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  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Why Voting is Crucial

    Many Americans don’t vote especially in non-presidential election cycles.  There appears to be a disinterest in the role local politics plays in the quality of our life and the impact local politics can have on the nation as a whole.  Certainly life in Massachusetts and Minnesota, in many respects, is vastly different for that of Mississippi or Nevada.  Yet all these states can play an important role in framing national thought and direction.  Such was the case in 1934...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Insanity's Definitive Poster Child

    Americans can rest easy. We now have a strategy for dealing with the ISIS or ISIL terrorists. It is precisely as Bill O’Reilly advised; “If I’m the president I’m going kill every one of those bastards.” O’Reilly wisdom was confirmed with the full fledged support of Senator Ted Cruz; “Bomb them back to the stone age.” ...

  • 'Where's The beef?' COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Insufferable Friendship

    Commercials are our friends. Those who have toiled in the broadcast industry know this as the battle cry of all who serve in sales and management at their respective radio and television stations.  Those who gave their hearts and souls to the programming departments could find this battle cry most cumbersome and, at times, most unreasonable.  Nevertheless, they understood a cooperative effort between excellent programming and sales was necessary to keep everyone employed...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Houston, We Have a Problem.

    The troubling events witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri are all part and parcel of a malady that has been festering for decades in American. After the March 3, 1991 high profile beating of Rodney King by police officers resulting in rioting and violence in Los Angeles, we might rationally assume that problem would be resolved...  

  • Column: A Malat Musing: What Do We Tell Him?

    He recently attended a funeral in which his deceased uncle was laid to rest in the Fort Snelling veterans cemetery in Minneapolis. As he gazed at what appeared to be the endless head stones in this beautiful and peaceful setting he couldn’t help but conjure up thoughts of the all the lives violently lost in the service to our country...

  • Column: A Malat Musing: Hobby Lobby Dilemma

    As the old saying goes; “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy” and we are about to hear from mama on the Supreme Courts most recent Hobby Lobby ruling. As the same old tired arguments are being screamed from the highest hills and as the heart of the issue continues to be ignored...

  • The invasion of Europe took place on the beaches at Normandy France on June 6, 1944.  It encompassed amphibious landings on five beaches; codenamed Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah and sword. Column: A Malat Musing: America Had No Choice

    The invasion of Europe took place on the beaches at Normandy France on June 6, 1944.  It encompassed amphibious landings on five beaches code named; Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah and sword.  Before the fighting would end, it would claim approximately 10,000 casualties, more than half (6,603) would be Americans...

  • Some met her when she was a Florida beauty queen.  Others may have met her when she was married to a boxer. Others made her acquaintance when she divorced him after he turned alcoholic and began beating her. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Time for All to Meet Marie

    Some met her when she was a Florida beauty queen. Others may have met her when she was married to a boxer. Others made her acquaintance when she divorced him after he turned alcoholic and began beating her. With three small children in tow, and refusing to accept any financial support from the boxer, she moved in with her mother to begin a new life...

  • Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in the 1962 film 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' COLUMN: A Malat Musing: 'Due Process' is MIA

    We are a nation of laws. As such, the American psyche should always stubbornly adhere to the belief that everyone - without exception - is innocent until proven guilty and that that guilt can only be established through proper due process. But alas ­­- there appears to be a serious chink in that armor of protection...

  • Photo courtesy of Phil Malat COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Bread Crumb Compassion

    "The era of big government is over;" so stated then President William Jefferson Clinton in his State of the Union Address on January 23, 1996. While we have come to expect certain political rhetoric as a means to achieve acceptance, our acceptance of such rhetoric should be quite a different matter if it approaches reality...

  • The film 'Field of Dreams' was released in 1989. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: The Dyersville Reality

    It defies all rationale. A tiny piece of farm land tucked away in the northeast corner of Iowa has become a real slice of Americana. For 25 years it has had an amazing and profound impact on hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people worldwide...

  • John Wooden won 10 NCAA basketball championships with UCLA. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Revitalizing American Greatness

    It is unmistakable that current American culture is more passionate about athletics than anything else. The only thing that rivals it today is an anthropomorphic interest in Fido. As such, how about employing this abundance of passion to promote our best interest? The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship teeters on the precipice of the absurd and is, therefore, in need of an overhaul...

  • Photo courtesy of Phil Malat COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Worth the Fight

    "Inequality for All" is the official Facebook page of economist and author Robert Reich. The following is a post from Wednesday, March 5. It is offered because it is an excellent and extremely accurate perspective worth your consideration...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing:Capable of Anything

    Each and every time the news reaches us, we take a brief moment to ponder how those with such extraordinary advantages and blessings - blessings that the vast majority will never know – can behave so very badly...

  • Construction is ongoing at the site of the new Vikings Stadium. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Moving Toward a Pandora’s Box

    The controversies surrounding the building of the new billion dollar stadium in downtown Minneapolis are badly tarnishing the image of both the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family. One simple act would easily bolster that image.  It would be to provide a loan from the Wilf family to the state of Minnesota to cover whatever suspended funds may be needed to continue construction until the current bond dispute has been resolved...

  • Photo: MGN Online COLUMN: A Malat Musing: The Passing of the Dome

    There exists the need for a proper perspective on the razing of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metro Dome or the Mall Of America Field or as it is commonly referred to “The Dome” and the construction of a new billion dollar stadium on “The Dome’s” current site...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Time for Respectful Remembrance

    One can only hope that the 50th anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history will not result in the same old rehashing of the unfounded, wild-eyed speculations surrounding the death of President John F. Kennedy.  There is so much more worth noting and remembering about the man and his remarkable accomplishments in his scant, 1,036 days in the oval office...

  • Demonstrators holds up banners with the photo of Edward Snowden during a protest outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Protesters demanded that the U.S. Congress investigate the NSA's mass surveillance programs. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Apologizing for Spying

    Oh how the media loves that Russian rascal Mr. Snowden.  They absolutely revel in gnawing on every bone he throws them.   The most recent is the revelation that America was spying on its allies.  My Lord, the horror of it all – allies spying on allies.  But wait…

  • Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Bud Selig's Departure

    As the now circus silliness surrounding the once revered autumn classic gets underway, we should appreciate that this has been a banner year for our national pastime.  Not because of anything that has occurred on the field but because Bud Selig has mercifully (for the fans) decided to end his reign of cruelty to the game by announcing his retirement in January of 2015...

  •  KSTP.com columnist Phil Malat COLUMN: A Malat Musing: A Perfect Time to Remember

    This may be the perfect time for the Norwegian Nobel Committee to posthumously remember those they have forgotten...

  • KSTP.com columnist Phil Malat COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Baseball Should Lead the Way

    It is hard to say where and when it all began but it is now a full blown epidemic...

  • KSTP File Photo COLUMN: A Malat Musing: On Trashing Justin Morneau

    Those of us who experienced the great joy of watching Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew play baseball also suffer from the memories of the ugliness that quite often takes center stage in this beloved game ...

  • Phil Malat COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Moons and Junes and Ferris Wheels

    He had a picture - just a single picture of her.  That’s all that remained ...

  • KSTP File Photo COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Something's New at the IRS?

    The four gentlemen would meet every two months or so for dinner. At one such gathering a horrifying story was shared in the hopes of educating and protecting his three buddies from the same fate. We will call him Peter. Peter had just completed an IRS audit ...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Bullying

    The current Safe and Supportive Schools bill proposed by the Minnesota State Legislature to deal with bullying hits a new level of silliness...


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