Better Than To Receive?

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Got this in the mail.  Not going.  Annoying.


“Give back.”  To whom, the beneficiaries of this fundraiser?  The county bar association and the local Legal Aid office?  The phrase ‘give back’ implies I once received something of value from them, for which I did not pay on the spot.  The phrase ‘give back’ implies an obligation, a debt.  Searching my memory (insert Star Trek computer voice: “Working. Working.”).  Nope, can’t think of anything either of them ever gave me for free.  Don’t see that I have any obligation to give either of them anything in return.

“Pay it Forward.”  Cute movie, silly slogan, worse reasoning.  Somebody once did something nice for me, so that burdens me with an obligation to give money to someone else.  And lucky for me, they’ve pre-selected the people I’ll be paying, all good Liberal Democrats, no doubt.  At $85 a plate, plus having to sit through do-gooders giving each other feel-good awards to signal their virtue?  I don’t think so.  If that’s the cost of people doing nice things for me, stop doing nice things for me, I can’t afford it.

This is not an appeal for charity, it’s shaming.  I’ve been shamed enough.  I get it every day.  I’m an old White male.  We’re the bane of society.  Racists.  Sexists.  Rapists.  We didn’t build anything, we never accomplished anything, we’re oppressors who stole our ill-gotten gains and don’t deserve to keep them.  So Give Back the money or Pay it Forward to our pet programs so we can work to further shame old White men.

You know what?  That argument doesn’t motivate me to give money, doesn’t inspire my generosity.

If you want me to give you money, convince me you deserve it.  Offer programs I want to watch (Dr. Who on public television).  Give me something I want to have (salvation, from my church).  Show me you’re helping people I want to help and give me a little reward (Girl Scout cookies).  Hell, stand at the stoplight in the pouring rain holding a cardboard sign to make me feel glad I’m not you.  I keep a dozen ones in the center console for precisely those people.  But not for Legal Aid lawyers.  And not because I’ve got some fake obligation that I should be ashamed I haven’t paid.

The hardest part of establishing an entitlement is convincing those who’ll pay that you are in fact entitled to their money.

It seems MN Democrats have done a fine job of this.



SCENE:   Mitch BERG is shopping for a suit.  As he pokes through a rack of jackets, Avery LIBRELLE wanders around the corner, distacted, nearly bumping into him. 


BERG:  Oh, sh…shuper amazing to see you, Avery.

LIBRELLE:  Don’t give me the happy talk.  What about the charges against you?

BERG:  Charges?   Oh, do tell.

LIBRELLE:  Miss Lyudmila Korolevska says you tried to kiss her against her will, and told her an unwelcome dirty joke at a party.

BERG: Huh.  Never met anyone named Lyud…er, Korolevska.

LIBRELLE:   It was at a party in either Yalta, Kilpyavr or Novisibirsk in 1983.

BERG: Huh.  I was in college in rural North Dakota in 1983.   Nowhere near Russia.

LIBRELLE:   Don’t evade the question!

BERG: What question?

LIBRELLE:  Why did you sexually assault Miss Shtolipinska?

BERG: Wasn’t her name just Korolevska

LIBRELLE:  She goes back and forth on that.

BERG:  Huh.  So you don’t know her name, it took place in one of three places…

LIBRELLE:  Or maybe Smolensk.

BERG: …four places that I have never been, at times when I couldn’t have been there, doing things I just don’t do.

LIBRELLE:  I believe accusers!

BERG:  Of course you do.  Accusers like Karen Monahan?


BERG:  Of course she is.

STORE STAFFER:  Er, Ma’am…(Confused)…sir…um [Looks at BERG, perplexed.  BERG shrugs], er, loud person?

LIBRELLE:  [Exasperated, to both]  Oh, you people and your privilege!


Scorched Dearth

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Republicans keep warning Democrats they shouldn’t use vicious tactics against Kavanaugh because Democrats won’t like living under the new rules.  Nonsense, Democrats use vicious tactics because they know the new rules won’t apply to them.

There are stronger allegations against Keith Ellison than Brett Kavanaugh, but Democrats choose to believe Ellison, not the accusers.  The official Democrat Party line is those women are lying.  It’s the same line they took with Bill Clinton’s accusers.  The media won’t call out Democrats for hypocrisy, the media is complicit. From this, we can conclude Democrats will continue to use vicious tactics because THEY WORK.

Democrats are different from Republicans on a fundamental level.  Democrats don’t have principles, they are partisans.  They don’t care about victims, they care about victory.  They do not have morals, they have mobs.  They don’t have scruples, they have Screw You.  With a complicit mainstream media aided by SJW dominated social media who are careful to hide stories that make Democrats look bad while ceaselessly trumpeting stories that make Republicans look bad – even news stories they have investigated and know are false – Democrats only need a couple of useful idiots to derail any Republican plan.

I’m looking at you, Jeff Flake of Arizona, you, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and you, Susan Collins of Maine.

When Lindsay Graham loses his cool with the Dems, you know things are getting ugly.

The Rush To Mediocrity

The likes of Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and most of the MInnesota DFL genuflect toward the Europeans for their economic advice.

Inconvenient fact:  all of Europe’s economies would fit tidily within the bottom third of US states:

Most European countries (including Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium) if they joined the US, would rank among the poorest one-third of US states on a per-capita GDP basis, and the UK, France, Japan and New Zealand would all rank among America’s very poorest states, below No. 47 West Virginia, and not too far above No. 50 Mississippi. Countries like Italy, S. Korea, Spain, Portugal and Greece would each rank below Mississippi as the poorest states in the country.

Maybe they all need to go to war with us again.

Advice For Modern Life

Top ten red flags that pop up in sexual assault claims that juuuuust might be more about revenge, control, money or power than justice:

Without naming any particular accusation, I offer these factors for consideration to the fair-minded who remain open to the possibility that guilt or innocence is not simply a question of politics. I also remind the reader that politicizing these accusations have allowed men like Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, Les Moonves, Bill Clinton, and Keith Ellison to escape accountability. Nobody seems to care if they walk the walk so long as they talk the talk.

Read the whole list.  This one grabbed me:

4. When the accused’s opportunity to mount a defense is delegitimized.

The Duke Lacrosse coach was fired just for saying his players were innocent. When the players dared to protest their innocence, the prosecutor painted their stories in the press as “uncooperative.” If either the accused or the accused’s supporters are attacked for just for failing to agree with the accusation, it’s a red flag.

Apply it to current events.

Pass it on.

A Thorough Investigation

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

The Senate Judiciary Committee should subpoena Keith Ellison.  He says both women accusing him of sexual assault are lying.
Based on the testimony of our esteemed colleague in the House, the Senate Judiciary Committee can make a finding that women do, in fact, lie about sexual assault. So we don’t have to take the woman’s word for it.
Therefore, we can examine these claims against Judge Kavanaugh dispassionately, with a look toward evidence rather than automatic acceptance, since we know official Democratic Party policy is that women lie about sexual assault.

And having done our thorough investigation can we conclude this witness is also lying, just like the women are lying against Keith Ellison, and therefore there’s no obstacle to confirming Judge Kavanaugh.
We confidently expect every Democrat member of this committee to reject the lies and join us in recommending the Senate confirm him.
Joe doakes

Open Letter To The Entire US Senate GOP Caucus

To:  Entire US Senate GOP Caucus
From:  Mitch Berg, Cranky Peasant
Re:  A Big Lie


Confirm Brett Kavanaugh.  Now.

The allegations against him are of a piece with nearly every leftist narrative today – utter crap.  It’s transparent BS.  Like most lefty memes – “gun violence”, the “War on Women”, the $15 minimum wage and on and on, it is largely a set of chanting points that aren’t intended to convince the intelligent.  They are intended solely to leverage the tribalist ignorance of the masses of entitled would-be elitists who make up Big Left’s voting bloc; they don’t fact check jack; they hear things on the media, and the left’s alt-media, and parrot it like the obedient little schnauzers most of them are.

Confirm Brett Kavanaugh.  Now.

Nothing reinforces a tactic like success.  If Big Left manages to scuttle Kavanaugh, you can expect every single conservative – I almost added “male” to the list, but as we saw with Sarah Palin and MIchele Bachmann, the left hates conservative women even more – will meet the same scabrous, defamatory treatment.

Every one.

Confirm Kavanaugh.  Now.

And if Big Left tries to call out the schnauzers of “The #Resistance”, then yes, let’s meet them – in court if they choose wisely, at the barricades if they don’t.

But confirm Kavanaugh.  Now.

If you fail to do this, you will get brutalized this November.

And you will have it coming.

Confirm Kavanaugh.  Now.


A Parkland kid realizes he’s been used:

“My whole message is I was propped up as an expert. The whole message was these kids are the real experts,” [Cameron] Kasky told Fox News Radio’s Benson & Harf on Wednesday. “Look, I have some very intelligent friends. Some friends who can intellectually run circles around me, but I’m not the expert in pretty much anything.”

Survivors of the Parkland shooting received wall-to-wall cable-news coverage in its aftermath. Kasky gained national notoriety after telling Senator Marco Rubio of Florida that looking at him felt like looking “down the barrel of an AR-15,” during a town hall weeks after the shooting. Kasky now claims to regret that interaction and says he hopes to meet with Rubio to apologize.

Kasky is also doing something a lot more adults should:

The 17-year-old now plans to start his own podcast, Cameron Knows Nothing, featuring subject-matter experts as part of his mission to change the way he participates in the public debate surrounding gun control and other politically charged issues.

Not tripling down on one’s ignorance (aka “Hogging”) – if this could become a trend…


The Cold Civil War


Dennis Prager puts it most succinctly:  conservatives think progressives are wrong; progs think conservatives are evil.

And for all the caterwauling about the decreasing civility and yawning tribalism in American society, and the straining to be even-handed about it, I believe it to be a self-obvious fact the problem tracks that fairly closely; Red America looks at Blue America in bemused confusion, like an older, more-responsible brother shaking his head at the tacky neck tattoo his idiot sister brought back from art school; Blue America genuinely hates Red America.

Hate.  The H bomb.  H A Double Hatepicks.

Shelby Steele sees it too:

For many on the left a hateful anti-Americanism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle. “America was never that great,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said. For radical groups like Black Lives Matter, hatred of America is a theme of identity, a display of racial pride.

For other leftists, hate is a license. Conservative speakers can be shouted down, even assaulted, on university campuses. Republican officials can be harassed in restaurants, in the street, in front of their homes. Certain leaders of the left—Rep. Maxine Waters comes to mind—are self-appointed practitioners of hate, urging their followers to think of hatred as power itself.

How did the American left—conceived to bring more compassion and justice to the world—become so given to hate? It began in the 1960s, when America finally accepted that slavery and segregation were profound moral failings. That acceptance changed America forever. It imposed a new moral imperative: America would have to show itself redeemed of these immoralities in order to stand as a legitimate democracy.

The whole thing is worth a read.

Of course, the old biblical parallel says as you sew, you shall reap.   As the Democrats discovered (but, I suspect, didn’t learn) in 2016, if your entire “value proposition” is identity politics, eventually your opponents will respond as an identity group.

And if all you’re putting out is hatred…?


Big Left wants to believe – or, more proximately, wants the public to believe – that the National Rifle Association – America’s oldest civil rights organization – is on the wane.

It‘s just not so:

The National Rifle Association’s four flagship magazines added nearly 350,000 subscribers between February and June of this year, reversing more than a year of decline and suggesting a surge in recruits following the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The gun rights group does not share detailed information about its membership numbers, and in the past has been accused of inflating its self-reported membership to give an impression of political clout. As a result, media organizations have often used the group’s magazine subscriptions as a proxy for membership.

In other words, in the past few months the NRA has likely gained 2-3 times as many members as all of the anti-gun organizations in America have.  

Behind The Fashion Curve

Poke a needle in a Minnesota liberal, and they’ll likely bleed some combination of Danish and Swedish “social democracy”.

At Reason, Johan Norberg points out that they – and most Americans, really – could learn a lot from the Swedes.  Just not much of it goes along with the left’s dogma:

Norberg’s grand tour of his homeland reveals a country steeped in classical liberalism. Americans may be surprised to learn that Sweden’s experiment with socialism was a relatively brief flirtation, lasting about 20 years and ending in disillusionment and reform.

Sweden began rolling back government in the early 1990s, recapturing the entrepreneurial spirit that made it a wealthy country to begin with. High taxation and a generous array of government benefits are still around. But now it’s also a nation of school vouchers, free trade, open immigration, light business regulation, and no minimum wage laws.

Podcast?  Why sure, you can listen to the whole thing:


NARN On The Wrong Side Of Town

Join me from 1-3PM today on the NARN!

Today on the show:

  • Doug Wardlow, Attorney General candiate (Tentative)
  • Lacy Johnson, GOP House canddiate
  • The Wardlow / Ellison debate.
  • The “MInnesota Poll”.

Don’t forget – King Banaian is on from 9-11AM on AM1440, and Brad Carlson is  on “The Closer” edition of the NARN Sundays from 2-3PM.

So tune in the Northern Alliance! You have so many options:

Join us!

Now This Is #Resistance

This could almost be a Hot Gear Friday.  But not quite.

During the Korean War, the capability of the Russian MiG-15 jet fighter astonished Western air forces, when they finally encountered it.

Like the Mitsubishi Zero nine years earlier, it came as a rude awakening; fast, maneuverable, powerfully armed, it ran rings around early western jets like the P80 Shooting Star and the British Gloster Meteor.

The P-80 – like a few American jets of the era, basically a reciprocating-engine design with a turbojet inserted.

It even gave the mighty F86 Saber – one of the iconic jet fighters of all time – a serious run for its money, outperforming the American jet at many points in the performance envelope:

The Saber

The air forces of the United Nations – which actually conducted a meaningful response to tyrannical aggression, once in its existence – prevailed, slowly and painfully, over the MiG, finding ways to fight battles under circumstances favoring the Saber, as they had in 1942 against the Zero, and in 1943 against the German Focke-Wulf 190, which had been a similar surprise.

But nothing beats actually getting a look at the enemy plane.  And just as captured Zeros and FW190s had given allied pilots and engineers invaluable insights into defeating those planes, a captured MiG would do the same.

65 years ago today, in fact.

On September 21, 1953, North Korean air force pilot No Kum Sok, took off in his MiG 15 from Sunan Air Base, near Pyongyang.   No, a 21 year old man who had once dreamed of flying for the Japanese in his childhood when Japan controlled Korea, had gradually become pro-American during his teen years – but, cannily, managed to conceal his budding anti-communism.

No, in Nork pilot gear.

Admitted to the Naval Academy, he won a transfer to flight school, graduating in the middle of the Korean War.   He reportedly flew about 100 combat sorties.

And then, 65 years ago this morning, he zigged rather than zagging.  On taking off from Sunan, Instead of going on his mission, he turned south and firewalled the throttle; between the surprise and the geometry, no other Nork fighters could catch him.  He flew through a gap in American radar coverage over the DMZ caused by a scheduled service outage (note:  that’s some operational intelligence for you), and, a little over 15 minutes later, lined up on approach heading toward the American airbase at Kimpo…

…flying downwind.  The wrong way.

Pilots normally land flying upwind – the extra wind over the wings lowers their stall speed – and the approaches downwind of Kimpo were heavily defended by alert American antiaircraft weapons.

But No landed downwind (forcing an F86 to swerve out of the way on his way toward the runway).  And then, cooly, he taxied over to a gap on the ramp between a couple of Sabers, climbed out, and emphatically surrendered to the confused Americans responding.

The rest was history:  No accepted a $100,000 reward (a million today), became an American citizen, got a degree in aeronautical engineering, worked for a who’s who of American aeropace companies, prospered, lived the American dream, and changed his name to Kenneth Rowe.

Rowe, several decades after his defection.

Parts of the story were less sanguine; while his father was already dead and his mother had fled to the south before the war, No’s uncle and all members of his family apparently disappeared.   And No’s commander and five other pilots were executed.

Rowe is still with us; at 86, he’s still tesifying to, and living testimony of, the power of the American dream.

That, snowflakes, is #Resistance.



The Record

Caron Monahan – the ex-girlfriend of anti-somatic DFL congressman Keith Ellison, who is running for state auditor this fall – reports that the big social media platforms appear to be engaging in shenanigans.

Since the big social media platform is our plan I’d like to make sure the actual record gets out:

Pass it along.

The Road To Hell’s Kitchen Is Paved With Good Intentions

A few years ago, when the city of Minneapolis jumped on the “raise the minimum wage to $15 and mandatory benefits“ bandwagon, the owners of popular downtown eatery “Hell’s Kitchen” led the way in virtue-signaling how very OK they were with it.

And they stuck to their guns (their owners would not be OK with me using that phrase, but it’s still a free country) as a wave of other restaurants shut down around the metro, many of them explicitly citing the City mandated bludgeoning of their bottom line. No, seriously – one of them, “Ward 6“ in Saint Paul – pops up in the story, although the article never really connects the dots.

The star Tribune assures us that the owners saw they had a problem – they don’t specify which problem, although they hinted at it in a few places – but, for the moment, the bleeding is stanched.

Incredibly, the article points out in almost as many words that the owners of the restaurant almost geometrically match the stereotype every conservative has of restaurantears who virtue signal their approval of laws that, historically, shred through restaurant jobs like wood chippers through particleboard end tables: they spent years really not paying much attention to their financials, floating on a wave of profits from a thriving business and a good location (and, let’s be honest, really good food – I haven’t been there in years, but I did love it) until almost literally waking up one morning and realizing they were in serious trouble.

And you have to go about 2/3 of the way down the article to get to this bit here:

“The restaurant’s staff of 180 was trimmed to 160, chiefly through attrition and by adjusting start times to better match the flow of customers, producing a wage savings of $170,000. “

I am sure that most of the cuts were “through attrition” – not only does the restaurant industry have famously high turnover, but so does any business when the owners start frantically slashing expenses – but let’s break the story’s numbers down: that’s $170,000 in wages – the equivalent of 11 part time, 20 hours a week jobs at the new city of Minneapolis $15 an hour minimum wage – that don’t exist anymore.

So underneath all of the restaurant management‘s and started being as happy talk, what’s happening is…

…Exactly what conservatives, business people and anyone who passed economics 101 and said would happen: the Minneapolis city council’s wage and benefit laws are not just killing businesses, they’re killing jobs.

Of course, the virtue signaling Minneapolis city counselors and the bureaucrats who work for them don’t work in restaurants (or any private sector or entrepreneurial business, for that matter); Minneapolis’s restaurant industry has been one of the service industry’s “it“ sectors for decades, now, so I suspect they figure they’ll always be another.

By the way – I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that Hell’s Kitchen’s current owners furtively start looking for a buyer in the near future, that the expenses continue getting slashed, the Yelp reviews start spiraling, and the place quietly closes within five years. And if that happens – heaven forfend – the last thing the city, the Star Tribune or the restaurant’s compliant DFL management will do is blame the city’s policies for it.

I hope not – I genuinely like eating there, although I actually can’t eat there anymore – but I wouldn’t bet against me on it, either.

Justice: Not For Deplorable Dregs

Would anyone in the media be paying attention to Christine Blasey Ford if she wasn’t an academic, reporter, or other “Elite?”

I’m overhearing the television, so I’m not going to link to anything, but I keep hearing the indicia of elite status — notably, that Blasey is a college professor.

I’m trying to think of how her allegations should be handled, and I want like cases to be treated alike. When will one allegation from long ago justify delaying the Senate confirmation process and the opening of new investigations?

The answer cannot be: when the accuser has elite status!

I’m thinking of how Paula Jones was denigrated 20 years ago. “If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you’ll find,” James Carville said famously.

It’s never been about making women safer, or justice. It’s about power.


Whole New Day

Latest KSTP-SUSA poll shows Republican Doug Wardlow and antisemitic DFLer Keith Ellison are in pretty much a dead heat in the Attorney General’s race:

When asked if the allegations are a “factor” in whether they vote for Ellison, 40 percent said they “are a factor” and 39 percent said they are not. The other 21 percent said they’re not sure.

“That 40 percent is a serious problem,” Schier said. “It’s probably not going to go away between now and Election Day.”

Of course, KSTP/SUSA’s polling has trended left in the past; evidence to this lies in the observation…:

Despite the allegations, Ellison has a big lead among female “likely voters,” 49 percent to 31 percent. Wardlow leads among men 51 percent to 34 percent.

…that they seem to oversample stupid women 49/31.

Rhetorical Questions?

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Remember Dan Rather, who insisted the letters showing President Bush lied about his military service were “fake but accurate?”

Remember the Cindy Sheehan, the Code Pink lady who protested at President Bush’s ranch because her son died in the war in Iraq?

Remember David Hogg, the kid who hid in the closet during the school shooting and became a national spokesman for gun control?

They were hot topics, media sensations, invited on all the news shows.  Their every utterance was treated as having absolute moral authority and cited by Democrat politicians as proof of the urgency to enact Liberal policies.  But none of those people are in the news anymore.  It’s as if they never existed.  They were used as props and discarded the moment they were no longer useful.

And now we have Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Judge Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers.  That’s enough to temporarily resurrect Anita Hill, the woman who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings.  She won’t be in the limelight long.  She’s old news, too.

What is wrong with those people, that they’re willing to be exploited and later abandoned, merely to get a few seconds of attention?  Have they no pride?

What is wrong with those people who are willing to exploit and later abandon innocents who merely want a few seconds of attention?  Have they no shame?

Joe Doakes

Because it’ll be different with them…

I Seem To Have Recovered A Memory

This is difficult for me, so please bear with me.

It was in 1988.   I was at a party at a duplex at, I think, Franklin and Pleasant in Minneapolis.

I was there with a woman, a friend of mine.  We’d been drinking.

A lot.

Suddenly, and without warning, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy, Dick Durbin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Chris Coons, Richard Blumenthal, Mazie Hirono, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris walked into the room and grabbed her butt.  Each of them, in order.

Yes, it looked strange, but it was Minneapolis in the ’80s.  Anything could happen.  Or that’s how I remember it.

My friend was really hammered, so she didn’t really react as 10 future Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary committee (and one future former member) grabbed her in an act that is considered Sexual Assault when committed by anyone but Bill Clinton.

It’s a memory I recovered, coincidentally, only yesterday, after three decades of aggressive therapy.  But I believe accusers, even accusers I haven’t seen in three decades.

I won’t diviulge my friend’s name, but her father was a guy from Newark, New Jersey, named “T-Bone”, as I recall.