Mark from Saint Louis Park

One of the great lessons Don Vogel taught me when I was working as his call screener was that there are four types of callers on radio talk shows;

  • Boring callers: People whose calls, mostly agreeing with you, didn’t help the show go anywhere. Inexperienced hosts figured having someone on the air was better than nothing – but an experienced host doesn’t need callers – and can do better than the boring ones. Don wanted me to politely turn them down.
  • Average callers: Regular people making regular points. Put them on as time permits.
  • Crazy callers: They’re a crapshoot. Sometimes crazies kill the mood. Sometimes, they accelerate it. They’re a judgment call – one of the things that separates a good call screener from someone who just takes calls and types names into a computer.
    • Great callers: The ones who had great points, and made them in a way that didn’t just help the flow of the show, but improved it. “Get them on all the time, every one”, Don said. It’s harder than it sounds. Was I any good? Well, I learned to pick out Tommy Mischke’s voice when he was still “The Phantom Caller”, and got him to the front of the queue every time he called – which played a solid role in launching his career. So yeah. I was good. Sometimes.

“Mark from Saint Louis Park” was one of the great callers over the past decade or so at AM1280. How great? He’s the only regular caller I’ve ever written an obit for [1].

We got word on Saturday that Mark – real name Mark Rice – had passed away. I met only met Mar in person once, but even face to face I recognized his voice instantly. 

Mark’s incisive intelligence and keen understanding of whatever the conversation was about made him a standout caller, even when he occasionally disagreed with us. “When Mark from SLP calls, just put him on the call board”, we told our producers.  No need to screen him, having him on the air always made the show better.  

Mark was one of the few regular callers that was a subject of conversation off the air himself.  That may not sound like a big deal; trust me, it is.  

My condolences and prayers for all his friends and family, from all his radio fans.   He is missed.  

[1] I’ve long since lost track of “Steve from Roseville” of my KSTP days, who popped up as “Steve from Plymouth” once on the NARN in probably 2006. He’d be the other one to rate a full blown memorial.

Actual Journalism

Since the entire media will try to suppress it – here’s “The Fall of Minneapolis”, by Liz Collin and the Alphanews crew:

Watch it.

Pass it along.

I won’t give you any spoilers – you already know that Mayor Frey was a hapless stooge at best, a theatrical ninny at worst.

Chief Arradondo lied through his teeth. I always sensed this – the documentary shows us in black and white.

Walz? May he rot in hell.

Watch the whole thing. If you’re not outraged, you’re probably the enemy.

Mitch’s Journalism School 101, Part 2

I asked a question last week that no Twin Cities “journalist” can seem to being themselves to ask: if food shelves are running short, what could the half billion dollars embezzled by DFL-affiliated non-profiteers have done to help things?

Now, I was in the middle of a brutal week of work last week, so I missed a few other questions that were, in hindsight, begging to be asked:

  • The DFL tells us, relentlessly, that Minnesota’s economy is just humming along. So – why is demand for food shelves do high?
  • The Biden Administration tells us “Bidenomics” has the nation’s economic blender set to “puree”. So all of us who are seeing evidence like this to the contrary – are we just believing our lying eyes?
  • If we’re providing “free” breakfast and lunch to every PreK-12 student in the state, that should take an immense burden off the state’s food shelf system. But it seems it’s not.
  • And the biggest, best question of all – In a state clogged with entitled, preening people with little tin “journalist” badges, why is a schnook blogger and talk show host from Saint Paul the only person asking these questions?

If the people of Minnesota were to start asking these questions for themselves, this would be a very different place.


Someone walks up to you with a baseball bat. They say they want to kill you.

Your response is “no, I don’t want to get beaten to death with a baseball bat”.

Looks like you have a standoff. A controversy. A conundrum.

Someone else steps in and asks “How about we compromise? Will you settle for a traumatic brain injury?”

It’s the middle way, after all. The guy with the bat might even say “sure, I just wanna hit you, hard!“

You might respond “No – in fact, I don’t want anyone hurting me in any way. At all”

And the buttinski responds “Why won’t yiou compromise?”

Who’s right?


The guy with the bat?

Or the person striving to find the middle ground between the two of you?

If your response is “I’m putting my foot down; nobody is hitting me with a bat for any reason at all“, and the other to ask “why do you hate the guy with the bat?“, does that change anybody’s mind?

Point being, sometimes the middle path, the compromise, is not the most moral path forward.

Big Left’s Psyop

The latest bit of gaslighting madness from the Minnesota chapter of Big Left: “The Star/Tribune is actually conservative“:

Open Letter To The Entire Twin Cities Media

To: Twin CIties Media
From: Mitch Berg, Obstreporous Peasant
Re: Comforting The Confortable While Afflicting The Afflicted

Minnesota Media,

The Klink regime – in this case, politruk Flanagan – have been making this claim in various degrees ever since the election:

Questions someone might think of asking the Administration:

  1. Where do they get this 33% number?
  2. They expect this number to be measured how?
  3. And measured by when?

Given the administration’s, uh, innumeracy, it’d seem to be important.

That is all.

A Modest Proposal And A Sincere Invitation

To: Jana Shortal, KARE TV
From: Mitch Berg, Obstreporous Peasant
Re: Books

Ms. Shortal,

Yesterday, you tweeted this, about a controversy currently being manufactured (indeed, wose manufacture you appear to be closely involved in) in Carver County:

I know – it’s 2023, and even the most trivial parts of civic governance can and do get blown far out of proportion. My father was on a library board during a fracas over the book “A History of Pornography”; The Battle of the Somme didn’t have more-entrenched sides to the debate than that one. And this was in the late 1980s, in a small town, where there was both the spirit and imperative toward civic compromise.

Now, I’m pretty much a free speech absolutist. I think the adult wing of the library can and should have access to pretty much everything.

For adults.

Including Mein Kampf. Not sure if you’re advocating removing Mein Kampf from libraries. Having read it in English and German, I think every high school senior should be required to read it. It’s a bad book, even if you leave out the message – Hitler was a terrible writer – but people reading it won’t trivialize the term “Fascist” anymore. Which means half of Generation Z’s political vocabulary disappears overnight. Still, Ms. Shortal, if you want Mein Kampf removed, take it up with the library board. That’s how it’s done. And the Carver County library board pretty much agreed.

Now – as far as kids go?

Tell you what: KARE should have Ms. Shortal read Gender Queer, with the book’s illustrations, on the air.

“But Mitch – why not offer the NARN’s time slot?”

Because the book would violate FCC standards for broadcast. On radio, and on TV. For adult listeners.

KARE’s management won’t allow Ms. Shortal to read it on the air. Forget about the illustrations.

Sat what you will about FCC regulations – that’s a conversation I’d love to have. But if the FCC won’t let the book on the air, is it really something a city library should be providing to children without parental approval?

That, as always, is all.

One Day In A Major Newsroom

SCENE: A group of reporters and an editor are sitting around a conference table.

EDITOR: OK. We need a story. Something to break us out of the summer doldrums.

REPORTER 1: We spent such a long time reporting on abuse of children in the Catholic Church…

REPORTER 2: I know, right? It’d be great to find another story like that.

REPORTER 3: Wonder if there’s another story out there like that…?

EDITOR: I have no idea.

REPORTER 4: Hey, look at this:

EDITOR: Did I stutter? I said – I have no idea.


Damning With Faint Reason

It’s been a little over a year since Liz Collin released “They LIed”, her investigation of the Derek Chauvin trial .

I’ve been on the air with Liz – and for that matter, she’s filled in for me on my show – but the book didn’t come up.

But to get on topic: I basically accept that two things can be true:

  • the death of George Floyd had many huge gray areas
  • and the Henco establishment twisted and gamboled and lied through their teeth to avoid sharing liability with Chauvin and his co-defendants.

But someone referred me to this review of the book, by one Deb Copperud, writing in “Racket”, which is one of the myriad attemepts to come up with an online replacement for the City Pages.

The article – it’s billed as a “review”, but we’ll come back to that – is sub-headed “With sources like convicted murderer Derek Chauvin and his mother, the former WCCO-TV reporter serves up red meat to Alpha News junkies in ‘They’re Lying.”.

I’m not sure the “editors” at “Racket” caught the irony of the juxtaposition of the chortle about sourcing with the article’s title: “Liz Collin’s High School Classmate Reviews Her Stupid New Book”

Just for fun, let’s keep count of the logical fallacies – ad homina, appeal to authority, etc – which will be presented in bold, and facts presented, which I’ll mark in bold and underlined.

I am not the target audience for local journalist Liz Collin’s debut book, They’re Lying: The Media, the Left, and the Death of George Floyd. I read it because I’m a longtime leftie Minneapolis resident and I take perverse enjoyment in the opinions of suburbanites who denigrate the city as a burned-up, carjacked wasteland.

As a longer-time resident of Saint Paul, I take even more perverse enjoyment watching people who live in leafy green upper middle class enclaves like Copperud’s House District 61B, which might be better described as an “urban life theme park” [1], pleading the authenticity of their urban street cred – especially as opposed to, y’know, Minneapolis cops and those who are married to them.

Ad homina: 1.

As a professionally unsuccessful former classmate of Collin, I have followed her career with interest, envy, and, most recently, schadenfreude. I wanted an explanation of how Collin’s marriage to Bob Kroll, former union president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis and mustachioed chthonic avatar of police brutality, downgraded her career from WCCO darling to Alpha News right-wing shill. Plus, books from low-rent vanity publishers are funny and make me feel grammatically superior to their authors. 

Copperud writes for Racket, and does a podcast. No word on the budgets for either outlet, but she apparently missed the memo that, in this online era, that self-publishing often gets you better financials than going through a “real” publisher. Ask Ed Morrissey.

Ad homina: 3.

Collin’s 261-page book begins when she and Kroll return from a weekend out of town, oblivious to the events of May 25, 2020. They are quickly gobsmacked and astounded by what they consider to be an outsized reaction to bystander video of George Floyd pinned to Chicago Avenue by Minneapolis Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee. Collin’s incredulity lingers throughout the entire book, as she cannot or will not recognize the significance of Floyd’s murder. She refuses to see Floyd as a synecdoche for victims of an unjust and brutal culture of policing. Instead, she turns him into a caricature, a dangerous, drug-addicted urban villain.

Collin does acknowledge that the video “looks bad.” But she refutes the optics with dubious arguments that accuse all of the major players, from former MPD Chief Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, and Attorney General Keith Ellison, of engaging in a vast left-wing conspiracy to victimize the MPD officers who were called to Cup Foods.

Let’s take a moment to point out a simple fact, inconvenient to both “sides” of this discussion: two things, sometimes more, can be true at the same time.

In this case, four things:

  • The MPD does have a long history of bad behavior.
  • George Floyd was not the sainted figure that Big Minneapolis Left turned him into. He was objectively a pretty flawed guy. Did he deserve to die? No. That was established at trial.
  • Bob Kroll’s job is to defend “his” officers – just as Denise Spect and Javier Morillo defend “their” teachers and SEIU members without a whole lot of gray area or nuance.
  • Minneapolis and Henco leadership have made being in law enforcement – and, by extension, life in neighborhoods that, unlike Copperud’s leafy green theme park of a neighborhood – very difficult.

None of those are especially controversial – are they?

Collin posits that “politicians were creating the illusion of accountability without holding themselves accountable” and that they conspired to convict Chauvin and the three other officers without due process. She tries to support this thesis with an analysis of Maximal Restraint Technique training materials and a close reading of Floyd’s autopsy and subsequent autopsy reports.

And…what about that analysis? How did, or didn’t, it support Collin’s thesis?

Don’t just leave that dangling out there, Ms. Copperud!

Ad Homina: 3
Facts Presented: I’ll call it 0.5; facts were presented, but significance was not established. Or attempted.

The most frustrating piece is Collin’s hammer-headed insistence that a “mixed race group” of police officers could not possibly engage in racist violence. This is a “but I voted for Obama!” type of racism denial, as if J. Alexander Kueng’s presence magically absolves the MPD’s well-documented history racially discriminatory practices. 

So we’ve got competing bits of illogic: “Mixed groups can’t be racist” vs. “Minneapolis cops can only be racist, and if you try to say otherwise, I’ll drop this Obama-era criticism of white liberals. That’ll show you”.

Occasionally, the timeline jumps backward 30 years to arcane MPD stories which Collin intends to connect with the 2020-21 narrative and support her conspiracy claims. But the only common thread linking these incongruous 20th century flashbacks with the rest of the book is just that “Bob was there.” In my imagination, the writing process looks like Collin clacking away at her computer with Kroll standing behind her, tapping her shoulder, spraying moist bits of spearmint Kodiak across her keyboard as he goads, “Lizzie, ya gotta tell ’em about the time I took down the Vice Lords!”

Well, at least she called it a product of her imagination.

Collin centers herself as a victim of “the media and the Left,” taking particular umbrage at her former employer, accusing WCCO’s management of having a liberal political agenda. She blasts WCCO for requiring reporters to interview racially diverse subjects, for issuing a disclaimer about her marriage on crime and policing stories, and for taking her off the anchor desk. She writes, “I was blacklisted. I went from being a familiar face on WCCO-TV down to being on the news barely a minute a day.” 

The victim narrative continues


That list of actions does in fact sound like Collin was, in fact, dealt dirty.

Does WCCO not have a liberal agenda?

Are Collin’s assertions wrong?

“[They] started insulting me personally—for the color of my hair and skin,” Collin writes.

And is that untrue?

She portrays Kroll as a maligned target who suffers online burns from bullies like former MPD Police Chief Janee Harteau and Twitter troll @BillyAn23338604.

Or that?

After Kroll and Collin’s address is doxxed, the “cancel culture vultures” protest outside their home in Hugo, Minnesota. Activist and attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong “segregated people” and had “Blacks” (yes, that is Collin’s actual word choice) kneel in front of a flagpole on Collin’s front lawn

Now, that did happen. It’s on film – from (ahem) liberal WCCO, and at least another TV station. Does Copperud dispute that?

Chauvin, of course, positions himself yet another victim: “When Derek Chauvin heard about Arradondo’s public indictment,” Collin writes, “he said, ‘That’s when I knew they were stacking the deck against me.’”

It’s still a free country, sorta, no thanks to people like Copperud. Chauvin can say what he wants.

The reverse racism claims are gross but predictable. More troubling is Collin’s unwillingness to acknowledge racism at all. She writes “systemic police racism” just like that: ensconced in quotation marks, mocking the phrase Joey Tribbiani-style. I understand where she’s coming from because I grew up two years ahead of Collin, in Worthington, the small, southwestern Minnesota town where she started a neighborhood newspaper as a kid.

“Gross but predictable” – maybe, maybe not.

But are they wrong? It’s hard to look at future/former Rep. John Thompson’s behavior as anything but racist. Isn’t it?

Back in the 1990s, when Collin and I both exercised in the basement of the old downtown YMCA and served Tremendous Twelve and Granny’s Country Omelet breakfast orders to the Sunday morning after-church crowds at Perkins, Worthington was an ethnically diverse town. But it was also a consequence-free setting for casual racism. This was a point in time when a FUBU brand Love Sees No Color T-shirt could effectively declare its wearer to be free of bigotry. Very few words or actions were considered racist, short of calling someone an ethnic slur while punching them in the face. Incredibly, in 1998, half of the Worthington High School students cast in the spring musical performed in blackface. Even more wild? No one objected!

But just because no one got in trouble for racist stage-makeup or behaviors back then doesn’t mean that they weren’t racist. Concepts like double consciousness, code switching, cultural appropriation, unconscious bias, systemic racism—these are all nuanced distinctions that had to be picked up while fulfilling college credits, or while attending workplace sensitivity training, or just by being a literate person who’s heard about social injustice.

So to try to pick some cherry tomatoes out of the word salad:

  • Copperud and Collin grew up near each other.
  • People then didn’t practice the orthodoxy Copperud now finds indispensable.
  • Dissenting from that orthodoxy – acquired in (some varieties of) college or work or something something – is grounds for relentless, nuance-free either/or sorting. No gray area, no argument, no inquiry or intellectual disagreement need apply.

To sum it up: Copperud is tarring Collin via the behavior of other people, in another place, from decades ago.

Collin has not evolved beyond the ’90s dichotomy of racist or not-racist. For Collin, as long as there is no historical precedent and no prior consequences for racist behavior, then racism isn’t a problem.

Copperud assumes that dichotomy is wrong without saying why, beyond invoking a standard that Copperud finds absolute and certain but which must not and therefore can not be questioned.

She seems to lack the intellectual curiosity to dig in to what Floyd’s murder symbolized. Anyone who lumps people together as “Blacks” in 2022 and who thinks that a couple of police officers of color can negate a whole racist system of policing has a long way to go on their anti-racist journey. Collin is still parked in her Hugo driveway

“Anti-racism” is, of course. not to be mistaken for “not being racist”.

Ad homina: 5
Facts Presented: 2 (including the ‘anti-racist journey’ which, if you stipulate that “not being racist” is an imperfect state of mind while “anti-racism” is a bit of social logrolling, kinda straddles the categories).

But we’ve come all this way through this…er, “review” to find that Copperud seems to have buried the lede:

I have to admit that Collin’s journalism is competent, dogged, and detailed. I expected dubious research and, while Collin sometimes footnotes sources that blur the boundaries of credibility (New York Post, Alpha News, Heritage Foundation, @crimewatchmpls),

Whose “boundaries of credibility”? And why? Does the writer for that bastion of reason, “”, have any reason beyond unvarnished ideological chauvinism?

Especially given that…

most of the citations are sound.


One could also take serious issue with her sourcing, which includes: convicted murderer Chauvin, plus the convicted murderer’s mother Carolyn Pawlenty, imprisoned partner Thomas Lane, and failed defense attorney Eric Nelson, among other uniformly pro-cop voices.

One could?


Because of any of the facts presented? Or statements presented as facts without countervailing information?

Or just because Deb Copperud wrinkles her nose in disgust?

Overall, the book met my expectations. I hoped for grammatical idiosyncrasies and They’re Lying delivered. Collin credits Dr. JC Chaix for his proofreading work, which includes unconventional spelling, inconsistent capitalization, unnecessary commas between subjects and verbs, and a complete disregard for a uniform style guide.


I don’t recommend buying They’re Lying, but I do recommend looking up Chaix’s bizarre author biography on Amazon.

Ad Homina: 5
Really odd, irrelevant ad hominem: 1
Facts presented: 2.5-3.5, more or less.

At times I actually enjoyed the narrative, especially when Collin skewers Mayor Frey’s vanity. She recalls how he flailed during the protests and riots and reminds the reader that Frey was, is now, and ever shall be, as long as he is in office, in sole charge of the MPD.

So…Collin was right?

Hold on.

Waaaay back in this review, didn’t Copperud call Copperud’s allegations about Minneapolis and Henco leadership “dubious?”

I shared Collin’s disgust with the leaders, past and present, who failed to reform policing before and after Floyd’s murder, who held nothingburger press conferences, who promised transformational change and then approved a new union contract and $7,000 bonuses to MPD officers.

Surprisingly, They’re Lying gave me hope! If both Collin, hawker of MAGA propaganda, and I, avowed member of “the Left,” can agree that crime and policing in Minneapolis are worse after five years of Frey’s blustery, ineffective leadership, then there is a tiny bright spot cresting over the 2024 election horizon

Huh. I did not see that coming.

So, to sum up the “Review”:

  1. Deb Copperud doesn’t like Liz Collin, Bob Kroll, the NYPost, or Alpha News.
  2. She notes – correctly and disparagingly – that Collin doesn’t bark “anti-racist” dogma on command, while not even trying to establish that makes her, or anyone, racist
  3. She can’t find fault with Collin’s actual reporting .
  4. She agrees with Collin about Minneapolis’s leadership, but not when Collin actually says it. Or something .

In restrospect, the name “Racket” makes sense now.

[1] If the person who brings you your coffee and avocado toast has to commute, by rail, bus or hooptie, to get to work in a “Fifteen Minute City” she can’t afford to work in, then your “Fifteen Minute City” is really an “Urban Life Theme Park”.

Tea Leaves

Every DFL politician’s social media feed is raving about this puff piece from HuffPo which christens Tina Smith “the Velvet Hammer”.

The Velvet Hammer?

I can think of lots of adjectives to add to Smith’s hamfistedness. Velvet ain’t one of them.

And what usually happens after you see DFLers posting “attagirls” over inexplicable media. puff pieces?

Some dirt comes out on them. .

For example – during the session, the DFL noise machine broke out into a round of praise for Rep. Finke. It went from zero to 60 in three seconds, as if the Representative had just pulled someone from a burning building Clearly something had happened.

That something was Finke had charged across the House floor at another representative over retweeting a trans-skeptic account.

So am I too cynical in asking “what dirt is coming out about Smith?”

Our Pathetic Whinging Overlords

Minnesota has developed some horrifying personality tics in recent years. Especially this past year.

But one that’s a groaner, year in, year out, is Minnesota’s crippling inferiority complex. It was manifested most plainly in the ’80s, when Minneapolis adopted the marketing hook “The MinneApple” – and continues every time the local media finds the most absurd possible local angles to every national story.

But this story which got headlines in most Twin Cities media on Tuesday – may be the most pathetic of all.

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) – Lady Gaga dined at Café and Bar Lurcat in Minneapolis Sunday night, according to a tweet from the restaurant. 

The tweet on Monday said, “When an iconic restaurant hosts an icon. Last night, we were delighted to have Lady Gaga join us for dinner. On behalf of our staff, we thank Lady Gaga — one of the most beloved and influential singers, songwriters and performance actors — for choosing our Mpls restaurant.”

No word on whether the food was locally sourced, or from what provider; this link to someone from somewhere else should certainly rate a story of their own.

Behold The Flood

The Strib is trying to wag the state’s proverbial dog:

“Flooding in” to a Reddit thread?

Why, it sounds good, doesn’t it?

The kind of good news that an undistinguished meat puppet of a governor can’t be expected not to try to make hay of it…

That stupid 1971 headline is set to pass “…on a stick!” as the ultimate Minnesota cliche, by the way.

So what’s the truth?

Why, let’s see:

240 comments and 36 upvotes, in a month.

This blog has many posts with much more activity than that in a day.

So – why all the ado about that modest little, uh, flood?


Minnesota has the eight-worst net outmigration among the productive class in the country. One suspects the “flood” comprises a lot of people looking for taxpayer-funded abortion and chemical castration of minors.

And while it’s hard to believe it’s not by design, one has to think the DFL doesn’t want the news to get too big, too fast… –

The Progress Of Every Hot Button Social Issue

Why, no, stupid peasants. Nobody is taking your guns.

I mean, nobody is taking your gas stoves.

Ooos. Nobody is going to convert all cars to electric.

Whoopsie. I mean nobody is going to surreptitiously convert the power grid to something that can’t sustain life in any place where the temperature gets below 40.

D’oh! I mean, nobody is…

…er, what’s nobody doing?

Oh, yeah. The bug thing. That’s what hobody ever said anything about.

Your bad.

A Nation Of Boogiemen

It’s this blog’s considered position that DFL politicians can say pretty much anything they want; they know that the typical DFL voter, while invincibly smug about their education, is incredibly badly informed and, being a trained regurgitator of dogma, has no capacity for critical thought. They also know that the Twin Cities’ subservient news media – being mostly from that same population – won’t do anything to fix that.

Which is why Melvin Carter can write bilge like this:

Now, you know gun store owners aren’t clairvoyant. And I know it.

And so does Melvin Carter.

He knows that a “straw buyer” is someone who:

  1. Uses his or her clean criminal record – with no indication they might be a probem, and
  2. Knowingly sells or gives guns to criminals.

And Mayor Carter also knows that neither the Hennepin nor Ramsey County attorneys, going back decades, is especially enthusiastic about going after straw buyers. Nobody ever got elected Senator by putting a gang-banger’s girlfriend in jail.

But they typical DFL voter? Someone who learned their law enforcement from a video game or an episode of “Criminal Minds?” They likely do think there’s some way for a gun store worker to tell if the person showing their ID is one of the 99.999% of gun buyers who are legit, or that other one who’ll sell a gun to a ne’er do well who goes on to shoot up a bar in Saint Paul.

And they just don’t care that much anyway.

Participation Trophy

Minnesota DFLers are giving themselves rotor-cuff issues patting themselves on the back…

…over, uh, this:

Minnesota came in one slot of Texas. I’m old enough to remember when Minnesota was overwhelmed with New York City. Plus ca change…

But what is the rationale for this list, from always-Democrat-friendly CNBC?

I’ll add some emphasis:

To determine its rankings, CNBC factored in metrics across 10 categories, listed here in order of their weight: workforce; infrastructure; economy; life, health and inclusion; cost of doing business; technology and innovation; business friendliness; education; access to capital; and cost of living.

So – according to a list that ranks stuff HR cares about well ahead of stuff Accounting cares about, Minnesota beats Texas…

…by one.


Congrats, DFL.

They Know What Matters

Humans: “My God, this is horrible. Those poor girls…“

DFL/Media (pardon the redundancy): “OK, who leaked the video?“

Well, no – I’m actually not exaggerating (thread):

The problem, Ms. Moriarty, is that nobody trust you or your office. Not even a fair chunk of people who would never consider not voting for the DFL.

Compare And Contrast

Fox9 – the laziest of the Twin Cities four TV stations – is suddenly concerned about “divisive rhetoric”.

“Jared Goyette” – never heard of him – cited a grab bag of more or less conservative statements absent any meaningful context, including one from Albertville Rep. Walter Hudson…

Speaking five days after Trump was indicted by a grand jury in Miami, Minnesota GOP Rep. Walter Hudson used militaristic rhetoric to describe Democrats in a speech to the Republican Seniors of Minnesota.

While making no reference to Trump, Hudson, who has a background in conservative talk radio and is known for his bombastic style, referred to Democrats as “unAmerican” and accused them of engaging in “demonic behavior.”

“You’re dealing with a party that has declared war upon you. The goal of modern Democrats is to conquer you. What do I mean by that? Conquer you? Think about what’s entailed in conquering a people. You’re physically displacing them, get out, go somewhere else,” he said.

…that was dishonestly wrenched out of context, as Hudson invites you to see for yourself, and which is in no way completely inaccurate, as we pointed out last week.

In the meantime – criticizing gender ideology is “Genocide”, according to gender ideologue and Woman of the Year Leigh Finke:

Not a word from Fox9 or Jared Goyette about that.

Still waiting for declarations of sympathy from Jews, Tutsi, Cambodians and Rohinga on the whole “genocide” thing.

Open Letter To MPR’s Jon Collins: Year 3

To: Jon Collins, Senior Reporter on Race, Class and Communities, MInnesota Public Radio
From: Mitch Berg, Obstreporous Peasant
Re: Anniversary + Findings

Mr. Collins,

As with last year and 2021, I hope this day finds you well.

It was three years ago today you sent this out on your listener mailing list::

“South Minneapolis: I know this sounds crazy. But it’s 2020. And I’m working on story now about white supremacists coming to Minneapolis to foment race war under cover of the protests. I need your help, and your friends help. Please refer anyone with real, credible info (not rumor or speculation) or sources to me at (I’m gonna redact that)

What the heck – let’s give this a shot:

Now, I know MPR reporters don’t generally deign to respond to the peasantry – in fact, I know MPR News management specifically tells staff not to engage with the unwashed masses.

But I’m genuinely curious – did you find anything?

It’s not of idle interest to me.  Mine was one of the neighborhoods that got burned, looted and vandalized in May of 2020 (noting at the time that I saw a lot of “AmeriKKKa” and “Destroy the 1%” graffiti, but not a single swastika or “14 words” reference, I’m thinking the Twin Cities either got the most inept “white supremacists” in the history of bigotry, or they were the most ingenious – fiendishly tricking a whole city full of leftists into doing the job for them – the sort of fieldcraft that’d make a Mossad agent envious).     

While I am a very overt conservative (I went from Bob Collins’ Christmas Card list to…well, very much off of it during his unfortunate unpleasantness a few years ago), I also spent time covering radical groups of all stripes back when I was in the mainstream media.  

I ask because a not-so-cursory look through the last three years of your reporting doesn’t seem to show anything.  

And as I do every year on the anniversary of this event, I’d like to invite you on my show (Saturday, 1-3PM) to talk about your findings.   Because it’s everyone’s city. 


Mitch Berg


Annals Of Leftist Semantics

Zawahiri: “Austere Religious Scholar”

Lenin: “Controversial worker’s rights activist”

Nashville school shooter: “Tragic Victim”

Days of rioting, burning, looting: “Mostly Peaceful””.

Dolt in a MAGA hat carrying out perhaps the lowest level of vandalism possible:


By the way – during the early days of the Civil Rights movement, activists were painstakingly trained not to lash out or do stupid things, since they’d be held against the entire movement.

The Tea Party got that pretty instinctively (which is why Big Left and the GOP Consultant Class had to invent their entire case against the Tea Party).

Someone’s gotta tell MAGA.

UPDATE: As you can see from the tweet, people figured it out.

All That Is Needed Is That You Keep Sending Money

A friend of the blog emails regarding an email he got from Minnesota Public Radio regarding their recently-finished pledge drive:

Wait a minute. I thought that government subsidies was only a small portion of their funding.

So which it is?

Here was the email:

MPR’s Spring Member Drive ended last week, and we made great progress. But there is still a long way to go to meet our budget goals by June 30. I know the budget isn’t the most exciting thing to talk about, but the fact is that it powers everything we do – the programming you love, and the hosts, journalists and staff who create and share it. 

To give you a status update, here what’s happening:

👉 Economic uncertainty continues to negatively impact our revenues

👉 Vocal attacks on public media continue, even resulting in calls to defund public media on the national stage

These headwinds materially affect MPR. We’re working hard to keep on track. It’s important that we do so that we can move forward in a position of stability and strength. 

Look, MPR – public radio apologists keep saying NPR gets a tiny share of its funding from government. But if NPR says they’ll collapse without government funding, how are they not state media?

Shots Fired

In the wake of his move to Twitter, some bad news for Tucker Carlson.

He’s been banned from…



Because apparently nobody’s banning people on Mastodon.

Or Air America, apparently.

The Show Trial

Earlier this week, we pointed out something that, after thirty years of the worthless Steve Sack, I thought I’d never need to: A Strib “editorial cartoonist” actually causing consternation on both sides of the aisle.

Mike Thompson seemed to me to be a huge improvement over Sack’s flaccid, entitled, completely predictable drivel:

I ended the piece earlier this week by predicting there would be consequences.

Of course I was right. Publisher Steve Grove – a man who has never many pretense of being independent of the DFL – issued the first of what I suspect will be many mea culpas:

The least sinister interpretation: after 30 years of publishing, Steve Sack’s thud-witted, one-sided, uncreative drivel, of course The Strib becomes “accountable to the community“ after publishing one cartoon that roils their publisher’s cocktail buddies.

Most sinister? The DFL directly controls what the state’s most powerful news outlet presents, and how.

They’re already trying to avoid getting a ding on their Minnesota social credit scores.

More on that tomorrow and, most likey, on the show Saturday.

Urban Progressive Privilege: Sign O The Times

The Strib finally hired a new editorial cartoonist to replace the worthless and unlamented Steve Sack.

It’s Mike Thompson.

And he’s brought a new sound to Minneapolis.

No, not the popping of the Glock full-auto conversion.

It’s the wailing and gnashing of entitled, plush-bottom, White progressive Minneapolis Yoo-hoos losing their spit over being lampooned by an editorial cartoonist.

They have no frame of reference. Modern MSM editorial cartoons have all the intellectual diversity of The Colbert Show or NPR.

So the calls for “canceling” Thompson have already started.

It’ll be interesting to see if Thompson is forced to repent of his sins.

Our Depraved Media

So, businesses are opening in a building that got re-opened after…uh, some unfortunate events, apparently:

“The 2020 fires”?

A bad streak of accidents?

Spontaneous combustion?

Flaming rocks from the sky?

In a city full of media that bellows “off what?” when the DFL says “jump”, KARE11 has lapped the field at going “woke”.