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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Sunday, March 22, 2020

When lonely days turn to lonely nights, you take a trip to the city lights....

Despite the continuing coronavirus outbreak, I plan on being in the Patriot bunker for today's installment of The Closer. The 2-hour broadcast will get started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

Obviously we'll monitor the very fluid situation with the coronavirus pandemic, including MN Gov. Tim Walz weighing on whether or not to implement a "shelter-in-place" order for the state. 

In non-coronavirus news, I'll opine on some primary elections from this past week, including in Illinois where a pro life incumbent Democrat was sent packing. Also, NFL free agency went ahead as planned with perhaps the greatest QB of all time saying goodbye to his 20-year home.


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, March 20, 2020

A confirmation rather than a revelation

Despite the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., some states this past week went ahead and held their primary elections as planned.

In Illinois' Third Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Dan Lipinski faced a primary challenge from a more "progressive" candidate named Marie Newman. Given how radicalized the Democrat party has become on the abortion issue, the pro life Lipinski faced an uphill battle to survive this primary. Unfortunately he was defeated by Newman, so his tenure in Congress will be coming to an end.

As Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review notes, this result is merely a continuing trend of Dems' intolerance regarding pro life politicians within their party.

With Lipinski’s loss, there is no longer even the slightest bit of room for Democrats to give themselves cover on this issue, and they appear not to mind. The Democratic Party is, at the national level, filled with politicians who support abortion on demand, at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason, funded by the U.S. taxpayer.

This is dramatically out of step with most Americans, only 13 percent of whom favor allowing elective abortion in the last three months of pregnancy and nearly three-quarters of whom would limit abortion to the first three months or to cases of rape or incest, or not permit it at all. It is also out of step with most Democrats, only 18 percent of whom would allow third-trimester abortion. A full 30 percent of Democrats call themselves pro-life.

Instead of being accommodated or reassured, these Democrats are explicitly told by the politicians seeking to represent them that their views have no place in their own party — a curious election strategy.

In IL-03, this will be of little consequence given it's solidly Democratic (Cook Partisan Voting Index puts it at about D+6). However, many of the "swing districts" which were seized by Dems in 2018 could very much be back in play for the GOP in 2020, especially with turnout being higher in a presidential election year.

To this credit, Rep. Lipinski was unapologetic on his pro life stance despite it costing him his job.

There was one issue that loomed especially large in this campaign: the fact that I am pro-life. I was pilloried in millions of dollars of TV ads and mailers. I was shunned by many of my colleagues and other Democratic Party members and operators because of my pro-life stance. The pressure in the Democratic Party on the life issue has never been as great as it is now. Over the years, I’ve watched many other politicians succumb to pressure and change their position on this issue. I have always said that I would never give up being pro-life and standing up for babies in the womb. Judy [Lipinski’s wife] and I, and tens of millions of Catholics, hold and live this belief. But it is not just based on religious belief. It is based on science, which shows us that life begins at conception. Knowing this, I could never give up protecting the most vulnerable human beings in the world simply to win an election. My faith teaches, and the Democratic Party preaches, that we should serve everyone, especially the most vulnerable. To stand in solidarity with the vulnerable is to become vulnerable. There is no higher calling for anyone.

Amen.

Godspeed, Congressman.

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Call it what you want

No, President Trump calling COVID-19 the "Chinese Virus" is not racist. It is simply a reminder of where this outbreak originated and how the Chinese communist government covered up the severity of it. And the fact the American media is parroting Chinese commie propaganda, some of which blames the U.S. for creating this pandemic, is beyond outrageous.

That said, Ian Bremmer has a point when he essentially says that labeling this the "Chinese Virus" is nonproductive (pardon the language). 




To reiterate, the U.S. has outsourced a significant amount of its medical supply chain to China. As such, the Chinese Communist Party has already threatened to withhold critical supplies given the antagonistic rhetoric between the countries.

I'm certainly not saying we should kowtow to the CCP or even absolve them of responsibility for this current outbreak. But once America comes out on the other side of this pandemic (with what we pray are minimal casualties), we absolutely need to re-assess why we're not as self-sufficient as an alleged superpower should be. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I believe the children are our future.....

.....Teach them well and let them lead the w.. (***RECORD SCRATCHING***).











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Monday, March 16, 2020

Genuinely torn (UPDATE: Walz closes MN bars and restaurants)

My friend Bryan Strawser, who works in crisis management, posed the following question on Sunday evening.

You're the Governor of a large midwestern state. You've declared a State of Emergency and have broad emergency powers authorized by state statute.

The CDC issues a recommendation that events over 50 people be prohibited - your state commissioner of Public Health (a member of your cabinet that you have chosen and trust) strongly urges you to issue an Executive Order prohibiting events over 50 people in your state for eight weeks. Your attorney general assures you this is within your legal authority as Governor.

What do you do?
Why or why not?

I consider myself an unabashed capitalist, so I normally eschew the notion of government dictating how a private, legitimate business conducts itself. So if, in Minnesota's case, Gov. Tim Walz issued such an Executive Order (similar to what has been done in Ohio and Illinois), it would inevitably hurt bars and restaurants, thus adversely impacting many livelihoods. So my initial instinct would be for government to serve as the purveyor of information and then allowing public health officials to attach strong recommendations as to how citizens should approach this harrowing situation.

That said, we could also argue that we're dealing with a pandemic that is unprecedented in the modern age. With literally no human on the planet immune to COVID-19, the risk of exponential exposure and infection goes down significantly if an establishment is limited to 50 people as opposed to accommodating, say, 100. And with St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday, there is exactly zero chance of any social distancing occurring.

For me, I have no issues with hunkering down at home and avoiding big crowds. I literally have no pressing engagements (outside of my employment) for more than two months, so I would not be doing anything differently regardless of what action Walz takes. But not everyone is like me (and for that, we should all be grateful).

Given some of the sobering information that has come out about this outbreak, it's refreshing that many who underestimated the severity initially are no longer so cavalier about it. But when I'm tempted to say that people will, for the most part, act rationally in this crisis, I'm reminded of a conversation between Agents J & K in the movie Men In Black

Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it.

Kay: A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.






If you've been to your local grocery store of late, Kay seems to be spot on in his assessment.

One thing I can say with certainty: I'm eternally grateful to not be in Gov. Walz's shoes at this point in time.


UPDATE: Walz closes MN bars and restaurants.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

But why do I always feel like I'm in the twilight zone and...?

Whatta week, huh? Given the big news stories that happened this past Wednesday alone I could fill a 2-hour radio show. Fortunately I am back in the Patriot bunker at 1:00 PM Central Time today for the latest edition of The Closer. 

I believe it's a safe assumption that there will be a significant amount of Coronavirus talk and how America is enduring what is officially a pandemic. At some point I'll be joined by D. Greg Scott, a cyber security expert who will weigh in on how, technologically, Americans are better equipped to deal with a possible quarantine.


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, March 12, 2020

Get it together, America

Of all the news stories surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, this one was particularly jarring.




Sadly the coronavirus will result in short term and intermediate casualties in the U.S., particularly in terms of human lives as well as financial setbacks. But if China usurps America as the country which the rest of the world can fully rely upon it times of crises, then we're talking about having to grovel to a communist dictatorship in an effort to stem the tide of such future catastrophic events.

That's not a good thing.

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Saturday, March 07, 2020

On vacation

I will be gone on vacation thru Wednesday afternoon, so blogging may be lite to non-existent until late next week. Also, there will be no live radio show this Sunday.

Don't miss me too much.

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Friday, March 06, 2020

It all makes sense now

If you've ever listened to policy proposals from the likes of Sens. Bernie Sanders & Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren as well as Reps. Tide Pod Evita Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Ilhan Omar, you likely wondered aloud where they come up with the numbers to fund their pie-in-the-sky initiatives. Apparently raising taxes a nominal amount on the top 1% income earners will fund their multi-trillion dollar pipe dreams.

On Thursday evening, leftist media types Brian (my helicopter was shot down in Iraq) Williams and NY Times Editor Mara Gay validated an egregiously false tweet put forth by journalist Mekita Rivas.







Uhhh.....two issues here.

First and most obvious: 500 million dollars into 327 million people is $1.53, not $1+ million.

And secondly, didn't you catch Joe Biden's comment at a recent Democrat presidential debate? 150 million people no longer exist due to being killed by violence since 2007. So mini Mike actually could have doled out $2.82 per American!

But I digress.

If we've learned nothing else, we now understand why "progressives" believe their multi multi trillion dollar policy proposals are so attainable. They're simply utter buffoons when it comes to basic mathematics and have willing accomplices in the media to validate it all. Not a bad gig, eh?

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Thursday, March 05, 2020

Random thoughts on the 2020 POTUS race

Just a few things as I empty a desk drawer in my mind:


- With Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren officially withdrawing from the Democrat nomination, that leaves the "diverse" "WOKE!" party with a matchup of Statler vs. Waldorf (closed circuit to anyone of the millennial generation and younger: just Google it).


- Yes, I took great pleasure in the crashing and burning of the Warren and Amy Klobuchar presidential campaigns. And naturally, people of my ilk were often scolded by progs for being so misogynistic as well as being an impediment to "progress."

Let's clear this up once and for all.

If in 2024 the presidential matchup is, say, Nikki Haley (female of Asian-Indian descent) vs. Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke (lily white, middle-aged male), I'll max out contributions to Haley and will actively work on her campaign.

Thanks for playing.


- Regarding the Democrats, I will give credit where credit is due. They didn't just pay lip service to wanting to prevent their party from becoming a socialist party by nominating Bernie Sanders. Middling candidates like Klobuchar, Mike Bloomberg and Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race and then coalesced behind Joe Biden, the only perceived "moderate" who was competitive against Sanders.

In 2016, Republicans expressed a similar urgency to form an alliance to knock out frontrunner Donald Trump. However, the likes of Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush were unable to put aside individual hubris since each were convinced he was the most viable head-to-head vs. Trump. Hell, the dorky Kasich stayed in the race even after admitting his top goal wasn't necessarily to win the nomination.

In the end, Trump likely wouldn't have been stopped regardless, but it was all talk and little action with the non-Trump candidates.


- And finally.......




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Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Just a friendly reminder......

Leftism is a mental disorder.








The woman tweeting about "solidarity" with those wanting to infect Trump supporters with the coronavirus? Yeah, she sits on the Denver City Council. Wretched human beings, all of 'em.

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Monday, March 02, 2020

A-KLOsed (UPDATE: She gone)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has never faced significant opposition in her home state. Never in the person of a formidable political opponent for office. Never a local media willing to hold her proverbial feet to the fire. Never the majority of Minnesota voters. Never. Not once.

But if Sunday evening's scheduled rally at St. Louis Park High School was any indication, it's not surprising that Klobee's first experience of substantial opposition within the state of Minnesota caused her to wilt like a hothouse flower.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar returned to Minnesota on Sunday hoping to pivot to Super Tuesday after a distant sixth-place finish in the South Carolina primary.

But while hundreds of supporters gathered for her homecoming in a St. Louis Park High School gymnasium, dozens of protesters streamed in, chanting for her to exit the race over her handling of the case against Myon Burrell, a black teenager convicted in a 2002 child slaying when Klobuchar was Hennepin County attorney.

As protesters took over the stage shouting “Myon!” Klobuchar supporters shouted “Amy!” back. Klobuchar was not in the gymnasium as the protest unfolded, disrupting the start of a program of campaign speeches. The ongoing protest eventually forced the campaign to cancel the rally. “The campaign offered a meeting with the senator if they would leave the stage after being on stage for more than an hour,” a campaign spokesman said. “After the group initially agreed, they backed out of the agreement and we are canceling the event.”

Protest leaders said the campaign would not meet their demand to publicly acknowledge Burrell during the rally.


For the record, I typically oppose the tactics of protestors who seek to disrupt someone else's free assembly. But when Klobee continued to duck the local black community in the aftermath of Burrell's conviction being called into serious question (so serious that the Associated Press provided thorough coverage of the story), the protestors felt as though they had no alternative then to confront her at this rally. Normally the motivation for protests of this type are little more than to cause utter chaos. But not this particular one.

The Burrell case has become a rallying cry for Twin Cities’ civil rights activists who believe he was wrongly convicted. Klobuchar has called for any new evidence to be reviewed.


So if I am understanding this correctly, the protestors would have been more than placated had Klobuchar taken to the stage and conveyed that very sentiment. But there's no way Klobee was going to risk losing face in a public forum, especially since in her initial U.S. Senate run and current POTUS campaign she used the story of her prosecution of Burrell to prove that she is tough on violent crime.

With Super Tuesday fast approaching, Klobee was hoping to regain some of that "Klo-mentum" she foolishly thought was happening after a third place finish in New Hampshire. Now it's a strong possibility she may not even win her home state.

Oh well, she'll always have the coveted endorsement from the Minneapolis Star Tribune to fall back on.


UPDATE: Within about 15 minutes of initially posting this, I got an alert that Klobee is dropping out of the race and will endorse Joe Biden. My oh my. 

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Sunday, March 01, 2020

I got it bad; You don't know how bad I got it.......

I'll be back in the Patriot bunker for this afternoon's installment of The Closer. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

Right at 1:00 I will be joined by Rob Doar, who is the Political Director with the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus. Rob will be on to discuss two "gun control" bills passed by the MN House this past week as well as promote Gun Owners Lobby Day taking place at the Capitol this Wednesday. 

Then at 2:30, political wonk Matt Mackowiak will check in to break down the race for the Democrat nomination for President. 


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, February 28, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXIV

- You may recall the incident where Saturday Night Live actor Pete Davidson mocked then U.S. House candidate (now Congressman) Dan Crenshaw just prior to the 2018 midterm elections. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who dons an eye patch over his right eye after losing it in combat, was mocked by Davidson who said he looked like a "hitman in a porno movie" or something. Crenshaw came on SNL the following week and received an on-air apology from Davidson. The newly elected Congressman then took some gratuitous shots at Davidson, zingers which were clearly scripted. It was somewhat of a poignant moment which exuded grace.

But on his newly released Netflix special, Davidson is apparently regretting the whole incident for a different reason entirely.

“I didn’t think I did anything wrong,” Davidson adds. “It was like words that were twisted so that a guy could be famous.”

Davidson also pushes back on the notion that his ridicule helped Crenshaw win his congressional seat. “That guy is a Republican with an eyepatch in Texas, so it was a lock before he even started,” he jokes. “In Texas, I’m pretty sure they only have pictures, that’s how they vote.”

But while Davidson evidently felt “forced” to apologize to Crenshaw’s face, he is now using his stand-up special to more or less rescind that apology.

The “only thing” that Davidson says he is now willing to apologize for is making Crenshaw “famous and a household name for no reason.”

Household name or no, Crenshaw has proven himself to be the bigger person. About a month after the two initially met, Crenshaw called to check on Davidson's well-being when there were concerns he was suicidal.

I honestly feel bad for Davidson, given he seems incapable of experiencing much joy in his life.


- How do you know your brain is suffering from "political rot?" When you're unable to enjoy much of anything due to partisan politics consuming your life.

Country mega star Garth Brooks was about to take the stage in Detroit recently. On Instagram, Brooks posted a picture of himself donning a Barry Sanders #20 jersey. Makes perfect sense, right? After all, Barry Sanders spent his entire NFL Hall of Fame career in Detroit. Also, Garth likely feels a special connection to Barry Sanders given both are Oklahoma St. alums.




So would you believe some felt this jersey was Brooks endorsing Bernie Sanders for President in '20?!?!?!

Oy Vey.


- Between the coronavirus, the stock market tanking and Dems on the verge of making a septuagenarian commie their presidential nominee, a crucial vote in the U.S. Senate hasn't seen a lotta light (Hey, Democracy dies in darkness, right?).

This past week, the U.S. Senate took up the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation which would require physicians to provide medical care to babies who survived an attempted abortion. Because this is the Senate, 60 votes are required to allow such legislation to even have an up-or-down vote for passage. Unfortunately, 41 Democrat Senators was all that was required to successfully filibuster this legislation.

I imagine there might be more outrage if the media was actually intellectually honest enough to report the facts on this bill. National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis collected some examples of some media deception.

CNN: “Two abortion restriction bills that forced tough votes for vulnerable senators fail in the Senate.” Politico: “Anti-abortion bills fail to advance in Senate vote.” CBS News: “Two bills banning most late-term abortions blocked by Senate Democrats.” Newsweek: “Mitch McConnell faces backlash over bid to force Senate votes on anti-abortion laws.”

The content of most of these articles, and similar reports at other outlets, was even more inaccurate than the headlines.

The New York Times published an article that, as Ramesh Ponnuru has observed, got key facts wrong. It also framed the entire debate in Democratic Party talking points while offering only inaccurate strawman versions of the argument in favor of the born-alive bill. The Times’ congressional editor shared this article in a tweet claiming that the Senate bills would “curb women’s rights to late-term abortions.”

Yes, Democracy dies in darkness. But it can also be buried alive under layers of bullshit.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Did you know.....

....that the first ever African American to serve in the U.S. Congress was a Republican?

Yes, it was 150 years ago Tuesday that Hiram R. Revels was officially appointed a U.S. Senator out of Mississippi.

In 1870, the state congress selected Revels to fill a vacant seat in the United States Senate. Debate surrounding his eligibility hinged on the 1857 Dred Scott decision, which precluded African-American citizenship. The decision was effectively reversed by the ratification of the 14th Amendment after the Civil War. Democrats argued that Revels did not meet the nine-year citizenship requirement to hold congressional office given his ineligibility for citizenship through the war years. Ultimately, Revels and his Republican allies prevailed by citing Revels's mixed-race background, and Revels became the first African American to serve in the United States Senate. His appointment was particularly symbolic in that the seat he occupied had previously belonged to Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy.

During his time in Washington, the press praised Revels for his well-crafted speeches and diplomatic approach to a tense congressional environment. His signature issue was civil rights, including the integration of schools and equal opportunities for black workers. Revels urged a moderate view on the restoration of Confederate citizenship. While the Radical Republicans in Congress called for harsh punishments to be meted out to Civil War rebels, Senator Revels took a milder view. He argued for the immediate restoration of citizenship to former Confederates, along with the secure enfranchisement, education and employment eligibility of African Americans.

Wow, was he ever ahead of his time.

Given February is Black History Month, Revels' milestone is one factoid which I am disappointed wasn't touted more. It's a shame partisan politics seeps into almost every aspect of life. Nevertheless this is further proof that of the two major political parties, the GOP was the one leading the way on equality and desegregation. It's a shame that Republicans lost their grip on that issue approximately a century later.

Thankfully, current Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker led a resolution to honor Revels this past Tuesday.

“Hiram Revels was an extraordinary Mississippian and American whose legacy extends far beyond breaking the color barrier in Congress,” Wicker said. “He used his platform to fight for equality and reconciliation in a nation divided by race and the Civil War. The broad bipartisan support for this resolution demonstrates the deep respect and appreciation Americans still have for Hiram Revels’s service.”


Regardless of what month of the year it may be, Mr. Revels' legacy is one worth celebrating at any given moment.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH

There's a wise old saying largely attributed to trial lawyers: You never ask a question to which you do not know the answer.That essentially means lawyers will ask questions which they firmly believe will result in a retort which strengthens their case.

Over the past year or so, gun-grabbing Minnesota legislators have been touting a survey which indicated that 90% of MN voters support background checks on all firearm purchases. First, that inquiry is a straw man. Firearm purchases are already subject to such checks. And secondly, this survey is used to gin up support for House File 8, which calls for background checks on sales as well as transfers. But the survey question conveniently isn't nuanced to include that latter tidbit, otherwise there would likely be significant opposition to HF8. And it is also the hope of the DFL that voters will remain ignorant and thus not read the legislation being drafted.

Ah, been when you have an educated and boots-on-the-ground pro-gun organization like the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, the gun grabbers are going to receive serious pushback.

On Monday evening, the MN House DFL's Facebook page created a poll with the following phrasing:

"It's time we do something to address senseless gun violence. Do you support criminal background checks on all gun sales?" 

Their objective is clear given how they worded that question in that only a heartless gun nut would think to vote "No." But since they are bringing to the floor this week both HF8 and HF9 (Red Flag gun confiscation), we Second Amendment advocates were on to their scheme. So what happens when someone asks a question they don't know the answer to?







The same thing happened with the poll posted to Twitter, which also was eventually deleted.








With the two anti-gun bills slated to be brought to the House floor this Thursday afternoon, they will likely pass given the DFL is the majority party in that chamber. But the chanting point of "Our online polls show a majority of respondents support these measures" has been effectively shot dead......rhetorically speaking.

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

A thousand skeptic hands won't keep us from the things we plan....

It's late February, so we're that much closer to spring time! Regardless, today's edition of my radio show The Closer promises to bring the heat. The 2-hour blitz gets started at 1:00 pm Central Time.

In the first hour I'll weigh in on mostly local issues, specifically a noteworthy gun-grabber group loses its lead demagogue. Also, Senate Republicans put together a common sense plan for the projected budget surplus ----- which means it's a non-starter for the Dem majority in the House and Gov. Walz's office.

In the second hour I will look back on the proverbial clown show that was last Wednesday's Dem debate in Nevada. Speaking of Nevada, they held their Democrat caucus yesterday, so we'll break down those results as well.


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, February 22, 2020

Tugging on Superman's cape

Sure the Minnesota Timberwolves were utterly irrelevant (and at times downright dysfunctional) in the first seven seasons of the franchise's existence. But that's not to say there weren't some entertaining anecdotes that emerged from that period.

In this clip, the Wolves's best player in their history, Kevin Garnett, and the mercurial J.R. Rider share a tale from KG's rookie year when he trash-talked Michael Jordan.

You can probably guess how that ended up.





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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Quick Hits: Volume CCXIII

- So how 'bout that Dem debate Wednesday night, huh?

As expected, septuagenarian billionaire Michael Bloomberg received most of the shrapnel, particularly from Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren.







Mad props to conservative radio host Steve Deace, who predicted that Warren would assume the Chris Christie 2016 role by going all kamikaze on a candidate who is deemed a threat (in the case of '16, it was Marco Rubio) to the front runner. Christie had no delusions of saving his own skin as much as providing an assist to Donald Trump. While Warren may hang around longer in 2020 than Christie in '16, her smackdown of Bloomberg won't resurrect her moribund campaign.

But I agree with Daily Wire contributor Jessica Fletcher in that the Mayor Pete-Klobee exchange was also my favorite moment of the night.




Finally Americans were able to see what has been the worst kept secret among Minnesotans: that Sen. Amy Klobuchar indeed has the kind of temperament that is not above being abusive to staff.

Oh, and in a totally unrelated matter: 





Sleep well, leftists.


- Speaking of proverbial clown cars:





As a matter of fact, I can name five or more. And I can also point out multiple individuals pictured who have made a vow to vote for the Democrat nominee for President (yes, even if it's avowed socialist Bernie Sanders) this November.

I realize I may be stating the obvious here, but such a stance is neither principled nor conservative.


- Prayers up for a member of Minnesota's Congressional delegation.

Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn announced Wednesday that he’s being treated for Stage 4 kidney cancer.

The 57-year-old congressman, who represents southern Minnesota’s First District, said he received the diagnosis in February 2019 and has been undergoing immunotherapy at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic over the past year.

The diagnosis will not affect his re-election campaign, he said. Hagedorn faces a tough re-election fight against Democrat Dan Feehan, whom he narrowly defeated by about 1,300 votes in 2018.

“This disease has not and will not deter me,” Hagedorn said in a statement. “Exactly two months after marrying my wife … and just six weeks into my job as the First District’s congressman, I was given unexpected and rather shocking news. Just like millions of other Americans, I was told by my doctor: You have cancer. After prayers and long talks with those closest to me, I was determined to fight it like hell.”

Hagedorn is married to Jennifer Carnahan, the chairwoman of Minnesota’s Republican Party. She issued her own statement Wednesday, saying that although “the past year hasn’t been easy … we both remain committed to one another, our jobs, our state and our country.”





When battling an insidious disease such as cancer, half the battle is maintaining the proper mindset and attitude when approaching the beast. It appears both Rep. Hagedorn and wife Jennifer are committed to doing whatever it takes to win this battle.

Continued prayers to them.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

I don't have a bucket list.....

....but if I did, meeting pop star Huey Lewis would easily make my top 3.

A little less than two years ago Huey announced he had been diagnosed with Meniere's disease, which is a disorder of the inner ear that can lead to dizzy spells and hearing loss. As a lead singer in a band, such an ailment is less than optimal given Huey is unable to hear clearly any music nor is he able to sing in the proper pitch.

Last month he and two of his band mates appeared on the CBS program Sunday Morning to preview their first new album in nearly twenty years as well as give an update of Huey's condition.





I have literally been a fan of Huey Lewis and the News since the early 1980s. In fact, I still have their first six albums (plus the Back to the Future soundtrack which contains two HLN tunes) on cassette.

Given that Huey's touring days are likely behind him, I feel a burn more than ever to meet him in person. Y'know......I happen to know the location of the sprawling western Montana estate where he spends most of his time these days. Alas, I imagine that it would come off as downright creepy if I just showed up one day. Heck, the process I enacted to learn of the location would probably strike you as a bit stalk-ery.

Regardless, I hope that by some minor miracle Huey will one day be well enough to tour again. As such, springing for backstage passes would seem the more sensible (and less creepy) route.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Intolerance in the self-anointed haven of tolerance

It doesn't snow often in San Francisco so it's hard to fathom how there's been an accumulation of so many snowflakes.

The San Francisco Giants said Monday that they won't invite Aubrey Huff to a reunion of the 2010 World Series-winning team this summer because of "unacceptable" comments made by Huff on social media.

"Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion. Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization," the Giants said in a statement. "While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision."


Look, I'm all for freedom of association. As a private enterprise, the Giants organization is free to associate and disassociate with whomever they desire. But it's a pretty poor reflection on the organization itself when they can't put differences aside to celebrate the franchise's first ever World Series title since moving to San Francisco in the late 1950s.What, were they worried that Huff, an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump, was gonna yell "MAGA, bitches!!!!!!!!!!" if he were given an opportunity to speak? Lest we forget, Huff finished 7th in National League MVP voting in 2010, so he was a significant reason why the Giants had the success they did (he led the team in home runs and RBIs).

Never one to shy away from a verbal spat, Huff put out a statement addressing the controversy.




In this day and age, statements deemed as "unacceptable comments" are condemned more harshly than, say, leaving your own feces or dirty drug needles lying on the sidewalk.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Bence bounces

My friend and Northern Alliance Radio Network colleague Mitch Berg has often stated the following observation about a certain Twin Cities gun-grabber organization and its leader:

The Reverend Nancy Nord Bence and Protect Minnesota have never, not once, made a statement about guns, gun rights, gun laws, gun crime, gun crime stats, gun rights groups, or the history, construction or meaning of the 2nd Amendment that is simultaneously substantial, original and true.

Keep that in mind as you read the following thread which Rev. Bence posted on her Twitter feed:




A few of her statements I'd like to address:

Working together we have changed the narrative about gun violence in Minnesota....

Is "changed the narrative" a euphemism for "lied about?"

,invested in the communities of color most impacted by gun violence,

Sorry Nance, but leasing office space in North Minneapolis and putting a sign on the front door of said office but literally never having a live person present is hardly an "investment." And getting photo ops behind Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman while he holds a press conference detailing the latest gun death is more like exploitation and opportunism than an "investment."

,helped flip the House by electing 53 Orange Star candidates in 2018,

This would imply that MN voters' top concern in 2018 was gun violence. And that just wasn't true.

I’m choosing to step down now because nothing is more important for the future of gun violence prevention – and all that is good – than electing Democrats in November. Since Protect Minnesota is non-partisan (PFFFFT ZOMG BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! - ed.), I have been appropriately limited in my campaign involvement.

Two of the more prominent "gun control" House Republicans were (emphasis on were) Keith Franke (R-St. Paul Park) and Dario Anselmo (R-Edina). Yet the gun grabbers endorsed their 2018 DFL opponents Anne Claflin and Heather Edelson, respectively. So with all little due respect Reverend Bence, "non-partisan" my tuckus.

To end her thread, Rev. Bence signed off with one of Protect's vapid chanting points.

Unarmed and unafraid

Say, I recall Rev. Tim Christopher's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee last year. He indicated that those proclaiming to be "Unarmed and Unafraid" are welcome to escort congregants of his North Minneapolis church out to the parking lot amid the prospect of gun battles. Whatta ya say, Nance? It'll be a nice break from your protests in that gun haven that is Edina. Perhaps one of your staffers at the PM North Minneapolis office could stop on b.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. 😆😆😆😆😆

Oh. Oh, I slay me.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Straddle the line in discord and rhyme....

Another Sunday, yet another edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network program The Closer. The 2-hour bonanza gets started at 1:00 PM Central Time.

In the first hour I'll discuss the kickoff of the 2020 Minnesota Legislative session and how House Dems are already all in on "gun control." Also, Minnesota's own Sen. Amy Klobuchar finished third in the New Hampshire presidential primary; local media gushes.

For the entire 2:00 pm hour, Rev. Tim Christopher and Louis Dennard of the Black Minds Unchained podcast will join me in studio. Given the two are also staunch Second Amendment advocates, you can bet they'll have a thing or two to say about the sudden rise of Michael Bloomberg as a Dem presidential nominee.


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, February 14, 2020

The "Klo-mentum" delusion

Sure, Sen. Amy Klobuchar's third place finish in the New Hampshire presidential primary was a surprise. And yes, her post debate fundraising haul last week and post primary influx this week is a definite positive for her campaign.

But as Jim Geraghty of National Review suggests, there's still no indication of any long term staying power.

Right before Christmas, we saw the Politico headline: “’The surge is real’: Klobuchar makes late push in Iowa.”

To the extent we can feel confident in the announced Iowa results, Klobuchar won 12.3 percent or so of the votes in the first round — nothing to sneeze at! That finish is pretty darn good for a candidate who began the cycle with almost no name recognition. But that total is also fifth place, and Klobuchar got one delegate out of Iowa.

The good news is that Klobuchar indeed appears to have closed strongly in New Hampshire . . . right around the 15 percent delegate threshold, anywhere from third to fifth place
, depending on how Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren finish. Klobuchar could finish third tonight and generate a lot of buzz (she did and she did - ed.).

But in the limited polling we have in Nevada, Klobuchar is seventh, behind Andrew Yang. And in South Carolina, she’s eighth, behind Tulsi Gabbard. Maybe if Biden quit the race, a lot of not-openly-Socialist Democrats would be shopping around for a new candidate, and Klobuchar could pick up a bunch of supporters. But at this point, Biden sounds like he’s staying in the race until at least South Carolina.

Three days after South Carolina is Super Tuesday: fourteen states, deciding 1,344 delegates. The good news for Klobuchar is that one of them is Minnesota, and she should have a leg up on winning a majority of the state’s 75 delegates. But beyond that, it’s slim pickings for a candidate who hasn’t had the resources to build a big organization in every state. Nationally, Klobuchar is in sixth place, averaging just below 5 percent. She’s a distant seventh in California.

In the coming weeks, Klobuchar is probably going to experience the painful gap between “beating expectations” and “winning outright.” The problem with respectable third place finishes is that there’s two other rivals ahead of you, and it is almost impossible to get the nomination that way.

If by some unforeseen circumstances Klobee wins the Dem nomination, I'm certain she will humbly accept and be all in for unseating President Trump. However, this run has always felt like a trial balloon for 2024. Think about it. If Trump were to be reelected (a solid assumption as of today at least), Klobuchar would be well positioned to be the Dem front runner should she fall short this year. And since her Senate seat is up again in '24, it would allow her to forgo reelection for that office and be unshackled for another presidential run.

Regardless, the needy Minnesota media will still breathlessly report on everything she does the rest of this cycle. Pass the vomit bags.

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