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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

(10/21/2014 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Talk about exaggerating a guy's talent...Strickland had a 2.02 ERA...in AA. The announcers have called him "unhittable" several times.

Yes, he throws hard, and yes, he's got stuff. But most AA players will never spend a day in the majors.


10/21/2014 10:42:00 PM



(10/21/2014 09:11:00 PM) - Al

If James Shields wasn't named "James," what would his nickname be?--Tony W

If Tony W wasn't a moron, he might not be so awful. It's like watching a house start on fire.


10/21/2014 09:11:00 PM



(10/21/2014 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Walks in a run to make it 5-0. Giants ready to blow it open.--Tom H

Heh. Where I come from, 5-0 is already "blown open." I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I gotta believe teams come back from a 5 run deficit less than 5% of the time, regardless of the inning. Heck, teams only score 5 runs in a game about 1/3rd of the time, right?




10/21/2014 08:49:00 PM



(10/21/2014 07:52:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR has LaRoche getting 2y/$30M. I would have probably predicted 2/27-28, but I'm perennially low. 


10/21/2014 07:52:00 PM



(10/21/2014 07:49:00 PM) - Al

Went to Milwaukee for business training yesterday, and just returned home. Not sure what I missed, as I could not connect to the hotel wireless last night.


10/21/2014 07:49:00 PM



(10/21/2014 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Waste in DC?

Never would have guessed.


10/21/2014 04:00:00 PM



(10/21/2014 03:00:00 PM) - Al

I did not even know Tom Sowell was a racist.


10/21/2014 03:00:00 PM



(10/21/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

This is why he doesn't campaign anymore.


10/21/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/21/2014 12:30:00 PM) - Al

No one will do the math and admit fewer people are insured now than before Obamacare.

10M lost coverage, and they've signed up 4M. This ain't even difficult.


10/21/2014 12:30:00 PM



(10/21/2014 11:00:00 AM) - Al

A woman took over my old store and every person I talked to told me how they wished I was still there. Some of that may be folks just being nice, but to a person, they all used the same two words; "bitchy" and "moody."


10/21/2014 11:00:00 AM



(10/21/2014 10:00:00 AM) - Al

To be fair, if Joe Biden was my dad I would probably do drugs too.--Larry Correia


True that.


10/21/2014 10:00:00 AM



(10/21/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

It's basically just a complaint fest. It's like sitting on the financial board of a failing church...excuses, unhappiness, and blame.


10/21/2014 09:00:00 AM



(10/21/2014 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Just coincidence, I'm sure.


10/21/2014 08:00:00 AM


Monday, October 20, 2014

(10/20/2014 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Proof that anyone can indeed be president.


10/20/2014 07:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 06:00:00 PM) - Al

I, for one, am shocked.

If the alternative was the truth, you'd lie too. 


10/20/2014 06:00:00 PM



(10/20/2014 05:30:00 PM) - Al

Greg sends in this piece about the McRib, low pork prices, and it being a kind of popular, but not that popular offering.

I understand this, but it seems to me a national marketing campaign and the fact the patties are frozen could make for a lot of sales if they promoted it as Oct-rib-tober, or something like that.


10/20/2014 05:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 03:30:00 PM) - Al

I might have believed him had he not said ebola would not make it to the USA a couple weeks ago.

And, had he not said he was competent before that.


10/20/2014 03:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The facts hurt.

The truth is, they need to stop pretending they have improved education one iota in the last fifty years.


10/20/2014 02:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I think it may have something to do with the deceit from those lawmakers in DC.

They lie. A lot.

Nobody has even started adding up how much Obamacare is going to cost, and don't forget, it is 100% unfunded...because the president said we could cover everyone for the same cost as just a few.

So, for those keeping track, we now have more uninsured than we did before, and the cost is somewhere between zero and infinity...the over/under is far closer to infinity.

Elections have consequences. You can't just keep spending money you do not have, no matter what Obama thinks.


10/20/2014 01:30:00 PM



(10/20/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I remember my math teacher telling me I wouldn't be able to carry a calculator around with me all the time.--Shower Thoughts

Anything more than basic algebra is a total waste of time. Maybe they could squeeze in an economics class or two. How often do you use that geometry? Calculus? How 'bout chemistry and physics?

We're in the best of hands.


10/20/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/20/2014 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Photoshop, but close to the truth.


10/20/2014 10:30:00 AM



(10/20/2014 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Hard to believe this hasn't worked.


10/20/2014 09:30:00 AM



(10/20/2014 08:30:00 AM) - Al

Obama's ebola czar has oodles of experience dealing with the ebola virus.


10/20/2014 08:30:00 AM


Sunday, October 19, 2014

(10/19/2014 08:02:00 PM) - Al

Ebola czar does not take part in ebola briefing.

Tough job.


10/19/2014 08:02:00 PM



(10/19/2014 05:38:00 PM) - Al

I don't pretend to be a fast food expert, but the McRib is very popular, so why does McDonald's not bring it out all over? That seems very strange, to say the least.

The other starnge thing is, it's not inexpensive either, I think it costs $3.49 around these parts. That's huge for a chain that sells a lot of $1 and $1.29 items.


10/19/2014 05:38:00 PM



(10/19/2014 04:25:00 PM) - Al

I always like it when the deficit gets so high, they start measuring it in other ways, like as a percentage of GNP.

It's about a trillion dollars. Reagan's last budget was less. The percentages do not matter. You're spending way too damn much money, and that's why things are going to hell.


10/19/2014 04:25:00 PM



(10/19/2014 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Triple screens on Red Zone, all three trailing teams score to take the lead.


10/19/2014 03:11:00 PM



(10/19/2014 01:43:00 PM) - Al

Can you imagine what would happen in a real crisis? They struggle with the pretend ones.


10/19/2014 01:43:00 PM



(10/19/2014 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Been several months since the Rambling dog had his hair cut, so he's getting shaggy and "smells like dog." So, with the Rambling wife at a Packers' party at church, the Rambling son and I gave him a bath, with all the usual home remedy suspects (white vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil, aloe vera) for a dog with sensitive skin.

It seems to have been effective, other than the fact he's shivering ever since, and shot us some glares that may not have killed us, but left me feeling nauseous. The Rambling son said on several occasions "Geez, does he ever look unhappy."


10/19/2014 01:35:00 PM



(10/19/2014 01:01:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure if there is really anything much better than the NFL Red Zone channel. For a casual fan such as myself, it's like watching only the funny parts on SNL sketches.


10/19/2014 01:01:00 PM



(10/19/2014 12:58:00 PM) - Al

Good to see the Post being truthful.

Remember, they ain't anti war rallies, they are anti fiscal conservatism rallies. Same thing here.

What's funny is, I've had the same opinion on gay marriage my entire life...I didn't care. Still don't. I don't think government should be in the marrying business, as it is a church thing...I don't care what consenting adults do in the privacy of their home.

The Clintons, like you would expect from them, don't really believe in anything, and have changed their opinion on the subject because polls tell them to do so.


10/19/2014 12:58:00 PM



(10/19/2014 12:48:00 PM) - Al

Heh.

Funny because it's true.


10/19/2014 12:48:00 PM


Saturday, October 18, 2014

(10/18/2014 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Colts
Redskins
Bears
Jags
Seahawks
Packers
Ravens
Bills
Lions
Chargers
Cowboys
Cards
Broncos
Steelers

Baltimore is my *survivor pick*, survivorgrid.com says only 21% of those who started are still alive.



*The Bengals tied last week, so depending on the rules, I am out too. I'll assume this mythical contest says "your pick cannot lose" rather than "your team must win."


10/18/2014 09:12:00 PM



(10/18/2014 06:57:00 PM) - Al

I keep trying to explain to folks why Obamacare is worse than it was before. They don't get it.

This article explains it perfectly. Too bad there are so few of them.


10/18/2014 06:57:00 PM



(10/18/2014 05:09:00 PM) - Al

It's simply stunning how often we hear about one of Seinfeld's sitcom gal pals.

For those that do not recall, she is the "it's me" and "the tractor story"woman.


10/18/2014 05:09:00 PM



(10/18/2014 02:22:00 PM) - Al

At Kwik Trip this AM, picking up potatoes, onions, and butter.

Onions--38 cents a pound...or a 3 pound bag for $2.69. 

What am I missing here? How stupid do you have to be to buy the bag?

By the way, I woke up at 5AM, went to the bathroom, and the Rambling dog got up too, so I let him out. I never did fall back to sleep, so I got up about 7:30 and went grocery shopping. I picked up breakfast on the way home, and then made lunch.

The Rambling wife got up about 9, and went in to nap about 1:30.

Obviously, I must wear her out.




10/18/2014 02:22:00 PM



(10/18/2014 01:51:00 PM) - Al

You know you're a dumpster fire when you won't admit who you voted for.

I'm embarrassed to be of the same species.


10/18/2014 01:51:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:57:00 PM) - Al

Bobby Jindal hits the nail on the head perfectly, describing the Obama leadership style.

Scroll down and prepare to nod your head in the affirmative.

Glenn makes it look far prettier. 100% true though.

Obama has one of these clearly over his head moments every few weeks, while W's response to 9/11 was immediate, defiant, and perfect. 


10/18/2014 12:57:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Pretty good recap for an outsider.

I'd offer Ramirez his option, which he will turn down, and then use his cash to go after a 1B upgrade, as I think Cuddyer or LaRoche (or potential nontenders/trade targets like Ike Davis or Pedro Alvarez) are safer options health wise with either similar or better projections.

One of the few to mention how spendy Parra will be for a reserve. I would also agree they will likely pursue a reliever, though it may well end up being KRod returning. Estrada will be a mighty tough decision as well, though I have to believe he has trade value at $5M.


10/18/2014 12:56:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:20:00 PM) - Al

Well done.


10/18/2014 12:20:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:18:00 PM) - Al

He should be used to it by now, it's been the same thing for six years.

I don't know why everyone else keeps messing up, as we all know Obama is incredibly intelligent and effective. We know this because he's never released his college record, and he's never had a real job in his life.


10/18/2014 12:18:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:07:00 PM) - Al

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I have to giggle when they're surprised the government is ineffective. They have no skin in the game, and their only goal is to work less and get paid more. Add it up.


10/18/2014 12:07:00 PM



(10/18/2014 12:01:00 PM) - Al

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. –William JH Boetcker

Heh. That pretty much means the entire liberal platform is whack.

Which it is.

I got an email a couple days ago from a nice gent who asked, simply, why Walker is not further ahead in the polls, as the state is succeeding like gangbusters in the last four years...taxes are down (after rising every single year under Doyle), unemployment is down, spending is down, our deficit has been eliminated, our rainy day fund is growing, and we have a surplus.

I will tell you just what I told him...WI is a "swing state," but it leans left. Many folks are independents that lean left. Walker is doing just what he said he would, and has proven fiscal conservatism works, in case some have forgotten Reagan and his record. Know what? Some folks love high taxes, especially those who do not pay any. Some love irresponsible spending, especially those who get a check every month paid for by the labor of others. Also, there is probably some fatigue by voters on the right, as it seems like we just elected Walker twice (because we did). Add all that up, you have close to a 50/50 split. Sadly.


10/18/2014 12:01:00 PM



(10/18/2014 11:30:00 AM) - Al

How whiskey is outselling vodka.

Look at how much costs $30+ a bottle. Goodness. Those yuppies got plenty of cash. 



10/18/2014 11:30:00 AM



(10/18/2014 11:29:00 AM) - Al

2015 Marcels are out.

For those unfamiliar, the Marcels tend to be career numbers with park and age adjustments. They usually move young players up a bit, and knock down older ones. It does not forecast breakout campaigns or "corrections" at all. Despite being almost 100% math, it has proven to be almost as accurate as the other commonly utilized forecasts.

I took a quick glace at the Crew and possible 1B targets, and the guy who jumped out at me was Mike Cuddyer, far higher than even Adam LaRoche.


10/18/2014 11:29:00 AM



(10/18/2014 09:00:00 AM) - Al

Probably playing golf.

It'd be a great sitcom if it wasn't real.


10/18/2014 09:00:00 AM


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