Al's Ramblings



Monday, February 28, 2011

(2/28/2011 10:41:00 PM) - Al

I'm certainly not one to tease another for carrying extra pounds, but, it seems the NY protesters are so underpaid, they can't afford the proper footwear for the cold of Madison.


2/28/2011 10:41:00 PM



(2/28/2011 09:18:00 PM) - Al

Al,

I just got back from the “B” game today. It is just amazing to me how the major leaguers put the ball in play the majority of the time and the not ready for prime time guys are fouling the ball off all over the place.

Thank you,

Joe


Reminds me of the time a Chicago writer asked what the difference was between the top pro tennis players and the "challenger" tour guys that they were watching. When the ball landed in the corner of the court, in by about a foot, the other guy told him, "The top pros would have hit that ball within 4-6 inches of the line, because a lot of them would get to that ball a foot off the line."

Similar to the fact the difference between a top runner and a run-of-the-mill college athlete is about a second every time around the track, 1 second every quarter-mile.


2/28/2011 09:18:00 PM



(2/28/2011 06:53:00 PM) - Al

Who could replace Sheen on 2.5 Men?

Norm McDonald is the guy I thought of. Sheen has always acted as if he's playing himself, or at least a likable version of himself. Norm's about the only guy I can imagine saying he was going to call a hooker and having it sound realistic.


2/28/2011 06:53:00 PM



(2/28/2011 06:26:00 PM) - Al

USA Today runs a piece on how loose the Crew's clubhouse is.


2/28/2011 06:26:00 PM



(2/28/2011 06:08:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Braun played good defense, hit a HR, and was back at the Brewers' complex by the 5th inning (he had played an away game). Heh.


2/28/2011 06:08:00 PM



(2/28/2011 05:28:00 PM) - Al

As usual, George Will hits the nail on the head.

Not to mention, the USA is far too big for high-speed rail.


2/28/2011 05:28:00 PM



(2/28/2011 05:21:00 PM) - Al

JP Tokoto, WI prep HS basketballer, visited North Carolina last weekend and will hold a press conference announcing his choice this week.

Needless to say, the smart money is on UNC.


2/28/2011 05:21:00 PM



(2/28/2011 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Thoughts on low-carb eating for life. This is basically what I've been doing for three weeks. I can't say I miss sweets, pasta, and bread much. Potatoes and rice would be nice though, as would being able to stop at a fast food place.


2/28/2011 05:19:00 PM



(2/28/2011 04:58:00 PM) - Al

How many of you know Jennie Finch? I do. Wish I knew her better.--Bob Uecker

So do I, Bob, so do I.

By the way, several Brewers' bloggers embarrassed themselves today on Twitter, analyzing and stupidly commenting on play-by-play, seemingly having no idea many pitchers are just throwing fastballs, while working on location. What buffoons.


2/28/2011 04:58:00 PM



(2/28/2011 04:56:00 PM) - Al

Another healthy meal served by the first lady.

Do as I say, not as I do.

She might need to add in an extra workout or three.


2/28/2011 04:56:00 PM



(2/28/2011 04:51:00 PM) - Al

So is it me, or why have the old media not bothered reporting this?

This is the same gent who was arrested for soliciting a prostitute, something else that got no ink.

Been nice knowing you, pal.


2/28/2011 04:51:00 PM



(2/28/2011 04:38:00 PM) - Al

Nine annoying falsehoods...almost every single one spread by liberals who have plenty of reasons to lie about such things. Have you seen Obama's record or lack of economic growth? I'd talk about other stuff too.

Seriously, rainforests? High speed rail? Running out of coal and oil? Not a single person alive today will see the end of coal or oil, and probably not their grandchildren either. Shut the hell up and stop wasting money on such malarkey. If they'd have thrown in redistribution of wealth, you'd have the Dem platform.


2/28/2011 04:38:00 PM



(2/28/2011 04:28:00 PM) - Al

Earl Barron signs a 10 day deal with the Bucks. Solid C, hard to believe he did not have a job already.


2/28/2011 04:28:00 PM



(2/28/2011 03:49:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain weighs in on Wisconsin.

She blonde, curvy, and a capitalist.

Sigh.


2/28/2011 03:49:00 PM



(2/28/2011 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Olney thinks the Crew has a tough early season slate.


2/28/2011 02:28:00 PM



(2/28/2011 01:48:00 PM) - Al

I just hope they keep doing stuff like this until '12 rolls around. One need not look far to figure out all but the far-left simply despises such immature, short-sighted behavior.


2/28/2011 01:48:00 PM



(2/28/2011 01:37:00 PM) - Al

I just think it's funny Mrs. Obama claims to have a trainer at all.


2/28/2011 01:37:00 PM


Sunday, February 27, 2011

(2/27/2011 10:26:00 PM) - Al

Very well written article by a former teacher and self-employed businessman...the best part of being your own boss is also the worst...you have no one to blame but yourself. And there's no guaranteed paycheck either.


2/27/2011 10:26:00 PM



(2/27/2011 07:21:00 PM) - Al

Suddenly, he idea of an administartion that ignores foreign policy isn't so appealing.

Hopefully, they'll ask McCain what to do.


2/27/2011 07:21:00 PM



(2/27/2011 07:15:00 PM) - Al

I just got an e-mail that said he'd prefer the layoffs to the unions paying more and losing many of their collective rights. He said he's hoping for both to happen.

Is that a bright side? Time will tell.


2/27/2011 07:15:00 PM



(2/27/2011 07:07:00 PM) - Al

Dale Schultz, who was trying to broker a deal that kept collective bargaining, has said he will not vote for the bill. I believe that means the Dems need two more defections.


2/27/2011 07:07:00 PM



(2/27/2011 06:49:00 PM) - Al

Here's an interesting note...while the NBA and NHL both average in the low 17K's. MLS averaged 16675 last year...and if you take out the two teams that play in tiny stadiums, they averaged 17629. Granted, they play a lot more basketball and hockey games, but that's still a surprise.

The MLS is one of the quieter success stories in sports in the last couple decades. It's modest, but compared to the fact pro outdoor soccer did not exist a while back (except for a few minor leagues), it's impressive.


2/27/2011 06:49:00 PM



(2/27/2011 05:33:00 PM) - Al

Glenn points out the Dems have lost a Detroit newspaper.

And many, many more.

They still don't seem to think the electorate has any memory of anything except slogans that don't mean anything. It's like November never happened.


2/27/2011 05:33:00 PM



(2/27/2011 03:18:00 PM) - Al

Hart will rest his side a few days, Prince may bunt some if they overshift.

I'd bunt versus a LHP or to lead off an inning. Even during Babe Ruth's best seasons, computer simulations show the opponent would not have been better off walking him every time up, because he got out over half the time. While bunting is not 100%, it's close to either a base hit or a strike. Those are excellent odds. If Prince ran like Hart or Braun, the math might have him bunt nearly every time they shift.

As for Corey, he should probably take a few days even after he feels 100%. There's nothing more meaningless than a position players first few weeks in Arizona.


2/27/2011 03:18:00 PM



(2/27/2011 12:33:00 PM) - Al

The occupation of the Capitol continued, and you've seen the pictures and descriptions on this blog. Yesterday, we had "about 70,000 people" at the Capitol, but they were mainly outside. I went inside. I walked right up to the nearest door, and a "volunteer" in an orange vest told me to go wait in a line to go in some other door. This door was for... I didn't quite catch who the special people were who got to go right in the door I'd walked up to, but I said, "This is a public building. You're saying there are 2 kinds of people — ones that get right in and ones that go wait in line? Who are you?" He was obviously not a uniformed city official. I was all "Who are you?" and "How dare you!" and, after a few seconds, I (and Meade) got right through that door.--Ann

Heh. The union apparently has people at the door keeping "riff-raff" that do not agree with the cause out, unless you argue, in which case they wilt like little girls.


2/27/2011 12:33:00 PM



(2/27/2011 12:25:00 PM) - Al

I'm not officer, drunk.

Nope, not Charlie Sheen, MADD person falls off the wagon.


2/27/2011 12:25:00 PM



(2/27/2011 12:22:00 PM) - Al

The Oscars less boring? How 'bout nominating some movies we've heard of.

I pointed this out a year or two ago, the Academy used to have films the public liked and watched, and at some point, now rarely does a film win if it did any business at all.


2/27/2011 12:22:00 PM



(2/27/2011 12:20:00 PM) - Al

More off-the-charts coverage by Ann, as the JS fiddles while Rome burns (or in this case, union members vandalize and mark up a veteran's memorial).


2/27/2011 12:20:00 PM



(2/27/2011 12:08:00 PM) - Al

Even though the Dems are unethical and total screw-ups for running away, Walker should make concessions and beg them to return.

The JS returns to its liberal roots with quite possibly, the most ignorant editorial I've ever read.

Elections have consequences.


2/27/2011 12:08:00 PM



(2/27/2011 12:02:00 PM) - Al

This Times idiot wonders why McDonald's doesn't serve cheap, crappy tasting oatmeal.

I assume it's assume no one would buy it. In fact, one would think the fact no one serves plain oatmeal would tell this clod all he needs to know about capitalism.

In a world of idiots, I think we've met the king.


2/27/2011 12:02:00 PM



(2/27/2011 11:52:00 AM) - Al

Union members will risk arrest. Laws and rules are for the little people.

Just another of a series of PR disasters. It costs money for police and security, and the taxpayers won't like that a bit.


2/27/2011 11:52:00 AM


Saturday, February 26, 2011

(2/26/2011 09:51:00 PM) - Al

Union support is all but nonexistent outside of actual union members. A century of declining numbers is all the proof you need.

If a protest fails, and no one hears it, did it really fail?

Yep.


2/26/2011 09:51:00 PM



(2/26/2011 07:35:00 PM) - Al

We replaced two 3-way bulbs a week or so ago, not because they were burned out, but because they were getting very dim.

One of the new ones we put in already blew. When I just e-mailed GE, the product code came up "does not exist." Apparently, these bulbs are a figment of my imagination.

I wish I had imagined a bulb that lasted more than a week.


2/26/2011 07:35:00 PM



(2/26/2011 07:19:00 PM) - Al

I pray that someone can help Charlie Sheen before he becomes more successful, richer and happier.--Norm McDonald

Gilbert Gottfried has said the same thing. Charlie is a drunken, drug using train wreck, but he can afford to be, and has a blast doing so.


2/26/2011 07:19:00 PM



(2/26/2011 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Is it bad to have dominated a cheeseburger & a side of Mac & Cheese the day before I wear my gown? Shoot!--Erin Andrews

This is why we love her.


2/26/2011 06:52:00 PM



(2/26/2011 06:50:00 PM) - Al

The state wrestling finals are being tweeted out, and one of the guys finished the year 55-0. Goodness, back in the Ramblings' high school days, guys never got more than 35-40 matches a season.


2/26/2011 06:50:00 PM



(2/26/2011 05:48:00 PM) - Al

3 games are virtual sellouts thus far.


2/26/2011 05:48:00 PM



(2/26/2011 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sold 98K tickets on first day of individual sales, tying second biggest day in club history.--Adam M

No idea why they don't use the number for the entire day, they always seem to report it at 3 or so. Good day of sales, however. I would guess they are somewhere around 1.4-1.5M tickets sold at this second.

Halfway there, or thereabouts.


2/26/2011 03:52:00 PM



(2/26/2011 03:11:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Any reports on ticket sales? How busy it was at Miller Park?

Quick and Easy


Q&E, not a word, though the Brewers rarely release numbers except toward the end of the day.


2/26/2011 03:11:00 PM



(2/26/2011 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Those that think Jimmer Fredette won't make it in the NBA are clueless. He's one of the few guys who have NBA 3 point range coming out of college. Offense is half the game, as the Bucks have shown, it's tough to win if you can't score.


2/26/2011 02:02:00 PM



(2/26/2011 12:39:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks have recalled Larry Sanders from the D-League. Larry will be in uniform tonight as the Bucks take on the Bulls at the BC.

Two games? Is Bogut or Brockman hurt? MaM or Ersan?


2/26/2011 12:39:00 PM



(2/26/2011 10:29:00 AM) - Al

Ann asks protesters why they're damaging the capitol.

I've mentioned various damage several times, and wondered why the old media ignores this. As Glenn said, does not fir the narrative.

They also said they have told them to get the mattresses and crock pots out, citing cleaning and fire hazards. Seriously? Those should never have been allowed for a split second. How many other rules have gone ignored? You get the feeling that entire taxpayer funded area will have to be cleaned and refurbished soon.

Oh, and by the way, they've turned off many sympathetic to their plight.

EDIT: I dare you to watch the entire video. Her's how it goes:

1. I know there's stuff taped to the war memorial.

2. I didn't do it.

3. I'm not taking it down, and I'm wondering how long you're going to stand here talking to me about it. After all, I want to start chanting inappropriate things about Hitler, but do not want to get caught on camera, because I'm a pathetic, weak little man/woman.

Wait until 2012. The ads are going to be nonstop, and very unkind.

EDIT: I can't help but wonder why the JS has completely ignored this, though they've been there since the protests started. Looks like Tony W wasn't the only example of terrible, biased reporting at the JS. Sad.


2/26/2011 10:29:00 AM



(2/26/2011 12:21:00 AM) - Al

Fox has a look at Prince and his feelings.


2/26/2011 12:21:00 AM



(2/26/2011 12:03:00 AM) - Al

No offense to Luis Cruz, who is a solid defender, but he can't hit a lick. Unless he's being kept as a defensive replacement, he has no place on a major league bench. There will be many better options available on the waiver wire near the end of March. Cruz could be a below average but passable stopgap at SS. Bench players at least have to be able to, you know, get on base 28% of the time.


2/26/2011 12:03:00 AM


Friday, February 25, 2011

(2/25/2011 11:11:00 PM) - Al

The Dropkick Murphys played a post-game concert tonight after the Milwaukee Admirals' game.

Just when I thought there was nothing I cared about less than minor league hockey, I discovered Irish American Celtic punk music existed.


2/25/2011 11:11:00 PM



(2/25/2011 10:39:00 PM) - Al

The US government can't even write a citizenship test with correct answers on it.

A private company would have this fixed in a week. The feds...maybe never.

Notice how the Canadian political expert passed...she ignored that the answers were wrong and just went by the flash cards she was issued. Heh.


2/25/2011 10:39:00 PM



(2/25/2011 10:31:00 PM) - Al

The question is not why do so many companies leave, the real question that needs to be asked is, why do so many stay?

Cutting that corporate rate in half would be a fine start. It would cost far less than that $1T "stimulus" plan that, to be blunt, failed to do anything at all except provide plenty of pork and short-term gains to blue districts.


2/25/2011 10:31:00 PM



(2/25/2011 09:49:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Are you expecting a record amount of tickets to be sold tomorrow?

Matt


I'm sure it will be top three, but it's always hard to tell...obviously, the 4 and 9 packs cut into the single game tickets sold....even some of the 20's.

I do not plan on buying any, so I won't be clogging up the virtual line.


2/25/2011 09:49:00 PM



(2/25/2011 09:10:00 PM) - Al

It just amazes me how little many national sites know about any economic factors that effect the game. With streaming becoming more and more popular, someone could easily use their Roku, Wii, or X-box to watch the home team via MLBtv, and make the millions channels like YES and Fox pays worthless.

The only way to watch the team in your region is to watch the provider who pays big bucks for the team's rights. I don't see that changing anytime soon.


2/25/2011 09:10:00 PM



(2/25/2011 08:53:00 PM) - Al

The administration continues rubber stamping every single piece of W's foreign policy they said sucked during the campaign of infinite length.

I'd compare it to a rudderless ship, but I wouldn't want to offend ships without rudders.

Now if you'll excuse them, it's tribute to Motown night at the White House. It'd be funny if it wasn't true.


2/25/2011 08:53:00 PM



(2/25/2011 07:10:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife is gone for the weekend at a scrapbooking retreat, and the Rambling son just asked if he could watch the Roku. I informed him he could, but not to ask me if he had trouble with it, since I have no clue how it works. I hear it working for him fine, and it occurs to me that he figured it out with no instructions whatsoever.


2/25/2011 07:10:00 PM



(2/25/2011 06:48:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman discusses the over/unders in the NL. The Cards dropped 4-5 games when Wainwright got hurt.

I have to agree, even though the Phillies are very good, 97 is a huge number.

ADDED: Here's his AL recap. Note how close the Jays and Orioles are to 81. I'd make a wager betting all five AL East teams finish .500 or better, if I was given the proper odds.

I think the Red Sox will win more than anyone else as well. They were ravaged by injury last season and still contended until mid-September.

I think they have the bottom 3 in the AL (CLE, SEA, and KC) too high, and the Pirates too low. I'd also probably take the over on the A's, and the under on the Rays.


2/25/2011 06:48:00 PM



(2/25/2011 06:45:00 PM) - Al

I haven't had a carbohydrate in 3 weeks, and I'm still not interested.


2/25/2011 06:45:00 PM



(2/25/2011 06:31:00 PM) - Al

Walker has mighty good company, Christie being compared to Gaddafi (or Khadafy, or Qadaffi).

If nothing else, I think we know unions have no grasp of historical dictators.


2/25/2011 06:31:00 PM



(2/25/2011 06:11:00 PM) - Al

Rockford makes a brilliant tourism video, mocking the runaway senators.


2/25/2011 06:11:00 PM



(2/25/2011 11:16:00 AM) - Al

The WSJ notices the quite obvious double standard.


2/25/2011 11:16:00 AM


Thursday, February 24, 2011

(2/24/2011 10:34:00 PM) - Al

If someone can explain this jumbled up mess of numbers to me in 500 words or less, shoot me an e-mail.


2/24/2011 10:34:00 PM



(2/24/2011 10:22:00 PM) - Al

IL wants income tax from the runaway senators.

I would have to agree. I'd be so embarrassed to be such a failure to my constituents, I'd volunteer to pay taxes to everyone.


2/24/2011 10:22:00 PM



(2/24/2011 09:11:00 PM) - Al

So, if they get recalled, can the runaway senators come back to WI?

And yet, there are some that insist Walker's the one who is in trouble.


2/24/2011 09:11:00 PM



(2/24/2011 07:50:00 PM) - Al

Wall Street Journal marvels at the generous union benefits.

This is exactly how most of the public feels.


2/24/2011 07:50:00 PM



(2/24/2011 06:44:00 PM) - Al

Sacramento trying to move to Anaheim.


2/24/2011 06:44:00 PM



(2/24/2011 05:57:00 PM) - Al

Braun certainly seems to "get it" far more than most young players.


2/24/2011 05:57:00 PM



(2/24/2011 05:41:00 PM) - Al

Despite all those benefits, the union folks sure are an impolite bunch.

As pointed out last week, the union thugs are guilty of everything the tea party has been wrongly accused of. The irony is thick, even if it goes unreported by the old media.


2/24/2011 05:41:00 PM



(2/24/2011 03:18:00 PM) - Al

Bucks Player X on Deron Williams: "Karma's a bitch, dog. That sh** he did to Jerry Sloan? That came back on him."--Austin Sloan

Williams is a great player, I'd probably take him over Anthony, but considering Utah got two solid players and two draft picks, including one in the lottery, it kick starts the Jazz's rebuilding efforts, just like that.

From following him on Twitter, I'd say the player in question is probably CDR, who uses the word "dog" quite often.


2/24/2011 03:18:00 PM



(2/24/2011 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Another Deadliest Catch cast member dies. Those guys work hard, and they play hard. 33 year-olds rarely die of natural causes, so that's really too bad.


2/24/2011 12:47:00 PM



(2/24/2011 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Tony Robbins comments about our nation's debt.

It's the 800 pound gorilla in the room the administration hopes silently wanders away before '12. And what's really sad, they've managed to blow all that cash on stuff that doesn't spark the economy a bit.


2/24/2011 12:32:00 PM



(2/24/2011 12:12:00 PM) - Al

Casey sends in this link explaining why the anti-business climate has hurt the US more than we'll ever know.


2/24/2011 12:12:00 PM



(2/24/2011 12:09:00 PM) - Al

Students are getting tired of missing class? Heh.

Is it still a protest if nobody shows up?


2/24/2011 12:09:00 PM


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

(2/23/2011 11:30:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife enjoys the Roku, which for those who do not know, streams movies and TV shows from Netflix (or other services) using wireless internet. The only issue she has had thus far was when she first turned it on, it had trouble getting a connection, but the Rambling son was watching something on his Wii using the wireless as well.

Anyone else have issues like this? Is it possible our bandwidth just can't handle two things streaming at a time?


2/23/2011 11:30:00 PM



(2/23/2011 11:29:00 PM) - Al

Three umpires retire.

Heaven knows their replacements can't be any worse. Merriweather and Crawford were known by name to be among the worst of the worst, so it was good to see them gone.


2/23/2011 11:29:00 PM



(2/23/2011 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7 , 1941.

That's a teacher's union rep in Rhode Island, after hearing the plan is to send all teachers a dismissal slip effective at the end of the year, so they can decide later who to get rid of to save money, as they have a $40M deficit.

In addition to the drama, you get the feeling this little budget thing, which DC just ignores, is something the states are taking care of on their own.


2/23/2011 08:52:00 PM



(2/23/2011 07:22:00 PM) - Al

Michigan looked like someone shot their mom after that banked 3 went in. If you miss your free throws, bad things tend to happen.

Far better lucky than good, no doubt. I do think teams need to overplay the 3 and switch on everything in that situation. If you give up a 2, you have a 5 minute game. If you give up a 3, game over. Hence, you simply can't give up a 3.

For a century plus, basketball coaches have been teaching how to push the opponent away from the hoop. The 3, especially the 20 footer in college, has made that strategy far less sound. Tough to change after 100 years.


2/23/2011 07:22:00 PM



(2/23/2011 06:29:00 PM) - Al

To be honest, I'm sure most opponents felt this way, just did not say so publicly.


2/23/2011 06:29:00 PM



(2/23/2011 06:19:00 PM) - Al

Union pays back taxes from 9-11 years ago.

Taxes are for the little people. I'm telling you, you couldn't write fiction that makes them look any worse. Seriously, if I said I'm going to call in sick, even though I'm not, get a fake doctor's note, make a sign comparing a governor to a man who committed genocide, litter openly, not pay my taxes, and destroy state property, I'd have the cops at my door within 24 hours.

Ladies and gents, that's the last seven days of WEAC. They either need a PR firm, or a much better one.


2/23/2011 06:19:00 PM



(2/23/2011 05:22:00 PM) - Al

Men extending childhood into their 20's, women not happy about it.

I said this a few years ago, when a Rambling sister-in-law was dating a gent a couple decades older. As I told the Rambling wife, "Have you seen the 20 year-old guys?"

Society has allowed all young people to remain immature until 30-35 or so, so you can't blame young people for taking advantage of it. I still recall when we bought our first house, the Rambling wife was about 22-23, and one of her sister's friends, who was maybe a year or two younger chronologically, but a decade plus behind maturity wise (this is a person who would fret over her coffee order for several minutes), commented, "Wow. It's like you're a grown-up."

Yeah, it's like that.


2/23/2011 05:22:00 PM



(2/23/2011 05:19:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy will have surgery tomorrow to install a pin in fractured right pinkie. Expected to miss 4 weeks--Adam, MLB.com

Probably won't even miss any games. If it had to happen, it was the perfect time.


2/23/2011 05:19:00 PM



(2/23/2011 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Those damn facts keep making those Dems hiding out look like fools.


2/23/2011 04:31:00 PM



(2/23/2011 04:22:00 PM) - Al

The prank caller to Governor Walker wrote this a while back. (Adult language at the link)

If this idiot couldn't get any dirt on Walker, no one can. Just another anti-troops buffoon, still mourning the death of the Soviet Union. There's no fence around the border, my friend...feel free to visit Europe and decide to stay a while.


2/23/2011 04:22:00 PM



(2/23/2011 02:23:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy breaks right pinkie finger in ball-blocking drill. No word on how long he'll be out, but looking at other broken fingers in MLB, I'd guess 2-4 weeks.

Lucroy should improve into an average backstop, but right now, the only part of his game which is substantially better than his backups is his ability to throw out basestealers. I can't say I'm especially concerned, as Nieves, Kottaras, Maldonado, and Rivera are all still in camp, and at worst, are 90% of what Jon did last year.


2/23/2011 02:23:00 PM



(2/23/2011 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Walker tells huge donor...the same thing he's been telling everyone else.


2/23/2011 12:33:00 PM



(2/23/2011 12:23:00 PM) - Al

Deron Williams goes to Nets, Jazz get two solid players and two 1st round picks.

Looks like Utah will reload rather than rebuild.


2/23/2011 12:23:00 PM



(2/23/2011 12:20:00 PM) - Al

Crasnick with a piece about how well the Crew's pitchers hit.


2/23/2011 12:20:00 PM



(2/23/2011 11:55:00 AM) - Al

Gamel out with an oblique strain, won't hit for a week or so.

I always remember what John Kruk said, "You can't pull fat." I forget who had one of these, but they are very slow to heal. Mat seems ticketed for AAA to play 1B/3B/LF/RF anyway, so it is unlikely to bother him.


2/23/2011 11:55:00 AM



(2/23/2011 11:48:00 AM) - Al

Wainwright may need TJ surgery, if so, out for '11.

Obviously, a huge blow for the Cardinals. Even a FA like Kevin Millwood would probably be a 2-3 win fall, and possibly more than that, as it will tax the bullpen more as well. That's why you have to have more than 5 SP's in camp.


2/23/2011 11:48:00 AM



(2/23/2011 12:32:00 AM) - Al

Zach Greinke is one odd duck.

Adam's take is a bit more positive, but it's tough to spin nutty.


2/23/2011 12:32:00 AM


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

(2/22/2011 11:20:00 PM) - Al

Andrew Bogut on if he is 100 percent: “Uh tough question but no. Not really. I don’t want to use it as an excuse and I don’t want people to think I’m just saying that because I’m not playing well, but it’s a struggle daily with it. I’m going to re-evaluate things at the end of the season and probably going to have to have another surgery once the season is over.”

Whether or not he feels he came back from injury too soon: "There’s no doubt about that. I didn’t shoot a ball the whole summer and I went back to Milwaukee and I didn’t really work out with a ball as far as shooting. I was in shape but I didn’t work out. I went back early in September and I was already playing five on five, which was pretty stupid of me but I wanted to get back on the floor and make training camp. It’s one of those things where it’s a tough situation and in hindsight would I do it again like that? Probably not just because now I’m struggling to just play out the season with the amount of pain and fluid in my elbow. It’s one of those things where you want to come back and play, you love playing basketball, and I was thankful to just have the opportunity to play basketball after the injury, but I guess in the future I will be a little more smarter.” Sports Radio Interviews


Bogut sounds like he is really hurting.


2/22/2011 11:20:00 PM



(2/22/2011 09:46:00 PM) - Al

As good as Mauer hits as a C, I'm surprised the Twins have not moved him to 3B or elsewhere, with his persistent knee troubles.


2/22/2011 09:46:00 PM



(2/22/2011 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Highest gas prices in February in 20+ years.

I blame W's relationship with oil barons myself.


2/22/2011 09:41:00 PM



(2/22/2011 08:45:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have 150 games on FSW for those of us outside of Milwaukee (actually, about 146 or so, as the bucks will pre-empt a few early games.


2/22/2011 08:45:00 PM



(2/22/2011 07:46:00 PM) - Al

Now, this is irony.


2/22/2011 07:46:00 PM



(2/22/2011 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Politifact says Walker is not Hitler.

I'm sure the Jews Adolf exterminated would agree.


2/22/2011 06:54:00 PM



(2/22/2011 03:05:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife just opened the box for the Roku which was delivered today (Amazon is simply astounding).

It is exactly twice as big as he remote for it. Infreakincredible.


2/22/2011 03:05:00 PM



(2/22/2011 02:49:00 PM) - Al

Orlando Cabrera "misunderstood" when he told a newspaper "This is my last season."

Heh, how could you get the wrong idea from that?


2/22/2011 02:49:00 PM



(2/22/2011 02:47:00 PM) - Al

Details of Melo's extension. After earning $18.52 mil next season, he'll get $19.45 mil (12-13), $21.49 million (13-14), $23.53 mil (14-15)

How exactly are NBA owners supposed to look the players in the eye and say they are broke after handing out a contract like that? Melo is a heckuva player, probably top ten, but it's tough to justify $20M+.


2/22/2011 02:47:00 PM


Monday, February 21, 2011

(2/21/2011 09:37:00 PM) - Al

George Will's "controversial" statement on Sunday has been labeled 100% true by Politifact.

I wouldn't question Will if he told me snow was purple.


2/21/2011 09:37:00 PM



(2/21/2011 09:24:00 PM) - Al

Carmelo Anthony will be with the Knicks soon. Huge 3-way including the T-Wolves, and the Nuggets to send some of their haul to the Nets for picks.

Whew.


2/21/2011 09:24:00 PM



(2/21/2011 09:21:00 PM) - Al

Ann gets a threat, city trucks not acting properly.

Madison's rep is taking a well deserved hit with their behavior this past week.


2/21/2011 09:21:00 PM



(2/21/2011 08:56:00 PM) - Al

I'm sure many would argue the Detroit Public Schools don't have a deficit either.

There are new sheriffs in town. The only place ignoring spending more than you take in is still in vogue is Washington DC.


2/21/2011 08:56:00 PM



(2/21/2011 06:32:00 PM) - Al

Whenever the money the union members make is mentioned in a story, the result is a painful comparison.


2/21/2011 06:32:00 PM



(2/21/2011 05:59:00 PM) - Al

Theo once again finds a way around those pesky rules that inhibit other teams. He's several steps ahead, and he has tons of money to spend. That's a tough combo to fight.


2/21/2011 05:59:00 PM



(2/21/2011 01:01:00 PM) - Al

BP projects 85-77 for the Crew, and the over/under in Vegas (and online sportsbooks that we pretend do not exist) is 84.5, so that seems about right.

The BP guy does call it in when he says the Crew was weak on defense last year...they were right about average according to UZR, which is the only defensive metric that has shown any consistency from year-to-year.


2/21/2011 01:01:00 PM



(2/21/2011 12:52:00 PM) - Al

One has to wonder if we'll even have cash in 20 years.


2/21/2011 12:52:00 PM



(2/21/2011 11:34:00 AM) - Al

My sister, her husband, and sister-in-law are teachers and they were whining how tough they have it. Other than salary they won't disclose their benefits to me. Do you know where I can get this info? Why doesn't the Record Herald or City Pages do an article comparing the beneifits offered the Marathon County and Wausau Municipal employees, Police, Firefighters, Wausau Public and private teachers, MATC, and UW Extension. If these employees do have it so bad wouldn't they want this info published?

Thanks for any links.

Jim


Jim, I linked to this last week, so I'm hurt you missed it. Since teacher's salaries and benefits are public record, you can look up anyone who taught last year.

If my e-mails are any indication, prepare to be stunned. The Rambling wife's and my own mouths are still wide open after seeing a teaching couple we know clearing just under $200K combined, and $140K in salary alone.

I wish I knew a brand spanking new teacher to check, as you could argue they are underpaid. However, it seems unanimous that experienced instructors make a comfy living.


2/21/2011 11:34:00 AM



(2/21/2011 10:40:00 AM) - Al

The results of this policy could be seen on recent visits to lunchrooms, where trays of boiled broccoli, zucchini and a pea-carrot mix sat virtually ignored by students. Many of those who did take the vegetables left them on the tray uneaten.

You can feed a kid things they don't like 'til you're blue in the face. That isn't going to make them eat it. Read the whole thing.

Remember this the next time someone wants to spend more on adding healthier foods. Jamie Oliver tried this in West Virginia and got the exact same response, if you'll recall, on a reality show.


2/21/2011 10:40:00 AM



(2/21/2011 10:27:00 AM) - Al

Walker does indeed have the public on his side, as he has been hinting. He's doing exactly what he said he would do.


2/21/2011 10:27:00 AM



(2/21/2011 09:27:00 AM) - Al

Cassy Fiano linked to this, the original story about Taking Chance home...the story the movie is based on.

As we debate political happenings, it is good to take a step back and remind ourselves, thank goodness we have brave men and women like Chance, more than willing to take on evil and terror, for very little monetary gain.

It's occurred to me more than once that our military's salary and benefits are but a fraction of what's being discussed that the average teacher receives. You can argue teachers are underpaid or overpaid, and that's your right. However, allow me to say it's tough to argue our military members have a very tough job, and are vastly under compensated.


2/21/2011 09:27:00 AM



(2/21/2011 09:08:00 AM) - Al

Not only does Paul Ryan get on the Sunday shows, he remains on point, and makes sense. Look at the fella under him...it will cost jobs if they spend less and lower the deficit? What ECON class has he been taking?


2/21/2011 09:08:00 AM



(2/21/2011 08:48:00 AM) - Al

Al,

Talked to my father last night. Union member 30+ years. Never voted Republican in his life, and will tell you Reagan was a bum for breaking up the air controllers.

He told me his next door neighbors, both teachers, asked him to let their dog out Friday, as they were headed to Madison to protest. He told them they feel lucky to have such good jobs, with such good salary and benefits, and that they have nothing to protest.

I hung up and called my brother, and he told me I was making it up. Nope, even Dad has crossed the line.

Thank you for the links on this and other issues. You've provided a better recap than the JS, who if you'll notice, did not report the fake doctor's notes issue until Saturday night. You know the reporters on scene tried to ignore it, until the editors insisted. No Hitler signs there either, you had to look on the blogs.

JB


2/21/2011 08:48:00 AM



(2/21/2011 08:44:00 AM) - Al

State Journal cartoonist, openly liberal, has sided with the governor, and explains why.

He's not the only one. Many feel the compromise of paying a bit more is perfectly legit, and many are shocked to hear of the compensation package that is currently in place.


2/21/2011 08:44:00 AM


Sunday, February 20, 2011

(2/20/2011 10:27:00 PM) - Al

A high school teacher in Texas is as angry as anyone at the sick-out, protests, and the like.

Imagine how they'd feel if they weren't a teacher. This, my friends, is how the majority of the public sees this whole thing. And the union seems to not believe that, and in fact, feels the public is on their side.

Glenn has this link and others, including one about Scott Walker's child's teachers. I saw a sign last week and was disgusted a teacher would bring the governor's child into the fray. Remember, Glenn's a college professor as well, and has no sympathy for the poor behavior.

As I said, the unions tactics seem to have come right out of the bizarro world. They never should have called in sick, and they should have had massive protests over the weekend. Most importantly, any signs about Hilter, or complaints about salary/benefits should have been destroyed ASAP. Litter/garbage should have been picked up all day. Most of all, the focus should have been on running TV ads, focusing on the children, and collective bargaining. As I have said numerous times, most people see protests as stupid and think of the 60's...not a very popular decade in most memories. To make that the focal point is ridiculous.

The Dems who have abandoned their jobs have equally poor judgment. Even by voting present (or the WI alternative, simply not voting), they would have made a point. Now, all but a few union members are ready to vote them out, and possibly start a recall. Let's not forget, many of them are in swing districts, and they did not have to face an election since '08, when Obama swept many of them into office. They have no chance of reelection after this behavior unless they are in Milwaukee or Madison areas, and many may not run and/or be defeated in primaries. None.


2/20/2011 10:27:00 PM



(2/20/2011 08:40:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son does not have school tomorrow due to the snow, causing the Rambling wife and myself to ponder our days and what we should do. We've decided to split the day, I'll go to my office day in the AM, with her working a half-day in the PM. We can also avoid driving the SL1 this way, both using the Vue in this heavy snow.

We think this is only his 2nd snow day in 3.5 years, though they've had 3-4 "cold" days over the years. Someone joked once DCE stands for "Don't Close Ever," and that's been pretty accurate.


2/20/2011 08:40:00 PM



(2/20/2011 06:05:00 PM) - Al

Why WI is so important.


2/20/2011 06:05:00 PM



(2/20/2011 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Excellent musings on high-speed rail, wondering why Obama doesn't seem to get it.

One look at the size of this nation tells you all you need to know about the reality of rail...it is popular in Europe, as Germany is about the same square footage as Wisconsin. Then, let's look at the success/failure of Amtrak...a huge bust and money loser except for the DC-New York-Boston population centers.

Pretending the USA is in any way like this small area is simply incorrect. Would some folks ride the train? Yes. Would it be heavily subsidized like Amtrak is? Without a doubt.

EDIT: Mike e-mails to say Germany is twice as big as WI.


2/20/2011 03:54:00 PM



(2/20/2011 02:58:00 PM) - Al

More on the fake doctor's notes.

By far the biggest problem is in the court of public opinion. With union membership below 10%, much of the population thinks unions are just in it to shield bad workers from discipline and to receive special privileges. This latest mistake more than reinforces that stereotype, true or not.


2/20/2011 02:58:00 PM



(2/20/2011 01:31:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks have assigned Larry Sanders to the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Hammond, "This is an opp for Larry to receive regular minutes."

Too bad health could not have allowed this several months ago. Pretty much a wasted year for Sanders.


2/20/2011 01:31:00 PM



(2/20/2011 01:09:00 PM) - Al

Ohio State/Purdue with a dandy on CBS right now.


2/20/2011 01:09:00 PM



(2/20/2011 12:39:00 PM) - Al

The tea party folks are often called racist, even when no slurs are heard. Now when someone slurs a tea partier, he claims it's not a slur.

Heh. Is it nay wonder why they lost the election?


2/20/2011 12:39:00 PM



(2/20/2011 12:33:00 PM) - Al

A recap of This Week. George Will and a newly elected fella defend Walker and point out, this is why he was elected.


2/20/2011 12:33:00 PM



(2/20/2011 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Evan Thomas referred to Obama as God a couple years ago...now, not so much.

When you lose the far-left, it's not a good sign for keeping the independents.


2/20/2011 11:54:00 AM



(2/20/2011 11:49:00 AM) - Al

They just digging a bigger hole for themselves with their signs.

You's think another person would have told them to wise up. They just don't seem to get it.

EDIT: Added signs that seem to suggest assassination. That'll go over nicely with those in the middle, not really sure which way they lean. Just one blunder after another.


2/20/2011 11:49:00 AM



(2/20/2011 11:44:00 AM) - Al

Walker tells Obama to never mind his state, and to worry about the federal deficit.

That's the stuff cult legends and heroes are made of. He may be more unpopular with unions, but they didn't vote for him anyway, and hardly anyone is in a union amymore. He's going to be mentioned in the same breath as Chris Christie soon, if this keeps up.


2/20/2011 11:44:00 AM


Saturday, February 19, 2011

(2/19/2011 11:09:00 PM) - Al

All my strength to Chad Brown who is fighting the good fight vs. cancer. And to his great wife Vanessa Rousso. We love you both!--Greg Raymer

Vanessa relayed the news earlier tonight that Chad has a rare form of cancer, and they removed a tumor of nearly ten pounds from his abdomen earlier today. All the best, and here's to a quick recovery.


2/19/2011 11:09:00 PM



(2/19/2011 11:03:00 PM) - Al

The doctors in question are Lou Sanner, Anne Eglash, Hannah Keevil, James Shropshire and Patrick McKenna. I wouldn't be surprised to find they have already been referred to the Wisconsin Dept. of Regulation and Licensing and/or the WI Attorney General. Handing out obviously phony medical evaluations on the street and in front of cameras is pretty dumb.--You Tube

They gave Andrew Breitbart an excuse while cameras rolled. Several medical pros say it violates several HIPPA rules, such as conducting an exam in public. It's tough for me to ignore the obvious ethics violations as well.

Yet another black eye, and PR blunder. Mind-numbingly ignorant.


2/19/2011 11:03:00 PM



(2/19/2011 07:25:00 PM) - Al

Fake notes from a real doctor? Just one more PR disaster for the union.

Ann said she saw this as well. Do they really think they can sway public opinion of people making far less than them by this dishonest behavior?


2/19/2011 07:25:00 PM



(2/19/2011 02:46:00 PM) - Al

I was just skimming through a post on another Brewers' blog I used to read every day, but the quality has fallen so far I hardly ever check it out anymore. In the middle of the post was this sentence:

Suck it.

See you in a few months.


2/19/2011 02:46:00 PM



(2/19/2011 01:46:00 PM) - Al

I must admit, out of all the untruths the last few days, Rachel Maddow\'s claim WI was running a surplus was the most jawdropping.

And it turns out, completely incorrect. It is astounding MSNBC has any viewers left.


2/19/2011 01:46:00 PM



(2/19/2011 12:36:00 PM) - Al

Glenn's view of how the average citizen is seeing this mirrors my own. The union's popularity has plummeted of late.


2/19/2011 12:36:00 PM



(2/19/2011 12:32:00 PM) - Al

Heh. Fleeing the state to avoid a vote...I just can't imagine it going over well.


2/19/2011 12:32:00 PM



(2/19/2011 12:29:00 PM) - Al

Both sides are at the capitol, the JS has not yet said how many of each side is there. This account of the happenings Thursday/Friday is very disappointing, this is the 3rd time I have heard that the Supreme Court glass door was broken.


2/19/2011 12:29:00 PM


Friday, February 18, 2011

(2/18/2011 10:34:00 PM) - Al

KC Star reports the Royals seem to want to open the season with Melky Cabrera in CF, with Lo Cain in AAA.

That's a surprise to me, as Melky would seem to fit the standard 4th OF definition. Although, maybe they do not mind delaying Cain's arby and FA eligibility, as many of their top rated farm system is due to arrive this year or next.


2/18/2011 10:34:00 PM



(2/18/2011 08:45:00 PM) - Al

Exactly what I have been thinking. The union has created no sympathy and has done all they can to make the public angry.

It's like they hired a PR firm in the bizarro world.

Cutting staff? Misconduct? I'm not a lawyer, but it sure looks like Senate Dems have met the "misconduct" definition.

This reminds me of the elite attitude many incumbents had before the November election.


2/18/2011 08:45:00 PM



(2/18/2011 06:18:00 PM) - Al

Didn't Obama say his health care plan would cover more for less?

Apparently, that was a bit of a fib.


2/18/2011 06:18:00 PM



(2/18/2011 06:15:00 PM) - Al

The union has lost the Democratic party.

Where's the civility? The kindness?

You get the feeling there is extra security in place. This is probably costing the taxpayers as we speak. How incredibly sad.


2/18/2011 06:15:00 PM



(2/18/2011 06:09:00 PM) - Al

Friend of Ramblings Ryan recaps what's going on, on the state and national level. He seems to be in agreement with my views.

I'm sure the union will be shocked to see that most of the country hopes to see them lose. They just don't understand how unpopular the union movement is in 2011.


2/18/2011 06:09:00 PM



(2/18/2011 04:24:00 PM) - Al

You know what the Democrats might try next time? Winning an election. Running away is pathetic.--Andrew Sullivan

A week or two ago, AS was a fiercely loyal Dem. That guy changes his mind with the breeze. Yet, he's still really mad at someone.:)


2/18/2011 04:24:00 PM



(2/18/2011 04:06:00 PM) - Al

Seriously, the only thing that would make today more perfect would be if Jimmy Carter showed up to lead chants.--Charlie Sykes

Heh. Carter is just a punchline. That said, it's funny because it's true. Trotting out Jesse Jackson is so cliched. Ask him what he's there for in 15 minutes, he'll have to take a look to see who signed the check. And, let's hope he didn't slur any Jews in his short stay.


2/18/2011 04:06:00 PM



(2/18/2011 02:36:00 PM) - Al

Disrespect for the flag will not gain the unions many friends. Also, they seem to forget every poll shows their case to be in the minority.


2/18/2011 02:36:00 PM



(2/18/2011 02:22:00 PM) - Al

Andrew Sullivan shakes his head at the sign with Walker...in the cross-hairs, asking if we've learned nothing.

Sullivan seems to have come back to his conservative roots *just like that*. Maybe he finally realized that Obama's stance on gay marriage is identical to W's, to Palin's, and to the RNC's platform. It must suck to be a one issue voter when no one of any merit shares your feelings.

I've often said it is a state rights issue, and to date, only the extreme far-left states have approved it. I agree with Dennis Miller's take on the subject...I don't care what gender of person you want to marry, but I do feel strongly that we kill any terrorists that may try to break up the ceremony. In other words, we have bigger fish to fry.

Not only that, his quote of the day is Christie's recent rant about raising the retirement age and fixing Medicare/Medicaid before it bankrupts the country. He was a strong conservative with some liberal views on gay marriage (some would say libertarian) until about a half-decade ago, when he declared Iraq lost and moved left.

Andrew will go down as being on the wrong side of history there, as will Hank Reid, Barack Obama, and many others.


2/18/2011 02:22:00 PM



(2/18/2011 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Adam reports all but Braun, Fielder, Kotsay are in camp. Position players do not have to show up 'til Monday, first workout is Tuesday.

The Crew have always reported early, though usually someone has a visa problem.


2/18/2011 02:12:00 PM



(2/18/2011 12:58:00 PM) - Al

Still some spots open in the free Yahoo fantasy league...I think I've sent out 9 or 10 invites, up to 12 teams can play, and only 6 have signed up thus far.

E-mail me if you want the league ID and the password.

Draft is live, but you do not have to be there, pre-ranking is available.


2/18/2011 12:58:00 PM



(2/18/2011 12:44:00 PM) - Al

Herm Cain is now confirmed to speak at the pro-Walker rally tomorrow in Madison. I've heard he is a great speaker, and brings the house down with his conservative, pro-America message.


2/18/2011 12:44:00 PM



(2/18/2011 12:41:00 PM) - Al

I'd send Gamel to AAA to play every day. He's not going to improve himself sitting on the bench.


2/18/2011 12:41:00 PM



(2/18/2011 12:28:00 PM) - Al

The irony here is, all the conservatives suddenly seem to moderate. The anger is on Facebook, parents, some of whom support the teachers, still furious with their actions.

Those that think Walker is losing popularity just aren't paying attention.


2/18/2011 12:28:00 PM



(2/18/2011 12:26:00 PM) - Al

A leading WI senator who fled to Chicago with fellow Democrats says they could stay out of Wisconsin for days or even weeks.--Wisconsin Report

You can almost hear people voting Republican in 2012. Again, when liberals are telling you to go do your job, they've clearly misunderstood what a PR blunder this is.


2/18/2011 12:26:00 PM



(2/18/2011 12:20:00 PM) - Al

I mentioned the other day that unions are less popular than ever, and someone disagreed, asking for numbers.

Here you go. Even Dems hate unions, as they simply have no place in today's climate, where even the poor people are fat (he said with a wink).


2/18/2011 12:20:00 PM



(2/18/2011 12:17:00 PM) - Al

They've lost openly liberal columnist Joe Klein, who wonders why they are chanting for democracy and doing all they can to prevent a vote.

Heh. It just doesn't add up, does it?


2/18/2011 12:17:00 PM



(2/18/2011 12:02:00 PM) - Al

Another budget cut visual, thanks Casey.

$100M out of the budget? Not even worth mentioning.


2/18/2011 12:02:00 PM



(2/18/2011 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Al,

Thank you for the links. You have done a fine job linking up what is happening.

I'm a lawyer (shields head from lobbing of large items), and one thing is being missed by many. In Wisconsin, it is illegal for public employees to strike, the final step is arbitration, just like in baseball. Both sides make a case, the arbiter chooses one, and both sides live with the result.

This "sick-out" could easily be considered an illegal strike, especially by a labor unfriendly court. Legally, it is not, but the results are the same. It would not take a whole lot for a court to rule this as over the line by the union, especially if it went on for weeks. With that ruling, districts could either choose to fire them all, or to order them back to work with a threat of firings. Remember, Reagan broke the air traffic controllers in this exact way.

Nathan


I am not a lawyer, but many have said the sick-out is illegal, by the letter of the law.


2/18/2011 11:45:00 AM



(2/18/2011 11:31:00 AM) - Al

Gomez a candidate to bat 9th? I thought the same thing actually, though I think Roenicke might well end trying Carlos in the 2nd spot. Yuni has little OBP skills, but good SLG, so he might well be a fit to hit right before the pitcher, be that 7th or 8th.

That's about as much as you'll see on the batting order from me, as it is near meaningless over 162.


2/18/2011 11:31:00 AM



(2/18/2011 11:27:00 AM) - Al

Walker tells Obama "it would be wise" to leave his state alone.

Walker is going to come out of this as popular as Robin Hood. The only folks he's upset voted 99% Dem anyway.

We might well be calling this "the moment" in a few years. He's going to go from regional to national, just like Chris Christie.


2/18/2011 11:27:00 AM



(2/18/2011 11:19:00 AM) - Al

Al,

Just wanted to thank you for that pic of the resort worker where the Dems were hiding out. They would have seen less skin at Hooters! And probably paid less too!

Ken


The Tilted Kilt has been called "a high class Hooters" more than once. I ate there on day in Stevens Point, the agent I was working with wanted to eat there because they had TV's to watch the NCAA tourney last year. Sadly, both the food and the waitstaff was a downgrade from Hooters.


2/18/2011 11:19:00 AM



(2/18/2011 11:09:00 AM) - Al

I often read WSJ's editorials, as they are pro-business and pro-fiscal common sense. However, I never look for JS's opinions, as they are far-left, as are their columnists.

Imagine how surprised I was when Remy sent me this...ripping the Senate Dems and the teachers and telling them both to "get back to work."

Wow. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go break up the ice dam that has accumulated in hell.


2/18/2011 11:09:00 AM



(2/18/2011 11:03:00 AM) - Al

I just heard on the radio that amendments on bills are only allowed until the third reading of the bill is completed. When the Dems ran off to IL, the Senate began reading number two, and have now finished the third. Hence, amendment time is complete.

Bad behavior has repercussions.


2/18/2011 11:03:00 AM



(2/18/2011 10:57:00 AM) - Al

Speaking of Facebook, the wife of one of the teachers was on there complaining that they would have to forego Valentine flowers, a trip to the Dells, and a new surround sound system. Her husband, a first grade teacher, was apologizing to all his students for encouraging them to get in to education when they grew up.

Hard to keep track of the number of “oofs” those two sentences generate. Apparently the nobility of the “it’s all for the kids” line we always hear erodes when there’s 10% less take home pay and you can’t watch “Avatar” in the best quality Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound.

Name withheld


I just don't think this is going to end well. Even people who support their cause disagree with the methods.

By the way, I bought the Rambling wife a Roku XD for Valentine's Day (not really, because we don't celebrate such fictional 24 hour cycles, but around that time period). Flowers die, electronics last until they are obsolete).


2/18/2011 10:57:00 AM



(2/18/2011 10:49:00 AM) - Al

As spring training opened yesterday, allow me to say I will not be wasting time linking to fluff pieces. Hey, I know these guys are in the best shape of their life, and that every damn one of them is a fine family man who does a lot of charitable work in the offseason.

{Word is, that's where Miguel Cabrera was headed the other night, while drinking straight from a bottle of scotch as a police officer tried to pull him over.}

Let's be honest, barring injuries (which there will be), 22-23 spots are spoken for. The Brewers have a 25th man spot, the reserve catcher, and depending on how many they carry, a bullpen spot. It's tough to spend much time writing about such mundane stuff.


2/18/2011 10:49:00 AM



(2/18/2011 10:44:00 AM) - Al

Facebook is telling me that in the Ramblings high school, the students were told they could "protest" today by not going to class, no punishment. Many have chosen to sit in the "commons" area, which I do not fully understand, as it is a new high school since I left.

Am I wrong in thinking that they will be unable to punish kids in the future for protesting any political issue?


2/18/2011 10:44:00 AM



(2/18/2011 10:27:00 AM) - Al

Jim Edmonds has retired.

I wonder if the guys at Fangraphs still think he's a better bargain than Kotsay.:) I'm a stat guy too, but those fellas don't seem to ever read a word. Edmonds barely made it through his time in MIL, hobbling and limping. He was dealt to CIN and could not play. The idea of counting on him in '11 was laughable.


2/18/2011 10:27:00 AM



(2/18/2011 09:26:00 AM) - Al

The post with the teacher salary database may have cost me all my actual work production today. In a small school like ours, we know pretty much everyone and actually there are a heck of a lot of our son's friends whose parents are teachers. One of my best friends was an assistant principal and he lost his job last year. Now I see he pulled in $100K+ counting fringe and, while he’s still a great guy to know, I can COMPLETELY understand the need to eliminate the position.

Our son’s teacher this year is a complete dumpster fire and he’s pulling in $50K in salary (last year) plus $30K in fringe. Absolutely appalling.

Name withheld


As I say, you can make an argument the best, or the very good teachers are worth...but with all unions, they make sure the worst are paid exactly like the best. That's simply nonsensical to me.

I had no fewer than five e-mails today thanking me for the link that shows teacher salaries and benefits. Every single one said they were surprised how much teachers they knew made. Again, I just don't think this is a winning battle, and their behavior isn't helping.


2/18/2011 09:26:00 AM



(2/18/2011 09:12:00 AM) - Al

The Wall Street Journal praises Walker, and comes down pretty hard on the union.

They compare his plight to Christie, who is by far the most popular governor in the USA. If Walker can get some You Tube clips of him making humorous remarks, his opponents may push him into the national spotlight.

I just saw a Christie/Walker in 2012 suggestion in the comments at the one of the sites I checked. This may well go down as Walker's coming out party.


2/18/2011 09:12:00 AM



(2/18/2011 09:05:00 AM) - Al

Glenn says Walker's polls must show he has support and his backers are telling him to hold the line. He's up to 60% in that JS poll. Calling in sick and picketing simply does not play well in WI, other than in Madison and Milwaukee.


2/18/2011 09:05:00 AM



(2/18/2011 12:20:00 AM) - Al

Luis Atilano DFA'd by the Nats. He does not K many, but walks fewer and had a 5ish ERA last year in 16 starts. He's 25 and has good min or league numbers.

If he has options, this might be a guy MIL takes a look at. He averages 88 with his fastball, and throws it 2/3rd's of the time, so he must be a sinkerballer. Also, he was a first round pick, so he's always been on the radar.

Not a high ceiling fella, but excellent SP depth.

EDIT: Options are a guessing game, but he may have one.


2/18/2011 12:20:00 AM



(2/18/2011 12:11:00 AM) - Al

Al,

I found your site as a Brewers fan years ago and have come to enjoy some of your political takes. Anyway, your post about Saturday's rally for Walker supporters made me laugh because, you know, while the teachers decided to rally and miss 3 days of work and class, the other side decides to give up their free time and plan a rally when maybe 1% of them had a work or class obligation.

Noah


And it will not go overlooked by the politically independent/apathetic either.


2/18/2011 12:11:00 AM


Thursday, February 17, 2011

(2/17/2011 11:43:00 PM) - Al

Chicago's population below 1920 levels.

Let's not overanalyze this too much, the Illinois economy is in the toilet, taxes are high and going up, and the city is a dirty, crime infested dump.

I have to wonder how it's as high as it is.


2/17/2011 11:43:00 PM



(2/17/2011 11:36:00 PM) - Al

Glenn is not a fan of picketing politico's homes either.

It's in poor taste, and simply bad behavior.


2/17/2011 11:36:00 PM



(2/17/2011 11:33:00 PM) - Al

Walker is certainly adding to his name recognition. He is national news.

No publicity is bad publicity. Walker is now a hero to fiscal watchdogs all over the USA.

So far, I'd say this is a huge misstep for the union.

Walker is doing what he was elected to do. He did not run on a platform of spending more and raising taxes.


2/17/2011 11:33:00 PM



(2/17/2011 10:58:00 PM) - Al

The other side will be at the capitol on Saturday.

They must not value their sleep and poker time as much as I do.


2/17/2011 10:58:00 PM



(2/17/2011 10:08:00 PM) - Al

They should spellcheck the hell out their signs.--Ann Althouse

Every other picture has a word misspelled. It is both hilarious, and troubling.


2/17/2011 10:08:00 PM



(2/17/2011 09:29:00 PM) - Al

Al,

I’m firmly in the “everyone needs to do their part” corner. The thing is, I don’t think the major issue is contributing to pensions or paying some of the health premium. The issue is the loss of union negotiating rights. My father & I had quite the argument last night at bowling. His position is that unions have paved the way for workers like me to have what I have. My position is that unions have outlived their usefulness as most of the things they fought for are laws now. Unions only seem to save the lazy workers.

Does Walker get the contributions he wants, but gives back the union rights? I think that may be the play here.

Shawn


Unions pretty much became useless with the advent of OSHA. They exist now only to get the worst worker the exact same raise as the best one...think about that.

It ain't 1920 anymore. No one is being forced to work 14-16 hours a day, or in dangerous conditions. They are now simply a business, like any other...they collect dues and pay people.

Walker will compromise if he needs to. We'll see if he does. Regardless, I promise you a huge chunk of money will go back to the state. Walker is doing exactly what he was elected to do...balance the budget others ignored.


2/17/2011 09:29:00 PM



(2/17/2011 09:15:00 PM) - Al

Madison East vs. Edgerton hockey game: Edgerton students wearing Walker t-shirts chant "We got teachers. How about you?" 3rd day of strike Friday.--Charlie Sykes

Now that's funny.


2/17/2011 09:15:00 PM



(2/17/2011 08:23:00 PM) - Al

The financial impact is 7-11%, on state workers.

On someone making $35K a year, the midpoint of 9% would be $3500...or $67 a week. $50K, $86 a week. Real numbers, to be sure. Ballpark figures for what insurance costs? Yep. And, some of it is actually going to their own pension, not insurance.

Certainly noticeable numbers, but it's hard to see them as devastating either.


2/17/2011 08:23:00 PM



(2/17/2011 08:18:00 PM) - Al

President Obama ordered his cabinet to cut $100 million from the $3.5 trillion federal budget.

I was so impressed by this sacrifice that I decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I budget about $2000 a month on groceries, medicine, bills. etc. but it was time to get out the budget cutting ax and walk in the footsteps of the leader. Following his example I went through the budget line by line.

I cut my spending at exactly the same ratio as did President Obama - 1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math it looked like it looks like my $2000 a month my budget must be cut by 6 cents.

Yes, it looks like I'll just have to get by on $1999.94 per month but that's what sacrifice is all about. I thank Mr. Obama for leading by example. This will surely pull us out of debt.

John Q. Taxpayer


Heh. Obviously, the president got the message from the November elections loud and clear.

Received via e-mail, thanks Matt.

I'm telling you, they've cut to the bone, there's nothing left.:)


2/17/2011 08:18:00 PM



(2/17/2011 07:32:00 PM) - Al

At least the Dems had a good view as hid out across state lines.

Mmm...flannel.

Now I think we can all agree...that gal deserves deserves a better health plan.


2/17/2011 07:32:00 PM



(2/17/2011 06:11:00 PM) - Al

A call for execution?

Classy.


2/17/2011 06:11:00 PM



(2/17/2011 05:20:00 PM) - Al

One of my Facebook friends sent out this link, you can check salaries of teachers, since it is public record.

She said she had spent much of her day wondering what is meant by the "low" salaries. The Rambling wife and I don't know many names, but the ones we checked, we were awe struck. Not only is the salary impressive, in some cases, the fringe benefits were almost as high.


2/17/2011 05:20:00 PM



(2/17/2011 04:28:00 PM) - Al

JS's unscientific poll shows 57% are for Walker's repair bill.

I have to guess that very similar to Walker's vote total in November. The public wants a balanced budget, lower taxes, and less government.


2/17/2011 04:28:00 PM



(2/17/2011 04:20:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, picking up one's litter is "for the little people" in Madison.

Their favorability ratings are going to go down like a lead balloon. I think they forget the state is not Madison and Milwaukee's liberal strongholds. It's blue collar, self-employed folks who are furious, or at very least, unhappy.


2/17/2011 04:20:00 PM



(2/17/2011 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Some mighty classy signs. The ones with misspellings are especially funny, as is the Impeach Bush one. Heh.

I have an e-mail about students protesting outside of high schools complaining that the teachers have abandoned them. I see no media reports of this, but the old media may be, ahem, forgetting to mention it.


2/17/2011 04:13:00 PM



(2/17/2011 04:06:00 PM) - Al

You know, if they had that high speed train, Dem senators could have run away even faster.--Charlie Sykes

Heh. I'm a bit torn here, because I guess they have every right to do this. However, they do get paid to make tough decisions. Voting present isn't an option.


2/17/2011 04:06:00 PM



(2/17/2011 03:57:00 PM) - Al

Twitter is full of reports of abusive and violent behavior at the state capitol. With the Senate Dems in Illinois, delaying the vote, I can only imagine the ads that will be run in 2012. Wausau has canceled classes for tomorrow, though the Ramblings school district has not, as of yet at least.

I shudder to think of the scorn that will soon follow. Elections have consequences.

It is hard not to have the thought that in all those tea parties, any reports of violence were quickly shot down as false or exaggerated. Meanwhile, they can't have a simple protest at the capitol without blocking exits, elevators, and staircases?


2/17/2011 03:57:00 PM



(2/17/2011 12:29:00 PM) - Al

An e-mail says I can watch the WI budget debate right here.

That said, I'd rather stab myself in the eye with some rusty, dull barb wire. Right now, the Dems are "boycotting" the proceedings, so according to rules, they do not have enough members to talk, I guess. Yawn. We always learn about such ancient rules when one side or the other is pouting. Would it be nice if they could be eliminated? (The silly rules, not the Dems.) Yes, and maybe over time, this waste of time and money will make enough people mad to do something about it. But, as is, it looks childish and hopeless. Oh well.

The world will keep spinning. Like many, I think it's a shame the state is broke, and having to cut back on benefits. I'm also mature enough to realize taxpayers are not an infinite bag of cash.


2/17/2011 12:29:00 PM



(2/17/2011 12:58:00 AM) - Al

Spiral notebook moment #74.

Allow me to add, I never saw anyone wrong with Gitmo. They are not Americans, and I'm not worried about anything except protecting Americans and especially the American military. All the rest, is for people who give a damn.


2/17/2011 12:58:00 AM



(2/17/2011 12:20:00 AM) - Al

Beam me up Scottie.

Ted Kennedy still costing us tax money in death, though he has not killed a single young woman of late.

You know, I can't find a single dollar of waste. None. It's cut right to the bone, I tell ya.


2/17/2011 12:20:00 AM


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

(2/16/2011 11:51:00 PM) - Al

Uncle Leo (and Garvin) passes away. He was an incredibly lucky character actor, having roles on two shows that will be on TV forever.

Rest in peace sir, and thanks for the laughs.


2/16/2011 11:51:00 PM



(2/16/2011 11:32:00 PM) - Al

Al,

How upset would you be if you had to take the day off work tomorrow because all the teachers called off?

Welcome to my world.

Oof.

Nancy
Deforest


As a female e-mailer, I'd print Nancy's thoughts if she called me a fat buffoon (in fact, my response would probably be "Who you callin' a buffoon?" But hence, I digress.)

In the court of public opinion, school closings really sway people to be unhappy with the teachers.


2/16/2011 11:32:00 PM



(2/16/2011 10:36:00 PM) - Al

Christie is the man for 2012. I have no doubt about it. He simply walks the walk and gets stuff done.

And yes, he'd be in favor of Walker's plan, I have little doubt.


2/16/2011 10:36:00 PM



(2/16/2011 09:30:00 PM) - Al

It's a 4 year deal. I believe in order to be a sports agent, your pants have to be permanently set on fire.


2/16/2011 09:30:00 PM



(2/16/2011 09:12:00 PM) - Al

When teachers lie, how do they return to the classroom and expect honesty from the students?--MacIver

I'm sorry teacher, the dog ate my homework...the same three days you were "sick."


2/16/2011 09:12:00 PM



(2/16/2011 09:09:00 PM) - Al

WEAC has called statewide walkout. School districts all over WI closing. This is an illegal job action. Worse; a betrayal of kids.--Charlie Sykes

Wow. Dishonest, pathetic behavior. I'm simply in awe at how terribly the behavior is. This is why unions have their lowest public rating in decades, they just don't seem to get it.


2/16/2011 09:09:00 PM



(2/16/2011 09:03:00 PM) - Al

On Wednesday, about 40% of Madison’s public school teachers called in sick, forcing officials to close school for the day.--JS

Heh. I think they all deserve raises, and better benefits, as dishonesty is exactly what I've looking for from a role model for youth. That may be the most pathetic reason for missing a day of work I have ever heard.

Oof.


2/16/2011 09:03:00 PM



(2/16/2011 08:58:00 PM) - Al

Weeks signs for 4y/$38.5M. That's about $6M more than I guessed, but 10M+ less than Dan Uggla received. Needless to say, I did not figure Uggla's numbers in, or I would have been closer.


2/16/2011 08:58:00 PM



(2/16/2011 08:52:00 PM) - Al

Eugene Kane complains about something that...never happened, per the JS's own pages.

Just when you think he's hit rock bottom, he manages to dig a little more dirt out of the hole. What a clown.

I'm sure an apology will be forthcoming. Heh.


2/16/2011 08:52:00 PM


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

(2/15/2011 08:27:00 PM) - Al

“All recent discussions have focused solely on a multiyear deal,” said Ash, who is handling negotiations with Weeks’ agent, Greg Gense. “We continue to talk. Hopefully, we’ll have a resolution (soon).”--JS

Gord seems to feel this is going to get done. I'd be comfortable with a 3y deal, while 5y would be a bit long for me, given Rickie's injury history. If a deal does go down, I'd guess the following:

3y/$23M
4y/$33M
5y/$44M


2/15/2011 08:27:00 PM



(2/15/2011 07:47:00 PM) - Al

I'm having trouble comprehending that college educated folks could be this shortsighted. If many parents have to miss work tomorrow because teachers wanted to picket, the public outcry will be, at minimum, 3-1 don't let the door hit you on the way out.


2/15/2011 07:47:00 PM



(2/15/2011 07:04:00 PM) - Al

How about this: First 62 years of the AP poll, UW spent a total of 4 weeks in the top 10. In the last 10 years (Bo Ryan era), 25 weeks.

Any criticism at all of Bo Ryan forgets where the program was until the Dick Bennett era. Many said no one could ever win because of the academics, which you still hear about Northwestern.


2/15/2011 07:04:00 PM



(2/15/2011 07:01:00 PM) - Al

This fella tried to do a 30 team NBA trade.

And I thought I had no life.


2/15/2011 07:01:00 PM



(2/15/2011 06:36:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Appreciate your website, gives us former Wisconsin residents a good feel for the
brewers and other going's on. I had seen the story you linked to posted, I did
the following quick math, those exhausting days that teacher may stay at school
until 5 PM, lets say the teacher worked an average of 8.5 hours per day. I
think WI averages about 180 school days per year, so to be generous say 185 days
at 8.5 hours per day. So around 1575 hours worked per year @ 36,000= 22.86 per
hour. An average salary worker would be paid on 2080 hours per year, so the
equivalent wage is around $47,000 plus the best benefits. Not too shabby.

Also loved the comment of "tens of thousands of dollars in student loans" and
the fact that comment about a masters degree. Perhaps the education bachelor
degree should include a lesson on cost benefit analysis.

The comment about knowing people who are making 45-50k, does the author want to
speculate on how many hours per year they have to work to earn 45-50k? I would
estimate that I have worked on average 2500 hours per year since graduating from
the UW in 2000. At this point I am making very good money, of course it only
took me an extra 10,000 hours of work more then the "average" teacher in my
first decade after college.

Thanks again for your blog.

Brandon


I'm telling you, the court of public opinion is not going to go smoothly if they publicize their salary and benefits. Those are jobs people fight tooth and mail for.


2/15/2011 06:36:00 PM



(2/15/2011 05:53:00 PM) - Al

We just ordered a Roku today to stream Netflix, mainly for the Rambling wife, as we moved the Wii into the Rambling son's "office," a while back. I'm sure she won't be streaming many of the films Robert is concerned about being available, but I admit, Netflix is simply an incredible business model.

A while back, someone on a message board I frequent insisted Netflix would be dead in a couple years, due to something or another. This is why I'm a contrarian in many things, as the average person simply is clueless.


2/15/2011 05:53:00 PM



(2/15/2011 05:47:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe teachers are stupid enough to do this, but the district is preparing for it.

I think it makes a bizarro argument, that education is important, and that teachers feel it is...not as important as their benefit package.

EDIT: Union/public employee day off of work to protest seems to be backfiring badly. People wonder why they aren't doing their jobs. Good question.--Charlie Sykes

If true, that's exactly what I've been thinking...I had a meeting today and appointments all day tomorrow, so I can't run off to Madison to hold signs and behave childishly. I don't think people realize how poorly this plays with Mike Middle Class.


2/15/2011 05:47:00 PM



(2/15/2011 04:56:00 PM) - Al

One of my Facebook friends lost her dog of 17 years, and it now has 20 comments, including my own. I'm not sure what that means exactly, except to once again repeat this true fact:

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.--Wiil Rogers

Bandit, I miss you, and we never even met.


2/15/2011 04:56:00 PM



(2/15/2011 04:35:00 PM) - Al

I can't believe this person is telling the world how exhausted she is after working 7:45-4:30 each day. Not only is that a piece of cake compared to retail, it's far less than many days as an independent contractor I spend now...and my guaranteed income is...$0...with no benefits at all, never mind top of the line, ideal benefits...and up until now, totally free.

I have no complaints, as I chose this occupation, and can change any time I want...that is what we have in this, the greatest nation in the history of the planet.

I do know this, the budget will be balanced, and the public has spoken...no one is gutsy enough to raise taxes one penny in this environment. This is looking more and more like the battle Chris Christie fought and won in Jersey...and last I heard, his rating is very, very high. There is no pity by the public for workers in government...the salary, time off, and benefits are well known to be something to be envious of.

The Rambling wife is looking at working more hours to make more money and get better benefits. That's the way it works, not looking for taxpayers to kick in more to improve (or keep) your standard of living. If I was a teacher, I'm sure I'd be unhappy. The gravy train is ending, like it or not.

And maybe I'm out of touch, but I worked for darn near a decade in retail management before I hit $36K per. She should keep that to herself, never mind her salary, with benefits included, must be 20% higher.


2/15/2011 04:35:00 PM



(2/15/2011 04:24:00 PM) - Al

This is why I hesitate to lower defense spending...I'm sure there's waste there, but anytime you can develop a beauty like this...before the enemy does, it's a huge positive and life saver for the brave men and women of our military.


2/15/2011 04:24:00 PM



(2/15/2011 04:23:00 PM) - Robert R.

I've said many good things about Netflix in the past. That said, the news that the Criterion Collection is dropping Netflix as a streaming partner certainly has to be viewed as a misstep.

I've little doubt that more people are going to stream the latest Justin Bieber movie than something like SENSO in the coming year. That said, having Criterion available for streaming is a draw for the cineaste and a coup for Hulu Plus. Especially since Criterion's complaints are something Netflix could have dealt with at little to no cost. There never was any way to search for "Criterion" on Netflix's website, let alone a dedicated category for their discs. There never was a way to stream the supplemental features on Criterion discs, a major draw for their discs.

Netflix is essentially the middleman between the consumers and the video rights holders and while they've generally done a good job for consumers, the loss of rights of a significant supplier shows that all is not perfect in Netflix land. People flocked from Blockbuster to Netflix due to superior selection and service, but they'll just as easily flock from Netflix to Hulu Plus or even directly to the video rights holders' sites if they start to slip.

Hopefully it's a wake up call for Netflix. An upgrade of their website is overdue, as well as improvement in categories and search features.

Edit: Hulu's Criterion page can be viewed here. It's already presented in a vastly superior way than Netflix presented them.


2/15/2011 04:23:00 PM



(2/15/2011 04:16:00 PM) - Al

I had no idea we could vote for something today. I have heard some ads for State Supreme Court justice, but did not know it was so soon.


2/15/2011 04:16:00 PM



(2/15/2011 03:52:00 PM) - Al

I was on the way to my meeting this AM, and a prison guard called into the Jerry Bader show, which is on the Wausau news station from 9-11. Upon the host telling him that the money simply was not there anymore, and cuts had to be made, the guard, with no hesitation said, "Well, we could always increase the sales tax by half-a-percent."

Bader told him there was an infinite amount of taxes that could be raised, but that wasn't the point. I just found it fitting, that the taxpayers are just looked at as a never-ending feeding trough, and the public sector, regardless of how bloated it is, sure could use a higher paycheck, better benefits, and more vacation time.


2/15/2011 03:52:00 PM



(2/15/2011 03:50:00 PM) - Al

Good to see Paul Ryan getting his name out, and even using puns to get some ink. His fiscal policy actually makes sense, unlike the "raise discretionary spending by 84% and then freeze it" policy of the current administration.


2/15/2011 03:50:00 PM



(2/15/2011 03:47:00 PM) - Al

Gord and Weeks' agent making progress toward multi-year deal.


2/15/2011 03:47:00 PM



(2/15/2011 03:32:00 PM) - Al

Garrett Temple just tweeted out "It's been a pleasure Milwaukee," indicating he will not be signed for the rest of the season, after hitting the maximum two 10 day contracts.

As I have said often, as long as it wasn't to save a few dollars, I have little problem with it. He did play very well in games he was used for more than a couple minutes.


2/15/2011 03:32:00 PM



(2/15/2011 01:42:00 PM) - Al

Students at Madison East staging walkout.--random Twitter update

Heh. Yeah, I recall when I was in high school, I was extremely concerned about the teaching staff's benefit package. That said, I would have participated in a "walkout" at the drop of a hat, especially if there were no repercussions for doing so.

I would have rallied against raspberry pie if a pretty girl said she was going to.


ADDED: Articulate (but misinformed) HS student says she's here for her dad. "He could lose his benefits...and his wages are going to be cut 20%"

Why are you here? "You know I don't even know, I guess we're protesting today." Another: "We're trying to stop whatever this dude is doing."

Capitol Rally crowd size enhanced by hundreds of Madison East HS students who, by their own account, were brought by their teachers.--tweets by MacIver Institute

I sense some firing going down if students were brought by teachers. Even in the liberal center called Madison, many parents are going to be furious. And, they are hurting their cause by doing something so irresponsible.

I suppose there are a lot of people there, if professors like Mr. Abbott are holding class and taking attendance at the rally.

Oof.


2/15/2011 01:42:00 PM



(2/15/2011 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Since we had plenty of interest for the Yahoo free fantasy league, I created a league, the draft is Tuesday, 7PM, 3/22, but you don't have to be there. Shoot me an e-mail if you wish to participate, subject Fantasy. All I ask is you participate the entire season, so everyone is happy. It is rotisserie, by the way, pretty standard categories, with slight variations. Might be some celebs joining us as well...

UPDATE: Plenty of e-mails thus far, if enough interest, we might even do another league. Vince from Miller Park Drunk has agreed to join us. No cost, and all I ask is that you check in once or twice a week...I tried to make the lineups so you do not have to change them daily...in fact, will take advice on how many innings our max should be, that was the one thing I was not sure of. Any doubts, or to get the league ID and password, send me an e-mail.


2/15/2011 01:25:00 PM


Monday, February 14, 2011

(2/14/2011 08:10:00 PM) - Al

How tiny is the Obama budget cuts? Just look at the pie chart.


2/14/2011 08:10:00 PM



(2/14/2011 07:13:00 PM) - Al

Heh, a reminder of what it was like in 2007...before this wave of uncivil behavior.

I ask again, how stupid do they think we are?


2/14/2011 07:13:00 PM



(2/14/2011 06:27:00 PM) - Al

I went out to school to pick up the Rambling son after taking the Rambling wife out to IHOP. Two funnies:

1. On the way home, he told me several of the youngsters today were talking about "when we were young." He's 8 you know.

2. They did something called a "compliment sheet," as they pass around a sheet with a name on it, and each kid writes down something nice. The Rambling son showed me his, and in amongst the "You're good with computers" and "You are fun to talk to" was one that simply stated, "You're OK." Either that kid doesn't care much for the Rambling son, or he could use a thesaurus.


2/14/2011 06:27:00 PM



(2/14/2011 06:12:00 PM) - Al

UPDATE: BP is now saying they posted incorrect data, and the 2011 version will be up soon.

BP's Pecota projections are out...the Brewers are 75-87, two games worse than last year.

Maybe Greinke and Marcum aren't as good as we thought.:)

They have the Brewers allowing 823 runs, 19 more than last year. I'm not sure if they are on crack, or if they think the SP's are likely to be injured.

EDIT: A message board person says 25 of 30 teams are projected within two games of last year's record. That's like 4th grade stuff.


2/14/2011 06:12:00 PM



(2/14/2011 05:34:00 PM) - Al

As of this second, Joe Lunardi still has Michigan State in the NCAA tourney. If they can right the ship and go .500 the rest of the way, they should be dancing.


2/14/2011 05:34:00 PM



(2/14/2011 05:03:00 PM) - Al

Obama has lost Andrew Sullivan.

When you're losing the gay guy who has abandoned his entire belief system because of you, it might be time to reflect.


2/14/2011 05:03:00 PM



(2/14/2011 04:47:00 PM) - Al

I've had several people ask if I would start a fantasy baseball league. I am ambivalent on the subject, I usually finish in the upper half, but rarely top two, because I don't spend hours checking the waiver wire and the like.

But, if you would be interested, vote yes below:


Free Yahoo fantasy league?
Yes, I am in, draft weeknight.
No,interest.
  
pollcode.com free polls


I should say, I would do a rotisserie, 10-12 team, 5x5, with deep benches.


2/14/2011 04:47:00 PM



(2/14/2011 12:00:00 PM) - Al

Al,

I've been reading your blog for years, and always enjoy it. I wanted to share with you my attempt at losing a few pounds, something you have written about from time to time. I started the first of the year, and probably am about 75 pounds overweight, but my goal was to lose 50. I started off quickly, down about 5 pounds in the first week. But, week 2 was difficult, I slid a few times, but got back on board in week 3. What killed me? The Packers winning, and eating to celebrate.

I'm surprised how difficult it is to keep it up for more than a week or so. I've watched my wife diet from time to time (she's the "I need to lose 10 pounds" type), and many times just wondered why she did not eat less, and better food. It's sure not that easy. I was hungry all the time, and always trying to find a way to work in some of my favorite foods.

Sadly, I exercise 2-3 times a week at the Y now, and should do more. I just wanted to say that, I now understand how tough it is. I might give it another go when warmer weather arrives, and work in an hour walk many days. But, for those fighting the fight, I feel your pain.

Roger


No doubt sir, and well said.


2/14/2011 12:00:00 PM



(2/14/2011 11:54:00 AM) - Al

Yes, nothing says fiscal responsibility than the current administration.


2/14/2011 11:54:00 AM


Sunday, February 13, 2011

(2/13/2011 11:01:00 PM) - Al

The solution to the WI budget can be found on Facebook...as suddenly state employees think that there is a problem, and they have a solution...make cuts elsewhere.

Heh.


2/13/2011 11:01:00 PM



(2/13/2011 05:08:00 PM) - Al

I've met senior citizens who look just like this.


2/13/2011 05:08:00 PM



(2/13/2011 04:35:00 PM) - Al

Former Brewers' prospect Brent Brewer, who took his signing bonus and left to play college football, arrested, because he's a blithering idiot.


2/13/2011 04:35:00 PM



(2/13/2011 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Accuweather had the predicted high for today at 38. It has now switched to 41.

Current temp? 45.

Oh to have the low expectations as exists in that field.

EDIT: It's now 50. The predicted high? 45.


2/13/2011 02:42:00 PM



(2/13/2011 01:42:00 PM) - Al

I had not heard that these video streaming sites had been seized. They have replacements up, but they both very light on US content. Supposedly, they were taken down right before the Super Bowl, which was very popular to be watched illegally in much of the world.


2/13/2011 01:42:00 PM



(2/13/2011 12:58:00 AM) - Al

Hey Al,

Your comment about the average 19 year-old being an idiot reminded me to send you this article.

I know in the past you've commented how beer commercials seem to portray men as incredibly stupid and appeal to the lowest common denominator. Well, according to that article, the target audience for beer commercials is 16-19 year-old boys. So, I guess it actually does makes perfect sense.

Brian


It ended up in my spam, but I found it anyway. Thanks for the article Brian, and now I know why those ads are so stupid.


2/13/2011 12:58:00 AM



(2/13/2011 12:19:00 AM) - Al

Time and US Weekly both print false story about Palin.

Oof.


2/13/2011 12:19:00 AM



(2/13/2011 12:07:00 AM) - Al

I just checked the regional wrestling results to see how a coworker's son did. I was not sure which regional he was in, nor his exact weight class, so it took me a few clicks at the WIAA website.

I was surprised they now have 14 weight classes, as many teams struggled to field 12 wrestlers back when I followed the sport. And sure enough, hardly any weight classes had 8 participants...many only had 4-5.

I'm not sure, but it seems to me having 10-12 weight classes, at most, might not be a bad option. And, I only checked Division 2, I can only imagine how few the tiny schools ran out there.


2/13/2011 12:07:00 AM


Saturday, February 12, 2011

(2/12/2011 11:29:00 PM) - Al

99% of all expiration dates are ridiculously early, on both drugs and food. Canned goods last for decades, and drug potency is close. Much ado about nothing.


2/12/2011 11:29:00 PM



(2/12/2011 11:08:00 PM) - Al

I just asked the Rambling dog if he wanted to go for a walk tomorrow, with the forecast for 38 and sunny. As if he understood, he adjusted himself slightly on the sofa (next to me, of course), and the volume of his snores doubled.

Well, I asked.


2/12/2011 11:08:00 PM



(2/12/2011 11:04:00 PM) - Al

The Bucks lose to the Pacers, who have been on quite a roll of late, but is exactly the type of team the Bucks have to beat at home. And, Corey Maggette went down, in the middle of a red hot shooting streak.

Skiles said before the game they are going to need to win 7 of 8 at some point, and I would agree, but to imagine them doing so, a team fighting to stay above .500 at home, is mighty tough.

Hopefully, they'll surprise me. 4 back with 29 to play, certainly doable. Not likely, however.


2/12/2011 11:04:00 PM



(2/12/2011 10:58:00 PM) - Al

I've said it before, but I'll say it again... The Dish is hilarious, or at least very funny, almost every week. It's on the Style channel (check your local listings, I have to look it up each week I remember to watch), and hosted by the lovely Danielle Fishel, who many consider overweight, but for my money, is damn near perfect. Thank goodness we have some women on TV that don't have an eating disorder.


2/12/2011 10:58:00 PM



(2/12/2011 10:13:00 PM) - Al

Roger Federer says he sleeps 11-12 hours a day.

Rickey Henderson was known to sleep long and hard during is career as well, and spoke about how it helped him recover, as he got so beat up from stealing bases. Funny, society makes sleep a negative, but a century ago (when Al Gore says it was damn near a degree cooler, shiver me timbers), people slept far more than now, because it got dark so early, and artificial light was, at best, sucky (to use a technical term).

This weekend, the Rambling wife and son are gone to the Rambling in-law's vacation compound in northwestern WI. The Rambling dog and I woke up at 7:30, I let him out, and then we woke up for good at 11:30. I've felt relaxed and good all day. Sleep is good, and the fact many cheat themselves of it due to societal pressures is shortsighted and foolhardy. I still don't understand why so many churches choose to have their early service at 7:30 or 8AM, virtually guaranteeing the entire crowd is sleepy, had to rush to make it on time, and will be tired by 3PM. My God, we've built an entire industry on mid-afternoon "pick-me-ups," not to mention 31 ounce coffees, and it's really sad.


2/12/2011 10:13:00 PM



(2/12/2011 10:05:00 PM) - Al

An e-mail arrives with this Reagan vs. Obama debate.

No wonder he keep bringing up Reagan, as when you compare the two, it's night and day. One is hopeful, presidential, and talks about shrinking government. And the other is the current president.

Sadly, Reagan will not be on the ballot in 2012...if he could be, I have little doubt, as Obama would say, it would be a 57 state sweep.


2/12/2011 10:05:00 PM



(2/12/2011 09:37:00 PM) - Al

A $10K college degree? That will go over with the liberal crowd, who sees the entire college experience as a transfer of wealth from Joe and Jane Taxpayer to an embarrassingly bloated academic system.

I still remember at UWEC, one student asked a group of others what "tenure" meant. The reply from another was "It means you never have to teach another class." While sarcastic and meant in jest, it reeks of truth.


2/12/2011 09:37:00 PM



(2/12/2011 09:29:00 PM) - Al

The Badgers averaged 1.5 points on possessions in which they took a 3, and 1.04 when they took a 2.

When someone says they take too many 3's, shake your head and tell them to sit somewhere else.

The power of the 3 is stronger than ever, especially in the college game.


2/12/2011 09:29:00 PM



(2/12/2011 09:16:00 PM) - Al

With deficits like those we’ve been running, a $100 billion-dollar cut is little more than a rounding error.

Read the whole thing. Every journey starts with a single step, but let's just ensure everyone knows this is just the first of dozens.


2/12/2011 09:16:00 PM



(2/12/2011 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Ron Roenicke can say nothing in a lot of words as well as anyone.


2/12/2011 09:12:00 PM



(2/12/2011 08:48:00 PM) - Al

I'm sorry, I have never heard of a woman wanting a bigger butt. 95% would strongly wish for the opposite, in fact.


2/12/2011 08:48:00 PM


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