100,000 pieces of content that violated those rules, according to statistics published by Twitter. The policy received acclaim from medical professionals: In an advisory to technology platforms, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy cited Twitter’s rules as an example of what companies should do to combat misinformation.

Twitter did not appear to formally announce the rule change. Instead, some Twitter users Monday night spotted a note added to the page on Twitter’s website that outlines its Covid policy.

“Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” the note read.

 

The obvious question here is who gets to decide what is "misinformation?"

This reaction from Jeremy Konyndyk, who once worked as a "COVID lead" in the Joe Biden administration, was pretty telling. 




This would seem to indicate that companies who manufacture and sell medical products would be more inclined to buy ad space on Twitter if the site's predominate users put forth information, ideas, or rumors that aid in selling those companies' products. Hmmmm. If only there was a word for such a concept

As you might expect, those who answered critics of the old Twitter regime's arbitrary enforcement of their terms of service with "iT's A pRiVaTe CoMpAnY" are starting to let their fascist flag fly now that their political allies are no longer in control.


 



The fact of the matter is this is all impotent rage. Twitter is a platform, therefore falling under the protection of Section 230 which precludes them from being held liable for whatever is published on their site. 


I'm all for Musk and his braintrust looking to limit any kind of garbage which gets on the site, specifically vile racism, blatant misinformation, etc. But the government can go suck a brick if they believe it's their duty to ensure he does so. 


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Sunday, November 27, 2022

You can't tell me to stop it, you can't tell me not to quit.....

 No Vikings game today, so flip on your favorite listening device and check my 2-hour radio show The Closer. We'll get started this afternoon at 1:00 Central Time. 


In the first hour, I'll have a mixed bag of news on which to opine, including President Joe Biden circumventing a Federal court's ruling to shoot down his "cancellation" of student loan debt. We'll also extend a warm welcome to some media outlets who summarily dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop saga back in October 2020 but are now conceding that it's real. 


Then in the second hour, I will have a buffet of audio clips featuring the despicable performance by media outlets in their reckless reporting on last weekend's Club Q shooting. 



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.....


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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Let's stop pretending.

Look, it's not misogynistic to say that the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) sucks. If you watch an NBA game and then flip to a WNBA contest, it's like going from watching the Houston Astros to the Toledo Mud Hens. Sorry, not sorry. And I'm obviously not alone in this assessment given the league wouldn't even survive were it not subsidized by the NBA. 


With all that said, I'm glad there are others who are willing to shut down the shaming that is aimed toward those who have zero interest in the WNBA (pardon the language of the attached video clips). 




 




For Minnesota sports fans: How many of the Minnesota Lynx's 4 WNBA titles would you be willing to trade for just one Lombardi trophy for the Minnesota Vikings????

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