Al's Ramblings

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

(11/30/2011 10:23:00 PM) - Al

The Badgers are a couple missed shots from being even with the Tar Heels with under a minute to play.

I'm not sure if Bo's team is peaking early or if they can really be this good without Leuer, Nankovil, and others. They forced a couple shots, but it's difficult to imagine a team this young playing a more mistake free contest.

11/30/2011 10:23:00 PM

(11/30/2011 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Only 30 tons of trash at Occupy LA?

1. I would have expected more.

2. They left 30 tons behind, and want more to be given to them.

3. To be blunt, this is quite possibly a group of people that proves not everyone has redeeming qualities. They are complete idiots, classless, and simply unable to function in society.

Of course, other than the rape, vandalism, and violence toward police officers...just think what that money could be spent on if not for these neanderthals.

Let's not forget, not a single arrest was ever made at a tea party, and they left the area cleaner than they found it. Occupy has proven what a class act the tea party is/was, despite the fact the old media tried to make them into punks and thugs...which is exactly what Occupy is.

Irony is delicious.

11/30/2011 09:41:00 PM

(11/30/2011 09:22:00 PM) - Al

I think most of us would be shocked if there wasn't massive fraud.

That's what they do.

11/30/2011 09:22:00 PM

(11/30/2011 07:43:00 PM) - Al

This kid might just be of use to the Crew as a AAA SS and utility prospect. The Royals DFA'd him today, and since their minor league system is loaded, he might be a victim of a lack of 40 man space.

As with most SS's, he lacks punch, but his minor league defensive metrics are very good, he was a 2nd round pick, he can run a bit, and he isn't a complete black hole at the plate, though he has not seen AAA yet. He also missed all of 2010, so he may still be getting back to 100%, and due for a breakout campaign.

Heck, if he ends up being a fast guy who can play SS decently and that's it, he's an above average middle infield reserve. Not much downside to him.

11/30/2011 07:43:00 PM

(11/30/2011 04:51:00 PM) - Al

Mindy McCready was so darn attractive and normal 15 years ago.

Former boyfriend Dean Cain must count his blessings every single day.

11/30/2011 04:51:00 PM

(11/30/2011 04:36:00 PM) - Al

The other two games are unknown, but expect the 10:30 p.m. start to be a West Coast game.--Pro Basketball Talk

Ya think?

11/30/2011 04:36:00 PM

(11/30/2011 02:29:00 PM) - Al

Jack Daniels picks up where the government falls short.

Good for them.

11/30/2011 02:29:00 PM

(11/30/2011 01:54:00 PM) - Al

New York Times outs alleged rape victim.

Some days, it's hard to believe the Times was ever a respected piece of the media.

11/30/2011 01:54:00 PM

(11/30/2011 01:47:00 PM) - Al

Doug named executive of the year by BA.

Can't recall if this leaked or not before today, but regardless...

Congrats to Doug and well deserved.

11/30/2011 01:47:00 PM

(11/30/2011 01:45:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers and Giants might well be having a conversation soon.

11/30/2011 01:45:00 PM

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

(11/29/2011 10:13:00 PM) - Al

Al Gore Sr. and Robert Byrd were KKK members and are still considered heroes to the left, not to mention Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton's anti-Jewish sentiments that have been swept under the proverbial hate filled rugs.

History has been rewritten for years, but most of us aren't that stupid.

11/29/2011 10:13:00 PM

(11/29/2011 08:57:00 PM) - Al

Why don't we just eliminate elections all together and legislate everything from the long as it's a far, far-left bench.

11/29/2011 08:57:00 PM

(11/29/2011 08:26:00 PM) - Al

Wisconsinite Kristen Johnson, formerly of 3rd Rock and now in Nick's The Exes, looks better now than she did years ago.

She's older than me, so that's quite an accomplishment.

11/29/2011 08:26:00 PM

(11/29/2011 08:04:00 PM) - Al

They don't lie, they're truth challenged.

Considering his long association with a racist, anti-American church...that the old media ignored, nothing would surprise me.

11/29/2011 08:04:00 PM

(11/29/2011 08:01:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks may lack 50 win talent, but they do have depth...if they bring Tobias and Leuer, they'll be a very solid 15 deep, which might be a perfect situation considering games will be fast and furious...depth will be needed for rest and to cover for injuries.

11/29/2011 08:01:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:51:00 PM) - Al

Demi Moore, recently split from husband Ashton Kutcher, skipped her daughter's debutante ball in Paris over the weekend.--Yahoo

I once dated a beauty contest winner. I may have tried going out with a debutante, but I bet her dad would have had Geeves beat the crap out of me.

11/29/2011 06:51:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:47:00 PM) - Al

Manzanillo injured in auto accident, should be OK at some point during season.

As contributor Robert once said, it's amazing more players are not hurt/killed in this young men with money and free time is a dangerous combination.

11/29/2011 06:47:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:40:00 PM) - Al

The problem with the Victoria Secret's fashion show is all the models have such small breasts.--Tweet from a model retweeted to me...I think she was making a joke.

Either that or she's nearsighted.

11/29/2011 06:40:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Valentine to manage BOS. Cherington appears to have lost the first battle, which is a mighty bad sign. If the owners won't let him pick his own manager, heaven forbid he sign someone to a $20M a season contract.

11/29/2011 06:36:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:32:00 PM) - Al

Not sure why people are so opposed to slaughtering horses for food...they don't make drugs or vaccines out of them anymore, like the reason they gave on MASH.

Actually, I'd have to think it's a lean, healthy meat.

Note the shock in the article's tone that Obama said one thing and did another. Talk about not paying attention for three years.

11/29/2011 06:32:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:21:00 PM) - Al

I didn't know his work but Patrice O'Neal's death died of a stroke at age 41 why I'm hitting the treadmill tonight--Charles Payne

Much of it is just dumb luck, as people die from bad hearts and hereditary conditions all the time. That said, eating more than you exercise certainly doesn't help.

11/29/2011 06:21:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:12:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife's uncle was telling me about a decade ago that he always used to go to the dentist every 6-12 months, but it just got to the point where every time he went, he got a bill for $500, so he just quit. After several years, he went in with a sore tooth, they fixed it for $200, told him he should have some other stuff done, and that was it. He said he did not see any reason to start going regularly.

Sadly, every time I go, I feel the same way.

11/29/2011 06:12:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:08:00 PM) - Al

Any dental assistants or hygienists out there? Shoot me an e-mail if you are, or if maybe your wife or girlfriend is? I have a question about a procedure they are recommending for me.

11/29/2011 06:08:00 PM

(11/29/2011 06:01:00 PM) - Al

How I wish a candidate would step forward and ask where the leadership is in DC?

11/29/2011 06:01:00 PM

(11/29/2011 05:21:00 PM) - Al

Deer harvest up slightly. I had one run right in front of me on the way home from Antigo today (no more than an hour after a guy told me "there aren't any deer out there") and another ran across the same spot when I looked in the mirror. I doubt the one was more than 20 feet in front of me, and it was across the highway before I got my foot off the gas. Just one jump.

On the way there this AM, something flew off a truck and chipped my windshield. It's never a dull drive, I guess. I scheduled an appointment online for Friday afternoon, and hopefully, it will remain a chip until then, though I tried to add full glass coverage when we switched to Farmers (bum ba bum ba bum ba bum) last summer, I'm not sure if he did, because it only added $5-10 for six months. I can't believe anyone wouldn't choose to get it at that price, to avoid the $250/500 deductible if you ever need a windshield or window replaced.

11/29/2011 05:21:00 PM

(11/29/2011 05:11:00 PM) - Al

Barney Franks' history has already been rewritten by NPR.

Franks was no more "an advocate for affordable housing" than Teddy Kennedy "enjoyed spending time in the water with underprivileged girls."

11/29/2011 05:11:00 PM

(11/29/2011 03:39:00 PM) - Al

Bucks' assistant coaches watched lots of film. I think it's called, justifying your salary.

11/29/2011 03:39:00 PM

(11/29/2011 02:52:00 PM) - Al

I believe Governor Walker said, it's either layoff teachers or make changes.

Kenosha and Milwaukee seem to prove his point. Luckily, other districts have a clue.

11/29/2011 02:52:00 PM

(11/29/2011 02:43:00 PM) - Al

Months after the request, Madison agrees to release sick notes, though with the guilty parties and personal info redacted.

I understand the need for health info to be confidential, but there's no reason for names to be crossed off, as there's certainly no embarrassment in missing a day or two of work...unless you're guilty of something.

They're admitting their wrongdoing in the way they've handled this.

11/29/2011 02:43:00 PM

(11/29/2011 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Patrice O'Neal, comic, dies from complications from a stroke.

I feel bad for him, as he was funny on the Charlie Sheen roast. However, some on Twitter were saying Ed O'Neill passed away. O'Neill, of course, played Al Bundy on Married with Children for a decade, and to be honest, never got his due because critics would not admit how funny he was or the show was, as it was far from politically correct. Now, he's on Modern Family, and suddenly, he's a genius.

I would have simply been crushed if O'Neill would have died, as to be blunt, Al Bundy's character is a classic, and to me and many others, O'Neill will always be Al Bundy.

11/29/2011 02:33:00 PM

(11/29/2011 02:24:00 PM) - Al

Broxton signs for 1y/$4M.

That's about double what I expected, as no one has any idea if he'll be able to pitch next year.

That makes Matt Thornton, who the White Sox want to deal, seem downright cheap at $6M, as he's healthy and has been durable.

11/29/2011 02:24:00 PM

Monday, November 28, 2011

(11/28/2011 10:27:00 PM) - Al

The Vikings seem to be on their last ditch stadium plan.

I'd add a hotel room tax as well, as that would be paid almost entirely by out-of-towners.

11/28/2011 10:27:00 PM

(11/28/2011 10:09:00 PM) - Al

This would be a big deal if only the old media did not ignore it, since it involves the left.

11/28/2011 10:09:00 PM

(11/28/2011 09:44:00 PM) - Al

Orioles expected to name longtime Brewers coach Bill Castro as their bullpen coach.

I'm surprised it took so long, though the Crew may have still been paying him, bot sure how long his contract ran.

Duquette worked with him in MIL.

11/28/2011 09:44:00 PM

(11/28/2011 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Phil Gramm writes about Reagan. You can subscribe to the newsletter by scrolling to the bottom.

11/28/2011 06:48:00 PM

(11/28/2011 06:30:00 PM) - Al

This is why I never make fun of the IRS.

Because they're doing a great job.


11/28/2011 06:30:00 PM

(11/28/2011 04:39:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks' "new" schedule will be released next week, per the Bucks' e-mail.

11/28/2011 04:39:00 PM

(11/28/2011 04:38:00 PM) - Al

New brewers hitting coach johnny narron was hamiltons safety blanket. Rangers showing keen interest in finding new solution.--Heyman

I was kidding about Hamilton in MIL, by the way.

11/28/2011 04:38:00 PM

(11/28/2011 04:26:00 PM) - Al

As the Rambling son and I were going through his backpack, Minnie Driver is on Ellen talking about the Oxfam catalog, which instead of wasting money on a holiday sweater, allows you to do good work for people who can use the help.

This is where all Halloween costume money should go, at least among people over the age of ten. Of course, it shouldn't be because someone makes it so, but because immature idiots grow the hell up and decide to quit being so damn ignorant.

Just think how much money we could free up to do good if we eliminated the waste we now tolerate from Madison and DC. Or, the need for millions in security because of bad behavior from the unions and Occupy.

They are part of the problem, and should contact the tea party for advice on how to have a protest that does not result in arrests and violence.

11/28/2011 04:26:00 PM

(11/28/2011 04:23:00 PM) - Al

Stalin's daughter dies in my home county.

Small world.

11/28/2011 04:23:00 PM

(11/28/2011 02:29:00 PM) - Al

Crew names Johnny Narron as new hitting coach.

If he wants to bring Hamilton with him, I'm ok with it.

11/28/2011 02:29:00 PM

(11/28/2011 01:28:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have maintained dialogue with agent for Takashi Saito, source

Either he or Hawkins would be great. Still solid, not that expensive. You can't have an entire bullpen of one inning guys who can't go back-to-back days, but you can have one or two.

11/28/2011 01:28:00 PM

(11/28/2011 01:19:00 PM) - Al

The A's will be moving their spring home to Mesa, leaving Phoenix open in '13. With the Brewers contract up, I think after '12, they have a ton of bargaining power, as they have been rumored to move elsewhere in AZ or to FL for the last few years.

11/28/2011 01:19:00 PM

(11/28/2011 12:53:00 PM) - Al

There's only one reason old, powerhungry guys like Obey and Frank leave...they're afraid they're going to lose. Frank has long been as far-left as anyone in DC, and that's not a good place to be right now, with skyrocketing debt and a down economy.

As the link shows, it is astounding Frank has managed to emerge bloodless in the mortgage scandal, as he long fought for people to be able to get a loan regardless of, you know, if they could pay it back.

11/28/2011 12:53:00 PM

(11/28/2011 12:36:00 PM) - Al

How BadgerCare has gone from a tiny program to a behemoth expenditure.

This could be called "how government works when deficit spending is not a problem."

A gander at the premium for the final aspect, which has gone from $130 to $325 in a couple years, also tells you all you need to know about how bad they are at estimating costs. A less optimistic person would say they purposely do it to get stuff passed.

11/28/2011 12:36:00 PM

(11/28/2011 12:20:00 PM) - Al

The 35-year-old lefty signed a deal last spring that guarantees him $12 million over the next two years, and remains one of the best lefty set-up guys in the majors. The Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Brewers are among the teams that appear to be tracking Thornton’s availability.--Chicago Tribune

The Crew was rumored to have interest in Thornton last summer as well.

11/28/2011 12:20:00 PM

Sunday, November 27, 2011

(11/27/2011 10:44:00 PM) - Al

Brian Butch is leading the D-League in scoring & rebounding--he's back and better than ever.--D League

Can't believe he'll be in the D League long, but I've said that before.

11/27/2011 10:44:00 PM

(11/27/2011 10:12:00 PM) - Al


Kyoto would mean the end of industry as we know it. W knew that.

11/27/2011 10:12:00 PM

(11/27/2011 08:48:00 PM) - Al

Eric sends along this link, and asks what I think.

I think Bowden and others are underestimating the market, as little has been said about him or Pujols yet. All it takes is one team, and it's difficult for me to believe that not a single AL team offers him more than the Crew is able to without a DH...especially in length of contract. I can't see the Crew going more than 5-6, but I can easily see SEA or BAL going 7-9, knowing they can plug him in at DH the final few seasons.

11/27/2011 08:48:00 PM

(11/27/2011 07:32:00 PM) - Al

Tebow is now 5-1, Broncos have been underdogs in all six starts. He is far from a Peyton Manning or a Drew Brees, but he doesn't turn the ball over, he runs for first downs, and he sure seems to do well in the last two minutes.

11/27/2011 07:32:00 PM

(11/27/2011 05:34:00 PM) - Al

This administration is terrified of freedom.

11/27/2011 05:34:00 PM

(11/27/2011 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Paul Ryan's ideas all make perfect sense if you agree the status quo is unworkable and a negative drain on our future.

That said, if you're willing to overlook the $15T debt and the rising deficits brought on by the current administration, what the heck; spend, spend, spend.

11/27/2011 02:03:00 PM

(11/27/2011 01:57:00 PM) - Al

NBA schedule details leaking out, a bit over four months long.

The Bucks are tweeting and e-mailing out ticket hours and the like, but as of today, there is no schedule to glance at to decide what games to go to. I'm sure they'd be happy to sell you vouchers and gift cards, as well as season tiks, but they need to put forth an official list of games ASAP to offset the lost time and anger some fans will have.

11/27/2011 01:57:00 PM

(11/27/2011 01:02:00 PM) - Al

The Red Sox have narrowed their managerial search to two finalists, Bobby Valentine and Gene Lamont. Olney says some of GM Ben Cherington's peers (with other teams) are wondering if Cherington prefers Lamont while his bosses prefer Valentine.--Olney, through MLBTR

Hard to believe a numbers type guy would want the constant distractions and circus atmosphere Valentine brings. Lamont is by all accounts a quiet, boring guy, which makes sense in BOS, where they overreact to everything.

11/27/2011 01:02:00 PM

(11/27/2011 12:50:00 PM) - Al

George Will says the post office should go private.

I say, along with about two dozen other government money drains. Note, the post office lost more than the budget of many states...and in DC, no one finds this the least bit alarming.

As with most good ideas, it would be a good start.

11/27/2011 12:50:00 PM

(11/27/2011 12:38:00 PM) - Al

Gingrich is just saying exactly what he wants, and that is going to go over quite well in flyover country. The public despises Occupy, and thinks Obama's teleprompter usage is a crutch. Bringing those nuggets up will only make folks consider him to be timely.

11/27/2011 12:38:00 PM

(11/27/2011 10:59:00 AM) - Al

Mark Steyn writes just how embarrassing it is that federal spending is out of control.

They can't even make imaginary cuts they know will never take place.

11/27/2011 10:59:00 AM

Saturday, November 26, 2011

(11/26/2011 06:33:00 PM) - Al

A decade later, the left is still trying to convince us (and themselves) that the turkey was plastic.

It wasn't, though W's visit to a war zone to see the troops was.

11/26/2011 06:33:00 PM

(11/26/2011 04:23:00 PM) - Al

Read "Why Women in Their 20's Often Rush Into Marriage," penned by a 32 year-old gal, with a feeling of superiority.

11/26/2011 04:23:00 PM

(11/26/2011 04:02:00 PM) - Al

Black Friday sales up 6.6%, an indication that the early hours worked, and possibly, that the economy is not as bad as many think.

11/26/2011 04:02:00 PM

(11/26/2011 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Apparently in other states, threatening to kill the governor is a big deal.

11/26/2011 02:20:00 PM

(11/26/2011 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Other Americans who may be concerned about issues such as income inequality could not identify with OWS as a movement, particularly after observing increases in violence, disrespect of the police, disease outbreaks in the camps, and the lack of a coherent message.

For those of us who don’t live near one of the protest sites, the OWS movement supplied some comic relief, but they were never destined to survive the onset of inclement weather. Good riddance.--Ed Rogers

Finally, an official obit has been written, note the fact others realize note the correlation between bad weather and their demise.

11/26/2011 11:45:00 AM

(11/26/2011 09:58:00 AM) - Al

NBA and players reach a deal, camp to start in two weeks, games Xmas Day.

They will play 66 games, so players will get 80% of their salary for the season, and not have to put up with as many practices.

11/26/2011 09:58:00 AM

Friday, November 25, 2011

(11/25/2011 09:30:00 PM) - Al

The 24 hours that started at 9 p.m. Thursday will be the biggest in retail history, with sales estimated at $27 billion, according to Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, one of the few experts predicting a strong season.--Yahoo

Looks like Buy Nothing Day was a huge success.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to giggle at the incompetence of others.

11/25/2011 09:30:00 PM

(11/25/2011 08:02:00 PM) - Al

Wisconsin is the king of a government who thinks they should be involved in everything. Simply put, they feel their job is not to stay out of way, but to make everything utopian.

And, like most everything, they suck at it.

Cut, cut, cut.

11/25/2011 08:02:00 PM

(11/25/2011 07:44:00 PM) - Al

Waste is everywhere in government. That's why cutting is far easier than the left lets on.

11/25/2011 07:44:00 PM

(11/25/2011 04:39:00 PM) - Al

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You can even tell me how bad my bets are (and they have been), and the like. Click here to become a member.

11/25/2011 04:39:00 PM

(11/25/2011 03:23:00 PM) - Al


My wife went out to the stores last night and did not get home 'til 11AM. The funny thing is, she says this year did not have nearly the deep discounts as other Black Fridays, though she was out 13+ hours and spent several hundred dollars. She said she may have spent money now that she would have spent next Spring or Summer, but really did not buy much extra stuff. What did you think?


Instapundit just said his daughter felt the same way. However, as is often the case, your mind plays tricks on shoppers, as retailers use this to lure shoppers in.

For example, let's say for a minute I owned Al's, a big box general merchandise, evil capitalist pig kind of place. Let's say I would have had a basic laptop for $99, and 32 inch TV's for $149. Obviously, I would only have a limited number of each, and in addition, I would have other discounts such as 20% off this and 30% off that.

Meanwhile, one of my main competitors, we'll call them Bullseye, did not have the sexy products at a deep discount, but ran many 50-70% off deals on various categories.

Much of the public would tell you Al's had incredible specials, and would likely be the focus of message boards and small talk. But, after those items sell out a few minutes after opening, Al's has nothing to sell. Bullseye has thousands of things to buy at more than half off. Al's is the hare, but Bullseye is the turtle, and will win the race at the end of the day.

I have never witnessed so much depth in many store assortments, and clothing is already very inexpensive, lots of 50%+ or more, which is often what you see on 12/26. Also, lots of specials were on things that could be called "essentials," even though they really aren', cookware, and so on. But, since they are items most folks use often, they can more easily justify spending money in a down economy.

11/25/2011 03:23:00 PM

(11/25/2011 02:48:00 PM) - Al

This Black Friday, take 10% off all purchases of Obama2012 gear with code 10%TURKEYDAY--Obama 2012 Twitter site

Even our president is a capitalist on Black Friday. I can only hope Michelle is proud of this.

11/25/2011 02:48:00 PM

(11/25/2011 02:42:00 PM) - Al

For those keeping track, Occupy arrests nearing 5K, tea party arrests remain at zero.

And yet, the old media will insist the tea party folks were just terrible, evil people.

I anxiously await how history is rewritten to explain this.

11/25/2011 02:42:00 PM

(11/25/2011 11:52:00 AM) - Al

Continue to read BOS may look to trade Scutaro, possibly for a SP.

Could it be easier for Doug to find a SP on the FA market than a SS? Quite possibly, especially since Doug has Greinke, Marcum, and Wolf in the final year of their contracts (they do have an option on Randy for '13).

11/25/2011 11:52:00 AM

(11/25/2011 11:27:00 AM) - Al

The Obama history calendar...I would look forward to the day when Michelle said she was, for the first time, been proud of her country.

That must have been one helluva day...

11/25/2011 11:27:00 AM

(11/25/2011 10:39:00 AM) - Al

I find it hilarious that they have Buy Nothing Day on the busiest shopping day of the year, thus guaranteeing it is a total and complete failure...every single year.

The ignorance of these anti-capitalists is fitting, but simply astounding. It's actually a lot like atheists, no one has any problem with someone being one (part of freedom of religion is also the right not to practice any), however, because of their incredible lack of self-esteem, it isn't good enough to be what you are, they need to be try and convert others who do not agree.

11/25/2011 10:39:00 AM

(11/25/2011 09:35:00 AM) - Al

Back from shopping, alarm went off at 5:34, in the car a few minutes later (after spraying cologne on, I was waiting for the overwhelming crush of young women to overwhelm me, but alas, I must be using the wrong brand).

I went to Menards first, the parking lot was full, people driving around, the line to get in at least 500 deep. Drove to Joanne's, only guy in store, got an artificial tree for $40 (regular $130). Old Navy, not busy at all, picked up shirts for the Rambling son for $5 and $7, regularly $12-17. Back to Menards, picked up several nice items, only out of slipper socks for the Rambling wife and $4 pet beds. They literally had about 200 of the $8 or $9 pet beds stacked in a little enclosed section of sink displays, stacked about 8 feet high, and wherever they had fallen. Onto Shopko, where the 60% off socks I was looking forward to purchasing were still so expensive, I wonder if they realize they're designed to go on your feet. Target, bought $5 and 7 stuff for the Rambling son, which if we would immediately donate them to Goodwill, may well be priced higher there than the sale price.

Home at 9:15. No fights, nary an angry word. The only unusual things today were how far away I had to park everywhere, how hard it was to get a cart at Menards, and the 45 minute wait to checkout at Menards. Saw an awful lot of very tired looking teenagers and college-aged people, as I bet many had been at it since 10PM or midnight.

11/25/2011 09:35:00 AM

Thursday, November 24, 2011

(11/24/2011 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Sanitation workers gather at Zuccotti Park, the longtime Occupy Wall Street encampment in New York, Last week to begin cleanup. Private workers for Brookfield Properties discovered an assortment of weapons hidden in flower beds throughout the former base camp of the protest movement.

The motion also noted that “knives, mace and hypodermic needles were observed discarded onto the roadway,” after an Oct.1 Occupy Wall Street march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

The motion also notes that since the protests began in Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, “approximately 73 misdemeanor and felony complaints and 50 arrests,” have occurred, and a number of repeat and violent offenders were spotted in and around the park.--Fox News

That is one of the worst groups of people put together in one place in decades. Idiots, criminals, and druggies. And the left just keeps saying nice things about them. Pathetic.

11/24/2011 09:49:00 PM

(11/24/2011 09:20:00 PM) - Al

U would think they was having a Free Crack Giveaway at WalMart

Twitter is a magnet for the uneducated.

11/24/2011 09:20:00 PM

(11/24/2011 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Twitter is reporting incredibly long lines at Toys R Us and Best Buy.

11/24/2011 09:12:00 PM

(11/24/2011 07:38:00 PM) - Al

I thought the mike must have gone can you forget the words in the middle of a word?

11/24/2011 07:38:00 PM

(11/24/2011 07:24:00 PM) - Al

Both teams that are on record as saying they want to make trades, SD and OAK, both have a SS that could be dealt. Don't know if Pennington or Bartlett will end up in MIL (Bartlett has a '13 option/vested deal that would have to be split/worked out), but they might be a better bet than any of the FA's.

11/24/2011 07:24:00 PM

(11/24/2011 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Abe sends along this UK article (never to be seen in the US, I'm sure) showing scientists fibbing about global warming, in order to make piles and piles of cash.

Scams and frauds, each and every one.

11/24/2011 07:21:00 PM

(11/24/2011 07:10:00 PM) - Al

I would have picked GB and DAL to win, but DAL and DET against the spread. This is why so few people bet sports for a living.

If you want to fade me, I got SF and 3 points tonight.

11/24/2011 07:10:00 PM

(11/24/2011 07:03:00 PM) - Al

We're watching Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving. I remember watching this when I was a kid, and I didn't even realize Peppermint Patty and Marcie were gay.

Not that there's another thing wrong with that.

EDIT: I also never realized Franklin was black.

EDIT 2: And, Snoopy never realized he was a dog, then or now.

11/24/2011 07:03:00 PM

(11/24/2011 07:02:00 PM) - Al

I had no idea there was so many college football games on tomorrow. There's like ten games being played, and many are on TV.

It's an embarrassment of riches, I'm telling you.

11/24/2011 07:02:00 PM

(11/24/2011 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Under the headline, 8 beers Americans no longer drink, the first one listed, Budweiser, sold 18M barrels last year.

I think it's safe to say lots of people are drinking it.


11/24/2011 06:56:00 PM

(11/24/2011 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Even though I had not heard about this until now, I think the Buycott will be successful, as I would assume sales will be quite good tomorrow. Lots of deals, and more importantly, far more hours...many stores are open at midnight, creating two "run to the store" times, tonight and early tomorrow, when the second round of bargains hit at 4-6PM.

We're not looking for any big items, but I'll be heading out early morning for a few things, household items, socks, and boring stuff such as that. No midnight stuff for me, but I'll hit 2-3 at 6 or soon thereafter.

ADDED: Retail analysts are predicting a 1.6% increase this year, but with good weather and the "double window" above, I'll predict a 2.5% sales increase.

11/24/2011 06:36:00 PM

(11/24/2011 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Gov. Christie tells where you can help in NJ.

All those places are especially in need because it's not the upper class who donates to them (obviously the poor don't, and the middle class may try, but their donations are limited), and the wealthy/successful are under attack.

11/24/2011 06:30:00 PM

(11/24/2011 02:00:00 PM) - Al


Happy holiday to you and your family. I view this as the day it is easy to tell the difference between W and who followed him.

Take a look.

W visits troops in Iraq.

Obama calls military


Shared without comment.

11/24/2011 02:00:00 PM

(11/24/2011 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Target pays some marketing company millions of dollars, and the best they can come up with is a crazy woman off her meds.

Hey, let's go that mentally ill woman...that's hilarious!

11/24/2011 01:49:00 PM

(11/24/2011 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Billy Bird fails to grasp the idea of retail is to sell stuff and make money.

The idea people will shop where they have a pretty display is not only hellishly foolhardy, but seemingly disproved by the simple fact some dude who did it for a living said it.

11/24/2011 01:35:00 PM

(11/24/2011 01:30:00 PM) - Al

I say it every year, but I can't believe how stupid the average NFL player is. Complete idiots, we're talking Occupy stupidity.

11/24/2011 01:30:00 PM

(11/24/2011 01:14:00 PM) - Al

I think the mock outrage that Nickelback is playing is hilarious. It gives a lot of people the chance to pretend to be somehow superior, as they only listen to monks chant and angels sing.

Nickelback laughs all the way to the bank, trust me.

11/24/2011 01:14:00 PM

(11/24/2011 11:34:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife and I are still chuckling about an ad which claims their child's classroom doesn't have enough chairs for all the kids, and they're forced to sit on the floor.

I mean, c'mon, even the People For Higher Taxes have to keep it believable. Considering every school I've ever been in has a storage area full of folding chairs, that may be the single stupidest thing I've ever heard.

11/24/2011 11:34:00 AM

(11/24/2011 11:29:00 AM) - Al

The Lions have lost seven straight on Thanksgiving...and have not even beat the spread in a single one of them. Wow.

Oddly, the Packers were favored by 6 yesterday, and that number has fallen to 4. The "smart money" must have waited for the line to peak and bet the Lions last night and this morning. That said, it doesn't mean the smart money will be right.

I liked the Lions to keep it within 6, but would hesitate to bet much on the 4 point line.

11/24/2011 11:29:00 AM

(11/24/2011 11:18:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife always makes very good stuffing, as she uses her mom's recipe. I always thought it had to do with the chicken broth and seasoned bread.

Well, as I was in the kitchen preparing my fries for early appetizers, I see her melting two sticks of butter to add to the slow cooker stuffing.

Geesh, the Rambling dog and I could make tasty stuffing if you tell us we can use that much better.

Speaking of additional fat, I'm down 38 pounds. Taking today and tomorrow off, and hoping that fools my metabolism into burning faster. I'm not sure I believe it, but I've read it enough I'm able to feast without guilt.

Worst part? As Gleeman says, it's losing that much weight and not having a single person notice, as well as still being really fat. My belt does go further though.

11/24/2011 11:18:00 AM

(11/24/2011 11:01:00 AM) - Al

The survival website I frequent for funny/informational links (labeled in my bookmarks as Panic Now) has been in full Chicken Little mode for the past couple years. That said, between this and gun sales (as folks expect a limit, if Obama ever gets a Dem Congress), it's the only thing keeping the Obamaconomy from full Carter-like misery numbers.

11/24/2011 11:01:00 AM

(11/24/2011 09:50:00 AM) - Al

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours... Our holiday day plans include a bus trip to Chicago, practice, then a turkey feast at the hotel.--Badgers' basketball

We forget that they not only spend a lot of time on practice, but they miss holidays because that's a good time to play games.

11/24/2011 09:50:00 AM

(11/24/2011 09:39:00 AM) - Al

CBO says "stimulus" did not work, and may well drag economy down in future.

Gee, who would have ever guessed that...except me, and most other fiscal conservatives. We're gonna dump $1T into the economy...that we do not have.


Besides, if it worked, why not do $10T? $100T? $350 kajillion? No, that would be stupid. Exactly, so was $1T. Let the free market work, and quit spreading the wealth...there's a reason the USSR failed.

11/24/2011 09:39:00 AM

(11/24/2011 09:33:00 AM) - Al

Occupy ignored in Wal Mart.

And, pretty much everyone else...except the old media, who tries its best to keep a dead movement alive.

11/24/2011 09:33:00 AM

(11/24/2011 09:25:00 AM) - Al

Tired of the "I'm off to exercise" thoughts this AM.

The Rambling son and I are taking the Rambling dog for a long walk in a while, and I understand the benefits of exercise. But the idea a big meal is going to make a skinny person fat is as stupid as those that doing a couple sit-ups will ward off the fact most of us eat crap all year, and too much of it as well.

11/24/2011 09:25:00 AM

(11/24/2011 09:15:00 AM) - Al

No handshake or gentleman's agreement KRod will turn down arby. Crew taking a calculated risk, but reward outweighs risk. Arby rewards are not fully guaranteed, so Crew could release KRod and only pay him 1/6th his arby number (estimated to be about $12-13M). Or, they could trade him, though they may not get much unless they kick in some money. But, they expect him to turn it down, because he wants to close.

Casual fans may not care much about those draft picks, but while it takes a while for them to get to the bigs, they're a key...without those picks, the Crew is not able to acquire Greinke and Marcum. And while they are not a sure thing, almost every name people fans think of when they think of the Brewers...Yount, Molitor, Braun, Fielder...were first round draft picks. That is not a coincidence.

11/24/2011 09:15:00 AM

(11/24/2011 09:04:00 AM) - Al

Far too much has been made of the limits on bonuses. Almost all the previous bonuses were near slot, and those that weren't sometimes flamed out just like others. The Brewers rarely paid more than slot value, and they took Braun and Fielder, two of the best players in the game, because other teams had passed on them (Braun had a hitch in his swing you'll recall some know-it-alls telling us).

I was unaware of the first ten round rule. Lots of college scholarship recipients will happily leave that behind for $99,999, and those that don't, know what? They'll be in the draft three years later. Still scouting and development.

11/24/2011 09:04:00 AM

(11/24/2011 08:57:00 AM) - Al

If you're stupid enough to take wrapped packages on a plane, you deserve what you get.

I'm sorry, but every holiday, all we hear about is those folks that fly, and heaven forbid their flight is delayed by weather. I'm far more concerned with our national security and preventing terror attacks than getting some spoiled brat who paid $59 to fly 2500 miles home on time.

11/24/2011 08:57:00 AM

(11/24/2011 08:56:00 AM) - Al

I relish this. Nothing will get the crap beat out of you faster than standing between a shopper and a bargain, especially in the Obamaconomy.

11/24/2011 08:56:00 AM

(11/24/2011 08:45:00 AM) - Al

That is particularly true for those of us who have most to be grateful for, those, I mean, who have been lucky enough in the lottery of life to have been born in the United States in the last century. What ever slings and arrows they may have to contend with — and we all have some — they were born into the richest, the mightiest, and most secure polity in the history of the world. It is still, despite some significant erosions, among the most free as well. Yes, yes: Obama and his regiment of “expert” bureaucrats aim to change all that, but they haven’t quite managed that, not yet, and I have my doubts that they ever will.--Roger Kimball

Amen. We're lucky enough to live in the finest country the world has ever known. Our president can try as he wishes to tell us otherwise. Some folks just don't get it.

11/24/2011 08:45:00 AM

(11/24/2011 08:27:00 AM) - Al

Just saw Marlo Thomas talking about St. Jude on Today. Not sure if she had work done that went bad or if she has just aged a couple decades in the last couple years.

11/24/2011 08:27:00 AM

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

(11/23/2011 07:53:00 PM) - Al

Bosio likely to be Cubs' pitching coach, Counsell also may be considered.

Dale is building his staff like most managers do...hiring buddies and guys he knows. One thing I'll give Yost credit for, he actually interviewed guys instead of just going with guys he sat at the bar with.

Bosio got lots of kudos the year he replaced Castro, but as often happens, that did not translate to guys pitching better. It'd be interesting if he hired Macha to be his bench coach, as you would think he'll bring in a guy with experience.

11/23/2011 07:53:00 PM

(11/23/2011 07:45:00 PM) - Al

Izturis is probably 10-15 runs worse than Barmes. That should be worth $2-3M, right?

11/23/2011 07:45:00 PM

(11/23/2011 07:41:00 PM) - Al

Who's got their elastic waist pants ready for tomorrow??! This girl does!--MJ Hart

She's conservative too.

11/23/2011 07:41:00 PM

(11/23/2011 06:37:00 PM) - Al

Hanel hit bottom and then started his fine organization. As Dennis Miller said, "No one ever finds Jesus on prom night."

I get the feeling in 10-20 years, many of those in Occupy will be wondering how they could have been so stupid...if they can remember through the haze.

11/23/2011 06:37:00 PM

(11/23/2011 06:06:00 PM) - Al

This is not a loner, it's a fact of life...when business owners are afraid taxes will go up, they do not add to costs.

One of the Home Depot guys said last night all it takes to start a recovery is to get someone else in the White House. While oversimplistic, he says we need a cheerleader. Obama, while proven to be a fine speaker, may be the most negative, fly all over the world to apologize for being better than everyone else president in history.

He is the polar opposite of Reagan, and Reagan's results speak for themselves.

11/23/2011 06:06:00 PM

(11/23/2011 05:05:00 PM) - Al

Pictures from Occupy, including the one that makes JFK about 5 decades behind the times.

On this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that I'm not on drugs, and have a brain in my head.

By the way, no matter how poor someone is, why do they always have money for cigarettes, tattoos, and piercings?

Take a bath and get a job. You're an embarrassment to yourself and your family.

11/23/2011 05:05:00 PM

(11/23/2011 04:17:00 PM) - Al

Bruce Chen signs for 2y/$10M. He's had two solid campaigns, and is a decent innings eater even if his production slips a bit. Nice job by KC.

11/23/2011 04:17:00 PM

(11/23/2011 03:30:00 PM) - Al

Brewers take a bit of a risk and offer both Prince and KRod arby.

Fielder was a no brainer, but KRod's arby reward would be very high and would severely limit his value if he accepted. Hopefully, Doug has read things correctly and KRod will decline and sign a multiyear contract somewhere (we've heard him connected to the Marlins).

11/23/2011 03:30:00 PM

(11/23/2011 02:31:00 PM) - Al

Heh. As I've said, I never would have dreamed it'd be as bad as when Carter was wearing a sweater and telling folks to keep their house cooler.

26% of Dems want another candidate on the ballot next November. Oof. That is a good sign of the level of discontent. Even those whose beliefs are left of center know things need to be fixed, and leadership is not coming from the current administration.

11/23/2011 02:31:00 PM

(11/23/2011 02:26:00 PM) - Al

At Wal Mart this morning, overheard the store manager telling his crew they had 300 pallets to bring out today, mostly pre-made displays.

For those who know retail, that's 7-8 trucks of nothing but those, never mind, you know, what it takes for the store to run the rest of the time. Wal Mart is simply the finest run retailer ever, and I doubt 2nd place is even close.

11/23/2011 02:26:00 PM

(11/23/2011 12:12:00 PM) - Al

Hope you enjoyed the pre-posted stuff that popped up today. I'll be picking up a few things (I didn't even know they made roasting bags) and hope to start the weekend about 1:30 or so, when I will hopefully be met by a whining, hungry Rambling dog.

Every day is Thanksgiving when you have a healthy family; a sweet, tired dog; and are fortunate enough to have been born in the greatest country the world has ever known.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you that choose to keep coming back. And hey, it's one day a year, don't skimp on the butter or the gravy. And for crying out loud, don't let lettuce touch your plate tomorrow.

11/23/2011 12:12:00 PM

(11/23/2011 11:50:00 AM) - Al

How to con your way through any situation.

Confidence, by far, is the most important thing. No one questions you or your decisions if you are comfortable with yourself. Meanwhile, nothing is worse than a nervous, ask the same question over and over guy.

11/23/2011 11:50:00 AM

(11/23/2011 11:19:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife put this on the Rambling son's Xmas list last week.

I'm afraid I'll electrocute myself, but at least he'll find that funny. When he tells his cousin Steve, they'll laugh and laugh and laugh...

11/23/2011 11:19:00 AM

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

I had an e-mail for this last night, and I found it using the search box in the upper left, just like you can, if you wish.

The irony is, I am all but positive Thanksgiving is never mentioned in Dr. Schuller's story, but he gave the sermon for T-giving, and last year I called it the most requested link in Ramblings history. Very rarely is patriotism and Thanksgiving so well combined. As a bonus, I found a real link as well.


11/23/2011 11:00:00 AM

(11/23/2011 09:34:00 AM) - Al

It sounds cliché to say that I'm living the dream, but this really is a dream.--Ryan Braun

I would argue "the dream" has a lot more to do with his Malibu home overlooking the ocean than winning an award that some nut thought Michael Young should have won this year, as he was the 3rd or 4th best player on his own team.

11/23/2011 09:34:00 AM

(11/23/2011 08:09:00 AM) - Al

Do you use the canned Pumpkin Pie filling or homemade?--Twitter follower....Canned.---Giada

Of course, Giada could serve Spam jalapeno pie and I'd still adore her.

I still recall seeing this on a message board:

Fella 1--Giada is so hot.

Fella 2--Yeah, but her teeth are so big.

Fella 3--She has teeth? Guess my eyes have never made it up that far.

It's not sexist or rude when you're complimenting her...

11/23/2011 08:09:00 AM

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

(11/22/2011 10:40:00 PM) - Al

Allow me to truly feel sorry for anyone who thinks a CBA being signed and no threat of a work stoppage is anything but a remarkable victory for the game.

21 years of labor peace. For those keeping track, that's about 18 years more than any other major sports league in the US.

He takes negative nellie to a new level. He must be one of the most depressing people on the planet.

11/22/2011 10:40:00 PM

(11/22/2011 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Maybe this team is peaking early, but my goodness, they're impressive thus far. It's tough to lose when you're giving up 31 or 33 points, as they have in 3 of the 4 games.

And my gosh, the 3's, one right after another.

11/22/2011 09:18:00 PM

(11/22/2011 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Hairston popular, getting offers.

I'm surprised no one is looking at him as a starter. His numbers are above average at SS or 3B, and decent at 2B as well. It'll probably take a 2y/$6M deal to get him back.

11/22/2011 08:52:00 PM

(11/22/2011 07:57:00 PM) - Al

Bumped for our benefit

The Ramblings' T-giving day menu

Since we decided (the Rambling wife told me) we were eating at about 5, we decided to just do appetizers/snacks earlier in the day. Thus far we have...

Poutine (fries covered with cheese, bacon, and gravy)
Cheesy bacon fries (that's really easy, since it's poutine minus the gravy)
Pretzel dip (cream cheese, cream o' mushroom soup, ketchup, onions, thinly sliced beef)
Swiss bacon dip
Chicken nuggets
Pizza rolls (guess what two things the Rambling son wanted to add)

Meal itself
Turkey gravy
Country gravy
Dinner rolls
Green bean casserole
Scalloped corn

The Rambling wife just asked why I posted the entire menu. I told her it makes me look like a good blogger.

11/22/2011 07:57:00 PM

(11/22/2011 07:30:00 PM) - Al

I have a request for a Thanksgiving tale I print every year. I don't recall it being Thanksgiving in the story, but regardless, I'll find it and schedule it for tomorrow AM, as many are not working a full day, I'm sure.

11/22/2011 07:30:00 PM

(11/22/2011 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Anti-military professor quits.

No word whether he'll join CNN or MSNBC as an "expert analyst."

On Thanksgiving, I'm thankful this moron is no longer brainwashing the brain dead that currently buys drugs and rape women at the local Occupy gathering.

11/22/2011 06:56:00 PM

(11/22/2011 06:46:00 PM) - Al

42 inch TV's $199 at Best Buy Black Friday.

Makes my 32 inch for $199 last year seem like I overpaid.

Yet another "I live in the USA problem."

11/22/2011 06:46:00 PM

(11/22/2011 06:36:00 PM) - Al

The new CBA placed Rodriguez in a group of six Type A free agents whom teams can sign without surrendering a draft pick. Instead, the former club would receive a draft pick in the same round and immediately prior to the pick the signing club would have forfeited, as well as the supplemental pick.

The risk the Brewers take in offering Rodriguez arbitration is that he might accept it if the market doesn’t develop to his liking. In that event, he would be considered signed for 2012 at a salary likely higher than the $13.5 million he earned last season.--JS

KRod would have little value at all making $13.5M...that's more than Papelbon. Unless you can get a promise from Boras he won't accept (and to be honest, trusting Boras, who has cost his clients millions as he tries to maximize his tiny 5%, is a huge risk as well).

11/22/2011 06:36:00 PM

(11/22/2011 06:22:00 PM) - Al

Just discovered that most U.S. Post Office workers are as miserable & unnecessarily rude as those at DMV.--Maria Ho

And we pay them to be rude to us.

Cut, cut, cut. I can find people to be rude for minimum wage.

11/22/2011 06:22:00 PM

(11/22/2011 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Marlins acquired LHP Wade LeBlanc from the Padres for C John Baker.--Rotworld

Huge John Baker fan, lefty bat with good OBP, and is known for mediocre defense. I believe he has also played some OF.

EDIT: Played some 1B in the minors, no OF.

11/22/2011 06:07:00 PM

(11/22/2011 06:01:00 PM) - Al

Just made the juiciest baked chicken ever. I was out talking to the Rambling son (who I made fish sticks for, since he had chicken for lunch, classic USA problem), so I pulled it right at 160 degrees, and let it work it's way up to 165 on the counter.

Apparently, not overcooking is a key component to moistness.

11/22/2011 06:01:00 PM

(11/22/2011 04:54:00 PM) - Al

I just wish I was fat like Christina.

They said the same thing about Britney Spears when she was at about 120. For most fellas, that's perfect. However, in the old media, where the waif, anorexic look is always in, womanly and curvy is pudgy.

There's an old saying among black ladies, "Don't nobody want a bone but a dog."

{Pardon me if it's not perfect, I've never been a black lady.}

Meanwhile, a popular saying in white America is "You can never be too rich or too thin." I was made to be a black man, obviously.

11/22/2011 04:54:00 PM

(11/22/2011 04:46:00 PM) - Al

FYI, Badgers basketball on at 7PM tonight, BTN.

11/22/2011 04:46:00 PM

(11/22/2011 04:43:00 PM) - Al

I can't get over how disrespectful Jimmy Fallon's show was to Michele Bachmann last night. Truly tasteless and offensive.--Meghan McCain

I have no idea what was said, but I'll argue the sky is green if Meghan says it.

That said, I can't imagine anything more tasteless and offensive than the fact Jimmy Fallon has his own show.

11/22/2011 04:43:00 PM

(11/22/2011 04:38:00 PM) - Al

Dennis Miller on Leno last night did all conservatives proud. Love his line about Rudy taking care of the Occupy losers before the first tent went up.

There are leaders, and then there are guys who react to stuff as if they're in a cartoon with a question mark in a bubble over their head. We need us a leader.

11/22/2011 04:38:00 PM

(11/22/2011 04:26:00 PM) - Al

Highlights of the new MLB CBA, include restrictions on draft spending and 26 players for "some" doubleheaders.

11/22/2011 04:26:00 PM

(11/22/2011 03:46:00 PM) - Al


I'm puzzled as to why anyone would for a second not think Braun would win the MVP, for as silly as all these awards are, there was no doubt in my mind, since early-September, who would win and who should win, and both those were Braun. I mean, his numbers were the best, he played for a winning team, and he's media friendly (good looking, talks to the press in cliches they can understand).

11/22/2011 03:46:00 PM

(11/22/2011 11:52:00 AM) - Al

$1B homeowners program benefits mostly three states...three blue states.


11/22/2011 11:52:00 AM

Monday, November 21, 2011

(11/21/2011 07:55:00 PM) - Al

Joe Nathan gets 2y/$14.5M, I would have guessed 1y/$5-6M, so my consistent too short and too low predictions continue.

11/21/2011 07:55:00 PM

(11/21/2011 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Heyman looks a year too long and $1-2M per season too high on his FA salary numbers. Of course, I've often been a year too short and $1-2M low on my estimates in the past, so maybe he's right on.

11/21/2011 05:51:00 PM

(11/21/2011 02:51:00 PM) - Al

Brewers 1st Barmes offer was 2+ option. Pirates offered 3 guaranteed years at more total money than Milwaukee's full offer.--Brewer Nation

Many are reporting Barmes is close to signing a two year deal with PIT.

UPDATE: Heyman is reporting Barmes will sign a 2y/$11M deal with PIT. You can pretty much just count on some folks to be wrong.

UPDATE 2: E-mailer asks me to bump this and make sure I mention Barmes signed a 2 year deal with Pirates. Happy to do so.

As I said, you can pretty much count on some folks to be incorrect. That's all I have to say about that.

11/21/2011 02:51:00 PM

(11/21/2011 10:43:00 AM) - Al

It seems as if when the taxpayer subsidies end, so do the wind farms.

This is the danger of the government deciding which businesses work...because they suck at it.

11/21/2011 10:43:00 AM

Sunday, November 20, 2011

(11/20/2011 10:08:00 PM) - Al


Both my mom and my ex used to make a similar corn hot dish, but both used some sort of milk/cream base, with onions and green peppers. Neither had cheese in it, and had much flavor at all. Your version, especially loaded with cheese, butter, and bacon, sounds like a keeper. I might try that on Friday, when we have sort of a toned down holiday with my kids and parents. We all love butter and cheese, and look like it too.:)


We took it to the Rambling in-laws a couple times, and a couple people said they had had something with corn and crackers, but no cheese. I recall my mom's recipe, in an area cookbook, proudly said, "Add more cheese if you like, you can't have too much."

11/20/2011 10:08:00 PM

(11/20/2011 09:35:00 PM) - Al

There's a new product out called Better than Bullion, it's a thick paste you use in place of stock or powdered bullion...thew Rambling wife used some in her potato soup tonight, and it's incredibly flavorful, superb. It's about $5 for a small jar (we had a $2 coupon), so while pricey, it is yummy.

11/20/2011 09:35:00 PM

(11/20/2011 08:34:00 PM) - Al

Be shocked if Valubuena clears waivers. I would think a dozen teams may claim him as a utility player, and at just 25, he has the potential to be a starter. Excellent numbers in AAA as well, one has to wonder if he was rushed.

11/20/2011 08:34:00 PM

(11/20/2011 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Occupy is one filthy, disease challenged group.

Of course, it's just coincidence...doesn't mean a thing.

11/20/2011 08:17:00 PM

(11/20/2011 07:15:00 PM) - Al

It seems as if the lukewarm interest in Pujols is partially because many teams feel, as I do, that there's a good chance he is older than his listed age.

The irony here is, I said it more when he was dominant so young, while most folks were quiet then, but more vocal now.

11/20/2011 07:15:00 PM

(11/20/2011 04:38:00 PM) - Al

Chris Matthews, far-lefty who once had a tingle up his leg at the mere mention of Obama, blasts the administration.

Horrible ratings with independents, but when you lose Matthews and the like, it's a sign of a Carter-like disaster.

11/20/2011 04:38:00 PM

(11/20/2011 04:16:00 PM) - Al

Miller Park is being repainted this offseason.

11/20/2011 04:16:00 PM

(11/20/2011 03:23:00 PM) - Al

I had no idea there was an excise tax on hunting stuff in WI...raises $10M a year, per this JS piece. $1B a year in tourism as well, though with 600K hunters, that number is probably low, if anything, as hotels/stores/restaurants keep "recycling" that money into the economy...a restaurant takes in $50 from a table of hunters, but then pays their workers, who spend that money; they pay their wholesaler, who pays their workers, and who buys stuff from their sources, and so on.

People scoff at why we need more hunters, but they're a cash cow, especially out-of-staters and those who travel away from home to hunt. The tiny amount generated from licenses is miniscule (and knowing how government works, is probably wasted on magic beans) compared to the discretionary cash brought in by visitors who choose to hunt. I know they lowered in-state licenses, but I hope they lowered all of them.

11/20/2011 03:23:00 PM

(11/20/2011 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Water does NOT prevent dehydration.

These are the same brainiacs who insist global warming cooling change is taking place.


11/20/2011 01:55:00 PM

(11/20/2011 01:15:00 PM) - Al

The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company. Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department. The inspiration for the dish was "to create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup.--Wikipedia

The Rambling wife always makes this, but if I have any, it's just a taste. Of course, my traditions include scalloped corn and country gravy. I'm always told country gravy is not a Thanksgiving food, and I always reply that on this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for country gravy.

For those wondering what scalloped corn is, it's two cans of creamed corn, a sleeve of saltines, crushed, a couple cups of cheese (sharp cheddar usually, but you can use whatever you like, colbyjack or swiss is also good), and a stick of butter, cut into small pats. You can make it healthier by going light on the cheese and butter, but on Thanksgiving, I go full flavor.

Mix it all together in a casserole dish except the butter, and then add that at the end, spreading it all through the dish. For presentation, you can add cheese to the top too. It cooks for about an hour at 350, and the best part is the "crust" on the top and sides. Salt and pepper to taste (don't need much salt, crackers will make it salty), and I always add onion powder and garlic powder. I'm going to add a bit of bacon this year as well, because, as the KFC ad says, everything is better with bacon.

I like it with hot buttered biscuits myself.

11/20/2011 01:15:00 PM

(11/20/2011 12:14:00 PM) - Al

SE Cupp is on the field in Green Bay today. She makes winter wear look quite appealing.

11/20/2011 12:14:00 PM

(11/20/2011 12:07:00 PM) - Al

As I was typing, a neighbor has a deer going up in his garage. I have not had venison (except in brats or ring bologna form) in at least 25 years.

I was just talking with a client on Friday and she lamented that her family makes stuff like jerky and summer sausage, while she would just like plain roasts and steaks. I have to admit, I'd love to try some of those as well.

11/20/2011 12:07:00 PM

(11/20/2011 11:55:00 AM) - Al


I am offended you only gave mythical free drinks to celebrate an engagement during the time I was in jail for sexual assault and possession with intent to sell. Therefore, I would like the above discussed free mythical drinks during a time when I will be at a mythical bar to enjoy these said mythical drinks.

Furthermore, please do not forget to leave a mythical tip for the mythical bartender for me, since my broke ass does have a penny to my name, even a mythical penny, because I stand outside chanting vulgar things, instead of getting a job, real or mythical.

From my parent's basement,

Occupy Dude

PS. Please correct my spelling errors, I stole some beer from the evil family run corner store that lets people run a tab if they can't afford food after my grandma bailed me out with her heart medicine money, the evil old hag. I hope she dies in her sleep.

That, my friends, is perhaps the finest e-mail Ramblings has ever received. This is exactly how flyover country sees these spoiled brats.

Mythical tip, evil old hag. Heh, that's great stuff. It surpassed my own sarcasm level, bless their heart.

11/20/2011 11:55:00 AM

(11/20/2011 11:51:00 AM) - Al

Thanksgiving Live is on Food Network right now.

Questions include, is it stuffing or dressing? No consensus, we called it dressing growing up, but because of Stove Top, I call it stuffing now.

The Rambling wife makes far better stuffing than the Rambling mom did, and that list is awfully short. Not only is it not dry, it's not loaded with celery and carrots.

Need to rest a turkey about an hour, or even longer. If it's not still hot, soak the turkey in warm chicken stock on the stove before putting it on the serving platter.

Lots of talk about how much turkey per person, for a large gathering, suggestions of two smaller birds or a full bird and a turkey breast. I've heard many people say never buy a turkey over 14 pounds, as they dry out before the entire thing cooks. The problem is, we had to look quite a while before we found one that was "only" 12 pounds, and while we like leftovers, we'd have been thrilled with a 7-8 pounder.

I've told this story often over the years, but for whatever reason, one year we had chicken instead of turkey, to go along with ham. Everyone said at the time they liked chicken more anyway, and when I tell this tale, people always agree, yeah, we prefer chicken, I don't know why we have turkey.

It's as if tradition is the only reason. A "futurist" might come to the conclusion that turkey will decline in popularity over the next 50 years, though because it is healthy, you might say it will grow.

11/20/2011 11:51:00 AM

(11/20/2011 11:33:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling wife brought home two girls from church, as they have Pioneers soon with the Rambling son, and their mom wasn't feeling well. They're making cookies now...apparently, girls between 4 and 7 never stop talking.

11/20/2011 11:33:00 AM

(11/20/2011 11:24:00 AM) - Al

Brewers' farmhand Jimmy Nelson and Hope Solo in a pic at airport.

I can't believe how "plain" Ms. Solo appears.

11/20/2011 11:24:00 AM

(11/20/2011 12:26:00 AM) - Al

MJ Hart is 35 years old. Golly.

11/20/2011 12:26:00 AM

(11/20/2011 12:23:00 AM) - Al

GW impersonator kicks off his "Miss Me?" tour.

11/20/2011 12:23:00 AM

(11/20/2011 12:11:00 AM) - Al

Get a job after you take a bath.--Newt Gingrich

Finally, someone stopped trying not to offend these criminal goons. I may have a new favorite in the GOP race.

President Reagan is looking down and chuckling, wondering what took so damn long. Geez, I get tired defending the vast majority along with...just about everyone.

All across the US tomorrow, as real Americans go to church, go out to eat, and call their bookies, they'll be agreeing with Gingrich, some silently, many loud and proud. And I promise you, the US military will be laughing hysterically.

Of course, we all know they can't find jobs because Obamanomics have not quite turned out to be nearly as prosperous as he made taxing the job creators spreading the wealth sound, but that's for history to rewrite.

11/20/2011 12:11:00 AM

Saturday, November 19, 2011

(11/19/2011 11:51:00 PM) - Al

Stanford has a color as their nickname and a tree as their mascot.

Get off the drugs.

11/19/2011 11:51:00 PM

(11/19/2011 11:37:00 PM) - Al

Ramblings sends out a congrats to an old friend of the site, Harold, who is now engaged.

Drinks are on the house until closing.

11/19/2011 11:37:00 PM

(11/19/2011 10:34:00 PM) - Al

Add Jason Bartlett to the list of available SS's.

If he was just signed for '12, he would be a nice pickup, but that easily attainable option for '13 makes him far less attractive.

11/19/2011 10:34:00 PM

(11/19/2011 10:29:00 PM) - Al

I have little interest in college football, but it sure is fun to see so many underdogs win. I believe the #2, 4, and 5 teams in the nation all lost this week, which sets up another LSU/Bama game for the title, or at least you would think so.

EDIT: Oklahoma, #5, is still playing, only down 7 with 4 minutes to play. Far from over.

EDIT 2: Baylor pulls it out with a TD with a few seconds left. Gotta love it.

11/19/2011 10:29:00 PM

(11/19/2011 10:07:00 PM) - Al

Take a look at how Subway was someone who did not count on anyone else to pay for his college education.

What an evil, evil fella.

11/19/2011 10:07:00 PM

(11/19/2011 09:52:00 PM) - Al

(Devin) Harris made several stops Saturday to distribute turkeys and said his foundation would donate 700 turkeys in Milwaukee this weekend, with the help of sponsor Walmart.

Molina Healthcare added dinner fixings for the families at the MLK Heritage Health Center, and some of the kids - and adults - had their photos taken with Harris.--JS

So, pro athlete Harris, evil capitalist corporation Wal Mart, and an evil capitalist medical provider all help those enjoy Thanksgiving...what exactly has the Occupy folks done?


Exactly. In fairness, they have needlessly added to my taxes because they are thugs and druggies taking over public places to protest...the fact those who are not lazy and high tend to have more success.

As Meghan McCain said last night on Leno, "The Occupy movement has a PR problem." Once again, she may be blonde, but she's far from stupid. She went on to say no one is going to listen to their message when rapes are being reported on a daily basis.

That's true, but we're not listening because they're message is failed Marxist propaganda. It's as if the USSR was Club Med, where crops didn't rot in the fields.

If you fail to learn from history, you're doomed to stand in the cold, shouting tired slogans of ignorance.

11/19/2011 09:52:00 PM

(11/19/2011 09:32:00 PM) - Al

According to the internet, it should take three days for our 12 pound turkey to thaw, and then it's fine in the fridge for a couple days.

So far, it's been 9 hours, and it's still as hard as it was when we got home. Let's hope it speeds up eventually.

11/19/2011 09:32:00 PM

(11/19/2011 08:50:00 PM) - Al


I’m trying to make sense of this recall business... so the state is having to spend $650,000 in additional workers to count petitions & the like for a guy who simply thought state union workers should pay their way like everyone else? I hear they’re up over 100,000 signatures right now. Are you worried at all about this actually working? And, what do you think the results will be if they do recall Walker? You would think fiscally responsible would be a helluva platform. But I suppose our government has been giving handouts so long, they’re expected at this point.


Well Shawn, let's not forget, most of the state is red...but the Communist republic of Madison is very populated, and let's face it, is built on, medical, and so on. The majority will rule, and don't forget, we've already seen the benefits of a balanced budget, property taxes are lower because school levies are lower. However, if the majority wants to go back to some of the highest taxes in the nation and the union running their own extortion laden insurance company, that's what we'll have.

As for signatures, I could get 1000 signatures sitting outside Wal Mart a few hours to ban pie.

Personally, I'm for keeping more money I earn and paying public servants less. However, that's a rebellious position in today's America, where everyone begs DC for money, and they happily send it out because their Robin Hood economic policies not only don't work, they ask for more.

11/19/2011 08:50:00 PM

(11/19/2011 07:48:00 PM) - Al

New CBA includes more Super 2's, $500K minimum salary after next season, and no problem playing your division opponent in the playoffs.

11/19/2011 07:48:00 PM

(11/19/2011 06:57:00 PM) - Al

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis both escorted Marines to the annual ball.

Timberlake especially seemed to enjoy the evening and recognize the fact it was an honor to be asked.

Whenever you see something like that, it really makes the Occupy fools look off-the-charts bad. The idea of those wastes of oxygen asking for everything for nothing as some people go out of their way to, you know, do something with their lives.

11/19/2011 06:57:00 PM

(11/19/2011 02:35:00 PM) - Al

Not only is Kerry a hypocrite inside trader, I'm not sure if you were aware, but he served in Vietnam.

11/19/2011 02:35:00 PM

(11/19/2011 01:40:00 PM) - Al

Wal Mart's price match policy makes it almost impossible not to grocery shop there, just tell them a sale price you've seen or heard (even themselves a week or two ago), and they just punch it in, no questions asked. Saved enough to pay for our take out pizza lunch on the way home. Not sure if there's a percentage or amount that requires a supervisor to OK, but I've never hit it.

That's just the way I used to do it, as a sale is a sale, and so few people price match, it barely affects margin. It also builds loyalty.

11/19/2011 01:40:00 PM

(11/19/2011 01:03:00 PM) - Al

Pirates leading for Barmes, per Rosenthal. If the Crew wants him, it may take a 3rd guaranteed year.

ADDED: Heyman says Barmes close to deal with PIT. He is from Indiana, so he may well just want to play there.

11/19/2011 01:03:00 PM

(11/19/2011 10:40:00 AM) - Al

Waldis Joaquin was taken off the 40 man by the Giants. He's a big RH who throws very hard, has averaged 95+ in his nondescript few appearances in the majors.

That just seems like a guy Doug will have on his radar.

11/19/2011 10:40:00 AM

(11/19/2011 09:59:00 AM) - Al

Hypocrisy in the Occupy movement? The hell you say.

They are the stupidest people in the world.

11/19/2011 09:59:00 AM

Friday, November 18, 2011

(11/18/2011 11:15:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling dog just spent the last ten minutes trying to pull down the blanket that's caught on the arm of the chair. After many whines and glances at me for assistance, he gave up and went to the bedroom, where he's laying on the two blankets on his giant pillow.

It's hell being a cocker spaniel.

11/18/2011 11:15:00 PM

(11/18/2011 10:54:00 PM) - Al

Iowa State defeats formerly undefeated Oklahoma State. The entire field is full of fans in Iowa tonight.

LSU/Alabama rematch? I'd say so, if they both win out.

11/18/2011 10:54:00 PM

(11/18/2011 10:30:00 PM) - Al

Thank you for being responsible Rep. Duffy.

I am not sure how anyone could possibly justify not voting for a balanced budget amendment. It's the epitome of irresponsibility.

11/18/2011 10:30:00 PM

(11/18/2011 10:11:00 PM) - Al

Things found while looking for something else...the NCAA recommends a sand volleyball court consists of about 450K pounds of sand...that's 225 tons.

11/18/2011 10:11:00 PM

(11/18/2011 10:02:00 PM) - Al

Brewers making 2-3 year offer to Clint Barmes. Link when one available.

EDIT: Brewer Nation also reporting this.

11/18/2011 10:02:00 PM

(11/18/2011 07:10:00 PM) - Al

A know nothing at Occupy?

I'm stunned...stunned.

If you put them all together, they'd be one really stupid, stinky person.

11/18/2011 07:10:00 PM

(11/18/2011 02:54:00 PM) - Al

It's over, but you can still enjoy it by clicking above.

11/18/2011 02:54:00 PM

(11/18/2011 02:36:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman points out Doumit's career stats are nearly identical to Cuddyer's, who is older and not a slick fielder either.

Doumit's a superb signing, and he can catch if necessary. Too bad the Crew could not offer DH AB's.

11/18/2011 02:36:00 PM

(11/18/2011 02:33:00 PM) - Al

Many of these hitters toward the bottom of Gleeman's list would make a very good platoon partner for Gamel. Most can play OF as well.

11/18/2011 02:33:00 PM

(11/18/2011 02:28:00 PM) - Al

I'm home, we'll probably be starting about 2:45. The Pirates are using their waiver position to pick up players from teams whose 40 is full. I'm telling you, I miss following a crappy team at times like this.

11/18/2011 02:28:00 PM

(11/18/2011 01:44:00 PM) - Al

Twins sign Doumit, 1y/$3M.

Terry Ryan has added two guys that get on base at very low prices. Granted, Doumit is probably excited by DH AB's, which he could not get in the NL, so the Crew probably had little chance. That said, Ryan appears to be doing a great job rebuilding one of the worst offensive teams in MLB, and he's doing it quickly, and on the cheap.

11/18/2011 01:44:00 PM

(11/18/2011 12:14:00 PM) - Al

Shocking comparison between Elway/Tebow after eight starts.

A couple weeks ago, all you heard was how Tebow had been sacked 13 times. Now I know the QB can throw the ball away, but my first thought was, "Tell the line to block better then."

Right now, the only stat that matters is the Broncos are 4-1 when he starts, 1-4 when he doesn't. That's not fair, but it's the way it is.

11/18/2011 12:14:00 PM

(11/18/2011 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Brewers added 4 to the 40-man as protection from Rule 5 Draft: OF Caleb Gindl, 1B Brock Kjeldgaard, RHP Santo Manzanillo, 3B Zelous Wheeler--Adam,

I did not think Kjeldgaard would be added, but as with Nelson Cruz, never disregard power, as so few players exhibit HR pop in the minors. For that matter, Wheeler has shown the ability to play almost anywhere on the field with some decent power numbers, though I doubt see much of a ceiling.

As colleague Doug Miller points out, that's an outstanding foursome of names.--Adam

Not a lot of John Smiths in the system, to be sure.

11/18/2011 12:08:00 PM

(11/18/2011 12:01:00 PM) - Al

The Wisconsin Medical Exam Board apparently is unaware the internet exists.

This past summer, when I had ulcers and lyme disease, I had to jump through hoops to get a sick note when my company surprisingly requested one (I'm an independent contractor, so I had not got one during my trips to the doc). To see video like that makes me wonder if there is a single government agency that is not full of figureheads and taking cash under the table.

One more reason to make government far smaller than it is. It's a corrupt, take the money and run system, and in Madison at least, you can do no wrong if you lean way, way left.

11/18/2011 12:01:00 PM

(11/18/2011 11:40:00 AM) - Al

Sveum will not ask Yount to coach...Robin does not sound interested in coaching full-time.

Some seem to think Fielder is close enough to Sveum to follow him to Chicago...I can't say I know this, but it seems to me Prince would have many other things on his mind rather than who his manager will be for the first half of his contract.

11/18/2011 11:40:00 AM

(11/18/2011 11:31:00 AM) - Al

Two Oklahoma State lady buckets coaches die in plane crash.

As I say every time this happens, it's amazing it doesn't happen more often. As much as I disliked flying on a jet, I'd cringe severely if the idea of a private small plane came up. Several of them go down just in Central WI each year.

11/18/2011 11:31:00 AM

Thursday, November 17, 2011

(11/17/2011 10:29:00 PM) - Al

The legend of Tim Tebow just keeps growing. He leads the Broncos on a 96 yard TD drive, running 20 yards for the go ahead TD with under a minute to play.

11/17/2011 10:29:00 PM

(11/17/2011 09:48:00 PM) - Al

The Red Sox were gauging trade interest in some of their out-of-options pitchers at the GM Meetings this week, a source tells Alex Speier of

Franklin Morales, Andrew Miller, Felix Doubront, Michael Bowden and Scott Atchison are all out of options but aren't locks to make next year's bullpen, according to Speier, so Boston may add or remove some of these players from their 40-man roster in anticipation of Friday's Rule 5 Draft based on relative trade interest.--MLBTR

The Brewers talked to the Rockies when they DFA'd Morales last year, and Bowden is a big RHP who throws hard who was once a top prospect.

11/17/2011 09:48:00 PM

(11/17/2011 08:43:00 PM) - Al

Hypersonic flying bomb can strike anywhere in world in less than 60 minutes.

Don't mess with the USA.

In all seriousness, anything that helps to protect our troops is a good thing.

11/17/2011 08:43:00 PM

(11/17/2011 07:32:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife is telling me that it'd be smarter buying an entire turkey than a turkey turkey is so cheap, you can get a 12 pound bird for less than a 3 pound breast.

I can't believe this is what we discuss...

11/17/2011 07:32:00 PM

(11/17/2011 06:26:00 PM) - Al

Rockies sign IF Brandon Wood. Had been outrighted by Pirates.--Heyman

As bad as many SS's are, Wood remains an enigma. Curveballs still don't curve in Coors, so it may be brilliant.

11/17/2011 06:26:00 PM

(11/17/2011 06:23:00 PM) - Al

Baseball labor deal is for five years. Will give sport 21 years of consecutive labor peace.--Rosenthal

This, along with revenue sharing and expanded playoffs, will be Bud Selig's legacy. That's why no one wants to replace him...nowhere to go but down.

11/17/2011 06:23:00 PM

(11/17/2011 05:55:00 PM) - Al

Padres latest club to go to two hitting coaches, an idea Doug Melvin mentioned today. Wonder if Brewers will follow suit.

The idea is that since you have two pitching coaches (pitching, bullpen), why not have two guys focused on hitting? Cardinals do.--Adam,

I'm sure several other coaches make suggestions and such. Actually, they can have as many "coaches" as they want, but only so many can dress for each game. I'm still a believer in adding coaches in the minors, as for the most part, habits are not changed much once guys start making $420K a year. Those fellas that added a few mph to Axford literally changed his career, and saved the Crew millions per year as long as John stays healthy.

Sedar coaches OF defense, Iorg INF defense, but most days, they don't take either before games. Most of that work is done in Arizona, as if pitcher fielding drills.

11/17/2011 05:55:00 PM

(11/17/2011 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Parent teacher conference tonight at 7:30.

Hoping none of the words "recessive genes" or "must skip a generation" comes up.

11/17/2011 04:55:00 PM

(11/17/2011 04:44:00 PM) - Al

I think we decided on 3PM for the Ramblings chat tomorrow. If not, it's 3 now. I'll put it online a bit before so you can get your questions in if you can't participate live.

11/17/2011 04:44:00 PM

(11/17/2011 04:43:00 PM) - Al

I knew Demi Moore would leave Ashton Kutcher soon. I just thought it would be when she died.--Anthony Jeselnik


11/17/2011 04:43:00 PM

(11/17/2011 04:37:00 PM) - Al

Apparently the new Twilight movie opens tomorrow.

If it wasn't about vampires, I might care. As is, I'd rather watch a guy fish or mow his lawn. The former of those can be seen every weekend on FSW, if you're so inclined.

11/17/2011 04:37:00 PM

(11/17/2011 03:43:00 PM) - Al

Doug will recommend Sandy Guerrero, but Ron will decide; Castro may work in BAL; and Adam reminds me Zelous Wheeler may also be added to the 40 man. He might have a niche as a utility INF, but I doubt his ceiling is high enough to warrant it. That said, he's got power, a rare commodity among most infielders. Notes column here with a few other tidbits as well.

11/17/2011 03:43:00 PM

(11/17/2011 02:49:00 PM) - Al

Lesson to be learned, people need to stop spending thousands of dollars on their weddings, many of which end badly shortly thereafter.

11/17/2011 02:49:00 PM

(11/17/2011 02:26:00 PM) - Al

Adam tweets out tomorrow is the deadline to add players to the 40 man to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. The Crew currently has 31 on the 40, and will add Caleb Gindl and Santos Manzanillo, and possibly 1-2 more, Dan Merklinger, Dan Meadows, and Rob Wooten are possibilities.

this is why it was so easy to add Mike Fiers, even though he would not have needed to have been protected had he not been promoted in September. They knew they did not have 40 others to protect.

11/17/2011 02:26:00 PM

(11/17/2011 02:07:00 PM) - Al

Sveum gets three years plus an option. Having two clubs fighting over you is a good thing.

11/17/2011 02:07:00 PM

(11/17/2011 02:00:00 PM) - Al

I like what Jordan Taylor has been doing in the Badgers' first two games. Rather than pad his scoring stats by lighting up Kennesaw State and Colgate -- whom he most certainly was capable of scoring on -- he's been averaging 10 points per game and ceding shots to the rest of UW's rotation, which is still taking shape. Brust is actually using more possessions than Taylor thus far, while Taylor has an 11-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.--Luke Winn

I watched some of the game on Watch ESPN last night, and Brust and Bergerron were both very impressive, and Taylor looked bored by the whole thing.

11/17/2011 02:00:00 PM

(11/17/2011 01:44:00 PM) - Al

I keep hearing about this anti-piracy bill, but can't say I "get it." As one who wants a small government, I have to believe I'd prefer the less obtrusive version, and the mere fact unions are heavily for it make me feel the same way.

11/17/2011 01:44:00 PM

(11/17/2011 01:38:00 PM) - Al

Finally, good injury news on Logan Schafer, who was due some. Hopefully, he'll have a superb AAA campaign at Nashville and be ready to go in '13.

11/17/2011 01:38:00 PM

(11/17/2011 01:34:00 PM) - Al

When the dentist said she needed to get rid of the old filling, some of which was under the gum, it didn't sound that bad. Almost 24 hours later, I can still feel "leakage" from the area.

I've been taking Advil every 4 hours so there's no pain, but I'm tired of the constant taste of blood...insert your wife's bad cooking/bar fight joke here.

11/17/2011 01:34:00 PM

(11/17/2011 01:21:00 PM) - Al

Biden's transparency meeting closed to media.

I can vaguely recall when the administration was not a punchline.

11/17/2011 01:21:00 PM

(11/17/2011 01:20:00 PM) - Al

Gallardo and Axford receive votes for Cy Young, Kershaw wins easily.

11/17/2011 01:20:00 PM

(11/17/2011 12:51:00 PM) - Al

With Sveum going to Cubs Ed Sedar good bet to leave. Those two are close. No confirmation but he will be asked.--Heyman

Sedar is under contract for next season, so the Brewers have the right to refuse to let him interview. That said, I assume they'd happily let a coach go elsewhere if he wanted to, however. Roenicke pretty much accepted Doug's suggestions when he got the job, so he may get to build his own staff now, or a bit of it.

Maybe they'll add both Guerreros.:)

11/17/2011 12:51:00 PM

(11/17/2011 12:15:00 PM) - Al

Sveum official as Cubs' manager. Good luck to Dale.

Now the question remains, which Guerrero will replace him...

11/17/2011 12:15:00 PM

(11/17/2011 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Astros sold, will move to AL in '13, two wildcards teams added for '13, Bud will try to bump this up to '12. One game playoff to decide wildcard winner, which was done to add importance to winning division.

11/17/2011 12:08:00 PM

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

(11/16/2011 11:45:00 PM) - Al

As expected, Brewers intend to discuss extensions with Greinke and Marcum.

11/16/2011 11:45:00 PM

(11/16/2011 11:27:00 PM) - Al

You know, there's a reason stereotypes exist...they're often very true.

11/16/2011 11:27:00 PM

(11/16/2011 10:34:00 PM) - Al

Sveum offered Cubs' job, has probably already accepted.

11/16/2011 10:34:00 PM

(11/16/2011 09:55:00 PM) - Al

Red Sox announce "widening search" for manager. Either did not like Sveum's second interview, or he told them he is going to the Cubs.

11/16/2011 09:55:00 PM

(11/16/2011 06:11:00 PM) - Al

George Marshall changes his mind, will redshirt.

His sentence about playing more as a 5th year senior should be laminated and shown to every player who isn't starting as a freshman.

11/16/2011 06:11:00 PM

(11/16/2011 05:51:00 PM) - Al

Many teams want Furcal to play 2B...that just seems like such a waste of his arm.

11/16/2011 05:51:00 PM

(11/16/2011 05:32:00 PM) - Al

Bottom lip unbearably itchy, but it doesn't help when I rub it.

Also wondering if I should go with tomato soup or mashed potatoes for supper.

11/16/2011 05:32:00 PM

(11/16/2011 04:45:00 PM) - Al

Just when you think Fangraphs has hit the bottom of the barrel, they manage to dig a little more out.

The irony here is, this guy think almost every reserve is terrible, and can be easily replaced by...well, some magical inexpensive player that falls from the sky when a team needs a backup to fill in. Of course, in reality, no such guys exist, which is why Kotsay (and many other veteran OF's) can easily find a job, and why they will always continue to find a job.

Kotsay had a decent '11, filling in as needed in the OF (he can play 1B too, but with Prince, barely donned a 1B's glove). His skills do not seem to be falling off a cliff, and I have to assume he'll do a decent job in a similar role for SD. Pretending he's a terrible defender is incorrect, and makes one wonder about other exaggerations. Kotsay is not going to be used as an everyday OF, and if he is, SD is already in deep trouble. That said, considering the Cards went with Holliday and Berkman as their corner OF's makes any such worries about LF/RF defense imaginary anyway.

11/16/2011 04:45:00 PM

(11/16/2011 04:35:00 PM) - Al

I like Furcal, but if you get him, you have to be sure you have a capable backup which point you probably get close to "Reyes money."--Brewers Bar

A. You need a capable backup regardless of who you sign. Guys get hurt and drop off all the time.

B. Considering most expect Reyes to get $20M per season, and Furcal is supposedly asking for $8M per, someone's math is in desperate need of a lesson.

With arithmetic that bad, I'd say he's ready to be elected president.

11/16/2011 04:35:00 PM

(11/16/2011 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Furcal looking for 2y/$16M. That's a huge discount for his time missed with injuries. If Crew felt that was high, they must only want him on a one year deal.

I've seen many estimate Rollins at 4y/$60M and Barmes 3y/$21M, so to me, Furcal seems very reasonable, even if you only expect him, as I do, to play between 100-125 games.

11/16/2011 04:21:00 PM

(11/16/2011 04:14:00 PM) - Al

Just got home from getting a temporary crown. Dentist told me to take pain reliever before anesthetic wears off, get home, can't find Aleve. Call the Rambling wife, who takes it all the time for her painful joints (sucks getting old), and she tells me it's in her purse.

I just took Tylenol for the first time in about a decade. I quit taking it because it didn't work. This is a bad sign.

Also told me not to eat anything crunchy, like carrots.


11/16/2011 04:14:00 PM

(11/16/2011 04:12:00 PM) - Al

McGehee will be offered arby, per Mark A, not much momentum on a Reyes deal, and a couple other notes.

11/16/2011 04:12:00 PM

(11/16/2011 02:27:00 PM) - Al

We haven't made any official offers on people.--Doug

Mark Attanasio said #Brewers will hold 1B open for now for Fielder but that's because Gamel is the fall-back position in any event.--JS

No offers as of yet, and none expected for full-time 1B.

11/16/2011 02:27:00 PM

(11/16/2011 02:13:00 PM) - Al

Danny Knobler reports the Brewers act as if Rollins/Reyhes signing more likely than Prince...and they don't expect to sign Rollins/Reyes.

11/16/2011 02:13:00 PM

(11/16/2011 02:03:00 PM) - Al

According to Jim Bowden of and MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, Jose Reyes have received two "legit" contract offers.

We know that the Marlins have made an offer, reportedly for $90 million over six years, but it appears they aren't alone. Bowden speculates that the other offer could be from the Mets, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a team insider that it isn't from them. Other teams connected to Reyes include the Brewers and Giants.--Rotoworld

Doug tends to make one offer and not negotiate a whole lot, and the
Giants have not been talking to SS's, per MLBTR. My guess is it may well have been the Phillies.

11/16/2011 02:03:00 PM

(11/16/2011 01:45:00 PM) - Al

Prince asking for 8y/$200M, same as Ryan Howard's per year salary.

11/16/2011 01:45:00 PM

(11/16/2011 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Brewers also discussing Jimmy Rollins. My guess right now is they have a list that includes the guys they like, and then Yuni is the backup plan.

Prince told kids in Italy on an MLB tour he would not be playing in Milwaukee anymore. Mark A has said he will probably pay attention and possibly stay in the hunt, but...he has no intention of making an offer so they can shop it to other clubs.

To me, that means they will wait for Boras to come to them, which I doubt will happen.

11/16/2011 01:27:00 PM

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

(11/15/2011 09:53:00 PM) - Al

I think we'll have us a Ramblings chat on Friday. Haven't done one of them for a while. We'll aim for 3PM, just to destroy workplace productivity at the end of the week.

Put it on your calendars and iphones.

11/15/2011 09:53:00 PM

(11/15/2011 08:59:00 PM) - Al

The Sporting News named Brewers GM Doug Melvin as Co-Executive of Year for 2011 with Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski. Congrats to both.--JS

Well deserved. Doug took a big risk and both SP's stayed healthy. His deals that brought in Hairston, KRod, Saito, and Morgan deserve equal credit as well.

11/15/2011 08:59:00 PM

(11/15/2011 08:49:00 PM) - Al

Monterrey Jack Cheez Its may be the most delicious food on the planet.

That's all I got.

11/15/2011 08:49:00 PM

(11/15/2011 08:38:00 PM) - Al

Annoy a liberal.


11/15/2011 08:38:00 PM

(11/15/2011 07:17:00 PM) - Al

Kotsay called Brewers GM Melvin last night to say thanks and to explain that Padres offer (he lives near S.D.) was too good to pass.--Adam,

Class act. Again, good luck to him.

11/15/2011 07:17:00 PM

(11/15/2011 06:31:00 PM) - Al

Mark Rogers and Cody Scarpetta awarded 4th options, meaning they each have two almost certain to be used by each before April.

Good news, as inexpensive pitching is a vital part of MLB success. Try and fathom for a minute what Axford would get on the open market this offseason...I'd guess 3-4 years, $12M per.

Hat tip to Adam of

11/15/2011 06:31:00 PM

(11/15/2011 06:23:00 PM) - Al

Guard has to yell at rubes to show some respect at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

I weep for the future.

11/15/2011 06:23:00 PM

(11/15/2011 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Counsell said he has not decided to retire yet but would if a "non playing" opportunity intrigued him more.--JS

The Brewers will all but certainly have a coaching spot open soon...

11/15/2011 04:54:00 PM

(11/15/2011 04:41:00 PM) - Al

GM Doug Melvin said, "My gut feeling now is to give (Mat) Gamel a chance (at 1B)." That's why I say he has mentally moved on.--JS

Doug has now said this twice, and repeated it after his meeting with Mark A. I'd say it looks like Gamal and a RH veteran of some sort at 1B for at least the first half of '12.

11/15/2011 04:41:00 PM

(11/15/2011 04:34:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR with Brewers' updates, deciding if they have money on Reyes, meeting with Barmes' agent tomorrow, will not resign Counsell, Stetter, Josh Wilson elect free agency, asked about Gaby Sanchez when teams met at end of season.

11/15/2011 04:34:00 PM

(11/15/2011 03:27:00 PM) - Al

If the Brewers do decide to use Gamel as a reserve, he could easily slide into the spot formerly occupied by Kotsay. He'd fit in nicely with Braun/Hart in the corners and probably Morgan/Gomez in CF (and hopefully, Hairston on the roster as well).

11/15/2011 03:27:00 PM

(11/15/2011 03:25:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have strong reservations about Furcal, probably not enough money for Reyes. May actually stick with Yuni at short.--Danny Knobler

There are several better options than Yuni. but one can't forget the Crew won 96 games with him at SS, and he may well sign for 1y/$2-3M, allowing them to spend money elsewhere.

For all the concerns about his defense, Yuni finished the season with a UZR of -7 and a DRS of -6. He is not a good defender, and "below average" is an accurate description. That said, his OBP is a far greater concern to me, because he just makes too many outs...even for a SS.

11/15/2011 03:25:00 PM

(11/15/2011 03:04:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke says Crew has interest in both Furcal and Ramirez, but reports say they are far more interested in Furcal.

The buzz on Raffy is quite strong, SL already acts as if they have no chance at him, so while no one except Doug and the agent knows if numbers were exchanged, it seems likely a 2-3 year commitment was discussed, and the Cards do not wish to do that. Unless you're talking about a hometown or special circumstance of some type, no one turns down a multiyear offer for a one year contract.

11/15/2011 03:04:00 PM

(11/15/2011 02:50:00 PM) - Al

Kotsay signs with SD, a half-hour from his home. I would assume it may well have been SD or retire for Mark, who did a very nice job as an OF reserve for the Crew. He's a decent addition to any team, especially with RH hitters at 1B/LF/RF.

Good luck to him.

11/15/2011 02:50:00 PM

(11/15/2011 02:47:00 PM) - Al

Reyes' offer from the Marlins was 6y/$90M. That is unlikely to get it done, but the 6th season guaranteed will be a tough thing not to include since Miami did (by the way, they are now the Miami Marlins).

11/15/2011 02:47:00 PM

(11/15/2011 10:17:00 AM) - Al

Bill James has Gamel projected higher than Carlos Pena for '12.

11/15/2011 10:17:00 AM

Monday, November 14, 2011

(11/14/2011 10:32:00 PM) - Al

Occupy idiots costing Denver $25K a day.

What a shame.

11/14/2011 10:32:00 PM

(11/14/2011 10:28:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman looks at cheaper relievers. Many on this list make sense for the Crew as well.

11/14/2011 10:28:00 PM

(11/14/2011 10:26:00 PM) - Al

If Sveum gets Boston mgr job as many expect, Doug Melvin said ml instructor Sandy Guerrero will be considered.--JS

As I said before, I think one of the Guerreros will be added.

11/14/2011 10:26:00 PM

(11/14/2011 09:47:00 PM) - Al

Random thought to end the day...the Twins have Jamey Carroll to play SS, and have Alexi Casilla and Nishioka to play 2B...there's an out of the box idea, as both are capable SS's, though obviously, the Twins would have to pick up almost all of Nishioka's salary.

Tsuyoshi did have a decent OBP from the left side, so a possible Hairston time sharing arrangement could always be arranged, I suppose.

11/14/2011 09:47:00 PM

(11/14/2011 09:16:00 PM) - Al

The NBA player's union did not have its players vote, just turned the offer down.


11/14/2011 09:16:00 PM

(11/14/2011 08:20:00 PM) - Al

They just never believe they'll barely play as freshmen. I know it, you know it...they don't know it.

11/14/2011 08:20:00 PM

(11/14/2011 08:09:00 PM) - Al

Thanks for posting the bit about that nut at Suffolk law. Any coincidence that he attended Moscow University from 1968-69?


He was probably one of those anti-war buffoons who spit on returning troops. The "good old days" were full of that type of horrible, deplorable behavior.

11/14/2011 08:09:00 PM

(11/14/2011 07:48:00 PM) - Al

Nakajima to be posted. Keeping in mind that Japan is basically AAA talent level, I'd project him at about .325/.390...which would be awful, except he plays SS, supposedly at a decent clip.

Considering how awful Nishioka was for the Twins, it should keep the price down. He would fit in right behind Barmes on the FA SS list going by my projections.

MIL has not even scouted Japan in the past, but to be blunt, in today's world, with stats and video, they can probably get a good read on him very quickly. Far East players usually play on the West Coast, due to proximity and culture, so it is doubtful Nakajima would be giddy to sign with the Crew.

That said, it may take one team out of the US SS market, and allow someone to drop to the Brewers.

11/14/2011 07:48:00 PM

(11/14/2011 07:01:00 PM) - Al

Professor says it's terrible to send care packages to troops.

This is why I hate people.

11/14/2011 07:01:00 PM

(11/14/2011 06:49:00 PM) - Al

Word of caution on signing older players long-term...Figgins has fallen off a cliff in his seasons of 32 and 33. SEA may have to eat $15M just to dump him somewhere.

Hard to believe Chone is healthy, though he played in almost every game in '10 and while far better than '11, was pretty bad. His splits are off-the-charts, as he's a switch-hitter, but barely able to "hit" at all RH (.186 OBP last year).

11/14/2011 06:49:00 PM

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