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Monday, March 02, 2015

(3/02/2015 08:30:00 AM) - Al

And they wonder why they keep getting caught. When you're stupid enough to print lies like this...

3/02/2015 08:30:00 AM

Sunday, March 01, 2015

(3/01/2015 08:36:00 PM) - Al

We have 4-8 inches of snow forecast for Monday nite and Tuesday AM, and then it gets down to -11 Wed night. With any luck, this will be our last sizable snowfall and last bitter cold night of the winter.

The Rambling wife often points out that March is the snowiest month, but as I remind her, it often melts within a couple days, especially later in the month.

While you have rain and hot weather in the summer, it's not often I have to reschedule appointments for anything except snow.

3/01/2015 08:36:00 PM

(3/01/2015 07:29:00 PM) - Al

We're in the very best of hands.

His foreign policy is quite possibly the most  backassward to ever exist. He simply has no idea what he's doing. None.

3/01/2015 07:29:00 PM

(3/01/2015 03:03:00 PM) - Al

Have to see if Wausau is considered the "home market" for the Badgers, as the early game is running long. Home market will be switched over for the start, they said. 

3/01/2015 03:03:00 PM

(3/01/2015 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Barry Hinson, who used to coach Southwest Missouri State (which is now Missouri State) and now coaches Southern Illinois, is now 14-0 on Senior Days in his career.

Considering he is 240-181 overall, that is just about mathematically impossible. Truth is always far stranger than fiction.

3/01/2015 03:00:00 PM

(3/01/2015 02:57:00 PM) - Al

Nice Senior Day pic.

You know you're getting older when you start to resemble the parents far more than the players.

3/01/2015 02:57:00 PM

(3/01/2015 02:53:00 PM) - Al

Jackson in street clothes today, apparently unable to go on Senior Day. Huge ovation from crowd as all the players announced.

3/01/2015 02:53:00 PM

(3/01/2015 01:02:00 PM) - Al

It's pretty amazing that Scott Walker has received a far more vigorous vetting before announcing than Obama did before he was elected twice.--John Ziegler

Heh. It's funny because it's true.

3/01/2015 01:02:00 PM

Saturday, February 28, 2015

(2/28/2015 07:44:00 PM) - Al

The Crew sells 101K tickets. I know I saw several Twitter mentions yesterday of season ticket holders buying tickets, so I assume they gave them codes and counted that in the total.

2/28/2015 07:44:00 PM

(2/28/2015 03:31:00 PM) - Al

Wind chill is just a way of making weather folks feel more important.

2/28/2015 03:31:00 PM

(2/28/2015 03:08:00 PM) - Al

Of course, anyone simple enough to believe a word Jezebel or The Daily Beast says deserve to live in a cloudy fog of their own ignorance.

They lie. And they don't even try to pretend they don't. On the rare occasions they get caught, they feign shock and double down the next week.

2/28/2015 03:08:00 PM

(2/28/2015 11:44:00 AM) - Al

Women aren’t supposed to think for themselves, and if they do, they will be attacked and smeared as anti-feminist by the radical feminist left.--Cassy Fiano 

Read the whole thing here.

I love Cassy's thoughts on how liberals think so little of women that they feel they cannot afford $4 a month for contraception, or for that matter, exercise self control.

2/28/2015 11:44:00 AM

(2/28/2015 11:00:00 AM) - Al

Got a pair of emails the past few days that both basically say the same Governor Walker seems to be getting great press nationally of late, as he has given speeches in Iowa and at CPAC, the locals have been all over him.

One writer mentioned his Facebook feeds had direct physical threats and such vulgar language he went so far as to unfriend the guilty. Another said he was at a loss to explain it, because the right to work legislation was the result of the legislature, as the governor had said on many occasions since being reelected he would not push for it this session. He closed with this these people even pay attention?

Well...let's be blunt. When it comes to telling the truth about Governor Walker's record, the left's record is pretty much one of complete lies. When Barrett ran against him (the first time, not the one caused by the hysterical left's hatred of a balanced budget and gold benefits rather than platinum), they really didn't know what to make of him...his results as Milwaukee County executive showed sound leadership, decent results, and the ability to get stuff done. Let us not forget...if not for Milwaukee County and Dane County, Walker would have won by a 3-2 margin in each of his three elections...Reaganesque sized landslides. They are not just left, but wacko left, socialist left, USSR left, Cuba left. He looked to be a moderate Republican, because, well, he had to be.

After being elected and facing a budget deficit left by the previous administration, partially caused by the annual rubber stamping of property tax increases, but even larger increases in spending. Seriously, it's just math. As he discussed in his book, it does not take a genius to figure out in order to cut taxes and have a balanced budget, the pandering to the teacher's unions had to stop. The irony is, despite constant denials of what was important, the union gave in one every issue except one...they had to have the ability to deduct union dues, because they knew a good amount of teachers would not pay them otherwise. Several legislators begged the governor to accept this compromise, but he knew that it was vital to cut off the river of cash.

So, years later, we know only about half the teachers pay dues now that they have to write a check. About 40% of them vote for Walker. Whenever he visits schools, or his wife does, teachers quietly thank him for doing what was right, not what was easy. This is done behind closed doors, of course, because they are afraid of retribution by union bosses, and those that despise capitalism.

And we wonder why schools can't solve the bullying problem. They ARE the bullying problem.

So, Walker's time in Madison have been a success by every index or number. I still giggle at ads in 2012 bragging up Obama's 7ish% unemployment (all but solely the result of the jobs created in conservative Texas, by the way), and then criticizing Walker's 6ish% unemployment in 2014. The next day, they insisted they had lost because the electorate was so damn stupid.

Walker has simply stood up to the problem. Common sense and fiscal sanity go a long way, even in Madison. Of late, in my opinion, he's been running as the opposite of Obama. Obama stammers, complains, does nothing, and then blames the impasse on the GOP. When was the last time you heard him say what a great country we live in? Thanked our military for their service? Discussed his faith, his beliefs, and how positive he is about the future? I promise you, every single one of them is in Walker's last transcript.

How has the left reacted? As discussed above, the untruths have been screamed louder of late. Bad language has been added, because they do not understand that makes them look like uneducated simpletons. Remember, nothing looks worse on TV than picket lines, protests, and "sit down" demonstrations that often block traffic, block the entrances to the Bradley Center, and involve chanting loudly. Imagine you just getting home from working all day, turning on the TV, and seeing bad behavior like that? Work all day, pick up your child or spouse, go to the Bucks' game, and have some idiots plop down in front of the doors? One of my favorite moments were when they did this at the airport, and many travelers did just what I would do...walked right on top of them. They complained to the police and the police, well, told them the best way to avoid that would be not to sit down in the walkways.

Trust me, this does not result in moderate voters going home and being sympathetic to the "cause." It makes them angry, and you know what? They are not going to be less angry seeing people make fun of his bald spot, by calling him "Wanker," or by saying his wife is unattractive. It actually reaffirms to many how empty the arguments are against him. Many guys also are balding, have wives that do not look like models, and names that got them teased in 5th grade. It makes him a sympathetic character, and reminds people why they'd never run for office.

The only way they can voice displeasure is by voting. Thank goodness the unions are oblivious to this, and somehow think that soccer moms and others in the target bloc will see this boorish behavior and think, "Hey, I wanna vote to make them less grumpy."

It's a long way to November 2016. Heck, we're almost a year away from the first GOP primary. Candidates will ebb, flow, and go up and down plenty of times between now and then...often for reasons they have little or no control of.  So, if he remains in the top spot, or even the top three, the attacks will continue. As long as they are shooting blanks like they have thus far, I think it's helping, not hurting.

As of today, the heavy favorite for the Dems is Hillary Clinton, a woman who is despised by many on both sides of the much so, many voted for this young fella from IL who they knew nothing about instead of her. So much so, Obama chose Joe Biden instead of her, despite Biden's inability to not say something regrettable whenever he's let out of his cell in the sub basement.

Can she win? Yep. Can she beat a likeable guy who is positive, friendly, and not married to a proven philanderer who was impeached? Maybe. But I'll take my chances. And sympathy votes count just as much as all the rest. 

2/28/2015 11:00:00 AM

(2/28/2015 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Adam looks at 3B after Aramis retires.

I have often said my best bet is Jason Rogers, who is never mentioned, even though he is on the 40, played nothing but 3B in AAA last season, and was the minor league player of the year in 2013. I am not sure if this is because he is poor defensively (I can't say I've ever heard a word one way or the other) or because he has a husky build (you know, that's why Pablo Sandoval has struggled so).

He was a 30th round pick, so he's had to prove himself at every level, so often those players are artificially lesser thought of (similar to a pitcher who tops out at 87 or a player who plays a corner spot who has little power (because Wade Boggs wasn't able to be a HoF 3B because he didn't hit 25 homers every season). He's also an older prospect, as this will be his year of 27. That said, the guy can hit.

2/28/2015 08:00:00 AM

Friday, February 27, 2015

(2/27/2015 09:29:00 PM) - Al

Eric says not only is there a Beverly Hills High, it was used in a classic Xmas film.

2/27/2015 09:29:00 PM

(2/27/2015 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Sanders is a train wreck wrapped around a dumpster fire.

Won't take painkillers, smokes "natural" pot instead. Quit on the team because Kidd ran a tough practice. Said he needed treatment, and checks himself out and flies to the Caribbean.

He's exactly what you'd expect from a pothead with $15M in the bank. He's just one excuse after another, and has no motive to get better.

Note the way he talks about his "art." The only people who treat art and culture as more than a hobby are the very rich or the very spoiled.

Sadly, Mr. Sanders is both. I can't believe he'll get back into the game until he's hit rock bottom...several times. I'm not sure how long it will take him to spend his treasure chest, but you get the feeling it will be far sooner that we're thinking.

I hate to say it, but one phrase that is almost always wrong is "Addition by subtraction." Unless a player is worthless, a team is never better off paying him not to play. However, in this case, Sanders sold his future for 40 cents on the $1...I assume just so he didn't have to ignore the team and what they were telling him to know, get help and counseling. 

2/27/2015 04:50:00 PM

(2/27/2015 03:45:00 PM) - Al

Trae Jackson will not practice today, team's medical staff has not yet cleared him physically to do so, per WSJ.

He had hoped to practice yesterday and play Sunday at Senior Day.

2/27/2015 03:45:00 PM

(2/27/2015 02:08:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe there is actually a place called Beverly Hills High School. Never mind the Bucks practiced there this AM.

2/27/2015 02:08:00 PM

(2/27/2015 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Just ignore them. The old media is almost powerless, as the only people who pay attention to them are the extremely low information voter.

Do I get upset when someone is critical of Ramblings? I hit "reply" and thank them for their email, and move on. If it gets to be silly, I just mark their silliness as spam and never see it again.

Let's be blunt here...our behavior is off the charts better than theirs. The bad language and inferred violence at the capitol speaks for itself. They still think they can yell and complain their way to power.

We listen to their constant temper tantrums, selfish wants, fibs, and quarter truths; and we vote. That's how we get back at them.

2/27/2015 10:00:00 AM

(2/27/2015 09:00:00 AM) - Al

The world is healthier, and the USA is unhealthier.

Thanks anti vaccine people. May wanna read the data that's, you know, not made up.

2/27/2015 09:00:00 AM

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