Al's Ramblings

Saturday, April 30, 2011

(4/30/2011 11:45:00 PM) - Al

Shop once, and eat for a week.

Two authors, from New York, of course, manage to do what almost everyone does. Stunning.

Well, really for only five days, one meal each. But, for Eastern elite, it's quite an accomplishment.

4/30/2011 11:45:00 PM

(4/30/2011 10:17:00 PM) - Al

Liberals are just fascinated with race. I barely notice who is white, black, or brown, because I don't care. When you look for race in everything, and then claim others are dumb can you be?

4/30/2011 10:17:00 PM

(4/30/2011 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Let's see how that recount is going, shall we?

Now if you'll excuse me, I just saw about half a million dollars fly by the window...oh wait, never mind.

4/30/2011 10:08:00 PM

(4/30/2011 09:54:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling dog has slept for almost his entire decade with us on a papazan cushion...the Rambling wife just noticed it must have rained on the back of it last Fall, as the underside/back of the cushion and wall it leaned against had mold on it. So, we moved one of his two pet beds which resemble a large pillow into the bedroom. Sadly, he may not even notice, as we have two blankets on top of it.

We probably have thought about this more than he will. As an elderly, very tired cocker spaniel, insomnia is far from a problem.

4/30/2011 09:54:00 PM

(4/30/2011 09:51:00 PM) - Al

Weather is only climate when people die...or if it raises money for fake research, or if it advances your cause, which has been falsified so much, I dismiss all claims.

4/30/2011 09:51:00 PM

(4/30/2011 08:58:00 PM) - Al

They should play that conversation over and over, or else this version of Jim Carter might get a second four years to be clueless.

By the way, how's Libya?

4/30/2011 08:58:00 PM

(4/30/2011 08:46:00 PM) - Al

Teeny, tiny strike zone ends game in 9th. It is simply amazing so many human beings that can't be consistent for 2.5 hours all have the same profession...major league umpire, and since they're union, they'll never get fired, even if they are consistently awful.


4/30/2011 08:46:00 PM

(4/30/2011 08:06:00 PM) - Al

Great way to help folks make sure they get enough to eat if they were affected by the tornadoes. I am sure they would not mind if you sent them other portable foods from Amazon...and even better, it will irritate the nanny staters if the kids get, heaven forbid, cupcakes or cookies. Amazon has Little Debbie products for a very reasonable prices, including my favorite, the oatmeal cream pie.

4/30/2011 08:06:00 PM

(4/30/2011 07:51:00 PM) - Al

My goodness, Gomez is good.

I remember last year on a message board, one person said Carlos was the worst defender he'd ever seen. I wonder what the food was like in that mental care facility.

4/30/2011 07:51:00 PM

(4/30/2011 07:11:00 PM) - Al

I wish Herm Cain was a more realistic candidate, because his message of "lower taxes, and I'm done talking" is a lovely one.

4/30/2011 07:11:00 PM

(4/30/2011 05:59:00 PM) - Al

Chris Christie wows Harvard with talk limiting union power and changing education.

This is the straightforward common sense we need running for president.

4/30/2011 05:59:00 PM

(4/30/2011 05:05:00 PM) - Al

Hit Tracker measures Prince's HR last night at 486 feet, longest in MLB this year.

4/30/2011 05:05:00 PM

(4/30/2011 04:54:00 PM) - Al

As expected, Roenicke splits the LHP's with Yo.

Ron Roenicke altered his rotation a bit. After Greinke on Wednesday, he will pitch Marcum, Wolf, Gallardo and Narveson.--JS

4/30/2011 04:54:00 PM

(4/30/2011 04:52:00 PM) - Al

Greinke to debut Wednesday in Atlanta.

4/30/2011 04:52:00 PM

(4/30/2011 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Ten abandoned cities. Hard to believe that PA fire is allowed to burn considering all the tree huggers that have their hands on our nation's empty wallet.

4/30/2011 03:25:00 PM

(4/30/2011 03:10:00 PM) - Al

So, how's that Libya bombing going?

The only thing greater than the old media's attempts to cover up the failures of the administration is how badly they suck at it. They were late, and they went at it half-assed, without a single boot on the ground. It's pretty much the dictionary definition of the UN.

4/30/2011 03:10:00 PM

(4/30/2011 03:06:00 PM) - Al

Wind power is great, but only when the wind blows.--Warren Buffet

Heh. And solar is only good when the sun shines. The quicker Dc gets the message, the better. I love both, and I adore nuclear. But for the next 50 years, our main sources of energy will be coal, gas, and oil. Talking about the others in present tense is just incredibly ignorant, and shows a lack of understanding of current events.

4/30/2011 03:06:00 PM

(4/30/2011 02:59:00 PM) - Al

What do liberals love more than living in a nanny state and taxes, you ask?

Nanny state taxes!

If someone were to ask me the greatest problems facing mankind, I have to believe paper and plastic bags would be far, far below damn near everything else that exists on the planet. It's like asking Doug Melvin to improve the team somehow, and having him tell Ron to use a push pin to hold the lineup on the dugout wall, and not tape.

4/30/2011 02:59:00 PM

(4/30/2011 12:10:00 PM) - Al

The economy goes up and down in a series of booms and learn that in ECON 101, yet many choose to forget this fact and blame/give credit to the president. I said when Obama took over that the recovery (boom) had started long before, which was later proven by GDP trending upward. I predicted a weak "boom" due to his tax and spend policies, and I also guessed we'd have a boom with unemployment remaining high, a "jobless recovery" for the most part.

Sadly, I'm batting 1.000 so far. Businesses are still afraid to hire, not knowing when the inevitable tax increase will come. Despite the economy "trending up," many fail to see it, as it is so minimal, and the hiring boom has yet to happen. As I said the other day, some Obama apologists, who complained about W's 4% unemployment, are now saying due to a change in the workforce (which coincidentally coincided with the inauguration of our first community organizer, anti-business president), "full employment" is now 94-95%, which leaves 5-6% unemployment. So, we're almost there!

With the crap being pitched around, you'd think boot and shovel sales alone would push the economy to previously unseen heights.

4/30/2011 12:10:00 PM

(4/30/2011 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Greinke looks to debut as soon as Wednesday. He pitched well in his rehab, and knowing what we know about him, was probably just going through the motions.

Roenicke wants to work Yo in between Wolf and Narveson, so Chris' outing after this weekend will likely be delayed a couple days. As I have said before, it will be interesting to see if they keep Estrada, who has pitched brilliantly, but has options, at the risk of losing someone else. Then, Parra will be due back soon thereafter. Stetter seems to have moved past Braddock, and Zach has all of his options left, and has had velocity issues.

4/30/2011 11:54:00 AM

Friday, April 29, 2011

(4/29/2011 11:51:00 PM) - Al

Final thoughts on wedding:

Kate is painfully thin. I thought she looked awful.

I have long said no man can wear a hat without looking like a fool. Change that to "person." Those British broads will buy anything.

4/29/2011 11:51:00 PM

(4/29/2011 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Be careful what you wish for.

4/29/2011 11:03:00 PM

(4/29/2011 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Why Americans should care about the royal wedding.

This is why we must have the internet.

4/29/2011 10:36:00 PM

(4/29/2011 05:49:00 PM) - Al

The Braves suspend Roger McDowell for saying far less offensive statements about gays than Kobe Bryant did not get suspended for.

Lesson? McDowell needs to be more important, and then he would not miss any time.

To me, this is a free speech issue, McDowell can say anything he wants, and his employer can decide how they react. I do find it ironic that anyone can say what they want about Palin's handicapped son, but are up in arms about some teasing from a pitching coach. It's a strange world.

4/29/2011 05:49:00 PM

(4/29/2011 04:35:00 PM) - Al

56 best/worst analogies from high school kids.

I shudder for the future.

4/29/2011 04:35:00 PM

(4/29/2011 04:18:00 PM) - Al

Mike Leake blames his shirt incident on being too damn muscular.

I agree with Gleeman, the entire episode is just goofy. If he had a receipt for the originals, or if they could look it up using a credit card, he would not have taken the plea.

In my 15 years of retail, I never remember a company even prosecuting anyone, so the idea he got off easy is a one has time for that.

4/29/2011 04:18:00 PM

(4/29/2011 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Saito did not injure his hammy or leg last night, but rather an oblique muscle. If Hart is any indication, he's likely out a month or more.

4/29/2011 11:56:00 AM

(4/29/2011 11:10:00 AM) - Al

Casey sends in this union funny. If you are easily offended, you may want to skip it.

A dedicated union worker was attending a convention in Las Vegas and, as you might expect, decided to check out the brothels nearby. When he got to the first one, he asked the Madame, "Is this a union house?"

"No," she replied, "I'm sorry, it isn't."

"Well, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"
"The house gets $80 and the girls get $20."

Mightily offended at such unfair dealings, the man stomped off down the street in search of a more equitable, hopefully unionized shop. His search continued until finally he reached a brothel where the Madame responded, "Why yes sir, this IS a union house."
The man asked, "And if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"
"The girls get $80 and the house gets $20."

"That's more like it!" the union man said. He looked around the room and pointed to a stunningly attractive blonde. "I'd like her for the night."

"I'm sure you would, sir," said the Madame, then, gesturing to an obese fifty-five year-old woman in the corner, "but Ethel here has seniority."

4/29/2011 11:10:00 AM

(4/29/2011 11:05:00 AM) - Al

Don't worry, (their cat's name here)'ll always be my prince.

Phrase said by 97% of those who watched the royal wedding this morning.

Thanks, I'll be here all week.

4/29/2011 11:05:00 AM

(4/29/2011 10:59:00 AM) - Al

You could’ve knocked me over with a feather when I found out that the royal couple is registered at Tuesday Morning.--Norm Chad


4/29/2011 10:59:00 AM

Thursday, April 28, 2011

(4/28/2011 09:57:00 PM) - Al

Funny, I don't recall any complaints from Obama about the union protesters in Madison.


4/28/2011 09:57:00 PM

(4/28/2011 09:19:00 PM) - Al

Adam of reports Saito left in the middle of an inning at Nashville with an injured leg. Looks like his hammy was not fully healed.

4/28/2011 09:19:00 PM

(4/28/2011 06:03:00 PM) - Al

The Nobels have been a joke since Carter won. And Krugman has been a punchline for a couple decades, minimum.

4/28/2011 06:03:00 PM

(4/28/2011 05:55:00 PM) - Al

Ramblings' favorite Meghan McCain tweets out she's the #2 search on Yahoo today, as folks search out her new blonder look.

Blondes do have more fun. No way they'd be searching if she would have went browner or darker.

4/28/2011 05:55:00 PM

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

(4/27/2011 09:51:00 PM) - Al

This is what happens when you try and collect taxes from businesses in your state...they leave for greener pastures.

I always find it amazing that states don't get it. Amazon, contact Governor Walker, he'd be happy to work with you.

4/27/2011 09:51:00 PM

(4/27/2011 06:20:00 PM) - Al

Unions plan to sticker grocery products that support Walker.

As the comments say, many of us will gladly pay more to buy these products. The unions just don't seem to understand that they are a minority and getting smaller every day.

4/27/2011 06:20:00 PM

(4/27/2011 06:06:00 PM) - Al

How the online poker freeze has affected the handicapable, the depressed, and more.

Turning a lucrative game of skill offline...your tax dollars at work.

4/27/2011 06:06:00 PM

(4/27/2011 03:40:00 PM) - Al

First county in Wisconsin completes its recount. According to Prosser campaign, they gained +1 vote in Florence Co. Lead now 7,317.--Wisconsin Report

By my count, Kloppenburg has a chance if they can locate about 7K more counties in WI.

You can almost hear the tax money being flushed away.

4/27/2011 03:40:00 PM

(4/27/2011 03:37:00 PM) - Al

2M tickets sold, about the same as last year.

I recall reading on a message board last year that they would draw 1.8M this year. Never overestimate the intelligence of the casual fan.

4/27/2011 03:37:00 PM

(4/27/2011 03:12:00 PM) - Al

Yo did a nice job just to get through 5, after his horrific beginning.

Green shows his value as a ROOGY, two huge strikeouts versus righty bats. He had a outing the other day, but he certainly has value.

4/27/2011 03:12:00 PM

(4/27/2011 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Just cashed out from Poker Stars, who turned my tournament tickets I had won into cash for me as well.

Quite possibly, the finest company I have ever dealt with. Software, customer service, everything, just superb. Just a darn shame.

4/27/2011 02:32:00 PM

(4/27/2011 02:22:00 PM) - Al

Heritage looks at gas prices and what the president said.

4/27/2011 02:22:00 PM

(4/27/2011 02:05:00 PM) - Al

Hammond thinks pieces in place, for the most part.

They declined in FG% and about 6 points a game, which, of course, is directly related to FG%. I think Ridnour hurt more than was thought, as did Kurt Thomas, though the injuries were far more damaging.

Adding a shooter in the draft and possibly "flipping" of excess pieces (Gooden, Ersan, and MaM are all 4's, for the most part), and getting the roster healthy likely makes the Bucks a .500 team. Continued development by Jennings, Bogut, and Sanders will determine the rest.

4/27/2011 02:05:00 PM

(4/27/2011 01:31:00 PM) - Al

Oswalt leaves Phillies for "personal reasons," which are almost always one of the following:

Family member ill/dead

Just saying what everyone else is thinking.

4/27/2011 01:31:00 PM

(4/27/2011 01:29:00 PM) - Al

The president's personal attorney, Judith Corley, flew to Hawaii to pick up the original, certified copies and carry them back to the White House.

There's this brand new thing called Fed Ex...

4/27/2011 01:29:00 PM

(4/27/2011 11:53:00 AM) - Al

Glenn discusses the birth certificate...which tells me the president should have done this back when he was running. What's that old saying, you can't put toothpaste back in the tube? They've had years to discuss this now, and some will just believe it is a fake, because they've had time to discuss it.

Also, Trump is doing an extraordinary job of framing the debate...the old media is no longer talking about Michelle's ideas on what kids should eat, or some other administration press's now about gas prices, inflation, and so on...every single one a negative for Obama.

It is very funny to hear Obama say he's got better stuff to do, as he jets off for another fund raiser.

EDIT: E-mailers proudly point out he's taping Oprah and then going to the fund raiser. He is a parody of himself.

4/27/2011 11:53:00 AM

(4/27/2011 11:29:00 AM) - Al

MA limits collective bargaining, saying they need to avoid layoffs.

It seems like I've heard this before...

4/27/2011 11:29:00 AM

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

(4/26/2011 10:24:00 PM) - Al

Estrada will get at least one more start next week for the Brewers.--Adam,

I was just wondering if they might keep Marco when Greinke returns, damn the options, as Estrada has pitched superbly, and might gain a couple mph working out of the 'pen. Time will tell.

4/26/2011 10:24:00 PM

(4/26/2011 08:13:00 PM) - Al

The Westboro Baptist Church...loons that take advantage of tax-exempt and free speech laws to protest at soldier's funerals...get the crap beat out of them in MS...and run away like little girls.

That's a shame.

Watch the video at bottom of the page, in which citizens stand along the road in salute. I promise you, the folks in the big media markets, in the East and West, simply don't get why they do stuff like that in flyover country.

4/26/2011 08:13:00 PM

(4/26/2011 07:58:00 PM) - Al

Brewers are 10-4 if they score 4 or more runs, and 10-3 if they allow 4 or less runs.

If you score or prevent, you'll probably win. And if you do both, you're in great shape.:)

4/26/2011 07:58:00 PM

(4/26/2011 07:49:00 PM) - Al

Saito and Morgan going to Nashville for rehab later this week. Saito will be back if healthy as soon as the weekend, Morgan next Tuesday.

4/26/2011 07:49:00 PM

(4/26/2011 07:44:00 PM) - Al

I wouldn't watch the royal wedding with YOUR eyes.--SE Cupp

Bless Ms. Cupp. I sure hope the winners of the genetic lottery don't turn an ankle during the festivities, but I assume their blue blood would heal such a wound immediately.

4/26/2011 07:44:00 PM

(4/26/2011 07:36:00 PM) - Al

Those damn coffee speculators. Obama can't even discuss the economy without unintentional punchlines developing.

Too bad they don't teach supply and demand at Hahvahd.

4/26/2011 07:36:00 PM

(4/26/2011 06:58:00 PM) - Al

Almonte to DL with concussion, Hart activated.

4/26/2011 06:58:00 PM

(4/26/2011 06:23:00 PM) - Al

Almonte took a ball in the face during batting practice, may be unavailable. Might be just Boggs and Nieves on the bench...might see Yo or another SP PH.

4/26/2011 06:23:00 PM

(4/26/2011 04:02:00 PM) - Al

2B Weeks, 3B Counsell, LF Braun, 1B Fielder, RF Kotsay, SS Betancourt, C Lucroy, CF Gomez, P Estrada

No McGehee, no Hart. Surprised to see Gomez so low.

4/26/2011 04:02:00 PM

(4/26/2011 01:30:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman is correct, the Pirates should claim every single player that makes their 40 man better. Both Xavier Paul and Brandon Wood are at least solid role players, and might be average starters at some point.

As I said long ago with Nelson Cruz, and turned out to be a massive understatement, if Paul can play CF passably, the average offense is likely easily reached.

4/26/2011 01:30:00 PM

(4/26/2011 01:08:00 PM) - Al

Twins lose another game to rain. They move it to Thursday, when I'm sure the fans will enjoy 75 degrees and clear skies.

Or, maybe not.

4/26/2011 01:08:00 PM

(4/26/2011 01:02:00 PM) - Al

Wrestling weight class changes...appear to be the exact opposite of what's needed.

First off, only the best teams have 14 quality wrestlers. Secondly, adding another weight class at 195...this is where many teams struggle to field someone. Thirdly, and related to two, taking one away from the middle weights, where the majority of high school kids fall, is almost bizarro world stupid.

Hat tip to friend of Ramblings JR for the link.

4/26/2011 01:02:00 PM

(4/26/2011 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Getting my hair done by Josh Rupley for Time magazine's 100 most influential dinner tonight. A girl can never be too blonde.--Meghan McCain

I'm sure that's not the first time that phrase has been said, but that makes about a dozen statements from the younger McCain that could be considered memorable.

4/26/2011 12:47:00 PM

(4/26/2011 12:42:00 PM) - Al

The president does not control gas prices...much, but Obama is doing all he can to push it higher, with an unspoken ban on drilling, and continued ignorance about "green" fuels that are decades away from being financially feasible.

Remember, this is the person who said on the campaign trail he would love to see coal companies go out of business...quite likely, the only truthful thing he uttered. I don't know if he doesn't get the fact that high energy prices are an incredibly regressive tax on the lower and middle class...or if he just doesn't care.

4/26/2011 12:42:00 PM

(4/26/2011 12:38:00 PM) - Al

In all likelihood, the Brewers are going to activate Corey Hart for tonight's game. Not a done deal, but they're leaning that way.--Olney

I would have considered having James or another pitcher on the 40 fly along with Hart, and activate the arm tonight, and send down Kintzler...and then activate Corey tomorrow or the next day.

4/26/2011 12:38:00 PM

Monday, April 25, 2011

(4/25/2011 10:59:00 PM) - Al

Adam of is reporting Hart will rejoin the team, and confirms McGehee has a sprained thumb.

4/25/2011 10:59:00 PM

(4/25/2011 10:55:00 PM) - Al

McGehee has sprained thumb. I would assume he'll be out at least a day or two.

4/25/2011 10:55:00 PM

(4/25/2011 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Obama very slow to react when a red state wants assistance.

Hard to believe a Chicago politician would be a part of such politics...heh.

4/25/2011 10:42:00 PM

(4/25/2011 10:28:00 PM) - Al

McGehee may have injured his thumb badly running into Votto. That might really hurt the Crew, no pun intended.

Gamel has been playing 1B in AAA, and is hitting the ball, but he's always been below average defensively, and would likely be far worse having not played any 3B this year. A Counsell/Almonte platoon would be fine in the field, but an obvious step down offensively

4/25/2011 10:28:00 PM

(4/25/2011 09:28:00 PM) - Al

Adam from says he'll ask about Stetter's options. I have found a couple message board posts saying he has one left, but that's iffy, to say the least.

4/25/2011 09:28:00 PM

(4/25/2011 08:23:00 PM) - Al

Saito also says he's ready to go, though I would assume a couple rehab innings might be a prudent idea. Green might be on the bubble, though the day off Thursday might allow them to send Estrada down, as I believe he still has an option or two. Regardless, in a week or so, the other will be on a plane to Nashville, or in Green's case, possibly with another team.

Braddock has options, and has struggled with velocity, but has not pitched poorly. I've heard some say Stetter has an option, and some say he does not. Those options are like the holy grail, mighty tough to find.

4/25/2011 08:23:00 PM

(4/25/2011 08:18:00 PM) - Al

Hart ready to be activated soon, either tomorrow, Wednesday, or Friday. Kintzler eating up some innings before he goes down is a wise thing.

4/25/2011 08:18:00 PM

(4/25/2011 08:11:00 PM) - Al

Narveson has to be able to get through 5 innings, as it's one thing to have a bad start, another to destroy the bullpen.

4/25/2011 08:11:00 PM

(4/25/2011 06:33:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, overpaying Derek Jeter by about $7-8M a year has made Jeter dislike his boss.

Heh. The fact he did not receive a single offer other than the Yankees would convince a normal player, but Jeter is so used to the casual fan worship, he doesn't get it.

4/25/2011 06:33:00 PM

(4/25/2011 06:21:00 PM) - Al

Teachers discuss how to teach Marxism...they actually use the word.

We're in the best of hands.

4/25/2011 06:21:00 PM

(4/25/2011 04:24:00 PM) - Al

With Estrada soon to be out of a job, as well as several AAA relievers pitching well, we've completely forgotten about de la Cruz, a short RHP who threw well in Arizona and has continued this in Nashville.

I mention this for one can't teach velocity. There are probably only a score of RHP's not in MLB who average 94 mph...and Eulo might even increase that if he were to be strictly a relief guy.

4/25/2011 04:24:00 PM

(4/25/2011 04:09:00 PM) - Al

Cassy updates her blog. She's the wife of a Marine and a Southern conservative.

4/25/2011 04:09:00 PM

Sunday, April 24, 2011

(4/24/2011 08:45:00 PM) - Al

Palin knew back in November that the Fed would fail.

For someone so darn stupid, this is a common practice for her.

4/24/2011 08:45:00 PM

(4/24/2011 08:00:00 PM) - Al

Racine taxpayers see $500K bill because union members are selfish, disorderly, and pathetic.

Send the bill to the teachers...I'm sure they'll reimburse.

So, if I'm keeping score properly here, many parents in Racine already had to either miss a day of work or pay for an extra day of daycare because teachers faked illness to travel to the capitol, where they vandalized war memorials and called the governor, it'll cost the taxpayers $500K to make this up.

You know, I just find it astounding that a parade of voters aren't just lining up to support this type of behavior.

Oh, and teachers...this is what pissed off voters look like.

4/24/2011 08:00:00 PM

(4/24/2011 09:18:00 AM) - Al

Happy Easter, or as non-religious readers would say, Happy Sunday.

I'm celebrating by wearing shorts for our festivities. Yee-hah.

4/24/2011 09:18:00 AM

(4/24/2011 09:15:00 AM) - Al

Why would a 32 year-old man that never moved out parent's house "deserve" a great retirement and why the hell would I have to contribute to it?--Charles Payne

Payne is a self-made man, grew up in the projects and now runs his own investment company. He throws these simple questions out regularly, and it's tough to disagree.

4/24/2011 09:15:00 AM

Saturday, April 23, 2011

(4/23/2011 11:04:00 PM) - Al

Was it a week ago some said Dice K might be released?

The small samples of April, they strike every year.

4/23/2011 11:04:00 PM

(4/23/2011 10:14:00 PM) - Al

Having retail experience in toys, party supplies, and arts/crafts, we always took recessions harder than those in grocery or the like. For us, traffic would be way down, and you can't sell if they're not there.

4/23/2011 10:14:00 PM

(4/23/2011 09:57:00 PM) - Al

If Weeks can't PH, I wonder if he'll be ok to play tomorrow.

4/23/2011 09:57:00 PM

(4/23/2011 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Capital One offends $15M hunters. It is astounding how out of touch Ivy League elitists are.

4/23/2011 08:34:00 PM

(4/23/2011 08:16:00 PM) - Al

Kintzler is not good enough to have to lose someone out of options to keep. He'll go down to Nashville and be back before you know it.

He has given up 7 extra-base hits in 14 innings. That's a sign of not working the corners. He's got plenty to work on in Nashville.

4/23/2011 08:16:00 PM

(4/23/2011 07:56:00 PM) - Al

Marcum "struggles" and gives up 4 runs in 6 frames. Often, a bad outing from an SP has meant 7 runs in 3 2/3rd's.

4/23/2011 07:56:00 PM

(4/23/2011 07:49:00 PM) - Al

We're in the best of hands. Beg some business owner to donate food, then complain about him.

4/23/2011 07:49:00 PM

(4/23/2011 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Parra will make several more appearances at AAA. A tough decision will have to be made, as Stetter is out of options (as is Parra). Braddock, who has pitched fine, but has not had good velocity, may be on the bubble, as the Crew has to maintain as much depth as possible.

4/23/2011 07:35:00 PM

(4/23/2011 06:54:00 PM) - Al

So, all offseason we heard what terrible defense the Brewers would have in 2011. Of course, many casuals said they had bad defense last year, while UZR had them almost exactly average, so often times, many don't bother with the facts before they speak.

So, thus far this season, the Brewers have committed the fewest errors in the NL, and I have pointed out, many of those were of the "phantom" variety, as Miller Park scoring tends to be far tougher than the norm. So, some folks have pointed out judging a team by their errors is not a very good method, and I can't disagree...though I'm not sure if a team with a lot of errors can be "good" defensively, but I get the point.

Back to the original...I can't say I ever fell into the "they will have bad defense" category, as 7 of the 8 position player spots are the same. Now Yuni is not as good in the field as Alcides, so I would have put them somewhere in the -5 to -10 runs range, or just below average. So, let's look at a few defensive metrics:


I find UZR to be by far the most dependable and consistent, so a positive number is good. This ranks 13th out of 30.


Defensive runs saved tends to sync up with UZR most of the time, and it does here. The Brewers rank 10th of 30.

No surprise, the Brewers have the best CF defense in MLB so far, as both Gomez and Morgan are superb, especially Carlos.

They also rank 6th at 3B, which must devastate those who think there should be no groundballs sneak through on the left side. That makes no sense, but, neither does most of the words written about the defense since the end of last season. Add to it that SS ranks 9th, I'd say almost all of the fiction typed up every time a single goes into LF is an affront to common sense.

Weeks (2B actually) ranks 28th, though I have to believe the tough errors have a devastating effect this since it is so early, a couple bad rulings really adds up.

Granted, these numbers should be considered preliminary, as we're just 12% into the campaign. However, early returns show that much of the "whoa is me," the sky is falling mantra, was, as usual, the product of the fertile imagination of negative nellies.

4/23/2011 06:54:00 PM

(4/23/2011 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Weeks says he'll be in the lineup tomorrow.

4/23/2011 06:07:00 PM

(4/23/2011 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Counsell at 2B and leading off. Hope Rickie is only out a game or two.

4/23/2011 02:38:00 PM

(4/23/2011 11:27:00 AM) - Al

If you're not an old woman, you do not care about the royal wedding.

I think most interest is limited to the east coast. Needless to say, the folks in flyover country aren't real up on British royals.

4/23/2011 11:27:00 AM

(4/23/2011 11:21:00 AM) - Al

Taco Bell should go after the anti-business idiots and demand millions in compensation. It's the culture of the country we live that employs people are evil, that causes such bogus claims and lawsuits.


4/23/2011 11:21:00 AM

(4/23/2011 11:17:00 AM) - Al

According to STATS, 15 major league games have been rained out this season, just six shy of the total for the entire 2010

And, the SL/CIN game ended about 12:30 last night, a disgrace to paying customers.

4/23/2011 11:17:00 AM

(4/23/2011 11:14:00 AM) - Al

Ann tears apart a poorly written article on frats and rapes.

I'm not going to defend frats, which are so old fashioned, they should have fallen apart by now, but admittedly, that's just bias written as fact. It reminds me of far-left drivel, telling me how much better the economy is now, despite the fact the numbers show otherwise.

4/23/2011 11:14:00 AM

(4/23/2011 12:23:00 AM) - Al

Ryan Braun hasn't lost his sense of humor since his big payday. He called that young lady, but her voicemail was full.--Adam,


4/23/2011 12:23:00 AM

Friday, April 22, 2011

(4/22/2011 11:58:00 PM) - Al

Tonight in Nashville...

...Hart goes 2-4 with 2 doubles.

...Eric Farris continues to hit, he would likely get the call should Weeks have to miss some time. .365/.490 thus far

...Amaury Rivas now 3-1, 2.59 ERA, 14-6 K/BB ratio in 24 IP.

In Brevard County...

...Scooter Gennett has reached base safely twice or more in 7 of the last 10 games, after a slow start, he's at .344/.373 at age 20. He's still the #1 Rambling prospect.

...Kyle Heckathorn throws six scoreless frames, now 2-1, 3.04 ERA, an amazing 18-1 K/BB ratio in 23.2 frames. He's been superb in 3 of 4 starts.

4/22/2011 11:58:00 PM

(4/22/2011 10:55:00 PM) - Al

I just don't understand why the masses don't seem to flock to the union side...let's see...signs calling the governor Hitler, calling in sick to go protest, vandalizing state property...and now, calling into a business to threaten them...for allowing a senator's brother to buy something.

This is what democracy looks like...and they are entrenched in the minority.

4/22/2011 10:55:00 PM

(4/22/2011 10:48:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling cocker spaniel is sound asleep, and even he saw those pitches to Gomez were both ball four. Embarrassing.

I realize the union fella's had a...3.75 hour day (and he works 140 days a year), but when you don't give an effort to be consistent the entire night, it pretty much says you shouldn't have a job.

Of course, he'll always have a job, so I guess there's no point in worrying about it.

4/22/2011 10:48:00 PM

(4/22/2011 10:44:00 PM) - Al

Heh. W must literally laugh himself to sleep every darn night.

What's really funny is the Dem's message is now that "full employment" is 5%, after a century or so of saying full employment is 2-3%. Why? No reason, except their "leader" can't get it down to 8%.

4/22/2011 10:44:00 PM

(4/22/2011 10:42:00 PM) - Al

Weeks' finger is sprained. I would assume he is day-to-day.

4/22/2011 10:42:00 PM

(4/22/2011 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Kotsay now has a .421 OBP for the season, including six walks. One of too cool for school crowd will have to remind me again why he's such a bad bench bat and platoon fill in.

4/22/2011 10:40:00 PM

(4/22/2011 10:33:00 PM) - Al

Wonkette has lost nine advertisers over its attack on Trig Palin.

My question? How does a piece of crap like that have nine advertisers?

4/22/2011 10:33:00 PM

(4/22/2011 09:31:00 PM) - Al

One of the most inconsistent strike zones in history tonight. Overpaid and underworked union thug, can't call pitches to save his life.

4/22/2011 09:31:00 PM

(4/22/2011 07:51:00 PM) - Al

Braun defers $18M to make deal work.

4/22/2011 07:51:00 PM

(4/22/2011 07:42:00 PM) - Al

Other reports have Sacramento being promised next season, but things are looking superb for the Kings' future in the California capital compared to a couple weeks ago.

If not for Kevin Johnson, former Suns' point guard who is now mayor, odds are they'd already be gone. It takes a hero.

4/22/2011 07:42:00 PM

(4/22/2011 05:55:00 PM) - Al

I touched on this the other day. If you blame speculators for high gas prices, you might as well blame capitalism.

Obama proudly spoke of putting coal companies out of business when he was on the one lie after another campaign trail, and his administration's unspoken, unvoted upon ban on offshore drilling has certainly not helped.

4/22/2011 05:55:00 PM

(4/22/2011 03:57:00 PM) - Al

Think how much fun it would be to sit in the weather at Target Field tonight.

Sure was shortsighted not having a retractable roof.

4/22/2011 03:57:00 PM

(4/22/2011 02:59:00 PM) - Al

Obamanonics...where the free market goes to die.

Boeing told they can't build plant in South Carolina, gotta go to the blue, heavily union state of Washington. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to buy the works of Marx and apply for government jobs.

4/22/2011 02:59:00 PM

(4/22/2011 02:47:00 PM) - Al

California's governor caves in to union, throwing vacation time and $130/month to everyone.

I wonder why they're broke?

Thankfully, we have a governor who stands up to unions, and does what he's elected to do.

4/22/2011 02:47:00 PM

(4/22/2011 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Happy Earth Day, Mr. President.

Heh. Do as I say, not as I do. Again.

4/22/2011 02:42:00 PM

(4/22/2011 01:38:00 PM) - Al

If Hart returns and a pitcher goes down, that would leave the bench most days as:

Counsell (L)
Almonte (R)
Boggs (S)
Kotsay (L)
Nieves (R)

That's probably one of the more balanced benches they've had since moving to the NL. It'll be interesting to see when Morgan returns if Almonte or Boggs goes down...Erick can play the infield, though is really only a non-emergency option at 1B/3B. Needless to say, the next 7-10 days means a lot to Almonte and Boggs, as a single PA could be the difference.

4/22/2011 01:38:00 PM

(4/22/2011 01:18:00 PM) - Al

MLB looks to be adding two teams to the playoffs in 2012. Five teams in each league, with the wildcard teams having a one game playoff, or possibly two of three.

I'm all for it, and it accomplishes two things...more fan interest, and it makes the division winner far more important.

4/22/2011 01:18:00 PM

(4/22/2011 01:11:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, everyone in the Wausau area is getting their oil changed this afternoon. Everyone is booked up, and Wal Mart, which does not take appointments, proudly told me there was a three hour wait.

Oh well.

4/22/2011 01:11:00 PM

(4/22/2011 01:02:00 PM) - Al

Liberal professor kicks retired Marine out of class...for saying, "Good morning, sir."

He has tenure, so, nothing anyone can do.

What has happened to my country? It's tough not to notice a distinct lack of respect for the military in the past couple years.

4/22/2011 01:02:00 PM

(4/22/2011 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Hooters has a "buy 10 wings, get 10 free" special on wings this Sunday.

Nice way to make a slow day (it is Easter, ya know) a bit busier.

4/22/2011 12:40:00 PM

(4/22/2011 12:39:00 PM) - Al

I'm grateful this Earth Day for our planet's greatest treasures...venison, pulled pork, filet mignon, duck l'orange and of course, bacon.--SE Cupp

No wonder Olbermann hates her...he's never said anything half this true, or funny.

4/22/2011 12:39:00 PM

(4/22/2011 12:21:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Wood claimed by Pirates, the only team who had a shot at him, as it turns out.

4/22/2011 12:21:00 PM

(4/22/2011 08:02:00 AM) - Robert R.

A couple of reviews based on preview screenings.

The Whistleblower

Rachel Weisz portrays Kathryn Bolkovac is this "based on a true story" drama. Kathryn is a Nebraska cop that needs money so that she can move closer to her daughter after losing a custody battle. She's alerted to a job as a private contractor U.N. peacekeeper which promises $100K tax free for six months work. Pretty soon she's in Bosnia and moving up the ranks to the head of womens issues as she's one of the few that actually knows what police work is. Rather than being an elite police group, it's pretty much made up of a bunch of kids straight out of college.

Pretty soon she starts to uncover the sex slave trade in Bosnia. And the complicity of the private contractors in this. It turns out that the U.N. peacekeepers are part of the problem as most of the Bosnian men were killed in the civil war. Kathryn's efforts are stymied by the very corporation which employs her, after all peacekeeping is a multi-million dollar a year business.

To it's credit, it's not exploitive of the subject matter it's exploring. We follow one victim through her experiences to personalize the crimes and that helps. It's definitely a message film, but it's hard to argue with the message.

Where it falls down a bit is as entertainment. It wants to be a bit Silence of the Lambs in it's treatment of a female officer in a male dominated environment. And that's fine, but it never really is as stylish or as thrilling as that movie. For the most part, the worst thing that Bolkovac is faced with is getting fired and charged with trespassing. Terrible things on a personal level, for certain, but hardly the stuff that gripping movies are made of. Or at least, hardly gripping in this movie.

Which is a shame since Rachel Weisz is very good. So is David Strathairn in a supporting role. But, there's a lack of good old fashioned movie entertainment to really make it a thriller, paranoid or not. Even the company point man comes off as unmemorable. It's probably more accurate that way, but a message and a very good lead performance need more support over the course of two hours. It's probably fair to say that it's still a good movie, but it's not something that's going to set the box office on fire, with good reason.

The Whistleblower opens in August. You can view the trailer here.


Incendies, which translates into something like "scorched" or "ablaze" was the Canadian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film with it's French-Arabic roots. And the title is apt as we are plunged into a world of Middle Eastern atrocities and reprisals, with the aftereffects still being felt today.

The story revolves around the present day death of middle aged Nawal Marwan (Lubna Azabal), a Middle Eastern immigrant to Montreal. Her twin children Jeanne (Meliss Desormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) attend the reading of her will by her notary, Jeane Lebe (Remy Girard) and are dumbstruck by her self-hatred expressed in the will. Even moreso when it's revealed that there are two letters included that are to be delivered to a long lost father, who they thought was dead, and a brother that they've never heard of.

Simon wants to forget all of this and just bury his mother and move on. But, Jeanne sets out to the Middle East, a thinly disguised Lebanon, to discover her mother's history. And she uncovers some shocking secrets along the way as her mother was victimized, radicalized, and burned by the politics of the region. It's an engrossing mystery of who Nawal Marwan truly is and what shaped her.

I'll not spoil the film's surprises, but only to say that the last one delivers a real sucker punch. Possibly set up by an obvious reveal before.

Based on a play, Incendies has big ideas and expressive language. Jeanne is a mathematician, one who is studying "unsolvable problems", and that mathematics plays out in the film with the final revelations being a bizarre equation defining how tangled the Middle East is. There are some terrific metaphors at play here as well. The title invokes flame, and it's certainly present in the film, but ice and water are also present. The twins represent those twin metaphors, Jeanne is cold and analytical and Simon is fiery. They represent the dual natures of the mother as well and her internal struggles.

Beyond that, the film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, explodes out of the play and has visuals and silences every bit as impressive as any turn of language. There is shocking violence and scenes of quiet beauty. Without the credits, you might never know this originated as a play.

For some, the twists, turns, coincidences, etc. might prove to be too much. For me, it elevated the movie to a Greek tragedy and summed up how complicated the Middle East is. I probably could have lived without the last shot in the movie, which seems to tie things up in a neat bow, but otherwise there's not much to complain about, albeit the actors are merely good, not great. Still, it's a terrific and emotionally powerful movie told with great skill. It opens soon as part of its art house crawl and it's well worth seeking out.

You can view the trailer here.

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4/22/2011 08:02:00 AM

(4/22/2011 12:37:00 AM) - Al

Brandon Wood should be available through waivers Friday afternoon. Look for #Pirates (who can make first claim) to almost certainly do so.--PIT beat writer

Wood will hit some HR's in the big leagues. He might just be a platoon guy, but considering the average SS hits like Chris Narveson, he's well worth $20K or whatever a waiver claim is. Doug is probably right he needs AB's to get going, but you'd think he can get some with the Pirates.

4/22/2011 12:37:00 AM

Thursday, April 21, 2011

(4/21/2011 10:30:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if he kept a single promise?

I mean, he never said he'd be a tax and spend guy...that was me.

4/21/2011 10:30:00 PM

(4/21/2011 10:28:00 PM) - Al

A new era of politeness and civility.

4/21/2011 10:28:00 PM

(4/21/2011 09:22:00 PM) - Al

39 million: the number of birds killed annually by domestic Wisconsin--The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Seems way high to both me and the Rambling wife. The Rambling sister has three cats, and they never leave the house.

4/21/2011 09:22:00 PM

(4/21/2011 08:50:00 PM) - Al

I don't think this woman is capable of spelling judge.

I'd rather watch someone kick a puppy than this buffoon speak. How is she a lawyer?

4/21/2011 08:50:00 PM

(4/21/2011 07:31:00 PM) - Al

Granted, if Meghan McCain interviewed me, I'd flirt nonstop with her too, but Donald Trump wasn't smart enough to chat in the same room with her.

I'm a big Mitch Daniels fan, though I agree with Glenn Reynolds that I'd vote for almost anyone over the incumbent. That said, I like Trump for what he is...right now, the only GOP person willing to say Obama is an embarrassment.

4/21/2011 07:31:00 PM

(4/21/2011 06:40:00 PM) - Al

It appears as if outfielder Nyjer Morgan is headed for the DL. The Brewers have waited a week for Morgan to recover from a deep thigh bruise but he hasn't come around...He said Corey Hart is not ready to come off the DL yet and it sounds as if outfielder Brandon Boggs will be the player recalled.

"You can speculate on that," said Melvin.

I also asked Melvin why he decided to keep Wil Nieves and send George Kottaras outright to Nashville. He said it was a tough decision and that Kottaras could have been claimed on waivers. But he also noted that Kottaras didn't have the right to declare free agency is outrighted and Nieves did, so this was one way to keep both catchers in the organization.

"We like both of them," said Melvin. "This allows us to keep both in the organization."--JS

Whew, exhausting day of news. That makes perfect sense as to Kottaras, put that way. Nieves will only play a game each series.

I'm still puzzled as to how Boggs lost out to Reed, as now, Boggs is apparently coming up ahead of Reed.

The fact the Crew is apparently going with 13 arms for the weekend makes me think someone, probably Braddock, is less than 100%.

4/21/2011 06:40:00 PM

(4/21/2011 05:09:00 PM) - Al

Others on Kloppenburg...what an idiot.

4/21/2011 05:09:00 PM

(4/21/2011 04:39:00 PM) - Al

Ryan's first contract has allowed us to put the teams together we have the past few years. He's allowed us to be competitive and put the team on the field we have now, to be able to trade for Greinke, Marcum.--Doug Melvin

As I always say, payroll is X...if you spend $7M on Player A, the remaining money is X-$7M. Is there really much difference between $15M and $20M as far as lifestyle goes? I think Braun gets that more than most guys.

4/21/2011 04:39:00 PM

(4/21/2011 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Braun's press conference is on right now.

EDIT: It's amazing, we can put a man on the moon, but you can never hear the questions at a presser.

4/21/2011 04:31:00 PM

(4/21/2011 04:20:00 PM) - Al

So, which side would the average person want to be on...the intelligent 14 year-old, or the profanity spewing old guy (about my age) who swears at the 14 year-old?

This is what democracy looks like.

You'd think the unions would have enough cash to pay for a PR guy...

4/21/2011 04:20:00 PM

(4/21/2011 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Incredibly newsy day for the Brewers, especially with no game. Braun signs another well below market extension, Kottaras clears waivers and goes to AAA, Marcum and Hawkins in, McClendon out.

I'm surprised they kept Nieves over Kottaras, as George seems to have been playing far more than Wil. I'm also shocked Kottaras cleared waivers, as I cannot believe a team did not say they'd take a cheap, LH hitter to be their reserve catcher, even if he is slightly below average defensively. I think it's safe to say Roenicke was why Doug signed Nieves, probably telling him he wanted his backstop defense to be a plus, and certainly, not a weakness.

Braun's deal is cheap now, and looking into the future, is even moreso, as salaries are not going to go down. If he was a free agent next year, I could imagine him getting a 8-10 year deal for $25-30M per. It's tough to look at the $135-140M he is now owed and think it was a bargain (heck, it's enough to purchase 51% of a MLB team), but realistically, it's likely just about half of his value on the free market.

Braun's basically the anti-Fielder, as Prince has been looking forward to his free agency since day one, and is still looking for that big "cash," while Ryan has now cashed in twice, and obviously is very comfortable in Milwaukee, and has no qualms about spending his career in MIL. Would he rather be a big fish in a small pond...probably.

I've always said if I was a top high school athlete (quite a stretch, obviously), and the colleges started coming after me, the first thing I'd do is remove the tired, perennial choices...Duke in basketball, Florida State and Ohio State in football (heck, the Badgers are not that far away from being included here). Hey, I'd want to make my own legacy, I'd much rather turn around a program like Indiana or Oregon State, where .500 is considered successful. Braun thinks along those same lines, I'm sure.

Few teams have a guy as good as McClendon in AAA, and soon, the Crew will also have Estrada and/or Kintzler there as well, and maybe Stetter or Braddock, when Parra returns. Zach's velocity is way down, whether that be because he's not 100% or just has developed an issue in his motion no one has noticed yet. He's not getting drilled, but he's far from his 2010 version.

That AAA depth we all said had to be there is, it was just hidden early because of all the injuries.

4/21/2011 03:39:00 PM

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

(4/20/2011 08:23:00 PM) - Al

They weren't anti-war protests. They were anti-Bush protests.

This is similar to the old media not reporting anyone is homeless since W left office, no food lines at the holidays, and so on.

Obama is not the only one who is very wishy-washy about what he wants. Back when W opened Gitmo, it was awful, you know, keeping terrorists and those friendly to terror in a camp. Now, it's not even mentioned, as the current "problem" is the fact folks making $80K can no longer bleed as much from the taxpayers. Let's not forget, the president has no asked for the debt ceiling to be raised multiple times, after voting against it as a senator.

Flip-flops ain't just for your feet, apparently.

4/20/2011 08:23:00 PM

(4/20/2011 07:56:00 PM) - Al

The proof is in the graph. The only recount of over 500 votes to be overturned was the Franken fraud of '08.

You can send lawyers, guns, and money; but not even the fancy elitist Ivy League lawyers will come up with 7K votes, um, found in a box in an office, um.

I'm ashamed to be in the same state as this buffoon.

4/20/2011 07:56:00 PM

(4/20/2011 07:21:00 PM) - Al

The new civility.

4/20/2011 07:21:00 PM

(4/20/2011 07:00:00 PM) - Al

Free coffee on Friday.

Too bad coffee tastes like death.

4/20/2011 07:00:00 PM

(4/20/2011 04:41:00 PM) - Al

The longer the birth certificate thing stays in the news, the more it pushes out more important, or actually real stories.


Like the fast climbing deficit, debt, and little improving economy? But I just can't see this as being a positive, in any way, shape, or form.

4/20/2011 04:41:00 PM

(4/20/2011 04:36:00 PM) - Al

Options for US poker players here.

I'm just disgusted enough at my nanny state to give one of them a go, damn the crappy software and, ahem, questionable ethics.

Note the first one listed is a sportsbook, which is illegal, while online poker is not. And I wonder why the DOJ can't catch anyone.

4/20/2011 04:36:00 PM

(4/20/2011 04:23:00 PM) - Al

Joanne Kloppenburg: asking for statewide recount for supreme court race.--Wisconsin Reporter

This is what democracy looks like...a far-left fool who declared victory with a tentative victory margin of 200, asking for a recount down by 7K.

There has never been a change in an election in which the margin was over 500...this is 14 times that. Of course, the Dems have no qualms about spending taxpayer money on pure waste.

Just when you think they've hit rock bottom, they manage to get a loosen a little more dirt. Good frickin' God.

I wouldn't hire her to watch my dog for a weekend. An absolute embarrassment to the human species.

4/20/2011 04:23:00 PM

(4/20/2011 04:10:00 PM) - Al

My partner-in-crime says she can't make any appointments for Thursday because everyone is going to church.

I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but when you insist on worshiping Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, that's a huge chunk of the week. The gal I worked with yesterday was born in Poland, and she spoke of 3-4 hour church services each of those days.

4/20/2011 04:10:00 PM

(4/20/2011 02:21:00 PM) - Al

Betancourt is sure a solid defensive SS compared to what the casual bloggers told me all offseason. His numbers indicate he's below average, but he's sure not crappy.

4/20/2011 02:21:00 PM

(4/20/2011 02:19:00 PM) - Al

This Phillies team will never have any success...they depend too much on the HR.

Wow, I feel dumber just for typing it.

Lucroy set up on the corner, and had to reach back over the plate for it. That's the definition of a mistake.

4/20/2011 02:19:00 PM

(4/20/2011 02:07:00 PM) - Al

I've said it many times before, but why are they not releasing the "long" form of the birth certificate? I mean, I'm 98% sure he was born in Hawaii, but how stupid is it to keep this in the news?

I've heard two logical, it has something embarrassing on it. The most said? It lists his religion as Muslim. My guess? Maybe it lists his first name as "Barry."

Why was there more investigation of McCain, who was born on a military base and obviously eligible? It's just so puzzling.

4/20/2011 02:07:00 PM

(4/20/2011 12:47:00 PM) - Al

With two outs, I would have sent both runners. You only need to have a 40% chance of success to make it a good risk.

Personally, I'm not dumb enough to think players are going to run full speed on pop-ups and the like. That's how hammys get pulled.

4/20/2011 12:47:00 PM

(4/20/2011 12:36:00 PM) - Al

I'd love to hear an explanation on why taking money away from those who earned it is a good thing as well.

4/20/2011 12:36:00 PM

(4/20/2011 12:26:00 PM) - Al

Can you imagine the outcry if Rush Limbaugh said stuff like this about Obama's daughters? It'd be the only story on the evening news for three weeks.

But, since it's about the handicapped son of Sarah Palin, the old media will be as silent as they are when election returns come in.

Is it any wonder why independents choose to distance themselves from the current state of the left? Do you want to be a part of the group which compares leaders to Hitler, call in sick to get a day off, and tape signs to war memorials...or the ones who go to work, while shaking their heads in disgust at the ne'er-do-wells.

This is what democracy looks like.

4/20/2011 12:26:00 PM

(4/20/2011 12:22:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Wood DFA'd. His AAA numbers are so good, it is difficult to believe he can't be a decent major leaguer if given a leash of some length.

The black hole is so deep at SS, all he has to do is put up a .300/.400 line to be an everyday option.

4/20/2011 12:22:00 PM

(4/20/2011 12:19:00 PM) - Al

Gomez is so good in CF and on the bases, he is an average MLB player even struggling at the plate. I've talked about this several times, and it's still true.

As I have stated, people complain about defense, but want everyone to hit .300 and hit 30 HR's...and be a plus defender. That's unlikely, to say the least.

4/20/2011 12:19:00 PM

(4/20/2011 12:03:00 PM) - Al

Linda Johnson with the best piece I have read about the pure stupidity of the current state of online poker.

I don't understand either.

4/20/2011 12:03:00 PM

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

(4/19/2011 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Last summer I met a gentleman who went on an earlier one of these Hero Flights. He showed me his entire album, talking about each picture. What a great idea and cause.

4/19/2011 10:40:00 PM

(4/19/2011 10:32:00 PM) - Al

Gulf in surprisingly good shape a year after spill.

Nature has an extraordinary way of healing itself. In another few years, I doubt if the water will test any different than it did prior to the accident.

4/19/2011 10:32:00 PM

(4/19/2011 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Obama blames "speculators" for high gas prices.

Substitute "free markets" for speculators, and you'll understand my fears. Coffee is sold on commodity exchanges, just like oil, and the free market has not made it really expensive. Cheese, ditto. Aluminum, copper, sugar, pork bellies, orange juice, same thing.

It's just a darn shame Harvard doesn't require a ECON 101 for a degree in community organizing (with a minor in teleprompter studies, thanks, I'll be here all week).

4/19/2011 10:20:00 PM

(4/19/2011 10:08:00 PM) - Al

The last time you went to the strip club and used your credit card did it say "strip club" on the receipt? NO it said something like "gift shop" to keep wives from throwing fits. But when poker sites do it, it's a crime.--comment from DOJ's Facebook page

Heh. 900 "companionship" numbers promote this little nugget of info in their ads. It makes you realize how incredibly weak this case's common business practice, and very, very nitpicky. And, dare I say, very representative of our current nanny state.

4/19/2011 10:08:00 PM

(4/19/2011 09:40:00 PM) - Al

The Department of Justice's Facebook page is overwhelmed with messages of disgust from online poker players...arriving so quickly, the DOJ cannot delete them fast enough.

1. Why does the DOJ have a Facebook page?

2. Why are we using tax dollars to have some government idiot to delete true messages from people who wonder why they are wasting their time going after people playing a game of skill?

We are in the very best of hands.

4/19/2011 09:40:00 PM

(4/19/2011 08:33:00 PM) - Al

I'm hoping they just wanted to give Counsell a chance in LF, but I was worried about Bruan as soon as he reached for that great catch he made earlier.

Hopefully, Ryan's got a minor tweak of some sort, and it's precautionary.

4/19/2011 08:33:00 PM

(4/19/2011 07:20:00 PM) - Al

McClendon joins team, Marcum goes on bereavement list as his dad has surgery.

4/19/2011 07:20:00 PM

(4/19/2011 06:25:00 PM) - Al

Supreme Court giggles at global warming folks and their anti-business ideas.

4/19/2011 06:25:00 PM

(4/19/2011 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Saddened by death of Specialist Paul J. Atim, of Green Bay who died of wounds suffered 4/16 in Afghanistan. Our prayers are with his family.--Gov. Walker

Ramblings mirrors the governor's thoughts. Thankfully we have brave, heroic men like the late Spc. Atim who proudly fight evil anywhere in the world for a fraction of what union members make.

4/19/2011 06:06:00 PM

(4/19/2011 05:44:00 PM) - Al


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Kick 'em out of the US market because of misplaced priorities, and they're still adding money to my account due to other players cheating or working together. Simply astounding customer service. We should be begging these folks to continue onward.

The Nanny States of America...undoing the last 230 years a little bit every single day.

4/19/2011 05:44:00 PM

(4/19/2011 09:40:00 AM) - Al

No doubt ag subsidies need to be reduced, if not eliminated. Don't even get me started on tobacco. Crops that do not enjoy subsidies seem to be doing just fine based on supply and demand.

4/19/2011 09:40:00 AM

(4/19/2011 09:30:00 AM) - Al

Two people on Twitter saying Roenicke said the Brewers adding a pitcher for tonight's game, but neither cited a source.

4/19/2011 09:30:00 AM

Monday, April 18, 2011

(4/18/2011 11:43:00 PM) - Al

Mitre has a bruised triceps. One way or another, look for another reliever to be in the cheesesteak city by tomorrow.

4/18/2011 11:43:00 PM

(4/18/2011 10:48:00 PM) - Al

ADDED: They cut DFA one of their three catchers as well for a temporary arm as well. Lucroy looks to be the man 2 of 3 or 3 of 4.

Might be a roster move or two after the game just to bring up a fresh arm or two...Hawkins is in Philly, but was supposed to be given a couple days off, as he pitched back-to-back days to ensure he could. I'm not sure if Braddock is available tonight, he has been babied and has rarely worked consecutive days, due to his past arm injuries.

A Kintzler for McClendon swap may be considered, even though Brandon has pitched fine.

Morgan may be DL'd also, as he is not making much progress, it sounds like.

Justin James and McClendon both have 0.00 ERA's thus far, in 5 and 6 innings, respectively. Both are on the 40 as well.

4/18/2011 10:48:00 PM

(4/18/2011 10:34:00 PM) - Al

Games like tonight makes you realize how ignorant it is to say shortsighted things like "Loe should never face a LH hitter," or "Stetter should never face a RH hitter."

They were pretty much out of pitchers in the 12th anyway, and Marcum went 6, and no one was used as a one batter guy.

4/18/2011 10:34:00 PM

(4/18/2011 10:30:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if Carlos Gomez could have thrown out Carlos Gomez on that base hit to LF in the 12th. That would have been something to see.

4/18/2011 10:30:00 PM

(4/18/2011 10:21:00 PM) - Al

Betancourt with two very good defensive plays, and a pair of RBI's. Both Rickie and Casey took tough errors, Rickie's hit the lip and bounced straight toward the line, while Casey had a do or die short hop that, I guess, the official scorer thinks he should have just laid back on, and threw to 1B late. Being punished for a smart play is really sad, obviously some clown who never played the game.

4/18/2011 10:21:00 PM

(4/18/2011 09:01:00 PM) - Al

I may have to rethink my stance on climate change, as the most insane man in the world, Chuck Manson, believes in it.

Good to know he has plenty of taxpayer funded reading materials.

4/18/2011 09:01:00 PM

(4/18/2011 06:14:00 PM) - Al

The PPA gives a list of eight things to do for online poker.

Just a note, none of which say make up signs about Hitler and chant "This is what democracy looks like." The nanny state is alive and well, and loves to control what consenting adults do in their free time. What's astounding is, an administration that loves to tax and spend is missing a huge opportunity to build revenue it can throw away on pork projects and green technology that is cost prohibitive.

4/18/2011 06:14:00 PM

(4/18/2011 06:02:00 PM) - Al

My question is, why does the left deny such reprehensible behavior? Remember, they denied any vandalism at the capitol, then when pressed, said it wasn't as much as others had said. Then video after video showed them taping stuff to the war memorial, and they said Ann was biased.

And the JS ignored it, just as they did when the Dem yelled, "You're dead!" after the vote.

Speaking of Ann, she wonders the same thing. Great minds do think alike.

I guess it's simple, really. When the facts are not on your side, you yell louder, because the truth doesn't work.

4/18/2011 06:02:00 PM

(4/18/2011 05:36:00 PM) - Al

Obama's Justice Department...not looking for child porn, but going after online poker.

If it was fiction, no one would believe it. It is quite literally, off the charts.

4/18/2011 05:36:00 PM

(4/18/2011 04:23:00 PM) - Al

I've been suggesting this for years. City government, by definition, waste money, because no one has any skin in the game. They look at the taxpayer as a never ending (and really stupid) source of funds.

You don't think a private business, whose livelihood depends on it, can fix potholes, plow snow, and so on for vastly less than a group whose only incentive is to have a job the next day?

4/18/2011 04:23:00 PM

(4/18/2011 03:55:00 PM) - Al

The government spends $12K (inflation controlled) per save us from ourselves.

How did we survive before the nanny state controlled every aspect of our lives...for far less?

4/18/2011 03:55:00 PM

(4/18/2011 03:38:00 PM) - Al

Biden has been screwing up DC since Reagan, and others get the blame.


4/18/2011 03:38:00 PM

(4/18/2011 02:19:00 PM) - Al

ESPN's recap of poker news, from an insider. That's one of the lowest numbers I've heard for the WSOP main event, though it may prove accurate.

Hard not to be saddened. There's no doubt this is one of the darkest days, and things will brighten soon. Still, just devastating to those of us who love the game.

4/18/2011 02:19:00 PM

(4/18/2011 02:00:00 PM) - Al

The early UZR numbers are up, Yuni is -0.4 runs. What's funny is, many casual bloggers have him costing the team a run every couple innings.


Because they're casual, and have no idea.

4/18/2011 02:00:00 PM

(4/18/2011 01:32:00 PM) - Al

Listen, as union thugs heckle and boo a 14 year-old girl.

If a tea party did this, they would be arrested for child abuse. Unions? Business as usual. The old media will ignore as well.

4/18/2011 01:32:00 PM

(4/18/2011 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Online pro and November niner Jason Senti talks about how the US Justice Department made him unemployed.

Doesn't he look evil? Maybe we should put him in prison.

4/18/2011 12:38:00 PM

Sunday, April 17, 2011

(4/17/2011 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Sounds like LaTroy Hawkins will join the team in Philly, and be activated as soon as tomorrow. I have to assume Kintzler will be sent down, though Estrada is another possibility.

4/17/2011 11:03:00 PM

(4/17/2011 07:40:00 PM) - Al

Jeff Ross saves Charlie Sheen's Atlantic city show. I've wondered for years why Ross isn't more of a star. I still do. He is hilarious. His lines at his roasts (my personal favorite was wondering aloud how it was possible Courtney Love looked worse than Kurt Cobain, who had been dead for many years at the time) are always superb.

4/17/2011 07:40:00 PM

(4/17/2011 07:14:00 PM) - Al

The Wall Street journal points out how out of touch the administration's tax and spend ideas are...even a 100% tax rate is not enough, because they simply spend too damn much.

4/17/2011 07:14:00 PM

(4/17/2011 06:27:00 PM) - Al

The UN makes outlandish, false claims about climate change, and no removes all the fibs, apparently forgetting Google exists.

The mere mention of climate change is as funny to me as Bigfoot or alien abductions. It's been a money making pack of lies for Gore, and the left passed some anti-business legislation with it. Today, there's no proof, and plenty of evidence of fibs, lies, and deception that much, if not all, of the scientific research is as artificial as much of Pam Anderson.

Today, anyone that even says the words is as deep in the pocket of the DNC as Dan Rather was. You might as well believe the world is flat as to think climate change is happening.

4/17/2011 06:27:00 PM

(4/17/2011 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Weeks has been making enough spectacular plays (and he hits enough) that he might be considered for as Gold Glove, if not for those phantom Miller Park errors.

4/17/2011 06:12:00 PM

(4/17/2011 06:03:00 PM) - Al

So, if he wasn't on the rubber, why did the idiot call it a balk? If you're not sure, don't call it.

It's simply astounding how little effort they put into it.

4/17/2011 06:03:00 PM

(4/17/2011 06:00:00 PM) - Al

Andrew Sullivan, or one of his bevy of ghostwriters, discusses that the liberal old media does not like Atlas Shrugged, which debuted in some cities this weekend, but the audience loved it.

I still haven't read the book, though I should...many claim it's come astonishingly close to predicting the future...which is present day Obamanomics.

EDIT: Glenn agrees it is perfect timing, as at various times, the idea of a Robin Hood government would have seemed silly. Now, we're living it.

4/17/2011 06:00:00 PM

(4/17/2011 05:09:00 PM) - Al

Funny to see the Lakers lose, as they haven't played hard for a month, thinking they could easily "turn it on" when they needed to.

They still will likely be favored to beat the Hornets, but when you play all season for home court, it sucks to give it up.

Kobe is a great player, but he has no leadership skills at all. He coasts more than any player I've ever seen.

4/17/2011 05:09:00 PM

(4/17/2011 04:48:00 PM) - Al

Bob Dylan decides to cash a check, bows to Communist lyrical changes and song denials.

Amazing how the far-left preaches against the wealthy, but never fails to personally be a capitalist.

4/17/2011 04:48:00 PM

(4/17/2011 04:43:00 PM) - Al

Marco hitting 92-93 today, after averaging 89-91 the past couple years. Marco is small enough (6-0) that he might benefit from extra rest.

4/17/2011 04:43:00 PM

(4/17/2011 04:27:00 PM) - Al

The IRS folks know how to beat the hell with laws and rules.

Where is the Fair Tax?

4/17/2011 04:27:00 PM

(4/17/2011 04:16:00 PM) - Al

The home plate umpire in the first game of a doubleheader is never on the bases for game two, they have to fly in another umpire.--Bill S

Help me Rhonda. How spoiled are these lazy underachievers? They should break the union and just start over. I mean, how much worse can others be?

4/17/2011 04:16:00 PM

(4/17/2011 03:35:00 PM) - Al

ESPN with another look at what has happened, and guesses what will in the poker industry. First I've heard anyone guess another company might step in and accept US players for several years while the government builds a case against them.

I have no idea what Poker Stars and Full Tilt made in the past 4.5 years since the UIGEA was passed, but with 100K+ players online, it might well be a trillion dollars. That incentive might be enough for someone to come in.

Pokerscout says bwin, the parent of Party Poker, has about 5K players playing on average. Bwin made about $500M the past two years. They show Stars as having an average of about 50K real money players in the past couple months. Needless to say, the money is staggering.

4/17/2011 03:35:00 PM

(4/17/2011 03:13:00 PM) - Al

Kintzler needs a good outing to save his roster spot, as either he or Estrada will likely go down in a day or three when Hawkins returns. I would assume it will be Brandon, as the Crew will need a 5th SP on 5/27, barring another rain out...unless they'd let Mitre start one game.

Despite the HR, he did do a nice job saving the 'pen for game two.

4/17/2011 03:13:00 PM

(4/17/2011 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Jerry Seinfeld mocks the royal wedding as a "game of pretend."

Why the old media insists on covering these genetic lottery winners is beyond me.

4/17/2011 02:50:00 PM

(4/17/2011 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Those that worship at the altar of small ball need not watch any game but today's to see why they simply do not get it.

Yo has missed badly a couple times with his location, and the Nats have smacked them out of the park. That will beat a run here and there every single time.

4/17/2011 02:32:00 PM

(4/17/2011 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Last night I was waiting for the Rambling dog to knock at the door, I started skimming through the annual church report the Rambling wife had received, as their meeting is coming up. In amongst the budgets, finances, and other numbers, were attendance totals. They have a midweek service, a Saturday late afternoon service, and two on Sundays, and a variety of "special" services during the year. I'll estimate the total at 225, just for fun. Despite the various changes (births, deaths, moving in, moving out), attendance for all services was up 27...or 0.12 per.

That's an increase so small, it is all but certainly influenced by whatever method they use to count.

4/17/2011 02:00:00 PM

(4/17/2011 01:33:00 PM) - Al

Union protesters boo national anthem yesterday in Madison...on video.

Wow. And they're just stunned the average citizen does not kiss their feet and vote their way.

4/17/2011 01:33:00 PM

(4/17/2011 01:26:00 PM) - Al

Lefties in Oregon hurl insults at a black man attending tea party.

Yes, they are so much more civil and polite than me. The difference is, they bring race into everything, while I don't even notice it.

4/17/2011 01:26:00 PM

(4/17/2011 12:23:00 PM) - Al

Union protesters boo, attempt to drown out 14 year-old...singing God Bless America.

And they wonder why they lose elections. This is what democracy looks like...and they suck at it.

By the way, where is Obama so silent on this bad behavior?

ADDED: I guess it's nice they didn't refer to her as Hitler. So, in a way, they are getting better.

4/17/2011 12:23:00 PM

(4/17/2011 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Zaxby's just advertised on Food Network. Neither the Rambling wife or myself had ever heard of it, looks like a casual place that focuses on chicken in the SE and Texas.

Always hard to believe these regional places choose to advertise nationally, despite the closest restaurant to us being Indiana. You'd think they'd be wiser to spend their money on local cable and satellitte providers.

4/17/2011 11:56:00 AM

(4/17/2011 11:47:00 AM) - Al

Heyman reports the Brewers have signed 2B/SS Luis Figueroa to a minor league deal, after a solid winter ball season. He has parts of 11 seasons of AAA ball, and at least had a decent OBP.

Finding a guy that can play SS is getting almost as hard as finding a C, it would appear. That's ironic to me because so many players are drafted as SS's, as that's where the best athlete usually plays.

4/17/2011 11:47:00 AM

(4/17/2011 11:42:00 AM) - Al

Morgan has a thigh bruise, limited to PH duties. Counsell playing SS in game one.

4/17/2011 11:42:00 AM

(4/17/2011 12:03:00 AM) - Al

Eleven years later, TB still needs a new ballpark. If TB and OAK would get their stadium situations settled, MLB would be looking at expansion and maximizing revenue. Sadly, they can't move on until the lowly two houses are in order.

4/17/2011 12:03:00 AM

Saturday, April 16, 2011

(4/16/2011 11:51:00 PM) - Al

It's just embarrassing what Rob Neyer has become...he used to be on of the first guys to use math and sabermetrics to explain, he wonders if the Twins are done because they're 4-8.

Talk about calling it in.

4/16/2011 11:51:00 PM

(4/16/2011 08:54:00 PM) - Al

Damn progress. Jesse Jackson Jr. bemoans the loss of a retailer that was never very successful.

ow for his next act, JJJ will wonder what happened to the general store; the small town, one screen movie theater; and buggy whip manufacturers.


4/16/2011 08:54:00 PM

(4/16/2011 07:58:00 PM) - Al

Does exercise help you lose weight?

Time depresses me even more.

4/16/2011 07:58:00 PM

(4/16/2011 07:18:00 PM) - Al

Legal analyst says legalization is "inevitable." I have little doubt as well, but I sure would be pained if it took more than a few months.

4/16/2011 07:18:00 PM

(4/16/2011 05:14:00 PM) - Al

Palin tells the fiscally responsible to "fight like a girl."

To me, as a hick from flyover country, I think this is brilliant advice, both to the GOP and to those who are tired of online poker being treated as child porn or a meth lab. I know exactly what she means, we need to pull hair, knee the opponent in the stomach, claw, scratch, and do whatever it takes to ensure victory. Instead, we have guys in suits deciding a back room "deal" of $30B in mythical savings is good enough, and we'll go for more next time.

As I said the other day, they should be passing bills to cut excess spending every single week, and letting them die in the Senate, or by veto. That isn't wasting time, that's separating the wheat from the chaff. Electorate, this is the difference. We pass cuts, they laugh at them, and play the tax and spend game.

Did you see the election results last November? The citizens are furious, and more of the same is not an option. Obama's numbers are so low, he has come up with a pair of budget speeches this year, and both have been ridiculed, because both are like being voted "most pretty" at ugly camp. It is not a "budget" if it comes in billions/trillions/gadzillions in the red. We know that, but they do not.

We all need to "fight like a girl." If we don't, it'll be more socialist leanings and "spreading the wealth" will go to step two, which many of us are afraid to even speculate about, as damaging as step one has been.

4/16/2011 05:14:00 PM

(4/16/2011 04:42:00 PM) - Al

News on the patriotic group that rallied in Madison, surrounded by a minority still chanting about "democracy." Heh. Democracy has won. Take a math class. Palin gave a nice speech, I watched the first couple minutes, I was stunned how she looked like the belle of the ball, surrounded by everyone else who looked like it was windy and cold (which I'm sure it was). She talked no nonsense, straight-forward, just like we're used to from her. Much talk of fiscal restraint, the exact opposite as we hear from DC.

I have no idea who'll be the Republican nominee, or whether Palin will run. I do know, however, that the GOP has no chance in 2012 if they do not utilize the many popular figures that know how to spin a yarn, and irk the left...Palin, Christie, and several others who will step forward. Let's be honest, just tell the truth, and the independent will run to the elephant party...they dislike taxing and spending and fibbing and no long-term plan as much as we do.

4/16/2011 04:42:00 PM

(4/16/2011 04:27:00 PM) - Al

The PPA releases a statement over the recent happenings.

Very few big name players have said a word, as many are paid by the recently banned sites, and have been advised against speaking out. This has kind of left the poker world's views silent, except for tiny blogs like this one, renegades, and those who are either unattached or mostly live players. That lack of a voice is probably why this has happened, as only the extreme nanny state, utopians feel strongly against eliminating a game of skill from the internet.

4/16/2011 04:27:00 PM

(4/16/2011 03:23:00 PM) - Al

I've been saying it all year, but I think this Heart team is really, really good. They can beat anyone if they hit their 3's.

4/16/2011 03:23:00 PM

(4/16/2011 03:13:00 PM) - Al

This piece says most rich people...earned their money by doing something better than others.

That must be lies, because as we all know, all wealthy people are evil.

4/16/2011 03:13:00 PM

(4/16/2011 02:55:00 PM) - Al

The day after, players talking of moving to Costa Rica, Vancouver also mentioned often.

This pretty much sums it up:

Devin Porter is a 27 year-old poker pro from Utah who actually converted from being a live pro to an online grinder so he could stay home and spend more time with his wife and two-year old son. For six years, he has paid his bills, supported his family, and played full time. Now, he doesn’t see much of a way he can continue living the life he’s made for himself.

“I’m kind of just waiting for things to settle down and for things to come to light since it’s just chaos right now...I live in Utah and it’s not that far of a drive to Vegas, but I’m not going to drive there every weekend and I am not going to move my family. I’m kind of up in the air. If this is pretty long-term, I’m kind of out of the game for a while. It’s pretty depressing.”

Read the whole thing here.

The entire aim of DC right now seems to be taking all they can from the successful, and giving it to those who do nothing, except make horrendous decisions.

The rubes that voted for Obama do not seem to comprehend that "spreading the wealth" means taking it from many, but only the giving.

Now, maybe they will. And, I sure hope the newly unemployed and underemployed are eating nutritiously. Heaven forbid they drown their sorrows with a cookie or pastry.

4/16/2011 02:55:00 PM

(4/16/2011 02:53:00 PM) - Al

Female part-time pro tells of her situation.

I have not made that much, but I've been supplementing my income in this manner for ten years. It's a painful day for many of us.

4/16/2011 02:53:00 PM

(4/16/2011 02:48:00 PM) - Al

Walker's budget has lowest structural deficit in 15 years, and will hold down property taxes to a tiny increase.

So, tell me, do you think the middle-class folks in small-town WI will appreciate that? Or be saddened union members are finally paying part of their own way?

4/16/2011 02:48:00 PM

(4/16/2011 02:39:00 PM) - Al

The shift will work far more often than it does not. Those that don't "get it" are like the calling stations in poker...they can't stand to fold a hand because a miracle river just might hit...and it will, a small percentage of the time. Give me the 90% play, and I'll take my chances.

There are times Prince should bunt and try to beat it...down 2 leading off the 9th, for example. If you stay alert and keep the situation in mind, you are better off using it. Remember what Ted Williams said, as he refused to try and hit the ball the other way, "They're trying to mess up my perfect swing."

Most players are not Ted Williams, but if they try and do something they do not usually do, they will usually not do it very's kind of like football's nickel and dime pass defenses, for a century, baseball has just used a "base" defense every batter, not paying attention to the specifics.

4/16/2011 02:39:00 PM

(4/16/2011 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Union supporters walking around the square chanting "show me what democracy looks like"--WKOW

Heh. The union thinks that the majority should cave into the demands of a privileged minority. The election is proof that they need a new game plan, but they continue to do stupid things...obscene chants and signs, booing the national anthem, trying to drown out tea party speakers, and so on. This type of behavior simply does not play for average citizens who go to work each day, eek out a living, and don't call in sick to go do the above.

Thank goodness they have such fools in charge, and Mike Moore and the like...hated, despised, ignorant people, keep gravitating to them.

4/16/2011 01:49:00 PM

(4/16/2011 01:39:00 PM) - Al

(Anti-tea party) crowd chants SHAME and RECALL WALKER during the National Anthem.--Charlie Sykes

This is why they lose elections.

4/16/2011 01:39:00 PM

(4/16/2011 10:48:00 AM) - Al

I love what a friend said:We must be the laughing stock of the world.This country is broke yet we're not pursuing online poker tax revenue.--Linda Johnson, the first lady of poker

Obama insists we can spend our way out of financial difficulty. And spread the wealth at the same time.

How's that workin' out?

4/16/2011 10:48:00 AM

Friday, April 15, 2011

(4/15/2011 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Just when you think the Brits can't sink any lower, they manage to do so.

4/15/2011 11:19:00 PM

(4/15/2011 11:07:00 PM) - Al

Our president is a parody of himself.

He wishes the Oval Office had cool phones. I wish we had a president who wasn't completely undeserving of his title.

4/15/2011 11:07:00 PM

(4/15/2011 10:57:00 PM) - Al

Tried to go for a walk this evening, but the sleet in my face was a bit much! Seriously already, go dump this junk on Gore! He's the joker that invented Global Warming in the first place!--Facebook friend

He's nothing but a punchline and a hypocritical fraud.

4/15/2011 10:57:00 PM

(4/15/2011 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Rumor has it Full Tilt is still open to US customers. Not sure if they are flaunting the Department of Justice's power, simply do not have the capabilities to separate players by nation, or are just collecting some US rake before they shut down at midnight Eastern time or whenever the plug is pulled, as many insiders have predicted the sites will be gone from the internet in a few hours/days/weeks, not just the USA.

4/15/2011 10:40:00 PM

(4/15/2011 10:28:00 PM) - Al

I think Gomez trying to get the double was a good gamble, took a perfect throw to get him by just a bit. Extra-inning games are often decided by luck or a mistake, that's the nature of the sport.

Years ago, people used to say good teams win one-run games, but results have shown they win far fewer close games than they do other games. No one ever likes admitting luck beats skill, but in the run, it often does.

4/15/2011 10:28:00 PM

(4/15/2011 10:20:00 PM) - Al

Casuals on Twitter complaining about Prince's throw, do not notice throw would have been late anyway. He bobbled the ball slightly, slowing the ball's arrival at the plate.

4/15/2011 10:20:00 PM

(4/15/2011 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Far from a perfect throw from Yuni, but wasn't that right in Prince's glove?

4/15/2011 09:18:00 PM

(4/15/2011 06:55:00 PM) - Al

Reason on the online poker is evil patheticness...Obama is a fraud.

Well, we knew that before...

4/15/2011 06:55:00 PM

(4/15/2011 06:33:00 PM) - Al

Even vegans know their food looks like crap.

4/15/2011 06:33:00 PM

(4/15/2011 06:24:00 PM) - Al

What's truly sad? Bodog, which has offered sports betting, in addition to poker and casino gambling, is still open and taking US customers, despite the fact there is little doubt they are breaking laws; while online poker, a game of skill, is under attack despite there being no legislation against it. None.

What the hell has happened to my country?

4/15/2011 06:24:00 PM

(4/15/2011 06:19:00 PM) - Al

While it is a short-term setback, online poker will return, better than ever, because of the work that those of us who love game put in from this moment forward. It is a game of skill, a game that takes a moment to learn and a lifetime to master. It's our game, a game for everyone, regardless of age, gender, color, or handicap* and it will grow because of what we do.

This is going to be our greatest triumph, legalizing the game we love, in the nation we love. Today, we are angry, but that anger will allow us to take the first step in a lengthy journey.

I hope you join me in contacting your legislators, both on the state and national level, and let them know how you are feeling. What's done is done. The future is limit less...or no limit if you so choose.:)

*My handicap? I chase too many flushes. There is no known cure.

4/15/2011 06:19:00 PM

(4/15/2011 04:04:00 PM) - Al

Well, on the day I sent the US gov't a LOT of money to finish up 2010 taxes, they shut down my income stream.--Jason Senti

Department of Justice seizes domain names of dominant poker sites, shut down to US players...for now at least.

Incredibly sad day for those of us who have been playing poker online for just short of a decade. I started with $25, never lost it, and over the years built it up and despite making withdrawals, and still had a bankroll to play with.

No one what this means long-term...many of us have learned to expect the worst from the nanny state, which is currently trying to completely control our lives...if there was ever anything that should be supported, it is online poker, a simple game of math, skill, and as the saying goes, takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master.

Of course, many play full-time, and many more have other jobs in the industry dependent on online play. Already, message boards are full of people who are worried about their money currently in sites, as well as trying to locate live tournaments and cash games to play. In my case, live poker is an hour away and for those of us used to online play, sucks. With the tipping, small amount of hands you see, and for many of us that don't really care for people, well,

4/15/2011 04:04:00 PM

Thursday, April 14, 2011

(4/14/2011 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Hard to get too worried about Axford, he's still throwing 95-96 with a plus breaking ball, and his control has always been a weakness, but he makes up for it with his K's and keeping the ball in the park. A pair of walks up 4 in the 9th is bothersome to say the least...he should take a bit off and hit the strike zone, as a BB is a worst case scenario.

Wolf looked just like he did the second half of last year, very good. Lucroy needs to figure out what Randy wants to do, but maybe progress is being made...after two early visits, I did not see another.

4/14/2011 09:58:00 PM

(4/14/2011 09:34:00 PM) - Al

Scenes from Sacramento's probable final game. Tough to watch if you are a Bucks fan, or realize how many straight sellouts that franchise had at one time.

4/14/2011 09:34:00 PM

(4/14/2011 09:22:00 PM) - Al

Joe Mauer goes on the DL, my fantasy team has 3 spots, and I think I have 5 hurt and I believe I cut another couple and just replaced them.

I did draft Utley knowing he would miss April, but it's no wonder I'm in last.

4/14/2011 09:22:00 PM

(4/14/2011 09:16:00 PM) - Al

What do you think? Was it correctly called a double or should it have been an error?


I did not see the replay. He was running back after it, and looks like he may have jumped right at the end. If he did, it was certainly a hit. Probably was anyway, but I'd have to take another look. I forget how the rule is worded, but it is something to the effect of "normal effort"...certainly not a simple play.

4/14/2011 09:16:00 PM

(4/14/2011 07:12:00 PM) - Al

Why squatting when you poop is better for you.

Ramblings provides these health posts at no charge. You are welcome.

4/14/2011 07:12:00 PM

(4/14/2011 06:32:00 PM) - Al

Keith Olbermann is terrified of strong conservative women. Of course, I'm sure Cupp could beat him up while eating a sandwich in one hand, so I suppose he has every reason to be.

He should at least relax and enjoy the view. Cupp is gorgeous whether you believe in low taxes, minimal government and freedom, or like Olbermann, a Marxist utopia.

4/14/2011 06:32:00 PM

(4/14/2011 06:18:00 PM) - Al

It takes seven hours to do the 1040EZ form.


The Fair Tax can't come soon enough. Of course, since Obama wants unfair taxes (spread the wealth!)...and is proud of it, we won't see it anytime soon.

4/14/2011 06:18:00 PM

(4/14/2011 05:09:00 PM) - Al

I don't think I've ever heard a speech so universally criticized. His frat boy speechwriter had a better day when he was groping an artificial Ms. Clinton.

Hard to believe that clod ever had a sober moment in his life, isn't it? Ah, you reap what you sow. Hire some clown I wouldn't trust to pet sit the Rambling dog for a weekend, you're going to end up with some clunkers.

EDIT: I find it funny when you google "frat boy speechwriter", every single result refers to that loser. Gonna be tough to get gigs with that when the current gravy train ends.

4/14/2011 05:09:00 PM

(4/14/2011 05:06:00 PM) - Al

Take a gander at the Mariners' lineup, and let's start a pool on how long Jack Z has a job. After a historically awful offense in '10, it might be worse. That lucky year they had in '09 was the worst thing that could have happened, because they won about twn more games than they "should" have, based on runs scored and allowed. It made them think they could compete with terrible offense, and in reality, they were just lucky. 'Tis a shame.

4/14/2011 05:06:00 PM

(4/14/2011 04:41:00 PM) - Al

I still wonder what Obama was thinking with Libya...did he really think dropping a few explosives from the sky was going to defeat a substantial ground force? Go big, or go home. If your exit strategy consists of, "Um, I hope they quit," you pretty much have shown your inability to be an effective commander-in-chief.

4/14/2011 04:41:00 PM

(4/14/2011 02:58:00 PM) - Al

This reminds me of the union ads where they claim to be "middle class."

$80K a year is not middle class, especially for 185 days of work a year.

Hey, I'm all for these clowns paying more taxes, just write a check. I'm also all for people buying more lottery tickets, as that's a voluntary tax (of course, there's nothing wrong with buying a few instead of eating out or having a drink).

4/14/2011 02:58:00 PM

(4/14/2011 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Freshman Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a tea party favorite, said in just five short months, Obama had gone from extending tax cuts to proposing tax hikes on those who are trying to create jobs.--Politico

He reminds me of the gal who orders steak, and then as the waiter is bringing it out, she changes her mind to salad. When you don't stand for anything, you notice the wind changes direction a lot.

4/14/2011 01:25:00 PM

(4/14/2011 12:05:00 PM) - Al

Fangraphs looks at Sam Fuld's value.

As usual, they overstate the worth of defense. If he is the best defensive OF in the game, he's still not that good. However, for CF, he might well be plenty passable.

4/14/2011 12:05:00 PM

(4/14/2011 11:03:00 AM) - Al

I am often asked if there are any "sleeper" blogs I read...check out Rory. I'm torn between being impressed and irritated by him.

4/14/2011 11:03:00 AM

(4/14/2011 10:14:00 AM) - Al

I'd be shocked if any of the East playoff series go more than 5. The top four are simply better than the others, and unlike the Bucks, none of the lower seeds are on a roll.

Meanwhile, I could see the West having some incredible games and series, even in the first round. Amazing the Lakers could not even get motivated enough to be the #2 seed, meaning they'll have to beat a tough Portland team, and then probably the Mavs and Spurs, both on the road. That's a mighty tough road for a team whose leader is simply a buffoon. Tough not to notice the fact Phil Jackson has been putting them down at every opportunity all year, and they still coasted through.

EDIT: Bill e-mails to say the Lakers are the #2 seed, apparently, the link at ESPN was incorrect last night, even though all the games were long over.

4/14/2011 10:14:00 AM

(4/14/2011 12:01:00 AM) - Al

I'm off to bed, 6AM comes early for us old guys. There will be a few scheduled posts popping up, if you care to check them out.

4/14/2011 12:01:00 AM

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

(4/13/2011 10:23:00 PM) - Al

I have some sort of compliance meeting tomorrow, so I'll be out all day.


4/13/2011 10:23:00 PM

(4/13/2011 10:21:00 PM) - Al

Another Obama/Carter comparison. Put him in a sweater and stand him by a gas line, I might put on some bell bottoms and grow a mullet myself.

4/13/2011 10:21:00 PM

(4/13/2011 10:09:00 PM) - Al

Mitch Daniels looks to be running for president.

He's my top choice if he runs. Unless, of course, there's a chance of President Christie in 2013. I'd happily pay Obama's hideous taxes (I'm sorry, spending changes in the tax code) for that. The state of the union would be funnier than anything that the CW has ever aired.

4/13/2011 10:09:00 PM

(4/13/2011 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Look what the CBO says about the budget cuts.

I'm off to weep for our future.

4/13/2011 10:08:00 PM

(4/13/2011 10:04:00 PM) - Al

GOP Gov. Chris Christie used the report as another opportunity to attack existing contracts the state has with public worker unions. He is currently in negotiations with public worker unions over a new contract. The current contract expires at the end of June.

"This whole collective bargaining stuff has been such a great education for me," Christie said Wednesday. "You should see all the crap they've got in there. It's unbelievable."

Heh. Welcome to unions's another word for pork. It's where taxpayers pay for a few to have far better benefits than themselves. With luck, we'll be reading about it in history books in a couple decades.

4/13/2011 10:04:00 PM

(4/13/2011 09:58:00 PM) - Al

If someone can keep the Kings in Sacramento, they could also easily be elected mayor. Too bad, but, the more of these you see, the latest being Seattle and Sacramento, the more you wonder about Milwaukee. Herb Kohl is not going to donate his entire fortune to a charity known as NBA basketball in Milwaukee.

4/13/2011 09:58:00 PM

(4/13/2011 09:45:00 PM) - Al

Dodgers cancel half-price alcohol promotion.

To be blunt, in this day and age, the mere idea of such a night reeks of your legal counsel being either illiterate or guilty of malpractice.

4/13/2011 09:45:00 PM

(4/13/2011 09:37:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks simply outplayed and outhustled the Thunder, though it is possible OKC did not want to move up and play the Lakers in round two. Regardless, as you'd expect from a Scott Skiles team, they played hard in a meaningless game.

4/13/2011 09:37:00 PM

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