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Raised on Eastern Montana's wind-swept prairies, love for small town life & simplicity were kindled early in his life. During the day, he does radio in Minnesota's Twin Cities. Reached 19 before realizing he could close his mouth & brush his teeth.
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The Meaning of Falling Water & Sleeping in

It is high time to once more set out to find the deeper meaning in the odd moments of life. Thus, Brink and myself dedicate ourselves to interpreting strange things which have happened to each other recently:

  • Brink analyzes the profound implications of something unique I witnessed recently at a local Walgreens involving an inebriated individual and a huge collection of bottled water.
  • Then I don my sage’s hat and muse upon Brink’s recent near-brush with having the police called to search for him.

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Obama Guy’s Hanging on

Our old foil James the Obama Guy is on the loose once again. Wandering the neighborhood in an effort to locate a group designed to assist him in corralling his gambling addiction,  Obama Guy stumbles into the GooseRadio studio.

With his characteristic zeal, our liberal friend tells us what he’s been up to and how he feels about the issues of our day. Our topics include: Continue reading

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Hillary, the President and Junior High

It’s finally happened.

The talking heads have long speculated that Hillary Clinton would attempt to somehow distance herself from the President in the run up to her expected second bid at the Oval Office. Recently, she opined that President Obama wasn’t doing the best at the whole foreign policy thing – particularly in the Middle East.

So what does this mean for the future? Can Hillary effectively distance herself from the foreign policy of an administration in which she served as the top foreign policy decision maker? We set proverbial sail towards answers.

Old Brink Brickly and myself tackle:

  • Can anyone stop Hillary Clinton from being the next President? Does she really even need to be perceived as strong on foreign policy?

“I don’t understand the sentiment that Hillary is unstoppable.” “Well but the polls say she is. And the polls are always right. Remember all of the elections that have been decided by polls.” “All of them.” “Yes”

  • How is the Obama foreign policy of Clinton & John Kerry sort of like junior high?
  • Considering how little President Obama seems to enjoy implementing a foreign policy of any sort, why didn’t he just stick to being a professor?
  • What is a community organizer?
  • Why don’t girls want to go on second dates with me?
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Robin Williams, Matt Walsh and Real Hope

It still doesn’t seem real that the comedic legend Robin Williams is no longer with us. Brink & I look back at the epic legacy of Mr. Williams. His talent was exceptional, and it seemed that he had a real joy to share with his audience. That apparent dichotomy in his life – between a public joy and what appears to have been some very dark times in his personal life – makes his story all the more poignant.

The extremely compelling Matt Walsh took to his blog last week and penned a provoking piece on the reaction to the loss, specifically expressing his belief that Mr. Williams death wasn’t something his disease inexorably demanded – but was his own choice.

Brink loved the piece and explains why. He felt it expressed truth in a bold, compelling and touching way.

I disliked it, though I normally very much enjoy Matt’s work. I express my hesitations as to the piece’s timing, tone & claim as to the matter of a decision / vs. the horrors of a disease.

Yet a midst all the inescapable sadness of this story, we wrap our discussion up with the great hope that there is One who is greater than all the powers of this earth – for good or ill. And we can each come to know Him.

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Post-Summit Musings on GOP 2016

The esteemed Brink Brickly is recently returned from the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. There he saw GOP luminaries Huckabee, Jindal, Perry, Santorum, Cruz & more as they wooed conservative advocates in the key early state.

We examine Brink’s experience and look to the potentially-presidential future in the following manners:

  • Senator Rand Paul didn’t make an appearance at the shindig.  Brink is displeased. We analyze the differences & similarities between Ron & Rand.
  • Seeing all the gents speak, Brink breaks down the top three speeches in his estimation. He was impressed with the Texas Governor’s presentation, but not as unerringly rapturous as some of the other post-event commentary was.
  • Canadian Ted Cruz was masterful, yet was upstaged by his father.
  • Mike Huckabee makes Brink feel safe. I note that this – along with wearing lots of earth tones – was a central tenant of the Gore campaign.
  • Brink was impressed with the need to unite all the conservatives behind one candidate this time.  He also feels that the candidates themselves feel that is key as well.
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Commiserating on a Tough Twins’ Summer

It’s still beautiful. The crack of the bat & the soaring of the baseball through the night air of an American summer’s eve. Yet, these baseball months have been rendered a bit more emotionally challenging in the Upper Midwest with the Minnesota Twins’ 2014 performance.

Longtime GooseRadio friend Caveman Dave steps in to console me. Continue reading

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Steering with One’s Feet & Getting Along with Your Co-Workers

Recently, after encountering some really bizarre interactions in Walmart & an apartment parking lot, Brink & myself realized we had been given a gift. We discovered that we were able to take the strange, seemingly inexplicable moments in life, and express and explain the deeper meanings behind them. We were able to interpret weird life happenings. Continue reading

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Goodbye Jay

What with the VA Scandal and the most bizarre prisoner swap story in recent memory, a lot of things have been competing for our newsie attention. But we didn’t want to allow too much time to pass since Jay Carney’s announcement that he was leaving his post as White House spin doctor last week. Brink & myself wanted to say a proper farewell. Continue reading

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Catching up with Eddie Moscow

Old Eddie Moscow, after spending some quality time in the Russian heartlands, emerged this week to chat with venerable NBC anchor Brian Williams.

He wanted people to know that he meant well, and really was quite the patriot looking out for all of us by giving all that sensitive information to the Red Chinese and basically Red, basically Soviets. Also — he would like us to know that he was really sort of a James-Bond-esque spy character who didn’t just hang out with computers. Continue reading

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How Can It Bee?

How can one even begin to describe the glory of the recent National Spelling Bee? The hopes… the dreams… the unceasingly monotone voice of the guy reading the awe inspiring words? Wow!

Brink & myself celebrate these wonders. What’s up with that tie? Is it really a sport? How are hot dogs involved? What was the deal with that kid who declared he knew the correct spelling and then didn’t?! Continue reading