Al's Ramblings

Sunday, January 31, 2010

(1/31/2010 08:10:00 PM) - Al

In its budget proposal to be released on Monday, the White House predicts a record $1.6 trillion budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends September 30, the Capitol Hill source said.

According to the estimate, deficits will narrow to $700 billion by fiscal 2013 before gradually rising back to $1.0 trillion by the end of the decade, the source said.--Reuters

So, to be incredibly optimistic, you can add about $15-20 interest of course, to the debt, under the current plan.

Gee, can you imagine someone with the nerve to...question the plan?

The current plan is simply not sustainable for any length of time. A trillion here, a trillion there...pretty soon, you're talking about real money.

EDIT: Glenn puts the graph up again...oof.

1/31/2010 08:10:00 PM

(1/31/2010 06:08:00 PM) - Al

I just love the way Braun tells it like it is.

I don't expect Fielder to sign an extension either, especially one with a discount.

1/31/2010 06:08:00 PM

(1/31/2010 03:43:00 PM) - Al

I get it, if the election were held today, Obama would lose, possibly in a Mondale-like embarrassment. However, it isn't today, and there's plenty of time to recover from as bad a first 12 months as is possible.

I wonder just how long the anger and disgust can keep up...

1/31/2010 03:43:00 PM

(1/31/2010 03:22:00 PM) - Al

John McCain is labeled "unpatriotic" by Frank Rich...who used to complain when patriotism of Dems was questioned.

Seems that MA loss has plum driven a few libs into a room with very soft walls.

1/31/2010 03:22:00 PM

(1/31/2010 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Adam sums up the day at the On Deck event.

1/31/2010 02:50:00 PM

(1/31/2010 12:16:00 PM) - Al

Yeah, but what does Lech Walesa know about socialism?

What will be interesting is how the networks will pretend that statement was never said.

1/31/2010 12:16:00 PM

(1/31/2010 11:57:00 AM) - Al

Gord Ash suggests changes to the draft.

1/31/2010 11:57:00 AM

Saturday, January 30, 2010

(1/30/2010 09:02:00 PM) - Al

JJ tells the MIN media he "wanted out of Milwaukee".

It's astounding how little players seem to understand about the business aspect of the game.

1/30/2010 09:02:00 PM

(1/30/2010 07:41:00 PM) - Al

One of the most ignorant pieces I've seen in ages, from a guy who apparently does not understand teams do not have many true prospects, and that offensive development is far more important than defensive, as many guys can play OF in the big leagues, but very few of them can hit a lick.

It's just amazing what crap these sites will print.

1/30/2010 07:41:00 PM

(1/30/2010 06:15:00 PM) - Al

Earlier this week, I briefly mentioned my upcoming "weekend of Al", which unlike George Constanza's summer, did not involve eating blocks of cheese (though I could be talked into such a meal, but hence, I digress).

After arising early to play a satellite tourney, I went back to bed and got up about noon, and lit the grill and began to make a crock pot full of chili. After slow cooking all afternoon, I enjoyed a bowl this evening after a is perhaps the
chili I've ever had, I wish I had written down the recipe, which in true Al fashion, I put a bit of this and some of that...I'm not even sure what I added, other than chili powder, oregano, and some beef and onions.

The perfect mix...lost forever.

1/30/2010 06:15:00 PM

(1/30/2010 02:39:00 PM) - Al

Obama admits you could not choose your own doctor and/or keep your current plan under his plan...old media rushes to ignore...does not fit the narrative.

I'm surprised the election results of MA made it out...bury the Edwards' affair, ignore the 20 year association with a racist behind the pulpit...if this were a movie, I wouldn't believe it...and yet, this is the world we live in.

1/30/2010 02:39:00 PM

(1/30/2010 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Those two are just a country song and an appearance on Cops away from hillbilly heaven.

By being a Senator and running for president, he outdid himself by a factor of about a zillion.

1/30/2010 01:15:00 PM

(1/30/2010 09:03:00 AM) - Al

Poker is a difficult mistress. After mentioning my run of success, I proceeded to lose my next 7 tournaments, giving up a third of my recent profit, hypothetically.

Most disturbing is that while I took a couple bad beats (AK to AQ being the most memorable), I played poorly, so poorly I noticed it. When you're on a bad streak, you still have to play your cards properly, but I began playing scared, folding hands I should have raised with and chasing miracle cards with crap.

Poker is often a metaphor for life...short-term, you can do everything right, but still lose. However, you can't allow bad luck to change how you do things.

1/30/2010 09:03:00 AM

(1/30/2010 09:01:00 AM) - Al

Dems feel better since the SOTU...considering it was the same as the campaign speeches they liked, that makes sense.

Most folks don't believe him though...that's a bad sign.

1/30/2010 09:01:00 AM

Friday, January 29, 2010

(1/29/2010 06:29:00 PM) - Al

Read this a few times, shake your head, and then return to your normal activities.

1/29/2010 06:29:00 PM

(1/29/2010 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Adam thinks Edmonds is going to be disappointed if he thinks he's going to platoon in CF and spell Braun and Hart...and so do I.

Barring injury, I think Edmonds will be a PH 5-6 days a week, and I think that's what Doug brought him to do...if he even makes the team.

1/29/2010 04:07:00 PM

(1/29/2010 03:41:00 PM) - Al

Lookalikes I never thought of before...Giada and Counselor Deanna Troi from Star Trek TNG.

1/29/2010 03:41:00 PM

(1/29/2010 03:40:00 PM) - Al

If the truth be known, I doubt if it was all that good for him either.

1/29/2010 03:40:00 PM

(1/29/2010 03:29:00 PM) - Al

Speaking of morons...

1/29/2010 03:29:00 PM

(1/29/2010 03:24:00 PM) - Al

I skipped the SOTU because I was busy stabbing myself in the eye with a hot knife, which I find less painful, but admittedly, even I can't believe a sitting president criticized the sitting Supreme Court for not knowing what the hell they were doing...and most everyone thinks he was wrong anyway.

You know, W couldn't say "strategy" correctly, but at least he didn't call the justices morons.

1/29/2010 03:24:00 PM

(1/29/2010 03:16:00 PM) - Al

I was just feeling good about myself for being about $200 higher in my online balance now than last weekend (hypothetically), but now, I have a new hero.

I was just telling my wife last night how easy a game it is when your good hands hold up, and about 10 minutes later, my AA was defeated by AK...2 K's on the flop, followed by the final one on the river, just to be sure I felt the mythical kick to the groin in its entirety.

Hat tip to BCB.

1/29/2010 03:16:00 PM

(1/29/2010 08:40:00 AM) - Al

The GDP looks to be up almost 6% for the 4th quarter of '09.

It has been a jobless recovery thus far, but much of that can be traced directly to the fears of the one wants to add on workers in an era of rising taxes and runaway government spending.

One need not look far to see total disgust with the administration, when even the great orator's speech is panned, it is the message, not the presentation. The idea that the government can create jobs by adding pork to the budget is being proven incorrect, as the economy has rebounded nicely without the employment jump.

1/29/2010 08:40:00 AM

Thursday, January 28, 2010

(1/28/2010 10:54:00 PM) - Al

Better offense, the Royals, or TB's AAA team? Not so fast.

1/28/2010 10:54:00 PM

(1/28/2010 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Badgers with a heckuva game against Purdue tonight...just falling short by 1, despite not hitting their free throws.

They may not be a contending team without Leuer, but on any given night, they play defense enough to have a shooter's chance.

1/28/2010 08:26:00 PM

(1/28/2010 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Feingold is beatable?

We're in a brave new world after MA went red...

1/28/2010 03:25:00 PM

(1/28/2010 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Brewers to sign Jim Edmonds to a minor league deal, and give him a chance to make the team.

Edmonds fits into my "guy with some pop" to come off the bench, but he hasn't played in a year and is almost as old as me...I don't give him much of a chance to make the team, but I suppose anything is possible.

1/28/2010 02:46:00 PM

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

(1/27/2010 10:33:00 PM) - Al

Netflix is an example of what small businesses can grow into, if only they are not taxed to death.

I knew Netflix was going to be successful when message boards were full of critical stuff on them several years hoo, it takes them two days to get a new DVD to me...sometimes, I don't get my top one seemed to realize that you get DVD's delivered to your house for $1 a piece, if you are quick to watch them.

The thing is, all the whiners were customers...and had no idea how good they had it.

1/27/2010 10:33:00 PM

(1/27/2010 10:28:00 PM) - Al

I forgot that he was black tonight.--Chris Matthews

How does this loon have a job? He says something incredibly stupid every time he's on the air, and now, he appears to be a racist.

Chris, where'd the tingle go?

1/27/2010 10:28:00 PM

(1/27/2010 09:51:00 PM) - Al

You cannot convince me that a fella with Mapquest and a list of schools and their enrollment could not figure out a passable conference solution in a week or two.

To pretend this is a difficult feat does not make it seem any harder to many of us.

1/27/2010 09:51:00 PM

(1/27/2010 09:40:00 PM) - Al

Despite refusing to send more troops to Afghanistan, Mr Sarkozy showed no shame in admitting France's national security would depend on other countries shouldering the burden.

He said: "If the Taliban win in Afghanistan, then Pakistan will fall."

You can read the rest of the French putting up a white flag here.

To quote the great Dennis Miller, I'd call them a bunch of douche bags, but I wouldn't want to offend bags of douche.

1/27/2010 09:40:00 PM

(1/27/2010 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Tatis to sign with Mets.

A symbolic swing and a miss on my guess that was who Doug was after.

1/27/2010 08:16:00 PM

(1/27/2010 07:43:00 PM) - Al

Cactus hominy salad, serve it as a side dish, or serve it as a main dish--IGA What's Cooking ad

1. If you do serve it as a main dish, you never have to worry about those pesky unannounced dinner guests ever showing up again.

2. If you do serve it as a main dish, a good side to go with it...roast beef.

3. "You know, the public just can't get enough recipes that include cactus", said the head of the marketing company that IGA recently replaced with someone with more than a single brain cell.

4. Sadly, I know of several people who say hominy is one food they will not eat...whoever thought cactus would be the appealing part of a salad?

1/27/2010 07:43:00 PM

(1/27/2010 07:37:00 PM) - Al

It bears repeating...there may be two Americas, but John Edwards is a scumbag in both of them.

Imagine what a book by a longtime enemy would say?

1/27/2010 07:37:00 PM

(1/27/2010 06:20:00 PM) - Al

$787B for pork, but the well is dry when it comes to funding science.

We'd still be thinking the moon was made of blue cheese had this group been in power in the 50's and 60's.

And please, reporting the facts is not being mean. Perhaps, fewer visits overseas apologizing for all the good the US does might be a good start.

UPDATE: The president did not put in that special NE bribe language...nosiree.

Hope and change.

1/27/2010 06:20:00 PM

(1/27/2010 06:04:00 PM) - Al

I will not be watching the SOTU, but I will be reading hilarious recaps like this of failed ones.

Note how the Carter comparisons are multiplying like bunnies.

1/27/2010 06:04:00 PM

(1/27/2010 05:33:00 PM) - Al

Go to Alaska to try and dig up dirt on Palin, and ignore the Edwards affair until the National Enquirer broke it

{How sad is it that the Enquirer is now a standard that the average paper cannot meet?}

...and you know, I wonder why the public doesn't trust the old media.

1/27/2010 05:33:00 PM

(1/27/2010 04:28:00 PM) - Al

Our friends at Freakonomics dispel another myth...that corn fed beef is a modern day apocolypse...just like global warming and John Edwards' loyalty to his wife...not.

1/27/2010 04:28:00 PM

(1/27/2010 04:11:00 PM) - Al

I felt better about my Cat comparison until Tom H ran with it.

Also Tom H needs to expand his thinking a bit, as the move Doug is working on could easily be an infielder, as while Counsell has a spot, Heether, who many of us have penciled into the other reserve INF slot, has three options remaining, and has really only had one dominant campaign in the minors...last year in AAA, when he was at his mythical peak age of 27.

I really like my Fernando Tatis guess, along with my several months old guess of Reed Johnson. A player looked at only as a PH, like Mike Jacobs (couldn't be Russ Branyan could it? Nomar? Blalock?) is also possible.

1/27/2010 04:11:00 PM

(1/27/2010 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Sarfate DFA'd as the Orioles add Tejada...who Sarfate was traded for.

Dennis has a great arm, but has never been able to put good health and effectiveness together for any length of time.

1/27/2010 03:47:00 PM

(1/27/2010 03:22:00 PM) - Al

Brewers will give Joe Inglett a good look, per GM Doug Melvin: "He's a left-handed hitter and we have a right-handed hitting lineup."--Adam McCalvy on Twitter

Doug sounds like he's looking for a lefty bench bat. My Cat comparison may turn out to be accurate.

1/27/2010 03:22:00 PM

(1/27/2010 02:31:00 PM) - Al

The Crew claims Joe Inglett, a 2B/OF, and tries to sneak Chris Smith through waivers.

Inglett has some decent major league numbers, and a solid 800 OPS in a plethora of AAA AB's, but is 32. I'd say he's a poor man's Frank Catalanotto, except he can still play 2B, unlike Frank. He's far older than Hernan Iribarren, but has also outperformed him in AAA.

That said, I'd probably prefer having Smith...though Doug may well be thinking he has no room for Chris and I assume Smith has any options remaining. Hernan doesn't either, but he does not project as anything more than a reserve either.

UPDATE: Tom H claims he can play SS and 3B too, but in ten minor league campaigns, he'd played less than 50 games at either spot, so I think it's safe to say he is a 2B/OF, he probably lacks the arm/range to play SS or 3B as anything but a stopgap for a game or two. I mean, at Gamel "could" play SS, but I wouldn't want to see it.

1/27/2010 02:31:00 PM

(1/27/2010 12:03:00 AM) - Al

Carlos V agrees to terms, only Hart remains arby possible.

1/27/2010 12:03:00 AM

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

(1/26/2010 10:05:00 PM) - Al

UPDATE: I'm calling it for Gran Torino, who is ahead as of right now.

I highly recommend District 9. I know, I know, people go ugh an alien movie but the movie was very well done. My girlfriend loved it too and she is bearish on that type of stuff. You will probably really like the Hurt Locker as well. Can't really think of any recent comedies to round it out, been a weak year. Stay away from the Mike Judge movie, Extract, if that is out.

Hi Al,

I would highly recommend Gran Torino, Man on Wire or Slumdog Millionaire.

If you haven't seen it, I'd recommend that you give Inglourious Basterds a try. Although I don't know your general opinion on Tarantino, so that may overrule my recommendation. Still, Christoph Waltz is one acting performance to see and it's off kilter and unpredicatable enough to keep you guessing.

If you're into foreign films, I'd also recommend Downfall, to complete the War/Hitler theme.

For a good screwball comedy try Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Also, you may want to share your list with the site...I think people might have interest.


You should see I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, which I believe is out this week. It's the movie based on Tucker Max's book, and is very politically incorrect, but will be a lot like Superbad or the Pie films.


I already had IHTSBIH in my queue, and I'm pretty sure it will either be hilarious or terrible. I am adding that just for the ceiling.

I can't stand Tarantino as a person, so I never see his stuff. I have heard good things about Basterds, however.

I already got Sarah Marshall, and did not enjoy it...didn't find it amusing.

Barely ever heard of District 9, Gran Torino, Man on Wire, and all I know about Slumdog is the award buzz.

So, because I'm open to any of them, what do you readers feel I would enjoy the most? Vote before 11PM. as Netflix begins their shift early in the AM.

What movie should Al add to his Netflix list?
Inglorious Basterds
District 9
Gran Torino
Man on Wire
Slumdog Millionaire free polls

1/26/2010 10:05:00 PM

(1/26/2010 09:54:00 PM) - Al

Glenn, with his tongue firmly in cheek, scoffs at Scott Brown's chances of being elected prez.

The irony here is, Obama's election made the experience question moot (though the results may not). Both sides can use that in the future equally.

1/26/2010 09:54:00 PM

(1/26/2010 09:08:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain argues she's a "pure Republican"...and I'm not one to argue with cute young blondes. I'd have to read up on the Defense of Marriage Act, but since I believe it should be a state's right issue, I'm pretty sure I'm 10 of 10...even though I'm pro-choice*, Reagan's only caveat is no federal funding, the way I'm reading it at least.

*I'm pretty strongly anti-abortion, but I feel it is consistent with my limited government beliefs to say abortion should remain legal, just used far less than it currently is. I hate to agree a whole lot with President Clinton, but his statement that abortion should be "safe, legal, and rare" is very well said.

1/26/2010 09:08:00 PM

(1/26/2010 08:46:00 PM) - Al

I can imagine Doug looking at several of the remaining free agents...though his hint of "a minor league contract" would seemingly remove many of the more glamorous names (Joe Biemel, for example) from consideration. Even a guy like Mike Jacobs would be a great guy with pop to bring off the bench when you need an extra-base hit...Fernando Tatis may also be a fit.

1/26/2010 08:46:00 PM

(1/26/2010 08:36:00 PM) - Al

It just occurred to me, if the Twins sign Felipe Lopez or another 3B that doesn't suck at the plate (that's a short list, however, unless Hank Blalock can play 3B), they might have a heckuva offense.

1/26/2010 08:36:00 PM

(1/26/2010 08:34:00 PM) - Al

The future of online newspapers being paid for by subscribers...very bleak.

1/26/2010 08:34:00 PM

(1/26/2010 08:15:00 PM) - Al

I gotta wonder how Sheets is worth as much as Jon Garland and Jarrod Washburn will get no matter how good Ben is, he ain't gonna give you 400 innings.

Garland is projected between 4.33-4.60 in about 200 frames, while Washburn is projected at 4.09 and 4.63 with about 170 innings. Sheets projects at 3.60 and 4.11 in 100ish innings...the math just doesn't add up.

I'm surprised Garland did not get more, as if Wolf signs elsewhere, the Crew probably gives him $6-7M.

1/26/2010 08:15:00 PM

(1/26/2010 07:54:00 PM) - Al

Even moderate (many would say conservative) Dems, like Bayh, are struggling in early polling.

Bayh should have been the VP nominee in '08, and I agree with him on about 85% of his beliefs, at least if he would vote for what he believes, rather than the party line.

After MA went red, I don't think they will be as quick to dismiss this as a fluke.

1/26/2010 07:54:00 PM

(1/26/2010 07:47:00 PM) - Al

How basic cable networks did in primetime last week...can you tell Fox News doesn't "split" its viewers like CNN, MSNBC, etc. does?

1/26/2010 07:47:00 PM

(1/26/2010 07:25:00 PM) - Al

Doug looking to sign someone to a minor league deal.

I've mentioned Reed Johnson many times, and Gabe Gross makes sense as well.

1/26/2010 07:25:00 PM

(1/26/2010 05:50:00 PM) - Al

I suppose this repetition is needed for some, but I think it's safe to say Obama's campaigning was a lie, followed by a fib, followed by a blatant untruth, followed by the chorus of "hope and change" to fool the rubes.

1/26/2010 05:50:00 PM

(1/26/2010 05:14:00 PM) - Al

The Twins sign Jim Thome.

Unless they are so clueless as to think they are a better team with Delmon Young playing rather than Thome, the Twins improved themselves greatly today.

The Twins have always played "little ball", going so far as to try and change David Ortiz, and then non-tender him when he was arby eligible...because the bum kept insisting on driving the ball and hitting doubles and homers (yuck!) instead of 4-3 groundouts. Probably related, they've been a below average offensive team for a decade or more. If they add some pop to that lineup, like Thome will provide, they have to be considered a huge favorite in the AL Central.

1/26/2010 05:14:00 PM

(1/26/2010 04:52:00 PM) - Al

Sheets gets $10M from the A's.

Beane obviously feels the risk is worth it, as Ben is a $15-17M SP if he stays healthy, and is effective like he was in his prime years. That said, as I said the other day, the over/under on him can't be much higher than 70 or so, because he did not throw a single pitch last year. From what I read, he threw 25 pitches, sat for 10 minutes, threw 25 more, sat for 10 more minutes, and then threw 10 final pitches...$10M is a lot for a guy who has thrown 60 pitches in the last 18 months, to say the least. Beane is obviously thinking the risk/reward is on his side...if you can get a guy who can give you a 3.50 ERA and 200 innings, that player is obviously worth a lot more than $10M. Beane may be thinking he can get 2-3 prospects for Sheets at the deadline, and that alone is worth the risk.

It's not a risk I would take, and Doug did not see it as a risk he could afford's basically like signing Wolf two years ago, coming back from injury. Now while any player, especially a pitcher, can get hurt at any time, I feel a lot better about Wolf knowing he's produced and been healthy the past two campaigns.

No offense to Ben, but for all we know, his arm may have been killing him after that 60th pitch the other day, and that's why he quit throwing, hoping he'd still pass the physical. I figured he's get a $2-3M deal for '10, maybe up to $3-4M in incentives, and then go for the big bucks next year...maybe even a 2-3 year deal, if he is healthy and solid.

There is upside to be had, and maybe Beane will look like a genius. Considering only a handful of teams had any interest in Sheets other than on a "make good" deal, it's hard to see them as all being wrong and Beane being right.

1/26/2010 04:52:00 PM

Monday, January 25, 2010

(1/25/2010 10:54:00 PM) - Al

There's a tax for that...heh.

1/25/2010 10:54:00 PM

(1/25/2010 09:31:00 PM) - Al

This weekend, the Rambling son and wife are off to the Dells for a weekend of indoor water park fun with her family. I am invited, but will pass, because I'm not a waterpark or fun type of person. That said, we watched all of our Netflix choices this past weekend and today, so I have 3 to look forward to, and I do not plan to move any of the wife's sappy romantic comedies to the top, as she'll be gone.

One will be The Hurt Locker, an Iraq war film which has garnered critical praise. However, the other two, I am happy to take suggestions on. I enjoy all types of movies, but especially love screwball comedies (think Something About Mary, Airplane, American Pie), a good thriller (The Fugitive, True Lies), and historical fiction/non-fiction (Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13). Thinking of more recent fare, I was kind of disappointed with The Hangover (funny moments, but more stupid that comical).

If i get a lot of suggestions, I might do a survey, so shoot me an e-mail.

1/25/2010 09:31:00 PM

(1/25/2010 09:22:00 PM) - Al

...candidate Obama promised to go through the federal budget “with a scalpel,” but President Obama spent four times more than his predecessor. Want more? Candidate Obama promised that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House,” but President Obama gave at least a dozen former lobbyists top administration jobs. Candidate Obama promised us that we could view his health care deliberations openly and honestly on C-SPAN, but President Obama cut deals behind closed doors with industry lobbyists. Candidate Obama promised us that we would have at least five days to read all major legislation, but President Obama rushed through bills before members of Congress could even read them.--Sarah Palin on Facebook

At first I was going to give Palin credit, but given the source material, all she did was...compile the facts the old media has ignored...but the public has not.

1/25/2010 09:22:00 PM

(1/25/2010 09:10:00 PM) - Al

I don't know them, but I promise you, they are annoying and self-important...shut the hell up and get married already.

1/25/2010 09:10:00 PM

(1/25/2010 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Dave Bush signs to avoid arby, and the Crew announces plans to do an Opening Day ticket lottery.

I'm not a big fan of the lottery, especially since fans can buy them in 9/10 or 20 game packs. I know many teams refer to the opening weekend as a special event, sort of as a way to create demand for a group of casuals that otherwise would not find the time to attend, as if going to the opening game and few others is some sort of birth right. Add to it that the opener is famous for people not using their tickets and sitting stupidly in the parking lots, drinking heavily and often cluttering up the court system and endangering those on the road, needless to say, anything that can be done to limit these clods from buying a ticket at face value, the better.

1/25/2010 04:13:00 PM

(1/25/2010 02:56:00 PM) - Al

The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money [to spend].--Margaret Thatcher.

Maggie is a smart broad...

1/25/2010 02:56:00 PM

(1/25/2010 12:03:00 PM) - Al

Is the new Moneyball signing oft-injured SP's and hoping for a healthy 3-4 month span?

To me, Sheets makes sense for a number of deep pocketed contenders, who can hope for the best and afford to sign another veteran innings-eater like Looper or the like in case he can't. If the A's are just looking to swap him, Damon or Thome seems like a far safer bet.

1/25/2010 12:03:00 PM

(1/25/2010 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Reports say the UN is actually slowing down the process of getting the supplies out in Haiti.

I blame W.

The irony here is, it's been just short of two weeks, and because of the infrastructure damage and the like, relief is still very difficult. After Katrina, the old media started making stuff up

Andy Cooper

and complaining how slow progress was being made after a couple days...despite the fact the Red Cross did not allow anyone into NO for days, due to safety concerns.

Needless to say, the expectations seem to have been a little different back then.

1/25/2010 11:56:00 AM

(1/25/2010 11:53:00 AM) - Al

ESPN and FOX seem to like the Brewers' chances.

1/25/2010 11:53:00 AM

(1/25/2010 11:40:00 AM) - Al

Geoffery and Mike both write to explain that if the offense could have 12-14 men in the huddle, it'd be tough for the defense to know what defensive group to go with.

I know that. However, the defense knows the offense will have 11 players at the snap. How they lineup is a mystery anyway...does it matter if they have 2 TE's or 4 WR's? Every game you see, a LB ends up on a RB out in pass coverage, getting beat does not seem to matter.

Also, how's this rule work with the Colts, who rarely huddle? How do they sub know, so the poor defense is not "confused". I just don't see the big if 14 guys lined up, and 3 ran off the field when the QB started the signals, that would be tough to defend. As is, Reggie Bush sometimes lines up as a RB, sometimes as a is that different, as the defense still does not know the exact formation?

1/25/2010 11:40:00 AM

Sunday, January 24, 2010

(1/24/2010 11:38:00 PM) - Al

Drew Brees looked ridiculous with a hat on...why must men continue to attempt to be "the one" who beats this million year trend?

1/24/2010 11:38:00 PM

(1/24/2010 11:22:00 PM) - Al

Trent Dilfer just said the Vikings should tell Favre to show up in the 3rd week of the preseason.

I think they should have him show up in the 7th or 8th week of the season...he looked tired of the grind, and though I've given up saying he's one good hit away from his career 41, I think he probably shouldn't even be playing the entire game.

1/24/2010 11:22:00 PM

(1/24/2010 09:43:00 PM) - Al

Indy opened as a 3.5 point favorite, and it jumped to 4.5 within minutes. The "smart money" is apparently big fans of the Colts.

Rumor is, the NFL will be changing overtime rules before next season, just because of this scenario...the coin flip should not determine the only points scored. I don't see any point why the 12 men in the huddle penalty to exist, but needless to say, that may well have been the game.

Congrats to the Saints...more proof that the regular season conclusion means nothing. Note both teams that stopped trying to go undefeated and stay healthy are in the Super Bowl...the lesson is your key players.

1/24/2010 09:43:00 PM

(1/24/2010 09:32:00 PM) - Al

They can't agree on a number because it's an obvious scam.

1/24/2010 09:32:00 PM

(1/24/2010 08:04:00 PM) - Al

I assume the Colts will open as a favorite regardless of who wins...I'd say 3-4 points if they play MIN, and 4-5 if they play NO.

As often happens, the NFC title game may well be the best of them all.

1/24/2010 08:04:00 PM

(1/24/2010 08:01:00 PM) - Al

With all the "phantom" penalties on QB's I've seen this season, I can't believe the Saints have only been called for a single 15 yard violation thus far.

1/24/2010 08:01:00 PM

(1/24/2010 05:22:00 PM) - Al

The Badgers barely sneaked by Penn State today, and at this moment, have shown to be a very vanilla team without Jon Leuer, as they've really struggled to hit open 3's versus the zone defenses of Michigan and Penn State.

Jordan Taylor somehow went from missing 15 straight shots in two games to not being able to miss...if he doesn't hit them all, they lose. They've been very fortunate of late, but sometimes, that beats being good.

1/24/2010 05:22:00 PM

(1/24/2010 03:00:00 PM) - Al

Great Freakonomics read for much are the Vikings worth?

Few would argue they are far more valuable on an NFC championship weekend. I spent a few years in the Twin Cities when the Vikings were good, and I can promise you the stores were very slow today, even though the game is not until 5:30.

The irony to me is how quickly Norm Coleman got a new hockey arena built when the North Stars left, and they've sold out every game in Wild history. The lack of progress on a new stadium is mind-boggling, especially when you see what crap they spend money on in the Cities.

1/24/2010 03:00:00 PM

(1/24/2010 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Tom H discusses Prince's future, the pitching symposium, and Hoffman's leadership.

1/24/2010 01:25:00 PM

(1/24/2010 01:12:00 PM) - Al

Vikings and Colts today.

I can't help but wonder if MIN will be able to stop NO, as they were awful defensively late in the season, but shut down DAL easily.

1/24/2010 01:12:00 PM

(1/24/2010 12:49:00 PM) - Al

The more you read about the inefficiency of solar and wind, the more you realize what a pipe dream alternative energy being more than a tiny share of the overall total anytime soon.

It's truly sad how much taxpayer money has been wasted trying to "develop" this stuff that simply does not work. Until the profit is possible, the free market will not get involved...and it will fail. You cannot force progress, you have to allow the markets to work.

1/24/2010 12:49:00 PM

(1/24/2010 12:07:00 AM) - Al

Sadly, relocation rumors about the Bucks will not be so easily dismissed as ignorance.

Thank goodness Mark A is in charge, or this would not be so obvious.

1/24/2010 12:07:00 AM

Saturday, January 23, 2010

(1/23/2010 08:33:00 PM) - Al

Obama voted against it, Reid said it was lost before it began...yeah, no doubt the Marines leaving in victory will barely get a mention in the old media.

1. Repeat after does not fit the narrative.

2. Is there any wonder why people question the leadership of the folks in charge? They're simply on the wrong side of history.

If it doesn't involve raising spending and taxes, they just play politics and make ignorant quotes the press try to bury.

On a related note, I would have been more impressed by a spending freeze had it occurred before they blew $1T on pork/earmarks. This reminds me of the fat gal on her 3rd piece of cheesecake...

{pause to go get some cheesecake out of the fridge)

...telling her skinny friends that the diet starts tomorrow.

1/23/2010 08:33:00 PM

(1/23/2010 08:15:00 PM) - Al

Bacon tastes so much better when it's marinated in vegan tears.--Rex Huppke

That has the potential to be a line people remember in 50 years.

That reminds me that Daniel Negraneau is headed to Tunica, MS to play poker, so he called ahead to ask the hotel id they had any vegan stuff on the room service menu, and the person informed him they had a turkey burger...heh.

1/23/2010 08:15:00 PM

(1/23/2010 04:35:00 PM) - Al

If only Liz Edwards had done this, it may have been the happiest moment of my life.

1/23/2010 04:35:00 PM

(1/23/2010 04:31:00 PM) - Al

I'm beginning to think the entire old media is just like Andy Cooper...if a good story is not there, just make it up.

This is also why we've seen next to nothing about the climate change falsifying of numbers doesn't fit the narrative, so just hope it goes know, they did such a good thing with that Johnny Edwards affair...

1/23/2010 04:31:00 PM

(1/23/2010 11:00:00 AM) - Al

The O's go with Miguel Tejada rather than Thome.

Sadly, they probably paid more for less production, though if Tejada plays 3B and bumps Atkins to 1B, it will likely strengthen their defense.

1/23/2010 11:00:00 AM

Friday, January 22, 2010

(1/22/2010 10:39:00 PM) - Al

Thome would be a great addition for the Twins (as I said a month ago), though he would DH, moving Kubel to LF, probably in a platoon with Delmon Young.

He'd also be an outstanding add for the Orioles, who could then have Luke Scott be the 1B.

1/22/2010 10:39:00 PM

(1/22/2010 10:07:00 PM) - Al

Call me a simpleton, but if the Packers have a huge waiting list, they should double their ticket prices, remove a few thousand from said list, and double their stadium revenue.

1/22/2010 10:07:00 PM

(1/22/2010 06:55:00 PM) - Al

For those of you with The Big Ten Network, the Badgers are wrestling Indiana tonight, in front of about 30 people, would be my guess. Also, on\n TV Land, there's three episodes of Married with Children.

It's times like this I wish I had that picture in a picture feature.

1/22/2010 06:55:00 PM

(1/22/2010 06:20:00 PM) - Al

How's that Guantanamo Bay closing going? Hope, change, and more quietly admitting W was right on the money.

1/22/2010 06:20:00 PM

(1/22/2010 10:04:00 AM) - Al

Royals sign Ankiel, OF of Dejesus, Podsednik, and Ankiel may be solid defensively, but will be terrible scoring runs, unless Rick reverts back to form. This also moves Jose Guillen to DH where he will be one of the worst in game.

I'm off, we'll talk to you later.

1/22/2010 10:04:00 AM

Thursday, January 21, 2010

(1/21/2010 10:31:00 PM) - Al

More on the death of Air America, which a great line from Glenn.

1/21/2010 10:31:00 PM

(1/21/2010 09:40:00 PM) - Al

It's been a good week on many levels.

1/21/2010 09:40:00 PM

(1/21/2010 06:49:00 PM) - Al

Hi Al,

Long time reader, love your work. Sorry for bad grammar, I send this from my phone. I live in the Chippewa Falls erea and am thinking of making the drive for the on deck event I'm wondering If you have ever attended? Mainly for is it worth the drive and hotel stay and also the odds of receiving the autographs you desire. I'm usually not a material possession person but would like a momento. Can you bring an item such as one baseball and collect autographs on the ball? Thanks for any input, keep up the great work.

PS: Scott brown for president, lol...

This unsigned letter came from a blackberry, so I suppose the typing aspect sucks.

Anyway, if anyone can answer these questions, let me know, I've never went, and am not into autographs and the like. By the way, Chip Falls is about 3:45 from Milwaukee, unless the Rambling wife is driving, as I'm sure she could make it in 3 hours flat.

1/21/2010 06:49:00 PM

(1/21/2010 04:54:00 PM) - Al

While we've all known the truth about this for quite a while (1. it's amazing Edwards made it as far as he did in politics being such a dreadful liar, 2. despite the old media's painfully poor attempts to cover this up, proof they truly can't do anything right anymore), the hypocrisy of his "Two Americas", it's all your fault some people piss away their money slogans seem especially foolhardy given the fact he was publicly getting sympathy for his wife being ill, he was seeing some blonde floozy, and, more than likely, giving her money illegally.

Here's a guy that deserves to be blasted on every forum, nonstop, for weeks. The idea of this idiot thinking he could run the country, when he wasn't even able to have a clandestine affair with a single woman, is mind-numbing.

1/21/2010 04:54:00 PM

(1/21/2010 04:22:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, on the record, I would not dream of guaranteeing any pitcher who has thrown that many innings during his development years $78M, like the M's just did Felix Hernandez.

I can see that contract turning out ok, badly, or very, very badly. That's not a lot of possible upside for the Mariners.

1/21/2010 04:22:00 PM

(1/21/2010 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Cable Ratings, 1-19-10, Election Night

FOXNEWS BECK 3,446,000
FOXNEWS SHEP 3,241,000
CNN KING 1,681,000
CNN COOPER 1,508,000
CNN BROWN 1,308,000
MSNBC MADDOW 1,236,000
CNN BLITZER 1,135,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 798,000--Drudge

Wow, MBNBC and CNN combined are still defeated by Fox News 2-1. Hardball host Chris Matthews isn't feeling many tingles up his leg these days.

Those that did not believe how disgusted the voters were need not look past the Nielsens.

1/21/2010 02:21:00 PM

(1/21/2010 02:16:00 PM) - Al

I can't tell you how I feel about living in the district of Dave Obey, who is now the poster child for reckless spending and term limits.

1/21/2010 02:16:00 PM

(1/21/2010 01:38:00 PM) - Al

As pointed out, after months of saying the millions of tea party folks were lunatic fringe and racists, suddenly, they found out many of them are apparently MA independents.

1/21/2010 01:38:00 PM

(1/21/2010 09:18:00 AM) - Robert R.

There's a divide between home audiences and the theater going audiences. It's pretty easy to illustrate it.

The Hurt Locker - Domestic Box Office - $12.7 million
The Hurt Locker - #1 on DVD Rental Charts

The simplest explanation is teenagers go to the multiplex, adults stay home and rent movies, for themselves and kids too young to go to movies, you'll see that kids videos do very well on rental and sales charts as well.

It really is the rare straight drama that gets any sort of box office momentum these days. The Blind Side is a big exception to the rule, but otherwise even the biggest drama hits rarely go over $100 million. OTOH, the secondary market for dramas seems to be reasonably strong. Go over Netflix's top 100 chart sometime and you'll see many dramas performing as strong or stronger than recent blockbusters.

I don't exactly know what this means for the future of movies, but I think it helps explain why the adult drama hasn't disappeared completely from the movie screen.

1/21/2010 09:18:00 AM

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

(1/20/2010 10:40:00 PM) - Al

The irony to me is, the "big girl" looks better.

1/20/2010 10:40:00 PM

(1/20/2010 10:11:00 PM) - Al

I wish I could have such bad luck after making $20M per for several years...especially with no more talent than thousands of other would be actors.

1/20/2010 10:11:00 PM

(1/20/2010 09:46:00 PM) - Al

Tim Jarmusz did his best Joe Krabbenhoft imitation...stellar defense, seven boards, and too many loose balls to count, and no points.

The Wolverines almost stole one, as the Badgers have shown themselves to be very mortal if they miss their open 3's since Leuer went down. Nice coming out party for Rob Wilson tonight, he picked up a lot of Jordan Taylor minutes and the scoring load, as Bohannon barely had an open look all night.

1/20/2010 09:46:00 PM

(1/20/2010 04:56:00 PM) - Al

Drudge wonders if Scott Brown will run for President...I saw the headline and chuckled, as no one knows if Brown will even be a decent senator, and, I thought, would be far too inexperienced.

Turns out, he'd have almost the same time in as the current officeholder...who in reality, spent all of '07 running for office, and was a senator in name only.

1/20/2010 04:56:00 PM

(1/20/2010 04:44:00 PM) - Al

The back part of the rotation is going to be competitive.

Players help make those decisions.--Doug Melvin

I don't recall the last time, if ever, the Crew went to camp with six proven MLB SP's. Maybe they are just assuming someone will be injured, or that with Bush and Parra coming off 6+ ERA campaigns, one of them will not be good enough to take the ball every 5th day, but those quotes sound like if the season started today, it would be really cold Yo, Wolf, and Davis would be in the rotation along with two of Suppan, Bush, and Parra.

This addition may also free up Chris Narveson, who is out of options, to be moved, especially for a veteran RH hitter who plays either INF or OF, to be paired with Counsell or Gerut. I cannot imagine them adding even a cheap FA now, unless someone would sign a minor league deal or a $750K one.

1/20/2010 04:44:00 PM

(1/20/2010 04:08:00 PM) - Al

You can take a gander at Davis' projections here, as well as his past stats. I can't help but notice his predicted numbers are about half-a-run higher than his actual previous results.

I like Doug, he's a solid innings eater capable of putting up a 4 ERA. I realize he's getting older, but on a one year deal (with supposedly easy to reach incentives of $2M more), I don't think anyone will find a whole lot wrong with this contract.

I'm wondering if the plan is to just go to Arizona with an extra SP on hand for injury/ineffective backup, or if Doug has a deal in the works.

1/20/2010 04:08:00 PM

(1/20/2010 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Doug Davis signs, 1y/$4.25M...with a mutual option and a $1M buyout for next year, guaranteeing Doug $5.25M.

I have to ask if this means Dave Bush may be dealt...I wonder if he would have been offered arby had this contract been in place before the Crew had to make up their mind. Davis would seem to fit into Bush's rotation spot and projected salary almost perfectly...we'll have to see what Doug says.

1/20/2010 03:47:00 PM

(1/20/2010 03:40:00 PM) - Al

TV nets already realizing they cannot call the angry majority a small group of loons.

I was just thinking today, Janeane Garafalo must think the entire state of MA is just a bunch of racists. Even she's probably "getting it" today.

Those who do not understand the problem are very unlikely to find the solution. Only the truly ignorant will not recognize that the Dems need to change course and message before further losses in 8.5 months. This special election may be exactly what they needed to continue holding huge majorities in both houses.

1/20/2010 03:40:00 PM

(1/20/2010 03:24:00 PM) - Al

Adam with a rundown of the 40th anniversary season plans thus far.

1/20/2010 03:24:00 PM

(1/20/2010 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Sheets looked good, I've read 88-90 consistently, and this article says he had a plus curve. Time will tell if he can stay healthy, I'd put the over/under at about 70 innings right now.

1/20/2010 03:20:00 PM

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

(1/19/2010 09:48:00 PM) - Al

I'm watching Seinfeld, but I just switched it over and Scott Brown's victory speech is on...his daughters are gorgeous, I want him on the national stage.

I gotta question Nate Silver's bias...saying this was too close to call when the result is going to mirror the last week's polls...Brown by 4-5. He got 49 states right and aced the exam in '08, but I got 47 right, and didn't even study for the test.

To the terrorists: "Our tax dollars should pay for weapons to defeat them, not lawyers to defend them."--Scott Brown

Sigh, I think I might shed a tear. This guy actually gets it.

1/19/2010 09:48:00 PM

(1/19/2010 09:39:00 PM) - Al

Ann feels this might push Obama back to the middle.

1/19/2010 09:39:00 PM

(1/19/2010 08:28:00 PM) - Al

Scott Brown is up by over 100K votes, so I think it's safe to assume he will emerge victorious. Thoughts?

Certainly, one of the most stunning upsets in recent political will be interesting to see what happens next...rumors of a delay in seating him to allow the Dems to have 60 votes longer would be proof they have no idea what has turned off the regular joes...promises of C-SPAN negotiations replaced by back room deals bordering on bribery.

I heard some folks today say Brown's stance on terrorism and defense was by far the most vital...Coakley was clueless, saying there were no terrorists in Afghanistan. Here in the Midwest, many just kind of ignore the memory of 9/11, but on the East Coast, a short drive from New York City...and only a slight breeze as well, in the case of a chemical or biological attack, I'm not sure it's possible to do least when a catchy ad slogan is missing from the campaign.

We were all aware Obama's approval ratings were low, and his star is shining dimly as of now. For him to go to MA and talk about health care...which has an even lower approval than he does, showed a lack of research and of common sense. I've heard many calls for him to run quickly for the middle he campaigned on, and away from the left, but I see Alan Colmes said tonight he needs to go left...considering he lost independents by a huge margin in MA, I'm not sure what color the sky is in Colmes' world.

When big government fails to play in MA, it's a lost cause. I'm all for changes to health care...tort reform is a must, buying across state lines needs to be allowed, and programs like Badger Care Plus, which ensure kids are covered and allows their parents to buy in based on income, would be fine places to begin. Adding another costly, bureaucratic nightmare, paid for by a magic wand, a hope, and a prayer...that would not cover many of the uninsured...the referendum was voted down tonight.

The irony to me is, you had some moron like Olbermann doing some kind of rant last night, calling Brown, a Guard member who has honorably served for 30 years, a racist homophobe. I mean, seriously, normal folks run for the door when they hear such lunacy.

1/19/2010 08:28:00 PM

(1/19/2010 07:12:00 PM) - Al

I'm a free-market kind of guy too, but teams have every right to police ticket resellers on their property.

1/19/2010 07:12:00 PM

(1/19/2010 06:11:00 PM) - Al

Last I checked, the French had donated about the same as many second tier celebrities, so if I were them, I don't think I'd bring this up.

1/19/2010 06:11:00 PM

(1/19/2010 06:02:00 PM) - Al

Note yesterday's date on the press release claiming voting misconduct.


1/19/2010 06:02:00 PM

(1/19/2010 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Arby numbers out, Weeks and Gomez settle prior.

I recall right after the season, some folks were estimating how much guys would get, and someone said Hart would make about $3.4M, or some ridiculously low number. I estimated $4.5M, and I was told that Hart would be released before they'd pay him that much. Guess where the midpoint is?:)

It is odd that despite the numbers being released annually, people forget how much of a raise arby gives the players. It's also stunning how people seem to forget Hart is a league average corner OF, and is going to be compensated as such.

1/19/2010 05:51:00 PM

Monday, January 18, 2010

(1/18/2010 09:31:00 PM) - Al

The US would have let the French take the lead in Haiti but they would have surrendered already.--retweeted by Seth McClung

Heh, I miss Seth now more than ever.

1/18/2010 09:31:00 PM

(1/18/2010 08:53:00 PM) - Al

Can you imagine the furor if Rush or Hannity said to vote ten times?

The silence is deafening.

1/18/2010 08:53:00 PM

(1/18/2010 07:38:00 PM) - Al

So, is it possible Scott Brown could have given Ted Kennedy a run for his lifetime seat?

I assume a "moral victory" of losing 55-45 is probably the best he could have hoped for, but it's a logical question.

EDIT: The closest race he had was beating Mitt Romney 58-41 in 1994, as their has only been a "token" candidate since then.

1/18/2010 07:38:00 PM

(1/18/2010 07:16:00 PM) - Al

I think Liz Lieu modeling little black dresses is why they invented Twitter.

I'm pretty sure the only thing Liz and I have in common is poker.

1/18/2010 07:16:00 PM

(1/18/2010 06:43:00 PM) - Al

Two year-old ground beef recalled, even though no one has gotten ill, and if cooked properly, is of no danger at all.

You gotta be kidding me.

Money quote:

government inspectors determined additional products produced and shipped in 2008 to be of concern because they may have been contaminated with E.coli, the service said in a notice on its web site

Aliens may have landed in New Zealand two years ago and contaminated all the one's got sick, of course, but it may have happened.

The nanny state, and reckless, insane spending, continues.

1/18/2010 06:43:00 PM

(1/18/2010 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to say, it's wonderful to see one of these "let me tell you how to live your life" people laughed at and roundly ignored. The nanny state that government is turning into is scoffed at just the same.

Both myself and Aaron Gleeman have talked about being heavy and losing weight, and then gaining it back. We know what it takes, and find it very tough to maintain. Having some know-it-all, blessed with good metabolism and an athletic build, ain't gonna help.

1/18/2010 03:39:00 PM

(1/18/2010 03:20:00 PM) - Al

Gerut signs before arby numbers are exchanged, $2M.

I've given up trying to explain that arby is all but rigged, as players always get more than they should, be it in an award or a settlement. Of course, Doug did not want to lose Jody, or bid against the 29 other teams for him, so his only choice was to offer him arby.

I've seen people on message boards predicting Gerut would get less than last year, which shows an incredible lack of knowledge in the system. Jody does fit in nicely, as he can play any OF spot and hits LH, as all three starting OF's hit RH. And, at the end of the day, I expect Gerut to hit better than last year, so paying him for his projected output, $2M really is not a bad number.

However, it does make you appreciate why you need to develop your own talent, as having a player capable of being a 4th OF for a few years and being pre-arby, making $400K or near that, is very valuable. Never mock the importance of a good scouting and development team, even if they only produce a few reserves.

1/18/2010 03:20:00 PM

(1/18/2010 03:16:00 PM) - Al

We ought to be working on getting more cruise ships to stop in Haiti, not complaining about those few that do.

It's astounding anyone would not want Haiti to eventually be a self-supporting nation, and that has to start with businesses opening, flourishing, and expanding. Anyone who is against capitalism doesn't understand there is no alternative.

Needless to say, I think the "how's government doing?" question has been answered.

1/18/2010 03:16:00 PM

Sunday, January 17, 2010

(1/17/2010 09:37:00 PM) - Al

Saints favored by 4, Colts by 7 1/2.

I would have guessed 3 and 9. I realize MIN is 9-0 at home now and not nearly as good on the road, but I think a lot of that is how good that offense is on the turf and inside, where they can be precise. I got the Vikings to win.

Colts, easily. The Jets were luckier than they were good.

1/17/2010 09:37:00 PM

(1/17/2010 09:22:00 PM) - Al

How do all these movies that no one watches win awards?!--Seth McClung on Twitter

Heh, I've been saying that for years. Luckily, they give awards to the movies us morons in flyover country aren't smart enough to "understand".

1/17/2010 09:22:00 PM

(1/17/2010 09:13:00 PM) - Al

Brown over Coakley?

It's W fault.


1/17/2010 09:13:00 PM

(1/17/2010 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Brown up by 9.6% in a pair of polls.

Must be because Schilling's a Yankees' fan...

1/17/2010 08:51:00 PM

(1/17/2010 07:51:00 PM) - Al

If we need to call up reserves to move aid to Haiti...something that most military personnel currently in the US would happily volunteer for, I think it's to get serious about adding more active duty seems obvious Bush/Clinton erred in reducing the force by 800K years ago.

1/17/2010 07:51:00 PM

(1/17/2010 05:37:00 PM) - Al

I get the feeling that the old media, despite hating them, may have to take the tea party folks seriously if the Brown excitement leads to a stunning, historical upset.

My fears about peaking too early seem to have been unfounded, he's still gaining supporters, and vocal ones at that. Having 6-7K attend a rally that only holds 3K will get them on the news tonight, and probably lead to a more impressive local news story than a desperate looking Obama standing next to Coakley...who called Curt Schilling "another Yankees' fan" the other day.

Have another drink, lady.

UPDATE: The link has been updated to include the fact Obama/Coakley drew about 2500 today.

1/17/2010 05:37:00 PM

(1/17/2010 05:18:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Nathan (check out his recent post that mirrors my view of how the US media sucks compared to the UK's) sends along this tale of a former Badgers' football player who enlisted in the Marines, and is now trying to help in Haiti.

1/17/2010 05:18:00 PM

(1/17/2010 04:58:00 PM) - Al

AP with a "look back" piece so scathing, you'd swear it was about W.

It's hard to believe really, as the old media never abandoned Clinton, even after the blue dress and impeachment.

1/17/2010 04:58:00 PM

(1/17/2010 04:41:00 PM) - Al

Pic of Dr. Phil's son and one of the Dahm triplets he married.

I think I'd give up my Cowboys' allegiance, all things considered.

1/17/2010 04:41:00 PM

(1/17/2010 01:50:00 PM) - Al

Leno averaged 5.2 million viewers per night on his last season at the "Tonight" show, Nielsen said. O'Brien is averaging 2.5 million this season.--AP

Seemingly missed in the "poor Conan" commentary is this simple nugget of info...I would assume Conan is getting about the same audience that he got an hour later. Those that feel Jay will lose half his audience from less than a year ago would seem to have no understanding of basic mathematics.

The irony to me is, NBC will come out of this fine in late night, though their 9PM ratings are going to suck.

1/17/2010 01:50:00 PM

(1/17/2010 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Heyman says one more pitching signing for the Crew is upcoming, as I have been expecting as well.

1/17/2010 01:38:00 PM

(1/17/2010 12:59:00 PM) - Al

There are only two four sure things in life:

1. Death
2. Taxes
3. Regardless of how close the election is, 1% will still vote for some goofball 3rd party candidate.
4. No matter how important the game is, some NFL player will take a 15 yard penalty and no one acts like it's a big deal, whereas I'd cut him on the spot.

1/17/2010 12:59:00 PM

(1/17/2010 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Jim Cramer says to look for a huge stock rally Wednesday if Brown wins in MA.

Cramer, an unashamed eastern liberal, must be pained to say that, so you know he feels strongly about it.

1/17/2010 12:56:00 PM

(1/17/2010 12:50:00 PM) - Al

Amen. The media is nothing if not horrible at figuring out what the public is upset about.

And c'mon, how out of touch is Barney Frank, saying if Coakley loses, the health care bill is dead...when the health care bill has a 36% approval rating? How long has it been since you talked to someone outside of DC, BF?

1/17/2010 12:50:00 PM

(1/17/2010 12:43:00 PM) - Al

I agree with Glenn...getting aid where you need it is tough, though as pointed out, the media is not going to go after Obama like they did W regardless. The Red Cross did not even allow their people in Nawlins after Katrina, due to the high risk, but it was still W's fault that thousands ignored the repeated warnings to get out of Dodge...heh.

The main point is, everyone should have water and food for a week or two, as it takes a while for help to show up.

1/17/2010 12:43:00 PM

(1/17/2010 12:29:00 PM) - Al

MLB considers the Crew a perfect example of how revenue sharing should be spent.

I would argue that a team like the Royals or Padres, at their current place in the success cycle, spend more on international free agents, and scouting and development than chase after that 71st win, but as of now, teams are on notice.

1/17/2010 12:29:00 PM

Saturday, January 16, 2010

(1/16/2010 08:47:00 PM) - Al

How did he do it? It’s a question John Yoo has been getting a lot lately. How did he manage to outwit Jon Stewart? (”He slipped through my fingers,” Stewart recalled after Yoo’s recent appearance on The Daily Show. “It was like interview sand.”) Easy, says Yoo. “I’ve spent my whole career learning to settle down unruly college students who have not done the reading.”--Slate

That's as accurate a description of Stewart as I've ever seen. He just can't fathom that everyone isn't far-left.

1/16/2010 08:47:00 PM

(1/16/2010 07:15:00 PM) - Al

Brown, voters are constantly reminded, is a Republican—a foreign virus in the Massachusetts body politic—and his talk of tax cuts echoes rhetoric employed by those mad Tea Party rubes. When he isn't conspiring with the knuckle-draggers, Brown is spending time at one of his "five properties," which includes an Aruba timeshare valued between $10,000 and $20,000. It's more than a little bizarre to accuse Brown of being too rich, too bourgeois, to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate

Next thing you know, they're going to say Brown drove off a bridge and left the scene of the crime...

1/16/2010 07:15:00 PM

(1/16/2010 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Michael Yon with a dispatch from the fight. Note the caption that explains how the gun being discussed can hit a parked car from 20 miles away...friends, do not mess with the United States military.

1/16/2010 03:52:00 PM

(1/16/2010 11:51:00 AM) - Al

Indy, NO, Min, and SD this weekend...the only one I thought about was MIN/DAL...which I think will be a dandy. Hard to go against MIN though, who are undefeated at home. I will take the winner of that game next week, regardless.

Surprised to see Ohio State is a 6 point favorite versus the Badgers tonight, but I suppose with Evan Turner back and Leuer out, it's a fair line...I was thinking a 3-4 point spread.

1/16/2010 11:51:00 AM

(1/16/2010 11:37:00 AM) - Al


First time writer here, I check your blog every day and really enjoy it. I was compelled to write because of your Tim Jarmusz's almost identical to the Joe Krabbenhoft ignorance, though that did dissipate in his senior season. To most fans, scoring equals talent, and Tim has struggled shooting this year.

What's funny is, these folks apparently feel Bo is playing a guy 30+ minutes who shouldn't be on the court. How dumb is that?


Ditto about Bo. I have noticed a couple times this year how many times the ball seems to end up in Jarmusz's hands when it's loose under the basket. Of course, maybe those 3's will start falling and suddenly, his entire game will improve.:)

It should be noted Joe performed well in the NBDL and is now making money overseas despite his lack of offensive prowess.

1/16/2010 11:37:00 AM

(1/16/2010 10:49:00 AM) - Al

Even the liberal press corps is beginning to turn...

1/16/2010 10:49:00 AM

(1/16/2010 10:42:00 AM) - Al

I've noticed the same thing...the US military is obviously the first responders throughout the world, and the UN is a tardy 2nd...or 3rd or 4th.

EDIT: An e-mail says that must make France the "non-responders". It's funny because it's true.

1/16/2010 10:42:00 AM

(1/16/2010 10:40:00 AM) - Al

The JS lists all the non-roster invites.

1/16/2010 10:40:00 AM

(1/16/2010 10:31:00 AM) - Al

If you want to try and help Haiti (though I see many reports that say they have so many supplies at the airport, they don't have room for more), send some money to the Red Cross.

Or, if you want to support a minor celebrity's posse and family, cut a check here.

1/16/2010 10:31:00 AM

(1/16/2010 10:30:00 AM) - Al

Danny Glover may be the stupidest person on the planet.

At least Pat Robertson can say he believes in God, and that God is all powerful. Glover is just an idiot.

UPDATE:Danny Glover is a dumbass!--Sth McClung on Twitter

Seth speaks the truth.

1/16/2010 10:30:00 AM

(1/16/2010 02:20:00 AM) - Al

Word is Woods would have been happy to help out more, but was unable to find any busty blonde models in Haiti.

$3M is a nice touch, but Tiger has received $5M appearance bonuses to appear at Asian and Middle Eastern tourneys in his career. Let's not pretend it makes him any less of a pig.

1/16/2010 02:20:00 AM

(1/16/2010 01:29:00 AM) - Al

I can't imagine the Crew sounding less excited about watching Sheets throw.

He's a high ceiling/high risk guy, but I can't imagine a team expecting him to give them over 80 innings in '10. Of course, for some teams, he might be a perfect fit to give them a boost in the second half...I could see BOS or a team like that signing him for $2-3M plus incentives...but he still sounds like he expects to get paid like he did not miss a year.

1/16/2010 01:29:00 AM

(1/16/2010 01:15:00 AM) - Al

Ann Althouse links up these quotes that define liberalism in the 21st century.

1/16/2010 01:15:00 AM

(1/16/2010 12:51:00 AM) - Al

Conan went in, got half the ratings of Leno, and walks away with $30M?

As I've said before, it's very tough to feel sorry for Conan in the least. Granted, he's really got nowhere to go in late night, but he's rich beyond belief and a free agent...he can just sit back and wait...maybe do an internet show or podcast until something comes along.

I'd give Letterman a call if I were Conan, and see if he wanted me to do little five minute bits once or twice a week...and maybe even be his sub when he went on vacation...or even some/all Fridays.

I admit, I don't get the Leno dislike, he was given the option of leaving or going back on at 10:35, and he took 10:35. Will Leno do better than Conan...seems very likely. Will he return to the top spot? I assume so...Letterman is still Dave and Nightline is still...dull.

I used to love Dave, but over the years, he's gone from being curmudgeonly to simply an old grump. I can't say I've watched much of Jay except his monologue, but that alone is why he's been on top for...seemingly ever. He's safe, more humorous than hilarious, and an equal opportunity offender. While Dave will tear people apart, Jay kind of mocks, still going by his comedy club make fun of the fat guy's hair, and the bald guy's shirt.

1/16/2010 12:51:00 AM

(1/16/2010 12:01:00 AM) - Al

I think I've said it before, but the NBA needs to revamp its roster situation, as they do not allow teams to have more than 15 players on the roster, even with injury. At some point, they allow teams to ask for an exemption, and the Warriors have so many injuries, they have been granted a pair of them...and they still dressed only eight men tonight, and had a technical foul assessed when they had only five men left and one of them got his 6th foul.

I hate to be a simpleton, but every team should dress a dozen players each game, and give the fans a good show. I suppose there is expense, but adding a few minimum salary guys is like pennies compared to the $70Mish salary cap. Not to dwell on it, but it would also allow teams to send young players down (and guys like Joe Alexander, who is trying to get into game shape) to the NBDL and not be shorthanded.

1/16/2010 12:01:00 AM

Friday, January 15, 2010

(1/15/2010 06:21:00 PM) - Al

Nice sign of DJ by the Bucs. I'm surprised Doug did not enter this market...I would guess Melvin did not see him as a SP at all.

1/15/2010 06:21:00 PM

(1/15/2010 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Doug wonders about adding another SP because no one has options left.

That's why I have often said if he adds an arm, it will be a swingman. Otherwise, Bush could well end up in the bullpen and be very overpaid (and probably unhappy).

It's amazing how many people have overlooked this simple fact. Along with the many goofballs who don't know why Tim Jarmusz gets so much playing time (it's painful reading the message boards), it is one of the easier things to figure out, yet is often ignored.

UPDATE: I should make clear, for the hundredth time of course, that I see Doug adding one more arm...probably on a 1y/$2-3M deal, and that he would add a Davis/Washburn type if they'd agree to sign for that, and end up with someone unhappy. I think when it all shakes out, he'll end up with a guy who has both started and relieved.

1/15/2010 06:10:00 PM

(1/15/2010 05:38:00 PM) - Al

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1/15/2010 05:38:00 PM

(1/15/2010 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Braun hits good pitchers.

What this tells me is, Ryan still has another gear, as we saw last year when he wanted to finish with 200 hits. He's been cruising thus far, and is still able to be one of the top 10-15 hitters in the game.

If he ever decides he wants to focus on every PA, he could end up as good as anyone who has ever played the game.

1/15/2010 05:21:00 PM

(1/15/2010 05:10:00 PM) - Al

If you're not following Barry Goldwater on Twitter, you don't know what you're missing.

If he had a late night talk show, the only question would be who came in 2nd.

1/15/2010 05:10:00 PM

(1/15/2010 12:40:00 PM) - Al

If this poll is accurate, Brown may have lost his underdog status.

1/15/2010 12:40:00 PM

(1/15/2010 12:23:00 PM) - Al

Supply pallets have piled up by the tons in the Port-au-Prince airport with no way to reach the hardest hit

I blame W.

When that huge tsunami hit a few years ago, I recall a couple weeks later that aid had not yet reached most of the affected area, as the US Navy was only able to distribute to the coast.

At the very least, people need a few days worth of food and water on hand, as it takes time to move goods.

1/15/2010 12:23:00 PM

(1/15/2010 11:43:00 AM) - Al

Don Walker links to "strange stadiums", most of which are just a bit unique.

1/15/2010 11:43:00 AM

(1/15/2010 11:17:00 AM) - Al

Catholics shouldn't work in ER's--Coakley

No wonder she's losing as a liberal in MA...she's an idiot.

The Kennedy family's endorsement may have actually hurt Coakley. With 27% said it makes them less likely to vote for her... 20% more likely.

"The Kennedy endorsement resonates among registered Democrats, but registered Democrats are spoken for," Paleologos

I was just thinking last night, I wonder if all the closeted, quiet Kennedy haters (as they would have to be in MA) were part of the reason. Looks like, the answer is, maybe so.

1/15/2010 11:17:00 AM

(1/15/2010 08:31:00 AM) - Robert R.

The late night kerfluffle at NBC doesn't really affect me. I have to get up in the morning.

However, it's a fascinating car wreck to watch unfold.

A couple of years back the Packers took a lot of heat for taking Favre at his word when he retired, moving quickly to install Aaron Rodgers, and then moving on when Favre decided that he really wanted to play more. Perhaps there was some short term pain, but at this point the Packers look as set as anyone for the long term at quaterback.

I'm not sure what NBC gets out of any of this. I'm not naive enough to believe that the people that tune in to Leno in the first place will suddenly stop. The hit to his reputation personally and professionally, given a chance to innovate he basically recycled his old show, will likely stick but I doubt his audience cares about that. Plus the fact that The Tonight Show shoots in L.A. and is on right after the news is still going to make it very attractive for Hollywood guests.

But, it's going to take a while for the NBC ratings for the network as a whole to improve. I'm sure the Winter Olympics will help, at least if the USA racks up a bunch of medals, but after that goes away, what then? NBC's whole 9 p.m. schedule is a wasteland with nothing going to breakout. And with American Idol, 24, and Lost coming back on the competition, and Sunday Night Football done on NBC, I don't see how NBC gains any traction before the fall. It's a year of real cost and opportunity cost for the network. And the inertia that drives news and The Tonight Show ratings isn't likely to help turn things around for the affiliates quickly.

And NBC is still in the same spot they were before. How many years does Leno have left anyways? What's the long term upside here? At least Conan was nicely positioned for the long term as Letterman won't do his show forever either.

And, I'm sure Conan will land somewhere. Likely with tens of millions in a contract buyout. Good job there NBC too.

I'm all for the idea that fixing a problem is better than not doing anything. But, NBC's executives sure look incompetent in all of this. Pretty much everyone knew that Leno sustaining ratings in primetime, 5 days a week, just wasn't going to happen. And there was no Plan B. And now there's apparently no long term plan either.

1/15/2010 08:31:00 AM

Thursday, January 14, 2010

(1/14/2010 11:26:00 PM) - Al

I could see a spot on several teams, including the Brewers, for Eric Byrnes when the D'Backs let him go.

He has never stopped smacking LHP's, and would seem to complement Gerut nicely as the reserve OF's.

Many people look at what Byrnes can't do anymore, but if he regains his health, he still would seem to be a very serviceable bench guy.

1/14/2010 11:26:00 PM

(1/14/2010 09:23:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure the Crew has been in touch with Doug Davis...probably to see if he'll sign a 1y/$3M deal because he likes it in MIL, rather than a 2y/$10M one with DC.

I'm also sure they've had the same talk with Washburn, though he's never played in MIL, so it's a tougher sell.

1/14/2010 09:23:00 PM

(1/14/2010 09:19:00 PM) - Al

As someone who lived in MN when Jesse Ventura won the governor's race, I almost have to wonder if Scott Brown is peaking too early.

Though, the mere idea there's a race tells me that the citizenry is in an uproar, and the old media simply does not understand why the public is not bowing down like they are.

1/14/2010 09:19:00 PM

(1/14/2010 09:06:00 PM) - Al

NBC announces new 9PM shows.

Allow me to say, my week is booked.


1/14/2010 09:06:00 PM

(1/14/2010 08:20:00 PM) - Al

AP wonders about the broken promises.

Many of us do...that's why the approval numbers are dropping fast.

Also, meeting on transparency closed to the public. You just can't write this stuff.

Obama has not held a full news conference at the White House since July 22, the night he said that the Cambridge Police "acted stupidly" in the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

It is difficult to correctly program the teleprompter if you don't know what's going to be asked...

Obama avoiding MA senate race to make sure it does not lead to another embarrassing loss.

It hasn't even been a year...

1/14/2010 08:20:00 PM

(1/14/2010 07:20:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Mayhem sends along this article which tells us that Bush/Cheney apparently caused an earthquake.

Luckily, I'm all but positive our current president can turn back time and stop the earth from shaking...

1/14/2010 07:20:00 PM

(1/14/2010 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sign OF Norris Hopper, who I have barely heard of. I assume he'll man a roster spot in Nashville, and provide some depth.

Hooper does have a decent AAA line, but is 31. I'd see him only as a platoon/bench option if Gomez is hurt.

1/14/2010 06:52:00 PM

(1/14/2010 04:33:00 PM) - Robert R.

It's been a while since I've done a movie review. So, based on a preview screening.

The Last Station

The movie concerns the last year of Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer), almost exactly 100 years ago. He's caught up in his own Tolstoyan movement, a combination of proto-Communism and pacifism, with "love" as its central tenant. He has his true believers, particularly Vladimir Chertkov (Paul Giamatti) who's almost a pre-Soviet enforcer of orthodoxy and wants Tolstoy to leave the rights to his work to the public domain, effectively cutting off Tolstoy's wife and children from a large part of their inheritance. Something that Sofya Tolstoy (Helen Mirren) is working to prevent. The young, idealist Valentin Bulgakov (James McAvoy) is hired to be Tolstoy's secretary by Chertkov. And also to spy on what Sofya is up to. And Valentin soon finds his own orthodoxy tested when he falls for fellow Tolstoyan Masha (Kerry Condon).

So, we have a big soap opera here. But it's an adult soap opera with ideas. And the adult notion that it's possible to have more than one thought at the same time. In addition to property rights, inheritance, and various forms of love, it's also about the cult of celebrity. Tolstoy is constantly having his every utterance recorded in diaries by everyone around him. There are photographers and film crews camped out on his front lawn. Sofya reads about the state of their marriage in the Parisian newspapers. There's even a phonograph of Tolstoy's voice, which even he can't stand after the first blush of its novelty has worn off.

The main two characters really get fleshed out. Particularly Helen Mirren's Sofya. While she is presented in a sympathetic position, she's given more to their relationship than the prig Chertkov, she's also depicted as a pure drama queen. Using every device and piece of emotional manipulation she can. While I certainly can see people thinking she's over the top, I think it's fair to say that there's a fair bit of calculation going with it and the performance shouldn't be read literally as a single layer. It also helps that there's a fair bit of humor throughout the film. There's a very funny scene where she lures Tolstoy into her bed. Which starts silly and quickly morphs into a lewd pun.

Christopher Plummer is also very good. Swept up in his own movement and celebrity, you can tell that he doesn't believe all the hype. And sometimes he'd rather talk about anything but himself. Love and exasperation for his wife mix well.

Everybody else is solid but overshadowed by those two. James McAvoy and Kerry Condon are young, idealists who haven't quite reconciled the contradictions between idealistic belief and human fallibility. They're both fine, and Condon is much better than she was in Rome, but their lack of worldly experience and contradiction leaves them without interesting facets much of the time. Giamatti is pretty one note in his performance.

There's also some lovely cinematography, particularly of the countryside which serves as a background to the domestic disputes. It's not exactly Doctor Zhivago, but it works well in creating a sense of place and time.

Inevitably, a book or movie about an author tends to resemble their works in some fashion. At least here it's not about throwing in nods and easter eggs to Tolstoy's novels. There are about two lines referencing the specifics of War and Peace, along with a pre-title quote, and one line referencing Anna Karenina. But, it's like War and Peace in the way that it focusses on the intrigues of a family, the clash between idealism and ironic cynicism, youth and age, deathbed realizations, and people trying to discover their place in a larger purpose. The reference to Anna Karenina gets its own kind of payoff later.

It's an adult film for adults. It's not necessarily going to get the blood pumping and make you love cinema, but it's the kind of classy, literate film that is an endangered species these days. Except maybe on Netflix queues.

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1/14/2010 04:33:00 PM

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

(1/13/2010 11:11:00 PM) - Al

Yet, we keep doing the same thing, at a cost of literally trillions of dollars. This is madness to the nth power.--Investor's Business Daily

Yeah, what do they know about business and jobs? Read the whole thing, and think to yourself, I think Al's said the same thing, only written more clumsily and with grammatical errors.

1/13/2010 11:11:00 PM

(1/13/2010 10:55:00 PM) - Al

This pretty much sums up what I was thinking earlier today...the fact that this is a contested race is beyond belief, as MA is dark blue, and you'd think the fact this is considered "Teddy's seat" would somehow have the polls 60% Dem at the very least.

1/13/2010 10:55:00 PM

(1/13/2010 10:51:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe outclassing Jon Stewart is all that hard...he's embarrassed himself on many occasions, claiming he's doing a comedy show, then spewing out ten minute long diatribes on why raising taxes and spending will solve all the problems known to man.

1/13/2010 10:51:00 PM

(1/13/2010 10:49:00 PM) - Al

I think this is great, and I commend the Marlins for doing it...just don't think of having Braun, Yo, or Prince step foot in Iraq.

1/13/2010 10:49:00 PM

(1/13/2010 10:38:00 PM) - Al

Former Badgers C Greg Steimsma gets a couple mentions as a top rebiunder and shot-blocker in the NBA D-League here.

He's not much of an offensive player, but I recall he could shoot free throws. That combined with offensive boards and being 7 feet tall seems like he could get you 5 points a game in limited minutes as a backup center.

1/13/2010 10:38:00 PM

(1/13/2010 10:31:00 PM) - Al

SI article on Trevon Hughes.

1/13/2010 10:31:00 PM

(1/13/2010 10:18:00 PM) - Al

When the pundits were discussing who would pick up more minutes with Leuer out, I guessed Tim Jarmusz, as he has only been playing about 20 minutes or so. Tonight, looks like the load was carried by Tim and Jordan Taylor, who started and played 37 minutes.

Sure is going to tough to adjust to life next year without Hughes and Bohannon, who seemingly have been on the court in crunch time since the Clinton administration.

1/13/2010 10:18:00 PM

(1/13/2010 03:45:00 PM) - Al

I can't wait until Sullivan tries to blame this Gallup poll on Rasmussen.:)

1/13/2010 03:45:00 PM

(1/13/2010 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Watching these knobs be wrong for the past 50+ years truly makes you wonder why anyone listened to the global warming folks for 5 minutes.

These fools bicker about war and national defense, and then sip wine and eat filet mignon at a private party as Haiti...a nation which has limped along with a corrupt government and no economy...sits in ruins (as if it was a Jersey shore sweet 16 party before).

1/13/2010 03:32:00 PM

(1/13/2010 03:21:00 PM) - Al

A plethora of Brewers' people will be at the On Deck Event on 1/31.

1/13/2010 03:21:00 PM

(1/13/2010 03:18:00 PM) - Al

The Pirates look to be adding some nice, productive, cheaper relievers, though I can't believe Delwyn Young is on the bubble of not being on the 40 man, as well as he played for them.

1/13/2010 03:18:00 PM

(1/13/2010 03:14:00 PM) - Al

Yost hired by KC as a special advisor.

It doesn't take much of a stretch to think that Dayton Moore, who worked with Ned in ATL, may be stashing him in the system in case of a managerial change.

1/13/2010 03:14:00 PM

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

(1/12/2010 10:18:00 PM) - Al

Too bad Lane Kiffin didn't land on his feet after being fired by the Raiders.

1/12/2010 10:18:00 PM

(1/12/2010 08:49:00 PM) - Al

BCB has the Marcel projections.

Friendly future thoughts for McGehee and Hart.

1/12/2010 08:49:00 PM

(1/12/2010 06:01:00 PM) - Al

Instead of complaining about what words we use to describe them, we need to come up with ways that allow their folks to earn solid livings.

Note...taxing the bejeebers out of the people who own the businesses...probably not going to do it.

Every minute spent on coming up with a new euphemism is one less minute spent on solving the real problem.

1/12/2010 06:01:00 PM

(1/12/2010 03:37:00 PM) - Al

C'mon, Sheets can't be dumb enough to ask for $10-12M per without proving himself healthy first, can he?

His agent cost him that last year when they turned down arby. The IQ in that room when those two discuss what to do must be in the negatives.

1/12/2010 03:37:00 PM

(1/12/2010 03:34:00 PM) - Al

The results from yesterday's poll seems to feel the media is overplaying it, though about one in three think I may be understating things a bit.

1/12/2010 03:34:00 PM

(1/12/2010 10:35:00 AM) - Robert R.

I want to comment on the Mark McGwire confession.

As with many things, you can certainly tell that timing played a part in this as this is the time of year when focus on baseball is at its low point. We're in the middle of the NFL playoffs. Hall of Fame voting is over. There aren't many notable free agents left. And Spring Training is still a month away.

The story will get play through the upcoming Sunday papers and then it will be largely ignored. And it will be old news by the time Spring Training rolls around.

Pete Rose could learn a lot from this. But, then again, Pete Rose is too dumb and egotistical to learn anything.

1/12/2010 10:35:00 AM

(1/12/2010 10:28:00 AM) - Robert R.

To rehash some older news, I still can't figure out what the Royals are thinking with the Podsednik signing. Yeah, he can steal some bases, if healthy and when not getting picked off, but he's poor defensively, has no power, his OBP is very much BA driven, and he turns 34 in March. Yeah, the price isn't terrible, but other than potentially flipping him for a mediocre prospect, there doesn't seem to be any long term upside.

Heck, Gabe Gross probably would have been a better choice. Walks, can play right field, and is only 30. But that might mean acknowledging that speed and SB's aren't everything.

1/12/2010 10:28:00 AM

Monday, January 11, 2010

(1/11/2010 09:08:00 PM) - Al

"African-Americans For Harry Reid" Facebook Page Lists 5 Fans… 4 Are White.

I don't know if I can laugh this much every day until November.

1/11/2010 09:08:00 PM

(1/11/2010 08:22:00 PM) - Al

Andy Sullivan's anti-Rasmussen rants now look even more ridiculous.

1/11/2010 08:22:00 PM

(1/11/2010 08:20:00 PM) - Al

The Amish exempt from health care mandate?

Who am I? Why am I here?

1/11/2010 08:20:00 PM

(1/11/2010 08:10:00 PM) - Al

Feingold feels the same way about Reid as about 90% of the public...that said, he may well be angling for his job.

1/11/2010 08:10:00 PM

(1/11/2010 08:01:00 PM) - Al

Scott Skiles checks himself into hospital with irregular heartbeat.--Bucks' twitter

All we're left to wait for is Jennings to need his tonsils out.

1/11/2010 08:01:00 PM

(1/11/2010 07:33:00 PM) - Al

Redd out all year with torn ACL and MCL.

Leuer out until further notice with a broken wrist.

The Bucks have lots of guys to pick up Redd's minutes, though none offer the ability to drive and pick up fouls, and the ability to score 20 points a game, though Mike was still working back towards that.

Leuer's injury may well lead the Badgers to playing small, with guys like Ryan Evans and "Bruiser" likely to be the frontline often. It can't be good for rebounding and inside defense.

1/11/2010 07:33:00 PM

(1/11/2010 07:24:00 PM) - Al

I'm wondering if this makes it more or less likely Palin runs in '12...

I'm thinking Sarah may be using it as a springboard...or, that she'd rather just comment on stuff on a big stage, which she's already doing, minus the stage.

1/11/2010 07:24:00 PM

(1/11/2010 07:22:00 PM) - Al

A double standard? In the old media?

1/11/2010 07:22:00 PM

(1/11/2010 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Because as we all know, New York senators need to have a long, rich history of living in the state.

1/11/2010 07:18:00 PM

(1/11/2010 07:15:00 PM) - Al

For years columnists and talking heads insisted McGwire needed to come clean. Now he has and same guys are ripping him for it.--Gleeman on Twitter

Heh. The hypocrisy from a bunch of guys that the only thing they know about hitting is they suck at it is off-the-charts.

1/11/2010 07:15:00 PM

(1/11/2010 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Tell me Ramblings' readers, how do you feel about McGwire?
I'm with you, much ado about nothing.
Far overblown by the media...they still can't get over the fact few fans seem to care.
I agree the media seems to have overreacted, but I think you're underreacting, Al.
I'm so mad, I can barely click on this as the correct option! free polls

1/11/2010 07:00:00 PM

(1/11/2010 06:40:00 PM) - Al

I'm already tired of the McGwire coverage, and I really haven't seen any, so let me sum up my olpinion.

1. It wasn't even in the rulebook at the time.

2. Steroids were, and remain, a legal prescription drug, often used to help players recover from injury.

3. I think it's too bad many players used the drug to make themselves more susceptible to muscle gain from heavy workouts, but at the end of the day, studies show they do little without massive weight room work and do nothing to make a ball go further without a lot of effort.

4. I'm just glad we have a commish who took on the union and got this added to the testing...along with amphetamines, stimulants that have been taken in baseball since the 50's and 60's...including by many of the players who feel they are far holier than thou because they did not play in the steroid era.

5. Finally, many pitchers were using them too.

Most of all, it just amazes me how much the old media, and many internet guys, have misunderstood the public's apathy about this topic. I'm pretty sure most folks feel the same way as's a shame, but at time, there was no testing, and it's just too bad. We can't go back in time and "fix" it. Bud eventually took care of the problem, after it was ignored by all the others, but he had to get union approval, and it took some time to convince them it was in their best interest.

I think attendance and the rights paid to televise MLB speak for themselves...casuals and true fans alike have little interest in this topic.

1/11/2010 06:40:00 PM

(1/11/2010 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Scott sends along this video about a city in China, built by the government, which stands completely empty.

He asked what I think about it, so I'll tell everyone...I think they are clueless as to what to spend money on (sounds familiar?)...they should let their people keep the money and use it on what they need to improve their lives.

Instead, they have shiny new buildings which will need upkeep and repair before anyone even uses them. It's like saying, "In 5 years, I'll need a new I'll buy one now and let it sit in my garage." We laugh at that, but that's exactly the mentality of government...gotta spend it now, or those jerks will cut our budget next year.

The irony is simple...the DMV would still suck if you cut their budget by 50%...and likely, not suck a whole lot more. More people would renew online, or at convenience stores, or wherever else you can do that.

1/11/2010 04:55:00 PM

Sunday, January 10, 2010

(1/10/2010 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Tonight I was biking in my office during the 4th quarter of the Packers' game. I switched to Discovery for a while during a commercial, as is my custom, and switched it back to the game. The DVD/VCR remote nestles in nicely on top of the bike, but if you put the TV remote on top, it sometimes falls off, due to the vibration. I was still the holding the remote when I noticed the batteries in the back (the cover is lost, so they are taped in) were hot to the touch. I mean, hot, it hurt your finger, hot. Puzzled, I took a look at the remote...and there was a small amount of smoke coming out.

I went out and showed the Rambling wife, and I borrowed her scissors to cut the tape and remove the batts, still hot to the touch.

Are remotes known to be fire hazards? I can't say I've ever heard of this happening.

1/10/2010 08:40:00 PM

(1/10/2010 08:05:00 PM) - Al

Somewhere, I assume using massive amounts of fossil fuels, Al Gore just died a little bit.

1/10/2010 08:05:00 PM

(1/10/2010 07:44:00 PM) - Al

I'm afraid Andy Sullivan has done lost it...though he has apparently given up searching the womb of Palin for a conspiracy, he's now digging up a Miss Congeniality conspiracy.

For the record, a simple 60 second google search will inform you she won the coveted title in the Miss Alaska contest, not Miss Wasilla.

Before he lost it, Sullivan was as good as there was. Now, he's just one more loon with a blog...welcome to the club.

1/10/2010 07:44:00 PM

(1/10/2010 07:33:00 PM) - Al

For quite a while after the game, the JS headline read 52-45, though they do not kick the extra point in overtime.

At least now I know what they have Tony W doing during the offseason.

1/10/2010 07:33:00 PM

(1/10/2010 04:46:00 PM) - Al

Repeat after me...the government sucks at job creation.

They need to get that money back in the hands of the businesses, and let them create jobs. You can ignore the Reagan strategy all you want, but it doesn't make it any less effective.

1/10/2010 04:46:00 PM

(1/10/2010 04:40:00 PM) - Al

I want my global warming back.

1/10/2010 04:40:00 PM

(1/10/2010 04:31:00 PM) - Al

George will looks at how raising taxes chased the populus from CA, which has nearly bankrupted the state. Note how much more is being spent on the campus system now than a decade ago...while the private sector tightens their belt, the government sector gets annual pay raises and benefit increases.

No one in government has any skin in the one cares if they make a profit or not, and when the incentive for profit disappears, inefficiency is a near immediate side effect.

1/10/2010 04:31:00 PM

(1/10/2010 04:17:00 PM) - Al

302K people online at a single poker site right now.

Luckily, the feds have all the money they know what to do with, and have no need to regulate and tax it.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to shake my in awe at the backasswardness of the revenue collection system we are dealing with.

1/10/2010 04:17:00 PM

(1/10/2010 02:40:00 PM) - Al

It's the warmest winter in living history...because November was warm.

The climate scam is getting as transparent and laughable as it gets. If these clowns told me the grass was green, I'd still need to look down to verify.

1/10/2010 02:40:00 PM

(1/10/2010 01:58:00 PM) - Al

The latest rumors have Leno moving back to 10:35 Central time, Conan at 11:05, Fallon at 12:05...unless Conan walks, then Leno's on for an hour.

Personally, I'd leave it just how it for the year and go from there. This reeks of panic.

UPDATE: Panic reigns, I guess.

1/10/2010 01:58:00 PM

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