This will actually happen about the same time Rosie O’Donnell moves to Canada.
SCENE: Mitch BERG is waiting in line at Taqueria Pineda on South Robert Street. Avery LIBRELLE walks in just after Berg orders.
BERG: Oh. Hi, Avery.
LIBRELLE: Trump is such a baffoon.
BERG: Did you just pronounce it “baffoon”
LIBRELLE: Yes. Just like it’s spelled. Donald Trump is such a fool.
BERG: Do tell.
LIBRELLE: He thinks there was a terrorist attack in Sweden. Sweden!
LIBRELLE: Har di har! (Turns to counter person) Hey! Key-arrow oono burrito vegano! Capeesh?
BERG: That’ll work.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
1984 is a little late, but it’s arrived in St. Paul.
Those new blue recycling carts in St. Paul, you know the ones, you got one. The City forgot to mention that each has an embedded microchip.
St. Paul has mandatory recycling and the chips allow the trucks to see if you’re recycling enough. The City claims they have no plans to enforce the recycling ordinance that way . . . but that’s what the State said about seatbelts, too. Has nobody heard of the camel’s nose?
When they quietly implement the next phase, the justification will be to save the planet ‘for the children.’ But that means the recycling company (hence the government) will be able to track not just how many pounds of recycling you submit, but also which brand of booze you drink, which magazines you read (Playboy ‘for the articles’, NRA kook stuff, survivor militia newsletters, right-wingnut National Review), what foods you eat (so they can assist you in healthier life choices no doubt), and so on.
I suppose next, I’ll have to go sneaking around putting my recycling in neighbors bins so I don’t get targeted by the gun control squads coming to take my weapons and ammo ‘for my own safety.’ I tell ya, it gets harder every year to justify living in this burg.
Never put anything past Saint Paul.
To: NPR, the Strib, Alondra Cano, and every other Twin Cities liberal that’s spent the lasdt six months romanticizing the NoDAPL “pipeline” protest
From: Mitch Berg, Ornery Peasant and actual North Dakota native
Re: Just Curious, Here
You all – media and political figures alike – have spent the past six months romanticizing the “No Dakota Access Pipeline” protests more thoroughly than a Scarlett Johansson cheesecake photo shoot.
NPR / MPR? You had your reporters out in the wilds of south-central North Dakota, doing your best to make the protests sound like an organic grassroots phenomenon, sprung up from the soil to protect the river. Y’know – the Missouri. The river that flows through middle of the Dakotas and Nebraska.
Of course, while your reporters (yours too, Strib) plead “It’s Settled Science” on many convenient issues, you ignored it over and over again on this issue. It’s a simple fact – while the oil that powers your Subarus does indeed have some risk of spilling in its remote location far from any major population center, it’s many orders of magntitude per barrel lower that that same risk the way the oil is currently transported – by truck and train, through the middle of Bismarck, Jamestown (blocks from my father’s house, actually), Fargo, Fergus Falls, Saint Cloud, Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Madison and Chicago. As in astronomically more safe.
But let’s not pretend that Alondra Cano knows the first thing about statistics, or cares a rats ass about a bunch of white, rural, Trump-voting North Dakotans’ safety (or, for that matter, how many Strib or MPR reporters could name the river the “protesters” are “protecting”). And your logical consistency about the oil that powers your cars and buses and printing presses and transmitters is no less dubious than about where your food comes from. Yep, same place.
In fact, let’s forget the logical and moral inconsistency of your entire story – you media figures’ selective and incurious reporting, you politicians’ illiterate grandstanding. Ignore it all for now.
Let’s focus on today – where the “protesters” have left an ungodly mess at their “protest” site. North Dakota’s top tow-truck driver notes:
There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks. We’re going to have a very drastic situation trying to keep these vehicles from getting into the river – what everybody’s been trying to protect from day one. We can’t leave them there. We don’t know what kind of biohazard is going to be produced with all the fluids or any other garbage that’s inside the vehicle.
Here’s a Bismarck TV station’s report:
So – for six months you, the Twin Cities’ left leaning media and grandstanding left-wing politicians, romanticized the NoDAPL “protests” and “protesters”.
Just as you did “Occupy”, and the RNC protests , and the various G7 protests, and every other “protest” you can imagine (except the Tea Party, naturally).
And just like every protest other than the Tea Party, the NoDAPL “protesters” left behind filth and squalor.
And they left by the banks of the river they were supposedly “protecting” – cars full of fuel, human waste, and over a thousand tons of general trash. All right there, waiting for the next Missouri River flood.
This, mind you, in a part of the state that is very sparsely populated even by North Dakota standards – miles down a two-lane road from Mandan. Not the wealthy exurbs from which most of you media and political figures hail.
Oh, yeah – and it’s upstream from the Standing Rock reservation.
So – if you’re not running stories about the squalor left behind, and – this is for you, Alondra Cano – actively soliciting people and money and other resources for cleaning up after the people you encouraged to leave the mess, you’re not only hypocrites…
Suck on that.
That is all.
To: Our Bobbleheaded Overlords
From: Mitch Berg, Irascible Peasant
Re: “Fight For Fifteen!”
From a friend of this blog, here’s where the $15/hour minimum wage leads, inevitably and inexorably:
Let me just take a moment to say, I don’t think the “#FightFor15” has anything to do with raising worker wages, or taking any sort of care of the little guy. If it were, you’d be fighting for the only sustainable minimum wage there is – widespread prosperity
No. This is about virtue-signaling to your base (and I don’t mean minimum wage earners) and showing small business who’s boss.
That is all.
After drought and now flooding, my money is on toads.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Computer hackers got into the hotel’s electronic key system and locked guests out of their rooms until management paid a ransom.
It’s a variation on the ransom-ware scam being used with other computer users. Pay up or you won’t get your system back.
This is modern-day piracy. There should be world-wide jurisdiction to pursue them, and bounties paid for their scalps.
No argument here. In fact, we‘ve touched on this before.
We’ve fallen a little behind on our World War I series. Over the next few weeks/months, we’re going to work to get caught-up to the calendar.
It was well after midnight on December 29th, 1916, but the staff of the Yusupov Palace in St. Petersburg was preparing for a party.
The Palace’s wine cellar had been temporarily redecorated for their expectant visitor. Furniture and carpets had been moved in, along with a gramophone playing “Yankee Doodle” on a continuous loop. Several bottles of wine had been set aside for the occasion, in addition to a variety of sweet petit fours. The number of attendees were unknown – only a few key members of Russia’s nobility and their assistants would later amid to being present. The host, Prince Felix Yusupov, was attempting to entertain his guest of honor – Grigori Rasputin. Yusupov had sought out the supposed “mad monk” weeks earlier to attempt to learn some of the controversial holy man’s healing techniques.
What followed was a mixture of partial facts blended with mysticism and politically-motivated exaggeration. Popular legend states that Yusupov fed Rasputin treat after treat laced with potassium cyanide to no effect. Re-interpretation suggests that one of the night’s conspirators, a doctor, couldn’t violate his Hippocratic Oath to poison the famed mystic. Reality suggests the food was either never poisoned or was administered before being baked, evaporating the cyanide in the process.
After an hour, an exasperated Yusupov had tired of playing guitar and listening to an increasingly drunk Rasputin. The Prince would retrieve his gun and, according to his testimony years later, “a shudder swept over me; my arm grew rigid, I aimed at his heart and pulled the trigger.” Rasputin was seemingly dead – only to reanimate himself and stumble out the door where he kept moving despite four more shots. Only a following head shot supposedly slayed the infamous corruptor of the House of Romanov.
In reality, Yusupov’s first shot had passed through Rasputin’s mid-section without major damage. One of the Prince’s co-conspirators, politician Vladimir Purishkevich, had fired multiple times at Rasputin and connected only once – a bullet to his spine. The body was dumped in the Malaya Nevka River with such haste that one of Rasputin’s galoshes was stuck in the bars of the bridge. Unsure of how to react, the participants dismissed the police sent to investigate the gunshots heard at the Palace, only to re-invite them back to brag about killing Rasputin…all the while insisting the officers keep the incident quiet.
Grigori Rasputin had been an enigma in life – his role in Tsarist Russia a subject of heated debate then and now. In death, the man from the Siberian Plain would become a legendary indictment of Russia’s nobility and government in the First World War.
By the winter of 1916, St. Petersburg had become a national paradox – the seat of government for Tsarist Russia, yet a capitol increasingly void of political power.
Tsar Nicholas II had long since left the capitol for Moghilev, some 400 miles away, after appointing himself Commander-in-Chief following the Russian army’s rout in the summer of 1915. Left behind in St. Petersburg to manage the domestic affairs of state were Nicholas’ wife, the Tsarina Alexandra, and a deeply divided State Duma with little actual authority. Continue reading
40,000 Muslims deported, due to fear of terrorism.
From Muslim Saudi Arabia.
Obvious bigotry against the Religion of Peace by redneck deplorable…Sunni.
Students at the University of California San Diego are protesting an appearance by the Dalai Lama, caling him “offensive” and “oppressive”.
The students are, of course, from China, and are parroting the chanting points given to them by their Communist government back home.
Ignorant students trying to shut down free speech by people that people “above” them in the progressive hierarchy deem dangerous. We’ve just described not only the entire campus protest movement, but most of the campuses themselves.
The ongoing series of media mistakes, distortions and lies re: President Trump.
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Today, the Northern Alliance Radio Network – America’s first grass-roots talk radio show – is on the air!
Today on the show:
- MNGOP Chair candidate Chris Fields joins me.
- A challenge to MPR, the Strib, Alondra Cano, and other MInnesota liberals
Don’t forget – King Banaian is on from 9-11AM on AM1440, and Brad Carlson is normally heard on “The Closer” edition of the NARN Sundays from 2-3PM.
So tune in the Northern Alliance! You have so many options:
- AM1280 in the Metro
- Streaming at AM1280’s Website
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- Send us an SMS text message – 651-243-0390
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- Podcasts are now available; for my show and for Brad’s
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Ted Mondale and Michelle Kelm-Helgen resigned from the Metro Sports Utilities Commission yesterday, after the corruption in the MSFC’s use of luxury skyboxes as a spiff for the Twin Cities’ DFL became to great for even the Metro old-boy-and-girl network to hush up.
Mondale and Kelm-Helgen faced cascading criticism and scrutiny since the Star Tribune reported in November that they and other MSFA commissioners hosted friends, family and well-connected DFLers at two 18-person luxury suites at the stadium during Vikings games and at several concerts. The two said the state-owned suites were needed to market the building, but an investigation by Legislative Auditor James Nobles revealed the suites were used mostly for entertainment by the MSFA commissioners and staff.
The Legislative Auditors report sounds like it’s good reading:
[Legislative Auditor James Nobles’] 100-page report faulted Kelm-Helgen and Mondale’s leadership of the MSFA, saying they had violated a core ethical principle by using public office for personal gain, by handing out free tickets, VIP parking, food and drink to friends and allies.
Combined, the two made nearly $300,000 in taxpayer-funded salaries. They oversaw construction of the $1.1 billion stadium, which was funded in part with a $498 million public subsidy.
And the saga of Michelle Kelm-Helgen, DFL grandée extraordinaire, sounds like a “how-to” for any political glad-hander in a one-party city;
Even before the suite usage blew up, an unclear division of duties between Mondale and Kelm-Helgen became an issue. Former authority members Duane Benson and John Griffith had questioned the need for two taxpayer-funded executives in similar roles. They also raised concerns about Kelm-Helgen’s lack of collaboration.
“We were on a board that had an inability to get information,” Benson said, adding that Kelm-Helgen also refused to let the board participate in her job reviews.
Remember way back when Zygi Wilf was yanking the DFL-led Legislature and Governor
Flint-Smith Dayton around, threatening to move the team if the state didn’t pony up to improve his investment for him at public expense? And we asked – what could possibly go wrong when you entrust half a billion dollars to an bunch of unaccountable bureaucrats whose sole qualification was their DFL political connection?
Because you should remember it.
Over at the WashEx, a catalog of the ongoing reportorial flubs, context-manglings, bobbled facts, unreliable anonymous sources with the wrong story, and just plain made-up BS…
It’s not only helpful to view the MSM as Democrat operatives with bylines; it’s pretty much the only intellectdually honest approach.
Sally “I Went To Harvard” Kohn believes “most recently-defeated presidential candidate” is on the presidential order of succession.
Actually, the headline is misleading – Kohn believes that a successful impeachment leads to a special election.
Which is, if anything, even dumber.
Which is as good a nickname for Kohn as any.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Trump has only been President four weeks and already, inflation is out of control. Higher than it’s been during the entire last term of President Obama’s administration.
That . . . or the Obama administration faked the numbers and only now are the true numbers coming out. Nobody wants bad economic news; but I’d rather have real bad news than fake good news. But that’s not the real meaning of this story, here’s the deeper meaning:
The Federal Reserve during most of 2016 refrained from raising rates too quickly for fear of interrupting a fragile recovery but has taken a different view of the likely course of monetary policy in 2017, citing “uncertainty” as any expansionary fiscal policies from President Donald Trump have yet to take shape.
In other words, the Deep State and Quasi-Government wonks are Liberals who held down rates when they thought it would benefit Democrats in the election, but now intend to torpedo Trump any way they can. One of the easiest is to “discover” rampant inflation so they can jack up interest rates to fight the rampant inflation they’ve suddenly discovered.
Higher interest rates will panic consumers, kill housing, stifle growth, and mushroom debt service on The Light Bringer’s 20-Trillion Debt. Shifting dollars to debt service will kill the possibility of a realistic budget and doom The Wall.
Liberals and Never-Trumpers will then proclaim it’s all Trump’s fault, except for the parts that are Bush’s fault.
There’s a reason the Establishmet is, well, established.
Recently, a series of phony social media accounts, and a phony job posting, have appeared for a “Draft Jacob Frey for Congress” committee. Frey is, of course, the extreme-extreme-liberal city councilman who is challenging extreme liberal mayor Betsy Hodges in the upcoming Minneapolis mayoral race.
Turns out it all came from someone in her campaign; Hodges’ campaign manager blames “an intern”.
She delivered an “apology” yesterday:
“It happened. I did not know about it until it was brought to my attention, and when it was I immediately took action to remedy the situation,” Hodges wrote on Facebook. “That is not the kind of campaign I choose to run nor the kind of person I choose to be. I extend my apologies to [Council Member] Frey and his team for the incident and will work to make sure nothing like that happens from my team again.”
Hodges said she learned of the fake posting Monday night from Contreras, and told campaign staff that if something like this happens again, someone will lose their job.
“I communicated to my team, with vehemence, what my values are, what my expectations are about how we operate, that this falls outside my values, and that if it happens again the result will be termination,” she said.
Translation: it was no intern. It was someone on her team.
As Sarah Janecek notes – show us the intern.
(And as Janecek points out, that intern had better be making $15 an hour. If they exist. Which they do not).
On the one hand, she writes indulgent, entitle twaddle like Girls. Including lines like:
… and the other thing about me is I give zero f***s about anything, yet I have a strong opinion about everything, even topics I’m not informed on.”
Which is simultaneously risibly vacuous and as perfect a sample of Urban Liberal Privilege as you can find. (The phrase “Zero F****s Given” is a primary indicator of a deeply vapid person).
On the other? She throws Paul Krugman under the bus.
Talk about a fight where there is no winner, except all the rest of us.
Connecticut’s governor Dannell Malloy is proposing quadrupling fees for carry permits, as well as raising fees for background checks by 50%:
As part of his budget, Malloy is proposing to increase the state portion of the pistol permit fee from $70 to $300. He also is proposing the cost of the initial 5-year pistol permit fee from $140 to $370.
The increase in fees for gun owners will bring in another $9 million to the state annually, according to the governor’s budget estimates.
Additionally, Malloy is proposing to increase background check fees from its current $50 to $75.
Malloy has, of course, been merely the latest of a series of liberal governors that have spent the last couple of decades turning Connecticut – a state that is home to four of America’s wealthiest cities, a place that by all rights should be financially well-set – into a fiscal basket case, a green fiscal Detroit, a place with the highest per-capita state debt in the country, with a business climate that under decades of stultifying Democrat rule has gone from one of America’s best states for business to the very, very bottom of the pile.
His idea to balance his $3,7 billion deficit? Raise about $9 million in fees for shooters, thereby making it harder for the poor to protect themselves.
How passive-aggressive is that?
Question: Name a book that Trulbert may have outsold?
Answer: Chelsea Clinton’s debut tome.
The book profiles global health organizations and the work they do. Chelsea is Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation which prioritizes improving global health.
Published by Oxford University Press, the book is well-intentioned but bland in the extreme. And there is no answer given to the question “Who Runs the World and Why?”
In related news, “the Peter Principle” may soon be re-named “The Chelsea Principle”.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
By 1963, before we had The Great Society, before we had Civil Rights, before we had a Department of Education, feminism, no-fault divorce, abortion on demand, unlimited immigration, the EPA, Clean Water Act, public employee unions the prevailing wage and transgender bathrooms, Americans had built Hoover Dam and the Empire State Building, won a world war, rebuilt Europe and the Far East, started the interstate highway system and were on the way to putting a man on the moon not just once, but several times. The United States was a great nation.
Could any of that happen today?
If not, what would need to change in order to make it possible again?
Step one: put government back in the place where it belongs; defending the country and its interests, and running a court system, and not a hell of a lot more.
You’d never know it from watching/reading the WaPo, the NYTimes, NPR and the big three – but the American public trusts used car salesmen more than journalists.
Nope – not making it up: According to an Emerson College, poll, the public trusts the Trump about a quarter more than the mainstream media:
The Trump administration is more trusted than the news media among voters, according to a new Emerson College poll.
The administration is considered truthful by 49 percent of registered voters and untruthful by 48 percent.
But the news media is less trusted than the administration, with 53 percent calling it untruthful and just 39 percent finding it honest.
Question: what are the other 39% thinking of?
The Daily Caller notes that the “database” used by the liberal media to try to create hysteria about mass shootings, overstates the number of such incidents by at least an order of magnitude:
The website “Mass Shooting Tracker” (MST) has been regularly used by news outlets, like The Washington Post and PBS, to claim “mass shootings” occur much more frequently than they actually do. MST uses an alternative definition of “mass shooting” that greatly overstates their frequency relative to the commonly-accepted definition used by law enforcement and academics.
MST openly acknowledges it uses the alternate definition to “punch a hole in the NRA argument.”…MST’s defines a mass shooting as any shooting where four or more people are injured or killed, not counting the shooter. This isn’t an official definition taken from law enforcement or academia, but appears to be originally created by anti-gun activists on Reddit.
Of course, it’s something that Shot In The Dark readers knew well over a year ago.
Congress’s Democrat brain trust jumped on the news that former National Security Advisor Flynn had tweeted he was a scapegoat.
They were obliging enough to do it on video:
And who can blame ’em? It was in the NYTimes and the WaPo.
Of course, it was fake news. When it’s political and it’s in the Times or the WaPo, one should assume it’s fake, and verify.
It didn’t pass the stink test, of course. When it comes to this administration, it almost never will.
Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I was promised by every Liberal in the nation that if Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, she would end public education.
She got confirmed earlier this week. So why were there so many school busses on the road this morning, blocking up traffic? Shouldn’t those kids be sitting at home, stultifying in ignorance?
We were also supposed to be at war with the Soviets…er, Russians.
No, wait, that was Hillary. Never mind.