Monday, September 26, 2016

HWX: Hillary Freshly Roasted

It’s a special pre-Presidential debate episode of HWX with Brian Ward and Paul Happe. They set the stage with some in-depth analysis of Hillary’s vital signs and Trump’s surging poll numbers. Also coverage of Hillary’s latest attempt to humanize herself, and we have exclusive audio, of Comedy Central’s upcoming Roast of Hillary Clinton.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Give Us Your Hungry

Sad news out of St. Paul, with the closing of a Grand Avenue treasure:

After almost 28 years in business, Barbary Fig on Grand Avenue is closing for good after its final service on Monday.

Combine this with the recent closing of the Big 10 Restaurant on University Avenue and my biographical bar hopping tour has gotten a significantly shorter.

Owner Brahim Hadj-Moussa, 61, said it’s just time for him to get out.
Hadj, who speaks three languages, is from “Algeria via France.” His family lived in both countries.

In this era of immigration controversy, it’s good to be reminded of a success story.   At least it was a success for the host country.  Mr Hadj on the other hand …

Hadj said the scratch cooking part of owning the Mediterranean restaurant was his favorite, but “that’s only 10 percent of owning a restaurant. The other 90 percent is managing the people and the building. That 90 percent sucks, sometimes royally. I want to live a little. I haven’t done anything but go to work, come home from work, think about work and go back to work for all these years.”

Ah, the American dream.

I think it’s only fair to provide full disclosure for all of our new immigrants going forward and  I suggest we add a little something that inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty:

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Just be prepared go to work, come home from work, think about work and go back to work. Sometimes it sucks, royally.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Dialog from the Seinfeld Episode The Doodle:

Kramer: Well it's a story about love, deception, greed, lust and...unbridled enthusiasm.

Elaine: Unbridled enthusiasm...?

Kramer: Well , that's what led to Billy Mumphrey's downfall.

Elaine: Oh! boy.

Kramer: You see Elaine, Billy was a simple country boy. You might say a cockeyed optimist, who got himself mixed up in the high stakes game of world diplomacy and international intrigue.

Quotes from one of Colin Powell’s recently exposed e-mails:

'I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still di**ing bimbos at home (according to the NYP),'

Deception? Greed? Lust? Unbridled? Downfall? A simple country boy named Billy? The high stakes game of world diplomacy and international intrigue?

C'mon, that's almost too perfect. If only there was a Seinfeld episode that mentioned dicking bimbos...

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HWX: Convention Breakdown

Did you miss HWX on TCNT last weekend?   For shame!   It was a legendary broadcast.   But fear not, it’s now available in podcast format.

* The effectiveness of unconventional speakers at the GOP convention, including Scott Baio, Fran Tarkenton, Don King, and the Trump children

*  Melania Trump’s speech – amid the plagiarism controversy, was it truly understood?  We provide exclusive audio analysis.

*  A preview of the Democrat National Convention, including exclusive audio of the difficult planning associated with seating so many special interest groups and a preview of Mrs. Clinton’s acceptance speech.

*  An analysis of another metric on which Trump and Hillary are breaking new records – their advanced ages. 

*  The new album release from HWX productions Campaign Gold 2: The Duets, with a new contribution from the presidential candidate spouses.

* The legendary Jason Lewis joins us, to discuss his legacy as a mentor to a generation of Minnesota conservatives and his current race for Congress in CD-2.  

*  Further review of Hillary Clinton’s private emails.   Not so much those compromising national security, but those compromising the standard of reasonable good taste in sucking up to the boss.  We provide a review of the most egregious brown nosing from her subordinates as found in the Wikileaks trove of Hillary emails.  

Also a special truncated summary the show now available on Ricochet.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Really Effective Advertising

Watching the full video of Hillary Clinton’s announcement of Tim Kaine as her running mate on YouTube.   Do the pop-up ads say more about her or me?

All I know is that after watching the entire video, I really do feel the need to stock up on underwear, heart attack medicine, and diapers.  

Media Alert: HWX Podcast Live on Twin Cities News Talk AM 1130

The HWX podcast LIVE on the radio today, from 3pm- 5pm (central) on Twin Cities News Talk (1130 AM, locally) and streaming here on I Heart Radio.
This special episode is dedicated to radio legends and topics addressed are scheduled to include:

*  A review of the Republican Convention, including insightful commentary into Melania Trump's speech.

*   A preview of the Democratic Convention, with a special tribute to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hear a preview of her introduction as the official Democratic Nominee.

*    An interview with Republican Endorsed Candidate for US Congressional District 2 and radio legend, Jason Lewis.

*    Campaign Gold, The Duets, the new album featuring your favorite Presidential Candidates and their spouses singing with your favorite bands.

All this, and much, much more! It all happens TODAY, Saturday July 2, at 3-5pm (central), on Twin Cities News Talk, locally at 1130 on the AM dial, and streaming worldwide here at I Heart Radio.  Don’t you dare miss it!

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

HWX on TCNT Podcast

In case you missed Saturday's HWX on TCNT, it's now a podcast:

Hour 1  (Garrison Keillor fun time hour)

Hour 2  (Interviews with Bob Mehr and John Hinderaker)

Hope you enjoy.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Media Alert: HWX on TCNT

No, that title is not an excerpt from an eye chart.  It’s the media happening of the midsummer.   The HWX podcast LIVE on the radio today, from 3pm- 5pm (central) on Twin Cities News Talk (1130 AM, locally) and streaming here on I Heart Radio.

This special episode is dedicated to radio legends and topics addressed are scheduled to include:

*  A tribute to Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion.  His final show of all time is scheduled for 5pm today and we give the old bard of the prairie the appropriate send off.  Included is some exclusive sneak preview audio from the last show itself.  Hear it first on HWX!

* Interview with Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys, The True Story of the Replacements. Bob is the music critic for the Memphis Commercial Appeal and brings an insider’s perspective to the ridiculous and sublime history of one of Minneapolis’s great bands, The Replacements.  If you’re interested in rock history, Minneapolis history, or the roller coaster ride of great artistic endeavor, you’ll want to  listen in.

* Interview with John Hinderaker of Power Line and President of the Center of the American Experiment.  We’ll catch up with this radio legend, and our old broadcast partner.  In particular we’ll discuss the exciting new initiatives a CAE, including the upcoming release of a study being hailed as the most comprehensive study of Minnesota’s economy in contemporary times.   Also, a report and law suit alleging rampant voter fraud in Minnesota.

It all happens TODAY, Saturday July 2, at 3-5pm (central), on Twin Cities News Talk, locally at 1130 on the AM dial, and streaming worldwide here at I Heart Radio.  Don’t you dare miss it!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Facts Not In Evidence

The latest course offering from Prager University is a timely one given this recent tweet by a man aptly described by Kevin Williamson as the dumbest smart person on Twitter.

The video deals with the Left's long history of pretending that they are free of ideology and only support various positions because they are rational and pragmatic.

When it comes to politics, do you have an ideology? Or are you a pragmatist? What's the difference? Is one better than the other? Jonah Goldberg, Senior Editor for National Review, explains why ideology matters, and why "pragmatism" may not mean exactly what you think it does.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Profiles in Sucking Up

The WikiLeaks Hillary Clinton email archive is a fascinating information resource.  It is the duty of all good citizens to educate themselves about the candidates, and what better way than reading their work emails?

Of note is a Minnesota connection.  Eric Schwartz is the Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  Before ascending to that lofty ivory tower, he was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.  He was also Hillary Clinton’s occasional pen pal.  Or at least he was a pen pal by proxy, not writing the then Secretary of State directly, but occasionally reaching out to her assistants Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, to facilitate communication.

We begin the story with an email in May, 2011, with news of his taking the position at the University of Minnesota:

I promised you I'd let you know the very moment I had made a decision on the Humphrey School.  And in what has been the most difficult career decision I have ever confronted, I have decided to accept their offer. It was so difficult because I cannot imagine a more meaningful and fulfilling position than the one I now hold. And I cannot imagine a more inspiring leader than the Secretary —or more support than that which I've received from you, and from others on her senior-level team.

This man cannot imagine a more inspiring leader than Hillary Clinton.

Have you ever heard of Winston Churchill?  Mahatma Gandhi?  Martin Luther King?   Wet blankets.

Maybe Eric Schwartz doesn’t get out much.  Or maybe, to paraphrase another line from the Princess Bride, that word doesn’t mean what he thinks it means.

But he's not alone in this opinion of the Secretary.  Here's a sampling of others in the Hillary email collection, striking a similar tone:

Kathleen S. Ruckman, Branch Chief, Department of State Office of Children’s Issues:

Thank you so much for your excellent introduction of the Secretary today, and for your support of the good work of GLIFFA. As always, the Secretary was brilliant and inspiring.

Brilliant and inspiring.  Why was Eric Schwartz’s support for Hillary so milquetoast?  

David Goldwyn, Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs:

I thank all of you, my partners in EEB, and in the regional and functional bureaus for your friendship, kindness and collaboration.  And most of all I am deeply grateful to Secretary Clinton for giving me the opportunity to advance this energy security agenda, and for being such and amazing, inspiring, and courageous leader.

The triple down brown nose, well played.

And finally, Ambassador Joe Wilson.  Yes, THAT Joe Wilson.  When he’s not drinking sweet mint tea and not finding anything in Niger, he’s forging bold new frontiers in the art of email sycophantry:

Dear Hillary, Below you will find a note from Valerie on a Global Zero summit at Yale in February. I want to take this occasion to wish you, WJC and Chelsea and Marc all the very best this holiday season and in 2012.  You have been a voice of reason in the cacophony that passes for discourse in our international affairs, and a beacon of hope for women throughout the world. Thank you and your family foyour tremendous service to humankind.

Inspiring hope throughout the world and providing tremendous service to all humankind.  Your move, Jesus Christ.

Seriously, if Joe Wilson were writing an email to the Messiah upon his second coming, hoping to, say, secure a job or influential favors down the road, how does he ‘up’ the rhetoric from what he already wrote to Hillary Clinton?

Also, a warning for all of you people writing to Hillary  If you keep telling her things like this, she’s going to start to believe it!  The last thing we need is a President who believes themselves to be a brilliant, courageous, inspiring, gift to all humankind.

Plus, I’m not sure that kowtowing to power at this level actually gets you anything.  When the dear leader is under a constant torrent of praise and accolades, your little droplet of boot licking isn’t likely to be all that memorable.

For example, take Eric Schwartz.  In 2012, the year after leaving Secretary Clinton’s service, and attesting to her unimaginably inspiring leadership, he wrote back, asking for a solid in return:

Madam Secretary: I first want to convey greetings to you from You have so many friends and admirers here in the Twin Cities, and there is so much good work being done here on public issues of concern to you. For these reasons, I thought I'd take the liberty of asking whether we could present to you the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Public Leadership Award at a Minneapolis event sometime next April, at a specific date we could determine that suits your schedule.
… But if you might be prepared, in principle, to consider joining us in mid to late April, I'd be very eager to provide additional information. Your participation would be a source of great inspiration to people in Minnesota and beyond.

Or to put it in other words, unimaginably inspiring leadership to all of humankind.

Imagine this if you will.  What if the above were actually true?  What if YOU receiving the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Leadership Award gave great inspiration to millions and millions of people?  Or, what if that proposition was questionable, but a valued colleague actually believed in it?  The obvious response to such a request would be “What a wonderful opportunity and thank you for the very kind words, I’ll clear my schedule for any day you desire, please let me know what works for you.”

Or … you could respond like Hillary Clinton when this request was forwarded to her via Huma Abedin:

Let's respond that we're putting on the list to consider for next year.

That doesn't sound good at all.  Not just the lack of acceptance. And not just the lack of key pronouns to make it a complete sentence.  It’s that detached “tell him we’re putting him on the list to consider". If she said “put him on the list” that would be a bit more promising.   But this only says tell him he’s on the list.

Did she ever agree to get the award?   Did he ever actually get on the list to consider?
The Hillary Clinton email database is silent on this matter.  Perhaps her response caught up in a pre-release purging.  But maybe there’s an inspiring, happy ending yet?

Let’s go to the record.  Drumroll please.  The official recipients of the Humphrey Leadership Award for 2013 were ...

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson
Daniel Glickman and Chris Policinski, on behalf of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition
The Honorable Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Former Prime Minister of Portugal
Trista Harris (alumni recipient), Executive Director of Headwaters Foundation for Justice

TA DA!  Oh, wait a minute.

An impressive list to be sure, but a noticeable absence of the Secretary of State.   To be fair, I don’t know what happened.  It’s possible she accepted, was scheduled to appear, and then the Humphrey people got a call from Antonio Guterres’s people, and she got bumped.  As we all know, when the former Prime Minister of Portugal calls, you make room.

Of note, the years 2014 – 2016 show an absence of Hillary Clinton as well.  Ah well, there’s always next year.

Either way, I have no doubt Eric Schwartz still holds Hillary Clinton in the highest personal regard. But we can hope that the boundaries of his imagination have been slightly expanded.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Love The Job You Have

Among the most damaging platitudes that have been inflicted on recent generations of youth are ones that revolve around the idea of “following your dream.”

“Love what you do and do what you love.”

“Let money follow your dreams. Don't let your dreams follow money.”

“You can do anything you set your mind to.”

These happy sounding aphorisms may seem harmless, but they can set up unrealistic expectations and prevent people from finding satisfaction in doing real jobs that involve real work. The latest edition of Prager University features a commencement address from a special guest who knows a thing or two about work.

In this year’s PragerU commencement address, Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and CNN’s Somebody's Gotta Do It, has a surprising message for graduates: don’t follow your passion. For one thing, passion and ability are not necessarily related, so you may never find that “dream job.” Furthermore, blindly following your dreams can keep you from finding meaningful work in another, equally satisfying field. Watch the video here and learn why your passion should follow you -- not the other way around.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Anatomy of Winning Elections

The Congressional election in Minnesota’s 8th district features a rematch from two years ago, the, now, incumbent Rick Nolan (DFL) and his Republican challenger, Stewart Mills.

The same candidates, discussing the same issues, in order to represent the same geographic area.  If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result, those holding out hope for a Stewart Mills victory may benefit from seeking out a good psychopharmacologist.    

However, don’t place that mail order for your lithium prescription just yet.   For the wily Stewart Mills has endeavored to shake this redux election to its core.  

The man once referred to as the ”Brad Pitt of the Republican Party” ….

… has cut his hair.  

Kudos to Mills though for giving the voters the 'change' they claim to be calling for.  And kudos for giving us a controlled test at that.  Everything is identical about this election, except for this one variable – the length of one of the candidate’s hair.   Finally, we can test the effect of hair on electoral outcomes, under laboratory conditions.  

After this, here’s to methodically moving down the human body and testing one anatomical feature at a time, and we can finally engineer the perfect candidate.  

UPDATE:  Disturbing news out of the Rick Nolan campaign.  After consulting with his senior campaign advisers, Rick Nolan is debuting his new campaign ad tomorrow featuring this look:  

Well that certainly confuses the issue.  Why does Rick Nolan hate science?

UPDATE:  According to inside sources, Stewart Mills will not let this bold challenge go unanswered.  At a hastily called press conference at 12 noon tomorrow in front of the Great Clips on Miller Trunk Highway in Duluth, Mills plans to reestablish his advantage.  

Your move, Rick Nolan.