Tuesday, May 31, 2011

So, what would really happen if Bachmann and Palin both run?

Michele Bachmann calls Sara Palin a friend...

But, bet your ass, if both of these ding dongs decide to run, be prepared for this...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day thoughts...

People think of Memorial Day in many different ways. Some view it as the unofficial beginning of Summer, and get away to the cabin or campground. Others choose this day to visit cemeteries, to remember lost family and friends.

Of course, the official reason for the holiday was to pay honor to our nation's fallen soldiers. Which brings me to my point. It could be argued that this nation is more divided than in any time in recent history. With this, our presence in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now Libya has come under scrutiny that has reached a fever pitch. Because of this, there is a tenancy to bastardize our service personnel, who are only following the orders given to them by their Commander in Chief.

No matter how you feel about war, you should always respect our troops. It's because of them, that we have the right to be so nasty to each other politically.

I think it would be a good idea to make every day Memorial Day, when it comes to our troops. We need to remember these brave people, each and every day.     

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Boy, this didn't take long...

Just a year ago, guys like this were calling then candidate, and disabled veteran, John Kriesel a hero. Unfortunately, Rep. Kriesel has demonstrated that he can think outside the party line. That has made him a target to guys like this, who only understand hate and bigotry.

I don't expect I will agree with John Kriesel on many issues, but it is refreshing to see the courage this man displayed while serving his country is being put on display in the state legislature. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

You must be pretty bad to be kicked off brokered radio...

Hearing the news that Bradlee Dean was taken off AM 1280 The Patriot reminded me of when I was doing a radio show in Las Vegas. Dean's arrangement was a lot like mine, in which I paid for the air time, and solicited sponsorship to offset the costs. I also know first hand, that it takes a lot to get kicked off the air in that type of arrangement.

Hell, in two years of doing "The Dawg Shift," on KLAV, in Las Vegas, in the early 2000s, we did some crazy shit. Including a live remote from an area strip club, in which we did ply by play of my co-host's wife receiving a lap dance. Fun times...

I almost feel sorry for our "misunderstood" bigoted minister. After all, The Patriot features such lunatic hosts as Mark Levin and Michael Savage. I'm sure that he felt like he fit right in.

So for now, it looks like Bradlee Dean will be relegated to spreading his hate on the internet. Apparently, a reported deal to do a similar show on KTLK-FM has fallen through, for the time being.

Palin invites herself to Rolling Thunder rally...

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ingraham's reply to Ed Shultz...

From her Facebook page...
Re. the crude comments made about me by Ed Schultz on his radio program: First, I was surprised to learn that Ed Schultz actually hosted a radio show.  Is it only available online?  Second, I have to get back to recording the audio edition of my new book "Of Thee I Zing." Now I'm tempted to insert one additional zing--about men who preach civility but practice misogyny.
At least sluts have some endearing quality...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ed Schultz apologizes to Laura Ingraham...

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I'm not a hundred percent sure what he said about her, but I can't help but wonder, if the roles were reversed, would she be as congenial? None the less, Ed did what he felt he had to do, and I wish him well.

Three Men Attack Gay Man in St. Cloud

How do you like those odds? Three men, Matthew Warren Thomas, 24, of Rogers, Chad Vincent Hands, 21, of Elk River, and Ryan Andrew Frane, 23, of St. Cloud attacked a 22 year old gay man In St. Cloud.

The attack happened at 2:24 a.m., May 24, behind DB Searle's in St. Cloud. The 3 hurled gay insults at the victim which could enhance the charges from fifth-degree to fourth-degree assault.

According to the St. Cloud Times, the 3 attackers are currently being detained in Stearns County jail. The victim received cuts and bruises on his face and hands, but so far, no reports of any serious injuries. No charges have been filed yet.

I expect these incidents to start becoming more frequent now that people like this seem to feel emboldened by the new hate based GOP lead Minnesota legislature now in office.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New date for Rapture is October 21, 2011!

Update your calendars everyone! What Mr. Camping thought to be the day of rapture, was in actuality, just a day of judgement! Ooops!

The Associated Press reports, "Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before global cataclysm struck the planet, said he felt so terrible when his doomsday message did not come true that he left home and took refuge in a motel with his wife." I would say they went there and shagged on a bed of benjamins from donations sent to him by idiots, but look at him....yeah, I just can't go there. Yuck!

During that time, Mr. Camping, ever the optimist, has recalculated the day of reckoning to be OCTOBER 21. The Associated Press also states Mr. Camping as saying, "The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21."

Did you get that? The new date of the rapture is October 21, 2011! It is incredible that anyone in their right mind would listen to any more of Mr. Camping's predictions. Then again, I feel that about every religious wacko out there.

The fight against bigotry begins Wednesday night...

A representative from Out Front Minnesota joins Roger and I, to discuss plans going forward addressing the upcoming ballot initiative, that would put a Constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Also, how was it that the king of bigoted ministers, Bradlee Dean, got to give the opening prayer, in the House chambers, on the same day as a planned vote on the amendment?

Click here, to listen.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Did the Pioneer Press know something about the Pawlenty campaign that the rest of us missed?

Originally posted by CityPages.com
It might have been because of the paper's extended tornado coverage. None the less, I think it may be a fitting forecast of the former governor's chances of winning the White House.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rep. Kriesel, here's your button...

It takes courage to speak out against something that most on your side of the aisle are in favor of. But disabled vet, now Republican State Representative, John Kriesel, from Cottage Grove, has already displayed that courage, on many occasions.

Cell phone number of gay marriage ban supporter...

Thank you, Eric Austin...

Bradlee Dean's toll free number...

Thank you, Out Front Minnesota

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bradlee Dean with the bullshit quote of the day...

"Little did I know that I was going to be giving the prayer on the same day that they were going to have a vote on the marriage amendment."

(By the way, this was from his own blog...)

How about debating me?

I'm not one who makes a habit of trying to upstage someone. But with word of threats being made to Ann Myers, the 16-year-old New Jersey girl, that challenged Michele Bachmann to a debate, I want to lower the bar for the Minnesota Congresswoman, and potential presidential candidate. I would love to challenge Ms. Bachmann to a debate.

I understand there is little chance of getting as much as an acknowledgement from the Bachmann camp, even though I am one of her constituents (You do remember us, right?). And if this posting were to get some traction, hopefully, it would take some of the heat from her wing nut supporters off young Ms. Myers.

Come on Representative Bachmann, what do you have to lose? I'm just some uneducated cab driver. You should have no problem schooling me on the Constitution, or revolutionary American history.

Bradlee Dean: Obama not Christian...


Speaker Zellers quick to distance himself from this bigoted asshat...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bradlee Dean moves up in the hate world...

Ken Avidor, from DumpBachmann.com, reports that Dean is leaving the tin can and string airwaves of AM 1280 "The Patriot" to spew his hate message on KTLK FM 100.3.

Let's keep one thing in mind, KTLK did not "hire" Bradlee Dean. Amateurs like him (and me) pay for air time, and hope they can acquire sponsorship to help offset the cost.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Why I don't call in to WCCO-AM hosts very often...


Midday host, Chad Hartman was talking about a move in the Minnesota state House of Representatives to repeal the two year old primary seat belt law. I decided to call in, to state that I didn't want Minneapolis cops standing on street corners, peering into my car, looking to see if I'm buckled up, when there are much more pressing problems on our city streets. Listen to how the summary digressed into racial profiling. 

You will never confuse me with a professional talk show host, but I promise I will hang it up if I ever end a conversation with a caller like this.

The nastiness of modern politics - Tonight's HOT TOPIC

Well known political blogger, Two Putt Tommy fills in for Roger tonight. We will discuss the brazenness of modern political discourse. Where do we draw the line?

Click here to listen,

Monday, May 16, 2011

FOX News throws Romney under the bus...

This would be funny if it weren't so sad. Romney-Care, as it's called, has proven that a Republican can come up with common sense solutions to complex problems such as health care reform. It just goes to show how radical the FAUX news crowd has become.

A few random thoughts for Monday...

I heard last night, that the season ending concussion that the late Derrick Boogaard received, was the result of a fight. Isn't it time the NHL takes a hard look at this still accepted practice?

I really hope Governor Dayton sticks to his guns in requiring some modest tax increases for the wealthiest Minnesotans. What never seems to be brought into the conversation is the increased cost of providing many services that Minnesotans take for granted. Many of which are driven by the outrageous cost of fuel these days. 

On that subject, what happened to that downward trend we were supposed to see in gas prices? We caught a little break a couple of weeks ago, then BOOM!! We're back to a tenth of a penny (what's up with that anyway?) away from 4 buck per gallon again. I've seen a modest drop over the last couple of days again, but I'm still confused. We get a good deal of our oil, here in Minnesota, from Canada. Are they "fracking" us worse than OPEC?

Well... I better get back to work... See you on Twitter later...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Attacking tribal casinos not the answer...

I think I've made it pretty clear on the MNCabbie blog that I am in favor of a high-end casino in downtown Minneapolis. I think such an operation would draw large conventions to our area that now go to places like Kansas City and Chicago.

This opinion has put me somewhat at odds with the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association. The group argues that this, or any other form of gaming expansion, would hurt the tribes, who have used casino money to help lift their people out of an impoverished state.

The tribal casinos seem to be facing a multi-front battle, as not only supporters of the "Minnesota Live" project, but "racino" and bartop gaming advocates all seem to want a piece of the lucrative Minnesota gambling appetite. My argument is that while the downtown casino would attract more convention goers, racino and bartops would be in direct, yet small, competition with the tribes for local gambling dollars.

This argument has gotten real nasty on Twitter. I feel that several individuals who are supporting racinos in general are lobbing a shitload of propaganda toward the MIGA. This is a huge turn off for me. Instead of finding a solution that can work for everybody, racino supporters bastardize the tribal casinos for what they call an unfair advantage.

Lets put all the cards on the table (pun intended...). As a taxi driver in Minneapolis, of course I want to see Minnesota Live come to fruition. As an occasional gamer, I'd probably never step foot in the place, only because I'm a little too redneck for that high ball type atmosphere. I think many locals feel that way. One thing is for sure, a few slot machines will never get me to visit a horse track that I've haven't been to in over 20 years.

Should MIGA be more open minded? Yes, but attacks and accusations would not move me any closer to compromise. I don't blame them for digging in their heels.

Friday, May 13, 2011

I want my state back...

I feel our show and this blog have been searching for a direction, of late. In pursuit of a national audience, I have been a little guilty of abandoning the issues here at home.

I love our nationwide, as well as worldwide following, but Roger and I, first and foremost, are Minnesotans. And there are many issues right here in this state which require attention. The state legislature is about to put on the ballot, an initiative that would specifically define marriage as between one man and one woman. This assault on basic human rights is so un-Minnesotan, and cannot be allowed to go forward.

We are also dealing with a possible expansion in gaming, and a push for a new stadium for the Vikings. In short, there is enough in Minnesota to talk about, in a hour long show that only airs live, once a week.

We will still cover major events nationwide, but we are going to begin the transformation back to our Minnesota roots.

Thank you for your patience...

A Shannon Files Briefing - Minnesota anti-gaming site disingenuous...

A Minnesota website (http://citizensagainstgamblingexpansion.com), which denounces expanded gaming, is using very misleading information in which to prove it's point.

Click here to listen...

And they say gays are responsible for ruining marital sanctity...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Where is the disconnect?

After John and I wrapped up another excellent show last night, he sent me an email containing a tweet from Fox news that incredibly read 66% of their viewers did not agree with the Minnesota Senate Republicans putting an anti gay marriage amendment on the ballot in 2012. These are FOX news viewers! Yet, despite the overwhelming negative response to their hate filled initiative from their own base, the Minnesota GOP continues to push this issue with a fervor. Pushing aside the jobless rate, the deficit, the loss of industry, instead they focus on this incredibly unnecessary issue.

Now the Democrats are not sitting still, god love them. They are trying. They are. Sen. Barb Goodwin, the Democratic Senator from Columbia Heights tried to amend the bill to include a ban on divorce. That predictably failed. Senator Steve Simon from St. Louis Park made an impassioned plea, ”How many gays must God create before we accept that he wants them around?” They are trying, but the GOP are bullies and oppressors that will not be stopped.

I sat down and gave this issue a good think. I found that I kept asking myself the same question over and over to try to figure out where the GOP is coming from.

Where is the disconnect? The GOP was elected to focus on the deficit and the jobless rate. What was their first initiate to alleviate those issues facing the great state of Minnesota? Gay marriage. Now those of us with a clue, realize that their “elect us if you want a job” platform was all smoke being blown up our proverbial asses. Unfortunately, there are some Minnesotans who have never been able to discern when they are being lied to. We only have to look to our neighbor to the east to find this reality. It is a shame, because we are all going to pay for their gullibility.

Where is the disconnect? It is in the priorities of those elected officials. The separation of church and state is no longer a barrier to their ability to legislate their so-called morality. While I sit here and write this, I am wondering if the majority of Minnesotans will allow me the same rights as they enjoy. Or will they tell me that this right is exclusively theirs and to go fuck myself. What we have here is the majority voting on the rights of the few. I thought the constitution safeguarded us against such aggressive behavior. Not for the GOP who constantly bends the constitution to their will, all the while crying that they are the only ones trying to protect its sanctity.

Where is the disconnect? Minneapolis was just named the gayest city in America by The Advocate magazine Yet, while we have been won this ignoble award, the GOP is doing everything in its power to erase our reputation of affable, all inclusive, non-prejudicial , dare I say Minnesota nice, attitude that we have been proud of all these decades. The Minnesota Republicans do not see that we are a state that rejects this selfish “you are either with me or against me” attitude.

I tried to understand their motivation. As reprehensible and hate filled as that motivation seemed to be, I honestly tried to see where they were coming from. Unfortunately, after fruitlessly trying to find an answer to my question, I found an even bigger question.

Where is the outrage?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Horrifying Picture of Israel Attacking Gaza

This picture from BBC News shows Israel bombing the Gaza strip. It is horrifying. I could not imaging being in the midst of this.

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Expanding gaming beyond the tribal casinos - A Hot Topic on Wednesday's show...

Marsha Kelly from the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association will join us.

There are various requests to expand gaming in the state of Minnesota. The tribal casinos, understandably, are fighting this movement.

Our one hour show begins at 8pm CT. (9pm ET - 6pm PT)

Show link

Monday, May 9, 2011

2012 Tea Party Rally...

"Damn, I wish we wouldn't have bitched about those taxes..."

Huddled masses no longer welcome...

Sometimes, less is more...

I have the feeling that listening to two rank amateurs babble for two hours is a bit much. With that, I've decided to shorten our show to one hour. I think this will allow us to present a more concise show, that focuses on one or two hot button issues.

Also, as I feel the need, I will produce a few more of what I call The Shannon Files Briefing. A couple minute rant on issues of immediate importance.

I want to take the time to thank our loyal listeners for putting up with us, as we strive to put out a quality product.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

One of bin Laden's 72

American flags made in China?

I ran across this picture on reddit and it struck a reactionary nerve in me. The economy is in the tank, factory jobs and jobs in general are disappearing off this shore, and a deficit that will take years to overcome AND WE CANNOT EVEN MAKE OUR OWN AMERICAN FLAGS!

As I cooled down, I began to do a bit of research and discovered an interesting fact, as of January 1, 2008, Minnesota barred the sale of all American Flags made outside our country. The bill, which was introduced by Representative Tom Rukavina (DFL), was not well received and met with a lot of criticism such as this article from The Washington Post and in the blogoshpere (do we still use that word?).

I agree with Rep. Rukavina when he said, "The biggest honor that you can give the flag is that it be made by American workers in the United States of America."

Violators of the law, which is considered a misdemeanor, can be fined $1,000 or 90 days in jail. To my knowledge, no prosecutions of this law have occurred.

Did right wing crazy mean "Osama" in this post?

You be the judge...

Video shows bin Laden watching himself on TV

Friday, May 6, 2011

Bradlee Dean only wants to preach to the choir...

According to our friend, Ken Avidor, from DumpBachmann.com, bigoted bible thumper, Bradlee Dean, turned down an interview request form Newsweek's Michelle Goldberg. Goldberg recently wrote a book called The Rise of Christian Nationalism. Something that more than likely, went into Dean's thought process when he declined the interview.

You may recall Bradley Dean backed out of an interview on our show, a couple of months ago.

A Shannon Files Briefing - The Politics of Osama bin Laden

With the now confirmed death of the Al Qaeda leader, can we move forward as a nation?

Click here to listen...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May 4th show review

With all the news reports swirling around after the death of Osama bin Laden, Roger and I will do our best to sort out all the reports that have come down the pipeline since Sunday night.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Congrats Obama!


A favor from our fans and followers...

Since I've linked this blog and our show to Twitter, we've been lucky enough to have garnered a small, but engaged group of followers. Through them, I have been able to gauge the interests and concerns of the nationwide Progressive movement. I would like to take this a step further.

Many broadcasters on BlogTalkRadio.com use their forum to interview celebrities and sports stars. I want to use this medium for something better. I want to tell the stories of the underdog. The single mom, who has to work two full-time, minimum wage jobs, just to feed her family. The veteran, who served his country with honor and dignity, but now can't find a job, and has to live on the streets. The college student, who is afraid to be honest about his/her sexual identity, for fear of ridicule or bullying.

In order to do this, I need your help. I need you to be the eyes and ears of your community. I need you to help me bring these people's story to light. If you know of someone who is oppressed, or in some other way, shut out of what we all take for granted as the American dream, shoot me an e-mail. I'd also like to hear from people or organizations who are make a difference in their communities.

With your help, we can make The Shannon Files on BlogTalkRadio.com a voice of the people.