• Nothing can stop the Twins on the road
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    The Minnesota Twins started a catcher in left field on Saturday in Cleveland and walked out of the ballpark with a win and a chance to sweep the Indians. That catcher, Chris Gimenez, would later move to first base defensively and hit a mammoth home run in the ninth inning to pad the Twins' one-run lead by one more. This was originally published at FoulPlaybyPlay.com, a community for foul-mouthed, sports broadcasters providing commercial-free, uncensored play-by-play and color commentary during select games. On Saturday, Twins’ manager Paul Molitor had to scratch right fielder Max Kepler after fouling a ball off his…
    Written on Sunday, 25 June 2017 19:59 in News & Information
  • NOT TRUE! Evil Prevails because Good People Do Nothing!
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    NOT TRUE! Evil Prevails because Good People Do Nothing! The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position of the GCN Live newsroom. A guest editorial follows. “History will record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the (so called) good people.” –Martin Luther King Jr. Excuses on the left and excuses on the right. Oh, the little games that the so-called grown-ups have played. The lack of gratitude toward the sacrifices given for the freedoms that Americans have, and yet, Americans play…
    Written on Friday, 23 June 2017 22:09 in News & Information
  • Opinion: Republicans’ support of the rich shines through in Senate healthcare bill
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    The Senate Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act takes federal money dedicated to America’s poor and gives it to the rich. While Obamacare raised taxes on high-income Americans to subsidize insurance for the poor, the Republicans intend to cut those taxes and reduce federal funding to insure low-income Americans. So instead of insuring the most Americans and lowering the collective tax burden of uninsured hospital visits, the Republicans’ plan is to insure fewer Americans and increase that collective burden for which we all pay. Those visits by uninsured Americans cost $900 each. Those likely to be hit hardest are those on…
    Written on Friday, 23 June 2017 16:59 in News & Information
  • Police release dashcam footage of Philando Castile’s death
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    Police release dashcam footage of Philando Castile’s death A couple of days after former police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the killing of Philando Castile, authorities released dashcam footage of the shooting. The video is as sad and shocking as you might expect. At about the one minute mark what appeared to be a routine stop turns explosive and begins with the following exchange: The officer explains to Mr. Castile that he was pulled over because of a broken brake light. This is true but Yanez also pulled the car over because Mr. Castile, “fit the physical description of an armed robbery suspect from the previous week,”…
    Written on Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:38 in News & Information
  • How the Timberwolves can get Jimmy Butler and a center in the NBA Draft
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    Last week I tweeted that I thought the Minnesota Timberwolves had the best shot of dethroning the Golden State Warriors the soonest, and the Wolves seem to be thinking the same thing with their pursuit of Jimmy Butler. The Wolves’ core of young talent is undeniable, and the veteran presence of Ricky Rubio at point guard has been working wonders (ninth amongst PG in real +/-). Offensively, the Wolves are dangerous. On defense, they’re disastrous. The Wolves have a big problem allowing open shots. Only the Los Angeles Lakers allowed a higher adjusted field-goal percentage than Minnesota’s 53.5 percent. They…
    Written on Thursday, 22 June 2017 19:18 in News & Information
  • A Louisiana Kid and the Berlin Wall
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    A Louisiana Kid and the Berlin Wall Thirty-one years ago this week, President Ronald Reagan traveled to West Berlin, and at the Brandenburg Gate admonished: “Mr.Gorbachev take down that wall.” The Berlin Wall had been erected by the puppet soviet state of East Germany. Unless you are over sixty five or are a history buff, you may not understand the tensions that existed then had many observers feeling that we could be on the brink of war with the Soviet Union. The wall was initially a 25-mile long barbed wire fence. In the months that followed, the “wire wall” became concrete with guards aloft who shot anyone…
    Written on Thursday, 22 June 2017 18:09 in News & Information
  • Twins could trade Escobar regardless of standings
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    Twins could trade Escobar regardless of standings Fans will get to see if the Minnesota Twins truly can hang over their next nine games. Starting Thursday, the Twins will see starting pitchers Jose Quintana (8.7 K/9, 2.47 K/B), Trevor Bauer (7 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K in last start against Twins), Corey Kluber (11 K/9, 4.71 K/BB), Josh Tomlin (9.33 K/BB), Chris Sale (12.2 K/9), Drew Pomeranz (10.4 K/9), Rick Porcello (4.72 K/BB), David Price (BOS 3-1 in his four June starts) and Jason Vargas (200 ERA+). All those games are on the road. This was originally published at FoulPlaybyPlay.com, a community of foul-mouthed, sports…
    Written on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:25 in News & Information
  • Opinion: Republicans would have been better off losing the Presidential Election
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    You might be wondering how Republicans could be better off than owning a majority in both houses of Congress and occupying the White House. Well, they could do it longer. If Georgia’s 6th Congressional district, and even more surprisingly, South Carolina's fifth, are any indication, the Republicans are in for rude awakening in 2018 and 2020. While Republican Karen Handel won the election, Democrat Jon Ossoff made us all pay attention to a district that’s been nothing but red since Apocalypse Now and Alien were in theaters. While it’s highly unlikely the Democrats win three of the eight Republican Senate…
    Written on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:25 in News & Information
  • Gentrification is the old gerrymandering
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    Gentrification is the old gerrymandering The United States Supreme Court will rule on partisan gerrymandering for the first time since 2004, deciding whether Wisconsin Republicans drew electoral district lines with the unfair intent of strengthening their political presence in the state. Gill v. Whitford will be heard by the Supreme Court in the fall and could result in a ruling that will set the boundaries for drawing electoral district boundaries. The case at hand is pretty straightforward. While 51 percent of Wisconsin voters were Democrats in 2012, Republicans won 60 of the 99 seats in the state’s Congress. Republicans say that’s because Democrats have the…
    Written on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 22:36 in News & Information
  • Alex Jones vs. Megyn Kelly Part II
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    Alex Jones vs. Megyn Kelly Part II The interview has finally aired. Last week I snarkily wrote about all the speculation of what was going to be said / unsaid in the interview. Alex Jones claimed that Kelly was going to edit the interview to make him look bad. Jones, going so far as to challenge NBC to release the unedited interview (they probably won’t) which led Alex to claim he has a recording of the entire interview and if NBC does not release the full thing -- he will! To my knowledge, he hasn’t. Well, anyway, we have now seen the interview. Alex Jones Of 'Infowars,'…
    Written on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 20:49 in News & Information