Friday, April 29, 2011

NFL lockout may cost owners more than they think...

Dear NFL owners,

You may not know me by name, but I along with a couple million others like me are the sad sacks who attend live games, or watch your product on TV. Because of us rubes, you are some of the wealthiest sports club owners in the world.

Since the end of last season, you have locked your doors to your players, claiming that your record profits were not enough. You wanted concessions on salaries and benefits.

If no resolution is reached, your actions may jeopardize the 2011 season, leaving fans like me what the hell we're going to do with ourselves on Sunday afternoons, come September. And it seems to the casual observer that you could care less, despite the fact that a canceled season would cost you tens of millions of dollars.

Well, I'm just one guy, but I promise if there is no season in 2011, I will find something to occupy my time. And when you guys finally take your heads out of your asses, don't look to me to come back to watch your product.

It's time that professional sports franchises understand that the fans are their customers. If they don't want to put their product on the market, oh well. I'm sure we can find something to fill the void.

No sugar coating here... Guns = death, especially in our neighborhoods...

If you've followed this blog, or the show, you know by now that I am about as anti-gun as an American can be. This sentiment was fueled by the news of another senseless death on the streets of Minneapolis.

Her name was Tomika Swoope, a 19 year-old girl with a bright future. Her only crime, her choice of clothing. Ms. Swoope was wearing red. To us old, fat white guys living in suburbia, that might not mean a whole lot. When you live in a gang infested part of south Minneapolis, it's a life or death decision.

Tomika was killed in a drive by shooting. Police officials have speculated that the shooter mistook her for a rival gang member.

I'd be willing to bet that the punk that ended this young lady's life didn't buy the gun at Wal-Mart, or even Acme Pawn. Nope, this gun was stolen from some lawful gun owner's home. Yet, legislatures in GOP controlled states, including Minnesota, are insisting on empowering more gun ownership, in order to protect themselves at home.

I'm not trying to debate the merits of these so called "castle laws," at this time. Although, I do find flaws in a law that allows non-professional gun owners the right to shoot first, and ask questions later. My problem is when these guns a stolen from these homeowners, and wind up in the hands of gang thugs, like the one that ended Tomika Swoope's life.

Neighborhood gang shootings rarely, if ever make national news coverage. Yet, they account for more deaths in this country than any of the more publicized shootings, such as the Tucson shootings, that claimed six lives, and severely wounded Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords. While tragic, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the number of lives lost, or altered, on a daily basis on our nation's city streets. Again, the tools of this carnage are rarely, if ever, legally acquired.

You'll never convince me that this trend will not end until these tools of death are completely removed from our society. A point I doubt the family of Tomika Swoope could disagree with right about now.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27th show review

Eric Byler, with The Coffee Party movement, comes on to talk about his plea to get corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.

Also, More on President Obama's statement today, on his birth certificate, Minnesota's GOP led legislature's push for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, and what constitutes a hate crime? 

Click here to listen to the archive.

President Obama says Trump this!


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Is this a hate crime?


The 22 year old victim, Chrissy Lee Polis says it was. Polis may be basing this on the fact that she is a trans-gender. According to the Huffington Post report, the attackers had noticed Polis "extra equipment," and were screaming, "that's a dude!" However, they were also claiming that Polis had "stolen" one of their boyfriends. Who knows?

I have a little problem with the whole idea of a senseless beating like this being called a hate crime. After all, wasn't it obvious these two girls didn't like Polis, for whatever reason.

And what the fuck is up with people standing around videotaping shit like this, instead of helping the victim?

Friday, April 22, 2011

16 Corporations or We the People?



The Coffee Party's Eric Byler joins us next Wednesday...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 20th show review...

Some of our topics on the docket include...

McDonald's "National Hiring Day," was it a success?

Should a teenager be allowed to drive if they drop out of high school?

More talk about a possible Donald Trump presidential run...

And we introduce you to the Coffee Party, a common sense political movement countering the Tea Party.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Define socialist...

Is this the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word socialist? It shouldn't be. This flag represented a brutal regime that did not allow for free speech, and was bent on world domination.

Other than the fact that some American administrations have viewed this country as a 'world power" (ie Reagan, Bush II), This country is in no danger of becoming the repressive republic that was represented by the flag of the Soviet Union.

In my lifetime, the United States has been a nation of opportunity. Not just for those fortunate enough to have been born into wealth, but to all Americans. How has this been achieved? Through hard work, and education. Through this, we have been a nation that has looked after the needs of our seniors, children, and less fortunate. If this is what defines a socialist nation, then this is what we've been for 60 plus years. Through this time, we have prospered as a nation. Yes, there have been some bumps in the road, but overall, we've had it pretty good.

Unfortunately, there has been a movement of late to pull the rug out from underneath this section of our society that need that little extra help, in order to enjoy a reasonable quality of life. This movement would try to convince you that we cannot afford to maintain such an expansive social safety net. I say we can't afford not to.

Think of what would happen in our society if certain groups of people could no longer afford to eat, or receive basic medical care. You think the the eyesore off a few street corner panhandlers is bad now, try multiplying that exponentially. I would argue that there may not be enough street corners to go around.

This goes back to what I was saying about the price of being a "world power." Ask anybody in what was once the Soviet Union what the cost of world dominance can be. It took a collapse of a nation for people to understand that it costs much more to destroy civilizations than it does to feed them.

Let's pray it's not a lesson this nation learns the hard way.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

9-11 truthers share a common bond with Charlie Sheen...

Every time I hear some nut job try to convince the masses that 9-11 terrorist attacks were somehow an inside job, I really want to slap the piss out of them. I didn't know it until today, but apparently, America's most talked about nut job, Charlie Sheen, is those guys that somehow thinks the Trade Center tower collapsed from something other than a ten ton (just a guess) object flying into the side of the building at over 200 miles per hour.

To me, anybody that spews this garbage is directly insulting the legacy of those who perished in this horrific act. Now, I can understand it when a guy like Sheen, who's brain has more resin in it than Tommy Chong's bong collection, or Jesse Ventura, who I think received one too many pile drivers, but there are some pretty smart people (at least I thought they were) who are convinced that what we witnessed on that September morning was as rigged as a WWE match.

To those people I say, spend a little time with the families of the folks that were on those airplanes. Then take your conspiracy theories, and shove them up your ass.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A note on changes to the show and blog content...

A lot of thought went into the the decision to move the live show to Wednesday night. I think the primary reason is that we want more live listeners, and callers. We both feel that with summer approaching, people are less likely going to be sitting by their computers, listening to a talk show, on a nice Saturday afternoon than they would at night, mid week.

And while some will say that we are abandoning Minnesota, by focusing more on national issues, all I can say is pressure the local progressive radio station to carry more local programing. Cities all around the nation have strong local progressive programing. There is no reason the station in the Twin Cities could not do the same. We are broadcasting over the internet, to a nationwide, and arguably, a worldwide audience. I feel it's time our subject matter reflects that.

While many established progressive bloggers other media outlets have been nice to us relative new kids on the block, I've always felt there were some that didn't want to help unless there was something in it for them. Quite frankly, I feel we've grown our show, despite many bumps in the road, without much help at all.

I want to list two exceptions to that last statement...

I want to thank Ken Avidor, from the Dump Bachmann blog. Ken's "Dump Bachmann" segment was entertaining and very informative. Ken decided that he needed to focus more on his drawings, which I might add are quite good.

Also, I want to thank Holly Cairns, whose idea to run a feed of the top progressive bloggers in Minnesota was one I wish would have caught on more. Like I said earlier, many of these bloggers and other media outlets welcomed the promotions, but were very slow in returning the love.

I hope Minnesotans will continue to read this blog and listen to our revamped show. Sadly, I just think it's just time for these two birds to leave the nest.

April 16th show review...

Some of the topics on this week's docket include...

The stigma of white privledge...

China bashes US human rights record...

Minnesota GOP legislators considering "Make my day law..."

Veterans 50% more likely to be homeless...

We announced some major changes to the show...

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Minnesota GOP proposing a "Castle Doctrine"

The Minnesota Independent reports...

Legislators in the Minnesota House introduced legislation on Thursday that would allow for the use of deadly force when a perpetrator is committing a felony in someone’s home, yard, boat or tent or when there’s a threat of “substantial” physical harm. Often called the “castle doctrine” or a “make my day” law, the bill would extend current “retreat first” law that says if a person has access to a safe retreat, they are required to take the retreat as opposed to using deadly force.

I think while the ability to defend your home is a logical and reasonable expectation, the proposal, as explained, gives a little too much latitude to those who would shoot first, and ask questions later.

I go back to about a year ago, when the dog alerted me to someone ransacking my unlocked cab. Had I had a gun at my disposal and seen the perpetrator, I have no doubt that I would have fired at him. And over what, a flashlight and some coin I had in the cup holder?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

GOP outlines it's vision for the state...

As I can't draw worth a shit, I borrowed the original image from CartoonStock.com

President Obama outlines his budget plans...

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T-Paw: "I'm running for president..."

Last night, former Minnesota governor, Tim Pawlenty emphatically stated that he was "running for president," when asked if he'd be interested in being Donald Trump's running mate.

I don't think ol' T-Paw should be burning any political bridges. If Trump gets in this race, he has about as much of a chance of winning the GOP nomination as the Vikings have of playing in the Metrodome in 2015. And if Batshit Bachmann runs, he has zero chance of carrying his own state.

I can't picture any scenario where Tim Pawlenty will even be a factor in 2012.

Twins' pitcher with cat-like reflexes...

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This is relief pitcher, Dusty Hughes, with a play that will surely make the SportsCenter Top 10.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

PCCC Makes a statement...

This was in my e-mail box today...

"President Obama: If you cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits for me, my parents, my grandparents, or families like mine, don't ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012. I'm going to focus on electing bold progressive candidates -- not Democrats who help Republicans make harmful cuts."

Click here to sign.

-- Adam Green, Stephanie Taylor, Jason Rosenbaum, Keauna Gregory, and the PCCC team.
Do you agree?

Great seats, huh?

Now, I hope I can break my 7 game losing streak.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Are we really still a nation of bigots?

As we are now well into the 21st Century, I've come to wonder, when will the hate and bigotry end? I don't remember much about my life while my parents were alive, but one thing I do remember was that I was always taught to respect everyone, regardless of their race, religion, and yes, sexual orientation.

Yes, even at age 11, in the early 1970s, I was aware that there were people that were in relationships with people of the same sex. I didn't understand why, but I was taught that things of that nature were none of my business, and I was to respect them as I would any other person.

With news that Tea Party darling, Michele Bachmann, is attending an anti-gay rally in Iowa today, it baffles me how that in this day in age, how any prominent politician could support the demeaning rhetoric against one group of people.

I can't go to Iowa to show my disdain for this group. I would hope that there would be someone that would turn out, to let it be known that hate is not an acceptable American, Christian, or human value.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April 9th show review...

I fly solo this week, as Roger is on assignment, looking for Michele Bachmann's birth certificate.

Saturday's Big 3 includes...

By not firing announcer, Michael Cole, for gay slur posted on Twitter, World Wrestling Entertainment proves once again their indifference, and outright acceptance of parodying gays.

After "Pastor" Terry Jones went ahead with his previously planned burning of a copy of the Quran, an action that was blamed for anti-American rioting in Afghanistan, I talked about what might happen if American Muslims were to burn the Bible.

Finally, What the is it about Donald Trump that suddenly has him near the the top of the heap of potential Republican candidates?

Ken Avidor joins me for more Bachmannalia fun on his Dump Bachmann segment. And I open with the Lightning Round, my spin on some of the top stories of the week.

Click here to listen to the archive.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Gay slurs by WWE commentator go unpunished.

I find myself having a bit of a personal dilemma. I have somewhat sheepishly admitted that I am a long time professional wrestling fan. I don't think I've missed one Wrestlemania, the annual signature event of World Wrestling Entertainment. Last night's show was no exception.

Now, I've come to understand that the product that Vince McMahon soaks you 65 bucks to watch on pay-per-view, is long on fluff, and short on the type of meat and potatoes wrestling that I grew up enjoying. But I've found some of the events of the last couple weeks leading up to last night's showcase more than a little disturbing.

Michael Cole, the loud mouth lead announcer on WWE programing, has been working an angle where he was to face co-announcer, and in ring legend, Jerry "The King" Lawler in a gimmick match, at Wrestlemania. During this time, Cole's "character" (insiders say the real Michael Cole is nothing like like this) was extremely obnoxious to Lawler, as well as other members of the announce staff. The rhetoric spilled over into the social media realm of Twitter.

Apparently Cole, who has over 35,000 followers on Twitter was engaged in a war of words with junior announcer, and leading candidate to play Jimmy Olsen in the next Superman movie, Josh Mathews. At some point in the conversation, Cole called Mathews a (vulgar gay slur).

When you have as many followers as Cole, and most all WWE stars do, it doesn't take long for inflammatory commentary like that to go viral. As expected, Cole deleted the "tweet," and later apologized for his remarks.

Of course, that made it all better, right?

Expect this to be one of our "Big 3" topics, this Saturday.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Stillwater bridge solution begs a little common sense...

Some call it flip-floppinng, as I'm not a politician (yet), I'll call it being open minded...

I went into the interview with Ripple in Stillwater's Karl Bremer feeling that it may be unrealistic to preserve the beauty of the St. Croix river valley in the Stillwater area, as the need to replace the lift bridge, to accommodate the ever increasing level of traffic.I came out believing that a potential solution does not need to be an eyesore.

Here is my logic...


It's about a 7 mile drive, via MN 95, from downtown Stillwater to the junction with I-94. A drive that should take about 12 minutes. Taking WI 35, through Hudson, might take about 20 minutes, due to the residential speed limits. As I assume the ultimate benefactors of a new river crossing would be Wisconsinites commuting into Minneapolis and St. Paul, maybe the logical answer would be some sort of north-south expressway that would bypass the Hudson residential area.


Up in my neck of the woods, It's about 7 miles between downtown Anoka, where the US 169 bridge crosses into Champlin, and the relatively new MN 610 crossing, between Brooklyn Park and the Blaine-Coon Rapids area. Most motorists opt to use 610 to cross the river when they commute back and forth to Minneapolis.

Something I hadn't heard much in this debate is how Stillwater, much like Anoka, has a bustling downtown area, which benefits from a scenic river crossing. In my opinion, an expressway type bridge, that would bypass downtown Stillwater, would do, at the very least, moderate damage to that city's economy. Having attended a couple of city council meetings in my home town, I know they would raise holy hell if MN DOT wanted to somehow route 169 around the city.

As was discussed yesterday, something will eventually have to be built to replace the aging lift bridge. But why not a nice unassuming arch bridge that would accentuate the beauty of the area, and not affect the regional economy.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 2nd show review...

Despite the technical issues we had, we were able move forward with the show...

Karl Bremer, writer of the Ripple in Stillwater blog, joined us to talk about the proposed St. Croix bridge project.

Holly Cairns, creator of MN Blue Blogs,  talked about the idea of bringing together a collage of progressive bloggers from across the state.

Finally, we went through the list of cuts the Minnesota GOP is planning for heath and human services.

Ken Avidor returns with his "Dump Bachmann" segment, and we opened with the "Lightning Round," a quick look at some of the top stories of the previous week.

Thanks to all of you that listened live. Click here, to listen to the archive.

Friday, April 1, 2011

GOP thinks Unions are in the way of those pesky child labor laws!

Ah, here we go. Now their master plan is becoming much clearer now! You can't expand child labor laws when those nasty ol' unions are standing in your way.

Maine State Representative David Burns, need I say he's Republican, has introduced LD1346 which would expand the hours that children over 16 can work during school days. Also, it would allow employers to pay workers under 20 years of age $5.25 an hour during the first 180 days of employment. Minimum wage in Maine is $7.50 an hour.

So, you can now rest easy. All this worrying about automating the workforce causing unemployment is not going to happen. Adults will be replaced at their workplace with their children!

Read the full story at Think Progress.

JUST IN! Sen. Dan Kapanke the first Wisconsin recall submission!

The Lacrosse Tribune is reporting that 15,588 signatures have been gathered in the recall effort of Sen. Dan Kapanke. According to the Lacrosse Tribune, "It is expected to be the first completed of 19 active recall efforts registered between Feb. 24 and March 2 against 16 senators." Pat Scheller, who is one of the recall organizers, states that they will submit the signatures to Madison today.

The signatures will then be submitted to the Government Accountability Board (GAB) for a 31 day review to verify signatures. The Senator then has 10 days to dispute the signatures, which is a surety. The Lacrosse Tribune reports, "The GAB would order an election on the sixth Tuesday after determining the petition is in order. If there is more than one challenger, that election would be a primary followed by a general election four weeks later."

When the GAB orders an election, the potential candidates then have 10 days to collect 400 signatures to be on the ballot.

Good job people of Wisconsin! The next step is to NOT elect these guys in the first place! Read the full story here at the Lacrosse Tribune.