Al's Ramblings

Thursday, February 23, 2017

(2/23/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

I'm literally bathing in liberal hate. Churchill: You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.--Senator Chris McDaniel

Exactly. They are always the toughest on those they are most terrified of. Nothing they hate more than people that actually believe in something.

2/23/2017 02:00:00 AM

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

(2/22/2017 06:41:00 PM) - Al

How is it that there are people who have more luxuries than anyone can imagine, while children go hungry or die of preventable diseases?--Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders owns 3 homes.

As a capitalist, I do not begrudge anyone their wealth or success.  He's probably either smarter or luckier than myself, and more power to him.

As a socialist, Sanders is a hypocrite. And a nut.

2/22/2017 06:41:00 PM

(2/22/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

On Outnumbered, they said almost every hand shot up of the focus group last night when asked if they were happy so far. It ain't business as usual. That's why they like it.

2/22/2017 05:30:00 PM

(2/22/2017 04:42:00 PM) - Al

What a loon.

2/22/2017 04:42:00 PM

(2/22/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Just a month in, the cracks were already appearing in Obama's support and economic plan. We just did not recognize them.

2/22/2017 04:00:00 PM

(2/22/2017 03:30:00 PM) - Al

You are a libertarian leaning conservative.

You're on the right and libertarian portion of the political spectrum! You prize individualism and personal liberty above all else. You believe in private property and the free market. You tend to be patriotic but you're skeptical of the state and you find little to no value in government institutions. You believe that success depends on the individual's ability to pull themselves up by their own boot straps and take advantage of the opportunities they have. You see taxes as a form of oppression and you believe that the greatest threat to freedom is big government. You believe in a society of independent and hard-working individuals who take care of themselves. You want big brother out of your bedroom, out of your bank account, and off your property!

Guilty as charged. 

2/22/2017 03:30:00 PM

(2/22/2017 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Heh. On my Facebook, the mom would be called an uncaring bitch. Because everyone on there caters to their kids, and thinks they can do no wrong.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to make a list of chores for the Rambling son when he gets home.  Because I'd rather he do them than me.

2/22/2017 02:38:00 PM

(2/22/2017 02:13:00 PM) - Al

37 years ago today. If they played 49 more times, they may well have not won another game.

That's why those that insist live sports and rights fees will "crash and burn" simply do not get it. In 500 years, they will still be showing movies on a large screen in a theater, and live sports will still be watched by the rubes in flyover country.

If you don't love your country, don't watch. Or, root for the team in red and hope this time, it goes your way.

2/22/2017 02:13:00 PM

(2/22/2017 01:50:00 PM) - Al

White fellas should not run against minority women.

This is why they lose in flyover country.

Remember this when the Dems try to unseat Mia Love. The caucasian SOB.

2/22/2017 01:50:00 PM

(2/22/2017 01:36:00 PM) - Al

As I have pointed out often, this is because they do not nominate films that people actually go see. This year, they do have a couple commercial hits, but most are not.

2/22/2017 01:36:00 PM

(2/22/2017 01:11:00 PM) - Al

He does this brilliantly. It's how he won too.

That and it just drives the left batty.

2/22/2017 01:11:00 PM

(2/22/2017 04:00:00 AM) - Al

George Takei said almost the exact same thing as Milo, but since he's a liberal, he will be unpunished.

As I talked about, I don't think Milo is much more than a loud brash fella who sensed an opportunity to find his niche. I certainly do not feel much sympathy for him, but, the double standard is apparent.

ADDED: Great minds. Bill Maher too? I might be the only person who has not said it at the end of the day.

2/22/2017 04:00:00 AM

(2/22/2017 12:30:00 AM) - Al

Single game tickets are on sale for all Brewers' regular season games. I guess they finally decided to eliminate that silly "stand out in the cold" day at Miller Park...I guess they can still do that if they prefer, as I assume the ticket windows are open at least on weekdays.

2/22/2017 12:30:00 AM

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

(2/21/2017 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Protersts seem to be running out of steam.

Sadly, this might give the left some incentive to, you know, focus on the future instead of bitching about how damn stupid the rubes are.

2/21/2017 08:51:00 PM

(2/21/2017 05:43:00 PM) - Al

Carbonated beverages are an easy call, as they are completely unnecessary.

Lots of other stuff is a tough cream? Chips? Some states tried banning cake and pies, but muffins were OK, and the only difference between cake and muffins is the pan they are baked in. I am consistently in the camp of limited government, so I don't really like the extra time and expense to grocers, but I also hate the idea of taxpayers paying for kids to drink 2-3 cans of pop every day. Truth be known, I'd allow diet and low calorie soft drinks and drink mixes, but not regular. Add all that, it comes painfully close to "we know better."

Easiest solution would just be to limit it to "food," which does not include pop, drink mixes, energy drinks, and so on. The rest is just too much of a burden on business.

2/21/2017 05:43:00 PM

(2/21/2017 05:19:00 PM) - Al

MLB announces that umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce and Tim Welke have retired.--ESPN

Considering the first 3 have been the worst in the game for decades, I like to think they were told to retire if they wanted to keep their pensions.

That's probably giving them far too much credit, however.

2/21/2017 05:19:00 PM

(2/21/2017 04:32:00 PM) - Al

Gosh, this letting people keep more of he money they earn idea is so unique, it might just catch on.

All because the taxpayers no longer have to pay for the privileged class to have better benefits than themselves.  Funny, I seem to distinctly recall that Act 10 was the end of the world as we know it...a phrase I hear often, yet is never true.

2/21/2017 04:32:00 PM

(2/21/2017 04:20:00 PM) - Al

The players look to be stuck in the past when in comes to advancing the game with new rules.

Why in the world they would want to play 15 or 16 innings when MLB is looking to shorten the contests is a mystery to me. Many people are afraid of change of all sorts, and I guess they are as well. 

2/21/2017 04:20:00 PM

(2/21/2017 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Drove out to get the Rambling son today with the window down, saw lots of kids swearing shorts.

Let me tell ya, I sure am worried about the end of the world as we know it. Think how terrible it would be if it was warmer all the time...hey, hey, I said be concerned, not celebrate it.

You people just don't know how to panic properly.

2/21/2017 03:52:00 PM

(2/21/2017 11:29:00 AM) - Al

Really? You mean weather is not a constant?

2/21/2017 11:29:00 AM

(2/21/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

As I now say often, since we're seeing fictional news reported as real every single day...maybe they should just report what happened and shut the hell up, because right now, they're embarrassing themselves immensely.

2/21/2017 10:30:00 AM

(2/21/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

Obama started the trend of barely using Camp David, and Trump looks to continue it.

I do next to nothing on the weekends, watching lots of sports and movies, sleeping in, taking naps, and reading. You know what? I wouldn't go there either.

2/21/2017 10:00:00 AM

(2/21/2017 07:30:00 AM) - Al

I have little doubt Milo is playing pretty much everyone. He's funny just like Anthony Jeselnik is funny, both tell terribly inappropriate jokes, and both have plenty of detractors. Neither would be rich and famous if they told jokes like Seinfeld did. So they don't.

And they have figured out how to get tons of free publicity...say something that pushes the envelope. Then continue pushing. Anther example would be Tucker Max, who while graduating from college and law school with honors and ahead of schedule, wrote books on the side about drinking too much and behaving badly. For years, he made a comfy living doing this, and now that he's married and has a family, is an angel investor.

Pretending these guys are idiots and don't know what they're doing is to not understand how intelligent they are. They have learned that being different, being loud and politically incorrect...sells. They are the modern version of "dead baby" jokes, a short lived fad that was popular in the 90's.

{The only one I remember is "What's the difference between a dead baby and a bowling ball? You can't pick up a bowling ball with a pitchfork." As Gilbert Gottfried would say, I apologize to any dead babies I offended.}

It died out within months (pun intended), in retrospect, probably because the old media did not keep promoting it by saying how terrible it was.

EDIT: Meghan McCain agrees. And whenever I can quote a woman who once tweeted, "If I could auto remove my mentions that contains the word boobs, I would not have any," I do.

2/21/2017 07:30:00 AM

(2/21/2017 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I have two bottles of cologne in my closet, both about 90% full, which means I have several lifetimes worth. Still tempted to buy this just to drive some people crazy.

2/21/2017 01:00:00 AM

Monday, February 20, 2017

(2/20/2017 09:24:00 PM) - Al

Minnesota has expressed a tepid interest in Tony Snell, who played under Tom Thibodeau in Chicago, sources say.--ESPN

I read last week Snell had hit 40% of his 3's since a certain date. He is certainly not a star, but role players who can hit 3's are always nice to have.

2/20/2017 09:24:00 PM

(2/20/2017 09:00:00 PM) - Al

Bernie's utopian dream.

But don't worry, it will work great with healthcare...I mean, if you like your plan, or your doctor...oh, never mind.

2/20/2017 09:00:00 PM

(2/20/2017 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Scott Adams was right all along. He not only insisted Trump would win, even when down in all the polls, he explained why, and that Trump was smarter than the naysayers and the common folks would carry him to victory.

Luckily for us, we had the Huffington Post and the vast majority insisting Adams was a fool. I was laughed at and mocked for suggesting on election eve that Trump would fall one state short. 265 electoral votes? "I doubt he gets over 165." A Facebook friend (who has since unfriended me, I can only assume because I'm a damn deplorable rube) said Hillary would win by a Reaganesque margin, even the southern states would never vote for him. When a high school classmate who now lives in Kentucky backed me up and said "I do not know a single person who will vote for Clinton. She has no chance," he was told he needed to stop hanging out with toothless rednecks (see the bullying behavior of the left) and hang with a better class of people...hinting, I guess, like himself (for those curious, Trump won KY 63-33).

Adams got it right, we all got it wrong, just some far more than others. Nate Silver, 90 days later, is still making excuses, proudly pointing out the polls that had Hilary winning by a small margin was correct, even though he and most serious prognosticators use state polls, which were off by 10-15 points...because they're so much smarter than the rest of us. 

It's very difficult not to notice that the sky is falling and the end of the world folks are one and the same as the Trump has no chance folks. They're still trying to lay the blame elsewhere. See, I told you so.

As usual, I'm far too busy enjoying myself every day to worry about their negative outlook. It's exhausting to surround yourself with such fictional gloomy gus silliness.

2/20/2017 08:00:00 PM

(2/20/2017 07:30:00 PM) - Al

I think it has more to do with the widely held belief that only deplorables and idiots voted for him. You know, like white women, white men...many of them even go to church on Sunday and work (gasp) regular jobs.

A wise man has been saying that's how the coasts look at us for a couple decades now, but I just can't recall who that genius was.

2/20/2017 07:30:00 PM

(2/20/2017 05:30:00 PM) - Al

This is how the left treated every single Obama mistake...pretend it never happened, and the rubes will soon forget it as well.

This is why no one trusts them.

Heh. NBC comes full circle. Williams makes up news, Tur forgets what actually happened. 

2/20/2017 05:30:00 PM

(2/20/2017 04:21:00 PM) - Al

CORRECTION/BUMP: I guess Cousins is a FA after the 2017-18 campaign, which makes more sense. I could have sworn others said he was a FA this summer, and they probably did, but I should have checked. The Pelicans cannot give him the max contract like the Kings could have, so I guess I misunderstand the complex NBA rules on these things.

I'm not a fan of Cousins and doubt he will bring success to the Pelicans, now or next year. The only way I see them "winning" this deal is if they can trade him over the summer or before next year's deadline for as much or more.

People far smarter than myself are insisting the Kings got robbed, and traded DeMarcus Cousins for far too little. However, as a proud contrarian, I find myself on the other side.


1. Am I the only one who sees Cousins is a FA after the season? They're not trading an all star, they traded an all star with about 25 games left on his contract, and who will then be a FA.

2. Considering he has less than a third of a single season remaining, a rookie and a couple draft picks is a pretty good haul.

3. SAC loses their 1st round pick this summer...unless it is in the top 10 picks...therefore, the lower they finish, the better odds of that happening. As of today, they would have the 11th pick. Therefore, losing a few games is very likely in their best long term interests. Top 10 picks are very valuable.

4. As of today, SAC is the 9th seed in the west...but even if they get to the 8th spot, they would appear destined to get blown out by GS or SA.

5. Can they really afford to risk losing Cousins for nothing?

6. Finally, is Cousins, a technical foul machine and at best, a selfish player, really the player you want to make the face of your franchise and sign to a 5y/$200M+ deal?

Not really related, but, does New Orleans really think they're getting a lot out of this? They're a game behind SAC, and seemingly have little chance to do anything but sneak in and play the Warriors. Do they think they can sign Cousins long term, and then, immediately not regret signing Cousins long term?

2/20/2017 04:21:00 PM

(2/20/2017 04:12:00 PM) - Al

I would not have guessed the difference between the MLB and KBO would be moire fastballs in the USA, but I'll defer to Stearns. It is funny, no one has any idea what Thames will do, but his contract is far from a huge risk due to the lack of money and years.

2/20/2017 04:12:00 PM

(2/20/2017 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Once again, the left's uproar only makes themselves look the fool.

They're so quick to want to argue Trump is wrong, but they would not want any of these criminals anywhere near their themselves or their families.

What they mean is: We should let them in and make sure they are comfy...and we should do so by having people that make more than myself pay for it, and let them live in red states. Because shut up you racist.

2/20/2017 04:00:00 PM

(2/20/2017 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Alternate title: I was so busy being consistent and standing up for what was right, I forgot to be depressed like they had hoped.

Another day, another bad decision by a teacher.

This is what the push back looks like.

It's likely not a coincidence that when Trump decides to inform the old media he'd not going to roll over and take it anymore, his supporters decide they're going to do the same thing.

On a semi related note, when I was in 6th grade, we were doing some sort of math problem, and the teacher kept insisting the answer was different than what we were all coming up with. He asked several students, they all told him it was one answer (the same one mind you) and he kept insisting we were doing something wrong. We then broke for lunch, or recess, or art or music or something.

When we returned, he said he had been approached by a single student, who told him that the answer was indeed what everyone had been saying it was. Sure enough, when he worked it, he got the same answer...the answer key he had just assumed was correct was not. He said, "Let this be a lesson to you. If you believe something is right, stand up for yourself. This won't be the last time someone insists you're wrong, but you're not."

The irony  is, for years, on the subject of gay marriage, I would tell people how I felt:

1. The government should not be in the business of marriage. It's a religious custom, and unrelated to keeping us safe and making sure we have the ability to be successful.

2. However, if the government does decide to wrongly get involved in this issue, any two consenting adults should have every right to get married, or whatever you want to call this custom.

I was called a darn goof by many. Told I went against God, the bible, the natural order of things, and most of all, that it was "just icky" to think about. I informed them that while I was not gay, that freedom was far more important than all their silly little problems with it. After all, if the government could regulate who you could marry, they could also tell you where you can live, how you want your eggs prepared, and if you have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle or a seat belt in a car (the individual has every right to jump out of an airplane, but by gosh, we gotta protect them, because...wait for it...we know better).

So, over the last 30 years, the feelings on this has completely changed. While 30 years ago, I was in a tiny minority, I am now in a huge majority. Turns out, most people now think that freedom is a pretty darn good thing. Of course, for a variety of reasons, the tide has turned the other way on other freedoms I listed, because we have added thousands of new rules, regs, and laws because...wait for it...the government, the same one that struggles to deliver the mail (and loses $50M a day doing so)...knows better.

If you think out your position the first time, you don't have to change your mind every time the breeze changes directions, or when the polls change. If you believe in something, you're probably right. If you stupidly jump on every trend, fib, and fake news story you see, you're going to embarrass yourself, and probably quite frequently.

The sky is not always falling, and there is not always a wolf in the flock.

There's a message to many in there, but sadly, I doubt if they understand it. You can't help those that won't help themselves. I'm too busy enjoying myself to concern myself with your fictional sadness.

2/20/2017 01:43:00 PM

(2/20/2017 10:30:00 AM) - Al

He's right.

When they started complaining about deporting illegals, almost all of them convicted felons, I truly began wondering what drugs they were on. 

Heck, I'd love to deport them if they were illegal or convicted felons, never mind both.

They just keep moving further and further to the left. At this point, socialists are starting to consider them radical.

2/20/2017 10:30:00 AM

(2/20/2017 10:00:00 AM) - Al

This is the best brief summary of the complete historical failures of the Obama administration I've read. And it barely mentions his lack of respect for law enforcement and the military. 

2/20/2017 10:00:00 AM

(2/20/2017 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Why life is so difficult for government.

Take a gander at this post about Oregon hiring a new law school dean...13 members of the search committee, a paid consulting firm, each candidate has their own public hearing.

Because looking over the resumes, interviewing the top 3 and making an educated hire is for business, not state universities. The difference? One has a goal of making a profit. The other has a goal of being incredibly smug and self important.

2/20/2017 08:30:00 AM

(2/20/2017 05:00:00 AM) - Al

Anyone who wants to expand the military about 25-30% in the next 5-10 years, with an emphasis on special forces and light infantry units, has my support, which is worth just a bit less than nothing. 

While the easily panicked and sky is falling brigade insist the world will soon be obliterated by nuclear weapons, the truth is, almost all combat in the past 25 years has been small arms and tactical urban warfare. Never forget, the public is almost always wrong.

2/20/2017 05:00:00 AM

(2/20/2017 03:00:00 AM) - Al

There's two funny things about people thinking the economy is better:

1. Trump has not had time to make a difference in the economy, yet the public feels it is in far better shape than a month or two ago? Why? Positive talk from the commander in chief. He's met with some corporate fellas, talked them into building a couple of factories here instead of abroad. More importantly, he continues to say good news is on the cuts, infrastructure projects, and so on. Suddenly, people go, "Great, I have $25 left in my wallet," while before they were saying, "Christ, I'm down to $25 in my wallet." Like my old district manager at the toy store said, "I don't care if we walk into an aisle and there's a pile of human sh*t there" I want you step right over it and say, "Great, that pile was twice as big as that yesterday. If you can't be positive about everything, you need to take your negativity and find another company to work for."

After 8 years of "my ideas are going great, but we're going to hell in a handbasket because of the Supreme Court and those damn Republicans," that optimism is a welcome change.

2. Not only is this very troubling to the Dems, it is difficult not to think positive economic growth will be met with anything but curses and loathing. Therefore, regardless of what actually happens, my bet is, negative spin, and lots of it.

Reread that and realize what exactly it means.


2/20/2017 03:00:00 AM

(2/20/2017 02:00:00 AM) - Al

The old media will ignore this.

And probably blame Trump.

That said, CA can fix their own damn dam. They loves taxes and love government spending.

2/20/2017 02:00:00 AM

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