Al's Ramblings

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

(2/29/2012 09:03:00 PM) - Al

Romney needs to jump on this. Everyone except the wacko far-left tree huggers are in favor of a pipeline.

2/29/2012 09:03:00 PM

(2/29/2012 08:13:00 PM) - Al

Woman brags about...going by two different names and making a simple decision confusing as heck.

First of all, no one cares about you and your husband. We care even less about your name. And note, even though she's mind-bogglingly proud of herself, she chooses to not make her name public. That says far more than the entire piece.

2/29/2012 08:13:00 PM

(2/29/2012 08:01:00 PM) - Al

Painfully ignorant, untrue testimony from a law student.

Georgetown is a private university, they have every right to do or not do whatever they want. Government needs to stop spending so much money and stop worrying about stuff like this.

2/29/2012 08:01:00 PM

(2/29/2012 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Bernanke says what many of us have been saying for years.

Off a massive cliff...and many are saying "more please." May we live in interesting times.

2/29/2012 07:52:00 PM

(2/29/2012 04:11:00 PM) - Al

I'm not sure why anyone thinks this is news...the clown is not going to admit to any wrongdoing...even though he's so dumb, he already has.

The problem is, he did admittedly bring his son into the testing area and left pee sit on his desk all weekend instead of in a fridge, and/or in a secure location. Those are two huge red flags for a "professional," to say the least.

2/29/2012 04:11:00 PM

(2/29/2012 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Axford, Crew working on multi-year contract.

For a discount, I'm all for it. Axford, if he continues on his current, effective closer path, will make about $27-38M over the next five seasons. He will be arby eligible four years, as he will be a Super 2 after the current campaign. Gord and Doug left John down in AAA just long enough to keep him from obtaining that full season of service time, which some would call mean, and fiscal conservatives like myself would call brilliant roster management, especially considering the Brewers were not in a contending position in 2010, with John or without him.

He'll make near the minimum of $500K this year, and will still have 2013-2016 under team control, 2016 solely because he was held back until May in '10, despite Hoffman's struggles, which we later learned were caused, in part, due to injury.

If Axford were to blow his arm out this season, the Crew would likely still offer arby for '13, as the $2M or so he'd be awarded is worth the risk. So, the "gamble" by locking him up is basically 2014 and beyond. Just using the midpoint of $32M, I'd expect a 25-30% discount if he wants the security of a long-term, guaranteed contract, less if he asks for less than those five seasons. Let's not forget, Axford has already fought back from arm trouble once, back when he was just roster filler with a live arm, released by the Yankees.

EDIT: Changed link to, which is not behind an easily beatable

Cookie Culler

pay wall.

2/29/2012 03:44:00 PM

(2/29/2012 03:39:00 PM) - Al

I think the '12 Darwin award was just clinched.

And they wonder why those warnings on the packages don't work.

2/29/2012 03:39:00 PM

(2/29/2012 02:30:00 PM) - Al

The Amazing Race, the NBA All-Star Game, and 60 Minutes all had 7M odd viewers Sunday night versus the Academy Awards and its pre-show.

Of course, considering the NBA was on cable, that's rather impressive.

2/29/2012 02:30:00 PM

(2/29/2012 01:41:00 PM) - Al

No sign of BA and Rock yet in the Fangraphs' top announcing teams ranking.

Anderson is so good, he's managed to make Schroeder less annoyingly cliche, or minimized him at least.

Note to others...being understated is good. You are not the star of the show, the game is. Most umpires could learn from this as well, as no one should notice them unless they suck.

2/29/2012 01:41:00 PM

(2/29/2012 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Ten playoff teams is a go for this season. Announcement tomorrow.

2/29/2012 01:37:00 PM

(2/29/2012 01:23:00 PM) - Al

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

The Rambling dog is clueless on most every topic, but if someone isn't here at night, he sits by the top of the stairs and patiently waits for their arrival, so he can finally rest.

2/29/2012 01:23:00 PM

(2/29/2012 12:56:00 PM) - Al

Davy Jones of Monkees' fame passed away.

No chance of him singing at the dance now. It's a shame, as he was so dreamy.

2/29/2012 12:56:00 PM

(2/29/2012 12:49:00 PM) - Al

If they asked me how they should alter their schedule, I'd say they report to camp about three weeks too early. When they have had shortened camps due to labor strife, they cut several weeks, and the only issue was ineffective golf games.

2/29/2012 12:49:00 PM

(2/29/2012 12:25:00 PM) - Al

Our power went out about 8:30 this morning and was out for over three hours. Luckily, just in time for lunch, as I wasn't going to fight through the snow on the deck to make the Rambling son the quesadillas he requested.

Note, quesadilla does not show up on spell check. What a piece of crap.

A neighbor had cleared out sidewalk, so we did the upper half of the driveway and half the bottom, as the weatherman said we have warm weather on the way, I'll let Ma Nature clear the rest. I'm happy just to turn the wheel a bit and avoid the pile. They said we got about 4-5 inches, but extremely wet and heavy. The Rambling son likes to shovel dusty stuff, but disliked this immensely.

I, of course, hate everything.

2/29/2012 12:25:00 PM

(2/29/2012 11:33:00 AM) - Al


I live in Delaware, my local NBC news is out of Philly and last night hey had an interesting interview with Rollins.

Said he got a great deal from Milwaukee (he said earlier in the winter it was a 4 yr offer, i'm assuming somewhere between 44-48m) but couldn't see himself playing in the middle of country where he wouldn't get enough media attention no matter who good the team is.

Thought this was interesting enough to pass along. I would not want Rollins for 4 years as I see him breaking down over the course of the contract. Philly only gave him 3yrs and they can absorb the 33m if he falls apart the first year. I know Aramis is no youngster but I take his slugging over Rollins. I'm assuming they couldn't afford both and Rollins going back to philly led to Aramis becoming a brewer.

Looking forward to another great year of Brewers baseball, keep up the good work.


Thanks for the link and the info. I recall Rollins saying he almost ended up in MIL, and when asked how close he said, "Real close."

This is one of those lessons for folks who say the Brewers should go out and sign Joe FreeAgent, while in reality, many guys have no desire to play in the Midwest, in a small market...or in a small market in the Midwest.

2/29/2012 11:33:00 AM

(2/29/2012 10:32:00 AM) - Al

Pros and cons of going to the movies by yourself.

I've never been codependent enough to care if anyone goes to the movies with me or not, but I'm always amazed how many folks would not be caught dead doing it.

2/29/2012 10:32:00 AM

(2/29/2012 07:41:00 AM) - Al

Actually, I'd say a 50/50 split from a Dem polling organization is pretty optimistic.

ADDED: Rasmussen has approval at 52/46. That's about what I would expect.

2/29/2012 07:41:00 AM

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

(2/28/2012 11:22:00 PM) - Al

Looks like a snow day tomorrow, though our district rarely closes due to snow. This year though, with three days scheduled in and none used so far, I think they'll be pretty quick to pull the plug. I didn't schedule anything due to the forecast, but the Rambling wife is taking her vehicle in for a noise and getting a ride to work. Hopefully, they'll be able to get her there on time.

2/28/2012 11:22:00 PM

(2/28/2012 11:19:00 PM) - Al

Nice wins by both the Bucks and Badgers. I watched most of the second half of the UW game, good to see the shots start falling. This team can do endless damage if they hit jumpers, as they will defend with the best of them. Hard to believe the Bucks scored 118 points, not to mention giving up 117.

2/28/2012 11:19:00 PM

(2/28/2012 10:15:00 PM) - Al

Anti-military folks not so sure they like the message a pro-military film like Act of Valor sends.

As long as they are portrayed as PTSD suffering, substance abusing nitwits who beat their wives, it was fine. But, damn it, this positive stuff has got to stop.

Of course, the problem is, those others didn't do any box office, and Act of Valor did. That's what's extremely upsetting.

2/28/2012 10:15:00 PM

(2/28/2012 12:51:00 PM) - Al

Issues today with my laptop, so I'm using the wife's for a couple minutes. Updates will be limited, as I am without my bookmarks, and I have an evening commitment.

2/28/2012 12:51:00 PM

Monday, February 27, 2012

(2/27/2012 10:44:00 PM) - Al

Online poker under assault.


2/27/2012 10:44:00 PM

(2/27/2012 09:42:00 PM) - Al

It's spend, spend, spend...but when it's time to get the scissors out, it's the military first.

It is simply incredible.

2/27/2012 09:42:00 PM

(2/27/2012 09:04:00 PM) - Al

I'm having a tough time believing Yadi Molina is worth $14-15M per season for five years. He's a solid defender, but he has a career OPS just over 700, and is almost 30...if you notice 1B/LF/RF's usually age poorly, you can imagine the track record C's have.

That has the potential to be one of those Carlos Lee type behemoths.

It is almost as if SL thinks every year of his career was a fluke except for 2011.

2/27/2012 09:04:00 PM

(2/27/2012 08:01:00 PM) - Al

I've having a hard time believing this is not an anti-abortion group in disguise. Any "ethicist" would not come to this conclusion, and the fact they call it "post-birth abortion" is another clue.

2/27/2012 08:01:00 PM

(2/27/2012 06:13:00 PM) - Al

Brewers/Marlins 2011 playoff clincher at 7PM tonight on FSW.

It hurts my feelings they edited this so badly that it cuts out right before SL loses, unless they fixed it, of course. That said, even I have better things to do than watch a repeat of a postgame show.

2/27/2012 06:13:00 PM

(2/27/2012 04:41:00 PM) - Al

I love Newt's honesty, but he ain't going to get elected either.

2/27/2012 04:41:00 PM

(2/27/2012 04:33:00 PM) - Al

In reference to my inbox, I apparently need to share that I'm exercising 90+ minutes a day and eating 1000-1500 calories six days a week.

Note to marketers, 40 pounds must be when people notice, I've had a half-dozen messages today.

And, it sucks. Not liking it at all. But, it works.

2/27/2012 04:33:00 PM

(2/27/2012 04:11:00 PM) - Al

Sacramento does what Seattle did not, and what Milwaukee has shown no desire to arena agreement, will open in 2015.

Good for them. Like with Norm Coleman in St. Paul getting the NHL back, and Tommy Thompson with Miller Park, it just a hero to step forward and get the job done. Kevin Johnson is a former NBA point guard, of course, so he had skin in the game.

This can now be used as an example for other small markets on how to quit making excuses (if you'll recall, Milwaukee complained about having to pay for infrastructure after the Pettits donated Bradley Center, egads) and just build it.

Good for them. Milwaukee is still in search of their hero, and will continue searching.

2/27/2012 04:11:00 PM

(2/27/2012 02:49:00 PM) - Al

I saw Rory Vaden live several years ago and have been getting his tips and hints ever since. His ideas, like "short-term easy = long-term hard, short-term hard = long-term easy; have made many decisions easier for me.

His book, Take The Stairs, is a NYT bestseller, and he was on Fox and Friends this morning.

2/27/2012 02:49:00 PM

(2/27/2012 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Considering the source, Obama seems very safe.

Ever notice the only people who talk about racism are financially dependent on it existing?

2/27/2012 02:12:00 PM

(2/27/2012 02:03:00 PM) - Al

I'm on record as saying the administration has about 10-15% to do with gas prices, but this is a topic Romney should jump on now and ride to November.

It's something that hits the lower and middle class far harder than others, and it's repetitive...most of us drive to work several days a week, and there's usually little or no other options...there are no buses than run past me, for example, and for those that commute more than 10-15 minutes, there's little chance of a carpool.

It's about getting elected.

2/27/2012 02:03:00 PM

(2/27/2012 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Four hours a week of exercise keeps depression and burnout away.

That said, I'm depressed to be exercising ten hours per week.

2/27/2012 01:54:00 PM

(2/27/2012 01:42:00 PM) - Al

I'm not surprised by Berggren's play. I have the utmost faith in my teammates, so nothing positive they do surprises me.--Jordan Taylor

Wow. That's a Ryan Braun like quote.

Also said he likes challenge of playing 3 games in 6 days. Two of them were on the road, which makes tomorrow night's game a battle, as let's not forget, these guys have to go to class. A pro team could have gone from Iowa City to Columbus Thursday night, rested and had a light practice Friday, practiced Saturday, and been 100% Sunday. Instead, they got back into Madison about 4AM Friday morning, went to class, and then had to travel again.

It makes that win yesterday oodles more impressive when that's taken into consideration.

2/27/2012 01:42:00 PM

(2/27/2012 01:38:00 PM) - Al

I forget when I last updated, but I'm down 40 pounds in 52 days.

And for the record, every day sucks.

2/27/2012 01:38:00 PM

(2/27/2012 01:37:00 PM) - Al

Sean Marshall signs extension with Reds.

2/27/2012 01:37:00 PM

(2/27/2012 11:20:00 AM) - Al

Pierce openly defends Braun. Rips on collector and MLB.

Of course, that's like shooting fish in a barrel once you know what happened.

2/27/2012 11:20:00 AM

(2/27/2012 11:16:00 AM) - Al

Gretchen Carlson openly mocks Chris Matthews.

As does everyone else.

2/27/2012 11:16:00 AM

(2/27/2012 11:12:00 AM) - Al

When a stuck-up, old paper denounces the Academy Awards as stuck-up and old, you gotta pay attention.

2/27/2012 11:12:00 AM

(2/27/2012 11:08:00 AM) - Al

Healthy eating is for the little people.

2/27/2012 11:08:00 AM

(2/27/2012 11:03:00 AM) - Al

Mitch Daniels blasts Obama's policies on drilling.

Andrew Sullivan, who is a one issue rube on gay marriage at this point, publicly called for $5-6 gas to curb demand 2-3 years ago. He doesn't see or care how much damage that would do to many businesses and citizens.

2/27/2012 11:03:00 AM

(2/27/2012 09:24:00 AM) - Al

They need to quit making excuses for their violent, terrorist activities.

2/27/2012 09:24:00 AM

(2/27/2012 08:07:00 AM) - Al

By the way, the Badgers' win was their first on the road in conference versus a top ten team. An e-mailer points out they defeated Texas a few years ago, as Michael Flowers hit a 3, and then stole the ball and threw it high in the air to run the clock out.

2/27/2012 08:07:00 AM

Sunday, February 26, 2012

(2/26/2012 11:30:00 PM) - Al

I just sent myself an e-mail so I remember what I need to accomplish tomorrow.

Getting old sucks.

2/26/2012 11:30:00 PM

(2/26/2012 10:31:00 PM) - Al

Since Ryan took over as head coach, Wisconsin has the most road wins and best road winning percentage among all Big Ten teams (62-60, .508).--ESPN

Who would have guessed that, with their incredible home record as well.

2/26/2012 10:31:00 PM

(2/26/2012 10:23:00 PM) - Al

Please show some grace and thank the Allied Forces.Norm McDonald, after a French guy won an Academy award.

For the love of God, thank the boys that stormed Normandy. Please.--Norm McDonald, after a French guy won an Academy award.

If only.

2/26/2012 10:23:00 PM

(2/26/2012 10:21:00 PM) - Al

Bo gets those guys to play hard, and they enjoy the victories together.

2/26/2012 10:21:00 PM

(2/26/2012 10:10:00 PM) - Al

Ten years old, but fitting.

I don't care either. Quit your whining.

2/26/2012 10:10:00 PM

(2/26/2012 07:45:00 PM) - Al

The Fiscal Times claims it's just as cheap to eat out as it is to prepare the food at home.

The Fiscal Times is laughably out of touch.

2/26/2012 07:45:00 PM

(2/26/2012 05:04:00 PM) - Al

First win on the road versus a top ten team in 32 years. Nice job Bucky.


2/26/2012 05:04:00 PM

(2/26/2012 05:01:00 PM) - Al

Badgers can play with anyone in the country, on any floor...if they just hit open shots.

2/26/2012 05:01:00 PM

(2/26/2012 02:55:00 PM) - Al

TB will allow beer, seem to laugh at the Red Sox.

I'm surprised any business allows their employees to drink at their workplace after hours, but if their insurance allows it, I certainly do not have a problem with it, as Maddon says, they're adults. It's a different world, as players spend hours in the clubhouse, and have for decades.

2/26/2012 02:55:00 PM

(2/26/2012 02:47:00 PM) - Al

This is where the unions and libs wish WI could be.

The truth is very, very hard to take. You see higher taxes, fewer services, and not a penny more to education in IL. That's exactly what WI will have, should we go back in time.

But yes, those high salaries and utopian benefit packages will return.

2/26/2012 02:47:00 PM

(2/26/2012 01:16:00 PM) - Al

It's all about himself.

2/26/2012 01:16:00 PM

(2/26/2012 12:59:00 PM) - Al

The Cap Times follows the Andy Cooper it, then find out if it's true.

2/26/2012 12:59:00 PM

(2/26/2012 12:27:00 PM) - Al

I never use the "drunken sailor" cliche because it does not do justice to all the fine Navy men and women. However, Bruce sums it up perfectly.

2/26/2012 12:27:00 PM

(2/26/2012 12:05:00 PM) - Al

Cubs came out early and announced Rizzo will start at AAA.

Theo is not looking at '12 at all, his mind is already on a dynasty of sorts. You knew that was his thinking when he gave Dale a three year deal. I would guess before the season is over, almost all of his "problems," like Soriano and the like will be elsewhere, with the Cubs paying them the vast majority of their salary.

2/26/2012 12:05:00 PM

Saturday, February 25, 2012

(2/25/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

I bet plenty of slaughterhouses would be envious of PETA's numbers.

2/25/2012 09:07:00 PM

(2/25/2012 08:35:00 PM) - Al

Update below.

Mark A. says Brewers will turn soon toward extending Melvin and Roenicke. Look for a story later with his comments.--Adam,

MA actually said this last year right after the season, at least with Doug. I thought maybe the lack of one for Doug might be a sign of him not wanting to GM more than a year or two (I believe he's 63) before retiring. Of course, Mark can extend him as long as he wants, and he can still quit if he wants.

EDIT: Doug is 59.

2/25/2012 08:35:00 PM

(2/25/2012 07:35:00 PM) - Al

Who would have ever guessed moviegoers would swarm to a movie in which the US military are portrayed as the good guys?

And as Robert pointed out this AM, for the thousandth time, movies are not dead, they're just putting out ones the public does not want to see. It might help if they'd get off the coasts and into middle America a bit.

2/25/2012 07:35:00 PM

(2/25/2012 07:25:00 PM) - Al

Photog posts pics he took of gymnast Shawn Johnson.

I wonder how many hours a day that young lady works out. Great googily moogily.

2/25/2012 07:25:00 PM

(2/25/2012 05:57:00 PM) - Al

Does anyone have a clue?

Too busy pushing paper to do their jobs.

2/25/2012 05:57:00 PM

(2/25/2012 05:02:00 PM) - Al

Why would someone tweet out the link to the same blog post over and over and over?

Self-important much?

2/25/2012 05:02:00 PM

(2/25/2012 03:58:00 PM) - Al

Let them eat cake.

You know many of them cling to their guns and their religion too.

2/25/2012 03:58:00 PM

(2/25/2012 03:51:00 PM) - Al

We'll see if the Times is willing to fire one of their dudes for an anti-Mormon bigoted remark.

Luckily, those who believe in fiscal irresponsibility are far more civil and understanding than us who do not.


2/25/2012 03:51:00 PM

(2/25/2012 03:41:00 PM) - Al

We'll never know of course, but I wonder how many they sold because of all the media attention in the last 48 hours, and how many more they sold than they would have if Braun had been found guilty.

2/25/2012 03:41:00 PM

(2/25/2012 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Brewers sell 101K tickets today as of 3PM, have sold just under 1.6M tickets so far, a new high for up to and including the day single game tickets go on sale. Three games alrerady sold out, and astoundingly, all are before summer.

2/25/2012 03:37:00 PM

(2/25/2012 02:55:00 PM) - Al

$390M here, $390M there, pretty soon, you're talking about real money.

2/25/2012 02:55:00 PM

(2/25/2012 02:47:00 PM) - Al

Canada seems to have picked up the nanny state traits of their southern neighbor.

In the USA, that guy would sue and wins millions.

2/25/2012 02:47:00 PM

(2/25/2012 02:44:00 PM) - Al

Jason sends in this link about a track athlete who had a positive test thrown out because not being refrigerated might have boosted the T level.

2/25/2012 02:44:00 PM

(2/25/2012 02:25:00 PM) - Al

On ESPN's poll, 64% answered they think Braun is either not guilty or not sure. Considering he tested positive and it was leaked two months ago, that's an incredible number. Braun's legal and PR team has done a tremendous job, and him being so well spoken helped immensely also, I'm sure.

2/25/2012 02:25:00 PM

(2/25/2012 02:14:00 PM) - Al

I've chuckled many times in the past 48 hours at writers saying "Braun is really going to be fired up."

I don't know how many of these guys watched Braun play the past few years, but he doesn't waste many AB's, to say the least. He hasn't done it much the past couple years, but he often bunted for hits in his first few campaigns. He does whatever it takes. I think it's safe to say not a lot of guys put up MVP numbers playing at half or 3/4th's speed.

2/25/2012 02:14:00 PM

(2/25/2012 02:09:00 PM) - Al

Attanasio said Melvin put the team first by working hard to build his roster before worrying about his own contract situation.--JS

One great thing about Doug is, you never have to worry about trading a top prospect for a bag of magic beans, regardless of his contract status. You often see GM's trying to save their jobs making embarrassingly bad moves as they chase an extra win or two. There are times to do a bit of that, as 90 is far better than 89, but 78 instead of 77 doesn't mean a thing.

2/25/2012 02:09:00 PM

(2/25/2012 02:04:00 PM) - Al

During Brewers team meeting, GM Doug Melvin pointed out there were 24 players in the clubhouse with playoff experience.--JS

That sure seems high. A benefit of making the playoffs last year, I guess.

2/25/2012 02:04:00 PM

(2/25/2012 01:55:00 PM) - Al

Yount will be in camp all spring, Jenkins will spend next week helping out.

Geoff was very excited about coaching or scouting when he retired. Funny how that often changes when you find out how much fun it is to play golf and have no responsibilities all the time.

2/25/2012 01:55:00 PM

(2/25/2012 01:53:00 PM) - Al

It's a privilege to pay high taxes.

That's easy to say when you should be in prison for not paying your own.

We're in the very best of hands.

2/25/2012 01:53:00 PM

(2/25/2012 01:48:00 PM) - Al

Tickets for the Twins/Brewers series in MIN are all but sold out. Brewers' fans hit that hard, singles only, though they may release more later, they still have season tiks available.

2/25/2012 01:48:00 PM

(2/25/2012 11:13:00 AM) - Robert R.

As a followup, Act of Valor looks to be opening in the upper $20 million range, exceeding expectations. Which follows in the footsteps of other films that apparently outperformed expectations like Chronicle, The Woman in Black, and Safe House.

As I've said in the past, Hollywood slumps are more often the result of simply audiences being disinterested in the movies that are being pushed. Put out movies that audiences want to see and the slump disappears.

2/25/2012 11:13:00 AM

(2/25/2012 09:31:00 AM) - Al

One of the many things no one is discussing, two other players gave samples that day, per Braun's presser. Remember, his lawyers said "other tests were also high." You wonder if they were below the limit, yet above average, or if they were also exonerated the other day and no one knows except them.

2/25/2012 09:31:00 AM

(2/25/2012 09:19:00 AM) - Al

MM also says there are more people at the Arctic Tailgate at 9AM than there's ever been before. Of course, he also admits to being drunk, so I have no idea if he's correct.

As I said yesterday, I expect them to sell fewer tiks than in years past, due to the increase in season tickets already sold. That said, the key is not how many people are there, but how many tickets they buy on average. Obviously, if you're there at 9AM, you're either looking for Opening Day seats or are there for the experience, as the phone and internet are far more convenient.

2/25/2012 09:19:00 AM

(2/25/2012 09:05:00 AM) - Al

Monsterman sends me this link from the line inside Miller Park for tickets. Wil Carroll and the ESPN guy both say it is not a technicality, it's science.

What's funny is, this ended up being a lot like the time we left a gal's sample in the safe for several days when I was in may well mess with the numbers.

2/25/2012 09:05:00 AM

Friday, February 24, 2012

(2/24/2012 06:54:00 PM) - Al

Left out of the discussion today is that the pee collector brought his son into the specimen collecting area where Braun donated.

That alone should be enough to throw it out. This ain't a church picnic, take your job seriously.

2/24/2012 06:54:00 PM

(2/24/2012 06:13:00 PM) - Al

Remember, he's a libertarian.

Maher can't even stay off the pot long enough to decide what side he's on.

Don't do drugs kids, and you stay in school.

2/24/2012 06:13:00 PM

(2/24/2012 06:12:00 PM) - Al

Pelosi is in need of a spiral notebook to keep the blame going.

2/24/2012 06:12:00 PM

(2/24/2012 06:08:00 PM) - Al

Not only is Colbert a "partisan hack," his worst crime is he's not the least bit funny.

Remember, many of us were called "racists" for being critical of Obama. This makes Colbert a bigot. Luckily, the old media never goes after their own, unless they kill their wife or something.

2/24/2012 06:08:00 PM

(2/24/2012 05:24:00 PM) - Al

It is a case of the dope dealer being caught with hard evidence but going free because the arresting cops never bothered to read him his rights.--Tony W

Absolutely the worst comparison in history, and Tony W manages to dig even more dirt out of the sizable hole of his inability to comprehend and explain damn near anything. What a freaking loon.

2/24/2012 05:24:00 PM

(2/24/2012 05:08:00 PM) - Al

Mars gives in to the nanny state food police.

The Rambling son and I have often shared a king sized's actually two bars in one package. Next thing you know, you'll be limited to only buying one...if you want to buy one for yourself and one for your spouse in the car, you'll have to make two trips through, and go to a different lane.

And you think I'm kidding. This is why the government spends twice as much money as they did ten years ago...they pay tons of pencil pushers to pressure profitable companies to stop doing what made them profitable.

Spread the wealth...

2/24/2012 05:08:00 PM

(2/24/2012 04:33:00 PM) - Al

I think the Crew will sell about 75-80K tickets tomorrow, as the increase in season tickets, especially the 10/20 game packs, will keep many people from jumping online or on the phone from 9-10AM tomorrow morning. And, those that do will probably buy fewer tickets, as many are looking to "supplement" the package they have already purchased.

That said, the timing of the Braun decision could not have been better for the Brewers, as all that free marketing is priceless.

Another reason for fewer sales? Cubs' fans do not need to travel anymore, as their ticket sales are way down.

2/24/2012 04:33:00 PM

(2/24/2012 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Almost at our daily average for visits, doesn't look like much got done during the noon hour today.

2/24/2012 04:01:00 PM

(2/24/2012 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Just had a nice chat online with Cassy, a conservative writer whose hubby is in Afghanistan. If you enjoy my disgust with the direction of our nation, take a sec and favorite her writings. She is expecting their second child, and prenatal tests have been positive for Down Syndrome.

And, she's far better looking than me.

2/24/2012 03:54:00 PM

(2/24/2012 03:46:00 PM) - Al

Braun and his girlfriend pictured leaving Maryvale complex.

She's a model you know.

2/24/2012 03:46:00 PM

(2/24/2012 03:44:00 PM) - Al

Yet another challenge to my weight loss efforts.

Evil capitalists.

2/24/2012 03:44:00 PM

(2/24/2012 03:08:00 PM) - Al

I'll go on record and say I like RG3 far more than I liked Cam Newton. I never really saw Luck play much, but RG3 is a talented fella.

2/24/2012 03:08:00 PM

(2/24/2012 03:02:00 PM) - Al

Had to laugh about the voter ID. My mom worked at the polls on Tues. and said she could tell who was a Democrat and who was a Republican. Only the Democrats (my mom knew many of them) bitched about the ID law. She said the biggest complainer was the chief of staff for Jon Erpenbach who called it ridiculous and a waste of time. Keep up the good work!

Name withheld

I was in the car this AM, and heard some of Jerry Bader. His Dem buddy said the problem he had with voter ID was that many Hispanics and others do not have an ID, and will not attempt to vote now. I thought to myself, I would assume they don't have an ID because they do not have the proper documentation...and should not be voting. Seriously, you can't cash a check, get a prescription, hardly anything without ID. The ID is free, for crying out loud.

2/24/2012 03:02:00 PM

(2/24/2012 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Read how long it took John Stossel to open a lemonade stand...legally.

Government is in many places they should simply not be. And, it hurts the economy.

2/24/2012 02:45:00 PM

(2/24/2012 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Braun's press conference

2/24/2012 02:42:00 PM

(2/24/2012 02:38:00 PM) - Al

Faith in humanity is restored by a 7 year-old boy.

2/24/2012 02:38:00 PM

(2/24/2012 02:20:00 PM) - Al

Adam's story about the Braun statement.

2/24/2012 02:20:00 PM

(2/24/2012 02:15:00 PM) - Al

MPD weighs in. Adult language at the link, but to be honest, the situation calls for it.

2/24/2012 02:15:00 PM

(2/24/2012 02:03:00 PM) - Al

System is flawed.

I'm embarrassed the way MLB has handled this. They have a part-time dude, likely moonlighting from his regular gig at Initech, schlepping urine in his car, looking for a Kinko's, after answering an ad on Craigslist, even though I bet there are a dozen facilities in the Milwaukee metro that would happily send out trained personnel to administer testing.

And agreeing to a system, and then after losing, saying you might take it to federal court? Christ, this has been handled so hideously, I fired my agent.

2/24/2012 02:03:00 PM

(2/24/2012 01:56:00 PM) - Al

Randy Wolf told me Obama's lucky Braun isn't running against him after that speech.

Braun is an amazing speaker.

[Word is, he does it without a teleprompter, which I have heard many Dems say is impossible, but hence, I digress.]

I believed him the entire time, that it was either an error or mistake of some sort. The idea he began taking testosterone at the end of an MVP campaign, and then had so much in his system he had the highest result by many multiples is preposterous.

2/24/2012 01:56:00 PM

(2/24/2012 01:42:00 PM) - Al


Not sure if you listened to Dan Patrick, but he has some interesting information:

-Sample collector is a Cubs fan

-He bypassed two open FedEx offices after collecting the sample and the third was closed by the time he got there

-It took him 37 seconds just to state his name in the hearing and he would not look at Braun

-He couldn’t even look Braun in the face when he was asked to identify him.

Nothing fishy going on here. Nope. Everything is on the up-and-up.


Not sure how much of this is actually true, of course, but presented here without comment.

2/24/2012 01:42:00 PM

(2/24/2012 12:52:00 PM) - Al

Mrs. Obama leaves the slopes at Aspen to tell the mega-rich they suck.

There's a sitcom just waiting to be written here.

2/24/2012 12:52:00 PM

(2/24/2012 11:38:00 AM) - Al

It's just amazing that Lin can make 8 turnovers and yet no one notices unless the Knicks lose.

The Heat are by far the best team in the NBA, especially on defense. Of course, they were 2nd best last year, and you'd think they lost 50 games.

2/24/2012 11:38:00 AM

(2/24/2012 11:00:00 AM) - Al

My dog Scully died in her sleep tonight. Nobody in this world will ever love me as much as that dog. I was lucky to have known her at all.--Kevin Smith

I know the feeling. All sympathies to Mr. Smith.

2/24/2012 11:00:00 AM

(2/24/2012 10:04:00 AM) - Al


Lester Munson (ESPN legal guru) was on Mike and Mike this morning. He says that the sample was NOT refrigerated at the collector’s house but sat on his desk in a Tupperware container for two days. He also said that Braun offered to take a DNA test to confirm that the urine sample was really his and that MLB declined his offer. He feels the DNA offer was a big reason why the arbiter sided with Braun.


It's like my retail story.

2/24/2012 10:04:00 AM

(2/24/2012 09:57:00 AM) - Al

The JS rounds up opinions.

I would agree, what he says today is important.

2/24/2012 09:57:00 AM

(2/24/2012 08:16:00 AM) - Al

Gleeman's weekly links. Click on the Raquel Welch pics. She's 71...really.

2/24/2012 08:16:00 AM

(2/24/2012 08:12:00 AM) - Al

IBD also rips on the untruths in the energy speech.

You get the feeling they really think the public are idiots.

2/24/2012 08:12:00 AM

(2/24/2012 08:00:00 AM) - Al

Chris e-mails to say "busses" is a correct plural of "bus," and "buses" is as well.

My spell check disagrees. seems to indicate both are correct.

I don't know where that second s comes from.

2/24/2012 08:00:00 AM

(2/24/2012 07:50:00 AM) - Al

Nice to see the Wall Street Journal understands the market. No one is buying what Obama's selling, except the partisan rubes.

2/24/2012 07:50:00 AM

Thursday, February 23, 2012

(2/23/2012 10:01:00 PM) - Al

Rosenthal, who has a chronic case of little man disease and was very quick to label Braun guilty, now can't backtrack fast enough.

2/23/2012 10:01:00 PM

(2/23/2012 09:48:00 PM) - Al

No medication, no supplement, no vitamin is to be taken without the approval of a team's medical staff. Players are routinely warned to be cautious about taking anything that hasn't been

So, thinking out loud here, if a prescription or combo caused the positive test, all a player has to do is get permission from the team's medical staff, and it is allowed? I recall rumors of a flurry of scrips for Adderall, a stimulant used to treat ADD. That's what Angel Salome tested positive for years ago.

If you have a legitimate need for a drug, and the team okays it, it is apparently all right. I wonder if this will be brought out tomorrow or not...right now, Braun looks guilty, but got off on an error in the process. The way Braun insisted he was not guilty, without knowing how long the fella kept it in his fridge, tells me, and any logical person, there is more to the story.

2/23/2012 09:48:00 PM

(2/23/2012 09:14:00 PM) - Al

The sky did not fall with voter ID.

That seems to be yet another fib that has been disproven.

As I've said often, voter ID is not a problem for anyone who wants to vote...once.

2/23/2012 09:14:00 PM

(2/23/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

Of course, if you mention performance now, you're a racist.

2/23/2012 09:07:00 PM

(2/23/2012 09:04:00 PM) - Al

Email from my son's school says next week is literacy week. Students are encouraged to "where" fun clothes.--Angela Perry

When I go pick up the Rambling son at his school, I see a sign that says "busses"...I assume they mean buses.

We're in the best of hands.

2/23/2012 09:04:00 PM

(2/23/2012 06:46:00 PM) - Al

Doug's response, hat tip to JS, with edits to avoid legal action.

What’s your reaction to the news: “As a general manager, you’re pretty excited to know that we have one of the best player in the game, MVP, back in the lineup. To end the long wait…started to get a little impatient. But we stayed patient with the entire process and let it serve its course.”

What did you do when you found out: “I probably smiled. Again, we’ve always supported Ryan. We support the drug program, too. We’re supportive of both.


Were you kept abreast of the situation as it played out over the past few months: “No, not really. We knew that it would be a lengthy process, probably a little bit longer than we had anticipated. It hasn’t been done, I don’t think, before, so in that regard, the first time, I think it was new to everybody. We did make some decisions as a front office with our ballclub, but we also didn’t want to overreact, because we really did trust Ryan. I know the kind of person he is, I know his work ethic, I trust him a lot, and I just felt that we didn’t want to go overboard with adding a lot of pieces to the ballclub. We gambled, maybe, a little bit in that regard. But we weren’t kept up to date, and as each day went on, approaching positional players reporting, I was hoping that a decision would come soon.”

Were you not surprised that the Braun’s appeal was successful: “I can’t say I’m not surprised. I trust Ryan. I know how he works at it, and I know the kind of individual he is. He means a lot to our ballclub. He’s given a lot to our ballclub, to our community in that regard. I really didn’t know what to expect. You always have to prepare for the worst in these kinds of scenarios. I’m just happy about the decision.”

What’s your reaction to MLB’s statement that it vehemently disagrees with the decision: “I can’t really react to how they feel because I don’t know the details of the whole process and everything. The role I have with this organization, this ballclub, I’m happy that Ryan Braun’s going to be putting on a uniform and getting ready for opening day instead of June.”

How much more normal after tomorrow do you think camp will be now: “We will get back to normal. We have to. You close the book to this. I know it’s going to be a story for a number of days; that’s expected.


Have you spoken to Braun: “I have not. Texted him.”

How much does this change the outlook of the season for your team: “You’re talking about an MVP, a No. 3 hitter, a leader on the ballclub. I think that obviously losing Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, it would have been a huge challenge for us. Still a very talented ballclub. There’s 24 players with playoff experience in there, you’ve got a Cy Young winner in Greinke, you’ve got an MVP in Braun, you’ve got a Silver Slugger in Ramirez, you’ve got Rolaids winners in Axford and K-Rod. It’s still a very talented ballclub. We’re still challenged – the Reds and the Cardinals are two very talented ballclubs. We’re still challenged. Just because we won last year…that was last year. This is a new year. We’re up to the challenge again. I don’t think we’re picked to win the division, and that’s fine. We’ll go out there and meet the same challenges we had last year.”

Will people move you up a rung or two on the ladder after today: “I don’t know. The top rung is the only one I’m interested in.”

How concerned were you that the suspension would be upheld: “You have to prepare for that. We prepared in some way for that, but we didn’t go overboard with it. That kind of decision, because you hear the history of the appeal process and nobody had won before….again, I don’t know the details of that. I let other people do their jobs, the people that do them, and I just reacted to the results, and we’re able to have Ryan Braun in uniform tomorrow.

What made you trust Ryan so much: “I only talked to Ryan one time since the end of last season, at the New York sportswriters dinner. Today’s players, you text. You don’t talk to them. It’s not like we have ongoing conversation. You’ve got to trust them. The way he prepares himself. Look at his years – every one of his years has been pretty consistent. I remember the first time he got in the car and Zack Minasian drove him to the ballpark. He was in the suite and he made the comment, ‘I think I can play in the big leagues now,’ and that was the day we signed him. He’s a very confident individual, but very professional in how he handles himself both on and off the field.”

What kind of emotional toll has it taken on you and Ryan: “You’d have to ask Ryan the toll it took on him. It had to be very difficult for him in that regard, because he’s got so much pride in how he carries himself and how he handles his job. From my standpoint, it’s just another challenge that goes along with the job of general managers. I think we’re all met with certain challenges. This is one of the tougher ones that I’ve been involved with. It’s not every day you lose your No. 4 hitter with a chance to lose your No. 3 hitter and still try to put a very good ballclub out on the field. That was the biggest challenge, was we might have been faced with losing Ryan and knowing we lost Prince. So that’s tough, but you have those challenges every year.”

Is it good the decision was made before everyone reported: “Yeah, we talked about that internally, and it’s very important that we’re able to move forward and turn the page and get back out on the field. The pitchers an catchers, we’ve been very impressed with how they’ve come to camp in shape and the attitude of the club. In general, I think we knew we were going to lose Prince.


How did Mark Attanasio react: “Very excited, too, obviously. He’s got a lot at stake too.”

2/23/2012 06:46:00 PM

(2/23/2012 06:41:00 PM) - Al


I like everything about your blog, but by far my favorite is the way you blast Tony Witardo every chance you get. What a loser.


2/23/2012 06:41:00 PM

(2/23/2012 06:35:00 PM) - Al

Best text I've received all day: "If the pee sits, you must acquit." --Trenni


2/23/2012 06:35:00 PM

(2/23/2012 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Danny Knobler says if you don't like the result, he doesn't know what to do with you.

2/23/2012 06:30:00 PM

(2/23/2012 06:02:00 PM) - Al

My story on drug tests sitting around I warned you about earlier.

Back when I worked at a major toy retailer in the Cities, you had to pass a drug test to work there, and also if you were suspected of being under the influence. Of course, to save money, we had to do them ourselves, and then call a drug testing company to come pick it up and test it.

One Friday or Saturday, I had to do a test on a lovely young woman. I was embarrassed as anything, I think it was only the second one I had ever done, and the first female. She was 19 or 20, and gorgeous. She came in, and I had to explain to her that she was to pee in the cup, put in the plastic bag, seal it using the can't be tampered with seal on the bag, and then put that in a white lunch bag. It doesn't sound all that bad, it's not like I had to go in the bathroom with her, but I was supposed to stand outside the door. I ignored that little instruction and just waited in the breakroom for her. Trust me, discussing bodily functions with a gal you just met is tough. She dutifully returned in a minute or so, handing me the bag like a spouse who had packed my lunch, and I tried to put this out of my mind (note I still recall it perfectly 15.5 years later). I put it in the safe, and left a note for the front end person to call the company.

So, if memory serves, I took a day off, so I had a long weekend...I came back Wednesday. At some point after 5, I had to open the safe, and was shocked to see the white bag sitting there, with her little piece of plastic attached to it, which I had filled out and she had initialed. One had gone on the bottle to seal it, and one went on the bag to seal that. I called someone and asked why it was still there, and I remember he commented it was bound to be "funky" sitting in a safe for 4-5 days. He told me I better call them myself (the front end gal later said she had either forgot or not known who to call, I just recall wishing I had called myself, as they had some sort of plastic carrier right in the safe with their number on it). I called, but it was after hours, so they finally came the next day.

Early the next week, the manager who had hired her said something to the effect of "She's gotta take another drug test." I asked why, and he said, "The first one was inconclusive." I asked what that meant, and he told me that was the result, so since it was not a positive or negative, corporate had told us to do another test. I said it may have something to do with the fact it sat in the safe for several days, and he said, "Yeah, it might."

She obviously passed the next one, as she was working soon thereafter, and I was just giddy I didn't have to give it to her.

2/23/2012 06:02:00 PM

(2/23/2012 06:01:00 PM) - Al

Braun test collector took sample home and kept it refrigerated rather than get it to Fed Ex.

They shouldn't have complete idiots doing the pee collecting.

2/23/2012 06:01:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:43:00 PM) - Al

part of braun's argument was that the chain of custody was broken for 2 days, meaning the sample was left unprotected--Heyman

If it was tampered with, that might be why the results were so high. It'd be hard to know how many drops to put in, even for a doctor.

2/23/2012 04:43:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:41:00 PM) - Al

I wonder if the "insanely high results" is possible because it was not tested quickly, or it was not kept cool.

2/23/2012 04:41:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:40:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR says a technicality is why Braun won.

Joel Sherman is reporting the sample was not sent to the lab "in a timely fashion."

I'll have something to add later on this, remind me if you must.

2/23/2012 04:40:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:33:00 PM) - Al

Interesting part of Braun verdict: Had confidentiality not been breached, no one but Braun & MLB would have known about original test.--Adam,

While Rome burns, Adam reminds us, it's all on MLB and ESPN. This was a result that was released before it went through the proper's like the doctor calling you and saying you have six months to live, and then later saying, oops, I was holding the results upside down.

2/23/2012 04:33:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Braun releases statement.

I know this was written before they knew, but he's a class act.

2/23/2012 04:31:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:27:00 PM) - Al

I find it funny he won 2-1, and the old media is reporting this like it means something. They'd vote 2-1 if the question was if the world was flat...there's an independent guy, an MLB guy, and a player's association guy. The one whose check is not signed by one of the sides is the only one who matters.

I wonder if Braun will be able to share this, or if it is "confidential?"

2/23/2012 04:27:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:22:00 PM) - Al

ESPN does not have the Braun thing on their ticker yet. They must be waiting for their "source."

What a disgrace.

2/23/2012 04:22:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:19:00 PM) - Al

MLB just issued a statement about Braun saying it "vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today."--Gleeman

We'll have to see what is reported on this. MLB should not be making any statement, because the appeals process is supposed to confidential, but they leaked it out like morons and ESPN is beneath contempt.

2/23/2012 04:19:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:16:00 PM) - Al

AP reports Braun lost appeal because they cannot read. Tony W says he had to read report several times, because he is a lunkhead.

One blogger is taking credit for knowing the results, though he did not tell anyone. I simply hate what the blogging community has become.

2/23/2012 04:16:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:12:00 PM) - Al

BREAKING: Braun wins, no suspension.

I told you so...though I never really did. I just never thought he was guilty. I was hoping for a reduced suspension of 25 games for "no intent."

Links to come.

2/23/2012 04:12:00 PM

(2/23/2012 04:06:00 PM) - Al

I had blood drawn several times in the past year, and I never noticed anything.

I'm far from a world class athlete, but I think this is a mental thing, as they're not taking a pint like they do when you donate, just a few drops. I had two syringes last time, far more than ever before, and I did not even notice. They're taking less than 10% of that.

2/23/2012 04:06:00 PM

(2/23/2012 03:52:00 PM) - Al

It is an outrage that on the day an Afghan soldier murders two American troops, Pres. Obama is the one apologizing.--Newt Gingrich

It's that victim mentality. It happens when you lack patriotism, and blame yourself for others' problems or acts. Once again, I'm just embarrassed by our president's behavior, and his complete lack of pride in the greatest country in the history of the world.

And, as commander-in-chief, you can just hear the disgust in the troops. This is why W was beloved by our military, and why Obama is not. Imagine losing two peers, and hearing your boss tell the guilty "No problem, our fault."

It says a lot about our lack of personal responsibility, and why Obama truly believes we should stop rewarding people who work smarter and harder. No one is a lazy oaf, it's our fault.

2/23/2012 03:52:00 PM

(2/23/2012 03:44:00 PM) - Al

I just don't get the appeal of Arctic Tailgate when we have phones and the internet. I view it as crying out for attention, but, if you like to do such things, so be it.

2/23/2012 03:44:00 PM

(2/23/2012 03:07:00 PM) - Al

FS Wisconsin has state wrestling on, six different matches at a time. Refresh the page if you have trouble.

2/23/2012 03:07:00 PM

(2/23/2012 02:42:00 PM) - Al

Bill Simmons is the most obvious example of someone selling their soul to the devil I'm aware of. The idea people find his perpetual crap amusing is mind-boggling.

2/23/2012 02:42:00 PM

(2/23/2012 02:32:00 PM) - Al

Lindsay, the attractive Twins' fan, made the top 30 in the MLB Fan Cave contest.

2/23/2012 02:32:00 PM

(2/23/2012 01:55:00 PM) - Al

DLC played a season with Aoki in Tokyo.

2/23/2012 01:55:00 PM

(2/23/2012 12:54:00 PM) - Al

Nice pickup of cheap OF depth by the Dodgers.

As I said here, very similar to Gwynn or quite possibly Aoki.

2/23/2012 12:54:00 PM

(2/23/2012 12:52:00 PM) - Al

Buster Olney says the expanded MLB playoffs are "imminent," likely to be announced soon.

2/23/2012 12:52:00 PM

(2/23/2012 12:35:00 PM) - Al

I've heard of Flutie Flakes, but had no idea there were so many others. Most of the proceeds go to charity.

2/23/2012 12:35:00 PM

(2/23/2012 10:53:00 AM) - Al

Zelous Wheeler is on the 40 man roster and is a utility infielder...and unlike darn near everyone except Brooks Conrad, actually hits RH. He only has 60 PA's in AAA, but if given a chance, he might just be considered for a bench spot, and thus get some platoon chances at 1B.

He's never played 1B either, but has played all the other infield spots, mostly 3B. I think it's safe to say he can, you know, catch a ball thrown to him.

2/23/2012 10:53:00 AM

(2/23/2012 10:43:00 AM) - Al

Someone on Twitter just said there are six regular season games not televised by someone, five weekday games and one Fox blackout.

2/23/2012 10:43:00 AM

(2/23/2012 10:22:00 AM) - Al

Aoki on fitting in with Brewers: "My father is a big fan of beer."--JS

I wonder if Redskins' rookies ever say, "My dad loves their casinos."

2/23/2012 10:22:00 AM

(2/23/2012 10:09:00 AM) - Al

FSW now "exclusive TV home to Brewers."

I assume this means WMLW is out, and Telemundo too, I suppose. Of course, if you live out of the Milwaukee metro, this means...nothing.

2/23/2012 10:09:00 AM

(2/23/2012 09:56:00 AM) - Robert R.

Al asked me to weigh in on Act of Valor as the resident film nerd. I'll do my best.

From what I can gather, Act of Valor is tracking to open somewhere in the high single digits to high teens. I'm guessing the latter, just a bit more than Haywire which also featured a non-professional actor as the lead, only this time a group of male non-actors which seems to be more acceptable for an action film. In any event, Act of Valor will likely make more in its first week than The Hurt Locker made in its whole run.

I don't think it's a coincidence. America is, by and large, pro-military. Or, at least, pro- the troops. Which is unsurprising since the vast majority of Americans know someone or are related to someone who served / is serving. My father was a veteran. I have several friends who are veterans. I have a relative that's actively serving. I don't think I'm an outlier. That's not to say that Americans can't accept a film that's critical of America's military involvement, Platoon and Apocalypse Now for example, only that they're more apt to support a war film that's essentially apolitical, Inglourious Basterds or Black Hawk Down, or pro-military, Saving Private Ryan, rather than one that casts the military in a more negative light. I'd go so far as to throw in Iron Man as the walking personification of the American military-industrial complex. Or the example of Michael Bay who has no problem throwing in the military against invading robot aliens and where even Pearl Harbor made money. Will it be any real surprise if Battleship, despite looking awful, makes money?

The larger problem though is that it's tough for a modern film to come up with a worthy, realistic antagonist since the Cold War ended. America has the finest military in the world with a ton of resources, finding scenarios where American troops triumph over daunting odds isn't the easiest scenario to come by. Especially since I think it's fair to say that Americans overall have mixed feelings about Iraq and Afghanistan. Tom Clancy hasn't exactly been burning up the best seller list in the last decade. At least in comparison to Harry Potter, Twilight, and the latest Stephen King book. If the modern horror movie has an issue with how to deal with cell phones, the modern military movie has the problem of how to deal with the troops on the ground not just calling in an airstrike.

That said, I expect Act of Valor to do o.k. at the box office. Critically and word of mouth? Who knows? Casting six non-actors seems to be the biggest question mark. Nobody went to see Soderbergh's Bubble and Haywire did only o.k. despite surrounding the non-actor with a group of real actors. Audie Murphy is probably the best example, or Harold Russell in The Best Years of Our Lives, of a non-acting veteran making the transition to film. (Or Toshiro Mifune if we expand to world cinema, although Mifune wasn't cast in anything because of his veteran status.) But, for the most part, audiences like to see actors that can act, not go to see experiments in cinema that probably will be weak. Cast Tom Hanks as an Army Captain in a big budget film and audiences will turn out in droves. Cast a bunch of Navy Seals and you may get people to come opening weekend for the action, but you're probably only going to get a modest success at best at the box office and some real critical barbs.

Heck, Americans can pretty much universally agree that 9/11 was a tragedy. That doesn't mean they want to see Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Competence still counts at the multiplex. The novelty may get people in the door first weekend, but if it doesn't deliver competence I suspect that the more than competent silent movie in theaters will end up outgrossing it in the end.

2/23/2012 09:56:00 AM

(2/23/2012 08:50:00 AM) - Al

Dick Van Dyke is on TV Land, and Sally just brought Morty coffee.

If that was filmed today, they'd change it to Morty bringing Sally coffee. Sad, but true.

2/23/2012 08:50:00 AM

(2/23/2012 08:40:00 AM) - Al

I don't see a brokered convention either. In today's environment, it takes money to stay in the race, and unless you're winning, the money dries up quickly.

Four years ago, the old media ignored common sense and insisted the Dems still had a race until Obama got the last few delegates needed to have the number needed, as if his huge lead could go away magically. I realize there was history to those who insist on seeing color everywhere, but that's not a reason to ignore math.

2/23/2012 08:40:00 AM

(2/23/2012 08:27:00 AM) - Al

I saw this on a military blog a couple weeks ago too...Act of Valor is the first unabashedly pro-military flick in a long, long time. Most of them have not pretended to be anything but negative...soldiers and sailors have been portrayed as spousal abusers, substance abusers, and suffering from a number of mental issues...all covered up by the evil government, of course. Even the much heralded The Hurt Locker focused on bad behavior and bad memories.

It will be interesting to see how this plays, as Hollywood seemed to ignore the public for the last decade, as patriotism was cool again after 9/11, but they did not alter their releases.

2/23/2012 08:27:00 AM

(2/23/2012 08:23:00 AM) - Al

The Rambling son is missing his first day of school due to illness this year. I'm up to ensure he's OK, and I flipped to Food Network...infomercial? Seriously? 9AM Eastern, 8 Central? I can understand running them at 4AM, but this is prime morning viewing time.

2/23/2012 08:23:00 AM

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

(2/22/2012 11:18:00 PM) - Al

We used to sleep in two parts.

I'm not in favor.

2/22/2012 11:18:00 PM

(2/22/2012 10:27:00 PM) - Al

I find it hilarious anyone still shows surprise that CNN doesn't even pretend to hide their bias.

2/22/2012 10:27:00 PM

(2/22/2012 10:08:00 PM) - Al

Some self-important musician argues, very badly I might add, that a crackhead pop singer is every bit the hero as our military.

The fact she is getting ripped to shreds in the comments does my heart good.

2/22/2012 10:08:00 PM

(2/22/2012 08:17:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke noted yesterday that if he brought rightfielder Corey Hart in to play first base for Mat Gamel against certain left-handed pitchers, he wouldn't have a right-handed alternative to put in right because you'd assume that Carlos Gomez would be in center that day.--JS

I've been saying this since Aoki signed. One day, a casual blogger I despise e-mailed to tell me that Schafer and Gindl were both RH hitters...of course, they are not.

That's why I keep throwing Brooks Conrad's name out there, as while he has not played 1B in the majors, he has in the minors, and I can't imagine a 2B not being able to play 1B.

2/22/2012 08:17:00 PM

(2/22/2012 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Going to go exercise during the first half of the Bucks' game...I keep hearing people say once you do it a while, you can't wait to start...I wonder when that will kick in?

2/22/2012 07:08:00 PM

(2/22/2012 06:58:00 PM) - Al

It's not going to get better anytime soon. The president probably doesn't have much more than 10-15% of the blame/credit for gas prices, as supply and demand is most of it, but with the anti-drilling policies, one could easily imagine gas being under $3 a gallon without the environmentally wacko friendly stuff.

2/22/2012 06:58:00 PM

(2/22/2012 06:52:00 PM) - Al

Przybilla chooses to play in Portland rather than Chicago, Miami, or Milwaukee.

2/22/2012 06:52:00 PM

(2/22/2012 06:35:00 PM) - Al

More on Sam Dekker's 58 points last night: He shot 14-of-14 on 2-pt attempts, 5-of-10 on 3s and 15-of-17 from FT line.--UW Basketball

Dekker may be one of the few freshmen who works his way into the regular rotation under Bo Ryan. He's ranked in the top twenty in the nation.

2/22/2012 06:35:00 PM

(2/22/2012 06:10:00 PM) - Al

Year after passing higher taxes on business, IL has massive budget problems & unemployment rate is 9.8%.--Governor Walker

That's exactly what the unions want in WI, because they'd have more money in their pockets...except for the ones who would be laid off because the state can't afford them.

Think about that a few minutes.

2/22/2012 06:10:00 PM

(2/22/2012 04:55:00 PM) - Al

THE WORST: I just spent $30 on apples at Whole Foods and then dropped both of them!

This is a joke making the rounds on Twitter, but while I'm sure apples are overpriced like everything else at Whole Paycheck, I'm shocked to see apples are either $1.69 or $1.99 a pound at Wal Mart, and some are so big, I bet they weight almost a pound. I found a five pound bag on sale for $2.99 a week or so ago, but they aren't as big and pretty as the ones that are pricier.

2/22/2012 04:55:00 PM

(2/22/2012 04:49:00 PM) - Al

Shawn wrote to see if I was watching Christie do well on Piers' show last night. Here's 90 seconds on what makes America great...not a word about unfunded socialist health care or wealth redistribution, by the way.

2/22/2012 04:49:00 PM

(2/22/2012 04:41:00 PM) - Al

As much as it pains me to be critical of Ms. McCain, I've seen a couple electoral college projections that show Santorum doing better than Romney based on current polls.

While he would likely get fewer moderates and independents, he also gets the GOP Southern bloc and possibly PA that Romney (and McCain, by the way) struggled with...NC, VA, and so on...many of them simply stayed home or voted third party with McCain, a very moderate Republican, on the ballot...he was seen as the lesser of two evils, which usually promotes folks to find a reason not to bother.

2/22/2012 04:41:00 PM

(2/22/2012 04:31:00 PM) - Al

Adam says Gomez's son was ill much of the winter, the Crew made an offer to Renteria, which he declined, and hints several offers were made to veteran pitchers (Jamey Wright, Chad Durbin, Micah Owings and Clay Hensley), which they declined.

Second year in a row pitchers have signed elsewhere because the Crew's staff was in good shape, by the way. I've talked several times I'd love to have Owings as a long man who can come in, eat up innings while hitting for himself, and then be a PH for a couple days while he rests up. Wright has really found a home in the bullpen as well, as often is the case for sinker/slider types.

Estrada, Fiers, and Peralta will be the backup SP's in case of injury in Arizona. Parra, whose stuff has always been so good he ended up as a SP, despite far better numbers as a RP, appears to be seen as a reliever only.

2/22/2012 04:31:00 PM

(2/22/2012 04:18:00 PM) - Al

Doug Melvin, Brewers GM told me the Brewers biggest need is a LH RP but not necessary and hoping that Manny Parra bounces back..bench still has questions.--Jim Bowden

Doug is always a bit cryptic, but I'd say Aoki and Gomez are set, and Izturis is heavily favored. Kottaras or Maldonado will be the backup C, so that only leaves one spot.

I'd say him not mentioning Braddock is a sign he is ticketed for AAA. He has options, and others.

2/22/2012 04:18:00 PM

(2/22/2012 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Jay Gibbons signs a minor league deal with Crew. He played in Nashville a couple years ago as well, veteran OF, I'm sure he just needs a place to play and Doug will take care of him if someone has a bench spot available.

He's actually plenty passable versus RHP, but I'm sure the Brewers are just looking at him as AAA depth.

2/22/2012 04:01:00 PM

(2/22/2012 10:11:00 AM) - Al

Obama saying something that is the opposite of what he said before?

I, for one, am shocked.

I guess the administration never invested in that spiral notebook like I suggested.

2/22/2012 10:11:00 AM

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

(2/21/2012 09:12:00 PM) - Al

Obama has proven that yes, he can indeed sell guns and ammo.

129K background checks on Black Friday alone, and you know, some of those people bought more than one weapon. That's probably 150K guns, 50-67% of them likely sold because they're afraid Obama will make it more difficult to do so in the future.

2/21/2012 09:12:00 PM

(2/21/2012 04:54:00 PM) - Al

Drew Gooden is getting a second opinion on his injured wrist...needless to say, no one gets a second opinion if they are close to being able to play.

2/21/2012 04:54:00 PM

(2/21/2012 03:21:00 PM) - Al

I've lost 35 pounds in about 6 weeks, and Gamel has lost 25-30 over the winter. Not a single person has noticed mine, so we'll have to see what the reaction to Mat's will be, though he obviously started at a weight I would be thrilled to end up at.

2/21/2012 03:21:00 PM

(2/21/2012 03:12:00 PM) - Al

Beyond Mat Gamel, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says Taylor Green and Travis Ishikawa will work at first base this spring.--JS

Still mention of Brooks Conrad, who switch-hits but destroys LHP. All the above are lefty bats.

2/21/2012 03:12:00 PM

(2/21/2012 03:09:00 PM) - Al

Supposedly, this billboard is in my hometown. I wonder if it's the first of many.

2/21/2012 03:09:00 PM

(2/21/2012 02:58:00 PM) - Al

My goodness. This is why so many folks homeschool.

2/21/2012 02:58:00 PM

(2/21/2012 02:15:00 PM) - Al

Somehow, being preached at by a woman who used to be a man about how men treat women rings embarrassingly hollow. Yawn. Some people can indeed find the negative in damn near anything.

2/21/2012 02:15:00 PM

(2/21/2012 01:31:00 PM) - Al

Two years ago, when I entered this chamber for the first time, the fiscal condition of our state was as dire as it had been for decades.

We cut spending – not spending growth, but the actual dollars spent by state government – two years in a row.

My budget does not raise taxes, and it is truly balanced.

Since I took office, we as a state have added nearly 60,000 private-sector jobs... Today, it is time to put Jersey Comeback into high gear.

A 10% tax cut for every working New Jerseyian will help families keep more of what they earn, will make us more competitive w/ other states.

And just so there is no mistake in my intention: I will veto any tax increase again.
--Governor Chris Christie

Leaders get results. Others make excuses.

Not a single mention of redistributing the wealth, either. He just doesn't get it, does he?

2/21/2012 01:31:00 PM

(2/21/2012 01:25:00 PM) - Al

Already seeing people talk about batting orders and Roenicke bunting too much. It is painful how little most folks understand the game.

These are both signs of hellishly casual fans...batting order is all but meaningless, and Roenicke doesn't bunt much at all, except with pitchers. Some Brewers, Morgan and Gomez especially, like to bunt for hits, which are ruled as sacrifices if they do not reach.

I'm not a fan of the sac bunt at all, unless it makes sense late in the game to tie or win. However, Gomez should bunt almost every time he comes up with a runner on and no one out, because he reaches so often doing it (especially vs. RHP).

2/21/2012 01:25:00 PM

(2/21/2012 01:17:00 PM) - Al

Those that say we are overpopulated just don't understand math.

Bangladesh is overpopulated, because they do not have the resources. So are some places in Africa, and South America. But is aplenty. A vast majority of Australia is uninhabited. As they pointed out on the radio this AM, fly across the USA, and for the most part, all you see is green.

2/21/2012 01:17:00 PM

(2/21/2012 12:14:00 PM) - Al

I voted and it was no problem showing my driver's license. Glad we are protecting integrity of each and every vote!--Governor Walker

That's because he only wanted to vote once.

2/21/2012 12:14:00 PM

(2/21/2012 11:59:00 AM) - Al

Fitzgerald with a proud ad stating who he is and what he is for. Note the use of negative images of protesters.

2/21/2012 11:59:00 AM

(2/21/2012 11:45:00 AM) - Al

I think sixteen vacations is a lot for an unemployed mom, though she can take as many she wants...if they'd just not make the taxpayers foot the bill.

This is what happens when you have no spending controls in's a "what's one more?" mentality.

2/21/2012 11:45:00 AM

(2/21/2012 11:39:00 AM) - Al

Adam with a notes column, Gamel has lost some weight. I never thought he looked at all heavy.

2/21/2012 11:39:00 AM

(2/21/2012 11:19:00 AM) - Al

Hard to take pedestrian, call it in previews like this seriously when the writer doesn't bother checking splits. Morgan is a career .363/.401 hitter versus RHP, making last year's .357/.421 total barely out of the ordinary.

Astounding how little effort is put into these, other than a quick perusal of depth charts.

2/21/2012 11:19:00 AM

(2/21/2012 10:20:00 AM) - Al

Red Sox will get a decent arm for Theo.

Not nearly as much as he's worth.

2/21/2012 10:20:00 AM

(2/21/2012 10:15:00 AM) - Al

Beane with another near perfect signing of a veteran, likely to be undervalued player. If Manny hits like he has in the past, he'll be worth plenty to a contender in need of a DH/LF. If he doesn't, his contract isn't guaranteed.

2/21/2012 10:15:00 AM

(2/21/2012 10:08:00 AM) - Al

Winners of the Opening Day lottery are picking their seats today. Sounds like there's good seats available, but I assume they are quite limited.

2/21/2012 10:08:00 AM

(2/21/2012 09:46:00 AM) - Al

Reason talks about fake meat and how deregulation led to a boom in commerce in DC.

2/21/2012 09:46:00 AM

(2/21/2012 09:41:00 AM) - Al

I just googled my primary election ballot...two races in Wausau, but none in my district.

Now I can stop feeling guilty. Work to do.

2/21/2012 09:41:00 AM

(2/21/2012 09:29:00 AM) - Al

Sadly, ten years ago, we had selfish oafs in office who failed to care about anything but politics as usual.

They also fail to see oil as a market product, the cost of which is determined by other factors, such as new supply being opened up.

2/21/2012 09:29:00 AM

(2/21/2012 08:29:00 AM) - Al

Global warming dude admits to deception and deceit.

History will not be kind to these clods. It shows how easy it is to fool a majority of the public. Say the same thing, enlist a few celebs, and poof, it's a fictional disaster.

2/21/2012 08:29:00 AM

(2/21/2012 08:16:00 AM) - Al

Pat Snyder, conservative radio talker in the Wausau area, is so fed up with the old media's bias he is running for office.

Good luck to him.

2/21/2012 08:16:00 AM

(2/21/2012 08:14:00 AM) - Al

I love the way the UK papers don't ignore the fact that an unemployed woman is taking another taxpayer funded vacation.

News you will not see in the USA.

2/21/2012 08:14:00 AM

(2/21/2012 08:08:00 AM) - Al

We're in the best of hands.

2/21/2012 08:08:00 AM

(2/21/2012 07:56:00 AM) - Al

Fact vs. myth, one year later.

Lies, myths, whatever; eventually, you would think spinning fiction constantly as truth would come back to haunt them. Remember that ad talking about 47 kids in a classroom? That they can't come up with a single example of?

2/21/2012 07:56:00 AM

Monday, February 20, 2012

(2/20/2012 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Can you believe this? Apparently, businesses do not relocate in order to pay high taxes to support public unions.


2/20/2012 09:58:00 PM

(2/20/2012 04:49:00 PM) - Al

I wish I'd do something wrong so I could $88K.

2/20/2012 04:49:00 PM

(2/20/2012 04:26:00 PM) - Al

Cameron's retirement may be a perfect chance for lefty killer Brett Carroll to pick up a platoon job in the bigs.

He'd be a fine fit platooning, being a defensive replacement, and being a bench guy. He just needs to find a LH hitter to split time with, preferably in CF.

2/20/2012 04:26:00 PM

(2/20/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

At Industrial Ventilation in Greenville; spoke with workers. They chose to grow in WI instead of out-of-state because of our reforms.--Governor Walker

They must not understand how higher taxes and bigger government help us all grow!

2/20/2012 04:00:00 PM

(2/20/2012 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Madison Rising promotes the principles of liberty, independence, smaller government and personal responsibility.

I think I've found a new favorite band, and I've never heard them sing.

This is their website. In the Days Reagan Ruled and Soldiers of America are tracks on their CD. I think I'm in love.

EDIT: When vegans kill in the name of peace
Holy men curse the white
Beheadings in Afghanistan
They vilify the Right
Voter fraud is just ignored
Acorns don’t exist
But when the lies are exposed
It’s Murdoch they insist--lyrics from Where Was The Media Then?

I believe the correct answer is "getting upset over peeing on terrorists."

2/20/2012 03:54:00 PM

(2/20/2012 03:50:00 PM) - Al

I'm not going to have an agent for awhile. There's no reason to have one for the moment.--Zach Greinke

Cryptic, could mean he has no desire to sign an extension, or that he's perfectly capable of doing the negotiation and doesn't want to give up the 5%.

2/20/2012 03:50:00 PM

(2/20/2012 03:48:00 PM) - Al

I have to agree with Meghan, two fine presidents at or near the top of my list too.

2/20/2012 03:48:00 PM

(2/20/2012 02:11:00 PM) - Al

Mrs. Obama off on another vacation. I don't think their "campaign" cares, but they might later. It isn't going to gain them any votes, but it might cost them a few.

2/20/2012 02:11:00 PM

(2/20/2012 02:06:00 PM) - Al

Zack Greinke said he still has no agent or plans to hire one. Should make it interesting if Brewers approach him about an extension.--JS

Unless you want to do a lot of off-field stuff...which I doubt Greinke has any desire to do, it's far cheaper to hire an attorney by the hour. Agents take 5-10% and do little more than sift through promotional opps, and tell you what you want to hear.

Obviously, 5-10% of what Zach will get is sizable, probably $5-8M. It's especially a waste of time in the NBA, as most deals have a max.

2/20/2012 02:06:00 PM

(2/20/2012 02:02:00 PM) - Al

Sure hard to get work done when companies close their office on a fake holiday.

2/20/2012 02:02:00 PM

(2/20/2012 01:26:00 PM) - Al

This trial should take 5 closed.

2/20/2012 01:26:00 PM

(2/20/2012 12:37:00 AM) - Al

For the first time that anyone associated with the Milwaukee Brewers can remember, results in spring training will have nothing to do with the formation of the starting rotation.--JS

Um, last season?

Have another drink.

2/20/2012 12:37:00 AM

Sunday, February 19, 2012

(2/19/2012 11:39:00 PM) - Al

I see someone on a message board pointed out the Badgers won their 20th game today. This used to be a goal I'd hope for, as 20 wins and a .500 conference record gets you in the NCAA's 95% of the time.

Quite a program Bo has built there.

2/19/2012 11:39:00 PM

(2/19/2012 10:53:00 PM) - Al

Occupy hoodlums destroy house they've been living in illegally.

Stay classy.

2/19/2012 10:53:00 PM

(2/19/2012 10:48:00 PM) - Al

Canadians honor Gary Carter before their game this afternoon.

2/19/2012 10:48:00 PM

(2/19/2012 10:14:00 PM) - Al

KRod is unhappy with his former agents.

2/19/2012 10:14:00 PM

(2/19/2012 09:41:00 PM) - Al

Ann started discussing the fake doctor's notes one year ago today.

Funny, the old media "forgot" to bring it up until much later. Coincidence, I'm sure.

Stay classy.

2/19/2012 09:41:00 PM

(2/19/2012 09:07:00 PM) - Al

Lin leads NBA in turnovers since 2/6.

If they were not winning, this is what they'd notice.

Hat tip to Ryan for tweeting me the graphic.

2/19/2012 09:07:00 PM

(2/19/2012 02:04:00 PM) - Al

Andy Cooper's show struggling in ratings? The hell you say.

His CNN show barely outdraws a test pattern, because everyone knows his "news" is nothing but fiction he thinks up while someone on his staff tells him how damn good looking he is.

2/19/2012 02:04:00 PM

Saturday, February 18, 2012

(2/18/2012 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Reposting, I left out a word which made it almost unreadable (like the majority of my posts).

O.J. Simpson was considered to play the role of the Terminator, but producers rejected him as they thought he would not be taken seriously.--OMG Facts

To be honest, I thought that role was written for Arnold, and I cannot imagine anyone else in that part. He was perfect in the first, and had what was probably his finest acting performance in the sequel (I realize, that's a statement of irony).

2/18/2012 11:03:00 PM

(2/18/2012 11:00:00 PM) - Al

Our tax dollars at work. Lunch nazis tell another mom to pack fruits and veggies so her daughter can throw them away.

You know, there simply isn't any unnecessary jobs that could be cut...they are all vital to the nanny state cause.

10% of them should be cut every single year. And then, I'd get serious. Paper pushers and benefit hogs.

2/18/2012 11:00:00 PM

(2/18/2012 07:57:00 PM) - Al

I watched the first half of Rambo 2 last night, but got tired. Tonight, I watched the second half. Gotta love Spike TV.

2/18/2012 07:57:00 PM

(2/18/2012 07:35:00 PM) - Al

No talks between Marcum and Crew about extension. I agree with the final sentence, as the Brewers want to ensure he is physically sound after his late season slump.

2/18/2012 07:35:00 PM

(2/18/2012 07:29:00 PM) - Al

Bobby Brown leaves funeral early.

While not the reason he gave, I just assumed he had a woman beating scheduled.

2/18/2012 07:29:00 PM

(2/18/2012 06:51:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son called from his waterpark hotel in the Dells. I asked if he had enjoyed himself:

Yeah, one of the slides had a really big vertical drop. You would throw up just looking at it.

Heck, I got nauseous just from the description.

2/18/2012 06:51:00 PM

(2/18/2012 04:50:00 PM) - Al

KRod has been excused until late next week from spring training, Brewers do not say why.

I'm not a big believer in pitchers doing much more than long toss and throwing fastballs until 2-3 weeks before the season begins, and considering he threw winter ball, it won't bother me if he doesn't make it 'til mid-March.

2/18/2012 04:50:00 PM

(2/18/2012 12:35:00 PM) - Al

Jeremy Lin's 45 T.O. in first 7 starts most since T.O. became a stat in '77.--Jim Patchke

As I said the other day, he's not going to be a long-term starter turning the ball over 5+ times a game.

2/18/2012 12:35:00 PM

(2/18/2012 12:29:00 PM) - Al

I'm not much for spring training, exhibitions, or much of anything until Opening Day. However, since some folks are, here's a link to the team site with some pictures.

2/18/2012 12:29:00 PM

(2/18/2012 12:28:00 PM) - Al

So much for that civility the Dems like to talk about.

2/18/2012 12:28:00 PM

(2/18/2012 10:56:00 AM) - Al

I never knew "chink" was a racial slur. Of course, never lived in an area where there are many Chinese. Lived around many Asian-Americans in Eau Claire, St. Paul, and Wausau, never heard of it.

Notice that no one except me noticed Lin's turnovers until the Knicks lost a game. It's astounding how casual the old media and fans have become.

2/18/2012 10:56:00 AM

Friday, February 17, 2012

(2/17/2012 08:40:00 PM) - Al

Self-important much?

2/17/2012 08:40:00 PM

(2/17/2012 07:58:00 PM) - Al

Heckuva company I held hostage.

2/17/2012 07:58:00 PM

(2/17/2012 07:24:00 PM) - Al

The Empire State Building, in Mets' colors in honor of Gary Carter.

2/17/2012 07:24:00 PM

(2/17/2012 07:15:00 PM) - Al

Idiot judge doesn't even pretend to hide his bias from the bench.

You simply cannot get anything resembling an honest ruling in the Madison or Milwaukee areas. Impossible.

2/17/2012 07:15:00 PM

(2/17/2012 04:37:00 PM) - Al

The Empire State Building will be lit blue and orange tonight in honor of Gary Carter.

That's very nice of them.

2/17/2012 04:37:00 PM

(2/17/2012 04:13:00 PM) - Al

Q: Greg, Franklin - Perfect Scenario - Seattle builds a new arena to attract a National Boring Association team. - Kohl sells the Bucks and they move to Seattle - Craig Leopold sells his interest in the Nashville Predators - Leopold then buys the Phoenix Coyotes and moves the team to Milwaukee - Please tell me this will happens within two years!!!

A: Tom Haudricourt - You must have missed the memo that this is a baseball chat.

1. Yes, Tom took the time and trouble out of a chat to print this and then not answer it. He is the worst of the worst.

2. That said, Greg is apparently such a big hockey fan he is unaware Leopold sold the Predators in 2007 and bought the Wild in 2008.

Greg would likely be shocked to learn W is no longer president...though the Dems still blame him for their troubles.

2/17/2012 04:13:00 PM

(2/17/2012 03:13:00 PM) - Al

Yes, the Bucks' beat writer misspelled Ersan's first name.

As for the article, I don't think Ersan has a ton of value because he has said he would like to return to Europe next year. Some yes, a lot, no. As Skiles has said, Ersan's best role is probably as a reserve.

2/17/2012 03:13:00 PM

(2/17/2012 03:09:00 PM) - Al

From what I see Heyman write, I would have expected far higher numbers.

2/17/2012 03:09:00 PM

(2/17/2012 02:49:00 PM) - Al

Here's something to chew on...Laura Schara is just a few years younger than me.

She appears to be aging a tad more gracefully.

2/17/2012 02:49:00 PM

(2/17/2012 02:27:00 PM) - Al

Welcome to Rambling's newest sponsor, the fine folks at Clearwire!

Welcome aboard, and check out the link, you can watch the Brewers on your iPad.

2/17/2012 02:27:00 PM

(2/17/2012 01:09:00 PM) - Al

Beane doesn't even seem to notice what position guys play, he's just looking for undervalued fellas to deal in July/August for prospects.

2/17/2012 01:09:00 PM

(2/17/2012 11:05:00 AM) - Al

I was just reminded Easter is coming up. I used to work with Trista, who founded The Bunny Hop a few years ago. She puts together Easter baskets for kids in the hospital She's looking for donations, shoot me an e-mail if you need her contact info, or you can donate on the sidebar via Paypal, just put Bunny Hop on the subject line and I'll ensure she gets it.

You can watch a local news report done last year here. She's a very nice young lady.

2/17/2012 11:05:00 AM

(2/17/2012 10:32:00 AM) - Al

Sickels notes a Brewers' draftee as a late round sleeper.

Admittedly, I've never heard of him. Any comparison to Fiers is positive. Mike would probably go north with the team if options were not a consideration. As is, he will likely start the season in Nashville's rotation, and is very likely to spend part of the '12 campaign in the bigs.

2/17/2012 10:32:00 AM

(2/17/2012 10:22:00 AM) - Al

Paul Ryan comments on the proposed federal budget.

I've never been so depressed. They simply have no intention of fixing the massive spending that has caused the problem. The only idea they have is...spending more.

2/17/2012 10:22:00 AM

(2/17/2012 09:44:00 AM) - Al


In five minutes, you just raised $150M toward a new Milwaukee arena, without a dime of taxes involved. The city, county, and state continues to bury their head in the sand, throw their arms in the air, and claim there's nothing they can do.


To be honest, without an NHL team, I probably only raised $100M, as the Admirals only draw about 5K a game. That said, if you include Marquette basketball, it's about $125M, with concerts and events.

2/17/2012 09:44:00 AM

(2/17/2012 09:43:00 AM) - Al

Glenn gives a syllabus for the proposed Occupy classes.

2/17/2012 09:43:00 AM

(2/17/2012 09:22:00 AM) - Al

Seattle doesn't look like they'll get the Kings, but they do seem to have moved forward in getting an NBA arena built, and they might just attract an NHL team as well if they get it done.

Amazingly, I don't see an "event fee" in the proposal...adding just $2 a ticket to all seats $10 and over would bring in about $3M a year, which would raise about $75M in the first 25 years. Naming rights would likely equal double that...that's half of the "private share" right there. It just takes a leader and understanding the market.

Whether SEA has the sports fans to support MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, and major college sports is a question for another day.

2/17/2012 09:22:00 AM

(2/17/2012 09:04:00 AM) - Al


You wondered what is taking so long with the Braun case. Some of us feel that Braun's case hinges on some sort of combo of non-PED drugs that possibly mirrored the testosterone. MLB may be trying to mirror the result, as that seems like something that would both take a long time and that an arbiter may request before rendering a decision.

Love the blog. Keep fighting the good fight. As a former Marine and small businessman hanging on by a thread, I appreciate your Brewers and non-Brewers posts.

Semper Fi.


Thanks for the info, kind words, and mostly, your service Bryan.

2/17/2012 09:04:00 AM

(2/17/2012 08:45:00 AM) - Al

Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper will play Summerfest.

All the head bangers from the 80's, most older than me, are going to have take a nap that afternoon so they can stay up late.

2/17/2012 08:45:00 AM

Thursday, February 16, 2012

(2/16/2012 10:10:00 PM) - Al

Braun decision may not occur until after he's in Arizona.

What in the world is this guy looking at?

2/16/2012 10:10:00 PM

(2/16/2012 10:07:00 PM) - Al

The stathead who predicted Lin would be really good.

2/16/2012 10:07:00 PM

(2/16/2012 07:28:00 PM) - Al

Flipping channels during the Badgers' timeout, and I came across a wrestling ad/show...people still watch pro wrestling? Seriously? Who and why?

2/16/2012 07:28:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:58:00 PM) - Al

If they would have substituted "user" for "ho," I don't see an issue.

2/16/2012 04:58:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergen tells US Chamber the XL Pipeline would produce barrels equivalent to 1/3 of Iranian oil exports.--Mark Lewis

Yeah, but who wants that and all the icky jobs that will come with it?

It's a bizarro world, and we're all living in it.

2/16/2012 04:50:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:44:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Inge sucks, but the irony is, he doesn't seem to know it, and neither does his manager.

Like all major leaguers, Inge has talent, but it's almost all defense now, as Gleeman points out, he hasn't hit in a half-dozen years. 3B and 2B are both offensive black holes (as is C, where Inge refuses to play, even though he came up as one), but let's not pretend he's anything but a utility guy, and a very expensive one at that.

2/16/2012 04:44:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:38:00 PM) - Al

Editor says bad behavior is going to be what keeps Walker in office.

Let's hope so. I beg for the unions to block traffic, vandalize military statues, and dump beer on people. Consider for one second how far-left you have to be to not find those things despicable...independents run the other way when they see that.

2/16/2012 04:38:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:35:00 PM) - Al

Why it sucks to be conservative.

It really doesn't. Most of us would not know what to do if we weren't responsible and consistent in our beliefs, instead of changing our mind every time the wind blows.

2/16/2012 04:35:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:18:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling son came home on the bus per usual. Every other Thursday, he has chess club, so I asked him why he was home. His reply?

Dang it.

I guess it could have been worse.

2/16/2012 04:18:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:09:00 PM) - Al

I was just reminded that "an overactive thyroid can lead to unusual weight loss."

Gee, that'd be a shame.

Yes, I'm sure it has undesired side effects.

2/16/2012 04:09:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:06:00 PM) - Al

This happened: A little boy walked up to my neighborhood Petco's treat bar, plucked out a dog biscuit, and ate it.--Michelle Malkin

I can believe that. Many are colorful and very thin, easy for a kid to eat.

2/16/2012 04:06:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:04:00 PM) - Al

We mourn the passing of Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, who passed away today at the age of 57.--MLB

Damn shame.

2/16/2012 04:04:00 PM

(2/16/2012 04:00:00 PM) - Al

Al Gore makes his fortune on lies and "the sky is falling" tactics, and now that the data has been shown over and over to be laughable...speaks out strongly against capitalism.

What a fool.

2/16/2012 04:00:00 PM

(2/16/2012 02:41:00 PM) - Al

Heyman continues playing the part of a goofball Boras shill, claiming he can't figure out why Damon is struggling to find a job.

Guess #1...Lf/DH's who are old and had a sub 750 OPS last year should have little interest.

It's a results oriented business, and Damon's results were poor for his defensive position. Heyman acting as if he doesn't get that so Boras feeds him info is appalling.

2/16/2012 02:41:00 PM

(2/16/2012 12:24:00 PM) - Al

Back to my training, but a quick note...I still think, like most do, Romney will be the GOP nominee, though I am a bit surprised how few people are voting in the primary, and how conservative they seem to be.

It's probably a bit of how yawn inducing the field was, as I think several exciting, better speaking individuals...Christie, Palin, Daniels, Giuliani, and likely many others, would have lapped the field by now. Romney is not just dull, but is a lot like McCain, minus the war hero stuff. He's a fine man, but it's hard to get excited over him. That lack of excitement had led to Santorum's emergence, as his followers seem far more dedicated, much like Paul's...that 10% grows to 25-30% if the turnout is small enough.

2/16/2012 12:24:00 PM

(2/16/2012 12:16:00 PM) - Al

I just found out, or was reminded yesterday the WPS (women's pro soccer) has suspended operations for the season, as Hope Solo and Sydney Leroux are playing with the Seattle Sounders women's club, which is now the highest level of female pro soccer, but was AAA in the past.

It made me ponder whether the MLS should somehow get into the ladies game, using the same ticket people and the like to minimize costs, similar to what the WNBA did. I want the women's game to succeed for a number of reasons, but mostly so young girls and teens are motivated to play the game, and quite possibly avoid the pitfalls that many girls of that age make.

Other than having Bill Gates or the like fund a league and be willing to take losses for a decade...and still possibly not find success, I'm not sure what the next step is. With gals like Mia Hamm and Solo...gorgeous as well as top athletes, fail to draw enough attention to the sport, you truly wonder what, if anything, it will take.

2/16/2012 12:16:00 PM

(2/16/2012 11:45:00 AM) - Al

I won't get into details here, but I'm not as optimistic about Braun not being suspended as I was yesterday.

This is not a cut and dried case, otherwise, it'd be over. There's something, some element, that's keeping this from being taken care of. However, the burden of proof is on the player, in effect, he's guilty until proven innocent, or that the test was either in error or the security handling was compromised.

Braun was retested, though no one knows how long after the first one, and was "clean." However, from the leaks, supposedly, both the A & B sample tested positive, meaning any contamination or error was in the original specimen.

I'm just not sure how they can "prove" a problem, barring a torn seal or problem such as that. A few weeks ago, we heard a reduction to 25 games was also possible, as occurred with Mike Cameron, as I think they were able to trace the problem to a supplement.

I've said it, I don't think Braun took anything purposely, it just doesn't add up. He's not dumb, and he tested clean all season. The test was supposedly off the charts, very high, obscenely so. But, the way it's written, the burden of proof is on Braun to "prove" he was clean, or a problem exists. I'm just not sure how they can do that. At this point, a reduced suspension may be the best we can hope for.

The only possible "win" I can see is a medical pro saying if Braun's count was X, and when he was retested, it was Y...and there's no way that can occur based on the way a body works, unless the first one was incorrect, or a fluke.

2/16/2012 11:45:00 AM

(2/16/2012 11:42:00 AM) - Al

Stossel writes about the untruths of Obama's deficit reduction.

Increasing spending every chance you get is not going to reduce any deficit, and any sane person knows it. True changes are going to have to be made, and the administration is far too busy playing politics to give a damn.

Let's not forget, this is the group who called tax increases "revenue enhancements," as the old media looked the other way and asked how the golf game was going.

2/16/2012 11:42:00 AM

(2/16/2012 11:30:00 AM) - Al

I think they already announced this, but they must have issued a press release talking about demand pricing at nine games, for a couple tiers.

It isn't really true demand, as the price never goes down, from what I can see, but it could go up. True demand would fluctuate based on a number of factors.

The big thing would be to include the terrace reserved, as those are the seats that most often go unsold. I wish a team would try to sell every ticket, including lowering the price to $1 if unsold the day of the game. I realize teams are afraid no one would buy them in advance and wait, but let's face it, most of us never wait, as we're driving a distance.

2/16/2012 11:30:00 AM

(2/16/2012 08:02:00 AM) - Al

Cops buy plots so Josh Powell cannot be buried next to sons he killed.

Good for them.

2/16/2012 08:02:00 AM

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

(2/15/2012 10:18:00 PM) - Al

Planned Parenthood proves to be anti-choice, but pro-abortion.

As they proved with Palin, they don't have much patience for those whose "choice" is not the same as they would make.

2/15/2012 10:18:00 PM

(2/15/2012 10:07:00 PM) - Al

Here, here.

Again, the death of an ignorant pop singer who, at the end of the day, was nothing more than a junkie, has been overplayed. I think it's a shame she died so young, but this is why they sell them on the streets, and not at the pharmacy.

2/15/2012 10:07:00 PM

(2/15/2012 08:54:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR reports the following Brewers are out of options:

Frankie de la Cruz
Tim Dillard
Mat Gamel
George Kottaras
Kameron Loe
Chris Narveson
Manny Parra
Jose Veras

Gamel, Kottaras, Narveson, Parra, and Veras are unimportant, as they will likely make the team, or in George's case, if they decide to go with Maldonado, he should have interest elsewhere.

DLC and Dillard will be right on the cusp, right now they might look like they will just miss the final roster, but after injuries are figured in, one or both might well make it. Both are in that no man's land...good enough to be at the back of the bullpen, but similar pitchers will be plentiful at the end of March, and will have little value, especially without options. Dillard is extremely effective versus RH's, and horrendous versus LH's. DLC throws hard and was one of the best AAA SP's in the game last season.

2/15/2012 08:54:00 PM

(2/15/2012 07:04:00 PM) - Al

Fox has eight weeks of Saturday night games beginning in mid-May...and the local blackout applies.

That's a shame for people that like Saturday evening Brewers...though they are on several of those weeks on Fox.

2/15/2012 07:04:00 PM

(2/15/2012 06:21:00 PM) - Al

Brewers supposedly first in line for money for improvements to Arizona facility.

2/15/2012 06:21:00 PM

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